VEET ® EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-On Kit review

Last month, I received a VEET EasyWax kit to test and review for VEET & Influenster. I’ve tried at-home wax kits in the past, but none of them worked well for me. No harm in giving this a try, right?

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The kit includes a warmer & base, a refill, waxing strips, and finishing wipes. It was only supposed to take thirty minutes to warm up, but I ended up waiting longer than an hour. Even at that time, it did not roll on smoothly. I was left with patches of hair on my legs that I couldn’t go over again.

I’m pretty disappointed in the VEET EasyWax kit. Unfortunately, I can’t find myself recommending it to anyone…unless you get it for free.

P.S. This product was received complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are based off of my experience with this product.

Julep Maven

I’ve never been big on doing my own manicures and pedicures. I’ve always been more of a salon girl, but having a newborn and a toddler, I’ve been trying to find other alternatives. Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Julep Maven. Julep is a company that is powered by girlfriends[1. According to their About Julep page.]. They are based out of Washington, and they also make nail colors that are all named after women who inspire them.

The Julep Maven program is a subscription beauty box. During the signup process, you are required to complete a quiz, which will determine your style profile. There are five profiles: one that focuses on beauty products; one that focuses on nail colors; and three that are a mixture of beauty products and nail colors. On the 20th of each month, they send out a box preview. During the preview period, you have the option to not receive a box; or to try another style and/or order add-ons for your box.

I tried a subscription box service in the past, and it was a pretty bad experience[2. Wittlebee…]. I was a little hesitant about trying another, but so far, I’ve heard zero negative things about Julep. Besides… it’s a nice way to build up my nail color selection for when Ivy gets old enough to have her nails painted.

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I received my first box at no cost. It was received within a week of ordering, which was awesome processing time for cross country delivery. The contents in the box were very neatly packaged.

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I received Barbara[3. A glittery purple…], Meryl[4. A grey…], and cuticle oil.

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I love the look of Julep nail colors. It’s just the right consistency that polish should be. I was able to achieve a great look with just one coat, and a perfect look with two. My manicure held up for over a week[5. Until I started spring cleaning with no gloves.]. When I redo it, I’ll take pictures to add to the post. I’m definitely excited for my next box.

If you’re in the market for some nail colors to add to your collection, I definitely recommend Julep.

P.S. This is not a paid post and I was not asked to formally review this product. All opinions are my own.

Goodbye Google Reader

I’ve used Google Reader for as long as I can remember. Imagine my shock when I saw the news that it is shutting down in July. It has been a while since I’ve used the web interface of Reader, though. I viewed my feed through Pulse. I still love Pulse, but I decided that maybe it was time for a full change.

Enter Feedly. Feedly was recommended to me by Brit. I have to admit that I have zero regrets about installing it. I love that Feedly has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The app looks beautiful on Android and iOS.

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I didn’t have my Reader feeds organized, but Feedly makes it easy on both the phone and the web. I was able to set categories easily. If you have categories already [in Reader], they sync over to Feedly. Feedly was originally based solely on Reader[1. Yes I do my research…], but they had a feeling that Google would shut the service down and started working on their own backend solution. With that being said, Feedly should still work perfectly after July 1st.

My other choice[2. I only use it for personal blogs that I comment on.] is Bloglovin’. They have a web version that looks great on Internet Explorer, as well as other browsers. It is also available on Android and iOS. They are not based on Reader at all, but are offering a way to import your feeds.

So there you have it. Two options to check out. What app/site did you decide to use to read your feeds?

Pug & Pony Show

Check out those threaded eyebrows! LOL!

I made my first Etsy order last Saturday![1. February 16th] I’ve been looking at strap covers for a year, and finally decided on one from Etsy. I went with Pug & Pony Show by Alicia M. I’ve been eyeing her work for a while. I decided to purchase one with the lens cover pocket.

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I was expecting it to ship two to three days after placing my order. I was surprised to receive a shipping notification on Sunday evening. The shipping process was delayed due to President’s Day, but I still received the product quickly.

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The packaging was simple and light. The strap cover was wrapped with a tiny ribbon, along with a business card and a ribbon hair tie. I love that Alicia wrote a personal note on the receipt!

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The strap cover is a perfect fit for my Canon! The lens cap is easy to get in/out of the pocket, and there’s also a second pocket on the other side. The cover is also padded, so it’s a very comfortable wear. Cute & affordable! I’m already thinking about purchasing another…maybe one with a monogram next time…