[Note: This review is completely unsolicited. I have not been asked to review this product, nor am I receiving any compensation for doing so.] All that being said, carry on to read up on Neutrogena Wave…
Okay, so i’m a little bit of a sucker for all things gizmo like. So, really, it’s kinda surprising that i waited this long to try out the Neutrogena Wave. I remember seeing ads for it a million years ago featuring that adorable little girl who likes to show her goodies in adult magazines while at the same time also working for Disney. Most of those teeny bopper facial products annoy me, even more so – their advertisements… like the ad for Clean and Clear Morning Burst where the roommate is all like; “Whoah, you look like shit. You should wash your face” and so our heroine spashes herself in the face with some orangy smelling soap and suddenly she’s “Waking up to love” and dancing around her living room in her jammies playfully wrestling, which turns into a tickle fight, which turns into them smelling each others hair, and leaning in as the tension mounts and…wait, i think that version only exists in my head. sorry. got off track there.
I bought the N.Wave and brought it home, remarking that it’s bubble gum pink colour just about makes me barf with it’s girliness. But lately i have been annoyed by these teeny tiny little zits splattered all across my forehead, and i thought maybe some deep cleaning action would help me.
On my first use, i was skeptical – it didn’t lather up the way the promo clearly says it does… i don’t know why i was surprised, my cheeseburgers from Burger King don’t look the same when i get them from the restaurant either. Moving on.
I thought that maybe i just didn’t keep it under water long enough or give it a chance to lather up before i used it, but upon further inspection of the Neutrogena cleaning pad, there is a tiny little dollop of cleanser on the pad, so i used my finger to rub it around under the stream before trying again. much better.
The initial feeling of the cleaner had a familiar buzzy feeling to it…. waaaaaaitasecond….. coupled with the ‘ergonomic’ shape of the device…..fuuuuuck….this is totally a vibrator! i did a quick rub on the lady bits (over the jammies) yup, totally a vibrator!
I was torn between the ingenious marketing brilliance – finding a way to make masturbating okay for young girls… and also wondering “Who are they kidding? As if it’s not totally a vibrator!” – it’s like when you buy one of those pocket rockets that’s marketed as a “Massager” (i’m totally doing the finger quotations there, just imagine it…are you imagining it?)
Can you picture this?:
Sally: “Mom,…so, uhm, will you buy me this, uhm, exfoliating facial cleanser? i totally need to, like, exfoliate more, …….like, every day…. so, uhm, will you buy it for me?”
later that day
Henry: “Wow, Martha, Sally sure has been cleaning her face a lot these days… Don’t get me wrong…, her skin looks fabulous, but i wonder about the time she’s been spending in the bathroom…”
and Martha says: “You wanna start something? Start with Bobby’s gym socks, and the why we never have any hand lotion. i’m just glad she moved on from the electronic toothbrush” (<– i kid you not, when i was selling the sex toys i read an article from head office that said that these days the electronic toothbrush is often a young person’s first ‘vibrating’ experience….yeah…think about THAT!)
apparently, the kit i bought is the OLD one, there’s already a second generation Wave with TWO SPEEDS!! It also comes in green and teal and blue. i wish i knew that before i got my girly pink one. sigh.
anyway – my skin WAS noticeably softer after the first use, just as the box said it would… i was amazed. Like, it really exfoliates, baby.
On the next use i spread the dollop of cleanser around on the pad under the running water to see if that made for more foam. I continued cleaning face, wondered if i wasn’t cleaning face long enough because there was still lots of foam in the pad, not so much on my face. B-rad checked to box… “Safe for use in the shower…” In the shower, where a person is nude, in the water… the hot…steamy water… this thing is TOTALLY a vibrator.
Being the completely professional product researcher that i am….i took it into the shower… TO TEST THE FACE CLEANING PROPERTIES!! GAWD!! …and also, to see how this thing would hold up downtown… nice. although, i am seeing the wisdom of having two speeds now. hm.
But i digress:
Overall, this little machine does a pretty good job of cleaning my face. My skin did look brighter, but i’m not sure if that’s from the exfoliating or just the ‘afterglow’ ifyouknowwhatimean…wink…
As far as price point goes, it’s really not that bad. It’s fairly affordable, and the start up kit comes with the cleaner and a box of cleanser pads. Now, that’s where they’ll get you – with the cleaning pads. But there are a few options there, cuz i found them for you, cuz i love you. The first option – on the Neutragena websites, you can download a coupon for $2.00 off the foaming cleanser pads. Canadians Click Here… Americans Click Here (Americans can get a $3.00 off the startup kit coupon, lucky ducks). So, that should help. BUT, if you’re even MORE Cheap Frugal – you can try this option, which i tested for you, cuz i love you.
First, find some cotton pads for face cleaning, like these:
They will stick pretty well to the velcro-like surface of the Wave. You can cut them in half, or trim them, or whatever if you’re that motivated.
Next, add your favourite face cleaner, like this:
Then run the whole thing under some water and away you go! You get the same exfoliating results for just pennies. EL CHEAPO! No need to thank me. But could you imagine if that face cleaner actually existed?? Bitchez? yeeeahh.
Now, Neutragena does offer different types of foaming cleansing pads, for Shine-Free Blemish-Free, Deep Clean Foaming, or Gentle Exfoliating – but if you really don’t care, or want to fall into their PROPAGANDA (haha) the Do-It-Yourself way is way cheaper. Plus, if you’re like me and you’ve already purchased some mid/high priced facial cleaner – and you want to MERGE those two worlds, you can.
So – time for my arbitrary rating system:
- Colour – 2/5 (if i had known there were more colours when i bought the damn thing, it’d be higher, i’m not really into Barb!e pink.
- Exfoliating – 4/5 (Yeah, my skin glows)
- Cost – 3/5 (Fairly mid price point range, but the cleaning pads are costly, but you can totally find ways around that)
- Rub a Dub 4/5 (Not bad for a beginner’s vibe. Personally, i prefer the Rock Chick, but that’s just me. Gotta start somewhere, i guess)
- Disney Celebrities who pose Nude 1/1 (Top Marks!)
- Disney Celebrities who make me jealous by sleeping with Zac Efron 1/1 (<–Bitchez!)
This contest is now closed. Congrats to KathyB! Winner of the poster!
I am hosting an 18×24” Rolled Poster Print giveaway sponsored by UPrinting.com. You will love their photo-quality poster prints! Create your own photo enlargement or custom poster for free!!
UPrinting has been specializing in online printing for over 25 years.
Their website is super easy to use and let you proof the file (for free!) before finalizing your order. UPrinting also offers Canvas Printing, Business Cards, Postcards, Brochures and more!
This contest is UNFORTUNATELY only open to US Residents… Sorry my fellow Canucks…
it’s absolutely free! Free Poster, Free UPS Ground Shipping (for you lucky US Residents)
it’s beautiful, non?
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what YOU would do with your 18×24 poster!
Optional (for extra entries):
2. You can blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post, as well as to UPrinting.com
3. If you are not already doing it, follow me on Twitter @iamthediva (don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know!)
4. Tweet this giveaway @iamthediva with the trending topic #divagiveaway
The winner of the Wrap Cap giveaway goes to Nan from Things I’ve Found in Pockets
She is the proud new owner of the Original Wrap Cap in Charcoal Grey! sweet!
Thanks to all those who entered, and to those who checked out Anni’s sites! If you still want to place an order with Anni, remember to mention my review to receive 25% off your purchases!
**This giveaway is now closed!**
The word ‘Conscious’ can be defined as
- Having an awareness of one’s environment and one’s own existence, sensations, and thoughts.
- Mentally perceptive or alert; awake (via dictionary.com)
for more information on the Philosophy behind Conscious Alterations, please see their webpage here
I met Anni back when i lived in Calgary and developed an incredible girly crush on her designs. Not only does she create these amazing hats, but she creates costumes and flags for dancing and amazing leg warmers and whatever else tickles her fancy. i started my own personal collection small… starting with the Wrap Cap:
and over time i added a pair of orange flags to my collection – neon orange, black light sensitive… perfect for a mind altering dancing experience, and brown leg warmers… a MUST for anyone who lives in the Great White North… i’m not even kidding. They keep my legs warm at the same time adding a distinct style to my day to day!
