writer/blogger/radio personality/model/actress/celebrity publicist http://TheLadyinRedBlog.com and http://www.imdb.me/LauraMadsen - I love cooking, shoes, writing, and wine! I'm a beauty and fashion junkie and love to try new things and keep on trend. Because I deal with high profile celebrities in the entertainment industry I tend to inspire others to wear and use things I wear and use.
Tide cleans clothes really well and leaves them with a fresh scent. I'm just not a big fan of lavender as a scent. Other than the scent I was pleased with this product. Tide can be a bit more expensive than other detergents, but you won't use as much to get excellent results.
If you're looking for this to replace your regular full size flat iron with an electric cord to plug into the wall, then this is NOT for you. What this is - is AWESOME for on-the-go touch-ups when you've ALREADY straightened your hair using a full size flat iron. For example, if you've straightened your hair and get caught in rain or it's really humid outside, once you get to your destination you can then smooth out your hair that's decided to misbehave in places with this tool. It's small and fits in your bag, and doesn't require an electric outlet to use; so if you're in a ladies room with no electric outlets, this is PERFECT! If you need to recharge this and you don't have an electric outlet, the car charger option is FANTASTIC! I've used this when filming a movie on set in the woods and at a park for touch ups. I've also used this on my way to red carpet events, when I've left the house looking flawless and the humidity decided to re-curl my hair while I walked from my car to my destination. The heat proof pouch allows you to put it away, too, before it's fully cooled, so you don't have to hang around holding it in your hand waiting for it to cool down. There's also a convenient side pouch to store the wall charger and the car charger in the same pouch as the flat iron.
If you have long, thick hair this will NOT straighten every hair on your head from the get-go. You need to put in the time with a regular flat iron to style your hair first. This is again, for touch-ups. I think many people who have tried this don't understand that, and that's why the reviews haven't all been so great.
This will not heat up as hot as your regular, full-size plug in flat iron, so you may have to run it over thinner sections of your hair or run it over a section twice to get super-straight results. Or, you could run it over sections of your hair spending more time as you pull it down the hair shafts so it straightens the hair perfectly. It's super for on the go!
Don't expect this to be your one-and-only flat iron for traveling. Because the lithium rechargeable battery is not able to be taken out of the flat iron, you can't pack it in a carry-on. You CAN put it in a checked bag, though. However, as I mentioned earlier, this is designed for touch-ups, not for straightening an entire head of hair pin straight after the first wash, so adjust your expectations of the tool. It's designed for convenience when you are not around an electric outlet and need a bit of straightening here and there.
It takes about 1 -2 hours to fully charge when it doesn't have a charge at all. It has a nice "lock" feature so the paddles stay together in the pouch and it takes up less room in your bag. The charge lasts long enough to do touch-ups for 10-15 minutes, and probably beyond that. Remember, it uses charge to heat up and charge to stay hot, so if you leave it on your bathroom counter turned on for a half hour, it will lose its charge for no reason. It takes about 4 - 5 minutes to heat up. For best results use it on the High setting. Even on the "high" setting it won't get as hot as a plug-in full-size flat iron, but it will do the job. Hey, it's better than looking like a frizz ball when you don't have a regular flat iron with you or an outlet to use it in.
I love how this lip crayon is in a visible, soft pink color that doesn't just blend into my natural lip color. It's super that it comes in a metal tin that also encases a sharpener for the lipstick, so there's no need to search through makeup bags for a sharpener; it's always right there with the lipstick! The formula glides on smoothly and is moisturizing because it has a gel formulation. This formula does not accentuate or fall into the cracks of your lips. It adds moisture like a lip balm so if you do not apply lip balm before you put it on, you don't have to worry about dryness or flaking. It also delivers more color than a lip balm. I like how you can blend it into the edges of your lip liner seamlessly, too. The cap stays on well and doesn't allow you to push it down too far, either, so you don't get a smushed tip.
I was skeptical about this product before I tried it because I've never known one single make-up remover to remove face make-up as well as eye make-up, mascara, waterproof eye liner and such - until now. When you rub this all over your face, it will feel greasy at first. Don't let that discourage you - even if you have oily skin like I do! This is the make-up removing magic. I was even able to rub this onto my eyelids and eyelashes without having any burning, stinging, or irritation... and it removed my mascara, and all eye make-up! You won't really see the results until after you wash the balm off with warm-to-hot water and a wash cloth, but this really removes every bit of make-up from your face and converts to a cleanser once water hits it. Just be sure to really rub it in before washing it off, using a circular motion with your fingertips. This is well worth the price because you won't need to buy a separate eye make-up remover, and your skin will actually be clean after washing it away without using another cleanser afterwards.
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
I received this Keurig complimentary for testing purposes, but my opinions are my own. I never used a Keurig before now. I know that sounds hard to believe since they are found in many waiting rooms of car dealerships, dentist offices, and workplaces, but it's true. It's actually very easy to use and hte pods with the coffee in them contain the perfect amount so you can slide it into the machine and press one of three buttons to brew a strong, medium, or more mild beverage. It takes seconds for the water to heat up in the resevoir, that's also very easy to fill. And, a cup of coffee is ready in the blink of an eye. I was concerned with cleaning the machine, but it's really easy. There's a drip tray under the cup that you can easily wipe down. Also, if you run plain water through the machine periodically, it gets rid of leftober coffee residue inside. You can even fit your hand into the water reservois and wipe that down when it's empty to get out any mineral residue from the water or juse for general cleaning purposes. The machine I received was a sleek and stylish black color which mactched other appliances in my kitchen. It fit nicely on my counter top without taking up lots of space. What's nice is the convenience of not having to make a full pot of coffee when you just want to make one cup. Additoinally, every person in the household can choose a different beverage to make with the unit (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, different flavors and types of coffee) with easy cleanup. No washing pots! With the Keurig, I also had the opportunity to try different flavors of coffees. My favorite was the Dark Magic since I enjoy a strong brew. My daughter loves the Donut Shop coffee k-cups which brew a nice, smooth medium cup of coffee, and the Island Coconut flavor is very mild and not overpowering with coconut flavor, which also produces and enjoyable flavored cup of java. The only drawback is that the k-cups create waste. I wish the unit came with a reusable coffee pod.
This is the perfect single serving size for cake. What's best is that it's ready in under 5 minutes, tastes great, and is served warm! If you follow the directions for "baking" it in the microwave, the cake will be completely baked, and left moist. 4 packets can be purchased for under $4, too, which is a bargain compared to the single cake in a cup products competitor companies offer at a cost up three times as much! I received a complimentary sample of this product to try, but my opinions are entirely my own.
Harry and David has a variety of edible gift options in various price ranges. They make shopping for that person that's impossible to shop for, easy. However, their products are pricey unless you have a coupon or select something from their sale category.
The ipsy beauty box is fun to get, however, there are only so many cosmetics a girl can use. After subscribing for about a year, I discontinued the subscription because I had a ridiculous amount of makeup that I just couldn't use up fast enough. Fun factor aside, sometimes products by unknown brands are included and they can really get the colors wrong, too...so be prepared for some wild colors from time to time that you'll probably only use on Halloween.
The meals are easy to prepare and the ingredients are fresh. I like how they don't sent any pre-made dressings or components to the recipes, so you can duplicate the recipes on your own again after the box is gone. The only drawback is that the subscription is pricey. The portion sizes are large. What they say can feed two people can easily feed 3-4.