March 26, 2014

Pinch Me Box: Clear Shampoo



March 24, 2014

Review: Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.



My review for this product is posted on Amazon! Please CLICK HERE to visit my review on the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask. Also be sure to check out my photos of this product below!










I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

March 21, 2014

How To: Post A Amazon Review Using Tomoson

This is just a really quick how to blog for those fellow bloggers who use the website Tomoson.

Numerous times companies who are offering review opportunities need a Amazon review more so than a blog style review. Totally understandable since Amazon is a great website for companies to sell their items. The issue is Tomoson requires us bloggers to create a blog post, and in order to have our review verified, we have to include 2 sets of codes into our post.

So you are probably wondering how in the heck do I do this? Here is my method that I have used that satisfies both Tomoson and the product company.

1. Take a few photos of the product, you using the product, or even film a video if you like of the product. Or you can use the photos the company provides. Your choice.

2. Go to the products Amazon page and write up your full review there. Be as detailed as you would be if you were posting this on your blog. Before you hit submit, select all of your text and copy it.

3. Once your review is accepted and published through Amazon, you will get an email from Amazon with a direct link to your review. Save this email, and proceed to the next step.

4. Create a blog post like you normally would with a review. Add in the top code that Tomoson requires. Then simply paste the text that you posted on Amazon into your blog post. Then add in the bottom code Tomoson requires. Save as normal. Once you have your blog post link, submit it to Tomoson.

5. Go back to your email and copy the link to your Amazon review onto your blog. Now go back into Tomoson, and send a message to the company you are doing the review for. Send them your Amazon review link.

6. You are done. Tomoson gets their blog post, and the company gets their Amazon review!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me either in the comments below, or on any of my social media sites.


March 19, 2014

Product Reviewing / Product Testing / Sampling Sites

If you are looking to become a product reviewer / product tester, I'm sure you have run into many websites online offering these services. When I started looking into product testing, I would find companies who offer it, but I really didn't know if it was legit, or what others thought. I found a few bloggers who had graciously shared their list of websites that they used for product reviewing. So now that I have my own blog established, I'd like to pay it forward sorta speak, and share my list with you all. Please be aware that some of the links are affiliate links.

I will actively update this list, and keep the information current every few months or so. Also, I will grade each site using the 5 star system. The more stars, the better they are! Please note that these ratings may change as I use these sites more and more!

-BzzAgent

-Influenster 

-Smiley360

-Tomoson 

-Bloggerdise

-BrandBacker-

-PinchMe

-Business2Blogger

-Bloggers Required- 

March 17, 2014

Review: Ozeri Green Earth Ceramic Frying Pan


Where To Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005470CB6

I am always on the lookout for new kitchen essentials that can make cooking faster and easier. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri has both of those qualities. I have had the chance to give this frying pan a try in my kitchen, and I must say that I am highly impressed with my cooking results.

When the frying pan arrives, it comes nicely packaged with plenty of protection during shipment. The cardboard box the pan comes in has a lot of useful information printed on all sides which I highly recommend reading before using. Once opening it, there was also a double sided paper with detailed instructions on how to season the pan, proper way to use it, and its construction. Again super helpful, and a must read to ensure you understand how this pan works.

First thing I did was season the pan according to directions. A small amount of vegetable oil around the pan, wiping away the excess, and heating it on the stove for a few minutes. This allows the oil to polymerize to the pans surface. Super easy to do, and was completed in less than 5 minutes.

I read the information and it stated that unlike most frying pans that we are used to, this one works more efficiently and requires a lower heat setting than normal. I will say that they are 100% correct about this. For my first kitchen test, I decided to make chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. The pan I have is 8" in size, which makes the perfect sized pancake. I added a little oil to the pan and put the burner on medium high setting. Within minutes I could smell the pancake burning. So I tried again, lowered the heat to a low medium range, and cooked it. It took less time on the low setting with this pan than with a medium high setting on my other fry pans. I used a plastic spatula to flip the pancake, which is important because scratching is a no no! Flipping the pancake was a lil tricky since I am not used to smaller sized fry pans, but I eventually got the hang of it without creating a mess. After I was finished cooking I allowed the pan to cool completely before washing it. Cleaning up the pan was easy as can be. Nothing stuck on. Please note that I have taken pictures of both of these dishes I made using this pan below!

