Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Venus and Olay Razor

Introducing the new Gillette Venus and Olay Razor

They must really love their product because they will give you DOUBLE your money back if you do not like it,  Not many products do that.  Most will give your mioney back but double???!!!

For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, are coming together to deliver a gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Venus’ best shaving technology works with Olay Moisture Bars, offering women best-of-both-worlds shaving and skin expertise. Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness, and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close.

Product Details

•Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.

•Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.

•As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment

Look at the cool shower hook that it comes with.
 (Like most stuff in my bathroom it does not stay put.)

It is not disposable, you can purchase replacement blades!!

Ok, What do I think??

I love it.  My daily shower routine that includes shaving my legs will usually start with hair conditioner on my legs to soften and help shaving and end up with a big dose of lotion after teh shower.

With the Gillette Venus and Olay Razor neither of these are necessary.  The lotion and conditioner are built in.

I have tried othere before with moisure strips or the big chuck of moisturizer and either they dry out soon or the chunck o'stuff breaks up and falls off after a couple of uses. 

Not with this razor.  It has flexable tape that the moisturizer and lotion bars are attached too.  They float on your skin instead of being in a stationary position.

Again i love it.  But not in love with the price tag.  :(  But all GOOD razors are expensive.

Will definately go out and buy replacement blade.  (When I have coupons)

Try it for yourself!!!

***I received a full product sample of the Gillette Venus and Olay Razor in my product sample VoxBox from  The free sample in no way influenced my opinions.  They are my own from testing the product.  Thanks, Influenster and Gillette!! ***


Truvia is a leaf extract that is a natural sweetener.  Imagine a sugar subsitute that is born from a plant and not the lab.  No harsh chemical.  No wondering what will this do to me 10 -20 years from now.
Truvia is made from the Stevia plant.  a member of the chrysanthemum family.  Think pretty flowers.

There are recipes and conversion charts on the Truvia site to make low calorie foods.

Look a recipe for brownies!!


Erythritol is an all-natural, non-caloric sweetener, used as an ingredient that provides bulk for the tabletop form of Truvia® stevia leaf extract. Bulking agents are additives that increase the bulk and contribute to the texture of a food. Erythritol has been part of the human diet for thousands of years as it is present in fruits such as pears, melons and grapes, as well as foods such as mushrooms and fermentation-derived foods such as wine, soy sauce and cheese. It is added to foods and beverages to provide sweetness, as well as to enhance taste and texture.

What did I think?

I had it in some Stash Tea.  The tea by itself needed sweeting.  i would have added at least 2 packages of sugar to it but one truvia was enough.  I also opened a package and spilled it out on my desk at work.  Some could be questioning the white powdery supstance but ...   It was reaaly sweet, a little goes a long way.    Looks simular to sugar, a little more powdery than crytal like.

Disolves much faster than sugar.

IMO this is a great alternative to sugar and the dreaded equal or pink packages.

Do out and Try Truvia for yourself!!!

****  I received a sample of Truvia to try.  However, this did not influence this blog post.  All opinions are my own, facts come from truvia website.  ****   Thanks Influenster!!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kiss Nail Dress

The newest thing in nail fashion are nail 'stickers'.  So far I have seen two brands one is Kiss Nail Dress which I was able to give a try.

I am mad right now.  I put these on when we had the 80 degree weather and even shot a video.  But the dang thing has no sound.  grrrr.  you will have to live with the site videos and maybe I can get one to work later tonight.  I need to get some polish remover and maybe even try some fance stuff with them.  Don't get too excited though I'm not promising anything.

I have to say mine was much more interesting.

Anyway that is how they go on and come off.  Easy Pleasy lemon squeezy. 

No mess, No drying time, No flumes to knock out my hubby.

I have to say that I am not a finger nail polish kinda girl but I feel naked without polish on my toes.  All summer I have bright fun polish on my toes and these are perfect.

Like I pointed out earlier that we had 80 degree weather in Michigan in March.  OMG, It is usuallu snowing here but for a week it was beautiful and the shorts and sandle came out.  So did the painted nails.  

I received a leapord type silver and black set in my Love Vox Box from Influenster.

I put the flat side to my nail and applied as directed.  Great look.  I wore then to a 5th Grade classroom I help out in and was amazed at how many girls knew about them already.  The kept asking if they were the ones you stick one.  Where have I been.  Anyway, aren't these a mothers dream, no more spilt nail polish.

