18 December 2014

..::Review + Giveaway::.. Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages (Win a Gift Pack!)


My Review of Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Mamma Chia’s new Organic Clean Energy line of chia beverages offers four tantalizing flavors: Blackberry Blast, Raspberry Razz, Grape Power, and Cherry Charge. Our Organic Clean Energy line combines the powerful nutrients of chia, the clean energy of fair-trade Guayusa, and a combination of organic fruit juices for a truly great tasting beverage that provides an energizing lift to your day."

Review…


I was a sent (4) 10 fl oz bottles of the Clean Energy Beverages (one of each flavor) from Mamma Chia to review.  

Each bottle retails for $2.99 and can be found in Whole Foods, Safeway and Target, starting in January.

Packaging & Presentation of 
Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages

I received my box of Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages in perfect condition.  There were not any leaks nor defects.  The bottles are made of glass and are see-through.  It was pretty neat how these were packaged-- they arrived in a shipping cooler.  There were a few papers placed on top.


When the blue cooler top was opened, I found an ice pack and a lot of bubble wrap.


...and my energy beverages!  I couldn't wait to try them.


Each bottle holds 10 fl oz.  You can see right through the bottle.  Each beverage inside looks the same, but the flavors are different.  You can see the chia seeds, and there are a lot of them.  The bottles have a silver chrome-ish label and it lists the product, brand, and some important ingredient details are listed in a ribbon at the top.


I received (4) different flavors to try:  Blackberry Blast, Cherry Charge, Raspberry Razz, and Grape Power.  See how they look kind of the same?  You can tell the difference at a glance because the labels have different colors depicting the different flavors.




The caps twist off easily and have a brushed-nickle type finish.  They also re-seal easily so you can store your drink back in the refrigerator if you don't finish it at one time.


Another thing that I'd like to point out is that these drinks are non-GMO verified, gluten-free, vegan, Kosher, and USDA Certified Organic (like all of the other Mamma Chia products).


The expiration date is printed clearly towards the top of the bottle.


My Personal Experience with Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages

I've been on a 10-day green smoothie cleanse (more about that tomorrow!), and with this cleanse, I've been introduced to chia seeds.  I was never aware of how good they are for you!  They can be added to anything, they have a nutty taste, and they are packed with Omega-3s.


Before I tried anything, I wanted to see what it looked like inside.  I wanted to make sure the chia was evenly distributed so each sip brings the same amount.  It was.  Check it out (this is the Cherry Charge):


So, the first thing I noticed was the smell.  It smells delicious.  Normally, healthy food/drinks don't always smell that great to me, but this one does.  It is very potent, meaning that the flavors are well distributed, and you will be able to enjoy exactly what Mamma Chia intended.  Another thing I noticed is that it has a higher viscosity than many of the drinks I am familiar with.  It is kind of like a runny jelly.  It goes down easy and smooth, but the texture is definitely different. My favorite was the Grape Power!  My son and husband got to try them, too!


Pros of Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages
  • Really, it's delicious.  The flavors are powerful and tasty.
  • Provides fiber, protein, Omega-3s, caffeine, antioxidants, calcium, and valuable minerals.
  • Only has 120 calories!
  • Vegan.  Everybody can drink these!
  • Widely available (starting January).

          Cons of Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverages
          • This drink has a different texture, sometimes people are finicky with different textures, so please be aware.
          • Maybe the company can offer a coupon on their website for 1st-time buyers so they can purchase the drink at a lower price to make sure they like it.
                Summary

                I'm really happy with this product.  Everything about it is great. They are very healthy for you, the bottle design is eye-catching, the flavors are perfect, and it doesn't taste like it's watered-down.  Honestly, when I found out the price was $2.99 for these, I was kind of scared.  That's a hefty price for one drink that I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy.  But now that I was able to try it, I would definitely buy these again.  The bottle contains natural caffeine (the same amount as a cup 'o joe), so it would be easy to incorporate these as a morning kick-starter.  


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                For further information, please visit Mamma Chia on:

                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.

                ..::Product Review::.. Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer



                My Review of the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

                What is it exactly?

                     From the website. . .
                "New 3D Tri-Axis Bosch Sensor from Germany (with X, Y, Z vector detection) provides superior accuracy in any position.  Designed for high-performance athletes, the 4x3razor is the world's thinnest and lightest pedometer -- 0.5cm (less than 0.2") thick and weighs just half an ounce.  Records steps, distance, calories, fat burned and exercise time with the most advanced Tri-Axis technology.  Counts up to 1 million steps with 7-Day Memory, and includes a built-in Clock and Sports Timer with Auto Sleep technology.  Razor thin design that fits in any pocket. Ships with a belt clip, extra battery, and detachable lanyard included."

