New Softsoap’s new Limited edition holiday body washes


Limited Edition Soapsoap

It’s not even Halloween yet but already people are thinking ahead to the holiday season. In fact it’s hard to walk into most stores these days without seeing something for the Christmas season on stores shelves. Honestly I think stores should wait until at least mid-November before putting out the holiday items. Pairing Christmas decor along side Halloween candy still seems “wrong”.

I’m all for holiday items. I love to make my home look and smell warm and inviting for the holiday season. I even go so far as to use hand soap that is scented to represent the season or holiday.

I think scent is a powerful thing. Just a simple whiff of something can bring back special memories or transport my mind to another time. That is why I love holiday scents. They remind me of special times with my family, as well as all the fond memories I have growing up.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, so anything that can evoke memories of Christmases past I want in my home.

Softsoap has three new limited edition holiday body washes that are sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Softsoap® brand  Alpine Mint Frost

Lose yourself in the beauty of winter with Softsoap® brand limited edition Alpine Mint Frost body wash. Its revitalizing scent of Cool Winter Mint will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth all winter long. 

Softsoap® brand Parisian Berry Bliss

Celebrate the spirit of the season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Parisian Berry Bliss body wash. This moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the festive scent of red winter berries leaves you ready to enjoy winter. 

Softsoap® brand Venetian Vanilla Spice

Embrace the magic of the winter season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Venetian Vanilla Spice body wash. Let the invigorating scent of Sweet Vanilla & Spices infuse your shower to leave you with soft and smoother skin all winter long.

I was sent all three scents to review.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Alpine Mint Frost scented body wash. It smells like a candy cane. Or better yet a creamy candy cane (if that makes any sense). This moisturizing body wash is scented with “cool Winter mint” (as per the packaging). When I breath it in I can’t help but think of stockings, Christmas trees and candy canes. I truly love this scent. I’m sorry that it’s a limited edition because I would love to enjoy this year round, but then again I wouldn’t want to think about Christmas in the middle of July. So I can see why it’s a limited edition scent.

Parisian Berry Bliss has a very strong berry scent. It kind of reminds me of a rich, red wine scent. It’s scented with red Winter berries, but it doesn’t necessarily remind me of Winter or Christmas. The scent could work just as well during the summer time, especially because berries are very much in season. None the less it’s a lovely, invigorating scent.

Venetian Vanilla Spice is for the vanilla lover. It really smells like vanilla – a rich, creamy vanilla. Vanilla is often an ingredient in holiday baking, so I can see the connection with the holiday season. It’s a rather intoxicating scent.

candy canes

I love how these scents fill the air when you shower or bathe. It’s so much nicer then just plain soap.

Not only do these body washes smell amazing they also clean your skin, give it a touch of moisturizer, and rinses off cleanly without leaving any kind of residue.

All three of these body washes would make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. You could also include them in a homemade gift basket (such as a “spa” gift basket), or a care package for a college student or shut in.

If you enjoy the scents be sure to pick up a few bottles because these are limited edition. Once the holiday season is gone so are these lovely scented body washes.

If you would like to learn more about Softsoap products visit the official Softsoap website. You can also find coupons on the site. You can also check out Softsoap on Facebook.

What do you think about the new scents? Do you think you’ll try them out?



*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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What is it like to live and work in NY? Find out with #NYTough (giveaway ends 10/28/14)


Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

I am a “country bumpkin” at heart. I would rather live in a place where deer and cows (or horses) roam freely in my yard rather than city buses and taxi cabs. But that is just me. I know plenty of people who couldn’t see themselves living anywhere other than a big city including one of the biggest cities of them all – New York City.

I think maybe if I was young an single I would enjoy living in the city for a few years, just to get the full New York City experience. New York City is a very exciting place. In fact my mom, before she passed away, talked about getting an apartment in the city so she could spend some time there since the kids were all grown. My mom loved to travel and experience new things. She once took a trip to China for a couple of weeks – by herself! She just decided one day she wanted to go to China and up and left for a couple of weeks.

Our son is looking forward to moving to New York City when he graduates fro high school. Sadly I don’t think he fully comprehends how expensive living in New York City is (he wants to move to Manhattan).

P&G Brands – Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Bounty, Dawn, Tide and Secret – have come together to showcase the struggles that many New Yorkers face on a daily basis and how tough they are to handle it all. The campaign is called #NYTough and it provides New Yorkers with a break from the challenges they deal with on a daily basis with brands that are tough enough to help them live and thrive in the “Big Apple”.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.


Brooklyn Bridge under construction


Queens, NY as seen from Roosevelt Island


Manhattan (left), Roosevelt Island (right) and I believe that is Queens or the Bronx in the background.

The #NYTough campaign has a series of video interviews hosted by local comedian Michael Che. The videos highlight what is means to be “New York Tough” and invited New Yorkers to share their unique stories.

“I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan and over the past thirty years, I’ve seen just how tough the city can be,” stated comedian Che. “I jumped at the chance to help share some comic relief with the community through the #NYTough campaign because comedy about New York has always been a part of my routine. It’s been a wild experience getting to interview such a diverse group of people, from taxi drivers and dog walkers to starving artists and retirees, about their own New York tough stories.”

New York City is such a diverse city. There are five boroughs and many different neighborhoods. My family grew up in Brooklyn (except me and my sister) and my husband’s family is from the Bronx. It’s amazing how in NYC you can turn the corner and find yourself in an entirely different neighborhood. We’ve heard so many stories about life in the big city.

My family visits the city often. I don’t know how people deal with all that traffic. Just a minor “fender bender” on the West Side Highway (or Harlem River Drive) can cause backups that go for miles and last for hours. Just the other day going into the city there was traffic on the West Side Highway – bumper to bumper – and we were at a complete standstill. For what should have taken 45 minutes to get to (location) took over an hour and a half – twice as much time.

Manhattan Street


Random side walk vendor with a bubble machine.


People EVERYWHERE in Times Square

Even the inner streets of Manhattan can be a driver’s worst nightmare. I don’t know how people navigate those streets. When you toss in people who refuse to obey the street signs (“jaywalkers”), double parked vehicles, truck deliveries and on-going construction – it’s insane!

The noise in some areas of the city can be so loud too. How do you sleep with all that noise going on around you? I go bonkers if there is a cricket in our home let alone listening to people talking, cars honking, sirens and other miscellaneous sounds.

If you don’t like crowds New York City is not the place for you. There are plenty of quiet neighborhoods but when you enter the more “touristy” parts of the city, or the business locations, you can barely move on the sidewalks because there are so many people.

You also have to be rich to live in the city, in my opinion. We once ate at a restaurant and ordered two cheeseburgers, one hamburger and a chef salad plus four sodas and it came to OVER $120! We eat at the same restaurant closer to where we live and would spend half that amount on the same meal.

A few weeks ago we were in the city and spent $12 on two hot dogs, $6 on two bottles of water and $8 on two pretzels. Yikes!

Don’t get e wrong. We love the city. It’s an amazing place. It’s a “one of a kind” place. To me there is no other city like New York City. It’s packed with so much culture, entertainment, education, history and so much more. Yeah, $4 for a pretzel might seem like a lot but when  you are strolling through beautiful Central Park while enjoying that pretzel the price doesn’t matter. Yes, the construction is a nusance, but when you see the end result you know why it was necessary. What the city did to rebuilt after 911 is amazing. We saw “ground zero” a couple of years after 911 and it was nothing but a giant hole in the ground. Now there are amazing buildings and a beautiful memorial and museum.

Central Park.

Central Park.


Only in New York will you see unique people like this in Central Park.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

Take a trip to the “Top of the Rock” (the top of Rockefeller Center) and you’ll be in awe of just how beautiful this great big city is.

I want to give kudos to those who live and work in the city and for being so #NYTough. I also totally “get” why they call New York City home.

You can check out the first video in the series fro #NYTough here – “Man of the Streets” videos. Here is one of the videos for your entertainment.


I would also like to encourage readers to check out Buzzfeed for more interesting content – Buzzfeed.com/NYTough.

To see what others are saying about this unique campaign please check out the hashtag #NYTough on social media.

Do you live or work in New York City? Have you ever spent any time in any of New York City’s boroughs or neighborhoods? Feel free to share your experiences.


911 Memorial Fountain


Statue of Liberty as seen from the Hudson River.


New York City as seen from the “Top of the Rock”.

I have a prize package to give to a lucky reader that contains products from the P&G brands participating in the #NYTough campaign. The prize package consists of;

  • One (1) Crest Complete Whitening with Scope
  • One (1) Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
  • One (1) Bounty paper towels
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Conditioner
  • One (1) Tide Pods
  • One (1) Febreze Heavy Duty
  • One (1) Dawn Platinum Power Clean

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway and/or if you have any stories you’d like to share about living and/or working in NYC (in case you live in the area).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received some free P&G products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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ULTA Beauty “Too Faced” Modern Matte Giveaway (ends 10/14/13)


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For the past few weeks I have posted about ULTA Beauty’s special money saving promotion. I hope that you were able to take advantage of the great pricing and special gift with purchase specials.

ULTA Beauty has it all. It’s “one stop shopping” for bath and body products, beauty products, make up and more. You can even find plenty of men’s products too.

ULTA Beauty has retail stores across the country. You can also purchase products from their online retail store, ULTA.com.

The great thing about ULTA Beauty is that they carry a huge variety of brands. Chances are your favorite brands and/or products are sold at ULTA Beauty.

Some of the brands your’ll find include;

  • The Body Shop
  • Philosophy
  • Bare Minerals
  • Urban Decay
  • Aveeno
  • Burberry
  • Conair
  • Dolce & Gabbanna
  • Coach
  • Eucerin
  • Juicy Couture
  • Jergens
  • Lancome
  • Perricone MD
  • OPI
  • Saint Ives
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Sally Hansen

These are just SOME of the brands that sell their products through ULTA Beauty.

Are you looking for some beauty inspiration? Check out the Salon section of the ULTA Beauty website for beauty trends and new looks.

Don’t forget to check out the sale section too for special discounts and FREE gifts with purchase.

Are you looking for a gift for a friend or family member? Check out ULTA Beauty’s gift section.

ULTA Beauty makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. You can shop by brand, product, price, gift with purchase and best sellers.

I go crazy when I visit the ULTA Beauty website. I always put way more in my shopping cart then I can actually buy. LOL!

To check out what ULTA Beauty has to offer visit ULTA.com. You can also check out the brand on the various social media site (all the links are found on their homepage).


ULTA Beauty was kind enough to offer FIVE (5) lucky readers the Too Faced Modern Mattes Collection. 

ULTA Exclusive! Ready to explore the matte side of beauty? From easy to wear neutrals to pretty in pinks, the sophisticated shades of this matte palette will make you forget the sparkle (at least temporarily). Top your look off with long lashing pleasure from the best selling Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Too Faced Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner in Blackout.


  • Matte Eye Shadow Collection (0.39 oz.)
  • Better Than Sex Mascara (0.27 fl. oz.)
  • Bulletproof Eye LIner Waterproof 24 Hour Wear Pencil (0.04 oz.)

This is an $80 value. Thank you ULTA Beauty.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package and/or what you love about ULTA Beauty (if you happen to shop there).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Look good for less with Dollar General and Tresemmé®


Dollar General TRESsemme

I’m all for saving money. I try and find ways of pinching a penny here and there (or a dollar or two). When you live on a budget like my family does you can’t afford to waste money or spend frivilously.

I love beauty products. I enjoy doing reviews for beauty products. Sometimes I receive products that are very expensive. As much as I love them there is no way I can justify spending a lot of money on a single product. I would feel totally guilty if I couldn’t afford to take my kids to the movies just because I bought a $100 bottle of facial moisturizer. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that ideology.

When it comes to hair care products I don’t like to spend a lot either. I have found that hair care products you purchase from your local Dollar General or grocery store as just as good as the overly priced products you can purchase at a beauty salon. I simply cannot justify $30 on a bottle of shampoo when I can pick up a bottle of Tresemmé® and Dollar General for just a few dollars.

With Tresemmé® and Dollar General you can get beautiful hair for less.  That means you can amp up your own unique style and beauty, while keeping within your family’s budget. Tresemmé® products are used by hair care professionals.

Are you looking for a little beauty inspiration to “amp” up your look? Check out these great tips from Dollar General and Tresemmé® – dollargeneral.com/TRESemmestyle?cid=sbo.676.10490.2346.

