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About six weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try some products from Healtop, which the company’s founder describes as “a company dedicated to increasing health & wellness through natural, efficient and effective proven supplements, vitamins, skincare products, and more.”  You can read more about the people behind Healtop and the philosophy of the company right here.

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As a U.S. Family Guide blogger, I agreed to provide an honest review of the products they sent me.  I picked the bundle of products for women over 45.

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My bundle arrived with the items in pretty floral packaging and I could already smell them before I opened them  (That’s a good thing–I LOVE the way they smell!)  My bundle had face cream, body cream, and a bottle of some kind of liquid supplement called “Balance.”

I didn’t really know what to make of the supplement but I know what to do with face and body creams so I started using those right away.  They are made of all natural ingredients and like I said they smelled wonderful.  I really enjoyed using them,  especially the face cream.  When you get older and your skin gets drier sometimes it has almost a thirsty feeling, you know?  And this cream really satisfies this.  I think coconut oil is its base ingredient and it’s a little hard to get used to because it is kind of shiny going on, but once it is absorbed there is no greasy feel to it at all.

So I loved the externally applied Healtop products, but let’s talk about the supplement.  Balance has a lot of herbs in it you might have heard of like Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, and Elderberry.  I didn’t really know what it was supposed to do, but I said I’d try it so I started taking a dose morning and night (twenty drops of it in water).  I am still taking it and I think I will have to buy more when it’s gone because . . . WOW.

I had to engage in some very physical tasks after I started taking this involving carrying heavy things up steep stairs multiple times for about five days.  Y’all, I had SO MUCH ENERGY.  I have been feeling old and draggy for quite awhile now and all of a sudden I was just invigorated! I wasn’t doing anything different other than taking this Balance stuff.   So I am sold.

If you are lucky enough NOT to be over 45, they haven’t forgotten about you.  Check out these bundles:

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Plus you can buy any products individually.  Take a look right here to see all that Healtop has to offer!

 

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I was a sophomore in high school when I first discovered makeup.  I remember how much fun I had experimenting back then.  I can even remember the name of my favorite lipstick!

Nowadays, though, makeup is a special occasion thing for me.  So you might find it surprising that I am writing a review of a lip product that I received in exchange for my honest opinion.

And it’s a pretty glowing review, y’all.  When I do take time to put on makeup, I reach for lipstick first.  And what’s always so frustrating is how soon the lipstick wears off.  That’s why I am absolutely thrilled with LipSense, which is billed as being “waterproof, kiss-proof, and smear-proof.”  It’s also lead-free, wax free, cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, and kosher.  Pretty impressive, huh?

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As you can see in the picture above, LipSense comes in tubes with an applicator wand.  I received two tubes, one of a color and the second of a gloss.  You apply the color in three layers to start, then wait a few seconds before finishing off with the gloss.  They are meant to be worn together, and there are so many fun combinations of shades you can try!

In case I haven’t been clear, I really love this stuff.  I like the wand because it gives you control to stay in the lines while applying.  I like the colors I chose.  But most of all, I like how long LipSense stays on my lips.  It really does stay on through a good part of a day, even through eating.  The advertising states that it should last for 4-18 hours.  Mine has always lasted longer than four hours.  It’s amazing!

If you’d like to try LipSense for yourself, my readers can get 15% off any product at Redgate Beauty.  Just enter the code bloggymoms15 when asked for a coupon code at checkout.

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Lorelei is all about making videos lately.  She has her own YouTube channel, with a weekly posting schedule, and she has custody of my iPhone more than I do.  Today she was telling me that she no longer enjoys watching the videos made by one of her subscribers, because they all involve makeup, whether she is putting it on her American Girl dolls or herself.

“You know what I really don’t like, Mommy?” Lorelei asked me. “Before she puts on her makeup, she says ‘Ugly!’  And she isn’t ugly.”

My heart sank.  The little girl she was talking about is ten years old, just like Lorelei.  She shouldn’t be wearing makeup AT ALL, in my opinion, let alone thinking that she is ugly without it.

When I was a little girl, my Catholic school did not allow us to wear makeup (a policy they should have maintained, if you ask me).  I did not start wearing makeup until the middle of my first year of high school, and most of the other girls didn’t wear much either.

By the time I graduated from high school, though, I wore makeup daily–eyeliner, shadow, mascara, blush, lipstick, powder.  I didn’t go out without “fixing my face.”

I think it was after I started having kids that one day I realized that I thought of my naked face as ugly.  And I didn’t like that.  I knew it was wrong to think that my real face, the one that God gave me, was too unsightly for the outside world to view unless I “fixed” it first.

So you know what I did?

I stopped wearing makeup.  I stopped wearing makeup until I could look at my naked face and see “normal” instead of “ugly” when I looked at my reflection.

These days, I wear makeup for church (if I’m not running late) or for special occasions.  When I put it on I feel dressed up and fancy and pretty, but I don’t feel ugly when I don’t.

I told Lorelei all of this, but she still seemed a little anxious when she showed me a picture of the little girl in question–a BEFORE picture. “See, Mommy?  Isn’t she pretty?”

Of course I said she was, and it was true.  A ten-year-old face cannot be improved by makeup.

If you ask Lorelei (as I often do), “Who’s the prettiest girl in the world?” she’ll promptly respond, “ME!” and she might even add, “In the UNIVERSE!”  What’s wonderful is that she believes it.  When she gets on the scale it’s in the hopes that she will have GAINED weight because she’s proud of how big she is growing and she will tell that number to anyone who asks her.  She might even volunteer it.

I don’t want the world to take that confidence away from her.  But I know it will.

