Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sensa Update - Month 1 Week 1

Hi everyone,

I was going to do Sensa vlog updates on You Tube but I figured that after a while, the videos would become a little redundant and become me just talking about the same things in video form, so I thought a blog post would be the best.

If you haven't already figured it out, I'm trying to lose weight and I'm using Sensa for additional assistance. When I say additional assistance, I mean I am not solely relying on Sensa for my weight loss. I recently had a baby girl (around eleven months ago) and I'm struggling to lose the last 20 pounds or so to get my pre-pregnancy figure back. 

Sensa is a weight loss tool that you simply sprinkle over your food, each meal before you eat it. It is a tasteless and odorless powder-like substance. There is an allotted side for salty foods and a side for sweet foods. In addition to using Sensa, I am maintaining 1200 calories per day for my caloric intake (I will not starve myself, if I need to eat more, I will) and I am currently working out 5 days a week. 

Today is my last day of week two, so I am a little late with this blog post, but I wanted to be sure to get up my week one blog. For week one, I lost one pound exactly. I did cheat a little though, I had a little bit of pasta about mid-week and went over a bit on my calories and I had Subway on the weekend, which caused me to go a teeny bit over. 

All in all, I'm proud that I lost a pound, but I do not feel that Sensa in any way aided to my loss of a pound last week considering that I busted my butt working out and really maintaining my strict diet.

Sensa claims that most users lost 30 pounds in a six month period (that's how long the product is supposed to be used), without adjusting their exercise routine or any part of their eating routine. They also claim that it may take a couple of weeks for use. 

Sensa is supposed to work in a way to suppress your appetite by tricking your body into thinking it is fuller without actually being full. I cannot say that I have experienced this in week one, but maybe it just takes a little while to work.

Regardless, I will keep everyone updated week by week on my fitness/diet routine as well as how Sensa is working out for me.

Thank you all for reading. :) 

Please share any diet/exercise/weight loss stories, tips or anything like that. I could use the extra motivation. :) 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Viviscal Hair Repair Review



Good morning, afternoon, or evening... depending on the time that you're ready this! :) 

I'm really excited to tell you about a recent product that I have been testing out (for about two months roughly) which is called Viviscal Hair Repair. This product is in a pill form and claims to enhance and protect the natural health and beauty of damaged hair. This product retails for $29.99 for a one month supply (30 pills) and is available on http://viviscal.com. 

Now, this product I was a little bit leery about at first because after all, it's a pill. But, nevertheless, I gave it a shot and I was pretty glad that I did! This product is meant to be taken once a day, after you have ate something. The tablets are marine enriched with grape seed extract and this is considered a "dietary supplement."

According to their website, you should take these tablets for a minimum of three months in order to see optimal results. They also state the tablets are easy to swallow and virtually odor free. Now, if you're like me, a person who hates to take pills, I found these were still a bit difficult to swallow even though they are not that large... (probably slightly larger than an Aleve). 

The website also states that to reach the best results possible, you should use this tablets in conjunction with Viviscal Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. (I did not try this product)

Here is a complete list of ingredients in these tablets: AminoMar C (Marine Protein Extract), L-Cystine, L-Methionine, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Selenium, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Grape (Vitis viniffera), Seed Extract (95% Polyphenols), Vitamin E (dl-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Glazing Agents (Glycerin, Hydroxpropyl Methyl Cellulose), Magnesium Stearate, Amorphous Fumed Silica Powder, Sodium Selenite (with dicalcium phosphate), Folic Acid (Pteroyl Glutamic Acid). 

This product gears itself towards women who have damaged hair due to various elements such as over styling, heat treatments, straighteners, coloring, extensions, poor diet/nutrition, pollution, et cetera. This product renews your hair and repairs it from within. 

This product is not recommended for those who are allergic to seafood!

Now for the specific review....

I was skeptical as I said about this product. I can't really remember at what point I began to start to see results, but I did notice that my hair looked and appeared much glossier, shinier and overall, very healthy. My hair wasn't too damaged to begin with, but I do use heat styling in the form of a straightener or a curling wand about 3 times a week. My hair is not overly colored or dyed, so I don't have particularly dry hair or anything, but I did notice that my hair felt silkier, smoother, et cetera.

 I would recommend this product if you do suffer from heat damage or have color treated hair. I think it would work wonders for someone who seriously suffers from these hair problems. I didn't notice that my hair became thicker, or grew faster with this, but my hair typically grows very fast regardless. (More than a foot easily in two years)

The only gripe I have about this product is that it is in pill form. I strongly dislike taking pills. There were a few days that I simply forgot to take this pill but I'm horrible at remembering things like that. However, I still noticed the results I mentioned above after a while. I think if you take this diligently everyday for the allotted three months, it would do wonders for your hair. I would recommend this product to someone who bleaches their hair, or perhaps uses heat styling on a daily basis, or even a swimmer whose hair is affected by chlorine and therefore rough, et cetera. 

I would not repurchase this product simply because I just don't think I suffer from hair damage enough to need this, however it does work (for me at least, everyone's results may differ). I just wish this came in a different form, perhaps a hair mask or something. 

If you are interested in checking out their information on this product or purchase it, please check out http://viviscal.com and as always, be sure to check out http://beautystat.com for more reviews on beauty products ! 

Oh, I also wanted to mention that I didn't feel or find any funky side effects to this product, my skin didn't break out, I wasn't experiencing nausea or anything like that. Of course, it is directly on the directions to take this tablet after eating food. 

Also, please do not take this supplement if you are under the age of 18 or pregnant.
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