Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask (+ Giveaway!)

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia's Morocco Clay Mask

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Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

Zakia’s Morocco asked me to participate in an ongoing campaign launched by Brandbacker, and I happily accepted! This is the first in a series of reviews for Zakia’s Morocco line of products, and I can’t be more excited to tell you about my experience with Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask. Also, stay tuned until the end of the post for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Zakia’s Morocco!

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia's Morocco Clay MaskUnique to Morocco, this ancient clay is naturally found deep under the Atlas Mountains and mined for its unique properties. The Moroccan clay is also called Ghassoul clay, derives its name from the Arabic word for cleansing, ‘Rhassala’. This mineral rich clay is known for its extraordinary power of absorption of impurities from skin and hair. It can be used as soap, skin conditioner, shampoo, and facial and body mask. As Rhassoul contains higher percentages of silica and magnesium along with potassium and calcium, than other clays, Rhassoul appears to be far more effective. In addition to this, due to its greater smectic qualities, (i.e. its ability to swell with the addition of water) Rhassoul achieves better results in skin treatment. Zakia’s Clay Mask contains no PETs, no mineral oils, and no parabens.

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  • Included: One (1) 8oz jar of Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder
  • Retail Price: $19.99 (now on sale for $10.99!)
  • Discount Code: ZMBLOG-128″ – good for 20% off your order!
  • Availability: on ZakiasMorocco.com

My Review

First I really want to talk about the presentation of the package I received! In came in a normal mailer, but Zakia herself included a personalized letter and How-to Guide addressed to me (not “Dear blogger,” like I’ve received in the past!) and signed in ink at the bottom of the note. I really appreciated the extra effort included in the shipment!!

Now, about the product: I don’t know what I was expecting when I signed up to receive “clay powder”, but I was surprised by what I received. My initial thought was, “Oh no. I’m totally going to mess this up.” Then, I read the How-to Guide, with step by step pictures included, and it was so easy that I surprised myself!

I took pictures of the process and I hope I can recreate the guide for you here as well as it was presented to me!

Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

Mix 1 part clay powder with 5 parts water (1:5 ratio) for a thin, cookie dough texture. Zakia suggests 1 tablespoon of powder to 5 tablespoons of water. I tried this, but I found my consistency ended up too watery so I had to add a bit more powder. That was okay, because I really needed more than 1 tbsp of product for my body anyway. The next time I mixed, I just poured some powder in the bowl and then added a little water at a time until I found a consistency I liked.

My favorite part of the guide was where it actually instructed me to apply a thin layer to SAVE MONEY! That was a huge deal for me, as it proves that the company isn’t just out to make money by scamming you with a cheap product. You know the instructions on any shampoo bottle: “Apply, rinse, repeat.” Who actually repeats the shampoo process? No one, because that’s a lot of extra money! Give me a product that works the first time, and I’m happy. Go above and beyond and tell me to only use a tiny amount to save money, like Zakia’s Morocco did? You’ve got my loyalty.

Testing the Product

Gettin’ our clay mask on! @zakiasmorocco #beauty #mask #skincare

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The guide says that you can apply the mask to your face, your hair, or your whole body. My husband and I went swimming one afternoon and then felt like our skin was so dry, so we took the opportunity to make this test a bit of a “mini DIY date” and get muddy before taking a shower. I sort of felt like I was in an episode of the Bachelor, so that was the best thing.

The Bachelor Mud Date

It was really awesome to have fun with a beauty product, for once!

I found the powder to be so finely ground that it almost feels like baby powder, but without that chalky feeling. The powder itself has almost no scent, but once mixed you can smell just a bit of mineral scent. It’s not overpowering at all and it’s probably the least-scented clay mask I’ve ever tried. Also, the powder actually expands when wet, so you’re getting a lot more than 8oz worth of clay mask compared to a wet product.

As for results, I felt like my skin had immediately recovered from the time spent in the chlorine and sun all day. And I did see a bit of acne pop up a day or two later (which I consider to be a good thing!) as a result of the minerals pulling impurities from my skin. My husband liked it, so I’d say that’s a win!

  • Likes: The versatility of the product, the amount you receive in one package, and the muted scent.
  • Dislikes: The only real negative thing I can say is that the recipe seemed a bit off for me, in terms of amounts you mix together. I really have nothing negative to say about the product itself!
  • Would I Purchase? I would probably purchase again to have another “spa day date” with my husband. Though, I’ve still got 3/4 of a jar left so I won’t need to purchase for a while!

GIVEAWAY!

