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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Digital Giveaway

Date Thu, March 26 2015


The Battle of Five Armies sums up the three Hobbit movies that have been released over the last few years. It also is the last movie to occur before The Lord of the Rings chronologically. Of course, you’ll want to see it if you’ve seen the previous three. You can’t put a book down before the last chapter, can you?

The DVD is now out, and you can also buy The Battle of the Five Armies on Blu-Ray or get a digital copy to watch from any of your devices. There’s even a 3D version you can enjoy at home if you like to feel like you’re directly in the battle zone.

But, first you’ll have to see whether you’re battle ready, and there’s a fun little quiz (below) to see whether you are. Take the quiz, and you’ll see which Middle Earth weapon you’ll wield in the fight for everything good and true.

Not only do you get a chance to take this quiz, but you can enter to win your own digital copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Digital Giveaway below. Just use the Gleam form to get started!

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Giveaway is open worldwide. Ends April 1.

Shopping with Avon for Beauty Products

Date Tue, March 24 2015

Ah, Avon. We all have images in our head of the Avon lady, knocking on door after identical door. Just like in Edward Scissorhands. My Avon lady is actually my mother, and I skip the process of looking through the book and head straight to the website, she she can get credit for my orders and I can compare everything the way I like.

A few weeks ago, I placed an order for around $30 worth of goods. There were some nice sales, and I’m pretty sure I found a coupon for free shipping.

I might have a few lip glosses that are years old in my bathroom, but that’s all I’ve got from Avon. Shopping was interesting because many of the items I wanted were sold out in my color or size, unfortunately. But there were some good sales on — or so I thought!

After receiving my package, I was quickly surprised by how small all the packages were. This definitely meant that I wasn’t getting as much bang for my buck as I expected. Sizes are generally listed on the website, but I paid more attention to photos and compared the products to those I might buy in the store.

This turned out to be ill advised, but I decided to keep the following reviews to test, anyway.

Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Acne Pads

This is a clear example of expecting a certain product size and being entirely underwhelmed. Typically, acne cleansing pads like those from Oxi and the like come in a specific size. The round jar that holds these 30 pads is about half the size — good for spot treatment but not for general cleansing of your face.

And you definitely want to keep them away from eyes, which respond to them sensitively. This is probably because the ingredient list contains alcohol on top of salicylic acid. These acne pads might be drying on your skin, so you’ll definitely want to avoid them if you have extra dry skin. A good moisturizer might be the better option.

To be honest, the tiny size makes them seem impractical and definitely expensive at $4.49 regularly. It’s back to drug store pads next time for me!

Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Acne Pads with acne spot treatment tube

Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Acne Pads with acne spot treatment tube

Clearskin® Blemish Clearing Foaming Cleanser

This might be one of my favorite products, but it suffers from the fatal “too-small” syndrome. At just over 4 ounces, it’s about 2/3 of the size of facial cleansers I’d buy from the drug store without any savings.

However, the cream cleanser is gentle, effective and smells pleasant enough. I’ve been using it with a 2-step process. The second is an exfoliating scrub. Using them together helps completely wash away makeup, dirt and oil from the surface of my skin and pores.

Foot Works Beautiful Dual Action Pedi-Peel

These scrubbing pads are much like facial cleansing wipes. In fact, they’re bigger than the acne wipes I bought, so that was a surprise. The Pedi-peel wipes come in a green mixture of glycolic acid and moisturizers, which is intended to “retexturize” and moisturize your feet. You’re supposed to use them, then allow your feet to air drive.

The pads lose their color as you use them. I use one for both feet about twice per week. Otherwise, I’d get only 11 uses for the pair of them!

I do notice my feet seem softer immediately after use, but it’s not replacing a pedicure, pumice stone or other more-intensive foot treatment. Right now, it’s on sale for $2.49, which is an amount I’d feel comfortable paying if I wasn’t sure it would work.

Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream

I’ve written about how disappointing American BB creams are in the past. The only reason I opted to try Avon’s option was because another reviewer said it was pigmented. So how does this hold up? Does it do all it says?

- infused with Vitamin E
– infused with minerals and antioxidants
– hydrates skin
– evens skintone
– visibly minimizes redness
– conceals flaws
– lightweight feel
– smoothes skin
– SPF 15 protection
– skin looks better even after removing*

Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream

Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream

It’s not much more than a tinted moisturizer, honestly. It is tinted, but it’s not highly tinted, and that’s something that’s a must in my BB creams. Perhaps I would have benefited from a darker shade, and Avon does offer 5 different shades from “Light” to “Deep.” However, this doesn’t necessarily matter if it’s not going to show up well.

