Tuesday, October 29, 2013

{BzzAgent} Fair Trade Coffee from Green Mountain Coffee!



 Mmmm coffee. Nectar of the gods. The reason I am functioning in the morning. And now with Green Mountain Coffee you can feel good about the great tasting coffee you are drinking. Why? Fair Trade, baby!

"Fair Trade certification gives farmers a fair price for their beans with a guaranteed minimum, which means they can invest in their crops, their communities, and their future. Fair Trade also lets Green Mountain Coffee® and farmers work closely together to bring the best tasting coffee to market."

So, yes, that cup of coffee you brewed in your Keurig helps the farmers DIRECTLY.

I got to try these flavors for free thanks to BzzAgent and was amazed at the delicious strong taste of the Three Continent Blend, but I think my favorite is the Sumatran Reserve. Rich, bold, and delicious, it was quite wonderful!

Check out the Fair Trade Story (http://choosefairtrade.com/fair-trade-story), Kelly Clarkson's travelogue, and get yourself some discounted k-cups directly from ChooseFairTrade.com!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Opening the #RoseVoxBox from Influenster!

My #RoseVoxBox has arrived! Wooooooo! 




Lots of fun things to try AGAIN this time! I have this Gradation Polishes kit in the silver and black and this time it's a lovely champagne gold! When I do my nails, I will be happy to show you guys!

Fuzzy comfort soles from Dr Scholls, perfect and just in time for boot weather!

ScandalEyes mascara from Rimmel!

Lindt Truffles! (holy deliciousness...I'm gonna have to tack on some extra mileage in my daily miles!)

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits in Cinnamon Brown Sugar -- so perfect for me who rarely eats breakfast (shhhh, I know!)

Thanks to Influenster, Kiss Nails, Rimmel, Belvita, Lindt, and Dr Scholls! I can't wait to start trying everything!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ripoff Report - Buyer Beware - REJUVENEX and ZINN BEAUTY

So. My mom just learned the hard way that those online advertisements are bunk and to not buy from any company online other than trustworthy, established companies. 

Rejuvenex Now and Zinn Beauty are total scams.

They claim that you'll get a free sample, but if you read the fine print, you're shipped the FULL SIZE product and have only a short amount of time to return the product (which you have to pay for AGAIN (you paid shipping to get it to you and now you have to pay for shipping to get it back to them) and THEN they might deign to credit you. 

But here's where I get pissed off...I read the fine print, I informed my mom of what she missed, that's fine and dandy, but trying to cancel it IS A NIGHTMARE. 

Rejuvenex is clear that you have a set amount of time before they charge you $129.99 But here's the kicker: you call to try and return it and suddenly the noise level in the background of the customer call center you're calling skyrockets. And then you're put on hold. They pick up and tell you their computer is slow. Then you're on hold again. And again. And again. You tell them you want to cancel and they get loud and overtalk you and DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR DEMANDS. Then they tell you that your trial period is up and you're screwed, but they'll drop the price to $89.99. Every time you insist you want to cancel, the "agent" over rides you, basically yelling at you, with offer aftre offer after offer of trying to keep this CRAP PRODUCT. 

Oh yeah  the product? It's crap. Ponds cold cream is better than this $120 set of CRAP. 
So now onto Zinn Beauty. They're selling a little bottle of Argan Oil. Did they tell me from the get go that it's $89.99? No. They said you can get if for free for the amount of shipping $2.99 just because you ordered REJUVENEX! Oh joy! Something free for getting ripped off! 

BUT WAIT. 

It, too, is only a free trial apparently although NOWHERE ON THE PAPERWORK IT ARRIVED WITH (which looked like an elementary school handout) does it say so! You get a receipt that says $2.99 and THAT IS IT. No mention that this is a trial or you'll be charged later. Then suddenly 10 days later, BAM! Your bank account/credit card is slammed with $89.99 charge AGAIN.

Count 'em, folks. That's TWO charges in ONE day for shitastic products. Stick to the Organix Moroccan Oil you buy at the grocery store. 

What have we learned today? If it's too good to be true, it is. And even if you  THINK you have a firm handle on this and will call to cancel, that's no guarantee these deceitful bastards will cancel it for you. 

