What's In My Bathroom (and bedroom and purse and.....)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Francois & Mimi - my new favorite brand of Bed Bath & Beyond for agoraphobics!

Yes, I got these for free to review, but I am insane for them, INSANE! All their stuff is so high quality and just plain beautiful! And let's face it, their name is fabu :-) I would buy these regardless.



Talk about useful! These things, like everything else I've gotten from Francois et Mimi, are sturdy and well made and of a very high visual quality as well. From a design standpoint they're very tasteful but they're hardy enough to withstand daily use. Also excellent for getting a big ol mug of hot chocolate on.  Lead free and microwaveable, these have become a daily addition to our kitchen.


I can't believe something this high quality is so inexpensive! I saw a similar set at Target that I lusted after but just could not fork over the $40. And I think that was only a set of 4. Ice cream is only the beginning. they're perfect for soup, small salads, cereal, oatmeal....  They're just the right size to keep your eyes from being bigger than your stomach. They're microwaveable, which I have done multiple times with no problems (use common sense- they will be warm; ceramic conducts heat.) They look so cheerful and pretty, even stacked in the cabinet. I loved that they had cardboard inserts between each piece in the package to keep them safe and sound (despite USPS's best efforts LOL) Such a bright spot in every meal.


This thing is truly stunning, for sure. You do have to be careful with it being glass; since it's a large size you need to be a little daintier using since it's just plain a larger amount of hot coffee. One star off for the nonexistent padding, my first one came broken. The company's customer service is fantastic though, they had a new one at my doorstep (VERY well padded! LOL) within literally days. I imagine this is something that will addressed. Not only does french press coffee TASTE better but it presents well for guests. We both came into this relationship with french presses, but they were all those teeny ones that barely make enough for 2 mugs worth- not the greatest way to keep guests or rabid coffee drinkers happy. Papi is HUGE and makes the perfect amount! (Yes, I did nickname it.)

These water bottles are FANTASTIC!!!!!!

A Set of 2 20-Ounce Double Wall Bottles for the cost of one, normally

I can put a cold drink in before my 1 and 1/2 commute to work and it will still be cold. If you put ice in it, it will last for hours more. If I put chilled water in it and take it with me into the bookstore at the library, after 4 hours it will no longer be COLD but it's still below room temperature. They're super sturdy and are a breeze to clean with one exception, the straw. With the built in straw, if you use anything but water- clean IMMEDIATELY. I'd recommend including a straw brush with the bottle. And don't be an idiot and put orange juice in it. YOINKS! It's metal, honey. 

The Mister is now in love with these travel coffee mugs. First of all just like the water bottles, you get two for the price of one. The quality is second to none and I think the extended handle is pretty snazzy looking. You can actually hook it over stuff or shove it in your pocket if you need a free hand. The best part, the stopper lid is leakproof so you can use it as an impromptu drink shaker without the fear of flying protein shake in your hair!

Double Wall Vacuum Insulation
Cool-to-the-touch Exterior
Leak-proof Stopper
Comfort Handles


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fraser Digital Kitchen Scale

Product Description

With touch sensitive buttons and a tempered glass surface this FraserTM FS11 digital kitchen scale is one of the most advanced scales. The FraserTM FS11 scale is ideal for the home chef who desires accuracy and an elegant design. This scale also features an automatic Tare button that will quickly subtract the container weight, allowing you to weigh only the contents of your container.
The FraserTM FS11 scale has a capacity ranging from 0 ounces to 11 lbs (0 to 5,000 grams), and provides measurements in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz on its bright LCD screen. The scale also displays results in both the US and international metric systems (grams | ounces | pounds | kilograms). The large screen features a bright LCD with an improved viewing angle for the on-the-move chef, and provides Low Battery and Overload indicators. The FraserTM digital kitchen scale comes equipped with 1 lithium CR2032 removable battery for long life, and features a 1 minute automatic turn-off that preserves battery life.
#review #newtoy #FraserScale

So this digital kitchen scale has worked it's way into my heart because I LOVE TO BUY IN BULK!  I learned the hard way that putting stuff in the freezer without separating it first is a BAD IDEA. Now we can weigh stuff first before splitting it up or before using it. Especially helpful when your recipe calls for a pound of potatoes, etc. It's easy to guesstimate, but I know for a fact dinner came out better actually knowing.  Especially when splitting up meat, it's awesome!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Feeling the Adeline Love!

First I raved about their hyaluronic acid serum with retinol

and then I gave mad love to their organic eye serum

but when used in conjunction with their anti aging moisturizer with matrixyl they make a knockout combination!

