Co – Star

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The Co-Star website states:
“Most horoscopes ask what month you were born. Co–Star asks what minute.
Powered by AI that merges NASA data with the insight of human astrologers.”

Indeed. After taking a look at what users had to say, I downloaded the app and have been using it for a week now. It provides the kind of in-depth information you would get from a personal astrologer. After inputting my date, time, and place of birth Co-Star provided an overview complete with chart of my houses. (I’d done a chart of my own many years ago and theirs coincides with mine.)

The main screen (above) provides a link to the next one.
Scrolling down this screen will give you more information about each planet
and the specifics of its astrological placement:

For example, my Ascendant is in Sagittarius and this is what Co-Star has to say about that:

Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. Some say it becomes less relevant as you get older…Your Ascendant is in Sagittarius, meaning you come across as independent, optimistic, and confident, though sometimes overly blunt or critical.

Generally a charming conversationalist, your free-spirited approach may come off as restless or easily bored.

Go back to the main screen to access the link to your personal daily horoscrope:

Each underlined word (or phrase) is a link providing details.
For instance, clicking on the word “self” brings up this screen:

At the bottom of the screen above you’ll see TRANSITS.
When I created the screenshot this portion was cut-off.
Here’s what this section looks like:

This screen provides all the transits happening that day which may affect me.
What transit is happening today that affects “MOOD ALLOWING FOR GROWTH“?
Let’s click on DETAILS and find out!

What I especially like about the information above is how it translates
how (and why) the transit directly affects me – in this case, the moon.

All in all, Co-Star is a pretty powerful tool. If you want to gain more insight into transits, sextiles, nodes, and such this is a good place to start. I refer to it every day now. It’s one-stop-shopping for Astrology buffs! And IT’S FREE!

You can download directly from the Co-Star website or from the App Store app.

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Think Dirty®

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As The Fixx say “One Thing Leads to Another” – this especially true when one spends much time on the internet.

Today I began reading a Vogue article “The New Toxic Beauty Documentary Asks: Are Skin-Care Products the New Cigarettes?“.

Excerpts from The New Toxic Beauty Documentary Asks: Are Skin-Care Products the New Cigarettes?:

“…the award-winning Toxic Beauty, which condenses a three-year investigation of the virtually unregulated chemicals in personal-care products into 90 thoughtful, thought-provoking minutes.”

“…the chemicals in her hair, blood, and urine were more commonly found in beauty products than in people.”

“Reports by a consulting lab from 1957 note that asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been detected in Johnson & Johnson’s talc supply.”

“…tens of thousands of substances available for use in personal-care products in the United States, the majority of which have not been assessed for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review…Regulation kicks in only if customers report problems post-purchase.”

“…cosmetic legislation in the U.S. hasn’t been updated since 1938…”

“‘…it’s the accumulation of a number of products, and the reapplication of those products.'”

“Products aimed at minority women—skin-lightening creams, hair-straightening treatments—’have higher levels of carcinogens and toxicants’…A new study links the use of permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners with a 60% increase in breast cancer risk for black women, as opposed to an 8% increase for white women.”

The article contained a link to the docmentary’s website. Needless to say, I wanted to know more about the film so I clicked on the link. (I’ll provide pertinent URL’s at the bottom of this Post.)

The Toxic Beauty site not only discusses the documentary and where to see it (YouTube, Amazon Prime, etc.), but includes extended interviews and information on what ingredients you should look out for:

What caught my attention were the FREE apps they touted:  EWG’s ‘Healthy Living’, Silent Spring’s ‘Detox Me’, and Think Dirty. All three were available in my iPod’s App Store, but I only loaded one. (I think it was the name…)

A quick download and I was ready to go. Opening the app I found its interface pretty intuitive and put it to work right away scanning the barcode on a tube of lip balm I always have on my desk:


(No surprise that WF’s Organic Lip Balm registered “clean”.)

For comparison I scanned an item that I do not use but others in the household do:


(No surprise here either.)

Scanning other personal care items, I found some were not in Think Dirty’s database but they provided an option for you to request it be added. Although I had to register with them (I did) in order to perform this task, the whole process was quick and painless. They can even notify you when a product you scanned is added to their database. (You can change your Profile settings at any time.) – and allow you to “like” products, keep a list of items in “My Bathroom Shelf”, and write product reviews.

The only drawback is the Think Dirty app requires you to be connected to the internet, which shouldn’t be a problem for most of you out there. All in all it’s a nifty little tool that I’ll be using frequently!

Websites:
Toxic Beauty (documentary)
Think Dirty.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Silent Spring Institute
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

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Hyaluronic Acid – Part 2

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Part 1:  Hyaluronic Acid serum by The Ordinary.

Researching Hyaluronic acid, I discovered that:

  • HA supplements can help your skin look and feel more supple.
  • Doses of 120–240 mg per day for at least one month have been shown to significantly increase skin moisture and reduce dry skin in adults.

In Part 1, I said I’d be trying HA supplements for a month in the hopes it would improve my on-going issues with dermatitis. The bad news is that I’ve seen no improvement in my dermatitis; however, this may change the longer I take the supplements.

I have hereditarily dry skin and The REALLY GOOD NEWS is that (along with continuing to topically apply HA serum to my face and neck) my skin is significantly more hydrated. PLUMPED. This is especially noticeable on my face. YAY!

Bottom line:  I was skeptical but this regimen is working! I recommend for anyone who is predisposed to dry skin.

After due diligence, I found NusaPure had the best price for 200mg (Note: Each capsule is 100mg – take 2 daily), made in the USA, AND is Non-GMO!
$19.90 for a bottle of 180 veg caps.

(Hyaluronic acid supplements can be found just about anywhere that sells quality supplements.)

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Hyaluronic Acid serum by The Ordinary.

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I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics on this site. The views and opinions expressed herein are purely my own. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service, I will only endorse products/services that I believe (based on my expertise) are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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Vogue published an article about the use of Hyaluronic Acid as part of one’s daily skincare routine. I remembered seeing this ingredient on some of the eczema-specific products I use – as well as in Meaningful Beauty® Youth Activating Melon Serum (Here’s my review of this product) – and decided it was worth trying.

From Wikipedia:
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in skin-care products.
The average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day.

Of the suggested products Vogue listed, I chose one by The Ordinary. mainly because of the price:  $12.98 on Amazon.

No matter how often I use lip balm, I have perpetually dry lips so I thought that area would be THE perfect place try it out. I used the serum for a month and was delighted with the results! My lips are chap-free for the first time in decades. So I began applying it to my face and neck twice a day.

The directions said to apply a few drops before creams. The Hyaluronic Acid serum plumped up my skin – making it feel soft, smooth, and ready for my moisturizer (I found that I needed to use less moisturizer, too.)

Bottom line:  Buy it now!!!! In addition to Amazon, you can find The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid serum at Ulta Beauty and Sephora.

Regular visitors to this website know I research topics as thoroughly as possible.
(To be honest, I can research things to death…)

Doing research for this Post, I discovered the following on healthline.com:

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body.
The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes.
Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.
Hyaluronic acid supplements can help your skin look and feel more supple.
Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.
However, the natural aging process and exposure to things like ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke and pollution can decrease its amounts in the skin.
Taking hyaluronic acid supplements may prevent this decline by giving your body extra amounts to incorporate into the skin.
Doses of 120–240 mg per day for at least one month have been shown to significantly increase skin moisture and reduce dry skin in adults.
Hydrated skin also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which may explain why several studies show that supplementing with it can make skin appear smoother.
When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid serums can reduce wrinkles, redness and dermatitis.

As I’ve recently had bouts of dermatitis I was very excited to read this,
as I still have on-going issues with my skin.

I’ll be trying these supplements (200mg per day).
After a month, I hope to see a noticeable difference.
(As in NO dry, inflamed, and itchy patches.)
Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for the results…

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Meaningful Beauty® Youth Activating Melon Serum

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I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics on this site. The views and opinions expressed herein are purely my own. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service, I will only endorse products/services that I believe (based on my expertise) are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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While I’ve seen the Cindy Crawford’s infomercials on Meaningful Beauty®, the idea of trying it never occurred to me until a month ago when I was searching on Amazon for specialized skin care items. I saw that the line offered a “travel size” of the Youth Activating Melon Serum at a reasonable price and decided to take the plunge.

First off, I absolutely LOVED the bottle! Instead of a standard removable cap, the whole top swivels causing the pumping mechanism to raise up. This pump is designed to deposit one application’s worth of the serum, after which you “swivel” it back down into the cap. What an elegant design. (I wish more merchandisers would pay attention to their “packaging”.)

According to meaningfulbeauty.com:  “Melon leaf stem cells are encapsulated for maximum potency” (there are hundreds of these melon-colored orbs). The instructions said to apply “one pump” of serum to the face both morning and evening. The serum’s applied before your moisturizer and feels silky on the skin – and does it smell heavenly!

The trial size bottle was good for 30-days’ worth of applications. However, at the end of 30 days I didn’t see any difference in my skin tone. (Since I already use retinol creams and exfoliate regularly, these may be the reasons why.) Using their complete line of products might’ve made a difference, but I’m not ready to make that commitment monetarily.

Bottom line:  For $38 on Amazon I would recommend giving it a try yourself.

meaningfulbeauty.com
(They offer a 60 day money-back guarantee on all their products.)

The next product I’ll be reviewing:  Hyaluronic Acid (The Ordinary.).

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