Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Popsugar Must Have Box Review & Unboxing


Please watch my unboxing video and then come back and read this post :)













The Popsugar Must Have Box is a subscription box which costs $39.99 per month, BUT all the products you get are full size and the boxes are always worth more than $100! If you love getting surprises than this box is for you!.






The items in the box:

1.) Blueacovado (Eco) Shopper:This is my favorite item in the box. It is such a cute bag and folds and zippers right into a small green case that is actually the bottom of the bag. So excited to have this. This is what I call a Must Have Item! Apparently Lauren Conrad helped design this and I always love all of her designs! Value: $25

2.) Too Faced Natural Eyes: I love getting palettes and I love the neutral shades featured in this one! I am actually getting rid of all of my single eye shadows since I have quite a few palettes now. There is no need for me to have so much eye makeup so I am donating the unopened single shadows and tossing the opened single shadows. It may seem like a waste to you but I have a problem with clutter so I would rather just have the palettes. I will of course hang out to a few favorite singles though. Value: $36

3.) Graphic Image Pocket Notes: I am actually going to try and either sell this or give it as a gift. I personally have no use for a small notebook in my purse (I just use my phone) so not excited for this item. I also do not believe it is worth it's price tag. $20

4.) Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap: My second favorite item in the box. I have wanting to get a hand soap in one of these boxes for a while. It smells so nice too! It did leak out a bit but it was packaged well (in bubble wrap and in a box) so it did not leak on any of the other items, thankfully. $10.50

5.) Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set: I was sort of excited for this item. I wanted new kitchen towels but I did not like the material these were made from and also you can not hang them over your oven handles and have the words displayed so I will either sell or give this away, sadly. $18

6.) Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix: So there were a couple food items in the last box that I was hating on and then loved them after trying them so I did not want to judge this item too soon. Not loving it though. I will try and eat all of it but just not tasty enough for me. Most of the mix is bland. At least they were trying to make it healthy though. $5



Okay, so here are my thoughts. There was one less item in the box than lasts months and that is because there is no extra this month. Slightly disappointed in that. It was more exciting than last months box for sure but still was not my favorite box to date. Also the value of this box is on the low end compared to most months. What I do like that Popsugar has been changing is how they send the survey out at the end of each month where you can rate the items (at least they are trying!) and also that they include prices on the card for each item (sometimes the small things can make a difference). I am very excited for the Eco Shopping Bag, the Too Faced Palette, and the Hand Soap. Those three items combined definitely make this months box worth my money. 


Total value of the box: $114.50

To sign up go here: http://popsu.gr/THB

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 2014 Birchbox Review & Unboxing!

View my Unboxing Video and then come back and read my post :)








Overall thoughts: I give this box a rating of 5/5. Another great box this month. There are a couple foil packets but the other items are deluxe sample sizes and are products I will actually use so the foil packets are not hurting the box at all. Birchbox is on a roll, lets hope it continues!









Inside the box is:

1.) Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel | Great sample size and a product I have never tried before. I love how it keeps my brows from getting unruly. I do not use any other brow products but this product is very useful!  Full size, $22

2.)  BeeKind Body Lotion | I love the smell of this lotion, it smelled a lot more like lemons than honey for me though. I love that it is an organic skincare product as well. Full size, $15

3.) Davines Oil Shampoo + Oil Conditioner | These are the foil packets. It is hard to tell at the moment if I will LOVE the product, but I have been getting some use out of them and so far my hair has been very hydrated. Full Size, $26-$32

4.)  Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser | I am not too crazy about the scent but I love how soft my face feels after using this product. This sample is going to last me the better part of a month as well. It does not look that big but I have already used the product for almost a week and I have not even made a dent in the product inside.  Full Size, $16

5.) KIND Healthy Grain Bar- Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt | Wow! I loved this! I am super surprised because I am usually not a huge fan of healthier brands. I loved the sugar and then salt taste. I will be buying these with my Birchbox Points once they are back in stock on the site. Full Size, $11.88 for 15 Bars.





Is this box worth $10: It's close but yes it is worth $10 since a couple of the brands are pretty expensive.
Is this box worth my $10: Even though the box is on the borderline of actually being worth $10, it is definitely worth my $10 since I will be getting use out of all of the products. 

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own and I was not asked, nor do I get compensation, to review the box or these items.

If you would like to sign up for the Beauty Box yourself, here is the link: https://www.birchbox.com?raf=l4w14

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent Review & Giveaway!







Review:

My review will be posted shortly after I have tried the product a few times!









Giveaway:

One lucky reader will receive 2 coupons for a FREE Bottle of Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent! See the Rafflecopter below. All entries are optional but the more you do the better chance you have of winning. 


RULES:
+ Must be 18 years or older
+ Must live in the United States
+ Giveaway Ends at 11:59PM ET on Thursday April 24th and the winner will be emailed at the email address they provided in the Rafflecopter form. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be picked. 




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For a SECOND Chance at Winning be sure to go to this link to enter: http://insiders.purex.com/TheRulesHaveChangedwithPurexNoSort?id=356.

