27 August 2015

..::Product Review::.. Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses


My Review of the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Made of durable, heat resistant, mouth-blown borosilicate glass of the finest quality, the 12 oz. Serafino glasses are the largest in the Ozeri Artisan Series of award-winning handcrafted drink ware. Borosilicate glass is stronger than common glass, shatter-resistant and with the Serafino's double-walled design, it offers the ultimate insulation to maintain drinks at their ideal temperature. The Serafino's unique double wall design suspends drinks within an inner wall for an attention-grabbing optical effect, while the wraparound contour provides a natural aesthetic grip. Each glass is made to keep your hands cool even with your hottest drinks and free of condensation with your chilled beverages."

Review…


I was sent a set of (4) Serafino double-wall thermo glasses from Ozeri to review.  

The price for this set is $31.99. It ships free with Amazon Prime.


You can also get these at a bunch of different retailers.  For example, check out Wayfair, Walmart, or Sears!

Packaging & Presentation of the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses
  
These glasses arrived to my doorstep in pristine condition (which is great considering they are glass!).  The box itself was covered with brown protective sheeting and bubble wrap.  You can see that the box itself was in great condition.  The box measures approximately 8.25" x 6.25" x 8.25".  The box is tightly packed and contains 4 glasses.


There are two decorative sides to the box.  These are great to look at for drink ideas...


The other two sides give product details, and outlines the main characteristics.


The bottom of the box provides the model number, the type of glass used in manufacturing, and the country of origin.  It also notes that these glasses are microwave, freezer, and oven safe (awesome!).  The top of the box labels the product. 


The box was really unique to open.  It opens from the center, and by using this method, it ensures a more snug fit for the glasses (hence safer shipment...).  


When I safely opened the box, I found 4 glasses, all covered in bubble wrap and nested in an individual compartment.  


There was also a product manual written in many different languages.


The glasses were definitely well protected, and none were broken (or defected in any way).


My Personal Experience with the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses

Glasses could easily be considered the kitchen mini-accessory.  When you have company over, and you offer them a drink-- what kind of glass are you going to use?  What if it's cold out, and they want coffee or tea (and your 4-pc mug set is in the dishwasher...).  Or it could be a hot one outside, and you want to offer them a sweet glass of lemonade.  Have no fear, because these glasses are here!  Seriously, they cover all of the 'what-ifs'.  If you take a look at the glass itself, it is crystal clear.  It has an outer layer and an inner layer.  This glass can hold both hot and cold drinks.



This glass holds 12.0 fl oz. It is extremely comfortable in your hand.  It doesn't become all slippery when you fill it with liquid.  It keeps your hands cool when you have hot liquid in there, and it doesn't allow condensation to build on the outside with a super-cold drink.  The little 'Ozeri' logo is visible at the bottom of every glass.



Here's what it looks like filled with Sweet Tea.  Definitely not my favorite beverage, but my husband gulped it down pretty quickly... Anyway, you can see a clear picture of the double walls here.  The tea sits on the inner part whereas the part you hold does not have contact with the liquid.



Pros of the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses
  • Versatile-- can be used on hot and cold drinks.
  • Dishwasher, freezer, oven, and microwave safe!
  • Heat resistant and shatter resistant.
  • Easy to care for-- pop them right in the dishwasher when you are done!
  • Makes a super unique tea/coffee glass -- or any beverage for that matter.
Cons of the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses
  • I haven't found any cons of these glasses.
        Summary

        These are incredibly unique and just a great addition to any kitchen.  Considering the fact that they are clear, you don't have to worry about them matching any sort of decor.  These glasses are more stronger and durable than most, and unlike your average, run-of-the-mill glasses, these have a special contour in the middle that allow you to hold it comfortably.

        These look fancy, they are interesting, and most importantly-- they do exactly what they are supposed to do.  I definitely recommend these!

        Ozeri provides a 1-year warranty on these glasses.


        Are you wanting to try the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Glasses, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

        CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



        For further information, please visit Ozeri on:


        DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

        26 August 2015

        ..::Book Review + Giveaway::.. 'Red Carpets & White Lies' by Lea Black


        My Review of 'Red Carpets & White Lies' by Lea Black

        Overview

        "In a city known for its never-ending parties, Miami socialite Leigh Anatole White hosts the most extravagant party of them all. Her annual Charity Ball, a star-studded benefit for troubled teens, is the most highly anticipated event of the season, and Leigh pulls out all the stops to ensure it doesn’t disappoint.

