September 29, 2015

Zahler Whey Protein Meal Replacement Powder | Review





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Reach, Zahlers active nutrition line, Restores Energy And Cuts Hunger. With Reach you'll eat better, exercise harder, do more, be more, you'll REACH for your goals, then you'll REACH further. Then you'll REACH for another REACH. The word protein is derived from the Greek word Proteios, meaning Primary, alluding to its great importance to our diet. Protein is essential to practically every part of the body, from hair and skin to muscle and tissue. Whey protein is popular among individuals who have specific fitness goals, like athletes and bodybuilders. Among its benefits, whey protein has a fast absorption rate, which means that not only does it help build muscle, but it also helps repair muscle immediately after a workout. Whey is a complete protein, providing all the nine essential amino acids necessary for our bodies.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I love whey protein shakes, they have been a must have in my weight loss journey. I like to use them as a meal replacement, or even as a addition into my meal. I have used many, and I have a fairly good eye of what makes a great whey protein powder / shake.

First I will start with the biggest problem I have with this. This is one of, if not the hardest powder to mix into a shake. Because I drink protein shakes regularly, I have the special shaker cups that you use to mix your shakes with. I also have a blender that I use as a last resort if my powder doesn't mix fully in my shaker. I have used both with this powder, and both results were not quite up to my liking. When I use my shaker cup, the powder doesn't completely dissolve, or it becomes almost glue like, and it will stick to the piece inside the shaker, and not fully mix in. It comes out very clumpy. With the blender, I have similar issues, except that after fully blending it to where it's all mixed in, my drink is 95% frothy. Drinking it is kinda strange. I have never had this issue with any protein powder ever.

After getting discouraged, I decided to strain the liquid using a strainer just to get out the clumps, and that works! This tastes fantastic, it has a nice, not too sweet chocolate flavor. It keeps me full for a few hours, and I really like it. I just wish that it was easier to make, if it was, this would no doubt be a 5 star product!

September 19, 2015

Ipsy Sneak Peek! | September 2015

Hello loves! 

Today I am doing a Ipsy preview, something I used to do a long time ago, then stopped. Every month from now on, when my Ipsy bag arrives, I will give you a snapshot of what was in my bag!

And in case you live under a rock and are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription service that features beauty related items all for $10 a month. If you would like to sign up, you can do so by clicking here!



-NYX 3 Color Shadow Palette in IPSYNYX01
-Crown Brush - C224 Oval Concealer
-Trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude
-Pixi by Petra Mini Brow Trio in Shades of Brow
-Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask



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September 17, 2015

Scentiments Soy Scented Candles | Review




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Our range currently has four different titles and all four are available in four different fragrances.

Looking for that perfect gift for your best friend which they will appreciate and actually use?
This handmade range of scented candles produced with 100% USA Soy wax can deliver just that.

- 100% Soy Wax for Clean burn 
- Handmade quality 
- High Fragrance Content 
- Traditional Mason Jars 
- Gift Tags Included

Let's face it buying the perfect gift for our best friend who has it all is never easy. With a simple message and great scent these candles not only say what we want to say but delivery a fantastic fragrance for hours and hours after the gift has been made.

With four great fragrances to choose from you will be sure to select the right fragrance for the occasion or collect all four for different rooms in the home. Our collection is handmade here in the USA using materials sourced and manufactured here in the USA.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I absolutely love burning candles, especially during the fall months. They just make my home feel cozy! The day that this candle arrived, I started burning it. The fragrance of the candle is quite potent, and once burning it fills up the room fairly quickly. I like to burn my candles for 30 mins- a hour at a time, and so far these seem to have a pretty good longevity. I have burned my candle a couple times and it barely has diminished.

The packaging of these candles is also very cute. I got the Happy Birthday saying, which was great because it arrived a few days after my birthday, so it was a nice little belated gift! These candles have a great homey touch to them, and would make a great gift for anyone. They are very simple, sweet and feminine. I really like them!



