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Saturday, July 27, 2013



I am on Lindkin for Avon  , Miabella Candles and my volunteer work I do for Celiac Disease.   
A Representative Lisa Minogue from Apriori Beauty  sent me an email for me  to try some samples of   hers . from Apriori Beauty Products.    She asked me if she could send me out some sample  products to try and if I could to do a blog about the products on my Celiac Blog.     I let her know if I do not llike the products I will not write a blog about the products.  The reason why I have done this practice is not to help the company out but that I  have so many sensitivities that I do not think it is fair to my readers to put something in that is negative when they might have a positive reaction.  So if I have  a reaction to a product then I  just will not write about it.    She assured me that was  more  then fair she just wanted me to try them
Apriori Beauty products are based out of California, they are a relatively new company.  .   
After going to her website which is and her email address is   I saw all the products and thought if the products work as well as the captions have  stated about the products I am in love. 
Their shampoo is called Vivid it is suburb it is for all hair types and it is all natural , unscented and of course Gluten Free and Vegan.  When I  washed my hair it  was like being in a spa even though it was just my kitchen sink. 
The conditioner is called Vivid also and it is also all natural unscented Gluten Free and Vegan
I combed my hair out and waited for it to dry.  Usually I wait until it dries then I begin my styling routine  
I was surprised when I looked in the mirror I was like is that really me,  my hair looked like I  just did a soft hair set there was so much body to it and the softness and shine
I was a happy happy camper just to wash and wear is not something I usually do.  Usually I have to let it dry then lightly hair spray it then put a few rollers in the front then take out the rollers and put a little bit more gel to it but with these products I just washed and let it dry and I was out the door

They have a 6 step moisturizing system which I love
Step Number 1 Cream Cleanser ( Deeply  Cleanses while protecting the skin )
Step number 2 Activating Tonic .
Step number 3 Firming Complex ( Stimulate Collogen and Elastin in skin )
Step number 4 Eye / Lip Age Erasser ( Reduces Eye Puffiness and Erases age lines )
Step number 5 Day Defense Plus Cream  has SPF 25 in it of course all natural ( Defends against daily exposure )
Step number 6 Night Repair 3 Deep (  Repairs and hydrates overnight )

This 6 step process is amazing it is like a facial routine with looking like you have just cleared out all your skin  imperfections .  It is like you have a concealer / foundation on even though you have nothing on but the 6 step cleansing system.  My face felt soft and looked magnificent.  I was talking  to one of my friends that I  have not seen for awhile and she asked me have you  lost weight .  You look great.there is something different about you , you always look great but now you have out done yourself.    What  is going on with you  ,  I  want your secret. I let her  know about the products I just received. .   

They also have a body wash called HydroBurst Moisture Intense Cleanse which really is great my skin really felt fabulous and they have a moisturizing cream called HydroBurst moisture Intense lotion which is suburb.  Along with the Celiac Disease I also as I  said before I am a  Type 1 Diabetic, it does not matter if it is summer or winter my skin becomes alligator skin.   The other day my skin was on fire itching and really dried out.  I put this lotion on instant releif and my skin is so much better.  It does not feel rough at all and no more itching. 
I wish I could get more of all of these products they are truly amazing, your skin  feels alive again and well pampered

They also have a weight loss system to help you lose weight and a nutriitonal system to help  you acheive all your nutritional  benefits that you need. each and every day and best of all it is also Gluten Free  Vegan and all natural   . 

If you  are interested there are opportunities for you for a home business you can contact Lisa Minogue and she can tell you all about becoming a Apriori Beauty Consultant or you can just go to her website and  order her  products from her  You  will not be sorry these products are worth their weight in gold .
Email Address;
Telephone number :  1 631 764 3522

Thank you

Ellen Gaffney

Saturday, July 13, 2013




I was trying to find a Shea Butter that was all natural and soothing to the skin.
I had heard a lot of good suggestions with using Shea Butter.
Shea Butter is an all natural emoliant moisturizer.  You do have to be careful if you are allergic to nuts while using this product.  They say that it is not recommended if you have nut allergies.
This is the one thing that I am not allergic to.  I went online and looked at a lot of Shea Butters, I decided to just go to Whole foods Market and take a look there.  I  hate with a passion paying for shipping charges so I wanted to see if I could find a good Shea Butter at my local Whole Foods Market. 
What I like about Shea Butter is that it is like Coconut oil that it is in a solid formation and when you take a little bit out and rub it in between your fingers it turns into an oil that sinks into your skin instantly.  Shea Butter also helps out with wrinkles and it is a natural sunscreen.

