Sweet ‘n Low sampling – Review

I recently received a sample of Sweet ‘n Low from Crowdtap. This was such a fun sample pack – It came with a full size box of Sweet ‘n Low (50 packets), sample packets with a  coupon, and some fun drink mixer recipe cards.
20140618_182624The past two weeks, my allergies have been kicking it in high gear, headache and all, so I stayed away from TOO much alcohol.

20140620_200106Fortunately, I’ve been on a huge tea kick. I normally don’t add sweetener, but I figured I’d give it a shot. My tea sort of frothed up when I added Sweet ‘n Low, and it worked really well with the flavor. I don’t know how to describe it–it’s sweet, but not entirely like sugar.

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I did try it with morning coffee. It tasted a LITTLE weird, but again, I usually don’t sweeten coffee at all (that’s the boyfriend’s sugar there!

20140629_115101With the heat lately, my tea kick has completely gone in the iced direction. I’ve been experimenting a bit with flavors, so this morning (before it got too hot!)  I made an unsweetened iced tea with lemon and nectarine. Once in the glass, one packet of Sweet ‘n Low is plenty for me – A little goes a long way! I think I like it most with tea, and it turned out pretty tasty!

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I know I said I was avoiding alcohol for the most part, but I can’t completely cut it out of my life! I did sip a couple of margaritas the other weekend. Here’s my strawberry and lime with Jose Cuervo tequila and Sweet ‘n Low.

I’m looking forward to trying out more recipes, and the Sweet ‘n Low website is loaded with tons I’d love to try.I will say that, at least for me, it doesn’t take much to add the sweetness-one packet per glass was more than enough to get the sweetness I was looking for.  Which ones do you want to try?

*I received this product for free from Crowdtap for my open and honest review.  All views expressed here are my own.*

What I got Wednesdays – June 25, 2014

This week must have been a nice relief for the mail carrier, but a rather boring one for me. Though, my Home Depot order arrived, so I guess that means massive amounts of yard work this week. I did get a new phone this week (Galaxy S5)! Michael managed to break his, so I graciously offered him my old one, and upgraded.

OK, on to the fun! Crowdtap has been doing loads of Sample and Shares (and Hosted Parties, if that’s something you feel you can swing). I’ve had a few come in this week and last, and am attempting to get all the activities done. I do wish they gave you more than a week, though! Hard to cram in sharing, trying, and posting…So what came this week:


 

groomer-backA men’s Schick Hydro 5 Groomer for Michael – This thing had some interesting features, and was definitely high tech when it comes to razors. Bells and whistles everywhere! The razor is a 5 blade (hence the name) razor, that has a neat little fold down part that helps you get in some of the tighter spots, like under your nose or to help trim near side burns/facial hair you want to keep (the yellowish thing on the bottom flips down). It also takes a couple batteries and offers a little groomer for trimming.

As far as the razor goes, Michael wasn’t a huge fan. He said it was a bit bulky and awkward for regular shaving. He also said the blade was not very sharp–it was really pulling his lip when he tried to shave his upper lip. His 5 o’clock shadow comes out a bit early usually, and while it wasn’t totally out, this didn’t seem to give him the closest of shaves. The groomer was nice, unfortunately the blades weren’t as good as other Schick products we’ve both used in the past–which consequently just doesn’t justify the cost of blades in the future! He’ll probably stick with his other 5 blade razor, which is usually a regular Schick, or the store brand knock off of Schick.


 

20140625_200257Kleenex! I will never turn away a box of facial tissues, and this week was no different. I’m having this feeling this week where I can’t tell if it’s allergies or a cold coming on–and either way, I’m perfectly content keeping a box of these in every room of the house that I frequent. Crowdtap sent a few different offerings–including this box, a cube, and the wallet packs (which I love!)


 

Still a bunch of things on the way, just a slow week! What did you get this week?

 

What I got Wednesday – June 18, 2014

This has been an amazing week of mail! I’m sure the carrier hates me by now, and it certainly doesn’t help that the electric/gas company has had my road, directly in front of my driveway, completely torn up for the last two days (this is three months of trying to get a gas leak fixed that’s just gotten out of hand…)20140618_183349

Anyway, while not all freebies, I definitely had tons of fun this week!

First, the paid stuff!

  • Subscription box heaven (for me at least!). Ipsy, BarkBox, and Bonjour Jolie. All fantastic this month, and really glad these are some of
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  • Sampler packs galore! My 5 Sample Society Mystery Samplers and the Total Beauty Ultimate  Sampler. See link for the Total Beauty items, looks like it’s still up for sale!

