Saturday, May 31, 2014

Julep Memorial Day Mystery Box Game - Box #4 Review


Over the weekend Julep announced yet another mystery box release - this time with 10 boxes to choose from! Each choice offered a hint phrase and a couple of spoilers, but the rest was a mystery. I love fun surprises so naturally I picked one up (even though my credit card begged me not to).

I opted for Mystery Box #4, which had the phrase "healthy hi-five" along with pictures of Julep's Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover and a cuticle pusher. Fortunately, I don't have a huge problem with grossly overgrown cuticles, but I own ZERO cuticle products so I thought it'd be a good idea to get my hands on at least one. It arrived in the usual black cardboard box, but inside was another, more awesome box.



It's pink with a magnetic closure. Perfect for a jewelry box. Or storage box for your Pokemon cards if that's your thing. Knowing C it'll probably turn into a key bowl box. He claims keys will never get lost if you throw them all in a key bowl. So he puts one in the kitchen. Then for some reason he goes and puts one in the bedroom. And the study. And before you know it he loses track of which bowl which keys are in. I told him he should invest in a purse like me. And then he didn't talk to me the rest of the night.


So now that I've established the unfortunate fate of this lovely box, what about the stuff inside of it?

Memorial Day Mystery Box with a missing Barbara. Barbaraaa, where are youuuu?


Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover (Value: $18.00)


My very first cuticle care product. Yay! So obviously I haven't ever given myself a manicure. I heard really great stuff about this. It moisturizes cuticles and with weekly use, over time it reduces cuticle regrowth. I think it can also remove stains from dark polishes. I'm looking forward to trying this out.


Julep Cuticle Pusher (Value: $14.00)


Normally when I think of cuticle pusher I think of that metal thing with a little curved shovel-looking device on the end, so it took me a few seconds to figure out what I was looking at. (See? Manicure noob here) They say it's double ended so you can use it with your right or left hand, but to me it looks like each end will work with either hand. Or am I missing something here? More ergonomic maybe?


Julep Nail Polishes (Value: $14.00 each)

Nail Polishes (L-R): Lois, Tania, Ava, Barbara, Fiore
Lois-Boho Glam - dusty rose frost
Tania-Bombshell - teal multidimensional glitter
Ava-Bombshell - pink ballet slipper frost
Barbara-Classic With A Twist - magenta multidimensional glitter
Fiore-It Girl - espresso brown creme

I was thisclose to accidentally tossing out the Barbara. I was just looking for white boxes as I was rummaging through, and I only found 6. Then just as I was about to trash the shredded paper, out pops the Barbara! (without a box or shrink wrap for some reason) *whew* That was close. Which explains why Barbara is mysteriously missing from the full box photo up top. Except for Fiore these are all new to me. I like pink polishes and I got three of them in this box...score! And blue's my favorite color so I'm pretty happy right now. Plus I do like glitter.


Mystery Box #4 had a total non-Maven value of $102. Overall this is another mystery box win because I'm going to use almost everything in here, and I only paid $25 plus shipping for it! Really looking forward to using the Lois and Tania. And my first cuticle moisturizer! Time to go play with my goodies!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BzzAgent Campaign - Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites

Bzzzzzz......bzzzzz..............

It's been a while since I've buzzed about BzzAgent. Basically it's a Word-of-Mouth marketing tool. Companies who want feedback on their new products reach out to BzzAgent, which in turn passes on those products (for free!) to you and me to test and review. Since joining last year I've been on two "campaigns" (their name for product trials): Cottonelle Fresh Care Cleansing Cloths (review here) and Schick Hydro Silk Razor (review here). Then came a long break where I didn't hear anything from them, and then all of a sudden BAM! three campaign invites. They must know how much I love chocolate because that's the one that arrived at my doorstep first. So here's announcing...


SPECIAL K MOMENTS INDULGENT SNACK BITES
This is a new item targeted at snackers like me who just need to eat something between meals. Preferably sweets. The chocolate kind. You know those Special K or Fiber One cereal bars? It's kinda like those. The tagline is "Three bites big, 70 calories small." I guess it's small if you stop at one, but I'm known to snack with reckless abandon. Anyway, moving on.

