Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Influenster Mom VoxBox

Influenster Moms Take on the Mom VoxBox!

Influenster Moms Take on the Mom VoxBox!
Check out the products members will be testing this season:

Moms take care of everyone but who takes care of her? Without enough time in the day to sit down and relax, let alone dream of a mommy vacation, here's next best thing - a staycation! Unwind in the comfort of your own home (Dare we say it!) and retreat to your bathroom for a much needed hot shower. Revive your parched skin with the Ivory Soap bar leaving you feeling refreshed and moisturized. Unlike other soap bars that strip skin of its natural moisture, Ivory's pure product formula bar cleanses the skin without the help of added perfumes and lotions. Be sure to send a postcard while your away!

You’re busy running from party to work to family obligations to the mall to…it never ends! Get your nails looking shiny and chip free in a flash. These press on nails are just as easy as they sound. Just peel off, press on, and voila, you're done. With 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints, just imagine all the time you’ll save, not to mention having nails that everyone will be asking you about. Go ahead and tell them the truth; you did them yourself!

Heaven is a place on earth, that is, when you're eating a Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookie. Raisin lovers are sure to be head over heals once they get a taste of all the rich ingredients that are jam packed into one awesome cookie. Individually packaged and made with Whole Grain Quaker Oats, these cookies make a great snack for moms on the go! With only 6g of total fat per serving, go ahead and grab another. So kick back, relax (yeah right), and savor all of the soft and chewy greatness that this cookie is packin'.

Flossing made fun.. err.. you're kidding, right? Think again! DenTek's Floss Picks are uniquely designed with an easy to maneuver handle eliminating the hassle of flossing. The pre-strung floss slides comfortably between each tooth allowing you to floss like a pro now that you're able to easily reach both your top and bottom teeth. Specially designed for sensitive teeth and gums, these floss picks are sure to convince you and your little one that flossing doesn't have to hurt. With a variety of floss picks to choose from catering to a tooth's every need, food particles and plaque will be a thing of the past!

Select Mom's got the following items in their boxes if they met certain criteria.  I didn't receive these items, so I won't be reviewing them.

You cook, clean, work and still find time to set aside for your children. You're a hardworking mom trying to balance it all. We know it can be a challenge and in honor of your supermom powers, we're here to add to that. Dino Lingo is a fun and interactive way to teach a new language to your child. Designed for families looking for children's language learning products to use at home, Dino Lingo makes it possible through interactive techniques that incorpoate child's play and storytelling. The use of colorful animations and entertaining songs captures children's attention making learning fun. Available in 30 different languages, it'll be hard to stick to just one.

As if moms didn't already have enough duties to stay busy for one day, we're left with the dreaded task of drying dishes! The Original Dish Drying Mat is here to make mom's life a little less hectic by   eliminating the old age tradition of placing dish towels on the counter when drying pots, pans, and dishes. Its laminated design provides superior absorbancy and cushions your delicate dishware when left to dry. Its machine washable and highly durable allowing for multiple uses. So now that you never have to imagine drying dishes by hand again, what will you do will all that extra time?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Julep June Mystery Box

Have you heard of Julep? If not you should check it out. Its a monthly subscription program where you get 2-3 nail polish colors and a beauty product, usually mani/pedi centered for $19.99. They do these Mystery Boxes about once a month and for most holidays and you are guaranteed to get $60-200 worth of Julep products for $19.99. This time they did one for June and you had the chance to get a Mystery Color or win the entire Julep Polish Collection. I was lucky this month and got "big" box worth between $150 and $200 so I'm pretty happy. I had a coupon for a free polish or $11.20 in the Maven Boutique for being a new member so I paid less than $9 for this box so this was well worth the amount of stuff I got.

Interested in joining Julep HTTP://JULEP.COM/?R=20834258. Use my referral link and use promo code PENNY, COLORSFORONE, or COLOR2012, to get your first month for a penny, you can cancel anytime and preview each month's selection and skip if you don't like the selection or don't want to buy. (If you use my link I can earn credits towards free months of Julep.)

Here's what came in my box (descriptions and pictures are from Julep's website)

Reveal (Julep's Nail Growth Revitalizing Serum) - Specially formulated to address nails that are weak, thin or prone to ridges. The first-ever nail serum to use groundbreaking protein-peptide technology to transform the health and strength of nails. Peptides stimulate keratin genes and cell proliferation to boost strength and speed of nail growth. Visible results in two to three weeks.

Amy - Smoky, turquoise creme.

Megan - A playful and sultry Mediterranean aquamarine shimmer. 

Sienna - Sophisticated, shimmery gold. 

Alyson - Almond creme featured on all the runways for spring. The new neutral.

Pomegranate Body Scrub - Exfoliate and moisturize in one simple step. Anti-oxidant pomegranate extract and hydrating Shea butter salt scrub will refine, brighten, tone and heal. Your skin will be soft and radiant from head to toe.

Pomegranate Body Creme - uench dry, dull skin with Julep's ultra-moisturizing body crème. Gently exfoliates with pomegranate and papaya enzymes, while shea butter and a powerful blend of jojoba, avocado, and kukui nut oils provide deep and lasting hydration. Leaves your skin soft and smooth to the touch.

The Best Pedi Creme Ever - Exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil, nourishes with vitamin E.

