SK-II Facial Oil Treatment — A BzzAgent Review

I am a terrible human sometimes. I take care of my skin in that I …

  1. … drink a lot of water,
  2. … wear high quality makeup,
  3. … wear facial sunscreen daily, and
  4. … love chapstick!

However, I am pretty terrible about the rest of my facial skin care.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.03.50 PMI know, I need to care; I’m actively working on treating my skin more kindly and I’m noticing a change.

One of the first changes I made in my skin care was including the use of a moderately priced cream cleanser. The second change I made was purposefully testing all of the facial moisturizers sent to me in my ipsy bags and my BirchBoxes. I’ve been experimenting and want to find a staple.

I received a full size bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Oil and three weeks ago I started including it in my skincare experimentation.

I really like what SK-II Facial Treatment Oil has done for my skin.

  • the texture has smoothed,
  • I notice fewer of the tiny wrinkles I’m getting (yay! old!),
  • and I’m breaking out less (yay! still 13?).

While my face is still moist — whether I wash in the shower or sink side — I shake the bottle to mix the magic emulsion before shaking 7 drops on my hands and patting it onto my face. I pat a few times and then I rub any traces left into my hands and cuticles as an added bonus. (Double duty product right here!) I have only been doing this once a day.

I normally head to bed soon after application, so I haven’t had the chance to mix SK-II Facial Treatment Oil with my sunscreen and makeup yet. The website recommends using this both at morning and at night before your beauty serums. Mine will last a bit longer because I probably won’t; this will remain a nighttime moisturizer for me.

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil features the following benefits:

  • moisturizes skin dryness
  • quickly absorbs into skin
  • feels light on the face
  • smells nice; described as “soothing”

My Rating?


I offer SK-II Facial Treatment Oil a five out of five stars. 100%! A+! 5/5! I understand the high cost of $150 for less than one ounce, but it will prohibit me from purchasing it on my own. On a positive note, I’ve found a moisturizer type I can get behind to continue treating my skin better thanks to SK-II and BzzAgent.

I received a 50ml (0.7oz) bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Oil in exchange for an honest review of the product. The thoughts and opinions in this blog post are my own.



Two May Goals

I haven’t set actual New Year’s resolutions in years, but I’m committing myself to two goals in May.

May 2016 Goals

1. write every day

I carry around my favorite little red notebook everywhere I go, and I always have a pen (I’m a writer, it’s habit) so it should be easy to write every day, but there are days I don’t remember to take my medication I’ve been on for years, so should is operative. I can write something everyday, even if it’s a simple haiku.

I plan on snapping Instagram shots of each day’s writing — even if you can’t tell what I’m writing, join me on Instagram to see #MyMayWords. It also means I’m going to have to dig out a new notebook; this little red one is almost filled. I wish I didn’t own 14,391 blank notebooks already, because I really want to invest in a Cadillac notebook (a new Moleskin Classic Notebook, large, squared, blue, hard cover) instead of my pre-0wened beat-up Ford Escort (Moleskin Cahier Journal, large, ruled, kraft brown, soft cover). Oh well, I’ll use what I have for now. I’m going to write #MyMayWords each and everyday.

2. move every day

Interestingly enough, this May goal is scarier than the previous. I’ll turn a thirty-even number this year and I realize that I have a kid who runs around endlessly … as close to literally endlessly as she can … and I can’t keep up with her. I can’t keep up with my unicorn child. This is unacceptable. I’m not okay with this.

Thankfully, I’m friends with Kylee, a remarkable Diamond BeachBody coach who is encouraging me to take care of myself and helping me get started. I’ve committed to being accountable to myself when it comes to workouts and nutrition.

I don’t like to sweat. I think my sweat is gross. I am squicked out by the feeling of a drop of sweat rolling anywhere on my body. I am frequently sweaty (thanks to anxiety, chasing a 3.5 year old, or cooking over the hot stove), so I choose not to exercise because then I’m less sweaty. That is changing.

I’m scared.

I don’t like to sweat.

I have to change that mindset though, and learn to appreciate what it means; I’m strengthening my body and mind. I have to remember that this effort to get healthy now, will benefit me for the rest of my life. I have to remember that my entire outlook will not change in a day, a week, or even a month; but I can change my outlook on exercise. I have to remember that this is something I can own; it’s one of the only things I can control.

May is around the corner (you ready to say “rabbit rabbit“?) and putting some goals “onto paper” is a indicator of success in achieving goals.

What are your goals for the month?

Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks — A Preschooler’s Bzz Agent Review

Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks

I received two “Get it Free” coupons for Horizon organic snacks from BzzAgent in exchange for an honest review of the product. I got two boxes of Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks (Bunch o’Berries) free. The thoughts and opinions shared are mine.

So, I tasted the organic Horizon fruit snacks in Bunches o’Berries last week … and have eaten another six packages since. I guess they’re okay. I got used to the sticky texture and when I ate one of each flavor mashed together, the taste was a little less kids’ medicine flavor.

First, the grown up found lots of pros about Horizon organic Fruit Snacks. There were a couple of cons, but they were actually minimal.

THEN I offered some “new gummies!” to the preschooler. Her brain almost exploded because we rarely have gummies of any sort in the house. (We love gummy candy around here.) She was thrilled before we even opened the package.

She ate her first Horizon organic fruit snack and she paused … and chewed more … and I watched her little face twist up a bit as her mouth worked through the gummy. She chewed more.

“Deese sticked in my teef!” she exclaimed. She didn’t really think it was a con, though, because she then popped another into her mouth. I watched the cutie use her tongue to clean the Horizon organic fruit snacks from her teeth, and take her time eating her treat. When I asked her about the taste, Mooster replied with a quick “berries.”  I agreed; they taste fruity.

My three-and-a-half year old had nothing bad to say about these organic Horizon fruit snacks we were provided. Since they would be purchased for her anyway, I would purchase these again. Gummies are a treat in our house, and since the first three ingredients of these are SUGAR (albeit organic sugar), these are a treat.

I’m going to give Horizon’s fruit snacks made with all organic ingredients a 4/5 stars when looking at both family member’s ratings!



Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks — A Grown-Up Bzz Agent Review

Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks

I received two “Get it Free” coupons for Horizon organic snacks from BzzAgent in exchange for an honest review of the product. I got two boxes of Horizon Organic Fruit Snacks (Bunch o’Berries) free. The thoughts and opinions shared are mine.

When I signed up to be a BzzAgent, I just thought that I would be getting free stuff in the mail and then able to write about it … but this task took more effort on my part. Instead of receiving my Horizon organic fruit snacks, I received coupons and had to find the snacks myself.

Living with anxiety, grocery shopping is one of my least favorite tasks; there are too many choices and bright colors and people and sounds and oh my gosh I hate to grocery shop. But I did it.try1free

I received two “Get it Free” coupons for fruit snacks and snagged two boxes of the Bunch o’ Berries flavor for Moo and I. If I’m going to offer my pre-schooler a treat, I want to know that it at least tastes okay before I offer them. So, I tried the Horizon organic fruit snacks in bunch o’berries flavor.

Pros of Horizon organic Fruit Snacks per the grown up

  • These are easy to serve; the package is also super easy to open.
  • No artificial colors or flavors.
  • They taste like fruit.
  • They come in cute shapes (cows and people).
  • The colors aren’t obnoxious.
  • There are almost ten in each pack.
  • I can pronounce all the ingredients: organic tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup solids, organic white grape juice concentrate, pectin, citric acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), organic black carrot juice concentrate (for color), natural flavors, organic sunflower oil, and carnauba wax.
  • They were free — though they’re regularly only $2.79 at my local supermarket.

Cons of Horizon organic Fruit Snacks per the grown up

  • They are really sticky once chewed – stick in and to your teeth.
  • The “natural flavors” ingredient is not my favorite … according to CNN, “Though natural flavors may sound better than their presumably chemical-laden alternative — artificial flavors — it turns out they are not actually all that different.” I’d be curious to know what types of flavoring is used, and how it’s processed.


Ultimately, if Moo likes these fruit snacks, I will purchase them again. For less than $3 a box, it’s a quick easy snack I can toss into her lunch box. Nothing is better than good-for-you “gummies!” as treat!


Once Moo tries these, I’ll add some more notes. She has some pouches and snack crackers to test out, too! Any questions for me about these fruit snacks? I’ll gladly see about finding answers!


An ironic tattoo

“You know I’d never say anything to hurt you, right?”

If you don’t have a partner who is willing to say this to you, I hope you have a best friend who will.

Sometimes hearing the truth hurts, but knowing that I have someone who is willing to tell me the truth has comforted me lately.

I had a hard truth to hear and an attitude choice to make, and some decisions from the Universe to accept.



I’ll come to terms with this. #comingtoterms

I’ll talk about it more. Eventually. Probably.

Things aren’t changing as much as how I’m looking at things is changing.

… change is good … I like change … I can do change …