Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who's Fidgeting?

I'm probably that mom that all of the teachers hated last spring. Yes, I bought my boys fidget spinners. A couple actually. I did not give them permission to take them to school, but unfortunately that did happen. I did notice that they helped them concentrate, however. For the past couple of months, they have been able to carry on conversations without becoming antsy to look at a screen in their lap. They've been able to watch a show on tv all the way through! These are very good things, as long as you don't mind a fidget spinner whizzing around on a finger while you talk to the kids. Ok, it's not that bad, but they really have helped.

I can say that I honestly don't mind. At times, I feel like I'm the original fidgeter. For me, my body is just restless. I have a hard time getting comfortable, and will often shift my weight, tuck one leg under, and then untuck a few minutes later. At least I'm able to recognize that I do this, and I can also tell you-it's frustrating to me. It is torture trying to sit still in meetings. My husband says it's like my skeleton wants to jump out of my skin. I've tried hard to control it by modifying my need to, well...fidget.

Renascent Studios makes a unique fidget chain ring that is both dainty and feminine. An original style ring that looks like two rings in one. With dainty jewelry being on trend right now, the ring is perfect. I always wear dainty jewelry, so my ring is like my version of the fidget spinner.

The Renascent Studios worry ring is a squared sterling silver band with a delicate chain gently dangling from the band. There are three little rings attached that move freely around the front of the ring, perfect to fiddle with. Renascent Studios offers several variations of their fidget ring-with or without the chain, the color of the chain and the rings. My ring (shown below) is sterling silver with a 14kt gold filled chain. It has 2 gold filled rings and one silver ring. It is so unique-I have people ask about it all the time.

These rings make great stacking rings and they are perfect for people with busy hands (yes, that's me). For people that are anxious or stressed they provide an excellent distraction and they work great to help focus your mind when meditating. Think of it as a beautifully adult version of the fidget spinner. Renascent Studios was ahead of the times! They have a whole shop full of lovely items.


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*Renascent Studios sent me a ring for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own, and I was not compensated for my review.*

Friday, July 7, 2017

How Sensitive Are You?

It's no secret that I seriously struggle with my skin. I think that people with extremely dry, sensitive skin can be just as self conscious of their skin as someone with acne. Before you roll your eyes at me, please read on.
I've never really had breakouts, even as a teen. Maybe a lone pimple here and there, but that's about it. While I may be lucky in that department, my complexion has been anything but peaches and cream. My skin being red, blotchy and dry has caused me to stay home from many a function over the years. When I was younger, I would try and try to cover my redness, only to end up with dry patches and frustration. This completely ages me, but in junior high we had to square dance in gym, but the boy that I had a huge crush on complained because my hands felt leathery. It's not like I was an outcast or anything, it probably bothered no one but me, but oh how that has stayed with me through the years.
To my huge disappointment now, I do not have a single picture of myself from either of my pregnancies. As a matter of fact, my irritations, reactions, redness, itchiness and more attacked my entire body. I would scratch until I bled. One night, while in the ER for a kidney stone (being pregnant did NOT agree with me), I must have scratched off my wedding ring, which we never found.
I'm telling you all of this to let you know what a long road it has been for me-my entire life with severe eczema. I've been on steroids, used prescription creams, been through light therapy and more. I think one of the reasons that I became so interested in cosmetics and skincare is because I had to learn to cover up my redness, while also fighting irritations and dry skin. I've found a few moisturizers that have worked for me, but I've finally found a full line of products (for both face and body) that are soothing and non-irritating. 
I was excited to try Aixallia Skincare. I had to wait to try them because of a HUGE eczema flare, but it was worth the wait. Aixallia is an entire line made for sensitive skin. Made in Aix en Provence, Aixallia's products are made from ultra pure water and only the finest ingredients. They use an ultra-purification treatment to remove all chemical and bacterial contaminants from the water used to formulate their skin care. This purity makes Aixallia the most effective beauty treatments possible. Their active ingredients are used in a whole, natural state, making them safer, more effective and less susceptible to deterioration.
Aixallia sent me several products to test for review purposes. Their soft water base and neutral pH respects the skin's dermal/epidermal border. Their products are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive conditions. Of course I was anxious to try their products!

I tried the Coconut and Calendula Exfoliating Shower Gel, the Rose and Almond Body Lotion, and the Olive and Rose Hand Cream. It did take me a bit to try these three, as I pretty much had a rash from neck to feet. I have pictures that the dermatologist took, but I will not be showing them. Trust me, it was bad! So, I added things very slowly, even though I knew everything from Aixallia was for sensitive skin.

The shower gel is probably my favorite product from Aixallia. It gently exfoliates, has nice suds, and can be used every day. My husband and kids use it, too. This is a must try product! The body lotion is also very gentle and it absorbs quickly. I'm not very good about remembering to put body lotion on, although with my dry skin, I really should be. I use cortisone creams so often that I just kind of miss other moisturizers. Aixallia's body lotion is very nice though. Their hand cream is very nice-I definitely recommend it. It is very light and it doesn't leave my hands sticky. It has little to no scent, and it's easy to have in my purse. There isn't sunscreen in it, although I really love this cream for during the day. I use a much heavier hand cream at night.

For my facial care, I tried the Emulsifying Make-Up Remover, the Green Tea Day Cream, the Lavender Night Cream and the Rose and Argan Eye Cream. Again, I added products slowly to make sure I didn't react. I didn't have even the slightest reaction.

Aixallia's Micellaire Water is fantastic! It is very gentle, yet extremely effective, packed with cornflower water and organic plant extracts. It removes my makeup effectively, including mascara. It doesn't irritate my face at all, which most things do. It doesn't leave any sort of film on my face. My husband and son have used it to cleanse their skin as well. Great stuff! I recently swapped out my heavier moisturizers for Aixallia's day and night creams. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the green tea day cream. It's light and fresh, and it leaves my face glowing. It's absolutely lovely. The night cream contains lavender water, which is soothing (and it's supposed to help you sleep). I like the night cream, and I'll continue to use it. My face does look fantastic these days, and I think the two work nicely together. I'm not a huge fan of lavender, but the scent is extremely faint. The rose and argan eye cream is light and it absorbs quickly. It leaves my eye area moisturized, but I don't feel like it has enough anti-aging properties for my 45 year old eyes. Since childhood, my eyes have taken a beating, and it's completely my fault. Having eye allergies and also itchy facial skin, I've rubbed my eyes and scratched the skin for as long as I can remember. Now I know what that did-aaarrrggghhh! I don't have crow's feet so much as deep horizontal lines under them. I need major moisture and major anti-aging benefits in my eye cream, and this one doesn't give me quite enough. I feel badly, because I really like it, but it isn't my primary eye cream. If you are younger-this is a seriously fantastic eye cream to revitalize and moisturized your eyes. Start early, and DON'T rub your eyes!

I am so happy and grateful to have been able to try Aixallia. The products have no impurities, no alcohol, synthetic fragrances, phenoxyethanol or parabens. Quite literally, it's ultra pure skincare.

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*I was sent products from Aixallia for review purposes, but this review is 100% my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review.*