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.


25 August 2014

My Bikini Ready Lifestyle

Tonight, I am going to share the 'secret weapon' to my Bikini Ready Lifestyle.  
It is still August, so it's technically summer (even though school's started!).

To be honest, I just had a baby in April, so getting into a bikini for the summer was not only impossible, I just didn't feel up to it.  

It was my goal to get into a bikini at some point before summer ended.  

I did.

Me - Summer '14

My secret?  Easy.  Eating right, exercising, and positive manifestation.
Sure, I eat some stuff that I shouldn't, but I don't beat myself up over it.  I exercise when I can (it's not always feasible with a 4 month old!), and I believe in myself and envision the outcome.
I've never taken any weight loss supplements, but I did receive a sample of Bikini Ready Energy Gummies in my Influenster Vitality VoxBox. There were 2 gummies inside the little packet.  
I ate them, and yeah, they really kick it up a notch!  Honestly, 2 gummies isn't enough to form an opinion about weight loss, but as far as energy is concerned?  Yes.  It provides that!  It gives you that 'extra' boost if you need it. 
If you feel sluggish, tired, fatigued, l-a-z-y, or just not-up-to-it, pop one of these in your mouth.  You will be surprised about how much you accomplish!

New Bikini Ready Energy Gummies

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post.  I received a free sample of Bikini Ready Energy Gummies inside my Influenster Vitality VoxBox.  I wrote this on my own accord, and I only write posts about products that I truly believe in.  If they do not live up to my standards, I will let that be known.  

24 August 2014

..::Product Review::..Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25


My Review of the Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"A 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that exfoliates dead, dull surface layers, and stimulates the process of cell renewal among all skin layers, to reveal healthier cells. Clinical studies after one month of twice weekly use when used with an Exuviance PHA regimen indicate:"

Review…

Exuviance recently sent me a sample of the 2-step Performance Peel AP 25, OptiLight Essential 6 Serum, and the Evening Restorative Complex for review!

You can find this product pretty much at any high-end beauty retailer.  At Ulta, a box of 13 costs $75.00, the same box on Amazon is $65.20.  After researching prices, the average price  is $68.00  The average price of the Essential 6 serum is $65.00, and the average price of the Evening Restorative Complex is $35.00 across all retailers.


The sample system from Exuviance

Packaging & Presentation

As far as the sampling package goes, it was pretty simple.  The peel came packaged with thorough instructions.  The restorative complex came in a small squeeze tube, and the serum arrived in a miniature pump. 

Here are the 2-step peel packets from Exuviance.  The first step is the activator pad, and the second step is the neutralizer.

The 2-step peel packets

The Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, complete with usage instructions on the back.


Lastly, the Exuviance OptiLight Essential 6 Serum and its miniature application pump.  There were no usage directions anywhere on the bottle, nor anywhere in the entire packet.

OptiLight Essential 6 Serum

My Personal Experience with the Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25

First and foremost, as soon as I received the package I opened the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum and applied a little bit (what can I say, I was excited!!).  I've never heard of Exuviance, and after doing some research I found out that it is really popular with the higher-end retailers.  

I just did the peel approximately 30 minutes ago, so this review is fresh in my mind. 

I opened the packet, and pulled out the large card.  The front of the card was about a challenge, but it showed improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.  Sometimes products claim this kind of stuff, but they never live up to their claims. This improvement was made after 1 month of twice weekly use.

Front of the card, the Exuviance challenge

Next, I checked out the back of the card. It gave simple directions for the Performance Peel AP 25.  It also gave warnings, ingredients, and simple contact information for Exuviance.

Back of the card, instructions for use

I opened up the Step 1 packet, and here is what it looked like: 

After opening Step 1 of the Performance Peel AP 25

I guess I was expecting a gel peel, but it was more of a liquid on a pressed cotton pad.  I washed and dried my face, and then applied the peel.

I waited 10 minutes, and then put Step 2 on, the neutralizer.  After this, I rinsed my face with warm water.  Then I applied the Evening Restorative Complex.

It was easy enough.  After applying Step 1, the skin on my face became instantly tight.  It was strange.  The longer I kept the peel on, the tighter my skin became. When the 10 minutes was up, it was time for Step 2.  This neutralizer seemed like it wiped away the tightness of Step 1, as it was no longer uncomfortable.  When I rinsed it all off with warm water, I must admit that my face felt like I got a face lift.  It was insane.

Lastly, the final step.  The Evening Restorative Complex.  This was pretty amazing, because it seemed to settle everything.  It gave my skin the soft feeling back.  It was not greasy, and it absorbed in the skin really fast. Oh, and it smelled so good!!

When all is said and done, I must admit that I was pretty impressed with the results.  I was kind of concerned because this was not the typical 'peel' that I have done in the past.  

It is recommended that you use this two times per week for one month.  After ONE USE I noticed a difference in the elasticity of my face.  It is a great brand, and one I can personally recommend.  I don't think I can go back to those cheap-o peels anymore after trying Exuviance.

