Milani Bella Eyes Preview

I have a lot of makeup. I think most of you reading this probably do too. With all of the releases from so many companies, sometimes it is hard to get excited about new stuff because we already all have something similar. I want you let you in on a little secret though. I adore Milani stuff. It is one of the few drugstore brands that I am regularly impressed with. From the second I saw these I was excited about them. They are bright. They are bold. They are not for the makeup shy. They are the new Milani Bella Eyes. I haven’t purchased any yet because they were completely sold out locally so I am waiting to grab these. In the meantime, here is a little preview of what is to come:

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These are such beautiful almost neutrals. I am loving the gold. It looks like a super accent color for a lot of other colors I own.

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I am a purple eyeshadow addict so these jumped out at me immediately. Brilliant, bold and bright. Great for an adventurous night out.

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Now I am normally shy of dark blues because they don’t look spectacular on me, except for when it comes to more bright aquas like Bella Teal. This is probably the one I anticipate the most.

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Now for some of the pinks. These look like party pinks to me. Something to wear out with your new little dress for a night out with the girls. The Bella Diamond looks like a great white too.

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The great news is that the Bella Eyes come in 30 shades. They are all gel to powder. I will be grabbing a few of these as soon as possible but I was too excited about them not to share. Will you be trying these?

 

Disclaimer: This post includes no referrals, no affiliate links and I received no compensation for it. Image credit: milanicosmetics.com.

Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen photo and review

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I recently had the pleasure of trying the new Coppertone CLEARLY Sheer family of sunscreens. I think most of us have purchased Coppertone products at some point. I remember my mom having to chase me down to get sunscreen onto me as a kid. It always had that funny smell when you put it on but it worked. I think Coppertone realized they needed a makeover and that is exactly what they have given us.

We spend a lot of time in the pool, playing games outdoors and just going about daily life. The regular lotions are perfect for applying before you go out. They applied easily, weren’t too greasy and had a nice fresh scent. They are all water resistant for up to 80 minutes which is super fantastic for the pool and beach.

The great thing is that the sunscreen comes in spray as well. This is the one that really sold me. After my kids have been doing cannonballs in the pool sunscreen tends to wear off, no matter which brand it is. The Coppertone ClearlySheer was quick and easy to apply with the spray can. No more slippery sunscreen fingers trying to hold the beach ball or a hot dog at the beach. Just spray and go.

I am really happy I got to try this particular product. Between the ease of application, the level of SPF protection, and the fresh new scents, I am sold!

 

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Chinovi Cosmetics Blush Photos and Review

Purchased by MeI received a Chinovi Cosmetics Blush with my Glamour Doll Eyes OTM for May. Honestly, I hadn’t heard of them before getting this blush. The ladies at GDE are always great with promoting other small businesses. I dig that about them :)

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I received the blush in the color called Vanessa. As you can see it is a warm brick color. This is the type of color that is perfect for summer, especially for our warm toned ladies. It was very smooth and well pigmented. It was a little dark for me so I passed it on to my mom and she adores it. Now that I have tried this I want to go check out other stuff over there! So have you tried any Chinovi Cosmetics? What did you think? I will definitely be exploring with more of their products.

Disclaimer: All items were purchased by me. There are no referral links in this post.

Glamour Doll Eyes May 2014

 

Purchased by MeI don’t think it is any big secret that I love Glamour Doll Eyes so I am always excited to get their “OTM” (of the month) each month. I forgot to take a picture with everything in it (oops) but I did take it with the beautiful loose pigment eye shadows.

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Both photos are taken indoors. The photo above has no flash. The photo below has flash.

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The swatches were taken in bright sunlight.

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As you can see, once again GDE has sent gorgeous colors. The white color is called Vanilla Unicorn. The bronze color is called Insomnia. The green color is called One Way Ticket. One Way Ticket and Insomnia are super sparkly while Vanilla Unicorn seems to have smaller sparkles in it. I was pleasantly surprised how opaque Vanilla Unicorn was. It’s one of those colors that you could mix with others to light or brighten.

Have you tried GDE products? What do you think? Have a great day!

Disclaimer: All items were purchased by me.

Fiber One Protein Cereal Photos and Review

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I recently had the chance to try the new Fiber One Protein Cereal via BzzAgent. I got to try two flavors: Cranberry Almond and Maple Brown Sugar.

