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29 Apr 2016, Comments (0)

Nixall First Aid Solution

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hiya!

With summer on it’s way, comes outside activities. With any outdoor activities, comes the risk of minor injuries, scrapes, bug bites, and sunburn. This is where Nixall First Aid Solution  comes in! It is good to use on minor irritations that may occur from scrapes, stings, rashes, etc.

I get a lot of mosquito bites, and I am fair skinned, so sun burn is always an issue for me. I am a Diabetic and also suffer from poor healing and a weakened immune system, making me susceptible to infections.  According to the website (link above), this product helps oxygenate the skin and helps the healing process be expedited.

I had a minor cut on my shoulder. I sprayed the solution on the cut. No burning, or any side effects what so ever. It had no odor, and did not leave stains. It mostly just felt like and looked like water.

The spray was easy to use, and came in a larger and Trial size, which I think is good for on the go. I think this is good to have in a household with kids (those stubborn knee and elbow scrapes!!), and if you are someone who scratches cuts or picks scabs, it’s a good thing to keep around to clean an open minor wound to prevent further infection. Keep it clean, peeps!

 

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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
13 May 2015, Comments (0)

“Gym Bag Beauty Essentials” Review

Author: Healthnuttxo




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So, this is by far probably one of my favorite reviews. I am a TOTAL gym rat…think 6 days a week at a minimum…and getting the opportunity to do a “Gym Bag  Beauty Essentials” review is CLUTCH! I received a slew of samples to try. So let’s get to it!

 

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Aka….a dry shampoo! Comes out pretty forcefully, and it’s cold! It feels good, especially if using post workout to absorb the greasies. It leaves a white residue while it’s drying, and looks kind of flaky, so make sure to brush it out once it’s dry to prevent it from looking like dandruff flakes. A friend of mine told me a tip to use dry shampoo and then brush and use a blow dryer. I’ve done this in the past…it helps!

Overall, this stuff worked well. My hair was on it’s second day, and it helped absorb a few of the more oilier spots, for a uniform boost. I will definitely will buy again. Felt freshly washed especially when I shot the spray directly at the roots. Very good product. 4 ½ stars

 

Scunci Everday & Active Reversible Headband

IMG_6667 this head band is super nice. I love the fact that It’s reversible, and has two great colors of a fuschia and grey, so it can mix with a lot of different outfits. The braid on the underside is also super pretty, and I like it, because when hair is up in a ponytail it adds a cute little feminine touch.

Unfortunately, I was so sad once I tried it on. My head is on the smaller side, and I mean it…I had to get custom sized small helmets for softball when I was younger…and this headband was too big for me :/ Plus, my hair isn’t super voluminous, it’s straight so it can’t make up for the space. It’s a shame it’s not elastic or adjustable somehow. I’ll have to pass this along to a friend who has bigger hair than me (or a bigger head haha). Can’t give this one a rating!!

 

Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser

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This was a pale yellow  in color and super creamy. It smells really good, fresh, like flowers and even slightly like citrus. It left my face feeling soft and moisturized, but clean. It did have a residue post wash, so if your skin is very oily it might be a problem.

Not sure about the brightening effect, but the product is fair. I am not a true fan of creamy cleansers, since I feel it doesn’t get rid of all the oil, but that is personal preference. 3 ½ stars

 

NYC New York Color Smooth Skin BB Crème Instant Matte:
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To be honest (which you know I always am!)…this kind of stunk. Here are photos of pre and post.

 

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I used it on a mark on my neck that is rather red. And while it did mute some of the redness, it was very thin and didn’t seem to do much. I used it as a base under my mineral powder that I put on my face for blemishes. Not a fan. 1 ½ stars

 

LaVanilla Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla:

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This was super cute and tiny! However it was a tad hard to put on, not creamy or smooth or easy to apply. It smells really good, fresh vanilla and maybe a hint of some lavender? I really liked the scent, and it was rather strong. To apply, you twist it up, but then if you try to twist it down, it doesn’t go down too easy (I had pushed it down with my finger).

To test it…I put on right arm pit only to check the effectiveness, and used my standard deodorant on my left. After a workout and all day, I did not reapply to (right side) only. The fresh scent lasted! I was shocked honestly, since I feel natural deodorants get a bad rep for not being effective. It did leave some white residue but not that much, and it is uncomfortable to apply, but at the end deodorant is used for de-smelling…not for smooth armpits right? hah! 3 1/2 stars

 

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths with Smooth Powder Finish:

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I love wipes. I use them post gym all the time to prevent breakouts. They smell fresh, and kind of citrus-like. They are rectangular in shape with a grid on it, which I think is nice because it helps absorb grease off your face.

The “PowderSilk technology” left my skin feeling soft and clean, not oily. I also think it left a very fine baby-powder like feel and look to it. So the shiny look from oil was gone which I really liked. I would buy these again. They only came with 10, which was sad! 4 stars

 

Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara with Argan Oil

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This started off promising. A cool colored applicator, but quite thick and a little bulky. There was a long brush, which I liked, and it was easy to put on. The brush was a harder brush with bristles made of a plastic, not the “feathery” type of mascaras.  It left no clumps which was very nice.

