Saturday, August 30, 2014

Skin Care Routine: Intro

I've been struggling with acne and oily skin with enlarged pores for 15 years. Over the years I've lost my self-confidence, and have hidden behind a hanging head or an overload of makeup to get through each day. Since I discovered Memebox, I've really stepped up my skincare game, with an overall goal to get my skin to the point where I can where my usual eye and lip makeup, but eliminate the pore-clogging foundations I've previously been chained to. Granted some foundations are better than others, but all of them I've tried cause me to break out in one way or another.

I've always lived under the mentality that "less is more" and assumed that if I used too many products it would aggravate my skin and make my acne worse. It wasn't until the past few months that I was introduced to Korean skin care products, and (more specifically) Memebox. I jumped into the Memebox craze and started ordering every box that sounded like it might help my skin in some way, and hoped for the best. Soon I found myself with boxes of cleansers, toners, moisturizers and sheet masks. While trying to find the perfect combination of products to use, I happened upon an article about layering. Layering would literally solve almost all the problems I was having with conflicting thoughts I had about the ever-growing mountain of skin care products I had in my bedroom, so I immediately started layering products morning and night.

While using several of the same types of products that offered different benefits to my troubled skin, I quickly found my skin taking advantage of everything, and slowly clearing up. Over the course of about a month I noticed my cystic acne started disappearing and soon I was experiencing fewer whiteheads and my blackheads were fewer as well. While I still experience the occasional whitehead (especially around "that time of the month") and my blackheads have not exactly disappeared, I have been wanting to scream from the rooftop to all of those who feel self-conscious about their acne as I do and share with you the mile-long routine that literally transformed my skin into something new.

Each post will cover products from a new category that I use either in the morning or the evening, and will feature the tag "skin care routine" so they are easy to follow. I thank you for following my journey and I hope that the info to come will help someone else as much as it has helped me.

#Memebox: Nakedbox #23 #Unboxing & #Review

Name of Box: Nakedbox 23

This box with all of its components revealed from the very beginning is dedicated to you girls out there who feel a little bit shy or hesitant in trying out our our beauty boxes. Nakedbox #23 includes items perfect for traveling! It will insure you bring all travel essentials in your pouch.

Price of Box: $23 + shipping
Estimated Box Value: $68


1. LEADERS MASK PACK 1ea 20ml (full-size product) $3 value
[Randomly selected from BIO Medi-curing Mask Aqua Dressing and Coconut Bio Mask with Tomato]
This mask hydrates and moisturizes your skin to the fullest. It’s a 100% coconut jelly mask, which gives your skin a cooled feeling. It also dramatically reduces any signs of wrinkles!
HOW TO USE
Sprinkle a small amount into the palms of the hands. Press gently into the skin of the face until the essence has soaked in.

2. LAILLY Cooling Pore Pack 50g (full-size product) $28 value
This cooling pore mask reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, helping to keep them purified, refined and smooth. Enriched with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and acai berry extracts, it also delivers intensive nourishment deep down into the dermal layer. Upon application, it delivers a cooling sensation to the skin as it contracts pores, and cleans out gunk and oil that are trapped underneath. It also contains proprietary mineral complexes that help to tighten and minimize the pores for flawless skin.
HOW TO USE
After cleansing the skin, apply a thick layer of the cream onto the skin. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and you will feel a cool warm tingle across your skin. Thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.

3. TOSOWOONG Pore Tightening Serum 30ml (full-size product) $19 value
This Pore Tightening Serum leaves skin feeling silky smooth skin and shrinks and refines enlarged pores, all while providing skin whitening, and lifting and firming properties that improve the skin’s elasticity. This product helps to create a smoother, younger look. Pores are XXS sized, as if they had 'snapped back' into shape, so that skin is tighter, smoother and younger.
HOW TO USE
After exfoliating the skin, rinse and pat dry. Apply serum all over face morning and night to shrink pores.

4. TOSOWOONG Black-Head Nose Pack (8 strips) $5 value
-clean your face.
-wet on your nose with water.
-remove water on your hand. detech film.
-apply it on your nose.
-wait for 15 minutes.
-detach it slowly.

5. 23 YEARDS OLD  Air-Laynic Pore Mask 12g (sample-size product) $13 value ($35 for full size)
This unique pore mask is in the form of a syringe which contains gel-type ampoule for tightening enlarged pores and fighting against any blemishes on the nose and the cheeks, the most sensitive and oily part of your face. It’s different from other pore masks in that it’s actually a 20 minute long home therapy for a cleaner, more resilient complexion.
HOW TO USE
Spread the ampoule over the included mask sheets and place it over your nose & cheeks area. You have to be patient for 30 minutes because the ampoule will react to your skin and may actually sting a bit like a real clinic therapy. Then remove the mask and rinse off.

