27 March 2015

..::Review + Giveaway::.. March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box


My Review of the March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


Review…
I was sent the March box from Stampin' Up to review.  

The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.


Packaging & Presentation of the March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

I was pretty excited to come home and see a little red Paper Pumpkin box sitting in the mailbox!  The exterior box is red and baby blue, and it is small enough to fit into a standard mailbox.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The side of the box says, "You're moments away from your escape..." and the bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.


When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.  The inside of the box also completed the statement from the exterior with, "...Run away with me."


The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (March) stamp set, and a Classic Stampin' Spot in 'Basic Black'.



The final layer housed the actual March kit, 'Sew You'.


The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin, is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.




My Personal Experience with the March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).


As soon as I saw what this craft was, I got really excited.  I've always wanted to try a paper sewing craft!  Plus, this one is adorable! Since we are celebrating my husband's and daughter's birthday tomorrow, my mom and I decided to make a birthday card.  We chose the 'Happy Birthday' stamp, and got it set up on the acrylic 'D' block, and patted it with the stampin' spot.


After that, we stamped both the die-cut word bubble and exterior envelope with the stamp.


The next step was to measure out 40.0" of the included thread, and thread it through the eye of the needle.  Don't let this fool you-- it's harder than it looks!


After you get it threaded, be sure to look inside the instruction book for an easy-to-follow sewing pattern.  Once you push the needle through the back, tie a knot, so the thread doesn't fall out.


Continue sewing the card, and when you reach the end, you can pinch off the thread with a dimensional or two.



Add some decor to it with the included epoxy stickers!


Finally, you are left with this beautiful, handmade card!  It's super cute, and anybody would love to receive this!


Pros of the March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
  • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
  • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
  • These are very bright, very fun cards that you can use for any occasion.
  • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  


Cons of the March Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I wish this box came with (2) needles, because sometimes I like to do the craft with somebody.
  • I think this kit should come with a needle threader, because it was really difficult for both my mom and I to thread it.
Summary

These cards are so cute, and they come in handy.  There are so many different options that you can do with this set.  I like the color scheme-- it's great for the season, and it's cheerful.  I also like that these cards come with envelopes so I can send them out when I need to.  The only recommendations is that this kit should come with an extra needle and a needle threader.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

..::Review + Giveaway::.. NeoCell Biotin Bursts


My Review of NeoCell Biotin Bursts

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"NeoCell Biotin Bursts are soft chews that deliver a whopping 10,000 mcg of biotin. They're just the ticket for helping skin hair and nails. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water soluble vitamin so it's not stored in the body - making regular intake important to maintain healthy levels.

Biotin Bursts also contain 25mg of Brazilian acai berry powder, which provides antioxidants to help fight premature aging of the skin. The acai berry also gives Biotin Bursts their delicious berry flavor.


A daily dose is just a single chew and contains only 20 calories and has no gluten, soy or artificial flavors - they are all natural."


Review…

I was sent a box of (30) soft chews from NeoCell to review.  

The price for this box is $12.60.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.


Packaging & Presentation of NeoCell Biotin Bursts

These chews arrived in a nice box.  The box is a nice, happy purple color.  It has green and white accents.  The box measures 6.25" x 4.0" x 2.5".

The front of the box labels the product and brand.  It also lists what it is used for.  The back of the box is where you'll find the a description of each of its main ingredients.  The supplement facts, suggested use, other ingredients, and warnings are also listed.  This was manufactured in a GMP-certified facility.




The right side of the box pictures a few of NeoCell's other products.  The left side of the box describes more about the product in detail.



The bottom of the box lists NeoCell's contact information and the UPC.  The product's expiration date can be found printed clearly on the back of the box.






The box opens very easily with a serrated pull tab, and it closes with a little insert tab.

 


The box opens to a resealable foiled bag.  The bag is labeled with the product and 'Best By' date.



The chews are individually wrapped inside.


My Personal Experience with NeoCell Biotin Bursts

I've tried a sample of these before, and they are delicious! I was excited that I was able to try a large box of them.  There are (30) chews, so I get to eat one for each day of the month.  Yum!

The chews are wrapped nicely, and they are a little over the size of a nickle.



The chews are a purple color, and they aren't sticky to the touch.  The wrapper labels the product, too.



There is a large sticker on the outside to refrigerate these to keep them from not getting sticky.  I store mine right in front!




Pros of NeoCell Biotin Bursts
  • 10,000 mcg of biotin.  That's a lot!
  • Delicious.
  • Great for hair, skin, nails, and so much more.
  • Individually wrapped.
Cons of NeoCell Biotin Bursts
  • I haven't found any cons of these chews.
Summary

Since sampling these a while ago, I knew going into this review that I already liked them.  The only problem is a sample doesn't prove effective unless you take them for a few days.  Biotin is always super-effective for my body.  I notice a difference within 5-7 days of using it!  What's better than taking it in such a delicious way.  In fact, my mom hates chewy things, but she loves these!

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

26 March 2015

..::Product Review::.. goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil


My Review of goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"The Fractionated Coconut Oil offered by GoPure is considered an all-natural type of carrier oil that is able to easily absorb into your skin, which makes it a go-to option for all types of topical therapies. It offers a feather-light emollient, providing a soothing barrier, without the risk of clogging your pores, and is ideal for dry or otherwise troubled skin. It provides the skin with a non-greasy, silky smooth feel, unlike the other vegetable carrier oils currently available. It is completely soluble with all types of essential oils and is odorless and colorless, which means it will not stain any fabric it comes in contact with. It also has a prolonged shelf life, which means it will not go rancid and is designed for topical use only."

Review…


I was sent a 16 fl oz bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil from goPURE Naturals to review. 

This bottle of oil costs $14.73.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.


Packaging & Presentation of goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil

This bottle of coconut oil arrived in great condition.  There were no dents, defects, nor issues during shipment.  The package included the 16 fl oz bottle of coconut oil and a cap for easy pouring.  The bottle measures 8.0" x 2.5" at its widest points.  The bottle is made of a clear plastic with a tan label.  The label is tan with white accents. Everything was wrapped in a plastic bag.


The front of the bottle labels the product and brand.  It also lists a few instances in which you would use this product.


The right side of the label explains a little bit about goPURE.  The left side of the label lists the cautions, bottling information, and website contact information.  This product isn't tested on animals and is recyclable.


On the outside of the bag, there was a sticker.  This sticker lists the oil's manufacturing date, the shelf life, and the lot number.  What I don't like about this location is that this is information I want to know and keep.  Since the sticker is located here, I try to move it, and it rips.  They should have placed this on the bottom, or at least on the side of the bottle itself.


The cap easily pours, but make sure to take off the safety seal on the underside!


My Personal Experience with goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil

I've been using coconut oil for a long time now.  To me, there are so many reasons to use it-- the possibilities are endless!  I usually use it for cooking, but it's great for skin, massaging, and a carrier for your essential oils.

First, fractionated coconut oil is a liquid.  I don't know if you are familiar with the other kind of coconut oil, but it's mostly a solid.  Here's the difference.  The solid coconut oil is on top, and the fractionated oil is on the bottom.




It feels really nice on my skin.  It's not greasy, and it actually absorbs nicely.


The main reason I use coconut oil is as a carrier medium for my essential oils.

First, I pour a little bit into an oil warmer.


Then, I add a few drops of essential oil.  In this case, I'm using one of my favorites that my sister-in-law gave me-- Panaway.


Lastly, I turn it on!  It smells so good, and the fragrance lasts a long time.


Pros of goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil
  • High-quality.
  • No fragrance, and no taste.
  • Includes an easy-pour, twist-on top.
  • Has plenty of uses, and cost effective.
  • Does not leave a greasy residue. 
        Cons of goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil
        • I do not like how the MD, LOT #, and EXP DATE sticker is placed in the absolute, most inconvenient place on the entire bottle.
              Summary

              This is definitely a high-quality oil that has a multitude of uses.  I use a lot of essential oils, so this is the best carrier for those.  I've never used coconut oil as a massaging medium, but this oil is the perfect consistency for it.  What I really enjoy it for is using it in recipes, and oil-pulling.  It's really easy to measure, and it stores perfectly.


              Are you wanting to try goPURE Naturals Fractionated Coconut Carrier & Massage Oil, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

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              DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.