Forever TUNG: A TUNG Brush review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TUNG Brush. All opinions are my own.
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If you watch my Instagram stories you know that I have recently discovered a brush for my tongue, called, well TUNG brush. Being a beauty junkie, I am always looking to try new products and this one honestly intrigued me! No way, I thought, was it going to be any different or any better than the scraper that comes on the back of the floss picks. And I was wrong. The TUNG Brush makes my tongue feel like a million bucks! It also makes the process of brushing your tongue easy and fast thanks to the mint gel! Side note: this gel needs to be made into toothpaste as well! It is that good!

TUNG brush has been amazing when it comes to fighting Halitosis (aka morning breath) – we all have it, and thanks to my friends at TUNG brush I learned that 90% of the odor-causing bacteria responsible for bad breath are found in biofilms on the tongue. For more fun Halitosis facts go here.

Today TUNG Brush also has a fun task for you! They need your help to pick the brush colors. When you vote for your favorite TUNG Brush color, you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $250 Amazon gift card. What better way to feel a part of the brand and win a cool prize? To vote click here.

And finally if you want to try TUNG Brush for yourself you can buy it here! Enter this code when prompted huuc-z1dy-codk to get 10% off and free shipping on the partner pack which consists of 2 brushes and gels.

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And last but not least go check out TUNG on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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Self Care and Gliss™ Hair Repair Tutorial

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #SchwarzkopfGliss, #blissofGliss #CollectiveBias

 

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Happy Monday! I have to admit something to you. The last few weeks, actually months have been extremely stressful. I found out Sam got transferred to Chicago and started looking for a new job there in December. I am so happy to announce that last week I accepted a new position in Chicago myself. I can’t wait to move and start fresh there. Still stressed out though, not as much and about different things, but it’s getting better!

Going through the stress of it all I decided that I wanted to make this post a self-care tutorial. Yes, that is a lot different than the usual make up or hair looks I create on my blog, but self-care is so so important! And while for some self-care can mean getting a massage or going away on a trip, for others it can simply mean getting 8 hours of sleep every night, drinking lots of water every day and going to an occasional yoga class.

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My perfect self-care recipe or tutorial if you wish consists of:

  1. relaxing night at home,
  2. wrapping myself in as much comfort as I possibly can,
  3. a bubble bath,
  4. a nice facial mask
  5. an intensive hair treatment

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I have recently discovered GLISS® Hair Repair™ products that combine patented keratin technology with essential benefits like color protection, intense hydration, long-lasting volume, and weightless nourishment. I can get the repair you need without having to compromise and without having to leave my house! It’s a win win situation!

I’ve been using Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner and Anti-Breakage Treatment for dry, stressed hair. Are you noticing a theme here? Stressed Zhenya, stressed hair! Makes sense, right? GLISS products are scientifically designed and tested to deliver proven, measurable results in repairing hair, whether the damage is from styling, coloring, activity, or the nature of the hair itself. Gliss products are perfect for every day use! I often deep condition my hair overnight using either the Conditioner or the Treatment! This line has also become my go to at the gym!

I also wanted to share 7 Weird Things You May Not Know Were Damaging Your Hair:
1. Water
Yes, the same thing that cleans our hair can also damage our hair. Salt water and chlorinated water are the worst offenders. Every time you wet your hair, your color fades and leaving your hair wet for too long causes the hair to swell, which can cause splits and breakages.
Water is the number one reason why you can still find that your hair is breaking or has split ends even if you never blow-dry your hair.
2. Brushing
It’s a myth that you should brush your hair a hundred times a day to have healthy shiny hair. It doesn’t help at all. It’s also more likely that brushing the wrong way is damaging your. This is called mechanical damage.
Be extra gentle when brushing your hair and it’s worth investing in a good quality brush.
3. Twirling
Dirt from your hands transfers across to your hair making it heavy and limp. The constant touching causes breakage as well. Note to self, keep your hands out of your hair!
4. Hair Accessories (like elastics and pretty hair pins)
Elastics are not the gentlest on your hair. They snag and cause breakages, especially at the ends of your hair where it’s weaker.
Here’s a tip to make these bands and accessories safer to use. When you’re removing them from your hair, spritz them with the Schwarzkopf Fiber Therapy Leave In Conditioner Spray and also spray some on the ends of your hair. The bands and clips will slide right out, plus you treat your hair at the same time. It’s a win-win.
5. Your Handbag
Wearing a shoulder bag or cross body bag, you’re often catching your hair underneath the strap. That regular wear and tear on the same side of your head causes split end breakages. Eventually your hair will just snap off.
6. Your Pillow
Not putting your hair to bed properly at night is also causing damage. We didn’t really think that a pillowcase would make a big difference until we switched to silk. Not only is it so much smoother on your hair, it reduces frizz and stops those pillow creases forming.
7. Wearing the Same Style Everyday
It may seem easier to wear the same ponytail or bun every day but it’s damaging your hair.
Tight hairstyles constrain your hair, and placing your hair band in the same place daily will cause a ring of breakage around your hair.

