Monday, June 23, 2014

Collective Haul

What better to do while trying to pass the time living in a hotel than to shop!
I want to get this out of the way now and say that I am in no way trying to brag or be a show off. This is from many shopping trips from the beginning of May up until this past week.
I will try to link to the store where I purchased them.
Grab a cuppa whatever your drinking and a snack and lets go-

First up the non makeup items
Amazing Grace gift set Not sure where A1 got this
Aveeno moisturizer with SPF 30 Someone sent this to me to try out and I can't remember who
Elizabeth Arden visible difference skin balancing lotion  mine was just a trial size and I can't remeber where I picked it up

Primers, Tinted Moisturizers, BB Creams and Foundations
Bareminerals original foundation  another repurchase
 it seems to blend in well and the color seems spot on

I've used this in the past and it was a repurchase. 



 I'm going to have to play around with these and mix the colors together
110 Ivory

150 Buff




 Left to right
 I can't seem to find this anywhere online. Anyone know if it was discontinued?

They are in the same order as the picture above

Have y'all picked up any beauty goodies lately?

Friday, June 20, 2014

First Impression Friday

 Almay smart shade perfect and correct primer 
Almay smart shade primer
I purchased mine at target but I have seen them at most drugstores and Ulta.
The first thing I noticed was the swirly colors suspended in a clear gel. Attention span of a 5 year old, I know. 

The website says:
" Multi-tasking face primer intuitively adjusts to smooth and soften skin while correcting skin's most common problems with visible color correcting strands. green ribbons neutralize redness, while swirls of lavender pigments even out and brighten skin tone. imperfections are diffused and skin is up to 265% more hydrated. this lightweight, non-oily formula works for all skin types but is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. wear it alone for a flawless finish or underneath foundation for the first step to perfected skin."

So I thought awesome! 
I have a huge issue with redness on my face and nothing seems to help it. I ripped open the package in the car ( while A1 looked at me like I belonged in the crazy house) and pump out some on the back of my hand. It was almost instant, the smell. Nasty fish and garbage all rolled into a pretty colored package. I held my breath and slathered it on my red spots thinking once it dries the smell will disappear. 
Oh I was WRONG, very wrong indeed! 
I ended up taking a baby wipe to my face not even five minutes later because none of us could handle the smell. Even the dog runs from it. 

It takes a while to soak in and dry but leaves a smooth service behind. And that's all it does. I have tried this many times and it does nothing for the redness. Not even a tiny bit. Doesn't help my makeup stay on longer or colors look more pigmented. Total waste of money in my opinion.

What products have you tried to combat redness?
*this post contains affiliate links. However, none of these products were provided to me, nor am I being compensated for this post. The products were purchased by me for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Influenster: TLC VoxBox Review

Its been a while since I got a VoxBox. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty excited when I got the email for this one since I didn't blog about the last one or complete any of the tasks. It was mailed to my moms house since we were in the middle of our big move. I couldn't resist trying to open this in the car.

Don't know what VoxBox is? It's a program put out by Influenster. As an 'Influenster', I was selected for a free themed product shipment based on the Expert Badges I unlocked and my individual demographics. This means you won't get stuff that you aren't at least semi-interested in. Learn more about Influenster.

Heres everything I got:

Now onto the products!

Neosporin Neo To Go!

 The handy dandy card says: Neosporin Neo To Go! is a convenient no touch, no sting spray that fits anywhere to give you infection protection, plus pain relief, on the go. It is specially designed for one handed use and is great for your purse, kitchen, desk, workshop, golf, gym or travel bag.  

I've loved this stuff since the first time I saw it on a display in Target years ago. So handy to have in the SUV. 

Breyers Gelato Indulgences 

 Breyers, the brand known for bringing families together to enjoy delicious frozen treats for more than 140 years, is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences. Each of the four delicious varieties features a trio of textures- creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings- for the ultimate indulgence To support the launch of the Breyers Gelato Indulgences, this campaign will show couples how to create the perfect date night at home- and have a new reason to "spoon."
We haven't had a chance to try this yet but when I go to the commissary next week it will be on my list!

Ivory Bar soap

Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure clean & simple and contains no dyes or heavy perfumes. Plus, with how gentle Ivory is on skin, it's no wonder it's recommended by 4 out of 5 moms!

I've used this in the past and it tends to dry out my skin. My husband on the other hand will use this until nothing is left!

Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother

Introducing Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. This translucent balm BLURS the look of WRINKLES on the forehead & around the eyes INSTANTLY! Use your fingers to gently pat onto the skin. The cream-to-powder skin perfector delivers a silky smooth virtually line-free look for skin that gets you noticed. Anew you starts today! Visit and receive 15% off your Anew purchase of $50 or more with the code ANEW15. Offer code valid until 8/1/14 on direct delivery orders only.

I tried this out and didn't notice any difference. I'm also 25... It did feel pretty nice on the skin and was super smooth. I'll probably send this to my mom and see if she likes it! 

Puffs To Go 

Puffs To Go are perfect for use in the car, your purse, on-the-go, wherever you go! Plus, Puffs are Dermatologist tested to be gentle.

Love these little things. Before we moved I had these stashed all over the place.  

Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card

The Fuel Rewards Network program at Shell is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. For a limited time, new members save 25 cents on their second fill up and 3 cents every time after!

We get our gas on base and I haven't seen a Shell since we've been in Hawaii. Sending this to mommy too!

Overall I was pretty please with this VoxBox. Keep em' coming Influenster!
Have y'all signed up yet? Sign up here!


*I was selected to participate in this review as part of the Influenster VoxBox program. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not compensated for this post.

A little update on us

 This is going to be a short post since everything is still crazy!

   I can't believe it's June already. It feels like it's been years since I've posted anything, and I am so sorry for that. WiFi at the hotel was horrible at best and would constantly drop the connection. Our service with Sprint was pretty much non existent and we ended up switching to Verizon after only a week here.
     Our flight from VA was easy with only one layover, but that made our flight into Honolulu almost 10 hours long.... We picked up our dog without any issues and I have never seen him happier to see us. He only left a day before us but we missed him so much. It actually made our travel day much easier by having him fly the day before us. It took us about two weeks to adjust to the 6 hour time difference. There are still days we all take a nap after lunch. The time difference stinks with trying to talk to our family and friends on the mainland and east coast. There have been so many times that I want to call someone after dinner and start to dial then realize how late it is over there. We got lucky and only spent 3 weeks in the Navy Lodge. Our first week here we were offered a house on the Army base near were A1 will be working. Only downside,  it didn't become available until the end of may.
    I will do a post on the house once were fully unpacked and all decorated. Right now I'm posting from my phone because my office/sewing room is still partly in boxes. I'd love to hear how y'all have your offices and homes decorated! The move into the new house went smoothly. We had 2 great guys unloading the crates. We couldn't have asked for a better team. We're not unfinished packing yet but we need to get some storage items before we can finish. Our last house had a built in bookcase in the living room so we're on the hunt for one that looks pretty, is sturdy, and fits our budget. Unfortunately we have discovered a few broken items... my dresser and A1's motorcycle has a cracked fender ( he had installed a new one weeks before we left Va) and a few small items here and there that don't really matter. We've never had to deal with filing a claim for good damaged during a move before so we will see how long this takes. It always seems like you think you have all the boxes unpacked and BAM! you walk into the garage and there's more boxes.
    One day we will be fully unpacked and our schedules back to normal. A1 is already back to work and A2 is still deciding what activities she wants to sign up for.We gave her a limit of 2 activities, she wants to do everything at once. I still can't believe she starts Kindergarten in a few months....

Until next time y'all!