January 11, 2016

Snack Review: Chomps Snack Sticks Beef Jerky


Chomps Snack Sticks Beef Jerky // Credit: Chomps Snack Sticks



Chomps Beef Jerky in Hoppin' Jalapeno, Original, and Crankin' Cranberry
Chomps Snacks Stick Flavors (Front View - Top to Bottom): Hoppin' Jalapeno, Original Flavor, Crankin' Cranberry
Chomps Snacks Stick Flavors (Back View - Top to Bottom): Hoppin' Jalapeno, Original Flavor, Crankin' Cranberry
About the Product 
Chomps Snack Sticks are an awesome new health product made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef, which is sourced from New Zealand. The sticks contain no artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors) and are shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice! Best of all, they taste AMAZING! 

Think much healthier and tastier version of Slim Jim's. 

Review
I was looking for an alternative to eating Slim Jim's and Jack Link's Beef Jerky because I find them to be way too salty and filled with preservatives and other things that I just couldn't pronounce.  I was given the opportunity to try Chomps Snack Stick Beef Jerky in three flavors: 
  • Crankin' Cranberry -- a little bit sweet and a bit of spicy
  • Original -- just the taste of angus beef with a hint of salt
  • Hoppin' Jalapeno -- the jalapeno pieces add a kick but not too spicy
The best thing about Chomps Beef Jerky is that the only preservative is celery juice making it free of synthetic nitrates, nitrites and MSG. It is also gluten-free so it is safe for those with this allergy. I think it's because of this that they taste a lot better and less salty than other beef jerky brands on the market.

Overall, my favorite is the Crankin' Cranberry because it has some habanero peppers in it making it a little more intense the that Hoppin' Jalapeno. The sweetness of the cranberries even out the flavor profile making this the best flavor out of the three. The Hoppin' Jalapeno is great for those who want some bites to be spicy and some bites to be just plain. It isn't that spicy in my opinion but it does taste better than the Original flavor, which I found a bit too bland. Personally, I just like spicyness to my beef jerky or being able to taste the black pepper, which the Original flavor lacks.

Compared to other brands of jerky, Chomps Beef Jerky is not as salty, larger in size, and easy to open. It has a peel away back on one side to reveal the tasty jerky.Unlike other brands you find in the grocery store, you can taste actual beef when you take a bite into their jerky because it is made from angus beef and not processed meat.

If you are looking for a smoky flavor, Chomps Beef Jerky lacks in this department. I didn't get a smoked beef taste like I would from other brands of jerky. The texture of Chomps Beef Jerky is easy to chew without lots of fat bits like you would find with Slim Jim's. I would say the jerky is more on the lean side. This is definitely a healthier alternative to other beef jerky brands.

Available for purchase on their official website: http://www.gochomps.com

Overall Rating: 4/5

Taste: 4 -- Texture: 4  -- Packaging: 5

Learn About the Brand 
Peter and Rashid started Chomps out of an apartment in Chicago in 2012 with the help of their wives. Since then the product has rapidly gained popularity in the CrossFit and Paleo space. It continues to grow in popularity hitting new target markets including Outdoorsmen, Bodybuilders, Gluten Free Dieters and Parent's looking for healthy snacks for their kids. 

The team mission is to create the highest quality jerky product on the market.

x Carol

*This post is sponsored by Brandbacker and Chomps Snack Sticks. I received free samples of Chomps Beef Jerky Snack Sticks to test and to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and reflect my experiences when using these products. All photos belong to Intrice Blog unless otherwise stated.

June 1, 2015

Skincare Review: Feather and Bone Natural Face Gems Face Wash Tabs

Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems // Photo: intrice.blogspot.com
Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems // Photo: intrice.blogspot.com 

I am always looking for natural skincare brands that make products free of harsh chemicals and dyes. With my skin type (oily), I noticed these kinds of products give the best results for my skin because they don't make my skin produce excessive amounts of oil or cause me to breakout all over.

I stumbled upon the brand Feather and Bone from Tomoson and was asked to write a review for them about their facial tabs called Face Gems. I haven't used any other product like this so I thought I would give it a shot and was sent 3 tabs for free to use and review. 

Their Face Gems are made from sandalwood, fullers earth, and starch, which work together to be a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer all in one. 

Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems // Photo: intrice.blogspot.com
Close up of Feather and Bone Face Gems

To me, it looks similar to Chinese herbal medicine tablets I take sometimes when I am sick (haha) but I have to say the packaging and it being dry does make it convenient to take around for travel. You don't have to worry about going over your 3 oz or less liquids limit if you are taking a plane. 