Also now through Saturday 2/17 CVS has a special offer on Gliss and other Henkel products (got2b, Color Ultime, Keratin Color, Dial, Right Guard, Dry Idea) – Spend $20, Get $7 in ExtraBucks!

Additionally Gliss will be on sale for 2/$10 (like 2/$6 after $4 off 2 FSI coupon) on top of the sale mentioned above!

Hope you have a great week ahead! Let me know if you try the GLISS® Hair Repair™ products and what you think of them! Available at your local CVS.

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3 day soup + juice jus by julie cleanse: day 2 diary

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Happy day 2 of the soup and juice cleanse to me. I am already feeling lighter and skinnier. The left over soup and juice from yesterday are safely stored in my freezer for next week just in case you were wondering.

Today was half day at work for me, so I only packed two juices and one soup. I have time to drink only one, but I go through two cups of coffee. What can I say? I love my caffeine.

I leave work around 12.30 to go home and eat before my dentist appointment at 2. You know they say a watched pot never boils? Maybe it doesn’t boil, but it surely heats up my soup. I inhale that Red Lentil (140 calories) I am in such a rush!

I walk to my appointment and it feels so good to be outside, the mid-winter meltdown is in full swing and I can’t complain.

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I get back home around 3.15 and head to out apartment gym. I usually go to the WAC Downtown, or the Kohl’s location, but today I just need a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. I do the hill climb preset for a little over 30 minutes.

I am back home by 4, because Sarah is coming over to knit. We are working on Irish hiking scarves, as well as pussy cat hats for the Women’s March in Madison this Saturday.

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Soon Kaitlyn joins us, and as we are watching How I Met Your Mother, I decide to make some Mac and Cheese for the girls and for Sam when he comes home 🙂 As they are enjoying their food, I make myself a cup of Detox Broth (50 calories). That soup is hands down my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the mushrooms, or the spices, but I could eat it everyday. It reminds me of a mushroom and barley soup my grandma used to make when I lived in Russia.

Once again I have a soup and a juice left over. Tomorrow will be interesting, I am going to Chicago to comp shop for work. I will let you know if I come up with any good ways of being on a cleanse while on the go!

Fitbit stats – 13,331 steps

Make sure to check out 2017 Plan For a Happy & Healthy Body on JusByJulie.com. You can sign up for email updates, browse other people’s resolutions, and even get a checklist to help you stay on the healthy track!

3 DAY SOUP + JUICE JUS by JULIE CLEANSE: Day 1 Diary

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Today I started my second cleanse. Why do you ask? Wasn’t the first time enough? Well, let me tell you, this time it’s different. This time I am on a soup and juice cleanse. I am a huge soup fan, I grew up in Russia eating soup for lunch almost every day. I remember my grandma making a big pot of soup over the weekend and it would last us all week. That’s why when I got an opportunity to try this soup and juice cleanse I couldn’t say no.

Before I go into the details of my 1st day of cleansing (please make sure you follow my Insta story for updates throughout the day) I want to let you know that there is a cool and healthy 2017 Plan For a Happy & Healthy Body on JusByJulie.com. You can sign up for email updates, browse other people’s resolutions, and even get a checklist (you know you want to) to help you stay on the healthy track! I got mine already 🙂

This day started early, my husband works out of Chicago one day a week, and today was the day. He takes an early morning train out of Milwaukee, which means our alarm clock starts going off around 4.30 am. I drive Sam to the train around 5.30, and stop at my neighborhood Starbucks on the way home to get a venti coffee. Coffee is normally allowed on the cleanse, just black, no cream or sugar. I don’t have a problem with that, I just need to stay awake.

