My Share: Growth & Shine And Organic Coconut Oil

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20161214_080402Here are two products I have had the opportunity to try (and the wife helped this time) and am reviewing for you all today. Both products come from Schwartz Bioresearch – which provides a good quality product and stand well behind what they provide to their customers.

Organic Coconut Oil: The bottle reads “Cold Pressed & Unrefined” “Pure Extra Virgin” and is 2000mg. The product label also says that this has no added flavors or sweeteners – has no non-GMO ingredients, pure and solvent free, abundant in MCT’s, it is made in the USA and has been tested by a third party.

First I must say that I like the fact that the product seems pure to its makeup with no extra added ‘stuff’ that we don’t need to add to our body. I also appreciate that it is made in the USA – did you know a lot of health products are not which to me allows for a lot of weak and dangerous ingredients the opportunity to be added without our knowledge. I also stress that I always buy items first that are made in the US.

If you are asking what does coconut oil do or why should I take it here is the answer. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease. In short, it helps your body create good fat and helps convert bad fats.

Before I go on, I must add that you should consult with a health care professional before starting any product to make sure it is a right fit for you and does not have any negative impact on medications you might be taking.

I have taken this product for a few days and will continue until I have blood work done at the end of January. I consulted with my Dr. to make sure it was fine to take and was given the go ahead. On my last blood work I had a mild elevation so I will see what happens then and do an update to this post. One thing I want to say is that when first opening the bottle I did not smell a terrible smell – I have taken supplements before that I had a hard time with because of the smell – but no worries here at all.


Fast Acting Women’s Growth & Shine Hair Formula With Biotin: (The wife did this review) The box reads “Luxurious Hair Starts From Within” “Specifically formulated for women, Accredited third party tested, Natural and non-GMO ingredients, 100% allergen and gluten free and Made in the USA”

Hi, I normally do not test the products but was excited to do this one! When the hubby presented me with a box and said I need you to try these I was a little taken back. After reading the box and reading more online my interest was peeked. As I have grown older my hair is getting weak and split ends happen more and more. I was going to take the product with the hope that I would see improvement.

I have only taken this product for about ten days. I personally had not seen any improvement – but when do we see good happening to ourselves right? I had one cashier tell me that my hair had a nice shine and asked what I used. Nothing different!?! The hubby also said that my hair feels smoother. Wait – does that mean he thought my hair felt like straw before?

I wanted to wait to do the review until after I got a thinning out of my hair and hair cut to remove my damaged and split ends…. ugh! 40’s suck! I went to my usual appointment with my usual hair stylist. I have gone to her for about five years now. She washed my hair and asked if I minded any product being added. Then she stopped me and said – never mind you really don’t need anything added. She said my hair had a nice bounce and felt very nice. She asked if I had started using any different products – Nope!

I am going to use the product for the next couple of months and will let you know how I think the product has helped with an update then.





Victorian Circassian Beauties

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In the 1860s P. T. Barnum exhibited women as Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive hair style, which had no precedent in earlier portrayals of Circassians, but was soon copied by other performers, known as moss haired girls.

These were typically presented Turkish sexual slaves who had escaped the harem for freedom in America.

Their distinctive hairstyle was held in place by the use of beer.

For some reason I am compelled to share this with you – it is something I have never heard about before and am going to be reading more about it. If I find more information about this I will update this post.


Victorian Fashion

Elaborate dresses, lavish balls, a beautiful countryside and images straight from the canvas of the great artists come to my mind when I think about the Victorian era. The Victorian period or the Victorian era can be termed as the period under the reign of Queen Victoria. This period was between the year-1837 to 1901. I am sure many women would love to slip back into time and fulfill their dream of wearing bustle skirts with some fancy feathered hats at some point in their lives! Rich fabrics and genteel women attending fancy dos with cultured men are some of the glimpses of the life back then! Here’s a look at the kind of fashion followed in the Victorian Era. Victorian fashion has many interesting things to note and you can delve into the depths of Victorian fashion, right here!

Victorian Fashion:
The term Victorian fashion is generally used only with regard to the United Kingdom. There were certain clothing styles and mannerisms that were observed during this period. In the early period of the Victorian Era, the silhouette for the woman was more of the demure kind. Women wore pointed bodice, which were long and had fitting waists. The bodice was designed to enhance the waist. In the early period, Victorian clothing for women was about restriction of arm movements. Another interesting feature were the detachable collars! The colors used in the early period of the Victorian fashion were soft, pastel shades. Patterns were delicate and fashionable, all designed to maintain the femininity of the woman.

Beehive shaped skirts was another characteristic feature of Victorian fashion. Here, garments were stiffened to give a particular appearance. Crin also known as horsehair, was used for a particular portion of a garment so that it stiffens in that particular area. Crin was used for hem linings and sleeve heads of the dresses.

Although cloth was manufactured in the mills, Victorian clothing in 1837 was generally designed and assembled by tailors and other such specialized people who were into designing clothes and hats. These people catered to only a specific few of the society who could afford this service; others stitched their clothes at home.

Bell shaped skirts also became a rage and these became wider in the 1830s. The bell shape soon became dome shaped. As these skirts became bigger and flared out, they also needed support from the inside. Victorian dresses therefore needed to be worn with a lot of petticoats. The lower portion was also supported by horsehair, which were woven into the pattern for the stiffened look.

The cashmere shawl was also a prominent feature of Victorian fashion. It was particularly noticed in 1840. By then, the shawl was used as wrap over the dresses. Women also wore heavy fabrics such as satins and silks and there was also a time when fabric dictated the status of the person in the society as well.

Slowly these huge ballooned Victorian skirts gave way to the hobble skirts. Hobble skirts brought into fashion narrow skirts, where in knee length corsets were combined with the entire ensemble. Hobble skirts often restricted movement, which is probably why they have been given this name. These slim skirts created a problem for women in the comfort factor yet they gained popularity with time. Today, the slim pencil skirt can still be witnessed in the fashion scenario in many modified ways.

Apart from horsehair, bustles were also used to increase the fullness of the skirts. Bustles were used to make the waist look smaller. Many times, the fullness of the fashion was spread out towards the back and this often fanned out in the shape of a train. Bustles were also seen in different shapes. Sometimes, these also created a hump below the waist area on the backside, which was considered to be a fashion statement in the Victorian era. The bustle therefore, can be considered to be yet another typical feature of Victorian fashion.

Victorian fashion for men was about Norfolk jackets and the sack suits. Men preferred to don themselves in casual attire.

Victorian fashion was thus quite elaborate as far as women’s clothing was concerned. Victorian clothing is still very much popular and the basics have been woven into new modern designs to create contemporary attire!