SlimQuick Pure Protein Supplement Review

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After passing off various workout supplements to Hubby to test and review, one targeted towards women finally came my way. SlimQuick Pure Protein shake supplement is a weight loss supplement “designed for women” that boasts it will help you lose “3X the weight” of just a diet alone. Fine print mentions that the diet advises is a paltry 1350 calories, which would be highly effective on it’s own when combined with any sensible exercise routine. Contradicting that is the supplement facts that are centered around a much more achievable 2,000 calorie diet. So let’s just dive right in and see what there is to see, shall we?

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Right from jump street I don’t know what about this particular product is specific to women’s health needs or exercise requirements. I see that the ingredients list a proprietary blend of soy and green tea extract, along with taurine and something called “Fibersol-2” digestion resistant maltodexterin. Oh my. Sounds…intimidating. Some reading tells me that Fibersol is generally used as a rapid delivery system for proteins. And the protein used here is whey protein concentrate, which as proteins go is pretty good. Unfortunately, this Fibersol-2 kind of also flies in the face of the “natural ingredients” tagline as well. Moving on, there’s a bunch of other stuff that are missing from hubby’s various protein shakes. In fact, glancing over the supplement facts shows that each 20g serving contains only 10 grams of protein. At this low 50% ratio, it puts SlimQuick at the low end of most protein shake brands listed protein content. To give you some idea, most of hubby’s protein shakes are usually a minimum of 85%, up to about 95% for some. Also troubling is the 20mg of cholesterol per serving as well. Again, referring back to hubby’s shakes, his generally contain between 15 and 30mg’s, but again, we’re talking about 28-30 grams of protein per serving. And not nearly as many added fillers either. Oof. Alright. How’s it taste?

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Not too bad, as protein shakes go. A few of hubby’s have been pretty, well, awful at times. Even the ones he says are pretty good are still pretty bad. This one is very, very sweet. Almost too sweet, considering they only recommend 4 oz. of water to mix in. Which means if you don’t shake it vigorously, it’ll be pretty clumpy. Forget stirring it either.

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Lastly, I’ll touch on price and results. The price is pretty astronomical for a protein shake. Less than one pound of product (300g to be exact) is good for about 15 servings, or a little more than a week’s worth. For $21.99 (by Amazon.com’s pricing). To put that in perspective, hubby’s “premier” shake containing over 4 pounds of whey protein isolate (which is a purer, better form of protein that is generally more expensive) is usually $49.99, sometimes as low as $40. Scaled up were looking at almost $100 for the same amount of product as hubby has been buying. It’s much more cost efficient to buy a 5lb tub of another brand and supplement the green tea, caffeine, or whatever weight loss “stack” you want separately.  As for results, I didn’t see any difference as far as weight loss, muscle tone or general fitness level as I did from my usual diet and exercise routine, but then I didn’t go on a highly restrictive 1300 calorie diet either. So results will depend on where you are, goal wise, and how intense you are willing to be, diet and exercise-wise, and not on the additives in your shakes. As a meal replacement it’s poor, and as a meal supplement, would be awfully sweet in the mornings and afternoons (as directed on the label). I wanted to like this product. I tried to like this product. But with more negatives than positives, I would have to give this shake mix a failing grade from me, though your mileage may vary. However with a money-back satisfaction guarantee, there’s no harm in trying to see for yourself.

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Swiss Ultimate Labs: Swiss Ultimate Sonic-Ionic Infusion Wand #Review #SwissBeauty

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I was able to try the mini-me version of Swiss Ultimate Lab’s under-eye massager and now I get to try the larger size.

This Swiss Ultimate Labs Sonic Ionic Infusion wand is more than double the size and that means it lends itself to use in other areas and I found this wand had more power, even though the wand uses the same battery power (one AAA battery). The battery is included with this wand too! The wand is advertised as providing Ultrasonic therapy and Negative-ion; micro-electric pulses. That is delivering up to 170 sonic beats per second where applied. The game is to increase collagen production by driving water (moisture) to the skin’s surface. That is what minimizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You will see on the first treatment a temporary improvement that is visible and you can feel a smoother’s skin surface. Over time the idea is that you make this the state of your skin, meaning it gets use to being plump, nourished, and minimizing the fine lines/wrinkles you may have.  You aid this process by providing skincare products to the surface and so forth.

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Retail Price Point: $13.87 via Amazon for one wand

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Directions: The product comes with directions but they are not written very well. You simply apply any skincare product for that area (i.e. eye serum for the eye area, anti-aging creams, ect.) and then treat each area for 30 seconds. This does not mean you stay stationary in one place but more like 30 seconds under one eye and when that lapses, you then treat the other eye for 30 seconds and so forth.

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Verdict:
I tried the little version like I mentioned and that one came with a cap to put over the contact tip after use, while this one did not and came in a box that is more for featuring, versus storing. That is the only small negative I could find because the rest was positive. The wand delivers pulses at a greater speed and I treated everything from my under-eye area, the middle of my eyebrows to my forehead. The wand was easier to hold and navigate and more speedy pulses were present. I have been using this wand for 2.5 weeks because I could not use it in conjunction with the other one, in order to know what benefits belonged to which wand. The manufacture states you will see benefits in 4-6 weeks and I can state I have already and I’m happy with a device that only needs a battery and is not invasive, like shots would be. I don’t even feel needles, so that is never my concern but what is in the tube and the possible side effects is a risk at this moment I do not want to take. As a skincare maintenance wand, this one fits the bill perfectly in performance and cost.

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Trilane: Retinol + Vitamin C Anti-Aging Moisturizer #Review #Trilane

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Trilane is part of Healthy Directions LLC., which has an extensive line of serums, moisturizers to battle all your anti-aging needs.

I was sent a bottle of their 100% Natural Retinol and Vitamin C moisturizer. The Trilane line reflects several acting agents and the ones that stood the most, was Olive Squalane and Jojoba Esters. The rest of the ingredients are familiar from Pomegranate, Cucumber, Licorice and so forth.

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    Upon researching what makes this ingredient different and more powerful, I discovered that it is really just an emollient. It is also a Vegan friendly alternative as Shark Squalane is derived from their liver. I’m not a vegetarian, but the latter is not exactly something I want to purchase and much less apply to my skin…..no matter the claims. Olive Squalane provides a lightly formulated oil like substance that is rich in lipids. Much like olive oil when it comes to the beneficial properties, but you have some differences that can be felt in how the final product feels and applies. It’s thinner and provides a rich barrier, something you want to seek out because you want a moisturizer that applies thin and absorbs quickly, but leaves no oily slick behind. I tried seeing if Squalane as an individual source differed greatly when it came to nutritional properties, like is it more potent (percentage wise) but could not allocate any clinical information stating so. After pages and pages, I could only find that it penetrates (absorbs) into the skin quickly at a rate of 2MM per second when the agent is used singularly (by itself). So, it gives you an idea on why it was added to this moisturizer!

 

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    Jojoba is always identified as an oil and it’s really technically a wax, but still an emollient. You have a wax that has been boiled down to produce a purer and more intensified solution. Jojoba is rich in fatty acids, so you not only get improvement in how a product applies but a richer and more nutritional formula. Due to Jojoba being close to the properties found in human sebum, you can see why it’s so “skin friendly”.

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Retail Price Point: $42.53 via Amazon, but make sure to scroll down and use the code to get a discount!  The product retails for $44.99 (with Auto-ship) via the website.

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Verdict:
The Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C anti-aging moisturizer, is simple when it comes to the properties that make-it up, so I was looking forward in trying a product that can cause less interactions, but still provide results. I tried the product for a period of 2 weeks and stopped using any alternate Vitamin C and Retinol product. I figure this was a 2-in-1 product, so let us see how it does on it’s own. While I was very happy with the moisturizer and how well it applied, distributed and absorbed, I did find I was not satisfied with the Retinol level. I have been using OTC products with 2.5% and none was declared on the package from Healthy Directions, but I did feel I needed to amp it up and decided to incorporate back my serum (containing Retinol) back by the 2.5 week point. Then I did get what I felt a better edge on keeping any fine lines at bay and I can say the Trilane line does deliver a lot of moisture and I say this again, because it put up with the weather swings we have been experiencing in Southern California. It’s been cloudy and in the 60’s to then the 80’s three days later! Trilane kept my skin’s temperaments at bay because it likes to misbehave when the weather swings like this.

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VIDI Skincare: IncreduLASH Enhancer Serum for Eyelashes and Eyebrows ‪#Giveaway ‪#‎IncreduLASH‬

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Get your own IncreduLASH Enhancer Serum for Eyelashes and Eyebrows bottle by entering today!  The product will be provided by the manufacture, VIDI Skincare and they will ship the winner one bottle (a $39 value) and all you have to do is:

  1. Like VIDI Skincare’s Facebook page
  2. Follow VIDI Skincare via Twitter
  3. Leave a comment on the Review page for IncreduLASH‬: http://wp.me/p2B5Rd-1oW

and that is all!  Winner will be notified on May 25th.  I will then forward the information to VIDI Skincare, which will send the winner a free bottle!  Good Luck!

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Weight Gurus Digital Bathroom Scale with Smartphone App Tracking

The key to eating healthy, and being healthy, is to keep track of your weight. While it’s not a be-all, end-all of health measurements, it does tend to give you a pretty good baseline to start from. So a good scale is essential to keeping yourself healthy. And while this Weightless Series Weight Gurus scale looks sharp, and can kind of help you track your weight with their app, it falls seriously short in the one metric absolutely essential to any scale, regardless of features, bells, or whistles: It is seriously inaccurate. 5-10lb swings are not uncommon, and a quick glance at reviews show that I’m not alone here.

We first thought it was the floor int he bathroom. So we tried the tile in the kitchen, and then the entryway. Every time there was a different weight for both hubby and I. That is not only startling, but frustrating. And because it is digital, there is no manual adjustment like the old analog spring versions of our youth. So, it may not get high marks from me, but I will highlight what I did like.

It looks very snazzy, and it’s tempered glass surface means it’s a breeze to keep clean, has touch screen controls and a large, easy to read backlit LCD screen. It is powered by 4 AAA batteries. It has an auto-on feature and multiple profile settings that it uses to auto-detect who is using the scale by weight, for up to 8 users. It also has a “weightless” mode that will tell you simply how much you have lost or gained, but I wouldn’t use that and don’t really recommend it with the constant inaccuracies displayed by this unit. And, as always, high praise for retailers like Greater Goods/Weight Gurus that include batteries, because having to hunt them down to get to use new stuff is no kind of fun at all.

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Lastly, I must touch on the app. While not essential to using this scale, it is listed as a “value added” feature, and on it’s surface seems to be useful. It is supposed to work by scanning a QR code the scale displays and helping you track your weight. I say it’s supposed to because the phone doesn’t always want to scan the code. So it becomes easier to just manually enter it. It doesn’t sync with any of the popular fitness or health tracking apps either, so it becomes somewhat redundant. It’s also pretty slow, but that may be my device, since my phone isn’t by any stretch a top of line device.

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Overall I don’t see the value here, and while it may have been a bad batch of scales that went out, the problems I’ve highlighted don’t seem unique to me at all. I wanted to like this product, but it falls way short in the most important feature one needs from a scale. Sorry, Weight Gurus. This one isn’t quite ready for Prime Time yet.

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#Ozeri 3X Tower Fan w/ Passive Noise Reduction Technology

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I got a chance recently to try another great product from Ozeri, and it may be my favorite of their products yet. Not only did this Ozeri 3X Tower Fan come at the best seasonal time ever, But it looks super snazzy, and all at once blends with the decor and still stands out.

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Starting with the overall look, it is a glossy polycarbonate housing that feels sturdy, resists fingerprints well, and wipes clean what few prints it might catch with just a quick wipe of a microfiber cloth. And it’s only about 3″ thick! Wow! It has a sturdy, tempered glass base that securely anchors the fan flat to the floor. And it’s so quiet. I can hardly even hear it in the room on it’s low setting. So that’s the Passive Noise reduction at work. With upgraded, canted fan blades that “…utilize the physics of blade curvature to generate opposing sound waves to reduce blade noise and isolate the soothing sounds of the airflow itself”. This, I can really appreciate. And speaking of settings…This amazing fan has nearly an infinite number of settings thanks to the three independently controllable fans. You can have one, two or all three running, top and bottom, middle alone, top alone, 3 different speeds, variable speed “Nature” mode (which cycles between speeds at 5 second intervals. It’s much cooler that I can even describe. It has a sleep mode which cycles down from high to low in Nature modes at 30 minute intervals.

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Oh, did I mention it swings side to side? And you can turn it off if so desired to be stationary? Yeah, it does that. But wait, there’s more. There’s a timer that can be set to half-hour increments, up to a 7.5 hour timer.  All of these amazing features are easily controllable via the touch screen tastefully backlit at the top of the fan. But hold on to your socks, my dear readers. Don’t feel like getting up to go across the room to change the myriad of settings? You don’t have to. This awesome fan comes with a remote control! Every feature I just covered can be controlled via the remote control. Which comes in handy when one person gets a chill long after the other has cooled down.

I could keep going on and on about this fan. It looks great, has a ton of features, and works great. It even came with the CR2032 battery needed for the remote!!!! I love to share that batteries are included! It comes in glossy black, flat silver, and white so it will match any decor in any home with ease. With summer just around the corner, this fan is a great way to cut your cooling bills. Ozeri makes great products that they stand behind 100%, no questions asked, for an entire year. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. This Ozeri 3X Tower Fan is a winner, and I hope you find that out for yourself.

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Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil #Giveaway #LifeFood

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So, you know I’m serious about my health, but are you, too? Then here’s your chance to prove it. I’m hosting a giveaway for the EXACT SAME Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme fish oil capsules I just reviewed.

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So, how do you get in on this amazing freebie? Sooo simple. Just:

-Like and Follow the company on Facebook

-And, leave a comment on my review below!

Getting healthier was never so easy. Entries will close on April 4th, 2015, and a winner will be announced on April 6th. The complimentary product will then be shipped directly from the manufacturer to the winner.

Time is ticking, so get your entries in now! Good luck!

Life & Food Pro Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil Capsules Review #LifeFood

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We could all stand to vary up our diets a little more. Food in the US isn’t what it used to be and some agri-giants would like to see that it stays that way. It’s no secret that I supplement my diet with various vitamins and minerals, and one that’s made a big difference for me was fish oil. So when I got a chance to try Life & Food’s Omega-3 Supreme dietary supplement, I jumped right into the deep end of the pool.

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Packed to the gills with EAA and DHA concentrates, this NSF and GMP certified product is 1400 milligrams of goodness. 644mgs of DHA (a mental-boosting, cancer-busting, & inflammation reducing polyunsaturated fatty acid) and 336mgs of EPA (for good mental, mood, joint and metabolic health) of omega-3 acids per 2 serving means you’re on a good path to great overall health. Made from pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled wild Alaskan Pollock, I did not once have a single fishy burp, and neither did hubby, who was notorious for them with every single fish oil supplement he ever took.

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Made in the USA and sustainably sourced as certified by MSC, this Life & Food supplement is not only good for you, but good for the earth. It’s non-GMO, gluten, egg, and additive free. Free from binders, fillers, soy milk and peanuts, these are Omega-3’s for almost everyone. No shellfish, sulfates, stearates, dioxides or laurates to get in the way either. At $24.95 for a 90 day supply, it won’t break the bank for you either. I would compare it very favorably to a my favorite warehouse store’s Kirkland brand for quality. Life & Food’s Omega-3 Supreme fish oil capsules bought direct from them carry a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so for me this one is a must-try supplement for anyone looking to boost their overall health.

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Zenwise Labs Advanced Green Tea Extract + Vitamin C #Review #ZenwiseLabs

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Sometimes, we can really don’t eat the way we should, sometimes we fudge a little on our diets. Some times we’re dragging a little a need a little pick me up. So what’s a person to do? Enter Zenwise Labs Advanced Green Tea Extract (W/ Vitamin C). I’ve reviewed a Zenwise product before, and was impressed with the quality and how the makers stand behind their products 100%. So I was really looking forward to getting to try their latest offering. I wasn’t disappointed. And while the bottle promoted quite a few impressive health benefits of their green tea extract capsules, I chose to focus on the immediate benefits green tea can provide.

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This 120ct bottle delivers 725mg of their proprietary green tea extract mix, which includes decaffeinated green tea extract, Vitamin C and EGCG. I used to split a 200mg caffeine pill as part of my daily supplements routine, so I was a little concerned about this having 750mg. Not to worry, my heart didn’t explode. And I had sufficient energy to do my daily tasks, without jitters or heart flutters, and without being so wired I couldn’t sleep at night. It’s not one of hubby’s giant horse pills either, so I don’t have to choke them down. And there’s no wheat, soy, egg, milk, or shellfish. It’s gluten free, and made in the USA from natural ingredients, made in GMP and FDA certified labs, and uses vegetarian capsules. At $22.95 for essentially a 4 month supply, this feels like an excellent value to boot.

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If I had a nitpick on this product it would be the inclusion of the EGCG. Some studies have shown EGCG to be a carcinogen, but there’s not enough peer-reviewed studies definitively labeling it a carcinogen, but I’d want to know, so I’m sharing with you. I like Zenwise Labs. I like their products, I like their customer service. I like not having to pop caffeine pills, and take something natural instead. I like the antioxidant boost, too. I like not having to know where the bathroom is because I’ve been chugging coffee by the gallon to stay awake. I wholeheartedly recommend these, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have tried them. I hope you try them too.

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Xtava: ALLURE 2200W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Professional Hair Dryer #Review #HairDryer

 

 

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Last week, I shared the Xtava Professional 5-in-1 Curling Iron and this week I’m sharing another one of Xtava’s products, the Allure Hair dryer. You will notice if you visit Xtava’s website, their hair dryer line is really what put the company on the map and this one is no different!

The Allure hair dryer is light in weight but powerful. You have 2200 watts that delivers air quickly in both heat and cold options. Power does not mean this blow dryer will not be kind or gentle to your hair either. The Allure hair dryer uses Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic technology, meaning you get even heat distribution and the ceramic is gentle on your hair’s cuticle. The negative ionic technology also prevents frizz to build-up, giving your final do’s that smooth and very desired shiny appearance. The above technology is also perfect with all the new hair oils hitting the market because you will achieve ultimate penetration meaning you will reap all the benefits quicker and better.

The Xtava Allure features:

  • A Ultra Lightweight housing for better control
  • Triple Baked Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic
  • 2 Speeds with 3 Heat setting modes.
  • A “Cold Burst” Button to aid with styling and setting
  • Concentrator Nozzle is also included
  • The “filter” easily removes on back for cleaning when needed
  • 1 year manufacture warranty
  • Card for up to 50% off (with code) to their site

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I tried the Xtava Allure hair dryer for 1 week to get an idea how well it performs. I was surprised how quickly the element delivered heat and the burst of air is that perfect flow where you can still control your hair while it’s drying. My hair’s length is at my waist and I have a lot of hair, which is fine to medium in texture but dense when it comes to amount. I was happy at the 5 minutes mark with the quickness in drying time and softness in feel. By 7 minutes, my hair was dry and ready for me to style. I did not experience any frizz or static from the dryer, which is a major plus for me because “dandelion head” is yet a look to catch on!  On the second use, I used my typical leave-in mix of oils (2 drops of Argan oil with a small dollop of Living Proof Perfect Hair Day).  I achieved great results and my hair was super smooth in feel and it had that natural gloss you get when you get that perfect blow out.  I was satisfied with the performance of Xtava’s Allure hair dryer!  The box comes with everything you need from the attachment…..you just need a hair brush and you are set.

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Retail Price Point: $34.00 via Amazon and $30 via Xtava’s website

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The only Con I could Find:
The “cool shot/burst” button pinches when you use it or if your finger tends to slide up. It also caught my hair once but I knew enough to not pull, so I did not lose any strands or caused any damage. The button is really not a button or a rocker switch, it’s made from the plastic frame the dryer is made from. A button shape is molded but the movement is made from the cut-out in the plastic’s frame. My only worries is durability with this button due to the fact plastic can only bend back and forth so often before breaking and/or cracking. Not a biggie but worth mentioning because it does pinch your skin when you use it and especially soft skin that you get from just showering or bathing. I don’t use this option often, so for me it would be insignificant when thinking of overall use or performance.

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