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Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses



Who would have thought keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold is possible in a drinking glass? Well, it is and I'm glad I was given a chance to find out if the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses are everything they are advertised.





Product Description

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. The patent-pending Serafino is great for coffee, cappuccinos, hot or iced teas, cocktails, frozen beverages and much more. Each set contains 2 handmade glasses designed for lifetime use. The Serafino glasses are completely dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and ship in an elegantly printed and carefully packaged box with a 1 year warranty.

My Thoughts

The glasses are beautifully crafted. Each glass is contoured to give you an easy grip and has a double design to create an illusion that your drink is suspended in mid air. That's pretty cool! For sure, I will have loads of fun serving different kinds of drinks in these glasses.




What's more? You can take your morning Java without having to worry about it getting cold easily. It can keep your drink hot for a long time. I tried holding it while the drink is hot and I was able to lift it without burning my hands. And when I placed a very cold drink, the glass didn't sweat and it didn't produce a condensation ring on my wooden table.

The glasses aren't thick and heavy, but they are durable. They don't break or chip easily. I say that because I tried bumping the two glasses (No, I wasn't too brave to drop it. Ha-ha) and nothing happened.

Pros

The Serafino glasses are heat and shatter resistant. Borosilicate is used to make them, so they are stronger and more durable than common glass. The wraparound contour design allows a natural aesthetic grip. They are designed to keep your hands cooler with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages. They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.




Cons

None! These are the coolest glasses I've ever used.

Recommendation

These are perfect for those who keep dropping and breaking their glasses. The Serafino double wall glasses are shatter resistant and very durable. They ship in an elegant 4 color printed box with a 1 Year Warranty; Satisfaction Guaranteed.

These amazing glasses can be purchased on at Amazon. And for more information about the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses, you can check the Ozeri website and for updates, you can like them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Girl's of Summer Matilda Jane Giveaway (ends Apr.28)

Welcome to the Girl's of Summer Matilda Jane Giveaway!

Hosted by Mostly Together Mommy



Matilda Jane Clothing is well known for the joy, fun, and quality they put into every item coming out of their workshop. Well, they've done it again! The new Wonderful Parade collection is right on time for spring, with bright colors and fun new prints that you can mix and match to show off your little girl's individual spirit.

You can find a review of some of the collection from Renae at Mostly Together Mommy.

One lucky winner is going to take home a $50 Matilda Jane Gift Card! This giveaway is open to all those in the U.S. and Canada and ends on April 28, 2014. One entrant per household, please!


*This blog has not been compensated for promoting this giveaway. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Top Essential Things to Carry to the Beach


We're in the midst of summer and I am so sure that the scorching heat is already driving you nuts. And while the air conditioner in your room is working full time, it's not enough to cool you down. So, what better way to beat the heat? The beach, of course! But, wait a minute. Before you go and head to the beach with your friends, check this list of things first. For sure, you've packed your swimsuit, some clothes, a towel, your flip flops and your gadgets, but did you remember to bring your sunblock? Below is your go-to guide to top beach things you should never forget.

Sunscreen

Sure, you want to bask in the sun and stay in the water all day, but you should also protect yourself from the sun's dangerous rays. The rate of skin cancer is on the rise and a good sunscreen can help cut down your risk of developing it.

Lotion infused with Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera easily soothes sunburned skin. And whether your skin has been burned or not after basking in the sun, applying lotion after taking a shower will instantly soothe hot skin.

Bring a mouthwash

You have your soap, shampoo and conditioner with you, but have you packed a bottle of Swish Breath Spray? Powered by Surefresh Technology that kills bad breath causing bacteria, plaque and gingivitis, this will ensure you have fresh breath all day! Plus, it's alcohol Free, so it's safe to use every day.





And unlike other mouthwashes, it doesn't sting. You can be sure that you'll have an enjoyable gargling experience. By the way, Swish is a quality product of Unilab, a name you can trust when it comes to healthcare and skin products. Check their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SwishPhilippines.

Sunglasses and Sun Hat

Sunglasses and sun hats will protect your eyes and skin from the scorching heat of the sun.

