Thursday, July 25, 2013

Co-Hosting a Giveaway!

OI have some really exciting news!  One of my fellow beauty bloggers is having an awesome giveaway, and I'm one of the co-hosts!!
Amber over at daydreaming beauty is giving away a Stila In the Moment eyeshadow palette.

How gorg, right!?  And all these colors will complement any skin tone,eye color, anything!  It's so verstile; use the colors for day, night, office, out for cocktails!

To enter, head to daydreaming beauty


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunkissed VoxBox: Dr Scholls High Heel Inserts

 The next item up for review from my Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox  are my Dr. Scholl's high heel inserts. 

These have been absolute lifesaver for my feet at work! I wear heels on an almost daily basis and my feet feel much better at the end of the day with these. I've used them in open-toed shoes, close-toed shoes, sandals, flats, heels, wedges; it works with everything. 

The unique gel arch works by taking the pressure off of the ball of your foot therefore making heels more comfortable. They have a sticky back so they stay in place well but not so much that they can't be removed and placed in to other shoes.  And they are nice and thin so they don't crowd your foot in your shoes. 

I think my favorite part is that they're clear so they blend in with the bottom of any shoe and no one can tell that you're wearing them
Probably my second favorite item from my Sunkissed VoxBox and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future!


Disclaimer: this item was sent to me for free by Influenster for review

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sunkissed Vox Box: Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics

Second review from my Influenster Sunkissed Vox Box (obviously a given from the name of this post) is the Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics. 
      Photo courtesy of Google Images

I've been waiting to try these for awhile now, and never got around to it. They just look so much prettier than a regular hair tie. They are really silky, and slide right out of the hair when they need to be removed. No pulling, tugging, pieces of hair ripping out. They really mean ouchless!  And they aren't glued together at the ends so they won't rip apart when stretched too much!  I'll admit that happens entirely too much with my hair ties. 

I got 5 in my package (standard packaging), and my three year old immediately ripped it open because she wanted the pink one!  I couldn't wait for her to have hair so I could braid it and put it up and make it all pretty, but of course as soon as she grew hair (at age 2) she wanted nothing to do with "ponies, piggies" anything of the sort!!  How frustrating. 
But all it took was one pink ribbon elastic and all that changed. She's worn her hair up everyday since I got my Vox box!   
However, they don't work as well in my hair. I have really really thick hair, and these will only go around my hair twice, three if I reaaaalllllllyyyyy pull at it. However they look much prettier around my wrist than a typical hair elastic 
Even though I can't use them as much as I'd like, I'm all for anything that makes my daughter excited to pull her hair up!!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Sunkissed VoxBox: Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

In early May I was picked to participate in my first Influenster VoxBox!! I have gotten campaigns and activities to participate in with Influenster, but never a full VoxBox. 
The survey I filled out made me realize a few possibilities of items I would be getting, since most of the questions were about BB cream and nail polish!!
I was most excited about BB cream because I've been anxious to use it. But I wasn't about to pay $15 for a tinted moisturizer I wasn't sure I would like very much; this was the perfect way to try it. 
I got the whole box towards the end of June. And as predicted, BB Cream and nail polish were in the box. Along with more high heel inserts, and Goody Ribbon hair elastics. 
Today I am going to focus on just the BB Cream, which is hands down my favorite part of the box. It's the Olay Fresh Effects and for those who don't know, BB cream  is a huge trend in Japan right now and BB stands for Beauty Balm. It's basically a tinted moisturizer with SPF (15 in this case), and they help brighten and slightly even out skin tone.
My usual makeup routine has always been full foundation and concealer, set with powder. Followed with bronzed/blush and eye and lip makeup. It can take quite a long time, and it's really hot and melty in the summer!!  I was worried about coverage when I started using BB Cream, and really self conscious. But I was surprised by the amount of coverage I actually got!  I did still cover up a problem spot with concealer and I always still set with powder. 
But back to the cream itself. I got the lighter color, because I took the survey for the box prior to starting to tan. So I was worried about having the wrong color. 

It looks much lighter and actually blends pretty well. 

I didn't fully rub this in but you can see around some edges the ability it has to match well, even though it looks lighter than my skin tone right now. 
As I said earlier my typical routine was a lot of heavy makeup to correct imperfections. Using just a tinted moisturizer was a big step for me and I'm so glad I did it!!  It feels amazingly light and fresh especially in the hot humid summers. And it's got sunscreen right in it, so no need to apply separately. Oh! And it smells fantastic!!
Another thing that is difficult for me, Influenster wanted me to post a before and after picture!  So I took one as I woke up, and one after I got to work and collaged them. So here goes! 
You can see I have redness in my cheeks, and how well the BB Cream helps cover it up. Ps I'm concealer free today too because I ran out this weekend!
I will absolutely be purchasing this from now on!!  Thanks Influenster (and Olay!) for such a great product!!


All products in the VoxBox were sent to me free of charge to review.