Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tastykakes= Yummy!!!

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.  

One of my favorite products from the box included this fantastic S'more by Tastykake.  I was a little worried at first because it was shipped in the heat, but it tasted wonderful!  It had the texture of a cake, but a moist, creamy center.  It really did taste just like a S'more without the crunch of a graham cracker.  I would buy these by the cases if I could. ;)  I highly recommend trying these out! :)






Sunday, May 12, 2013

Popsugar Must Have May 2013


I am absolutely STOKED at this month's Popsugar box!  Seriously, I am like a little girl, I am so tickled!  I'm just going to jump right in and share with you lovelies what I received:


Popsugar Plastic Reusable Bag
Estimated Value $2
I like that this is a smaller bag which is perfect for all my little knick knacks I need to throw in a bag on the go.  It is very sturdy and looks like it will be easy to wipe clean.  

Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
Value $3.13
I cannot eat anything even mildly spicy, so my lucky boyfriend and his best friend got to try these out for me. They seemed to really enjoy them (the bag was gone within minutes) and they said that it was only a mild hot.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint 
Value $6.99 (Target)
This lip tint is extremely moisturizing with a nice Guava Berry flavor.  The tint was very subtle and perfect for touch ups on the go.  This is a product that I will definitely re-purchase.


Charm & Chain Gift Card
Value $30

GAAAHHH!!!!
The coveted Beauty Blender AND Cleanser!
Value $23.95 (Nordstrom)
If you follow my blog, you know that I LOVE the beauty blender.  You can check out some posts I have written about their customer service HERE and HERE.

The Modern Cocktail Modern Margaritas
Value $10.99
I have not had the privilege of trying this kit out, but I assume I will have no problem finding some lucky ladies to help me out this summer. ;)


Kooringal Home by the Sea Floppy Hat
Value $27.99
I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of hats... on me that is.  I don't tend to look my best in them.  Imagine my surprise when I received this adorable hat and FELL IN LOVE with it!  It is not too big, not too little and perfect for my upcoming beach vacation!  The brim has a thin wire so you can adjust it to look exactly how you want.  I have included a picture of myself being silly and modeling it straight from the box. ;)



Mindy Kalung Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself
Value $13.96
This is the perfect card set to use while I am serving up my friends some margaritas this summer! ;)  I absolutely adore Mindy and knew that these would be hilarious.  I included a sample card.  On one side is a quote and on the other is a short story with a question that you ask in a small group.  How adorable?!
 





Seriously, what girl would not be in love with this box?  Way to go PopSugar!  Dare I say that this is your best month yet????  I can't wait for next month!

The lovely staff of DermOrganics Argan Hair & Skin Treatments sent me these amazing sample packs to test and review for My Beauty Boxes.  I was thrilled to discover that these are vegan products and had to immediately share with my cousin, who is vegan.  DermOrganics is a very well known, professional beauty company that was most recently featured on The Talk on CBS.  What is so amazing about DermOrganics, you ask?  Well, check out the remarkable benefits:

purity
This is what they sent me:

 



Each kit is valued at $9.99

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Mask
This amazing mask works best when applied to wet hair, covered with a towel, left on for 3-5 minutes, then rinsed clean.  The fabulous formula leaves hair feeling healthy, vibrant, and silky smooth!  Your hair is left more manageable with an increased elasticity.  I am in love with this mask!

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo
This shampoo moisturizes and noticeably strengthens hair.  It does a fantastic job on my greasy 'do.  I love the rich lather and clean scent.  

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment With Argan Oil
I am in LOVE with Argan Oil!  It is the only thing I have found that helps make my hair soft, shiny, and grease free!  This tiny bottle will last a long time as it only takes a small amount to make a tremendous difference.  If you are looking for one product to give you shine, softness, and repair, look no further.  Even better, this helps to protect your hair from heat!  A definite must have if you blow dry or flat iron your hair.

DermOrganic Soapless Facial Cleanser
So what is so great about a soapless cleanser?  Well, for starters, it is non-abrasive.  It is gentle, yet strong enough to remove even the heaviest makeup.  It is all natural and fragrance free, although I tend to think that it has a mild fresh, clean scent.  

DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion
If you have read many of my posts, you know that I am extremely particular when it comes to lotions.  I have sensitive legs and do not like for my hands to feel heavy or greasy.  This lightweight, lightly fresh scented lotion left my hands feeling super soft.  It is the perfect lotion to throw in a purse or keep in an office drawer to keep hands feeling silky soft all day long.

DermOrganics Facial Moisturizer
Moisturizer is another product that I am very picky about.  I tend to get light adult acne, so the drier my face, the better.  Although I do like to use moisturizer every other day or so to keep my skin from peeling.  This moisturizer made my face feel super soft and did not feel heavy or caked on.  In fact, I forgot that I had even put it on when I wore it under my makeup.  It did help my makeup to go on smoother and gave a nice dewey finish.  This is definitely a product that I will be purchasing in the future.



 I highly recommend trying the DermOrganic line of products.  They will leave you feeling like you just stepped out of a salon for a fraction of the cost.  To learn more about this line or to purchase products for yourself, check out this LINK.  You will be glad you did. ;)
  

Use It or Lose It Challenge- Instagram Giveaway worth over $20

So, as you all know, I have become kind of a "queen" of beauty samples.  I am like a hoarder when it comes to all things beauty.  In fact, if you aren't offended by foul language, you will get a kick out of this Jenna Marbles video about "goo hoarding."  Yes, I am a goo hoarder! ;)


Anywho, I have decided to create a "Use It or Lose It" stash.  Let me explain.  I decided to go through my smaller samples and select various ones that I can use in order to complete a whole look.  For example, a few things I chose include:

  • mini lipstick
  • sample mascara
  • mini tube of suncreen
  • mini tube of primer
  • foil packets of lotion
  • mini tube of facial mask
  • samples of cleanser
Each day, I try to use only the products from the "Use It or Lose It" stash.  If I notice that I am contantly ditching a product in the stash for something I like more that is in my drawer, I toss the sample.  Also, of course, I throw the samples away as they get used up.  Right now I am wanting my products to last until the end of the school year, so I only have two weeks left to use what it is in the stash.  Whatever is left in the stash at the end of the school year will get thrown away.  No keeping it because I think a friend may want it. I give plenty away and a person who finds reasons to hold on to things is the definition of a hoarder.  My hoarding is getting a bit out of control, so this is how I am working on dealing with it in small steps.  Of course it does not help that I have more stuff coming in all the time ;)  But I am working on it.

THE CHALLENGE

Are you a goo hoarder like myself?  Would you like to challenge yourself to create a "Use It or Lose It" stash?  How would you like to be entered into a contest to recieve a mystery prize worth at least $20 just for sharing a photo?  All you you have to do is take a photo in regards to your own "Use It or Lose It."  It could be products you have finished, the original products that will be going into your stash, a photo of yourself using the products, etc.  Post it to Instagram with the hashtags #mybeautyboxes and #useitorloseit.  I will randomly select a winner on June 15th.  Trust me, you won't be disappointed! ;)




Birchbox- May 2013- Estimated Value $15.06


I am really excited to share with you my first May Birchbox (I have two subscriptions).  There were a few deluxe samples and products that I really enjoy.  Here it is in all its glory :)



Folle de Joie eau de parfume .06 oz
Value $1.73
Verdict: I am NOT a fan of this perfume.  To me it smells a bit old ladyish and is too strong.  I let my boyfriend have a vote as well.  His take?  "Wash it off!"  Lol.  


Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave in Conditioner (Guessing 1 oz)
Value Estimate $2.75
Verdict: I love this product!  It is a heat protectant (my number one goal), instant detangler, UV protector, Seals cuticles, smoothes hair, locks in color, adds shine, weightless, non-greasy, conditions, for all hair types, and can be used daily.  It reminds me of my coveted It's A Ten leave in because it does so many things. I decided to get brave and try this out yesterday before going to my cousin's wedding.  I tend to have greasy hair, so I usually attempt to use products for the first time when I have no plans on going anywhere important.  This product immediately made my hair detangle and left my hair soft and shiny.  In a hurry, I even forgot to add my miracle hair serum and my hair still looked incredibly healthy.  This is definitely a product I will be using bonus points to purchase a full size.  At $21.95 for 8 oz, this is an incredible value.

Coola Classic Sunscreen .23 oz
Value $4.33
Verdict: This sunscreen smells AH-MAZING!!!  It definitely has the cucumber scent as indicated on the package.  I love Coola products, so it is no surprise that I like this sunscreen as well.  A definitely must on a daily basis.  

