The CLAW Flexible/Foldable Iphone Tripod REVIEW

            Last year in September, I bought a mini tripod because I wanted my Instagram page to look better. I wanted to be able to take other pictures than selfies. That tripod lasted me until December. It fell apart and I had to use glue to keep the pieces together. When I saw the campaign to get the CLAW Flexible iPhone Tripod at a discount, I applied right away. As bloggers, tripods are for those of us who cannot afford professional photographers. When my son is not around to help me with my pictures, I need a good tripod that I can rely on.

*This product was bought at a discount, but the opinion expressed here is my own*
Product Features and Details

           The CLAW Flexible IPhone Tripod can be used for iPhone 6, 6S, SE, 7, 8, and X. The tripod is very easy to put together. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control and USB charger. It also comes with a carrying bag. It is flexible and bendable. It is lightweight and easy to carry. The tripod's legs can be adjusted in many directions. This little gadget is well-made. There is a small screw/button in the back to secure the phone once it's placed on the tripod. I can't say much about its durability because I've only had it for a week.

Price:  $20
Where to purchase: http://amzn.to/2GekCht

           The tripod has been functioning well so far. I can wrap it around anything to get my pictures taken. I even wrapped it around a 1.5 L wine bottle once. I was surprised because my iPhone SE is pretty heavy because of the case. I have placed it on many different surfaces before and it stayed in place. I like how the legs can be adjusted to place the phone vertically. I am not sure if it's because I am not used to the remote control yet, I find it a little temperamental. It does not stay on for a long time. It automatically turns off after a few shots. But the remote does stay charged for a decent amount of time. From my bedroom to the foyer downstairs, it's 14 steps. My son was able to shoot from the front door using the remote control while the tripod was in my room. I think that's very powerful!

These pictures were taken using the tripod and its remove control. This is a nice gadget for Vloggers and bloggers like myself. It will be very helpful for our family vacation this year.

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Neosan Colorblock Women/Men Winter Cable Knit Long Scarf REVIEW

                It's true that winter is not far from being over, but a good scarf should last you more than one winter. You should be able to wear it year after year.  I love crocheting my own scarves, but lately I have been too busy to make my own. When I saw the campaign for this scarf by Neosan, I fell in love with the colors and I immediately signed up to be part of the campaign. The first two pictures are the original color of the scarf. But because it was raining outside, I had to adjust the lighting of the camera to make the pictures look a little better. The company sent me the scarf to facilitate my review, but the views expressed here are my own. These scarves come in different colors, and the prices vary depending on the colors. They are unisex. Both my husband and I can wear this one. He doesn't like to wear a scarf, but I force him to wear one when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. This scarf  has already earned his approval. I am sure I won't have to force him to wear it.

How NEOSAN describes the product:

Nice and thick cable-knit NEOSAN scarf is great for the winter months. Excellent quality with beautiful lasting colors that can go with any outfit, help to turns down bloated dress and cold weather. The length of scarf allows you to wrap it around several times, wear this scarf double or long, and in different ways you like; it is the perfect winter accessory. The yarn is so thick and chunky and super soft, you can tell right away it's well made and very nice quality. Try on the scarf when you receive it, it will be the amazing stylish.
Package Dimensions: 13.6 x 11.5 x 1.7 inches
Price: $9.99  (price varies)
Where to purchase: http://www.amztk.com/winterknitscarf

          The scarf came in a premium zippered bag that can be repurposed. I will use it to store my other scarves during spring and summer. Spring is really like Summer here in Georgia. I received the colorblock red, blue, and khaki. Since most of my scarves are only one color, I thought it would be good to have one that's versatile. 
           As somebody who loves to crochet and has experience with different yarns, I can easily say that this is one of the softest yarns that I have felt. It is not cashmere soft, but it is very soft. I like the color patterns and the cable knits at ends. The scarf is very long. I am 5'5" and the scarf hits right above my knees when I put it around my neck. I like to double it up on very cold days because it provides more warmth this way. But some days I just throw it around my neck a couple of times and go about my day.