Pout Popper in Arousal - Neutral, rosy-brown with pink pearl. Pout plumping lip gloss to moisturize, shine, and give you fuller, sexier lips.

Basecoat - The foundation to a long-lasting manicure. Protects nails from yellowing and staining caused by dark nail color.

Fast Dry Topcoat - A quick-dry high shine finish that prevents yellowing and protects your nail color for longer lasting mani-pedis.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Footloose

I'm excited to bring you Deborah Lippmann's Footloose today!  I never thought I'd own any of her lovely polishes, but now I have 4 and 2 on the way to me.  Her polishes are expensive, but from what I hear they are worth the expense.  My cut off for cost of a polish is around $5.  I'll spend as much as $10, but I have to really want it and I'll find a coupon, sale, or wait for a while before I buy it before I spend that much on one too.  I have to really love it to spend more than drugstore prices on nail polish.  I love OPI, Essie, China Glaze, and Zoya as much as anyone who loves nail polish, but I have to find a good deal.  I now add Deborah Lippmann to my wishlist as the polish is amazing and beautiful, but I'll wait for it to go on sale.

I got a wonderful deal on these from  They had several 2 packs of DL polishes on clearance for 9.95 + shipping.  I believe the Footloose and Almost Paradise combo was still available at the time of this post.   So far I've picked up 3 clearance duos for this price.  Considering DL's cost $16-20 a bottle this is a steal.

Footloose is a bright tomato red polish with orange tones.  In the bottle it looks like it would be a creme, but it is more like a jelly when applied.  I used 2 coats and still had visible nail line.  I saw some other bloggers use this polish with 3 coats and they still had VNL so I stopped at 2.  I plan to put something sparkly over it anyway.

Deborah Lippmann are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalates and contain biotin and green tea, along with Aucoumea Klaineana extract (a botanical resin from West African trees).  Application is amazing, not sure if it is the formula, the brush or the combination of both.  I barely had to do any cleanup.

I used Seche Clear and Seche Vite as base and top coats.  I'm trying out different base and top coat combos to see which ones work best.  So far Seche Clear is a decent base coat, no issues there.  I find that I get shrinkage with Seche Vite on a lot of my polishes, but it does dry really fast and doesn't chip as badly as some of drugstore topcoats.  I got it on sale at Sally Beauty but I don't think I'll buy it again.  I'm not a fan of the smell and I don't like the shrinkage.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Contest Swag

I got some awesome packages this week from giveaways that I won.

I was one of the 10 winners of the Nicole by OPI's Spring Fling Sweepstakes on Facebook.  You had to pick your favorite polish from a selection and input your info.  I received:  Blue Lace, Purple Yourself Together, Wear Something Spar-Kylie, Ladies in the Limelight, The Right Thing, and Paparazzi Don't Preach.  Paparazzi Don't Preach, Ladies in the Limelight, and Wear Something Spar-Kylie are colors from Kardashian Kolor Collection.  I voted for Ladies in the Limelight, but it isn't as bright as I thought it would be.  Maybe it will be brighter on the nail.  In the bottle I think The Right Thing is my favorite, and very on trend for summer.  Can't wait to try these.

I also won a full sized Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Seaweed Cleansing Lotion by Mario Badescu via Beauty Undercover.  They have Swag Alerts that you can sign up through via email atleast once a week and I was lucky enough to win this set.  I haven't tried it yet, but it smells nice.  The cleansers came with a lovely hand written note thanking me for participating in the giveaway.  I checked out their website and their products are Vegan, cruely free and are resonably priced.  I also requested some additional samples via their Facebook page and website.  You have to take a quiz about your skin and they send you a list of items personalized to your skin type.  These cleansers are for all types.  I've never heard of this brand before but I'm looking forward to trying it out.

I also won a giveaway from the lovely Princess Polish and The New Black.  I won the Horizon Ombre polish set.  I've seen some pretty awesome manicures with The New Black sets.  As you can see from the picture Horizon is blue, I got my pick of the ombre sets or the newspaper nails set.  Blue is my favorite color, so I went with that.

Julep Maven June

I just receive my June Julep Maven Box.  I'm an American Beauty, but I didn't like the colors this month so I switched to Bombshell.  I was going to skip this month completely because I didn't initially like the colors, I actually did skip the box at first.  I got an email since it was my first month after my intro box as a Maven that I would get a voucher for a free polish if I didn't skip this month so I took another look at the colors for this month and un-skipped.  I'm glad I changed boxes, I'm in love with Morgan.  I love purple.  In my box I received Julep's daylight defense SPF 30 for hands and face, daylight defense SPF 15 lip balm in Vanilla Mint, Rose, Morgan, Pixy Sticks, and a voucher for One Free Polish.  The lip balm and Pixy Sticks were a surprise.  I'm a chapstick junkie and I love anything with SPF in it during the summer.

Rose is described by Julep as a juicy watermelon red creme.  Morgan is described by Julep as  frosty grape purple.  Until I get my own swatches up, the swatches of Juleps June colors can be found here

Interested in becoming a Julep Maven,, use my referral link.  Take the style quiz to see what box Julep recommends for you.  If you don't like the colors you can select a different box at checkout.  Use code PENNY, COLORS4ONE, or SHAREONMAY to get your first month for a penny, Julep also puts out a monthly penny intro box code.  I'll update with the June code when it comes out.