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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.
New labeling on foods tells you about fat content, sugar content and even additives, but what about pesticides? Even more so, what about fruits or vegetables that have no labels? I must have looked through hundreds of pages about this and that pesticide, so much that even a Gerry Butler marathon wouldn’t have put an end to my headache. Here is the result of some of the information I managed to decipher. A report conducted from 2002-2005 (some were updated in the 2007 summary report) listed produce with more and less pesticide residue. These are still within EU pesticide regulation. The produce in the Red column have more pesticides, Amber less and Green the least. MRL is the acronym for Maximum Residue Level. If you have a limited budget this information helps by indicating which produce would be better to buy organic and for which it is less important. You will notice that some fruits are listed in two columns. This is because local fruits generally contain less pesticide than imported ones.
|RED mostfrequently contain MRL||AMBER||GREEN lessfrequently contain the MRL|
|Beans (green & specialty||Carrots||Broccoli|
|Cherries||Cherries||Exotic fruits (passion fruit, pomegranate, etc)|
|*Citrus fruits||Cultivated mushrooms||Fennel|
|Courgettes / Zucchini||Lemons*||Kiwis|
|Dried fruit||Peaches||Star fruit|
* Products that are peeled may contain fewer contaminants.
Until an EU regulation bans pesticides or makes it so that only organic pesticides are used, the advocates against pesticides have recommended the following:
- Replace as much as possible of the produce in the first column with organic produce
- Ask your supermarket about their pesticide policy, some European supermarkets (mostly in Belgium, Germany, UK) have taken measures to reduce pesticides in/on their fruits and vegetables.
- Try to eat locally and seasonally, fruits and vegetables grown out of season have been shown to contain more pesticide residue than when in season.
- Peel and cook foods where possible
- Scrub hard foods such as apples, carrots etc.
- Rinse all foods before peeling
- Strip leafy vegetables like lettuce of the outer leaves and rinse well.
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:
- 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.
- Avoid using PVC cling film/ plastic wrap in microwave or wrapping food in it. Look for non-PVC cling film to wrap food in.
- Use as much as possible, glass or stainless steel for food storage.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- Pregnant women and children up to the age of 16 should avoid swordfish, shark and marlin as they have the highest amounts of mercury.
- Other people can eat the above three fish, but small amounts – around one portion a week.
- 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)*|
|Herring||Tuna (Canned chunk light)|
|Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)|
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!