L’Oreal EverPure VoxBox: Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner

New year, new Influenster VoxBox!

Late January I was sent complimentary EverPure Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner to try out (and review). To be honest, I was kind of disappointed that I was sent these particular products from EverPure, I really would have preferred something different. While I do have blonde hair — strawberry-blonde to be specific — I don’t this product was really a good fit for me. Why? I have no concerns about brassiness or fading.

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Despite me feeling like this product was a great fit, I don’t really have complaints about the performance of the product. Both the shampoo and conditioner has a nice scent, kind of cologne-like, but nice. The shampoo’s scent is a bit stronger, more than I would have preferred. And I did notice a difference in the color of my hair, but I actually prefer the look brassiness gives my hair. So, as I mentioned earlier, not really the product for me but I would be interested in trying out other EverPure products.

 

**I received free products of EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner for review purposes but my opinions are my own.**

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Unilever Crowdkit #15 & #16: Suave Professionals Hair Care

Late January I was lucky enough to receive two Crowdkits from Crowtap to full of Unilever goodies to try out for FREE in exchange for writing reviews about my experience with the products. This was a complete surprise to me because I thought I would have only been chosen for one of these samplings, not both of them, which is why I applied for both of them. Below are my thoughts on these kits.

Crowdkit #15

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  1. Rose Oil Infusion Volumizing Shampoo
  2. Rose Oil Infusion Volumizing Conditioner
  3. Natural Volume Mousse Level 4
  4. Compressed Micro Mist Natural Hold Hairspray

There isn’t a whole to say about this Crowdkit. I only ended up trying out the Rose Oil Infusion Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner products in the kit because I don’t really style my hair. However, I do like the idea of the Natural Mouse and Natural Hold Hairspray. And maybe I’ll end up giving these products a shot in the coming months.

One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is that my hair has thinned out some. So I was looking forward to seeing what results I would get from some volumizing products. So what did I think I about the Rose Oil Infusion products? As far as results go, I am happy with the shampoo and conditioner because I have had some positive results. My hair does have some increase in volume when I use these products BUT I am not a big fan of the smell of the products. It’s way to feminine…and a kind of smells like something an older woman would wear. It doesn’t smell bad, just isn’t a scent I would pick out.

Crowdkit #16

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  1. Anti-Dandruff Itchy Scalp Care ( with Invigorating Mint)
  2. Anti-Dandruff Dry Scalp Care (with Eucalyptus Extract)
  3.  2 minute Super Conditioner Intense Moisture

Dandruff. It’s something I have suffered from for years. So as you can imagine, I was pretty excited about received some full size products of some Suave Anti-Dandruff products to try out. I’ve only been able to try both the Suave Anti-Dandruff Itchy Scalp and the Dry Scalp products a few times but so far I am pleased with results I have noticed. I have a tendency to touch my scalp and itch but both of these Anti-Dandruff products have made my scalp feel less irritated so I rarely find myself reach for my scalp to scratch. But what about those pesky dandruff flakes? After about 2 weeks of use (used 2-3 times a week) I have noticed that I see very little flakes!  At this time I can’t really say which one product is my favorite and the one I would recommend due to only using them a few times each. But I definitely can say I would recommend trying both of them out to fellow dandruff sufferers.

The other product I was sent to try out was the Suave 2 minute Super Conditioner Intense Moisture. To be honest, it really wasn’t that much of a pleasure to try out because I wasn’t sure how to use it due to lack of directions of use so I had to make a guess based on the title of the product and what little information. I procrastinated trying it out due to uncertainty of how to try it out.  At the bottom of the bottle it described the product as a masque and the information on the back said hair would be style ready in 2 minutes so that suggested to me that it wasn’t to be used as a regular conditioner. I tried this product out 2 different ways: post-shower and pre-shower to see which on yielded the best results.

The first time I tried this super conditioner out I applied it to my hair post-shower when my hair was mostly dry. After drying, I could feel the product in my hair. It wasn’t something I was pleased with so I opted to just wear my hair up. Surprisingly, I noticed a big difference in my hair after I rinsed the product out in the shower. My hair felt really nice. The next time I tried out this product (a couple days later) I opted to apply to my hair pre-shower and let it just set in my hair. I let it set in my hair for about 10 minutes before hopping in and rinsing. This didn’t really make a difference in comparison to my regular shampoo and conditioner I use. Despite the good results I had the first time, I don’t really see this as a product I would use much.  I still give it a good rating, just not a good fit for my needs.

