Friday, August 29, 2014

August 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. Box is worth well over $10, they are deluxe size samples and I will use all of them!






Inside the box is:

1.) amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo | I needed a new dry shampoo since I am running out of my full size one. This one smells amazing too!  Full size, $21

2.)  Larua Merceier tone perfecting eye gel creme | This is a big size for an eye gel creme since you only need a little bit! I will be excited to use this but I have a few others to use up first! Full size, $60

3.) NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion | I am always excited to get some lotion. This is a nice travel size one to put into my bag! Full Size, 24

4.)  Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner | I have some many eyeliners right now that I did not really need this but I am excited to get it anyway. I could have chose this as my sample but I chose the Stainiac instead because I wanted another one of those. Still excited to get this product as it is full size and is a nice creamy liner and not a pencil one! Full Size, $15

5.)  theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen | I got this in my first (or at least one of my first) Birchbox's ever a couple years ago. I have not gotten one or bought one since. I chose this as my sample since I loved it before and I did not really need or want any of the other samples (see above). Full Size, $17

I love how they do the pick your own samples now. They either offer you a box in which you know all the samples you will get or you can choose the classic mystery Birchbox in which you can choose one sample and have the rest be a surprise. I personally like the surprise but it is nice to at least choose ONE of the samples!







Is this box worth $10: Yes! The eyeliner itself was $15 and the cost of the eye creme was probably close to or even more than that considering a full size is $60!
Is this box worth my $10: Yes! I loved all of my samples and will get use out of all of them!

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

Review: PIMSLEUR SPANISH LEVEL 1


I have taken Spanish before in Middle School, High School, and in college and for some reason I was just not that good at it.

In college, my strong points were my reading and writing and my weak points were my listening and speaking! If we had an oral presentation or quiz I was screwed!

Luckily, I stumbled upon Pimsleur which I never knew existed! This is a great way to help you learn how to speak and listen! You can pop the discs right into your computer and you will hear a series of phrases and you will repeat them. They give you time to try and understand and speak the accents.

I highly recommend checking out this software if you want to learn how to SPEAK Spanish. You will still need to do homework on your own in order to learn how to read and write since you will not be learning much vocabulary (at least in Spanish Level 1). However, you will feel much more comfortable speaking Spanish and will actually be able to understand fluent speakers better since you will be able to get past most of the accents!

You can purchase Spanish Level 1 on Amazon for $118.99 (including shipping). You will get 16 cds (30 lessons). Pimsleur also offers other languages such as French, German, and Italian!



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, August 23, 2014

Get a #BikiniReadyLifestyle with Bikini Ready Energy Gummies!



Influenster sent me a sample package of the Bikini Ready Energy gummies to try out. There were only two gummies in the pack and you are supposed to take two gummies once a day for increased energy. Since there were only two my experience is based on one use alone.

As far as increased energy goes I do think it helped me get into a #BikiniReadyLifestyle because the energy the gummies gave me was increased but did not make me feel jittery. Therefore I was able to complete my workout and not feel completely pooped!







However, I know for me and for many others out there that taste can make or break a dietary habit. These gummies were sweet and tasted better than other dietary supplements I have tried. However, they did not exactly taste like candy and therefore I did not crave more even though I would use them again. The only negative opinion I have on them is that there was a little bit of an aftertaste left over. However, the aftertaste was not terrible but it was not good either.




The item is new but you can sign up on Amazon to get notified when it is available for purchase. If you have any other questions about the product leave a comment below and I will try to answer them for you!



I received this product free from Influenster but all opinions are my own.

August 2014 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.) Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye : My favorite item in this months box! This necklace is so cute and will go with almost every outfit! Some people got earrings instead of the necklace in their box but since I put in my profile that I do not have pierced ears I luckily got the necklace! Value: $50

2.) Paddywax Ocean Tide & Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle: The jar is so cute and the candle smells great! Right now I already have a couple candles that I need to finish up before starting a new one so I am just using this as decor right now on my bookcase! Value: $10

3.) Goodbyn Purple Meal & Dipper Set: I already have a Bentgo meal box that they gave us in a box last August that can also be used as a dipper set so I am not quite sure if I will need to use this one. It is cute though so if I do not end up using it anytime soon I will be gifting it to someone!  $8

4.) The Mason Jar Cookie Company Celebrate Cookie Mix: I have already made the cookie mix and I was super excited but I do not feel that this mix is worth the cost. The cookies came out soft but they just were not amazing taste wise. The best part of the cookie was the chocolate chips but there was only maybe 2 or 3 chocolate chips in each cookie so some bites you did not have a chip and they were just alright! $12

5.) Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel: This shower gel smells SO good! I am in love. Sadly mine leaked (luckily it was in its own little package so it only leaked in the bubble wrap and on itself) so they are sending me a new one. $22

6.) Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip: I have not tried this yet. Not sure if I will keep it or gift it, but I will probably keep it since it is organic and will go bad faster than other glosses. I hear from others that it tastes and smells great though! $22

7.) thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar -  This is the special extra this month. The bar was okay. I would eat one again if I got it for free but I would not purchase them. Even if the bars were 25 cents each I would not purchase them. The texture of the bar was great (like a brownie) but it still had that fake chocolate taste that most healthy bars do.


Overall I thought this was a great box. Even though some of the items were not my favorites and I did not care for the taste of the food products that much I will get use out of all of the products. I love the necklace, candle, and body wash. The lip gloss and meal and dipper set are great additions too! Sometimes we get items (ahem, tea towels) that I personally won't use and can't really re-gift to anyone I know so at least this box will not go to waste!


Total value of the box: $125

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack





As most of you know I have been doing the Insanity DVDs as a workout for over a year now. It not only is important to keep up with the workout and not take too many days off but it is also very important to track your progress so you know where you need to improve.

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack (Available on Amazon for $9.95 with free shipping for prime members) can help you do this. It is VERY easy for beginners to use. If you have not used any fitness measuring tools before this one comes with a chart to make sure you are measuring correctly. It also comes with a how-to sheet which is very important to those of us who do not typically Measure our Body Fat.

I really liked the design of the Tape Measure. It was easy to retract with a click of the button. I liked how easy it was to store since the tape was kept inside of the plastic piece and therefore did not unravel or get stuck in that awkward folding state.

The Body Fat Caliper was a very simple design. It is made out of plastic. I do not know how long it will last or if the plastic is easy to break. This is a piece you will need to store carefully, it could break if it is not stored the right way and is clashing against other items.

For the current sale price of $9.95 I highly recommend it if you are a beginner it the fitness realm and need easy to use measuring tools. 





Friday, August 8, 2014

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