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Walmart Spring 2017 Beauty Box

So I actually almost forgot I have this beauty box subscription until an email asked if I wanted to switch it up for something special or stay with whatever setting I have already made in my account. I didn’t want to mess with it so I opted to just stay with my current setting. This popped in my mailbox about a week ago. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Spring 2017 Beauty Box.

Walmart Spring 2017 Beauty Box

Overall, pretty good stuff. In fact, as soon as I saw the lip product I knew that I had to give it to my sister from another mister Renuky. 🙂 It became part of her flip book goodies, which by the way is so much fun to make and hers is the first one I’ve given out so far. I made one for her birthday. 🙂 The shade seems light enough to suit her especially with it being a lip gloss. The first thing I’m trying out is the whitening toothpaste as we’ve been using regular whitening toothpaste and I’m not really seeing any difference so it’s time to change it up!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub

Colgate Optic White Radiant Toothpaste

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultra Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Stay tuned for reviews on most of these items!


Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter

Hey guys! It’s been a busy few weeks so I didn’t get to write more blog entries. I’ve picked up writing to some new pen pals from all over the world as well as a new interest in vintage stamps. I just find them cool and they’re still valid to use so I hope my pen pals think they’re cool. Today’s post is on something I’ve tried a few times in the past few weeks sent to me in my Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016. Here’s Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter.

Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “Don’t let sad, thin, lifeless hair get in the way of another day. Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter will have you from drab-to-fab in just moments! This salon formula spray will thicken and strengthen your mane. It’ll add body, shine and some ooh la la.”

What I love about this product? I tried this for a few days and I had a friend try it on the spot at work one day. I like that it doesn’t dry out my hair to give it volume like most volumizing shampoo and conditioners do. The effect is immediate and quite noticeable. However, I don’t think it lasts that long. My hair went back to being deflated — though not all the way limp — by the end of the day. My hair still had some volume but definitely not close to what I started with right after using the product. It’s easy to apply and a little goes a long way. Applying too much would start making my hair tangle easier at the ends. Still, this is a better option than volumizing shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried in the past. I find the scent pleasant and it dissipates over time. Do follow the directions provided on how to use this. I ended up with greasy hair once just because I decided to spray it on.

What I don’t like about this product? The effect isn’t long-lasting like what I get from John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. Still, this is the best non in-shower treatment I have tried so far giving the best results.

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. #Plump4Joy #contest*


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.


Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box

I finally, FINALLY got my Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box a few days ago. I was wondering if I was even gonna get one since I’ve seen people get theirs a few weeks ago. I thought maybe there was something wrong with my billing or there was some glitch. But nope, here it is in all its full glory:

Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box

Everything came packed securely in the sturdy cardboard box.As usual, this box costs only $5. Can’t beat that really in my opinion. I’m pretty sure the contents of my box differed from those that I’ve seen who got them a week or 2 earlier. Maybe they ran out of some stuff but I like pretty much everything I got so I’m not complaining!

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo

CeraVe Healing Ointment

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick

Various Samples and Coupons

The item I’m most excited about to try is the Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser. I actually almost purchased it when I was at ULTA recently. Now I have a sample to try it out first to see if I like it. Hope y’all are having a great weekend so far and stay tuned for my take on some of the items from this box!


John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

Hey guys! Today’s post is on another item I got from my Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

What I love about this product? This product works! I am happy to report this even if it didn’t quite last the 7 days it claims to for me. I’m really not sure what kind of magic ju ju they put in this but a little goes a long way. My first time using this, I applied it from close to the scalp and running my fingers to the ends. I realized that this probably isn’t the best way to do it. While it gave my hair tons of volume, I got a lot more tangles at the ends by using it. The product kinda gives the hair more grip. I initially thought it was just drying it out more, but I realized that this is not the case at all. I just have to use this product to my own advantage after knowing how it acts and feels. The next time I used this, I concentrated applying the product more on the roots at the crown of my head. That’s where I want more volume anyway. I definitely conditioned my hair a lot from the ends towards the roots. This gave me the best results. Volume is out of this world with my hair after the first wash. It tapers off with the next wash but I was pleasantly surprised that my hair still has a ton of volume. For me, I wouldn’t use this more than once a week — which is kinda coincidental since the name of this product has “7 day” in it. I’m glad that I got this sample in my Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box because I don’t think I would’ve tried this out otherwise. I tend to think things with too good to be true claims are more likely to be flops really.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing! John Frieda is a trusted brand that is carried in many retailers nationwide. I love how accessible it is.

More information on this item and other products from this brand is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by drugstores and mass retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart.


Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box

While I I loved most of the items from the Target Head Of The Class 2015 Beauty Box, I couldn’t resist getting this one as well. Here’s the Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box.

Target Honor Roll 2015 Beauty Box

Everything came in a black reusable sturdy cardboard box. For $5, again, you really can’t go wrong. I almost didn’t get it (just like the Head Of The Class beauty box released at the same time) and I’m glad that I did.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer

NYX Butter Gloss

The Bathery Delicate Bath Sponge

Olay Fresh Outlast® Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash

Goody Ouchless Elastics

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I gave the elastics from the other box away so I’m keeping this one of myself. The item I am most excited to try is the John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. The first item I opened and used is the NYX Butter Gloss. The shade I got is Strawberry Parfait. I’ve been using a bath mitt for a while now so a bath pouf (they call it sponge but I call those things poufs) would be nice for a change. I actually think I’ll be using every single thing in this box. All in all, I like this beauty box better and as usual it does come with a $3 off $15 coupon on beauty items to use at Target.


ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I was out sick yesterday, so I didn’t even bother getting a post out on the blog. I’m better now though and just got my ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag. I then realized that I took pictures of the September 2013 one and never posted about it! So here’s a late post on the ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag

ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag (close-up)

For my first ipsy Glam Bag, not bad. I would’ve been bummed if the bag wasn’t the one that was included in that month cause there’s nothing special for me in everything I got. The brand I am most familiar with from this bag is John Frieda. I didn’t even bother to try it out much. It’s a nice shampoo brand. I’m in it with this subscription service for things other than shampoo and conditioners though. I’m familiar with NYX as well. I own about 30 of their nail polish shades. Good stuff really, but sadly a pass for me when it comes to anything else other than nail polish for now. I already own too many makeup from various other brands that I don’t want to start with NYX too. The 2 brands I have never heard of is Elizabeth Mott and Starlooks. I haven’t tried the Elizabeth Mott one since I’ve been trying to finish up all the opened mascara tubes I have. I’ve read some good and some bad reviews on this, so I’ll reserve any judgment until I try it. I did try the Starlooks eye pencil and I gotta say it rocks! It’s more pigmented than I thought and very easy to use. I use it on my lower water line and it stays there for a good while. I still like my Milani and Urban Decay pencils better, but this is a good one to keep an eye out for.

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

NYX Eye Shadow

Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil

John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Overall, not bad for the first bag. The item I liked most though is the blue makeup bag itself. Is that kinda sad? Well…..it’s still a better option than Birch Box in my opinion. I got a one year subscription so we’ll see how this plays out as it goes! Also included is a sample of a few eye shadow shades and one blush from Michelle Phan’s Em line. It’s like one of those cardboard sampler things where a little bit of the product is on. I felt it and it’s decent, but I’m still not sold on plunking down the cash for it. I already have a lot of makeup and it’s not something that I must have.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Hey guys! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I came upon by pure chance. There were a bunch of these marked down on sale at Walmart once and I figured why not give it a shot? I wish I picked up a couple more of these for my co-worker friends to try being that this is supposed to help with frizz and I have pretty much pin straight long hair.

At 10 fl oz / 295 ml, this retails for $6.49 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time (it’s $4.87 right now at CVS!) and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for a little over 2 months. Remember, I have long hair that goes down my back. The front text reads “REPAIRING FOR DAMAGED HAIR” and “MENDS & BLOCKS FRIZZ FOR EASY STYLING”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“100% flawless, frizz-free hair,
from start to finish.*

This shampoo starts blocking frizz in the shower for easy styling. With our Frizz-Mending Complex, it smoothes strands, repairs by helping to seal split ends and restores hair’s natural defense against frizz. Leaves distressed tresses soft, shiny and highly manageable. Safe for color-treated hair.