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Overall I really like this box. It containes mostly full size products, and even the 23Years Old Pore Mask (the only sample size product in this box) contains enough product to use it twice. Everything was useful and an item I would repurchase.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dr Tim's Natural Turkey Chips for Dog & Cats #Review from Chewy.com

Product Name: Natural Turkey Chips
From: Dr Tim's Premium All Natural Pet Treats
Type of Product: freeze dried turkey heart slices for dogs and cats
Price (as of date of review): $15.26
Where To Purchase: Chewy.com
Product Website: http://DrTims.com


About: 100% real, USDA - straight from Wisconsin that are simply freeze dried after washing and nothing else. Dr. Tim proudly presents his line of freeze-dried treats that exemplify the good doctor's message of top quality pet health.



You can see additional info and how well Venus likes these treats in the video below:


My Thoughts: I love these treats, and as you can tell in the video, Venus does too! They are single-ingredient, healthy, soft and easy to chew, and cause no digestive upset. They have very low odor as well. I'm very impressed and will be trying out more products from Dr Tim's with Venus soon!

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. No monetary compensation was received for this post. This blog contains affiliate links.

Monday, August 25, 2014

#honestkitchen Halcyon Duck Dog Food #Review & #Giveaway


Product Name: Halcyon Duck Recipe
From: The Honest Kitchen
Type of Product: dehydrated dog food
Price (as of date of review): $1 for 1 oz, $59.99 for 4 lbs, $119.99 for 10 lbs, or $469.96 for 4x10 lbs.
Where To Purchase: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/halcyon


Find more information as well as a demo in the video below:


My Thoughts: I absolutely love this dog food, and I think it makes a great addition to The Honest Kitchen family. Venus is always iffy on soft food, but she will always eat some Honest Kitchen.

FOR A LIMITED TIME YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN SAMPLE OF THE HONEST KITCHEN'S NEW HALCYON DUCK DOG FOOD. GIVEAWAY OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY, ENTER VIA THE GIVEAWAY FORM BELOW:

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. No monetary compensation was received for this post. This blog contains affiliate links.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#GetNoticed with NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash!

Welcome to the newest member of the Dial family, Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash! It contains coconut water and mango to give you clean, healthy, and hydrated skin and to give you a tropical escape right in your own shower.


Coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that provide replenishing hydration to your skin, and mango is rich in nutrition while adding a hint of tropical freshness.

This luxurious foamy body wash smells amazing. It cleans without drying, leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth, and also works as a bubble bath for the kids! Dial has really mastered this product, and I can't wait to try more from the Coconut Water line now.


I love this hydrating body wash so much, I want to share it with you! Leave a comment below to enter to win a coupon good for one free bottle of Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash (open to US residents only, age 18+). I will draw a winner from the comments below on September 9th. Leave a valid email address along with your comment so I can contact you if you win.

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Henna King Hair Color #Review

Coloring my hair isn't as simple as it used to be. The hair of my teens and early 20's could handle the harsh chemicals found in drugstore hair dyes, and frequent colorings didn't affect my hair negatively. Now that I near my 30's however, my hair has become extra sensitive to what I do and how often I do it.

I've been dying my hair regularly for over 12 years and have no intention of stopping, especially with inevitable grey's right around the corner (yikes!). So it was time to look for something easier on my hair that lasted longer than traditional "permanent" dyes do in my hair. I only recently heard of henna hair dyes, and that's when I came across Henna King.

Henna King is a "one stop henna shop" that offers 100% organic and vegan henna products for hair dye, beard dye, body art, and cosmetic stains.


Henna King sent me a hair dye kit in the color "Wine Red" which I instantly fell in love with when I saw the model online. They ship Priority, so I received my kit just one day after it shipped! As per the instructions, I washed my hair, dried it, and went to work.


I mixed half the bag of henna dye powder (since giving myself an altered pixie cut, I don't have much to color anymore lol) with enough water to make a runny paste. The instructions advised I use a glass bowl since the color will stain plastic, but I didn't have one big enough to mix well enough in, so I used a red plastic bowl.


Using the included gloves, I mixed the dye well with my hand, added some rose extract to enjoy during the coloring process, and started applying it to my hair. It felt like I was rubbing mud in my hair, and I honestly became a little worried (this was my first ever experience with henna) and started thinking there was no way this was going to color my hair. But I finished applying, making sure to evenly coat all my hair with this henna mud mixture, then put on the included shower cap, and cleaned up.


The instructions say to wait 1.5 to 3 hours before rinsing from your hair, but because the life of a mother is never slow or all that relaxed, I couldn't wait the full 3 hours and ended up washing at the 2 hour mark.

