Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Review #LetLifeIn

BzzAgent sent my Herbals Essences Shampoo & conditioner to try for free.

At first i was hesitant because sometimes with Herbal Essences for some reason my scalp gets oily quicker. I try not to wash my hair daily because my hair & scalp don’t look as healthy. I don’t use Herbal Essences because of that.

I’m always up to try new beauty products.

Herbals Essences has a line of hair products call Bio: Renew. Its a line that marries science with nature. It has 9 collections to choose from based on your hair needs/type.

  • has 0% parabens, gluten, and colorants
  • brings your hair back to life in just 21 days
  • Crafted with bio:renew, a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp

Bio:Renew protects hair from the inside out by trapping, neutralizing and removing the build-up of free radicals that mess with your hair. This can be from everyday things like pollution, coloring, sun exposure, even things found in tap water ( like copper).

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I received coconut milk that has multi-layered scents of vibrant coconut, a bouquet of white florals, and vanilla. It smelled heavenly. This one is great to keep hair hydrated.

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At first my scalp did get a little oily but unlike before the more I used it my scalp started to balance out a little and didn’t get as oily. This shampoo & conditioner left my hair really soft & manageable. It had a nice lather and was easy to rinse out. My hair was easy to comb after getting out of the shower.  I also loved getting a whiff of my hair through the day. Is it my absolute favorite ? ….No but I did enjoy using it. I would be up to trying one of their other one in the line.

  • Coconut Milk (hydrate)
  • Argan Oil of Morocco (repair)
  • Cucumber & Green Tea (sheer moisture)
  • Golden Moringa Oil (smooth)
  • Vitamin E & Cocoa Butter (strength)
  • Passion Flower & Rice Milk (nourish)
  • Arabica Coffee Fruit (volume)
  • Rosemary & Herbs (naked moisture)
  • White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint (naked volume)

Herbal essences Bio:renew

I received these products for free from BzzAgent. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies #MakeItYours

Nothing is better than warm home made cookies.

Influenster sent my a coupon for a free tub of Country Crock spread to use as well as an easy cookie recipe to follow.

The best part is you can add whatever you want to these nuts, dried fruit, white, milk, or dark chocolate chips, sprinkles , ect.  I decided to add cranberry & milk chocolate chips because those are my favorite combo to make.

Country Crock Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Country Crock
  • 1-2 cups or your choice of mix-ins
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  •  2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Country Crock Buttery Spread

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, country crock, egg, egg yolk, vanilla in a large bowl until well mixed.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and, baking soda until blended ( dough will be soft & creamy)
  • Add mix-ins into the dough until every spoonful has some of those yummy mix-ins.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets 3 inches apart ( I used Reynolds baking sheets)
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
  • Cool 1 minutes, remove from baking sheets, & cool completely.
  • EAT! nom nom nom

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Yum! The country crock definitely gives the dough a nice buttery flavor.

Cookies Reynolds baking sheets

These baking sheets make baking so much easier!

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What are your favorite mix-ins ?

I received Country Crock & Reynolds Baking Sheets complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

 

Inside my Twinkle Voxbox

A box full of goodies from Influenster is always like Christmas!

I was lucky enough to receive the Twinkle voxbox filled with 8 products! From beauty, body, to food. Yum!

Influenster Twinkle Voxbox

Are you on Influenster yet? It’s completely free to join. You get products absolutely free for your feedback. You can even win great prizes if you complete all your tasks when you receive a box/product.  Sign up here

Aquation daily moisturizing lotion

Aquation Twinkle Voxbox

This lotion is enriched with 3 ceramides, hyaluronic acid, & marine algae to help banish dry skin. It is clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours for noticeably softer, healthy skin.It’s also Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic. Paraben free. Petrolatum free.

I’ve never heard of this brand before. I applied this everyday when I got out of the shower. The first thing I liked is no fragrance…nothing at all. Which is nice because then I don’t have to smell to many scents in the mornings. Sometimes I get migraines and smells are a trigger. I don’t have to worry about it fighting with my perfume or mist.

It does leave my skin looking and feeling healthy. Its lightweight and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy. I don’t suffer from dry skin but in the Winter , any extra help is always needed. I’m a fan. You can find it at Walmart.

