Sunday, December 30, 2012

Firmoo Review


     I decided it was time for me to try out some new glasses. I am not new to ordering glasses online so I had a general idea of what I needed and what to expect. I decided to check out Firmoo
      This company in particular was new to me but I had only heard good things and decided to give them a shot. I ended up deciding to choose the SD2320 Clear and Black Rectangle frame.
      I liked the glasses I had but because they were so solid and the arms were so  thick I honestly kept having the daylights scared out of me from people standing to my side in my peripheral sight line. (Not a joke) These new ones were clear. I loved the way they looked online and they also give you the option to upload a photo to try them on online.
      One of the most interesting things about this particular pair that caught my eye is the ombre arm that goes from clear to black with silver swirls.
         Included with my glasses was also a really well made hard case that fit the glasses perfectly, a really nice quality drawstring soft case, a super soft cleaning cloth and a key chain toolkit with extra screws and tiny screwdriver to keep them tightened and in good shape. I love the little things like that. Things you wouldn't normally think of off the top of your head but come in handy and are so helpful when you need it.
          One of the best reasons to choose Firmoo is their First Pair Free Program to people Worldwide! You pick your favorite frames, put in your prescription and your first pair is completely free. Don't need new glasses? Your first pair free cam also be prescription sunglasses or goggles! Don't need a prescription but still want stylish frames or a new pair of sunglasses? You can get them without a prescription as well.





       





            Upon placing my first order I received my glasses in under a week during the holiday season. Shipping was super fast and there is not a physical thing wrong with the glasses I chose. If there are any questions you have you can visit their help page HERE
            Everything about my experience was completely awesome and is definitely a company I would return to in the future. Buying glasses online should no longer be a scary experience. As long as you have an updated prescription everything will turn out perfectly!

FTC: I was sent the product for review with no other compensation. All opinions stated herein are my own.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Reverse Charades Giveaway

Reverse Charades Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Charades

About Reverse Charades:

Reverse Charades is side-splitting, unforgettable group fun—the perfect party and family game! For more info on their NEW Girls' Night In, Sports and Holiday expansion editions as well as their Junior and French editions, Apps for Apple and Droid products visit their website. Featured on NBC's Today Show and Radio Disney, this hilarious twist on charades where teams act out words for one person to guess has won a slew of awards: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal 2011 award — Creative Child Magazine Game of the Year Award 2011 — Major Fun Keeper Award 2011 — NAPPA Gold Seal 2011 — Tillywig Laugh Out Loud 2011 — Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children’s Product 2011 — Parent’s Choice Award Spring 2011 — Mom’s Best Award 2011 — The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2011 — The Toy Man 2011-2012: Award of Excellence and e-Choice Award — KSL Studio 5 TV — Best New Family Game 2010. Now available in over 2,200 select stores in the U.S., Canada and abroad (including Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, Learning Express and Books-a-Million) and on Amazon.com   View the full Reverse Charades Junior Review on Pea of Sweetness.
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Crayon Mavens Giveaway












I was given the opportunity to review CrayonMavens specially shaped crayons. I loved the way they came packaged. My boys were so excited and could not wait to color with them. 

We picked out the Race car crayons and as soon as I received them started coloring. It was so cute to sit and watch them color their Christmas pictures while making race car sounds.  My boys have been coloring with them for days and barely can tell they have been used.
They would be perfect for little gifts at school, day cares or even party favors. 
CrayonMavens uses nothing but 100% brand new Crayola® crayons because they are safe and non-toxic! CrayonMavens has over 100 different shapes and sizes to choose from.  

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Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my review but the opinions expressed are 100% my own and may differ from yours. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

BarkBox Review

         We got our very first Barkbox courtesy of Klout! Dexter is pretty good at knowing when something comes in the mail for him. Or when he THINKS something came in the mail for him. ( Upon opening a Coca-Cola bear from MyCokeRewards he snatched it out of my hands before I even had it out of the package all the way.) 
           As I opened the box and gave him one of the treats and preceded to try to read the card insert he decided to sneak up and start pulling things out. Video or it didn't happen, right? Well, it just so happens I have a video. 
                      If you look closely you will see the paper confetti he chose to drag onto the floor with him. Needless to say, he was excited. lol.  
             The stuffed reindeer from Simply Fido is a Brooklyn-based organic toy company. Super plush and squeaky and Dexter is in heaven. He won't let me touch it. lol
Sniffed it, Snatched it and Ran.



I had to fight Dex for the Reindeer to make it in the photo.
     I have been eyeing the Barkbox website forever hoping to snag one for my doodlebop and just waiting to take the plunge. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I got a great mixture of things perfect for Dexter. The best part about Barkbox is that they donate 10% of their proceeds to a rescue group. That just makes them amazing in my book.
          Our box came with a great squeaky reindeer toy (Which Dexter obviously LOVES) , a small sample size bottle of Oatmeal Shampoo, A nice sized bag of bone treats and a boxed PuppyCake Red Velvet Cake mix!
       I know what you are thinking, a cake mix? For a dog? Well, SURE! Why not? On Dexter's first birthday I made him a whole wheat peanut butter carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and he loved it! This is a little more user friendly! What kind of treat is best for your dog? The kind made with love! So why not? I love that this is not only wheat free but is made with all human grade food. You wouldn't want to feed your dog something you wouldn't feed
yourself. Best thing about this? It's microwavable and comes with a yogurt frosting. I know what Dexter is getting all his puppy friends for Christmas! If Red Velvet isn't your thing they also have other flavors available such as Banana, Peanut Butter and Carob. 

He smacked me while I was trying to take this picture because I would not let go of the treat . lol
                   The treats from Bocce's Bakery smell SO GOOD. That's kind of weird to say about a dog treat but also that should tell you something about their quality! All natural dog treats aptly named Holiday Feast made with Chicken, Pumpkin and Cranberry and that's EXACTLY what they smell like. You can smell the pumpkin and the cranberry, they smell sweet but not overly sweet and just reading the ingredients you know they are good for your pups. Not to mention Dex is head over heels for them. 

                  The Oatmeal shampoo from Fresh Dog smells amazing! You can can really pick up on the almond. The shampoo is meant to clean, calm and soothe. Dex is not a bath kind of dog so I may have to fight him to try this one but as the days get colder his poor skin gets drier and I think this will really help soothe the itchiness. They also have a Dry Shampoo powder available on their website. I may have to go that route. I don't know how an inside dog manages to get so stinky, but what he does, he does it well.
If you are interested in picking up a Barkbox for yourself hop on over to their website, read the FAQs if you have any questions, sign up and give it a go. All their prices and info are listed on their site! 


FTC: I was sent the Barkbox for free from Klout. I was not compensated nor was I required to make a blog post about the product. I just wanted to share because my puppy loved it so much!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Wantable.co Subscription Box Review






                       The new thing now a days is subscription boxes. They make great gifts, they are relatively inexpensive, you get the most for your money. Plus you get a variety of products to try and it all conveniently comes to your door each and every month. But where some subscription boxes fail, is that they are just too generic. SOMETIMES you take a generic quiz and you STILL end up receiving items you wouldn't normally use or in a shade that's not the best for your skin tone. Maybe you end up with a product for dry skin when you have very oily skin, or you get a shampoo intended for clarifying when you have chemically processed or dyed hair. It can be a bit of a crap-shoot. 
                              Wantable is amazingly thorough with their style quiz, to make sure you get the TYPE of products you want as well as the COLOURS that you want. I, being a crazy makeup lover, wanted it all. The only thing I left out was the reds because I can't pull it off. I had the option of receiving eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, lip glosses and everything in between. 
                   Makeup not your thing? They also have a jewelry box you can receive monthly as well! For $36 a month subscription fee or $40 to buy the boxes by themselves you get 4-6 full size products (or 5 jewelry items) with a $80-$100 value. So you easily get your moneys worth! If for some reason you have something you just don't like despite the style quiz, they include a label for you to send it back for free.


This is Dexter's "Is there a treat in there for me?" face.


               







In my Wantable box I received a  Verhoeven highlighter and eyeliner, a MiA BelleZZa blush, a Paula Dorf eye shadow,  a Color Club nail polish and 3 perfume samples.
      My first impressions are that I absolutely love the packaging of all the products. They just LOOK like a set. The colours of each product in the packaging look gorgeous, and when swatched are pigmented with the ability to be layered heavily or applied lightly for a more sheer effect. The Color Club polish comes across as a deep blue based purple in the photo but it's more of a charcoal colour with hints of purple undertones. 

top-Liner, LtR- Blush,
Shadow, highlighter




            ♥ If you buy now before the 16th (or while supplies last) they are offering 2 free boxes you can send to your friends! Makes a great gift for the Holidays!♥

Upon realizing there were no treats,
Dexter began to pout.

                          If there is an item or items you would like to see a more in depth review, looks or a tutorial comment down below and let me know what you would like to see! 

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   I love everything about this. I would recommend 
this to anyone who loves makeup and trying new things!

