5 Things I’d Never Buy at a Drugstore

5 Things I'd Never Buy at a Drugstore

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Bath Pouf

I have bought so many bath poufs at Walmart and Target, it’s ridiculous. And I know you’re only supposed to use it for a couple of months anyways, but most of mine have only lasted a month (if that). They usually rip, or the cord holding the mesh together just tears apart, or something happens and they magically disintegrate. The moral of the story is, they’re cheap. Probably produced for pennies and sold for $2 each.

I’ve found that The Body Shop makes a really good bath pouf. This discovery only came because I received a bath gift set from a friend. It lasted me almost a year before I threw it out because I knew it was time to get a new one.

Pumice Stone

I bet you’d be surprised to learn, as I was, that many low-priced “pumice stones” are actually made from artificial pumice! So that’s why my feet were still cracked even after scrubbing for an hour! And what’s more, the packaging on many drugstore pumice stones are pretty misleading. Since I figured this out, I’ll never buy another pumice stone from a drugstore.

When they’re real, they’re golden for perfect summer feet on a budget!

Primer

If you’ve been reading this blog long, then you know that I’m always on a drugstore budget. I’m a beauty dupe aficionado. But for the life of me, I cannot find a drugstore primer that works as well as the more expensive brands. I’ve tested quite a few, and while I like some products labeled “primer” I’ll still usually use them for a different purpose. For example, the L’Oreal Paris Anti-Redness Primer is really great at balancing my redness. But it doesn’t have lasting wear unless I apply some Smashbox Primer underneath.

On the other hand, it’s so rare that I’ll need all-day staying power that I have been using one sample tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for over a year now, and it’s not empty yet! Some things are worth the splurge.

Box Hair Dye

I used to be a box dye queen in high school. Every six weeks, I’d buy a box and get to work. It would be super dark (or maybe super brassy, like the time I thought I could go blonde) for a week and quickly fade to somewhere near my natural color. I never had to worry about roots because my hair never grew faster than the color faded, ha!

Somewhere around the time I turned 24, my hair decided it only wanted to accept box dye on portions of my head. So I ended up looking like a leopard. I had to pay a pretty penny to get it fixed and now I only use salon strength color from a beauty supply store or get a professional dye job.

Clarifying Shampoo

Since that color mishap I mentioned above, I have discovered the amazing power of a true clarifying shampoo. A daily clarifier really just dries my hair out and doesn’t strip all the gunk off. Now, once a week or when I’ve used an exceptional amount of product, I treat myself to a fresh head of hair with clarifying shampoo from the beauty supply store.

 

Are you picky about where you buy some of your products? I want to know what they are! Let me know in the comments or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Citrus Lane

Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

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Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

Ever since I got pregnant, and (let’s face it) probably before that, I’ve been pining for a Citrus Lane subscription for the little peanut. Well, we got our taxes back and I saw a great deal online, so I snagged a six month subscription. This review is based off my initial impression of the first box that I received.

About the Product

The Citrus Lane subscription box features products geared toward children of all ages. With a subscription, you’ll receive a signature Citrus Lane box each month with four or more products selected especially for the age and stage of your child. You’ll discover new parenting solutions and trusted brands–all delivered right to your door!

Often, we parents turn to other parents for their sage advice and words of wisdom. And that’s why Citrus Lane was created — to help parents discover innovative products, share information, ask questions and find inspiration.

The monthly boxes are care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journeys. Every product included has been recommended and reviewed by Citrus Lane’s advisory board and community. No marketing gimmicks, no paid placements — just real recommendations from real parents for products that solve real problems.

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  • Included: each box uniquely caters to your child based on age and gender.
  • Retail Price:  $29 per month
  • Discount Code: SAVE40 for 40% off your first box!
  • Availability: on CitrusLane.com

My Review

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My first box was sent in March 2015 for a baby boy, and included the following:

  • Ubbi snack container: I immediately put this away for future use. I love the idea of snack containers, and have already purchased some others that were on clearance, but we’re just not at the stage where he can handle his own snacks yet.
  • Melissa & Doug wooden caterpillar toy: I put this toy in his Easter basket. It’s not his favorite (probably because it doesn’t make noise) but it’s a good size for him to chew on, since every toy has become a teething toy.
  • Baby Bow Tie (customizable option): I also saved this for Easter. I was able to choose which style I wanted, and we picked blue & yellow plaid. He didn’t get dressed in a suit, but I put the bow tie on him with a onesie anyway and everyone thought it was adorable. I just loved that it was magnetic. SUPER EASY to put on and remove despite baby chin rolls.
  • Johnson & Johnson wash and bubble bath: We haven’t used this, and probably won’t until he’s much older. I’m not opposed to using Johnson & Johnson, but his skin is very sensitive right now and I’ve found Aveeno to work much better. I just felt that this was not a great product to include in an exclusive subscription box when I can pick it up for a couple bucks at any store. Not to mention, I probably have two or three J&J gift sets sitting in the nursery from Peanut’s baby shower already.

