Review: LipSense Lipsticks and Glosses

To join me for my LipSense FaceBook party, click here! Dec. 5th, 2017!

Let me take you on my journey of learning all about LipSense. I was invited to a FaceBook party and learned so much about the products! I’ve heard of them before, but never tried them. I was curious and stuck around for the party and won 10% off on one of the games we played. I bought the starter kit, which comes with one color, Oops Remover, and Glossy Gloss, and now I have 4 colors and 4 glosses! Needless to say, I have become a big fan of LipSense in the few short weeks of using my colors and glosses.

The starter kit costs $55 and it’s recommended you get the Glossy Gloss, which is a clear moisturizing lip gloss, to seal in the product. I was skeptical at first, because I wanted to start with the Matte Gloss, but after my initial experience using the product, Glossy Gloss is so moisturizing and soothing. You will need this during your first experience with the product and to seal whichever colors you choose. The Oops Remover is great to fix mistakes or removing the product before it wears off. It usually lasts 10 hours for me, but some ladies have had it last up to 18 hours!

Your lips will go through an exfoliating process. I was pretty upset at first because my lips started to peel in large sections after using the product for the first time! It was kind of like shedding all of the dead skin, old lip balm, and residue. After this happened my lips were soft, smooth, and felt healthier than before! I do notice my lips exfoliate every 3-4 days, but way less intrusive as the first time. I make sure to moisturize with the Glossy Gloss or their Lip Balm every time I remove the product to lessen the severity of exfoliation and to keep my lips soft and smooth.

My first color was Praline Rose. Usually, people choose a safe neutral as their first color. This was the perfect shade for me and I wore it almost everyday until I got more colors! I now have Praline Rose, Napa, Glam Doll, and Honey Rose, which has quickly become my favorite of the four. The glosses I have are Glossy Gloss, Matte Gloss, Sand Gloss, and Bougainvillea Gloss. I use the Glossy Gloss first on top of the color to seal and then add on the other glosses after I let it set for a few minutes. I even do combos now using different colors for each layer to create whole new colors! It’s so much fun to experiment.

My favorite part of the whole experience, however, is the community around LipSense and GeneSence. The group I belong to is so kind and uplifting! I love the conversations and seeing others share their color combos and makeup looks. I plan to stay active in the group even though I may not purchase as frequently as I’d like. It’s fun to be part of the LipSense community. If you are interested in joining Jennifer’s group that I belong to click here! She’s super helpful and kind hearted!

To join me for my LipSense FaceBook party, click here! Play games, win prizes, win special deals, and get started on your own LipSense journey! But hurry! It’s only going on December 5th, 2017!

Do you love LipSense? Share your photos in the comments below!

P.S. I am not sponsored or a distributor. Just a happy customer!

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Review: Java Sok Iced Coffee Sleeve

Summer is my favorite time of year to get iced coffee in the afternoons. I’m not picky about where to get it, but I usually go to Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or McDonalds. I also go to Tim Hortons or Panera Bread occasionally too. My pet peeve though, is the condensation and getting my hands, desk, and clothes wet from the plastic cups!! Not to mention my hand getting really cold. That’s when I did my online search and found my new favorite accessory, the Java Sok!

Now, I have never seen this in stores before and it seems pretty exclusive to only being available online at javasok.com. So I emailed them and asked them to send me some samples to try and review for you guys. I am incredibly grateful that they responded with a yes! I now have every size and I must tell you, it is a necessity that I never knew I needed.

The Java Sok comes in 7 different colors and 3 different sizes such as the 16oz (Grande at Starbucks or small at DD’s), 24oz (Venti at Starbucks or medium at DD’s), and 32oz (Trenta at Starbucks or large at DD’s). All worked great for me and I even used the 16oz size on a Tall at Starbucks and it still worked, it just went up to the lid. So, whichever size you order more often that’s the one to get, or get one of each! 

My favorite part, outside of them doing a great job at what they’re made for, is how many colors are available! I can’t decide which is my favorite. They even say on their website that they may come out with even more colors and designs. I’m looking forward to see what else they have to offer in the future. This is such a creative and amazing idea that I am excited for more!

