Monthly Archives: January 2013

Schick Hydro Silk® razor

Recently BzzAgent sent me a  FREE Schick Hydro Silk® razor Starter Kit, complete with a soft touch handle, two cartridges and a convenient shower hanger plus valuable coupons to pass along to friends and family. They must know how much I adore trying out new beauty products. 🙂


For those of you that are not familiar with the Schick Hydro Silk razor I’m going to provide you with a little information that hopefully gets you as excited about it as I now am. The first thing I noticed (and loved) was the color and shape of the razor. The curved, azul colored handle makes it the ideal shape to hang in your shower or place on a shelf without worrying about it sticking or getting knocked around. I prefer to hang mine to allow it dry out thoroughly.

The second thing I love probably the most is that it has a water-activated moisturizing serum around the blades. I didn’t think it would make a huge impact at first but it really improved the look and feel of my legs! I shave my legs in the shower so at some point the shave gel/cream is washed off in certain areas but with the serum I didn’t have to worry about stopping to apply more! I was able to glide smoothly and easily over the area. Note – the serum is there to provide double the glide and moisture but it is not built to use sans shave gel/cream.

My trouble areas, like most women, tend to be my knobby knees and stubborn ankles. I usually never step out of the shower without at least one of those areas looking like a war zone but after using the Schick Hydro Silk razor I didn’t have as many issues as with other razors. I might have had one tiny spot around a kneecap but that’s more of an operator error vs. product error. My skin felt radiant, hydrated and smooth. I was excited to throw on a skirt or pair of shorts even though it’s only January!

In summary, you should run out and buy this razor! There are always great sales going on and I have a few coupons to spare if the local ladies in my life want to bank some savings! If you’ve already tried it I am curious to know your thoughts!

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Before I jump into my fabulous review I’d like to provide those that are unfamiliar with the Snikiddy brand a little background information: Founded in late 2006 by Mary Schulman and her mother, Snikiddy® creates products for families actively looking for healthier foods that satisfy their snack cravings. The Snikiddy brand is a portfolio of better for you snacks that are simple, wholesome real products for families. So dig in, it’s all good. Where did the name come from? Snikiddy® is a shortened (and let’s face it, easier to say) form of the word persnickety, which means choosy or picky. Growing up, Janet (Mary’s mom) and her siblings were known around school as the Snikiddy kids (a badge they wore proudly) because they always ate healthy lunches. Their mom (Grandma), ahead of her time with her passion for good health, would pack their lunch boxes full of locally grown produce and very simple foods. A teacher once referred to them as being persnickety and the kids’ version of the word (snikiddy) stuck.

Recently Snikiddy sent me a bag of their All Natural Baked Cheddar Cheese Fries to try out and review. Before even trying out the product I was extremely pleased with how informative the packaging was. It clearly listed out on the front that it is gluten, wheat, corn syrup and preservative free! My sister recently found out that she has Celiac’s Disease and has found it challenging to find foods that she can consume without worrying about what the aftermath will be so this product would be perfect for her! I also noted how much healthier this snack would be versus most of the chips out on the market and how a single servings equates to 35 pieces.

As for the taste, after just a few small bites I was hooked. It was extremely crunchy with a delicate cheddar cheese flavoring – nothing too overpowering. I definitely did NOT feel like I was eating a healthy treat but I felt really great knowing that I was. Snikiddy definitely does not compromise on quality or overall taste when it comes to their Cheddar Cheese Fries. Now, I was not the only one in the house who instantly became a fan – my husband thoroughly enjoyed them too! So much so that I shared a good portion of the bag WITH him! Both of us are excited to try out other products in the Snikiddy line starting with the Barbecue Cheese Fries and the Mac N’ Cheese cheese puffs!

If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself make sure you print a coupon from here and then use their handy store locator to find out where these fine products are available in YOUR area!

Thanks Snikiddy!!!


Mail Goodies – 1/21/13



Special thanks to Schwarzkopf USA and SensatioNail for these amazing prize packs. My whole beauty regimen will get an overhaul!

Want to find out how to win some for yourself? Follow my posts on Twitter – @KimB_2012!

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January 2013 – BirchBox #8

Birchbox is a subscription service that sends a goody box full of high-end samples and sometimes full-size products based on the profile you complete to make sure they suit your needs/wants! The subscription costs $10/monthwhich is pretty reasonable seeing as the box itself can contain items WELL over that amount (note – I received my 1 year subscription as a gift for being a loyal customer of Cafe Escapes so check them out and tell them @KimB_2012 sent you). They also have a nice rewards program, where for each survey you complete for the products that are sent you get 10 points and then every 100 points earns you $10 in Birchbox credits which you can redeem in their online store for full-sized products. One feature I ♥ about their website is that it details featured items you might see in your box, featured items for next month’s box you might see and the tracking number for each package. Extremely helpful – especially to ensure that you received everything that was hand selected for you by Birchbox. Currently they are only offering this for women but I saw a link on their site that shows beta testing for men which would be really interesting! If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please use my referral link to join now


alessandro | Nail Polish in Blue Lagoon – Launching exclusively in the Birchbox Shop, this extra opque polish has a satiny formula and wide brush for easy application. (Full-size, $12)

  • First Impressions: Blue is not usually a color I keep in my color palette for ANY beauty products (unless it’s Halloween) so I wasn’t thrilled with it. I’m a professional and it would be frowned upon to wear such a non-traditional hue on my finger OR toe nails but I’ll gladly set it aside for vacation! I love the wide brush – I wish more nail polishes had that feature. $12 is quite steep for an entire bottle, though. I don’t even pay that much for OPI or Essie!

