Sunday, December 21, 2014

#HintingSeason Jabra Headphones from Best Buy are perfect for your New Year's Resolution!

Look at this woman. What do you suppose she's thinking about? I think she's thinking about how she's about to kick some serious butt, crank up her tunes, and pound out her frustrations while staying healthy! 

Am I this woman? Hell, no. Not yet, anyway. Do I want to be? Yes. I want to be fit and healthy. I had started a 5.0 mile a day walking habit last year, then fizzled. I'm getting older though and I need to do something about the weight, the blood numbers, etc. And I sure would love to have guidance instead of getting lost to my book or music and not walking or jogging as fast as I should, etc. 

So, was I totally stoked to learn about Jabra Headphones via Best Buy? UM YES! 

My brother uses a Fitbit and I haven't bit and gotten one yet. He's much more active than I am currently, but this? This seems more for me. I headed on over to add it to my wishlist after reading about the email and let me copy and paste some of the pertinent info for you here:

In-ear heart rate monitor

Offers a precision biometric reading of your exercise intensity to help you reach your fitness goals.

Ergonomic Audio Response Science technology

Delivers a compact, lightweight design and secure fit that lets you concentrate on your training.

Earbud design with earwings

Provides a secure, comfortable fit during your workout.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Provides up to 5 hours of talk time or music play time or up to 240 hours of standby time.

Personalized audio coaching

Provides feedback on your workout in real time.

iOS- and Android-compatible Jabra Sport Life app (download required)

Helps you plan, track and evaluate your workout.

Wind-noise reduction

For crystal-clear audio while outside.

Volume buttons, voice mute, play/pause music and skip track controls

For easy operation of your device's features.

HELLO! What?! Wind noise reduction (for when I really start running), 5 hours of talk time, secure fit that stays in my ears, IN EAR HEART RATE MONITOR? Yeah, the heart rate monitor has sold me on it. I will wait to see if Santa Baby brings me these beauties before diving in, but if not, I'm soooooooooooo getting them for my New Year's resolution to become a healthier me! 

Take training to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, new earbuds.  Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is an all-in-one training solution that combines an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching. It’s US Military grade durability certifications will inspire runners, cyclists, and exercisers of all types to beat their best performance.

With a built-in intelligent app - Jabra Sport Life - exercisers will also get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout.  It has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned

 Compatible with smartphones with BT capabilities
 Product: Jabra Pulse SKU 8954664

You can buy it here at Best Buy: or at least add it to your own wishlist! The reviews are 9/10 would recommend, they stay in your ear, and the heart rate monitor is spot on! 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Saturday, December 13, 2014

JULEP - How to Winterize Your Nails!

I have to admit...I am not much of a "Maven".  While I love polishing my nails, I'm not the best at doing the cuticles, cleaning up the edges, or, frankly, painting them neatly!

I've tried the tricks of vaseline to keep the edges clean, a q tip with nail polish remover, etc., and I'm a big ole klutz! But practice makes perfect and that's totally what I'll be doing this holiday season!

I was approached by Julep to host a WINTERIZE YOUR NAILS post. I didn't get anything in exchange for posting this, but I thought it was pretty awesome to be included annnnnnnnd this gives me more of an idea of what Julep entails!

Hmmm...I'm not a Maven, but I soon will be. This tutorial to the right is awesome and reminds me of what my mom has been telling me all these years (sorry, Mom!). I definitely do a good job of clipping and shaping, and I'm definitely in the market for a good cuticle softener, etc!

When I headed over to Julep's Nail Polish shop, I was amazed at the selection of colors, treatments, and oh my gosh so much more! Have you visited there yet? If not, click here and check it out!

I had a great time looking at colors and I loved the wintery suggestions I got from the consultant:

I'm leaning towards Ilsa and Sawyer and Shari. Oh, who am I kidding .I love them all! I'm hoping Santa brings me a Julep subscription.

Are you a Maven? What's your favorite thing from Julep so far?

