Monday, February 16, 2015

Sun Si'belle SPF30 Tinted Sunscreen Review

 Sun Si'belle SPF30 Tinted Sunscreen ReviewSun Si'belle's SPF30 Tinted Sunscreen provides broad spectrum chemical-free mineral protection against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. This light, non-greasy formula also contains antioxidants and age-defying ingredients like hyaluronic acid and CoQ10. Fruit extracts of pineapple and papaya provide mild exfoliation, sea kelp provides hydration, and antioxidants from tomatoes like Lycopene and Vitamin E treat and prevent the signs of aging.

This sunscreen has a skin-colored tint so it goes on smoothly and blends into skin rather than having a white cast. It really blends in nicely and doesn't leave a cakey or greasy look and feel. It feels moisturizing and hydrating. But the best part is that it contains natural and organic ingredients and is paraben and toxin free so I don't need to worry about using this on my face, unlike other sunscreens. Often chemical-laden sunscreens cause me to break out or irritate my facial skin, but this mineral-based formula works well on sensitive skin. It is gentle but still provides SPF30 protection.

The tube is 3.3 ounces and since it's tinted, I would recommend it mainly for face, neck and shoulders. It works well and feels good on my skin. It has a natural scent that is kind of strong but didn't bother me too much.

Overall Sun Si'Belle SPF30 Tinted Sunscreen is a natural and gentle formula that blends into skin and provides anti-aging benefits while protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2.4GHz Digital Wireless Headphones Review

The 2.4GHz Digital Wireless Headphones by RIF6 feature Hi-Fi stereo sound and a wireless transmitter that reaches up to 100 feet with radio frequency signals, so you don't need to be within site of the transmitter. The transmitter also serves as a charging dock, and rechargeable batteries are included.

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I am absolutely loving these headphones! They're so comfortable that I forget I'm wearing them - no headaches or pushing on my glasses or ears. They are adjustable and stay on snugly so I can move around and do things around the house with them on.

It took me awhile to figure out how to connect my TV to the charging dock - Turns out you need to use your TV's red and white cables if there isn't a headphone out jack on the TV. Thankfully another review on Amazon helped me figure this out. Once I had the TV connected, it was good to go! I would just suggest that maybe the directions could point out that you may need to use your TV's red and white cables.

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I love using these headphones for watching TV so that I don't disturb my roommate when she's sleeping or reading. I also like being able to walk around to clean the house, get something to drink, etc. without having to pause my shows.The headphones block out a lot of external noise but you can still hear a little bit like if someone is calling loudly for you, which I appreciate - that way I'm not totally deaf to the outside world. But for the most part, when I have them on, I am completely in my own world with my movies or music. The sound quality is very clear and the volume control is right on the headphones which is really handy. Another plus is that the set came with a long audio cable that I can connect to my MP3 player or laptop if I want to use the headphones without wireless.

The charging station is so handy, I keep it next to my TV and use the headphones all the time. Overall I am very impressed with these wireless headphones and love using them.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Super Strength Ultra-15 Probiotic Review

Super Strength Ultra-15 Probiotic ReviewZenwise Labs' Super Strength Probiotics contain 10 natural probiotic cultures that assist the body's digestive process and help to fight and protect against harmful bacteria, thereby promoting a healthy immune system. Each serving contains 15 billion live cultures, and the bottle contains a 60 day supply.

The pills themselves are medium-sized capsules that are easy to swallow. I really like that I only have to take one pill a day and can take it with or without food. So it's easy to take and no hassle at all. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome so taking a daily probiotic is really important for my digestive health and to keep me feeling well. This probiotic is potent with no side effects and it really seems to do the job. Every day that I take it, I feel more regular and have a better sense of overall wellness. I also really benefit from the immune support since I used to get sick a lot before taking probiotics.

I really trust these Super Strength Probiotics and have had a great experience with them. I plan to continue taking them daily to keep my gut and my body healthy. Learn more at

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil Review

Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil ReviewMajestic Pure's Fractionated Coconut Oil is a 16 ounce plastic bottle of pure and natural fractionated coconut oil. This is different than traditional coconut oil in that it is just a fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long-chain triglycerides are removed, leaving mainly medium-chain triglycerides. This makes it a completely saturated oil in liquid state, giving it a long shelf life and increased stability. The fractionating process also raises the concentration of Capric and Caprylic acid, giving it more of an antioxidant and disinfecting effect.

Fractionated coconut oil is meant for external use only on the skin and hair. This multipurpose carrier oil works as a natural moisturizer, a non-irritating lubricator, massage oil, hair growth stimulator, and it can be mixed with essential oils and other carrier oils. It's also great for DIY lotion and body care recipes.

I put lavender essential oil on my feet every night to help me sleep better, and although I should have always been using a carrier oil with it, I rarely did. But with this fractionated coconut oil, I was able to mix up some sleepy-time foot rub with both lavender (to help me sleep) and peppermint (to open my sinuses.) Not only does this give me a better way to use my essential oils, but it softens and moisturizes my feet while I sleep too. It absorbs really quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. Plus this carrier oil is odorless, colorless, and doesn't stain my sheets so I can use it without worry!

