Shopping: Nude Flats a Fashion Must

Me Too Legend flats

Me Too Legend Flats in Driftwood

A pair a nude flats are essential in every woman’s closet.  They will match nearly everything you own.  When shopping for a pair of nude flats, think about the pieces that you want to coordinate them with in your wardrobe.  You’ll need to decide if you want simplicity or something with a little spice — or several pairs.  Personally, I live in flats.  After I bought the Me Too Legend in Driftwood, I couldn’t remember how I ever got along without them!  They’re currently on sale ($59.90) at Nordstrom.com

Be sure to check out the Me Too website for additional shoe styles.  I love all of my Me Too flats, so I hope you will too!

 

*I’m always completely honest in my posts and I enjoy reviewing products.  I bought these shoes this season, but I will always disclose if I have received something as a gift.

 

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Horsetail Powder in my Beauty Vitamin

This morning I was looking at the ingredients in my vitamin for Hair, Skin, and Nails and I found something strange.  Let’s just get this off the table first, I am a bit of a vitamin fanatic and while I like to boost my immune system and compensate for the things I don’t always eat, I also like to give my appearance a little internal boost whenever possible.  I’ve always been a big fan that beauty comes from within (rather than appearance), but vitamins for healthy skin, hair, and nails are important.  I’m not looking for the fountain of youth or anything, but in case you find it please let me know.

Now, back to this morning’s quandary; I found an ingredient listed that I’d never noticed before.  Among the ingredients listed was 3mg Horsetail Powder.  Yikes!  I immediately thought of the worst scenario possible.  Wouldn’t you?  All I could imagine is someone trimming a horses tail and grinding the remains up for my youthful vitamins.  Thank goodness I was wrong.

Horsetail is a non-flowering perrenial very much like a fern, but with shoots that have a similar appearance to asparagus.  Silica crystals form on the stem of the plant as it dries and the outer portions are ground into powder.

Horsetail Plant

Horsetail in Plant Form

 As a descendant from a large tree-like plant from the Paleozoic era (400 million years ago), it has been used as an herbal remedy in early medicine.  Traditionally, the plant was used to stop bleeding, heal wounds, and treat tuberculosis.  In modern medicine, it has been used as a diuretic; for kidney stone treatments; to reduce blood sugar levels; and as a bone strengthening agent for those with osteoporosis due to its silicon mineral.

So why is horsetail found in my beauty vitamin?

Because of the high silica content, horsetail helps to strengthen weak, brittle, and damaged hair.  It also can strengthen your nails and promote collagen production to help your skin.  I’m not sure how relevant it is to take 3 milligrams a day, but I guess every little bit helps.  Horsetail can be used in herbal tea and is also available in an extract form.  Often it is an ingredient used in shampoos and conditioners as a remedy for eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.

As with all vitamins, proceed with caution and don’t over do it, as you may not know how your body will react initially.  Always check with your doctor before adding additional vitamins and supplements to your daily regiment.  If you’re pregnant or nursing, horsetail is not recommended.

Source:  University of Maryland Medical Center

Image Source:  Simple Life Consultant: Plants and Their Benefits

 

As with all of my health related posts, here is a kind reminder that I am only a Wise Brunette and not a Doctor Brunette (sorry mom and dad).  Please always check with your physician when it comes to your health.

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Beauty Products: Joico Body Luxe Volumizing Foam

After my last appointment with my hair stylist, I was newly sporting a cropped bob with layers.  I have thick hair and without a little extra boost, it tends to get very weighted.  She convinced me to try Joico Body Luxe Volumizing Foam and I will say from personal experience this product works wonders.

beauty product joico vulumizing foam

A hair product to add volume and lift and hold your style all day!

After I get out of the shower, I quickly towel dry my hair to soak up most of the moisture.  Then, I scrunch a bit (2-3 pumps) of the volumizing mouse into my wet hair, concentrating on the top of my head to add lift.  I blow dry and style with a round brush.  It gives my hair extra body and helps to hold the shape of my style.  It is a non-aerosol product which pumps to produce a foam.  The non- greasy formula makes it feel like you don’t have any product in it at all and to top it off, it smells delicious!

“Hydrolyzed Oat Protein deposits onto hair to thicken, while volumizing silicones protect from heat styling.”

— a quote from Joico.com

 

This is not a sponsored post and is based  purely from my own experience.  I’m always happy to try to new products, so feel free to visit my contact page for more information.  If you’d like to send something for review, I’d love to discuss a collaboration.
 
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