Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Antibacterial Foaming Soap

What I'm raving about this week!

I just found this new Dial Coconut Water Antibacterial Foaming soap at Target, and wanted to smell it. The only way to do that was to purchase and try it. I paid $1.67, which is the price range I would expect to pay.

It looks clear, but when you dispense it, it comes out as a white foam. It really does smell like coconut, and I'm loving it. It also feels just as clean as Dial soaps make you feel.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lasik Surgery - What to expect

I have started this post, and will continue to update as I have more news.

I just had Lasik Surgery and I'm sharing a little about my experience for those of you who are considering it. If you are near Bellevue, WA, let me know and I can give you a referral. This will get you 20% off, and they will send me a referral check for $50.

I did a little research, and I kind of knew what to expect. I had looked into this about 15 years ago. I answered one of the ads for the $199 per eye at the Lasik Vision Institute, and discovered that only applies to a very limited number of folks. Basically, those who don't really need the surgery. You can expect to pay around $3,000 - $4,000, realistically. I went to the free consultation, and it was high pressure sales to commit to spending thousands of dollars right then and there. I left disgusted. This time around, I knew what to expect regarding that aspect. In hindsight, it was a good thing I actually waited because my prescription had not yet stabilized. Which is important so you don't have regression later on. I went to the same company, but a different office. I picked the Bellevue WA office. I had researched it and the doctor has a good reputation. I didn't answer an ad, but I had received a $1,000 "coupon" from a trade show I had recently attended. The sales person said I won 2nd prize in a drawing.

August 2, 2014
I arrived at my free consultation. My sister came with me. She is definitely a source of comfort when doing anything scary. They had me fill out paperwork and watch a video of what happens during the procedure. The office was very clean and very friendly. They gave me a couple different types of eye exams, and told me I was a candidate for both Lasik or PRK. I had researched both and found out that PRK can be painful for awhile, so no way was I picking that option if Lasik was going to be an option. I was quoted $3,000 with another $200 for the lifetime warranty. They did not seem to know about the "coupon" I had won. When I inquired, they asked me if I had attended a 5k race recently, I'm guessing they were doing a promotion at the race. I corrected them but they insisted the discount was already included. And assured me they would make sure this was reflected in my paperwork. Basically, they made sure the amount I was being billed was still going to be $3,000. Every person I spoke to in the waiting room was quoted the exact same price, so I know there is no sliding scale based on your prescription. One guy in the waiting room had answered a $299 per eye email he had gotten the very night before, and was still quoted the same amount. I had done my research and already knew this was the price I would be getting anywhere around here, so this game didn't annoy me near as much as it would have if I'd been unprepared. I'll probably still complain to the sales person who said I "won", but I don't anticipate it will change anything. You may be wondering at this point why I would still do business with a company with such deceptive marketing. Well, the office staff really made me feel comfortable, it was very low pressure, and I really got the impression they knew what they were doing. And what you want to keep in mind when considering this surgery is that you want to look for a competent doctor, the marketing department are not the ones performing the surgery. This doctor has done over 60K surgeries, and the team was really great.

The Bellevue clinic doesn't perform Lasik every day, but the doctor was there that day. They told me I could get in same day if I would like. I chose not to, because I really wanted just information and wanted to give it some thought. I made an appointment for a couple weeks later. I wish I had just done it all the same day however. All that did was give me a couple weeks to build up worse case scenarios in my mind. Most of the staff had already had the surgery done on themselves, and were able to answer questions. Surprisingly, the Office Manager was the person who was best at alleviating my fears. Obviously, everyone's biggest concern is coming out blind. That's impossible because your sight is about two inches back in your head, and the laser only goes about the depth that's just slightly bigger than a hair. I had to research this myself when I got home, and found out there has never been a reported case in the US of someone going blind from the surgery. They gave me a couple prescriptions to come back with. One was an anti-anxiety, which I knew I would definitely need.

August 22, 2014
Surgery Day
I arrived at my appointment that morning. I had chosen to not have my eyes dilated for an exam on my previous visit, because I wanted the information to be as up to date as possible on the day of the surgery. Also, what was the point of going through that if I decided to back out, and there was a good chance I would. This morning, however, I was determined to go through with it, but also a little freaked out. They did the exam, and assured me everything looked great and I could move forward. I had to wait a couple hours so that my eyes were no longer dilated. My sister and I went to lunch. Good Chinese food across the street, FYI.

They had me fill out some more paperwork. It was kind of a blur because there was so much information. But, I had remembered from my research a warning about the Lifetime Warranty, which was an extra $200. I asked questions only because I had read this warning ahead of time, but pointing this out or explaining what you are signing is not part of their regular routine. You must have your eye exams every single year, including being dilated, or the warranted is void forever. They will provide the exam in their office each year for $99. You are also allowed to go to your regular doctor as long as the results are sent to them in a timely manner. I asked what a timely manner meant, but the girl did not know and said she had never been asked that before.

After the paperwork I was allowed to take the anti-anxiety pill, as you cannot provide a signature if you had taken it first. They had me wait at least 15 minutes for it to kick in.

They gave us the option to have my sister in the room while the surgery was taking place. We decided it would be best if she waited outside in the waiting room directly outside the room they perform the procedures in. I would not be able to be in the room while someone else was doing this either. There was a guy ahead of me, he also had his friend there. I timed him, he was in/out in 12 minutes. His friend was an idiot. He wanted to spend the 12 minutes discussing the Final Destination movie and how someone had died in the middle of this procedure, and then wanted to talk about exactly what happens during the procedure. I kept changing the subject, ignoring his comments, and I tried only talking to my sister. He wasn't taking the hints so I finally just told him to shut up. He thankfully did.

The surgery was very quick. I was in and out of that room in less than 15 minutes. They had me sit in a regular chair and did an eye exam first. Then you lay down in the surgery chair. They do their prep work, do the Lasik, and you return to the first chair for another eye exam for them to check the work.  All in less than 15 minutes. My team consisted of the doctor, and two helpers. Every one of them knew their roles and you could tell they had done this quite often. Every one of them had very reassuring soft spoken confident voices, and that really helped. They asked me if I wanted a Teddy Bear. I did. I could feel myself panicking when they got started. I informed them of this, but I was able to keep my voice steady. My heart was really racing. At one point I demanded someone get over there and hold my hand, and one guy did it very quickly. It actually helped. He told me I could squeeze as hard as I needed to, just keep my head still. I had to be told to be still twice. They told me there would be a point where everything went black, and that could last a few seconds. It was not even one second on the first eye, and I didn't even notice on the second eye. The hardest part is not being able to get away from it. When I have to do something I'm uncomfortable with, but know I have to stay still, I can always close my eyes and go into my own little world. Like getting stitches or drawing blood. You have the option to concentrate on something else and just not watch. So, the hardest part of this was there was no getting away from it. But it is over quite quickly, so that really helped. You just concentrate on the orange light and then it's over. I don't know what I looked like, but when I came out of the room my sister immediately insisted I get the dark glasses on right away.

My vision was foggy. I wore the dark glasses all the way home. I went and took a short nap like I was told to. When I woke up I was still a little foggy, and could not read. I have to take different drops 4 X day. One is an antibiotic, which I only have to do for the first week, the other is to keep the swelling down, and I have to use that one for 3 weeks. I have had zero swelling that I can notice, so I guess it's working. I don't know which one it is, but after a couple of minutes I can taste it in my throat and it is horrible. I'm drinking a lot of water about a minute after I use the drops. In the paperwork they gave me, there was a notice to start using Systane Preservative Free Single Use drops, at least every hour for the first week. I wish they had stressed this to me before I left the clinic. Not only did I not pick them up, but I was really feeling like dry eyes and needed them. I could not drive, but my daughter went and picked them up for me. They cost $17 for 24 applications, I have already picked up another box and can anticipate I will need several more before the week is out. These need to be used constantly, every 30-60 minutes, as your eyes cannot keep themselves moist right now.

I realized later that night that I had not received one single copy of anything I had signed. I would need to remember to add this to the list of things for my follow up appointment.

Later that night I watched a TV program, without glasses, and was starting to notice I can see better. But I was pretty tired, so other than verifying I could see the TV I didn't really watch much. The clinic gave me a pair of goggles, which I am supposed to wear every single time I sleep for the next week. I thought they would bother me, but they don't at all, I sleep just fine. The goggles are to prevent you from trying to rub your eyes while you are asleep. I don't think I do that anyway, but I'm definitely wearing them to be safe.

