Sunday, January 17, 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Vox Box #Velvet Noir Mascara

     First off, I want to say Thank You to Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty for the opportunity to try their new VelvetNoir Mascara. It is absolutely stunning! The packaging is sleek and beautiful and the product itself is just incredible. **Insert photo of box**
   This Mascara promises to give 1800% more volume and out shine falsies altogether.  "The lash-maximizing curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line." It promises smudge free length and volume in 3 strokes or less! This mascara is just to beautiful.

   I tested this mascara on my dainty lashes to see just how much volume I could obtain. My lashes aren't what they used to be, after chemo they grew back in super thin. I thrive on finding a mascara to make them look full again, and Marc Jacobs Beauty did just that! I am in love with this product. <3
   I'm convinced this is my new go to mascara, my holy grail. Here are some examples of what this product can do below.
Before with nothing on:
1 layer of mascara
2 Layers of mascara
*********************************************************************************3 layers of mascara

   Overall, I think this mascara will be the new IT mascara of 2016. You can pick one up at Sephora!
**Disclaimer** I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

JingleVoxBox via Influenster

   Yay! I got in for the JingleVoxBox, compliments of Influenster. This was a nice surprise to say the least. I've been a member of Influenster for a few years now, and have received numerous boxes in the past. Let's see what's in the box!

  The first product in this box was the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It retails for $8.99-$15.99 depending on the size. The one I received was 1 oz or 28 grams. A decent amount I think.
  This moisturizer is said to be very rich and creamy. It's absorbs super fast and doesn't leave a greasy feeling on your fingers. It's good for slightly dry skin, all the way to severely dry skin. It works by attracting water to the skin and assists in moisture loss. It really does feel amazing on the skin!

   Biscoff Cookies also happened to make an appearance. There were 3 packs of these delicious cookies in my box. For 250 grams it costs around $2.99. Pretty affordable I think. These almost reminded me of a cross between McDonald's cookies (the lemony ones) and shortbread cookies. They're delicious either way and go good with a coffee in the morning or any time of day really.

  Ore-Ida Tater Tots   are just great. Who doesn't love a good tot. They're chock full of protein and other goodness the whole family loves. We ended up making Totchos with ours. (Basically Nachos/Tacos but with tots instead of shells or chips.) They retail for $3.00 a bag at your local grocer. They're definitely a good addition to any meal.

Hallmark Itty Bittys Hallmark came out with these little guys (and gals) during the holidays. Their are so many to choose from. I received the cutest little Olaf! He's very soft, super cute, and well made. Definitely my favorite of the box. They retail for around $6.95 at the Hallmark Gold Crown Store.

NYC City Proof 24HR WaterProof Eyeliner retails for $3.99 at most drug stores. It really is waterproof! I've tried liners in the past and they were easily wiped off, but this one sticks. I tried it the day I got it and messed up a winged liner (the bane of my existence!) I tried to correct it with a Q-tip and it would not budge! This is definitely my new go to summer liner!

KISS True Volume Lashes. For around $3.99 a pair, these lashes are a steal! They are easy to apply and come in a wide range, from barely noticeable to BAM In your face! They're good quality for the price, and super soft.

I also received the KISS Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe, which also retails for around $3.99. The aloe leaves your lids feeling nourished instead of abused like most lash glues. Definitely one of those need to have beauty tools!

The last thing in the box was the Pure Ice Nail Polish. I received the color Shore Bet. It's a beautiful nude sandy color and definitely reminds me of being off at a beach somewhere instead of in the dead of winter! It's long lasting formula and array of colors allows for a range of nail art capabilities. These polishes retail for $1.97 at WalMart.

Overall I was impressed with this box! A good variety of contents to appease any Influenster. If you aren't signed up, click This link to go sign up and become an Influenster today! xoxo

**Disclaimer** I received these products free from Influenster to review. All opinions are my own!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

New Years Giveaway! $50 Gift Card *Citi Trends*

             Come one, come all. There's a new giveaway in town! Starting tomorrow and going until January 1, 2016 @11:59 pm. My Influenster Journey is giving away a $50 gift card to Citi Trends! How exciting?! So in case you get bad gifts or just feel like you deserve to be pampered a little after all the gift giving you've done, enter to win this for yourself! 
Citi Trends has everything from women's, men's, and children's clothes, to toys, household items, shoes, and handbags. They have a wide variety of items to choose from. Here is an example of a handbag they sell that I thought was just darling, and a few pair of sexy shoes. ;) 
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, I just wanted to pass the love along to one lucky reader! To see what they currently have on their website, click here! Below you will find a gleam widget for entering the contest. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
**Note, gift card will be mailed the day after the giveaway ends! It is for in store use only.**

