Creative Scents’ Vintage White Shatter-Proof Bathroom Accessories

I know all too well the heartbreak of having a really nice set of bathroom accessories that match, pull the room together, and were a great price, and one broke. Or chipped. Or shattered beyond repair. I’d completely sworn off these sets until I found this Creative Scents set. These are nice enough to put in the guest bathroom. Yeah, that nice.

DSC_1462

Made from injection-molded resin and painted and finished to mimic much more expensive glass sets in every way, I at first even thought I ‘d been mistakenly shipped a glass set. The paint details are amazing, and they have a real heft to them that speaks to the quality. And no more chips or shatters!! I mean, if you threw them down hard, yeah, you’d probably break them, but no more panicked terror when you brush up against the glass toothbrush holder and watch it wobble, with a split-second decision to try to grab it before it falls or hope it rights it’s own ship.

DSC_1464

For $39.99, you get four durable and elegant looking bathroom accessories, and Whizzhome’s commitment to customer satisfaction. And while my set was a gorgeous vintage white color and design, there are 6 other patterns/colors to choose from, and shipped 2 day with Prime. I can’t wait to put up my new set in my redesigned bathroom. What, you didn’t think I’d put something this nice in my old bathroom, did you?

DSC_1463

 

Connect with Wizzhome:

I received the above product(s) free of charge from WizzHome.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Advertisements

Ulteri Zante Hand-Held 5-Setting Shower Head

I’ve tried out a couple of different shower heads, and while one was pretty sub-par, one was pretty nifty, so I needed a tie breaker, and Ulteri’s Zante hand held shower head seems to fall squarely on the “nifty” side. With 5 functions: shower, waterfall mist (my favorite!), gentle bubble, power massage, and water drop, there’s a function to fit every person in the house!

DSC_0369

At their heart, there’s not much difference between this hand held shower head and many others, in that they function in about the same way. What it then comes down to is ergonomics, quality of materials and quality of build. The materials on this Ulteri Zante are of decent quality and should last a reasonable amount of time. I like that it comes with both a scale filter for hard water and a flow restrictor for folks who like in areas that have water use restrictions in place. It also comes with a small roll of teflon pipe tape for installation, and requires no tools to install, though one could use a pair of pliers and a washcloth to do a final 1/4 turn to make sure the various connections are nice and tight. But be careful not to overtighten, as the connection collets on the mount holder are plastic and could split if turned too tightly.The stainless steel 60″ hose is plenty long, and because it’s stainless steel, should adequately resist corrosion. It then comes down to quality. I love the “mist” function, and it’s the first shower head I’ve owned to have one. What I hated was that, no matter home much of the teflon tape hubby put on the wall pipe, the plastic mounting attachment would dribble water. We started with the standard 6 or so wraps. Leak. 10 times around. Leak. 15 times around…you guessed it, it still leaked. Just a small dribble, but in California every drop counts. So 4 tries and numerous re-wrappings, we ran out of the provided pipe tape and accepted that it will dust dibble a little. It’s got plenty of power and the head is large with ample spray.

DSC_0371

At $26.99, it still falls into the “budget” category and if you can live with the dribble, the mist function has to be seen and experienced to be believed. Overall, if you need one, you could do worse, but I also feel you might do better for the same money if you can find one that doesn’t dribble.

DSC_0370

Connect with Ulteri:

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Ulteri and Alsanta.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Shower Bouquet: Extra Large Mesh and Lace Shower Pouf (4-Pack) #Review #ShowerBouquet

There are two things I can never have enough of, slipper socks and shower poufs.  I’m such an addict that I have boxes filled with both.  My reasoning behind my hoarding….I mean insanity…..let’s call it stocking up, is because neither has a long life span.  My slipper socks end up with thinning material at heels or even holes, and my shower poufs are one of those things that I want them to last in one piece but would like to be able to change to a new one within a reasonable amount of time for hygiene/sanitary purposes.  Soaps and body washes leave residues, so I always want to get rid of a pouf before any shows and you never want to be washing with a dirty pouf.  My problem these last few years, has been poufs that come apart.  I’ve spent from $1 to $8 per pouf in the past and price tag has never equated with quality.  Most I try to get on clearance and especially the specialty kind that have fabric textures that exfoliate and so forth.  The worst that can happen is a pouf…..well, un-poufing!  You are one week in and happy as can be and then you go to grab it, and the pouf comes apart!  Leaving you trying to try to reassemble it when it is wet and making a knot in those conditions can be frustrating, so I now want to only invest on poufs that are headache free.