                Review…


                I was sent a 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer from Ozeri to review.  

                The price for this pedometer is $28.95, and it ships free with Amazon Prime.

                Packaging & Presentation of 
                the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer
                  
                The pedometer arrived to me in perfect condition.  There were no defects with the packaging.  The box measures 6.25" x 3.5".  The box is clear, and it snaps on the top so luckily, you don't have to deal with clam shell packaging.

                The front of the box labels the product and brand.  You can also view the actual pedometer through the clear packaging.  It has a quote from Evan Kimber, a 100 mile Ultra Runner Champion.  It also gives a few interesting details about the product.  The back of the package discusses 9 important details of the pedometer.  It also explains the Tri-Axis Motion Sensor technology.


                The plastic package has resealable tabs.  It is very easy to open, all you have to do is pull it apart!


                Inside the package, you will find the following:  the pedometer device, a belt clip, an extra battery, a detachable lanyard, and the setup/use instructions.


                Make sure you pull out the little plastic strip to get your pedometer working!  There is also a protective cover on the display that you can remove.


                My Personal Experience with the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

                Yes!  I've always wanted a pedometer, but I wasn't sure where to start.  There are so many out there with so many options.  I personally believe the simpler the better.  I looked forward to reviewing this pedometer.  It looked really awesome in the pictures, and the description was enticing.


                First things first-- the instructions.  For such a simple device, there is a lot of setup and you need to learn your way around the pedometer so you get the best use out of it.  The package contains a full sheet of directions that cover the following topics:

                + Product Overview-- familiarizes you with the buttons and operations
                + Getting Started-- programming your pedometer
                + Using Your Pedometer-- explains what each mode does
                + Memory Mode-- relays the last 7 days of your data
                + Total Memory Mode-- relays the last 99 days of your data
                + Warm Reset-- resets all the information to zero except total memory
                + Cold Reset-- resets everything to factory settings
                +Replacing the Battery-- step by step instructions for battery replacement
                + Warnings-- what not to do with your new pedometer
                + Warranty Information-- explains the Ozeri 1-year warranty



                I attached the lanyard because I wanted to wear the pedometer on my jacket.




                The back of the pedometer is where the belt clip and the cold-reset button is located.  It is an internal button so you can't 'accidentally' press it.


                The default screen relays your total steps and the time.  If you press MODE you can cycle through the other data views (distance, calories, fat burn, activity time, and 99-day total step).


                Pros of the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer
                • It uses new technology from Germany to ensure accuracy.
                • This is the world's thinnest pedometer.  It fits anywhere!
                • It counts a lot of steps.  Up to 1,000,000.
                • It has many modes that are recorded over a 7-day period.
                • It has an auto-sleep mode so you don't waste the battery.
                • Comes with an extra battery, lanyard, and screw driver. 
                • Comes in 3 different colors.
                • Has a 1-year warranty.
                Cons of the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer
                • I would love for this pedometer to come with a small case where I can store it if I'm not using it.
                      Summary

                      This pedometer is awesome!  I've quickly become addicted.  It's one thing to have a daily goal, but it's a completely different thing to see it actually in progress.  I think pedometers hold a lot of people accountable to their goals.  What I like about this pedometer in specific is that it is simple.  There are a lot of different modes, but the screen defaults to the easiest information.  Plus, it also doubles as a watch.  :)


                      Ozeri provides a 1-year warranty on this product.


                      Are you wanting to try the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                      CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


                      For further information, please visit Ozeri on:

                      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.

                      ..::Product Review::.. Paula Dorf Cheek Color

                      My Review of Paula Dorf Cheek Color

                      What is it exactly?

                           From the website. . .
                      "All shades have a soft translucent natural glow with extraordinary staying power. Paula Dorf Cosmetics created a high quality, long-wearing, easy to use color cosmetic line that is designed for every woman. Our makeup philosophy is to empower women and is captured best in our signature phrase: Become your own makeup artist®."

                      Review…


                      I was a sent .1 oz  Cheek Color in Passion from Paula Dorf to review.  
                      The price for the Cheek Color is $23.00 with free shipping on orders $50+.

                      Packaging & Presentation of 
                      Paula Dorf Cheek Color

                      The Paula Dorf Cheek Color was sent to me and arrived in perfect condition.  There were not any leaks nor defects.  The box is a glittery silver and has chrome and black accents.  The box itself is 2.0" x 2.0" x 0.75".

                      The front of the box labels the brand and the product.


                      The back of the box gives a little information about the product and how to use it.  It lists the ingredients and distributor information.  This Cheek Color is fragrance free, hypo-allergenic, and isn't tested on animals.


