Month: April 2014

Thought Questions, day 36: Which is worse, failing or never trying?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
 
Day 36: Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Never trying. Because if you never try, you never know. It makes me think of this Neil Gaiman quote:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.”

Product review: Oliva Garden Nanothermic Contour Brush

(Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review. However I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)

 

I really don’t like blow-drying my hair. Loathe. Detest. Do not want. Don’t get me wrong, I love the results, but the process gets more irritating as my hair grows ever longer. It tangles easily, takes extra time to dry, and requires extra care to prevent breakage or dry, fuzzy ends.

One thing I’ve learned in my battles with the blow-dryer is that, at least for me, a good brush makes a huge difference between a great blowout and a rat’s nest. So when Olivia Garden offered to send me one of their NanoThermic Contour brushes for review, I was curious to see how it would perform.

As you can see this brush has a pretty large barrel–2 3/8 inches, to be exact. It’s not just the large barrel that makes this brush so nice for blow-drying my long hair–the curved shape helps add bend and movement to my hair, very helpful since my hair tends to be very straight after even the most basic of blow-drys. The shape also hugs your scalp, helping to really lift hair at the roots for more body and volume.

As you can see, the bristles have a gently wavy shape; these bristles are designed to be gentler on the hair. But there’s something else–notice how the barrel is vented? I adore my vented brush for quick blow-drys so having a vented round brush is just the best of both worlds.

This short pick is hidden in the handle, so you can section hair without using your fingers or a comb.

I really like the tourmaline ion tech; it helps my hair emerge from a blow-dry session super-shiny and silky. Finally, I have to mention that I really appreciate the light weight of this brush. It seems like such a small thing, but as I mentioned earlier, I have long hair that takes extra time to dry, so the lighter the brush the better!

I actually received this brush a little over a month ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to test it out for this review. I really liked this brush the first time I used it, and it’s just grown on me even more over time. I feel like it cuts my blow-drying time down and leaves my hair much bouncier and healthier-looking at the end. Thank you Olivia Garden for sending me such an awesome brush, and just in time for spring styling!

You can find Olivia Garden brushes at stores like Ulta or over at Folica.com; these new NanoThermic Contour brushes retail for $28 to $35 and come in three sizes. You can check them out here, or visit the company website here.

Product review: KissMe Organics Green Tea Matcha Powder

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 

Woohoo, I’m back to doing reviews! I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t been doing much regular blogging this month. (Luckily that’s about to change.) Today I have a product review for a really cool green tea powder kindly provided to me by KissMe Organics. Matcha green tea packs ten times the nutrients of regular green tea, which means it’s doing all of the things green tea does (give you energy, burn fat and relax stressed nerves, to name a few) but in a super-charged way. This version is a finely milled powder that can be prepared as a beverage or worked into your favorite recipes. In fact, the Matcha powder comes with a digital recipe booklet containing over fifty recipes for everything from smoothies to muffins to soups.

Inside the pouch is a bright green powder. This stuff packs a huge punch–half to one teaspoon is plenty for a latte. I strongly recommend measuring this stuff in careful increments, since it has such a strong flavor. You know that bitterness you experience with green tea? If you overdo it with this powder–and it’s easy to do–your food or drinks will have a very strong aftertaste, so follow the recipes to the letter!

I tried the KissMe Matcha Green Tea Latte from the recipe booklet and was immediately hooked. It’s delicious, and healthy too!

KissMe Organics Matcha Green Tea retails at Amazon.com for $39.99, but it’s currently on sale for $25. Find it here or check out their website here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thought Questions, day 35: What is important enough to go to war over?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 35: What is important enough to go to war over?

I would say a gross violation of human rights. Obviously this is very touchy territory since different people will have different interpretations of that phrase, but in a very broad sense, I think that any time human rights are being trampled (for example, through genocide) there is a moral obligation to interfere. Sadly, most countries seem more eager to use their military might to fight over money than the well-being of their people.