Sunday, September 11, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Happy hump day all! I have always been on a diet, gimic, or way of life ever since I can remember. I always felt bigger even when I was younger. I look back and think I was just a normal size. Not fat. Not skinny. Normal. I wish someone taught me self love to save me lots of money in dieting and self analysis. I have always been that girl on the quest for higher knowledge. Healthy mind. Healthy body. I will always be the one to do yoga or read the self help book. I'm okay with that. I love that about myself. I'm always transforming into something new. I love change. Every time I do transform a bit. I feel myself becoming better and better. As if I'm molding myself into the woman I always envisioned myself to be. Fast forward 20 years later... I decided to do whole30 about a few months back. I think the end of January. It was an amazing journey that led to going down a size in pants. Clearing my skin. Respecting my body more. But the best thing yet, was learning how to read nutrition labels and truly understand them. I did a few rounds but as the summer was ending, I was getting way to antsy and feeling really restricted. Also I kind of had enough of meat as I was eating it with every meal as a source of protein. I sometimes do no meat for a week or so and decided I wanted to go Vegan. Including no fish since I don't eat seafood anyway. No eggs, I had been eating hundreds on whole30. It's been I think a week or two weeks this weekend. I don't feel restricted at all. It's nice to be able to have healthy grains like a normal person. Organic whole wheat pasta with veggies. Etc. One thing on whole30 I have still stuck with is no dairy. If I get a coffee out now I always order Almond or Coconut milk. Even at home. I stumbled upon this great list today that sounded amazing and encouraging all the benefits of going Vegan. I look forward to seeing this benefits as well as feeling them. The best part yet is knowing my body is healthy on the inside. So here's to the next chapter in my never ending "beginnings". I'm always proud of my courage and will to commit, and want to make myself better than the day before :)
Signing off a "Vegan" Coffee Diva
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Happy Labor day weekend all! I hope.you have been well. I am back and sharing my little fall vignette. I added some touches of autumn to the apartment today while I had off. I used items I purchased the previous year as well as one or two newbies from T.J Maxx. I love to shop the apartment first when the seasons change to look for good items before I shop.
Well I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Im back to work next week. My new full time hours have begun. I recently received a promotion at work. I've been so thankful and proud. Anyways enjoy all things fall and pumpkin spice related. My favorite 🍊🍊🍊
P.S I've enjoyed a few PSLs from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts already 😂
Signing off a "thankful" Diva
Friday, July 22, 2016
Good afternoon all. It's a steamy one in New York. I am off today. I work the weekend, so I thought i'd do a quick review. I tried out the new Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish remover pads. They are absolutely amazing! I am so glad I was able to try them from Influenster (In this sample box) and Cutex. One little pad is soaked in nail polish remover that will take off both hands nail polish. No matter what color. I tried light and dark. They have a nice light scent. You can get pretty much at any drug store. Target. Etc. The best part yet is they keep your nail hydrated. It won't dry them out. Or make them chip. I will definitely be purchasing again. I give 5 coffee cups out of 5.
Have you guys ever purchased them? If so thoughts?
Signing off a "Well manicured" Coffee Diva
Friday, July 15, 2016
Hello my coffee family! T.G.I.F. I hope you all missed me. Sorry for my absence, I started an amazing new job in the city. It has taken me a little while to settle into routine again since I was out of work about a year. I couldn't be happier. It is very challenging. Exciting. Fun. Best thing is I get to be independent. I hope you are all doing really good and enjoying your summer.
I have a new review for you that I had tried about a month ago. The nicest brand messaged me on Instagram to try out their coffee. Naturally I jumped at the offer to taste test coffee! Duh! The company is called Intelligent Blends. They sell all Organic K-cups at great prices. Everything is free shipping even their sampler packs! Bio-degradable K-cups. Best yet, the coffee is amazing! They offer dark roast, french roast, decaf, bold, medium, as well as some tea assortments. Cocoa and cider. The K-Cups I tried in the picture all are 5 coffee cups out of 5. Full bodied Arabica coffee blends that you can tell are fresh. Flavorful. As well as gourmet quality. I highly recommend buying these K-Cups. Their prices can not be beat. I have searched high and low for affordable K-Cups. This is by far the best place. $4.99 for a sampler pack (again free shipping). Then for a big pack 48 count, $22 even. Also if you place an order. They keep track of how much you spend. It's like a rewards program. It will say "you can earn 77 beans on this product". When you reach a certain amount of "beans" you can cash in for a free box. So cool! Another way you can save even more with auto-delivery. About 2.5%. Which would make a 48 count $21.45.
I just can't say anything bad about this brand. I felt very thankful they chose me to try their products. Click here to order. I also give the company's customer service and attention to detail and their clients 5 coffee cups out of 5. It was a pleasure dealing with them.
Have you guys ever shopped with this company? Seen them on Instagram? Let me know your thoughts. Enjoy your weekend all :)
Signing off a "working" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hello all. Happy belated Memorial day weekend. I hope you had a great one. It was very hot here in N.Y.C. Mine was good. My husband's birthday was the 28th so we went out to eat and celebrated. I am catching up on work today. The past few weeks have been so busy I barely had time to post. I did a few cute DIY's last week. I painted the bottom of my kitchen chairs and also I made little vases out of old perfume bottles that I wasn't using anymore. They were just too pretty not to use anymore. I used Philosophy and Marc Jacobs. I had them out to display and style my shelves with. I decided to kick it up a notch and turn them into mini vases. And by kick it up a notch, I meant take out the pliers from the tool box and go to town on your perfume bottles lol. It took a little elbow grease but after the top broke I put the flowers in and they looked so cute! An easy free way to turn what you already have in your home into a new item. No money needed. Well I hope you enjoyed my post and have a wonderful Tuesday. Stay cool in the sun.
Do you guys like to DIY? What is your favorite DIY project that you have done. I love to DIY. It's a great way to decorate on a budget or when you have no money. As well as to put your personal touch on your stuff.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Good morning, and happy Sunday all. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I am up as my husband sleeps in. He deserves it. He had to work all day yesterday. I am pretty exhausted myself. I was busy all yesterday and sore from switching up my workout. It's worth it though.
I wanted to share a great sale going on now with you guys. I am a total candle lover. I buy candles pretty much anywhere. I love Yankee Candle of course. But they can be pricey. When they have their sales you can make out really good and stock up for a while. They have a summer sale going on now. Select tarts are $1. Votives. $5 small jar candles. They also offer a flat rate of $5 shipping. Any order. $100 or more is free shipping. They still have a lot of scents in stock. I looked yesterday but hurry and order fast because their stuff goes really quick!
What are some of your favorite Yankee Candle scents? So many to pick. I would have to say my all time favorite is Storm watch. I love so many. Hard to remember all the names lol.
You can order online here. Let me know the great items you were able to get!
