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My Perfect Kitchen

Date Mon, April 21 2014

I have had this post idea in my head for a long time. I just never got around to writing it — or maybe I wasn’t inspired at the time, but now it’s here for you to read!

A pull-out spray faucet is a must!

A pull-out spray faucet is a must!


Speaking of pulling out, I need a faucet with a pull out sprayer. The faucet has to be ridiculously high so that I can rinse large bowls and cookware. I also need a sink that’s taller than what I have now because it kills my back to do dishes. It wouldn’t be a big deal if I had a dishwasher that didn’t sound like Megatron eating chainsaws.


My perfect kitchen has lots of drawers because I’ve lived in places with too few drawers for years. Cabinets are low enough for me to reach because I’m a short. I really like the idea of frosted glass doors in a cherry or darker brown finish. I want cabinets of different sizes with lid holders for pots/pans, and pull-out drawers on top and bottom to access deep deeps and make the most of my storage area.

Doesn't this just look convenient:

Doesn’t this just look convenient:


Stainless steel is where it’s at. While I know many people swear by gas, electric is my friend. I want a dishwasher and an oven with drawers so I can use less energy when making food for and cleaning up after a single person — me!  But literally anything would be better than the oven that I have in my rental, which has no window or indoor light and runs at least 50 degrees hotter than it should!

Through writing this post and stumbling across BuildDirect reviews, I also see that drawer microwaves are a thing. As long as it’s built in and not taking up space I need, I’m cool with it. I don’t care much about refrigerators. An ice maker would be nice, but I honestly don’t use a lot of ice. Energy Star rating is a must! It doesn’t even have to be that big. Like I said, I’m just one person!

Floor, Walls, Everything Else

I would love an island given the space. I would enjoy dinners sitting on a breakfast stool and gazing out my picture window. (Ha!) A ceiling-mounted rack would also be awesome, but it would have to be low enough for me to reach. I absolutely wand tile in the kitchen, but I don’t know what kind. Low grout is a must. My current kitchen floor was installed poorly and the height difference between tile and grout makes cleaning hell. In fact, no grout at all would be awesome! I definitely want walls that are somehow decorative, but I think I need a trip to the home improvement store to figure out what I want exactly.

Mostly, I’ll be happy as long as everything in my kitchen works and works well and uses less energy than the older-than-dirt appliances I now have.

So what’s in your perfect kitchen look like? Perhaps you built it!

Baby Quasar Giveaway

Date Mon, April 21 2014

As an adult, I have struggled with my skin. What you don’t see in most of my photos is that I think I have a mild case of rosacea. It’s not enough for me to go to a doctor, but it is enough that I carefully apply makeup whenever I’m going to see people whom I care to “impress,” I guess you could say. I also have the occasional bought of acne, usually timed to my menstrual cycle. Awesome! However, with a device like the Baby Quasar, I can treat rosacea, acne and other conditions such as wrinkles at home.

I came across this product completely by accident, and then I noticed that I was able to participate in a giveaway for my readers. If any of you have any skin conditions, you can try out the Baby Quasar, which uses LED lights, to treat it. Just enter to win this free giveaway at Reviews by Cole if you’re located in the USA, and you’re on your way.

Win a Baby Quasar Plus

Win a Baby Quasar Plus

Use the Rafflecopter form below and you’re set.

Good luck!
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Giveaway ends June 30. Reviews by Cole is not responsible for winner notification or prize fulfillment.

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

$100 Visa Giveaway (4 Winners!)

Date Sun, April 20 2014

Reviews by Cole did not recive any type of compensation or product for posting this giveaway. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
Are you pregnant or looking color your hair without all the harmful effect of a real dye? Maybe you are stretching the time in between your next hair color too? Well Gray Away is not just for grays! It has many useful outcomes. Such as being pregnant and not wanting to subject yourself to a real hair dye. Maybe you want to see what you’d look like with a different color hair? You could simple want it for a touch up. Gray Away is perfect. This can be used for women of all ages as well as men.

About Gray Away
It’s hard enough to make it to the salon every six weeks, let alone every two weeks when your gray roots start to show up again. Whether you have limited time or a limited budget we want to introduce you to the perfect root touch-up solution – Gray Away by EVERPRO Beauty. We all have our little beauty secrets, and Gray Away should be in every woman’s beauty arsenal.

Did you know that 70 – 80% of women over 40 color their gray hair, but that 75% of women are not using a temporary root touch-up between colorings because they are not satisfied with what is on the market? We see that as an opportunity to share our favorite solution to a problem that affects more than 60 million women.

Why Gray Away?

  • Gray roots start to show only 2 weeks after hair coloring, Gray Away is an easy and convenient way to spray away gray roots instantly.
  • It extends the life of hair color saving both time and money.
  • Gray Away does not contain dyes, it contains mineral derived pigments and it is safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women!
  • Gray Away is a great value ($12.99 for 1.5 oz.) and is available in drugstores nationwide and online.