             I threw the scarf around my shoulders and secured it with a belt in the above picture. It served as an extra layer and a beautiful fashion piece. It will pair well with  lots of other colors. The scarf is about 13" wide by 80"  long, which is a very nice width for a scarf. I really like the colors and the versatility. It seems very durable, too. But only time will tell.

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MD Complete Wrinkle/Radiance Remedy, Eye Wrinkle Corrector, and Retinol Vitamin C REVIEW

                  No matter how well we take care of our skin, or how healthy we try to eat, we cannot stop the wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes to appear on our skin. But we can do something to reduce wrinkles, improve our skin's elasticity and radiance. That's where MD Complete comes in. They sent me 3 of their anti-aging products to try. The Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy, Eye Wrinkly Corrector, and the Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate work together to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firm the skin, improve fine lines, and leave the skin younger looking.  These are products that I would normally need a prescription from my dermatologist for, but because of  Dr. Brian Zelickson, these products are available with no prescription needed. Each product can be purchased separately or as a trio kit.

MD Complete Wrinkle Radiance Remedy (Advanced Retinol+)    $ 39.99

This product promises to reduce lines, brightens and moisturizes the skin. It comes in a pumping bottle with a clear cap. The bottle holds 30 ml. The product has a citrus scent. The consistency is medium. I used the cream every other day for a total of 10 days. I really like the texture. It immediately melted into my skin. My face felt so soft after applying it. The instruction says to use it after cleansing and the eye cream, which I did. This product is concentrated and should not be used every day.

MD Complete Eye Wrinkle Corrector  $28.99

This eye treatment is formulated to reduce Crow's feet, fine lines, and lifts and firms the skin. It comes in a long tube, about 15 ml. It should be used right after cleansing the face and before applying other treatments. It should also be used under the eye and on the Crow's feet in the morning and at night. This product is lightly scented. It has a little thickness to it. It takes a little patting to get it into the skin. I tried it on the back on my hand at first. My skin felt different after I did. I cannot describe exactly how it felt, but it was like the product served as an extra layer on the skin. I also felt a little burning.

MD Complete Retinol Vitamin Concentrate  $19.99

This serum comes in a 15-ml glass bottle. Its job is to improve radiance and brighten skin complexion. This product does not contain any water. It smells like orange peels. It is a triple threat, as it can be used on the hair and the nails also, not just the face. I almost cried when some of the serum fell in my sink. I still have 3 quarters of the product left, but I regretted leaving the bottle open. My skin loves products that contain Vitamin C.  They are great at removing my dark spots and make my face look brighter. This product is very easy to apply, but a little bit goes a long ways.

            The picture on the left was taken on January 26th and the one on the right was taken on February 6th. I used the products before taking each picture. I asked my biggest critic, aka my 8-year old daughter,  which picture has more lines and puffiness. She told me the one on the left. Never ask a child if you don't want to know the truth! I asked her because I could not believe the results. I used the products as directed for less than two weeks, and the results were so dramatic. I don't know if you can see it, but even the patches on my nose and my forehead has disappeared.
           But all that beauty did not come without pain. My skin felt dry and started peeling off after day 3. It was more like small flakes here and there. I knew things like that were supposed to happen when using products that contain retinol, but that did not stop me from taking a break from the products for one full day. I did not use them in the morning nor at night. When I started using the products again, I used a smaller amount and the irritations stopped. I am very satisfied with the results that I am getting with this trio kit. The products smell good. They are easy to apply. They give great results. I highly recommend them!

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Utama Spice Danau Satu Deluxe Nebulizing Personal Essential Oil Diffuser REVIEW

           If you are into essential oils, you either own a diffuser or thought about getting one. I have been thinking about getting a diffuser forever, but like some of you, I say to myself that I have time. I didn't know how important an essential oil diffuser was until I got this one from Utama Spice. An essential oil diffuser can lighten your mood, help you fall asleep, purify the air, and improve your overall well-being.  If you are not familiar with the name Utama Spice, it is an online store that specializes in 100% pure and natural aromatherapy products. Their headquarter is based in Indonesia. They have been in business for over 20 years. They also sell essential oil diffusers. They recently added Danau Satu Deluxe nebulizing personal diffuser to their list. Unlike regular diffusers, a nebulizing diffuser sends micro droplets of pure essential oil into the air. It does not use any heat nor water, just pure oil, which means you are getting the full benefits of the oil.
Danau Satu Deluxe nebulizing personal diffuser was sent to me in exchange for my honest review, but the opinion expressed here is 100% my own.

