Enjoying Ironing with Niagara Spray Starch Plus

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Right half has been treated with Niagara Spray Starch Plus and Ironed

 

I did not have any expectations using the Niagara Spray Starch Plus.  I knew this spray would be great for ironing wrinkles out of clothes, but what happened, made me love and enjoy ironing more than ever.

Shake the can well before using, lightly spray about 6-10 inches from the clothing or fabric you are ironing and then start ironing on whatever fabric setting you are ironing.  I was so amazed at how fast, and easy ironing went.  I have tried other spray starches before and it would take numerous passes with the iron to smooth out the wrinkles from whatever it was I was ironing, but with the Niagara Spray Starch Plus, it only took a couple of passes with the iron.  This is the part I enjoyed the most!  I finished ironing something quickly and with great satisfaction that it looks impeccably pressed and polished.

As I learned more about this Niagara Spray Starch Plus, using this also helps protect fabric from stains and extends the life of the fabric so your outfits lasts longer.

Some tips, I have learned is that using spray starch is better on natural fibers (cotton, linen) as they will hold the starch better than synthetic or natural-synthetic blends and do not use steam as this will make the ironing process longer.  Niagara makes different varieties depending on how heavy the fabric is.  You can check out the different varieties as well as many tips on ironing with starch here.

I received this complimentary Niagara Spray Starch Plus as part of the Influenster and Niagara VoxBox campaign to facilitate testing and this honest review.  All opinions are my own. 5/5 stars.

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Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Review

This is a review for the Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Code Blue, Code Black, and Code Violet.

These are beautifully designed sheet masks ready for a masquerade but with extracts and essences that provide various benefits for your skin type and needs.  The overall fit of the masks is too small on the eyes. If the masks gets too close to the eyes, the essences can cause some stinging.  The nose area also does not fit flush on top and does not completely cover the entire nose.

Mediheal Dress Code Blue (Herb Aqua Care) Mask

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Has a variety of herb extracts including baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves, large flower cactus, medicine sage leaves, lavender, chrysanthemum.  It is supposed to control oil, have anti-aging and brightening benefits.

This smells great, it has a subtle light lavender fragrance! It has a cool tingling sensation, has enough essence to saturate the sheet mask.  Left my face feeling tightened, and taut afterward.  I’m not sure if this left my skin hydrated.  I only left the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes.  This contains Sea Water, which may or may not help with nourishing or hydration.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Sea Water, Bambusa Vularis Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Salvia Offinialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

Mediheal Dress Code Violet (Brightening & Nourishing) Mask

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This was also cooling as I was wearing the mask.  My cheeks started to get itchy after 10 minutes though, which I did not experience with the other two.  There may be an ingredient that I’m sensitive or allergic to. I’m generally not sensitive or have allergic reactions to skin care products.  But, there is a first time for everything.

With this one, I did not feel or notice too much hydration or brightening effects.  Notable ingredients are acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, and blueberry extract, all of which are antioxidants and are recognized as “Super Fruits” and has numerous benefits.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Opunita Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig ) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

 

Mediheal Dress Code Black (Whitening & Nourishing) Mask

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In my opinion the fanciest of the three.  It actually has red jewels on it! Formulated with Pearl Powder Extract to control Melanin formation and correcting skin tone.  This also has cacao extract, which is a bonus in my book (I’m a bit of a chocoholic).

Again, this had a cooling effect while letting the essence absorb through the skin. Afterward, there was some slight redness, skin felt tightened, but it also left my skin slightly tacky.  There was extra essence that I was able to rub onto my neck, decolletage, and hands.  I suppose my skin felt nourished but as far as whitening, I did not notice any whitening or brightening effects.  Perhaps, if I had left the mask on longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes, the whitening effects would be more noticeable.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparabe, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

Overall, these masks besides the beautiful masquerade design on the masks are not very much special than other masks I have tried.  They do have wonderful extract ingredients which have the potential to be effective.  Perhaps wearing the masks longer or multiple treatments may provide the claimed effects.  I do not overdo the masks as I have oily/combination skin and doing so can increase oil production on my T-zone.

I give these masks 4/5 stars.  1 extra star for the beautiful masquerade designs.

Thank you to skin18.com for the opportunity to sample these masks for free as part of their skin 18 challenge bloggers program.  You can find this set of masks here.

NeoCell Move Matrix Review

NeoCell® Move Matrix Advanced Joint Hydrator is a wonderful supplement with a premium formula of the Move Matrix Blend, Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid targeting supports flexibility and mobility, and promoting a healthy inflammatory response.  These claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The suggested dosage is 5 capsules daily.  It is a lot of take and for people who have difficulty taking capsules, this would not be for you.  It was suggested for me to take the capsules throughout the day, which is a great idea.  I take 2 in the morning, 1 for lunch, and 2 for dinner.  This made it easier, but at the same time, I tend to forget how many I have taken, so I had to make notes, how many I have taken throughout the day.  These capsules are pretty big in that sometimes it is difficult to swallow, but perhaps it is because I have to take so many.  They do give off an aroma.  I believe it is coming from the turmeric, which, does not bother me at all.  After taking the pills though, I experienced slight gassiness in the form of burping.

Hyaluronic Acid is a lubricating viscous fluid naturally found in the skin, eyes, joints, fluids and connective tissues.  You can often find them in beauty products as well as joint health supplements.  Collagen Type 2 is the key structural protein of joint cartilage.

This was a positive experience in that I felt relief from my joint aches in my elbows primarily.  Within two weeks, I started feeling relief just by taking these supplements.  I have tried lots of things to get some relief and these are the only things that have helped so far, even if I am putting my elbows through more strenuous activity such as yoga. I did notice that if I miss taking some capsules, the slight ache returns.  As an added bonus, my nails seemed to look healthier and grew much faster too.

Every person’s level of pain is different.  For me, it is just a slight ache.  Supplements can react differently depending on the severity of the inflammation and how each person processes the supplement ingredients.

This product does contain shellfish from shrimp, but is does NOT contain any soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, GMO’s, or artificial flavors, gluten.

I would rate these 4 out of 5 stars.  It worked for me, remembering how pills to take and the size of them are just a bit of a inconvenience.

I received these as samples to facilitate this honest review.  All opinions are my own.  I would like to thank NeoCell® for giving me an opportunity to try these out.  These can be purchased through Amazon and other vitamin or natural shops.  You can find more information on this product as well as other beauty supplements on their website, or their Instagram.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts

PhotoGrid_1498516532230PhotoGrid_1498517857540If you’re needing some help to grow stronger, more beautiful hair, skin, and nails.  You might need a biotin supplement.  NeoCell has developed a great, easy, and delicious way to get your biotin supplement in Biotin Bursts.

Biotin is also known as B-7 and is one of the soluble B complex vitamins.  Biotin is important for healthy eyes, hair, skin, nails, liver, and nervous system.   Biotin can be found in egg yolks, organ meats (liver, kidneys), nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts), nut butters, soybean and legumes, whole grains, cereals, cauliflowers, mushrooms.  Food processing such as cooking can make the biotin ineffective though.  In order to get the benefits of the active biotin, the raw or less-processing the foods undergo the better.  The R.D.A. Recommended Daily Allowance is 30-100 mcg (micrograms) of Biotin for adolescents and adults.

 

These gourmet biotin soft chews contain 10,000 mcg of Biotin per chew, and are “berry-licious” made with Brazilian Açai berry.  They taste great, just a slight sour note.  It is just the right texture, not too sticky.  Convenient individually wrapped chews that make them easily and enjoyable to take your supplement.  You definitely won’t forget to take your supplement because they are like treats or candy.  Some people might even be tempted to take more than 1 daily.  It comes in a resealable foil package to maintain the freshness and integrity of the individually wrapped chews.

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Using this product for a month, I found my hair to be much thicker than before.  I have pretty healthy shiny hair already, so there wasn’t much difference but I did find that running my fingers through my hair or brushing it, it seemed I had more hair in the back.  My hair did grow faster than normal as well.  I also felt a difference on my skin.  I suffer from keratosis pilaris (slight red bumps on skin) and I found that the prevalence of the bumps diminished as well.  During, the summer time, my skin is exposed more and it is important to have smooth vibrant skin.  My nails also grew healthier.  They are smoother, shinier, not as dull, and not as much ridges as before, and they also grew faster.

 

Thank you so much to NeoCell for providing me a free sample to review.  Opinions are completely my own, honest and unbiased.  NeoCell also carries many different beauty supplements from Collagen Ceramides to Move for joint Health.

Jeju Natural Green Tea Mask and Volcanic Mask

A good sized mask, it has flaps so that you can fold the mask to fit your face if it is too big.  Too often, my biggest issue is the fit of sheet masks.  Bigger is better, we can just fold the over flaps.  The eye holes can be folded on the sides of the masks.  The nose flap could be bigger to fit/cover bigger noses.  These masks tend to fit smaller noses.  There is plenty of product essence to feel the effects, and stays on the face, it is not too wet.

Aqua Jeju Natural Green Tea 

This mask is to provide deep moisture & pure skin.  There’s a mild green tea fragrance that dissipates quickly.  This mask provided a cool, tingly sensation upon the first 5 minutes of wearing the mask.  After 20 minutes I removed the mask and massage my face with the remaining mask essence.  My face felt hydrated, I didn’t feel that I needed moisturizer.  My skin felt soft, plump, and supple.  It helped to hydrate my cheeks, as I was suffering from dry cheeks.

Volcanic Pore Care & Sebum Control Mask

This had a subtle floral, hint of rose fragrance that dissipates quickly.  Wearing the mask also provided a cool, tingly sensation.  After 20 minutes, I removed the mask,and massage the remaining essence to leave my face feeling slightly tacky, but felt moisturized, and hydrated.  Just not as much as the Green Tea Mask.  There was some mild redness, pores seem to appear smaller, and my face felt taut.

I’m giving these masks a 3.5 stars out of 5.  Just because there was sizing issue with the nose flaps, and I didn’t feel as much of a profound result on the Volcanic mask.

These sheet masks were provided complimentary by Skin18.com as part of the Skin18challenge Level 2 Bloggers pack.