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.