02 September 2014

..::Product Review::.. Konjac Facial Sponge


My Review of the Konjac Facial Sponge

What is it exactly?

     From the website . . .
"pureSol Konjac Sponge is unbelievably soft and excellent for all skin types!  It is made of 100% pure Konjac vegetable fiber and processed without any coloring or additives.  Great for hypersensitive skin!  Konjac is a moisture rich plant fibre which is by nature alkaline and thus balances the acidity of the skin's impurities and oils.  The unique net like structure of the sponge gently massages skin, breaks down dirt, stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells.  It leaves the skin extremely clean and refreshed!  All of our Konjac Sponges are made with the highest food level Konjac which contains the best quality and the largest quantity of Konjac Glucomannan.  Our Konjac is grown in a pollution free mountainous area of China that is known to have the highest quality Konjac powder.  We are the only company that manages the entire process from planting to producing the highest quality Konjac sponge. "

Review…

pureSol sent me the Konjac Facial Sponge with added Bamboo Charcoal for review.

The original price of this Konjac Sponge is $24.95 on Amazon.  It is currently on sale for $10.00 with free shipping for Prime members.

Packaging & Presentation

The Konjac Sponge arrived in a bubble-padded envelope.  After opening it, I was disappointed to note that the box was completely smashed and one side of it ripped open.  I taped it back together for reviewing purposes.

On a good note, the box itself is made of 90% compostable material.  

The front of the box has a little window where you can view the Konjac Sponge.


Front of the box
The back of the box was the informational part. This is where the customer needs to look in order to read information about the sponge.


Back of the box 
Next, the side of the box is where the usage instructions are.  It is important to take note that these are located here since there are not any included instructions inside the packaging.  The directions are very cut and dry, but before using any product, it is important to read and follow all directions.


Side of the box
After inspecting the outside of the box, it was time to open it.  After emptying out the contents, I found a wrapped Konjac Sponge with an attached string.  There was no suction cup in my box, the company forgot to include it.  To me, it was no big deal because I already have a suction cup in my bathroom.  However, it is upsetting that a piece of the product was missing.  The Konjac Sponge came tightly wrapped in cellophane.


Opening the box
After unwrapping the cellophane, the Konjac Sponge was hard to the touch.  I also unraveled the attached string, made to hang on the suction cup hook for drying.  The string was attached very well, I'm sure it wouldn't come off during use.


Unwrapping the Konjac Sponge
My Personal Experience with the Konjac Facial Sponge

I have never used a sponge on my face before, so I suppose there is a first time for everything!  After I took the sponge out of the box, I ran it under lukewarm water in order for the sponge to soften up and fill out to true size.

After I let it soften, I added my facial soap.  Keep in mind though, that you do not need to use an additional cleanser, as the sponge already contains activated carbon and essential minerals to clean and brighten your skin. Also, if you add a cleanser, the sponge creates even more bubbles than normal, so be sure to use only a small amount.


Adding additional cleanser
After I put on my facial soap, it was easy from there.  I washed my face as I normally do, in small circular motions all over.  That's all there is to it!




After you are done using your Konjac Sponge, you squeeze it while you run it under warm water to get all of the suds out.  After that, you hang it up on the suction cup hanger that is provided.  My package did not include a suction cup, unfortunately.  However, I already had one in my bathroom which helped!

Hanging the Konjac Sponge after use

Pros of the Konjac Facial Sponge
  • It's small, which makes it super easy to store.
  • It's manufactured with the intent to be hung up to dry instead of laying down where it might mold.
  • Eco-friendly, sponge is biodegradable, cruelty-free, and vegan. In fact, when you are done using it, you can compost it.  
Cons of the Konjac Facial Sponge
  • I did not receive all of the parts, namely the suction cup.
  • The initial packaging was poor.  My box fell apart during shipment. I would be disappointed if I got this as a gift with such poor packaging.
  • The sponge took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to rinse out after using, the suds would not dissipate.
Summary

Although the Konjac Sponge has some great points, I can't see myself being a dedicated Konjac Sponge customer.  $10.00 is very expensive for this product, especially since you will need to replace it every 2-3 months.  

