Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Darn Tough Coolmax No Show Ultralight Socks Review!

I've been noticing lately that I am running out of socks to wear. Most of my socks have holes in them, and I haven't even had them for a long time! I guess my socks just aren't made well enough. Thankfully, I've found Darn Tough Socks.

Darn Tough makes high quality, comfortable, and durable socks that are made to last. In fact, Darn Tough is so sure of their products, that all of their socks have a lifetime guarantee. If you wear out your socks, they will send you a brand new pair for free, no questions asked, no strings attached. That alone is pretty incredible. I can't think of any other brand, let alone sock company that does this.

One of the reasons why they are so sure of the quality of their socks, is that they make all of their socks themselves, right in their Northfield, Vermont factory. They purchase the finest raw materials and use the latest knitting technology, with the best-trained and hardest working people putting it all together every day.

They make socks for many different types of lifestyles and exercises including hiking, running, biking, skiing, hunting, gym, and work. They offer socks for women, men, and kids.

I run a few times a week, plus do many other aerobic exercises, so I knew I needed some running socks. They had a variety of styles and colors to choose from. I chose the Coolmax No Show Ultralight socks in the colors Blackenberry. 

These socks are made with Ultra-Light Coolmax® technology, which is engineered to move moisture away from your skin, to be fast drying and to enhance comfort. They are completely seamless, to make for a smooth fit and to reduce blisters and hot spots. They never slip, or bunch up, and they stay put all day long.

I love these socks. They truly are the most comfortable, best fitting socks I've ever worn. They don't have that uncomfortable seam in the toe area that all socks seem to have. They are thick and warm, but not so thick that you can't wear them in the Summer. I also love the unique style and colors. I think it's cute that they say "Darn Tough" on them.

They are great for exercising, but I also can't wait to wear them to work. My socks always, without fail, slip and bunch up in my shoes while I'm working. Then I have to go hide, and make sure no one can see me, while I adjust my socks.

You can purchase the Coolmax No Show Ultralight Socks for $13. Which may seem a little pricey for one pair of ordinary socks, but for a pair of super comfy high quality socks that have a lifetime guarantee it's a steal!

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Natalie Jill's Rev 4 Rev It Up Fitness DVD Review!

I recently decided to make a big lifestyle change. I'm eating healthier and I'm exercising daily. I don't have an expensive gym membership, but that doesn't keep me from finding other ways to work out. So, I hit up my fitness DVD collection for a fun workout this morning.

I decided to go for the Rev 4 workout DVD, because I'm drawn to the girly pink and purple colors as well as the beautiful Natalie Jill on the front cover. 

I also really like the concept of this DVD. It has 4 different 10 minute workouts, each one focusing on different body parts. The exercises that are done in the workouts are done in 30 sec intervals. The workouts are recommended for people with an intermediate fitness level. There is no equipment needed.

The DVD's run time is a total of 50 minutes and includes:
  • Warm Up 
  • Rev 1 - Full Body
  • Rev 2 - Lower Body
  • Rev 3 - Upper Body
  • Rev 4 - Core Crusher
  • Cool Down
  • Bonus Material
The Full Body workout included exercises such as punches, squats, planks and push ups. The Lower Body workout included exercises such as lunges, runner's lunges (loved these!), skater lunges, and squat hops. The Upper Body included exercises such as planks, pushups, tricep dips, and crab walks. The Core Crusher included exercises such as planks, side planks, plank toe taps, and supine leg drops.

Overall, I enjoyed this video. I think Natalie Jill is a great trainer. She's always saying encouraging things and showing modifications for many of the exercises to increase or decrease the intensity. Just looking at her definitely gives me motivation, which is always good! I like that the workouts and exercises are quick and efficient. I also like that I can customize my workout by picking and choosing which workouts I want to do. 

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this DVD for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Doon is a young adult fantasy novel that is the first of it's series. It was written by best friends Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. Doon is based loosely off of the musical Brigadoon, which I have never seen or heard of prior to reading this book.

The book starts off with best friends Veronica and Mackenna graduating high school. Veronica lives with her careless mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Bob. Kenna has dreams of being on broadway and is obsessed with musicals. Every other chapter switches between being written in either Mackenna's or Veronica's point of view, which I think is really cool, but I often have to double check which character is narrating, because it can get confusing.

