Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Ice Carrats Freshwater Cultured Black Pearl Bracelet--a Review

 



For Christmas 2020, we decided to give cultured pearls as gifts. My husband gave his mother a beautiful strand of black pearls several years ago, so we thought it would be nice to follow that up with a matching black freshwater cultured pearl bracelet this year. Since she lives in a different state, we turned to Amazon.

We found what looked like the perfect bracelet from Ice Carrats for $31. Then we found a set of five genuine freshwater cultured pearl bracelets in various shades for much less-- around $11. The set included a black pearl bracelet which would match my own necklace of black pearls. 

When the bracelets arrived, I was surprised to find noticeable scratches on 2 or 3 of the pearls on the Ice Carrats bracelet. Since we barely had time to ship in time for Christmas, I didn't suggest we try a return. The cheaper black pearl bracelet was beautiful. 

Sometimes a higher-priced item is not worth the money. This was the case with the Ice Carrats bracelet.

Ice Carrats Freshwater Cultured Black Pearl Bracelet Review

I give the Ice Carrats freshwater cultured pearl bracelet 3 out of 5 stars. It was a pretty bracelet if you didn't notice the flaws, but it was expensive for the value.

I give the generic set of 5 freshwater cultured pearl bracelets 5 stars for attractive bracelets with a nice finish at a great price. 

Ice Carrats Freshwater Cultured Black Pearl Bracelet ***
Generic Freshwater Cultured Pearls Set of 5 Bracelets *****


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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Skechers Shindigs Women's Boots--a Review

 


Skechers has once again delivered an excellent product. Regular readers of this blog will know I enjoy hiking for recreation and fitness, so when it was time for a new pair of hiking boots, I thought of Skechers. This time instead of ordering from Skechers website directly, these boots came from Amazon. Amazon has a good selection of Skechers Shindigs women's boots at reasonable prices. I was not disappointed.

The chocolate leather Shindigs boots I ordered are lightweight, comfortable and sturdy. Mine go above the ankles for extra support when hiking the trails or walking the dog. The chocolate brown color is great with just about anything. 

The Skechers Shindig line comes with classic rubber-traction outer sole design and a comfy air-cooled memory foam insole. The boots come in shoe-boot height as well as above the ankle like mine and are available in both leather and suede.

Skechers Shindigs Women's Boots Review

It's little wonder that the boots score a 5 out of 5 stars on the Skechers site. That's exactly what I rate them. Five stars for an attractive leather boot that is lightweight, sturdy and comfortable at a decent price. 

Skechers Shindigs Women's Boots *****

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Give a Gift or Get a Gift: R+F Holiday Beauty Gift Sets Are Here!

 

GET A GIFT, GIVE A GIFT: HOLIDAY IS HERE!
 
The News: Christmas is just around the corner, but we've got your holiday gift-giving covered! Our three holiday gift sets have arrived, giving you the opportunity to not only get some must-have R+F products for yourself (and at a discount!), but also into the hands of your friends, family and yourself!

Discount:
 The Holiday Gift Sets are 20% Off! regular retail!

Holiday Gift Sets

Choose from these three options:
  • Let It Glow Set: Kiss winter skin blues goodbye with Micro-Dermabrasion Paste + Active Hydration Serum at 20% off ($156 Retail value).
  • Merry & Bright Eyes Set: Treat yourself to Lash Boost, Brow Defining Boost in shade of choice + a free on-the-go cosmetic bag at 20% off ($213 Retail value).
  • Best of All Set: Get or gift three R+F fan favorites, Active Hydration Body Replenish, Lash Boost + Active Hydration Serum at 20% off ($266 Retail value).
 
What This Means For You: These pretty gift sets are sure to surprise and delight any lucky people on your list. Give a set to someone in your family, or a friend... Or, keep one as a treat for yourself!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Skincare That Works: Holiday Gift Sets at 20% Off!

 

What could be better for the holidays than  gift sets from Rodan + Fields? How about gift sets at a discount? All of these sets are 20% off while supplies last.

Merry & Bright Eyes Gift Set

One set will enhance lashes and brows. Lash Boost makes lashes grow longer, thicker, and fuller looking with results in as soon as two weeks.Brow Defining Boost makes brows thicker and fuller looking immediately and continues to work for lasting results if used regularly over time. 

Let It Glow Gift Set

The Let It Glow Set contains Micro-Dermabrasion Paste which gently scrubs all the dead skin away plus our Active Hydration Serum which boosts the moisture content of skin both immediately and over time. This set also comes with a bonus cosmetic bag. 

Best of All Gift Set


The best holiday gift set of all has out Active Hydration Body Replenish plus our Active Hydration Serum with a Lash Boost thrown in for good measure!

Effective, dermatologist created products at 20% off with a 60-day, money-back guarantee. Plus, if you become my Preferred Customer, you will get an additional 10% off! A great gift for you or someone you love at a great price. Ask me about it!

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

FALL-ing for Great Skin Care Products

RODAN + FIELDS ENHANCEMENTS


It's FALL, y'all and I'm FALL-ing for these
great skin care products! I recommend all of them and use them every day as part of my daily beauty regimen. Why? Because they make your skin, lashes and brows look better immediately and over time*!

  • A. Lash Boost--longer, thicker looking lashes
  • B. Micro-Dermabrasion Paste--top-notch dermabrasion C. Active Hydration Body Replenish--more than moisturizer
  • D. Bright Eye Complex--reduces under-eye puffiness and circles
  • E. Active Hydration Serum--increases moisture in the skin
  • F. Brow Defining Boost--fuller, thicker-looking brows

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*Lash Boost does not provide immediate results like the other products but starts providing results in as few as as two weeks.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

New Brow Defining Boost Earns Allure 'BEST AWARD' & My Own Thumbs Up

Help for thin, sparse and undefined eyebrows

Are your brows over-tweezed or diminishing due to age? I LOVE our new Brow Defining Boost! It gives immediate results as well as helping your brows over time. 

Allure Magazine gave it their BEST AWARD in September, and no wonder! It delivers what it promises, instantly and over time.



This new tinted, multi-tasking eyebrow gel with Lash Boost Technology boosts volume and fullness instantly while it increases brow fullness when used regularly over time. The applicator gives you the power to create any look from natural to bold and to have healthier brows over time.

Look how amazing my results are! These are my own before and after photos using Brow Defining Boost. My brows frame my face better, and that encouraged me to get back into a good skincare routine. My whole face looks better now!



KEY BENEFITS OF BROW DEFINING BOOST:

Tinted gel helps moisturize AND condition for the appearance of fuller, thicker eyebrows plus visibly volumizes with renewable fibers for a natural to bold look.


I love it, and I know you are going to love it, too! Goes perfectly with out famous Lash Boost! Ask me about it!


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Vision-Related Problems from COVID-19 Can Be Minimized with Good Eye Care



The impact of COVID-19 can extend to our vision. Staying up-to-date with eye care checkups is critical, particularly for those in high-risk groups and those already battling ocular diseases. 

About 30 percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 experience conjunctivitis (an eye infection), and countless others with ocular diseases that require ongoing evaluation and treatment are skipping their checkups out of fears of contracting COVID-19.

The pandemic has changed the way many people visit their doctors. However, it is important to stay up-to-date with our vision exams, particularly for those with conditions such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy that could lead to blindness if left unchecked. Those in high-risk categories should add eye protection such as glasses or face shields to protect their eyes from virus infection along with wearing masks and washing hands frequently when visiting public places.

 

People also need to know, even though there are many concerns about COVID-19, common-sense precautions can significantly reduce the risk of infection.  Dr. Daniel Laroche, Director of Glaucoma Services and President of Advanced Eyecare of New York, says, “Wash hands frequently, follow good contact lens hygiene and avoid rubbing or touching our mouth, nose and especially our eyes.''  

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way people visit their doctors. For patients over 60, Dr. Laroche advises it's better to stay home and do telehealth over the phone or video consultation until the pandemic flattens. He also encourages people to wear face masks on visits and maintain social distancing, even if they are in a health clinic.

 

“Eyesight or human vision is one of the most important senses. As much as 80 percent of what we feel comes through our sense of sight. By protecting the eyes, people will reduce the chance of blindness and vision loss while also staying on top of any developing eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts. A healthy brain function requires a healthy vision. The brain is our most essential organ, and it allows us to control other organs. Normal and healthy vision contributes to improved learning and comprehension for a better quality of life.”  

 

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Get Complexion Perfection with Radiant Defense!

 


Get complexion perfection in under 5 mins with Radiant Defense! This 4-in-1 tinted moisturizer looks like makeup but acts like skincare. This lighweight coverup provides you with flawless coverage plus protection against UV rays and sun damage all year around.

Find your perfect match with 10 shades to chose from!

This lightweight tinted moisturizer defends against environmental aggressors, repairs skin’s moisture barrier and protects from UV rays while it visibly evens skin tone and perfects. Get healthy, radiant skin with Radiant Defense.

KEY BENEFITS:

 Instant coverage to reduce visible redness and pores while antioxidants and Peptides neutralize environmental aggressors and provide sun protection.

I have sensitive skin, and I love this cover up!

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Skechers Beverlee Delighted with Luxe Foam--Fashion Review



Skechers Beverlee Delighted with Luxe Foam Sandals in Multi 

Readers of this blog know I am a fan of Skechers. However, I have finally found a pair that's not perfect. 

I avoided sandals with things, because they are said to be a cause of hammer toe. I went with cute, multi-color fabric straps and a low wedge heel, so I could wear them for light walking like errands, shopping or lunch with the girls.

Unfortunately, these shoes were slightly large and my toes slid out the front. Not only did this detract from the look, but it's hard to walk comfortably when your shoes are too big.

You can't get up and move easily to do even light walking if your shoes don't fit.

Fin out how I was able to fix them and make them even more comfortable than before!


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Amy Grant Talks Open Heart Surgery on 'Good Morning America' Tomorrow | Christian Activities



Amy Grant on GOOD MORNING AMERICA with Robin Roberts Wednesday for First, Exclusive Interview Two Months After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery.  

In June Christian Activities reported on Amy Grant’s recovery from heart surgery for PAPVR, a heart condition that is sometimes present at birth, in which one or two of the pulmonary veins of the heart drain blood into the right atrium instead of the left atrium. 

Now Grant will be appearing on “Good Morning America tomorrow, discussing the relatively rare open-heart procedure with Robin Roberts.

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    Saturday, July 25, 2020

    Your Feet Will Love Skechers 3 Pack Sport Mesh No Show Liner Socks



    For Foot Odor and Comfortable Fit, Try Skechers 3 Pack Sport Mesh No Show Liner Socks

    Skechers Relaxed Fit shoes can hardly be beat for comfortable walking, but the memory foam that gives them such great support also leaves them with some odor if socks aren't worn. Since the shoes fit so well, only the thinnest of footie sock liners will work. That's why I invested in Skechers 3 Pack Sport Mesh No Show Liner Socks. 

    These Skechers footies also saved the day when I purchased some cheap Noracora Shoes where the seams rubbed my feat and the unattached inner soles came out every time I took the shoes off. Normal socks and footies would not fit but these Skechers no show mesh liners were the perfect way to fix the problem. Since they live up to their name and don't show (and they also don't slip or bunch up), they are a fashionable fix to my foot wear woes.

    I love just about everything about the Skechers relaxed fit shoes, but I have to say, these Skechers liners made them even more comfortable-- to the point they almost feel slightly loose on my feet. They definitely solved my issues with the cheap Noracora shoes. $10 for three pair is not bad for socks that don't slip, slide or bunch. Give them a try!





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    Repairing the Inner Soles of Cheap Noracora Shoes


    Recently I made the mistake of buying Noracora Shoes. Not only did I receive one pair that was around three sizes too small, but the pair that did fit had inner soles that popped out every time I took the shoes off. 

    In case you wondered, it is really annoying to have your shoes' inner soles pop out every time you remove your shoes. Luckily, I came up with two good solutions to fix this problem.

    The first fix is to simply wear super thin footy socks. The shoes are too tight to wear normal socks, but thin sock liners prevent my feet from sticking to the soles of these poorly made shoes. I ordered some socks from Skechers that work perfectly. With socks, the shoes don't rub my feet as badly, as well.

    The second repair is to use double sided take to attach the inner soles to the shoes, as should have been done by the manufacturer. Actually, the manufacturer should have done even better than double sided tape, but be that as it may, the tape repair worked fine for me. I can wear my shoes both with socks and without socks and they work fine now.






