NeoStrata Exuviance Peel CA10 – Review

I am sure all your beauty nuts, like me, have heard of NeoStrata. If you haven’t you should look them up, they have wonderful products for aging and for acne prone skin. They have a reputation out there for really knowing skin and having brilliant scientists working on their team, all to greatly benefit us, the users of their products.

before and after enhanced radianceI was lucky that I was invited to test out Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10, and I tell you that even though I knew their reputation and as a former Cosmetologist, I still was skeptical but excited at finally trying their products on my aging skin. Hey I “aint no spring chicken here,” but that doesn’t mean that I will give in or give up on trying to do and look my best no matter how much time passes me by, after all who would believe a former Cosmetologist would ever give up or give in to the ravages of time on her skin? Nor would you understand my not trying to deal with my past sins of smoking and sun on my skin.

When I was younger I was of the sun worshiping breed, slathering on babyoil from head to toe to start off a “tan” with a burn on my pale pale skin. And then in my 20’s while working in industry I bought memberships to use the tanning beds when my job didn’t allow for days in the sun. I am the type that is difficult to tan, I am fair and sensitive skinned, burning first and then starting to freckle, which I called “blending freckles.” Was my so called “blending freckles” a tan? well,  no… but I knew that the freckles were joining up together, little did I know or think of the future and that I was causing premature age spots on my skin.

Luckily I finally listened to the warnings about the sun when I was forced to by the diagnosis of Lupus SLE, so by my early 30’s I was covering up from head to toe while out in the sun and slathering on the sunscreen, but the damage was already done.

Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10 box insertNow my trial of NeoStrata’s Exuviance, this daily antioxidant peel comes into play in my story. The box includes a blue bottle with the peel contained in it, so that it stays really fresh until you are ready to pour it into the included container with the application pads in it. This is a great comfort since Citric Acid is known to be hard to stabilize and can quickly lose its effectiveness, but I have to say that for the duration of my treatments that the citric acid still felt very stable as NeoStrata is again known for the brilliance of their scientists.

The product tingles some on my skin, but I have to say that I adjusted to that tingle in no time at all. I admit it, I actually liked the feeling that something was happening to my skin and upon first use, I saw my pores look smaller in my mirror. I didn’t experience dryness do to my use of the product, like some may think would happen, quite the opposite was true, the peel seemed to prepare my skin for better absorption of my moisturizer.

before and after smoother texture with a more youthful look from Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10I love knowing that this product fights aging as it’s a stong antioxidant, this is actually made to be accompanied by the use of their Performance Peel AP 25 for even more enhanced experience, use both and I am sure you will see not only fine lines and wrinkles lessen in appearance but you are sure to see a much more even skin tone.

brighter more even skintone Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10Will the Exuviance Daily Peel help without using the above? Yes, it did with me, the antioxidants did a nice job sheltering my skin from pollutants and I even noticed a difference in my age spots as they softened. Also, once again I noticed that my pores showed up less, looking smaller (though no product will change the actual size of our pores, they can cleans them out well giving them a smaller appearance) and my monthly breakouts with this product even seemed to have become less of a problem for me. To top it all off, the moisturizer seemed to better penetrate my skin too.

Before I forget, please remember whenever you use a product like this, you MUST remember to use your sunscreen and I recommend you use at least an SPF 30, others may say SPF 15, not me… I prefer SPF 30 at the very least and even better an SPF 50, make sure that it also blocks UVA & UVB rays!

Good health and a fresh youthful glow is what we all strive for with our skin, I recommend the Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10, I hope this helps some of you to decide whether or not you will try this product and I hope that you do. I know I am satisfied with my trial and sold on the product, I hope to give you more tests for you (and myself, I have to admit) in the future from NeoStrata.

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Twitter: @NeoStrataSkin

Disclaimer: 

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, NeoStrata provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this reviews, before and afters are from NeoStrata Website and the Exuviance box by sink picture is my own. 

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Sorry Expired, please do check back to see if the new blog will be an affiliate for Sigma again, right now Joan and Riah’s lost it’s affiliate status even though we were invited. Strange huh?

We are an affiliate with Sigma Beauty and I’ve noticed that they currently have a sale going on, it’s good through September 30, 2012. I just knew that our beauties here at Joan and Mariah’s would love this sale!

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Delivery dot com & Massinos Pizzeria – Review

I had the opportunity to review Delivery.com a while back and I was pleased to see that there was one restaurant in my area that participated.

Hungry Deliever is just one click away at delivery.com

When my coupon arrived I was excited to try this online service, many areas have more then one restaurant that participates, however I only had one in my area of Colorado and Joan, herself, in her area of Florida had none to choose from.The one place I was able to order from, through Delivery.com was Massinos Pizzeria on Lowell Blvd.

