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Product Review: Cosmic Karma Candle from The Spa Girl Life

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You may not be aware that September is World Candle Month; an annual opportunity to recognize the amazing candle, its impact throughout history, and the role candles play in our daily lives. This year’s theme is Illuminate Your Life, and is dedicated to the ways candles light up our world and fragrance our homes. Since the earliest days of tallow-based candles to the tens of thousands of shapes, sizes, and fragrances available today, candles have been a source of more than just light. They have provided inspiration, relaxation, and calming sensations that are as welcome today as they have been throughout history.

This year’s World Candle Month shines a light on how much candles contribute to our health and mental well-being, especially during these unbelievably stressful times. The Spa Girl Life, a newly-launched luxury and vegan candle brand, is the perfect solution for anyone looking to unwind and de-stress this fall. For their warmth, glow, fragrance and meditation-enhancing qualities, candles have been part of my daily life for as long as I can remember, so I was  overjoyed to recently receive one of The Spa Girl Life’s candles to review for the blog.

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The Spa Girl Life offers eight different candle fragrance and stone pairings that allow you to personalize a mind-body wellness experience. Like a Mini First Aid Kit For The Soul, these candle / crystal pairings are a fun, useful, and practical way to make some quiet time for yourself amid the chaos of the day. You don’t need to have a meditation practice in place to use them; just light your candle, sit back, and allow some quiet time and space for yourself. We can all benefit from being calm and centered, and when you can find that within yourself, you will know a sense of peace like no other.

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Product Review: Mongo Kiss Lip Balm By Eco Lips

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As a self-professed low-maintenance babe, who is currently working from home, I can’t say I miss my former weekday-morning routine of applying make up to my face before heading out to the office. One thing I do miss though is rocking my favorite hot pink lipstick that’s been my style signature since, well, forever. I like to keep my lips soft, but I’ve found that brightly-colored lipstick stains the masks that we all need to wear when leaving the house. Since no one can see my mouth anyway,  I’ve switched to using colorless lip balms to keep my lips healthy and my masks stain-free. It’s perfect timing then that I was recently offered the opportunity to review a line of natural lip balms called Mongo Kiss from Eco Lips, which is the original organic lip balm.

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So. Many. Flavors.

Not only was Eco Lips the first organic lip balm on the market, they’re also a company with a conscience. All of their ingredients are sustainably and ethically obtained from trusted sources around the globe. Their products are Fair Trade Certified™, Non-GMO Project Verified, Leaping Bunny Certified, and gluten-free.  Key ingredients in the Mongo Kiss lips balms are organic Mongongo oil from Africa (which also gives the product its memorable name), and organic Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter, to create ultra-hydrating balm that provides essential nutrients for your lips.

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Mmm . . . Banana

Healthy, nourished lips are just a swipe away.  Mongongo oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known to remain on the skin longer than saturated fatty acids (like coconut oil) or monounsaturated oils (like jojoba oil), so you know your lips are protected all day. The selection of natural, fruity flavors is also very appealing. My favorite, Mongo Kiss banana, smells and tastes like the sweet, ripe fruit, with hints of caramel, cinnamon and dark rum. It’s a blissfully tropical treat for your lips!

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With the upcoming fall and winter weather, which can be harsh on the skin, you may also want to add a lip scrub to your self-care routine. Why use a lip scrub, you may ask? Because once your lips become chapped, lip balm will not help to remedy the problem unless you first gently exfoliate them. The purpose of using a lip scrub is to remove dead skin cells that tend to dull the natural glow of the lips. Eco Lips sent me this Lipscrub stick that tastes and smells like brown sugar — because there’s brown sugar in it! The sugar gently buffs away flaky, dry skin while organic coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba moisturize and protect. All you have to do to keep your lips smooth and kissably soft is apply and rub gently, then wipe, or lick, it off. Yummy. Eco Lips Lip Scrubs are available in assorted flavors and come in jars as well as convenient, travel-ready sticks. Find out more about them at This Link.

Eco Lips products are sold in most Whole Foods and other select stores, and you can find out where to purchase them in your neighborhood by visiting This Link. You can also shop for Mongo Kiss and other Eco Lips products online Here. Remember that the Holiday Season is coming up fast and these balms make great stocking stuffers!

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Product Review: Pain Relief with Topical Products from CBD For The People and CBD For Life

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In this time of social distancing, certain types of self-care and healthcare  — yoga, exercise classes, tele-health visits — can still be experienced successfully through various online platforms. But for those who suffer with ailments that rely on hands-on practices such as massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care to bring about healing, complete pain relief can remain elusive. Over-the-counter analgesics often don’t cut it, so it’s not surprising that topical CBD products promoting pain relief are more popular — and more easily accessible — than ever.

Working at a computer 8 hours a day doesn’t do your body any favors. Almost daily, I’m distracted from my work by agonizing muscle pain, making it hard to concentrate on anything other than finding relief. As part of an ongoing series highlighting various CBD products available from online store Pure CBD Vapors, this review will focus on three CBD-infused products that specifically offer topical pain relief.

