1/19/15

Syono Orthotics Gel Insoles and Shoe Insoles for Men and Women



Working in retail really takes a toll on my body. Working long shifts often leaves my knees and feet in a lot of pain. Over the pst few years I decide that I should probably use orotpedic shoe insoles, it has really helped out a lot. I am always on the lookout for the best type of insole to use in certain types of shoes, as I do not always wear the same shoe. I have found that the Syono Orthotics Gel Insoles and Shoe Inserts for Men and Women is great for use in my leather boots.

The Syono Orthotics Gel Insoles and Shoe Inserts for Men and Women provide some extra cushioning and support to shoes that might otherwise be lacking in those departments. The added cushion and support help prevent or alleviate pain. Adding these to my shoes that I wear to work has really made a difference. I received a pair in women size 9-12. When cut to the correct size, they fit perfectly in my size 9 shoes. I found that these insoles were very easy to trim down. 

I planned on discussing the materials that are used to make these insoles, but I have been unable to find them. The amazon page does not list any materials. To learn more about this product, you can check out the Amazon page for yourself. Currently, they are sold for $18.45

I received the products mentioned above for free in change for an honest review. 
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1/16/15

Dead Sea Mud Mask by InstaNatural

It's no secret that I wear a lot of makeup. With the amount of money and time I spend on makeup, you would think that I also had a good skincare routine. The truth is, I don't. When it comes o skin care, I am either clueless or lazy. Probably both. My skin is horrible! I have always had a problem with acne, ever since I was a pre-teen. Now that I am older, most of my acne is on my chin and jawline. It is often painful and hard to cover up. Over the past few months I became interested in facial masks and similar products. I recently got to try the Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural.

When I was in cosmetology school, we loved giving each other facials. We had all sorts of facial masks to use. My personal favorite masks to use were mint or mud masks. When I had the opportunity to review a mud mask, I jumped at it! I love that mud masks help reduce the amount of oil on my face, without drying my face completely out. This mask is all natural. There are no harsh chemicals or artificial scents added.

The InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask is easy to use. You can use a small spatula or spoon to get the product out of the jar if you are concerned about sanitation, or you can use your hands. The product is ready to use right out of the jar, just apply a small layer to clean skin, wait 10-15 minutes, then wash. I like applying the product before I watch a half hour television show, and typically leave it on the whole time. I wash it off, using circular motions and a Konjac sponge with some warm water. It leaves my face feeling refreshed smooth. A little moisturizer helps moisturize my skin, then I am all done. I like that it is easy to remove. You do not have to scrub harshly, which could cause skin irritations. For best results, use once a week.

Freshly Applied:

The look and texture of my skin has improved since I have started using this. I notice that I don't have as much acne as I normally do. My skin is smoother and I have fewer blackheads. I always feel clean and refreshed when I use this. I think that applying masks are fun, for some reason it reminds me of being a teenager hanging out with my friends.
Half an Hour Later:
Ingredients:
Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Calendula Oil, Hickory Bark Extract

To learn more about this product, or to purchase it yourself you can visit the InstaNatural website. This product is currently being sold for $25.77. I feel that this is a fair price for the size of the jar. A little goes a long way. This jar will last me for months, possibly even a year. 

**I received the product mentioned above for free. All options and experiences are my own.**

1/7/15

Stay smell free with Tuna Squish!


Okay, so every time I tell people that I like canned tuna, I get funny looks. When I was in college I would have cans or punches of tuna in my bag to snack on with some Ritz crackers during my breaks.  I would usually use a little mayo and Italian dressing from the school food court, so I wasn't eating just plain old dry tuna on crackers. I Like buying the tuna pouches better because there is usually no juice that needs to be drained, so it is quick and mess free to make. While the pouches are more convenient for me, they are more expensive. Almost a dollar more than the same size serving in a can. When I am at home I use canned tuna for this reason, but I still hate getting the juice on my hands. Tuna Squish has created a product that solves this age old problem.


The Tuna Squish is a hand held device, that you place your opened can of tuna in, before you drain it. To use, simply run your can through a can opener, place the can in the tuna squish, with the top of the mouth on the top of the can, then squeeze over your sink (or garbage...or wherever you drain your tuna...I'm not judging). When you have drained all the juice you can remove the can, the lid stays attached to the mouth of the Tuna Squish via a magnet. To release, squeeze the release trigger, over your garbage can. You can then spoon out the tuna from the can, then get rid of the can. No need to touch any juices!



