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Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Review

9 Aug

Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser. This beautiful blend of botanical oils is formulated to thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture, an essential first step for any skincare ritual. The product is formulated without mineral oil to remove even water-resistant sunscreen, long-wear makeup formulas, and BB creams, it emulsifies completely and leaves no oily residue. It is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, along with vitamins A, B, and E to nourish dry skin, calm sensitive skin and decongest oily skin. Tatcha Pure is free of  parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

0.8 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil

I received a free small sample of Tatcha Camellia Oil as part of my Sephora sample choices with a recent purchase from their site. I have to admit I’ve always been a bit skeptical of washing my face with oil cleansers, so I was really eager to put this product to the test.

How to use:
With dry hands and a dry face gently massage the oil onto your face. One to two pumps is all you will need. Rinse with water, I prefer warm water, and the oil turns milky/silky and washes off all your grime or makeup residue. It melts away the day.

The Gamut of Experiments and Tests:

How well can it remove Makeup?
The first test was to see how well it would fair at dissolving and removing a normal day of make-up. Other brands have not stacked up as well and would leave me grabbing a makeup remover cloth or having to wash my face again, which is obviously quite annoying. This was not the case at all with the Tatcha oil. I am pleased to say that the Camellia oil passed this test with flying colors. I didn’t have to worry about spending extra time to clean my face, it knocks the competition out of the park and does an amazing job without leaving any residue.

 

5.1 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil

 

Will Dry Skin be an issue?
The second test was for dry skin. Normally at night I have to use a moisturizer/night cream on my face to help combat skin dryness. That night I decided to skip the cream. The next morning after my daily cleansing and toning routine, when I looked in the mirror I was amazed at how great my skin looked. I couldn’t believe it, my skin wasn’t flaky or dry like it normally is, even without the use of a night cream the previous evening. Another bonus point for tatcha camellia oil. Being able to save money and time by skipping that nightly ritual of moisturizing cream was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.

Will I have any skin reactions?
The third test was how would my skin react to the product. I have very sensitive skin as well as acne. I am pleased to say that neither were an issue while using this cleansing oil. I didn’t have any acne flare ups, rashes, or allergic reactions which are always a worry for me when trying new products.

How will it smell?
The fourth test was regarding the scent. Most products I find have sickly scents that I can’t stand, but luckily this was not the case with the Tatcha Pure One Step Oil. Their isn’t an overwhelming scent, it’s light, clean and pretty much non-existent which is really a plus here.

Lasting Impressions:
I have had nothing but a positive experience with this cleansing oil. I am thrilled with the product, and the meaningful gifts associated with our purchases. Each purchase helps empower girls by sending them to school through their “Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.” When washed off  the oil emulsifies into a milk and melts off any makeup and daily grime residue you may have. Even waterproof makeup! I was astonished as I’ve tried other cleansing oils in the past, and they failed on so many levels. Using an oil instead of a foam or a gel soap seems a bit foreign to me and took getting used to, however that is not a bad thing. Any hesistanchesitancies I may have had due to past bad experiences have been eradicated and my faith in cleansing oil has been restored. This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free.

Overall Thoughts:
-Effective: No need for other makeup removers to step in to do the job.
-Time and Money Saver: No need for me to spend extra of either for moisturizer.
-Noticeably Soft and balanced skin even after one use.
-Giving Back: Purchase of the product empowers girls

Additional Product Info:
“Camellia Oil has been one of the geisha’s most treasured secrets for centuries, used to remove their iconic performance makeup without drying or damaging the skin. I am honored to bring new life to this ritual with our Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and even more delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai, Founder

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased.  I will definitely be making a full size purchase!!

Pros:
Excellent quality
Safe and gentle for even the most sensitive skin
Removes waterproof makeup
Negates the need for extra moisturizes or creams

Cons:
A bit spendy however a little goes a long way, and the product is well worth the purchase.

Rating:
5

Cost:
At the time of this writing: the 0.8 OZ runs for $12 US dollars, and the 5.1 OZ $48 US dollars.
To purchase, click on any of the above photos.

Formula X System NailPolish Review

10 Jan

Formula X is exclusive to Sephora.

Over the winter 2014 holidays I spent some of those VIP Insider beauty points we all covet on a mini trial sample of this Formula X revolutionary nail polish system. The kit included the mini-sized bottles of the system. The color that came with the kit was Cocoa Bisque.

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For those unfamiliar, the systems four steps are as follows:

  • Step One: Cleanse
  • Step Two: Prime
  • Step Three: Color
  • Step Four: Shine

“Prep, Perfect, Shine”.

