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One of the primary activities I do on this blog is write product reviews. Truthfully, I love receiving new products and trying them out. I think it is really interesting to see the latest innovations out there and figuring out the pros and cons.

I have been asked before, where do you get all that stuff that you review? Well there are several places to get started! One of my favorites is Influenster!

So what is Influenster? Well here is the low down, directly from their website:

Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!

We invite our most active and social media savvy members to participate in exclusive rewards campaigns

The basic premise is this. If you love social media and have a strong interest in sharing your opinion on products with your friends, family and followers, then Influenster wants you to join their growing community!

So how do you get started? It is incredibly easy! First of all, let me emphasize that Influenster is completely FREE to join. There are no membership fees of any kind. All you do is enter your basic information, then connect all your social media accounts through your personal Social Impact page. The more connected you are on social media, the higher your Influenster score will be.

Once you sign up, then you should definitely LIKE the Influenster Facebook and Twitter pages. It is here that you will hear about many upcoming and ongoing campaigns (called VoxBox programs) that are happening.

Personally, I only found out about Influenster in the last year. In that time, I have been invited to participate in two campaigns. Firstly, I sampled and reviewed Broadway imPRESS press on nails. Recently, I reviewed some Lancome Grandiose mascara. Both campaigns were hugely fun, and as a beauty product junkie, it was so cool to try out these new products, and share my views.

So, are you INTRIGUED? Do you want to join? Well, all you have to do is click here!

Product Review/Giveaway: Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum (Can/US) (10/07)

drsongSkin care is really a changing field. Once upon a time, it seemed that everyone owned a few staples, like cold cream. There were not a ton of options, and certainly people’s individual skin needs were not seen as important.

Now skin care is really an emerging field for scientific research. It’s not just a matter of putting a pretty looking package together, people want to know that what they put on their face is actually backed up by hard science. We know what kinds of things contribute to aging skin, now companies are racing to create products which help to mitigate the effects of pollution, UV exposure, smoking, stress, and genetics.

Science is the principle which underlies Dr. Song’s Vitamin C Serum. Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Their products are manufactured in the U.S., and are all fully FDA compliant. They adhere to strict quality control procedures, so that you can be assured that what is on their labels is actually in the bottle.

Their vitamin C serum is comprised of 20% vitamin C, but also other ingredients which help to restore the health and appearance of aging skin. These ingredients include: vitamin E, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. Vitamins C and E are known anti-oxidants which help to reverse the effects of damaging free radicals to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance which is known to decline in aging skin; using this ingredient in a topical formulation helps to restore the fullness to your skin.

I have been using this serum for approximately 3 weeks and have been very happy with it. I use a small amount in the evening after I wash and dry my face. The serum is dispensed using an glass eye dropper. It is a fairly viscous liquid, so I rubbed it quickly between my hands to increase its temperature and decrease its viscosity, and then I applied it to my entire face and neck. I waited at least 5 minutes to allow it time to completely absorb through my skin before applying my nighttime moisturizer. Despite its texture, I didn’t find this serum to be overly sticky. It seemed to absorb very nicely through my skin, and it didn’t leave any residue. Also despite the label which indicated that it contained a fragrance, I didn’t detect any noticeable scent.

You can currently purchase Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum on Amazon. (It is being offered at a very good promotional price right now, an excellent value!)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Spongellé Pedi Buffer

spongelleIt’s getting to be that time of year here in Canada; the nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and my skin is getting dryer. It’s a subtle change, but I definitely sense my feet are getting worse.

My feet take a terrible beating in the winter with the combination of two factors: being on my feet for 8 consecutive hours each day at work, and cold, dry weather. It gets really bad at this time of the year. My feet get super dry, and begin cracking. It really doesn’t let up at all until the weather starts to warm up in late spring. Brutal!

It takes a real committed regimen of exfoliating and moisturizing in order to keep your feet healthy. If you start to neglect this part of your body, it takes very little time before your skin starts looking and feeling terrible.

Enter the Spongellé Beach Grass Pedi-Buffer. It’s a product which is specifically designed to cleanse, smooth and rejuvenate tired feet. It’s a 3-in-1 product which really helps you take care of your feet while making them feel fabulous.