  • 5 POWERFUL ANTI AGING INGREDIENTS IN ONE BOTTLE: Adeline's Anti-Aging Face Cream is formulated with 5 powerful ingredients that fight wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin: Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin E. The results on your skin are fantastic! You would normally have to purchase multiple creams to attain the benefits that we pack into one of our bottles. Our customers discover they don't want or need to use any other creams on their face after using our skin cream.
  • SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to double the amount of collagen needed to give the skin its elasticity. This means your wrinkles are going to fade and you will no longer be looking at celebrities and other women wondering how they look so young because you now know the secret. Start feeling more confident. Your search for the perfect anti-aging skin cream is over!
  • GET YOUR TIME BACK: After washing in the morning and evening, it takes just 30 seconds to gently apply the cream to your face, neck and decollete. Skin appears radiant and more plump after use. Over time our customers experience visible improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, laugh lines, dry skin and uneven skin.
  • UNBEATABLE PREMIUM QUALITY: Our face creams are handmade in our FDA-Inspected facility according to strict manufactures guidelines outlined by the GMP right here in the USA. All our products are free from parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & petrochemical derivatives. With no added fragrances and no additives or fillers we are positive you are going to love our anti-aging moisturizer from Adeline.
  • ADELINE'S RISK FREE PROMISE TO AMAZON CUSTOMERS: "Give this skin cream a try. Feel its effects on your skin immediately. Use it in your daily beauty regimen. You will consider it one of the best skin creams you've ever used OR ELSE we insist on providing you with a 100% money back refund - no questions asked and you can even keep the unused bottle on us." - Adeline Beauty

Here's my review using all three and actually showing the results firsthand!

Do your skin a favor and check them out! You can't beat the price and the results are fantastic. You get double the amount of a normal bottle of skincare for half the price. Two thumbs SUPER way up!

#review #adeline

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Eye Pillow Vacation - ahhhhhh

A photo posted by Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo (@thebeautypirate) on
#review Even though I did get this at a discount, I would totally pay full price for it- I'm in love! It's so soothing and relaxing! I got it in black satin and the satin feels especially marvelous when it's cool. Headaches are banished and the way the flax filling hugs every contour of your face feels especially fantastic on achy tired eyes. My allergies have been awful lately and this soothes puffy allergy eyes. You can heat it in the microwave, but I've been keeping it in the freezer because I love the way it feels when cold. It really blocks out all light too, which will be a real boon when my next migraine hits. Added bonus, it feels equally wonderful on a sore neck, I was using it for that just a while earlier this evening. This one is unscented so it's great for people sensitive to scent or with allergies, though I wouldn't mind having the lavender one as well. Keep one in the freezer and one out to heat up depending on my mood and current need. It provides just enough weight and pressure to provide something like an accupressure effect without feeling uncomfortably constricting. Sigh, where has this been all of my life? A totally worthwhile addition to my stress reduction arsenal.

Real Men Wear Camo!!!!

I'm going to be pulling out my inner Frank (from 30 Rock) and customize this bad boy! It's really well made and sturdy. It's lined to wick away sweat and moisture from the head which makes it perfect for what I've been using it for- holding back all my hair when I wash my face! Maybe I've just been watching too many Jersey Shore reruns lately, but I actually think it's pretty cute on my lil chick head :-)
I do think it's cool that they offer a lifetime replacement, in their own words:

Seller Warranty Description
LIFETIME WARRANTY - What Does This Mean? Well, In A Nut Shell, When Your Worn Out Camo Trucker Hat Has Had It's Last Day & Becomes Road Kill, Simply Send It Back and Well Send You A New One Absolutely FREE.

They really need a copy editor for their products though, cause the typos are glaring albeit unintentionally hysterical. Here's the actual title as it appears on Amazon

Camo Hunters Hat, #1 Hunting Gifts For Men! Best For Duck & Deer Hunting, Trout & Salmon Fishing, Camping or Simply Becasue You're A Real Man!

Hee hee! So of course I had to use the manliest man I could find to model it for me. 

A photo posted by Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo (@thebeautypirate) on

#LegendCamoHats #review

I received this product in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for my review and all my opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Sports Armband by i2 Gear SAVE THE PHONES!

Seriously, where has this thing been all my life? Oddly, I had one exactly like it that I got from a Jennifer Love Hewitt curated Fancy box that I proceeded to lose before I even took it out of the package. I gaze at it longingly and picture a time when my phone wasn't smashed worse than a beer can at a frat party. It's amazing how something so simple can make such a difference. It's light as air but sturdy and stays on. You can easily still use your keys through the clear frontpiece. The majority of my clothing doesn't have pockets, and this lets me carry my phone around work without having to shove it in my bra or just carry it (and usually) and drop it. Amazing how something so simple can be such a game changer.

 Samsung Galaxy S5 Sports Armband by i2 Gear
If you've ever been out running and tried to listen to music or send a quick text while taking a breather you know its almost impossible to use your phone without covering it with sweat or worse dropping it along the way! Now with this armband you can safely interact with your touch screen and listen to your favorite music :)

 Compatibility and Use
Use your armband with the new Galaxy SII, SIII, S4 and S5 from all carriers. You can wear it over your biceps or on your forearm. The night reflector provides additional visibility for outdoor early morning and evening runs. There is even a slot for your house key which we all know can be a lifesaver. This armband is also great for high intensity workouts, spin class, yoga or even casual walking or outdoor activities. Precision and Protection The touchscreen is fully accessible through the plastic cover. The armband pouch and cover keeps your phone safe from impact and moisture while working out.

This armband is lightweight and accommodates arm sizes from approx. 9 to 17 inches. Also we recommend that you use this armband without a case.

 Material and Care
Made of nylon, velcro and neoprene materials. This armband can be safely hand washed and air dried after use. We do NOT recommend machine washing your armband as this could cause damage. 

#samsungarmband #review