If you’d like to check out Gray Away yourself- CLICK HERE -

This giveaway will have 4 winners. They will have 24 hours to respond via email. Must be 18+ or older and open only to the US. Residents only. Excludes Alaska and Hawaii. This blog is not responsible for the prize or shipment mishaps that may happen. This giveaway ENDS May 3 at Midnight EST.
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Brylane Home Sofa Table Giveaway

Date Sat, April 19 2014

Help Around The Home Giveaway

Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin

Sponsored By: BrylaneHome

BrylaneHome is your on stop shop when it comes to your home.  BrylaneHome began in 1998 to help make it a little easier for you to decorate your home with all the latest styles and colors without having to break the bank. You will be able to find everything for your kitchen to your bedroom at BrylaneHome at an unbeatable price.

Michelle over at Sweet Southern Lovin was able to review the Portable Folding Table. This table is awesome when your still up late and want a meal alone and to sit on the couch and enjoy. It is also perfect for your laptop. Check out Michelle’s review on this awesome table here. Jennifer over at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review the Side Sofa Table. This table is the perfect companion to any couch, and keeps you from losing that darn remote every 5 seconds. Check out Jennifer’s review by visiting  here.

Connect with BrylaneHome for all the latest deals and news: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest

Now for the giveaway!!

Giveaway Details

  • April 18th – May 2nd at 11:59PM EST
  • Open to Continental US residents only.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


Two lucky winners will win the Portable Folding Table RV $24.99 OR the Side Sofa Table RV $19.99 (prize picked at random)

How to Enter

Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering.

Disclosure: Reviews by Cole did not receive any compensation for promoting this event. Sponsors are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions or would like to see your product featured on Sweet Southern Lovin contact Michelle at

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Mother’s Day Mami Robotic Vacuum Giveaway

Date Fri, April 18 2014


Happy Mother’s Day Mami Robotic Vacuum Giveaway!
Thank you for joining MamiUSA,, and other great blogs in celebrating Mother’s Day with this amazing giveaway. One US winner, 18 or older will win a white KF7 model robotic vacuum. This brilliant machine does more than anyone expects it too. This little robot does it all, it sweeps, vacuums, and mops with damp microfiber pads, and it has filters to keep dust and allergens from being pushed back into the air unlike many other kinds of vacuums. Mami vacuums come in many colors to fit everyone sense of style.
To read a full review and learn about what MamiUSA vacuum robots have to offer on hard wood, tile, and different kinds of carpets go to the review on
Don’t miss the many great Mother’s Day Gift ideas, and MORE GIVEAWAYS in the 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Dislclaimer: Reviews by Cole didn’t receive any compensation for the Mami Robotic Vacuum Giveaway. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other social media website.
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Madison Reed Hair Color

Date Fri, April 18 2014
Madison Reed -- the devil is in the details

Madison Reed — the devil is in the details

I was super excited to learn that I would be able to review Madison Reed hair color. I had never before heard of the brand, but I knew I needed a color refresher. The last time I dyed my hair was in a salon, and I had some dyed black and a small portion dyed red. Unfortunately, the red quickly faded as red is so likely to do. Strangely, however, the black also faded. The stylist called it “tonal,” but that really just meant that it wasn’t a great dye job.

This was back at the end of August, so my hair had plenty of time to shift colors since then. Most recently, it’s a lighter brunette — my natural color — in front and toward the roots. On the bottom and back where it was black, it was a medium brown. You can see the color pretty well in the photos on this post.

If I had been thinking smartly, I would have gone with a darker color because I know it’s harder to go light without bleaching my hair, but I wasn’t. I don’t typically dye my hair more than one color and had forgotten about this. As I was browsing the Madison Reed site, I found myself torn before two reds. I wound up going for the lighter Vesuvius Red, which is described as “Natural deep copper with reds to create a vibrant ginger” on the site. You can use their color advisor to find the right color for you. There are 27 total.

Think Inside the Box

It didn’t take long before the box arrived at my door, and it was literally a box. You can see the awesome purple packaging in the photo to the right. Upon opening the box, you the cardboard flaps presented you with all the information you need. A cardboard tray also holds absolutely everything that you need to color your hair:

  • Before color

    Before color


  • Bottle
  • Cream for your hairline and ears
  • 2 sets of gloves (1 for applying, 1 for rinsing)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cap

I was immediately impressed by everything that was included. At just under $30, this is more expensive than hair dye that you’ll buy from Walmart, but it’s definitely got everything you need right out of the box.

Down and Dirty Dying

I headed over to Mom’s to have her assistance. I have poor lighting in my apartment, which makes is hard to see if you’ve saturated all hair. We applied the cream to my hairline and mixed the dye. Mama put on the gloves and began piecing my hair and putting the dye in it. Now, if you’ve ever dyed your hair at home, you know that it can sometimes smell awful because of ammonia. This wasn’t the case at all with Madison Reed. My hair looks great, but it also feels good. Madison Reed ditched harmful ammonia for ingredients such as keratin, argan oil and ginseng root. The second (or is it third?) thing that I like.