The Java Sok itself works great at keeping the drink cool and the condensation from dripping everywhere. I had it on my Grande iced coffee for 4 hours and it STILL had ice in it! So, not only did it prevent my pet peeve of condensation, but it helped the drink last longer by keeping it cool. (Yes, I tend to drink these slowly in the mornings at work). Another good thing is that even with the Java Sok on, the drinks still fit in my cup holders in my car. Now I can use this soft, comfortable, and insulating sleeve on my iced beverages anytime anywhere!

The only negative I have to say about it, is that it does make it a tiny bit less stable on my desk, but I honestly haven’t had any issue of it knocking over. It’s just a little more wobbly since the bottom is also the thick insulating koozie material, but it’s well worth it for the benefits. Even though these are made specifically for Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts cups, they worked with the medium McCafe plastic cup that I ordered iced coffee in and also a small iced coffee at Panera Bread. Both fit the 16oz or 24oz sized Java Sok. I did ask how to clean them if coffee were to spill over on them and the best way to do it is with dish soap and water by hand and then let air dry.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend that you try this out if you are an avid iced coffee or any iced beverage drinker. I’m so happy I had the chance to try this product and that it was provided to me this for me to review. Thanks Java Sok!!

Have you tried the Java Sok yet? They have a special deal where you get 15% off 2, 20% off 3-6, or 25% off 7-12. If you only buy one they are priced at $9.95 each for any size. Also, with my special promo code “christina10” you can get an added 10% off your order until 9/30/17! So be sure to order soon to take advantage of the extra savings!

Leave me comments if you’re getting a Java Sok and which colors are your favorite!

Review: Perfectly Posh Complexion Perfection and Moisturize 911

So, my close friend had a Perfectly Posh party. If you’ve never heard of their products, Perfectly Posh is a Made in USA brand that claims they blend quality ingredients to bring you the best products for your pampering pleasure. Now to begin, I love the idea of locally made products and quality ingredients, but unfortunately this won’t be a positive review.

I was looking into their face wash and moisturizer since I have my wedding coming up in May and I have whiteheads and blackheads everywhere from stress and working out a lot. I needed something to clear those up. The consultant suggested many products, but I chose the Complexion Perfection and Moisturize 911.

The products are pretty expensive for what you get, but it’s understandable, since everything is locally sourced. They are $19 per bottle and with tax it was a little over $40. I was excited to see how they work since they cost a pretty penny.

Let’s talk about what I like about the products, because they weren’t a total fail. They both smell really nice. The face wash smells sweet with a hint of peppermint and gave my face a fresh tingly feeling. The moisturizer is very light and didn’t make me feel sticky or like I had a layer on my face. If these products didn’t have negative side effects, I would have been happy with my purchase.

Yes, now on to the negative side effects. The first use I washed and moisturized at night. The Moisturize 911 says to apply twice a day, so I wanted to start right away. I woke up and had hives on one side of my face! I didn’t think it was the products, I just thought it was allergies, so I kept using them. The face wash gets huge bubbles when you scrub and they went up my nose a lot and it was sort of annoying. The walnut shells in there are pretty rough, although there weren’t a ton in the pea sized amount that it suggested I use. That amount was definitely enough for each wash though. After a couple of days, my skin was getting pretty dry. I tried more moisturizer, but I felt like it was doing nothing. After a week or so of daily use and then switching to every other day, my face felt like sand paper. It was dry, flaky, and irritated.

The good news is I was able to contact the sales consultant and return the product. We both assume I’m allergic to something in them. I do have pretty sensitive skin and was hoping more natural products would benefit me, but they did not. I think Complexion Perfection was too rough for my skin and Moisturize 911 was not able to make up for the dryness that happened after washing.

Overall, the party, buying process, and consultant were great! I just don’t think I’ll be purchasing their products again. If you’re interested in learning more about Perfectly Posh, you can visit their website here. Have you tried their products? Which are your favorite and least favorites? Comment below!

