Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Reasons Why I Love Smiley360

Why I Love Smiley360

and why you should sign up! 


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Smiley360 is an online community where consumers and social influencers collide! Brands send you free products to try and in exchange you share your opinion/review online with your followers and also with your friends, family, and co-workers! It's just that easy and it doesn't cost a thing!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dove Dermacare @ CVS VoxBox!

Dove Dermacare @ CVS VoxBox!



PROS:

 Cleans well and gets to the root nicely
 Helps with dry, itchy scalp.
 Smells good

CONS:

 Really thick
 Takes a lot of product to get a good lather

Overall Rating:



I received a free sample of Dove Dove Dermacare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Pyrithione Zinc from Influenster to use for testing purposes. I was really excited to try this new shampoo, because I love a lot of products from Dove, and I have an oily scalp and get dandruff during the dry, winter months, so I knew it was a product that I wanted to give a try.

Overall, I mostly liked this shampoo. I thought it made my hair feel and look very clean. It also left my hair feeling very soft and manageable! I live in a area with high humidity, so while I did experience some frizz, I did notice a significant less amount of frizz after using this shampoo. It also really helped to reduce the oiliness without drying out my scalp. I think I will really like this product during the winter months, when I experience dandruff problems.

Another thing I liked about this shampoo was the smell. I think it has a coconut, tropical scent, but its VERY subtle. Most dandruff shampoos don't smell very good, so this was a huge plus for me. Then scent even subtly lingers in my hair, a few hours after using the shampoo.

The one thing I really didn't like about this shampoo is how thick it is. It's a very thick and creamy shampoo and you really have to use a lot of the product to get a really good lather going, which also means that you go through the product pretty quickly. Although it takes a lot of product to get a good lather, once get a good lather going, it really does get down to the root and cleans the hair very nicely. 

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Review - Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash With Shea Butter


Pros:

• Hydrating
• Sublte Scent
• Cleansing
• Long Lasting
• Affordable

Cons:

• Possibly too hydrating for people with oily skin

Overall Rating:


I mostly use Dove body wash, because it's my favorite, but I was shocked at how much this Olay Body Wash was so similar to my favorite body wash and a lot cheaper. I have very dry skin, so I like to use a hydrating body wash and this one really worked for me. I can't tell you how nice it is to find something that works for you and is actually affordable! 

The scent is very pleasant. It's light, subtle, and fairly long lasting. It didn't linger the entire day, but I definitely smelled it for a few hours, in the morning.  Although it does last a lot longer if I use it when I shower before bed. The scent will still be lingering when I wake up in the morning. Overall, everything is very subtle, and I think anyone who is sensitive to smells would be able to tolerate the scent just fine. 

The formula and texture is very smooth and creamy, and I thought it lathered very nicely on my loofah. A small amount of product went a long way, and I felt very clean, smooth, and fresh after rinsing off. This body wash was gentle on my skin and didn't cause me to break out, but I don't have too sensitive of skin. I still think this body wash is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. I also think that since it is so hydrating, it would work good for those who have dry skin.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saint vs. Sinner

Review: Saint + Sinner Eau De Parfum



PROS:

• Smells Good
• Mixes well with my body chemistry
• Vegan & Cruelty Free
• Both fragrances pair nicely together
• Stunning Packaging!

CONS:

• Expensive

Overall Rating:



I've always been a big fan of perfume, so I was super excited for the chance to try two perfumes from Kat Von D Beauty. The fun thing about these two different perfumes, is that since they both have similar notes, you can wear them together, essentially creating a third fragrance! This fragrance may have been resurrected, but this was my first time ever smelling either of these perfumes. 

Saint: Saint is so soft, easy to wear, and perfect for the summer time! The floral and fruity scent is what stands out to me the most. I'm someone who wears perfume according to seasons and my mood, and this scent is perfect for when you're feeling fun, flirty, and romantic!

Sinner: Sinner is much more of a heavy scent that contains notes that are much more warm and woody. I think Sinner would be the perfect perfume to wear in the fall and winter months. This is actually the scent that I like the most, because it mixes well with my body chemistry and smells a lot better on me. I would wear this perfume when I go out at night, or if I'm in more of a fun, sexy, and seductive mood.

Saint & Sinner: So, if you can't decide if you want to be bad or good, I say be both! It's fun to mix the two scents and wear them together. It definitely creates an entirely new scent, that I find to smell very unique. 

Packaging: While I did only receive the sample size version of these perfumes (which by the way, were still oh-so-cute!), I think that the full size bottles are absolutely stunning! Kat killed it on the design of the bottle, and I bet that a lot of people purchase this perfume for the bottle alone. 

My Experience: Overall, I was very pleased with both scents from the Kat Von D Beauty line. I found them both to be high quality fragrances that smell good and mix well with my body chemistry. I thought they both had longevity, and lasted all day or all night without wearing off. It is expensive, but at the same time, just about all the good perfumes are, so knowing how much effort goes behind the making of this perfume, I find the price to be somewhat reasonable and comparable to many other good perfumes on the market. 



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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Chocolate Lovers Cake Mix

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Chocolate Lovers Cake Mix


PROS:

• Quick and Easy
• Tastes Good
• Fluffy 

CONS:

• Not very moist

Overall Rating





About Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1


Duncan Hines has created a mug cake that is the perfect size for one individual and is ready in just over a minute! It comes in 18 different varieties, from Chocolate Lover's Cake, to Smores Cake, and even a Carrot Cake. There are a ton of ways to get creative and experiment with these individual packets of cake mix!






How To Make


All you need to make your personal cake in a mug, is 1 mug that is at least 9 oz., 1 pack of the Duncan Hines cake mix, and 3 tablespoons of water. You can even find recipes that substitute the 3 tablespoons of water with things like orange juice and coffee! It's seriously as easy as 1,2,3..

