Red Bull The Blue Edition

Red Bull: The Blue Edition

Red Bull The Blue Edition
My (sadly) empty can of Red Bull.

Taste

This Red Bull drink outperforms the original flavor by quite a bit!  It’s flavor is something slightly like a liquefied fizzy Sweetart, leaning more towards sweet, with that odd aftertaste Taurine gives energy drinks. It’s tasty overall, not at all unpleasant. Blueberry is definitely the flavor they went for and achieved for the most part. Of all of the flavors in their Edition line, I like this one the most. Cranberry comes in as a very close second, and I will purchase Red if Blue is out of stock where I’m at.

Looks

Kudos to their design department for the two-toned blue-silver color scheme. I personally dislike “busy” designs on products. The more simple and clean, the better. Often times cans are cluttered up with too many colors and things plastered on it about what everyone else thinks about the product. Ironically, I don’t care what everyone else thinks about products. What is it, what flavor is it, nutrition info, your logo. That’s all anything ever needs. This can has not a lot going on, but there’s still enough information to tell me exactly what I’m getting. Red Bull energy drink. The Blue Edition. In Blueberry flavor. The particular shade of blue they use is quite attractive. My camera does not capture it well enough: it’s a deep, rich blue that just dances on the edge of purple, but is not purple. I am in love with their font choices. Clean fonts really appeal to me.  Wow, that’s a lot of words to say I love the design. Good job, Reb Bull!

Energy

This has become my preferred energy drink purchase when I feel the need for one. I do feel more peppy after drinking one and letting it do it’s work. Plenty of caffeine. It’s basically a stronger, more sugary soda though, so it’s rare that I have one at all.  A 12floz can has 38g of sugar and 41g carbohydrates. This also has a lot of Vitamin B12 in it, which, for various reasons your doctor can give you, is handy to have in your supplements.

Dietary Notes

If you are Paleo, WLS, or Low Carb, skip this and stick with espresso or tea, cream, ice, and your sweetener of choice. Energy drinks in general are not something that matches with your lifestyle.

Cost

I paid $2.50 for my 12oz can of blue go-juice. It did what I needed it to, and tasted good while doing it. I can’t ask much more than for a product to work as advertised!

 

 

This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.

ShedRain Automatic OpenClose Umbrella

This is the model and design I have!

Umbrellas.  We all have one or two–nine or ten if you’re my family!  Of all of the umbrellas I have to choose from when it’s raining or I just want some shade on a walk, this is the one I grab every time.  The ease of use was initially what attracted me to this baby.  The extra feature I didn’t really notice until we had a particularly windy day.

Have you heard of an umbrella with a wind vent? These have one. I had never heard of a wind vent in an umbrella before. When wind kicks up, it doesn’t flip inside out and break!  We all know that pain at some point. As an added bonus water does not leak in from the vents.

The automatic open/close feature means that you unwrap the little strap that secures it closed, then press a button on the handle to open it.  You also press the button on the handle to release the tension and pop it closed.  No more pinching fingers trying to press in a little tab while standing at your car!  Afterwards you just collapse it down, give it a few hard shakes (to remove extra water) and re-secure the strap.  Unsecure it and give the petals a good wipe when you are done with it for the day.  Actually, do this on any umbrella.  Maintenance is important!

ShedRain Umbrella - One of this years' designs!
Pros:

  • Huge size when unfurled. This baby is 4 and 1/2 feet across. Perfect to keep all to yourself, or share with a loved one.
  • It closes up small enough to fit in a tote bag. Note I mention tote bag, not a regular purse. See below. It’s close to the size of a large water bottle when closed and secured.

Cons:

  • This is not a totally compact umbrella. It will not just be slipped into a small handbag. If you have a regular purse, there is a carry strap for your wrist.  Personally, this isn’t a con for me, but it is a concern for the majority out there.
  • The price might put people off a bit. I paid $25 for mine. It’s down to $22 this year at Target. After years of destroyed umbrellas, I considered the old addage:  You get what you pay for.
  • The models this year are much less colorful than they were last year. Chalk it up to general fashion trends.

Would I recommend this product?  Absolutely.  You should have two–one for your person and one for work (if you have a locking storage area at work.)  This is the 3rd year I will have my umbrella.  That’s a long time for something to still function correctly these days.

This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.

