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Aug 312015
 

I was selected to receive the I Do VoxBox from Influenster right before my wedding- very cute and timely. The box contained a lot of neat products that were very useful to me for the wedding, as well as just for everyday life.

I received a bottle of Neutrogena Hand Cream, a Skinnygirl Nutrition Bar in lemon swirl flavor, UrgentRX pain killer, Sahale “Grab and Go” almond snack mix, indeed nanoblur makeup primer, Cover Girl foundation, and a Cover Girl lipstick in a unique purple color.

The hand cream is very rich, very moisturizing, although it takes a little while to adjust to the texture and consistency. It feels almost like triple antibiotic, but once you become accustomed to it, it feels great.

Skinnygirl Nutrition Bars are available in six flavors, and the lemon swirl has to be the worst, because I can’t imagine anything else tasting that bad. Granted, I am not a lemon person, but I can appreciate a good lemon cookie or cake or something. The flavor was not good and the texture was sticky.

The UrgentRX did its job as expected and worked quickly to cure my headache. They also make a quick-acting allergy medicine, which I would be interested to try.

The nanoblur primer was really cool! It provided a smooth base for foundation. I had never tried anything like it before, but really liked it, and will probably buy it again. The CoverGirl foundation was really nice as well. It went on easily and blended well and lasted all day. The color is a little too light for my summer tan, so I will have to wait until I fade a little to truly test it.

When I first saw the lipstick, I was more than a little hesitant. I was pleasantly surprised though! It was purple, but the blue tones in the color made my teeth look so white!

I was really pleased with this VoxBox. I received really high quality products and I’m glad Influenster chose me to review them!

**I received these products for free for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own!**

Apr 012015
 

I recently received my second Rocksbox, once again jam-packed with cute jewelry. This box contained a gold and turquoise House of Harlow necklace (which is a super cute line by Nicole Richie), a Sophie Harper bracelet with a tiny, delicate pave infinity symbol, and Loren Hope stud earrings.

The necklace has a definite tribal flair, with alternating gold and turquoise spikes. It is called a “collar necklace” because it lies flat and close to your collarbone.

The Sophie Harper bracelet is so pretty. It is delicate and dainty, just a fine gold chain, with little infinity symbol. It looks great stacked with other small bracelets or a watch. It is available exclusively through Rocksbox.

The Loren Hope studs are perfect if you want some sparkle without wearing dangly earrings. They have round center stones, surrounded by a halo of smaller clear stones. Very pretty!

Sign up today using code “clothescupcakesxoxo” and receive your first month free!

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Mar 052015
 

I recently signed up for Rocksbox, a monthly subscription box, for jewelry. If you follow my blog, you know I have become fascinated with ALL monthly boxes and have subscribed to several different beauty boxes. Rocksbox is a great fit for me because I love jewelry and when someone else is selecting the items, I get things I wouldn’t normally choose on my own! Sometimes a little outside perspective can be a great thing and help you get out of your comfort zone a little.

When you first sign up for Rocksbox , you take a “style quiz” to help determine what kind of pieces you would be most happy with. It first asks you what your comfort level with jewelry is: beginner, confident, or aficionado. I chose aficionado, because I wear multiple pieces of jewelry daily.

Next, it asks when you wear jewelry: weekend, at the office, night out, or special occasion. Helpful photographs accompany each option, showing what kind of occasion they are referring to. After that, they show you multiple outfits and you select which ones you would be comfortable wearing.

The next question asks what type of jewelry you wear. I think this is really important. You can choose from necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings {or all}! I love earrings, but am picky, and I wear bracelets frequently, but again, am picky, because I work on a computer all day and don’t like them clanging against my desk as I work. This allows you to focus in on the types of jewelry you would like to receive.

You then see 8 necklaces and choose which ones you would wear, then the same with 8 bracelets, then 4 sets of earrings and 4 rings. It is a quick way to get a good look at your style and the kind of pieces that you normally gravitate to. You also have the opportunity to tell them if you prefer dainty or more chunky pieces, and what your metal color preferences are.

Last, you give them the nitty gritty details- what size ring you wear, if you prefer studs or dangly earrings, and if you have any metal allergies. After that you’re done! A stylist starts putting together a box for you when your quiz is complete. You can also add items to your Wish List to help guide the stylists.

