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Go all natural with St. Ives!

My family and I have recently gone on a (hopefully permanent) lifestyle change. We’ve eliminated sugar and starch from our diet and we’re eating mostly vegetables and only non-processed food. I am slowly applying this new change to my beauty regimen too as I would like to eventually eliminate all non-natural products from my life.

Going natural though, I have to admit can be quite expensive. Have you checked out the prices of organic essential oils, cocoa butter and beeswax? They’re exorbitant! Making your own natural beauty products is also very time-consuming. With a 2 year old who constantly needs my attention, I honestly do not have the luxury of lovingly crafting my own homemade facial wash. Do you?

My search for natural and affordable facial products has lead me back to St. Ives. When I was younger I used to love the apricot scrub. I stopped using it as I was experimenting with other beauty products but now, I remember again how wonderful it was to my skin.

St Ives facial scrubs now come in 3 different products; the original apricot scrub (Fresh Skin), apricot scrub with salicylic acne medication (Blemish Control) and green tea scrub (Blackhead Clearing).

As you probably already know, St Ives contain 100% natural exfoliants – the crushed apricot seeds for instance and ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter, soybean oil and many more. All their products are also free of paraben, which is a chemically produced preservative.

100% natural exfoliants, sulfate-free and paraben free.

I love how St Ives is not consumed with finding or creating new ingredients for their products but instead focus on including natural ingredients that have been proven to be effective for thousands of years. Apricots, for example have long been used in Asia for their soothing and energising properties. Key ingredients such as soy, green tea and lotus blossom too are wonderful for our skin.

My favourite Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub.

You only need a tiny dollop for whole face.

Scrubby, scrub, scrub. The smell of apricot is so delicious!

St Ives also takes it a step further by using eco-friendly packaging, reducing waste and reducing environmental impact. They use Post-Consumer Resin (PCR), a kind of reclaimed manufactured plastics into their packaging whenever possible. St Ives strives to reduce their carbon footprint with 3 goals in mind; improving health & well-being, reducing environmental impact and enhancing livelihoods. Personally, I find this a highly admirable thing for a brand to do. I most certainly do not want to sacrifice the future of my offspring at the expense of my beauty regimen. Obviously, they also don’t condone animal testing.

The really awesome Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub.

Getting rid of those pesky blackheads with the St Ives Green Tea Scrub. So refreshing!

Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, perfect for that time of the month when pimples pop up like mushrooms after rain.

There’s an Instagram contest by St Ives now called “GoNaturalWithStIves” with these amazing prizes:

• 1st Prize: A pair of tickets for 3D2N to Bali Holiday (Flight & Accommodation provided)
• 2nd Prize: A pair of tickets for 2D1N Staycation in a Malaysia resort (Accommodation provided)
• 3 x Consolation Prizes: Spa Voucher

Here’s how you can win them:

1. Post a photo of your DIY natural beauty remedy or to share a photo of what Natural means to you (it could be natural make up, natural ingredients, natural environment, etc) in your Instagram (make sure your profile is set to ‘Public’)
2. Share why your natural beauty remedy makes you happy or what does your chosen Natural element means to you in your caption. (Eg. Cost effective, old family secret, etc)
3. Include the hashtag #StIvesMy #GoNaturalWithStIves and #ChurpMYWIN

This contest runs from 1st September (Thursday) till 31st October 2016 (Monday), ending at 12.00 PM. Winners will be notified via email.

What are you waiting for? Go natural with St. Ives!

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Pain relief anywhere with Ammeltz Yoko Yoko Heat Patch

A while ago I was sent two unassuming packets containing patches, supposedly to relieve neck, shoulder and menstrual pain. To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to the product at first as I wasn’t in any pain.

*This pack is available for limited time and shops.

So I left them alone till one day, I woke up with my neck and right shoulder throbbing in pain. Thanks to my son who is only able to fall asleep on top of my right arm every single night, I was finally stricken with neck and shoulder numbness.

I was ready to prepare a hot water compress and pop some industrial strength painkillers but thankfully I remember those patches that were sent to me weeks ago. They are none other than “Ammeltz Yoko Yoko Air-activated Heat Patch”.

Unlike conventional pain relief patches which come with strong medicinal scents (what a way to announce to the world that you’ll feeling under the weather, eh?), these patches from Ammeltz Yoko Yoko are completely odourless as they don’t contain any medicine.

*This pack is available for limited time and shops.

You might find yourself wondering how these patches work then without medicine? Well, they work by generating an ideal amount of heat or warmth (about 40 degrees Celsius) to your afflicted areas, therefore improving blood circulation and reducing muscle pain for up to 8 hours!

Basically, the dilatation of blood vessels caused by heat increases the supply of oxygen and removal of metabolic waste helping to reduce pain.

Also, since they do not smell funky, you can use them anywhere and everywhere! Whether at home, the office, your brand new car or someone’s brand new car…..there’s no fear of contaminating the air with sexy medicinal fragrance.

*This pack is available for limited time and shops.

So what I did was just stick the patch on my shoulder (making sure the skin was clean and dry) and allowed it to do its job. As if by magic, I could feel the patch warming up! Well, of course it’s not magic, it’s SCIENCE!

Within an hour, the debilitating pain gradually quietened down till it was barely noticeable. I could turn my neck and lift up my arm!

*This pack is available for limited time and shops.

By the way, this is the actual packaging that you’ll find in the pharmacies and malls:

The patch for menstrual pain is also amazing! The kidneybean-shaped patch is designed to discreetly stay on your abdomen and I find the adhesive just strong enough to allow an active day without falling off.

(Sorry, no picture of my jelly belly hehe)

Of course the heat patch did not completely take away the awful menstrual cramps, but I was able to function better in my day to day life, instead of just pathetically lying in bed willing for it go away. In a nutshell, Ammeltz Yoko Yoko Air-activated Heat Patch was heaven-sent!

Even the husband was happy to get his happy wife back.

I have a few of the patches in trial packets to give away and all you have to do is answer 3 questions:

1) What is the safe temperature of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck and Shoulder Pain/Menstrual Pain and how long does it last?

2) How does AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck and Shoulder Pain/Menstrual Pain?

3) Share with us, why do you want to try MMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck and Shoulder Pain/Menstrual Pain?

* This pack is available for limited time and shops.

Just answer the questions in my comment section with your real email address so I can get in touch. I am only giving away 10 packets of each heat patch so be quick guys!

Cheers to a safe and convenient way to relieve pain!

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From Us to You

It’s been a month since it happened. I have mostly accepted it, I think, but I still have parts that can’t comprehend the loss. The parts that turn me into a mess of tears and breathlessness ever so often. I shall overcome, in time.

When we passed from here to there, we knew your heart would break.
It’s here not there where we reside; in mountains, fields, and lakes.
In the break of each new dawn and when the sun goes down,
In birds and trees and skies of blue, you’ll know we’re still around.
A broken heart we gave to you, no way to take that back;
Grieve for now, but don’t stay long in the hole that’s filled with black.
If we were there and you were here, you would clearly see
That you’re right there and we’re right here, it’s where we choose to be.
So dance and sing and laugh out loud, just like you used to do;
We know it’s hard, but you have to see that we’re right here with you.
And when you feel like crying, try and smile through the tears;
We hope you will remember, we’ll love you for a thousand years.
And when you’re feeling lonely, and you don’t know what to do,
Just close your eyes and read this letter, from us to you.

I didn’t write this poem. I found it in a user review of a spiritual book about grieving. I changed the pronoun to “we” and instantly felt like they were speaking to me. I feel immensely sad reading it but also better at the same time? I don’t know how to explain but this poem helps me. Thank you to whoever that wrote it.

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