Sumita Beauty Color Contrast Eyeliner .024 oz
Value $5.25 (Based on 4  mini pencil price of $21)
Verdict: I am usually a liquid liner kind of girl, but I really like how easily this liner glides on.  If you like to smudge your liner, this is perfect for you. I let it sit for about 20 seconds and was still able to smudge.  I tend to like my lines small and harsh, so I will be saving this product for special occasions when I am looking for something different.  



Yes to Grapefruit Sample Pack - size unknown
Value estimate $1
Verdict: I have not tried this product yet, but it is being added to my "Use It or Lose It" stash on my bathroom sink.  You can read more about my "Use It or Lost It" stash HERE.  


With an estimated value of $15.06, this wasn't a grand box value wise.  At only $10 per box, shipping included, it is still a great deal.  I was able to score 50 bonus points for reviewing the products, which equals $5 towards full size products of my choice.  With the referral system, any box is a great value!  I am so glad that I was introduced to the Beauty Protector as well.  Of course I have no patience and have peeked to see what I am getting in my second box and guess what... I will be receiving yet another of the Beauty Protector.  Yay for new favorites! ;)



Archipelago Review

The lovely staff of Archipelago was kind enough to send me a few samples to test and review for my blog.  They even let me choose which scents I preferred.  Let me just say, these products are amazing!  Here is what I received:


Products from left to right:

AB Home Soy Candle in Jasmine, Sugar Creme for Hands in Brown Sugar and Vanilla, Oat Creme Milk, Sugar Creme for Hands in Sugar Cane and Coconut, and Gardenia Tuberose Soy Candle.

The candle testers did not include a wick and were only for scent testing purposes.  Of course, I loved the smells so much, that I found a very practical use for these well packaged wax testers.  I threw them into my lingerie drawers.  Now all my goodies will be smelling fresh and I will be able to make good use of the prodcuts.  I especially love the tin that the Gardenia Tuberose came in.  These wonderful smelling scents have me rushing to place a candle order for myself and a few lucky friends!

The hand cremes were also to die for!  I am very picky when it comes to lotions because I hate anything that is heavy or greasy.  Most of the time I just skip lotions all together.  These creme lotions left my hands feeling soft and luxurious.  The scents were delicious and not at all overpowering.  I highly recommend trying out a hand creme from Archipelago if you like silky smooth skin.

Thank you, Archipelago for some wonderful samples.  I am so excited to share them with my readers!

You can visit the Archipelago webpage and place an order HERE.  Be sure to check out their Sale section for some great deals as well!

Enjoy!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Excuses Excuses

So I know I have been a bit of a hermit this year (and by year, I mean school year.  My "year" is from August until May and then June-July is just considered my zen), but I have had more than my fair share of responsibilities at work/personally this year.  This year I decided to take on the following:


  • SADD club sponsor
  • KYA sponsor
  • 8th grade Atlanta Trip Coordinator (I took 89 kids and 9 adults)
  • Language Arts Department Head
  • Volleyball Coach
  • Membership Chair of Etown Junior Women's Club
  • Two Student Teachers
  • Blah, Blah, Blah, you get the point ;)
So, although I hate excuses, here are my "reasons" for the lack of blogging.  I promise, I am going to try really hard at being a better blogger.  Only 4 more weeks of school and then I can officially breathe!  Then it is on to babies and weddings (not my own), but more on that later! ;)  

Do You Like to Save $$$

I NEVER make a purchase without first consulting my favorite online coupon site, www.retailmenot.com.  This site has literally saved me hundreds of dollars.  All you have to do is visit the site and type in the name of the store or website that you intend to make a purchase from.  You will receive a list of different coupons available.  Just be sure to check the expiration dates and if you don't see a code, check back in a few days as there are always new codes being posted every day.  So next time you make a purchase, remember this site among the others and never have to pay full price ;)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Target Beauty Box

Hello gorgeous ladies!  Those of you who are interested in trying a super cheap (as in $5 shipped) beauty sample box, I have the perfect link for you!  Target is offering a sample box.  I don't have many details, but I did sign up for this one myself.  I think it is a one time box that could be offered more in the future versus a monthly subscription.  Check it out HERE!