**After the sampling was over I realized that it was probably suppose to be applied like regular conditioner but left in my hair for 2 minutes before rinsing.**

A Poison Dark and Drowning: A Fun & Magical Read

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Giant poisonous lice, a giant water spider, a skinless man, sorcerers, and magicians…these are just a few things you will find in the second book of the Kingdom on Fire series. Jessica Cluess takes her readers on a fun, magical journey in A Poison Dark and Drowning. I think it a very interesting concept to not only create a world filled with magic, but to also bring together different kinds of magic.

My only real complaint about this book is that the narrative is told from one point of view. It might be a personal preference, but I think the quality of this book would have been elevated if the reader’s would have been able to get into the minds of a few other characters every once and awhile. Despite this one little complaint, I still think this is fun read. I’m looking forward to reading the next (and final) book of this series…and going back and reading the first one.

“People do what they think is right, but that does not make it good.”- Maria, A Poison Dark and Drowning

Find more information about Kingdom of Fire series on Goodreads.

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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling

To learn more about the Jessica Cluess, click here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books this review.

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*I received a free copy of A Poison Dark and Drowning in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

The Feast VoxBox & My First Unilever CrowdKit

Feast VoxBox

This past November I was fortunate to receive another VoxBox from Influenster (my fifth one this year)! And this was another one filled with multiple products to try out. And the best of all, it was a food related VoxBox! I received a pack of Arnott’s TimTam biscuits, French’s Crispy Fried Onions, a coupon for a free Country Crock’s buttery sticks pack, Del Monte Fresh Cut Golden Corn, and 2 varieties of Bigelow Teas.

I honestly enjoyed everything in this voxbox. My two favorite products from this voxbox are the TimTam biscuits and the Bigelow teas. The TimTam biscuits were delicious (& a bit addictive) and both Bigelow teas were delightful.  The Del Monte Corn tasted a little bit more fresh than regular canned corn I’ve tried in the past and the Country Crock Salted Buttery sticks paired nicely with it. I also enjoyed trying out French’s Crispy Jalepenos. I used the crispy jalapenos as a topping to some taco rice which added a nice touch of crunch and extra kick.

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Unilever Crowdtap Crowdkit

In addition to receiving the Feast VoxBox from Influenster, I also received an Unilever Crowdkit from Crowdtap last November. I enjoyed trying out all of these goodies! The Nexxus shampoo & conditioners were my favorite products! I noticed the biggest difference with these products. My hair was so much easier to brush through. Dove antiperspirant/deodorant in the scent Fresh was nice. I was unsure if I would like this scent but was pleasantly surprised to find that it smelled very nice. The two products I were disappointed with was Dove Clinical Protection because I found that it didn’t perform well at all. And, while the Pond’s MoistureClean Towelettes did well at removing my makeup, it also managed to irritate my skin some.

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** I received all the above products from Influenster and Crowdtap for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Mailbox Freebies: December

Happy 2018! Hope everyone has had a good start to the new year. My apologies for the delay for this update of all the freebies and complimentary products I have been sent in exchange for an honest review and/or social sharing. Things got a little crazy over the holiday season and I am still in the process of readjusting to my boyfriend’s new schedule at his job.

I have decided, after much thought, that I need to take a little bit of step back from freebie hunting. So these monthly e-mails updates will no longer be sent out. I will still do posts from time to time, just not these monthly updates. I would like to spend the next months focusing on getting this blog more organized and posting more 27 Shades of FREE series posts.

I would like to take the time to address a subject matter that I know there are people who have questions about. If you are a part of the product reviewing community on Instagram, you may have noticed people talking about being sent clothes from certain individuals to review on Amazon. When I first started seeing this a lot, they offered to send it directly, and then you got the item via promotional code (only having to cover a few bucks out of pocket), and now they ask people to purchase the items first and then they will refund the money to you via Paypal. Why are they doing this? The simple answer is because of Amazon and their guidelines for reviews. If you receive an item for free or for deep discount they may not let you post a review for it due to concerns that your review will be perceived as bias by readers of the reviews. I have just recently within the last 48 hours became aware of this fact. Additionally, I also found out (the hard way) a few of my most recent reviews of clothing were removed without my knowledge (due to the bias concerns). While I understand why Amazon removed the reviews, it does bother me that I received no kind of notification of the removals including the reasons why. They didn’t have to send an e-mail for every single one, but after removing a few they should have notified in my opinion. I didn’t mean to complain, I just wanted to pass along this new knowledge information I have gained for readers who may find it useful to know.

Now to the free stuff! As usual, a bunch of magazines were received but I decided to not post every single one. I did, however receive one new one (listed below).

Thank you, again, for taking the time to read this post.

