July 31, 2014

Piczzle Photo Puzzles | Review + Giveaway





I love putting together puzzles, but most of the time the picture on the puzzle has no meaning to me. Sure they might be pretty to look at, but there's no connection to them. That has changed thanks to Piczzle Photo Puzzles! They take your cherished photos, and turn your pictures into puzzles.

I was given the chance to try Piczzle for myself, and I was super excited. I started going through my photos to find just the right one. I ended up choosing a photo of my cat whom I've had since she was a kitten. She's getting kind of older now, and I thought this would be a perfect way to have a special wall decoration just for her! I went to the Piczzle website and was able to easily create my ideal picture puzzle in minutes. They offer many different sizes, and fun options to add to your picture puzzle. I went with the standard medium size, which is 8.5" x 11" and 48 pieces.

When the picture puzzle from Piczzle arrived at my door, I was very impressed when I opened it. They had a nice brown box, and on the top was a print of the photo I had chosen (see photo above). Inside were all the puzzle pieces. I had to dig right in and start putting it together. It took me a good 30 minutes to get mine together. The only reason is because I basically had 3 colors to work with, pink, white and gray. I was able to put the pieces together pretty effortlessly. I only had a couple of pieces that I had to really press down to get to fit. The quality of the puzzle is fantastic, and I am going to be putting this puzzle into a frame soon. I am very impressed with the results of this picture to puzzle!



This is an ideal gift for someone. You can share memories together in a fun interactive way! Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions, graduations, births, and memorials. 





GIVEAWAY!
Piczzle is giving 1 of my lucky readers the chance to have their very own Piczzle Photo Puzzle! Use the widget below to enter! Open to USA & Canada ONLY!



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July 30, 2014

Pimsleur German 1 Language Learning Course | Review




I have grown to love the Pimsleur Language Learning Courses. They take the time to teach you how to truly speak the language, and properly pronounce the words like the true speakers.

I never thought I would be able to speak and understand German. This was the first language outside of the Spanish and French languages that I have started to learn. I honestly was intimidated at first because I didn't think I'd be able to get the hang of it. But as always Pimsleur pulled me through. The course breaks down the learning into very easy segments. You learn some, speak it, move on, then go back to what you learned prior to refresh your memory. Within a few days I was speaking in German and was carrying on a conversation! Whenever I got stuck, or needed to go through something again, I simply clicked the restart button and got the help I needed.

I cannot recommend Pimsleur Language Learning Courses enough. If you are planning to travel to another country, or just want to learn a new language, purchase this course. It is so easy to take 30 minutes each day and go over a lesson. You can study at your own speed, in your own home, on your own time. No pressure involved. The lessons are very manageable, I think anyone of any age could easily pick up a new language by using this method.

I am still currently going through the lessons, and I honestly am amazed at just how well my German skills are improving!

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.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts- Review




I am a lover of Adovia products, so I was pretty excited about this one since I have yet to have a complaint about anything by Adovia. However this Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts just wasn't for me.

The amount of product you get in this container is above and beyond expectations. It is filled to the brim with the sea salt. However this was quite troublesome when trying to open. When I first opened it, salt went everywhere in my home. Even I was covered in salt. Because its a fine grain salt, like table salt, cleaning it up was a job. Many of the grains get stuck in between the lid and the container, so when you go to open it, salt comes out. I ended up placing mine in a different container that was mess free.

Now onto using it. I love all sorts of bath and body salts. Being that this is for your face, it makes sense that the salt grains are small. However I found trying to exfoliate with this quite difficult. I would apply some on my finger tips, and place it on my damp face and being doing circular motions. Within 20 seconds the salt had disintegrated and I had to dip my fingers into the salt to get more to use. Now this did work great at exfoliating my skin in the first few seconds of use, however it just didn't last. I ended up mixing some of the salt in with a cleanser that I have, and it worked a bit better that way.

At the end of the day I did find a great use for this... adding it to my pedicure routine. I simply add in a few scoops to the water, and let my feet soak.

