Friday, July 15, 2016

Reviews Of Products I Use & Love

I use a lot of products. I'm a great consumer.  Really, most of us are, and we probably have something in common: We like to share a good thing.  

We do it naturally.  We do it often. We probably don't even realize that we are doing it.  We tell other people about what we like, what works for us, what tastes good, what is a good deal, and we help each other promote products in other businesses.

I have a few products listed, that I love using/eating/drinking/wearing.  Nobody told me to promote these, or asked me to do it.  I just want to share a good thing...or two.  Or five

1. Pueblo Green Chili Sauce.

I was recently shopping at SAM's club when I stopped by a product demo, and when I say recently, pretty much every week I am there.  Sometimes a few times a week.   Sometimes everyday.  Ok. Back to the demo, which was a table filled with chips and salsa.  Now, I don't think there are many times in my life that I have ever said no to chips and salsa, and so before my cart was completely stopped, I was making eyes at the lady who was about to change my salsa-loving life. I just didn't know it yet.

She was kind enough to give me a sample (and then two more when I asked for more) and it tasted so delicious, that I happily added a big jar of heaven salsa to my cart.  I do love salsa, but I've never been keen on chunky salsa. I prefer my tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc, to be pureed.  So I was extra happy that this salsa was thick, but nicely pureed and blended.

Now, it had a little kick.  A bit more kick than I normally enjoy for my salsa-loving tastebuds, but the flavor is so intense and seasoned perfectly, that a little bit of salsa goes a long way.  The heat doesn't come all at once, and so if you have more self-control than me, you can stop eating the salsa and only experience a mild salsa effect.  However, if you eat and eat and eat and me....then you will begin to notice some heat.  But it's not unbearable. It's really quite enjoyable.

Anyway, I think this salsa is pretty amazing.  I haven't seen it demoed again at SAM's, but upon checking the label, I found a website.  Being from Colorado, and living so close to where it comes from, I'm even happier to promote it.  So, now everyone can enjoy this salsa and buy it online, at their convenience.  You should buy this. It's delicious.  Here is the website:  You can thank me later.  And believe me, you will.  Let me know what you think.

2. LushLips

LushLips is a natural lip hydrated and plumper.  The main ingredient in LushLips is hyaluronic acid, which is what our body makes in all of our lubricated areas, to keep it hydrated, mobile, and healthy.  It's basically the world's best chapstick, and those of you who have been reading my blog long enough, know how addicted I was to chapsticks.

What I didn't realize, is that chapstick doesn't heal your lips with hydration.  It only masks your lips.  Lushlips actually penetrates to the cells in your lips to rehydrate them with the hyaluronic acid, and in turn, the cells get fat and happy because they are hydrated, and thus your lips plumpen and are more full because they are hydrated.  Pretty cool, eh?

Lushlips also gives a nice sheen, which doubles as a lipgloss and as a protector for your lipstick, helping the color stay truer longer.

The pictures below show a 1 month difference, a before/after picture, of my lips, the day I started using lushlips (remember, I was a chapstick-aholic at this point) and 30 days later, using LushLips once or twice a day.  Honestly, I noticed a big difference the first 24 hours.

 I had no idea how wrinkled and unhydrated my lips were before. Chapstick does nothing. If you take anything away from this blog post, take this: stop using chapstick on your lips.

Ok, so you can actually buy LushLips through me. It's so good. I know you will love it, and it lasts a super long time.  My first tube lasted 9 months.  Here is the link to the website: 

3. Wella Bar

Another product I found at SAM's club, only this one wasn't demoed.  I'm always looking for a good protein bar that I can grab on the go, and especially one I can use after a workout to give my body the protein it needs to recover.     These were in the refrigerated section, which means that they are "fresh protein bars".  They are organic too.  They come in a 12 pack.  4 Powerful Peanut. 4 Cranberry Crunch, and 4 Peanut Cacao.  My favorite is the Powerful Peanut, but all of them taste very similar.  Lots of peanut-goodness here, so if you are allergic to nuts, stay far far away.

I couldn't find a place online where you can buy them, but here is the website the packaging links to:  You can contact them through that link and ask about where you can buy them.  I hope our SAMs has them permanently.  They taste very delicious and make me feel well-nourished before or after my workouts.

4. Avia Workout Pants (With Side Pocket)

I bought these capris a year or two ago, because of the side pocket.  When I work out...and everytime I run, I bring my phone with me.  I like to have my phone easily within reach, while I am running, so that I don't have to slow down my pace to check my mileage, change a radio station, or quickly answer a text...and these side pockets are perfect.  I slide my phone into the pocket upside down, so that the earbud jack is facing up.  I thread my earphone underneath my shirt, up to the top of my shirt, where I can easily grab them and put the earbuds in my ears.  This way, the cord doesn't get in the way of my arm pumps as I'm running.

I bought these pants at Walmart.  However, when I tried pulling up a link for you, I couldn't find the pants on the website. I couldn't even find them on Avia's website. So, I pulled up a few on Amazon that are made by a different company, but have the side pocket action that is so fabulously must-have. Here is the link to the amazon page: keywords=workout+legging+capris+side+pocket&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aworkout+legging+capris+side+pocket 

I wear these almost every time I run. I wish I had more pairs.  I will definitely be looking through that Amazon link and ordering some more. The side pockets are amazing.  Totally the best.

5. Salomon Fellraisers Trail Shoes

I bought some new running shoes about 4 months ago, and while I picked out a good pair, I came across these trail shoes.  They looked like they would solve my traction problem that I have when I'm running down the Colorado trails...namely The Incline.  I'm always slipping and sliding on the loose gravel, and very paranoid to go as fast as I want to go.  The bottoms of these shoes are awesome and grippy and I decided that I would come back and get them another time.

Fast forward 4 months, and I haven't been able to get them out of my mind, so I finally went and bought them.  It was a belated birthday present for me.  The Husband knew that I've been drooling over them, and he agreed that they were awesome shoes.  So, I took them out on the trail the next day. Not on The Incline, but on one of my running trails, to see how they would do with the loose gravel. I wanted to work them in a bit before I took them for a stroll on The Incline.

Oh My! They are awesome!! They truly are.  Totally my favorite shoe ever.  They are grippy and comfy and agile and they made me feel super cool.   I'm pretty sure they helped me be super fast too. I am crazy about them.

My feet feel so good wearing them.  That part was a bit shocking. I normally really hate the feeling of shoes on my feet.  I can't get them off fast enough, when I get in the house....but these Salomons. So comfy. They feel really good.

So, here is the link to the shoes.  I normally wear a full size bigger than what I regularly wear, when I'm running-shoe shopping. However, with the Fellraisers, I was only half a size bigger, and there was still plenty of room for the toes to wiggle while running downhills.  Here is the link:

Ok, so that is my list of reviews for some of my current favorite products.  I'm sure I'll do this again. Give me a few weeks to find some more great products to share.  If any of you do decide to try out any of these products, let me know!