Monday, January 13, 2014

influenster jolly voxbox

A few weeks ago I received my very first VoxBox from Influenster! I signed up to the website a few months ago for fun and didn't really expect too much. You unlock badges, link to your social media, and review products you like. Then, they give you an overall score. The higher the score the more likely you are to be selected to receive a VoxBox. I was so surprised the my score was so high and that I got selected. I was pretty excited.
Just so you know, I'm not being paid by Influenster to write this. I earned this box in my spare time and all the opinions of the products are 100% my own.

The Jolly VoxBox

The products

1. Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go Pack: retails for $0.49
Let me start off by saying Puffs is what we buy for our apartment. So, getting a To Go pack was extremely exciting for me. I know, I'm getting excited over tissues, but let me explain. When I'm out and about and I spill something, or a runny nose strikes, I'm always unprepared. These went straight into my purse and became a life saver.

2. Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Stargazer: retails for $5.50-$5.99
To be honest, I've only used this lip lacquer a couple of times since I received it. I'm not really a fan of lip gloss texture. However, if you like it, this is a good product. It has the color of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss. It's not sticky and it's really easy to layer over other lip colors. Plus, I love the packing - I'm always a sucker for that!

3. Ducklings Duct Tape Mini Roll: retails for $2-$3
I thought this little roll of zebra striped duct tape was a really fun idea. However, I tried to wrap my Christmas presents with it and became super frustrated. The tape was extremely hard to cut and was super gluey. The glue made it hard to cut and remove from the scissors. Then, it wouldn't stick to the paper and kept falling off. Overall, cute idea but a dud.

4. NYC HD Color Eyeshadow Trio in Long Beach Sands: retails for $2-$3
I was super-excited to try out this eyeshadow trio since I never have tried NYC's eyeshadow before. I was pretty disappointed. The shadows were extremely powdery and made a pretty big mess. They also feel super grainy in the pan, which is something I'm not a fan of. The color payoff was okay, not the greatest, but you can still see the shadows. I actually really like the highlight color and thought it was the best of the bunch. It does its job and blends very well. The dark brown which they label as the "lid" color (that confuses me. The dark was the lid color and the lighter taupe was the crease color. Pretty backward) isn't bad either. I used it to darken my crease, and it did just that. The biggest dud is definitely the bottom taupe shadow. You can tell by the photo that it's the most granular of the bunch. It made the biggest mess and didn't really show up on my lid too well. Overall, I wouldn't go out and repurchase this product. I think my money would probably go to a higher quality ELF product at the same price point.

5. Skinny Cow Peanut Butter Creme Candy: retails for $3.99
Oh my goodness.
I've never tried anything by Skinny Cow and have always wanted to. Unfortunately, it's the last thing I think about when I'm out shopping. This box was the first thing I saw when I opened the package and I was so excited. THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS. Normally, lower fat chocolate is not creamy and has a weird texture, but these candies are so creamy. The peanut butter too! It says "divine" right on the box and I'd have to agree with that. I would definitely buy these again.

I know this post was filled with a lot of words! I'm sorry for that and thanks for bearing with me. I just wanted to make sure I gave an in-depth review of the products in case you've been wanting to try them out. I know the Rimmel Lip Lacquer is new and sometimes reviews of new products are hard to find.

If you want to earn your own VoxBox you can sign up for Influenster here.
I hope you're having a great start to the week! If you're curious, here is my unboxing video:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

so this is the new year

Vintage 1950's satin and tulle dress, vintage 1940's coat, vintage clutch from my grandmother, and Aldo suede pumps.

Out of all the dresses I pulled out of my closet to wear on New Year's Eve, this one seemed to epitomize the night to me.
The midnight blue tulle with bright flashes of peach satin, reminded me of all the glitz that pierces the winter night on New Year's Eve. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that's what I do. I look at a garment and it tells me a story.
I also was pumped to wear it because I only have once since I got it tailored LAST January.

All dolled up with my coat on Brian said that I looked like I had walked off the set of a historical TV show. That was the best compliment he could ever give me.

I hope the first week of 2014 was a wonderful one for you. It's been a pretty quiet one here because of the horrible weather. I was barely at work the past week! Awful!