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The Selectivor App, A Meal Planning App For People With Food Restrictions & Allergies – A Complete Review

Symbol for the Selectivor App


Something I have talked about here on the blog a lot is my Balsam of Peru allergy and how it affects me as a contact allergen. What I have not talked about as much is that for me, and a lot of people with this allergy, it also causes reactions from various foods. This can be for two reason, just the same as with the contact allergy, the plant can be used as an additive (either as a flavoring or preservative) or I can react to the many foods that are chemical twins. To make choosing food even more difficult for me, I by choice follow a pescatarian diet.

Sometimes finding food to eat really can be a challenge. What is even more challenging is having food with other people, especially if other people also have food issues and dietary restrictions. So what do you do? Well now there is an app that is here to help. The app is called Selectivor and you can download it for free on IOS or Android in the App Store. If for some reason you do not want to download the app, you can access a web-based app to use. Look for this symbol for the Selectivor App.

Symbol for the Selectivor App

According to Selectivor’s description they are “a social food app designed to be a better way to eat together”. The simplified versions of what that means is that you can make lists of your allergies, food restrictions, diets, and any foods you just don’t like. From there you can meal plan and invite others to plan meals with you.

So who is this app meant for? Well pretty much everyone and anyone. But it will be most helpful to people who have food allergies or sensitivities, and those who have dietary restrictions (either by choice or lifestyle necessity). It could also be helpful for people who have friends and family that have food restrictions that they dine with often or wish to dine with more often. I also think there are some other great uses for this app, but I will talk about that more towards the end. Lets take a look at some of the basic functions of the app and my experience with it first.

Once you sign up for an account/log in, the first step will be creating your food profile. The app opens to this page:

Opening page of the Selectivor App

This is your dashboard, and the app always opens to this page first. As you can see this is the main page that will have links to all the things you can do in the app. From here you can edit your profile, add people, create events, etc… I think the app is pretty user-friendly and self-explanatory in how to use it. As I said the first step will be creating your food profile so for the most of this post we are going to focus mainly on just that.

First you will want to click on “FOOD PROFILE” button near the top that I have circled in the picture. Filling out your food profile is a three page process. Lets start with the first page.

page one of filling out the food profile on Selectivor

One page one they ask your diets, foods you are allergic to, and anything you avoid eating. You can see I have already filled in Pescatarian under diet.

If you scroll further down

List of foods I avoid in Selectivor

You see the list of foods I avoid (not finished with my list, still working on that). Now you may be wondering why I made this list but didn’t put anything in the allergy box since I do have an allergy. My allergy as I have said before is very complicated, and not everyone reacts to the same things or in the same way. I have been dealing with my allergy for years, and I am pretty well versed in what causes me to react.

Choosing Balsam of Peru Allergy in the list of option on Selectivor App

They do have an option for Balsam of Peru Allergy, but its more of a long list of possible things that can cause reactions. So for me picking individual items seems like a better way to go. But going with the pre-made list will be a really great option for anyone that is maybe newly diagnosed or perhaps having a hard time figuring out what is causing them to react.

You can see in the image above that “Balsam of Peru and food that may cross react with BOP” pops up as an option with just the first few letters typed in. Of course Balsam of Peru is not the only option. The Selectivor App will let you choose lots of various foods, diets, and allergies. Some of the options for diets and allergies are Kosher, Low Carb, FODMAP, Nut Allergy, and Shellfish Allergy. There are many more options and the list is growing. However, because they are still growing and developing the app, there may be things missing from the lists. But don’t worry, they have a solution for that too. If you look at the second photo up, you will see that at the bottom of my food list there is a link that says “I Don’t See What I Am Looking For”.

How to add an option to the food list in the Selectivor App

If you click that link a box like this pops up. From here you can make the suggestion to add anything you can’t find. So far in my experience they are quite responsive and quick to research and add what is needed.

When I first talked to the people at Selectivor about reviewing their app, they did not have Balsam of Peru listed. They had it added within a couple of days after we talked. Once I started playing with the app I noticed there were something missing from the list that I react to, so I submitted using this form on the app. Again it was taken care of within two days. I am sure there will be some variation in response time when there are higher volumes of people accessing the app and making requests. But so far I have no complaints in their responsiveness.

Once you have finished filling out the first page and submitting anything you need added through the suggestion box you will hit the next button.

Page two of the food profile form on Selectivor App

On page two there isn’t a lot to fill out for me. This page should be slightly different for everyone. You can see they just offered me a suggestion based on one of my choices. I did not add the suggestion because I don’t react to everything with carbonation. After you make your decisions on any suggestion you want to add or not add, you will then hit next.

Page three a review of your choices on the food profile of Selectivor AppAnd here on the third and final page you should have a review of your choices. If everything looks right you will simply hit the button that says “That looks correct”. That is all there is to creating your food profile. It is unbelievably easy to do.

Once your food profile is complete you can share it several way. You can use Facebook, Whatsapp, or by a link that you can paste anywhere. And as mentioned earlier you also have the option of directly inviting people to the App. When you share your link, people do still have to sign up for an account to view it. During my time testing out the app this has been the only hindrance I have come across. The function part works fine, however getting others to download the app was a struggle. I think between just being busy and not being motivated by an allergy of their own, it was a hard task to get some to download the app. So meal planning with others hasn’t really happened for me yet. I have suggested they look at a way to share food lists to Facebook event pages so that people who don’t want to download the app can still access it. They said they will be looking into this as an option, but this might be a bit of time away.

But even if you are like me and can’t get anyone else to download the app I still think I see a valuable use for this app. For some allergies and diets, like mine that are more complicated there are long lists of foods to memorize that you can’t have. It can be very overwhelming, and to date there hasn’t really been a website created with an empirical list of foods you should avoid if you have a Balsam of Peru allergy. So having an app on your phone that is easy to access, that is so valuable right there. People who are newly diagnosed often feel lost and don’t know what to eat. This app can be a real life saver and time saver for them.

If you have any sort of food restrictions because of allergy or diet, I highly recommend that you check out Selectivor. You can also check out their companion website for special information and tips on dealing with food allergies. And because they are new and still growing, I really encourage to reach out to them with any feedback you have and let them know of any foods or diets that need to be added to the list.

Let me know in the comments below if you plan on trying this app out.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Selectivor. However all opinions and thoughts about the product are my own. I was only asked to share the product with my viewers, and any thoughts shared beyond that are of my choice.

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Product Review – Sterling Stackable Ring and Birth Stone Ring Set From Southern Stamped Jewelry

1 Sterling Stackable Ring and 1 Sterling Birth Stone Ring from Southern Stamped Jewelry

Today we continue with another giftable product review. We are looking at the Sterling Stackable Ring and Birth Stone Ring Set from Southern Stamped Jewelry Company. Southern Stamped Jewelry did send me items for free to review. The Stackable Ring and Birthstone Set was what they let me choose, so that is what I will be reviewing. They did however send along another surprise item that I will be sharing with you, but not reviewing it.

Southern Stamped Jewelry Company logo

First let me start by telling you a little bit about Southern Stamped Jewelry and what they offer. They are a small business run by a husband and wife team. Something that grew from a hobby and a passion for helping people through the grieving process. Now their selection has broadened to many categories as well as custom-made pieces.

Southern Stamped Jewelry Company offers both women’s and men’s pieces. There is something that will fit in everyone’s gift budget. All of their products are made to be personalized, either by stamping or adding birthstones and many pieces are both. They also do custom pieces, so if you don’t see exactly what you want they can make it for you.

My package arrived in a small poly mailer. Inside it was nicely wrapped in bubble wrap and tissue paper. Also in the package, they included two of these anti-tarnish silver polishing clothes, one for each item they sent.

Ring polishing cloth from Southern Stamped Jewelry Company

I am not sure what they send if your item is a different metal. They do seem to have a variety of metal options.

After I got the tissue paper completely unwrapped, I found both items in cute little drawstring bags.

items from Southern Stamped Jewelry Company came in drastring bags

I personally prefer boxes or the little silk bags, just because it adds to the element of surprise when getting an item. That is just a personal preference and doesn’t really affect the actual items, nor would it prevent me from shopping with them. But I thought it was a nice touch that their company logo was printed on the bag. I think it adds to the idea of I picked out something nice for you from a jewelry company, rather than if the bags had been plain.

So I opened up the rings first to look them over since they were what I picked out.

1 Sterling Stackable Ring and 1 Sterling Birth Stone Ring from Southern Stamped Jewelry

I asked for the 1 Sterling Stackable Ring and 1 Sterling Birth Stone Ring set. As you can see I was actually sent 1 Stackable Name Ring and 2 November Birthstone Rings. I am guessing they decided to just put the second birthstone ring in there as an extra because I don’t see any set like this on their site. But as I said they do make custom pieces. And these rings are also sold separately, so you can really have as many as you want of each one.

Lane Bryant

I was initially attracted to this set because it is a ring set, and most of you probably know by now that I do love rings. I also liked the simple design, which tends to be more of my taste. I really like that they can be worn together or separate, and they could easily be stacked with other rings.

When I told the owners what items I liked, I included a few additional pieces of info. I just let them know my ring size, that both mine and my husbands birthdays were in November, and that I would want my husband’s name on the one ring. Now you could have your own name inscribed. I thought that if you got two it would make an adorable choice for “Best Friends” jewelry. You could also have MOM inscribed on it. The possibilities are endless.

The rings fit fantastic. They are available in 4 to 10, but not half sizes. I asked for an 8. I technically wear a 7.5, but I have found that my hands swell a lot because of medications I am on, so I wanted to size up. So it worked out okay for me that they didn’t have half sizes, but if it is something that is absolutely necessary for you its something to keep in mind. But I think my fellow plus size gals will be happy to see they offer up to size 10, as they are not always available past size 8 with some stores. So definite bonus points for that.

The other surprise item they sent me was the Thank You For Raising The Man Of My Dreams Key Chain.

Thank You For Raising The Man Of My Dreams Key Chain

Obviously this would be more of a gift for a mother in law, or possibly mother of the groom as a wedding party gift. If you have a larger budget for gifts you can even take items like this and tie them in with the bow as part of the wrapping.

You can find these and many more items on Southern Stamped Jewelry Company’s website.

Tell me in the comments below if there is a company or product you would like to see me review.

 

While I did receive these items for free from Southern Stamped Jewelry, my opinions are all my own. My reviews are always 100% honest and objective.

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Product Review – Butter London Essentials Set, Manicure Must Haves

The Essentials Set from Butter London

Essentials Set

I just recently got the Butter London Essentials Set, so trying Butter London nail polishes out for the very first time. If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know I have been really into painting my nails recently, and I have tried out lots of different polishes. I thought since I had a complete set from the same company this time, I would do a full on review here on the blog for you.

Here is what comes in the kit:

Each of those items are some of Butter London’s best sellers, and they are all available separately as well.

It arrived in the mail well packaged, and fully encased in bubble wrap. There is absolutely no worries of the product being broken short of a concrete block being dropped on it.

The Essentials Set from Butter London

This is how they were packaged. The base and top coats were in boxes and the two colors were just open.

I decided to try out the color Yummy Mummy first, but I didn’t look at the instructions. I just did what I normally would do.

Yummy Mummy from Butter London

I applied the base coat first. It went on easily, and I thought it dried quickly. Then I applied a coat of Yummy Mummy. The formula is a bit thin and watery. This is my preference though. I don’t care for the formulas that are too thick. They take forever to dry and are really hard to work with.

It also has a wide flat brush, so it applied very easily. I only applied the one coat of polish. I looked at the directions after, and it says to use two coats. Honestly I thought at the time it was giving me full coverage or I would have used two. I can see after its all done that I needed two coats, but its not so obvious that everyone will notice it. I mainly just see it at the tips of my nails when I am standing in a brighter light.

Last I applied the top coat. Out of the three items, I thought this was the hardest to work with. The brush didn’t seem to want to hold enough product to cover all of my larger nails, and I have small nails. But this seemed odd since I the brush looks to be the same as the one in the Yummy Mummy container. But overall the product was a little too thick and sticky to call it easy to apply.

I got four days of wear before I got a chip, which is really decent. Once I got the first chip I went ahead and removed the color and applied the next.

A Piece Of Cake from Butter London

I actually thought that since they were both neutrals and similar in tone that they would apply and wear the same, but I was wrong.

I started with the same base coat as before. Then this time I did two coats of color. I used the color Piece Of Cake this time. I noticed this colors formula was much thicker. I found it harder to apply, and as you can see in the picture I had way more areas to touch up.

It only lasted two days before chipping this time. I am curious to go back and see if it would be different with one coat. I will try and test that out in the near future for all of you. It will have to wait a bit though as I had some major breakage over my vacation.