I probably wouldn’t wear just the BB cream out of the house by myself, and it’s really not enough coverage to use with my powder. This isn’t the all-in-on product I was looking for, so Avon’s feature list means little to me.

Avon Glow Bronzing Powder

I have less to say about Avon’s bronzer than any other product. It’s a full-sized compact that comes with a mirror, which I like. It does its job as a bronzer, comes in three shades and isn’t all full of glitter. However, there’s nothing special about it that warrants the $9 price tag.

Perhaps Avon could get away with premium pricing if all its products offered premium results, but that wasn’t the case in my experience. None of the products, even those that worked, were worth the price.

I’m lucky that I got them all on sale because I likely would have returned them at full price!

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Kitchen Gadgets Giveaway @ Deliciously Savvy

Date Sat, March 21 2015

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Spring is here is almost here! Are you in the need for a few new Kitchen Gadgets? I know that I always am…. so enter today and win these fabulous Kitchen Gadgets to add to your culinary collection today!

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Neater Scooper Giveaway

Date Wed, March 18 2015
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I’m pretty happy with my Neater Scooper. I’ve just finished one of the boxes of refill bags that comes with it, after using it multiple times per week for about 3 weeks. So when I found out I could host a giveaway for one of my beautiful readers — that’s you! — I was on board.

You can check out my review for the Neater Scooper here. I also have a few thoughts after having used it so often.

  • You’ll want to make sure the scooper part is completely secure before scooping to ensure it doesn’t come unattached.
  • The places to which the scooper attaches to the container seem to loosen up a bit over usage, so this becomes even more important.

There are still a ton of reasons to at least try the Neater Scooper, though:

  • Attached waste bin & clever trap door design makes cleaning the litter box a whole lot easier
  • No more spilled litter
  • Scooping & bagging is combined into a quick, easy, one handoperation
  • Eliminates touching soiled bags, making it more sanitary
  • Designed for quick sifting with less dust

Like I said, one of my lucky readers will get a chance to win the Neater Scooper — as long as they’re located in the USA.

This will be a shorter giveaway, ending on April 1st. Make sure to check back every day to get your daily entries and increase your chances of winning.

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Never Hungover

Date Tue, March 17 2015

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Hangovers are the worst. That might be an exaggeration, but they’re not very fun. I’m pretty lucky in that I don’t typically wake up feeling terrible. No, it usually sets in before I get to bed. My head aches, my mouth becomes dry and I start to doubt whether the fun I’ve had was worth it. It usually it, of course!

So when I discovered the chance to review Never Hungover, I signed on up.  This shot-sized drink promises to get rid of those awful hangover symptoms. You know the kind — headaches, dry mouth and the general regret over last’s nights actions.

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The key ingredient to not feeling terrible in the morning is milk thistle, which is listed on Never Hungover’s ingredient list. It’s great for your liver, and helps to rid your body of toxins — no matter how good a time you’ve had.

The other ingredients are potassium, Vitamin B, green tea extract and aloe vera, all of which will help you feel even better. 

Although you’re supposed to drink the bottle of Never Hungover before or while drinking, I always forget. So I wound up drinking it afterward. However, I’ve felt quite good the morning after regardless. I’m a little thirsty, but there’s none of that terrible headache that I typically have.

As for Never Hungover, it’s a tiny bottle. Think 5 Hour Energy. It’s basically a shot that you can keep in your purse or bag.

And how does it taste? It’s not terrible. It’s generally sweet — perhaps a bit too sweet for some. But the taste is definitely gone quickly, especially if you drink it before you have a mixed drink or beer.

I think the green tea definitely lends to the sweetness, so you might like Never Hungover’s taste if you’re a fan of green tea. Maybe not. Like I said, it doesn’t stick in your mouth for long.

You’re supposed to drink it with every 4 drinks, so a rager might have you drinking two or three. You only have to worry about getting home safe because there’s no sugar, carbs or calories in this little shot.

Now, not everyone drinks like we do in Wisconsin. But this doesn’t mean you won’t have a use for Never Hungover. Provide it for guests at your next party, holiday get together or even your wedding.

You can save 20% off of Never Hungover if you buy a case of48. Or try out 6 bottles if you’re not sure if you’ll like it. You’ve certainly got some friends who might benefit from it. If you find that you like the product, check out their monthly subscription service so it never runs out!

Big Hero 6 Giveaway

Date Sun, March 15 2015

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My most reecent movie purchase was Big Hero 6. It’s currently sitting in its packaging on my kitchen table, waiting to be watched. It’s actually the last movie I saw in theaters, so it’s been a while.

