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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Go Green

I entered the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology. I found out about this through Influenster. What a fun idea! That would be so amazing if my sons school won! I said that I hoped they could update their old buildings with sustainable building materials, also implement a recycling program and the most exciting idea I had was to put in a garden! How cool would it be for the kids to get involved in that!! Well wish us luck in winning!

Here is a little of what they have to say:
When a school goes green, children benefit—as well as the environment! Green schools lead to:
Improved student performance. When children learn in classrooms with natural daylight, improved sound quality and non-toxic building materials such as non-VOC carpets and paints, test scores can improve as much as 20%. Attendance also improves!
More funds for student resources. When green upgrades are made to a school, water and energy costs can be reduced by as much as 40%. These savings can be channeled back into resources that directly benefit students, such as textbooks, computers and other essentials.
Reduced carbon footprint. Greening a school significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

If you would like to enter just go to this link here: To enter

Or for more information go here: More info

Thanks!
Emily xoxo

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

Hello everyone!! :) I am super excited to share with you my newest box from Influenster. If you haven't already seen it here is my unboxing video: 




Let's dive right in on these amazing products!! I would have to say this is my favorite box so far! :) If you are interested in signing up for Influenster please check out their site for more information at Influenster my user name is aesouthey if you would please use me as a referral. Thanks! :)

First product is NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact: 
This all-in-one compact comes with everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four colors, specially coordinated to intensify and enhance your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are. Make you eyes pop!

I swatched these and they seem very pigmented and pretty. 3 shimmer and 1 semi-matte, kind of  metallic as well as the 2 cream shadows one matte one shimmer very pretty! Once I use this, I will post an eye look :)
retails for $4.99

swatches:
no flash

Next, Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
Bring the salon home with this eyelash starter kit, complete with eyelashes, adhesive, and applicator. This latex-free glue has a 24-hour hold, for lashes you can bat all day and all night.

I am very new and inexperienced with false eyelashes, to be honest I am very intimidated by using them. But I think they look so gorgeous, so I am going to try again to get better at using them and I hope this kit helps!! Wish me luck! ;)

$5.99

One of my tried and true faves!! Bath & Body Works Mini Candle:
Mini but mighty! Bath & Body Works Mini Candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by a team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. 

Plus they gave me an awesome coupon to purchase up to 5 of their 3-wick candles for $10 each, that is 50% off!! Heck yeah!! I used to think that their candles weren't very good to be completely honest. But they must have improved their formulas because lately their candles have been so much better at actually filling a room with fragrance!! I am obsessed! I ordered Mahogany Teakwood like in my sample, Winter Candy Apple, Fresh Balsam, and Frosted Cranberry. So excited to receive these!:)
$3.50 for mini size

EBOOST will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or an easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose Orange, Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate, or Super Berry.

Last time I received one of these but I ended up giving it to my hubby because he was starting to get sick and he works graveyard (so he can use all the extra energy he can get), so this time it's perfect timing for me. Both of my kids are very sick so Mommy hasn't had any rest and I am back to work bright and early tomorrow morning so I hope this product will be just what I am looking for!! :)
$28 for box of 20 powders, $39 for box of powders, or $39 for box of 12 shots

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
Never have the time for great updo? Not anymore! The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin allows you to easily achieve three chic updo styles. Simply twirl your hair up and spin the two Spin Pins in for a perfect undone bun, side bun or double bun!

I, 90% of the time, wear my hair up in a boring bun. So I will get a TON of use out of these if they work for me! I love the idea of "throwing" my hair up and knowing it will still look pretty and trendy! I can't wait to try these!! :)


$7.29

Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream 
Smooth Moves fights out of control hair and reduces styling time with coconut & silk extracts.