I went  into  Whole Foods Market searching for the one I wanted for my Shea Butter quest.
I found it it was from this company Green Pad Living .  I purchased their Shea Butter Soap and their 4 oz. Raw Shea Nut Butter Bulgaarian Rose Butter. 
This was reccommended to me from one of the personell at the natural skin care department. 
I was excited to try out these  products.  I wanted to use it as an all over moistuizer and a moisturizer and protector for my face.  I love love it.  Like I said before take a little bit out the size of a pea rub it in between your finger tips and rub it into your skin.  I also use the Shea Butter as a leave in conditioning detangling shine emoliant for my hair.     It sinks right in and gives you a natural glow.  My skin in my face instantly looked refreshed well moisturized and soft as a babies bottom so to speak.   Shea Butter naturally is a sunscreen property in it.  This would be equivalant to a sunscreen that  was a SPF of between 4-6 .  I love this I do not like to use sunscreens because from the Celiac Disease I am deficient in Vitamin D, so when I heard tha tthis can be used as a natural sunscreen I was thrilled.  I know it is not much of a SPF but you can also mix coconut oil with it this is also a natural sunscreen if you want a higher SPF and their other naturla ingredients that you  can find to use.    I am happy just using the Shea Butter My skin in my face looks fantstic  and the small lines in my face are diminishing
I also like Shea Butter because it also good for any skin irritation such as bug bites bug stings cuts and if you do get a sunburn Shea Butter puts the moisture back into your skin to make your skin feel better. 
It is  very easy to use a little goes a long way  and I like that this company is in Pennsylvania. 
The Shea Butter soap is like sinking into  a batch of loveliness.  Your skin just feels like it just got washed down with an extra barrier of forgiveness and softness that stays until the next time you use it.  It feels like your  tub or shower has turned into a natural running  spa for your body.  As they say it feels good and knowing it is all natural is the best.  They have 7  other natural  soaps that are also really good   they are as follows. 
Coconut  Milk Soap
French Clay Pumice Soap
LemonGrass Soap
Gluten Free Oatmeal Srub Soap
Peppermint Skye Soap
Pure CastileSoap
Shea Butter Soap.
I am huge fan now for the Shea Butter Soap and the Raw  Shea Nut Butter Bulgarian Rose. and all the products from Green Pad Living Products.   I just learned they  will be phasing out of the Whole Foods Market but you can purchase them online on their website.  Their website is  You will not be sorry they are worth it.  They are like owning a pot of gold and holding onto it knowing that you have a stash of goodnes in the pam of your hand. 

Thank you

Ellen Gaffney 

Friday, July 12, 2013



I was at a family party last weekend and my cousin and I  started to have a discussion about hair products and soaps.
We were discussing what is  in shampoos condiitioners, and styling products.
We were both   saying to each other that the ingredients that are in every day shampoos conditioners and hair styling products is scary.  We both felt that it was even scarier what happens when you  get an allergic reaction to some of the additives that are in these products. 
We began naming products that we have tried that are all natural  and felt that were really good. 
I really felt that my list was gong to out shine his list. I felt that the products that I  have tried that I liked were fantastic and would not stand up against any other product.  I was wrong, I still believe in the other products but I  must admit the products from Morroccco Method  are unbelievable.
They are much better then what I had on my list

Morrocco Method's products have Raw Vegan Gluten Free Fair Trade Ingredients. 
They do not have much of a scent and the shampoos do not lather much but they work
You will not be sorry for trying out these products the only hard part will be deciding what shampoo /conditioner  to order but this is where the fun part comes in.  You try one set then go to the next and then mix and match them and you  can never be wrong with what you choose.  I
 am going to try out the Henna Hair coloring next I will let you know what I think but how well  the shampoos and conditioners worked I think I already know. 
My hair is soft shinny and full of volume. 
They call their shampoos condiitoners Element shampoos and conditoners
They have 5 different types of Element Shampoos and Conditioners

