Questionable Skincare Buys?

 

I made a quick trip to TJ Maxx a few days ago, and one of the first things that I always do is peruse the skincare section. In case you haven’t noticed (lol!), I love skincare products. Love. I believe in taking good care of your skin! And sometimes TJ Maxx has skincare products that I know and love, while introducing me to brands that I may not have been aware of had I not taken a trip down the aisle. This trip introduced me to a brand called Measurable Difference (or MD Measurable Difference). I picked up a 1 oz bottle of the Glycolic Acid product, because glycolic acid products work well with my skin and you know I love exfoliation, and I’m always looking for new products to try. I tried it for a few days, and it worked beautifully in that short time period. I actually felt a difference overnight with regard to the smoothness of my skin. It felt pretty buttery, which is one of the key things that I always aim for with skincare/body care. I was feeling really good about this product, until I read the ingredients.

*sigh*

Every product that I’ve ever used on my face or body that had glycolic acid as an ingredient has had the percentage of glycolic acid involved written somewhere on the product. Whether it’s 2%, 5%, 8.8% or beyond, the percentage is always there.

Not this time.

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As a matter of fact, outside of saying “Glycolic Acid” on the front of the bottle, this ingredient is nowhere to be found. It’s certainly not in the list of ingredients. I checked. Multiple times.

Ingredients list:

Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Alcohol Denat, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (anti-caking agent), Fragrance, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate.

So, my question is…did the company include glycolic acid and neglect to put it in the ingredients list, or is it actually not in the product at all? Because if that’s the case, well, misleading doesn’t even begin to cover it. Interestingly enough, this product (along with the lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and a few other products in the same type of bottle) are nowhere to be found on the Measurable Difference website. I found a cached version of the lactic acid one, so I know that they did in fact sell it at one point in time. Also, information of any sort about the glycolic acid product is few and far between. I found a couple of websites that sell or have sold it, but no real conversation on the subject. Maybe the presumed lack of glycolic acid is the reason that it isn’t sold anymore, and why it’s hard to get any info on it.

Will I continue to use this product? Maybe, because 1) I paid for it, and 2) my skin responds well to it. Will I buy it or any other Measurable Difference product again? No, because I don’t trust that what’s written on the front of the label is actually in the product. And if I can’t trust what’s on the front of the label, I probably can’t trust what’s written on the back of it either. I normally read the ingredients list on everything before I buy it, but I neglected to do so this time. Shame on me. Honestly, if anyone has an answer as to why the glycolic acid is missing from the ingredients list, please let me know, because at this point, I can only go with what I see.

 

*Product mentioned above was sealed when I bought it, which is kind of important when buying skincare (and other!) products from these types of stores. Saving money is great, but not at the cost of your skin. Buy wisely! 🙂

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Califia Farms Creamy Original Almond Milk

As we know, I have a few food allergies. But to add insult to injury, I have a whole bunch of food sensitivities as well, and they’re confusing because sometimes I have a reaction, sometimes I don’t. Dairy is one of those confusing ones. There is a protein in milk called casein, and I realized that after thinking for years that I was possibly lactose intolerant, come to find out, that’s not the case. It’s the casein. Usually when I have dairy that has not been cooked into something, I have stomach issues. Not always, but I’d say about 90% of the time. Not sure why. Same with non-dairy creamer, which isn’t really non-dairy, but that’s another subject altogether. I’m a coffee drinker (you already know this!), and I usually just use non-dairy creamer. No sugar, no fluffy stuff, unless it’s a specialty drink. But it hurts too.

After trying lots of alternatives, including a few different brands of almond milk (which I use anyway) and almond milk creamers, I moved on to whipping a pat of butter into my coffee. Butter has little to no casein, and it worked out fine…until I remembered how much coffee I drink daily. That…is a lot of butter. So I talked to one of my best friends (hey Grace!) about the type of almond milk that she uses, and she directed me towards a brand that I was aware of, but had never tried. Needless to say, after buying and trying it, I haven’t looked back since.

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Califia Farms Almond Milk – http://www.califiafarms.com

Califia Farms Creamy Original Almond Milk…is a lifesaver. I have finally found my holy grail of almond milks. The best part about it? Unlike other almond milk brands that I’ve tried, this one does not separate in coffee, nor does it taste overly nutty or…off. Those of you who have tried almond milk in your hot coffee at home know what I mean. So for it to not do that? *heart eyes* It. Is. PERFECT for me! It is creamy, it blends well, and again, you can barely taste the almonds when mixed into coffee.

This particular almond milk is soy-free, gluten-free, carrageeenan-free, dairy-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, and is kosher and vegan. Whew, that’s a lot! The packaging also states that it has 50% more calcium than milk, and is only 60 calories per 8 oz. serving. It tastes delicious by itself, and actually is a good milk substitute.

A quick stop on their website (califiafarms.com) shows the many different types of products currently available, from various types of almond, coconut, and cashew milks, enhanced milks, regular and flavored creamers, juices, and…coffee! When I’d originally come across the brand at a Target store in Arizona, I’d only seen their cold brew coffees. I had no idea that they made anything else! But now I know that there’s a variety of products to choose from. I plan to try the coconut milk next!

In all, this is a great product for me. Like anything else, some people will love it, some may not like it at all, and others may be undecided. I just know that it has been a great fix for my current needs. And with that being said, Califia Farms, y’all better not EVER go out of business, you hear me? I don’t know how I’ll make it without you! LOL!

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Sleep Number Beds – Smiley360 Mission

This…was the first time that I ever got to test out a bed for a company. Too bad I couldn’t take it home with me! Well, okay, I could have, but for a price. And I wasn’t about that life that day. 😂

I have done a couple of Smiley360 missions, and have done lots of reviews for other companies, but this one for the Sleep Number store really stood out to me, as it was the first time that I actually had to go into a store and explain what the heck I was there for, and you know, can I lie all over your beds, please and thanks? But thankfully the whole mission went smoothly from start to finish, and it was actually fun! Plus, the associate who helped me out that day was super nice, which always helps.

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I truly enjoyed the experience of testing out a Sleep Number bed. I wasn’t really skeptical, but I also wasn’t sure that it would completely live up to its claims. It did. It really did. The bed that I tried out was the p5, and the technology in these beds and the monitoring system allowed me to figure out that my sleep number is 30. A very comfortable 30. Very. Comfortable. When I tell you that my body was truly relaxed in a bed (finally!), I mean it RELAXED. To the point where standing up became an issue, because I was so sleepy! For reference, I don’t sleep well. I have insomnia, and I also have back issues due to arthritis. Seeing exactly where the pain was centered when the bed was at 100 versus seeing that pain marker disappear at 30 was enough to put this bed on my list of things to buy in the next year. Now, 30 is my number when lying down on my back, and I can’t remember the number for when I was on my side, as the pressure is different in every position. I think I was at a higher number on my side. All I know is that it felt fabulous!

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I was sent a Sleep Number ComfortFit pillow as well, and have spent the last few nights sleeping on it. I have the Classic pillow, which is for back and stomach sleepers. It is supposed to help with your head and neck while sleeping. So far, so good…and it feels divine!

In case you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved it, and am completely sold on Sleep Number beds. The company stays in good communication with you once you’re in their system, so you’ll always be aware of sales, follow up emails from your visit, your sleep profile, the different events that are going on, and the occasional coupon. Coupons are good. Especially for beds. Beds are expensive! But this one? Totally worth it. *starts saving money now!*