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Sneaky Diet Saboteur: Gummy Vitamin Supplements

I have always hated taking vitamins. When I was little, I used to bury them in the ketchup on my plate so I could hide from my mom the fact that I hadn’t taken them. As an adult, I’ve never taken them on a regular basis. But, in an effort to pay more attention to my health, I recently decided to start taking various vitamins and other supplements. I was so happy to find they’ve finally started making “adult gummies.” Finally, something I actually want to take! Well, not so fast, lol.  I knew it was too good to be true! Since my fantastic little MyNetDiary Pro app also helps you track nutrients, I started entering the nutritional values of my supplements into my daily intake as well. Horrors! My supplements are adding up to a whopping 120 calories a day. Yikes! I’ve heard over and over again that as little as 100 calories a day can make the difference between maintaining a healthy body weight and becoming obese. And there it is—120 calories a day I didn’t even realize I …

Love & Hate: ExfoliKate

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate for some time now. It started about two years ago when I was given a sample. My excitement to try this product bordered on embarrassing. That excitement turned to horror less than five minutes later, however, when I rinsed off the treatment and found my face not only beet-red, but covered in 2nd degree burns. Some burns were about the size of a pin head, others nearly the size of a dime. The redness lasted for several days and the painful scabs from the burns took a week to heal. To be fair, this wasn’t exactly Kate’s fault. The product sample didn’t come with full directions or warnings and I have famously sensitive skin, turned red and irritated by even some moisturizers over the years. Nonetheless, this was the first time a beauty product had literally reduced me to tears. But as the redness subsided and the scabs healed, I noticed something else — my skin was incredibly smooth, visibly brighter, and the sunspots noticeably lighter. Still horrified from the experience but impressed …

My Winter Skin Saviors

I have uncomfortably dry skin. When winter arrives, Vichy products are what gets me through. Product junkie that I am, I stray. I’ll try what’s hot, what’s new, what’s luxe. But no. In the end, I always come back to my tried-and-true. They never let me down. If you haven’t tried Pureté Thermale, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. It has a feel unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used. The first time I used it, I kept rinsing and rinsing my face, feeling like there was some sort of film left behind. But then I patted my face down with my fluffy towel, and…wow. The softest, smoothest skin I’ve ever had. In addition to being extremely dry, my face is also hyper-sensitive, often turning red and irritated by even “gentle” products. But this cleanser leaves my face absolutely irritation free. It’s the least-red my skin has ever been. Aqualia Thermal is moisture, pure and simple. Deeply hydrating, it somehow manages to feel light, refreshing and never heavy or greasy. How good is it? It’s search-through-every-drugstore-in-a-foreign-country-because-you-forgot-to-pack-it …

Vinylux: Holiday Edition

I’m done with UV gels. Not worth the brown spots on the back of my hands, the skin cancer risk (no matter how small that may be), or the acetone damage to my nails. And since the introduction of Vinylux, I don’t miss them one bit. I’ve been a fan of CND Vinylux since the minute it came out. Now I use it almost exclusively. I’ve tried other two-step, no light required gel polishes, but they just don’t compare. Smooth, easy application. No bubbles. No streaking. Super-fast drying time. Super-shiny finish. And acetone-free removal. What could be better than that? How about 10-14 days of wear! No, I’m not exaggerating. Ok, it does start to wear at the edges after about 10 days, at which point I often just file down the tips a bit. But it doesn’t get to the point where I *have* to take it until two, sometimes nearly three, entire weeks. Only drawback? The topcoat gets thick in the bottle relatively quickly. I always purchase two at a time so I have plenty …