January 2015 | The Color Wheel Gallery

Firmoo Eyeglasses Review


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I was very excited when I was contacted by Firmoo a Global Online Optical store specializing in 
Prescription and non prescription Eyeware. 
Their online site is based out of New york and the frames ship from China. They have a buffet of eyeglasses in every price range, shape, size and color imaginable.
I like that the site allows you to either use one of their own models or you can upload your own picture like I did in the Picture below. By doing so I was able to see what frame looked the best on me.
Their price range is very affordable and the shipping is very reasonable as well.
I was due for a set of frames myself and when Firmoo contacted me I literally said Thank You Jesus! lol That's how grateful and excited I was.
So I ordered my pair with prescriptive single vision lenses on January 5 and received them  on January 28, 2015.
Of course I was anxious because the pair I chose were different and Retro looking.
The glasses came nicely packaged and included a beautiful sturdy case with a world map print on it, a little pouch incase you didn't want to carry them in the case, a little screwdriver to fix them if and when they get loose and a cleaning cloth to go in the case.
I was impressed with the packaging and of course with the glasses. 

The cat-eye glasses have classic water-drop shape lenses and keyhole nose bridges. A wood grain surfaced acetate frame provide durability and great fitting all the time. (firmoo description from site)

These glasses fit great and the prescription was just right! I did not feel dizzy and saw very clearly.
My pair retails $36.00 it would have cost me with the $6.95 shipping, $42.95 with the prescription included. Still a fantastic deal!
So the Pics you will see below are of me trying on some of the frames then actually wearing the ones in the Classic Series category on Firmo numbered #F033. 
I'm very pleased, they are a great fit and they go with any outfit I choose. They are a conversation starter for sure! 
If you wish to Peruse or purchase a set of fashionable frames click here on www.firmoo.com
Oh Yes they are having a sale on selected frames where you get the frames free and only pay for the lenses and shipping, Here's more info if you are interested:) Free Frames on Firmoo.com

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Salsa Class At Home

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This dvd is packed with lots of salsa steps, I danced salsa in school and I'm of spanish decent so I kind of thought I was going to know every step but I was wrong. The back step, the band step those were tricky moves but with practice I know I can master it. The instructors are very detailed and helpful. At first the woman in the clip was swinging her arms too much while dancing which made her look a little quirky but in the end she had finesse and grace. I really liked this Salsa DVD and it's a great way to hear good salsa music and have fun while learning and get your heart rate pumping.
You can get the DVD on Amazon

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Play Love Laugh Natural Peel Off Nail Polish Review & Giveaway

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The Play Love Laugh Peel Off Nail Polishes were created by a mother of 3 who also happens to be a certified Physicians Assistant and a Registered Nutritionist.
She wanted to make something that was healthy and fun for her children and came up with these beautiful and colorful nail polishes made from fruits and vegetables. Yep you read right these cuties are made from carrots, beets, spinach, acerola cherries, black currents and sugar. 
They are safe for eating but I wouldn't advise it lol
The Play Love Laugh polishes come in 12 colors, dry quickly and come in 8ml bottles and retail $6 each.
I was excited to try try these for my daughter and I, so I put these polishes to the test.
These nail polishes claim to be odorless but both of mine had a minty scent to them which was quite nice.

The colors I received for testing purposes were the beautiful pink one you see in the bottom pic called Pink Rose and the pretty purple one in Grapelicious.

In the pics below you see my baby girl who's 9 with both Pink Rose and Grapelicious on.

And now both us are pictured here with the Play Love Laugh polishes on

These polishes claim to peel off under hot water which is great for my daughter but not great for me because I tend to take hot showers. So after my shower the nail polish was peeling off very easily and quickly.

I also decided to try one nail with a base code and a top coat on to see if the polish would stay longer. As I ran it under the sink with hot running water it took a little longer to peel off than the first time without any top coats or bases. In my opinion these polishes are more intended for children and not so much for the adults. And if the adults do you use them, they can't take hot baths or showers like me or they will peel off and your manicure will be ruined. Or you can opt to adda top coat and a base coat to give you a bit of longevity.
The colors are great, they smell pleasant, they peel off quickly as stated and they are safe and great for little girls.

Here are some instructions for these polishes by the Company Hugo Naturals:

Though our polishes are WATER PROOF, for removal, all you need is warm to hot water. When you are ready to remove your beautiful nail polishes, run them directly under warm/hot water, or soak them during a bath, and the polishes will soften. Once they are soft, at the base of your nail, lift up like you are taking off a sticker and discard remains.  If your polishes soften but you are NOT ready to take them off, run them under cool water for 10 seconds and they will reset.  Depending on lifestyle, longevity on toenails ranges from 7-30 days (average 14 days) and again, depending on lifestyle, the longivity on fingernails ranges from 1-7 days (average 4-5 days).

