{Sponsored} eSalon Review…

I was recently asked to try out the new eSalon hair color and review it.  I have colored my hair for over 10 years thanks to premature graying in my genes.  I am always looking for a color product that isn’t harsh on my hair or turns it some weird color.  You see… I have a BAD history of getting all kinds of crazy colors from hair color.  You just never know how my hair will take it.  Once I find one that I am happy with, I tend to stick with it unless I have a really good reason to change.

What makes eSalon so awesome is that they deliver your custom hair color straight to your door.  No need to head to the drug store or beauty supply to pick it up.  They also custom mix the color for you.  You can tell them exactly what you want and even send them a picture so they know where you are starting from.  It is totally personalized and made just for you.   This was the box of goodies that I received.  I ordered several additional items so I received a larger box.

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If you just order the hair color, your box will look like this…

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As you can see, it comes with personalized instructions.  I think that is pretty cool. Just adds to the whole experience.
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As you can see below, I asked for a light ash brown color.  My hair tends to pull the reddish tones so I always go to an ash undertone.  It keeps my color from turning brassy as it fades.

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Inside your kit you will get the following items:

  • Hair Color
  • Developer
  • Color Safe Shampoo
  • Color Safe Conditioner
  • An Applicator Brush
  • Stain Guard
  • Non-Latex Gloves

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The stain guard is really awesome to have.  I always put vaseline around my hairline and on my ears to help prevent staining.  However, it never fails that I somehow get a swipe of color across my cheek or somewhere that I didn’t prep.  Stain guard is a little towelette that you just wipe all over to remove color.  You can also rub it along your hairline and ears before coloring to help prevent any staining.  Very nice product.

The shampoo and conditioner worked really well to keep my hair clean, but not dried out at all.  I liked them, but haven’t decided if I will order these again or just continue to use my previous products.

As for the hair color process.  I found it pretty easy to use.  They recommend that you part your hair into four sections.  Then you use the brush to color all of your root areas well.  It was definitely a little harder to get the back sections but it was ok.  The hair color did really well.  I did note that my gray hairs started showing back up faster with this hair color but that might have been because I didn’t apply it very well.  It was my first time using a brush to apply my color so I haven’t quite mastered that yet. It did leave my hair shiny and very soft.  Many boxed colors leave my hair feeling very dry and starved for moisture.  I didn’t feel this way at all with this color. Would I recommend it?  Absolutely. The whole personalized experience is really unique and cool.

Here is my color.  This is about two weeks after I colored it so it had lightened up just a tad but not much.  I really like the color.

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I do have to say that I was even more excited about the extra products that I purchased than I was the hair color.  I found some definite new favorites!

Here are three of the extras that I ordered. They were a larger bottle of the Color Safe Conditioner, the Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner and the Shining Armor Renewing Treatment Oil.

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Let me start off by saying that I LOVE LOVE that Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner.  It smells soooo good.  I have so many people tell me how great my hair smells.  I love how soft it leaves my hair too!  I will definitely be buying this stuff again when it runs out.

I also liked the Shining Armor Renewing Treatment Oil a lot.  It really helped to make my hair shine without that greasy film on it.  You do have to be careful not to apply too much or you will look a bit oily!  This stuff does a great job at making the dried ends of my hair look healthy and smooth.  I really liked this one a lot too.

The last extra that I bought was the Color Kiss Color Touch Up Cream.  Oh my gosh do I LOVE this stuff.  Seriously.  It is awesome!  It looks like a little tube of mascara but it is filled with a temporary hair color.  When my roots start growing out, I just apply a little of this on them and they look freshly colored and beautiful like the rest of my hair.  It just washes out with my next shampoo. This easily extends my need to color my hair by about 2-3 weeks.  LOVE it!!  I will most definitely be ordering more of this when it runs out.  I can’t recommend it enough.  I obviously got mine in the coordinating shade to my hair color.

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One of the real cool features about eSalon.com is that you can keep your credit card on file and if use the same color each time, they will automatically send you your hair color every 8 weeks or whatever you specify.  How cool is that?

Right now you can go to their web site and try it at 50% off!  So you can get your own custom mixed hair color for just $10.  It is definitely worth it to give it a try!

Disclosure: I was given this product from BzzAgent and eSalon to try out free.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

{Sponsored} Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars Review & $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Skinny Girl

Have you visited the Skinnygirl web site before?  If not, you really should.  It is full of really fun great information.

About Skinnygirl

  • Founded on the practical, healthy lifestyle expertise of Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl provides solutions to women’s most common health concerns making the path to healthier living as fun and straightforward as possible.
  • Products are created with distinctly high standards for the best ingredient quality, nutrient content, and taste.
  • Skinnygirl empowers women to lead balanced lives by making healthy choices easy.

They recently contacted me to try out their new Skinnygirl Tasty Nutritional Bars.  I am always looking for healthier snacks so I was excited to try them.