*** New Complimentary Magazines***

Magazine Gold Card  ( via PinchMe)Vogue

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Good Earth tea sample of Mango Chili Bang Bang

3 pairs of GoodNites

Secret Freshies product in Luxe Lavender (Shopper Army)

Nightdress via Instagram (joy_fashion799)

Smarty Squad pack (2018 Calendar with stickers & Vitamin samples of Masters, Teen Complete, and Kids Complete)

Artiste Headphones (JumpSend discount + Amazon gift card balance to pay remaining balance)

A free mini-snuggle bear (Snuggle Bear Den)

Kleenex Facial Cleansing

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Daily Facials

These Kleenex Facial Cleansing Daily Facials wipes are convenient to use because there is no need for water. These also have a nice smell to them that I like. Unfortunately, these slightly irritate my skin (slight burning sensation for about 30 seconds to a minute) and the irritation is worse around my eyes. I was surprised these irritated my skin because I don’t have sensitive skin. Disappointed this isn’t a product for me but I am hoping I have a better experience with the eye makeup remover and exfoliating cushions. I received these for free to try out courtesy of @forestann on Instagram.

Exfoliating Cushions

I am liking these Kleenex Facial Cleansing Exfoliating Cushions a lot. Add water to the blue side and rub to activate the cleanser. After using the blue side, use the white side as a finishing polish. These have a nice smell and the cleanser is gentle. These can be used for all skin types.

Eye Makeup Remover

The Eye Makeup Remover pads work okay. They worked well enough to remove my eye makeup (as long as I used 1 per eye) but these do irritate my eye area so I don’t see me becoming a costumer for these anytime soon until a new formula is used.

**I received all of these new Kleenex Facial Cleansing products completely free in exchange for posting about them on Instagram. If you’re interesting in potentially trying these products out for free, follow Forestann on Instagram to find out more about this new line from Kleenex and for giveaway opportunities.**

Mailbox Freebies: November

I got some really good freebies in November. My favorites were the Feast VoxBox and the Crowdtap Unilever Crowdkit. I also received a few new free sample subscriptions. Speaking of subscriptions, I’ve decided to only list the new ones I received instead of listing every one of them. What good freebies did you receive last month?

***NEW Complimentary Magazines***

Value Mags

  1. Diabetic Self-Management
  2. Family Fun (2 Issues)

Mercury Magazines

  1. Food Network

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Feast VoxBox from Influenster

  • Arnott’s TimTam Biscuits (Original)
  • Bigelow Tea (2 tea bags)
  • French’s Crispy Jalapenos
  • Country Crock Buttery Sticks coupon
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Gold Sweet Whole Kernel Corn

Unilever Crowdkit from Crowdtap

  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
  • Nexxus Humectress Conditioner
  • Dove Invisible Solid (Fresh)
  • Dove Clinical Protection (Cool Essentials)
  • Pond’s Original Fresh MoistureClean Towelettes

-Soapiary Herbal Blend Invigorate Soap

-Maple Holistics Shampoo (Tea Tree)

-Spiky Massage Ball (Elite Deal Club discount + Amazon gift card/Twitter Retweet Rewards)

-Sharkace RFID Blocking Technology leather wallet (Jumpsend Discount + Amazon gift card)

-RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet for Men from Aonal (Sale price + Amazon gift card)

– Ekouaer Pajama Set free in exchange for review (@joy_fashion799)

– Trident Purely Trident gum in Spearmint (from Sampler & 7-11)

– Address labels from the American Heart Association

– In Touch December Devotionals and a free bookmark

– A Poison Dark and Drowning (Blogging for Books)

– Anself Manicure Pedicure Nail Clippers set (VeryDice Redemption)

– The Healing Tree lip balm in Natural (Tomoson)

27 Shades of FREE: Try new products in exchange for an honest review (No social posting required)

Getting free products in exchange for review is something I am relatively new at. I’ve only been doing this for about a year. While, it is true some of the sampling sites out there do require some social sharing, there are actually a good bit of them that don’t require that at all! Below you will find a list of all the sites that offer to send free samples in exchange for reviews with no social sharing required!

  1. PINCHme: This is the very first site I signed up for. I’m not going to lie, it did take me a little while to get sent anything. Also, there was a period of time when I didn’t have any offers at all but eventually it worked out for me to receive some samples. They tend to offer samples once a month (on a Tuesday) and the sample offers go live at 12 pm Eastern Time. You will want to sign in as close to that time to increase the odds of being offered samples. Be sure to write your reviews of the products sent within 30 days of your box being sent to remain eligible for receiving products.
  2. Sample SourceThese samples are offered seasonally (3x a year). I’m new to this program so I’m still learning about it. If you’re on Instagram, I recommend following their account because they tend to inform followers when they are able to have samples available. They’ll also send an e-mail when samples are available. They will send you an e-mail letting you know when it is time to do the surveys for products sent to you to try out.
  3. Daily Goodie Box: I know some people find this site a little sketchy but I am including this in the list because they really do offer a box of samples. I personally can verify this having received a box from them. The issue with this opportunity it that it can take a lot of work to be chosen. You tend to have to practically stalk their social media pages to see when there is an opportunity to win a box. (They tend to post around 4 pm EST)

 

There are a few other sites have opportunities for getting free stuff in exchange for honest reviews but these are the only ones I have personal experience of receiving items from. I’ll update this list as a gain more experience with other sources.