In more detail the steps:
The Nail Cleanser is reminiscent of an acetone / nail polish remover. Its quite effective, meaning if you spill a few drops on an already completed nail well you’ll have to re-do that nail. Its an “essential step that frees nails of residue and oil, optimizing base coat and lacquer adherence”.

The Base Coat is a tacky primer for better color adhesion / bonding. Its “An advanced adhesive primer containing essential bonding agents that form a sticky layer to fuse with your lacquer”.

Nail Color Of Your Choice from the line– Choose from over 200 Formula X shades and effects;

The Top Coat – glossy shiny topcoat. Really gives your manacure/pedicure that professional look. “A super glossy, state-of-the-art, long-wearing final step that enhances your lacquer’s shine and performance”.

Overall Thoughts:
Each step in the process was easy peasy, and dried in record time. I was amazed at how quickly everything set and dried! I finally ended up with a home manicure that was not smudged, and had that great shine we all desire. I couldn’t believe the results. It looked like a more professional manicure/pedicure. In step 3, the nail polish colors went on opaque, so I only needed one coat of the polish, where as with other polishes I need two. This turned into fastest self manicure ever for me, even with all 4 steps!!

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I wanted to give this kit a run for the money and really put it to the test. For the 1.5 weeks I left it on I did housework, cleaning, scrubbing, mini home construction projects by way of hammer and nails, computer work, lots of hand washing, exercising, yoga, furniture building, shipping/receiving, dishes, multiple showers, and cooking. I expected with all this that with in the first few 3 days I would have some sorry looking nails but guess what….NO Chips!!! Amazing right?! The color endures, I didn’t get my first small [hardly noticeable] chip until day 6 days in. some of the shiny top coat by that point started looking dull due to normal wear and tear if you will. And I was not wearing gloves for any of this work.

I currently reside in a cold winter climate, my hands are taking a beating but hey my nail polish sure lasted well! By 1.5 weeks my nails needed a trim and the top coat was looking a little dull in some spots. Some of the nail polish was cracked by this point, and there were a few chips. Off it came for experiment #2.

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As an experiment, I decided to try the system with with my own non-formula x color, as I have many bottles to use up and would hate to just toss them for the new and shiny. I hate to waste things. The non-formula x brand I used was a bottle of “for the twill of it” by Essie. The manicure came out nearly as good as the formula x polish. I had to add an extra coat of polish since the color is not as opaque as formula x. I had to let my nails dry a wee bit however not nearly as long as I would have sans formula x system. They still dried very fast. I’m glad I can utilize the system to help use up these already owned polishes so that I can start purchasing Formula X its-self.

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Additional Product Info:
Formula X does offer other products to compliment the system. There is a hydrator, strengthener, cuticle cream, cuticle oil, appliques, press-pods, quench-to-go, nail polish remover, nail drying drops, nail drying spray, hand cream, etc…

The line offers over 200 colors, so plenty of options to choose from. Of the numerous colors, there is a wide array of collections to choose from. To name a few:

  • Translucents
  • Brillants
  • Shifters
  • Xplosives
  • SuperWatts
  • Sparklers
  • New Clasics
  • New Neutrals
  • Lusters
  • Transformers
  • Chromes
  • Electrics
  • Sea glass
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Brushed Metalics
  • Ombre Glitters

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased with this system. My nails felt stronger, the flexibility of so many shades, I will definitely buy again!! Color me impressed. I can’t recommend this enough. Great buy! Try it!! High Endurance Color.

Pros:
Excellent quality
Long lasting
Cheaper than a mani/pedi
Dries lightening fast
Strengthened nails
Worked even with non formula x polish

Cons:
Nail polish bottles are pricier than your standard nail enamel.

Rating:
5

Cost:
The full size system runs for $32 US dollars.

To purchase, click the below photo:

Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan

24 Feb

Finally blizzard Nemo that dumped 2.5 feet of snow on us, let up and delivery trucks were able to make it to our surrounding areas again. Snowpocalpyse was causing the masses to stock pile foods and supplies and I was having such a hard time to locate these tasty tidbits. It was a bit frustrating as I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find them before my bzzagent review period ran out. There was much rejoicing in our house once we finally located the restocks freezer shelves of these tempting boxes.

Now before I give my review, I want you to understand that I haven’t always been a vegetarian. I grew up being a what I call a “meatatarian”. Everyone in my family eats meat, fish, poultry, etc.. So when I became a vegetarian at age 26, they were a bit surprised. I mention all this because I feel like it gives me an unbiased opinion, I have had real burgers or sausage Patties before. So I know what they taste like and can easily compare these vegetarian/vegan versions to real meat versions.