Anni sent me a Pocket Belt a few weeks ago to try out and review… i’ve worn it every day since it arrived in the mail. Let me tell you how great it’s been to be wearing these pockets. Now i have a place for things like my cell phone, my car keys, a pen, business cards, and i still have pockets for cash, my ID, the other day i walked around with a toy car in my pockets all day that i had forgotten about.
As a new mom, these pockets have been oh so handy. This Pocket belt gives me the freedom to go PURSE FREE when i want to go for a walk, or head to the movies… no more putting my bag on the coke spilled floor.
That belt is made from sturdy stuff! Outdoor grade nylon to withstand heavy wear and use, and with snaps so the pockets can be removed and the belt can be put through belt loops on your pants (Form + Function! Sweet!) – you can also opt to wear one of the two pockets at any given time, and sewn onto the belt is an extra loop for uses such as hanging your keys off, or a pen holder.
It’s off the beaten path of accessories. It’s making a statement, consciously. It’s accessing change!
And now the goods:
Anni is giving away to one lucky reader an Original Wrap Cap in Charcoal grey. This CAN BE YOURS!!
Here’s how to enter:
for extra entries:
a. Visit my Home Blog and leave a comment that says: I’m Consciously Altered
b. Tweet about this on twitter with the hashtag #consciouslyaltered
c. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the URL
The giveaway will close Sunday September 6th at 6:00 pm Central Time
I will choose a winner randomly using Random.org
However, if you just don’t want to wait to find out if you won – mention this review when placing an order and receive 25% off! Sweet deal!!
Hey folks, i am still getting used to this whole wordpress thing. Hopefully i can iron out the kinks, or at least enlist other WP users to help me out.
There are quite a few things on the backburner at Casa Diva – reviews that are partially written… giveaways to post, product to review coming my way – and i’m going to share it all with you… these are the things you won’t want to miss out on, so if you haven’t already added me to your feeds – make sure you do so!
This giveaway was originally posted at my home site. This Giveaway is closed
What’s your Secret Obsession?
Well, i’ll tell you one thing, that sexy pants Eva Mendes is one of my secret obsessions. Seriously. Look at that hawtness. And do i detect a hint of Nipple there? yes. yes i do. Thank you Eva, thank you.
It’s hard for me to really divulge what my secret obsessions are, mostly because i’m fairly open to what i’m into, so that doesn’t make for good reading.
Here are a few things, that – yes, i am about to divulge to you internets – consequences be damned.
1. Boybands. I know, it’s totally, like, everything i’m against in popular music, like, y’know? But OMG they are just, like, so totally cute and junk. But for serious, i do have a secret obsession with boybands. I admit it. I am a little ashamed, but it’s true. See, as a woman – they are well groomed handsome, seemingly romantic and polite gentlemen…. and as a musician – i’m a sucker for anyone who can sing – especially when it’s in 4 part harmony. I KNOW, i know. I know that it’s not what you would expect from a die hard TOOL fan.
well, maybe OBSESSION is kind of a strong word, but you know what i mean.
2. Hands and Wrists. You could be deeeeaaaaad sexy, but if you’re a man and you have prissy girly hands, well then i’m sorry, it’s a no go.. What it takes to make this motor run are manly hands with the perfect accenting accessories. A perfect example of this is Big Chunky Rings, or wrist bands, or sometimes even nail polish (in a rare case i found my self attracted to Dave Nevaro because of his hands… but i got over it, don’t worry) Johnny Depp has this down to a science and his hands and wrists are a large reason why he is in my top five Fuckable Men list. Yeah….
And conversly, if you’re a totally hawtness lady and you’ve got the curves and the sex appeal and general hot factor – but your hands are manish and veiny, that can turn you from a hero to a big fat zero…. case in point: Angelina Jolie. What the hell happened to her? She used to be the number one on my Doable Dames list, but then she got all uber skinny and her hands got all skinny and old looking, seriously she looks like she has the hands of an 80 year old man! No matter how sexy her sex appeal is, the thought of those hands anywhere near me make me dry up like an raisin in the sun my friends.