Also there is a sale on bathandbodyworks as well for $3 wallflowers! Not sure how long it will last but that's a steal. I actually need to order some more. If you have coupons you can combine and make out even better.
Have a great Sunday all.
Signing off a "Sale" Coffee Diva
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Good afternoon my coffee addicts! I hope you are having a positive day. I wanted to share a review on a new item I found recently. Califia "better half" almond/coconut milk. It's dairy, soy, gluten, and carageneen free. The unsweetened version has no added sugar. I thought it tasted really good for an almond milk version. I have struggled for months on whole30 without any avail at a good tasty almond milk. This one has coconut so I feel it balances the almond flavor. And sweetens it a bit. Let's face it almond milk is pretty dead. Unless you are drinking one with sugar. This is a nice alternative. It is $2.50 at your local whole foods. I think it's not bad. Real milk had become so damn expensive. And it's unhealthy so I don't get it. This will go quick. That's the only con. I believe they sell a big bottle but I wasn't sure if I would like. Hence why I bought the small version. I wish they sold it all over. Its not easily found. My other con. (Lile with most whole30 items). I would love to try the other versions they offer even if they have a smidgen of sugar. I am 98% whole30 5 months later. I will not go back to dairy or any bread. But for me a drop of sugar in a drop of almond milk is not bad. I've changed my whole lifestyle. I give the califia better half 4 coffee cups out of 5.
Have any of you tried almond milk? What are your favorite brands?
Signing off a "better" Coffee Diva
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Happy Weekend Friends! I hope you are all happy and healthy. I have had a very rough past week. I haven't had one like this in a while. It was just one bad thing after another. I am glad I have my husband to always put my mood in perspective. He doesn't get as depressed as I can. I also suffer from bad anxiety. It's sad that it isn't as recognized as other conditions. A lot of people thing you "over react". Or you can just stop whatever you are feeling. If only they knew that at times you have no control over it. I try and reel myself in from letting it get worst. I usually am a hopeful positive person. But if I get down, I get horribly down.
When I am feeling anxious or sad I usually look for projects to do. Or I "nest" a lot. It makes me feel better and keeps my mind occupied. I decided to cleanmy balcony this morning after coffee. The weather finally has turned warm here in N.Y.C. It's dark and gloomy but I am enjoying it. I Rearranged my table and chairs. Cleaned the windows. Added some flowers. A rug. I just need some lights now. I have so much to do this weekend and a very big day ahead of me on Monday. I am nervous and hoping it's some better luck next week. I will need it.
On my whole30 journey I have had the pleasure of trying so many healthy food items that I probably would have never tried if I wasn't on whole30. I stumbled upon this bottle of Kombucha at my local supermarket and thought to try it as a treat. I have read so many health benefits in drinking Kombucha. It is said to be healthy and regulate your gut. Boost your immune system. Aide in weight loss. As well as ward off cancer or heal during. I tried the "Trilogy flavor". I found it very tart and bubbly but invigorating. I usually drink half the bottle then save half for the next day. I purchased two at Trader Joe yesterday. I was excited to see they carried them as well them being on sale for $2.99. The supermarket was $3.99. I really love how I am drinking something that is very healthy for me, and tastes great. It only has 30 calories so people who aren't on whole30 can enjoy.
I have never felt this healthy in my entire life. It really is empowering and feels great. There are days I struggle like any woman, but the good outweighs the bad. I am proud. I've been on whole30 probably 5 months now. Give or take.
I would definitely try if you are looking for a healthy drink. An alternative to ice tea or that bad sugar habit you have. It's very tart and sweet at the same time to me. Also if you are looking for good ways to nurture your gut/stomach issues. It's a nice treat to splurge on once a week. It's the simple things in life that make me happy. I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5. P.S. If you try don't shake and be careful the Kombucha shoots everywhere lol. I learned the hard way. Have a beautiful weekend all.
Have any of you ever tried Kombucha? This brand? Thoughts..
Drink in good health all :)
Signing off a "Fizzy" Coffee Diva
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
T.G.I.G everyone! Oh hey it's raining again wow what a shocker lol. I have been running around all morning and now I am in the process of doing loads of laundry. When I was sick the other week I guess it piled up a bit. I like to get everything done before the weekend so I can rest as well as be able to start the next week on a positive note. If you are like me and you love Ikea, I'm sure every summer you look forward to the coveted Ikea cataloge. It usually is hundreds of pages which stuns it's readers with the most beautiful styled rooms you can imagine. I get so many good ideas and inspiration from their books. I started collecting them a few years back.Even months or years after I receive the magazine I keep re-reading to get good tips on how to decorate. I continually am in awe of Ikea's ability to bring such design at an affordable price. I have my eye on so many pieces for the summer time. I really need to get overhead lighting. That's the one area I have neglected over the years. In apartments they don't really offer many overhead options. Anywhoo, here is a sneak peek at the new VIKTIGT collection from Ikea. Minimalists and modernists are going to flip out! I am in love with pretty much every piece they have. Especially their new rugs and lighting :)This collection will hit stores May 23rd so get crackin!!
Take a look and let me know what you all think. Do you guys shop at Ikea? What are your favorite pieces? Have a happy Friday all.
Signing off a "Minimalist" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ciao! How are you all doing this week? Sorry I was sick the past week so I have been a bit M.I.A. Now it's already May! That is crazy to me lol. So many birthday's and holidays this month. It's a peaceful rainy Wednesday here in N.Y.C. I was in the city all day yesterday. It felt good to be in a different area then where I used to work. I'm always networking and connecting for work. Never a dull moment!I have so many reviews and posts to catch up on, I wanted to start with an empty sample I just finished. Glamglow gravity mud firming mask.
I've been using this for the past two weeks or so. I used it once a week as instructed. It is a peel off mask which usually I find annoying to be honest. This mask however left my skin in really good condition after using. You have to put a decent layer of the mask on or else it will not peel off properly. The first time I used it I applied a thin amount and it was hard to get off. From then on I used more and it worked perfect. You let the silver mask dry for about 20 mins give or take. Then just peel off. I don't know about any firming properties but it cleaned out my pores great. I would definitely buy again. The price is $69 for a 1.4oz. Yes Glamglow masks are very expensive. But for good skincare, and only using once a week it should stretch a while. I will give it 4 coffee cups out of 5. You can purchase online here at sephora.com or other retailers that sell Glamglow.
Have you guys ever tried this mask? Or any other Glamglow products? Please let me know your thoughts.
Signing off a "Peeled" Coffee Diva ;)
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Okay so I found my new love! How amazing does this look? I have heard that Nespresso is really the highest quality single serve espresso you can get on the market. I always wanted to maybe buy one. This definitely would be great for my lazy husband LOL. Love you doll :)
Signing off an "Impressed" Coffee Diva
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Happy Thursday all. It's a beautiful day here in N.Y.C. It's going to be a busy one but I have to do my bike workout everyday. I love it. So that means I have time for a review 😀.
