Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Natural Balance L.I.D. Dog Food Review #ChewyInfluencer

Venus isn't the pup she once was, and with her age comes complications with her health. Dry food has become a bit more difficult for her to digest, so I've eased her into more wet food and have been using more raw and home-cooked meals as well. I was happy to have received the Natural Balance LID (Limited Ingredient Diets) Sheds Wet Dog Food this month for Venus to try out.

The Natural Balance Limited Ingredient line includes several flavors in different varieties including shreds, canned wet food, treats, and dry food.

Venus received the LID Shreds Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula in Broth. I personally love that the ingredients are natural and wholesome enough that it still looks exactly like chicken with bits of sweet potato.

Yum!
 Venus absolutely loves this Natural Balance LID formula, and has seemed much more active and happy since we've been feeding it to her these past few weeks.

You can find Natural Balance on Chewy.com!

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyanthechis at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#Neulii Snail Bee Anti-Wrinkle Serum #Review from #Jolse

Hello again friends!

I've been absent for a while but I'm working on bringing you more posts soon, sharing my thoughts on various products that have been in my routine for a while. Today, however, I'm going to share something that has only been in my routine for a few weeks, but has made such amazing improvement on areas of my skin that I can hardly wait to share it with you - today I'm sharing my results with the Nuelii Snail Bee Anti-Wrinkle Serum, which I won in a tester giveaway from Jolse.


The Neulii Snail Bee Serum is supposed to prevent and treat wrinkles. Designed for use with all skin types. I recently turned 30 and started noticing fine lines around my face, so I really couldn't get this on my face fast enough...

The ingredients include snail (repairing), propolis (antibacterial), allantoin (soothing), and betaine (antibacterial). The highlight ingredient for this serum, in my opinion, is the snail mucin, which repairs the skin - including rebuilding collagen. Propolis is the "bee" portion of this serum, and while it's mainly used for its antibacterial properties (one of my favorite acne-fighting ingredients) I have heard that it can help in firming up the skin as well.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Propolis Extract, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine.

The serum comes in a simple, clean looking box displaying both Korean and English information - including directions and ingredients. Aside from white, there are bursts of green on the packaging as well which looks calm and professional. The color scheme continues to the serum bottle, which is a clear frosted plastic with a white label adorned with green lettering. The pump on the bottle is easy to use and does not stick.

The serum itself is clear, with no noticeable scent. It has a thicker consistency, that is slightly sticky (which is normal for snail mucin) but spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly. If you're familiar with the Cosrx Advanced Snail Mucin Essence, this has the same consistency, but does not leave a reside on the skin and is not as intensely hydrating.



I've been using this serum for about three weeks. I use it both morning and evening after cleansing, toning, and applying my essences. I use two pumps that I gently pat into my face, and then a third pump that I spread onto my neck.

Over the course of the past three weeks I've noticed that my fine lines around my face have nearly disappeared, but more incredibly the deep wrinkle I have on my neck has become incredibly smooth. I have a crease in my neck that I've attributed to my looking down most of my life, avoiding eye-contact with strangers in passing, and that I've heard is hereditary. However, this crease has gone from being deep and noticeable at first glance to "fine line" level. I'm thoroughly impressed with the results all-around, and will continue to use this serum on both my face and neck until my age requires something more heavy-duty.

For anyone who has been following my blog and curious about the mentions I've made, this serum - the Neulii Snail Bee Anti-Wrinkle Serum - is my replacement anti-again serum for the Goodal Firming Camellia Water Oil. Not only have I noticed far superior results, but it's also cheaper and feels better on my skin.

You can purchase this serum on Jolse, currently available for $14.55 usd.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, May 23, 2016

#Purex Plus Clorox2 Laundry Detergent Review & Giveaway

Summer is coming right around the corner, and with kids out of school leaves more time for them to get dirty while having fun. I've been trying out the new Purex Plus Clorox2 with Stain Fighting Enzymes to see how they hold up against anything my 5 year old can (literally) throw at his clothes.

Purex plus Clorox 2 laundry detergent is specially formulated to be safe for colors (100% bleach free) and to work on 100 stains! Remove starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce, protein stains like grass and blood, and sticky stains like ice cream and bbq sauce without the need for pretreating or soaking.