So another thing that i’m secretly obsessed with?
Currently i’m obsessed with:
3. anything deep fried or smothered in cheese. But i blame that on the gallstones. B-rad and i have decided that once i have my sugery (which i have on good athority is being scheduled for early January… Hopefully in the first week of January) we are going to have what B-rad has been calling: “Laura the Great’s Glorious Gluttonous Revenge on those GallDanged Gallstones Gala…be there” which will be a celebration of all things fatty and delicious that i have not been able to eat but have had to watch everyone around me eat. That’s right, i’m going to fill a kiddie pool with french fries and cheese curds and smother it with gravy and then roll around in it in my underwear. Oooh Lordy.
The thought of letting some sexy vampire bite me in the throes of passion make me a little tingly in my lady bits… yeah, you could say i wanna be a fangbanger – a la True Blood style. Something about the highly unattainable sexy undead….something about ‘em. sigh
5. Paper Supplies
Whhhaaaa??? yeah, i know. it’s a weird one, but i’m an odd duck. Ever since i can remember, i’ve had a love affair with paper supplies. I love the feel of a notebook in my hands. i love the way the perfect pen glides across the surface of the page. Sometimes i love watching the ink dry from glistening black to a matte. Oh, for the record, it’s Black for rollerball ink pens, and Blue for ball point – and always medium point.
So, what’s the point of all this? well – here’s the thing. The good folks at Calvin Klein want to know what your secret obsession is, and frankly so do i. So, why not fess up and tell me? c’mon, i’m a good listener and i’d never judge you. If your obsession is dressing up like a pony and having your partner ride you around the living room, that’s okay. Of if you’re into squishing vanilla pudding between your toes i can get behind that. Lemme know. And if you DO let me know YOU could win!
The holidays are almost here and as part of the season of giving, we would love to offer you a Calvin Klein Secret Obsession giveaway for your readers.
This review was originally posted on my home blog. This contest is now closed
Remember when i was given a Free Zune to try out and review? well, that same company has sent me another package of goodies to review! This time it was Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers Scent line….
When i opened my package – there was goodies GALORE inside!!
What i received was a bottle of each of the fragrances to try, Love, Lil’ Angel, G, Music, and Baby. as well as 30 sample cards to give away to all my friends and family that have all 5 scents for them to try.
i love perfume, but i don’t wear it often because b-rad doesn’t like a lot of scents. so i was pleased as punch to have a reason to wear it. The thing about reviewing a scent is, that everybody has a different taste in smells, and every ones body chemistry will react differently… so while one scent might smell one way on me, it might smell completely different on you! I found that the great thing about this line is that with five different scents, you’re bound to find one that works for you. As for me, my personal fave is “G”, the “Gwen” scent. It has a very summery smell, kinda like coconut. mmm. and it’s really light too, so the sexy hubby doesn’t mind it. My mom relly liked “Love”, although when she first put it on i thought: “whoah! that is strong!” but all it needed was to breathe a bit and it was sweet and delicat and very pretty.
i found that was the case with some of the others as well, that as they had a little air they really were quite nice, and i found myself loving the “Lil Angel” as well. “Baby” is very sweet, almost candy like, and “Music” is also quite nice, although not my favourite – it’s a bit musky for me.
So, now on to the free stuff, cuz what kind of a reviewer would i be if i didn’t share the love with y’all?
Along with all my super cool stuff, including a sweet carry bag and a makeup bag, they also gave me a small bottle with the Harajuku Lovers doll, not just the sampler, of the fragrance “Music” that could be yours!!!
and how do you win such a FABULOUS prize you ask?? well, it’s simple. First head on over to the Harajuku Lovers website and look around, then come back here and tell me which your favourite HL fragrance is in the comments! That’s it!
Be sure you leave a valid email and stuff… cuz otherwise i can’t get a hold of you to let you know if you won!
But wait!!! there’s more!! Put up a link to this contest on your blog and you’ll be entered again. Please make sure you come back and leave a comment with a LINK to your post.
