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T3 Source Handheld Shower Filter for Healthier Hair, Skin and Fur!

t3 shower filter

I’m participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for T3. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for my honest review.

Did you know that regular household tap water can contain half as much chlorine as a swimming pool? And that chlorine can cause dry and damaged hair and skin? I didn’t either until we were invited to try the T3 Source Source Shower Filter.

Not only does the T3 filter out up to 95% of chlorine but it also helps remove other irritants including Hydrogen Sulfide, Iron Oxide, dirt and other sediment, for healthier hair and skin. The T3 Tourmaline technology produces negative ions reduce water cluster size which improves filtration as well as help to PH balance the water.

You might think this only affects the people in your house, but if your pets have itchy skin or shed more than normal, poor water quality and too much chlorine could be a factor!

installing shower

I was super excited to install the new shower filter as soon as it arrived but had to wait for Woof Woof Papa to come home and help so that I could get some photos of the installation process. Trust me, now that I’ve seen him do it, you don’t need to add it to the “honey-do list” or wait for anyone to help you. If you’ve got an adjustable wrench, you can do it yourself in about 5 minutes. Everything else you need is in the box!

t3 shower filter

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Safe and Natural Hair & Body Care from ThinkSport

thinksport shampoo

A while back, I told you about the absolutely coolest water bottle I’d discovered from ThinkSport. Well, they’ve done it again with a new safe and healthy line of body care products that is perfect for the whole family! And I’m super happy that they sent us some to try so that we could tell you all about it!

If you’re like us, you have a space-hogging assortment of shampoos, conditioners, body washes and soaps for different members of the family. One is too floral for him, another to harsh for her, etc. Plus there’s the whole issue of ingredients. I’ve got bottles of stuff sitting around that I thought were natural or healthy only to discover that they irritate my skin or scalp anyway or just don’t live up to their claims! Have you ever read the label on some of the stuff you’ve been using??? In addition to the false promises made by many companies, there’s a large number of ingredients that are unhealthy and shouldn’t even be in products we use on our bodies! ThinkSport has solved all of this with their new line.

Don’t let the name fool you. I was concerned when I first heart about these products that the scent or strength would be too “sporty” for me but both the ThinkSport Shampoo and the Conditioner smell amazing and are gentle yet effective at the same time. I LOVE that the shampoo was designed to double as a body wash! I use it to shave my legs, and with my Clarisonic brush on my arms, elbows and knees to gently exfoliate those rough spots. The hubby started training for a marathon, and he commented recently on how the grapefruit scent is a nice pick-me-up after a long run.

thinksport label

In addition to being really nice hair and body products, it’s important to point out that all the ingredients are clearly listed on the bottle and are 100% safe. There are no parabens, PABA, phthalates or 1,4 dioxane…which are all things that you want to avoid according to the health experts from the Environmental Working Group that studies this stuff.

ThinkSport has even gone so far as to publish the EWG ratings for each ingredient, right on the bottle’s label! As you can see, every ingredient has a 0-1 hazard rating which is the BEST according to the EWG Skin Deep Database and rating scale for product safety. Try comparing your current shampoo or body wash ingredients and learn more about the Skin Deep Ratings here.

Compared with other similar quality natural shampoos I’ve seen around, ThinkSport has priced these pretty well at $12.99 for a 16 oz. bottle of shampoo/body wash or conditioner. I always tend to run out of conditioner first, but with the shampoo also doubling as a body wash, my bottles are staying about even which makes it easier for restocking. They also make a baby shampoo and an after sun/sport body lotion. You can find out more and browse everything at the ThinkSport online store.

I received the products mentioned so that I could use them and let you know what I think. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not told what to say. 

L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream {Review}

L'Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

BB Creams have been all the rage recently, and I love trying new stuff whenever I get the chance. So I was super excited when the folks over at SheSpeaks invited me to try the new L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream.

I’m already a huge fan of L’Oréal and usually wear L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute liquid foundation. I’ve also been a loyal user of their Feria hair color for years. L’Oréal people, if you are reading this, please don’t ever stop making #58…and put the other lady’s picture back on the box! 

What L’Oréal Paris says about Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.

What I say about it: First, it makes a good primer and definitely helps make enlarged pores look less noticeable. Goes on smoothly, and didn’t cause my skin to break out. It did a pretty good job at automatically matching my skin tone, but didn’t provide enough coverage to wear alone. It might for someone with less imperfections…I apply it and then use concealer and mineral makeup powder over it to reduce the shine and add more coverage.
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Win a Clarisonic, Spa Day, Makeover, Workout Gear and More!

Here’s  a chance to WIN everything you need to get your mind, body and spirit in shape, including a life coaching session and makeover with Healthy Living Expert Andrea Metcalf. You could also win loads of beauty and health products including a yoga mat and a Clarisonic beauty facial cleanser!

Womensforum.com is hosting this giveaway, and they also bring you the best in coupons, style tips, parenting tricks, recipes, celebrity gossip, how-to videos, special offers, and more!

Run Dates: Jan 7 – Feb 7

New Year, New You Makeover Sweepstakes : Sign up for a chance to win a New Year, New You Makeover with Healthy Living Expert Andrea Metcalf and more!

Prizes:

1 (One) Grand Prize including*

Healthy Ideas: 3-month subscription to Klutch Club
Healthy Reading: Signed copies of Naked Fitness (Andrea Metcalf), The Best Things You Can Eat (David Grotto), and The New You and Improved Diet (Keri Glassman)
Healthy Moving: Full Shockwave Yoga Mat and Versaflexx 3-Piece Resistance Bands and Handles
Healthy Beauty: A mixed basket of the best beauty products on the market, including a Clarisonic beauty facial cleanser
Healthy Life: Andrea Metcalf, Womensforum.com’s Healthy Living Expert and Executive Producer, will visit you in your hometown and help you make more healthy lifestyle changes. Andrea will bring you to the spa for a full day of pampering, including hair, make up, one outfit, spa treatment and a healthy lunch
PLUS you’ll be featured on Womensforum.com sharing your story

*Winner must be within 60 miles of a major airport to redeem in home visit – otherwise a spa gift certificate valued up to $200 may be redeemed. Winner must agree to be featured on Womensforum.com and sign a video release.

10 (ten) Follow-up Prizes:

> One Month Subscription of Klutch Club

Click here to enter and Good Luck everyone!!!

 

Get 25% OFF PMD At-Home Personal Microderm Beauty Tool!

PMD Promo Code

I’ve been using the PMD for about a month now and love how fast and easy it is to give myself at-home microdermabrasion treatments! If you are interested in more details about why I like it and how to use it, read my PMD review here!

For those of you who have been thinking about getting a PMD but were waiting for a deal, now is your chance! The beautiful people over at PMD are offering our readers, fans and followers a very special 25% OFF discount.

Just make sure to use PMD Personal Microderm Promo Code WoofWoofMama when you order from PersonalMicroderm.com by 1/31/13.

PMD: Professional Microdermabrasion Beauty Treatments At Home!

PMD

Let’s talk skin! Like many pet parents I spend lots of time outdoors and often spend more time and money caring for Daisy’s grooming needs than I do my own.  The lack of attention I’ve been paying to my skin is starting to really show!

We live where it’s warm and sunny all year and though I’ve tried to be good about the sunscreen, my skin is showing definite signs of sun damage and dark spots. I’ve always struggled with enlarged pores and now that I’m getting older, I’m also seeing lots of fine lines and random rough patches popping up. I’ve got a few old acne scars I’d like to get rid of, too.

Most of you know me well enough by now, to know that I’m always on the hunt for effective, affordable solutions for both pets AND their people. I’ve been testing out the PMD, Personal Microderm Device, for about 3 weeks now and am super excited to let you in on the secret. For about the price of one spa facial or visit to a cosmetic dermatologist, you can give yourself weekly skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments at home!

PMD microderm device

What is PMD?

PMD is an at-home microdermal exfoliation system that uses the same aluminum oxide crystals found in the equipment at your doctor’s office, salons and fancy spas. It’s designed to  help improve your skin texture and appearance in two ways: The aluminum oxide crystals embedded into the exfoliating discs work to resurface the stratum corneum skin layer (that’s the one that can make skin look dull and old), plus the PMD uses vacuum suction to stimulate blood flow and bring collagen to the surface. Both of these actions help your skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin so you use less and they are more effective, too!

Why I Like It:

Most of us don’t have time and money to make frequent visits to the spa or cosmetic dermatologist. Even if you have health insurance, anti-aging and microderm treatments aren’t covered and can be expensive since you usually need repeated visits to see results. With the PMD, you buy it once, own it for life and use it  every 6-7 days on your own schedule. I’ve only been using it for 3 weeks but I am already seeing and feeling smoother skin, and am starting to see a brighter, more even skin tone too. Here’s more reasons I’m a fan of this beauty tool:

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