I received three different flavors of the bars…

  • Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Pretzel
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt

Skinny Girl Tasty Nutritional Bars

I can  be pretty pick about dark chocolate.  With some things I like it and with others I don’t.  Needless to say, I was a little skeptical about how well I would like these.   Here is a little info about them for you…

About Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars:

  • Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars offer all the benefits you want (less than 200 calories, an excellent source of protein and good source of fiber) without compromising on the decadent flavors that you love.
  • They are also are gluten free, Kosher and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors.
  • Flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Pretzel and Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate.
  • Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars are available nationwide at retailers including Target stores, as well as online.

Skinny Girl Tasty Nutritional Bars

The first one I tried was the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate.  I am a banana and oatmeal lover so I figured it was the safest to start with.  It isn’t a large bar by any means but it packed with great taste.  I immediately decided that these were on the keeper list for sure.  They had a great texture and taste to them.  There was plenty of banana flavor without it tasting artificial.  I can’t stand artificial banana anything.  I thought it had the perfect amount of chocolate to it also.  I will definitely be buying these again.

Skinny Girl Tasty Nutritional Bars

Next up we tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt bars.  These were really delicious too.  These have the softest texture of the three but yet had a crunchy bite due to the peanuts.  There was plenty of great flavor in these.  Even my hubby and kids thought these were great.

Then we tried the Dark Chocolate Pretzel.  Again, a great texture.  These were good, but we all felt that there wasn’t enough pretzel taste.  We kept trying to taste pretzel and just never really could pick it out.  So my only suggestion would be to improve that.  Don’t get me wrong though, they are good!

Will we be buying these?  Yes, I think we will.  You can go to this link and check to see where they are located near you.  Skinnygirl was sweet enough to offer myself and my readers a $1.00 coupon code to use on an online order.  Just go to their web site www.skinnygirldaily.com then click and products and choose which one you would like to order.  Then at checkout you will enter the coupon code SNACKSWAP21.

Speaking of the Skinnygirl Snack Swap, this month they released a whole new web site designed to help you swap your favorite higher calorie snacks for ones that are more nutritional.  You can visit it at www.skinnygirlsnackswap.com.

For instance, I went in and said I wanted a better snack for chocolate cake which is chocolately and sweet.  It then recommended this Skinny Chocolate Cake For One.

About the Skinnygirl Snack Swap:

  • Throughout the month of September, Skinnygirl is encouraging women to swap out their snacks for more healthful options with the Skinnygirl Snack Swap campaign.
  • The Skinnygirl Snack Swap website* features a playful tool that asks users to choose their favorite snack and then personally picks healthier options to match that craving.
  • The site has plenty of nutritionist-approved healthy snack recipes, and a social media component to share the snack swap on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  #sgsnackswap

Be sure to check out SkinnyGirl on all of of your favorite social media channels.  You can find them at:

We’re having a giveaway!!!  Enter below to win a box of your own Skinnygirl Tasty Nutritional Bars and a $25 Target Gift card!!

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(Open to anyone 18 years of age and older residing in the United States.)

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Disclosure: The Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar samples, Target gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Skinnygirl. All opinions expressed are my own. 

{Sponsored} Dairy Queen Blizzard Battle…

I was so excited when Dairy Queen contacted me and asked me if I wanted to team up with them on their DQ Blizzard Battle campaign.  What did I have to do?  Try the Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie blizzards and let them know which one I liked best.  I said YES, I would love to.  Who can resist a DQ blizzard anyway??  When I was pregnant with my son I had a Butterfinger blizzard nearly every day for months.  I craved them!!! I guess that might explain his obsession with ice cream. 😉

Anyway, as a thank you for working with them they sent me this super cute gift basket.

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This is what it had inside.  A Pier One adorable pie plate (my mom is already trying to figure out a way to steal that one from me), sunglasses, sweatbands, tattoos, stickers and t-shirts.  We are all over fun stuff like this so we couldn’t wait to get to Dairy Queen and try out these blizzards.

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My kids were convinced before we ever left the house of which one they would prefer.  As you can see, my daughter was choosing Apple Pie and my son was convinced his favorite would be the Pumpkin Pie.

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Here’s the pumpkin pie.  They were both melting super fast even though we ate them right there outside of Dairy Queen.  You gotta love these hot summer days!

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Here’s the apple pie… Look at that yummy cinnamon on top!  You all know how much I love me some cinnamon!!

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In the end, my daughter didn’t like either one.  However, she isn’t a fan of either pie in general so I wasn’t really surprised.  She ended up with a Oreo blizzard and was happy as a clam.  Believe it or not, my son changed his mind once he tried them and said hands down that the Apple Pie Blizzard was the winner.  He said it was really, really good and he would definitely order that again.  It just had a much more authentic apple pie feeling and taste to it.

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Of course I wasn’t going to be left out of the action so I tried them both too.  I just knew that I would end up liking the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard as well (that’s why I wore orange!), but in the end the Apple Pie Blizzard was definitely the best.  Hands down!

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We came home and voted for the Apple Pie Blizzard on the DQ Blizzard Battle web site.

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You can’t go wrong with ANY blizzard!  Go try the Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie blizzards for yourself and then go vote for which one you like the best.

Be sure to like Dairy Queen on your favorite social media channels too.  You can find them on facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram!

**Disclosure:  The Dairy Queen blizzard gift cards and gift basket have been provided by Dairy Queen. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.**