Eminence-Almond & Mineral Treatment

This mask gets filed under my favourites.  Love this stuff.

Eminence
Almond & Mineral Treatment

The product claims to:

  • Make skin appear smoother and refined
  • Make epidermis rejuvenated and appear rosy
  • Make complexion revitalized and appear more radiant
  • Reduce visible signs of aging

Yes, to three out of four.  I did not notice a reduction in the visible signs of aging.

The key ingredients are as follows:

  • Crushed Almonds: refines, revitalizes and enriches the skin’s appearance
  • Paprika: invigorates and revitalizes skin
  • Ground Ivy: tones and tightens the appearance of pores
  • Zinc Oxide: soothes the skin
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

I used this product consistently.  It was my Sunday evening ritual.  Because I do have sensitive skin, my skin did become quite red with every application.  As a result, I was affectionately nicknamed”fire face”.

I used the product as directed, careful to not keep it on longer for what was suggested.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the redness after my first use, but my skin recovered nicely overnight, and my skin looked fantastic the next morning.  I was diligent in moisturizing immediately after.

I would not use this product before going out. This is definitely an “I’m-not-going-anywhere-today” mask.

Sadly, I found that the results did not last.  My skin looked great (refreshed, clear, and bright) on Monday, but this freshness dwindled with each passing day.  Perhaps if I used it twice a week, my skin could have looked even better.  Something to think about for sure, but I like my Cup O’ Coffee mask/scrub so much, that I’d like to keep that in my rotation, so once a week for this one it will have to be.

 

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Weekly Weigh-In (Week Four)

As I’ve been absent from the blog for a couple of weeks, I haven’t kept my weigh-ins current. For the sake of this blog, I’m just going to continue with my numbering system.  I’ve labelled today as Week Four, even though it’s more like week six.

My macros for this week are as follows:

Macros-Week Six

My macros haven’t changed much.  I went up 1 gram in carbs and down 1 gram in protein.  Fat remains the same.

Although I haven’t lost much in the weight and inches department, I had three separate people tell me that it looks like I’ve lost weight.

One girl, who provides the gym swag/gear, told me I needed a new tank and to go down a size, because my current tank (small) was now too big.

The very next day, a gym member asked me how much weight I lost. I said, none.  That my scale and inches haven’t budged.  He said that I definitely trimmed down and that I looked “tighter”.

Last weekend, my aunt said, “Someone’s lost weight.”

I guess it’s true. For three different people to all comment–something must be happening.  It has to be body composition everyone’s noticing.

I have been eating “cleaner”.  I hate that phrase.  I’ve been eating more white fish, more vegetables, and less sugar.  Sadly, my bloating has not improved, but I will keep at it.

Pixi-24K Eye Elixir

This little item caught my eye, so I bought it.  I seriously need help with the puffiness and dark circles under my eyes.  I blame my lack of solid sleep and a side effect of a specific medication.

Pixi
24K Eye Elixir

The product claims to:

• …refresh eyes & prevent signs of fatigue
• …helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin
• …soothes & encourages circulation around the eye

I’ve been using it consistently for about two weeks now, but I’ve only been using it in the morning.  So far, I haven’t noticed that much of an improvement, so I need to make an effort to remember to use it at night, right after I wash my face.

I don’t have much of a review as far as improvement is concerned, because it’s just too soon, but I do love the cooling feeling of the roller ball.  It’s the little pick-me-up I need in the morning.  I have serious hopes that the claims above actually do occur with proper, consistent use.

This product is scent-free.

Stay tuned…

Pixi-Glow Mud Cleanser

I’m always on the hunt for something new (unless I find something that I absolutely love and stick with it), so when I finished my Sweet Red Rose Cleanser, I decided to try Pixi’s Glow Mud Cleanser.  Although I love my Sweet Red Rose Cleanser, I needed to pick something up that I could use right away.  I didn’t have time to wait for it to be shipped to me.

Pixi
Mud Glow Cleanser

The product claims to:

• Reveal radiant and healthy skin
• Leave skin clean and glowing
• Exfoliate and revitalize
• Deep cleanse
• Enhance complexion’s glow

I contemplated between this cleanser and the Rose Cream Cleanser. I eventually opted for a little change from my rose-themed products.

The “cosmetologist” (I put this in quotes, because I seriously question her makeup application) rang my item and raved about this product. She said her daughter uses it and loves it.  Her daughter also uses it as a mask by leaving it on longer.  I thanked her for her suggestion and said I’d definitely try it as a mask as well.

I felt good about my choice.

My take? This is another one of those products that I really want to love.  I really do. I love the smell. Not overpowering.  The consistency is mask-like.  It’s thick.  If you want to apply it as a mask, it’s perfect.  It you want to use it as a cleanser, you have to water it down, otherwise, the product just won’t spread on your face like a water-based cleanser does.  I like that this product can serve as dual purpose.

That said, this now brings me to my one complaint, but an important complaint, nonetheless.  It DOES NOT wash off makeup.  Especially eye makeup.  Even after two and three washes.

Because this didn’t remove makeup as well as I would have liked, I won’t be purchasing it again.  I will be using it for morning and night face washes on days when I don’t have makeup on.

 

I Did a Thing

First off, I have to apologize for being away the last couple of weeks. Life has just been crazy busy, and my blog took a back step.

While I was away, I did a thing.  I finally got my hair done (it was WAY OVERDUE), and this time, I decided to go RED!  I’ve never been a redhead before.  I’ve been dark brown, semi-blonde, but never red.  I wanted a change, and I wasn’t afraid to risk it.  I trust my hairdresser 100%.  He’s never let me down.

I showed him my inspo:

Jaclyn Hill
(screenshot from YouTube video)

We consulted.  We reviewed hair “swatches”.  He made recommendations, and off we went.

Naturally speaking, my hair is not straight.  In fact, my hair is quite curly (ringlet type).  Normally, I get bouncy curls at the ends, but this time, we decided to go super sleek.

For me, the real test is to see what the colour looks like in it’s natural state. Stay tuned…

What’s the Plan?

I’ve talked about macros and mentioned that I work out, but I haven’t gone into too much detail about what my workouts actually are.

This week, I finished my twelve-week trainer, Becoming Extraordinary (BE) by Ashley Horner.  I cannot believe that I actually stuck this out. I’ve started several programs before, but have always fallen just short of finishing.

In addition to the Becoming Extraordinary trainer, I also incorporated a six-week supplemental trainer, Sweet Cakes (SC).

I did not take any “before” pictures, so there is nothing to compare.  Now that I actually finished the program, I wish I had taken them.

This is me during one of my PT sessions. Not the clearest, but it’s a screenshot from a video.

My observations are:

  • I increased my weights on a lot of the exercises
  • My upper body improved a lot
  • My lower body improved a little
  • My quads are starting to pop
  • My mid section remains the same visually, although my strength has improved

So, now what’s the plan?  I’ve skimmed through my purchased programs (I like to buy programs while they’re on sale).  I don’t think I want to commit to another 12-week trainer with Christmas around the corner, so I’ve decided on a simple, muscle-building program that was part of a personal training package I purchased with my friend a couple of summers ago.  This is labelled as an 18-week trainer, but there are only seven days worth of workouts that are supposed to be repeated for 18 weeks.

I don’t think I’d enjoy doing the same workout over and over again for 18 weeks straight.  My plan is to keep myself busy until the New Year’s challenges start popping up. Then I’ll have a better idea of what I’ll be doing.

Of course, I will still have my once-weekly personal training session. Also, I’d like to add back some hot yoga. It’s been a while, and I have some passes on my card itching to be used (before they expire).

 

Weekly Weigh-In (Week Three)

Yesterday was weigh-in day.  It was pretty much a repeat of the previous week.  Not perfect, but not horrendous.  This time, I didn’t have an excuse.  Just didn’t follow my macros and workouts were limited due to not feeling that great.

My macros for this week are as follows:

Macros – Week Three

Again, when I check-in non-compliant, my macros don’t change.

So far, for this week, I’m on track with my macros and workouts.