Not Your mother’s Clean Freak Unscented Dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo

What I liked about this dry shampoo is it didn’t leave any residue in my dark brown hair. Which can sometimes be an issie with dry shampoos. I don’t need a white spot or grey, dull looking hair. I don’t wash my hair every day , since it gets greasy and my hair doesn’t look as great. Dry shampoo over the past 1-2 years has really changed it for me. The scent is nice and does help extend another day without washing.

Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets

Reynolds baking sheets

Love to bake or cook? The pre-cut parchment paper is pack to lay flat. No curling or rolling. These were so easy to use and easy to tear apart if you need a smaller piece. The best part is they made baking and cleaning a breeze. My cookies easily slid off  with no help needed. Clean up I just threw it away, wiped the pan and done. I will be buying these for when I cook and bake. I also used these when I cooked bacon in the oven & meatballs. I also liked that I could use them multiple times. I had a smaller cookie sheet so had use the sheet multiple times as well with the cookie sheet. Had no issues .

Country Crock Buttery Spread

Country Crock Buttery Spread

I’ve had this before. You know what I used to love doing as a kid with country crock. Being the first one to open and they had the little dollop center. I loved eating that part…alone  (shh) or on my food.  These made my cookies delicious with that nice buttery flavor. This butter is easy to mix in or spread.

  • See the recipe here .  Super easy and you can customize to your liking.

 

Covergirl So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara $8.99

Covergirl So Lashy

 

This was made to work on all lashes. The uniquely designed brush transforms lashes for a bold sexy look that is unique to you and lets you lashes stand out. I wasn’t sure at first but after wearing it daily , I now like it. I like applying it as you normally would any mascara but then using the ball tip to go over my lashes for some extra volume. These help darken as well as give you volume. I’m not sure if its the wand , formula, perhaps both but it can get a little clumpy. I didn’t have any issues with fall out during the day that I noticed. These definitely make you lashes noticed & bold. I love it!

 

Axe White Label Night Body Wash

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I thought this was for women but I googled it and its for men lol. I opened the bottle in the shower, poured some in my hand and saw a dark purple and was like oh lala. Then I rubbed it on me and was like,  “oh wow that’s a very manly scent.” I remember they made a product or products for women? Did that ever take off? I gave this to a friend, he said he likes the smell. It has a mix of grapefruit, lavender, cedarwood and praline scents.

Oreo Thins

Oreo Thins

Oreos are the best. My pack came all broken, the cookie shown, the back was all smashed. It didn’t stop me from enjoying every crumb though 🙂 Oreo put a twist on their cookie and made them thin. They taste just like original oreos…just thinner and maybe a little more of a crispy texture.Try the mint flavor, they are my favorite because they taste like Girl Scout thin mint cookies.

Hills Bros Hot Cocoa Milk & Dark Chocolate

Hills Hot cococa

Crafted with real sugar & European milk & dark chocolate . It makes a perfect treat for any cold day.

 

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

 

 

 

A year of couponing 

I’ve always been a saver. I couponed here and there but never really thought of it much . If I got a Sunday paper and the inserts had a coupon or two on products I used,  great. For about a year now I’ve really been learning and more aware of what you can save on.

Shampoo , Conditioner, toothpaste are always things you can get for free with the right sales & coupons.

My friend had some health issues and I needed to figure out a way to save on more groceries & personal care items for both of us.

The more I couponed and researched , the more I learned . I also started getting better deals. At first I just wanted to save on  food because we have to eat right ?

Then about a year ago, I saw a deal posted on Instagram and a super savings monster was born. Lol

It was a deal on 2 pack of garnier shampoo & conditioner. They were ringing up for $1 and I had a few $1 coupons making them FREE! I think I had 5 coupons so 5 Garnier Fructis shampoos and 5 conditioners for nothing.

What shampoo & conditioner free? I would look on Instagram for more deals and followed a few people that posted deals at stores I shop at.

Here are my favorites :

LivingRichWithCoupons

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Couponing With Toni

Check out the hashtag #CVSClearance on instagram to find deals on unmarked products that you might be able to find at your store . Or you can look at #CouponCommunity as well for all stores

 

I learned that if you put a little effort each week you can get things you need for free , make money, or at a very low price.

