Valentine’s Day is approaching

Valentine’s Day is approaching.. what are your thoughts on this holiday? Love it, hate it, or just a normal day for you?

Do you have any plans ? …. hot date, girls night out, single’s party, or just going about it like any other day?

 

Check out what men & women polled tink and how they approach Valentine’s Day in this infographic

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Are you surprised? What do you think?

 

 

Here are my thoughts on the poll:

 

      1: Perfect Valentine’s day for me would be combine those 2 . A candle lit dinner is more intimate & it a little more          of a relaxing atmosphere. Prepare the dish together, or if someone is better at cooking have the other one help               with smaller stuff. Since I always cook, if a guy cooked me dinner it would be a major turn on and he would get              major points for that. Then relax & watch a movie.

 

  1. I would say it is the guy’s responsibility to plan the date but deciding together is a good idea too.

 

  1. I don’t expect a gift but I wouldn’t say no. A small box of chocolate would make me happy.

 

  1. I’m living the single life so no receiving or gifting. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want roses , am I? I love a variety of flowers , stargazer lillies are my favorite. What are you favorite flower to receive?

 

  1. It is Valentine’s Day … I would expect it to spill over into the bedroom.

 

  1. I agree with the majority here, $25 or less is a good budget for a gift.

 

  1.  Being single on Valentine’s Day is not horrible at all. Who is going after the discounted candy the next day? lol

 

  1. I agree on the men on this one it is blown out of proportion.  Valentine’s Day decor and items were out before the new year!  I think us ladies just want to feel special . Since it’s a dedicated day , we know  ( if we have a date/ in a relationship) we will have a day of romance. So fellas…. be more spontaneous and/or take your wife/girlfriend out more. She will appreciate it.  

 

The one thing that makes me feel good and ready for my date ( or any day) is putting on something that makes me feel confident & sexy, even if I’m the only one going to see it.

AdoreMe not only is affordable but the fit is great. They have a range of styles & sizes, from petite to plus.

*You can even order by Feburary 10th by 1pm EST & get if for Valentine’s Day!

Here are just a few styles to choose from. Be sure to check out their sexy lingerie  for more!

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When you sign up for VIP you get $10 off your style anytime, your first set is $24.95 , free shipping & exchanges. You can try VIP out and if you don’t think its for you, you can easily cancel any time. You can also pay as you go.

If you use my  AdoreMe Link I’ll get some shopping credit, so I can get some goodies too. When you sign up you will get a link to invite friends too.

Here are 2 sets that I received from AdoreMe.

 

Adore me Lingerie

 

What’s inside my #JingleVoxBox

I am always excited when I get an email saying I am going to get a voxbox from Influenster.

Influenster is a community of savvy shoppers who like to share their opinions on products ( everything from makeup, food, fitness, & more) .  You even have the opportunity to try brand new products not even on the market. When you get a products or products , you will have tasks to do. The more you do the more chances you have to win a prize depending on the products. It can be anything from a gift card to a products from that brand. I won perfume, tampons & bag, John Frieda hair dryer & comb, & more.  It’s completely free to join. Sign up here

You can also browse the site for tips, information on products as well as reviews, ask questions, & more.

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Ore-Ida Tater Tots

I was sent 1 coupon for a free bag of tater tots. I don’t even remember the last time I had tater tots. On Influenster they give you tasks to earn brand badges. You can choose to do them or not. They mentioned making totchos.  I’ve never heard of it before , it just nachos but instead of chips you use tater tots. Though I think their waffle fried might have been better but I went with it.

I made breakfast totchos, taco totchos, & then I made egg muffins with taters tots on the bottom. See recipes here :  Totchos   &  egg muffins

 

All were tasty and definitely comfort food but I am not sure if I would make it totchos again. Its something you have to eat with a fork and not something you grab like nachos.

Pure Ice Nail Polish

Pure Ice Home Run nail polish

I received Home Run, which is a pretty shade. It reminds me of Spring and is probably a color I would gravitate towards if I was looking at the colors. This polish is made in the U.S.A. It is also with formaldehyde, toluene, & DBP. They have a wide range of colors , glitters, & shimmers. You can find these polishes at Walmart for about $2.  The only downfall for me was you definitely need two coats, at least for this shade.  Plus it takes a little long for it to dry.  The polish lasted for about a week without chipping. For $2 though, I will definitely try other colors.