September 16, 2015

Garlic Press | Review




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-Large Hopper - Great for holding large cloves of garlic or 2 smaller ones
-Sturdy - Durable and Heavy Duty Grip Design
-Strong - No Need to Peel Garlic
-Easy to Clean - Dishwasher Safe
- No water trapped in the Handle, No rusting
- Use as a Ginger Press or even for Lemons 
- Small Prongs Help Push Garlic Through 
- Black Non-Slip Grip on the Handle 
- Simple Toothpick Can Be Used To Remove Any Residual Garlic
- The plunger fits into the hopper snugly

Backed by a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee!




MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I have a garlic press that I have been using for about a year now. It would mince my garlic, but it would leave a lot of the clove untouched, and I would end up wasting a good amount of garlic. I have had this garlic press in my home for about a month now, and I have found it to be so much better than my old garlic press.

This one can hold a larger clove compared to my old one, and it also just performs better at mincing up the garlic. This garlic press just leaves the skin of the garlic, no waste. I usually hold this with both hands and press down. The garlic comes out the bottom and I take a butter knife to free it from the press. Very simple and easy! This works well with both large and small garlic cloves.

This device is easy to clean, I do so by hand with soap and water. It isn't too large, so it stores easy. Overall it is a great little device to have on hand for when you want some fresh minced garlic or ginger!



September 15, 2015

Silicone Egg Poachers | Review




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These egg poachers are perfect for the kitchen.  They have a 100% nonstick surface and do not need to be oiled.  These poachers will steam-poach eggs in about 5 minutes.  Just crack open an egg; put it in the poacher; place the poacher with egg in a pot of boiling water and then cover the pot.  Poached eggs can be scooped out with a spoon for a beautiful-looking meal.  These egg poachers are FDA approved 100% food-grade silicone, and can be used for poaching, melting, steaming, and warming various food items.  Product will be delivered in a plastic wrap.



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I love poached eggs, they are something that I used to have my Grandfather make me as a child. Unfortunately I have no luck at making them the traditional way myself. I always mess them up, they come out runny or watery. Just not pleasant.

The other morning I felt like having poached eggs on toast, so I figured it was a good time to try out these silicone egg poachers. I sprayed a little bit of cooking oil into each poacher, then cracked open a egg into each. I brought my water to a boil, and then put the poachers into the water. They floated on top and no water got inside of the poacher. In under 5 minutes my eggs were done. They were cooked perfectly, and tasted fantastic.

Everything about these poachers are great, except that I found that my eggs did stick a little bit. They didn't stick on too bad, but with these being made of silicone, and me spraying a bit of cooking oil, I really thought these eggs would slide right out, but they didn't. Other than that these are easy to clean, easy to store, and are great to have on hand!

If you love poached eggs but are like me and have a bit of difficulty making them the traditional way, try these!



September 11, 2015

evoDerma PRONECK Massager | Review



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The PRONECK Massager brings you comfort and relaxation anywhere you go. This portable massage device incorporates three massage techniques applied in professional spas for personalized treatments every time. The heat massage, vibrating massage and low frequency electric impulse massage work to ease tense muscles, relieve stress and improve the flow of blood in the neck muscles.
PRONECK Advantages:
  • 3 massage techniques
  • 6 computerized programs
  • Adjusts to fit all neck sizes
  • Wireless & travel friendly


This Package includes:
  • PRONECK Massager Neckpiece
  • PRONECK Remote Control
  • AC Power Cable
  • User Manual

*Information provided by evoDerma

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

After a long day at work, there is nothing that I need more than a nice relaxing neck massage. Having the evoDerma PRONECK Massager in my home, I can make that happen with a touch of button! 

This device fits perfectly around the back of the neck and stays perfectly in place. Then I turn it on using the remote, and put it to the settings that I like best. Within seconds my neck massage is starting. I can change the pulse, add heat, you name it. What I like best is that I can use this at home, at my leisure. No time limits, I can enjoy a nice massage for a couple hours if I want! Unlike many massaging devices, this one is wireless and can be recharged. No need to have to sit in a stationary place to use this, you can wear this while doing house work, watching tv, or just laying in bed. 

I personally like to use this before bed. It really helps me unwind from the hectic day, and relax. Of course being relaxed before bed really helps me get a great nights sleep. And on those off days when I sleep weird, and wake up with a neck cramp, I can toss this on my neck while I am having breakfast and help ease the pain of those kinks and knots! I have let a few family members try out the PRONECK massager, and they too enjoyed it. They all agreed that it is very relaxing and feels great. 

