CoverGirl Supersizer Mascara

Covergirl’s The Supersizer Mascara

 

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After seeing gushing reviews for this mascara, I decided to dip my toe back into the mascara game after the last time turned into an allergic reaction debacle (Thanks Covergirl! Stay away from the Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara, people!)

I figured it had been 10 years since my last horrible experiment, surely they have a better formula by now. So with a optimistic outlook, I sought this mascara out.

I bought it, took it home, read the directions, watched a dozen or so demonstration videos, then put it on.

Within 20 minutes this brand new mascara was flaking off into my eyes and onto my cheeks. After 2 weeks, I gave this mascara to my mom since she wanted to try it. She trashed it a few days later citing the flaking.

I am extremely disappointed by the poor quality of Covergirl’s Supersizer mascara. The interesting application was easy. It looked great while it was wet on my lashes. By 2pm I had an impromptu mirror check thanks to a kind coworker and it had all flaked off. I looked like I’d stuck my cheeks under a pepper shaker.

Even the cheap dollar store mascaras have not had such poor quality. I feel as though the people raving about it on YouTube are probably paid to do so.

My review is what I have actually experienced with the mascara, and I found it severely lacking.

Covergirl products in general from eye-shadow to face products have consistently disappointed me or damaged my skin, no matter how positive I try to be about them.

Aquafresh Advanced Toothpaste

Oral care is important for overall health and wellness.

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Over the years of brushing, I have found many toothpastes I like, and many that are a disappointment.

On the list of my recent disappointments is Aquafresh Advanced 2x Whitening formula. For me, it just doesn’t do anything but remove the tartar from the day. I have gone through a whole tube and there is no noticeable whitening going on.

I don’t drink coffee, soda, or tea (all of these stain teeth) so this toothpaste had a significant boost from my habits and still failed me.

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Pro’s

  • Cleans teeth from the daily junk.
  • Tastes fresh, but not overwhelmingly minty.
  • Generously sized tube. 6oz/170g
  • Fun color striping.

Con’s

  • Doesn’t whiten as advertised.
  • Dries out in the tube, even when securely sealed.

 

Suave Keratin Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey y’all! I return with a review of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner.

Keratin Infusions

When I first tried this line, I was out of town a few years ago and had the travel size conditioner in my overnight bag. I used the conditioner like I always do and really liked the results. So I bought both when my bottle of sadness by Garnier finally ran out.

After using the shampoo and conditioner in combination, my hair was very shiny in a non greasy way, and my frizz was controlled pretty well once my hair dried.

I have unmanageable long, frizzy, dry, curly/wavy hair with an oily scalp. My usual routine is to wash, condition, sop up my hair water with a tshirt, comb into my usual style, then let my hair air dry.  The only product I use is shampoo and conditioner.  My favorite is Nexxus, but I have a budget to stick to. Enter Suave.

These products perform pretty well on their own. The shampoo smoothes and shines without the conditioner. It’s a pale gold with just a hint of shimmer, and smells pretty nice. The shampoo is thick and creamy. While it says low sulfate, it still has them in it, so this shampoo lathers. Not a ton, but it does. I use my finger tips to massage it onto my scalp and gently scrub away dirt and all that, then rinse. The shampoo that goes down your hair on rinse is really all it needs to clean the rest of your hair. Shampoo is mainly about the scalp.

After shampoo, use the Keratin Infused conditioner on the tips and body of your hair, really working it into the body and ends. It is a chunky-ish, creamy white conditioner. With whatever is left on my hands, I massage it onto my scalp. I do not usually waste the water or time to let the conditioner sit for 3 minutes. More along the lines of 1 minute. It stays on while I attend to everything else, then gets rinsed. I take fast, low water showers so the shampoo & conditioner work pretty well for the time I give them.

Pro’s:

  • Does what it says it does on my hair type.
  • Shiny, less frizzy hair
  • Price is not bad, and you can find bundled sets some times of the year.

Con’s:

  • Sulfates. Still present, even though in lower amounts.
  • The smell. It’s nice, but I got really tired of it pretty quickly.
  • Not cruelty free. They are somewhat cagey about a straight answer on their website, which is “no” in my book. If that is a cause you care about, skip this line.

Overall, if you have frizzy hair that drives you batty, go out and snag the travel size conditioner. I got mine at Target. Try the Keratin Infusions line out. Hopefully you get the same satisfactory results I do.

 

Obligatory “This post is not sponsored, my opinions are just that, nobody is paying me to talk about their stuff.”

Flintstones Vitamins

Hello there dear readers! Today we are going to talk about my personal miracle: Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

Recently I underwent a surgical procedure and now need to take chewable vitamins until my poor stomach figures out how to behave. After trying 3 or 4 brands of chewable vitamins and finding them utterly disgusting, I picked up Flintstones Complete Chewable Vitamins and Flintstones Chewable Plus Immunity Support.

