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Lashem Extensions in a Bottle Mascara

Date Fri, December 19 2014

I’m excited to write another review for a Lashem product that I like quite a bit! This time around, it’s a fiber mascara. It’s the first I’ve tried, and I actually didn’t even know that Lashem offered this product. I’m sure many of you have seen the reviews or even tried Younique’s mascara, which is a similar concept.

Like L’oreal’s Beauty Tubes, this is a dual-sided product. The first is a basic black mascara that you’ll use both as a base and a top coat. The other side contains the fibers, which are white and in a white base.

You first put on black, then the white, then the black again. Now, I’m not a huge fan of products that require too many layers, especially when one of those was white. But I’m happy to report that it was easy to cover any white with this mascara.

Because I had never used a fiber mascara, I was curious how many would they be. Would it be super obvious. Would they flake onto my cheeks, so on and so forth.

Lashem Extensions in a Bottle Mascara

Lashem Extensions in a Bottle Mascara

I didn’t notice any flaking onto my cheeks, and before I put on that top coat, the fibers really weren’t all that noticeable either. I think this is because they’re much smaller than I was anticipating. The wet mascara was super smudgy beneath my eyes. I’m not sure what I was doing that so much product wound up there, but I had to carefully remove the excess so I wouldn’t look like a raccoon.

But I really liked the effect once I did apply the third coat of mascara. It was pretty bold, and it wasn’t just the black color. My eyes popped even without any other eye makeup. My lashes looked much fuller, which is great if you have thinning lashes. The base of my lashes looked less “empty,” too. This might negate the need for eyeliner but it would blend in well with black liner, too.

I took the time to touch my lashes to feel them. There were so soft, you guys. It must be the fibers adding softness!

Of course, mascara has to do more than just look good. It needs to perform well, holding up over time. It can’t start to smudge after 30 minutes if I’m going to continue to wear it. I’m happy to report that this mascara did pretty well. It wasn’t perfect but I’d wear it on a daily basis without worrying about smudging too much. I might try it with my waterproof topcoat.

I did need to remove the mascara with makeup remover because it wasn’t enough just to wash my face, so this might be somewhat water resistant. This isn’t an advertised point, though, so don’t count on it.

One thing I did notice about an hour after I put on this mascara was that my eyes felt a little bothered, as though some of the fibers might have made it in there. In fact, I’m sure some did. It’s kinda impossible not to. I think this could be an issue if you wear contacts. Definitely put it on after your contact. However, the product page says that you can wear Fiber Extension Mascara with contacts.

I haven’t had a chance to use this product many times, but the formula is supposed to help the health of your eyelashes over time, too. Score!

Lashem sells at a comparable price point to the competition, but you only need the single tube. I prefer this design. It’s just more convenient!

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Really, Sears?

Date Wed, December 17 2014

It’s like you don’t even want me money.

Let me back up, dear reader and fellow shopper, to explain the whole story.

While I live a whole four blocks from Sears, I like to shop online. I can use coupons and Ebates for cash back.  I can order from Kmart, too, which is nice since we no longer have one hear. I can have things shipped to the store sometimes, or directly to home.

Last week, I wanted to place an order. I added a pair of boots, some sweaters and a Christmas gift for my second cousin to my cart. I entered payment information. I checked out. I saw the order confirmation page.

And I waited for an email. I waited minutes. Then hours. I received notification from Ebates in the mean time, but I got no email from Sears. Assuming that it had gotten lost in my junk mail, I logged in to my account the next day to verify. It was not there.

So I contacted tech support, who told me that my order never went through and could I please place it again? I hunted down all the items and added them to my cart. Truth be told, I added more items because I found even better coupons, so I wasn’t too worried.

But when I went to make that purchase, I couldn’t. It wouldn’t accept my debit card. Upon the stupid PULSE thing popping up to enter my PIN, which is annoying to begin with, it would refresh with one of several errors. Finally, I tried to pay via PayPal, but you can’t. Like, clicking the option to pay this way simply refreshed my cart and made the PayPal option disappear entirely.

I switched browsers only to have it happen in Firefox, too, so it was another customer service chat for me. They told me clear my cache, which I did knowing full well it wouldn’t help because it was happening in both browsers. I showed them the generic and oh-so-helpful errors. They offered to place an order for me, but said they couldn’t use coupons, so I passed.

The conversation ended with them telling me they’d pass the word along and the website would be fixed within 24 hours. The agent asked if there was anything more they could help me with, and I laughed bitterly. He/she hadn’t helped me to begin with!

I wound up clearing out all my credit cards and entering the same card again, which finally let me check out. I don’t know what the problem was or why this worked.

Fortunately, shipping is much better. UPS delivered three packages, containing four of the six items I ordered, last night. I’ll have the other two by tomorrow afternoon.

Someone who was less determined than me would have given up, however. It appears that Sears is undergoing some website renovations. But did it occur to them that doing so the week before Christmas might be a terrible idea? Yea..

$100 Printicular Print Giveaway

Date Tue, December 16 2014

I was lucky enough to win a prize from One2One Network, allowing me to print 100 prints from Printicular for free. However, I’m more of a sharep-pictures-on-Facebook type than the type who has an album full of pictures. So I thought it might be nice to give this away to one of my readers!

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Printicular is an app that you can download to your phone or tablet. It works with Android and iOS. And you can also use it through Facebook, your Windows PC or connect it  to Dropbox to grab all those photos.

Printicular connects to your local Walgreens, where you can have your favorite photos printed in hard copy from their digital existence. It’s perfect for sharing holiday memories. Printing takes as little as an hour. Some people will even be able to have those photos delivered to home ,so they don’t even have to leave to pick them up!

Prints cost as little at 29 cents per photo; although, price varies with size and other factors.

There are also two others apps that allow you to have your photos printed as cards of on canvas.

For this giveaway, one luck winner will walk away with a $100 Printicular gift code. This could get you dozens or even hundreds of photos to fill your albums will. It would be great to print out all those holiday photos!

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Giveaway is open to international users, but you’ll need to live within Walgreen’s pickup or shipping districts to use the code.

 

Be Fashionably Geek This Holiday

Date Mon, December 15 2014

There’s a new trend this year. Well, maybe I lie. Perhaps it’s an old trend that I missed. You see, the ugly Christmas sweater is back. and it’s better than ever! There are a ton of fun geek designs that I would wear, and I’ve never even worn an ugly Christmas sweater!

Every day I log on to Facebook, and I see at least once. The pixelated designs. The bright colors. The sheer cheesiness and joy. How can you not love it?!

And even if you’re not into sweaters, you can get many of these prints on t-shirts and pair them with your favorite cozy cardigan and Santa hat. You’ll make your fellow employees smile and get a laugh out of your family at those holiday parties.

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The Island of Misfit Sweaters, Meowy Christmas and You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

1. Meowy Christmas

Cats! Puns! It’s a Christmas miracle! This design from Donkey Tees is available as a sweater and a t-shirt, but I adore the off-the-shoulder sweater design for women!

2. The Island of Misfit Sweaters

I can’t believe I have yet to watch a single holiday movie this year. What’s up with that? I have a fondness for many of them, even those that aren’t traditional. Rudolph, of course, is one of my favorites. I always had a soft spot for those toys on the Island of Misfit Toys. This sweater pays homage to them and is cleverly named, if you ask me. I assume you did. You’re reading my blog, after all!

3. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Here’s another movie-inspired shirt. A Christmas Story is one that everyone knows. Even if you don’t like it, it’s become iconic. The leg lamp. And this quote. Five Finger Tees sell this as a lightweight tee for both men and women for under $10!

