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Target and Amazon Gift Card Giveaways

Date Tue, May 23 2017

Welcome to the $200 Dropprice Gift Cards Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

In today’s promotion for the Pitter & Pad, it started out at $25.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Pitter & Pad and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 5/30/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/30/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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Makeup Geek Plush Creme Lipstick (Old Soul)

Date Mon, May 22 2017

I still haven’t found that perfect lipstick (you know, the hunt that inspired all my Lip Week posts), but I did discover a product that I am excited to tell you all about. A couple months ago, I made me first purchase from Makeup Geek, in part motivated by some awesome reviews from fellow Redditors but also because I wanted to try this Plush lip creme.

First, let’s go over the description on from the site

A cross between a cream and mousse, this unique formula sits on top of the lips for a soft, “plush” feel. A wide variety of colors crafted in a smooth creme finish, you’re sure to find a highly pigmented shade you love!

It’s designed not to settle into any cracks, and that sounds awesome, right?

But how does it feel? Pretty amazingly to be honest. When the package showed up, I put it on and liked it so much, I fell asleep in it. Oops.

Makeup Geek Plush Creme Lipstick (Old Soul)

Old Soul looks grey indoors (top) but takes on a dusty pinker hue in natural light

The formula is definitely thicker than a liquid lipstick. It feels creamy and super soft. I have, on more than one occasion, described it like having pillows on my lips. Most time, I don’t really think about my lips, you know? But when I wear blush, it actually makes the default state of my lips feel better. That sounds weird. But it feels so good that I want to kiss people so they can also feel so good. LOL

The appearance is creamy and moist but not overly glossy.

The color I bought was Old Soul, described as “a muted rose with a creme finish.” In the tube, it definitely looks rose, but on my skin, it’s definitely more dusty/grey. It almost looks more like Trailblazer to me when inside; the rose is more apparent when I am outside/in natural light, however.

This is the most grey shade I’ve ever worn on my lips, so it took a bit to get used to. I like it, but I don’t love it. I think it’s not perfect on my skin, but I can make it work. There are definitely people who look amazing in shades like Old Soul, however.

With that said, I definitely want to check out more colors in the Plush creme line. Troublemaker is more of a lavender and Prankster is a hot magenta.

If you’re a fan of matte colors, Makeup Geek also has a Plush Matte line. The colors in both lines are different (including a bold matte indigo), so you can enjoy them in each.

Products in either line costs $14, so they’re more than your drugstore brands. But the way Plush Creme feels is just amazing, and they’re cruelty-free and vegan. Plus, you don’t need to worry about any potential harmful chemicals.

Makeup Geek is a company I feel good supporting, and I definitely plan to buy (and review) more.

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Cat Tower Building Game

Date Sun, May 21 2017

Cats plus games. What better describes a Cole?

As it turns out, that’s also the description of  Cat Tower Building Game. So it seems like it’s meant to be, no?

I bought this game on Amazon, where it’s described as:

Cat Tower is a paper craft, tower-building, dexterity game starring cats! You and up to five players are tasked with staking unwieldy, lethally cute mousers in various, precarious positions based on the roll of a giant die. The goal is to get rid of your kitty hoard by placing them on the ever-growing Tower of Cats. But heads-up! One small twitch and cat chaos ensues, forcing the guilty party to add fallen felines to his or her cat pile. Then there are the “Fatty Catty” cards, which equal unforeseen plays. Got it? Smiles, grimaces, and belly laughs await. Get to stacking.

Like Jenga.. but with cats? Fun for the whole family? Great!
The price was right, so I bought it.
When Cat Tower arrived, it seemed a bit.. cheap, to be honest. It all comes in a small box, which is admittedly cute with giant kitty eyes staring at you from a furry, orange face. The pieces you stack are actually cardboard cards that you need to bend (there are creases to help, but they don’t really stay in shape). The die is a plain wooden cube and you have to affix the stickers to each side yourself. I personally don’t mind the latter, but the former becomes a problem as I will describe.
Cat Tower game pieces