THE KIT
There are currently two flavors available: Dreamy Coconut and Caramel Pretzel Bliss. BzzAgent sent me two of each flavor to review. They also included five manufacturer's coupons for $1.00 off a box of Special K Moments to pass out to friends and family. Or if I really wanted to be greedy I suppose I could use it to purchase 5 boxes for myself. Tempting, but that would just defeat the purpose of the campaign.


THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
The bar itself really is about three bites big (two if you have a big mouth). I guess it's the perfect snack size, but personally I prefer my snack size = meal size. 

Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites in Dreamy Coconut and Caramel Pretzel Bliss.
Quarter not included.
I know you're all no stranger to foods that don't quite look as yummy as the ads make them appear, so I'll let you be the judge of this one:

Image from Special K's website


Special K Moments Dreamy Coconut in real life
It in no way looks unappetizing (I mean duh, it's chocolate!), but it doesn't look as puffy as the website's picture. Then again, my photography skills are nothing to brag about either. On the bright side, it tastes delish! Just a hint of coconut, nothing overpowering. My taste buds don't discriminate when it comes to chocolate, so it tastes like a regular cereal bar to me. Maybe like the chocolatey drizzle Rice Krispies Treats.

Next up was the Caramel Pretzel Bliss flavor. Honestly I think I like this one better of the two (I really hope the chocolate gods can't read). It has a hint of salt and tastes more like butterscotch than caramel. And I like butterscotch. I can eat butterscotch baking chips by itself by the handful. I purposely made this into 10 bites just so I could savor it.
Special K Moments Caramel Pretzel Bliss
THE VERDICT
If you're looking for a snack with a mind-blowingly new twist, you won't find it here. But if you're looking for a little change from your normal cereal bar routine, pick up a box of Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites and give it a try. The bars itself are on the sweet side, so if you don't have a sweet tooth I wouldn't recommend these. My sweet tooth is gigantic and left me wanting to eat the other two bars also (yes, in the same sitting), then I remembered C and how he always saves me half of whatever he gets. Majorly guilt tripped myself. I wouldn't pay over $0.50 apiece for these bars, but if I see it in the stores for around that price you can bet I'm gonna pick it up. One box for the house and one for my secret stash at work. Yeah. That's right. I got my own personal candy jar at my desk. Don't judge me.

If you like to dish out reviews and want to receive free products to test (they're normally full-sized items), come on and be a BzzAgent! It's completely free and a great way to stay up to date on new consumer products!



Note: I received these items complimentary from BzzAgent for testing purposes, but the reviews are completely my own opinion.

Baribox Review - May 2014


Hey papercrafters! It's Baribox time again! Over the past few months I've seen great improvement in the curation of the boxes. It seems like Baribox is really working on the variety of brands they include each month. Here's a little info on the box:

What: Baribox is a paper crafting subscription box service
When: Boxes ship monthly, usually during the second half of the month
Cost: $12.99/month

A few weeks ago they sent an email to subscribers announcing a change in ownership but assured everyone that subscription service would be uninterrupted. Yesterday I received May's box, around the time I was expecting it. So far so good. Let's see what we got this month, shall we?



Sticko "Vintage Cameras" Stickers (Value: $1.50)


These are cute camera stickers perfect for the summer travelling season. Not to mention they're in fun summer colors. I'm not planning any trips this summer so I probably won't be taking enough pictures to warrant using these in a photo album, but I'll keep em handy.


We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Floss - Green (Approx. Value: $2.50)


DMC floss, embroidery thread - whatever you call it - it's no longer just for embroidery. Well I've never used it for embroidery, anyway. I actually use it to make bunting to dress up my cards. Speaking of which, I know I said I was gonna start making cards again but I haven't. Every time I sit down to make one I remember some un-fun chore I have to do. Life, huh?


7 Gypsies Travel Mini Label Stickers (Approx. Value: $1.20)


More adorable travel-themed stickers appropriate for summer. I've never heard of this brand before, but their website is very interesting. Everything is centered around a vintage theme - even their product catalog layouts look vintage. Again, I probably won't be using most of these anytime soon (except for the one about "Insufficient Funds"...I can always use that one), but I'll keep them with my other fun summer stickers.