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    Monday, July 13, 2020

    Red Cross Fire Safety--Tennesseans Urged to Prepare for Home Fires | Christian Activities

    The Tennessee Red Cross Encourages Communities to Test Smoke Alarms, Practice Escape Plans in Light of Recent Home Fire Fatalities with Red Cross Fire Safety Tips

    Red Cross Fire Safety PSA for Tennesseans

    The American Red Cross of the Tennessee Region is encouraging all citizens to make a home fire safety plan following an uptick in home fire fatalities in the state last month.
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    Sunday, July 12, 2020

    Noracora Shoes: Don't Waste Your Time & Money-- a Review

    Noracora Shoes Not Worth the Time & Money


     A few months ago, I saw an ad for some Noracora shoes, the Women's Green Slide Hollow-Out Round Toe Casual Pu Sneakers Flats, to be exact, and I made the mistake of ordering them. To start the long list of problems with the Noracora casual sneakers, the insoles are not attached to the shoes, so they come out every time I take the shoes off. Every.Time. But that's just the beginning of my list of problems with Noracora shoes. 

    The shoes are not comfortable, the seams rub my feet painfully, the tongue comes up too high and won't stay centered, and the Noracora website defaulted to the smallest size on another pair of flats when I placed my order. And don't get my started on their website review process and customer service.

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    Friday, July 3, 2020

    Charles Billingsley to Talk COVID-19 on TBN’s 'Huckabee' July 11 | Christian Activities


    Acclaimed Christian singer/songwriter, worship leader Charles Billingsley is scheduled to appear on TBN’s top-rated talk show “Huckabee” the weekend of July 11. Billingsley, who battled COVID-19 in April, will discuss his road to recovery and recent return to the stage. 

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    Comparing ZzzQuil Pure Zzzs & Physician's Sleep Aid, Both with Melatonin, a Review



    Product Review & Comparison: Comparing ZzzQuil Pure Zzzs with Melatonin to Physician's Sleep Aid with Melatonin 


    So what do you do when you can't sleep but you don't want to take a prescription sleeping pill? Occasionally I have a little trouble falling asleep at bedtime, usually due to a change in schedule. I don't want to take a prescription sleeping pill for what is typically a mild, temporary sleeping problem. A natural sleep alternative would be nice.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2020

    Solar Gloves to Protect Your Hands & Arms for Summer

    A collection of solar gloves

    Solar Gloves Are an Optional Way to Protect Your Skin in the Summer


    Summer is hard on your skin, and that's a fact. Photoaging causes most of the signs of aging to our skin. Dermatologists recommend liberal and regular application of sunscreen during the summer and early fall months to protect your skin from sun damage if you can't stay in the shade. 

    Protective Clothing Is a Good Substitute for Sunscreen

    However, if you can't stay indoors or under a tree and you don't want to keep up with sunscreen, protective clothing is another option to maintaining healthy skin. Hats, visors, long-sleeve shirts and long pants can protect your skin and so can solar gloves. 

    Solar gloves come in many styles, fabrics and colors and provide various degrees of protection for the arms and hands. If you are wearing a t-shirt, long solar gloves will pull up all the way to the sleeve to protect the entire arm. So whether you are working in your garden or working out with a jog or a long hike, solar gloves are one way to keep your hands and arms out of the sun.

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    Solar Gloves for Hands & Arms, a Review: While I can't say these solar gloves are fashionable, I can say they have a certain charm to them. More importantly, they cover your arms and...

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    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Leightweight Levi's Women's Bermuda Shorts for Summer


    What's more comfortable on a hot summer day than some lightweight Bermuda shorts? These Bermuda shorts are long enough to protect your upper legs from the sun while still allowing allowing an occasional breeze to cool your lower legs. These Levi's Bermuda shorts are also lightweight enough to make walking, hiking, exercise and sports comfortable. 

    Since it's important to get off the couch and get moving for a healthy lifestyle, you might as well enjoy fitness comfortably and in style.

    Read my review here:

    Cute & Comfortable Levi's Women's Bermuda Shorts--a Review: If you need some new summer shorts, these Levis Women's Bermuda Shorts are cute, comfortable and at $17.96, a decent price. The lightweight...

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