Influenster Jolly Vox Box

I love getting new things to try out! I am not going to deny it: of course I am even more excited when the items are free.
Thanks to Influentser I got qualified for the Jolly Vox Box and got to try quite a few items for free.

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The box came to me right before the Holidays, so just in time as the name suggested. he contents of this box were: Puffs Plus lotion as a handy “put in your purse” size pack, a NYC eyeshadow trio, A mini Ducktape Roll with a blue/ white flowery design, Rimmel London Show Off lip Laquer and a full box of Skinny Cow divine filled chocolates Candy. Here are all contents:

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As we recently got back from our vacation, I brought a cold with me and the Puffs plus lotion were very welcome. i have Puffs in my purse throughout the whole winter and really noticed how much softer these with lotion are. I was worried they would smell strong but I did not notice a scent…then again I did not smell much.

I was also super excited about the eyeshadow Trio. Unfortunately the colors were not very strong for me, even while using primer. The colors look gorgeaous for a cat eye look in the actual pan but on my eyelids they barely had an effect. I do wera neutrals thanks to the Naked 2 palette a lot and might be spoiled.

Next there is the Ducktape. Honestly, I first want’s sure what to do with it but I am crafty and there is Pinterest. Just look up Ducktape flowers, that might be one of my next projects. I will post about it. In any case I think the size is really handy compared to the usual big roll and will be great for srating. There are also tons of fun designs out!

Then there is the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Laquer. I believe the color is 401 Aurora- That’s at least what’s on the label. The color is a beautiful Raspberry color. WHile it doesn’t last super long, it didn’t feel sticky and had a nice scent to it. It also fits perfect in my litle to-go makeup clutch. By now I have three of them, one per most used purse.

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Last but not least there is the yummy Skinny Cow Treat. Looking at the box I thought it’s filled with caramel (of course I didn’t read it) but it’s peanut butter and delicious! I am a big fan of the Skinny Cow candy bars and this little chocolate treat will be on my shopping list as well. They come packed in little packs of three and are highly recommended, unless you have certain allergies, in that case please don’t eat them. I will not be responsible for your hives!

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Anyhow, I was excited to be selected for the box and I think that Influenster has done great selecting products for us to try for free. Please know that these are my honest oppinions. I got the box half a month back so I had a chance to really try the contents. To become an influenster yourself you can sign up at http://www.influenster.com
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BzzAgent -LUNA™ mini campaign

 I have been involved with BzzAgent for almost a year now. If you are not familiar with Bzzagent, it is a word-of-mouth program where you get products to test, most of the time complimentary and in return give your honest opinions and share feedback as much as you can. I don’t blog about many campaigns because in the past I mainly had food related items. You can find more information here: www.bzzagent.com

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Last month they started sending out invites for the LUNA™ mini campaign where you get to try the device from FOREO for a great price. My husband and I both agreed and got our Bzzkits two days ago. I received a light pink LUNA™ mini and his is gray. We already use the Clarisonic mia 2 at home and this gives us a chance to compare the two. This is the Bzzkit that I received in the mail:

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Here is some information about the LUNA™ mini that I am copying out of the booklet it came with:

  • It is recommended to use it twice daily for a minute each time.
  • It promotes visibly brighter & healthier looking skin in just 3 days.
  • The device has a 2 year limited warranty an you do not need to purcase replacement brushes
  • It is suitable for all skin types
  • It is fully water proof so you can use it in the shower or bath
  • it has an integrated battery and comes with a USB cord to charge
  • The nanabrasive silicon brush promises a more hygienic solution than other sonic brushes

This all sounded promising to me and I have heard from other people using the Luna that they like varying it with the Clarisonic. I have started using the LUNA™ mini yesterday both morning and evening and will post again in a week  how I truly feel about the device. My first impression is that it is a good deal since you do not have to purchase replacement heads. It is small so you can travel with it. So far it also looks like it is easy to clean. 

Update: I have used the device for a full month and love it in compination with the Clarisonic. I believe my Mia2 removes makeup better, but I love how easy the LUNA™ mini is to clean and use and it holds the charge longer.

 

Meanwhile, Bzzagent and FOREO gave us codes to share. You can use the code for 35% off your order at www.foreo.com until 1-31-2014. The code is 6ZFXWH.

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Olive Oil in Beauty Products -80 Acres Review

Personally, I love cooking with olive oil. But while it is good in my food, it is also great to use for your body such as on dry skin, brittle hair or to soak your nails. On my search for natural beauty products I came across 80 acres, a body care line created by McEvoy Ranch. McEvoy Ranch produces organic olive oil and this is used in their body care line. The line itself is simple, which is quite appealing to me. You can choose from three different scents: Blood orange, Lavender and Verde. THe body care choices are lip balm, soap, body oil, body butter, body balm, hand and body lotion, hand and body wash, salt scrub and bath salts. Long story short: these is something for everyone! Another plus is that the producst are paraben, sulfate, bpa and phthalate free and made in Californina.

