January Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello friends!

Here we are at the tail end of January. This month has been abuzz with activity — From yoga to birthdays, extreme cold weather to 60 degrees.. Personally, I’d like to go back to that 60 degree weather. Despite being soggy outside, it was so nice to open the windows for a bit in January! haha!

This month I hosted my first ever yoga challenge on Instagram! It was a lot of fun and I hope I get the chance to host again!

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But I digress..

Let’s jump in to the point of this post — things I’ve enjoyed more than other things this month! I love favorites posts and videos! It’s interesting to see what other people have really liked, and sometimes something catches my eye and I test it out.

Let’s get started!

 

Bill Nye Saves The World

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I grew up watching Bill Nye The Science Guy. It was one of my favorite shows! So, when I first heard that Bill Nye was coming back with his own Netflix series, I was excited! When the first season came out, we all sat down and devoured the entire thing in one sitting! Then, it was announced there was a season 2! Of course, we sat down and watched all the episodes. It’s hard not to. Once you start the first episode, you just have to keep going. Classic Bill is back and better than ever! He has celebrities come on, panels of experts, fun experiments, and this season he has Bill Meets Science Twitter — scientists from around the world have tweeted at Bill about what they do, and he chose a few to come on the show and talk about it. It’s very cool! I highly recommend this show for the entire family!!

 

Hair Sanity Rejuvenator

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this complimentary bottle to test and review. All opinions are my own.

This little bottle is full of miracles! You might have seen my review on the Hair Sanity 2-part system earlier this month. This was an extra gift to test and review. I loved it! Most of you know that I have super long, thick hair.. I didn’t think I would get a full use out of this tiny bottle — I ended up getting 4 uses! Yeah. It comes out as a thin liquid, but when you rub it in your hands, and then onto your hair, it thickens up to penetrate all of your strands. Leave it on for about 5 minutes or so, rinse, and style as usual. You’re left with shiny, silky, soft hair! I love this stuff!! It’s perfect for wintertime!

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MainStays Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

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This was a Christmas present and I am actually surprised by how much I love it! This little diffuser has made such a difference in the overall quality of our sleep. You just fill it with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, plug it in, turn it on, and let it go. You can choose to cycle through the colors, have it sit on one color, or just use the misting feature. The light takes some getting used to, especially if you normally sleep in a completely blacked out room. The unit turns off automatically when the water level gets too low. This is such a fabulous gift. Right now we only have lavender essential oil, but I am looking into getting a eucalyptus oil. I love the minty refreshing scent of eucalyptus!  If you don’t have one of these, you might consider looking into getting one!

 

Sand Cloud Mint Baja Towel

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I recieved this towel from a giveaway Sand Cloud was having on their Instagram. It’s huge — 38×64 inches and it’s made from 100% Turkish Cotton. I love this towel and I cannot wait for summer! I have big plans to take this up to the Lake, using it for yoga pictures, fun landscape shots, and laying out in the sun! I want to purchase a couple more so my husband and son can each have their own!

What I really love about Sand Cloud is that they donate 10 percent of every purchase toward protecting, rehabilitating, and preserving marine wildlife, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, and working on water quality issues. You can read more about their mission here. You can use my referral link for a discount if you are interested in shopping! 🙂

Loreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product complimentary to test and review. All opinions are my own.
Isn’t that a mouthful? haha! But seriously, I love this stuff! You might have seen my review earlier this month. I like to use this in place of my regular conditioner. It helps keep my hair touchably soft, and my red vibrant and gorgeous! I cannot say enough good things about this product! I highly recommend it!

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Well, that’s it for me this month. What your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a January Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

 

 

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L’OREAL Paris ElVive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm | Influenster Voxbox Review


*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to chat about a new hair product I received from Influenster to test out and review.


In case you were wondering, Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! I’ve been a member for a few years now and I love it! One of my favorite things is the app. Many campaign activities, such as social media posts, are easier using the app. You can upload your makeup or beauty looks now, too. I also love the scan feature in the app. When you are out shopping, you can scan the barcode on an item and instantly see reviews for it! It’s a life-saver! 


Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started today! http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

Onto the good stuff…

I received the L’OREAL Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. When I first opened the box to see which product I would be trying out, I was hit with both déjà vu and excitement. The vibrant red container called out to me and looked just like a L’OREAL product I had used many times in the past. (I even wrote a little review on it last January) I loved that product and purchased it many times throughout 2017, until about late summer when I couldn’t find it in any of the stores near me. Well, L’OREAL revamped their product and I was so happy to receive this because I knew it would work on my hair!

I wasn’t disappointed. After that first use, my hair was soft and silky, just as expected.

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This product helps strengthen hair fiber and helps preserve color vibrancy, which is key for us ladies with red hair. But, anyone who colors their hair should use this product to keep their locks looking beautiful!

While this product is an in-shower deep conditioning hair mask, I use it every time I wash my hair, in place of my normal conditioner. My hair is l o n g and needs all the moisture it can get, especially now in the winter time. Using this product regularly helps keep my hair looking and feeling gorgeous!

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Here, you can see just how long my hair is. haha!

I highly recommend this product and as soon I see it in a store, I’m purchasing it. I love this stuff!

Overall, I give this product 5 stars out of 5 stars.

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Well, that’s it. Have you tried this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Beat Those Winter Hair Blues! Hair Sanity to the Rescue!

 

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to test the Hair Sanity 2 Step system – An anti-itch shampoo and anti-dandruff conditioner. I was also sent a complimentary hair rejuvenator, a deep conditioner. How perfect!

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When I opened the shampoo, the first thing I noticed was the scent – a hint of vanilla with a minty twist. With no metallic aftertones, this is not a traditional dandruff anti-itch system. It lathers nicely, instantly relieves itchiness and irritation, and leaves your scalp feeling tingly and clean.

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Next comes the conditioner. The scent is a little softer, but very pleasant. The directions say to massage the conditioner directly on your scalp, working it through to your ends, and letting it sit for 30 seconds, up to 3 minutes, depending on your hair type. I was nervous about this step because my roots tend to get greasy. I only ever apply conditioner to my ends. But, for the purpose of this review, I followed the directions exactly.

Surprise, surprise. While the conditioner did help with my dry, itchy scalp, it was not hydrating enough for the rest of my hair. Combing my hair was a challenge, to put it lightly. The next morning, my roots did look greasy and I ended up having to wash my hair again later that evening. I repeated the same steps, standing under the water for a few extra minutes, just to be sure I rinsed out all the conditioner. Same result.

So, for the past few weeks, I decided to only use the shampoo and my normal conditioner. Much better! My hair is soft and it looks beautiful. Plus, no itchy scalp.

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My husband and my son both used the shampoo as well. My husband always has a dry scalp during the winter. He loved it and uses it in place of his normal anti-dandruff shampoo every shower. He commented that his hair felt softer and his scalp felt better, too.

Because I color my hair, I was concerned that the shampoo would strip my red. There’s nothing on the bottle that says it’s color safe, so it was a true test.

I dyed my hair the week before Christmas and I’ve used the Hair Sanity shampoo faithfully every time I wash my hair. My color still looks vibrant and beautiful. I think this shampoo has actually helped bring out the vibrancy of the red. I am pleasantly surprised at this.

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My favorite part of this entire system is the hair rejuvenator. When I opened the box and saw the little bottle, I actually laughed out loud. I was excited to get the free gift to try and I am always looking for a good deep conditioner, but the bottle is tiny – 0.5 fl.oz. My hair is long (down to my tush long) and thick. I honestly thought that I would be lucky to get one use out of the rejuventor.

I’ve actually used it three times, and I have enough for another use. No one is more shocked than me at this information. And I have to say, this is my favorite product out of all three.

The Hair Sanity Rejuvenator is a game changer — that is not an exaggeration. A little goes a long way. When you open the top, a clear, thin liquid comes out into your hand. As you massage it into your ends, it thickens to coat all your strands. You can feel it instantly soften your hair. I was able to finger-comb it through my hair. (Which is a feat. I can’t do that with my everyday conditioner.) I left it on for 5 minutes and rinsed it out. After my normal towel dry, my hair was still soft and it was easy to comb through. My hair looks and feels silky and soft. The best part is that I still have some left.

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Final thoughts:

The shampoo is great. The scent is wonderful, it relieves dry, itchy scalps, and doesn’t strip my color.  My family is still using it and I would buy the shampoo again. I did not like the conditioner. It just doesn’t work for my hair. It made my roots greasy and wasn’t hydrating enough for my ends. My husband and I both saw great results only using the first step. I give the Hair Sanity 2 Step System a 3 out of 5 stars.

The Hair Sanity Rejuvenator is amazing. Just a small amount hydrated and moisturized my hair, allowing me to comb through wet strands with no tangles or hassle. It left my hair looking and feeling silky smooth. I will definitely be buying this product. I give the Hair Sanity Rejuvenator 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this to anyone who has long hair, colored or processed hair, dry hair, or if you just need a little extra oomph. This is an amazing product.

