What Worked Wednesday! Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

After reading the glowing report from the beautiful- skinned blogger Amanda, over at The Bellezza Corner, I figured I should give Egyptian Magic a whirl. Honestly, with a name like “Egyptian Magic Skin Cream” how can ones curiosity not be piqued?

What Worked Wednesday, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream for Women Over 40I have been giving Egyptian Magic such a vigorous trial because I get so tired of people offering glowing reports on a product that they tried, only to have them toss it out 2 months later in favor of the next “new” thing. Honestly, at my age, I’m looking for stuff that WORKS. I’ve lived through the days where my bathroom counter was literally covered with “special” serums, lotions, oils and creams. These days, I need something sturdy, people. Any product I use needs to get the job done quickly with as with as little fanfare as possible, after I stumble groggily to my vanity table each morning.

And friends, thats why you can trust my reviews……..Because I greet each and every new product with bitter, hopeless, skepticism. You’re welcome.

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Egyptian Magic Skin Cream: What is it?

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream is an all natural, all purpose skin cream with 6 ingredients that are touted to be some of the most powerful that nature has to offer for moisturizing as well as healing. The formula itself is said to have been found in the tomb of Egyptian pharos and it’s also been called “Cleopatras Cream”. It’s a cult favorite in Hollywood and has been raved about around the world. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, Eva Mendez, Lauren Conrad and loads more, all swear by this cream. The ingredients are simply : Olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract.

Thats it.

You and I have been around the block a time or two with various skin care products and we all know that these products, found in nature, are the ones heralded again and again to be the best. Every product likes to shout out if they have one of these ingredients in them. Here they are, all in one, simple jar.

It has a faint honey smell and is balm-like in the jar. It melts to an oil on your fingertips. (And the millennial’s believe that THEY were the ones to discover that “oil is the new lotion”.)   Women over 40, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

What Does it Do?

Well, that’s a loaded question. The better question would be what DOESN’T it do? The word “all purpose” is on the jar and it lives up to that claim! Of course its a lovely and very moisturizing skin cream, but it doesn’t stop there. Uses range from lip balm,to make up remover, to hair mask, to diaper rash! It is said to heal everything from acne scars to stretch marks. People who suffer with eczema and psoriasis have also experienced great results with Egyptian Magic Skin Cream, which really speaks to it’s moisturizing and healing properties. Multi purpose is the name of the game with this product.

How do you use it?

Per the directions on the jar: “Take a moderate amount and rub it in your palms until it takes the form of oil, which improves absorption. Apply it gently over skin.”

For me personally, I have been using this over my night-time, anti aging cream. I slather this stuff on liberally and my skin is soft and supple in the morning. Moisturize it DOES. In fact, I would use it on dry skin anywhere: lips, elbows, feet, etc. With a nod to the millennial generation,  another favorite use is as a make-up remover and “oil cleanser” before my Clarisonic. Thats right……….the double cleanse- because I’m up on sh*z like that.

I use it as a hand moisturizer and it has helped my horrible cuticles tremendously. Why are my cuticles so bad anyway?  Honestly, there must be some grizzled field hand walking around with lovely hands that were supposed to be mine.

From now on, whenever I travel, Egyptian Magic is what I will take on the plane with me. At my age, long haul flights will leave your skin parched no matter HOW many cocktails you begrudgingly avoid and no matter HOW much water you drink. This could be a lifesaver.

How Much is it and Where can you buy it?

If you search online, you will find loads of places that offer Egyptian Magic Skin Cream. I got mine on Amazon for $29. You can also check it out and order straight from Egyptian Magic  . With the tiny amount needed per use, a 4 oz jar will last you forever! If you use the correct amount, it is not greasy.

My Conclusion

While not “magic” in the sense of making wrinkles disappear, (Good Lord! Get a move-on science!), it does exactly what it says and is incredibly moisturizing and healing. I also love that the company kept the old, throw back packaging.

(which is why my can’t-be-bothered-with-skin-care, Bush Ranger daughter in South Africa, has a fresh jar sitting on her tent shelf).

In addition, Egyptian Magic is made in the USA and  the company stands behind their product by offering a 100% money back guarantee if not satisfied. Hard to argue with that.