How To Use It: 
All you have to do is add a few drops of water onto the facial tab and mix it up in the palm of your hand. When it starts looking like a paste, it can then be applied onto the face.

Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems // Photo: intrice.blogspot.com
The dark brownish color is how the Feather and Bone Face Gem cleanser looks when wet.
Once it dries, it becomes a khaki nude color. It feels like clay.


What is interesting about this is that it feels more like a mud mask than a facial cleanser and it does dry quick like a face mask. After 10 seconds, it was almost completely dry. I left it on for about 5 minutes because I wanted to clear out my pores and help shrink my breakouts.  

When it was time to rinse, the granules in the tab worked well as an exfoliator that felt gentle on my skin too.

Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems // Photo: intrice.blogspot.com
This is how the cleanser looks when dry on my skin. It can double as a face mask! :D
The Results
I am happy to say it didn't irritate my skin at all. No burning sensation or redness. After rinsing, my skin looked smoother and with a glow. The parts of my face with pimples also didn't hurt as much as before and was less swollen. I guess one of the ingredients is an anti-inflammatory.

My pores looked smaller too after using this just once and some of my blackheads on my nose were washed off. This definitely exceeded my expectations on what it can do with just one wash.

It costs $15 for a box and according to the website this product is safe for normal, dry, oily and combination skin. There is also no expiration date for the Feather and Bone Face Gems so you can keep them for a long time. 

If this product is in your price range and you are looking for a gentle yet effective natural face cleanser, this is worth a try.  :)

Feather and Bone Co. Face Gems
Retails: $15 for a box
Available at: Feather and Bone Co. Website

For more information about the brand and this product, visit http://featherandboneco.com.

What is your favorite all natural skin care brand?
Have you tried dry tablets before as a facial cleanser? 

x Carol

*This post is sponsored by Feather and Bone Co. I received samples of this facial cleanser to test and to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and reflect my experiences when using these products. All photos belong to Intrice Blog unless otherwise stated.

April 5, 2015

Review: Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea



Here I am again testing out a new flavor of tea from Kiss Me Organics, an organic tea brand with teas that have all natural flavors with no additives and is vegan friendly. I was sent a box of their organic dandelion root tea with hibiscus and cinnamon to test and keep.

I think that part of having good skin can come from detoxing the body through drinking teas. On the box, it says this tea infusion helps with digestion and detoxing the liver and kidney, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to try this out.

Flavor Profile:  Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Dandelion Root - Herbally

April 3, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara - photo credit: intrice.blogspot.com

I was chosen as one of the 4000 members of Influenster to test and keep the new Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara. I have always wanted to try Yves Saint Laurent products but it would definitely be a huge investment (this one retails $32) because they are high-end makeup so I was excited to be picked for this campaign.

First Impressions
I really love the gold color of the mascara tube. It feels very glamorous and expensive lol. Compared to other mascaras it is also very long. Hopefully that means that there is more product in the tube and the wand length is for extra control.

As for the brush shape itself, it is a skinny brush with plush bristles to help you to easily coat not only the top lashes but the teeny ones on the bottom lash line too. The color I received was in "high density black."

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara - photo credit: intrice.blogspot.com
Brush Shape - Yves Saint Laurent Volume Faux Cils Mascara

Review
The Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara has a nice floral scent to it, which is a nice touch and probably part of why it's expensive. With drugstore brands, they usually smell very chemical in my opinion. 
My lashes with Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara - photo credit: intrice.blogspot.com
My lashes coated with Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

Application is very easy and the bristles softly glide through the lashes. When I used it for the very first time, there was no clumping but after giving it go again a week later, there were a bit of clumps. No need to worry though, I used my lash comb to brush and catch any areas where there was slight clumping. My end result was long darker lashes! I layered about 3 times to get it the right length for me.

I really like how when wearing this mascara my eyes looked more awake because of the way my lashes fanned out. The skinny brush makes it easy to coat my bottom lashes and I actually got more mascara residue on the top lid area while coating than when working on the bottom lashes. 


Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara - photo credit: intrice.blogspot.com
Before and After Photo using #YSLMascara

The formula feels light as if I didn't have any mascara on at all. I didn't feel any eye irritation either, which is what makes it hard for me to find a decent mascara to use. This is very safe for those with sensitive eyes.

Today was very hot in Florida and my Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara did not melt off my face and leave me with panda eyes at the end of the day. :) That makes this a definite keeper in my book and I will probably buy this when I run out of it.

As for removal, I just used my Neutrogena Make-up Removing Face Wipes and it took all of it off easily. No need to grab a separate eye makeup remover and go in with a q-tip to take out mascara residue.

