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.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Pure Body Naturals

This company falsely marked me as having received the product. This is not a product that I have received from this company. I was given a promotional code that was valid on a first come first serve basis, and that was only valid during a specific timeframe. I did not have a chance to order the product, but the company must have gone ahead and marked it shipped anyways. I am a fan of Hyaluronic Acid Serum products, and I would have liked to try this one out, but I cannot give an honest opinion or a review on a product that I have never received. I am creating this post as it is, since the company falsely marked the product "shipped".


12/26/14

"The Pluckers" Professional Tweezer Set by Bella & Bear


I am running late for something right now, so I will leave you guys with my Amazon review. I will be coming back later tonight or early tomorrow to give my full review. Sorry for the delay guys! 

"These are by far the best tweezers that I have ever used. They are sharp and precise. I get every hair that I want, the first time that I go to reach for it. I think these will be my go-to brand from now on. I received this product in exchange for reporting my honest feedback and recommendations. I would love to see these sold individually in the future!"

Check back soon for the full review!

Cynergy Fitness Resistance Bands



I have been looking into various types of strength training devices over the past few months and decide that I either wanted to get some weights or resistant bands. I recently had the opportunity to test out some resistant bands, so this made my decision much easier. I have a lot of lower body strength, but I really need to do some work on my arms. Resistant bands are the perfect tool to help with this.

The Cynergy Fitness Resistance Bands comes as a set of 5 bands, two ankle straps, a door anchor, hand grips, and a carrying bag. This is perfect for using at home, and portable enough to bring with you to the office to work out on your lunch break or to the gym. The 5 bands are stackable, using more than one band at a time creates more resistance, so this set can grow with you.  Each of the bands have a different resistance level: Yellow 2-4 lbs, Green 4-6 lbs, Red 10-12 lbs, Blue 15-20 lbs., Black 20-30 lbs. You can combine any bands to create a workout from albs, up to 75 lbs of resistance.

I found this set super easy to use. I incorporated it into a workout from Fitness Blender on youtube. I have talked about Fitness Blender on my blog before. They have so many different workouts for all activity levels. These bands make a great addition to many of their videos.

Cynergy offeres a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you do not love them, they will give you a full refund. This set is sold on Amazon and is  currently on sale for $29.19.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback. Photos in this post are taken from the Amazon product page.

Total Hair Repair Oil by Foxbrim

My hair, while certainly not it the worst shape it has been in, has seen better days. I torture my hair by washing it daily, blowdrying, and either curling or straightening it. My ends are not as fried as they used to be, but they are not quite as nice as I'd like them to be. I have terrible split ends, but I don't want to get a hair cut. Recently, I got the chance to try out the Total Hair Repair Oil by Foxbrim, and it is like a miracle worker.

The Total Hair Repair Oil is bade from a blend of Organic Argan Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter. These products work together to replenish dry and damaged hair. It is a restorative and conditioning treatment that leaves split ends looking better and hair feeling softer and looking shinier.

I like that this oil is absorbed quickly into my hair, it does not leave my hair looking wet or greasy, which is important for me since my hair tends to look greasy with almost any product I put in it. While it does not repair split ends, it does give the illusion of it. My split end looks so much better when I use this product. 

The packaging says to use this product by pumping a small amount into your palms then apply evenly through your hair. You an leave it in for 10 minutes, 2 hours, or overnight, depending on the condition of your hair. The next step is to wash it out then style your hair as normal. I like to smooth a small amount in my hair after I have styled my hair to seal my split ends.

I like that this is a natural and organic product. No harsh chemicals go into making the product. The product is not tested on animals and has a shelf life of 24 months. A little goes along way, so I could see having this for around that amount of time. 

This product can be purchased on amazon for $17.95, on sale, down from $59.97. There is free 2 day shipping if you have amazon prime.

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

12/24/14

Portable Solar Charger Ultra-Efficient by SunLabz


I love trying new products that are energy efficient alternatives to devices that I already have. Recently, I got the chance to test out a portable solar power charger from SunLabz. Having a solar charger allows you to charge your phones, tablets, portable powerbanks, and other portable devices while on the go. I typically charge my phone and tablet with my laptop. I don't normally bring my laptop cord with me when I travel, just my laptop, so having this solar alternative would allow me to charge my devices without draining my laptop battery. 

The solar charger would be a great product for anyone who lives in a different climate than me. In my area, we get more cloudy days than sun, and in order to use this it needs to be sunny out. The past few weeks in my town has been nothing but clouds, rain, and snow. Where I live, I have been unsuccessful at using this device.


I recently went on a road trip and this worked perfectly in the car driving though Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but here in New York, I have not had any sunny days to try it out. While on my trip, I was not able to charge my iPhone with this, but I was successful at charging an external battery pack fully that I was then able to use to charge my phone with. There just wasn't enough power to charge my iPhone. I have not tried charging other phones with this device. I will update if I do.

 I highly recommend this to anyone that does not have an iPhone 4 and lives in a sunny climate. This would probably work much better for me in the summer time. I love trying out new products that are energy efficient, so I am glad that I got to test this in exchange for my totally honest feedback.

You can purchase this product on Amazon for $59.99.

**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own. Top two photos taken from the Amazon product page. **

Liztek JSS-100 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker #ShowerSpeaker

I have been in the market for a shower speaker for quite some time. It was something that I wanted, but something I really didn't want to spend my own money on, at least not until the holidays were over. Recently, I got the chance to review the Liztek JSS-100 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker, and I'm glad I did.

