I didn’t get the Friday Haagen Dazs certificate up last week so we’ll start it today and I’ll draw a winner on Thursday.¬† There has been talk around the blogosphere about bloggers reviewing products.¬† In the interest of full disclosure, most of the time I talk about stuff because I love it or hate it.¬† But now and then, through Mom Central, I am sent a product to review and tell you all about.¬† Often, I receive the product and a $20 Amazon gift card for my time.¬† Sometimes, as with the Haagen Dazs, the compensation is something else – a donation to a charity of my choice or in this instance the certificates for more ice cream (which I am sharing with all of you).¬† I will never say anything I don’t believe and I only sign up to review products that interest me or are relavent to my life.¬† I always tell you if I am reviewing a product that was provided to me.¬† I’ve done just a few in the past year: Neosporin, Haagen Dazs, Horizons Organic milk boxes, and Clorox Green Wipes come to mind…there might be 1 other.¬† Anywhoo, just wanted to get that off my chest.
Now, to tell you about stuff that no one gave me because I like to know what others love and hate so I know what to try when I am at the store.
Other than foundation, I hadn’t purchased make up since – well let’s just say I had no fewer kids.¬† With some coupons and some sales, I picked up a couple new things.¬† I have worn eyeliner since the days of melting it on the curling iron so that the black went on nice and thick.¬† I’ve obviously softened it over the years but I have always been unable to use anything but a pencil.¬† No liquid liner or shadows for me.¬† Until now. I love this stuff.¬† The brush really does allow you to put it above and below your lashes without it going every where.¬† (This is 12 hours after application.)¬† It gets my endorsement.
Next up is the tinted moisturizer I bought for summer foundation. It is Physicians Formula’s new organic line.¬† I have to give this a mixed review – mostly because it smells like ass.¬† Okay, that might be a bit overstated…I couldn’t smear it on my face if it really smelled like ass but it doesn’t smell particularly pleasant.¬† I love it for the first 4 or 5 hours I am wearing it and then it starts feeling rather greasy on my face if I don’t dust a little more powder over it.¬† If your face isn’t prone to shine, you might like it.
Speaking of things that don’t smell great, I love love love Philosophy’s Hope In a Jar (Moisturizer) but they really could put a little something in it to make it smell better.¬† I had to quit wearing it while I was pregnant because it was all I would smell all day long.¬† When not pregnant, the smell is only a minor annoyance.
Not to harp on scent, but this stuff is horrible!¬† It is Palmolive’s Spring Purity or something like that (neon pink with Oxy on the label).¬† It smells like a funeral parlor (the flowers not the peeps) soaked in beer.¬† And it is so strong, the entire kitchen smells like it when you use it.¬† My husband repeatedly told me how much he hated it (yes he does dishes – and he’s all mine).¬† I hated it enough to throw it away after using only 1/4 of the bottle.¬† Blech!
Okay, on to better smells.¬† I have been searching for a coffee that makes me sigh contentedly each morning like my Guatemalan coffee did.¬† I’ve tried a bunch of coffee.¬† I’ve tried 5 of Trader Joe’s and finally hit on one that is more than okay – Bali Blue Moon.¬† It isn’t any where near as good as the stuff from Guatemala but it is pretty good.
But even better than that?¬† I tried 3 coffees from Camano Island Coffee last month (thanks to Metropolitan Mama).¬† I wasn’t a fan of the Ethiopian – not my taste.¬† The Guatemalan medium roast was quite good…just not up to my memory of Antigua coffee.¬† But surprisingly, the Brazil medium roast was very good.¬† It is my new favorite coffee.¬† I’ll be ordering some more once I finish the Bali Blue Moon.
And last but not least, we found a great deal on Woot.com for a Recar Como convertible car seat right around the time we wanted to move Tessa out of her infant carrier.¬† These people design Nascar seats so they know safety.¬† Everything I read said they were comparable to Britax seats in ratings.¬† (Sabrina has a Britax Marathon and we love it.)¬† We decided to give it a try.¬† We’ve had it for 2 months now.¬† I really like that the seat seems to cushion all around her – especially her head.¬† There is only 1 complaint that I have – the damned straps.¬† Why doesn’t every car seat manufacturer use the same straps the Britax does?¬† The Britax straps are wider and thicker – having more substantial straps means they never twist.¬† The Recaro straps aren’t awful but they are no Britax.¬† Overall, we are happy with the seat – but I curse the straps at least once a week.
There you have it – a strange menagerie of stuff I’ve been meaning to tell someone about and you all are here.¬† If you’ve made it this far (or scrolled down to where I shut the hell up), tell me a product you are loving or hating in the comments. I will randomly select a comment on Thursday after noon central to receive the Haagen Dazs certificate.