*video found on the Tuna Squish website*



I just knew that I needed something like this in my home, mainly because of how darn cute it is. I thought that even if I wasn't going to use it, it would be something that would start a conversation with someone. As it turns out, I use it almost every time that I make a can of tuna! It is so easy to use, there is no hassle involved. The Tuna Squish is currently being sold for $9.99. At this price, I would buy them as house warming party gag gifts! They are functional, adorable, and silly! I absolutely love mine.

To learn more, or to purchase one for yourself you can visit the Tuna Squish website. 

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback. Thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Add Some Color to your Routine with One Direction

Give your look a jolt of color with the new One Direction lips, mascara, and nail polish sets! Each set will give you a shock of color on your hair face or nails that everyone will notice!

Electroglam Mascara: $16.50
This mascara is pretty neat. You can use it in your hair AND on your lashes. This is the first colored mascara I have used that actually shows up on my lashes. Typically, the color is so muted that it just doesn't show up. The color is build able so you can add a little, for just a spot of color, or a lot to really pop. I like using it in my hair for a pop of color.  When it comes to my eyes, I always use black mascara. The color does not rub off onto my clothes, which is a must for hair products and makeup, especially if I am wearing white. I do wish that it dried a bit softer. It dries a little stiff and flakes out when I brush my hair.


Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink 
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow

UV LiquidLights Glow Gloss: $16.50
I am not a huge fan of lip gloss, in fact I really don't like the stuff, but this lip gloss is seriously awesome. The vivid color goes great on my naked lips, or over a lipstick. This gloss is UV reactive which makes it a must use product for the"Glow" parties at the local night club. Teens who attend events like "Cosmic Bowling" will love it as well. 

Under a black light, the line on my arm is a normal non UV reactive lip gloss, to show a comparison.

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light



UV Rock Me Nail Varnish: $16.50
After trying the nail polish in one of the other 1D sets, I had set my expectations really low for this. Upon trying it, I was pleasantly surprised. This product, while needing more than one coat, went on evenly. The color is vivid, and I did not have a problem with it chipping right away. This nail polish set also comes with matching loose glitter pots for each shade of nail polish. The polish and glitter are both UV creative, I have not had the change to test this under my black light, but will upload photos as soon as I do. 








Nail Varnish: 
Happily– UV iced blue glitter 
Moments- UV neon pink 
Diana- UV 3D holographic 

Glitter Toppings: 
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter 
Star-- UV holo glitter 



The quality of these kit are much MUCH better than the other One Direction makeup kits that I have tried. The makeup lasts longer, and looks better on. The nail polish does not chip quickly, the mascara does not flake off of my lashes, and the lip gloss stays put. I do recommend these product to anyone who likes to attend parties where there are black lights, or just to anyone looking to add some color to their makeup routine. 

Where to find these kits:
  • Macy's
  • Dillards
  • Boscov's
  • Stage Stores
  • Beauty Brands
  • Lord & Taylor
I received the products mentioned above in exchange for my honest feedback. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette by Paula Dorf

 Paula Dorf is a brand that I have worked with before, and I jumped at the opportunity to work with them again, this time testing out their Aztec City Palette. There are few things in life that I love more than some neutral eyeshadows in a well constructed palette, so I just knew this is a product I needed to try. I also got to try the Teal Lash Color.


 The colors in this pallet are gorgeous. While I do have many neutral eye shadow palettes, I do not have on like this. This palette has a beautiful pearl white, sky blue, sand tan, and two matte browns. Looking at the colors while in the palette, I believed that I would fall in love with this right away, but sadly, I did not.

  The colors are far to sheer for my liking. I cannot get them to show up very well on my skin. The shadows are very dry and chalky. The only ones that are noticeable on my skin are the blue and the dark brown. I wanted to love the white, but it basically goes on clear. It will make for an alright highlighter, but I will not be using it on it's own. The third color in the palette is a great color to put over other eyeshadows to tone the colors down or to add a hint of shimmer. The fourth color just doesn't show up at all. The last color in the palette is a color that I will be using. I use dark browns on the outside corners of my eyes, and blend inward into a lighter color. This color will be perfect for that, as it is easily blended.

All of the colors have been applied to my hand, in a row. The only colors that are really noticeable are the blue and the dark brown. The mascara has been added to my finger tips.



The mascara does not show up teal on my lashes. To me, it looks like a normal black mascara with just a hint of blue. I could not get the color to photograph at all.



This kit is a wonderful kit for those who like their eyeshadow to be a little muted or subtle. I like my eyeshadow to be vivid. My eyeshadow is typically darker and stands out. The formula of the mascara could be improved to be more creamy.


