product reviews

Types of Product Reviews

An Actual Review of the Product: 
“These shoes have a ton of support, and were really comfortable to walk in, even all day at Disney World. 10/10.”

The Quest Review:

“Saw shoes in store but they did not have my size. Went to the website and found shoes in my size there, but there were more color options so I had to decide whether to go with original sky blue color or switch to red. I chose blue. 8/10.”

The Unreasonable Hatred Review:

“Tried to buy shoes online in my size, but they were sold out of the color I wanted. Makes no sense, because yes they’re sandals but it’s only November and it’s still warm weather where I live so they should have more summer shoe options left. Beige?! Ugh. 0/10.”

Mark Watney in The Martian:

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This a rundown of how I sent my stickers for proofing to Catprint.  The photo shows 3 of my files and 1 close up of my sticker proof.

Setting up the stickers:

I sent 3 files shown above to Catprint through email.  1 is your art, 2 is your die or kisscut lines, and 3 is both together. Because the file was a custom size I also added a cut line box around the whole thing.  I created my cut lines in Photoshop using the pen tool.

Send the files to Catprint support to have them check everything beforehand. I didn’t have any issues though, they approved them immediately.

Placing an order:

I placed an order myself for my prints and let Matt from Catprint add the holographic sticker sheets to it.

Sticker issues:

For some reason my sticker sheet was too large so the printer couldn’t handle my die cut file. They had to shrink it by a tiny bit (like .25 an inch) to make it work which was fine with me. However, I didn’t know that they had problems with it until I got an automated email letting me know only my prints had shipped.

The sticker status on the website kept being sent back to “printing” instead of moving forward to “waiting for approval” (aka proofs shipped). When I contacted Matt, he let me know they were trying to get it to work but that they might need to edit the size. So, just FYI keep an eye on your order status if you’re in a rush. I let it go a few days when I could have emailed Catprint about it and fixed it immediately.

Sticker Review:

I’m happy overall with the sticker quality.  They did miss one of my cut lines across the top but I can let them know when I place my actual order.  I mentioned this in my other submission but normally the stickers are not shiny unless you add the prism coating, FYI.

The proof did get shipped in a regular envelope which lead to it getting bent, but I’m sure real orders will come protected in a box.  It also arrived 1 business day after it got printed, so whatever.

Even though I put a lot of my kisscut lines very close to each other, there were no overlaps in the cuts.  I probably will move some of them further away from each other for the final. The only thing is it’s very hard to tell where the stickers are kisscut, at 1st glance it looks quite flat.  However there is no issue peeling the stickers off the sheet.

The sheet does feel quite thick with the prism coating and there is something very very slightly off about it compared to stickers you might buy at somewhere like Target.  Nothing wrong with it per se just a little different, I’m not really sure how to explain.

However, with no minimum, extremely competitive pricing, and the ability to set up your own sheets with however many cuts you want, I would recommend Catprint. If I printed individual stickers in large quantities I probably would go through a sticker-only company though.

My Favorite Trich-Related Products (pt. 1)

In honor of BFRB Awareness Week last week, I’m going to start posting short lists of some of my favorite trich-related products in hopes that they help other people with trichotillomania (future lists will also include dermatillomania) manage their pulling, heal raw skin, or regrow hair.

For today, I’m just gonna start out with three products that have helped me the most in the past few weeks.

1. Vaseline, $1.47 at Target, 5

Seems simple, I know. Especially for my first product. But seriously. If you have trich and you don’t use Vaseline you really should. I like to put it on my eyelashes in the evening. Not only does it make my lashes slippery and harder to pull but it also conditions the hairs and makes helps them grow back longer and thicker. However, if you do use it, make sure that you wash your hands before you apply. You can also use a clean mascara wand, but I find it easier to spread the Vaseline on my lashes with my fingers.

2. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum, $8.99 at Walgreens, 4.5 ★ 

I can’t give a completely accurate review of this product, because I’ve only used it about a week now. I’ll have to do another one once I’ve been using it for at least a month. But I really like it so far, so I think it’s worth mentioning. I think it’s a good, affordable alternative to Vaseline if you’re looking for something to grow back lashes. I still put it on the parts of my lids with no lashes though, in hopes that it’ll also help start regrowth. I also like to use it for my eyebrows, because I’ve found that Vaseline sometimes makes me break out if I put it on skin. My only issue with this product is that it dries kind of crunchy. So when I use it, I try to put it on immediately before I go to sleep. Otherwise the crunchiness bothers me and makes me pick at my eyelashes more. Also, the brush tip makes application a little messy. When I’m applying it to my eyelashes, I usually end up brushing the side of my nose. 

3. Silly Putty, $1.00 at Dollar Tree, 4.5

Again, another simple product. I know. I’ll probably try to branch out into the ones that you guys might not know about. But for now I wanted to highlight some products that have helped me a lot recently. I have a desk job and when I first started I was pulling A LOT. Partly from stress and partly from being on the computer all day. I went to my local Dollar Tree and got two of these little eggs, and I can’t begin to tell you how much they’ve helped. Silly Putty is very pliable, so I can break it, bend it, mold it, sculpt it, whatever I want. It’s easy to fiddle with it in one hand while I’m scrolling with the other. Plus, it’s super cheap. I haven’t pulled at work for the last two weeks because of this stuff. It does, however, make my hands a little dry by the end of the day. But that’s probably because I work 10 hour days and I’m playing with it the whole time. 

I hope these products are helpful for you guys! If you have any suggestions for products I should check out, let me know! I’ll  do another review post sometime soon with some more of my favorite products.

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Happy Monday: True Detergent REVIEW (and Azur Soleil Organics Dryer Balls)

Hi guys! Happy Monday.

In this video I will be reviewing True Laundry Detergent, currently one of only TWO Black-owned laundry soaps in the country. In addition to True, I will also be reviewing Azur Soleil Organics dryer balls. Azur Soleil Organics is a Black-owned Etsy shop ran out of Washington, DC, specializing in home goods like soap, shea butter, and house sprays.

I absolutely LOVED these products! True Detergent is comparable to any liquid laundry soap you could buy in the store, and Azur Soleil Organics’ all-natural dryer balls are a wonderful alternative to store brand dryer sheets.

Thanks for watching!

Links:

True Laundry Detergent:
http://www.amazon.com/True-Laundry-Detergent-1/dp/B00OY63968

Azur Soleil Organics:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AzurSoleilOrganics?page=1

Unscented Wool Dryer Balls:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/216462059/wool-dryer-balls-eco-friendly-100?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Egyptian Cotton Scented Dryer Balls (I bought these):
https://www.etsy.com/listing/216481827/wool-dryer-balls-egyptian-cotton-scented?ref=shop_home_active_19

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16/150 days of productivity
After a week of not being able to study well, I was ready to kick ass and start. Then I fell really sick 🙁.
Some antibiotics and lots of rest later, I’m ready to kick ass again.
Featuring my Targaryen mug 🙃
Targaryen, Slytherin, Horned serpent; somehow I always fall into reptilian houses despite being the most socially awkward person you’ll meet lol.

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My pencil cases! I thought I would make a post about what kind of supplies I use and how I organize them, because I’ve had some requests for that in the past. Basically, I organize all my things into two pencil cases. The first one is for pens and pencils only. The second one is for all of my note-taking and organization related stuff – basically all of the other supplies I use. Both of these bags were originally makeup bags, which is my favourite to use because they are really spacious and also they look pretty! I will have a detailed list under the cut!

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Day 9/100 Days of Productivity

Here’s my current desk situation. We have midterms for Philosophy tomorrow and I’m reviewing my notes and modules. Our professor told us to bring several blank sheets of printer paper and said that we were going to have fun. A teacher’s “fun” is different from a student’s from my perspective so I’m a bit worried.