I reviewed Estee Lauder before, and I am blown away by their products. Mainly because whatever they say the product does. It actually does! This serum was another sample I was using. I know it is geared for more mature skin such as wrinkles. I wanted to still try. I've seen it in every major magazine for years.
I was glad I did. I had such amazing results after only one use. My skin was clearer. My acne scars faded a bit. I woke up and wasn't red and irritated. It just overall completely refreshes your skin. I put very little on which luckily a little goes a long way. The serum scent is nothing harsh. Not as nice smelling as the other Estee Lauder products. But I didn't care since it works so well. It is expensive at about $68 for the 1 oz and $92 for the largest. I will say it is worth it if you have the money. I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5.
I had no irritation. Or dryness while using. No breakouts either. Goes great under a moisturizer for maximum efficacy. You can make it last a long time since it's only for night time use. I would recommend for all ages. Mature or young if looking to fade scars and refresh your skin.
Have you guys ever tried this product? Your thoughts on serums?
Signing off an "Advanced" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Good Tuesday morning my loves. I hope you are all doing well. I have been having a very positive morning. I receive Ulta emails about sales and promotions. Today they are having a great sale if you are in the need for perfume. Calvin Klein Rollerballs' are on sale for only $10! You will see the discount after adding to cart. They also have free shipping $50 or more. As well as a free spring tote with any Fragrance purchase of $40 or more. Log on now to get these great steals!
Signing off A "Coffee" Diva
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It's a beautiful Wednesday here in N.Y.C. I am currently cycling as I'm blogging. I love to multi task 😊. I hope you are all enjoying a lovely day and maybe would like to relax with a nice cup of tea 🍵.
You guys know I'm obsessed with coffee but i am also a big tea lover. All flavors and blends. I switch to tea usually in the late afternoon and or at night time. My favorite is any earl grey variety. Jasmine. Chamomile. All green tea types.
This Pukka tea I have never tried. It was in the organic section at my local supermarket and I thought to try. I love to try new products all the time. This is called "love". It's a heart warming blend. It has organic rose, lavender and chamomile. I love when teas aren't too overwhelming. It has a light coloring as well as the flavor. You don't taste too much of either. No bitterness. It's caffeine free so good to drink before bed. I think the whole ritual of tea itself is so calming and restorative. It's taking a few minutes to be kind to yourself. To your body. To calm your mind and be in the moment. If only for those couple of minutes. I believe the tea was about $4. Give or take.
What are your favorite tea blends?
If you guys have instagram feel free to follow and join in with me and my reviews as well as on snapchat. My name is: italianrussiandoll 💞💞💞
Signing off a "loved" coffee diva
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Happy Tuesday all. Hope you had a great weekend and you are ready for a new review. My weekend was nice. Went to the mall with my hubby on Saturday and finally found an amazing lady at Sephora to help me. I will be reviewing the foundation I purchased later in the week. My sister gave me a bunch of Estee Lauder samples and I was currently using one of their cleansers. Perfectly clean to be exact. Let me just start off by saying it is so damn hard to find a good cleanser. You never know what will work. I've had cheap ones turn out good. Epensive ones might stink and vice a versa. I typically have nornal/oily skin. I am acne prone which is why most cleansers don't work on me. I use plain anti-bacterial soap at times because it kills bacteria on the skin and keeps acne at bay. Downside is it can be drying and striping. I currently am between samples and cleansers. I picked up an all natural Pacifica cleanser at Target a few weeks back and it burned my eyes so bad while using I had to return. Sometimes "all natural" isnt always better. I also just returned a Lancome cleanser I thought felt like sludge on my skin and didn't get the makeup off.
Well this cleanser is amazing!! Gets all of my makeup off. Doesn't feel like my skin was just stripped. Has a nice fresh scent. It is a cream but with water foams up a little. It has not broken my skin out and I used it I think 3 weeks. A little goes a long way. Bonus: works with my clarisonic Mia which I use everyday. It has kept my skin really clear the past month or two since using. I give this cleanser 4 out of 5 stars. I would give it 5 but it's a bit pricey. It retails about $25 at macys. Although it comes in a nice big bottle so it would probably last a while and be worth it. I definitely will repurchase.
What is your favorite cleanser to use? I'd love to hear and try your recommendations.
Signing off a "clean" Coffee Diva
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Good afternoon guys. It's Thursday and that means it's time for throw back Thursday. I am throwing it back to the time when customer service meant something when you walked into a store. People greeted you and tried to actively help you. They were pleasant. As well as educated in their field. Those were the days right???
Not anymore people. If you're a weekly reader of my blog (thank you) you know my distaste for Sephora and their workers. This past weekend was no different. Another location. No one greeted me. No one helped me. One worker just stared at herself in the mirror. Let me just state this: I never usually need help. I am a makeup artist and probably know more than the girls working there. But there is 100 different shades for the Lancome Teint foundation.(P.S this isn't about every worker. I know there are some very nice and extremely talented artists that work there. This is about the bad ones). Anyways, I thought to try something different and splurge since it was a birthday gift card I was using. The lancome teint was almost 5 stars online and j as mostly rave reviews.
Since I never tried the brand is why I wanted a second opinion. So I went the the sephora iq app. Typed in my shade in bare minerals. Got my number. Picked my shade. And got out. The shade was extremely orange. I even went to another location (60th and lex). Another do nothing location. Not one person asked if I needed help. So I proceeded to exchange for the other color sephora recommended. I hoped it would be good and I would never have to go back.
I was wrong again. The color was even worst than the first. It's orange. And splotchy. It covers my chin but not my forehead. I have used it with a similar brush that was recommended for the foundation. A beauty blender sponge(took most of the foundation off) and just my hands. Nothing really gets the foundation on. It is formulated for oily skin types. I get oily mid day and then on. Well i dont know how in the hell you could wear this foundation with oily skin if you look like you put more oil on to your skin?? The only good thing is the foundation is very light and never feels heavy. It's supposed to be medium to full coverage. I don't think so again. You have to do at least two layers if you want to look covered. It completely wiped off my upper lip while wearing. I have bad allergies and blow my nose a lot. Comes off again. But it says "no transfer". Lies!! I'm like this is $50. Are they crazy? I love Lancome. But I am going back Saturday to just get my bare minerals again. Since I'm sure no one will help me then either. I wanted to try estee lauder double wear it's also on every list for best foundation. My sister just recently purchased and I was sold. It looked amazing on.
I will give this foundation 1 coffee cups out of 5. I am just upset I have to go out I public looking like I rolled off the jersey shore 😩.
Have you guys ever tried this foundation? If so thoughts? Or list your top faves ;)
Signing off an "orange" Coffee Diva
Friday, April 1, 2016
Hey guys I'm expecting! !! April fools 😂😂. It's Friday and I hope everyone enjoyed their day and didn't get pranked too much lol.
I ordered a cooks essentials air fryer on qvc as an early birthday present. I saw it on t.v and at first was hesitant. I don't fry anything. Especially now with whole30, and I don't eat the breaded snacks they were showing. But then they proved me wrong by showing meat, steak, potatoes, etc. I have been cooking up such a storm lately. Potatoes being one of them since it's my only "bread" I can eat on whole30. This looked like it would be helpful.
When I got the machine I was so excited. The Color was adorable. It was the cutest machine. I'm a sucker for a gadget lol.
I love this!! I have no negative feedback what so ever. It is a healrhy way to cook. It does what they say. You can get crunchy potatoes. I have made a few different types and look forward to trying meat and veggies. Nothing ever sticks. You don't have to use oil. You can use to reheat and i made my hubby and sandwhich melt in 4 minutes. It is the quietest machine ever. Sounds like a light fan. Best part, it doesn't get hot!! Summer time this will be my oven, toaster and bbq. They sent me a cute tray to grill meat on. As well as shish kabobs.
It cooks in half the time it would take in the oven and it's honestly fun! You can put the food in and almost forget about it and do whatever. You don't have to worry about burning anything. I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5. Anyone on the fence should try. Just make sure you have some room. I put mine on my bar cart. Fits perfect and I still have room. Log on to qvc.com to order.
Signing off an "aired" coffee diva
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
A nice vignette of my Sephora and Urban Outfitters haul. I will be returning some stuff to a different Sephora. The one on 14th was horrible. I'm not even going to go there. It's unfortunate that one of the most prestigious beauty companies in the world have people working in them who belong in a McDonald's. I've been to many locations in Manhattan that I would not shop at again. Very sad. Especially when you are spending a lot of money. Any who, I loved Urban Outfitters natural beauty line. Their clothes are way too west coast hippie for me. But the perfume and sprays were all organic so I was in heaven! Can't wait to go back. The one in the city is actually open 24 hours a day.
I'll let you guys know when I exchange my Sephora items. I will be switching exclusive to Ulta. Nicer people.
Signing off a "Disappointed" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Happy Tuesday all. I'm currently cycling as I'm writing lol. My birthday was Saturday so I been a but M.I.A. I wanted to catch up and share a beautiful Target Bistro Set I found for my balcony. It was part of my birthday present. I have been on the hunt for years for the perfect set. One that would be sturdy. I'm 6 flights up and it gets very windy up here. One that looked visually appealing. One that was waterproof. Rust proof. As well as comfortable chairs and a big table to eat on. I have a very big balcony. Its pretty much an extra room. Usually the sets i would find were small and flimsy. Well this one was all of those things and more. It is so comfortable. The table is big. I can't wait to use all year long. I want to get some new lights for outside as well as a new outdoor rug.
You can order online if interested. Hope you all have been having a good March.
Signing off an "older" coffee diva 😀
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Happy Thursday all. Sorry it's been so busy here this month. I hope you are all doing well. I have new reviews to catch you up on.
I received samples from Crowdtap and Garnier for their new Whole Blends hair care line. There are three different varieties that I was given to try. All of them are healthy formulas with good ingredients for your hair as well as being paraben free which I love.
1)Coconut water & Vanilla Milk (Hydrating). This one was my favorite. I absolutely LOVE the scent first off. It is so good it lasts all day. The shampoo made my hair so smooth, which never ever happens using a shampoo I was shocked. Nice foaming lather but didn't feel stripped like usual. The conditioner was the perfect consistency. Not too thick and heavy, but not thin either. Definitely my hair felt nourished. Quenched. Revived. I love this combo. I am definitely buying the full size bottles. I give a 5 out of 5 coffee cups.
2) My second favorite was the Honey Treasures shampoo (Repairing). This shampoo was also like this Coconut water scent. It's enriched with royal jelly and propelis. It lathered nice and the scent was very pleasing. You can smell all day. Didn't strip my hair either. Same went for the conditioner. I would give it 4 coffee cups out of 4.
3) My third and final blend I tried was Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter (Smoothing). I thought I would like this one but ironically it didn't smooth my hair and make it as soft as the first two blends. I didn't like the scent as much as the others. Still nice though. I would give it 3 coffee cups out of 5.
I would recommend all blends to be tried on your hair because you never know what variety you will like. I don't usually buy or like Garnier hair products to be honest. I think they stink lol. But this whole blends natural line is a whole other story. I want the Coconut Water line A.S.A.P. I just love it. Usually shampoo/conditioners never work on me so I am shocked that I had such nice results. All are about $6.99 per bottle and they come with options for extra conditioning. You can purchase at your local drugstore or online through Garnier.
Signing off a "whole blended" Coffee Diva :)
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Hey guys. Hope you are all enjoying a cold Thursday afternoon. I have another review for you guys courtesy of Loreal and Influenster. I received the shampoo, conditioner, and serum for free. I was really excited to try but unfortunately this one was no good for me. As you can see in my before and after the shampoo does smooth your hair. For me it was too much "oil". I first just tried the shampoo/conditioner/serum. Then without either product to produce better results but no luck. It completely weighed my hair down. So much so I barely could do anything with it styling wise. Forget about using the serum. My hair turned really greasy as the day went on. I always have had good luck with Loreal hair care products so this was a downer for me. I guess the oil was just too heavy for my hair. I will be giving this away. The shampoo literally feels like you are putting oil over your hair. There is no later. The conditioner was okay. It didn't really get my hair that smooth which was ironic being that it made my hair so flat. The scent was the nicest thing about the product.
I would only recommend buying if you have the driest hair in the world lol. I give it one coffee cup out of 5. Sorry Loreal this won't be a repurchase. I love smooth hair but if it looks like I dipped in olive oil by the afternoon it's a no go for me.
Have you guys tried this yet? You can purchase in Target or any drugstore it's now on shelves. Proceed with caution!
Signing off an "oily" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Hi guys. Another review I have is for the new Secret Outlast X-tend deodorant. If you have a busy active lifestyle like I do, you will love this deodorant. Keeps you protected all day. No white residue on your clothes. Solid bar. Fresh light scent. I give it 3 coffee cups out of 5. Try it out and let me know what you guys think. My only criticism is new different scents.
**I received this product free for testing purposes from Crowdtap**
Signing off a "dry" coffee diva ;)
Happy Tuesday all! It's the first day of March. I can not believe that. My birthday month. My 30th birthday is on the 26th. Not sure how I feel about that one lol. It's exciting and scary at the same time. I feel like I will blink and then I'm going to be 50. I always put so much pressure on myself so I try and take it one step at a time and just be thankful I am well. I am healthy. I have accomplished a lot at my age. I am married to a wonderful man. I have a great family. And just leave it at that right. Who knows what the future holds?
So one of the benefits of being a blogger, is belonging to amazing websites such as Crowdtap.com. I was able to receive a free Amope pedi perfect wet/dry rechargeable foot file to review for free. Say that ten times fast lol. I wanted to do a review because it is absolutely amazing. I will try to compose my thoughts the best I can since I am excited!
Ok. First things first. It is completely easy to use. Upon un-boxing it already comes with a battery so you can start use upon purchase. It has two speeds. Regular and high for stubborn spots. It's a pretty teal color that looks nice kept out in your bathroom. Included is a charger. Making it easy to take with you for travel. It comes with one file head already attached but you can purchase refills every few months. I remember seeing them even in Target. The Amope retails for about $60 on amazon. Each store the price might vary.
If you have dry feet this will be a miracle. My feet were never horrible but I did always have dry heels from standing on my feet for years as well as this one callus that no matter how many times I filed and went to the nail salon still creeped back. Now they are as smooth as brand new skin. It's amazing. I used it dry but you can use wet. They also have different filers for severely dry feet. For me this was enough. I used it three times already. I think once a week will be sufficient. A few minutes and that's all. It does not burn, itch, tickle, hurt, or anything that you might think with a foot filer. It isn't that loud either. I haven't even had to charge mine yet. I think it's fun to use. I usually give myself a "beauty day" once a week. But never was able to give myself a nice pedicure. Now I can. My feet look amazing and this is going to be perfect for the summer.
It might seem like a decent purchase at $60, but you will more than get your money's worth after only a few uses. How much do you spend on pedicures every two weeks? Now you don't have to. Just use the Amope and throw on nail polish and you will look like you went to the salon. No one will know the difference but you. Plus you can use it to touch up in between. You will save money. Feel great. Look good. There is nothing negative here folks! I give it five coffee cups out of 5. I even gave it a 5 star review on amazon.com. I'm even looking into buying the nail one for my manicures. Here is the link if you would like to purchase on amazon or read more reviews.
If you guys have ever used Amope please comment on your own review! If you have any questions and would like to purchase just message me or leave a comment here I'd love to answer.
Signing off a "beautiful feet" coffee Diva ;)
Friday, February 26, 2016
Hey guys. T.G.I.F. Just catching up on some work and reviews. Been busy all day. Tired. But no time to rest! Here is my bedbathandbeyond and Target haul I did Valentines Day weekend. I used coupons and all was on clearance except the $5 cake pedestal. You guys know I'm obsessed with cake stands!
Hope you are all staying warm. Do you all shop at bedbathandbeyond? Do you make out good with coupons?
Signing off a "tired" coffee diva
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Finally a little sun on this cold February Thursday. I hope you are all doing well. I am on day 38 of my whole30 lifestyle. I can't believe how the days and weeks have flows by. Now it just seems second hand to eat and follow the standards of eating that I do now.
I'm in bed the same time every night. I'm up earlier. I work out every day or if not, I don't beat myself up about it. The mental part is the hardest. Trying to re-train your brain to think positive. It's all worth it. Knowing your body is healthy and you are doing the right thing. You are trying and working hard.
I have another picture of a T.J Maxx haul I did about two weeks ago. I must be getting old because all of these pictures I could have sworn I already posted lol. Guess not. (Must take Ginko Biloba or something). Here are my reviews of the products.
*I found some goodies. But I was disappointed with the makeup I purchased. I actually have them in my bag to exchange. Hopefully they let me. The cashier told me I could that's the only reason I actually bought makeup there. The butter London mascaras were horrible. After I tried one I couldn't get it off my lashes at all. I give it a -1 coffee cup review.
*The eyeliners were no better. I should have known. Anything that is like a crayon is usually messy and will never stay put. Which is what happened with the Ellen Tracy ones I purchased. I give those 1 coffee cup.
*The candle smelt great no problem there. ( I didn't burn yet)
*The Sally hansen eye lash curler was also good. Only need to hold down a few seconds and it gives great volume. (3/5)
*The utencil holder I absolutely love. It holds so much but doesn't take up a lot of space on your counter. It also matches all the turquoise in my kitchen. I had been searching for a while for one. (5/5).
*The kitchenaid cooking utensil is also amazing. Nothing sticks. Cleans easy. Love the pop of yellow color to the kitchen. Was very cheap. If you ever need to re-do your kitchen products/gadgets/tools/etc, I highly reccomend going to T.J MAxx or MArshalls. They always have great name brand kitchen wares but obviously everything is discounted. Plus you find colors that you wouldn't normally find at the department stores. I just love getting my kitchen items there. I knew my utensils had seen better days. I wanted to stock up that's why I purchased the yellow kitchenaid beauty there. I believe it was $2.99!! (5/5)
*The avocado slicer. Okay this look cute in theory but was really weird and awkward to use. Also cheap $2.99. But it made the avocado more into chunks. It doesn't do slices like I thought. It was actually way to big to fit in the avocados. Another negative it was really hard to clean in the grooves. Just weird. Maybe I should return it with the makeup lol. (2/5)
*Essie nail polish. Love the color beautiful for spring. Ridiculous pricing. $3.99. This new T.J Maxx I go to is the best one I've ever been to. No matter if it's during the week or weekend the place is stunning. Everything is stocked and organized. I've been to T.J Maxxs' all over and the one I go to now is by far the best. Essie gets 5/5.
Well that's all folks. Let me know what you feel about T.J MAxx and that weird avocado slicer lol
Signing off a "Sunny" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Happy hump day! Today has been another busy day. Woke up earlier to get my cardio in. Did a few projects around the house. I'm currently meal prepping potatoes and eggs for the week. Now I'm sitting to do some work and blog. I'm sleepy and those two cups of coffee with coconut milk did nothing to help! I hope you all are enjoying your day. It is dark and rainy here in N.Y.C. Soon Spring will be here before we know it so let's stay positive.
I wanted to share some photos I forgot to post from two weeks back. One of my little Target haul as well as a new vignette I did on my shelf by the kitchen. I just can't get enough of these decorative boxes! I've posted them before but here they are again. I really think they are great for bookshelves. Closets. Desks. Kitchen. Anywhere really. Target has new stuff out now. Such cute items. All pastels for Spring. I love pastels. I also scored some great clearance deals on lipglosses. As well as $4 Target candles. I just love their new collection for spring. ( I have been hoarding them. I buy at least one every time I go. Don't tell my husband) They all look like Parisian macaroon colors. Of course larabars and La Croix water were vital for Whole30.
You guys enjoy the rest of your day. Have you picked up any of these boxes at your local Target? How do you style your shelves? This is not even what this shelf looks like now because I've already re-arranged. Which I seem to do every week. Is that just me??? Please tell me no lol.
Signing off a "Re-arranged" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Happy hump day people! It's another dark and cold day here in N.Y.C. Been busy since the moment I woke up. Always grateful to have so much to do. I hope you all are enjoying your day. I wanted to share with you a purchase I made last week. My husband happened to have an extra day off which was nice. We were running all around. Then of course he wanted to go to the city to look for something. Naturally after I wondered to the nearest Teavana. I honestly love tea but have never purchased anything there. The store was small and quaint. The staff helped me pick out two tea blends that I absolutely love. The first blend was Jasmine Oolong. I love the scent of Jasmine in tea. I probably would drink any tea with Jasmine. It's color was light. It was very strong and a little bitter in my opinion. Not much is needed for steeping.
The next blend I picked was Earl grey creme. The scent is also heavenly. All you smell is the Madagascar vanilla. It is great for a morning blend instead of coffee if you wanted something different. Earl grey creme has a decent amount of caffeine. That's why it would work great for the morning. I also purchased this beautiful tea cup. It has an insert that you steep the tea in. You can remove at any time. It also has a lid to keep hot. The cup does stay very hot I will add. It's beautiful and clear so you can see your gorgeous tea right through. I've been using everyday for coffee as well. It was $19.99. My husband thought that was nuts but I told him it was a good price. Technically it's two products in one. Which is the truth :).
I would highly recommend Teavana and these blends for anyone who is an avid tea lover. The blends are so pure and organic. You pay more but the quality is worth it. I also had to purchase two tins to hold the tea in. Luckily they were 75% off at this time and were my favorite mint color. A little teaspoon goes a long way. I purchased 2 oz for one and 4 for the other blend. It should last me a while. For the store itself 4 coffee cups out of 5. I give the Earl grey creme 4 coffee cups out of 5. The Jasmine Oolong 3 1/2 out of 4. Only because for me it left a kind of bitter after taste. I think I just used too much. I would still purchase again. You can order online here.
Have you guys ever tried Teavana? Fans? Favorite blends?
Signing off a "Tea'd" Coffee Diva
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Hi guys! Happy Tuesday. It's dark and cold here in N.Y.C today. I am beyond tired. I got a bad headache in the middle of the night out of no where which pretty much kept me up all night:(. I was going through my phone to delete some older pics and found a goodie I forgot to share. I don't know about you guys but I love the little "bullseye" section at Target. They have the most adorable finds from $1-5 the most. I had been wanting this cake stand for the longest time but couldn't find the all white. Throughout the holiday season they only had the green/red version. I almost purchased and then spray painted but I never did. Anywhoo, I found it in the middle of an aisle. Grabbed it and ran! There was a tiny chip only you can see if you flipped the cake stand upside down. I didn't mind at all. They gave me a discount. It came out to be $2 I believe. Can't beat that. I had it in the spot here in the picture but then moved it next to my Keurig.
I had an issue with my other Keurig and not only did the send me a brand new one they let me switch the color to white which I am OBSESSED WITH!!! I love it so much. I guess I always thought white was boring when I was younger. But now it just gives me life. The key to keeping it from being boring is to pair with beautiful pastels or in my case Turquoise. I think it's bright. Cheery. As well as chic. Gold accents keep it modern and trendy. I hope you guys like the switch:)
Do you guys shop in the Bulls Eye section at Target? Thoughts? Favorite finds?
Signing off an "obsessed with white" coffee Diva
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Happy Sunday my beautiful readers! It is a sunny day here in N.Y.C. Super bowl Sunday. I'm sure this is a huge day for a lot of people (including the teams). I will be rooting for Denver.I am a N.Y Giants fan but I love the Peyton brothers. Yesterday was an interesting Saturday. I was exhausted from running around doing errands. Then I went to Marshalls to exchange some stuff. Purchased an adorable little oil mist diffuser. I have to do a review during the week. After I was back home I proceeded to go through all of my house stuff. Kitchen, closets, appliances, and clothes. I will be donating tons of stuff to the Goodwill. I am glad to help anyone in need.
Now let's talk whole30 and paleo. I am still on whole30. Day 26 I believe! One of the ways I've stayed on this way of eating has been help from a few whole30 compliant ingredients. One of them being this Primal Kitchen avocado mayo. I had to order online. You can't find this mayo anywhere. Rightfully so. It is chock full of only the fresh and no bad! Sugar free. Soy & canola free. Cage-free eggs. It was about $7 give or take. I purchased 2. I wanted to be able to have tuna. Egg or potato salads. Variety is key when living a healthy lifestyle. I try to buy different fruits and vegetables every week. I think that's why I don't get bored on whole30. Plus when you are loosing weight on it's own and your skin clears up you pretty much do anything for whole30!
Let me first say I was used to regular mayo. Obviously. The taste was different to me. I don't know how to describe it. At first I didn't like it. Just had a strong flavor. I'm guessing the avocado oil that's in it. But as I kept using it, I only put very little. I started to like it. My other trick is also if you mix it in a salad or dish with something else like say Guacamole (which I'm obsessed with) you really don't mind the flavor at all. I like that it's good for my body. No bloating or lactose aftermath as supposed to real mayo. I would purchase again to keep me on whole30. I just use it sparingly or mixed in as I said. Hopefully the more I use the more I get used to it as well. I give it 3 coffee cups out of 5. For anyone looking to eat Paleo or whole30 or maybe just dairy free then I highly suggest this mayo. But again caution for the very different flavoring than regular mayo. Give it a chance. I will say the texture is identical to mayo. Creamy. Smooth. Blends very easy with tuna and other ingredients. The bottles are small for only $7, but you don't really use a lot so it should last. Good thing I purchased 2 though. You can order on thrivemarket.com which I love. They have all paleo/whole30 goodies. At the end of your purchase they let you donate to a good cause which makes me want to order more as well.
Have you guys ever tried this mayo?? Thoughts??
Signing off a "Soy free, Dairy free, Canola free" Coffee Diva ;)
Monday, February 1, 2016
Hello my roses! It is the first day in a new month. It's a dark and rainy one here in N.Y.C. Today has been great. Very productive. I did a lower body cardio session in the morning. Then cleaning/errands. Now I've been working the past two hours. I am happy to say I am on whole30 Day 20. I have felt so much of a difference it's unbelievable. I lost weight. I sleep at night. My skin cleared up. I never get heartburn or have stomach issues. I just love feeding my body with the natural foods that it was meant to be nourished with. I can't way to do whole30 always :)
Over the weekend it was pretty busy. My hubby had to work Saturday OT and then we headed to the mall for me to return some stuff he had gotten for me last month when I was feeling sick. I appreciated it but I didn't want him to pay full price knowing that bath and body works still had their sale going on. I was just going to return thinking the sale was over by now and I saw a whole bunch of bins with 75% off. Of course I had to stock up. I purchased a bunch of new scents that I had never scored during my last SAS hauls so I was really happy. Plus it was pretty much free because I used my 20% off coupon and it came to $3 for tax! Then I went to Sephora to exchange my foundation that broke. Picked up a Dior addict mascara as a splurge. Then rounded off the night with a visit to T.J Maxx where I scored a beautiful Turquoise Italian terra cotta pot. Now with all the whole30 cooking I'm doing I wanted to add some new cookware little by little.
Sunday was errand day. Car wash. Trader Joe food shopping. It was beautiful out the air felt great. That was pretty much my weekend in a nutshell. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and wishing you a positive start to the beginning of a brand new month.
P.S. Only 13 more days until Valentine's Day ;) xoxox
Signing off a "Rainy" Coffee Diva
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Hey guys. I hope you are all safe and sound. We received tons of snow here in N.Y.C. Dreading cleaning the car so in the meantime I will be drinking tons of coffee and catching up with you guys.
Here was my latest Target haul. I need to start buying a lot of bins to organize the closets. I'm buying little by little. I plan on doing a lot of projects in the spring time so I'd like to get a head start on things. I used that pretty box to organize some of my candles on the bookshelf. I will post more pics during the week.
Stay safe all ⛄❄⛄
Signing off "a snowed in" coffee diva
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
This was from last week. The final and last Semi Annual sale haul. It will be missed so much. Now I just have to wait until the summer when they have another one 😂. Also those are my new go to drink La Croix sparkling water. You can have on whole30. They taste great. You can purchase at whole foods or Target.
Happy Hump day all! Sorry I haven't spoken to you guys in a little while. I've been doing the "whole30" thang. It's pretty time consuming. As well as sickening lol. I was dizzy/nauseous/depressed as well as a variety of other symptoms the past week. Yes I understand that I was detoxing. I know the detox police were about to say something and I get it. Then I had a horrible pain in my stomach on Monday. I gave up at 11:00 at night and drank some ginger ale. Sorry not sorry. It was then that I realized I need to be good to my body. If something is too much for me it's too much. Everyone's body is different. Maybe this is great for some people and not for others. I had a decaf cappuccino yesterday but followed the eating regimen perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That is my modification. I have no plans on eating bread or pasta or cheese. No snacking at night or in between which has been my biggest victory. I've always been one to nosh. I can't kill myself but I need to be healthy. As well as happy.I was actually crying last week from being in pain and sick. That's not cool. I still persevered though. I have already lost weight (well I think I have from my clothes)so that was my motivation to stay on this but just allow myself to have a drop of Organic half and half in my coffee. I read so many other blogs and articles online about other women who felt the same I did, and quit. It made me feel so much better. I didn't feel guilty. I guess mainly because i'm still doing it. I've still made huge changes to my diet and lifestyle. The way I eat. The way I feel. I will probably do a review when the moth is up but just wanted to keep you guys informed.
So this was Sally Hansen's "Sparkling Water" nail polish. Can I just say it was horrible. Thick and sludgy. Hate it. Love the color though. I give it two coffee cups out of 5 and would not recommend :(
Hope you all enjoy your day and look forward to catching up!
Signing off a "whole30butusingalittlemilk" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hi guys. Happy Wednesday all. I am on Day 1 of the Whole30 program. I can't tell you how excited I am to reset my body in the most natural way possible. I'm also a little frightened as some people say in the first week you may have some unpleasant withdrawals (headaches and bloating) as the sugar and gluten are leaving your body. I already have a headache today. I don't know if that is a coincidence or from the diet. I'm still happy. Have a lot of energy. I'm optimistic. I got a head start last night. So the detox might be in process. EEeeek. I even woke up an hour earlier than normal. Had breakfast. Really enjoyed my black coffee with coconut milk. It is allowed on the diet since it's not dairy. Re-organized my linen closet as well as clean up in the kitchen. Bedroom. And I'm roasting sweet potatoes for my after workout recovery meal. I will be catching up on work now. Then doing my cardio. Going to shoot for arm workouts today since my legs are complete jelly beans from yesterdays lower body session. I am not even hungry now, which usually right after food I am. I like the fact that you will be creative with what mother nature has given us. You can really eat so much. The recipes I've found online and on Instagram look better than anything I've made.
I am a member of Smiley360. One of my latest campaigns I was given to test for free are Centrum MultiGummies. I absolutely love these gummies! They are so easy to take every morning. Easier than a big honking pill. They taste great. They are a large bottle to last a while. I definitely want to buy these again instead of regular multivitamin pills that I normally buy. I give them 5 coffee cups out of 5. They promote your overall well being with extra B vitamins for energy. If you like check out this video commercial for them.
Click here for a $4.00 off coupon thanks to your truly :) This way you guys can try. Let me know what you think or if you have already tried before.
Have a great day my loves.
Signing off a "Day 1" Coffee Diva
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Happy hump day all! I had an interesting night yesterday. I was on the search or hunt more like for 90% off Target items that I had been seeing on my Instagram feed lately. Apparently N.Y stinks and after going to two stores there was literally nothing left. The upside the store looks perfect. New stuff was out and really pretty. But yeah not 90% off. I didn't even find a candle :(. On the upside, I did find three boxes of K-cups that were $3 each as well as a limited edition Starbucks holiday mug for $4.00. That's positive right? I might go to another one this week. I think there are 2 or 3 more Targets here. The Bronx is a huge borough. Well I hope you are all enjoying your days. It is nice and sunny out. I did my cardio but towards the end had to stop and rest.
I received this beautiful #JingleVoxBox as a campaign to be reviewed for free from #influenster. I was so happy with this box and loved everything inside. The kit included:
*Ittybitty spiderman doll to be donated to charity from Hallmark. It was adorable.
*Cetaphil moisturizing cream which I have been using this week since my skin just decided to go dry and flaky out of no where when the temperature dropped. I love it. No fragrance. Goes right in. Perfect for this time of year. I have normal/combo skin. The summer this would be way to heavy. But right now it is perfect.
*Pure Ice Nail Polish in a pretty nude color. Love it for any time of the year.
*Ore Ida tatter tots. Ore Ida is a great brand with quality products. My husband loved the tatter tots.
*Biscoff Gingerbread cookies. I had never tried these or the brand before but to be totally honest, I ate all of them right when I went through the box! They were so yummy plus it was the holidays so that was allowed right?
*NYC New York color eye liner in a very dark brown color. Great price. Good product. Goes on really smooth. Want irritate your eyes. My insider beauty tip: I've been using it to fill in my eyebrows! The color matches perfect. Makes them look amazing. I follow with clear mascara. And Boom.
*Kiss Fake lashes and black glue. The lashes I liked. They were natural looking. Not as dramatic for my taste but I am sure most people would go with them for everyday. The lash glue is great for blending in and not seeing white glue like the old versions. But the black got everywhere!!! And I do mean everywhere. I am a makeup artist and it was a disaster. Don't know if I'd ever buy again :(
I was very lucky and thankful to have tried all of these amazing products from #influenster and these brands. Check them out at your local drugstores as well as supermarkets. You won't be dissapointed.
Signing off a "Jingle" Coffee Diva :)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Happy Tuesday loves. It's finally a cold New Yawk winter. I love it. Makes drinking coffee so much more enjoyable. I got another great work out in in the morning. I have a million errands to do (Including stalking Target tonight. I heard their merchandise hit 90% off. I will go to every Target in the Tri-State area if I have to find 90% off items!) After my workouts i'm pretty wiped. So right now all I can muster is a cup of coffee and working here with you guys :)
I have another good review for you. It's a short but good one. A great K-cup my family gave me as a holiday gift. Friendly's Sunday Nut football K-Cups. They are a limited edition. Vanilla peanut butter and chocolate fudge flavored. Can we all just sigh at that description. I love this K-cup. It literally tastes like peanut butter. It's nutty without being too light. Great for everyday or even at night for dessert. Not bitter. 100% Arabica beans. It is flavored but not overly sweet like a french vanilla blend that's why I love it. I give it 4 coffee cups out of 5. I had never tried it before and loved it right away. I don't know where they are available since it was a gift but I would definitely buy and drink again. Yumm. I didn't have a problem using in my 2.0 Keurig either. I have only a few left so I will be savoring.
Did you guys ever see these or use? If so how do you like the flavor?
Signing off a "Nutty" Coffee Diva
Monday, January 4, 2016
First and foremost I want to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and new year. I wish you much health, love, and success in 2016. I wanted to give myself a break to really enjoy the holidays and reboot my brain. I am always so motivated and working on a million different projects at once. It was nice to just be. The holidays were simple and calm. But happy that I have so much in my life to be thankful for.
Today is already off to a good start. I have done my cardio for the day and now I'm settling in to catch up on many over due work projects. I wanted to review the new Keurig 2.0 that I received as a present from my dad for Christmas. So here goes..
I have had the Keurig for about 9 years now. I started with the mini and now i'm here lol j.k. (Drake joke). But seriously, I did have the mini Keurig and I loved it immediately. I had seen it on Q.V.C for months and was so interested in buying not even knowing what the machine was really capable of at the time. My husband never even really drank coffee then. Now he has to have coffee multiple times from the keurig. As well as hot chocolate. Right before my wedding my husband purchased the bigger model for us since we were drinking so much and it wasn't just me anymore as we thought it would be when we purchased the mini Keurig. I loved that one just as much if not more. The coffee was always good to me. We liked the big water reservoir as well as all the features.
Now fast forward to this past year. I had been seeing the 2.0 all over the place and was excited to see it was touch screen. Bigger model. More water. Fun tricks. Beautiful colors. I even applied to a few free contests hoping to win but not having any luck. I thought the big model was too large and figured I would definitely get the small one in a funky teal color they were offering. Long story short my dad saw it on a T.S.V on Q.V.C and it was an amazing deal. Same price as the small one for the K450 model. Came with everything. So I purchased in the exclusive "mocha" color. I thought the brown would stand the face of time. Knowing how much I redecorate over the years. Brown is a neutral.
I have to say I have no negative comments to make on the brewer. There is nothing I don't like about this machine. I am in love and I feel every model they make the game is just stepped up another notch! First off aesthetically the machine is beautiful. The 2.0 looks huge, but it is actually less intrusive than the other models due to it's curved design on the side. It even weighed less than the older machine. I couldn't believe it. I was so glad I went for the bigger model. I never knew. The LED screen is bright. It's easy to use. It's fun. You can change your wallpaper or program your machine to your favorite brew setting. Small, medium, or large. You can make the temperature of the water hotter or colder. Depending on your liking. It has different language settings. A reminder when to change your filter. You can brew from as little as 4oz up to 12oz. You can customize if you want the coffee stronger or not which will reflect on how the coffee brews (slow or fast). It holds 70oz of water. You will have enough to brew a whole carafe and then some. The removable drip tray is great to fit those big travel sized mugs under which my older model didn't always fit. It even looks nice if you want to leave it without. There is a touch screen option just to brew hot water which I love. I use it for tea as well as my oatmeal in the morning. They even customized that feature with brew sizing for 4oz up to 12oz I believe.
Another feature that needs to be discussed all on its own is the carafe. I never thought i'd want to have a carafe or pot ever again but with the Keurig you will love it!! It's one of my favorite features now. You can brew 2/3 3/4 or 4/5 cups in the carafe. I love to use this on the weekend when me and my husband are going to drink multiple cups. I can just brew a whole pot and we are good to go. But unlike a whole pot of coffee no mess. No measuring. Same one cup feature but for multiple cups. Genius. The carafe will stay warm for a while as well. I'd say about 15 minutes give or take. I used all of the carafe k-cups up and realized that could get really pricey if I keep using on the weekends. The carafe k-cups all tasted amazing I should mention. None were watered down or weak even when brewing on the 4/5 cup option. The breakfast blend was my favorite from Green Mountain and I would like to stock up on more to have from time to time. But ultimately I purchased a carafe filter to use my own coffee (or kcups since i've been cutting the tops and putting them in the filter lately lol). It was only $10.00 on amazon. Works perfectly. The brewer also came with a my kcup filter that you can use to brew a regular kcup with your favorite coffee. They didn't offer this option in the beginning which I think deterred many people from buying. Myself included. Now I feel it is perfect.
The coffee tastes great to me. I have been using other "branded" kcups even though they say you can't with the new brewer. If they don't work you can just pop the top off of another "Keurig" labeled top and it will work right away. I know it's a shame to pay all that money and have to even do that. But Keurig had to protect it's company since everyone and their mother was ripping off their kcups. They ran out on the patent for the kcup and that's why you see even your nearby gas station with kcups now. I get it. I still love the machine and support them. If it's not for you and you are that angry about that , you don't have to purchase the Keurig. It's that simple. There are a million rip off's of the Keurig now. As well as single serve brewers. I own two others as well. I find the Keurig to be the best of them all. The biggest variety of kcups. They stand by their products as well which is why I've repurchased so many times. It is a staple in my house. I turn on from the morning and keep it on all day. First hot water with lemon. Mid day is many cups of coffee. Then at night tea again with hot chocolate for hubby. Sometimes decaf. The options are endless. It's ready to go at all times. Once you turn the brewer on it takes a minute to preheat and then all day it is ready and the touch of the screen. I barely ever have to refill the whole tank. I add a little here and there and mine always is full even how much we drink. I would give this machine 5 coffee cups out of 5. I would highly reccomend. IF you purchase please go to qvc.com for the best purchase price with all of the items shows in my picture. Wait until it is on a TSV. If not the brewer is $169.99 on it's own without anything else. Trust me you will want to use the carafe!
Have you guys purchased the new 2.0 brewer? Any comments or thoughts? I hope this helped you all if you were on the fence or wondering about the brewer at all. Any questions just forward them to me I'd love to answer.
Signing off a "Reviewed 2.0" Coffee Diva