However, the result was OK. It was average in terms of strength for length and volume, I’ve used a lot better before.  Here is before and after:

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I received these items for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

Time for a review…of my absolute kryptonite! Peanut butter!

Seriously though…I can refuse any baked good in front of me, but put a jar of peanut butter and a spoon nearby, and you’ll find me melting.

I go through the temptation  thoughts like Spongebob with water when he visits Sandy for the first time.
“I don’t need it…
I don’t need it…
I DEFINITELY don’t need it…

… I   N E E D   IT !!! ”

But, alas, here I am reviewing two peanut butters from Pacific Beach. I will say I DID practice portion control, measured on my scale, and then left the jar in the other room so I didn’t finish a jar in 2 days (I made it to 3!!! [just kidding!])

The first one up- the “Our Signature” peanut butter spread.
2 tbsp is 152 calories, 12 g fat (3 saturated), 51 mg sodium, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams sugar,  4 grams protein.
This one is gluten free (WAS gluten free I should say…that jar is long gone)
This…was unbelievable. I’m not going to lie, I am biased with peanut butter bc well I love peanut butter, but THIS was SO GOOD. It was sweet and creamy, but also had bits of peanuts in it so it had a bit of a crunch. It had a white chocolate flavor to it, was a bit buttery tasting..UGH it was SO GOOD! It had the perfect balance of sweetness too-not too sweet where it felt sugary. Just right. The only thing that kept my guilt at bay was it was 152 calories for 2 Tbsp as opposed to the usual 190 cals. WOO!!
5 stars

Next up, the Organic Valencia peanut butter.
2 tbsp is 168 calories, 14 g fat (2 saturated), 58 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams protein.

This one was also tasty, although definitely more moderate in flavor. I think it could have used a tad more salt, and was a teeny bit bland. But, still a good peanut butter. Again, it was creamy but also had chunks of peanuts in it giving it a bit of a crunch. A nice thick spread, that could easily be spread on bread or eaten from the jar (somehow I always dangerously choose the latter…). I think this is a good nut butter to pair with jelly on a sandwich bc it’s a good base. This one is gluten free and sugar free. I almost wish it had a pinch of sugar or something to bring out more flavor. 3 1/2 stars.

Overall, some tasty treats! I would love to try more from Pacific Beach, because I think their other flavors sounds phenomenal as well. However, currently trying to lean out for summer and I have NO self control around this stuff…bc it is too damn good.

How many of you are peanut butter addicts like myself? It’s so good it hurts!! D:

I was sent a free sample of the Ateevia Botanica PRIME Daily Pain Defense Cream. It is made to help allieviate pain associated with inflammation, such as “arthritic joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, lower back pain, heel pain [and] sports bruises” according to the box. It is also made with “PRIME THERAPY” which is “a powerful biocehmical storehouse of 100% natral phytonutrients that are packed with essential anti-inflammatory properties. PRIME uses Mother Nature’s own plant-derived medicine to conquer inflammatory pain naturally and safely”, according to the box as well.

The texture is thick and slightly gritty. If you use your hands to rub it into a part of your body there is a slight residue left, but nothing a simple hand wash can’t fix (unless you are using it for arthritic fingers, I suppose!). DO make sure you follow the directions and keep it away from the heat- I accidentally left mine somewhat close to my radiator and the consistency changed to a bit more liquidy.

I have a history of a torn meniscus. Every now and then it acts up and becomes swollen, say if it is one of those humid and rainy days, or if I went too heavy for squats or lunges, or did something like sprints. I had a slight tear that never had surgery and never was fully healed. This is where I put the cream. It leaves a very faint brownish color on my knee, but nothing super noticeable.  The smell is fresh, and almost plant-like.

While I don’t think it produced drastic changes, I think it did help a bit. I used it before going to sleep on a day when it particularly hurt, and I woke up with my knee less stiff and swollen. I think with regular use, this stuff could be quite effective. I especially liked that my knee wasn’t as swollen in the morning (I did sprints AND legs that day…oops!).

Overall, I think it’s worth a shot. I like that is a natural product, for sure. The texture is a bit iffy, but hey, you give and take a little for something that is natural and works. I do like the smell too, for any of you who have used Mineral Ice (guilty) I HATE the smell of that stuff! This has a natural, fresh and plant-like smell. Overall, 3.5 stars. If you have tried this, I’m curious as to what you think!

HEY! I am back 🙂 I promise posts will be less sporadic!! Have you missed me? 😉

Back in action with a review about not a food, but a product! Own Nighttime Lip Therapy and Day Lip Treatment. I got a free sample of each from the company and was excited to give them a try! Just in time for winter, where lips are vulnerable to harsh winds, cold temperatures and other crappy factors that lead to not-so-nice looking lips. Unless you live in some hot climate year round I suppose…then I’m just insanely jealous 😉

I have been using the treatments for about 2 weeks or so. What I like about them is that they have a ball on the tip, so you don’t need to squeeze anything out of a tube or use your finger to apply (which I am not a fan of due to bacteria!). It felt smooth going on, and not a lot came out at once so you do need to roll it a few times over your lips to get a good application on.