I brought home my boxes of Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan & Morning Star Farms: Original Sausage Patties.

My initial thoughts:

“How can fake meat be so damn tasty?! I mean seriously!”.

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Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan

I was feeling hungry, and it was nearly time for lunch. It was Sunday, and today was a day of rest and relaxation. I decided to stick along with that theme and make brunch for us. I like to be different, unique and creative. I like to put a different spin or rather my own spin on things sometimes and go with the flow. I grabbed a bagel [since I was out of English muffins], toasted and added cream cheese. I poached some eggs and added a dash of pepper. Added some spinach leaves, and the morning star patty with melted cheese on top. I assembled all items and then added a spoonful of hollandaise sauce. The verdict = win!

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Morning Star Farms: Grillers Vegan – being used for a vegetarian spin on Eggs Benedict

One night when I came home from work I just wanted a quick meaty like snack if you will so I heated up a sausage patty and melted cheese on it. Great flavors, satisfying and let my taste buds fulfilled and my tummy satiated.

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Morning Star Farms: Original Sausage Patties

On another day a different spin I took with the sausage patties was to add in an egg scramble. Again no disappoint, only savory tasty win in my tummah! It doesn’t just have to be “Meatless Mondays” like the companies newest slogan says, it can be meatless every day’s!

Overall Thoughts:

A great option for those of us who are vegetarian, and tasty enough for those who aren’t. This doesn’t taste bland or like the dreaded cardboard taste.

Pros:

  • Great taste.
  • Good source of protein [especially important if you are a vegetarian like Moi].
  • Large variety of items and flavors for each product.
  • Average price.
  • You can use the variety of products in many of your recipes are replacements for meat.

Cons:

Can be hard to find around times of snowstorms…hah but all joking aside no complainants about either product.

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

5

Bursting with Flavor!!

I can with certainty say that I will be a repeat customer, so I have no qualms in saying that I recommend you too give it a try!

Additional Product Info:

MorningStar Farms has numerous products and are not limited to burgers and patties only.

Interesting tidbits:

Grillers Vegan Burgers have 84% less fat than ground beef and are only 100 calories per serving.

The Sausage Patties had only 80 calories per serving, and were 77% less fat than a pork sausage patty.

Price:

Both items were around $5-7$ dollars with tax from local supermarkets in the frozen food sections.

Ingredients:

Grillers Vegan Burger:

WATER, TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CORN OIL, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, VEGETABLE GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS FROM VEGETABLE SOURCES, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, POTATO STARCH, ONION POWDER, CARAMEL COLOR, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, KONJAC FLOUR, SUNFLOWER OIL, SESAME SEED OIL, SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT), CONCENTRATED ONION JUICE, ASCORBIC ACID, VINEGAR POWDER, CITRIC ACID, ASPARTIC ACID, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MALIC ACID, SUCCINIC ACID, TARTARIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, WHEAT FLOUR, SOY LECITHIN.

Allergen Information:

CONTAINS SOY AND WHEAT INGREDIENTS.

Sausage Patties:

TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WATER FOR HYDRATION), EGG WHITES, CORN OIL, SODIUM CASEINATE, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF LACTOSE, SOYBEAN OIL, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, CORN GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN), AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SPICES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SODIUM PHOSPHATES (TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, TETRAPYROPHOSPHATE, HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, MONOPHOSPHATE), SALT, DISODIUM INOSINATE, CARAMEL COLOR, CELLULOSE GUM, WHEY POWDER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MALTODEXTRIN, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, DEXTROSE, ONION POWDER, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, VITAMINS AND MINERALS (NIACINAMIDE, IRON [FERROUS SULFATE], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], VITAMIN B12), SUCCINIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, BREWERS YEAST, TORULA YEAST, SOY LECITHIN.

Allergen Information:

CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY, EGG AND MILK INGREDIENTS.

Items received in this review were part of a bzzagent promotion. #GotItFree

Redbox Instant by Verizon Beta Test Review

6 Jan

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I was invited to take part in the Redbox Instant Beta Test Campaign for free. I was definitely excited for this one. I enjoy watching movies in the theater on the big screen,  however due to sold out shows or frigid temperatures in this region, I lack the motivation to bundle up in layers. I don’t always pre-purchase tickets to leave my house much earlier than show time  to “camp out” for a spot.  Its also annoying to drive 45-60 minutes to find out the show is sold out or the only seats left are in the neck-ache inducing front row. That being said its nice to have instant streaming movies as an option in this day and age. Yay for technology!

