New Products Alert! ~ Sensational Miracles!

    Yes, it has been awhile since I have reviewed any products. Of course by now, you know I need to be WOWed by a product for a review to happen! I am hereby, WOWed by the following products.
    Sensational ~ The first is Maybelline's new mascara Lash Sensational. I admit I have skimpy lashes these days and getting skimpier all the time. I was even thinking of purchasing the more recent $25.00+ expensive mascara with the coat of fibers you add to the process. (And OMG ~ thought about false lashes too for special occasions!) I am glad I waited! This mascara is an easy A+++. It has a wand with short bristles on one side to coat the base of your lashes easily & safely & when you are ready the full wand in the opposite side to coat lengthen & wow you! It was that easy & I cannot believe I really do still have all these lashes! It went on smooth with zero clumping tendencies. I am sold. It applied quickly & I have only needed one coat & still felt like I was wearing false lashes!! At an average price, without benefit of coupons or sales, of $6.99, the other makeup lines should be ashamed to charge so much for mascara that promises all this. Run, do not walk to your nearest store - it is sold everywhere except the pricey department store makeup counters!
    Miracles ~ The second (and third) new products are the Garnier facial Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream ~ Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue both night & eye cream. These last winter months with the dry air are killers for my skin. I have found the answer... I glide on the night cream (which is like a cream/gel) with its blends of hyaluronic & hydroxy acids for cell deep hydration & turnover and plant extracts and when I wake up I still feel moisturized! It is a miracle because not being a back sleeper, the moisture seems to leave my face right into that pillow! The eye cream, which is really a thick gel, glides on and has the added caffeine which works for my dark circles. There is the lightest fragrance & it provides  amazing results. I also wear both during the day this time of year & it works with serums & foundations beautifully. The price is also an astounding, $14.99 avg. each without sale or coupons. Garnier has done it again!
   So, Ladies, these aren't even treat yourselves to these products ~ these are easy must haves to save time & save your skin! Enjoy!!

Getting Enough Zzzzzs!

   Yes, I have to say the most common complaint I hear among friends & coworkers is the 'not enough sleep' conundrum. Yes, it is a puzzle at times because some have trouble falling asleep, some staying asleep and then trying to fall back... and it continues. What we do know from study after study is that 6-8 hours with the emphasis towards 8 hours is extremely important for optimum health & well being. So what can we do? Well the Jan/Feb issue of Cooking Light combines all the latest facts that just might shed some light...
    Let's start with light because it is so important. The light from our small technology devices are emitting the brain-activating blue wavelength. (Hint here - we don't want to activate our brains before bed!) So the suggestion is to say good night to those phones & pads one hour before lights out. Now the interesting part to all this is as we turn to read for that hour before bed, well we need to make sure that we use the traditional light bulbs to read by. The cost-saving cfls emit - you guessed it - the blue light we are trying to avoid. (Cfls without this wavelength are available, but costly) I say buy up some incandescents and sleep well! Remember to keep your room dark when it is lights out.
   Let's talk temperature. Cooler is way better. Sixty-five degrees is optimum to help the body's core temp to cool. A plus will be an increased metabolism & energy in your waking hours! Hanging one foot out to stay cool has also been shown to benefit a restful sleep.
   Let's talk stress. Worry can cause sleeplessness for sure. You can get out of bed for a bit (read a bit) & then go back & try again. I have been listening to a white noise app on my smart phone & it works wonders! Soft music has been proven to work well too & those who do spend more time in the restful REM sleep.
    For myself, I need my Zzzzs bad! The new, old light bulb, really cool room (and light pajamas - yes menopause still throws an added wrench into the situation - and light layers of covers) and white noise of heavy rain have been lifesavers! Don't forget those restful yoga postures too like Legs Up A Wall! Sweet Dreams!