        This year―the tenth anniversary of the Ball―Leigh has decided to give Miami one last blowout before relinquishing her title as hostess. Suffice it to say, the pressure is on: this year’s Charity Ball simply must be the best yet. With help from her committee, a few close friends, a masterful personal assistant and her supportive husband, Leigh is poised to deliver. Even the dirty secrets and entanglements of her friends and pseudo-friends―the good-hearted, hard-drinking gossip queen Dixie Johnson; drag queen extraordinaire Diva Elaine Manchester; and bronzed, botoxed and backstabbing Katie Parker, to name a few―can’t slow her down.

        When an influential art dealer shows up, offering to provide high-end artwork for the Charity Ball’s auction, Leigh is thrilled. This is just what the gala needs to set it apart from previous years’, and after all of Leigh’s hard work, it looks as though the last Charity Ball may just live up to the hype. But as always in the world of Miami’s rich and shameless, a scandal is never far off…and this one hits everyone close to home."

        My Personal Review

        If you follow my blog pretty often, I'm sure you've read my other book reviews.  I love to read!  I've mentioned in the past that I usually gravitate towards a certain 'genre' if you will.  Since I've been doing a lot of reviews, I have actually expanded my taste.  What's life without a little adventure, right?

        'Red Carpets & White Lies' is my most-recently-read book.  It's not a murder mystery, and it's not dark or devious. It definitely is gossipy, and I like that!  It's a very fun book.

        I have family that lives in Miami, and even though I have never visited there, I hear about the life down there.  I hear a lot about the 'social hierarchy' and how being somebody matters (not just towards your inner self, but as something that defines you outward as well).

        Even though this book is a work of fiction, I definitely see it happening.  There are so many secrets, so much drama, and shallowness.  I couldn't put this book down!  I love the character development, it felt as if I'd known them all of my life.  In fact, I know some people that are perfect real-life matches for these characters.  Sometimes I feel as if I'm living the life of this story right here-- who needs Miami!

        I love the length of the book.  It gives you a lot to read, and you don't feel like it ends too quickly.  I'm a big fan of reading 'series-type' books, so I hate when things are left unfinished.  This one did a great job at tying up what was untied and exposing the truth.

        It's a very intriguing read-- you won't be able to put it down.  It's light, humorous, and fresh.  However, you get the lowdown on a lot, too.  This is fun, and if you are looking for a great escape, be sure to read this!

        BUT... one of you will be able to win your very own hardcover copy, too!  I'm telling you, enter this giveaway because you don't want to miss it.

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        This book (hardcover, because I'm partial to them!) costs $15.81 (and well worth it) on Amazon, and shipping is free with Amazon Prime.  

        You can also grab the Kindle edition for $9.99!.


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        DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced at all.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

        25 August 2015

        ..::Product + Giveaway::.. FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11


        My Review of FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11

        What is it exactly?

             From the website. . .
        "Our FRAMESI COLOR LOVER line is formulated with a compound rich in quinoa, the ultimate source of all-natural plant proteins, to help you truly love your color>95% longer.*

        Stuck deciding between specialty products, when your hair really needs it all? Interested in simply giving your hair some extra love? FRAMESI COLOR LOVER PRIMER 11 is your hair’s hero, the love of your life, protecting and caring for your hair, while preserving your unique color.

        Our ultimate leave-in color-boost conditioning spray contains an advanced blend of quinoa proteins, cationic conditioning agents, Italian grape stem cells, and a powerful vitamin blend to provide your hair with moisture, shine, strength and volume it needs to keep up with your busy lifestyle."

        Review…


        I was sent an 8.5 fl oz bottle of the PRIMER 11 from FRAMESI to review.  

        The MSRP for PRIMER 11 is $21.90. This is sold in professional salons and on their website.


        Packaging & Presentation of FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11

        This bottle of PRIMER 11 was sent to me in perfect condition.  There were no defects nor leaks during shipment, and everything was intact.  If there is a 'right' way to package something, FRAMESI got it right!  The actual bottle of the PRIMER 11 was wrapped decoratively in a plastic bag and all of the supporting documentation was clipped together.


        The front of the bottle labels the brand, product, and the 11 ways that it enhances your hair:

        + Retains Color
        + Damage Repair
        + Silky & Shiny
        + Fix Frizz
        + Body
        + Mends Ends
        + Detangles
        + Style Support
        + No Static
        + Thermal Guard
        + Weightless


        The back of the bottle provides the product details, features, and directions in English, Spanish, and French! The list of ingredients can be found towards the bottom.  The distribution information, QR code, and contact information can be found here, too.  FRAMESI products do not test on animals (yay!).  PRIMER 11 is sold in recyclable packaging, has a 12-month PAO, and advises that you follow proper disposal protocol (whether you decide to recycle or not).


