Emma Cristy

Friday, June 22, 2018

Managing Time with Secret



There was something that clicked, when I realized I had control over all aspects of my life.  I had the power to change my situations, my circumstances, my reactions, my emotions.  I have been a stay at home mom for 7 years now.  In that time, I've been a full time wife, a full time mom of three kids, as well as being a full time business owner and building my brand.  I have spent the past few years finding ways to grow; not just my state of mind, but also my business.  There are some days where it is go-go-go and I need to write in my calendar a time that I can breathe or sleep LOL (*pencils that in "Breathe and possibly sleep on Saturday at 10 pm").  My days consist of taking care of the kiddos and trying to be present with them when I can, then getting ready for the day, and jet setting off to a business meeting or a client consultation.  After that, I head home to do work and dinner and cleaning and tucking in and night time kisses. A lot of the time, it's a lot of really early mornings and really late nights.  

I realized that time management is so vital to how smooth the day goes and how successful it can be.  I have been learning how to prioritize my daily schedule, and that starts at the beginning of my day.  I love starting the day off with Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid; this deodorant goes on dry with a smooth and even application.  I stay dry with this too; no need to waste time reapplying throughout my busy schedule. 

This Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant has been my new favorite; it's a one and done process in the mornings for me and let's me relax and spend more time on the things that matter most.  I have partnered with Secret on their Clinical Strength campaign that represents more than just deodorant.  It represents feminine strength and grace; with the belief that women deserve the best and that we as women, can have the best.  To me, it represents pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and reaching new potentials.  I believe in dreaming, and putting that dream into action with the belief that we are more than capable of what we set our minds to and that we have the power to make it possible.  

You can grab your Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid HERE from Walmart.  

Use Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid just once for all-day strong wetness protection. 

Thanks for reading,

Emma-Cristy




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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy Review

Thank you to SkinSmart for sponsoring this post, however all opinions are 100% my own! 


SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy Review

So.  Finally talking Eczema on here.
 I used to be really insecure about talking about it, but here we are lol.

I teamed up with SkinSmart, to tell you guys about a non-steroidal product that is supposed to soothe eczema and atopic dermatitis symptoms.  It is supposed to address the root cause (Can be...A bacterial imbalance) instead of trying to remedy it on a superficial level.  It claims to calm itch, balance bacteria, and heal the skin.

Just a little insight into my history and eczema journey, I grew up with all sorts of medications; mostly topical but also oral.  As far as steroids (Ointments and creams), I've tried Cortizones, benadryl, Triamcinolone, Lidex, Clobetasol, Kenalog Spray, etc.  Just a bunch of stuff. ALL. THE. TIME.  I didn't realize how harmful they actually are.  When I would break out on my face, I would use the steroidal ointment...now I'm like...Y WOULD U DO DAT *insert face palm.

Over the years, I've tried to convert to more holistic/natural methods to relieve symptoms.  I don't use steroids anymore (WHICH IS CRAZY BECAUSE I RELIED ON THEM 4EVER). I've been steroid free for years now, and my skin has never been better.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DERMATOLOGIST. 
This is just based on my personal opinion/experience.

For anyone suffering with eczema, I know that it may sound ridiculous- but I PERSONALLY believe that a lot of it has to do with diet, and ALSO what you put on top.  I started seeing real, CONSISTENT results when I put away the steroids and all the medications.  I don't use completely 100% natural methods, but I do my best to be as gentle on my skin, and more conscious of what I'm putting in and on my skin.  It's hard though, because especially with little ones and also suffering with Eczema, you want relief NOW because it is so dreadful.

I like SkinSmart Antimicrobial Eczema Therapy because it is non-steroidal, and can be used on babies and kids, and on any skin including the face.  It dries like water with no residue, and it supposed to soothe angry, red and broken skin.  It aids in healing, relieves itchiness, and improves appearance.

Now.  Here is what I thought about it.  I am extremely reluctant on skin products.
I try to be as unbiased as possible.  I AM STILL TESTING THIS PRODUCT OUT but so far, it hasn't necessarily been a miracle worker for me.  I believe it helps, with the healing process but I do not believe this is a one and done deal.  The application tips say to try using the product with "no additional creams, ointments, or treatments.  Spray well and let air dry, repeat.  Do this 3-4 times a day, or as often as desired."