My overall rating of this would be like 3.5 stars, because it does have some faults, but using it for my feet has been wonderful. If the container was fixed so the product doesn't easily spill out, I would change this rating to a 4.


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.

Comfort Shield Collection Pillow Protector with Spill Block | Review



I was a bit hesitant at first to try a waterproof pillow cover, I assumed that it would be noisy and would make sleeping with one difficult. I was very wrong. This pillow protector by Comfort Shield is so soft!

First, the cover fit over my standard size pillow very nicely and I had no issues at all. The white color is nice because it goes with all of my bedding and doesn't clash. The fabric is like terry cloth, and is actually quite plush feeling. There is absolutely no crinkly sounds with this protector.

To put this pillow protector to the test and see if it really was waterproof, I purposely split water onto it, and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it up. After wiping away the excess water, I took the pillow protector off, and my pillow was still perfectly dry! Afterwards I washed and dried normally. On a side note, I do highly recommend washing and drying this before using!

This is definitely something that anyone of any age could use. The protection it provides is wonderful, and great to have to keep your pillows in tip top shape! This gets a 5 star rating from me hands down.
*Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

July 29, 2014

Nana Dees Homemade Skincare Products- Lava Love Body Lotion Review + Giveaway!



If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you will already be fully aware that I absolutely LOVE anything skincare related. Call it an obsession if you will! I am always searching out, and trying new products that will give my skin some TLC. Naturally I was super excited when I was given the chance to try out the Lava Love Body Lotion from Nana Dees Homemade Skincare Products

Nana Dees is a company that makes handmade skincare products. No animal testing, paraben free and sulfate free. Made from natural ingredients to promote healthy skin. They offer so many lovely items at an affordable price. Perfect for gift giving, or just treating yourself!

I was able to try out the Lava Love Body Lotion from Nana Dees. First let me say that the scent of this is amazing. It has a almond type of scent to it, with a hint of another scent that I cannot recognize. Whatever it is, it is beautiful smelling. The lotion itself is on the thicker side, super creamy, and opaque white in color. The best part that I like is that it is quick absorbing, and doesn't leave a greasy slick feeling once applied. The scent will last for a good 4 hours or so on my skin before becoming less noticeable. This is something I love using after the shower, before bedtime. I go to bed smelling the sweet scent of the body lotion, and wake up with super soft skin. 


I absolutely love my body lotion from Nana Dees. I have recommended my family and friends to check them out, so of course, I am giving that recommendation to my lovely readers as well! If you need a gift for someone, or just want to try out some skincare goodies for yourself, give Nana Dees a try! Also be sure to like Nana Dees Facebook Page and watch for their Freebie Fridays!

Discount Code: Courtneywithlove20 (20% off orders of $30 or more) Valid 7/30/14-8/31/14

GIVEAWAY
So did my review make you want to try Nana Dees for yourself? You're in luck because Nana Dees is sponsoring a giveaway, and one of my lucky readers will recieve a 2.5 oz bottle of Nana Dees Sexy Lady hand and body lotion!

*Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

July 28, 2014

EmFACEize Daily Moisturizer Review




I am a lover of all things skincare, so naturally I'm always looking for a great product to use on my skin. The EmFACEize daily moisturizer has now become my new go to moisturizer!

I have always had a rough time finding a moisturizer that works well with my skin type. I tend to have dry skin, with a very small area that gets oily. I love how this works on my skin. It is light feeling on the skin, and doesn't leave a greasy or slick feeling once applied. It quickly absorbs into my skin. I use this in the morning prior to applying my foundation. I wash my face, then apply the EmFACEize, let it set for 2-3 minutes, then apply my foundation. I notice that my skin alone feels very soft, and the dry areas are starting to become less. It also provides a great base for my foundation, and doesn't make my makeup look heavy or cakey.


Overall I really enjoy this, and it has replaced my old moisturizer. I am still using this, and haven't yet used up the entire container, so the long term effects I cannot comment on, but so far so good!

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.

Priva Extra Absorbency Liner Review



If you suffer from leaking, as so many people do, you know that finding something to assist in keeping dry, comfortable and confident can be difficult. Search no more, give Priva Extra Absorbency Liners a try!

Shaped to fit in your underwear easily, and provide even coverage. Soft to the touch, yet sturdy to provide long lasting protection. Whether you suffer from leaks, are looking for a alternative to regular menstrual cycle pads, or just had a baby, these are very useful.

Very easy to clean, I put mine in the washing machine with my delicates. I do not have a leak problem, however I am the type of woman that suffers from heavy menstrual cycles. I found myself going through regular pads so fast, and at night, the pads would bunch up, and I would have a leak. Using these has just made life so much easier!

The only thing I don't like about these is are no snaps, velcro, sticky, anything to keep the pad fully in place. While I have worn them at night, and haven't had any issues, I am a big nervous about wearing them to work when I am constantly moving. If there was some sort of hold on these pads, they would be 100% fantastic!

*Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.


July 25, 2014

Armed With Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos Review




If you are trying to figure out ways to either memorize scriptures, or simply need a bit of words of wisdom, the Armed With Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos are just what you need! Place the tattoo on a spot that is easy to read, so whenever you need a reminder, or want to study your verses, it's right in front of you.

We all remember as kids those temporary tattoos we would get out of vending machines. Remember how easy they were to apply? These are no different. Simply pick a dry clean area on your skin, and peel off the plastic protective piece on the tattoo. Line up the tattoo where you want it, and hold it firmly down. Take a paper towel that is wet, and place it over top the tattoo and let it sit for 30 seconds before moving. Once that time is up, simply take off the towel, and slowly peel the paper away. Your tattoo will be on your skin, and will look fantastic. If there are any problem pieces, gently take your wet towel and place it over it to fix any minor issues. So easy!

Removing them is easy. I simply used soap and a bath body scrubber. These stayed on my skin 4 days before looking kinda old. 

I like these, and the idea behind them is great. These would be perfect for kids, teens, adults....anyone! Great as gift favors at any church event!





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.

July 23, 2014

Makeup by One Direction +Win 1D Concert Tickets!


Are you a One Direction fan? Have you heard the latest exciting news? One Direction is launching a makeup collection!! Yes you read that right! Here you will have a sneak peek at The Looks Collections, which include 3 keepsake tins that were inspired by One Directions albums and latest hit. There is a collection for the rocker girl to the girl next door! Each tin also shows you ways to create a fabulous look using your makeup by One Direction. These tins are limited edition, so be sure to get your hands on them fast! Check out the photos below to view all 3 of the tins!




The makeup will be available world wide, starting in the USA. Below is a list of where and when you will be able to find them!
Macy's - August 11th

Stage Stores – August 25th

Dillards – August 25th

Beauty Brands – August 25th

Lord and Taylor - August 25th

*International release dates TBD.

If that news wasn't exciting enough for you, I have a even BIGGER announcement! You could win 2 tickets to the One Direction "Where We Are" Tour Concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA for Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm. PLUS you would also receive 2 of the makeup tins!!Use the widget below to enter! Good luck!



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July 22, 2014

Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Anti Wrinkle Serum Review+Giveaway




I have been using this for a few weeks now, and I have started to see some changes in my skin. I have a light skin tone, and sometimes suffer from redness. It is something that runs in my family, and something I am always trying to cover up. Since starting to use this, I have noticed that the redness in my face is starting to become less visible. I am still in the process of using this, and I believe that if I keep up with my routine, the results will keep improving.

The 2nd change that I have noticed, is the firmness in my skin. My face almost has a plumper feel to in, and I have that youthful look. I am only in my mid-twenties, but I have noticed areas that aren't as firm as they once were. I tend to double up use on those areas, and I have noticed the results when applying my makeup. My skin just looks better! 

As I mentioned above I am still using this, so full results haven't come in yet. However I will update this once I have used up the entire bottle!

