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Claire Owens occasionally pulls herself away from pilates class long enough to contribute her opinions on health products and topics. When not working out, she enjoys pampering her Yorkie with lavish treats and days at the spa.

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October 18, 2018

One Bad Motha’Foamer Review

carbonated bubble clay mask from One Bad Motha'foamer

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for products with funny names. Even if I’m not sure if it is effective or not before I buy it, I have to have it. One Bad Mothafoamer is one such product. Just read that again. It’s like the Samuel L. Jackson of skincare products, right?

Best Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

As I’ve written about in previous posts, I try to take good care of my skin. Yeah, I’m a guy who cares about skin. So what? I like looking good up on stage when I’m doing my comedy sets.

I’m not shy to try out skincare routines that most men wouldn’t think of. For most guys, skin care comes down to just making sure you shower every day. Maybe scrubbing your face with a washcloth every once in a while. Or using an acne scrub on an as-needed basis.

Not me. I like to be proactive, and that’s why I use this carbonated bubble clay mask. I use it a few times per week to exfoliate my skin and I’ve never looked better since. It gets rid of all the dirt and grime that is clogging up my pores and it shows. No more blackheads, or dry skin, or irritated skin. Using this in conjunction the Beauty Dust from Moon Juice lately has taken my skincare routine to a whole new level, inside and out.

What This Bubble Mask Does

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth millions. Check out the video below of this product in action. Yeah, you look like a freak after putting it on, but I can’t argue with the results! And this brand definitely gets my style of humor. Love this commercial!

My skin has never felt smoother or softer after using this. This bubble mask is made up of white kaolin clay that exfoliates your skin. It also increases circulation, restoring more blood flow to the epidermis to flush dead and damaged skin cells. It also detoxifies underneath the skin’s surface, removing dirt and other bacteria that can leader become blackheads and other acne.

What I like about this is that it is gentle on my skin, or pretty damn fun to use! The first time I put this on I ran out of the bathroom and snuck up on my lady and gave her quite a scare. It makes a big foamy, bubbly mask on your face that is pretty gnarly to look at. The bubbles are what make it all happen with their texture fighting and scrubbing all the dirt. Taking it off is easy, just rinse your face with some water and it comes right off.

Despite it washing off so easily, it has a pretty good consistency on your face. I’ve never had it drip off my face. No problem with it spilling a few drops onto the couch or anything, which I understand is a problem with similar products.

Where to Buy

You know I’m a lover of Amazon for pretty much all my shopping, and that’s how I came across this gem. You can pick it up at the link below and start feeling the benefits of this bubbly goodness on your face now!

October 18, 2018

Moon Juice Beauty Dust Review

Beauty Dust Edible Radiance from Moon Juice

I’m all about herbal supplements to keep me healthy inside and out, if you couldn’t figure that out with all the different herbs I’ve reviewed here on this site. When I say inside and out, I mean that I try to take good care of my skin. Yeah, a guy doing skin care. Call me prissy if you want. Wanna fight about it?

One of the products I’ve been using lately is Beauty Dust from a company called Moon Juice and I’m loving the heck out of what it’s done for my skin. As a comedian, I’m up on stage often and, while there are some seriously ugly comedians out there, I still try to look my best. Keeping on top of skin care assures me I look and feel my best.

Why I Use Beauty Dust from Moon Juice

Yeah, you can just look at the packaging above and probably don’t think this is a product for men, but again, it’s working for me and I love it. It’s basically an herbal supplement that you add to tea. When consumed, it nourishes and cleans the skin from the inside out with its antioxidant properties. On top of all that, it tastes absolutely amazing. It’s got a sweet, herbal taste if that makes sense.

Benefits of Beauty Dust

Here is what the claim at Moon Juice about this product. While I can’t scientifically say that it is doing these things for me, I can attest that my skin has never looked or felt this good since I started adding this to tea a few times per week.

  • Antioxidant powers to protect your cells from free radicals and toxins
  • Help maintain collagen protein in the body
  • Increase the elasticity of the skin
  • Help you cope with stress and anxiety
Beauty Dust Edible Radiance from Moon Juice

Obviously, that last one isn’t skin related, but I can vouch for it. It really puts me in a nice mood. It’s become a nighttime ritual of mine to brew a tea with this, put some peppermint oil in a diffuser, and just sit back and leave the stresses of the day behind.

Ingredients

This is a 100% natural herbal product containing the following:

  • Lycium (Goji) Berry Powder
  • Schisandra Berry Powder
  • Rehmannia Root Extract
  • Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract
  • Amla Berry Extract
  • Pearl Extract
  • Stevia Leaf Extract (Reb A)

How to Use

Just like with any other herbal supplement in powder form, you can add this to your favorite drink, hot or cold, any way you want really. It goes well with tea, milk, water, matcha, even a smoothie. I sometimes mix it into my post-workout shake along with some cacao powder to destress and regenerate after exercise.

