Category Archives: Reviews

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

Phytoceramides for Dummies
Okay so this is a Joke Cover… but read on to find out what lies to be aware of and what the truth is about Phytoceramides

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

As a former Cosmetologist I have sorted through Phytoceramides Lies & Truths. I have also tried out the Phytoceramides for myself and so this post also contains my honest review of Phytoceramides (I reviewed Phytoceramides by Purely Holistic). My review can be seen at the end of this post.

Mariahs Lets Talk Beauty phytoceramides
The Truth, The Lies and a Honest Review

Phytoceramides, has been said, by Dr. Oz to be “The Natural Facelift.” So many people are seeking out Phytoceramides and unless they do careful research they are bound to find misleading posts about this supplement. I hope to help you sort through this information and as always, if you have questions please do comment and I will try my best to answer them for you.

First off what got me (a former Cosmetologist) interested in Phytoceramides?

I first heard of Phytoceramides through Dr. Oz and his show. I had written down the word “Phytoceramides” online and read up on it after seeing the Dr. Oz show and I told myself to remember that I MUST try it someday. Well we all know how the “Somedays” can go, don’t we? Things get set aside, forgotten and if it’s online (and if you are like me) it is added to your ever growing list of bookmarks in your browser. Where do you save those things that you want to try out someday? Mine go into my Wish List & Gift List Folder in my bookmarks and it gets buried in with all the other things that I wish to explore further one day.

The Lies:

Don’t Trust Everything You Read Online (Claims from some brands and online posts/reviews etc):

These Claims Could not be verified by me: While doing my research, I had read repeatedly, that Ellen Degeneres, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelly Ripa all were claimed to use Phytoceramides and it was told to some magazine (mysteriously left out of all articles saying this) by a dermatologist, Dr. Richard Peters. But strangely enough all the sites used the same wording and didn’t reveal the magazine.

Strange dramatic, Photoshopped pictures: Almost all of them had pictures of wrinkles, some the exact same one, even showing drastic improvement in 5 days! Oh, come on, 5 days and wrinkles almost gone? Nope!

And this always makes me feel uncomfortable: Basically each of these suspicious sights had two other things in common.

  1. The same article written over and over, on different sites (just changed ever so slightly).
  2. On some pages, you had to click a little pop up asking you if you were sure that you wanted to leave!

 

Now here is the Truth:

HonestlyMariah Beauty Lady wwwhonesltymariahcomWhat Lies (above) upset me the most?

They are out and out lying that the results could be seen within a few days!

The results take about 27 days to be seen. This former Cosmetologist isn’t fooled by the false claims of results within days and Photoshopped pictures that those sites show. For a supplement like this that helps support your skin by binding moisture to your skin to work, it has to start from the inside outward. You have multiple layers of the skin that come up to the surface as the natural regeneration of the skin takes place. On average it takes 27 days to regenerate the skin  and as you age the regeneration of skin cells (the turn over rate) can take longer.

Information I found from the FDA’s Report on Photo-derived Ceramides   (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/95s0316/95s-0316-rpt0240-05-Udell-vol175.pdf):

If a certain amount of Phytoceramide is ingested every day, the following benefits could be attained.

  • Because ceramide suppresses free radicals, ceramide can enhance the protection of tissues from external harmful effects (pollution, sunshine and stress).
  • Ceramide moisturizes the skin by its hydration capability.
  • Ceramide achieves wrinkle prevention by its elastase suppression and collagen protection.

My Review Phytoceramides for Purely Holistic

I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen people to receive a chance to review this product, yup, sometimes dreams really do come true!

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementI received my bottle of Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic on Amazon in no time at all and still a bit skeptical about all the benefits that I found online… but, you know me by now, I am a sucker to fact check left and right, especially when it comes to beauty products.

About This Product, by Purely Holistic, Just the Facts First:

infographic purely holistic phytoceramides
Click to see this Infographic full size.
  • 100% Pure
  • Capsules

They DO NOT Contain:

  • GMOs
  • Additives, fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives
  • Stearates (a toxic ingredient, and is said to be put in our supplements to keep capsule contents from sticking to machinery)
  • Silicon Dioxide, or Titanium Dioxide

The DO Contain:

  • 100% Daily Value of Vitamins A, C, D & E
  • Ceramides (providing glycolipids, phytoceramides & glycolipids)

The Phytoceramides Contained in this product, sold by Purely Holistic, is derived from rice… so you don’t have to worry about wheat based/gluten allergies.

