Friday, August 26, 2011

Gourmet Gift Baskets Review&Giveaway! - Ends 9/12

Gourmet Gift Baskets is an amazing website with something for every occasion. The business was started in 1940 and has only grown since! They have everything from Beer Baskets to Flowers! No matter what you're looking for, they will have it. You can find baskets for corporate events and even same day delivery for those last minute ideas.

I received the Snack Gift Basket Classic without the Peanuts and Coconut Bar. It includes Gourmet Dipping Pretzels, Raspberry Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Key Lime White Chocolate Cookies, Almond Pecan-Dy Crunch, Buttered Peanut Crunch, Metropolitan Mix, A Peanut Roll, Honey Cheddar 5 o'clock Chex Mix, and Cheese Biscuits.

It came is this adorable basket with a bow tied neatly on top and it was completely wrapped in plastic for safe keeping! As soon as I unwrapped it, I started sampling the goodies and quickly deciding which ones were my new favorite snacks. Right off the bat, I loved the Buttered Peanut Crunch. It tastes like old-fashioned peanut brittle, very sweet and crunch, but with the saltiness of the peanuts.

The Dipping Pretzels with the Dipping Sauce were really interesting. I was really intimidated by the sauce at first, I really didn't know what to expect. After the first bite, I was pretty surprised that it was actually really good. It had a tangy, yet sweet taste and it mixed with the salty pretzels to create a unique taste experience.

My fiance, Brent, stole the Buttered Peanut Crunch from me and I had to take it back from him to try it! We both fell in love with it. The taste reminded us of the Caramel Crunch Popcorn they sell in tins at Christmas time. It didn't last very long in my house at all. ;)

The Key Lime White Chocolate Cookies were far from what I expected. I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of Key Lime so I was a little scared at first. But I sucked it up and tried them, and they were amazing! You get a very slight hint of the Key Lime tart with the crumblyness of the cookie and the sweetness of the white chocolate. It was an interesting mix of flavors, but it was awesome!

One of my other favorites in the bunch was the Peanut Roll. I'm pretty picky, and I'm not a huge fan of peanuts either. Every now and then I'll get on a kick and eat some, but it has to be with something sweet. This Peanut Roll was perfect. The salted peanuts covered the creamy sweet nougat center. It was really chewy and you had to be careful of your teeth, but it was so worth it.

One of the other more intimidating snacks is the Metropolitan Mix. This trail mix has peanuts and dried fruits all jumbled in together. I don't know how many teenagers would look at dried fruit and think "yummy!', but I figured it was worth a shot! It wasn't actually all that bad. The fruit still had a light sweetness to it and it makes a wonderfully healthy snack!

The Honey Cheddar 5 o'clock Chex Mix and the Cheese Biscuits were my least favorite in the bunch. I don't like cheese, but for anyone who does, these would be awesome. The chex mix almost tasted like Cheese-Its in trail mix form, and they weren't bad, just not my favorite flavor. The Cheese Biscuits were different. Anyone who likes cheese and cheese-flavored snacks would absolutely love these!

I really enjoyed working with Gourmet Gift Baskets. I got to try some things I never would have under my own power, and I've now been introduced into their unique shopping experience! I know where I'm getting my party favors next time I have one. Gourmet Gift Baskets has amazing baskets and their selection will never disappoint! If you would like to partake in their offerings before buying it yourself, then enter my...

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Giveaway Ends 9/12 at 11:59PM EST.
**I received one Snack Gift Basket Classic from Gourmet Gift Baskets for the purpose of this review. I was given no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cream perfume Company: Review && Giveaway, Ends 8/31/11


"It is believed Egyptians were the first people to incorporate perfumes (primarily natural incense and ointments) into their culture around 3000bc. The methods of extracting natural scents, although primitive by comparison, were technically not much different than they are today. Perfumes were often mixtures of oil and crushed petals or herbs until the Arabs later learned to extract oils from flowers through the process of distillation.
Strolling the cobbled streets of Grasse, past cafes, the Notre Dame du Puy cathedral and the 12th-century bishop's palace, a visitor would find it hard to imagine that this medieval Provencal town has assumed the mentorship role associated with today's billion-dollar perfume industry. With soil and climate that are perfect for fields of jasmine, tuberose and hyacinth, perfume has a long and storied history in Grasse.
We work exclusively with internationally renowned perfumers and the local artisans of Grasse to develop premium nature identical oil blends, ECOCERT certified organic essentials, absolutes and pure plant and fruit extracts. Our perfumes are all phthalate free and contain no sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes, triclosan, GMO, PPG, MEA, DEA, TEA or formaldehyde donors. Our products are cruelty free.
Additionally, our body lotions are vegan, wheat and gluten free, contain no glycol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates or silicones.
We look for the world's best ingredients to luxuriously hydrate and repair your skin combined with unique fragrances to simply delight your senses. We focus on environmentally friendly packaging and overall eco-value."

 The Cream Perfume Company has changed the way that we look at perfumes. Rather than packaging expensive fragrances in environmentally friendly bottles, they give you affordable creams in small wooden jars!

I was fortunate enough to receive two cream perfumes and one bottle of lotion

The scents hit you as soon as you open the box. I love the aromatic mixture of mango and mandarin. It has a way of making you really excited and anxious to open them up! The small wooden boxes are unlike anything I've ever seen before. They are lightweight and really smooth. It feels more comfortable than a spray bottle because it fits so nicely in the palm of your hand. You just dip your finger in and rub the cream wherever you like.

The Mango is my favorite. I've always loved mangoes and they smell so exotic and relaxing. Whenever I leave the house I always make sure to rub some on my neck and wrists. People always compliment my perfume, it's really nice to hear!  This perfume is so unique, I have to show people it's actually a cream for them to believe me. 
The Mandarin also has a very soothing scent. The citrus smell is subtle and is a great summer scent. I like to wear the Mandarin when I get out of the shower. The scent mixes with the smell of my shampoo and surrounds me in a beautiful aroma that is always turning heads. It is also long lasting, but I always carry it with me just to touch up during the day.

I really love the lotion too! It's a really nice moisturizer and always leaves my skin feeling so smooth. I recently suffered a hand injury and the lotion has really helped it! It helps it to stay moist and not dry out. 

Cream Perfume is a great company and I highly recommend it to anyone. 


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Ends 8/31 11:59 PM EST
**Disclaimer: I received 2 cream perfumes and 1 bottle of body lotion for the purpose of the review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Friday, August 12, 2011

FUMI Pursehooks Review&&Giveaway! - Ends 8/24

"FUMI, Inc. is a well established manufacturing and design company. Our mission is to provide solutions to everyday problems with Fashionable, Unique, Multipurpose and Innovative Products. We strive to make the lives of our customers easier by combining Fashion and Function. Established in 2007, the FUMI, Inc. has grown into a global brand and is continuing to grow!"

 We females know how hard it is to keep track of our purses when we go to a restaurant and we're always paranoid it will get stolen or left. Well, FUMI has come up with the perfect solution to that problem! Their unique Purse Hooks allow you to attach your purse to any table and make for a great conversation piece. They are fashionable and practical. What started out as the original Purse Hook design that was a small decorative piece with a hook that folded out, has turned into a stylish bracelet that can be worn or used as an accessory! 

FUMI sent me a beautiful Purse Hook and Scarlett from their website. They have many different things on there such as Purse Hooks, Scarletts, Chumrags, Sport Bufs, Handbags, and Keep Safes (coming soon!). So FUMI has something for men and women alike.

I chose the gorgeous Purple and Pewter with Clear Crystals Bracelet Purse Hook. It holds up to 25lbs and has a hinge on the back in the middle that isn't bulky or obvious. The color is vibrant and I love to wear it around and tell people where I got it from when they ask. It's such a wonderful accessory for any occasion. This is my new favorite piece of jewelry, and I can still use it for more than just that! I take it with me wherever I go and always use it at restaurants so I know where my purse is at all times. These truly are one-of-a-kind and will only get more popular with time.

The Scarlett is another unique piece from FUMI. It functions as a glasses, sunglasses, and camera cleaner. The soft fabric is safe for any lens or screen. It's made from recycled metal alloy and soft micro fiber. It comes in many different styles. The Scarlett I received is the Zebra Print. It's very stylish and can go with almost any purse. Scarletts come with a clip at the top so they can be attached to your purse as an accessory or just so it's within your reach!

I really adore FUMI products. They are so unique and each one has a practical purpose. They have produced beautiful products and steadily continue to grow. I wonder what they have for us next and I can't wait to get the Keep Safe when it comes out!

FUMI is letting me give one lucky reader a Purse Hook of their choice!

Good luck to everyone who enters and thank you to FUMI for allowing me to do this review and giveaway!