New Years Giveaway!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Lake City Amusement Park *Guntersville, Alabama*Opens April of 2016

              Lake City Amusement Park
      Opening April of 2016 in Guntersville, Alabama. 
(Not a ride at this park, used as example)
Lake City Amusement Park is located at 302 Reed Rd. in Guntersville, Alabama. This 70 acre park is going to bring a great deal of revenue to the area, while offering an amazing time for families. There are a good mixture of Thrill rides and Kiddie rides alike. Some of these thrill rides include:
Giant Wheel
This huge Ferris Wheel contains 18 different Gondolas for people to ride in, and an impressive LED light show. 
Zero Gravity
This ride allows you to spin around fast enough to achieve "zero gravity" all while the rider is in a standing position.
The Frenzy is a giant swing that sways 40 feet above the ,midway, offering an interesting view and a good deal of a rush!
Pirate Ship
Swing and sway on this beautiful ship piloted by a wild pirate and a beautiful enchanted mermaid at the hull.  
Cliff Hanger
The cliff hanger allows the rider to lay flat (as if they're really hang gliding) while the ride spins and swoops. This is probably my favorite ride!
This ride swings you around 65 mph in semi circles and makes for quite the fun ride if you enjoy fast and thrilling rides!
The Fireball is basically a giant ring (think roller coaster that only goes in circles!) that spins you to 40 feet in the air and back around many times.  Make sure to hold onto your hat!
There are also Kiddie Rides for those who are too tiny for the thrill rides. They are as follows:
Puppy Roll
The Puppy Roll has four puppies that you can be seated in as it rotates in circles, all the while you are in control of how much spin happens in your individual puppy!
Orient Express
This adorable Oriental Dragon mini-coaster is fun for kids and parents alike. It's just like a roller coaster, only mini for the little ones to enjoy some amusement park fun!
The quads are probably the best kiddie ride in my opinion. They come equipped with real horns and lights! Who doesn't love noise makers? Especially when you get to ride without the fear of getting dirty! 
(A reflection of the Orient, The Wheel, and the Area 51)
Let's not forget food! The best part of an Amusement Park is always the food. From savory treats to sweet delights, there's something for everyone at Lake City Amusement Park! 
There will be a Water Park built in the future as well, something else to look forward to! If you'd like more information on the park, you can visit their facebook page here! You can also visit their beautifully created website here!  So, check it out and spread the word! A new family fun adventure will be here soon!

Target Beauty Box (Men and Womens) Review!

Target Beauty Box - December/Winter Edition!

   Beauty sub boxes continue to grow in popularity. Target followed suit with their own box! I finally managed to get my hands on one Men's box and one Women's box before they sold out (I have been trying since they started.) 
   The Men's box was $5 which is a heck of a deal for the man in your life. 
$5 for all this, I feel like this is definitely a steal. It shipped in a beautiful heavy duty cardboard like box. Perfect for wrapping, if you can wait that long. The items included are as follows:

Gillette Clinical Wave Deoderant which claims to offer 48 hour protection from sweat and odor. ERV $11.97 at 
Axe Shower Gel Deluxe sample  promising revitalizing fragrance and a nice lathered clean!
ERV:$3.59 (for a full size) 
Up&Up 5 Blade System Razor which offers a double coated blade edge and one heck of a close shave.
ERV: $8.19 at Target
Dove Men + Care Body and Face Wash deluxe sample offering micromoisture technology for clean soft skin.
ERV: $.59
Degree Men Adventure Dry Spray a woodland scented dry deodorant. 
ERV: $4.99 at Target 
Estimated value of this box: $26.33 and I only paid $5.00!

Onto the women's box!
This box was $10, and included 8 products. 
All the products were as follows:
Hair Food Dry Shampoo which is paraben and sulphate free! And it smells like kiwi, and who doesn't love kiwi?! 
CoverGirl Star Wars Lipstick in the shade 30 full size these are Ltd. edition for the new Star Wars movie. There are 6 shades available. Mine happened to be the burgundy shade with shimmers in it.
ERV: $5.99 at target 
Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara full size it promises to give your lashes instant volume and curl.
ERV: $7.49
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream Sample size supposed to hydrate the skin and repair any damage around your eyes.
ERV: around $3 or $4
Goody Ouchless Elastic Sweat Stretch sample size (3 bands)  promises to be moisture-wicking, allowing for a sweat free ponytail. 
ERV: I'm guessing $1-$2 
Pacifica Love Eyeshadow Trio Full size coconut infused as all of their products are. A beautiful little trio.
ERV: $8.99
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream I believe sample size. Gives you 24 hours of hydration!
ERV: around $10 for a 20mi sample
Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream Full size I believe. 10 layers of moisturization and wrinkle erasing magic! 
ERV: $9.99
Total Value of this box $58.45 and it only costed $10.00!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below with any questions or suggestions!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

First Nordstrom Rack (mini) Haul!

