• 20th October
    2012
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  • 7th October
    2012
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Influenster Naturals Voxbox 2012



Influenster Naturals Voxbox

Got an awesome box full of goodies! Check out what’s inside:

Did you qualify for the Naturals Voxbox? What products are you excited to try? Leave a comment!

  • 7th October
    2012
  • 07

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer Review



LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know how much I love natural and organic products. I recently qualified for the latest “Naturals” Influenster Voxbox and one of the products I received was LypSyl Natural lip balm.

If you’ve ever tried Burt’s Bees before, it’s similar except LypSyl has a more of a buttery texture. It goes on very smoothly, and has a very refreshing tingle that lasts for a few minutes. It feels incredibly moisturizing and it lasts a pretty long time (a few hours) unless you eat or drink something, and then it might need to be reapplied.

I actually prefer LypSyl to Burt’s Bees because it applies more easily and doesn’t feel waxy and sticky. With the cold weather rapidly approaching, everyone needs a good moisturizing lip balm to minimize chapped/cracked lips. I will be sticking with LypSyl for a while, and I highly reccommend you give it a try!

Have you ever tried LypSyl before? If not, what is your go-to lip treatment? Leave a comment!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary through Influenster’s Voxbox program. All opinions expressed above are my own.

  • 13th April
    2012
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Venus & Olay Razor Review



I was one of the lucky ones to receive the jam-packed Love Voxbox, the latest version of the Influenster Voxbox. It arrived a while back and I’ve been happily testing my complimentary products! If you missed my previous post, click here to check out all that was inside.

The Venus & Olay by Gillette razor is essntially a combination of moisturizing shaving cream and a razor in one product. It just recently hit the shelves and I was thrilled to be one of the first to test it out!

It sports 5 precision blades that follow every curve for a smooth, knick-free shave. The moisture bars melt onto your skin like butter, allowing the razor to smoothly glide over your skin for a luxuriously close shave that won’t result in dryness or razor burn. The package also includes a suction cup wall mount attachment for convenient placement.

I love the concept of the combo shaving cream/razor. The moisture bars are incredibly creamy and hydrating, but they do dissolve rather quickly. Each razor combo lasted about 3-4 shaves which may be fine for some people, but I like to get a little bit more use out of my razors than that.

One of my favorite features is the suction cup wall attachment, however, it does need some work. It’s a brilliant idea in theory, but be warned that if the attachment happens to lose its suction (especially during a shower), your razor will become a slippery projectile, slicing everything in its path on the way down. I felt this was worth mentioning because 2 out of the 3 Venus & Olay razors that I carefully attached to the wall have dropped to their doom after only a few days. The first time I happened to be in the shower when the suction cup popped off, tossing my razor across the shower in my direction, causing me to strategically dance around the tub in order to avoid getting my toes cut off. Be careful!

At approximately $8-10 each, the Venus & Olay razor and refill cartridges ($15-20) are available for purchase at all major food, drug, convenience, and merchandise stores in the US. Razors and refill cartridges can also be purchased at many online retailers such as Amazon.

  • 16th March
    2012
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KISS Nail Dress Tutorial & Review



I received a pack of adorably designed Kiss nail dress stick-ons for review in my Love VoxBox through Influenster.

Kiss stick-on nail polish is awesome because it comes pre-designed and shaped to fit your nails. You can do a complete manicure in 5-10 minutes with no cleanup necessary. The best part is: there is no mess involved and absolutely no drying time! Plus, they have tons of cute designs so you can have a manicure for every occasion!

Prep: Clean your nails with alcohol or nail polish remover and file them to your desired length.



Step 1: Select the size that fits your nail and gently peel the strip off the plastic.
Step 2: Align the rounded end at the base of your cuticle and gently press down, smoothing out any wrinkles.
Step 3: Fold the strip over the edge of your nail and gently file off the excess.
Step 4: (Optional) I personally like to seal it with a clear top coat to add some extra shine and make it stick better.

If you have petite hands like me, some of the strips might be too big for your nail and may overlap on the side of your nail. Just use a cuticle trimmer or nail clippers to trim the edges for a nice straight line.

That’s it! A gorgeous manicure in no time at all.

I’m really happy with these and will definitely be using them regularly. It’s like giving yourself a salon quality manicure without having to throw down too much cash or time. Compared to other nail polish strips such as Incoco or Sally Hansen, they last just as long and fit just as well, if not better! I highly reccommend them!

The suggested retail price of Kiss Nail Dress is $6.99 and is available at all major drug chains and mass retailers like WalMart, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. Visit KissNailDress.com to learn more!

Also, here is a little fun fact: I was checking out the KissUSA.com website and noticed that their corporate headquarters is located just a few minutes away from me. How cool is that?! This amazing company is practically right in my backyard! Maybe one day I’ll take a little trip over there to say hi and see if they have any internship positions available! ;)

Disclaimer: I received these products free to review and I am in no way being compensated by Influenster or Kiss Nails.

  • 7th March
    2012
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Influenster Love Voxbox



My Influenster Love Voxbox came today! Super excited! I can’t wait to try everything!

Did anyone else get a Love VoxBox? What’s your favorite product so far?

  • 31st January
    2012
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The Best Kept Skin Care Secret



I was introduced to the Derma E brand through the Influenster VoxBox program back in August. I received a sample of the cleansing scrub to test and I also won a full size product of their award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub. In the package they also included 10 samples of other popular products including several moisturizers, cleansers, and treatments. Of all the samples my favorite was the Hyaluronic Acid Day Creme.

I naively used to think that moistuirzer was only necessary for people with dry skin. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had super oily skin: makeup or no makeup, I would constantly have to use blotting papers on my face throughout the day, even an hour or two after I showered and thoroughly cleansed my face. I always just assumed that since my skin was already super oily, why would I need to moisturize it? I’m sure pretty that’s a common misconception! The truth is that even if your skin is super oily like mine, your skin may be producing extra oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. No matter what I tried: oil-free cleansers, makeup, generic moisturizers, oil-cleansing method, my skin always had the same result - oily! Then I stumbled upon this wonderful miracle moisturizer.

I made the most of the small foil packet and managed to make it stretch about a week (using small amounts twice a day). After about 4 days of use I noticed a surprising transformation in my skin. For once in my life, my skin would maintain a matte appearance all day, with my makeup staying in place.

How did this moisturizer manage to achieve what no other moisturizer has been able to accomplish with my skin type? The answer lies in the ingredients: hyaluronic acid. After some research I learned that hyaluronic acid is an incredibly underrated and powerful natural ingredient that can hold a thousand times its weight in water. Since hyaluronic acid is so hydrating, skin doesn’t have to work as hard to produce and replenish natural oils. No wonder the oil production in my skin balanced out!

I can confidently say that I am definitely making this product a staple in my daily routine. Now I only wish more products contained hyaluronic acid!

  • 31st December
    2011
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Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub Review



I received a full size product of derma E’s Microdermabrasion Scrub for participating in the Influenster VoxBox derma E Brand Challenge. I’ve tried it a few nights ago before bed and I was very impressed.

Directions: Apply a small amount of product to dampened skin and gently massage in circular motions for 3 minutes and then rinse with warm water. (Tip: It’s gentle enough that it can be used with a Clarisonic!)

The glass jar contains a generous amount of product, which will hopefully last a fairly long time because you don’t need to use too much of it for it to work. The crystal blend system is made with all natural ingredients and is not tested on animals. It consists of very fine, sand-like micro-crystals that scrub away dead skin cells, leaving you with beautifully smooth skin. I’m a little too young to have wrinkles, but hopefully with continued use it will delay the aging process of my skin and prevent it from losing elasticity. Even after using it the first time, my skin feels and looks tighter and brighter. The pores on my nose and chin appeared to be smaller and less noticeable. Also, I have super sensitive skin and it didn’t seem to cause any irritation or dryness so that’s good news for those of you with easily irritated skin!

