Review: Vanity Planet Contour Pallet + Brushes

Wowowow. Hey blogo-o-verse. It’s been a minute, eh? Crazy how easily designing packaging for bottles and nipples and pacifiers can consume your life. I am VERY behind on reviews – so so sorry to the brands I’ve been neglecting! (And food recipes I’ve neglected to share out! And lack of general life updates.) Sheesh.

Waaay back when, I was lucky enough to be selected by Vanity Planet to try out a few of their products, and while I totally failed to write about them in a timely manner, I’ve been using them every day! (Seriously!) Absolutely no part of me is makeup-inclined, so when I decided to choose the contour pallet and makeup brush set, I knew I was in for a challenge – or at least something that would have a bit of a learning curve.

Vanity Planet is a boutique marketplace, focused on beauty, grooming, and wellness. They source, curate, and design products that benefit their customers’ daily lives. And holy moley – fast-forward a couple of months, and while I am still all about keeping my makeup v. natural, I actually kind of know what I’m doing now! I don’t need the cheat sheet included in the pallet to give myself a slightly contoured face anymore! (That cheat sheet though – it was a god-send. It’s like VP knew who they were sending the product to.) I’ve been able to incorporate the pallet into my daily routine without much adjustment on my (admittedly makeup-challenged) part.

I absolutely love the brushes – they’re so much softer than the randos I had previously – and the fact that I have a full matching set helps me feel like I have my life together a bit more than I probably do. AND I have separate brushes for my blush and bronzer now. IIIIII know. Moving up in the world over here. Is this an appropriate place to use #adulting? I think so.

Just lookit that contour.

VP was generous enough to share a discount code for any readers that also want to upgrade their makeup brush collection and/or feel like they have their lives together a bit more. Use code BBPalette70 at checkout for 70% (yes, SEVENTY) – thanks so much, Vanity Planet!

Review: Chomps Snack Sticks


Disclaimer: I was sent these products from Chomps, with no compensation other than the products to test and review. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

Although I love snacking (probably too much,) snack sticks are usually more up Joe’s alley than mine. I’m more of an ‘oops I just ate an entire bag of ______ in less than 48 hours‘ kind of girl. Yes, I could probably stand to have more protein in my diet, and yes I’m on the hunt for some good snacking options to bring to work – but I’m sorry, a Slim Jim just doesn’t appeal to me 99% of the time.

Enter: Chomps Snack Sticks.

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With the new year coming up soon (where did the time go?) these snack sticks are a perfect way to start your healthy eating resolution off right! They are made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef, which is sourced from New Zealand. They have no artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, or flavors) and are shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice rather than an artificial preservative.

I’m always trying to find the Clif/Kind/Luna bars with the most protein to get me through the day (plus I just don’t eat enough protein in general,) but each Chomps Snack Stick has 9g of protein, which is crazy awesome. We brought a couple on our trip to Disney to keep our energy up throughout the day, and they really were the perfect mid-day snack – even though I had to smush them into my purse a little bit.

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So, as far as meaty snack sticks go, these are pretty great. The Original flavor is definitely my favorite, Joe liked the Jalapeño, and my whole family thought the Crankin’ Cran flavor was a bit too spicy…but we do have a relatively low spice tolerance, so I’m sure it would be delicious to many others!

Pros:

All natural, including a natural preservative.

High in protein.

Gluten free and paleo friendly.

Cons:

Not quite as “snappy” as other snack sticks (the casing) which I suppose worked in my favor when we brought them to Disney – they fit in my purse more easily 😉

Info from Chomps:

Peter and Rashid started Chomps out of an apartment in Chicago in 2012 with the help of their wives. Since then the product has rapidly gained popularity in the CrossFit and Paleo space. It continues to grow in popularity hitting new target markets including Outdoorsmen, Bodybuilders, Gluten Free Dieters and Parent’s looking for healthy snacks for their kids.

The team mission is to create the highest quality jerky product on the market.

You can find the snack sticks on Chomps’ website and on Amazon – if you’re intrigued, get yourself a couple! Like I said, it’s (almost) a new year, time to kick those artificially flavored and preserved snack sticks to the curb 🙂

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Review: Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review from OZ Naturals, with no compensation other than the product to try out. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had somewhat noticeable (dark/puffy) circles under my eyes…and for just about as long, I’ve been trying out different “un-puffing” “brightening” “caffeinated” “cooling” etc. products to try to fight the circles – pretty much unsuccessfully. If I’m being truthful with myself, it’s probably in part because of not getting enough sleep and/or being dehydrated, but I’ve continued the hunt for a product that works like it says it does! Soooo when I was approved to review OZ Naturals Mega Bright Eye Gel, I was super excited to give another product a try!

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