Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm

I'm a stalker. There, I said it. Not of the Facebook-creeper type (ok, well maybe I indulge in a little of that from time to time too), but of the drugstore type. I think it's a disorder. Every time I hear about a new beauty product that's due to be released soon I HAVE TO FIND IT. So when Nivea buzzed about their Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm, I HAD TO FIND IT. First they said it was due out at CVS on Aug 1. Well, Aug 1 came and went (and I came and went to about 4857920 CVS stores) and no dice. Then they said mid-Aug at CVS. Well, I happened to be online-stalking it too and fiiiinally drugstore.com put it up! Well hey guess what?! I have my handy little free ShopRunner membership with free 2 day shipping, and Drugstore is one of the included merchants! So because part of my I Have To Find It Disorder includes the side effect of What If They Discontinue It Before I Can Buy More?!, I added 3 to my cart on Sat morning and on Tues afternoon UPS was knocking on my door! 

(If anyone would like a free ShopRunner trial, visit http://www.shoprunner.com/invite/a0QG0000004ShkQMAS). 

(You can see by the lip marks that it's already well-loved!)

My Holy Grail nighttime lip balm has been Nivea A Kiss of Moisture pretty much since it came out. During the daytime I've been using Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals, which is great too, but I love the nub of Fresh Sugar lip balm that I have left because of its lemony essence. But I've only gotten that once because it came in a set during the holidays and was much cheaper than usual. I refuse to spend over $20 for a lip balm unless it makes me look like Angelina Jolie. So I've been on the hunt for something to satisfy that lemon craving. The lemon lip balms from C.O. Bigelow at Bath & Body Works just didn't do it for me. But now...THIS does. It's not identical; there is the hint of olive oil in with the lemon of course, and it doesn't quite melt like butter on my lips like the Fresh one, but it DOES keep my lips feeling moisturized and I can somehow "taste" the lemon on my lips without actually licking them, ya know what I mean?! And when I can get 8-9 tubes of this for the same as one tube of Fresh...yeah. Is there even a question here?! PLEASE NIVEA...NEVER STOP MAKING THIS!!! DO YOU HEAR ME?

Have you found this yet? If so, where? And what do you think of it?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wet 'n Wild Fergie polish at Meijer, including a Zoya dupe

On my usual cruise by the endcaps at Meijer yesterday, I saw they now have WnW Fergie nail polish. This is a larger display than what I've seen at Walgreens. I'm not sure if they're just carrying a larger quantity, or if there are any additional colors, but I can tell you that I definitely DID NOT see this shade when I checked out the untouched Walgreens display - so either they didn't have it, or I had an 11-month-old distracting me. I'm not ruling either out ;-)

Anyway, this fantastical shade is Ferguson Crest Syrah. In the store I thought it reminded me of what is a top contender for one of my all-time favorite polishes, Zoya Valerie. So for the low low price of $2.99 I made her mine! And at home I was not disappointed.

 (2 coats of each; Fergie is on the left)

So what do you think? Total dupe-age, right?! It's nice to know I have access to a "backup" (um, even though I already have a backup...) of my favorite polish without having to spend $8!

Monday, July 30, 2012


I'm not like normal people. Once I hear about a new beauty product, I will not give up until I find it. Like, NOW. I stalk drugstores/grocery stores/etc. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of retail employees who think I'm a thief based on how often I'm in their store and leave empty-handed. Anyway...PANTENE SILKY MOISTURE WHIP!!! I've been hunting this down for 2 months, since it was mentioned in a June magazine (which came out in May). Alas, it wasn't released yet...THANK YOU P&G. :\ But apparently because I did a good deed yesterday I was rewarded with it. More on that later.

Yes I'm lame and posted this even though I haven't tried it yet since I just found it yesterday afternoon. Hey, I'm excited, what can I say?! I'll report back after I've used it a few days.

Anyway...more on the good deed. Another one of my stalking victims was the new Herbal Essences line, Honey I'm Strong. Again, thanks P&G for making me waste a tank of gas because you like to hype your products before they're even available to people who aren't Natalie Coughlin or Nicole Scherzinger. After a few weeks of, shall we say, diligent searching, I found this at my "lucky Walgreens." I commented on a post on HE's FB page that I'd found it at a Wags, and a few days later a gal inboxed me to ask me where. Since she lived, oh, nowhere near there, I told her I could pick it up for her and mail it to her if she sent me enough $ to cover it. So when I went to get it yesterday I found the Pantene. Gotta love karma immediately coming back to you.

