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Max Factor Ageless Elixir

I’ve been a member of Supersavvyme.co.uk for ages and utterly love the site, and not because they featured a review of mine :), but because of the great articles and helpful hints. So when I was told that I was on the Supersavvyme’s Savvy Circle project with Max Factor to try and review the new Ageless Elixir, I was delighted, hooray.

Just to let you know a little about the Max Factor Ageless Elixir, it’s a Foundation that covers lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tones, with a serum that has SPF15 that when you use everyday helps protect the skin from signs of aging.

So I got my sample and some extras to hand out to friends & family and started the ball rolling, that is I went straight on to try some. Now a little history about me and foundation, I am not a big foundation user, had problems (as most women have) with not enough coverage, cakey, oily in sun, drys skin out and so on. So I must admit I did expect the same with this one too, but was pleasantly surprised (hooray again).

So I took out the usual amount I used with other foundations, to my surprise and delight I didn’t need that much, I only used half, yes half and it did the job, and amazingly too was that it didn’t feel like I had anything on. Shocked…yes…Happy….yes…FB posted and tweeted it….oh yes….

Got a few friends ready for testing, met them for coffee and showed them my wonderful (almost flawless) skin, come on I’d only used it once, give it a chance.

After a week of trying out the foundation I loved it, I am converted, now I am a full on foundation user. The feedback I got was great, you can’t feel it on, more coverage for less product, makes skin look great, and yes after a week I do see that it had made a difference. In fact even hubby who barely noticed my hair is now shorter noticed, wow thanks Max Factor 😉

I don’t usually recommend something until I gave it a lot of testing, and I did with this and the end result is I highly recommend it, I went from once in a while foundation user to all the time foundation user. But don’t take my word for it hop on over to http://www.supersavvyme.co.uk and read what hundreds of other savvy testers say about it, and hang around a little more, the site is great.

If you also tried Max Factor Ageless Elixir I would love  to know what you thought about it.

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in articles, FYI, rantings, reviews

 

What is Leaching into Your Food?

One of the best inventions of our time has to be Tupperware, wonderful plastic containers that keep things fresh and odor free while neatly stacking in our fridge. I personally love them and use them for more than leftovers.  As much as I use them, after reading some articles about how chemicals in plastics can leach into our food, my love of them became tempered. According to research, at room or cool temperatures chemicals leachage is small, but when plastic containers are heated the amount of chemicals leached into food rises dramatically. Here are a few points I jotted down from the articles.

Basically, ‘know your plastics’. There are around 7 types of plastics and every plastic container from Tupperware to baby bottles have a number on them to identify the kind of plastic used.  You may see the letters or the number in a triangle usually on the bottom and they are:

1 Polyethyelene terephthalate (PETE)

2 High-density polyethylene (HDPE)

3 Vinyl, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

4 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)

5 Polypropylene (PP)

6 Polystyrene (PS) (white trays under packaged fresh foods)

7 Includes polycarbonate, acrylic, polylactic acid, fibreglass

Avoid number 7 for  food storage. I threw out my scratched ones and used any new ones for knickknacks like buttons, etc.  Also avoid 3 and 6. If you are using plastics for storing foods use only 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Although plastics 1, 2, 4 and 5 are ok for storage, here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to using them:

  1. Plastic that says its ok for use in microwave or dishwasher simply means that it won’t melt, so it’s best not to use them in a dishwasher or microwave. Wash plastics by hand to avoid getting them scratched. If they do either get rid or use for nonfood items.
  2. Avoid using PVC cling film/ plastic wrap in microwave or wrapping food in it. Look for non-PVC cling film to wrap food in.
  3. Use as much as possible, glass or stainless steel for food storage.
  4. Let food cool down before storing in a plastic container. In addition, letting food cool down before putting the fridge will cut down on energy used by the fridge to cool it down.

