Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box 2012

     I received the Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box and it was filled with all sorts of goodies that I definitely fell in love with.  For starters, the mini Bath and Body Works mini candle was so delightful I had mine completely burnt out in less than a week.  I received the Pumpkin Cupcake scent and I must say it was so heavenly delicious that even my hubby enjoyed it.  That is a miracle because he normally is not into pumpkin type scents, but the mix of the cupcake with it made it a keeper.  I headed straight to B&BW to use my coupon that came in my box, which made the price of the big candle half price at $10 and I was allowed to use it for up to a total of five candles.  My local store did not have to Pumpkin Cupcake, but I managed to find a few other scents that were just yummy.  I am giving this candle a 10 out of 10, but I love B&BW candles in general too, I have been a fan of them since they came out.

     Next I have to mention the Kiss Ever Pro Lashes starter kit.  I am one of those girls who loves the look of thick, long and voluptuous lashes, but I really suck at applying falsies.  I even bought one of those tools by Revlon that is made to apply them, you know the little square contraption with on curved side that supposedly fits the curve of your eye?  You pinch it together with the lashes in the curved side, almost like a tweezer type contraption, but shaped different.  This device did nothing to help me, but the little pink almost tweezer shaped tool that came in this Kiss kit was so easy to use and I have been applying falsies like no ones business.  I really like the lashes too, they are thick and long and they make my eyes pop.  All in all I give this kit a 10 out of 10. 

     The next thing on my list is the Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin samples of the Skin Cleansing Balm and the Night Cream.  I usually do not change up my face cleansing routine much because it upsets my skin and causes me to get irritated and break out.  I decided for the greater good to test these out and boy am I glad I did.  These arrived just in time for my "winter skin".  This means my face gets dry and chapped and no amount of moisturizer will help with it.  I used the cleanser in the shower and it was different from any cleanser I have ever tried before.  It did not foam up, it was just a creamy, thick lotion like substance that felt really good on my sore skin.  When I got out of the shower I applied the night cream, which I did not use only at night, I used it all different times.  This cream too was very thick and creamy and felt so soothing on my skin.  I had to purchase it of course because I have NEVER had anything make my skin feel hydrated in the cold winter months.  I bought my full size products on www.drugstore.com and they really were not too high priced.  The Cleansing Balm was $8.49 for 5oz and the Night Cream was $13.99 for 1.6oz.  The cleansing balm came in a tube, but the night cream came in really pretty glass jar.  I am still using these products and I love them.  These products also get a 10 out of 10.

     The box also contained the Spin Pin by Goody.  This is an innovative and very cool product and it did work the way it was meant to on my daughters hair.  My hair however is SUPER thick and the two pins would not hold it no matter where I placed them.  I am not going to say I dislike them, but I wish they made bigger ones for thick hair like mine.  These pins are super cool and I love the concept and quick, easy use of them.  My daughter can easily throw her hair up and twist these is without my help, she is 12yrs old.  I am going to give these an 8 out of 10 only because I was not able to use them myself, but they are a handy invention.

     I also received the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes palette.  It contains four eye shadow colors, a primer and an illuminator.  I love the fact that this is an all-in-one product and easy to travel with.  I also love the colors I got which was Dark Shadows, which is a dark charcoal gray, a medium charcoal gray, a silver, and a white brow bone highlight shade.  These colors are perfect for winter and look good on any eye color, but it took a lot of digging to get enough color on my lids.  The pigmentation is good, but the color payoff takes a little work.  The primer made the shadows last all day and the illuminator really brightens up the inner and outer corners of your eyes.  I am giving this a 7 out of 10 because the shadows took some work to build up the color on my eyelids enough to get the look I was going for.

