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Mother going back into the hospital – just received a phone call from Dad, letting me know

 

A picture of my Mother, pre drastic weight loss and a few years back.
My Mother in better times, on prednisone in the picture, and a few years back.

Hi friends, my beautiful sweet and courageous Mother has been very sick for quite some time. Like me she suffers from an Autoimmune Disease which has been complicated by surgeries on her back, one of which caused a Hospital Contracted Infection which cannot be cured and I suspect the site of the infection is flared again.

Dad said that Mom’s back is in serious pain again, as you may recall I wrote about her and Joan in a post on Joan and Mariah’s Reviews a while back and my Mother ended up in the hospital for about a Month as a result of her infection and other complications.

My Mother is down to 71 pounds at last weigh in, that we have talked about together as she is having serious problems eating too. I am very very worried about her and know that I will be spending some time on the phone trying to cheer her up and hopefully I can squeeze enough out the budget for me to travel to the hospital to go pay her a visit or two.

A Sample of my Mothers Artwork, she paints in oils, this is her Calligraphy, her own poem and drawing which is painted in watercolors.
A Sample of my Mothers Artwork, she paints in oils, this is her Calligraphy, her own poem and drawing which is painted in watercolors.

Please my friends, family and readers, send out positive thoughts to and prayers for this wonderful lady (a talented Artist, Mother of 6 and all around loving caring and brave woman). My Mother’s Name is Nancy… I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and I truly believe in the power that is held in the thoughts and prayers sent out.

Thank you, love and hugs,

Mariah

NeoStrata Exuviance Targeted Filler T5 – Review

 

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Hi there folks, you may remember that a month or so ago I reviewed part of the Anti-Aging line by the folks as NeoStrata, it was called Exuviance Peel CA10. That product helped out my skin, especially lightening up some dark spots on my skin and helped my pores appear smaller.

I was contacted once again by the folks at NeoStrata for their Exuviance Line, as they introduced their newest addition to the anti-aging line their Targeted Filler. And you know this former Cosmetologist, I jump at the chance to try something new for my skin and since I had such a great experience with the first product, I was excited to try the new one.

Exuviance Tageted Filler Box, Applicator from Neo StrataBelow is a video from NBC’s New York Live from a Segment “At Home Beauty Treatments to make you look younger”:

The Targeted Filler T5 was recently mentioned in Family Circle and American Spa.

  • Family Circle’s October 2012 issue:

“Turn Back Time Exuviance Targeted Filler T5’s pen-like applicator lets you target deep expression lines”

  • American Spa, September 2012:

“For all skin types, Exuviance’s Targeted Filler T5 helps build skin’s natural volume and smoothes Laugh lines, forehead creases, and other signs of aging. This filler contains a triple-boost formula that helps stimulate collagen and provides visible results in 8 weeks.”

The Targeted Filler, is contained in a tube with a plunger and a rubber tip on the other end, made to look like an syringe like you would have used on you if you paid a fortune for a cosmetic filler (AKA: a Dermal Filler) done.

Exuviance Target Filler Applicator by Neo StrataBelow is a closeup of the rubber application tip:

Exuviance Targeted Filler, close up of the rubber applicator tipSimilarly The Targeted Filler is made to help with those areas that  you would have a Dermal Filler for. An example are nasal labial folds around your mouth. Also the product can help soften the lines from areas that the wrinkles would be softened by use of botox, such as the area between the brows or the forehead.

I was glad to have been offered to try this product because I noticed that the area between my brows was looking very wrinkled, when about a month or so ago when I did a video review for another product. I had done several takes on my review and while going through the takes to find the best one for the review, I noticed in one that those wrinkles were starting to really show up. In my past, not only did I love to act, but my face is very expressive (a wrinkle causation), and I had abused my skin with bad sun habits in my younger years. Add all these things together along with Chronic Pain and you have the perfect recipe for some serious lines.