Cat Tower game pieces

Basically, you wind up rolling the die to determine how you add to this cat tower. But a tower of bent cardboard isn’t stable. Building a tower out of bent cardboard cards is difficult because they want to flatten out. To get even two cats high is a task. It’s not knocking it down that you need to worry about; it’s getting past the first turn to begin with. We only got anywhere close to a tower after giving up playing by the rules and working together to stack as many cats as possible. Boo!
One could argue that this makes the game trickier, but I honestly think it just makes it needlessly difficult in a way that’s counterproductive to fun. My sister is 14 years-old — exactly the recommended age. But neither of us liked this game.
Something else sticks out, too. Once you bend your cards, you need to put them all back in the box for next time, but they never quite lie flat. I don’t like how “used” the game seems after the first play.
I understand that this game uses these components to save money, but I think I would rather pay more to have cats made out of.. pretty much anything more. In fact, if you built them with tray-shaped paperboard, it would be easier than the stock the cats are currently printed on.
I was really excited to play Cat Tower for the first time, but it quickly became obvious that it’s frustrating and not any fun at all. The concept is okay, but the execution really gives me paws (sorry, guys). I really can’t recommend Cat Tower even at just $12. There are much better cat-themed games out there (Tem-purr-a is one of them. Read my review)!
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Get the Boombox from Espionage Cosmetics for Just $20

Date Fri, May 19 2017

It’s no secret how much I like Espionage Cosmetics. Their geeky nail wraps just speak to me y’all (and if my nails would stop breaking, I could wear one of the 10 sets I have waiting for me!).

They also recently released some geek-inspired eyeshadow lines, and I think we can expect more of that from the future.

There are a variety of ways to enjoy their products, from buying items directly to subscribing to the different box options. There are currently 3:

  • Nexus box costs just $15, consists of nail designs, and you get to vote on them every month.
  • Nexus OP (overpowered) boxes appear randomly with hints as to their contents. They have the same price but you can get a discount if you subscribe to one of the other two boxes. Nexus OP subscriptions come with more nail wraps.
  • Boom!Box is the geek girly box that we’ve all been waiting for. Past boxes have included nail wraps, stickers, makeup bags, t-shirts,  makeup, notebooks, earrings, and art prints. It’s typically $30 a month.

If you’re interested in the Boom!Box, you can save $10 on your first subscription with the coupon code Boombox20. Head to Espionage Cosmetics now or use the link below.

This post contains referral links. I’ll earn points if you join Espionage Cosmetics, which will help me get more awesome nail wraps. Muahaha

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25 Bath Bombs for Every Type of Geek

Date Thu, May 18 2017

Boy, guys. You wanna know how late I am at writing this post? I originally intended it to be released in time for the holidays as sort of a gift guide. So I’m only, like, five months late? Although, we could consider me seven months early for the next holiday season, right? Right!

So there’s an interesting fact about this post: I have no tub. I just have a shower. I’ve never been able to use a fizzy bath bomb or fill my tub with a swirling vortex of colors and scents. I wish I could. Especially because all these awesome bath bombs speak to the geek in me. Hopefully, they speak to you or inspire you when shopping for your favorite geek.

I’ve broken down this post into categories of geekery and nerdom to make it easier to find the perfect gift. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you’re only shopping for yourself. ;)

For the Science Geek

I think science is having some sort of renaissance thanks to people like Bill Nye (even though I don’t love his new show). Science touches on everything from space to fossils to

1. Dinosaur Egg Bath Bomb in Raspberry Bubblegum

What a unique scent, eh? And I love the idea of an egg-shaped bath bomb. Plus, you get the extra perk of a dinosaur toy after it melts away — and melts away your troubles — in the bath!.

2. Galaxy Bath Bomb

If there’s any bath bomb on this list that is the best for me, it might be this one! I mean, just look at it! This bath bomb combines a smattering of colors to give it a look that a space lover such as myself just can’t resist. I really wanted to end that sentence with an exclamation point, but I may have used too many already. LOL

The galaxy bomb comes with a citrus/mint/vanilla scent.

Alternative: Glittery Galaxy Bath Bomb

Solar Bath Bomb Set

Solar Bath Bomb Set by Etsy seller thecosmiccompany

3. Solar System Bath Bombs

Okay, I might have lied. This is the bath bomb that’s ideal for me, except it’s an entire set of 9 bath bombs: one each to represent the sun and every planet in our solar system (Sorry, Pluto!). The bath bombs represent their respective solar entities both in design and shape, which is pretty impressive!

They also come in different smells, so you can try a little of everything. To top it off, the gift box comes wrapped in galaxy-themed paper. It’s the perfect gift. (Hey, isn’t my birthday coming soon?).

For the Gamer

Not everyone likes science. I get it. I mean, I don’t understand this, but I realize it.

Some geeks are all about the time they spend on their consoles or PCs — or at the table — enjoying videos games. Don’t worry, we’ve got bath bombs for them too!

4. D20 Bath Bomb

I bet you thought I was going to start this with a video game, didn’t you? But tabletop gaming is gaming, too! And a die makes a pretty good form for a bath bomb!

The Etsy seller who makes this one lets you choose a primary and secondary scent if you’re not a fan of leaving it to chance. I know I’m not!

5. Pokeball Bath Bomb

It only makes sense to make a Pokeball bath bomb. They’re both spheres. You can cleverly call this a Pokebom like the maker did. And inside Pokeballs are your favorite Pokemon, so adding a toy to the bomb jut makes sense.

This bomb also has a unique scent: marshmallow. If you like things sweet, you’ve gotta catch this ball.

6. Playstation Controller Bomb

Here we’ve got the first bath bomb that isn’t really round.. ish. I don’t know where all these PS controller molds come from, but I’m glad to see them get use!

You can choose from a variety of scents including pumpkin spice and lavender vanilla.

7. Serenade of Water (Zelda) Bomb

You’ll need to forgive me if I don’t have anything witty to say about this bath bomb. I’ve never played a Zelda game (yet), so I don’t know much about it. But the seller certainly does. Plus, the design is gorgeous. If that’s not enough for you, there might be a little present inside this bomb.

8. Minecraft Bath Bombs

Minecraft is taking over the world. My younger sister loves it, and she’s not alone. I’m not sure I get the appeal, but it’s definitely there. It’s popular enough that there are several versions of Minecraft bath bombs, so I figured I’d list a few and let you choose!

There you have it!

For the Sci-fi Fan

If you’re a fan of drama and fiction over straight up science, look no further!

BB-8 BOMB!

BB-8 bb-omb by bonbonbathhouse

9. BB-8 Bath Bomb

When I first researched this post, another BB-8 bath bomb was available, but the seller no longer has it listed. To be honest, I might like this one — with a surprise inside — better.

10. Death Star Bath Bomb

What Star Wars motif is more perfect for a bath bomb than the Death Star? Plus, it can explode in your bath and, well, not ruin your planet. Haha.

11. Star Wars Character Bath Bombs

I know, I know. Sci-fi is more than just Star Wars, but there are so many awesome Star Wars bath bombs!  This set of six features the likeness of your favorite — and perhaps not-so-favorite — Star Wars characters in different colors.

12. Dalek Bath Bomb

Okay, we move away from Star Wars to another fan-favorite: Doctor Who. The Daleks are here to edulcorate (vocab time!) with a hint of vanilla.

13. Tardis Bath Bomb

The same Etsy seller makes TARDIS bath bombs, too. They’re blue just like the real thing, but the colors are natural.

14. Han Solo Bath Bomb

I lied. One more Star Ward bath bomb. This time it’s Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Freakin’ perfect, right? (As long as you like lavender vanilla).

For the Anime Lover

15. Totoro Bath Bomb

I’ve never watched Totoro, but I know it’s cute! Is it a cat thing? I’m not sure. Most cats don’t like water, but this bath bomb would be a great gift for a fan that knows more than I do. LOL

Ping Sugar Heart Bathbomb

Ping Sugar Heart Bathbomb by nerdbasin

16. Pink Sugar Heart Bathbomb

I do know something about Sailor Moon! I also know that this bath bomb, which is inspired by Chibi Sailor Moon’s brooch, is awesome. It’s perfectly feminine, which I love! This one has a citrus scent.

17. Time Keeper Bathbomb

Maybe you’re more of a Sailor Pluto fan. That’s cool. Drop this Time Keeper staff bomb into your bath, instead. I like the flat design rather than the spherical ones, too! Available in Lemon, Herbs, Bergamot.

18. Deep Submerge Bath Bomb

As green as Neptune’s hair and leaving you in aquamarine swirls and a “Salt-water” scent. How cool?

19. World Shaking Bath Bomb

The last Sailor Moon bomb I’ll list is this golden one that evokes images of Sailor Uranus. You know what I love? The thought put into the smell.

fresh autumn leaves, the signature of the Planet protected by Air

Go ahead, get it. Or all of the Sailor Moon bombs. I won’t tell!

For the Comic Reader

Finally, if you like your drama between the pages (or perhaps you just want to round out your collection of geeky bath bombs!), see if any of the following strikes your fancy!

20. Superman Bath Bombs

The symbol of the House of El is ready to save the world or, at least, save you from a boring bath. For some reason, these kind of remind me of Flinstone’s vitamins? LOL! Available in red and blue because, duh!

cherry bombs

Cherry bombs bath bombs by TheBubblyKettle

21. Cherry Bombs

These actual bomb-inspired bath bombs totally remind me of something Harley Quinn or The Joker would play with, don’t you think? They smell like cherries, too. Get it, cherry bombs? Clever!

22. Wolverine Claw Bath Bomb

Now, this is neat. Wolverine doesn’t have a symbol or shape that plays well as a bath bomb, but you can make a bomb look like he sliced it with his claws — and someone did!

23. Iron Man and Hulk Bath bombs

This set of bath bomb is a little weird because it’s totally their heads, but if you can get past that, I’m sure they’re marvel-ous. I really should stop with that. Don’t worry, this post is almost over.

24. American Hero Bath Bomb

I like Cap. He’s my favorite Avenger. Perhaps he’s my favorite Marvel character. I like his bath bomb, too. The shield design works well. I don’t like mint, however, so you’ll need to be a fan of that to enjoy this bath bomb.

25. Deadpool Bath Bomb

Okay, so the bath isn’t a pool, but that’s okay! The Daffodil Daydream bath bomb has a mango/floral scent and a distressed design that just works for me. But if you’d like something else, check out this one.

Most of these bath bombs are available from Etsy, so your purchase supports makers! You can get 1% cashback on Etsy purchases if you join Ebates. Simply join Ebates and use the link from your browser or app on your mobile device before shopping to earn cash back.

Wanna learn more about Ebates? Check out this post. The short of it is that I’ve earned around $200 on online purchases simply for clicking a link before buying. Score!

Save 40% on Select Speakers from Amazon

Date Wed, May 17 2017

If you’re in the market for a new speaker, I’ve got news for you! You can save 40% on select speakers from Amazon. Use coupon code CRDC1067 to save 40% on the following speakers.


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Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue

Date Tue, May 16 2017

You guys, it’s 2017.. right?

-checks calendar-

Right!

So you can imagine my surprise when Maybelline decided they wanted to release a bright blue mascara. I mean, that’s totally 1997, am I right?

Right!

But fashion happens in cycles. Flared jeans, for example, have gone around a few times. As have neon colors. Fringe. High-wasted jeans. I guess everything’s old until it’s new again.

Don’t get me wrong, either. I’m not opposed to some colorful mascara. In fact, I wore some blue stuff during my middle school years. And I’ve since tried mascara with flecks that are specifically designed for my eye color. So what hell?!

The blue of Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue is much brighter than anything I’d ever used. It’s super apparent on the wand. Once on my eyelashes, it’s not quite as apparent. It seems like maybe the mascara doesn’t quite coat the lashes superbly. This isn’t to say that you can’t see it at all, you just can’t see the hue super well.

Another thing Maybelline Great Lash in Royal Blue doesn’t do so well is, well, act like a mascara. I have fine lashes that aren’t super long. This mascara neither increases length nor adds volume. Although, it doesn’t seem to be super clumpy.

This is probably due to the fact that it combs on more like a thin-ish paint than any mascara I’ve ever used before. It really doesn’t feel like a mascara, and I’ve never had that thought before! I’m not sure if the wand, which has a spiral design rather than the individual bristles that I prefer, helps. It certainly seems short enough to be awkward.

Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue

This mascara looks barely blue!

But I didn’t have a lot of time to consider this before the mascara became uncomfortable. I’ve occasionally had dry eyes after using mascara, but I’ve never had the absolutely dryness + stabbing feeling that Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue caused. I quickly removed it with some eye makeup remover wipes. It did come off cleanly and easily.

It’s probably for the best that I had to take this stuff off so quickly. Because of my oily lids, most mascaras don’t fair very well. I’m not sure that I could rock blue raccoon eyes any more than I could black. LOL

i tried this a second time around with a primer (the one that came with this mascara) and a topcoat (Locked and Coated – read my review). Fortunately, it didn’t hurt, and it didn’t actually give me raccoon eyes like most mascara. But the effect was still lackluster and the color underwhelming. I’m unlikely to continue to put much effort into Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue after seeing how little it does for my lashes. I guess if you’re really a fan of the colors (and I did like it!), you might use it over a mascara that does give you the length and volume that you’d like and then, perhaps, use a topcoat over that if you’d like.

So here’s the thing? This mascara costs a whole $4 at Walmart right now. It’s practically free. If you don’t love it, well, you’re not out much. Maybe you could pass it along to someone who does like the mascara. But the issues I had with performance and irritation when trying Maybelline’s newest shade of mascara doesn’t really inspire me to recommend it despite the relatively low cost. I guess, you’ll just need to make that decision for yourself.

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