As for the freebies, I’d say I got some really nice things this week-

  • Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery 20140616_172828
    Shampoo and Conditioner, plus the Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist. I got this to try from the Elle Inner Circle. Been a member for a while, but nothing really happened, so I had kind of forgotten. Then this came as a bit of a surprise, so it’s getting added to Sites I Love!
  • PinchMe arrived! This was probably the most I’ve ever gotten from a sample Tuesday. Three Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths, Dove Oxygen
    Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, a Milk- Bone Brushing 20140618_182624Chew (Riley ate it), and a new  bottle of Sinful Nail Polish (which is really great stuff for the price!)
  • One of MANY new Crowdtap Sample and Shares – Sweet ‘n Low, which came with a 50 pack box, plus samples and coupons, and some recipe cards. I’m totally feeling the skinny margaritas for this weekend–we have absolutely NO WHERE to go, and I’m looking forward to some serious sit on my butt in the yard time!

Hopefully still more to come next week! Though I’m winding down on this month’s sub box list (c’mon good Style Box!) How was your week?!

 

What I got Wednesday – June 11, 2014

I’ve made it another week, and while things started slow, I definitely think this turned out to be a pretty fun week of mail.

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  • Folgers Gourmet Blends sampler pack – I’ll never say no to some free K-Cups to try, especially as generous a sample as four! Most only ever come with two. I’ve had a couple of the Folgers gourmet blends, and was definitely impressed. There’s a couple here I haven’t tried, and the $1 off coupons will definitely be put to good use!
  • P&G sample pack – I’ll have to add this one to sites I love with a reminder. Once per quarter, you can request samples from Proctor and Gamble. This go around I got Herbal Essences Body Wash – Body Burst, and Olay Sensitive unscented body wash. They also send a pretty decent book of coupons, though this one wasn’t as full as ones I’ve gotten in the past.
  • Cheerios – A single serve. Can’t go wrong there!
  • Singing Dog Vanilla Organic Lip Balm – This was my first blog giveaway win. I haven’t used them much yet, except to try. Michael didn’t get my “hint” that basically said please take the mail in to make sure my stuff doesn’t melt while I was at work… All was well, fortunately. The flavors are all varieties of vanilla-Vanilla (which I did try and was good!), Vanilla Cherry, and Vanilla Coconut. Check them out for all your vanilla needs!
  • I did order a planner, which came. I have one for work, but I needed a new personal one. I like a good paper one–call me old fashioned. Fortunately this one starts mid year, so I didn’t feel like I was wasting half a year.
  • June 2014 Birchbox and a Mystery Sampler Pack – woo!

Next week is gonna be a busy one! I’m expecting Barkbox, Ipsy, and Bonjour Jolie (if they send, getting worried here…).

Plus, since I’m just getting on the sample and beauty box bandwagon, I wanted to boost my stockpile a bit. So…

  • I snagged up one of each of the 5 $10 Sample Society Mystery Boxes. Kicking myself for hesitating on the $15 boxes, but using the code BBTWITTER, plus the spend $50 get free shipping, my total came to $35. Should be here Friday!
  • A Total Beauty Ultimate Sampler which gets me $80 in full size and deluxe samples (see link!). Use the coupon code 15SAVE, and it’s only $14.45! Should be here by Wednesday.
  • And while this won’t be coming until next month, you can score a free Beauty Box 5 box, or a 3 month sub for $6 per month using the code FREE614. I opted for a 3 month sub!

How’d you do this week?

 

Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen Review Take 2

So in our last episode, I discussed my usage of Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen on my body, and my apprehension about using it on my face. So, strictly in the name of   science, I spent the last two weekends using it right there (and praying to the pore gods that my face would not explode!)

Weekend 1, all I used was Coppertone. I spent a good chunk of it outside, relaxing in the sun, mostly just decompressing from a busy week. But as I’d hoped, no breakouts, no greasy look OR feel, and no burns. It passes the first test! And best yet, this isn’t even the “faces” formula, which has a higher SPF (50 vs 30), so I’m definitely intrigued about that!

The following weekend, however, is where the real science began! I decided to take a “fancier” facial sunscreen that runs roughly $2.67 per ounce (Note: This amount is being generous, since I only found a bulk size. The smaller size, roughly half the Coppertone amount, is over $7 per ounce, so I think a fair comparison would be to say if I COULD buy a similar sized product, it would still be upwards of $4-5 per ounce!). Coppertone cost roughly $2.09 per ounce, $2.19 if I had the “faces” formula.

