Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash: Review and Giveaway

Have you ever caught the smell of something and were instantly brought back to another place and time? That is what happened to me when I opened the bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash! I was instantly reminded of all of the coconut adult beverages that I was sipping on in the pool at a resort in Cancun that I stayed at a couple weeks ago! Even right now I am sitting here just squeezing air out of the bottle to get a sniff of the hydrating body wash. I seriously cannot get over how amazing this stuff smells!


Dial makes choosing healthy skin care products easy! The Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash is a new product from Dial that left my skin feeling soft, clean,  healthy and smelling amazing. My skin has been so dry lately from the harsh winter we had, and this product is a miracle! Coconut water is a leading trend known to be loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and electrolytes.  The hint of mango brings your senses to a far away tropical island that many of us long for.

Not only will you notice a difference in the way your skin looks, feels, or smells, others will as well! It is tough enough to wash adult skin and gentle enough to be used on children. This family body wash can be enjoyed by people of all ages!

What I like about the product:
  • The refreshing coconut & mango scent.
  • It doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or sticky.
  • It lathers nicely.
  • It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized.
  • It's a "Made in the USA" product.
What I disliked about the product/suggestions for improvement:

  • I would suggest adding to the label whether or not this product has been tested on animals. I know that this is information that a lot of consumers would appreciate knowing. 




I have 2 coupons for a free bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash 11.75oz size to giveaway! 2 lucky winners will receive 1 coupon each! This is open to US residents who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter or. Void where prohibited.  Enter using the rafflecopter form below. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 48 hours to email me back UNLESS they have provided their mailing address in the "easy entry" option that asks for a mailing address. If you have provided your mailing address then you do not need to email me back, I will mail your prize to the address you provide. Please feel free to contact me if there is a problem with the giveaway form.



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*The Dial brand proved me with a bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body was in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps: Review

Have you heard of the new nail craze Jamberry? If you are a makeup addict like I am you have probably seem advertisements for Jamberry nail wraps online. Jamberry Nail wraps are decorated strips with adhesive one side that stick right to your nails. There is no dry or wait time! Simply apply and go!

With so many designs, you can create your perfect nail polish free mani in just minutes. Jamberry nail wraps last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 4 weeks on toes. One set of nail wraps is $15. One sheet of nail wraps contains 18 wraps. I only used 5 on my nails, so at $15 this is a great deal! You can use the leftover wraps on another mani or on your toes. You can use them on all of your nails, or just one as an accent nail in addition to your regularly polished nails. The options are limitless.

Below are some of their most popular design. I am in love with the "Vintage Chic" set.

I recently was able to test a half sheet of Jamberry Nail strips from online consultant Sylvia, for free in echange for my honest review. I was sent the Black and White Skinny set.



These were so easy to apply. The directions say to prep the nail by cleaning, cutting and shaping the nail, then buff the nail, select the strip that best fits your nail, heat the strip up for a few seconds then apply the strip to your nail. Trim the excess strip off and either discard or apply to another nail if there is enough left over. Be sure to apply pressure to the nail in order to seal the strip. I found this process sooo much easier and faster than applying nail polish, waiting for the polish to dry, removing any smudges, cleaning up any designs, applying top coats, and all of the other work that goes into a manicure. It took me about 3 minutes to finish my mani with the Jamberry nail wraps. It would usually take me about 10 minutes just to paint my nails, because I always mess up and smudge a couple of fingers, and about her 45 for them to dry. There is no dry time with Jamberry nail wraps.

I think these would be great for people who work with their hands as it can create a thicker barrier between the elements and your nails. I have weak nails, I think that these could protect against my nails peeling. I have also found that these are much easier to use than the Sally Hansen nail polish strips. They go on much easier and the adhesive is stronger. I find that the Sally Hansen strips rip too easily and have to be thrown out. I will be purchasing Jamberry nail wraps instead of Sally Hansen polish strips from now on.








To learn more about Jamberry Nails or to purchase your own set you can visit Sylvia's online store!

What is your favorite nail polish color? Sound off in the comments below!

CanvasHQ - Unique Canvas Art with your Own Photos: Review and Giveaway!



CanvasHQ creates beautiful hangable canvas artwork from your high-resolution photos! CanvasHQ uses solvent-based inks that are waterproof and fade resistant. They also use artisan-quality canvases that won't warp or break. CanvasHQ canvases last longer than typical canvas art because they do not use watercolors which fade over time and are ruined by moisture. I jumped at the chance of reviewing this product in exchange for one canvas.

There is no reason to worry that your canvas might not be what you expected. CanvasHQ sends you a digital proof to your email that you are able to approve or deny and ask for changes. You are also able to request that they remove any red-eye that may be in your photo! You can be sure that the colors are on point as well! A traditional printer uses 4 colors for colored prints, CanvasHQ uses 8! This means that they are able to create more colors to match the photograph that you have provided them with.

 CanvasHQ takes pride in what they do. If you are not 100% satisfied with your artwork, simply let them know within 30 days and they will remake your canvas or issue you a full refund! If you have any questions about your canvas you are able to talk with a customer service rep from beginning to end! Their friendly customer service representatives are willing to answer any questions you may have. They even have a live chat option available!

What is the ordering process like?
First, you visit their website and click the "start a canvas" button at the top of the page. You will then be able to upload a photo from your computer or from your Facebook account. After you have selected your photo you are able to choose the orientation of your photo. Options here include portrait, square, and landscape. Choosing a size is next. You can use one of their pre-created sizes or create your custom size. Choosing the boarder is next! You can choose to have the photo continue onto the boarder, or make the boarder a color to fit the decor of our room.  The next option, frame depth, allows you to select how thick you want your canvas to be, this is how far it will stick off of the wall. The next option allows you to choose the finish of the photo, here you will select if you want the canvas finish to be matte, semi glossy, or glossy. Next, you are able to choose an effect. These include black and white, sepia, colorful glow, and more. After you have finished these steps you get to name your canvas and tell the company of any special instructions. In the special instructions box you could type "remove red eye" if needed.

This is my original photo, taken at a beach in Maine last summer!

This is how I requested my photo:

As you can see, I requested a landscaped orientation, size 14" x 11", image wrapped, 1.5 frame depth, semi-gloss finish, with no image effects. 

 This is the digital proof they sent me a day later:


It was recommended to me that I use a higher quality image, but I did not have a better one. I really loved this photo and chose to stick with it. I approved the proof them received the canvas within just a few days!

Here is the canvas I received:


I love this canvas because now I am able to display a happy memory right in my home. The quality of the canvas and photo is pretty nice. I wish I could have taken a better photo, but I broke my awesome camera and had to take a photo with my phone. This photo does the canvas no justice. It came out beautifully.  I really like that the canvas came with all of the hardware that would be needed to hang it. 

Interested in learning more about CanvasHQ or ordering your own canvas? Here are some links to some of their sites:

One lucky reader will win a coupon code for a free 11" x 14" Canvas Print or $53.95 in credit towards a bigger print of their choosing! How exciting is that?! This is open to US and Canadian residents who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter. Enter using the rafflecopter form below. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 48 hours to email me back with the requested information. Good Luck!



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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.

Fresh Fruit Vinegars by Mange Review



Mangé brings the taste of gastronomical restaurants right into your home with their special sauces! Sauces can make or break a recipe. Sauces can be the difference between "not this again" to "WOW, a second helping please!". Mangé's fresh fruit vinegars can be used on their own in a salad or mixed with other ingredients to create amazing drinks, marinades, awesome sauces, and much more! I was excited to be able to try two of their sauces for free in exchange for a review!



Mangé uses only the freshest picked fruits. These fruits are then pureed and preserved into vinegars. This process allows the vinegar to capture the essence of each fruit’s natural flavor, ensuring the best possible taste for whatever recepie you decide to try it with!

 I received two sample size bottles of Mangé. The first flavor that I tried was Raspberry, I used this on a salad.  I have to say this was better than any raspberry vinaigrette that I have ever used. It was so much fresher and not as oily. I also received a Passion Fruit vinegar as well. I have not used this in a recipe yet, but have tasted it out of the bottle and it is pretty good as well. I may try it in a stuffed chicken recipe later this week. 


Want to learn more about Mangé fresh fruit vinegars? Here are some links to check out:
Consider helping out this small business by making a donation to their indiegogo campaign! By donating you can earn perks like recepie cards, bottles of fruit vinegar, a thank you note from the chef, and even become a partner in the company! 


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.


What do you like about Fruit Vinegars? What recipe would you recommend me trying with the Passion Fruit fruit vinegar? Sound off in the comments below!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Petbrosia Dog and Cat Foods Review and Giveaway



If you know me, you know that I love my two cats. My cats are basically my children. When you love your pet you want to make sure that you are feeding them foods that are good for them and that they will love. I was excited to have the opportunity to try the Petbrosia cat (they also have dog) food service available on the Petbrosia website. Petbrosia provides you with a custom blend of food, just for your pet! By utilizing this service you can be sure that your pet is eating what they should, leaving out all of the artificial fillers, by-products, and grains that they don't need.

Petborosia believes that your the food your pet eats should be tailored just for them. When you order pet food from Petbrosia you are not getting a "one size fits all" food product for your pet. The food you receive has been carefully crafted just for your pet. By providing the age, weight, activity level, food allergies, and any other needs that you feel are important, Petbrosia is able to determine exactly what your pet needs. Petbrosia pet foods are created from all-natural meats, as well as fruits and vegetables that are grown right in the USA! There are never any unneeded rulers or artificial additives. Petbrosia pet foods contain No corn, No wheat, No soy, and No by-products

How does it work?

  • First, you put your pets name into the box where it asks for it and hit "Customize Your Pet's Nutrition" button. 
  • You will then be taken to a little survey. Here you will fill in information about your pet. I thought this was fun to fill out!
  • The next screen is where you will view the pet assessment and see which type of food is best for your pet. You will be able to purchase the customized plan for your pet here as well. 
  • After ordering, your pet food will arrive in a few days.
My cats are super picky eaters, but as soon as I opened the bag they ran over and immediately began digging into the food. The first day they ate the food right up, the second day they were a little over it and wanted their normal stuff. I decided to mix the food in with their regular food (which I should have done to begin with) and they started to eat it again. I love that this product contains natural ingredients. My cats now love the flavor! 
Here are the ingredients and some nutritional information to the Salmon Formula that I received

Petbrosia has a provided a way that will make switching your pet's food easier! Check out the chart below for more information:
Here are some photos of the packaging, food, and a cat!






Ready to try Petbrosia in your home? You can check out more information and purchase some pet food on the Petbrosia website. Remember to use code BRL10 for $10 off of your first purchase! You can also enter to win a 3lb bag for your pet to try!

One lucky reader will win a 3 pound bag of Petbrosia cat or dog food! This is open to US residents (excluding Hawaii and Alaska who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 24 hours to email me back, unless they have already provided their mailing address. Good Luck!

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.

Garcinia Cambogia Extract by Natural Nutrition Labs Review + Giveaway


Natural Nutrition Labs is a leading provider of dietary supplements on Amazon.com. Natural Nutrition Labs takes pride in providing the highest standard of customer service to their customers.

Natural Nutrition Labs Garcinia Cambogia has been scientifically created to reduce the appetite and increase metabolism, this means easier weight loss! I love that The product is completely natural and doesn't contain any fillers or binders. It's also vegetarian  friendly!




Product Benefits:
  • Supports Appetite Suppression
  • Promotes a Healthy Metabolism
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • Natural Weight Loss Aid
  • Enhances Fat Reduction
These pills contain:
  • 50mg Potassioum 
  • 50mg Calcium
  • 200mg Chromium 
  • 1000mg Garcinia Camgogia

I seem to have an insatiable appetite, but I did notice myself eating less when taking 2 supplements 30 minutes before eating, as directed on the bottle. I was super excited that I got to try this product out for free, in exchange for my honest review, because I really needed to find a way to control my eating. I found that these have helped me cut down my potation sizes and leave me feeling a little more generalized throughout the day. I can't really speak to the weight loss aspect of this because I have been steadily loosing weight since I started working out. I really love that by purchasing these products you are supporting american made products and businesses!


Interested in purchasing your own Garcinia Cambogia bottle to try? You can pick one up on Amazon for $25 with free shipping, or you can enter my super flash giveaway to try to win a bottle for yourself!

One lucky reader will win their own bottle of Garcinia Cambogia by Natural Nutrition Labs to try for themselves! This is open to US residents who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 24 hours to email me back, unless they have already provided their mailing address. Good Luck!

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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back From Vacation!

Hey Everyone!
I know I forgot to let you all know beforehand, but I have been out of the country, in Cancun Mexico to be exact, for almost the last week. I just got home a few minutes ago and have a couple hundred emails to sort through. I will get back to everyone who sent me one and start posing more reviews and giveaways this week! Sorry for the delay!