Hallmark Itty Bittys

Hallmark Itty Bittys

Hallmark has a wide range of characters that need some lovin’! Everything from Rainbow Brite ( my personal favorite) , Wizard of Oz , Star Wars, DC comics, & so much more. They start at $6.95

OlafAdventuretoNYC

I received Olaf, I haven’t seen the movie but hes cute! I took him on an adventure while my mom was visiting. I took her and Olaf around NYC. He rode the train into Grand Central and walked over to Times Sq. where he spotted big Olafs & Elsas!  Hopped on the subway heading down to Macy’s to see the window displays. He even spotted the Empire State Building.  It was a little chilly , so after some photo ops we all hopped back on the 1 to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. There were so many people but that didn’t stop us. Olaf even got a photo in front of the big tree. On out walk he even saw Radio City music Hall. He saw a lot in a short amount of time.

Kiss True Volume Lashes & strip lash adhesive with aloe

The lashes are made with 100% natural hair. The tapered end technology creates a natural looking ends that resemble real lashes but gives ups your look up a notch adding a little glam but not over the top. The glue is very easy to apply and you can control how much you put on the lashes because you paint it on. No chemical smell, easy to apply, & easy to take off. Both items retail for around $3.99  The lashes really do look natural and love the flirty  look to them. These made me fall in love with false lashes again.

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Kiss lashes apply

  • Applying lashes is easier than you think. All you need are lashes, lash glue, tweezers, & a mirror. Gently remove lashes with tweezers. I like grabbing one end and gently pulling them off.
  • Put the lashes on top of yours to measure. Sometimes you might need to take a little off. When you do you want to cut the inside off ( which would be the part in your inner corner of the eye) You want to cut that end because lashes go from short to long. It will give you a more natural look. Remember to cut both lashes in the same place so they are even.
  • Grab the lashes in the middle and apply the glue.
  • Let sit for 10-30 seconds just to let the glue get a little tacky. This will help you apply easier because they won’t slide all over the place and you can’t put them into place quicker. I like putting a little more glue on the ends.
  • I found that if you use a mirror ( like one from a make up palette or bigger one that you can move around) on a table or so that you are looking down , it works better to get it in place.
  • Place on top of lashes just above your lash line. Gently push the end pieces into place and then push the rest of the lashes into lid with tweezers.

*Don’t worry the glue dries clear. You can always take an angles brush dip it black shadow or put some black eyeliner and brush it on top if you wish

Use when you’re going out for brunch, lunch, dinner, date night, or just because you want to! I will be buying more of Kiss lashes… I am officially hooked.

Kiss lashes

 

 

 

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner

NYC Eyeliner

This eyeliner is around $3.99 and can be found at Target & wherever N.Y.C make up are sold.  This gives bold color and it glides on so smoothly which is what I want in a eye liner. Something that can be easily applied without the fuss.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

I have never tried this moisturizing cream before. I opened up with  jar and it was so thick, rich & creamy. This is perfect if you have dry skin & is a great product to have in the winter when skin can be drier than normal. It absorbs nicely and doesn’t leave skin greasy. I like putting it on my elbows, feet, & hands. This retails any where from $8.99-$15.99 depending on size you get. Great product for the winter.

 

 

Biscoff Cookies

These cookies have been Europe’s favorite coffee break favorite. Crunchy, caramelized flavor that are a perfect treat. I love the flavor of these cookies . I don’t really drink coffee but love it with hot chocolate. I also made a healthy sweet treat by mixing together banana & frozen berries. I put in the freezer until hard. Enjoy!

What’s in Biscoff Cookies?

The unique taste stems from the sugar’s caramelization during the baking process. And a hint of cinnamon and other spices add that special something. Biscoff Cookies are made with:

  • No artifical color or preservatives
  • 0 grams trans fat per serving and 0 cholesterol
  • Non-GMO ingredients
  • No Nuts
  • No animal by-products

 

 

  • I received these products for free from Influenster for review & testing purposes.. All opinions are my own

January 2016, Freebies, Deals & Prizes

First month of 2016 of freebies, deals, & prizes. What have you been getting in the mail?

A little late at posting. I’ve been really sick the past couple of days.

PRIZES

Nestea has a sweepstakes going on & I won a $50 giftcard to cloud9 which you can buy og gift experiences. Anything from food tours to being a pilot for a day. I’m deciding between lunch on a boat in NYC or a food tour

My favorite this past month was winning AHAVA mud masks.

AHAVA win

remember to follow your favorite brands on Social Media.

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I also won 2x 12 packs of Clif bars & a book from a promotion they had on twitter! YUM!

Freebies & Samples

Sephora Freebies

Picked these up from Sephora for being a beauty insider. Philosophy, Ole Henriksen, Benefit & more. It’s free to join!

Victorias Secret Deal

Last month I posted a lot of Victoria’s Secret stuff I got for free. Well I just scored 2 bras & 3 undies for free. On my last haul I received 2x $20 rewards cards to use this month/ Feb. They had these cute The Date push up bras on sale as a set for $30 which is a great deal. I was able to use a promo code for $10 off, a free panty promo code, & free shipping!

freebies

Crunchies strawberry banana dried fruit • cat treats from survey company • Green Mountain organic coffee k-cups from Walmart • Matrix Mousse

Freebies

Juice beauty samples cleanser, serum , moisturizer • Perdue Calendar • O Magazine • Fresh Pet cat food coupons : free bag & $3 off • Hills Bro Cappuccino salted caramel k cups + $1 coupon • Starbucks 2 k-cups hot chocolate classic & salted caramel + $1 coupon • Tito’s vodka sent me a journal • Thrill pro selfie stick (prize)

PinchMe Freebies

pinchme box with purely fancy feast & gold bond lotion  2nd box: Beyond grain free cat food & breathe right strip

Freebies/ Samples: hemp hearts and hemp protein powder from their FB•Kleenex facial cleansing wipe + coupon •My Magic Mud natural tooth powder  • Covergirl TRUBlend foundation sample from Walgreens

• won some NuGo bars from Splashscore ( I recently did a review for them, use Love4Slim for 20%off)

freebies Jan16

Batiste dry shampoo from influenster contest , Hershey’s caramels from Splashscore

Coupon for free minute maid juice, Dove dry deodorant from Walmart , When my mom stayed she gave me the left over Neutrogena shampoo & conditioner from her hotel.NCLA nail polish, not sure why it was sent but I like it! Its called peppermint crush

Lindt truffles for $1.49 at Walgreens • Yankee Candle 2 small votive candles for .50 each

Free food

I was also able to score hot wings, a large pepperoni pizza & garlic knots, & another small pizza. Fooji/Grubhub partnered up with How to Be Single ( movie) & Lucifer ( tv show on Fox). When you tweeted out the hashtags & emoji you could score free food.  It was pretty cool to tweet out a pizza emoji, get a tweet back with a link to enter you details, then it show up at your door.  I thought it was very different from other promotions.

Deals

Freebie coupons

Picked up free goodies thanks to coupons. I was happy to finally find a chocolate Justin’s hazelnut butter & I loved the Organic Fuel from Organic Valley.

 

Shoprite Coupons Jan16

Paid $1.83 but made $5.92
• Dove Shampoo & Conditioner $3 – Used $3 off 2 digital coupon & $3 off 2 MFC = FREE
•Centrum Vitamins – $7.19 used $4 digital coupon & $4 MFC coupon = FREE
•Arnold Bread 2.24 used $.55 MFC which doubled =$1.14
•Knorrs sides $1 each – Used $1 off 2 MFC coupon & $.50 digital coupon = $.50
•2 Musselmans apple sauce 6pk $1 each used $1 off 2 =$1
= with an $.81 overage from the vitamins I paid $1.83 out of pocket
I also used saving star and got back $7.75 ($5.92 money maker)

Coupon Jan16

-CVS : cereal on sale $1.99 each – had coupon for $1 off 2(1/3 paper) & $.89 ECB = $2.09 for both
-Dollar Tree used $1 coupon for Campbell’s Organic soup =FREE
-Shoprite 2 in 1 shampoo $1.88 used $1 coupon + $1 digital coupon giving me $.12 overage ➡️plus $.50 back from savingstar
• 2 Musselmans Apple sauces $1 for both after $1 off 2 coupon
•jolly time popcorn 1.49 used $.75 coupon which doubled =free

CVS Jan16 coupons
Make sure to check and scan items at CVS. They have a lot of unmarked clearance items.
CVS Haul
OOP = $5.95 Got back $ 10 ECB + $1 from savingstar
•TRESemme keratin smooth hairspray clearance $1.69 ( used $4 off 2 MFC) =FREE
• Not Your Mothers beach babe set & primer & style extender clearance $1.99 each used $2 coupon in the beach babe set = $1.98 (Got $3 ECB for buying 2)
•Speed stick guys( 2/$7) girls (2/$6) had a buy 1 get 1 free for both = $6.50 (Got back $6 ECB for buy $12 worth)
• CVS nutritional shake $1.25 (got back $1 ECB )
• Palmolive soap $.99 used $.25 from cvs red machine $.25 MFC = $.49
• Rimmel nail polish half off = $1.49
•honey bunches of oat $1.99 each
used $5 ECB
Used $5/$15

CVS Deal Jan16

trip #2 to CVS
OOP= FREE +MM $5 back from savingstar
•Suave shampoo/ conditioner rang up at $.94 ( used 2 x $1.50 coupons ) =FREE + overage +$1 saving star
•Centrum multigummies b1 get 1 50% off at $7.99 each (used 2 x $4 coupons) = $3.99 + $4 savingstar
•Colgate Optic White 2pk $2.49 (used $2 coupon )=$.49
-Used $3 ECB from my trip yesterday

Deal Jan16

Target: Found these Gingerbread Oreos in the holiday section for $.89. I went back to get more and they were already sent back to the vendor. nooooo :*(

Target: Belvita Cookies were $2.99. I used the carthweel app which had 50% off & used a $1 off 2 coupon making them $1 a box

Kelloggs Apple Cinnamon Cereal: $2.24 a box. Again used cartwheel with 30% off Kelloggs cereal making them $1.56 a box.

Shoprite: Used $2 coupon & $2 digital coupon for the Keri lotion making it a $.01 money maker , Dole Fruitocracy $1.88 > used $1 coupon = $.88  and my favorite, Pretzel Crisps used $1 digital coupon , they were on sale so I paid $.99.

So many great deals this month. I’ve been using SavingStar more lately. You should sign up too. Its free. All you do is add your store loyalty cards and click the offers you want. When you make a purchase in a day or two , the $ goes to your savingstar account. You cash out at $5.

SavingStar

Along with SavingStar, check out Ibotta.  I had a coupon to get an item free  & they had a rebate. I made $1.50 for buying it. They gave tons of rebates that always change , even fruits & vegetables.

Ibotta

Coupon

Tip: Make sure you email your favorite companies. I love tribe hummus & asked if they had any coupons. They sent me 2 and I used them when I saw hummus on sale. I scored 2 for $.74 each!

Walgreens had this automatic spray kit for $4.99 ( $12.49 originally) on sale. I had a $3 coupon making it $1.99 , got $1 Register Reward to use on future purchase, + used Ibotta app and received $2 back

Ibotta

Earlier in the month Walgreens had Trolli gummies on sale for $.99 get $.99 register reward that I tried using on this purchase but I was able to stack the $3 coupon with the register reward so I ended up getting another bag of candy for free.

Make sure you download Ibotta … another great deal I got was a dozen eggs at the Dollar Tree. I received a $.50 rebate back by buying eggs. They reset it twice , so I was able to get 2 dozen eggs for $1!

 

Review: 

Xtava concealer

Received this Xtava full coverage concealer for free to review. It didn’t work as I was hoping. For me it did a better job on covering a blemish than it did on my whole face/ under eyes.