What do I think of Phytoceramides?

Here is how my 51 year old Peri-menopausal Skin has responded to the Phytoceramides.

My skin has been breaking out with my hormones going wild and nothing had been helping. I couldn’t believe that while using product I woke up to find my skin had cleared up.

As I look in the mirror, carefully and judging my skin… it’s been a month and I have finished my bottle. My skin looks and feels smoother. And I see better results than using my usual facial care routine alone! The skin looks firmer and the wrinkles, that have been creeping into my skin, have softened now. What more can I say, I smile and walk away, ready to share with the world that I am pleased with the results I see.

I need to get my hands on more Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic as I heard (somewhere) that it can take up to 3 months of taking the supplements to see the fullest results of taking the supplement.

Mariah of HonestlyMariah dot com and her Phytoceramides supplementMy Advice to you:

I know this sounds cliche but here it goes, don’t be fooled by a lot of dishonest companies and affiliates out there! There are a lot of lies out there as well as phoney reviews.

What to watch out for:

  • Claims of results within days accredited to the supplement.
  • Pages that has the exact same results pictures, wording or claims as other articles (posts or reviews) that you have seen elsewhere.

PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE COMPANIES OR REVIEWERS THAT LIE OR MISLEAD YOU BY BUYING FROM THEM!

Who I DO TRUST is Purely Holistic and their Phytoceramides. But remember, this is only my opinion and my results, folks yours may vary. Please do your research before you trust that any supplement may work for you and check with your doctor to make sure Phytoceramides are right for you… I haven’t heard of any problems with these products, except for Gluten & Wheat Allergies (no worries with Purely Holistic’s Phytoceramides, they are rice based), but you never know.

Thank you to Purely Holistic for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to both try out their Phytoceramides and to run the recent massive giveaway! I have seen the results and I am sold and I want to continue using your product to watch for further enhancements to my skin with  your Phytoceramides.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I am not currently affiliated with the sponsor. I received above mentioned product for this review. 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.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. Your results may vary from my own and 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 the sponsoring company and me.

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.

 

Beauty Ancient Secrets Modern Solutions – Review


Biblical Beauty Ancient Secrets & Modern Solutions Book Review.

The title and Subtitle of the book really captured my attention. I’ve been a fan of collecting beauty secrets, old and new since I was a teenager. My collection grew significantly while studying Cosmetology as well as while I was a Cosmetologist. There are a bevy of beauty hints and tips that I’ve garnered from as far back as the 1940’s thru today, but I never sought out beauty mentioned in the Bible!

How wonderful a prospect it was to take the chance to be chosen for reviewing this book by Rachelle Weisberger! Rachelle is an Artist, Cosmetologist (makeup artist, and skin care specialist), we have a lot in common. I wanted to get to read her book as well as glean what I can from her expertise, experience and get to know her some through her writing. 🙂 Obviously I was very lucky and received a book for review here!

Oh Honestly Mariah reading beauty bibleNow, I must admit that I have not yet completed the book, but I can say that when I have time to read it I am totally enthralled with the contents! This is the absolute perfect subject matter for those interested in the bible and what it has said about beauty (from cosmetics to perfumes, mentions of ingredients and so forth) as well as those who look to add to their collection of beauty know how from an expert.

I love the references to the bible, including where the information she’s gathered can be found in the bible. And her modern beauty tips are expert indeed, I feel a sort of kinship with Rachelle as I continue reading. My notes, I admit are really sparse as I find myself so absorbed in the reading that I forget that this was for a review and I’ve totally lost track of time while reading as well.

Cover of Biblical BeautyThis book is going to be a welcome companion to my beauty book collection! I am loving this even more than any of my beauty books so far, mix in bible, ancient secrets and some modern beauty and you have a sure fire hit here!

Thank you so much Rachelle for giving me the honor of reading  your book! God Bless you and maybe someday, when you are in Colorado we can meet for coffee someday… I would LOVE that! 🙂
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.

Blinded By The Light! Micro LEDs String Lights – Review


Hi folks, simply unbelievable light is emitted by these teeny tiny Micro LEDs String Lights!  Take a look at these fantastically bright little lights that I received for this review. The 20 LEDs String lights are on a small plastic coated wire that is 7 foot long and spaced 4 inches apart. The color of my lights are green and it takes 3 AA batteries.

