If you’re in the US, this is the last weekend for the current coupon book. If you’ve gotten a copy of the next one, I haven’t received a PDF of it yet, so I’ve still got a $25.00 Costco Cash Card to award! Here in the UK, we’ll be celebrating the Jubilee with a
picnic full of goodies from Costco in the glorious London rain. LOL But if you’re planning on going to Costco to do some shopping, Saturday and Sunday will have normal operating hours but for the bank holidays on Monday & Tuesday Costco will be open 10 am to 6 pm.
Also, don’t forget to enter the Diamond Jubilee Contest; you have until midnight tonight (US Central Time), which is 6 am Sunday morning here in London. I’ve got the cute tin of cookies as well as an assortment of souvenirs from the Jubilee and London, I think I even have one thing from the upcoming London Olympics.
Menissez Part-Baked Rolls with Seeds – You know when you go to a nice restaurant and they come around with the nice selection of a variety of rolls? Well, now you can have that when having dinner at home. I love the part-baked bread that they have at Costco and have tried just about all of them now I think. The rolls are a new one that I don’t recall seeing previously, so naturally I had to try them out. The package at Costco is really two bags of rolls with eight rolls in each bag. In the bags, you get eight rolls that are covered with sesame, sunflower, or poppy seeds. The quality of the rolls is really quite nice. They have a lovely texture and remain light and perfect inside while browning beautifully on the outside. These are so convenient because you can have them cooked and appropriately cooled in just 10 minutes! That is so great when you are having dinner during the week. Not to mention, most of us like the fresh baked bread or rolls but don’t want to whip that up during the week. This way, you don’t have to do the work but you can still have a piping hot roll with dinner. The other great thing is that you can have just two rolls or four or all eight. We chose to not cook the whole bag at once, so we placed the rest in a Ziploc and put it in the fridge (according to the manufacturer’s instructions). When we had the rest of them, they were just as good and fresh tasting as the original two. We made ours in the oven (220 C for 8 minutes) and got excellent results, however, they also say that you can make them in a toaster. To prepare the rolls using a toaster you just slice the roll in half and put it in the toaster for two minutes. So, I guess that would be an outstanding way to have a fresh rolls for breakfast or lunch. We didn’t have a favourite seed topping because they were all delicious. How can you go wrong really with fresh baked bread and some melty butter though? 2, 8 roll 520 gram packages for £2.39 (US: $3.69). Item #: 0004138.
Kellogg’s Mini Max (Frosted Mini-Wheats) – Dave loves frosted mini-wheats and when he saw these at Costco I thought he might break into song or do a cartwheel or something he was so happy. Even though these are called Mini Max here, they are pretty much the Frosted Mini-Wheats that we enjoyed in the US. Dave prefers these for a quick snack but I love them in the traditional cold cereal fashion. In any case, these are delicious no matter how you choose to enjoy them. Dave likes to take them to work with him, making the package at Costco ideal for us. He can take one of the two, 560 gram boxes to work with him and I can still have one at home for me. The fact that you get two boxes is great because you don’t have to have that giant amount of cereal sitting around getting stale in the month or whatever that it will take you to eat it. The only difference between these and the version in the US is that these are even more mini, probably half of the size as a frosted mini-wheat. From a health standpoint, these are pretty good for breakfast cereal because they have a good amount of fibre and protein and not very much fat at all. You also get a variety of vitamins, like Vitamins D B6 and B12, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid; 63% of your RDA for each in a 100 gram serving. And since Dave eats these quite often for a snack, these are far better than having a pack of crisps or a candy bar. 2, 560 gram boxes for £3.49 (US: $5.38). Item #: 0129794.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo – We have previously always used the old formulation of the Kirkland Signature shampoo but we hadn’t had a chance to try the new version yet. The bottle says it will make your hair healthier, softer and shinier. The shampoo uses their Moisture Nutrient Complex, which they say provides hydration, nourishment and helps improve the overall performance, manageability and vibrancy of hair. And indeed, my hair does feel really nice after I use it. It has a nice florally fragrance, which doesn’t seem quite as powerful as the scent in the conditioner (but that could just be because I’m used to it now). It comes in a fairly large container, thankfully with a pump, that has a slightly smaller footprint than the previous shampoo but seems to be taller than the old bottle. Some might not think it is all that attractive but who needs a lovely looking bottle that you never really look at and just sits in your shower? Luckily, we don’t (though, in the package’s defense, I actually like it and think it looks better than the big Aveda bottle we just rid of). The important thing is that it is actually a really great shampoo with a nice fragrance that leaves your hair looking nice too. It’s also safe to use on colour treated hair. I haven’t been using it long enough to verify that it really doesn’t prematurely strip out your colour but I’ll let you know if I think this is a fib. The shampoo is also sulfate, paraben and even gluten free. Is there usually gluten in shampoo? I would never have considered that or thought it would be a problem. Did I mention that it’s also quite low cost? I have paid way, way more than this for Aveda and other salon brands. A liter of Aveda could run you around £24.00 – £32.00; far more than the KS stuff and just as good. I know this is a product that you can get in the US and I’d bet that you can get it at other Costco locations around the world too. 1 liter for £6.79 (US: $10.47). Item #: 0519825.
Kirkland Signature 9 Piece Travel Makeup Brush Set – I never would have thought about getting makeup brushes at Costco, but this set is quite nice. And, the price I paid is about what I would pay for a single brush, a cheap one, from someone else. The one thing I will point out, that might matter to you, is that these are not all natural hair, they are a mix of synthetic and natural. I know I have heard that for some makeup applications synthetic brushes are actually better, but I can really remember which ones, though I think the foundation brush might be one of them. When I look at the brushes, I believe that the angled foundation brush, the brow brush, and the lip brush seem to be synthetic; the bristles have the synthetic look and feel for sure. The other brushes all seem to be natural bristles though. Although, I guess they could be a mix of the two different hair types. But the little information flyer included with the set doesn’t specify by brush. The brushes are nice though, especially given the price. The set includes 8 brushes: All Over Face Brush, Cheek Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Crease Shadow Brush, Liner Brush, and Lip Brush. There’s also a nice travel case that zips open and has interior pockets for the eight different brushes, as well as room for a few other items. I like the design of the brushes with the clear acrylic handles that have the name of the brush type on it (just in case you need a reminder), plus the lip brush comes with a cover which is essential because you don’t want to get that rubbing against things after you’ve used it for lip color. And while they call this a travel set, it would be perfect for everyday use too. The handles on the brushes are as long as my regular brushes and not at all shortened or weird like other travel brush sets tend to be. Plus, the business end of the brushes is all full sized and not dinky. Basically, I think the only travel aspect is that you get the case, which is a nice little bonus. I honestly bought the set because I wanted a decent lip brush with a cover and figured that I might as well get this whole set for the price I would pay for a lip brush alone at another retailer. Since this is a Kirkland Signature item, I would think you could get this same set in other Costco locations around the world. The other thing I should mention is that they include a little flyer that gives you a beauty tip for each brush; might be good if you were giving it to someone that hasn’t worn makeup before. £16.99 (US: $26.20). Item #: 0622684.