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Product Review – Glorybrew Coffee Pods in The Duke Medium Roast

GloryBrew coffee pods


I usually excited to try most new products. And I am always happy when products get sent to me for reviews. But I am especially excited to share this product with all of my readers because to my knowledge there is no other company that fills the need of this product. Today I am reviewing the Glorybrew Coffee Pods in The Duke, which is their medium roast.

Glorybrew Coffee Pods

They are available in three flavors as well as a variety pack, and they come in three size options. They work in all brewers that accept K-Cup portion packs.

What really excited me about trying this, and I think what makes it stand out from other coffee pods, is that it is 100% compostable. I have seen quite a few on the market that are 98% or even a couple that are 99% compostable, but this is the only one that is 100% compostable that has come to my attention.

This has been a much discussed topic among my friends, as I am sure it has among any group that cares about our environment. What do you do when a traditional coffee maker doesn’t make sense for your lifestyle, but you really hate that all of the coffee pods are piling up so high in our landfills. Maybe these coffee pods from Glory Brew are the solution.

100% compostable coffee pods

Here is what it says: Lid – 2.0 Compatible, Ring – Brown ring made using coffee chaff, Filter – Made using renewable bio-based materials.

These are compostable in Industrial Facilities, not back yard compost. So what that will mean for most of the readers here in the US is that if your city offers a yard waste collection container, that is where you would most likely want to dispose of your pods. Make sure to check with your city’s guidelines on what can be put in those containers first. And if you want more information on what to do with these pods, you can find out more information on that at http://www.purpod100.com.

Now let’s get back to the actual product itself.

Sealed foil packet the GloryBrew coffee pods come in

When you open up the box, instead of the pods being out, you find this resealable foil bag. I was a little confused by this at first, but as soon as I opened the bag I understood why.

GloryBrew coffee pods

You can sort of see in the picture the pods aren’t exactly made the way most coffee pods are. They are the same width at the top, and they do absolutely fit the Keurig I have. However, they are much shorter. And instead of the plastic bottoms like most coffee pods have they have a material like a thick coffee filter.

Once I opened the bag the smell was very obvious and potent, just like opening a can of coffee, which you don’t typically get with a traditional coffee pod. That is when I understood why they needed the resealable bag, its to keep the coffee fresh. The downside to this would be, you won’t be able to store these in coffee pod drawers.

Glorybrew coffee pods fits any Keurig or other machine that accepts k-Cups

And of course I made a few cups to try out. Both myself and my husband tried the coffee. I think of myself as casual coffee drink. I have never felt like I had to have it, though that is changing slightly as I get older. I typically drink flavored coffee and drink my coffee with a lot of cream and sugar. My husband on the other hand has been long time serious coffee drinker. He drinks his coffee black and does not want anything flavored.

From my perspective I thought it was alright, and it would certainly do okay as long as I used a flavored creamer. I would love to see them add some flavored coffees, because that would have me drinking more. My husband on the other hand thought it was perfect, and was exactly what he would expect from a medium roast coffee. He said he was curios to try their other blends.

At the end of the day I would be buying it more for the environment for me, but since my husband liked it we will definitely be buying more for him just to enjoy. If you are interested in trying these for yourself, make sure you check them out on Amazon.

Tell me in the comments below if knowing there is a 100% compostable coffee pod on the market will make you more likely to buy them?

 

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The cost of this product was covered for review purposes. However as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

 

 

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Product Review – Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

Influenster recently sent the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue to me for free in a VoxBox for testing. I also received the Maybelline Unstoppable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil, but for the purpose of this review I will only be talking about the Mascara.

I was really happy to find out that I was receiving this Mascara. I actually had been wanting to try a blue mascara and was about to go purchase one, so it was certainly convenient timing. It arrived it super cute packaging. It was certainly the cutest packaging out of all of the vox boxes I have ever had. And seriously, who isn’t a sucker for cute packaging?

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

I will say up front that overall I just don’t think this product works for me. That’s not saying its a bad product or that it won’t work for someone else, but it didn’t work well for me. It did have some good points, but they were outweighed by the bad.

Here is what I liked about it:

I loved the rubber brush and its shorter bristles.

I also really loved the brilliant blue color of the product.

Here is what I didn’t like:

The formula was extremely runny. It was so runny that several times I ended up getting it in my eye.