If you would like to try and would like to win 2 colors of the Play Love Laugh Nail Polish collection, Please enter below
Company will ship to the winner. Winner will be announced here on January 30 
USA Only

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Bellangé 10 Piece Kabuki Brush Review

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If you like Kabuki Brushes then you are in for a treat!
I am very excited to show you this beautiful 10 piece set from Bellangé.
These 10 Synthetic brushes are super soft and they pack on product very well.
I used 6 of these brushes to create a simple makeup look and they worked great!
Each brush is labeled on the barrel to indicate what each of the brushes can be used for. I say can because again we are the artist so we can paint and color with what we please and how we choose to paint or color with.

Here is what you get in this beautiful set:

-Mini-Perfect Precision Brush
-Precision Concealer Brush
-Precision Primer & Shadow Brush
-Perfection Contouring Brush
-Precision Contouring Brush 
-Perfect Precision Brush
-Beautiful Blush & Bronzer Brush
-Fierce Foundation & Powder Brush
-Flawless Foundation Brush
-Magic Mineral Blending Brush

The only minor issue in this set is that it doesn't bring a flat shader eyeshadow brush because the primer and shadow brush it comes with is great as a blending eyeshadow brush but too big for a shader brush. 
Other than that, these brushes dry quickly overnight and there is no shedding at all.

Here are the ones I used in this set:

And the look I created with them:)
A simple daytime look with slight contouring on the nose and cheeks using all powder products except for my creamy concealer.

The Bellangé can be purchased on Amazon for 15 bucks with prime.

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The Xtava Auto Rotating Curling Iron

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I have not curled my hair in a very long time because of the pixie cut and also because I am not very good with a curling iron.
I have tried countless curling irons that I have purchased and just left to the side because I couldn't clamp it and curl my hair correctly and it would come out very crimped at times so I gave up. 

So when the offer to receive and review the Xtava curling iron, I was curious to know if it really worked on my hair which has gotten longer compared to my pixie I once had.

I have to say that I am very impressed with this curling iron. I found out the trick first of all do not put it too hot as you can get burned so put it at a setting that you think it's comfortable . 
I first started at 250 degrees, just so that I can get the hang of which way the barrel was supposed to rotate. 
So when I started on the left side of my head I used the left button that is on the curling iron. 
When I began to curl on the right side of my head all I did was press the right side of the curling iron and it rotated and curled my hair evenly and it took a nice curl to it. 
So all you have to do is just be careful with the heat settings and also know which little button either left or right you're going to push when working on your left side of your head or your right side of the head.  
This curling iron is so simple to use and it does a great job at curling your hair. I can't wait for my hair to grow even longer so that I can have beautiful long bouncy curls because right now all I'm able to do is just curl the front top of my hair and a little bit of the back of my hair just to give it a nice volumed curled affect. 
So for the look you see in the pictures below, all I did was just curl my hair without having any setting spray but then I decided to just spray some argan oil hairspray that I had just so that the curl can hold a little longer. 
But again the choice is yours, you can choose to just curl your bangs or your  full head or just on the sides of your hair for extra volume.
I give this product 2 thumbs up for it's black sleek design, the beautiful long box that reminded me of flowers that it came with and for it's easy managing ability to rotate and curl your hair within seconds.

You can find the Xtava Auto Rotating Curling Iron on Amazon for $45.00

Here are some specs on the Xtava Curling Iron from the site:

  • AUTO ROTATING CERAMIC TOURMALINE BARREL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features an innovative automated bi-directional rotating control for maximum ease and comfort. Simply clip the hair on the barrel and let xtava do the rest with the touch of button, the ceramic tourmaline barrel generates constant and even heat creating long lasting perfect curls.
  • HEAT CONTROL The Xtava auto-rotating curling iron features accurate heat control with 11 temperature stages between 210F-430F allowing styling versatility for all hair types. For fine hair, use low temperature for best results. Thick and wavy hair will require a higher temperature. The LCD display will ensure simple, accurate and convenient operation.
  • 360 SWIVEL 8 FT. CORD With the Xtava Silk edition you will not need any extension cord or a nearby outlet thanks to its 8 ft. long power cord. Avoid getting your cable entangled while styling your hair, with the integrated 360 degree swivel system that will simply rotate as you work.
  • SHUT-OFF FUNCTION Incorporates a convenient auto-shutoff function that will turn off the device when left unattended - never worry again after rushing out.