I just lost $200 through their fraudulent practices. Do I trust that they have cancelled my "Subscription"? Hell no. But stop payments are a wonderful thing. 

Piss off, wankers. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BzzCampaign: LUSTER DISTINCTLY WHITE


A stunningly whiter smile can be yours with Distinctly White Dual-Action Whitening System:

  • Visibly whitens teeth in as little as 2 days, with complete results in just 3 days
  • Features a simple 2-step, dual-action whitening process
  • Includes a gentle, cleansing mouth rinse to pre-treat teeth and whitening gel with active dental peroxide to whiten surface and deep stains
  • Enamel safe
  • Will not cause tooth sensitivity
Luster's Distinctly White is my newest BzzCampaign from Bzzagent! Everyone wants whiter teeth. It makes you look younger and healthier! I've had my teeth whitened by a dentist about a decade ago and while the results were amazing and lasted a while, they made my teeth ACHE. Holy sensitivity, Batman! It hurt to breathe! I couldn't sip a drink through a straw for a few days! Yikes! And then I went back to smoking and it all went to hell in a handbag. 

Well, I quit smoking and although I'm pretty pleased with my teeth, they still have some staining and I would love for them to be brighter! 

Here are some before pics, without make up and then with make up (lipstick, you know how it can make your teeth look different!)


 Not too bad, right? These close ups can make a girl self conscious! I"m now pointing out to myself that I have a zit there, some plaque build up there, yikes! lol 

Now the toothpaste NOW! is supposed to brighten your teeth in ONE brushing, a optical illusion of sorts. So I did that today and snapped a pic before trying the whitening system! 
What do you think? I think it's definitely brighter although that could be the flash! I then did the pre-treatment rinse and painted on the whitening gel. The rinse was a mild pleasant flavor. I made sure to swish the front teeth especially since that is where you want the whitening! I then painted on the gel and kept my lips pulled back from my teeth for 30 seconds as instructed until it dried. 

The directions say to do it for 12 treatments, so I'll check back in with you in a week to show the progress! 
The dual action system retails for about $12.99! Not bad at all! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt Chocolate bar


My Good Life Vox Box included a chocolate Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt bar to try! This puppy has 12g of protein, 3g of fiber, 190 calories, and 6 grams of fat.

So this has 3 times the amount of protein you could find in a Snickers bar (I chose to compare to Snickers since it has peanuts = protein) and less than 1/2 the fat of a Snickers bar (16.4g) as well as 106 less calories.




Here's a photo of mine from instagram! I took it with me in case I got hungry while out and about. I must say...this is a dense little bar with a strong flavor of chocolate! It has a nice fudgy layer of chocolate at the top over the dense, almost brownie-granola like blend bar, and that whole thing is covered in a creamy greek yogurt. Delicious!

I can't wait to try the raspberry and the vanilla berry. I bet these keep me full longer with all that protein and yet still satisfy my sweet tooth!

Thank you to Influenster and Zone Perfect for letting me try a sample!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Influenster Vox Box: THE GOOD LIFE VOX BOX

How cool is it that I was approved for the Good Life Vox Box when I am JUST starting an exercise routine?! Operation MYFA, 2nd Edition (Move Your Fat A$$...my own little initialism) started three days ago. These are going to be wonderful to try out as I get more active!!

I filmed the opening of the box so you could see what was inside!




I'll be back to discuss each as I get to try them out. The New-Skin liquid bandage I'm totally psyched for as I have a blister from my new walking shoes. I've used New-Skin for years, but NEVER knew they had a liquid SPRAY. WOO HOOO!!!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FAGE Total Greek Yogurt


So are you a Greek yogurt person? Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet and tasted this protein-packed deliciousness?

My brother was telling me to get greek yogurt because it's higher in protein, helps keep you full longer, you want to diet and eat more healthy, right, so get this!

So I tried the brand he recommended and got it in the flavor he recommended (vanilla bean) and wasn't all that impressed other than it tasted like a warmer version of frozen yogurt (froyo!).  Meh.

Then BzzAgent and its latest campaign came around, this time for FAGE Total Greek Yogurt. Why not? I've been trying different brands of greek yogurt, they're all the same, right?

Wrong. So wrong!