The only thing that I would change about this is the design. This is made out of a hard plastic, and while that does help deliver the vibrations nicely, but it does nothing to cushion the neck and base of the skull. If it had a foam cushion around the neck area, that would really make this a full 5 star product for me!

September 08, 2015

Hello Cutie Mud Mask by Glam Essentials | Review + Giveaway



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Hello Cutie’s Mud Mask is the one treatment that gives you the skin you deserve.This is no ordinary facial mask. This mask uses the highest quality grade ingredients for you to receive all the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE, Vitamin B3, Pomegranate and Green Tea Extract, Cucumber, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Chamomille. This exclusive formula combines all these fantastic benefits in one simple to use product. We use only natural perservatives. No parabens, petroleums, sulfites or other harmful ingredients. These ingredients do not cause skin irritations or have harmful side effects to the skin and body. 

ONLY THE BEST WILL DO!
This powerhouse exclusive formula makes this mud mask very special. These high quality scientifically proven ingredients were carefully selected to correct most problems in the skin. We are passionate about skin care. Our philosophy was born with you having beautiful skin with real results. We’ve known for years the harmful chemicals, dyes, perfumes and preservatives that are in other products. Glam Essentials products are designed to give your skin the best absorption and effective results. The Hello Cutie Mud Mask was created to provide regenerative and healing properties to aid in keeping your skin healthy. Regenerative properties means to restore your skin to its original youthful state by improving elasticity and brighten and even skin tone. It's really beneficial for those with Acne, Eczema, and Dull Dry Skin.

High Quality Scienfifcaly Proven Formula Means No Adverse Skin Reactions, Deep Hydration Cocktail That  Leaves Your Skin Healthy, Clearer, Firmer, Tighter and Brighter. The Hello Cutie Mud Mask aids in reducing, preventing and reversing the signs of aging on dry, young or mature skin. Our specially blended, all natural and hydrating mud mask was formulated to specifically detoxify environmental toxins, shrink pores, clear acne and repair damaged skin. This unisex formula id designed for sensitive skin, women, men and effective for teens. Can be use for your entire face or use as a spot treatment.

What others are saying

“ I have very sensitive skin, especially my T zone. The product does have a wonderful tingle to it and the aromatherapy of this product allows my skin to feel so smooth and refreshing, it was very easy to apply with the applicator brush I got with the product. My 1st day my skin looked brighter and by the 3rd time applied I saw the noticeable change in my was skin brighter and smaller pores. I was so thrilled on how it looked on me. I then used the mud mask on my teenagers my son 14 and daughter 12 and I saw a fantastic improvement in their skin because they have acne problems and their breakout decreased.I'm 46 yrs old myself and once I used it I didn't have to apply moisturizer after the mask. I'm impressed with the cost and the product was Awesome.”
S.Heard

“I love this mask..the texture is creamy and goes on beautifully..excellent coverage..a little goes a long way. It starts with a nice tingling effect then tighten and sets evenly. My face feels so refreshed tighter and soft. My new favorite mask.”
E. Alayah

“I was so impressed with how this mask made my skin feel after I used it. It felt tighter smooth with a nice glow and I received some compliments on my skin which never happens.  It does make my skin feel dry…love it.”
M.B


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

A mud mask to me should not only be good for your skin, but it should give you a great relaxing feeling. This Hello Cutie Mud Mask by Glam Essentials does both. First I love that they give you a brush to use with the mud mask. It not only makes things mess free, but it provides that extra bit of pampering. 

The mud feels so nice going on to the skin. Unlike MANY mud masks I have tried recently, this one has a decent scent to it. With the brush, I can easily get the mud into creases and small areas. Once it is on, I like to just relax for a bit. Sometimes cut a few cucumber slices and put over my eyes and just enjoy a nice at home spa session. After a long work day, it is sensational!

The mud dries on my face fully within 20 minutes or so. Afterwards I just hop in the shower and wash it off. It comes off quite easily as well. It leaves my skin feeling very refreshed, soft, and hydrated. My skin has a "glow" to it after. I finish by using a moisturizer to lock everything in and keep my skin soft. 

Personally I absolutely love this mud mask so much, I have tossed my other masks and currently I am only using this one. It is such a great mask to use on a weekly basis and give myself a bit of TLC!