DSC_0099
In comes Shower Bouquet with a colorful 4-pack of shower poufs.  They are extra large in size and feature a combination of fabrics, lace and mesh.  The lace helps exfoliate and rid the skin of any surface dead skin cells, and the mesh makes sure you get the desirable lather when showering so you can feel clean.  The poufs from Shower Bouquet also have a long ribbon to hang the pouf from for hanging and to allow the pouf to properly dry.

 
 

Retail Price Point: $15.95 via Amazon for a 4-pack

 
 

DSC_0097

Verdict:
I always try to find poufs in various sizes because I tend to sometimes use a body wash and other times a soap bar, so it depends what I use what pouf I select.  I look for shower poufs that are full when it comes to material because I want it to be able to hold and maintain a lather, plus I don’t want to scratch my skin if there is not enough material when using.  I also don’t want a mesh that sheds pieces with use and of course it has to hold together in one piece until I dispose of it.  Shower Bouquet’s 4-pack is perfect for me because it gives me 4 poufs that should last me about 6-8 months because you just don’t want a pouf that harbors bacteria and who knows what.  I sanitize mine with alcohol (if delicate) or in the dishwasher (top rack only) but that will only safeguard you for so long and with the price point of Shower Bouquet’s poufs, I don’t feel bad about tossing it way within a timely manner.  The poufs are not the largest I have used before because I have used some larger than these and would state they are more a fluffy size large.  The poufs are soft against the skin and makes lathering a cinch, plus you use less product when using a pouf.  I have used exfoliating type poufs in the past and this one is softer on the skin, so it’s not a feeling of a deep scrub you will get but perfect for everyday use.  Plus, the colors are bright and happy and don’t bleed dyes when you first start using them.  Yes, I have looked like a smurf when I once bought a pretty blue shower pouf that made me and the shower look a beautiful sky blue!  Shower Bouquet’s poufs don’t do that and they also remain in one piece, so chasing mesh and trying to gather it up so you can finish showering.

DSC_0098

 

Connect with Shower Bouquet:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Shower Bouquet.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Suave Skin Solutions: Smoothing with Cocoa Butter and Shea #Review #BeautyByMe

DSC_0183

I was able to score a VoxBox from Influenster and part of the Fiesta VoxBox included a Suave Smoothing lotion bottle. The scent was so intense, that it permeated the box and it’s content. This would be a bad thing but this lotion smells divine, so it turned into a good thing. As much as I love scents, many perfumes and the such tend to aggravate my skin but so far all Suave branded products have been kind to me from hair to lotions, and even the leave-in serums.

Retail Price Point: $2.29 for a generous 10 ounce bottle

Verdict:
We established the scent factor is strong with this one but so is the moisture the lotion provides. The formula is very silky and smooth, so it tends to distribute a good barrier that is both nourishing to your skin and you notice a visual change immediately. I was concerned about feeling like their was an oily film and thankfully my skin seemed to welcome the lotion so much, which it absorbed every last drop but still left me with a soft touch when felt. I applied it after shaving and experienced zero issues when it came to things like clogged pores and/or irritation. The price for the amount of product is also fair and with Fall being here, that means I need to start preparing my skin in case we have a very cold Winter season. I will not only love how my skin feels, but that scent is just intoxicating…….but in good way!

 

Connect with Suave at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Suave via the Influenster Fiesta VoxBox.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Ohuhu Clear Acrylic 3-Drawer Organizer

No one hates clutter and mess more than me. It bothers me so much it makes my skin crawl and itch. When I got a chance to try out Ohuhu’s clear acrylic organizer, I was over the moon. Finally, no more little crippy crap on my counters, rolling everywhere, rolling behind the dresser, or falling on the floor. I think this little guy is a keeper!

DSC_0106 (2)

Ohuhu thought it through with their design, as well. Clear acrylic means you can easily see what’s where. They even included little pads for the drawers that not only keep your stuff safe, and keeps the drawers from getting scratched, but filter away dust, dirt and makeup schmutz to the bottom of the drawer, safely away from the stuff in it. It says it’s a cosmetics organizer, but I’ve found it useful for my crafting supplies, as well as office supplies. It comes in two separate sections, so you can split them up or stack them as your needs warrant. The drawers slide easy, and there’s more space than you’d expect in there. As a cosmetics organizer, it beats a bathroom drawer by a country mile and keeps everything withing easy reach, all the while keeping it safe from the occasional splash of water of spritz of hairspray. And it just looks too cute.

I would recommend this for anyone tired of a drawer or countertop full of mess and clutter, or for a dresser to organizer for your keys, phone, watch, rings, or even for your desk that has pens, paperclips, post-it pads and markers rolling all over. There’s really no limit to what this awesome Ohuhu Clear Acrylic Organizer can do!

DSC_0105 (2)

Connect with Ohuhu:

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Ohuhu.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Ohuhu Chrome-look Automatic Soap Dispenser


 

Okay, so you know when you’ve got your hands full of schmutz, and the last thing you want to do is handle your soap dispenser, hoping it doesn’t slip out of your hands and fall on the floor? Of then have to wash the dispenser because it’s now covered in chicken goop*? Ohuhu knows your pain and wants you to suffer no more. They’ve come up with a touch-free automatic soap dispenser. There’s some pluses and some minuses here, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

IMAG3364

To start, I think it’s mislabled. You’re led to believe that the dispenser is stainless steel, when in fact it’s chome-painted ABS plastic. It’s a little fragile-feeling too, with a strange plastic key to unlock the battery door. Once we get past that, it’s a neat little dispenser with a wide base for stability, a wall-mount kit and a large plastic reservoir for soap along with a little window in front to know when you’re getting low on soap. There’s three settings for the amount of soap dispensed, and it’s easily adjustable by the button on front. A dual-color LED on top let’s you know when it’s ready to dispense, and how much. One just needs to place your hand underneath and the motion sensor picks up your hand and dispenses.

IMAG3366

Perfect for the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage or anywhere one might need to wash their hands, this is a neat little dispenser that I’m glad I got to try. At $19.99 (at the time of this writing) I feel it’s a touch steep for plastic, but almost makes up for it with the convenience.

DSC_0058

Connect with Ohuhu:

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Ohuhu.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Majestic Bombay: Dental Tartar Scraper and Remover Stainless Steel Set #Review #TartarScraperkit

IMAG3071

 

Like many of us, going to the dentist and coming out with zero issues is not only welcoming news but also a positive towards our check book. In my world, I want to walk out after a cleaning and the only thing the dentist has to discuss with me, is my next appointment for another cleaning.

For many year now, I have been doing my own cleaning in-between dentist visits. I will gently scrape any build-up and at my last cleaning, the dentist stated she barely had to do anything and then started questioning me if I went somewhere else before seeing her again. Will I ever make the leap and do the cleaning myself minus the dentist? Of course not! I still need those educated eyes to look and see, plus I don’t do the polishing you get after a do-it-yourself cleaning at home.

IMAG3068

In comes Majestic Beauty with their 3-piece Dental Hygiene Kit:

  • Dental Pick
  • Dental Scaling Instrument
  • Dental Mouth Mirror

All the tools are stainless steel and this is wonderful when it comes to disinfecting the pieces. Easy to use and when my mirror arrived overly bent due to shipping, Majestic Beauty quickly sent out a replacement. I only needed to establish contact once to get the small issue fixed and I like that in a company. I have been using the dental tools for a couple months and with zero issues when it comes to the quality of the metal, using the tools, and I’m very satisfied with the performance of the kit. The pick has the proper curvature and my only advice and this goes with any project, learn before you start. The key is to avoid damage from tartar and plaque build-up, not give yourself damage when removing it!

IMAG3069

Retail Price Point: $19.99 via Amazon for the kit.  You can save and purchase from the manufacture directly and pay $9.99 via their website.

IMAG3072

Connect with Majestic Bombay at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Majestic Bombay.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Tweez’em: Stainless Steel Tweezers for Ingrown Hair (Majestic Bombay) #MBSplinterTweeze

IMAG3073

I have owned every type of tweezer from slanted to straight and like many of us, finding a good pair you can depend on does not come easy. Yes, there are many brands on the market and I must admit that some of my favorites, are “no-names” that came part of a manicure and/or grooming set. I then purchased higher priced brands where a mini tweezer costs over $20 and you can barely hold on to the thing if you have normal sized hands. Drove anyone I ever lend to use that tweezer crazy, but it created laughs while you are trying to dig out a splinter, so I saw it as a great distraction while you are digging into someone’s hand!

IMAG3077

Majestic Bombay offered I try out their Twwez’em pair that was normal size and created with a pointed tip, which aids in digging out anything from splinters to ingrown hairs. I find that when it comes to reviewing devices of this kind, it comes rather easy, as they either work or they don’t. I have tweezers I have coveted over the years as the ones you depend on, so I keep those pair in a box safely.  I never had a set that even had a 50/50 rating of getting a hair. Most just snip the hair, cause bleeding and if you are lucky….both occur.  Like I said, you work or you don’t!

