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Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar

Hey guys! Today’s post is on an item I got from my Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016. Here’s my review on the Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar.

Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “Sunbelt Bakery granola bars are brought to your community each week, which means you get a snack with bakery-fresh taste and no preservatives.”

Verdict? This product comes in an easy to tear open packaging that is standard for most granola bars. Item highlights are clearly marked in the front with the following caption: “NO PRESERVATIVES” and “BAKERY-FRESH TASTE”. I had my man try it since he consumes granola bars more often than I do. He has about one a day. It only had 180 calories for the whole 1.4 oz / 41 g bar and it’s pretty filling. The flavor is pretty good and what he expected out of the flavor called Oats & Honey. It’s lightly sweet with a good amount of flavor. He thought it was a good granola bar overall so we’ll be looking out for this brand when we go grocery shopping next time. It didn’t have too much sugar for us at 12 g and sodium is 75 mg for this serving size. What I’m impressed about this the most is that it’s freshly stocked every so often so it’s one of the freshest commercially sold granola bars out there. Being widely available is not a bad thing either.

A single bar retails for $0.50 and is available at various retailers. To learn more about the brand and their offerings, visit www.sunbeltbakery.com, where you can check out what flavors and products they have!

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Steam Starter

Hey guys! It’s almost the middle of the week! While this week has been going slower than usual to me, I did get to enjoy some time with one of my closest friend’s family before they head back to India. I LOVE homecooked Indian food and they sure stuffed me today with tons of it. I’ll miss them dearly as it was nice having genuinely nice people around. They’re happy to know that there’s a few of us around to keep their daughter company. It’s an especially emotional time for them too being that she recently got married. We assured them we’ll watch over her.:) Anyway, today’s post is on something I’ve used a few time but just didn’t “get it”. Here’s Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Steam Starter.

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Steam Starter

What I love about this product? I got this in my Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag. It comes in very cute tube packaging for easy application. The directions that came with my Beauteque bag insert is as follows: “This gel helps to open your pores while eliminating buildup within them. Its pink clay ingredients helps absorb excess sebum and soften stubborn blackheads. To Use: After cleansing, apply to the area with blackheads and massage for 3 minutes. Then use lukewarm water to rinse off.” It is lemon scented that kinda reminds me of pledge but it’s not strong when applied onto my face. The gel is clear and is slightly sticky in consistency. When applied onto my face and I’m massaging the gel with my fingers, there is a slight warming sensation. I then wash the product off with warm water.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s not easily accessible being that it’s a Korean brand. I can’t just go the a drugstore or a beauty store like ULTA to grab what I want from this brand. Also, it didn’t seem to make a difference in my opinion. My most obvious blackhead is still there and while it did clear out some gunk overall, I get better results with clay face masks that I use. Some people swear by it though.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy bag in 2 days ago but didn’t get around to posting about it until today. I opened my package in a dimly lighted restaurant that I thought my makeup bag is actually blue but it’s purplish pink as shown. Here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag

This month’s makeup bag is in the envelope style, which is different from what they usually offer. It’s interesting and while I don’t care for the print much I will say I do like the color. The first item that caught my eye is the Épicé Hydrating Mask. I LOVE face masks and this one has kaolin clay and bentonite listed so I’m very excited to try this one soon. Next item that caught my eye is the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara. The packaging looks so familiar that I’m pretty sure I already have this in my makeup drawer (and if so, I’ll be throwing this one in as an extra in a gift bag). Then we have The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm. I already tried this and I like it! It’s a thick liquid in consistency just like the Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy. Next item in my bag is the Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer. The shade I got is called Radiate. While this looks very pretty and I’m tempted to keep it….it’s going into the extra gifts pile for when I put together gift bags. I already own too many bronzers I don’t use. Last up is the Slmissglam Small Contour W07 Brush. I don’t need any more makeup brushes so this goes to the gifting pile as well.

Épicé Hydrating Mask

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

Hikari Shimmer Bronzer

Slmissglam Small Contour W07 Brush

I like the envelope style makeup bag and there’s enough for me to play around this month. I can’t wait for next month’s bag!

Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016

It’s been a while since I got an Influenster VoxBox. I think I get it once a year nowadays. The Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016 contains items in the health and beauty department. I already put 2 of the 6 items in this box to the test. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016

The Sunbelt Bakery granola bar has been demolished by my husband already and I’ve started using the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil. I already have immediate feedback on the oil — both good and bad. I already have the Cutex and Secret items from previous beauty boxes but am glad to get these still. It’s always good to have extras. That Sinful Colors shade is right up my alley (glitter — YASSS!) and I’m curious about the hair thickener by Not Your Mother’s. Stay tuned for individual blog posts on some of these!

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

I’ve been running around trying to redeem my birthday rewards before April was up and this got me to revisiting what I have in my stash to try and use up. One of them has been what I got from the recent Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

What I love about this product? It comes in a tube container that easily dispenses the product. I’m used to the traditional plastic bottle containers more but I’ve used a decent amount shampoos that come in the tube packaging. When I get to the end of the product I just add a little bit of water and shake the last bit of it to apply onto my hair. The scent is pretty good — typical of what I expect from a cologne-y or masculine type scent for a shampoo really. The formula is a of the same consistency as other John Frieda shampoos I’ve tried in the past. My husband didn’t care for the color of the product at all. I think he was weirded out with the brown or bronze-y color. Still, it does the job of a shampoo really so can’t complain on that.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really but there are other lines from this brand that I prefer over this one. I don’t see myself buying this once it’s all used up.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.

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