Step 1: Empty the cake mix into a mug that is at least 9oz. (Make sure the mug is microwave safe!)

Step 2: Add 3 tablespoons of water (or your replacement for water) and stir well. Make sure there is no dry cake mix left behind.

Step 3: Microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds and then let the cake cool inside the micorwave for 2 minutes.
It doesn't get much easier than that, people!







My Experience


I was very happy with my sample of the Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1. I sampled the Chocolate Lover's Cake and it was very tasty. It was not very moist, but it was very soft and fluffy. It was also very quick, convenient, and easy to make, and takes no longer than five minutes from start to finish. All you need is a coffee mug and 3 tablespoons of milk or water, and that's it. I love that you basically only dirty one mug and a spoon, making clean up a breeze! You can even make your own creations by adding things like sprinkles, ice cream, whipped cream, etc. I could see myself purchasing these in the future for when I'm wanting something sweet, quick, and convenient.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

L'Oréal Voluminous VoxBox

L'Oréal Voluminous VoxBox


Yet again, Influenster has hooked me up with more great products to test out! This time, I received SIX  L'Oréal eye products to help create the perfect eye look.





  1. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Primer/Base
  2. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara
  3.  L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Mechanical Eyeliner
  4. L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit
  5. L'Oréal Paris Eye Shadow - Paris Beach
  6. L'Oréal Paris Eye Shadow - Pain Au Chocolat








This was my first time using a primer for my eyelashes and I have been very impressed with it. I found the brush to be effective, and enjoyed the softness to it. The primer is white when you apply it to your lashes and I can instantly see the primer give my eyelashes a boost. The white color helped me to see if I was coating my lashes evenly, which I thought was a bit of an added bonus. After applying the primer to my lashes, I then added a coat of the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara on top of it.


After applying the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer/Base to my lashes, I then applied the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara. The mascara was not even the slightest bit clumpy and I watched my eyelashes magically extend as I applied it. It also gave my lashes the perfect curl. I am a huge mascara snob, and I was so impressed with how good this mascara worked. I can wear it for the entire day, and my lashes are still holding strong at the end of the day. This is a great option for those who want an effective and affordable mascara. 




I was already impressed by the mascara, but I gotta say, the eye liner is also pretty top notch! The black is very bold and it glides on so nice and smooth. It's also a mechanical eyeliner, which is my favorite! You don't have to worry about sharpening it. The eyeliner claims to last 16 hours and I would say that it definitely lasts 16 hours, but the humidity in Florida did make it smear just a little. But in the eyeliner's defense... the humidity has been so bad this summer!





Out of all the products I tried, this was by far my least favorite... and I really hate to say this, but I didn't like this kit at all! The kit itself was very cute, with the mini tweezers, the angled brush, and the spoolie brush.. but the product did absolutely nothing for me. The soft wax barely even applied to the brush and I couldn't see that the product was doing anything. I really wanted to like this product, but unfortunately, it did nothing for my eye brows.





The eye shadows looked very promising, but it was also lacking just a bit, in my opinion. I would consider both of the shades to be in the nude palette and they both looked really pretty, but unfortunately they didn't seem to have much pigment to them once I applied them to my eyes. You can still work with it, and the Pain Au Chocolat shade does have a nice shimmer to it. I would definitely recommend using a primer before applying this eye shadow, to get the best pigment that you can.




My Experience


My experience testing out these products from L'Oreal was overall positive. Mascara is my favorite makeup product, so I can be somewhat of a snob when it comes to testing them.. but I truly loved both the primer and the mascara as a duo! I used all of the products in my VoxBox to complete a simple eye look and I was happy with how it turned out. My favorite product was definitely the primer and the mascara. Using the two products together really made my lashes instantly pop. My least favorite product, and really the only product I didn't like, was the eye brow kit. Unfortunately, it didn't do much for my eye brows, which you will be able to see in my picture.







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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Maybelline's Brow Drama Pomade Crayon VoxBox

Brow Drama Pomade Crayon by Maybelline




Pros: 

• Easy to use
• Pigmented
Nicely tames the brows  
• Glides on easily

Cons:

• Easily Smears 
A little overpriced 


Overall Rating



About Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon


The Brow Drama Pomade Crayon by Maybelline is a crayon for your eyebrows, that is said to sculpt, tame, and color your brows in just one easy sweep! It's available in four different shades (blonde, soft brown, deep brown, and auburn) and retails for $9.99.


How To Use 



It's very easy to use the Brow Drama Pomade Crayon. Simply sweep the crayon across your eyebrow, starting from the inner brow and ending at the tail of your brow. Depending on your personal way of doing your eyebrows, you may need to repeat until you get the desired look you are going for. Personally, I don't see anyone apply this in just ONE sweep, but it is still really quick and easy..

You can adjust the length of the crayon by turning the bottom, and when your crayon starts to get dull, you can easily sharpen the tip of it with one of the bigger eye pencil sharpeners.




My Experience


Overall, I had a good experience with the Brow Drama Pomade Crayon by Maybelline. There were a lot of things that I liked about the product and a couple things that didn't work for me.

This product was very easy to apply. It glides on smooth and has a very natural look to it. It also really does a good job at taming your eyebrows and putting them in their place.

I don't do much sculpting, but as far as filling in and coloring my brows, it worked great! I love that you can go light with this product or you can go bold, making it great for many different looks. I received the soft brown and the deep brown, and I love that I'm able to use both.






The texture of the product is very creamy and blends in nicely. The biggest issue I had with this product was that it easily smears. I live in Florida, and I need something that can hold up in this high humidity. It's really not even that hot just yet, so I don't think this is going to work for me on those really hot, summer days. 



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