Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Sets

Health and beauty go hand in hand. In order to look and feel your best it is important to be healthy on the inside and out. With Sibu Beauty you can achieve both health and beauty. Sibu Beauty is a natural health supplement and beauty product line that I’ve used for about a year now and just love. You can read our past reviews here and here.

For the holidays Sibu Beauty has launched 3 new gift sets! One specifically for men, the Men’s Shaving Kit ($45), as well as the Inside & Out Duo and the Holiday Total Beauty Gift Set.

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>>Sibu Beauty Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream

Price: $35.00

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>>Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream
>>Cleanse & Detox Bar
>>Nourishing Body Cream
>>USDA Organic 100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Price: $60.00

About the Products

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Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps – These are soft gel supplement that nourish and protect the body and promote healthy hair, and skin from the inside out.
Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream -This is a light facial cream that can be used daily, there’s no greasy feel to it, making it perfect to apply under make-up. It helps boost collagen production and creates the perfect barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect.
Cleanse & Detox Bar – I’ve use this facial soap bar for the past year and simply love it. I have dry skin to begin with and this is one face soap that does not further dry my skin out.
Nourishing Body Cream – This luxurious cream doesn’t just hydrate thirsty skin, studies have proven it to aid in the preservation of youthful texture, protection against sun damage, and even improvement of symptoms from eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and burns and wounds.
100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil –This is use for treatment of eczema, acne, rosacea, burns, and wounds AND as a traditional beauty treatment preserves youthful skin tone and texture.

Scent: These products all have a light, natural, citrus sent to them, making them refreshing and not overpowering.

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Thick Creamy Texture of the Sibu Nourishing Body Cream

Buy It: Sibu Beauty Products and Gift Sets can be purchased from their website. You can connect with Sibu on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on sales and special announcements.

Win It: Enter to win 3 of the most popular Sibu Beauty Products for the “You Look Marhvelous” Beauty Giveaway Hop (November 5-25). 

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We All Need A Little Lift Now And Then



When we think of plastic surgery, most of us think about Michael’s nose, Meg Ryan’s cheeks or Pamela’s bosom. Actually, for centuries there have been people who’ve stretched their earlobes and necks, enlarged their lips with different items like discs or plates, filed their teeth, had tattoos  or scarred  their skin, and bound their feet, among other things. These are all forms of body modification, a type of prelude to modern techniques. Historians tell us  that the first recorded account of “reconstructive plastic surgery” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts that describe procedures to repair noses and ears that were lost (due to battle or punishment for crimes). The  Hindu surgeon Sushruta even described what he called the “attached flap” method in his 600 B.C. text Sushruta Samhita.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans also performed cosmetic surgery; the Romans were able to perform some simple techniques, like repairing damaged ears,  from around the 1st century BC.

While I’ve never had the urge to file my teeth into points or get Triple E implants, I am totally open to plastic or cosmetic surgery. If I hit the lottery, I would definitely  look into scar revision for my awful c-section scars, or some type of laser or other resurfacing technique to lighten and fade my stretch marks. And I love the different lasers available to tighten facial skin.  A subtle lift, nip or tuck can have an incredible impact on someone’s appearance. And for so many people, being insecure about a certain feature or aspect of their face or body can cause them to be much less open and unable to interact with people. Fix the issue and suddenly they bloom and begin to really experience life instead of hiding from it. Of course, like I mentioned, we often picture certain celebrities who went way too far. Joan Van Ark is one celeb who really looked worse after her numerous surgeries- you gotta say when!


Janice Dickinson is another celeb who needed to stop.



I was looking through the WestLake Dermatology site, browsing some of their before-and-after photos of real people who underwent different procedures and who still looked real afterwards, but with amazing transformations. Pretty incredible. Just look at the difference in this woman’s face after a nose job.  She was already lovely, but in the before image her nose sort of takes over her face, while afterwards she looks in balance and you really notice how pretty her other features are.  Obviously, choosing the right doctor and the right practice is about the most important part of the process. You don’t want a doctor who has a fast food menu of services and just repeats the same thing on every person. You want the physicians who really take the time to explain what is realistic.


