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Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF50 Lotion, 3 oz
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate SPF50 Lotion, 3 oz
Offered by FIVE STAR SALES
Price: $7.00
34 used & new from $1.11

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent spf lotion!, May 18, 2013
i have been on a quest for years to find the least offensive sun protection (not sticky and not smelly), and this more than fits that bill. i saw it at my local store and decided to give it a try, and am happy i did!

i have been using items in the l'oreal sublime sun line (which i quite like), but i had read about this product from aveeno in the most recent issue of allure, and it was recommended as one of their top four highest rated spf lotions.

i am not a fan of scents in lotion, and the scent here is negligable. it was plesant without being strong. i only noticed it faintly after i had put it on. after a minute or so, i didn't notice it at all.

the lotion is not sticky at all, and rubs it easily and smoothly. it made my skin feel soft right away. also, i find it worth noting, i tried it out on my face as well, and i had no issues at all. i wear contacts, and they weren't irritated either.

the best part here is the protection! the first time i tried this out was before taking a bike ride. i live in a year-round sunny climate and i was pleased to find it remained on for around 60 minutes worth of direct sunlight and sweating. it states on the tube that it is sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, and i believe this is accurate.

also, this is the ONLY spf lotion that i haven't had any issues with washing off in the shower. typically other products are resistant to washing (which is good), however this seemed to come off with cleanser with ease. i'm pleased about that.

i found this to be a great product. one i am sure i will continue to use. highly recommended!
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L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 50+ Invisible Protect Dry Oil Spray, 5.0 Fluid Ounce
L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 50+ Invisible Protect Dry Oil Spray, 5.0 Fluid Ounce
Offered by Sarah's Buys
Price: $7.89
15 used & new from $4.50

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is exactly what i was looking for!, May 17, 2013
i have been on a quest for years to find the least offensive sun protection (not sticky and not smelly), and i think this is it!

i have other items in the l'oreal sublime sun line, but this, and the spf 50 face skin silk, are my favorites.

the spray function is a great touch. you can spray and it rubs in easily. i didn't find any type of scent all that noticeable, which i am glad for. most have the typical sunscreen smell, and i didn't find that to be the case with this.

the best part is the protection! with the spf 30 version, i put some on for the first time before taking a long bike ride. i live in a year-round sunny climate and i was pleased to find it remained on for around 90 minutes worth of direct sunlight and sweating. i had a tiny hint of redness visible afterward, but that faded shortly (so it could have just been the after effects of my ride). with this spf 50 version, i have all the protection i want! also, it says it is water-resistant (for up to 80 minutes) and based on how long i have worn this out in direct sun, as well as how much i have sweat, i believe this to be true. if i head out into the water while wearing it, i will certainly update my review at that time.

i found this to be a genuinely great product. one i am sure i will be using for the forseeable future. highly recommended!


L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30 Invisible Protect Dry Oil Spray, 5.0 Fluid Ounce
L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30 Invisible Protect Dry Oil Spray, 5.0 Fluid Ounce
Price: $7.97
12 used & new from $1.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific product!, May 17, 2013
i have been on a quest for years to find the least offensive sun protection (not sticky and not smelly), and i believe this may be it. i saw it at my local store and decided to give it a try, and am so pleased i did!

i have other items in the l'oreal sublime sun line, but this, and the spf 50 face skin silk, are my favorites.

the spray function is a great touch. you can spray and it rubs in easily. i didn't find any type of scent all that noticeable, which i am glad for. most have the typical sunscreen smell, and i didn't find that to be the case with this.

the best part was the protection! i put some on for the first time before taking a long bike ride. i live in a year-round sunny climate and i was pleased to find it remained on for around 90 minutes worth of direct sunlight and sweating. i had a tiny hint of redness visible afterward, but that faded shortly (so it could have just been the after effects of my ride).

i found this to be a great product. one i am sure i will continue to use. highly recommended!


