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Review for Topricin Pain Cream, 0.75 Ounce - 6 days, 2 hours ago
I love Topricin! This stuff is amazing.
I underwent ankle reconstruction a few months ago & now that I have finally progressed out of the cast and walking boot, I’m working hard in physical therapy. Only problem is now my ankle is KILLING ME.
I did not want to start taking any new medications for the pain, but my ankle was hurting to the point that it was hindering my progress in physical therapy, so I asked my Doctor for advice and he recommended trying an over-the-counter topical pain relief cream. My Dr knows my pharmacist, so he gave the pharmacist crate blanche about which product to choose & he recommended Topricin.
To be honest, if left to my own devices, I probably would never have tried this product in a million years… but I was desperate. I figured “something relief is better than no relief” and I tried it… & OMG. Wow. Just wow.
Their packaging is very plain, bordering on dull and stodgy. It’s certainly not a household name— I’d never heard of this brand before. They don’t have any celebrity spokespersons hawking their product on tv or flashy ad campaigns in the Sunday newspaper… but don’t be fooled.
This stuff is gold. It works great on neuropathic pain. It’s homeopathic but it gets the job done. It doesn’t have a heating or cooling effect. It goes on just like lotion. You apply every 4 hours as needed.
It’s unscented, so there’s no telltale medicinal odor. It works beautifully to ease neuropathic pain, yet Topricin doesn’t make the affected area feel numb or “asleep” like products containing lidocaine or other OTC topical anesthetics do.
It’s not as widely known so the best place to get it would be a “mom & pop” pharmacy or medical supply shop & of course, it’s always available on Amazon. I ordered a second tube of Topricin from Amazon & it was delivered to my doorstep within 24 hours.
Review for Crystal Light Drink Mix - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Foodie Expert Level 1
One of my all-time faves. The lemon iced tea is only 5 calories, but it doesn't have that unpleasant "low-cal" aftertaste. 
I prefer "Crystal Light On-the-Go" Packets. Same great taste, but the On-the-Go packets are pre-measured to be the perfect amount of drink mix to use in 16.9 fl. oz. water bottles. They're a healthier alternative to commercially-made iced teas, and a safer alternative to carrying  glass bottles of Snapple or Nesta -- or drinking from those glass bottles, while in the car.
This product was actually recommended to me by a Dr. He said it's a great way to "dress up" water to make it more appealing, to people who don't drink enough water to stay fully hydrated. 
Review for BaByliss PRO TT Tourmaline Titanium Travel Hair Dryer - Red - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I received this travel hair dryer as a Christmas gift one year. When my everyday hair dryer unexpectedly quit on me one Monday morning. Winters are cold here in NY. My hair takes several hours to air-dry & I knew I wouldn't be able to get to the mall to replace it til that weekend, so I was VERY glad to have this product on standby.
It was only about 1/3 the size of my everyday hair dryer, so I was surprised to find the BaByliss PRO TT had quite a bit of "pep" to it. I figured using it as my "emergency hair dryer" from Monday to Friday is fewer uses than if I'd taken it with me on a week's vacation... plus it's always a good idea to "test drive" products like these (travel hair dryers, irons, locks, etc) at home, so you won't be stuck if the item turns out to be a dud.
It's already tiny, but the handle also folds down for storage. Only one attachment included (a concentrator, no diffuser) & it has only two settings (high and low) but since it worked so well, I thought I had stumbled upon a new gem! Until...
On the Thursday of that same week, I'd barely begun drying my hair, it overheated, and quit on me -- in case you're wondering how often it was used, that's 3 & 1/2 (yes, that's fewer than FOUR uses) total! This hair dryer seems reliable at first, but don't be fooled.

At a retail cost of >$30 (+ tax) 3 uses breaks down to $10 PER USE -- inexcusable! At $10 a pop, don't bother. Save yourself the headache & the money. Use the to $10 book appointments to get your hair blown-out at a budget salon. 
Save the room in your luggage too -- pack something useful instead, like a Go-Pro. Use the hotel hair dryer. Sure, they aren't the best, but a lousy hair dryer (that actually works) is better than one that cost >$30, took up precious space in your luggage (however little), worked for a short while & then abruptly left you in the lurch, running out the door in the cold, with soaking wet hair.
In closing, this product gets one star, but it really deserves a negative star-rating.
The "BaByliss PRO TT" travel hair dryer should be re-named the "BaBy-USELESS POS WTF?!" 