Ultimately I was happy with my first box because I just love getting mail and I know I’ll get some use out of most of the products, but not impressed. I hope that they are able to include some more useful products in future boxes!

  • Likes: I can’t say that there was one single product in this box that really hit it out of the park for me. They were all just okay, for one reason or another. We aren’t ready for the snack container yet, the bow tie will only be used once or twice, and the caterpillar toy isn’t used much.
  • Dislikes: I wasn’t happy with the inclusion of Johnson & Johnson in the box at all. I wish it were a product I haven’t had the opportunity to try before.
  • Would I Purchase? I’ve got a six month subscription (each box works out to about $23 for me). If after six months I’m still not impressed then I’ll wait until Peanut is older and will appreciate getting his own mail before I try it out again.

What do you think about Citrus Lane? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: TONI&GUY Prep Leave In Conditioner

Jennbizzle Reviews: Toni&Guy Leave in conditioner

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Jennbizzle Reviews: Toni&Guy Leave in conditioner

I was able to try this product thanks to my GlossyBox subscription. If it weren’t for the FULL SIZE sample in the beauty box,  I would have never learned about London-based TONI&GUY at all, let alone try their products. I saw that the brand is sold at Target now, woo hoo! That means I can get my hands on more!

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Toni&Guy Leave in conditionerIdeal for those hot, sticky days, TONI&GUY Prep Leave In Conditioner protects your hair against humidity and helps keep frizz at bay for all-day manageability. To use, dispense a walnut-size amount into your hand and spread evenly through damp hair before styling.

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  • Included: one 4.2 fl oz tube of product
  • Retail Price: $16.99
  • Availability: at Target and on Amazon.com

My Review

I’ve talked about this before with the Redken leave-in treatment, but I am automatically skeptic of all leave-in conditioners. They tend to leave my hair greasy and heavy and, frankly, I’d rather just deal with split ends. So, when this was the full-sized sample in my GlossyBox, I’ve got to say it: I was just sad.

But I tried it anyway, because I had already promised myself that I was going to try each product and write a review, good or bad, for my blog readers. Some of those items did turn out to be duds. But this one? This one is my favorite product from ALL THREE GlossyBoxes that I have received so far.

It smells fantastic: clean, fresh and light. And it makes your hair feel the same way that it smells. It doesn’t feel like there’s any product in there at all. It dries, leaving you with silky smooth hair ready for whatever you’re going to throw at it! I’ve tried it with all sorts of paste and spray and mousse and cream. It plays nicely with any other product I can think of. You can curl or straighten, blowdry or airdry and your result will be the same. Perfect, sweet-smelling locks.

I raved about the Redken treatment, but this is right there fighting for attention in my daily routine. They smell different, so I go with what suits my mood. And they cost the same, too. So, when it comes time to repurchase, I don’t know what I’m going to do!

  • Likes: Everything. Everything, everything. The packaging is clean and chic, the product is fantastic. The smell is divine and the results are exactly what they promise. What more could you ask for?
  • Dislikes: The only negative for me is the price of the product. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. I’m in no way trying to short the company of what it’s owed. But my budget doesn’t usually allow items that are so pricey. I may have to ask for it as a gift!
  • Would I Purchase? I will, absolutely, if I can afford it! 

What do you think about Tony & Guy Prep Leave In Conditioner? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Foaming Shower Gel

Jennbizzle Reviews: Foaming Shower Gel

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Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Foaming Shower Gel

This product was included in the February GlossyBox that my wonderful husband bought for me. Apparently, there were a ton of different options that I could have received in this box, and I really wish I’d received another product instead of this. I loved the previous Rituals product that I received, but this one misses the mark for me.

About the Product

Unique shower foam technology. This gel transforms into a rich, nurturing foam on contact with water. Combines the ancient Ayurvedic ingredients of Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose. Complete your showering ritual with Yogi Flow shower foam, Honey Touch body cream or Shanti Chakra body oil to experience the same fragrance sensation.

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  • Included: One 200 ml can of shower gel
  • Retail Price: $15.00
  • Availability: on Rituals.com or Amazon.com

My Review

Rituals Foaming Shower GelI am always interested to try product that are related to the yogi mindset, so when I pulled this full-size product out of my GlossyBox, I was thrilled. I took it right into the shower with me and used it in place of my Olay body wash & loofah.

I squirted some into my hand & let it foam just like the bottle suggested, then I started rubbing it into my skin like shaving cream. It didn’t suds up at all and I really wanted to to be more “soapy”. The first issue that I had was the smell. It smells a bit like an old lady’s perfume. Not appealing to me at all.

I didn’t feel like it really cleaned my body, but it did give me a “squeaky” feeling. I’d rather my skin feel moisturized than squeaky after washing my body. Since the product foamed up like shaving cream, I figured I’d try to use it as such. Well, that was a bust also. I haven’t cut myself while shaving in years, and I usually just use a bar of soap to shave. Needless to say, I cut myself when using this product and I was not thrilled.

When I got out of the shower, I had to use lotion immediately. I prefer to use a cleanser that leaves my skin feeling moisturized, and most of the time I don’t feel the need to put on lotion out of the shower.

  • Likes: The packaging for this product is really nice. I love the red can and don’t mind the foam dispenser. I also like that it’s targeted to yogi-minded individuals.
  • Dislikes: I didn’t like the way the product made my skin feel or the way it smells. I didn’t feel clean, only “squeaky” after using it. 
  • Would I Purchase? I’m not interested in using this product any further. If you want to try it, I’d be happy to pass it along! Just send me an email and we can chat. :)

What do you think about Rituals Foaming Shower Gel? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Miracle Scrub

Jennbizzle Reviews: Rituals Miracle Scrub

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Rituals Miracle Scrub

I received this product in the December GlossyBox that my lovely husband bought me for Christmas. I was really surprised to get a full sized product in the box. I was even more surprised to find a product that is so freaking amazing.

About the Product

A hand scrub containing nourishing oils which are easily absorbed, restoring the skin’s elasticity and moisture balance. Enriched with Ginseng revered as a symbol of immortality and Ginkgo Biloba which stands for life and strength.

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My Review

Rituals Miracle Scrub This is a really coarse scrub that looks like cane sugar right out of a tube. I almost want to eat it! It also smells really sweet. I pulled it out of the January GlossyBox and wanted to use it immediately. I seriously love hand and foot scrubs, so I used a generous amount and rubbed it between my fingers, on the tops, bottoms, and sides of my hands for nearly ten minutes. I’d use a scrub until it rubbed my hands raw if I could, it feels THAT good to me.

The best part about this scrub is that the coarse grains did not dissolve before I was done scrubbing. When I was ready to rinse it off, I scrubbed a bit under the water and it dissolved right away. When all of the scrub was gone, my hands were left feeling completely moisturized and almost waterproof. I love the feeling it leaves on my skin. What’s more? The smell is really great, too.

  • Likes: The package design is appealing, the product looks fun, and it feels so great during us and afterwards.
  • Dislikes: There’s really nothing negative that I can say, except that I wish I had more!
  • Would I Purchase? I may purchase, but hand scrubs aren’t something that I use in a regular routine. They’re more of a luxury item in my budget.

What do you think about Rituals Miracle Scrub? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: PURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

PURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

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Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask

I received this product complimentary from Pure & Essential Minerals with help from Brandbacker in exchange for a review. I’ve been DYING to try out a new dead sea mud mask ever since I tried one at one of those beauty parties out of someone’s home. It was everything I ever dreamed a spa experience should be, so I was over the moon when I was contacted to do this review.

About the ProductPURE Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea mud has been renowned for centuries as a natural beauty remedy! Here’s how it works: as this luxurious mud mask gently dries on your face, it draws out excess oils, impurities & grime from your skin. At the same time your skin is infused with ancient Dead Sea minerals and essential oils. This mask leaves your face clean, fresh and blemish free. Used weekly your complexion will gain a new clarity and all-day glow.

