Health vs. Soda

As painful as it is, let us discuss Soda. As good as the carbonation feels going down our throats and how good it tastes, the cons are long and not without health issues. Many of us even switched to diet drinks in the past thinking it was better for us. News flash..both are equally bad. This is a battle I fight constantly as I can go for months with no soda then I fall off the wagon. Darn wagon.

Sugary Drinks Do Not Make You Feel Full and Are Strongly Linked to Weight Gain– this is due to an ingredient called fructose.

Large Amounts of Sugar Are Turned into Fat in Your Liver– fructose is broken down in your liver and that is the ONE organ that can digest this unlike glucose which can be broken down by any cell in the body. Sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup are about 50% fructose, which can only be metabolized by your liver. Excessive amounts may contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Sugar Drastically Increases Belly Fat Accumulation-Excessive belly fat is tied to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Sugary Soda May Cause Insulin Resistance — a Key Feature of Metabolic Syndrome….the hormone insulin drives glucose from your bloodstream into your cells.

Sugary drinks have powerful effects on your brain’s reward system, which may lead to addiction.

Soda Drinkers Have a Higher Risk of Cancer

Postmenopausal women who drink a lot of sugary soda may also be at greater risk for endometrial cancer, or cancer of the inner lining of the uterus.

What’s more, sugar-sweetened beverage intake is linked to cancer recurrence and death in patients with colo-rectal cancer.

The Sugar and Acids in Soda Are a Disaster for Dental Health-The acids in soda create an acidic environment in your mouth, while the sugar feeds the harmful bacteria that reside there. This can have severe adverse effects on dental health.

Sugar Consumption Is Linked to an Increased Risk of Dementia.

Kidney Health Issues—could lead to stones over a length of time.. and trust me ..I pass kidney stones frequently, and you do NOT want to even chance having one!!

Stroke- as your body stores fat more with drinking soda, this leads to hardening of arteries.

Research has shown that drinking 20 ounces of soda each day can shorten your lifespan by 4.6 YEARS.

Brain health-

The sugar in commercial sodas has been shown to slow down brain function and to damage synaptic activity in the brain which stops your brain cells from communicating with each other.

Research has also shown that diet soda speeds up the aging process in your brain. The toxicity of the chemical sweeteners contributes to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and mood changes.


Sugar crash, anyone? We’ve all experienced the energy-rich, good mood that comes from glucose and caffeine surging through our bloodstream. We’ve also all experienced the “crash” that comes afterward – which can cause mood swings, brain fog, irritability, anxiety, and fatigue.

Drinking soda stimulates the release of the mood-boosting serotonin each time you drink it, which makes you feel good…and so you want to drink it again. The problem is when you are consistently drinking soda, your serotonin can become depleted because you only have a limited supply. This then contributes to lasting feelings of depression. The sugar in soda has also been linked to inflammation in the brain. This “neuroinflammation” is also believed to contribute to depression.

While switching to diet soda may seem like the better choice to avoid sugar, the fake sweeteners are just as terrible for you. Drinking 4 or more glasses of diet soda per day has been shown to increase your risk of depression by 30%.


One of the easiest ways to physically age yourself is by drinking a soda pop. Insulin levels spike after drinking one, causing a flare of inflammation throughout your entire body. Inflammation causes enzymes to be released which, while helping to soothe the inflammation, break down the collagen and elastin in your skin. If you want to avoid fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, cut this destructive liquid out of your diet.

Please, the next time you order a soda, think about your loved ones who want you to be as healthy as you can. You are loved!

Part 2 Colonoscopy

Well let’s just say mine lasted 20 minutes and no pain at all. I wanted to discuss this as many people forgo tests because the associated pain that is talked about by friends or social media, etc. Your physical well being starts with you.

What is the most important is finding the right doctor for you, as an individual. And it is hard right now as we are video bound in this pandemic time. You should be listened to patiently and without prejudice. People don’t like the dentist…same, but I like my DENTIST..not the actual work being done. But he listens and is understanding when I need a break.

Sometimes when you’re young, you think you are unbreakable. But as you age, you fracture, and the body that was once immune to most things, is now at war.

Colonoscopy Part 1

I wanted to document this as I know it is scary for people, myself included, when you are under 50 (the age recommended for this procedure), and well worry in general.

Morning, so bowel prepping is no joke when it comes to a colonoscopy. First, yesterday at 3:00pm, I took 4 Ducolax. At 4 pm,I had to mix a bottle of miralax with 32oz of gatorade,and drink that pretty quick.

Now, I hear this method is better then the old way with the jugs full of orange liquid.

