Thursday, October 18, 2012

Natural makeup 

"Natural" in the cosmetics world is a big marketing scam.

People throw the word "natural" around as if it were magic, and we like the misty idea of something growing in a forest or meadow that somehow ends up on our skin... but when you cut a piece off of a plant, how long before it ROTS?

There are certainly chemicals that can be extracted from plants that are stable... and are still CHEMICALS, identical to those created in the lab, except more expensive, but they get to call it natural because it's plant-sourced. And you pay more for something chemically identical to a non-"natural" product and think you're getting more when you're not.

People think there are some sort of unspecified benefits to "natural" cosmetics, but when you ask them they can't list any. All the benefits we want, like it should not sink into our lines and pores, or that it should stay fresh-looking on our warm, oily skin for 18 hours, require cutting-edge science to get; if some "natural" product did those things, we'd have had those benefits many years ago instead of them just now figuring out how to do it.

And natural products are NOT more gentle; plants and their parts are not designed to be used on human skin as modern chemical compounds are, and people have all sorts of sensitivities and allergies to natural products. If you look at the ingredients list for most hypoallergenic products, which are the gentlest to skin, you'll see a long list of chemicals. Yes, some people are sensitive to some chemicals, but the great thing about chemicals is that there are so many of them to choose from, and they can alter them to make new ones, ones that do not react with skin.

Some people will ignore the science of it and buy natural cosmetics because it makes them feel good... and that's fine, they're not harming themselves in any way, and feeling good is a nice thing. I, on the other hand, want my skin to look as flawless as possible, and nothing extracted from a plant will accomplish that; I want every chemical in the lab if that's what it takes for me to look my best.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

And the winner is... 

The winner of the Yoplait Light & Yoplait Greek 100 gift pack is... Noelle M!! Stay tuned for more goodies!! :-)

Monday, October 01, 2012

Yoplait Light & Yoplait Greek 100 

The fine folks from Yoplait through MyBlogSpark sent me the following info:

"Is it 2 good 2 be true? Yoplait Light and Yoplait Greek 100 now offer 20 Delicious Flavors for only 2 Weight Watchers® PointsPlus® value each. As the only yogurt endorsed by Weight Watchers®, Yoplait makes it easy to enjoy a delicious, creamy, and satisfying snack any time!

Yoplait is the only yogurt endorsed by Weight Watchers®
Yoplait has 2 Fabulous options
Yoplait Light and Yoplait Greek 100 offer 20 Delicious Flavors for only 2 Weight Watchers® PointsPlus® value each
With Yoplait and Weight Watchers® on your side, what’s not 2 love?


Also find Yoplait on:

Facebook: http://bit.ly/YoWWFB

Twitter: http://bit.ly/YoWWTW"

They also sent me the following goodies:

Yoplait Light VIP coupon*
Yoplait Greek 100 VIP coupon*
Yoga ball
Water bottle
Work-out towel

We're big Yoplait eaters in the Omni household, so getting some for free was a real treat. It's really tasty stuff, and their Greek is my personal favorite in that category. If you're trying to find a lower-calorie snack with some nutrition in it, and if you're not you probably SHOULD be, give it a try.

One of you can try it for FREE. Yoplait through MyBlogSpark has provided a 2nd gift pack for one of YOU!! Tell me what your fave flavor of Yoplait is, and I'll pick an email at random to get the goodies; I'll post the winner in a few days.

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