Sunday, November 10, 2013

The All Natural Face box, November

In a nod towards Thanksgiving, Gratitude is the theme of the November The All Natural Face subscription box.

The highlight of the box is a set of 10 full size pre-release pigment eye shadows! The collection has a number of green-based shadows, which I sometimes find hard to pull off with my skin tone, but I have been adventurously testing them out this last week and have been pretty pleased. My favorite look so far used New Year's Eve as a brow highlight, Pumpkin on the outside corners of the lids and Absinthe on the inside corners. Softly blended the look is gorgeous. Be sure to use a base with the pigments since they don't seem to want to stick to my bare skin very well.

Also included were samples of Facial Cleanser and Bananas & Cream face food (which I haven't tried yet) and Oil Makeup Remover. I've tried the oil remover and find it works wonderfully at dissolving all traces of makeup with out being too greasy afterwards. I prefer to use it with a hot cloth as just rinsing doesn't seem to work as well.

Finally, they included a $10 gift certificate. This is amazing. The box only cost $15 and they ship priority mail which means they spent at least $5 to ship it. It's like they are just giving it away! I continue to be so impressed with this company. I've got a full fledged order on the way from them (finally redeemed my Groupon) and can't wait to post about all those new goodies when they arrive.

The link is back up if you want to subscribe to the monthly beauty box. Just click here.

ps...I'm not in anyway affiliated with TANF. Just a happy customer!

Friday, November 01, 2013

You Tube on Roku...FINALLY!

After years of frustration at the decline of cable TV (do we really need 900 reality shows?) and the ever increasing cost, C and I dropped cable almost 2 years ago. Now we get our home entertainment thru a Roku device. We love our Roku and highly highly recommend it. With subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime, we find we can get plenty of content to keep us entertained. Not to mention the plethora of other channels that are available with more added all the time.

But I'm a total You Tube addict and have been frustrated by the lack of ability to stream You Tube content to our Roku. Until now. It's been several months since the last time I researched the subject and decided to give it another shot today. I found this article on CNet about using an app called Twonky to stream You Tube (and other content) from your smart phone to your Roku. I followed the steps and within 15 minutes (or less) I was watching You Tube on my TV from the comfort of my recliner. I used an iPod Touch with Twonky Beam rather than a smartphone, but it works exactly the same.

The article is a little outdated, there is now a public Twonky channel on Roku so you don't need to add the private channel. Also, your Roku can be wired, wifi is not required on the Roku as long as both devices are connected to the same network.

There is a handful of other content available on Twonky, but I have not tested any of it. For now, I'm just happy to be able to finally watch You Tube on the TV rather than being tethered to the computer or watching on a small tablet screen!