Beauty Marks The Spot Reviews - Non-Beauty Items
 
Disclaimer - This is another BzzAgent Review. BzzAgent's receive a product or service for free in exchange for their opinions. All views are mine and are not influenced by the fact that I was given the products.

This campaign was a little different form the campaigns I have taken a part of in the past. This campaign had no physical BzzKit. I received instructions on how to sign up for Verizon Redbox Instant via my BzzCampaigns page. 

I believe that anyone could sign up for this "sneak peak" because it is just a beta site trial run. I do not believe you had to be a BzzAgent, or even invited. 

Sign Up

It was so easy and quick to sign up for Redbox Instant. All I had to do was fill out basic billing information with a credit card and hit 'agree'. The terms or service were slightly confusing for me, but I 'agreed" anyways. I know that I will be billed after my one month free trial. It will be $8 a month. Once signed up, I instantly came down with a case of buyers remorse. The instant plays you can watch are nothing I have every heard of. I have no interest in them. I am hoping I find myself liking this as much as I like Netflix.  ( I will have to remember to cancel before the free trial month is over. )

Content Selection

Of course I had to give it a fair shot so I searched and searched for something to watch instantly in their "Subscription" section which is the instant play on your computer type movies and shows. The only thing that even slightly interested me at the time was the Katy Perry documentary which i have in my DVD queue on Netflix right now because it is not available for instant. I was slightly surprised that Verizon could offer it for free. 

Other than that one, I did not see too much that interested me on the site. There were a lot of made for tv movies, cheap knock offs of popular children's cartoon/animated movies, and vulgar comedies from the early 2000's. 

This site is very hard to navigate and truly aggravating to even figure out. 

Performance 

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Credits 

As well as instant play movies that they call your "subscription" plays, you also get movie credits that can be used at physical redbox locations, or for instantly watching new releases on your computer. 

Yes, that means that if you are out of credits you get charged more than your $8 a month if you want to rent a physical dvd, or watch something new. 

However, the selection is much better. (Although still very limited)

Worth $8 a month?!

In my opinion?

 HELL-TO-THE-NO !

I will be unsubscribing from Redbox Instant by Verizon (such a long name too.... ) and I will continue to use Netflix. 

Sadly I would not even continue to use this site if it was a free service. 
 
Who remembers the long string of "Are you gellin'?" commercials a few years back?! That is the first thing I thought of when I got invited to my newest BzzCampaign through BzzAgent. Of course I accepted it and very impatiently waited by my mailbox for a little over a week. Haha. 


Hold on... a BzzCamp-WHAT? And you are a BzzAg-WHAT? 
Oh! Good question. For those of you that don't know, I am a BzzAgent. A BzzAgent is a person who recieves products for review through the BzzAgent website. Companies who want exposure as well as insight on what people think of their products contact BzzAgent and set up a campaign. A BzzCampaign will include a set amount of BzzKits. Each campaign has a different BzzKit depending on the companies products and needs. For example a BzzKit may include a free product and some money saving coupons, or it may have a coupon for a free or highly discounted product. BzzCampaigns usually come with coupons for the product to share with your friends and family. 

Once you get invited to a campaign, and accept it, your kit is on its way. You try out the products, review them and share your thoughts with everyone you know. The good, the bad, and the ugly... wether you love it or hate it BzzAgent encourages you speak what is truly on your mind. As you all know, I always speak my mind when it comes to telling you what I think of products. 

If you like trying new products and reviewing them I highly suggest you sign up to be a BzzAgent. 
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"LIFE STARTS WITH YOUR FEET
When life gets busy, you get moving. But what happens when your feet can’t keep up? They say there’s no rest for the weary, but there is relief for weary feet.

Dr. Scholl’s® Massaging Gel® Insoles provide energizing support and cushioning for men and women on the move. Designed to fit your everyday shoes, these insoles are made with two types of gel to double the comfort in your shoes for those with foot discomfort and absorb shock all day long.

When you aren’t distracted by tired, achy feet, you are able to focus on the good stuff that you love to do. Discover all that’s possible when foot discomfort isn’t slowing you down." -From the BzzAgent Campaign introduction



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DR. SCHOLL’S® MASSAGING GEL® INSOLES:
  • Double the comfort in your shoes for those with foot discomfort
  • Feature a Dual Wave Design™ — soft blue gel cushions and provides superior shock absorption, while firmer purple gel offers added support
  • Fit comfortably in everyday shoes
  • Come in men’s sizes 8–13 and women’s sizes 6–10
  • Sell for a suggested retail price of $12.99
  • Can be found in the foot care aisle of most drugstores, grocery stores and discount mass retailers
  • Offer a money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk in trying them!
And the comfort doesn’t end there. Visit drscholls.com to meet more of the Dr. Scholl’s® Massaging Gel® family! There are a variety of designs available for virtually any activity — whether you’re working all day, playing sports or dancing the night away.