The next evening I wanted to try it with a meat, so I made up a grilled style chicken breast. Again, lightly added some oil, and put the heat on a medium setting. And yet again the cooking time went so much faster than normal. Within about 5 minutes my chicken was completely cooked, I flipped it in between this time frame. After cooling, I washed it, and it was easy to clean, although I did have to apply a little more pressure to clean off some of the seasonings that had burnt onto the pan. No big hassle though.

As far as the look of the pan, there is only really 1 thing that I am not a huge fan of... the color. Shallow I know haha! It is a bright lime green, which is nice, but it doesn't match much of my standard kitchen decor. Is it really a problem? Not really. But I think some options in color would be nice. The handle is a very nice and easy to grip black silicone. What I love about this pan is that it has no harmful chemicals unlike many other non stick fry pans. In essence, there really isn't anything to complain about!

I highly recommend trying this Green Earth Pan by Ozeri. I look forward to using mine for many upcoming yummy dishes!
Back view of the box.
Side information panel.

Top view of the frying pan.

Close up to show the textured cooking surface.

Bottom of the pan.

Silicone black handle.

Making a pancake.

Pancake made using Ozeri Green Earth Fry Pan.

Chicken breast made using Ozeri Green Earth Fry Pan.
*This product was sent to me complimentary for review purposes.* 

March 16, 2014

The Beauty Scenario Tag

The Questions:
1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

- I don't use a high end foundation, but my favorite drugstore foundation is the NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Foundation.

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

- I would definitely tell her. I think it would show that I am a honest and good person.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

- Wet & Wild Hot Red. It's a classic pinup red color that just makes me feel classy and timeless.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?
- When I was a teenager, I always wore my hair in this bun thing. I would totally do some more hair down hairstyles. As far as makeup, I used to do just black eyeliner and mascara. I would spice it up, add in some color to my lids, add a hint of blush, and mascara.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

- I would definitely complain to the manager. But I would take it in a professional matter and not be snotty about it. Everyone makes mistakes, and I would just see what the manager would do to rectify the situation.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
- This little travel sized one from Sephora. It has eye shadows, blush, bronzer, lip colors and a mirror.

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?
- My Urban Decay Naked Palette. That thing is literally a member of my family.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven't noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs.
- I would never let my friend borrow my makeup to begin with. It's just not sanitary. But if I had to choose a answer, I'd say B.

March 11, 2014

Product Tester 101: How To Get Started

Although this blog may be on the newer side, I have been doing product testing and reviewing for years. I see a lot of people looking to get into this, but not really sure where to turn, or what to do. So therefore I am starting this Product Tester 101 series. I will share my experiences, tips and tricks to help you out!

#1- Establish a blog. Running a blog is fairly simple, and fool proof. Platforms such as Blogger and WordPress make it easy for you to set up your own space on the internet. Signing up is super easy and usually you can be set up with your new blog in minutes! Having your own blog is essential in the product testing and product reviewing world. Companies look to you as a tester to try out their item, and then give your feedback. With a blog, you can share your experience, photos, demos, etc with the world. You have the power to spread word about the company, and bring in more sales. Having a blog is also helpful in getting more companies to consider you as a tester/reviewer. They like to look back at your prior reviews, and blog posts to get a feel for you and your blogging style. If they like what they see, then you can bet that you will be getting offers!

#2- Create your own custom domain name. This will cost you maybe $10-$20 a year, but is well worth it. A custom domain name is "www . yoursitenamehere .com". This domain name gives a professional edge. It also is like claiming your stake in part of the internet!

#3- Create social media and email accounts. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are probably the top 3 that will really help you in reaching out to users. You can use social media to create your blog following, thus meaning more readers! I also highly recommend creating a email address strictly for your blogging/testing business. Using a business email helps you stay organized and keeps the business side of things separate from your personal emails.

#4- Join product reviewing websites. Places such as BzzAgent and Influenster are a great way for "newbies" to start out and learn the industry of product testing. These websites connect bloggers with companies, but they serve as the middle man and do all of the work for you sort of speak. They will tell you what is required by the company in order to try the products out for free. Start here with your reviews and testing, and blog about all of the products you get to try. This will almost serve as a portfolio for you when companies check out your blog to see what you have done in past works.

#5- Only review items that really pertain to you and your family. If a product just isn't for you, then don't agree to test it. Kindly decline and let someone who really could use the item properly do so. Good karma!

