Reviews You Can Use: Lunchblox

With back to school sales in full swing and some children having already started the new school year, lunch box options are everywhere. And even though I’m long out of school, I still pack my lunch (and sometimes dinner depending on my schedule) everyday so I’ve tried many of them. My favorite has to be the Rubbermaid LunchBlox. I have two sets of the entree ones that come with multiple containers and a few months ago I also picked up the salad one, which is the one seen in this post. The lunchblox brand is great because not only does everything fit together, but they also snap into their own ice trays to keep everything cold.
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The salad lunchblox kit consists of a large square container with a three-compartment tray that fits into the top and a seperate container for condiments. I put lettuce in the bottom of the large container and then sit the tray on top of that. In the tray, I put cheese, chicken and bacon bits. Then I fill the seperate container with salad dressing and secure its lid before placing it in the tray on top of my cheese. Then I put the large container’s lid on and snap the whole thing into an ice tray which keeps everything cold. Plus, the seperate compartments allow me to take everything I need for my salad to work, but to not assemble it until I get there. That way everything stays intact and doesn’t get mushy or mixed together. It also fits inside my Thirty-One lunchbox with room to spare.
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If you’re looking for a good salad option, you may want to check into the Rubbermaid LunchBlox salad kit. They also have other options including a sandwich kit and an entree kit.

I was not paid for this review nor did I receive this product free for review. This post represents my own experience with the product.

Reviews You Can Use: Dessange Oleo Miracle Replenishing Three Step System

20150326_211720Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the new Dessange Oleo Miracle Replenishing Three Step System. It consists of a shampoo, a conditioner and a leave-in replenishing oil treatment, all designed to replenish dry, damaged hair. It’s easy to use, starting first with the shampoo and conditioner and then applying the treatment and the bottles are made to look very high-end, with a mix of golds and coppers, fairly unusual hair product colors which I’m sure will make them pop on the shelves. Also, the scent isn’t horrible–kind of a spicy, cologne style versus the usual clean florals of many shampoos.

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Fresh from the shower post-conditioner and yet frizzy and dry.

Now, with that said, the product just fell flat for me. I used it for a week, although if I had purchased it, I probably would have quit much sooner. The whole system is all about its “three precious oils–argan, camellia and pracaxi.” What it doesn’t highlight, of course, is that the second ingredient in the shampoo is a sulfate, plus its full of a variety of alcohol and other chemicals. The oils aren’t listed until much lower in the ingredient list, signifying that there’s probably not much of them actually in the bottle. Because of the ingredients, I wasn’t really surprised when it massively dried my hair out. The “replenishing” conditioner didn’t do much to help the situation. Then, adding the oil, which you’re encouraged to use 2-3 dime size drops, I used two, somehow creates this oily, grease slick, yet frizzy and dry hair. It’s fairly odd and I’m definitely not a fan. I have very long, thick hair and moisture is important to me. This just didn’t work. I’m not sure why something that is supposed to be replenishing would use ingredients that are obviously not replenishing. Then, to get the shiny hair it says it’ll give you, it’s like they just said let’s oil things up, because oil creates shine, right?  Yeah, I’m fairly certainly that’s not the kind of shine we’re looking for. The whole thing just made me want to rewash my hair.

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Post oil application which creates an oily, greasy, unclean feeling.

Something I also found odd was that the largest portion of the text on the bottle, minus the ingredients list, is all about the creator. There’s only a few lines actually describing the product itself. That’s nice that the owner was a word-renowned hairstylist in France back in the 1950s, but tell me how fabulous your product is. I can Google him.

Bottom line, I’m not a fan and this product wasn’t for me. There are some who may absolutely love it, but it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea.

I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated for my review.