Veronica and Kenna end up planning a trip to Scotland to celebrate graduating. Before they go on their trip, Veronica starts seeing visions of a handsome boy wearing a kilt. She starts to think she may be losing her mind, but she wonders if there is more behind this mysterious boy that she keeps seeing everywhere.

Once they get to Scotland, they stay at Mackenna's late Aunt's cottage. While exploring the cottage, the girls find two magical rings and a note of instructions from Kenna’s aunt. By following these instructions, the bridge of Doon opens up to them and the adventure starts.

Overall, I found this book to be a light hearted, fun, and entertaining read. I think this book is ideal for teens and young adults, especially those who enjoy fantasy novels like Twilight and Harry Potter. Doon ends with a cliffhanger, and now I don't think I can handle not reading Book 2 of this series when it comes out.

You can watch the trailer for Doon below:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Animal Wise by Virgina Morell

Animal Wise is a book written by Virginia Morell, a correspondent for Science and a contributor to National Geographic, among other publications. In this book she presents us with scientific research, experiments, interviews and personal stories that all explore whether animals think and feel.

I was interested in reading this book because I'm an animal lover and I've always wondered whether animals, especially my dog, think, and without language, how do they think. After reading this book, there isn't a doubt in my mind that animals can think. Whether you already believe animals have thoughts and feelings, you're on the fence, or just a skeptic, this is a really important read.

Not only does this book contain a lot of knowledge about the psychology of animals, but it's also a very interesting book that kept me engaged throughout it's entirety. It has humor, heartfelt stories, and you can see that animals are a lot more like humans than many would like to believe. It's also a moderately easy read, as Virginia explains all of the science in a comprehensive and easy to digest manner.

I really enjoyed the way the book ends. She relates all of the information that we have just learned to real life issues that are going on right now. It makes me realize why animal conservation and animal rights are so important. If animals are these highly complex thinking individuals and not mindless machines, then the way we treat them is really important.

Overall, I am really glad I read this book. It's the best book I have read in a long time. I would strongly suggest everyone read it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit & Water Resistant Black Mascara Review & Giveaway!

As many of my readers should already know by now, I love makeup. Like all makeup lovers, I like trying out new brands and products. So, I was really excited to try out some new products from the cosmetic brand Chella! I've tried out a couple of products from Chella in the past. I first found out about them through a monthly subscription box. I really liked their eyebrow pencil and highlighter, so I reached out to them to see if I could review some of their other cosmetics.

The good people at Chella were kind enough to send me their Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit and their Water Resistant Black Mascara.

The Eyebrow Color Kit contained a mechanical precision eyebrow color pencil in Tantalizing Taupe, a Latte Highlighter Pencil, an essential Eyebrow Defining Gel and a Dual Size Pencil Sharpener.

They also offer this brow kit in many other colors including Auburn, Blonde, Dark Brown, Light Brown, and Ebony. Even though my hair is dark brown, I chose taupe, because I like my eyebrows to be a couple of shades lighter than my actual hair color. Taupe is a really universal color that looks great with blonde, red, brown, or even black hair. 

I also got the Water Resistant Black Mascara, because what makeup look would be complete without a little mascara?

A look I created using the Chella brow pencil, highlighter, gel, and mascara. 

My Thoughts

Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Pencil - This pencil is awesome and is definitely one of my favorite eye pencils to use. The color is a perfect shade of taupe. It's easy to use. It's mechanical, so you don't have to bother with sharpening it. It has a fine tip, so it's always precise. Best of all, it gives me very natural looking brows that you can't tell are filled in.

Latte Highlighter Pencil - Very creamy, easy to apply formula. Latte is a shade of nude that is slightly darker than my skin. I use it below my brow and on the inner corners of my eyes. 

Eyebrow Defining Gel - This gel works perfectly at keeping my eye brows in place. It's clear, so you can apply it over your eyebrows after you fill them in with the eyebrow pencil of your choice. It doesn't leave any visible residue or lumpiness behind like other gels. 

Dual Size Pencil Sharpener - I'm so glad they included this in my kit, since I can never find my pencil sharpeners when I need them! This pencil sharpener is really great, because it has two different size sharpeners in one. It also has a mess-free enclosure, so you can clean it out when you need to. 

Water Resistant Black Mascara - This mascara is great if you aren't a fan of clumpy spider lashes. This mascara keeps my lashes looking natural and only gives them just a little extra volume and length. All while keeping my lashes separated and clump free. I even wear this mascara on days that I don't feel like putting on any makeup. I just put a couple coats of mascara on, and I'm good to go. 