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  • Included: One 6 oz jar of dead sea mud enriched with other natural ingredients.
  • Retail Price: $59.99 – on sale for $24.77
  • Availability: on Amazon.com

My Review

I just want to preface this review by saying that pregnancy messed my skin up! I used to have dry skin with occasional minor pimples. Now I have oily, oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads popping up daily. I’m a mess. So I’ll try anything at this point!

I have tried a dead sea mud mask before (not from this company), so I know that it’s supposed to tingle and it doesn’t smell the best. I mean, it’s mud filled with minerals. So it’s not going to smell like flowers, I get that.

Pure Dead Sea Mud MaskI like to do my masks when I get out of the shower. I take hot showers so that the steam can really open up my pores, then I slap that product right on there while the bathroom’s still steamy to give it the best chance. That’s what I did the first time I tried this mask out.

The first thing I noticed is that it smelled bad. Like, worse than any other one I’ve tried. It almost made me gag. I guess that’s the sulfur? Then, it started to burn. I expected this so I wasn’t worried. And honestly, I love a product that can give me a good burn. That’s how you know it’s working amiright?

I left it on until I couldn’t handle the burn anymore, and it was mostly dry. I scrubbed it off and went to bed. My skin was actually dry for about 24 hours before the oil started to come back.

I also love it after I do a mask, because all these really easy to pop pimples come up, and then go away so quick. I feel like I’m cheating the system!

The second time I tried it, I left it on until it was completely dry. The effects were pretty much the same as the first time, so maybe I don’t need to waste that extra ten minutes?

The third – and most recent – time I applied this mask, I decided to get adventurous and added some essential oils in with a portion of it (just in case it didn’t work out, I didn’t want to spoil the whole jar!). The ingredients already list Eucalyptus oil and Sunflower oil, so I added a few drops from my favorite blend: Eucalyptus/Spearmint with Sunflower carrier oil. Guess what?? The smell improved by about a million! And to top it off, I feel more energized, yet calm thanks to my EO blend.

A few small tips: 

1. I noticed that there was a bit of separation once I started diving into the jar to mix in the EO blend. When you use it for the first time, stick your finger all the way to the bottom and give it a good stir!

2. Don’t be afraid of the burn. My eyes literally water. It’s intense. And worth it!

3. Don’t use it right before an event or a date, or really anytime someone else is going to be close to your face. They may be able to smell a hint of the sulfur. If you don’t want to explain, make sure you do the treatment in advance! Or, blend in some essential oils to make that smell disappear!!

  • Likes: The burn, baby! And the way I can tell it’s detoxing my skin. I also love the simplicity of the ingredient list. There’s not one ingredient that I don’t recognize.
  • Dislikes: The smell. I’m a huge smell person. I’ve tested some other products that use essential oils to help ease the sulfur smell a bit and I wish this one did that as well.
  • Would I Purchase? For the price, I’d definitely purchase this product!

What do you think about Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: #XOVoxBox from Influenster

Influenster Review: #XOVoxBox

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Last month, I received the #XOVoxBox from Influenster. I’ve been so swamped that it’s been sitting on my “to review” shelf for all this time. Well, I’m finally digging into it today and I’m loving everything I see! I’ll do more in depth reviews of most of these items after I’ve had a chance to really use them, but for now make sure you read on to learn more about the samples that were included in this VoxBox.

About the VoxBox

Influenster's #XOVoxBox

This box contains four full size products, four sample products, and three opportunities to get more free stuff!

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I’ve been excited to try the Express White toothpaste for a while now. It claims to whiten you teeth in three days. They’ve actually been a hot couponing item for a few weeks now (I’ll be posting about my adventures in couponing soon!), so I’ve stocked up on enough for a year. Hopefully this means I’ll be sporting some much whiter teeth in the coming months?

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TidePods from Influenster's #XOVoxBox

 

I’ve gotten samples of Tide Pods before, but I’ve never tried the ones with Febreeze in them. My machine often leaves our clothes smelling less than fresh (it’s 15 years old!), so we’re always trying to add a nice fragrance in between vinegar rinses. Can’t wait to see if this does the trick!

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SkinFix from Influenster's #XOVoxBox

I actually already tried this product, since it’s a lotion and can be easily applied. Of course, I do want to test the longevity of it. So far, here are my thoughts: I’m a smell person and I do not love the smell of this. It’s enriched with oatmeal, and you can tell. It’s more like a medicated oatmeal scent and less like a soft, Aveeno oatmeal scent. It’s not a deal breaker, but not my favorite. Secondly, it’s a bit greasy. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s still greasy. Now, this does not say that it doesn’t have good properties. I put less than a dime-sized amount on my hands over four hours ago, and I still feel like my hands are moisturized. My dry-winter skin is thanking me right now, that’s for sure. Next, I’m going to test it on my cracked heels for about a week. I won’t care about greasy feet, and if it works then I’ll seriously jump for joy.

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John Frieda from Influenster's #XOVoxBox

 

I don’t have blonde hair, but it says that these products work well on both blonde and brunette hair. I have a sea salt spray right now that I don’t love. So I can’t wait to see how this one compares.

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AdoreMe from Influenster's #XOVoxBox

 

  • AdoreMe promotional code for one free lingerie set (Reg. price $39.99)

I received a free bra and panty set and I wrote a separate blog post reviewing AdoreMe earlier this month.

I love that they carry “plus-sized” lingerie. Though, I’m not sure why I’m categorized as plus-sized just because I have a large chest. After wearing the set a few times a week through the month, I have to be honest and say that I don’t love the way the bra fits. It feels like it digs in to all the wrong places and is strangling my sides. Rather than smoothing, it creates more lumps. I hate that they withdraw your monthly subscription whether or not you order anything for the month. And I’ve already tried canceling my membership, yet they make it REALLY hard to do so.

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  • Lands’ End coupon code for $25 off $100

I’ll admit that I haven’t used this code and I probably won’t. Even with $25 off, I can’t afford to spend $75 on Lands’ End clothes. I’m more of a Target kind of girl.

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  • $25 gift card to eBay when you complete a guide campaign

To claim this $25 gift card, all I needed to do was share my expertise in two guides that followed eBay’s guidelines. I did that and now I get an extra 25 bucks! Easy peasy!

 

What do you think about the products featured in the #XOVoxBox? Have you tried any of them yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Jennbizzle Reviews: ePantry

Jennbizzle Reviews: ePantry

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I was recently browsing around on Kerri’s blog – she’s always talking about the most awesome products for moms & kids, and she’s usually offering a discount code – and she posted about ePantry. I’ve tried out Amazon Prime Pantry recently, but I can’t help but be discouraged by the fact that I’ve got to pay shipping when I’ve already purchased Amazon Prime. But that’s another post. So, I thought, why not give ePantry a try? With Kerri’s discounts, I could get a $10 credit + free shipping added to my first order plus an offer to purchase the VIP program for half the price ($20 off!). The VIP Program gives you free shipping for a year plus some free full-sized samples throughout the year as well. I’ve been wanting to try Mrs. Meyer’s products forever, and saw that they offered those. I was sold.

About the Product

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ePantry’s goal is to make your life easy, which means no commitments. You simply sign up, answer a few questions, choose your products based on recommendations and schedule a shipment. There are no fees and you will only be charged for products when they are shipped. You can cancel at any time, and if you don’t like a product, they’ll refund it on the spot. Simple as that! They carry products from Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Seventh Generation, Green Forest, Preserve, Tom’s of Maine, Yes To, and they’re always adding more.

What’s even better is that ePantry is offering a SUPER deal for my readers – seriously, I couldn’t ask for more. If you set up an account with my link, you’ll get $10 off your order, free shipping, and a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap in your first shipment! Plus, I’ll get a $10 credit, too!

That’s the really great thing about ePantry. Once you sign up, you’ll get a referral link that you can share with family & friends. Everyone who signs up using your link will give you $10 credit. (Psst… I’ve already had two referrals in my first month!!)

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My Review

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The sign up process couldn’t be easier, and I actually had to limit myself from buying everything all at once. Most of the products I wanted to try were available in my favorite scent: Lemon Verbena. I ordered (all Mrs. Meyers) 3 hand soaps, a bottle of fabric softener, a room freshener spray, a multi-surface spray cleaner, and a Diva Cup (more on that in a future post!). I’ve also been getting into using essential oils with Peanut lately, so I wanted to try some soothing candles. I thought the peppermint & eucalyptus ePantry & Co. soy candle would be perfect for his and SC’s allergies, so I got that and the Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbena candle as a treat for myself.

