Product Picks

Loves & Recommendations #1

by Jamie Sanford on February 23, 2017


In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #1!

To see all of my product picks, click here.

Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair dye.

The 4 oz bottles are $10.99, and the 8 oz bottles are $16.99.

I have been experimenting with fantasy hair over the last 5-6 months, and I switched from using Manic Panic to Arctic Fox after seeing a LOT of great videos on YouTube of regular people using Arctic Fox to get great color. I have a lot more to say about my experience with non-traditional hair colors, and will post about it soon, but spoiler alert, I will be saying great things about Arctic Fox products.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter.

I have been in love with this eyeliner for years, as made evident by this blog post. I bought another one in pewter, because it is my ride or die eyeliner. Available for $5.94 from Amazon.

TurboTax Deluxe.

Boring? Maybe, but I’ve been using it forever and will buy it every year that it makes sense for me to do my own taxes. It is so easy, and once you use it once, everything pulls over to your new return from the previous year. It took me no time at all for federal taxes this year, and until I buy a house and have much more complicated financials, I’m sticking with it. Around $40 on Amazon.

Paine’s Red Cedar incense trees.

I bought these for Will from his Christmas wishlist, and I love them so much that I bought a second box for our home. It smells so woodsy and fire-burn-y (not a word) and I love it. $8.92 on Amazon.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

I first purchased these years ago when a nearby Eckerd story was closing and everything was on sale. Neither Will or I were blonde, but it says on the back that you can use it on any color hair. Will ended up loving these products because they are minty, but for a long time I could not find them. A random search one day, and they are back in our life. What’s weird is that the set of 2 is over $20 on Amazon right now, but you can buy them separately for around $12.

Unique Extra Dark “Splits”

I’m so glad that this brand is getting more exposure! We found these at a farmer’s market a while back, and they are the most polarizing snack I have ever had. Everyone loves or hates them. I love them, and my dad liked them when I gave him some, and I bought a pack of 2 before Christmas and sent him a bag along with keeping one for my house. You can get them for as little as $3/bag on Amazon.

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box | Product Pick #15

by Jamie Sanford on October 5, 2016

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I was excited to have received an offer in August to try out the POPSUGAR Must Have Box in September. It was even more fun when I wasn’t thinking about it and then it appeared on my doorstep!

The Must Have box is a curated collection of items, delivered each month at a significant discount. The monthly cost is $39.95 per box, but the box will contain at least $100 in item value. You can save $5 on the October box with code OCT5.

Unfortunately, my box appeared to have been through it a bit.

The sticker wasn’t holding the tissue closed, and it was a bit wrinkled when it arrived. I love seeing the box printed on the inside with “happiness delivered.” Many of the box subscriptions are meant to be fun surprises each month, and I love the idea that they are a bit of happiness in a box. It’s a unique opportunity to surprise yourself.

The printed insert with item information was lovely.

Here’s a peek at the information on each item in the box.

(Items in the box – minus the hat, which you will see in a moment.)

I really love this nail care set. I really needed an updated option to push my cuticles back and this is great.

The Smith & Cult lip lacquer will not be for everyone, because it is sticky. However, for those of us who were obsessed with MAC’s lipglass 20ish years ago, this will be a welcome texture. The color is also great.

How have I never seen a retractable lint roller before? This is great for those of us who have ever carried around a small version, only to have it get covered in fuzz and whatnot in your bag. This came pre-loaded with 30 sheets of stickiness.

Here’s a dramatic photo of me living a Carmen Sandiego fantasy in this hat from Jack & Lucy. I LOVE hats in general, and this one is bringing the drama with a wide brim, and has a nice additional detail in the top as well. I have worn this 4+ times since I received it, and I will continue to do so. This is absolutely my favorite part of the box.

The Gluten Free Bites were delicious and were quickly eaten, so that was a win. I’m still trying out the Briogeo deep conditioning mask and I will post a review on that soon. I will say that receiving products of this size for a price of $39.95 is a great deal and an easy way to try out new products.

Here is the list of items in the box, with their regular prices.

  • A Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat ($58)
  • NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit ($16)
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($36)
  • F’Lint Lint Roller ($10)
  • Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning ($22)
  • The Gluten Free Bites Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites ($5)

The total is $147! Much higher than even the guaranteed $100 value.

Although I loved this first one, I am still up in the air about subscribing every month to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. They do have a Mini option that I may try in the meantime, although I know it will not be nearly as significant as the original box.

If you would like to purchase a Must Have Box, click here! Remember to use code OCT5 to receive $5 off on the October box.

I received this box free of charge from POPSUGAR for review. All opinions are my own.

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Tyme Iron Review | Product Pick #14

by Jamie Sanford on August 24, 2016

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I can’t believe I haven’t written this one earlier, because I have been raving about the Tyme Iron to anyone who would listen for the past few months.

I have owned at least 10 curling irons since my teenage years, and it’s always been something I never got the hang of. I have thick hair, and to get it to hold a curl required a lot of product and a lot of commitment. I needed to curl tiny sections at a time an then spray them a lot to get them to last. I had also tried the “curling with a flat iron” method, but that didn’t work for me at all. It was just another situation of needing to take at least an hour to curl my whole head, and for that great effort, I would generally have curls that would be mostly gone by the end of the night. I’m not desperate enough for a perm—the spiral perm in 7th grade was enough to turn me off of that idea for life.