How else to test but to draw an invisible line down my face…

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So in picture 1, I have Coppertone on the left, and the other product on the right. You’ll notice right off the bat that Coppertone had a little more substance to it. Both blended in very well with the same level of effort.

Picture 2 – I had a full day of gardening planned, but remember, this is for science! And I do love science! So I went ahead and did up my face in full makeup–gotta look good for them weeds! Again, no issue with application of makeup.

Picture 3 – After a long, gross day of working outside, I almost just washed off to get the sweat off, but I remembered my experiment and snapped a final shot. Sunny, hot day, and I spent all of it outdoors, and I’d say both products were comparable. No burns, no line down the middle of my face (phew!), no greasy feel (except maybe a little sweaty, but I was doin’ work!).

As far as I could tell, both products worked just as well as the other–so what would you rather pay? I think I’ll stick with Coppertone ClearlySheer!

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*I received this product for free from BzzAgent for my open and honest review.  All views expressed here are my own.*

What I got Wednesday – June 4, 2014

This past week was pretty good to me if I must say so myself! Here’s a few things I got:

  • May Birchbox (review coming soon!): I was so pleased with how quick they sent my first box to me, and the fact there was an awesome sale on the year sub, I went ahead and upgraded my account. I used the Coupon Code BBSUBYEAR to get a 1 year sub for $99 (regular is $110), so that’s two free boxes per year. Even better? They have a deal going on where you get a free mystery sample box with purchases $35 and up. ALSO, and I missed this one, I believe you can score a Shasi Sam Bracelet by using the Coupon Code SHASHIGIFT with this as well. Either way, snag that year sub deal, it ends June 9!
  • May Bonjour Jolie box (yep, I owe another review): All I can say right now is that I’m super pleased with this box and glad I picked it up.20140604_184759
  • VIP Products toy tester toy of the month: Normally the mail comes while I’m at work, and Riley gets to open his mail when I get home. The jerk decided instead that he’d pull the package down from the counter and tear right into it. He loves getting mail, and he loves opening mail. But I’m still impressed, since he left my boxes alone the day before, and they were MUCH more at his level on the edge of the table rather than shoved all the way to the back of the counter. Anyway, he couple of new oversized tennis balls that squeak, and he couldn’t be happier. He had me, the neighbor, and the neighbor’s son throwing it for him. I actually had to hide it to get him to come inside.
  • Crowdtap finished their drawings for the  month of may, and I ended up with 10 Amazon gift cards ($5 each) and 1 Walmart gift card ($25). Traded Walmart for Amazon, and my Kindle/tablet savings continues! Good haul this month, and definitely worth the extra effort. I also got an invite to a sample and share for a Schick Hydro 5 Groomer for Michael.
  • I WON! I’ve discovered the world of blogs, and with that, sweepstakes. At least ones that I’d be remotely interested in winning. But I got an email that I won three organic chapsticks. Will post when/if I get them!

Not bad for one week! Did you get anything good??

What I got Wednesdays – May 28, 2014

So in my attempts to establish a habit to blog, I’m going to attempt a weekly post of highlights of what goodies came in the mail for the week.

  • Of course my favorite was my very first subscription box ever, the Socialbliss Style Box, which I’ve    already talked about in the other day (click here see the contents)
  • Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen from BzzAgent –
    BzzAgent CoppertoneIt actually came with a third sample squeeze tube, but I’ve already doled that out. The sprays are not clearly sheer, which was a little bit of a disappointment. Either way, it finally got some serious use this past weekend, and I owe a blog review on this one (plan to by Friday!)
  • Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak – Mixed berry flavor and Beyoncé Rise from PinchMe –PM - packI haven’t tried the drink mix yet–the last few powder drinks I’ve tried have been terrible, so I’m a bit apprehensive. I’ve got 11 days to suck it up, though.. As far as the perfume. I want to hate celebrity scents, but I actually found this one really pleasant. At least on my skin, it smelled great, and was light and sort of sweet. It didn’t seem to last very long, though. Did manage to order up four more samples on Tuesday, too!
  • I said I was done with subscription boxes, but I guess when you are on a roll, it’s hard to stop. Went ahead and added Birchbox to the list. I kept going back and forth on this, and looking at the way the points system worked, it seemed like it ended up being a lot cheaper per month, since points = dollars in the store. So it’d pay itself back in makeup.
  • I think I’m supposed to keep this under wraps, but a couple of full size laundry products from Expo. Definitely no complaints when I get a box from them, and one of the simpler freebie sites–all you have to do is upload a video where you talk about the product for a minute or two.