Friday, September 26, 2014

Tea for me tea for you...let's have a tea review-Starbucks Teavana Shaken Tea

First off I am admittedly not a coffee the smell and detest the taste. But tea, oh tea, I love. The aroma, the taste, the aftertaste, the blends of flavors ... It is quite simply fantastic.

Thus I am somewhat picky about teas...I don't like it to dark or bold, yet I don't want overly sweet and syrupy.  I had heard a few people talk about Starbucks Teavana drinks, but I had not tried them yet since at the time I was not a regular Starbucks customer. But then it was my birthday..and that fantastic marketing company sent me a birthday drink FREE!!! Hello I love free and birthday items...I will post another blog soon on many great companies that celebrate your birthday with goodies! But getting back to my thoughts on the Teavana shaken teas.

These teas come in a variety of flavors, some permanent and some seasonal.  Also they offer each flavor as a tea or a tea lemonade. I have mainly tried the tea lemonades, but that is purely you due the fact that I am a sucker for lemonade...I do not know if it is the kid in me, the southern in me, or just my love for summer but there you have it:)
Overall I enjoy this product and the flavors that go into them.  I have tried a few that were not in my flavor house, but I will and have continued to purchase them.  I truly enjoy that Starbucks will let me switch flavors around, make it unsweetened (bcpecause even then Wowza there is a lot of sugar), and that it is very refreshing.

The Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade was the first drink..aka FREE birthday drink. It was good, but a little too bitter for my taste (at first) I took a few swallows and about a quarter into the drink I was in love.  Again heavy in sugar so if that is of concern please be careful.  I also had them do a  Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade which was davoon.  But my two favorites (at least for now) are unsweetened Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade and a hybrid of unsweetened green tea & passion tango tea lemonade. No worries..I got these all on different trips:)
Overall I think the flavor is great, the combinations interesting, price is fairly reasonable and it is a great way for non coffee drinkers to enjoy a coffee hangout! If you try one out please let me know what you thought and what flavor combination you went for!

*check out the links for nutritional infos and other goodies on the Starbucks website.

Till tomorrow lovelies!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogger/Vlogger Review- The KitchyKitchen

YouTube has been around for a while (aka 2005..eck!)...but in my world it is still somewhat new!!:)-

In the last few months I have really started watching the videos and trying to achieve the looks, dishes, etc. that I have found.

One of the most recent attempts I undertook was from the YouTube Channel TheKitchyKitchen.  I found her via another vlogger missglamorazzi (whose videos I love to watch and find adorable).

TheKitchyKitchen also has a blog here, which is very user friendly and covers a variety of topics.  One of the main things I love about this blogger/vlogger is that she covers so many topics...from beauty to fitness to nutrition she is easy to follow and provides step by step tutorials.This specific review is on TheKitchyKitchen's video on how to Clean Makeup Brushes

So embarrassingly but forthrightly I never have really thought about makeup brushes really needing to be cleaned because I am not consistent in my use of them...however oh YouTube you have opened my eyes to so many new things to try, think and freak out about!! (seriously hello germ concerns)

In this video Claire, the artist behind all this information, has her cousin present the reasons and an easy step by step guide on how to clean your brushes at home with YES simple and on hand products (this is literally the first time I have had all the items that a recipe or video said was all at home staples!!...I was extremely excited)

If you have 2:25 minutes, baby shampoo, water and two cups or bowls you can easily clean your make up brushes..which for me at least made me feel better about what I was putting on my face, less germy and a success at a DIY attempt!!

Please excuse the blur..I was playing with the flashlight function in my room for lighting...BUT ..these are my CLEAN and oh so SOFT makeup brushes

Final Review: This video is a complete wonder and I would definitely suggest people both new and pros at cleaning brushes give it a whirl.  
TheKitchyKitchen videos and website is a joy to learn, explore and play on!  It covers a little bit of everything and the videos or blogs are of the length and tone that many can enjoy and take something from:)

Till next time my lovelies!