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Influenster Moda VoxBox

Just after Halloween, I received the Influenster #ModaVoxBox of health and beauty products complimentary so I could review the products on my blog! Check out what I thought of this pack below:


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Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara

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  • Moisture Renew Lipstick: I received the Nude Delight share and it goes really well with my skin tone, so I love it! The lipstick does dry, so the color lasts, however I still need to use chapstick to coat my lips for some moisture. The lipstick has a light fragrance and also comes in a variety of colors.
  • There is also a clear lip liner that is recommended to use with the Moisture Renew lipsticks, which did help prevent feathering that sometimes happens with lipstick application.
  • I also received the Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara, which has an S shaped wand to help move along the contours of your eyelashes with one sweep.  I like that it didn’t clump and that it gave me darker and fuller lashes! Love all the products!
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Puffs SoftPack

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The Puffs Softpack has a plastic cover, so its easy to grab the last tissue when you run out! It is a must for allergies and colds since the tissues are gentle yet durable. Must for winter!
Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer

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Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and lightly fragranced.  It is a must to carry in your handbag if you get a travel version!
resource Natural Spring Water

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Resource Spring Water is 100% natural spring water that contains naturally occurring electrolytes, which makes for a refreshing taste! Did you know the water comes in a bottle make from 50% recycled plastic? I usually bring my own reusable bottle, but I would use this brand for emergency source of water!
 Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

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I use this product on my hair after working out at the gym 2-3 times a week.  During the fall/winter seasons, my fine hair tends to dry out, so I really like that this Hair Food actually keeps my hair soft and silky even after the first use! #HairFood
 Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa

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The Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa has just five ingredients: sugar, cocoa, nonfat milk, salt and natural flavors.  This tastes great with hot water or hot milk and dissolves easily for a smooth, rich taste. Totally recommend with marshmallows, just wish it came in a can with multiple servings I could scoop out.
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Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream}

Today I’m highlighting my favorite product in the Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox (received complimentary for testing and review purposes), the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream}!

What is a BB cream?

Beauty Balm (BB) is an all in one moisturizer, foundation and sunblock cream that helps simplify your beauty regimen! The Olay Fresh Effects {BB cream} Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 is designed to offer six skincare benefits in one step:

Refreshes skin instantly
Brightens for a radiant glow
 Evens tone with a splash of sheer color
Hydrates for 24 hours
Smoothes for softer feeling skin
Protects against UV damage with SPF 15

Olay Fresh Effects Website.

Why I LOVE my new Olay Fresh Effects {BB cream}!

{BBcream} before and afterBlending: Being freckly and fair skinned, I wasn’t sure how well the ‘tint’ would blend into my skin since foundation can sometimes obsure my freckles in an unflattering way. However, this blends well and gives me a nice glow without affecting my lovely freckles! It does help tone down my naturally rosy cheeks too (yay!).

Moisturizing: I also LOVE that it actually moisturizes deep into my skin all day long!!!  Usually I purchase ‘deep moisturizers’ since they are the only ones that hydrate my skin. Other moisturizers and lotions just sit on top of my skin and I feel dry again within an hour.  It also has a nice light scent that doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin when I put it on or when I wash it off. When I wash off sunscreen with face wash, the chemicals interact and sting my face 😦

SPF: Well it is only 15 so it the box says to reapply every 2 hours if you will be in the sun, but I’d probably forego this if I were in the sun that long since I need SPF 30 or 45…plus it comes off if you sweat (even says on the box).

How Olay Fresh Effects {BB cream} could be even better!

  1. DARKER SHADE: Offer an additional darker tone since fair/light and light/medium probably don’t cover all skin shades. It could be called medium/dark or something fun like dark mocha! I’d be interested in clever names for all of them; e.g my fair/light could be named creamy vanilla!
  2. WATERPROOF. Nobody wants dripping tinted moisturizer staining clothes, hats etc…Even if you are just going on a casual walk outside or to any outdoor event that you want some makeup/foundation, you don’t  want to worry about it coming off if the weather is really warm.
  3. HIGHER SPF: If this were a combo waterproof and higher SPF, Fresh Effects {BB cream} would be the PERFECT product for days that you want to be active and still look cute (e.g. walking around, cruising around the beach…) That way you would be really protected from the sun and you wouldn’t have to worry about the tint running off your face in light sweat (you would still need to reapply after prolonged sun exposure though)! Suggestion for SPF: AT LEAST 30. Olay could even offer a a variety, all shades in regular SPF 15 and the same shades in SPF 30. That way people can choose the sun coverage they want.

Olay Fresh Effects {BB}creamOvearall: For the price (retail value $12.99) and versatility of this product (moisturizer, foundation and SPF) its great! It fits into my routine since I don’t have to choose whether to wear sunscreen or light moisturizer under my foundation! This offers a nice ‘all in one’ solution and fits my needs perfectly.

You can purchase this in two places, looking for a store that carries Olay Fresh Effects by checking their website or directly from Amazon.

Click to visit Olay Fresh Effects online. (it will tell you the retailers are P&G eStore, Soap.com, Wal-Mart, Target, CVS.com, and Amazon).

Click to visit Olay Fresh Effects on Amazon. ($10.45)

Would you ever try the Olay Fresh Effects {BB cream}?

Disclaimer: I recieved the Olay Fresh Effects complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox

As an Influenster member, once in a while I qualify for a program where I receive complimentary products for testing and review purposes! A couple weeks ago I received the Sunkissed VoxBox, so feel free to check out my first impressions/final verdict in the video or just read the full review below. 🙂

Products I LOVE from the VoxBox

Olay Fresh Effects {BB}cream Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream}: What is a {BB cream} you ask? In asian countries, the newest ‘rage’ in products is called Beauty Balm and is marketed as an ‘all in one’: moisturizer, foundation and sunblock.  Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream} has skin perfecting tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. It helps even skin tone and is marketed to blend into your skin type; however it is only offered in two shades, fair/light and light/medium.  I was a bit skeptical at first having freckles and all, but the fair/light does blend well and gives me a more even skin tone without muffing up my freckles! Plus it does moisturize well (I’m picky!) and gets into your skin, not just sit on top. Just dont wear it on a day you plan to exercise/sweat lightly. It comes off.  Full size is a 2.5fl oz tube (pictured) and the retail value is $12.99.

Verdict: Love it! Just wish it were waterproof and maybe SPF 30 being so active and fair skinned.

IMG_4786 Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics: These fun, ribbon style, elastic bands are great for ‘dressing up’ your hair for any occasion! I recieved a 5-pack for participating in a previous Influenster Goody Challenge, loved them and was excited to get more in this VoxBox! Plus, they are GREAT for wearing on your wrist! Normal hairbands cut into my wrists, but these look like cute bracelets when you wear them and do not leave painful impressions no matter how long you wear them.  Only thing, do not workout in them if you have slippery hair that  rejects most hair bands (me).  In the picture (left), the bottom silver one came off on a back to back bike ride and run. I was sad since I had duplicates of these ribbons, but my silver one will now remain a loner… Retail value $3.99-4.99 for a 5 pack (pink, purple, black, dark gray, and silver).

Verdict: Love them,but I’d like MORE COLORS! Blue, green or animal print ones would be so fun!

IMG_4814 SinfulShine with Gel Tech Nailpolish: Ok so I’m not much of a nail polish person since it ruins my nails, BUT this polish (even though its almost completely off now) has not made my thin nails peel! Usually when I get a manicure or paint my own nails, once the polish starts to come off, my nails start to get brittle, dry and then peel. Plus the polish really brings out a natural shine even without a topcoat! The color I recieved was Nouveau Purple (very dark eggplant color), not something I would pick for myself being so fair skinned, but even with one heavy coat (or two light coats) I got a dark glossy color (left). Please excuse my poorly painted nails (dont look too close!), I haven’t painted my hand nails in quite some time… Also, there is a bluish hue to the color in the light. $2.99 Walgreens

Verdict: FINALLY A NAIL POLISH THAT DOESNT DESTROY MY NAILS! I’d have liked a pink color more, but the purple grew on me after a while.

Product that didn’t work for me

Dr Scholls for Her Dr Scholls For Her High Heel Insoles: These ‘clinically proven’ insoles are supposed to help prevent foot pain caused by wearing heels 2″ or higher.  They have a cushioned arch support (gel) to help shift pressure off the ball of the foot. HOWEVER, they only come in a ‘one size fits all’ W size 6-10.  Unfortunately being a size 9, they really didn’t do anything for me.  Standing on one insole (no shoe) and lining up my heel with the bottom heel edge, the top only barely reached the ball of my foot. The only gel concentrated area is in the arch, not a whole lot in the entire insole itself. Plus I have high arches and I couldn’t feel any arch support regardless of what shoes I tried to put these in (flats or heels).  They have a sticky underside so it will stick to the insides of your shoes but you can test it without removing the plastic sticker cover. So while it is a good idea, it just proves that one size really does not work on all feet.  It would be better to have more custom sizes and widths, since the edges of my feet were plastered around the insole making it a bit weird to wear.  Retail value $10.99.

Verdict: NOT FOR BIG FEET! This product might work for women who wear size 6.

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Bonus Brand Challenge Vlogs: Influenster Holiday VoxBox

A few weeks after the VoxBoxes have been shipped (and once nearly everyone has received them), Influenster offers people the chance to participate in ‘Brand challenges’ aka. the chance to win extra prizes!   Recently, I completed the challenges for three of my favorite products: the Goody QuikStyle, the Montagne Jeunesse face masks and KISS Nail Dress!

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For each brand challenge, I have to complete anywhere from 3-4 tasks, like ‘liking’ the brand page, following them on twitter, posting a photo on instagram and making a vlog or dedicating a full post to one product. I haven’t vlogged in a while, so I decided to work on my vlogging skills (still lacking! esp with lighting….) and have shared them below! For the full review on ALL the products I received, check out my previous post Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012.

Goody QuikStyle Vlog

Montagne Jeunesse Vlog

P.S. browse through some of the other Influenster vlogs to hear everyone’s unique ‘interpretation’ for how to pronounce Mont-an-ye June-ess! Fortunately I took french for 4 years….

KISS Nail Dress

Have you or would you ever try any of these products? 

Disclaimer: All products received in the voxbox were complimentary for testing purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own. Influenster is an exclusive online community where people come to share news and reviews on products.

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012 Review

Happy New Year everyone! I recently qualified to receive the Holiday VoxBox from Influenster, which means I received a few complimentary products to test and review! If you want more information about Influenster, check out their About page and its VoxBox tab! And if you are interested in joining Influenster, it is by email only, and I have ONE invites left for anyone who wants one! Scroll to bottom for my email address.

Holiday VoxBox 2012

As part of my participation in this VoxBox, I earn more ‘points’ by doing a vlog of the box’s contents as soon as I receive it. Below is a video of me opening the box and discovering what is inside! Then be sure to scroll to read about each individual product review!

Product Reviews

Goody Quick Style: One of my FAVORITE products in this box! I desperately needed a new one and was excited to try this half-round brush with absorbant microfibers to help lessen dry time while styling/blowdrying.  First day I used it, I took it to the gym since I like to workout, take a shower and dry my hair a bit so it isn’t soping wet and freezing my head off when I go outside. Instead of hitting the gym hand/hair blow dryer about 8 times to get my hair 90% of the way dry (takes forever), I only hit the button about 4 times when using the brush! I like that the bristles don’t hurt my head. Its super cute and I love the plush microfibers!

Verdict: A MUST try if you style your hair! Comes in a paddle brush style too (~$11.99 brush). 

LipshineIMG_3279NYC Liquid LipshineNude Another perfect product for any occasion!   It comes with a nice soft applicator and smells yummy! The Nude shade has a subtle vanilla scent and all shades have moisturizing vitamin E. It claims to not be sticky (which it is if you don’t put chapstick on first, I don’t care either way personally), but it does last up to a few hours, just be sure to reapply if you drink or eat anything.

Verdict: If you are looking for an affordable gloss, try this! Only $2.49 per tube and comes in 10 shades (nudes, berries & fushias)!

IMG_3303Quaker Oats Real Medleys. Need a snack on the go? Try these out! They have REAL chunks of fruit and/or nuts and only require water!  I’d definitely go with the microwave directions since the hot water version doesn’t get as fluffy. BUT my Summer Berry flavor tasted great! (I love berries!) Going to get more at the store to put in my desk when I’m up at lab and forget to bring food…So convenient!

Verdict: YES! If you need a quick and healthy snack, get these! Only $1.79 per cup!

KISS nailsKISS Nail Dress.  The package claimed that it was simple: just peel, apply, and shape for an instant manicure that lasts up to 10 days. It seemed daunting at first, but their website had a nice little tutorial, so I gave it a shot. Had a bit of a learning curve to get the nails done (don’t look closely), but I managed to get them on in 5ish minutes. I don’t really go for dark colors being so fair skinned, but the brand offers LOTS of styles/patterns. This is a nice alternative to full manicures because this is cheaper and doesn’t dry my nails out (I get peeling nails after polish comes off since I have thin fine nails). But, being the active person I am, they don’t last the full 10 days (about 5). However, that still lasts longer than nail polish which chips within first 3 days!

Clay MaskVerdict: If you have thin fine nails like me, you could try these out! They come in a variety of colors and patterns and each package ($6.99) comes with 28 jeweled stickers.

Montagne Jeunesse Clean Up Mudwith Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary, and Witch Hazel to target problem areas for a clean complexion (a ‘bonus’ product I qualified for). There is enough mud for 2-3 applications depending on how thick you lay the product on your face.  It was easy to apply, but I had to remove it before the 10-15 min time suggestion since the drying of the clay was pulling at my skin and made me a bit uncomfortable. BUT it did leave my skin feeling smooth after! I do tend to have dry skin so I made sure to slather on alot of deep moisturizing cream after. Skin still felt soft the following day! (check out my silly photos to the right!) P.S. NOT tested on animals!

Verdict:  If you like clay masks, give it a try! Especially at less than $2 for a package.

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Products that didn’t work for me:

Sole Soceity Coupon.  Seemed like a nice idea, but I have feet that are literally a half size different. That means I REALLY need to try on shoes for fit and comfort, which is hard to do online. BUT if you have the same size feet and have shopped online before you might give it a try! Use the coupon code below until January 31. I have no idea what the company is like, or whether the product looks the same as featured online or fits true to size though. If you shop online check out their Buy One Get One deal going on!

Verdict: Get $25 off your first pair of shoes (starting at $50 per pair) use: INFLUENSTER25

EBOOST: Pink Lemonade Effervescent.  Definitely a little skeptical about testing this out, since I tried the Orange flavored vitamin packet in my previous voxbox and was met with disappointment.  I did drink most of it to see if it would be ‘different’ than the other flavor, but unfortunately for me, it wasn’t much better. It did taste slightly better than the orange, but the werid aftertaste left in my mouth after 3 seconds was something I still couldn’t handle.  Sorry, not a fan!

Verdict: Nice idea, but skip it!

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Disclaimer: I was sent these complimentary products for testing and reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.