   Okay, of all the beauty groups I frequent on facebook I kept hearing about this magical place called Nordstrom Rack. Every time I'd hear it my curiosity would peak. I searched far and wide and lo and behold we have ONE whole Nordstrom Rack store in all of Tennessee, located in Brentwood, Tennessee (a little out piece of Nashville.) So when I went for my last oncology appointment, we snuck off to this magical land of Nordstrom Rack! I had hope to find UD palettes (since I won none!) But to no avail. I did find a few pretties though.
   I picked up a Toofaced single shadow in Cop A Teal. It's a pretty (incandescent almost) shimmery shade of teal. It is gorgeous! They go for around $19, but I scored this one for $4.97! That's a massive discount.
Next up, I was searching for UD palettes but they had none :(. My husband knew how badly I wanted one, so when he saw UD 24/7 liquid liners he ushered me over pretty quickly. I ended up getting Siren. It's a beautiful turquoise-ish shade. I found it for $4.99! 
They did have quite a few different palettes there. Smashbox, Stila, and Lorac, from what I gathered. I ended up picking up a Stila "The Natural" palette since I own nothing from Stila yet either. All of these shadows are so creamy and buttery, I just couldn't get over that. It came with 6 shadows, a bronzer, and an all over shimmer. 
And the last palette I picked up was the Lorac 'The resort Palette'. I believe it was a special at Ulta at some point. I picked it up for $14.00 anyway. It's a decent little palette. It came with 6 eye shadows, 2 blushes, a bronzer, and a highlighter. Can't beat Lorac quality for that price!
Over all I'd say this was a decent score for $40 bucks. I definitely cannot wait to go back to Nordstrom Rack, they've gained a lifetime customer.
If you know of things they carry that you think I should try, leave a comment below and let me know, or any other comments or concerns. <3
 **This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought these products with my own money.**

Monday, May 25, 2015

The beginning of a sub box addiction!

   Everyone has known someone who's mentioned subscription boxes, or bought one or two. I tried Birchbox for a while, but even with the amazing points system- I grew tired of tiny samples. They were totally worth the $10 a month, just not what I desired in a sub box. So, then came Ipsy and Lip Monthly. Ipsy is $10 also, and again small sample sizes, but worth every penny and then some if you're out to try many brands. Lip Monthly on the other hand, let's just say they got their customer service skills from sharks. They want to take your money and send you broken or expired lip products. No thanks! That brings us to Boxy Charm.
   This company claims to send 4 to 5 full size or deluxe samples each month for $21, and the value is quite a bit more normally. I was sold on full sized. I received my first box mid May. I looked at all the sneak peeks, so I already knew what I was getting, but I was excited nonetheless.
   Mays theme was Bold & Beautiful, and they encouraged going beyond your comfort zones. Here is a list of the products in this box (photos included).
  1. ModelCo Bronze Shimmer (full size) retails for $22.
It's said that it's perfect for creating a warm tan with a hint of shimmer. As scare as shimmer bronzer sounds, it's actually not too overpowering. You can find this bronzer at www,

   2.  The Lip Bar Lipstick (full size) retails for $20- in the color Purple Rayne.
A blend of vitamin E, Shea butter, and avocado oil, they definitely leave the lips moisturized, while leaving you with a nice wash of color. With just one swipe, you get a hint of color. With 2 or more swipes, it becomes a beautiful opaque purple. The packaging is to die for. The lipstick even comes in a soft protector pouch. Photo below of swatches (1 swipe vs 2 swipes)

   3. Bodycology Essential Brow Trio (full size) retails for $19. 
For those of you who can't leave the house without doing your brows, this is one of those products you must have! There is a shade for every skin-tone / complexion.

4. Bodycology Brow Brush (full size) retails for $19. 
This is a dual ended brush. One end has the slanted end perfect for applying the powders to your brows, the other end has a spoolie for distributing the color better.You can find these at I will leave a photo below to show the beautiful packaging. 
****(pictured above with the trio)
   5. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish (full size) retails for $18. Color- Sunset Blvd
It claims to be quick drying, chip resistant, and long lasting. It's also vegan-friendly which I love. It's an orangey-coral color, perfect for spring and summer. 

   The Verdict? I was highly impressed with BoxyCharm. This is my new go to sub box. The over all value of this box was $98!  If you would like to sign up, I will leave my referral link below. Just click it and it will take you to sign up, here!