I was smitten as soon as I opened my first box. I am a sucker for cute packaging, and they’ve got it. Your jewelry comes in a padded envelope, but is in a small box tied with ribbon inside the envelope.

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There is a card on top and everything is wrapped in chevron tissue paper with a tiny Rocksbox seal. Adorable.

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All the pieces are individually wrapped in bubble wrap and stored in small mesh bags with drawstrings. Very cute, and keeps things from getting tangled.

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As soon as I opened the individual bags, I was smitten with the contents. I received a Perry Street statement necklace, Perry Street statement earrings {is that a thing? I feel like they make a statement}, and a Gorjana “Honeycomb” bracelet. The necklace and earrings are bold and blingy, and the bracelet is so delicate and lovely.

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I wore my Perry Street necklace to work today and wanted to wear the earrings as well, but I thought it might be a little too much bling! They will be perfect for a date night this weekend though.

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If you want to try Rocksbox as well, they are offering my followers the first month free with code “clothescupcakesxoxo” How fun is that?! Sign up today! ♥

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Jan 292015
 

I just received my second Birchbox! It was packaged in a very cute, colorful box (celebrating the new year) and a card inside read “2015. Let’s Do This.”

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January’s box contained: COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte TintWhish Three Whishes Body ButterCynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stainamika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 1 fl oz, and REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

I tried the amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo first. I first used it after I stayed up too late one Saturday night and had church early the next morning and no time to wash my hair. This dry shampoo smells SO good! It was light and fresh, without being perfume-y. A big plus for this product is it does not dry chalky like other dry shampoos. My hair is very dark, so it is always nice to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make it look chalky and gray.

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The second product I tried was the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It warns you on the label that it could “tingle” and not to use it more frequently than once a week. It smells WONDERFUL, like a juicy peach. It did tingle, quite a bit, but not so much that it became uncomfortable. I wish I could say that I noticed a huge difference in my skin, but I really didn’t. It was a little softer, but that is about it.

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After getting out of the shower, I tried the Whish Three Whishes Body Butter. My sample is the Lavender scent, but I think it smells more like baby powder. It’s a nice scent. I don’t usually love lavender, so it is probably best that it smells more like baby powder. However, it really doesn’t matter what it smells like– because the product doesn’t do what it should. When I read “Body Butter,” I think rich, creamy, have to scoop out of a jar with your fingers, thick, moisturizing lotion. This is not that. It comes in a tube and squeezes out. I have had drugstore lotions that were thicker and more moisturizing.

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However, Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain was great. It goes on smooth and creamy, and the color (heartthrob) was surprisingly pretty and sheer. It lasted on my lips for a while and didn’t scream “I’m wearing lipstick!” I might consider buying a full-size of this when my sample runs out.

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The last item in this Birchbox was the COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint. The color isn’t too “off” on me. It’s slightly yellow, and definitely matte. It feels fluffy when you first apply it and blends into your face in a very smooth, velvety way.

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After two months of Birchbox, I am starting to form an opinion…they contain too many skincare kind of samples for me (and the sample size is a bummer…they’re tiny). I love makeup, and filled out my beauty profile to reflect that, but I only got one lip stain sample this month, and the rest were skin/hair products. That is just not what I am interested in. Moreover, of the ten samples I have received so far, none of them have been good enough to make me buy a full size product, or even be tempted to replace what I am currently using. I have signed up for BeautyArmy and ipsy for comparative purposes. Maybe they will be more suited for me.

Jan 142015
 

I have wanted to subscribe to a monthly “beauty box” for a while now (I discussed my trepidation here) but have been hesitant to commit to a subscription service. I got the one-time Target beauty box and liked it, but for Christmas this year, I was gifted a six-month BirchBox subscription. This is part one of a six-part series reviewing my BirchBox each month, unless I wind up loving it and renewing my subscription!

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My lovely sister-in-law and brother gave me the subscription and described my style in the initial questionnaire as “classic,” so  I received a nice, tame assortment of products. After you receive the first box, you can log in and update your preferences. My look is definitely tame and classic most of the time (that working girl life is boring), but I really love playing with makeup and experimenting, so I updated my profile to say I was more adventurous.

First impression: wow, these are true samples. No where on the website does it promise more than that, but it is really a box of tiny products. Each contains a couple of uses, and then if you like it, you can order a full-size product from BirchBox. After receiving my Target beauty box and my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster, I erroneously thought that a BirchBox would contain a few samples and a larger, or full-size product. Like I said, they do not promise anything more than a sample, but samples are, well, minuscule.

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My first BirchBox arrived very quickly and contained: suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser, Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit perfume, ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick, Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo, and Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy.

I tried the suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser first. It is a very dry exfoliator, and very fine, but not too rough.The particles are slightly larger than other sugar scrubs I have used; more round and not as rough– think pearl-like or caviar-like. Because it is so dry, you need to apply it to a damp face. You kind of have to scrape it out of the container, but it gets easier to spread after it gets on your wet skin. It does foam up a little like a face wash and dissolves, letting you know when to rinse it off. My face felt clean and smooth after I used it.

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Next, is the Harvey Prince Ageless perfume. We cannot wear fragrance in the work place, so I don’t have much occasion to wear perfume. It does smell wonderful, like grapefruit and a combination of other fresh, light fruits– the description says pomegranate and mango. It smells very carefree, fresh, and youthful.

When I showered, I tried my sample of Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo. It says it is a cleansing shampoo to be used weekly, and that it would not strip moisture, but I found it to be a little too cleansing. I do not use hair products and have fine, straight hair, so I assume the clarifying properties found nothing to strip and just dried my hair out instead. It felt very rough and not at all like the sleek, smooth, Native American hair I am accustomed to.

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Later, I tried the ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick. I received a nude shade, which is different for me, and I actually really liked it. The color did not wash me out and it felt smooth and creamy on my lips. It also smells really good…which is kind of strange for a lipstick? I don’t think it is nearly as long lasting as they imply, but that is fine with me. It isn’t like I expect to put a lip color on and not have to reapply until the end of the work day.

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Last  is the Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy. I love a nice, rich, thick hand cream and I have paid special attention to my hands since becoming engaged. This one is a good option, but I am still loyal to my Aveda hand cream and do not plan to switch to Camille Beckman.

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All in all, it was an interesting assortment of products for my first Birchbox. I would prefer more cosmetic items and fewer body care items, and hopefully that will be reflected in my next box since I have adjusted my preferences. The survey I took on the BirchBox website allowed me to opt out of fragrance samples all together, which I did, since they are useless to me.

Can’t wait to share next month’s box with you!

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Jan 032015
 

I recently received a Frosty Vox Box from Influenster, and one of the products I received was the EcoTools Styler + Smoother hair brush. Now, I have stick-straight, long, fine hair. I am of Native American descent, so we are talking straight, long, dark hair. No hope for volume or body or curls or anything of the sort. I let my hair air-dry as often as possible, but I do blow dry it occasionally, and this is perfect for that.

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The brush has a hard plastic back with vents, to allow air from your hair dryer to pass through. The front part that holds the bristles is rubbery and soft, and flexes when you use it. The handle is wooden and curved to fit perfectly in your hand. It is very comfortable to use.

This brush is great at detangling and smoothing and it has quickly become my favorite. After using it for just one day, I ordered a second brush for my travel bag. I just love it!

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If you are interested in finding a new hairbrush, visit EcoTools for a helpful article on how to select the best one for you!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Dec 302014
 

I recently signed up for Influenster, a company that provides complimentary products from many different brands to bloggers and other social media geeks in exchange for their unbiased reviews.

I was lucky enough to be selected for the Frosty Vox Box campaign, and received my first box of review products pretty quickly!

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The Frosty Box contained a sample of Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect serum, NYC Expert Last lipstick in Sugar Plum, Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner, an EcoTools hairbrush, Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane green tea, McCormick Gourmet Thyme, and Fruit Vines Strawberry Bites candy.

The assortment of products I received was great– it wasn’t just a beauty box or just a snack box– I got to try all kinds of different products, and not necessarily things I would already be inclined to buy.

The hairbrush, for example, turned out to be one of my favorite products from the Frosty Vox Box. I didn’t even know I was unhappy with my previous hairbrush, but after using the EcoTools Styler + Smoother brush I received, I fell in love! I have already ordered a second one for my travel bag.

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I will be reviewing the products in more detail in the posts that follow, I just wanted to show you all my first Vox Box! Can’t wait to share more.


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.