Friday, April 29, 2016

Thin Botanicals Body Wraps

*I received this item free for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Ok, sometimes I agree to review an item just because I want to see if it might actually work. I know logically that it won't but I want to try it anyways. The Thin Botanicals Body Wraps are one such item. I know they aren't going to work, but I still wanted to see anyways. Because that's what I do sometimes. Let's get down to business (to defeat the huns! Like I wasn't going to finish that line, come on guys.)

These, like the million other similar wraps on the market, are suppose to immediately slim your stomach down and detox your body. This particular one claimed an immediate long term inch loss, which is quite the hefty claim. And for almost $32 for 5 on them, you really want them to work. But they don't, sorry guys. As any Doctor, fitness expert, or Nutritionist will tell you, the only way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. These didn't even help with bloating, which was a major let down. I thought they'd at least slim down the bloated belly I'd been battling that week thanks so some specific food choices.

The wraps themselves are essentially a giant bandaid with a whole cut out for your belly button. You wear them for 6-8 hours and are suppose to wake up to a slimmer midsection all ready for the bikini of your dreams. I've done two of the five wraps and the only thing I've lost is some peach fuzz off my tummy. These are just another gimmick in the endless line of get slim quick items that have permiated the markets lately. You want a slim stomach? Eat right and exercise. Sit ups and veggies will get you there quicker than all the expensive wraps you see. And before you flood my inbox with "well MY wraps work" emails, know that I will instantly delete them and block you, so save us both some trouble please and keep your snake oil to yourself.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Amsana Hydration Running Belt

*I received this item free for testing and reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Oh man, it feels like it has been forever since I last wrote anything on this blog. But I've been seriously busy with lots of different things, including running. I ran my first 5k in March and it was love at first mile. Now mid March here was cold and rainy, so I wasn't super concerned with being hydrated during those runs, but for some reason April has decided to be more like July weather and it is scorching! So my latest reviewing item has come at the perfect time.

A hydration belt is exactly what it sounds like, a belt to help you stay hydrated. There's two half liter bottled that you can fill up with whatever liquid you like, and a large pocket in the front to hold your keys, phone, or a running snack. The pocket is big enough my galaxy S5 (in a case) fits just fine, so I'm pretty happy with that. There's elastic loops to hold other things and the whole things fits really well.

My biggest concern was chaffing and shifting around while I ran, and I'm pretty pleased to report that so far I've experienced zero chaffing. I may just be incredibly lucky but it fits me perfectly and even on my 3 mile runs it doesn't shift around at all. I'll be taking it with me on some trail runs next month, but I'm pretty sure it'll perform just as well then as it does now. And as an added bonus the water bottles don't leak (unless you forget to actually shut it and end up dumping all the water on your leg), which was another concern of mine.

I am so happy with this item, I've been telling all my runner friends about it. This is literally keeping me running right now because of the heat. If I couldn't keep cold water on my person I would literally have to call it quits after the first mile. And it's like $15 on Amazon, which is a great price I think. I super recommend this for all your runners out there.