Review: Yes to Carrots – Pomegranate Dark Circle Corrector

Review: Yes to Carrots - Pomegranate Dark Circle Corrector

Ever since I can remember I’ve had dark circles under my eyes. I blame it on allergies to most everything, but I also blame it on lack of sleep as well, since I started waking up earlier due to my hour commute to work. After receiving the Yes to Pomegranate Dark Circle Correcting cream from a giveaway, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to see if I could rid of my unsightly dark circles.

Review: Yes to Carrots - Pomegranate Dark Circle Corrector

Reading the directions it says to apply to the under eye and orbital bone twice daily. It says to use about a pearl size amount. The cream is kind of an off white color and the smell isn’t very pleasant, but it’s bearable and also not noticeable after it dries. I applied the cream to a cotton swab, since touching the delicate eye area can lead to more darkness from busted capillaries. I also put the cream around my eyelid as well, since it also looks dark there too.

After about a week, I did not notice much with the dark circles, but my under eyes did look smoother. I noticed that the cream, when wet, makes the darkness more noticeable, so after it dried, it looked much better.

Review: Yes to Carrots - Pomegranate Dark Circle Corrector

After two weeks, I still didn’t see a difference in the morning when first waking up, but I did notice in the afternoon (while taking a selfie….) my eyes actually looked brighter and less dark! I’m not sure if it was due to more sleep or the cream, but I’ll continue use until I run out to see if the results get more noticeable.

Here are some notes I’ll take away from using this cream:

I have a very pale complexion and this might not be the best product for my skin tone

I may not see results because the cream made me aware that I rub my eyes A LOT

I researched other creams, and this one is pretty reasonably priced if I were to continue use

The cream does outdate within the next few months and that might have something to do with its effectiveness

Overall, I think this product was not for me. I am pretty impatient, and I didn’t see significant results in two weeks of continuous twice a day use. I can’t say there is such a thing as a miracle dark circle correcting cream. It may be my genetics causing the circles (or my constant eye rubbing!! Must stop that!!). If you happen to try this product or another eye cream, post your experience in the comments!

Review: Flipbelt vs. Spibelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

While searching on Pinterest for some athletic shoe and outfit ideas, I found a post about the FlipBelt, which is a MicroPoly Wicking Fabric belt with slots that you can put your phone, keys, and anything you need while you run. This has been something I’ve needed for a long time, because it fits the iPhone 6 plus! Other belts and arm bands seem to not hold such a large phone. I use my iPod Shuffle for music, but I like my phone to use the running apps and the FitBit app. So, I impulsively, without hesitation, immediately purchased the FlipBelt on their website with the code “PIN10” to get 10% off (Expires 12/31/15). Find the post here!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

The FlipBelt is $28.99 without discounts and offers FREE 3-5 day shipping!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Ordering was super easy and I like that they list waist sizes in inches so I could find which would fit best. I also forgot to type in the Pinterest promo code, so I emailed them about 30 mins later asking if I could still get the discount and they applied it to my order! So great customer service! It arrived within 2 days after receiving my shipping confirmation, which was great since they said 3-5 day FREE shipping and it ended up arriving early.

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

They have all sorts of colors, but I chose the Neon Punch, which is a orangish pink! I love the color coral, so this is pretty similar, just neon coral! I love having options, but if there is any color close to coral it has to be mine. I should also mention that the belt has an attached key hook, which is very nice to have that extra security of not losing my key!

As for fit, I got a small and I wear size 2 pants, usually 28″ waist, and the FlipBelt fits very snug and doesn’t budge. I tried it out for the first time while running 3 miles and it held both my key and iPhone 6 plus! The only complaint is that I had to remove my Incipio DualPro Case because it is that rubbery texture that grips the FlipBelt material and does not slide easily. I took off the phone case and the iPhone 6 plus fit, no problem! I think if you have a plastic case with a smooth surface it will fit as well. I tested this with my sister’s iPhone 5s that had a plastic case and I had no issues.

The phone at my waist was surprisingly comfortable, but I did get sweaty and the belt did too, so it had to be washed. Luckily, the FlipBelt is machine washable! While running, it didn’t move at all and stayed in place, so I had no worries about having to adjust the belt or my phone at any time during my run. Very convenient! It’s a miracle!

Here’s a video from their website about how to use the FlipBelt to get a better idea of how it’s used:

I didn’t flip the belt over after inserting my phone and key because I wanted to check my progress on my running apps every few minutes, but I see how it could add additional security if you are doing an activity where you move around the waist more, like biking.

Overall, I would recommend this fitness utility belt to anyone who is looking to avoid arm bands, fanny packs, or stuffing your things in your bra. Or if you are looking for something that not as invasive, like the arm band, for larger phones. It’s so convenient, pretty, and useful. If you try it let me know how you like it!

Review: FlipBelt – Fitness Running Belt for Phones & Accessories

Learn more about the FlipBelt on their website: https://flipbelt.com/what-is-flipbelt

 

Comparing FlipBelt to SpiBelt:

In my opinion, SpiBelts are too bulky. The Flipbelt is much less invasive and you don’t need a zipper to hold everything in. I also like that the Flipbelt fits more items. You can store keys, phone, ID card, etc. all the way around your waist instead of just the front. The FlipBelt is also way more comfortable since there is no buckle to lock it in place. It just stretches and fits tight around the waist and doesn’t budge! FlipBelt also has a bunch of different sizes and they list the waist sizes for each so you know exactly the size you need.

SpiBelts are mostly black, while the FlipBelt is 360 degrees of eye popping color! (if you so choose, because they also have black and gray too) Honestly, SpiBelt feels and looks like a fanny pack that bounces when running, while the FlipBelt is a sleek, attractive belt that doesn’t budge! Overall, I’d definitely recommend the FlipBelt over the SpiBelt. Which do you prefer?

 

Review: Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots

Review: Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots

You know how we’ve been getting below zero degree weather in Ohio? Well, I witnessed for the first time (as a first time dog owner) my dog not able to walk in below 0 degree weather. She would just sit and lift each paw, then started shaking! I felt so helpless because I couldn’t lift her to take her inside. I just acted excited and had her RUN with me to the front door.

Review: Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots

That being said, I looked for some way to protect her paws from frostbite. I found these Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots at Mutts & Co. I was skeptical at first because they are basically balloons covering the dog’s feet.

She did not like them at first, but quickly learned that they were helping rather than hurting her. Outside, she barely notices they are on. I am happy to report that she has not stopped walking or started shaking since we’ve been using these booties! Of course we do not use them if it’s above 30 degrees outside, but I do like to put them on her if there is salt on the walks or roads. Salt can dry out their paw pads and these boots protect her paws from it.

These boots also keep the pup’s feet clean from dirt, mud, and other gross things we don’t see them walk in. They are waterproof, but Luna’s nails have shown to poke holes. These are safe to dispose of as well and a pack comes with more than 4 boots. The price ranges from $12 – $25 depending on size. I believe Medium was around $16. I’ve seen cheaper online though, but since I was in a hurry I bought them in store.

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I wasn’t sure which size to choose, but we went with medium because she is a 40 pound border collie black lab mix. They fit pretty well, but her nails sometimes get in the way when putting them on. She still does not like the process of putting them on.. Haha. BUT, they do stay put and we can go on a long walk without worrying about them falling off.

Overall, I recommend this product for all dog owners. They make so many sizes and it’s just taking a step towards protecting your dog and keeping them healthy and happy. I might post a video of Luna in her Pawz sometime. She always gets compliments on them!

Here is some pretty cool info about Pawz Booties:

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Pawz is the world’s only disposable and reusable, waterproof dog boot. Made of natural rubber, Pawz are 100% biodegradable. Pawz are designed to go on easily and fit securely without zippers or straps. Fashionable yet durable, Pawz offers serious paw protection. Pawz is the most natural-feeling boot your dog can wear because without padding your dog feels the ground, providing a needed sense of security. Like a sock, Pawz moves with your dog, allowing full paw motion and maximum comfort. And imagine never losing another expensive dog boot again! Pawz come 12 in a package and each boot may be worn many times.

 

 

 

More info at: http://pawzdogboots.com/