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Curtain Call: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product that came in the Target 2014 Spring Beauty Box. I was very apprehensive about this being that I thought it was more of a gimmick with the play on BB creams for face.

At 7.5 fl oz / 221 ml, this retails for $11.99 or so wherever sold. I’d be curious to find out if this brand goes on sale regularly in any of the stores that carries it as that’s a pretty high price point for a body cream in my opinion. I received the 2 fl oz / 59 ml one. The back of the tube packaging reads the following:

“Directions for use: For best results, use daily as your body lotion. Massage this sheer formula over body, allowing time to dry prior to dressing.”

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Verdict? I find this product to be gimmicky at first and I stand by my statement still. Maybe I need to try it out more, but I went through this entire tube and it felt nothing more than a nicely scented body cream. The product itself is light beige in color and it comes housed in a pretty looking gold tube packaging that is common for body creams. The packaging is pretty and sleek. Formula is common with most body creams I’ve tried — thicker than body lotions. The scent is pleasant to me but I couldn’t quite describe it, so I looked up online what others have said. I saw scent description of this range from what is common with suntan lotion or oils to Viva La Juicy. Serving its purpose as a body cream — I will say that it does deliver. It’s not the best when it comes to giving and retaining moisture, but it’s not bad (just okay I guess). Now about this business that in 5 days it evens, firms and corrects? That I will see visible benefits? No. I got none of that. And that tube definitely lasted me more than 5 days. It lasted me at least for a good 2 weeks. I was using it on a daily basis until it’s all gone. I even took a pair of scissors and performed body lotion/cream tube operation to get the last good bits out (I got enough for a little over one time use). The shade I got is ALL LIGHT SKIN TONES and it matches me pretty well. I did follow the instruction to give it some time to dry before getting dressed as I don’t want to get any of it on my clothing.

This product can easily be purchased at various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens and various online stores that carry beauty and personal care products.

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages

My first assignment as a BzzAgent was to review, rate and share about Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages. This particular line of sausages seems to be relatively new to me since my eyes are always open for these in savory and spicy flavors such as Jalapeno & Cheddar (can you guess what’s my favorite flavor this early in the blog post?). I was sent a lovely kit in where I can pick up 2 free packs of the product in whatever flavors of my choosing and have a good amount of $1 off coupons to share with family and friends. The sausages come in a pack of 5 and in 3 different flavors: Smoky Bourbon, Jalapeno & Cheddar and Garlic & Onion. I’ve served these sausages up twice already (not including having them as leftovers) and they did get people talking.

The first time around was about a month ago. I had several friends from work over and fired up the grill to get some Smoky Bourbon and Garlic & Onion sausages around. We got hotdog buns as well as grilled onions, tomatoes, zucchini, baby corn, and fresh jalapeno slices to go with the main feature. I asked our friends to share their thoughts on these 2 very different flavors of sausages to us. The verdict? The texture is very good — meaty and juicy right off the grill. We were all impressed by it. The sausage held together and didn’t crumble as some of us have experienced this from trying our various brands over the years (some even had casing as well!). We all agreed that the Smoky Bourbon sausages has a stronger flavor than the Garlic & Onion ones. I only detected a very faint taste of garlic and onion, but then again I am a garlic lover and consume them in huge quantities. One of my friends did state that he tastes the actual garlic and onion flavor. The clear winner between the 2 flavors I tried that day is Smoky Bourbon.

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages on hotdog bun with vegetable sides

When I got the chance to pick more up from Walmart a few days after I first tried these, I didn’t hesitate to grab the Jalapeno & Cheese ones (I also got the Smoky Bourbon again). I used the $1 coupons on these and along with the rollback price, it came out to $1.98 per pack. What a deal! I gave the other coupons away to family and friends as well as leaving the last few in Walmart right where the sausages are. Share the love is one of the things I live by. We couldn’t think of what to cook last night and I suggested whipping out the sausages we got a week or 2 ago. My husband fired up the grill and lined all 10 up nicely. I requested to leave the Jalapeno & Cheddar ones on the grill a few minutes longer. I personally like a little bit of char on mine. The smell is so savory and enticing. My mouth was watering in anticipation. I served these along with some penne pasta in homemade sauce that I made. The sausages were as juicy as I remembered. And the flavor? Smoky Bourbon is just as good as it was when I last had it, but the Jalapeno & Cheddar is definitely the winner. The jalapeno flavor isn’t very strong, so it just gives every bite a good amount of flavorful spice. I wouldn’t mind if they made the flavor of that in this stronger. The cheese flavor is a little bit stronger than the jalapeno, so those that worry about this being very spicy can rest easy and give it a try. I know my friends who aren’t fans of spicy food will be able to tolerate this heat level (which is nonexistent to me). Seeing the cheese ooze out when you leave it long enough on the grill is a welcome sight in my book. One thing I’ve learned from consuming these right off the grill twice now is to proceed with caution if the sausage hasn’t split open. I bit into it too excitedly the first time and hot sausage juice squirted all over and into my mouth. I didn’t think they would be this juicy! It’s also fun to think of how I can use these sausages up in the future such as in chili, gumbo or casseroles!