**Disclosure: I received a purse hook bracelet and scarlett for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Organix Review!

"Organix is for all of us who aspire to make better choices and are more aware of the integrity of ingredients. Organix formulas contain organic active ingredients and are sulfate free and paraben free... plus, they smell absolutely incredible!
So go ahead...
indulge your hair the way nature intended!"
Organix has revolutionized hair care! All Organix products are organic and natural. Each different line has it's own scent, formula, and effect. Some provide essential nutrients to  support hair health, growth, and strength. Others hydrate and cleanse to keep hair looking shiny and luscious. Many of them also have different styling effects. 

I received the Revitalizing Pomegranate Green Tea line. It included the Shampoo, Conditioner, and Styling Mousse. My first thought upon receipt of the products was to pop the tops and smell them. (I think we all have that guilty pleasure, especially smelling them in the stores!)  The smell, I must say, was invigorating. The sweetness of the pomegranate stands out with the subtle green tea scent behind it. It is a very relaxing fragrance when you're relaxing in the bath and letting the conditioner soak into your hair. When you're done, it leaves your hair feeling silky, soft, and clean. 

The mousse (in the middle) has to be my favorite part about the set. The shampoo and conditioner are wonderful, but the mousse adds a nice finishing touch. When you are done with your shower and have towel dried your hair until it's damp, it's time for the mousse. It is very gentle and you only need a little bit. Simply apply a quarter sized amount and then style your hair like you normally would. It helps to keep it frizz free and holds in just the right amount of moisture.

I really enjoyed using these hair products. You have to be picky when it comes to your hair and this really impressed me. I know that what I'm using is safe and effective. I highly recommend Organix products and you don't just have to order them offline. They are sold at retailers such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and so many more. You will surely find something for you!

**Disclaimer: I received Organix products for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Travalo Review&&Giveaway! - Ends 8/22

"Consumers now have a better way to carry their favorite perfume or cologne on the go thanks to Travalo. It's the perfect travel solution! Travalo allows you to take your favorite scent in your purse, gym bag, or suitcase. Travalo is a refillable atomizer bottle with an easy to use fill system, which quickly transfers perfume from a full-sized bottle to a travel-sized container.
Most perfumes come in heavy, expensive glass bottles that are not portable. In the past, pouring perfume from the full-sized bottles into travel-sized containers has been messy, complicated, and often resulted in spills. With Travalo's internal pump system it is now quick and easy to transfer perfume and take it to go."
Travalo created wonderful perfume on-the-go capsules that easily allow you to take your favorite perfume or cologne wherever you go.

I received a 4ml Travalo Classic. This small container is Aircraft Approved and holds 50 sprays! It comes in four different colors and two sizes. I received a silver Travalo. I really do love it. It's so lightweight and small enough to carry in your pocket.

My favorite part is that it's so easy to refill. You just take the small spray nozzle off of your favorite perfume and insert the spray tube into the small hole at the bottom of the Travalo and pump. Its just as if you were spraying your perfume into another bottle, but without the mess. It's so convenient to have and it has so many uses.

You can use it for perfume, cologne, sunscreen, toner, mouth wash, hairspray, nail polish remover, and even deodorant! It's so universal and they're inexpensive so you can buy as many as you need without breaking the bank. They also have cute travel cases that you can put your Travalo in for safe keeping.

I love my Travalo! I recommend it to anyone who asks what it is. This truly unique product is so convenient and easy to use.And I've been offered a chance to do a...

One lucky winner will receive one Travalo of their own!

Good luck to everyone who enters! And thank you to Travalo for allowing me to do this review!

**Disclosure: I received a Classic Travalo for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opninions are my own.** 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Annmarie Gianni Skincare Review&&Giveaway! - Ends 8/16

"Just a few years ago, Annmarie started to take a hard look at the products she was putting on her skin. In just a few short days of research, what she found shocked her.
Skin care products were severely under-regulated and most contained ingredients that weren’t safe at almost any amount. Even products that claimed they were organic or natural had hidden preservatives and other nasty additives.
She was frustrated and motivated to find a better option, because she realized so many people were using these supposedly “natural” products.
What she found was not encouraging. Many of the truly natural products weren’t up to her standards of quality or effectiveness.
It wasn’t long until she realized that if she wanted to have a truly clean and natural skin care line, she would have to do it herself.
So she did and Annmarie Gianni Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients."