I did notice subtle changes, but I don’t think it was 100% amazing. I would be sitting doing work, and noticed myself applying the day treatment a few times because it dried out rather quickly. I don’t know if that’s to say my lips were “absorbing” the treatment or if it was just wearing off. I do like the feel of it on my lips after I put it on, however, as it’s smooth and leaves my lips feeling supple. I don’t like how it doesn’t last that long, as other products I have used in the past.

Overall, it’s cool, unique, I like the small tube and the rolly-ball, but it’s not as effective as I would have liked it to be. Still worth a try- 3 stars.

I got some new, free  bars from Health Warrior. Their Chia Bars! All of the bars are vegan, a good source of omegas, and have 100-110 calories.

The first bar I tried was the Chocolate Peanut Butter. LOADED with seeds, this one had a crunchy texture. It was a bit bland, with very mild chocolate flavor. I didn’t detect too much peanut butter flavor as well. It wasn’t really all that sweet, but for some reason, I kind of liked it. It was nutty, and tasted very real and unprocessed. Was it amazing tasting and my favorite thing ever? No. But I liked the wholesome-ness it provided. However, kindof misleading for the fact I hardly tasted any chocolate or peanut butter flavor. (sad for a pb lover like me!) 2 1/2 stars.

Next up, the the Acai Berry.

A bit darker in color than the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor, but still loaded with those seeds 🙂 This bar was a bit softer, and had a sweeter flavor too it.  I liked it much more than the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor. It had a raspberry/pomegranate/cranberry flavor, and had a subtle tartness. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and seemed to be less crunch than the chocolate peanut butter variety. It also almost had a buttery taste to it, which I really enjoyed. Yum! 4 stars

Lastly, the coconut variety.

The softest bar of the three, and very good. Yummy coconut flavor, but none of those annoying coconut shreds (sorry…I had those haha). A mild crunch, and good flavor. It was moist and chewy, and definitely tasted coconut, without it feeling artificial or overpowering. It also had a subtle sweetness, which I enjoyed.  I liked this one as well! 3 1/2 stars.

Overall, not bad! I liked the Acai Berry one the best, and I think these are a good snack bar for in-between meals! Thanks Health Warrior for letting me try these new bars!

Here is the nutritional facts for the coconut


2 Mar 2011, Comments (4)

Luna Bar Chocolate Chunk

Author: Healthnuttxo

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The one thing that seems to always hit my sweet tooth? Cookies. I prefer cookies over brownies or cupcakes, or any other sweet. So of course I was excited to hear Luna came out with a Chocolate Chunk flavor, and I was sent a free bar to try in the mail =)

First, I was impressed with the nutritional stats- only 11 grams of sugar , 180 calories, and 9 grams of protein for the whole bar. But how did it taste?

It certainly did remind of a cookie. It  was chewy and soft, yet crispy at the same time. It was “salty” in a way that I needed water to drink with this bar, kind of like when someone eat pretzels. It just craves a drink! There was also just a hint of vanilla flavor. The chocolate pieces were the best part- big and they had a nice bite them. Smooth in consistency, and  kind of like a cross between dark and milk chocolate, not too sweet and not too bitter.

Overall, pretty good. I felt that of the Luna bars I have tried in the past, (like one of my favorites, here! ) this one wasn’t as sweet as the others. However, I still liked it, and I loved the chocolate pieces throughout the bar. I would eat this again. 4 stars

Whats your favorite Luna Bar flavor?

1 bar is 180 calories, 5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

16 Oct 2010, Comments (0)

Chiquita Banana Bread Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

So, for some reason, in my house we either have way too many bananas, or not enough. Seeing as this week it was way too many, I had a couple overripe bananas waiting to be eaten. I hate to throw them out or waste them, so when I was at the store yesterday I bought the Chiquita Banana Bread Mix. I would say I’m quite fond of banana bread- it was always one of my favorites growing up. And, the mix seemed easy enough. All I needed was an egg, some water, and some bananas. I’m in!

So, when I got home I preheated my oven, took out a bowl to mix and started. I mashed up 1 cup of bananas, added the mix, 1 egg and 1/3 of a cup of water. It mixed rather easily and quickly. I poured it into a pan after spraying some nonstick cooking spray and waited for about 40-45 minutes.

It was a nice golden brown on top. I took a sliver and was instantly happy. Now this is BANANA BREAD! Fluffy, moist, sweet, absolutely delicious. I loved how I could even see the litte pieces of banana in the bread once it was cooked. It was even slightly sticky on the top of the bread.

The only thing I didn’t like was that it was rather low in fiber, and did not have any whole wheat flour in it. Other than that, this product gets 4 1/2 stars. I will CERTAINLY buy this mix again and make delicious banana bread. I might take the suggestion from the box and add some walnuts, as I love the banana bread walnut combination. I can’t stop taking a little piece everytime I walk by the bread that’s sitting on my table! 🙂

1 slice prepared (62 grams) is 150 calories. In mix (33 grams) is 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of bread? Banana bread is certainly mine!! 😉

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