Recently (actually a month or so ago) I got a box of TastyKake Minis to try out with my family (free, compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes ** all of the opinions stated in this post are my own). We have had TastyKake items before but not these cute little mini cupcakes!
We tried the Reese’s Peanut Butter flavor and they were so good that I never got to try any! Seriously, I put them on the table and they were GONE. Yep, they were that good! Nice mix of chocolate and peanut butter with the swirly on the top. Out of the whole box I got to try ONE cupcake.
In the box there are 8 packages of 3 cupcakes each which is basically 24 cupcakes in the box. My kids really liked that it felt like they got a lot in each package.
In my opinion, we really didn’t need a “mini-win” reason to enjoy these snacks. Eating them is enough of a mini-win all on it’s own!
Since I have three daughters, I have seen a lot of makeup products come and go in my household. Many times the items don’t live up to their claims and aren’t worth the money I paid for them. That’s why I am always willing to give my honest review in exchange for free products to try out. I get to sample the items without spending any money out of pocket to find out if they are worth buying or not. In my FrostyVoxBox, complements of Influenster, they sent me the Rimmel Just Let It Go gentle eye makeup remover and also a Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencil in black.
The eyeliner pencil says that it is waterproof which is interesting. I am not even sure if there is an eyepencil like that out there already. Anyhow, after trying it out I can definitely say that it stays put better than other eyeliners. It doesn’t smudge easily but it does still smudge. I can see using this for defining lines but if you are looking for an eyeliner that blends easily, this is not it. Interestingly, I was able to wipe the eyeliner off with just some plain water on my finger so I am not sure what makes this “waterproof” since it definitely isn’t. Bottom line: a good eyeliner that stays put and doesn’t smudge easily (but is NOT waterproof)
The makeup remover states that it is “gentle”. I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my eyes. I am a mascara and eyeliner kind of girl so it’s not like there was a ton of stuff to take off. I usually just use baby oil and a tissue to remove my makeup. When I tried this remover, the fact that it was “oil free” just made it feel more difficult to take the makeup off. Like it was actually drying to my skin. It did not make the skin around my eyes feel smooth and soft and cared for. It also made my eyes sting. Bottom line: I did not like this remover at all and will be sticking with baby oil and a tissue.
** I received these products for free to test and review
I am a tea lover so when I got a free sample of the holiday favorite Candy Cane Lane Tea courtesy of Influenster I was pretty excited to try it out! The tea is made by the Celestial Seasonings brand which is well known for it intense flavors and wonderful tasting teas.
The sample pack came with two tea bags but only one tea bag is needed per cup brewed. Once I made the tea with hot water, I tried the tea without sugar. It has a sweet taste with a hint of mint that gets stronger as you drink it. I also noticed hints of vanilla and cinnamon which was an interesting twist. Also notable is that this is a green tea and is decaf as well.
Overall I think this tea is a very nice change of pace for the average tea drinker. The flavor is nice, subtle and sweet. Pleasant enough to drink solo or with a special someone on a cold winter’s day.
** I received this product for free to test and review
I was lucky enough to get a sachet sized sample of Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum. Influenster sent it to me for free inside my Frosty VoxBox so that I could try it out and offer my honest opinion on how well it worked.
The package that was sent to me stated that, “This clinically proven serum is even more effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines for younger looking skin in just two weeks.”, but the sachet sized sample I was sent is sort of small . So instead of using it all over my face, I used it in just a few areas of my face that I thought needed the most help.
This serum has a very smooth texture and is easy to apply evenly to my skin. Once it’s dry, it leaves a silky feel that is not greasy or oily. It is intended to be used on the skin before applying moisturizer but I found that when I used this serum right after stepping out of the shower, no additional moisturizer was necessary for me.
After two weeks of using the serum on my face, I don’t really see a big difference. My face looks the same. I can’t say that it “reduced the appearance of fine lines” or gave me younger looking skin. My skin feels nice, but no better than it did before trying the serum. With a price tag of almost $30, I think that I would just try to find something lower priced due to the minimal results I received.
** I received this item compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us (for another 11 months anyhow), I finally have time to turn my attention towards some product reviews. During the holidays, I received the Frosty VoxBox compliments of Influenster. It is full of nice, new things that they sent me to try for free!
The box contained:
No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Sachet
NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
I just received a Surf’s Up Vox Box courtesy of Influenster with more fun, new products to try out!