Fancy Pants Small Chalk Tags (Approx. Value: $2.50)


I've been thinking of picking up chalk tags for my sugar/flour/rice/cornstarch/etc jars at home because it looks 100x better than sharpie scribbled on a piece of masking tape. Then my annoying frugal side insists that tape gets the job done just fine, and because I'm cheap I listen to the cheapskate. But now I can tell that tightwad to shove it because I got my very own tags without even going out and looking for it. :) Now I just have to find (*gasp* buy???) some chalk...


Queen & Company Deco Dots - Green & Orange (Total Value: $5.00)


These are sparkly, shiny adhesive dots. 3-D embellishments are my favorite things to use when doing paper crafts because they really make the project pop and add lots of color. I love nondescript accents that are appropriate for anything. This is a win.


The total value of May's box was $12.70, about the same I paid for it. I thought Baribox did a good job of sticking to summer colors and themes, but I wish I could get more use out of those stickers. That's not their fault, though. I'm really glad I got the chalk tags so I can finally make my kitchen look a little more neat and organized. It's surprising how big a difference something so little can make. 

Considering the relocation and change in ownership that Baribox underwent over the past month, I'd say they're doing a decent job making sure their customers are still getting what they paid for. Next month is my last box and my craft stash (especially the stickers and scrapbook paper) is overflowing the containers I just bought, so I might have to put this one on hold for a while until I use up some of it.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birchbox Review - May 2014


My Birchbox finally came in! I've been doing a pretty good job of refraining from looking online to see what I'm getting (it usually takes about 3 looong weeks to get here), and I must say almost every month I'm pleasantly surprised when I finally do get my first look. For the Birchbox clueless, let me enlighten you a bit:

What: A box of 4-6 samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products
When: Ships on the 10th of each month
Cost: $10/month or $110/year upfront
Fun fact: Birchbox has an awesome points system where you can review products or make purchases from the Birchbox shop to earn points. Every 100 points gets you $10 credit in the BB shop.



May's theme is Freewheeling. As in bursting into action and taking a fresh and playful approach to life. The packaging this month was yellow instead of the normal pink in celebration of Kate Spade Saturday, the newest brand from the uber popular designer. Each box also contained a $25 off coupon from the website! I didn't see anything that caught my eye yet, but they add things every week and the coupon is good until 7/1 so I'm bound to find something I like by then!

May's info card

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion (Sample Value:$2.50)


This is the second lotion Birchbox sent me from this brand (the first was in my March box). It contains sea fennel extract which soothes skin, and other marine-based vitamins and minerals that hydrate and reverse environmental damage. I like this one because it absorbs well and the scent is not overpowering. C has really dry skin and while he refused to use the other Gilchrist & Soames sample because of the strong scent, he was okay with this one.


Nexxus Color Assure System (Sample Value: $1.50)


This 3-step system is composed of a hair primer, shampoo, and conditioner. All three components are sulfate-free and contain white orchid extract to moisturize, almond oil to strengthen hair, coconut oil to add bounce, and argan oil for shine. These are actually crafty foil packets disguised as mini bottles. Clever.

Update 5/27/14: I don't like. The primer wouldn't wash out of my hair, though that might just be because it was so hard to get any shampoo out of the packaging so I pretty much washed my hair with plain water. Then the oil-infused conditioner left my hair greasy for the whole day. One good thing about these? They smell DIVINE.

 



Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream - in Acai Grapefruit (Sample Value: $2.90)


This shave cream is a Birchbox exclusive. After hearing about how great this smelled I was hoping I'd get one in my box this month! I'm a sucker for all things yummy-scented. But when I used it I thought it was a bit on the strong side. That's no biggie, though. It still smells refreshing. The blueberry and the pomegranate scents look scrumptious too, but I'm not sure if I'd be willing to fork out $20 just for a 150ml bottle of shaving cream. But I can guarantee I'll use up all of this sample!


Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm - in Coral Crush (Value: $8.00)


This is full-sized! I take forever to go through lip balms yet I keep opening them whenever I get one. I have one at work, two in my purse, and three opened ones at home. I thought this was gonna tint my lips a little but I really didn't notice any difference in color. I just put it on so I guess I can't say yet whether or not it's long-lasting

Update 5/27/14: So I guess this did tint my lips, after all. I'm just too blind to see it. I NEVER wear makeup to work (not to mention I also sport a daily t-shirt/jeans getup so I won't stick out like a sore thumb...awesome, eh?), and literally 10 minutes after I decided to slap some of this on, one of my coworkers asked if I was wearing lipstick. Then come lunch time, C swung by to drop off some food because he's awesome on his days off, and he asked if I was wearing lipstick. What the fudge?!

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals - in Peppermint and Honey Mint (Sample Value: $1.00)


Pop Rocks. That's what comes to mind when you throw these in your mouth. Each pack contains zinc and IsoVoxy (32's term for the cleansing & refreshing agents) crystals that actually kill bacteria to get rid of bad breath rather than just masking it. The peppermint flavor is not bad, but the honey mint...does not smell good. I'm not a fan of honey-flavored things in the first place (real honey by itself is a-ok!), but the scent of it just ruined the whole pack for me. It also comes in spearmint and lemon mint flavors.


May's box had a total of just under $16. I'm happy to say I'll be using everything I got this month! I thought this was a pretty good mix of items - skincare, hair care, shaving cream, lip care, and breath fresheners. The lotion and lip balm are definitely a win, and I'm glad I got to try out the shave cream I've been eyeing for so long. Plus that $25 off coupon is a good deal too!

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? If you'd like to start experimenting with samples and being able to try before you buy, please use my referral link. You'll get a chance to try lots of stuff you wouldn't normally buy, and maybe even discover a new favorite along the way!



Note: Post contains referral links. This post reflects my honest opinion of the products and I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2014 Has Arrived!

You would think that if you're living in a place that has no clue what winter is but can show you a thing or hundred about summer, that you'd take some precautions to protect yourself from said summer. You'd think. 

Enter yours truly.

Call it a competition, but growing up we (*ahem* I) always wanted to be the tannest of my siblings/cousins so every time we'd go to the beach I'd nix the sunscreen despite my mom's desperate attempts at slathering some on (little kids run waaay faster than adults). It felt oily and gooey and made you look paaaaaale. So pale. FYI, I ended up being furthest from the tannest of them all. Then school taught us about melanoma. Those teachers can be very convincing. Now here I am, years later thinking I should finally start getting sun conscious. And what better way to show I'm making an effort than buying a whole buttload of sun safety stuff? Thank you, Sephora.

So here it is. My sun safety kit from Sephora. I think it's sold out now, so if you wanted one but didn't get to snatch one up, you get to live vicariously through me (!!).

There are TWO sides of this kit, folks!



Makeup


bareMinerals Mini READY Touch UP Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (0.15oz mini value: $11.50) - This pressed powder does its normal shine-reducing thing plus has anti-aging benefits in addition to protecting skin from the sun. I love bareMinerals and I already use their powder so this will go up for swap.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa (0.14oz mini value: $12.00) - This bronzer really isn't as dark as the picture makes it look. It's like a medium beige color. I already have a ton of bronzers, but chocolate! Real cocoa. It's the 11th ingredient down the list, just below parfum/fragrance, but I don't smell the fragrance. I JUST SMELL CHOCOLATE!


Moisturizers (w/ Sunscreen)


Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 30 (0.5oz sample value: $12.35) - Oil-free sunscreen + hydrator. Antioxidants help protect against free radical damage from excessive sun and pollution. Sulfate, pthalate, and GMO-free.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (0.33oz sample value: $7.67) - Whoops how did this get in the pic? It's more of an acne product than a moisturizer. Sunscreen + oil control for up to 8 hours to help prevent breakouts. I admit, I had to google what PA++ meant. Apparently it's moderate protection against UVA rays. As in better than PA+ but not as good as PA+++. I guess they can't put a number on UVA absorption like they can with UVB (SPF)? 

Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer With White Tea (0.5oz sample value: $12.00) - Sunscreen + anti-aging moisturizer. Oil-free and intended for combination to dry skin. Sulfate, paraben, pthalate, and GMO-free.

