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Review: Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant™ Toothpaste

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(Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ Oral Care as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All thoughts & words are my own. In this Crowdkit, I received a full size toothpaste, 2 travel size toothpastes, and a Spinbrush.)

Good oral health is important. Apart from making sure you have fresh breath, it also affects other body systems, including your cardiovascular. Arm & Hammer has a great name when it comes to baking soda and baking soda based products. Their name is synonymous with freshness. With that said, Arm & Hammer’s Truly Radiant toothpaste does not disappoint.

With my first time using it, I noticed how much fresher my mouth felt after I used it. There was no minty combining with the previous meal, but the toothpaste totally eliminated previous tastes. Even hours later, my mouth felt clean and fresh. I immediately informed my husband that he would enjoy this toothpaste as we both enjoy (and appreciate!) having fresh breath and clean mouths. While the toothpaste itself starts off as slightly gritty, it transforms as you brush your teeth.

I have looked forward (more than usual!) to brushing my teeth each day, and when I compare this toothpaste with past ones, Simply Radiant has them beat, easily.

Concerning it’s whitening ability, at this point, I’ve only used it for a few days and have not noticed too drastic of a change yet. There’s a slight difference, but nothing major.

While it is quite a bit more expensive than my regular toothpaste, I’d purchase it if it were on sale, or there was a coupon. I do have a budget to maintain! If you’re not on a budget, I’d say that this is a worthy purchase. Whiter teeth, fresh breath, and a clean mouth. Arm & Hammer Simply Radiant will make sure that those things will be yours.

Review: Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream

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(Disclaimer: I received this product for free from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review.)

When I was invited to the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign on BzzAgent, I was pretty excited. Haircare, skincare, and personal care products? Count me in! Familiar with the brands, I knew that this would be a great, quality bzzkit. I was excited to get it and start trying everything out. Since I’d washed my hair the previous day, I knew that I would have to wait to use the shampoo, co-wash, and conditioner. I immediately started off with the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. Olay is a leader in skincare so I thought – anything that they put out will definitely deliver. After all, they know skincare… Right?

What Olay promises concerning the cream:

  • Contains a hydrating formula with a Brightening Complex to deliver tone ingredients 10 layers deep into skin surface fading the look of dark spots over time
  • Brightens, exfoliates and smoothes
  • Regenerates skin’s appearance to help recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity

Sounds great! The bottle instructs you to smooth it evenly over your cleansed face and neck twice a day (morning & evening). I washed my face that evening and applied the cream after patting my skin dry. My first impression was the scent. While it is described as light, the fragrance is definitely not that. It is pretty strong and unpleasant, but I decided to ignore it. If using this would give me more luminous skin, I could look past the scent. When I woke up the next morning, the scent was still as strong and it was lingering on my pillowcase. The texture is not very thick, and the cream left a strange residue on my fingers after use. However, my skin felt velvety soft afterward!

When I wore it under my BB cream the next day, I could still smell the strong scent hours after I put it on. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror later that afternoon and my face looked pretty pale, unnaturally so. I asked my husband if he saw the same, and he did. Definitely not what you want a moisturizer to do. I’d also noticed that when I put it on, it would quickly flake on my skin and I’d have to brush off several white flakes of moisturizer. This happened no matter how much or how little I used. Because I wanted to be thorough with my experience of the product, I pushed through this problem as well.

Over the next few days, my skin started to break out & itch on my chin and my jawline, even drawing the attention of my husband. I started using this cream, hoping that I would reap the benefits of the promises that it claimed, but ended with regrets. Along with the breakouts would come a somewhat stinging sensation when I applied it on some days. Red flag.

I gave it 5 days, but decided to cease using it. While it made my skin feel soft, the breakouts were not welcome. With a price tag of over $20, I am glad that I did not purchase this. I would be pretty disappointed all around, especially since it comes from a company so highly regarded in the skincare & beauty industry.

Did it moisturize well? No. My skin was quite thirsty after putting on the cream. Was my tone perfected? I don’t have a lot of dark spots on my skin, so I can’t speak to that. Was my skin luminous? Not in a good way! While I am thankful for the opportunity to review it, I would not recommend this product. Maybe their other moisturizes are great, but for me, my experience was not a good one.

Review: BIC Soleil Shine Razors

(I received these razors for free from BIC via BzzAgent along with several coupons in exchange for my honest review! #GotItFree)

When I first received the email inviting me to this campaign, I have to admit – I didn’t understand the appeal and importance of having 5 blades. I’d had such a great experience with my previous BIC campaign so I knew these razors would not disappoint. I asked my husband why 5 blades would be so special and he explained to me that with more blades, there’s potential for a much closer shave. My husband, handsome, with a clean-shaven head, shaves everyday, so I definitely trusted his input!

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I’d shaved the day before my BzzKit came so I allowed myself a few days before I used them. Upon opening them, I immediately liked the colors! The shape is exactly the same as their Soleil Glow razors. The 5 blades were a little intimidating, but I grabbed my shaving cream and got ready to ‘de-fuzz’ my legs.