I am a very eco-friendly individual, so if anything, I loved that aspect of the Konjac Sponge.  I was upset that I did not receive all of the contents, and that my box was completely ruined.  I also did not notice 'brighter looking skin'.  It seemed like a normal facial sponge to me.

I can't say I would recommend this product, I'd rather do it the old fashioned way.


For further information, please visit pureSOL on:
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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from pureSOL for reviewing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.

01 September 2014

..::Product Review::.. Bru Joy Deluxe Stainless Steel Garlic Press


My Review of the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic Press

What is it exactly?

     From the website . . .
"No more stinking hands! Imagine, you are busying cooking and need to add some juicy garlic mince into that yummy dish. You simply pop in an unpeeled garlic clove into Bru Joy Garlic Press' big garlic chamber, press the two easy-grip-handles to give it a good squeeze, beautifully crushed garlic mince all coming out from the holes effortlessly. You flick open the mince head to take out the skins and give the chamber a quick rinse or pop the garlic press into dish-washer. That's it! You enjoy fresh garlic pulp with a breeze!"

Review…

Bru Joy sent me the Deluxe Stainless Steel Garlic Press for review.

The original price of this garlic press is $66.99 on Amazon.  It is currently on sale for $17.95 with free shipping for Prime members.

Packaging & Presentation

When I opened up the exterior box, I was excited to find the new garlic press!  

The front of the box was pretty basic, it showed a picture of the contents.


Front of the box
When I flipped it over, the back of the box gave a little more detail, and specified that it is indeed, 100% dishwasher safe (which is definitely a plus for me)!


Back of the box

Upon opening the box, the garlic press and the cleaning brush were wrapped in cellophane.  There were no instructions inside the box.


Box contents

My Personal Experience with the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic Press

First, I would like to state that I have never used a garlic press before, and garlic is definitely my favorite ingredient in all my meals.  I was one of those people who took the easy way out and bought the jarred stuff from the grocery store.  I had no idea you could get fresh minced garlic in seconds by using one of these handy contraptions. I inspected it.  It was definitely a quality made press!  No breaking this easily!  It extended 180ยบ, and has 2 handles and a free-swinging chamber.

Close up shot of the Bru Joy Garlic Press
Next, I got everything set up so I can try it out!  The only fresh garlic I had was elephant garlic, and the cloves are huge.  The manufacturer states that only 2 medium-sized garlic cloves should go in the chamber at one time.  I chopped mine up so it was approximately the size of such.


I was finally ready to press the garlic!  I inserted the garlic clove into the chamber...

Inserted clove into chamber

I pressed the handles together...

Press!

...and I had fresh minced garlic!

Fresh garlic!

The cleanup was simple, too.  After you are done pressing all the garlic that you need for your recipe, you wash it under warm water.  You can use the included brush to get the skins and the remaining garlic out of the chamber without having to touch it.  Also, since it is 100% dishwasher safe, it's easy to get it super clean!

Brushing the garlic remnants out of the chamber

Lastly, the storage solution is easy!  You can either stick it back in the original box and store it in a drawer or you can take advantage of the 2 hanging rings on the back of the handles and hang it up in your kitchen like I did:

Easy to store!

Pros of the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic Press
  • Heavy duty.  This will never break.  You can probably run it over with a truck, and still press garlic the next minute!
  • Super easy.  It was very easy to press through the chamber.
  • Money saver.  Pre-minced jarred garlic is expensive compared to a small bulb.  Plus it is fresh.  What can compare to that?!

Cons of the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic Press
  • No included instructions.  I know that it is pretty simple to figure out, but some people like detailed steps like I do so I know I am getting the most out of my garlic press.
  • It must be hung up on 2 equidistant hooks, you can not hang it up on one, or it fully extends.
Summary

Not all garlic presses are made the same.  That is the truth!  Even though I have never used one before, I will never be able to use another.  I am hooked on this device, and I will get as much use out of it as I can.  

I was super happy with the results of the review, and now I have an excuse to put more garlic in my recipes!  

