Friday, October 21, 2016

UpNature The Best Wild Oregano Oil 4 OZ 100% Pure Review

I received this product in exchange for an honest review. 

Gosh it's been a long and exhausting week. I've been trying to figure out what to do with my time. It's difficult when you have any kind of disability. You have all this time on your hands and want to keep productive yet may not have the ability to do so. I've been taking a break from genealogy so I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with myself. I've been drawing more, reading a lot and spending too much time on video games. I keep wishing I could find something part time to do to make a bit of money and eat up my time. As usual there are no such jobs around here. At least nothing I can do. So I'm doing the best I can for now. I'm down to my last few reviews so I'm still contemplating where to go from here as well. I'm still hoping to get approved for some reviews soon. Maybe I'll just keep blogging about my manicures. :)

Moving on to today's topic at hand I have another essential oil review for you. This is a new to me company. 

Product description 

This is absolutely the best value for money you will find on Amazon per ounce! Stop overpaying for oils. Ready To Start Using This Powerful Oregano Essential Oil To Enhance Your Health & Well-Being?By Using Oregano Essential Oil You Can Directly Enjoy The Following Health Benefits:

✔ Treating foot or nail fungus: Put a few teaspoons of our oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it. You can apply the oil with a carrier oil, on the skin or nails as well. This will help alleviate any kind of skin fungus.
✔ Terminate parasites and infections: With it's unique anti-parasite properties, it is one of the best natural tools to deal with parasites & infections. Dilute the oil, and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out.
✔ Stop all colds completely: All you need to do is put a few drops of our oregano oil in a pot of steaming water. Afterwards, inhale the steam, and this will combat anything internal, and remove your cold.
✔ Respiratory and immune system health: Bolster your immune system with oregano oil, as a 100% natural tool. It is known for helping prevent and treat a vast number of infections.
✔ Relieve any bites and rashes from the body: Apply oregano oil diluted with a carrier oil on an affected area, to alleviate and help combat any bite\rash, including poisonous ones.


I've used oregano oil in the past to combat allergies with no problems. Unfortunately I learned the hard way you definitely want to use a carrier oil with this. I tried using some of this oil on its own on my wrist and I broke out in a rash for several days. I'm not sure if it's because I used the oil undiluted or if I've developed a sensitivity to it. I eat oregano often so I sure wouldn't think so. 

That kind of scared me from using this on my skin for awhile. Next time I'll try it with a carrier oil. I did use this on my face over top makeup but that caused some irritation as well. 

Mostly I've just been using this in my oil diffuser. This oil is extremely potent so I only needed to use a few drops. 

This oil is supposed to be great for so many things which I could definitely benefit from. Hopefully I will find a better way to use it on my skin so it does not cause irritation. 

This oil is $20.99 on Amazon for a 4 ounce bottle. Most of the other brands I found only come in 10mL bottles, so you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck with this oil.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Don't toss those old polishes yet

I was looking at some of my old polishes and trying to revive one using thinner when I figured out a pretty nifty trick I thought I'd share. 

I keep hearing about how much people hate texture polishes which inspired me to use OPI Stay the Night yesterday. I love this polish by itself because it's a beautiful black with red glitters. My hair is currently black and red so it seemed fitting. 

Anyway I was trying to thin out one of my gold Kleancolor minis and it just was not happening. I swear I'll never buy minis again because they just clump up on me. I forget right now which polish this one is. I'm thinking maybe Golddigger. It's a jelly base with gold and holo glitters with the random silver holo glitter tossed in. 

I decided to try applying it to my nails despite it thinning out. I found that if I dab the polish on my nails the texture grabs some of the polish. Since it's already textured the polish doesn't have to apply smoothly. Just make sure to dab it. If you try to apply normally it won't come out right. 

So now I have a good use of my old junk polishes. I'll have to experiment more but this seems like such a good way to use those old polishes while adding some sparkle to your textured manicure. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Non Slip Anti-Bacterial Bath Mat Deluxe Review

I received this product in exchange for an honest review. 

I think I've mentioned before how much I've been working on making our home more comfortable. It's difficult because we rent so were limited in what we can do as far as improving the aesthetics. Limited storage space doesn't help either because I have no room for decorations.  

One of the things we thought to do last year was replace our boring plain shower curtain with more interesting ones. Our walls are white which we both hate so a little bit of color helps make things more interesting.  This is the new one which I just hung up today. 

It's polyester so I did have to get a liner for it but so far I like the idea of a polyester curtain and this one just makes me smile. As it happens this week we are in the bathroom with the FlyLady program so it's a good time for a new curtain. All of this goes along with today's  review of the Non Slip Anti-Bacterial Bath Mat Deluxe. 

Product Description
DESCRIPCION • STYLISH WHITE COLOR LOOKS GREAT AND LUXURY IN EVERY SHOWER Make every bath or shower you take safer and more sanitary, anti-bacterial BPA-free. Made of high-quality, allergen-free vinyl. Machine washable. Excellent Grip Top and Bottom The underside of the mat is covered with suction cups that, once pressed into place, adhere firmly to the floor of a tub or shower stall and will not shift or slide when you step on or off.


I like this bath mat because it is BPA free. I question the claim that it is machine washable, and haven't tried to wash it that way. I used a wash cloth and some general purpose cleaner to wash it and that worked just fine. I've been using this for about a month and I haven't noticed any build up of grime or mildew or anything. That's better than my tub stopper which I had to clean after a week. It's so humid up here next to Lake Michigan that everything grows at a really fast rate, so I'm pretty happy with how clean this mat is after a month of use. 

At first I thought this mat seemed a bit small for our tub, especially looking at this picture. However, in actual use it's a perfect fit. Since I'm so accident prone I'm thankful I haven't slipped once since I started using this. All of those oils in the bath salts I use to tend to make things more slippery unfortunately.It eases my mind having this in our tub as well, knowing we're not as likely to slip and fall now. Even when taking a bath, I didn't have it slipping around on me - if you remember my review of my bath pillow, the suction cups on it don't stick to anything on the tub.

One of the bonuses to this bath mat is that it comes with this little loofah. I thought it looked kind of cheaply made but I was surprised at how well this works. The texture is a bit like a washcloth so it feels absolutely incredible on your skin. It definitely works well to exfoliate the skin. 

Additionally, this bath mat does seem to be one of the more affordable bath mats on Amazon. I feel it is definitely a good deal for the price. It's comparable to Walmart prices as well.

The bath mat is available on Amazon for $9.99

The shower curtain I bought at Amazon for $7.99 (but I got it free with a gift card, yay!)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHROME nails with Born Pretty Store

I received these products in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I was going to post this last night but as probably most of you know by now the entire reviewing world is in an uproar at the moment with Amazon's decision to ban companies from offering products in exchange for an honest review. Obviously this effects me personally and effects this blog because I review so many things here and then on Amazon as well or at least I did. I'm personally feeling pretty disheartened. I'm not sure yet what it will mean for my future of reviewing. The web sites I use to work with companies will adapt I'm sure. They are promising things are going to continue on as usual. But I don't want to make this entire post about all of that. Things are definitely changing so only time will tell what that means exactly. 

So today I will be reviewing Born Pretty Store's chrome effect powders. I received both gold and silver so I decided to use both at once so you can compare. Let me begin by saying I like these little jars much more than the usual little containers the powders and things usually come in. I can never tell the top from bottom with those and I find them more difficult to open. These little jars are obvious in their design and easy to open so I'm much happier with these. 

 (I noticed while putting this post together, and comparing my powders with the photos on Born Pretty Store's Web site that while my gold looks the same as theirs, for some reason my silver looks completely different. It's definitely not the same fine powder as is shown in those pictures so I'm wondering if they didn't change the powder at some point.)

I played around with these powders quite a bit before actually using them. Let me say they are so much fun. I know Born Pretty Store and just about everyone I've read stated you have to use these with gel polish so that is what I did. I did use regular polish with my test swatches and didn't notice a difference. Born Pretty Store recommends using these over white or black gel polish. I actually don't have either of those and I figured that's what everyone else was doing so I did not just to try something different. I used Bundle Monster gel polish in red. 

Obviously the issue I have with chrome is it shows every little flaw so if your nails aren't perfect it will show. So sorry but I'm not sorry. The photo above and below are my nails before I applied the top coat. 

I think you can see the silver is a bit more flaky than the gold so it doesn't have the same effect. It's a beautiful chrome but not really the mirror perfect chrome you see with some powders or polishes. Still I love it. The gold took on more of an orange color which I found to be beautiful. At certain angles it almost looked red which was strange. The gold I'm not sure you could really call chrome. It's definitely gold but it has a bit of holo sparkle to it. Regardless of what you call these they're lovely and so fun to play with and easy to apply. As you can see from my pictures the powder does get everywhere. So pardon the mess but I did want to get before and after pictures with the topcoat and I didn't want to risk cleanup because the powder does rub off easily. One more thing I like about these powders is you can rub them on to get different texture effects sort of like doing gold leafing. 

I had planned on doing some kind of nail art with these, but they started to chip after 4 hours. Less than a week after painting them, I still hadn't done any nail art and they were chipping but also lifting. I was actually able to peel the polish completely off my nails so I'm thinking it just never cured correctly or something, I don't know. I guess I still need to practice gel nails more or maybe it's my polish? I probably will get some black and white gel polish at some point just to have on hand.

Edit. I just thought to add in my test swatches for you to see. A few of these have the mermaid powder as well but you can clearly see the gold and silver chrome powders with regular top coat applied. 

$1.99 1g/box Mirror Powder Gold Silver Pigment Nail Glitter Nail Art Chrome -

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