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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Friday, March 11, 2016

#CheersVoxBox






Receiving the Cheers VoxBox from Influenster, was a nice bonus to the start of my 2016. I had the opportunity to test some new products, and now I get to share my opinion with everyone on the internet. Inside of Influenster's #CheersVoxBox, I received Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips by Way Better Snacks, Dr. Teal's Soothe & Sleep with Lavender Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisture Mask, and a coupon for Hormel Taco Meats. They also included a card about a new Fitness app called Yaye.

Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips by Way Better Snacks


Way Better Snacks is a company that  is dedicated to offering nutritious and great tasting snacks. They also strive for simple ingredients, hence their saying "Simply Sprouted".

I must admit.. tortilla chips are not my favorite kind of chip, but these chips have totally changed my mind to possibly giving tortilla chips a place in my heart. The sweet chili tortilla chips by Way Better Snacks are way better than any tortilla chip I've ever tasted. Not only are they packed with a lot of flavor, but they're also packed with nutrients and free of GMOs, gluten, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

When making healthier options, I hate having to give up taste and flavor. When I saw that these chips contained ingredients like flax, chia, quinoa, broccoli, AND radish... I was extremely skeptic as to whether or not I would like the taste. After trying the first chip, I couldn't believe how much  I liked it. It was crunchy, flavorful, and had a slight kick of spice to it. It was almost like chips and salsa without the salsa. And even though you don't need to dip these in salsa, they still really go good with salsa and other dips.

Hormel Taco Meat - Shredded Beef


It took a while for me to find this product in my local grocery stores, and when I finally did find it, I was only able to find the shredded beef and the beef crumbles. I was really looking forward to trying the pork or chicken, but since it had already taken so long to find the product, I decided to go ahead and try out the shredded beef. I hadn't really thought of a recipe using the shredded beef, so I took the sim and easy route, and just decided to make shredded beef soft tacos.


When I first opened the package of Hormel Taco Meat, I have to admit that I wasn't very impressed with how the meat looked. Some of it was shredded, but most of it looked a little too shredded and very dry. On the plus side, the seasoning on the meat smelled really good, so I was willing to look past the appearance.

Halfway through cooking the Hormel Taco Meat, it does start to look a little less dry, but I might suggest adding just a little more oil than the recommend, because in the end, I thought the meant was very dry.

The meat is already pre-cooked, so basically all I had to do was heat up the meat, which only takes 3-4 minutes. I added the recommend amount of oil to a pan, added the shredded beef, and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, giving it a good stir after a couple minutes before it was finished cooking.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Slim Fast Advanced Nutrition Influenster VoxBox -- #ItsYourThing

Slim Fast Advanced Nutrition Influenster VoxBox #ItsYourThing



Thanks to the lovely people at Influenster, I was able to rest some of these new products from Slim Fast -- for free! As a kid I always saw Slim Fast commercials and always wanted to try their products, but for some reason I never did try any of their products, so I was pretty excited to get this VoxBox.


About Slim Fast

I'm sure most people have already heard of the Slim Fast brand, but did you know that they have a whole new selection of snacks, shakes, smoothies, AND meal bars? Slim Fast makes dieting quick, easy, convenient, and tasty!




Slim Fast 100 Calorie - Sour Cream and Onion Baked Crisps

For just 100 calories, there is surprisingly a lot of flavor in these baked crisps by Slim Fast. The sour cream and onion flavor doesn't have an artificial taste to it, and I find that the flavoring tastes more natural than a lot of the other healthier option snacks that are on the market today. The one thing I did notice about this particular snack, was that it didn't have as much of a hunger satisfaction as the other snacks in my Slim Fast VoxBox. Other than that, these are honestly so flavorful that you won't believe they're only 100 calories.



Slim Fast Dark Chocolate and Sea-salt Meal Bar

This was by far my favorite of the four Slim Fast products that I received, and I will most definitely be purchasing them in the future. I have a hard time eating breakfast a lot of mornings, so a meal replacement bar is perfect for me and for anyone who needs a decent breakfast that is quick and convenient. 

I was super surprised at how filling this bar was. I almost felt like I wasn't going to be able to finish it. Slim Fast says this bar should satisfy your hunger for up to 4 hours, and it definitely satisfied my hunger for a little over 4 hours, just like it said it would.

The taste of this meal bar is what makes this my favorite product. The dark chocolate and the almonds go so good together, and the salty after taste really adds a kick at the end of every bite. For someone who loves sweet and a salty, you're probably going to want to give this one a taste! I'm not even crazy about dark chocolate and I really enjoyed the taste of this meal bar.




Slim Fast Creamy Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake

As a kid growing up, the shakes by Slim Fast are what I wanted to try the most (and maybe even the only products they offered at the time). I did enjoyed the flavor of the Chocolate shake by Slim Fast, and I was also impressed with the hunger control. The high protein in this shake really helped to keep me fuller longer. This is also another perfect breakfast or lunch replacement meal. I have already since purchased some more of these shakes for me and my mom, who used to drink Slim Fast shakes years ago. She says that the flavor of these shakes have really improved over the years.





Slim Fast 100 Calorie - Cinnamon Bun Swirl Drizzled Crisps

I was really excited to try these. I pretty much love anything that tastes like a cinnamon bun and these did not let me down! I also went out and purchased more of these, because they are that good! These cinnamon flavored crisps taste just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch with icing on top. So delicious! In fact, you can even add this snack to a bowl of milk and you have a quick and delicious bowl of cereal for breakfast. 





Overall, I enjoyed every product in this VoxBox, so thank you again to Influenster and Slim Fast for allowing to test these products for free. I was surprised at how good these products tasted, and also at the fact that they were so good that I already plan to go out and purchase some of these items myself. I really trust Slim Fast as a brand and I really want to try their Slim Fast Plan, to see if it works for me.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes.

POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes


PROS:

• Has a nice lather
• Leaves face feeling clean and refreshed
• Texture on the towelette that helps with cleaning
• Inexpensive
• Smells Good

CONS:

• Towelettes dry out fast

Overall Rating:


About POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes


POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes  are textured cleansing clothes that are used to easily remove makeup, leaving you with clean and refreshed skin. The towelettes are infused with Vitamin E and a Triple Anti-Oxidant complex, that is supposed to leave your skin completely clean and free of all makeup. You can find these towelettes at Target for $4.69 for 30 towelettes, or you can purchase a travel size for $1, which comes with 5 towelettes.

How To Use


POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes are very easy to use and no different than other cleansing towelettes on the market. Simply wipe the towelette around your eyes, face and neck area to remove makeup and any impurities. No need to rinse, which is very convenient!


My Experience


I really enjoyed using these cleansing towelettes by POND'S. They clean my face and remove my makeup just as good as any of the other higher end cleansing towelettes that I've used. It didn't take long for these towelettes to remove my makeup, so I feel like it really saved me a lot of time. I feel like the texture on the towelettes is what really helps to remove the makeup so easily. My makeup came off extremely easily and my face was left feeling extremely clean and very refreshed.

Packaging


POND'S Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes come in a resealable package. I highly recommend that you tightly seal the package after every use, to prevent your towelettes from drying out. I feel like I seal mine as tightly as I can, yet they still seam to feel more and more dried out every time I use them.




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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: EOS Shave Cream

EOS Shave Cream (Pomegranate Raspberry)


Pros:

• Leaves your skin feeling silky-smooth
• Helps give a close shave
• Moisturizing
• Paraben-free

Cons:

• Not the best choice for those with sensitive skin
• Causes some irritation when shaving dry
• Artificial smell

Overall Rating





About EOS Shave Cream


EOS Shaving Cream is a non-foaming shaving cream that is infused with natural aloe, oat, shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins E & C. It is paraben-free, pthalate-free and cruelty free. The aloe and oat extracts are to help prevent nicks and razor bumps, and you're even supposed to be able to shave wet or dry when you use this product.


Although the bottle says this product is paraben-free with natural aloe and shea butter, it is not a natural product. This product contains glycerin, fragrance and other ingredients that may be an allergy concern for some. I would suggest reading the entire ingredient list, and maybe doing a spot test before using it on your entire leg. 



Ingredients: 



Water (Eau), Mineral Oil (Huile Minérale), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Gluconolactone, Triethanolamine, Cetyl alcohol, Petrolatum, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, Glycol Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Red 40 (CI16035), Yellow 6 (CI15985).


How Well Does It Work?


EOS Shaving Cream provides a nice coat that creates an ample shave barrier between my razor and my skin. There wasn’t much of a lather to this product, but I still felt that it protected my skin from nicks, cuts, and razor irritation. I really didn't need that much product to get a good shave with this. I generally use one pump for my lower leg and one pump for my thighs, and I never have to use more than three pumps when shaving my legs. If you only apply a thin layer of this product like you're supposed to, it will give you a smooth, close shave without clogging up your razor. I was able to shave dry with this product somewhat successfully, although not without some irritation. In the shower it gave me seriously smooth skin and left my skin feeling moisturized. With that being said, I would not recommend using this dry unless it is absolutely necessary.


Consistency: EOS Shaving Cream doesn't foam like most shaving creams. Instead it's like a thick and creamy lotion. The texture of this shaving cream is a huge difference if you're used to thick gels or foams. Even though it comes out like a thick lotion, it starts to thin out once you apply it and rub it into your skin. If you normally use those thick gels and foams, it may take some getting used to the viscosity of this shaving cream.



Packaging: EOS Shaving Cream comes in a durable, recyclable, 7 oz. bottle with an easy to use dispensing pump. The dispensing pump can be locked and there is even a cap that covers the pump, making this an acceptable product to take with you when traveling. I think the bottle is very stylish and I love how it doesn't leave a rust ring in the shower or on counter-tops. 


You can buy this shaving cream for about $4 at Target, or you can find it on Amazon for around $7.


This review is in compliance with the FTC Guidelines. All opinions are completely my own, 100% honest and unbiased, and based solely on my own experience.