Reviews You Can Use: The Vow VoxBox

IMG_20140612_215928I recently had the opportunity to test some products thanks to a VoxBox from Influenster. The box had a wedding theme and featured some wedding-ish products:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
  • Riley & Grey
  • Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream
  • EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge
  • Tide to Go

See? That’s why I said wedding-ish. You could kind of use these items for wedding day prep, but they also work into the “for everyday use” category, too. At any rate, here’s the skinny on the above:

  • 20140705_174809Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda: This wasn’t my first rodeo with Sally Hansen and I actually love their complete salon manicure line. It’s a base coat, color and top coat in one which is great for me because I’m not into over complicated beauty things. I can paint this on and go, no extra steps needed. With that said, I’m not in love with the Barracuda shade. I think it’s supposed to be a Tiffany Blue knock off, and I don’t really have a problem with the color in general, but it is not cute on nails. Sorry Sally, it just isn’t.
  • IMG_20140808_195102Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream: This stuff smells amazing and is super creamy. It leaves a nice clean smelling, moisturized effect on your skin which is fabulous. However, it’s almost a little greasy and I didn’t use it long enough to try out the tone perfecting piece of it. In general, I don’t really need too much tone perfecting, so I’d probably stick with a non-tone perfecting cream, but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt. Downside to this one is really the price. I’m not someone who regularly spends $30.99 on face cream. Heck, I’m not the type of person who spends $10 on face cream (I’ll probably kick myself for that when I’m the wrinkly one at the senior center Bingo).
  • Riley & Grey: This one is fairly fun even though I can’t make use of it. Riley & Grey is a company that is revolutionizing the wedding website. These sites are gorgeous, modern and fairly expensive. However, there’s a 50% off code: RGINFLUENSTER
  • 20140704_110743Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream: The raspberry scent smells amazing! That aside, it’s basically like all other shave creams, but minus the mess. This one actually comes out of the can as foam, unlike some other shave creams geared towards women that come out of the can as gel until you move them around and they turn foamy. Bottom line, if you’re a shave cream girl, this one is a winner.
  • EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge: In a nutshell, this thing seems to work okay. There’s really nothing too fancy about it. It’s a sponge which you can apply your facial cleanser to in order to clean your face. Easy enough, right?
  • IMG_20140626_141908Tide to Go: I like the concept of Tide to Go, but I wish it were easier. This thing requires some serious elbow grease. I tried it out on fresh stains, thanks to my husband’s Chipotle burrito bowl, and I had to really scrub for probably 10 minutes. Even then, it didn’t get the stains all the way out, but rather it just faded them. If a product is supposed to be used on the go, let’s make it easy, mmkay?

So there you have it. Which products have you tried? Which do you want to try now that you’ve read my fabulous review? My suggestion–paint your nails, shave your legs, clean your face, apply your moisturizing cream and de-stain your clothes before taking the ultimate glamour shot to feature on your Riley & Grey website.You know you want to.

 

I received these products free for testing purposes from Influenster. I was not compensated for this review.

Reviews You Can Use: Pure Silk Shaving Cream

20140704_110743Okay ladies, if you’re like me, you don’t waste your time with shaving cream. Why buy something extra when you can easily shave with a good body wash? I’m a shower shaver, if you’re not, I encourage you to look into it. The steam of the shower creates the perfect condition for a close shave. Plus, who has time to deal with the hassle of trying to shave in the sink?

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So, being someone who doesn’t purchase shaving cream (although I have been known to sneak my husband’s from time to time…) I was a little skeptical about trying the Pure Silk Shaving Cream I received from Influenster for testing. I’ll admit I left it in the box for a while before finally testing it out. How did I use it?

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Sorry Britney, I’m not convinced. No, I went old school and took it to the legs. Unlike some other women’s shaving creams that come out a gel until you move them around, this one comes out the can as foam ready to go. That’s fairly fun because who can resist creating shaving cream animals? No, you can? Really? Okay…moving on…

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The shaving cream worked really well, allowing me to get a nice clean shave while also moisturizing my skin. It wasn’t super messy either and had a great raspberry scent. Bottom line, I could live with it, but let’s be honest–I’m cheap and probably won’t justify the cost just for the raspberry scent, but you might. Try it out and see what you think. You may love it.

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I received this item free from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated for this review.

