Today, I am hoping for a healthier heart…

I mentioned in my previous post that “prevention is where it’s at.” In trying to get that beautiful mind, let’s work on having a healthy heart! So this morning, I made sure to make some oatmeal (I opted for quick oats since ain’t nobody got time for dat actually cooking oats) that is healthy.

How are you trying to stay healthy today? 

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Okay, maybe that’s a little more than a dash of cinnamon. Teehee.

Healthy Oatmeal – Healthy Heart
Ingredients

Oatmeal (stovetop or microwave)

  • 3/4 cups quick oats
  • 1-1.5 cup of water/milk

Toppings –

  • 1 saturn peach (also known as donut peaches) –
         **use any other fruit of choice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds
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Today, I am a copycat and learn how to cure a tickling throat…

I laughed out loud at Charkie’s post in my office (YES! Did I already update you all? I got rid of my cubicle <– go ahead and click on it to view the old space). And then I decided to jump on the bandwagon and copy Charkie.

Cure an itch/a tickle in your throat by scratching your ear.

Wish I had known this throughout my previous twenty-three years of existence. But as it goes – it’s never too late! Since I’m not the medical student that Charkie is, I regret to say that I have no explanation for why this works. Maybe I’ll let her do that part for me.

Have a lovely hump day! I go back to work.

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Today, I’m going on a date!

Eeeeeep. I’m going on a date… I won’t say much for now except that I will meet with someone for tea/coffee. 🙂 I’ll channel my inner Liz Lemon –

On a side note, I attended the Pharmacology lecture of my mini medical school series and I just wanted to let you all know: Throw out your grapefruit juice if you’re taking any sort of -statin (high cholesterol) medications! (Avoid that food-drug interaction that you don’t want! And yes, that means Crestor, Lipitor, etc.)

Have a lovely hump day!

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Today (or yesterday), I begin mini-medical school!

I learned all about the female pelvis last night. EXCITING STUFF, right?! I was filled with excitement at the thought of going to class. Those first class nerves and anxiety appeared. What if I get lost trying to find the classroom? (Let me remind you that it’s just downstairs from where I work.) Luckily, a co-worker and I are attending the class together and so I did not get lost. +1!

Light refreshments and drinks were provided and then we began the first lecture: ANATOMY. The takeaway from the night is that there are so many things that could go wrong with pregnancy. I’m a bit worried. And I started seeing random structures everywhere. Doesn’t this look like an evil bat?

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After lecture, we were taken to the anatomy lab for a hands-on experience. Despite my initial (a couple of seconds) disgust at the beef jerky’s and pork ribs on the table, I later found my curiosity and excitement to be able to explore the human body that I was the first one at the table for the gloves. And here I was… poking and prodding at everything (someone’s hip bone? someone’s armpit?), holding hearts and lungs and just engrossed in the aesthetics of the human body.

Have you ever worked with a cadaver? Have you been out of school for a long time? Do you yearn to take classes again? Or are you in school and yearn to be a free-spirited professional? 🙂 Happy hump day!

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Today, I am glad it’s Friday! (Blush Beauty Mystery Box September 2013)

Looks like I’m going to be the fifth wheel tonight at Jaleo DC. Might as well start hashtagging things as #foreveralone… or as I joking mentioned to the Arkies, my ONE TRUE LOVE or OTP or #onetruepairing is with food 🙂 NEVER BE ASHAMED of your interests and loves. Speaking of interests and loves, my Blush mystery box came! 🙂 🙂 I have to leave in about 30 minutes, so I’ll keep this short-ish! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Blush and this month is no exception! But let me just say that ONE of the products I received made the entire box worth it to me!

Blush Mystery Box 
The Box: Full, deluxe and travel size products worth at least $100 + a free gift
Cost: $24.95 (monthly subscription)/ $34.95 (one time subscription)
See my previous reviews HERE

***Coupon: If you’d like to try blush out but are not willing to subscribe, send an email to todaycommai@gmail.com and I’ll send you a referral link for a $10.00 off a one-time subscription (or it’s really off any $30 product at DermStore, blush or HairEnvy) 

A preview of the beauty box. Something feels bulky inside the bag. What could it be??!?!?!!!!