FTC: I was sent the products shown for consideration. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

GoJane Spiked Velvet Heel-Less Platform Shoe Review

Dexter sniffing to make sure there are no treats in
the box for him that he may have missed.
I received my very first pair of shoes from GoJane.com! I chose the Spiked Velvet Heel-less Platforms in black. These are essentially a knockoff version of the Jeffrey Campbell  Spiked Nightwalks but they are styled just slightly different. The Nightwalks have a different spike pattern and have less heel than the knockoffs. If you look at the knockoffs you will notice the sole of the shoe kicks back underneath the heel so you have a different look than the originals but also a slightly more stable stance if you aren't 100% sure you could actually walk in heel-less shoes.
               
         From what I have been able to tell so far all the spikes seem to be placed well on the shoes. None have fallen off as of the time I'm writing this. I didn't think I would like the velvet finish but it's quite nice. The shoes appear to be more well made than I thought upon originally looking at the photos online, but all in all I absolutely love them! The kickback on the sole provides more stability than I imagined so they are not difficult to keep my balance in. My biggest issue is my foot slides forward and that makes the shoes feel tight on my toes. I think with a proper insert I won't have that issue.
         The spikes on the shoes are incredibly sharp so you need to be careful not to kick someone by accident. There are no spikes on the inside of the shoes so there's less of a chance of one grazing the inside of your ankles and legs while walking.
         All in all these shoes are just plain fun. Wear them when you are feeling sassy or daring or whenever ,just because.



3 out of 5 because though they are well made 
they are still uncomfortable for me and an insole needs
 to be purchased.


                 You can purchase these exact shoes HERE at GoJane.com
FTC: I purchased these shoes with my own money. I am not affiliated with GoJane nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions herein are my own.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Pet lovers will definitely be delighted with this daily deal site that is dedicated exclusively to our most-loved pets. Now you can get your fave pets high-quality brilliantly designed pet products at very affordable prices. LeLePets members get full access to daily deals that can get them up to 70% off designed inspired pet products. LeLePets.com is exclusive for members only. However, membership IS FREE and you can get exclusive access to the site by requesting membership with a valid email address.
 
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Monday, December 10, 2012

How To Draw Spongebob?

           Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Did you totally just sing that? Spongebob is pretty awesome and it's crazy to think after two full years of me blogging away on my main blog on Hubpages that the one post that has been the most popular this whole time was about Spongebob, or how to draw him.
           One of the first few posts I wrote over there, it is still one of the most popular and I love it.
            If you want to check out my original How To Draw Spongebob's Face  you can check that out HERE.




Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleansing System



           Olay has done something pretty amazing. I personally have always felt like Olay was a mature brand. Not in a bad way, but it was always something that my mother used and I was always excited for the day when I was grown up enough to use their products. 
            Now in my late 20's (I'm almost 30, yikes!) I find myself reaching to their products just as my mother and my older sisters have done through the years and I finally felt like a grown up. I feel like Olay has shattered that "mature" look for their new product. 
            With a name that is surely a mouthful for anyone, the Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleanser is a tiny machine that, when paired with the Fresh Effects Shine Shine Go Away Shine Minimizing Cleanser (also a mouthful), does wonders for my skin.
             The set runs about $14.99 and you can pick it up on Drugstore.com, Target, or probably anywhere you can find Olay products. 
             The packaging on this little machine is so vibrant and eye catching unlike the usual Olay red leads me to believe they were definitely trying to pull in a younger target audience with this one and I am okay with that! 
             This particular set comes with a sample size of the shine minimizing cleanser and I think I am a little too excited over the fact that this stuff is metallic silver.
             The powered cleanser brush head is a triangle shape with soft silicon bristles. The shape is really great for getting into the contours of your nose and great for getting your T-zone and around your hairline. I decided to be a rebel and use this all over my face and I just gotta say WOW. I normally just use an exfoliating cleanser from Aveeno and my fingers and my skin doesn't feel half as soft or as clean as it does when I use the brush.
              I tried alternating the shine minimizing cleaners with my exfoliating cleanser with the brush as well as skipping days to see if I noticed a difference. One day without using the shine cleanser and brush I noticed the all over oilier feeling my skin had, and my skin typically runs on the drier side. Also after skipping a day I got a huge random breakout on my cheek (Tmi?), I used the shine cleanser paired with the powered brush and I woke up the next day with 100% clear skin. I have never had anything that cleared up a breakout overnight.   
             The brush is so easy to use with simple on and off buttons, is water proof and uses a single AAA battery. 
              So sans the tongue twister of a name I would have to say Olay hit it out of the park with this one. I love that Olay is catering to a younger audience. I love the fresh look of the packaging. I love the formula of the cleanser, and I love the cleansing brush. This is definitely a new favorite of mine and is now part of my daily facial cleansing routine. 

                                      5 little yellow birds from me!






FTC: I was sent this product for free from a website for review. I was not sponsored to do this review nor was I required to make a review outside of the webpage that sent me this item. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.