Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

I recently was lucky enough to get the Rose VoxBox courstesy of Influenster!

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This is my second voxbox, and once again it was filled with lots of fantastic goodies to try out. Today I want to highlight a specific product that I’ve really been enjoying – the Rimmel Retro Glam ScandalEyes Mascara!

photo 3I’m always on the look out for a good new mascara. I am not genetically blessed with big long lashes, so I need all the help I can get! The things I want from my mascara are good volume, lengthening, and no clumping.

The Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara advertises “lashes so big, they’re criminal!” and it is supposed to give you lashes that are reflective of those from the 60′s  - aka that obvious falsie-look.

The brush is the first thing that stood out to me. It’s huge! There are tons of bristles, and it’s very chunky, which allows for a lot of mascara to coat your eyelashes with each application. Because of that, you only need 1 or 2 coatings max, which means there is less likelihood of getting horrible spider-lashes.

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The only problem I had was that with the brush being so big, it was hard to manipulate around the corners of my eyes or coat my bottom lashes, but I used the spoon trick (hold a spoon behind your lashes and the mascara wont’ get on your skin) and that fixed those issues.

Al in all, I really liked this mascara. I haven’t done anything super sweaty with it on, so I can’t speak to the staying power, but it definitely lasted without smudging through date night of dinner and a movie, so that’s pretty good.

Disclosure – This was given for review via Influenster.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip + Cheek Stain

I’ll admit, I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Mostly this is because the makeup that is easily found at drugstores or makeup counters are filled with ingredients that I don’t approve of. Also, as an extension of that, I don’t like to buy cosmetics online since colors are hard to match up from the screen to my actual skin tone. That being said, I’m always on the look out for companies that use natural ingredients, and I am quite fond of Tarte, 100% Pure, and Korres products.

I recently heard about Jane Iredale, and really like their mission statement:

“We pledge to provide a product line that has the utmost integrity and the ability to enhance the lives of women through its effectiveness, simplicity and beauty. We believe that our activities should be governed by the requirements of our customers and our concern for the environment.”

Furthermore, they don’t perform animal testing and they use environmentally friendly production strategies. I also like that their website clearly lists the ingredients in each of their products, so I don’t have to go on a massive search hunting for the information. Since I’ve been looking for a good lip stain, I asked them if I could try out their Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain.

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This stain is a “self-adjusting” lip color that is supposed to react to your body’s chemistry to deliver a personalized pink shade. The ingredients include olive butter, avocado butter, beeswax, and rose flower wax as emollients.

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This stain glides on really easily and, on me, it turned into a sweet, fun pink that is noticeable but not loud. I really liked the color, I felt like it gave a nice pop to my face. Some stains I’ve used in the past have dried out my lips, but this one didn’t; I found it moisturizing and not sticky. It leaves a bit of shine at first, but this goes away far before the color does. In fact, the stain has quite a bit of staying power! It lasted for a few hours, even through a long sweaty run.

I really like this, and will definitely be purchasing a full size. You can purchase this on the Jane Iredale website, with the full size product retailing for $25.

Disclosure: A sample size of this product was sent to me but all opinions are my own.

April Love With Food

Love With Food is a food subscription service that packs together ~6-8 gourmet food samples based off a monthly theme. It is $12 shipped and, best of all, for every box that is purchased, a meal is donated to a hungry child.

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This month’s theme was “Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Foods,” and the box contents were chosen by Andrew Zimmern, of weird food tv-show fame. This box was definitely more interesting than the last, in that I’ve never tried or even seen these items, but sadly I didn’t particularly like much of it. February’s box has been the best so far for me – but maybe that’s because it was filled with chocolate?

Air Popped Sorghum Grain from Mini Pops: “Crunchier and tinier than popcorn, these mini grains have a buttery flavor with all-natural ingredients”

These were okay. I ate them out of the pack, and at first I thought they tasted like unflavored, unsalted popcorn, in a smaller size with no hulls. Then, at the end of the pack, I realized all the salt and presumably flavorings had just fallen to the bottom. Perhaps they would have been more likeable if I had shaken the bag?

Original + Sea Salt Cocomels from JJ’s Sweets: “All-natural coconut milk caramels are artisan-crafted in copper kettles”

These were two of my favorite things from the box, but still not the best caramels I’ve had. They had a distinct coconut taste to them, but I prefer caramels that are a bit chewier and harder, and these are quite soft. Both the Sea Salt and Original tasted the same to me.

