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Cirque du Soleil Varekai Review


Cirque du Soleil is known for amazing acrobatics, splendid artistry of choreography and the intricacy of the costumes.  Varekai has all of that and so much more.

Cirque du Soleil Varekai begins at the end of the Greek myth when Icarus flew too close to the sun and fell from the sky. He does not drown in the sea, but lands in Varekai — a magical forest full of exotic creatures.

The first act is a gravity defying performance by Icarus in a net. The performance is so masterful that you know you are about to be immersed into a world and story beyond anyone’s imagination.


Throughout the first half of the show, you will be amazed by the choreography of seemingly impossible acrobatics and dance. The Icarian games feature human feet juggling that will leave you in awe. The grace and athleticism of these acrobats is awe inspiring.

Varekai also features some comic relief throughout the show in the form of two clown-like performers. They are prevalent throughout the show – sometimes in an act of their own and other times you have to look into the background of the main performance.

The second half of the show opens with an original performance called Slippery Surface. This is a beautiful combination of choreographed dance and acrobatics that immediately draws you right back into the world that is Varekai.

The finale of Russian Swings will bring you to the edge of your seat as they perform on not one but two swings somersaulting through the air in precision form.

Not to be forgotten are the amazing vocals and music that are being performed live. With all that is going on before your eyes it is not until the final curtain call that you really see the performers who have, through their musical talents, brought the story to life.

The cast of Varekai transcends the entire globe bringing together performers from all over the world and uniting them into the world that Cirque du Soleil has so masterfully created.

We highly recommend taking in this magnificent show. We attended the show at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN – you can find the remainder of the performance dates here.


Photo Credit: Véronique Vidal, Benoit Camirand, Georgian Dance, Tomas Muscionico

Nads Nose Wax

Nad’s Nose Wax for Men and Women Review

Nads Nose Wax

WARNING – SOME PICTURES MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR THE EASILY SQUEAMISH. Still looking for a stocking stuffer? Well, I have the perfect gift — Nad’s Nose Wax for Men & Women.

This product does the job, it doesn’t hurt … and let’s face it, manscaping is in! Okay, so I know that medically speaking this is not good for the immune system. A quick lesson, our nostril hairs grow to protect us as our first response to the immune system. They collect and prevent dust and particles from reaching the inside of our bodies, causing mucus to build up and let us know it is ready to dispose.

With that written, I’m guessing that taking away that first response protection may not be too wise, but who wants a 1/2 inch gnarly hair sticking out of their nose during a dinner date? I usually use a trimmer. Unfortunately, a trimmer leaves little short spiky hairs that poke the inside of your nostrils any time you squeeze them together.  Who needs that?

Nads Wax

This product leaves the inside walls of your nostrils silky smooth. It’s quite simple.  Just heat up the wax as instructed. Don’t forget to apply the fun Sanchez stickers (provided) if you happen to have facial hair. Dip the paddle/swabs in the warmed wax and place in each nostril for 90 seconds. Yank and enjoy a garden free nose.

Nads hair removal

Nads nose hair removal

Observe the amount of hair sprouts and compete with your buddies. No more nostril tickle for this guy. He couldn’t be happier with the results and ease of this product.

nose wax

It can also be used as a black head remover or pore strip — and the wax smells very good, too. Definitely a top gift/product of the year for any man in the family. 5/5

2014 Favorite Products Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Favorite Products 2014

2014 Favorite Products Weve Tried It

We have been having a great time reviewing products this year! We put together a list of our favorite products for 2014. If the products made our list that means that we use them all the time and that they come highly recommended by Weve Tried It!

Nads Nose Wax

Nad’s Nose Wax for Men and Women


As Seen on TV Chop Magic

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The Original Makeup Eraser


Aroma Dot Diffuser


Tria Hair Removal Laser

Potato Express

As Seen on TV Potato Express

Gigis Gourmet Caramel Sauce Flavors

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauce

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Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill

If you follow Weve Tried It on Facebook then you know that we highly recommend Bar Keepers Friend and Quick Shine Floor Cleaner as our favorite cleaning products.

Do you have a product that you think we should try? Leave us a comment below!


Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauce Review

Gigis Gourmet Caramel Sauce Flavors

Caramel. That word alone brings a smile to my face. Add the word ‘homemade’ and I get a little giddy.

My good friend Andrea Wilde started experimenting a few years back with making homemade caramel and today she has a thriving business along with her friend Britton Riley.

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauces are out of this world. Last month I was sent a package of all of their current flavors to sample. I got out a spoon immediately and tried each one. Sooooo good!

Phatphood also received a package from Gigi’s Gourmet and his response says it all, “That caramel is delicate flowing heaven in a jar.”

Caramel Cheese Cake

After getting over my sugar high, I asked the ladies to tell me more about their product and how I could share them with the world….

Gigi’s started two years ago when Andrea started experimenting with bacon desserts and came up with the bacon caramel sauce. She came up with several more flavors and launched under the name Gigi’s Gourmet because Gigi is what her grandson calls her.

Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Britton and Andrea have been friends for several years and are both foodies who love to be in the kitchen. They talked about partnering and launching in Tampa for the farmers market season which runs from October through May. They had their first event November 1 and things took off very quickly. They plan to have everything in place to launch in retail stores by February.

They have five signature flavors – classic, sea salt, vanilla bean bourbon, cinnamon butter rum, and bacon. They also offer seasonal flavors. Their fall flavor was Harvest Spice, and currently have Gingerbread, in January they’ll have ghost pepper, and are working on chocolate caramel sauce for February.

Gigis Ghost pepper

The caramel sauce is shelf stable and is currently undergoing shelf life testing which is done in real time. It is good for up to 3 months (so far) and should be refrigerated after opening.

Gigi’s Gourmet website should be completed in January. In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing can contact them directly through their website or Facebook.

This is a perfect gift for the foodies in your life. Be sure to like Gigi’s FB – they post recipe ideas as well.

Yes to Carrots

Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Regimen Review

Yes to Carrots

I don’t know about you but in the fall/winter I get a dry scalp. After trying various dandruff shampoos over the years, recently I found Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner at my local Walgreens and decided to give it a try.

The Yes brand touts that it is best for those who suffer from a dry scalp. The products are pH balanced and combine Tea Tree and lemon to protect your scalp from further irritation. While the salicylic acid reduces unsightly flaking.

Cypress oils are light moisturizing oils that won’t weigh your hair down. And the carrots, yes carrots help heal your already dry scalp as well as stimulate healthy hair.

Yes is 99% natural, petroleum, sls, Paraben free and cruelty free. This is clinically proven to soothe your dry, itchy, flaky scalp within just 7 days.

I am only a few days in and I can tell you that my constant itching is gone and the flakes are pretty much nonexistent. I am sold! I seriously feel so much relief.

My hair didn’t feel weighted down and I was able to style as usual with the same results. We say YES to Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief!

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The Original Makeup Eraser Review

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The Original Makeup Eraser Review – The original Makeup Eraser removes your makeup with just water! Removes waterproof mascara in seconds, all natural, no chemicals, machine washable, and more – we put it to the test!

Unless we have a party or a special meeting I generally don’t wear makeup. I can tell you that when I do wear makeup my least favorite part is taking off the makeup with chemicals and smelly products. So, when Gina Williamson contacted We’ve Tried It about trying out the Makeup Eraser we were excited and hopeful!

The washcloth is so plush, I wish it was a blanket. One side has a shorter nap that you use with warm water to remove your make up and the other side has a longer nap that you use for exfoliating after you have removed your makeup. Check out our video review below.

Makeup Eraser

Another BIG bonus to this product is that it will last for 1000 washes. That means for 3 years you won’t have to buy any makeup remover – that is some serious savings!


We wanted to update you on our review and let you know that 3 years later we are still using this product daily. No harsh chemicals and my face still feels clean every time I take my makeup off. Love it!

You can purchase the Makeup Eraser Here

This is one of those products that we can’t say enough good things about. My 14 year old child has sensitive skin and we have a hard time finding face cleaner that isn’t going to cause irritation. She is loving the Makeup Eraser. We are buying these as Christmas gifts – the gift that keeps on giving.

Gel Perfect Review Weve Tried It

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect 5 Minute Nail Color Review

Gel Perfect Review Weve Tried It

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect 5 Minute Nail Color Review: 5 minutes and go, that’s what caught my eye while shopping for some new nail polish. With everything to do around the house I never seem to have time to do my nails and let them dry.

Generally one of 2 things seems to happen, either I end up with smudged nails or I don’t do my nails at all. To be honest the second is usually the case. 5 minutes to dry nails I could do, so I purchased the orchid color.

The package comes with a very small bottle of color, a bottle of activator and a bottle of brush cleaner. I paid 9.98 for the kit which seems a little pricey for such a small amount of polish.

The instructions are pretty clear and simple. Apply the activator to one hand sealing the edges, then immediately apply the color and repeat on the second hand. Next apply another coat of activator, another coat of color then a top coat of activator and repeat on second hand. Applying 5 coats onto my nails took a little longer than I expected, but was not at all difficult.

Day 1

5 minutes later my nails were rock hard dry! I was so happy to have found a quick nail kit. I woke up the next morning to extreme disappointment, almost all of my nails were chipped.

Day 2

Day 3 was even worse, on some nails over half of the polish had completely chipped off. While this product did dry as quickly as promised the polish did not last for even 24 hours. This is definitely not a product that I could recommend.

Day 3

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Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill Review

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Grilling inside is a must during the long winter months in Wisconsin if you are anything like us and don’t enjoy shoveling the snow off your deck. Receiving the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill from Velata consultant Rheda Wilson-Duff we were thrilled at the thought of a grilling alternative!

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill comes with a cast aluminum grill top, a granite stone top grill, 8 raclette dishes, 8 spatulas and a convenient carrying bag. The granite stone top can also be placed in the freezer and used to make cold stone ice cream, can’t wait to try that.