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Verizon’s Instant Beta has begun rolling out to those of us who were lucky enough to be invited into the private beta. Once I received my code for the campaign, I dove in feet first. I am a pretty tech savvy person, and staying on top of technology and sciences well its just one of my many interests and passions if you will. I didn’t anticipate I would have much trouble to figure this site out, as say a non technical person would.

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The selection of movies is not very great, it’s quite slim and disappointing.  I have a much larger selection with my Netflix account. Of the selection they do offer, most were older movies or cheesy ones I would not want to watch. The genre’s and subgenre’s were limited,  not as vast as the options with Netflix. Additionally some of the categories I was interested in such as Bollywood movies, were not available at all in the foreign section or musical section.

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I thought okay most American’s won’t watch Bollywood so let me try another favorite of mine, sci-fi, yet that ended up being the genre that had the aforementioned high cheese factor. The movies shown on their site were one’s I can picture the Mystery Science Theater 3000 [MST3k] crew getting their hands on, if they have not all ready.  I’m not sure if any of those cheesy one’s were even available to watch as I was feeling frustrated trying to find available videos on streaming so I gave up.

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Cheesy Sci-Fi Movie Choices

Interface wasn’t too hard to figure out but again not as simple as Netflix’s account. I was trying to figure out how to save movies to a queue the way I do on Netflix, I saw a few icons so I started clicking on things and eventually figured out that the ticket stub icon was how you bookmark them to find easier and remind your self that you wanted to watch the movie or rent it. I wished there had been perhaps a tutorial or legend of icons.

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One of many errors I encountered

I kept encountering error messages and would see duplicated movie posters in the selections right next to each other. Almost as if someone didn’t QA or spot check things before go live.

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Duplicated movie posters example 1

On the iPad app, only 1 of the 19 movies I selected / and bookmarked would play, the 18 the only available option was a preview. It wasn’t until I was at the computer that I found out these were only available at the kiosk only. The iPad app wasn’t as easy to log into as one would think. I thought that since I had set up an account I could just log in with my email address, however I ended up having to dig through my email, to find out I had to go to the campaign page to find that code for this beta test in order to log into the app. I couldn’t get the code to copy paste correctly so I had to keep switching apps until I finally had the code input directly.

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Duplicated movie posters example 2

I found the iPad app to pretty much be a waste of time since the limited selection of movies I was remotely interested in trying only had the preview available, especially since the app wouldn’t even display these were available at the store kiosk. I didn’t see a way to separate out kiosk only movies vs. subscription only movies.

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Yet even more site issues. Can say I wasn’t surprised at this point.

If your someone who likes to read reviews, then take note that not  many user’s have written reviews of movies in the way you can find on Netflix. I believe that must be since it’s still such a new service but one can not be sure. Users do that the ability to rate the movies on the site, the same as with Netflix.

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Sure this streaming service is cheaper at $8 encompassing 4 movies and unlimited streaming compared to my Netflix where I have unlimited movies mailed to me for $15.99 and unlimited streaming for $7.99 for a total of  23.98. It may be a bit pricier but to me worth it. I don’t have to leave my house to get the physical DVDs as I would with RedBox. The redbox kiosk’s aren’t at all stores, and I seldom go to places that have the kiosk so for me personally that would be a hassle.

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Searching for movies on either format was also problematic. I would see a movie I wanted to find out more about. Instead of immediately clicking on the movie, I scrolled around some more and decided later to search out that movie in my mind. When I searched for movies by their exact name the results were either nothing at all, or not only be unable to find the correctly spelled movie title, but it would also show nothing but other non related items.

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Note these are two different screens. For this post I put the two screen shots together.

One movie I found available to rent was only available to stream on the computer and not the iPad. So on the computer I went, and when I tried to play the movie it would throw up error messages and never would play.

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Error message if I tried to watch a rented movie

The time available for me to watch a rented movie[had it worked] was not appealing either. I prefer Netflix in this round also. They don’t force time limits to their users, and you also don’t have to separately rent movies for added fees like I would with Redbox.

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Redbox Movie Availability Time Limits

If i tried a different browser I had to grab that code again in order to be let into the site instead of it just asking for my email which would have been a much better user experience. I had to go log into the bzzagent campaign to get the code again.

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Time to enter the code yet again!