There will be one Grand Prize Winner to win a years supply as well as $1,000 and also 100 Winners will win a Free Bottle!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get Walking with a Pedometer- Ozeri Digital Pocket Pedometer Review



It is the time of the year to open your sliding glass doors and start spring cleaning, but don't get stuck inside all day long, go outdoors and go for a walk! An easy way to maintain and lose weight or to just live healthier is going for a walk. If you get winded from running or doing lots of cardio than I suggest walking more often and only doing cardio a couple days a week. 

My new favorite toy is the Pedometer. I tried out the Ozeri Digital Pocket Pedometer and am loving how easy it is to track how many steps I take a day. I usually average around 5,000 steps a day while very active people average around 10,000. I would love to meet somewhere in between and am hoping with the warmer weather that I will try and make more free time to go on at least one walk a day.

The pros of this pedometer are that it is small and works in your hand, pocket, purse or bag and that it only tracks your steps and since it is step up to your stride (which you set yourself and it is quite simple) it is not confused by car rides. I also like how it resets every day so you know that it is an accurate count each day, and can also track calories burned! It keeps all your steps saved for 7 days so you can look back and see your progress over the past week.

There are a few cons that I have noticed also. First, the lanyard that came with it was extremely cheap and started to fray. Secondly, setting up the pedometer was quite tiring. I actually had to take the battery out and put it back in to work (though it is fine now), also when setting it up for the first time it does not show you AM and PM when setting the clock. Lastly, the directions display the order on the screen goes from pounds to inches when it reality it goes from pounds to centimeters and does not show you how to switch between inches and centimeters.

Other than the few challenges with setting the pedometer up there have been no issues and it has worked great! If you are looking for a pedometer I suggest checking this one out since it is fairly inexpensive. Right now you can purchase it on Amazon for $15.95. The Pedometer is available in Black and Yellow. Also be sure to check out Ozeri's website for their other amazing products!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste Review







I had the pleasure of trying Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste with Scope thanks to Influenster and Target. Influenster and Target sent out Target Spring Preview boxes to some Influenster members. Not every member got the same product so that is different from other Influenster Programs. What I loved most about the toothpaste was that it has whitening PLUS Scope. I usually do not like whitening toothpastes because they do not make my breath feel fresh so I love that they infused it with mouthwash. My mouth felt a lot cleaner after using this toothpaste than it does with other whitening toothpastes. My teeth are not usually sensitive, but I think that this is an added bonus to an already great product!

Check out the product on Target's website where it is being sold for $4.99. If you are planning to buy in store be sure to check online and your local newspaper for coupons as well as Target's Mobile app! Target allows you to use a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for each item.

Check out my Spring Must Have List for my Spring Beauty Must Haves! Also, let me know what is on your must have list!




I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own. For more information about Crest Products and to become involved with Influenster please checked out their sites: CrestInfluenster







Book Review: Exsanguinate Book 1- World of Blood by Killion Slade & GIVEAWAY!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Exsanguinate is a book about three sisters who run an online RPG community. The Role Playing Game focuses on supernatural beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, and Demons. The book starts off introducing the main characters, all of which are really relateable, but as you get a few chapters into the book you suddenly become hooked on the story line. Suddenly, the sisters realize that supernatural beings are not as fictional as they thought.

The first half the book I was intrigued and kept reading to find out what happens to the sisters, the second half the book was when I really could not put the book down because I HAD to know what was going to happen. Even though the ending does reveal a lot you are also left on a cliffhanger with many questions. I can definitely see someone turning this book into a script and making a movie out of it. I can not wait for Book 2 of the series as I must know what happens next with the sisters and what is going on with the character that is literally introduced in the last paragraph of the book. Book 2 titled Revenant will be released at the end of 2014. There will also be an audio book released later this year for Exsanguinate so if you are into Audiobooks I will be sure to let you know when it is released!

If you are into books with supernatural characters and LOTS of suspense then I definitely recommend reading this book. If you are interested in the Twilight series then I see you enjoying this book. You can get the book on Amazon for $2.99 for an E-Copy and $13.39 for a Paperback Copy.

Visit Killion Slade's Website for more information!

Also, ONE lucky reader will win a copy of the book Exsanguinate (E-book or Signed Paperback, winners choice) along with a $10 Amazon Gift card and a video of the author reading my favorite excerpt from the book! Be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter below!




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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Purex Limited Edition Crystals Review & Giveaway






Review:

Add the crystals to the drum of your washing machine before adding in your clothes. You can use all of your regular products along with these crystals. This product made my clothes smell fresher longer. I always use a scented laundry detergent but by the time that I hang up the clothes the scent is no longer with them. I found that my clothes smelled much better even when wearing them after using this product. I loved the fresh floral fragrance of this product. I will have to stock up on these before they sell out since they are a limited edition!








Giveaway:

One lucky reader will receive 3 coupons for a FREE Bottle of Purex Crystals! See the Rafflecopter below. All entries are optional but the more you do the better chance you have of winning. 

For an EXTRA chance at winning visit Purex's Facebook Page HERE! There will be an additional 100 winners through that link from Purex & one grand prize winner of $1,000.

RULES:
+ Must be 18 years or older
+ Must live in the United States
+ Giveaway Ends at 11:59PM ET on Thursday April 3rd and the winner will be emailed at the email address they provided in the Rafflecopter form. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be picked. 




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