I'm a creative lady who loves to try the latest and greatest and everything in between.
New experiences motivate me, and I love sharing the stuff I love with friends and family. I'm a daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend to some great people.
A writer by trade. If you need me, you'll usually find me writing, discovering a new show on Netflix, reading a book, or in the kitchen.
I bought this product because I was looking for a silicone-free foundation or B.B. cream to give me the coverage I needed while not breaking me out. The first thing you might notice about this product is that it has a slightly weird smell when you first open it and squeeze it out. Luckily, as soon as you start to blend it, that dissipates and it gains a light almost citrus scent that is pleasant.
You will have to blend this thoroughly. This is not something you just put on, smooth quickly and walk away. I apply with my fingers, and then I blend it out until it’s a very thin layer using a stippling brush, then finishing and smoothing it out with my fingers.
To finish, I like to use a mineral finishing powder applied with a fluffy brush and setting spray. If I set it right,I can get through a day at work with it. A little goes a long way!
I have combination skin, and even when wearing this, my nose sometimes needs to be blotted. Otherwise, The only thing that bothers me is a very slight white cast from the mineral, physical sunscreen. What helps for me, is to wear blush to bring a little color to my face to counter it.
These are so effective. I got these in the Playa VoxBox and it was in the summer. I have wavy hair that is no stranger to frizz. I picked one day where I had been outside in the hot summer sun walking around and sweating, my hair frizzing up and looking a mess. I used one of these towelettes and immediately noticed that they are not greasy to the touch.
I slid it over my frizzy hair and immediately it began to calm right down. These are convenient to use and store in your bag with no mess for situations where you need to clean up on the go or from morning to afternoon or evening at work or for after-work fun.
My hair is wavy but also medium texture, so too much oil could weigh it down, but this left my hair shiny and smooth without weighing my hair down. I am sold.
I'm going to start off by saying that I'm not usually a fan of hot sauce or, hot flavors in general. Often, they are vinegary and can be overwhelming, but I also love to try new things. This was sent to me for free in a VoxBox, and I was glad to receive the chance to try. Since I make lots of chicken, I decided to try it on a chicken breast and on a bit of scrambled eggs.
The flavor here was balanced, and the sauce itself had a good texture. It's not watery or thick, it's a good saucy consistency. While I'm not going to become a regular hot sauce user, you can still get good flavor here on your favorite foods from a more subtle kick to full-on flavor.
I found these in store today and had to buy them. I love sweet potatoes, and these are my favorite chips, so combining them sounded like a winner. And it was! They are crunchy and have a sweet note that combines in the chips for a very pleasant snack that is different than the other flavors.
I have eaten sweet potato versions of various chips, including potato chips and other snacks, but these are my favorite and whenever I see them, I will try to pick up another bag. I can still find them in my local store, and it seemed like a new product so I’m not sure why it is listed as discontinued, but I hope that’s not the case because I love these.
Great Lash mascara has been a bestselling staple product for decades, and it does have staying power. I had the opportunity to test the formula in Royal Blue for free thanks to Influenster and Maybelline.
I have used Great Lash before, and it is a reliable mascara for your drugstore makeup shopping needs. The blue color is visible clearly on the brush, which may be a little shorter than some are used to, but don't worry, apply it and wiggle it through your lashes, and it will give you separation and some lift. The blue adds a fun pop of color to the formula, which lets you apply a couple of coats before it dries.
A few things I noticed:
- The blue is fun, but never overpowering. However, as a dark brunette, this limits the way the color shows on my lashes. But this makes it infinitely more wearable in any situation. I wore mine to work, to spend time with friends, and while running errands.
When you have dark hair, you might think your only mascara options are black or brown, but nope!
- On me, the mascara color showed up best in the light and from the side. However, the lash separation, lift, and formula lasted through my day until I took my makeup off at night. I used a little setting spray on my makeup.
I am taking off one star for the difference in how much color wear you can expect from this product. Blondes and other light-haired folks will see the most payoff, but it's still fun for those of us with dark hair. Especially since it is wearable all over.
- Included in the package I received was a waterproof Unstoppable pencil liner in Onyx, which I will review separately, but it may be my new favorite drugstore pencil liner. It stays where many smudge badly.
I often make sandwiches in the morning to take with me for lunch at work. Because I am also interested in healthier eating, I try to only buy uncured lunch meats without added nitrites. Some of these varieties are pricey, but this is a more affordable option.
Overall, there's good smoked flavor in this ham, and a depth of flavor that isn't overly salty and bland like some ham can be. There's a full 8oz in the tub, which gets me a whole week of sandwiches.
Paired with Swiss or Cheddar cheese, this is the foundation of a tasty lunch, and I have been trying the whole line just to mix it up (more reviews to come). It's great to see more uncured options at affordable price points in supermarkets and other large stores.
I saw these in the store and instantly called my mom, because coconut and chocolate are her favorites, and something we both love. I bought three packages (two for her, one for me), went home and tried them. The marshmallow is a good size for a snack, with three in a package. It is coconut flavored, but not cloyingly sweet. These are yummy and balanced in taste. The flavor is good, and then the dark chocolate coating hits and the two flavors blend into that classic combination that I definitely loved.
I brought the others to my mom, and she would also give these five stars. We hope this one comes back!
I have had dark circles forever. They're something my grandma passed down to me, and my deep-set eyes and bone structure make them even more visible. I've been using various types of concealers on them for some time, and even highlighters and other tones to merely brighten the area. I never found a great solution, just okay ones. Then I spotted this in the store one day and bought one in medium.
I looked at the ingredients and saw things like kaolin clay on the label, which made me wary, but the texture of this concealer is smooth, creamy, and blends and covers well. It brightens without being shiny, cakey, or thick. It works to counter the dark circles just like it says it will. If you use foundation over this, it won't be a cakey mess. Huge points for that!
I'm happy with this product and will repurchase when I need to. Sometimes just this concealer and a touch of tinted moisturizer or BB cream have worked on my lazy weekend days when I didn't want a full face.
I'm a tea lover, and trying new tea free from Influenster made me super excited to receive this box. The Pure Leaf brand is one that I already loved and buy bottled iced tea from, so this gave me more reasons to be excited.
Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors, so this one was the one I had to try first, especially as it's intended to be a hot tea, and it's winter right now. I received the tea and tried it a few times before writing this review.
This tastes like a good quality black tea and one that I would buy again. The vanilla flavor adds a flavor that is subtle, but present. You can coax a little more by adding sugar and brewing it a bit stronger, but there's something for different kinds of tea lovers here. I do like that this does have a bit of list from caffeine, which makes it a nice morning starter. All in all, the flavor and the quality make this one I am likely to purchase in the future.
I have the matte version in shade 120 and I started using it when I had serious acne from stress. It did a great job covering up my redness and breakouts and letting me look presentable at work. This was a really great find I decided to try on a friend's recommendation. It is definitely a gem at the drugstore. It can cake a bit after about 6 hours, but you can easily smooth it back into looking pretty good.