Movie would not play in chrome, Firefox, or IE. in trouble shooting the error message their site troubleshooting section said that it was a Silverlight issues. Well other sites that user Silverlight play things just fine. re-installing Silverlight and running the Microsoft Silverlight fix it tool also did not sort it.

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Duration of rented movie availability

I started to think, god I really hope this site did not charge my credit card for a movie that I can’t play! So I reached out to customer service at that point. I did hate having to put in my credit card info for a trial, after a month I was hoping it would just close out my account if I didn’t bother to start a subscription plan and enter in the credit card details. Instead I have set a calendar reminder for myself to cancel the service.

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I guess rentals online are not free compared to online streaming and the included 4 kiosk rentals? Seems a bit confusing on the site. I did have to contact customer support who responded quickly. I choose the live chat option, and was able to get my money refunded since the rental movie would not play. After speaking with the quick responding tech support they were able to reverse the charged since the rented movie was not cooperating, and also a few hours later after their tier 2 support team investigated emailed to let me know that this video has a known bug and should have been removed from the catalog. They appreciated me letting them know and have since removed it from the catalog until the bug is resolved.

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Just to see how the streaming goes for anything that would play I clicked on of the  random movie on the site, that no surprise I had never heard of. The site utilizes Microsoft Silverlight player to stream the movies. No complaints about that at least. Redbox streams the whole movie and it must temporarily cache  it to your drive, as there were no buffering issues at all when the movie played. Even if I paused it to grab a drink, or let it sit over night when I fell asleep. I am on high-speed broad band which is a requirement of this service. If nothing else, at least the video quality was comparable to the outstanding quality I receive from Netflix.

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Overall Thoughts:

I  entered this campaign having no set thoughts or expectations and kept an open mind. It’s a good thing otherwise in this case I would have been sorely disappointed. I am glad I did not pay for this service as I would have asked for a refund and cancelled my account post haste. The streaming service is subpar, and while it does not need to go to the drawing board, it does need a bit more work to edge out the remainder of bugs and address all the above mentioned issues. The redbox characters in the adverts around the web are amusing. Since the service does not meet or exceed what I am looking for in online streaming service I will be sticking with Netflix who offer more content and options with no bugs.

Pros:

  • Outstanding customer service! They are polite, fast, efficient and prompt.
  • Rent and watch movies from the comfort of  home.

Cons:

  • Many bugs and errors still present on both the computer and with the iPad app.
  • Small selection of movies to choose from. Not all genre’s represented so not all audiences would be interested in the available content.
  • Most uploaded content is hokey and the movies are mainly ones users would not have an interest  in.

Final Thoughts:

This service still needs more testing so I would suggest they hold off on rolling this out for a few more quarters or even a full year. I would also suggest they ramp up and offer a larger selection of both tv shows and movies. A tutorial of features would also be nice.

Rating:

1

Save your money!  Or better yet go with Netflix.

Additional Product Info:

  • You can instantly stream Hollywood mega-hits to any internet-connected device, including smartphones (iPhone and Android), tablets, computers and Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray Players.
  • The Redbox Instant by Verizon app is limited to certain devices, but is not needed to stream content.
  • You can buy and rent movies digitally without a subscription, including today’s newest releases.
  •  Browse Redbox locations and reserve movies at the box of your choice using the app, too!

Price:

  • The $8/month subscription gives you the best value for your bucks: unlimited streaming + 4 DVD credits per month (1 DVD credit = 1 night rental) to use at over 40,000 Redbox locations nationwide.

Requirements:

  • You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to sign up for the service, but you do need high-speed internet access to use it.

 

 

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MorningStar Farms® Veggie Burgers!

6 Jan

I was invited to a new campaign! Review coming soon!

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#GotItFree

Beta Testing Redbox Instant

1 Jan

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I just joined the beta test of Redbox Instant #GotItFree . Review coming soon!

Wei Lana Lavender and Sandalwood Mineral Bath Salt Review

30 Dec

I ordered this container of  mineral bath salt online since the ingredient’s alone had me at “hello“.  My regular Monday to Friday routine is  a stressful and exhausting  job hence I am always trying to relax and pamper myself when I can. I am a sucker for bath salts and bath teas with herbal scents of lavender and or sandalwood, if you combine the two then hey its that much more appealing to  me.

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Overall Thoughts:

This generous container size is a deal for the price. I have seen other sites, shops, stores and faires charge more for a smaller sized bottle. On the Wai Lana site I do see the price originally being $21.00, so I’m unclear if this is a temporary price reduction or not, but I am included to think this is the new price.  Price to bottle size ratio is good, especially since this will last a long time. You only need 2-3 cap full’s each use.  The shipping was faster than I thought it might be since I ordered the item from a 3rd party vendor and not the Wai Lana website  directly.