So how do you use it? It’s really easy. Simply moisten the buffer and squeeze to produce a rich lather. Use the softer side of the buffer to wash your feet. Then use the coarser side of the buffer to exfoliate and remove dead skin from your feet. Then you squeeze any excess water out of the buffer, and put it away for next time. Each buffer is multi-use, and meant to last for approximately 30 washes.

It is formulated with many natural ingredients including peppermint, arnica, sea kelp and bladderwrack. This product is not tested on animals, and is manufactured (and patented) in the U.S.A.

I have been using the Spongellé Pedi-Buffer for a few weeks, and I absolutely adore it. The scent is light, but absolutely dreamy. I love the combination of soft and rough textures, which allows you to clean and exfoliate your feet very easily. After showering, I used a nice heavy moisturizer, and my feet felt and looked great.

The Spongellé Pedi-Buffer makes a wonderful gift idea or simply get one for your own tired, achy feet! You can find out more about this product at the Spongellé online store.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Supplement

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Since I have been in my early teens, I have had intermittent problems with my digestive health. It’s nothing terribly serious, but enough that I have been on medication for most of that time. During the last five years or so, I toyed with the idea of taking a probiotic supplement to improve my overall digestive health. For one reason or another, I never did try one. So when I was sent a bottle of Hyperbiotics Pro-15 to sample, it seemed like the perfect time to start.

First of all, I should start with the basics. What the heck are probiotics anyway? Well, to put it simply, they are actually bacteria! Yes, bacteria! Not the pathogenic types that make us sick and land us in the hospital, these are what we call GOOD bacteria. They live in our bodies naturally, peacefully coexisting, and participating in many daily bodily processes of which we are blissfully unaware. It has now been theorized that a lack of good bacteria in our bodies can contribute to a host of medical problems.

When I received the Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Supplement, the first thing that I noticed was the size. The tablets themselves are tiny, and circular! Here is what they look like in comparison to some other capsules you might see:

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So I loved the size and shape, which allowed me to swallow them easily. I can get easily turned off by a vitamin supplement if they are too large, so this one is really ideal.

A unique feature of this product is that they are designed to be released slowly into your intestinal tract, rather than being “dumped” into the stomach and upper intestines. The net benefit is a sustained effect throughout the day, and less chance of side effects like bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Each little pill contains 5 billion units of good bacteria, including lactobacillus, bifidobacterium and streptococcus. Because of the patented slow-release technology, these 5 billion units are equivalent to 75+ billion units of a normal (non-time released) probiotic supplement.

This product is a real winner with me. It is highly potent, very easy to take, and requires no refrigeration. It only needs to be taken once per day, and is very easy to integrate into your daily routine. If you are looking for a superior probiotic supplement, then I would highly recommend this product.

You can purchase Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Capsules on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Olixar Laserlight Stylus Pen #mobilefuncom

olixarI received a really cool product to review–a true multitasker. It’s the Olixar Laserlight 4 in 1 Stylus Pen. So obviously, it’s a writing instrument. And it’s a nice pen for sure. It has the feel and look of a high end ballpoint pen. What’s the whole 4-in-1 thing all about?

Well, besides dispensing ink, it also acts as a stylus for your smartphone or tablet. It has a soft rubber cushion on the end (see photo above) which you can use (instead of your finger!) to browse the internet, play games, or download apps. I gave this function a test drive on my smartphone, and can attest that it did the job admirably. I have a larger sized smartphone, and it did the job really well. (Plus, on the up side, it minimizes the whole “grubby fingerprints on the screen” problem!)

Next cool function of this pen? Torch light! Yup, you heard right, it’s a little LED powered flashlight! Now while I might now use this function quite as frequently, it’s still a pretty cool feature. Here is the photograph demonstrating its torch power:

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Lastly, you can also use the Olixar Laserlight Stylus Pen as a laser pointer. This is not a function that I would use in my day-to-day job, but my husband, who often has to give Power Point presentations at work, would really love to use it. I tried it out on our living room wall, and it worked beautifully. (However, the kids got a little too geeked about it, and I had to remind them that they are NOT allowed to play with laser pointers!)

