Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Birthday Freebies that are Worth the Trouble

Ah, the never-ending birthday freebie list.  Do you know what I'm talking about?  If not, you need to do a "birthday freebies" google search and get with the program.  ;)  I've signed up for so many of these birthday clubs that every year round this time my inbox is full of "freebies".  Which I LOVE!

But, to be honest, some of those freebies are just not worth the trouble.  I mean, a "free dessert" is just not that appealing to me.  So I am kind of stingy with how I use all those freebies.  So I thought I would you clue you into my:

No Messing Around
Birthday Freebie List

Completely Free Meals:  These places offer completely free birthday meals and most of them give a range of dates that the offer is valid, so spread that birthday cheer around.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Replacement Guarantees; Ginsu Knives and Norwex Microfiber Cloths

I want to talk about warranties and replacement guarantees.  It is not uncommon when making a purchase to come across warranties and replacement guarantees.  Often times, this is a selling point for me.  If I can buy with confidence, then I am more likely to dish out the cash.  But I haven't utilized many warranty or replacement guarantees.  I usually think, "Why bother?" because the company will just find a loophole and not honor it.  But this year I ended up putting some companies to the test: Ginsu and Norwex.  Find out how it went below!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jadience Vitality Anti-Aging Serum Review and GIVEAWAY

I'm super excited because this post is both a review and a GIVEAWAY.  Woohoo!

Today I am going to be reviewing the Vitality Anti-Aging Serum from Jadience Herbal Formulas.

This 1.75-ounce bottle of serum goes for $32.58 on Amazon right now.  Jadience sent me a bottle to review and is also going to send one lucky reader a bottle of this Vitality Anti-Aging Serum.  So don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this review.

I had never heard of Jadience until I became obsessed with finding skin care products that were completely pure and natural.  So who is Jadience?  They are an East-Asian company based in San Diego (all of their products are made in the USA).  Jadience roots their products in Traditional Oriental Medicine, particularly herbology and the ancient belief of the healing and beautifying power of Jade.  All of their skin and body products contain Jade powder.  They strive to "open  the door  to  the healthiest, most youthful, and most  rejuvenated condition possible without adverse side-effects, which often stem from improperly formulated products."

According to Jadience, this serum can:
  • strengthen the skin
  • rejuvenate the skin
  • nourish the skin
  • promote cellular regeneration of the skin
These four things can help your skin look young and refreshed.  This is what the Vitality Anti-Aging serum looks like.

This is a squirt of Jadience Vitality Anti-Aging Serum on a plate.

Here is the ingredient list, followed with an explanation of why they used certain ingredients:
Ingredients: Herbal Extracts: (Angelica Root, Licorice Root, Euphoriae, Radix Polygoni Multiflori, White Peony, Ginseng, Wild Pansy, Szechwan Lovage Root) Aloe Vera, Water, Glycerin (Plant sources), Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Natural Lemongrass Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Jade Powder
Angelica Root & Radix Polygoni Multiflori provide deep hydration and reduce the signs of aging. Euphoriae, White Peony, & Szechwan Lovage Root provide anti-aging properties and rejuvenate skin cells. Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis) is a well known anti-oxidant that protects the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage....Jade has purifying and harmonizing properties.
This is a picture of my hand before and after applying this serum:

After two weeks of using this serum for 2x/day on my entire face, I have come up with this list of what I like about this serum:
  • It is all natural.
  • The herb extracts are wild-crafted and made fresh for every batch.
  • It absorbs super fast.
  • It makes my skin feel really soft, smooth and nourished.
  • When I use this, I need less moisturizing oil.
  • It smells nice.
  • For a serum, it is fairly priced and I think the bottle will last a long time.
Here is what I don't like about this serum:
  • It is hard for me to see or document any extreme difference in fine line and wrinkles.
  • The bottle is too narrow and easy to knock over (I know, "picky, picky").
One thing that gives me pause in recommending this serum is that I don't see a huge difference in my skin from using this.  But then again, I am not super wrinkled anyway.  Perhaps continued use will give me more noticeable results.  However, the company says that I should be feeling and seeing a difference after a week.  This leads me into the second thing that gives me pause in recommending this serum; the return policy.

Even though the post description says things like "we guarantee you will see and feel the difference" and "we promise you won't be disappointed", when I emailed the company about the return policy, they said that their items on Amazon will adhere to the Amazon return policy.

Amazon return policy says, "You may return most new, unopened items sold and fulfilled by Amazon.com within 30 days of delivery for a full refund."  I personally find a major conflict between the item description hinting at a satisfaction guarantee and the reality of Amazon's policy which only allows unused returns.  I did voice my concerns and they said that they hope that consumers will contact them in the event that they are not pleased with the product.  They would also appreciate a rating and review on Amazon.

Bottomline:  I think this product is good because it is natural and highly nourishing, but it is somewhat of a gamble ordering a $30+ product without a firm satisfaction guarantee in place.  You can order this Vitality Anti-Aging Serum on Amazon.

I am grateful to Jadience for providing me with this unique opportunity to try this Serum.  And NOW, here is the GIVEAWAY!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sabbath Sunday

EXODUS 20:8-11
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: 
in it thou shalt not do any work, 
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, 
thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, 
nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, 
the sea, and all that in them is, 
and rested the seventh day: 
wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, 
and hallowed it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Acure Facial Toner Review

My life has gotten a bit crazy, so I am cutting back to one or two posts a week.  But that won't stand in the way of this review; Acure Organics Facial Toner.
This 2-ounce bottle of facial toner goes for $12.99 and will probably last me 2 months, with 3-4 squirts per usage.  The squirt bottle makes it easy to use...no messing around with cotton rounds/balls.  You just spray and let it soak in your skin!  This is the only toner available from Acure Organics, so I am assuming that it is suitable for all skin types.  This is what Acure Organics says about this toner: