February 23, 2013

Review: Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Retail Price: Depends on where purchased, $9.49 average. 

Website: http://www.schick.com/us/hydro-silk.shtml

I am a avid user of razors, and I was super excited to try this one out. It is the Schick Hydro Silk Razor. It claims to have 5 curve sensing blades, as well as a water activated moisturizing serum to help hydrate your skin. Sounds pretty good so far!

The overall packaging and design of the razor is great. I really like the look and feel of the razor. A+.

As for the blades, I honestly wasn't impressed. I tried this razor 3 different ways. 1- Without any product. 2- In the shower with soap. And 3- With shave cream. With all 3 ways, I did have some knicks on my legs. More than with any other razor I have ever used. The shave wasn't consistent for me. I kept having to go over spots at least 2-3 times. I just wasn't impressed. I have had better shaves from dollar store disposable razors. 

Now the water activated serum. This was definitely different than any other razor I have used. Did it activate in water, heck yes. Did it moisturize, probably. However I have 1 major problem with this serum. It felt insanely gross on my leg. It was like I had a snail/slug race on my legs, and I was left with this slimy gooey residue on my legs. It was very stringy and slimy on the razor, just felt so awkward. I think the concept behind this serum is brilliant. However I think there is plenty of room for improvement for this formula and the way it feels on the legs. 

So sadly to say, this product wasn't a win for me. I let my mother try it, and sadly she had similar complaints as mine. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this product. I think it has a good idea behind it, just needs some tweaking. 

If you would like to purchase this item, it can be found at Walmart, Target, and at various online retailers. 

Pros: Great design, good concept behind the idea of the razor.

Cons: Doesn't give a smooth shave, serum feels gooey on the legs.

*This was sent to me for free thru BzzAgent to review.

February 12, 2013

Review: Glade Expressions Collection

Retail Price: Fragrance Mist Starter Kit- $2.99 // Oil Diffuser Starter Kit- $5.98

Website: http://www.glade.com/en-US/Collections/expressionscollection/Pages/default.aspx

Today I am going to be reviewing 2 products from the Glade Expressions line. So let's dig right in to it!

First, let's start with the fragrance mist starter kit. I got the new starter kit, which features a all new bottle design for a spray air freshener. Instead of pressing down on a button to activate the spray, you know can easily squeeze the bottle in your grip, and it releases the mist. This new squeeze bottle is essentially the starter kit part. It comes with a replaceable spray canister, which can easily be removed once product is all used up, and replaced with a new Glade Expression Fragrance Mist refill bottle. Also the plastic wrapper can easily be removed for a more chic look to the bottle. Okay, so onto what I think. I got one of the Spring 2013 limited edition scents in Vibrant Bloom. This smells amazingly good. It actually does smell like a fresh blooming exotic flower. I love it. The new design of the bottle is great, it just feels better in the hand, and easier to spray than the traditional push button sprays. I also love that these are now refillable, which means less waste. The Glade company did a wonderful job with this product!

Second item is the Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Starter Kit. I got mine in the Pineapple Mangosteen scent. I was hoping to find one of the other scents, but in my local Walmart, they only had this one in stock. The diffuser kit was very easy to set up, it came in 4 pieces. Oil bottle base, 2 bamboo decorative sides , and the felt diffuser card. Simply had to take out the 2 bamboo sides, push the diffuser card into the oil bottle base, and place the bamboo sides back on. Within a hour my living room smelt like fresh fruit! I would advise only using this in large open spaces, I think it may be too powerful for a small space. I have had this going for a week now, and it is still smelling wonderfully. One diffuser is suppose to last for 30 days, so I will be doing a follow up to see how this held up! So far, I am impressed!

If you would like to purchase them yourself, they are available at your local Walmart.

Pros: Smell amazing, many scent choices, can be found at local Walmarts.
Cons: Not all stores carry all of the scents.

*This was sent to me for free thru BzzAgent to review.

February 06, 2013

Girl Talk: Dealing With Heavy Flowing Periods

This is the first of my new series, Girl Talk. So let's begin with something that effects a lot of women worldwide, heavy flowing periods.

I myself have always had to deal with strong, bad, heavy flowing periods. The older I become, the worse they seem to get. I started my period when I was VERY young, 8 years old. So I have quite a few years experience on the matter, and have great tips to offer.

When it comes to heavy flow periods, there are a lot of issues that women face. These are just a few that I have put together, and some of the tips and tricks I have to offer. Feel free to comment below with any tips and tricks of your own!

Issue #1- Heavy Bleeding: Bleeding Thru Pads/Tampons
This is a problem that I faced myself. With the heavy bleeding, I felt like I was going thru 6-8 pads a day, and even leaking thru and soiling my underwear. I struggled while at work, constantly checking to make sure none of that was happening. I finally got sick of ruining my favorite clothes, and bed sheets and decided to take action. As embarrassing as it may be for some, I suggest looking into wearing disposable adult underwear while having your period. Trust me, there's no shame in it. With the disposable underwear, you can have a piece of mind when you are experiencing those heavy flows. They provide a great fit, which won't twist, and move around as pads can. They are super absorbent, and can easily be worn like normal undergarments. If you aren't comfortable with that, try checking out the overnight pads. They are longer, and provide a little extra coverage for night movements.

Issue #2- Menstrual Cramping and Pain

Sometimes the pain that comes along with our monthly friend can almost be unbearable. Here are some of my tips to help.

  1. Apply a muscle pain relieving cream, such as Bengay to your back and lower abdomen. 
  2. Try taking a complete menstrual pain reliever medicine. You can find name brand ones such as Midol, Pamprin or generic brands at most general merchandise stores. 
  3. Drink warm liquids, such as coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  4. Apply a heat pack to your lower abdomen. Heat will help relax away your pains.

Issue #3- Working With Your Period
You can't always take a couple sick days when you have your period. So how do you work when you have an extreme period? It's easy. Slow down, and take your time. If you have to be on your feet, wear extra comfy shoes with great support. Wear clothing that isn't tight around your abdomen. If you have a physical job, take things easy. If you have to do heavy lifting, lift with your knees. If you need to, wear a support belt. It's all about doing things at your own pace. Finally, pack what I call a period pack, and have it either in a work locker, in your car, office, etc. This pack should include extra pads/tampons, Midol, and have a extra set of underwear and pants. You never know when you might bleed thru your clothing. This also can be applied when going to school as well!