FoodSaver Fresh Review: Why I Can’t Stop Using this Kitchen Appliance

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary FoodSaver Fresh after attending the event, I was neither asked nor required to review this product, though I did so because I absolutely love it. ;)

You know you’ve entered the realm of adulting when you get really excited about household products. I mean, really, genuinely excited. A couple of months ago I was invited to an event to take a look at the FoodSaver  in action, and to pick up some tips from Food Network star Damaris Phillips. If you’re not familiar with it, the FoodSaver is a vacuum-sealing system that helps you keep your meals fresher, longer.

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On average, FoodSaver users can save up to $2700 a year (compared to other food storage methods). At the event FoodSaver debuted their new FoodSaver Fresh appliance. The FoodSaver is a compact (hello, my fellow space-limited NYC apartment dwellers!) vacuum sealing device that works with both the classic FoodSaver bags, but also their new FoodSaver Fresh containers.

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I was totally intrigued with the device, especially when we were told that FoodSaver has the potential to keep certain foods fresh for twice as long. I immediately pictured the piles of money that I’ve spent at the Union Square farmers market and our local CSA, only to watch pricey fruits, vegetables, and herbs wilt, whither, and rot in mere days. I am all about supporting local growers and artisans. I only wish that I had more time to process my produce before they made an early departure. Since I’m not getting any less busy, the FoodSaver is exactly what I need.

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Damaris showed us some of her favorite ways to put the FoodSaver to work. My favorites were food prep, marinating, food saving, making a breakfast parfait that can be eaten all week long, and even using the FoodSaver containers to keep bakery treats like muffins and pastries fresh for even longer. Oh, and how can I forget, brown sugar! Keep your brown sugar from getting hard as a rock between uses.

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The FoodSaver team sent me my own FoodSaver fresh and since then I have been using it non-stop. If I’m making stir-fry, I like to cut up all the veggies I’m using the day before. I store it all in a food fresh container and streamline cooking the next day. When I do my weekly Trader Joe’s run, I stick by butter lettuce and spring lettuce mix into one of the containers and vacuum seal it up. The lettuce stays fresh and does not get bruised at all – which means salads all week. I can’t believe how addicted I’ve become to using the FoodSaver Fresh and those containers! The containers themselves are ridiculously sturdy, easy to store, and they don’t stain. I actually feel like I’m running out of them because I find so many uses for them.

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The FoodSaver FM1510 Food Preservation System clocks in at about $100, but when you purchase it directly from FoodSaver, you also get 2-quart vacuum zipper bags, 2-gallon vacuum zipper bags, 1-5 cup Fresh Container, 1-8 cup Fresh Container, and 1 produce tray (which fits the 3,5, and 8 cup containers). For more information, including all sorts of impressive details and uses for the FoodSaver, check them out here.

Eylure Brow Ink Review

When I was younger I had long, thick brows. My mom said that they were Ingrid Bergman eyebrows. Unfortunately, I reached the age of tweezing at the same time where bushy brows were out and thin, over-plucked, barely discernible brows were in (the 90s were full of fashion and beauty horrors for all of us). Since then I don’t think my eyebrows have ever really recovered. They’ve been permanently damaged by a few years of overzealous plucking. Nowadays, I do what I can to fill them in, so naturally I’m always on the look out for a product that makes my filled-in-faux-brows well, natural. I recently purchased, by way of Topshop’s online store, an Eylure Brow Ink pen.

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I had heard about the Brow Ink pen from Eylure from YouTuber, Zoella. She seemed pretty pleased with it and so I decided to order it. I’m not going to lie, $15 seemed a little steep to me for a brow pen seeing as one of my favorite brow products – Sonia Kashuk’s Brow Kit – retails at $10. Still, it sounded intriguing enough and there’s always something special about ordering a product from Europe, don’t you think?

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The Eylure Brow Ink pen boasts two tips – one full and one fine tip. The tapered fine tip is my favorite of the two, because although the full tip is designed for filling in larger spaces I feel like the finished look turns out better if you take a little more time and create the appearance of individual brow “hair” with the fine tip. The ink temporarily dyes the skin – but isn’t harsh enough that you wouldn’t be able to remove any mess-ups with makeup remover.

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My one issue with this product is that the dye looked really light and I would have loved to see a wider range of shades. Other than that I felt that the quality was nice enough and the packaging felt more high end than I had anticipated. Ultimately, I would definitely buy it again – the design of the two tips is incredibly useful, the formula is good, and the packaging is excellent.

Find it on Topshop here, which is currently offering free shipping & returns to the states.

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment Review

I recently got my hands on a tub of Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment with Morrocan Argan Oil, Ylang-Ylang, & Palmarosa. The treatment actually boasts an “exotic blend” of 14 essential oils and plant extracts and is paraben free. Initially, I didn’t think I was going to like the treatment – the smell is sort of a citrus spicy musk. However, it smells far better in the shower and in your hair then it does right in the jar/tub.

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After shampooing, you squeeze out your hair and apply a generous amount to your hair – massaging from roots to ends. You leave it in for 2 minutes, and wash it out.

This past month I actually cut and died my hair, going from a brunette to a more dark red color. So my hair is pretty dehydrated and I’ve definitely been worried about damage caused by the dye. I’m always on the lookout for good hair treatments and masks, but this one is “it” for me right now. I only use it about once a week, because my hair tends to be more oily at the roots, so if my hair was not recently treated I would probably use it around the lines of once every two weeks.

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The great thing is that I feel like my hair look’s shinier then ever – but in a good healthy way, not oily way, haha! Plus, my hair doesn’t look dried out or damaged after using my hot iron. I don’t know if you’re like me, but after I color my hair I kind of feel like I’m damaging it when I iron it or blow dry it – like the heat is making any damage from the dyes worse – but since I’ve been using the treatment my hair looks and feels stronger so I don’t really worry at all (okay, I worry a little bit – old habits and all).

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment is distributed by Boots, but available in Walgreens, or if you live/work in NYC, in Duane Reade! You can find out more about Mark Hill here, and more about the treatment here. If you’ve tried it or have a product recommendation – let me know in the comments below!

Beating the Heat with Cool Gear! #HotintheCity

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Every summer without fail my family makes a point of throwing a few barbecue’s – well, except for last summer. Last summer we were really busy and never managed to pull one together, so the second the weather began to heat up we made plans to go grillin’! Living in the city means having to go to a grill friendly park to get your barbecue on – so you have to be really selective about what you bring with you and how you carry it, because you’ll be traveling with it. Luckily for us I recently received Cool Gear’s new Collapsible Bento Box and Basic Lunch Tote Bag – which are really both lifesavers when it comes to transporting food!

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The Collapsible Bento Box in purple and the Basic Tote Lunch Bag in black

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The Bento Box in action :)

We used the Collapsible Bento Box to bring our pickles and our tomato cucumber salad. Seriously, the Bento Box is one of my favorite items of the summer – the bottom collapsible portion stretches out to hold quite a lot of food (salad, a meal, whatever you want!), the middle part holds the three smaller containers – but it’s also able to be frozen, which keeps both the items in the top and bottom sections cool. Love, love, love it! My sisters, brother, and parents all want one of their own now!

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I used the Basic Lunch Tote Bag to tote the Bento Box – it’s super cute, and Cool Gear offers lot’s of styles. It’s very roomy and sturdy, and comes with a zip pocket on the outside. I stored some first aid items in the zip pocket and used the bag to store my camera in when I wasn’t using it so it wouldn’t overheat by sitting out in the sun.

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Water balloons & hot dogs? Yes please!

We ended up eating all the salad that we packed in the Bento Box, so we were able to collapse it – just slide the bottom portion onto itself, it’s great! Both the Bento Box and Tote Bag were excellent space savers and kept everything cool – even after five hours!

Check out Cool Gear, and their amazing products here! And don’t forget to check out the Collapsible Bento Box here, it retails for $12.99 and is worth every penny!

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Snack Happy with popchips!

I’m constantly snacking. I mean seriously, between school, blogging, and trekking around the city non-stop – I rely on my snacks as fuel for life. However, I don’t always snack healthily. In fact, my favorite snack is chips – which if you’ve ever turned the bag over and glanced at the nutritional facts know it’s far from being a healthy snack. Then I tried popchips, and everything changed. Well, not everything – but definitely my snacking habit.

All natural, with no cholesterol, trans fat, fake flavors, or colors, popchips is the healthier chip alternative. Simply put- I LOVE popchips. I don’t feel as guilty eating them as I do when munching my former favorite chip brand. Plus they have such light crispy crunch that really does it for me, and the flavors are great!

What I’m really excited about right now is popchips new line of tortilla chips! Starting with stoneground masa- the whole grain corn used to make traditional tortillas (we use masa allll the time in my house!), add a little heat, some pressure, and POP! Then the chips are topped off with (natural) yummy seasonings- speaking of which, popchips tortilla chips come in four flavors: nacho cheese, ranch, salsa, and chili limon.

I was lucky enough to try the whole popchips tortilla line- and they are seriously delicious! They’re all so good – my favorite was the chili limon, with the salsa following as a close second. I love having new and flavorful (and healthier) snack options, especially with the holidays approaching. The holidays means being with friends and family- and for me that means snacking a lot (my family and friends are all serious foodies) – so it’s nice to know I won’t have to carbo-load in order to have and share a yummy snack with the people that I love. Never fried (unhealthy) and never baked (blech- totally gross), popchips are officially my favorite chips!

At the risk of sounding like a cheesy commercial I’d say when you’re snacking this Halloween, at the office, in school, waiting for the Thanksgiving Turkey to finally be done cooking, or even elbowing somebody in the face while in line for an insane Black Friday deal (just kidding, no elbowing people! That’s totally unclassy!) definitely reach for some popchips – your waistline will thank you and so will your taste buds!

Have you tried popchips before? If you have, what’s your favorite flavor? Have you had a chance to try their new tortilla line??? What flavor has you most excited??? Let me know in the comments section below!!!

* Disclosure: I received popchips products for review purposes only. No other compensation was provided. All opinions belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way (for more info, please check out my pr page).