Annmarie Gianni Skincare is a wonderful line of 'Organic and Natural Pure Skin Care Products'. Everything is made with the perfect blends of oils, extracts, vitamins and other herbs and organic materials. When you use these products, you can feel your skin becoming cleaner and softer. 

I received a Normal Custom Sample Set. It included Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Honey Coconut Mask, Ayurvedic Facial Scrub, Dead Sea Facial Scrub, Herbal Facial Oil, and Neroli Toning Mist. They also sent me a really neat booklet explaining each of their products, what they're made of, and how to use them. I have to make a note that the first ingredient in each product is Love. It just goes to show that they really care about their products and their customers!


I will admit, I am new to the skincare thing. I grew up with very oily skin, so the most I ever did was lather on some acne cream. Now that I've grown out of that phase, I've really started to notice how my skin acts and I care more about keeping it looking healthy. There are so many different products out there and its so hard to find the right one. But after trying Annmarie's, I ended my search.
The Aloe-Herb Cleanser works wonders on your skin even before you use the scrubs and masks. As soon as you rub it on your face, you feel the coolness of the Aloe and the smell is extremely relaxing. It is made with oil extracts, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants like Vitamin E. It has no extra anything that will damage your skin or cause it to get oily. It's very smooth and soothing.

I really enjoyed the Coconut Honey Mask. You apply it after the cleanser and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with a wet towel. It is very relaxing, especially if you soak in a hot bath while you leave it on your skin. The key ingredient is Honey, which contains natural vitamins that nourish you're skin. 

The Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is one of the most unique scrubs I've seen. It comes in a powder that you mix with a bit of water and cleanser to make your own scrub. An exotic blend of Indian Herbs, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, and traditional herbal treatments is what makes up this exfoliating powder. The way your face feels afterwards is indescribable. It's something you just have to see for yourself!

My personal favorite is the Dead Sea Scrub. Until now I had never experienced it, but I had always heard about its skin healing powers. When I first put the scrub on my face and rubbed it in, I could feel it cleaning my pores and tightening my face. It felt great! Once I rinsed it off, I could immediately feel how smooth my face was. The change was unbelievable. If you're going to go all out, I highly recommend the Dead Sea Scrub!

Once you're done with the cleansing and scrubbing, it's time for the Neroli Toning Mist. According to the booklet it's made with nothing but Love and Pure Organic Neroli Distillate. It smooths your skin and tightens your pores. The mist is very refreshing, it gives you a nice 'pick-me-up' when you're having one of 'those' days.

Last but not least is the Herbal Facial Oil. I was cautious about using this at first simply because it has 'oil' in the name. It really surprised me though, Instead of causing acne, it balances, smooths, and restores your skin. You apply the oil after the Toning Mist for best results. It really does give your face a beautiful, healthy, and youthful glow.

I definitely love my Annmarie products. They help me and motivate me to take care of my skin so I can keep it looking young well after these college years have passed. They have something for every skin type, and a line of anti-aging products. I highly recommend their skincare lines to everybody.

Before I post the giveaway form... I'd like to offer my loyal readers a 10% off coupon code that is good until August 10th. You can click here to use it! The coupon code is: Upon

 One lucky reader will receive Annmarie's Normal Travel Set!

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**Disclaimer: I received a sample travel set for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mixed Bags Review&&Giveaway!

"It’s a rather common story; we both had stressful careers, “retired” to have kids, volunteered 1000 hours a year for 100 different organizations….and then started to think of ideas for a business. The ideas were…well…most of them ended in the “didn’t work file.” But then one day, a very simple idea took shape.

We were both carrying our own grocery bags to the store….you know…those ugly green ones; the ones with all the store logos; the ones that were too small to hold anything….

We both thought…why don’t we design a “great looking reusable grocery bag…a bag with no logos, a bag that could be used for groceries and a million different things….

So here we are. We introduced Mixed Bag Designs in February 2008, and have been having a ball ever since. We love our bags. The prints and colors make us happy. The fact that we are helping our environment makes us happy. And the fact that our customers LOVE our bags…makes us real happy.

Jan and Caryl"

I don't know about you, but I've noticed that like straws, plastic bags are another horrible thing that gets thrown away without a second thought of recycling. You get them everywhere like grocery stores, convenience stores, and even take-out restaurants. Then you take them home and either save them for later use or just toss them into the trash, but after they leave your trash can, they end up in landfills causing major damage to the environment. So... how does one prevent something as widely used as plastic bags? They recycle or use re-usable bags! One company is getting serious about it.