This time they sent me a sample of First Aid Shot Therapy which is a liquid pain reliever that you drink. I had never even heard of this until I received it but I put it in the fridge to chill it so that it was ready for the next time I got a headache. (note: it is Summer break and the kids are home for three months * a headache is inevitable).
Sure enough, yesterday I was ready to try the “shot”. Here is what I thought:
the flavor I got was “Berry” and it tastes pretty good with no “medicine” taste to it
the liquid is clear which I thought was suprising * I thought it would be pink or purple or red
it worked well and quicker than I thought (the product does claim to work 5 times faster than aspirin)
overall I would give it two thumbs up!
I just checked on Amazon and it seems like there are two flavors available: Berry and Peppermint. I would love to see them come out with some other flavors. I am not sure I would buy more of this anytime soon because it retails for about $2.50 a bottle which seems high to me (remember, I buy my ibuprofen at the Dollar Tree and a bottle of that treats 10 headaches or so for $1).
** I received this item compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes
It seems as if I am on a roll with the Influenster Vox Boxes. I love getting these boxes full of complimentary new items for me to try out and review! Free goodies are always fun! So, last week I got the TLC Vox Box and here is what was inside:
Neosporin Neo to Go * very cool! This is a first aid antiseptic spray which also has pain reliever in it. This will be great to throw in the tote bag for the pool and beach!
A coupon for a FREE container of Breyers Gelato Indulgences * I have wanted to try this cool treat from the moment I saw them in a commercial. Yum!
Ivory Bar Soap * I have used Ivory soap since I was 18. It is the only soap I use on my face and am excited to see it making a comeback!
AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother * I confess! When I opened this box, this was the first product I checked out! This stuff is great and works like a real life photo filter
Puffs to Go * what’s not to love about Puffs? Always gotta have tissues in my purse for the kiddos!
Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card * I am super excited about trying this card out to see how well it helps me save on gas costs. Fingers crossed!
Another product I received compliments of the the Spring 2014 Influenster Vox Box was Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons. The nice thing about these tampons is that there is not a flowery scent. Instead they have used a fresh, citrus type scent that is much more pleasant!
These tampons live up to the Playtex name and do a good job of keeping everything where it is supposed to be with no surprises! This product is a great choice for those women with active lifestyles who don’t want to have to worry about leakage when they least want accidents to happen.
So, you know from my previous post that I recently received a set of Kiss Everlasting French Manicure nails compliments of Influenster. Tonight I tried them on and I must say they are NICE ! Not only do they look clean and fresh but they are very classy looking! One of the features that I really like is the sizing numbers that they have on the tabs. That makes it super easy to get the right size on the right nail each time!
If you are looking for an easy, affordable way to give yourself a french manicure without an expensive and time consuming trip to the nail salon, Kiss Everlasting French Manicure is definitely worth a try!
As most of you know, I am a member of Influenster. Influenster is an online site that sends out boxes of FREE, complimentary products for it’s members to try and test out at home (depending on if you qualify or not). It is FREE to join and I love getting boxes of goodies from them. The Spring Vox Box just arrived the other day and I am excited to share some info on the goodies that they sent me this time!
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara (retail $5.99) * This stuff is AWESOME! It really lives up to it’s name! It thickens lashes and makes them lush and gorgeous and it doesn’t flake off! * @RimmelLondonUS / #Retroglam
Kiss Everlasting French Nails (retail $6.49) * I can’t wait to try these out (if Shelby doesn’t get hold of them first!) Nothing looks better and more polished than a gorgeous, well kept French manicure * @KissProducts / #EverlastingFrench
Peach Pie Car Freshener from the “Labor Day” movie * this should make the minivan smell great! * #LaborDayMovie
Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons (retail $3.99-4.99) * even through the box, these have a nice, clean citrus type scent sure to keep you smelling fresh all day * @Playtex_Sport / #PlayOn
NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Lotion (retail $2.49 for 2.5 oz) * what can I say about this? Should be interesting to see if it helps all that cellulite I have on my thighs. Would be nice if it really works! * @NiveaUSA / #NIVEASkinFirming
Softlips Cube (retail $3.49) * I have wanted to try Softlips for a while so I am super excited about getting this! * #SoftLipsCube
THANK YOU INFLUENSTER! Can’t wait to try everything out!