                      The bottom of the box has a sticker that labels the shade of the particular Cheek Color.


                      When you open the box, you find a cute black, circular container with a see-through top window.  "Become Your Own Makeup Artist" is printed on the cover.


                      The bottom of the jar labels the product, brand, and shade.  You can find the net weight and distribution information here, too.


                      The top unscrews, and then you are introduced to a beautiful Cheek Color that is ready to use!  It seems like there is a lot of product in the jar.


                      My Personal Experience with Paula Dorf Cheek Color

                      I tried a Paula Dorf product this past October (you can see it here), and it was really high quality.  When I found out that I was able to review another product in her line, I was ecstatic!  I love makeup, and I've had nothing but good experience with this company and their products.

                      First, I would like to share a bare picture of me.  ;)  This is before applying my makeup for this review.


                      The Cheek Color was very easy to apply.  All you have to do is take a brush and brush it to the apple of your cheek.


                      I must say that I really liked this color on me.  Sometimes it is hard to buy cosmetics online because you aren't sure if the color will work well with your skin tone.  Well this one was perfect!  It was a low tone, but it blended perfectly with my natural tones giving me a fun glow.


                      Pros of Paula Dorf Cheek Color
                      • This is made by Paula Dorf, the queen of makeup tricks!
                      • Comes in 9 different shades, suitable for every skin tone.
                      • This Cheek Color is highly compacted, so it will last you a long time.
                      • The colors are highly pigmented, made with the utmost quality.
                      • Not tested on animals, hypo-allergenic, and fragrance free.

                              Cons of Paula Dorf Cheek Color
                              • There are no cons of this product.
                                    Summary

                                    Paula Dorf cosmetics are definitely a go-to.  They are high quality, pigmented, and they will last you a long time.  This color was perfect for me.  It created just the right look that I was trying to attain.  I like neutral cosmetics (however, I'll go crazy on my nails!) and this Cheek Color is something that I'd buy in the store. 


                                    Are you wanting to try Paula Dorf Cheek Color, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                                    Coupon Code Alert!  Use code CHEEK to get 20% off of any Cheek Color purchase!

                                    CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


                                    For further information, please visit Paula Dorf on:

                                    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.

                                    17 December 2014

                                    ..::Product Review::.. Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid


                                    My Review of Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid

                                    What is it exactly?

                                         From the website. . .
                                    "At Salveopure we have taken the needs of both Mom and Baby into account with this product development, and we have a balanced product that is easily consumed with minimal discomfort."

                                    Review…


                                    I was sent a 90-day supply of the prenatal multivitamin with folic acid from Salveo Pure to review. 

                                    Packaging & Presentation of Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid
                                      
                                    The bottle of prenatal vitamins arrived in perfect condition.  There were no physical packaging defects.  The bottle is white with a white screw-on cap.  There is a label that is white with with green accents.  The bottle stands 4.25" tall by 2.25" wide at its base.  

                                    The front of the bottle labels the product and brand.


                                    One side of the label provides supplement facts, ingredients, a lot number, and expiration date.


                                    The bottle also lists warning, cautions, suggested use, and company contact information.


                                    My Personal Experience with Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid

                                    I had a baby in April, and I have been breastfeeding since then.  Eight months so far, and going strong.  I took a prenatal vitamin while I was pregnant, and it was recommended by my daughter's pediatrician that I continue taking a prenatal during the time that I breastfeed.  I was definitely looking forward to implementing these new vitamins into my routine.


                                    First, I would like to discuss safety.  This bottle had two safety seals.  There was a plastic cap cover as well as an inner seal.



                                    The vitamins are a coral-pinkish color.  They are coated tablets.  There are no markings on the tablets.  90 tablets come in the bottle.


                                     Lastly, as we all know-- size matters.  ;)  These supplements are a little over the size of a common dime.  They are easy to swallow and do not have an aftertaste.



                                    Pros of Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid
                                    • Great for you and your baby.
                                    • You only have to take one per day.  
                                    • One bottle contains a 3-month supply.
                                    • Formula is easy on your tummy.
                                    • Contains folic acid.
                                    Cons of Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid
                                    • They do not smell the greatest.
                                          Summary

                                          These are amazing little vitamins. They are great if you are expecting or if you are a breastfeeding mommy.  They help with your energy levels, they strengthen your skin and nails, they are rich in folic acid, and they are anti-nausea.  What's not to love?


                                          Salveo Pure offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

                                          Are you wanting to try the Salveo Pure Prenatal Multivitamins with Folic Acid, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                                          CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


                                          For further information, please visit Salveo Pure on:


                                          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.