I had slight cramping , and have not been to bed..its 6:36 am as I blog from my phone. Bowel movements for me are every 2 to 5 minutes.

At 3am this morning I had to mix the 2nd bottle of MiraLAX and drink it. Besides constantly running to the restroom, slight headache, and being exhausted, it is not bad as of yet. My worry is driving 2 towns over in 2 hours…I hope it stops by golly, what could be left??

I did ask for Propofol in my IV..I worked in Anesthesia in the military and know this will just knock me out..Versed is ok, but I trust Propofal better.

Will document part 2 after procedure…which starts at 10 am! Wish me luck.

FOMO..Real or Nonsense?

FOMO or rather “fear of missing out” has put an abbreviation on something, that for me probably has been around since the dawn of time. While it is not a mental health condition, it does stem from anxiety, and is real to many people around the globe. Do you take your phone to the restroom and mindlessly flip through ANY social media?

FOMO has been largely associated with social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, IG, and other social networking sites. Personally, I feel you can experience it in many ways. Do you ever bad about missing work, although you are sick as a dog, but wonder what is going on or what is being said around the office? Or if a group of friends gather (pre COVID of course) and hang out, what are they going to do or talk about? Or it could be something small like missing your favorite TV show that everyone is talking about an hour after it is finished.

Do you know someone that has to ” keep up with the Jonses” at all times. This is FOMO of material things such as trips, clothes, furniture etc. The appearance of being the “it” rich person of the town. I do. Fear of missing out on what others have. I honestly thing social media has increased this 100% as pictures of people, possessions, and pretense is floating around 24/7-365.

I admit to having it regarding skincare and makeup sometimes. I try to take care of my skin, and makeup.. well I am a collector at times, but it is seasonal. I tend to stop in fall/winter. I deleted Facebook for a bit as it has become so negative and well the elections do not help.

As far as it is relates to anxiety, they go hand in hand. Worry is second nature to alot of people including myself, but that goes to another issue like things I did 20 years ago.. dumb things like that I cannot change. As far as FOMO, here are some signs:

According to JWTIntelligence, the following are signs that you have an unhealthy amount of FOMO:

  • You’re always on your phone, checking your Facebook notifications, and texting friends, even when you’re at a party, supposedly having a great time.
  • When you’re at home, you’re still constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, and text messages.
  • You have a hard time making a buying decision because something better might come along.
  • You don’t want to commit to making plans until you’ve heard from everyone and can pick the most exciting option.
  • You think other people are having a better time, buying better things, or living happier lives based on their profile page or tweets.
  • You feel anxious and inadequate after reading your friends’ Facebook updates.

How to help I think would unplug and appreciate what you have and know that you cannot change people, how they operate, or what they do or say. Be happy with yourself and what you have around you. UNPLUG from social media sometimes. As I have said before, there is no one else like you in the world. How cool is that?

August Boxy Charm Premium Unboxing!

Happy Sunday, this morning I was tested for COVID, I think I am missing have of my sinus cavity now. NOW if you add these all up you will see a fantastic value as the subscription for Premium is $35.00 AND you can customize your shades etc when you sign tones, eye colors, shades you prefer etc!

Onto better things! I opened my Boxy Charm and received the following, and as always the following info will come from their website. I enjoy subscription boxes.. its a cheap way to try new makeup and add to your collection.

OLEHENRIKSEN – Banana Bright™ Face Primer $38.00


Skincare + makeup come face to face. It’s lit. Meet Banana Bright Face Primer, the vitamin C-powered illuminating makeup primer that delivers instant radiance while improving and extending makeup wear. Inspired by the makeup artist must-have—“banana powder”—this subtly sunny makeup primer contains brightening pigments to bring radiance to the entire complexion. Whether it’s worn under makeup, mixed in with foundation, or even worn alone, Banana Bright Face Primer creates a dewy, healthy-looking glow. But that’s not all. The look of fine lines and wrinkles—instantly softened. Skin’s appearance—smoothed. With its soft-focus effect, this brightening primer formula creates a luminous canvas for an Ole Glow® that lasts and lasts.

Ciaté London – New England Editor Palette – New England $32.00


Inspired by New England in fall, this palette features super-soft and blendable shadows in a mix of richly pigmented, autumnal hues. Mix and match the metallic, glitters and mattes for effortlessly hazy eye looks.

DERMELECT Cosmeceuticals – XL Lash Volumizer $49.00


Extra Long (XL) Lashes and Brows can be yours! Thin and brittle no more as you can transform them to appear naturally thicker, fuller and stronger. This specially formulated, tri-peptide treatment works to bolster weak lashes and fortify sparse, thin brows. Leave-on overnight + extension friendly.