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The bath salt is easy to use. As you fill the tub up with hot water add the bath salt to the water and let is dissolve.  As it dissolves you can grasp the lovely scent. You don’t get the full effect from only sniffing in the bottle, you really need to give it a whirl in the bath. As I lay in the tub and let the scent envelope me, I let my cares melt away in the spiritual quality of the perfume scent. The tension eased from my body and mind. The aroma was warm, gentle and enjoyable.

This product was of a high quality standard which I could easily have seen a comparable type of quality from an overpriced salon. Like the product advertises, I did in fact feel feel calm, refreshed, peaceful, and inspired after use. I hated to leave the tub and aroma when it was time for dinner, but there’s was always something to look forward to next time.

Pros:

  • This would make a great gift either for yourself or someone else.
  • High quality product.
  • A little bit goes a long way.
  • Great aroma.
  • Easy to use.
  • Natural ingredients safe for even sensitive skin [such as mine].
  • Luxurious item.

Cons:

  • None!!

Final Thoughts:

Not an issue for me, however If you  have older shoddy plumbing you might want to wrap the bath salt in a muslin cloth or tea bag if your concerned about the small flower buds clogging your pipes. I think it would be okay but just something I like to point out.

Rating:

5

Great Item! Buy buy buy!

I would definitely purchase this item again and again since I loved the scent and product that much. If you can tear me away from it I might even be tempted to try out other bath salts she has ;).  I would try other items in the Wai Lana shop as well.

Additional Product Info:

This product does not contain animal byproducts and has not been tested on animals.

Interesting tidbit:

Wai Lana is a yoga teacher and enthusiast with her own line of yoga props, accessories, spa items, and more.

Price:

$10.50 USD for 19.5 oz (550 g)

Ingredients:

Organic Mineral Salt, Lavender Flowers, Lavender, Sandalwood Essential Oil.

Image Sources:

/www.wailana.com/shop/products/

COVERGIRL blastflipstick Review

9 Dec

I was excited when I found out that luck was on my side and I happen to get into this coveted campaign. I was curious how these “flipsticks” would stand up to the test. These new Covergirl brand blast “flipsticks” are essentially a double ended lipstick. They provide the wearer with more options than just a single ended aka normal lipstick. The colors offer up one creamy and one shimmery lipsticks in one tube if you will so you can mix and match to create a multitude of blendable looks or ombre shades.  The “flipstick” line has 13 different choices of lipstick duos and applying is as simple as the flip of a stick.

vixen

My gratis bzzkit arrived in the mail with three tubes. The color combinations I had the chance to try were: Vixen, Stunner, and Minx [as pictured in this post].

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The looks and color were nice in the tubes and really did look like the displays and online photos. Quite true to the advertising. Online the color palate options are an array of dazzling day to-night, soft to bright, or ombre looks. They applied easily and went on creamy and silky. Blending the colors is also a smooth process and my lips felt moisturized. The color lasted a generous amount of time, even after eating and drinking. I wouldn’t say its one of those 18 hour-long lasting types, however the lipstick lasted beyond what I expected after consumption and lasted through my normal 8-9 hour work day.

stunner

Overall Thoughts:

I was disappointed that on all 6 shades I tried, the was a strong overpowering taste. The taste reminiscent of perfume or some other unpleasant chemicals. It didn’t fade with time either and drove me up the wall. I also noticed that the colors I tried didn’t quite go with my skin tone, had the pungent taste not been there I would have continued blending, mixing and matching to see what color combinations I could have created to perhaps remedy this. With this sharp noticeable taste having been apparent in the 6 colors [from 3 tubes] I tried, I would have to make an assumption that the whole line is this way.

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Circling back to my comment about the shade line not going well with my skin tone, as a reference I have quite fair skin with pinkish/reddish undertones, Brownish/Auburn colored hair and grey eyes. To note I have found with most drugstore brand cosmetics they do not go well with my skin tone, so this is not a new trouble I face. Perhaps other shades in the line [such as “smooch”] that had not been sent in the kit would fare better color wise, but maybe not necessarily “taste” wise so I’d be hesitant to give it a go.

covergirl-flipstick

Even with out applying lip liner or any lip pretreatments I found the lipsticks stayed in place and did not “bleed” or run into my lip line. This is a great feature as I know and have experienced first hand that not all lipsticks are this way. With most of us leading busy lives, I often find most of us will agree that the less products we have to spend money on or time applying the better. I was worried that the “flipstick” would be large, cumbersome, and take up a fair amount of space in my cosmetic bag or purse so I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t. Size wise the tube is about 4.5 inches, less than a pencil or pen in length. So it really doesn’t take up much space and the weight isn’t very much either, just a few ounces.

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I am really glad I didn’t spend money on this or I would have been even more disappointed and wanted my money back. The immediate appalling “taste” is just far too strong! ugh!

Pros:

  • Easy of use creating blended looks
  • Long lasting color
  • 2 lipsticks for the price of one
  • Reasonable price point
  • Creamy & Smooth
  • Color did not bleed
  • No need for lip liner
  • Size
  • Moisturizing

Cons:

  • Awful overwhelming Taste!!
  • Not completely convinced that all colors offered go well with all skin tones.

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

2

Pass! Save your money!

Its worth spending the extra money on a boutique brand. I felt as if this was a mediocre item. Admittedly I had been excited to try it out and had high hopes but the foul taste was quite off-putting.

Additional Product Info:

Interesting tidbit:

Covergirl brand has been around since 1960

Price:

Suggested retail $8.49 USD

Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Squalane, Fragrance/Parfum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silk Powder/Poudre De Soie, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, *Some Shades Also Contain/ Certaines Teintes Contiennent Aussi Lauroyl Lysine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Mica, Orange 5, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine

Directions:
Apply cream lipstick product to clean bare lips then apply shimmer product on top. For a shimmery pout apply the shimmer product just in the middle of your bottom lip.

Images Sources:
http://www.covergirl.com/blastflipstick
http://www.amazon.com/COVERGIRL-BlastFlipstick-Lipcolor-Cheeky-0-134-ounces/dp/B005SD1ZFS
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Green Mountain Coffee® Wellness Collection Review

24 Nov

Green Mountain Coffee New Wellness Line

I was eager and felt enthusiastic to join in this campaign. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I started off a slight bit skeptical, my feelings stemmed from wondering if this would taste smooth and silky vs gritty with a vitamin after taste. Either way I would provide an unbiased opinion. My lovely green buzzkit was provided to me and arrived to my mailbox post-haste. I was even fortunate enough to have plenty of K-cup pods to share with others so they could give it a whirl.

I generally consume more tea than coffee, unless it’s a specialty coffee as I find most to be far to bitter for my tastes. I am thrilled that this was not bitter and didn’t upset the balance in my stomach like other coffees.  Being that I tend to be in the “give me something sweet” camp, I did add cream and sugar to mine to enhance my own personal preference of enjoyment. This doesn’t reflect negatively on the product by any means as this is my normal routine for most teas and coffees. Both coffees were mild,  smooth, and not overpowering. I enjoyed both quite equally not having a preference of one over the other.

When the coffee arrived I was feeling under the weather. I had some sort of cold that was lingering on quite a bit and making me hate life if you will. This wellness blend was just the perk up I needed in order to give me some extra zip in my step and get me through the day. I couldn’t believe how energized I felt! It was unbelievable how amazing I felt since I had been sick with that cold for a few weeks. I felt like I could take on the world or slay dragons.

Both the focus blend and the antioxidant blend are medium roast coffees. I am also pleased to say that those I shared it with enjoyed the product and were as surprised as I was that there now existed coffees with wellness enhancements. So many people in the world nowadays are focused on healthy life-styles, so its only natural to create new products in existing realms that feature wellness blends.

Overall Thoughts:

Pros:

  • Satiny smooth texture, coffee did not taste gritty or vitamin like
  • No traces of bitterness
  • Created to enhance consumers’ wellness lifestyles

Cons:

  • NONE!!

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

Great Item! Give it a go! I would purchase both at the full price when I order my next K cup replenishment order.

Additional Product Info:

  • Green Mountain Coffee launched these new blends in September of 2012 with two brews — Focus Blend and Antioxidant Blend
  • Focus Blend contains 50mg of L-Theanine per serving
  • Antioxidant Blend is a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E
  • Includes only Fair Trade Certified coffees
  • Is available for purchase online at GreenMountainCoffee.com/Wellness and Keurig.com

Interesting tidbits:

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters support local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably grown coffee, and allocating a portion of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.

There are other wellness brand K cup choices if coffee isn’t your thing, you can check em out here. Wellness Brand Beverages.

Price:

$17.49 per 24-count.

This is on par when compared to prices of other K Cup packs sold on say amazon for example.