        The product lot number is printed on the bottom of the bottle.


        This is also applied by using a spray nozzle (my favorite way for hair products).  I have not had problems with it clogging.  There is a clear cap to keep it clean and dust-free between uses.


        My Personal Experience with FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11

        I love hair products.  Especially ones that work, right!?  Anyway, about a year ago I started getting my hair cut, colored, and styled at Aveda.  If you are familiar with that salon, you know that it's not super cheap.  It is important to treat yourself every once in a while, though.  Plus, I don't go every 6-8 weeks like they recommend.  That's why I need something like PRIMER 11 to keep my color lasting longer in between appointments.  And keep it longer it does.  Check out the card that was accompanied with my bottle:



        The left swatch is directly after color.  The middle one and the right one are both after 30 washes, 30 blow dry, and 30 flat iron sessions. Can you tell which one is better?  The middle, of course!  The middle is with PRIMER 11, and the right is with the competition.

        Now, I'm not unfamiliar with products like this-- I've used different lines, most recently being the Nexxus one.  That worked nicely, but there were four different products that you need to buy to get relatively close to the results you see with PRIMER 11 (one product!).

        Plus, PRIMER 11 offers the following benefits (you can't go wrong):

        + Made with quinoa.  Yep, good 'ol fashioned grain that is high in protein and contains all (8) amino acids.
        + Contains both thermal and UV protectants.
        + Doesn't build-up.
        + Contains antioxidants with their powerful vitamin blend.
        + Keeps the moisture locked into your hair.
        + Color guard.
        + Contains natural oils and vitamins
        + Repairs and infuses your hair.

        Oh, and did I mention how good it smells?  As a person that uses a spray-in after every shower, I can attest to the fact that this is one of the top 3 best smelling that I have used (if not the best).

        Pros of FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11
        • Very easy to use-- spray (damp or dry!), comb it, and leave it!
        • Works with any hair type.
        • Smells so good-- fresh and clean fragrance.
        • 100% vegan.
        • Gluten-free, sulfate-free, DEA-free, Paraben-free, Sodium Chloride-free
        Cons of FRAMESI COLOR LOVER™ PRIMER 11
        • I haven't found any cons of this.
              Summary

              You can typically be thrifty with a lot of things, but hair care really is one of those things that 'you get what you pay for'.  With something as physically dominant as your hair, you want it to look good! Not just for your physical appearance, but for your inner confidence and the love of your being.  This is a very well made leave in conditioner that has a lot of science behind it and really does as it says.  It leaves my hair softer, less frizzy (great during these humid months), and overall healthy looking.  It smells phenomenal, and it's very easy to apply.  Hey, in the long run, this can actually save you money because it prolongs the color 95% longer!  I definitely recommend checking this out.


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              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

              ..::Product Review::.. ToNic Innovations Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder


              My Review of the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder

              What is it exactly?

                   From the website. . .
              "The magnetic mount can quickly & easily fit on vents of almost any car. It is compact and light, so you can carry it in your pocket. It can also be easily detached, meaning that you can use it not only in your car but in any other car with ease."

              Review…


              I was sent the universal magnetic cell phone holder from ToNic Innovations to review.  

              The price for this mount is $13.99.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

              Packaging & Presentation of 
              the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder

              This cell phone holder was sent to me in perfect condition.  There were no defects during shipment, and everything was intact.  It was shipped inside of a small box measuring 2.5" x 2.75" x 1.75".

              The front of the box labels the product, brand, and picture of the mount itself.  The back of the box provides the mounting instructions for both the metal plate and the gel pad (depending on which one you choose).


              The right side of the box outlines the product features:

              + Works for your car's air vents
              + Uses an easy magnet system
              + Works for most smartphones/GPS, and other digital devices
              + 360 degree rotatable
              + Stable & secure

              The left side of the box provides two pictures of both mounting options.


              When you open the box, you'll find the mount itself packed in a cardboard holder as well as both magnets in a separate bag.


              My Personal Experience with the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder

              I have tried so many different cell phone holders, and they have always fell short of my expectations.  I have the Note 3, so it's a pretty big phone.  I was hoping this would work and actually hold it up...the good news is it does!

              The actual mount (main piece) has three parts:

              + The main head/magnet
              + Threaded 360 rotater
              + Grips for your air vent



                There are two mounting choices:  a smaller gel pad that sticks to your phone, or a larger rectangular one that you slip right in your phone cover.  I opted for the latter of the two, and I stuck it right in the back of my two-piece cover.