Also Good to Know
  1. Your husband may try to sneak it.
  2. Your dog will love it. Like seriously…..he will want to eat it.

    Women over 40; Saint Bernards love Egyptian Magic
    Every. Single. Day. He Loves it.

Let me know what you think if you give this wonderful, all natural cream a try. It now holds a coveted spot on my vanity table.Women over 40, egyptian magic skin cream

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing!

Cheers!

Melissa

 

 

Lash Lift and Tint; What is it and do you want it?

If you are over 40, you may have noticed that your lashes, just aren’t what they used to be. I have had great lashes my whole life (thanks, dad). But after turning 40, I noticed that they started becoming shorter and lighter. Well awesome. In a previous post I told you all about Lash Extensions. I am STILL a huge fan. But if that is more upkeep and $$ than you’d like to spend, but your lashes still need some ooompf- you may want to try the Lash Lift and Tint.

Lash Lift and Tint

Before and After

Before Lash Lift and tint

What is a lash lift?

The lash lift is where, your lashes are brushed up and over a little soft “rod”. They are held in place while a “perming” solution is applied. This is left on for a few minutes, then removed and a “setting” solution is applied. Now, if at this point, you are hearkening back to your old “poodle perm” days, I will tell you this- you WILL remember that smell! It is super faint, since so little is used,but- yeah- you’ll be taken straight back to your mom’s old hometown salon.

Lash Lift Process

The setting solution is rinsed off and your lashes are dried with a soft fan. IF, unlike me, you still have dark lashes- you can call it quits at his point. The effect is amazing! Your lashes are lifted and curled in that beautiful “D” curl. Really stunning- and this lasts for at least 8 weeks and up to 12 weeks! The only rule, is the same old cardinal rule upheld religiously when you got a perm in 8th grade: You are forbidden to wet your hair (lashes) for the first 24 hours; fist bump to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Thats it!

After that, your lash lift is complete and you have the freedom to sleep, shower, and even <gasp> rub your eyes! Lashes stay curled. You can use mascara, false lashes….whatever.

I went a step further and had my lashes tinted as well.Lash lift and tint My lashes had always been black, so this really took them back to my own natural look.

I really love the effect! After lash lift and tint
The entire Lash Lift and Tint process takes an hour or less from start to finish. It feels nice. I experienced nothing but a relaxing procedure that felt like someone was massaging my lash line. There was soft music playing and it was just an incredibly relaxing experience. There was no discomfort at all.

Do you want it?

If you have a good amount of natural lashes, but you want them to just stand out more, then a lash lift will be your best friend. You can add the tint if you want it.

If you don’t want the upkeep of lash extensions but you just want your natural lashes to “pop” more without any effort, then go for the lash lift and/or tint.

If you don’t necessarily care for LONGER lashes, but you just want to give your natural lashes a boost, then definitely go for the lash lift and tint.

If you still like to wear false lashes, heavy mascara, etc for special occasions, then yep- go for the lash lift and tint.

If you love a natural look and just don’t want to fool with an eyelash curler and mascara in the morning, go for the lash lift.

How much is it and where do you get it done?

Here in Colorado Springs, the going rate for a lash lift is $50 and for the lift and tint it is $75. Definitely look to an experienced esthetician and show up without any makeup.  In my area I highly recommend Kelly at Glistening Glory . She is professional, competitively priced and will put you at ease immediately with whatever procedure you are enjoying.

By the way- if you ever have to take and post pictures of yourself this close up……..you’d better feel pretty confident with yourself! Holy Cow- talk about keepin’ it real!  I need brow help-and a stiff drink- after these pictures!….. (But it’s only Tuesday- so, I’ll just have to wait until the weekend, <insert wimper>).

How are your lashes holding up after 40?

Cheers!