 

Next up in my 27 Shades of FREE series: 

Try new products in exchange for an

honest review and social sharing

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin: An Insightful Read

Ever wonder why some people readily meet expectations and others don’t? Ever wonder why you readily meet certain expectations and struggle to meet others? These are just a few questions that may be answered by Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies.

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Rubin suggests that the way people respond to expectations depends on which tendency they fit into. Some people readily meet inner & outer expectations (Upholders) while others resist both(Rebels). And there are some who meet inner but not outer (Questioners) or vice versa (Obligers). Don’t know which one you are? No problem! She includes a short quiz in the book to help you identify your tendency. Alternatively, you can take the online quiz (which is what I suggest because there are more questions). If you’re interested in taking the online quiz, click here.

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This book includes information about the strengths and weaknesses of each tendency and even how others can better deal with an individual in any of the four tendencies. Rubin also touches on what challenges & advantages certain pairings of the tendencies can face and tips on how to effectively communicate to multiple people in different tendencies.

I found this book filled with insight. It really did make some sense of some situations I have found myself in the past and why I readily met expectations or why I resisted. She includes lots of information on all four tendencies so readers can not only understand themselves better, but other people they come in contact with. There is only one thing I would change about this book: the quiz. I personally think the quiz is way to short and wish it was as long as the online quiz.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about themselves and others. This book would probably especially be useful for those in management or marketing positions.

To learn more about Gretchen Rubin click here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books this review.

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*I received a free copy of Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

 

Mailbox Freebies: October

I’m very happy with all the free goodies I received this past month. I discovered a really cool phone app called Very Dice. It’s completely free to use and easy way to get some real free stuff of your choice. All you have to do is roll dice which will earn you tickets that you can redeem for real stuff! There is a huge variety of things you can work towards. Join today and start winning free stuff! If you use my referral code (1099269) you will get extra rolls! Click here to download it today.

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. Glamour
  2. Rolling Stone
  3. Allure
  4. Real Simple
  5. Shape
  6. Field & Stream

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly
  2. Vanity Fair
  3. Cosmopolitan
  4. Good Housekeeping
  5. Cooking Light
  6. Marie Claire
  7. Woman’s Day
  8. Redbook
  9. Bon Appetit

Value Mags

  1. Outdoor Life
  2. Better Homes & Gardens
  3. Family Circle

Recyclebank

  1. Car & Driver
  2. The Red Bulletin
  3. This Old House
  4. Road & Track
  5. Everyday with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Popular Mechanics
  2. Elle
  3. Weight Watchers
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Harper’s Bazaar

Magazine Gold Card  (Swagbucks or PinchMe)

  1. Taste of Home Simple & Delicious
  2. Yoga Journal
  3. PeopleStyle **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. Money

Miscellaneous

  1. In Touch November Devotions
  2. Turning Points Devotional magazine
  3. Highlights High Five (1/3 issues)
  4. Cook’s Country
  5. Zoobooks, 5 issues (Tomoson)
  6. Zoodinos, 5 issues (Tomoson)

***Freebies & Free Samples***

– Obsessed by Calvin Klein perfume samples

– Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray ( Generation Good Mission)

– Pure Growth Organics Cheddar Monkeys & Crispy Rice Squares

– 3 Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series samples (Dulce de Leche, Blueberry Pancake, and Coconut Caramel)

– Disabled American Veterans gift (Christmas stickers, address labels, and notepad)

– Derma-e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal mask

– Meow Mix Simple Servings sample

– 3 Magnolia Orchid samples from Skincare Jungle (All Around Eye Gel, Facial Hydrating Gel Cream,and Rose Hydrating Gel Mask)

– Hello Kitty brush set, Brushegg, and makeup brush dryer (VeryDice app)

– Unibelle Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Loose Fitting Casual Tunic Top Blouse available on Amazon (@jnfeguo on Instagram sent the top for free in exchange for an honest review) 

– 4 SmartyPants Probiotic samples (2 Lemon Creme and 2 Blueberry)

– Acidophilus Probiotic (Nature’s Bounty Rewards)

– 2 TeMana samples (NONI Brightening Toner & NONI Brightening Serum)