Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m impressed!

It’s a samples box! I’ve reviewed several of these before but this is my first time reviewing one from Influenster and reviewing one that focuses on natural beauty and health. Holla! What’s Influenster? Their website explains it best and chances are that if you are a blogger and/or have a strong online influence, you can be a candidate to receive Influenster boxes.

Okay soooooo…here we go with their first ever Naturals VoxBox!

At first glance I got a bit giddy because I spotted TWO brands that I was familiar with. That’s a good sign. Y’all know how much of a snob I am about skincare and while I love featuring all brands, I really only use natural skincare products on my crazy sensitive skin. Also, keep in mind that this box isn’t necessarily a “beauty” box. I was prepared to see all kinds of goodies up in this box.

Glad to see Influenster included a list of what was in said box…

First up is a single packet of EBOOST ($28 for box of 20 powders).

I don’t use products like these as I’d rather supplement with vitamins or at the very least get the “added”  vitamins in the food that I’m eating. And since I’m pregnant, I don’t want to try anything new. I suppose this would be great for those suffering from colds but I’m the type to sip some echinacea tea. I’m granola like that. :mrgreen:

Next up was the stick of GeoDeo.

What’s that? An all-natural deodorant? So up my alley! In fact, I’ve sworn off of traditional deodorants for quite some time and while it took me some time to find a brand that works, I’m pretty confident knowing that I’ll never go back to traditional deodorants. This brand is new to me and I was happy to see that it was “okay” in terms of natural deodorants.

It’s still not 100% natural because it’s got that Parfum (Fragrance) in it but hey…not bad. However, I tested it for a few days and smelled like a goat each day I used it. Ah well. My feelings aren’t hurt. I’ve tried enough natural deodorants to know that they are tricky. Some works and others don’t. I do like the packaging and concept behind this one though.

CleanWell Individual Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($29.99 for 50 pouches)

I’ve actually purchased and used CleanWell several times and love this alcohol-free hand sanitizer. I didn’t know they made wipes though. I prefer this over alcohol-based hand sanitizers because the ingredients are milder than other hand sanitizers.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap.

Popular among the black girl natural hair community, Shea Moisture just happens to be one of my favorite skinare brands on the market. I’ve declared my love for Shea Butter manyyyyy times so I was excited to see this bar of soap. Plus I’m having a baby. And I have eczema. Perfect pick for me! I think I’m going to save this for when Baby Clumps is a little older and I’m hoping her precious skin won’t have to endure eczema. But if she gets it…I’ll be prepared. I’ll be honest though – the chances of me trying this before she is born are extremely likely! Oh, and Shea Moisture always impressed me with their lack of horrible ingredients.

Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweeteners

Call me a snob but I’ve never been a fan of sweetners because they’ve always tasted artificial to me. Yes, even Splenda. I opt for agave nectar, honey and brown sugar and sometimes white sugar. That said, this isn’t a product that I would ever use. Oh and…what is monk fruit????

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

Look! It’s a lip balm. I got all excited when I saw this. As a fan of lip balms, bees and shea butter, I had high hopes for this balm. And it delivered! Ingredients-wise, it’s not too shabby.

The packaging is adorable…

And the product feels great on the lips. It has very light mint-ish scent and it feels nice and smooth on the lips. This is a product that I’d purchase again. In fact, had I seen it in stores, it’s likely that I would have purchased it before receiving this sample.

And lastly…The Original Dish Drying Mat ($4.99)

I’ve never seen anything like this but supposedly this mat helps to conserve energy and the use of paper towels because of its absorbency. Hmm. Okay. I haven’t found a real use for it just yet I like the concept.

Overall, I was VERY impressed with the Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m more impressed than what I thought I’d be. While every product didn’t woo me, the majority of the did. So much so that I’ll be repurchasing most of them. Not too shabby!

How’s this for a natural centered sample box? Not too bad, uh?

Urban Decay Friends and Family sale starts today!

 

It’s hereeee! Urban Decay’s Friends and Family sale starts today so if I made you all weak in the knees with wanting that awesome Naked Liquid foundation, now is your chance to grab it 20% off. See how much I look out for y’all? :cool:

The sale ends on Saturday, October 13th so you’ve only got a few days to get your discounted shop on. And I’m almost positive that the sale includes already discounted items as well. *squeals* Don’t forget to use discount code FFHOLIDAY12 at checkout.

 

Other Urban Decay recs of mine:
Lush Lash mascara – awesome mascara! Check out my review.
Eyeshadow Primer Potion – It’s only the best ever.
Naked 2 palette – I’m still the beauty loser who hasn’t tried out 1 or 2. I think this sale may convince me to splurge.
24/7 Double-Ended Glide On Pencil – I use Zero daily and Whiskey is the perfect color for more subtle looks.