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The Raclette Grill package is priced at $140.00 which is quite a bargain for everything you get. Along with the grill, Rheda also sent us 4 of their spices, chocolate sauce & cheese sauce to try out.

For our first test we treated our families to a delicious steak and veggie dinner using the granite stone top that is included in the set. The second test came when we made breakfast using the aluminum grill top for french toast, sausage and hash browns. Both cook tops worked great and our meals were fabulous!

The set up was super easy and we were ready to cook in just a couple of minutes. The granite top heated up pretty quick and our steak bites and veggies were cooked to perfection. I was worried we were going to get smoked out of the house, but there was none.

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For dessert we had strawberries and pretzels dipped in the delicious Belgium chocolate. Wow was that good. We recommend you keep an eye on the chocolate, we burnt our first batch.

The only thing that was not included that I would have liked to see is a recipe or meal idea book. Having some suggestions and cooking guidelines is always helpful. We found recipes here and on YouTube.

The Raclette Table Top Grill is going to make our winter’s a little more bearable knowing we can still have delicious grilled food from the warmth of our kitchen’s. This really seems like a great gift idea for those hard to shop for family members.

Velata’s description: “Create memorable meals or parties with the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill. Borrowing a centuries-old Swiss tradition, the Velata Raclette is an easy-to-use appliance that allows you to cook delicious meals at the table.

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill includes 2 grill tops to give you the perfect surface to cook meats, fish, vegetables, or any grillable food. The 100% natural granite stone top triples as a pizza stone, a cold stone, and an elegant serving tray. And the non-stick cast aluminum grill top features a ridged grill on one side and a smooth griddle surface on the other.

While your meat or veggies cook on the grill, your cheese melts perfectly in the dish for a culinary match made in heaven! Share this fun, interactive experience with your loved ones and enjoy more engaging meals together. Bon appétit!”

You Can Purchase the Velata Here

Thanks again Rheda! We highly recommend the Racletta to everyone, this is for sure something we will use often.

Americas Best Contacts and Eyeglasses

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Review

Americas Best Contacts and Eyeglasses

I have been wearing the same pair of glasses for so long that I can’t remember the last time I went in for a exam. After seeing America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses‘ ad for 2 pair of complete glasses for $69.00 plus tax, I had to find out if this was too good to be true.

An eye exam fee of $45.00 was paid upon arrived.  After the exam I picked out two sets of frames and paid an additional $24 plus tax as part of the ordering process.  The turn around time is 6-10 days.

We posted the above photo on our Facebook page and asked our readers to help me pick out frames. I ended up picking #3 and #5 – I am thrilled with them both.

My plan is to go back soon and get a few more–for that price you can’t go wrong. You can spend more money if you choose to get glass lenses or coating, but I went with the bare-bones plastic lenses. They seem perfect.

I went to the Woodbury, MN location of ‘America’s Best’ and couldn’t be more please with the service. The employees were very friendly and my order arrived in the promised time frame.

Diane, the Woodbury office manager, has offered a 10% discount, at her location only, to our readers until December 21st, 2014.  All you have to do is mention ‘Weve Tried It.’

Here are some of the other great deals that they are currently offering:

Americas Best


Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones Review

Powerbeats 2

Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones Review: Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones were inspired by basketball legend LeBron James. Their light weight design can handle the most rigorous of workouts while delivering incredible sound through dual driver acoustics.

Powerbeats2 comes with a IPX-4 sweat and water resistance rating, tangle free cable wrap around, track switching and hands free calling. You can use these earphones anywhere.

Now you can be up to 30 feet away from you Apple product (iPhone, iPad, iPod) using the wireless Bluetooth. Battery is generally a concern for many, the Powerbeats2 comes with a rechargeable battery with a 6 hour playback. If you drain the battery to empty – a 15 minute charge will give you an hour of playback.

Thanks to our good friend Jacque for being kind enough to review her new Powerbeats2 for Weve Tried It.

Powerbeats2 Review Weve Tried It

WTI: What stands out the most about your new Powerbeats2?
Jacque: They actually fit snug to my ear! And I love the design. They just look cool and the sound is great.

WTI: We know that you use earphones for working out, how do they fit to your ear?
Jacque: Perfectly, this is by far the best fit I have had.

WTI: In the past you have used other brands of earphones, tell us the difference.
Jacque: I have tried more than I care to admit of wired headsets. They drive me crazy always getting tangled up. I have another wireless set of Jaybird Bluebuds. Great sound, but they just don’t stay in my ear. Not a good fit. The biggest difference is the fit. The sound is really good too! Both for music and being on the phone.

WTI: Is there anything different you would like to see in your Powerbeats2?
Jacque: Louder its never loud enough. But I say that about every pair. I like it really loud! #reallyloud

WTI: Would you recommend Powerbeats2 to your friends?
Jacque: Yes, I plan on giving Powerbeats2 as Christmas gifts to my music lovers.

Thanks Jacque for the review, I sure hope I am on your music lover list for Christmas!