Melissa

What Worked Wednesday: Adding lemon water in my morning routine

This weeks “What Worked Wednesday” is about adding warm lemon water to my morning routine. I’ve been doing this for about 3 months now, and I’m never going back. It seriously improves how I feel in the morning. I feel more energetic and awake than I ever did drinking coffee.Adding warm lemon water to my morning routine

It has helped me to cut back on my morning coffee consumption. I love to have a cup of coffee around midday, but after drinking  several cups in the morning, and then another one around midday, I found that it was wreaking havoc on my energy levels as well as my overall mood. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning has helped me to cut back to only one cup of coffee in the morning, freeing me up to still enjoy another cup later in the day, with no caffein backlash!adding lemon water to my morning routine

While I actually enjoy warm lemon water, it took me awhile to actually create the habit. My mornings were set in stone and if I got to the kitchen, I was already pouring that coffee before I could even think about the lemon water. So, I set out to disrupt myself in the mornings. I set up a little station in our master bath, right beside my vanity table. It has an electric kettle along with my tea cup and a few lemons. Its easy to hit the button on the kettle, squeeze some lemon into a cup and sip away while I am getting myself pulled together first thing in the morning.(I don’t even let the cat see me in the morning before I’ve at least got my hair tamed and the sleep look off my face. I can’t tell if she appreciates it. Cats don’t care about anything.)  I love it when I can trick myself into a healthier habit. adding lemon water to my morning routineLater in the morning, I’ll get my coffee and head out the door to walk Winston.

Perhaps the biggest improvement I have experienced since starting the lemon water habit, is in my digestion. A notable difference. Which, in turn automatically improves my energy levels. As you sleep at night, your liver is doing double time to eliminate toxins and restore and regenerate your body. Drinking water first thing in the morning helps to be sure it can complete this process……. adding the lemon is a bonus.

A Few Benefits of Lemon Water
*Vitamin C, Potassium and magnesium

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives your body a chance to absorb these minerals right away.

*Clearer skin

Due to the flushing effect, along with the Vitamin C absorption, it can lead to clearer skin.

*Help with weight loss

Studies show that after drinking 17 oz of water, metabolic rates increased by 30% and lasted for about 40 minutes. Now, thats no miracle weight loss drink, but what an easy thing to do to give yourself a boost!

If you have trouble with your adrenals or high cortisol levels, or if you’re just stressed to the max- try adding a few cups of warm lemon water to your routine first thing in the morning. This will definitely be a better alternative for you than caffeine in your system first thing in the morning! I think you will see a noticable difference.adding lemon water to my morning routine

Remember your liver- it’s been working all night long- throw it a bone and help it to finish that flush with a few cups of warm lemon water. It works.

Thanks for being here and for reading and sharing my posts! You guys are the best!

Ooo- I almost forgot- I’m trying a new lash procedure next week. I’ll be sure to give you all the details! I’m excited!!!

Cheers!

Melissa

The skinny on weight loss over 40; Four Changes for Success

Weight loss over 40 can be a huge challenge. If you have noticed that your mid section has suddenly become softer and that you seem to pack on pounds around your middle just LOOKING at a donut, you’re not crazy.  Lower estrogen levels are just one factor that is causing you to have to sport a new muffin top that you simply don’t seem to be able to shake!

The good news: If you really want to get in shape, lose that midsection and feel energetic and confident, you can!Weight Loss Success Over 40; 4 changes you must make

However….. (here it comes)……..you’ve got to make some changes. While we will get into the physical fitness part soon, today I want to convince you just how important it is for you to nail the nutrition piece. If you are  a woman over 40 trying to lose weight, you must realize that unlike in your 20’s and 30’s, exercise alone just isn’t enough. Lower estrogen levels, coupled with a natural decrease in muscle mass is doing a number on your metabolism. The things that didn’t really matter in your 20’s MATTER now. You MUST make the proper changes in your diet if you hope to see results.

The good news is that you really CAN slim that midsection and get in shape! And honestly, the changes aren’t all that bad, but they are crucial to your success.

Four changes for weight loss over 40

1. Track. Your. Food.

I can’t stress this enough. If you aren’t tracking your calorie and/or macro nutrient intake, you have no idea how much or how little you are eating. You need to track everything long enough to get a real visual of how much you should be eating. What it LOOKS like. There are so many things that can be revealed by tracking your food.

