Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fairytale of New York

Another (probably) less well known Christmas song. Not your typical holiday tune but I love the Irish flare. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

We went to see The Hobbit yesterday. The Hobbit is one of my favorite books of all time and I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies (I've only read part of that series). After I heard that The Hobbit was going to be released as a trilogy and seeing that part one was nearly 3 hours long, I was dubious about how it would be. I mean, the book is only a few hundred pages long, for heavens sake.

As expected, there was much, much, much embellishment on the part of the producers. It is obvious they are trying to turn this in to a prequel to their LOTR movies. So if you are a purist, this may not be the best rendition of the story to watch. The movie was excellent in general. Beautifully shot, lots of action, gorgeous music. Martin Freeman is an excellent Bilbo. Unfortunately it'll be another year till part two comes out and yet another until they wrap it up. Total excess that wouldn't need to be.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Influenster Cosmo Vox Box 2012 review

I recently posted my review of the Venus razors that were included in my Cosmo Vox box from Influenster. I had the most to say about them so I gave them their own post. Today I'll give you my thoughts on the rest of the products in the box.

Pilot Frixion Pens

Being a child of the '80s I was skeptical about erasable ink pens. Erasable ink pens when I was in school were messy to write with and didn't really erase all that well. You were pretty much left with abraded paper with an inky smudge. These however are pretty neat. The ink writes a bit light for my taste (I'm used to bold lines from gel ink pens) but they do write smoothly without smudging. The "eraser" is not a typical eraser that wears down as you use it. It's more like a rubber tip that just magically removes the ink from the page. There is nothing left behind on the paper nor is there a smudge on the rubber tip. Very interesting. I found I could erase the ink for days after writing. I have no need for erasable pens but if you do, this would be a great one to try.

Bath & Body Works Forever Red perfume

Didn't like this at all. Smelled like artificial fruit with an odd musk dry down. Even though this is a perfume it reminded me of a cheap body spray. B&BW has MUCH better smelly stuff available. I'd skip this one.

Ghiradelli Sea Salt Escape

Surprisingly delicious! I've heard a touch of salt can really bring up the flavor of chocolate and this bar seems to prove that point. The chocolate has an excellent flavor and a creamy texture. There are flakes of salt and almonds throughout the bar. The almonds add no discernible flavor, just a bit of texture. The salt adds interest and brightness to the candy. Very very good. I would definitely buy this.

These products were all given to me at no cost in exchange for my honest opinions.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nuit Etoilee

After last week's warm, rainy days we are back to refreshingly cold temps. With Christmas right around the corner I was craving a cozy, festive scent. Annick Goutal's Nuit Etoilee perfectly fits the bill.

Nuit Etoilee is inspired by a starry night. The scent is a blend of piney woods, mint, and a slight touch of sweetness. It radiates softly for hours. The comforting fir and pine scents evoke memories of Christmas trees. I'm on my third straight day wearing this scent so you know it's something special. I only have a small purse spray but would love one of the gorgeous blue flacons someday. Highly, highly recommended!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Most hilarious Christmas song ever

I first heard this song back in the '80s on Brother Weems' show on WLAN. Haven't heard it since but it stuck in my head and I've been searching to find it. Fate smiled on me tonight. I give you "Hang your Balls on the Christmas Tree"

Gillette Venus Embrace and Venus Olay razors

When I received my first Influenster Vox Box I was excited to receive a new Venus razor and two types of blades, the Embrace and the Venus Olay. I've been using Venus refillable razors for years and years. Although the may be a bit pricier than other brands, I find them to be excellent for shaving. The blades last a very long time. I prefer to use handmade bar soap rather than shaving cream and with these blades I rarely, if ever, cut myself. I generally buy the original or Divine refill.

I decided to try the Olay refill first. It comes in the usual plastic cup Venus packaging making it very easy to attach to the handle with no risk of cutting yourself. The refill head looks rather strange, with large rubbery looking strips at the top and bottom of the head. The head is huge. I found that I could not store my razor in it's shower caddy (I have an older version of the Venus caddy that allows you to store refill blades in a tiny case and the razor hangs on the outside.) I believe if you buy the Venus Olay razor (with the handle and blade) it comes with a holder that is large enough to accommodate the head. The bars are skin conditioners and there are five blades. I'm not sure, but I believe the moisture bars are supposed to help eliminate the need for shave cream. I shaved one leg with Kiss My Face shave cream and the other just wet. The razor performed equally as well on both legs. I was very pleased to find the razor did not drag on the leg that was just wet. The moisture bars provided plenty of slip for the razor to glide over my skin. I had the same super close Venus shave I'm used to. My skin did not feel irritated but I still followed up with lotion since it is winter and my skin is very dry. I will be interested to see how long the moisture bars last. I would highly suggest storing the razor where it will stay dry to prolong the bars. I would definitely consider switching to this version of the Venus razor in the future. Venus Olay refills retail for $15.50 for 3.

