Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Evande Skincare Review

This review is sponsored, meaning I received these products for free. This does not affect my opinion at all, and the opinions expressed below are 100% honest and my own. Now, let's get started.

I received three products from Evande, a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
Let's start with the cleanser.
First off, the top is the type of top that you have to turn to open (when you first get it), sort of like Lubriderm lotion, and at first, you need multiple pumps to get the cleanser out. The cleanser smells a bit like baby powder, and to apply it, as the instructions don't seem to require dampening your face first, it seems like all you have to do is rub it onto your face in a gentle, circular motion. It applied easily and was a nice, gentle, creamy cleanser, and you really only need one pump to have enough to cleanse your entire face. After rinsing with water, my skin felt a bit greasy, like I just put on lotion, at first, but after a few seconds, my skin felt clean and not too dry. Overall, I loved this cleanser. It worked much better than I thought it would, and although I didn't really test the make-up removing feature, I'm sure that it would do just as well for that job, so I would recommend it.

Next, the toner.
For the toner, you can choose to either spray it directly onto your face and neck, or dab it on. In my test, I sprayed it directly on, so my observations reflect that. I found that it takes a few presses to get going, but it comes out quite easily. It's a clear spray, and you only need about 2-3 sprays to cover everything. It smelled a bit flowery and clean, and after spraying, I swiped it across my face and neck as minimally as possible and waited for it to dry up. As it dried up, it felt like there were mini bubbles popping on my skin, and my skin felt like it was tightening. Overall, my skin felt a bit tighter and firmer, and my pores seemed to close a bit more.

Lastly, the moisturizer.
The moisturizer had the same kind of twist pump as the cleanser and once again, needed a few pumps before it finally came out. I used only one pump to cover the face and neck, and like the toner, it smelled a bit flowery. It was easy to smooth onto my skin and absorbed quite quickly into my skin. Afterwards, my skin felt soft and smooth, and it didn't look shiny or feel greasy. Overall, I would recommend this moisturizer.

With that, thank you for reading and I'll see you next time. Bye!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up Review

Hey guys, sorry it has been so long, but the last reviews should be coming out faster. However, I think that I'm going to stop once I'm finished. I can't really find the time and energy to get these done, so I am going to stop as soon as I finish the rest of the reviews I had promised.

First off, I want to say that this review is in fact sponsored and I received a coupon for a free box of this kit and a $20 Ulta GC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are still 100% honest and 100% mine and I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Now let's start.
I used the coupon and got the shade 3 for black hair and it's supposed to match a variety of shades including the ones shown below in the picture (Excellence- 1 Black & 3 Natural Black, Preference- 3 Soft Black & 2 Natural Black, Nutrisse- 10 Black, John Frieda Precision Foam- 2A Blue Black, Nice 'N Easy- 122 Natural Black & 124 Natural Blue Black, Nice 'N Easy Colorblend Foam- 2 Black):
Inside of the kit was everything shown in the picture (instructions, plastic gloves, a little plastic tray, the root touch-up brush, the permanent color creme, and color activating lotion):
My thoughts:
First off, the gloves, like usual, were oversized and felt like they were made from vinyl tablecloths.
About the hair color itself, it was easy to mix up, as all you had to do was empty each component into the provided plastic tray and use the provided brush to mix. The color cream squeezed out easily from its tube and had a pearly black-brown color. It honestly smelled absolutely disgusting. The activating lotion was a milky white. After mixing, it still smelled very bad, even with the bathroom fan on. When applying the hair color onto my roots, it was pretty easy to apply with the brush, but I still asked my friend to help. It took about 20-25 minutes to apply everything and another 10 to wait before I could rinse it all off. In actuality, I waited 15, because my hair's pretty stubborn, before rinsing. It rinsed out quite easily and foams when the water hits it. It took a couple minutes before the water began to run clear. In the end, my hair turned out to be not completely black, but good enough. Overall, the coloring was decent, but it really stank. I don't know if I would recommend it, but it is true that most hair coloring products stink, so if you're in the market for hair coloring products, it's an option.

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you for the next review.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Spellbinders Review

This is the first of the last sponsored reviews I have. Yes, it is sponsored, meaning I received these products for free. This does not affect my opinion at all and the opinions expressed below are 100% honest and my own. Now, let's get started.
I received two little kits for two different projects from Spellbinders for this review that feature their new Celebrations collection. One kit was for a little card and the other for a treat bag. However, Spellbinders doesn't sell these kits. They actually only sell most of the supplies used to make these projects. Therefore, this review will be mostly about what I thought of the materials rather than anything on, for example, the ease of the instructions I received for the kits.
I thought that the materials included & sold by Spellbinders were of good quality. The card stock was pretty heavy & durable and the textures made by die templates were well imprinted into the paper. The patterned paper (polka-dotted paper) had two different sides with different patterns on each side and the colors printed onto the paper to create the pattern were bright, bold, and really popped.
The other side of the polka-dotted paper
The tags were made using their card stock, one of their stamps, and their ink. I found that the stamped on words and designs tended to have a lighter, less bold quality when the ink is of a lighter shade. What I mean by that is that the ink leaves behind more blank, no-ink bits on the paper when the ink is orange (a lighter shade) than when it is purple (a darker shade). I'm not sure if this is because of the ink itself or if the stamps simply needed another coat of the lighter inks, but it's an observation I made. All the other various embellishments (e.g. sequins, string, etc.) also seem well made. Overall, I think their products are a crafter's dream. They sell various supplies that could be used to make crafts better and prettier than ever before. However, I'd just be careful with the lighter inks. There should be no problem and it could just be that whoever printed it didn't use enough ink on the stamp, but just take a note of what I observed when you buy from Spellbinders.
If you'd like to purchase anything from Spellbinders, click here to see what they are selling.
Now for a little something else.
The kits I received allowed me to make these:
I scanned the instructions for the crafts (Note: I did not think up these crafts myself. I believe they are the property of Spellbinders.) & they include a shopping list for the supplies needed for the crafts if you'd like to make them. Here they are below:

So, that's it for this review. Thank you for reading and I'll see you all next time!