The contest will end Sunday night at midnight CST and i will be randomly choosing a winner and i’ll announcing it sometime next week. i wish i could give you a definate date, but the baby is priority number one. I would say if you’re entering to watch your email. i’ll give the winner 24hrs to get back to me before i move on to the next person.
Oh and for the gents, this could be an easy christmas present for a lady friend…. free free free!!
rock on, smelly people!!
This review was originally posted on my home blog.
*This contest is now closed!*
i’ve been working on this post for a while, so i’m just going to jump right into it, or it will never get done! y’know?
of course, i jumped at the chance to check it out!*
* i should note here that Zunes are new to Canada as of this Summer, and that’s why they wanted a Canadian to do a review on one
So, i received the news that i was being sent a Zune on July 3rd (for those of you who’ve been following along, i went into labour 8 weeks early and delivered my son on July 5th and spent the first two and a half weeks of his life going back and forth to the hospital) so when my nifty new Zune arrived i didn’t really have the time to do the zune justice, and it stayed in the box while my life settled down. Anyway, now i have some time** – so here we go:
**thanks for those of you who’ve asked, my son is doing wonderfully – growing and eating and generally being an awesome baby!
When i received the zune in the mail i was pretty excited!
it came with an adapter and headphones.
fancy and prettyMicrosoft’s answer to the iPod, it’s sleek and sexy – with a full colour screen and pretty cool looking touch scrolling mechanism
the 8G Zune is so slim, much slimmer than my 60G Video iPod. It will hold Music, videos, pictures, plays FM radio, podcasts, is compatible with xBox 360 – has wireless connection to your computer, and you can send songs directly from Zune to Zune. Cool, no? Yeah.
A downside being the amount of packaging there is for the accessories, i mean – how big of a box do you need for earphones? but that’s a small thing.
So, when i finally got my shit together to try it out – i learned that it is not compatible with Mac computers***. Gah. I thought maybe it would show up on my computer as a regular MP3 player, but no. it doesn’t. Boo. I think, personally, that if Microsoft was trying to compete with iPod, they’d make it Mac compatible. i mean, i understand that they’re made for PCs – but there are a lot of Mac users out there, that’s a pretty big market they’re missing out on. But, apparently they will be compatble with Macs… eventually
*** oh yeah, as someone in my comment section so lovingly mentioned, i actually DO have Windows for my Mac, and the Zune still doesn’t work…why? because the setup software that you have to download from the Zune website is not Mac compatible, and while i’m on the subject, i’m not really into the whole Mac vs PC on this blog, in fact i rarely bring up the fact that i work on a Mac at all. In this case, i was merely stating the fact that i work on a Mac computer and the Zune is not compatible – and that’s a shame. Cuz the zune looks really cool.
So, i went out to my mom and dad’s for the afternoon to set up my Zune on their PC and signed onto the Zune Social network – which looked pretty cool. But once i signed in, it started automatically converting all the music on my mom’s computer to the Zune format… and the computer wouldn’t recognize my Zune. I went to look for help on the Zune site, and found myself in the Forums where more people had the same problem i was having, their PCs weren’t recognizing their Zunes. i looked and looked – but everywhere i looked i found the same problem, but no solution!
Free time is something i don’t have a lot of, and after spending over a half hour trying to figure it out, i just gave up. Maybe the fault was mine, or maybe my mom’s computer wasn’t good enough, but i couldn’t muck around with it anymore. i had a baby to feed and take care of.
Long story short – it looks pretty sweet, but as my computer is an Apple, i’ll be giving mine away.
but wait!! THERE’S MORE!!!!
For participating in this program, they gave me a SECOND ZUNE TO GIVE AWAY!! and i want YOU to have it.
So, i’m having a contest. To enter, leave a comment telling me how awesome i am… and for a second entry, link to this post on your blog telling people about this contest and leave the URL in the comments section! The contest will close this Friday at Midnight (CST)
the winner will be drawn randomly from the entries some time next week.
If you don’t have a blog, make sure you leave a valid email address where i can get a hold of you if you win. And also, if you don’t have a blogging username, leave your name in the comment as well. thanks.