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Sunkissed VoxBox Review: Sinful Colors SinfulShine with Gel Tech Nail Colour

Hey loves!

So some quick product reviews of the goods I received in my Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox. One of those being the Sinful Colors SinfulShine with Gel Tech Nail Colour in “Set the Mood.”

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My nails are in a horrid state… so lets overlook that. The SinfulColors SinfulShine Collection is supposed to have “oppulant rich color and superb shine” in fact 5x the shine of their regular polish and its totally does! I took the photo above BEFORE applying my topcoat.

So to say that it leaves a shiny finish is practically an understatement. It also leaves a nearly opaque finish after one coat, so two coats is perfect. It’s definitely nice not having to apply multiple coats just to get the color you bought.

The SinfulShine range goes for $2.99 a bottle, a bargain in comparison to most brands.

I received the shade “Set the Mood” that comes across as a deep teal in the bottle, but sets a tad closer to navy on your nails.

If you’re a nail junkie or need a new shiny shade for a new season, I’d definitely give the SinfulShine range a try. You can pick them up at most Walgreens or online.

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Holiday VoxBox 2012

Hi loves!

Got another Influenster VoxBox full of complimentary goodies to review for you…

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The Holiday VoxBox Goods

  1. Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque in “Clean Up Mud”
  2. Goody QuikStyle Brush – Half Round Styler
  3. Quaker Real Medley’s Oatmeal + in “Apple Walnut”
  4. Sole Society $25Voucher
  5. Kiss Nail Dress
  6. NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”
  7. EBOOST Natural Energy Supplement in “Pink Lemonade”

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque in “Clean Up Mud”

Okay, so I have normally been a fan of MJ masques, I have been sent and bought quite a few before, but this one was awful for me!

MJ masques come in somewhat “single use” packages, but personally you can easily get 2, possibly even 3 uses out of a single package.

So immediately upon slicing open the package, I was hit with a strong Vicks-like scent, which made me wary to begin with, plus this masque is geared toward blemish-prone skin, but nonetheless I tested it out. For reference, I have fairly normal skin, with usually only seasonal dryness/oiliness and a few acne spot here and there on occasion.

This is a clay masque, with Aloe Vera & Willow, among other ingredients. Considering it is a deep cleansing mud masque, which tend to be drying, I naturally followed up with a good moisturizer, but even with that this masque sucked the life out my skin!!

Seriously, immediately after I rinsed the masque off, my skin was feeling dry – parched – taut – and just plain sad. I knew this was geared towards blemish-prone skin, but damn! I had to do some serious damage control after this one.

Final Verdict: Sorry, MJ, but unless your suffering with an oil slick and some serious blemish-ridden skin, skip this one.

Goody QuikStyle Brush – Half Round Styler

Read my quick review on this brush here.

Quaker Real Medley’s Oatmeal + in “Apple Walnut”

Read my quick foodie review on this one here.

Sole Society $25 Voucher

Okay, shoes!! What girl doesn’t love shoes? Now, 80% of the time I would choose NOT to purchase shoes online – I’m always concerned with how they fit, considering I have flat feet.

Well, I was still excited, especially because this wasn’t a typical subscriber/account “club” where you are obligated to purchase or roped into a monthly type thing. Sole Society releases new shoes (usually daily from what I have gathered), they are exclusive designs, seem to be made with good materials, seem to be well made in general and are available for members only.

Unfortunately though, I didn’t get around to using my voucher. Why?

It was only good for a month, and when you’re on a budget sometimes you just can’t swing a shoe purchase. The shoes start at $49 and go up from there, plus tax and shipping, I just couldn’t afford to do it. 

I’m still considering buying from them, as they do have some cute – lust-worthy designs, though they seem to change often – so who knows if the pair I love today, will be there tomorrow.

Final Verdict: Check them out if your curious, and your budget allows, otherwise pass – unless you enjoy online window shopping.

