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The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup

Hey guys! Today’s post is on an item I was sent for review. It’s a savory sweet one I might add! Here’s my take on The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup.

The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup

Item description are as follows:

  • Lori’s Salt Caramel syrup boasts of luscious vanilla flavor with a hint of maple and a dash of salt for a versatile syrup that complements any breakfast or dessert dish It has an all-natural, fat-free, and perfect balance of sweet and salty
  • Handcrafted in Ashland Oregon and made with just 4 ingredients: Caramelized cane sugar, Tahitian vanilla, GMO-free Boyajian maple, and French Celtic sea salt
  • Recently picked as one of the 3 favorite new alternative sweeteners by Gourmet Retailer magazine
  • Place on top of oatmeal, coffee and lattes, ice cream, cake, and hundreds of more options

The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup (perfect with pancakes and waffles!)

The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup (aka sweet gold)

Verdict? This liquid gold of savory sweetness comes well packaged in a glass bottle with a twist on lid. The shape of the bottle is very cute and suitable for the product. Understand that this is not pure maple syrup so there will be no comparison to that at all. I will say that my expectations of this is that it’s like a regular pancake syrup just that it’s homemade. I was on the fence about it at first as I am more of a butter than syrup person when it comes to pancakes and waffles. I find syrups usually too sweet or the flavor just distracting me from the taste of the pancakes or waffles. The first time the product touched my lips was an eye-opener. It’s not overtly sweet and the salt added a hint of savoriness. It added to the flavor of the waffles my husband cooked up that day. He liked it more than I thought he would as well and he’s a big maple syrup lover. The maple taste in this is light enough that you can use this on a variety of ways. I’ve also tried this with toasted bread and plainer cakes as well as hot chocolate. The hot chocolate one is interesting. I never thought hot chocolate could have more depth in flavor like it did when I just drizzled a little bit of this in there. I worried about the salt interfering with the natural flavor of hot chocolate but it just boosted and enhanced it even more in my opinion. This product totally changed my perception on syrup and the possibilities it can bring. My next use with this will be for icing on a cake. I would’ve never thought about using it that way if the consistency was thicker like how some syrups are but it’s pretty viscous that I can have decent control on how much I want to drizzle in. It pooled really nicely into the crevices of my waffle (one of the many reasons I like waffles more than pancakes!). I can’t wait!

The French Connection Lori’s Salt Caramel Syrup (glistens beautifully in the sun)

A 8 fl oz bottle retails for $12 and is available on Amazon. Retailer CostPlus carried this at one point. To learn more about the brand and their offerings, visit their website. I am actually going to buy a few bottles as soon as I run out of this one — a few to keep for myself and a few to give out as gifts!

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

Hair One Jojoba Hair Cleanser Conditioner For Color Treated Hair

Hey guys! Today’s post is on an item I got from my Sally Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Hair One Jojoba Hair Cleanser Conditioner For Color Treated Hair.

Hair One Jojoba Hair Cleanser Conditioner For Color Treated Hair

What I love about this product? It’s a decent cleansing conditioner really. While my hair is not color treated, I used it daily until the bottle ran out with no problems. The formula is almost like the lightest pink in color. The scent is a pleasant one that is very familiar to my nose. It’s slightly sweet but clean. I kept thinking I’ve smelled it before with another shampoo or conditioner but can’t quite figure out which one it is. The consistency is almost like that of some thicker hair conditioners. It comes out slightly gloopy — like in blobs — rather than silky smooth, which is what some other hair conditioners are like. It coats my hair nicely and I don’t have any tangles at all. That’s really good with my almost waist length hair.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. It’s nice and it does the job. I’m actually eager to see what other items this brand produces. Looking it up online, it seems like it’s a line from Sally Beauty itself and it’s being compared to being an alternative to the brand Wen. Reviews are mixed on this as half of them love it because it’s a cheaper alternative for the expensive brand Wen and it delivers the same effect while the other half found it drying and some mentioned hair breakage and hair loss (from various kinds of Hair One Hair Cleaner Conditioner products). Some even mentioned about greasiness. While I didn’t encounter any of those symptoms, please be aware that others have had that experience. Everyone’s body chemistry (referring to the scalp) and hair is different so I am not really surprised that such thing does happen (but I am surprised of how many of these instances there are I guess).

More information on this item and other products from this brand is available on the Sally Beauty Supply website here. Products from this brand is carried in Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide.

Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme

Hey guys! I’m so glad it’s the weekend again! It’s been a super busy week for me so I’m glad to have this time away from work. Here’s my take on the Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme.

Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme

What I love about this product? Sally Hansen is well-known worldwide as a trusted brand. I didn’t hesitate to try this product out as soon as I managed to get my hands on one in a CVS winter clearance sale about 2 years ago. I like that the product has a light scent that even my husband didn’t mind (he’s quite sensitive to scents like a good percentage of people are). This hand cream delivers! I use this heavily during the winter as it has almost no hint of greasiness at all. My skin absorbs it quickly and it leaves my skin soft and nice. I’ve reviewed several other hand creams before and what I will say is that I find this formula to be in almost in the same bucket as Bath & Body Works Nourishing Hand Cream. I personally think this is better than that by a little bit due to the moisture lasting factor. I don’t want to say this is ever so slightly greasier than that. What I will say is I find that the Bath & Body Works one absorbs instantly with no greasiness at all left behind. It feels more like a lotion really when compared to the Sally Hansen one. That leaves my hands feeling like there is leftover moisturizing protection even after my skin absorbs most of it. I talked about other hand creams that impressed me before, the Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Hand Care System and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream so I won’t rehash those again.

What I don’t like about this product? If it has been discontinued, that would be it. I can’t seem to find it under the product listing on their website. I have one more tube left and while there are other hand creams out there that I do love, I will say that this is my favorite for winter as it keeps my hand moisturized perfectly without the greasiness of effective hand creams I’ve tried.

More information on this brand is available on their website.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

Hey guys! Today’s post is on another item I got from my Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

What I love about this product? This product works! I am happy to report this even if it didn’t quite last the 7 days it claims to for me. I’m really not sure what kind of magic ju ju they put in this but a little goes a long way. My first time using this, I applied it from close to the scalp and running my fingers to the ends. I realized that this probably isn’t the best way to do it. While it gave my hair tons of volume, I got a lot more tangles at the ends by using it. The product kinda gives the hair more grip. I initially thought it was just drying it out more, but I realized that this is not the case at all. I just have to use this product to my own advantage after knowing how it acts and feels. The next time I used this, I concentrated applying the product more on the roots at the crown of my head. That’s where I want more volume anyway. I definitely conditioned my hair a lot from the ends towards the roots. This gave me the best results. Volume is out of this world with my hair after the first wash. It tapers off with the next wash but I was pleasantly surprised that my hair still has a ton of volume. For me, I wouldn’t use this more than once a week — which is kinda coincidental since the name of this product has “7 day” in it. I’m glad that I got this sample in my Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box because I don’t think I would’ve tried this out otherwise. I tend to think things with too good to be true claims are more likely to be flops really.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing! John Frieda is a trusted brand that is carried in many retailers nationwide. I love how accessible it is.

More information on this item and other products from this brand is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by drugstores and mass retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart.

ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’ll try to keep this short as I’m looking at a super busy weekend. Here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

I think the bag is very cute! The print makes me think of all things retro and Austin Powers. First item that caught my eye is the Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream. I have received a hand cream of the same brand in a previous glam bag and remembered liking it. I’ll keep this to try out as soon as my current body lotion runs out. Next up is Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush. I don’t wear makeup a lot and already have a lot of makeup brushes so I’ll keep this in my stocking stuffer stash. Then we have theBalm Mr. Write (Now). This eye liner has a catchy name and a built-in sharpener. The shade I got is in Jack B. Bronze, which is a rich bronze. I can’t wait to try this out as I’m curious to how their eye liners are. Next is the pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum. I’m about to switch my eye cream and this seems to be a good one to try out. Last item is the Hikari Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow. The shade I got is called Mink. Eye shadow is one kind of product I have too much of already so I’ll save this for someone else.

Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream

Beau Gâchis® Paris Smudge Brush

theBalm Mr. Write (Now)

pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

Overall, pretty good! I’m looking forward to next month’s bag already.

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