Tuesday, January 26, 2016


I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

I live in a very arid, sunny climate and, as much as I'd like to ignore the fact that I'm getting older...I am.  I never really gave much thought to skin care or moisturizers before.  As the fine lines and wrinkles start to form,  "meh, whatever" turned to "what do I do about that?"  I was happy to test Naturel Commodity Vitamin C Serum in exchange for an honest review.  If it worked, great. If it didn't, I'd be able to mark one product off my 'to try' list.

Packaging -  I really liked the modern, sleek design of the packaging. It's small -- about the size of a perfume tester bottle -- with an attractive silver and orange design. The pump works well to dispense just the right amount of serum onto your finger tips.

Ingredients - There's a host of all natural ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The serum itself gives off a very strong citrus scent.  It's not quite oranges and not quite lemons.  I initially didn't like it, but got used to it the longer I used the product.

Performance -  For optimal results, it is recommended to put the serum on morning and night. I only did night.  I noticed my skin felt softer and smoother.  From an average distance away, you couldn't tell I had any lines on my forehead.   I barely get any sleep thanks to three kids with sleep problems so I didn't expect (and didn't get) any results for the dark circles under my eyes.  I did like how soft and smooth it made my skin.  I feel like if I continue with the product, it will help completely smooth out those fine lines on my forehead.

Overall, I would recommend Naturel Commodity Vitamin C Serum.  Was it a miracle cure? No. Did it do some of what it claims? Yes.


I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

Glutamine seems to be one of those wonder products that has a potential to help a lot of people. Instead of just being used to amp up your weight lifting regiment or gym session, it also has benefits to people looking to lose weight, recover from muscle soreness after said workout, have more energy, and grow lean muscle mass.    While Crosscore Nutrition's 700 MG Glutamine product may be able to do all that and more,  as a mother of three very active girls still struggling to loose that baby weight, I was most interested in weight loss and energy.

Packaging - Crosscore Nutrition's 700 MG Glutamine comes in an all black bottle with bright blue lettering.  It seems geared more towards men and fitness enthusiasts instead of moms trying to lose weight.  No buff guy or gal on the packaging claiming we can look like them if we take the supplement.  I like the simplicity.  Plus, it's not something I feel like I need to hide away in the medicine cabinet like some weight loss products.

Ingredients - 99.9% Pure L-Glutamine amino acid.  The only other ingredient listed is gelatin for the capsule.

Performance -  My daily "exercise" routine consists of walking and chasing kids around.  I did feel more energetic while taking the Glutamine.  Usually I'm exhausted by the end of the day and struggle to stay awake past 8 pm. I enjoyed the boost of sustained energy during the day...I got a lot of work done around the house too!   I haven't seen any weight loss benefits yet but I'm going to stick with it.

I recommend Crosscore Nutrition's 700 MG Glutamine to anyone looking for a multi purpose supplement that does what it says it does in a natural amount of time.  Don't expect an overnight success or miracle pill. If you go in with reasonably expectations, you'll be very happy with the results.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Review: KILLER PURSUIT by Jeff Gunhus

I received a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

After a blog hiatus for the holidays, I'm back with my latest book review for crime thriller KILLER PURSUIT by Jeff Gunhus.

Special Agent Allison McNeil has another tough case to crack.  A DC call girl has been murdered.  Two hidden cameras were found in her apartment.  One is erased to hide the killer's tracks.  The other is connected to an unknown, anonymous person through an encrypted internet connection.  Allison must find the missing videos before the killer gets to them first.

KILLER PURSUIT moves along at a very rapid pace.  The chapters are REALLY short which helps with the ultra fast pace.  The technique reminds me of  Mary Higgins Clark's writing style with short, punchy chapters.   Also, while KILLER PURSUIT is the second Allison McNeil Thriller, you do not need to read KILLER WITHIN to enjoy this book.  There's a handy little flashback in the beginning before jumping to the present time and current case.   There are enough twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned mystery/thriller/suspense readers guessing.  Jeff Gunhus has crafted a really enjoyable, edge of your seat thriller.   Time to pick up KILLER WITHIN for my book collection!