Mixed Bag Designs has revolutionized the way everyday people use bags. Their products are made with woven polypropylene that's used to make yogurt cups. 10-40% of that is made from recycled post-consumer use. The bags themselves are also completely recyclable! You can use them over and over again for just about anything and they'll hold up to 50lbs. 

I got 4 wonderful bags from Mixed Bag Designs and each one of them has its own unique function! They were a little different than what I was expecting, but that made them so much better. The plastic used to make them is easy to clean with just a quick wipe down using a damp rag. And they feel extremely durable. I really feel better putting my things in one of these simply because you feel safer using it.

This first one I chose was the Damask File Box. It's the perfect size for keeping files, books, and any other important information. I loved the flat bottom that allows it to stand on its own. The classy design is very professional and it looks alot better than a bulky file cabinet taking up space in your room. The handles are also nice for quick and easy transportation. Overall, this is extremely handy and practical for anyone who needs to keep themselves organized.

The next back is the Pink Medallion Weekender Zip Tote. This bag is fairly big and makes a wonderful beach bag! You can put anything in it and it zips right up ready to go. The design is so cute too. People always ask me where I got it from. The zipper is my favorite feature on this bag, it's so much easier to pack things when you have a zipper to keep it safe!

This is one of my favorites! I got the Red Plaid Duffle Bag. I've had duffle bags in the past and ripped every single one of them! I love this bag because it's so sturdy and durable. You have plenty of room to stuff your clothes in it and it's very lightweight. It also folds up easily when you're done so you can store it anywhere for later use.

The last one I got is the Damask Insulated Grocery Store Bag. Not only can you use it at the store for cold items, but you can also use it to transport anything that has to stay cold! My fiance, Brent, is diabetic and this bag is perfect for carrying and keeping his Insulin cool on long trips. We can just stick an ice pack in it and not worry about it. Down here in Georgia, we have to find creative ways to beat the heat and this bag is great!

I love my bags from Mixed Bags. They have such a wide variety and a new Fall Line out with brand new patterns and products! You can find a bag for every need. They have lunch boxes, laptop cases, and even iPhone cases. In fact, if you head over to their website and order something, put in the code: review for free shipping until August 20th!

But if you don't want to buy anything just yet, they have given me a wonderful opportunity to host a...

Five lucky winners will receive 3 bags each from Mixed Bag Designs
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Contest Ends 11:59PM EST 8/15/11

Good luck to everyone who enters!

**Disclaimer: I received 4 bags for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sigma Beauty Review&&Giveaway! - Ends 8/10

Sigma Beauty is a wonderful site I discovered that has everything cosmetic that you could possibly dream of! Their selection includes brushes, eye shadows, accessories, and even customizable kits for your personal enjoyment. You can browse their site forever and make a complete wish list of things to purchase. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at their makeup and dreaming of the creations I could bring to life in front of my mirror.

I have been a makeup lover for quite some time. I did ballet for a while and got used to knowing what colors mix well and how to apply it properly. Sigma offers such wonderful variety. There is something out there for every type and tone! My personal favorite is the giant purple kabuki brush. It looks so cute and I just love kabuki brushes.

I chose to become a Sigma Beauty Affiliate! They sent me this wonderful small eyeshadow brush to review. They have a wonderful incentive program that goes along with being an Affiliate and depending on the number of subscribers you have, you can get neat little things like this! (As of July 27, 2011 they changed the review/giveaway scale! You must have over 1,000 followers to receive product.) I got on before the new changes so I am still able to giveaway a small brush just like this one!

For my incentive reward, I received the E25 Blending Brush. It is fairly small, but it does work quite nicely! I have many different types of eye shadow and I love being able to use this brush. The brush itself is very soft and has a nice feel to it. It is a wonderful blending brush and is great for creating smokey looks! It also works great for adding primer before your shadows. I would definitely recommend it to someone who uses eyeshadow frequently simply because it is not good for anything more. But, it could be the brush you were looking for!

I do ask that you please visit their website, and I do have an affiliate link on the right side of my page for you to view via that link! Now... for your chance to win!


Good luck to everyone who enters! Thanks to Sigma Beauty for letting me do this giveaway!

Contest Ends 8/10/11 at 11:59pm EST.

**I received an E25 Blending Brush for the purpose of review. I received no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**  

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