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 Broad Spectrum (0.5oz sample value: $22.50) - Anti-aging moisturizer + sunscreen. Aguronic acid works to minimize wrinkles and keep skin smooth. Super pricey but I hear good things about it. Contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or GMOs. Definitely a keeper.

Supposedly a little goes a long way of this stuff so this should last a while

More Sunscreen!



Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen (0.3oz sample value: $7.24) - Protects against UVA/UVB with the help of white tea and succory dock-cress (a plant). It also contains cantaloupe melon, which supposedly has awesome resistance to aging. Cause you know, a cantaloupe a day keeps the wrinkles away.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ (0.64oz sample value: $10.40) - Face sunscreen that absorbs quickly and doesn't leave skin feeling sticky. Sounds thick. I hope it doesn't leave me pasty. I'm pasty enough as is.

Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum UV Protection (0.5oz sample value: $8.75) - Oil-free sunscreen with Solar Active Complex technology which uses heat & light to stimulate natural skin repair while also increasing resistance to further damage.

Supergoop! Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (1 oz full size value: $10.00) - Sunscreen...in oil form?! For some reason this makes me automatically think it'll be less greasy than traditional sunscreens. The pure novelty of it makes me want to try it out. This is formulated with meadowfoam oil to keep skin hydrated in the sun. It also contains tocotrienols (counterpart to tocopherols) which is a more potent form of Vitamin E when it comes to antioxidation.



Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 (0.08oz sample value: $11.25) - I think this might tie with the Too Faced bronzer for my favorite thing in the kit! This balm smells citrusy and contains actual sugar to retain hydration. It's free of petroleum, mineral oil, or lanolin. Plus the packaging is very sturdy - a metal twist tube. I have so many open balms but I couldn't resist opening this one too. It's on the pricey side so I don't know if I would spend that much to purchase a full size, but I sure am glad I got to try it!


Self Tanners



Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad (single pad value: $1.60) - I'm notorious for not following directions so I've always strayed from tanning in any way other than natural sunlight because looking radioactive from a botched tanning session isn't currently on my bucket list. Then I get this kit packed with tanners. No escape. So I tried this single sample wipe. It wasn't dripping with color. That's reassuring. According to the description you can start to notice a difference in as little as 3 hours.

It looks harmless enough
Dr. Dennis Gross Glotion Alpha Beta Glow Moisture (2ml sample value: $2.50) - This glotion is for use after the Alpha Beta Glow Pad. It moisturizes skin to give a healthy, youthful glow. I like the scent, very fruity. I may be seeing things, but I think it may have worked a teensy bit! It's been a while since my face was the same color as my arms. Oh well, I don't think I'll purchase this system though. It's on the pricey side and I think I'll make do with the sun - for free.

Looks gross. But smells divine!

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (0.23oz sample value: $6.72) - This tinted BB cream is infused with microspheres that can hide blemishes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains skin-protecting emollients that can increase antioxidant activity. This is described as a "5-in-1" formula - it treats, moisturizes, primes, color corrects, and protects. It also tints. So my question is: What are the other 4 things it does?

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (1.69oz full size value: $18.00) - Whoa Nelly! The very thing I fear. Spray tanners. My immediate reaction was swap pile! SWAP PILE! Then I read the reviews. And looked at my horrible shorts tan (<--the reason I am not planning on beaching it this summer). Ever since I stopped swimming regularly what little tan I had disappeared. But I still hiked and ran. Whoever said a little outdoor exercise didn't hurt anybody needs to take a look my legs. Like now. I'm actually considering tanning my upper thighs so I can venture out onto the sand again. Because even if I screw up I can always throw on some pants and go back to Plan A: Prude Status.

Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner (0.5oz sample value: $3.82) - This tanner boasts a natural looking tan without the stink. It contains maracuja oil which replenishes and brightens skin. The set comes with an application mitt (probably necessary for noobs like me who will come out looking streaky without it), but since it didn't come with the kit I'll probably pass this on to someone who actually knows what they're doing.