I think this really comes down to what kind of formula you like. From my own perspective I would have no problems recommending Yummy Mummy as a color to try, and I personally will be trying a few other colors. However, if you know a thicker formula works better for you then A Piece Of Cake may be the color for you. And if you don’t know what works best for you then I would definitely go with the Essentials Set.

In the comments below let me know what your favorite Butter London polish color is. Do you have one that you would recommend to everyone?

 

This product was sent to me at a reduced price for review consideration. However all views are always my own, and expresses honestly.

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Product Review – VOGUEKNOCK Waterfall Bead Necklace in Fuchsia

Waterfall pearl necklace and matching earrings


Just like last year, around this time, I will be reviewing a lot of services and products up until December that you might want to consider for gift giving. Yes, it is that time of year again where some of us have already started our Christmas shopping.

The first product I wanted to share with you is this Waterfall Pearl Necklace in Fuchsia. The brand is VOGUEKNOCK and it comes from the Amazon seller VK Accessories.

Layered nacklace from VK Accessories

When you receive your package, this is what you will see:

It arrived in this nice velvet bag. I personally like when jewelry I order comes like this in case I want to keep it separated from my other jewelry. Or if I want to give it as a gift it gives it a little extra special feeling.

Opening the packacke from VK Accessories

When you get into the velvet bag, you can see the necklace also comes wrapped in plastic as well. Though honestly if I were giving this as a gift I do think that I would take the necklace out of the plastic and just put it back into the velvet bag.

In the second bag you see in the front, the bag also contained this package. The white label on the bag simply said free gift. Of course it is a matching pair of earrings.

Waterfall pearl necklace and matching earrings

The chain size varies from 18.5 inches long to 30.5 inches long. It has a nice weight to it. The product page says that the chain color is rose gold, but it most definitely not rose gold. It is yellow gold.

The earrings are on a French hook, and they are in the same yellow gold and matching color of beads. The product page doesn’t really say anything about a free gift, so I don’t know if they always send these, or if this is a random things that happens.

I really am happy with my purchase, and I would highly recommend it for anyone that loves jewelry. Especially those that love layered necklaces. If you want to get one for yourself, you can find it here.

I did receive this item at a discounted price for review purposes. However all thoughts are my own and always honest.
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Product Review – LOMALUX Dandruff Pill

LOMLUX Dandruff Pill

LOMLUX Dandruff Pill

Today I wanted to talk to you about a product that may not interest all of you, but some of you may be very interested. I had hoped to give you a full review, but due to all of the health issues I have been dealing with I am constantly running behind on my blog post and I didn’t want to put this off. So you may end up with a follow-up post on this or at least some post on social media letting you know what I think later. Currently I am only a couple of weeks into taking this. I think a month to a month and a half is really needed to give a full accurate opinion.

So lets talk about what this is. The product is the LOMALUX Dandruff Pill. It is a homeopathic medication (I will talk about what that means in a bit) designed to temporarily relieve the symptoms of dandruff. It is a combination of seven active minerals. It is lactose free, gluten free, and vegan. It does have a warning on the box to not take this if you have kidney disease, under fifty pounds, or breast feeding. So those are some things to consider before taking this. Also, the product claims have not been reviewed by the FDA. I personally don’t care about that factor, but I know some people do, and I want you to be fully informed when I review products like this.

I was interested in reviewing this product because I do have many dandruff symptoms as a part of my contact dermatitis. Ironically I can’t use most dandruff shampoos because they include ingredients that I am allergic to and would trigger my contact dermatitis, in effect causing more dandruff. The couple I have found in Korean brands that do work for me are so expensive I can’t afford them often. I thought if this dandruff pill worked it might be a great alternative option.

Before I go any further on my thoughts about this product and any results I have seen lets talk about what homeopathic medicine is. While homeopathic medicine is considered to be in the field of natural remedies it is not the same as vitamins and minerals people are more commonly familiar with. Homeopathy is based on the idea that like cures like, so a chemical that causes an illness will cure the exact same illness, for the example caffeine would cure sleep loss. Except with homeopathy the thought is the cure needs to be diluted down, and the more diluted it is the more effective the cure. I tend to think of homeopathy as the naturopaths version of a vaccine without needles. If you would like to find out more information on homeopathy works there is a very well explained article on WebMD that does a great job of giving both the perspective of people for and against the use of homeopathic remedies.

My personal experience with homeopathy prior to this had been limited but good experiences, so I was very open to trying the LOMALUX Dandruff Pills. So let’s get on with more about the product and what I have thought so far.

Here is what the actual bottle look like. I have made the pictures clickable so if you want to see the pictures larger to read the ingredient list or the directions.

As I said earlier I have only been taking these for a couple of weeks now, so what I can say on how well they work is minimal. I do feel like I am seeing some results. However at this point it is hard to tell if it’s the pills or I am just in less contact with things that re setting my contact dermatitis off.

While I haven’t found the pills to have a bad taste or cause me heartburn, there have been some things I found challenging in taking these. First off you are supposed to take these first thing in the morning or right before bed on an empty stomach, and with nothing but water within an hour of taking the pills. This is a big challenge for me since I typically have a cup of coffee as soon as I get up in the morning, and at night right before bed is when I take all of my medicine, some of which requires I eat a little something with it. But also there is the size and texture of the pills. I have never been one of those people who have had a difficult time taking pills, even if they are large. But let me show you what we are actually talking about:

Pill size of the LOMALUX Dandruff Pills

They are quite large and have a chalky texture. I found it hard to get them to go down without sticking in my throat. I definitely can not take more than one of these at a time, and I have to be very careful how I swallow when I do.

One other thing to be aware of if you are interested in taking these, the dosage is based on your weight. This makes sense for a lot of things, but with this it can lead to some pretty large amounts of pills you are taking. I think most of us that are plus size are going to the categories of taking either six, eight, or ten pills a day.

So at this point your probably wondering if its worth taking the pills. Honestly, I can’t answer that for you, I can only tell you what I think for myself. And yes, as long as I continue to see improvements in condition, I absolutely think it is worth it.

If you are interested in trying this product out yourself you can find it on the LOMALUX website. You can also find it in the vitamin isle at select Walgreens.

I did receive this complimentary bottle from the company for review purposes. However, all opinions are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried any homeopathic treatments before and what your experience with it is.

 

 

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Product Review – Orange Collagen Skin Treatment Face Mask By iBeautyLabs

orange collagen mask from iBeautyLabs

orange collagen mask from iBeautyLabs

I recently tried the Orange Collagen Skin Treatment Face Mask By iBeautyLabs. It was sold to me at a discounted price for review purposes. I was asked not to show you the actual packaging it came in because they are in the process of changing it and would not be relevant by the time anyone else may order it.

Orange Collagen Mask from iBeautyLabs

This is how it looks when you take it out of the package. It looks very similar to your average Hydrogel mask, with the smooth gel like fabric and it comes in a tray with liquid essence covering it. But that is really where the similarities stop.

When I first picked the mask up to put it on, the first thing I noticed was how thick the mask was. I think it was close to being twice as thick as any of the hyrodgel masks I have tried previously. I didn’t mind the thickness as far as the feel, but I do think it affected how it behaved on my skin. Typically I would expect a mask to adhere to my face within 20 to 30 seconds of application. However, I never could get this mask to actually stick to my skin.

Collagen Mask with my mask cover over it.

So in order to even take a picture with the mask on I had to put my Silicon Mask Cover
on with it. If you are unfamiliar with mask covers you can check out my review on the one I have here. Even with the mask cover on, you can see that it was still slipping down. I also found the eye and mouth slits were way too little for me, so I had to tear them a bit to wear it comfortably.

Laying down and having a mask cover on was the only way to keep the collagen mask in place.

This last picture is with me laying pack in my recliner. I adjusted the mask as much as I could, and it was torn by the mouth and eyes in this picture. It still felt like it kept sliding down. The fit was just not good for me.

I did really like the feel of the mask itself. Like I said it was very similar to a hydrogel, but something was a little different. It definitely held moisture well. However, it did not have the typical cooling sensation I usually get with a hydrogel mask.

The directions tell you to wear the mask 25 to 30 minutes. I was about 5 minutes in when it started feeling a burning sensation, and I ultimately had to take it off. You all know how sensitive my skin is due to my allergy to Balsam of Peru, so I wanted to be careful. I really think this was more of a me thing than a product thing. Though honestly its impossible for me to know for sure, I can’t seem to find an ingredient list on their product page.

I would rate this mask a 2 out of 5 stars. It definitely had a couple of positive points, but overall just didn’t work for me personally.

If you are interested in trying this mask out for yourself you can find it on iBeautyLabs Amazon product page.


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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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