Joyal Beauty Eye Serum Review

I have used Joyal Beauty products before, and I’ve always been very pleased with the results. So I was very excited to try this eye serum when the opportunity arose.

With many products like this, you have to use them consistently for several months (recommendation is typically 6), before you can expect to see the full results. If that is the case, I am very excited, because I have noticed results after 2 weeks.


They are very subtle, as you can see from the photo. I work nights, and my sleep schedule is erratic. As a result, as I’ve gotten older, my eyes tend to look very tired. When I began using this gel, they were very puffy, the dark circles were fairly prominent, and I’m starting to get fine lines around my eye that I absolutely abhor. After about one week of using the gel, I could definitely tell that there was a major improvement in the puffiness. The skin around my eye felt tighter, and I didn’t look as tired. Today, 2 weeks in, the skin under my eye is about the same color as all the other skin on my face. The dark circles are not COMPLETELY gone, but they are considerably lighter.

As for the lines, there is a definite improvement, though I haven’t seen a miracle yet. Should I expect to? I’m not sure. If products completely removed all signs of aging, the cosmetic surgery industry would be out of business, right? So, I’m not expecting them to completely disappear, but any improvement is welcome. I intend to fight the signs of aging on my face as long as I can. 🙂

The puffiness is definitely a thing of the past. My eyes look brighter to me, and I don’t look exhausted all the time. So far, I am pleased.

The gel comes in a pump bottle, which takes a few pumps to get started. I think I counted about 10 before any product came out. A little certainly goes a long way, so about 1/2 a pump should actually cover both eyes. It smells wonderful, like cutting into a fresh cucumber. The consistency is nice. It isn’t runny, but it isn’t thick either. It is a transparent sort of white color.

I didn’t notice it the first couple of days, but since, I have noticed a slight stinging sensation. I attribute this to the licorice that is in the product, since licorice has firming properties. Most products that firm also sting. They are working on a new formula now that has avocado in place of the licorice, which should feel very luxurious, and eliminate any burning or stinging.

I received this product for free to test and give my honest and unbiased review. The results I have seen are very consistent with the quality I have come to expect from this company. I definitely plan to purchase more once this bottle runs out, and I will post again at that point so we can all see if I have discovered the fountain of youth. 🙂


Opternative Online Eye Exam + Coupon Code!

Opternative is a company that offers an online eye exam using only your smartphone and computer.  There has been a lot of discussion as to how this compares to actually going to an eye doctor to get an exam.

One argument is that there are many things that an eye doctor can test that simply can’t be tested using a computer.  For the most part, I agree.  However, there is a particular segment of the population for which an online eye exam is absolutely perfect.  Does this sound like you?  If so, I have good news!  I will include a coupon code at the end of this post that you can use to get 10% off your online eye exam!

Picture this:  You make an appointment with your optometrist.  You’ll need to take time off work or go during your lunch hour because by the time you get off work, your eye doctor’s office is closed.  You drive across town, fill out all the paperwork, and wait to see the doctor.  You complete the exam, make your payment, and then begin the process of figuring out which glasses or contacts you want.

Now, picture this:  You get off work, go home, have dinner, and then log onto Opternative’s website.  The exam takes about 25 minutes, all done in your jammies.  You get your prescription the next day, and you can choose to either take that to your favorite local optical store, or order your glasses or contacts online.



Which looks better?  One? or Two?  🙂


If you are over 45, Opternative won’t complete your eye exam.  This is because at around 45, many of the more serious eye ailments start to rear their ugly heads.  You will need to remember the last eye exam you had, and the contact information for your previous eye doctor.  If you cannot provide this information, it doesn’t seem like you can get your eye exam through Opternative, either.  This is because they review the results of your last eye exam to figure out if you have any conditions that could be a cause for concern, and they use that information to verify your prescription. I will probably alternate between visiting my eye doctor and completing the online eye exam.  That way, I can be sure my overall eye health is not deteriorating.