Y’all. Y’ALL. They smell like a fruit smoothie, and taste like the flavors the package says they are (Orange, Peach, Cherry, Grape.)

When you take these, do it before you eat. If you let the vitamin residue linger, it will taste like vitamins. This is true with all chewables. Cleanse your palete. The Completes have a lingering metallic  aftertaste. Definitely eat something after taking these.

Both vitamins are gentle on my stomach and go down easily. As an added bonus, they taste fantastic!

If you have kids, these are a must. We know how kids are. Green foods are looked at with suspicion. Yellow foods are cheese by default. It’s sometimes difficult to get them to eat right. At least with a single, great tasting chewable vitamin they will have some of what they need.

The immune support chewables give a nice dose of B vitamins and some extra C. It’s the cold months now, filled with family get togethers, holiday cheer, and the little ones (and some adults) spreading germs. The extra immune support is greatly appreciated.

These two were about $6 per bottle at Walmart. Online in other places I’ve seen them for $8. Shop around and see where your best price is.

Up and Up Flushable Wipes

Up and Up Flushable Wipes

Welcome to my thoughts on the Up and Up Flushable Wipes!

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Here’s what the package looks like.

Quick and Dirty Review

Good: Can purchase in large quantities and it’s not terribly expensive.
Moisturize and cleanse very well.
Portable.
Easy to get or have shipped.
The package re-seals with a closure that is plastic and has an audible click. No messy sticker closure.

Maybe: Scented. It’s not a bad scent. But they are scented.

Meh: Not ok for Basement Pump systems. I do not consider this a mark against the product, just an important note. The packaging specifically says it is septic tank safe. Use your own judgment if you are the owner of one of these systems.

Eh: You should flip the package upside down to keep the moisture distributed evenly. I simply flip it every time I clean the bathroom (twice a week). Closed securely, it has not leaked yet for me.


I love Up & Up Flushable Wipes. I don’t have kids, but these get used by almost everyone in my home. I literally order them by the case, twice a year.

What do I do with them? There is always a package of these in my purse. When I’m out, and I use a public restroom, these are better option than scratchy cheap toilet paper or worse, no paper at all! The latter option happens frequently.

There is always a package of Up & Up Flushable Wipes in the bathroom at my home. If you’re familiar with the issue of toilet paper just not leaving you feeling clean enough, these will help give you that clean feeling you need. If you’re like millions of other people on this planet, maybe you have digestive issues that leave you feeling raw. A good swipe of these cleans the acidic feeling away and the aloe and vitamin E helps soothe your behind. They are flushable too. I only flush one at a time though.

If I’ve been out and I just feel gross, but there’s so much more of the day to go, a couple of these help me feel refreshed.

They have done great things for my face as well. As s I mentioned in my Super Fruits Cream review, my skin is extremely sensitive. These do not bother me in the slightest, and the additives help my skin feel nice. I am super oily/super dry combination skin, so I use at least one of these a week to refresh my bare face. You greasy guys and gals understand what I mean.

I would not use these as makeup remover. They do not have the right ingredients to remove makeup. If you’re super sensitive, a good soft cloth and olive oil are your friends for removing makeup.

Overall, I am pleased with the cost, quality, and versatility of Up & Up Flushable Wipes. I buy the case with 9 packages of 48 wipes. It costs me $11 for one case.

100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream

I came upon 100% Pure Cosmetics creams when searching for makeup that wouldn’t give me rashes, hives, and blisters.

I am pretty heavily allergic to most of the makeup out there.  Over the last 20 years I’ve tried and retried hundreds of things from almost every brand out there and wasted thousands of dollars in the process. American makeup on the whole is quite terrible in this regard.

If I do a makeup review, it will be on a sensitive-skin focused product that claims to be hypo-allergenic. I digress! As a member of society, I too am judged by my looks first, so keeping the skin lovely is important.  Equally important is the quality of what you slather on your skin, so I had to try 100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Cream.

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Kirkland Daily Multi Vitamins & Minerals

Kirkland Multi Vitamins and Minerals
The gigantic bottle of vitamins.

Quick Review of the Vitamins:

  • 3 cents per pill
  • Supply is just over 16 months
  • Only available at Costco

Tip:  Get a Costco gift card and you won’t need a membership to shop there. You can only pay with the gift card though.

A daily supplement was recommended to me by my doctor long ago because I have a rather sickly disposition in general, and I’m always looking for the more frugal options since I’m an intolerable cheapskate.  Of course, this means I’m a Costco junkie. Love the employees to bits and pieces, and they have some amazing deals in the store!

When I emptied my last bottle of Equate multi-vitamins, I gleefully headed to the pill aisle to see what deals Costco could offer. I picked up a behemoth bottle of multi-vitamins (500 count) for around $15 and giggled at my good luck all the way home. There was much side-eye from my family, as I do not giggle very often. Read more