Since I have three daughters, I have seen a lot of makeup products come and go in my household. Many times the items don’t live up to their claims and aren’t worth the money I paid for them. That’s why I am always willing to give my honest review in exchange for free products to try out. I get to sample the items without spending any money out of pocket to find out if they are worth buying or not. In my FrostyVoxBox, complements of Influenster, they sent me the Rimmel Just Let It Go gentle eye makeup remover and also a Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencil in black.
The eyeliner pencil says that it is waterproof which is interesting. I am not even sure if there is an eyepencil like that out there already. Anyhow, after trying it out I can definitely say that it stays put better than other eyeliners. It doesn’t smudge easily but it does still smudge. I can see using this for defining lines but if you are looking for an eyeliner that blends easily, this is not it. Interestingly, I was able to wipe the eyeliner off with just some plain water on my finger so I am not sure what makes this “waterproof” since it definitely isn’t. Bottom line: a good eyeliner that stays put and doesn’t smudge easily (but is NOT waterproof)
The makeup remover states that it is “gentle”. I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my eyes. I am a mascara and eyeliner kind of girl so it’s not like there was a ton of stuff to take off. I usually just use baby oil and a tissue to remove my makeup. When I tried this remover, the fact that it was “oil free” just made it feel more difficult to take the makeup off. Like it was actually drying to my skin. It did not make the skin around my eyes feel smooth and soft and cared for. It also made my eyes sting. Bottom line: I did not like this remover at all and will be sticking with baby oil and a tissue.
** I received these products for free to test and review
Alright, by all accounts I consider myself quite good at finding the BEST deals but I have to confess: I do not shop Black Friday deals. Yes, it’s true. I will not be shopping on Black Friday 2012.
I have only shopped on Black Friday two times in my life. Once with my now ex-mother-in-law (over 20 years ago) and just last year. I did not plan to shop on Black Friday either of those times, it just turned out that way. Here is how I found out how to make sure that I am getting the BEST prices on the items I am going to buy:
The time I went Black Friday shopping with my ex-mother-in-law, I bought one item and then saw it on sale for a LOWER price the following week! I was determined not to fall for that trick again! Every year since that event, I look at the Black Friday sales fliers and circle and save the ones with items I want and sure enough, a week or so later, I find the same item for a LOWER price than the one that was in effect on Black Friday!
Last year, my kiddos were at their Dad’s house and I happened to look at the Walmart flier and saw literally two things that I thought were good deals that I could use. So, I leisurely drove over to my local Walmart at about 3 pm to see if the stuff I wanted was still available. The parking lot was only half-full (I guess everyone else was already done shopping !) so I found a spot and walked in. No crowds. I found the items I was looking for (a cell phone for my daughter and some tee shirts for Ben) and went to check out. No lines! I was in and out of there in less than 1 hour. And I got some really good prices!
For some reason most people think that the best prices are during Black Friday but every retailer will tell you that it is not true. Even Consumer Reports says that the Black Friday 2012 deals “don’t seem so special.” Even if the deals were good, is it really worth going out on Thanksgiving or waking at 3 a.m. to go to the store to deal with mobs of people to try to get an item that is just $5 less than it will be two days from now? In my opinion, no. I value my family and sleep more than $5.
I do several things here at home to save money when I print things from the web.
I recycle paper. If I have full sheets of paper with something printed on one side that I do not need, when I need to print I will just print on the other side.
I buy generic refill cartridges on ebay. I only pay about $5 per cartridge and that INCLUDES shipping
I always always always print in “Fast Draft” mode. Not only does it use WAYYYY less ink, it prints faster too! You can learn how to set your printer to fast draft here:
In our home there is NO computer that is hooked up to the printer all the time. The kids computer is not even set up to print at all! My laptop is the only computer we can print from here and it has to be physically walked to the printer and have the usb hooked up in order to print. This saves us so much unneeded printing!
I admit it. I am in love with SHARPIE markers! This affair has been going on for years! Some people just don’t understand my dedication and devotion to this wonderful creation.
My biggest fear in the world is forgetting something. Anything. I hate that feeling of something I was going to do or look into or tell someone. Ugh! So, consequently, I make lists. Lots and lots of lists. This includes a daily “to do” list. Every evening I either print out or handwrite my list for the following day.
Most people simply use a pen or pencil to cross things off of their “to do” lists and that is good enough for them. Not for me though. I feel the deep seated desire to use a sharpie and black the items out as they are completed. I do not rest until my whole list looks like a big solid black box, with every item blacked out.
Sometimes I will make an abstract, black, linear design or pattern out of the items as I black them out. Other times its just a huge rectangle or box at the end of the day.
I think I just like the fact that once it’s blacked out I know it’s DONE! Final. Finished. Without a doubt, completed. Also, I can more clearly see the other things that need to be done because they are not blacked out and that makes them more visible.
Whatever the reasons I love them!