Click to go to FAGE's Facebook page

So, greek yogurt is different from regular yogurt because it's strained through a cheesecloth to remove the whey, leaving a thicker yogurt somewhere in the consistency of a soft cheese. The other greek yogurts I have tried were still really wet, and while a bit thicker, they have NOTHING on FAGE.

I admit I've been confused these last few months as I tried greek yogurt after greek yogurt, all prepackaged with fruits or fruit-like jelly, or pre-flavored. Still, you opened them up and they had a bunch of water on the top and you mix it and it's still...watery like regular yogurt, albeit a bit thicker. "People cook with this? How? What the hell would I make with it?"

Enter the BzzAgent campaign! I was able to get a 17.6oz tub of FAGE Total 2% for free thanks to this campaign. I admit to some trepidation as I was in the store. Your choices are 2%, 0%, and classic. Yes they have smaller ones with add in flavors such as berry or honey, but at my store, these big tubs came in just those flavors. I've had plain yogurt before and was preparing myself for sour beyond sour.

That's not what I got.

Thick. Creamy. Incredible texture. Slightly tangy but not pucker your face sour. Delicious.

I added fresh strawberries to it and I had a wonderful amazing breakfast. The flavor combination of the yogurt and the strawberries was delightful: light but filling, refreshing, and then I started thinking about desserts. Could I substitute the yogurt for cheese in a cheesecake? (What? I'm not healthy by any means. I need to work on it, but I like my desserts, okay!?)

And look at all the ideas FAGE has on their website:

Honey scented fruits? Mmmmm
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake? I KNEW IT!
Lobster Club with Watercress Sandwich? OH THE DECADENCE

I'm going to start substituting greek yogurt in place of other things in my daily cooking and see how dips, sauces, sandwiches, soups, etc., taste!

What's your favorite recipe that uses strained yogurt?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Influenster SpringVoxBox NYC Color APPLELICIOUS

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In my Spring Vox Box I received a full sized NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm. The scent is fantastic, the color is perfect for summer, very moisturizing and non sticky!




THANK YOU Influenster and New York Color! This is AWESOME for spring and summer!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Influenster Spring Vox Box - Broadway Nails IMPRESS press on nail manicure

Hey everyone! So I'm making my way through my vox box and am trying out different things. This video isn't very good quality and for that I apologize, but I did want to post it anyway to show you how to put on the Impress Press-On Nails manicure! The spring color I received was SEXY FRESH which is a pretty tie-dyed look of oranges and blues. 
I've tried these before and really do love them.
They stick for about 10 days.
I have no problems with them coming off in the shower or while doing dishes.
I do recommend you follow the instructions re: cleaning your nails and using their prep pad and then making sure that you press down firmly for a few seconds to have the nail take hold. 
They come in multiple lengths, although I'm a fan of the "short" as I don't like long nails. 
If you look at my thumbnail on the right hand side of this picture, you'll see some of my nails sticking out. The product comes with 24 nails to mix and match and try to find the right size to match your nail bed. I happen to have a really wide nail bed. However, in every day use, this is NOT very noticeable at all and the only thing I had to do was to make sure I placed the nail in a natural way so it wasn't askew.
I've seen these at walmart for about $6, $7 or so at drugstores. I'm not a fan of getting acrylics, so these are PERFECT FOR ME. Seriously. I love them. They also have pedicures, which at first I was making a face like WHAT? WHY WOULD I WANT PRESS ON TOE NAILS? Then I tried THOSE and...SOLD. Perfect for flipflop days! :D 
Again, I got this in my vox box from Influenster, which means I'm a product tester and got to try this for free! 

UPDATE!
June 13th
It's been one week now since I put the Impress nails on and they're still going strong! I had to replace one forefinger nail as the edge caught when I was cleaning the stove (SCRUBBING!), but other than that all is well. There is the tiniest bit of fading at the top of the nail as if nail polish is lightly wearing off, but that's the first time I've experienced this. I think it is because of this particular pattern. Love these things. Saw them on sale at Rite Aid tonight and picked up a few more! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SPRING FEVER! Influenster's Spring Vox Box!