Overall, I highly recommend pure Fractionated Coconut Oil for use with essential oils, DIY recipes, and even on its own for a skin moisturizer. It's easy to use, works well, and lasts a long time. Plus it's much cheaper than traditional coconut oil.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Premium Celluloid Guitar Picks Review

Ceol Waves has created high-quality genuine celluloid picks for guitar, mandolin, banjo, or ukelele players. These medium gauge picks were created with serious musicians in mind, but are great for beginners too.

In my experience of playing acoustic guitar, medium gauge picks are ideal because they're thick enough to be sturdy but they're also flexible enough to produce a nice, smooth sound when strumming. These picks by Ceol Waves are smooth, black, and feel really nice between my fingers. They produce a pleasing sound and are easy to get used to. I love how the edges are smooth, and the gold foil brand logo looks classy.

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They come in a pack of 10, which is really nice because I'm bound to have a couple go missing from time to time. Plus, they come in a soft velvet pouch which is handy for storage. I'm very pleased with these picks for playing acoustic guitar, but I also think they could work for bass and electric guitars too.

Overall, these Premium Celluloid Guitar Picks are sturdy, high-quality, and produce beautiful sound.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Petunia Skincare Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit Review

Petunia Skincare's Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit is a set of 12 high quality brushes that come in a black faux-crocodile travel pouch. This kit is the complete set - it includes everything from the standard powder and blush brushes to lip and eyeliner brushes and even a fan brush for highlighter or bronzer.

Petunia Skincare Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit Review
Petunia Skincare Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit ReviewThis is by far one of the most comprehensive brush sets that I have seen - it goes beyond the basics and includes everything you need to apply makeup. I am very impressed with the softness and quality of the brush heads - some are synthetic, some are goat hair, and some are pony hair. They pick up powder really well and distribute it evenly across my face. I'm also really impressed with variety and style of brushes - from an eyebrow brush to eyeliner and even a concealer brush. The angle and edge of the concealer brush works really well to get into every little crevice and completely cover blemishes. It's also nice because then you're not using the oils from your fingers to irritate blemishes even more. I also love the fan brush for highlighter or bronzer powder. I've never had a fan brush before but it works great for lightly dusting your face with a hint of bronzer so you get that sun-kissed look without going overboard.

One thing I thought was odd was that the flat large brush with white tips is being called a blush brush and the fluffy black angled brush is called a foundation brush. To me, at least in my personal experience and opinion, I find that the angled brush works better for blush and the flat brush makes more sense for liquid foundation. Maybe it's just me, but that's what I would recommend.

This kit also comes with protectors for the brushes so that they don't lose their shape or quality. I love the little clutch that the brushes come in - it's great for travel and looks cute too. Plus it keeps the brushes all in one spot so you don't lose them.

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Overall, I really like these brushes and think that this is a complete, quality set for both amateur and advanced beauty buffs. Plus, Petunia Skincare is a member of PETA, so they don't test on animals and no animals were harmed to create these natural brushes.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Adeline Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Matrixyl Review

Adeline Beauty's Anti-Aging Moisturizer contains five powerful ingredients to fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin - Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These are all powerful and effective skincare ingredients when used individually, but Adeline put them all together into one product so that getting more youthful and nourished skin is quick and easy!

Adeline Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Matrixyl ReviewMatrixyl is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair, so it's great for long-term anti-aging skincare. Combined with the rest of the ingredients in the formula, this Anti-Aging Moisturizer doubles the collagen that skin needs for elasticity, meaning wrinkles will fade away and become less noticeable. Plus it hydrates well which is really important for wrinkle reduction and prevention.

The cream is white and doesn't take much to spread on my whole face and neck. It tingles a little bit and I can definitely smell the Peppermint Oil, which is one of the last ingredients listed. Despite the peppermint and tingle, my face didn't seem sensitive or irritated by the moisturizer which can sometimes happen with these type of products. It is gentle but yet does seem to have powerful results - making my dry, uneven skin look more plump, smooth, and toned.

Not only is this product packed with effective ingredients, but it simultaneously leaves out the bad stuff like parabens, sulfates, fillers, additives, or added fragrances. The more I learn about those types of nasty fillers, the more I realize how important it is to use safe and high quality skincare. Adeline Beauty is a trust-worthy brand that I really like, and I recommend this anti-aging moisturizer.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Stay Healthy with the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program #sponsored #MetLifeTDP

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year? Many people resolve to be healthier each year, which is one of my resolutions. But this year, instead of thinking of it like "I need to diet, lose weight, etc.", I'm looking at getting healthy as striving for overall wellness. This includes mind, body, and spirit. It encompasses more than just eating better or hitting the gym (although that helps too!)

For example, I've already started scheduling my yearly checkups at the doctor and dentist, and I went to the eye doctor last week to get that checkup taken care of. I got a hair trim, a new job (Okay, so that wasn't exactly part of my resolution, but it sure does make me feel happy and fulfilled!), and I will be going to a support group at my church starting next week. All of these things contribute to overall wellness and health. And I've found that if you don't start thinking of these things right away at the start of the year, it's easy to put them off for another year... and then two years... and pretty soon you may find that your health is in decline, your sense of well-being is diminished, or that those minor tooth pains develop into the need for a root canal.