Reading about the physicians at Westlake Dermatology I was struck by the sheer number of combined years of experience they bring to the table. I actually started to add them up, realized I was doing math and stopped immediately! Suffice it to say it’s a big number. Not only do the various doctors have the time in, they have a broad range of knowledge.  It’s not surprising that Westlake Dermatology is a leader in dermatology and cosmetic procedures in the United States, with services such as juvederm, breastaugmentation, and laser treatments.  In fact, I noticed this statement : “Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has earned a “Gold Seal Approval” outpatient surgery center accreditation by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.”  That is exactly the kind of practice I would be looking for if I were getting ready to trust someone with modifying my appearance!


Of course, I had to visit their store,, and take a peek,  pen and paper ready to jot down a want- to- try list. So into the brands they carry! Naturally I found a few products I really, really want. They carry Pyratine-6™, Vivite®, iS Clinical (which I love!) and several other lines that I have either sampled or want to! Having the iderma store means that taking care of your skin post-procedure is easy. And you know how I feel about taking care of your skin. The right products could even delay your decision to have surgery if you are able to see a real difference in your skin texture, laxity or discoloration.

The decision to set up a consultation for laser treatments or surgery is pretty personal. We all need a little lift now and then, and I guess the key is to make sure that the one who does the lifting knows his onions!

TriLight Health Supplements Give Away, 2 Winners, US only

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I recently reviewed two liquid herbal health formulas from TriLight Health, (read our health supplement review). TriLight Health wants to give you, my readers, the chance to also try their products. They are giveaway away 1 bottle to 2 readers. Each winner will get to select 1 8oz bottle in the formula of their choice. These are great products, as most of you know I highly recommend natural products and remedies, so I am really excited about the opportunity to give you all a chance to try TriLight Health. You can enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below, this giveaway will run from July 14 – August 2 and is open to US residents.

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Free Month of KLUTCHbox Coupon Code

You may remember our review and feature of the KLUTCHbox Health and Fitness subscription service. We also had a giveaway in which one of readers one a free month subscription of the KLUTCHbox. For our readers who entered the giveaway for the free box but did not win, KLUTCHbox would like to offer a coupon code for a free month with any membership purchase on their site! How awesome is that!

To redeem your free month:
1. Go here:
2. Choose your subscription
2. Use the code STRONG when you get to the shopping cart


Health and Wellness: KLUTCHbox Review and Giveaway

With bathing suit season coming up, now is as good of a time as any to start getting into shape.  With KLUTCHbox you can be introduced to items that will help you with your “get fit and healthy” journey. The KLUTCHbox is full of healthy and natural products and can be delivered to your door each month. You can subscribe to KLUTCHbox For $18 a month and receive a package of over $50 worth of items.

Here is what was in my KLUTCHbox last month:


  •     Yoga workout DVD from MTV Power Yoga star, Kristin McGee
  •     $25 Discount to Yoga Hyde Clothing
  •     Hydrive: A brand new energizing drink product to kick-start your workout
  •     Zico: Post workout coconut water hydration to replenish electrolytes
  •     Tea Forte: Soothing teas with plant based anti-oxidants to improve your skin
  •     Shea Terra Organics Black Soap: A cleansing organic deep-pore facial wash
  •     Barlean’s Organic Oils: Organic omega 3, flax and fish oil supplements in new flavors
  •     Enjoy Life Foods: Healthy, Natural Snacks – Seed and Fruit Snack Mix, Plentils Healthy Chips
  •     Kind Bar: Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Protein, Calcium, Iron and Fiber Bar

I absolutely loved the healthy snacks and drinks that came in this KLUTCHbox. I was pleasantly surprised by the Zico coconut water drink, I’ve had coconut water in the past and it wasn’t as good as this one. And I will definitely be looking for the Enjoy Life Foods snack mix. The power yoga DVD was tough, I must admit, I do yoga with the Wii Fit but this DVD gave me a challenge! The Shea Terra soap was very nice, I have used their shea butters before so I’m not surprised that I love their face soap, too. Everything is so great, I really enjoyed this box.

Currently you can receive a 10% discount when you subscribe to receive a KLUTCHbox using the discount code BrightPink, by using this code 10% will also be donated to Bright Pink, an organization dedicated to helping raise awareness of early detection and prevention of breast and ovarian cancer.