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Nsstarr iPhone Bling Cell Phone Case Review

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It's nice that you can have many options to house your cell phone these days .
You can choose from soft cases, hard cases,gel cases and now even little wallets.
Like this beautiful case from Nsstar it's a nice black wallet with a cute snap- on magnetic gold buckle latch with little rhinestones on it.
When you open the wallet you will see a gold mirror like base too, to house your cell phone and this particular case is for my iPhone 5 so it fits great! This case is very sleek in design and it has little specs of crystals or glitter  on it. The material is more like cardboard with a rubber feel to it but it's really beautifully designed although if you're not careful sliding your phone out, the glue or adhesive behind the gold base tends to be a little weak. I would say that would be the only downfall to this case. But It looks very chic ,very fashionable, and very stylish and it's an eye catcher for sure! I also really like that it has little slits in the front of the flap for at least 2 credit cards and it can stand when you pull the buckle flap under . 
This beautiful iPhone 5 / 5C cell phone comes in many colors and you can find it Amazon for $9.99

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The Zilu Power Bank Review

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This Power bank is small in size so you can carry it in your handbag or a backpack. It is a little bulky but it's not heavy at all. 

The Zilu has 4 LED lights indicating the strength of the charger, so if the 4 blue lights are on, that indicates the power bank is fully charged. If you see 3 lights on, that means the power bank is 50-75% charged, and if there are 2 lights it will indicate 25-50% remaining. 
And one blue light means charge 0-25% , No light indicates must charge the Zilu again! or else you will not have a revived electronic device. lol

The Zilu is very easy to use when you read the instructions it comes with. For instance you can't just put your cable in from your device to charge without turning on the power button to the Zilu and if you want the exterior flashlight to turn on , you need to hold down the power button for a few seconds. 
This feature is great incase you need to find your keys in your bag or need to see your cell phone, or just incase you need a bright light to find something you have lost in the dark.

I am very pleased with this product and you can try the Zilu on Amazon for 12.99

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Ozeri Salt & Pepper Fresko Duo Grinder Review and My Chicken Recipe

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In the lifestyle section of my blog I chose to bring you a recipe using the Ozeri Salt & Pepper Fresko Duo Grinder  I received for testing purposes.

I love to cook especially when it's concocting new recipes. 
My main ingredient I use to cook with was Adobo from Goya but it contained MSG. So I opted for black peppercorn and salt as my go to spices for my rice and my meats.

Before testing the Ozeri salt and pepper shaker grinder, I was buying the McCormick grinders which were convenient to use but getting pricey. 

So now with the Ozeri salt & pepper grinder I can buy a big container of salt and pepper corn and reuse it over and over again. 

It's not that easy to disassemble though my hubby had to help by detaching the middle chamber so that I can fill it with the salt and pepper. The instructions come with it but still it was a bit hard.

But once you assemble everything and add your spices in it, it pours out so nice and finely milled. Almost like a sprinkling waterfall. I really can't describe it but it just reminds me of a waterfall effect.

So, besides it's a bit troublesome to assemble, the after effect of how the spices come out are really great!

The Ozeri Salt and Pepper Fresko Duo Grinder can be purchased on Amazon and viewed on

Now to my quick Chicken Tyme Burrito

Ok, I have never used the spice Tyme but since receiving it in my influenster box last month I have been trying it out. And So far delish in my rice with beans. 

Now for the recipe for the Chicken Tyme Burrito...

This recipe is a serving for four.
The ingredients:
3 boiled chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
Half of a small red onion sliced
2 capfuls of Goya mojo
Olive oil
Sazon Goya
Avocado or guacamole
Shredded Mexican cheese
And for this particular burrito I added white rice and some pink beans cooked of course:) but it's not 

Step one boil chicken breasts
Wait till the chicken breasts cool a bit 
Then transfer to a bowl
Then shred it to your preference or you can just smash it up in pieces

Next take a pan and drizzle olive oil on it and wait til it gets hot and sautee the red onion

Step two add salt and pepper and of course I used the Ozeri salt and pepper grinder

Step three sprinkle on some Tyme

Step four sprinkle on some oregano
And the packet of Sazon Goya
And step 5 pour in 2 capfuls of Goya Mojo

After all the ingredients have been sprinkled on the chicken, just mix the chicken around and then transfer it over to the hot pan with the onions. And since the chicken is already cooked because it had been boiled , you are just letting it marinate there and warming it up.

And voilà your chicken is done and seasoned to perfection.

Now for the fun part assembling the burrito all you do is get a grill pan or just a regular pan and put a big flour tortilla on there or a flat wrap, whatever you prefer then you spread the guacamole on it, the tomatoes, the chicken and the shredded cheese. 
Once all those ingredients are on the tortilla or flat wrap all you do now is just fold over the tortilla into a burrito with the corners tucked in and I'm sure you can Google how to do that or you can just flip it over to one side and let it get a brown just a little bit with the little grill marks and then flip it back over and just wait until everything in there gets nice and warm and the cheese is melted. Mmm

And there you have it a chicken Tyme burrito and the reason why I named it that, it's because I did use the Tyme spice which I have never used on chicken before and from now on I will be using it on my chicken, in my rice and whatever else I cook or concoct that needs spices.

I hope you enjoyed my recipe and if you do try it please leave comments and or questions below :)
Here's the Ozeri Grinder in Action! Oh I added a double tortilla for extra goodness:)

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