These products are:

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CBD For The People Unrefined Salve

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CBD For Life Roll-on

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CBD For Life Rub

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For consistency and ease of assessment, I used the Lemongrass scent/essence of each product, and treated my neck, shoulders, and / or jawline (areas where I experience chronic pain due to mild arthritis and TMJ) with a different product each day, over the course of about a week. Here are my findings.

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Product Review: CBD For Life CBD-Infused Bath Bombs

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In these admittedly stressful times, self care is vital. Despite many stores being closed, anyone whose lifestyle incorporates the beneficial effects of CBD can find a variety of related health and beauty products available with just an internet connection and a credit card — and that’s great news. Word-of-mouth and online reviews are excellent resources for researching brands and comparing prices, but wouldn’t you love to find an online retailer that did all the footwork for you, vetting a wide range of CDB-infused product brands, and then gathering everything together in a single shopping destination? Well, guess what: that retailer is Pure CBD Vapors. Established in 2014, CBD Pure Vapors stands by the promise that every single product available on their site has been Lab tested for CBD purity meeting their ‘gold’ standards. This combination of quality-tested inventory and top-shelf customer service means that CBD Pure Vapors can be your one-stop-shop. Finally, something is easy.

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CBD Pure Vapors recently sent us a box of assorted CBD-infused personal care products to review for Worleygig.com and, rather than overwhelm you by covering multiple items in one post, we’ll be reviewing different products in a series of features. This week, we’ll take a look at one of the ultimate items for pampering yourself: the Bath Bomb. Like an oasis in your tub, CBD bath bombs offer the ultimate in skin care, relaxation, and tranquility. CBD Pure Vapors sent us two bath bombs from the CBD for Life brand.

CBD for Life bath bombs come in four unique scents: Eucalyptus and PeppermintFresh Bamboo (truly unique!), and the two scents we received, Pink Salt and Citrus, and Lemongrass Kiwi. Each mineral-rich bath bomb blends natural salts, organic essential oils, and 35mg of CBD extract from organically grown hemp to soothe sore muscles and moisturize the skin. All you have to do to enjoy the bath bomb experience is fill your tub with warm water, drop in the bath bomb and enjoy! Since my bathroom has a shower only and no tub, we passed the bombs along to our associate Lauren, a CBD expert, to enjoy. Her comments follow.

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It’s The Bomb!

“The effects of using the Lemongrass Kiwi bomb were calming in both mind and body,” Lauren offered. “The coconut oil blended with the kiwi and lemongrass, making my skin smell like I was luxuriating in a beautiful garden, far away from the tub in my Manhattan apartment.”

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4 Tips to Boost Your Self-Image

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Unfortunately, many people suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. While the occasional body hang-up is normal, poor self-image can have a hugely negative impact on your physical and mental well-being in the long-run. For that reason, it’s important to take steps to improve your confidence and feel happy in your own skin. With this in mind, here are four tips to boost your self-image:

1. Stop Being a Perfectionist

One of the major reasons why people have low self-image is due to the obsession with their flaws and the idea of perfection. You must remember that everyone has things about their body or their life that they aren’t fully happy with. Try to let go of the idea of perfection and focus on the positives. While constructive thoughts and opinions can help you develop as a person, avoid your inner critic from harming your self-image by being overly critical. Assess yourself honestly and look for ways to improve as a person, but avoid striving for perfection. This will help you feel far happier and more content in the long-run.

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2. Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

In a world full of social media and Photoshop, it can be difficult not to compare yourself to others. Social media can make you envious about other people’s jobs, lifestyles, relationships, jobs, and vacations, and this can harm your physical and mental well-being. For instance, there have been various studies showing a strong connection between social media use and low self-esteem. While social media can be an extremely useful tool, you should be aware of the risks and avoid comparing yourself to others online. Remember that nothing is perfect and people only show you what they want to display online.

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3. Boost Your Personal Style

One of the simplest ways to improve your self-image and confidence is by improving your personal style. Becoming more stylish doesn’t have to involve spending loads of money on expensive clothes or upgrading your whole wardrobe. You can easily freshen up your look by purchasing a few classic accessories like a trendy hat or some standout jewelry. If you wear glasses, then treat yourself to a quality, stylish pair like Tory Burch glasses. A new pair of glasses can instantly make you feel more confident by enhancing your features and adding style to your daily look.

4. Take Pride in Your Appearance

Nowhere does it say that you have to wear a full face of makeup or style your hair every morning if you don’t want to. However, taking the time to enhance your looks can instantly boost your self-image and make you look and feel more confident. Taking pride in your appearance and wanting to look your best shouldn’t be considered vain or shallow. Improving your looks is one of the most effective ways to improve your self-image and confidence. Following a good skincare routine, experimenting with different hairstyles, testing new beauty products, and eating a healthy diet, are all ways to help you look and feel your best.

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