August 23
1st Day Checkup
I woke up this morning and could see my alarm clock. From far away. It was the most amazing thing. I just started walking around looking at stuff. I called my sister and told her I could probably take myself the follow up appointment. She thought it would be best if she drove, since it was a very bright sunny day and she was concerned the brightness would bother me. It was the right call. I kept the dark glasses on every minute while outside and the brightness is a little annoying. But I can see the way I could with my glasses. Just as far, and just as sharp. I could see pine needles on trees, and the bird hiding in the branches behind other branches. All I can think is why didn't I do this years ago.

They gave me another vision test. Part of me was secretly hoping for bionic eyesight, but that didn't happen. I came out 20/15 and I hope I get to keep this. They said some folks will continue to get better and can get to 20/10. That would be awesome. The doctor came in and did his exam. He said that there is a chance over the next couple of weeks that there could be times over the next couple of weeks where my vision will not be as clear as it is today. Not to worry, that is normal and is part of the healing process. It will return to where it is supposed to be. I already have a dry spot on my left eye, and he stressed the important of continuing to use those Systane Preservative Free drops as often as possible. I did do the punctual plugs during surgery, which is supposed to help with dry eyes. He said if my eye starts feeling painful, then it means a problem. He also told me it could take a couple days before swelling to start, because the eye is now reacting very slowly. Basically, it takes a while for the eye to know it is supposed to start healing itself. Everything was looking good and I have to return for another check up in a week. I remembered to ask for copies of everything I had signed the day before, and they looked confused but they did provide them. I'm not thrilled that I had to ask.

August 30th
2nd Checkup


Saturday, August 23, 2014

PINCHme Samples Open August 26th,

PINCHme Samples will be open August 26th, 12pm EDT.

If you haven't heard of PINCHme, here is a little bit about it. PINCHme gives you the unique opportunity to discover new products and try them for free. When the samples open, then you pick your samples and then will mail them to you. After you have tried them, you log into your PINCHme account and leave your feedback. Simple.

Just a word of advice, you will want to log into your account and pick your samples as close as you can to the time they are opened, otherwise the good ones can run out within a few hours.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Honest Company August 2014

I received my Honest Company Essential Bundle this week. I had to get a replacement body wash and shampoo as I ran out. This is my favorite body wash by far, it has a very light tangerine vanilla scent and has a great consistency. I heard that Costco has an amazing deal for a huge bottle for $15, I need to find it at a nearest Costco. I also needed new spray sunscreen as I go through a lot during my summer jobs. I need to update once I get to test it out. I also ordered the bubble bath, as I ran out and I love taking relaxing baths. Thankfully they have changed the formula, as the old formula was very watery and the new formula is thicker. They also included a cute bubble wand, though it is geared for kids I love it! My bff got the chap stick set so I was very excited to add it on because I loved it. The vanilla orange and lavender mint ones smell amazing. I read the honest company blog and they recently did an article on 7 uses for baby powder that I found pretty interesting. You can use as a finishing powder for setting makeup, an after shave, use to absorb sweat, use to absorb the smell in sneakers, to repel sand, and can sprinkle on sheets to keep them cooler at night. I also received rinse aid and vegetable wash that I can't wait to use and test out. This month they announced they announced the new organic shave oil. I LOVE this stuff soo much. I was a little dissapointed at the size, but I am noticing a little goes a long way. This stuff is certified organic, hypoallergenic, prevents nicks, cuts, and razor burn. When I  used this I was not expecting to be cooling so that was surprising but I loved it. It was very soothing and conditioning and my skin felt great afterwards. I already added it to my next bundle.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Allure Fall Beauty Bag 2014 - SALE ALERT

The Allure 2014  Fall Beauty Bag is going on sale August 26th, at 12:00 PM EST. This box sells out in minutes, so you do not want to be late. Just go to The site isn't open yet, but should be when it comes closer to the sale time. The cost is $44.95 + Shipping. This is more than in past years, but still worth it. The box generally ships fairly quickly after the sale ends!