This is a really cool little gadget, and a super gift idea for the tech-crazed, gadget loving, business executive friend or family member. It would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. It is a high quality product, and very reasonably priced. You can check it out at the MobileFun online store.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Product Review: Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount #dashgrab

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Recently I was sent a Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount to review. I have not owned a product like this before, despite having a smartphone for at least five years. Generally, when I am driving, I keep my phone stashed somewhere, never in the same place. Its not the best system. More than once, my phone has slipped off the seat and gotten misplaced while I am on the road. Clearly, a better option is needed. Now that I own a car which allows a Bluetooth connection with my smartphone, it makes sense to have a dashboard mount to secure my mobile.

I really liked the Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount. It is literally “ready to go” right out of the package. No assembly required, which is important for me, because I am not good at putting things together. All you have to do is remove the adhesive on the mount, and stick it on the surface of your choice, whether it is your car dashboard or your desk.

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The construction on this phone mount is very durable. It easily held my smartphone, (an HTC One) and held it securely while I was driving. It is compatible with a wide range of smartphones including the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia Lumia, Sony XPeria and Moto X. Obviously it can also be used to secure something smaller like a GPS as well.

The Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount is able to rotate 360 degrees, and can also swivel side to side. The arm which grips your smartphone is able to open up to 4 inches. The silicone mount easily adheres to surfaces like the dashboard of your car, and there is no concern about it slipping around.

I really liked this product, and definitely would recommend it if your are looking for a durable and versatile phone or GPS mount. Thumbs up!

You can purchase the Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review: Brainwavz S1 IEM Earphones

brainwavz1It’s been the last few warm days of summer, so I have been taking advantage of the temperatures by taking my dog for lots of walks. It is one of my favorite things to do, and I know my dog loves it too. Typically it’s just me, the dog, and my mp3 player with some great music to get me moving.

Recently, I got the opportunity to try out some new headphones called the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones. Having been previously used to wearing fairly low cost earbuds, I was eager to try out something new to perhaps offer me a better sound experience.

First thing to say about these earphones is that the cord is flat. This is a good feature and makes it less prone to tangle. I can attest to this fact as I am pretty hard on my earbuds, and am constantly getting them all knotted up.

Second thing that made these earphones unique was the aluminum metal housing which covers the portion which goes in the ear. It gives it a very durable feel, and it also looks great.

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The sound quality from these earphones was fantastic. I tested a number of different types of music (rock, hip-hop, pop and classical) and found that the bass quality was really nice. I also listened to several podcasts and it produced great sound for a wide variety of vocal types. The way that the foam tips fit into your ears snugly really helped to enhance the bass sounds.

The Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones come in a case which contains 6 silicone tips, 2 bi-flange tips, 2 tri-flange tips, an airplane adapter and an earphone carrying case. A really nice package setup, in my opinion!

While I am not an audiophile, I have used my share of earphones over the ears, and can honestly say that the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones are the best. They are very durable, portable and great for the everyday listener.

You can purchase the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Review/Giveaway: Provacare Foaming Wash (09/17)

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Provacare Foaming Wash to review at no charge. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes you come across a product and you think “Hey! Why didn’t think of this before!”

This was the thought I had when I first came across Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash. This is a cleaning product for a woman’s pelvic region; it is designed to gently clean this sensitive area without using any harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Everyone wants to feel CLEAN. Especially at certain times of the month, it can be a very difficult problem to overcome. However using regular soaps or body washes is really not the answer. Conventional soaps are not designed for a woman’s private areas; the combination of fragrance and pH differentials can cause irritation.

Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash is ideally suited to a woman’s unique health needs. It is ideal for women to use on a daily basis. It can also be used for unique situations like menstruation, pregnancy or when she is suffering from a vaginal infection (bacterial or yeast).

Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash uses natural ingredients to achieve the CLEAN effect. It uses aloe vera and witch hazel to help gently clean a woman’s sensitive skin. You won’t find any fragrances or harsh abrasive chemicals in this product. It comes in a convenient pump bottle which allows you to easily dispense it onto a sponge, washcloth or puff.

I have been using Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash for about a week now, and can attest that it is very gentle. I didn’t notice any discernible scent and it was very easy and convenient to use.

Since discovering this product, I have been recommending it to my female clients at the pharmacy who have been looking for a feminine wash. Women have traditionally thought of a douche product as a way to clean their genital region, however this is not a recommended way to maintain hygiene! It is great to be able to recommend a product that meets a woman’s needs without harming her sensitive skin.

You can find Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash at most pharmacy chains and mass merchandisers.

Provacare Giveaway Prize

Great News! The generous folks at Mentholatum Canada have kindly agreed to give one of my readers a Provacare Spa Gift Set worth $60. It includes a bottle of Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash, Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules, and a spa kit. Just enter below! Note: Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

 

 

 

Review/Giveaway: Sticker You Custom Labels (Can/US) (09/04)

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I was recently given the opportunity to sample some personalized labels from Sticker You. This company has an AMAZING online store which enables you to create custom made labels, decals, window clings, stickers or temporary tattoos. You think of the occasion, they have the product you need to make it truly your own. I was floored by the number of products that they offer. Having to choose one to review was difficult!

I reviewed some custom made vinyl labels which I made for kitchen use. One thing that I love to do is bake and cook for friends and family. A favorite gift around the holidays is to bake cookies, squares or bars and box them up in cute containers. It is always much appreciated, especially for “hard to buy for” relatives. The finishing touch is a customized label which shows that the baked creation is all YOURS!

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This is the container which I selected. It is soon to be filled with chocolate chip cookies and double chocolate chip cookies. (These are the favorites around our house!)

Another great idea that I saw on the Sticker Me site was jam jar labels. This was the first year that I ever tried making homemade jam, and at the time I did not have any cute labels. Next year, I will get some custom made jam jar labels from Sticker Me to dress up my creation.

If you are planning a wedding, then you should definitely check out Sticker Me’s offerings which can help personalize your big day. You can design your own custom made wine bottle labels or monogrammed labels for some cute party favors. Truly, your imagination is the limit.

If your school aged child is prone to losing their books, toys or clothes, you can also pick up some really cute personalized name labels to keep their stuff from going missing.

Check out Sticker Me’s online store for all their product offerings!

The generous folks at Sticker You are offering one of my winners a gift code! You can win 2 pages of custom made vinyl sticker labels in our new giveaway! Enter below, and good luck!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

Book Review: Time Out Of Joint

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I recently read a book of historical fiction entitled “Time Out Of Joint: The Story of a Family” by Dorothy Shefer-Venson. The book is a work of fiction, but based on historical documents which came out of Germany during World War II. The story centers around the Von Dornbach family, who are a thriving Jewish family living in Hamburg during the early years of the twentieth century. After the First World War, the political climate begins to change with the formation of the Nazi Party, and so too the fate of this family becomes much less certain.

The family consists of the patriarch, Robert, a successful tobacco merchant and his wife and children. His daughter Grethe is a free spirit who rejects the traditional life of a young Jewish girl, and travels to Paris to live a bohemian life with her boyfriend Roman. Siegfried, the eldest son, is a promising young man who is suddenly struck with meningitis in his teens. Though he survives, his health, both physically and mentally, never quite recovers. The youngest child, Hermann, is a sensitive soul who prefers the pursuit of music to that of his study books. The parents are trying to steer their children into solid, traditional roles against the tides of change which are swirling all around.

The tone of this story is somber, and it was sometimes hard to read. It reminds us of a time during which horrific events caused the deaths of millions of innocent people. It is hard not to root for this family as they struggle to surmount incredible odds. Knowing that the facts of this book are rooted in reality only adds to the emotional impact of this work.

I genuinely liked this book and highly recommend it to people who are fans of historical fiction. It is definitely a book which packs an emotional punch. The characters, though they inhabit circumstances vastly different from my own, are achingly human and face the same types of insecurities that we all face.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.