Fun Learning Spanish with Pimsleur Course – Review


I am having fun learning Spanish with Pimsleur! I have studied several CD’s of these 30 minute/1 time a day lessons. And I find this course not only fairly easy but entertaining as I learn to understand and speak the Spanish Language. The program has native speakers so you can get your pronunciation right.

I was already interesting in learning Spanish, but I was really intrigued when I learned these thing about the Pimsleur Language Courses:

Pimsleur course review 1The Course is based on Dr. Pimsleur’s “Rapid Learning Method” which helps you hold real conversations. The program for this course is not a program that you have to install into your computer, you can learn it directly off from you CD’s or easily place your CD’s onto your mp3 player. The Course is only 30 minutes of your time Once a day and so you pick out a time in which you are alert, not fatigued and where you can be in a quiet space to relax, speak when asked to and learn.

Dr Pimsleur’s highly successful course has been featured on PBS and has been purchased by the FBI!

This Course is Learning Spanish 1, it has 16 hours of lessons, and it’s enough to help you not only speak the language but hold actual conversations, all without textbooks, just practical language speaking skills are taught. To me, the reading and writing Spanish is not what I really need as much as learning to speak the language, since we have some Spanish Speaking neighbors that do not speak English at all. This could come in handy as I try to communicate with them.

Pimsleur course review the course secured in foam closed boxI found and ordered my Pimsleur Course on Amazon, and the package arrived to my house in no time at all. The Course was secured very nicely and cushioned in the box, and presented very handsomely (as a Gold Edition deserves to be), I was impressed with the presentation!

While learning, for me, the hardest part is getting the words to sort of meld together as the native speakers do. I still think and speak in one word at a time and am having a problem working the words together, taking time to think of each word. As time goes on I find that speaking, as the native speakers do, is getting a little easier, but I have a ways to go yet.

Pimsleur course review first opening the boxStrange as it seems, I didn’t think I had a aptitude for speaking any other language, other than English. And lets face it, even a native speaker of the American English Language, like me, can still not be perfect at that as well. lol I often hope that my former English Teacher isn’t reading my blog, first off, he’d have a heart attack and secondly I’d simple die of embarrassment just knowing the mistakes I make (they must be in every post) and how sloppy I’ve gotten over the years (since high school).

Now I am not creating a video for this review, I am rather embarrassed and become quite shy while I am learning new things. As a result, when I am learning new things, I become even more self conscious then I already am. And lets face it you don’t want to see me sweating bullets on a video as a stumble and pray that I am sounding okay and that I look presentable etc etc… or do you? lol

Pimsleur course review inside the box2Anyway, I am excited to have this course for my husband and myself… I am beginning to be able to understand some conversations on the CD’s, though I may ask Spanish Speaking individuals to slow down a bit for me. I do think that as time goes on I will be able to understand real time, real speed Spanish in conversations with others, I however am not sure if I am happy with my pronunciations as of yet, I think I am very close but just not quite there at this time. However some words I am pretty sure that I am spot on with. πŸ™‚

Would I recommend any of these Pimsleur language courses to others? Yes, I would! The courses are entertaining as with each lesson I am learning more and more and building on what I’ve already learned (sort of reinforcing the words so that they stick in this brain of mine). I find the courses fun too and it keeps this ADD brain of mine going all the time and not wondering, as it would naturally over time.
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Happy 4th of July – Patriotic Nail Design

Hi Folks Happy 4th of July, I thought I would show you my idea of a fun little Patriotic Nail Design. You know me, as a former Cosmetologist, I love to play with anything beauty and that does include making my own nail art designs. πŸ™‚

I took the time, late one night last week to create this patriotic nail design and meant to post it back then, however I got extremely busy again. And because I was so busy and doing messy things my nails aren’t the same as they were then. Basically with hard labor doing what we did this past week, I managed to almost ruin my manicure. I will tell you all about the fun we’ve had for almost 7 days now, demolishing an exterior wall from all our hail storms and the resulting water damage, etc etc. *sigh* Two disabled people shouldn’t have to do this, but when insurance calls it “flood” from the resulting water damage from repeated hails storms and drenching rains, you’ve got to do some of the work yourself… unless of course you have the money to hire out the work.