Here is a pic of my toes 6 days later and still going strong. 

Htere are many different styles to choose from and different ways to wear them.

I have seen them used on one finger with others in cordinating polish and also with nails polished and cutouts used as accents on each finger.

I liked these so much for my toes that I have already bought more.  The Zebra / bling ones above and some black nail polish to try out some fun designs.

I also plan on telling my Mom about these.  She has one toe where she lost the nail years ago and one never grew back.  She always hates the look of that toe.  Now she can hide it with these strips!!!

Great for kids, great for toes and fast fun and no mess for fingers!!

Go get yours today I got mine from Influenster and also bought some at Meijer. 

Happy Summer!!!!

****I received the product above from Influenster and Kiss Nails but the opinions expressed in this blog are my own*****

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What is a Influenster?

Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds!

I joined this Site in December.  The next VoxBox (box of free goodies to try and review) was not due out until February. 

A Love Box.  Full romantic type merchandise.  You see they do not tell you what you are gettting.  If you are on of the lucky few that qualify to test a box you have to wait until it shows up to see the goodies.  How fun is that.

First the excitement to see if you are choosen then you not very patiencely wait at the door waiting for hte box to arrive so you can tear it open and see what is inside.

They do give some hints in a twitter party they hold.  Have I told you how much I LOVE twitter parties?  Well these are no exception.  You have to follow like 4 different feeds.  You have to have Tweet deck to follow all the action.  One feed is @Influenster to follow what they have to say.  One feed is set to the current hash tag (#) they are using, one to my feed to see if anyone is messaging or retweeting me and maybe another for other hash tags.  It is fun, fast paced typing frenzy.  They will give hints and ask questions.  Everyone is guessing the contents of hte box but they do not disclose the true goodies.  Being very active on Facebook and these twitter parties give you an edge in being choosen to receive a box.

After may months, twitter parties, facebook posts and stalking their site I finally found out I was one of the choosen few.  Yeah I won!!!

Not the wait until the box showed up.  And it was worth the wait....

Here is a video of me opening my Love Box:

Sneak Peek into Influenster’s latest VoxBox!

Here are the Hints they gave and the products they were refering to:

Consider us a (cuter) version of Cupid as we arm our ladies products to help them get ready for date night, something fun to share with their significant others, or the perfect excuse to do a little pampering.

- Need to be date-ready in a flash? We have the ultimate hair remover product that will have our ladies feeling smooth and moisturized in no time!


Designed with a love for smooth legs and a passion for skin care, the Venus & Olay razor is a match made in skin heaven. Olay Moisture Bars release skin conditioners to help lock in moisture and boost your shave* while 5 blades get Venus close.

- It’s a scientific fact that eating a certain type of confectionery goodness can make people happier, so go ahead Influensters, be happy! Members will indulge in this swanky treat when they need a little pick-me-up this season.


The decadently rich and creamy 32% cacao milk chocolate in Creamy Devotion™ delivers an epicurean chocolate experience. Experience a moment of timeless pleasure with all natural Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk™ chocolate.

- Calling all beauty junkies who want to liven up their looks…the look of their hands that is! We have a fun sparkly ‘accessory’ that adds a little flash, minus the jewelry!


Fashion design that sticks, and lasts up to 10 days. On in minutes, off in seconds without remover, it fits all nails – tips and toes. Kiss Nail Dress is a sticker, and is applied in a similar fashion to polish strips. Some even have 3-dimensional jewels or designs that make them unique. You can mix and match patterns for a fun look!

- Love may be heartwarming, but still, it’s cold outside! Members will get to warm up with their honeys over a nice cup of this fruity and delicious beverage.


Stash begins with simply excellent tea leaves from the world's premier tea gardens and all natural botanical ingredients gathered from around the world. Meticulous blending and tasting of every tea ensures you will enjoy full flavor in every cup. Stash Caffeine Free Herbal Tea Sampler features nine flavors of delectable teas: Acai Berry - Blueberry Superfruit - Cinnamon Apple Chamomile - Lemon Ginger - Licorice Spice - Mango Passionfruit - Peppermint and Wild Raspberry Hibiscus.

- Who doesn’t want to add a little sweetness to her day? We have something all natural (and calorie-free!) that should do the trick.


