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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.