Ring in the New Year with Sonic

Ring in the New Year with Sonic

4. SONIC XMAS JUMPER

This is probably my favorite of all the geeky Christmas tees I’ve seen. I don’t think I’d ever put Sonic in a winter scene. I think of green rolling hills, but this one is just so perfect. The textures used in the game just work so perfectly. This sweater costs a bit more than some on this list and the seller, Yellow Bulldog, is based in the UK, which means free shipping to folks who live there. Wait for it to come back in stock, and I’m sure you won’t regret it!

If Sonic isn’t your thing, the same site sells a Street Fighter sweater that’s pretty sweet if you’re a fan.

5. Gremlins Knit Sweater

This is an actual knit sweater, and it comes with a heftier price tag, but it’s fucking amazing. The hanging gremlins around the collar? Genius! Sadly, it’s too late to wear it for this Christmas, but this is one sweater I would likely wear all winter long, and it would make a great gift for yourself after spending all that time shopping for everyone else on your list.

star wars christmas sweater

star wars christmas sweater

6. SCIFI CHRISTMAS SWEATER

Look Human has the coolest Star Wars Christmas sweater this year. It’s not the coolest I’ve ever seen, but it is the most detailed that you can get in 2014. Who knows what next year will bring? Actually, we should be watching “The Force Awakens” in just about twelve months. which is a pretty good gift for anyone who’s a Star Wars fan. The men’s/unisex version is nice, but I love the grey and white women’s cut, which is curvier and has a relaxed neck.

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Girls Knit Pullover Top

Hot Topic’s got the one Christmas sweater I’d be most likely to buy, and I’d ague that it isn’t ugly. It’s perfect for your holiday party or bowling or watching the movie at home while curled up on the couch. This one’s only for the ladies. Sorry guys. Affirmative action.

The Sweater That Lived,  LORD OF THE RINGS CHRISTMAS STYLE, Who's Sweater Is This

The Sweater That Lived, LORD OF THE RINGS CHRISTMAS STYLE, Who’s Sweater Is This

8. The Sweater That Lived

I didn’t want to leave any of my Harry Potty fans out in the cold. So here’s a t-shirt for you, featuring wizardy things that I’m not quite familiar with. Enjoy!

9. LORD OF THE RINGS CHRISTMAS STYLE

The White Tree of Gondor might be the perfect Christmas tree, Groot aside! Redbubble offers this in both hoodies (with and without zippers) and sweaters in addition to t-shirts in a variety of colors.

10. WHO’S SWEATER IS THIS

There is no shortage of Dr. Who Christmas merch. It’s super difficult to choose just one. Redbubble has multiple designs from many vary talented artists. Societee sells this print at a variety of sites, but Redbubble is not only a site that I’m affiliated with, but they’ve got some great holiday sales going on, too!

Bonus: CELEBRATE!!!focuses on Daleks in their most festive form yet!

11.  1.21 STITCHES

Marty and Doc have to go back to the future to save Christmas! Oh Em Gee!

PAWNEE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, Super Christmas Bros, Who's Shirt Is This, Christmas Is Coming

PAWNEE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, Super Christmas Bros, In High Spirits, Christmas Is Coming

12. SUPER CHRISTMAS BROS

As it turns out, 8-bit video games in green, while and red make the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. Even plumber pants are just a short stop away from an elf’s outfit. Grab your candy cane and beat those goombas!

13. PAWNEE CHRISTMAS SWEATER

Parks and Rec might be over forever, but it will always be in my heart. Just like Christmas. And you know Leslie Knope is right there with me. The rest of the department makes  an appearance, and the motif of Lil Sebastian is just tops!

14. IN HIGH SPIRITS SWEATER

This is the “ugly” Christmas print that started it all for me this year. I hadn’t even thought about these designs before I saw this one. Ecto 1. Gozer. Slimer. The New York Skyline. Can we make a holiday dessert out of Stay Puft marshmallow fluff?

15. CHRISTMAS IS COMING SANTA EDITION

Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Oh, how about Santa of house Claus? His reindeer can survive in the frigid winters beyond the wall, and power of flight will surely come in handy when fighting for supremacy against Dani’s dragons!  There are a number of Game of Thrones tees available in Christmas sweater smile, but the adorable dire wolves on this one won me over.