Truvia sweetener comes from nature: Rebiana comes from the sweet leaf of the stevia plant, native to South Amercia. Dried stevia leaves are steeped in water, similar to making tea. This unlocks the best tasting part of the leaf which is then purified to provide a calorie-free sweet taste. Truvia natural sweetener is refreshingly uncomplicated. Sprinkle it on your grapefruit. Spoon it in your coffee. It won't end up on your conscience or your thighs. One packet of Truvia natural sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.

Reviews of all these products coming soon!!

******I received a LoveBox from Influenster full of goodies but all opinions expressed in this blog are true and my own****

Sleep Number

Everyone has seen the comercials but how many of you have ever been to a sleep number store and gotten your number?

I did last night and it was a great experience!

Everyone should try it and I was pleasantly surprised that the salesperson did not have the car salesman type pressure to close a deal before you leave.  I am always afraid when I go into certain places that the pit bull sales people are on attack and looking for a sale and presure you so much you hate the experience.  Not here. 

Tom, the friendly and very informative salesperson, had me try all the beds, explained the difference and showed me some cool geeky stuff and answered all my questions.

Here is the breakdown of my visit:

The first thing you get to do is pick a pillow.  They have a wide variety of pillows from plain ol' -> simulated feather -> memory foam and their special air adjustable ones.

I picked out a contoured memory foam simular to the one I have at home.

I started out on the classic bed.

They start you out at 100 - 100% full.  Nice firm mattress.  They they take you down - down - down.  You sink into the bed.  It conforms to the shape of your body and cradles you.  Then they start taking you back up.  At a 70 it felt like I was laying on a hill but you are still sunk in a little.  They then start back down again and you stop when you feel the most comfortable.  For me it was at 45.

They have a pressure mat in this bed that shows where you have the most pressure at 70 then after taking it to 45.    Here is my individual profile:

Most of you know I like this geeky tech stuff, anyway, the before shows me at 70 there was lots of pressure on hips and back.  After we went down to 45 the bed cradled me more and reduced the pressure in these places.  This equals more comfort and better sleep.

The classic bed is just the Air bladder wraped in fabric.  So on to the next level of comfort.

The next bed I tried was the pillow top version.  This has a plush layer with a little extra support.  This bed I have sleep in before.  Some Hotels (Raddison) have beds simular to these in their king size rooms. 

Bill and I had a get away night one weekend.  We stayed at the ConCord Inn on Gratiot and they had a King Bed.  It was the worse night sleep we had every had.  The bed was way way too soft.  We complained the next day as we checked out.  They asked if we adjust the bed?  Huh?  Yeah all king suites come with a sleep number bed.  We had no idea.  Mad that we did not know.

Fast forward 6 t- 8 months.  Another kidless weekend we try the Concord again.  This time we spend almost an hour playing with the bed.  We find the perfect setting for both of us.  Mine was firmer - around a 60 - Bill softer around 40.  Best night sleep!

Lastly I got to try the new bed type they have the memory foam.  3 inched of foam / gel .  Select number has a special gel in with their foam to make it cooler.  I know that memory foam has a tendency to retain heat and this gel heaps dissipate that heat.

The only down side I had of this one was that you could not really feel a big diffence when adjusting the number.

This bed had the adjustable base on it.

Now we are in to the Cadillac of beds.  Just raising the feet a slight amount too all the pressure off my back.  Raising my head slightly will elivate my acid reflux.  Then he turned on the massagers.  OMG, I was in heaven.  Leave me be and let me sleep please!!

Ok, my final thoughts.  If price was not the option I would have a King size pillow top and adjustable base at my house right now ....   but price does come into play, sadly I did not win the 500 million last week.  So how much would the my dream bed cost you ask?


P5 - 11 inch pillow top sleep number King size bed          $2449
Flexfit adjustable base                                                    $2349

Grand Total (without taxes)                                            $4798

Ok, you can close your mouth now.      That is alot for the bed.  Is it worth it???  Give me one and I'll tell you for sure.

Remember they are the kings of sleep.  And sleep you probably will and very soundly. 

I give the bed a great big

but the price gets a big

***** I will receive a memory foam pillow from Sleep Number for visiting their store but this has in no way influenced this blog post.  All content is my own opinons and facts from their site.  ******