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Pevonia: $15 Gift Card May 23, 2012

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Today I bring you the Pevonia $15.00 Gift Card from the May Total Beauty Collection. Some people were not too thrilled with this being part of the box, but I figured I’d find some use for it.  I scoured the Pevonia site looking for items under $15.00. Most of the site is skincare and there is not much for less than $30.00.  They do have some candles and lots of soap bars for under $15.00.

I eventually got to the spa page and there I found Tea.  You may remember how I’m a bit of a tea snob, but when I saw these I had a good feeling about them.  They had four different blends, Energize (black tea), Rejuvenate (green tea), Renew (herbal), and Slenderize (red). I decided to pick the Slenderize, both because I like the idea behind slenderizing teas and because I love rooibos (red) tea.  The teas sell for 17.00 each, and everything at Pevonia is free shipping.  After tax I ended up paying just a little over $3.00.  I also got to pick a free sample on top of the fact that every order receives samples of Age-Defying Marine Collagen Cream and Hydrating Cleanser. The package arrived a quick 4 days later.

I was excited to find that not only did I get the tea, the three samples, but they threw in two more samples, Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion and Anti-Stress Bath and Shower Gel.

So, how did I like the product that I actually ordered?


The tea was delicious. Not only was it refreshing, but it also had excellent flavor. I’m not sure why, but I always find tea more interesting when it is a different color than a normal black or green.   This tea is a whole leaf tea where the ingredients have not been mashed into tiny bits.  Not only does this allow the tea know to taste better, but it also is healthier for you.  When tea is mashed into tiny pieces, it often loses some of the health benefits due to the ingredients being broken down.   As you can see in the pictures, this tea has normal size chunks of dried fruits, berries, and rooibos tea.

Overall, am quite impressed with my Pevonia purchase–especially for paying just $3.  Should I find the need to, I will definitely repurchase from the store in the future.  I look forward to trying each of the samples from their skincare line in the near future.

I am actually glad that this gift card was included in the total beauty collection.  It’s really ended up being worthwhile for me at least.

Have you found any products that you have enjoyed using this gift card?

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Total Beauty Collection or any of the brands included in the collection. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea – Review April 5, 2012

Filed under: Food — slagoon @ 6:27 am
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Today I bring you Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea.  I am a tea lover, and have been for years. I spend way too much money at Teavana and other similar stores though admittedly not as much as I do on cosmetics/skincare. Anyway, this tea was sent to me in my March Birch Box. I like Detox teas usually, they have a nice blend of green and other teas. This particular one is a blend of Matte, green tea, and lemon grass.  The idea of Detox teas is that they help flush toxins from your system, leaving you healthier and with better skin, hair, and nails.

At first I thought this was kind of a silly item to get in my Birchbox, I mean a Tea Bag with “detox tea” in it. I am a loose leaf tea snob, and tea bags usually are filled with icky leftover tea products (no offense if you like them). I was wary of this but like a good trier-outer I dutifully opened my outer wrapper and was delighted to find a satchel rather than a bag inside. If you are not into tea then you are probably scratching your head at this.  A tea bag is a little paper filter with ground up tea inside and a string stapeled to it.  A satchel, on the other hand, is usually made of silk or some other natural fiber – in this case I believe it is cotton. Additionally a satchel contains loose leaf tea. When you look at a satchel they usually look like they are not filled properly and are too empty. In reality the dried tea and other ingredients shrink up a bunch and when water is added the satchel will fill up as the ingredients expand. By the time you are done steeping the tea, the satchel is quite full. One thing to be careful of with loose leaf tea is that they are much more temperature and time sensitive. If it says 3-4 minutes you better remove the tea from the water by 4 minutes. If it says 170º then you better not put boiling water in it (instead try 2 normal sized ice cubes in the boiling water. You don’t want to burn the tea.  Loose leaf teas have more nutrients in them because they go through less processing and to me they taste better because of that lack of processing.

Kusmi is no exception to the normal satchel stereotypes. This tea is wonderful and the lemon and lemon grass add a perfect citrus to compliment the green tea. It is the perfect tea for cool spring mornings.  It has enough punch that you can actually get a full second steep with it, and a 3rd if you don’t mind it a little weaker (leave it in for more like 6 minutes on the third steep).  This tea is great even with its hefty price tag. I plan on ordering some when I get more birchbox points (or see if I can find it on Amazon for cheaper).

If you like tea this is definitely one to try!

Will I buy this again? Yes I plan to

Will I finish the sample? Yes

Here’s the breakdown!

Sample Size 2
Full Size 20
Full Size Price $21.94
Sample Value  $2.19


FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Stash Tea – Photo Heavy March 21, 2012

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Another neat item I received from Influenster was Stash Tea.  I took TONS of photos. Which you can see below the break. 

The flavors match the names of each of the teas – so if you don’t like cinnamon apple then you won’t like the “cinnamon apple” tea 🙂  Overall I really enjoyed the set. My least favorite was Licorice and next was the wild raspberry hibiscus…which surprised me – I usually LOVE raspberry.  Anyway, I really did enjoy every other flavor.

Enjoy the photos!