Thursday, May 8, 2014

Naked Volume by Herbal Essences - First Review

I've used Herbal Essences Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner four times now. I don't notice any significant volume difference in my hair. What I do notice, though, is the ease of brushing. It has definitely increased. I normally brush my hair in the morning before a shower and comb it out after a shower. Now, when I brush it right after waking up in the morning, there are hardly any tangles. I have very long hair (waist length) and it normally gets a lot of knots, particularly at the nape of my neck. I say that the Naked Volume conditioner has made a huge difference. I haven't had to use any spray-in conditioner for knots since switching. I also like the uplifting light citrus and mint scent - it helps rejuvenate me in the shower.

I've yet to try the Souffle - next week.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sample Source Box!

Last week I received an email saying my Sample Source box had shipped and would arrive within 5 - 10 business days.  Here it is!

As you can see the Hershey's Whole Almonds bar was very popular with my husband - I don't think I had had the box opened for five minutes before he scooped it up and wolfed it down.  Definitely a good milk chocolate fix!

I'm most excited about the Quinoa Chocolate Nut Medley by by Quaker Harvest Crunch. Sounds yummy!

I'm least excited by the Snuggle Scent Boosters.  I don't like scents in my laundry.  Husband suggested that we use it if we have extra smelly loads (like one of the cats sprayed on something).  We'll see.  Its "Blue Iris" scent, whatever that is.  I just don't want to be gagging over my laundry and needing to redo it.

You can't quite tell from the photo, but the Burt's Bees sample is a night cream.  I don't use it, but my mother or one of my other friends will be happy to try it.  Great size for overnight trips.

The only coupons are in the John Frieda Frizz Ease sample pack.  Again, a good size for overnight trips and vacations.  I tend to get more fly-aways in dry weather, so it may come in handy during Summer camping.

Nice small free lot.  I'm supposed to be getting a survey about the products to do in thanks soon.  A couple of products advertised on the site I did not get - presumably due to my answers to their questionnaire.

All in all, excellent delivery time frame - questionnaire filled out April 1st, box received May 2nd.   Thanks, Sample Source!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Elle Canada Beauty Box

I filled out a quick survey on the Elle Canada site for their Spring 2014 Beauty Box a couple of weeks ago.  They did not guarantee that filling it out would get you a box, but lucky, me, I received one in the mail this week.  Nice surprise!

It came in a cute pink box patterned with outlined roses and was filled with products, coupons, and basket shredding - nice festive touch!

The Cover Girl mascara is full size.  Sample sizes of Pantene shampoo & conditioner, Satin Care shave gel, and Crest White Strips.  Coupons for Venus embrace razors ($4), Vidal Sassoon hair dye ($5), and Olay Regenerist ($3).  Also a style guide for different hair dos and make-up looks featuring Pantene and Cover Girl products.

I don't use hair dye or mascara but Elle Canada must think they are pretty standard for women if they sent them along.  One of my friends is very happy to be getting free mascara from me!  I'll pass along the hair dye coupon to my mother.  The survey did not ask if I used these products, but it did ask my age! :P

Friday, April 25, 2014

Herbal Essence BzzCampaign

I've been selected for the Herbal Essences BzzAgent Campaign.  Woo-hoo, more exciting free stuff!  This campaign activated far earlier than others I've been assigned to, and I have already received the box of products in the mail.

What I got:
- full size Herbal Essences Naked Volume silicone-free volumizing shampoo
- full size Herbal Essences Naked Volume silicone-free volumizing conditioner
- full size Herbal Essences Naked volumizing "souffle" 
- travel-size sets of the same shampoo & conditioner x 3

Pretty impressive!

I'll be waiting a week or so to try them out as I'm almost finished my current bottle of shampoo (brand omitted on purpose).  Once that is in the recycling, I'll switch in the Herbal Essences Naked shampoo and conditioner.

The products are all free of silicones, parabens, and dyes.  The scent is grapefruit and mossa mint oil.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mrs Dash Salt-Free Taco Seasoning Review

I received a free 35g package of Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Taco Seasoning in the mail.  Tonight I had some lean ground beef that needed to be used up so I thought I'd give it a try.


First off, ingredients:

  • yellow corn flour, chili pepper, maltodextrin
  • corn starch, cumin, dried onion
  • garlic powder, potassium chloride, yeast extract
  • onion powder, sugar, black pepper
  • citric acid, oregano, red pepper, celery seed

Package directions: brown 1lb ground beef; drain.  Add 3/4 cup water and seasoning mix.  Heat until thickened; stirring often.

Preparation was as simple as the directions.  I sautéed half an onion first before adding the ground beef as my only change.  Drained the beef and added the mix:

After incorporating the water, mix, and beef, it took about three to four minutes to thicken up a bit, resulting in:

Looks and smells good.

Taste: good mild chili taste.  Needs salt.  I like my salt too much for salt-free it seems.  I added a dash of sea salt to my bowl and that enhanced the flavours enough for me.  I'd say its a good base, and great if you want to eliminate or control the amount of salt and sodium in your mix.  Its easy to add your desired amount of salt at the end or to your own dish.

Other comments: does it really need sugar?  I doubt it.  Potassium chloride is classified as a type of salt, though sodium-free. Sneaky.  It is used for a wide variety of other non-food production processes - check out Wikipedia for more.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Finish & Mrs. Dash Samples

These came in the mail over the last couple of weeks.  Both had coupons with them.  Mrs. Dash took a little longer than expected, but it is fun to get Taco seasoning.  More useful for me than an all-purpose seasoning.  We'll see how salt-free tastes!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What's In My Purse?

In response to the blogging trend of the same name, here is a list of the contents of my purse today:
  • Wallet (flowers & bees pattern from Shag Wear)
  • Coupon file 
  • Personalized note pad
  • Pen
  • Hair clip
  • Random kleenex tissues
  • SwissCard
  • Pill vial (two-day supply of prescriptions, vitamins, Advil Liquigels)
  • Mirror
  • Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Wine (?)
  • Cell phone
  • Old McDonald's receipt for two-for-one pineapple mango smoothies
  • Earrings I wore two days ago
  • Current prescription I need to fill
  • Mini emery board
  • Annabelle #420 Blush lip liner
  • Clinique Sassy Spice Colour Surge lipstick
  • Aveda Nourish-Mint hydrating lip glaze in #764 Ginger Lily
  • Work access card
  • Work key chain

I'm using a Nine West crossbody style 8" high by 7" wide with one zippered exterior pocket, one main zippered pocket, and one hidden zipper pocket inside.