I would love to hear your beauty tips. Share yours tips and read what others have to share by tweeting your tips (or searching for tips) using the hashtag #DGStyleTips. You can also check out the live feed at the link above.

Do you like to save money? Do you shop for budget-friendly products? Feel free to share your thoughts and don’t forget to share your tips on Twitter using #DGStyleTips.

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* I have partnered with Lunchbox to bring you this information. I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get exceptional savings with the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Event – Week #3


21 days of beauty

We’re in the third and final week of  the ULTA Beauty  21 Days of Beauty Event. I hope you have had the opportunity to pick up some great deals.

In case you are not familiar with ULTA Beauty , ULTA Beauty is an beauty supply store (both online and in stores) that carries exceptional products for women and men including skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fragrances.

Twice a year ULTA Beauty  holds a special 21 Day Beauty Event where they showcase a specific product (or in some cases more than one) and offer them at an amazing price. Many products also offer a bonus “with purchase” product.

The deals are one day only. Once they are gone, they are gone. Don’t want to pick up your favorite deal. It can easily sell out online or in stores.

Speaking on online, some are online only deals. Most of the deals are available online and in retail stores.

Here are this weeks deals. There are several really awesome ones.

Sunday Smash

SundaySmashbox Full Exposure Mascara $10 (regularly $19.50)

Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, Smashbox’s new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.


Sunday (ONLINE ONLY) Laura Geller Beauty Balance n’ Brighten $20 (regularly $33)

A revolutionary baked foundation with multiple color infusions to color-correct your skin and give you a glowing, flawless-looking complexion. Mineral oil and paraben-free formulation also contains powerful anti-aging and anti-oxidant protection of centella Asiatica and white tea extracts. Features a matte finish.


Monday Bliss Foaming Face Wash 50% off

A two-in-one oil-free exfoliating wash for all skin types, this fresh, fruity cleanser contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passion flower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that rebalances even the most schizophrenic of skins.


Monday (ONLINE ONLY) Japonesque Liquid Light $15 (regularly $28)

Liquid Light dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. This innovative light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh the skin and enhance the complexion’s natural glow – creating a beautiful shimmering incandescence that “lights skin from within.” Translucent, weightless formula gives instant radiance and luminosity to the complexion and can be used alone as a make-up base or as a highlighting accent to shape and lift the facial contours.


Tuesday CK One Color Lipstick $9 (regularly $16)

Lipstick with pure, luminous, saturated color. Glides on luxuriously and stays silky smooth for hours without drying lips.

Tuesday (ONLINE ONLY) Cargo Shanghai Nights Eye Shadow (sorry, not photo available) $20 (regularly $39)


Wednesday Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel 50% off

Anastasia Brow Gel is a tinted gel with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils that combine to keep brows controlled throughout the day. Will not flake.


Thursday Stila One Step Correct Triple Swirl Helix Primer $20 (regularly $36)

This primer, color corrector, brightener and anti-aging skincare serum does it all with the help of Stila’s Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex. The revolutionary new product contains 3 color-correcting brighteners.



Thursday (ONLINE ONLY) Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Eye Gel $20 (regularly $30)

When you’re run down and stressed out, the delicate skin under your eyes really takes a beating, resulting in puffiness and premature wrinkling. In just ten minutes, Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, a cooling transdermal gel patch, infuses the eye area with Icelandic glacial waters and concentrated doses of firming ingredients to de-puff, tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides and botanicals improve blood flow and reduce puffiness while advanced antioxidants help prevent future damage. The patch, a cutting-edge delivery system, is easy to both apply and remove and is non-irritating.

No Tug

Friday It Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner 50% off (only $10)

No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliners glide on saturated rich color without tugging on your delicate eyelids. These liners are clinically proven waterproof even after eight hours of wear! They’re also infused with anti-aging technology and skin-care benefits including hydrolyzed collagen, silk proteins, and Vitamins C and E for younger looking lids. Paraben-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free.


Saturday Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil $25 (regularly $46)

This nutrient-rich oil contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to hydrate sensitive, dry, and acne prone skin, leaving skin even toned and smooth without a greasy feel. Pure maracuja oil is a hydrating treatment oil known for its anti-aging and healing properties for firmer, brighter, and smoother looking skin, and will not cause breakouts.


Saturday Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Buy one get one 50% off

I LOVE Philosophy’s bath and body products. They always smell SO GOOD!

6 steps

Saturday (ONLINE ONLY) bareMinerals 6 Steps to Gorgeous $25

bareMinerals 6 Steps to Gorgeous delivers the ultimate introduction to bare beauty with benefits. Featuring must-have favorites for face, eyes and lips, this kit will jump-start your love affair with bareMinerals makeup. Pair it with your perfect shade of bareMinerals Foundation or Get Started Kit and you’ll have everything you need for a flawless finish. You’ll love the way it feels (and the way you’ll feel when you see your gorgeous and glowing complexion).

Do you see any sweet deals you’d like to try out? I’d like to try the bareMinerals 6 Steps to Gorgeous. That set looks good. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Philosophy shower gels. They smell wonderful. My favorite is Birthday Cake.

To learn more about the ULTA Beauty  21 Days of Beauty Event visit Ulta.com/21Days. You can also check out ULTA Beauty on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Are you a fan of ULTA Beauty? Have you ever taken advantage of the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Events? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I have partnered with ULTA Beauty to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Make “that time of the month” a bit more “enjoyable” with the TOM Box


Menstrual Cycle

I have never met a woman who enjoys “that time of the month”. There is nothing to enjoyable about it. You’re bloated, crampy, crabby and you want to eat everything in site.

Here’s a funny (or not so funny depending on how you look at it) story about “that time of the month”.

I was out on Los Angeles on a press trip when I get a text from my teenage daughter announcing that she just got her period for the very first time. She knew what she needed to do but we were unprepared for this “event”. I had nothing in the cabinet to help her. She needed my husband to get her stuff from the store.

My daughter was embarrassed to tell her dad (my hubby) so I had to text him and tell him what was going on. He FREAKED OUT! He didn’t know what to do… he was in a panic… it was quite comical. It’s funny how a grown man can be turned into a quivering mess just by the mere mention of “that time of the month”.

I spend the next hour or so on my phone between texts between my husband and daughter. Meanwhile I was on a press junket and I had things to do. I finally got him to take her to the store and let her pick up her “supplies”.

To this day my husband jokes with me that I am not allowed to leave home because he doesn’t want something like that to happen again. LOL!

When it comes to that “time of the month” there is very little we can to make the experience less horrible. That is until now.


Introducing the TOM Box – Time Of the Month Box!

The TOM Box is a monthly subscription service (you can cancel at any time) that delivers a special box to your door once a month. Each box contains things to make that time of the month a little less miserable.

Inside each box is your choice of pads or tampons (full package), which is a supply we all need during that time. So the TOM Box has it’s practical side. You never want to run out of THOSE supplies. Plus you get to choose the brand and type of product you want.

In addition the TOM Box contains a few pieces of candy, make up and jewelry. Yes, you read that right – candy, make up and jewelry!

TOM Box sent me a box to check out for myself. My box arrived with a package of pads, some small pieces of candy and some really nice make up.

I love the make up. I received a great lip gloss and really nice eye shadow.

I think my favorite thing inside the TOM Box was the gorgeous silver bracelet. I LOVE the bracelet! Even my teenage daughter wants the bracelet.

I’m sorry that the photo is not that good. The bracelet is silver and VERY shiny. It looks like a watch strap or a belt. I LOVE IT!


In addition, for a nominal additional charge you can have your TOM Box include Gillette Venus Blades 4PK (a girl has to look nice at all times, right?) and/or DOUBLE the amount of candy and make up.

Currently I see that you can get a trial TOM Box for only $5.00. After that the monthly subscription is $16.00 a month. It’s a monthly subscription so each month your card will be billed $16.00 when the box ships out. You can cancel at any time.

I think this is a pretty good deal for $16.00. The make up and jewelry alone makes it worthwhile. I may just look forward to “that time of the month” if I knew I’d be receiving the TOM Box. :-)

The TOM Box would be a nice “gift” for a teenager who just had her first period or maybe even a college student. I’m sure a college student would appreciate the female supplies, candy, jewelry and make up.

TOM Box is from a company called Swaag Box.

If you would like more information or would like to place an order visit SwaagBox/TOMBox. Check them out on Facebook too.

What do you think about this idea? Would you like to receieve a TOM Box to make “that time of the month” less horrible? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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