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Last month I received Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum from Mystelic Beauty in exchange for an honest review. In addition to the 1 ounce bottle, a dropper in a small sealed baggie was also included. This serum is said to be “the highest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C for beautiful skin”. The intended use is to “plump skin cells and protect and restore”. In essence it’s for younger looking skin. That’s why I wanted to try it. I’ve never had a consistent skincare routine until earlier this year when I started using something around my eyes for dark circles. I thought this might be nice to try as I’d like to keep looking younger than I actually am.

Since I’m not always someone to read directions, I filled the dropper up and then squirted the vitamin c all over my face. It was way too much. I rubbed it in with a cotton round. My skin felt greasy.

This serum is concentrated and gives off a very strong smell. It is like oranges mixed with fried meat. The scent really put me off and made me shy away from using it consistently.

The next day I read the bottle before trying it again. The directions on the back of the bottle say, “Apply small amount with fingertips to freshly cleansed and toned face, neck and decollete areas (avoid direct contact with eyes). Allow time to absorb prior to moisturizer application.”.

So that time and the times that I’ve used it since I have applied a much smaller amount with a cotton round instead. I can’t use my fingers due to the smell. I did follow the directions to use a moisturizer afterward. This really helped combat the smell.

It’s recommended that you use this 1-2 times a day. I ended up averaging about once a day for a couple of weeks. I did not notice any reverse aging effects that it touts. However, as I said, I don’t really look too old to begin with.

I have very sensitive skin and am happy to report that this serum was very gentle. It never agitated my skin. It played nice with moisturizer and sunscreen.

I am still not crazy about the pungent scent. However I do realize that this is because it is so strongly concentrated. I recently purchased facial wipes that contain Vitamin C and they have a similar, yet much lighter smell so it definitely makes sense. The bottle states that this serum is 98% naturally derived and 72% organic. In addition to Vitamin C, other recognizable ingredients include Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Geranium Extract and Dandelion Extract.

The bottle indicates that this product is good for up to 12 months after opening it. You will also be happy to learn that it’s not tested on animals.

Overall, I’d have to say that it didn’t do anything noticeable for me. My skin is usually pretty good though. I don’t have any real signs of aging yet and I only get breakouts occasionally. If you can afford it and want to try something natural to combat aging you may want to give it a try. I say if you can afford it because it’s almost $20 for one ounce. You aren’t supposed to apply a lot though as it’s very concentrated. Plus due to the naturalness of most of the ingredients, I can understand why it’s not cheap. It has received many favorable reviews from people who do have skin issues that I’m lucky not to have to worry about, such as dark spots.

If you would like to buy Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum, you can do so here on Amazon. (affiliate link).

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.

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Get Fit with PiYo!

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2014
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As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m now an Independent Team BeachBody Coach. A benefit of this is that I find out about new, exciting workouts as soon as they come out. The newest addition to the BeachBody family is PiYo.

PiYo is a mixture of Pilates (Pi) and Yoga (Yo), but it incorporates cardio as well. I love Pilates and Yoga. I do both at different times. I really enjoy the flexibility that they give me. However I don’t always get sweaty or feel that I’m burning as many calories as I’d like, so they often get passed over in favor of a more intense workout.

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PiYo addresses that concern by adding in cardio and not holding poses for a long time. This program was designed by Chalene Johnson. If you are familiar with any of her other programs (ex. Chalene Extreme, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire), then you know that she is not be about staying still. So she has mentioned that she invented PiYo because she wants the benefits of Yoga and Pilates but she doesn’t want to get bored.

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I do her program Turbo Fire, which is intense and has been helping with my muscle development. I’m going to incorporate PiYo into my workout schedule so I can get back that sense of calm and lengthening that I had when I did Yoga regularly without giving up burning a lot of calories.

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The basic PiYo Package includes all of the following: 8 workouts, a workout calendar (so you know exactly what workout to do each day), a quick start guide, a get lean eating plan, a tape measure and 2 BONUS workouts! Plus you will get the support of me as your coach and our challenge group, which helps push us further with our goals. That’s a lot of awesome stuff to receive for such a great price, plus it’s currently being offered with free shipping.

Want to know more about the workouts?

Align: The Fundamentals (40 min.): This workout breaks down the most important and effective moves in the program to help you perfect your form and get the best results possible.

Define: Lower Body (25 min.): Get your sleekest and leanest legs ever as you lengthen and strengthen your entire lower body—from your glutes and hamstrings to your calves.