First Aid Kit

You'll never know when you'll need this so you should always have this in your beach bag. Your kit should include antacids, gas relief tablets, paracetamol, antidiarrheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, mild laxative, pain reliever, Bandaid, bandages, insect repellent and candied ginger for motion sickness.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All that was expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the article were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Frozen Bean Giveaway (ends Apr. 26)

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Disclosure: Moms... Check nyo did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Belitae Organics FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If radiant, beautiful and young-looking skin is what you are aiming for, a serum is what you need. I've read a lot about Vitamin C serums in the past, but it was only recently that I was able to try it. I love its effect on my skin and I'm glad I was given a chance to try yet another great product. This time, it's from Belitae Organics.




Product Description

What makes this Vitamin C serum so unique? It is formulated with STAY-C50! STAY-C50 is proven to be a more stable and bioavailable form of Vitamin C...unlike any other serum! This Vitamin C serum bio-converts to L-ascorbic acid with the enzymes in the skin and so it is available when needed! And although STAY-C 50 is an extremely potent antioxidant, it does not oxidize in the bottle.

Did you know that when you apply Vitamin C topically it is 20 times more effective for your skin than ingesting a vitamin capsule? Finally, there is a way to turn back the clock-treat your skin with the highest quality Vitamin C serum proven to restore, refine and brighten skin.

Try our Vitamin C Serum and Benefit From: -Reduction in age spots and discoloration -Smoother, more vibrant skin -Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles -Hydrated, healthier and younger looking skin -Boost in collagen production

What Makes Belitae a Great Vitamin C Serum

-Formulated with STAY-C50 a proven bioavailable form of Vitamin C
-A quick acting, easy absorption formula which goes on easy, smoothly, and lightly. Made in the USA (FDA registered facility)
-98% natural and 72% organic ingredients
- NO added fillers
- Cruelty Free
-Added benefits of Amino Complex, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Aloe Vera

Important Information

Indications
For All Skin Types. Use Daily for Best Results.

Ingredients
Organic Aloe Vera and Organic Gotu Kola and Organic Horsetail and Organic Geranium and STAY-C 50 (Vitamin C) and MSM and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid and Witch Hazel and Kosher Vegetable Glycerin and L-Arginine and Jojoba Oil and Phenoxyethanol (1%) and Ethylhexyl Glycerin (1%)

Directions
Apply 2-3 drops to the face and neck twice daily after cleansing. Allow for absorption before applying moisturizer.

My Opinion

I'm in my forties and dark spots are my main problems. Except for crow's feet, I don't have any other facial lines to worry about, yet. I immediately tried the Belitae Organics FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum when I got it in my mail a few days ago.

As expected, it made my skin feel soft and smooth instantly. But it was the brightening effect that really surprised me. Three days of using it (I use it twice daily, by the way), and I already noticed that the brown spots on my face have lightened. And although I cannot make claims for the crow's feet, yet, I have to give this serum a lot of credit for the wonderful effects on my skin.




Pros

It's easy to apply and not messy at all. Unlike other skin care products that promise to turn back the clock, this serum works fast. A couple of drops can cover the face and neck area, so a little goes a long way. Organic and natural ingredients were used and it won't irritate even the most sensitive skin. It's packaged in an attractive blue bottle and a pretty box that makes it look expensive, but it's not.

Cons

There is nothing I don't like about this serum. After trying it, I don't think I can go without it.

Recommendation

Perfect for those who are trying to get rid of dark spots and for those who are looking to hydrate skin. The Belitae Organics FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum is available on Amazon for only $15.95.

For more info about this amazing serum please visit the following:

Belitae Organics
Facebook 
Twitter

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Nature's Best Vitamin C Serum


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I've used a lot of different creams to moisturize my face, but I've never tried using a Vitamin C Serum to remove sun spots and wrinkles. I know that Vitamin C delivers so many health benefits and I'm glad I was given a chance to review the serum. I'd like to be able to try it on my skin.





Product Description


  • Clinically Test and Proven to Stimulate Collagen, Reversing the Effects of Aging. 
  • This is the Highest Quality Vitamin C Serum Available on the Market, Guaranteed to Work. 
  • Our Serum will remove Toxins & create Collagen, Diminishing fine Lines & Wrinkles. 
  • Organic Ingredients make this product Perfect for all Skin types, dry, oily, sensitive. 
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A by our Top of the Line FDA Certified Cosmetic Lab.


