A drink is not what I expected to be featuring on this blog, but I have become a fan of this particular product.  I struggle to drink the fluid I am supposed to, (other than my morning coffee and a margarita here or there!)  so a product that tastes good and has health benefits is a win for sure.

8greens or 8G was developed by a woman looking to improve her own health.  Dawn Russell, a cancer survivor, was seeking ways to improve her daily intake of nutrient rich food, greens in particular.  Over a number of years she was able to perfect her recipe and deliver a product that tastes good (refreshing citrus flavor) and provides the consumer with a kick of energy producing nutrition.

8G contains spinach, wheatgrass, kale, bluegreen algae, spirulina, aloe vera, chlorella and barley grass.  This proprietary blend, according to the web site, has:

  • as much Vitamin C as 6 oranges
  • as much B12 as 7 cups of milk
  • as much B5 as 15 cups of broccoli
  • as much B6 as 6 cups of spinach
  • as much zinc as 10 cups asparagus
  • is alkalizing
  • decreases inflammation
  • increases circulation
  • increases collagen

It does not have:

  • sugar
  • wheat
  • gluten
  • allergens
  • dairy
  • preservatives
  • salt

The greens are dehydrated (with no enzymatic or chemical  breakdown of the nutrients  in the process) and are in small effervescent tablets that dissolve quickly in water.

One a day is recommended although as many as 3 a day are considered fine.  I felt the need to figure out the price per serving as the product is not inexpensive.  I buy the six packs which are $78.  Each tube has 10 tablets so that comes out to approximately $1.30 a serving.  My soda machine here at work is $1.00 a soda so it actually seems pretty reasonable to me.  And a whole lot healthier!

What I notice when I drink an 8G is more energy and focus, likely due to the B vitamins.   I like the idea of getting extra greens as I love my veggies and eat a lot of salads, but know I frequently do not get the recommended daily intake of greens/veggies.   It is a way to help with my hydration, which I struggle with.  I try to have one 8G a day and a cup of green tea.  Two  fluids with health benefits.  I tell myself my morning coffee is also loaded with antioxidants:-)

The product is available on the 8G website, 8greens.com, and at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

If you are a soda drinker, this is a great replacement.   Cheers!




I have a few eye products in my rotation and feel they all have passed the test of time.  I have been using several of them for a number of years.

My two favorite eye creams, which I have at all times, are:

Alastin Eye

Alastin™ Restorative Eye Treatment™

  • Tri-Hex Technology™ which is a group of peptides that help to stimulate elastin and collagen, minimizing fine lines and increasing skin turgor around the eye area.
  • strengthens skin which helps to minimize any sagging, especially of the upper eye lid.
  • reduces puffiness and dark circles
  • brightens and evens skin color
  • has a gel like consistency,  although it is a cream, I like using it as an AM eye cream because it wears well under eye make-up.


Neocutis Micro⋅Eyes Rejuvenating Balm

  • Utilizes MPC™ technology which is also a group of peptides which have anti-aging skin benefits.
  • minimizes fine lines, crepiness, puffiness and dark eye circles.
  • wild yam and moisturizing lipids fight dryness and textural issues.
  • THIS is a super hydrating eye cream if you have issues with dry skin in the eye area.  It is like butter! (in a good way)
  • I like this product at night, as it is hydrating enough that I prefer a lighter cream during the day under make-up.



Maybelline  Instant Age Rewind® Treatment Concealer

  • This very reasonably priced product has been on the market for a number of years and is available at your local grocery or drug store.  It is a product I use under my eyes everyday as part of my make-up routine.  It works just as well as any high end under eye concealer I have used and has the added benefit of having several peptides in its ingredient deck.  I prefer the brightener, which is a pinker shade and really brightens the undereye area.  The product is available in multiple shades for a variety of skin tones.  My feeling is if I am using an under eye concealer on a regular basis, why not have it have benefits for my skin!  I think I have been using this for 7+ years and occasionally try a higher end option, but go back to this tried and true product.