Define: Upper Body (20 min.): Use this incredibly effective workout to start chiseling away at your upper body to help shape your arms, carve out your triceps, and define sexy shoulders.

Sweat (35 min.): A traditional PiYo workout that incorporates effective dynamic conditioning, fast-paced cardio yoga-flows, and bodyweight resistance strength training to help sculpt your entire body.

Core (30 min.): This ab-centric workout hits your powerhouse from every angle to build a strong core, flat, sculpted abs and obliques, as well as a strong and sexy back.

Strength Intervals (25 min.): Twenty-five minutes is all you need of this nonstop body-carving, calorie-incinerating workout that uses no weights, no equipment, and gives you no bulk!

Drench (45 min.): This endurance workout maximizes fat burning while it works every muscle in your body. It will not only leave you drenched—it will kick-start your metabolism as you scorch away the fat.

Sculpt (30 min.): This workout uses varying tempos to keep your muscles under tension for different periods of time. This generates muscular endurance and metabolic changes that will totally

BONUS!
Buns (25 min.): Focused on the glutes, this workout is designed to lift, redefine, and tighten the entire backside of your body for the perfect tight and round butt.

Hardcore on the Floor (30 minutes): This unique workout uses your own body weight to scorch fat and develop long, lean muscles while you sculpt strong abs, glutes, legs, and arms without ever having to leave the floor.

Right now PiYo can only be ordered through BeachBody coaches so if you are thinking about it, definitely ask me for more info, I’d love to help you with your decision. You can contact me here or on Facebook. If you already know that this is THE program for you, you can click here to buy the challenge pack or here to buy the program on its own.

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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This is a review of a “detox supplement”. You may want to steer clear if this is not up your alley. (I do not go into graphic detail or anything though.)

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Have you been looking for a new workout plan? Want to get sexy for this summer? BeachBody is currently having a huge sale of up to 50% off some of their popular exercise programs. You can click here to go see everything that’s on sale. Shop quickly, this sale ends on June 9th.

Programs that are currently available include the well known P90X, the next step up P90X2, the low impact Tai Chi flavored Tai Cheng, the kick butt Insanity: The Asylum with a free chin-up bar, the fun Hip Hop Abs Dance Party Series-Rockin’ Abs/Hard Body (you know I love to dance), Les Mills Combat for when you want to kick butt and Slim in 6 in case you want to get healthier in a not so hardcore way.

Check out these videos to see which program would be perfect for you.







If you need a free coach, please click here and I will be your free, supportive coach on your fitness journey.

Note: I am currently an Independent Team BeachBody Coach. So yes, I do get a commission if you make a purchase through the above links.

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Beachbody Turbo Fire Challenge Pack Unboxing
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Vanilla Shakeology

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This year started out with me being unhappy with myself physically. I incorporated a variety of lifestyle changes (how I eat and how I exercise) and lost over 20lbs. I did this in a more healthy way than I have in years. I’m currently not striving to lose anymore weight or to get skinny (like I would have when I was younger). I just want to be healthier and more muscular/toned.

This led me to find out about Beachbody. I decided that I wanted to try a challenge pack. A challenge pack is one of their at home exercise programs combined with their unique health drink called Shakeology. I was so excited that I decided that at the same time that I wanted to become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.

I love watching unboxings for various products on Youtube so I had to make my own about this whole thing. I recorded this video last week. I won’t be in my coach’s challenge group for over a week from now but I decided to start my DVDs this past Monday anyway. So far I’m pleased with them. I chose Turbo Fire, in part because of the fact that it’s currently on special but also because it has a dance feel to it (even though it’s primarily kickboxing).

If you have any questions regarding my being a coach, your becoming a coach or joining an upcoming challenge group of mine as a customer, my workout program or Shakeology, please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment. I’d love if you joined me on this quest.

You can actually create a free Team Beachbody account here and then decide later if you want to purchase anything. If you want me to be your coach, under Coach Referral choose “I have a coach” and input my Screen Name as missemmamm.

If you know that you definitely want to buy a challenge pack or a single exercise program (such as T-25 or P90X), you can check out my coach store, here. If you just want to buy the nutrient dense Shakeology click here. For the Ultimate Reset click here.

You may also enjoy:
Recipe: Mary’s 5 Bean Vegan Chili
Fitness Review: Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance

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