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This is the Fiber One Protein Cereal in Cranberry Almond. It has a strong berry scent to it. I didn’t taste a lot of almond in it but I could definitely taste the berries. It was okay but a little on the sweet side for my liking. My oldest son really loved it so he’s been enjoying it each morning.

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This is the Fiber One Protein Cereal in Maple Brown Sugar. This one had an intense maple scent to it. It was also super sweet to me, much sweeter than I prefer cereal to be. Even my children commented on how sweet this was and that they preferred less sweet options for breakfast. Of course I didn’t want to waste a perfectly good box of cereal so I decided to make cereal bars out of them. We mixed this with marshmallow and butter like you would with a crispy treat and turned it into a dessert instead. They enjoyed them once we transformed them.

Both flavors of the cereal had a great crunch and stayed crunchy in milk. They have different little shapes of goodies in them to keep the texture interesting as well. I would purchase the cranberry almond flavor again for my son but won’t be purchasing the maple brown sugar flavor due to it’s intense sweetness.

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor Photos and Review

Free from BzzAgentI was given the opportunity to try the new Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor from BzzAgent. Now let me tell you my feelings on razors. I have tried a ton of them and most of them are great at first but then something goes wrong. They either dull too fast, have that horrible slimy strip that makes your skin all gross feeling or just don’t shave well enough. On top of it all I have super sensitive skin so most razors end up irritating my skin. Consequently I am very skeptical about trying any sort of new razor.

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This is the Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor. It comes with one razor (head included), one refill and one razor mount to hang it up in the shower. Each razor head has 5 Curve Sensing blades, a guard around it, and a Hypoallergenic Serum strip. Here is the head up close:

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The one thing I noticed right off the bat was that the Hypoallergenic Serum strip didn’t have that gooey translucent look that most strips do. The guard was medium sized so it didn’t get in the way of shaving like some bulkier ones do. I was actually quite surprised how much I liked this razor. It gave me a nice clean shave even around the ankles and knees. It left my skin feeling softer than normal afterward. I didn’t experience any razor burn either which is fantastic for me since I usually do.

Next I decided to conduct a secondary test… the husband. So I took my razor head off and popped on the refill. He is super picky about razors. I secretly think it is because he is a clumsy shaver and nicks himself a lot but we won’t tell him that. So after trying it he has declared that he does in fact like this razor. He was nick free and smooth shaven. Truth be told, he ended up stealing it from me so I have to buy another.

If you want to learn more about it you can go check out Schick on Facebook or their website.

 

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Kroger Skillet Meals Photos and Review

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Kroger Skillet MealsI was given the opportunity to try a Kroger Skillet Meal along with a Kroger Salad Kit and Kroger Garlic Bread from BzzAgent. As a mom of 4 who cooks every day I am always looking for homemade “fast food” for those days when I just don’t have the time or energy to make a big elaborate meal from scratch. These are a great answer to that problem that won’t break your budget.

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I decided to choose Kroger Caesar Salad Mix Kit for our salad choice. You can find these in the salad area near the produce of your grocery store. I have a very picky daughter that hates eating most salad but she loves caesar salad. This was super fast to whip up. The lettuce was all chopped up in bite sized pieces. It came with dressing, croutons and long shreds of parmesan cheese. I just opened it all up and tossed it together. This was a big hit.

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For our main dish we opted for Kroger Tuscan-Style Penne. It is penne pasta in a garlic cream sauce with bits of asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and big chunks of chicken. You will find this in your regular freezer section. The product was very easy to prepare. You literally just pop it into a skillet and cook it for a few minutes while everything warms up. You don’t have to add anything, it is all in there already. Sometimes frozen products tend to lack flavor but that was not the case here. This was absolutely pack with flavor. 3 of my 4 kids don’t like asparagus but all of them ate every single piece out of their bowl. Having said that, this is not just kid food. I really enjoyed it as well.

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Our last side dish was Kroger Garlic Bread. You will find this product near the frozen bread section of your grocery store. This was very easy to prepare as well. We just popped both pieces onto a cookie sheet and tossed it in the oven for a few minutes. I usually don’t like frozen garlic bread because the spread usually taste weird to me. It always coats my tongue. This tasted very buttery and not so oily. Great garlic flavor, soft on the inside, toasty on the outside.

All in all this meal was a huge hit with my kids and I had it all on the table in less than 10 minutes. These are definitely options I will add to my cooking repertoire in the future for those nights when I just don’t have the time to make it from scratch.

 

 

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Kashi Hummus Crisps Review

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kashiBefore even tasting these I noticed one big thing. The difference in nutrition. With Kashi Hummus Chips you get 27 chips per serving that only have 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium. With my regular Sea Salt & Vinegar potato chips you get 14 chipsĀ  per serving that have 150 calories, 8 grams of fat and 285 mg of sodium. Twice the amount of crisps per serving and it is still healthier.

None of that matters if the chips don’t taste good though. These were very light and airy. They were crispy but not too thick. They had nice flavoring but it was a little uneven. Some chips were much more seasoned than others. We tried them with two different kinds of dip and they didn’t break under pressure. My children all liked them quite well too.

I received the Sea Salt and Olive Oil Kashi Hummus Crisps but I suspect I would have liked the Caramelized Onion flavor much more. I will be trying that flavor soon. These would be a great snack for anyone, especially those of us who are trying to eat healthier without giving up our snacks.

 

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Hormel Rev Wraps

Free from BzzAgentrevWhen I think of the Hormel brand I think of meat and chili. It is one of those brands that most of us are familiar with. I had a chance to try Hormel Rev Wraps via BzzAgent.

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Each Rev Wrap has at least 15 grams of protein with a touch of carbohydrates to keep your energy level up. These convenient snacks come in 12 different flavors from Turkey & Cheese to Pepperoni Pizza. We chose Meat Lover’sĀ  Pizza which includes pepperoni, spicy salami, genoa salami, and mozzarella cheese. It was all wrapped up in what they call a “soft white wrap”. It is similar to a tortilla but a little thicker. We decided to try it with some pizza sauce for dipping.

RevWhat we liked:

  • Good quality meat and cheese
  • Convenient
  • Portable
  • Great source of protein without a large portion size
  • Low sugar content
  • Lots of flavor choices

What we didn’t like:

  • A little pricey for what you get
  • The soft white wrap was a little too thick
  • The soft white wrap got a little soggy in the fridge overnight

Conclusion: These are definitely teenager food due to being hand held and loaded with meat. These are great for on the go days because they are tasty, readily available and filling. They would be perfect for sporting events, camping, going to the beach or anywhere else you would have a cooler and not a lot of space. I probably wouldn’t buy them for home use because they are very easy to make. As a mother of 4 who is very budget conscious, I could also make them for much cheaper.

 

I received this product free of charge from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.

Maybelline Fit-Me Shine Free Foundation

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I received the new Maybelline Fit-Me Shine Foundation from Maybelline to test out and review. I was honestly a little hesitant at this one because I am not really a stick makeup sort of lady. I decided to try it anyway, so here are my thoughts.

First impression before application: The packaging appeals to me because it is sleek and will fit great in my purse. Visually it looks very thick, almost like a stick concealer. There is no obvious scent which is great for sensitive skin.

Thoughts after application: The product is much smoother than it looks. My skin didn’t have that heavy mask feeling you get when you wear some foundations. It feels very soft and velvety. I blended it with my fingers the first day. It turned out alright but a little uneven. The second day I blended it using my flat head buffing brush. It really made a huge difference. It created a perfect medium coverage and helped hide my pores and uneven skin. It dried to a powdery finish and left my face feeling very soft. I didn’t even have to wear a powder with it. I love finding a product that allows me to skip steps!

Thoughts after 8 hours: I am still not shiny after 8 hours which is amazing. I was outside in 100+ degree weather for over an hour and it didn’t get messy on me. It didn’t seem to settle into my pores and fine lines like most do. I have extremely sensitive skin and I haven’t had any problems with this product so far. The product didn’t melt in my purse in the heat either which means this is great for travel or on the go use.

Conclusion: Although this isn’t a full coverage foundation, it really had great staying power. It is also readily available and has a low price point. The color I chose was a tad too yellow on me but very close. I think these sticks would be perfect for foundation contouring. I would love to see more than 12 shades in the future. I would definitely recommend this product. Since then I have purchases another one that was a more perfect color match.

 

I received this product free of charge from Maybelline via MakeupTalk.com in exchange for my honest review. Please read my disclosure statement for more information.