Influenster Vox Box Review

Hello Passionista,

Today, I have a special #curltreat to share with you. I received another Vox Box from Influenster,that is all about CURLS and treating yourself to healthy styles.

What’s in the box?

This Vox Box includes Garnier Fructis Curl Treat Leave- in stylers: Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie.

Y’all know I love a good hair product and these styler came just in time for the holidays. I decided to do a flexi rod set using both the Hydrating butter and Defining smoothie. I normally don’t purchase Garnier Fructis products for my hair because honestly I didn’t think it was a brand for ethnic natural hair. Now that I’ve tried these curl treats I will be purchasing these products and exploring what other good styling products Garnier Fructis has to offer my thick natural curls.

Both the Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie formulas are thick and feels very rich. You only need to apply a little bit to each section of hair.

When styling my hair with the flexi rods, I wet my hair with a spray bottle of warm water, them added the Hydrating Butter from root to ends. Before starting to roll each section of hair with the flexi rod, I used my finger to rub the Defining smoothie and a small amount of curl gel to the ends. Once my entire head was rolled and twisted in the flexi rod, I let it air dry over night then sat under the hair drier the next morning for 20 mins (just to make sure my roots were completely dry)

Natural Hair Tip: Make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry when doing twist out, rod or roller set before untwist or unrolling. It makes a huge different in the final look and how long it will last.

I am amazed at the finished look of this flexi rod protective style. Like I said, I never thought Garnier Frutis products were for my type of hair. There advertisements always have white women with straight hair, I don’t fit that audience so I over look the brand. I would like to see more women of color with different types and styles of hair in their advertisements.

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes.

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PinchMe Review

Hello Passionista,

So I’ve received yet another PINCHme Box. I think this may be my last PINCHMe box. Don’t get me wrong, I like getting free stuff to try and I love sharing my reviews with you guys. But ….. PINCHMe is too much. When I first joined PINCHMe, it was simple you complete surveys for points and you get free samples to review. Recently they’ve switched something up. You have to take more surveys to get a box now. For some reason, I don’t qualify for most of the surveys anymore. I’ll spend hours on the website filling out the same basic information just to get rejected from completing the entire survey and getting all my points. I don’t event get a box every month any more. When I do get a box it takes it forever to arrive and when it does the box is all beat up.

Sample #1: Native Deodorant

The sample size packaging is great for trial. I have it in my work bag, just in case I need a refresh during the day or if I need to freshen up after work to head straight to happy hour.

There is nothing special about this product to me. It’s just like any other deodorant minus the parabens, aluminum and phthalates. You put this deodorant on the same way you would any other deodorant. I’ve used this deodorant for the past week and had no issues of being musty. I don’t really do any hard labor activity throughout the day anyways. I think it’s slightly impressive that the formula still seems to work without the aluminum, parabens and phthalates. It makes me questions why those ingredients were ever added to hygiene and body care products in the first place. A question consumers will probably never know the truth about.

This deodorant is made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc. Honestly, I don’t know what none of these ingredients are. But I do know that “Free From” parabens and phthalates, etc. has become a industry trend for skincare and cosmetic products. Just about everything new to market have these “Free From” call outs on the packaging and all over social media.

I did find this product in Target. The regular size product is 2.65oz and costs $11.99. I don’t see myself purchasing deodorant for $11.99 when I’ve used to paying $3-$4. There is also a mini size 0.35oz for $2.99, which is the same size as the sample from PINCHme. I don’t know how long the 0.35oz will last but I like how compact it is for on the go purposes. I will continue to use my sample and I may purchase the mini in store, but I know I will not be purchasing the $11.99 product. Toms brand is not even that much.

Samples #2: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub with Tamarind Extract & Tea Tree Oil

This sample came in the form of a packet for a one time use. But the regular in store product is a 1.5oz tube for $4.49 on sheamoisture.com. The sample contained enough product for a good one time use of the product.

The product is meant to be a smoothing exfoliator to help cleanses any impurities of the skin. I used a facial spatular to apply the product all over my face and neck. Then used my hands to massage in my skin in a circular and upward motion. The scent is very mild, but PLEASE do not get the product in your eye. I did and it was horrible.

I felt like my skin was softer and cleanser after use. I didn’t really need to do anything else to my face. So I used my Little Barn Coconut + Mint facial mist to set my face and start my day.

This is a product I see myself purchasing and using more that I have tried the sample. It reasonable priced and works well.