Disclaimer: While I was approached to see if I'd be interested in sharing the nail tutorial, I did not receive any compensation, product, etc. I just thought the tutorial had some great tips and the more I explored on Julep, the more entranced I was! So thanks for telling me about your company, Julep! I'm looking forward to placing an order and becoming a Maven! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#HintingSeason Canon is a great gift for your photographer & available at BestBuy!

In my family, we are hobbyist photographers. Okay, that's a lie. We haven't touched anything but a point and shoot or a camera phone in easily a decade. So we aren't hobbyists anymore; not yet anyway. We just love taking pictures of our family members, both biped and quad-ped (our furbabies!), when things strike us as beautiful, trying to capture the moment, document our lives and our surroundings, etc. Since it's #HintingSeason and there are only 17 more shopping days til Christmas, this is definitely at the top of the list for me! I'd love for us to jump back into the photography bug, take a few classes, etc., and I think this Canon EOS Rebel is just the thing needed to jumpstart our hobby again!

Click the EOS and find it on BestBuy!

This is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i and it is one of the most recommended and best-selling DSLRs! I love digital cameras and the ability to take a picture and share it online. But we all know that many of the point and shoot cameras just don't have the best quality. For people like my mom and dad who had SLRs, this is a great gift to propel the into the digital SLR! 

Click the pic and find this at! 
A little more about this Canon available at BestBuy NOW! (click the link! $150.00 off!)

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
• Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
• Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
• Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
• The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more.

*offer valid 12/7-12/20

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Saturday, November 29, 2014

HOLY MOLY! Christmas is almost here!

I don't know what happened to the month. I had planned on doing little blogs up to Thanksgiving, but time just WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHED right on by!

So how are you doing on your Christmas shopping? Do you know who hasn't started? Yep, this girl right here.

I got an invite to blog here and there for Best Buy, so I'm excited to be sharing with you soon another thingy I found. And this one is PERFECT for my mother (who thankfully doesn't read my blog). It's #HINTINGSEASON!

I'm decorating my little place tomorrow and will set up my tiny tree and make it look festive in this place.

I have a list and am checking it twice and shopping starts December 5th for me!

Any ideas on what to get coworkers when you're on a budget? How about your boss? Do you buy things for your boss(es)?

My brother and sister in law have both said they want nothing for Christmas. Thanks for the help, guys! LOL So they might get stuck with Reindeer Poop! >,<

Talk to you guys again in about a week! I'll show you what I'm eyeing at Best Buy for my mother. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

#HintingSeason LG OLED is now at Best Buy!

#HintingSeason is here! I told you that I'll be trying to highlight things that are on my wishlist, on my family's wishlist, etc. Some are attainable for my budget, some are not, but regardless, I'm going to share and drool! I hope you'll comment and share with me things from YOUR wishlists and we can all share some great  gifting ideas together as we approach Thanksgiving and the mad rush to Christmas! 

Today, I am going to drool over the LG OLED television, which you can get at Best Buy! There are televisions and then there are TELEVISIONS.  This is one of those TELEVISIONS and I know my brother would be lusting after this marvelous tv! 

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
· Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
· Find content faster with webOS

Retail price is $3999.99, but you can get it at Best Buy for $500 less for $3499.99. 54 5/8 " diagonally, this is one beautiful screen.

My TV is really old and the lamp inside is fading, making me squint to see anything. It's time to be replaced...but I'm going to slap this on my wishlist and see if Santa and his elves might miraculously bring this to my living room for me!

Can you imagine watching your favorite shows with this level of display?! I bet it would feel like you're in the midst of your show. Zombies coming to get you, blood being splattered, running in fear from the killer, (Hey we just had Halloween and I'm still in scare mode!). Or how about your romantic movie? Drooling over the lead guy, much? Betcha this display would make it feel like you could practically touch him! Geesh!

Want a chance to win prizes and Best Buy giftcards so you can get your own LG OLED?  

Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. 

Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy. 

Make sure you're following BestBuy on twitter at @bestbuy and join in on DECEMBER 4th! I'll be there as soon as I get home from work to try and win some amazing prizes myself! 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Friday, November 7, 2014


I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Holiday season! I love the weather, I love the shopping, I love the deals, I love dreaming about presents miraculously appearing in my house, I love daydreaming about the presents I wish I could afford to give. 

I love shopping and making a day of it. I'm excited. I have a new job this year and, while it doesn't pay a ton, cannot wait to start shopping and doing my budget and getting out there this holiday season! 

I'm kinda busy, but I'm going to be blogging and tweeting and talking about new products I come across and find as much as I can. I feel like I've been neglecting my Tries Stuff blog and I have a ton of things I wanna talk about! 

I got a new Influenster box the other day, I just haven't had time to upload my video and start talking about the products. That is incoming soon, probably Sunday! 


Quick! Tell me one thing you're thinking about for the holidays! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Garnier Intense Reds for Darker Hair #R3 Intense Light Auburn

This is my new favorite hair color. The dye smells like my old Strawberry Shortcake doll from when I was a little girl in the 80s. And the color comes out AMAZING on me. It doesn't turn out this bright red; instead it comes out a nice dark merlot color that looks like fire in sunlight, dark red in normal house lighting, and my hair just feels amazing.

I'm trying to take a picture, but I think I need a better webcam. It might be the crappy lighting in my house, too. Maybe I will move furniture around again and get my desk at the window so I can have more natural light coming in.

Regardless, I wanted to let you all know that I love this one! It is formulated for those with naturally dark hair so the color takes quite well on my natural dark brown. The oils and conditioner leave my hair feeling well moisturized and the smell is nice and not too pungent. It's a red color so it does fade more quickly than other colorings. My advice is to use a shampoo and conditioner set that is geared towards preserving hair color and to wash and rinse in lukewarm water. It helps keep it lasting a long time.

The intensity fades after a few weeks and I find myself needing to buy a box by week 5. My hair will still have a touch of red to it, but nothing like the intensity of the first three weeks!

Edited to add:
This is me and my westie, Maddie. That dark brown is what this dye looks like until....

You get up close and the light hits you just right and then....BAM! 

I love it. I love love love this fiery red that's subtle until it's caught just the right way! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newest Vox Box: A Keurig 2.0, 550!!!

I received the BIGGEST vox box EVER from Influenster today! 

Inside I found my Keurig 2.0! 

This sucker brews single cups as usual, but also can brew an ENTIRE CARAFE. 
Four cups at once! So much nicer to have that option! 

Excuse the mess, but the above picture shows what came in my box! The Keurig 2.0 K550, a carafe, two carafe sample packs, one of Green Mountain Breakfast Blend decaf and one of mixed samples, and a mixed sample kcup package! Not shown is the water filter starter kit that is hiding behind the boxes of coffee. You also get the welcome pack which tells you how to register your new Keurig brewing system! 

When you do register, you will get a coupon for a FREE box of coffee (varieties can be limited). So this is an amazing, AMAZING way to go. 

The hazelnut was delicious. Can't wait to brew a carafe next! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Olay Regenerist Luminous - Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer

In my latest vox box that arrived at the end of June (See unveiling post here:, I received a full size sample of Olay's Regenerist Luminous tone perfecting cream moisturizer.

I was SUPER excited about this product. It promised to improve skin tone texture and fade dark spots in as little 8 weeks. Also supposed to help reduce redness, etc. I have a touch of rosacea in my cheeks and a few acne scars, so I was stoked!

Now, Vox Box reviews etc are usually done pretty quickly, closing within 4 weeks of receipt. I've been holding off on my review, trying to give this product its full due and trial period.

Full disclosure: Again, I received this product to try for free from Influenster in their vox box program.

Also, I'm a lifelong Oil of Olay enthusiast. My grandmother used their beauty fluid, my mother used their beauty fluid, I grew up using their beauty fluid. They changed their name to Olay, but the beauty fluid was pretty good still. I branched out to try something new and have been trying new stuff since.

The Good:

  • pleasant smell and texture
  • absorbs easily into the skin without leaving you feeling greasy
  • leaves your skin feeling well moisturized for several hours
  • you only need the smallest amount dabbed on your forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck to spread nicely. Love that it only takes a small amount!
  • it DOES fade dark spots

The Bad:

My skin is WAY too sensitive for this stuff. WAY. TOO. SENSITIVE. If you EVER have a flare up of any kind with a moisturizer, I do not recommend this. 
  • it made my rosacea sections worse. Brighter red, inflamed.
  • the skin over my cheeks felt rougher and likely because of the peeling that was going on
  • hard blackheads and whiteheads where I've never had them before
Let me explain the last bullet of the bad for you. There are normal blackheads that you can easily exfoliate and use one of those comedone extractors. And then there are those super-hard blackheads that make your skin feel rough and you have to really squeeze to extract. Do you know what I'm talking about? I rarely get them, but they usually appear after I've been too harsh on my skin. Using this moisturizer consistently for several weeks, I noticed a rough section in three places. Yup, those little hard blackheads. 

Yes, yes, I know that others can't see it unless they are RIGHT UP IN MY FACE, but I'm neurotic about things like that and it drove me crazy. So, of course, I squeezed them. 

Also, broke out in whiteheads where I've never had them before. It's something I can only conclude that was caused by this tone perfecting moisturizer.  I'm lucky in that I don't break out in zits often. I have blackheads in my Tzone (mostly my nose) and an occasional zit on my cheek. At 36, I'm content with that. Not too bad! But this made me break out in zits I have not seen since puberty. 

My only conclusion is that whatever is supposed to help fade those dark spots and perfect the tone of my skin, is just too harsh for my skin and lead to peeling and open pores. 


Yes, I would. Since I got a full size sample from Influenster, I bought my mother one to try with me. It has faded some of her dark age spots that she didn't like, after about 8 weeks, and she hasn't had a problem with peeling, rashes, or breakouts. She LOVES this cream. 

So, yes, if you have normal skin. No, if you have sensitive skin like mine. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vox Box Unveiling!

Here's the video of the vox box I received the other day!!! Product reviews INCOMIIIIIIIIIIING! :D

Friday, June 13, 2014

Whoa! It's been a while!

Hello, hello! I'm afraid it's been a while since I've made a blog post! Yikes! And it's not even that I haven't had stuff to try; I have had a few things! I just...kinda forgot about blogging about it!

I just got a new Influenster VOX BOX; this one is the #vowvoxbox for brides to be. I made an unboxing video and will plug in my teensy camera and upload shortly!

I received a pair of Dr Scholl's custom inserts from BzzAgent and they are AMAZING. They are well worth the $49.95 as I slipped them into my walking shoes and after 10 miles (2, five mile walks) my feet didn't hurt, didn't ache, and I still felt bouncy! Amazing!

More to come soon, just wanted to say 'HEY!'


Saturday, March 8, 2014

{BzzAgent Campaign} Neutrogena Nourishing Longwear Makeup

About the Make Up: 
The vast majority of cosmetics simply stay true to their name; they cover up your flaws without actually correcting them. With NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Long Wear Makeup you’ll get 12 hours of silky, breathable coverage and start to see smoother, softer, more radiant and even toned skin in as little as 4 weeks.

The exclusive formula helps you look your best now, but makes your best even better. In fact, in a clinical study 100% of women saw improvement in skin’s natural tone or texture. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Anti-oxidant rich soy smoothes and refines age spots and discolorations
  • Vitamins A, C & E nourish skin and brighten skin tones
  • Light diffusing powders camouflage imperfections and mask fine lines
  • Broad spectrum SPF 20 protects your skin from the sun

I have a touch of rosacea in my cheeks, which I usually don't mind too much, but who wants to look super flushed all day long? My skin is strange: I have a weird blend of T-zone oily bits, super dry cheeks that can sometimes get a little rough, and my pores seem to be getting larger as I get older despite using salcylic acid cleansers, etc. So I'm always on the look out for something new foundation-wise. When this campaign was offered to me by BzzAgent, I snatched it up. I've used and liked Neutrogena products for a long time now!

I've tried Bare Minerals, didn't like it. I've tried Cover Girl, Maybelline, and other foundations and I still haven't found one that's JUST RIGHT. What I'm really hoping for is a foundation that, after simple moisturizer, would give me long lasting, breathable coverage that matches my skintone.

This foundation is a step towards that direction for me. It is supposed to improve tone and texture of your skin in as little as four weeks while leaving you with wonderful even coverage. So far, so smooth! The difference is subtle, but this is definitely a wearable, long lasting foundation. I've worn it for a couple weeks now (Thanks to Neutrogena and BzzAgent for the full sized sample!) and have had time for trial and error.

I was hoping that this foundation would let me skip steps in my routine (primer, powder, etc), but I find I have to make sure to still use the primer at least to fill in the pores. The foundation tends to sit on top of the skin, no matter how well I blend. I thought maybe it was my moisturizer so I switched that to make sure. I've tried it without, but it does tend to sit on the surface.

Really love how well this one matched my skintone. I chose correctly! Got a few friends to try it out, and the range of colors really works for all of us.

As you can see, my upper right cheek under my eye has the deepest red tone. And I have a matching mark on the other side. (Please don't mind my ungroomed brows. I've been lazy this week!) 

I made sure to moisturize and then used a blending sponge in this picture, skipping primer or BB cream. The bottom-left of the collage above is moisturizer and foundation. As you can see, it did a great job of covering that redness with minimal amount of product. I used a blending sponge and my fingers to apply the product. 

In the two + weeks I've been using this product, I haven't had any breakouts. The slight roughness on my cheeks where the rosacea is has seemed less rough and becoming smoother. And I love that it already has SPF 20 in it. Extra sunprotection helps! At only $15.99 for a decent sized bottle, I will be buying this again. 

Pros: lightweight, even coverage, improving skin tone texture. Long lasting - gets me through a full day. No breakouts! 

Cons: Bottle design -- very narrow neck, hard to pour. Tends to feel like it's sitting on top of the skin instead of blending into it. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

{BzzAgent Campaign} FIBER ONE mealbars

"Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to jump through complex hoops constructed from kale, quinoa and the like to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When hunger hits, pick up a Fiber One® Meal Bar to curb cravings and get the protein and fiber you need!"

I received two boxes of Fiber One meal bars to try: one Strawberry with Greek Yogurt and one Chocolate Peanut Butter. 

I ate them as meal replacements for both breakfast and lunch on the go and they were VERY filling. The Strawberry Greek Yogurt was by far my favorite of the two! Here is the nutrition info for you along with the ingredients. It's basically strawberry flavored cranberries in that bar (I thought that was weird, but I'm guessing that actual strawberries don't dehydrate into tasty, juicy little chewy bits like cranberries do!) with lots of almonds. I was surprised by the amount of almonds! Incredibly filling, I was surprised that this satisfied my hunger and kept me going til my next meal! 

I did not, however, like the flavor of the Chocolate Peanut Butter. It was jam-packed with peanuts and chocolate chips as you can see from my instagram pic below. What you can't see, is the layer of chocolate on the bottom of the bar. The chocolate really did satisfy my sweet tooth, but I didn't like the flavor over all. 

These are available in most grocery stores now, so if you're looking for a meal replacement bar for on the go breakfasts or lunches that are satisfying, filling, and hits your sweet tooth, check them out! I totally recommend the Strawberry Greek Yogurt. 

{BzzAgent Campaign} Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make Up!

Man, is that what I look like when I'm speaking to someone? Yikes. I feel so self-conscious now. Eep!

But yes! The newest BzzAgent campaign is for Neutrogena's nourishing long wear makeup! It is supposed to give you 12 hours of coverage, correcting your tone, and protecting your face with SPF 20!

This is Nude #40, which is very light. I'll be back with pictures showing if it covers my hint of rosacea and other funky mismatched discolorations I have on my face! :) 

I am a BzzAgent and received this product free from them to try! <3