Thursday, March 9, 2017

Can Osmosis Skincare's Sugar Detox Harmonized Water Help Kick The Sugar Addiction?

I was recently introduced to a section of healthcare supplements from Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare called harmonized water.  What is it?  Well, it's water.   There are several different types, each claming a different purpose, and all are 100% water that have been enhanced with proprietory frequencies in the form of scalar waves.  Scalar waves are said to be a specific kind of energy field that, unless you're a physicist, might not really be of interest to you via a scientific explanation.  Layman's terms are that it's an energy field containing directional vector and wave energies.  The Osmosis Harmonized Waters are affected by different energy fields to achieve a variety of types of effects.  The Harmonized Water I sampled is called Sugar Detox, (100 ml / $30).  My curiosity peaked at the very name.

Here are the claims made by the company:

"All of us are experiencing the effects of aging from Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). This results from excess sugar in our blood stream attaching to collagen making it tough and aging it before its time which leads to wrinkles. The sugar-protein bonds form these new molecules called AGEs. Over time AGEs become more permanent and affect the ability of our fibroblasts to create collagen. They also produce free radicals increasing the aging process even more.

Osmosis Skincare’s Sugar Detox Harmonized Water is specifically designed to address all aspects of sugar and sweetener overload. This Harmonized Water contains frequencies that help balance the pancreas, improve sugar utilization, detox sweeteneres from the liver, balance nerve damage associated with diabetes, help control sugar levels and reduce the effects of gylcation in the body. With daily use, there is now less sugar available to cause damage and help stop AGE-ing."

Bottom line, sugar ages us faster as it screws up our collagen processing, causing wrinkles and lasting aging damage.  Osmosis suggests that Sugar Detox can help.  I was interested to sample this and had hoped to kick my massive sugar addiction.  I've quit sugar before for decades at a time.  Most recently, when I went back to sugar, the cravings were worse than I'd ever had and were driving forces to my behavior.  The cravings drove me to the candy bowl again and again each day.  It is an addiction and it's a real beast!!

I started to incorporate the Sugar Detox into my day.  I received this right before a major surgery so I wasn't able to try it for a few months.  When I started, I had a hard time working it into my schedule at first.  Finding the right place for the bottle was key.  I rearranged my whole vanity to make this an easier 2x day step for myself.

The instructions are to use 5 squirts in your mouth twice a day, and 7 if you're over 175 lbs.  I began my oral squirting process with a good mix of skepticism and hope.  The attractive bottle and the easy to aim squirting mechanism eased my break into my new routine.

As I do often in testing products, I used it regularly for a bit, took a break, and then started it again to see what differences, if any, I noticed.  Gurrrrrllll!!  It was night and day.  The days I used Sugar Detox, I never had that driving can't-deny-it craving for candy.  And I certainly didn't have that drive 5 times a day...I'm telling you I built up an awful habit.  But with steady use of the Sugar Detox, not only did I feel better, but I didn't have that strong urge to HAVE to eat chocolate all day every day.

I'm telling you this absolutely worked for me.  And I even see a positive difference in my complexion.  The whole idea might sound funky, but this worked for me.  I'm a believer.  And now I'm in that desperate place where I suddently realized I only have a couple days worth left and I'm worried.  I wasn't on it long enough at one time to have totally defeated the beast and I don't want to go without it.  Because it worked for me.  It really really did.

This product isn't evaluated by the FDA for it's claims or even it's efficacy and all I can tell you is my experience.  My personal testimony is it worked for me and it's totally worth taking a $30 risk.  I probably never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it for myself.

Osmosis is a cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified company.  I always suggest that you subscribe to their blog.  I've learned SO much from receiving those emails in my inbox.   You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

How about you?  Do you need to kick a brutal sugar habit?  Have you ever tried a supplement like this?

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Highlighters of the Year for 2016 - Best In Beauty - Plus a Giveaway!

Hi everyone.  I've had a lot of questions about my favorite highlighters in 2016.  I videoed it on my youtube channel and included a sweet giveaway that you can enter as well.  As I recorded this, I thought of so many of you and wondered what your favorite of 2016 was.  I would love for you to tell me.  I'd love that so much!!!  Thank you for viewing, please subscribe and enter.

and leave a comment telling me your favorite highlighter, blush, contour or bronzer for 2016!

You can enter my giveaway on my youtube channel or here: Wet N Wild Highlighter Giveaway

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Are Makeup Revolution New-Trals Vs Neutrals & Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palettes Dupes?

Press Sample

When I received the Makeup Revolution Professional Eyeshadow Palette New-Trals Vs Neutrals, I was struck by what seemed to be a strong similarity in look to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance shadow palette.  I posted a picture on Instagram and got a lot of messages asking how similar it was to the Modern Renaissance.  Was it a dupe?  Let's see.

This palette contains 16 shadows and runs strong in the orange, red and neutral categories.  It has a double sided brush, (which I find useful), inside for application.  Some swatches should help, right?

It has everything...shimmering lights, mediums and dark...matte lights, mediums and dark.  The last shade on the bottom doesn't show correctly for the camera on my arm.  It is a deep plum with red-violet particles.  The only way I could show you it's pretty purpleness was to show you on my eye.  I found it really tough to accurately portray the colors across my half would be accurate and the other a little less so....but the colors are really a great mix and apply easily.   They last all day for me over concealer on the eye.  I got into a zone for awhile where this palette was all I wanted to wear.  (My flash washed out my look just a little - it was more vibrant in person.)

I had so many questions about the comparison to ABH that I posted some pictures of them together on my Instagram.

You can see that many shades are similar but there are marked differences.  The red toned colors in the Anastasia palette are much cooler and more pink toned.  The New-Trals vs Neutrals palette has warmer tones in the red and oranges, which also all have shimmer whereas the pinks and orange in the ABH are all matte.

Here are swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

The Modern Renaissance palette is more powdery but also more pigmented.  It has 14 shades, a two ended brush, and a total of .28 oz. of product for $45.  It doesn't have a very deep shade to finish off the outer eye, if you prefer those to do so.  

The Makeup Revolution palette has 16 shades, a total weight of .56 oz. and retails for $12.  It is both a good working alternative to the ABH as well as a good addition to your palette wardrobe if you already have the Anastasia.  I can't see any reason not to have both if you already have the Modern Renaissance, which came out first.   For me, this palette fills a color gap I had and it's very affordable.  It also has the addition of the danged gorgeous purple to bring the darkness you might wish to your eye.  Both companies are cruelty-free.

My suggestion would be to hit up Ulta and check out this palette.  They often have BOGO1/2 sales in this brand as well, plus coupons for money off drugstore items.  I'm really impressed with this brand and am excited to share it with you.  They honestly have something for everyone and their Affirmation is one of my top eyeshadow palettes of 2016.

I want to be sure to tell you that this is a nice stand alone palette.  I did the comparison because I had so many requests, but it doesn't need to be judged against ABH to realize it's value.  It's good in it's own right and makes an excellent addition to any collection.

I'm curious what you think about the similarities and differences and if this would be a good fit for you.  What is your favorite Makeup Revolution item?