Indications

Pre-Mature Aging, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Sun Damaged Skin, Loss Of Elasticity, Firmness & Skin That Need Revitalization. Excellent For Any Skin Types. Directions

Directions for Use:

1) Apply small amount with fingertips to freshly cleansed and toned face, neck and decollete areas, avoid direct contact with eyes.
2) Allow time to absorb prior to moisturizer application.
3) Apply 1-2 times daily, depending on your skins need and sensitivity




My Opinion

It is not sticky and it's easy to work on the skin. I love that a little goes a long way. A single drop can cover up the entire face and neck. I also love the glowing effect it leaves on my skin. As for my "bacne" (back acne), I noticed that they dried up pretty quickly. I am hoping that with continued use, they'd be gone forever. As for the dark spots, they have become lighter and less visible. Pretty soon, I am going to ditch the concealer. Yay!

I still can't make claims about the fine lines and wrinkles, it's too early to tell because I've only been using it for a few days. I like how it makes my skin soft and smooth.

Pros

It works on all skin types and is not messy at all. You'll love the glowing effect and it doesn't leave your skin looking shiny.

Cons

Like I mentioned earlier, I've never used a serum before, so I can't compare it with other brands. So far, I love it and have not found anything I didn't like. My skin didn't react badly to it and I love how it makes my skin feel.

Recommendation

It's the perfect product to treat acne, erase sun spots and delay the signs of ageing. If you want to see fast results, I'd recommend that you try this serum.

Nature's Best Vitamin C Serum is available at Amazon and retails at $22.95. For more information about the product, please visit Mystelic Beauty.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology


I recently received an Ozeri Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer courtesy of Moderna for review purposes. I've made walking a habit. I do it nightly with my mom and dad. My father is in his 70s, while my mom is in her 60s. Walking is their only exercise and since I am also trying to shed off pounds, I join them every night.





I used to have a pocket pedometer, but one of the twins got a hold of it and somehow misplaced it. I'm glad I have this to use. It will be nice to monitor how many steps I make each night, again. 

Product Description:

  • Records steps, distance, speed, calories and time with the world's most advanced Tri-Axis technology. 
  • 3 Recording Modes: Today, Split & Total -- with a split screen display for multi-data views. 
  • New 3D Tri-Axis Sensor (X, Y, Z plane detection) provides superior accuracy in any position. 
  • Counts up to 1 million steps with 7-Day Memory, and includes a built-in Clock, Calendar & Sports Timer and Auto Sleep Mode technology. 
  • Used by professional athletes, the 4x3motion boasts an ultra slim design that fits in any pocket, and features a blue backlight for night viewing. 
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.






My Opinion

This is so different from the one that I used to have. It not only records the number of steps I made, but it tells me the distance, the speed and how many calories I was able to lose. Knowing all these keeps me motivated to walk more and faster.

With my old pedometer, I had to make sure that I stress each step just so the pedometer can detect it. I also have to make sure that the angle is right all the time or it won't count my steps. The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology is very accurate because of its sensor. It counts all your steps, any way you position it.

Pros

It's small, very light and easy to use.
It fits right in your pocket and can be hung on your neck using the safety leash.
It can keep track of your progress for up to 1 week.
It has a built-in clock, calendar and even a timer.
The blue backlight makes it easier for you to read the results even at night.

Cons

None. I absolutely love my new pedometer!

Recommendation

If you're always disappointed with the inaccuracy of other pedometers you have used, you'd be happy with this one. It works great and you don't have to be a techie to use it. You can simply put it in your pocket and go and it will automatically start counting everything -- your steps, speed, distance and calories. You don't even have to worry about turning it on and setting it up; as soon as it detects movement, it'll start working right away.

The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology is available through Amazon for only $15.95.

To know more about the product, please visit the Ozeri website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook for updates.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: Skinue Skincare Products


Now that I am in my forties, taking care of my skin is very important. I didn't give it much attention when I was younger, but it's not yet too late to give it all the attention it needs. Although I don't have wrinkles yet, crow's feet and sun spots have appeared. There's no way I can get rid of crow's feet without laser or surgery, but there are skin care products that can help diminish the appearance. It's the sun spots that I would really love to get rid of.

