Archive for the ‘Reviews & Giveaways’ Category

20+ Different Ways to Use Q-Tips (Precision Tips!)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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I’m gonna let you guys know about the brand NEW Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs.

Q-tips® Precision Tips™ are soft and gentle and are perfect for tasks that require a little more precision.

Made from 100% pure cotton Q-tips® Precision Tips® are soft and gentle – making them an affordable and clean alternative to a makeup brush or sponge. Additionally, there are many beauty uses for Q-tips® Precision Tips® you might not be aware of – from using them to apply shimmer powder to the apple of the cheeks to helping maximize the life of your lipstick – the uses are endless.

Designed with pointed tips at both ends, they are the perfect addition to your beauty tool kit. Whether you want to apply eye shadow with true precision or are looking to perfect your manicure, once you use Q-tips® Precision Tips®, you will never look back.

Additionally, Q-tips® Precision Tips® recently won’s Editor Pick for “Best Beauty Tool” and were also named “Best Personal Care Item” in Star Magazine’s Beauty Awards. – Press Release

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My Dukan Diet Blog / Reviews and Opinions Part 2 – 2012 / 2013 (USA)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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My Dukan Diet reviews continue!

August 11, 2012

Dukan Diet Reviews – Day 3 on Attack

I woke up hungry and a little grouchy. I didn’t eat a lot this day because I was busy shopping and then I exercised a lot. Exercise makes me drink more water, and want to eat less. Which is pretty amazing. When I bike I imagine myself killing my depression, and building up some endorphins to make me happy. I realize that if I’ve been using food for comfort, boredom, happiness… I have to replace food with something else. I’m looking towards the things I like more than food like playing with my cats and giving them quality time, writing, reading, watching movies without snacks, being with friends, and shopping in brick and mortar places. (Even if I’m not buying stuff, I love to look around and get ideas for things. And now that I’m not spending money on going out to eat ever, I can spend that allotment on new earrings or something.)

Today I bought a new bike, it’s a big investment (had to buy a helmet, lock, basket, bell, mirror, water bottle, lights, heh!) and I am so glad I did it. I got a really nice bike that’s comfortable and cute and I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. My other bike was older and no where near as comfortable. And so, I na ... Read More

My Dukan Diet Blog / Review Opinions – 2012 (USA)

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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I’m very aware of different diets, having gone through a few different times with the Atkins Diet. And while the South Beach diet is supposed to be the easier version, there’s also the Dukan Diet. And while it’s a bit stricter than Atkins… it’s also what Kate Middleton and her Mom Carol Middleton used before the infamous royal wedding.

…If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s certainly good enough for me!

August 5, 2012

The plan was created by Dr. Pierre Dukan from France. It’s a program where carbs are a major no-no, as is fat and sugar. Instead, the focus is on lean protein, and later vegetables. There are four phases to the diet, which is a very smart way to let you start off very intensely and then move along and keep this diet up as you move through life. As someone with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) carbs and sugar have always been an enemy of mine, so this is an ideal diet plan for me.

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Shari’s Berries Reviews 2012 – Pink Ribbon Berries are a decadent delight

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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As a true connoisseur of chocolate cover strawberries, I was delighted to review some by Shari’s Berries.

I was sent the Deluxe Hand-Dipped Pink Ribbon Berries – Full Dozen. Included was a variety of milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate covered berries, along with swirls and sugar decorations.

Since it’s summer, I was also able to evaluate their shipping method to keep the berries cold. And yes, you can feel safe in ordering and shipping Shari’s Berries during the warmer months. There is a cold pack and tons of insulation provided. I kind of wonder if the insulation even cost more than the berries themselves.

They were delicious and very obviously of a high quality. The chocolate coating was thick and yummy. I love the contrast of the rich chocolate against the cold, sweet strawberry. I favored the milk chocolate strawberries. My only issue was with the overly sugary little pink ribbons on two of the white chocolate covered strawberries. Though visually they were nice, they tasted too sweet and I tried to pick them off the strawberry.

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Buy Prescription Sunglasses Online Cheap – I used Just Eyewear and had WAY too much glare

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Thinking about buying prescription sunglasses online? I highly recommend it. I was able to review a pair from Just Eyewear.

Update: Feb 2013 – I needed to come back and update this review. Thing is, I never wear these because even though I asked for the anti-glare feature, there is still way too much glare. I would never buy from this company.

As long as you have a recently updated eye exam handy, the process is fairly easy. You can save a lot of money by buying glasses online.