So which of these ugly sweater designs is your favorite? Do you have a Christmas party you’d wear them to? Do you have a picture of an ugly Christmas sweater you wore in the past?

Let us know in the comments!

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Date Mon, December 15 2014

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PSA: Keep Your Pets Safe THis Holiday

Date Fri, December 12 2014

The holiday season is in full swing! As we scramble to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family, remember to give your pets the gift of a healthy holiday! The American Veterinary Medical Association has provided holiday tips to ensure the well-being of your pet through all the holiday festivities.

  1. Don't forget happy, healthy pets over the holidays!

    Don’t forget happy, healthy pets over the holidays!

    Can winter decorations be hazardous to our pets? Yes. The holidays bring lots of seasonal home decorations, such as candles, decorated trees, and potpourri. Pet owners are urged to make sure pets are not left alone in decorated rooms to avoid potential dangerous situations.

  2. Is it okay to place my holiday plants anywhere around the house? No Some holiday favorites such as Mistletoe, Holly, and Lilies are actually harmful to pets. These plants should be kept out of pets’ reach.
  3. Should I be mindful of the excess holiday food in my home? Yes. One of the main challenges that comes along with the holiday season is the excess of food. It is encouraged that you keep “people food” in places that cannot be accessed by your pets. As your guests if they can do the same.
  4. Can my pet enjoy the same holiday treats that I do? No. Pet owners are urged to keep human treats away from pets. Specifically treats that contain chocolate, Xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other foods that are toxic for pets.
  5. Is tinsel specifically hazardous to cats?  Yes.  Tinsel’s shine can easily attract the attention of a curious cat, and there are serious medical consequences if ingested. It is suggested that cat owners leave tinsel off of the tree.
  6. Can pet behavior change among house guests? Yes. The holidays tend to bring lots of family and friends together in one place. Some pets get scared or excited around crowds or when they see new faces. It’s advised that pets are placed in a separate room while guests are visiting. This can also help with Tips 3 & 4, in keeping your pet away from harmful holiday foods!

For more holiday health tips for your pet, visit www.avma.org

Smile Bright for Gifts from Best Buy

Date Thu, December 11 2014

Today was my day off, yet I managed to vacuum — twice — do dishes and knock some presents off my list. I also made a stop at Best Buy where I picked up Guardians of the Galaxy because, hello!!, best movie all year! I plan to give myself a new vacuum before too long, too!

I took the time to look around, spotting tablets, some great deals on hair curlers and blow dryers and, of course, cameras. I haven’t owned a dedicated camera for a while because my phone is always on me. But sometimes I think about it. I’d love to have a camera that takes stunning night shots. I’d also love for it to be a smart camera so I could easily share to Facebook or my blog.

Canon makes point and shoots like I would use, but if I ever decided to up my game, I’d consider the EOS Rebel T5i. Canon is really known for DSLRs like this, which produce professional-quality photos. The body isn’t overly large, even for my child-like hands, and it comes with the 18-135mm IS STM Lens.

Canon - EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera

Canon – EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera

The stats are pretty impressive:

  • Pop-up flash
  • ISO 100-12,8000
  • 5 FPS
  • 18.0-megapixel hybrid CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • 1080p video with autofocus like movies on the big screen
  • Filter preview
  • HDR allows you to combine shots for the best photo
  • Multiple scene selection
  • Face detection
  • Expandable memory

Obviously, you’ve got a number of features shared with cheaper digital cameras, but they’re much higher quality. Plus, options like the flash and zoom make for some seriously gorgeous photos.

This would make a great camera if you want to get serious about your photography. It would also be a great gift this holiday shopping season. If it’s hinting season in your house, stop by Best Buy to check it out!

You can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy to learn more between 12/7 and 12/20.

If this is a little out of your comfort range, Best Buy sells more Canon products, too!

If you’re interested in any Canon product, you can join the Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. You’ll get a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free