The bottle contained more than enough product to cover my hair, and we followed the instructions to add the extra dye because we were doing an all over color. Then, it was time to don the hair cap to protect your hair — and belongings — while you wait 30+ minutes for it to set in. If you want, you can put on the second set of gloves to rinse, but I always hop in the shower.

Madison Reed’s color kit comes with small bottles of shampoo and conditioner. They’re not huge, but it’s awesome to have those products that will make your hair soft and protect color without having to purchase separate shampoo and conditioner. I rinsed, shampooed and conditioned before hopping out of the shower and blowing my hair dry.

The Results?

madison reed color

As soon as it was dry, I noticed three things.

  1. The copper color was freakin’ gorgeous!
  2. The dye had made the darker portion of my hair much darker and it looked sort of weird.
  3. We had definitely missed a spot.

I went back and applied the little bit of leftover dye to those spots. Though, I did later notice one place where the dye just didn’t seem to take. To remedy the strangeness between the lighter and darker portions, I changed my hair pair from center to the side. It looks much better this way. In fact, someone asked if I was attempting to go ombre. I wasn’t but it kind of looks like it in the picture, doesn’t it?

It took quite a few shots to get a good one of color. Red hair is really hard to photograph if you don’t have the right light or equipment. I lack both LOL. That is
However, there’s no doubt hat the color is incredible. I wasn’t quite as pleased with my transformation because of a mistake that was completely my own, but the product is definitely a keeper!

Beauty Bonus!

I’ve now listed 5 or so things that I absolutely love about Madison Reed color, but I want to list one more. When you order from them, you’ll get a followup email with a “Reward.” This is a coupon code that you can use at Julep for free nail polish! I wouldn’t let that go to waste. Typically, you’ve used a $14 coupon for one full-size bottle of nail polish, but I decided to use it for two polishes that were on sale. That’s a great value for $24.95. First-time customers can also save 20$ with coupon code 20NOW.

Madison Reed also has a subscription program so you can order new hair color directly to your home to touch up roots and no one will be the wiser.

Madison Reed Hair Color

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The Most Popular Posts on Reviews by Cole

Date Thu, April 17 2014

The thing about blogging and marketing yourself is that you have to keep doing what your readers like. The posts that get the most comments and views do something right, and you should try to determine what that is and then replicate that success. To be honest, I don’t often pay enough attention to specifics to know what works or not — I simply write what comes naturally to me. However, I have noticed a few trends over the years that I’ve been running Reviews by Cole, so I finally at down to figure out what the most popular posts were.

I ignored older giveaway posts, which used comments as a way to enter, and focused on reviews and articles. Here are the 10 most popular posts on my blog by comment count.

  1. Deja Vu
  2. Deja Vu All Day Moiturisizer
  3. TGIF Fridays Blenders Orange Dream
  4. New Fake Skin79 Hot Pink Is Almost Identical
  5. Embassy 6 Sheet Strip Cut Shredder
  6. The Giveaway Tool Shakedown: Rafflecopter vs PromoSimple vs PunchTab [Reviews]
  7. Axe Anarchy for Her Body Wash
  8. Panty by Post
  9. How to Clean up Your Giveaway Post HTML
  10. Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

This list is very telling. For starters, only 3 items on the list are from sponsored review items. I think, perhaps, that people resonate with posts that I write when I feel passionate.

Measuring post popularity by comments

Measuring post popularity by comments

Not all of these are reviews. The Deja Vu post and the one comparing fake to real Skin79 BB Cream get a lot of comments because people are searcher for answers or a reason to vent. Actually, almost all the comments on the Deja Vu post are negative because readers spend a lot of money because they couldn’t get away from aggressive salespeople. Fortunately, I wasn’t the one who purchased those products in the first place. I did, however, buy Skin79 BB Cream several times and knowing how to spot a dupe is important. I wrote that post because no one else did.

Another two popular posts are about blogging and giveaways in particular. Obviously, bloggers of a feather stick together. That phrase works.. right? LOL Some of the support for other posts I know has some directly from bloggers who are supporting me because I participate in comment exchanges in several of the bloggers groups that I belong to, and it gets the numbers up. On the flip side, the comments are from all the same people so take it for what it’s worth.

Finally, half of these are about two years old, and people continue to comment on them despite their “old” age. Many people close comments on posts after  X amount of days, but I think this goes to show what a mistake that can be. These are valuable comments, and I may have provided readers with information that they couldn’t find elsewhere. Obviously, no better options have arisen since I wrote those posts.

Of course, comments aren’t the only way to measure popularity, but they were the easiest to do within a short time and given the tools at my fingertips.


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