Keurig My K-Cup VoxBox
A little over a year ago — October 2014 to be specific — I was invited by Influenster to test and review a complimentary Keurig 2.0 K550 coffee machine. It was, and still is, the highest value VoxBox I’ve ever received. A K550 retails for approximately $150-$200, so of course I was thrilled to get one for free; however, I had several issues with the machine which I pointed out in my review.
One of the main issues I had with the Keurig 2.0 machines is the use of DRM technology which prevented you from using non-Keurig cups or pods, especially reusable coffee filters like Solofill and Ekobrew. The 2.0 machines have built-in scanners, so pods without the proprietary Keurig logo on the lids produced an error response and simply wouldn’t work. There was a way to get around that but, for me, the problem shouldn’t have existed in the first place because it just made the machine less user friendly than it needed to be.
Fast forward 1+ year and Keurig has finally come out with their own 2.0-compatible reusable coffee filter, the My K-Cup ($14.99). I had the pleasure of receiving a complimentary My K-Cup to test and review along with a 12 oz package of Green Mountain Coffee in the Nantucket Blend flavor.
Keurig My K-Cup VoxBox
Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo
This is a product I’ve been lusting over for nearly a year: the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo.
Sonia Kashuk cosmetics are exclusive to Target and I remember spotting this duo when it first launched last Spring but I didn’t buy it then because I wanted to wait for a sale. Well, my Target store either hasn’t restocked it since last year or else it constantly sells out because I can never find it in store. Finally, I just gave up and decided to place an online order for it through Target’s website.
Sonia Kashuk’s Chic Luminosity line isn’t new. Her Chic Lumonisty Bronzer/Blush Duos and Chic Luminosity Bronzer singles have existed for several years already but the Bronzer/Highlighter Duo ($12.99) was a new addition to the lineup. Now that I’ve tried this duo, I’m kind of curious about the Bronzer/Blush Duos.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint – Very Sweet
I’m so mad at myself. I spent a whole weekend snapping swatch photos outdoors. Bronzers, highlighters, blushes, eye shadows. Boom. I did it all. I churned those photos out, cropped and edited them, and they were all sitting on my computer ready to be uploaded as needed.
Writing blog entries doesn’t take very long; it’s the swatching and photo editing that I find the most time consuming, so having that part of the process done speeds up the blogging process considerably. At least it’s supposed to but when I went to write up my Tata Harper Cheek Tint review yesterday I realized I had accidentally deleted my swatch photo. Ugh. I must have done it after I posted my Tata Harper Very Bronzing and Very Illuminating reviews because all of my Tata Harper swatches were in the same folder on my computer and I deleted my swatch photos for those two products immediately after the reviews went up. I spent the better half of this week downloading programs like Recuva to see if I could recover the deleted files but it was too late and the files were overwritten and long gone. Sad.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why I love I love swatch photos. They’re self-explanatory and make blogging so much easier. Without the aid of photos, I would describe Very Sweet as having a balm-like texture, similar to the Very Bronzing contour and Very Illuminating highlighter except a bit softer and creamier to the touch. However, unlike the Tata Harper contour and highlighter which were virtually fragrance-free (they have an extremely subtle scent caused by the mix of natural plant oils and extracts), Very Sweet has a fruity berry scent. It’s not a strong scent but it’s noticeable and I can smell it when I have it on my cheeks and taste it when it’s on my lips. I don’t care for the fragrance personally.
I meant to get this posted months ago but the holidays rolled around and then I got a stomach bug and my blog fell to the wayside. I had all of the swatches and photos ready to be uploaded but, you know, life got in the way. So without further ado, here’s my quick review of the (no longer so new) bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($20). I purchased mine directly from bareminerals.com.
It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased anything from Target but my hair dryer up and died on me recently, so I needed to get a replacement. My old hair dryer was at least 10 years old and I’m not even sure what brand it was because the brand logo rubbed off eons ago.
I decided to go with this particular Remington Ionic Ceramic model which I saw online at target.com because it’s inexpensive ($14.99), the brand itself seems to have a good reputation and I liked the color. It’s extremely basic with three heat settings, two speeds and a cool blast button but honestly that’s even more than I need. I only ever use the highest speed and hottest heat settings on blow dryers anyway, so any extra functions are useless to me. And 90% of the time, I let my hair air dry naturally.
I’ve used the blow dryer 3x already and I might exchange it for a different hair dryer. Rather than buttons that you have to push, if you want a specific speed of heat level you need to slide the switch to the setting you want. The problem I’m having is the slider doesn’t slide smoothly and gets stuck. Maybe it’ll get smoother with use but I think I’ll probably have to trade this hair dryer in for a different model that has buttons or switches that I can click to designated settings.