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empties, recommendations, reviews


Here is my last empty post from the huge clean out I did earlier this month. That was one full bag! These are mostly from Sephora, with a Body Shop and B&B Works product thrown in! A few holy grail products, and a few that leave something to be desired.

Coco Shea Honey Moisturizing Body Wash

I picked this up at Bath & Body Works as a free item with purchase and was in love! The scent is wonderful, and it is more moisturizing than their regular line of body washes. I tend to grab more natural washes at Target, since I don’t like buying six items at a time just to get a good deal…but I did enjoy this and would get it again on sale or as a free item when I am picking up candles or something else there.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

This has been a holy grail cleanser for me for quite some time now. (Obviously a repurchase since there are two in my empties bin!) If you suffer from adult acne, you should really give this a try! My skin is sensitive and combination. I have fine lines but also have trouble spots that will break out in about two seconds if I stare at it the wrong way in the mirror. This cleanses your skin and treats it with salicylic acid without drying you out.

Belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

I know that there is a cult following for Belif, but I don’t get all the hype. This just wasn’t moisturizing enough for me. It was fine and didn’t cause any skin issues…but it also wasn’t doing anything for me either. At this price, there are so many better options out there!

Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

I really liked this moisturizer when I was pregnant and my skin was going insane. Now? I would rather use something else. This moisturizer is fine, it just isn’t enough most days for me. It says that it deeply hydrates, but the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense does a better job. I think if you are looking for a moisturizer, this is one to consider if you have combination skin. I don’t really have anything bad to say about it, but it isn’t my favorite either. Does that make sense? LOL.

Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment

I am a big fan of The Body Shop Vitamin E line, and have been for years. It has a light rose/vitamin e scent and the moisturized feeling lasts on my skin for a long time after application. I have the hand cream and the big tub of body butter on  hand at all times. Especially in the winter.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 

This has been my holy grail moisturizer for awhile now. My skin feels so good and smooth when I use this and my makeup goes on better. As you can see, I have used two containers since my last empties post.  Obviously a repurchase for me!

Have you tried any of these?

beauty, products, reviews

Bloom Vox Box

I was so excited to receive the Bloom Vox Box in the mail from Influenster!!! There were a few of my already favorite products, and a few new ones for me to try out so I call that a huge win.

Sunbelt Bakery


I am always down to try a new granola bar, especially when the words chocolate chip are  involved! These are chewy and delicious!

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads


Who can’t use these?? I haven’t actually used remover pads in a long time and I have got to say I am a renewed believer in them! They just make life so easy and I already have these on my list to restock! I was bad over the last two months, and I have just kept re-touching and re-touching my toes with the same polish. We are talking layers and layers you guys. With one Cutex Pad I had my toes back to perfect with just a swipe or two of each toe!! I was so amazed!!!

Not Your Mother’s Plum For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter


It is no secret around here that my hair is super fine. And by super fine I mean thin, not cute fine. I was really excited to try out this thickening spray to see if it would make a difference. I just spray it a few times in the palm of my hand, rub together then scrunch in my hair. I then blow dry it and I have got to say, I can tell a difference. Not only does it have a little extra bounce, but my hair just looks better when I used this. Did I mention it smells good too?? Because it does!

NUXE Huile Prodidieusse Multi-Purpose Oil


It seems like oils are all the rage these days and I was fascinated that this can be used for face, body and hair. While I can’t say that I have tried this on my face or hair yet….I have tried this on my skin a few times and the oil is a thin formula that sinks in quickly and makes your skin feel so soft. I cant quite place what the smell reminds me of, but it is a pleasant one. This has Vitamin E and six botanical oils: Borage, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia.

Secret Outlast in Complete Clean


I have tried just about every deodorant on the market and Secret is one I keep coming back to. It just works! The scents are always appropriate, it goes on easy and dries quickly and it doesn’t leave residue behind when I am trying to get dressed. Plus it lasts all day and into the next morning work out for me. What more can you ask for?!

Sinful Colors


I was no stranger to Sinful either. I mean, who doesn’t buy every color when they walk by the display? At those prices you can afford to! This shade is part of the limited edition collection Denim & Bling from Kylie Jenner! There are 20 matte denims, holographic glitters and angel shimmers. So pretty!

Of course, I received this box from Influenster for my honest review and opinions. I really did like everything in this box and I can see myself buying a few of these products soon when my samples run out! Have you tried any of these?

beauty, products, reviews

Jingle VoxBox Review

I was so excited when I received my Influenster Jingle VoxBox in the mail right after Christmas!!! There were so many amazing products to try I couldn’t wait to dig in!

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream –  (full price $8.99-$15.99)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

This Cetaphil cream has been perfect for this time of year. My hands are constantly cracking in the winter time and to be honest, it is quite painful! I have been carrying around this sample in my purse and using it throughout the day and I love it!!! It is think as you are rubbing it in, but then it is absorbed instantly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It doesn’t have a scent, so you aren’t offending co-workers either!

Biscoff Cookies (full price $2.99)


These little guys were torturing my in my pantry for days. I received this box after I started Whole 30 and I was so sad I couldn’t have any of these. Chris benefited from my loss though and loved them! They are so perfect with your morning (or afternoon) coffee!

Ore-Ida Tater Tots (full price $3.99)
Tater Tots

I am sure that you have had Ore-Ida Tater Tots before, right??? I love that they are made from real potatoes and are so versatile with recipes! Here is a great idea for your Super Bowl Party!!!

Cook up some Ore-Ida Tater Tots in the oven and then top with melted queso, bacon bites, sour cream, jalapenos and green onions. Nothing is better than Ore-Ida Totchos!!!

You can see more Ore-Ida Totchos Recipes on the Kraft Site here.

Hallmark itty bittys (starting at $6.95)

Hallmark Itty Bitty

These little itty bittys are so cute!!! They would make the perfect stocking stuffer, Easter basket fillers or little surprise any day of the year! They would even but cute as part of wrapping on a present!

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner (full price $3.99)

City Proof

You guys, this came at the perfect time!!! I had run out of my usual brown eyeliner and I wanted to try something new. I hate the new one I bought and trashed it after just a few uses. I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but boy was I wrong!! This stuff glides on so smoothly and stays put for hours with no smudging. I was able to remove it with my usual eye makeup remover. For $3.99, you better believe I just fun my new brown go to liner!

KISS True Volume Lashes($3.99)/KISS Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe ($3.99)


These KISS lashes are made with 100% natural hair. The Tapered End Technology really works with these, as they look like your actual eye lashes! The aloe vera in the adhesive helps keep irritation away while lasting hours. I handed these off to my niece and she loves them!

Pure Ice Nail Polish (full price $1.97 at Walmart)

Pure Ice

I have seen Pure Ice a million times at Walmart and have never bothered to pick up a bottle. I am not really sure why? I love the packaging that they have and their color selection is wonderful! I received Silver Star, which was a great dark silver metallic. The color was pigmented and offered a light shimmer that was really pretty with different lighting! Pure Ice is a USA made product and has no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. The staying power was pretty on point with other drug store polishes, lasting about 3 days before it started to chip.

I received all these items free from Influenster but all opinions are my own, honest thoughts! 

Have you tried any of these products? What are you loving lately?

fitness, health, reviews

Fitbit Charge HR

It has been about two months since my wonderful husband gifted me with a Fitbit Charge HR. A just because present, he is so sweet! Several of you requested that I share my thoughts on it and I wanted to wait until the newness of it wore off to give you my honest scoop. This is not a sponsored post.

Function – The Fitbit Charge HR is a fitness tracker designed to track number of steps taken, mileage, heart rate, calories burned, stairs climbed and it also tracks your sleep. The wrist display will also act as a watch and you can get call notifications with caller ID. One of my favorite functions? It also serves as an alarm clock with a vibration on your wrist. Very convenient if you wake up 2 hours before your spouse like I do!!! I am sure he appreciates the lack of intrusive alarms on my side of the bed now!

