COPPERTONE® CLEARLYSheer™ sunscreens

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I am a member of BzzAgent and recently was sent free samples of COPPERTONE® CLEARLYSheer™ sunscreens along with some valuable coupons to share with friends and family. The timing for giving these products a try was perfect seeing as my husband and I were taking a small vacation to a local resort where we’d be battling the sun and water all day.

Some of the reasons this particular line of sunscreen stands out to me is that they are designed to absorb in seconds for a clean and light feel plus it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin) which is especially desirable when applying to my face or upper back area. I easily was able to apply over what little foundation I had on and my skin did not feel or look greasy at ALL. It almost felt identical to my day to day moisturizer except that this one has 30 SPF in it.

The spray version has SPF 50 which came in handy for the areas most prone to sunburn – tops of shoulders, chest, around the edges of my swimsuit, tops of feet and even my SCALP! My husband sprayed it on and while it did make my hair slightly sticky it did an incredible job to protect that area.

Overall I was extremely pleased with these products and definitely wouldn’t mind adding the Sunny Days with SPF 30 to my regular day to day routine.

Pampered Chef – Professional Shears and Coating Trays & Tool

I was provided with product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions here are my own, I have not been paid to say nice things and (as always) am honest. The photos here have been taken by me and include the product samples. Enjoy!


 

The Pampered Chef has become a household name after being around 30+ years and it’s no wonder as they have such incredible and practical products. Given my love for the brand it should come as no surprise that I gladly said yes when Pampered Chef Consultant and close friend Stephanie Wilson asked me to do a product review and host a giveaway.

The items I selected to review are:

Professional Shears

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Coating Trays & Tool

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My husband and I opted for those 2 items as the shears have unlimited uses and we don’t have anything even remotely comparable to the interlocking/different sized trays.The shears made trimming up the chicken a breeze – one snip and that was all it took. I also love that it has a safety lock on it and a cover to protect the blades when not in use.

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As for the trays, usually when we make Panko crusted chicken we have to use a bowl to do the coatings but this system made it extremely easy and completely mess free while moving the chicken from one station to the other. The tool that comes with it is a bit flimsy under the weight of the chicken but it might work really well for lighter items! My husband suggested that PC reverse the pressure of the tool i.e. meaning that the cook should be the one closing the item to have a firmer grip as opposed to relying on the strength of the spring on them but overall this is a set we will be using for years to come. Next on our list? FRENCH TOAST!

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The final, delicious meal looked a little something like this:

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Now that you’ve read my review it’s time for YOUR chance to win 1 of 2 generous prizes – $10 and $15 off your next order from Stephanie’s Pampered Chef site! Get entered for your chance to win via the link below. There are 5 ways to enter – 2 of which are mandatory to get to the other 3. GOOD LUCK! The contest will end at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 13!

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Mission Possible – Get Organized with Clever Container

I was provided with a product sample to facilitate this review. The opinions here are my own, I have not been paid to say nice things and (as always) am honest. The photos here have been taken by me and include the product sample. 


My time is a precious commodity. If you’re anything like me, your life just feels better when items in it are organized AND easily accessible. When Jess Wickers approached me to do a product review/giveaway I hand selected a few I loved but ultimately opted to give the Expandable Drawer Organizer from Clever Container a whirl. This organizational piece has ENDLESS possibilities. It can be used to freshen up a bathroom drawer, make sense of arts/crafts items, organize jewelry or even clean up that odds and ends drawer in your kitchen that “you’ve been meaning to address” for years!

One of the features that I love the most about this product is the fact that it expands or contracts to fit perfectly in just about any space in your home as shown in the photos below.



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This product is sold by Clever Container – a company that provides organizing tips, techniques and products to help simplify your life in a fun, relaxed setting. Jess Wickers, a near and dear friend of mine, is a consultant for them and you can find her personal page by clicking this link. Jess is a busy wife and mother of 2 in addition to being a labor and delivery nurse! Her passion for organization has turned itself into more than just a hobby as she loves helping others find that essential balance too.

Here are just a few of the ways I was able to put this drawer organizer to good use in my own home:

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Along with providing this fantastic item for review, Jess has generously offered to give one lucky reader $15 in “Clever Cash” to be used for anything they want on her site!

Please enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below and as always, entries will be verified and the winner will be contacted and asked to respond within 48 hours via e-mail or a new winner will be selected.

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Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

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There are quite a few Suave products that I really like but the one that stands out the MOST to me is the Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo. It works GREAT to keep my hair feelings and looking refresh between washes. It is pleasantly scented and the best part is that it does not leave my hair looking like I aged a few years by leaving behind white spots! It absorbs quickly and makes my hair so much more manageable. Bonus – the price is right on target to accommodate any budget!

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Lancôme DreamTone

Recently I was selected by SheSpeaks to test a complimentary bottle of Lancôme DreamTone! For those that are unaware, DreamTone is the next generation in dark spot correction. This customized skin tone correcting serum is so powerful, 72% of women dare to bare their skin.* The new DreamTone is 3 barely-tinted serums formulated to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and give you a more even-looking skin tone. It comes in 3 serums customized for your skin tone: 1- Fair, 2 – Medium, 3 – Dark.