IMAG3079

Retail Price Point: $9.99 on Amazon for one and comes with a plastic sleeve and a plastic cover for the tip.  The product retails for $8.99 on their website and that is with free shipping.

IMAG3080

When the Tweeze’em set arrived, I had a small ingrown hair by my eyebrow towards the lid. One of my many older sets just cut the hair and trimmed it so nicely that the hair remained visible but impossible to pluck! Love when that happens. I tried the Tweeze’em right out of the package and noticed the tips did not meet so well, but I have pairs that look like they don’t but still perform very well. I used the tip and  attempted to lift the hair and it did but could not pluck it. I tried and tried and the skin became red and irritated, I then started to bleed, so I now was left with a visible ingrown that would get a nice scab to go with it. This ingrown hair was making friends! I then decided to try the tweezers on a normal hair that was not ingrown or short in length. Probably should have tried this first before but the idea popped into my head after. The Tweeze’em could not pluck that hair either. I tried another hair and again nothing. The tweezers are also not ergonomic when it comes to holding and using. They are straight and the metal is hard to bend closed, plus the yellow paint makes gripping difficult, as the paint was not applied smoothly. I thought the issues with the paint would aid in gripping but the uneven surface makes how you hold the tweezers difficult and especially if you have even the slightest of length on your nails (the bumps in the paint bother and some look like drips of paint running down). I can only maybe see using the Tweeze’em as a craft tool, where I don’t want paint on my hands and need to hold something that is not delicate or easy to mark. I wanted to like this pair but it just did not perform well in what it was meant to be use for……plucking a hair!

IMAG3081

 

Connect with Majestic Bombay at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from the Majestic Bombay Company.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

 

Influenster: Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners #Review #FreshIsFierce

IMAG2854

Not a subject that is usually approached, however finding a personal hygiene product that is effective and comfortable, is not always easy.

IMAG2856

Carefree’s thin pantiliners are comfortable but also absorbing. The liner uses “Acti-Fresh” technology to stay fresh for up to 8 hours of wear. Designed to fit most panties and also shaped to conform with your body’s shape. I have always loved how thin the product is and I can easily carry one when needed. Carefree also provides different products that can fit anyone’s needs, so you can feel confident when using their products.

  • Retail Price Point:$2.99 for a pack of 54 of the Regular (to-go) at Target.
  • Coupon: You can also save $0.50 by using this link and printing out a coupon.

IMAG2859

Connect with Carefree and find the product that suits your needs at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Influenster and Carefree. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

HotelSpa 7-setting Ultra-Luxury Hand Shower

ip_logo_1395779378__32547

 

I try to maximize my downtime, and that includes the time I spend relaxing in a nice, hot shower. IP Showers recently sent me their HotelSpa 7-setting Ulra-Luxury Hand Shower to try out and review, and after a couple of weeks of use, I’m ready to render my verdict.

IMAG2821

 

Honestly, it’s a mixed bag. First, there’s six different functions, not the seven advertised, and the “Pause Mode” is nothing but a restricted flow mode that turns the shower flow into a dribble, not an actual “Pause”. The construction is almost entirely plastic, save for the 5ft. stainless steel hose that attaches to the unit. The water flow is pretty low, even at the most powerful setting. The flow is also uneven, wherein the combination settings have half the flow coming out at one angle, and the other half at a lower angle due to flow restrictions. The sole remedy seems to be (as it showed and explained in the instruction sheet) to remove the mandated flow restrictor.

IMAG2820

The polished chrome-look handle in indeed ergonomic and easy to hold, and it does sit securely into the cradle. The cradle is also a matching polished chrome painted plastic, but the collet that attaches to the water spigot arm is a gray, dull plastic. Since out other fixtures in the shower were also polished chrome, this tends to stand out and make the unit look cheap. The upside to that is that this unit is at least half, if not more so, the price than almost every similar product from the major manufacturers on the market today. That’s a small trade off, if you ask me.

IMAG2822

The unit installs with no tools, and comes with a small roll of thread seal tape (or PTFE tape), and both the necessary washers to make installing a breeze. I did it myself in less than 5 minutes. That’s super-easy and simple. So while I would have liked a little more “umphf” out of the shower flow, and it skimps on the promised settings, it’s affordable, easy to install, and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from IP Showers. If you’re in the market for, or curious about, a handheld shower head that won’t break the bank, or a temporary one while you’re in between shower and bathroom remodels you could do much worse.

I received the above product(s) free of charge from IP Showers.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: