Sale Announcement: Apple Watch

Sorry guys, I changed my mind. I’m back on the Apple Watch team. For today only, you can snag one for yourself for up to 25% off.

In my Battle of the Brands | Wearable Tech edition, I concluded that the Fitbit was a better option for me because it was not a distraction as the Apple Watch had been.

After a few months without my Apple Watch, though, I noticed that I hadn’t been working out basically at all. I decided that the Apple Watch, while it can be distracting, was actually affecting my health goals in a major way. While FitBit did offer step challenges, the Apple Watch Activity rings were huge motivators, pushing me to be active and workout most days of the week, if not daily.

So, I have to say that I have changed my mind. If you want to count your steps, track your sleep and simply see who is calling or texting you, the FitBit is the better option. For me, the Apple Watch is the better tech because I place a higher value on fitness and convenience.

All of that being said, Amazon is having a flash sale (Deal of the Day) on refurbished Apple Watches. My first Watch was refurbished and I did not have any problems with it until I cracked the screen (Get a case people, $10 on Amazon. You’ll already by there anyway.). You can save up to 25% on the cost of a Watch and they have Series 1-3 available. If you are interested, hurry over because the sale is today only and while quantities last.

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💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Briogeo Rosarco Milk

We’ve made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty 2018 countdown. I’ve saved my favorite product for last. It’s an actual miracle worker.

Of all of the beauty products I loved in 2018, there is one that actually performs miracles: the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray.

My hair is both a gift and a curse. It is ultra thick (so thick that my scalp won’t dry for days if I don’t part my hair when air drying), highly porous, dry, and a random mix of curls and tight coils (with a few random straight strands strewn throughout). Because it is so porous, it gets dry insanely easily.

There really aren’t too many products that can hydrate my hair, and keep it feeling soft and moist (not greasy or oily) for more than a few hours after it is washed. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk spray is on the short list… aka is the entire list. Whether damp or dry, this leave-in conditioner imparts a moisture that penetrates my strands and keeps them feeling soft and hydrated way longer than any other product I’ve ever tried. Like, insanely soft.

My hair never feels soft, even fresh out of the shower. It’s like water just goes right through the hair shaft without touching it. Once I spray the Rosarco Milk, it immediately gets soaked up and seals itself in. It leaves my hair feeling good, looking shiny and smelling heavenly.

My only qualm about this product is how fast I go through it, but honestly, I don’t think it can be helped because of the amount of hair I have. I’ve already repurchased it twice this year, and am down to the last few drops. As soon as I’m out, I will be reordering it. I don’t think I will ever bother trying to find something else to replace it in my haircare routine because it’s really just that good.

What are your favorite hair products? Any miracle workers?

Well guys, we made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty products! I sincerely thank you for sticking with me to the end. Of all the products I mentioned, were there any that you’ve put on your list to try in 2019? I’d love to know!

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5 Tips To Stop Overthinking When It Feels Like You Really Can’t

5 Tips To Stop Overthinking When It Feels Like You Really Can’t

https://seaofvenus.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/5tipstostopoverthinkingwhenitfeelslikeyoureallycant/
— Read on seaofvenus.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/5tipstostopoverthinkingwhenitfeelslikeyoureallycant/

Loved this so much I had to share.

[REPOST] How the Location of Acne on Your Face Could Explain Why You Break Out — Top Health Fix

[REPOST] How the Location of Acne on Your Face Could Explain Why You Break Out — Top Health Fix

[REPOST] How the Location of Acne on Your Face Could Explain Why You Break Out — Top Health Fix
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Sometimes the fix needs to be internal and not topical.

Battle of the Brands: Wearable Tech: Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Alta

Hi guys!

Cold-weather tends to keep us indoors so wearable fitness trackers are great ways to make sure you are staying active until the warm weather returns. Two of the biggest brands in wearable tech, specifically fitness trackers, are Apple and Fitbit. I’ve personally owned both, so I’m here to give you my opinion on which one I prefer.

The Apple Watch

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Pros:

  • Tons of apps- The Apple Watch has a ton of apps. You can connect email, banking apps, social media, games, etc. to your watch. So, you can perform a lot of essential functions without ever picking up your phone.
  • Make & receive calls- You can make calls from your Apple Watch. I had the Series 2. So my phone had to be in close proximity, but it was nice to be able to make and receive calls without taking my phone out of my purse.
  • Activity Rings- The Apple Watch Activity rings tracked 3 key metrics: How many hours per day you stood for at least 1 minute; Minutes spent exercising (elevated heart rate); Calories burned. The calorie tracker changes based on your weekly average. It was fun trying to close my activity rings everyday.
  • Waterproof- If you like to swim, you can take your watch with you to track laps, calories, time, etc.

Cons:

  • Too connected. It was essentially like having my phone in front of me at all times. You can choose which notifications you want to receive, but realistically, you’re not going to pay hundreds of dollars to not be connected. Once I stopped wearing it, I was amazed at how much more focused I was during the day on the task at hand.
  • Bulky. You can get different bands, but in general, the Apple Watch is bigger than traditional watches that I like to wear. So, I found myself having to choose between fashion and function (missing out on my calories and steps) when going to formal events.
  • Battery life. You MUST charge your Apple Watch daily. It will die early into the second day, even if you put it into Battery Saver mode (using it only as a watch sans other functionality).

The Fitbit Alta

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Pros:

  • Small and sleek- This fitness tracker is thin and sleek, which I prefer since I have pretty small wrists.
  • Fitness challenges- The Fitbit app lets you join various step challenges, both by yourself and with friends. I’ve found these challenges to be fun ways to motivate me to try to get more steps in throughout the day (as opposed to just standing for the Apple Watch).
  • Battery life- You can wear your Fitbit for SEVERAL days without charging it. I throw it on the charger when I shower everyday, and that’s enough for me to be able to wear it non-stop throughout the day and at night (which it important since I like to use it to track my sleep).
  • Options- You can get a Fitbit Alta for under $200. Fitbit also makes other styles of fitness trackers for a range of prices and with a range of functions based on what you are looking for.

Cons:

  • Limited functionality. The Fitbit Alta does let you see text, calendar & call notifications. However, you cannot respond to them on the Fitbit.
  • Not waterproof. If you swim as your main exercise, you cannot wear your Fitbit to track it.
  • Calorie tracking. The Fitbit Alta does not seem to accurately track how many calories you burn. I think it overestimates by a lot, which means you may not be meeting the goals you set if you take it as absolute truth.

Verdict:

Personally, I think I prefer my Fitbit. 😱😱😱😱😱😱

It’s funny to me because I had my Fitbit first, lost it, and bought the Apple Watch. Once I had the Watch, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and vowed to never live without it again. Interestingly, it eventually broke, and the day it stopped working I found my Fitbit again.🙈.

Since having my Fitbit, though, I feel a lot less stressed. As I mentioned, the Apple Watch forces you to be more connected, which means I was constantly getting notifications with no way to escape. I do miss the Activity Rings, but that’s mostly it. The Fitbit tracks key metrics, and I can now track my sleep since I don’t have to charge my Apple Watch overnight. Tracking my sleep has also helped me because I make more of an effort to get more than 4 hours of sleep per day, making me more productive (and less anxious) during the hours that I am awake.

Of course, everything is about personal preference, but I don’t know if I’ll ever buy an Apple Watch again. I strongly considered it, but I think my Fitbit Alta has re-captured my heart.

Do you guys have any wearable tech that you love? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

No more DramaFever?!?!

Guys….

I come to you with devastating news…

DramaFever no longer exists.

I have been using DramaFever to watch Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese & Chinese dramas since I was in undergrad (For some idea of time frame, I graduated undergrad in 2012).

Today, the streaming service abruptly stopped service and ceased operations.

As a subscriber, I am shocked and, honestly, appalled. To suddenly stop all services with no forewarning is, in my opinion, completely ridiculous and shows no regard for its (former) consumers.

I know there are other ways to get my drama fix– Netflix, Hulu & Viki– as I already do use these services, but this is such a huge blow to my binge-watching plans.

What about the shows I was halfway through?!? 😩😩😩

What do you guys think about this such stop of operations? Let’s chat.

😢Michelle Lisette