#6- Buy and review products on your own. Next time you go to the store and pick up a new shampoo, take some photos of it, and after you use it a few times, share your thoughts on your blog. As I said before, your blog is your portfolio. Build it!

I will be posting the next piece of this series soon so stay tuned! If you have any questions, comment below!

March 10, 2014

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in #72 Earth Giveaway!

I am hosting another giveaway, this time on my Facebook page! To enter, simply click the link HERE! This giveaway is only open to USA residents. If you are international, don't forget to check out my other giveaway currently going on right now until March 17, 2014 HERE.

So what can you win?

This Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in #72 Earth! Good luck!



March 07, 2014

Cooking For One: Quick Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Looking for a quick and easy dinner to make for yourself? This recipe is one of my favorite go to meals when I just don't feel like throwing a big meal together, but yet still want something tasty and warm.



INGREDIENTS:
- Bag of frozen shrimp (I'm using 60/80 size, you can use your favorite)
- 1 ½  tbsp Lemon Pepper seasoning
- 1 tbsp Parsley flakes
- 1 tbsp Butter / Margarine 
- Pinch of Salt

 1. Measure out the amount of shrimp you wish to cook. This of course is totally up to you, and how hungry you are feeling! To thaw them, place the shrimp in a large bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit for 10 minutes at room temp in the water.

2. Peel your shrimp if needed. A good idea is to have a 2nd bowl filled with cold water to place your peeled shrimp in.

3. In your skillet or pan, melt the butter down on a medium/high setting. Be sure not to let the butter burn. 

4. Once melted, add the lemon pepper seasoning and parsley flakes to the butter.

5. Drain your shrimp, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Add them into the pan and mix them through the butter and seasonings to thoroughly coat each one.

6. Add a pinch of salt while mixing the shrimp. 

7. It won't take long for the shrimp to cook, approx 5 minutes or so. They are done when they are no longer translucent, and have a reddish tint to them. 

8. Plate these lil babies up and enjoy!

Please note that you can adjust the seasoning amounts to your own liking. You can serve these with a side of rice, pasta, or veggies. In most cases you should have enough shrimp left over to make this meal again!

March 06, 2014

Small Target Haul

I took a trip to one of my local Target stores, and picked up just a few goodies that I found along the way. Two beauty related, and 2 non beauty related.
Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo & Ponds's Dry Skin Cream

Alphabet Stamp Set & Blank Note Card Set
 

March 05, 2014

Review: Reduxa Fat Burner

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Website: http://www.amazon.com/Thermogenic-Weight-Loss-Supplement-Metabolism/dp/B00HHMHKMK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392674891&sr=8-1&keywords=reduxa+the+weight+loss+pill

My review for this product is posted on Amazon! Please CLICK HERE to visit my review on the Reduxa Fat Burner!



Pros: Easy to take, all natural ingredients, made in the USA, doesn't give you a jittery feeling, helps promote weight loss, no side effects.

Cons: None



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

March 03, 2014

The Weird Questions Tag

1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you? Courter (like quarter)
2. What’s a weird habit of yours? I cannot sleep without a fan running. I like the noise. Silence is unbearable to me haha!
3. Do you have any weird phobias? Well none that are "weird". I just hate hate hate bugs. Yuck!
4. What’s a song you secretly LOVE to blast && belt out when you’re alone? Crimson and Clover by Joan Jett
5. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves? People who cannot get out of the way. I hate when someone is blocking a aisle, road, etc. MOVE B*TCH, GET OUT THAA WAY!
6. What’s one of your nervous habits? Biting my nails.
7. What side of the bed do you sleep on? Dead center!
8. What was your first stuffed animal && its name? I honestly couldn't tell you!
9. What’s the drink you ALWAYS order at Starbucks? I never go to Starbucks.
10. What’s the beauty rule you preach.. but never ACTUALLY practice? Tossing out my mascara every 6 months. I get attached to a great mascara, and hate throwing it away.
11. Which way do you face in the shower? Away from it mostly.
12. Do you have any ‘weird’ body ‘skills’? Just can cross my eyes. That's about it.
13. What’s your favorite ‘comfort food’/food that's ‘bad’ but you love to eat it anyways? Fried chicken or Chinese food.
14. What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say? "Seriously".
15. Time to sleep- what are you ACTUALLY wearing? Underwear. I hate sleeping in too many clothes, yet sleeping naked just seems strange to me. So I meet in the middle.

Now you know what a weirdo I am!

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