Lit micro LEDs string lights RedLit micro LEDs string lights Green

There is not much that I can say about these lights other then WOW! I see that these light would be perfect for crafting, the Micro LEDs String Lights are so tiny and thin that they are easily manipulated to a design you want.

led lights craft project envelope
Step One was making the pocket and attaching in nearby the project (in this case my screen door)
led lights craft project shamrock
This Picture was taken at dusk.

For the crafting idea I had for these lights, since the lights are green, I decided to tape it up with simple scotch tape in the shape of a shamrock on my back door window. I first took an old CD/DVD envelope (in this case plastic) and folded it over loosely around the battery pack and then used Packing Tape to Attach it to the Screen Door Frame. The battery pack is light enough that those paper like CD/DVD Envelopes should work too. I then just strung up the lights in a Shamrock like shape taping it up here and there with clear scotch tape. When I do this for St. Pat’s Day I will use some Poster Paint and paint the shamrock green and tape the lights up around it, so that the design is more obvious (poster paint washes off from windows/glass easily).

night time led micro lights shamrock
Sorry blurry, for nights now we’ve had thunderstorms so finally tonight I stood in the garage to get this night shot of the shamrock.

 

I am very impressed with these little lights and I am sure I will come up with more design ideas for them as time goes on.

This is an uncommonly short and sweet review, as these lights would outshine my words in every way! I never could imagine that a battery operated LED Light could be so very bright and last for over 48 hours on the batteries! Impressive aren’t they? 🙂

Thank you so much to RTGS Products for entrusting me with this review… these lights are so handy, just the thing I needed (a chance to do something Crafty again).

Please Click The Share Buttons Below to Share this Post and feel free to add the hashtag: #rtgsproducts      Thank you! 🙂
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.

Got The Creative Bug – Classes and Workshops – Review


I have the Creative Bug lately and I had an invitation to try out a Month of Creativebug Classes and Workshops for a review. What wonderful timing as my stress has been maximized as of late, and any number of fun DIY Crafting Projects can distract me. Now I was a latecomer to the Month of classes, just reviewing about 4 or 5 class videos today and accomplishing one craft project today. But wow, what a well needed break for the creativity that seems to be lacking in my life lately. After all crafting is second nature to me since I was raised on all sorts of DIY Craft projects in my creative family, my parents are artists and they kept us 6 kids pretty busy with crafting and DIY projects.
Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com
The classes that I looked at were for a “found necklace,” basically an upcycling project with beads from jewelry, friends will know that I love to collect old jewelry and beads. Family knows that I have done this since I was a little girl, but I have to say that I learned a few new things such as what to do with the tail from the filament you tie to the clasps.

I also looked at a really cool project for Image Transfers too. I have my packing tape set aside here as I am going to immerse myself in one of the 3 methods of Image Transfers she shows us how to do in her video. I can’t wait to find the perfect colored magazine page to use for this one! Yay!

I glimpsed at the bracelet crocheted with beads, cool… however I don’t have the cord that it called for in materials and my embroidery floss is MIA at this time, hiding in the deepest darkest recesses of some poor neglected moving box at this time.

Finally for my first project I was extremely inspired to dig out my Shrinky Dink Printable “paper”, and play with it for the first time in about 5 years. Oh, I don’t think it counts that this past Winter I just used Shrinky Dinks for making luggage tags for my trip to Florida to see my friend Joan, I really didn’t play with it, it was just something I figured I needed spur of the moment, then night before leaving. lol

What Shrinky Dinks at my age? Yes I love that stuff! I knew exactly what I was aiming for, and I had just the perfect picture to make into an outline in the picture/photo editor program. It was about an hour and suddenly I remembered how to get a good outline out of my colored picture, I used to do this for the Tattooists in the Tattoo Shop my husband and his partner had owned for a few years. Nice to know I haven’t forgotten all those old skills and it came in handy again. lol

In the Shrinky Dink Jewelry Class, I did learn some unique hints and tips from the video and it helped out so much better than the instructions that came with the Shrinky Dinks. I won’t spoil it for you, you will need to join Creative Bug to learn for yourself.Honestly Mariah Shrinky Dink Jewelry