Pros of the Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25
  • I can see that after 1 month of using this product, that it will live up to its claim.  This is an outstanding peel.
  • It's not a 'conventional peel'.  It uses a 2-step process in order to simply the peel, and not have to deal with the messiness of actually peeling the mask off.
  • The moisturizer settles the peel, it gives back the natural feel of your skin without negating the effects of the peel.

Cons of the Exuviance Performance AP 25
  • I have absolutely no idea what to do with the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum.  There were no instructions on how or when to use this product.  
  • The Evening Restorative Complex does not come in a set with the Performance Peel AP 25, even though it is recommended that you use the complex after completion of the peel.  
  • This peel is pricey. It does work, and it works great!  If you have the money, this is the peel that you need to get.  I was really happy with the results.  

Summary

This was a far more interesting product that I thought it would be.  The first step of the peel tightened the skin, the second step neutralized the first, and the restorative complex capped everything at the end.

Would I recommend this product?  Absolutely. I've tried many a peel in my day, and never have I had one that worked quite like this in only 10 minutes! 

This is a clinically proven formula.  Please visit the NeoStrata website for the statistical analysis.

If you can get your hands on a sample of this, you need to try it.  If you like it, buy it.  I have no doubts that this will become a staple in your beauty routine.

Are you wanting to try the Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


For further information, please visit Exuviance on:


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

21 August 2014

..::Product Review::.. Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener


My Review of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Can Opener

What is it exactly?

     From the brochure . . .
"Fed up with cheap or inferior can openers that break easily? Then look no further.  Made of top quality stainless steel, Bru Joy smooth edge can opener is the sturdiest and the easiest to use manual can opener!  Its ergonomic design will never let you down even if you have a weak grip strength.  With a built in bottle opener and soda tab lifter, it is made to last at least 5,000 times opening!"

Review…

Bru Joy recently sent me their new Deluxe 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Can Opener for review!

Usually, this can opener is priced at $49.99 on Amazon, but it is on sale for $19.95 + free shipping (if you have Prime). 

Bru Joy Deluxe 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Can Opener


Packaging & Presentation

The Bru Joy can opener is pretty standard when it comes to its packaging.  It is boxed, and when the box is opened, the can opener is visible through a plastic film bag.  The front of the box shows exactly what is inside-- the can opener!  There were no included instructions or pointers on the other 2 tools that are included on the can opener.

First view of the Bru Joy can opener

The back of the original box did give some supporting information about the can opener.  

Back of the box (click picture for close up)


My Personal Experience with the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener

The first thing that I noticed as soon as I held this can opener is that it is durable. It's not super heavy, but it does have some weight on it, which makes for an easier can opening experience.  The first feature that I looked at was the knob.  The box said is was large in order to make turning it easier.  It did!  It turned easily without a lot of force.

Extra large easy turn knob

I examined the underside of the can opener, and it is not cheaply constructed.  I have a Kitchen Aid can opener that I've had for 8 years, and this is made just the same (if not better!)


Inspected the underside of the can opener-- look at the construction!

The manufacturer mentioned that this is not just a can opener, it is a 3-in-1 multipurpose can opener.  In the picture below, I am showing the bottle opener as well as the soda tab lifter.  These functional tools do not hinder the use of the can opener mechanism at all.

Bottle opener and soda tab lifter

Well, you know that I had to put it to the test!  Bru Joy claims that this can opener creates a smooth cut, no rough edges.  Let me tell you, the claim is true.  After removing the lid of the can, I was able to run my finger up and down the side of the cut can with no issues.  

Bru Joy can opener in action!

Lastly, another feature I noticed that was not mentioned is that there are little u-hooks on the end of the handles.  I am not sure what these are for, but I would like to think they are for hanging the can opener on the kitchen wall if you do not have available space elsewhere.

U-hooks attached to handles

Pros of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener
  • The claims are true.  It doesn't create rough edges after usage.
  • It has weight to it allowing an easy glide around the lid.
  • The handle doesn't get stuck like other openers.  It quickly turns with ease.
  • Multipurpose.  I'm not sure I would use the other functional tools, but they are there if I ever need them!
  • Design.  This can opener is designed for people who cannot put a lot of stress on such a trivial task as opening a can.  This can opener helps with providing the power without strain.
  • This is a very well made can opener that will last a long time.

Cons of the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener
  • Lack of descriptive instructions included.  I would like to know a little more about how to use each feature, and exactly what the u-hooks were designed for
  • The only option is stainless steel, I think it would be interesting if the knob could come in different colors in order to match kitchen themes.

Summary

I liked this can opener!  I am definitely going to replace my Kitchen Aid with this one.  I was impressed that this product lived up to the claims that the manufacturer stated.  It was an enjoyable experience to be able to open a can and not fear cutting my thumb (like I always seem to do!).  If you are currently in the market for a real, durable can opener-- you need to check this one out!

Keep in mind that this is also a risk-free purchase.  If you don't like it, there is a money back guarantee.  What have you got to lose?

Are you wanting to try the Bru Joy 3-in-1 Deluxe Can Opener, 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.