I find the Fitbit to be very accurate with my steps taken, the mileage and for the most part…stairs climbed. There are some days when I will look down and it says I climbed no stairs when I know I have gone up at least twice. There are other days when it will say I climbed 25 flights when in reality it was probably 15-20. The mileage is always right on with my treadmill for my runs.

The only thing I don’t like about tracking is that if I am lifting weights or doing something that isn’t cardio, it isn’t really tracking. I suppose if you are doing something that is raising your heart rate, then it is getting it with that. Overall this is a non-issue for me because I know I worked out, but it is still annoying.

I find the sleep tracking very informative. If I wake up and feel tired throughout the day, I can almost guarantee that I woke up and was restless several times through the night and can see so on my profile.

Style – Chris purchased the black one for me. His thought was that it was a neutral color that would match everything. So kudos to him for thinking that through! Had I been there, I probably would have gotten the purple one like here because purple is my favorite color. However, I kept the black one because he chose it for me and it grew on me really fast!

While I wear mine every single day with any outfit, dressy or casual….I do wish that it was more stylish and looked more like a real watch or something. Or even had designer swap-able bands for when you aren’t sweating it out. Fitbit, can we work on that? People that care about fitness still care about fashion too!

Motivation – I find that when I am getting ready for bed in the evenings, if I am close to hitting 5,000 or 10,000 steps….I will run in place while brushing my teeth or hit the stairs a few times. When I am sitting at work all day and I see I have barely gone 3,000 steps…I feel guilty and try to make extra laps around the office or pace around the kitchen while I am cooking dinner. If I sign online and see my “friends” have gone several thousand (like 20,000-50,000) more steps than I have for the week, it makes me feel like I am not doing near enough! So yeah, the motivation is there.

The Fitbit also sits on my wrist daily as a reminder to make better eating choices. Sometimes I tell it to bug off and eat a cheeseburger while silently cursing myself. Other time I find myself walking to the salad bar as that damn black band stares at me from my wrist. So judgy.

Care/Durability – While the Fitbit is not waterproof…I know, annoying right??? It has held up to my super sweaty work outs and the banging around of my wrists all day. There is one small scratch on the display screen. Who knows how I got it, but I am not surprised. I am not even a little careful with it. So to say that it is durable, is an understatement. This thing takes a beating like a champ. It is also super easy to clean. I just wipe it down with some Cetaphil (the facial cleanser) and a warm wet wash cloth. Trust me when I say that it needs a good cleaning a few times a week if you sweat during your work outs.

App/Integration – The Fitbit is Bluetooth enabled and connects with your phone and computer. There is an app you can download to track everything, enter food, water, etc. You can friend others who have Fitbits and see their progress and it syncs with other fitness tools such as MyFitnessPal. If I can figure out how to do all this, so can you!

Other Features

–You can just double tap the screen instead of pushing the button on the side to see all your tracking! Brilliant! I probably would  have learned that in the manual, had I read it.

–It vibrates when you hit your goal for the day. Nothing like a little praise to make you want to go further!

–You earn badges for different milestones that you accomplish.

–It comes in three sizes – small, large and extra large. I have the small. If you are average size or smaller, I would say that the small would be right for you. My wrists are tiny and I would be lost in anything bigger. I wish the rest of me was that tiny. 

–The battery lasts me about 4-ish days. Charging it goes by really fast! I can usually put it back on my wrist after an hour or less with a full charge.

–It does run my cell phone battery down a little more than before I had it, but nothing crazy.

Overall- I really love my Fitbit! I am glad that I have it, and I do recommend it for anyone who wants to get serious about their health and fitness. For the extra $20, I feel like the Charge HR is a no-brainer for the heart rate monitor.

Do you have a Fitbit? Let’s be friends! Let me know in the comments and we can find each other. What fitness tracker do you have your eye on? Do you have any questions about the Fitbit? I am more than happy to give you my honest opinion!

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