Are you wanting to try the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Garlic Press, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


For further information, please visit Bru Joy on:

DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Bru Joy. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

..::Product Review::.. Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Makeup Remover & Youth Express Eye Gel


My Review of Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Makeup Remover & Youth Express Eye Gel

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"After a long day out and about, there still may be dozens of things to do between stepping through your front door and hopping into bed. However don't let your beauty routine slow you down. Speed up and simplify your nighttime beauty regime with the addition of our Facial Oil Cleanser.This dual-action energizing blend of oils will gently clean your pores as well as nourish your skin to nurture and moisturize, leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed.  Best of all, InstaNatural's Facial Oil Cleanser is all natural and made from organic ingredients, so you don't have to worry about harsh or abrasive chemicals being used on your skin. "

Review…

I was sent the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Makeup Remover and Youth Express Eye Gel from Instanatural.

The Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Makeup Remover is usually priced at $49.95, but is on sale for $17.95 on Amazon.

The Youth Express Eye Gel is usually priced at $89.99, but is on sale for $22.95.  

Of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping.

Packaging & Presentation

The Deep Cleansing Facial Oil arrived in a brown glass bottle filled with 4 fl oz of makeup remover.  It was nicely packaged and wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure the bottle did not break.  The way that it is designed to be applied is through a pump-top, allowing a small amount of product to be dispensed at a time. 


What I really liked is on the back of the bottle, Instanatural lists exactly what is in the product.  I like to know all of the ingredients, because I do not like putting a bunch of random chemicals on my skin.  All the ingredients in this facial oil are derived naturally, and a lot of them are organic.

Gentle & Reviving Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Ingredients

When I opened the Youth Express Eye Gel, I was pretty impressed with the size of the bottle.  I was expecting a tiny little jar, but instead it is 1.7 fl oz of product.  It will last a long time!  It comes in a white plastic bottle.

Front of the Youth Express Eye Gel bottle


The Youth Express Eye Gel is also designed to be a pump dispenser for the product. 

Youth Express Eye Gel's pump dispenser

My Personal Experience with Instanatural's Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and Youth Express Eye Gel

First, I would like to say that I have never used an oily product as a makeup remover.  I was scared that since I have combination skin that it would make me break out even more.  Needless to say, I've been using the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil for 2 days now, and there is not even a small breakout anywhere.  It really does work well, too.  I usually go for the natural makeup look, but I do wear a lot of it.  I had all of my makeup off in about 45 seconds.  I took some pictures of the entire process of using the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil so you can see what it entails.

First, I want to start with a picture of me wearing a full face of makeup.  Foundation, concealer, a veil, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, highlighter, brow gel, bronzer, blush, and lipstick.  It doesn't look like much, but it is all there!


Full Makeup

Next, I dispensed the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil onto a normal cotton ball.  As you can see, the product is yellow.


Deep Cleansing Facial Oil being dispensed on cotton ball

After that, I simply wiped the cotton ball all over my face, and the makeup easily came off!


Wiping the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil all over using a cotton ball

I happened to look at the cotton ball when I was done, and it was pretty gross.  It took off all of my makeup really quickly.


Cotton ball after removing my makeup

Next, I rinsed my face.  No need for soap, this cleanser also cleans your face. It's pretty neat.


Rinsing my face after removing my makeup

Finally, within 45 seconds, my face was makeup free.


Finally-- no makeup!

After I took off all of my makeup, it was time to use the Youth Express Eye Gel.  I dispensed a dime sized amount on my index finger...

Dispensing the Youth Express Eye Gel

...then I applied it under my eyes and the surrounding areas.  This eye gel is good for dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Application of the Youth Express Eye Gel

Pros of the Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and Youth Express Eye Gel
  • A makeup removing, cleansing oil.  How neat is that?!  
  • Both of the products smell amazing!  No chemical smells, and no dry skin.
  • Easy application design.  No turning the bottle upside down and hoping to get each drop out of the bottle.  The pump design allows easy dispensing without stress of waste.
  • The amount of time it takes to use is awesome. It's fast and effective.
Cons of the Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and Youth Express Eye Gel
  • The oil may not agree with everybody's skin type.  In order to try it, you have to buy it.  However, Instanatural does have a money back guarantee if you do not like it, or it doesn't work for you.
Summary

I really enjoy using these products.  No more messing with makeup wipes that are really expensive for a small amount, and no more messing with skin-drying Noxema.  The eye gel is really nice, it provides a cool-relief sensation which is different.

I like the size of both of these products, you are really getting your money's worth for sure! 

Are you wanting to try the Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and Youth Express Eye Gel, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER the Youth Express Eye Gel!


For further information, please visit Instanatural on:


DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Instanatural.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

28 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. MegaMesh Screen Door


My Review of the MegaMesh Screen Door

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"What's more annoying, mosquitoes and flies inside your house or being sticky and hot with the doors closed? Want to know the secret to solving your problem?  The easy install magnetic screen door that keeps the bugs out and air flowing all day long.  We pride ourselves on high-quality products with excellent customer service and insist on the best with our MegaMesh magnetic screen door. We use the highest quality materials and superior manufacturing processes to guarantee your satisfaction."

Review…

I was sent the MegaMesh Screen Door by Easy Install for review.  This screen door has won the Best Choice award for having the best price and the best quality of comparable products.

The MegaMesh Screen Door can be found on Amazon.  The original price is $59.99, but is currently on sale for $29.97 with free shipping for Prime members.

Packaging & Presentation

When I received the MegaMesh Screen Door, the package was larger than I thought it would be!  The screen itself is 36" x 83" with 26 strong magnets, so it was big enough to hold all of it.  
I took off the cellophane plastic, and inside was the folded up screen door, the descriptive title insert, and a small bag containing Velcro strips and thumb tacks.

Package Front

The back of the package was just clear, you can see the folded screen through the back.

Package Back

The instructions are printed on the back of the descriptive title insert.  I really like that the company does this.  I'm big into limited waste, so it was pleasant not seeing additional paper used for the purpose of instructions only.

Instruction Sheet

My Personal Experience with the MegaMesh Screen Door

I must say this was really easy-- from the install to basic usage, I was impressed with the outcome.  I have outlined the entire process so you can see just how easy it was.  I will also annotate the amount of time each step took.

The first step was washing down the door frame with a damp cloth.  That was easy.  It took about 5 seconds to do that!  Immediately after, the directions said to measure the top of the door frame and mark the center with a small pencil mark.  This part took about 1 minute.

Measuring my door frame

After that, I unfolded the screen and laid it flat on my kitchen floor.  I took out the Velcro strips from the small bag that was included.  I took the long strip and connected it to the top, and connected the remaining 8 strips to the perimeter of the screen.  This took about 2 minutes.

Putting the Velcro on

Lastly, attach it to the door!  Peel off the white backing on the Velcro and stick it as you intend. Make sure that you place the center of the screen with the pencil mark that you originally measured so it is on center.  The bottom of the screen door should not drag or fold under itself on the floor.  If you feel you need more security beyond the Velcro, you can place the included thumb tacks around the perimeter, too.  I did not place the thumb tacks.  The door that I placed the mesh door is located in an area where there isn't a bunch of wind or heavy traffic that would easily knock it down.  The placement of the screen door took around 3 minutes. 


When all is said and done, it works beautifully! My son wanted so desperately to be the first to test it out.


Pros of the MegaMesh Screen Door
  • No bugs.  Unfortunately, we live in an area with a high population of gnats.  I can easily keep the airflow without pesky gnats getting inside.
  • Airflow!  I do not have a permanent screen door on this specific entryway, so this is perfect! It allows me to open the door to let some natural air in.
  • The Velcro.  You don't have to keep it up.  If you don't need it up for a while, you can take it down to store it, and place it back up when you need it.
  • The price.  At $29.97, it is cheaper than the cheapest permanent screen door than you can find.
  • The magnets are incredibly strong.  It held together very, very well.

Cons of the MegaMesh Screen Door
  • The Velcro has to stay around.  If you take down the screen door, the Velcro is there to stay.  I'm not sure if I like that the Velcro that sticks to the walls is black.  I think that part should be white or tan so it blends in a bit.
  • I would also like it if there were more colors to choose from. 

