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Influenster Charm VoxBox Review – Part 2

Today is Part 2 of my Influenster Charm VoxBox reviews. The following products were complementary from Influenster for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

EVA-NYC — Clean it up Shampoo & Therapy Session Hair Mask

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I have never used this product before but it said it was for all hair types so I gave it a try. It states it will leave your hair soft and the mask is suppose to make it so your hair is easier to comb out. I washed my hair with the shampoo and instantly hated how it smelled. But, I went on with the mask that also stated it could be used once a week as a hair mask or as a daily conditioner. You leave it on 2-5 minutes and I left it on for 5+. Again, I hated the smell of the mask/conditioner. It is almost a medicine smell to me, but my husband liked the smell and said it smelled like baby powder. I did not find it anywhere close to a baby powder smell but wanted a second opinion. So, smell it before you buy it if how your hair smells is a big thing to you too. While the products cleaned and conditioned my hair like any other shampoo & conditioner, the conditioner did not make my hair easier to comb out like suggested. The smell of the products is not appealing to me and for that reason alone, I will not purchase these products for myself.

 

Peeps Delights – Coconut dipped in Dark Chocolate

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Marshmallow is not a favorite of mine and I have to be 100% honest…I’ve never had a Peep before. So, I took a bite knowing I would hate the texture of the marshmallow but powered through that sensation and was surprised how good the taste was of the coconut and dark chocolate combo. The taste reminded me of a Mounds candy bar. I was surprised how SWEET that one bite was. I don’t know if I could eat a whole one just based off that bite. It was very sugary and sweet. But, the taste was surprisingly good…once you get past the marshmallow texture.

 

Wet & Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

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Everyone who knows me knows I love a home manicure and anything that is 1 step is a bonus in my book. While this blue color I was gifted would not be my first pic, it is very SPRING and there are many other colors to choose from in this collection. You can purchase them from Wet & Wild or from Walmart.
The product website claims:

  • Up to 2 weeks of color & shine based on consumer grading
  • No UV Light Required
  • No Harsh Removal
  • 3-Free! No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Phthalates!

My home manicure process…I started with clean filed nails. I did not use a base coat. I normally do and thought for the sake of this review I would just do the 1 Step. So, I applied a thin 1st coat about 2 hours before bed and waited to apply the second coat until this morning. The first thin coat was a little transparent but it went on well with the flatter applicator brush provided. It also dried very quickly. This morning I applied the 2nd coat and it went on just as nicely as the 1st and seemed to level itself out without me brushing over and over the nail. (I like that quality). The second coat I put on was a bit thicker than the first but I still controlled the amount so it wouldn’t be a huge mess. I was surprised the 2nd coat dried quickly too. I am resisting the urge to put my top coat over it but I won’t. I will update this blog post with pictures of before, during and after within the 2 weeks it claims the color will last.

EDITED 4.4.17– Update time! As you can see it has only been 5 whole days since I posted about the 1 Step Wonder Gel…but I need to take this polish off. It’s too chipped up for me. I will say it wore through some tough projects. I sanded, stained, varnished and assembled a DIY project and then stained the platform bed & headboard we made for our son (while wearing gloves)…along with all the dishes, laundry, cleaning, typing and just random day to day chores I do. I do think if I would have used my tried and true Sally Hanson Top coat it would have lasted much longer. I wish I would have topped a nail or two on each hand to test it out, but maybe next time. I also want to mention that I added a third coat of the 1 Step Wonder Gel to my nails Friday morning because the tips of my very short nails was already wearing off…not chipped but wore off some. The photos below are from this morning and show the wear I experienced in 5 days.

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Thank you again Influenster for the complementary products in the Charm VoxBox! I have enjoyed reviewing these new to me products and I hope my readers did too. If you missed the first half of my reviews on the Mott’s applesauce, McCormick Seasoning and Vera Wang perfume please go HERE to check out that blog post.

Influenster Charm VoxBox Review – Part 1

I received my complementary Charm VoxBox full of products to review from Influenster…all opinions and reviews are my own. This is my first time participating with Influenster and have had a great experience. Today I am going to review 3 of the products I received. The other 3 will be reviewed on Thursday’s blog.