Product Details and Features (As described by UtamaSpice.com)
  • Deluxe nebulizing personal diffuser.
  • Compact, quiet and efficient design – perfect for a nightstand, desk or other personal space.
  • Natural hand-made wooden base, custom-blown glass.
  • Low-energy cycle with 120 minute pump auto shut-off.
  • Fully adjustable dial to instantly fine-tune mist intensity.
  • Mood light. 
  • Power Supply: 100/240V 50/60Hz 0.5A
  • Power Output: 5V 500mA
  • USB compatible
Price: $74.99
Where to purchase: Utamaspice.com

               As you can see in the above picture, the product came nicely packaged in a beautiful box. All the accessories were secured to ensure safe arrival of Danau Satu. Upon opening the box, there is a quote from Utama Spice, "Never underestimate the investment you make in yourself." I totally agree, because investing in yourself is as good as investing in other people.  I was shocked to see how small and cute the diffuser was. My eight-year-old daughter instantly fell in love with it. She wanted to keep it in her room. But we agreed on sharing it. The wooden base feels soft and very light to carry. This nebulizing diffuser came with all necessary accessories. It comes with a USP cord/adapter that can be plugged into a desktop computer or a laptop. The wooden base comes with the glass reservoir that holds the oil, and the reservoir cap that dispenses the aroma of the essential oil after it's turned into small particles.

           It was very easy to put the diffuser together. It's really self-explanatory, but it comes with an instruction manual that is very easy to understand. There are also 5 easy steps on the box that can be followed to start using the diffuser quickly. This nebulizing diffuser looks small but it is very powerful. It produces led light mood lighting that creates a nice and soothing atmosphere, which is great for those of us who have trouble falling asleep. It has the ability to diffuse essential oil to an area of over 450 square feet. That's about 112 square feet more than the size of my room. Now I understand why I could smell the lavender scent down the stairs! The on/off switch can be adjusted to dispense the diffused oil slower or faster. The diffuser stays on for about 2 minutes, then stops for 1 minute, starts again for two minutes back and forth, until it turns off automatically after two hours, while the light still stays on.

          I first used rubbing alcohol to test the diffuser. I got a little scared because I thought it was going to get hot, but everything stayed normal. After testing it, I used the dropper pipette to remove the excess rubbing alcohol from the reservoir. Once that step was done, I was finally ready to drop some lavender essential oil into  my little nebulizing diffuser!

        This Nebulizing Diffuser diffused the essential oil very fast. I don't like to measure when it comes to liquid. But since the instruction says to put 20-25 drops in the glass reservoir, I measured 30 using one of the dropper pipettes that came in the box, then dropped it in there. The scent coming from the diffuser started to fill the room immediately. I like the fact that the wooden base is very steady. It is designed to stay in place. The diffuser does not make any crazy and annoying noise when it's on. The diffuser does not occupy a lot of space either. Did I mention nothing gets heated? Nope! No heat whatsoever! I am just worried about the glass getting broken. But both the glass reservoir and the cap are available for purchase on their website.

If you want to learn more about Utama Spice, you can check out their Facebook page or visit their website.


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Shao Trifold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror REVIEW

              I have always wanted a lighted makeup mirror. Sometimes I would go on Pinterest just to look at them. The mirror that I have for my vanity table is big, but it's too far and makes applying my makeup a little bit difficult. It also doesn't have any lights over, nor around it. I have shopped for lighted makeup mirrors online and in stores, but the ones that I really liked were either too expensive or too big for my little makeup table. I was provided a coupon code to buy the Shao Trifold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror at a discount in exchange for my review. The rose gold color is so beautiful and I thought it would look great in my bathroom, since the theme is blue.

About the product:

  • TRI-FOLD DESIGN VANITY MIRROR: Offers a perfect panoramic view that enables you to see more angles and choose the perfect one for applying your make-up, it helps you to save space when is closed and it’s safe from scratches and dust.
  • 21 PCS LED NATURAL LIGHT: LED lights allow you to use in dark or poorly lit areas. The central big mirror has a touch glass sensor build-in, this makes it very easy to switch on/off the lights, also you can adjust the brightness by long pressing.
  • 3 X MAGNIFICATION MIRROR: Left-side panel mirror with 3X/2X magnification, allows you to see just about every detail on your face, drawing eyeline, eyebrows and apply lipstick and more. Bottom tray design for beauty professional accessories storage.
  • 180-DEGREE FREE ROTATION: Adjustable tilt arm, mirror stands steady by itself on your countertop and can be freely adjusted and fixed ensuring a perfect and comfortable viewing angle. Perfect gift for ladies and girls for any occasions
  • DUAL POWERED MODE: This elegance mirror is powered by a USB cable or 4AAA bateries ( baterris not included, usb wire included). The mirror can’t store power by itself. The Base Recessed can hold jewelry and cosmetics like swatch, earrings and more.            
Price: $29.74
Where to purchase: http://amzn.to/2BTvsqG

  • Easy assembly
  • Beautiful rose gold color
  • Very steady
  • USB charger
  • Well-built & durable
  • Switch on/off with one tap
  • Travel-friendly
  • Powerful lighting
  • Easy rotation
  • Smaller than I expected

          Shao Trifold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror is well-built. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The mirror lights up very bright, but the lights can be adjusted with a long press on the home button, which also turns the lights on and off. It is very easy to put the mirror together. All I had to do was snap the top part onto the base. Folding the mirror close keeps it from getting dirty, but it does not automatically turn the lights off. This makeup mirror is also battery operated, but I like to use the USB cord instead of batteries. I think it is very convenient. The mirror stays in place and the rotation is very easy (180 degrees), meaning it can be flipped all the way to the back. There is a little storage space at the base to store small stuff like earrings or hair pins.  It looks like the mirror is fragile. I dropped it on the carpet a couple of times, nothing happened. But I think it will be a different situation if I drop it on the bathroom floor.

Makeup using the mirror
          As far as getting the job done, I think the mirror provided enough lighting for me to apply my eyeshadow. Also, I was able to see my dark spots while applying my powder + foundation. I went outside after applying my makeup to make sure that I didn't overdo it. Everything seemed okay. My husband complains sometimes about how white my face looks when I do my makeup at night, but I have been getting compliments from him since I have been using this lighted mirror. The rose cold is a very beautiful color and the mirror fits perfectly on my vanity table.

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Nature Box Snack Subscribption Box REVIEW

        Because my weight has been up and down since last year, I have decided to make some healthy choices this year. If you've been in my situation, you know how real the struggle is.  I snack throughout the day because it keeps me from eating big meals. I like to snack on trail mix, fruits, dried fruits, yogurt, and popcorn. But I never really felt the need to subscribe to a Snack Subscription Box until now. I have heard of  Nature box, but I never really had a chance to look into what they are all about. They recently contacted me about trying their products. And as a snack monster, I was very happy to do so.

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What is Nature Box?

             Nature Box is a membership only subscription box. The monthly membership fee is $5. You need to be a member to be able to order. But they have a 14-day free trial if you want to try and see what it is all about.  According to Nature Box, their snacks contain no artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. They don't contain any corn syrup of any kind, no hydrogenated oils, and MSG. They also have gluten-free and vegan snacks available for their customers. In addition, they offer free shipping on all US orders of $25 or more. But right now, new customers pay no shipping if  they use the code FIRSTFREE. One of the good things about Nature box is that they credit your account for the snacks you don't like. I think customers also get free shipping when they buy in bulk.

