Frosty VoxBox

Frosty VoxBox

I was selected by Influenster to receive the #Frostyvoxbox to review.  Let me tell you – I was SO PUMPED when I saw the spoilers for the box!

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Via Influenster

  1. Fruit Vines Bites (Strawberry) (Value: $2.99):  This was the first thing I pulled out of the box (because candy first, duh) and I ate the whole bag in one sitting.  Soft, chewy, and delicious Fruit Vines Bites are low fat and made with no preservatives!  I will def. be picking these up again!
  2. Eco Tools Sleek & Shine Finisher Hairbrush ($10.99): I really like this brush!  The bristles don’t get caught in my hair and it really helps to distribute the natural hair oils and reduce frizz.  This brush is great when your hair is fully dry (does not do well on damp hair) and is more of a “finisher” hair brush.
  3. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum:  I always feel bad reviewing products that take several weeks to produce results because the samples are not big enough to last that long.  It doesn’t feel greasy when I use it, but I can’t speak to it’s anti-aging claims.
  4. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color (Sugarplum) (Value: $1.96): I really liked the color of this lipstick!  It is one of those colors that can take you from day to night without looking out of place.  I really enjoyed the formula, though a bit sheer it went on smoothly and didn’t dry my lips out.
  5. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (Black) (Value: $4.29): I’m already obsessed with Rimmel’s eyeliners so I was thrilled to get another one!  Whenever I need a black eyeliner I always reach for my Rimmel!  This one has great staying power throughout the day!
  6.  McCormick Gourmet Thyme (Value: $4.98): I love cooking and this thyme is so tasty – it doesn’t taste as “dried” as some other brands!  I really love the new packaging and the glass bottle.  McCormick’s website has some great recipes that feature thyme!
  7. Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea (Est. Value: $1.00):  This was my favorite item in the whole box!  I got my box about the same time I got the flu and I couldn’t get enough of this tea!  I love that they combined peppermint flavor with the benefits of green tea!
  8. Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (Value: $3.99): I love the fact that this eye makeup remover isn’t oily!  It works really well to get off the “all-day” makeup!

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Loot Crate: October 2014

October’s theme was FEAR – and this box…well, it was pretty awesome!  There might have been squealing involved when it was opened!!!

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October 2014 Loot Crate

 

October’s box included:

  • Death by Kittens T-Shirt (Est. Value: $20.00)
    This t-shirt is so soft!  I stole it since it seemed appropriate for me (I’m very allergic to cats).
  • Sledgesaw Hammer Pen (Value: $19.99)
  • How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unusual Disasters (Value: $14.99)
  • The Walking Dead Comic #132 (Est. Value: $3.00)
    Loot Craters received the latest comic with an exclusive cover!
  • “Oh, Brother” Art Print by J.Salvador (Value: $15.00)
    I think I found his Etsy shop and so that is what I’ve based the value of this card on.
  • Temporary tattoos, pin, and toxic waste candy (Est. Value: $5.00)

Total Box Value: $77.98

This box had GREAT value – plus we loved all of the items!  The sledgesaw pen was a little lost on me, my husband loved everything in the box!  We are currently debating on whether we should open the comic or not!

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Loot Crate did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Review: Graze Snack Box 2

Graze is one of the healthier snack box subscriptions that you can get.  You can have it delivered bi-weekly, weekly, or more often.  Graze costs $6.00 per box and sends you 4 different snacks in each box.  You can customize the box by eliminating whole categories (nuts, spicy, etc) and/or rating the snacks individually.

Graze Snack Box 2

  • Cherries & Berries: I marked this one as a “love”!  I thought that the cherries were really tasty and the combination of berries balanced the sweetness of the cherries.
    Contains: Cherries, lingonberries, cranberries and jumbo raisins
  • Toffee Apple:  I marked this one as a “like” simply because it’s something that I can prepare for myself.  I think that the package makes travel and portion control easier, but it’s not unique enough for me to mark it as a “love”.   That said, it’s very tasty and the amount of caramel is very generous!
    Contains: Sticky toffee sauce with granny smith apple slices
  • Garden of England: I left this one as a “try” because I’m not sure how I feel about it – I like the apple pieces, but I’m not sure how I feel about the rest of the mix.  I think maybe it was the texture of the strawberries that threw me off?  I will have to have it again before I can pass judgement on it.
    Contains: Mini strawberries, blackcurrants and soft apple pieces
  • Smoky Hot Dog: My husband and I both really liked this one!  It’s got a hint of mustard to all of the snacks.
    Contains: Mustard breadsticks, cheddar cheese croutons and smoked cashews

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Ipsy Glam Bag: October 2014

Oh Ipsy, I do not understand your “Beauty Candy” theme at all…

 

Ipsy Glam Bag October 2014

 

This month I got:

  • NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara (Value: $4.99)
    I already have 5,987 mascaras so I haven’t opened this one yet, although other people seem to really like it!
  • Noya Lipstick – Deeply in mauve (Est. Value: $3.00)
    This color is too dark for me and I am not a huge fan of the formula/smell – it reminds me of face paint.
  • Figs & Rouge Hand Cream – Rose Berry (Value: $6.56)
    I got the Rose Berry scent and I am not a fan – it smells like blueberry yogurt that’s been left on the counter for too long.  The lotion also feels….watery – that’s the best way I can describe it.
  • ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair (Value: $12.00)
  • Skyn IcelandMini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Est. Value: $5.00)
    I like these cleansing wipes, and they are great at removing make-up, but at $15.00 for a pack of 30…well, I’ll stick to my Yes To! wipes.

Total Value: $31.55

I really liked the wipes in this bag, and I think I will use the mascara and the ECRU hair cream, but otherwise this bag was kind of a wash for me – not the worst, but def. not the best.