It isn’t water proof. This is not normally a big deal for me. One of my favorite mascaras is not water proof, but this only took a tiny drop of water and I had runny blue mascara everywhere.

While I loved the color that was in the bottle, it did not show on my own lashes even with several coats. I tried it several different ways, and even with primers the best I could hope for is that you would catch a hint of blue. You will see better what I am talking about in the various pictures below.

Close Up of my eyelashes before and after application ofthe Great Lash Blue Mascara

I wanted to include at least one close up of the before and after application of the Great Lash Mascara. The after is with three coats of mascara, which is what I typically would do with the average mascara I would use. I just didn’t feel it covered my eyelashes well enough.  But I did try using more in some of the looks I did.

I did see pictures of other people who had vibrant blue on their lashes. Most of them had lighter hair color than me, so I have to wonder if that played a part in it even with the primers. I also saw some who had vibrant blue eyelashes, but their eyelashes looked horrific and cakey. You just knew that in order to achieve that look they did 10+ coats.

I can speculate as to why this didn’t work for me and did for others all I want, but at the end of the day all I can do is go on how it worked for me. And honestly I would never feel comfortable recommending this to someone else. But if you want to try a Maybelline product that I would highly recommend, take look at my review of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipstick.

If you are interested in finding out more about what products I used in my makeup looks, make sure to follow me on Instagram. All of these pictures have been posted there already. I always try to include a list of products used on my Instagram feed.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Did you try the original or this Royal Blue color? What did you think?

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Product Review – 3 Piece Set Pineapple Corer, Apple Corer, And Apple Slicer

You get an apple corer and a apple slicer in the box with your pineppple corer.


One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. I love it fresh, I love the juice, I love deserts made with it, and I even use it when I bake ham. We use a lot of pineapple in our house. That is why I have another kitchen tool for review. I am trying out the pineapple corer from Amazon seller Techfeed.

Pineapple Corere and cutter

Well technically this set includes three different items. You get the pineapple corer, you get an apple corer, and you get an apple slicer. But for this post we will be concentrating on the pineapple corer. I think most people will already be at least somewhat familiar with the other two items.

You get an apple corer and a apple slicer in the box with your pineppple corer.

When it comes to the pineapple corer I thought this might be one of those things where it was easier to show you how it works than to just tell you. So we made a couple of videos. It was meant to be one, but this is one of those things that has a learning curve to it. There were instructions, but I didn’t find them completely helpful. And when I do these reviews I don’t like to watch other people do it before I try products out. That being said, the first attempt wasn’t that bad, and the product was surprisingly easy to use.

The directions you are given are on the sides of the box. It is as follows:

Slice off the leafy crown of a pineapple (recommended pineapple size 3-5 pounds), position the cutting disk over it, then twist the handle with a slight downward pressure. All the juice is retained with minimal waste.

So here was attempt #1:

 

 

And here was the second attempt:

You can see the second attempt went much better. Only a slight snafu at the end with going down a little too far and piercing the pineapple skin at the bottom.

Here are my tips for using the pineapple corer.

  • Don’t just cut the green off of the pineapple, cut down about two inches below the green top. You should be seeing just yellow in the center and no brown or green spots. If you are seeing some of the rind still, cut it down farther.
  • Make sure you put the corer as close to the center as you can.
  • Keep twisting the handle until you hit the bottom of the pineapple.
  • When you hit the bottom twist back in forth in an almost rocking motion while pulling up to pull all the pineapple up at once.

At the end of the day, I do think this is a great product that can save you a lot of time and/or money if you use a lot of pineapple. I will be buying a lot less precut pineapple. Its easy to clean up too. It can be hand washed or put in the dishwasher. The black handle comes off and you can just wash the stainless steel part. Just be careful if you hand wash it, you don’t want to make a trip to the ER.

If you are interested in trying this set out for yourself, you can find it at Techfeed’s Amazon page.

I did receive this product at a discounted price for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Product Review – Five Piece Makeup Sponge Set by Fairyland

Silicone sponge from Fairyland


Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying out some new makeup sponges. What I have been trying is the five piece set from Fairyland. In this set you receive three blending sponged and two of the new silicone sponges. And this is currently selling for $16.99 on Amazon.

Blender sponge and silicone sponge still in their plastic pack from fairyland

As you can see they were each sent in individual resealable bags. I thought this was a nice that they were individually wrapped like this. It makes it convenient to travel with too. I think most of you are familiar with how to use a blending sponge at this point, so most of this review is going to focus on the silicone sponge and how to best use it.