MetLife strives to help families get and stay healthy with programs like the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program which is part of the TRICARE Health Plan for military families. This program is flexible and convenient so that families can have continuous coverage worldwide no matter where they move or what changes in status occur during the year. It is also cost-effective with low monthly premiums and a cost share for a variety of dental procedures. It covers two dental cleanings and exams per year, plus a third cleaning for pregnant women. Not to mention great coverage on things like fillings, procedures, and other dental services.

MetLife TRICARE Dental Program 2015 Monthly Premiums
As with any healthcare program, changes can occur from year to year and it's good to stay informed of these updates. The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is making annual changes to their monthly premium as of February 1, 2015. The premiums vary depending on number of members enrolled and the sponsor's status, but they start at just $11.30 for an individual with little or no cost-shares for many dental services. There's no annual deductible, and family members remain covered regardless of their sponsor's change in status to and from active duty. You can find more detailed information about the monthly premium changes at the MetLife TRICARE Dental Plan Premiums webpage.

It's important to note that military families must enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program separately from the TRICARE Health Plan in order to obtain dental coverage. And although enrolling is a 12-month commitment, after that 12-month period is complete, enrollment may be continued on a month-to-month basis. So you're not locked in to anything. Visit the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program website for more information and to enroll.

And remember - don't let another year slip by before you make good on those resolutions to stay healthy this year. Make a plan, get your checkups, and be well!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Naturalico Vitamin C Serum Review

Naturalico Vitamin C Serum ReviewNaturalico Vitamin C Serum is a combination of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum that addresses existing damage while providing potent antioxidant protection from new damage. Vitamin C brightens skin and stimulates collagen production while hyaluronic acid moisturizes to keep lines and wrinkles less deep. The Vitamin C serum also helps with age spots and to even skin tone.

This clear serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. I found that it's easy to use too much so start with a little and add more to your face as needed, rather than using a whole dropper full. It really makes my face feel smooth and soft but also tighter and more toned. My skin looks even and glowing after using this, and it's gentle on the skin too.

You'll still want to use a moisturizer afterward, but a Vitamin C serum is a great addition to any skincare regimen.

Overall, Naturalico Vitamin C Serum is gentle and leaves my skin feeling smooth, looking toned, and glowing.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Pro Vet Choice Stain & Odor Eliminator Review

Pro Vet Choice Stain & Odor Eliminator is a 32 oz. spray bottle of professional strength pet stain and odor remover. It is formulated with enzymes and bacterial microorganisms to clean tough stains without using toxic chemicals. The enzymes break down proteins in the organic matter so the bacteria can use them as a food source. The microorganisms literally eat the stain until it's gone. They can work up to 80 hours and leave no residue or odor, which helps eliminate the problem of pets marking the same spot again.

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Not only does this product remove stains and odors effectively (just take a look at the before and after photos below), but it can also be used to freshen and deodorize pet bedding and crates or anywhere pets spend time. This is awesome for my household with two dogs and a cat - we have our share of accidents and vomit from time to time! Dotty threw up the other night and the stain completely went away with this remover, not to mention that it didn't change the color of the carpet or leave any residue. I also like that it's non-toxic so it's safe for pets and children.

And for any dog owners, you know that "dog smell" that can happen on pet bedding, so it's great to have a non-toxic and effective deodorizer on hand - not just something that masks the smell but actually eliminates it.

Overall, Pro Vet Choice Stain & Odor Eliminator is effective and safe, and I recommend it for any pet owner.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, January 26, 2015

AYL StarLight 330 LED Lantern Review

The AYL StarLight 330 is an LED Lantern providing 300 Lumens of light with little to no heat generated. The LED lights are guaranteed for up to 100,000 hours of use and never need replacing.
It can be used continuously for up to six days, making it an ideal light source in an emergency. And the sturdy rubber and ABS plastic construction make the lantern durable and water resistant.

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I am very impressed with this small but powerful lantern. It's travel-friendly in size but provides lots of light. There is a regular setting, high setting, and then flashing light setting for the use of signaling. The regular setting is bright enough to light your path when walking in the dark, but if you really need to light up the area, the high setting is super bright. The cover of the lantern easily twists off for a more focused light. Plus, there's a little hanger that flips out of the bottom of the lantern to turn it into an area light inside a tent or on a tree branch at the campsite.

This little lantern is great for everyday home use, camping, boating, emergency use, and even just going for a walk in the evening. It's small and light, easy to carry with the folding handle, and so versatile for any type of use. It takes 3 D batteries, so you'll want to keep extras on hand for replacements, especially if you use this as an emergency light. But it really seems to last a long time, especially with the LED lights that don't use much energy.

AYL StarLight 330 LED Lantern Review

Overall, the AYL StarLight 330 Lantern is ideal for any outdoorsman, adventurer, homeowner, or even for kids who like to make forts and need a handy little lantern. A must-have for your emergency kit and to pack along on camping trips.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.