18 March 2012

Spring Break!

Hello, darlings! Did everyone have a good weekend? Anyone have their corn beef, cabbage, and green beer for St. Patrick's day? I picked up a pair of green lashes to wear that day, but dumb me forgot to get more glue XD

Tomorrow starts spring break in my school district! Even though I have to work most of the week, I managed to finagle a few days off so I can get out of town with the boyfriend. Depending on how I feel (I am having a wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it pulled on Tuesday), we are going to go to Daytona for Spring Break Nationals to compete. Essentially Nationals is a trade show, car show, and bass competition. Simply put, it is a "who's car is louder" competition. My first year I came home with a trophy taller than I am! 132 decibels, baby!

I decided to put off assignments off for the evening to catch up on some sleep and The Walking Dead. After work boyfriend and I went to Dairy Queen and then came home, where I fell into a carb induced coma for about three hours, haha. Felt damn good! Woke up in time to catch the season finale of Walking Dead, and now here I am attempting to write this entry on my iPad.

I am trying to think of a name for my new kitten. Boyfriend's cat had kittens about three weeks ago, and I am keeping the little gray female. She is a tubby thing so I have been throwing around food names. So far I've considered Tacos and Truffles. Anyone have any good ideas?

Now I am going to catch the rest of my Harry Potter marathon before bed.

Goodnight everyone!

15 March 2012

Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review

Looking for something sweet to add to your morning coffee or tea and don't want all of the calories?

Thanks to the wonderful people at Influenster, I was given the chance to try Truvia, an all natural sugar alternative derived from the Stevia plant. In my Love VoxBox I got a complimentary sample box, an entire week's worth, for testing and review purposes.

It is so sweet, I was able to make one packet last through four cups of tea! It feels good to go from two packets of other lo-cal sweeteners in each cup of morning coffee to a quarter packet of Truvia.

Of course there are many uses, just like you would use sugar. Other than coffee and tea, my favorite use is sprinkling a little bit on my grapefruit to take the edge off of the bitterness ^_^

I have definitely found a new staple on my bi-weekly shopping list!

If you would like to know more about Truvia, go www.truvia.com.




11 March 2012

Review: Dial NutriSkin Replenishing Lotion

Hello, darlings! Has your weekend been well?

I'm back with another review, this time for another one of my favorite products, Dial's NutriSkin Replenishing Lotion.

For those of you who have been reading this for a while, you know my feeling on being moisturized - the more you moisturize, the better. I am always on the look out for budget friendly moistures that actually do what they claim on the bottle, and I think I've found the holy grail of the budget friendly, yet effective, lotion.


This formula for dry skin has not only shea butter, but Dial's BioNutrient Complex with omega 3 & 6, Vitamins F, A, and E, and Amino Acids. It also claims to last for 48 hours. This lotion is also hypo-allergenic and will not clog pores, something that caught my eye because of my sensitive skin.


I love the scent and texture.

It's got a light and lovely scent, not too sweet and not too heavy. The shea butter can definitely be detected among all of the other scents in the lotion.

It is also very thick, yet very light for a super moisturizing lotion. Even better is it doesn't leave any sort of sticky or greasy feeling like some lotions do.


Since I've started using this lotion, my dry spots are few and far between. My elbows and knees have always been trouble spots for me, and this lotion keeps them soft and smooth. It even works wonders on my feet, which take all sort of abuse since I am on my feet all day at work.

Very short and sweet review, mainly because, for once, I found a lotion that did exactly as the bottle claimed. I'm in love.


I've also decided to go on a mission to quit smoking. I am sick a lot, my lungs are sensitive, and I couldn't run a mile even if I wanted to. It's time to do this for myself. If anyone has any tips, I would love to hear them. This is going to be a long journey!

08 March 2012

Influenster Love VoxBox

After an anticipation filled week, I finally got my Love VoxBox from Influenster!

What is Influenster? It is a community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love.

Based on your activities and badges, you have the chance to be invited to try a box of goodies in their themed VoxBoxes. This most recent is the Love VoxBox, which is filled with goodies to get date-ready, and even goodies to share with someone special!

This is what I got inside the box.



Continue reading to get the details on all of the products received!


04 March 2012

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

I apologize for such a long gap between posts, and lack of commenting on all of the blogs of the lovelies that I follow. Life has been so hectic lately I have neglected this blog, something I don't plan on letting happen very often. With my upcoming graduation I have been very focused on school.

Tonight, though, is a night for relaxation! I've been laying around clipping coupons and trying out a Freeman Beauty avocado clay mask, which is brilliant, by the way. There will be a review soon!


Now to the meat of this post: moisturizing. I may be a little lax on some beauty routines, but moisturizing is one that I never skip. I really started to think about this because of a friend of mine suffering from reoccurring breakouts, varying from light to pretty severe. Of course, me being me, I grilled her about her skin care routine. I was appalled by the horrible things she was doing to her skin, all in the name of ridding herself of her acne.

 What she didn't realize was all of the harsh soaps she was using was doing nothing but exacerbating the problem!

Something that most people don't seem to understand is how the skin works. Just like the hair, the more you strip yours skin of its natural oils, the more it will produce to make up for the deficit. Using harsh soaps and cleansers that dry the skin in an effort to get rid of the acne is going to make the problem worse as your skin tries to recover from the damage you are doing. Hello oil slicks! I am all about using soaps to treat acne, but if they strip your skin of the natural moisture it is vital that you use a moisturizer to replenish what you are taking away. Otherwise you will end up with breakouts that are even worse than those you are trying to treat.

I ended up revamping her routine by adding a few simple steps and substitutions.

First, I have found using a gentle exfoliating face wash does the trick for my clear skin.

Morning and night I use a Neutrotena scrub.

If I have any breakouts, I follow with an acne cream.

Finally I moisturize, morning and night, regardless of if my skin feels like it needs it at all. Your skin always needs to be moisturized to replace what you take away by cleansing.

With this simple routine I've managed to keep my skin clear and even, so much so that I don't need to wear foundation at all! I may need the occasional correction for under eye circles, but that is about it.

The moral of the story is keep your skin moisturized. Your skin will look and feel amazing!

 Your face isn't the only place that needs moisture! A great body lotion will do your skin wonders if you develop a routine. Dial makes a lovely moisturizer that is effective, and less than $3! I bought a new bottle, so expect a review soon!

 Before I close this entry, I do want to say that this routine might not work for everyone. This is just something that I found to work for me. You know your skin better than anyone and need to modify any skin care routine to suit your own needs.


 I have some interesting things planned for the next week or so. I am backed up on reviews, and I was chosen by Influenster to receive their Love VoxBox! It is in the mail, so expect a full report when I get it. I may make my first video dedicated to the unboxing! I hope everyone has had a great week, and we will talk again soon!

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