Mountain Dew Black Label

Mountain Dew: Black Label

MtnDew Black Label small

New to the carbonated beverage market is Mountain Dew’s attempt at being classy with: Mountain Dew Black Label.  A refreshing magenta soda with notes of blackberry, grape, and taurine. Refreshing with just a hint of the jitters, this is a refreshing addition to the Mountain Dew line that I have grown to love.

Upon inspection of the clean and striking label, the phrase “Crafted Dark Berry” stands out proudly. While the ingredients list does not specify specific fruits, outside grape and orange juice, the flavor of mixed berries rings boldly.

Mountain Dew Black Label Official Site

This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.

 

 

Sargento Balanced Breaks

Today I am going to be telling you about Sargento Balanced Breaks snack packages.  I bought mine at Costco, but they are available at other stores such as Sam’s Club, Walmart, BJ’s, Wegmans, etc.

Sargento Balanced Break
Sargento Balanced Break: White Cheddar, Almonds, and Dried Cranberries. My favorite!

Quick and Dirty on Sargento’s Snack:

  • 7 grams of protein.
  • 180 calories.
  • Salty-sweet-fat flavors are all there and easy to combine or eat separately.
  • Generously portioned.
  • Comes in large and small quantity packages.
  • Individual snacks are very portable.
  • 4 flavor combinations using Almonds/Cashews/Peanuts and Raisins/Dried Cranberries.  All include some kind of cheese.
  • 42 cents per snack package. Your prices will vary depending on store and where you live in the US.

 

 

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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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Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter Won’t Leave Kitty Sitting Pretty

Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter Won’t Leave Kitty Sitting Pretty

Did you know that there exist people in this world whose sole goal in life is to carry all of the groceries into the house on only one trip? I knew this because… I am one of them. I admit it. I won’t hide anymore.

I don’t mind grocery shopping because, well, it’s shopping. The fact that you can actually eat some of the items you purchase, that’s just a bonus. But the endless back-and-forth routine, lugging small plastic bag after small plastic bag (or new canvas bag after new canvas bag, if you’re like me and always forget to bring with the ones you bought last trip) into the house is one of my least favorite things in the world, right up there with doing the dishes and getting a pap smear. I’ve become an expert at loading myself down with every last bag in the car, with one item always breaking my stride: the damn cat litter.

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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

Thrifting Haul! A Random Assortment

Thrifting Haul! A Random Assortment

There are few things I love as much as a thrift store — except maybe a nice flea market or garage sale! Since I was a kid, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with old things, be it thirty years or three centuries. Granted, the former is more likely to be available on this sort of jaunt, but so are a lot of newer items with little wear and tear that can be had at a bargain price.

For this inaugural Consumer Chic thrift haul, I visited my most local Goodwill (meaning the one closest to my undisclosed northern Illinois home location), and two smaller resale shops. I’d intended to check out a recently discovered Salvation Army store, but alas, they are closed on Sundays. I’d like to think it was the universe reminding me that I dislike the Salvation Army and should not support them. But I digress.

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Surge Icee at select Burger Kings

SURGE!

Looking for a taste of heaven?  Looking for it in the drive-thru?  Look no further than select Burger King locations in the winter of 2015 to early 2016. Surge was a popular soda back in the 1990-2000s. It was mainly a popular drink with teenagers and adults that needed to stay awake, and was discontinued years ago in the United States. Burger King has decided to tickle your nostalgia buttons and will be bringing this treat back in icee form!

I have been lucky enough to enjoy this re-imagined beverage on two or three separate occasions, before the syrup, much like my dreams, disappeared. Alas poor Surge, I knew thee well! BK can bring this beverage back to their menu any time, in my opinion since it is a limited edition item.

On the outside, the icee appears to be your standard semi-frozen fare. Syrup, carbonation, pureed ice, drink. On the inside however was the taste of nostalgia and the longing for a permanent menu item.  Surge is something that needs to be experienced on it’s own, but a brief note of flavor that jumps out is definitely Orange, but it is not an orange flavored drink.  It’s just not able to be described, it is something to be fondly remembered.  This icee was definitely up to par in my books.

Grab one of these before they are gone.  While I long for this to be a permanent menu item, alas, ’tis not to be.  Limited time only!

 

This post is not sponsored and reflects only the opinions of the reviewer.