Well here is the patriotic nail design that I created for the 4th:

Oh, and I almost forgot, what am I calling this Patriotic nail design? It’s my Wonder Woman Nail Art! lol

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I didn’t include the polishes that I used for this look, as I used odds and ends, it took me forever to find the perfect colors for this look… however these colors have been my favorites for creating fun nail designs and unfortunately I wore out the labels. However watch for my post soon, with some colors in it that would do the trick!

Here is the link to my other post, I am so jealous of you lucky newbies to this free nail polish & cosmetic box offer, I am a member there already and I will have to use their secret store to order these individually.

Polishing It Up With Nail Cones – Review


Hi friends, I was fascinated by the concept of Nail Cones and their helping to protect your skin from nail polish. I was fortunate enough to be chosen out of the applicants on Tomoson to review this new and innovative product.

As a former Cosmetologist, I am so very picky about my fingernails when I polish my nails, and I spend a lot of time with my dominate hands, fingernails removing the sloppy polish that have gotten onto the skin from my non dominate hands application.

nail cones in packageMy Sample Pack of 12 Nail Cones arrived in an envelope, and my first impression? I thought that the design on these nail cones needs to be placed on some full finger Nail Art Stickers or Water Slide Appliques! The design is simply beautiful and a shame that they are on products that you use and dispose of. Next impression, my reviews are typically full sized product and not samples, I was sad to learn that my review writing and using the product was not worth a full size product.

Next I examined the Nail Cones and shrugged, the inside of the nail cones are cut out round, not the oval shape that I expected to actually cover all of the area around the outer edges of the nail.

Well here we go… time to try them out.

nail cones back of packageThe instructions for use on these Nail Cones were very simple to follow. This is how I used the product:

I Washed my hands, first using my usual soap, then I realized that the stickers weren’t adhering well as my usual soap has a moisturizer in it.

Next I Washed my hands with a non moisturizing soap. This helps to make sure that the oils (or moisturizers) on your fingers won’t interrupt the adhesion of the stickers both from handling the stickers to apply them and from interrupting the adhesion of the stickers.

Applying the stickers, for me, were quite difficult as I had to find the ones that fit the nails. Luckily my sample had 12 nail stickers (3 sizes), though I do wish that they had more, since all I used were the medium and large stickers (this is why I usually don’t review samples of products, I don’t get to test the product thoroughly enough).Β  So having only 8 stickers from the pack that I could use was was a sad prospect. Note the packages that you buy from Nail Cones have 60 stickers in them.

I wasted more nail cones as I struggled to get them right… my nail beds are elongated compared to the Nail Cones which has only a round cut out, leaving a gap around the nails exposing skin. Now I am down to 6 nail cones to use on my fingernails. I tried bending these little beauties to get them to cover all of the skin around my nails, not a good idea fussing for 30 minutes trying and trying to no avail and the stickers were not adhering as well.

So I gave up and finally just did the remainder of my nail cones on the few nails that I could, the result was the polish did go into the round gap between the nail cones and my nails. The product is almost perfect, I do think it could be in a slightly more oval cut out for the insides of these stickers.

My Nail after using nail conesI did have some clean up to do, both from over handling my samples of the product and from the rounded gap in the sticker that I couldn’t straighten out to form up to my nail bed.

french tip with the round removable area of Nail ConesI did use the middles, cut out areas, to help me form a nice french tip to my nails. So I found a use for those little leftover insides of the forms. You need to use them on dry nails and take that center placing it on clothing or skin and peeling off several times to reduce the adhesion. Once the adhesion is reduced some, you stick it on the nail, covering the area you don’t want to get your french tip on and there you go… paint away! πŸ™‚ It works well. πŸ™‚

All in all, the Nail Cones will prevent a lot of cleanup around your nails, you may have a little rounded gap around the nail edge, as I did. And if you have acrylic nails that you polish, because of the thicker bead that is placed midway at the applied nail tips, you may not have a gap at all. Is it worth it? At $5.99 that is almost $1 a sticker, you decide. For me, it’s a give or take on the product, the application was easy with practice and learning not to be so picky, and the small rounded gap was easy to clean up later… however once I have set up to clean up the edges of my nails, I may as well clean up more than I have to with the Nail Cones.