It was, once again another boiling hot day here, my husband and I decided to take advantage of the $40 voucher/coupon to order a meal in, along with dessert… a Cannoli, something I kept hearing about however to my recollection I had never tried one. My husband had eaten Cannolis before and he loved them. For the main course we wanted to order a Calzone, something that we both love on occasion.

To my dismay, at Delivery.com, every time that I clicked on the Calzones, the page locked up with a X in a circle showing up. Upon an hour of trying different browsers and trying to figure out what was up, I finally called Delivery.com customer service. After sometime on the phone the guy had tried every Calzone order (hey I only had 2 in mind and those were the 2 we wanted to try, not just ANY flavor) the customer service rep. got back on the phone and told me, yup it’s not working all I see is the X in a circle on the screen after hitting enter (or continue or whatever it is labelled).

To Joan’s point (Joan my Former Blogging Partner), as I was in chat with her concerning this whole deal, Massino’s does indeed accept orders via their website and phone calls, so this would have been a lot easier to order what I truly wanted by other avenues… however being broke we would use the coupon and do the review, no matter what it takes!

Well I guess Customer Support/service was not able to order my meal for me, but the rep said that he would be putting in a Ticket for Repair to their Tech Support Team. Then the Calzone’s would be fixed within a day (or 2? I asked), yes. Okay I guess I will order something else for my review for now, at least the prices at Massino’s Pizza are cheap enough that my $40 Coupon will work for 2 orders for two people.

So I ordered sandwiches for my husband and I, well the drama continued as our wait went on and on and on for delivery of 2 simple sandwiches. After over an hour of waiting I called Massino’s, they told me their oven had been broken and it currently being repaired (they needed to melt the cheese onto the Sub/Sandwiches, I guess.) I was told that it would be approximately 30 more minutes before they could make the sandwiches, and I was given no choice on the phone as to if I would accept the sandwiches cold instead of having the cheese melted. She stuck up for Massino’s saying that they called Delivery.com but got no where with them on trying to get a phone call to me to let me know that the order was seriously delayed.

She didn’t thank me, nope, she just said “your a nice person” and that was it. I shrugged as I hung up the phone and told my husband about the phone call and our growling belly’s… I guess Delivery.com doesn’t supply the restaurants with more then my name and address for their delivery order…. they couldn’t call me? Nope… wrong, as you will see later, I was misguided by the lady at Massino’s.

I made yet another phone call while I waited for the delivery, by the way and let them know that the Pizzeria tried to call them instead of me concerning this broken oven problem and Delivery.com stated that all my info, including my phone number is received by the Restaurant, as I asked about their procedures.I contemplated writing the person in charge of the Delivery.com Review, and started my letter to him, to let him know about the problems with the site and delivery. And the reply was that Delivery.com does indeed forward all my information to the restaurant. So in the end this problem with not contacting me about the problem with delivery was all Massinos Pizzeria’s Problem.

Finally an hour after the call that I made to Massinos, we received our order, it was now about 8pm- about 3 hours total to order and receive our order. Needless to say I was not pleased, nor was poor Joan who watched and waited, long after her East Coast Time Zone Bedtime.

When our order arrived, I again received no apologies for the lateness nor anything else but food for my Hubbies and my grumbling tummies. The Subs were cold, the bun on mine did seem to either be toasted on the outside or stale, and my husband’s was soggy on the bottom. The quality of the food is of no reflection on Delivery.com by the way, they are just the go between.

The Calonnis that we received from Massinos, well, less then impressive and my husband remarked they were the worst he’d ever eaten. The Subs were less then impressive too, the cheese we had waiting for so long for them to melt, well, you couldn’t even taste it, as a matter of fact the cheese was all over the tinfoil in a thin crisp coating, where I fear all the cheese went to. The rest of the Sub, it was cold, including the “sausage” that was in mine, looked like the kind you get on frozen pizza…like nuggets of sausage… cold and disappointing.

pretty wrapped Subs from Massinos Pizza

My husband and I waited until Friday to try and order again, still we continued in over 100 degree days here and a break from homemade anything, yes even sandwiches, although they wouldn’t heat up the kitchen, were too much effort in this stifling heat wave. I went with my heart set on ordering Calzone’s again, having more then enough time, I was so sure that the repair ticket was taken care of by Delivery.com’s Tech Department.

temp at Mariah's house on one of the days ordering from Massinos

Welp, NOPE! it wasn’t, this time I was on the phone without hesitation with Delivery.com Customer Service, letting them know that I am trying to order something from them from a menu area that is broken. And that I called on Monday with the same problem, and though a repair ticket was supposedly sent out it wasn’t repaired. Once again telling them which Restaurant it was, which location is was and this time waiting on hold for quite a while, they again confirmed it was broken… then on hold for quite a while a second time the Rep. I was talking with had talked to their manager and they fixed, tested and came back to the phone with me and apologized and let me know that they just fixed this problem for me.

