Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox

I recently received a new Influenster VoxBox. This one is called the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox. I have been trying out all the products and will be posting about each over the next week or so. I've listed the products below. If you are not signed up with Influenster I suggest you visit their site and sign up so you can start getting your own VoxBoxes!

NYC New York Colors IndividualEyes Custom Compact

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit

Bath & Body Works Mini Candle & $10 off coupon


Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz control Hair Cream

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


My good friend Melinda and I recently got back from a 5 day vacation in beautiful Miami. It was my second time visiting and Melinda's first. We did some planning in advance for what we wanted to do while there so we wouldn't waste any of our time.

We spent our first afternoon in Miami on Biscayne Bay on a chartered sailboat. It was absolutely amazing. Melinda had sailed a few times before but this was my first time. We sailed with Captain Nino and his wife Mabel from Sailing on Biscayne Bay. They are just wonderful people. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our sailing and visit with them. If you have ever wanted to go sailing and are in the Miami area I definitely recommend sailing with them!

The boat we sailed on.

One morning we spent walking around South Beach. I needed to find t-shirts to bring back for our boys. We walked along Lincoln Rd, Ocean Dr, and Collins Ave and window shopped. I eventually found my t-shirts! These are great areas to people watch too! We also found the lovely little area on Espanola Way. We happened upon this cute little store owned by the sweetest Indian man. We spent well over an hour in the little store. They were having a sale and they had such beautiful clothes. He also offered us some Godiva chocolate while we shopped! We both bought a few things and were very very happy with the prices!

Our fav little shop!

Espanola Way at night.

On Wednesday night we took a food walking tour of South Beach with Miami Culinary Tours. We visited 7 or 8 different restaurants and sampled 13 different items. We had a group of 8 so it was nice. We walked and ate for about 2 1/2 hours but only walked 1 mile. It was very relaxed and easy to keep up. We also learned a bit about art deco. It was fun and we met a really nice mother and daughter from Wisconsin that had just gotten back from Cuba. They happened to be staying at the hotel next to us and gave us a ride back. We had walked so much over our first two days we were happy to rest our feet for a bit! This was a great experience because we ate at a lot of places we wouldn't have known about and hope to go back to!

This was at Bolivar. One of my fav stops on the food tour.

Another stop on food tour. He's making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. It was yummy!

Our last stop of the night at Milani Gelateria. I had the pistachio!!

A few other the other stops included some delicious ceviche, cafe cubano that was just the best coffee I've ever had, and a few other things I don't remember the names of.

On our last morning we visited Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. It was just a beautiful place! It was built back in 916 by James Deering. It almost feels like you are in Italy. It was a gorgeous sunny day while we were there. We saw a few brides getting their photos taken. You can walk all over the gardens.


Looking towards the house. You can tour the inside but no photos allowed. It is beautiful.

On our last afternoon we spent some time at our our hotel's spa. They had 1/2 price spa treatments that day. We had booked our times before we arrived to be sure there was space. I had a massage, while Melinda got a facial, and then we both got a manicure and pedicure. It was so relaxing.

After our fun time at the spa it was time to hang out in the lounge area outside. They were having 1/2 price appetizers which were just delicious!! We spent our last evening visiting with some friendly sisters from Ireland. Good food and good conversation make for a great way to end a vacation!

Ceviche from Essensia Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa

We stayed at The Palms Hotel & Spa. It was such a nice hotel. We had a superior ocean front room and had a beautiful view. We ate breakfast and dinner at the Essensia Restaurant located in the hotel. The food there is beyond delicious! Also the staff in the lounge and restaurant are top notch. They were so friendly and helpful. On their name tags they have the country or state they are from. So many people from all over the world. That was one of the best things we found on our trip. We met so many wonderful people. We used the bus and metrorail system and found people to be very helpful. All the people from the ones on the food walking tour, the couple also on our sailing afternoon, to the sisters from Ireland- they all made our trip so fun! It was such a good trip and I enjoyed having some girl time with my dear friend but it was nice to be back home with hubby and our boys! Can't wait to go back though! :o)

I do want to mention I won the 4 nights hotel at The Palms and the 2 plane tickets on Delta from a giveaway Orbitz did on facebook a few months back. Our breakfasts and dinners were also included at the hotel. All our excursions were paid for by us. We arranged all of them before our trip by finding coupons and discounts by searching the web.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Influenster Relaunch

I've been a member of Influenster since November 2011. I'm sure you've seen my posts for reviews for the products in these boxes. Their concept is to send products to people for review and then we write up our reviews and share via social media. We can also qualify for bonus products by completing brand challenges. So far I've received 4 VoxBoxes and have loved the experience. It couldn't get any better!  Well just this month Influenster has relaunched their site and guess what? It can get better!