Blender sponge from fairyland

First let me tell you briefly about the sponge blender that was included in the set. As I said you get three of them in this set from Fairyland. This is not the name brand Beauty Blender, let me point that out just in case anyone was confused. It is the same color and similar shape and size. As far as softness goes on initial use it was very stiff. However, Fairyland mentions on their Amazon page that they soften up after initial use if you wet them. I can honestly say they have gotten a little softer each time I have used them. I still don’t think I would say it’s quite as soft as the name brand, but it is close after four uses. Application is as you would expect with a blending sponge. I think overall for the price this is a great alternative.

Silicone sponge from Fairyland

I felt like since the silicone sponge was so new on the market there was a bit of a learning curve for me. I certainly had heard a lot about it, and had seen some mini clips of people using it. However I did not want to go watch any tutorials or reviews until after I tried it myself a time or two.

I made this short video demonstrating how to use the silicone sponge. Forgive the weird makeup faces, you know you do it too.

Over the last couple of weeks I had the time to experiment with the silicone sponge quite a bit. I tried it with different foundations and under different circumstances and I think I have some tips that may help you out.

Do’s

  •  Use with matte and satin finish foundations
  •  Apply makeup in small amounts a little at a time directly to the silicone sponge
  •  Apply using a circular motion to spread the makeup on your face
  •  Use a patting motion to blend after you makeup is on
  •  Use a primer for your best results

Don’ts

  •  Use this with a dewy finish foundation.
  •  Use this if you have put on face oil prior to applying foundation
  •  Mix oil with you foundation you are applying

Overall I will say, I think this is probably going to be a better tool for people who have normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin you can still make it work like I did if you are using a satin finish foundation and are not adding any face oil to the mix.

The first couple of times I tried the silicone sponge out I had tried it with my current favorite foundations and it didn’t turn out well. I wasn’t sure if I was doing something wrong or what. That’s when I started watching other people and noticed the difference between who was having success and who wasn’t. My current foundations are very dewy finishes with oils in them. So the one you see me using in the video is a Satin finish.

My finished makeup after using the silicone sponge from Fairland

This is how my completed makeup turned out after the video. I thought it did do a wonderful job with the satin finish foundation. You may still need to use a blending sponge or your fingers to get around the crevices of your nose or around your eyes after application. And the big selling feature I think everyone is after with the silicone sponge, using less product. I can honestly say, yes I was able to use less product and get more coverage while using the silicone sponge.

If you are interested in trying this for yourself you can find this set through Fairyland’s Amazon page.

The set used for this review was sold to me at a discount for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the silicone sponge yet, and what you thought about it

 

 
 
 

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Product Review – Banneton Proofing Basket for Artisan Bread

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Yali's Better Proofing Bowl

I have mentioned before that I often get the request to share recipes I try from Pinterest and more posts about cooking. So I recently had the opportunity to try and review this Banneton Proofing Basket for making Artisan Bread which also comes with a Danish dough wisk.

I thought bread making might be a fun thing to try, and it was a great way to spend some time with my niece on spring break. She is already a seasoned bread maker, so you I thought it would be great to give you the perspective of a newbie and that of a more experienced bread maker. As it turns out we both came to the same conclusions, but we will talk about that in a moment.

First let me tell you a little about the actual bowl (proofing basket). Its made of 100% all-natural hand-crafted cane, it’s food-safe, and it’s eco-friendly. It comes with a linen liner and with a 13” Danish dough whisk. It is used for making handmade artisan breads that need to rise. It is especially good for slow rising breads such as soda bread and sourdough bread.

We actually tried out two different recipes. First we made some Honey Buttermilk Bread that I found the recipe for on Pinterest. The original recipe comes from a blog called Restless Chipotle, make sure you check it out. We also tried out a pretzel recipe my niece had, but I am mainly going to focus on the bread recipe  because I don’t have a way to link you to the second recipe, and I didn’t get all the pictures I needed.

So we started by gathering everything we needed to make the Honey Buttermilk Bread, including the Banneton Proofing Basket.

Yalis Better Proofing Basket and ingrients for making the Honey Buttermilk BreadIn addition to what’s in the picture we also used a mixing bowl and two bread loaf pans.

Once everything was mixed up, the dough was transferred over to the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket to let it rise.

Dough rising in the Yalis Better Banneton Proofing Basket

This is where we started to run into some trouble. Perhaps trouble isn’t the right word, maybe I should say we might have misunderstood something. As I said at the beginning the bowl is supposed to be good for slow rising bread. That is direct from their sales page. To me, when I read that I just understood it to mean that it was especially good for that, not that it would make the dough rise slower. But that is exactly what seemed to happen with both of the recipes we tried. With the Honey Buttermilk Bread we checked it at the called for time…..

Checking on the dough at the called for time

…and as you can see the dough had not fully risen. It ended up doubling our time on this dough to rise, and for the pretzel dough it at least tripled it.

When it finally had risen enough we separated the dough into the two pans.

putting the dough into the pans for the Honey Buttermilk Bread

And we cooked it and brought it out of the oven.

Finished Honey Buttermilk Bread

Now if you took a look at the links for the recipe then you know our bread turned out nothing like what it looked like there. This was supposed to be a light fluffy white bread. Something I imagine to be good for sandwiches. Instead ours obviously turned out to be very dense and much more like a banana bread. We had a similar experience with the pretzels. They both were still very good and tasty, just not what was expected.

We aren’t really sure what happened. I mean I may not be experienced at bread making, but I am a decent baker and cook otherwise. And my niece makes bread all the time. I am not sure if the bowl changed something we weren’t prepared for or if there was another factor we just haven’t thought of.

So here is our overall thoughts and extra information about the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket. As I said early on, we both pretty much came to the same conclusions despite having different experience levels. There are both positives and negatives to the Proofing Basket.

Here are the positives:

  • We like the idea of having a dedicated bowl just for bread making
  • We love the linen cover that is fitted. It makes it so much easier than trying to use dish towels.
  • We love that it is eco friendly

Here are the negatives:

  • We didn’t like that it made the dough rise so much slower
  • What we didn’t know prior to receiving the bowl in the mail and reading the instructions is you can not wash this bowl. It also has a potential to grow mold which you have to use one of their methods to kill rather than wash. We both have a mold allergy, so we didn’t like this.

While there are both negatives and positives, at the end of the day, the negatives are just too big for us. Now this is not to say it’s not a good product or that you may have a different experience with it. I think we could have gotten past the dough rising slower, but the not being able to wash it, and the potential to grow mold is just too much for us.

If you are interested in trying the  Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket for yourself you can find it here on Amazon.

Tell me in comments below if you have tried this item before of something similar, and what did you think if you have.

 

I did receive this item at a deeply discounted price for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Phaii Bamboo Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber

Phaii Charcoal Odor Obsorber

If you have followed me here or on social media for more than a day, you know I have cats. They often make an appearance in my fashion shoots as well as being featured all over my Instagram. I love my fur babies. But as any cat owner knows, there is one down side to cat ownership…Litter Boxes. And with litter boxes comes litter box odors.

Obviously there are lots of things you can do to make things better, like choosing special litter, adding litter freshener, changing the litter regularly. But none of those things ever take the odor, or the germs, away. And in our home one of the few places we have to place a litter box is in our entry way. So what do you do to keep the odor from offending people as soon as they walk in the door? That is what caused me to be interested in trying the Phaii Bamboo Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber.

Phaii Charcoal Odor Obsorber

They come in three size options, I tested out the 180G pictured above. It also comes in a 90G and a 360G sizes.

When you receive it in the mail it will have a plastic wrap and label on it just like the one pictured.

What the Phaii Charcoal Odor Obsorber looks like unwrapped

And this is what they look like unwrapped. It kind of reminds me of a honey comb. Now I am not sure if the actual outer design helps in some way or not, but I was playing around with it when I first opened it, taking pictures and double checking for odor.

A hole in the center of the Phaii Charcoal Odor Absorber

I couldn’t get a super clear picture, it’s really hard to take the picture one handed. But this is looking down from the top. You can see there is an opening that goes straight through. So I think the majority of odors are moved inside of this. It did make me wonder about which way would be better to place it, but I decided to play around with that later.

Placing the Pahii Odor Obsorber

I decided the best place to put it was here on my entryway table next to the candle I have on it. (Yes I realize my table is scratched, it’s a danger of having a kitten and it happened a long time ago) I actually think if you put it on a little tray people would probably just mistake it for a candle without thinking about it.

