Freebies & reviews to come

Freebies
Barefoot crazy straw
Herbal essences naked collection -klout
Silk coupon for free half gallon
Clock from groupon
Creme of nature Straight from Eden – FB
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Reviews to come
Johnsonville meatballs
Kleenex anti viral / lotion
Listerine healthy white
Sari Foods nutritional yeast

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Redeemed points from a survey site and received my gift card . yay

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PinchMe I’ve been Perk’d

Klout sent me a box of goodies from Herbal Essences Naked collection.
Dry Shampoo
Moisture Shampoo
Moisture Conditioner
And a cute message in a bottle
coupon for buy 1 get one free shampoo /conditioner

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Left my hair clean, didn’t weigh it down, smelled good.

PinchMe

Mr. Sketch scented market
Expo ultra fine dry erase marker
Lifestyles condom
$100 wine voucher
Paper mate inkjoy pen

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Target Beauty Boxes

There are so many subscription boxes these days but did you know Target has a beauty box?

So far I received 2 of them and they are definitely worth it.

Here is the first box I got back in October. This box had 5 items and was $7. I paid $7.44 with tax but there was a deal on TopCashBack and I received $7.70 back. So I actually made money on this box. Can’t beat that!

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So what items came in the box?

Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray $6.69
Fekkai Professional Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo $7.99
Laneige BB Cushion Sample
NYX Jumbo eye pencil $4.49
L’oreal Colour Rice Extraordinaire Lipstick in Blushing Harmony $7.99
$3 of $15 beauty purchase
20% off dermstore.com

A little over $27 for $7 pretty great deal if you ask me. Plus the smaller dry shampoo and hairspray are good to bring if you are travelling.

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I really like the L’oreal lipstick. It enhances my lip color.
loreal blushing harmony lipstick

Next is a box a bought in December. This time they had 3 boxes to choose from Naturals $5, For Him $5, & For her $10 + FREE shipping, I was going back and forth deciding between the naturals & for her. I ended up getting the “for her” beauty box.

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In this box there are 8 pieces.

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Hair Food Thickening Hair Treatment $11.99
CoverGirl eyeenhancers in daring nudes $4.49
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara $7.99
Chapstick total hydration in sweet peach ( cant wait to try it) $2.99
Revlon HD Lip Lacquer in Sunstone $7.99
Pixi endless silky eye pen in Black Noir
Laneige water sleeping mask 0.6fl oz
Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect intense advanced serum
$10 off at dermstore.com
20% off women’s apparel
$3 off $15 beauty purchase

This box value is about $50. That’s a really great deal. I’m not exactly sure when or how often they will be putting these boxes out but be sure to check often because they sell out really fast. I was going to get a “For Him” as an extra Christmas present but it was gone.

One thing I like about this boxes is its not a subscription so no obligation. No worrying about cancelling, you can get it or not. I like the way they package these too. They are simple witht he red tissue paper and sturdy & durable boxes. I’m definitely saving them for something. Maybe to store stuff in or if I have a small gift to give.


Have you tried Target’s beauty boxes yet? Or have you tried any of these products? What do you think ?

NEW Listerine #UltraClean – #TheUltraCleanTeam

Crowdtap & Listerine sent me the NEW Listerine UltraClean with everfresh technology in Arctic Mint to try.

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Did you know brushing and flossing isn’t enough? It misses 75% of your mouth! Rinsing with Listerine you can assure your whole mouth will get clean.

A little bit about UltraClean
Anti- tartar ingredient for cleaner & brighter teeth.
Everfresh technology for a powerful dentist clean feeling that lasts for hours.
Dentist clean feeling up to 3x longer.
Clinically proven plaque and germ killing power of Listerine Antiseptic.
Use twice a day for 24 hour protection against plaque & gingivitis.

You probably use Listerine in the morning to ensure you have fresh breath , but do you use it at night too? Well that’s when your mouth is the most vulnerable. Your mouth is drier and that’s when bacteria multiply. Using Listerine, it kills those germs so you can go to sleep without a worry.

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I really liked using Listerine UltraClean. It really does leave your mouth feeling clean & fresh. I felt like this one isn’t as strong as the regular Listerine that gives you that burning sensation while rinsing. When you breathe in you get a nice cool sensation in your mouth , which I like. It also lasts for awhile. You can also taste the Arctic mint , so you know your breathe smells nice.

Tips for a cleaner & healthier mouth:
Make sure you change your toothbrush every 3 months
Brush twice a day
Keep Listerine in sight so you won’t forget to rinse.
Limit sugary foods.

It keeps your mouth so cool and fresh it need shades! 🙂

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I received this product for free from Crowdtap. All opinions are 100% my own

Beauty/ Fitness Haul #2

I traded someone for a $10 VS code so I can get a deal on a sports bra. All sports bra were $30.
If you read my blog often you know a few moths ago I was able to review a Victoria’s Secret sports bra. I really liked the quality , support, and how I felt wearing it.
I almost have up because there was only black in my size which I have already. As I was about to give up I found this grey one in my size.
I also had a coupon for $10/$30 I knew it would be a hit or miss. It was a miss.
Retail:: $ 54.50
Paid $ 21.91 incl. tax

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Next I went to Bath & Body Works
I have a coupon to get a FREE A Thousand Wishes body care item with ANY purchase so I bought a hand sanitizer $1.86 with tax
Retail $28.50
Paid : $ 3.72 for the 2 hand sanitizers

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Then Target
Another product I reviewed, Big Slice Apples. I love these with my oatmeal.
In the Target Cartwheel app raspberry hibiscus & green coffee extract / pineapple passion fruit & fiber these two flavors are 50% off
They are on sale for 2/$3 so now they come up as $.75 each!
On top of that go to ibotta and submit your receipt for $1.00 back 🙂

The food isn’t really a deal but I decided to get it while I was there but checked the cartwheel app first. I was able to get it for 5%off

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Holiday Beauty Look- Kiss me under the Mistletoe

So you have some holiday parties to go to this year. Here is a very simple but a little bold , holiday look .

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What I used:
Face
Aveeno Clear complexion daily moisturizer
Maybelline Fit me concealer 15
NYX Bronzer & Blusher Combo in Ibiza

Lips
Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in Red Alert
Rimmel London Moisture Renew transparent lipliner

Eyes
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara
Almay intense i-color 403 smoky-i-for hazels ( the shimmery silver)
Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter
NYX jumbo eye pencil 604 milk
eyelash curler

Hair
Pantene pro-v ultimate 10 BB creme
Kiss Instawave automatic curler
Suave Professionals touchable finish hairspray

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Get the look :

Step 1: When I get out of the shower the first thing I do is apply moisturizer ( Love Aveeno) and chapstick or lip balm.

I don’t wear too much foundation , I usually just put on concealer. The fewer products I have to apply the better. I like using Maybelline Fit me concealer because it blends well and stays on.

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Step 2: Apply Concealer triangle method for eye , and anywhere you are red. Blend

What I like to do is to apply the concealer under my eye in a triangle shape.I like using my ring finger to blend because its warm which helps blend easier ( for me) but feel feel to use a brush or sponge. Blend outwards. This helps conceal any dark circles, lifts face, makes you look rested.
There are few “triangle methods” shape wise , feel feel to google them and try them to see what shape works for you. I found this top on Pinterest.

Step 3: Apply Blush. I prefer applying blush from the apples of my cheeks and blend up to my temple.

Step 4: I like applying a small amount of white shimmer in the corner of my eyes tracing the V, to make them look bigger and more awake.

Step 5: Curl lashes

Step 6: Apply Mascara. I like starting at the root and wiggle the brush back and forth to the tips.

Step 7: Apply Benefit Watt’s up highlighter underneath brows

Step 8: Outline your lips with the transparent lip liner and over lip. This will help your lipstick stay and not bleed.

