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Save up to $2 on U by Kotex with Kleenex

Date Tue, September 30 2014

Right now, you can head to Walmart to get spcial packages of U by Kotex with Kleenex slim packs. You can also stop by the Walmart website to view the special landing page and get up to $2 off via coupon.

The coupon starts at $.50, but if you refer people on social media such as Twitter or Facebook, you’ll receive an email with an even better coupon that you can print off and bring to your local Walmart.

These specially marked packages cost less than $7.50, and that $2 means you’ll get quite the deal!

Click the image below to get your coupon and help your friends save.

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Why Madison Reed Blows Away the Competition

Date Tue, September 30 2014

Madison Reed is proud to announce some exciting changes. For starters, the new hair color formula is even better for your hair. Just check out this infographic!


Secondly, they’ve added four new shades of blonde. including a strawberry blonde! It’s time to get dying.Madison Reed Better for You


Buy today and you can get  50% off your first purchase at with code FALLHAIRCOLOR.

This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase.

Save Money with Walmart Savings Catcher

Date Mon, September 29 2014

Do you own a TV? Or maybe you follow Walmart on any social media channel? Have you shopped therein the past few weeks and noticed a QR code added to the bottom of your receipt?

If so, you’ve probably heard of the Walmart Savings Catcher, a new tool that promises you’ll save even more money with the big bog retailer.

So what is the Savings Catcher?

It’s a tool that allows you to submit your recent — within one  week — receipt to Walmart for comparison with advertised prices. At first, I thought it was just to compare with Walmart’s own circular to make sure you got the right price, but that’s not the case. Actually, Walmart compares with its local competitors to look for advertised prices that are lower.

And if there’s a difference? Walmart refunds you the money.

You can do this in multiple ways:

  • Enter your receipt number on the Savings Catcher site
  • Download the app for your mobile device and scan the QR code
Using the Savings Catcher Site

Using the Savings Catcher Site

You’ll sign in with your existing account. After submitting a receipt, you’ll get an email saying it’s been submitted and to wait a few days while Walmart makes the comparison. I’ve heard some people say that the commercials make it seem like it’s instant. It’s not, but that’s not a deal breaker in my mind.

In the app, you’ll see a list of local competitors right after you submit the receipt. My list was 27 strong, an it includes grocery stores, Target and others. One noticeable lack is Kwik Trip. If you know the gas station chain, then you know how awesome prices can be for certain grocery items.

Savings Catcher Email

Savings Catcher Email

You’ll get an email no matter what the result of the Savings Catcher is. The first time I used it, I actually saved $1.94. I’ve submitted receipts where they found no lower price from competitors. Strangely, two receipts came up invalid for no particular reason. I had to type them in when the codes wouldn’t scan, so it might be that I made a mistake. It would be nice if Walmart could check for a valid receipt number when you first submit it.

If you disagree with the results, you can contact Walmart through a general contact form, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle. Walmart will honor lower prices from other stores’ circulars if you bring in the ad, so that the would the better option if you wanted to price match more efficiently.

Once your Savings Catcher account has been credited, you have two cashout options. You can get the balance on a Walmart gift card, or you can apply for Walmarts Bluebird card, which is a type of banking account, to receive twice the amount credited to the card. I believe this method only allows you to spend it at Walmart, however.

I will opt for the gift card because it’s much safer.

Walmart Savings Catcher requires little effort on my part. I can literally scan the QR code in the car in the parking lot, so I will likely keep using it. A penny saved it a penny earned, right?

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Achieve Effortless Beauty With an Airbrush Makeup System

Date Fri, September 26 2014

When it comes to makeup application you have probably been through quite a bit of experimentation to find the right method. Traditionally, you need lots of bottles, pots and tools in order to achieve your ideal look. However, many people have found that switching to an airbrushing system is much more convenient and cost effective.

Flawless Glamour

All any woman really cares about when choosing a makeup system is how good it makes you look and feel. The great thing about airbrush systems is that they help you achieve the elusive flawless skin look. When you see celebrities looking so fabulous on the red carpet many of them use the services of professional makeup artists. An airbrush makeup system allows you to apply makeup as if you are a pro. You can look just as good as anyone strolling down the red carpet anytime you wish.