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

 

Elsa Inspired Mani

Over the long weekend I had a bit of extra time, so I decided to do a mani inspired by one of my favorite movies – Frozen!

Elsa Mani

I‘ve been wanting to use my Born Pretty stamper template again and I think it worked out really well here!  I also used a chevron nail sticker from Julep and was very pleased with the quality!

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Elsa Mani Details

 

I started all of the nails with a base coat of Snow Storm by Cover Girl – it was opaque in two coats and I was very pleased with the color!

Clockwise from top left:

  • Two coats of On A Silver Platter by Essie – I really liked this glitter! It’s a silver and blue glitter and is perfect for winter manis!
  • Two  coats of Mer-Maid for Each Other by Nicole by  OPI – this is a really fun color and I can see myself using it again!   I think it runs more towards green than blue (it looks more blue in the bottle) – but nevertheless, a great color!  I think the white base really helped the color pop.  I also placed a few diamonds from Julep’s Crystal on top of Mer-Maid.
  • I used the individual stars on the Born Pretty nail stamper template to stamp 3 stars – in each in Winter, Bess , and Char all by Julep.  I covered the stars with a coat of Fairy Dust by China Glaze.
  • I put the Julep chevron nail sticker on top of the Snow Storm base coat and added two coats of Julep’s Marion.  Marion’s color is AMAZING and has a great subtle glitter to it, BUT it stained like no other and was incredibly difficult to clean up.  I finished by rolling my finger in a little bit of Martha Stewart micro glitter and sealing with a top coat
  • For the last nail I used Spun Sugar by Revlon Parfumerie with the Born Pretty plate to stamp silver swirls over the white base coat.  I covered the swirls with a coat of Coretta by Julep (pretty much a dupe of Fairy Dust)

AND in a stunning life lesson of why you need to pay attention to your base coat – I used a top coat for the base coat, so this all started peeling off the next afternoon!  I filled in the missing nails with Tania, but just gave-up after the 4th nail and took it all off.  Oh well, a lesson to always double check your base coat!

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BarkBox: September 2014

BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about back-to-school/football!

September 2014 BarkBox

This month we got:

  • Etta Says Rabbit Chew (Value: $2.99)
    Poesy is always a fan of these treats and runs away with them immediately!
  • PetSafe indigo Smokehouse Strips(Value: $5.00)
    We had actually purchased these a couple of weeks ago from a local pet store – Poesy loves them!  They are a great treat and she’s crazy for them.  We did choose to refrigerate after opening, but the original box we had came with a resealable bag for keeping in the fridge.
  • Yumzies Jerky Burgers (Est. Value: $6.39)
    Poesy doesn’t seem to be a super big fan of these, which is weird because she usually loves duck!
    Side note: It looks like the company is redoing their packaging of this product and they are now being sold in a 5oz bag (as opposed to 4oz) as “Mini Yumzies Duck Jerky Burgers Natural BBQ Flavor”
  • Loopies Letterman Jacket (Value: $10.00)
    A BarkBox exclusive!  Poesy likes crinkly toys so this was right up her alley!  I’ve found it stashed around the apartment in various spots so I think she’s “saving” it for later.
  • Pawxford Pennant Toy (Value: $5.00)
    A BarkBox exclusive!  Poesy didn’t seem to particularly like or not like this toy.  She played with it for a bit and then it just got lumped in with the rest of her toys.

Box Value: $29.38

BarkBox has started including their valuation of items on the box card – and I have to disagree with some of their valuations, however – this box is well over the $19.00/month that the subscription cost so I’m not too upset.  I like the exclusive toys and think that they are the perfect size for Poesy!

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Review: Graze Box 1

Graze is a new subscription that I signed-up for to help get some healthier snack options into the house.    They have tons of snack and you can customize them by picking either the calorie counter or the regular box – and then go even further with filers like: spicy food, requires a microwave, unsuitable for vegans, contains nuts, contains gluten, and contains nuts.

You can also “trash” individual snacks or request that ones come more often – but you can’t pick exactly what comes in each box.  Each box is $6 and you can choose if it comes every week, every other week, or more often.

I had originally eliminated all nuts, spicy foods, and most dairy from my selections since these are things I avoid in my diet – but my husband was so interested in the box that I have expanded my selections somewhat.

Graze Snack Box 1

 

  • Herby Bread Basket: I kept this one as a “like” (this means that I want it sent occasionally).  My husband and I both liked this one, but felt it was something that you could get at a store – we are just looking to branch out a little bit more.
    Contains: Mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers
  • Cheese & Chive Oatbakes:  My husband really liked this one, but I wasn’t brave enough to try it with the red onion marmalade!  This is just a bit too outside my comfort zone, so we kept it as a “like”
    Contains: Red onion marmalade with cheese and chive oatbakes
  • Tripple Berry Smoothie: I moved this one to “trash” (this means that they won’t ever send it again).  I really didn’t like the texture of the bananas and I’m not really a cranberry person in general, so this just wasn’t a winner for me.  This snack pack does count as a full serving of fruit though!
    Contains: Mini strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and chewy banana coins
  • Key Lime Pie: I was skeptical about this one, but we ended up moving it to a “love” (this means I want it sent regularly).  I love key lime pie, but the idea of lime flavored raising kind of freaked me out a bit – it was really good!  The clear winner of Graze box 1, it offers just enough sweetness to really satisfy a dessert craving.  My favorite pieces were the mini meringues!
    Contains: Lime flavored raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues and green raisins

We really liked Graze and actually gifted my mom a subscription for her birthday!  The snack are focused on portion size – so they are roughly a large handful.  I’ve already gotten my second box and can’t wait to try some other new snacks!

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I paid for this snack box myself.  I was not asked to write this review or compensated in any way.