Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox Video!

I was really excited to get another VoxBox from Influenster so quickly!

The theme for this box was “Beauty Bloggers”.  Want to see what was inside??

Click the photo below to see the video!

If you would like an invite to join Influenster, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a link!

Thanks for watching!  Have a great day!

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The Beauty of Oranges

Oranges are one of my favorite fruits!  They are delicious, juicy and sweet!

They are a great source of Vitamin C which is a building block for collagen that helps keep skin firm and young-looking!  They are also high in Folic acid which is important for brain function and the production of healthy red blood cells.

Oranges are another great source of antioxidants as well!  Remember how important those are??  They also boost the immune system to help keep you healthy during these upcoming winter months!

Next time you’re craving something sweet, reach for an orange!  🙂

Nails: Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue

This was one of my first Sally Hansen Complete Manicure colors.  I picked it up a couple years ago and it’s still one of my favorites!

Navy blue makes a great nail color because it looks chic and professional but yet….it’s blue!  🙂

Complete Manicure

This polish goes on like a dream:  smooth and even, opaque in two coats and dries quickly without the need to use base coat or top coat.  After all, it’s a complete manicure in a bottle, right?  🙂

What is your favorite navy blue polish?

New Video! International Swap with Anouchka!

Today started out as a bummer kind of day.  Not for any specific reason, I was just in a bit of a funk.  Ever have one of those days?

But all of that quickly changed when I checked my mailbox and found a package that came all way from Belgium!!  My sweet friend Anouchka (from lifeofbun) and I have been in contact over the past couple months about doing a swap of products.  We were both excited to try affordable products from brands that are not easy to find in our native countries.  I had lots of fun shopping for her products!  You can see her swap post here.

I felt like a kid at Christmas!  My package contained a selection of Catrice eyeshadows, lipsticks and a nail polish.  She included a nail polish and eyeliner from essence as well!  Her selection of colors was perfect, exactly the kind of colors I would have chosen!

I was so excited that I made a video!  🙂  Click the pic to check it out to see all the wonderful goodies!

Nothing like a sweet friend to brighten up a gloomy day!!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you, Anouchka!!  I love everything you picked out!!  Mwah! 🙂

Influenster Naturals Vox Box

So there’s this website.  It’s called Influenster.

And when you sign up, you can build your profile and take surveys that interest you.  You can also read & write reviews on products, answer questions, and post photos & videos.

And sometimes, they will send you an email saying that they have decided to send you a box of goodies called a Vox Box.

Who doesn’t like goodies??

This was my first Vox Box and I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

As the name “Naturals Vox Box” implies, all the products in this box were considered natural or eco-friendly.

There was quite a variety of products in the box.  So let’s go through each item:

Lypsyl Intense Protection Lyp Moisturizer – This lip balm comes in an oblong tube (not round like traditional lip balms) and has a cute little bee on the side that you use to push up more product.  So cute!  It features shea butter and beeswax and claims to provide long-lasting deep moisture for your lips.  I keep this by my bed and apply it each night before going to sleep.  I love how my lips are staying so soft and are not feeling chapped at all despite the change in seasons!  Even my husband likes it!  It goes on smooth with no tugging at the lips and has a slight minty flavor.  Love it!

EBOOST Energy SupplementNatural Orange Flavor – This has a great taste that is not too sweet or too vitamin-y.  Know what I mean?  That distinct taste that lets you know that your taking vitamins?  Ya, that one.  It’s not there with this product.  To me, it tastes kinda like a less-sweet version of an orange Life Saver candy.  I reserved this for a day that was particularly busy to see if it would help me keep up.  And you know what?  It did!  I really liked that I never felt jittery and I didn’t experience a post-rush slump that can sometimes happen.  I’m not really one to take energy supplements on a regular basis, but this would be great to keep on hand for the days when you just need an extra….boost.  🙂  Clever name!

GeoDeo Natural Deodorant PlusIsland Scent – This has a great scent!  Very tropical and fresh without being overpowering.  It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any residue on your clothes.  The bummer is that it wasn’t as effective as I would like.  It claims to provide 24 hour protection, but I had to reapply throughout the day.  And let’s be honest, who wants to do that?  It doesn’t contain aluminum which is something I avoid so that is good.

The Original Dish Drying Mat – This is one thing I would have never thought to purchase on my own.  I’ve seen them at the store, but just thought it was another “gimmick” thing that would turn out to be a waste of money.  But now that I have it, I don’t know how I ever lived without it!  It helps dishes to dry quicker by absorbing more water without leaving the counter wet and soggy.  And it stays in place without slipping all over the counter like a dish towel does.  Anything that helps make daily, mundane tasks quicker and easier is a winner in my book!

nectresse Natural SweetenerWhen I saw that this is the new calorie-free sweetener from the makers of Splenda, I was immediately cautious.  Splenda (as well as aspartame) gives me headaches.  And I mean BAD headaches.  Like sick to your stomach, not getting out of bed headaches.  NO GOOD!  But when I read the ingredients on this and saw that it really was natural, I decided to take the risk and try it.  And you know what??  No headache!!  I was pretty surprised (and relieved!).  I don’t use a lot of sugar or other sweeteners, and usually when I do I use raw sugar or stevia.  I don’t really think that I’ll be purchasing this myself, but I was glad to find that there is another natural sweetener out there that will work for me.

Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipe – These wipes work great!  They are just moist enough, not dripping with solution.  They smell great and don’t leave a sticky residue behind.  These would be handy to keep around in your purse, or makeup kit, or even a diaper bag for all-natural sanitizing on the go!

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap – I have saved my favorite for last!  You guys might remember the first Shea Moisture product I tried from my review of the Shea Moisture Curl Souffle.   This little bar of goodness is another winner for me.  One of my children deals with eczema and let me tell you, it’s not fun!  We have gone through so many bath products trying to find something that will help soothe it, or at least not make it any worse!  This is it!  I am so grateful that this was a part of my box because I would have never thought to try this on my own.  This did not totally clear up the areas of eczema on my child, but I wouldn’t have expected it to.  But what it has done, is keep it very soothed and prevent it from getting worse.  And when battling the eczema beast, that means a lot.  Especially when it means more comfort, less itching, less irritation and less pain for my child!  Thank you, Shea Moisture for another fantastic product!

If you are interested in Influenster and possibly receiving your own Vox Box, head on over to www.influenster.com and sign up.  It’s free to join and get started on your profile.  If you are selected for a box, you do have to agree to go back to the Influenster site to complete surveys on the products you received.  It doesn’t take long to do and provides companies feedback from consumers.  If you would like an email including a link to sign up, just send me a message at everydayMWA@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to send you an invite and share the love!  🙂

Disclaimer:  Although I received this box of products for free, these are my own thoughts and opinions.  I did not receive any further compensation for this post.

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Review: Sally Girl Eyeshadow Singles

Blue Marine & Olive

A review!!  It’s been a while!

During my trip we made a stop at the local Sally’s Beauty Supply store.  My momma was so sweet to pick these up for me!  (One is never too old to be spoiled by one’s mama!) 🙂

  Thanks, Mom! 

Blue Marine is a lovely blue with a faint hint of gold sheen.  The sheen is hard to pick up once the shadow has been applied to the eye, so I would consider this more of a matte.

Olive is a beautiful olive green that also has a golden sheen.  The sheen on this one is a little more noticeable, even after application.

Pros:

  • cruelty free!
  • fun colors
  • blends well
  • CHEAP!!  (a whole big $.99 each!)
  • ability to connect together to build your own palette!

Cons:

  • a little powdery, easy to over-blend
  • needs to be worn with a primer to show colors well

Conclusion:

These little babies are really cute and fun to try for the price.  The pigmentation could be better, but with primer they look great.  They blend easily, sometimes a little too easily.  I found it was easy to over-blend these into oblivion and then have to apply more…..

Applied alone (L) and with primer (R)

The fact that these can be connected together to form a custom palette is PURE GENIUS!!!  I wish more companies would create packaging with that ability!

Sliding together

Eyeshadows connect to make a custom palette!

These are the first Sally Girl products I have tried.  I wish the pigmentation was better, but they are still fun to play around with for the price.

Have you tried any products from Sally Girl?  What are your favorites?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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