Monday, July 26, 2021

CaniBrands Cani-Sleep CBD Review and Coupon

CaniBrands has all-natural CBD products made from plant based ingredients for a variety of needs. I tried their Cani-Sleep oils recently and had great results.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

If you're not already familiar with CBD, it stands for cannabidiol and is one of the active ingredients in cannabis, but it is not illegal and will not get you high. It's derived from the hemp plant and is used in everything from skincare to treating conditions including Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, and anxiety.

The Cani-Sleep line is made with melatonin to target three key sleep phases: relaxing before sleep, falling asleep, and staying asleep. I have clinical anxiety and sometimes have trouble falling asleep so I've been interested to try CBD to see if it helps me relax enough to fall and stay asleep.

The Cani-Sleep CBD Oil is made with melatonin, organic Valerian root, organic hops, passionflower and skullcap, and MCT oil. It contains 1500 mg of CBD per bottle for 50 mg per dose, and 30 mg of melatonin per bottle for 1 mg per dose. It has broad-spectrum hemp extract (CBD, CBG, CBDV, CBDA) and a natural mint flavor.

The oil is a high dose option and is for people who want the most potency from their CBD oil. It has a measured dropper, and the instructions say to take one full dropper (about 20 drops) about 30 minutes before you go to sleep. It can be taken directly or added to liquid (tea, etc). 

I started with just one drop because I have never taken CBD before and wanted to start out slow. Also, to be honest, the flavor is not great, so I only took a drop or two in the beginning. The carrier oil is coconut oil, so it's decently thick. To take the oil, I put the drops under my tongue and held them there for about 30 seconds, then swallowed the oil.

I will say, even just one drop helped me a lot. I have taken melatonin before, and the CBD plus melatonin in the Cani-Sleep oil truly helped me fall easily to sleep and stay asleep. I actually felt a bit drowsy in the morning, so only take this when you can commit to a full eight hours of sleep to avoid grogginess the next day. The best I can explain the feeling is that I could sense my mind slowly relaxing and falling into sleep.

I also tried the Cani-Sleep Oral Spray, which is great for travel. It has the same broad-spectrum hemp extract and mint flavor with 250 mg of CBD per bottle/8 mg per dose and 30 mg of melatonin per bottle/1 mg per dose. I found that this had a less offensive flavor and was easier for me to take. I used two sprays and was also able to fall asleep and stay asleep with this lower-dose option.

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Bottom Line: The CaniBrands Cani-Sleep Oral Spray and Oil are great. I had positive results with both and will continue to use them when I need help getting a good night's sleep! They use high quality, safe ingredients for an effective product.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Mantra Masks CBD Sheet Masks Review

CBD has been popping up in skincare a lot more recently, and Mantra Mask uses this ingredient to create sheet masks with powerful skin healing properties.

*Disclaimer: These products sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that yes, is found in marijuana. However, CBD itself is derived from the hemp plant and does not provide a high the way THC does. It's perfectly safe to use and legal. It's great for skincare purposes because it provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

The Mantra Mask sheet masks are free from sulfates, alcohols, phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, and dyes and are formulated in the USA.

Mantra Mask has seven sheet masks available: Blemish, Anti-Aging, After Sun, Pore Refining, Collagen, Repair, and Marine Hydration. I received the Anti-Aging, Pore Refining, Marine Hydration, and Collagen masks to try as well as the Coconut Eye Gels.

The CBD is 99 percent pure and contains no THC (the cannabinoid in marijuana that provides the high). Their all-natural formulas work with the CBD to restore skin to its natural radiance.

Here's a look at the ingredients in the Pore Refining mask. All of the masks felt great on my skin, especially in this hot and humid weather. The serum is soothing and my skin felt refreshed after leaving it on for about 10 minutes. I also woke up with really soft skin the next morning!

I have issues with redness, so CBD is a great ingredient for calming that. It also helps de-puff skin and keep it looking its healthiest. Combined with the other natural ingredients in the Mantra Masks, it makes for a great product!

Bottom Line: Mantra Mask sheet masks are a great way to work CBD into your skincare. I found the masks to be very soothing and they have ones for all different skincare needs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Youtheory Collagen Supplements Review and Coupon

Youtheory is one of the original collagen supplement brands and now one of the largest manufacturers of collagen in the U.S. They use pure ingredients to create high quality, science-backed supplements.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Youtheory creates supplements with high quality raw materials and manufactures everything in-house a ttheir GMP-certified facility. Every product is tested beyond industry standards for purity and efficacy.

The company also gives back by partnering with organizations all over the world, such as supporting the construction of orphanages in Africa and building clean water wells in Kenya. Stateside, they support NEGU (Never Ever Give Up), UNIT THEN for street kids, and New Horizons to help eradicate child homelessness; as well as helping children's hospitals that provide care and resources to children fighting cancer.

Youtheory has a broad line of supplements, but I received their COLLAGEN+ products to try. The line includes bone, hair, heart, joint, and skin collagen supplements. 

The Hair Collagen supplement includes keratin to help support stronger hair, reduce hair loss, and replenish collagen. The formula features Cynatine, a specialized keratin protein that is highly available in the body and able to bond to hair for improved strength and shine. Collagen is the main component of hair follicles and the skin, making it essential to supporting outer wellness from the inside.

The Bone Collagen supplement has Vitamins K2 and D3 to increase bone mineralization, maintain bone density, and replenish collagen. Heart Collagen includes resveratrol to support healthy blood flow, help maintain flexible arteries, and replenish collagen. Joint Collagen has boswellia to promote healthy joints and replenish collagen with fast-acting results.

Youtheory also has a hair, skin, and nail formula collagen powder in unflavored and vanilla flavored varieties. It has highly absorbable peptides to fight the affects of aging, support tendons and ligaments, and revitalized skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is naturally found in all of these, so the supplement helps replenish and support collagen production, which decreases as we age.

The powder has 6,000 mg of collagen and also includes 200 mg of Vitamin C, 18 amino acids, and 2.5 mg of biotin per serving.

Youtheory's collagen supplements are also soy-, dairy-, and gluten-free. The powder can be mixed with coffee, juice, or water. 

I've been taking collagen supplements as part of my daily routine to help support joint health. I like that Youtheory has targeted supplements for different needs. The only downside is that I wish these also contained protein, as I lift weights regularly and it would help to have an extra boost of protein to help hit my macros each day. Regardless, the Youtheory collagen supplements are a great way to help support your body and health!

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    • Use coupon code SPRING20 for 20 percent off all products

Bottom Line: Youtheory has an affordable line of collagen supplements made with high quality ingredients. They're an easy way to work more collagen into your lifestyle to help support your body's inner and outer health.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

April Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I hadn't gotten a Book of the Month in a few months because I already have a decent pile of books to get to, but the April selections had a title I wanted to grab.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

With Book of the Month, you can choose a hardcover new release from five selections for $14.99 per month. You can also add on as many titles as you want for $9.99 per book. Shipping is free to the U.S.

You can skip any month and your credit will carry over for the next month. For example, I was charged for February but didn't pick a title that month, so the credit carried over to March, and since I didn't pick a book in March either, the credit continued to carry over to April (I wasn't charged again for March because I skipped).

For April, I chose What Comes After by Joanna Tompkins:

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses—until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Evangeline’s arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn’t equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.

With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

I think that the story sounds like a good mix of mystery with deeper issues addressed, too. A perfect book to read when it's rainy outside and I want to stay on the couch under a blanket. I haven't started it yet, but it's definitely in my "to read" pile!

Bottom Line: Book of the Month is a great deal at only $14.99 for a brand new titled. A hardcover new release would easily cost $25+ at a major bookstore.

Friday, May 7, 2021

March Spiffy Socks Review and Coupon

The socks from Spiffy Socks are everything they say they'll be: fun, comfy, and great for your feet! Their March design was extra colorful.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Spiffy Socks are made from bamboo fibers, which are twice as soft as cotton. You can really tell the difference! These socks feel lightweight on my feet but keep them warm in the winter and comfortably covered in warmer weather.

Plans start at $11 per month for one pair of socks. They have men's and women's sizes available. Here are the full pricing options:

  • Monthly: $11 per month
  • Three Month: $31 every three months
  • Six Months: $61 every six months
  • 12 Months: $119 every 12 months

Shipping is free within the United States.

The designs that Spiffy Socks send are always colorful and fun! So far, I've gotten patterns and colors that are appropriate for everyone, regardless of gender.

My March socks featured a blue and yellow pattern on a white base. What I like best about these socks is that they keep my feet, which are always cold, warm without being too bulky. My feet don't get overly-sweaty, which is thanks to the moisture-wicking element of the bamboo fibers. They're really comfortable.

Bottom Line: Spiffy Socks is a fun and affordable way to dress up your wardrobe! The socks are high quality and deliver on all their promises.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ollie Belle Cover Dot Acne Care and Maskne Duo Review

We all are familiar with the term "maskne" by now: those annoying breakouts that have popped up due to wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ollie Belle has created their Maskne Duo to help battle these breakouts!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Ollie Belle makes Cover Dot Acne Patches, which are medical-grade hydrocolloid patches that fight blemishes. Hydrocolloid was originally made to bandage wounds and help draw out pus. Gross to read, but that's exactly what pimples are, right? So these patches create a moist environment above the pimple and draw out the impurities. They work best on whiteheads.

The patches are vegan, drug-free, and cruelty-free. Ollie Belle's acne dots are the first made in the U.S. and to be FDA-registered. They're so easy to use: just peel, stick onto the pimple, and then leave it for at least six hours. I like to wear these overnight, but they're clear so you can also wear them during the day without attracting much attention.

The Maskne Duo contains a Phyto Anti-Acne Mask and 12 Cover Dot Acne Care patches.

The Phyto Anti-Acne Mask is reusable and made with moisture-absorbing fabric to keep your skin's surface sweat-free. It has a lightweight, breathable material that doesn't stick to your face when you breathe in, which I've found happens with some other fabric masks I've used.

The mask contains phytoncide, an organic natural plant compound with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help revitalize skin's texture and soothe inflammation. The mask is also made with microcapsules of phytoncide, which helps contain the effects of the compound after you wash the mask. The mask also has UV protection! The default color is navy, but you can choose either black or light blue when you checkout to change colors.

You can also purchase the Phyto Anti-Acne Mask on its own if you don't want to buy the Maskne Duo.

The Cover Dot Acne Care patches are also available for purchase on their own in 17-, 24-, 72-, and 120-count boxes.

I used the patches on a recent blemish I had on my face and they work wonderfully. I left it on overnight and it drew out the pus from the pimple. By the next morning, all I had to do was remove the patch and it took away the gross parts right with it. These really do work!

Bottom Line: The Ollie Belle Cover Dot Acne Care patches and Maskne Duo are a great way to battle blemishes. They're affordable and effective: can't really beat that!

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Simplicity Teas Review and Coupon

Simplicity Teas sends artisan loose leaf teas that are hand-curated by experts to your door every month! 

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The teas you'll receive from Simplicity Teas all have a specific purpose, whether it be aiding in digestion, providing a midday pick-me-up, or helping you fall asleep. The teas are both 100 percent organic and vegan and come with a reusable loose leaf tea infuser.

Here are their pricing options:

  • Mini Two Teas of the Month: $9 per month for two teas/15 cups per month and a reusable infuser in your first box
  • Teas Lover Tea of the Month Club: $20 to $115 per month for four full-sized teas/30-40 cups and a combination of vials and bags with a reusable infuser and deluxe box packaging. Free shipping.
    • Monthly: $20 per month
    • Three Months: $58 every three months
    • Six Months: $115 every six months

You can get a 100 percent decaf option only with the Mini Two Teas of the Month subscription plan. 

The Teas Lover option has free shipping to the U.S. and an extra charge for international shipping, depending on where you live.

This review is of the Teas Lover deluxe box. The box contained two bags of tea and two vials with a reusable infuser and info card.

The info card includes a welcome letter and instructions on how best to use the teas. Each tea has ingredients and steeping instructions specific to that blend, but the card has basic tips such as not using too much tea (leads to sub-optimal infusion) and steeping tea twice to get more minerals.

The two bags of tea were Berry Beautiful and Love Potion. The Berry Beautiful blend has hibiscus, rosehip, apple, strawberry, and raspberry leaves and is caffeine-free. It is a healthy diuretic and has a high mix of minerals for skin health. The Love Potion blend has apple, papaya, strawberries, cocoa beans, rosehip, hibiscus, and cornflower petals with minimal caffeine. It has folic acid, manganese, and potassium.

The two vials contained Decaf Lady Lavender and Almond Oolong. Decaf Lady Lavender contains decaf black tea, bergamot, vanilla, lavender, and orange peels is great for relaxing after a long day. Almond Oolong is exactly what it sounds like: oolong tea (pronounced "woo-long") and almond flavor and it is caffeinated. This one is good for a midday pick up and aids in digestion.

The reusable infuser is so cute! It's a strawberry shape and the leaf hangs over the side of the cup. 

Bottom Line: The teas from Simplicity Teas are great quality. I love the high quality blends, especially the Decaf Lady Lavender (it smells so good!). This is a great tea subscription for anyone looking to treat themselves to a nice cuppa!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Colourpop x Animal Crossing Review

I knew when Colourpop announced they were doing an Animal Crossing collection that they'd sell out quickly, and they did! Luckily I was able to snag the items that I really wanted.

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If you're not familiar, Animal Crossing is a video game from Nintendo where you create your own island and cute animal villagers move in. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the newest edition, which has been out for a little over a year. It's been really popular because it came out during the height of the COVID pandemic, making it a great escape, literally and metaphorically.

I bought all four eyeshadow palettes and a Lip Tint Mini Kit. The first time they were released I was only able to get two palettes, but the products were stocked at Ulta at a later date and I grabbed the other items I wanted then. There is still some stock available on the Colourpop website.

The palette I wanted the most, What a Hoot, ended up being the least popular, as it was still available once I finally made it through the queue on the Colourpop website. Nook, Inc.was also still there, so I grabbed it as well.

What a Hoot has neutral shades, which are my favorites, and Nook, Inc. has green/blue shades. 

Photos of swatches for all of the palettes are further down in the post.

I love all of the colors in What a Hoot! I was surprised it wasn't more popular, but I guess neutral tones are pretty common. That being said, the two glitters (Meteor Shower and All Aflutter) are really glittery, and the mattes (Celestial and WHO!) are good base shades.

I bought Nook, Inc. just because it was still there but I really ended up liking the colors. Yes...Yes! and CEO are glitter shades, Made in the Shade is a less dense shimmer, and Water Landing is a darker matte.

I picked up the other two palettes, 5 Star Island and Labelle of the Ball from Ulta. They were the same price, but the release on their website was way less hectic than the first one on Colourpop.

5 Star Island has a shimmery light yellow called Isabelle, a matte pink called Island Tune, and two pink/magenta glitters called Island Designer and Resident Rep. This one was a little disappointing, as Isabelle and Island Tune weren't as pigmented as I was hoping.

I also really love Labelle of the Ball. Able Sisters and Custom Design are dense shimmers and Tailors Ticket is a less intense light purple shimmer. Serene Sable is a matte purple.

There were three Lip Tint Mini Kits to choose from and I picked up Fruit Roots, which has the shades Orange Cutie and Peach Surprise. All of the tints smell like fruits! They have a decent color payoff, a kind of mix between a balm and a gloss.

Colourpop always has good quality products and their collabs are so fun! The Animal Crossing one did not disappoint and I'm glad I was able to buy the items that I wanted. You really can't beat Colourpop's prices and quality.

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Bottom Line: I highly recommend any of Colourpop's products, as there has never been one I didn't enjoy!

Friday, April 2, 2021

March 2021 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Even though I love the Ipsy Glam Bag, I decided to make the March bag my last for a little while. I recently signed up for a fitness program that is taking up most of my play budget, so I decided to give this subscription a rest for the time being.

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Ipsy is pretty popular, but in case you don't know about it, they send a monthly package of deluxe beauty samples tailored to your interests and needs. You can also choose one sample a month to be guaranteed in your shipment.

This is a review of the basic Glam Bag for $12 per month. They also offer the Glam Bag Plus for $25 with five full-sized products and a quarterly Glam Bag X for 7-8 full-sized products for $55 every three months. Shipping is free with all bag options.

The March bag was themed "Stronger Together" and the bag reflects women of different ethnic backgrounds. The bag is a sturdy polyester material and zips shut. This is perfect for travel.

Here's what was in my bag:

  • Lottie London Slay All day Liquid Lipstick in So Good: I love matte liquid lipsticks and the color here is perfect. It's a pinkish-brown with a velvet formula that keeps lips feeling soft.
  • Hanalei Company Aloe E Face Cleanser: This cleanser has a soothing, cooling formula with aloe to calm stressed out skin. 
  • benefit They're Real Magnet Mascara: This was my choice item for the month. I love the They're Real mascara; the formula draws lashes up and out and helps my straight, short lashes look more voluminous and curled.

  • Shaina B Miami Powder Brush: This brush unfurls into a big, puffy shape that's great for applying finishing powder. The synthetic bristles are very soft.
  • The Creme Shop Fusion Sheet Mask Duo in Blueberry Banana and Peaches N Cream: I love The Creme Shop's masks! The blueberry is good for brightening and clearing, and the peach is for a gentle cleanse and skin-smoothing.

Bottom Line: My March Ipsy Glam Bag had great picks and I'm going to miss receiving this subscription every month. I think they do a great job of curating products to my needs with a good mix of new brands and ones I already love.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

February Spiffy Socks Review and Coupon

Spiffy Socks are made with bamboo fibers for a high quality, comfy sock that is better for you and the environment. The subscription is an affordable way to treat yourself to a fun wardrobe upgrade!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Spiffy Socks are created from sustainable bamboo fibers that are odor-fighting, thermo-regulating, hypoallergenic, shock-resistant, and wrinkle-free. They offer size women's (size 5-10) and men's (size 6-12.5) starting at $11 per month for one pair of socks. You can also get three months prepay for $31, six months for $61, or 12 months for $119. Shipping is free to the U.S. for all subscription plans.

You can also buy individual pairs with a one-time purchase from their online shop for $20 per pair.

The designs are random each month (aka you can't choose which pair you receive, unless you want to make a one-time purchase from the shop), but they're always fun. The February pair had black and white smiles with a yellow background and pink border.

These socks are really comfortable. They aren't the thickest socks but they are deceivingly warm. The bamboo fibers really do a great job of keeping my feet warm and dry. I don't have a huge problem with sweating, but when I wear these with boots my feet don't overheat at all.

Bottom Line: Spiffy Socks is always a fun surprise, and I especially like the February pattern! Their bright and fashionable designs are great for all ages and the socks are great quality.