I am forever in search for a product I feel works for my curly hair. Either it doesn't work and it's frizzy or it works too well and is crunchy and unnatural looking. So I am hoping this works well for me! I have heard a lot about this line of products and the only thing I have heard negative so far is the smell of the dry shampoo and well so far this cream smells just fine so fingers crossed it works too!! :)

$6 for 4 oz bottle

Vitabath Fragrance Mist
Vitabath presents a new line of lightweight Fragrance Mists in 16 fabulous scents. This revitalizing  weight-less formula is infused with conditioning vitamins and a unique antioxidant blend to keep your skin refreshed and happy. Smell absolutely delicious with Vitabath!

Well to be honest at first I was a little disappointed with this product, as when I first sprayed it for awhile it was strong scented with alcohol. But now as that alcohol smell has evaporated the sweet vanilla scent is left and smells really pretty and feminine  I really like it!! I will have to check out their site and see what other scents they offer!! :)



This is honestly my favorite box so far from Influenster. These are all affordable brands offering great products!! I am super excited to introduce these products into my everyday routine. 



Please let me know if you need any more info!! Thanks for reading!!

XOXO,
Emily





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Influenster Naturals VoxBox 2012

Hello All!!

Its that time again, I got a new VoxBox!! Which I am really excited about :)


This time the theme is natural products, which is something I have been very interested in learning more about lately so this is great timing. :)

So let's dive right in shall we...

First product is Nectresse sweetener, it says it tastes like sugar but with zero calories per serving! 100% all natural, made primarily from monk fruit, combined with other natural sweeteners. Hmmm sounds interesting looks like this is from the same people who make Splenda! So I have high hopes for this product. 

$3.99 for 40 servings or $6.99 for 140 servings

Next up is a lip product from LypSyl. It is described as pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter, and vitamins A and E, LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer will give your lips long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection to moisturize, soften, and protect your lips naturally for a healthy pucker! I am always on the look out for a good quality lip product, so I hope this one works well. I get really chapped lips especially this time of year because of my allergies so I like to put on a good one before bed so I will be trying this out in my night routine. :)

between $2.87 to $2.99

Then I received this packet of EBoost in the orange flavor. Is says it will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or an easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose Orange, Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate, or Super Berry. Well this I will try today as it sounds like my cure all, I have housework to do and I have no energy or excitement for it plus I am getting over being sick LOL so this was made for me, hope it works!! HAHA :)

$28 for box of 20 effervescent powders, $39 for box of 30 effervescent powders, or $39 for a box of 12 shots


This one is a deodorant by Geodeo. It says reach a new level of purity, keeping you fresh for 24-hour odor protection. Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus Detox Complex is a naturally-derived, breakthrough eco-technology, specially formulated to be safe for your body and your world. On the packaging it says the Detox Complex is made of volcanic minerals and icelandic algae, which my boys thought sounded really cool. LOL I was thinking this would be good for Alan as his skin is sensitive to some deodorants but it does seem kind of girly smelling so I will most likely use this one. I must say being 97% natural I didn't expect much of a scent but this smells really good! Very fruity! :)

$5.99 for 2.3oz stick

Now I have the CleanWell individual hand sanitizer wipes. Says it wipes clean up messes and kill germs with all natural ingredients that are easy on the earth. Their mild ingredients are great for hands and faces, and the one-use packet is ideal for all your on-the-go activities. Well I must say I love the idea behind this, I wouldn't need to worry about it spilling as it is sealed, and I could use it on the boys faces as well and not just wipe away the mess but the germs as well! :) But I must say I think its a little pricey so I will test out and see if its worth the price.
$29.99 for 50 pouches

My favorite product I received is this soap! It is the SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Bar Soap. Says it's enriched with unrefined, "raw" shea butter, argan oil, chamomile extract, frankincense and myrrh, this creamy, sulfate-free bar soap for babies and children gently cleanses while naturally soothing inflammation, irritation, and itching associated with eczema. Well if you didn't already know both of my boys suffer from eczema but Joshua has always has had it really bad. I feel so bad for him, I use gentle soap and lotion as well as treat it with hydrocortizone cream, but it never goes away completely just becomes more tolerable for him. So I was so excited to see this product in here!! I will be trying it out on him today and praying it might work well for him :) Also the back story of this product was quite charming too: Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912, By the age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preps all over the countryside. Sofi Tucker was out grandmother and SheaMoisture is her legacy. With this purchase you help empower disadvantaged women to realize a brighter, healthier future - I might be a little sappy today but I loved that story and hope to LOVE this product too, I really want to LOL