Summer is a time for barbeque, sunshine, and play - and now Purex is bringing a smart value to the game by making clean-up even easier. Grass stains on pants and ketchup or bbq sauce on shirts are not uncommon on my sons' clothing, and it's great knowing that they'll come out clean in the next wash with the incredible stain fighting power of Purex.

Enter to win a coupon for your very own Purex plus Clorox 2 laundry detergent (up to a $7 value).

  • This giveaway to open to residents of the United States, only.
  • Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery - once shipped, the package is out of my control.
  • Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for adverse reactions to product(s) or ingredient(s) in prize.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • Giveaway ends May 31st at 11:59pm cst.
  • A winner will be drawn within 7 days, and will have 48 hours to respond to my email with a shipping address.
Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyanthechis at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Current Skincare Routine for Spring/Summer 2016

I think sharing my routine is one of my favorite things to post about on this blog. I love being able to share what's been working for me as my skin transforms and (with any luck) improves.

If you're new to my blog or you need a refresher; I'm 30 years old with oily skin and hormonal cystic acne. My skin is also dehydrated (meaning the oiliness gets better with added moisture), sensitive, and is starting to show mild signs of aging (like small lines and wrinkles). I have been battling hyper-pigmentation from sun damage and acne scarring, which has improved greatly over the past few months.

So here's my current heap of products that I currently have in rotation:


Most of these I'm sure you've seen from me before. It's been a rough year and I haven't tried much in the line of new products, but what I have used it working great for me, so no complaints, as boring as it may sound to some. I don't use all these products daily, and I don't always use the same products daily, but today I am going to share my base routines with you that I use most often and know I can use no matter how my skin is acting.


MY BASE-LINE MORNING ROUTINE

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
I've heard people with dry skin say this is too stripping but I personally find it to be perfect, and have family members with dry skin who also enjoy using this, so of course Your Milage May Vary (YMMV, not everything works the same for me as it might for you). It has a tea tree scent, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and looking clear. The scent usually perks me up in the morning too. It is a gel cleanser, but it also foams up - on it's own or using a foaming net - and I think that also makes it a bit more enjoyable to use when you're struggling to stand by the sink in the morning.
You can pick up this cleanser on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, Amazon*, and Jolse.

Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
This is a very calming toner, and I even use it occasionally as a cleansing water when I really don't feel like going through the whole process of washing my face. Centella is great for calming irritated skin and acne, so it's perfect for me. It's very gentle, and I find it easily tones down redness my face has in the mornings.
You can purchase this toner on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, and Jolse.

Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
This is one of my very first Cosrx purchases, and the item that drew me in to explore their products further. It has a very light fermented scent and uses it's galactomyces to lightly hydrate and prep your skin to allow it to absorb the rest of the products in your routine better. This essence also contain 2% niacinamide which helps brighten my skin as well - a positive for someone who is trying to fight off hyper-pigmentation.
You can purchase this essence on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, Amazon*, and Jolse.

Neulii Snail Bee Anti-Wrinkle Serum
This is a more recent addition to my routine and I'm really enjoying it so far. It's much lighter than the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence which is great for my skin in the summer months. The heat this time of year really kick starts oil production in my skin, and while hydration still helps with the dehydrated end of things, there is still a bit of plain old oiliness that lingers when it's hot outside, so this serum is perfect for hydrating without making my skin sticky or over-hydrated. Another plus with this serum is that is contains my current favorite skincare ingredient: propolis - so it really is a winner for me as far as treating my skin's current conditions and fighting off additional signs of aging and acne.
You can purchase this serum on Jolse and RoseRoseShop.

Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
I've reviewed this lotion on my blog in the past, and it's still a great hydration in my opinion. It's lightweight but it delivers a great deal of moisture, and it perfect for daytime for me. This lotion does contain butylene glycol, which can cause a greasy film on the surface of skin, so I make sure to pay attention not to over-apply, but it plays nice with all the sunscreens I've tried so it's seemingly earned a permanent place in my daytime routine.
You can purchase this lotion on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, and Amazon*.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
My first Cosrx cream, recommended to my by Cosrx themselves since I have oily skin. This has a thin creamy gelish texture, and is slightly sticky in traditional snail mucin form. I find this cream works great for my skin during the day when my skin is flaky or dry from tretinoin or just other products I'm testing out. It absorbs nicely and does not contain butylene glycol like the birch sap lotion, so it won't leave a film if that ingredient tends to cause a problem for you. Snail mucin is also good for regenerating the skin, so I enjoy using this to not only help heal skin that has been plagued by acne but also for regenerating skin that has fine lines or is loosing collagen.
You can purchase this cream on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, and Jolse.

Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream
Oh Cosrx, how I love thee.. I've already reviewed the Centella Blemish Ampoule, which also features centella as the star ingredient (as does the toner mentioned above) but the cream is like my "heavy hitter" for stubborn blemishes. Cystic acne is a painful, terrible, painful, swollen, painful thing to deal with, and after trying so many different creams and liquids, this is what I found to work best for me. The daytime is worst for my acne because I'm awake to feel the throbbing pain and am more apt to touch it and sigh in disgust over how nasty it is. This cream does a great job at toning down swelling and redness, and by the end of the day there's a noticeable difference in how big and painful my cystic acne is.
You can purchase this cream on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, and Jolse.

Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock
You'd think within 30 years I'd have been able to find a nice handful of sunscreens that work well for me - but then my life would be just a hint easier, so of course that's not the case. In the past year I've thoroughly tested a few different Asian sunscreens that fit my criteria of being alcohol free and only containing physical filters, with a few more on my list to purchase (when I earn enough for a new blog review haul). This sunscreen from Innisfree is the only one so far that doesn't break me out or cause such intense dryness that my skin literally peels off during the day (I'm looking at you Sunkiller Baby Milk, aka SKINkiller). It is mattefying, hence the "no sebum" in it's name, but even on my drier days this pairs perfectly with my snail cream and I experience no unusual dryness. This does, however, leave a white cast, which I counteract with a tinted face powder or light coverage bb cream.
You can purchase this sunscreen on Amazon*, and Jolse.

MY BASE-LINE EVENING ROUTINE

Elizavecca Natural 90% Olive Cleansing Oil
I have a lot of samples of cleansing oils that I've tested lately, and while I love some (like the illi Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil), none of them really leave my skin feeling the way this cleansing oil does. It's thicker like olive oil, but it gently lifts away dead and flaky skin as well as clogs in my pores. It emulsifies very well too! I've noticed my pores seem much cleaner when I use this daily, which I haven't experienced with other cleansing oils, so I really think this is "the one" for me.
You can purchase this cleansing oil on Memebox USA*.

Papa Recipe White Flower Clear Up Enzyme Powder Cleanser

I have reviewed the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash on the blog in the past, and at the time I really loved it, but it started to dry out my skin with regular use so I had to lighten up my usage. Then I met this powder cleanser and I really think it's love this time around. This powder cleanser has tiny grains, and they dissolve quickly and easily with a small amount of water  - I just dampen my hands and pour a small amount of powder on one, then rub them together to dissolve and foam the cleanser. This powder cleanser is a much gentler alternative to the Tosowoong powder wash, and runs along the same price range - it's a win win!
You can purchase this cleanser on Memebox USA*, Amazon*, and WishTrend.

Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Another earlier Cosrx purchase of mine that I still haven't gotten around to reviewing, but have repurchased many times already. This is a toner with a small amount of acids to lower the pH. Some people think this toner is too harsh but I personally have had no issues with this toner drying out my skin or causing any irritation. This is perfect for prepping my skin for acids, or just cleaning up after cleansing my skin. The low price point and the fact that it's lowering my skins' pH level and (hopefully) helping ward off bacteria-causing acne keeps me coming back for more.
You can purchase this toner on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, and Jolse.

Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
I want to note right away that I use this interchangeably with the Papa Recipe White Flower Clear 8% AHA Gel - but find that the Cosrx is much easier to locate so it's what I have been repurchasing the most. In terms of performance, I find both AHA products work similarly, despite the 1% difference in AHA strength. Since I am using tretinoin (explanation below) I only use Alpha Hydroxy Acid once or twice a week to assist in lightening hyper-pigmentation and speeding up cell turnover and clear out clogged pores and battle acne.
You can purchase this active on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, Amazon*, and Jolse.

Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
Hyaluronic Acid has become my best friend since I discovered my skin is actually dehydrated and not just super oily. HA can hold up to 4,000x it's weight in water, so it pulls liquid from the outside of your skin inward and holds it there until it's absorbed. Cosrx uses sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of HA) to allow the molecules to penetrate deeper into your skin. This product has been a godsend in decreasing (when kept up with application - eliminating) my flakiness and dry patches on my otherwise oil-slick of a face. It's also greatly decreased my skins' oil production to a near-normal level. HA is also plumping, which helps out with my fine lines around my forehead and eye area as well.
You can purchase this essence on Cupidrop, Amazon*, and Jolse.

Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule
This is a newer product to my arsenal too, but it's quickly rose to the top and become one that i have backups for already, because it really works that well for my skin. I at one point thought I was sensitive to propolis because of my bee allergy, but it seems that it's more dependent on those select products as a whole vs the ingredient popping up in a fair number of products my skin hates. This ampoule contains 80% propolis extract, and has a thin gel texture. It applies easily, however, and soaks into the skin like water. This ampoule makes my skin look so much brighter and healthier, and the propolis has antibacterial properties that help fight acne. I've also heard it can help fight signs of aging, so, you know, prevention and all that.
You can purchase this ampoule on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, and Amazon*.

Goodal Camellia Firming Water Oil
I really like Goodal for their fermented ingredients but find their products often contain too much fragrance for me. I prefer this Camellia Water Oil over the newer (green bottle) Waterest Water Oil due to texture and scent. This water oil has a gel-like consistency that leaves a slight oil film when applied, that absorbs very quickly. I use this product purely for prevention against signs of again, and so far I feel like it has possibly helped firm my face a little more, as my fine lines have been not as noticeable lately. I use it daily now but I am still undecided if I'll repurchase it or try something similar once it's gone.
You can purchase this essence on Memebox USA*.

Guerisson 9 Complex Essence
I've reviewed this essence on the blog before and talked about it a lot on my Instagram, and it's still a favorite of mine. Horse oil is high in linoleic acid, which is lacking in acne plagued skin. By adding in oils high in linoleic acid it helps your skin naturally combat acne - so there we are. The oil itself is similar to our skins' natural sebum, so it tricks my skin into thinking it's already made enough oil, plus the oil has the properties needed to also be part of my acne-fighting skincare team.
You can purchase this essence on Memebox USA* and Amazon*.

Curology
You've probably seen my updates about my progress with Curology in blog posts by now, and I'm still very pleased with the results I'm receiving with this tele-dermatology service. My current prescription includes .04% tretinoin (treats and prevents wrinkles, stimulates collagen growth and fights acne), 1% clindamycin (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory to fight acne causing bacteria), and 7% azelaic acid (lightens dark spots; antibacterial, anti-fungal, and unclogs pores).
You can receive your first month free using my referral link.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Sea Salt Cream
Another newer addition to my routine, but I have fallen madly and deeply in love with this cream - on evenings when my skin is extra oily and breaking out anyway. This is a gummy gel textured cream that massages onto the skin leaving a damp dewy residue behind - But a mere few seconds later it vanishes and just sinks straight into your skin and leaves a plump, bouncy yet matte finish behind. What could be better than matte hydration? Well, the sea salt helps dry out my acne without drying out my skin - I seriously have no complaints about this cream, and it actually works well during the day too!
You can purchase this cream on Amazon*.

Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Cream
This cream came as a surprising love for me. I tried a sample from Sam at CANIPUTITONMYFACE, and couldn't believe how well it worked with my skin. It has the texture of Vaseline, and freaked me out at first thinking it would just clog my pores. But much to my surprise it actually absorbs very well, even on my oily skin, and leaves my skin hydrated and seals in the previous hydrating products very well. If that doesn't convince you that you need to try it, then imagine using a cream that smells like fresh sweet honey - yum - heavenly.
You can purchase this cream on Memebox USA*, Amazon*, and Jolse.

Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
This is one of my favorite Cosrx products. It has a gel texture and contains 85% propolis. This sleeping mask actually contains propolis, not honey - and as I mentioned in my excerpt about the Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, propolis is great for fighting acne, lightening hyper-pigmentation and fighting signs of aging. This is a very hydrating pack that leaves my skin bouncy and plump, but doesn't leave it sticky and it absorbs into my skin (even on top of everything else) perfectly. It really is a great product, and sometimes I use it as a day cream too. I've yet to find anything else with such a light texture but can hydrate so well, and offer so many benefits to the skin, like this honey mask can. And on top of that, it's affordable, so I can go through it as crazily as I have without feeling guilty.
You can purchase this pack on Memebox USA*, Cupidrop, MelodyCosme, Amazon*, and Jolse.