Happy shopping!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 62

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Phyrra – Phyrra is entranced by the celestial wonders of an Autumn Sky with the Meow Harvest Moon Collection.

Vampy Varnish – Wants you to check out the new Seche Nail Color Collection!

we heart this – gives Eye Rock Eyeliner Tapes a spin (while shouting at the devil, of course).

Beauty Junkies Unite – Here’s your peek at essie’s new fall nail polish collection, Stylenomics! Which shade is your favorite?

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Liquid foundation. It really is the best liquid foundation that she’s ever tried. And that says a lot!

EauMG – Victoria has found a new patchouli perfume love, here’s her video review of Spanish luxury perfume line, Ramon Monegal Mon Patchouly.

Lipglossiping – shares her Autumn lust list, well, a girl’s gotta keep warm somehow!

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever wished someone could photoshop you in real life? This won’t make you skinnier, but will even out your skin and help hide aging!

Nouveau Cheap – shows you a $3 face product that didn’t work for its intended purpose, but turned out to be a game-changer in a completely unexpected way.

Pink Sith – has finally found her holy grail mattifyer for her oil slick skin AND it’s not a constipation medicine!

Prime Beauty – loves the wide awake look IT Cosmetics Hello Bright Eyes Pencil Duo gives her so much, she breaks into song!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I love this beautiful Adele inspired look by Cora of Vintage or Tacky.

Question of the Week:

Who inspired you to get into makeup?

 

B says, “My beautiful friend and fashion blogger Ariel over at Fashion Devotee was probably my biggest influence. We are college buddies and one day during my senior year of college, we went into a MAC store. As she shopped, I looked around mesmerized and was immediately bitten by the makeup bug. Prior to that Ari was always into makeup and I loved playing into her stash even though I didn’t know what I was doing. “

Crazy how I didn’t get into makeup until my early 20’s, uh? Who inspired you to get into makeup?

 

See you next week!

 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 61

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Prime Beauty – adds some BAM! to her usual neutral eye look with 6 great green eyeliners. 

Phyrra – shares her tips and tricks for How to have the Best and Brightest Hair!

we heart this – ever wonder what a beauty blogger buys when she’s the one paying? Find out with Stef’s latest Bluemercury and Kiehl’s haul.

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away THREE $50 gift cards to Sephora.com. Wanna win one?

EauMG – Oud has been the “it” note in niche perfumes for awhile. We’ve smelled dirty ouds, rose-ouds, and ouds for dudes. Finally, we have a pretty, pretty princess oud – Review of HEELEY Agarwoud extrait parfum.

Lipglossiping – looks for the thorns among the roses in Balenciaga’s latest fragrance, Florabotanica.

Gouldylox Reviews – Read the tale of the FNO That Never Was and find out how you can scare sharks right out of your bathtub!

Nouveau Cheap – tried her first Asian BB cream, Missha Perfect Cover SPF42, and tells you exactly why she loves it more than her American BB creams.

Pink Sith – Reviews butter LONDON nail polish in Knackered by using .gifs and pictures, and is giving away 2 more nail polishes from butter LONDON to boot!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime BeautyLola’s Secret Beauty blog is a little known gem in the blogosphere. Lola has excellent taste in cosmetics and a beautiful writing style. A must read!

Question of the Week:

Does your makeup routine change from summer to fall?

 

B says, “Sometimes. I’m of the mindset that beauty lovers should wear whatever they want despite the seasons but I love playing around with more oranges, burnt reds and burgundy on the lips. Just kidding. I actually hate how burgundy lipstick looks on me. Gah!”

What about you? Do you switch it up when the seasons change?

 

See you next week!

 

Last Q-tips Tipster Post + Giveaway! Sephora gift card. (3 winners!)

Welp, it’s my very last Q-tips video and giveaway. Can y’all believe it’s been almost a year since I was selected to be a Q-tips ambassador? I have been spreading the gospel about the awesomeness that are these cotton-y stick thingies and just because my term is ending doesn’t mean I’ll stop braggin’ about them.

This video showcases 5 ways I like to use Q-tips while traveling. I’ve been working on limiting what I pack with me and whaddya know…you can actually save space by leaving some of your makeup brushes behind and just packing some Q-tips. The video is a bit jumbled up but what can I say? I’m so rusty. I don’t think I’ve done 5 videos this whole year. Meanwhile, years ago, I’d do 1 video a week. Ack!!

Let’s jump to the good giveaway stuffs. You know the deal! Give the good ole’ Rafflecopter some time to load.

Good luuuuuck!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 60

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Pink Sith – HOT PINK FUCHSIA SEX ON A SITCK! Do I have your attention? I thought so. Check out the NARS 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It lives up to the all caps introduction.

Prime Beauty – welcomes Fall with bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette, the perfect mix of neutral and jewel tones!

Phyrra – gives in to her desires and loves the Urban Decay Vice Palette. She reviews, swatches and shares a few tutorials.

we heart this – You know the fabulous Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel that everyone always touts as a must have (us included)? Hiney pimples and arm bumps, be warned, it now comes in a Body Towel.

Beauty Junkies Unite – In the event that you haven’t seen how hyped up the blogosphere is over Urban Decay’s new eyeshadow collection, The Vice Palette, you better check out the preview & swatches before it hits stores officially on the 27th!

Clumps of Mascara – Tarte can do no wrong in my book. Such is the case with these awesome Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks. They’re long lasting lippies made of clay. Hot stuff, uh?

EauMG – Is there anything better than champagne? If you answered, “no”, you need to try Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois perfume. It could change your mind. It’s that good.

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever wonder what it’s like to get serious hair extensions ala every celebrity in Hollywood? I took the plunge for science and am sharing every gory detail!

Nouveau Cheap – finally found the L’Oreal Limited Edition Fall 2012 Project Runway Collection at her local drugstore and picked up the mysterious purple lipgloss. Was it everything she hoped for?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Well, going with the Fragrance theme, I thought I would share with you one of my fave fragrance blogs. It’s called Eyeliner On A Cat. Carrie Meridith is clever and knowledgeable and just an all around fun read! Enjoy!

Question of the Week:

Your three favorite fragrances, name them…

 

B says, “Wellll, we all know that I can’t wear traditional fragrances due to migraines. Most days I don’t wear any fragrances but if I need a lil’ somethin’ I like my LUSH solid perfumes. That’s about it. Fragrance-free is the life for me!”

I know I can’t be the only gal out there who prefers being fragrance-free? Anyone? And if you’d rather go around spritzing smelly stuffs…what fragrances are you lovin’ these days?

 

See you next week!

 

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part I

Ask me to list one of my Top 5 Favorite Brands and I’ll always list Tarte. I’ve been in love with this brand since first swatch. Everything from the packaging of the products their lack of harmful ingredients makes me love ‘em. Aaaand, unlike many “natural” brands, Tarte has a nice selection of brown girl friendly concealers, foundations and powders. Yes!!

If you pop into Sephora and stroll by the Tarte section, you’ll probably spot these beautiful babies. Look at them. Look at them, I say!

Forget the glitzy and shiny lipstick wands. I like these bamboo-inspired ones so much more. Aren’t they beautiful? Even more, the beautiful and colorful designs on each lipstick box and wand represent the color inside. Cute, right? Tarte has put Amazonian clay in a lot of their products and their inclusion in these lippies is to restores the lips’ natural moisture content with nourishing and hydrating properties. (source)

It’s hard to tell how large these wands are if you’re lookin’ at them online but in person, they are pretty long. So one would think that a larger wand means more product, right? Meh. Not really. You’ll get about the same amount of product in these as you would in a lipstick from MAC Cosmetics.

It doesn’t look that way at first but holding them eye-level will reveal that they’re about the same.

Tarte has given us 8 beautiful and complimentary shades for women of all complexions – which I can appreciate. They’ve got everything from nudes, berries, reds and a bright pink. Swatches of the first 4…

(L-R)
Foxy, Bold, Pure, Playful

Guess which one is my fave? Just guess.

Foxy, of course! Described as a deep pink, this is the brightest lipstick out of the bunch. I haven’t seen Tarte do a lippie this vibrant before and for this to be one of their firsts…they knocked it out of the park. The online swatches of this lipstick (well, all of them) doesn’t even do it justice. If you don’t get any other color, Foxy is the one you’ll want to get.

Bold is coral that I find severely unattractive on me. Then again, y’all know how I feel about corals anyway. Pure is a light rose that I found to be an ideal neutral shade for anyone. It freaked me out at first swatch but but it’s actually okay. And lastly is Playful is a purple rose.

This is my second favorite as I find it to be the most wearable. Foxy rocks but it isn’t exactly work-appropriate. Playful, on the other hand, is a great day to night lipstick.

Pro’s
-Extremely versatile shade selection.
-Long-lasting. In fact, the darker shades transform into a stain.
-Very nice and creamy formula. Achieving an opaque finish is super easy.
-Beautiful natural-inspired packaging. I like this more than my fancier lipstick wands.
-Like all Tarte products, these are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates.
-Includes shea, mango and avocado butters.

Cons
-Smells a bit like clay. It actually doesn’t bother me but may annoy others.
-A bit pricey at $26 a pop.
-Not as moisturizing as I would have liked. But I have yet to find a lipstick that is, ya know?

Stay tuned for my review of the other 4 of these. If you just have to just get ONE, I’d say snag Foxy if you’re a gal who loves bright shades or Playful if you want something beautifully wearable. These are currently available at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet? How adorable is the packaging?