If you haven't tried a retinol anti wrinkle serum before, then this one by Azure Naturals is one that I recommend giving a try!

GIVEAWAY!

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.

Jiva Organic Green Cardamom Review




The Jiva Organic Green Cardamom has such an amazing aroma, and adds a great zing to dishes!

I had never used Cardamom before, but I had heard about it being used in some Indian dishes. When I got the chance to try it out for myself, I was excited. I love using spices to cook with, and was looking forward to experiencing the flavor of Green Cardamom.

The bag is very nicely sided, and it should last you quite a while. Immediately after opening, the aroma just filled the room. I did some research online to see what other uses people had for Cardamom, and one was as a breath freshener. So right off the bat, I took a pod, and chewed on it. The flavor was nice, and it did make my breath feel fresher and I'm sure improved the smell. 

Next use, I took the pods and opened them up, and took out the seeds inside. I used a herb grinder, and ground them up. I added some of the ground Cardamom into cookies that I was baking. The flavor was fantastic, rich and aromatic. I have enjoyed using this with desserts as a sprinkle on top. I love using it with cinnamon, they compliment each other well.

I am still finding ways to use the Green Cardamom, there are so many lovely recipes and uses that you can find online!

Very pleased with the Jiva Organic Green Cardamom! My only negative is I wish that there was some bits written on the packaging on how to use it. If it wasn't for the search engines I wouldn't have had a clue!


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.

July 21, 2014

Invita Skin Beauty Dietary Supplements Review




I have been using the Collagen Invita Skin Beauty Dietary Supplements for almost a month now, and have been using them right along with my prior skincare routine. 

I honestly didn't notice any difference since using these when it comes to the beauty element. My skin looks the same as it did before taking this, so it may not be the right supplement for me. However, I did find that I did get the benefit of better feeling joints since taking these. 

I used to have tired joints, that would at times pop, and just sound horrid, especially in the morning. I work on my feet all day, so I know I put a strain on my joints. Its hard to put into words just the difference that I feel since taking these. I guess you could compare it to a piece of machinery that needs to be lubricated to function at its best. I have been moving around easier, when I get up in the morning my body actually feels well rested, no more joint pains in my knee area. For that benefit alone, I am very pleased!

The collagen supplements are standard sized, and easy to swallow. I have experienced no side effects since taking these.

I am pleased with these, and I am recommending them to anyone, especially those who have joint or arthritic pain.




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.

DeliciousMustards.com Review



I was lucky enough to be able to try 3 different types of mustards from Delicious Mustards. Browsing their online store, I was amazed at just how many styles and flavors of mustards they carry. Everyone is bound to find a flavor they like! They are all in different languages, so I did my best to translate into English!

So let me share with you the 3 mustards I was able to sample! Detailed photos of each will be posted below each mustard description! Please note that I taste tested these blindly, then searched them to see what each one was. I used note cards to write down my taste experience with each one.

Taste: This is a horseradish mustard, and when I first tasted it, I was thinking that it was something like a dijon mustard. A bit of sharpness to the mustard, but still on the milder end of the spectrum. I think this would taste fantastic on a sandwich or with pretzels. I enjoyed!





Taste: As it says, this is a habanero chili mustard, and it is more on the spicy side. Rich flavor. I am a lightweight, and I don't really like spicy things, so this one was a bit to much for me. I read that this would be good for use when grilling, and I think it would have a nice flavor if you want to had a kick to your food.




Taste: Let me say, this mustard is DELICIOUS! It is a banana mustard with Indian curry. At first sound, it might sound not so pleasant, but oh my word, it is so tasty! I have enjoyed this on burgers, chicken tenders, and sandwiches. It has a sweet flavor which is very enjoyable. If you like honey mustards, I'd highly recommend giving this a try! 




Overall I am very impressed with Delicious Mustards and their mustards they offer. Shipping came fast from Germany, and was packaged very safely. They get a 2 thumbs up from me!

*Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

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