22 November 2014

How I Refresh with Resource Water

About a year ago, I went into the local gas station/convenient store and I found something called Resource Water.  I've always been  a water drinker, so I'd get a bottle every now and then if I ran out.  

Usually I go for the Smart Water, but I was checking out the Resource Water at that time.  Why?  Well, the bottle looks cool.  But that's not it!  It is enhanced with natural electrolytes to switch the taste up from normal water.  The bottle is also made with 50% recycled plastic, and is recyclable itself (and has a CRV if you live in California!).

I've been buying it quite a bit ever since then. It's affordable, and I like it.  

What's awesome is that when I opened my Moda VoxBox from Influenster, I had a bottle in there to 'test'.  I was excited because I already knew that I loved it, and I can share my opinions about it.  

I drink it a lot, from when I go for a jog, to an early morning energizer, and even during the night if I'm thirsty.  It's really delicious!

It's bottled from Frontier Springs located in Bangor PA!

Disclaimer:  I received a sample of Resource Water for testing and review purposes.

..::Product Review::.. Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum

My Review of the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Smooth away your fine lines and wrinkles with a perfect balance of naturally gentle and effective ingredients such as Green Tea Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil and Vitamins A, B, and E.  Gently restores your facial collagen with a combination of active peptides and proteins, which promote collagen synthesis.  Your skin will look younger, healthier and more elastic."


I was a sent a 1 oz bottle of the Anti-Aging Serum from Miracalis to review.  
The price for this bottle is $29.95, and qualifies for free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of 
the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum

Miracalis's Anti-Aging Serum arrived in a primarily teal box that is approximately 4.75" x 1.5" x 1.5".  This box held a pump dispenser bottle of 1 oz of the serum.  The front of the box labels the product, and provides four product points.  The back of the box outlines a 3-step usage process.

The first side of the box lists all the serum's ingredients, the other side is where the directions and cautions are located.

The bottom of the box is where the distribution information is, and the product lot and manufacturing date is printed on the bottom of the bottle itself.

The bottle looks really nice, with the front once again labeling the product.

The ingredients, directions, cautions, and distribution information is also listed on the bottle as well, so you do not have to save the box for any of this.

This product uses a dispensing method, so you press the pump down one time for the perfect amount.

My Personal Experience with the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum

I absolutely love serums.  They are applied before your moisturizer, and they doctor your skin with properties that moisturizers cannot.  

This serum was particularly nice.  Instead of being more of a 'runny serum', this one has a higher viscosity.  It's easier to apply because it stays put.  The serum itself is a whitish color, and it dispenses in a thin line.

When you put it on your skin, it absorbs easily, and it has that silky serum feel.  It is recommended that you apply 2-4 pumps twice a day to the face and neck area.  The serum is fragrance-free, but it still smells clean.   I really like it.

Pros of the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum
  • I love the way it feels.  It goes on smooth and silky to the touch.
  • It absorbs super easily.
  • In a clinical test, 95% of participant volunteers noticed an increase in suppleness within 28 days of usage.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed-- Miracalis is confident that you will love this.
  • Doesn't make your face greasy.  It is a very light serum.

    Cons of the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum
    • There are no cons that I have noticed.

          I love using this serum!  It is great for under makeup.  It doesn't make you have that 'greasy' feeling.  It absorbs easily, and the results have been proven.  If you are sick and tired of trying to find something that works, well here it is.  Remember that this is risk-free.  You can try it, and if you don't like it (but you will!!), you can return it 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

          Are you wanting to try the Miracalis Anti-Aging Serum, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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          I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

          Exciting Announcement!

          Hello, everybody!!

          I just wanted to make an announcement about a new and exciting addition to Living the Thrifty Life!  Beginning December 5, 2014, there will be a new video series being added to this blog.  It will be called Friday Favorites, and my sister-in-law, Marah & I will be reviewing stuff that we randomly decide to try at our own expense.

          For the first few weeks, we are going to be reviewing... PIZZA!  We are going to select a different pizza every Friday and try it out and let you guys know what we think in real time.

          These video segments are going to be great, informative, and will shed some light on new products that you've been interested in trying.  