I decided to e-mail the company to find out if the product is sold anywhere close to me. I am not a big fan of buying full size products without reading reviews and having a chance to try them myself.Their customer service representative Tina replied within a day and did some research for me. Since there is no retailer carrying their line close to me, she offered to send me three small sample packs. I was lucky to receive a body wash and lotion of each scent.
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All of the scents are very natural and not overpowering. The verde does not feel like you are slathering yourself in olive oil and is my favorite, while my husband loves the lavender. If you like citrus scents, the blood orange might be perfect for you!
I noticed that all three body washes leave your skin feel clean and fresh, while the scent does not stay very long. The lotions are very moisturizing and get absobed quickly. The scent does stay longer but is not too strong. I loved how my skin felt after using both products and definitely recommend each. I am planning to buy the Verde Travel set as a Christmas gift for family, as well as a Salt scrub for me.

If you are interested to learn more about McEvoy’s Ranch and 80 acres you can go here: http://www.mcevoyranch.com/
http://www.mcevoyranch.com/the-ranch/our-body-care
To browse though their online shop you can go here:
http://www.mcevoyranch.com/80-acres-body-care.html

Original Sprout Haircare -Review

When someone asks me for my hairtype, I wish one of the choices is annoying. My hair is waivy and thin but I got tons of it. Of course it does not help that I constantly streighten it and get highlights every two months. One of my close friends is a hair stylist and of course recommends great salon products but i am searchinbg for some alternatives. Looking through the internet I found Original Sprout (https://www.originalsprout.com), advertising “worry-free luxury”. I don’t know about you but I can always use some worry-free for me!So I contacted their customer service, described what I am dealing with on my head and got a quick reply from Melissa. She was super quick answering and offered me one free sample but also recommended the travel sizes they sell (https://www.originalsprout.com/sprout-travel-sizes). I ended up requesting the Island Bliss Shampoo as a sample but also ordered the matching conditioner, the natural shampoo and deep conditioner and the miracle detangler as well as the tahitian oil. Melissa found my order and added the sample right to it. The whole order arrived about 2 days later and I was amazed by the size of the packets. You could fill these in little travel bottles!
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If you look at the ingredients for the Original Sprout products, you will find they are all natural and the products i ordered to try are 100% vegan. They even carry a line of products for children
I have tried the Island bliss shampoo and matching conditioner first. The smell is nice, a subtle mix out of flowers and nuts. It feels great applying and a little goes a long way. The same goes for the conditioner. Afterwards I used a little spritz of the detangler and the tahitian oil just on my ends. The oil was quite interesting to work with, it is not entirely liquid, more like a goo. They pack it in a small glass bottle which is perfect for oils.
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I have been using the products since 3 days and have to say I enjoy that little Island ‘vacation’ every evening and my hair feels great. If you are interested in Sprout Organics, I definitely recommend purchasing their samples.If you have tried the childrens products, comment below and let me know how you like them. I will review the natural Shampoo next time!

Cheers,
Sunflowercake

Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox

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I am an influenster (check it out at http://www.influenster.com). That fits well because I have an oppinion about almost everything and I am not afraifd to share it. I recently have received the Sunkissed Voxbox for free from influenster with great products to try out. Included were: Dr Scholls High Heal insoles, Goody Hair Ouchless Ribbon elastics, Olay fresh effects BB cream in the shade light and a Sinful Colors Sinfulshine nail polish in yellow.
First of all: I was super excited for all the items since they are perfect for the summer!
I want to review all of the items as well and will add on more pictures later on.

Let me start with the Olay Fresh Effects BB cream. It is part of their Fresh effects series and I have tried the cleanser previously. I honestly never tried a BB cream before and I rarely ever wear foundation because all the ones I tried don’t hold up in the summer heat and clogg my pores. The Olay Fresh Effects BB cream came full size and the light shade was perfect. I have read many reviews where people complained about the fruity scent it has but honestly, you only smell this while applying and I did not think it was that bad.

What I love about it:
It blends in super easy. Please be aware that this cream doe snot seem to provide a full coverage but sheer coverage which brings me to the next point: it is fairly light and holds up well. Also, it makes it easy to match your skin color! I do not feel like I covered my face under something. A huge bonus: it has SPF 15!

What I did not like:
The smell is not the greatest but it does not bother you for long. My husband did not notice any of it 10 minutes after I applied.

Takeaway:
You can find the full size 2.5 fl oz retail for $14.99 on http://www.drugstore.com.dfinitely recommend it if you are not a fan of foundation but do like light coverage during some days. as you can see the coverage is sheer but nice.The picture was taken after wearing the BB cream all day in the office.Great for a busy 24/7 lifestyle!
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Next of, the nail polish. I am not the biggest fan of yellow nail polish but I am aware of the brand since you can buy it at Walgreens and I tried it before. SinfulColors has a great selection of colors.

What I liked:
The bottle is a big size and the brush applies the polish easy and streak free. It covers well after only two coats. Also, go and check out the price, it is very reasonable.

What I did not like:
It chips fairly easy with the daily chores such as washing the dishes. I am also not into the yellow shade, however that is personal preference. I also have pink shades at home which I prefer by the same brand.

Takeaway:
The price is very reasonable at $1.99 for a 0.5 ounces bottle at http://www.drugstore.com. Personally, I try to wear polish for a longer time and donot wnat to change or re-apply the color every few days but if that is something you like this is a great deal!

Now to the ouchless headbands from Goody Hair. These came in a set of 4 and I have been eying them for a while. I wear my hair up for the gym and on some days in the office.

What I liked about them:
I like the color variety and after wearing them to a sweaty spinning class, my hair did not have that typical ‘bump’ in it after taking out the elastic.

What I did not like:
The know at the end. It is not a choice to wear to the office for me but everyone has a different oppionion.

Takeaway:
Overall I do like these because I can put my hair up and when I let it down again I do nothave that bump I hate so much. I will however not wear them to work because of the knot. However Goody does also offer the simple hairelastics in their ‘ouchless collection’. The only ones I found online were on the target webpage, retailing for $11.95 for 15pcs total.

Last but not least there was a pair of DR. Scholls High Heel insoles in my Sunkissed Voxbox. I wear heels to the office everyday so i was very excited to try them. These are typical gel insoles with one sticky side and they have a bump at the arch for more support. They are clear so you can wear them in open heels as well. Typical Dr. Scholls: you can trim them to fit, one size fits all.

What I liked:
They are easy to insert and give a nice support, especially to the arch. Great feel for long days in the office and I am sure they work wonderful for special events such as weddings to dance the night away.

What I did not like:
These would be harder to put in very delicate, strappy heels. Once they stick, they are hard to reposition.

Takeaway: I would purchase these again for that new pair of heels that I want to wear for a special event. Keep in mind that these are not super thin so they might not fit with every pair of heels.Also, these are gel so do not leave them in the heat for too long. believe me, I just had the pleasure of scraping gel out of a shoe the other day. It is pretty disgusting!
They retail for $9.99 at http://www.drugstore.com and I have seen them at Target and other drugstores as well.

Overall I have to say i am very happy with the contents of the Sunkissed VoxBox and I am happy I got tro try some items that I have not tried before.

Natural care for your skin and hair

All the things we put in and on your body have so many extra ingredients in it which are not necessarily good for you. the largest portion of that is chemicals. I am not the person to scream ” I need all natural products”, but if you have an easy way to treat your body right, then why shouldn’t you? So I am trying to find more natural skin care and haircare items to try and introduce to others. I understand that not all companies are 100% organic but my goal is to find more natural products. Yesterday I e-mailed some companies who caught my interest to see how I an try their products. I already received some positive replies and am excited to try some of the products soon.
That reminds me: working in the hospitality industry, customer service is very important to me. I do not expect to be treated like a queen but to be wowed and treated with respect. So while I talk about the products I try, I will also explain what I think about the company in general. I hope that my journey through the world of natural products will help some others to learn about some companies and find a product to fall in love with.

Skincare

Our skin gets damaged every day. Not severely of course, but just think about what it all is exposed to. First of all there is the pillow that we possibly slobber on all night (or in my case our dog who sleeps on the bed when we are not home- she thinks she is smart). I personally try to change our pillow cases and sheets once a week and I notice when I become lazy with it – my skin tells me. Especially now, with it getting warmer, we sweat easier and while we sleep all that wanders in our linen on the bed. Then all the things that touch our skin throughout the day like our hands, food, sunrays (or simply big city air!) – all of that affects our skin.

Personally, I have a mixed skin type. I tend to break out with hormonal changes and with stress. Our auntand uncle gave me a Clarisonic Mya 2 for Christmas and I love and recommend it!! I started using it morning and evening but now I got into a routine where I use it every other morning or evening, depending on what I did that day. Now I am searching for new skincare Items to go with it, preferrably natural. I e-mailed a few companies, telling them what I am looking for and what is going on with my skin speciically. I got a ton of great responses from people who wanted to help me and offered some samples so I can try out their products. Over the next monthss I will post small entries about which products I tried and why I like or do not like them. Please know that my reviews are honest and my own oppionion. Noone is paying me for this or asking me to test the products. I simply want to find who is out there that offers great skin and hair care.