The Prettiest Girl in the Universe

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OK, y’all, here’s where things get real.  Here’s where I tell all, like you’ve heard bloggers sometimes do.  Here’s where I admit one of my deepest failures as a mother.  Read on . . .

I have written before about  Lorelei’s legendary tangles.  This problem recently reached critical mass, as she was becoming more and more resistant to our (mine and Emily’s) attempts to brush her hair, and we responded by avoiding the battle and the tears as long as possible.

When you send your kid out to school every day, you have to stay on top of the tangles.  When you don’t (Lorelei is homeschooled), let’s just say sometimes you let things go on a little too long.Hair 4

That’s why I was so excited when I got the opportunity to test a Knot Genie detangling brush.

Knot Genie Detangling Brush – Image from Amazon.com

Lorelei had actually been urging me to try a detangling brush for awhile, but remembering my own childhood experience with an electric detangler that got STUCK IN MY HAIR, I was reluctant.

But this brush was free–or at least paid for only with my time for testing it and writing this post to give my honest opinion.  So we had nothing to lose.  Except the tangles!

We had been winding up Lorelei’s hair into a bun to hide the worst of the mess.  I think it was well past the point of fooling anyone.

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After we took it down it didn’t look much different; the resulting mess resembled nothing so much as a giant dreadlock.

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I even googled “dreadlock removal” hoping in vain for some easy method, to no avail, so after thoroughly shampooing and conditioning, the Knot Genie it was.

I don’t fault the Knot Genie for not being able to detangle Lorelei’s hair.  No hairbrush could do the job alone.  We had to pull out the scissors.

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But as I freed lock after lock, Lorelei was able to do all the detangling of the remaining strands herself.  When I brushed her hair, she said it didn’t hurt.  I thought the sharp bristles might be painful (there are no little balls on the ends of them) but she says they are not.

Before the Great Hair Massacre, we had to braid her hair every night to avoid painful tangles in the morning.  Last night we left her hair down and this morning she brushed it with no pain at all!   And she brushed it herself.  (Yes, I know she is 10 years old and of course she ought to have been brushing it herself long ago.  But she is the baby and she takes full advantage of that.)

We washed it later in the day and brushed it while wet.  Comments from Lorelei: “It glides right through! I like the way it feels!”

We let it dry naturally, and it looked like this:

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After approximately 30 seconds with the Knot Genie (I kid you not!) it looked like this:

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I’d call that a win.  Lorelei also likes the bright color and thinks the brush is fun. That means she will use it!

How would you like to get to use it too?

That’s right, Knot Genie is going to give one of my readers their very own Knot Genie detangling bursh, a 19.99 value!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

And when you finish come back to the blog because . . .

Some of my friends are also hosting a Knot Genie giveaway. Enter for more chances to win at these blogs:

Planning Playtime

Our Daily Craft

Adventures of a Frugal Mom

Sand and Snow… and Everywhere in Between

Our House Now a Home

Knock-it-off Crafts

Mommytime 365

Sensitive Mommy

Carrie Ann Tripp

Breastfeeding Needs

The Mommy Rundown

UPDATE:  We have a winner!  Lizzie L. will soon be the proud new owner of a Knot Genie detangling brush!  Thank you to all who entered.

BAD HAIR DAY (2)

This Is How We Roll Thursday

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So it seems like everywhere I look lately I see articles about what not to say to your little girls.  Don’t mention that you have issues with your weight.  Don’t tell them they are pretty.  And for God’s sake, don’t call them Princess.

(Disclaimer:  I am not especially picking on the people who wrote the particular posts above.  Those are the first ones that show up in Google for each topic, that’s all.)

I’m pretty much on board with the first recommendation, if only because anorexia and bulimia are life-threatening, so let’s err on the side of caution.  I try not to talk about weight and diets, but rather about exercising and making healthy food choices.  I don’t limit what my kids eat, for the most part; I talk about listening to your body and not eating if you feel full.  I can report that when Lorelei hops on the scale she boasts about her weight gain and is proud to be heavier than her ten-year-old cousin.  We talk about how wonderful it is that she is so big and healthy and strong.  Does any of this matter?  Let me be honest:  at this point I’m not sure what matters.  When my big kids are about thirty I will ask them and let you know.

But I’m sorry, I’m not going to stop telling Lorelei that she’s pretty.  For one thing, she IS.  For another, soon enough she will lose her current conviction, which she totally believes, that she is the prettiest girl in the world.  There is nothing I can do to prevent her suffering adolescent pangs and a lifetime of worries over her appearance.  I don’t know ANY WOMAN who is free of these things.  So why shouldn’t I contribute to her body positive feelings now while she still believes me?  I remember REALLY BELIEVING that I was going to grow up and win the Miss America pageant.  It’s great to feel that confident, about your appearance or about anything.

Now, about calling little girls princesses . . . y’all, don’t you think we are TOTALLY overthinking this parenting thing?  Isn’t it freaking hard enough already? Maybe it’s because I’m a Southerner, and down here terms of endearment are sprinkled liberally throughout every encounter with friend and stranger alike, but I just cannot bring myself to believe that I am somehow limiting my daughter’s future options or affecting her self-worth if I address her as “my little princess” from time to time.

Here are some things I call Lorelei: pretty girl, precious angel, mommy’s baby, punkin, sweetheart, baby girl, cute girl, darlin’, sweetie pie, sugarplum, dumplin’, honey, and doll baby.  I really don’t think she is going to grow up to be a gourd, or remain a baby forever, and the sweetness (debatable) of her current demeanor is not influenced by these pet names in the least, I can assure you of that.  I remember my daddy referring to me and my sisters as “slick” and “slim.”  I wasn’t either then and I am neither now!

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What pet names DO convey is love.  And making kids feel loved will always be the most important role of a parent.

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