REVIEW: Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener

My hair is, as usual, in that ridiculous lion-hair stage. I stopped getting it cut shorter because I missed being able to put it up (especially with every-other-day showering) and I’m just letting it grow until it is long enough to throw into a ponytail without pieces falling out. If I get that far maybe I’ll cut bangs in to pretend I’m trendy… sort of like what I did three years ago, which is around the last time I felt like my hair looked decent.

When I was in high school, hair straighteners came out onto the market and I was psyched to have a way to combat my naturally curly/wavy/thick/CRAZY hair. I’d get up early and sear it straight, every morning. I have no idea how I managed to do that — these days I’m trying to calculate exactly how much time I can spend not getting ready in the morning while still making it to daycare drop off and work on time.

But I need a straightener in my hair tool kit, even if it isn’t something I will use every single day. I have these weird sticky-outy fluffy pieces around my face, and if I could just straighten a pony tail it’d be less of an awkward length. But the one I have is an ancient $60 Walmart deal — no dice (do people still say that?).

I received this straightener for free, in exchange for an honest review, and I was super excited about it. I’ve been debating buying one so when this offer came up I jumped on it right away. Less-liony hair? I’m down.

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REVIEW: Live Clean Holiday Liquid Hand Soaps

How about a break from the deeper/weirder stuff and a foray into the best parts of the holidays, instead? December came flying up out of nowhere this year. All of a sudden it was the start of the month and then we were out of town and then there were staff parties being scheduled and Santa brunches and tree decorating… the holidays are here!

I’ve been checking off Christmas to-dos as a result: bought and decorated tree, bought most of the presents, ordered cards, purchased stamps, made a cookie-making wishlist… One day I’d love to have my entire house decorated — Christmas themed sheets in the bedrooms, reindeer covered tea towels in the kitchen, you get the idea. I’m slowly getting there, through collecting decor each year, and through gradually wearing my Grinch-y husband down.

So, while I don’t have a cookie jar shaped like Santa, or a snowflake bath mat, I do have a bit of Christmas cheer in our bathroom and our kitchen. Live Clean sent me these new holiday liquid hand soaps, which I promptly set up, knowing just how much Christmas smells help make the holidays come alive!

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Review: Live Clean Dry Body Oil

I’m a bit of a lotion hater. I’ll use it, especially when my skin feels dry, but I always feel bothered by that lotion-y feeling that sticks around on my hands after applying it. Even light lotions can irk me a bit! So, I was intrigued by the Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil that showed up in my mailbox recently — I’ve used dry oils before and find that they absorb more readily, both into my body and off of my hands.

  

Live Clean photo – scatterbrained me forgot to grab one on time! 

This is a nice big bottle of oil! It doesn’t take a lot of product to moisturize, either, so I’m guessing this bottle would last for quite some time. It’s convenient to use, and seems to be okay to use on both my body and facial skin, which is nice. I can apply it post-shower and not worry about walking around waiting for it to sink in before I can get dressed, always nice when I’m in a rush (which is… pretty much always).

We are Live Clean fans in this household because of the high-quality, natural ingredients they use. In the case of the dry oil, those ingredients include a mix of all kinds of beneficial oils. There’s safflower oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil. You’d think with all of those oils that your skin might feel greasy, but it really does leave a silky finish — no dry skin, but none of that drenched-in-product feeling, either.

My skin is usually calmer in summer than winter, so I haven’t been able to see the soothing effects of this oil yet. Live Clean says it can help with irritation, redness, and the appearance of scars and marks (there is Vitamin C and E in the oil too!), so I’m looking forward to using it as we transition into colder weather.

Like Live Clean’s other products, this dry pol is plant derived, dye-free, vegan, preservative free, hypoallergenic and free of petroleum, paraben, silicone, and phthalate. There is no mineral oil in it either, which is important as mineral oil can clog pores and contain toxins. Overall, this is another great natural product from Live Clean! You can find it at Walmart and Loblaws.

Thanks to Live Clean for providing me with this product to review! All opinions are my own.

Review: The Cloud Yoga Mat


As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been doing yoga. Slowly, and in a mostly unbalanced manner, but yoga nonetheless. For the longest time, any floor exercises I’ve done have been with the aid of a mat that my husband got me a few years ago — it was decent at the time, if not a bit thin, but at this point it’s literally falling apart in small pieces.

I started the hunt for a yoga mat, and gave Matt my wishlist — “Thick, and longer than a standard mat, heavy enough to keep itself down on the ground without moving, and a decent price.” I looked all over the place and kept getting stuck on one factor or another… if it was long enough it was too expensive, if it was affordable, it was too thin. So, I really lucked out when Peak Fulfillment hooked me up with a Cloud Yoga Mat (sent to me for review — thanks!).

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Review: Live Clean Baby Colloidal Oatmeal Eczema Cream

It’s amazing how becoming a parent changes the framework of your whole life. It’s obvious in big ways, like building nurseries and taking maternity leave and adjusting your budget, but parenthood also works into the small bits of your life. It touches everything, and you might not realize it until you find yourself telling your husband, yeah, I haven’t actually showered in three days but I went out anyway because we needed groceries and instead of being disgusted he’s like, wow, I’m actually kind of impressed.

Being a parent has nudged out a lot of conversational topics and replaced them with things I wouldn’t have even thought about pre-kid, let alone talked about. Matt told me, when he went out for a bachelor party last year, that he and one of the other dads stood there and talked about their kids for a large chunk of the night. Me, I get into mom-conversations about bodily fluids, medical issues, and rashes.

M has been lucky enough to not have much eczema, and has never been diagnosed officially by a doctor or anything, but she has struggled with a few patches of dry, itchy, painful skin here and there. It seems to be weather-related for her, and we’re lucky to not have much humid heat or cold here. Her last bout with eczema, or what uneducated-me thinks could be eczema, was when we were in South Carolina.

But, there’s always something with kid skin, I think. She gets random rashes, she gets dry skin, she gets COVERED in bug bites. So although we’re not dealing with eczema right now, we tried out this Live Clean Colloidal Oatmeal Eczema Cream anyway!

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