## Product Review: BeautiControl

Hey guys! I have a beauty product review for you all today that also happens to be gluten free. A friend of a friend sent me some of BeautiControl’s skin care products to review, and as you all know I don’t do a lot of beauty product reviews, but I know that a lot of my readers have cut gluten out of their lives, and this might be an alternative to their standard beauty regimen.

The friend of a friend is Monica, and not only is she a senior rep for BeautifControl, but she works full time as an Acupuncture Physician in Florida.  She seems like she is really confident about this product line, and I can see why.

The first thing I did when I received my samples was use the Skin Sensors and answer questions about my skin online. The scientist in me was very excited. All you have to do is hold these two pads to your forehead and cheek for 5 seconds each, then compare it to what is shown online.

Do you see the black dots on the gray box?  My face did that…

It was very easy and after answering more questions about my skin, my customized regimen popped up:

Cool, eh?

It may seem like a lot to put on your face, but I already have a pretty extensive facial regime so I am used to it! I have been using all of these products for about 2 weeks, and my skin looks great. I’m normally really apprehensive about trying new skin care products because my skin is really testy, but it did not break out when I used BeautiControl. I was very happy with that.

Purifying Cleansing Lotion $26 According to the catalog, this product is supposed to “purify skin, remove dirt and debris, and unclog pores.” I felt that it did a thorough job of cleansing my face. Exfoliating Polish$20

I LOVED this stuff. If I had to pick one item to get out of this bunch, it would be this exfoliating polish. My skin was so smooth from the jojoba beads. I couldn’t stop touching my face!! I pretty much made everyone feel how soft my face was after I used it.

Regenerating Tonic with PHAs $26 PHAs are polyhydroxy acids that exfoliate your face even more. This happens to also be an anti aging treatment that unfortunately I have to start thinking about since I just turned 30. Defend and Restore Moisture Creme SPF 20$34

Made of shea butter and jojoba esters, this hydrated my skin pretty well. I also felt protected since it also had an SPF of 20.

Defend and Restore Night Creme $38 The night creme was great. It didn’t smell bad so my husband wasn’t complaining, and I woke up in the morning with moisturized skin. Restructuring Eye Creme$35

The eye creme worked fine for me, but nothing really out of the ordinary. I have several eye cremes that I rotate, and I could really tell no difference between this one, and the 3 other ones that I use.

Are these prices worth it? If you are looking for a gluten free skin regimen, yes! If you want to try out just one item, I would suggest the exfoliating polish. My skin seriously felt like a baby’s butt. It was pretty awesome.

I also like that they will give you your money back if you don’t see visible changes within 30 days. Believe me, as I’ve gotten older, I like using products that make that guarantee. I don’t like wasting my money, and I WILL bring items back if they don’work.

Another thing, orders can be placed directly on the website and get shipped directly to the consumer.  I like that!

The only thing I don’t like about these products is that the ingredient lists seem to be pretty long, and I don’t believe they are organic ingredients. However, these products are far better quality than the majority of facial products out there, and if you have a gluten intolerance/allergy, BeautiControl is definitely a great option.

If you have any questions regarding BeautiControl, feel free to contact Monica at monicasinnett@yahoo.com.

**As always, even though I received samples of this product for free, all the opinions expressed are my own!!!!

Do you have any beauty products that you just love? Feel free to add links!

## Family Pics in Albuquerque

I just want to start off by saying, thank you all so much for your support concerning my last post! We really appreciate it.

I finished school off for the semester about a week and a half ago, had a couple of days to clean my house and attend a PA application orientation at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, then we were off to Albuquerque for family pictures. My grandfather is not doing well healthwise, and he wanted one “last” family picture.

Since were not counting on going out of town earlier this month due to the memorial, putting the dogs in a kennel was just not in our budget. It took us 12 long hours to get to Albuquerque with Kay and Fay in the car.

Of course, Kai needed to know exactly where we were going for the first 5 hours of the trip.

Fay could care less.

While were there, we ran about 3 miles a day. I needed to tire them out since we were staying with one of my best friends in her new house, and I was so paranoid about them chewing up things when we left to run errands during the day. They did great!

On the last day we were in Albuquerque, all 27 family members ventured out into the Bosque on the north side of Albuquerque for pictures. You think your family is difficult? Mine is like herding cats. The photographer did a great job at corralling everyone together! These are just some random pics from my iPhone and my sister’s camera…

I love this one…

As always, my trips to Albquerque go by so fast! We were so proud of the dogs. They were so well behaved. Maybe we are almost out of the puppy stage?!

They were exhausted on the ride home! Too many new people and new things!

In other news, I have a gluten free skin care line review later this week, and I signed up for a 10K that is in 3 weeks. Ack!!! I guess I better start running seriously! lol

P.S. What do you think of the new blog design??  I’m loving the change!

