Sunday, June 29, 2014

Surf's Up VoxBox

Pin It I received my latest Influenster VoxBox a little over a week ago and it contained products relating to the theme Surf's Up. Items included were: Sinful Colors Professional nail polish, Hawaiian Tropic After Sun moisturizer and soother, First Aid Shot Therapy: Pain Reliever, Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Shampoo and Conditioner, and a coupon for a free Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie Kit.

Now you all know that I love freebies just as much as the next girl. I love to try new products and share my thoughts. The Influenster program is a great way to do that. It entails applying to be a part of various themed programs (Surf's Up, Go, etc). Once qualified, Influenster sends me a box filled with about 5 products relating to the theme. It is then my "job" to sample and share (via social media and word of mouth) my thoughts on the products. I share them through a variety of challenges that each brand posts, such as taking pictures of the product on the shelf at the grocery store, etc. It's a great program and tons of fun! If you're interested in becoming an Influenster, let me know and I'll send you an invite. Now on to my review!

I was going for "gnarly"
First up, Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish. The color that I received is Aqua and reminds me of a mermaid (or at least what I imagine a mermaid to be in color, I have not actually ever seen a mermaid). Anyway.... The color wasn't something that I would choose, but I painted up my nails anyway and it turned out to be a pretty color. However, my review is not to focus on the color, but on how long this polish stayed put. I left it on all week and only had a few chips on the very tips of a couple of nails. This includes a week of dish washing (hand washing because my dishwasher is broken) and a weekend of camping. I cannot believe how long this polish lasts! Oh, and another thing - it's only $1.99 at Walgreens! Can't beat that. They have a ton of different colors to choose from and I plan to purchase my next polish from this brand - simply for its staying power.  

Next: First Aid Shot Therapy Pain Reliever. This was a product that I wasn't wild about sampling. I'm not big on pain killer, but as promised, I sampled it anyway. I had a headache after work a few days ago and decided to give it a try. First of all, it tasted TERRIBLE! I'm not going to lie, it was pretty hard to choke this stuff down. It did the trick and got rid of my headache, but I will probably not be purchasing this anytime soon.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Shampoo and Conditioner. My favorite hairstyle is the beachy wave look, especially if it can be achieved without much work. A shampoo and conditioner set that touts creating that look with only a single wash? That is my kind of product! This duo smelled amazing (think: coconut-y beach-type smell). I love the products, however I did not magically have beach waves with zero work. The first time I used them, I did not add any additional product and my hair simply looked like I didn't fix it at all (though it smelled great). The second time, I added additional product and got the beach look I was going for. I would probably buy these again, just for the smell! 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun lotion. I love love love this! MOstly because of the smell (papaya and coconut), but also because it truly is soothing. It has these ribbons of the two gels/creams (aloe and lotion) so that with each squeeze of product, you get a little of both. I am pretty careful in the sun and anal about sunscreen, so I don't typically burn. However, I do have sensitive skin and get razor burn from time to time in some delicate places. I used this hydrating and soothing lotion after shaving and it worked wonders! 

Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie Kit: We got Mango-a-go-go and Blue Fusion. Tonight we tried the Mango-a-go-go and it was delicious! It is a blend of mango, pineapple, passion fruit juice blend, and apple juice. You simply dump the package into the blender (we used the Magic Bullet) and then add 8oz of apple juice. Then you blend and enjoy only a minute and a half later! They are low in calories and have zero fat grams. I think you could add any additional fruits that you wanted (we added blueberries to one glass and it was delicious too). I accidentally forgot to use my coupon to get these free, so I will definitely be going back! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014


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If you have children, you have probably heard about the Diaper Genie. The Litter Genie is a very similar concept for cat litter and waste removal. You simply drop the waste into the top of the bin, close the lid, and then pull back the divider. When you open the lid, the waste is below the divider, thus minimizing the odor. It saves you from having to make a trip outside to the dumpster each day. In fact, on the website, it says that it can hold up to 14 days of waste! 

I have only had the Litter Genie for a week, so I have not attempted to use the included cutting tool to cut the bag for replacement. I did watch the how-to video on their website, so I think it will be easy enough. I have noticed less odor and the huge plus is that my kids love to clean out the litter box now! 

Ava personalized the Litter Genie with Phineas' name on it

Our happy cat

I received this Litter Genie complimentary from CrowdTap for sampling purposes.
All opinions are my own. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Favorite

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Murad Acne Clearing Solution - This is an amazing product and truly does work. I've used everything  and I mean EVERYTHING on my acne over the course of the last 20 years. Now that I have adult acne, the products all work differently. I received this product to sample from StyleHunters Network and I absolutely will be purchasing it once it runs out. It is gentle on my skin, using such ingredients as tea tree oil and willow bark, and it is very effective!

 Almonds - specifically smoked whole almonds or Blue Diamond blueberry almonds (they also have strawberry and raspberry that I haven't tried yet). These make The.Best.Snack.Ever. My
only complaint is that they are high in fat grams and since I have to keep track of those for that diabetes education class I'm taking, I've been limiting myself to only 6-8 a sitting. I haven't yet figured out how to make "good fats" not count against my overall fat gram total for the day (I am supposed to have 33 grams per day and just for reference for a serving of almonds (28 nuts) is 15 grams of fat.

Sparkly Soul headbands - I have tried many different variations of headbands in a variety of sizes. These bands truly do hold without squeezing my head and without sliding off the back. Plus, who doesn't love a little sparkle! I have about 6 or 7 of these bands and love every one of them. They have a great selection of colors and two different widths. I like the wider bands for exercise and the thin band for a regular hair accessory that works at my office. They are a little pricey, but they hold a ton of contests, so you just might win one or a 5 pack like I did!

Pinterest - I'm not sure I need to expound on this one. I. Love. Pinterest. I could look for an hour at DIY projects, crafts for me to do with my girls or with the girl I mentor, haircut ideas, fashion, products, home decorating ideas, oh, and recipes! I love to look at all the recipes on there. Follow me @pinkess1 to see what sorts of things I pin!

Safeway - I know what you're thinking - a grocery store made my top 5? Well have you ever been to Safeway? If so, you know what I'm talking about. Fresh produce, fresh baked bread and bakery items, $5 Friday, and Starbucks. Now they have the Just4U app that allows me to clip coupons on my iPhone before or during my trip to the store. What's not to love?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sparkly Soul Headbands 20% Off TODAY + Giveaway

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Have I mentioned how much I love Sparkly Soul headbands? Not only are they sparkly and in fun colors, but they are totally functional as well. They are full elastic and non-slip. Yes, I know you have heard that before, but truly, these stay put. I did an 8 miler yesterday and not once did I have to adjust my headband.

After a sweaty session, I just hand wash mine in the sink with some soap and let it hang dry for next time. I have several colors but am always lusting after more. Right now they are 20 percent off through the rest of today. Just log onto and enter code MEMORIALDAY at checkout. Happy shopping! Let me know in the comments below what colors you buy! If you want to a chance to win a Sparkly Soul headband, log onto their Facebook page and go to the giveaway tab for their latest Rafflecopter giveaway!