             When I first heard about Nature box, I thought it was going to be some boring, tasteless snacks because of the name. I love natural food, but I don't believe in anything fat-free, sugar-free, or carb-free. I also believe in moderation and small portions. Nature box really surprised me with their snacks. They taste very fresh and natural. The label on each package is very short. The products don't contain any extra ingredient that the body does not need. I Like that they have gluten-free options because I wanted my daughter, who suffers from multiple allergies, to be able to enjoy the snacks with us on movie night. I bought the Big Island Pineapples and Garlic Plantain chips for her and she really loves them. She is a picky eater. I was afraid that she would hate them. My husband could not get enough of the Probiotic Power mix. My son like the Chocolate Chip cookie bites. I like all the products that we received, but the Limited Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Biscottis were my favorite. They had the right amount of sugar and crunchiness.

            The freshness of each snack was very shocking to me. I don't know how they manage to keep these products so fresh. It was my first box, but I hope they keep the freshness going. These snacks don't taste like old oil and the nuts are not chewy. After I placed my order, they shipped the products that were available first. Then about two days later, I received the other products. I think shipping was very fast. And if I knew that I could order samples, I would have signed up already. The Siracha Roasted Cashews was a surprise pack. It is very spicy, but it tasted so good. I ordered a total of 15 bags and I liked the taste of every single one of them. Those who are into healthy living will really enjoy Nature box.

Have you tried Nature Box before?

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Vida All Natural Lemongrass & Cedarwood Oatmeal Soap Bar REVIEW

             There is something about natural products that makes me want to use them over and over again. All natural or organic products are expensive, but they are worth the price. This year I am all about self-love and skincare. If spending a little means getting a little more, then I am all for it! Vida Soap creates all natural soaps for all skin types. All their soaps are handmade here in the USA. Their soaps don't only remove dirt and oils, they are infused with essential and carrier oils to keep the skin moisturized. Their soap  bars are also cruelty-free and chemical free. They sent me the Lemongrass and the Cedarwood Oatmeal bars to review, but they also have Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary Mint, and Pink Grapefruit available on their website.

Cedarwood Oatmeal Soap Bar

Saponified oils of olive, coconut, and palm; essential oils, mineral pigments and herbs.

  • All natural soap base that’s made up of olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil
  • Natural occurring glycerin attracts moisture and softens skin
  • Rich, luxurious lather for thorough skin cleaning
  • 100% chemical free and non-toxic
  • Heals wounds and lightens scars
  • Oatmeal naturally moisturizes and exfoliates
  • Aromatic cedar wood scent acts as a natural sedative and relieves tension and stress

Lemongrass Soap Bar

Saponified oils of olive, coconut, and palm; essential oils, mineral pigments and herbs.

  • 100% handmade and free of toxic chemicals
  • Protects your skin from drying and irritation
  • Leaves skin silky smooth to touch
  • Relaxing citrus scent
  • Attracts skin moisture keeping ashy skin at bay
  • Luxurious citrusy lather to whisk away dead skin

         Needless to say these soap bars are very gentle on the skin. Both bars are mildly scented, although they each have a clean, distinctive scent. I am used to body washes that contain added fragrance. So, each  scent was a little unfamiliar to me. But both bars smell so good. The net weight of each soap bar is 4.0 oz., a size that will probably last a month, give and take. The bars immediately removed dirt from my hands and left them feeling moisturized. They are also good at removing makeup without any irritations. These bars also lather very well. My body felt silky smooth after my shower. These are the kind of soap bars that I wouldn't mind using on my hair. My skin did not  feel stripped, nor over washed. Did I mention the packaging is infused with wild flower seeds? According to Vida, I can toss them in my garden and watch them grow. I cannot wait to watch these flowers bloom!

The Cedarwood Oatmeal bar has the natural ability to relieve tension and stress. It does smell soothing. According to Vida soap, lemongrass has the natural ability to reduce pain and inflammation. These soaps are not only good for cleaning the skin, they are also good for overall well-being. I don't have sensitive skin and I am not allergic to anything. These products have worked well for me so far. I will continue to use them and enjoy their natural benefits.

          For more information about Vida Soap, check out their Insta page.

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