I became extremely nervous when I took off the shower cap to reveal the exact same color of mud on my hair as when I began. I jumped into the shower and started rinsing. Mud fell to the shower floor, and then the water started running yellow. I panicked... I rinsed a little more and ran to the mirror, where I did NOT see a head of yellow or brown hair, but a beautiful shade of "wine red" that immediately tugged my heart strings.


My hair felt soft and luxurious, and still held the scent of roses. Beautiful!

I cannot rave enough about this amazing hair color from Henna King. One packet (100 grams) is very reasonable at just $9.95 each, and they offer a bulk deal of buy 3 get 1 free. Continuing to use Henna King will cost me only $5 (or less if I buy in bulk) each time I color and enhance my hair. I'm in love, and I know you'll love it too!

Henna King on Facebook
Henna King on Twitter

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

VetIQ Minties & Betsy Farms Duck Jerky {for Dogs} #Review


August is often a busy time for families. Children are preparing to go back to school, while parents try to cram in last-minute activities to share with them before all the beautiful weather and free time is gone. In the midst of all this husstle and bustle, it can sometimes be easy to forget simple daily routines with the family pet. No longer do you need to feel like you've left your dog out of all the fun with some yummy jerky treats from Betsy Farms and Minties delicious dental treats from VetIQ.

Taking the extra time to shop for healthy and natural treats for your precious pup can sometimes mean taking up time that you don't have when you're already busy this summer. That's why Betsy Farms has taken the guesswork out of their products for you. 


Our family received a bag of Natural Duck Jerky Fillets that are made in the USA. They are thicker than I expected, but chewy and easy for Venus to handle. An easy long-lasting treat for any pooch.



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Let's not forget about dental hygiene. Dog's teeth unfortunately seem to take the back burner when it comes to daily cares, but it honestly couldn't be any easier or faster for the on-the-go style of summer with Minties dental treats from VetIQ.


Minties have a refreshing mint scent (and I assume flavor as well) that leaves your pets breath smelling sweet and clean. Minties also clean your dogs teeth just like a quick brushing would with their unique texture and formula, as well as working to remove plaque and tartar. These delicious and beneficial treats are made in the USA, contain no corn - wheat - or soy, and come in four different sizes depending on the weight of your dog. Not only are these a large part of Venus' daily dental routine, but she always comes back begging for more!






You can find more information by following both Betsy Farms and VetIQ on their social media accounts:
Betsy Farms on Facebook
Betsy Farms on Twitter
VetIQ on Facebook
VetIQ on Twitter



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Influenster #VitaVoxBox Unboxing

This Influenster Vox Box and all of it's contents were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for the purpose of review and providing an honest review.


  • Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future serum
  • Bikini Ready energy gummies
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons
  • Pure Leaf sweet tea
  • SoftLips Cube
  • First Degree Burn Cream



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Foot Therapy Exfoliant Wrap from #Memebox Hair & Body 2 #Review

 WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC AND OTHERWISE GROSS PICTURES OF MY FEET PEELING DURING THE PROCESS OF THIS MASK "DOING IT'S THING." YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. IF YOU ARE EASILY GROSSED OUT, THIS IS NOT THE POST FOR YOU.

This Foot Therapy mask was part of the Memebox, Hair and Body #2.






Application: (Thursday) I was surprised at how little product was in the booties. It was very thin, but it was more than enough to saturate my feet once I had the booties on my feet. The smell of the "mask" was like depilatory cream mixed with isopropyl alcohol, but with a somewhat earthy undertone. The instructions directed me to leave the mask on for 1.5 hours, but I got caught up in another review and ended up leaving them on for 2 hours. The smell was really overpowering after the first half hour, and I was left with a headache for the rest of the day. It helped tremendously to place a fan next to my feet, and turn it on low, to blow the smell away from me. The mask itself felt very slick on my feet inside the booties, and made my feet cool and tingly.



Day 1: (Friday) My feet feel very dry. They are covered in tiny wrinkles that make my feet look about 10 years older than the rest of me. I was afraid to apply lotion to my feet, for fear that it would delay the effects of the mask, so I soaked them in the tub for a while instead. No peeling or anything yet.

Day 2: (Saturday) My feet are very dry and itchy. I seriously feel like I did when I was pregnant, and want to just rip my skin off. But I'm not a bawling emotional mess at the same time lol ;-) Anyway... yeah... My feet still have the "dry" fine wrinkles all over, but still no peeling. I hope this intense drying of my feet means it'll happen soon!

Day 3: (Sunday) Let the peeling begin!



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Day : (Friday) I took a shower this morning and scrubbed my feet with a nail brush, and the remaining loose skin came off, and that was it. My skin felt dry, and needed a lot of extra moisturizing, but 8 days later, I have nice smooth feet!

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