One of the most noticeable changes is that we now can see our rank or score as it compares to other Influensters. I also like that we were able to pick our 5 Expert Badges. These are badges that let us show we are knowledgeable about certain areas.

There are also review pages on the site of products. I think now it's easier to find a certain product because it's listed under the badge name or the VoxBox it came in. Overall the site is very modern and easy to navigate.

If you aren't a member of Influenster I highly suggest you check them out so you can start receiving great products to review and share your opinions!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Country Life Maxi Hair supplement

Included in my Naturals VoxBox from Influenster was a 30 day supply (60 tablets) of Maxi-Hair Supplements. You take 2 tablets per day to nourish your hair, skin, and nails. I already have super thick healthy hair so I didn't really notice any difference in it. My nails did seem to get a little stronger and not break as easy. A few things I didn't like was how huge the pills are. They are a bit hard getting them down. They also leave an after taste and have a strong smell. Once my bottle is gone I'm not sure I would use these again. I just am not sure I need them.

These are Gluten-Free which I know seems to be the thing these days. They are also certified vegetarian. If you are looking for something to help nourish your hair, nails, and skin this may be for you to try.

You can learn more by visiting Country Life.

About This Product

Try Country Life® Maxi-Hair Maximized dietary supplement. This product has been coveted by loyal consumers for more than 20 years, and one of Country Life’s best-sellers. This supplement complex with focus on B-vitamins, biotin and MSM brings new meaning to beauty from the inside-out. Also available with higher biotin potency in MAXI-HAIR Plus.

Available at your local vitamin & supplement store that carries natural dietary supplements.

Essential Facts

Bring Life Back to Your Hair, Skin and Nails.


SPOTTED: $17.99

* I was given a complimentary sample through Influenster. Opinions are my own.

CleanWell Natural Hand Sanitizer Wipes

A sample of CleanWell's Natural Hand Sanitizer Wipes was included in my Naturals VoxBox from Influenster. I hadn't heard of them before so I was excited to try these. Well one of my boys actually used it. I had tossed it in my purse for one of those just in case it's needed moments. Of course we had one of those I need to wipe my hands moments. I had him use it before eating. My kids have learned I'm a freak about having clean hands after we've been out running errands. It worked great. He was clean and germ free and the scent was nice. Nothing strong. I think these would be great for tossing in your purse or having a few in the car for errands or travels. Those little germs are everywhere.

Visit the CleanWell website to learn more about their products that kill germs naturally.

* I was given this sample complimentary through Influenster. Opinions are my own.


If you're looking for a little boost in your day then EBOOST may be for you. It's a convenient way to get your energy up and not get that crash afterwards. Just add a packet to water, mix, and drink. It uses real ingredients so you don't have to worry about any bad things in there.

I did notice a good boost in my day when I used this. As a busy mom of four boys I have many days when I need that extra kick to get me through everything. The only down side for me was the orange flavor. I have not tried any of their other flavors which I would like to. I just have an issue with anything tasting like orange. It always reminds me of that nasty orange drink I had to take each time I had the blood sugar test when I was pregnant. And after 4 times of that well I just can't stand orange flavored anything. Well unless it's a real orange. :o) But don't hold my opinion of the orange flavor from keeping you from trying it. It's just me and orange. Try it and see if you get that boost you need!

You can find out about all their products by visiting the EBOOST website.

* I was given a sample of this product via Influenster. Opinions are my own.

The Original™ Dish Drying Mat

I have been loving The Original™ Dish Drying Mat that I received from Influenster. It is just the right size to sit on my counter to dry my dishes. It is thick enough that the water doesn't soak through and make a mess all over the counter like when I used to use paper towels. I also like the fact that I can just throw it in the wash and reuse it over and over again. No more wasting paper towels.

I do have a dishwasher but I don't always use it. If I only have a few dishes or big items like pots and pans I just hand wash so this works great. It also has a little loop in one corner that you can hang it up to dry or if you're not using it. This is an all around great  product. It would make a great gift too!

Visit The Original™ Dish Drying Mat website to learn more about all of their products.

* I was given this product complimentary through Influenster. Opinions are my own.

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

I recently received a sample of Lypsyl LypMoisturizer in my Naturals VoxBox from Influenster. I have used this before but was very happy to see it included in my box. With winter coming up I know I will be needing even more.

This product goes on nicely and does not feel heavy on my lips. For me it seems to last several hours sometimes depending on how much I'm drinking or eating. I do love the scent. It's almost a little minty but not strong. So sometimes I do apply it twice a day just so I can smell it. :o)

It's made with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins so you know it's good for your lips! It also has the cutest little bee on the side that you use to push up when you need more.

You can find out more about all their products on the LypSyl  website.

*I received this product complimentary through Influenster. Opinions are my own.