Monday, November 18, 2013

Changes to blog....

In addition to my inspirational posts I will be using my blog from now on to also write reviews for sites such as Influenster, Smiley 360, BuzzAgent, etc. I have been very fortunate to get many products from these sites to test out and review. The first post, this post, is to highlight the sight Influenster and mention the VoxBox I recently received from them. If you are interesting in joining any of the sites I mention please leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to relay additional information to you!

"Influenster is an exclusive community for trendsetters to share news,products, and reviews with the opportunity to be rewarded by brands." The site is invite only but you can often find people posting on Influenster's Facebook with available invites. The site itself is easy to navigate and extremely easy to get started with. The goal on the site is to increase your Influenster score by earning badges, writing reviews, inviting active members, and being active on the site. The higher your score the better your chances at receiving one of their amazing VoxBoxes. A VoxBox includes several items for the person receiving it to check and review. All items are yours to keep and most are full size products.

Recently, I was able to become a lucky recipient of Influenster's Rose VoxBox. This VoxBox was packed full of incredible products including:

  • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara $5.99, 
  • Dr. Scholls For Her Cozy Cushions $12.49, 
  • Kiss Gradation Nail Polish avg cost $6.99, 
  • Vitabath In Bloom Beach Blossoms lotion avg. cost $7.99, 
  • sample of Belvita breakfast bisquits, & 
  • one yummy Lindt chocolate!!! 

The Vitabath lotion was only sent out to 1,000 oh so lucky Influensters so I am very happy to see I received a bottle.

I will be reviewing some of these products individually and have already posted my review of the mascara on here. Thanks for checking out my blog and posts and hope you like some of the changes I'll be making! I am also contemplating on posting about freebies, deals, and other things as well as I am a huge fan of getting free samples in the mail! 

Influenster Rose VoxBox Part 1...

For this first review I am going to give you my review of the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara!!! This mascara just hit shelves this month (November) so you guys are in luck!!

I'll admit I am pretty addicted to mascara but I have a really hard time finding a kind that works well with my eyelashes. I have pretty long eyelashes already and I find that with most mascara turns them into a massive congested traffic jam of lashes that eventually causes a head on collision with each other. In other words, the lashes all clump together and just do not look pretty. The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara claims to give you a bold, wide-eyed look with no clumps so I was excited to receive this to try out. The brush is shaped like an hourglass and it's stated on the back of the container that the brush is "shaped to the lash line to plump lashes, fanning them up and out" and "coats lashes individually for a big, false lash look in one simple stroke. No clumps"! Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Even better the mascara has been tested and approved for sensitive eyes. Not sure who would put this stuff in their eyes but more power to you if that's your thing! I'm glad I wasn't a test subject for that. Ok, yes, I was being a tad bit facetious about that. I do have sensitive skin but have never had problems with mascara. Either way it is nice to know that it is fine to use on sensitive eyes if you have had bad reactions to mascara before. 

Again the brush is an hourglass shape and can be seen in the picture to the right of this. It is also quite large and chunky. I thought at first that this was going to be a sign of bad things ahead. I don't know about all of you but I have a hard time not getting mascara on the top of my eyelids and below my bottom lashes when applying mascara. I thought for sure that having a bigger brush was more likely to cause this to happen. Surprisingly, when I first used the mascara I did not get mascara anywhere but on my eyelashes! Talk about earning extra brownie points for that! 

When I completed putting on the mascara I was even more surprised to not find a total eyelash pile up. No need to call in the tow truck to pull them apart and get them all lined up in an orderly fashion (fyi, tow truck = eyelash comb I usually have to use to separate them). One coat equaled perfection. I'll give the mascara 100 brownie points for that! 

Last part was waiting to see how it dried and if it lasted throughout the day. A lot of mascara will begin to flake off the second it dries and nobody likes that! This mascara dried and stayed put. On top of that it lasted throughout the day and did not create a disastrous massacre on my face when I rubbed my eye. Unlimited brownie points for both of those amazing feats. 

All in all, I would say I think I have found my new favorite mascara. While these were my results and may differ from person to person, I highly recommend trying the mascara out for yourself. You have nothing to lose but wasted minutes from using another brand of mascara that takes a lot longer to use or several coats to get the look you want!

Here are pictures of each eye where one has no mascara and the other I used 
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. Sorry they are not the best quality but I think you can tell just how amazing this mascara from them! 

without mascara :(
with mascara :)

**I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster! This review is my personal opinion of the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara and I was not compensated or paid for this review. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Be Kind, Be Generous, Be You...

"It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be."

"Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution."
"All of the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."


"Anything worth having is worth fighting for."

 "Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

 "You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too."

 "A hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people."

 The power of positivity.
“The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?”
"Believe in yourself! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."

 "Always be a little kinder than necessary."

 "There is no end to the adventure we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

 "Aim above morality.  Be not simply good, be good for something."

 Lift others up!
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely help another without helping himself."

Be generous!
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

 "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall." 

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."

 Make time for play!

"If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone."