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.

Beauty Friends II Herb Essence Mask Sheet Pack Review from Skin18.com

PhotoGrid_1493759130708This has a mild herbal lavender fragrance that dissipates after a few minutes of applying the mask.  The mask doesn’t really fit properly, it is too big in some areas, smaller in others.  I think the nose is too small, one of the eye holes is bigger than the other with the smaller hole getting too close to my eyes, which then the mask liquid was leaking into my eyes.  The edges do not properly adhere smoothly even after I’ve smoothed it out.  After about five minutes, I feel the mask slipping off just slightly.  I had to adjust it to keep from slipping.  Overall though, the essence from the mask created a tingly, cooling sensation, and left my face feeling hydrated, plump and smooth.

This is a sponsored post as part of the Skin18 Challenge 1-10s Review Program

Review of Ammiy Makeup Brushes with wood handle, white case 12 pcs.

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Other Brushes: Fan shaped, Spoolie, liners, sponge eye shadow
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Another view of Glue on handle
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Excess glue on Brush handle
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Crooked Brush handle
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Eye shadow and liner brushes
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Protective Sleeve for bigger brushes
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Soft, Fluffy Bristles
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Full set of Makeup Brushes
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Beautiful off white soft roll up leather case

I received these brushes at a discounted price for review.  Click the link here for the brushes

Pros: This has a beautiful off-white soft roll up leather case. The bigger brushes have their own nice sleeves to protect the brushes.  These are soft and fluffy synthetic, pony hair bristles.  The big fluffy brush is better for powders.  I liked the flat brush for concealer blending, though I had to use more concealer than usual to get the coverage as the concealer got into the brush more than on the skin. The angled contour brush is nicely angled, great for contouring. I liked the fan shaped brush for highlighting. This brush set comes with other brushes not normally found in the brush sets like the spoolie brush for eyebrows or to brush eyelashes, and the finer brush for liquid liners, and the sponge eye shadow brush, great for adding the darker eye shadow on the crease.  The silver colored wood handles are good and sturdy and love the color combination of silver and gold aluminum ferrule.

Cons:  The brushes and case emits a very strong chemical smell.  Definitely had to wash them before using.  The blusher/powder brushes while soft and fluffy are not as dense.  They are good for powders, blushes and bronzers, but not really good for liquid foundation.  It took a lot of work to blend liquid foundation.  The eye shadow brushes sheds a lot.  Way too much for blending, which I was disappointed in because it was really good for blending.  The brush handle for the sponge eye shadow brush is slightly crooked.  There was also excess glue on the handle of one of the brushes.

Based on the quality of the brushes and some of the defects on the handles, overall, I’m rating this brush set 3 out of 5 stars.