The Embrace refill also has 5 blades which gives a super close shave. I did the same experiment with this razor, one leg with shave cream one without, even though this razor does not have the moisture bars. There was a good bit of drag without shave cream so I would not recommend shaving without cream or soap. My legs were very smooth and not irritated. Embrace refills retail for $16.99 for 4.

I loved both razors and found they gave a closer, longer lasting shave than the original Venus shaver I usually use (that one only has 3 blades). If you've got dry skin or want to skip having to use shave cream, go for the Olay version. I would highly recommend either razor, though.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

I Think I Love You, Stephanie Bond

I picked this book up a few months back when it was free in the Amazon Kindle store. I actually picked up a few of Stephanie's books, but this is the only one I've read so far.

I Think I Love You is the story of three sisters who witness a murder when they are kids and agree not to tell anyone what they saw (you know how it is when you are a kid and are someplace you shouldn't be...) Besides, the murderer was found so they didn't really NEED to tell, right? Skip forward to when the girls are grown. The girls don't talk much anymore. One ran away with the others fiance. Life has pulled them to different cities and very different lives. But various personal issues draw the girls back home at the same time. And that's when it gets interesting.

The characters were likeable and identifiable. The plot was somewhat predictable with some clues being quite obvious. But she threw in some red herrings as well and the true culprit was quite a surprise to me. I love that, unlike most cozy mysteries I've read, this one goes on well beyond the murder story and gives us a look at what happens to the girls after their reunion. I believe the book is classified as a humorous romance. There is a bit of romance and some light humor. I enjoyed Stephanie's writing and look forward to reading more of her books.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Cosmo Vox Box 2012

Have you heard of Influenster? Influenster is a social site that allows users to share product reviews. I had joined Influenster maybe a year ago but didn't really get into the site much. At the time it seemed more geared towards younger, hipper folks than me. Well, they have updated and relaunched their site and I got a invitation to take a fresh look.

I really like the new site. You can sign up for "badges" which basically tag the things you are most interested in. The categories are varied, from beauty and food, to family and travel and much more. You answer surveys and post reviews and read other's reviews. I find a lot more that I am actually interested in now with the revamp.

The cool thing is that they sometimes give out "Vox Boxes" with freebies for users to review. I'm not entirely sure what criteria determines who gets a box and what box you get. To my surprise, I just received the "Cosmo Vox Box"

My box included a full size Venus Embrace razor and one additional refill cartridge, a sample of B&BW's new scent Forever Red, a ginormous Ghiradelli candy bar and 2 "erasable ink" pens. In exchange for the goodies, I will post reviews after I've tried the products. I already know I love Venus razors so I'm happy to have received a new one. It will be fun to try out everything else and I'll be sure to share here whether the things are good or bad.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration

I'm currently participating in the BzzAgent Burt's Bees Intense Hydration campaign. This is the perfect campaign for me and my dry skin. I received my kit about 3 weeks ago just as the dry patches that always accompany fall/winter weather were starting to appear on my skin. Game on!

The kit included 3 full size products...cleanser, night cream and mask, along with a few samples of day cream and night cream to share with friends and family. I kept one of the day cream samples to try for myself.

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser: The first product I tried is the cream cleanser. It only takes a small amount of cleanser to cover my entire face. Although it says to avoid eye area, I'm a lazy face washer and often have just massaged the cleanser over my face and eyes to remove all my makeup in one step. This cleanser does not foam or lather. It is a bit like a cold cream but does not leave behind the residue I find cold cream does. I've used the cleanser alone, just massaging into my skin with my hands and removing with a wet washcloth as well as with my Clarisonic. Despite its non-foaming quality it works extremely well with the Clarisonic. The cleanser does a great job removing makeup. It has a pleasant orange scent that lingers just a bit after rinsing. My skin does not feel tight or stripped after cleansing but rather is soft and hydrated. I love this product, especially for this time of year.