          We love testing things out, and we love pizza.  This is going to be an awesome series, so keep on the lookout for our first video!

          ..::Product Review::.. Bulu Box ~ November

          My Review of the November 2014 Bulu Box

          What is it exactly?

               From the website. . .
          "Bulu Box is the best way to discover health, nutrition and weight loss products. Each monthly sample box is filled with 4 to 5 premium products selected to help you feel your best. Look forward to a new mix monthly for both women and men that include: vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness DVDs, healthy food utensils and more."


          Bulu Box recently sent me their newest November subscription box.  This box included the following:  AllergEase, Supreme Protein Accelerate Bar, NeoCell Biotin Bursts, DSpeed Fast-Melt Vitamin D3, Brode Electrolyte Vitamins, and this month's lifestyle bonus is a Waxelene Lip Tube.

          The Bulu Box is very, very affordable at $10/month, with free shipping!  You can also sign up for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription, and can cancel at time.  It's as easy as that!

          Packaging & Presentation

           As I opened my mailbox, I was excited to see this little orange box sitting inside.  Measuring 12" x 8", this box packs a bunch of goodies!  Clearly, one can see that it is, indeed, the Bulu Box.  What you see below is a picture of the exterior box. On the bottom was the shipping label, and the rest of the box is covered with encouraging quotes.  Interesting!


          I loved opening this month's box!  It was really nice.  Everything was set up like it was handled carefully.  The papers were set nicely on top of the tissue paper, and the products were nested neatly inside.

          My Personal Experience with the Bulu Box

          If you know me personally, you would know that I love learning about nutritional products, and living a healthy lifestyle.  This is what naturally attracted me to the Bulu Box.  Sometimes, I walk around stores and see a bunch of products I like, but they are so expensive!  The Bulu Box is a great way to be able to sample premium products at a low price.  Here is the close-up of this month's products:

          The first product that I tried was the AllergEase.  These are lozenges that help with seasonal allergies fast without side effects.  It uses natural herbal ingredients that helps allergy symptoms without the drowsiness that sometimes occurs with other products.  I really, really liked these lozenges.  They started off sweet with a nice honey taste, but that subsides fairly quickly, giving way to a lemony boost.  My husband on the other hand, did not like these.  I really like the lemon flavor, so I guess it's personal preference.  I would definitely buy these again.  They are priced at $13.99 for 42 drops at the Bulu Box Shop.

          Secondly, I sampled the Supreme Protein Accelerate Bar.   These bars are designed as a morning source of protein.  They use natural sweeteners and flavors, and it is gluten-free.  This bar tasted pretty good.  It's not my favorite flavor, but I'm sure they come in a variety of others to choose from.  I would definitely be open to trying some other flavors.  These are great for boosting your metabolism and getting a great energetic start to your day.  These are $31.99 for 12 bars at the Bulu Box Shop.


          The third sample is a product called NeoCell Biotin Bursts.  These chews are considered to be a 'beauty nutrient'.  They improve hair, skin, and nails.  I'm always just a little afraid to try chews. They are definitely hit or miss.  These were actually really good.  I could probably eat them like candy (although I won't!).  They are Brazilian Acai Berry flavor.  I didn't have enough of a sample to really know if they worked or not, but as far as the chew itself?  Yes.  It is delightful.  You can buy these on the Bulu Box Shop for $21.59 per 30 chews.


          The next product that I tried is the DSpeed Fast-Melt Vitamin D3.  These are fast-dissolving tablets that melt within seconds of hitting your tongue.  These are great for immune system support and also benefits your cellular health.  These are gluten, soy, dairy, and preservative free.  These were peach flavored, and I'd say they tasted alright.  They didn't melt as fast as I though they would, but they definitely did melt after some time.  There was not any residual residue, it was a very easy process.  Personally, I'd rather just take the actual supplement pill, but these are great for those of you that do not/cannot swallow pills.  These are $6.95 for 60 servings on the Bulu Box Shop.