I have now tried this out for about a week. It took a couple of days before I noticed any difference at all. Since then it has gotten a little better each day. It has made a big difference in the smell from the litter box, and I am not noticing that smell even wafting into the rest of the house. What it does not change is immediate odors. So if your cooking something like cabbage that is known to have a strong odor, don’t expect a miraculous vacuum to happen where it sucks all the scent out of the air. The same goes for bathroom odors. But it works great for lingering long term types of odors.

It says they are good for up to three years. I actually like it well enough I think I will be ordering a couple more to place throughout my home. And I would recommend them to others, especially for litter box odors and old musty type of odors.

If you would like to try these out for yourself, the Phaii Activated Charcoal Odor Absorbers can be found on Amazon.

I did receive this at a discount for review purposes. However, as always my opinions are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried this yourself. And what other charcoal products have you tried?

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Eye Soothing Mask by Magic Gel

Eye Soothing Mask by Magic Gel Package


I have recently had the chance to try out the Eye Soothing Mask by Magic Gel.

Eye Soothing Mask by Magic Gel Package

If you are thinking this is the eye mask like I use for my skin care, I am sorry to disappoint, but this is not that type. This more for medicinal use rather than for pampering. However I can certainly think of some beauty benefits, but we will talk about that in a moment when we cover what this is used for. But first let’s talk about what you get with this.

What you get with the Soothe Eye Mask by Magic Gel

With this get:

  •  1 Thermal lined mask
  •  2 Gel eye masks
  •  1 hook

When I first opened the box and saw the hook I had not read the box, so I was confused as to what the hook was for. Well both of the gel masks are made with a little tab out to the side, and they have a place to put the hook in. These are meant to be heated up by sticking them down in hot water. So you stick them on the hook and hook the other end on the side of the glass that way you don’t have to stick your fingers down in boiling hot water. It’s really a nice feature that you just don’t think about until you need it.

The next obvious question is, what do you use this for if it’s not for skin care. Here are the list of things they recommend this for:

  • Blephartis
  • Various ‘dry eye’ syndromes
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
  • Chalazion
  • Styes and Cysts
  • Other Types of Eyelid Inflammation

And why did I want to try it? I have chronic dry eye that is caused by my tear ducts becoming blocked. It’s actually a complication caused by my allergy to Balsam of Peru. My allergy causes dermatitis to form, and the flakes can happen around my eyes and clog my tear ducts.

The way to treat this is to apply moist heat, then massage the tear ducts until they unclog. Typically I had been using wash clothes and hot water, as hot as I can stand. But they often just don’t stay hot long enough. But the nice thing about this Soothing Eye Mask is it stays hot for 10 minutes.

Me using the Soothing Eye Mask

I tested it out thoroughly. Though its best to use this laying down. I thought it did a fantastic job. I really have no complaints. It is a drastic improvement over me using the wash cloth method. The heat really does last at least ten minutes, but I would dare say it lasted longer.

The directions only mention using this eye mask hot. I was curios how it would work cold because I had a few things in mind that I thought it would help if it could be used that way. So I decided to test it out. I actually thought it worked equally well cold, and here is what I would personally will be using it for. Under eye puffiness, Migraine relief, cooling down. If you do use this cold don’t put it directly on your eyes, try it just above the eyes or below depending on what you are trying to do. And remember this is not what it is recommended for.

I did receive my Soothing Eye Mask at a discount for review purposes. However, all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried anything like this before.

 

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Product Review – Sela Pore Cleaner

Sela Pore Cleaner


I recently got the Sela Pore Cleaner to try out. You may not be familiar with the name, but you may have seen a video of a similar product going around social media. The video shows a woman using a pore cleaner on her nose and it suctioning all sorts of white heads and black heads, and just all the leftover junk you don’t want in your pores.

Ever since I saw that video I have been a little obsessed with the idea of getting one, but I also knew that if I was going to spend the money on a pore cleaner it had to meet certain criteria. Here is what I was looking for:

  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use

The one from Sela really hit all those marks for me. So when I was given the chance to purchase it at a discount for review purposes I jumped at the chance.

It came in packaged nicely, no worries about it being damaged during shipping.

