Monday, November 19, 2012

Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

Another amazing product I received for free from my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox is Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. It's amazing! Smooth Moves Cream smells like coconut and it keeps my hair smooth and frizz free all day. The consistency is great; it's not runny like some product I've used and it works so well. They also sent out a curl cream so you curly haired ladies can try that too! Check out Not Your Mother's website for more on all of their amazing products and keep watching for more wonderful reviews coming up!

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle in Mahogany Teakwood

In my Beauty Bloggers VoxBox from Influenster they included the Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle for free so I could try and review it. Well, here's that review!

The first thing I noticed was the scent. Honestly it smelled like cologne but that's not a bad thing. I loved it so much as soon as I opened the box. Upon lighting it, the scent soon filled the room and it was the perfect strength. I'm impressed that such a small candle could fill a whole room with such a wonderful fragrance. The candle lasts a long time too, so don't be fooled by its small size. The mini candles are only $3.50 and can be purchased online at their website or in store so pick one up today. You won't regret it!

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit is the best lash kit out there!

I received Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox and I'm in love! Influenster is a website that sends its members complimentary products when they qualify, all for reviewing and spreading the word. So here's my review of Kiss lashes!

First, they are super easy to apply. Just use the little tweezers they include and it couldn't be easier, even with a slight tremor.

Second, the glue hold amazingly well! I was able to sleep in these lashes without them coming off!

Third, the results... they are stunning. The fullness is dramatic and the color (black) is amazing. They are so long, even my own naturally long lashes can't compete!

I'd really recommend giving these a try. Even if you're intimidated by fake lashes, they are so easy to use and once they are on, you'll look great and forget you have them on! Check out the Kiss website for more information and for a $1.00 coupon!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins make excellent buns!

 As a member of Influenster, I received a complimentary Beauty Bloggers VoxBox with tons of amazing products to test. This review is of Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins (check out Goody's website here.

As a former ballerina, I'm pretty proud of my bun skills, so it's very hard to really impress me with products that are intended to help. Goody has really done the job however.

They are very easy to use, just twist hair into a bun, then spin each pin into the bun from top and bottom to hold it in place. It took me two tries to really get the hang of it, but once I did, it's become the easiest way to make a bun. The packaging has directions for two other cute styles as well. Overall, I couldn't be happier and as a dancer, it's awesome to have a product that gives me a great bun, that fastens securely, and takes only a couple seconds to use. I'd recommend these to anybody who has hair long enough for a bun and wants a quick and simple way to accomplish a beautiful hairstyle. Thanks to Goody and Influenster for the wonderful product.

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact is a great little compact!

As a member of Influenster, I received their Beauty Bloggers VoxBox earlier this month. One of the amazing products in the box was NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact. I received the shade Dark Shadows which would be great for any eye color. I took it from a daytime look to a beautiful sultry smokey eye with no effort at all. This awesome compact has four shades from white to black, a primer, and an illuminator! What I think I like most is the illuminator since it does wonders for the whole look. I swiped a little on my browbone to make my eyes really pop. It has an easy to follow tutorial on the back for women who aren't sure how to best use it, but it's worth playing around and finding the look that works for you! I'm definitely planning on picking up more shades, especially the one for brown eyes called Central Park, since it would actually look stunning with my green eyes. Check out NYC's website and let me know what shade you'd be most excited to try!

my daytime look

to nighttime

Saturday, November 3, 2012

RESCUE Remedy Natural Stress Relief Gum!

One of the awesome items in my Influenster Bride-to-Be VoxBox was RESCUE Remedy Natural Stress Relief Gum and I've really enjoyed it. I was more than a little skeptical about how well it would actually work but I'm very impressed. It's got a mildly citrus flavor. My only complaint is that the taste doesn't last long enough but it's delicious. 

As far as the stress relief goes, it works. I've always enjoyed chewing gum and it's neat having gum that specifically helps with stress, which, let's face it, future brides have so much of. All I have to do to feel calmer is chew one piece and I almost immediately start feeling better. It's helped me deal with being chased by a dog, wedding planning, and dealing with the family and fiance. 

Find out more at RESCUE Remedy's website. You can find this safe and all-natural gum (and other forms such as spray, drops, and pastilles) Whole Foods, GNC, and wherever else you find your natural health products. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Have sweet dreams with Dream Water!

In my Bride-to-Be VoxBox from Influenster I received a little bottle called Dream Water. I wasn't sure if it would even work as I tend to be skeptical of things that are natural sleep aids, since I've tried so many. I take medication to help me sleep at night but I talked to my doctor about trying it and we agreed it wouldn't hurt to try.