Kiss Nail Dress

Okay, I’ll be short on this one – I just did NOT care for them. They felt like heavy duty stickers (not nail polish) on my nails and honestly I just was waiting the days to get them off. You actually feel the heavy layer over your nails and to remove them – yank them off slowly.

Final Verdict: Just not my style.

NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”

I feel like I have been sent this exact lipgloss half a dozen times, maybe I have, but either way – if you’re on a tight strictly drugstore budget, then perhaps give this one a try.

Sheer, with some shimmer. Applies non-sticky, but does go tacky. Smells like candy.

Final Verdict: Good in a pinch and if you’re on a budget, but not one I would choose over my go to MAC Cremesheens.

EBOOST Natural Energy Supplement in “Pink Lemonade” 

Bleh. This one is no better than the “orange” flavored EBOOST I have been sent many time over.

Final Verdict: Pass.

Well, that sums up everything for the Holiday VoxBox 🙂


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Head & Shoulders VoxBox 2012

Hi loves – a quick review for y’all today!

In late December, I received 3 Influenster VoxBoxes of complimentary products – awesome! I love testing out new products, and sharing my thought with you – especially when I ended up really liking or loving them!

One of the boxes I received was a brand specific box  for Head & Shoulders. Included was two full size bottles of their new Damage Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner collection.

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So I have been using this shampoo for the past month, and as with all Head & Shoulders lines, it is primarily directed at those seeking help with dandruff and dry scalp, but with this specific line aimed at helping those needing extra help with damage.

Considering my hair is very long, and curly, it is more easily prone to damage and dryness, so I was happy to receive this line to test out.

During the cooler months, I actually use Neutrogena T-Gel to combat any seasonal dryness, so I did not mind the fact that this was an anti-dandruff/dryness/etc. brand.

Both the shampoo and conditioner are quite thick in consistency, with a pale yellow color, somewhat like vanilla pudding. They have a nice, gender-neutral and man-friendly, peachy scent.

The shampoo lathers well and neither product leaves a residue if rinsed out properly.

From my experience trying out different products, I usually take it as a step in the right direction when the conditioner is quite thick.

So after the first couple uses, I definitely noticed a difference – a good one – my hair did have that stronger feeling.*

*I should note that I leave my conditioner in my hair for a very long time. Washing/conditioning my hair is one of the first things I do, then I wrap my conditioner coated hair up, only rinsing it out at the end of my shower.

The only downfalls or doubts I have for this line are, for the effectiveness of the anti-dandruff/dryness – as it did not perform as well as my seasonal use of the T-Gel.

Also, from what I have experience, I feel this line serves well for helping with damage if you use it quite regularly. It helps with short term “damage rescue,” but it’s important to point out this is NOT a treatment with long-term effectiveness – it is shampoo and conditioner.

Full Size Value: $5.99 for each the Shampoo & Conditioner

Final Verdict: Definitely recommend this line if you are looking for an economical, gentle, but effective line for light-medium damage and low-mild dryness – to be used regularly.


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Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

Hi lovelies!

So a couple weeks ago I was sent the Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox and I always love getting VoxBoxes! They aren’t like Birchbox or MyGlam, one they are free – you simply need to be an Influenster, qualify and be selected and two – they almost always include full size products to try out. Then you share and report back what you loved, liked, disliked and even hated.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Influenster, check them out here.

So here is what the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox included:

  1. NYC New York Color Individual Eyes – Brown Eyes Compact Palette
  2. Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit #05
  3. Bath & Body Works Mini Candle
  4. EBOOST Health Booster Drink Powder
  5. Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
  6. Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

NYC New York Color Individual Eyes – Brown Eyes Compact Palette

My thoughts:

  • Includes 2 matte shades (vanilla and soft warm brown) and 2 satin shades (soft bronze and cool toned plum).
  • The eyeshadow colors are lovely in the pan, very soft, but have low pigment payoff when applied alone.
  • The shadows also have poor staying power when applied alone and can be easily wiped away.
  • The palette also includes a cream primer (bad, bad, bad!) and cream illuminator (nothing great).
  • The primer doesn’t even set, with the illuminator being very light and fading quickly.
  • I opted to use MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study as my base and for the purpose of this review I applied the shadows according to the “instructions” on the back of the compact, plus added a bit of the plum along my lower lash line.
  • Using a Paint Pot instead of the included primer, the shadows applied more pigmented and stayed on well for hours!
  • When the plum shadow is applied to the outer corner over the matte brown and satin bronze shadows, the resulting look is more of a deep copper than plum, but looks gorgeous.
  • The look wasn’t photographing so well, with the reflecting particles in the satin shadows, but I did included the following photos where the colors came out most true to life.
  • Final Verdict: For $4.99, the palette/compact is a good value, BUT invest in a quality base to get the most out of the product!!

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit #05

My thoughts:

  • The kit included a single set of 05 lashes, lash glue and lash applicator.
  • The lashes were good, but had a solid black seam, meaning you need to also wear black liner to hide the seam.
  • The lashes were decently flexible, but the seam was a bit stiff for my liking, but not uncommon with solid seam lashes.
  • For the purpose of reviewing, I did use the glue included 😦 The glue was horrible!! Not surprising, but honestly, probably the worst lash glue I have tried.  Bits stayed stuck on my eyes and took a bit more effort to remove than should be necessary. Make sure to always spend a few extra dollars a buy a quality lash glue, rather than relying on the included lash glues.
  • The plastic applicator was okay, but I still preferred just using my tweezers.
  • Up close photos below, and you can see my normal lashes in the above pictures.
  • Final verdict: Lashes are good quality, with a slightly stiff seam, though not unbearable for me, but there are equal quality and more comfortable out there for the same price ($5.99).

Bath & Body Works Mini Candle (and 3-wick candle coupon)

My thoughts:

  • I received the Black Pepper Bergamot scented mini candle and love it!!
  • I had actually already bought the 3-wick candle in this scent and it smells of men’s cologne with a bit of spice.
  • If you enjoy the smell of a man, or are a man that enjoys cologne, you would love this scent – though I believe it was part of their Fall collection and may not be available anymore, or at least in limited quantities.
  • Final verdict: For me Bath & Body Works candles are always a good buy, with frequent sales and coupons. They have so many scents, many of which give off a subtle aroma without even having to burn them. I have a large 3-wick and mini candle collection, and always buy some during their 2 for $20 sales.

EBOOST Health Booster Drink Powder

My thoughts:

  • Bleh!! This is a power dietary supplement/health booster with an “all natural orange flavor” that you add to water.
  • Tastes as you would expect it to.
  • Final verdict: Ehh… not too appealing for me.

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

My thoughts:

  • LOVE these spin pins! I actually had bought a pack and guarded them closely, because they were a little pricey ($7.29) for two pins.
  • I had actually lost one of my 2, when these came in the mail, so I was super excited to receive these.
  • Great for securing your hair quickly and easily, without the hassle of multiple pins or tricks.
  • Make sure just not to interlock them, if you are wearing two in your hair at once, since they can get locked together in your hair and be a hassle to remove.
  • Final verdict: Worth it, if you’ve been interested – buy them!

Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

My thoughts:

  • I think this one is more suited to wavy/straight hair, since it says to apply and blow-dry or air dry to reveal straight, frizz-free hair. Frizz-free – somewhat, straight -no.
  • I had to use quite a bit, as my hair is past my waist and curly and it initially left my hair feeling a little sticky.
  • It also left my hair feeling a bit dry and my ends felt horrible, like I dipped them in alcohol and they dried up!
  • Smells like coconut, which is expected considering it has coconut and silk extracts.
  • After sleeping on my hair, the feel of my hair has improved a bit.
  • Final verdict: Not a great product for me at all and would not bother buying it, many other products out there!

So that sums up the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 🙂