Folgers Coffeehouse

I received a free sample canister of Folgers Coffeehouse through Folgers Coffee Sippers Club to facilitate my review. My review is honest in my own words.

20170215_114455I never thought I’d try Folgers again, but this roast is a game changer. It’s mellow, dark, sultry, and inviting. It’s my new favorite winter roast to always have on hand. You can easily dress this roast up or leave it black and be pleased with the results. It’s versatile and I’d like to use this one in baking. It doesn’t leave a bitter residue on your tongue either because it’s a light body. The AromaSeal ensures that this is as fresh when you get it as it was when it was ground at the factory.

A nice touch was the the new container, too, because it keeps coffee fresher longer. I saw the storing tips said to put it in the fridge, which is a huge no-no for coffee that deteriorates the roast. I’ve left mine in the container on the counter in a cool, dry spot. A must try for anyone looking for an affordable coffee to always have a on hand.

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It says you can cold brew or French press it, and the grind is coarse enough that this could work. I have yet to try it cold brewed which is on my list as the roast is inviting enough to be steeped in this way. It’s on my to-do list as I thoroughly indulged in this Folgers roast.

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Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend

I received complimentary K-Cups from Folgers through Crowdtap. My review is impartial and 100% my own.

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I used to never like Folgers, but ever since Black Silk came out, I’ve actually started to enjoy them and they are super affordable. Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend is a medium body that packs a nice rich, cafe like frothy sip.

folg3 I drink all my coffee black, but this one wouldn’t have been bad with a little French Vanilla creamer. I didn’t like sugar in it as it’s sweet enough for me in flavor. I loved the brewing aroma, and the flavor was smooth, complex, and breakfasty. I love how innovative and flexible Folgers has been. It was my dad’s favorite growing up, always brewed regular in his big green traveler Thermos that he took every morning to work.

It is always going to be my favorite value brand, and with so many different ways to decorate it, I am never going to get tired of it. They have been doing the Medium Dark roast extremely well and I appreciate how versatile they have been in this rocky market. It’s a classic, homey staple from my youth that has a fighting spirit to appeal to tastebuds of yet another generation.

I highly suggest if you love Breakfast blends. Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend needs to come out as a cold/iced brew next!

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Trusty work BFF, black coffee. 

Aveeno® Ultra-Calming®

This post was sponsored by AVEENO® as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. I received both the Nourishing Night Cream and the Makeup Removing Wipes.

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My face is brighter & more hydrated in the morning!

The Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream was a complete dream! I haven’t had the best experience with Aveeno in the past and was nervous for this sample, but hey! They sent this for me to try and review. First, it’s wonderfully thick, I love a great consistency in my night creams so it feels like a restorative mask. It doesn’t have a scent to me or it’s very faint because it’s “gentle scent,” it smells like oats. I’m not a huge fan of that, but I get the concept is to make this for all skin types.The Feverfew formula has captivated me and made me believe in the product.

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It absolutely does what it says, I swear anything I had that irritated my skin in the day and produced redness is immediately soothed with this cream. It brightens my skin and evens my tone to my best shade. I didn’t realize it had tone-correcting, but the ability to sooth is like a built-in tone booster! I’ve been using for a week, it hasn’t caused any problems. It has actually helped my skin rejuvenate, hydrate, and stay moisturized (almost too much). Who am I kidding? Moisturizer is the best for this time and being over-moisturized is never a problem! This would be a perfect gift for anyone and it’s great if you want to start your skin regimen over. It’s helped to clear out my skin and make sure it’s pampered for whatever I do to my face! I love it and will continue to use it as a tried-and-true formula.

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I wasn’t as thrilled with the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removal Wipes. These have a distinct scent, which isn’t unpleasant, but it’s piercing. These are somewhat slimy, I’m guessing from the oil to make it easier to remove make up; however, I didn’t find that they removed the makeup as well as I would have hoped. I still had to wash off my eye make up and my skin because I didn’t like the residue feeling it left.

I thought I would take these in my travel bag, but I would prefer to wash my face over using these wipes, if possible. I don’t feel as though it would be comfortable on my eyes after a while because as I tried to remove makeup from my eyes, it was difficult so I applied more pressure which cause irritation to my eyes.

av7 It takes off the makeup well, but I still feel as though my pores were needing a more thorough cleaning. The moisturizer in these didn’t seem bad, it seemed to overpower everything else. I’m okay with a harsher make up removal agents, so I figured these wipes aren’t for me. These are for people who wear lighter makeup like only BB creams and no powders.

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Overall, I think this line is amazing as I’ve said before. It’s superb for those with tough skin issues. I’m going to investigate their eczema line because I feel it might genuinely help my newly-found skin problem. I would suggest the night cream for everyone and the makeup wipes for those who want wipes and can’t find a wipe that’s gentle enough for them.

 

Garnier SkinActive Miracle Anti-Fatigue

This post was sponsored by Garnier SkinActive as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Garnier’s SkinActive line continues to excite me! The Ultra-Lift Miracle Wake-Up Anti-Fatigue Day Cream is quite wordy, but it can be with how amazing it is! This is a very lightweight, translucent cream that smells INCREDIBLE (the wildberry extract cannot be beat). It feels like you’re applying water to your skin, it absorbs quickly and hydrates even the finest lines.

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Getting my day started!

I absolutely love it to wear alone or under makeup. I haven’t experienced any clogged pores from using it and I have combination skin with most of my oil concentrated on my forehead. I have used it for about a week straight and it’s already brightened my skin. The package indicates that you need to use it for 7 days to see how it “improves signs of fatigue and re-activates skin’s radiance for a healthy glow.” I have definitely seen a difference and I coat my face in makeup every single day, so that’s saying something. I highly recommend for those looking for a lightweight moisturizer, generally. The bonus comes in as you use it consistently!

The Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream [Ulta.com link because they have a Buy One, Get One 50% off sale on the line right now!] is light and refreshing as well; however, it is a slightly thicker cream. It feels like you’re applying water to your skin still like the other products from the line, but it’s a bit thicker, which I prefer in a night cream.

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Sleepily applying the the night cream & the eye cream!

The night cream acts as a light, recharging mask. It reduces signs of dull, dry, and tired looking skin by leaving a protective barrier on the skin after your nightly wash. My favorite part is that it’s infused with Lavender Essential Oil, Rare Plant Extracts & Adenosine because these are very light, but also induce a calming sensation. At night it helps to regenerate skin cells and leave skin looking firmer, younger, and rested! My skin feels softer, smoother, and looks more revitalized.

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Let me know if you’d like to try! I have copious samples with coupons!

Lastly, the Garnier Miracle Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel Cream was a cherry on top of the sundae! This one has a bit different of a feel for me compared to other creams, but I liked it. It was very gel-like and not water-like, it took a while to absorb for me, but I noticed that it went to work immediately. My eyes were cooled, refreshed, and it hydrated all the little cracks and crevices around my laugh lines (aka “Crow’s Feet”). It’s lightened the dark circles under my eyes and helps to eliminate the inflammatory puffing that happens when I coat my days in coffee. The main reason I liked this cream is because it didn’t bother my eyes whatsoever. I wear contacts and have a naturally dry eye, so most creams really agitate them, but this one felt like water and actually helped to relieve them.

I recommend the whole line and in the order I presented. I am very happy with the results as you can tell below, it’s worked out amazingly well for my 25.5-year-old skin!

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GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ

I received a complimentary box of GoGo squeeZ YorgurtZ through Crowdtap to review honestly.

go I absolutely love these shelf-stable yogurts! I was familiar with their applesauce line and loved it. The ingredients are amazing. I was chosen to try the Berry flavor.

The Berry flavor is more like raspberry and I am not that into it. It has a great consistency and it’s the perfect portion size. These are awesome for on-the-go and for keeping little ones clean during snack time.

Target has a deal going on Cartwheel in my area this week, so I’m going to get the Strawberry and they also have Banana that might be great with peanut butter.

I prefer the applesauce because it tastes like real fruits smashed into this package. The yogurt is heat-treated and they don’t have to go in the fridge, so it’s a bit different type of consistency than regular yogurt, it’s much thicker, but not like Greek yogurt.

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I keep one in my gym bag because they pack a good amount of protein and minerals.

I gave a couple to my sister-in-law for my nephew. He loves them! They are simple to eat and, as far as I know, the kids like them chilled.

I would suggest you mix them with real fruit or cereal puffs.

I’ll be buying more at Target and hoping they have some of the new apple sauces. These are so simple and safe.

Lastly, I love the packaging! It’s not super bad on the environment and can be recycled.

The cap’s easy to remove, even for little hands to start grasping and helping themselves. I highly suggest for those who need a quick bite to eat or an easy, health-conscientious snack on-the-go!

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Yummy puree & low sugar! 

Garnier SkinActive Party!

I was sent a Garnier SkinActive Party pack free from Crowdtap in order to review honestly and share with whomever I choose for participating in the Garnier crowd.

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My party trying their Garnier gear!

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Makeup removed in a single swoop with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water!

I was sent a box of wonderful goodies including:

  • $10 Visa giftcard for supplies
  • 11 Product Info Cards
  • 1 Pack of QUALITY cotton swabs
  • 11 samples of Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
  • 8 samples of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Regular)
  • 2 samples of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Waterproof)
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Box packed with quality items!

I was so excited to host my party with my sisters who range in age from mid-30s to young-20s. We all have different skin types from dry, oily, combo, t-zone troubles, hormonal imbalances, etc, so it’s rare to find items that work for all of us…. HOWEVER, both the moisturizer and cleanser worked amazingly for all of us with no irritation!

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing water is extremely different! It requires no rinse and it takes off make up with one swoop of the cotton pad. It moisturizes and doesn’t clog my pores. It brightens my skin and makes it feel supple and brighter. The Waterproof version is a bit more oily in my opinion and my younger sister’s, but my older sisters thought it was perfect for their stubborn eyeliner and mascara.

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My party trying their Garnier gear!

The Micellar Cleansing Water attracts dirt and grime from even caked-on makeup from the day before. It swipes it away and leaves your skin fresh, clean, and hydrated! It’s amazing and doesn’t need to be rinsed, as I discussed, so it’s great as a travel companion. It is comparable to luxury brands and at amazing value! Garnier amazes me with their new products at affordable prices. I never really tried them before, but thanks to Crowdtap, I’ve become a lover of the brand!

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Wowed by the Micellar Cleansing Water!

Next, we tried the Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, which is quite a mouthful, but it’s a bargain-ful as well! I usually don’t like SPF moisturizers due to the chemical scent and propensity to bother my eyes. However, this one absorbs so quickly that I didn’t notice a scent and it didn’t seep near my eye area whatsoever. It made my skin feel good and one of my resolutions was to take better care of my skin by protecting from the sun. My sister-in-law especially loved it because she travels to California frequently for business and was looking for an easy SPF moisturizer that had added benefits, Garnier foot the bill! garn6

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Garnier even gained a smaller fan 😀

Overall, all of us were pleased with both Garnier products. We found no pitfalls or disappointments, the products exceeded expectations and we will be trying more Garnier products in the new year!

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s a good party? Coffee, Garnier, & sisters 🙂

Listerine Keeps Your Mouth Clean

I received a free full bottle sample of Listerine from Crowdtap by participating in the Listerine crowd. All opinions of the product are honest and my own.

I used to use Listerine a few years ago, but I had stopped because I thought I wasn’t benefiting for the price. Store brand competitors were less money and seemed to do the same job. However, after this sample, I realized how much Listerine outdoes every competitor. It makes your mouth feel sparkly with its Cool Mint formula to clear bad breath germs.

I started using it only in the morning after brushing my teeth and flossing with my Listerine UltraClean floss. Not only did it benefit my mouth as I explain below, it helps to wake you up with it’s wash of menthol.

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Luckily, I was able to try this through Crowdtap as well.

I found my teeth actually whitened in just under two weeks. My mouth feels amazingly well and the sensitive spot I had on the left-side-middle molar has actually vanished! I know I’ll be keeping this in my house because they have coupons so I never have to pay full price and Target consistently releases deals on Cartwheel to combine.

A regular size bottle lasts me about two months as I use just under 2 tsps and swish for 30 seconds. I’m loving the benefits I’m seeing and will continue to be loyal to Listerine. It’s simply the best and a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!

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Nothing like a bottle of Listerine in my stocking.

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Bright & clean with Listerine!