Although we can’t avoid using plastics, as they are everywhere, we can know our plastic to be better informed about to use it.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in articles, FYI, Green

 

Its A Fishy Story

Spring is here, hooray! The weather is warming up and we can even start to eat outside. To me spring is a time to enjoy seafood. Ok, I know we can eat fish and seafood anytime but I somehow enjoy it more around springtime, don’t ask me why. It just seems like seafood season to me. So, with that in mind, I thought that I would write about fish, that is, which fish to eat and which to avoid due to the levels of mercury in the fish.  Also, the * indicates over-fished species, so it would be better not eat them and eat sustainable fish instead. Thus, we can be healthy and environmental friendly at the same time! 🙂

In all the information I went through, these pieces of advice were prominent:

  1. Pregnant and breast-feeding women or those who are trying to become pregnant should limit how much tuna they eat. Canned tuna usually has less mercury, so limit the amount to around two medium cans or one fresh steak per week.
  2. Pregnant women and children up to the age of 16 should avoid swordfish, shark and marlin as they have the highest amounts of mercury.
  3. Other people can eat the above three fish, but small amounts – around one portion a week.
  4. Adjust portion sizes to suit younger children.

The following list comprises the mercury content of some fish; for a wider variety of fish and more information on the subject visit www.food.gov.uk and http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp

  • Over fished *: These are either over fished or caught in a way that is environmentally unfriendly.
  • ** Farmed Salmon may contain PCB’s, which in the long-term can be bad for your health.
  • A dolphin on a of a can of tuna indicates it was caught without harming dolphins.
OW MERCURYEnjoy these fish! MODERATEEat 6 servings or less per month HIGHEat 3 servings or less per month: HIGHESTAvoid eating:
Anchovies Bass (Striped, Black) Grouper* Mackerel (King)
Clam Carp Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf) Marlin*
Cockles Cod (Alaskan)* Orange Roughy Roughy*
Cod (UK) Halibut (Atlantic)* Sea Bass (Chilean)* Shark*
Crab Halibut (Pacific) Tuna (Canned Albacore) Swordfish*
Crab (Domestic) Hoki Tuna (Yellowfin)* Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)*
Crawfish/Crayfish Lobster
Exotic prawn Monkfish*
Flounder* Perch (Freshwater)
Haddock Red fish
Haddock (Atlantic)* Skate*
Hake Snapper*
Herring Tuna (Canned chunk light)
Lobster Tuna (Skipjack)*
Mackerel
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
Mullet
Mussels
Oyster
Perch (Ocean)
Plaice
Pollack
Prawns
Queen scallop
Salmon(Canned)**
Salmon (Fresh)**
Sardine
Scallop*
Scampi
Sea bass
Sea bream
Shrimp*
Sole (Pacific)
Squid (Calamari)
Trout
Whiting
Winkles

Remember, fish and seafood are good for you and should be part of a healthy diet. By eating sustainable fish we not only get the nutrition we need but we also help the environment.  Enjoy spring and enjoy a few shrimps on the barbeque……..Oh, my…I’m making myself hungry!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in articles, FYI, Green

 

DIY Greenhouse

Spring is on its way and this is the time when most people decide to plants flowers or herbs, or even vegetables. I love to plant herbs, especially ones that are expensive or hard to find here, but the problem I always face is space. I live in a flat with an average sized balcony.  Last spring, for ideas I went on….all together now….the internet and found several articles about container gardening, in other words – gardening for people with limited spaces.  Following the directions, I planted my seeds, waited and saw my herbs sprout. I really got excited about it, but the herbs and soil started drying out. What to do??  This is where the internet came in handy. Once more I found some relevant articles about making a greenhouse, but not the usually metal and glass greenhouses, this one was for the container garden, i.e. ME and all one needs is a stick and some plastic bags!

Your plants should last longer and can grow in various environments in this greenhouse. My roka lasted a few weeks more than before I had one!!. You don’t need much and how much depends on the size of your container, i.e. a larger container will require more material. The directions following are based on a medium-sized plant pot.

  1. A plant pot (make sure it has holes at the bottom), with own water collection plate.
  2. Plastic bags: sandwich bags (the thicker the better), or you can get clear plastic sheets from the garden shop and cut to the size you want to make an adequate cover
  3. A stick to keep the bag upright
  4. Something to seal the bag at the bottom, this can be a rubber band (this works well on small plant pots), or brown tape

Plant your seeds as usual, fill the pot with lots of water, making sure it is full. Plant the stick in the pot to keep the bag/plastic up and cover the pot, making sure it fits well so the moisture stays in. Then seal the bag/plastic with a rubber band or brown tape.