Dead Island: Riptide Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
Dead Island: Riptide Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
by Rick Barba
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.99
66 used & new from $4.57

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a mostly solid game guide with a few drawbacks, April 23, 2013
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for anyone else out there who had the game guide to the first game, we know it was good, but not fantastic. that being said, this guide seems a little better than the first, but still with a few weird issues.

the chapters are as follows:

game basics
palanai guide to zombie watching
walkthrough (198 pages of the guide is dedicated solely to this)
team quests
weapon crafting
collectibles
points of interest
co-op play
achievements and trophies

the game basics are helpful, both to newcomers, and as a refresher to anyone who has played the first game. the character outlines are great, especially for the new character. if you played the first, you can import your original character to the new game at the level you were at, with all the skills you had invested in. if you choose not to do this and start fresh with the new character (who looks pretty great), you apparently get 15 points to spend right off the bat.

the enemy listing is fantastic. it's always nice to know their weaknesses.

the walkthrough is solid. it is filled with decent sized photos so you can see what the text is referencing. some guides print impossibly small photos along with the walkthrough, and i can safely say this guide does not suffer from that issue.

i really enjoyed the weapon crafting section. not only does it have a full list of blueprints, but also where or how you obtain them, as well as what is required to craft them. this will prove to invaluable along the way.

the collectibles section is fantastic. numbered items on the map show exactly where you will find them.

the points of interest section was a nifty addition. you will find, in a concise map and accompanying text listing, where all kinds of things are (i.e.: mods, med kits, different types of zombies). i am sure i will be referencing this section quite a lot as well.

the only section i really felt let down by was the challenges and achievements section. under challenges, it will say something like 'cut off %s heads,' only it REALLY says '%s' and not an actual number. perhaps this is due to people being able to import previous leveled up characters, therefore the numbers would be different, but nowhere does it explain this. also, the achievements and trophies page is scrunched up into just about half the page, the rest being left blank. the text is pretty darn small, so i wonder why they didn't take advantage of the full page? in addition, it doesn't reference page numbers to assist with any of the achievements or trophies, so you have this list, and nothing more.

my other minor beef is there is no index. i feel like this is a small thing that can be tremendously helpful, yet we see it in so few guides. boo.

all in all, the guide is mostly terrific, and i would still recommend it to anyone looking to maximize their game. i'm certainly glad i have it!


Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras
Let's Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition: A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras
by Lesley M. M. Blume
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.22
72 used & new from $2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i may not drink much, but this book is interesting all the same, April 20, 2013
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i now own all three of ms. blume's books, and quite enjoy each of them. this entry is handsomely bound, with great attention to detail. both the patterns and fonts are very 'period.'

some of the elements i most enjoyed:

one: the book is filled with terrifically amusing recipes. the names are wonderful, and the quip-like bylines are a great addition (i.e.: 'leave-it-to-me: the bravado enhancer'). the back story on how the drinks recived their names is appreciated.

two: some of the recipes are a little odd to my tastes, but some look delicious (champagne flip, anyone?).

three: there is a helpful 'liquid measurements' page at the end of the book.

four: the images in the book, as always, are beautiful.

if you are interested in libations or in a whimsical history lesson, i'd highly recommend this! i know of several people who would love this as a gift (and will likely get a copy!).


Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past
Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past
by Lesley M. M. Blume
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.51
79 used & new from $3.83

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another wonderful volume from ms. blume, April 20, 2013
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i now have all three of leslie blume's books, and i love each of them. i am a huge fan of nostalgia, as well as words, so this book was a real treat.

one: i love the word choices. yes, there were many i was familiar with, however there were far more i was not.

two: i love that she explains how these phrases came to be. i am sure many of us have used the term 'dark horse' without knowing where it originated.

three: the illustrations are tops! i love the art in all her books, and this one is no exception.

i am a big believer in correspondence (who doesn't love a pretty letter in their mailbox?), and this volume is a joy to peruse for some colorful terms to amuse the recipient.

thank you ms. blume, and please keep these adorable books coming!


