Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Elaj Eczema Relief Ointment Review

Elaj - Eczema Relief Ointment

I have been suffering with eczema on my feet since I was 16-years-old. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties, I noticed some problems with little red bumps on my arms, elbows, knees, and thighs. It wasn't as bothersome as the eczema on my feet, but I wanted to know what it was. After some research I found that Keratosis Pilaris fit the symptoms.

I started using over the counter treatments for eczema that contain colloidal oatmeal as the main, active ingredient. I noticed that the more the cream had of this active ingredient, the better it worked. Unfortunately, nothing I tried worked that well. It would help a little with the itching, burning, and skin peeling. Eczema symptoms are painful, annoying, and just plain gross. I felt like I just had to live with it.

Then, the people at Elaj sent me a sample of their eczema cream for review. I wasn't too excited considering nothing else worked that great, but it was nice to try something that might work. Three days ago I tried it for the first time. After getting out of the shower I applied it to my arms, elbows, legs, knees, and feet. The healing started immediately. I felt no itching or burning. After the second application I noticed the skin on my feet was actually healing. It was smooth, not peeling (ew). I also noticed that the bumps on my thighs and arms/elbows were nearly gone. I've applied it three times in as many days, and I am hooked. My skin is healed. I do not itch. The red bumps are almost completely gone. My skin isn't peeling. Even my toenails look healthier! Elaj Eczema Cream is the real deal. I'll be buying this for my eczema from now on!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

6 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Spending Hacks

According to the National Retail Federation's Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Survey, the average person will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, with total spending expected to reach $18.9 billion. What's more, men will spend nearly $190 on Valentine's Day gifts and festivities this year, nearly double the $97 women plan to spend.

If roses, jewelry, spa treatments and a night out is on your agenda, consider these six Valentine's Day spending hacks to show both your beau and your budget some love.

1. Look beyond roses from the florist.
While roses are considered the traditional symbol of love and romance, prices on these red and pink favorites nearly double on Valentine's Day. You'll save money by opting for a mixed spring bouquet of other pretty petals that look just as beautiful and will even stand out more for originality. Head over to a grocery store for pre-arranged bouquets for nearly 30-percent less than the local florist.

2. Save on sweets by waiting, or make your own.
If you can put it off, wait to pick up candy and chocolate on Feb. 14 when most stores will discount the leftover goods. If you have time, consider baking your own sweets. From heart-shaped rice crispy treats to cherry-flavored cupcakes to chocolate-covered strawberries, your honey will appreciate the extra effort you put into making this special gift!

3. Buy bling online.
Shopping online for jewelry gives you access to a bigger selection and often better prices. Plus, many e-stores will be offering free delivery or discounted rush service to ensure you get the gift in time. What's more, many of these sites have coupon codes for extra savings which can be found on sites like CouponSherpa.com. For example, you can save 25% off at Blue Nile, $25 off plus free shipping with a Kay Jewelers coupon code, or an extra 15% off sale jewelry from Macy's.

4. Pick up discount spa gift cards.
A couples' massage is a nice treat for you and your sweetheart but expect inflated prices this weekend. Before you book, check sites like Gift Card Granny for discounted e-gift cards to SpaFinder where you can save over 22 percent. Warehouse stores like Costco also sell gift cards to the online spa-finder service at a discount, offering $100 worth of e-gift cards for just $80.

5. Head to the dollar store.
Your local dollar store is the perfect place to pick up inexpensive greeting cards (50 cents versus $5 or more), gift wrap and even a vase for flowers. You're looking at saving over 70% without compromising on your romantic sentiment. Remember, it's what you write in the card that matters most anyway!

6. Plan a free date.
Valentine's Day shouldn't be based on how fancy of a restaurant you go to or how much money you throw down. It's all about spending quality time together, which you can do in a variety of ways for little cost. In fact, some of the most intimate dates are free! Check out these 12 frugal date ideas and make your plans now.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Happy Valentine's Day, and welcome to Geek Chic Reviews' 2016 Valentine's Day gift guide!


Wow your Valentine with a custom-made bike from Beach Bikes. You can choose the frame, color, decals, rims, fenders, seat, and grips. You can also add on accessories such as  a cup holder, a basket, a basket liner, a beam light, and a baby seat. Great gift for her or him!


