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

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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

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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

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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?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

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?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Adore Me Subscription Service

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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?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

A Woman’s Guide To Must Have Clothes

A Woman's Guide To Must Have Clothes

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As busy women (and moms, in my case!), we’re always adapting to different situations and running here or there for this special occasion and that playdate. That’s why I’m excited to share my fashion picks with you. Here are four items you MUST HAVE in your wardrobe.

Little Black Dress

littleblackdressYou’ve always heard it: you need to have a little black dress in your arsenal. It’s true. You should have a dress that you can pull out at the last minute that will fit in at any event. One that’s professional enough for work, but that you can dress up for a night out on the town or down for a casual lunch date in the park. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though: it doesn’t need to be black!

It shouldn’t be white, because then you’d never be able to wear it to a wedding! And it shouldn’t be overly patterned, so that floral frock is out! Think classic colors, neutrals, or muted tones. A solid foundation can be useful for adding pops of color with accessories. That way, just a small shift in jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. can completely change the look in minutes!

(Extra-long) Camis

camisI don’t know how many times a simple cami has saved me from a bare midriff or a little too much cleavage. And the length is important. If you are trying to battle a shirt that’s just a bit too short, a cami that’s the same length isn’t going to help much. Some people might disagree but for this mom, an extra-long cami in every color is a must.

Classic Heels (or Flats)

Nude, white, or black – It doesn’t matter what color they are. As long as they’re neutral, they’ll go with anything! Save your bright red stunners for a special occasion. There’s definitely a time and place for any extraordinary piece of shoe art. But for this list, a simple (not too high) heel will seal the deal.

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For those of us who rarely dust off our dancing shoes, a classic black or nude flat will do just as well most of the time. I’d still suggest actually owning a pair of heels, but they may not be the beat for daily use with an active toddler. As for me? Mine only get pulled out a handful of times a year. But when I put them on, I’m ready to ROCK them!

Spanx

spanxWe’re definitely not all a size zero. And even those who are sometimes have a little here or a little there that they’d light to smooth out. That’s why, no matter your size, a piece of shapewear (or two!) is a lifesaver. Personally, I own an open-bust tank to wear with a blouse and slacks, and a pair of high-waisted shorts that can be worn under a dress so my thighs don’t rub. I like to have the option of no panty lines!

 

 

 

Whether you’re attending the Marine Corps ball or chasing a toddler around the playground, these four items will be flexible enough to withstand your packed schedule! Do you have any must have clothes you’d add to my list. I’d love to hear all about them. Share your thoughts in the comments below or @jennbizzle on twitter!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment

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Generally, I hate leave-in conditioners. They leave my hair feeling stiff and dirty, as if I put a ton of pomade in my hair and then didn’t’ wash or brush it for days. But, I had heard really great things about this product, and I know my grandma used to use it religiously. That lady had GREAT hair. So when I saw that it was offered through Amazon Pantry, I knew I just had to add it to my monthly shipment.

About the Product

Leave in treatment for damaged hair, split ends and hair breakage for all types of distressed hair. Its enhanced formula repairs, strengthens and protects hair shine. Extreme Anti-Snap distressed hair treatment is an award winning product and one of Redken’s best sellers.

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  • Included: One 8.5 ounce bottle of product with a pump dispenser.
  • Retail Price: $17.00 with free Prime shipping
  • Availability: At Ulta, on Amazon.com, and many other salons & retailers.

My Review

Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment for Distressed Hair
Once I received the product in the mail, I hopped in the shower and did my normal shampoo/conditioner routine with Garnier Triple Nutrition. When I got out of the shower, I put three pumps in my palm and worked it through from root to tip. The first thing I noticed is that the smell of this cream is AH-MAY-ZING. It’s very light and luxurious, & it brought back familiar memories of my grandma.

I let my hair air-dry and I swear my hair has never felt so soft. So the next time I used it, a few days later, I used the blow dryer to get my hair dry. I just wanted to know if it still felt as soft using heat. I got a few compliments on how shiny my hair was and I loved how soft it felt. It wasn’t frizzy at all and for once I had no fly-aways on my part line!

I’ve been using the leave-in treatment for over a month now, and I’m in love. After using it, my hair feels completely clean. I don’t feel like I’ve got any built-up product in my hair at all. And BONUS, I’ve only used about one third of the bottle. A little bit goes a long way!

  • Likes: The smell is by far my favorite thing, followed closely by the weightless feel and the silky-smooth feeling it gives my hair.
  • Dislikes: It’s a little bit on the expensive side for my drugstore budget!
  • Would I Purchase? I’ll be buying this product for life.

What do you think about Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment for Distressed Hair?
Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?

Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: LEACHCO Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow

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Back 'N Belly

Long before I was pregnant, I fell in love with the idea of sleeping with a Snoogle. I love to surround myself with pillows, so this just seemed like a heavenly idea. Fast forward to being about three months along with Peanut, and I had to have one. Only, at this point there were more options! So, I went with the Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow from LEACHCO. My husband wasn’t very fond of the space it took up in our bed, but it was a real back, belly, and body saver during those uncomfortable nights while I was pregnant! These pillows are gaining serious popularity. I mean, did you know that Ellen actually gave a pregnant Jessica Simpson a Snoogle?

About the Product

Back 'N Belly

When you’re expecting you may notice you need as much support for your growing tummy as you do your aching back. Back ‘N Belly Original’s inner contours are designed to follow the natural curved shape of your body, no matter how you like to sleep. With its clever design there’s no need to reposition during the night. Simply turn from side to side and your body pillow is a custom fit. Provides equal support for back and tummy at the same time. Reverse ends for a “double decker” head support. Elevates and aligns hips to help ensure a neutral position to relieve strain on joints. Cradle yourself in custom comfort all throughout the night.

While you can’t purchase this product on LEACHCO’s website, you can get some more valuable information about the product, including a video.

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  • Included: One pillow without a slip cover
  • Retail Price: $71.00 + shipping (Prime available)
  • Availability: on Amazon.com

My Review

Okay, so I don’t actually have any personal photos of me in this thing because 1) you’re supposed to be using it while you’re sleeping, and 2) I was using it when I was extremely pregnant and no photos were allowed ever ever ever. Except belly bump shots, and I mostly cut my face out of those. But I do own it, and in fact I’m giving it to a pregnant friend pretty soon. Spreading the love! Like I said before, my husband wasn’t a big fan. Then again, I wasn’t a big fan of my husband being anywhere near me in bed for about four months, so that didn’t really influence my thoughts on this one way or the other.

I slept with this pillow for about six months of my pregnancy, well before I actually needed it. I just really love sleeping with tons of pillows surrounding me. It made me feel like I was in a cocoon, which may be bad for claustrophobics, but was excellently snuggly for me.

  • Likes: It supported my belly well during the last months of pregnancy. I’d love to sleep with it for life if my husband would let me! (Hint: he won’t.)
  • Dislikes: It was extremely stuffed. I definitely had to break it in before it started to become comfortable.
  • Would I Purchase? I paid for this product, and I’d do it again!

What do you think about the LEACHCO Pillow? Do you have one? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!