Intense Hydration Night Cream: The night cream is very thick and comes in a nice heavy glass jar (I'm a sucker for nice packaging!) Again, a little goes a long way. Probably a pea size amount is enough to cover my face and neck. The cream soaks in immediately and does not leave a greasy residue. My skin feels so soft and comfortable. There is a slight herbal scent to the cream, I suppose that's the clary sage. I'm not a fan of this scent, however it disappears quickly and is not bothersome. Again, I really like this product. I feel I could use this product year round because it is hydrating but not heavy.

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask: I tend to gravitate to clay masks and sometimes peel off masks. Ones that deep clean and energize my skin. So I was a little dubious to try this one. The treatment mask is a thick cream that you apply to your face and let sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping off. It does not dry on your skin like a clay mask. I've used it twice so far and found it to be better than expected. It has that same herbal scent of the night cream, which I don't like, but it's livable. I find that the mask does leave my skin feeling quite clean and a bit tingly and refreshed yet still hydrated. I may like this better as we get deeper into the cold weather and my skin gets dryer. I feel this mask would be nice for a "spa day" treatment and though I may not reach for it every week, I will enjoy it for an occassional treat.

Intense Hydration Day Lotion: The sample packs provided by Bzz Agent were quite generous and I was able to get almost a week's use from the pack I tried. I enjoyed the product very much. Just like the night cream, it left my skin moisturized and soft without any greasiness. It absorbed quickly so I was able to apply makeup shortly after applying the day cream. The texture was a medium cream, not as thick as the night cream but not a thin lotion either. I don't recall it having much of a scent. The day cream did not have SPF so it probably wouldn't be my choice for a summertime day cream. But this time of year I nearly always have makeup on when I go out and I get my SPF there. I may pick up a full size of this when I finish my current day cream.

The line also includes an eye cream which I have not tried. I rarely use eye cream. Thankfully my skin is not too picky and I apply whatever cream I use on my face to the eye area as well without any problem.

I love that Burt's Bees products are pretty natural. They don't have any parabens or mineral oils. You can see full ingredients lists on their website too so you are able to do your research before you buy if chemicals are a concern for you. I would recommend this line for anyone with dry skin.

All in all I'm very happy with this entire line. I will definitely finish the products I've got and will probably purchase again when they are gone.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Just a quick post on Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips. I love nail art and thought these looked like a quick and easy way to decorate my nails. So I picked up a pack at Ulta's 20% off sale last week. A pack of 16 nail polish strips retails for $4.99. You apply the strips to dry, unpolished nails. I topped mine with a coat of top coat because I heard this could extend the life of the polish. The box says the polish can last up to 10 days. I only used one strip as an accent nail. This may prove to be quite wasteful on my part. They say the strips dry out quickly once the pack is opened. I sealed my unused strips immediately in a tiny zipbag and have my fingers crossed they'll be usable in the future. The strip was a little fiddly to apply. I could have used a slightly smaller size (I saw somewhere that you could cut trim them to fit, but I was in a hurry).

I did my nails Monday night. The colored nails have Butter London Horespower as a base coat, 2 coats of Orly Haunted Mansion and Butter London PDQ top coat. The accent nail has just the Salon Effects polish strip and PDQ top coat. Here's what my nails look like after 4 1/2 days. As you can see, the colored nails are quite chipped. The SE nail has only the slightest chip at the nail tip. I'm quite impressed. I'll probably take all the polish off tonight or tomorrow since I hate hate hate chipped nails.

At the flea market today I found a vendor selling the Salon Effects packs for $1 each. I only bought one pack because the quality of goods at our flea market is often suspect and there's no guarantee how fresh these things are. I'm anxious to try a whole manicure with the strips. Although applying them to my non-dominant hand will be quite a challenge I'm sure!!

Frankenstein on the big screen

Recently my sister invited me and C to go see a double feature of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein at the local movie theater. It is part of TCM's Event Series. C and I are both big fans of Universal's old horror movies so this was a real treat. The picture quality was quite good (I believe they have been restored). The sound was less impressive, even with the excellent sound system of the theater. 

Of the two, I probably prefer the first movie more. The second tries to throw in a bit more humor through the supporting cast which is generally just annoying. The monster is more sympathetic in the sequel as he comes to realize his hideous appearance and the utter repulsion it causes. But the first is more a classic horror film. No blood or gore. Just moody, creepy, use your imagination horror. Neither movies is terribly accurate to the book.

