2/23/15

Urban Decay Ammo Palette

  I recently placed an order for the Urban Decay Ammo Palette on the Sephora website. The palette was on sale for more than half off! I got it for only $16.00. I suspected that they might be selling them to make room for new products. I went to look at the site today and noticed that they are no longer selling the palette.  I am still left wondering if there is a new palette coming out. One can only hope!  The colors are beautiful and last all day, just as you would expect with Urban Decay products. I am so happy I ordered this before it sold out. If you are still wanting to purchase it for yourself you can find it on the Urban Decay website, where it is also on sale for $16.00. My guess is that once they're gone, they're gone.

Red Brick Candle, LOFT No. 1


  I love using candles in my home. Lately I have been using a lot of food scented candles. I love when my home smells like yummy baked goods without going through the hassle of actually baking anything...mostly because I can't bake to save my life. Recently I got the chance to review the Loft No. 1 candle from Red Brick Candles on Amazon, and it quickly became my new favorite candle.

  The Loft No. 1 candle from Red Brick Candles is a deliciously vanilla and maple scented candle. It is generously scented, as soon as I opened the package I could smell the candle. When lit, it quickly filled my entire apartment with its yummy fragrance.



 The Loft No. 1 candle is made from 10oz of  hand poured premium quality soy based wax. It is recommended that when you first burn your candle, you burn it for a minimum of 3 hours in order to prevent the dreaded candle "tunneling".  The candle has a burn time of 80 hours. I have burned this candle for about 15 hours a week since I got it in late January and it's still only half gone and still smells as great as it first did.

 Avaliable on amazon, this candle costs $28.00. I think that is a great price for a candle of this quality.  From the packaging to candle itself, you can tell that Red Brick Candles really pays attention to every detail. A pack of matches is also included with your purchase.

  Your purchase helps to make a difference, through their Light Up The World campaign. Ten percent   of all purchases goes to revitalization and community development initiatives in local communities. You can also buy with confidence knowing that if you are unsatisfied with the candle for any reason you can receive a full refund for your purchase, you don't even have to return the original! There are also special purchasing deals. You can save 10% each on Qualifying items offered by Red Brick Candle when you purchase 2 or more.

TLDR Quick Facts:
Vanilla Maple scent.
10oz soy based wax.

**I received the product mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest experiences and feedback.**

2/22/15

Francois et Mimi Stacking Coffee Mugs Set with Rack

I love fun functional housewears. Recently, I got a set of stackable mugs from Francois et Mimi on Amazon to review, and these mugs quickly turned into my favorite go-to mug.

*this photo taken from the store amazon page*

The Francois et Mimi Stacking mugs are made from made of Stoneware ceramic and painted with lead free paint. I love the splash of color they add to my kitchen. I keep my set right next to my Keurig, that way I always have a clean mug right on hand. They save a lot of space verses regular mugs, because they only take up the counter space of one mug.



The mugs are microwave safe. I like to make hot coco by adding water to my mug and microwaving it for a minute then adding the hot coco packets, and the mug was fine after. It is also dishwasher safe. I do not have a dishwasher, so I did not test this out.

The stand is very sturdy and sleek. I like that it is silver in color. It also doesn't take up much counter space, which is always nice.

If you're looking to add a colorful (yet functional) splash of color to your kitchen, I would recommend these mugs. They are a decent size, easily stackable, and come in fun colors. They are currently on sale for $19.99 on Amazon.

I received these mugs for free, in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this product click here.

2/16/15

Java Factory 40 Cup Variety Pack Review and Giveaway!

Over the last few months I feel like I have become obsessed with coffee. I never really used to like it, but that was before I discovered Iced Coffee. Now, I drink it multiple times a week, when in previous years I'd only drink it a couple times a year. I recently got to try another variety 40 cup K-Cup pack from the Java Factory. These coffees are comparable with all K-Cup brewers, except the new Keurig 2.0. Most people will drink these coffees hot, but I prefer mine ice cold.
The Java Factory coffees are made from 100% Fresh Roasted Arabica coffee, ensuring the best flavor possible. Their new filter system delivers more taste per cup. Each flavor is fresh and bold. I like that I can taste the difference with each flavor, sometimes variety packs all end up tasting the same. 

The Java Factory Variety Pack comes  packed 40 cups, distributed across with six flavors. My favorite flavor is Vanilla Dream. Vanilla Dream is a mix of Vanilla and Butter Toffee Flavor in one delivious cup of coffee. I love the flavor so much that I did not even need to add any creamer. A little sugar and some ice cubes were all I needed. Other flavors in the box include Wakey Wakey, a light roast that is good with breakfast, Da Bomb, which contains DOUBLE the amount of caffeine, Smooth Caffeinator, which is a nice medium roast, the dark roast Dark and Handsome, and a chocolaty-coconutty blend called Choconut.

I really love the variety of flavors in this variety pack. There is something for everyone. This is a great box to keep on hand if you have a lot of guests over. I like to share mine with my friends, sometimes I even include them in little care packages that I send out. I really like that I did not have to add much creamer to some flavors in this box, and with others I did not need to add any!

I received a 40 cup box. This box is sold for $22.77 on Amazon. Also available for purchase is a 24 cup box that is sold for $15.50, and an 80 cup box that is sold for $33.17. You can also purchase boxes of each individual flavors in the same cup options, for roughly the same price.

