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V.I.Poo & PooPourri

Although this is a review, it’s not sponsored.

It’s funny, I ordered V.I.Poo (lemon scented of course) online, and it got delivered the same day that the mom unit came home from Bed, Bath, and Beyond with a bottle of PooPourri (vanilla mint scented).
We anxiously awaited a time where one of us needed to…y’know.  Anyhow, it wasn’t long.  According to both bottles, they tell you to spray 3 to 5 times before you do your business.  Maybe we just aren’t that bad, because 1 to 2 spritzes work just fine for us.  If you’ve got a MAN SIZE STINK, you may need 5 spritzes, who knows?
Anywho, you spray it right into the toilet on the water before you do your thing.

Our verdict is that they both work equally well, and if memory serves (we got these last month), the prices were close.  The bottles are small, but actually, if you’re only using a few spritzes each time you do a number 2, it’s plenty.  BONUS: they are small enough to carry in your purse for when you’re out in public and need to…drop it like it’s hot.  I was glad I brought mine when I had to use the toilet in the doctor’s office.  Those girls are so nice, I didn’t want them to gag from the stench.
The V.I.Poo we have is 1.85 ounces, the PooPourri is 4 ounces, the bottles are cute, and can sit on the back of your toilet until you need to used them (or hang out in your bag).
Final verdict?  Silly names, yes.  But it’s high time an actual product worked the way this does.  Our bathroom smells lemony fresh or like vanilla and mints instead of like some horrible perfumed air freshener and poop.



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Unilever Products Review

This post was sponsored by Unilever as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I was so excited to be asked to try this stuff…a whole box of goodies, just for ME!   I got a total of five things to try:

1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner


So let’s go right down the line.
1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this.  I generally use unscented deodorant, because they usually seem to clash/compete with my perfume!  However, the scent on this is very fresh and clean smelling, like laundry or something, and didn’t clash/compete.  Not only that, it works extremely well!  No wetness, no armpit stank…honestly, I use this everyday before I work out (the true test of any deodorant), and my moves are the only funky thing!  It doesn’t leave white marks on your dark clothes, either.  I wear a dark blue tank top to exercise in, and there have been no white streaks.  Highly recommended!

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant
I tried a few of the “clinical” deodorants when they first came out.  I found them to be lacking in protection, and some of them were irritating to my delicate pits, so I gave up on them.
Enter the kind folks at Degree!
On the package, it says to apply before bed.  It uses your “resting” body temp to kind of gauge itself.  Science!  It also says that you can use it the night before, and it will work all through the next day…even after you shower.  What witchcraft is this?  Witchcraft we need!
It WORKS.  I couldn’t believe it myself.  First night I used it, worked out the next morning, and my pits were dry, soft, and comfy.  Good for people who might forget to put on deodorant in the morning.  Not that *I* would know anything about that, nosireebob…

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes
I wanted to like these, I really really did.  Pond’s is a name that has been around and been trusted for years.  I used these every evening for a week to clean my face at night.  I wear minimal makeup, and they were wonderfully easy, and streamlined my routine.  I used them for a little over a week.
Just yesterday, I noticed that the skin under one of my eyes was quite dry.  I thought that was odd.
Then I woke up this morning to a tight, dry, itchy face!  It was so dry that in the nine hours I’ve been awake, I’ve had to apply coconut oil all over my face, TWICE.  It is absolutely horrible, and I have to blame the towelettes, as that was the only new thing.
I actually threw away the package.
Two thumbs way down.

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo
My hair isn’t really curly, just wavy, but it’s a definite problem child!  It gets frizzy, it’s dried out, it looks dull…I think we’ve all been there.  I’ve tried other “hydrating” shampoos, and they didn’t help at all.  I don’t even wash my hair every day, only every other day, to keep from drying it out.  I didn’t hold much hope for yet another “hydrating” shampoo.
I am so surprised at how well this works!  My waves are defined, shiny, and beautiful.  Beachy hair?  That’s me!  No frizzies here!  I also loves the fresh, clean scent, not too heavy or perfume-y.  A definite win for curly and wavy haired girls!

