Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kiss Nail Dress

So I thought I was finished with my Influenster Holiday VoxBox reviews and a little bird reminded me that I never wrote about my Kiss Nail Dress!  That was the first product I tried in my wonderful box of goodies and I almost forgot about it.  Eek!

I want pretty nails.  I do!  I try to grow them out and just when I am happy with them one decides to break and then I have to clip all of them to match.  I see my mom painting her nails with these gorgeous designs and I think, "wow, if I had the time to do that between two kiddos and life...I would!"  Then Kiss Nail Dress plops in to my lap.

I received the Kiss Nail Dress "KDS15."  I looked everywhere and could NOT find a name for it, just a letter/number combo.  Hmmm...that doesn't make it sound very interesting.  Even when I went searching online I couldn't find a name for my style.  Hopefully they will work on that (if they haven't done so already). 

The directions were simple enough and I started applying my nails.  My biggest frustration with this product, and really with any nail product that I have recently tried, is that the nails aren't numbered by size.  It can be really hard to tell what size the nails are after you start peeling some of them off.  Please fix that!!!

My nails had little jewels on them.  They looked adorable on the plastic sleeve but when I started to file them down (after putting them on my nails) I had a hard time filing over the jewels.  I was left with some pretty jagged edges and they kept getting caught in my hair and flipping up at the ends of my nails.

Thank you KDS15

The package says the nails can last up to 10 days.  Well, I only got three days, and that was stretch it, out of them.  I did get several compliments though.  Is this a great idea for someone to dress up their nails for a night out on the town?  Yes!  Is this for a mom who is constantly washing dishes and doing laundry and running her hands through her hair....maybe not. 

I would try this again, maybe a bit tamer design.  But I do love the idea.  I originally put my nails on for a date and it was great because I didn't have to wait for them to dry.  Just a few minutes to prep my nails and stick them on and I was ready to go!

Want to know more about Kiss Nail Dress?  Check out their website or go to Influenster for more info.

Kiss Nail Dress retails for $6.99 and can be found at Kmart, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target, and many more places.

Just a note!  I received this product complimentary from Influenster

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque

Well folks, it is my last product review for the Holiday VoxBox. This last one is about the Montagne Jeunesse Mud Mask.  You can learn more about this product and the many other products that Montagne Jeunesse has by checking out their website here or scrolling to the bottom of this post.
An assortment of products!

This is the second product from Montagne Jeunesse that I have tried in the last year or so.  You can check out my previous post here.  I received the mud mask and I was excited to try it.  To begin with, I loved the smell of it.  I'm weird like that but if I am supposed to relax while using the mask it better smell good :) 
 
After just one application I am sold!  I have found a new favorite mask!  Easy to use and easy to take off (that was a complaint I had about a facial peel off I had tried before).  Montagne Jeunesse has so many products to try and I can't wait to check out a few more of their masks.  I just saw the other day that my local Wal-Mart stocks these products and they are each under $2.00!  Plus, with the small package I know exactly how much to put on my face.  No way will I put too much or too little on again.  Thanks Influenster and Montagne Jeunesse!
 
I love how the Instagram filters can
make my mask look EXTRA creepy!
 
Fun, pampering beauty treats

Whether you enjoy looking after your skin, being pampered, or indulging in some me-time, be it alone or with friends, you will absolutely enjoy one of these ‘Life Little Pleasures’… With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody!

Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing. Available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:

*Cucumber Peel Off
*Passion Peel Off
*Dead Sea Mud
*Fruit Smoothie
*Strawberry Souffle
*Chocolate Mud
*And many more!

Want fo find out more about this product?  Check out their Influesnter page here.

*PS. I received this item complimentary via Influenster and their VoxBox program.

Goody QuikStyle

I was given the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush to try out.  According to the packaging and their website, the Quik Style Brush, with it's absorbent microfiber bristles, removes up to 30% of water as you style.
Goody® QuikStyle™ Paddle Brush
Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush
Retails for $12.99




I was excited to try out this product.  I have seen it in the stores and wondered if it would actually work.  According to the package, it is designed for "detangling wet hair, quick removal of excess water and styling with or without a hair dryer."  The microfiber bristles are antimicrobial which will inhibit the growth of mold or mildew. 

I tried using this brush with and without my hair dryer.  I didn't do a scientific study to see if my hair actually took 30% less time to dry.  I thought about...but decided against it :)  I did notice a slight difference in the amount of time it takes to dry my hair. 

Ta-da!
 
Now the packaging says it is designed for detangling wet hair.  Ummmm....I don't think so.  Honestly, I rarely brush my hair when it is wet.  I have read once that you actually break the hair shafts and can damage your hair by brushing it when it is wet.  I don't know if that is true BUT I went ahead and followed the package directions.  After just a few swipes through the brush I found this lovely surprise waiting for me!
 