Quick Update

Hi everybody. I know I have not posted in a very long time and I'm sorry for not doing so. I'm currently thinking a few things through, but for now, I've decided this.
I am not going to abandon this blog, but I believe that after I finish all of the reviews I've been asked to write in exchange for free products, I will not write another sponsored post. Instead, I will update rather infrequently, but with products I've purchased myself and feel like sharing my experience about.
This type of blogging I'm currently doing has been feeling ridiculous. Each group giveaway post is practically like bloggers begging for follows, likes, views, etc. Essentially, social media attention and such. So, with 183 posts on giveaways, how low have I gone? Each sponsored review has been completely honest as I've always said in the beginnings or ends of my posts, but I don't know how many people believe my words since it was free to me. For all the other posts, they are probably either blogger ops or some sort of post where I was trying to make money, whether for our blog or, let's face it, me/my family. The blogger ops were to get attention for the group giveaways I later posted about and the sponsored posts/affiliated-linked posts were quite a bit of a low for me. I'm sorry about that.
Anyway, the main point I'm making is this. After I finish the reviews I'm obligated to write (I have 9 left I believe… yes, I was being lazy. I'm sorry.), I will not write another sponsored post. I will write non-sponsored reviews instead. Like this blog was intended to be like.
Of course, this post isn't intended to bash any bloggers or anything like that because frankly, that would be stupid. If it's offensive to anyone, I'm sorry for making you feel that way when it wasn't intended to hurt anyone.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Slide Giveaway!

Welcome to the Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Slide Sweepstakes!

Sponsored by: - Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 
Please take a moment to read Mom to Bed by 8's Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Slide review and see how this single water park changed her #summerdreams! 
Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Summer That, Finger Click Saver, The Chirping Moms, Our Piece of Earth, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, Nest Full of New and The Deal Match Maker. The Slam 'n' Curve Slide is the perfect backyard inflatable water slide! This amazing water slide by Little Tikes features a climbing wall, curved slide and large wading pool area. It is large enough for multiple children to use at once, but folds compactly for easy storage. Woot! 
To be honest, I haven't tried this out, so I have no clue whether this is true, but I do know that Little Tikes is a brand I trust to make safe toys for kids, so I'm sure that this water slide is no exception. 
Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Inflatable Water Slide:
  • Inflatable backyard water slide and pool built from puncture-resistant material
  • Fun inflatable rock wall leads to a slippery slide
  • Slide with a gentle curve at the end for a ride into the refreshing pool
  • Roomy splash pool
  • Includes: Inflatable basketball hoop and ball
  • Step-down inside wall for easy entrance and exit
  • Stakes anchor the bouncer firmly in place
  • Large enough for several children
  • Deflates and folds compactly for easier storage
  • Blower required for inflation
  • Heavy-duty blower with GFCI plug included
  • Comes with stakes, repair kit and storage bag
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Accommodates up to 3 children
  • Connect to your garden hose and turn on water flow
  • Dimensions: 10'8"L x 13'1"W x 7'9"H

One winner will receive a Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Slide.

Giveaway ends June 30th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. 
Excludes Quebec. 
Only one entrant per household, per address. 
Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 
Enter using the giveaway form below. 
Good luck! 
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mami KF7 All in One Vacuum Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Mami
This seems like an interesting machine to have in your home! I don't really know since I haven't used it, but I guess it's worth checking out.
The Mami KF7 Series is a vacuum cleaner that can do it all. It can brush, vacuum and mop. It has attachable microfiber pads that can wipe away messes while it vacuums. The KF7 Series also has more values that you can take into consideration such as an accessible hand held cleaner. Doesn’t that sound like something you could use in your home to make your life just a little bit easier?
Jennifer at Life of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with Mami on a review. Visit her page here and read her full review.
Life of a Southern Mom and Mami has teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring our readers a chance to win their very own Mami KF7 Series in White. See the giveaway details below for more information on how you can enter for a chance to win.
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**Giveaway Details** June 6th - June 20th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Prize: One winner will receive a Mami KF7 All in One Robot Vacuum in White. (ARV $449)
**How to Enter** By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck and thanks for entering.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

X-Box One Giveaway!

X-Box ONE Giveaway!

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Co-hosted by:
Barbara's BeatMOMenvy BlogArmy Wife to Suburban LifeMomStart and Simply Sherryl

xBox One
June 2  To June 16 11:59pm EST.
Valid only in the Continental United States.
Void where prohibited
18 years or older to enter/only 1 entrant per household
Winner is chosen through
All entries are optional.
All winning entries will be verified.
Good luck everyone!

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