*Not getting enough fiber? = weight gain and bloating

*Getting too much salt?= weight gain and bloating

*Getting too much hidden sugar from processed foods?= weight gain and bloating

*Getting too many carbs and not enough protein?=weight gain and loss of muscle

These are just the outward results seen in the body, I haven’t even touched on the medical issues that can result from these diet deficiencies. These are just a few of the things that can be shown through food tracking that you could easily adjust to see results so much faster! If you are clueless how to do this, go here and then sign up for the free version of My Fitness Pal. Track that sh*z!

2. Lower your sugar intake.

You absolutely MUST lower your sugar intake to between 25 and 30 grams per day if you are over 40 and seeing the weight gain we have been talking about. Eating a diet without processed foods, will help you tremendously to cut your sugar. If you are already eating a fairly “clean” diet, then look to see where the sugar is creeping in. Fruit is great for you, but too much will cause your sugar intake to skyrocket! Are you drinking sodas? Maybe that midday sugar ladened latte every day? Find out where it’s coming from and make some cuts and exchanges.

3. Reduce your alcohol intake.

This one is the hardest for me. I LOVE LOVE my red wine! I also LOVE a well crafted cocktail! For me, wine and cocktails represent family, friends, relaxation…….I love them. But I can’t carelessly sip those drinks anymore without repercussions. Alcohol can’t be used for fuel, so it is turned straight to fat in the body.(Depressing, I know……it’s almost like it was MEANT to be enjoyed in moderation! <snort>) You will have to figure out what works best for you. For me personally, I have experienced wonderful results from cutting back my alcohol consumption to only a few drinks on the weekends. I sleep better, have more energy and my waist is slimming back down. I swapped out my red wine at night for a cup of hot tea or a glass of  kombucha (in a wine glass, because old habits die hard and I’m classy like that).

4. Eat more vegetables.

Learn to love ’em. It is ESSENTIAL that you get enough fiber. I personally shoot for 25-30 grams. Not only does fiber ensure that you are absorbing the macronutrients you need for muscle growth, but it helps move food through your intestines which takes energy….which improves your metabolism among other things!

Follow me on FACEBOOK where I post pictures of my own My Fitness Pal pages, lunch ideas, tips and just tips, hacks and encouragement to make life easier over 40, while trying to keep it real. You can also follow me on PINTEREST where my boards are allllllll about women over 40!

We are in this together!

Cheers! <Raising kombucha> and Happy Valentines Day! Here’s a cute picture of Winston sniffing (and licking…..weirdo) flowers. Eat the chocolates and then lets get started tomorrow!Weight Loss over 40! Happy Valentines Day!

Melissa

Meal Prep!

Welcome back! It’s time for meal prep. Today I will walk you through the food prepping process that will keep you on track and barreling straight toward your fitness and weight loss goals this year! If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, you might want to start here, and here and then make your way back. Meal Prep!How To prep for Fitness Success

As a former personal trainer, I am here to tell you that this one, simple step, is what causes most people to fail to reach their goals. So much of your success is wrapped up in this 45 minutes or less, each week. Not for the rest of your life- but for now- you need to do this, to get where you want to be. If you are over 40- this is crucial to your success. Exercise alone, is not enough. Nutrition is key. Make a plan and make it work.

Here is a scenario:

Helga is out running errands. The post office takes WAY longer than it should and there is a major traffic jam on the way to pick up Jr. from his weekly worm farming co-op.  Helga had envisioned herself back at home eating a salad by now, and is SO.FREAKING.HUNGRY, it’s taking every bit of her will power not to to tell Jr just to shut.it.- as he prattles on excitedly about his fun time at the worm farm. Helga wants to be a good mom so she decides that she will just swing by the fast food joint, and get a salad for herself and a box of Fat n’ Happy for Jr. Five minutes later, she finds herself half way through a gray meat burger and scrounging her chipped, manicured hand around in the bottom of a greasy, salty container of fries.

Foiled again.

<Cue self-loathing.>

Don’t. Be. Helga. Have a plan.

One of the best tips I have is to cook in bulk. It will save you so much time during the week! So, you can either plan meals just for yourself, or cook in bulk to pull from for your entire family. Get your groceries (you can download my free list, to help you) and lets prep that sh*z!