So that's it!
My morning and evening base routines that I build off of each day. If you've read my post about depression you know that I don't always use this many products, and sometimes I use more if I'm in the mood. These are the products that are, basically, my current favorites based on my skin concerns and the weather, but sometimes interchange with other products from my arsenal.

How does your routine change when the weather starts to warm up?

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cesar's Variety Cube #DogFood Trays #Review #ChewyInfluenser

For the past week Venus has been trying out a variety of Cesar dog food flavors that can be found in a new Club Variety Cube containing four different flavors - all four of which we received from Chewy.com.

The Cesar Club Variety Cube contains six each of the following flavors: Beef in Meaty Juices, Filet Mignon Flavor in Sauce, Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Meaty Juices, and Grilled Chicken Flavor in Sauce - for a total of 24 trays, and is available on Chewy for $17.72 (or less if you enroll in auto-delivery).

Cesar is, in my opinion, a pretty common and well known dog food brand, and is also the first brand of wet food we introduced to Venus when we first brought her home. They offer a great variety of flavors, and is fortified with vitamins and minerals to ensure your dog is eating a completely balanced nutritious diet.

Each tray comes ready to eat, just remove the foil lid and serve. Unless you have a spoiled baby, like Venus, then you'll probably want to flip it out onto a plate, which is also easy.

Venus loved the gravy and the flavors of all four varieties in this pack. Cesar has really done it right with these flavors and even though we need to mash it up for our spoiled brat precious baby, it's relieving to know that she's enjoying such a balanced cuisine.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyanthechis at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May #AsianBeauty #Giveaway

Happy May everyone! It's time for a new giveaway!

This month I have a couple items that I think are great for heading into summer weather. Some soothing items capable of finding a place in any skincare routine.

This month's giveaway includes:
  • Lindsay Gold Magic [Modeling] Mask
  • Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment in Mixed Fruits
  • Cosrx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream



Details you need to know:

  • This giveaway to open to anyone in the world where USPS will ship to.
  • The Glitter Chic is not responsible for prize delivery - once shipped, the package is out of my control.
  • The Glitter Chic will pay for for shipping of the prize, but the winner is responsible for any customs charges or import duties that may be implemented by their country.
  • The Glitter Chic is not responsible for adverse reactions to product(s) or ingredient(s) in prize.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • Giveaway ends May 31st at 11:59pm cst.
  • A winner will be drawn within 7 days, and will have 48 hours to respond to my email with a shipping address.

  • Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    Kids Academy Math Games - New Fun Learning App for Children!

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    Kids Academy Releases #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Android and Updates iOS Version of Math Games App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten. Kids Academy is a well-known mobile app developer working in the sphere of children’s early education. The team combines all the expertise, creativity and truly remarkable skills to develop a wide range of best educational games and fun worksheets for kids.


    The great news is that the team just released the long-awaited update #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten - iOS version of the app.

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    This best math app for kids in preschool and kindergarten offers a great variety of fun educational games for kids. Children will get a fantastic chance to:
    • train their brains
    • enhance their attention and concentration
    • improve their cognitive skills
    • learn to follow instructions
    While playing the fun math games, little mathematicians will grasp their numbers, addition and subtraction facts in a fun and enjoyable way. Kids will trace numbers, master their geometric shapes, practice skip counting and acquire other useful skills too. The cool math games by Kids Academy are based on the famous Singapore Math method. They help children visualize math problems and solve them in a simple way.

    You can find a number of best educational apps for children by Kids Academy featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada. This featuring is a reliable indicator of high quality and value of the fun educational games created by this team.

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    We have more terrific news from Kids Academy. Available mid-May 2016 is the long-awaited Android version of their cool #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App.

    The Kids Academy Math Games app is a perfectly tailored learning app for any small child just learning how to put their numbers together. When you start up the app you're able to choose the age of the child using the app, and from their the app individualizes the teaching experience. The Singapore method makes it easy for children to get acquainted with the numbers and feeling comfortable before learning addition, subtraction and more. This is a great app that has helped my preschooler so much, and I highly recommend it to other parents too.


    This app has it all! It boasts hundreds of new cool math games, videos and interactive surprises. Your kid is sure to love the new innovative system of motivation and rewards, lively music, colorful graphics and amusing animation. Parents will be happy too – while kids play the new fun math games, they will not need any assistance from grown-up.