 

Thank you Nail Cones for giving me the opportunity to review your product, I think it’s on it’s way to being a perfect product. My recommendation is to elongate the cut out area of the forms, to more of an oval shape, not round and you may have the perfect solution to avoiding any clean up with the nail cones.
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Dead Sea Salt Soap – Review


Oh how I loved testing out the Dead Sea Salt Soap for this review. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I have loved Dead Sea Salt products that I have used in the past, well this product is no different!

The bar of soap arrived to my house from my Amazon order and I opened up the box to see a lovely blue colored bar of soap. The fragrance of the soap is quite refreshing, though a little more fragrance than I usually enjoy in my soap. The texture of the bar of soap is unusual, in that it feels a little bit textured to the touch especially while washing with it, the bar is not shiny like most commercial bar soaps, the look and texture is like a good bar of homemade soap.

dead sea salt soapHere is what Adovia Skin Care says about their Dead Sea Salt Soap:

Item description:
– Infused with 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts from the Dead Sea
– Dead Sea Salt Contains over 21 Minerals Key to Skin Health and Beauty
– Deeply Moisturizing and Hydrating Soap great for Dry and Normal to Dry Skin
– Dead Sea Minerals Essential to Skin Function Contained in the Soap Include Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and More.
– Great Value and Benefits for A Daily Moisturizing Facial Cleanser

My thoughts about the description above and the claims:

dead sea saltDead Sea Salt does contain a lot of minerals and the Dead Sea has been though to have many health and beauty benefits for ages, even Cleopatra loved the benefits of the Dead Sea thousands of years ago. Today we are lucky as products come out with Dead Sea Salts in them so we can experience some of the benefits without traveling to the Dead Sea ourselves. The problem is some of the products that claim to be Dead Sea Salt products don’t contain enough of the Dead Sea Salt to make a difference at all in your skin.Β  With this Soap, I find that their claims are not only believable but that is has helped to settle down some of my skin problems, yes my recent flare has my rash back on some of my body and my face right now, however the Dead Sea Salt has seemed to settle down the Lupus skin flare up. πŸ™‚

dead sea saltNow I did use the Dead Sea Salt Soap on my face once in the shower and I have to say that it did leave my face squeaky clean to the touch and with a very light moisturized feeling. However my preferred, since my face is so very highly sensitive to fragrance, is to use it on my body. I really loved sudsing up my washcloth with this bar of soap, the resulting suds were small, soft and had a very gentle fragrance. After rinsing, just like on my face, the result was squeaky clean yet lightly moisturized.

Now usually after using anything with Dead Sea Salts in it, I recommend rinsing well and then applying moisturizer… with this soap I recomend rinsing well and the moisturizer is your choice. The Dead Sea Salt Soap is made for Normal to Dry SkinΒ  (and of course skin in between). For me? I rinsed well and the I still did moisturize, most of the time. When I didn’t moisturize my terribly dry skin on my legs showed dry flaking, so just when too worn out to bother moisturizing, I just hid those legs. lol

Thank you to Adovia Skin Care for allowing me to review their Dead Sea Salt Soap, I am so in love! Thank you again!
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Derma Roller – Review & Amazon GC Giveaway


Hi friends, I have a really unique review for you, it’s for the Derma Roller… hey and there is a Couple of Amazon Gift Certificates to Giveaway too! Yay! Now I see both pro’s, and to be honest, cons with this product, so take it or leave it my friends.

What is the Derma Roller? It is a tiny little roller that you roll across your clean skin and it is reported to help with Collagen Production as well as Cellulite and more. The Derma Roller is also called a Micro Needle Roller System and also called by some Skin Needling.

skin secret derma roller roller in use on womans faceI received my Derma Roller in great condition from my order on Amazon, I looked at this little device and wondered what I was thinking! I ordered a little device with little rolling needles on it to roll across your clean skin. Now you cannot roll it across skin with Rosacea, Lupus Rash or broken out in any way. I didn’t think about any of the above when I applied for the review, between my rashes on my face, breakouts from being peri-menopausal and then my thinking about the needles, I cannot and will not use the product at this time. I couldn’t even use it for my cellulite as there again I have skin issues.