Organic Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch“Hand-collected from the wild, a sprinkle of this aromatic seasoning adds a unique flavor to sweet and savory dishes”

I haven’t had a chance to cook with this yet, but it sounds pretty interesting. I love fennel, and a quick taste of this pollen makes me think of pungent anise flavoring. I have only read good things about this, and apparently pollen has a much more powerful and sweet taste to it than ground up herbs. Tonight I’m going to try cooking with this and some short ribs!

Lemony Lover Olives from Oloves: “Zesty green olives marinated with garlic, lemon, oregano, and no preservatives”

I really love olives, and my favorite thing about these Oloves are their transportability. They are perfect for bringing on a picnic, especially now that the weather is getting so nice! They come pre-pitted, and have a very strong garlic taste to them. Oloves also sells these in a chili flavor, which I’d love to get my hands on.

Salty Pepper Nuggets from Somersault Snacks: “Crunchy crackers made with sunflower seeds, toasted grains, and a savory touch of garlic, onion, salt & pepper”

These come in little quarter-size nuggets, and have a nice crunch to them. I wish I liked them more, they sound really healthy, but these were so incredibly salty! That’s all I could taste flavorwise, which is too bad, since I imagine the taste of sunflower seed and grains is probably pretty good on its own. Still, I might try another flavor if I saw these in the store since I liked the texture and nutrition profile (they also come in Santa Fe Salsa, Cinnamon Crunch, and Dutch Cocoa).

Creamy Buffalo Ranch Dip from Buff Lo Dip: “Buffalo wing sauce meets Ranch dressing in this creamy dip that adds zip to chips, veggies, pizza, and burgers.”

Yuck, I didn’t try this. I have a thing with textures and colors of my foods, and this just was this artificial looking color and gloopy texture – and plus I don’t like Ranch either.

Smoky Chili & Lime Chickpea Snacks from The Good Bean: “Crunchy, roasted chickpeas seasoned with Spanish smoked paprika, Mexican chipotle chili, and a squeeze of lime juice.”

I am still deciding if I like these. They have quite a strong lime flavor, and almost remind me of the way that lime flavored tortilla chips taste. I had a handful, and am saving the rest to put on top of my salads, since I think the flavors would be tempered a bit that way.

All in all – this wasn’t the best box. I was disappointed because I actually really love weird foods (I grew up eating offal and all sorts of random herbs and mushrooms), but these weren’t so weird. Instead, they were just fairly normal flavors put onto less conventional things like chick peas or sunflower seed nuggets.

Did you get this box? What did you think?

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Coffee Substitute

One of my health resolutions is to take in less caffeine. It makes me bloated, shaky, and I was just drinking caffeinated drinks to compensate for lack of sleep. When I was in school, I’d have a massive cup in the morning, another around lunch, and one mid afternoon. I’ve weaned myself off of all of that, but I still miss the ritual of sipping a warm milky beverage – and tea just doesn’t cut it since it’s watery and the taste is obviously not the same. I’ve also tried some coffee substitutes like Teeccino, but that just tasted awful; and the process of making coffee beans decaffeinated uses tons of chemical solvents that I’m not interested in putting into my body.

Dandy Blend has been popping up on a ton of health blogs, so I got my hands on it to try it out. Dandy Blend is a coffee substitute made from roasted dandelion roots and chicory, beets, barley, and rye. Even though it’s made from grains, it is gluten-free because of the extraction process. And…it’s caffeine free! I was pretty intrigued – I drink a lot of dandelion tea (it’s great for digestion!), but that tastes nothing like coffee.

dandyblendThe Dandy Blend powder is a dark brown color, similar to cocoa, and I stir 3 teaspoons into a big coffee mug. It tastes quite a lot like coffee – if not better! There is no bitterness, and there is a slight sweetness from the natural fructose in the chicory and dandelion. It has a nice full-bodied consistency and richness, similar to coffee. With the addition of a splash of almond milk, it tastes – and looks – to me exactly like coffee.

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I love that I can have a cup of this before bedtime, and I haven’t had any bad effects from it. In fact, it agrees pretty well to my sometimes-sensitive stomach (which bloats really easily if I don’t watch what I’m eating). I’m definitely going to be purchasing more Dandy Blend from now on. This 7.05 ounce bag was $11 for 100 teaspoons, and since I use 3 teaspoons per serving, that means each cup is a very reasonable price of 33 cents.

One quick tip that I read online – be sure to keep your bag in the fridge, otherwise the powder will clump and not be usable!