FIRE    Apple Cider Vinegar Increases blood flow to the scalp..  Flushes out debris, oil buildup and unhealthy bacteria This one is for all hair types

Water -  Sea Essence   Algae Spirlina Kelp and Marine Proteins nourish hair and scalp.  corrects Dryness Normal - Oily hair

Earth - Earth Essence Rich mixture of essential oils French Clays and Botanical Proteins. Promotes fuller thicker hair    Normal to Dry Hair

Air - Pine Shade Pine oil gently nourishes the scalp removes dandruff and itchiness counteracts thinning and hair loss this is for all hair types

Ether  Heavenly Chi  Natural Botanical Herbs and Marine Proteins dynamically energizes hair & scalp
this is for all hair Types

They have about 8 different leave in  Elixers to help promote hair growth and hair loss. 

They have a Diamond Crystal Leave in Mist Conditioner and a Sapphire Volumizer Mist Conditioner
They also have Euro oil this sophisticated blend of wild crafted oils nourishes and balances scalp PH for healthy hair growth.  It is also good for dry skin and chapped lips

They also carry all natural Henna Hair Coloring
Morrocco Method all natural Henna will not dry out your hair
Safe on Dyed or Bleached Hair
Covers Grey Beautifully
Condiitons and Fortifies your hair
Neutral Color gives High Gloss
Mix shades to create a unique color
The Henna Morrocco Method  Hair Coloring comes in 6 different shades of color
Dark Brown
Medium brown
Light Brown
Neutral ( colorless ) Just gives a high conditioned gloss to your hair.
They also have all natural Hair Sprays Hair Gels and Pomades  and all natural Boar Bristle Brushes
What I  like about this company is that they have 2 oz trial sizes for all their products and have great literature about each product so you know what to expect with anything you want to try
You can try them all and see which ones you like the most and settle on that one or just have a few different ones to go back and forth.  This way you can figure out which one you like the best and get the full size product at that time. 
I can not say enough about these products . Their products promote hair growth and bring back what is lacking in your hair to bring it back to what you once had in an earlier life.
You will  be surprised with how great your hair looks even if your hair is in good condition  these products will make your hair in even  better condition.    
Their  websites is

Thank you

Ellen Gaffney

Sunday, July 7, 2013



I  am an Avon Representative plus I am a Celiac patient as you know
Every year I call The New York Excutive offices with Avon
I request for that year the list for Avon's Gluten Free List
Every year this does take a bit of time to get

This year when I called in I was told we no longer have a list on hand
I was very upset by this and I was about to go rambo on the representative
The Avon excutive explained to me we think on the Excutive level to have all allergy products listed for that particular allergy on the websites for the customers since the customers   are the ones  who buys our  products
Ok then how does a customer find out what porducts are gluten free or even an Avon representative so they can give the information to their customers

The Avon Excutive said all they do is go to their Avon Representative's customer web page( for me this would be ) Most Avon customer website's are whatever the name of the Avon representative is that is your Avon representative. 
Once they are in there they would hit Shop My Store once there they would go to the search bar and put in the product or products that they want to know that are  gluten free
I tried this yesterday I went into my Avon Customer website and put in the search bar gluten free lipsticks.  There had to be about three pages of gluten free lipsticks  and you can purchase them right there.  They also have eveything you would like to know about the product the item number the ingredients and the price.  I did the same for gluten free foundaitons , moisturizers shampoos and there were a lot of products to choose from. 

I have to say I guess this is a better way so that the customer has the power to choose what they want and when they want it and have it shipped directly to them and the shipping charges are cheaper this way .  It only cost $3.00 for shipping and sometimes they have specials that you will have free shipping.  they will have a code to put in for free shipping .   . 

I know Avon products are not all natural but I  also know that some of my clientele just want to know gluten free skin care products that are good and that are not too expensive and do not care about the products being natural or not.  .
Avon is starting to come out with more natural products.  They just came out with Avon Elements for facial skin care products  that are all natural and hypoallergenic.  I am working with them to come out with a shampoo conditioner that is unscented. 

Thank you

Ellen Gaffney