Use code TEAL at checkout to receive a free mascara!

I received the products mentioned above in exchange for my honest feedback. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.




12/30/14

Grazia 24 Pack Reusable Silicone Baking Cups/Cupcake Wraps


Lately, I have been baking pretty much anything that can be baked on silicone bakeware. Recently, I got the chance to test out some silicone cupcake cups/wraps by Grazia. They are like the little paper cupcake wrappers, but made out of silicone. They are reusable, so you are not filling up the landfill with the not reusable cupcake papers. They are also so easy to clean , there is hardly any residue left over. The cupcakes come out in one piece.

Using those cupcake cups is super simple. Simply place your desired amount of cups onto a baking sheet, fill the cups halfway, then bake. When cooled, the cupcakes will easily come out of the cup. I don't have anything to store my cupcakes in so I simply throw them in a ziplock baggie with the "wrapper" still on them. I like to frost the cupcakes as I eat one. Cleaning the little cups is pretty simple since most of the time, there is no residue left in the wrapper. My phone battery is dead right now, but I will take a photo of my yummy lemon cupcakes when they are done and upload them tomorrow.

These adorable cupcake cups are currently on sale for $11.99 on Amazon. There is free shipping if you have prime.

I received the above product for free in exchange for my honest feedback. The above photos with the white background have been taken from the Amazon product page. 

12/29/14

Foodtweeks

Foodtweeks is an app available on iPhone and Android phones that helps you while helping others. Foodtweeks contains a database of foods, where users can look up healthier "tweeks" to their favorite foods. When committing to a tweek, a donation is made to a food bank in the US.

I found the app helpful for figuring out how to make my favorite Big Macs a little healthier. When looking up Big Macs in the apps database it showed me that there were 8 tweeks I could make. The best option was to order a McDouble and have them add Mac Sauce instead. You can also order the McDouble without cheese, or with various amounts of mac sauce: from no sauce to 1/3 sauce.Another option is to order it without the middle bun.


When you share your "tweek" on Facebook, your donation is doubled. If you share it on Facebook and Twitter, the donation is tippled. Users can sign up using code MOMS to double your donations! Any food bank can request to join, here.


12/27/14

One Direction Limited Edition Beauty Collection

  Are you still looking for the perfect gift for a tween girl that loves makeup and One Direction? If so, then I have the perfect gift! Consider giving her the One Direction Limited-Edition Beauty Collection! This collection has 5 different kits, 1 with a different band members face on the tin cover. The contents of each tin is the same. Inside you will find 6 eye shadows, 4 lip glosses, 2 nail polishes, an eye liner pencil, and a lip gloss top coat.


  I like that this kit is straight forward. With the various colors, it is easy to create any kind of look. I tend to go for more "neutral" looking eye shadow looks, so I used the various browns in this kit on my eyelids. I also used a little of the eyeliner along my lash line on my eye lid, and on my water line on my bottom lid, as I normally do. I will discuss each individual product in their own sections below.





Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink 
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer



I kind of winder who was in charge of creating these colors. To me "Tell Me a Lie" is not a nude pink, it is a tan/brown color. "I Would" is almost black, it is only a few shades lighter than "Everything About You".

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black



This eyeliner had the potential to be great. It went on so smoothly on my arm, but when I applied it to my eyes it hardly shows up. It would be great for someone who likes a subtle eyeliner look, but when    I do my eyeliner, I go full raccoon.  I had to go over my lid and water line again and again to even get it to show up half as much as I wanted it to. 

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine
Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle



The lip glosses were not bad, for a lip gloss. The color is long lasting and the sparkle to coat goes on smooth and is not too sticky. 


Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes




The pink polish requires at least 2 full coats on the nail. I love fun sparkle top coats, so I will probably use "Alive" up quickly. These bottles are pretty small,  and the lids are kind of hard to hold on to. 

Lip Brush
Eyeshadow Applicator

  These were just "Meh". They are great for people just learning how to use makeup. I prefer my full size makeup brushes. 

While I am not a huge fan of these products, I can see how they would appeal to the younger crowd. This is a great makeup set for youngsters just learning how to apply makeup. It comes with a variety of products and tools that they can use and experiment with. I loved getting these types of makeup kits when I was a teenager.

To learn more, you can visit the Makeup by One Direction Facebook page. These kits are available for purchase at your local Sears USA, Kmart, Target, and Walmart Canada. I saw that sears sells them for roughly $12.00USD.