You can find Dandy Blend online at quite a lot of shops, including Amazon and Lucky Vitamin. If you try it out, let me know what you think!

TATCHA sample promotion!

Usually I wouldn’t post without trying out the products first, but I had to pass along this great skin care promo from TATCHA! TATCHA is a skincare line based off traditional Japanese geisha beauty regimins. The cosmetic scientists at TATCHA work with geishas to figure out the ingredients needed to give you perfect, baby-smooth skin.

Usually I wouldn’t be able to try out a luxury skincare line like this, but  one of my favorite beauty bloggers – the beautiful and talented Anastasia of Glamorable - posted here on how to get this great deal of 13 samples for $5.90 shipped. I purchased this just a few days ago, and it already arrived!

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I’m excited to try everything out! They sent me deluxe samples of the Enriching Renewal Cream, One Step Cleansing Oil, and the Revitalizing Eye Cream, along with the VIP Sampler Set, which comes with foil packets to try out a number of their products, including the whole line of Rice Enzyme Powders, Deep Brightening Serum, Moisture Rich Silk Cream, and Japanese Beauty Papers!

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I’m really impressed by how generous the deluxe samples are, and they are definitely big enough in size for me to use and figure out if they will be effective for healing my skin!

Check out Anastasia’s post here for more info on how to get this great deal!

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Sorry for the lack of posts! I came down with a bad cold and have been totally out of it.

After having great luck with using oils as facial moisturizers, I wanted to try out coconut oil, especially since I just love the smell of coconuts! Coconut oil is definitely one of the “hot” oils right now, I feel like every celebrity or chef is using it to cook, moisturize, condition, the list goes on.

Tropical Traditions very kindly sent me a massive jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try out. Honesty, it was an intimidatingly large bottle – what if it made me break out or didn’t work for me??! Luckily, after trying it, I really love using coconut oil in both my beauty and food routine!

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Coconut oil is best in an unrefined form, and at normal room temperatures, it is a solid white color. If you heat it up above 75F, it quickly becomes a liquid oil. It’s easy to use coconut oil on your face, body, and hair. You just take the amount you want out (the coconut oil is soft enough to easily dig out a piece in solid form), then put it on your hand. Rub it around with one of your fingers for about 10-20 seconds, and your body heat will be sufficient to make the oil liquify.

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First of all, I just love the way it leaves my skin smelling! It makes me think of vacation on a beach. It’s important to not use too much – otherwise it will leave a shine. For my face, I found that a pea size amount was more than enough, and about a quarter was enough for my body and hair. The oil sinks in immediately, and I had no issues with irritation or acne. If you are more sensitive to breaking out, I have also tried using coconut oil as a moisturizing face mask, and this works great. I just mix a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of honey, and a little bit of lemon juice together, put it on my face, and then wash off after 20 minutes.

In terms of food – I didn’t like this that much as a cooking oil. It imparted too much of a non-savory taste to my food, and anyways, I usually just use a tiny bit of cooking spray when I cook. I do, however, really love using coconut oil in my morning smoothies! About half a tablespoon is enough to add a lot of filling staying power to my breakfast.

I do suggest separating your cooking and body coconut oil – you don’t want to be storing anything you’re going to eat in the bathroom… I took an old balm and cleaned it out, then added coconut oil to the container.

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Want to learn more about coconut oil? Check out Tropical Tradition’s informative video here.

Have you ever tried out coconut oil? Would love to hear how you all use it!

Disclosure – Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

March Love With Food Box

This is a somewhat belated post on my March Love With Food Box. What do they say – out of sight, out of mind…so once it all went into my tummy I forgot to write up a post!

Love With Food is a subscription service that sends a box of gourmet food samples to you on a monthly basis. It cost $12 shipped, and for every box purchase you make, a meal is donated to a hungry child! If you are interested in trying this, please use my referral link, and you can use the promotion code DISCOVERFOOD to get the first box for $2 shipped.

lovewithfoodmarchEach month’s box has a theme, and this month was “Classic with a Twist.” It’s a pretty creative idea, and I think they did a good job adhering to their theme, although some of the items weren’t my favorite.

Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel

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Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel is a twist on caramel corn. I love caramel corn, and I usually like when people add just a tinge of sea salt to overly sweet things (delicious on chocolate truffles for example!). This just wasn’t good though. It was overwhelmingly salty, and I couldn’t get past eating more than three of the morsels.