This was a one night only treat, so if you missed it you're out of luck. However, there are other classic movies in the TCM series. If you love old movies, it might be worth checking out to have the opportunity to see a favorite on the big screen.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Follow up...

Following up on the L'de Lolita Lempicka post. I stuck with just the one scent for four days. May not sound like much to those who wear just one or two scents, but for a perfume addict like me, that's a darn good stretch. The urge for something different was just too great.

I broke the string with Fuel for Life Denim, a sweet fruity amber, very unlike L. Denim is sort of crispy and fresh where L is warm and comforting. I found myself missing L about midday on Thursday. In just those 4 days I had become quite attached to the scent.

I'm going to try more single scent runs to try to narrow down my collection. I do love having many scents to choose from. Some are better for warm days (Burberry Weekend), some for cold rainy days (Breath of God), some are great for helping me sleep (Habinita), some for feeling energized (Fuel for Life Denim). So, no, I'll never be a one scent gal. But I do want to know and understand my collection so I will always have the right scent for the right time.

Monday, October 15, 2012

L de Lolita Lempicka

I've decided to try something new this week. I'm going to try to stick to just one fragrance for the entire week. As you can probably tell from past posts, I love perfume and have a lot to choose from. I rarely wear the same scent two days in a row and frequently change scents between morning and evening depending on the longevity of the scent. I have no desire to go back to my days of being a one scent girl. But I thought it might be interesting to see how long I can stick to one scent before getting itchy for a change.

I chose L de Lolita Lempicka for the experiment. I adore this scent. An ideal scent for fall. The smooth creamy cinnamon is so unique. Fragrantica lists the notes as: Top notes are bitter orange and bergamot; middle notes are immortelle, cinnamon and musk; base notes are tonka bean, vanilla and sandalwood. I mostly get cinnamon, musk and vanilla. It is perfect for any time of day. Goes well for work or casual. It doesn't go weird if the day turns hot. It is comforting and soothing when you get a wiff of it throughout the day. Definitely a great scarf scent. All in all, it's one pretty versatile perfume that I tend to overlook.

The bottle, while quite lovely, belies the contents. One would think with an aqua colored, heart-shaped bottle adorned with netting shells and starfish that the scent would be aquatic or at the very least summery. This is not at all the case.

I will be sure to report back how I make out with sticking to one perfume.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review of Glade Expressions

My most recent BzzAgent campaign was for the Glade Expressions line. For this campaign I was supplied with coupons to get the products for free rather than receiving actual samples. This proved a bit of a problem because I couldn't find the products at the store where I normally shop. Eventually I did find the fragrance mist at another store and picked up the Cotton & Italian Mandarin scent (the store only had 2 scents to choose from!)

The product is a little different than other room sprays I've tried. There is an outer sleeve that covers the canister of spray. You twist off the bottom of the sleeve to change the spray cans out. To dispense the spray, you squeeze the bottle rather than push a button on top.

The sleeve helps to camouflage the room spray and has a nice sleek appearance. I don't tend to leave room spray sitting around so this has never really been an issue for me. The sleeve and bottom cap are all plastic. I think this might be helpful if you are storing your spray in a bathroom, near a kitchen sink, or other damp area where a normal metal bottle could possible leave a rust ring.

It is pretty easy to change out the spray can. Just untwist the bottom, tap the sleeve on the table to release the can and pop in a new one.

The scent is very nice. I get mostly the cotton/linen/fresh laundry type scent, almost no citrus as the name would imply. It's not overly strong (ie: headache inducing). The mist did a fair job of removing cooking odors. It does a wonderful job of just generally freshening up the air when the house is closed up. The scent dissipates within an hour or so. (If I want long lasting scent I go for candles or tart warmers).

The only disappointment I had with the actual product was the squeeze to spray function. I feel you have to squeeze rather firmly and that is a bit uncomfortable for me. Someone with arthritis or a weak grip would not like this packaging.

I wish the stores where I shop would have had the scent diffusers as I would have liked to try that for the basement for a longer lasting freshening. I would also like to find some of the other scents. Doesn't Fuji Apple and Cardamom Spice sound wonderful for fall? If you like using fragrance products in your home, I think this would be a line worth checking out.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

2012 Scents of Summer

Summer is my least favorite season. I hate being hot and sticky. I hate the clothes (give me a cozy sweater and jeans any day!) I hate being blinded by the sun every time I step out the door. I'm also not a huge fan of warm weather perfume. It seems I'm on a constant hunt to find a good summer scent. Cool weather is easy. My heavy vanilla/musky/chocolate scents scream cold weather. But once it gets hot, they feel cloying and can literally choke me. This year, I think I found some pretty good warm weather scents. Here are the 10 I reached for most often this summer, in no particular order.

