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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Turmeric Curcumin Capsules Review

Since I've been researching and taking my supplements seriously lately, I am always on the lookout for anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. I heard turmeric was good for you but didn't realize how powerful it was. Dr. Oz ran a segment on his show a couple of weeks ago about the benefits of turmeric. He recommended it as a daily tea. In my case I got to try turmeric in capsule form. I tried Turmeric Curcumin Capsules by Healthnex Supplements. The capsules are a convenient and fast way to absorb the tumeric. These particular capsules are premium grade, standardized 95% Curcuminoids. There are no artificial fillers, flavorings, or colorings and are 100% natural. Tumeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for hundreds of years. Many people take tumeric supplements for joint and arthritis relief. It is a powerful anti-oxident, immunity booster, helps with digestion, skin tone, and has anti-aging properties. I'm sold! Ha! This Turmeric Curcumin is produced in the USA in a FDA approved facility. This one's a keeper. I always give updates on the supplements I take 6, 12, 18+ months down the road. I received these supplements for free to try and review. These opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bay of Pugs

Are there Pugs in Cuba?, I wondered for a minute. All that was popping up on Google was Bay of Pigs. There is a difference between Pugs and pigs! ....although they act and look like first cousins sometimes. Well, of course there are! I found some at a dog show that was held in Cuba in 2012. Maybe it isn't a silly question after all since there actually is a shortage of Chihuahuas in Montana being flown in from Southwestern states for adoption. President Obama, as everyone knows by now, recently took the first step to normalize relations with Cuba and lift sanctions. I'm one of the stoked Americans happy for the change. I took a Cuban Studies class at CSULA, (California State University, Los Angeles) where I almost did get the opportunity to visit Cuba but I couldn't raise enough funds. Artists from Cuba, in exchange, would come to our school to paint murals. So yes, I would love to go before McDonald's and Disney Resorts get there! People are talking about cigars, baseball, and business opportunities. I'm looking forward to more exchanges of the arts, seeing more Cuban artists and musicians.
Of course there will still be some friction with the older and more conservative minority of Cuban-Americans on the East coast in Florida. I remember the stories from Cuban musicians about their experiences performing in Florida. They said protesters would show up at their shows and throw eggs and trash at them. Is that really necessary? Your own people? Hopefully things will change as the younger generation of Cuban-Americans emerge. I know plenty that make sure to vote so they can cancel out their grandparents votes. And if they still continue throwing trash at you, you're always welcome on the West coast, here in Los Angeles!
To learn more about Dog Is My Pilot Inc. started by retired orthopedic surgeon and pilot Dr. Peter Rork to save homeless Chihuahuas click on this interesting Saturday Evening Post article.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

Anti-aging beauty products. I can't get enough of them! I got the opportunity to try a trio of skin products from InstaNatural. The first biggie is hyaluronic acid. I liked the consistency of InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It was gel-like, hydrating, brightening and firming. It also contains Green Tea, Vitamin C, and Jajoba oil. And very importantly Made in the USA and cruelty free! BTW! That's not my hair piece in the back! Ha! It's the hair net from the tamale wine tasting class I took.
I then tried the 100% natural and organic vitamic c facial toner. I thought it was a novel idea, vitamin c and a toner in a spray bottle. I like that a lot. It also contains witch hazel, aloe vera, and MSM. Great prepper before serums and moisturizers. It was refreshing and convenient to use and an be used by men as well.
At last but not least, Instanatural's Youth Express Eye Gel. I put this gel on my entire face and neck because it was hydrating and firming. I liked the dewy, sealed glow it gave my complexion. It's like the "Photo Finish" of eye gel. It also contains plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl 3000, cucumber, peptide complex, cucumber, aloe, and MSM. Great for dark eye circles, sagging, crows feet and fine lines. I put extra on my brow furrow. It had a nice light melon scent.
Check out all the reviews over at Amazon from the red links above. There are hundreds. I received these samples from Brand Backer to try out and review.

Monday, December 15, 2014

My New Zenwise Biotin Hair Growth Vitamins

When I was born the Mexican side of my family said, "Oh, poor thing, she has no hair!" and the white side of my family said, "Oh, she has a lot of hair!" I've always felt I had thin hair until I saw people who really did have thin hair. I started taking biotin pills over a year ago and saw a big difference in about 6 months. I had around 25%-30% more hair growth a year later. I stopped taking them, then started again, ran out, then discovered ZenWise Hair Growth Vitamins After a week I immediately noticed the biotin working again because Biotin also promotes nail growth. Double bonus! I like these because they're "Made in USA" and are GMP certified.
Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins formula contains 5000 mcg of Biotin and natural vitamins and antioxidants that promote and stimulate thicker, fuller hair growth, and "addresses vitamin deficiencies associated with hair loss." Here's a list of some important ones: Biotin, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane), Grapeseed Extract, Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1), Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1), Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf), L-Lysine Hcl, L-Proline, Kelp, Citrus Bioflavanoids, Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica), Catalase, and Resveratrol I'm going to do another update in a couple of weeks and let you know if I notice any new changes. This is a sponsored post given to me as a sample to try and review. Powered by Brand Backer.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" The Story of Artist Margaret Keane

I feel like I missed my prom! My annual pug Christmas party that is. I've been sick for a week with a nasty cold and I missed it! The one thing I look forward to at Christmas. Well, there is something else besides tamales on Christmas I've been looking forward to.... Tim Burton's new movie release on Christmas day, "Big Eyes." It's based on the story of San Francisco "big eye" artist and creator Margaret Keane. This is one story I always thought would make a great movie. Thank you Tim Burton! I can't tell you much without giving spoilers but it's a interesting, bizarre, unbelievable story. I would have loved to have gone to the premiere at the LACMA. Here's the movie trailer. Margaret is being played by Amy Adams. Back in the day you could find a ton of big eye art sitting in thrift stores. I've collected big eye art throughout the years but ended up selling it at garage sales when I needed money for college. I saved one Margaret Keane piece from the Pasadena Rose Bowl that I love. My ribbon/pin storage tree and Old Crow decanter are in the picture too.
I would love to have a autographed Margaret Keane pug print. I'm thinking of even doing some big eye and teardrop makeup on my face for the movie. Why aren't there any beauty companies out there licensing out her art? MAC? Urban Decay? Target? Kitson?, Lounge Fly? GET.WITH.THE.PROGRAM! I want the merchandise, eye palettes, pins, bags and t-shirts.
And it even gets better. Lana Del Rey is singing the "Big Eyes" theme song. I've been stalking youtube for sneak peeks and it looks like they're finally up!

Friday, December 5, 2014

NEW Idina Menzel "Holiday Wishes"

I cannot think of a voice more appropriate to sing this years Christmas carols than Tony award winning Idina Menzel, brought to you by Warner Bros. Records. She brings her classic elegant voice to classic Christmas carols like, "Do You Hear What I hear?," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and "White Christmas." And I cannot think of a more appropriate singer to duet with on a Christmas album than Michael Buble. They bring it on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" I like her rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." It's fun and edgy and Broadway without being over the top and cutesy like most of the other popular renditions out there. She also owns "White Christmas" and makes it her own. You can count on this being a family album. I can just hear little kids crooning to her songs just like they did in "Frozen" especially "When You Wish Upon a Star." I cannot count how many little boys and girls I've heard randomly singing her songs in grocery stores while shopping. Target's Holiday Wishesedition has two exclusive extra bonus tracks, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and "Mothers Spiritual." The album tracks are Do You Hear What I Hear "The Christmas Song," "Baby It’s Cold Outside" (Duet with Michael Buble), "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas." "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?," "December Prayer," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Silent Night," and "River," "Holly Jolly Christmas," and "White Christmas." Holiday Wishes is available now at iTunes and Amazon. Check out Idina Menzel's Official Website or YouTube channel here.
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