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Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover

Missy Hair

Tangled Salon and Spa Missy Gets a Makeover – Generally people don’t cut the majority of their hair off right before winter but I was ready for an extreme change. A big shout out to my hairstylist of many years Nan Grekoff co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI for allowing We’ve Tried It to come in and video the experience.

Not only did I get the full treatment from Nan, stylist Justine Burton did my makeup to make sure I looked my best for the big reveal. I may have to watch the video several times to see exactly how Justine did my eyes with the POP of blue.

I must admit I am a bit of a baby when it comes to putting bleach on my head… I like to say that I have a very sensitive scalp. So if I am acting up in the video just keep in mind my “sensitive scalp”.

If you are in or near the St. Croix Valley be sure to stop in to Tangled Salon & Spa, 209 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016 – 715-386.8123. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Thanks again to Nan and Justine for giving me this fabulous new look! I love it!

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Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup

Phat and TOny

Halloween Makeup Ideas with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar – We are one week away from Halloween and we still haven’t figured out what we are going to dress up as.

We’ve Tried It enlisted the help of Brooke Fleetwood owner of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI and artist Colleen Schullo to test out a couple Halloween looks on our very own Phatphood and ‘On the Fly‘ MY29 television host Tony Fly. Both guys shave their heads and both have goatees to work around. Phat is into scary clowns and well Tony didn’t give us any ideas so we went with a pumpkin skeleton.

Brooke and Tony

Colleen and Phat

Check out Colleen transforming Phat…

Watch Tony Fly as Brooke transforms him into a pumpkin skeleton in 45 seconds…

Here are some other amazing looks that you can get at BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. The first two pictures are me…

Missy Germain halloween

Missy Germain Halloween look

Brooke Halloween Makeup

Brooke Cheshire Cat Halloween

bb makeup Halloween ideas

bb Halloween makeup

bb halloween ideas

If you are in the Twin Cities or St. Croix Valley area and want your makeup done for Halloween or any other event get in touch with BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar. Check out BB’s website for locations near you or call 715-781-0248. Tell them We’ve Tried It sent you!

Thanks Brooke & Colleen we had a blast!

Spirooli Spiral Slicer

Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review

Spirooli

Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review: This is the latest As Seen On TV product that We’ve Tried It put to the test. Check out the video. Not only will you get to see the Spirooli in action, you will also learn how to make Avocado Basil Pesto.

I thought the Spirooli was quick and easy as well as the clean up. However, with it being light, if not held down securely with one hand it can jump from the counter while you are rotating the handle with the other. It does have suction cup feet, but we used the cutting board for the visual and they did not suction to the board. It also makes a plastic-on-plastic squeak when rotating handle sometimes. I will continue to use it and try other vegetables. 6/10

Avocado Basil Pesto

Avocado Basil Pesto Ingredients:

1 cup basil
1/2 avocado
1 clove of garlic
Handful of pine nuts
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Sun dried tomatoes

Throw the first 4 ingredients into food processor. Process until everything is well combined. Mix in juice of half a lemon. Season with sea salt and pepper to desired liking.

The sauce was a little too thick for my liking so I added about a tablespoon of olive oil. This is optional. For the zucchini noodles, I just spiraled one med zucchini. I topped off this recipe with sun dried tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Instant Ageless botox in a box

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review

Instantly Ageless

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless Review: WOW! This is one of those products that I can’t gush enough over. When I bought it I was told that it was Botox in a box. It is. Today I woke up with bags under my eyes and in two minutes they were gone.

Recently I watched a video of a woman trying out Jeunesse Instantly Ageless and I couldn’t believe the results and had to see for myself. I purchased mine at BB Cosmetic Makeup Bar in Hudson, WI. It comes packaged with 50 packs that have 3-5 applications in each pouch.

Using a very small amount I just dabbed the cream under my eyes. You can feel it tightening your skin. Within a minute I could see it working and within 2 minutes my bags were gone. Seriously, gone.

The product description: Instantly Ageless is a powerful anti-wrinkle microcream that works quickly and effectively to diminish the visible signs of aging. The revolutionary ingredient is argireline: a peptide that works like botox—without the needles. Instantly Ageless revives the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

Instantly Ageless isn’t just for getting rid of bags under your eyes: Visisibly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, erases the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, minimizes the appearance of pores, helps to even skin texture, mattes skin for a flawless finish and restores skin to optimum appearance.