I love listening to music while I shower. Normally I just use my iPhone or iPad speakers, which aren't that loud, and I often worry about the moisture getting into the device. Having a shower speaker that connects via Bluetooth to my devices allows me to keep my phone or iPad out of the room while still letting me listen to my favorite music, answer calls, and change songs.

The Liztek speaker has a battery life of 6 hours, which for me, is A LOT of showering. I like that the battery life is so long, because I can take a months worth of showers without having to charge the battery. The device comes with a charger cord, which I conveniently just lost. I planned on taking a quick video of the device, but it died just before I started... go figure.

The speaker has a sturdy suction cups, that suctions to the wall in my bathroom. I have not had a problem with the device falling, even when pressing buttons and adjusting the device. The speaker is loud enough that I can hear my music, and can be controlled via the volume buttons pretty easily.

Overally, this is a pretty neat speaker. I like that it suctions right into my shower wall, so I do not have to worry about knocking it over. It is loud enough that I can hear all the words to my songs, even the quieter ones. For $32.95 I think this is a good deal. This product can be purchased on Amazon.

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

12/22/14

Smart Weigh Precision Digital Kitchen Scale

  A kitchen scale is something that I have been wanting for a while. I have been wanting to use it for some of my crafts, so I could more accurately weigh out portions of bath bombs and bubble bars. I have been wanting it for food so that I could follow some recipes more closely. Recently, I received the Smart Weigh CSB2KG Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl to review.



  I really like how easy this product is to use, right out of the box. You can use this scale with out without the bowl. I like that you can 0 out the scale at any point. This is useful to weighing multiple things in the same bowl. There is a 60 second shut off, which can be a bit annoying. I prefer to take my time, it would be nice to disable this feature.

  The attached bowl is easily removable. It is made from a sturdy plastic that is food safe. The scale safely weighs items up to 4lbs. You can switch between pounds and grams, which makes it easy to use in any country.

I found this scale easy to use, convenient for my needs, and made from decent quality materials. This is something that I will continue to use in my kitchen instead of playing the guessing game.

This product can be purchased on Amazon right now for $15.22. There is free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed here re my own. Photos are taken from the product Amazon page.



Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack

  Do you have a hard time choosing what kind of coffee you want to buy? Try out 40 different flavors, without buying 40 different boxes! The Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack is the perfect solution to never knowing which flavor to buy.



In this box you will find a large assortment of roasts and flavors, including: Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast, Extra Bold and Flavored coffees. These K-Cups are extra fresh, 100% Arabica coffee with our lightning fast "Roast2Cup" packaging process.  Each K-Cup is compatible with Keurig Original K-Cup Brewers,  the are not compatible with the new Keurig 2.0 Brewers.

Flavors you can expect to try include: Boardwalk, BreakFast, Decaf Breakfast, Brooklyn Bridge, Cinnamon Subway, Colombian, Coney Island Caramel, Corner Donut Shop, Cyclone, Express-O, French Roast, Fuhgeddaboutit, Hazelnut, Maple Sleigh, Oh Fudge, Vanilla Skyline. I am saving the "Maple Sleigh" for Christmas morning. I think it will go perfect with some pancakes or french toast for breakfast. I really like the Coney Island Caramel, and I think that Vanilla Skyline is another flavor that I will enjoy.



To ensure that each batch is perfect, the Brooklyn Beans Roastery takes these 5 steps to ensure you have the perfect cup, every time:
  1. Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut.
  2. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  3. Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time.
  4. Filled and sealed pods are individually hand-checked for perfection.
  5. Brewed coffee samples are consistently taken for aroma and taste testing checks (we admit, this is our favorite part of the job!) --Taken from the amazon page
This variety box can be purchased for  $21.99 on Amazon, you can get free shipping with Amazon Prime. You can also save 5% if you sign up for auto delivery! This product would make a great sampler to keep in the home for guests, or a great gift for the coffee lovers in your life.

**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review and feedback. Opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.** Brooklyn Beans K Cup Variety Pack Review

Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack

  Are you still looking for last minute gifts for the coffee lover in your life? If this coffee lover owns a single cup Keurig Coffee brewer you might want to consider getting them a Two Rivers Mega Coffee Sampler Pack! These packs come with a large variety of flavors, that any coffee lover would enjoy! Each box comes with 40 different flavors of coffee, tea, hot coco, and more. Finding the perfect brew has never been easier!





  Some featured brands in this box include: Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump, Workaholics, Guy Fiery, Cake Boss and many more. There are so many different flavors in this box. Inside you can expect to find Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast, Extra Bold, Flavored, Unflavored, Decaf, Tea, Hot Coco and more. All cups can be used in any Keurig K-Cup compatible brewers EXCEPT the new Keurig 2.0 Brewers.



  My  favorite flavor from this box was the Tootsie Roll Hot Coco. I thought it was going to taste like a regular "every day" hot coco, but to my surprise, it really did taste like a Tootsie Roll. There was also a really nice Caramel Macchiato that I enjoyed. There is a Surprise Flavor that I have been too agreed to try, I may give this to my boyfriend to try. 




 This sampler pack would make a wonderful gift for a friend, or a great product to keep for yourself if you have a lot of guests over for coffee. There is a little something that everyone can enjoy, even the kids! Right now you can purchase this on Amazon for $27.93, there is free shipping if you have prime! 


**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest thoughts and feed back. All opinions expressed here are my own.**
Two Rivers K-Cup Variety Pack