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages and side of pasta with homemade sauce

Would I buy these again? The fat content sealed its own fate for me to consider this as a treat once in a while only. But it’s a definite yes for Jalapeno & Cheddar and I’ll grab the Smoky Bourbon for others that would like to play it safe on the spice level.

This retails for I’m guessing a little over $3 usually for a pack of 5 and is available at Walmart. For more information on the brand and its offerings, click here.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through BzzAgent program.*

ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my goodies from ipsy for this month over the weekend and I’m loving the cute theme. The bag does seem to fit it somewhat too and it’s not flat this time around (a completely flat makeup bag doesn’t sit well with me…like last month’s — don’t get me wrong, they have made others that are flat but they’re not completely flat at all…more like envelope style). Here’s everything that I got from my ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

First, about the bag… I mentioned above it kind of fits the back-to-school theme. I love that it actually has enough space to hold a decent amount of makeup and maybe even use it as a pencil case instead. The bag did get a little squished up in the metallic pink envelope during shipping but fill it out and it’s good to go. The material makes it good to prevent from spills compared to a cloth makeup bag. Beads of water will just run off on it. The first item that caught my eye is the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. It caught my eye for 2 main reasons: 1) it didn’t fit in the makeup bag so it was the only product not enclosed in it and 2) it’s something I want to try but not willing to shell out the money since I have a million mascaras already laying around and about half are open. I hemmed and hawed on whether to open it or not to try it out and decided to wait as I go through a few more of the currently open tubes I have. First item I grabbed when I opened the makeup bag is the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I’ve found the hair products I’ve been receiving from my monthly ipsy Glam Bags more appealing lately. I really don’t do much to my hair but I keep thinking I should one of these days, so I guess hair products pique my interest a lot. Next item I plucked out of the bag is the J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow. The shade I got is called Half Naked and I’ll be passing this along as I’ve been an impulsive shopper lately and have gotten eye shadows in my last beauty purchase (HauteLook takes a while to ship so I’m still waiting). Next item is something I should be more excited about than I was since I have huge pores. I don’t wear makeup to cover pores at all. I usually just have moisturizer on and go. If I wear makeup at all, it’s makeup on top of my moisturized face. Foundation isn’t my thing at all and if I choose to wear any at all, it’s in powder form. But I do have large pores so I will definitely be trying this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner. Stay tuned for a post on that soon. Last item I got is the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner. The scent and flavor is citrusy from what I gather. Reading reviews on this, it’s seems to be just as good as any other lip balm and I have about 10 of those currently laying around so I’ll be passing this on. Maybe to my father-in-law since he seems to love lip balms and loses them occasionally.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Overall, not bad still. I’m very glad that the makeup bag isn’t flat this time around (I still have that one, just trying to figure out what to use it for since it’s very flat). I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag brings!

Zoya Ignite Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it gave me the same feeling as their Wicked Collection from Fall 2010. Seeing Zoya Sansa reminded me of Edyta a lot, but I knew right off the bat that they’re not the same at all. Edyta is still pretty unique to this day. In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Ignite Collection.

First up is my favorite, Teigen.

Zoya Teigen

Teigen caught my eye immediately along with Sansa. Now this one looks more pink on their website than it did for me in person. It was more red. It is described as “a full-coverage pink toned violet with a copper liquid metal”. The coppery gold sparkles in it stands out beautifully when in shade. Formula is very pleasant to work with — almost perfect really. I included several extra shots to show how it looks in all kinds of lighting. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Teigen (in shade)

Zoya Teigen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Teigen (another shot)

Zoya Teigen (close-up)

Zoya Teigen (pink….or red?)