Since I've only been using this for 4-5 days, I can't say yet if it's holy-grail material, but I can say I haven't gotten over my temptation to eat yet. Yeah, it smells that good. Honey and apricot, the bottle says.

Anyone else out there dying to try either of these? Anyone else found them? If so, report here! Maybe a Google search will lead some people to your comments and help them find what they're looking for! Have a great week ladies! :-)

P.S. Please don't send me a C&D order, P&G! ;-) I'm totally kidding about the gas thing - it's not your fault I don't have enough patience to just wait until I can find things easily instead of doing a store-to-store tour of my entire county! ;D

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My new condiment obsessions!

So yeah, I should probably start another blog for food, but a) I suck at explaining all things related to food, and b) I never just throw ingredients together and come up with a winner. Thanks to Pinterest for broadening my food horizons. ;-)

These are my two new food-related obsessions. Food has kind of taken over my nail polish obsession since I had my son and became a SAHM. $200 in one trip at Kroger? Yeah, I can justify that to the hubs. $200 at Ulta? Not so much. Anyway...I love condiments. Like, I could eat mayo with a spoon. Not that I have...yeah, um, I've *never* done that.

Apple cinnamon BBQ sauce? YES PLEASE!!! If you've ever been to Firehouse Subs you've no doubt noticed a veritable hot/BBQ sauce bar and I discovered this gem there. Finally I got up the courage to ask them if they would sell me a bottle and he said sure. I didn't bother to even ask how much because I was willing to pay the $13-something Amazon was charging and it couldn't be that bad, right? RIGHT! Five bones, baby! This is excellent on, well, anything you'd normally use barbecue sauce on. Or maybe just eaten with a spoon. Again, uh, not that I've tried that.

And *this* little jar of heaven...oh my! I live just north of Columbus, Ohio and I've never been to this local nut company but had always wanted to go. One day I found myself with a few spare minutes while I was in the area for a taste test (side note to anyone thinking of doing one: DON'T), so I stopped. And I saw this. And the clouds opened up and the angels sang. I LOVE peanut butter, and I LOVE heat. Together? This marriage should last forever!!! So far I've gone old-school and done PB&J with it, chicken satay, and...some sort of pad thai/Asian noodle confection. Let's just say...I WILL find myself in that area of Columbus again. Oh, and it's a bargain at $3-something...$3.69 maybe? The store is called Krema Nut Company and I think they will ship.

Hope no one minds my occasional foray into foodstuffs! :D

Monday, March 12, 2012

My favorite easier-than-pie recipe

Has it REALLY been almost 6 months since my last post? Oops! This one is in no way related to the theme of my blog but I just wanted to share one of my absolute favorite foods. I have been making these for several years and they were never by any means hard to make, but they've gotten even easier and faster with some new ingredients that cut out a few steps. Last night I went from "What do you want for dinner?" at 5:00 p.m. to dinner on our plates at 6:00 p.m., and that was with frozen chicken. By the way, be warned that I am not by any stretch of the imagination a great cook, nor am I an expert at explaining the steps involved in a recipe, so pardon the amaturity. ;-) Anyway...without further ado...

Cream cheese & chicken pockets

1 large or 2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
1 10 oz container of Kraft Cooking Cream in Savory Garlic
1 can Pillsbury Crescent Seamless Dough Sheet

Cook chicken via your preferred method (mine: wrap thawed chicken in foil and cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes). While chicken is cooking, prepare your crescents. Cut the sheet into 6 squares. When chicken is done, cut/pull it into shreds. Put in medium sized pan and add entire container of cooking creme (if you're using a nonstick pan, you shouldn't need any butter or oil since you're just going to be warming this for a minute or so). Cook over low heat just until creme softens. Spoon mixture into your crescent squares, leaving room for each corner to be pulled up. After all of your crescents are full, pull each corner up to meet in the middle. Pinch all edges closed so none of the mixture leaks out while they cook. Cook at 350 degrees just until the crescents start to turn light golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. If you're like me and a butter lover, melt some butter on them and ENJOY!

Mmmm...look at that ooey-gooey cream cheesy filling!

This dish is super easy and fun to experiment with. Try different flavors of Philadelphia's cooking creme, add other ingredients you like (mushrooms? diced onions?), or go lower-fat with Neufchatel cheese and low-fat crescents (you can easily pinch 2 triangle-shaped crescents into a square). The above is just my adapted version of a recipe a friend told me about many years ago! :-)

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