Sample #3 Sugru Moldable Glue

This is not really a product that I need or would see myself in need of. I honestly had to find something to use it on to write this review. For a handy person, this product will come in handy for around the house quick fixes. I have a white board that fell of the wall and cracked recently. I wasn’t going to throw it away but the way it broke, I could not rehang it on the wall without repairing it. I was going to just use my hot glue gun, but after I received this sample I decided to use this. The package states it take 48 hours to fully dry. I used half of the samples to repair this white board and the other half went to waist because it harden in the slightly opened samples package.

Disclaimer: I received this product from PINCHme for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) to it was sent to me. 

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BLOGMAS Day 28 | Year End 2018 Favorites

Hello Passionista,

Some of my 2018 favorites

BLOGMAS Day 22| Yes To Foaming Sheet Mask Review

Hello Passionista,

I have been trying so hard to not miss a day of blogmas. And I missed a day of blogmas 🤦🏾‍♀️!!!!!! So disappointing, but I’ve been super busy this month. I’m not just being lazy and not blogging I just had an intense Friday. Maybe I’ll do a bonus blog, but for now BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAM.

I love a good pamper day. Pampering myself is a important part of my self care. I enjoy doing a at home facial, a bath with salts and scrubs and body oil to nourish my skin.

I recently adding a new product to my at home pamper day routine. Instead of a clay mask, this time I used the Yes To Cucumbers Bubbling Paper Mask, purchased from Target. I’m not really sure I had any expectations before using this product. I was curious to see how it felt and if it really worked.

It really worked. I applied the sheet mask just like any other sheet mask. It was not foamy when I took it out of the packaging. The sheet mask was nicely soaked with the formula. I don’t even know how long it took the mask to foam up. I didn’t feel it foam up. After I applied the mask, I enjoyed my hot bath soak with bath salts and once I was out I looked in the mirror and the mask had foamed. I was concerned that maybe the foam formula pull leave my skin feeling dry after taking the mask off. To my surprise the mask felt my skin feeling really hydrated. I used my face water mist to set my face after the mask and went about the rest of my pampering.

Have you tried this Bubbling sheet mask yet?

BLOGMAS Day 11| CVS Make Up Remover Wipes Product Review

Hello Passionista, 

So I was in CVS the other day ranting about the price of make up remover wipes. Honestly, brand mark up cost are outrageous and I’m over it. I like Neutrogena, but I’m also tired of Neutrogena’s price point. 

I opted to tried a cheaper store brand version of make up remover wipes. This is a new  CVS private label brand make up remover wipe, retailed at $2.99. To my luck, when I got to the register this item was actually on sale- buy one, get one 50% off. Of course I purchased 2 packs. I will always need facial wipes. I use them everyday, multiple times a day. 

CVS Brand Cucumber & Aloe Soothing Facial Wipes – clarifies and refreshes skin

CVS Brand Fragrance Free Moisturizing Facial Wipes- alcohol and fragrance free

First Impressions: 

The packaging is cute… but for a teenager. The price is what drew my interest to purchase this project. Not the packaging! The wipe it self is thick and soft, if feels to be some good quality. It’s not a Neutrogena wipe but no complaints. The formula gentle remove make up perfectly. I used one wipe to remover a full face of make up without the towel drying out. I had no issue wiping away my eye make up either. Other than the packaging I like these wipes a lot. I;m not saying I will never buy expensive Neutrogena make up remover wipes again, but for now the CVS private brand is a great alternative. 

The reseal label will honestly determine if I re-purchase these wipes again. My biggest pet peeve with make up remover wipes is that after a while the reseal label stops sticking or curls up and my wipes start drying out before I can finish all the wipes. I hope this product doesn’t do that. follow me on social media for updated on this review as I continue to used these wipes. 

This is L. Organic Pads and Tampons | Use and Review

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We live in a world that overlooks the beauty behind being a women and the female body. It’s sad but true. I believe there is a generational divide in the appreciation of women and their bodies… everything from our hair and outer beauty to our well being and health. Every since I can remember I question by products like pads and tampons were on market to be conventionally sold in stores but birth control is free. I’m pretty sure I can go into a deep debate with just about anyone who feels like women should have to buy pads and tampons.

img_0942On top of that fact that we have to purchase these items, companies started using thing like pesticides, chlorine, and fragrances to manufacturer products we need as women. What type of foolishness is this? For years, I didn’t know what was in the products I used for my monthly. I never thought to ask. My parents gave me “the talk” told me what to do and things went from there. It was until the Tiffany Haddish Breakfast Club interview, “where she told her experience with Toxic Shock Syndrome, that I became curious in what products like pads and tampons were made up of. To my surprise it was awful !!!! So many thoughts raised in my head… “How could a company honestly sell this stuff to women knowing what is in it? How could the government allow this? How many years has this been going on?”