Yeah, that's gross...I know.
Now the average person loses about 100 strands of hair a day.  Yuck!  I seriously thought about counting each strand in this beautiful wad and then thought I could spend that time doing something a bit more productive.  Anyway, I really, REALLY think it did a sub par job with the whole detangling thing.  Perhaps Goody should just relabel the packaging and just talk about how it will dry your hair faster.

So here's the question...I received this product for free so would I actually spend my own money on it?  Ummm, nope...and I have a few reasons behind my answer. 
1.  I have very thick hair and a very tender head - I do NOT want to put my hair through that detangling process again.
2.  I lost a lot of hair and I think part of it had to do with brushing my hair when it was wet.
3.   I hardly ever use my hair dryer, which they suggest using to aid in the drying process.
4.  I have naturally wavy hair and when I do brush my hair after a shower it loses the nice waves and just makes everything very fluffy. 

Home



Goody QuikStyle


The Goody® brand is part of Newell Rubbermaid®’s Home Solutions Business Unit. More than 100 years of innovation has made Goody the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and QuikStyle Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools. Goody and Newell Rubbermaid are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

To find out more information, check out the Goody website or the Goody product page

*PS. I received this item complimentary via Influenster and their VoxBox program.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sole Society

Sole Society is a site that was launched in march 2011.  It offers "exclusive, high-quality, on-trend shoes, starting at only $49.95"  When you become a member you have access to not only these awesome shoes but to exclusive fashion and style content, tips, trends, and special promotions!  Check them out!  Want a referral?  It is a win-win, you get access to an amazing site AND I get rewarded for having you join as well. 

Sole Society ships your shoes quickly and if they don't fit...you can mail them back free of charge and exchange them for something better. Change your mind and just want the money back? you just pay a small restocking fee. 

I am not quite ready to buy new shoes.  When I am ready though, Sole Society will be the place for me.  I already have my eye on some of these great shoes!

Love the look...but afraid of heights:
IslaGabrielleSydney

A bit more conservative and manageable for work:
GraceEdieJosephine

And I can't wait to wear these around:
MishaMarissa

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

EBOOST

I was given a sample of EBOOST, in pink lemonade, to try out from my latest box of goodies.  I decided to let my wonderful husband try this product out.  As a breastfeeding momma I didn't want to put anything that I wasn't familiar with through my body. 

My husband was a bit hesitant when I first asked him to try this "energy drink."  He was very skeptical about it all.  Then this past Sunday afternoon he decided to go on a 15 mile bike ride with a friend.  I suggested he bring the EBOOST with him and he filled up his water bottle, added the deliciously smelling powder, shook everything together, and headed out.  Halfway through his trip he said he started to feel the little boost in energy.  Nothing dramatic but just enough to get him over that hump.  His biggest complaint?  The drink was a bit too sugary.  That is definitely saying something from my husband (he has a massive sweet tooth).  Maybe he didn't add enough water, maybe it settled over the course of his bike ride, maybe it just is too sweet.  One trial packet couldn't help us solve that problem. 

So here are the questions:
Did he like it?  Yes, he said he would definitely try it again.
Would he buy it?  Well, that is another story for $28 for a box of 20, that just won't happen in our household.  He doesn't need that much of energy boost.

EBOOST is "the Natural Energy Booster with a tangy citrus burst and a lasting natural energy boost! This EBOOST formula is loaded with green tea, vitamins and super nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and B-12 in an easy to mix effervescent packet. It's low calorie and sweetened with Stevia too!"  It retails for around $28 for a box of 20. 

For more information about EBOOST you can check out their website here or you can find them on Influenster.

EBOOST® Natural Energy


Just a note that I/my husband received this product complimentary through Influenster.

"Hiding in Sunshine" a quick review

I just recently received Hiding in Sunshine by John Stuart and Caitlin Stuart complimentary via the Influenster 2012 Holiday Voxbox program.  The following opinions are completely my own thoughts.


Hiding in Sunshine by John Stuart & Caitlin Stuart
Hiding in Sunshine is a new book (only published in October 2012) written by a father/daughter duo.  The book description (taken from Amazon) is:  "Living lives of quiet affluence in a historic, suburban Boston town, Gavin and Lisa Brinkley had no idea how quickly and decisively their lives, and those of their two young daughters, could be upended. A series of events - a mysterious break-in at their home, some menacing tailgating on the highway from Boston, a startling visit from an F.B.I. agent warning of an imminent kidnapping attempt - leads to the family's abrupt uprooting from its comfortable existence into a terrifying new existence on the run, under new identities. This taut thriller by a father-daughter team follows the eleven-year odyssey of an American family on the run, in hiding through the mountain states of the American west, where survival skills and living off the grid are paramount, but so are friendship, cooperation, and resilience. The enemy, always lurking just out of sight, is a foreign cyber-criminal enterprise that launches breathtaking assaults on the American banking system and physical infrastructure, but the Brinkleys also know that the threat is deeply personal, reaching ever closer to them from the shadows of the past. At the same time, Gavin and Lisa discover the perils of wandering too close to the edges of the dark side, in the murky world of cyber-security. A compelling story of suspense and treachery, HIDING IN SUNSHINE is also a celebration of a family's abiding love and courage -- and a young girl's faith in the triumph of the truth."


So, I just finished this book this morning and couldn't wait to give my insights.  I knew I was going to write an Amazon review when I first received the book and I started thinking about it even while I was reading it.  I even started taking notes about what I disliked about the book so much.  My impressions definitely changed though as I was reading.  The book was very slow at the beginning.  Some of the details that were given just seemed unnecessary.  I also felt that the language of the work was a bit disjointed.  Sometimes you would read something like, "that dude was really, really bad" and then you would read a section that says something like, "the capacious living space."  Capacious...really?  Someone definitely had fun pulling out the old thesaurus on this book.  Despite the wonkiness in the writing styles, I did enjoy this book.  I found myself actually skimming over portions, not because I wasn't interested, but because I wanted to see what would happen next.  If you have any interest in technology, cyber attacks, or "big brother" looking over your shoulder this book is a definite read with a few surprises mixed in. 

Interested in the book?  You can get it on Amazon for $19.95 OR get it for your Kindle at a steal...only $1.99!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Top 100 Children's Chapter Books by SLJ

I was making my daily rounds of pointless news stories when I came across a list of the Top 100 Chapter Books.  This list was posted in July 2012, so I'm not sure why it is just now getting so much attention.  Anyway, I perused the list and was a tad bit disappointed that I hadn't read as many books as I would have hoped.  So, now I have a new goal.  While I probably should be focusing more on adult chapter books, I love children's books and I can't wait to read through some of these.  The biggest question is should ask myself is whether or not I should count the books that I know I have read but don't remember the plot OR should I only count the books that I remember....hmmmm.  I think I'll go with the ones I have read, even I don't remember everything, just to make me feel a bit better.  My grand total only came to 23 books.  Ouch.  I will admit, however, that several of the books I remember reading sections but I couldn't remember if I actually finished them or not.  How many of these classics have you read?  Any books you think they should have added or left off the list?

P.S.  If you click on the links it will take you to the School Library Journal website and discuss each of the books listed. 


#1 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)
#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997)
#4
The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
#5
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)
#6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)
#7 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)
#8 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)
#9 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)
#10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)
#11 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009)
#12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999)
#13 The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1997)
#14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938)
#15 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
#16 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)
#17 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)
#18 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (1964)
#19 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)
#20 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000)
#21 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)
#22 The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)
#23 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1989)
#24
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1968)
#25 The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)
#26 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926)
#27 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1935)
#28 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)
#29 The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (2005)
#30 Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)
#31 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
#32 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (1976)
#33 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (1971)
#34 Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1961)
#35
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (1972)
#36 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)
#37 The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2007)
#38 Frindle by Andrew Clements (1996)
#39 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2007)
#40 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1990)
#41 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)
#42 Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1957)
#43 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1980)
#44 Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (2011)
#45 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1960)
#46 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990)
#47 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999)
#49 My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948)
#50 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)
#51 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003)
#52 Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (1940)
#53 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)
#54 Half Magic by Edward Eager (1954)
#55 All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (1951)
#56 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)
#57 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962)
#58 Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (1930)
#59 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (2006)
#60 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)
#61 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
#62 Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (2006)
#63 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978)
#64 The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois (1947)
#65 Wonder by R.J. Palacio (2012)
#66 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (2009)
#67 A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (1998)
#68 The High King by Lloyd Alexander (1968)
#69 The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (2006)
#70 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (1994)
#71 Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (2005)
#72 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009)
#73 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (1972)
#74
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)
#75 The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)
#76 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (2007)
#77 My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (1959)
#78 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)
#79 The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1967)
#80 The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
#81 The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)
#82 The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)
#83 Ozma of Oz by Frank L. Baum (1907)
#84 The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940)
#85 Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1997)
#86 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911)
#87 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (2010)
#88 The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982)
#89 The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (1967)
#90 The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston (1954)
#91 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1950)
#92 Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (2001)
#93 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001)
#94 Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary (1977)
#95 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943)
#96 The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (1954)
#97 The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton (1962)
#98 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2000)
#99 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (1942)
#100 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)