$4.99 for a 5oz bar

Last but not least is this neat drying mat. Says this is the Original Dish Drying Mat, it is a unique, laminated design that combines a thin layer of foam between two layers of high quality, super absorbent microfiber for a new dish washing experience that conserves energy and paper towels by air drying, and saves water by hand-washing. Hey worth a shot beats the towel I throw on the counter to let dry now. LOL :)

$4.99



Well that is everything in my box this time. I am really impressed with these products and what they say they offer so I look forward to testing them all out. If you would like a review on how any of these products worked out please let me know :)

You can find me on Twitter at: makeupluvrmom

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo,
Emily



Saturday, June 30, 2012

Influenster Mom VoxBox

Hello! :)

I am so super excited to have received my very first VoxBox compliments of Influenster.com! Please check them out if you are interested in reviewing awesome products for FREE! :) Let's get started!


This is what the contents were when I opened the box:

First product was:
Ivory Bar Soap:
Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure - so pure, it floats! With no dyes or heavy perfumes, this product offers a simple, yet effective clean for the entire family at the competitive price. Great as a face wash, laundry soap (chip soap flakes in the washer) and hand washing soap for delicate clothing!
($4.27 for 10-pack bath size bars)
I am super excited to hear that it can be used as a laundry soap! I would have never thought of that! This will be great for my sons, especially Joshua my youngest as he has eczema and his skin is super sensitive so this will be perfect for him! :)



 Next up:

 Stash Tea Superfruits Tea Sampler and Nektar Sweetener:
Featuring Mangosteen, Goji Berry and Pomegranate Raspberry, Acai Berry, Yumberry Blackcurrent and Blueberry, also included is the Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals to use as a natural sweetener. ($3.50 for a box) 

So looking forward to trying this tea out! Summer always makes me in the mood to drink tea! These flavors sound soooo yummy, also with all the hype about green tea I would like to try some new ones, so cheers! :)


 Quaker Soft Baked Cookie:
Enjoy Quaker's chewy, soft-baked cooke in a family-favorite flavor! With wholesome Quaker Oats, you'll never remember they came from their kitchen instead of your own! ($2.69 for box of 6)

After seeing that commercial a million times I am so ready to try this out! LOL you know the one! But my kids are going to fight me for it so I may have to steal a bite (just like in the commercial lol)


                                    
 imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Brodway Nails:
Featuring advanced nail technology, now you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds - simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! Available in 36 colors and patterns. ($5.99 to $7.99)

These make me think of the press on nails I used to get when I was a little girl, so I am a little skeptic on the staying power of these nails. But I cannot wait to try them out because if they work well then with 36 differnet options I bet they have some super cute ones! I will let you know as soon as I try them out! :)


 DenTek Comfort Clean & Fun Flossers:
Fun flossers make flossing fun and are designed to encourage healthy oral hygiene at a young age, wjile Comfort Clean will help you to floss effortlessly & comfortably! ($1.99 to $2.99 for a full pack)

My kids were super excited to see and use these! BONUS!! lol Anything to make them want to floss I am all for! Plus for my husband and I there is no excuse to skip flossing now because it doesnt get much easier, its already go to go. :)

These were coupons for the Stash Tea and imPRESS nails, also it had some tips on brewing the tea!

Thanks so much for reading my blog! Be sure to check me out on my other social media sites: Twitter:makeupluvrmom, YouTube: aesouthey, Instagram: makeupluvrmom and Facebook: beautyforgirlsonthego.