Next up is Remy.

Zoya Remy

Remy is a gorgeous blue that made me think of shades that are fondly referred to as mermaid blue. It is described as “a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic”. The coppery gold sparkle is simply stunning in this shade. Formula is very good — just like most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Remy (in shade)

Zoya Remy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Remy (close-up)

Next we have Autumn.

Zoya Autumn

Among all 6, I feel this screams fall the most. It is described as “a varnished copper liquid metal”. This shade makes me think of red and brown leaves as well as pumpkins. This is the most watery in terms of formula among the 6 shades. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Autumn (in shade)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed)

Zoya Autumn (another angle)

Zoya Autumn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Autumn (close-up)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed again)

Zoya Autumn (last shot)

Up next is probably the most talked about shade in this collection, Sansa.

Zoya Sansa

Sansa is a beautiful shade that gave me the pitter patter effect. Make no mistake though — it is not even close to Edyta in color. But the color did take my breath away just like Edyta did. It is described as “a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle, in the flawless full-coverage, liquid metal formula”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sansa (in shade)

Zoya Sansa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sansa (close-up)

Zoya Sansa (look at that glow)

Then we have Yuna.

Zoya Yuna

Yuna is what’s on my nails at the moment. I found this grey to be quite likeable, which is rare because grey is one of my least liked colors. I love the coppery gold flakes in this shade so much that it made it different from all other grey shades for me. This is described as “a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal”. The formula was a little bit on the watery side but it thickened up nicely when I didn’t screw the top shut for a few minutes during application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yuna (in shade)

Zoya Yuna (lighting changed)

Zoya Yuna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yuna (close-up)

Last up is India.

Zoya India

While I love this shade, it shows up as being more red on their website than it really is to me in person. It is described as “a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya India (in shade)

Zoya India (direct sunlight)

Zoya India (close-up)

I LOVE the coppery gold in these shades. It makes the shades look like they have glass fleck finish (where the flecks are large) when in shade. While I think their Wicked Collection is still more stunning than these shades, these follow right behind it in my book. I will say that the finish isn’t metallic to me at all even though the description leans towards that.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss

Hey guys! It’s Friday again! I hope this week went well for you guys. I had lunch today with my husband and some of our co-worker friends at one of my favorite joints in Campus Corner. It’s the last day before school starts so we wanted to take advantage of avoiding the crowds. It was crowded today as some of them are in the process of moving in and their families are here as well, but it was worth it. The food was good even though service was slow. Today’s post is a detailed review on something I’ve tried 2 years ago and thought it wasn’t bad, but I was not moved to write about it. I recently started using it again and am ready to give my thoughts on this. Here’s INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss.

The product comes in a cylindrical frosted glass bottle container with a pump top and clear plastic cap. The back of the bottle states the following:

Silk Keratin Pure Shine,
a luxurious blend of protein rich keratin and silk with conditioning cocoa, is the finishing touch to seal and shine any style. Hair is treated with a non-greasy protective barrier that blocks out humidity and other environmental elements. Using Silk Keratin Pure Shine hair will feel wonderfully soft, silky-smooth, and will beam with reflective shine.
To Use:
Dispense a few drops of Silk Keratin Pure Shine into palm. Rub palms together. Evenly distribute gloss to hair surface. Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.”

INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss

What I love about this product? This is a product where you can see immediate results. Hair is definitely smoother and shinier after use. I just pump a small amount into my palm and rub my palms together before running them over my hair. I am careful to avoid the roots as I usually do with hair products like this even though it doesn’t leave my hair feeling oily or greasy at all. I use a comb to evenly distribute the product into my hair and let it air dry. The scent is on the warm side and can be pretty strong initially. It does dissipate over time. The shine it brings is subtle but evident. A little goes a long way.

What I don’t love about this product? Nothing! Even when the product retails at $33 for 4 fl oz / 120 ml, I feel like the quality and the results I get justifies the price tag — not to mention too that this product will last you forever! While I love this product, my favorite product from this brand is still the INOVA Professional Silk Keratin The Miracle Mask.

INOVA Professional products are available on their website and at various salons.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*