Travel Bag - This is a very cute canvas bag with windows on either side. Perfect size for travel because I can actually fit my toothbrush in there. The only sad thing was that mine arrive with a small rip in the seam :( Not a big deal though. I'm not planning on manhandling this bag anyway.

:(
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed going through the Sun Safety Kit. I calculated a value of $158.30 without the bag. The label said it was a $177 value...maybe the bag is worth $19? That's one expensive bag. Anyway, I definitely thought it was worth the $32 price tag. I stepped out of my comfort zone and am going to try a self-tanner for the first time. I also fell in love with a chocolate bronzer and a sugar lip balm. The only two items related in any way to sweets. Go figure.

Did you get a Sephora Sun Safety Kit this year? What did you think of the items?

Sephora Sun Safety Kit loot





Sunday, May 18, 2014

Look Ma, I'm Making Ketchup and Mustard!

A couple of weeks ago I got my first Homegrown Collective box (you can read about the unboxing here). The theme was about lacto-fermentation and the box came with two DIY projects: homemade mustard and ketchup.

I love ketchup. I put it on everything. Even my boyfriend thinks my love affair with ketchup is kinda gross. Oh well, he's still with me so it must not be a deal breaker. Obviously I went with the ketchup first. Chipotle, here I come!

CHIPOTLE KETCHUP


Okay, so they provided me with almost everything I needed to make ketchup. I needed to provide my own maple syrup. Really? In ketchup?? I had no idea.

All set to make ketchup!
I threw everything together (except the chipotle) and blended. I only have a single speed hand blender with a processor attachment and this setup seemed to work fine for ketchup.


The instructions said to add 3/4 to 1 cup of water, and it came out a lot thicker than I expected. I guess I'm just used to seeing the heavily preserved thin stuff you see in stores.


You can kinda see how thick it is in the picture below. It's almost like the consistency of bottled spaghetti sauce. But it smelled delish!


I transferred everything to the mason jar and added a chipotle...


...and capped it tightly with the airlock in place. I filled it to the max line and waited (impatiently!) for 3 days as instructed.




At the end of 3 days I removed the chipotle and admired my homemade condiment. :) It really didn't look any different at the end of the fermentation period. Supposedly during this time the lactic bacteria, probably from the whey powder, converted the sugars (I guess that's where the syrup came into play) into lactic acid, a natural preservative. In the end you get completely organic, safe and edible ketchup! All that ketchup didn't fit in the jar they provided so I ended up storing it in an old salsa jar.


The real test came today when C put it on some hamburger steak. The verdict: HE LOVES IT!!! That's saying a lot because he's usually wary about eating anything that didn't go through some intensive QC (more so if I made it. haha), but he got seconds of it. And thirds. The chipotle left a smoky aftertaste. It's actually not spicy at all. Feeling invincible, I decided to carry on with the mustard.


SPICY MUSTARD


Again, Homegrown provided me with almost everything I needed. I needed to provide fresh lemon juice and raw honey. I don't have any lemons on hand at the moment so I went completely against the organic thing and used the store-bought-probably-processed stuff (it said fresh lemon juice on the label, but that was a couple of months ago so even if it was fresh it ain't anymore). I also don't have raw honey so I used the Walmart stuff I had. In hindsight, now I'm thinking using these things may have pissed off the gods of all things organic.

Mustard, prepare to meet your maker!
I forgot to take a photo of the pre-blended stuff, but I don't think it really matters because the whole thing flopped. I HIGHLY SUGGEST USING AN ACTUAL MULTI-SPEED BLENDER to make this mustard because my cheapo single-speed hand blender couldn't even grind the seeds! Hence, the lack of yellow in the post-blended picture.


I tried crushing the seeds with a masher but it did absolutely nothing. The seeds were softened, but alas unmashable. I put together the fermentation setup anyway even though I'm pretty sure I'll end up throwing this batch out. It was also really runny, almost like ranch dressing. Good thing I decided to make only a half recipe in order to avoid mustard overload (thanks for the tip, Sarah!).

Here's my pitiful mustard-turned-mustard-aioli-looking concoction
Once my pride recovers from my non-mustard mustard, I'll consider giving this another go with a real blender.