I leave for work at 7 am. Around 8.30 I drink my first juice – Sweet Spin (140 calories). Work was busy today, and I didn’t get to eat my first soup till noon. However I manage to finish my coffee and drink about 3 bottles of water. My rule of thumb after finishing a juice is refilling the bottle with water, and drinking that. Needless to say I peed on the hour every hour.

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I finally have my Split Pea Soup, and it turns out to be way more filling than expected, while containing only 140 calories.

I save my Pomegranate Juice for 3 pm, it is hands down my favorite juice of all. The spicy kick and whopping 90 calories make it a perfect afternoon pick me upper.

After that the rest of my day is full of more meetings and emails. I don’t leave the office till 6.30 pm, heading to the train station to pick up Sam.

We get home around 7.15 pm, and while my husband enjoys a couple slices of homemade pizza, I heat up my Carrot Ginger Soup (120 calories).

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And here I am not writing this post, working through yet another bottle of water. I am feeling great. I wish I would’ve made it to Zumba, but oh well. My fitbit reads 8100 steps, and I am going to try my hardest to make it to 10k before I go to sleep!

I saved Butternut Squash Soup and Chia Berry Juice in my freezer for a rainy day.

So, how was your day?

Jus by Julie Experience and Aftermath

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I would like to start this post by saying that starting this Jus by Julie cleanse was my own personal decision, this is not a sponsored post, I paid for everything and all opinions are my own.

Okay now that we got this out of the way, let’s talk about the cleanse. Juice cleanses are popular, there are cold press juicers, then there are centrifugal juicers. The first ones are healthier and extract the most vitamins and nutrients which makes them pricey, the second ones are cheaper, making them more affordable. The juicer I have at home was a $30 score from the Target Basement in Minneapolis.

I went with Jus by Julie partially because I knew a few people who did it, and partially because it’s  based out of Brooklyn. (If you don’t know this about me, I am forever and always in love with New York City.) I paid $120 for my 3 day cleanse, which included 18 juices and 12 energy/booster shots.

The juices were different from what I expected. A lot of them included rice milk, and some seemed more like smoothies to me. The booster shots were interesting, some I could take like a shot, some I had to add to 16 oz of water, because drinking them up without diluting them was impossible.

In addition to the juices the cleanse allows you 1-2 cups of tea or coffee a day, plus some steamed vegetables and egg whites. I didn’t actually eat anything because I wasn’t hungry. The juices are incredibly filling and with the amount of water I tried to drink in between, I felt like I couldn’t consume any more food.

Before I started the cleanse I seriously thought I was going bombard social media with complaints of how hungry and miserable I was. However that didn’t happen. Nor did I really have any desire to eat. By the end of day 3 I just wanted the cleanse to be over with, because looking in the mirror at my face was terrifying, my cheekbones started showing even more than they normally do, and to myself I looked sick.

I didn’t lose any weight (I started at 124 and finished at 124), which I personally think was due to the high amount of sugar that the juices contained (at least 16 grams per juice). I felt sick and bloated by the end of day 3. And to be honest, I don’t think this juice cleansed me of anything, but rather messed up my digestion.

Now that it’s been a couple weeks I finally feel like my body has been restored back to normal. I was disappointed in this program. Next time I do a cleanse, I will definitely look more closely into the nutrition that is in the juices.

 

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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This is my favorite smoothie, I drink that at least once a day. I hope you like the recipe as much as I do!

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup frozen fruit

16 oz green tea – 4 oz strong green tea mixed with 12 oz water (you can change the tea to water ratio to taste)

1 tbsp protein powder (I use Lean 1 or Orgain)

1 tsp vegetable powder blend (I use Green Vitae Essence)

Blend and enjoy!

Made to Move: Carefree Feminine Care

This #FreeToMove shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

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Summers are exciting and fun. My summers are full of activities. Every day brings something new and challenging, every day I push myself a little more. I will admit, sometimes I do regret not spending a couple extra hours in bed, sleeping, relaxing, or reading a book. But summer is the time to be active. Summers here are spent on the go, and I don’t want my period to get in the way. Among pads, tampons and other feminine care products available on the market today, Stayfree always stood out, and has been my go to brand since New York City days.

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I would spend all day running around Manhattan, attending events, meeting with friends, going for walks, runs or bike rides, and never have to second guess Stayfree Ultra Thin Regular.

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When the same brand came out with Stayfree Overnight pads, I knew I could cross off another concern off my list.

Now, no matter whether I am running around at work, or getting ready to jump back into college life, or being a tourist in my own town working on Twin Cities Travelin’ post, I know Stayfree won’t let me down.

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Stayfree Ultra Thin regular and Stayfree Overnight are available at Walmart, and what’s even better now is a $5 Walmart eGift card reward will be given to you when you buy any 3 products – Stayfree, Carefree, or o.b. – so stock up, ladies! I will be honest, I am finally getting the hang of shopping at Walmart. And the products that I purchased will last me a few months. So it’s a win-win on my end.

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Proskin 28 Day Blogger Challenge: Week 1

A couple weeks ago I came across a #BloggerChallenge on Twitter, and not knowing what it was, decided to look into it! And it turned out that it was, well a blogger challenge, organized by Proskin! I have heard of that brand before, but didn’t know exactly what they were about. After looking into it, I found out that Proskin is a brand that makes leggings that are supposed to tighten your skin and help you loose inches off your thighs! 

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So I decided to give it a shot. I was always curious to see if such things worked (especially after reading all the claims on their website!). I applied for the program, filled out my social media info and got approved almost instantly!

The leggings shipped extremely fast and got here (US) from England in about a week, and of course I immediately put them on! They are not just nice looking, but nice feeling leggings too! They are incredibly easy to style and I know I’ll be wearing them a lot more in the fall with all my dresses and skirts:
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What hooked me though, were the ingredients (info taken off their official US website  http://www.proskinus.com

How Proskins Slim Works

COMPRESSION FABRIC– A controlled level of pressure promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, flushing fluid and toxins which would cause cellulite out of the body. The appearance of cellulite is reduced, giving a more even skin tone through the strengthening of connective tissues in the legs, buttocks and hips.

PATENTED MICRO-ENCAPSULATED YARN– The fabric is impregnated with microcapsules containing the finest active natural ingredients. These are massaged into the skin during wear, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. The microcapsules in the fabric are guaranteed to remain in the garment for at least 100 washes.

How Proskin Slim Works

What the Microcapsules contain:

Caffeine – A renowned active slimming agent that activates micro-circulation and promotes fat destruction.

Retinol – A skin regenerator, which stimulates collagen, giving youthful appearance to the skin.

Vitamin E – An antioxidant that helps the skin feel smoother and softer.

Aloe Vera – To help the skin feel smoother and softer.

Ceramides – Restores the skin’s barrier system providing an immediate tensor effect.

Fatty Acids – Natural ingredients existing in our skin. They are the perfect vehicles to improve the penetration of the rest of the active principles into the skin.

Slim by Proskins contain silver, an anti-bacterial treatment for extended wear and improved garment life. They also include a moisture management software that regulates body temperature to 37° degrees C.

So why not try it, and see if they work! I will be posting measurements once a week for the next four weeks to help track my progress (or maybe a lack of it). But keep in mind, I work out, and try eat somewhat healthy on most occasions ;)!

A representative of Proskin also told me that to reach better results it’s important to wear your pair of leggings for at least 8 hours a week. Which I am going to admit will be hard, but possible! So here we go!

Measurements – Week 1

Hips 35″

Top of Thighs 21.5″

Widest Part of Thigh 21.5″

Above knee 15″

Below Knee 12.5″

Widest part of calf 13.5

I hope you enjoy this project with me! And let me know if you think there will be any changes!

Xx,

Z

По-русски: Мне всегда было интересно проверить работают ли там всякие чудо штаны, ремни, пояса и так далее! Поэтому когда я увидела в Твиттере один интересный хештэг, я решила попробовать легинсы Proskin на себе! Это британская фирма, которая не так известна в США. Ну и пиарятся они засчет блогеров, это понятно! 

Чудо-штаны мне прислали на прошлой неделе, и я конечно же сразу в них влезла! Они очень удобные, черные, надписей, кроме как названия бренда на поясе нигде больше нет. Смотрятся с платьем очень даже ничего. Так что носить можно. Конечно же в наше жаркое лето их особенно не поносишь, а носить, как сказал мне представитель компании нужно как минимум 8 часов в день. Что в моем случае проблематично, но возможно. Сложнее всего я думаю будет на выходных.

Хочется конечно отметить, что кроме этих чудо штанов, я также занимаюсь спортом и пытаюсь (да, именно пытаюсь) правильно питаться! 

Ну посмотрим! Заказала я все это конечно больше из любопытства и потому что на халяву. А то что штаны пропитаны чудо микрокапсулами в состав которых входит кофеин, ретинол А, витамин Е, алое вера, керамиды и жирные кислотоы, не может не радовать! 

В общем в путь! 

Женя

 

 

Henna, now that’s a first!

As some of you may know I went up north to a friend’s cabin last weekend. But before I went I tried something I’ve never tried before – henna! Yes, I am 27 and have never tried henna tattoos before! I used to put henna in my hair back when I lived in Russia though! It’s a very good strengthening treatment for your hair!

So when one of my aids offered to stay after work and do it, I gladly entrusted myself into the hands of a 17 year old!

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I got a sun inspired ornament on my left wrist and a peacock on my right calf

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I thought Andrea did an absolutely marvelous job and I am so grateful she offered to do it after work and spend time hanging out with me, my husband, and a few of our other co-workers! It was a fun night!

I also found out what was in the henna mix, and why it smelt so good! I kept smelling my wrist for the rest of the day, even when we went to Target 😉

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Plus I also learned how to take care of henna:

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It’s good to be friends with teenagers these days, isn’t it?!

Have you done/tried anything new and exciting lately?

Xx,

Z

PS. Stay tuned for my Girls’ Weekend Outfits! And don’t forget to email me at evgeniahutson@gmail.com if you want to be featured in the 27 dresses project!

My Kombucha is Square

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As some of you, Instagrammers, have noticed, I started brewing my own kombucha! Wait what? We all thought I hated that stuff!

Back in the day, when I still lived in Russia, I had some American friends over, who had never seen kombucha before! So when they saw it their eyes grew bigger, and bigger, and I think it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t know the English for Kombucha (it was over 10 years ago! give me a break 😉 ) and in Russia we call it Tea Mushroom (чайный гриб). I also have memories of it being nick named the Happiness Mushroom! I guess it’s supposed to bring happiness and good luck to your household! Hey, okay with me 😉

A few years ago when I still nannied for a family in New York City, we were doing kombucha as well, but I hated it. I guess the childhood memories made a deep deep impact! I do remember killing one scoby, but the second one lived 🙂 And I even remember sharing it with someone on freecycle!

What is scoby? SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Other good examples are Ginger beer plant, kefir, mother of vinegar, sourdough – you can read more about it on Wikipedia!

I don’t know what made me try Kombucha a few weeks ago when I was out and about with a friend, I don’t know what made me like it, what made me ask for it on freecycle, what made me drive to Apple Valley after work to get a scoby, but I did all that, and now I have a square kombucha living in my kitchen, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that it’s something that should be in a science classroom!

Now everyone brews their kombucha differently, but here is what I do, and I learned that from Jade – the person who shared her scoby with me:

Bring three quarts of filtered water to a boil, and then add a cup of organic sugar and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Then take the pot off the burner and steep four bags of organic tea (2 black & 2 green) for 10 minutes. Then pour the mixture into a gallon size jar and let it cool to 98 degrees (body temp).  Once it reaches that temp add the starter (the liquid that the scoby is in), give a little stir, then add the scoby. Cover it with a white flour sacking cloth, and let it sit for 7-14 days. Metal should never touch the kombucha, so no metal utensils or anything!

I mix green and black tea when I brew my kombucha, it’s no specific brand, just something I pick up at the grocery store, or Marshall’s/TJMaxx – they have great tea variety (sometimes!), I also use regular white sugar, and then it all lives in a square glass jar I bought at Target for $5.99, that’s why it’s actually square! 

Of course we’ve all heard stories about some woman in Iowa, who supposingly died from it, but yet again some people say it helps cure cancer. I know one thing – everyone’s result is going to be different, so give it a shot, and see for yourselves!

Now let’s talk about what I like to put in my kombucha! Let me make it clear though, all the additives go in the glass, not the scoby jar!

Lemon juice has so far been my top choice!

I did try adding spinach/cucumber juice to it, and it tasted okay, but I wasn’t a fan! 

I do like to add cranberry to it though! That is super yummy!

Let me know if you like kombucha, tried it, hate it, whatever your opinion is – please DO tell! 

Happy Monday everyone! 

Xo,

Z

PS. If you are in the Twin Cities area and would like a scoby, let me know!