Burberry Weekend - Quite possibly my favorite summer scent. Sweet hyacinth flower mixed with peach. Perfectly blended, super long lasting.

Clean Warm Cotton - Ok, I'm not a super huge fan of "fresh laundry" scents, which is exactly what this is. But, on a super hot day, there is something comforting in it. I reach for this one when we go walking. It's a great pick me up.

Laugh Often by Reese Witherspoon- Lemon ice tea in a bottle. Love this one for work.

Lilly Pulitzer Squeeze - Got this one super cheap at Perfumania over the summer. It's a sweet citrus. Very well balanced and refreshing. Plus it is light so you can spray a good dose of it and not offend anyone.

Body Shop White Musk Libertine - A musk that works great in warm weather. This is a white musk so it's bright and light. There is some rose in this one making it feel nicely feminine.

Jennifer Aniston - I only bought a rollerball of this last year because I thought it would be too beachy. I was wrong. It is lovely. A little reminiscent of Burberry Weekend, but lighter. White floral scent. Very girly.

Avon FreeO2 -  This one was a sleeper in the Avon book this year. I think I only saw it twice, once at full price and then on clearance a few weeks later. The bottle is dead ugly (Avon could really step up their game with their bottles). The scent is honeysuckle and tea. It is light but short lived.

Tommy Girl - Perfumes: The A-Z Guide gives this one 5 stars and I totally agree. This one gives Weekend a run for it's money for my favorite summer scent. This is a beautiful rosey perfume. However, I think Tommy Girl will work year round.  

DKNY Golden Delicious - This is the one I reach for when I want a more serious, sophisticated scent. Works very well for work. Fruity and woody. The only drawback is the horrible sprayer. The bottle design is just awful. It's pretty and does look vaguely like an apple, but you can't aim the darn thing. I end up spraying perfume everywhere but on me!

Tea Rose (The Perfumers Workshop) - I had to include this one. It is one of the cheapest perfumes I own. I think you can get a big bottle for under $15. But it is the absolute best true rose perfume I have ever smelled. It is exactly like smelling a good, fresh garden rose bush. It is linear and one dimensional and perfect. I love it as a perfume, as a pillow spray, as a room spray.

Now that cooler temps are starting to creep in, I wanted to get this list up so I don't forget for next year! Most of these won't seem much love the next few months since I'm itching to get back to cozy scents.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation & Powder

A few weeks ago I received a Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation and a matching pressed powder compact as part of a Bzzz Agent campaign.

The foundation I received is color 125 Buff Beige and the powder is 320 fair/light. Although I tend to be rather pale complected, I have a bit of a tan from walking every evening this summer. The Buff Beige color was a pretty perfect match for me. The foundation is a combination skin serum and foundation. I found that I do not need to use moisturizer before applying the foundation. This is normally unheard of for my very dry skin. The foundation has silicones which makes it easy to apply. The finish is a bit dewy without powder. I prefer a slightly more matte finish. I find the foundation does indeed even out my skin tone quite well and does not look like a mask or feel heavy. The coverage is light but buildable if necessary. I do not see any lightening or evening of skin tone when the foundation is removed. In other words, its a fine foundation but I wouldn't consider it to have any long term effects. The foundation does stay true for me for the whole day in my indoor work environment. I did not notice any caking, fading or settling throughout the day. I do prefer my other foundations (Avon Ideal Flawless or Lancome Teint Miracle) to this one. However, I consider this to be a fine choice of a drugstore foundation. I will certainly finish the bottle I have.

I was less impressed with the powder. I found it settled in my lines and wrinkles if not carefully applied. The "puff" that comes with it is useless. I threw it away immediately and preferred applying with a fluffy powder brush. I have dry skin so do not use a lot of powder normally. I like MAC Mineralized Skinfinish for its super fine light feel. This powder is heavy in comparison. It is serviceable to set the foundation but I would not repurchase it.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Galaxy Nails

 It's Labor Day and I had a little extra time to do a fancy manicure today. This style is called galaxy nails or sometimes I see nebula nails. The process is really quite easy and only takes a little longer than a regular manicure to complete. I'm not doing a tutorial or process shots. Just search galaxy nails on You Tube and you'll find a plethora of great tutorials.
I started with a dark blue for the base and sponged on pink, metallic green, pale aqua blue and lined with black and silver. On top is a chunky silver glitter polish. It's the glitter polish that pulls the look together and makes it look like you've got stars on your nails. Awesome and easy.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sweet Delicious Madness and The Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi

Despite having 2 e-readers, an iPod, and about 3 dozen book books on my shelf, I've only managed to read 2 books this summer. Pitiful! I'm so ashamed of myself not even reading enough to log an entry in the library's summer reading program (you need 3 for each ticket). There are reasons/excuses, of course, but truth is I really wish I could carve out more time for reading because I truly do love a good book. So anyway, excuses aside, I did just finish a quite good book and thought I'd offer a little review.

I picked up Sweet Delicious Madness when it was a freebie for Kindle. This indie book tells the story of Lily, an American in Italy who is working to support her young twin boys while trying to get a divorce from her philandering husband. Lily seems a bit of a ditz to me, but a very likeable ditz. Her estranged husband's aunt lands here a job as a housekeeper at the vacation home of a famous Hollywood actor where she is in charge of staff. The story revolves around a small cast of somewhat eccentric characters, I liked that there weren't so many characters that you can't keep them all straight. The plot lines are easy to follow as well making for a very enjoyable read. There's a little romance, a little mystery, a little escapism to the lovely country of Italy. Recommended for a light, fast read. I believe there will be/is a sequel but I don't see it on Amazon just yet.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bathing Garden wax melts

Ever since I bought a Scentsy plug in last year, I've been loving wax melts. I've tried several different brands, some good some not so good. I've been wanting to do reviews but just haven't gotten around to it. So when my first order came from Bathing Garden this week I decided I'm going to get back in the swing of things and make a haul post.

Here's the goodies I got. The bottom row has the melts I ordered. I also ordered the large scrub in the top row. The other two and the little scrub were freebies. 3 freebies!! How cool is that!! The scents are:
Top row, left to right: Bitten, Honeysuckle Hollow, Lavender Serenity scrub and Vintage Circus scrub
Bottom row, left to right: Celtic Moonspice, Pink Sugar Bomshell, Marie Antoinette's Boudoir, London Mist and Beautiful Zen

These melts are the classic six cube clamshell. All the melts have some form of decoration...glitter, crystals, wax imbeds, etc. The decoration is kind of cut I guess, but totally unnecessary from my perspective. I'm just looking for a great scent. And these seem to deliver. They all smell great in the package. I broke off a cube of Bitten to melt in my downstairs bathroom Scentsy plug in. Within an hour or two the scent filled the downstairs. Granted, our house is small, but most melts don't have that kind of throw for me. Amazingly, not only did it scent my downstairs, but when I got up in the middle of the night, I could detect the scent UPSTAIRS as well! Incredible!! I will be thrilled to death if all her scents have this kind of projection.

Bathing Garden can be found on Etsy. If you'd like to hear more rave reviews just do a search on You Tube and you'll find a plethora of them. So far, I'm giving them a thumbs up!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bzz Agent reviews

I love free samples. Well, I love samples in general, but free ones are the best. A little while back I heard about a program that provides sample products for people to try in exchange for the individual reviewing and spreading the word about the product. It sounded pretty easy and kind of fun so I signed up. The program is called Bzz Agent and is at The program is free to join. You fill out surveys with your interests and preferences. Based on your surveys you may (or may not) be selected for specific promotions. If selected you receive an invitation to join and its your choice whether or not you are interested in joining. When you join a project you will receive either samples of the product or vouchers to acquire the product yourself for free. All BzzAgent asks is that you provide feedback on the products and share your experiences with friends and family and online as you see fit.

The reason I'm telling you all this is twofold.
  1. This might sound fun and appealing to some of you and maybe you want to join up too. 
  2. You are probably going to be seeing more product reviews popping up on my blog/twitter/facebook. I've not had much to share lately so these have all been relatively quiet. I don't want to turn into a walking advertisement either, so I will try to get back to posting other things as well.
I've already received 3 invites and have started on my first campaign which you'll be hearing about soon. I hope the Bzz Agent experience will prove to be interesting and fun and to discover some good new products.