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Review: Citrus Clear Skincare

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Beauty, Review | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People!

I hope you are having a lovely summer.  When it’s hot, my hair goes up and I wear less makeup.

Because of the heat, I will at times have an acne breakout on my face. To keep the breakouts to a minimum, it is essential for me to keep my skin clean and to use products that do not clog my pores.

For my sensitive skin, I must to review the product’s ingredients to ensure that they do not irritate my skin. If I am not familiar with any of the ingredients, I will go online to determine what it is, if it is natural, or it has any unwanted side effects.

I was recently introduced to the Citrus Clear skincare products. I had the pleasure of reviewing five of the facial products.

Citrus Clear

Citrus Clear

The products that I tested for a two month period are:

Citrus Clear Sensitive wash natural Tahitian lime (8 oz)
Citrus Clear pore and blackhead extracting mask (2 oz)
Citrus Clear tangerine tingle (2 oz)
Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer pink grapefruit (1 oz)
Grapefruit acne spot treatment (2 oz)

*These products were sent to me to try and provide my honest review.

The products I received are full-sized products and will last a long time with daily use.

My routine:

1. I washed my face with the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash Natural Tahitian Line. The grapefruit scent is so refreshing in the morning or coming home from work. As the packaging directions recommended, I wash my face with warm water and massage lightly onto my skin. Rinsed. I used the cleanser day and night and  did not use it around my eyes because the directions didn’t say that you could use it there. I gently used my microfiber towel around my eye area. My skin felt good and not dry. I recommend this product. The eight-ounce bottle retails for $28.99.

Citrus Clear sensitive wash natural tahitian lime

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash Natural Tahitian Lime

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Lavender Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Olive Oil, Vitamin C, Tahitian Lime Fragrance, Wildcrafted Willow Bark, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Orange Hydrosol, Citrus Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed, Organic Rosehip Oil, Borage Oil, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Calendula, Burdock Root, Red Clover, Rosemary, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

2. After I cleansed my face, I would either use the Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle or alternate with the Citrus Clear Pore and Blackhead Extracting Mask.

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle Mask
This product is designed to remove dead skin cells and make the skin look brighter and face complexion look clearer. When I applied this product, I first washed my face with the cleanser in warm water, then I applied the product per the directions in a circular motion on my face to gently exfoliate the skin. I left it on my skin for 4 minutes, (you can leave it on for to  2 to 4 minutes). I felt the tingle because I left it on longer, however it felt good on my skin.  After the time of the mask on my face, I rinsed it off with cool water and patted my face with a towel.  My face was a little red because of the citrus extracts and the glycolic acid, but it went away in a couple of minutes. Again, it very refreshing,  this product I would use once a week or once every two weeks. A two-ounce jar retails for $18.99.

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Seed, Tangerine Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, MSM, Jojoba Beads, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Vitamin C, Organic Rhubarb, Organic Blueberry, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

I used the Citrus Clear Pore and Blackhead Extracting Mask as an alternate mask to the Citrus Clear tangerine tingle mask for acne control.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead extracting mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead extracting mask

I applied this product after I washed and gently dry my face. In a rotating motion, I applied the mask to my slight damp face.  I found with my face being slightly damp the clay went on well; but the directions say you can add it to dry skin as well. The mask began to harden quickly and I left it on for 5 minutes (you can leave the product on 4 to 8 minutes).  After five minutes I rinsed my face with warm water and used my warm towel and patted my face.  I enjoyed using it and my face felt soft and supple. The product is for sensitive skin. The mask retails for $24.99.

Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

3. I applied the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit, to my face and wow the pink grapefruit smells so good it makes you want to eat it but it’s not edible. The moisturizer is not greasy or oily and absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue nor does it feel sticky. A little goes a long way and the 20z. glass bottle will last a long time. The moisturizer retails for $24.00, and is currently on sale for $14.00.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

4. The Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatment is good for spot treatments if I have a blemish that comes up that I need to treat.  The tube is small enough to take with me. The tube retails for $12.99.

Ingredients: Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Green Tea & Lime, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Wildcrafted Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime Essential Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Extract), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Extract), Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid), Colloidal Silver, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove Essential Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Citrus Clear is clearly one of my favorites and is in my skin care routine of products that I use.

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STYLE ESSENTIAL: The Skort

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful people!

With temperatures reaching almost 100 degrees, it has been all about the natural fibers because comfort and chicness go hand in hand.
I wanted to try a skort that had a unique style, instead of the standard skirt in the front and shorts in the back.

But why a skort?
A skort is a short-skirt combo that works well if you are active and when you don’t have to wear a slip or a shaper.

In years back, I had a design like that but it was not comfortable and the fabric was very heavy. But this Summer, I added two skorts that offered a modern design that has become a workhorse in my closet.

JT in the Skort

JT in the Skort

The first one is a blue skort from designer Susan Graver, whose apparel line is sold exclusively on QVC. In the photo above, I paired it with a button-down blouse and sandals for a causal Monday outfit. But I believe that it is a wardrobe gem because it can be worn as a sporty look, to the office, to church or walking in a parade. I liked how this skort so much, I went back and purchased a second one in white.

This skort  is 95% cotton/5% spandex; with an inner layer of 95% cotton/5% spandex. It is breathable and comfortable and is priced at $45.00.

The second one is a polka dot skort, shown below, also works well for church or a day in the office. This skort, also designed by Graver for QVC, is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. This fabric combination is what she called Liquid knit. Although it is not a natural fiber; I thought the stylish print could be paired with a number of tops and blouses from my closet. The QVC price is $46.00 and you may catch it on easy pay.

JT in polka dot skort

JT in polka dot skort

The secret to the skort is the shorts underneath. I can be confident that if the wind blows or I have to bend that that nothing is showing. It is a beautiful thing to have the modesty intact.