My Before Picture, taken from that video taped review that I mentioned:

Exuviance Targeted Filler Close up of my before using itI have used the NeoStrata Exuviance Targeted Filler for about a month now. I have to say that the product is slightly thicker then I first thought, since I had seen it in the tube with the syringe look to it I imagined I would have a lot of control over how much I get out of the tube at once when depressing the plunger. For the longest time while using it I’ve gotten more out then I intended to. Now I have figured out what works for me is a bit of a quick tapping of the plunger and then I can get less out all at once. Granted part of the problem is with my hands and arms as they are weak with some injuries so I was unaware that I was squeezing hard, since anything with squeezing seems hard to me. lol

Although the recommended usage time to really see the results is 8 weeks, here (below) are my results after only 4 weeks of using Exuviance Targeted Filler T5… I think you will agree with me that 4 weeks has made a noticeable difference in those lines (never mind the fact that I didn’t neaten up my brows for this picture though… lol):

Exuviance Targeted Filler my after pictureI broke out with the first few uses of the product, I tend to be sensitive to some products due in part to the Lupus SLE and the sensitive skin it can cause. But with a couple of days rest between those first few applications, I found my skin adjusting well to the product.

The results? I have noticed that the lines are less noticeable than they were before, even more obvious to me now as I took a picture and can see the difference! I am impressed! Why these results? The ingredients in the product help to stimulate your own collagen and build your own skins volume below your wrinkles. This, just like all skin surface applications of products, the results will not be as dramatic as if you went to have a procedure done in-office, but it’s easy and painless, less expensive and of course less evasive.

Exuviance Targeted Filler contains a ingredient called CitraFill™ and the other 2 ingredients that make up this “triple boost” formula are NeoGlucosamine® and Matrixyl® Peptides.. together these three help with the collagen stimulation. And with the help of the applicator you can target the areas that you need to see the improvement in. The only problem with the applicator, for me, is that thickness of the lotion as it comes out thicker then the lines I was trying to target, so I am getting the product on the surrounding skin as well, however one would still get the product on surrounding tissues when you go to lightly rub it in anyway, so no big deal at all.

Do I like what the Exuviance Targeted Filler T5 has done for me? Oh yes, it helps to soften the lines, making them less noticeable. And when you are sick with an autoimmune illness, like I am with Lupus SLE, you don’t want the evasive treatments that you would have done with an in office procedure… who wants to risk making themselves worse by adding something more to their bodies that would possibly make your illnesses worse or activate an illness that has been in remission?

In conclusion nothing is going to do as much as an in office procedure for those wrinkles, but why pay the price for in office procedures and risk to your health when you can buy Exuviance Targeted Filler T5 instead. With the Targeted Filler you can soften those lines and feel better about your appearance without an appointment, without pain, without healing time either. And for me the convenience of using the product at home was well worth it… and I even saw results in half their recommended time (I saw results in just 4 weeks).

Thank you NeoStrata for yet another wonderful product for review! I love your Exuviance Line!
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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 review were provided by NeoStrata & Myself.

 

 

Aching Feet? Slip off those Heels and into Backup Soles – Review

 

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Hi there Folks, Joan and I received an invitation to try out Backup Soles the Rollable Portable Flats a while back. We both received two pairs to test and review on our blog. Joan will post her review in a separate post, when she is done with hers.

Mariah’s Review:

backup soles, what Mariah calls their ruby slippers, so very pretty.

Looking at the Backup Soles site, I found myself drooling over the metallic red backup soles. Makes me think of the story “The Red Shoes” by Hans Christian Andersen. How fun it would be to wear such a lovely color on your feet?

I received one pair in black and one in silver, in size Medium (US Women’s Size 7-8), these came in cute little boxes with two little pull-string totes, one for your rolled up Backups to go into and a larger one is made for you to place your shoes/heels in.