2016-03-25 09.00.27My first reaction was, “Wow, this is a close shave!” Without even feeling my legs to check, I could tell that the blades were cutting very close. I got a little nervous because I was afraid that I’d cut myself, which didn’t happen. The head pivots so as the razor glided over my knee and calf area, areas which are not flat, the razor adjusted to accommodate the change in surface. I was amazed at how smooth my legs felt once I was done. And 2 days later, they still are. I am glad that they have the moisture strip, which I am sure helps to prevent the legs from being irritated from such a close shave.

A difference that I noticed between the BIC Soleil Glow and the BIC Soleil Shine is that the Shine is missing the comfort shield that the Glow has. I think this would be a great addition to the Shine. Also, in my shower, I have both a Shine and a Glow razor hanging from my shower caddy. While I personally know which is which, there is nothing that differentiates between the 2 as far as branding / labeling. They both simply have “Bic Soleil” on the handle. Because there are so many in the BIC Soleil line (Glow, Bella, Shine, Twilight etc.), I think this would be smart of BIC to do. For the person that happens to just grab them on a whim, they may forget the type of razor once they run out, and not be able to repurchase.

Would I buy these again? Absolutely. I used to use other brands of razors, but ever since my last campaign with BIC, I’ve become brand loyal. The Soleil Shine does not disappoint.

(Note: I received several coupons for $3 off. These razors retail for $5.99 at Target, $5.97 at HEB, and $7.79 at CVS)

Review: Emergen-C® Chewables Immune + Orange Blast

Disclaimer: I received this product for free via Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Vitamin C is often hailed as a super vitamin. Just one google search will show you many of its benefits – immune support, cardiovascular protection, prenatal assistance, a safeguard against eye disease, and even skin wrinkling! My husband and I have been a fan of Alacer Corp’s Emergen-C and Emergen-zzzz products for a while now. When I received the email from Smiley360 with a mission invitation to try their new chewables, I jumped at the opportunity.

My Smiley kit arrived on 3/4.

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I started taking the chewables that evening. I was surprised that only a 1 week supply (14 chewables) was provided. I doubt 1 week is enough time to notice any difference. However, I still decided to take the plunge. Each chewable is large, roughly the size of a quarter. The dosage amount is 2 per day.

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The taste is great! While the flavor is ‘orange blast’, there almost seems to be a hint of a tropical taste to the chewables. I do appreciate the fact that the formula includes 600iu of vitamin D as well as 150mcg of biotin, and 5mg of zinc. It’s almost like a vitamin lite if you will.

Now, if you are a vegan / vegetarian, this product is not for you. The ingredients include:

  • gelatin (fish, bovine)
  • fish (cod, pollack, haddock, hake, cusk, redfish, sole, flounder)

I do wonder why there is a need to include the fish as there are other vitamin and mineral sources that are vegan / vegetarian friendly. This product alienates vegans / vegetarians by doing this. Additionally, I do not like that the first ingredient is sugar. There are definitely ways around this where the formula would be just as tasty without having 4 grams of sugar.

I can’t attest to whether it provided the immune support that it promises, but it does taste great and it delivers a powerful punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. I think it would serve Alacer well to redo the formula, removing the sugar and finding plant based ingredients.

Would I buy it? No, I’ll stick to my Emergen-c packets. I believe you get more for your money that way. However, if you’d like to try them, here’s a $1 off coupon, courtesy of Alacer Corp:

$1 off coupon:
https://www.emergenc.com/get-coupon/#2016

Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below!

Review: BIC Soleil Glow Razors

(I received these razors for free from BIC via BzzAgent along with several coupons in exchange for my honest review! #GotItFree )

“Babe, this is the best shave I have EVER had!”

Those are the words that came out of my mouth this past weekend as I shaved my legs! The razor was gliding so smoothly that I thought it wasn’t working. I had to check and feel my legs! I am so used to feeling the razor skim across my skin that NOT feeling it was odd. After I shaved my legs, I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth they were. Not a speck or stubble in sight! Out of all the razors I have ever used (Schick, store brands, Gillette, even other BIC razors), these have definitely been the best. I let my husband know that if they have a male version of these, he should definitely try them!

My only complaint (which is not a full blown complaint) is that the head is somewhat large, so trying to get into any crevices proved to be difficult. When shaving my underarms, which are not a straight surface like legs can be, it was a bit impossible, so I had to stretch my skin to get a good shave. I loved the colors – pink, green, and purple, and loved the way they were designed. They were easy to hold and didn’t slip out of my hand even though I had shaving cream and water working against me! I am very feminine and love all things that are such, so the curves and colors were appealing to my eye.

Overall, after I am done with these, I plan to get more! I honestly could not see myself finding another set of razors that shave this well. Apart from the large head, I will gladly figure out a workaround for that!

(Note: After shaving on Saturday, today, Wednesday, my legs are still smooth which is not the norm for me with other razors.)

(Note: In addition, I received several $3 off coupons. The razors are $5.97 at my local HEB & Walmart and are currently $5.49 at Target due to a temporary price cut.)