Shorts underneath skort

Shorts underneath skort

Another feature is that the skort is an official skirt all the way around (not half skirt and half shorts in the back) with the shorts attached underneath.

Susan Graver Skort  Side view

Susan Graver Skort
Side view

Versatility comes to mind when I think of Susan Graver’s skort designs because they can be worn many different ways.

If you are looking for a stylish alternative to a skort, check out the ones from Susan Graver. Let me know what you think of it or how you would style it.

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Tips for Hiring a Quality Locksmith Service in Montreal

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Around the Home | 0 comments

At some point or another, everyone is going to need the services of a quality and reliable locksmith service. Regardless of if you have locked your keys in your vehicle, your home or need to have a lock changed, serrurier service in Montreal are quite beneficial. However, not all locksmith services are created equally and taking some time to find a reputable company will be well worth it in the long run. Some tips that will help you find a quality locksmith service for all your lock and key needs are highlighted here.

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Ask Around
One of the first things you should do when searching for a locksmith service is to ask around to people you know for recommendations. In most cases, you will gather two or three names of potential locksmith services to learn more about. Remember, you should never trust the opinions of someone else completely. Take some time to complete your own research, as well, since this will help you make an educated decision regarding the service that you ultimately hire.

Do Some Research
Once you have a list of three to four potential locksmith services, you should begin to contact each one and ask them a series of questions. It is a good idea to ask the same questions to every company since this will help you judge their answers and evaluate which one seems the most reliable and professional. Some questions you can consider asking include:
— How long have you been in business?
— What types of services do you offer?
— Do you offer any guarantees with your work?
— Are the locksmith background checked prior to heading out to jobs?

These questions will help you evaluate the professionalism of the locksmith and whether or not they are right for the job you need to have done.

Hire a Service
Once you have found the service that is right for your needs, go ahead and hire them for the job. If you are facing an emergency situation, you may not have time to vet the service properly, but you can still look at past customer reviews to see their track record of success and service. Doing this, in addition to the other tips here, will help ensure you hire a quality and reliable service that will be able to provide you with the results that you need.

For more information about hiring a locksmith service in Montreal, contact Lock Aid today. Here you can talk with industry professionals who can handle any residential or commercial lock issue that you may have. This can be quite beneficial and ensure you receive quality results.

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Fan-tastic Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Around the Home, Giveaway | 11 comments

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Hi Beautiful people,

What a great Independence Day holiday weekend. It’s been raining here in the Show-Me State but it was wonderful it held off during the holidays. I am not complaining about the rain because I have family in California who are praying for rain to come to their area. I walked in a parade and it was wonderful seeing everyone wave their flags and proud to be an American.

I am excited about this Fan-tastic Giveaway. Look what you can win!
A Hunter ceiling fan! and PayPal CASH!!!

A ceiling fan is such an energy-efficient bonus for the home. It helps circulate the air throughout the house. Who doesn’t want to keep cool during these summer months.  To sweeten the deal, the winner will also receive $200 in PayPal Cash. It is a sure way to make cool you off in the summer, with cool cash! I know that I would enter, if I wasn’t a hostess.

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One winner will receive –

a Hunter Fan Windemere Brushed Nickel Two Light 54 inch Ceiling Fan with Light and Remote

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$200 (USD) in PayPal Cash

 

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Confirm you are an email subscriber of Katherines Corner or become an email subscriber (this will be verified) and enter as many bonus entries as you would like.

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Four Common Misconceptions About Getting Healthy

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

JT on the FIRM WAVE with weights

JT on the FIRM WAVE with weights

There are many reasons people try and get into shape, such as making sure they look their best on their wedding day. However, most people who try to improve their body fail and there is a simple reason for this. They hold false beliefs about how fitness works and what it can do for them. It is time to dispel these false truths about fitness forever.

You Should Exercise As Much As You Can

Too much exercise can result in the negative effect of you gaining more weight and weakening your stamina. If you exercise as much as physically possible one day, tiring yourself to the point of exhaustion, your body will feel different. You will wake up the next morning with toned muscles, but they will be sore, and every movement will be painful. You will not be in a position to do any more exercise for a couple of days. This means you will fall out of your exercise routine and, if you do not have strong will power, you may never start it up again. It is far better to do a little exercise every day and never to push yourself to your limit.

You Can Cheat

When people read about new treatments like surgery, diet pills and vitamin supplements, some think of it is as cheating. The people who take these options are looking for other avenues to seek results. Yet, what the critics do not realise is that even if you use these solutions, you must still continue to exercise and eat healthily, or they will not work. Also, you can buy substances like protein powder from sites like http://www.wickednrg.com.au/Protein-Powders/. But this is not cheating. It is just an alternate method of taking substances found in natural food. Check the ingredients of the protein powders and make sure they have no added fillers.

One Is Enough

As you will already know, there are many different paths that lead to getting in shape. Often, people believe that taking one path is enough. For instance, they think if they take diet pills they can lose weight while still eating chocolate and McDonalds. On the contrary, many diet pills only work if they are taken with a healthy diet and the pill mainly acts as a placebo. People believe it will work and so they adjust their diet and exercise routine to prove themselves right. The same is true for exercise. It does not matter how hard you hit the gym; you will still need to have a good diet if you want a healthy body.

It Is A Long And Difficult Process

If you are trying to lose weight it can feel like nothing is happening. You can spend days, weeks and months on the same diet and exercise routine and see no change. You start to think that it is impossible for you to lose weight. But the truth is that either your diet or routine is not matched to your fitness goal. For instance, a low metabolism will make it difficult for you to lose weight unless you do a lot of exercise on a smaller diet.

We hope we have corrected what you may have believed about exercise and that you realize it is not as hard to get fit as you first thought.

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