Easy to Use

In case you thought that airbrushed makeup was difficult to apply, you will be happy to discover that it is really quite simple. The entire system consists of an attractive air compressor unit that includes a cradle and airbrush. You select makeup pods that slide into the cradle. Simply press the lever to activate the nozzle. Changing makeup pods is a breeze.

Control the Amount of Coverage

It is very important that a makeup system provide you with the ability to decide how much or how little makeup to apply. That’s exactly how the airbrush system works. You can decide to apply the lightest amount of coverage on days when you want a carefree look. For those times when you want to cover up all your blemishes, discolorations or fine lines you can apply more. The application process takes no longer than traditional methods. The difference is that when you are done your results are superior to what is achieved the old-fashioned way.

No More Waste

The airbrush systems are more economical in the long run. The compressor maximizes every drop of makeup.

Learn more about how airbrushing makeup can make your beauty routine a snap by checking out a reliable online vendor.

Guest post provided by a partner of Reviews by Cole.

5 Must-Have Essentials for Your Handbag With U By Kotex

Date Thu, September 25 2014

I’ve been carrying some sort of a purse since perhaps middle school. I definitely wasn’t without one in high school! While my look and tastes have changed, this fact hasn’t. Perhaps surprisingly, I like to keep my bag rather small and ubiquitous. I generally carry the same purse no matter what I’m wearing and wear I go, but I won’t be found without it.

When I sat down to write this, I realized that my purse holds roughly the same things all year long; although, back-to-school season does mean that parents of little ones will benefit from adding some hand sanitizer to help the spread of colds and and influenza. For me, the colder and dryer weather means paying more attention to my skin, and you’ll see my recommendation for a great product that does this further down in this post.

There are any number of lip gloss tubes, coupons and store loyalty cards in my purse, but there are some things I just can’t do without (aside from keys, ID and money, of course!). Here are my 5 most coveted handbag essentials!

5 Must-Have Fall Essentials for Your Handbag

5 Must-Have Fall Essentials for Your Handbag

U By Kotex Sleek Tampons

Listen up ladies, we need to protect ourselves. Tampons (or pads or pantyliners) are about as important as pepper spray, don’t you think? Maybe even moreso. Not only does the U by Kotex line incorporate bold colors, which certainly make me feel a little less cranky once per month, but the slender design works well with my body.

If you have a small bag, the click applicator is compact and U by Kotex Cleanwear Pads offer another options.

Kleenex Slim Packs

So you’ve packed your hand sanitizer but you’ve still caught a cold. If you’re like me, the lower temperatures can cause some congestion. And if you’re a mom, when I imagine that’s something like booger city! Kleenex’s Slim Packs are perfectly sized for your purse or even diaper bag, so there’s always a tissue within reach.

Right now, you can stop by Walmart to purchase specially packaged U by Kotex boxes that come with Kleenex Slim Packs.

Here's what's in my little purse!

Here’s what’s in my little purse!

Hand Lotion

After washing your hands, you’ll want to breathe some life back into them. I’m using up my lotion bar, and then I’ll replace it with Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It’s a super-intensive hand cream that will prevent — and heal — cracking skin. As the temperature continues to drop in dear ol’ Wisconsin, this one’s a must!

Lip Balm

As much as I love lip gloss, I need lip balm. I not only have a tube in my purse. There’s one on my ottoman in front of me and another on my night stand. I use it every chance I get, but there are certain times when lip balm is part of my routine. With wind picking up and temperatures dropping, chapped lips are something I do not want to deal with. Typically, I go with Chapstick, but I’ve been known to use other brands.


No adult wants to deal with acne, but here I am. Right now, I’ve got a cleanser that works pretty well and none of the other skin treatments I’m using seem to irritate my skin. That doesn’t mean that I don’t experiences blemishes. Of course, I want to get rid of them quickly! There are two products, I use, and Clean & Clear’s spot treatment is the smallest and best for a purse. With the active ingredient of 2% Salicylic acid, a couple treatments a day seriously reduce size and redness of pimples. Yay!

All of these products can be found at Walmart, and you can even save money on products by U By Kotex and Kleenex. Visit the Walmart site to participate in the Share and Save event. When you share on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, you’ll increase the amount of savings! Share more to save more.

So what do you all carry in your bag? Does it change with the seasons?

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Walmart, but my love for their pads and everyday low prices is all my own!

6 Places to Get Free Item for Review Without a Blog

Date Wed, September 24 2014

As a blogger, I get to work directly with brands and PR firms and sometimes am blessed with opportunities that you might not get if you’re not also a blogger. However, this doesn’t mean that your voice isn’t one that brands want to hear. You can review products through networks, typically known as word of mouth sites, like the following.

Word of Mouth Marketing Works for You

Word of Mouth Marketing Works for You


So here’s the great thing about PinchMe. You can get a few products in every box and reviewing the item is minimal. The site uses a very basic form where you rate the effectiveness of a product by itself and in comparison to other products on a scale of 1 to 5. In fact, I don’t think you have to type in anything, so the surveys are super quick.

What’s not so great about PinchMe? Literally everything else. Samples are released to everyone on Tuesdays at noon. Don’t ask me about the time zone. I have no idea. I’m rarely awake and remember to check for samples at noon in any American time zone. Oops!

If this Tuesday at noon thing works for you, rest assured that others are vicious and ready to snap up those samples. I’ve read dozens of accounts of people who logged in at noon and samples were already gone.  This leads to a flood of traffic, and the site will often remain broken for days at a time.

PinchMe used to send out alerts when products were posted, but they no longer do. This is part of the reason I haven’t seen anything from them in months. Also, you have either 10 days or 2 weeks to try products. Of course, there are many products that need more time than that to even tell if they work.


BzzAgent is probably the site I’ve been a member of the longest. I’ve talked about it before. In short, there’s a complex ranking system based on your social media following and whether you complete every activity for a given campaign. You’ll periodically take surveys to see if you qualify for products (and the brands’ requirements). I’ve reviewed website hosting, body wash, insoles, air fresheners, candy and more.

You generally don’t have to have a website, but most campaigns offer tasks for blogging. If you don’t blog, you don’t get the task and your rank won’t go up. But you can still qualify if you haveTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, et cetera.

Some campaigns come with the chance to win a product or coupons — there was one where you could save $50 off a popular printer brand. I didn’t have the need for a printer or the money to upgrade at the time, but it’s a decent option. I typically only participate in those that offer product in exchange for review because it also provides blog content.

More than once, someone else qualified for an opp and I never got the invite. It seemed like a perfect product but I missed out. One example was for an epilator. I would have loved that. Alas! According to my stats, I’ve participated in 3 campaigns this year and 3 last year. 2012 was my biggest year with 9 campaigns!

Notice: when you do receive a campaign invite, accept right away! I’ve missed out on a campaign or two because of my schedule.


Betabound is the newest site I’ve joined, and I’m still getting used to it. The focus is technology, so once you sign up you’ll add information about your devices including:

  • Cell phones
  • eReaders
  • Computers
  • Game Consoles
  • TVs

They’ll send out interest surveys. I get several per week. I respond to that ones where I match the criteria and I’m interested. These have included streaming TV devices and social commerce websites. Once you’re accepted, an entire control panel will be added to your BetaBound account.

Here you can file reports, see what others in the beta have to say and talk to project managers. Everything happens on the site and you don’t need a blog at all!

As far as I can tell, active members will be compensated — typically in the form of gift cards. I haven’t reached the end of a campaign so I’ll have to edit this later.


My relationship with Influenster has been love-hate. On the one hand, I’ve received some cool products. Im fact, my first box was packed with them. I’ve also received cool prizes for being active for campaigns. On the whole, opportunities are few and far between even though I have high scores in various categories on the site.

As you qualify for boxes, you can complete activities for points. You don’t need a blog, but you might not earn enough points for earn a brand badge if you don’t have a blog. Since the activities for each box are different, it’s hard to tell. When you do earn the badge, you’ll generally be entered to win additional gift cards or prizes. When I wrote my Rimmel review, I also won a handful of other products from the brand.

Infuenster’s site was also recently redesigned, and I’m not sure it’s an improvement. I always wind up clicking multiple times to find out how to participate in campaign/badge activities. I also just discovered Snaps, questions that add points to badges on the site and also helps narrow down the type of boxes you’d be great for.

One thing I’ve noticed is that more campaigns have become virtual. You don’t get actual prizes. You can earn gift cards after you do the work. And sometimes it’s pretty paltry. For example, they recently had campaigns where you could earn $25 to eBay for writing product guides. I’d expect payment to be at least twice that as a freelance writer.

Please let me know if you want an invitation. Leave a comment using the email address you’d like the invite mailed to!


I only joined this site last month, but I’ve already won Amazon gift cards and been able to review a product. Crowdtap is made up of actions that you do to earn points. For example, you can perform quick hits, which are short questions, to earn points for brands on the site. As you rack up points, you get entries into monthly giveaways from the brand. Amazon gift cards are often a prize.

The reviewing part comes if you reply to emails about sponsored discussions and missions. You have to complete a survey to see if you’re a good fit. The process requires that you share on social media with the intent of referring your friends to Crowdtap. For each campaign, you submit a report, which earns you more points and more chances to win prizes.

Crowdtap is fun. The Quickhits are a good way to waste time, and I was honestly shocked that I won anything my first month there! There are more in-depth challenges, in which you post photos and engage with brands and your social media followers. I don’t really do these because they’re more time consuming, but they’ll earn you more points for potential gifts.

Smiley 360

The last site on this list is one with which I’ve had little success, but other people have. Take surveys to qualify for missions. Some are social sharing. Others reward you with products. I’ve yet to qualify for a mission that has product available, but your milage may vary. It seems like parents will do better on this site. There’s no email when you receive a new mission survey, so you’ll want to check back often.


So do you use any of these sites? Or have any tips for using them? Let me know in the comments!

Jord Watch Giveaway

Date Tue, September 23 2014

This is a guest post from Lisa at The Consumer Adviser

See Jord Introduces Fashion Forward Watches & Jord’s Cutting Edge Wooden Watches

When I was a little girl I had a beautiful wooden necklace.  Every time I wore it I always received a ton of compliments.  It was a timeless piece that really stood out.  It’s a shame I lost that necklace because it would have made a lovely heirloom.  

When it comes to jewelry, wood will always be a viable medium. This is why wooden jewelry is so timeless.  Over the last few years I’ve noticed wooden watches gaining popularity.  This is not doubt stemming from the overall popularity of eco-jewelry. Regardless of the impetus behind the resurgence of this fine art,  it’s safe to say that this trend will never go out of fashion.

Jord is a rather noteworthy company that produces some of the finest wooden watches I’ve seen to date.  Their selection of smart timepieces will appease the environmentally sound as well as the fashion forward consumer.

Each watch is handcrafted using sustainable wood and no two watch styles are exactly alike.

The watch I chose to review was a more masculine style because I intend to give it as a gift;  see full review here.  The watch I’d choose for myself is from The Ely Series, pictured above in cherry.  I really love the delicate design as well as the saturation of the cherry wood.  This very lovely, stylish piece would compliment any outfit.

Some features include scratch resistant glass and hidden clasp that’s easy to take on and off  

I really love these watches.  I’m not a big jewelry, or adornment person, but I recognize that adding a smart piece like this really adds an element of sophistication and class, while providing the wearer a certain amount of convenience.

For more info visit:


Jord has offered to give one of my readers their very own watch of their choice valued up to $139.00..use the easy entry form below to enter this giveaway.  For your tweets to count they must be open to the public and not protected.  

Open Worldwide

Reviews by Cole was not compensated for sharing this post nor is it responsible for shipping the prize. Any questions please email Lisa at