Yay, finally some satisfaction… what a saga of events, but in the end, although they didn’t fix the problem the first time they were told about it, the second time they not only fixed the broken order area on the Massinos Menu, but they did it all while I waited. Thank you, my faith in Delivery.com is somewhat restored, although I would advise them that if they have problems with Restaurants blaming them for not getting in touch with the customers, they ought to reconsider offering their service to them. It makes everyone involved look bad when a saga, such as mine happens.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Delivery Dot Com & Massinos Pizza – Review

I had the opportunity to review Delivery.com a while back and I was pleased to see that there was one restaurant in my area that participated.

Hungry? Delivery is just a click away, order online today delivery.com

When my coupon arrived I was excited to try this online service, many areas have more then one restaurant that participates, however I only had one in my area of Colorado and Joan, herself, in her area of Florida had none to choose from.The one place I was able to order from, through Delivery.com was Massinos Pizzeria on Lowell Blvd. Continue reading Delivery Dot Com & Massinos Pizza – Review

Easy Canvas Prints – Canvas Print Review

Hi there everyone, I would like to share with you a truly innovative process and the most lovely way to display your Pictures on your walls. I am talking about Easy Canvas Prints and their Photos on Canvas Prints

easy canvas prints logoA while back I was invited to try out a 8 x 10 Canvas Print for on my wall from Easy Canvas. I was so very excited! I had just heard of this last year when I was the proud recipient of a print made of one of my Mothers beautiful Oil Paintings. So I was familiar of the term “Giclee” (pronounce Zhee-klay) and thought that this is the most wonderful thing since sliced bread, through prints done on Canvas like this all 6 of us siblings received a very detailed reproduction of my Mothers artwork to hang up in each of our homes.

I knew exactly which picture I wanted to use for my canvas print, the picture was taken 20 years ago on my wedding day and it truly shows our silliness and cheer on our happy day.

The picture? My husband and I had just tied the knot and while taking pictures, I suddenly spotted a grocery cart just outside the College Chapel. I laughed and pointed out the grocery cart and suddenly had a funny thought… “look Ma, I got me a husband!” So being silly as I can be, I asked around if any of our guests just happened to have a magic marker or pen to write on the front of the cart “just married”. The resulting photograph, from one of the many that were taken at the time shows the great joy and our sense of humor in this moment in time.

Mariah hubbies Wedding Day pictureI was really hoping to scan in the original photo again to try and better capture the words “Just Married” and it occurred to me that I could Photo-shop the words in but I decided to stick with my original scan. But this doesn’t mean that it’s not an option for everyone with the pictures they want printed on canvas.

With my picture located and it was time to go to EasyCanvasPrints.com and get to work. Well, work is hardly the word for it, I found the website not only very easy to navigate but very easy to design and adjust your pictures in. No more accurate name for this company could possibly be found, so Easy Canvas Prints is the perfect name!

Meter to rating the picture quality for canvas printsI was re-assured that my picture would turn out well, when I went to the step to upload it, I love that meter. Luckily my quality was right on, even with what was perhaps the very first consumer scanner that was used ages ago to scan in the original photograph. Whew

Not to fear, if you ever find yourself reconsidering what you want your edges to be in size, placement of your picture or size of the picture on your print, you can always click the “back” button and make changes.

Picture of my Canvas Print on my wallMy picture arrived very carefully wrapped and secure in the box… I must admit that I shook like a child opening up a wonderful present when I got my package. Wait? Nope, couldn’t wait…

Easy Canvas Prints, it’s not only easy to do but it’s the Elegant Way Display your Precious Photos!

Do I love the love the Canvas Print? OH YES and here it’s been hanging up for quite a while and I still smile every time I look at this canvas of our beautiful wedding day. The Canvas is such a lovely texture to the photograph and it adds a sort of Elegance to my wall, without all the fuss of finding the perfect frame. For me this is perfection, others may wish to order their canvas print framed, it is an option and they do all the hard work for you?

I would recommend Easy Canvas Prints to anyone. The hardest part of the whole process? Waiting for the print to arrive, although it was surprisingly fast, I was just so excited it was difficult to wait even the little bit of time it took to arrive.

Also as a side note, my friends, they have another online store, I haven’t personally seen their products in action, but I believe that Joan and reviewed them previously and we had a very satisfied winner of that giveaway. I just now realized I failed to mention them to you and that just was my mistake… if you need some great signs done, everyone sounds very pleased with them. Please go and check out signs at: (www.buildasign.com/).

Disclaimer:
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Easy Canvas Prints provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Easy Canvas Prints and Myself.