Lana Del Rey - Born To Die  (The Paradise Edition)
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)
by Lana Del Rey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
31 used & new from $9.25

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent, but not what i was after..., April 14, 2013
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as a lifelong pianist, i am always looking for what i consider to be 'proper' arrangements of music (what the artist actually plays). while i am still glad to have this book of music, the arrangements are not what i was hoping for. as with most modern sheet music books, the arrangement has a somewhat accurate base line, however the treble line is a semblance of what the artist is singing, not the actual music.

this book would be recommended to someone who wants to hear what the song sounds like with the artist singing...and not what they are actually playing.

the song listings are as follows:

born to die
off to the races
blue jeans
video games
diet mountain dew
national anthem
dark paradise
radio
carmen
million dollar man
summertime sadness
this is what makes us girls
without you
lolita
lucky ones
ride
american
cola
body electric
blue velvet
gods and monsters
yayo
bel air

hopefully this helps in a decision to purchase this book or not. sheet music direct allows you to see the first page of each song to check the arrangement before you purchase a song. i have found many sheets that are quite good arrangements this way.
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Christina Perri - Lovestrong
Christina Perri - Lovestrong
by Christina Perri
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.08
43 used & new from $5.44

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent, but not what i was after..., April 14, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
as a lifelong pianist, i am always looking for what i consider to be 'proper' arrangements of music (what the artist actually plays). while i am still glad to have this book of music, the arrangements are not what i was hoping for. as with most modern sheet music books, the arrangement has a somewhat accurate base line, however the treble line is a semblance of what the artist is singing, not the actual music.

this book would be recommended to someone who wants to hear what the song sounds like with the artist singing...and not what they are actually playing.

the song listings are as follows:

bluebird
arms
bang bang bang
distance
jar of hearts
mine
interlude
penguin
miles
the lonely
sad song
tragedy

hopefully this helps in a decision to purchase this book or not. sheet music direct allows you to see the first page of each song to check the arrangement before you purchase a song. i have found many sheets that are quite good arrangements this way.


The Art of Bioshock Infinite
The Art of Bioshock Infinite
by Julian Murdoch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.76
78 used & new from $14.41

21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this isn't my first art book, but it is certainly the finest., April 1, 2013
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as soon as this was available for pre-order, i had been waiting anxiously to see it. seeing it now, i am so happy with the contents!

the book is a quality publication, from the hardcover, to the printed endpapers, to the sturdy pages. this book could easily be dismembered (as sad as it would be) to have images framed. it is a slick tome all the way around.

the chapters are as follows:

finding columbia
elizabeth
booker dewitt
songbird
founders, citizens, & vox populi
heavy hitters
advertisements & propaganda
vigors
sky-hook
weapons & airships
columbia

i was thoroughly impressed with each chapter, but my favorites were finding columbia, advertisements & propaganda, vigors, and columbia. the concept art for the environments is AMAZING. beautiful, colorful, full-page images that are fine art in their own right. there are three full-page advertisements for vigors (shock jockey, devil's kiss, and possession) which are more than suitable for framing (which i very well might). the concept art for the vigors, showing their progression from start to finished product, is just unreal. there are so many talented folks at irrational.

some of what i enjoyed most was what DIDN'T make it into the game. it must be a shame to have created such beautiful things, only to have them left out of the finished product. it makes me appreciate this book even more, as it is a love letter to all those gems we otherwise would never have gotten to see.

my ONLY disappointment was that all the advertisements for the vigors weren't present. i would have loved to see bucking bronco and the rest of them. i was a huge fan of plasmids in the first and second bioshock, and vigors in the third, and the advertisement posters were some of my favorite art pieces.

in conclusion, this book is the finest video game art book i've seen. from the quality of the publication itself, to the incredible images inside, it is worth ten times the price. if you are fan of bioshock, irrational games, video games, or art in general, you will be highly pleased with this purchase.
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Present Time Red with White Cross Metal Medicine Storage Box, Medium
Present Time Red with White Cross Metal Medicine Storage Box, Medium

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best first aid box i've owned!, March 31, 2013
i don't know why, but i have a penchant for nifty first aid boxes. that being said, when i found this one, it became not only my favorite, but also my most useful.

i found the size to be just about perfect. i love that it has handles. what i love even MORE is the removable tray. you can use the tray for any number of things, but i like to put the tubes of creams and ointments there for easy access. below, there is plenty of room to store any number of products. in it, i have a wrap, an instant ice pack, several sizes of gauze pads, and many band-aids and there is certainly room for other things as well.

the construction is solid, and the red really pops. i would absolutely recommend this quality product to anyone.


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