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Finally one day in Target, I cam across the This is L. product line. The packaging is what drew my attention to the product. I like how clean and chic the packaging of the products look. My favorite is the clear pale that the tampons come in. I like to reuse them to store other stuff. I currently have like 2 of them under my bathroom sink, full of hair rollers and accessories. I was honestly surprised to see organic female products on shelf in a mass retail store like Target, for the same price as the other brands. My thoughts then were, ” if organic products can be manufacturer and sold at the same price point why add all the pesticides, chlorine and dyes in the first place?” It honestly blow my mind. But I was excited to try the organic pads and tampons. I honestly, thought the products were too good to be true. For the same price as Always and Kotex brand I will try.

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Some of my concerns were about comfort and leaks. So the first time I tried the products I used them over a weekend that I was mainly at home. I didn’t want to be out and have any accidents in public. But to my surprise there was nothing to worry about. The tampons felt like tampons. The pads felt like pads. The panty liners felt like panty liners. I was amazed and proud.

I buy organic pads and tampons and I’m not going back to those old harmful products. Click here to learn more about This is L. Inc. and purchase products online, also sold in Target.

Top 5 Faves | Skincare

Hello Passionista

Thought I’d share some of my latest favorites, what you crushin on? 

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel

img_0607First things first … I love that is product is 100% all natural. I’m not really natural crazy when it come to products but this is a product I put on my face. And daily! Also I love that is product is fragrance free. Although it has that witch hazel scent, there is no perfumes added to alter the natural scent. I wish I could buy this in bulk (larger than 16oz) with like a little refill bottle or something. But the formula is great. I have been using this product for a little over a year, just to cleanse my face after every shower. I use cotton pads from the dollar tree to wipe my face, then I proceed to a mask or scrub.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask

img_0603I have a sweet thing for sheet mask. I must say I enjoy them more than spread a masks across my face and standing over a sink to wash it off. Yeah, I’m a little lazy. But that’s why someone started marketing sheet mask. I use them at  least 2 times a week. Yes To sheet masks are always so soft. There literally made of cotton, which cause me to leave it on until it dries. Sometime! Yes To has the coolest packaging graphics. Yes To Coconut products really hydrates my skin and enhance my glow.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF 15

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This has been my life line since summer. Every morning after washing my face, I moisturize with this. I did not understand how much a little SPF helps. Honey! My skin tone has been even all year… I never happens. This product is my best friend. I love the the tap is bigger enough for the tube to stand up on the counter and small enough to carry around. But it was kind expensive so I hope this bottle last me a while.

Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub

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I have had this product for at least a year. Theres’s no expiration date on the product so I hope thats okay. Basically I use this product the few days before and after getting a wax. Its a gentle exfoilator that feels good. Time to go buy another!

Lush Bath Bomb- Butterball

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My absolutely favorite. An colleauge put me on to Lush and it changed my life. The butterball has been my favorite from the every beginning.  I nice hot soak not bubbles, just hot water and oils. Such amazing self care.

Lipstick of the Week

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Fall is here baby!

This liquid lipstick in the color wannabe by Tarte is one of my favorites for fall. Wannabe is the perfect universal dark nude for just about every type of outfit. It’s something about breezy and cold weather with a cardigan and dark lip stick that makes me feel fancy. I love how long it liquid formula lasts. I only had to apply once for the entire work day.

When using a lip pencil, I recommend matching Mac lip pencil in the color plum.

Lipstick of the Week: MAC matte lipstick

Hello Passionista!

This week has been awesome. On Sunday, I met up with friends to spend some chill time in the park. The weather was nice, sun was shinning, and we needed some girl chat.

I love a good park picnic set up. So on short notice I gathered my blanket, cards games, snacks and wine for our little park adventure. The weather was not too hot or too cold, allowing us to enjoy the park for about five hours out in the sun. (Well under a tree really)

Since this was a outside event and I sweat so easily, I made it a fresh face SUNDAY. But you know I can’t go without lipstick.

This week I have fallen in love with the MAC Matte Lipstick in the color whirl, all over again. I purchased this lipstick last fall and with the seasons changing and getting new lipsticks it has just been siting on my lipstick rack. But look at it on me. It is time I bring this whirl color out of retirement and start rocking it again.

Pictures from the Park:

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionista

It’s Friday!!! We’ve almost made it through this week. It has been a long one for me and I can’t wait to relax for the weekend.

Even though it’s been a rough week, I’m always determined not to look like what I feel like. Today I’m enjoying the GA sunshine with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in the color Spice.

Purchased from ULTA on sale for buy 1 get one week during National Lipstick Day. I love this color, so I have to have it. It will definitely be a favorite in my fall makeup essentials.

Blooper: