Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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The Randomness of My Life (6/27/11)

It is 12:30 at night and I am sitting here thinking about what to post.  I have typed the start of 3 different posts and don't know how to continue with them.  The delete and backspace button have received a lot of action in the last 20 minutes.  At 12:30 on a Monday night, the only thing you can do is reflect.

In the last two weeks, I have been on a roller coaster wondering when the hell I can get off.  It isn't as if I have true heart-aching misery or as though I've hit the bottom, but a girl has the right to be disappointed in her current timeline. I am 23 years old and at times I feel like I am 40.

Today I woke up, way later than I wanted to.  I check my phone to see if my boyfriend has sent me a text, I am disappointed to find a bunch of tweets from his user name, but no text messages.  When I finally drag myself out of bed, I go downstairs to find that there is no real food in the house.  My mother has been gone for two weeks didn't leave anything behind and my dad comes and goes like I'm merely a plant that he sometimes remembers to water.  To top it off, I am broke. So I eat some diet bar my parents have stashed in pantry and a trail mix bar.  What a great breakfast/lunch!

In the few hours I have before work, I call Verizon to find out why my bill has been screwed up for so long.  All I can say is that I can't wait for my contract to be up.  I attempt to clean the house before my mom finally returns to town and then I am off to work.

Last week, I was told that I may or may not be laid off in the next week.  Now, the reason I moved home was to help dig myself out of a hole that I only made bigger for myself after college.  But unemployment is only going to make that hole that much bigger.  My hours have been cut and I am just mentally trying to drag myself through the day.  To aid in my stress, my old roommate sends me a text this morning asking when I plan to move my stuff out of her apartment.  Stress just punched me in the chest now just thinking about it.  I respect her wishes but timing is just not on my side right now. So now I have get that worked out in the next week.

The only comic relief I have today is from this one particular customer I have who I spoke to last week.  Unfortunately for her and now for me, the company I work for can't help her because we have nothing to do with her issues but she insists on dragging me along for a ride on her crazy bus.  I spend over an hour dealing with this woman and another company.  Though, she wasn't amused by the situation, I got a kick out of this woman making a fool out of herself on the phone. I had to put it on speaker for the office to hear.

The rest of my shift went over fine. I love the people I work with because they are real.  However, I wasn't too thrilled by the fact that one guy I worked with asked me about my attempts at weight loss.  Asking me about my diet and stuff.  Given the fact that I outweigh this guy by about 40 lbs and he is basically a self proclaimed manorexic (a man obsessed with weight), I wasn't trying to hear anything he had to say.

I stayed at work an hour and a half after my shift was over because A) I needed the money B) I didn't want to come home.  Being home at 23 is already bad enough.  Dealing with family issues you have tried to avoid for the last 5 years is not helping.  My aunt is in town for a couple of days, which is nice because she is a trip and I love her for it.

My boyfriend just texted me goodnight.  After such a funky day, something like that means more than it usually would.  Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully a new post:-)


 

Monday, June 20, 2011

EMPTIES: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer

So this is an old empty, but an empty none the less.  Like many woman, I suffer from discoloration on my face.  Whether it is acne scars or just my skin being difficult, random dark spots plague my face especially on my check area and a random line that crosses the bridge of my nose.

Now I've tried a few tone correcting products, from skin bleach to various moisturizers.  Unfortunately, I've yet to find that holy grail product.  After passing this product many times at the drugstore, I decided to finally swallow the price (approx. $19) and purchase the Neutorgena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer.
Outside of the price, one of the first things I noticed was the high SPF.  One thing about tone correcting products, they usually tell you to stay out of the sun or to apply sunblock along with the product.  Given the fact that I don't want 20 layers of product on my face, I am glad that this product had a high SPF.  While the huge SPF level was great, the small size of the bottle........not so much.  One ounce of product for almost 20 dollars in a drugstore!? That is crazy!

Now before I get too much into my opinion, let me give you some details first.

According to the Neutorgena website:
   

Ageless Intensives® Tone Correcting Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 features powerful ingredients for brighter, more radiant skin, noticeably more even skin tone and diminished look of dark spots.

The stabilized Vitamin C helps reduce the look of dark spots and visibly evens skin tone, Retinol
SA works continuously to renew the look of skin throughout the day, and Helioplex® provides superior protection against skin aging UVA rays and helps prevent future discoloration.

  • Non-comedogenic  
  • Light fragrance
  • Available in Untinted and Tinted
The five active ingredients in this product are:
  • Avobenzone 3%- is an oil soluble ingredient used in sunscreen products to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays
  • Homosalate 4%- is an organic compound used in some sunscreens. It is an ester formed from salicylic acid and 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexanol, a derivative of cyclohexanol.
  • Octisalate 5%-a substituted salicylate that absorbs ultraviolet light in the UVB range, used as a sunscreen.
  • Octocrylene 5%-it is a relatively weak sunscreen. Used alone it is inadequate for either UVB or UVA protection. On the other hand, octocrylene is very stable and it both protects and augments other UV absorbers while improving their uniform skin coating.
  • Oxybenzone 5%-It is used as an ingredient in sunscreen and other cosmetics because it absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA (ultraviolet) rays.
Now what I find to be comical is that all of the active ingredients for this product are for sun protection purposes.  However, the big sell on the packing is for Retinol SA and "stablized" Vitamin C.  Two things obviously not listed in the active ingredients (regular retinol is listed in the inactive ingredients).

According to the Neutrogena website, ingredients may not be fully accurate, up to date, reliable, error free, or complete.  They state that you should look at the packaging for the most accurate list of ingredients.  This I find to be ridiculous.  How does a major corporation not have a correct list of information on their website as that of their packaging?  That sounds like they are trying to cover their basis if they are caught in a lie. Unfortunately, I don't have the original packaging, so I couldn't tell you if the ingredients are the same or not.

While researching for this post, I found some interesting information about retinol and vitamin c.  However, to avoid making this long I will link two interesting posts at the end of this particular post. 

So overall what do I think of this product?

I had mixed feelings throughout the entire time I used it.  It wasn't the most moisturizing moisturizer, but that is not a huge issue for me since I have oily/combination skin.  I felt like I say a difference in my skin, however looking back I don't know how much of that was contributed to other things I was doing at the time.  There isn't much product, and like many reviews have stated you don't get all the product without opening up the container.  The pump is nice, but how many other products use a pump as well?

Overall, the product was good and did it's job. But the ultimate question is would I repurchase it? And I would have to say..........

NO


Besides the fact that the price is a little steep for a drugstore product, it wasn't really worth it.  After I had stopped using it for a few weeks, my skin reverted back to it's previous, dark spotted self.  In addition, with everything I have read and the ingredients being more focused on sunscreen, I think I would do better investing my money somewhere else.  A few weeks ago, I would have said this was a maybe, but there is no point in lying to myself.  Also, if you have dry skin, this isn't going to do much for you on the moisturizing end.  It may be worth it if you plan to use the continuously, but breaks in its usage will be evident in you appearance.
Retinol Article:
http://www.ehow.com/about_5449767_retinol-sa.html

Vitamin C Article:
http://www.ehow.com/about_4572412_what-chemical-formula-vitamin-c.html



   



Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Master Cleanse: Day 1


I am so hungry. I am so hungry. I am so hungry.

That is all I can think about as I begin typing my day one experience with the Master Cleanse.  Cayenne pepper tingles the back of my throat and thoughts of how good a fat cheeseburger would taste right about now floods my brain.  Unfortunately, only thing I can look forward to tasting are the glasses of regular water I am allowed outside of the cleanse concoction.  I look at my second dosage for the day and try to remember what I am doing this for, but it’s so hard when you flip through the channels and there is a ton of restaurant ads.

Nine more days. Nine more days. NINE MORE FREAKIN’ DAYS!

I woke up this morning and did the salt water cleanse.  Last night, I went out and bought coarse grained sea salt.  Another expense, I wasn’t thrilled about adding.  However, I did the rinse this morning and had a different experience than when I attempted to do it yesterday.

As sad (and maybe disgusting) this may sound, the salt water rinse is the best part for me.  Well, until I am done.  I have never been much of a sweet tooth girl.  Usually, salty things are my weakness.  So compared with the hot/sweet taste of the Master Cleanse, the salt rinse is somewhat welcomed by my taste buds.  

Now, when I did the rinse yesterday, it was with iodized salt.  According to websites, that is a no-no.  So today, I used the sea salt.  When I used the iodized salt yesterday, it made me have to go to the bathroom once.  I asked one of my coworkers about the salt (she is the one that gave me the push to try it), she asked if “it” was loose or solid.  Needless to say, the conversation made me uncomfortable. Not because I wasn’t able to tell her but because the office was really quiet and I really didn’t want any MORE funny looks.  But if you want to know, it was both.
When I did the rinse today, I had to go the bathroom quite a few times, twice before I could even finish the glass.  I felt like the rinse cleared me out better and quicker than any cleansing pill I had taken. It wasn’t a freeing feeling or anything, but it was a surprise.  The effects of the rinse made me rethink about doing the cleanse for 10 days.  While, the rinse is the easy part, it isn’t the easiest thing to deal with when you are planning on seeing your boyfriend for the first time in weeks for the weekend…..

If you catch my drift :-)

Moving on to the Master Cleanse.  I did better with the mixture today than yesterday, but the stuff still tastes nasty.  The concoction reminds me of something I threw up after a drunken night.  According to the Detox site, you should drink it about 6 to 12 times a day.  But I couldn’t do it.  All I could manage was 2.  I couldn’t really distinguish if I was hungry or just craving real food.  However, it didn’t help when my boyfriend was calling telling me he was hungry. I’ll give him credit though, he has been supportive but I know I’m going to be crazy by the end of this.

Motivation is key…………hopefully I will have more of it tomorrow.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Master Cleanse Fail

If you are someone who is frequently looking for new ways to lose weight, I'm sure you have heard of the Master Cleanse. Now, if you have not heard about this Master Cleanse, then it may be a good thing. The Master Cleanse is basically a modernized version of the ancient concept of detoxing, fasting, or cleansing.

According to the Detox website, the philosophy of the Master Cleanse is.....
 
The digestive system and body are given a rest from the arduous task of digesting foods, so they can have a chance to throw off the toxins and poisons that have been lodged in the body.

So what is the Master Cleanse beyond it's philosophy?

Bascially it is 10 day liquid diet.  Unfortunately, there is nothing appetizing about this 10 day process. It is recommend that you have about 3 to 4 bowel movements a day, so to help make that happen it is suggested that you drink an herbal laxative tea or salt water rinse.

I personally decided to go with the salt water rinse.  You take the rinse first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. The Detox website states, "Prepare a full quart (1 litre) of lukewarm water and add two level teaspoons of sea salt (more for coarse salt) and drink it first thing in the morning.  You should do this on an empty stomach, and the salt water will cleanse the entire intestinal tract"
Now after you do the rinse or the tea, you can do the "main course." This is the recipe for the Master Cleanse:
  • Two tablespoons of fresh organic lemon or lime juice, (approximately half a lemon). Do not use bottled or canned lemon juice.
  • Two tablespoons of genuine maple syrup . Not Maple flavored sugar syrup.
  • 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or to taste.
  • 8 ounces of water (250ml), at room temperature
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? Not really...

I tried to do the Master Cleanse today, but unfortunately, my attempt was in vain.  I did the rinse this morning and since my internet was down, I wasn't able to get all the information about the cleanse.  I got to work and found out that I was not prepared for a full day of cleansing.  So I will have to try it tomorrow. 

With this cleanse, you can't eat anything, take any type of supplements or vitamins, or consume any type of juice for ten days.  There are a few variations of this cleanse, but the main drink is the same everywhere I have seen it.  So I will update you tomorrow as to how my first day begins.  From my first attempt, I can tell this is going to be a long 10 days.  If you would like more information check out the Detox site linked above.  So until tomorrow, I'm gonna enjoy my last day of food consumption:-)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hair Experiment: Samy Fat Foam (R5 Medium Reddish Brown)

So I decided to color my hair again a few weeks ago.  I really wanted to try the new foam hair dye by John Frieda, but when I went to the store, they didn't have any reddish brown colors.  I even looked at the Sublime Mousse by L'Oreal, but of course I couldn't find a reddish brown color. 

Wanting to stick with the whole foam dye concept, I picked up the Samy Fat Foam.  The color I picked was R5 Medium Reddish Brown.  While I had seen the box before, I didn't really know much about the brand.  However, I decided to go with it and hope for the best.  I figured it couldn't be any worse than my previous hair dying experience.  But then again, dying your hair is always a risky thing when you are going lighter.

So this is what came in the box:











This is the starting point for my dying experience:




So while my previous dye job was supposed to be a reddish brown, it turned out to be more brown then reddish.  Also, the color wasn't that vibrant if I wasn't directly in some form of light.  Between that and my roots being a bit of a contrast from the rest of my hair, I wanted to try and achieve more of a red based brown color.






Basically, you take the base solution and pour the powder color in the container and shake it up.  The foam goes from a white color and gradually turns a more maroon like color.  Then you apply to your hair.  The difference with this dye is that you leave it on for about 30 minutes after about a 10 minute application time.  My previous dye experience was about 20 minutes and that was because I left it on a little longer than instructed.




Then I rinsed the color out.....

This is how it looked shortly into air drying.....





When I initially put the dye in, I was afraid that my hair was going to come out crazy red, which is not what I was trying to achieve.  Then when I rinsed it out, I was afraid that I had messed up because I didn't see any change (from where I started).  Now my final pictures were taken a few days after the dye job.  Unfortunately, my camera just couldn't pick up the true color of my hair.  The final result was great.  Red was more prominent in the brown this time than the last time.  I wish it could of been a TAD bit more vibrant, but with red color I fear crossing the line from office appropriate to ghetto.  But this is definitely a dye I would recommend to anyone trying to achieve a reddish brown color.  Foam application is easy and the color choice was true to the description (if that makes sense haha).



Until my next dye job.......:-)

Love is Evil (Random)


When I was 14 years old, I told my very first boyfriend that I loved him.  2 months later, I called him up and asked if I could take it back.  Needless to say, we didn’t end on a good note.  Almost 10 years later, telling a new guy I love him makes me think about the first time I ever said that to a guy.  With the exception of twice, I always wished I had never said it. Love has always been such a funny word to me, because I never really knew what it meant and when I thought I did I was left to wonder if I really loved that guy at all.

It is 12:34am in the middle of the week and as I type this, I keep glancing at my phone hoping for a text; a text that will simply tell me that someone loves me.  As I type these words, my phone lights up and I see his name appear and though it is not the ideal words I would like, it is enough to make me smile after a hour long battle with him.  While cliché as it sounds, as much as he makes me crazy, I would rather be crazy with him than sane with someone else.  But that is love I guess: crazy.

Love is an evil emotion.  Once it is involved in your life, you have no real control.  The results of love in a relationship can be something out of a fairytale, or something worthy of a Law and Order episode. Love dulls the senses and leaves you with a sense of stupidity because love has the brains and control of your relationship.  

Now, it is true love that leads to this moronic submission.  Because when you are merely in like of someone, you are very much aware of yourself, the other person, and your relationship.  But when you are in love, certain things become very unclear and others very apparent.  Love allows you to see and do what it wants, not what you want.

As I look back at the clock, it is now 12:46 a.m. and I glance back at my phone.  I know he is probably asleep by now but I slightly hope that he would text one more time.  If I wasn’t in love, my phone would probably be sitting at the bottom of my purse, ignored until the next day.  After big fall outs, opposing mothers, and much time apart, I can say I am still in love.  

Thanks for reading, just having a random, emotional night and wanted to post.  LOVE YA! :-)

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