September 06, 2015

Tru Moroccan Repair Conditioner | Review





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Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Repair Conditioner is an all natural, plant based, gluten free, vegan conditioner that is specially designed to provide all natural moisture to hair. This conditioner contains natural essential oils and herbs that moisturize the scalp, along with healing and repairing dry, damaged, color treated hair. This conditioner is ideal for dry, coarse, frizzy hair but works great on all hair types. Has a fresh citrus scent. Makes hair silky and shiny! 


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I have baby fine, dry, color treated hair. So using a conditioner is a must for me every time I wash my hair. My hair can get quite tangled and frizzy, yet because it's baby fine, many products once on, will make my hair feel weighed down. So it's a never ending battle for me.

I have been using this exclusively for a month straight now, and my end results are okay. I love that this conditioner does not weigh my hair down at all. No greasy feel either. It however hasn't done much for me as far as helping my hair feel softer or smoother. I find that I have to use a good amount of this conditioner just to get a even layer all over my hair, and even when I let it sit for a good 5 minutes or longer, my results are just ok. It doesn't work any better or worse than my old conditioner. So for me, its just a okay item.

Perhaps if you have different hair type and texture than mine it may work better for you. But for me, it was just so so.

Tru Moroccan Repair Shampoo | Review





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Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Repair Shampoo is an all natural, plant based, gluten free, vegan shampoo that is specially designed to provide all natural moisture to hair. This shampoo contains natural essential oils and herbs that clean the scalp, along with healing and repairing dry, damaged, color treated hair. This shampoo is ideal for dry, coarse, frizzy hair but works great on all hair types. Has a fresh citrus scent. 


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I have baby fine, dry, color treated hair. So for me, I am always searching for hair products that will really help me get moisture and hydration back into my hair. I have heard wonderful things about Morroccan Argan Oil, so I thought that this might be great for my hair. Unfortunately it didn't do much over the past month of use to really make me get excited about it.

The shampoo is nice. It cleans my hair, and it smells pretty nice. However it didn't do anything more than what my prior drugstore shampoo was doing. It didn't make my hair look or feel any different. I still had the same hair issues as before. So for me, it is just alright. It's not a bad shampoo by any means. But for me and my hair it just didn't work well for me. Things like this can be hits for some and misses for others. For me it's a middle of the road item. Also in case you are wondering, I used this shampoo only for a month straight, giving it plenty of time for me to see some results. I shampoo my hair once a day, sometimes I will skip a day on the weekend, or do a co-wash.

This shampoo is worth a try, maybe if your hair is less damaged than mine, you might really like this. But for me, it's just okay.

September 01, 2015

Andre Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen | Review





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Imagine a heavenly sunscreen that you actually looked forward to using every day. Why? Because it contained anti-aging properties in a unique proprietary formula called Sundrisol7(TM).

This sunscreen is so good you'll want to use it as your daily moisturizer. This is a sunscreen which you've never experienced anything quite like before.

It has a texture which is as luxurious as your favorite daily face moisturizer... yet it's a sunscreen. Hence the name, Andre Lorent daily rehydrating sunscreen. Not only does it work on your face, it works on your whole body!

Here's a shocker for you, almost all sunscreens you buy only protect against the sun's "burning rays" (known as UVB rays). However, so very few sunscreens ALSO simultaneously protect against "aging rays" (known as UVA rays).

This Andre Lorent daily Hydrating SPF 30 Sunscreen is the leader at protecting you from both aging AND burning rays. Women, men and children 6 months or older from all over are benefiting from this daily hydrating sunscreen.



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I like to use this as a daily sunscreen under my makeup to help protect me against the suns rays. This is a very light formula, that is a bit thinner than other sunscreens that I'm used to. It has a slight sunscreen scent, but nothing over the top nor offensive. This is easy to rub in, and it quickly sinks into my skin. After drying it, it doesn't leave any of that sticky, greasy feeling that other sunscreens do.

I have been using this for a couple of weeks now, and I have no complaints at all. It has been quite hot here in New England lately, and this has been protecting my skin against those harsh sun rays. I burn very easy, and I am pretty fair skinned, and it has held up amazingly for me. No burns at all! This also keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated all day long!

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