Oh and the photo of the sky was taken when I was walking to school. It’s really peaceful and nice.

This is super helpful for finding the right foundation for your skin type! Like/reblog this if you guys want me to post more guides to help you find the right product for you!💖✨

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Saw these Vea Snacks Mini Crunch Bars at Walmart for about $4 (online price is better) and I love trying new things so I grabbed a bag of the Peruvian Sweet Potato.

These are so hard that they hurt to eat.

I’m honestly afraid I’m going to break a tooth on these. (I clench my jaw something awful and it’s weakened my teeth severely.)

Have you ever tied to eat a bit of dried, uncooked potato? I do not recommend it, they are terrible hard. And these, instead of being cooked like chips and becoming crisp, were just dried.

They’re so hard.

Don’t buy these.

They do taste good but it’s not worth it.

A Personal Review: Tetra vs. Hydor Aquarium Heaters

If you want your betta fish to be healthy and thriving, maintaining the water temperature is just one of the many factors to take into consideration. However, finding the right heater can be a royal pain because there are many to choose from.

My goal today is to give you some insight into heaters that I have personally used to better assist you with deciding what type of fish tank heater to use in your own aquarium(s). So, without further adieu, here is a review of both the 50W Tetra Submersible and 25W Hydor T11702 Theo Submersible:

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You know I love me some Vitamin C.

For the last few months, I have been using these two vitamin c products from Derma E. I have combination skin, acne prone skin with dry sensitive cheeks and an oily forehead. I have acne scars.

INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water: Purified Water, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer (Plant Derived), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Phytic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum: Purified Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract *, Allantoin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

MY THOUGHTS

I used both of these products in my every day routine. 

Morning: warm water, Vitamin C Micellar Water, moisturiser, SPF
Evening: Vitamin C Micellar Water, cleanser, toner, essence, Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, moisturiser

My skin often does not react well to new products, but neither of these products broke me out. They both have a pleasant sweet orange smell, not very strong, a little bit like those vitamin c supplements you can get.

The Micellar Water did a good job taking off my makeup. If you have heavy makeup, it may take two cotton pads, but all in all it is an effective makeup remover. In the morning, I used it to help take off any dirt or sweat from the night. When it dried on skin there was a very slight film-like feeling, but as I followed it with other products, this quickly went away.

The Serum has a mildly silicone-like texture. This is not from a silicone, but probably from Ethylhexyl palmitate, which is a palm oil derivative used as an organic substitute for silicone. It went onto skin smoothly and felt soothing. 

I think that these products helped my acne scars. A few very dark ones have faded a lot, very fast. It’s also worth noting that I used the Serum on some body scars and noticed some slight changes in them, too. 

I would definitely recommend both of these products to people looking for vitamin c products. 

💛PRODUCT REVIEW💛

Ok I really was excited to get this because I love spider lashes and super long & somewhat messy lashes! I was kinda scared though cause I think the girls lashes in the picture look gross because of how messy they look! When I apply mascara I always apply a lot for super long lashes. I honestly didn’t think this mascara could make my lashes any longer but somehow it did! I applied a lot till I couldn’t really add more lol (don’t worry my lashes don’t look bad they’re similar to how Carli Bybel’s and acacia look when they apply mascara). So I put it on and I was like WHOA. It made my lashes look sooooo gorgeous! They were super long, longer than they usually look! It looked like I was wearing falsies which was a huge plus! The teaser brush on the end is actually helpful to make your lashes not so perfectly straight and even looking! I think you guys should definitely try if out if you love thick and long black spidery lashes!💖

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So, I absolutely love the Teddy Needs a Bath Laundry Bag. I have been using it for a week and have washed multiple stuffed friends with it and I have found it to be a great product. It may look like a pillow case with a zipper, but it is made out of a light canvas fabric that helps retain the stuffed toys shape and fur as it goes through the washer and dryer. My stuffed animals have come out of the dyer looking like the day I bought them and they smell so fresh and clean. I have, also, washed two stuffed animals from the Goodwill and they came out smelling fresh and clean and looking brand new. It would be a great way to get stuffed animals for cheap as one can wash them and make them brand new again in a snap.I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has allergies, but loves stuffed animals and wants to keep snuggling with them without the sneezing and coughing. I have allergies myself and find this to be a great solution to a common problem. Here is a link to the bag through Amazon it’s about $12 US dollars, but well worth the price. By the way this is my own personal opion and I was not paid to do this review. I am jsut being helpful to fellow people who have allergies. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DVDMRPY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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The Best Edge Tamers For Natural Hair.

Black women hair is full of kinks, curls, love, coconut oil and thickness. Which can cause problems when we decide to wear sleek hairstyles such as updo ponytails, sleek ponytails, or even when we wear our leave out with weaves. This can be extremley fustrating, especially when you’re having a good hair day and then boom you walk outside on a hot day and your hair is sitting up on top of your head. So, youve been trying product after product and still no hope. Well these 3 edge tamers are the answer that youve been waiting for.

KeraCare edge tamer review: I first tried this product when I got my first blow out and my hair stylist used this tamer on me and my edges were on fleek hunty! Ever since then this product has been my holy grail! When I say on fleek I mean on fleek. This product is a bit on the pricy side but you will love it. I’ve had no issues with flaking and it smells amazing. The jar is small so it’ll last you about a month but you will not regret buying this.
Disclaimer: None

Got 2 B Glued styling gel review: This styling gel is my holy grail! Great for updo’s and holding your hair in place. This styling gel will last you all day. This product is inexpensive and will last you for months. Defenlity worth the buy and you don’t even need much product.
Disclaimer: Can cause hair to harden and will flake if you use an excessive amount.

Ebin 24hour edge tamer review: I was first skeptical for trying this product because ebin carries so many edge controls I didnt know which one worked best. Extreme firm hold is what worked best for me. Great for natural hair and down hairstyles.
Disclaimer: Holds for hours but it doesnt really hold for “24 hours” Also, lately ive had a problem with it flaking.

Organix Macadamia Oil Hydrating Mask

I ran out of both my Shea Moisture and Camille Rose deep conditioning creams so I thought it was the perfect time to try a new deep conditioner. I actually found out about Organix Macadamia Hydrating Mask on Pinterest. There was a pin going around about how amazing it was so I decided to try it, since, in general, I like the Organix line. I got in the shower, scrubbed up, wet my hair and left a good coat on for about 30 minutes before rinsing. My hair didn’t feel particularly soft or moisturized, but in the mirror I could tell my hair was shinier. I finished up my hair routine like I normally do, putting on coconut oil, my curl definer and then my holding gel. It wasn’t until my hair was half way dry that I realized the hydrating mask worked. However, not as a deep conditioner but just as it said -a hydrating mask. The mask gave my curls a nice moisture bump. They are shiny, more defined, and under control.

I would say this product is in between regular conditioner and a deep conditioner; it gives better shine and moisture than regular conditioner (pending you leave it on) but doesn’t give quite the same amount of penetrative moisture or renewal like a real deep conditioner does. It’s like a moisture primer for hair. Just like makeup primer prepares your face for makeup, this prepares your curls for full moisture and product efficiency. I liked it! Anything that can tame my normally dry and frizzy curls is a plus. I don’t think I could use this everyday - I probably wouldn’t need too- but it seems like it’d be a great midweek boost for my thick, dry hair.

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Battle of the Deep Conditioners | Best Shea Moisture Deep Conditioner | Shlinda1

Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque vrs. Shea Moisture JBCO Grow & Restore Treatment Masque(they really could have come up with a shorter name for the JBCO DP, Just saying) Who wins???? Enjoy!