Where to Buy

When it comes to skincare, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body topically. This potent herbal supplement cleanses you from the inside out and I’ve seen a dramatic difference since I began using it regularly. I combine this with the One Bad Motha’foamer carbonated bubble clay mask and my complexion has really improved, fewer bouts of acne, and you might even say it’s got a bit of a glow to it. Or maybe that’s just the lights shining down on me on stage. In any case, I’m sticking with this.

October 17, 2018

What Are the Glute Muscles?

the three gluteal muscles - maximus, medius, and minimus

If you want a bigger booty, you gotta isolate those glutes! Did you know that the glute muscles are one of the biggest muscle groups in the body? Just because they’re big already, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them even bigger by using a scrub like That Booty Tho from Anese.

A workout program like that one contains tons of different exercises for a bigger butt that will get you those curves that you’ve been wanting. (I’m speaking for females, as obviously as a male this isn’t something I’m going for. Or should I?).

Anyway, to really target the butt it makes sense to take a look at the different muscles that make up your glutes. Knowledge is power, right?

The Three Main Glute Muscles

Your glutes are responsible, along with your core, for keeping your torso in an erect posture. That’s why they develop to be the largest group of muscles in the body. It is also the most superficial group of muscles, meaning it is closest to the skin. It is made up of three gluteal muscles, which I’ll describe below.

Gluteus Maximus

Of the 3 gluteal muscles, this is the largest. This part makes up the upper leg and thigh. Its function is to help with moving your leg backward and supporting the hips. Think about how you rise out of a squat position or stand up during a deadlift, and that’s your gluteus maximus doing the brunt of the work. It’s also very important when doing a kettlebell swing, if that gives you a visualization of when this muscle is engaged.

The gluteus maximus is also important for rotating your leg outward externally. For example, when you are pointing your toes outward to do a “duck walk”.

Gluteus Medius

This butt muscle lies directly underneath the gluteus maximus and its primary function is to stabilize the hips. It is especially crucial when you are standing on one leg. Think about any time you take a step when you walk, jog, or run. Your feet will alternately be lifting off the floor, and the gluteus medius helps to keep your pelvis from dropping down to the opposite side. It also supports the movement of the thigh away from the body (thigh abduction).

Gluteus Minimus

The smallest of the glute muscles (hence the name minimus), this muscle sits directly below the gluteus medius. Like the medius, it primarily functions as a hip stabilizer. The medius and minimus are constantly working in conjunction to support this kind of movement.

Keys to Getting a Bigger Butt

Now that you know the anatomy of your booty, you’re better equipped to really blast those glutes in the gym and build the butt of your dreams. Follow the exercises I linked to above or check out The Booty Pro workout to really build that backside!

October 15, 2018

Exercises for a Bigger Butt

get a bigger butt with these exercises

I LIKE. BIG. BUTTS. AND I CANNOT LIE!

Sir Mix-a-Lot said it best when he introduced the world to the wonders of a round hump in the 90’s, and then celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nikki Minaj took it to a whole new level over the last decade or so. Who can argue with how appealing a nice, round booty looks on a woman? It sure makes my head turn.

So how did these ladies get such fine curves? Well, in some cases, they’re butt is real – REAL EXPENSIVE! If you don’t have the want or the means for butt implants, there are plenty of exercises you can add to your gym routine to get that booty that’ll make all the guys stare.

Want a product catered specifically towards a bigger butt? Check out the That Booty Tho here.

Best Exercises to Grow Your Butt

Next time you go to the gym, don’t skip leg day – and don’t forget these booty exercises!

Barbell Squat

Squats, squats, squats!

One of the most important workouts that you should have in your routine, if not just for your butt but for all of the muscle groups it engages. But yes, it can do wonders for your booty. It really incorporates your glutes to feel the burn in your backside, and you know that leads to growth! If a barbell and rack aren’t available, or you find it too heavy, you can substitute dumbbells or a leg press machine instead.

Lunges

This is an easy one to perform with dumbbells, and if you’re stuck at home and want to work your booty, you can pick up some everyday objects around the house for some weight resistance. It’s said that Jessica Simpson incorporated this exercise heavily into her workout to look oh so good in those daisy dukes for The Dukes of Hazzard movie.

Deadlifts

Another one of those exercises that is great overall, and not just a butt exercise! They are killer on your hamstrings, butt, and lower back. The best kinds of exercises are those that incorporate multiple muscle groups. But, it is important to do them with proper form to get the best results. Check the video below to make sure you’re doing deadlifts the right way before you go and hurt yourself.