Racinne Deluxe Travel Set (Valued at $70.56)
MY EYES WENT @_@ when I pulled this bulky kit out of the mystery bag. This set consists of the Ultimate Youth Power Cream (.34 oz), Serum  (.34 oz), Mask  (1.07 oz), and Neck Emulsion  (.34 oz). This line uses Korean ginseng callus extracts and active antioxidant ingredients to reduce the signs of aging.

Amlactin Triple Action Alpha-hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream (3 oz / $10)
Basic foot cream. It has kind of a light, fresh wood scent (maybe that’s not the right description). But it’s light and not overpowering.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Midori (.5 oz /$16.00)
I am always amazed when nail polish costs more than $10.00! This is a “muted neon green” that is very spring/summer season.

Pop Pouty Pop Crayon in fuchsia flirt (Value $4.16 ??)
Very pink. Crayon.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo (0.10 oz / $0.83)
I love dry shampoo. I also love ALTERNA. I also have disgusting/aging hair that is slowly being fixed thanks to these subscription boxes. 🙂 This will definitely go to use (though it is a tiny sample).

Brad Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra Peel (0.25 oz / $25.73)
Oh my goodness. The full size (1.7 oz) product is $175! This product better work! It contains kojic acid, licorice and bearberry extract to treat brown spots and give you a more even skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (0.085 oz / $6.67)
Uses a hydrating, flake-free formula that keeps your eyebrows in place.

These were my free samples – VICHY Liftactiv (0.05 oz / $4.46) and Airbrush Eye Cream (which I’ve gotten twice before).

Final Thoughts. The value of this box came to $133.95. Overall, I think some of the previous boxes have been better. However, I was so happy to see the Racinne Deluxe Travel Set in this box! I will use most of the items, and it was a good variety… though I think som eof the other samples had to be smaller to accommodate the anti-aging kit. Anyways, hope you enjoy yours if you get this, too! Did you receive the same products? 🙂 

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Today, I am loving Cool Britannia!! (Glossybox Best of Britain Limited Edition Review)

Downton Abbey is coming back to the UK on September 22! I vowed to never watch it again after how Season 3 ended, but I just can’t seem to keep away from it. Chelsea FC is an English football club. We love the royal family (and the royal baby is adorbs). Not to mention, I believe my current crush is English (hahahaha or I just have a really bad sense of such things and he just has a Southern accent… um, not the same thing? … uh… right). Do you see a trend? We/I kind of love cool Britannia! Glossybox does too… I was so excited to receive my Glossybox Best of Britain (Limited Edition) today! 🙂

If you’re unfamiliar with Glossybox, it’s a subscription box (it’s about $20 a month depending on your subscription plan). I recently opted out because I wanted to cut back on my spending… I did enjoy Glossybox when I had it (check out my previous boxes here). I’ve also purchased their Mother’s Day Limited Edition box which I enjoyed. I’m even happier with my Best of Britain box!

Glossybox has the cutest packaging!

Each box comes with a Glossybox Union Jack accessory bag, a small bag that is great for traveling. I have too many random bags, so expect this in a future giveaway 🙂

Steamcream All-in-One Natural Moisturizer for Face Body & Hands (2.65 oz / $19.50)
This is probably one of my favorite products in this box. The light scent is perfect, giving it a very “natural” and “handmade” feel. It’s got a very light, whipped texture (sour cream?) that I love! I’ll be using it for my dry elbows and knees as fall and winter coming in.

Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream (2.1 fl oz / $26.00)
EXCITED. I’ve been using my MOR luxury hand cream from my previous Blush box a little too quickly… so this will be a perfect replacement. This one’s got Vitamin E, shea butter, and English honey to soothe your hands. I just used some and it’s oh so light, delightful, smells wonderful… and the best part is that it absorbs very easily.

Batiste Dry Shampoo blush (1.6 fl oz / $2.30)
I recently purchased the full-size version of this on my TJ Maxx haul. Love it! I use it daily to give my hair a nice texture/body/shape/shine. It smells nice & has a nice cooling effect when you spray it on… this is a perfect travel-size version!

HD Brows Grow Baby Grow ($45.60)
Eh… I think this is the last of my concerns. If anything, my eyebrows are too bushy and need to STOP growing. Thus, I can’t comment on this product. But if this is something you want to try, do keep an “eye” out… as it’ll probably appear in a future giveaway 🙂

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator in Pearl Pink (0.41 fl oz / $8.30) 
I’m EXCITED, again. Now when I stay up too late watching shows/dramas or getting stressed out by work/studies/apps, I can fight the dullness of my skin with this illuminator. Iridescent is the key word here!

Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat (0.33 fl oz / $18.20) 
That is some expensive Top Coat. They say it’s got 45-second dry-time formula, which is true. Dried really quickly! Gives your nail polish a little (tiny bit) of added shine! I can’t comment on chipping since I just applied it tonight.

NailGirls London WHITE#1 (0.33 fl oz / $12.90)
Um… I’ve never tried white nail polish. According to Glossybox’s description, it’s this season’s trend. I guess it can look alright… but I don’t think it’s work-place appropriate. It would good for my coworkers to NOT think that I just applied a ton of white-out from the supplies closet onto my nails. LOL. But it’ll be good for a french look 🙂

Helen É Lasting Lip Colour in Raspberry (0.12 oz / $12.20)
I love the creaminess to this lipstick. It goes on so smoothly and nicely… and the color is very vibrant. However, raspberry is a bit too dark for me. But I’ll hold onto it… and maybe if I need to have a more mature or brooding look, I can make use of this shade.

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Final Thoughts? The value of the box came to $145, which definitely covers what I paid for it ($40). However, personally, this box is worth $100 (since I won’t be using the HD brows)… but that’s still a great value! I really loved that the box covered skincare, makeup, nail care, and hair care. A really great Limited Edition box. I’m really glad I was able to grab one of these 🙂 Did you get this box? Have you gotten previous Glossybox Limited Edition Boxes? What are you thoughts? Would love to hear them 🙂

Until next time~ (my birchbox also came tonight… so next time probably means another review tomorrow hehe). Good night~!

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Today, I am soaking in [imaginary] hot springs! (Perlier Volcanic Thermo Scrub Review)

I was SO EXCITED to have been sent the Perlier Volcanic Thermo Scrub complimentary of iFabbo. 🙂 #PerlierOnHSN

I’ve actually been searching for a good body scrub. However, as I’ve spent too much money on random beauty products (those shopping trips will be documented in upcoming blog posts so stay tuned 🙂 teehee) and subscription boxes, I had been holding off on buying one. After all, a good soap bar should be sufficient, right? Have you tried this product before? Is there a scrub that you love? Please share below! 🙂

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Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Thermo Renewing Scrub
$25.00 + S&H ($6.21)
6.7 fl oz
What is it? 
A thermal scrub with micronutrients extracted from volcanic rocks. According to the product descriptions and HSN, it contains hot water from the hot spring concession located in the municipality of Abana Terme, helps to create a more youthful appearance for your skin (dull-looking skin, GOOD BYE!), is rich in mineral salts, contains minerals of different sizes for both rejuvenating and smoothing actions.

Am I spoiled? Apparenty, yes.

So how did it go? As lovely as I imagined! I was a bit disappointed when I received my previous iFabbo product (mostly because I don’t have wrinkles, so I couldn’t really provide an objective review). However, this product made up for the previous disappointment. To start with, the packaging is a plastic jar. I guess if you drop the product, you won’t have glass breaking. Upon opening, a light aqua scent flows through your nostrils, a very nice spa-like smell, for sure!

That is such a pretty color, reminds me of a lovely beach

The texture of the product is not too watery and not too dense.. just the right amount. When I tried to smooth it/massage it onto my skin with just my bare hands, it was a little difficult. I feel like this is a product that does not fit the description of “a little goes a long way.” However, I later tried using my scrubbing mitt (I purchased mine at T.J. Maxx), and it made it significantly easier to use this scrub. The scent is so lovely and the best part is that it’s a very light scent. Just enough to make you feel relaxed (like you’re chilling at a luxurious spa), but not enough to overpower you and make you feel uncomfortable. 🙂 I felt squeaky clean afterwards and my skin has felt a little softer after a couple of uses. I’m excited to continue to use this product. I will be sad when I am done with it, but luckily, it’s not too expensive.

What it looks like smoothed on the skin. There are little beads (of apparently mineral salts) that you massage into the skin. Lovely scrub!

I’m content and satisfied.

Disclaimer:  I received the Perlier Volcanic Thermo Scrub complimentary from iFabbo for testing purposes only.  All views in this review are the opinion of the author and have not been influenced by iFabbo, HSN, or any third party. Read the complete Todaycommai disclosure.

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