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Maybelline Matte Metallics VoxBox Unboxing and Review | Influenster

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Hello friends! Happy Thursday!

I was recently selected to take part in the Maybelline Matte Metallics Voxbox from Influenster. I was so excited when I found out because this is my very first all makeup voxbox!

In case you were wondering, Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! I’ve been a member for a few years now and I love it! One of my favorite things is the app. Many campaign activities, such as social media posts, are easier using the app. You can upload your makeup or beauty looks now, too. I also love the scan feature in the app. When you are out shopping, you can scan the barcode on an item and instantly see reviews for it! It’s a life-saver!

Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started today! http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

But onto the good stuff…

The Maybelline Matte Metallics Voxbox came with two lipsticks. I received Molten Bronze #970 and Smoked Silver #978.

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Now I will be honest, when I opened the box, I was a little intimidated and scared. These colors in the tube are dark. The boldest I’ve gone with my lip color is red and the “wildest” I’ve gone is a darker pink-purple, that still looked like an everyday color. Count in the fact that it’s just been in the past year, year and a half, that I’ve really dived in and started wearing lipstick… you can start to paint a picture of how I was feeling. However, I always try to find the benefit in each situation. First, I was grateful to be chosen for this campaign. These are products that are sent to me, completely complimentary, and I get to share my opinion about them. That’s pretty awesome. Second, Halloween is just around the corner. I thought these colors would be perfect for it!

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My plan was to create fun Halloween inspired looks, but I really surprised myself.

The first color I used was Smoked Silver #978. I did a smokey eye and liquid eyeliner, three coats of various mascara, and the lipstick. In the tube, the color is definitively dark purple with specks of silver, and an almost goldish sheen. I applied it to my lips straight from the tube. It was very soft and velvety, but the color was not as dark on my lips as I was expecting. It was a vampy purple-silver and really brought out the color of my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually looked on me. The color is a true matte, and feels good on the lips.

Smoked Silver, paired with a black choker, a chained choker, a black lace sweater, and with my hair up in a ponytail – I was living my childhood dream of 90’s witchy vampire girl. I was ready to walk on the set of The Craft for a role in the witchy squad, or onto the set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and be the new chosen one (or a vampire extra haha!) I loved this look and loved the lipstick color!

Next up was Molten Bronze #970. Again, I was a little nervous about this color. It is a very dark brown with specks of gold in the tube. I set out to create a bronzed goddess look with this lipstick. I went to apply a metallic quartz eyeshadow to my eyelid for a little shimmer, and my brush still had a little bit of espresso on it. So my eyes instantly got smoked out. Oops. I went with it and ended up with a nice brown/bronze smokey eye. Then I applied the lipstick. Again, it went on smooth and felt velvetty on my lips. It was a nice bronzy matte color. As soon as I put it on, it completed the look. Once again, I had 90’s vibes going on (when you discover your true self hahahahaha!)… I tousled my wavy strands and ended up with a few different vibes:

Had I added a flannel and doc martens – 90’s chic grunge

Motorcycle boots and a leather jacket – Biker chick, or 90’s rock and roll chick (maybe heels instead of boots)

I added a cross necklace and went with 90’s vamp vibes, but as I was getting pics of my look, I realized that I looked like Madonna in the Like A Prayer video. (minus my long hair and darker eyes)

This was my favorite Maybelleine Matte Metallics lipstick color out of the two.

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I was very surprised with this voxbox. I still cannot get over how good these lipsticks look on! I give these 5 stars out of 5. The colors are beautiful and truly matte. They feel velvety on the lips and after trying them, I think they would look good on everyone! I looked up the price at Walmart – they retail for $5.50, which I think is pretty comparable to other drugstore lipsticks. I recommend looking into this line and trying the lipstick out! There are ten colors total to choose from and I want to try Copper Spark #958 and Hot Lava #962.

Well that’s it! What do you think about the Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipstick line? Which color would you want to try or have you tried? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!


July/August Favorites

Hello friends!

Here we are at the end of August already. Which means it’s time for another favorites post. I’ve combined July and August favorites. Let’s get started!

 

Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker in Red!

