Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist

Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist in Sweet Pea
$14.00 (8 oz.)

I love Bath and Body Works and I was honestly already a fan of the Sweet Pea scent, so they didn't have to win me over. I've bought many Bath and Body Works products in the past, and I like this one just as well. 

Influenster provided us with full-sized Fine Fragrance Mist to try out in this Spring's Beauty VoxBox. My first impression when I saw the mist was the lovely packaging (below). It's also a very nicely sized product. It will last forever. The scent I received, Sweet Pea, is so light and floral and lovely. 

B&BW describes it as:
  • Our original, award-winning Sweet Pea fragrance is a fruity floral scent that evokes the intoxicating, floral-infused breezes of the Mediterranean
  • Key fragrance notes: Sweet Pea Petals, Watery Pear, Freesia, Fresh Raspberry, Soft Musk
A little goes a long way with the Fine Fragrance Mist. The scent lasts longer than many other fragrance mists that I've tried. I especially like it for the summer months when you want something sheer.
Conclusion: I will buy more of these once the Sweet Pea runs out. I really want to try the Paris Amour, though, so maybe I won't wait.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dr. Scholl's For Her Ball of Foot Cushions Review

"Created uniquely for women's shoes, the slim design of Dr. Scholl's® For Her Ball of Foot Cushions prevents your feet from sliding forward, so you avoid “toe scrunch”. Plus, they fit comfortably and discreetly in both open- and closed-toe shoes." -Dr. Scholl's For Her

The Dr. Scholl's For Her Ball of Foot Cushions were a bonus in this month's VoxBox from Influenster (which sends you awesome products completely complementary for the purposes of testing and review). The day my VoxBox came in the mail I was getting ready to go to a wedding for one of my boyfriend's best friends. I knew that I would be in heels all day long, so I immediately put these in my shoes.

They're a pretty purple and completely invisible once your shoes are on. You place them at the ball of your foot and they have a sticky backing that keeps them in place. I was outside all day at the wedding and even had to stand on my toes most of the time to avoid sinking my heels into the soft dirt, and my feet didn't hurt at the end of the day.

I've only tried these once, but then again, I haven't worn heels since the wedding. I'm definitely not the type of girl who wears heels very often. Sometimes for fun, but mostly formal occasions. Usually, my feet are killing me by the end of the day. I didn't notice much of a difference in toe scrunch. I still had a tiny blister on my little toe at the end of the day, but that wasn't a huge deal for me. I'm still going to switch them into every pair of heels I wear from now on.

Sally Hanson Salon Effects

One of the items included in the Spring Beauty VoxBox complements of Influenster for review is one of my favorite nail products ever: Sally Hansen Salon Effects.

  • No dry time
  • Lasts up to 10 days
  • Removes easily with nail polish remover
  • 40 must-have styles

 All of the claims are true, in my experience. The strips go on just like a sticker, but it's not a sticker. It's actual printed nail polish. Just peel off both sides and use the convenient tab to place to "sticker". They include a stick to make sure it's smooth as well as a tiny nail file which you use to shave off the excess. All you have to do is fold it over the end of your nail and file it off. 

I've probably purchased 10 of these in the past year. The floral designs are my absolute favorite. I have gotten so many compliments on the designs and many people think I have painted on an intricate nail design myself. My only concern is with the glitter strips. The printed strips seem to work perfectly, but the glitter is a little more rubbery. They don't want to fold over the nail and file off as easily as the printed strips.

They are a little pricey at $9.99 for a set, but I've found that you can do multiple nails with most of the strips and get a good two uses out of it if you're careful. They also last forever. I have found that with a clear top coat, I can get a good two weeks out of them, if not more. There has been occasions on which I've had to change it because you could see my nail growth before it had actually started to wear off of the nail (I mostly use it on my toes). 

I want to go buy another set just talking about it.

Sheer Cover Review

I received the spring VoxBox from Influenster a few weeks ago and they just opened up the brand challenges. This was my very first VoxBox (and hopefully not last) from Influenster and every box has brand challenges, so I will be posting them for the next few days to complete them.

First of all, Influenster is a really cool program. You take a few surveys to get an initial box (like I did) and then you complete brand challenges to review the products to get more badges to earn more free boxes. The boxes are full of products that are new or that a brand is promoting.

The VoxBoxes are themed and this was in the Spring Beauty Box. The entire box included: Sheer Cover Duo Concealer, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, Chapstick Lip Shield 365, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips, Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist, a SoyJoy bar, and Dr. Scholl's for Her Ball of Foot Cushions.

I was initially most excited about the Sheer Cover concealer, mainly because I needed concealer that day and didn't have any.

 $29.95 for the concealer (non-member price) and $29.95 for the introductory system, which also includes the Duo Concealer. Sheer Cover

The color is light/medium and it usually comes as a kit (with foundation, primer, and a kabuki brush). This was a full-sized sample (3g).
The coverage is pretty good. The formula is extremely creamy and tends to cake a bit on my face. My skin is very dry and tends to be red, so I tend not to use cream concealers or thick liquid foundations. This is great for the occasional blemish or discoloration, but you have to touch-up often. Even with my Bare Minerals on top as a setting powder it tended to wear off fairly easily.

I love how this product has the ability to blend to make a custom color that is perfect for any skin tone. I honestly believe more products need to have a duo color system for more customization.

Conclusion:  I wanted to love this, but it just didn't have the staying power I need. I like the packaging, the colors, the creaminess. My skin just wasn't as accepting. If you have normal/oily skin and few imperfections I think this would work wonderfully.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (12.00%). Other Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Bisabolol, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) (Source: Sheer Cover)

Potential Irritants: Boron Nitride (reported to show weak fibrogenic activity), Bismuth Oxychloride ("sharp" crystalline structure of the molecule can cause irritation to the skin)