Reviews You Can Use: Mary Kay VoxBox

20140427_184817Thanks to the wonderfully fabulous Influenster, I recently had the opportunity to test out some Mary Kay sun-kissed products. Being one that favors a more natural makeup look, I’ve never been a fan of Mary Kay. My impression has always been that Mary Kay favors a more made-up look–definitely not my thing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I kept an open mind as I awaited the arrival of my test kit. Boy was I ever surprised.

20140512_201358Included in the kit were several products, all geared towards brightening up my spring look and getting ready for summer. Here’s what was in my box:

  • Lash Love Mascara in I ❤ Black
  • Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist
  • Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
  • Translucent Loose Powder
  • Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black with an Expandable Brush Applicator
  • Bronzing Powder
  • NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango
  • A Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush
  • A Blush/Bronzer Brush

The box was amazing! I was so surprised to get full-sized samples of so many products and couldn’t wait to try them out. Since then, I’ve definitely found my favorites.

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A softer, more subtle look

My loves:

  • The mascara is amazing. It stays put and doesn’t flake like some mascaras, plus the applicator is really easy to use and there are no smudges.
  • The cream eye color is the best I’ve ever used. In the past, I’ve had issues with creasing where the eye color would wear away halfway through the day, particularly around the crease between the eyelid and the area under the eyebrow. I was surprised to see that I don’t have this problem with the Mary Kay cream eye shadow. Plus, I love the Apricot Twist color. It can be used for a softer look or a more ba-bam look, which is great.
  • Love, love, love both the blush and the bronzer. Both are so easy to use and look great. Plus, the blush has a nice, golden sparkle to it which is great for summer.
  • Both brushes are fabulous, especially the cream eye color/concealer brush. It’s the best I’ve used for applying cream eye colors. The blush/bronzer brush is also great, but I have noticed it looses little hairs when used.
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A more ba-bam look

My ‘ehs:

  • I like the lip gloss, but the orangey Mango Tango shade is too much for me. I just don’t think I can pull it off with my skin tone. The gloss itself is great though and isn’t too sticky, which I love.
  • The gel eyeliner isn’t my fave, but probably because I’m not a gel eyeliner user. It’s a little intimidating and I haven’t gotten up the nerve to rock it yet. That said, someone who loves gel liner might love it. This is a “try it for yourself” kind of thing.
  • I haven’t had much use for the translucent powder. I think it’ll become more useful as the temperature heats up since it can be used to prevent unwanted shine, which is not an issue for me yet.
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Trying to show off my lip gloss

After testing these products, my opinion of Mary Kay has definitely changed. While I do still think some of their looks are a little too much, I’ve realized that I can use their products to achieve the look I’m after. Plus, sun-kissed is a look I love and these products are great for creating it. I’ll definitely be trying more Mary Kay items in the future.

To find out more about Mary Kay, visit their website at http://www.marykay.com and search for a beauty consultant.

A great, Virginia-based consultant is Andrea Jeremiah. You can visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AndreaJeremiah.live2day01.

I was not compensated for this review. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. This review represents my own experience with them.

Jamming with Jamberry…

20140309_223801Last month, a friend contacted me about hosting a Jamberry party. She had just signed up as a consultant for the company, which specializes in nail wraps, and was looking for some friends to host parties. Having never used Jamberry before, I asked for a sample and agreed to host a virtual online party.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a “no muss no fuss” kind of girl. Please don’t ask me to spend hours, or really even minutes, doing anything that can even loosely be called primping. I need quick, fast and easy. Luckily, Jamberry met those guidelines.

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Directly after application

Using nail scissors (which of course I don’t have so it was Fiskars all the way), you cut the wrap to match your nail and then apply it using heat. I used a hairdryer, which basically roasted my fingers, but it’s recommended that you use a nail dryer or even a sock filled with rice heated in the microwave. The latter is probably the method I’ll use in the future, because even though I got it on fairly easily, it wasn’t perfect and my OCD self could barely handle that.

