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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BlogSTAR Influenster Love

I don't know about you guys, but I thoroughly enjoy getting sent products to try out and review. My ABSOLUTE favorite website to go through is INFLUENSTER. This website is super easy to navigate, very easy to write reviews on products and they have some of the best boxes, EVER!

One of my favorite voxboxes i have received, was the Keurig 2.0 which was a couple months ago. Being chosen to try out this hot new product was amazing. I was so shocked and insanely excited because i had just been talking to a friend about that very product, not even 2 days earlier, when i received word that i was selected to try it out.

I don't know what you're waiting for! Head on over to Influenster's page right meow and get started! Happy reviewing!


Sincere Apology

I am SO incredibly sorry about having basically abandoned this page. Last spring, we found out I was pregnant with our fourth child and my husband deployed shortly after. My daughter is now a year old and is more independent and not quite as needy. I am hoping to get this blog back up and running in the near future, complete with lots of manis, beauty product reviews, as well as the occasional random review for non beauty related items as well. I hope you all can forgive me!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

February 2013 Sweetheart VoxBox review for Influenster

Hey all! Today for you, I have a review on the February 2013 Sweetheart VoxBox i received from Influenster for complimentary testing.

So in my box, this is what i received! 

Olay's Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Power Contoured Cleansing system, Skinnygirl Daily On The Go granola bar in greek yogurt blueberry crisp, Not Your Mother's Beach Babe sea salt texturizing spray and Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant.

I REALLY enjoyed the Va Va Vivid cleansing system! It did a wonderful job to reduce shine and best part, was that the  battery operated, vibrating scrub brush wasn't abrasive but still did an excellent job sloughing off dead skin. I would DEFINITELY recommend this to anyone looking for a new cleansing system. It had a nice citrus smell and didn't irritate my skin at all.

Skinnygirl On the Go bars are great! If you're looking for a low calorie, high fiber and filling granola bar, these are the bars for you! At 180 calories, with 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, you can't go wrong. I usually don't care for greek yogurt or blueberry flavored foods but this was surprisingly good! I would definitely recommend these if you are on the market for a healthier granola bar.

This deodorant, Secret Clinical strength, is hands down, one of the BEST deodorants i have ever used...and i've used A LOT in my day between my military days and living in very hot climates like California, Florida and most recently, New Mexico. I spend a lot of time outside in the summer and let's face it, EVERYONE sweats. This deodorant is one of the best smelling, strong and long lasting deodorants i have ever used. I used to carry around a stick of deodorant in my purse at all time for freshening up throughout the day, but since using this, i haven't had to reapply it once! I will be buying this over and over and will recommend it to ANYONE in search of a good deodorant!

I recently discovered the Not Your Mother's brand and was really excited to see that this beach babe sea salt texturizing spray was included in my voxbox! I have tried other brands of texturizing spray, but this was one of the better ones i have used. It left my hair soft and truly looking like i had spent the day frolicking in the waves at the beach. My ONLY complaint is that it doesn't taste very good, haha. I live in a very windy city and on the days i used it, when the wind would blow my hair into my mouth, all it tasted was salt! Now i guess tasting salt is better than tasting chemicals...so i won't complain too much :) I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a texturizing spray! Below are some pictures of when i did my tests of it. Wet on top, dry on bottom.

I REALLY enjoyed being apart of this experience as it was my first time. I loved all the products and will be on the lookout for them to be on the shelves here locally, though the only one i've seen so far is the sea salt spray..hoping the others will find their way here soon! 

I hope you enjoyed learning about these products and will be curious to try them too! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Hey all! Sorry i've been so quiet lately! Life has gotten VERY hectic around here. But I promise to have some new posts up soon, to include reviews on my influenster sweetheart voxbox! So stay tuned!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Mani Monday-Orly and Liquid Sand and studs!

Hey guys! Today for Mani Monday, I have a few new polishes I used for an edgier look... I used Orly's Monroe's Red and OPI's Liquid Sand in Stay The Night. This look was very basic. Two coats of Liquid Sand that applied like a dream. Two coats of Monroe's red and when dried, i added Hard Candy's Matte Top Coat and then topped it with a square stud to give it some character.

I really enjoyed doing this, spite being very basic. I am on day two and still no chips from either polish! How do you feel about matte finishes? Are ya for em?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Milani Textured Creams

Hey guys! Today for you, I have two of the new Milani Textured Creams I recently picked up from my local Walgreens. I picked out Aqua Splash and Yellow Mark. These polishes retailed for $3.99 and for such a small price tag compared to some other brands that are currently following the same trend of the gritty finish, they are a much cheaper option-not to mention the only ones that are neon colored!

First up, is the lovely Aqua Splash. A lovely aqua/teal color that has a seafoam green tint to it. It is a super pretty color. I only have one issue with this polish, and it may just be me being sucky at the application, but the 'grit' or 'sand' or whatever it is they use to give it texture, seems to show through a bit. I had to use three coats to get the majority of the 'grit' which looks white, to mostly be hidden. Perhaps it was because it is more sheer than the yellow one, but I still like none the less.  :)

Yellow Mark is an awesome lemon peel yellow. VERY pigmented and applied wonderfully. Honestly, one coat would have been enough, but out of habit, I did two. I really enjoyed this color. It is so fun, bright and screams HELLO WARMER WEATHER! Now if only the weather would actually warm up...


I think you can sort of see what i mean about the Aqua Splash looking some what whiteish in the coloring on the left...

After having seen swatches for the whole collection, I am really kicking myself for not grabbing the purple and red...I am going to have to fix that soon! I really do love these polishes though. They are very durable. No chipping or anything so far and I've done some scrubbing since doing this mani.

How do you feel about textured polishes? Yay? Nay? Meh? Let me know what you think in the comments! I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spring themed Watermarble

So with spring rapidly approaching, I decided I wanted to squeeze in a spring colored mani before diving into the greens and golds for St Patty's day! For this look, I use China Glaze's Dance Baby and Aquadelic, which are both from last spring's Europop collection. I also used Sinful Colors' Candy Coated from their current spring collection as well as Orly's Prelude to a Kiss.


I decided to do Dance Baby, Aquadelic and Candy Coated on my other nails and saved my ring and middle fingers for water marbling, which used the prelude to a kiss as well. I used Milani's White on the Spot for the base for the marbled nails. 



I was really pleased at how well the polishes worked for marbling and that it actually came out pretty! Or at least I think so! These just might stay on for more than 24 hours! Haha! I think these just might be my favorite colors for spring...What are your favorite colors of spring?