Harvey Prince | Skinny Chic – Get a glass of half-full disposition with this optimistic blend of crisp green apple, sweet mint, and gentle lotus blossom. This light, aromatic mix will exude confidence and turn heads. (Full-size, $21-55)

  • First Impressions: Let’s just say Birchbox has thrown me into yet another perfume crush. The second I spritzed this scent on my skin I was in love. It’s fresh yet sweet and didn’t give me a headache like some other perfumes. My husband got a good laugh at watching me sniff my wrist every few minutes last night. The only con – it doesn’t last very long. I put some on this morning around 6:30 am and I can’t smell it any more even though it’s only 11 am.

Ojon | damage reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum – Repair stressed strands with this aromatic hair treatment – exotic ojon and macadamia oils work together to smooth and hydrate hair. (Full-size, $25)

  • First Impressions: My hair is naturally thin and errs on the side of oily so I’m not keen on adding any products that might exacerbate my chi. It smells amazing though and would seemingly work well for someone with dry/thick hair.

theBalm cosmetics | Put a Lid On It Eyelid Primer – Keep that pretty eye shadow crease-free with this stay-put primer, which also prevents smudges and smears. (Full-size, $18)

  • First Impressions: I’ve recently discovered why primer is SO important which means this was a perfect item to include in my Birchbox! I put some on this morning (prior to putting on eyeliner or shadow) and found that a very teeny tiny amount goes a LONG way – for both eyes! I will exercise caution when dispensing tomorrow morning but this morning I had to waste a bit of the product which was a shame. So far so good! My shadow AND liner went on flawlessly and still look as fresh as they did at 6:30 am.

Fresh | Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – With antioxidant-rich lotus flower extracts, this lush moisturizer protects skin from radicals and hydrates for a full 24 hours. (Full-size, $24)

  • First Impressions: The cream came in a small packet which I found a bit tricky to use – especially all in one sitting. I didn’t care much for the “dandelion field” scent it gave off but it sure did its job well. I applied it last night after washing my face and usually by morning my moisturizer is nowhere to be found and in its wake small dry patches but even after showering my face still appeared well hydrated! I didn’t have to add anything extra before applying my makeup.

January’s box was so-so. I’m not entirely sold on the idea of paying $10 a month for the samples I’ve been sent so far but at least I’ve discovered 2 new fragrances to add to my collection. Remember, if you want to purchase a subscription use my link to join!


Palmolive Fresh Infusions

I am sure most of you are asking yourself What’s a VoxBox? What’s Influenster? which is exactly the reaction I initially had just under a year ago after hearing the names for the first time. Influenster is a trendsetter community that uses your influence in order to qualify for complimentary PRODUCT SHIPMENTS, REWARDS & DEALS fit for your lifestyle. The more active you are, the more perks you get – easy as pie! A VoxBox is the technical term for the shipment of goodies you’ll receive if you are selected to product test once you’ve (in most cases) completed a simple survey. You can also increase the chance of being selected by connecting to and unlocking as many Influence Badges as possible once you create your profile.

Recently I was selected to participate in the #PalmoliveFreshInfusions campaign:


For this campaign I was sent 3 free, full size bottles of Palmolive‘s new line of Fresh Infusions dish soap. The scents I received are: Ginger White tea, Lemon Thyme and Lime Basil. All 3 smell amazing by Ginger White Tea is my current favorite. The other 2 make my kitchen smell like Spring stopped by for a visit though!

I gave the Ginger White Tea a test run last night on some dishes that had been sitting in my sink for far longer than I prefer but I digress. I put a little of the soap in my “magic” sponge wand and went to work. I was SHOCKED at how sudsy the product without having to use a ton at a time. I was able to clean a few dishes at a time with ease before having to dispense a little more. The scent was noticeable but not overbearing and my hands felt almost conditioned after I was done. I shared the Lime one with my MIL and she is now a huge fan as well! 🙂

For those that might not be big on scented products you can always opt to use gloves to prevent the scent from lingering on your skin afterward. Personally, I really enjoyed that aspect being a “scentsy” gal. Overall I am extremely impressed and proud to have a supply of Palmolive Fresh Infusions in my household.

If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself just visit your local Walmart where you can pick up a bottle for as little $2.96 for a 16 oz bottle – less if you score a coupon, great sale or both!