I personally, felt like I needed more than just this spray.  When I first sprayed it, it didn't sting or anything, it felt like it relieved it a bit but after it dried I felt like I needed to put on lotion.  I personally spray SkinSmart first, let air dry, and then apply lotion.  I have a few "Swear by" products that I put on after the spray which I believe helps.  I am going to write a full blog post on how I relieve my eczema symptoms. 

I feel like this spray would be the most beneficial to children especially though, because most kids get dirt under their finger nails, and transfer bacteria when they scratch. SkinSmart Antimicrobial skin cleanser says, "Spray on the skin to flush away any dirt and debris that may be on affected skin."  I have been incorporating SkinSmart into my skin routine!

Right now this product is available in the following stores: Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilion, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Lunds/Bylerys.  Also available on Amazon depending if weather is permitting (Because the product cannot freeze).  You can also email the company at Customerservice@skinsmartantimicrobial.com and they will tell you the closest store to you.

I'm going to continue using this and I'll let you guys know.  Thanks for reading!

Emma-Cristy
 


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shaklee YOUTH Skin Care Set Review



Happy Satur-Yay friends!

Saturday is my absolute favorite day of the week and I look forward to it every week starting...Saturday night haha.  I use this day to spend time with my family and pamper myself.  I try to start everyday feeling refreshed and ready to take on my to-do lists, and the best way for me to do that is to get ready.  I am obsessed with skincare and love trying out new skincare products.  I have extremely sensitive, dry and eczema prone skin.  As much as I love skincare products, I am very wary and cautious of what I put on my skin (Especially face products).  I decided to try out Shaklee YOUTH Skin Care set because their products are all 100% vegan and cruelty free.  Along with that, they claim that you will never find harmful chemicals and ingredients that are typically used in cosmetics and skincare products.  The Shaklee line is formulated to improve aging issues at the cellular level. 



Now that that is said, let's get to the individual products.  Keep reading if you want to hear my thoughts on each!


Thank you to Statusphere for gifting the Shaklee Youth Skin Care Set


RADIANCE C + E | 20% Pure Vita C, Vita E + Raspberry 

"Plumps, brightens, and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles."

First impression, skin seemed more radiant but burned irritated spots.  I would say that this one is not for sensitive skin.  Right when it touches any irritated skin, it immediately burns.  I apply at night, once a day only.  It burned for a little and seemed to irritate my skin until I applied the serum on top.

My problem areas for lines and wrinkles would be under my eyes and at the corner, and my forehead.  I would say, skin has been feeling and looking a little more plump and is SUPER soft. Not sure if it is from this or the serum.

YOUTH ACTIVATING SERUM | Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, Encapsulated Vitamin A
 
"Youth Activating Serum has 10x the actives to renew, regenerate, and make your skin act younger.  Our Youth Activating Complex has gentle encapsulated vitamin A retinol, polyphenols, plus extracts of Lotus Japonicus, apple cell, and schisandra."

I really like this serum, especially because it seems like it counters the irritation of the Radiance C + E product.  I apply this after Radiance C + E and before my makeup, as well as after I wash my face at night.  I did have a spot of eczema under my eye, and I applied this at night and by the morning, the spot was visibly healing and practically gone.  I was very impressed because honestly, I don't usually have high hopes when it comes to products that can combat eczema. I'm still testing these out, but the difference was obvious and visual so I thought I would let you all know.

YOUTH ACTIVATING BB CREAM | 5-in-1 Beauty Balm


"Evens, corrects, hydrates, nourishes, protects"

First impression, I didn't care for it.  Most products that contain sunscreen, they usually have a white cast or white shade that is visible with a camera.  I noticed this a lot with this one.  After application, I applied with a foundation brush and was going to take a picture.  But I could see all the spots I had not gone over, because my face had this white cast to it in the photos/camera.  I used the shade Medium, which at first glance I didn't think matched me.  However it did seem like it oxidized, and matched my skin tone more once it had set.  I would say it was light coverage, and I feel like it was more hydrating than most BB creams I have tried.  This would be great for low key maintenance skin, and for a day out running errands.  

I am still testing these out, so maybe I'll do an updated review in a month or so.  
So far, I am loving the serum and my skin seems more radiant.

Thank you for reading!
Emma-Cristy