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Monday, February 1, 2010

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion - Review & Giveaway! [ENDED]

"Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion that helps the skin restore its integrity and enhance its protective functions so that the skin is able to heal naturally and regain its youthful appearance. Skin MD Natural works by bonding with cells of the skin's outermost layer to form an invisible shield. This layer of protection prevents environmental irritants and pollutants from penetrating the skin, while locking in the skin's own natural oils and moisture, helping heal dry skin, leaving skin feeling silky and smooth. It is dermatologist recommended and hypo-allergenic. It is also fragrance, colorant and paraben free, so it is safe to use for the whole family."

I have eczema, and those of you with similar skin conditions can vouch for the fact that it's really hard to find a lotion that doesn't make it WORSE, let alone helps much at all! I personally have to really be careful of what my skin comes into contact with. Regular dish detergent, if in contact with my skin for multiple or prolonged time, causes my skin to blister, ooze, and scab. Many lotions make me itch so bad it could drive a person insane. When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I worked in food service. My tender wrists became so damaged from the cleaning substances used to keep the place sanitary that I wound up wearing extensive bandaging on my wrists with rubber gloves over top and customers began to wonder what I'd done to myself. The boss forbade me from washing dishes to limit my exposure to the dish detergent, and I was using a prescription steroid cream to try to reverse the damage to my skin. To this day I have a faint oval scar on one wrist and the other has a large patch of skin that looks about 5 years older and wrinklier than the skin around it.
When I was contacted to try out and review Skin MD Natural's Shielding Lotion, I was skeptical at first. After reading through more of the plethora of information on their website, my curiousity was piqued! I really wanted to know if this lotion was as different as it claims to be. Having tried hundreds of lotions over the years, I think I would have settled for a lotion that didn't make me itch. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Shielding Lotion works so well, beyond what I had imagined, that I don't want to ever use regular lotion again! My face is really weird. It has patches of dry flaking skin and patches so oily it's gross, all on the same face at the same time right next to each other. It drives me INSANE because face lotions either make the greasy spots greasier, or the dry patches peel, or both, or makes me break out... Face lotion is such a nightmare. So I got this new lotion and put it on after a shower and left it on for several days without soaping it. I wanted to know how long it would take before my skin got so oily I couldn't stand it or I started breaking out. To my complete shock, my dry patches were smooth and non-flakey, my oily places stayed non-greasy, and my face stayed looking amazingly smooth and blemish-free for 3 days. It was the freakiest thing I've ever seen! No kidding! So now I'm totally sold on this stuff. Like I don't think I could ever go back. It's AWESOME. :D

I am completely sold on this lotion! And anyone who knows me knows that I'm a real skeptic when it comes to lotions. And facial lotions are a nightmare, trying to find something that balances the oily spots and the dry spots without breakouts... I literally am still in shock when I see how well this lotion works. I'm like, "This has to be some optical illusion becuase it can't possibly really work this well!" Lol! And it isn't even specifically a lotion FOR the face! It's for hands, face, body... everywhere. After putting it on my hands and the old-eczema-skin patches on my wrists my skin feels sooo soft! I am putting it on my belly over my Stretch Oil to help seal in the moisture and prevent stretch marks. :) Then my 3 year old wants to pet mama's soft belly skin... which is kinda weird but sweet. And lets me know my moisturizing routine is working!
Skin MD Natural has generously offered a giveaway! One lucky entrant will win a bottle of Skin MD Natural's Shielding Lotion to fall in love with for themselves.

You must do entry #1 before you qualify for any other entries. All entries after that are optional; you may do some, none, or all. You MUST leave your email address in your primary entry AND in each of your daily Tweet link comments so I don't have to hunt too hard for it if you win. If you make a mistake, don't add-on an extra comment to fix; Delete your mistake comment and then replace it with the corrected version so I do not think you are trying to cheat! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Wednesday, the 17th of February 2010, at NOON Mountain Standard Time. Winner will be emailed, has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked, and will be announced in a post on here as soon as they are confirmed. By entering this or any of my giveaways, you acknowlege that you have read and agree with my Giveaway Rules and Liability Policy /Disclosure(as updated 1/9/10) . Please read each entry qualification carefully;

#1. Primary entry, READ CAREFULLY: Visit Skin MD Natural's website, then come back here and tell me something you learned that I did not mention in my review. Don't forget to leave your email address in your comment.

#2. Bonus entry: Leave a thoughtful comment on any of the most recent 7 posts on my main blog Every Precious Joy and then come back here and tell me which post you commented.
#4. Bonus entry: Leave a thoughtful comment on any of my reviews on this blog, then comment on this post saying which review you commented.
#4. Bonus entry: Tweet (up to once a day if you wish) and then comment here with the tweet link and your email again. Don't forget to comment here afterward so it counts! You may make up your own tweet or use my suggestion below, but make sure it contains @MamaMirage so I can see it, and the link to this giveaway.
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#6. Bonus entry: Blog about this giveaway with a link to this giveaway and to Skin MD Natural in your post, and then come back here and leave me the link to where you blogged it so I can see! {worth 3 entries-comment here 3 times}

The opinions expressed in this review are my own. Results may vary for others. I was provided a free product to try out for my review, and the opportunity to host a giveaway. No other form of compensation was received.

Book Review: "This is Your Brain in Love" by Dr. Earl Henslin

Book Review:
"This is Your Brain in Love
New Scientific Breakthroughs for a More Passionate and Emotionally Healthy Marriage"
By Dr. Earl Henslin

I flip flopped back and forth while reading this book. First I thought,
"Well, yeah great intimacy is all well and good to talk about how we should have it, but are you gonna give any helpful info?"
Then I was thinking, "Uh oh, is he going to be shoving drugs down all our throats? Please tell me this book doesn't imply that most people need prescription drugs to have a happy marriage!"
THEN I was thinking, "Uh-oh, it looks like he's excusing people's bad behavior saying that if you've had a brain injury it's not your fault if you act like a total jerk!"
But, by the end, instead of reading with furrowed eyebrows, I was nodding with a smile! He wrapped up my wonderings, did not excuse people from taking responsibility for their actions, and provided ideas for diet and natural supplements to help balance the most important organ in your body- the brain.
I also wondered how a brain/intimacy book could be a Christian book. Usually scientific minded authors who claim Christianity seem to put God in as an afterthought. I appreciated that Dr. Henslin did not crowd God out with "science." I did not find the religious references to feel out of place or awkward.
This book does talk about intimate relations and is therefore not appropriate for all readers.
A surprisingly helpful and very informative book for married couples.
This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson.
I review for BookSneeze

I was provided a free copy of the book for review purposes. I was not paid or told what to say. My opinion is my own and may not be the same as yours or the author's or publisher's.

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Giveaways Ending February 1st 2010
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NEW!Sage and Savvy is giving away a no-wrap wrap baby carrier from MyBabyNest! This giveaway ends on February 1st and can be found HERE!
NEW!Sugarpop Ribbons is giving away a teething necklace and bracelet set from Chewable Jewels! This giveaway ends on February 1st and can be found HERE!

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