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Review for JILLIAN MICHAELS: YOGA MELTDOWN BY MICHAELS, JILLIAN (DVD) - 3 months, 1 week ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 1
This is one of my favorite workout DVDs. Using yoga poses, some modifications and speeding up are done in order to get your heartrate up to transform it into an aerobic exercise so you can burn those calories. It is pretty intense even for the first level. There are three women (Jillian included) demonstrating beginner, intermediate, and advanced moves. Combining the aerobic with the yoga allows me to burn calories, keep in shape, and build up my flexibility in a way that only yoga can do. I use this during my "off days" from running so that I'm still getting in a good workout. I highly recommend this one.
No Special Diet
Medium
Review for COVERGIRL Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner - 3 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Espresso more...
I'm so disappointed with CoverGirl makeup lately. I bought this eyeliner in espresso because it happened to be the only one in a brownish color that was at the store at the time and I needed one. The application of it is smooth and easy, which I liked. And that's about all I liked. Want to smudge it? Good luck getting that perfect look without taking it completely off, because that's how easy it comes off. Just one small touch and it's gone. So forget the smudging. In addition, it never lasts. I get that sometimes you need to reapply makeup during the day, but I shouldn't have to reapply my eyeliner only an hour or so after putting it on...sometimes even sooner than that. It's extremely disappointing. After a small string of bad quality makeup from CoverGirl, it'll take a miracle product from them to convince me they are worth spending money on again.
Light
Brown
Full, Straight
Review for Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara - 3 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
No. Just no. I have not experienced a worse mascara. Ok so I knew going into this that the whole "falsie effect" was an exaggeration, but I was hoping for volume. It gave volume, I'll give you that. And it made my lashes noticeable...but in a very bad way. Ths mascara is unbelievably clumpy, which just looks awful. No matter how little of it I put on, it's not long before it is flaking REALLY bad on my face. Seriously, I've never seen mascara flake so bad. I'm just glad it was cheap so I didn't waste much money on it. Unfortunately, it was also cheap in quality. Never again.
Light
Brown
Full, Straight
Review for COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara - 3 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Brown more...
I was really hoping to love this but it wound up being really disappointing. The brush is probably the only thing I like about it because the bristles are designed in a way that it separates my lashes well. But that's as far as my praises go. First, the formula smells really weird. Fortunately that only lasts as you're putting it on and is done once you close the bottle. It can be clumpy, which is never a good thing. It is not long lasting at all. Within a couple hours, you'd never know I even had it on. Volume just isn't there. I would have to DRASTICALLY layer it to get any hint of volume. I've used CoverGirl mascara before, and actually have another bottle of a different formula in my makeup bag that works so much better. This was just poor all around. If I could combine the brush of this one with the formula of the other one, I'd be much happier. But as it is, I doubt I will finish this bottle and I certainly won't be buying it again.
Light
Brown
Full, Straight
Review for Graco Glider Petite LX Gliding Swing - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Mega Parent Expert Level 1
This swing has been working pretty well for my son, who is currently 3.5 months old. I love that there are multiple sound settings ranging from musical medleys to nature sounds, as well as different swing strengths. I use the plug so that I never have to worry about going through batteries and dealing with that added expense; this was a specific requirement I had when searching for baby swings.

As my baby has gotten bigger, it does take a couple moments before the swing gets to where it needs to be. I do understand the physics of that - a heavier object will require more momentum. Still, it can be a bit frustrating. But for its cost, the fact I can plug it in, and different swing and sound options, it's a good swing. My son enjoys snuggling in it with his blanket for his shorter naps as well as for some quiet time.

Review for Dr. Brown's Baby Bottles - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Mega Parent Expert Level 1
I have three children; my older two are ages 8 and 7. I used another bottle brand with the older ones and they worked great. So when I found out I was pregnant with my third child about a year ago and had to start all over with baby items, that brand was the one I naturally turned to since it worked so well for me in the past. So I was prepped with that brand and my cousin, who had a ton of Dr. Brown's bottles since she had twins had sent me all of her extras. They sat in a bag.

My youngest son was born in August and I used the other brand of bottles. But he fussed so much. Part of it was a formula issue, which wasn't surprising since my other children needed to be switched to a sensitive formula during their baby days as well. But still, the gassiness persisted and he would screech and cry for hours sometimes, just completely wearing himself out. On a whim, we decided to try one of the Dr. Brown's bottles....and could not believe the night and day difference. They have worked SO well in combination with the sensitive formula to handle his gassiness. He's such a happy baby and it makes me happy to know how I was able to help him.

Yes, there are a lot of parts that can be tedious to clean. And they really need to be cleaned after every use...and soon after use. Let them sit for a while and the smell of old formula or breastmilk will seep in and stay, and the bottles themselves may turn a yellowish tint. So it's something you really need to stay on top of. Even so, I can't complain about it. Even with all its little parts and nooks and crannies you really need to get into, I can't knock off even a star for something that really helped my baby be able to eat without experiencing painful gas.
Review for Grab and Go Double Bottle Bag - Chevron by Skip Hop - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Mega Parent Expert Level 1
This bag is the perfect size for two 8oz bottles. I use it religiously when out and about and can't think of another brand I would prefer over it. It comes with a gel cooling pack which keeps the bottles cold for 3-4 hours. I also love that it comes with an adjustable clip strap, which makes it really convenient for clipping onto the stroller, or even on the side of another bag.

The only downfall to this is the zipper. I find that that curved design of the top of the bag has frequently caused the zipper to get slightly stuck, so I'm constantly messing with it. I would rather that bag just have a flat top so that wouldn't happen. Otherwise, I completely love it.
Review for Garnier Skinactive The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser - 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I received this cleanser complimentary from Influenster in my Sparkle Vox Box.

I'm always a little hesitant to try new cleansers because my skin easily breaks out with new skincare I've never used before. But I was rather excited to try this since it is also marketed as a makeup remover. If it helps me lessen the amount of steps I take to remove my makeup, I'm all for it.

The soap is light, which I loved. It cleaned my skin and left it feeling fresh and clean, as well as feeling smooth. The scent is a little weird to me, but it's not one that lingers. The makeup removal part is only partly accurate. It removes skin makeup just fine. My skin was squeaky clean. But eye makeup, particularly if waterproof, is not at all easily removed with a simple facial cleanser. Mine was quite visibly present. Still, I can't complain; it is first and foremost a facial cleanser. And it does that job well.

I will definitely be buying this in the future, but also recommend using an actual eye makeup remover along with this cleanser for your skin.
Light
Combination, Sensitive
Dullness, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate - 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I received a 7 day trial of the Clarins Double Serum for free from Influenster in my VoxBox.

I will start off by admitting that this did leave my face somewhat visibly brighter and smoother, and my skin did feel soft. I stress "somewhat" because it wasn't as though it was this massive difference. Even my husband said the difference wasn't exactly huge. I was rather concerned about a potential breakout since it did look and feel greasy going on, but I was pleasantly surprised that I never experienced that. The skin absorbs the serum nicely and by the morning (I put it on at night), there were no issues. I should also say that I did not use any other skincare item (except for soap and water to wash my face) during this trial so I could see what the serum did without any other intervention which could potentially alter the results.

As a 36 year old, my concerns have been dry/dull skin and fine lines around the eyes. While the serum did somewhat help the first two issues, I saw absolutely no difference with the fine lines. Maybe 7 days isn't enough of a trial to really see a difference in that area.

I have to wonder if some of what is being experienced with so many high reviews is a placebo effect because I can't tell much of a difference between the before and after photos whether on here or anywhere else that has reviews. For the high price tag this serum has, I'd have to see basically a miracle to convince me to actually drop the money on a full size product. I'm just not convinced that another, lower cost serum can't give the same results I saw on myself and I'm seeing on others. Maybe longer use of the product would show more significant results, but I am not willing to spend that kind of money on a "maybe."

I appreciate the opportunity to try the Clarins serum and certainly wouldn't object to a bottle of it if given as a gift. But in the meantime, I'll search for other highly rated, yet lower cost serums...of which there are plenty out there.

(On a side note, Clarins really needs to rethink the packaging of these samples. It was a pain in the rear to get the serum out of them)

Light
Combination, Sensitive
Dullness, Uneven Skin Tone
Dark Circles, Fine Lines
Review for Pampers Sensitive Wipes - 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
These are seriously the best wipes I have used. They clean well without having to use multiple wipes while also being incredibly soft. My son (now 8) was prone to rashes as a baby and other so-called "sensitive" wipes would only continue to aggravate them. These never did, particularly because of how soft they are. When my now 7 year old daughter was born, I made sure to get these for her as well. I'm now weeks away from having my third, and Pampers Sensitive wipes are the only ones I will be using. There are none that compare, just on the softness alone!
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