If you are not near the Hudson, WI area you can purchase it online here. Do you have a product that you want us to try? Leave a comment below.

The Nerium Difference

Nerium Age Defying Night Cream Review

Nerium

Nerium Age Defying Night Cream Review: When a buddy of mine told me he has something for me to try “since you have a lot of social network friends,” I immediately knew it had to be some type of health or beauty product since it seems like the biggest fad these days.

What-do-ya-know, that’s exactly what it was! So I meet up with him and he hands me this box of Nerium Age-defying night cream. I told him I would give it a 5-day trial and give him some feedback upon completion.

I lightly lathered this product on nightly before bed with a splash of water, and I must admit, after my week was up I was quite impressed with the results. Smoother, healthier and more firm skin were my results. I thought my skin was already to that level, but I guess it made it a little better and decreased my fine lines that I had developed over the years.

Nerium Review

The only thing that I did not like about Nerium is the smell. Since you rub it in to your face before bed and leave it on overnight you can smell it while you sleep. I thought it would smell a little better since one of the main ingredients is aloe vera, but maybe I am just sensitive to the smell. Even though it is left on over night, it is not a mask, but has a mask-like delivery system.

If you are interested in this product, check out Brent’s website: www.bshouler.theneriumlook.com

Sundial Resort and Spa Sanibel Island

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review

Missy Germain and Shirley Erdman

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review: It’s amazing how a little rest and relaxation on the beach can rejuvenate your mind and body. We just got back from an amazing week spent with our families at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island Florida.

Sundial Resort

Sundial has everything you could possibly need right there on the grounds. You could enjoy your whole vacation without ever leaving the resort. They have recently been making some new upgrades and additions to the resort to ensure  a truly amazing experience.

Sundial Resort and Spa

One of their new addition’s is Bailey’s Marketplace. This market has a great selection of just about anything you could need or want during your vacation. Bailey’s Marketplace offers homemade baked good, freshly brewed beverages, a fantastic selection of deli items, groceries, beach apparel, toys, gifts and just about anything else you may have forgot to pack. We enjoyed being able to stop into Bailey’s to pick up fresh pastries and special treats throughout our stay.

Sanibel Island Sundial

Sundial has also added a state-of-the-art fitness center for guests to get in their exercise. While none of us used the center it looked fantastic through the glass. How great would it be to get your workout in while overlooking the beautiful pool area.

Gulf of Mexico

If you are looking for a little pampering while on vacation or having a destination wedding you will love the new addition of a complete spa to the grounds. The spa offers everything you would expect at a spa. You can choose one service or spend an entire day getting a full pampering from head to toe.

Tennis anyone? Sundial has recently upgraded their tennis courts to new Hydro Grid clay courts as well as offering tennis racket restringing. Whether you are a seasoned player or a first timer everyone can benefit from lessons from Sundial’s tennis pro.

Shirley family

One of the best parts of vacation is all of the new foods to try. At Sundial their restaurant choices will not disappoint. You can choose from a casual meal by the pool at the Turtle’s Pool & Beach Bar or Slice of Paradice Pizza and Ice Cream Shop or head upstairs and enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico while dinning at the Sea Breeze Cafe’.

Missy family

Getting an ice cream treat at Slice of Paradice made getting my daughter out of the pool a little less dramatic! Our lunch at Sea Breeze Cafe’ was amazing. Our entire group enjoyed different items from the menu and we were all sure ours was the best. Our server was great, he was able to arrange our table so we were all sitting in the shade but still had a front row view of the gulf. We kept him busy finding out the ingredients in our meals that were so delicious we just had to find out how they were made.

Room with a view

The accommodations at Sundial are top notch, they have options for everyone. You can choose from a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom condo. All condos are equipped with full kitchens with everything you need to prepare full meals or just some quick snacks. There are different options for what view you would like. We had a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico from our fourth floor two bedroom condo.

Quick tip, if you are on an upper floor they do have elevators located in the center of the buildings. We located these after bringing our luggage and groceries up to the fourth floor. The two bedroom condo was spacious enough for our group of 6. With the 2 bedrooms as well as a den that converts into a sleeping area it is perfect for a group. If you just can’t disconnect from your job for your entire trip, don’t worry each room is equipped with high speed wireless internet to keep you in touch if needed.

Sundial offers many different activities for when you are done relaxing on the beach. As a resort guest you have use of their kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and craft’s for the kids. Want to play a friendly game of beach volleyball? They have that too! Sundial Beach Resort is also the newest campus for the Sanibel Sea School. You can choose from half-day or full-day classes that provide interactive classes about the ecosystems and wildlife on Sanibel Island.

Shelling in Sanibel

Our entire group had such an amazing time at Sundial Resort & Spa relaxing and creating family memories that on our way to the airport to head home we didn’t even make it off the island before we started discussing when we could go back.

Thank you Sundial Resort & Spa for a great trip and we will be back soon!

Shirley Flowers

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Cheers Pablo Hudson, WI Review

Cheers Pablo Cover

Cheers Pablo Hudson, WI Review: Looking for something different to do with your friends and family? We highly recommend checking out Cheers Pablo in Hudson, WI. Lucky for us their motto is “No Painting Experience Necessary! Just Come Ready To Have Fun!”

Cheers Pablo is a new expanding franchise where groups can go for a couple of hours of painting instruction and come home with a truly amazing piece of art! Enjoy an evening out with friends in a fun and energetic environment. Manager Stacia Zezza said “come with friends or come make friends.” You can socialize or just focus on your painting. In between instruction they turn up the music, so you can’t help but have fun.

cheers pablo hudson

Our instructor was Fafa Aguilera and she was fabulous! She never laid a hand on our paintings, instead she would stand behind us and give instruction and show how to properly hold the paint brush.

paint process

Cheers Pablo painting

We enjoyed our evening at the Hudson, WI Cheers Pablo location that opened February 18, 2015. There are currently locations open in Burnsville, MN, Woodbury, MN and Hudson, WI. New locations will be opening soon in Eau Claire, WI, Coon Rapids, MN & Chicago, IL.

painting

The Hudson locations main studio seats 56 and features a full bar for the budding artists to enjoy, as well as many different snacks. When booking a private event (party room holds 22 people) you are able to bring in your own food items or even have a fully catered event. The staff will be happy to help you plan your special night. This would be a great place to have a bachelorette party or wedding shower.

group painting

They also offer kid’s painting parties, a great alternative to having a party in your home. There is nothing better then letting the kids enjoy a couple of hours of fun and head home while someone else is doing the clean up! You can also invite them into your own home for a more private event. Cheers Pablo will bring all of supplies needed right to you, whether it is your home, business or restaurant.

Chloe painting

Cheers Pablo currently offers over 170 different paintings to choose from and are in the process of adding even more based on current decorating trends. You can choose a picture that will go with your home decor. It’s like paint by numbers without the numbers.

Here is our group photo:

Cheers Pablo

We truly had a great night with lots of laughs! If you have been to Cheers Pablo we want to see your finished masterpiece! Post your photo on our Facebook page.

Michel Mercier Detangling

Michel Mercier Detangling Brush Review

Detangling Brush

Michel Mercier Detangling Brush Review: Getting my daughter ready for school is always a chaotic scene. The morning is usually topped off with blood curdling screams as I brush her hair for the day. When I saw the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush I decided to give it a try, anything that could possibly reduce the morning chaos is worth a try.

The detangling brush comes in three different colors for different kinds of hair. I purchased mine at my local Target for $14.99, the one they had available was the blue brush for thick hair. I am sure I could have used the green brush for normal hair, but since they only had the thick hair version that is what I got.

Here is what their website says: “Unlike ordinary brushes with only a few contact points, Michel Mercier Detangling Brush uses 428 different contact points simultaneously, reducing pressure and detangling your hair with fewer strokes. The perfectly placed bristles easily flow through your tangled hair like no other ordinary brush!”

Tangled Hair

I have been using the brush for about a month now, and I must say I am very happy with the results. I am able to brush through her long hair easily with no screaming. This is great because I am no longer disturbing her watching morning cartoons. I have noticed that her hair has been less tangled since using this brush and it also works well on wet hair.

Untangled Hair

Our mornings are not miraculously un-chaotic, but this brush has helped eliminate the tears from at least one part of our morning routine!

Have you purchased any products that you love? Comment below and tell us about it!

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BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review

Shirley Erdman and Missy Germain

BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review: If you have watched any of our Weve Tried It YouTube videos then you know that Shirley and myself are makeup challenged. Recently we had a photo shoot to get ready for so we enlisted the help of Brooke Fleetwood owner of BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI.

First things first… We contacted Brooke less than 24 hours before we needed to be glamorous and asked her to open BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar a few hours early to accommodate us and she did! Service with a smile, great music and a fun atmosphere!

Shirley Erdman BB Cosmetic Bar

Take a look at our before and after photos. Shirley went with airbrushing and I went with the BB makeup line. For my face Brooke used hD flawless face, copper bake bronzer, barbie blush, injection highlight. My eyes she went with Fairy Pigment, Titties Shadow, Sugar Daddy shadow, Goth Shadow, Black Caviar Liner, smoked out with Sugar Daddy. Brookie Pot on the lips and BB Lashes.

Missy Germain Before and After

The lashes that I had on are good for up to 30 uses and Shirley’s are good for 15. We purchased eyelash glue from BB’s and we will be doing a video to see if we can make it look as easy as Brooke did. That should be a good video!

Personally I loved the experience and how I looked and felt. It gave me the sass I have been missing. I plan on buying the BB Makeup line and with a makeup lesson or two from Brooke, hopefully I will be able to recreate this look. Shirley felt like it was a bit much for her. I think she looked FABULOUS!

Duck Lips BB Cosmetic Bar

Shirley, Missy and Brooke Fleetwood

So many services to choose from: Spray tan, lash extensions, nails & feet, airbrush makeup, bridal makeup and the list goes on… Check out BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar website here for a full list of the services.

BB headquarters is located at 511 2nd Street, Hudson, WI. This Saturday they will be  celebrating their 3rd birthday from 10am – 6pm. Giveaways, beauty, specials, and more giveaways! It is dress to impress so come with big hair, big lashes and gorgeous outfits! Everyone is invited! Stop in and check it out!

Weve Tried It BB Cosmetic Bar

Other locations include: Menomonie WI, Seymour IN, Duluth MN. Thinking about buying a franchise? BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar offers franchising opportunities too!

Get makeup tips from Brooke on YouTube with her how-to videos. Subscribe here.

Have you visited BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar? Show us your before and after pics on Weve Tried It Facebook page.

Gloves Knitting Machine

Addi Express and Addi King Knitting Machines

Knitting with Addi Knitting Machine

Addi Express and Addi King Knitting Machines: Recently we asked our Facebook followers if they were working on any new projects that they would be willing to share with us. Michel Wong wrote in to tell us about the Addi King and Addi Express knitting machines.

This was very intriguing to us since I took up crocheting this past year and Shirley started finger knitting and finger crocheting. Michel was kind enough to share some photos of her finished projects and tell us more about the Addi knitting machine.

Addi Express and King

Addi King and Addi Express knitting machines.

Where did you hear about Addi Express? “I was searching YouTube for crochet patterns and stumbled upon a video.”

How easy is this to use and how long do the projects take you? “The Addi knitting machine is very easy to use. The difficult part is finding and creating patterns. I watch videos online and then customize the pattern to my needs. It’s a lot of trial and error but a fun process. I can make a set of fingerless gloves in an hour.”

Does it come with patterns or did you make up your own? “Both Addis were gifts from my boyfriend and so he also purchased a couple pattern books. There is a small growing group of users that share ideas on YouTube and an Addi FaceBook page. It’s fun for me to create new patterns like the yoga sock.”

yoga socks

Yoga socks.

Do you knit normally and if so compare regular knitting to using the machine. “I’m not a knitter because it’s so time consuming, that is why I love the Addi knitting machine. You can complete projects in a short amount of time. I have always been into crocheting. My grandmother introduced me to it when I was younger.”

Crochet Flowers

Mittens finished off with crocheted flowers.

Do you sell your projects and if so where can people buy them? “I currently do not sell my items but I hope to in the future. I will be making a lot of gifts this year for family and friends. This will help me really figure out my patterns and what works.

cowl

Michel added a crocodile crochet stitch to this cowl.

Anything else you want to add. “Addi machines are not easy to find. There are very few specialty stores that offer them and when they do, they go at a premium. Otherwise you have to order them from Germany and wait for it to go through customs. That’s what I did.”

Have you tried the Addi machine? Leave us a comment below.