Dream Water is all natural and zero calorie! You just drink the little bottle and fall asleep after around a half hour. Sound too good to be true? I wondered but I was excited to test it out and see if it would work.

The Dream Water itself tastes good. The flavor I got is called Snoozeberry (that's blueberry pomegranate) I wasn't so sure I'd like it because I usually hate artificial blueberry flavor even when combined with yummy pomegranate, but this didn't have that flavor I can't stand. It was delicious! It's slightly sweet but not in a sugary way.

The bottle says to drink it about thirty minutes before you want to sleep and I'd agree that's accurate. I drank it, shut off my computer, and grabbed my Kindle. Before I knew it, I was turning off the Kindle and settling in for what would be a great night's sleep!

In the morning I woke up feeling refreshed. No groggy feeling, no medicated feeling, I just felt like I had the best night's sleep ever. I would recommend anybody try this. If you currently take meds to help you sleep, talk to your doctor about giving Dream Water a shot. I'm already budgeting to buy more because it's seriously awesome. I love that I may not be dependent on medication to help me sleep anymore!

 Thanks to Influenster for sending this complimentary in the latest VoxBox. Sign up today for a chance to receive your own VoxBoxes full of awesome goodies for reviewing!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kiss everEZlashes are easy and cute!

Welcome to my first post about the items from my Influenster Bride to Be Voxbox! Influenster, if you don't know, is a website that sends these awesome Voxboxes to members for free! It's all based on your demographics but you get to try and review complimentary products.

I've been excited to try the Kiss everEZlashes and they didn't disappoint! They say it's no mess application and they are right. They're pretty easy but I don't have a steady hand, so that didn't help my first attempt. Overall, they look cute and with a little adjustment they look great. The strings really do make it easier; it's not a gimmick. You can find a demonstration video at Kiss's website. I like the look and I'll definitely be using them for the wedding. They have different styles so you can try different looks; I may go more dramatic but these are great for everyday. I wore them while I was running errands and I actually had a woman compliment my lashes! They are just as easy as mascara and the impact is much better. Overall, I highly recommend giving them a try. For $3.99 you can't go wrong! If you're not already a member of Influenster you should sign up today. They have so many Voxboxes coming

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Influenster Bride-to-Be Voxbox is here!

 So here's all the items. It includes Kiss everEZlashes, Dream Water, Rescue Gum, Schwarzkopf Professionals Repair Rescue set, and and IvyDate card for a single girlfriend! I'll have reviews started soon, so keep reading so you don't miss the fun! I'm personally most excited to try the lashes, but every single item looks amazing and I can't wait to share what I think of each awesome product with all of you. Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Influenster just updated their site; now is the time to join!

If you've never heard of Influenster, check out some past Voxboxes I've received here and here. I'm also about to receive their bride to be Voxbox. They've just updated their site and so far it looks really exciting! There are all new badges to unlock and they're doing more Voxboxes than ever. I'm loving the individual scores for each badge so it's adding a challenging new feature. The only concern I have right now is that my bride to be voxbox isn't showing up, although the badge is there. Overall, I'm still learning my way around the site, but I really like it right nowl. Check them out at and let me know what you think. I'm super excited for the all new Influenster and I'm sure you will be too.

Monday, September 24, 2012

DSW is amazing!

I had some time to kill before a recent concert and I wandered into my favorite DSW store to look around and possibly use the $50 bonus card I won in their weekly contest on Facebook (seriously check out the DSW Facebook page for awesome giveaways) and I ended up walking out with three awesome pairs of shoes and the most comfy socks I've ever had for about $5 total. Yup, five dollars! I just had to share the fabulous finds. Feel free to talk about your best DSW trip below!

Enter the SheSpeaks Prevage giveaway!

I've entered to win the new Prevage Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum by Elizabeth Arden from SheSpeaks and you can too! Just go here to enter! It sounds really neat and my lashes could use a boost! So wish me luck and good luck to you too. They're giving away three of them so get entering ASAP! 

By creating this blog post, I'm boosting my chances to win even more. If you have a blog, you can do the same!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pore Purifying Black Strips by Boscia!!!