Wacky Apple Flat Fruit in Wild Berry

driedfruitGrowing up, my parents would give me flattened, dried fruit strips to eat, and this is a great version of my childhood snack. Wacky Apple Flat Fruit have no preservatives, and are purely sweetened by apple juice, so they really have a great nutrition profile.  I like that it wasn’t too sweetened, and you could still taste that subtle sourness that berries have. I might pick this up again if I were feeling nostalgic, although nowadays I am more likely to just have an apple!

Emily’s Dark Chocolate Orange Fortune Cookie

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I love getting fortune cookies after meals, except I never eat the cookie. The fortunes just always make me smile, either due to their absurdity or because I’m hopeful that I’ll actually be getting good luck coming my way. Emily’s Dark Chocolate Orange Fortune Cookie was a fortune cookie covered in a semi-thick layer of chocolate. Sadly, I don’t really like the pairing of chocolate and orange flavors, and I think this would have been tastier just as dark chocolate. You can see that I ate just enough to get my fortune out. Looks like $$$ is coming my way… :-P

Ola! 100% Natural Handbaked Granola in Vanilla Almond

granolaI have granola multiple times a week, paired with yogurt for my breakfasts. Usually granola is made by mixing oats with something sweet like maple syrup and with oil, which causes the oats to caramelize in the oven and form clusters. For obvious reasons, mixing carbs with sugar and oil always equals deliciousness, but it means that normal granola is not really healthy in large quantities. The Ola! granola is made free of oil and low in sugars, so that it docks in at 120 calories per 1/3rd cup, with only 4g of sugar and 3.5g of fat. I thought this had a nice subtle taste to it, and it worked great as a mix in with my yogurt. I appreciated both the lower calorie and the single serving pouch. I’ll definitely be looking for this the next time I’m restocking breakfast foods at home.

Kids 50 Foofa’s Pink Lemonade

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Kids 50 is a “fruit and vegetable” juice drink that incorporates stevia to lower sugar content. I think it’s clear by the juice box shape and the fact that I have no idea what a Foofa is that this is not geared to adults. I didn’t mind the taste, and I imagine kid would like it and the packaging, but I won’t be buying this again. On a completely tangential note – did you know Bota Box makes wine in juice box sizes? Crazy…

Revolution Orange Chocolate Green Tea

teaThis was adorable! It is essentially 1 tea bag packed into a tiny tiny TINY box. I am a sucker for little things, and I think this would be a great item to throw into a gift bag if you were throwing a special party. I couldn’t taste the orange or chocolate, but instead the green tea was quite bitter. Online it says that Revolution also makes a Tropical Green flavor, and I’d love to try that instead at some point.

Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs Pretzels

twigsThese Sticks & Twigs are gluten free “pretzels,” but they are really quite different and more delicious than pretzels. These had an adequate amount of sea salt, a very pleasant light crunchiness, and weren’t overly dry. I opened the package and managed to ration them over 3 or 4 days, having only a few each day while cooking dinner, to hold me over. I would have never guessed they were gluten free, and I’ll definitely be picking these up again.

ChocWasabi Chocolate Covered Wasabi Peas

wasabiI saved eating these ChocWasabi for last, because I love chocolate and I love wasabi, and I was worried these would just be horrible and ruin the flavors for me. I was wrong! They were delicious, and I inhaled them. The wasabi flavor is quite subtle, and instead the nuttiness and roasted flavor of the peas is what really shines through. I think these would be a fantastic treat to bring to work to share with friends since they are so unusual.

This box wasn’t as good as last month, which was filled with chocolate goodies. Next month’s Love With Food Box is going to be curated by Andrew Zimmern, and I’m excited to see what kind of unusual foods he picks.

Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum

As I mentioned in my last post about facial oils, I’ve gotten really caught up in using oils in my daily skincare regime because of how natural and low in fillers or carriers they are. I really feared using oils on my face because I figured they’d cause shine or breakouts, but so far I’ve seen the exact opposite. I’ve been alternating each night between using Pura D’or Argan Oil and Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum.

burtsbeesagelessThe serum advertises anti-aging and moisturizing properties by incorporating pomegranate, borage, and evening primrose oils:

“This targeted serum helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, mouth and forehead for naturally ageless skin. Infused with Pomegranate, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, it helps fight free radicals responsible for the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Formulated with Borage and Evening Primrose Oils, known to help strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier, it also helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Before buying this, I had to look up what all these oils were, I haven’t ever even heard of Borage! Remember – all oils have different properties, ranging from drying to moisturizing, and you just need to find the right combination for your skin.

- Pomegranate oil comes from the fruit, and it acts as a moisturizing and replenishing oil.
- Borage oil comes from a wildflower, and helps soothe redness and dry skin – apparently it works well for those with psoriasis too, although I can’t comment on this myself.
- Evening primrose oil has been used for centuries, both internally and externally on the skin, and helps reduce fine lines and lighten dark spots.

burtsbeesageless2All of these oils are full of essential fatty acids, and I guess this is why they are supposed to help with anti-aging. I don’t know if any of these claims have scientific proof, but my skin really likes this serum! To use it, I take about 4 drops and put them in my palms, rub together and pat all over my face. I even put a tiny bit under my eyes, and it hasn’t irritated that sensitive skin area at all. The oils sink in within minutes, and leave just a very subtle shine (this is best to use at night!). The smell is subtly medicinal, but in a pleasant way. My fine lines around my mouth have been reduced quite a bit, and my face always looks very moisturized in the morning. If I have extra dry spots from being outside in the cold, I put a drop on my finger and rub it into the dry skin – without fail this serum heals it by the next day. I absolutely love this, especially in combination with the Argan Oil.

Do you have any oils you swear by, let me know in the comments!

Disclosure – I bought this myself.

Influenster Sugar ‘N Spice VoxBox

As part of the Influenster network, I recently got my first VoxBox! What is Influenster?

“We’re an exclusive community of invited trendsetters, social media mavens, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.”

Influenster provides opportunities to receive samples and full size products to try and review. One of the fun perks is the VoxBox program, where Influenster sends out boxes filled with an assortment of different brands to try out. I love this idea because it lets me try something I might not usually buy, and by having different kinds of items in the box (ranging from cosmetics to food), it’s almost a guarantee there is something I do like! Influenster is invite-only, but if you want an invite, I have 5 to give away! Leave your email address in the comments and I will send you one.

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I received the Sugar ‘N Spice Voxbox:

“Ingredients for a VoxBox? Sugar and spice and everything nice! Our second box of 2013 was made with love just for you. We threw in a bit of sugar, kicked up the heat, and delivered something irresistable to your door.”

Voxbox2This was my first VoxBox, and I was not disappointed. It came literally packed full to the brim with mostly full-size products along with some explanatory handouts. Here is an in-depth rundown of my thoughts on each item!

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer in Total Moisture

vasel1“Vaseline® Spray & Go® Moisturizer is a line of quick, convenient, continuous-spray lotions. They moisturize deeply and absorb in seconds to leave skin instantly soft, not greasy or sticky. Total Moisture is infused with pure oat extract for healthy soft skin in seconds.”

I’ve used Vaseline products all my life and love their versatility and dependability. I have a bad habit of not consistently moisturizing after showering in the winter. I don’t want to wait for the lotion to sink in before getting dressed (while I shiver in the cold mornings), and then I end up with dry uncomfortable skin that I just HAVE to scratch. I’ve never heard of spray on moisturizer before, so this was a nice product to try.

vasel2This is a very convenient and easy product to use. It has a twist-top that lets you lock and open the moisturizer – a great touch, since then you can throw it into your gym bag. A quick spray leaves a misty but liquidy line of moisturizer on your skin, and this rubs in in less than 5 seconds. It’s definitely much lighter than normal lotion, but it left my skin moisturized but not greasy, and sinked in much quicker.  The moisturizer has a clean fresh smell that lingers for hours. It’s not overpowering, but if you are very sensitive to scents, it’s something to keep in mind.

Dickinson’s Oil Controlling Towelettes

dickinsons“The soothing blend of Witch Hazel and aloe in our facial wipes rejuvenates your skin by gently lifting dirt, oil and impurities from your pores while nourishing even the most  sensitive skin. The result is a clean, refreshed and blemish-free complexion – naturally!”

Dickinson’s makes a number of Witch Hazel-containing products, from cleansers to toners. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, extracted from the bark and twigs of the witch hazel shrub. It helps reduce skin oils, without being over-drying or irritating. Dickinson’s has been around since 1866, and witch hazel has been their specialty since then, so they’re definitely the experts at high quality witch hazel extraction!

The Oil Controlling Towelettes come in a box of 20 single packaged towelettes, each perfect for traveling or freshening up late in the day. Aside from Witch Hazel to remove excess oil, the towelettes also have aloe in them, for added moisturizing. The towelettes are pretty huge! I think half of one would be sufficient. The towelette is soft in texture, but still strong, so it doesn’t rip apart as you rub it on your face. The amount of witch hazel solution soaked into the towels is essentially perfect – enough to use over your whole face without having liquids dripping on you. After using one of these, my face felt clean, refreshed, and less oily, without being dried out. I’m definitely going to be getting more of these to use on the go.

Nectresse

Nectresse“Nectresse sweetener tastes like sugar and is naturally zero calories per serving. How? We started with the deliciously sweet extract of monk fruit and combined it with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners. It’s 100% natural with nothing artificial. You’re going to love the way it tastes.”

Nectresse is a zero calorie sweetener made by the sweetener kings, Splenda. It consists of a blend of sweet monk fruit extract and erythritol, sugar, and molasses. Apparently you can bake and cook with Nectresse, which is great since a lot of the other non-sugar sweeteners can’t be used that way. Unfortunately, I’m very sensitive to erythritol and other sugar alcohols, so I can’t use this, and will be bringing it to work so my coworkers can use it in their coffee if desired. If you can handle sugar alcohols and are interested, Nectresse is currently offering a free sample promotion on their webpage, so check that out.

Colgate Optic White Oral Care Line (see following post for thoughts!)

BelVita Breakfast Biscuits in Cinnamon & Brown Sugar

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“Nutritious sustained energy, all morning. One of the unique benefits of belVita Breakfast Biscuits is the nutritious sustained energy (or steady energy) they provide all morning long. The delicious, crunchy biscuits are made with a combination of grains that are carefully baked to release energy regularly and continuously to fuel your body throughout the morning.”

BelVita is a line of breakfast “biscuits,” with each single-serving package containing 4 crunchy cookies. They are filled with good nutritious whole grains (from oats, rye, and wheat) and fiber, which are supposed to help keep you full. The biscuits also are free of “bad” things like high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavors or sweeteners. One package comes in at 230 calories which, when paired with a piece of fruit or a small cup of yogurt, is a good range for a healthy breakfast.

Taste and texture wise, these remind me of a crisper version of a tea digestive cracker. They are a bit hard (not like a cookie), but not hard to chew. Flavor-wise, the cinnamon & brown sugar are quite light, there’s just enough hint of cinnamon to make them comforting without it being overpowering. Paired with some warm milky earl grey tea in the morning and a banana, these kept me easily full until lunch. I really appreciate the good ingredients and how easy these are to grab and go – important in the mornings when I’m in a rush!

As a whole, I really enjoyed this VoxBox, and hope to get another one soon to try out! All of these items are easily found in your local grocery or drugstores, and range from $3-7 which is quite affordable. Have you tried any of these items out before? Let me know what you think!

Disclosure – These items were provided to me by Influenster but all opinions are my own.

Colgate Optic White Oral Care Line

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“Colgate Optic White has a high impact formula to make it easier to whiten as you brush your teeth. Use the Colgate Optic White collection of whitening products together  for whiter teeth in 5 days.”

I was recently sent 3 of the 4 items from the Colgate Optic White product line through Influenster. I was so excited to see this. Tooth whitening products can be so pricy, and I always buy the strips and never get to use them regularly because I don’t have 20 minutes a day to sit and try to avoid drooling everywhere with two pieces of plastic in my mouth. I had seen the Colgate Optic White products in the store before, and was actually going to check it out the next time it was on sale at the drugstore.

The toothpaste has a pop-off lid, which is great because I tend to knock the screw off caps onto the bathroom floor…which is gross.  It’s got a decent amount of foaming, a nice minty taste, and doesn’t feel too abrasive or hurt my gums or teeth. This is definitely a solid whitening toothpaste to keep around! The Optic White Mouthwash is foamy, which I guess helps get it into the nooks and crannies of your teeth. It doesn’t sting as it is alcohol-free, and uses 2% hydrogen peroxide to remove surface stains. Hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwashes sometimes irritate my mouth, so I’m not sure if I’d get this again. The Optic White Toothbrush works great! The bristles are an appropriate stiffness (too stiff can hurt the gums), and the back of the toothbrush has a convenient tongue cleaner. The toothbrush has “whitening cups,” I’m not sure how much that really helps hold the toothpaste, but I do like that it allows the bristles to cover your teeth. Overall this is an affordable option for whitening surface stains, as long as you have a few weeks before you need whiter teeth.

To learn more about Colgate Optic White, check out their website, and read more reviews from Influensters at the review page!

Disclosure – These products were provided to me by Influenster.