Hip Extension

When you want your butt to look its best, this is one of the go-to exercises for a bigger butt. You may know it differently as “Flutter Kicks”, but whatever you call it, you need to have it in your workout if a bigger booty is your goal. Perform a few sets of these and your cheeks and hamstrings will be screaming at you, and you’ll soon enough see those wonderful curves in the mirror.

Other Exercises for a Bigger Butt

If you don’t want to pick up a barbell or dumbbell, the stairmaster is another great way to ignite your booty. But, the key is to take it slow. Don’t cheat and run through it at full speed! You want to set a slow pace and take deliberate steps while climbing, using your full body weight for the most resistance. Don’t lean forward onto the machine’s dashboard and cheat. Do this for 20 minutes a few times per week (if you go to the gym three times per week, start or end your workout doing this) and you’ll have a nice, firm, round butt in no time!

September 17, 2018

Anese That Booty Tho Review

Scrub

9.6

Results

9.0/10

Ingredients

10.0/10

Satisfaction

9.0/10

Value

10.0/10

No Side-effects

10.0/10

So women these days are using what’s called a “Booty Scrub” to help them reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and even acne. I saw this on Instagram and had to weigh in, test it out, and give my take.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can read product details and pricing on Amazon.com here.

That Booty Tho Scrub Review

This only costs $28, which really was a sigh of relief for me. I was going to lose all respect for society if this was a $100 price point. When people spend big bucks on products that promise the world, I’m simply losing a lot of respect for humanity. While I’m all for nice, shapely, firm, cellulite-free asses, if the world is going broke (ahem, millennials) I would rather it be on stuff like drinking and gambling, rather than a booty mask. But, at this price, I figured I could afford to try it out.

As a woman who knows her health products, I took a quick look at the active ingredients:

Walnut Shell Powder, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vitamin E, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil

You’ll see many of these ingredients in the top selling skin care products, so thankfully there is a bit of science behind (see what I did there) this product.

I have personally rubbed this on my butt, and I can attest that it does smooth out the slight dimpling that I had there. It's not a miracle cure, you're not going to go from a ton of cellulite to a Instagram-model butt overnight, but it can help smooth out some troublesome bumps.

For more testimonials, I had to lean on some websites out there who gave their That Booty Tho reviews and sort of curate the feelings towards this rather new concept.

Cellulite.com (review here) reported:

That Booty Tho Review

She did note that the product was a bit awkward since you had to essentially double dip your hand back into the same jar in order to re-apply the product. My guess is that an airless pump would be a better delivery system.

As far as texture, she said it was a “sandy” type of feel (which I agree with), which makes sense since it’s a scrub. The exfoliation is obtained in the walnut shells. She added that they do a great job at exfoliating.

How you like dem nuts?

Application

Basically you just get in the shower, insert two fingers into the jar, dab a bit of the scrub on them, and start scrubbing away on your butt and legs. I could get behind a nice video tutorial of say Kim Kardashian giving a demo of this product. Let’s be honest, we all could.

There is no drying time and the excess scrub goes down the drain. The aloe vera will provide most of the scent, which is subtle and was referred to as normal among products in the industry.

Does That Booty Tho Work?

According to the review, it worked both in the short term and long term, just as I experienced. However, constant application needs to be applied. It’s like using an eye serum in the fact that once you stop using it, the benefits will most likely dissipate over time.

Reviews on Amazon (check them out here) are mixed.

I felt the video review was very well done, so I added that as well. This is courtesy of the same reviewer on Cellulite.com. I don’t think she has cellulite, she looks young, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

The Downside

There are no refunds and of course, no guarantee. I didn’t expect one, to be honest. Some people have untreatable cellulite. Also, who wants to return a jar of scrub that they just had their hand in, then put and rubbed on their ass, and then re-dipped back in?

Look, I’m all for a healthy, strong, supple, firm, and acne-free booty. Any little thing that can help me get there, I'm all for it! While it doesn't work magic - don't expect it to perform miracles - it does indeed work to reduce the dimpling on your butt. I don't see any reason why it couldn't be used in other cellulite-prone areas, like your thighs as well.

However, while this can improve the tone of your butt, the best results come from hard work in the gym and smart choices in the kitchen. If a bigger booty is what you desire, you need to stick to a workout program like The Booty Pro and put in the work!

August 28, 2018

Which Pre-Workouts For Women Are The Best?

Woman Running
When you’re scrolling through Instagram while covered in a blanket with bits of your chocolate chip cookie laying around you, you wonder how so many women manage to stay fit? How is it that you see them go at the grind consistently without getting tired and not stopping for a break? How is it that after half an hour of working out, your limbs just give up and bid you farewell?

