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First impression videos are some of my favorite to watch on YouTube & there are plenty of products that I try out and then sometimes forget to mention on the blog, but usually will talk about on InstaStories - so I thought I'd share a few first impressions for recent purchases!

Pantene Pro V Dry Shampoo ||

I have raved about my favorite dry shampoo for a couple of years now, but I haven't really found a drug store product that held a candle to it. After my first few uses with the Pantene Pro V Dry Shampoo I think I may have found just that. You definitely have to make sure you shake it well before use, but it comes out without any residue left in your hair. It has a bit of a light hold hairspray texture to it - so it gives my hair a little more body instead of looking oily and sad. 
First Impression: 
  • Definitely a fan after 4 uses
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Happy that there is no white or color residue
  • Does feel a bit sticky (like hairspray) after a few hours

Laura Mercier Caviar Shadow Stick ||

After buying and using every color that I liked in the Bobbi Brown creamy shadow sticks, I've now moved on to other brands and first up was Laura Mercier. The formula is very similar to the BB, so I knew I'd like it. The biggest difference I've found is that it's not as easy for me to use my finger to blend - the BB versions seem a bit creamier so they are easier to blend. With that being said, I do like the darker purple colors that Laura Mercier has compared to Bobbi Brown. 
First Impressions: 
  • Will probably purchase one more color (Grey Pearl)
  • Same amount of product as Bobbi Brown Creamy Shadow Sticks
  • Prefer the color variety of LM to BB
  • Not quite as easy to blend, but using a eye shadow brush you aren't left with harsh lines

Charging Stand ||


Gary surprised me with this purchase late last week because he came in to our bedroom and saw that my apple watch had fallen off my nightstand...thankfully it didn't shatter. Of course he decided on the rose gold option (it also comes in silver and space grey). You could also use it as a stand for your iPad mini - I haven't yet, but it's nice to know I could! 
First Impressions:
  • I love that wires aren't all over the place anymore
  • Turning my alarm off in the morning is so much easier rather than having to flail around looking for my phone. However, it's much easier to snooze now too...
  • Super efficient having both my phone and watch charging at the same time and in the same spot

Chop & Scoop Cutting Board 

Our cutting board situation was dismal - we had a couple bamboo ones that were with us from our first place & then I found these chop & scoop cutting boards and after the first use I was hooked - bought 3 more! I find myself looking for any excuse to pull them out - cut up one slice of cheese, take out the cutting board. 
First Impressions:
  • Easy to wash & dishwasher safe
  • Love that I can scoop veggies right into the stir fry & not lose anything along the way
  • Absolutely loved within the first use so I bought two more! 

Acrylic Tea Organizer 

I'm a tea fanatic, especially at night & we didn't really have a good way of organizing all the different teas that we keep. I organized everything by flavor & then also the ones that don't have caffeine! I'm thinking of finding something similar for our Nespresso pods! 
First Impressions:
  • Clean organization & easy to see all your teas
  • Fits all different brands of tea bags (we have a ton of different ones & they all fit)
  • Haven't been close to filling it to capacity - lots of room so this means I get to buy more tea! 
Just a few randoms that I've been testing & liking recently! Do you have any first impressions of things you're loving?

58 comments

  1. The cutting board with a scoop sounds like a must-buy! My cutting board situation it pretty bad, too - I may have to give one of those a try!

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  2. I love tea and I love organization....such a tea lovers dream product! Love these reviews! xo

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  3. My sister has that charging station and she loves it! And I've never tried a creamy eye shadow but I really should. I always put on eye primer and then just use powder shadow.
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. Okay I seriously feel like I need everything on this list haha. The charging stand is brilliant! Totally adding that to my wish list, along with the tea organizer! I have an acrylic makeup organizer and I love it! This would be a smart addition since I'm constantly buying tea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

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  5. All of these products are so great! I need to try that dry shampoo! I feel like I have a graveyard of dry shampoos in my drawer that ended up not working, so I can't wait to give this one a try.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. The cutting board sounds interesting. Thanks so much.

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  7. More posts like this! So awesome! How sweet of Gary to get you that charging stand, and how awesome that you can charge both at once! Those are my favorite kind of cutting boards and I hoard them because the scoop/dump at once feature is just so good!

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  8. I've wanted a charging stand for my apple products ! Love that you like it so much ! That tea organizer is fabulous. Happy Wednesday to you lady !

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  9. That charging stand is genius. Might be adding one of those to Brandon's stocking this Christmas. He's so hard to buy for because he's always the one finding the new gadgets. ;)

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  10. That cutting board is SO cool! We have a few but we always seem to need more--I guess we chop a lot of veggies in my house! I LOVE the LM Caviar Sticks too--I agree that the Bobbi Brown is easier to blend but the LM collection has way more color options!

    Rosy Outlook

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  11. I've been wanting a phone/charge stand forever now! I need to just get one already

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  12. I use those LM sticks too! They're perfect for a quick, easy application. Need that tea organizer now!

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  13. Love the tea organizer and charging stand! That seems so perfect for night time...I'm always fumbling about to find where I left my phone before falling asleep haha! Sometimes it's on the night stand, sometimes on the side of our platform bed, sometimes even the floor (not on purpose!)

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  14. I NEED a charging stand like this too. My charger is always in curious places and I never know how it got there :D

    Xx, Lora | Cherry Cola Style

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  15. that tea organizer is super cute! and i think i'd totally be into that phone/watch charger when i finally get the watch (holding out for the new one coming next month).

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  16. I've been hesitant to try the Pantene Dry Shampoo... or any brand, really. I tried some brand when the store was out of my regular and had to take a quick shower after it looked like I was going for the Martha Washington look. White residue REALLY shows in dark brown hair. I'll have to give this one a try. I love the tea organizer! Cooler weather brings out the tea-drinker in me. :)

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  17. So sweet of Gary to save the day with the charging stand!!!

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  18. Love all of that! That charging stand is great - I need one of those for just my phone!

    Zelle | Southern Style

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  19. That chopping board is brilliant -- ordering one of those soon!

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  20. That charging stand is a game changer, and I need that tea organizer! If our makeup can be organized in one of those pretty cases, so should our tea <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. Okay, I need this charging stand in my life. My cords are forever falling all over the place!

    xo, Kristina

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  22. I tired the LM eyeshadow sticks and wasn't a fan. I found it really hard to blend out even with a brush. Oh that charger stand is brilliant. I so need one in my life. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Chris bought me a stand for iPhone and Apple Watch too, and it was so amazing to have everything all in one place and to not have all of my cords tangled up. I love that yours is Rose Gold though! So cute!

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  24. OMG...I need that charging stand. When I go to snooze my phone flies everywhere, knocking things down. It's a mess. LOL!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  25. The charging stand is so cute!!

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  26. great post, the caviar shadow stick is one of my fav product from Laura Mercier!!
    Sonia
    www.soniaaicha.com

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  27. Definitely keeping that charging stand in mind for my husband-- like you said, so many wires everywhere. My tea takes up so much room, so I definitely need to look for one of those organizers! Love that you can see everything inside of it too.

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  28. I love blogs for this reason, bringing products I didn't know existed to my attention! Love that charging station and chopping board :-)
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  29. I'm so embarrassed to say this, but I have never tried dry shampoo before. I know, what the heck am I waiting for?! Beautifully Candid

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  30. I love the idea of that iPhone and watch stand! Mine are typically plugged in on the other side of the room and I stumble through the dark to try to turn off the alarm in the morning! Love the rose gold color, too. I do feel like snoozing would be easier though! Thanks for sharing these, Biana!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  31. I love these posts! So many great finds! I've been looking for a new dry shampoo so I'll definitely be trying this one!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  32. I am definitely going to have to try that dry shampoo and I sonwant that charging stand!! I like the rose gold especially. :)

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  33. haha - we are on the phone stand train together :)
    I love that cutting board!!!!!

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  34. Need all of these in my life! Our "charging station" is a hot mess at our house. I need to check this one out. Also need to try that dry shampoo... I love trying new ones!

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  35. I love Pantene products so I will be trying that dry shampoo! And I LOVE that stand for your iphone and watch! I don't even have the watch, but I want one!

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  36. Ohhhhh that charging stand! I think I need that in my life. Love the setup of this post such a great idea!

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  37. That caviar shadow stick is absolutely gorgeous! Love that color! I definitely need that tea organizer, too!

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  38. I need that tea organizer and charging stand! Thanks for sharing these!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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  39. I love that charging stand!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  40. I got an apple watch this weekend and now I need that charging stand! Although I am not sure I need to make it easier to snooze ;) I need to try that shadow stick too! Thanks for these impressions!

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  41. I love this post! I recently tried the Hask Dry Shampoo and was disappointed. It smells SO good but didn't do a good job at soaking up the oil. Batiste still works the best for me but I'll have to try this. I feel my hair get oily really fast! The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are so pretty! El loves them too!

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  42. Love that iphone and apple watch charging station such a clever idea and no more cords! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

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  43. Oh - I love the idea of a shadow stick - I need to check that out! We absolutely love our chop and scoop cutting board!

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  44. That charging stand is so cool! I don't have an Apple watch but if I did, it'd definitely be a must have and how sweet of Gary to surprise you with it!

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  45. The Pantene sounds brilliant- no white residue?! Yes!! We have one one those cutting boards and love it and that stand seems so great- yay Gary!

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  46. These pieces looks great!I think I like the charging stand,it is very convenient to daily life!

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  47. What a great list! I really need that cutting board!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  48. I love the Laura Mercier shadow stick so much because I think it's really easy to use and I love the color! Thanks for the review!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  49. SO many fun products! Great post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  50. That tea organizer is so cute!

    And I need to check out that dry shampoo- what a score!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  51. Ooo that Laura Mercier shadow stick looks AWESOME. And, I totally need that tea organizer... like... need. It's such a mess. And, that charger stand is a great idea.

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  52. I seriously need that charging stand AND the cutting board! Our cutting boards have seen better days!

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  53. I saw that cutting board and bought it right away. I can't wait to use it since I am so clumsy in the kitchen.

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  54. I need that phone/Watch charger!!! My watch constantly falls off my nightstand, it drives me insane! That cutting board sounds awesome too. And I just watched someone raving about the caviar stick on YouTube today. Sounds like lots of good things!!!

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  55. That charging stand is so unique, what a great idea! I have yet to use dry shampoo but would like to give it a try one day, I just don't know whether to trust it or not. These products are all so different, what an interesting list! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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  56. The wireless charging stand is perfect. I can't stand having a bunch of cords on my bed side table and honestly my phone is usually lost somewhere in the bed so I have to go searching for it when the alarm goes off. Not exactly ideal. lol I need one of those scoop and chop cutting boards in my life. xo

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  57. I like the photo charger stand. I don't know that I NEED it... but maybe it would encourage me to actually charge my phone instead of forgetting about it.

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