Vitacost Order #3

A post where I share what I recently purchased on vitacost.com and why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desert Essence Whitening Plus Toothpaste – This toothpaste was nice, but the downside for me was the cool mint flavor was almost overpowering.  It’s easily one of the strongest mint toothpastes I’ve tried.  For that reason, I can’t bring myself to repurchase, although we did use up all of this tube.

 

 

Dr Tungs Smart Floss® Natural Cardamom

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss – A frequent repurchase, this is the only floss I’ve used for about two years.  It just gets my teeth cleaner than any other floss I’ve tried.

 

 

Garden of Life Organic Kids Probiotics – Another product I’ve purchased over and over.  My daughter doesn’t love the chalky consistency, but she will take it every morning out of routine.  I actually take this as my probiotic as well.  The quality is very good and I like for us both to take a daily probiotic.

 

 

Source of Life Animal Parade Multi-Vitamin Gummies – I’m constantly trying to find a high quality gummy vitamin my daughter actually likes.  She greatly dislikes chalky chewables so I try to find decent gummy vitamins.  These are a pass.  We are still using them up, but she doesn’t like them.  I have to agree – they have a strong “medicine” type of smell and taste about the same.  I won’t repurchase.

 

Now Ultra B-12 Liquid – A solid B-12 supplement that is good to always have around.  My husband, who eats some meat, even likes taking this in the morning for an extra boost.

 

Natracare Baby Wipes – I always keep baby wipes in the car for sticky faces and hands.  This particular brand has some oils added into the wipes, so they are less drying than some other brands.

 

Honest Company Conditioning Detangler – Another staple in our house.  This is easily my favorite natural leave-in conditioning spray I’ve tried, and that includes some high-end leave-in conditioners.  The vanilla orange scent is light and fresh and it moisturizes my hair and my daughter’s without weighing it down or looking greasy.

 

Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner – Maybe this is a product that is easy to DIY, but it’s convenient to add it to my Vitacost cart when I run out.  It’s what I use for cleaning countertops and tables because it works and it doesn’t leave a film or streaky residue.

 

Vitacost Organic Microwave Popcorn – I’m not a huge fan of the microwave popcorn bags, but I pick up these every so often for convenience.  My daughter and I share one occasionally when we watch a movie.  This brand in particular seems to burn quite easily before all the kernels have popped, so I have to be very vigilant when I put it in the microwave or I get burnt popcorn.

What are your favorite items to buy on Vitacost?

 

Thoughts on 3 High-End Makeup Primers

I’ve tried 3 luxury makeup primers over the past couple of months. Here are my thoughts and experiences:

 

Becca Backlight Priming Filterhere

The ingredients I couldn’t get over: fragrance (a very vague ingredient term used to hide many other ingredients, so you don’t really ever know what the “fragrance” is made of) and sodium hydroxide. I loved the texture so much, so this was really difficult to return. The look was subtle but noticeable, it played well with skincare and makeup, and I looked a bit glowy throughout the day. I would potentially purchase this again with two provisos: one, if I couldn’t find a better natural replacement, and two, just to use in the winter when my skin needs extra moisture.  The color is a pale champagne.  The finish is a glowy satin. The packaging is a gorgeous glass bottle with an excellent pump.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primerhere

This smelled better and had better ingredients than Becca, but the texture was very thin which I truly did not care for. It seemed to make less of a difference under makeup than Becca. I loved the ingredients, but felt very indifferent to the actual product.  The color is a shimmy pearl.  The finish is a faint pearly sheen satin. The packaging is very beautiful with silver cap and frosted glass jar with a great pump.

 

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Primerhere

Picking this up a great price was truly motivating, but also a gamble. Although I got it at a great price, unlike the other two primers I tried, I couldn’t return it if I wasn’t happy with it. This is the massive downside to purchasing an item you’ve never tried from the internet .  The color is a pale shimmery pink.  The texture is not as creamy and whipped as the Becca, but definitely richer than the Juice Beauty.  The finish gives a matte satin finish to my skin but it isn’t drying at all.  It almost feels like it has silicone in it, but it doesn’t.  It has the faintest of pale pink shimmery undertones, but don’t let that scare you because it doesn’t really show up on the skin that way.  When I remember, I use this one everyday under my makeup. The packaging is the least chic of the three, and plastic.  The pump is lacking because it dispenses different amounts of product with each pump, which is quite irksome. I’m wondering how the pump will work when the bottle is nearing empty.  Bottom line of truth: the product itself is very pretty and adds an extra layer of moisturizing product to give a good base for makeup.  Do I notice a truly profound difference in the way my makeup looks?  No, and for that reason it’s not an essential product for me.  However, it is really nice and I would recommend it the most out of these three for texture, efficacy, and quality of ingredients.

What makeup primer do you use and love?

Graze Snack Box Subscription: A Review

Like most families, we snack around here.  Ideally, snacks are convenient, tasty, moderately healthy, and free of bad ingredients (hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial food dyes, to name just a few).

The problem is, when someone wants a snack, they often don’t want to have to think too hard about what to grab.  Often, we eat fresh fruit as a snack, but there are plenty of times we want something else.  Then there are times when we need a portable snack that can be thrown in a bag.

Ideally, I wanted to find snacks that the whole family would be willing to eat – not just me.  I tried Graze because I had a coupon code for a free 4-snack box.  I like the idea of individually portioned shelf-stable snacks that range from savory to sweet.  They aren’t organic, but they are completely non-GMO, and they do not use artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or hydrogenated oils.

You can customize what types of snacks you get in the preferences of your account – you can choose to have only vegan snacks, or gluten free, or dairy free, for example.  Also, there is the option of going through the snack list one-by-one and choosing whether you want to “trash” a snack, try a snack, like a snack, or love a snack. This helps customize snack boxes to fit your desires.  In short, you don’t actually get to hand pick the snacks you’ll be receiving, but you essentially narrow the field down to a list of items you are happy with receiving – so the actual box you receive it a bit of a surprise.

As far as frequency of boxes, you can choose to receive a box once a month, every two weeks, or every week.  I currently receive a snack box every two weeks.

I know boxes like Vegan Cuts are quite popular with a lot of people, and I’d like to try that snack box, too – but the month to month subscription is $22.95.  An 8-snack Graze box is $11.99.  So for now, I’m going to stick with Graze.

One complaint I have is that Graze sends a separate Nutritional Information sheet in the snack box for just the snacks included in that particular snack box.  That means that individual snacks don’t have nutritional info or ingredients listed on the packaging.  For me this is annoying, as I attempt to monitor my calories every day and would like to see the product info on the actual snack, not on a separate piece of paper.

The majority of snacks in the Graze menu contain nuts, seeds, crackers, beans, dried fruit, or some “healthy” sweets, like “flapjacks” aka granola bars, peanut butter dippers and oat & spelt cookies.  I like the variety of flavors and spices, as it helps to keep snacks interesting instead of eating smoked almonds or plain pretzels for the 1000th time.

Another very nice focus the company has is that each snack has some kind of nutritional benefit.  Snacks are either listed as 150 calories or less, high in protein, high in fiber, or high in vitamins and minerals – every snack has a positive nutritional aspect.  I really appreciate that.  Sometimes I really need protein, but other times I just want something to munch on that isn’t too high in calories.  The snack boxes give me a little of everything.  I also like that there are some sweet treats available that are healthier than typical grocery store kid snacks. My daughter likes sweet treats, and it’s nice to be able to give her a pre-portioned Graze snack that I can easily see is 120 calories and contains no bad ingredients.

Overall, this snack box is a really convenient addition to my family’s food options.  My daughter, husband, and I all enjoy the snacks which is saying a lot – we are all picky in our own ways and we’ve all had snacks we’ve enjoyed.  So far, not one of our snacks has been thrown away because it tasted bad.  Some items we’ve enjoyed more than others, but overall I’ve been very happy with the selections.   Even if we were to receive a snack that we didn’t like, it’s simple to mark that snack as “Trash” on my Graze profile and I will never receive it again.

Do you subscribe to any healthy snack boxes?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments!