“Honest Fizz honestly sucks.”

Says the boyfriend.

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A stevia-sweetened drink is a taste to be acquired. These 12oz cans were marked down to $0.33 at my local Big Lots so I thought I’d give it a shot. After taking a sip of my Lemon Limey Honest Fizz, I wasn’t exactly eager to take another one. I would have enjoyed it more without the sweetener. If you haven’t acquired a taste for stevia nor the skill to tolerate it, save your change and buy a conchita next door.

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“Thanks, but no thanks.”

Photos taken by Hank.

It was 99 cents!

Happy hump day, everyone!

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Today, I’d like to share a snapshot of some cool finds from my local 99 Cents Only Stores. I’d like to point out that the Bee Naturals Lip Moisturizer came in a twin pack and that this USA made product only contains Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Lanolin, Peppermint Oil, Comfrey Leaf Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Vitamin E. Hooray for no petroleum! 😀 Also, the E.L.F Smudge Eye Sponge and Bronzing Brush are from my local Big Lots but still reasonably priced at $0.95.

I also find great things like pie crusts, cookie dough, canned biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and crescents from The Immaculate Baking Company and gelato from Ciao Bella.

Have you found any treasures at your local 99 Cents Only Stores, Big Lots or other discount stores? Share your finds in the comments!

Review: E.L.F. Eyelid Primer

The bad news is Sunday funday is coming to an end, the good news is my eyeshadow held up pretty good this weekend.

As I mentioned in my last post, I picked up E.L.F.’s Eyelid Primer for a buck and tax at Target.

20140622-215222-78742492.jpgThis is what you want to look out for if you find yourself interested in purchasing this product.

20140622-215224-78744205.jpgA closer look at the doe foot applicator.

20140622-215223-78743336.jpgGet to know Tiff: I like to read all the information on a product’s packaging before I purchase it.

I have previously used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and most recently Mary Kay’s Signature Eye Primer.

Urban Decay & Too Faced are both very reliable brands for eyeshadow primer. As for the eyeshadow primer from Mary Kay… Let’s just say that immediately following application, my eyeshadow was pretty. When I saw myself in the mirror a few hours later, my eyeshadow was NOT pretty… or at least what was left of it (not much). Both the NYX Natural Palette and the Urban Decay Naked Palette refused to adhere to the Mary Kay eye primer.

Summary:
While the E.L.F Eyelid Primer does not quite match the staying power of higher-end brands, I was very impressed to see that my eyeshadow was almost perfectly intact with very minimal creasing. This creamy eyelid primer creates a smooth canvas for eyeshadow. Not only are colors easier to blend, they stay on longer, too. It just may be the ideal eyelid primer for those that find their current eyelid primer too drying. For the price and performance, I can definitely recommend this product.

Review: Lovely Candy Co. Chewy Original Caramels

Happy third Thursday, everyone! Third Thursday? What? What’s so special about third Thursdays!?!

Oh! Where do I begin!

My very sweet and wonderful boyfriend and I celebrate our relationship with all-day festivities every third Thursday. He liked me enough to make me his girlfriend on a third Thursday and still likes me enough to never let me forget it!

Third Thursdays are also the days that the farmer’s market extends their hours. Hooray for organic fruits and veggies!

Anywho, on to the review!

I picked up these caramels for about a buck-fifty from Target today along with an E.L.F. Eyelid Primer [to be reviewed].

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As you can see, I was very excited to try them. I had my boyfriend rip through the packaging before I could even think about taking a perfect pretty picture.

[which is funny because the fancy orange packaging was incredibly difficult to open so I had more than a few minutes to think about it.]

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The caramels are elegantly dressed in sheer white wax paper. Eight of these beauties came in my bag but I believe the count varies.

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No high fructose corn syrup. No trans fats. No artificial ingredients or colors. Made in the good ol’ U.S.A. with 7 ingredients that a child could easily read.

Personal thoughts and feelings about the product:
These caramels have a very desirable texture. Chewing them is almost effortless. It takes some time to get through a piece, but it is a very pleasant time, indeed. They are the most creamy and delicious caramel I have ever tasted, and best of all, these babies are au naturel!

I will never go back to eating those “caramel” squares of high fructose corn syrup. Never again will accidentally ingest that cheap clear plastic.

Never. Again.