Want to be gellin' like a fellon at 
an amusement park for free? !

Dr. Scholl’s is having an Extra Step Challenge that has great rewards at DrSchollsPromo.com . If you purchase a pair of Dr. Scholl's before July 23rd 2013 you could claim great prizes like free admission to an amusement park, a zoo, golf passes, fitness passes or dance lessons!!! See the website link for details, terms and conditions. 

Packaging 

- Straight forward yet informational
-Organized well
- Bright "company colors" (yellow and blue) to catch attention and draw familiarity
-Easy to open

First Impressions

-Strong "yucky" plastic smell 
-Very large looking
-Sticky 

Inserting and Preparing

These inserts are one size fits all and I was super nervous about them fitting correctly. They are to be cut to size by cutting along one of a few guidelines. They were slightly difficult to cut evenly because the gel was moving and bouncy. 

They came out slightly uneven, but wearable. I would suggest that they just make them in standard 5-12 precut sizes. This would save both time and aggravation. 

The wear... 

I love my shoes, and I only quite a collection. I do not usually wear inserts, except for rainboots which for some reason give me shin pain. The inserts I use are foam though. I have had a lot of luck with the foam because they are easy to find, cheap and I can replace them instead of trying to clean them. 

I have chickens and walking through their pen is a very messy experience. I am in rainboots for around a half and hour to an hour a day. Walking through grass, dirt, mud, water, hay, etc...

I did not notice any shin pain after switching to these gel inserts, however I do not think I will be repurchasing them. I found that my socks would stick to the inserts, even though the gel side is down and the cloth part is facing your sock. The combination of heat seemed to break down  the inserts and cause them to tear and pucker in strange uneven areas. 

The heel and ball of the foot have textured waves cut into them, and I found that the extra space in between caused too much "bounce" or give when I was walking. Also, the inserts are kind of thick in the heel which caused my boots to fit funny. I really need a comfortable and sturfy fit in my boots because I am using them in a "farm type" setting. 

Overall 

Overall these inserts felt really nice, but broke down rather quickly. If you have the money to spend on replacing inserts often, or do not wear your uncomfortable shoes often then I would definitely recommend these to you. 

Unfortunately for my needs these inserts were not ideal.  I can see these working great in loafer type shoes or in enclosed work type dress shoes for an office or retail job.

I do not recommend these for manual labor type jobs because of the instability feeling I got from them.
 
     Who else besides me LOVES subscription boxes?! It's like a present every month an you never know what your going to get! What I have here is a sample program called KLUTCHclub! It is a service that sends a curated and "themed" box ($50 worth!) of holistic health, fitness and wellness products right to your door once a month! Now this is my first box but I have read that they sometimes include DVD's and skincare stuff as well!
     I love boxes like this because they encourage me to better my health and choices I make. It's a great way to introduce new brands and products that you never may have tried before too! It's so fun and feels like my birthday every time a sample program box arrives at my house! :D
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Here's what the box looks like and it pulls out like a little drawer. I see myself using this as a storage unit!!
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Cutely wrapped and a little postcard that tells you what's in your box and on the other side is a little note from the company.
     Below you will find pictures of all my goodies in this months box! I for sure can tell you that I have never tried any of these before so I am excited to start diving in and trying out all the new goodies! I also want to mention how great this is for on the go people who want trial size things or like to try smaller size items before purchasing a whole container of something and then absolutely hated it! I have found several new brands that I am in love with due to boxes like KLUTCHclub!
Here is what came in my KLUTCHclub box:
  • Mighty Leaf: Make a cup of iced tea with three packs of Mighty Leaf, delicious handcrafted tea blends from around the world! 
  • 1st Step Pro-Wellness: Vitamin B-12 dubbed the "energy vitamin", has some amazing health benefits! (one 2 fl oz jar)
  • Nia: Mix up your workout routine by adding in Nia, a movement practice that draws from the martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. (Got a paper giving you a 30 days free pass!)
  • Mineral Hygienics: Look your best for all those summer parties with a $15 gift certificate to Mineral Hygienics makeup! (So excited to use this!!!)
  • Mole Cule R: Molecular gastronomy, one of the newest trends in fine dining, can be a bit intimidating. Give this culinary trend a try by implementing Molecule-R's Soy Lectin, a natural emulsifier that allows liquids to transform into foam, making your sauces light, voluminous, and incredibly flavorful. (packet with recipe ideas and, one pack of Soy Lectin and dropper)
  • Truvia: A low-calorie sweetener made from the Stevia Leaf, is the perfect alternative to sugar! (pack of 7 and a .75 coupon)
  • Zoye: Next time you step into the kitchen or fire up the grill, use these packets of Zoye Soybean Oil, a healthy option low in saturated fat, and rich in Vatamin E And Omega 3 & 6! (2 .7 fl oz samples)
  • The Breton Gourmet: Gourmet shortbread cookies, made with just 4 natural ingredients. (pack of them, unfortunately crushed but still yummy)

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Closer look!
     So as you can see in the list above you definitely get your moneys worth! If this is something you'd love to give a try it's $16/month if you do a year subscription, $17/month if you do a 3 month subscription or $18/month for a monthly subscription. They all include free shipping as well. To me, it's just a little pricey but you do get a good amount of stuff and I'm still excited alone for the $15 gift certificate for makeup! If I was doing the monthly subscription and paid $18 for my box, I already got $15 worth of stuff with one item! So check it out HERE if you are interested in learning more or signing up!
 
     Adding wall decals to any wall whether it be a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or dining room, gives such a lovely touch and personalization.  In the picture above you can see I decided to spruce up my boring old wall space above my bed with this adorable little decal from Decals For The Wall.  They have one of the largest selection of vinyl wall decals to choose from! I mean it when I say a large selection... like over 800 and in over 15 different colors to pick from! The hardest thing about these is deciding which to get!

If you want to see how I went from this 
before to after photo below, keep reading! :)

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Before
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After!!

How to:

1.     Lay out your design and then decide where you want it to go. Once decided, clean the wall space and make sure it dries. (These can be applied to walls, wood, glass, concrete, metal or and smooth dry area) Also wait 2 weeks before applying if the area was just painted!
2.     Lay down the decal on a flat surface and use a credit card of some sort to rub against 
the decal to get rid of any air bubbles and help the actual decal stick to the paper better. It reactivates the bond making it stick better.
3.     Plan where you are putting the decal by using vertical and horizontal lines (or just eyeball it like I did) and start to peel away the transfer tape. Now when doing this, like in the picture below, some parts weren't transferring so I would just cover it again and use my card to run over the areas that weren't coming off and then it started sticking to the right side of the paper again. I recommend you do this part slowly and carefully.
4.     Once you start applying it to the wall, use your hand or card to smooth out any air bubbles like shown below. This will ensure smooth application.
     Now it should look like the photo below. Staying up on its own with the transfer tape still attached. I made sure to run my card along the letters a few times JUST to be on the safe side.
5.     Pick up an end of the transfer tape and slowly peel it off the wall. The decal should be sticking to the wall. If you notice a piece coming up, put the transfer tape back over it and run a card along the area and it should be fine. Pull back the tape slowly!

DONE!

     This was rather easy to do and finished in 15 minutes. I love the way it looks, it's so cute! I think it's even better then putting a photo or any kind of other wall decor up. The only thing that was kind of a pain was having to keep going back over areas that weren't sticking to the transfer tape with my card, but it wasn't that big of a deal. It's up there now and doesn't look like its going to move at all! Everyone I showed loves it and with all the different ones you can pick from, you can't go wrong. 
     They range in prices so I suggest you check out their website to get a better idea and see all the options for different rooms. I believe they just peel off quite easily when you are ready to take them down, but they are not moveable in the sense where you can take it off and relocate them to a different wall. So be sure you know where you want it to go! I can update you when I move out of this apartment next year how it was to remove. :)

 
     This has to be one of the best things since sliced bread! Ok ok, cheesy pun. Seriously though, this is such a great piece of recipe software to ease up on clutter and make your recipes extremely easy to find! With this program you can
  • Find the Best Recipes on the Internet
  • Capture and Save Internet Recipes
  • Enter Your Own Personal Recipes
  • Sync Recipes with iPhone, iPad, & Android
  • Print a Family Cookbook
  • Analyze Nutritional Values
  • Make Menus, Shopping Lists & More!
  • Get Free Cookbook with Purchase
     It comes with one free cookbook. Guess which one I got! It's called "Beauty From Scratch". It has tons and tons of recipes to make your own face scrubs, toners, cleansers etc! Ahhhh!!! I can not WAIT to try these out. You know I'll be sharing some of these ideas with you!
     The features in this are so useful! For example, I have been using the "Capture" button on the toolbar when I'm on a webpage with a recipe I want to add to my library. All I do is hit the button and it takes all the information you need from that webpage and organizes it and inputs it into your cookbook library! No more wasting paper and ink when trying to print the recipes you want! Here is a link to a video that will show you how to do that! http://youtu.be/ehvLLo4HZmc
     Another feature that I know once me and my fiancé move in together will use a lot is the grocery shopping assistant.  It makes your grocery list automatically, organizes shopping lists by aisle and calculates your final cost! So not only does this help with finding recipes quick, but also makes your shopping quicker as well! This is going to be a lifesaver once I start cooking for my fiancé every night and needing to make sure I learn how to switch up the meals all the time! This feature goes great with the menu planner feature too! You just drag and drop recipes and you can do it weekly, monthly or yearly menus!!

   There are so many different tools and ways to organize in this software you just need to check it out for yourself! Everyone could learn a new recipe or organize all the recipes they have on paper into this software so nothing ever gets ruined or lost. I Can't wait to throw on my apron and start searching for things to make!

You can download your own or order a CD at www.DVO.com and visit their Facebook to have chances to win weekly prizes!!

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.
 
What is it?
    Nopalea (No-pah lay’uh) is a tasty wellness drink sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus (Opuntia Ficus Indica). The healing properties of the Nopal cactus have been relied on for centuries by native peoples, and they’re now available in Nopalea. Each 32–ounce bottle of Nopalea brims with the health benefits of the Nopal fruit. Nopalea helps your body neutralize its inner toxins and reduce its inflammation.

    To me, this seems like the type of drink everyone should try at least once! It contains rare and potent antioxidants that are SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to help the body reduce inflammation. I'm all for trying things that have actual clinical or scientific results. That mean's that there has been real results and they wouldn't be allowed to state so if it wasn't true. It just gives some solid trust in the product and that's why they have sold over 3 million bottles already.
    I may give this a try because I have inflammation in my knees which causes a lot of pain when bending and standing for long periods of time. Just by doing my research alone it has proven nutrients, Rare antioxidants (Betalains) and is meant to help that painful inflammation. I feel like there is nothing to lose especially with their free trial (pictured above). I wanted to share this with you if you may be in a similar position looking for a product that offers a free trial before you buy.

When you take Nopalea daily, it can help your body:
- Reduce inflammation
-Cleanse itself of daily toxins
-Promote optimal health
 

About SGTH

    Spouse Got The House began as a simple idea that whenever divorced people share their experience with others it promotes the healing process. And yet divorce is an awkward topic. Ironically, there is a longstanding lack of recognition for the divorce experience even though it is a widespread part of life’s shared experiences. We believe that surviving the many challenges of divorce is just as momentous as other milestones such as graduations, anniversaries and retirement.
    Spouse Got The House, whether taken figuratively or literally, is intended to symbolize acceptance rather than denial. Our products serve to inspire people to begin their journey toward a new life.
    The unique branded messaging on our products can open the door to necessary conversations. Whether it’s displaying a Spouse Got The House car decal while driving, wearing one of our T-shirts or hats to the grocery store, or sipping from our coffee mug at work, people will know the subject is not off-limits. In that spirit, our merchandise serves to dispel the negative stigma of divorce. So choose one of our thoughtful gifts that show you care - whether for yourself or someone special.
     They have a variety of different items that you can choose from that have their phrase and logo that can be used around the house, on a counter top or while your on the go. I decided to take a closer look at the Island Breeze scented 10 oz. Soy Candle. "Create a mood to illuminate your newfound freedom.  Our stylish candle comes in a thick glass jar and is “gift-ready” wrapped in clear cellophane with Red bow.  Makes a perfect companion to our luxurious Bath Soak."
     This candle is very pretty in any room when lit. I actually never had a candle with two wicks before (is that weird?) and I am so happy to be able to own this fresh yummy smelling candle.  The fact that it has two wicks is SO much better than one. Especially since the candle is a good size, it melts more even than one wick candles. Also, the two wicks helps disperse the scent more around the house which is obviously great because that's what they are supposed to do!
    The scent isn't overbearing or perfumey so this candle would be awesome for someone who likes light scents that will still spread throughout the rooms. I know some candles can have way to much fragrance and ruin the whole nice cozy setting that a candle can give. 
    As if that isn't enough, the candle has the whole message they are trying to send as stated in the first few paragraphs which can be an ice breaker to any newly separated couples. The logo itself has a sense of humor to it and shows that you wouldn't mind explaining why you chose this candle. Hey even if your not divorced, this candle still smells great and carries a wonderful light aroma. Check out this candle in the link above and also see how else they use their logo!

10 oz. Soy Candle: $16.00
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    Mixbook is a leading photo products company that helps people create custom
photo books, cards, and calendars. Whether starting from scratch, or using one of our
thousands of professionally designed templates, every Mixbook product is
100% customizable. With Mixbook, you can truly Make It Yours™

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Back!
    This site takes all the frustration and confusion out of making any kind of printed items. I recently got engaged in February and had the chance to review these 5x7 Engagement Announcement cards! All I had to do was make a quick account and them browse all of their designs till I found one that suited my style! I picked the adorable ring card. I just had to upload the photos I wanted and input the correct names and dates, choose the card stock I wanted and then order!
     I loved how simple the process was and quick the site loaded.  The best thing is, you don't have to use the layout they automatically put on the sample one. They give you options of moving pictures/text around, colors, fonts etc. It really is personalized! I also was happy that I could customize the back of the card as well. This goes for all the photo cards, announcements, invitations and more!
     If you already have a Photobucket, well, you can connect right to it and have your images right there! You can do the same with your Facebook or upload directly from your computer.  It's all about making things easier your YOU, the customer! They shipped it as soon as it was done printing and I got them fairly quick. I loved the durability of the card stock they use and the printing was done with quality. I am happy to say that I am pleased and excited to send these out and see what people think.
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Came with envelopes and ready to be mailed!
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.
 
Never miss a call or lose your phone in your purse, backpack or
gym bag again! Never misplace your phone again!
Simply follow the cord from where it is attached to your
bag right to your phone!
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A color to match your style! A silver chain model will be available in 6 weeks.
      This is the first time I have seen a product quite like Phone Fetcher! For me, this was a perfect fit for my forgetful mind, and the fact that I have had my phone stolen 4 times from me leaving it on a table by accident. So when I had the chance to try this out and share with you so you can prevent loosing your phone, having it stolen and missing calls because you couldn't find your phone in your purse, I had to!
     As you can see there is a variety of colors to match your purse, gym bag, belt, back pack etc. I was also told that in a few weeks they will have a silver chain model will be available as an option too.  All you have to do to ensure your phone will always be in the same spot is hook on the clasp part to your belt loop, pocketbook, backpack loop, anything you can and push the black plug at the other end into your iPhone, iPod, Android, Blackberry etc.
     It took a little bit of force to push the black end of the Phone Fetcher into my Android, but it did fit in there nicely and was very secure in there. I held my phone (and my breath) and help the cord by the clasp and dropped my phone down to test the strength and it bounced but never came undone! I can say I will put this to good use and think this would be a great gift for someone who misplaces their phone a lot or is always digging through their bag to get to their phone. :)

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3DLasergifts.com
     Hello! I have an awesome product here from 3DLaserGifts.com. This website has a bunch of different crystals that you can get 3D photos personalized and laser-etched into! "With a full range of awards, memorials, gifts, and promotional products, your friends, family, and business associates will be sure to love our products."
     When I first came across the site, I could already think of 10 different photos I'd want to use and I thought of all the great presents I could give to people with my favorite photo with them etched into it. This is just one of those items that would make anyone smile when they open it and see it on its base slowly spinning and a light shining through it.
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Sturdy box that the crystal came in
"We offer only the finest crystal products and can engrave practically any type of design
or logo on a variety of styles and sizes. Along, with our unparalleled image artwork
based on your specifications, leading technology using green light laser, which produces the
highest quality in laser etching reproduction, and fast shipping!"
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This is the what you put the crystal on and push the button on the left and it lights up in the center and spins!!!!
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Picture I sent them to engrave into the crystal
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Awesome final result!!!
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Side view! Awesome 3D work
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I got the date we started dating also included with out names
     All I had to do was email them a photo that I wanted and the words/dates that I wanted on the bottom and that's it! I got mine very quickly and was actually surprised! I thought since it was a personalized item it may take a bit longer but it came very quickly. I had a little issue with the first one I received (I think the mailman was careless) and told 3DLasergifts.com and with NO ISSUE they sent another one to me right away! Awesome customer service!!
     I love the overall quality of this and love the fact that I could put anything I want on the crystals and make it special for any occasion. I am so stoked for when I get my own place next year, because I can't wait to sit this on the table and watch how many compliments I get on it. :) I couldn't be happier with this item! Beautiful and personal.

HOW IT WORKS!!