Step 9: Apply lipstick

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Hair:
Make sure you hair is dry.
I like applying Pantene BB Creme because it not only is it good for heat protection but frizz, moisture, shine and much more. I also like that you can use it one damp and dry hair.

Curl hair, I like tipping my hair upside down and loosening curls with my fingers when Im done curling my hair.Then use a hair spray to keep them in place.
I just got the Kiss Instawave and love it..no more sore arms for me!
Pin back how you would like.

Since I did red lips, I kept everything else simple. I also like that this look doesn’t take long to do. Always a bonus in my book.

Remember to start with a clean face . I love my Clarisonic Mia . It was one of the best gifts I received a couple years ago. As you can see I’ve used it so much the name is wearing off lol
Also remember to wash your face before bed. Clarisonic is great because it gentle on the skin to use daily but tough enough to get make up and dirt off your face

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Beauty / Fashion Haul -Mall trip

I bought 2 bras a month ago from Victoria’s Secret and received 2 secret rewards cards ( and 2 perfume samples) .
VS also had a promotion where you could get up to 60 codes for free . I sent for 3 ( hoping one might be $50, $100, or $500) No luck , they were all for $10 including what I got with my purchase. I also traded for a code , so I had 6 in total.

You have to use them in separate transactions.. Bummer! But I went to the store to find a deal.

If you download the pink nation app you will get a coupon to save to your phone for a free pink panty (up to $10.50) with any pink purchase. I also found one online so I had 2 different ones.

1st trip
I haven’t been to this VS where I am now so I wanted to check it out and see what they had, and what I needed. My best bet was buy a pink panty and get a free one.

•Bought 1 panty at $10.50 got one free paid $1.17

Trip 2

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This trip I needed to make at least two purchases because the codes were expiring the 14th. I got 4 panties , used the 2 different coupons for free panty with pink purchase $1.17 each transaction = $2.34

Trip 3

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This trip was a good one. Needed to use the last 3 VS codes since they are expiring. I also found some other goodies to use. The retail value of all of this is around $60-$70. I paid $1.11 !!!

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Victoria’s Secret – 3 transactions

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Transaction 1: 2 panties $10.50 / $9.50 . Used the get free panty with pink purchase Total was $10.10 used secret rewards card PAID $.10

Transaction 2: Pink sweet & flirty lotion $8 ( $8.51 w/tax) used secret rewards card FREE had $1.49 left over

Transaction 3: Bombshells in Bloom body mist $10 ($10.64 with tax) used secret rewards card making it $.64 Used the rewards card with remaining balance of $1.49 FREE and on top of that I had $.85 left over which they gave to me

>>>>> so they paid me $.75 for this <<<<<<<

AWESOME!!

Bath & body works

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There is a GREAT coupon here

You get a FREE A thousand wishes body care item with ANY purchase
I bought an antibacterial hand gel $1.75 ( $1.86 with tax) and got a 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea body cream ($12.50) for FREE
Plus 2 coupons for $10/$30 or $20/$50

Aeropostale

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Next I headed to Aeropastale . I had a free $5 card I found on RetailMeNot
I found this Sugar Rush Perfume for exactly $5 = FREE

If you’re not signed up with RetailMeNot, you should. You can find so many deals online and instore. They also have an app.

Sephora

I love Sephora and free make up 🙂

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If you live near a Sephora in a JC Penney you can score a free Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil if you are a registered Beauty Insider. Click here for coupon. Retails for $10-$20

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Shopping trip 1 retail $22.33 -> Paid $1.17
Shopping trip 2 retail $42.27 -> Paid $2.34
Shopping trip 3 retail about $70-> Paid 1.11
Total retail about $ 134 —–> Paid $4.62

8 panties- 2 lotions -anti bacterial gel -2 perfume/mist- eyeliner

InstaNatural Products review

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I was given the opportunity to try 3 products from InstaNatural.

100% pure ultra premium Emu Oil
$39.99
Check it out on amazon here
I’ve never tried or heard of Emu Oil before. It’s a multipurpose moisturizer for hair, nails, skin, & face.
•It’s good for hair growth, stretch marks , muscle & joint pain.
•reduces dryness, redness, itching, marks, and soothes sunburn.
•no added chemicals or preservatives
The consistency is a little thinner than a gel and a little goes a long way. It absorbs nicely leaving your skin soft, plump , and healthy looking. It has a pump so it’s easy to use .
I’ve been using it on my cuticles and skin and I love how my skin feels.

Dead Sea mud mask $25.95 16oz jar
Check out on amazon here

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•skin cleanser, pore reducer , natural moisturizer
•helps dry and oily skin , acne, blemishes, & overall complexion
•reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
•leaves skin younger & healthier looking
•removes excess dirt, grime, oil, & dead skin
•100% natural
•cruelty free
•made in USA
•manufacturer guarantee
•nourishing blend of organic shea butter , organic jojoba oil, organic aloe Vera and more great beneficial ingredients for great skin.
•can be used on body too

It has a good consistency , spreads easily on skin, feels cool when applying, no scent. I experienced a bit of itchiness while it dried but it wasn’t irritating . I just kept thinking its pulling toxins from my skin. After washing it off my face my skin was a little pink. My face felt really soft afterwards. While I liked the benefits and how it left my skin , I dont think I’d get it in the future because of the slight itchiness and pink/redness afterwards (even though it went back to normal in about 10 min)

Once a week apply a thin layer and keep it on for 10-15 minutes until dry. Wash off in circular motions with warm water. It’s that easy to keep you skin looking good and blemish free.

Argan Oil hair mask $17.95
check it out on amazon here

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•Contains natural & organic ingredients like Argan oil, amino acid complex, coconut oil, Shea butter, vitamin B5, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and more

•repairs damaged hair

•Leaves hair soft , shiny , and manageable

•Strengthens & protects from excessive heat and styling.

• Made in the USA

Out of the 3 products , this one is my favorite. It left my hair soft, silky, manageable , and shiny. It also smells great! It’s not strong , it sort of reminds me of an creamsicle. It’s nice to get a whiff during the day.
It’s easy to use , you can use it daily or weekly. I like that it’s chemical free and has natural ingredients. You leave it on 5-15 minutes then rinse off. I’d definitely recommend this one.
The only thing I wish was different was the container. I wish it was in a tube or pump rather than a tub.

Big Slice Apples review + Giveaway #BigSliceLover

One of my favorite things to try is new food items. When I had the chance to try Big Slice Apples, I was pretty excited. They sent me 8 flavors to try . ( Blueberry pomegranate, Cherry Vanilla, Banana Mango & hemp seed, Natural, pineapple passion fruit & fiber, raspberry hibiscus & green tea extract, cinnamon french toast, boysenberry chocolate)
Big Slice also will be sending one of my lovely readers 8 pouches to try too!!
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About Big Slice kettle cooked apples
•made with real fruit
•non GMO
•gluten free
•no high fructose corn syrup
• made with apples from USA only
•most flavors under 100 calories
•naturally fat free
•naturally sweetened with fruit juice , no added cane sugar.

There are 16 flavors and 3 collections
Pure
Simple and delicious . Great on Greek yogurt , granola , or alone.
•Orange ginger , Apricot , Natural, Blueberry Pomegranate , Lemon Berry, Chai, and Cherry Vanilla

Fit
Promotes energy, power , balance , and beauty.
Banana mango & hemp seed , Peach green tea & aloe, Pineapple passion fruit & fiber, Raspberry hibiscus & green coffee extract

Luxe
Rich flavors and pure fruit. Decadent and healthy.. A guilty pleasure without the guilt.
Peach Bellini, Cinnamon candy, Boysenberry chocolate , Cinnamon french toast , caramel

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I ate them as a snack/dessert , over my banana pancakes , or topped off my oatmeal with the kettle cooked apples.
You could also mix in with yogurt , put on waffles, ice cream, or maybe on top of a salad. They are so versatile!

They satisfy that need for something sweet but don’t have to feel guilty because they are healthy.

All the flavors were good. My favorites were cinnamon French toast that I had with oatmeal, it actually tasted like french toast but no mess to clean up & banana mango & hemp seed .My least favorite was boysenberry chocolate .

My thoughts on this product :
First off I really like the packaging . It’s cute ,eye-catching , easy to carry, easy to open.
I like that I can take these on the go. Just tear open, grab a fork, and enjoy. (Or as a topping)
I am always looking for healthy snacks that I can take with me and these are perfect. The fact that they are naturally sweetened is a plus for me . I like that I don’t have to use sugary syrups on top of pancakes or oatmeal anymore plus I get to enjoy yummy fruit with it too.
I’m kind of bummed my Target doesn’t sell these yet because I really enjoyed these pouches.

In case you want to make banana pancakes:

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•2 bananas 🍌 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk • 1 cup oats • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/2 cinnamon

Purée blender and almond milk in blender
Add remaining ingredients to blender
Mix for 1 minute
Wait a few minutes to let thicken
Cook on medium heat-low heat

These products can be found at certain target stores and amazon.

When you buy Big Slice pouches , they donate a portion of the purchase to the Sparkle charity– which helps women and girls in need

Have you heard , seen, or tried Big Slice kettle cooked apples? Which flavor do you think you’d enjoy?

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GIVEAWAY *Closed* Congrats Melissa S.
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Enter below via rafflecopter to win 8 pouches of Big Slice Apples

Win 8 pouches

Winner must claim within 24 hours.
Must be a U.S resident
Must be 18 or older.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Kiss InstaWave review.. curling your hair just got easier

I was given the opportunity to try out Kiss InstaWave automatic curler. I’ve seen this on tv and I’m sure you might have to. I’ve always wondered how it would work out and if it really was that easy. My hair is slighty wavy and thick, I have a LOT of hair. I always thought if I tried this product it would get tangled in my hair or something. Thankfully that didn’t happen when I curled my hair with Kiss InstaWave.

Retails for : $59.99

Can be found at : Target , Ulta , Amazon

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* * * A little more about the InstaWave curler * * *

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Power indicator light red is still getting to the temperature and blue you’re ready to curl.
Auto shut off after 90 minutes for safety

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It has a low & high setting.
Professional grade temp. 420F max
Diamond ceramic technology for shiny styling results.
Ceramic Ionic technology to reduce frizz and damage.
Can curl left or right
swivel cord
Design allows you to use curler in either hand.

Besides keeping it vertical I like that the prongs help not get to close so you won’t burn yourself.

CURLING

It takes a couple of tries to get it down and get used to it but once you do its a breeze. No need to be a pro or go to a salon.

Guide to instant curls :

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-Take 1-2 inch section of hair . Hold curler vertical and place section of hair into inside prong mid way through the section of hair.
-Click the button rotating the barrel to begin curling.

– Press button until hair is fully around barrel.

-Wait 5-10 seconds depending on how loose or tight you want your curls.

-Pull curler straight down. Tada you have a curl

I did a quick video here
or you can check out their video on there website http://www.kissinstawave.com/


Here is a look I did using the Kiss InstaWave automatic curler

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Final Thoughts:

I really liked using this curler, I’m glad I was able to try it. As I mentioned above I have a lot of hair which is slightly textured and thick.
When I use a normal curler it takes awhile to curl and my the end my arm is so sore. I like that the Kiss InstaWave does most of the work for you and I can still feel my arm afterwards. I also was glad that it did not get stuck or tangle my hair which was one of my concerns. Its really easy can pretty much be done with one hand. The only “con” which isn’t even a big deal is it has a buzzing sound when plugged in , the company said it is completely safe. It is caused by the circuit to drive the motor.
I give this product 2 thumbs up. If you know someone who loves to do their hair this would be a nice gift. If you are planning to curl your hair this holiday season this would be perfect, since it cuts some time and is so easy.

Do you curl you hair for the holidays? or Have you tried an automatic curler before? How did you like it?

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