December 2015, Freebies, Deals & Prizes

Another month of surprises in my mailbox!

FREEBIES

Freebies December 2015
Pillsbury Calendar
Victoria’s Secret Panty ( free with secret rewards card)
Elli Quark yogurt coupons + 1 free cup
Kiss Nails
$25 Walmart gift card from Scotties ( win)
Bella Organic Deodorant Sample

Freebies December 2015
• jos socks for my friend ( there was a text offer for $10 off and these were free)
• free panty from yandy
• Shea moisture hair samples
• Vaseline samples from Target
• corona sandal bottle opener
• Chanel serum found in Allure mag
• free peanut butter cup or squeeze pack from Justin’s

Freebies December 2015
• Maze waterproof Bluetooth speaker (win/prize)
• Bio True solution
• 2 Swiss +tech multi purpose tools ( was only supposed to get one now I can have one too, planned to give it to friend)
• Won a corona coozie
• Friskies B1G1 sensations coupon
• Boppy Bloom stretch mark cream sample
• Purely Great natural deodorant sample
• Equate pads to donate

Food Freebies

I entered a contest from Red Robin & they sent a few $5 rewards so I ended up getting wings for my friend ( they were $.32 each with tax) & I also got a chicken tortilla soup one time for myself.
I redeemed my points on InstagGC for a Chipotle gift card , so had Chipotle with Guac 2 times , then the 3rd time had to pay $2 and change. Yum!

coupons freebies
Picked up some freebies with coupons

PincheMeBox Nov/Dec 2015
PincheMeBox Nov/Dec 2015
PinchMe Boxes ( mine and friends)

Sample December 2015
Alpo Dog food
Coca Cola 12 pack coupon from My Coke Rewards
Cookie Dough Bites from Splashscore
Emailed Tribe and asked if they had coupons
Facial Cleanser from survey company
Free Pom Juice & Liquid Plumber – HUGE jar of peanut butter was on sale for $2.50!
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Sephora samples: Make Up forever plexi floss, Lancome perfume, Sephora lipgloss, beauty blender soap liquid & bar
Cura moisturizer samples
Number4Haircare samples

DEALS

CVS Deal

CVS trip : paid $2.77
Transaction 1 : CVS razors buy $10 get back $6 ECB
> Used a $4/10 coupon from the red machine
> $3.66 ECB coupons
> 10% off they sent my in the mail = $2.32

✨ Trip 2 : Raisin Bran $1.99 each • dish soap $.89 (got $.89 ECB back) • Revlon shadow link $3.19 (used $3 off Revlon from red machine making it $.19) • Hershey kisses buy 1 get 1 = $4.39 used $2 off from red machine & $1 from the flier they sent = $1.39 ▶️ total was $.45 with $.89 ECB to spend

Cell Phone deals
Planters S’more trail mix found at Dollar Tree ( so good!)
LG Optimus Exceed 2 phones were $11.99 on Amazon I used mt gift card balance I get from surveys. I had a promo credit with one making it $7.43 and the other was $12.75. I redeemed points from survey company for a $25 best buy gift card and received a $20 Best Buy promo code from a Visa Checkout offer they had.
Sephora

Bought this Vice4 palette 1 1/2 weeks ago, went on sale so got money back! 🙂 Remember to check stores you bought stuff at, with tons of sales right now you never know.

Prizes

I won a $50 Cloud9Living card and a few amazon gift cards.

InstantWinGames
Are you play Starbucks instant win game? I won at least 24 stars now ( 2 free food/drink items)

ShopYourWay I won $10,000 points on one game ( $10) I also received surprise points. I bought my friends a Ralph Lauren sweater he wanted.

Won a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts from a game they had

IG Prize makeup
I won this great beauty/make up prize from a contest on Instagram from 2 lovely ladies I follow.

Beauteque Sheet Maks
I won this great Korean beauty prize pack from Beauteque on instagram.
December wins 2015

Sally Hansen nail polish from Influenster
Covergirl makeup from instagram sweepstakes ( follow them they do it often)
RetailMeNot $25 gift card from their instant win game
Poseidon portable oral irrigator $50 from a twitter contest by ToiletTree Products

Philosophy Amazing Grace Review #AmazingGrace

Philosophy Amazing Grace

Smiley36o sent me samples of Amazing Grace by Philosophy to celebrate feeling amazingly clean and beautifully feminine.

