• Beauty

    Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box Fall 2012!

    I received my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box 2012, and I’m so excited! It has so many great products in it that I can’t wait to try. Want to see them all? Of course you do!

    The first item in the box was a Bath and Body Works Mini Candle ($3.50) in Pumpkin Cupcake. Unfortunately my candle was broken, but it still smells really good! There’s also a coupon to get a three-wick candle (the big kind!) for $10, which is a savings of about 50%. If you want to get your own three-wick candle, you can use this coupon code at bathandbodyworks.com: “F126566”. This coupon code expires October 28, 2012, so don’t wait!

    I’m going to pick up a candle (or two…or three…) this week, so look for a review soon!

    Next up was an E-Boost orange drink packet ($28/20 packets). I haven’t sampled this yet but I imagine it’s like Emergen-C, with a little added caffeine. I’ll review this sometime this week after I try it, just in case you lovely readers are interested.

    I got two full-sized cosmetic products in my box, too! Super happy dance! The first was a Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit ($5.99), made from 100% human hair and accompanied by latex-free glue. Because of the broken glass and the fact that this package wasn’t sealed, I’m not sure if I’ll use these lashes; I need to look more closely and make sure there’s no glass or glass dust in the lashes, obviously. But they do look lush and lovely!

    I also got a NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact ($4.99) in a limited edition color, Dark Shadows. The palette contains primer, highlighter, and four shadows ranging from white to black to create a classic smoky eye. Unfortunately I’m not sure if NYC is cruelty-free or not, so until I hear back from them, I’m going to just set this aside and admire it.

    Lastly, I got two hair products. I’m a major fan of hair samples because I’m kind of lazy about researching the best products for my hair type! One was a Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ($7.29), which I’ve been eyeballing at the drugstore anyway and am super-excited to use. This was probably the best item in the box, in my opinion. Definitely look for a review of this soon!

    The other hair item was a deluxe 1.5 ounce travel sample of Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream ($6/4 oz.). With coconut and silk protein, this cream is designed to leave your hair straight and silky. Again, I’m not sure if this brand is cruelty-free, so I’m waiting to hear from them before I test this product! I really hope they’re not testing on animals, because this smells delicious and I’d really love to try and review it.

    Overall, this is a pretty kickin’ beauty box. The overall value is almost $27 ($37 if you count that awesome BBW candle code). That’s not the only thing that makes this box such a beauty, though: the products inside are full or deluxe-sized, they’re from affordable and popular brands, and they’re products that people might actually want to repurchase for themselves later on. No single use shampoo packets or fancy plastic travel bags here!

    Want to learn more about Influenster? Check out my blog post here or visit their website here.

    Want to see a video of the unboxing with my thoughts on the various products? Check it out on my YouTube channel!

    Disclaimer: I received these products courtesy of Influenster for review purposes; however this does not affect my honest opinions or reviews of the products.

  • animals,  cats

    Little Bear the cat is in a new YouTube video!

    For those of you who have been tracking the progress of Little Bear the cat, here is a YouTube video about him! The YouTube page has all of the links to Little Bear’s Facebook, his ChipIn, and his entries in TWO (yes, two!) photo contests.

    Little Bear was born without the radii in his front legs, which means they are permanently bent and he is unable to walk like a normal kitten. His owner Allie is trying to raise money to afford surgery or orthopedics to correct Little Bear’s legs so he can have a normal life.

    Please watch and share this video with everyone you know! Little Bear (and I!) thank you!

  • nail polish

    Some new Zoya polishes to show you…

    Just wanted to show you the three Zoya polishes I picked up when I was at ULTA on Sunday. I got Daul, Fei Fei, and Evvie.

    Obviously I’ve seen tons of swatches of Fei Fei and heard tons of buzz about this color, so I had to try it. It’s a blue-gold shimmer polish. Daul looks like a lovely purple-gold duchrome, so that should be interesting. And Evvie changes from slate grey to ivy green depending on the light, so of course I had to buy her, too. There were too many good colors to pick from, honestly, but I’m pretty happy with these three!