Anyway, with my sassy pink nail wrap fully applied, I watched and waited. My consultant, Haley, put me to the test, asking for updates to see how long the wrap lasted. Surprisingly, it lasted nine days and probably would have lasted longer, but the Sally Hansen polish on my other nails was mad chipped and I just couldn’t take it anymore! The nail wrap started to peel a little at about day seven, but I’m that’s likely due to my less than stellar application.

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Seven days after application

Needless to say, I’m a Jamberry believer! It’s really easy and lets me have a sassy party nail with little fuss involved. Plus, while one sheet is $15, you can get multiple applications out of it. And the designs are pretty fun. Plus, I really like how you can host online parties versus the hassle of having a traditional product party and you can order online even without hosting, or being part of, a party. I was also really pleased with the shipping time. I placed an order on Tuesday evening and it was at my house by Friday afternoon. That’s almost Amazon Prime fast.

For more information about Jamberry, visit Haley’s website by clicking here. Happy Jamming!

I was not compensated for this review. It represents my own personal experience with the Jamberry line.

 

Reviews You Can Use: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants

20140310_214858Thanks to Influenster, I recently had the opportunity to test Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask. I had actually been wanting to try out a mask, so this came at a great time. It was fairly simple to use. You clean your face and then spread the mask on, avoiding the eyes and mouth. This dries super fast, so you want to get it on quickly. Then you just leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off.

Applying the mask was super easy, although I have to say the color isn’t the best thing ever. It reminded me of a swamp/mud creature due to its greenish-brown tint. The smell wasn’t bad though, so I didn’t mind it. This thing hardened crazy fast though. I could barely move my face less than five minutes into it. 20140310_214625Plus, it kind of itched which drove me a little insane. Really, 10 minutes couldn’t end fast enough. With that said, after rinsing it off (also super easy), my face had a nice, tingly fresh feeling. The mask definitely did its job, enough so that I’ll use it again. Also, it kind of scared my husband when I walked out of the bathroom, which was fun.

I was not compensated for this review. I received this product free from Influenster for review purposes.

Reviews You Can Use: Tone Petal Soft Body Wash


Thanks to BzzAgent, I’ve been testing Tone Moisturizing Body Wash Petal Soft Pink
for the past few weeks. While I like the packaging (it’s super pink and modern with lots of designs), I’m not crazy about the scent. I tend to go for fruitier scents, so the floral is a little too much for me. It’s not something I would choose for myself given the option, but for those who like floral scents, this would be perfect. It makes a nice rich lather, which some body washes fail to do, and seems to leave skin feeling soft. All in all, it isn’t a bad product, and if the scent were fruitier, it’d be a shower staple.

Here’s the whole line of Tone Body Washes:

  • New! Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids

I think Mango Splash or Fruit Peel are probably more my style. Which one would you go for?

I was not compensated by Tone Body Wash for this review and received the product free for testing via BzzAgent.

What to do, what to do…

Ever since I finished my third 365 in December, I’ve been trying to decide what to do with my blog. Obviously, I decided not to go for 365 round four considering it’s March and this is the first time I’ve blogged all year. Instead, I think I’m going to try something different. I love crafting, trying new recipes, reviewing new products, bargain hunting and traveling. Those popular Pinterest things? Yep, I try them and no, I usually don’t have a #pinterestfail. New recipes? I’m game, although my husband likes to point out that I tend to try overly complicated things and then have a mini meltdown during them. As for reviewing new products, I belong to several tester groups in which I’ve tested everything from Claritin-D to Saute Express and yes, I love to share my opinions. Best part is, they usually send coupons to share and I love a good coupon, especially those little ones with the foil accents which means something is either big money off or free. Love it and I love to share the deals I find with all of my friends. Why pay more if you can pay less? (I feel like a certain shoe store is going to be using that one.) And paying less includes vacations. If they have a sale or you can get a deal, use it! Well, that my friends brings us full circle so check back to check out all of these new great things plus an occasional rant, because what’s a blog without a rant?