Love L732 Red Sun

With prescription sunglasses, you can even go a little bigger than you might normally go. But if you are worried about the size, you can also visit a brick and mortar store to try on styles and then write down the sizes (listed on the inside of the arm) that you liked and fit your face. And the best part is, once you’ve done this process once, it’s always going to be easy to do. If I decide to buy another pa ... Read More

Men’s T-Shirts with Cool Designs & Cool Baseball Caps for Men from Old Guys Rulesth Cool De

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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It’s hard to find shirts and hats that guys like, that you (the stylish female, or maybe you’re a stylish male…) also approve of. But I’ve found it in Old Guys Rule! That’s right, it’s time to talk about dudes again. But don’t be sad, it’s going to be painless. And you can bookmark this page or the website so that next time it’s Dad’s birthday, you’ll already be prepared with an idea of what to get him. (An idea vouched for by another Dad!)

I adore my Dad, so I love to get him gifts. (Plus, it’s mandatory for Christmas and birthdays! I always need ideas. Especially since he jokingly says he really has an entire birthday month, oh brother.) But I always have to remember that he has a big sense of humor. And if that’s true for your Dad, boyfriend, uncle, etc – then he will certainly enjoy the T-shirts and caps from Old Guys Rule.

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Gifts for People who Love Horses (Deux Chevaux Candles Review: Apple and Graze)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Entering the Deux Chevaux website is like really entering a whole new world. There, you connect with nature and animals (specifically – horses) in a creative and upscale way. They offer all sorts of items in their shop, but I received a couple of their scented soy candles. These are both great gift ideas for people who love horses. I’m going to focus on the candles, but I truly believe in this company so much that I’ll share as much as possible about them as a whole, too!

To get you into the right mood, here are two quotes that are on their website that I think are utterly perfect:

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” — Sir Winston Churchill

“Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it.” — Anonymous

There are six candle scents: Apple, Graze, Hay Field, Mash, Starlight, Tack

Even though a couple might sound peculiar to you if you aren’t heavily invested in the equestrian lifestyle, a quick read of the descriptions make them all sound appealing. I had a hard time deciding which two to smell up close, and ended up with Apple and Graze. The names are as peaceful as the scents. And the packaging is unique and special! (Always important if you’re gifting these to ... Read More

Dossage Fragrances Review (One perfume smells like Euphoria CK!)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Forget about matching a perfume and a cologne together, Dossage Fragrances has done the work for you!

I received four Dossage fragrances to review. The boxes and bottles are very French chic, with black and white swirls. There are no names for the fragrances, rather, there are numbers. And the idea is that each female perfume has a male cologne counterpart. So you can your boyfriend or husband can compliment each others scents by both wearing the same number.

I found that the one male/female number combination I sampled did compliment each other well. Of the four scents that I reviewed, only one would I not recommend. Let’s begin!

I had several people, aside from myself, also smell the scents.

No 8 Black Label for Him – Green leaves, sandalwood. “Inspired by: Santa Barbara, Marbella, and Australia. Dossage No. 8 for Him users are confident when they are on, challenged to live life to the fullest every minute. Scent notes include Citrus Accord, Crushed Green Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Sandlewood Mysore. The No. 8 man knows who he is & what he wa ... Read More

Eco-friendly iPad Case – positive review! – Uncommon Goods scores again!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

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There’s nothing ho-hum about the eco-friendly iPad case by XOB Upcycled from Uncommon Goods. Colorful, bright, and fun – you’ll love it!

Icebox Knitting (XOB = pronounced ZOB) also creates cozy hats, pillows, scarves, and accessories that are all upcycled.

I believe because this is a company from the mountains of Colorado they have two priorities distinct to them: making cozy and warm items, and creating colorful and bright items. That is, of course, in addition to their commitment to only creating upcycled (recycled) items. I think it’s great that they look into how they can create items by bits that would otherwise be discarded.

To get a look at their work up close, I was gifted an Ripstop Eco Friendly iPad case from Uncommon Goods. The fabrics used all look very new to me – with nylon on the outside and a soft fleece inside of the pouch. I do believe this will keep my iPad screen from getting scratched, although I’m aware that softer tablet cases are not as secure as hard ones (but that only matters depending on how much serious travel you plan on doing.)

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Soap and Glory Reviews – Clean Girls Body Wash and Righteous Butter Body Lotion

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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In testing my first two Soap & Glory products ever (and isn’t it such a chic name?!), I found one product that is so wonderful that I can’t imagine living without it now.

Soap and Glory Clean Girls Review – Skin Softening Body Wash

Using the Soap & Glory Clean Girls Skin Softening Cream Body wash is a thoroughly luxurious experience. It smells really nice and the bottle is so cute. It lathers gently and leaves me feeling clean. I definitely like this product. The convenient pump dispenser makes it great for the shower. The body wash itself is this really pretty iridescent light pinky color. Divine!

Soap & Glory Clean Girls™ Skin Softening Cream Body Wash “Contains natural vanilla fruit and orchid extracts plus a built-in moisturising matrix. Scented with our Mist You Madly™ fragrance. Rub a handful of Clean, Girls onto slightly damp skin until it forms a thick, luxurious lather, and then rinse. Dry off, and follow with moisturizer if you feel you must.” Price: $14 Where to buy: Sephora &

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