We did three eye exams on the same day:  One for me, one for my 20 year old son, and one for his dad.  The process was pretty straightforward, and felt a lot like the refractive exams my eye doc gives me.  Which looks clearer?  Which looks better?  Are the lines touching?  Are they fuzzy?  First with your current prescription glasses and then again without.  Move closer, back up.  Close your left eye, now close your right.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow.  It was actually kind of fun.  The process utilizes some pretty cool technology to link your smartphone with your computer.  None of us experienced issues with the app or the website.  All three of us were able to complete the exam with no issues.

As soon as you have completed the eye exam, you are given some preliminary results for free.  If you want your full prescription, you enter your credit card information and are advised to expect the results within 24 hours.  This is where the experience deviated drastically.

My prescription was delivered to me very quickly.  I guess my eye doctor was very responsive, and my prescription actually hasn’t changed from my last exam, according to my performance.  Easy enough!  Prescription in hand, I started searching for a company that sells glasses online.  I found a great one, but more on that in another post.  🙂

My son’s prescription took a little longer.  His eyesight had changed a little, but not enough to worry.  He did receive his later the next day, just outside of the 24 hour period, but they had remained in contact with him to let him know they were still working on it.  Pretty nice.

Jimmy’s experience has been very different.  They sent an email, and called him.  Apparently, they are having trouble retrieving his current prescription.  His eye doctor doesn’t seem to be able to locate his previous prescription.  They aren’t giving up, though!  I checked the status as I was typing this post, and they are still diligently trying to get his prescription done.  I should add here that his vision is by far the WORST of the three of us, and his last eye exam was several years ago.  We knew going in that this would be the biggest challenge yet to test Opternative and how well they handle even the toughest situations.

What I like about about this company is that they have a satisfaction guarantee.  If you get your prescription and order glasses that you don’t like, or you can’t see well enough with, they will refund your money.  It’s that simple.  If they are unable to issue a prescription, they refund your money (which we might be “testing” if they can’t get Jimmy’s exam done… I’ll let you know how that works out).  At any rate, you have almost nothing to lose, except a little bit of your time.

If you have younger children and aren’t sure how good their eyesight is, this would be a good way to test it, especially if doctors make the kiddos nervous.  Opternative recommends that you see an eye care professional at least every two years to make sure everything still looks good, and I agree with that assessment.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I am happy with how it turned out.  I would certainly recommend this service to anyone to try!

Here’s that code I promised:  Go to Opternative’s website here, and start your no-risk, no obligation eye exam.  When it gets to the payment part, enter the promo code: rere100046 and you will receive 10% off the cost of your prescription!

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GearShield Sport 2 Waterproof, Dust Proof, Snow Proof, Shock Proof Protective Case

I am so impressed with this case. First, as a case:

–The buttons line up well, are easy to press, and feel good.
–The overall feel of the case screams quality. It is flexible enough to not feel brittle while still being sturdy enough to over rugged protection for the expensive phone.
–The packaging is nice, and speaks to the quality of the contents.
–Gear Beast has included a wrist strap, which is great. I don’t mean a cheap, flimsy wrist strap, either.
–They have also included in the package a super nice cleaning cloth and a headphone extender.
–It fits the phone perfectly.
–The phone is perfectly protected inside the case, but the case isn’t bulky, which is very nice.
–It is perfectly water-tight as well.

As to the waterproofing:

–All of the vulnerable areas are protected. They truly thought of everything.
–The headphone jack? There is a twist off cover for that.
–But what if you want to listen to headphones? They thought of that too. That is what the extender is for. It screws in and has an o-ring to form a perfectly tight seal around the phone.
–The charging port? Protected. 🙂
–You can even hear the phone fine through the case because the areas covering the microphone and speakers are a thinner, rubber material that doesn’t affect sound quality.
–I submerged the thing in water for 45 minutes and there were absolutely NO leaks.
–I dropped the case and it did not break (I didn’t attempt either of these tasks with my phone inside, so don’t worry)

phone_caseThe company recommends that you remove your screen protector prior to installing the case, because it can make the touch screen less sensitive, but I did not have any problem with the case even with my screen protector still on the phone. I didn’t really notice a difference at all in the touch sensitivity, but since that is a recommended step, I’m sure it might affect some users’ experience.

For the price, this thing really is a BEAST! I watched videos where the thing was dropped from 6 feet up and then submerged in water and the phone worked fine through all that!

If you are around water regularly, or worry about spills (or dropping it in the sink or toilet); you could use this as your everyday case. This is because the case doesn’t affect the responsiveness of the phone. I didn’t even have a noticeable drop in call quality as far as the microphone or the speakers. I probably won’t personally, because the waterproofing makes access to the charging port, headphone jack, and silent switch a little less convenient. However, when I go to the beach, the pool, or plan to spend the day around water, this is the perfect case!

I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  You can purchase the case on Amazon here.

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HEY GIRL Sleep Time – Relaxing + Calm Tea Blend

heygirlteaHEY GIRL is a fairly new tea company that was started because the founder, Hilary, was unsatisfied with the artificial, overly processed products on the market. According to a company statement, “She started a 3 year endeavor to perfect her custom tea blends and offer something unique and effective to so many other women like herself: a motivated individual, a mother, professional, and health enthusiast.”

I love that message. I love that they make no claims that they cannot wholeheartedly stand behind. For example, the first question asked on their Amazon product page was about whether or not the tea is organic. The response was: “We will not label our product organic until we have verified all sources as: Sustainable and Responsible (Cruelty Free).” I don’t know about you, but for me, that kind of honesty is refreshing. So, I was excited to try this tea. I work nights, so sleeping is always kind of strange for me. It is difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

I received my package, which is adorable, and the tea itself smells amazing. I was excited to try it, and I let my son try some as well. It smelled good while it was steeping, and he said that it tasted good. I went back 10 minutes later to check on him, and he said that he felt relaxed but not necessarily sleepy. Ok, relaxed is pretty good, actually. I would have been satisfied with that. 10 minutes later, I went to check on him and he was fast asleep. I couldn’t help but laugh, and get excited about when I finished my work so I could have some and actually get to sleep quickly, for a change.


As for the ingredients:

Passionflower is a flower that is native to the southeastern parts of the Americas and is used for insomnia, anxiety, symptoms of menopause, ADHD, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, high blood pressure, and many other things. In other words, it calms you down.

Chamomile, which refers to a group of daisy-like plants, has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great. Simply put, it relaxes you.

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, helps reduce anxiety and promotes sleep.

Catnip herb is a member of the mint family. A mild tea made with catnip herb is said to help improve digestion and calm nerves. Its relaxing properties also make it beneficial to those who suffer from insomnia.

Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and has been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods.

Valerian is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and grows up to 2 feet tall. It has been used to safely ease insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness since the second century A.D.

So, all natural ingredients that relax you, calm you down, and help you fall asleep. Sounds good, right? Here is what I am going to do. It is 3:54 am now. I am going to relax in a nice warm bath with my cup of Hey Girl tea and then attempt to go to sleep. I am still wired from work, so this is an excellent test. I will record my results here.

Ok, so I performed my test. I did find that the tea was very relaxing, and about 20 minutes after I finished my cup, I was starting to feel quite sleepy. I don’t know if I slept better or longer than usual, but I did feel quite relaxed and drowsy shortly after drinking it.

I love the smell of the tea. It is a strong smell, but if you are familiar with the smell of chamomile tea, I found it similar to that smell. I could also smell the lavender. I’m not as familiar with the other ingredients, so I don’t know if the aroma of those came through or not. I expected the tea to taste as strong as it smelled, but it was a very light, pleasant taste.

My biggest issue with chamomile tea is that it is so weak that it hardly feels like you are drinking much more than flavored water. This tea isn’t like that. It has a strong enough taste that you can pick up on all the flavors, but not so strong that it is too much. Everyone that has tried this tea agrees with me, it tastes amazing! As for the sleep benefits, I can’t vouch for that. I can say with confidence though, that it did relax me, which is a good indication that for most people, it would help calm them down to allow them to fall asleep more quickly.

Overall, this is a great tasting tea to drink at night, all natural ingredients that have a ton of other benefits to the body. So it tastes great, is good for you, and produced by a company whose mission I can get behind. Sounds like a win-win!

I received this product to test in exchange for my review.  This tea can be purchased on Amazon here

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