Coloured Raine Review

I have always loved bright colors. The brighter the better but when it comes to my lipstick I have always been a pink,purple,nude and red type of girl. I have always wanted to step outside the box but never had the nerve to do so.

I came across this company called Coloured Raine and as  I was perusing the cosmetics, I saw some of the brightest “out of the box” colors I have seen. I decided to just take the plunge and I ordered three liquid lipsticks and one normal lipstick.

As soon as I received them I immediately put on a color that I would have never even thought of trying before.

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Wearing Emerald Raine

I absolutely loved the green!

Here are my thoughts and the other colors that I purchased.

First Impression: Tula vs Beco

This review is just my personal opinion. I purchased the Tula with my own money and the Beco I received after attending the baby wearing VIP at Mommycon Orlando. My hopes are that after you read this, you can make an informed decision about what type of carrier would work for you and your child.

I have a toddler Tula right now and the Beco Soleil

Lets start with the specs. I will be giving the specs of the standard Tula and the Beco Soleil since they are comparable. Toddler Tula weight and hight limit starts at 25lb and 35in. I want to write this article with first time babyweares in mind. I have also owned a few standard Tula but I don’t have pics to compare at this moment. They have a lot of similar specs so I will just put down a few differences. If you would like the full specs of the Beco Soleil and The Standard Tula just check out the links.

Beco Soleil Specs($140):

  • Front, Hip and back carry options
  • Newborn to toddler(with purchase of infant insert) 7-45lbs
  • padded headrest
  • ability to cross straps across back
  • key ring and toy ring on carrier
  • Has detachable pocket that is great for storage when out and about. Also has pocket on waist belt.
  • weight of carrier is 1.3lbs
  • 100% cotton which is great for warm temps

Wanted to add that for a newborn option you can also use the Beco Gemini($150). NO need for infant insert because you can make the base narrow to fit newborn and change it as baby gets older, unlike the Soleil and the Tula you also have the option of facing baby forward(as well as side carry, back and facing parent)it also has the padded headrest that the Tula does not have. This carrier goes from 7-35lbs.

Standard Tula($149) Toddler Tula($169)

  • Used from 15-45lbs
  • can be used from birth with toddler insert as well
  • has pocket on waist belt
  • weight of carrier 2lbs
  • carrier has canvas which can be very warm in hot temps

There are some of the differences. I have to say that I love both of them but the Beco beats the Tula for me only because you have so many more options of how you can carry. I also LOVE the padded head rest, so does my son who sometimes likes to lean back and his head is supported better with the Beco.

One main difference is the safety buckle feature. With Tula you have a small elastic band that you are supposed to feed the buckle through. Many people do not use this which is not good. It’s so important to use. Sometimes buckles can come undone, little hands could unbuckle it. This elastic band keeps your child IN your carrier and not falling to the ground.

The Beco has the same kind of latch that you see in shopping carts. You need two hands to unlatch the buckles. This is great because is a no fuss approach.

 

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The Tula has elastic for the shoulder straps and waist band, the Beco has the tri lock for shoulder straps and waist. They tighten differently as well. While wearing a Tula with baby facing you, you would pull straps towards the front. The Beco you pull straps back(like you are skiing) Can be a little confusing when you are wearing these two interchangeable but not a deal breaker.

The straps are what sold me on the Beco. I loved that my ergo had straps that I could wear cris -cross however I like the comfort of the Tula better so I purchased that(I also didn’t know about beco at the time). Beco is the baby of the ergo and tula in my mind lol. It takes the best of both and adds new features.

ImageTula is comfortable because the straps come down lower past your shoulders however, as my son gets bigger I like that I can reinforce my carry by making the straps cross in the Beco. My husband who has a bad back also liked this feature as well.

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Toddler Tula vs. Beco Soleil (sorry I didn’t have a great pick of standard Tula font carry)

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The truth about carriers is that they are like jeans, what works for me may not work for you. I would greatly suggest going to a local learn and play at your baby wearing chapter. If you don’t have one then check out a store local to you that sells different carriers and try them out. If that is not an option there are a few online stores that offer a 30 day return policy, that way you can try out the carrier and see if you like it. (Abby’s Lane is a great online store that offers this)

All in all I have to say that I really do love the Beco over the Tula. The price point is about the same but I like the added features that Beco has to offer and the comfort is key. What have been some of your favorite carriers and why?

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Picture This

Gone are the days where we go and get our photos developed and put them in our photo albums or picture frames. We live in a digital age, so many people put their pics on social media. There are companies that will print your pictures from your social media accounts so you have a tangible copy.

I was looking for something to print out our memories from a family vacation we took with our friends to Disney

Nowvel is a company I found and I love their concept.*

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The pictures are put in a book and sent to you. The modern look is great for a coffee book table or bookshelf. It’s a great way to put your memories on display. This is the first book that I have ordered and I will be ordering a few more. I know there are a lot of companies that will take your memories and put them in a book. One thing I like about this particular company is that the pictures inside are not in a grid format.

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When you open the book you see ONE fluid picture. I haven’t seen one done like this. It’s a perfect gift for your loved ones, to have your favorited pics in one album, vacations, weddings, baby shower. The gift giving is endless with these cute books. Also if you have more than one, you will be able to find it on the shelf …

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Don’t mind the creases, my toddler decided he wanted to hold onto the book with wet hands.

One other nice feature is in the very back of the book is a note section, a perfect place to write a favorite memory.

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This company also has an app so you can create your book on the go. I have to say that this company has gained a returning customer. I will be making a few more books of my families memories and putting them on display in my home.

*All of these thoughts are my own. I purchased this product with my own money, this is not a sponsored post. I just like to share with you my readers companies I like.

Plump it UP:LipFusion Review

I have been venturing out into the makeup world again. I feel like it’s time to do things for me again. I recently was flipping through the channels and saw E News has a segment called Love It?Buy it. That day they featured LipFusion and I had heard great things about the brand. I just didn’t want to drop the $29 a piece for lipgloss. Well the deal was too good to pass up.  I received THREE for the price of one. It’s the InFatuation line so it has plumping agents in the lip gloss.

The three colors I received were

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Left to right : In the flesh, Lollipop, Full Frontal

IMG_5673Creating a swatch got me excited. I loved all three colors. The gloss is nice and smooth and the applicator is a great brush that helps you apply with great precision. The plumping agent does make your lips tingle a bit but that is usual in plumping lip gloss. The gloss is thick so it stays on a long time.  All in all I would def but these at full price.

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Wearing: Lipfusion Full Frontal

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Wearing Lipfusion in Lollipop

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Wearing Lipfusion In the Flesh

Product Review: Carol’s Daugher Hair Milk Pudding

Many years ago I decided I would try the Hair Milk from the Carol’s Daughter Hair line and I have to say that I was NOT impressed and I was a little sad because I was newly natural at that time and SO MANY people sang praises about this line and it just didn’t work for my hair.

I frequent Sephora a lot and I noticed that Carol’s Daughter had reinvented the hair milk and also created a new line of shampoo, conditioners and styling products. I was intrigued but I was scared from my previous experience with it. To my surprise when I opened up my August CurlBox I was excited to see that I had received a full size product of Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding.

This Product is $22 at your local Sephora

I was still a little nervous about trying it but I thought to myself “you signed up for curlbox to try products, so give it a go” I knew already that they no longer used mineral oil in the product so I was excited to try it.

The consistency is that of lotion and I used it on dry hair. I have to say that I didn’t care for the smell but I added some lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil and I loved the results. It has been one of the BEST twist out results I have had since I have been natural! I would recommend this. Check out the results and what I had to say about the product in this video.