Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Best Things I Purchased for Baby #2

Photos Via: 1. Baby Brezza 2. Playtex Ventaire Bottles 3. Safety 1st Carseat 4. Solly Baby Wrap

1. The Baby Brezza- A lot of mommas claim this is an extravagant and unnecessary purchase. I do agree that it's not necessary, but boy does it help. This thing makes a bottle in 30 seconds, has multiple sizes, and always produces formula at the perfect temperate. It's a game changer, especially in the middle of the night.

2. Playtex Ventaire Bottles- I have used these bottles for both of my children now. I find that they kill all air bubbles and help prevent gas. I also prefer the tilt over a straight bottle.

3. Safety 1st Carseat- This carseat is extremely light and sleek. It allows us to fit 3 carseats in the back of our Volkswagen Golf and makes it easy for me to carry the baby anywhere. In comparison to another Graco carseat we purchased, this thing is a breeze to carry and is actually 3" less wide!

4. Solly Baby Wrap- I was weary about baby wearing, but within the first week I learned that doing housework with CJ in this wrap put him to sleep immediately- 2 birds with 1 stone! The fabric is light and soft as well as cute. I'm definitely converted to a baby wearing mama.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Links Vol. 15

1. ChickAdvisor has a new product review club offer for their Cire Divine Wax. Apply here.

2. I'm really interested in creating my own lush-like beauty products to save money.

3. I can't wait to experiment with hearty soups. Right now I'm looking at lasagna and taco.

4. I NEED to start meal planning. I've been doing a lot of research and this list of online resources has been extremely helpful.

5. Why are babies so cool? This is why.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BzzAgent Campaign: Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste & Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush

I have always had sensitive teeth, but having a tongue piecing during my teenage years made it 100x worse. I would rub the ring along the back of my teeth and this resulted in a significant loss of enamel.

I've been using Sensodyne toothpaste for some time now and although is works, it tastes terrible and has a very gritty texture. Compared to regular toothpaste, it's terrible.
 I recently recieved these Crest and Oral-B products from BzzAgent to test and was pleasantly surprised at how different they are.

The Oral-B Sensi-Soft toothbrush is so simple - there are no rubber pieces or raised bristles. I love it. It doesn't hurt my gums and it really gets the job done.

The Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste really surprised me. The texture is a lot smoother than Sensodyne and because it has the taste of Scope, it tastes great. I also absolutely love that this toothpaste whitens on top of protecting your teeth. It really is an all-in-one product.

If you have sensitive teeth, this pair will certainly help you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara Review

Recently, I tried two new mascaras- I hated one and loved the other. This is the first of two reviews.

I received CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlah Mascara in the Elle beauty box. I had no clue that it existed before I received it, but I always love getting new products to try- especially mascaras.

I’ve been using this product for about 3 weeks now and have come to a definite conclusion: I dislike it.

Let me tell you why.

First of all, I’ve never been much into 2-step mascaras. They feel so unnecessary to me. If I can find a good one-step mascara, why would I bother with something that needs a second step? It just seems like a gimmick to me.

I don’t find that there’s a real selling point or wow factor to this mascara. I don’t find that it gives me any good amount of curl, length, or volume, especially compared to my favorites (Benefit’s They’re Real, Maybelline’s The Rocket, Estee Lauder’s Magnascopic). I had a hard time seeing the difference between each step and in the end felt disappointed with the overall look and feel of the product.

One of my biggest dislikes about this product was the fact that I could not get it off. I use coconut oil or Walmart’s store brand makeup wipes to remove my makeup every day. Both typically work great (even on waterproof mascara) but with this mascara, nothing seemed to work. No matter how hard I rubbed, which product I used, and how much I tried, I could still feel pieces of dried mascara on my lashes. The residue bothered me to the point where I was scrubbing hard enough to take out my eyelashes.
Fixing application slip-ups was even worse. With any other mascara, my routine is to use a q-tip and water to gently remove any black specks. In this case, I couldn’t rub hard enough- the specks pretty much had to stay on my skin for a few hours before they became easy to rub off.

Overall, I’m surprised at how much I actually dislike this mascara. Has anyone had a completely different experience with this mascara?
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