Smells exactly like a Christmas cookie. These candles have uncomplicated, unobtrusive, pleasant aromas that last for the entire length of time you burn the candle… you can also smell the fragrance when the candle is not burning, it's just a bit more understated.
Yankee candles make great gifts and they burn a long, long time. You pay a little more up-front, but you get quality.
We did a side-by-slide comparison and tested a Yankee candle vs a cheaper drugstore look-alike and there was no comparison. The lookalike had an inferior wick that made it burn unevenly & created a “sinkhole” in the center of the candle, making it impossible to burn the entire knockoff candle properly.
Unlike Yankee candles (fragranced throughout) the lookalike candle was only fragranced on top… so in its pre-burned state, it looked fine. But once called upon to do its job, the lookalike candle fell flat.
After the candle had burned down 1”, it was evident that the remainder of the knockoff candle was just scented on the surface. The rest was just cheap, unscented colored wax. Side note: Cheap candles often contain paraffin & other chemicals, which create toxic fumes that can be very harmful, especially when breathed on a daily basis.
Yankee candles are made from safe, non-toxic materials.
Although the 2 candles were exactly the same size, the knockoff candle did not burn as bright as the Yankee candle and in fact, the knockoff’s wick made the cheap candle snuff itself out, while the Yankee candle was still going strong.
We used the entire Yankee candle ‘til all the wax was gone. It still burned bright and smelled fantastic.
Review for Downy April Fresh Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets - 105 ct - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Excellent dryer sheets. Use in the dryer after you've used the liquid fabric softener (previously, in washing machine) to multiply the softness and fragrance.By itself, these dryer sheets don't soften as well as liquid fabric softener, but that's to be expected.As far as fragrance and fighting static electricity goes, this product definitely delivers. Downey dryer sheets are a great addition to suitcases while traveling. They keep your luggage smelling fresh for the entire trip -- they're also handy if you find yourself needing to do laundry. All you do is purchase the detergent and boom-- 
Review for Snuggle Blue Sparkle Dryer Sheets - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Decorator Expert Level 2
Good dryer sheets. They are great for combating static electricity in winter and they have a nice scent. It could last a lot longer though.Snuggle is pretty budget-friendly and I frequently find coupons. My grocery store also offers discount prices from time to time.This product is very portable. It's so easy to use, it's foolproof,  it's very easy to transport (especially if you regularly use laundromats) and they're a great addition to your suitcase when traveling. Snuggle dryer sheets will keep your entire suitcase smelling fresh for your whole trip -- & if you have to do laundry while you're away, all you do is purchase a little detergent & boom -- you've already got your fabric softener!  
The product works, as promised, but honestly I was disappointed because the scent was perceptibly different from original Gain detergent, which I love. This bore no resemblance to original Gain. Instead, I found this product had a scent that was a weird, completely unfamiliar scent with a fragrance which (depending on its concentration) ranged from an annoying, slightly "off" musky undertone, to thick, heavy & overpowering, bordering on unpleasant.I ended up using it though. I used a little bit at a time & only on towels and linens (which I wash separately from clothing anyway & rinsed twice.I did this because I didn't want to throw it away and waste money, but I also didn't want or like the scent clinging to my clothes or clashing with my perfume.
Review for Tide Liquid Original Scent 2X 150 Oz - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Decorator Expert Level 2
This is the best all-around laundry detergent. It gets my clothes clean & it keeps linens smelling fresh. It's also extremely effective for pre-treating tough stains.There are cheaper brands for sale in the stores, but don't be fooled. Tide works the first time, so you use less product & in the long run, it's the better value. Also, I frequently find coupons, in-store specials and sale prices on this item, so you can stock up. I rarely pay full price anyway.
Review for L'Oréal Advanced RevitaLift Complete Day Cream - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a wonderful daytime moisturizer. It's very light and it doesn't cause breakouts. This product is not fragrance-free, but at least the scent is pleasant and not too overpowering. The fragrance seems to dissipate quickly after application, once the product is fully absorbed into your skin.
 The only possible issue I might have is that it only offers SPF 18 UV protection. I know that if I'm going to be outdoors for any length of time, I need SPF 100.
I'd also note, this product is packaged in a glass jar -- even the smallest travel-size version (purchased separately) which might be problematic for some people… it's also not ideal for travel 
Review for L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift® Triple Power™ Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer - 6 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
*NB: This product was complimentary. I received it for the purpose of of product testing and review.
I'm a fan of L'oreal makeup but I never thought their skincare was anything special-- until now.
The formula is very rich and thick. It absorbs readily and it's not too greasy
I liked it so much, I plan on giving their skincare line another try & I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.
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