How to meal prep

1. Cut up all of the vegetables that you will be using for your personal meals (lunch and breakfast; or cook enough to pull from for your whole family for the week-they need veggies too!) and place them in a steamer, or a steamer basket in the bottom of a pot. Get them steaming and cook to your personal preference. You can also steam in the microwave by placing the veggies and enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl, in a large microwavable bowl with a plate on top. Microwave on high for 5-8minutes and let sit until they have reached the desired doneness. Set aside.

2. Get out the proteins you will be using for your meals (lunch) and prepare and cook them to your liking. Grill it, roast it, sauté’ it……..whatever you like and however you like (no deep frying).Use seasonings liberally and fats (oils and butters) very sparingly.

3. Get out your starches. Cook some rice and/or your potatoes however you like, again, season liberally, use fats very sparingly.

4. Assemble your foods on the counter and get out your storage containers. (I’ll give you a second to find the blasted lids.) I only  prep my lunches, since I eat almost the same breakfast every day,( more on that here) and our dinner is a family affair, (but is also- quite shockingly- made up of proteins and vegetables). So, thats 6 lunches.

I personally like to keep my steamed vegetables in a large container and dip from them for every meal, for myself as well as for my family.meal prep for success

In my lunch containers, I put the amount of food to keep me around my calorie/ nutrition intake that I calculated here. This equals out to roughly 4 oz. of protein and 3 oz of starch….or about 1 cup of protein and about 1/2 cup of starches. meal prep for success

Using your own numbers that you calculated here, subtract 250 calories if you are trying to lose weight and put that number in as your calorie goal into My FItness Pal. This will help you know exactly how much to put in each of these containers for yourself. Stack them up and place them in the fridge. You are ready for the week!

meal prep for success

As lunch time rolls around, pop out your lunch. Grab a scoop of your steamed vegetables. You can add some fresh salsa, a tablespoon of cheese and/or guacamole and wall-la! It’s a damn good lunch! Alternatively, you can add some good quality honey mustard,  or fresh spaghetti sauce,topped with parmesan cheese. Just be sure to log it all in to your My Fitness Pal and make adjustments as you go through the week with amounts, to try to hit close to your goal number. There are endless combinations here, and I will have lots of tips and examples. Also, follow me on Pinterest where you will find a board dedicated to Family Paleo recipes.

Another scenario:

Belinda is out running errands. The post office takes WAY longer than it should and there is a major traffic jam on the way to pick up little Scarlet from her play hour at Mensa International. Belinda had envisioned herself back at home by now, eating her power lunch. But not to worry, she has her lunch packed with her, as well as a homemade, nutritious snack for little Scarlet. Belinda is a good mom, so she stops at the park to eat an impromptu picnic lunch while little Scarlet chatters away about her future dreams and plans of becoming a real estate mogul, building a cosmetic empire and eventually running for President of the United States.

Be Belinda. Have a plan.

Did you smile? The stories are for fun, but the planning is for real. It isn’t hard and it will save you from getting off track. If you find yourself dining out for lunch (NOT fast food! Remember Helga!), you won’t go wrong with meat and vegetables (not starches ie, fries).

Skip the bread, the chips and the soft drinks.

Most restaurant menus contain salmon and veggies, or steak and salad or chicken and veggies, these are all good choices and will keep you full steam ahead on getting in shape!

Next time, we will start talking about activities and exercises. Don’t worry- we just start where we are. I’ve got you. You can do this!

Begin with your nutrition and take the week to get the hang of logging in your food and getting rid of the junk. It is SO IMPORTANT to learn what your caloric intake should LOOK like. Get a visual! Be intentional! If you screw up,no worries- brush it off and hop right back in.

Are you completely confused? Need me to calculate your calories for you? Place your email in the sidebar on the right and then let me know your struggles- Email me!
I can help you with calculating your calories for My Fitness Pal and answer any questions you may have about getting started.

Don’t forget  to get the free, printable grocery list!

Here is a list of the “Getting in Shape” Posts in order, if you need to go back:

Getting In Shape Part 1

Getting in Shape part 2

Getting in Shape Part 3

Follow me on InstagramPinterest and Facebook where I will be sharing tips, hacks, pics of my own meals, my Fitness Pal set up and everything I can possibly think of to help you succeed!

Cheers!

Melissa