Also, if you want to try it out they have a promotion going on right now where you can get $5 off your first order with coupon code “FOC”.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

  • 19th December
    2011
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X Out Wash-In Treatment Review



X Out

I received a sample of X Out Wash-In Treatment through the Holiday VoxBox program from Influenster!

I’ve been using the X Out Wash-In Treatment every morning and night since I received my VoxBox. The coolest thing about X Out is how it can be used 3 different ways: face wash, mask, or spot treatment:

To use it as a face wash, rinse your face with water and pump the top 1-2 times to get the desired amount of product. Rubbing your hands together, you’ll notice that it has a sand-like texture that is great for exfoliation, but it’s not too harsh on your skin. Gently massage onto skin for 1-2 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I love the cooling sensation you get when rinsing it off; it’s like an icy blast, that is soothing and refreshing at the same time! Be sure to apply a good moisturizer afterward because it contains benzoyl peroxide which can irritate or dry out sensitive skin (which can be easily irritated especially during the winter). If you find that it irritates your skin, stop using it for a few days and then try again but only use it once a day or every other day until irritation subsides.

Not only is it an awesome face wash, X Out is the perfect solution for a pre-slumber face mask. Splash your face with water and apply it evenly over your face, carefully avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and when it’s time to wash it off you’re left with visibly fresh skin and squeaky clean pores. Don’t forget to apply a light moisturizer to prevent over-drying!

Using it as a spot treatment is surprisingly effective. Dab a small amount of X Out onto blemishes, and leave it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and voila, that’s it! In my experience, it reduced the swelling and redness of one particularly bad blemish overnight!

I also want to mention how inventive I think the design of the package is. The pump top makes it super easy to dispense the right amount of product, preventing you from making the bottle an icky sticky mess. The other cool feature of the X Out design is the placement of a QR code right on the bottle! If you scan the code with your smartphone, you’ll be automatically sent to www.dd.XOut.com, which is updated daily with a fun and entertaining “daily distraction.” I thought that was pretty neat!

Product Description:

The unique, one-step X Out™ Wash-In Treatment is formulated to help kill the bacteria that causes breakouts, help banish existing pimples and help leave the skin feeling smooth and looking healthy.  

X Out™ works to lift away the dirt and grime that can clog pores.  The Wash-In Treatment also leaves behind powerful medicine to help keep pores clean.  Learn more and purchase at XOut.com.  X Out is sold as a 30-day supply and comes with a bonus Shine Control product to help you fight oil all day for $19.95.  

  • 16th December
    2011
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Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Review



Strawberry Souffle face mask

I received a sample of the Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask (Strawberry Souffle) in my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster!

The first thing I noticed when opening the packet was the delicious scent of fresh strawberries. The Strawberry Souffle ‘flavor’ smells like a yummy strawberry yogurt dessert — Mmmm! It smells good enough to eat! It’s made with all natural ingredients derived from plants and it’s not tested on animals. The sample packet contains a generous amount of product for one use, however, you can get multiple uses out of the full-size packet. The texture of the mask is very creamy, almost like freshly whipped yogurt. It has tiny exfoliating micro-beads that gently massage your skin and remove dead, dry skin to reveal fresh, clean skin underneath. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and just relax while it hydrates your skin. One thing I really liked about this mask in particular is that it doesn’t make your face feel like you just applied a cement mask. Other masks get super tight when they dry, and it is nearly impossible to talk or make any expressions until you wash it off. With this mask, even after 20 minutes, I could still talk and laugh without the mask cracking. Washing it off reveals highly moisturized and fresh skin. It’s a very luxurious and inexpensive way to pamper yourself and your skin. It’s like taking a trip to the spa without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. I’ve seen Montagne Jeunesse masks in the store before and have always wanted to try it, so now I’m looking forward to picking up a couple different ones to see which one I like best.

Product Description:

Whether you enjoy looking after your skin, being pampered, or indulging in some me-time, be it alone or with friends, you will absolutely enjoy one of these ‘Life Little Pleasures’… With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody!

Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing. Available at Amazon.com, ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:

If you haven’t signed up for Influenster yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. Who wouldn’t want to try and review awesome products (like Montagne Jeunesse) for free?!