After years of being out in the sun sans sunscreen I have started to face the music in the form of brown spots, tiny wrinkles and just overall uneven skintone. I’ve tried several products in the past but none of them have followed through on their claims…until now. I have been using DreamTone twice a day since I received it November 1. It’s incredibly lightweight, has a subtle, pleasant rose fragrance and did NOT make my skin feel or look oily. I was able to easily follow my normal makeup routine after applying it in the morning.

After just 2 weeks I started noticing a remarkable difference in my skin as you can see from my #bareselfie below. The first photo is day 1 and the second photo is day 15. Dark spots are fading (especially on my forehead), skin tone is evening out and smaller, red blotches are taking a hike as well!

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If you’d like to give it a try, Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle and is available for purchase at Lancôme.com and department stores nationwide.

Thanks @LancomeUSA and @SheSpeaksUp!!!

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

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Recently I was selected by Influenster to test a few complimentary products that are a part of their Rose Vox Box. Inside the box I was PLEASED to discover that Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara was included. Due to the fact that I am naturally blond and seem to have been ripped off in the eyelash department I am always looking for new products to try or just new looks period.

My favorite part of the mascara is the brush. The way that it is curved helps to accentuate each and every lash while minimizing clumps. I only had to apply 2 delicate coats to achieve a professional yet noticeable look! It even comes in 2 shades – black and extreme black so you can customize for yourself.

Look for this product when it hits shelves this month!

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Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions

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Recently I was selected by Influenster to test out a few complimentary products via their Rose Vox Box program. Inside the box was a package of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions and I could just HEAR my feet rejoice! It may not get as cold and snowy as in other parts of the country BUT Houston still has its fair share of bitterly cold and RAINY days during the “winter” months. These cushions will help keep me dry and comfy for an affordable price! When it’s time to put away my sandals you can bet I’ll be reaching for the boots with the Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions in them!

Are you interested in giving them a test walk of your own? Head to this link to snatch a $2 off any purchase from the Dr. Scholl’s® For Her line! Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts as well.

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Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-Up

Recently I was chosen by Vocalpoint to test out a free Root Touch-Up kit by Nice ‘n Easy. This product couldn’t have come at a better time seeing as I recently started coloring my hair a few shades lighter than normal! I hated that I’d wind up with extremely obvious roots which pressured me to recolor the entire thing which is overkill and a bit of a waste in my opinion.

With this product it was fairly easy to touch up ONLY the areas I needed when the time came. See below for my before and after pictures!

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For a fraction of the cost (around $5.99 per box) I can do the touch-ups as needed from the comfort of my own home! Thanks Vocalpoint!

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Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste

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Recently Influenster selected me to receive a complimentary #IDoVoxBox. One of the items inside was a tube of Luster NOW! Instant Whitening ToothpasteI’ve tried a few whitening pastes and even had ZOOM! done on my teeth just over 2 years ago but I was still curious to try this product. Something that claims to be instant definitely has my attention (and even a bit of scepticism if I’m being completely honest).

Here are a few claims directly from their website: Instantly whitens teeth after one brushing, removes surface stains with daily use and gentle on teeth and safe for dental restorations. I have 5 crowns in my mouth – 4 of which are front and center in my mouth so I am happy to hear that it is safe for even my situation. However, my crowns are as white as they’ll ever be so making sure that rest of my mouth stays on the same color wavelength so to speak is important.

I put it to the test just the other night and have to say while I was not blown away by the results (as I regularly whiten with trays from my dentist), I did see a bit of brightening up. My mouth felt healthy and seemed a bit more refreshed. I’ll have to continue using the product to see what the results are in the long-term but for now my experience has been a bit more satisfactory than with other whitening pastes. Especially since the results came after 1-2 days.

A 4.0 oz  tube retails for around $7.99.

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Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot

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Recently I was chosen by Influenster to receive their complimentary #IDoVoxBox. One of the exciting items I found inside was a package of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot insoles! I just recently started familiarizing myself with the Dr. Scholl’s line but this is one product I had not had a chance to try yet so I was ready to put them to the test.

If you know me even slightly, you know that I have quite the collection of stilettos in my wardrobe. Some I wear for work and some I just cannot wear for more than a few hours because of how they use and abuse my soles! I placed these insoles into one of my most pesky pairs of heels and (drum roll) wore.them.to.work! Little did I know that the day I chose to try these out would be the one day I was (literally) running around the office.

My honest opinion? This is quite a magnificent product. The slim width of the insoles insured that my shoes wouldn’t feel too tight or “wear” differently on my feet which can lead to rubbing in others areas of the shoe. The cushion was just enough – each step I took felt like I had a small, gel like pillow hugging every curve of the front of my foot. By the end of the day my feet were still a bit tired and slightly achy but no one said stilettos were meant for Olympic office events so I give the insole a lot of credit. Without them in those shoes on a day like that and I might have gone home and tossed them straight in the trash!

Bonus? They do not leave a sticky residue in your shoes and can fairly easily be pulled up and adjusted if you don’t get the positioning right on the first try. I have even test drove them in other heels of mine since and been immensely satisfied.

I hate having to compromise comfort in the name of style but I’ve done in on a few occasions. Now I have a nice, affordable buffer I can use to improve the longevity of my shoes AND feet!

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