KLUTCHbox is generously giving away a box to one of our readers! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and up.

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Kendall GelTholics: Therapeutic Support Insoles

This post is written by the man of the house.

About 3 weeks ago I replaced the “Leading Drug Store Brand” insoles in my work boots with the Therapeutic Support Insoles by Kendall GelThotics. Not only have my feet not been tired and achy at the end of the night, the last week or two my back hasn’t been hurting as much as usual. At work I stand on a hard concrete floor all day and over the course of an 8 to 10 hour day probably walk 5 or 6 miles. I had tried most of the insoles that can be bought in the store and never seemed to find anything to help with my foot support and back pain until now.


The arch support is great and because I suffer from flat feet this has definitely made my feet hurt less. In my work boots I use a memory foam insole with the “Gels” just for a little extra comfort, but would recommend using only a flat insole not one that has heel or arch support because this is provided by the “Gel insoles” and will cause them to curl up under the feet. The GelThotics can be easily taken out and slipped into any other shoe. I have also noticed the tighter fit of the shoe the better with these insoles. If your shoes are loose they tend to slide around a little bit. They are made with “Skin Friendly Silicone” and are very easily cleaned with just a little soap and water. All in all the GelThotic Insoles have been great and with only using them for a couple weeks now I think the foot and back pain will continue to improve. I have already recommended these insoles to many of my friends and co-workers and would recommend to anyone who is considering prescription orthotics.

 foot support and pain relief

You can order Kendall GelThoics from their website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter for info, updates and specials.

Could you or someone you know benefit from the GelThotic inserts? We will be giving a pair away as a part of the Super Dad Father’s Day Giveaway Event beginning on June 2 and running through June 10! Be sure to check back, also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to you can get updates and alerted when the giveaway starts!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions

tropical traditions coconut oil

I love cooking with coconut oil, it is my absolute favorite oil to cook with and it is so much healthier than other oils. I have really enjoyed the Tropical Traditions brand. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is one of their least processed oils, which helps it retain a coconut scent and taste. I love how it adds a hint of coconut flavor to our foods, especially the sweet baked goodies, it just makes them that much better.

I also use coconut oil in my beauty regimen, it is excellent for dry skin and hair along with many other things. There are literally hundreds of different ways coconut oil can be used, read more about all the uses of coconut oil and the health benefits of coconut oil.

I also encourage you to watch this short video on the Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil to find out why this is the number one virgin coconut oil sold in the US.


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Unjunk Your Junk Fook: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

I would love to tell you all that we eat nothing but fresh fruits and veggies as snacks in this house, but the truth is we occasionally do have some junk food snacks around here as well. Naturally Savvy has put out an informative book that gives healthier alternatives to some of popular junk foods called Unjunk Your Junk Food.

 unjunk book

This book also highlights the worst ingredients in foods. They have the ingredients categorized into what they call “The Scary Seven”, which are:

  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Flavors
  • Artificial Colors
  • Trans Fat
  • MSG
  • Preservatives
    I was shocked to find several things in our pantry contained some ingredients from “The Scary Seven”. I think the most surprisingly unhealthy “healthy” thing we had was granola bars. Our granola bars had several of the worst ingredients from the list in them.

I have found this book helpful when I’m choosing snacks for my family. I am definitely more aware of ingredients and check the list on the food item before buying it. I also find myself referencing it for the healthy alternatives it provides.

Purchase this book on Amazon: Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks


BistroMD – Giveaway!

So I have been using the BistroMD Meal delivery program and LOVING it!! The lovely people at BistroMD want to give one of you the chance to win a 5 Day Tasting Tour of their entrees!!! Whoo-hoo!

Easy Raffelcopter entry! Good Luck!

*If you don’t want to wait to see if you win…you just want to try it now- you can go HERE and use a $25.00 off coupon*

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BistroMD.Com – I Love it!

I have been using the BistroMD meal delivery to lose weight and eat healthy. I am SO happy with the results so far.
I made a video to tell you about it. Plus here is a coupon you can use!
This coupon is valid through March 31, 2012 Just click.

Get $25 Off on First Week’s Order excluding shipping at Use Coupon Code: NewYou2012