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hollister Co Jeans for $20!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hollister Co for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of my favorite stores to shop for jeans is Hollister Co. Hollister jeans just seem to be the most affordable jeans with the highest quality. Their jeans are built to last, while looking super cute and trendy. A lot of their denim features luxe details such as embellishments, stitched details, metallic foil, tonal prints, and embroidery. Their wide array of washes, fits, rises, and sizes make it easy to find the perfect pair of jeans. Whether you are looking for a medium rinse boyfriend jean, a dark rinse jean legging, or a medium wash high rise super skinny, they have it.
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Hollister is constantly offering great sales. Making your favorite pair of denim an even better deal. Currently they are running a promotion where you can get any jeans in store for $20! This is going to save you some major bucks. This promo will especially come in handy since a lot of you are going back to school soon or have kids that are going back to school. I would stock up on those jeans since you can never have too many!
Speaking of back to school. Hollister has all the clothes that you'll need to look fabulous. Below I put together a nice casual look, that will keep you comfortable in class while looking cute and stylish.

For this look I paired dark skinny jeans with a blue plaid shirt, to match the shirt I added a blue crossbody purse, to keep cool I chose a pair of nice brown sandals, and I kept jewelry to a minimum with a couple of simple pieces. Everything that you see above is from, you guessed it, Hollister Co!
Overall, I think my favorite pair of jeans right now are the Hollister Bryden Skinny Jeans. Every woman and girl needs to own a pair of plain dark rinse skinny jeans, free of any holes, rips, fading or embellishments. A pair of simple and basic jeans like these can practically be worn with anything and anywhere. You could dress them up with a fancy top and a blazer or you could dress them down with a basic t-shirt or tank top.

What is your favorite fit? Boyfriend, Jean Legging, High Rise Super Skinny, Super Skinny, Natural Waist Jegging, Jegging, Overall, Skinny, or Boot?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Maui Excellent Volcano Oil and Gel Review & Giveaway!

Maui Excellent is a company based in Hawaii and founded by Helen Cummings, a clinical massage rehabilitation therapist. Through her work, she has formulated one-of-a-kind, all-natural, aromatherapy products that range from pain management, to soothing creams and facial and skin rejuvenation treatments. 

Some of the products that Maui Excellent offers includes Essential Oil Bath Salts, Aloe Vera Cooler Organic Gel, Organic Bug Block, Natural Facial Moisturizing Creams, Bath and Body Massage Oil, and Aromatherapy Roll On Essential Oil Blends. 

You might remember a couple months ago I did a review and giveaway of the lovely Hawaiian Floral Roll-On Essential Oil Blends gift bags. Helen was kind enough to send me another product to review and giveaway.

I received a tub of the Volcano Oil Gel and a roll-on bottle of Volcano Oil. Both products came in a small red gift bag, which I use to store them in. Volcano Oil has multiple benefits and uses including pain management, relieves headaches, and loosens congestion. The Volcano Oil comes in many forms; roll-on, gel, massage oil, and bath salts. 

Today I woke up with a sore neck, so I decided to put some Volcano Oil Gel on it. The gel is very light weight, non-greasy, and has a strong minty medicinal scent. I rubbed it all over my neck and shoulders. Within seconds I started feeling a cooling tingling sensation. After a few moments, I did not feel any soreness anymore, all I could feel was the cool minty sensation on my skin. The gel dried within moments, so I was able to lay down on a pillow, without it rubbing off. The gel lasts for about an hour, and then you can re-apply if needed.

You might be thinking that there are a lot of topical products that help with pain, what makes Volcano Oil any different? Volcano Oil never tests on animals and contains no distilled or artificial ingredients, GMO's, mineral oil, alcohols, chemical fillers, or perfumes. 

The full list of ingredients are: Organic Aloe Vera, Essential Oils of Menthol, Camphor, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus & Tea Tree. Carbomer,Vitamins C & E. I'm always impressed when I can actually pronounce everything that's in a product. 

Overall, I think Volcano Oil is a great product and I will definitely use whenever I wake up with a sore neck or have sore muscles from working out. It will also be great if I come down with a cold, and need something to help clear my sinuses. I love that this product can help me manage pain, without having to take harmful pills. 

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*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
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