Purchase here:

WellnessBrewed.com, GreenMountainCoffee.com, and Keurig.com

Ingredients:

Antioxidant Blend

Antioxidant blend:

  • Vitamins C and E in every 8 fl. oz. serving.

Focus Blend

Focus Blend:

  • 50mg of L-Theanine in every 8 fl. oz. serving.

Image Sources:
http://www.wellnessbrewed.com/My%20Wellness%20Beverages
https://www.bzzagent.com/img/campaigns/2041194021/logo.jpg

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Me! Bath Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream [bath bomb] Review

23 Nov

Me! Bath: Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream

It’s that time of year where our houses are full of wonderful smells of  goodies baking in the oven, so why not envelope the rest of our body in an autumn treat as well. The leaves are changing colors outside, the autumn air is crisp and its sweater weather [at least in my part of the world].

Its also the time of year, autumn, where pumpkin is one of the first things that my senses look forward to. I had been eagerly looking for a pumpkin bath bomb [bath fizzy] for quite some time, so to say I was excited and waiting with anticipation for this to arrive in my mailbox is no lie. It sounded like it would be delicious and inviting.

It’s important for us to periodically take time out of our hectic schedules to have some ME! time.  Usually us ladies like to have time for ourselves to soak, unwind and relax in a hot bath. My Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream arrived in pristine condition. No nicks, dings, or cracks. I was even amazed at how it really did look like a scoop of ice cream.  You can tell a lot of care and love was put into making this hand crafted bath bomb. The scent at this point was very slight. I placed the bath ice cream into the tub with hot water and it immediately began to melt and fizz as its meant to. The scent kicks in immediately and overwhelms your senses. I thought well lets give it a chance to late now to turn back.

I stepped into the tub and wouldn’t you know it, the fire siren went off in my building. Not related to the bath ice cream but still humorous. Back into my clothes and out into the 42F temp brrr. I was thankful when the fire brigade gave us the all clear to return to our homes. Once inside and back to the warmth, I went back about the task of testing this product out. Into the tub I went and slid into the warm water. The oils from the bath bomb mixed and swirled into the bath water and enveloped my skin making it smooth, soft and luxurious. I was grateful since I have been trying to combat dry skin due to the weather and air here.

The one thing I could have done with out in this experience, well next to the fire siren that is, would be the scent. It wasn’t a warm and inviting scent. It seemed quite cloying and overwhelmed my senses unfortunately. The entire loo now smelt like this unpleasant smell and that took a short bit to get rid of. Even my towels having dried my skin off from the bath smelled like this fake odoriferous and unsavory scent. That scent did not fade from them even a few days later so off to the wash bin they went.

I am happy to report though that not only straight from the bath, but even a day or two later my skin still felt nourished and soft. Bonus in my book since I never seem to have enough time to properly nourish my skin with lotions. Had the scent been better I wouldn’t have wanted to leave the tub.

Overall Thoughts:

Pros:

  • Artisan Crafted / Custom crafted
  • Melts immediately
  • Great packaging
  •  Decadent and luxurious
  • Left Skin smooth and supple
  • Bath Bomb is a great size

Cons:

  • The Scent! It’s cloying, strong and overwhelming.
  • Price is a little steep when compared to the hand crafted bath bombs from other shops such as Lush.

Final Thoughts:

I would try out other scents and products. I would be curious to try out their other products, as long as they were in a different scent.

Rating:

Its a splurge item if your in the market to pamper yourself.

Just not this scent unless they reworked it.

 

Additional Product Info:

Make every bath a delicious and pampering experience with ME! Bath, Bath Ice Creams! Indulge your body and your senses with these scoops of luxury with nourishing ingredients. Each piece is 100% artisan-crafted, taking three days to hand make. Infused with a unique blend of six oils, purifying minerals, indulgent fragrances and Epsom salts. These bath fizzes melt immediately in hot bath water, releasing the nourishing minerals and filling the air with delicious scent! ; Take time to sit back and enjoy this decadent treat! Bath Ice Cream comes individually packaged in a box“.

Interesting tid bit:

The company was founded by a husband and wife team who founded Me! Bath in 2002.

Price:

$9.00USD

Ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Sucrose, Magnesium Sulfate, Fragrance, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Green 5 [61570], Yellow 6 [15985], Red 40 [16035].

Image Sources:
http://www.amazon.com/Me-Bath-Individual-Cream-Skincare/dp/B0059HMVI8
http://www.mebath.com/a/index.php/pumpkin-pie.html

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