A look inside my #GalentinesVoxBox

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Kweeen Glitter Spray

A lightweight – non sticky spray for body or hair that makes you sparkle. This spray smells amazing and is perfect for a fun day or night out. I wore it to the fair.  If you have darker hair stay on the tips of hair.. it just looked like glittery dandruff when I applied  to my hair ( maybe I went overboard)

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Therapy Session Hair Mask

A deep conditioning treatment that repairs & strengthens dry & damaged hair. Argan oils feeds the hair with vitamins & nutrients, while kermis delivers optimal breakage benefits.

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My hair felt so soft, smooth, & manageable. I liked that it was easy to add into my hair routine , since I only had to leave it on for 5 minutes. While I was waiting for it to penetrate my strands, I shaved.  My hair is thick & textured and it made my waves to bouncy. You can find this mask at Target!

Fresh Sugar mint rush freshening lip treatment

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This is a dual- action system. It delivers a fresh cooling sensation while hydrating for 24 hours and soothes. Just press your lips together for a burst of icy mint.  This treatment left my lips smooth and soft. I liked the refreshing cooling sensation. It actually kept my lips soft and smooth without feeling dry later in the day. I like applying before bed and in the morning to prep my lips for the day.

 

Nature Box shower gel with 100% cold pressed oil

This brand for skin & hair combines effective beauty care with cold pressed oils with select sustainably- sourced ingredients.  This shower gel  feels luxurious and lathered up nicely.  It smells good and didn’t dry out my skin. My skin felt silky soft. Even though it looks blue, the gel is actually clear.

Its also vegan & created without sulfates , silicones, & parabens.  Find it at your local drugstore, Target, or grocery store.

 

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Pretty Vulgar Faux Reals Extreme Volume Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

I got voluminous lashes in just one swipe with this mascara.  I use 1-2 coats , and haven’t noticed and flaking or smudging. I can see this could get clumpy if you add more coats or apply it a certain way. You can pick it up at Sephora.

Nature’s Bounty Beauty GlowOn

These beauty supplements provide key vitamins & nutrients to support beauty from the inside out. The illuminating formula contains Ceramosides, an extract from wheat seed that improves skin smoothness by helping with fine lines.* Additionally, Nature’s Bounty GlowOn Beauty Gels contain the antioxidant Resveratrol which helps fight damaging free radicals

 

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These soft gels are so easy to take and just in case you’re like me and hate swallowing pills they are small and don’t taste gross when they touch your tongue. I haven’t noticed any weird after taste/ burps either like other vitamins. Ive only been taking them for a short time so I haven’t noticed any changes .  There are about 7 varieties to choose from depending on what you are looking for .  ClearComplexion, HappySmile, SkinElasticity, GoodnightLovely, MoistureTreat, EvenBeauty. These retails for $19.99

 

I received these products for complimentary for review purposes from Influenster.

JAFRA ROYAL Boost skin

Get ready for skin that looks flawless with or without makeup! JAFRA ROYAL Boost is here to reveal your best, freshest complexion. Loaded with supernutrients, these potent products use our breakthrough Royal Jelly RJx technology to unlock the age-proofing power of nature’s royal jelly. The result: a bright future for your skin. This particular Boost regimen is designed for normal, combination, and oily skin. It purifies and hydrates skin with oil-free, fast-absorbing, lightweight formulas that keep skin soft and fresh while keeping shine at bay.

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Boost Detox Clay Mask: $18

What it does: Rapidly detox, reboot and balance oily skin with the power of Royal Jelly RJx. This 3-in-1 multi-tasking clay mask, infused with antioxidant-rich matcha and spinach, absorbs excess oil, draws out dirt and peps up dull, tired skin to create a pure and energized healthy glow.

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My Thoughts: it was easy to apply and didn’t dry so hard where you can’t move your face. It has a pleasant scent , like I was at a spa. It was easy to take off and my skin didn’t feel dried out. Skin looked clear & healthy.

Boost Matte Control Moisturizer: $24

What it does: Say hello! to flawless, shine-free skin. Weightless and oil-free, Boost Matte Control Moisturizer hydrates and blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections to leave skin soft, smooth, and makeup-ready. Packed with nourishing vitamins, Royal Jelly RJx and non-oily, moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, the fast-absorbing gel-cream soaks up excess oil, perfects the complexion and helps protect against future signs of aging.

Boost Purifying Gel Cleanser: $18

What it does: Imagine a daily facial in just 60 seconds! The Boost Purifying Gel Cleanser cleans and polishes with micro-exfoliators that gently slough away excess oil, grime and dull dead skin. Mineral particles unclog pores and energizing antioxidant matcha helps protect from free radical damage. The increased power of Royal Jelly RJx leaves skin refreshed and ready to glow.