              I began by mounting the holder right into my left-center vent.  I angled it the way that I can see best.



              All I did was match the magnet with the holder, and we were rollin'.  The Note 3 held up by the power of magnets.



              Pros of the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder
              • Very easy to use.
              • Universal-- works with any phone and fits most vents.
              • Easy to rotate to fit the angle you want.
              • Two different mounting options.
              Cons of the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder
              • I haven't found any cons of this mount.
                    Summary

                    It’s so awesome!  Now I have a working mount, and I am very happy with it.  It fits perfectly on the vent without being a distraction or getting in the way of anything.  Next, the magnets!  SO strong.  I love having the choice of mounting options.  Put it this way, I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and my husband has the Note 4.  Both phones sit on this holder without any issues.  I love how sleek it looks; it’s not in-your-face.  I definitely recommend checking this out.


                    Are you wanting to try the Universal Magnetic Cell Phone Holder, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                    CLICK HERE TO ORDER!




                    For further information, please visit ToNic Innovations on:


                    DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

                    24 August 2015

                    ..::Product Review::.. B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags

                    My Review of the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags

                    What is it exactly?

                         From the website. . .
                    "This set of 3 garment bags comes with a water-resistant shoe bag and is the perfect lightweight staple for all your storage and travel needs. Made from industry-leading, acid-free 120GSM material that is thick yet breathable, these garment covers protect and preserve your clothes from harmful elements during travel or storage, keeping them fresh. The generous 40 inch length provides plenty of space for your suit or other garments, without being too unwieldy to take on travel or fit in a closet."

                    Review…


                    I was sent a set of (3) garment bags and a shoe bag from B&C Home Goods to review.  

                    The price for this set is $23.95.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

                    Packaging & Presentation of 
                    the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags

                    This set of garment bags was sent to me in perfect condition.  There were no defects during shipment, and everything was intact.  They were shipped inside of a plastic bag so they weren't damaged.  All four of the pieces were in the single bag.


                    There are three identical garment bags plus a bonus shoe bag.


                    My Personal Experience with the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags

                    Garment bags are the most fun product on the market, but they are definitely useful.  I have used garment bags since 2006 (when I was first introduced to such a thing!) and I can attest to the fact that there are quality ones, and there are suck-y ones.  This set is very high quality.  They are made from a thicker material that is kind of stiff, but they do fold easily.

                    The thing that I love about these is that there is a little clear window so you can see through to your outfit-- no more guesswork!  Usually, I'd have to grab a bag, unzip it, and zip it back up when I was looking for something.  Not anymore!


                    Each bag has a well-sewn zipper that starts from the top and goes all of the way to the bottom.


                    There is a plastic piece on top that gives a little extra support to the hanger.  It's pre-slotted, so all you do is push the hanger through.


                    Lastly, there is a little grommet on the bottom that you can use to fold the bag over and keep them folded for easier storage.  I use this feature all of the time!


                    The bonus shoe bag feels like a nylon bag that has dual drawstrings on it.  It fits a few pair of shoes, but that is definitely dependent upon size.  I wear an 8, and I can probably fit 3 pair in here without overdoing it.  This is okay, I haven't really used this for travel yet.  I think it'll be good to keep my flip-flops in during the winter.


                    Pros of the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags
                    • Made from high quality fabric.
                    • I love the clear see-through viewer.  It's easy to find your outfit!
                    • The garment bags are sewn together well and supported.
                    Cons of the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags
                    • I haven't found any cons of these bags.
                          Summary

                          These are very nice garment bags.  I have been using the same blue nylon garment bag for the past nine years, so it has been nice using something more durable.  When I received these, I really didn’t expect them to feel the way they did—they are made from more of a fabric material (kind of like the cube baskets for a cube shelf), so they are pretty thick.  The zipper works great, and I was able to fit two outfits in each one without any issues.  There is a clear window on the front, and that is actually pretty helpful as it takes the guesswork out of the contents.  I like the shoe bag, too.  It’s just a normal slide lock bag, but it fits three pair of my shoes (size 8 women’s) comfortably.  Overall, I have been really happy with how these look, work, and hold up.  It’s always nice have non-wrinkled and fresh-looking clothing!  I definitely recommend this.


                          Are you wanting to try the B&C Home Goods Breathable Garment Bags, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                          CLICK HERE TO ORDER!




                          For further information, please visit B&C Home Goods on:


                          DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.