Have a wonderful day! :)

xoxo,
Emily

Saturday, June 23, 2012

MyGlam June 2012

MyGlam June 2012

First off, I think the cosmetic bag is really cute. It isn't the sturdiest bag ever but I really like the style.


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Philosophy - take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer detoxifies and helps protects for a healthy-looking glow.

NYX - Round lipstick
Incredible color that resists wear and smudging, let your lipstick last all night with an amazing velvety smooth, mineral formula. 

- I received the color Georgia - which I LOVE! 

Living Proof - Stops frizz in its tracks, keeping all styles frizz-free, soft and smooth, Living Proof's miracle molecule, OFPMA, conquers frizz blocking humidity without silicone or heavy oils.

- Cannot wait to try this!! And see if it lives up to all its hype! :)

Marbella - Permanent Eyeliner Pen
Master the art of beautiful eyes with this unique waterproof, smudge free, and long-lasting semi-permanent eyeliner pen. 

-I am currently looking for the perfect black eyeliner - fingers crossed this is it :)

xoxo,
Emily





Friday, June 22, 2012

Birchbox June 2012

Hello All! :)

Here is my Birchbox for June 2012 :)

Honestly this has to be one of my most favorite boxed from Birchbox EVER! :)

First product is...
Comodynes - Self-Tanning Intensive
Who needs the sun when you can get a safe, buildable, and natural-looking tan with bestselling European towelettes? Pack of 8, $14.99

Masqueology - Brightening Mask -
This targeted sheet mask features arbutin and mulberry root to help even out your skin tone. Use it before, after or - if you're brave - during your next flight. 3 masks $24

- I cannot wait to use this! I LOVE masks! :)

Supergoop! - Water and sweat are no match for this long-lasting, oil-free lotion, which provides broad spectrum protection while hydrating skin. SPF 30+ Full-size $14-48

theBalm cosmetics - Stainiac in Beauty Queen - sheer gel formula delivers a subtle, long-wearing flush. Full-size $17

-Super excited to try this one out!! :)

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Lifestyle extra - Modcloth - Headband
Pair this retro-inspired accessory with a big pair of sunnies and a two-seater. Shop all Modcloth road trip beauty essentials at birchbox.com/modcloth.com 1 headband $17

-Normally I probably wouldn't have bought this headband but after trying it on it is very cute!! I must have an odd shaped head because stretchy headbands never fit me so I was pleasantly surprised to fit this one! :)


xoxo,
Emily

Influenster - Palmolive bonus box

Hello :)

I received a "bonus box" for reviewing a product from Palmolive. The new "Fresh Sponge" soap, which I really enjoyed :), this is the box I received.  If you are interested in checking out this site please visit www.influenster.com :)


First product was...
Colgate Optic White toothpaste
New Colgate Optic White uses a unique technology with hydrogen peroxide to make it easier to whiten as you brush you teeth. Use Optic White toothpaste for whiter teeth in 1 week, and for best results continue to use week after week. 

-I already use this toothpaste and I love it! :) 

Softsoap Bar Soap
Inside this box is a feast for your senses: luscious fruit fragrances and natural extracts, now captured in a bar. Lather, rinse, revitalize!

-I am so excited about this one! My husband was just asking me to pick him up a new bar soap for when he travels for work, as he is a truck driver and stays in hotels frequently. So he will be using this product :)

Softsoap Pampered Hands - 
Hints of juicy fragrance playfully tickle the air while rich foam formulas - enhanced with light moisturizers - leave hands feeling soft and smooth.

- This is currently in my boys bathroom since they were out of hand soap. But I have been dropping in to check it out and love it so far ;)

Palmolive Pot Holder -
This Palmolive branded pot holder is the perfect accessory for your kitchen. Protect your hands while you cook up a fabulous meal - now we've got you covered before and after dinner.

- I actually needed a new one of these! :) Perfect timing!

I have REALLY enjoyed my experience with Influenster so far :) Thank you for this opportnity! 

Love and beauty to all! 
xoxo,
Emily