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A girl needs her coffee! My old coffee pot was a little worn… the heat plate had started to crack and my husband told me it was time for a new one. He got me this in early July and I love it! #1, it’s red! It just brings a nice pop of color to the kitchen. Second, it allows me to set the strength of my coffee.. which I’ll tell you.. is always on strong. 😉 I like my coffee black and strong. No ruining it with milk, creamer, or sugar.. yuck! It has a nice set up feature, like most coffee pots nowadays. I am not awake enough in the morning to put water and coffee in the pot and then wait. I set it up the night before. It turns on and makes my coffee for me about 15 minutes before I get up. Is there anything better than a full pot of HOT coffee waiting for you when you wake up in the morning? I think not. Also, it turns off automatically after 2 hours.. beeping to alert me that it’s doing so. All I have to do is turn it back on. The only downside to this coffee maker, that I’ve found, is that if the pot is not just so, it makes a huge mess all over the counter. Looking at reviews, other people have also had this issue. I’ve found a fix: simply turn the pot so that the handle is to the right. I haven’t had any problems with leaking since.

 

Tone Blissful Awakening Caffeine and Vanilla Blossom Body Wash

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I found this on sale at Wal-Mart and had to try it out! The yellow bottle and the word, ‘caffeine’ caught my attention. I love this and actually am almost out. It smells amazing.. like a vanilla, tropical vacation… and leaves your skin feeling fresh and soft. It’s a wonderful shower experience. I can’t attest to the energizing feeling… I like to take a shower before bed because my hair takes forever to dry.. but I loved it all the same! I was disappointed to see that the store was out when I went last week, so hopefully they’ll get more in because I need another bottle!

 

Fruity Pebbles

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I love cereal. Not as much as Matt on Big Brother 19, but I could (and do) eat cereal for every meal of the day! I typically eat Raisin Bran (Yes, I’m old) but once in awhile, I like to switch it up. Fruity Pebbles are a gem from my childhood. This box was gone in a few days because we all love it at my house! Yabba Dabba Doo! hahaha! Fun Fact: I don’t like milk, so I eat my cereal dry. Way more delicious!

 

Chapstick Aloha Coconut

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I am a chapstick girl at heart. I always have some tube or container of chapstick with me. Normally, I am not a fan of the Chapstick brand.. but Wal-Mart had 4 packs on sale for like $2… um, that’s a good deal! So, I picked out the package with 3 original tubes and this one. First, let me say, this is my new favorite! It smells like the beach – Coconut tropical vacation.. Calgon take me away! haha! It keeps my lips moisturized and hydrated.. what more could I ask for? I am hoping that they sell these individually because I would love to get more.

 

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner

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Most of you know I have really long hair. It’s thick, it’s heavy, and it demands a little bit of work to keep it looking nice. I need to use a deep conditioner or my strands get incredibly dry and stringy looking. I love this Suave conditioner because in one use, it hydrates my hair and leaves it soft and silky. Plus, it’s not expensive. I’m a huge believer in quality products at inexpensive prices. Sorry, I don’t want to spend $20+ on a tiny container of product that will only last me a week. No. Suave is amazing and doesn’t strip my color.

Plackers Flossers Sample Pack

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*I received this sample pack free in an Influenster MegaVoxbox I won from a Twitter Party. All opinions are my own.*

This sample pack came with three flossers that were kid-sized. So, these went to my son. He loved them! They had a fruity flavor and were small enough for him to use on his own. He really enjoyed being able to floss his own teeth, so we will be getting more of these for him.

 

Sinful Shine Nail Polish – Rendezvous

*I received this nail polish free in an Influenster MegaVoxbox I won from a Twitter Party. All opinions are my own.*

This is not a color I would have chosen for myself, but I have to say, it’s become my favorite summer polish. It’s a gorgeous seafoam color and just perfect for summer! I only received step 1 in the voxbox, so the polish only lasts for about 4 or 5 days before it starts chipping… and that is without a top coat.. which is pretty great. I like to use two coats for a more pronounced color. It takes a little bit to dry and will smudge and crinkle up if you get impatient. But aside from that, I love it! I can see myself buying this after I use it all up.

 

Aussie Headstrong Volume Hairspray

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*I received this bottle of hairspray in an Influenster MegaVoxbox I won from a Twitter Party. All opinions are my own.*

I’m a huge Aussie hair products fan. This hairspray has not disappointed. #1, it smells like grapes. Second, the volume it gives my hair is quite impressive. If I wanted to recreate the gorgeous big hair that Axl Rose flaunts in the Welcome to the Jungle music video, I could… I love this stuff so much!

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Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

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*I received this bottle in an Influenster MegaVoxbox I won from a Twitter Party. All opinions are my own.*

This is such a great product! I’ve been using it since I received it and I love it! It actually is a time-saver. I just put it on after my shower, pat dry, get dressed.. boom done! It hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling soft and moisturized. Plus it smells like coconut. I love it! I saw an ad in one of my magazines for Jergens tinted wet skin moisturizer.. so it will basically give me a tan and golden glow.. I’m going to try that one next!