 

Mott’s Snack & Go Natural Applesauce Pouch

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As young children, my boys always asked for Mott’s natural applesauce in their lunch pails, so this is not a new product to our family. The only difference is the pouch, these weren’t available “back in the day”. My boys still love applesauce and this pouch makes it a great snack on the go for busy families.

*EDITED* – I should note that since I don’t have a toddler and my son is almost 20, he was not interested in sucking applesauce through a pouch so we cut it open. Also, I have seen the concern with these pouches being full of mold, but the one we received was perfect. Just good old natural applesauce.

 

Vera Wang Embrace (Rose Buds & Vanilla AND Marigold & Gardenia)

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I am a fan of light fragrance and these hit the mark with me. Today I’m enjoying the Rose Buds & Vanilla.
The Rose Buds & Vanilla (affiliate link) is described as…
FRAGRANCE NOTES – Rose buds, mandarin oil, damascena rose, cyclamen, blue iris, sweet magnolia, musk, vanilla and sandalwood.

The Marigold & Gardenia (affiliate link) is described as…
FRAGRANCE NOTES – Melon, soft musks, marigold and gardenia.

*Both are available on Amazon & I’ve added my affiliate links above for quick viewing.
(Disclaimer: If you purchase from one of my affiliate links I will receive a commission from Amazon at no extra cost to you)

 

 

 

McCormick Organics (Taco Seasoning)

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McCormick’s is my families favorite Taco Seasoning. We always have a few packets on hand. Normally we purchase the Mild 30% less sodium version so I was really excited to see the only nutrition difference was 10mg more of sodium in the Organic version. I posted both packages so you can see the difference in macros and ingredients. You will see the Organic version is Certified Organic, NON GMO and Gluten Free.

I had my family taste test both versions last night and the verdict is…they both taste the same and are AMAZING! So, I will be making the switch to the organic version the next time we replenish our taco seasoning stock. McCormick Organics Taco Seasoning is available in stores or on Amazon in single packets (affiliate link) or in a case of 12 (affiliate link).
(Disclaimer: If you purchase from one of my affiliate links I will receive a commission from Amazon at no extra cost to you)

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s reviews and a HUGE THANKS to Influenster for sending me all of these products for free to review. THURSDAY’s BLOG will be Part 2 where I review Coconut Peeps, Eva-NYC shampoo and hair mask and Wet & Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel.

Friday Favorites – Food Finds – Volume 1

You may have noticed there wasn’t a post yesterday on our normally scheduled blogging day.
Well, I’m in a bit of a transitional time. I have decided during this time I will switch things up and post a Friday Favorites instead of a Thursday & Saturday blog for awhile and see how it goes. I hope you enjoy! If you have a product or something you want me to try please leave me a comment or message me HERE. I am open to all products…health, fitness, food, beauty, home, home decorating, DIY, etc.

 

 

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#1 Riced Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower

I recently heard about this easy way to add veggies as a side dish to any lean protein you choose. I went on the hunt at my local Wal-Mart and found them. So…I took them all. I know, I know…bad etiquette. I just knew I would love these as a “filler” or side. I am really working hard to clean up my diet but also ENJOYING the foods I make and eat. This one hits all my must haves. QUICK, EASY & HEALTHY!
TIP – Pair it with chicken and then use the following dressing as a “sauce”. It’s SOOOO GOOD!!
FYI – That is a steamer bag. From freezer to plate in 4-6 minutes!

 

#2 Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing

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This stuff…this is the bomb dot com if you are a cilantro and avocado fan. It is so creamy and delicious and all that flavor for 40 CALORIES!!
TIP – It’s so good you’ll want to over use it, make sure you measure out your 30 grams!!

 

#2 Broccoli & Cheese Tots
The macros on 6 tots are…
Calories: 130
Carbs: 14 g
Protein: 4 g
Fat: 6 g

They are SO good!
TIP – It’s hard to stop at 6 so I pre-plan 12 tots as a side dish when I log my food into My Fitness Pal (StaciMarieB – add me!)