My problem with my printer/copier is that it only prints in black… So I had to spend many hours with my detailed design to have it ready for the oven. And when the design curled up and folded itself it seems that the lovely Victorian Lady in the middle turned into The Freak Show Bearded Lady as the pencil marks or the ink smeared just perfectly on her face, before the Shrinky Dink flattened out again. lol

But all in all, this does look quite pretty, don’t you think? Now I have to decide it the original idea of putting two holes in it for jump-rings is what I want or to attach it to a Barrette Blank (or make it into a brooch) … oh and then figure out who would love a bearded lady piece of jewelry. lol Oh and I added to my design an outline around it some gold leafing permanent ink from a pen to further enhance the design.
All A La Carte Classes $9.99
So much fun, a project that is normally thought of as only for children, was revisited by me once again. Five years ago, I did have fun making Christmas gifts for everyone, it was about time I revisited this old favorite for fun once more.

CreativeBug’s offering are such a wide variety, from beginning sewing to advanced knitting and kids crafts too! Creativebug has a class to inspire your creative side. And the classes can be purchases A La Carte or as part of a Subscription… Subscriptions would make great gifts, for the crafter in your life. Better yet, make homemade gifts from these classes and workshops, these gifts are the best gifts, as they come from your own hands and your own heart!

Thank you to CreativeBug for helping me find a way to relax and have so much fun I lose track of time! What a stress relief for me.

Now, who wants to buy a Victorian Freak Show Bearded Lady piece of jewelry? It’s ONE OF A KIND (that’s for sure!). I will finish it (or you can) and I will sign the back of it too. Do I hear $25.00? Hey, can you blame a girl for asking? lol

 
Creativebug

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.

Bully Sticks Dog Treats- Review

Hi all, I more than happy to share my Canine Fur Babies Review of Bully Sticks Dog Treats with you all today. Yes my dogs tell me a lot, it’s just a shame they don’t like to speak in public to others.

Bully Sticks labelWhat had me excited about Bully Sticks by Best For My Pets:

  1. Bully Sticks AREN’T Made in China – they are made in Brazil and packaged here in the USA
  2. Bully Sticks are 100% Digestible – if your dog practically swallows his treats, rawhides and food whole, you don’t have to worry about it plugging his digestive track. When the digestive tract in dogs get blocked they can need emergency surgery as they would starve to death.
  3. Bully Sticks are ALL NATURAL – 100% Beef
  4. Bully Sticks are ODOR FREE!
  5. Bully Sticks are 100% Guaranteed – No Questions Asked (and the Guarantee goes beyond the Amazon 30 day limit).
  6. Best For My Pets (the makers of Bully Sticks) – A portion of their Proceeds and Send it Out To Pet Rescues in the USA!

Mr.Peanut Bully Sticks yummy dog treatTiny Dog Bully Sticks yummy dog treatMy Dogs may not be camera shy, but they don’t think you would understand their voices, like I do. It’s actually quite sad that I have to try and draw out of the dogs a previous action to show you on video or in pictures. They act cute when they think that only their Mommy or Daddy are watching, then we have to reproduce what the dogs have just done from time to time, so we can show you. This time around it is no different, except for while eating the Bully Sticks.

Mariah dogs bully sticks package and sticksTiny Dog wasn’t his usual nervous hyperactive self and just kept chewing away, not distracted by the flash of the camera and he loves chasing after the flash of the camera, the anti red eye light etc.

Now Mr. Peanut, I’ve never taken a treat away from him (well the occasional mouse caucus while we lived in apartments years ago…Yikes!) but he was upset that I was looking at him through the camera lens and kept trying to hide his treat from me. Must be pretty good if my dog, who is almost 13 years old, decides to suddenly hide his treat from me, like I was going to take it away. He must love the treat!

I went to move the package of Bully Sticks off from my husband’s TV tray and Tiny Dog decided that it was time for another treat! So cute how he begged and made noises for his treats… a good sign! I admit I had to recreate the begging for my camcorder, but after a short beg for the video, Tiny Dog decided at that time to be respectful and just come to my side to beg, away from the bag of treats. Lol

After my dogs had several Bully Sticks, I didn’t notice any diarrhea, as some of you may know Dachshunds have sensitive tummies and raw hides, for my long haired Dachshund, always caused him to get the runs. Not a problem with the Bully Sticks!  And Tiny Dog, had no problems with the Bully Sticks either.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed the product mentioned above. I received this product for this review from Best For My Pet. 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.. 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 the sponsor and me.

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.