How cool is this: there’s occasionally a little tab in the bottom left corner of your screen on ePantry that asks you a random question. The first one I got was, “What’s your favorite ePantry product?” If you answer it, they’ll give you a $2 credit on your next order!

jennbizzle-reviewsMy first shipment arrived super quick. For standard shipping, I wasn’t expecting it for another couple days at least! the products were carefully packaged in a small box with little waste and everything was taped shut to avoid leaking products. They even had a little shipping checklist with a clothespin attached right on top, which had been hand checked. I love that personal touch!

Now onto the products: I’ve only just gotten the shipment, so I haven’t run out of my existing multi-surface cleaner or fabric softener yet. The hand soaps are perfect! They leave a nice, muted smell. And the room fresher was the one I was most skeptical about. With a little boy in stinky diapers, I need all the help I can get in that nursery. I sprayed it and left the room. When I returned over 15 minutes later, I could still smell the lemon verbena, and the nasty odors were gone! The lemon verbena Mrs. Meyer’s candle is great, too. Though, it wasn’t my favorite of the two. As it turned out, the peppermint & eucalyptus is the most amazing smelling candle ever and I’ve stolen it for my office. Sorry, boys!

  • candleno4Likes: I love everything about this service. The prices are totally reasonable, even cheaper than Target in some cases. If you don’t purchase the VIP program then shipping is just $2.99, no matter what you order. But I still find the VIP program to be totally worth it. And I can’t get the ePantry & Co candle anywhere else, so they’ve got a customer for life. The best part? I don’t have to leave my house!
  • Dislikes: Nothing, so far. Honestly, everything form the ordering process to using the products has been a completely enjoyable experience. I can’t wait until the start offering more products and a bigger variety. Maybe even food?? A girl can dream, ha!
  • Would I Purchase? I’m going to continue my subscription service for as long as this company’s around. Which is hopefully FOREVER!

 

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Normally, this is where the review posts end. But for this review, I really wanted to put together a little something extra to show you how excellent ePantry is. They’re not paying me to say this, guys. I mean, I’m possibly getting referral credits if you sign up. But you’d get that too, without writing a blog post about it!

So I put together a cart based on the things I bought last month, in my first shipment, and the freebies you’d get if you sign up using my link. This is what your cart would look like, if you signed up – and you love Mrs. Meyers as much as I do!

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Mrs Meyer’s Hand Soap: Free with your offer!
Mrs. Meyer’s Toilet Cleaner: $4.99
Mrs. Meyer’s Tub & Tile Cleaner: $4.15
Mrs. Meyer’s Room Freshener: $6.99
Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap: $3.89
Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner: $3.69
ePantry Cellulose Sponges: $2.99
ePantry Soy Candle: $9.95 (DO NOT FORGET THE CANDLE!)

With the $10 credit from using my link, the total for this basket comes to $26.65 (a $59+ value!). That’s only $3.33 per product. How awesome is that?

Okay, so that’s my pitch. I’m going to leave you to your own devices now. Go off and have fun discovering ePantry. And, for the love, trust me when I say that you need this service in your life.

 

What do you think about ePantry? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
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Jennbizzle Reviews: OSIS+ Thrill Fiber Gum

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I originally learned about this Schwarzkopf product from my grandmother. She had short hair an she used it all the time to hold her style without leaving it crunchy. She was a beauty salon product-aholic, so I learned about a lot of products from her! She would let me use it occasionally and even gave me one of her cans when it was almost gone.

Osis Thrill Fiber GumAbout the Product

Stuck in a styling rut? Following the same daily routine? Need some fresh inspiration? OSiS+ inspires you to ‘Kill routine’, with consistencies & products that are sure to inject some energy and creativity into your hair. Shape, tease or build it up. Get inspired by the fibre consistency. Over the top or mainstream, anything is possible. Super hold, brilliant shine, creative definition.

  • Included: One 3.4 oz can of strong hold hair wax
  • Retail Price: $18.80
  • Availability: on Amazon.com or from your local beauty salon

 

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My Review

I used the can that my grandma gave me – with only ¼ left – for nearly 5 years before I ran out. Because I’m not using it on my full hairstyle, but only to give volume to the crown of my head and tame flyaways in a ponytail, it lasted an extraordinary amount of time. But eventually it ran out and I had to look at purchasing a new one. I found it on Amazon for less than my salon was asking. SOLD.

Since it arrived, I have used it a few times a month just as I had before. I’ve been in love with this product for years. One of my favorite things about OSIS+ Thrill Fiber Gum is the clean, almost masculine scent. The fact that it doesn’t smell fruity or flowery just makes me love it more.

It’s a thick, shiny-pink, semi-solid product. You only need to dip your finger in to get enough to apply to the crown of your head or the flyaways in your ponytail. I have found that it actually works better if you get your hair nearly dry, then apply the product and finish drying. The heat activates it and leaves you with a super slick ponytail without any residue or unnatural shine. A quick spritz of hairspray and you’re good to go for the day!

  • Likes: I love the smell. I also love that I don’t have to reapply over and over throughout the day. The fact that it’s pink doesn’t hurt, either!
  • Dislikes: It’s a little expensive for my drugstore budget! But, honestly, I expect this $15 can to last me for years. So, it’s totally worth it.
  • Would I Purchase? I did and I would again. I’ll be buying this product for life.

What do you think about the OSIS+ Thrill Fiber Gum? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
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Jennbizzle Reviews: Adore Me Subscription Service

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Adore Me Review

As part of the XO VoxBox (review coming soon!), I was given the opportunity to sign up for one free shipment from AdoreMe, the lingerie subscription service. They offer anything from an everyday bra and panty set to something more lacy & sultry. They also offer wedding sets and corsets. Each set is regularly $40.00 per month. Because I received this product for review, I’ve got a treat for my readers! Read on for more info about a special offer. 

About the Product

Adore Me redefines lingerie to make beautiful fashion affordable for every body. Feel sexy, have fun, and adore the new you! You’ll love the flexible VIP Membership, there are tons of benefits and perks! Enjoy fashion-forward lingerie from $39.95, every 6th set free, exclusive VIP designs, sneak peeks and much more! You don’t need to shop every month, all you need to do is visit your showroom before the fifth and either shop or skip. We’ll send you reminder emails, but if you forget, no worries! You’ll be charged a $39.95 store credit to use anytime—and if you don’t want this store credit, they have a convenient 30 day no-questions-asked refund policy. You’ll adore the VIP life!

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My Review

piperFor my first monthly shipment, which I received for free, I chose the Piper Contour DD+. No, I’m definitely not going to model the product myself. You’ll have to let that beautiful plus-sized model over there do the modeling for you.

Since I just stopped nursing within the last two months, I’ve still been wearing my nursing bras. This is because (1) My old bras don’t fit anymore, (2) I spent A LOT of money on nursing bras, (3) They are SUPER comfortable, (4) I’ve been too busy to even think about going bra shopping to figure out my new size.

With that in mind, AdoreMe gives you a handy chart/tutorial to find your measurements. However, I was too lazy and so I just guessed at what I thought my size might be. Tuns out I was pretty damn close! I could have gone up one size in the band, but the cups are a great fit! Also, dear lord are they going to stay this big forever?

I thought I’d go with something that looked a little romantic for the Valentine’s Day theme, but still something I could wear everyday, since I don’t have any regular bras! I wish that the underwear were a thing, but apparently all plus-sized girls like full coverage panties because they didn’t offer a thong with this style, or any other style I was interested in. You should also note that I don’t wear plus-sized clothing in any other store I’ve ever shopped with. But my boobs are big so that puts me in the plus-sized category on AdoreMe.

piper_brief_a1_webI’ve worn the bra and panty set for about a week, and I find that (even with a band extender) the rubber on the band digs into my skin until I have red lines. That isn’t very comfortable. Also, there isn’t much flexibility in the shoulder straps. I’d like them to be tight, but not digging into my shoulders. I couldn’t find an adjustment that gave me the happy medium.

The design was so cute! And the way the bra fit in the cups was perfect. I also loved the way the underwear fit. I wish they were either shorties or a thong, but the fit felt comfortable. One other thing is that I wish the design on the underwear carried onto the back more cohesively. It looks like they just designed the front half and slapped some mesh on the back.

The bottom line is that I just can’t afford to not be comfortable while holding a little one all day. I have so little time to worry about myself that I need something that will make me feel good above all else.

  • Likes: The design and the cup size fit.
  • Dislikes: The band fit and the lack of options for my size.
  • Would I Purchase? I do not think I’ll continue my VIP membership because I feel that I can probably find a more comfortable bra at the same price point in a department store.

What do you think about AdoreMe? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
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