Influenster #CalienteVoxBox

imageI recently received the Caliente VoxBox from Influenster.  This is my first VoxBox and I was super excited that I was chosen.  I have been a member of Influenster for almost a year and recently I’ve been chosen for several campaigns.

First Look

First Look

I just completed the ebay and ebay VIP virtualVox campaigns and the Shell virtualVox.  This is the first and only physical VoxBox for me so far.  The box arrived about 5 days after I received the shipping notification via USPS.  My first video unboxing is found at the end of this post…sorry about Sesi’s barking! Guess it wasn’t a great first try…LOL.



The Caliente Vox Box had a summer theme and it was hot, hot, hot!  The box included five great products to try out and share honest opinions via social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, YouTube, and blog posts. The following items were included in the VoxBox:

Rice Krispies Treat in Blasted S’mores:  Very yummy treat with graham cracker pieces and chocolate chunks.  This treat was devoured on a late night working on some data reports.  These are available at most grocery stores. #RiceKrispiesTreats

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid: This product is easy to use, just dab a bit on a cotton pad and apply to skin.  I used it on my chin and nose, as I have trouble with blackheads in those areas.  After only a few uses I could see the difference, plus there was no irritation on my sensitive skin. #LoveBHALiquid

Dove Pure Dry Oil:  I have curly hair and I need more moisture during the summer months.  This is a lightweight product that I know will be a go to product during the cooler months. Great alternative to some of the pricier salon products.  #MujerDove

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen 30 SPF:  This is a perfect product for summer time!  The fragrance is great and it applies on smoothly with a bit of shimmer to it.  I’m have a very light complexion and need more SPF when I’m out in the direct sun.  This product has been great to use when I know I may be in shade.  I get sunburnt even in the shade so it’s great to find a lower SPF product for those situations. #EscapeWithHT

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails: I had never applied ready to wear nails.  This was a great product with two application options, glue or tabs.  I used the tabs and it was very easy to use.  I loved the color I received in Painted Veil a great blue glitter tip in medium length. #KissGelFantasy

Thank you Influenster for allowing me to try out these great products for free and share my opinions.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Fall Beauty VoxBox!


Escape Monthly August Review + Coupon Code

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Vacation in a Box

Vacation in a Box

Escape monthly’s slogan is “Vacation in a box.” Each month they announce their destination and curate a box which includes full-size luxury products, food items, travel guides (full box only), and other items related to the month’s destination. Each month you also have the opportunity to win a vacation to the destination of the month!  They are now offering the regular Escape box with 8-10 items for $49.95 and a Mini Escape box which has 4-5 items for $24.95.  Use RICOESCAPE to receive 20% off your subscription for life and pay only $39.96.  The box ships via USPS within 3 days of the15th of each month.  September’s destination is Puerto Rico.

First Look

First Look

The initial box view was great! The chevron tissue paper looks great and they include a brochure with details on the destination of the month and the items included.  Below you can see a view of all the items that were included in the August Paris Box!

Nice Parisian selection

Nice Parisian selection

Every Escape Monthly box includes a guide for the month’s destination.  This guide is not included with the Escape Mini.  For Paris they included a guide to  which retails on their Amazon for $8.21.  This book includes great color pictures and a pull out map.  Hope I get to use this soon!

Paris Pocket Guide

This month there was a sneak peek at a Institut Karite hand lotion which I was excited to receive! Unfortunately, custom delays caused a bit of a delay in the shipping.  I really think it’s worth it and I was excited to see which fragrance I’d receive.  I received “So Chip” a Lily of the Valley scent which I really liked.  The hand cream is so smooth and the fragrance is not overpowering, great for my sensitive nose.  I could not find this for sale in the US and it retails for 19.50 Euros ~ $26 US on their site.

Both Mike and I love mustard!  I’m not a big mayo or ketchup fan, mustard is the go to condiment.  We received the Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard which retails for $10.30 on Amazon. Can’t wait to try this product out.  We usually purchase dijon or brown mustard so it’s nice to get genuine french mustard.

There was also a small strawberry preserve sample included in the box.  These remind me of items my grandma used to bring back when she’d go visit family in Europe.  Both my maternal grandparents are originally from Italy and several times during my youth they would go on trips to Europe.  Definitely on my bucket list to visit one day!  The Bonne Mamman preserve is available at Wal-Mart for $3.98 for 13 ounces.  I’m thinking this small jar is closer to $1 than the brochure price of $3.

Bonne Maman

They also included french butter cookies! Pierre Biscuitierie lemon and almond cookies were delicious.  I could taste the little candied lemon pieces…mmm good, wishing there were more. I could not find this size box online, brochure lists the price at $3.49.

The orange blossom pastilles from Abbaye of Flavigny was another sweet component this month.  These were pretty yummy, not too strong on the orange flavor more of a flowery taste.  Great low cal option for a sweet craving with an anise flavor in the center.  These are available at Amazon for $4.25.

The box also had two NUXE Body Fondant Shower Gel in 1.7 ounces ($7.50).  This shower gel has a nice orange and almond fragrance.  Plus it is a natural option which is great for sensitive skin like mine.  We will be using these on our next trip soon.

I loved the August box and felt the luxuries of Paris speaking through the items in this box. This box had a value of at least $60, great valued box!  I compared the mini box and think I will continue with the regular box even if I don’t need the guide.  The only item not in the big box was a tapenade, and I’m not a huge fan so no loss for me glad I received the mustard.  I still wish I could afford both boxes!!  Sign up soon before they ship out.  Can’t wait for the Puerto Rico box!

Autographed Make-up by ONE DIRECTION Giveaway

I am so glad I am able to share this giveaway with my readers.  This is an incredible giveaway for any One Direction fans out there.  My niece is a huge fan!  This would make the best Christmas present for young One Direction fans.  Be one of the 25 lucky winners to get an autographed makeup collection!


Check for updates on  Win Limited Edition Make-up by ONE DIRECTION autographed by all the members of 1D!

Winners will receive a Make-up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition collection of beauty essentials, housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage. The tin will be autographed by all the members of One Direction. One of the 3 available collections (Midnight Memories, Take Me Home, or Up all Night) will be sent. Check out the official rules to see if you’re eligible. Winners will be selected at random. Filling out the form below gives the brand consent to contact you about winning, announcements, and other promotions. No Purchase Necessary.

Take Me HomeMidnight MemoriesUp All Night

About the Product

The irreverent attitude and colorful style of a new generation takes on a glamorous form in Makeup by One Direction. The world’s biggest pop band debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, now available at Macy’s and Dillard’s for less than $30!

Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige make-up line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas and chic, collectible packaging and components.

About the Collection:
“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

Learn About the Brand
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

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Thursday Thoughts

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Thursday Thoughts

I’m linking up with Jen over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts today!

~ What a social weekend for our household! We ended up going to a wedding on Friday, hosted a party on Saturday, and luncheon with friends on Sunday.  It was fun but exhausting.

~ Anxiously waiting to get sneak peeks from FabFitFun for Fall box! I received notification that I still have a $15 rebate available for friends with code 3904809 for the Summer box.  I think this is the last week so sign up soon if you liked the box.  This is the spoiler time for Ipsy too! I really think their pics of dressed up items are so cute.  The Birchbox pick was sent earlier this week and I chose the Hot Cleanser and Polish.

~Watched the first part of the Houdini movie from History Channel during our Houdini preview party.  Now we have to wait for September 2nd to see Part 2…oh the torture!!!! It was so good, highly recommend you watch it on Labor Day or DVR it if you are not going to be home!

~I received my Thirty-One Fall catalogs!  I already have orders for the stroller bag and some other items.  Hope to have some parties in September!