But Big Hero 6 would be memorable either way. It’s a great family-friendly movie, and a solid effort from Marvel. Marvel Studios  did a great job last year with both this and Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, neither movie was really anticipated to do as well as it did. Awesome!

Big Hero 6 would be a great addition to your movie shelf or digital movie collection! Saving Common Cents and other favorite fellow bloggers are giving away The Collector’s Edition of Big Hero 6 (Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD copy) right now! One lucky winner will win what’s been dubbed the “Best Animated Film of the Year”!

Enter below for your chance to win a family favorite and some quality movie night fun!

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Madonna – Rebel Heart

Date Fri, March 13 2015

When I told a friend that I was going to be reviewing the new Madonna album, she paused. She had no idea Madonna even had a new CD, and she facetiously asked whether it was 1985. Of course, Madonna has been making music for more than the last 20 years, so it’s awesome that she’s got some new music, but we’d all understand if she had decided to settle down. She is nearly 60, after all.

But the “Like A Virgin” singer is going to have nothing of the sort. She’s put together 19 freakin’ songs for her new album, which is being heralded as the best in 10 years!

One2One sent me the deluxe version of “Rebel Heart.” It’s a long album you guys. This is great news if you’re been waiting oh-so-patiently for some new music from Madonna. The track listing is as follows:Madonna Rebel Heart

  1. “Living For Love”
  2. “Devil Pray”
  3. “Ghosttown”
  4. “Unapologetic Bitch”
  5. “Illuminati”
  6. “Bitch I’m Madonna” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
  7. “Hold Tight”
  8. “Joan Of Arc”
  9. “Iconic” (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
  10. “HeartBreakCity”
  11. “Body Shop”
  12. “Holy Water”
  13. “Inside Out”
  14. “Wash All Over Me”
  15. “Best Night”
  16. “Veni Vidi Vici” (Feat. Nas)
  17. “S.E.X.”
  18. “Messiah”
  19. “Rebel Heart”

There are definitely some recurring themes in “Rebel Heart.” Most of them are themes you’d already be familiar with if you’re a fan or even remotely familiar with Madonna as an artist.

An irreverent attitude toward organized religion rears its head in a way that I find amusing, but some will find offensive. This is labeled explicit for a reason, after all! If you look at the track list, two of these songs are immediately apparent: “Devil Pray” and “Holy Water,” which is especially in your face with Madonna’s opinions.

However, “Devil Pray” is unique in sound and theme, making it one of my favorite tracks on the album. In it, Madonna sings:

And we can do drugs
And we can smoke weed
And we can drink whiskey

Yeah we can get high
And we can get stoned

And we can sniff glue
And we can do E
And we can drop acid

And she goes on to discuss how her actions will make the devil pray, hence the name of the song. I kind of love how irreverent and clever it is!

Another common theme is that Madonna is still a relevant “bitch.” I’m not sure if she’s trying too hard by using that slang, even in the title of songs such as “I’m Madonna Bitch,” but she’s not going to learn anyone forget that she’s still here doing the very thing some people argued she started before I was born.

Through her lyrics, Madonna issues a direct challenge to critics who think she shouldn’t still be making music.

Her relevant also shows up with some of the other musicians with whom she’s chosen to work, including Nicki Minaj and Nas. In “Ven Vidi Vici”, Nas raps about Ferguson, MO in one of the most relevant commentaries I’ve heard this year. And even if you aren’t big fans of those talents, it’s hard to ignore that she’s managed to combine unique song structure with modern sounds.

“Bitch I’m Madonna” and “Living For Love,” head lead single are both examples of these. The former would be especially at home in a club, as would “Holy Water,” another track where Madonna addresses an unknown “bitch” who’s trying to oust her from her throne.

Madonna has  included more rap styles than ever before, but she still pays homage to her original sounds. “Justify My Love” is sampled in one track, and she uses her voices in that interesting mechanical — but not autotuned — way several times.

There’s a variety in the type of pop that Madge has included in this album, including “Body Shop,” an homage to a mechanic who can work on her car and on her own mind overtime. It has almost a folksy/indie song, which I quite like.

Of course, Madonna dosn’t shy away from sex, either. Rebel Heart literally has a song called “S.E.X.”

I could name drop the rest of the tracks on “Rebel Heart” and wind up with a review that is as long as the album’s lyrics would be, but I ultimately think you’re going to have to listen to it yourself to see if you like. It’s complex. It’s explicit. It’s modern. It’s relevant. Above all, it’s Madonna.

Aside from the track above, more videos will be released on Youtube. The CD was released yesterday, so you can buy Rebel Heart on iTunes and Amazon.