Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Savvy Livings NanoRazor 6" Professional Black Ceramic Chef's Knife

Savvy Livings is a newly launched eCommerce platform that features the best "life-saving" products that have been tried and tested by real families. The goal of Savvy Livings is to bring hidden gem "life saver" products to their customers. They will have you wondering how you ever lived without them!

  Each month Savvy Livings features a new product for their readers to check out. This month the featured product is the NanoRazor 6" Ceramic Knife, which is currently being sold on Amazon.  This ultra-sharp knife is great for chefs of all skill level. This ceramic knife is much more light weight and easier to work with and clean than a typical steel knife. The high-tech ceramic blade is forged under more than 100 tons of pressure, at temperatures of over 1500 degrees Celsius! The blade is less porous than other ceramic blades, ensuring that bacteria and food particles have nowhere to hide. The blade will not rust or corrode, and will not react chemically with acids, oils, salts, or juices or change the flavor of your food like steel knives do. The curved ergonomic handle is easy to hold, and features a non-slip grip, you are sure to experience less wrist fatigue than you would with other ceramic knives. This knife delivers effortless high-precision chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. 

The blade features the four step Savvy Livings NanoRazor Advantage:
  • The blades are moulded from high-tech zirconium oxide in a 100 ton+ forging machine. 
  •  The blade is pressed using a special cold isostatic pressing process which makes it denser and more resistant to wear.
  •  Savvy Livings uses a high-temperature sintering process where the blade is placed in a 1500(°C) kiln for over 96 hours to make it denser and less porous to ensure no bacteria or food can stick to the blade.
  • The blade is triple-polished with a diamond wheel for a smooth finish and razor sharp edge, and fit with an ergonomic, easy-to-grip handle for comfortable slicing, dicing, and chopping without wrist fatigue.

Savvy Livings offers a 90 day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your knife, you are able to return it for a full refund.  The product is shipped in an elegant box, making this the perfect gift for the chef in your life. To learn more, or to purchase one for yourself for $23.99 you can visit the Savvy Livings  NanoRazor Amazon page.

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. Photos and video taken from the company website. Some photos above have been provided by Savvy Livings.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Loving Pets Diamond Plate Bowl, Bella Mats, and GobbleStopper Slow Feeder

 Loving Pets is an online pet store that values the importance of safe, healthy, and affordable pet products. On the Loving Pets website you can expect to find pet food, pet treats, pet toys, and so much more. As a growing part of the pet industry, Loving Pets not only believes that their products should support a healthy pet lifestyle, but also educates pet parents to do the same.

Loving Pets takes pride in all of their products, especially their best selling steel bowls for cats and dogs. These bowls are affordable and provide innovation, quality and affordability in stylish and functional options to fit any home d├ęcor. I recently got the opportunity to test out one of their bowls, along with two other products.

The Ruff N’ Tuff Diamond Plate Bowls are perfect for dogs that are messy eaters. These bowls are heavy weighted and come with a skid proof rubber bottom to ensure that the bowl stays in place, instead of sliding across the floor. This reduces noise and spills. The side walls are stamped with their signature diamond pattern, giving these bowls a rugged look. The Ruff N' Tuff bowl can be purchased in 5 sizes, from 1 pint to 5 quarts, making this the perfect bowl for a dog of any size! The price for these bowls starts at $5.49, and goes up with size.

The GobbleStopper™ Slow Feeder is another great bowl featured on the Loving Pets website. This bowl is as cute as it is functional. This product is an excellent solution the preventable risks such as dog bloating, an serious health issue that occurs when dogs gulp too much air when eating. The GobbleStopper significantly slows down eating, buy up to 5x! The product features a dog bone shaped spinner that prevents the dog from being able to engulf the whole bowl of food in a short period of time. This product can be used in just about any bowl, is easy to clean and remove, and is made from a BPA free plastic. The GobbleStopper is simple to use. It suctions on to the bottom of your dogs bowl. To remove, lift the tap and pull out of the bowl. It is available in three sizes, so there is one to fit your pets bowl! The smallest size is $8.99, and the price goes up from there.

The last product I received is the Bella Spill-Proof Dog Mat in Black. This bone shaped mat is a stylish way to prevent splashes and pet food spills, keeping your carpets or hardwood floors clean. This mat has raised edges to keep messes on the mat, and off your floors. The mat is made from a slip resistant, non-toxic and BPA free plastic. The Bella Spill-Proof mat is available in two sizes, and the price starts at $10.99 for the smallest. 

To learn more about these products, or other Loving Pets products, you can visit their website. I will be uploading some of my own photos shortly. Stay tuned!

*I received the above products for free in exchange for this blog post. Any thoughts or opinions expressed here are my own. Some photos have been taken from the Loving Pets website.*

Friday, January 2, 2015

Paula Dorf Cosmetics Aztec City #Eyeshadow Palette


Paula Dorf Cosmetics is a company based out of New York, New York, that specializes in creating professional-grade cosmetic brushes and beauty products. They hope to empower women and help them to "become their own makeup artist". Paula Dorf is well-known for its wide array of unique products, such as the Clean-up Stick that erases makeup mistakes and the Perfect Illusion that helps tackle lip feathering. Whether you like to paint your nails, show off your lips, or enhance your eyes, you will find the perfect product at Paula Dorf. 

Paula Dorf Cosmetics has been featured on several celebrities, in issues of the magazines Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Allure, and In Style. They have also won several awards for their beauty products, such as the Fashion Group International "Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year" and many "Allure: Best of Beauty" awards. 

Today, we are taking a look at the Paula Dorf Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette, which I received for free in exchange for my honest opinions. This eyeshadow palette contains five shades and one applicator in a .30 oz container.  It retails for $36 on the Paula Dorf website, and you can find it, here

The Aztec City Palette contains a mixture of mattes and shimmer, and has a nice blend of basic colors, including white, teal, mauve, tan, and dark brown. The brush that is included is double-ended, with a wider side for heavy application and a more narrow side for filling in your crease or perfecting/feathering your edges. Paula Dorf describes the Aztec City Palette as follows:

"From the desert sand to the crisp blue sky this Aztec City Palette has it all! With just the right balance of professional and flirty, this palette lets you decide between knockout nudes, classy colors or a mesmerizing mix of both. These five shades allow you to customize your look and transform your mindset to the bronzed beauty of the desert. The sleek mirrored case also contains a specially designed double-ended brush for the perfect application. For a more dramatic effect, use with Paula Dorf Transformer."

The Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette contains the following ingredients:

Mica; Dimethicone, Talc; Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Solum Diatomeae, Capryl Glycol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Piroctone Olamine

Below, I have a picture of the swatches of the each shade, going from the white to the dark brown. As you can see, some of the shades are more pigmented than others. I have also included a photo of my mom (who was kind enough to be my model today) wearing a blend of the white, the tan, and the dark brown for an alteration on a smokey look that is appropriate for day or night. We used the Paula Dorf brush included with the palette to blend the three colors together, starting with the lightest on the inside and the darkest color in the crease.

 Overall, we found that the eyeshadow goes on easily, but that it is not heavily pigmented. The most pigmented colors are the teal and the dark brown. It took several layers of white to achieve the look that we have below. It is easy to blend with the brush, and the colors are definitely complementary, so visually the palette makes sense. The teal is my favorite shade, although the "pop" is still subtle. This palette would be ideal for someone who likes to keep things subtle, and who desires to have some neutral shades, but also wants to have one or two shades to play around with for a night out on the town. It is definitely professionally-geared, and appropriate for all ages, skin colors, and eye colors. The size makes it handy for something to slip into your purse for touch-ups throughout the day, and the mirror is a nice addition. The shimmer is not overwhelming at all, and there are no large flakes of glitter or fall out as you are applying the shades. It has pretty good staying power, but works better with an eye primer as a base. I personally prefer more pigmented shades with less layers necessary; although I like the colors this is a little too subtle for me.

  • Mixture of nudes with a pop of teal and mauve
  • Mattes with a hint of shimmer
  • Easy application
  • Includes a high-quality brush and mirror
  • Blendable and complementary
  • Not super pigmented
  • Forms layers, but takes a lot to build appreciable pigment
  • Very subtle and professional
Special coupon offer for readers: Use code TEAL to receive a free Paula Dorf Teal Mascara with any purchase!

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What do you think - have you tried the Aztec City Eyeshadow Palette or other Paula Dorf products?