HOW TO: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse well. Use with FRIZZ-EASE® Smooth Start® Repairing Conditioner and FRIZZ-EASE® Hair Serum® for best results.”

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo

Verdict? Not bad. While it functions well as a regular shampoo, it’s not the best I’ve tried ever. It cleanses my hair well, but I can’t verify the claim that it helps with frizz. The scent is pleasant like that of a regular shampoo really. If it goes on sale or clearance for a good price, I’ll pick up a couple more just cause it’s a good buy.

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.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Here’s another segment of Curtain Call, where I provide an honest review at the end of the life of a product I’ve been using. Today we have shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda. This is their Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml (bonus size of 30% more is 11 fl oz / 325 ml), this retails for $6.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for almost 3 months. With my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “builds fullness at the roots; strengthens and conditions where needed for silky, full-bodied hair” and “boosts volume in all 3 dimensions“. The back of the tube reads the following:

“Instantly boosts volume in all 3 dimensions: fullness, thickness & lift

Luxurious Volume line builds fullness at the roots. thickens individual strands and increased lift for noticeably thicker, full-bodied hair with up to:

110% MORE FULLNESS*
50% MORE THICKNESS*
90% MORE LIFT*

(Shampoo) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Shampoo strengthens hair from the inside out, plumps up hair and fills in damaged areas for healthy volume that starts at the roots. (Conditioner) Luxurious Volume Full SplendorTM Conditioner targets damaged areas, providing weightless conditioning only where needed for full-bodied style with a soft, silky feel.”

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Splendor Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? I like it. While I’m not going to rush out and claim that this is my holy grail shampoo and conditioner, it does what it claims to do. It cleanses my hair well and I do feel like I get more volume after using this. The scent is pleasant and refreshing; a typical shampoo scent really. Conditioner works really well. I apply it to my ends first then even it out throughout my hair. I avoid getting conditioner on my scalp just as a preference. My scalp doesn’t need much conditioning really. If I am out and it’s on for a good price, I’ll grab it. Other than that, I’ll still keep my eyes peeled for something new to try that would wow me.

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.


Curtain Call: John Frieda Collection Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner

So here we are again with another segment of Curtain Call, where I provide an honest review at the end of the life of a product I’ve been using. Today we have shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda’s Root Awakening line. I got the formula for normal hair. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.

At 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml, this retails for $6.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for a little over 2 months and with my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “improves hair health, with natural eucalyptus” and “invigorating & feeds the roots for bouncy, shiny, radiant hair”. The back of the tube reads the following:

“A small change can make a big difference to the healthy look of your hair. The Root AwakeningTM line with natural Eucalyptus hydrates your scalp, nourishes from roots to ends and stimulates your senses, for hair that’s noticeably more radiant and resilient with every use.

Experience the beauty of Eucalyptus:

SEE your hair’s pure radiance
BREATHE the invigorating essence
FEEL the energy feeding your roots

(Shampoo) Root AwakeningTM Health InfusingTM Shampoo cleanses with a fresh tingle from roots to ends for pure shine and bounce. (Conditioner) Root AwakeningTM Health InfusingTM Conditioner nurtures hair from roots to ends for great manageability and shine.”

John Frieda Collection Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner

Verdict? Not bad. It cleanses my hair well and doesn’t dry it out at all. I can use this everyday or every other day instead. The Eucalyptus scent isn’t too strong, but readers may want to open it just to sniff it and make sure. The scent stays on my hair for a good while and it’s quite refreshing. Conditioner does the job well. I apply it to my ends first then even it out throughout my hair. I avoid getting conditioner on my scalp just as a preference. My scalp doesn’t need much conditioning really. However, there is nothing really about the shampoo or conditioner that sets it apart from all other brands. If I am out and it’s on for a good price, I’ll grab it. Other than that, I’d rather try some other brands in hopes of finding one that I really like.

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.