Summary

I love, love, love the MegaMesh Screen Door.  It is great for parties, for carrying the groceries in, and more.  I like to sit outside at night, and I have a porch light right next to the door that attracts every single bug in the universe, and this screen is the ultimate barrier from these bugs getting inside when I open and close the door.  

It is easy for my son to get in and out, and I never have to worry about him forgetting to close the door behind him!

I can honestly recommend the MegaMesh Screen Door for anybody that is considering adding a screen to an existing door.  This one works great, and it is inexpensive.

Installed in about 6 minutes, the MegaMesh Screen Door is simple enough that even the DIY amateur will not have a problem with it.  

Are you wanting to try the MegaMesh Screen Door, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


For further information, please visit MegaMesh on:

DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above for free from Easy Install. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

27 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. Influenster Vitality VoxBox


My Review of the Influenster Vitality VoxBox

Today I wanted to take the time and review the contents of Influenster's Vitality VoxBox.  I was pretty impressed with the contents of this box!  This VoxBox supports products that promote energy, good health, and caring for your body.

As a general overview, the box included the following:
- Bikini Ready Energy Gummies
- Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum
- First Degree Burn Cream
- Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Lightly Scented Tampons
- 18.5 fl oz Pure Leaf Real-Brewed Sweet Tea
- Softlips Cube in Pomegranate Blueberry

Please continue reading for a review of each product in the Vitality VoxBox.

The first product is the Bikini Ready Energy Gummies by Inergetics.  I was not a fan.  There is too much caffeine, and I do not intake caffeine in any form.  I was hoping these were nutritionally backed supplements that helped during workouts.  I tried them as part of the test, and I was jittery for about 5 hours.  It was a pretty bad experience, and not something I would purchase in the future.  They are $14.99 for 50 gummies.


Next, we have the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum.  This was incredibly awesome! The use is for skin brightening, anti-aging, and provides a barrier that supports ceramides in your skin.  The application is smooth, light, and has somewhat of a lotion smell.  You apply it before you apply your moisturizer.  I'd buy this again if given the opportunity.  This is $60 for 1 oz.


The next product is First Degree Burn Cream.  Believe it or not, I actually burned my hand from falling on a few pieces of gravel outside (I actually skidded on it, my clumsy self!). I really liked it.  It is homeopathic, which is always a plus!  It is also good for deep or puncture wounds, animal bites, serious burns, and existing infections.  The application was easy. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that it was a bit greasy, and I felt residue 10 minutes after application.  Although, I don't know many burn creams that aren't greasy. I will keep this stocked up in my first aid kits.  I really did like this product.  This is $5.97 for 0.75 oz.


The fourth product is the Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Lightly Scented tampons.  I have not had the chance to use them (haha), and I probably would not go into detail if I had, but but I did take one out to inspect it.  I've actually bought these before, so I am going to say they are quality enough for me to make this a routine purchase.  They are affordable at $3.97 for 16 tampons.  


The fifth product is my least favorite. It is he Pure Leaf Real-Brewed Sweet Tea.  First, let me point out the good aspects--  there are no preservatives, and no added colors.  To me, that's all it has going for it.  I absolutely hate sweet tea, so I was probably a little biased going in to the review.  My husband likes sweet tea, so I gave him a swig, and he said it was alright. I will not buy this again.  Its price varies, but the least expensive I found was $1.58 for an 18.5 fl oz bottle.


Lastly, we are moving on to my favorite product in the entire box. The Softlips Cube.  This is the most amazing lip balm ever! It is 5-in-1 (hydrates, replenishes, smoothes, protects, and adds shine).  It is also SPF 15, to make sure your lips are protected from the lip-damaging sun.  I was sent the Pomegranate Blueberry flavor, not a flavor I'd usually gravitate towards. It was surprisingly good, though!  I was also sent (2) $1.00 off coupons good towards my next purchase of the cube. It is $3.49 for the cube.


Disclaimer:  I received the aforementioned products complimentary from Influenster in my Vitality VoxBox for testing and review purposes only.