     Last I received the Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Cream.  I was very excited to see this in my box because I have wavy, frizzy, unruly hair.  When I apply a gel or mousse I can get nice curls out of my hair, probably a side effect of all those perms I got as a child...lol.  The sample size was 1.5oz and seemed like it would have 2 or 3 uses in it, but once I started applying it I noticed it felt as though it was being absorbed by my hair.  My hair was just out of the shower and towel dried and I can "feel" when I have enough of a product in it as I apply.  This was a cream product, not sticky at all which I did like, but I never felt like I had any of it in my hair.  I used a few handfuls and dried my hair with a diffuser while scrunching it at the same time.  Once it was dry it felt soft, but also like I had a silicone type residue on it.  It was not curly or wavy, but somewhere in between and I could not comb through it.  I tried again the next day using a bit less and had the same effect.  I did love the scent of this and I like the fact that it is not sticky, however it did absolutely nothing for my hair, but make it feel gross and I will not purchase a full size of this.  I am giving it a 5 out of 10.

     So that's it for my Beauty Blogger Vox Box.  I hope you gained a little insight into some of these products if you have been curious about any of them.  All in all I was very happy with this box and I think Influenster gave us a good mix of beauty products to test.  If you would love to test out products for free and have loads of fun while doing it, go to their website or comment below and leave me your E-Mail and I will send you an invite!

*Disclaimer:  I did receive these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review.

Influenster Website:  http://www.influenster.com/

Bath & Body Works Candles:  http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=12586994&cm_sp=FO-_-HC-_-HC

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes:  http://www.everezlashes.com/693-9098/Kiss_Lash_Starter_Kit

Boots No.7 Skin Care:  http://www.us.boots.com/BeautyProducts/?tax=368&brand=0

Goody Spin Pin:  http://www.goody.com/Products/Hair%20Accessories/Simple%20Styles%20Spin%20Pin

NYC IndividualEyes:  http://newyorkcolor.com/products/eyes/eyeshadow/individualeyes-custom-compact

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves:  http://www.nymbrands.com/products/kinky-moves

 
   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Influenster Review: Palmolive Fresh Infusions

     I just want to start out by saying WOW!!!  I love this dish soap so much that I have "officially" replaced my preference to Dawn.  This soap lathers up something fierce and the scents are all amazing.  It leaves my dishes clean and spot free and it definitely cuts grease out fast.  I started out partial to the "Lime Basil" scent, but the other day I switched it out for the "White Tea Ginger" and I have to say I am loving it too.  It smells way better as it lathers than it does in the bottle.  I do not have a dishwasher so I have to wash by hand and I have not had any problems with my skin feeling dry afterwards.  It is gentle on skin, tough on grease and grime.  This soap retails for $2.96 for a 16 oz bottle which is a bit pricey for such a small size.  Dawn does not have a 16 oz size that I could find, but in they do market a 20 oz bottle of  their "Power Clean" for $2.74.  I have seen the Fresh Infusions at my local WalMart and Target.
     In comparison of the two I have noticed that Dawn does not produce nearly as many suds and for some reason I like a ton of suds, it makes me feel like I am getting a good clean.  I also noticed that I applied lotion more often after I washed my dishes with Dawn than I have with the Palmolive.  Now as far as that price difference goes, Palmolive does have "cheaper" versions of their dish soaps, but I also took into consideration that one squeeze of Palmolive will lasts longer than Dawn because I would have to keep adding more soap to my sponge with the Dawn. In regards to that it makes the Palmolive last longer which in turn means you buy it less often, so it is cheaper in the long run.  I gave my mom the "Lemon Thyme" scent and she has said the same things about it as I have and she has been a Dawn user for as long as I remember.  She is the reason I began using Dawn once I was out on my own.  
    I am going to continue purchasing the Palmolive Fresh Infusions.  The only issue now will be which scent to pick...

Here is a link to the Palmolive website:   http://www.colgate.com/app/Palmolive/US/EN/HomePage.cwsp

*Disclaimer* I received this product from Influenster for free to test, review and give my "honest" opinions about.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Influenster: Join the Fun!

