Influenster sent me the Charm Voxbox!
Walmart Beauty Box Winter 2016-17
This is a seasonal box that only costs $5. You are charged $5 every season before it is shipped out. You can choose classic or trendsetter box.
I was a bit disappointed when I got mine. I looked at other peoples boxes on Instagram and everyone else got two additional items, either a maskara or Berts Bees Lotion and another . This box just sucked. Why is almost everything lotion??
Allure Beauty Box November 2016
Allure sent me a beauty box complementary. It was a nice surprise!
This box is a monthly subscription service that normally costs $15 per month. Right now they have a deal going for Christmastime that makes it $10 for your first 4 months. You can cancel anytime. If you find that after the first 4 months you don’t wanna pay $15 every month its no big deal to cancel. Link to get the box here: https://subscribe.allure.com/subscribe/allure/108990?source=msn_sem_holiday#six
This box contains 2 full size products that already exceed the cost of the box.
What was in it?
Spingelle Freesia Pear Sponge Retail Value: $15
This is a sponge infused with body wash! I have used a cheaper version of these and I loved it. It lasts way longer than you would think. This one smells amazing! The box came with a 20% off coupon code for the Spongelle Store. If you are interested you can use it. Code: ALLURE
Tatcha Soothing Silk Body Butter 1oz Retail Value:Around $20 Full size is $48
This body butter is made with real Indigo which gives it it’s purple color. It smells comforting. Perfect for after a nighttime shower or bath. A little of this stuff goes a long way and it is absorbed quickly into the skin.The packaging is beautiful. I would love to paint my nails that dark purple color this winter.
Briogio Don’t Despair Hair Mask Sample Size Retail Value $5
I used this right when I got the box because I’m always looking for a great hair mask. I was not disappointed. My hair was much easier to comb through and style after using this mask.
Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Kristi Retail Value: $8.50
This eyeshadow is so versatile! You can use it as a highlight, eye shadow or liner! It has a magnet on the back to put in a zpallete. I may need to invest in one!
Mally Volumizing Mascara Full Size Retail Value: $20
I have never tried any Mally products but I’m exited to try this one. I love how simple and clean the packaging is.
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oak Milk Travel Size Retail Value $10
I have gotten this before in several beauty boxes and I love it. It’s by fair my favorite dry shampoo. It has no sulfates and no parabens!
Total Retail Value: Around $78
I can’t find anything bad to say about this box. It has a great value and is a great mix of products.
Carson Paige Dickens
What is the Beautycon box you may ask?
It is a seasonal beauty box! You can choose to get it seasonally for $29.99 or get a full year for $99. Sometimes they run promotions where they give you a free box with your year subscription or they take a percentage off the year or a single box. Each time a box ships you get charged a shipping fee of $6.99. I purchased a year subscription while they were running a 50% off promotion. I have gotten 3 boxes so far and I have felt like I got much more than my moneys worth and they are fun treat to get seasonally! This seasons box was curated by youtuber and makeup guru Dulce Candy.
Here are my first impressions of the items in the box!
Body Karate Cream with Caffeine and Argan Oil 8oz Retails for $39.99
I have been wanting to try a cream like this but just wouldn’t spend that much on a cream. This is a HUGE tube of cream! It claims to hydrate/Tone/Smooth and improve skin texture. I think in the wintertime we all need to use extra moisturizers.
Rimmel London The only One Lipstick in Listen up Retails for $6.99
This is a basic Rimmel Lipstick. I go for lipsticks with staying power like Nyx Soft Matte. I’m not a fan of regular lipsticks or this color. It is a bright pinkish red. I will be gifting this to my grandmother since this is the color she tends to wear.
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Beautycon Retails for $5
This is an exclusive color! Its a colab between Colourpop and BeautyCon. Its a nudish pink color that I think will flatter most skin types.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Medium Deep Matte Bronzer Deluxe Sample Size Retails $5-$10
Full Size on Amazon
This smells like chocolate! It is a generous size. The packaging pictured makes it look like its not much but it is a big pot of bronzer. Its pretty light. It would be great for contouring as well as bronzing.
Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water 3.4 oz full size Retails for $6
I have used this before and I love it. It takes off your makeup without leaving a residue. Its perfect for taking off eye makeup.
Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter Brush Retails for $24.99
Luxie brushes are amazing! This one works so well and it’s pretty in pink and rose gold. It’s awesome that they gave us a highlighter and a highlighter brush, just in case you are new to highlight.
Botanic Fiber Facial Mask in Beauty Scoop BioBelle Retails for $5
I have loved these paper face masks ever since I discovered how awesome Korean beauty is. These masks are so relaxing. This one has collagen in it to help reduce wrinkles and moisturize your skin. This mask is made of biodegradable materials, but is the packaging? LOL no
Kate Somerville Exfoliokate .5 oz Retails for $24.00
I’m not really sure what all they hype is surrounding Kate Somerville or why a .5 oz of face scrub is $24 but I’ll give it a try.
Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati Retails for $26.99
This is a gorgeous highlight in a golden color. You could also use it for a light eyeshadow or for your inner corners.
Voluminous Feline L’Oreal Mascara full size Retails for $7
Everyone can always use mascara. I have liked every Loreal mascara I have gotten. I tend to get free ones from Bzzagent and Influenster quite a bit.
L’Oreal Voluminous Primer/Base Mascara $7
I have used this before. It really makes a difference in your lashes!
$50 off a $100 Purchase at Ali and Jay (Not included in total value)
Total Value of the box: $158
I think that this box would be worth shelling out the $29.99 plus $6.99 Shipping! There are items that you just cannot find coupons or discounts on like the Body Karate Cream or The Artist Couture Highlighter that make this box a great value. I know I personally will use every item in this box! I think every season they provide you with a great mix of items. This box is great for women wanting to keep their makeup on trend when they don’t have time to shop.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Yall!
What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup sweet cream butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 3/4 Cups All- Purpose Flour
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
Green and/or Red colored sugar
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
-Preheat Oven to 400
-Combine wet ingredients in stand mixer (Butter at room temp, eggs, vanilla and coconut oil) Beat on medium for 60 seconds or until well combined.
-In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt)
-Turn mixer on medium and add 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients at a time until well combined.
-Roll dough out over floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes!
-Combine red and/or green colored sugar with cinnamon on flat plate
-Dip one side of cookie into cinnamon sugar mixture
-Place each cookie on parchment paper on a baking sheet
-Bake at 400 for 6-8 min
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
We took Jude to his 1st Baseball game a couple of weeks ago and he had so much fun, mostly people watching. A few days later Jude and I both ended up with Sinus infections. I freaked out and took him to Urgent Care when he woke up with a runny nose. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal but when you have a child with CF, you don’t know what you should panic over when they are this little. His little nose was runny and he just did not seem himself. I took us to a CareNow and the Dr saw us at the same time. She told me not to worry, that she would prescribe us both antibiotics. Two days later we took Jude to his CF Clinic visit and they confirmed that Jude would be ok. They said its normal in the change of seasons for babies in general to get runny noses. Crisis Averted!
Jude won a photo contest that raised money for CF research! He’s the Grand Prize winner in the middle. We won 2 airfaire tickets!
We went to Miami, Florida for a week. Jude loved pretty much every minute of it. He was good on the plane and he barely cried all week. There was just too much for him to see to be grumpy! His treatments were easy because his Dr prescribed him a travel inhaler for one of his treatments. It takes way less time with the inhaler so we had more time to have fun. The Salty air was great for his lungs and I could tell he felt his best.
When I look at my son its hard for me to believe that he has a chronic illness. He is so beautiful and full of spirit for everyone he meets. He looks so happy and healthy. I was starting to think I may be a little bit in denial about his illness. His enzymes and treatments have become normal so I don’t think twice about it or complain.
I took my son to church camp with me and I couldnt slip further into denial as many adults asked me about his health and how they are treating it. Some thought there were no treatments unless he got sick and some thought he just had one treatment. They told me what a great mom Iam for keeping him healthy and how strong Iam for staying positive but the truth is Im still pretty scared. The future is unknown to me. I see it as selfish if I feel sorry for myself over it. He is the one who has CF, not me. I have no right to feel sorry for myself.
(Books given to Jude at Camp)
There was a camper at camp that I have known for a long time that has CF. Him and my son have to stay away from eachother. When the Dr said he had to stay 6 feet from others with Cf it seemed reasonable but in real life it was painful. I had to say hello to him from a distance even though I wanted to let him hold Jude and play with him. I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him how brave I think he is. I wanted to give him some hope because he seemed particularly beat down this year. It makes me sad knowing that Jude cannot have the commraderie of having a friend going through the same thing as him, it makes me angry. Most people tell me “oh hes going to be so healthy and he is going to be just fine”. I know he will be fine but I also know that life will be hard for him. My church does prayers of administration. They are like prayers on steroids and ones I have gotten have truly changed my life. Through the years I know Jude will need them to stay strong. I know that with prayer, enzymes, breathing treatments, the vest when he gets it and the support of our families and church families will all work together to form a wonderful boy with ambition and drive despite his illness.
Jude is 5 months old today and healthy as a horse. Hes made friends at church and he loves to hear us sing hyms. He doesnt seem to mind his treatments and takes his enzymes with no problem. He started eating baby food and rice cereal. He likes every veggie he has tried! He has put on weight and is no longer underweight!
To find out more about CF and how you can help click here: https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!