Fraas Scarves- Are You Ready For Spring 2013?

Spring 2013. I’m so glad it’s actually here. Our winter was loooong this year, ad there towards the end I was going a bit batty. It makes me so glad to be breaking out warm weather clothes and swapping pretty spring colors for the darks of winter.

Fraas has a beautiful line of scarves that are perfect for accessorizing any outfit (when doesn’t Fraas come out with something great?? lol) whether you are dressing up or down, they have the perfect scarf. Thank you to Lipton Publicity Inc., as I got to try a GORGEOUS scarf from the Fraas Mystical Coast Line. It’s oversized so it can be worn as a cape, loose or  belted for a nice office look or around the neck for a casual day of…shopping! I could even use this as a sarong if I wanted. Or whatever :-) The colors are muted sherbet shades, corals, mints, sheer blues, peaches, and a soft muave  in a lovely water color abstract print. I’m loving it!

There are lots of style options available for Fraas scarves. They come in different fabrics, including cotton, silk, tropical-weight wool, and acrylic, and different patterns, including solid, stripes, dots, plaid, sea, fruit, and abstract patterns. Some are textured, some are gauzy and sheer, and some are classic. Infinity scarves are available (and who doesn’t love infinity scarves??) and there are even some unisex options if you want to get one for the man in your life.

All in all another win from Fraas. If you are ready to get one of your own you can go to Fraas.com or Amazon and find something beautiful!

Gifts for Women: Kisses On My List 2012 Giveaway

Anastasia Beverley Hills Lip Gloss

Anastasia Beverly Hills Kisses On My List 2012 lip gloss is a set of six high-shine glosses in matte and shimmer shades. This set include 3 softly sheer, opalescent glosses and three new hypercolor glosses that actually stain the lips. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip glosses are long lasting and hydrate the lips.

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The holiday Turkey Hunt is hosted by the awesome The WiC Project. The grand prize for this event is open to eligible US and Canada residents (excluding Quebec) and is a $135 Amazon GC. Enter the grand prize here

Provella For Women

Quite a while back my Dr. suggested that adding a probiotic supplement to my daily routine would be a good idea.
I was told about how probiotics work. Our digestive system has “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. Keeping the correct balance between the “good”  and the “bad” bacteria is vital. Things like medications, your diet, disease processes, stress and your environment can upset that balance. Being “out of balance” can lead to vaginal health issues, digestion issues, even impairing the ability of your body to absorb good nutrients.  I found out that taking a probitic daily, could even help support a healthier immune system.
I am a big believer in natural ways to support my body health wise and was very interested the benefits of good bacteria.
I recently had a chance to try the Provella Probiotic Dietary Supplement.  Provella has been specially designed for women and has a Patented Controlled-Release Technology. It helps *restore and  maintain balance of good bacteria to support digestive & vaginal health.  It’s Gluten Free and suitable for Vegetarians. That is important to so many people nowadays.  Provella contains a proprietary blend of 6 bacteria strains: 
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus reuteri
Lactobacillus fermentum
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus plantarum 
 
It couldn’t be easier to take Provella. It’s a once daily supplement, with or without food. No prescription required!  Because it is time released you don’t want to crush or split it.
My main goal in trying a probiotic was to help me with digestion issues. I read that gas or bloating could be a side effect but that if so it would diminish. After a little more than two weeks, I’m happy to report that I had no problems, and that I have just begun to notice that the digestion issues that prompted that original talk with my Dr. have decreased quite a lot! In fact, we just spent the weekend at a theme park, and even though I indulged in some fatty foods (come on, we were at a theme park! I had to!) the stomach cramps I had come to dread  were basically nonexistent. As far as I am concerned, that’s success.  My only negative comment at all is the price.  I wish it were a few dollars cheaper for a month’s supply, but they do have a $6.00 off coupon right now! That said, I think the benefits of being more regular and less prone to vaginal infections is worth the price, I’m just a cheapskate, lol.  You can buy Provella at Drugstore.com. They have a video Q & A to help anwer your questions. You can watch it right here.

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Provella. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Hair Removal At Home With The Remington iLight!

 

 

Not too long ago I was getting a pedicure. I was zoning and relaxed when the leg massage began. It should be one of those moments in life when you just succumb to bliss and deliberately ignore any and all stresses you are dealing with. That’s what a pedicure is for…to have pretty feet and no worries. Too bad the gentleman who was working on me said “Oh, you no shave your legs to come here? Ladies always shave their legs for pedicure!” Huh? Well, actually I DID shave, just last night in the shower before bed. It was barely 11Am, but I already had a nice crop of stubble. And my hair is dark, so not only did it feel scratchy, it looked as though it had been a week since my legs had seen a razor. So I was out of my happy place, and worrying about him rubbing my stubble, up  and down, side to side, little circles….STOP RUBBING MY STUBBLE!!!!  I get it, my legs are hairy! I tipped extra just because he had to massage my scritchy legs.  My leg hair has always been a major issue for me in the spring and summer months. No matter how close the shave, my hair is always visible as dark little dots all over. Sunless tanner helps a great deal, but I am self-conscious about the 5 0’clock shadow I’m sporting on my legs. It just takes away from the little summer sundress, you know? I have waxed, but although the first few days of smooth are nice, I don’t enjoy growing out the hair to get a good wax, and I dislike the mess. To get waxing done at a spa, it can be $40.00 to $50.00 per session. Ouch and Ouch! Threading, which I’ve tried, is painful over a large area (I don’t mind it at all on my chin) and it’s also spendy for results that don’t last. $50.00 to $85.00 per session, and you still have to let the hair grow to get the best results. Hair removal creams are not even an option for me because of the mess and the uneven hair removal. Just no.

So do we have any other options?  Thank goodness the answer is yes. Laser and IPL hair removal are methods that DO work.  The main  difference between the two is that laser uses one specific wavelength of light, but the IPL uses a full spectrum. This means that unlike lasers, which can only deliver a single wavelength,  the IPL treatment  can release light over a wide range.  IPL is intense light pulses, which is just energy in the form of light, that destroys the hair follicle.  

If you don’t mind dropping anywhere from $150.00 to $225.00 PER treatment, you can go to a hair removal clinic or a med spa that offers hair removal/permanent hair reduction via lasers or IPL. You will typically need from 4 to 6 sessions, spaced from 3 to 4 weeks apart to get results. That’s a LOT of money for smooth hair free skin!

 

The route that I feel is the most cost effective, and convenient is to use a device that offers permanent hair removal and reduction, at home. Of course, if you have been a reader at Howard House for any length of time, you know that my hobby (ahem) is finding the best machines for home use, that mimic pricey derm and spa treatments. So, for hair removal at home, I’m trying out the Remington iLight. An IPL machine that I can use in the privacy of my own bedroom, and achieve the smoother legs I have always wanted! I really like the affordable price point, as it’s only $249.00, less than the cost of two treatment areas at a spa or hair removal clinic. Plus, I can treat ALL the areas I want from the neck down. Legs, arms, underarms, chest or stomach, even the bikini area. I don’t have to drive anywhere, make any appointments or endure a sales pitch for pricey after care products.  Here are the techy details straight from Remington: Light energy is generated by a Xenon flash lamp and applied to the skin by a handheld device. The light targets the melanin or pigment in hair follicles, gently heating them and disrupting the growth cycle without damaging the overlying skin. To protect the skin, unwanted rays are safely filtered out, so that only light within the desired therapeutic range is allowed to pass through.  Within a few weeks of your initial treatment the hair will begin to fall out and results should improve over time! Oh yeah!

 

My first treatment:

The iLight comes packaged in a really nice box, and contains an instruction DVD that you should watch. It contains all the info you need to get started, but I recommend reading the instruction booklet as well.  The Ilight features a nice long cord, too, so you can reach different body parts easily. Also included is a soft cloth for cleaning the unit after use.

 

After waiting 24 hours from my **skin test I began. According to the first use guidelines, I checked that the light cartridge was properly in place, before I plugged my iLight in. I shaved my legs and bikini area because shaving helps minimize any sensation felt via the flashes. I made sure my skin was clean and dry. Then I used the very smart, built in ***skin tone sensor that tells you if your skin tone is right for using the Ilight. This must be done on each area you treat in order to unlock the machine. I started at a level one intensity. Then I simply placed the hand piece on my skin, listened for the chirp to tell me it was making full skin contact, pressed the button and waited for the flash ( I used sunglasses btw, it’s a pretty bright light) After each flash, I moved the wand up or over in an imaginary grid pattern and repeated.  (Don’t draw a grid on your skin! Use your imagination!) 

I did both legs and bikini area, and it took me about 20 minutes. The feeling? On my legs I didn’t feel anything, but on the bikini area, I felt something similar to a light snap. Not even as much as tweezing a hair, it was pretty mild. I might bump up to a 2 level next time, as I will treat again in two weeks. My schedule is every two weeks for 6 weeks, then as needed. I used an aloe based lotion afterwards. Overall, it was easy and fast, not uncomfortable at all and I’m excited to see where I end up in a few weeks. There is not supposed to be any noticeable difference at first as the hair must fall out gradually. There are some great before and after pics on the Remington iLight site, HERE.

 

I will post again after my second and third treatments to let you know how this is going. My only regret?  That summer is over!!! If my results match those of other users, I WILL be ready for my summer dresses next year.

 

 

**I did a skin test 24 hours before my first use, just because I am into following safety directions.

***The IPL works best on fairer skin tones with dark hair. Blonde or white/grey hair will not respond well. Darker skin tones could change color or there could be swelling. The skin tone sensor is a safety feature that ensures only the right skin tones are treated!