I like trying out new products to see what would work best on my skin. I've tried Argan oil, yogurt and goat's milk, but never have I imagined that I would be using Camel's milk. Yup, that's what Skinue is all about. Cleopatra must have known then that aside from gold, camel milk works wonders on the skin. It has healing properties that help fight off infections and antibodies that fight acne. Science also proves it that the milk's alpha-hydroxy acids soften the skin and keeps it supple, thus preventing wrinkles.





Skinue offers a line of skincare products to address different skin imperfections -- Skinue Gel, Skinue Serum, Skinue Cream, Skinue Facial Wash, Skinue Dry Skin, Skinue Brightening Gel and Skinue Massage Gel.



Facial Wash

I like facial washes that lather up really nicely and this is one of them. It smells terrific and I love how my skin felt soft and smooth after washing.



Brightening Cream

I told you I have sun spots and I want to get rid of them. I have used other brightening creams before, but nothing worked. It's either my skin reacted to it or it didn't brighten the dark spots at all. It might be too early to say, but I'm starting to notice some improvements. The sun spots are still there, but my skin has a more even tone.



Serum

I gave it to my son who's skin is breaking out. He says the serum is gentle on his skin and not drying at all.



Dry Skin Lotion

Just like their other line of products, this one smells nice too. My skin felt really soft and smooth. The effect is long lasting as well. I used it in the morning and when night time came, my skin is still looking supple.



Massage Gel

I don't normally use a massage gel because I feel that I don't really need to, but I had to try, so I can share my views with you. It's easy to apply and it's not messy at all. I love the minty scent and as soon as you apply the gel, it soothes the skin instantly. Now, why didn't I use massage gels before?



Acne Gel

It was also given to my son. He loved that the gel didn't leave the affected area looking shiny unlike the acne creams that he has used. The effect is fast as well because it dried up the acne pretty quickly.



Acne Cream

Like the serum and the gel, the cream is gentle on the skin. My son's skin feels smooth and supple. He commutes to and from school, this cream will help keep those ugly bumps from coming back.

Both he and I had a wonderful experience with Skinue. All of their products were gentle on skin and I love how they moisturized my skin. If you're looking for a new product to try, Skinue won't disappoint.

For more information about their line of skincare products, please visit the Skinue website. You may also like and follow them on Facebook for updates.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

1 Year Subscription for Qustodio Premium Giveaway (ends Apr. 12)

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Disclosure: Moms... Check nyo did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder


I've had it with pepper mills. Over the years, I think I already bought more than 5 of these and they didn't last very long. Earlier this week, an Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder courtesy of Ozeri arrived on my doorstep for evaluation purposes. I got pretty excited because it's the first time that I'm going to use an electric pepper grinder and I feel like I'm a real chef. :)




Product Description

The Ozeri Artesio Electric Grinder by Ozeri is the ultimate accompaniment to any dining setting where a touch of fresh pepper (or salt) goes a long way. Designed to operate effortlessly, the Artesio combines an adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism with a battery-powered engine for push-button easy dispensing of pepper (or salt). Marketed almost exclusively by word of mouth, the battery powered Artesio consistently wins applause with its ability to grind peppercorns, salt and spices. The Artesio Electric Grinder by Ozeri also boasts an ultra-soft, non-slip grip and a built-in light for low-lit dining ambiances. The Artesio requires no assembly and runs on 4 AA batteries (not included).

Durable ceramic mechanism easily grinds peppercorns, salt and spices seasons accurately with the adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism that adjusts from fine to coarse Features an ultra soft textured non-slip grip Includes a built-in light that automatically turns on for clear and precise seasoning See-through container makes monitoring pepper level easy and reveals the grinding action Satisfaction Guaranteed

My Thoughts

Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like a real chef! I've seen a lot of chefs on TV using an electric pepper mill and I thought it's really cool. One easy touch and there goes your freshly ground pepper. Please watch my video below.

video


Pros

The design looks great, you can even use it on the table with your guests. It's easy to use and a light touch is all you need to operate it. The Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder is very affordable. It sells for only $19.16 on Amazon. I've seen other brands and most of them cost around $40-$50. It works for salt and other spices as well.

Cons

None so far. I've had it for only a few days and used it only several times. It worked all the time and by the way it was designed, I think it's durable enough to last a long time.

Recommendation

A very handy tool to use in the kitchen and on the table. The Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder saves you a lot of time than traditional pepper mills.

To know more about the product and the other products they offer, please visit the Ozeri website. And for updates, you may like and follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 
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