The great features about the product is that, in concept it should work. The teeny tiny needles will indeed help you develop more collagen and elastin, also help you absorb more of your moisturizers and those products that help with collagen & elastin. As the extremely limited damage (if you don’t go hog wild and over do it) that it does to the skin will indeed cause your body to build more collagen and elastin.

skin secret derma roller roller close upHere is what Skin Secret, the maker of the Derma Roller, has to say about the features of their product:

Product Description

  • STIMULATES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION Collagens have great tensile strength, and provide these body structures with the ability to withstand forces that stretch them. Collagens consist of three polypeptide chains arranged in a triple helix, and are bundled together in fibers. This can be used with collagen creams, collagen lotions, collagen supplements to amplify the collagen production and improve skin quality
    HELPS ELIMINATE SCARS INLUDING ACNE SCARS scars will become less vissible over time, including acne scars. This is a good alternative to invasive laser surgery. This product works with othe acne treatments by allowing product to penetrate skin
    REDUCES APPEARANCE OF FINE LINES AND WRINKLES this will help eliminate bags under the eye, skin discoloarion, large pores. The skin will appear firmer. Works well with skin lotions, skin creams and skin serums like ascorbic acid vitamin e hyalurunic acid.
    REDUCES CELLULITE AND STRETCH MARKS. Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. This is without liposouction or other invasive procedures.

My problem with the product is that I know, from my husband owning a tattoo business years ago, that any kind of a needle should be autoclave sterilization in between uses. Okay with that bit of information out of the way (I hate to post a review of a product that I won’t use), I want to tell you that you really MUST keep the product clean and to reuse, well that is a worry. The product comes in what looks like an autoclaved/sterilizer type sealed bag, so it looks as though it should have been properly prepared for usage and reading the label it’s been sterilized when you receive it, by UV/Gamma Sterilization. This is good to start with, however I repeat, I am wondering about repeated use as it has no instructions as to what you should do with more than one use. I also wonder about the fact that in the tattoo industry sterilized products that sat in their bags for anything over 6 months (this means unused & unopened), had to be sterilized all over again… so wouldn’t this product have an expiration date? Nope, I couldn’t see one on the bag nor the box. Okay so I still wonder about the product and with Lupus SLE…I don’t want to think about this.

skin secret derma roller in trayNow what is my worry about sterilization of this product? I worry about blood born pathogens, which could be transmitted using this product, DO NOT SHARE! Also I worry about air born pathogens like common cold and more, if the hands that come into contact with this have anything on them from touching doorknobs to your having someone else touch the handle or the needles etc you may make yourself sick… not to mention setting it down on an unclean surface in your bathroom for instance! I also have been worried about people doing this at home and going wild with it, you could damage perfectly healthy collagen and elastin as well as make your skin suddenly sensitive to your cosmetics and skin care treatments… even the stray hairspray mist or perfumes. And, of course the more little holes you put in your skin, I would think the higher the risk of getting any sort of infection.

My advice, if you really want to test one out, do so, but also remember the above precautions & please consider my concerns… oh and for heaven sakes please seek advice from your doctor or better yet a dermatologist before you try this on yourself.

skin secret derma roller in trayOkay so there you go a review of a product that I decided not to use after some research and talking to my former tattooist husband. I am sorry Skin Secret, but your Derma 540 is not my cup of tea and I have to be honest in my reviewing products, even if means that I leave negative information and warnings in my review.

100 dollar amazon gift card win it or 1 of 2 25 dollar gcNow a Great Giveaway for you all thanks to Skin Secret: This is for $100 Amazon gift card and 2 $25 gift cards. In addition, the blogger who brought in the $100 winner gets a $25 gift card! Please help me and enter here to win! Yay!
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