If this is in your budget, I would make the investment if you are looking for a mascara that gives the natural lashes but better appearance and not a super plush and full lash look. It gives the right amount of intensity to lift the face but not enough to be very bold and daring.

Have you tried the new Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara?
What is your favorite mascara?

Overall Rating: 5/5
Consistency: 4 - Fragrance: 5 - Longevity (when worn): 5 - Brush: 4

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara
Retails: $32.00 (Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom)

*This post is sponsored by Influenster and Yves Saint Laurent. I received a sample of this tea to test and to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and reflect my experiences when using these products. All photos belong to Intrice Blog unless otherwise stated.

March 8, 2015

Review: Leather Nova Leather Cleaner, Conditioner, and 2-in-1 Cleaner with Conditioner



Leather Nova Leather Cleaner, Conditioner, and 2-in-1 - photo credit: intrice.blogspot.com
Living in a humid climate, it makes it easy for leather to become moldy or become sticky. With my leather jackets, handbags, and even belts sitting in my closet for 10 months out of the year it is bound to happen. 

I found out about Leather Nova and liked that their products are all natural and non-toxic. I contacted the company about letting me try their product in exchange for a review. Leather Nova sent me these three products to test and keep so I can share with my readers the results good or bad.
"We only use natural and non-toxic ingredients to make our products environmentally-friendly. Unlike other companies, we do not compromise the health and safety of our customers for high profits. We take pride in introducing a wide range of non-toxic leather care products to the world. Finally, we only manufacture in small batches so we can concentrate on quality control." - Leather Nova

I tested these 3 leather cleaning products on two different leather jackets that have started to get mold spots and losing their color brightness from sitting in my closet for too long.

March 6, 2015

Review: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - Photo Credit: Intrice Blog - intrice.blogspot.com

100% Pure is a skincare brand that uses only natural ingredients in their products. I purchased the 100% Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream because I was browsing on Birchbox and saw that this product was one of the more affordable eye creams on the website. I wanted an eye cream to help with puffiness and dark circles and this seemed like it could solve these problem areas so I got it.


100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - Photo Credit: Intrice Blog - intrice.blogspot.com
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream tube in relation to packaging.

The 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is in a tube with a pump top with a plastic cap to prevent it from accidentally getting pushed if you tossed it into your makeup bag or travel bag. I really like this unique design for this eye cream because it allows you to easily dispense the cream while leaving it free from germs. You would not want to risk getting an eye infection when sticking your finger into jar creams. 


100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - Photo Credit: Intrice Blog - intrice.blogspot.com
The eye cream sits tightly inside the tube.

Their products are all vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and never tested on animals. The paper tube that the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream comes in can be repurposed too! I used mine to hold my makeup pencils such as eyeliners, lip liners, and lip crayons. 

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - Photo Credit: Intrice Blog - intrice.blogspot.com
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - Ingredients List
Review:
When applying the eye cream on my skin, it felt very moisturizing and helped in reducing the fine lines appearing under my eyes. The first thing you will notice is how strong the scent is for this eye cream. It smells like a fresh cup of brewed coffee and will definitely awaken your senses in the morning. 

Sadly, it didn't do much for my black circles though. I used this for about a month and I couldn't see them getting lighter. As an anti-puffing cream, it made my eye puffiness less noticeable but they don't go down immediately after applying. When I looked at myself in the mirror later on in the day, my eyes looked less tired.

I think as a daily eye cream, it does enough to rejuvenate the eye area if you are just starting to see signs of fine lines or have dry spots. If you want something to miraculously fix dark under eyes, this is a product you will want to skip.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
Retails: $19.00 (Birchbox.com)

For more information about 100% Pure and their products you can visit their website at www.100percentpure.com.


Overall Rating: 3/5
Dark Circles: 1 - Puffiness: 3 - Moisturizing: 5 - Fine Lines: 4

What is your current or favorite eye cream? :)
Leave me a comment.

x Carol 

March 1, 2015

Review: InstaNatural Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oil


Photo Credit: Instanatural 
As someone who is very interested in aromatherapy, I jumped at the chance to review these new essential oils from InstaNatural. I was given the opportunity from InstaNatural to test their Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils and to write an honest review for my readers.

Before opening the box that the essential oils came in, I could already smell the peppermint scent. I thought the bottles got broken during shipping but both were intact. Each InstaNatural essential oil bottle comes with a dropper to easily dispense the essential oil. I think comes in handy whether you are using it in an oil burner or to fragrance your bathwater because you can get an exact amount.

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