Shampoo, bath, & shower gel

I love when products are made to save time , especially multipurpose products. I didn’t care for this as a shampoo, I felt like it didn’t clean my hair very well. It did much better as a body wash for me. It didn’t leave my skin dry, left a light scent on my skin, & lathered up nicely. h

Firming body emulsion

Philosophy Amazing Grace Emulsion

I used this right after I got out of the shower. It was easy to spread, didn’t leave skin dry, didn’t leave skin greasy. It absorbed nicely , which left my skin soft, smooth, & hydrated.

The only thing with both of these products is I didn’t care for is the scent so I wouldn’t purchase these in the future. Philosophy makes wonderful scents but this one just wasn’t for me.

I did like how it left my skin feeling & looking healthy though.

Head to the Philosophy site and use code welcome to receive 15% off fragrance.   (*offer code: welcome excludes the my philosophy fragrance collection)

 

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

 

How I scored free boots, accessories, & clothes

I’ve scored so many great things lately , a little bit of everything us ladies love.

A couple of months ago I posted about a referral program for Balla Bracelets. I received these cute heart earrings from them.

Balla Bracelets

 

Next up is Glamulet, I worked with them twice for Breast Cancer awareness month & Black Friday. They sent this limited edition breast cancer awareness charm necklace. Its much better in person

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Next up Klout, I received $250 to spend at Lattori

Klout Perk Lattori dress

I wasn’t sure how it would fit but …..

Lattori Dress

It fit perfectly! I tried it on immediately. I was so happy. Its made very well & is really comfortable.

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I’ve been mentioning ShopYourWay lately because its pretty easy to get points which equal $$. You can spend them at Sears or Kmart. Make sure to sign up for emails because you will get offers often. Some are great some not so much. I’ve gotten $35 off $35, $10 off $10 Plus when you play their instant win sweepstakes and get extra points to use.

Instant Win Games

So what have I scored?

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Boots $26.24 ( good deal on cyber monday)

Long Sleeved top $12.99

Socks ( for my friend) $11.31

Total $50.54 = FREE with points

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Bongo Leggings $10.40

Heart Necklace ( for sister) $6 on sale

Covington Sweater ( for friend) $14.99

Total: $31.39 = FREE with points

Had $10/10 womens clothing + points from games

I also received 2 x$5 coupons because I had to wait 10 minutes for my order when I picked it up. I usually look online , seems easier especially with the holidays.

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I had to exchange a dress I got with my points because it didn’t fit ( con of shopping online) I went to the store and it was an even exchange.

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I’ve scored great pieces on Schoola.

Use my link & get $20 credit

Credit expires I think in 60 days. They have great deals so check back. They have free shipping, percentages off, or even gift card deals. ( I received a $5 Starbucks & Target gift card with 2 past orders.Schoolapieces

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Calvin Klein dress, Hourglass Skirt

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Cynthia Rowley Dress

Tank ( not picture) I got for Free with credit, and they had had a deal if you bought something with the special promo code you would get a $5 Target gift card

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Gap Dress

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I received this infinity scarf to review. Its really soft!

They have tons of colors and patterns that you can check out here infinity scarf

Before Christmas if you were the first 250 shoppers at Macy’s you would get a $10 gift card. I had to go to the mall anyway , so I stopped in. I wish there wasn’t a time frame because I didn’t have to shop that morning so went back a day or 2 later to buy something. With holidays , it was hectic but found something pretty easy.
Macys $10 promo
As I was about to hunt I was walking towards the shoes and saw a display of rings for $11.99. Nothing good for shoes so went to look at the rings. I had a 20% off coupon making this Charter Club ring free with the $10 gift card promo card ( orginally $27.50)
Ring Macys

Chomp into Chomps Snack sticks

Chomp Snack Sticks

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new snacks that are healthy. I always have something in my purse for  when hunger strikes between meals or I need a little energy boost.

I had the opportunity to try Chomps Snack Sticks in their 3 flavors:

  • Hoppin’ Jalapeno
  • Original
  • Crankin Cran

About these snack sticks:

  • Made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef which is sourced from New Zealand.
  • 9 grams of protein
  • No artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors)
  • Shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice
  • Gluten free, dairy free, soy free
  • Hormone & Antibiotic free
  • Whole30 approved
  • Paleo friendly

 

See nutrition info on their website gochomps.com

Chomps Travel
( I brought one with me on my 1 1/2 train ride for a pick me up snack)

My thoughts:

These are similar to Slim Jims but much better for you. These have better ingredients & are better tasting.  I tried Original first, nice seasonings & good flavor.

My friend Shawn tried the Hoppin Jalapeno, he couldn’t resist when he saw I had meat snack sticks. I took a bite of his because  I wasn’t sure if it would be too spicy for me. Surprisingly it wasn’t, you definitely get the taste of the Jalapeno but it isn’t hot or spicy.

Last one I tried was Cranking Cran, if you like spicy. This one if for you. I took a bite and tasted a little bit of sweetness from the cranberry along with the other spices. A few more chews and then swallowing, I got a kick of the spiciness in the back of my throat from the habanero pepper. Woooo!

These are definitely great to have on the go or to have instead of those other snack sticks.   Love to work out? Snack on a Chomps snack stick before hitting the gym to maintain your energy levels. My favorite was Original but was surpised with the Hoppin Jalapeno. The Crankin Cran wasn’t bad either but a little too spicy for me. The only con I have is they were a little hard to open.

Two thumbs up!
What kind of healthy snacks do you enjoy?

 

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Sephora & Victoria’s Secret haul

 

I spent nothing at Victoria’s Secret & Sephora and actually made $$ !

Victoria’s Secret

Did you know that Victoria’s Secret offers secret rewards card they also have a no purchase way to get them. You have to send in a post card with your information. Then they will email you your secret rewards card. It can be anywhere from $10- $500. This year I was very lucky. I sent in a handful, they also had a few opportunities to have a friend email you one.

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Victoria's Secret

Spend $75 get a free $85 backpack

Spend $50 on Pink get a free fashion show sports bra ( with coupon from pink nation app)

Spend $75 get $20 rewards card to use in Jan/Feb

free panty with Pink purchase – (pink nation app)

2 pink bras 2x$45

2 demi sexy tee bras 2/ $49.50

=FREE

Victoria's Secreat Haul

Top left: 2 demi sexy tee bras 2/$49.50= FREE

Top Right: Beauty set $15 , 2 demi sexy tee bras 2/$42.50 = FREE

2 panties $10.50 each, + price adjustments on previous demi sexy tee bras ( as gift card) + $20 reward card for Jan/Feb for spending over $75

Bottom Left: Bra/ panty paid $6.46 but got $10 rewards card with my online order. I did return the bra though because I didn’t like the fit.

Bottom Right : Perfumes $10 each buy 2 get 2 / panties were 50% off paid $2 and change

Sephora

If you aren’t signed up what are you waiting for? It’s free to sign up and between black friday/ Christmas time you get a  coupon depending on your status but $15/$50 is for beauty insiders.

Well along with gift cards and these coupons I was able to pay nothing out of pocket for 3 palettes ( Vice4, Urband Decay Gwen palette,  Sephora Art.Love.Color) ,travel eye shadow kit, Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume, & Bare Minerals perfecting veil powder.

I will get around to showing off inside and swatches. So stay tuned. I really do love the Urban Decay Gwen Palette. bareMinerals perfecting veil just makes skin look flawless, & brushes work great

 

 

Advil Sinus Congestion & Pain review #AdvilatWork

Advil Sinus Congestion & Pain is the only over-the-counter cold and sinus medicine that combines the speed and strength of Advil and a proven nasal decongestant for fast, effective, relief of severe cold symptoms including stuffy nose and sinus pressure.

Though mucus can contribute to the stuffed up feeling, nasal congestion is the swelling of the tissues in the nose and sinuses caused by inflammation. Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain re-opens your airways by constricting the blood vessels in your nose and sinuses.

This is also great to take when you have a cold.It helps with pain & congestion with just one tablet. Which means you can hopefully go about your day and not have to worry about being congested & in pain.

I hate when I get stuffed up , sinus headaches and sinus pressure are the worst.
Advil Sinus

Advil Sinus Congestion & Pain relieves:
• Stuffy Nose
• Sinus pressure
• Nasal Swelling
• Headache
• Fever
• Body aches

Grab a $1 coupon on their website here

You take 1 tablet every 4 hours for ages 12 and over.
If you are taking other medication or aren’t sure, ask you doctor.

My thoughts:
These tablet are easy to swallow. Want to know the best part, if they happen to touch your tongue there is no gross taste. They are actually kind of sweet. When I swallowed it and it touched my tongue it was that split second of oh no gross but it wasn’t at all.  They really do work fast. I had a really bad headache and my headache was gone in about 15 minutes. Which is good because with the holidays, work, spending time with friends & family who wants to be left out because of a headache? I also like that only you only have to take one pill.

How do you deal with headaches during the holidays?

I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own

Empties 2- Mini Reviews

Empties Mini Review

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

I’ve always wondered how this moisturizer would work with my skin.

I loved it, I would actually buy this regularly. It was creamy , absorbed quickly, kept skin soft & moisturized.

When I woke up my face felt & looked great. Definitely reccommend

 

Ole Henriksen empower featherweight moisturizer

Eh this was ok. It was thinner than I expected , I prefer my moisturizers a little thicker. Didn’t love it , Didn’t hate it. Left skin a little sticky. Wouldnt buy a full size

Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

I used to use this one often but switched to clear complexion. I have been using Aveeno for years and it is one of my favorite moisturizers. It leaves my skin looking & feeling great. Absorbs nicely, doesn’t leave skin greasy, doesn’t mess with my make up. Skin feels smooth & soft.

 

Egg Essence Mask Sheet Mask – Esfolio ( from Beauteque)

Egg Essence Mask

Masks are so creepy! lol

Korean skincare has been trending here in the U.S. I was lucky enough and won a fantastic variety of Korean skincare products. I decided to try out this mask first. So expect at least one of these creepy mask selfies in my upcoming empties mini reviews. 

-Helps with elasticity & moisturization. Contains egg yolk extract

I like that it has slits on the bottom so you can fit it better to your face.

-The smell was a little perfumey for me but not overpowering or bad

-It was very wet , stayed in place ( even with me walking around)

– Keep on 15 to 20 minutes

– Massage left over product on your skin

I woke up with really soft, moisturized skin. It even looked a little brighter.

 

Maybelline FitMe concealer

I love this stuff. Its affordable, color matches my skintone perfectly, easy to blend, stays on all day. Always make sure I have it in my beauty arsenal 

 

Dial Coconut Water Foam soap

Loved the smell, like the foam, didn’t dry out hands. Enjoyed using it

ChapStick moisturizer hydration lock

Can you believe I finished a chapstick? lol Left lips smooth & hydrated. Didn’t need to constantly apply

 

  • I received these products as prizes, samples, or bought myself. I just wanted to share my thoughts.

Introducing Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend #ad

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Look what I spotted on the shelves, Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend.
There is Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla, Vanilla Unsweetened to choose from.

I love almondmilk so when a new variety, especially from my favorite brand pops up. I have to try it.
I picked up the Vanilla flavor because its my favorite. Also I like the vanilla flavor because it helps add a little more flavor to the things I add it to.

I enjoyed it in my cereal, smoothies, alone, & in my oatmeal. I even recently tried chair tea and added it to my mug. Though it didn’t make it better ,just not a fan of chai tea. I was bummed I wasted some yummy almondmilk cashewmilk blend.
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This blend combines the goodness of almonds & creaminess of the cashews.I tried cashewmilk in the past from another brand and it was ok but it didn’t satisfy me enough to buy it again. I really enjoyed the consistency of the almondmilk & cashewmilk.

It helped make my oatmeal creamier which I liked because oatmeal can be a bit boring and needs all the help it can get.

It is 80 calories a serving, lactose free, soy free, & calcium enriched.

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Yummy oatmeal:
1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
1 cups of Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
Cinnamon
All Spice

Mix together, put in microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes
You can also boil the Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend and then add the oats and spices.

Next top with your favorites. This day I topped with slices banana, chia seeds, & almond butter.

Have you seen Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend yet? What are your favorite ways to use almond or cashew milk ( if you haven’t tried this yet)?

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. Enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Kitchen Prize Pack, get great savings and ideas for delicious Blendabilities at AlmondBreezeBlendabilities.com

Hair Growth Botanical Renovation Review


My friend said his hair has been thinning out a little bit and needed something to stop that from happening.

I received Hair Growth Botanical Renovation Anti-hair loss scalp treatment to review from Green Touch Beauty.  This treatment is unisex.

Use code: QR36XMRH for 20% off your order

Hair Growth Botanical Renovation

What it does:

Reduces hair loss by promoting additional blood circulation around hair follicles, and restores lost proteins that increase hair follicle strength. Improves scalp and hair health by encouraging hair follicles to remain in their growth phase. Contains powerful botanical active ingredients which have been shown to reduce hair loss, stimulate hair growth and return dormant hair follicles back to function

Provides more volume, bounce and shine to thinning hair. Improves scalp health and reduces scalp dandruff disorder. Returns shine to your hair. 50% less hair breakage.

Boosts natural hair growth by 145%. Reduces hair loss by 50%

  • Only use on scalp
  • Before using the product make sure you are not overly sensitive or allergic to any ingredient
  • Should not be applied to an open wound or dry, cracked skin.
  • Avoid contact with eyes

When will you see results?

To see new hair growth it will take at least 6 to 10 weeks of treatment. Healthy hair follicles that are not producing hair, need to rest 2 to 4 months before cells start dividing again and new hairs begin to grow.

This treatment is designed to stimulate existing hair follicles that are healthy enough to produce hair.

 

Choose 5 scents:

1. Cayenne and Saw Palmetto
2. Clove Leaf and Moringa
3. Ginger and Saw Palmetto
4. Lemongrass and Rosemary
5. Turmeric and Copaiba

More about what is in the treatment

  • 100% organic ingredients
  • 100% natural
  • No mineral oil
  • Alcohol free
  • No parabens
  • Rich in fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins
  • No hormones
  • Vitamin enriched
  • 100% money back guarantee

How to use

Use before you shampoo. Part of your hair and apply 2-4 drops along the section line using a dropper, provided as part of the bottle. The dropper enables you to apply the solution directly to the scalp. Part another section of your hair and start the process again till the treated area is fully covered. Massage lightly with your fingers to ensure the product is evenly distributed Leave on for 20 minutes. You can cover your hair with a warm towel to intensify the effect. Then shampoo, follow up with conditioner and style your hair as usual. For best results apply 2-3 times a week.

  • Some of the ingredients like Essential Oils and Botanical Extracts are added to provide sensation of icy-hot warmth to intensify the effect of the treatment. These ingredients, when used as directed, will produce “tingling” sensation, which is expected. This sensation will increase with the increased amount of product. That’s why it is important to follow directions thoroughly to prevent skin irritation.
  • One 4 oz bottle of treatment should last for about 6-7 weeks, or 20 full scalp applications.

Benefits of the oils

Lemongrass is known to :

  • fight hair loss, treat oily hair, and cure scalp conditions.
  • Strong antibacterial qualities, so it improves scalp condition for successful hair growth.
  • Great for treating dry, damaged hair.
  • This unique oil’s properties have the ability to penetrate the cortex of your hair follicle, filling in gaps and damage, resulting in shinier and more manageable hair.

Rosemary Essential Oil :

  • Stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth.
  • Beneficial for dry and flaky scalps.
  • Rosemary contains ursolic acid which helps to increase scalp circulation – this means more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles, and that in-turn promotes healthy hair growth.
  • This aromatic herb is traditionally known to darken grey hairs and also slow the appearance of grey hair. Due to its high antioxidant content, it scavenges free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning.
  • Revitalizes hair, removes product build up to leave your hair shiny and soft.

Thoughts

I will do another update after this product has been used longer since it is still early to really say anything about growth.

This product does have a strong aroma but its not bad since I like the scent I picked. It is easy to apply & use.  I like that it has natural ingredients and works with your body by helping increase blood flow to the scalp. My friend did notice the tingling sensation while he used it but it wasn’t uncomfortable. It was also easy to wash out.

 

I received this product complimentary for review purpose. All opinions are my own.

Discover the #SweetMeetsSpicy side of Tea

I recently had the opportunity to try Tazo Chai.

What is Tazo Chai?

  • Steeped in 5,000 years of Indian history, chai is a black tea blend that’s part sweet, part spicy, and totally unexpected. It’s where fresh-ground cinnamon and sweet vanilla glaze join the zesty bite of ginger snaps and pumpkin spice to create a delicious twist on flavors you already know and love.

Classic Chai Spices 

  • Often referred to as “masala,” meaning “mixed spice” in Hindi, this black tea-based blend combines the sweet allure of fresh-ground cinnamon with the spice of citrusy cardamom and a hint of zesty black pepper.

 

There are 2 ways to buy it & a variety of flavors to choose from:

Flavors: Classic, Organic, Decaf, Vanilla Caramel, Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice

Latte concentrate

Tazo Chai Latte

Filter Bags

Tazo Chai filterbags

 

I picked up Tazo Chai latte concentrates in Vanilla Caramel & Pumpkin Spice at Target.

Tazo Chai Latte

I mixed the Vanilla Caramel with vanilla almond cashewmilk and heating it up in the microwave. I have it a stir, let it cool for a minute and took a sip. As I raised to t my mouth I could smell the spices. I took a sip and it tasted & smelled like Fall in a mug. For me, I didn’t really care for the spicy notes . I go more for the sweets.

Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte

My friend added some to his coffee and he really liked it.

I’m sure you can try baking with the latte concentrate as well. I didn’t really try much with it since  I wasn’t a fan of the flavor of it.

I think these are perfect for the holiday season because they are so easy to prepare and the nice range of flavors.

Prepare Tazo Chai

 

Want to try it for yourself?

Go over to their website you can claim a coupon for $1.50 and if you share on facebook or twitter it will be $2 !

Have you tried Tazo Chai yet? What did you think?

I received this product complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own.