MAC Cosmetics – Amplified Lipstick $19.00


A creamy lipstick formula with a soft cushiony feel, medium-to-full buildable coverage and a satin finish.

Daily Concepts – Daily Detox Massaging Brush $19.00


The Daily Detox Brush is the perfect tool for elevating your dry brushing routine! Complete with responsibly sourced natural bristles and massaging rubber nodules this brush combines the vigorous texture to remove dead skin cells with the stimulation of the nodules to increase blood flow and circulation. Ultimately this is our go to for breaking up cellulite deposits, removing old dry skin and leaving us feeling glowy and baby soft! Use DRY as a pre-shower or bath ritual.

Milk Makeup – Long Wear Gel Eyeliner $22.00

Description Long Wear Gel Eyeliner has a highly pigmented, waterproof formula that stays in line all day long. Hydrating avocado oil and hyaluronic acid combine to smooth the look of skin so liner glides on without pulling or catching. The liner comes with a shaper and a smudger to allow for precise application or a smoky effect, depending on your mood. <—-I got this in an off white color and tried it in my water line, as a light color makes your eyes look awake etc and loved it!!! ( the 3rd from the left in picture)

Stand Against Pebble Mining in Bristol Bay

I do not know even where to start with this. I will be posting webpages throughout.Have you ever been busy doing something and hearing a few words made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck? It was about Bristol Bay in Alaska.

Pebble mining has been proposed.. So I thought about conservation and gathered some information as and filled my head with the following.

A gold and copper mine proposed for the headwaters of Bristol Bay would dig up roughly 60 million dump trucks worth of material, construct massive storage structures for toxic waste, build a power plant large enough to power a small city, and bulldoze an 86-mile transportation corridor through pristine ecosystems—but the federal agency assigned to evaluate the mining company’s plan says there’s no risk to the watershed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been on the fast-track to permitting the Pebble Mine project and part of that process is determining what impact mining will have on the region’s critically important freshwater resources.

It is said it will not hurt the environment in anyway.. BUT…

The risk is real

Nature and people can’t live without fresh water, and Bristol Bay is the lifeblood that sustains every species calling the region home.

There are more than 190 bird species in Bristol Bay, and all of them depend on a healthy water supply. So do roughly 400 rare freshwater harbor seals that live permanently in Iliamna Lake, where developers want to ship ore concentrate and other materials via a barge system. Brown bears migrate around the region in search of food and depend heavily on salmon. In fact, the salmon that thrive in Bristol Bay’s clean, cold tributaries are critical to the region’s remarkable abundance as mature fish distribute marine nutrients from the Bering Sea and North Pacific throughout the Bristol Bay watershed. This summer, more than 56 million salmon returned to their natal streams to complete their epic life cycles.

The communities of Bristol Bay need a healthy, freshwater-filled environment to thrive, too. Brown bear viewing supports a vibrant tourism industry worth tens of millions every year and salmon fishing supports an industry worth at least one $1 billion every year. Native communities rely on the harvest of salmon and other wild species for most of the protein consumed each year.

The environmental, economic, and cultural risks of this massive open-pit mine located at the headwaters of two of the planet’s most important salmon producing rivers are well documented. And an abundance of care is required to protect Bristol Bay’s irreplaceable

What’s at stake?

On average, 40-50 million wild salmon make the epic migration from the ocean to the headwaters of Bristol Bay every year – like no place else on earth! The Bristol Bay watershed:

This world-class resource is at risk from the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold mine that would destroy salmon habitat, and cause lasting harm to this phenomenally productive ecosystem. According to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Phase 1 of the proposed Pebble Mine would:

  • Destroy more than 80 miles of streams and 3,500 acres of wetlands
  • Create a toxic pit lake filled with 61 billion gallons of mine water
  • Generate billions of gallons of mine pollution each and every year that will require treatment in perpetuity
  • Build and operate a 230 MW power plant
  • Lay a 188-mile long natural gas pipeline over land and under Cook Inlet and Iliamna Lake – Alaska’s largest freshwater lake
  • Create a barge system across Lake Iliamna to transport mine concentrate

The Bristol Bay salmon fishery is a sustainable and renewable resource, whereas the ore from the Pebble mine is nonrenewable. The ore will be shipped overseas to Asia, the profits will go to a foreign mining company, while the severe and lasting impacts stay here. In contrast, if the clean water and wild salmon habitat of the Bristol Bay watershed are protected, the salmon fishery can continue to feed our nation and power our economy forever.  Perpetual pollution or perpetual salmon?  An easy choice.

Why protect salmon?

By Guido Rahr, President and CEO of Wild Salmon Center

Few animals have been as central to the Pacific human experience as salmon. Their annual migrations are a miracle of nature. They feed us and their presence tells us that our rivers are still healthy. From grizzly bears to orca whales, at least 137 different species depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon provide. The last intact salmon watersheds around the North Pacific are composed of free-flowing rivers and dense forests, which provide clean drinking water and absorb carbon to slow climate change. Pacific salmon fuel a $3 billion industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and local economies and communities around the Pacific Rim. Millions of people around the Pacific rely on salmon as a healthy and reliable source of protein. Native people have always seen the salmon as the life-sustaining centerpiece of their culture, dating back millennia.

In short, salmon are the key to protecting a way of life rooted in the North Pacific environment: protect salmon and you protect forests, food, water, communities, and economies. But our work over the last two decades has shown that only an aggressive, proactive approach on the strongest remaining salmon rivers – salmon strongholds – can halt the decline of these iconic species and all the benefits we derive from them.

The Clean Water Act

Alaska Native communities, commercial and sports fishermen, businesses, conservation groups, and sportsmen called on the EPA to protect Bristol Bay from the impacts of large-scale mining. They petitioned the EPA to use its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to protect the salmon’s spawning grounds from mine waste disposal.

The EPA’s scientific assessment determined the construction of a large-scale mine in the area would result in lasting harm to the salmon fishery. In July 2014, the EPA initiated a proposal, called the Proposed Determination, placing reasonable limitations on mine waste disposal in the Bristol Bay headwaters to protect the salmon fishery.

Despite over 1.6 million comments of support for these Clean Water Act protections, including over 20,000 Alaskans, the EPA under the Trump Administration, initiated a process to reverse course on its proposed protections, and withdrew these important salmon protections in July 2019.

Join the campaign today at

Why YOU should try IL Makiage

Hello beautiful humans! SO I was all excited today when my delivery came in from IL Makiage. <– I will be quoting exact background from this company from this website. The “woke up like this” foundation is 44.00$, but they have an array of products from lips to bronzer on their website.

Why did I want to try it? The website has an extensive shade quiz to make sure to try to match your perfect shade. You ONLY have to pay around 5.00 $ to try it for 14 days, then the amount comes out of your account. (FYI the full amount comes out day 1, but falls off within 4 days.) So for 14 days you can try it with all your favorite primers and favorite makeup. I did get an eyeliner that I did not order but LOVE , as the tip is a fine point liquid black. That is why you should try it! Why not try try before you commit to buying the product?! That is hard to find.. I shop online and sometimes I do get my shade wrong and I am stuck with it!

Sadly I dropped the glass bottle and it shattered all over our bathroom floor. BUT I did scoop some up and was not my color, BUT did feel soft on my skin!! Let me know if you have tried it!

Company background:

Our saga-

Our journey started in 2013. Bold and unapologetic women, equal parts swagger and substance, were breaking barriers in classrooms, politics, business, sciences, sports and the arts in every corner of the world. In the spring of that year, the idea to revive IL MAKIAGE was born.

My brother discovered this American treasure — proprietary formulations for professional makeup that were used for decades by some of the most renowned celebrities and professional makeup artists,but remained unavailable to millions of high maintenance women with equally high standards who know exactly what they’re worth and demand to be treated accordingly.

Together, we embarked on a mission to extend this hidden gem into a full makeup line with uncompromising attention to detail, designed to capture the spirit of confident women everywhere.

We teamed up with hundreds of professional makeup artists and committed to only launch product that was unequivocally better than any other they’d ever used. We may not have been the first in the category, but we would be the best (yes, I am high maintenance). 
Over the next five years, we painstakingly developed lipsticks, foundations and mascaras, testing repeatedly in a number of stores. 

In 2017, we opened our office in SoHo, NYC. Now, in the spring of 2018, we are finally ready — and thrilled — to unveil the full line we created. So, to all of you who share the view that minimalism is dead, come join us. We hope you adore our products as much as we do.

Shiran Holtzman Erel, Co-Founder

So, even if I have to pay for a broken bottle, I will try again in the future and report back!!

What Science is Behind IT Cosmetics?

Virtual Hugs to everyone! I recently received IT cosmetics #701 Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Brush #701 and Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder in medium tan in the mail. Now as a woman in her 40’s I am excited as my skin is priority and I have been researching how to nourish and protect it. ( below product info)

IT Cosmetics : INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY IS IT. IT Cosmetics partners with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop skin-loving solutions and clinically tested formulas. In the hands of real women, these game-changing products become life-changing.

Now everything I know about IT cosmetics always stresses “infused with skincare” .. ok but what skincare?

Lets start off with how it is advertised.

Heavenly Skin™ Bye Bye Pores Brush #701

Key Benefits
  • Pairs perfectly with your favorite skincare products, and loose and pressed color-infused skincare powders
  • Patent-pending, anti-aging Heavenly Skin™ hair for your youngest-looking, most beautiful skin
  • Custom-cut brush head optically blurs away the look of lines, pores and imperfections
  • Anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants
  • Cruelty-free, animal-free and pro-hygienic—perfect for even the most sensitive skin types!

Discover how Great Brushes Give You Great Skin™ with this truly revolutionary, skin-perfecting brush from IT Cosmetics™! Featuring patent-pending Heavenly Skin™ hair infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants, the innovative brush technology instantly improves the look of your skin upon application—and delivers beautiful results every time. Pair it with your favorite skincare products, and loose and pressed color-infused skincare powders, and experience how the custom-cut brush head does the work for you, optically blurring away the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections for an airbrushed, flawless finish. Developed with plastic surgeons, this game-changing brush is cruelty-free, animal-free and pro-hygienic for even the most sensitive skin types!

The key ingredients are anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants to improve the look of your skin with continued use- and these are in the brush as well! I cannot imagine skin care in a brush.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

Sheer to Full Coverage Finishing Veil + Skin-Loving Optical-Blurring Perfector

Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder delivers a skin-softening, flawless effect in 30 seconds! This sheer-to-full coverage powder transforms the look of your skin with a veil of optical-blurring pigments that camouflage pores, dark spots and other imperfections.It can be used as a finishing powder over your favorite foundation or alone as your buildable coverage foundation. Infused with hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed collagen, niacin and peptides, the talc-free formula won’t settle into lines or pores—and delivers your most airbrushed results!

IT Cosmetics partners with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop skin-loving solutions and clinically tested formulas.

Part 2 will be coming after 4-6 weeks of usage

I tried BeccaZero-No Pigment Virtual Foundation so you don’t have too!

Happy Monday! Where did the weekend go?! So in the picture below, you will see the component of the BeccaZero item I will be talking about. Now, the marketing was genius, as the movement is a more no makeup-makeup trend is emerging. A your skin but better idea.

Now below you see it paired with a few of the foundations I wear, for a side by side color view idea… Dior, Fenty, Physicians Formula..I did not put my love for the Covergirl Skin Milk Foundation, but just now it is #1 for a light day, (will be doing a post on BB cream vs CC cream vs tinted moisturizer post soon), but you see it is clear with no color. I bought this at Sephora, but it is sold at many other retail stores.36.00$

Now this is a gel like, zero color substance with a fresh scent, but it did not do a single thing for my redness or combo skin. It comes with a small spatula to dip into the product. But I thought hey if it blurs and makes it look a noticeable bit better, why not? I l would love to smooth that on my skin and just go! For me it .. it was cooling on my skin and did did somewhat have a smoothing effect, but did not minimize pores.Now I will use it as a primer. Here is how it is marketed per Becca:

BECCA Zero No Pigment Virtual Foundation is our new makeup and skincare hybrid to smooth and blur the appearance of skin while hydrating all day, with a transparent-matte finish.

The skin smoothing benefits of a foundation without the pigment to let your skin shine through. Our new hybrid of makeup and skincare uses Clear Light Blur Technology, which is made up of water releasing powders that burst upon contact to blur the appearance of imperfections for a transparent-matte finish. Infused with hyaluronic acid, the silicone-free formula controls oil all day while giving skin all-day hydration. Like a refreshing splash of cold water, the gel-like texture cools on contact, leaving skin with a transparent-matte finish.

BECCA Zero No Pigment Virtual Foundation is perfect for days when you want to take a break from a full face of makeup, but still want to perfect your complexion, showing the world everything you love about your face. Skin is visibly smoothed out, blurred out, with a virtually invisible finish.

This product is vegan. BECCA Cosmetics is cruelty-free and PETA certified.

Key Benefits:

  • Blur + smooth appearance of imperfections
  • All-day hydration
  • All-day oil control
  • Non-acnegenic

Key Ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Instantly hydrates skin(<<<<<<<<<<<<my favorite thing on earth)

What It’s Formulated Without:

  • Pigment
  • Animal Byproduct
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Silicones
  • Parabens
  • Alcohol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Sulfates

If you have perfect skin, this could be for you! I put it my mini beauty fridge, will report back when I use it as as primer! Stay Safe! Write me if you loved this product!