 

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation #742

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*I received this complimentary from Influenster in the Oasis Voxbox for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*

Oh how I love this foundation! I’ve been wearing it every day that I put on make-up. It glides on your skin, blends easily, and gives you a flawless look. I have found that it gives great coverage from one application, but you can layer more to give you a little more coverage if needed. I wear it under my bare minerals. It makes me feel like a more elegant, beautiful version of myself. I don’t feel like a different person wearing this. It also has a pleasant citrus scent. I will be buying more of this. I really love it!

 

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And that’s it! What were some of your favorite things the past two months? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Oasis Voxbox Review

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Hello friends!

It’s no secret that summer is my favorite season. Sunshine, warm temps, trips to the Lake.. carefree days enjoying life. What could be better?

I was thrilled to receive the Oasis Voxbox from Influenster. Packed with goodies perfect for summertime, I couldn’t wait to test them all out!

In case you’ve never heard of it, Influenster is a  website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join!

Click here to sign up and get started: http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

I’ve been using these products for the past month, and I have to say, this was an awesome voxbox!

 

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Oasis Voxbox from Influenster 

*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

 

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrances

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Vera Wang Embrace Fragrances – MSRP: $29.99
These fragrances were delightful. Light, refreshing, romantic, and sophisticated, they were perfect for summertime. The Green Tea ad Pear Blossom was my favorite of the two samples. A few spritzes on the wrist, the back of the neck, and behind each knee was enough to last all day. I loved them for a day out with my family and I think they would be perfect for date night, too.

Overall: 5 stars out of 5.

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Rolled up jeans, a versatile tank blouse, classic heels, and Vera Wang Embrace for a day out.
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A pretty dress, pearls, and Vera Wang Embrace for a perfect date night

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

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Eva Hair NYC 10 in 1 Primer – MSRP: $11.99 for 6oz.
My long, red hair is my signature and I’m pretty picky about the products I use. I want products that are inexpensive, quality, and that actually do what they claim to do. You ladies (and gents) with long hair know how easy it is for your hair to get tangled up and how painful it is to comb, pic, or brush it out. I absolutely loathe washing my hair because it gets so tangled, no matter how much conditioner I use. In addition to that, the humidity of summer and the sun can make my hair frizzy and dry. Not a cute look.

I have had success with this brand before and I was happy to test this product out. First of all, it smells amazing… and the scent lasts in your hair throughout the day. Second, a few spritzes all over after washing my hair, allowed me to comb it out with no hassles. Seriously, no tangles, no fuss, no drama. It helped me achieve beautiful hair. I don’t typically use a blow dryer, I let my hair air dry.. it still took a long time for my hair to dry, but it did help prevent frizziness, and my hair was shiny and soft. I love this and definitely recommend it to everyone who has long hair!!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5.

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Hello gorgeous hair! 

Welch’s Fruit Rolls

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Welch’s Fruit Rolls – MSRP: $2.99
I love snacking and it’s a bit of a miracle that these three fruit rolls sat on the counter for a few days before we devoured them. All three of these were delicious and fruity. They each had that real fruit flavor and they have 100% of the recommended value of Vitamin C. Win-Win. Strawberry was our favorite flavor, hands down. They are the perfect size to stash in your purse or desk… healthy snacking on the go, made easy! We’ll be buying these on our next trip to the grocery store.

Overall: 5 stars out of 5. 

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These fit perfectly in my clutch for snacking on the go!

Aloha Protein Bar in Mocha

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Aloha Protein Bar in Mocha MSRP: $2.50
Love at first sight. Or should I say love at first bite? haha! When I opened the box and saw that I received the Mocha flavor, it was apparent that Influenster knew my soul. I am a coffee and chocolate lover, so what could be better than mocha? When you open the wrapper, it looks just like a candy bar and smells like chocolate!! I shared this with my son and we both loved it! It was tasty and filling! …and my son is a picky eater, so for him to say he liked it, means something. These protein bars are perfect for a quick lunch on the go, an in-between meals snack, or before or after an intense workout! I will definitely be looking for these at the store!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5.

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Yum.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation MSRP: $9.99-$10.99
And then there was make-up. I cannot say enough good things about this foundation. First of all, it goes on light, but gives you full coverage. So, you look flawless, feel beautiful and confident, while also still feeling like yourself. This foundation gave my skin a radiant glow, lasted all day, even through my workout. I have sensitive skin, but this wasn’t harsh and it didn’t make me breakout. It also has a slight citrusy scent that is refreshing. This foundation is perfect for summer! I’ve been wearing it everyday and I’ve found myself putting it on, even when I’m just lounging around the house. I love it!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5.

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Casual make-up look thanks to Covergirl.
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Flawless make-up and coffee with Groot.

Evolution Fresh 

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Evolution Fresh Green Devotion MSRP: $2.99-$4.99
I redeemed my coupon at Kroger and chose the Green Devotion juice to try. (It was the only one they had.) Evolution Fresh makes it easy to be healthy on the go. This tasted very earthy. As I was looking through other Influensters’ photos and reviews, I realized that Evolution Fresh has many options to choose from, including fruity flavors. This one wasn’t for me, but I am interested in trying some of the other flavors.

Overall: 3 stars out of 5.

 

That is everything that was in the Oasis Voxbox. I loved testing out all of these products! Have you tried any of these? Did you receive this Voxbox? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 

Oasis Voxbox Unboxing | Influenster

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

Hello again friends! I was so excited to find out that Influenster was sending me the Oasis Voxbox! This box is perfect for summer and I can’t wait to dive in!

If you’ve never heard of Influenster, it is a really great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join!

 

Click here to sign up and get started: http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

 

Let’s get started with the unboxing! 

 

 

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Vera Wang Embrace Fragrances

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“A collection of fragrances that evokes the intimacy and emotion of Vera Wang, capturing moments in time to be cherished & embraced.  Sophisticated. Intimate. Romantic.”

I love perfume and the Vera Wang brand exudes elegance. I am excited to test out these fragrances!

 

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer and $2 off coupon

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“With 10 benefits in 1 miracle potion, this hair primer does it all: detangles, nourishes, strengthens, softens, cuts drying time, adds shine, reduces frizz, and protects against damage. Argan oil feeds hair with vitamins and nutrients, while sunflower seed oil repairs, nourishes and protects.”

I cannot wait to try this out in my hair! The humidity has been a struggle this summer and my long hair is always getting tangled. I normally love a good messy hair day, but it’s no fun to comb out! haha! I’ve had a good experience with this brand, so my expectations are high. I’m also happy that I received a coupon! 🙂

 

Welch’s Fruit Rolls

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“Snacking lovers everywhere can now Unroll the Fun with NEW Welch’s Fruit Rolls! Welch’s Fruit Rolls have fruit as the first ingredient and feature 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Try all three mouthwatering varieties: Berry, White Grape Strawberry, and Tropical Punch.”

One word: Yum! Welch’s is known for being a quality brand and they have tasty snack options. I’m pretty sure these fruit rolls will be devoured in a short period of time.

 

Aloha Protein Bar in Mocha

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“Aloha’s organic protein bars are full of 14 grams of plant-based protein and free of gluten, dairy, soy, and stevia – everything you need, and nothing you don’t.”

Influenster knows my soul. This protein bar has been calling my name ever since I opened the box. I can’t wait to give it a try!

 

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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“Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation is a full coverage foundation that provides the ideal balance between a matte and radiant finish with healthy skincare built in. With an SPF of 20, this skin-loving formula is infused with a trio of vitamins that reduces stressed micro texture via hydration, for a look that’s healthier than bare skin. Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation continues to hydrate the skin throughout the day by attracting and holding in moisture, as well as managing sebum to maintain a fresh, healthy look.” 

I’ve recently started using liquid foundation under my normal make-up for more coverage. I am looking forward to seeing how this foundation looks, feels, and lasts.

 

Evolution Fresh Coupon

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“Evolution Fresh is passionate about inspiring people to thrive. We craft our premium cold-pressed juices using the most flavorful fruits and veggies to give our fans juice that’s both nutritious and satisfying. We simply take what nature gives us and press it deliciously, for you.”

I love a good juice that helps me reach my daily intake of fruits and veggies. Can’t wait to test it out!

 

And that’s it! Did you receive this box? Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment letting me know your thoughts!


A

 

MegaVoxbox Reveal | Influenster

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own*

 

Hello friends!

A few weeks ago I attended an Influenster Twitter party. It was a lot of fun and I brought a lot of sass. Well, it paid off! I won a MegaVoxbox! I was pretty excited!

*Side note: Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started: http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

I was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when I discovered a box on my doorstep! My MegaVoxbox had arrived!

Today, I thought it would be fun to do a reveal of all the goodies that were inside! Let’s get started!

