Monday, June 23, 2014

Profoot Pedi-Rock Review

I tried the pedi-rock today and was a bit disappointed. It tends to scratch things. Like your nails if you aren't careful, for example, when removing it from the package. It was comfortable enough to hold, though. I tried it on my foot dry and then tried it wet (you can use it either way). It obviously did something to my foot when it was dry because I could see a layer of white stuff (rubbed off skin) in the area I used it on. When it was wet I didn't get that visual confirmation so I don't know for sure if it did anything. In the end I couldn't tell that my foot condition had improved. Perhaps part of the problem is that my feet aren't very rough. The heels are slightly rough, but if I had more issues of that nature I'd maybe be able to test it properly.

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake and Shaker Cup Review

I got a box of health-related stuff to try about a month ago, including the Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake, along with a shaker cup by the same brand. I received three flavors: swiss chocolate, french vanilla, and fresh berries.

I decided to try the chocolate one first, since I'm a bit of a chocoholic (and I usually don't like vanilla). As specified, I put 8 oz of cold water into the shaker cup, which is conveniently labelled with measurements. Then I added the chocolate powder, screwed the cap closed, and shook it for about a minute. It mixed quite well in the shaker cup. I was impressed. My impression of the taste, however, was not great. The initial flavor was good, but it was followed by a terrible, chemical aftertaste, leading me to believe there was a fake sweetener within. I checked the packet and sure enough, stevia.

Obviously some people consider stevia to be natural, and even like the taste. But to me, it tastes terrible and like chemicals, so I consider it a fake sweetener. I use the term liberally in this case.

Anyway, I couldn't finish it, and I didn't bother trying the other flavors. They all have stevia as well. I'll probably send them to my mother because she doesn't mind stevia. I'll keep the shaker cup as it might come in handy. It's sad because the taste would be great if it weren't for the stevia.

The short version: If you like stevia, you will love this. If you don't like stevia, you will hate this. I can't speak for its filling qualities, but the calories are low enough that for me personally it probably wouldn't keep me satisfied for long. The shaker cup is pretty awesome.


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor Review

I received received Gillette's Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor. I must admit, I was highly skeptical. Oh, look, it has a "touch of aloe." Like I haven't seen that before. I have very sensitive skin, as well as rather coarse hair in some areas, and I have tried all kinds of hair removal techniques in an effort to find one that didn't leave me in pain.

I tested it in the shower with the Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel. Initially, I was pleasantly surprised. It left my lower leg feeling smooth and not at all irritated. I experienced the usual red bumps when I attempted to shave my inner thigh, but there was no pain. However, it ate my knee. While this is definitely one of the better razors for sensitive skin, its shape is too bulky and stiff to conform to the curves of one's body. I haven't gotten cuts on my knees in years while using other razors.

Overall, I would say if you have sensitive skin, and hair that isn't very coarse, and no knees, this will be great for you. Or if you only shave your lower legs.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.