There are many things you can do to fix this, like train harder or install robotic limbs, or have a diet that consists of water, vegetables, and fat burning pills. But in reality, the best advice I can give you, is to start talking in a Pre-Workout supplement.

Trust me because it’s the most beneficial thing you can reward yourself with. Many times, we are on a low-carb diet because you want to lose those pudgy stomach rolls that like to pop out when you’re not wearing a spandex. You need ingredients such as Beta-alanine, Bioperine, Citrulline malate, Creatine and caffeine. These can really help you in gaining energy as well as muscle. Here are some of the top rated supplements all you girls need to give a try to.

Top Pre-Workouts for Females

Legion Athletics

It deserves to be in first place because of how amazing the formula is. Its creatine free, so it’s perfect for those who are more into cardio endurance training because it will help tone muscle but you don’t have to worry about bulking up and becoming the Terminator.

It comes in powder form which makes it easy to blend into shakes and your yogurt, so you ensure that you get all the nutrition you need. It contains caffeine, citrulline, and beta alanine which make it an energy booster as well as a powerful blend that delays fatigue, so you can be sure to keep going for hours. It is an extremely trusted brand because it has been rater #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list of Pre-Workout Products and Powders. It has managed to collect 4.4 out of 5 starts from a total of 3989 reviewers. The brand also ensures that you get your money back after 60 days if you’re not into the product.

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy

The Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy offers a lot so it makes its way to second place. Many of Optimum Nutrition’s products have proved to be very effective and very reasonable. On top of that they also have been ranked #2 and #3 on Amazon’s bestsellers in the Pre-Workout Products category. It has many ingredient such as citrulline, beta-alanine, and caffeine which have been proven to be the best for energy boosting and muscle growth. The formula is creatine free which makes it perfect for those who are more interested in cardio. It comes for the reasonable price of $25.95/pound which is pretty affordable. This brand also has many other products such as vitamins, protein products, and even workout apparel that you can look into.

If you are more interested in trying to bulk up rather than just make a lean body, then you should consider looking into the following products. All you need is a blend of creatine and protein mixed with other ingredients to make yourself look amazing.

SHEER N.O. Nitric Oxide Supplement

Sheer N.O.

This product has LOTS of people marketing it.

The Sheer N.O. Nitric Oxide Supplement come in pill form for those of you who forget- not that you should- to have breakfast, or just simply do not have the time in the morning to make a gains bowl or shake. You can easily just swallow the magical pill just before your workout. This way you avoid any sort of cramps that can accompany you if you start gym too early after you have had a shake. It has been ranked on Amazon, as the #1 in the section Pre-Workout Nitric Oxide Boosters and reviewers have given it 4.2 out of 5 stars. As it contains nitric oxide, it helps to optimize the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles, which helps in the increase of strength and repair.

MusclePharm Assault Pre-Workout Powder

If being ranked as Amazon’s choice and being ranked as #12 for bestselling Pre-Workout Powders, then the rest will definitely convince you to buy it. MusclePharm’s Assault Pre-Workout comes jam packed with creatine that promotes the- growth of muscles, and helps to raise the amount of resistance our bodies can take. It also has caffeine in it, which means that if you are not awake by the time you take the formula, then you will be now and so much more driven to work out. Many reviewers have given it 4 out of 5 stars because of its performance. It comes at the average cost of $41.54/pound and the company also offers a guaranteed 30 day money back offer. The amazing thing is that all their products have been tested and contain no negative effects.

Cellucor C4 Original Pre Workout Powder Energy Drink

Amongst the ranks, it makes the cut. Cellucor C4 Original Pre Workout Powder Energy Drink sits on #4 amongst the Pre-Workout Products bestsellers list. It has managed to gather 4 out of 5 stars due to its effectiveness and great formula. The drink gives much more than a tasty flavor. If you are looking for a great pre-workout drink that helps revitalize and energize your senses, this is the best for you. It comes with many muscle building ingredients, along with their specialty which is 1 gram of creatine nitrate. It boosts muscle growth by a ton. Mixed in with the drink are also beta-alanine and caffeine, which are the best wake-me-up. It comes in both powder and pill formula, in case you’re not into getting up ten minutes early to prepare the drink. For all that it gives, it sure does not come at a cheap price, and it costs $56.16/pound. Don’t fret because they do offer full refund after 30 days if the product is not to your liking. It has proven itself to be a trusted brand.

In fact, the cellucor pre workout is debated, this diet website ranks it as a top pre-workout. Personally, I think it’s a solid product, but not so much just for women.

From the many brands mentioned above, you can trust that they work effectively, as they contain all the ingredients needed to grow!