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Aussie Headstrong Volume Hairspray

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The first thing I saw when I opened the box was this hairspray. I love Aussie products, most of them smell like grapes! This has a max hold, plus volume (80’s Axle Rose, Welcome to the Jungle, eat your heart out hahaha. True story: 10 years ago we had an 80’s day at work and Axle’s hair in this video was my inspiration. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures to show you, but it was pretty epic.) This one has Australian Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Sea Kelp in it. I’m pretty excited to use it and see if my curls last when my husband rolls all the windows down in the car. I’ll get back to you on that. 😉

 

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

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I’ve already used this and I love it! You just put this on after your shower, pat dry, and you are good to go! It smells fantastic, like coconut, talk about beach vibes! It keeps my skin hydrated and soft all day! I will definitely be purchasing this product!

 

Sinful Shine with Gel Tech Step 1 – Rendevous

 

I’m a big fan of the Sinful Colors nail polish! It’s inexpensive and quality nail lacquer. This color is pretty and I always see ladies wearing it. It isn’t a color I would have chosen for myself, but I was excited to try it out. It’s very different from what I’m used to (If and when I paint my nails, I stick with reds and pinks normally.) and I love it! It’s perfect for summer.

I painted my nails Wednesday evening. I used two coats of this color, no top coat. My polish hasn’t chipped, yet. That’s pretty good.

 

Plackers Flossers Fruit Smoothie Swirl

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Flossers are a great invention! We love them in our house. We usually get the mint ones. These will be perfect for my son. And, truth be told, I’ll probably test one out, too.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water Sample

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I’m excited to test this out. I’ve seen many reviews and blog posts about the magic that is micellar water. I can’t wait to see how it works for me!

 

And that’s it! 🙂

See you guys soon!

-A

 

 

 

 

 

Darling Voxbox Review

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Darling Voxbox from Influenster
*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Mother’s Day is special and I was excited for the chance to pamper myself a bit with these goodies in the Darling Voxbox from Influenster.

Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! I also love the scan feature in the app. When you are out shopping, you can scan the barcode on an item and instantly see reviews for it! It’s a life-saver!

Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started today! http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

The Darling voxbox was filled with amazing products! I spent about three weeks trying out all of them. Here are my thoughts.

Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash and Baby Lotion

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Retail Price: $5.99 – Both Products
These two products brought back sweet memories from when my son was a baby.  He used the cleanser as a shampoo and I used it as a body wash. It gently cleanses and leaves skin feeling clean and soft. The lotion has a subtle lavender scent and leaves skin hydrated and baby soft. Both of these products are great for sensitive skin. These are perfect for anyone with a baby!

Overall, I give both of these products 5 stars out of 5. 

 

Nature’s Bounty Energy Gummies

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Retail Price: $7.99
I was pretty excited about this product initially. My energy level always dips in the afternoon and I was hoping that these energy gummies would be the solution. Most of you know that I love coffee… and I drink a pot of black coffee every day. Because of my high tolerance of caffeine, I had my husband, who does not drink coffee on a regular basis, test out these gummies, too. He took two each morning before leaving for work. I had my two with lunch. My husband said that they helped him get through the first few hours of his day. However, I did not notice a difference in my energy level, although taking them did make me feel healthier. As for the taste, initially it is very chemical. The gummies do not taste like watermelon. But after a few days, you do get used to it, and they end up tasting okay.

Overall, I give these energy gummies 4 stars out of 5.

 

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

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Retail Price: $14.99 for full size
My hair is long, thick, and I dye it red every month. I am always in need of deep conditioners and hydrating masks. The harsh winter and spring left my hair dehydrated, so I was excited to try this out. I was concerned that I would use this entire 2oz. bottle in one use, but surprisingly, I was able to get three applications out of it! The mask contains Argan oil and Keravis protein which left my hair stronger and so so soft! I was truly amazed by the transformation of my hair. And the tropical scent lasted for days! This was by far my favorite item in the entire voxbox.

 

Overall, I give this hair mask 5 stars out of 5.

 

Duncan Hines Perfect for 1: Chocolate Lovers Cake

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Retail Price: $2.50
Fun fact: I do not have a microwave. Mine may or may not have gone out in a blaze of glory…. haha! Anyway, I had to get creative when whipping this up, but it surprisingly was not that difficult. All you have to do is put the mix in a mug and add a liquid.. I added milk. I put it in our convection oven and within 5 minutes I had a delicious chocolate cake! I added low fat vanilla frozen yogurt and sprinkles – Yum! I split it with my son and we both loved it!

Overall, I give this delicious product 5 stars out of 5.

 

Country Crock Buttery Spread

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Retail Price: $1.81-$2.99 for 15oz.
Country Crock was a staple in my house growing up. We used it for everything! My husband and I both love this buttery spread, so we were excited to get a coupon for a free 15 oz tub! Fun fact: when we went to buy this, Wal-Mart had a sale on butter and we ended up purchasing a large tub in addition to getting this little one!

Because I don’t drink milk, I love that Country Crock has a product with additional calcium to help me meet my daily nutritional requirement. I use this in my recipes for cooking and when I bake sweet treats! It has no artificial flavors and has 0g of trans-fat! Plus the rectangular design of the tub fits better in the refrigerator, and once all the buttery-goodness is gone, I re-use the containers.

Overall, I give this product 5 stars out of 5! 

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That is everything that was in the Darling Voxbox. I loved testing out all of these products! Have you tried any of these? Did you receive this Voxbox? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Darling Influenster Voxbox Unboxing

*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

After many months and several surveys, I qualified to receive the Darling Voxbox from Influenster! This is my second voxbox and I was pleasantly surprised when I received the “You’re In!” email. I immediately jumped on Influenster’s Facebook page to watch the product reveal video.

The voxbox arrived yesterday and I was excited to open it up and see all of the amazing products ready for me to test out.

If you’ve never heard of Influenster, it is a really great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join!

Click here to sign up and get started: http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

Let’s get started with the unboxing!

 

 

 

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Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash and Baby Lotion

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“Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash is a clinically tested, mild, tear-free formula, made with purified water and enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender, and Aloe. This unique formula rinses clean with a gentle scent to soothe baby.”

“Live Clean Baby Lotion blends certified organic botanicals of chamomile and lavender with natural emollients and aloe to gently moisturize delicate skin. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and smooth with a gentle scent to soothe baby.”

While I do not have a baby, (and have no plans for anymore kids), I am excited about these two products! My son is 9, but has sensitive skin, just like me. I think this shampoo and wash will be perfect for both of us! I have to admit, when I took off the plastic wrap, the lavender scent smelled so amazing — just like a newborn baby. My son and I opened up the lotion and put some on our hands and arms. It was silky and left our skin feeling so soft and smooth. We are both looking forward to using these products!

Nature’s Bounty Energy Gummies

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Nature’s Bounty Energy Gummies contains 250mcg of B-12 along with a unique blend of herbs. B-12 supports energy production by aiding in the conversion of food into energy. Enjoy Nature’s Bounty Energy Complex Gummies in natural watermelon flavor every day!”

This product is perfect for me! I get up early every day and by 11am, I hit a slump where I just feel tired and ready for a nap. I’m ready to give these gummies a try and see if they help give me long-lasting energy throughout the day, so I went ahead and opened them up. They have a strong scent, with a slight hint of watermelon. I took two as directed on the bottle. They are chewy gummies and have a peculiar, almost sour taste initially. I’m looking forward to seeing how they affect my energy levels in the coming month.

A bonus: these gummies have no artificial flavor, no preservatives, no starch, no milk, no lactose, no soy, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, and no fish.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

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“A deep conditioning treatment that repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan oil feeds hair with vitamins and nutrients while Keravis delivers optimal anti-breakage benefits and is scientifically proven to dramatically increase strength and flexibility.”

I am pretty excited about this product! I am always searching for deep conditioners that will hydrate and strengthen my long strands, without stripping my color – which is sometimes a feat. This hair mask smells amazing and I am a huge fan of Argan oil. I am looking forward to testing this out!

 

Duncan Hines Perfect for 1: Chocolate Lovers Cake

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“Perfect size for 1 is a warm, fresh baked treat ready in about a minute! Made with real ingredients, they are perfect for snacking or as an individual dessert.”

This sounds delicious and I am looking forward to enjoying it! Chocolate cake in about a minute? Yes please!

 

Country Crock Buttery Spread Coupon

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“Country Crock Original and Country Crock Calcium add country fresh taste to family recipes and are made with real ingredients like delicious oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt. Try your favorite variant in our Simply Sauteed Summer Vegetables recipe, and let us know what you think.”

This is pretty incredible! I grew up with Country Crock and we use it currently for everything! I always get the Country Crock Calcium because I am not a fan of milk, so any extra calcium from other sources is always welcome. I am so thankful and happy to have a coupon for a free 15 oz container! I will definitely test out the Simply Sauteed Summer Vegetables recipe and let you guys know how it goes!

 

And that’s it! Those were all of the products that came in my voxbox. I can’t wait to start trying out everything!

Stay tuned! I will keep you guys updated as I test each product.

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