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    Apple users can download the new Version 3.0.0 of the best educational app from Kids Academy now, Android users can download here after the release in mid-May!

    But that's not all. You can also try out the impressive collection of free printable worksheets and educational games on Kids Academy website. View a great variety of pre-school and kindergarten worksheets by topic and choose the perfect printables for your little learners. Download and print out the fun worksheets and give your kid a wonderful head start on math, writing, reading and other useful skills.

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    Click here to check out the Free cute worksheets for learning kids.


    Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyanthechis at gmail dot com. This post may contain affiliate links, marked with an "*" and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links - which costs nothing to the consumer but does help this site. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Depression and Asian Beauty aka Take A Step Back and Start Slow

    I know I rant about my depression on this blog a lot - and I'm sure some of you are tired of hearing about it, but I feel like now is a good time to sit down and talk about how depression affects me, and the 10-step skincare routine many people think you need to have when jumping into Asian beauty. The truth is, you don't need to push yourself to use so many steps if you don't want to, or can't. But on the flip side, there may be an added benefit to taking your time with all those steps and really engulfing yourself into your routine.

    I'll start with a little background about me...
    I've suffered from depression since my teenage years, and was finally diagnosed with depression and severe anxiety (and fibromyalgia, but that's a story for another day...) at the age of 18, after I had left home. After years of medication and feeling like a failure, I met my husband. He helped me out of the dark place I had been sinking into all my life. I was able to stop taking my medication and start actually feeling better about myself. When I gave birth to our son, my anxiety basically stopped - like I no longer cared about what was happening around me, just that I needed to keep this new life safe and healthy. My anxiety and depression were seemingly under control for a few years with small "flares" now and then, but things happen in life that aren't always great, and the past year I started struggling again.
    The worry of - everything really - just beat me down to the point where I struggled to eat, and felt like I couldn't make it through each day. But this time I knew I had a family who needed me to power through. It's taken a lot of support from friends online, and reminding myself that I have a young child, but I've made it this far!

    So what does this have to do with Asian Beauty?
    Well, I was introduced to AB about two years ago, when I was starting to play around with makeup more, and wanting to start taking care of my skin. My anxiety and depression were on their way back and I was looking for a distraction before they got me beat down to the point were I couldn't function. Everything about AB brightened my spirits; the packages in the mail, the new products to play around with, and the improvements I started seeing in my skin.

    When I'm feeling like myself, and ready to face life, or even take things one day at a time... I'm able to follow a good routine.
    Morning:
    • Cosrx Low pH Gel Cleanser
    • Cosrx Centella Alcohol Free Toner
    • Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
    • Goodal Camellia Firming Water Oil
    • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Snail Mucin Essence or Guerisson 9 Complex Essence
    • Cosrx Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion or Advanced 92 Snail AIO Cream
    • Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock
    Night:
    • Elizavecca Natural 90% Olive Cleansing Oil
    • Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash or Papa Recipe Enzyme Powder Cleanser
    • Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
    • Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid or AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
    • Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
    • Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
    • Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule
    • Curology
    • *sheet mask*
    • Cosrx Advanced 92 Snail AIO Cream or Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream
    • Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask or Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Cream
    I sometimes get comments about these routines because some people wonder if they're all really necessary, and the answer is no. But the fact is, when I'm feeling up to the task of going through all these steps, it gives me time to unwind. It helps my mind relax, and it helps me release my anxiety and get a good nights' sleep, and handle the following day better. Of course I'm not always able to stick to this routine. Times like the past week, or a few months ago, I'm too depressed to do laundry, buy groceries, or even sometimes to even get up off the couch.
    Sometimes I don't care for my skin at all, but when I get the ambition to stand by the sink for a few minutes, I follow this routine that I recently posted on Instagram:
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    Keeping my routine simple still makes me feel a bit better about myself, and gives me something to help distract myself from my depression and helps calm me down a bit - but a simple routine when my depression is bad is easy for me to tackle without making me want to give up.
    I've been known to take a cleansing wipe and moisturizer in the morning, and just a cleanser and Curology in the evening too  - and it feels like a great accomplishment to be able to do something to my skin to feel like I'm human again...

    Asian beauty has not only improved my complexion, but it's been a great outlet for me, and has given me a way to allow my depression and anxiety to melt away through self-care, facial massage, masking, and just taking my time caring for my skin.

    What are some acts of self-care that make you feel better about yourself?

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