Sela Pore Cleaner

And here is what you get with it:

  • 1 Pore cleaning unit
  • 4 Tips
  • 1 Charging cable
  • 1 Instruction manual
  • Pack of replacement rings
  • Pack of replacement filters

Everything that comes with the Sela Pore Cleaner

They give you a few tips of things to do before you use it for the first time. Here is what they suggest:

  • For the first time to use the tool, please apply it on the hand or neck to adapt to the operating and suctioning.
  • Please clean the nozzle before and after use.
  • For best results, we recommend you treat your skin with facial steamer or heated towel for 3~5 minutes that helps to open the pores before removing the blackhead.
  • Our product has a stronger suction than other’s, so please DO NOT keeping or staying the nozzle on the skin for long time, just move it around gently, otherwise it may hurt the skin or leave bruise.
  • After the treatment, use the iced facial sheet mask or cold water to calm the skin and close the pores, in order to avoid infection please do not touch the skin with your hands.
  •  DO NOT use the tool on same place too much, up to once per week. Please stop using the tool if any adverse reactions occur.

So I actually tested the pore cleaner out a couple of times. I decided to try it once as instructed and once without the steam to open my pores. I wanted to see how much of a difference that part would make. I only used two of the tips, the small round tip and the thin oval tip.

Here is just a short video clip of me using the actual pore cleaner. This is from the time I used the steam prior to use.

As you can see in the video there is quite a bit of suction, and that is not even the highest setting. I did get something out of my pores both times, but both times were about the same amount. And it wasn’t much, at least not like what is shown in the video I referenced earlier. Now my thought for this is that 1. I have dry skin that isn’t super prone to acne. and 2. I do double cleanse (sometimes triple cleanse) and doing the 8 step Korean skin care routine every night, it probably doesn’t leave me with a huge amount to clean out of my pores like most people would have.

I also washed my face before using this, who know what happened in the video that is floating around. I did get things out of my pores, so I know it worked. I feel like I want to keep playing around with this. I definitely want to try out the tip that is for microdermabrasion on myself. And I would like to see if one my oily skin, acne prone friend will let me experiment on them a bit.

Once I have had more time to experiment I will either do anther blog post or talk about it on one of my social media accounts. If you would like to try this yourself, you can find the Sela Pore Cleaner on Amazon. It sells for $49.99, and if you want one I suggest getting it soon as they don’t have many left.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried one of these pore cleaners before. If so, which one did you buy?
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Product Review – Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat & Portable Washing Cup

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

Over the years I have tried many different ways of cleaning my makeup brushes. Or back in the day when I was young and foolish I just didn’t. Now that I am older and wiser that really bothers me to think I did that at any point, and how disgusting that was. But I think in general all of us makeup consumers are wiser now, we have better information about our makeup tools and how to care for them properly.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

But I was recently offered the opportunity to purchase the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Portable Silicone Washing Cup at a discount for review purposes, I said absolutely. I had already been considering trying something like this, so this was great timing.

Both pieces arrived packaged together but wrapped individually.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Silicone Cup Packaged

After I unwrapped both pieces I took them out and examined them both before using them. They are both made from odorless non-toxic silicone. The sales page claims the silicone is also eco friendly, I am not really sure in what way they mean, but that is what they claim.

The large mat is actually an apple shape which I will talk a little bit more about further in. On the front there are seven different textures or designs. They are supposed to be for cleaning in different ways and different sizes of brushes. On the back there are seven suction cups.

Front of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

 

Back of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

And taking a look at the front of the small portable washing bowl it only has three types of textures or designs. The size is tiny in comparison, but I suppose it would come in handy for travel if you need something like that. On the back it is one large suction cup.

Front of the portable cleansing bowl

 

Back of the cleansing bowl

So I had a stockpile of both dirty brushes and new brushes that I am testing out for review. So I set up everything in my bathroom and got ready to try it out. The apple shape really helps it fit the contours of the sink and get in there close to the drain. Though I have seen these mats in different shapes, I am not sure if some shapes are better for different types of sinks.

Set up the cleaning mat

I tried to put it through a thorough test of cleaning different types of brushes and at different levels of dirty. I even tried cleaning some things that had dried on glitter glue.

Using the mat to clean makeup brushes

 

drying off a brush on a microfiber towel after cleaning it on the mat

 

Cleaning and laying out makeup brushes to dry

I really think it did a great job of cleaning. It is definitely a time saver over my last way of cleaning my brushes. I was using one of the silicone eggs. It’s a similar concept, but because of the way you have to hold it and how small the egg is, it can be quite time consuming. Plus I felt you really had to work hard to get the egg to really clean. This was so quick and effortless almost. The only ones I had to put any real effort in was the ones with dried glitter on them.