No need to be an extreme couponer to get a stock pile. I shop at a few store each week for the best deals and pick up what I need and the good/free deals. Shoprite, Stop & Shop, CVS are my main stores. Then Target & Walgreens . All my trips are small- medium size.

I’ve not only been able to have a supply of things for myself but to give to friends or donate.

I started off with what I could get then started thing hey I need razors let me look up and see how I can grow a stock pile on that. Then make up… I started seeing people post their hauls of great deals on make up…free / cheap/ ect. I want to get those deals. Eventually I learned and was able to start a stock pile with make up too. CVS is a great place because you can use personalized coupons from their red machine & manufacturer coupons plus earn extra care bucks & beauty bucks when you join the program (it’s free) ! Target is good too because you can use their store coupon, cartwheel app, and manufacturer coupons. There are also gift card deals.

Remember to email you favorite companies and ask if they have coupons. Sometimes they will send some to you , maybe even for a free product.

I recently moved and took pictures of my stock pile . All of this stuff I mostly got for free or made money (with overage or rebate apps)

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Find out other ways to save here 

This doesn’t count all the stuff I have opened which is another story haha 🙂

Shampoo & conditioner 


Styling products , hair masks, & shampoo & cond. samples 

Toothpaste

couponing toothpaste

Mouthwash, deodorants, chapstick

couponing stock pile

Men’s deodorant seems so easy to get for free. I donated a bag women’s and men’s deodorant in Nov.  The pile here is for my friend .I had more chapstick but have been giving them away. Good thing it’s winter and people need them .

Personal hygiene razors, tampons,liners, shaving cream

Perfumes & Mists

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Lotions & soaps 


Cleansers 


Skincare 


Eyeshadows 


Mascara

Eyeliners


Lipsticks & lipgloss 

Samples of cleansers/ skincare

Blushes ( I made money on the Revlon blushes, I didn’t care if one was broken) 🙂

P.S mix rubbing alcohol when you have a broken shadow, blush, bronzer ect. Let it dry. Tada good as new 🙂

Bronzers & Face Powders

Primers, Face, Brow, ect


Eyelashes

 

Do you have tips on saving or building a stock pile? Where do you  look for deals? What about a favorite savings app?

My Ancestry DNA results

I’ve always wanted to do this because it’s something I am interested in.

They’ve been playing the commercials nonstop and it worked. I looked on Amazon since I have credit on there to see if they sold them.

They do! Yay It was $99 and it arrived a couple days later.

AncestryDNA kit

The kit comes with a box to send it back in with a prepaid label , a collection bag to put your sample in, & a tube to spit in  & a solution to keep your DNA sample ‘fresh”. Very simple.

It also has an activation code which you register so you are able to get your results.

Next you spit in the tube to the line. Take off the little cup piece on top. Screw in the blue liquid , press hard to release it into your spit and shake. This is to keep your DNA fresh until it gets to the lab.

Seal your sample into the collection bag.

Then place in the box and mail it in.

Ancestry DNA

I sent my box Dec 7th & received an email confirmation on Dec 12th the they received my sample. It says it cane take 6-8 weeks to receive you results. Now just wait.

December 22 I received another email stating that my sample was in the lab processing.

I liked that they sent email to keep you updated and in the loop.

January 4th My results are in!

Ancestry Results

Its pretty much told me what I knew, mostly European no big surprise.

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Another thing I found pretty neat on the site is once your results come back it matches you with other people who are possibly related.

I ended up having 49 pages of people who I am possibly related to . From 2nd cousins to 5th-8th cousins.

My matches were 2  x 2nd cousins, 2x 3rd cousins, 30x 4-6th cousins, the rest too many to count were 5-8th cousins.

I’m still checking it out .I do see a few people I’m positive are related from my great grandma on my mom’s side  because of the name surname.

Overall Im happy I did it to find a little bit more about myself. It was a very simple process.

Have you tried AncestryDNA or similar DNA testing ? We’re you surprised by the results or was it something that just confirmed what you knew ?

Rodial skincare & makeup review

I’ve never heard of Rodial brand before but the founder of the brand does have another company I am familiar with, Nip + Fab. I like their glycolic dragons blood cleansing pads & plump mask.   The difference between the 2 brands is Nip + Fab is for late teens & early 30’s addressing taking care of the skin and preventing the first signs of aging lines taking you into your late 20s.