     The new Influenster website is AMAZING! If you are not a member, you should be. In addition to qualifying to receive free products, there are "challenges" you can do to receive "badges" which give you a "score".  The higher you get this "score" the better for you. I am having so much fun doing the challenges!  They have badges for just about every category you can think of from being a mommy to pop culture, dog lovers, cat lovers and beauty queens.  There is nothing you can't earn a badge in!  Each badge has "extra" challenges you can do within that category that helps raise your overall score too.  It can be as simple as liking the Facebook page that coincides with that badge to writing a blog or doing a video.  Depends on what you want to do.  Whatever the case may be, all I know is that I spend a lot of time on there interacting with others by reading and writing reviews about products, t.v. shows, movies, games, food and even dish soap.  In the end how can getting free products to review be a bad thing?  Especially in today's economy, you get to try it before you buy it and avoid wasting money on things you don't like or discover a new product you wouldn't have bought otherwise.  It is a win/win situation.  If you want to check them out, here is the link:  http://www.influenster.com/ . You will not regret it :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Hair Care

     Hi Everyone!  I am going to start posting more stuff on here, since I have been neglecting it.  I am hoping to post at least twice a week.  I am going to talk about things like hair care, skin care, and of course makeup.  I just posted a video on winter hair care over on my You-Tube channel.
     My hair is naturally wavy, super thick and very dry.  I always use deep conditioning products at least once a week, but in the colder months I have to amp it up to two or more times a week plus doing extra stuff like applying DIY hair masks.  In my video I talk about some of my favorite shampoo, conditioners, deep conditioning treatments and hair serums.  There are a ton of great products you can buy at the store, but I find nothing beats an at home do it yourself hair mask with simple ingredients.
     I have four that I use on a constant, rotating basis.  I am going to talk a little about each one and list the ingredients.  You may need to adjust the amount of each ingredient based on the length and thickness of your hair.  The first one I want to talk about is the "Coconut Oil Mask" not only does this one smell amazing, but it is great for a couple different things.  First, coconut oil promotes the regrowth of damaged hair, moisturizes the scalp, gets rid of dandruff, and is also good for getting rid of lice.  I learned the last one the hard way when my daughter came from school with a note about a lice epidemic.  She already had it by then and after doing a quick Google on lice, coconut oil was mentioned a lot. Anyway, back on track, the ingredients in this mask work together to strengthen, nourish, and protect hair against harmful environmental factors like sun and wind.  You will need the following:  1 TBSP coconut oil, 1 tsp grape seed oil, (light hair) 1/2 tsp lemon juice, (dark hair) 10 drops rosemary oil.  Apply to damp hair, leave on 10-20 minutes then wash.
     The next one I really like may not smell good, but it is good for your hair and it is a "Mayonnaise Mask".  Mayo, not Miracle Whip, has a lot of oils and proteins in it that hair loves, but it can be a bit of a pain to get out.  Sometimes it takes a few washes to do it, but the benefits are worth it and you get to smell like egg salad while your doing it.  Okay, maybe that is not a good thing, but your hair will love the L-cysteine, an amino acid and powerful antioxidant found in eggs that can give your hair strength, shine and structure. According to the Health and Body Fitness website, L-cysteine not only makes up 18 percent of your hair, but is a keratin- forming substance that increases the hair shaft and hair growth density.  There are two versions of this mask, a super simple one with just Mayo and one with more ingredients. For the first one all you need is 1 Cup of Mayo.  For the second one you will need the following:  1 cup mayo, 2 egg yolks, 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar, 6 TBSP olive, jojoba, coconut, or grape seed oil.  Massage into damp hair starting at the scalp, then down to ends, leave on for 30-40 minutes, then shampoo as much as needed to remove all traces of mayo then dry and style as usual.
     This next one is the "Olive Oil Mask".  It also has two different versions, one with olive oil and eggs the other with olive oil and honey.  Your  hair has 3 layers to it and olive oil works in the middle layer to give your hair shine, improve color, and to help strengthen it. It also helps to prevent split ends when you do it on a regular basis.  Honey contains vitamins, minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties.  Eggs can be a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids (the GOOD kind of fat), as well as vitamins A and D, and calcium, phosphorus, and folate.  For the first one you need:  5 TBSP olive oil, 2 egg yolks.  For the second one:  3 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP honey.  Apply to scalp, work down to ends, leave on 15-20 minutes, then wash and style as usual.
     The last one I use is the "Banana Mask" and it is also great for your hair.  Banana's are full of vitamins that are essential for feeding your hair.  They have potassium, iron, B Vitamins including B6 and B12.  You want to be sure you mash the banana up REALLY good, no lumps!!!  The lumps can get stuck in your hair and be a nightmare to get out.  You will the following ingredients:  1 banana (mashed well), 2 tsp honey, 1 TBSP plain yogurt.  Mix well and smooth all over your hair. leave on for 10 minutes, then wash and style as usual.
    I hope you will try one or all of these masks, they are especially good during these months when the air is so cold and dry.  Your hair will thank you...who know maybe every day will be a good hair day!
   

Monday, May 21, 2012

I am officially a Sigma affiliate!  Which means I can offer you a discount on all purchases.  Just follow this link: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=282540

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hit or Miss...

I will be posting monthly "Hit or Miss" videos on my You-Tube channel.  These will be 'hopefully' fairly short segments on several items that were either a hit or miss for me during the current month.  Some products may carry over month to month and of course there may be new additions.My February video will be up hopefully by the time you are reading this, but uploading seems to take years.  The new design of my blog should make it easier for you to navigate between this and my channel page.  I am also starting a tab for my Blog Sale, as I plan to make this a permanent addition.  I am always purchasing products at store closings and getting things for really good discounts through friends who work at various stores, so check back periodically for new items.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Super Duper Giveaway!!!!

Today marks the start of my newest giveaway.  The video will be up on my you-tube channel sometime today, but I will give you a few of the details now.  This prize is worth $115 bux, WHAT!, yes I said that much.  It consists of a makeup bag filled with lots of goodies you need for making yourself beautiful including nailpolish.  There is Lancome, Clinique, Maybelline, Physicians Formula, and more.  There will be rules of course, but the winner will not be picked randomly.  It is a contest and whoever accomplishes the task I give wins the prize...check my channel for the vid!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Date Sexy Look: MESMERIZED...

This is my look for date night on V-Day...A sexy, romantic look that he won't be able to take his eyes off of.  My hubby actually told me it was mesmerizing, so that is what I am calling it. I love these colors and the way it brings out my eye color, I think most of you could pull these shades off.  I used the following products to create this look: (eyes) MAC Eyeshadow in "Cranberry" on the lid, L'Oreal HIP shadow in "Sculpted"(dark shade only) in crease, and MAC Pigment in "Vanilla" for my highlight and Benefit "They're Real" mascara, a white eyeliner on top lid and waterline. (face) Foundation then MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, Benefit Hirvana blush on cheeks, Physicians Formula PH Matchmaker Bronzer. (lips) MAC Viva Glam IV lipstick. 
The video tutorial is up on my you-tube channel, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!



Friday, February 10, 2012

Essie Polish of the day...




I am wearing Jamaica Me Crazy and Turquois & Caicos (on my ring finger).  These color are both bright and cool toned and make me feel like spring.  Jamaica Me Crazy is a pink with cool blue undertones, it is slightly pearlescent and compliments any skin tone.  I am a light/nuetral skin tone and I loved the way this color looks on me.  The Turquois & Caicos is also a cool tone almost a mint shade of green.  The combination of these two together is a spectacular contrast and just makes me happy and ready for some warm weather.  Let yourself try some crazy combos and share the pics with us, I love to see what other people come up with.  Happy color mixing  :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

GIVEAWAY and Makeup Storage Video

I recently posted a giveaway video on my channel for a total of four Essie nail polishes, two I have pre-chosen and two of YOUR choice.  I am super duper excited about this, it is my first giveaway and my first "official" video.  Please bear with me as I try and find my comfort zone with these videos, I am still a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera, but I am pushing through because this is my passion and I want to share it with you guys.  I am going to try and put up at least three videos a week and if you have any special requests feel free to message them to me.  I also will do another giveaway after the current one is over, so definitely stay in the loop so you do not miss it.  God bless and have a wonderful day :)