Life Flower Bath Bombs

July 19, 2018 | Beauty | 10 Comments »


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Life Flower Bath Bomb

Life Flower Aphrodite Bath Bomb

Some of you might remember my charcoal bath bomb incident a few weeks back. If you didn’t catch any of it, allow me to fill you in real quick.

It was one of my only days off and instead of resting up like my husband suggested, I decided to be extra and did more than I should have. I ran a bunch of errands, I came home and dusted, scrubbed, swept, mopped, did laundry, and even washed all of my brushes! I didn’t mind because I had a nice relaxing bath bomb with my name on it at the end of the day.

Life Flower Bath Bomb

Life Flower Charcoal Aura Bath Bomb (discontinued)

The time finally came. My bath was set, I had a candle lit, I dropped the bath bomb and that’s when things quickly went downhill. I thought it looked odd, but I figured I had come this far. I got into the tub and when I lifted my arm the charcoal had stuck to me like a paste. I didn’t panic. I tried to relax. I wiped it off and when I realized it wasn’t budging then I started to panic. I just washed this tub! Not only that I just used all of the hot water to set my bath! This wasn’t good. I sat there for a moment trying to soak up the benefits of the CBD infused bath bomb. It wasn’t working. All I could think about was the mess in my tub and the mess all over my body! I started to laugh. I got up and started the cleaning process. It took me over an hour to scrub that tub clean again! Charcoal doesn’t budge! It took me even longer to get the charcoal off of my body. And that was with my husband’s help!

After I dried off I immediately posted my review. It was at that point that I noticed I had a message from the company who made the charcoal bath bomb. Turns out they were trying to warn me. I guess that particular bath bomb was pulled from shops because people either really loved it or really hated it. I felt horrible. They tried to warn me. But I had my phone charging while I was cleaning all day so I didn’t see it in time. They kindly offered to send me some of their other bath bombs to try out. I accepted because I’ll never turn down a bath bomb. Unless of course it’s made of charcoal. I’m kind of scarred for life now.

Life Flower Bath Bomb

Life Flower Limonene Bath Bomb

The Life Flower bath bombs are CBD infused. For those of you who don’t know, CBD is a cannabis compound. It’s legal in some (most?) states. It is NOT a drug. It doesn’t contain THC and is non-psychoactive. It offers many health benefits for those with certain health issues including anxiety. The thought of taking medication makes me more anxious so I have turned to a more natural approach. It’s what works for me and has helped tremendously. It has even helped me with pain management. After getting hurt at work I had gone to the emergency room and they prescribed me a high dose of Naproxen. I really didn’t want to take it, but the pain was unbearable at times. In the end it caused more harm than good. CBD products helped me and fast. Before I knew it I was feeling like myself again. Without the use of medicine and their horrible side effects.

CBD comes in many forms. There are oils, edibles, creams/lotions, and bath bombs! There’s even a CBD infused mascara out there! I was hoping to receive that in my Play! by Sephora bag last month, but Sephora plays too much. Anyway, back to the bath bombs. Life Flower sent me two of their gorgeous bath bombs.

Life Flower Bath Bomb

Limonene 6 oz
The Limonene Bath Bomb was created to uplift and stimulate the senses and soul. Named after the powerful terpene that is present in the cannabis plant, known for its strong citrusy scent. Handcrafted with lemon, tea tree and lemongrass essential oils. Topped with rose petals and jasmine buds. Includes a citrine point. This bomb is perfect for heightening the vibration while relieving you of any stresses this journey in life may bring you.

Ingredients
50mg Pure Hemp-Derived CBD, Organic Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Naturally-Derived Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Epsom Salt, Organic Herbs, Essential Oils, Plant-Based Color, Witch Hazel, Cleansed & Charged Crystal

Life Flower Bath Bomb

Aphrodite 6 oz
The Aphrodite Bath Bomb is handcrafted with all-natural aphrodisiac essential oils, making it the perfect couple or self love treat. Made with organic lab-tested plant extract to ensure optimal pain relief and relaxation. Includes a cleansed, charged rose quartz stone to enhance positive and pure energies of deep love. Topped with rose buds and hibiscus petals.

Ingredients
50mg Pure Hemp-Derived CBD, Organic Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Naturally-Derived Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Epsom Salt, Organic Herbs, Essential Oils, Plant-Based Color, Witch Hazel, Cleansed & Charged Crystal

Last night I tried the Limonene Bath Bomb. You can see a video on my Instagram Stories. It smelled like a delicious lemon cake! I could have just really wanted a piece of cake, but that’s what it reminded me of. The scent was so uplifting. The bath bomb itself was in fact relaxing. Afterward my skin was so soft and felt moisturized that I didn’t even need to apply lotion. The following morning I could still smell it. And my skin is as soft as ever! The flower petals were a much easier clean up and the stone will make for a beautiful necklace or bracelet. I was much happier with this bath bomb. The only thing I will mention is to be careful when getting in and out of your tub. The coconut oil can be a tad slippery. But that’s the same with any bath products. Overall, I’d give the Limonene Bath Bomb a solid 10/10.

Life Flower Insomnia Elixir

Life Flower Insomnia Elixir

Life Flower also included one of their Elixirs in their care package. The Insomnia Elixir sounds interesting. I’ll have to try it out before sharing my thoughts. I might have to purchase the Headache and Anxiety Elixirs because those sound like something I could use too.