          Next, a product that I've was really excited to try!!  These are called Brode Electrolyte Vitamins.  They have absolutely no sugar or caffeine.  They support proper hydration, and they are great for preventing hangovers, jet lag, and during workouts.  These smell funny coming out of the pack-- they smell like a multivitamin.  I really liked them, but I noticed that they made me drink more water, kind of craving it.  You can buy 10 packettes of these for $24.97 on the Bulu Box Shop.

          The last product in this month's Bulu Box is the bonus item-- the Waxelene Lip Tube.  This was a full-sized product, and it is an alternative to petroleum jelly.  It uses only organic ingredients like soybean oil, beeswax, rosemary oil, and vitamin E.  It helps moisturize, protect, and soothe your skin at the same time.  The first thing that I thought when I used this is that I didn't like it.  It tastes terrible, and it doesn't smell good.  But it really works like it says it does.  I like that it's all organic ingredients, and it really does make your lips light up.  I just wish it was flavored with some natural peppermint or something.  Also, it lasts a long time.  You can try this for yourself for $10.80/3 tubes on the Bulu Box Shop.


          This month I received a Bulu Box Gift Guide that outlines some holiday bundles that would make the perfect gifts!  There are some excellent prices in this guide!  You can check some of these bundles out here.

          Lastly, I also wanted to make note of the included sample journal.  It is a card that allows you to keep track of the samples.  For instance, it lists all the samples and allows you to fill in information about them as you take them.  It is a good way to keep track of what you like (...and what you don't!).  The other side lists information about all the included samples.  I use mine every time I sample, so I know exactly what I'd like more of.
          Pros of the Bulu Box
          • You get to try well known, expensive nutritional supplements, weight loss products, and more once a month without wasting a bunch of money (especially if you don't like it!)
          • Shipped directly to your door.  No going to GNC to ask for small samples, no ordering samples from numerous websites.  
          • There is a little something for everybody.  It's nice to be able to step out of your comfort zone, too, and try something you wouldn't normally purchase.
          • The sample journal is a nice tool to hang on the fridge and remind yourself to rate each sample for the rewards program.
          • I love how Bulu Box gives you a lifestyle bonus product.
          Cons of the Bulu Box
          • Sometimes a subscriber does not prefer products with certain ingredients.  It would be awesome if the Bulu Box website allowed you to create a profile that let you check off a list of common ingredients that you don't like.  That way they don't ship you samples that you won't use. 
          • Some of the samples are too small, and you do not have enough sample to formulate an opinion of the product.

          This box was very diverse.  There was a little something in it for everybody.  I really enjoyed the AllergEase, I think they are wonderful.  The NeoCell Biotin Bursts were probably my favorite product in this box.  They are so yummy, and they help the natural production of what every girl loves-- hair, skin, and nails!  The protein bar was pretty good, I'd like to try other flavors, though.  I'm not so much a raspberry person.  The Brode Electrolyte Vitamins made me crave water, so I'd say that's a good thing!  The DSpeed Fast-Melt Vitamin D3 was nice, too.  I think the melts are too much of a hassle, and I'd much rather just take a pill.  However, these are great for the pill-haters.  I wasn't too keen on the Waxelene Lip Tube, but it did work, and it worked really well.

          I also wanted to let you know about Bulu Box's rewards program.  After you sample everything, you fill out a survey about how you liked it, and you get 60 points.  That equates to $6.00.  These rewards points stack up so you can buy the full-sized versions of your favorite products.  It's a pretty cool idea, and you aren't losing anything out of it.

          YET ANOTHER awesome element of Bulu Box is they participate in the Vitamin Angel program.  Bulu Box will donate $0.25 of select purchases to Vitamin Angels to help at-risk women, new mothers and children gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals.

          Are you wanting to try the Bulu Box, too?  You WON'T be disappointed!  Click the link below, and order away!  

          Use coupon code BULUGAN407 to get 50% your first box!!!


          For further information, please visit Bulu Box on:

          DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review purposes from Bulu Box. 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.

          20 November 2014

          ..::Product Review::.. Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream

          My Review of Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream

          What is it exactly?

               From the website. . .
          "The Professional's Choice for Stretch Mark & Scar Treatment at Home.  Sieva's advanced formulation helps restore skin and increases the strength of skin by promoting the production of elastin and collagen.  It penetrates deeply to restore balance and to fight stretch marks in the lower layers of skin where they form and lightens the appearance on top.  It has Natural Ingredients, Essential Oils, Vitamins, and rich Butters known for stretch mark & scar prevention.  It will help maintain elasticity of the skin and is free from all harsh chemicals that can damage the skin.

          Our Cellulite cream contains high-quality ingredients to maximize results.
          Sieva Cellulite combines the fat-burning powers of Coenzyme-A and Glaucine, which blocks an essential nutrient necessary for the formation of new fat cells.  Caffeine helps to flush the fluids trapped beneath the skin.  L-carnitine encourages the consumption of fat, breaks down and burns fatty acids and supports the conversion of fat into energy.  Retinolincreases collagen production to rebuild skin's support structure and improve elasticity.  Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E) neutralizes the free radicals that can damage and prematurely age skin.  Avoid the pain, expense and stress associated with laser treatment and plastic surgery and use a treatment composed of ingredients clinically proven to work."


          I was sent a 4 oz jar of Cellulite cream, and a 4 oz jar of Stretch Mark & Scar cream from Sieva to review.  

          The price for the Cellulite cream is $19.95, and the price for the Stretch Mark & Scar cream  is $18.95. Both products ship free with Amazon Prime.

          Packaging & Presentation of Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream

          Both of Sieva's Cellulite cream and the Stretch Mark & Scar cream come in 4 oz plastic jars with a screw top lid.

          The front of the Cellulite cream jar labels the product and gives a quick description of the product.  One side names all of the ingredients, and the other side details the directions, cautions, and distribution information.

          The front of the Stretch Mark & Scar Cream labels it as well, but it lists its main ingredients instead of a description.  Like the Cellulite cream, one side lists the ingredients, and the other side gives directions, cautions, and distribution information.

          On the exterior of the jars, both products were covered in a plastic safety seal.  It doesn't have a perforation line, so you need scissors to cut it open.

          When you open the jars, both have an internal safety cover.  I like this because if you don't screw the top on right, dust and debris will not get into the product.

          My Personal Experience with Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream

          I was really excited to try these creams.  They are the #1 most proven creams, and they are satisfaction guaranteed.  I have had 2 babies, so I'm pretty familiar with stretch marks.  I don't really like them, so I'd like to find a cream to help fade them.

          The Stretch Mark & Scar Cream is definitely a cream, and it's off-white colored.  It smells like citrus.  It really has a nice fragrance.

          When it's taken out of the jar, it holds its shape.  It's about the consistency of mayonnaise.

          I wanted to show you a little sample on my hand.  It's a nice cream, but you have to be careful.  If you put too much it doesn't absorb good.  Just put a thin layer on the parts that you'd like to apply it to.

          The Cellulite cream is a very loose cream, almost like a serum, and it's off-white colored, too. It is highly fragranced.  It smells really minty (to me, almost like a chocolate-mint).  It's a strange smell, but I like it.

          When it's taken out of the jar, it is pretty runny.  It's about the consistency of pudding.  

          As you can see, the sample on my hand absorbs really fast.  The consistency makes it super easy to spread.  You don't need much, a little goes a long way.

          Pros of Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream
          • 100% satisfaction guaranteed by Sieva.
          • Powerful ingredients-- contains the most retinol and caffeine on the market!
          • Both creams smell absolutely delightful.
          • A little of each goes a long way.
            Cons of Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream
            • The Stretch Mark & Scar cream can be overdone.  Only use as much as you need, or else it takes longer to absorb.

                  I've been using the Stretch Mark & Scar Cream a few times now, and my sister-in-law says she notices a difference.  What I personally notice is that my skin is tighter in my stomach area.  I exfoliate everyday, and then I apply just a little thin layer of this cream.  I tried the cellulite cream, and it makes my body really cold (like the Icy Hot feel).  I'm looking forward to seeing results!  I also like that it's risk-free.  Why not try it?

                  Are you wanting to try Sieva's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and Cellulite Cream, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                  CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

                  For further information, please visit Sieva on:

                  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.