Put the pot in a sunny spot on your balcony. The heat of the sun builds the condensation on the plastic and waters the plant (This is a good science project for kids). If the plants get too big for the bag/plastic sheet, just replace the plastic and stick with new larger ones! Eh Voilá!!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2010 in articles, DIY, Green

 

Finally A Cure For The Common Cold

…..that would be great and boy would I be rich! Unfortunately, there is no cure for the cold however; there are some traditional natural remedies that can help lessen the effects of a cold, a sore throat and a mild flu.  These formulas have been tried and tested by many through the years including my family.  Where I could, I put the medicinal attributes of some of the ingredients as well as which ailment they can help. You can find the ingredients in most places.  Some of them you can use as a kind of preventative.  A couple I use once the winter months start even if they are mild winters.  Some herbs can’t be taken when pregnant; breastfeeding or while taking strong medications as they may cause side effects, please make sure these are ok for you to take before you begin.  For instance, when breastfeeding do not use sage as it reduces milk production and thyme is not great if you have a thyroid problem. These I know from personal experience.

TEA (boil ingredients with water, let steep, filter and cool before drinking)

  • Ginger stems, sweeten with honey, drink twice a day, you can also add lemon. For children: give 20-50 ml 3 times a day (dilute)
  • Sage (natural antiseptic, astringent) tea with honey, boil sage in water leave to steep for a short while so it can infuse rather than be a thick tea (use for congestion). Drink 3 times a day for 3 – 5 days, for children make it diluted
  • Sage and thyme (for chesty cough or phlegm, thyme has natural antiseptic properties), one dose 3 times a day for 2 – 3 days
  • Green tea, I take this at the first signs of anything, I have it with honey. When I have a sore throat, I add lemon.  It helps boost your immune system. I have 2 cups a day at the first sign of a symptom. If I feel really sick I have 3 – 4 cups.  This works well for me!
  • Garlic, make as a tea, eat whole, roast (makes it sweeter) and eat. If you don’t mind the smell this is a great natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
  • Lemon Tea: squeeze ½ – one lemon and put juice in a cup. Add boiling water and some honey for sweetener. Adjust to your taste. Great for colds and sore throats.

SYRUPS

  • Thyme and honey steeped/mixed together you can have straight or use as a tea sweetener Dosage: 1 tsp 3 times a day for a few days Mix: Thyme – dried ¼ cup and 1 cup of honey with water.  You can heat the thyme like a tea and then add the honey when cooled or heat both together (do not boil) and cool. Strain the thyme, put in a clean jar and store in a cupboard for a few days or in the fridge for a longer time. This works like cough syrup.
  • This is a personal favorite, but you really have to love lemons for this. For me it works great for a sore throat or chesty coughs. It gets all the phlegm out! Squeeze a small lemon or half a large one in a cup; add a pinch of salt and drink. I do this when I feel a tickle in my throat. If my symptoms get worse, I do this twice a day for a few days. It’s also a great dose of vitamin-C.

GARGLE

  • This is an old family favorite. For sore throats, it is great! At the first sign of cold or sore throat my mum takes this out and we gargle away (my children don’t seem to mind this). Mix a little salt and turmeric powder with lukewarm water. Gargle 4 times a day.
  • For kids, if you can get them to drink it, heat turmeric root (looks like thick twig pieces) with milk, put honey to sweeten and let them drink a small amount 3 times a day. Adults can have a cup twice a day.  Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial.

RUB/BATH

  • I use this as a homemade rub. It is like Vicks Vapor Rub. Use a base oil (olive oil or Vaseline) and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and mix well. Rub on chest/throat/back and underarms for kids. This is great for children. You would have to make A LOT for adults!!
  • If a child has a temperature, put some mint leaves in a warm bath and bath them in it, this has worked for us and the smell is calming for the child.

AIR FRESHENER

  • We use this when our family has a cold spree as it is supposed to kill air-born bacteria! Burn some frankincense. You need the pure form not the perfumed one. To use, burn it in an incense burner with charcoal and let the smoke go all over the house.
 
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Posted by on February 25, 2010 in articles, Home remedies