Mariah in one silver and one black Backup Soles

With my disabilities, especially with the nerve pain down my legs to my ankles and feet, I am not often in heals. However I do often wear slippers around the house, my favorites being my little leather ballet slippers so I was excited with this alternative to real ballet slippers. My poor old ballet slippers are wearing out after years of wear, so I need to replace them, yet they can be hard to find and expensive to buy. I tried on my Backup Soles and I was pleased that they were as I imagined, a lot like ballet slippers.

The few points about the Backups that are different from ballet slippers, some good some bad.

Instead of the pull string to tie at the front end of the ballet slippers, they have elastic encased around the edges of the slipper. This is good as many times the draw string on my ballet slippers come untied and it never fails one of the strings makes it’s way into the ballet slipper and irritates my foot.

The bow on the top of the Backups is there just for decoration, and it actually looks great as it is made out of the same material as the main body of the slipper. I would love to see them mix and match the bows for a nice contrast, I can see the black Backup Soles with perhaps a silver or gold bow on top, this would give more variety of looks for them to sell.

The outside of these Backups are a thin vinyl like material and the bottom of them are a nicely textured rubbery no slip surface. The material isn’t to weighty so it’s nice and soft and the soles are extra nice for safety, as compared to the slippery soles of suede bottom on ballet slippers.

My one problem with the Backup Soles is the way that the heel is sewn, it’s not sewn like the back seam in a ballet slipper. In a ballet slipper the seam is sewn so that the edges would be outside the slipper, then covered up with a sewn on strip (of the same material) on the outside of the slipper, leaving you no irritation from the seam. So for me the seam on the inside of the slipper is irritating and the elastic encased area of that seam is the big problem for my feet as it pinches into my heel, and leaves a noticeable dent/red area there .

the twisted back seam in backup soles that irritates the heel.

The picture above shows the twisted seam in my backup soles (in this one the bottom of the seam is sewn to the sole on the left and the top is sewn into the elastic encased area to the right).

Also that inside seam is sewn to the sole of the slipper with the raw edges going one way at that seam and going the opposite on the top by the elastic encasing seam, causing an area with a bump as it tries to twist in the slipper again adding to irritation. An Easy solution, though perhaps a bit more time consuming maybe to lay open the seam prior to sewing that area shut, so that there is less bulk in the encasement area. This may not be a problem for most people… I however have nerve pain from a back & hip injury that goes all the way down to my feet, top that off with Fibromyalgia and we have a problem.

Edit my afterthought: 

About the irritation on the back of my foot? These slipper like shoes are made for short term wear, not for slippers… so I must add in that at first they were very comfortable, but after about an hour the pain started up in the back heel area. So perhaps, it is that these are made for slipping on your feet for the return or going to the place that you have to wear shoes that can be uncomfortable.

backup soles Large Bag for your heels/shoes to go into

The handy drawstring bags for the Back up soles are great, and the large bag for your heels are nice too. The drawstring can be looped over your purse strap and bring the bag through before placing your shoes in this roomy bag… however the drawstrings are tied and for me the first time I did this it came untied on me. What I would advise is old school clear nail polish placed over the knotted part to help keep it together or to go to a sewing/craft center and look at the notions and pick up 2 pull string stays, the kind I am talking about have a spring in them that will keep the drawstring in place, the drawstring being a soft one you may need a skewer to help aid you on pulling the two sides of the drawstring through and this will get rid of this concern.

Picture of my solution to the drawstring untying on the Backup Soles Large Shoe bag. Drawstring Stays

Above is a picture of the drawstring stay that I attached to the drawstring that came untied on me.

Mariah’s Conclusion:

[rating:3.5/5]
All in all, I believe that these slippers are a great idea, and would work for short term wear to get you out of those heels. I feel that these were not made for wearing like slippers, all day around the house, since I did find some irritation. However if some attention was played toward the back heel area, I feel these could be improved and comfortable enough to wear as slippers.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Backup Soles 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 Backup Soles Website and Me.