I decided to put the suction cups to the test as well. I hate when products have suction cups and then they stick for like 30 seconds or less and fall off the wall.

Trying out the suction cups on the portable cup

You can see I have the cup suctioned to the mirror here. I tried the mat in the sink and on the mirror. I have to say I was impressed with the suction cups too. After I cleaned everything back up I decided to put the mat and the cup up on the mirror just to see how long they would stick. The mat hung for well over 48 hours. The cup was a little over 72 hours. This didn’t even offer a guarantee on how long it would stick just that it would. So I think this is a great product.

If you would like to try one out for yourself you can find them on Amazon. The set sells for just $10.00 with free Prime shipping. So quite affordable.

 

So tell me in the comments below, what is your current method for cleaning your makeup brushes?

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Wet n Wild ultimate brow Mascara

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

It seems like in the last couple of years, thanks mostly to YouTube and Instagram, everyone has been obsessed with achieving the perfect brow. The current trend seems to be a bold full brow with a nice arch. I have never been one to get onto brow trends for several reasons. I naturally have always had extremely thick brows with an arch that I thought was nice. I have also seen what over plucking can do, and trends with brows always change. So even if you don’t have the brow that is popular for the day, you will the next year or so.

That being said, I have been trying more brow products recently because aging is not my brows friend. My brows have been thinning and I seem to be getting some gray in my brows, which seem to leave them looking even more sparse than they are. I have been trying pencils, powders, and gels. I have even tried a couple of those weird staining products from Korea. In my search to find products to that work well for me I also have tried high end and drug store.

Today I wanted to focus on the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara I have recently been trying out.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

I tried this out in their dark brown color Nothing But Bru-Nette. They also have two other color options available. Also available is You Got Au-burned! and Blonder Over Yonder. Lets be honest here, it’s not the broadest range of colors. But hopefully it works for you.

Prior to doing anything major to my brows, I would generally use a clear brow gel just to help tame my brows, and that is about it. And while I had not previously used any of the brow gel or mascara from Wet n Wild, I have found that out of the various pencils I have tried, they make the brow pencil that works best for me. But I was a little unsure when it came to the brow mascara whether it would work for me. I had previously tried several other brands, some I could make work some I couldn’t, none of them really gave me the results I wanted.

But when trying a new product to review we must go into it with an open mind, right? You also need to have a clear idea of what you want in a product so you can be objective on what you find to be good, bad, and neutral points. For me, I am not looking for those perfect on fleek Instagram brows. Here is what I am looking for:

1. something to fill in my brow

2. keep my brows in place without feeling crunchy

3. not make them thicker than they are

4. take minimal time and effort to use

My first thoughts when opening the bottle and looking inside was that the color looked really light. I thought for sure it was not going to match me. My second thought was that I did like how small the wand was. One of the previous brow mascaras I had tried had too large of a wand and it was too hard to control where the product went.

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

As you can see this wand is quite small. And when I got to actually try it out I felt I had a decent amount of control. I do wish the tip came to a slightly finer tip than it does, but that really is the only thing negative I could say about the wand.

Once applied I was happy to see the color was a better match than I thought it would be.

Me without any makeup and no brow product on.

This is me without any makeup on, so no brow product in. I think by most people’s standards they probably wouldn’t understand why I wanted anything in my brow, but its one of those things that are about your own perspective.

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And here I am with my brows done using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara.

This does go on very wet and takes a solid minute or so to dry down, or at least it did for me. During that time if you touch your brows, it is possible to spear the product and mess them up. However after it dries down it stays in place well.

It did leave my brow a little stiffer than what I would like, but it was not super “crunchy” feeling. However it kept them in place better than anything I have ever tried. And the speed and ease of use was great. I had both brows done in under two minutes. Three if you count the drying time. When I use a pencil, or even some of the other brow mascaras I have tried, the time is much longer.

Overall I am very pleased with the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara. There are a couple of small things that I wish could be improved, but it is by far better than any other brow product I have tried and the price is better than most too. This will most likely be my go to brow product until I find something I like better.

Tell me in the comments below what your go to brow product is.

 

 

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