My thoughts: 

Cover me Sunscreen: $24

This super-smart, oil-free gel-cream is perfect under makeup as your daily defense against harmful, aging UV rays and pollution. Boost Cover Me Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 also contains a blue light shield to stave off daily assaults on skin from computer and phone screens. It glides on smoothly and dries instantly to an invisible, matte finish.

Cleanse + Tone Wipes   : $12

What it does: Drenched in soothing coconut water and energizing matcha, these all-in-one cleansing and toning wipes provide a refreshing and convenient option for a clean complexion on-the-go. Gently remove traces of makeup, sunscreen, oil and grime without stripping or drying skin. Like all Boost products, we’ve included Royal Jelly RJx to give added protection against future signs of aging.

My Thoughts:  These wipes are gentle on the skin which I liked and didn’t have a strong scent to them. I was able to get off my make up without have to scrub . My skin felt nice & clean without leaving my skin feel tight & dry.

Birthday Freebies

Ok I’ve been meaning to put this out for the longest time. I’ve had pictures ready but I just kept putting it off.

Did you know that many places give out free stuff on or around your birthday? You just need to sign up for their newsletter or store program. Make sure to enter you birthday!

There are tons of newsletters and ‘clubs’ to join. Check if your favorite store , brand, of restaurant has a birthday reward.

What is your favorite birthday freebie?

Be sure to sign up for these at least a month in advance 🙂

 

My personal favorite is Sephora and Ulta. They give out some beauty gifts. Ulta make sure to have your correct email on file and show them the coupon they send you .  If you are platinum or diamond you also get $10 coupon. Plus you get double points when you shop! Sephora just give your number or have them scan your card and tell them you are picking up your birthday gift. No purchase necessary.

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The Body Shop- Get $10 reward to use

DSW– $5 Reward

Victoria’s Secret $10 off coupon

bareMinerals – free gift at their boutique or online

Charming Charlie  for being part of the Charm Club get a $5 birthday coupon

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GNC-  $ off reward,  I think I received $10 off . Found this scrub! I paid pennies for it

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CVS- $3 Extracare bucks

American Eagle 15% off

 

Hope you brought your appetite! So much free food 🙂

Au bon pain – free salad or sandwich

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Starbucks & Dunkin free drink (any size)

 

Grimaldi’s Pizza- free pizza pie YUM!

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Auntie Annes Pretzel – free pretzel 

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Panera – free pastry

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Red Robin Burger – free burger

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Applebees- free dessert

Baskin Robbins – Free 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz swirl of soft serve

Chilis- Free dessert

Dairy Queen- Bogo medium Blizzard coupon

Dennys- free grand slam ( show your id)

Godiva $5 reward to get yourself some chocolate

IHop – Free stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes.

Jersey Mike’s Sub free regular sub & drink

Moe’s Southwest Grill – free burrito ! Yum

Ruby Tuesday- Free burger

Smashburger- free side or milkshake with any purchase

Sonic free small classic milkshake or tots

Tijuana Flats- free churros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets get #Hydroboosted

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body line uses hyaluronic acid which carries up to 1000x its weight in water, to leave skin supple, so it’s primed, fresh, and healthy.

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Did you know that moisture levels are different across the body. The skin on our legs can have up to 5x less moisture than parts of the face… which is why hydration shouldn’t stop at the neck.

The line includes:

Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream & Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream fragrance free

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Our moisturizing body gel cream replenishes skin to help improve hydration and smoothness. Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, to boost skin cells’ hydration and then lock it in. Suitable for sensitive skin, the non-greasy, lightweight body cream absorbs instantly and is paraben-free. Use daily to retain moisture and help improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

  • Ultra-lightweight & non-greasy feel
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid
  • For normal to dry skin
  • Paraben-free

Hydro Boost Whipped Body Balm 

Designed for dry to extra-dry skin, this moisturizing body balm provides intense moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and replenished.
This luxurious, velvety whipped body balm is powered with hyaluronic acid, skincare’s super hydrator. The ultra light, non-greasy balm is fast absorbing, dermatologist tested and paraben-free. Use whipped body balm daily to instantly boost hydration, helping to improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

  • For extra-luxurious, intense hydration
  • Ultra-light and non-greasy feel
  • For dry to extra-dry skin
  • Paraben-free

Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream

Suitable for daily use, this nourishing hand cream is clinically proven to moisturize for 24 hours, leaving dry hands noticeably softer and smoother. The dermatologist-tested moisturizing formula is powered by hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, to boost skin cells’ hydration and then lock it in. The non-greasy, hand-softening cream absorbs instantly with no residue and is paraben-free. Use daily to help maintain skin’s moisture balance and lock in skin-quenching hydration.

  • Powerful hydration for soft, supple hands
  • Moisturizes for 24 hours
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid
  • Non-greasy
  • Paraben-free

I’m really enjoying using these products. My skin feel so supple , soft, & hydrated. They all absorbed quick and didn’t leave my skin greasy or tacky feeling. My skin looked and felt healthy. Plus they are easy to find in stores as well as affordable. Each had a pleasant scent ( minus the fragrance free)

The body gel was smooth and glided on. My skin felt hydrated and soft instantly. The whipped body balm was a little thicker and felt luxurious as I glided it into my skin.  My hands never felt softer with the hand cream. I liked that it absorbed quickly, especially on my hands since its hard for me to sit still. So I could easily do what I need to do after applying.

Have you tried any of these products yet?

You can check out this line and others on their website. http://www.neutrogena.com

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Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

Zucchini Tomato Soup

 

Found this recipe on AFamilyFeast . 

It was delicious! I love it because its filled with lots of veggies. Will definitely make this again. Who else loves soup?

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, diced (about one large pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 5 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 pounds zucchini cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts  vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

Place oil in pot. Add sausage and brown over medium heat.

Once the meat has browned, add onion, celery, carrots and bell pepper and sauté for four minutes.

Move the vegetables to the sides and lower heat to medium. Add garlic, pepper flakes and tomato paste to center and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, zucchini, salt, pepper, broth, Parmesan cheese and Parmesan rinds along with fresh basil and fresh oregano and stir to combine.

Bring to a medium simmer and cook just long enough until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Relaxed with Love Beauty and Planet

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I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about the brand Love beauty and planet. Their one goal is to make you more beautiful & give a little back to the planet.

A little about the goals to give back to the planet :

  • Beauty packed in 100% Recycled Bottles
    If you wonder why our bottles aren’t 100% clear, it’s because they’re made with post-consumer recycled plastic. They are 100% recyclable, too! Our use of recycled plastic sometimes gives our bottle a little color, but it’s worth it. Up next on our journey are our caps.
  • Uncompromised beauty for your skin and hair
    Our collections are infused with natural ingredients like organic coconut oil and murumuru butter. We are committed to sourcing high quality ingredients but responsibly. We also make our products vegan and never test on animals. We skip the silicones, parabens and dyes too.
  • Ethically sourced fragrance oils/absolutes
    Each of our fragrances is infused with an ethically-sourced essential oil or absolute, like French heirloom lavender, Moroccan mimosa flower or Bulgarian rose petals. Our fragrance partner, Givaudan carefully crafts every fragrance to delight you in the shower and pamper your senses. We know some of these extracts are rare and fragile, so we source them responsibly.
  • Our Carbon Footprint Efforts
    We’ll always be transparent and open about our carbon footprint. As part of that commitment we will not only disclose our annual carbon emissions created through the production and distribution of our products – and the calculations we take to get there – but also work to reduce that carbon footprint 20% by the year 2020.

I love that not only are they looking out for the consumer but the planet as well. A brand I can get behind !  They also don’t test on animals & their products are vegan.

They have a variety of scents to choose from :

  • murumuru butter & rose
  • shea butter & sandalwood
  • argan oil & lavender
  • coconut water & mimosa flower
  • tea tree oil & vetiver
  • coconut oil & ylang ylang

Influenster sent me 3 products to try from the argan oil & lavender collection….body lotion, bar soap, & deodorant. This scent is definitely what I needed , it helped me feel relaxed & calm.

The lotion didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. My skin felt smooth & soft while looking healthy.

The deodorant went in smoothly and didn’t notice any white marks and I smelled fresh throughout the day……even in the hot humid 90 degree Florida weather.  Its also aluminum free.

I haven’t used the bar soap yet , I’m not really a fan of bar soap but it does smell great.

The scent isn’t overpowering at all which I was a little worried about. I am excited to try other scents from this brand. I also am interested in trying their dry shampoo.

Have you tried Love Beauty & Planet product yet? Which ones and what scent? If you haven’t what scent are you interested in trying ?

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Chicken & Sweet potato meatball poppers

I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes to try.

I really loved this one I found from Unbound Wellness . I brought some for luch to work the next day and everyone who came in the back room said it smelled great and wanted to know what I was eating.

They were filling and tasted great.

  • 1 lb ground chicken (sub turkey)
  • 2 cups sweet potato, shredded (using a grater or food processor)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped  *** ( I used dried)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop the poppers (you should have 20-25) out using a small scoop, or just your hand, and place them evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Slightly flatten them by pushing them down with your hand.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, etc.

I mashed up 2 avocado, added garlic powder, the juice from the other half of lime, pepper.

 

I made some Zucchini Bacon Fritters to go with my meatballs. I found these on PaleoRunningMomma .

You need:

  • Shredded Zucchini
  • salt
  • bacon
  • coconut flour
  • egg
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 black pepper
  • bacon fat or coconut oil