*Note: While the CBD products mentioned here DO NOT contain THC nor do the other CBD infused products I’ve tried, some CBD infused products DO contain THC. However, it has to be clearly labeled. And you certainly won’t be able to walk into the mall and purchase one of those. Always read labels and do your own research before trying new things.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: Limonene Bath Bomb
Price: $15.00
Purchase: lifeflowercare.com

Product: Aphrodite Bath Bomb
Price: $15.00
Purchase: lifeflowercare.com

Product: Insomnia Elixir
Price: $25.00
Purchase: lifeflowercare.com

I have rosacea

July 5, 2018 | Rosacea | 10 Comments »


I have rosacea

I have rosacea.

It’s funny thinking back to just weeks after my son was born. During my pregnancy I broke out very badly. No healthy glowing skin for this mama. Instead my face was often covered in acne some of it cystic. I planned to start Proactiv once I had my son. My husband had ordered it for me so this way I could start the regimen immediately after. So there we were sitting in the pediatrician’s office and she walked in and saw my red face and asked ‘Why is your skin so red? Do you have rosacea?’ I squinted and said that I was starting a new acne treatment to treat the hormonal acne. I left the office feeling so angry. Who even points that stuff out? I eventually shrugged it off. Clearly it was a reaction to my new skin care regimen. The redness will subside. And it did.

Throughout the years I’ve dealt with some redness flare-ups. I had discussed it with my doctors, but they always shrugged it off. I figured if they weren’t worried why should I be? Maybe I just had really sensitive skin?

When I finally had the skin I always wanted you’d think I would have stopped there. Nope. I let people convince me I needed all of the fancy exfoliating tools and was promised if I exfoliated often my skin would thank me for it. Before I knew it my redness was accompanied by a bunch of tiny white bumps. Looking back on some reviews I even mentioned how my skin would freak out whenever I used certain products. Mainly sheet masks. Turns out exfoliating is very very bad for those of us with rosacea. My dermatologist actually got very angry and walked away from me just after she told me to stop with the exfoliating, scrubs, and peels.

I was finally diagnosed just last week. I still don’t have a full understanding of rosacea. It turns out I paid my dermatologist my hard earned money just for her to throw a sheet of paper my way and storm off. How do I know what’s causing my flare-ups? How can I fix this? I turned to Google.

Here is a list of symptoms I currently experience:

  • facial redness/puffiness
  • clusters of white bumps
  • itching
  • burning
  • redness in chest area

Here is a list of common triggers:

  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • chocolate
  • spicy foods
  • extreme heat
  • strenuous exercise
  • stress

I personally haven’t noticed if any skin care or makeup products are triggers. My face/chest will get red whether I am bare-faced or wearing a full face of makeup. It really doesn’t matter. Exfoliating does worsen things. With the exception of some products. I will list them at a later time.

So how do I go about fixing this? Well, turns out some people have had success with antibiotics and/or topicals. Others not so much. I dug deeper. Then I found that even more people had success with diet and lifestyle change.

Before seeing my dermatologist I had already started working on changing my diet. Obviously I haven’t been strict and often end up at the coffee shop and Panera. That will have to change. As much as I love my coffee and flatbreads, I love my skin more. I don’t think coffee is a trigger for me, but the lattes might be. Rather than doing what I usually do which is make things super complicated for myself, I’m going to take it easy and eliminate the known triggers. I’m confident that eliminating those triggers along with being more gentle with my skin that I will see some changes. I know the redness will always be an issue. Especially since it always has been.

So there you have it. I have once again considered closing Midwest Glam because who is going to want to see looks done on a red bumpy face? But you know what? I started this blog because I love sharing my newest makeup/skin care/hair care finds. I love creating looks even if I’m the only one digging them. I love sharing shiny new things I purchase whether I got it at a super good deal or not. I love sharing the occasional recipe. I love sharing some of my photography. But most of all I love connecting with other people who share these same interests. I’m not going to hide who I am. Just know that when you see photos of me now they may look different. Redness is difficult to even out as it is. But texture is even harder to work with. These past few years I have been suffering with this condition and you’d never know it because I photographed myself on my ‘good’ days. Who doesn’t want to be seen at their best? But these days if you were to see me in person, you’d be looking at a completely different face. I’m just trying to keep it real with y’all.

rosacea

Here are some photos I snapped with my iPone just before I started my job. This is my skin on ‘good’ days. As you can see it’s a bit red and blotchy, but there’s no texture. There’s even a bit of a healthyish glow going on. I included the close-ups of my husband in the background because it made me laugh. Anyway, I’d give anything to get my skin back to that state. But if I can, I’d like to even it out even more. Right now that is my goal.

Despite the stress that this whole thing is causing me along with starting a new job and driving regularly, I’m determined to get this under control. I’ve joined several support groups on Facebook and have written down a bunch of products to try. I’m going to make a category for rosacea. I’ll try to post under there often. Whenever I find something that works or doesn’t I’ll be sure to share it with you all. I’m not a professional nor do I even fully understand what is going on with my skin right now. I also know that everyone’s skin is different. What works for me might not work for you. But if I can help someone that would be pretty amazing. Rosacea is very frustrating. I constantly wonder why? How? I suppose I can’t dwell on the whys and the hows. So instead I’m going to focus on healing. And maybe learn to love the skin I’m in. Redness, itchy bumps and all.

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