Rodial has a more sophisticated formula that addresses skin from early 30 to 40s and 50s & is packed with anti-aging ingredients.

I received a great package with some skincare & make up to try & play with.

Rodial STEMCELL super-food facial oil $80

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The formula is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B5, C and E to maintain a healthy glow while protecting your skin. I added this to my morning routine and do notice a healthy glow after applying. It also leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Just add 2-3 drops and massage into the skin. Follow with your normal routine.

This is my favorite of the bunch. It just made my skin look healthy.

Rodial peel off freeze & smooth Snake Mask $83

 

Rodial Snake Mask

It has an anti aging ingredient, syn-ake . Which is a synthetic protein fragment that replicates part of the venom of the Malaysian Temple Viper, to help relax the muscles & reduce wrinkles. . Amino acids and liquorice brighten skin tone while enriched minerals deep cleanse and purify pores to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities.

Key Benefits:

  • Syn-Ake Dipeptide (snake-venum inspired peptide): Reduces mimic wrinkles.
  • Kaolin French Clay: Draws out impurities and excess sebum, while reducing enlarged pores.
  • Pomegrante Ellagic Tannin: Firm and tone the skin.
  • Liquorice Extract: Reduces the appearance of age and sun spots.

My thoughts:

 It was hard to squeeze out of the tube but pretty easy to spread on my face. The scent wasn’t pleasant and a little strong while applying but not as it was drying. I waited 15 minutes and peeled it off . It came off really easy and left little on my skin. My skin did look brighter immediately and even when I woke up. I’ll have to use it  more but I did like the results the first try. For the price though I don’t think its something I would get in the future just because it was annoying to squeeze out and the smell while applying wasn’t the best. 

Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette $40

Rodial Eyeshadow palette

This palette has 6 neutral shades. 5 are matte & one is a shimmer/pearl. Perfect palette to take you from day to night.

Rodial eyeshadow palette

The compact is small enough to fit in your purse. The colors are pigmented.

Shade one which didn’t really show on my arm because I’m so pale ( haha) is great for a base, inner corner of eyes, or highlighter for the brow.This one does a feel a little more chalky compared to the other shade

Shade 2 is also a great base color

shade 3 is my favorite. the shimmery golden brown color. Perfect to take your look from day to night.

Shade 4 is a dusty brownish color

Shade 5 is a dark brown

Shade 6 Is a nice black

 

Instaglam Compact Deluxe banana powder $57

Rodial Banana Powder

This is a yellow toned versatile powder that suits a range of skin tones. The formula corrects surface redness and pink undertones while neutralizing blue under eye circles. This mattifying powder can both set your makeup and contour. The main function of banana powder is to act like a highlighter, to enhance your facial contours with a mattifying highlighted finish to the face.

I like putting this around my eye area. Since I’m pale you can see veins more easily and this helps neutralize the area giving me a flawless finish.

Smokey Eye Pen- black $21

Very creamy and bold. Easily glides on. Bold color.

Rodial Eye Pencil

 

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

Blueberry muffin in a mug

Happy new year!

I’m sure many have eating better & healthier in their New Years resolution list.

While I wouldn’t say this muffin  is super healthy but it is delicious and a single serve dessert so you won’t be tempted to have more (unless you make more)

I’m still working out the recipe but  the first try… well second try was great. I ended up putting the first one in to long and it was hard as a rock lol


What I used:

  • 3 tablespoons of Cup4Cup gluten free multipurpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil melted ( you can use butter too)
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk or non dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Blueberries fresh or frozen

What you do :

  • Coat mug with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt
  • Add yogurt & milk
  • Stir
  • In the same mug I was using I just melted the coconut oil 1/4 tsp to melt and added it to mixture so the cold milk & yogurt wouldn’t re-solidify it
  • Mix
  • Add blueberries on top or mix in
  • Add to mug

Microwave times vary

I started out with 1 1/2 minutes

Keep your eye on it and check

Add up to another minute of needed

I think mine was good at 2 minutes

Let mug cool or use oven mitts to take out of microwave

Tada you now have a personalized muffin to enjoy anytime in about 5 minutes (prep and cook)

personalized blueberry  muffin

Do you have a favorite easy dessert you make?
I received cup4cup multipurpose flour complimentary for review purposes.