 Over the next few days, you'll be seeing posts and (probably crappy) videos of me trying stuff out, telling you about stuff, etc. LIKE THIS SILLY VIDEO BELOW!!!! PREPARE THYSELVES!









Yeah, I know. I'm falling short of the mark on video coolness. Sorry for the funky camera noises, etc. I'm using a very basic point and shoot and that's probably all I'll ever use. lol



More to come as I try these things out!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Draftmark Tap System - Fresh Draught Beer at Home

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A_TiffyFit's Review
Ever notice how draught beer at a bar/pub tastes much better than that same brand at home in a can/bottle? It's probably in the packaging, don't you think? I, for one, cannot stand beer in a can. I prefer bottled. Well...I did. Now, I have this Draftmark thing and enjoying it this way!

Disclaimer Repeat: I'm a BzzAgent (named Algaliarept, yes, I used Kim Harrison's demon as my bzzagent name. I love Big Al, so shoot me) and was offered a chance to try the tap system for free. BzzAgent and Draftmark sent me the system and I went out and hunted down refills.

My first note of advice to you: Check your local liquor stores. We went by the store locator and had to drive three towns over. Then I went to my grocery store's alcohol center and they had a display of Draftmark and the beers! WOO! (I'm in metro-west Massachusetts, FYI. Go to Wegman's!)

My dad and my brother are more beer aficionados than I am. I just know what I tend to order and like: Sam Adams Light, Caffrey's Irish Ale (which you can no longer get in the US, dammit), Killian's Irish Red, Sam Adam Cherrywheat, Summerwheat. Are you seeing a theme?

But like most people, I enjoy a good tasting beer with friends, with food, with barbeques, etc., so I was really excited to try this thing out. Cold, draught beer at home without having a bar! One refill is about 11 12 ounce servings with a lot less waste and I can have a small glass instead of a tall, if that's what I prefer!

So far, I've tried Shock Top's Belgian White (nice, citrusy ale!), Budweiser (not for me, but others enjoy it), and now the Goose Island Honker's Ale (my favorite so far!). Refilling the machine is easy. Taking it out is easy. Charging the battery is easy. If you aren't a big drinker, but still want a fresh beer, this thing is fresh in the fridge for 30 days!

I like it a lot and would totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys beer!


What do the refills look like?
I made my first ever youtube video to show you! This is an empty, I should have recorded us refilling the actual system, but hindsight blah blah. Sorry, I was too eager to get to the Goose Island Honker's Ale. Budweiser is not my thing, although others enjoyed it! 




Want to see me not get a good pull? Haha
I always have a little too much foam or head on my beer. It does settle into the perfect amount, but it never fails that I keep messing it up with a little too much! Here's my vid...and yes, I know, my fridge is pathetically empty. NEED TO GO SHOPPING! 




Draftmark's Advice, which I need more practice on is:

THE PERFECTLY POURED DRAUGHT BEER

Sure, the perfect pour takes a skilled hand, but it’s actually much easier than it looks — follow these simple steps and pour like a pro every time:
  • Hold the glass at a 60 degree angle
  • The spout should begin about one inch from the inside of the beer glass, and shouldn’t touch the glass or beer
  • If beer in the glass touches the spout while pouring, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth
  • Pull the tap open completely in one smooth, quick motion (this keeps Draftmark from pouring foamy)
  • Tilt the glass to straight as it fills
  • Close the tap in one smooth, quick motion to prevent excess foam

Beers Offered:

Directly pulling from the draftmark.com website, the beers offered for this at home system are -
Budweiser : A crisp, refreshing lager
Michelob Amberbock : A crisp, refreshing lager
Shock Top Belgian White: A Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale
Shock Top Wheat IPA : A refreshing wheat beer combined with a crisp IPA
Bass : An English pale ale

But, I also picked up Goose Island Honker's Ale, and I'm sure more are to come! (I keep sending them emails to add a cider! COME ON! A CIDER!)

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I'm Tiffany aka a_tiffyfit! I have a book review blog, which may have directed you here. A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner! I would like that to remain solely about books and book blog tours, etc. 

I created this page because I'm also a BzzAgent and a new Influenster! I thought a separate page with the product reviews of stuff I get to try should be here. So stay tuned, thanks for coming, and if you have any questions, please ask!