~This weekend I read the Gayle Forman’s books If I Stay and Where She Went.  OMG! Loved them both! I should have full reviews posted soon. It really hit a nerve for me, my husband was in a really horrible accident 6 years ago.  He is doing really great, these books just reminded me of our struggles back then.  Needless to say I did get teary-eyed several times.

If I Stay Where She Went

~My August Paris Escape Monthly, September Birchbox Man and August Conscious Box should be on the way.  I’m also waiting for shipping confirmation for my SporkPack.  Hoping to receive them later this week, but realistically I know some won’t arrive until next week.  We received Mike’s August/September Cyclebox and Splendies for August. Reviews shall be posted soon.

~I was able to get the Allure Fall Beauty Box! I will use a bit over half the items in the box.  Really excited to try the Make It Straight products and the upgrade from Tresemme!  Still waiting for it to ship.  Hoping to get a good color Burt’s Bee and Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish.

Allure Beauty Box

I really don’t need any additional subscription boxes, yet I’m tempted with the Allure’s September Sample Society eye cream and the September PopSugar scarf.  Which would you choose?


Pure Raspberry Ketones: Natural Fat Burners Review

I recently received Summit Nutrition’s Pure Raspberry Ketones natural fat burners to review.  The 60 day supply bottle has free shipping with Amazon Prime and costs only $28.74.

500 mg / 120 veggie capsules

500 mg / 120 veggie capsules

I was pleasantly surprised with this product. I have a tendency to develop sensitivity to some vitamin products. This product did not give me an upset stomach at all. I did experience some reflux, which I have a tendency to experience with any herbal/vitamin product. It was not too severe and did not last long.

I began using this product once a day at the beginning to ensure that my body adapted to the product. Although I did not feel like it really suppressed my appetite (I’m not a big eater to begin with), I did receive several compliments after only one week. I noticed that my stomach looked slimmer even though my scale had not changed.  I still have some left and will continue to take these to see if I see significant weight loss. The literature on Raspberry Ketones seems very positive and I would recommend this brand.


I have quite a bit of weight I need to lose, I need to find the right diet and increase my exercise level.  I think this product will be a good step into maintaining once I reach my goal.  The fact that these are natural and made in the USA makes me more comfortable using the product.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

Disclaimer: Product was received from Influenster, opinions posted are 100% my own. 

I received the Caliente VoxBox earlier this Summer. In my box there was a Kiss Gel Fantasy nail set. I had never tried this product before.  I received the medium length in Painted Veil.

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

When I opened the box it included 24 nails, glue, self adhesive tabs, cuticle stick, and nail file.

Box contents

Box contents

I chose to use the self adhesive tabs. I had to find the proper size for each finger and placed the tab on the gel nail first. I had tried on the gel nails and laid them out beforehand. Then I just pressed each nail firmly. The final product looked like a professional gel set from the nail salon.

Final product

Final product

I was really impressed with how great it turned out. Plus it was super easy to apply on my own. These cost only $7.99, much cheaper than the nail salon!  For me this is a great option as I can’t seem to keep gel nails longer than a week. From the salon I’ve  had to soak my nails in acetone wrapped in foil and had to scrape them off.

I will be purchasing the Kiss nail remover which costs $6.99. It seems like this will have them wipe off without damaging your natural nail.


Ipsy September Spoilers – Update #2

Ipsy Spoiler #2 is out! A lot of lip options! I’d be happy with the gloss or lipstick, no blush for me.

Spoiler #2

Ipsy Spoiler #1 is out! I’m really hoping for the nail polish! Love the color in both pics they look like “Red red wine” and “Cinnamon girl”.  The eyeliner looks like Jet (black) and Gun metal (pewter).

Updated Pic:

Sept Sneak Peek #1

September spoiler #1

September spoiler #1

The first spoiler includes:

  • Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil
  • Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish

I will update with other spoilers as the information is released. What are you hoping to get?