Here are some more detailed descriptions for each flavor, provided by the Java Factory's amazon page:


Wakey Wakey - Light Roast
Even if you’re not a morning person, a cup of this coffee makes the wee hours—dare we say—enjoyable. Perfect for waking up your taste buds, this roast packs a bright, crisp taste without the slightest hint of bitterness. Our light roasts is delicious and subtle blend that delivers floral, crisp tones paired with full bodied texture. 
Da Bomb - Extra Bold Double Caffeinated
Yes, this coffee comes with a warning label. Exploding with flavor and with double the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee, this extra-bold brew will leave you buzzing. Unless you plan on pulling an all-nighter, this brew is best for your morning rush. This extra-bold, dark roast coffee contains double the amount of caffeine found in a regular 8 oz single serve cup of coffee.
Smooth Caffeinator - Medium Roast
When we set out to create a coffee that could win anyone over, we came up with this one. Bold yet mild, full bodied and mellow, not too weak and not too strong—if we gave this flavor profile to an online matchmaker, we’d score a lot of coffee dates. A good medium-roast coffee should be robust yet mellow, bold and full bodied, and at the same time silky smooth. We captured the perfect balance for a rich, even flavor in the Java factory Roasters medium coffee.
Vanilla Dream - Vanilla + Butter Toffee Flavored Coffee
Who said that vanilla was boring? Infused with smooth vanilla flavor and the tongue-tantalizing taste of butter toffee, this dreamy brew offers vanilla’s naysayers a much-needed reality check. Slip into the sublime with this gently flavored light roast.
Dark and Handsome - Dark Roast
One mug of this velvety, bold coffee and the rich aroma, sultry smoky notes, and oh-so-smooth flavor will have you humming your favorite slow jam. To achieve the perfect dark roast, the dark and handsome beans are removed from the roaster right before they reach their peak roasting point so they retain their mellow smokiness without any of the burnt aftertaste.
Choconut - Chocolate + Coconut Flavored Coffee
Peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, apple pie and ice cream — some things were just made to go together. That’s why we’ve blended chocolate, coconut, and coffee into one decadent combination. Whether you’re nuts about chocolate or crazy for coconut, these luscious flavors will satisfy your cravings.
















Java Factory 40 Cup Variety Pack
Enter to win a free Java Factory 40 K-Cup variety pack of your own!  This is open to US residents who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Enter using the gleam form above. 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. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 24 hours to email me back with the requested information, unless they have provided mailing info in the giveaway form. Good Luck!

I received the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sound off in the comments: How do you drink your coffee? What is your favorite flavor? Which do you like better: Starbucks or Dunkin'?

2/11/15

Bellemain 2-Pocket Chef's Apron

I cannot begin to tell you how many nice shirts I have ruined while cooking. You would think after the first one I would just change into something other than a nice shirt when I'm cooking, but that is not the case. Recently I had the opportunity to review the Bellemain 2-Pocket Chef's Apron,  I jumped at the chance. Finally, no more destroyed shirts.

The Bellemain 2-Pocket Chef's Apron is great for home cooks or grillers. It's fairly light weight and is machine washable, so it is easy to clean. The aprons neckline calls just about to the middle of my chest. It is quite long in length. I'm a plus size woman, I do wish that this were a little wider around, but it does cover the entire front of my body. When I first ordered it, I was worried that it might not tie around me, but that was not the case. The waist ties are very long, long enough to wrap around my body twice. This is great for larger folks like myself.


The two pockets on the front are great for utensils. They are wide and deep. I do not have a problem with my spatulas and long wooden spoons falling out. I like to keep a notepad and pencil in one of the pockets, incase I make recipe changes. You could even keep a potholder in one of the pockets!

I love the classic pinstripe design. I think that this is a design that both men and women can wear. The construction of this apron is strong. I do not think that it will fall apart. It does not feel cheap.

I'm unable to give you the price of the item right now, as it is sold out on amazon. As soon as I see it back in stock I will come back and update! To learn more about this apron feel free to check out the listing on Amazon.  I have not had the chance yet to photograph myself in this apron, but as soon as I do I will come back and update the post.

  **I received the product mentioned in this post for free, in exchange for my honest feedback. Opinions and experiences expressed are my own.**

2/3/15

Gurin Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser


The Gurin Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is a great way to refreshen your home without the harsh chemicals that a lot of air fresheners have, while also providing moisture into the air. I use this as a small humidifier next to my bed at night, with a lavender essential oil to help me fall asleep.


This product features:
  • 6 color LED lights (Red, Blue, Green high/low) create a soothing effect with their soft colors
  • Timer - 180 minutes, 120 minutes, 60 minutes, 30 minutes
  • Gurin ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser with 2.4 million ultrasonic vibrations per second
  • No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down.
  • Low energy use.
I set this up within minutes of it being delivered. My absolute favorite feature is the auto-timer. I like that I can just "set it and forget it". You just choose how long you want it to run for, then it shuts off after that time has passed. I like that the mist that comes out is not hot, it will not burn your skin. The oil that this comes with does smell pleasant. I enjoy the different light settings, I like having mine set to the dim blue color. 


The product is extremely easy to use. The buttons on the back are self explanatory. There is one for lighting and one for the timer. I like that I can run the light without the mist if I wanted some "mood lighting" without the scented mist. You can also run this with just the mist. Thus far I have had no issues with the product. This product does come with a customer service guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with this product for any reason, you can return it for a full refund!


I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.  Posted above is the review I left on the Amazon for this product. To learn more about this product or to purchase one for yourself you can check out the Amazon product page for this device.


Amazon Product Description:
   Gurin ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser with 2.4 million ultrasonic vibrations per second is a aromatherapy diffuser system that also ionizes essential oil molecules into the air using a heat-free diffusion method, while enhancing an oil biological effects, ideal for improving the atmosphere of any home or work space.