Buying, Trying, and Eyeing

I haven’t really done a review post in a little while.  I guess you could say this is kind of like a review post, or maybe a review post in progress.  Today I am going to talk a bit about facial products, supplements, and appliances.  Not the most exciting to some of my readers I am sure, but this will be the start of a monthly or bi-monthly review series that I’d like to continue doing into the future.  I am calling it Buying, Trying, and Eyeing.  I feel like it’s pretty self-explanatory but basically I am going to give my two cents on things I’ve recently bought, tried, and am thinking of getting.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts on any such items, as I always enjoy reading what readers have to say.  🙂  Now, on with the post.

First up, buying.  What have I bought lately, you might be wondering; well, no need to wonder anymore.  I recently bought – recently being two months or so ago – a garment steamer.  I got it from Costco and it was a mere $40.  I’ve not priced garment steamers before so I couldn’t tell ya how this one compares, but $40 didn’t seem to bad too me.

I haven’t used it yet.  The main reason I haven’t has to do with time.  It’s usually last minute that I pick out what I am going to wear and if it’s a dress that I made it most likely needs to be ironed.  Buy the time I need to get dressed, I just about need to leave the house and I know how to use an iron so that’s the easiest thing for me to do.  I feel like with the steamer, I will need to read the directions and I don’t have time for that.  My guy was going to help me with it, but we thought that using the steamer while I was wearing the dress was probably a bad idea.  I expect to have this one in the trying section for next time.  I am really looking forward to seeing if I am a better at steaming than I am at ironing…

As far as trying, I have two things and they are in the category of beauty products.  I have recently bought and tried a new kind of shampoo and conditioner.  It’s Maui Moisture brand and the lovely ad spammers of Instagram snuck it into my feed one day and off I went to get some for myself.

How did they know I would love this stuff?  I do.  I buy shampoos and conditioners that are as natural as possible.  I’ve tried a lot, and nothing is as natural as castile soap but I don’t like the way that makes my hair feel.  It leaves it too clean if that’s even a problem.  I have very sensitive skin and shampoo chemicals have given me a reaction in time past.  My all time favorite is Jason’s Biotin, but this just might take its place for my new favorite.

It smells wonderful, it makes my hair feel soft, and it doesn’t irritate my skin.  Plus it leaves out the ingredients that I try and avoid.  The only down side I can see is that the shampoo and conditioner bottles aren’t the biggest and the price is not the cheapest.  I believe I paid $6 something for each at Walmart.  However, the price is pretty comparable to other natural brands that I purchase online.  I will definitely be getting this stuff again.

Next on the trying list, NOW brand CoQ10 facial cream.  I ordered this from iherb.com and like other CoQ10 creams I have bought before, I am not sure how I feel about it.  I’ve only been using it on and off for a couple of weeks, but I think it might be irritating my face.  I say might be because it could just be seasonal allergies that are irritating my skin instead.  My face has been very itchy lately and it does sometimes get that way when I have allergies.  My allergies have been worse than usual this season.  I’m not using it everyday for this reason so that I can tell it my face seems worse right after using it.  Many people complained of skin irritation when I was reading user reviews.  CoQ10 is good for the skin and that’s why I bought it.  (I also happen to take CoQ10 internally as well.)  I like NOW brand too because it’s one of the natural ones.  Maybe I will have more to say about this product next time as well.

Now for what I am eyeing, CBD oil.  Whose heard of it?  I came across it several months back about how great it is supposed to be for pain.  I thought of my guy who has constant ankle pain from a motorcycle injury.  What I didn’t know is that it is also really good for stress and anxiety, which is what I would like to use it for.  The controversy is that it is from marijuana.  It’s cannabidiol and it is extracted from the flowers and buds of the plant.  It doesn’t contain any intoxicating properties.  I believe that, and I am fine with that.  And from what I’ve read, it’s legal to buy in all states.  The problem I have come across with it has to do with purity and therefore effectiveness.  Some brands are just better than others, and the good brands aren’t cheap.  A tincture can cost close to $100 and I’m not really wanting to spend that much to try something out.  The gel caps are cheaper, $40, and I would consider spending that much.  Cured Nutrition is a brand that I keep seeing recommended on social media, and I think I will order from them if I decide to give it a try.  I am really considering it.  Has anyone else tried CBD oil?  Or have any recommendations of your own pertaining to the products I’ve written about?  Let me know, I’d love to hear what you think.

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon.

Erika

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