I know I've already done a skin care routine post before but I had to share a new product I've found! It's pore strips by Boscia! I'm in love with their black mask so one day at Sephora I decided to give them a shot. They're a little pricier than Biore but I decided it might be a worthwhile investment. I immediately tried one when I got home and I was blown away! My pores were clearer and smaller and my skin on my nose was radiant, just like the mask. If you are looking for a wonderful pore strip that will not only clean out your pores but leave your skin looking fresh and beautiful, Boscia is worth it.

I forgot to get an after picture but you can check out my video to see the results:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

L'Oréal Healthy Look hair color!

Yesterday I decided to do something new with my hair so I picked up a box of L'Oréal Healthy Look hair color in shade 5G (golden truffle). It lasts 28 shampoos so I knew if I didn't like the color I wouldn't be stuck with it for long but now I'm sad I'll only have it a short time. The color I ended up with is beautiful! It only takes 10 minutes for rich color. One major benefit is it doesn't smell bad like most hair colors do. I was pleasantly surprised. Also, one box did my long thick hair. I picked up two just to make sure, and instead of taking the other back, I plan to keep it for next time I want gorgeous color!  There's not too much to say about it because the results speak for themselves.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 toothbrush

Modern Mom recently sent me the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 toothbrush to try and it's hands down the best toothbrush out there. My mouth feels so clean and I can't wait to see how impressed my dentist will be. The battery life on it is good although I just keep it on the charger. I love that it signals you every 30 seconds to switch areas of the mouth so you know you're cleaning long enough. It's a bit noisy, but that's not a deterrent to using it at all because it's not too loud and it works so well. I can definitely tell what a difference it's made getting rid of plaque and with less effort than a manual toothbrush. Honestly, I've always been skeptical of power toothbrushes but Oral-B has changed my mind. This brush is a great investment and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a better clean!

Splat Washables = fun temporary color!

I went to a concert last week and wanted to do something fun with my hair. So when I saw Splat Washables for $5.00 at Walmart, I couldn't resist giving them a shot. It's a fun product from Splat with colors like blue, red, purple, and pink that promises to wash out in one shampoo. And it worked! The color payload is fantastic. It's also not a typical temporary color gel because you can comb through it once it's dry. I was concerned that it wouldn't last through the entire concert but it really did! So sweating and time didn't wash them out prematurely. They will however wash out in one shampoo as promised, so there's no risk of being stuck with hair color you don't want.

After the concert and in dimmer lighting, this is what I had. I'm impressed and I'll definitely use Splat Washables again for more fun no commitment hair colors!

Check out my Youtube tutorial/review and let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Glade Expressions!

Thanks to BzzAgent I recently received free coupons to try Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser and the Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist. I have to say I'm really impressed. I chose the pineapple and mangosteen oil diffuser and it looked beautiful in my living room. For the Fragrance Mist I decided to try fuji apple and cardamom spice for the guest room. I love the oil diffuser because the moment I step into the living room I get a hit of inviting fruit. We put it right next to a high traffic area so every time somebody walks by the fragrance is dispersed. The mist is great for a less used room. It freshens it up but it's not overpowering like some fragrance mists can be. The scent for both products is long lasting so you won't have to spray often and the oil diffuser won't need to be replaced all the time. What I like about the starter kits is that you can swap fragrances if you decide to try a new one and they look beautiful; more like decor than home fragrance products! As a BzzAgent, not only did I get a free coupon for each starter kit, but I got lots of coupons to share with my friends too! Sign up today for a chance to be chosen for their next great campaign!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy in 7 days

Thanks to SheSpeaks I recently received a package that included Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy shampoo and conditioner. The Clear website claims the shampoo and conditioner will give you "stronger, more beautiful hair in 7 days" so I decided to put that claim to the test. I'm pleased with the results. Over the last week, my hair has looked shinier, felt softer, and my scalp seems healthier. It has always been a little dry and flaky, but over the last 7 days my scalp has improved noticeably. The scent is great and my hair smells good all day long, not just for the duration of my shower like with a lot of hair care products. I'm loving the results and I'd recommend anybody take the 7 day challenge because I bet it will improve your hair in a week too. Below are the day by day pictures starting with the on the top and ending with day 7 at the bottom. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Old Navy Cardi Party! Thanks Crowdtap!

Thanks to Old Navy and Crowdtap I got to shop at Old Navy with my friends Jessica and Kathy and my mom for some fabulous cardigans, skirts, and scarfs for their Cardi Party. We had a blast and found some amazing stuff. Here are some of the looks we tried on.

And here are the final looks (Jessica went with the heart scarf)

 Check out my youtube video for more of my look and make sure you sign up for Crowdtap to score your own fabulous Old Navy freebies!