 

#3 Silk Almond Creamer – Caramel Flavor

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As I shared on the blog Tuesday (READ IT HERE), I didn’t drink coffee for 5 days when I was sick and used that opportunity to make a change that I had been wanting to do forever. I swapped my go to, my LOVE… MY Coffee-Mate Hazelnut coffee creamer for this Silk brand Almond Creamer in the flavor Caramel. I know I keep saying this about every product I have shared BUT it is SOOOO TRUE, this creamer is nutty, creamy and SO GOOD! I am saving myself a lot of calories AND chemicals (CARRAGEENAN being the main one I wanted to take out of my diet).

Compare:
Coffee-mate Hazelnut Creamer: 1 TBSP has 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs and 5 grams of sugar! 
Silk Almond Creamer (Caramel): 1 TBSP has 15 calories, 0 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs and 3 grams of sugar!

FYI – In the 4 days I’ve been switched over to this creamer I have noticed a considerable change in my belly bloat after drinking my morning coffee…meaning I don’t have it anymore! YAY!  

 

#4 ZINC SUPPLEMENT

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I’m including my Zinc supplement because I am 1000% convinced that because I have been taking it every day for over a month that when I did get sick, last weekend, that I was only down for a few days compared to the 7-10 days my boys suffered with this cold-sinus junk. 

TIP – Take one pill every day at the same time so you don’t forget. *PLEASE NOTE* Excessive consumption of zinc can cause individuals to develop a copper deficiency, as well as leading to lethargy and other related issues.
FYI – As I research different forms of zinc (there are 7 varieties – say what? I did not know that) I will pass along any info I get in a future blog. I’m on the hunt for the best and most economical zinc pill I can find. 

 

Everything I shared in this blog are products I have personally bought myself. I have not been compensated or gifted any item listed above. The thoughts and reviews of the products are my own. 

A Citrus Zinger Water Bottle Will Change Your Life!

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A Citrus Zinger will change your life!

I don’t know about you, but I have a little addiction to water bottles & cute cups/mugs.

The newest water bottle added to my collection is this Citrus Zinger. It’s been about a year now since I quit drinking Diet Dew (again). I have been drinking lemon water daily for about 3 months. I am happy to be completely aspartame & sucralose free for that same length of time.

Now I have a lemon addiction.

BUT…This bottle makes it SO easy for me to take my new favorite drink on the go. Perfect for the upcoming spring & summer seasons. I also love a water bottle with a straw. I drink so much more water when I drink from a straw. This bottle is easy to set up with your lemon, fill & refill….once you read ALL the directions. 😉

I bought my bottle at Target for $18.99 but found it cheaper on Amazon for $17.99 & free shipping. Do you have a cool water bottle you want to tell us about? Leave us a comment!

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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

A perfect hard boiled egg can be the hardest skill to master in the kitchen. It looks & seems like it should be the simplest, right? I don’t know how many eggs I have ruined trying to get the shell off because I didn’t cook them long enough. I seen this, at the store & just had to try it…

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The Taylor Egg Timer is an awesome little helper (available on Amazon-linked). I have used it a number of times & my eggs have come out perfectly each time. The packaging claims that the egg will change color and indicate the desired “doneness” for you. No more guessing.

Here are a few pictures of the egg timer in action…

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As you can see by the above photo the egg changes from a bright yellow to a pale yellow.

I used farm fresh eggs from my hens and they came out perfectly.

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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

{Bloguary Post #10}

GIVEAWAY UPDATE!

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GIVEAWAY UPDATE!

As you know, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for the Sinful Shine with Gel Tech polish & top coat (read my review & original post HERE). I originally asked for you to comment, subscribe to our blog by entering your emails, and share for multiple entries. Well, I’m not sure why….but there isn’t a comment section on my blog anymore.

I recently updated my blog theme & I’m not sure if it’s my error or just how the theme is, but either way I can not figure out how to change it. So, until I can have my IT guy (16 yr old son) check it out for me we will have to adjust the giveaway a bit.

 

HOW TO ENTER:

Click on the box that slides up from the bottom right hand of your screen. It will have you put your email address in & you will be notified when I post new blogs. I get all the notifications in my Super Girlz gmail account so I will randomly choose 1 winner from those emails. If you share my blog/website please go to the CONTACT & PRESS tab above…you will see CONTACT STACI in the drop down menu…that is where you’ll find all my contact info. Let me know you shared and on what social media platform. I will check it out & add your name to the hat (yes, I’m drawing the winner the old school way). Multiple platform shares means more entries for you! 😉

I am also extending the giveaway until January 31st at 10 pm EST. I will choose the winner & share on the blog on February 1st at 9:30 am EST.

Update 2/1/16: NO ONE ENTERED>>>NO ONE WON! 🙁
We’ll try another giveaway at another time. Stay tuned!

Thank you all for your patience & understanding! GOOD LUCK GIRLZ!!!

xo, Staci

Bloguary Post #7

Sinful Shine with Gel Tech Review and Giveaway

Sinful Shine with GelTech Review & Giveaway

One thing you may not know about me…I love cute nails!! It is a simple way to make myself feel put together & pretty…even on those “hot mess” days. Some people like going to the salon or spa to get theirs done, but I prefer to do mine myself. I like to keep my nails short and I like to know my supplies are only used by me. I’m super weird like that. 😉

I have tried many different brands & different combos of base coats, polish & top coats. Another thing you may or may not know about me is I am a very frugal girl. I am NEVER going to pay $10 or more for a nail polish color. I will spend more money on things that will make my manicures last longer. I thought I had found my forever go to top coat but I decided to venture out and try something new & I am LOVING IT!!!

It’s the Sinful Shine Gel Tech Top coat. I am sharing the pics I took to showcase the results. Below shows my manicure using the Sinful Shine with Gel Tech color in Haute Shine (#1622) & the Gel Tech Top Coat (#1600).

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Because I keep my nails short my manicures normally last 5-7 days. This is what my nails looked like on Day 7 with no touch ups or reapplying of the top coat.

Not bad right? I was very impressed because the color goes on just as smoothly as the regular Sinful Colors Professional polish & the top coat is thin and covers well.

I loved it so much I decided to do an experiment last week with my manicure. I used the normal Sinful Colors polish, since that is one of my go to polishes & I have a ton of colors I love. I used the Sinful Colors Professional polish in Mauvelous (#1408) which is a purple grey color, as seen below. I used 2 coats & it ends up being a dark grey color with a purple hue. The photo below is with a flash on the left & without on the right. The right is more of an accurate color swatch.

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I didn’t take any photos because I wasn’t planning on blogging about it but I just had to after that manicure lasted 10 full days!!! That is 10 days worth of housework, errands, typing, working out with weights & all my other mom duties. How did I make that manicure last that long? I decided to use my GO TO Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Top Coat as my 1st top coat on my 2 coats of color. This stuff is AMAZING & what I’ve been using for years. After that top coat dries, which is instant/30-60ish seconds (as long as you don’t glob it on), I added a thin coat of the Sinful Shine Top Coat. It was AMAZING!! 10 days of abuse and it still looked great! I was ready for a color change so I took it off but it was just starting to chip on my right hand.

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SO….since I’m switching this blog over to a Life & Loves style blog I wanted to do a GIVEAWAY to say Thank You for sticking with me! I am in love with my new find I want to share it with another. I am giving away 1 Sinful Shine with Gel Tech polish in Your’s Truly (#1606) & 1 Sinful Shine Top Coat so you can get started on your own at home, but looks like it was done in a salon manicure.

ONE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN FROM THE COMMENTS!
IF YOU SHARE & SUBSCRIBE THIS BLOG YOU WILL EARN EXTRA ENTRIES!!
GIVEAWAY ENDS JANUARY 23rd at 11 pm EST
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE JANUARY 24th BLOG

Sinful Shine Gel Tech Giveaway

Bloguary Post #5