Aloxxi Dry Shampoo - $12
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Oil Nourishing Styling Treatment - $11.50
Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturizer - $8
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Shampoo - $6
John Frieda Frizz Ease Go Curlier Heat Activated Spray - $9
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Intense After Colour Conditioner - $12
Make It Straight - $16
Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Leave in Treatment - $6
Redken Blonde Idol BBB Spray - $19
Organic Doctor Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Restorative Treatment Conditioner - $12
Tresemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment - $8

Clean & Clear Advantage Soothing Acne Scrub - $5
BAN Total Refresh Cooling Body Wipes - $3
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - $11
Curel Rough Skin Rescue - $8
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash - $9
Organic Doctor Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask - $10
Organic Doctor Organic Tea Tree Face Wash - $10

ELF Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - $3
Burts Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon - $7
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish Duo - $15
Real Techniques Blush Brush - $9

Arm & Hammer Spin Brush Truly Radiant - $9
Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste - $4

This is one of the most fun boxes out there, because there are just so many different products. I really like how there is a lot for hair this time, which will be necessary going into the fall/winter seasons. I'll let you know my thoughts after it arrives.

Allure Sample Society August 2014 Review

Allure has recently taken over Sample Society. The box is still $15 a month, plus shipping. It's very similar to the cheaper versions of BirchBox and Ipsy. This months theme is the Big Easy, and was designed with the thought of creating an effortless style. That's inspiring.
 I'm loving the new Red Box. It debuted last month, but I'm still liking it.
We now get info booklets, that talk about the products in the box. Instead of the mini magazines that discuss things unrelated to what's in the box. I miss the mini mags, but I much prefer info on the actual items. I am thrilled that Allure gives tips on what they discovered about the items. Very helpful and much appreciated!
 First Look!
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment - I'm still too nervous to actually put oil on my T-zone. I don't care how expensive or fancy you are, or even who thinks it cool, I am just not there yet. It supposed to only take a drop or two, but Allure says you will need more to actually cover the face.
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Peony - I really like Too Faced products, so I'm happy to see another one. I was trying to figure out if this was more lipstick, or lipgloss. It goes on wet, but is very matte. Allure gives the tip that it's a bit drying, so be sure to use a lip balm first. It's already sounding like work.
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara in Black Ice - This is another brand I'm really liking lately. I'm pretty picky about mascaras, but I do like trying different kinds.
Ciate Paint Post nail polish in Cha Cha Cha - Love the cute mini bottle. Seriously, who ever uses up an entire bottle anyway? Mini's are perfect. I love this color for toes in the summer. Allure agrees with me.
Oribe Surfcomber Touseld Texture Mousse - I don't use mousse, but I'm keeping this on hand for when my sister visits and always asks if I have any mousse. The scent is citris and jasmine, so I don't know yet if it will be too strong for her. I like the bottle though. This is supposed to be a good alternative to using the surf spray. It is recommended to use on dry hair, because when used on wet hair it can have a crunchy feel.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Whish Shave Cream and Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum - August 2014 Review

What I'm raving about this week!

I love Whish Products. If you aren't familiar, they are Luxury line made up of naturally sourced and organic ingredients. No harsh chemicals. I just picked up a combo pack at Costco this weekend $19.99. It came with two shave creams and one flawless shave serum.
No harsh chemicals. Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, DEA and TEA free, and Petrochemical Free. No animal testing.
Whish Shave Cream - $20. It's best described as a whipped lotion. It comes in seven different flavors, I've got Pomegranate here. It is not too thick and it also does not lather like a gel with sulfate. It's applies smoothly like a lotion, and provides a close shave. It left my legs feeling moisturized. It does not take much, which is a concept I'm still getting used to since I'm used to gels. The Pomegranate fragrance is understated, which is important to me since I don't like things overly fragranced. I love the fruit flavors and Pomegranate is one of my favorites.
Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum - $22.50 It's designed to use post shave or wax, and combats those pesky razor bumps and ingrown hairs. It just takes a really small amount, and you can rub into your bikini area or underarm. I tried this years ago, when I got it at a day spa. I have not run across it since, so I'm actually pretty thrilled to find this. If you have not tried this stuff, you are missing out!
At some point, I intend to try some of the other products with the flavors Blueberry and Lemongrass. If you would like to read more about the Whish product lines, click here.