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner
While I don’t shampoo my hair every day, I DO condition it every day (otherwise I wouldn’t be able to comb it!).  I have used this every day, and I absolutely love it!  Even when I don’t use the shampoo (as I only shampoo every other day), my hair is still soft, beautiful, and easy to get a comb through!  My waves are soft and silky instead of dry and frizzy, and it smells just as good as the shampoo!

So out of the 5 products, 4 of them have made me VERY happy, and I would recommend them.  I think maybe Pond’s just needs to go back to the drawing room and tweak their towelettes, I still think they are a good company.  🙂






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Review: CURAD SoothePlus Products

This post was sponsored by CURAD as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

When I was told that they would be sending me some things to sample, I thought I’d be getting a few bandages…I got so much more!

1 box of FIVE medium rolled gauze
1 box of TEN medium non stick pads
1 box of TWENTY FIVE large gauze pads
1 roll of sensitive skin paper tape


I liked almost all of the items.
I found the large gauze pads to be very soft and absorbent.  Very good for any size wound (you can cut or fold them down if needed).
The medium rolled gauze was a win as well, very soft and stretchy enough so you could probably use it like an Ace bandage to stabilize a sprain.
The paper tape is a godsend for anyone (like me) with sensitive skin.  I’ve gotten angry red rashes just from plain bandages before, so it’s nice to have something that won’t upset my skin and won’t hurt to remove!
I didn’t care for the medium non stick pads.  They had a weird, plasticky feel.  I know that is how it is non stick,  but it seems like it hampers the absorbency.

However, I have used these items to restock our emergency first aid kit, and feel better knowing it’s there!20106337_1780096455340757_7651623697407092790_n

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Product Review! JAFRA Royal Jelly

This post was sponsored by JAFRA Royal Jelly as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I was excited to try these products because being in my 40’s my skin has changed.  It needs different care than what I did even 5 years ago, but I wasn’t sure what to use or how to use it.  Enter JAFRA Royal Jelly!
I received five full size products from them: Gentle Cleansing Milk, Vitamin Infused Spot Serum (dark spot cream), Global Longevity Cream (moisturizer), Global Longevity Eye Cream, and Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (sunscreen).   The order I have listed them in is the order you use them, twice a day (except the sunscreen – that’s only in the morning, of course).
The Cleansing Milk took a little getting used to.  It didn’t foam up quite as much as most face washes I’ve used, but it worked well, and my face felt fresh and clean.
The Spot Serum was a bit of a disappointment.  I have slight dark spots on my cheeks, and though I used this diligently twice a day, they haven’t seen any improvement.  I guess you can’t hope for a miracle!
Third was the Global Longevity Cream.  I really liked this.  Ultra moisturizing and absorbs well.  My only complaint is that it is in a jar as opposed to a bottle…you have to dip your fingers into it, which isn’t very good.  I think a squeeze or pump bottle might be better.  I moisturize all the way down my neck, and this has noticeably reduced the lines I have on it.
After that is the Global Longevity Eye Cream.  This stuff is excellent!  It noticeably reduced the puffiness and dark circles I get, almost immediately!  That alone makes it worth it’s weight in gold!  I have NEVER used anything that does that.
Last but not least is the Solar Protection Fluid.  I’m not a huge fan of it.  Although the consistency is not thick, it feels like it sits on my face instead of absorbing in.  I do like that it’s SPF 50, and it never made me break out, but it felt somewhat heavy and greasy, no matter how much or little I used.

The JAFRA items I received stated on the packaging that they are “For all skin types” and “Clinically, Allergy, Irritancy, and Dermatologist Tested”.  I was surprised and happy that it did not upset my sensitive skin.  Most things promise not to irritate, but this one truly delivered.

All in all, I was really happy with these items.  Especially the eye cream and moisturizer.  If you are looking for a new product to try, these are a bit pricey and you won’t find them in a department store, but they are worth a shot (  My skin is noticeably brighter and my naso-labial folds (aka “marionette lines”) have diminished.

Give it a try!



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Product Review! International Delight One Touch Latte (Caramel)

This post was sponsored by International Delight® as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
I’d heard about this stuff and seen commercials for it.  From regular coffee to latte in 5 seconds?  I didn’t believe it.  But I got a coupon for a free bottle of ot from Crowdtap, so I had nothing to lose.  It came in Vanilla, Mocha, or Caramel.  Well I love getting blended iced coffee drinks at the coffeehouse in caramel, so I bought that one.  Again, I didn’t have high hopes.
The next morning I got up and made my coffee.  The instructions on the One Touch Latte tell you to fill your cup 2/3 full, shake the bottle, turn it upside down, and press the button firmly for  seconds.  So I followed the instructions.

It worked!  It had the lovely frothy cream on top, and tasted wonderfully decadent, no additonal sugar needed!  The mom unit tryied it this morning with her coffee.  The only problem she had was she didn’t push the button down FIRMLY (they aren’t kidding when they say that) and it kind of oozed out and looked yucky.  She just poured another cup and tried again, and she loved it too!
So you get a coffeehouse quality drink in just a few seconds, for just a fraction of the cost, no waiting in line.  It’s a win!SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

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Silk Protein Nutmilk Review

Review time!
This post was sponsored by Silk as part of a new product sampling activation for Crowdtap, I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.

I received a voucher for a free half-gallon of Silk Protein & Nutmilk, either regular or vanilla. The mom unit was nice enough to go pick it up from the store for me. When she got home I looked at it. It was original flavor but it was actually expired! (This was no fault of the Silk brand of course, but a major fail on the part of the grocery store!) Luckily, we only live 2 blocks away, so she went back an exchanged it. When she came back, I noticed she had gotten vanilla instead of regular. I was a little nervous, I admit. I have used plain Silk before, and liked it, but not flavored.
I went ahead and made my coffee and oatmeal for breakfast and decided to use the Vanilla Silk Protein& Nutmilk in both.
What a great surprise!
I usually sweeten my oatmeal with a little bit of honey, but the Vanilla Silk Protein & Nutmilk sweetened it without it being cloying. Having it in my coffee made it taste like a fancy vanilla coffee drink from a coffeehouse. Now I’m thinking of trying it in place of milk for pancakes and making vanilla pancakes! Mom likes it too!
In conclusion, I would give this 5 stars, two thumbs up, an A+ !


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Unsponsored Review – Otezla

So this is another sort of review, but unsponsored.  I’m doing this to hope to help people.

For those of you reading this who know me, you know I have psoriasis.  I have fought with my skin since I was 14 years old and it first popped up.  I’d get patches of it here and there.  There wasn’t much I could do for it.  Smelly creams, sticky ointments, and useless diets (to rule out “food allergies”) were what I dealt with.
When I was 19, a dermatologist told me that the best thing for it would be UV light, specifically a tanning salon.  He did not make this recommendation lightly, reminding me that this was dangerous with a risk of skin cancer, but since nothing else was working, I could give it a shot.
To my surprise (and happiness), it worked!  My mother (who also had it – it’s hereditary) also tried the tanning salon, and also had it work for her.  We were ecstatic.  We would usually buy a tanning package of something like 30 tans and go once or twice a week.  And the results would last for months, sometimes even a year.  I was so happy to have normal skin again!  I tried to be careful of how often I tanned, and not overdo it.
I tanned off and on for several years.  When I stopped, my skin stayed clear for a VERY long time.  Then, in college, it flared up.  I found a local tanning salon and bought a small package – I didn’t really want to tan a bunch of times…I was a goth, I wanted to stay pale!
This time…it didn’t work.  At all.  I talked to the owner of the salon, and he said that over the last few years, tanning bed lamps had changed.  They were now “safer”, but possibly less effective on psoriasis.  What was I going to do now?

I made an appointment with a dermatologist.  My skin was slowly getting worse.  We tried some new ointments and they worked – at first.  Then they just stopped.  My scalp was awful.  It flaked all the time, making me look as if I had a severe dandruff issue.  I had to use tar shampoo (Neutrogena’s T-Gel), and it only worked sporadically.  I took a trip to Denver….and my skin cleared up.  The reason was that the place I was staying at had “soft” water, while my city in California had “hard” water.  Although they sell things to “soften” your water, we lived in an apartment, not a house, thus we had no access to the water heater.  After I came back from Denver, it was fine for a very long time.  I had a boyfriend in San Francisco, and the water where he lived was soft, so I think showering there when I spent the night helped.

We broke up, of course, and over the next few years, my skin slowly but surely went out of control.  I saw my dermatologist again.  He prescribed Taclonex ointment, which worked for a while.  Then he put me on Enbrel.  I started taking it, and my skin went haywire.  I had plaque psoriasis, yes, but my body broke out like crazy.  I ended up with giant red splotches over 95% of my body, some as large as 2 inches in diameter.  They itched so badly.  I would wake up form scratching myself in my sleep.  It crept across my body like an unwelcome shadow.  Then I started to get one on my face.  No.  I was in tears over it.  We called the dermatologist and he had me come in.
He had me take off my shirt took one look at me, and said, “This shouldn’t be happening!”  He took a small sample (painless) off of my back, telling me, “Let me check something, I’ll be right back.”  He walked in a few minutes later with a smile, telling me, “This isn’t your psoriaisis.  The Enbrel is an immune suppressant.  You have a non-contagious fungal infection on your skin.”  He gave me a prescription to clear THAT up.
It was fine after that!  I gave myself shots regularly (it was a stat dose pen, super easy, even for someone afraid of needles).  When the Enbrel started to lose it’s effectiveness, we moved onto Humira, also a stat dose pen.  I also went to Pennsylvania for a few months, and they had soft water as well, so it was a double whammy of good for my skin.  I came back home, and the Humira lost it’s effectiveness, so I went on Stelara.  Instead of an injection every 1 or 2 weeks, it was once every three months.  My dermatologist’s office was near to my home (since this was a regular syringe), so I would go there for my shots.  (Also, my dermatologist had years before STOPPED CHARGING ME, because he is an angel and I mourned when he retired).  I was on Stelara for a few years.  Unfortunately, all those years of taking immune suppressing drugs was taking it’s toll.
Having no immune system meant I always got sick.  Someone would start coughing at the other end of the train car I was in during my commute, and I’d get sick.  Having no immune system meant I didn’t just get a cold: I got tonsillitis, or a sinus infection, or a throat infection.  That meant missing work to see a doctor and get a prescription.  I missed a lot of work, and it cost me jobs.  People like to say, “They can’t fire you for being sick!”  They can, and they do, and it happened to me.
I started to look for an alternative.  I saw an ad on TV for Otezla.  I was a little worried on the side effects, particularly depression, but I had to try something else.
I am finishing up my first month on it, and I cannot recommend it enough! One pill twice a day, and NOT an immune suppressant!  The only possible side effect I have noticed is that if I take them too close together, I WILL get a migraine, so I make sure to take one when I wake up (usually before 7 a.m.) and one with dinner (around 6 p.m.).  No more sticking myself with needles, no more getting sick if someone sneezes within one mile of me.  And I have not had an issue with depression.

So yes, Otezla.  If you have psoriasis it can be horrible.  They call it “the heartbreak” for a reason.  You do NOT have to live with it!    There IS something that will work!  For instance, for my mom’s scalp psoriasis, she rubs coconut oil into her scalp before bed twice a week.  She puts a little shower cap on her head, sleeps with it, and washes it out in the morning, and it has done wonders for her (plus her hair is wonderfully soft).  If one thing doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, try something else.  Find a dermatologist who won’t give up!  Mine refused to give up even after I was ready to “just live with it”.  You don’t have to.  Below are photos (not me) of people on Otezla.  What a difference the right med makes!