## Well Worth the Risk

We found out that a close friend of ours had been killed in Afghanistan the beginning part of April. I contemplated even posting about it especially since I have become a little bit more selective about what I put online since moving back to the states. However, I felt that I can’t just keep writing about “fitness” or “diet” (really such trivial issues compared to losing one’s life fighting for our country) without mentioning it briefly on my blog.

Nick worked with my husband in Tucson when we lived there 8 years ago. His family literally lived 5 minutes down a dirt road from us in Vail, AZ, and we were at their house easily 1-2 times a week while we lived there. He had an incredibly infectious smile and seemed to get out of sticky predicaments with ease. He was the best story teller and made everyone feel like they were a part of his family the second they walked into his house. He left behind a beautiful wife and two teenage daughters. He had served his country in the Air Force for over 20 years.

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a few years, you may have picked up that my husband is in the Air Force. I haven’t wanted to mention this before but I felt like it was relevant to this post.  My husband is a member of a elite special forces career field within the Air Force. With this comes more risk of death than many other career fields within the military. It is a very small career field because of the very high failure rate to get into the program (above 90%). This means, we all tend to find out right away when someone has been killed. Over the last few years we have lost a lot of people.

Until the memorial service, it just didn’t seem real that he was gone. The second the memorial service started I fell apart. I was crying for Nick’s family and the massive hole that was now in their hearts. He was such a great guy. We were driving around Tucson the day after the memorial, and Steve and I had to keep reminding ourselves that Nick was gone, and we couldn’t just stop by his house to say “hi” to him anymore.

When I found out the news about his death earlier this month I was devastated for his family. I also have to admit that I was relieved it wasn’t my husband. I wasn’t alone either. Other spouses shared those same thoughts with me. This is not an easy career field to be married to. My husband is gone a lot especially when we are stationed at an operational squadron, and the risk of him dying is pretty high whether his is working in the states or out. This is not make belief or a fairytale. This our life. This is military life. People die. Often. My husband and I have been together for almost 9 years now, and I have to say that I do not take him for granted nearly as much as I may have when we started dating.

However, he loves what he does, and so do most of the people that he works with. They put their lives on the line to save others. They are painfully aware of the risks they put themselves at every day. I’m proud of what my husband does. I’m proud to serve my country as a supportive military spouse. There are definite cons to being married to a guy in this career field, but you can’t help who you fall in love with, and the benefits far outweigh the cons in my opinion. I know Nick’s wife thinks the same way.

Nick, we miss you, buddy. We miss your big smile. We miss your larger than life stories. I know you won’t admit it, but you are a hero. We are proud to be your friends. You don’t have to worry about your family, because this is such a tight knit community. We will take care of them. As you could probably tell from looking over us this weekend, we honored you by having a great time catching up with some old friends and drinking your signature drink, crown and coke. You left behind a legacy that your family is proud of. We love you!

## Wonky Layout for a Few Days!

Hey All!

I just wanted to let you all know that my site will look a little funny for the next 3-6 days as I update it.  Thank you for your patience, and I hope you like the changes to come.

I will leave you will a cute weim picture of Kai in the meantime!

Talk to you soon!

## Things I Learned in My Twenties

So I turned 30 today. My 20′s were filled with getting out of my comfort zone not limited to getting married, moving 4 times across the United States and to Germany, completing my B.S., M.S., changing careers, and two Ironmans.

This picture is of me eating some brochen and sausage on the Happy Mosel (a 175 km bike ride in Germany with beer/sausage stands every 2 km) \in Germany. It was so scary (to me at first) when we moved to Germany because I was unfamiliar with EVERYTHING! I knew it would be good for me though.

I like this picture because I think it kinda represents me biting into “life” without fear! I learned so many lessons in the last decade, and I thought that I would share some with you:

1. Most things in life are NOT black or white.
2. I am so much more capable at accomplishing amazing things than I give myself credit for.
3. Marrying Steve was the scariest, exhilarating, most gratifying thing that I have done so far in my life. I’m so lucky to have met him and to have somehow convinced him to marry me.
4. Compassion. We all need to exhibit a little bit more of it.
5. Most people are insecure and that can dictate their actions.
6. If you know what you want, go get it. If you believe something will happen, it probably will.
7. I finally accepted the fact that I’m a nerd, and I’m embracing it.
8. I finally accepted the fact that I have an athlete inside of me as well.
9. I no longer feel the need to change my beliefs to match someone else’s or to make other people happy. I am who I am, and although I do expect some of my opinions to change as I age, I believe what I believe. Love and accept me for who I am because I love and accept you for who you are even if we might have different views. If you don’t, I have no room for you in my life.
10. Life is too short to have toxic relationships. My close friend list has dwindled, but I find it a good thing.
11. Sometimes it is better to keep my mouth shut. Still battling with this one.
12. Sometimes it is better to NOT keep my mouth shut.
13. I am no longer ignorant of how ignorant I am. Traveling around the world will do that to you.
14. Cherish the time you have with your loved ones. You never know when their time or your time is up.

I look forward to learning more about myself and the world in my 30’s

Do you have any life lessons you could add?