Zakia’s Morocco is not only offering a 20% off discount code (ZMBLOG-128) for my readers, but is ALSO sponsoring a giveaway! Use this link to enter to win one of ten (10) gift certificates for $50!

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

Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes

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Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique  Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique is a brand that is sold through in-home parties, similar to Jamberry. They’ve got a whole line of beauty products, but this is by far their most popular. Recently, it’s become popular to have “virtual” in-home parties via groups or events on Facebook. One of my friends had one, so I decided to try this mascara out. It’s a bit pricey, I’ll admit. I was torn on whether to buy it because of the price, but I bit the bullet for my readers!

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique Moodstruck Fiber LashesTransform your lashes from “okay” to “oh, wow!” Go for up to 3x the wow factor with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes that are water-resistant, yet wash off easily with Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths. This is quite possibly the most mood-altering, life-changing product in the cosmetics world!

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  • Included: One bottle of Transplanting Gel and one bottle of Fibers inside a case.
  • Retail Price: $29.00
  • Availability: on youniqueproducts.com or from an independent consultant.

My Review

This isn’t just your ordinary mascara, it’s a complete lash treatment. You receive a flip open case that looks similar to a protective case for eyeglasses. Inside are two mascara tubes, one shorter than the other, held in by little leather loops. One tube is the Transplanting Gel, which has a mascara applicator and looks just like your typical mascara. You apply this first. Then, the shorter tube is the Moodstruck Natural Fibers. Here’s where things get a little “hairy”. The applicator in this tube looks like a long, black cotton swab. After using the Transplanting Gel, you rub this wand against your lashes and they pick up the fibers on the applicator.

  • Step one. Curl your lashes
  • Step two. Apply your mascara primer, some also like to apply their regular mascara at this point. I don’t think it’s necessary.
  • Step three. Apply the Transplanting Gel as you would mascara.
  • Step four. Apply Natural Fibers.
  • Step five. Re-apply Transplanting Gel to secure the fibers.
  • Step six. Repeat until you get the lash length you desire.
  • Step seven. Dust the loose fibers off your cheeks. :)

You can then add mascara to your lower lids to complete the look.

Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes

I didn’t have time to take a video, but I found this excellent tutorial and review by Alexandrea Garza. She has much longer natural lashes than I do, but we pretty much got the same results. Check it out!

For me, this process seems to take forever. I only use it when I’m going out or when I want a really dramatic eye look. It does work, but it can easily get clumpy and messy if you don’t take the time. I’m the mom of an eight month old, so I don’t always have the time!

Also, I tend to get fibers in my eye most of the times I apply this product. So that’s kind of a bummer.Jennbizzle Reviews: Younique Moodstruck Fiber Lashes

  • Likes: The length & thickness that this product gives my lashes!
  • Dislikes: The messiness of the extra fibers, the long process and having to get it JUST RIGHT or you find yourself with a clumpy mess.
  • Would I Purchase? I did purchase this at full price, but because of the price I’m not sure if I’ll purchase again.

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

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Studio Blush & Bronzing Powder

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Sometime last year, e.l.f. had a huge sale, as they often do, and I scored a massive haul. I scoured beauty blogs to find all of the highly recommended items and snatched them up. Now that I’ve had tons of time to use the items and incorporate them into my daily beauty routine, I’m going to share my unabashed thoughts. I’ll talk about the products that I can’t live without and the ones that I just can’t find a place for in my routine. This post is focused on the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, which is a nice product to have on hand.

About the Product

Create a healthy and natural glow all year long with the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. The Blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of color, while the Bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for beautiful definition. This convenient compact has just what you need to achieve a gorgeous glow anytime, anywhere.

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My Review

I bought the St. Lucia palette (there are a couple of different options) but I have to admit, at first I didn’t get much use out of this duo. It took me a while to find where it really fit into my routine. Most importantly, it took me a while to master highlighting & contouring and once I did that I was finding myself using it more often than not.

The blush is really amazing. It looks extremely pink in the cake, but when applied it’s just the right amount of rosy cheek for my olive skin tone. I have uneven redness in my cheek area naturally, so it’s really difficult for me to find a blush that gives me a natural rosy look without highlighting the blotchy redness under my foundation.

The contouring powder doesn’t go on too dark, and it blends so nicely into my setting powder. I use this as a secondary form of contour, as I have a cream stick that I use under my powder, and then this goes on top to really bring that darker pigment to life. It also helps me blend everything into my hairline nicely.

They call this St. Lucia palette a dupe for NARS Orgasm & Laguna, which retails for $42.  I’ve never tried the NARS duo, but this e.l.f. one is really impressive so I don’t feel the need to pay $42 when I can pay $3!

  • Likes: The color makes me look perfectly flush without drawing out the blotchy redness of my skin. The product doesn’t take up a ton of space in my makeup storage, and I love that I feel like I’m getting a $42 product for $3!
  • Dislikes: I think that the color could be a little more pigmented in both cakes, but I’ve come to realize that e.l.f. does not have very pigmented powders, so that’s the only drawback.
  • Would I Purchase? I did purchase this at full price and when it runs out, which doesn’t seem to be anytime soon, I’ll definitely replace it.

What do you think about the e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder duo? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

ePantry Double Rewards Deal

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I’m writing this totally on the fly, breaking out of my content calendar and not even editing (probably) to tell you that ePantry’s got a KILLER deal going right now. If you’ve been tossing the idea of getting a subscription back and forth, let me tell you: IT’S WORTH IT.

But, by using my referral link, you’re about to get even more of a reason to jump on the ePantry wagon. This weekend, they’re offering DOUBLE REWARDS! Okay, so what does that mean, exactly?

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 10.02.16 AMIt means that when you sign up using my link, you’re going to get a $10 ePantry credit plus a Grove Collaborative 70-hour burn organic soy candle worth $12.95 (it’s my favorite candle ever!) in a reusable mason jar. That’s $22.95 worth of FREE STUFF. It means that I’ll get a $20 credit, too. Wee!

 

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But let’s get back to you! If you regularly shop for Mrs. Meyers, Method, or Seventh Generation products, you’re going to find them cheaper here than at Target. Honestly, I’ve never found something on ePantry that wasn’t at least a dollar less than Target’s pricing. It’s like the online Costco of organic & eco-friendly cleaning supplies!

Do yourself a favor and get in on this deal before the weekend’s over!

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Listerine Foot Soak: Hack or Fail?

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have cracked heels. I mean, I live in California where we comfortably wear flip-flops for 9 months out of the year. Who doesn’t have cracked heels, is what I want to know?

Pinterest Listerine Foot Soak

So I saw this post on Pinterest about a Listerine foot soak. I honestly cannot find the original post to link to, but it’s literally everywhere on Pinterest and Facebook. Anyway, since I first pinned it, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time that Listerine would go on sale and be combined with a coupon. Well that time is here, ladies and gentlemen!

(Thank you, Target!)

So here’s the recipe:

1/2 C. Listerine
1/2 C. vinegar
1 C. warm water

Soak for 10 min.

Before The Soak

The original poster said she likes blue Listerine, but then about a million people tried it and complained of Smurf feet. So get another color, bozos! I got green because the thought of using the plain kind in my mouth brings me back to the burn-y days of my childhood when my Grandad made me use that stuff.

I did some research on other foot soaks, and many said that Apple Cider Vinegar is better. So I used that.

I also added in a few drops of Bergamot and Lavender essential oils for a calming effect.

Okay, so I didn’t follow the recipe at all. I read a bunch of comments on a bunch of posts and came to the conclusion that this mixture is just not going to work. It’s too watered down and it’s not enough liquid to cover your feet. Here’s what my soak looked like:

2 C. HOT water ( I used my Keurig)
1.5 C. Green Listerine
1.5 C Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops Bergamot
5 drops Lavender

I soaked for 30 min.

I’m not a fool. I know that the skin is not just going to “fall off”. But I’m hoping that it will soften up enough to scrub it off with a pumice stone. I’m totally willing to scrub, as long as I’m not sitting there until my arm falls off and my heels are still cracked.

Basically what I’m saying is that my expectations are low, since viral Pinterest things tend to fail. I’m just hoping this helps. Let’s see how it goes!

After The Soak

The first word of warning is this: Ladies, do not shave your legs right before you do this. Splash zone, ouch!

Secondly, green Listerine turns your feet colors too. After a good scrub with the pumice stone, only my nail beds looked like those of a leprechaun. Oh well. Green nail polish it is.

As for the effect of the soak, I won’t say that my skin “fell off” because it didn’t. I won’t even say that all my cracks are gone, because they aren’t. But my feet are significantly softer and the skin was so much easier to scrub off with a pumice stone.

And, bonus! My feet are tingly (in a good way) and super disinfected.

My next step is to make my feet swim in Eucerin and cover those babies with thick socks before bed. In the morning, hopefully I’ll see an even bigger difference!

The verdict? This foot soak was definitely worth the fuss.

Have you tried this soak? Did you change up the recipe? I’d love to know how it went for you! 

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches

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So far, I’ve used both organic jar food and disposable pouches for Peanut. I’ve also made some fresh baby food and used small tupperware to store it. However, when we are out at dinner or visiting with friends and family, we absolutely need a pouch of food. It’s just so much more convenient than a jar or tupperware of food. We’ve also purchased a reusable spoon that connects to the end of any pouch, and the combination is just amazing.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food PouchesReusable food pouches from Wee Appetit make healthy eating fun, easy, and enjoyable – for babies, toddlers, and people of all ages! An extra-wide opening means these pouches are easy to fill and clean, and a durable double zipper closure ensures there are no messy leaks. Wee Appetit pouches are better for the environment and SAFE for your little one – BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, and FDA certified – because your child deserves the best!

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  • Included: Four (4) 6 fl. oz. refillable pouches with spout and lid.
  • Retail Price: $9.95 with free prime shipping
  • Availability: on Amazon.com

My Review

With these pouches, we can feed Peanut food that we know is great for him (because we made it!) but we can also do so in a convenient way for us. I am also able to add his liquid vitamins to the pouch of food and mix in cereal if needed as well. It’s a win-win!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Wee Appetit Reusable Food PouchesThese pouches are completely open at the top for easy filling. I can fit a large spoonful of food into the opening with no problem. The important thing is NOT TO OVERFILL THEM. There are measurement lines on the back and it clearly says maximum, however I was just “eyeballing it” and went quite a bit over the line. The result was a mess. But I learned my lesson and only fill it to the line. My son doesn’t know the difference between eating with these and eating with the disposable pouches, either. So that makes things easy!

To be honest, feeding from the side opening is a little more uncomfortable than feeding from the top. That’s my only complaint, but I don’t see an easy way around this issue since you need a place to fill the bag! I can’t wait to freeze some of them for cool summer time snacks. I anticipate using these pouches for many years (assuming they last) for full feedings and self-snacking.

  • Likes: The money I’ll be saving by using these instead of always buying disposable pouches, plus the major convenience factor.
  • Dislikes: The side spout is my least favorite thing about these pouches.
  • Would I Purchase? I did and I may purchase more so that I can make large batches of food at a time and freeze them!

What do you think about Wee Appetit Reusable Food Pouches? Have you tried them yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Winter Beauty Box

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Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Beauty Box

Walmart offers a quarterly sample box much like a few other retailers. the thing about Walmart’s box is that it’s completely free. All you have to pay is shipping! Considering most boxes are at least $10, this box is a steal! As you can probably imagine, I had to get in on it. The 2015 Winter Beauty Box was my first box from Walmart. I should be getting the spring box very soon.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Beauty BoxEvery woman has her own unique way of showing the beauty within her. Each new season brings different product needs and a reason to refresh your beauty cabinet. In your Walmart Beauty Box, you’ll find sample beauty products and tips on how to use those and other items sold at Walmart. Receiving your Walmart Beauty Box will be another reason to welcome each new season. Your order will include a selection of trusted Beauty brands and you’ll only pay for shipping & handling, which is always a flat $5 fee.

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  • Included: Selection of beauty samples (varies)
  • Retail Price: Free + $5.00 shipping
  • Availability: from Walmart.com

My Review

Jennbizzle Reviews: Walmart Winter Beauty Box

The Winter beauty box includes:

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner sample packets ($5.49 each)

This product line, as told by it’s name, should instantly build fullness at the roots and strengthen strands for noticeably thicker hair. This stuff actually isn’t that expensive for John Frieda, I’m surprised! You can snag the full-sized version of these on Amazon for about $5.50 each.

I actually received some sample tubes of this from Influenster around the same time (John Frieda must have been doing a huge push!) and I haven’t tried either samples yet. Usually, I’ll save things like this to use when I’m traveling. I will definitely follow up with a review of my thoughts once I give them a full test.

L’oreal Color Vibrancy Shampoo & Conditioner sample packets ($13.99 for both)

These are part of the L’oreal Advanced Haircare line that’s also getting a big push lately. I’ve been able to score a few full-sized Advanced Haircare products for nearly free thanks to lots of great coupons matched up with Target deals.

I haven’t tried the color vibrancy, though I’m already a fan of some of the other Advanced Haircare products. I don’t know if it would be a great benefit for me to even review the Color Vibrancy line, as I haven’t colored my hair in six months at least.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara ($6.76)

This mascara formula claims to make your lashes immediately appear 80% longer, while nutrients work to make your lashes actually grow longer and stronger over time. I received a full-sized version of this mascara and I’m excited to try it. I just hate to open a new tube of mascara only to try it and then let it sit while my other tube is used up! Meanwhile, they’re both expiring. It seems like a waste to me. I promise to try it and report back.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Treatment sample tube ($12.35)

This product includes Anatolian Pomegranate Seed Oil which is expected to leave your hair looking nourished and shiny while providing heat-styling protection.

Okay, I’m going to try this, but I need to say that my hair is famously bad with oil treatments. Even dry oil treatments. If I put even a tiny bit of anything resembling grease in my hair, it multiplies fast. And then I’m a flat, greasy mess. (That’s why you never see any of those popular argan oil reviews on my site!) If this product results in anything except that, I’ll be impressed!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Face Wash sample tube ($7.36)

Yay! I have actually tried this product! As I said before, I like to use these trial sizes for traveling. I still had some shampoo & conditioner trials in my bag, but I needed to open a new face wash trial. This one seemed like the perfect option for a trip to Vegas! My skin needed all the help it could get, ha! I actually really loved it. The scent was fresh and not at all overpowering. It’s a gentle cleanser that leaves my face feeling moisturized but still freshly washed.

For me, I usually find that once I put moisturizer on, that freshly washed feeling goes away. So I was happy that I could still feel both with this product! After I run out of my existing gentle wash, I’ll probably give the full-sized version of this a try.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Red Minx ($9.99)

This is something that I was able to test without worrying about it really going bad before I’d get to use it. Although, I don’t know how much use it will really get. The color I got is red. Like, REALLY RED. And I just don’t look great with bombshell red lips. I’m more of a subtle mauve red kind of girl. I will say this about the product: it feels like chapstick in that it’s really smooth and it is super easy to apply. It also stains evenly (I’ve had problems with other products leaving me blotchy!) and doesn’t smudge. It does, however, rub off on anything you kiss. You’ve been warned!

  • Likes: So I already doubled my money without including the other four samples. I’m really happy with the Neutrogena sample, and I know I’ll get some use out of the mascara. A mascara has to be really terrible for me to stop using it.
  • Dislikes: I wish that lip crayon were in a different color. Otherwise I’m happy with all of the samples. They’re all really popular brands that I’ll actually be able to afford if I fall in love with them.
  • Would I Purchase? I’m going to at least purchase one of these products, so I’m calling it a win!

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

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara Primer

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Sometime last year, e.l.f. had a huge sale, as they often do, and I scored a massive haul. I scoured beauty blogs to find all of the highly recommended items and snatched them up. Now that I’ve had tons of time to use the items and incorporate them into my daily beauty routine, I’m going to share my unabashed thoughts. I’ll talk about the products that I can’t live without and the ones that I just can’t find a place for in my routine. This post is focused on the e.l.f. Mascara Primer, which I’ll never not use again. It’s one of the best e.l.f. products by far.

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara PrimerLengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!

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My Review

I rememeber first trying this primer. First of all, I didn’t really feel like I needed a primer for my eyelashes. And I thought, “Is the beauty industry just trying to capitalize on this primer fad by coming out with primers for EVERYTHING?” But it came highly recommended, so I bought it and tried it.

Putting it on for the first time, I wasn’t exactly sure what I should do. Should I let it dry, or should I apply mascara right away? I ended up applying mascara while it was wet at first. And, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice a difference at first.

Jennbizzle Reviews: e.l.f. Mascara Primer

As it turns out, the directions say to let the primer dry fully before applying mascara. So then I tried it that way, too. I found that my mascara looked clumpier and it was harder to apply when letting the primer dry. So I went back to my first instinct.

I used it for about a week and it looked fine, but I was still wondering if I needed the extra step. So I stopped using it. When I did, I realized how different my eyelashes really looked without it. I realized that my mascara came off much easier during the day if  I didn’t use the primer first. And it didn’t go on nearly as smooth, either.

So I started wearing it again and I’ve been wearing it ever since!

  • Likes: It’s such a dramatic improvement to my eye routine that I couldn’t imagine ever not using this mascara primer.
  • Dislikes: The only real negative I can see is that it’s an extra step in my routine, but it’s SO worth it!
  • Would I Purchase? I’m literally scraping the bottom of the tube now. This perfect three dollar product has lasted me more than a year! And I’ll definitely be purchasing more as soon as I spot another e.l.f sale!

What do you think about the e.l.f. Mascara Primer? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

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

Jennbizzle reviews: Citrus Lane

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!