I started seeing sponsored posts for this hair tool on Facebook at least a year ago, and quickly clicked through to check it out.

It’s a bit strange for a hair iron, particularly when you are used to seeing more traditional flat or curling irons.

Here’s a look at it laying down. Still weird.

Anyway, it took me seeing the ads again and again, and watching videos multiple times, before I took the plunge. The price of this device is $190. I paid over $100 for my last CHI flat iron, so I was obviously not averse to buying expensive tools. This just seemed like a lot of money for a mysterious tool. However, there was a return policy, so I decided that if I received it and would be able to do my own hair for an upcoming wedding, instead of paying someone else, that I would be able to justify the price. If I couldn’t figure it out, I would just send it back.

I clicked the purchase button and patiently waited.

Soon enough, my Tyme Iron arrived! I sat at home that night, and watched instructional videos while trying it out. Having used traditional flat and curling irons for years, this is a totally different process.

This video is good, but I was doing something wrong, because my piece of hair was coming out a frizzy mess.

I looked around for another video.

This is a funny video of the Tyme founder having a Skype call with someone who was having trouble figuring it out. I found this one to be the most educational, and I immediately started getting amazing curls in my hair. Better yet, they lasted until I washed my hair again, without requiring any hair spray. (The only thing I have been using is a heat spray before I get started.)

While I was most excited for the curls, the Tyme Iron is also the best flat iron I have ever used. I still have the CHI, but it is stored away. I don’t know if I will ever go back to it again, because the Tyme Iron straightens my hair on the first pass, and it looks much healthier than when I was using the CHI.

Proof!

This particular day, I used the iron quickly to turn the ends of my hair up after straightening it. Not “curls” exactly, but a quick and easy way to add a bit of messy texture.

Straightened, but you can see a little bit of curve in my bangs there.

It’s a bit dark, but you can see it from the side. I largely curled here from the middle of my hair to the bottom. Next to me is my lovely sister Robyn, who I totally sold on the Tyme Iron during this weekend.

This was the event I mentioned earlier, the wedding of my brother-in-law. I did my own hair for the wedding, and this was how great my hair still looked, even after riding a ferry over Lake Ontario to get to an island! Full disclosure though, I did spray these for insurance. I can promise that my previous efforts at curling, even with spray, would not have survived a windy ferry ride. These held up perfectly all night.

The Tyme Iron does have a learning curve, and I have tried to be honest and forthcoming about that with everyone I have told about it. Once I got the technique down though, I had it, and I have only been getting better at curling ever since. I can now do a quick curl in less than 10 minutes. This is largely due to the fact that I can curl much bigger pieces than I ever was able to in the past.

Click here and buy the Tyme Iron right now.

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I am late on this palette. It was the RAGE when it came out before Thanksgiving last year, but I was intent on not buying another eyeshadow palette, and definitely not for $59. I picked it up a few weeks ago, since the price had dropped significantly, and I did really want it.

Well now, it’s dropped again, this time to $25! This is particularly incredible, as if you were to buy this many individual shadows from Urban Decay, it would cost $228.

Admittedly, this palette was put together by a very pale person, so these shadows are apparently much better suited for other pale people. I am of the pale variety of skin tones, so these work incredibly well for me. I cannot speak to how they might look on darker skin tones. I can attest to the quality of the shadows – they are, for the most part, wonderful to apply and very blendable. The pink one, Harajuku, is my least favorite in terms of application and formula.

I can also confirm that while there are a lot of neutral eyeshadows that look similar, they are quite different on the skin and provide a lot of different options for mixing and matching eye looks.

I’ve linked a few places below to buy this palette (the widget isn’t updated but the prices on Ulta and Sephora are definitely updated to $25, I expect Macy’s will follow shortly). At the current price, it’s an amazing value, and a great gift for yourself or someone else you know that loves makeup.

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Today’s review is a confession and a review.

First up, the confession. I own what I think is easily over 50 lip color products. I am pretty terrible about actually wearing them. Wearing a bold lip color is a statement – I had a week of trying out bold lip colors last year, and I really need to try again. However, in the meantime, I’ve bonded with a lipstick.

I had read about the Milani Color Statement Matte Lipsticks on Nouveau Cheap (anyone who shops at the drugstore for beauty items needs to be following this blog), and when I was at CVS, I checked them out. I ended up purchasing 2 colors of the matte lipsticks, Naked and Darling.

Milani Matte Naked is totally my new favorite lipstick. It’s matte, so it is long-lasting, but it isn’t so drying that I want to cover it in lip balm. It’s not quite a “my lips but better” color, it skews a bit too brown on me for that. I think the reason I love it so much is the balance between putting color on my lips that is enough to be noticed without being overwhelming.

Plus, the price is pretty amazing. These are about $6 at the drugstore. I think the word on Matte Naked in particular is out because I have had trouble finding it. Once I realized how much I liked it, I have been hunting for extras to stock up.

Share your drugstore beauty picks in the comments!

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