Society6 is where artists go to sell their work. You can choose from a wide variety of products, such as travel mugs, art prints, wall tapestries, mugs, framed prints, canvas prints, wall clocks, throw pillows, throw blankets, rugs, shower curtains, phone cases, laptop and tablet skins, laptop sleeves, tablet cases, tote bags, and a cool selection of men's and women's clothing. Support artists from around the world and buy a unique Valentine's Day gift! I got my husband this Boba Fett travel mug, and he loves it!

Gourmet Gift Baskets

Get your lover some delicious treats from Gourmet Gift Baskets. I've tried the Valentine's Day Brownie Cake and the Snacks for my Valentine Gift Basket. Both were so good. Check them out!

Night Shift Throw Blanket

This throw blanket is so warm and soft I have it draped over my shoulders nearly all of the time. I have the Other 9 to 5 Fleece Blanket (pictured above). Keep your Valentine warm and cozy with an awesome gift from Night Shift. They also have comforter sets! All of the designs are quite unique and colorful. 

Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 Closed-Back Premium Gaming Headset with 6" Boom Microphone

For the gamer in your life, the Audio-Technica Gaming Headset with Microphone is the perfect Valentine's Day gift! Great sound, nice mic with volume and mute control.


Pamper your Valentine with all natural, handmade soaps from Soaptopia! There are seemingly endless scents and colors to choose from, as well as different types of soap (liquid, exfoliating, and more). Check out the gift sets for a special gift.

Fortune Cards: A Box of Scratch-Off Fortunes to Display on a Tiny Keepsake Easel

This comes with 60 fortune cards and a tiny keepsake easel to hold the cards. Your gift gives one fortune a week, or one a day for 60 days. A special gift for Valentine's Day!

Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation

If your Valentine loves art, then they are sure to love a coloring mandala book. Grab a set of colored pencils and a pencil sharpener so you're prepared. They're fun and relaxing!
Here are some more to choose from:

Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
Coloring Animal Mandalas

Gnoments Kit for Couples

If you're going for cute this Valentine's Day, check this out! The Gnoments Kit for Couples comes with two gnomes holding hands, posable hats, and a book. It's also NFC enabled so you can send and receive texts, videos, photos, sound clips, and more!

Bytten Designer Accessory for Fitbit

Bling out her Fitbit with a designer accessory (like the one pictured above) from Bytten. They have a variety of styles and colors to choose from.

Moroccanoil Fluer de Rose Collection

Pamper your love with this sweet V-Day gift from Moroccanoil, the Fluer de Rose Collection. Body butter, body buff, cleansing bar, body souffle, and hand cream are all featured in this collection.

What are you hoping for this Valentine's Day?
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Zero Water Filtration System Pitcher Review

The Zero Water Filtration System filters tap water and keeps it in an eight, ten, or twelve cup pitcher. Water goes through a five-stage filter. Activated carbon, Ion exchange, and other filter layers remove the taste of chlorine, minerals, salts, metals, and dissolved solids (zinc, aluminum, nitrate, lead, calcium, chloride, potassium, sodium, phosphates, and more). 

The Zero Water Filtration Systems come with a TDS (total dissolved solids) meter reader so you can test your own water before and after filtration. TDS in your water can make it smell, create hard water, taste bad (salty, bitter or metallic), and even not quench your thirst well. Zero Water's goal is to have the meter read out 000, showing no dissolved solids - zinc, aluminum, nitrate, lead, etc. 

When I received this product for review from Zero Water I was skeptical. We had just started buying bottled water because our tap water (from a well) suddenly got this horrible fishy smell to it. Normally when this happened we simply needed to add salt to our filtration system and it would go away. It wasn't working this time. Buying bottled water all the time was expensive and a pain to lug from the store to home. 

I starting my product testing with the TDS meter reader. I followed the directions and was surprised to see that our number was low - a 004. After the water went through the Zero Water filtration system it tested back with a 001. Another test later showed 000. 

Now, it was time for the ultimate test - tasting the water. Did it still smell? Would it taste good? It passed! The smell was completely gone, and the water tasted clean. We stopped buying bottled water immediately and are still using it. I highly recommend Zero Water!

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