Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusions

Recently I got to try Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion.   I had never heard of them before, but got a notice from Influenster to try them out for a campaign.   They are basically frozen fruit/vegetable blends.  I like making smoothies so I thought I would give them a try.

They come in three different flavors:


I've made plenty of fruit smoothies, but have never been gutsy enough to try one with veggies.  I've heard they are good and you can't taste the veggies(which is good as I'm not a fan of veggies).  So I picked up a bag of the Sunrise Refresh as it sounded the "safest" to me.   I have to say these are NOT all.  A normal bag of fruit runs around $4-6 for the same size bag, these were almost $10.  But they say you have to pay for quality and I was feeling generous.  It would be my splurge for the week.

So tonight I made a Shakeology smoothie.  I used 1 cup of water, 1 cup of the Fusion fruit, a 1/4 cup or less of mixed berries(I like fruit), 1 banana, and a package of strawberry shakeology.   Mixed that all up in my blender until I was satisfied with the consistency, adding water as needed.  And viola, along came my version of the Shakeology Sunrise Refresh. It wasn't too bad and I definitely didn't taste the kale or spinach, which surprised me because it seemed that their was more veggies than fruit in the Fusion package(hence the adding of more fruit).  I think it would be even better with Almond milk, it would make it creamier, but I don't have any.  So I'll have to go get some now.

So all in all, I would give the Fresh Start Fusion a "B".  The flavor is good, but it is just too expensive for me.  I would get these as a splurge.

Here's a pic of the drink I made, sorry I had already started drinking it. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Why I love Influenster

As you all know I am part of the Influenster program and every few months or so I get a box full of goodies to try and review for free.

Really, that should be reason enough to love Influenster.  And it is.  But, I love the fact that the products I get to try are some great products and not just cheap junk you could buy at the dollar store, but good quality items found in top retail stores.

My favorite box that I received, so far, was the TLC VoxBox...which I reviewed here: TLC VoxBox.  That box was my favorite because it included ice cream!  No, there wasn't ice cream in the box, but a coupon for a free full-size sample of Breyers' Gelato.  It was because of this box that I have now become addicted to the Triple Chocolate Gelato.  It doesn't help that I won the brand contest and got 12 more coupons for free ice cream.

Really, I have been able to get lots of great stuff that I normally would never have tried.  This last box: ModaVoxBox(which is my second favorite) introduced me to a Hair Mask called Hair Food by Clairol.  I really love it and how my hair feels afterwards.

I've also gotten to try false eyelashes(that was fun!), dish soap, body wash, nail polish, mascara, chocolates and so much more.

I am so glad that someone introduced me to Influenster, I don't even remember who it was. (Thank you whoever you are!).  If you aren't a member and want to be, let me know.  It's by invitation only, so only let me know if you are serious.  They even have an Influenster App now, so sharing things from your phone just got that much easier.

Really, I can't express how much I enjoy being a part of the Influenster community.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Influenster Moda Voxbox

I love opening up my email and finding an email from Influenster that says I've been selected for one of their wonderful, fun-filled boxes.  Even better is when that box gets delivered and get to see what fun things I get to try!

Whatever could be inside???

So I got out my scissors and opened up this beautiful pink box.  Just look at what was inside!!!

Now, granted, there wasn't any ice cream with this box like the last one.  (In fact, I forgot to share that I was a brand winner in the last box for the Breyer's ice cream.  They sent my 12 coupons for free ice cream along with a $75 gift card to Target!  I've been enjoying their gelato almost every day.  It really is that good!) 

Anyway, back to this box and all it's little goodies.  It's actually got some stuff that I'm looking forward to trying out.  Everything was packed great, even the liquids had either taped lids, or were packed in plastic baggies.  Definitely, a much needed and much welcomed improvement.

The first thing I saw, which seeing as it took up almost half the box was hard to miss, were the Puffs Soft Pack Tissues:

At first I thought it was just a regular box a tissues, which it is, but it's not a box.  Hence it's name: Softpack.  No cardboard box to get all smooshed up.  It's a nice size too, I would say just shy of a full size box.  Might even be a full size.  Either way, these are going to come in hand in this house.  Plus, Puffs is the brand of choice.

The next to stand out was a big bottle of water packed in a plastic baggie:

I've never heard of this brand of water before, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying this out after one of my long walks with the dog.  I'm always thirsty after that and the fact that it is has "natural electrolytes" should help give me back a little bit more energy.  

After that I found a nice size bottle of Jergen's Ultra Healing lotion:

It says it is perfect for hands, but I'm looking forward to trying it on my arms, legs and feet as well.  Jergens usually makes great lotion, so I am sure I won't be disappointed with this one.

Just under that was full size bottle of Clairol's Hair Food:

I have to say I've never heard of this, but since I recently had my hair highlighted it can always use some good moisturizer. It says it's a Moisture Hair Mask.  I've heard of a facial mask but not a hair mask.  So, this will definitely be interesting to try. There was also a coupon included....bonus!

Tucked below that was a single serve packet of Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa:

I LOVE hot chocolate and swiss miss is my favorite "instant" brand.  As you can see by the packet you have to make it with hot milk.  It also came with a coupon.  Now all I have to do is wait for a semi-cool night so I can make it.  Living in Arizona we don't get a lot of those, so I may have to wait for a "not so hot" night instead.

I combined the last items together as they are all from the same company, Rimmel:

First up is the Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves mascara.  I've had a different Scandaleyes from Rimmel before and really loved it, so I'm looking forward to using this one!  Next to that is their Moisture Renew lip liner, which will be fun to play with as I don't usually wear anything on my lips.  Finally, is the Moisture Renew lipstick to go with that liner.  It's a nude color, which for someone who doesn't wear color on their lips was a perfect choice to send me.  I wonder how they knew???

So, there you have it.....all the goodies that were in this ModaVoxBox.  I don't think there is a stinker in the bunch.  Thank you so much Influenster and all the other brands for giving me the opportunity to try out all these great products!

*Disclaimer: I received all these products for free from Influenster to review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own*

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Influenster TLC Vox Box

Has it really been 6 months since I wrote anything on my blog???  I have been slacking!!!  Life has been hectic here, but I think I'm finally starting to get into some sort of routine.....there's still a long way to go, however.

So, what could possibly bring me back???  Why a VoxBox from Influenster, of course.  It has been awhile since I've gotten one, so when I got the email needless to say I was "a little" excited......okay a lot excited.

It's always anybodies guess what you are going to get and so far every box I've gotten has had something in it that I've loved.  So....what's in the box you ask...well let me tell/show you:

Upon opening the box of wonders I found a few things I knew I would like and one in particular that I was looking forward to trying.  I'm going to save that to share for last though.

The first thing I saw, and you all can see as well, was the Neosporin to go and the Puffs plus lotion travel pack.   I'm going to have to go to the park to wipe some noises and fix some scraped knees it seems.  I do like Neosporin, I just usually don't get injured when I'm not home....however at home is a whole other story.  I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of it.   Puffs plus lotion is actually my tissue of choice, so I'm glad to see that one in the box and it will definitely be going in my purse.  I didn't even know that Puffs made a travel size!

Next up was a bar of Ivory soap, Avon Anew wrinkle remover and a Shell rewards card.  Until recently we've always used Ivory soap (they were out when I went to buy more).  I really like the packaging of this one, very nostalgic.  I'm not one that has a skin regimen, so it will be interesting to try the wrinkle reducer from Avon.  I could always use fewer "laugh lines".  As for the Shell rewards card, well who doesn't like to save money, especially when buying gas!   Every little bit helps.

Now for the pièce de résistance. The one that, when I saw this was in the box, I got happy!!!


Yes, that is cream.  Well, really gelato from Breyers, which is basically ice cream for adults.  I have been wanting to try these since seeing the commercials.  There was a coupon for a free sample, but when I got to the store I couldn't make my mind up on which flavor I wanted so I got them both.....hey, it's a 2 for 1 deal.  Now to hide these from the family so I actually get a chance to try them before they disappear!!

So there you have it, the latest box from off to have some of that gelato!

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Influenster to review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own*

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reviewing Kiss Gradation Polishes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new Influenster Rose VoxBox I received full of lots of little goodies....all free for me to tryout and review.  The first goodie I want to review is the Kiss Gradation Polishes kit.  It currently comes in four different colors: Film Noir, Exposure, Big Break, and Freeze Frame......or black, brown, blue and pink.  As you can see I received Film Noir.

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated when I saw it and read the instructions.  I'm the type of person that likes to see how things are done first before I try them.  Fortunately, we had some friends visiting and one of them just so happened was looking for a sparkly nail polish to use for a concert they were attending and she was willing to give it a go, while I of course took pictures.

All the bottles are labeled so it is easy to follow what order the polishes go on.  Step 1 is the lightest color in the bunch as well.  Apply two coats.  So far so good, it goes on pretty well.

Wait for the polish to dry before moving on to step 2......whistle a tune while you wait, if you'd like.

When the polish is dry apply the Step 2 polish, but only to the top 1/3 or so of your nail.

My friend did both hands at once on this step.  You are not supposed to let this layer dry.

Apply step 3 polish, which actually contains the glitter, BEFORE step 2 dries.  This is important so that you can get the gradation effect.

Then here is the finished product, I don't think it turned out too bad and my friend was pretty happy with the results.

One word of warning though, by the time you get step 3 applied it takes quite a while for the polish to dry, so make sure you have the time to let it sit or you will mess up your nails.  That was the only complaint my friend had.

Also, I would recommend doing one hand at a time on step 2 to get a better gradation look.

Overall I would give this product 4 stars out of 5.  Now that I've seen it done, I know it's not hard to do. The packaging was a little misleading because I wasn't sure at first if nails were included in the set.  I'm sure this can be done on fake nails as well though.  I also think they have some pretty colors.  All-in-all I would recommend this product, as I do like the effect it gives.

Thank you Influenster and Kiss for giving me the opportunity to try out this product, it's definitely a keeper!

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Influenster to review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own*

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Influenster Rose VoxBox

It seems like forever since I've gotten to review anything, but then life has been very hectic for the past 6 it's probably a good thing.

I was fortunate to qualify for Influenster's Rose VoxBox and was looking forward to seeing what was in it that I'll be able to try and review.  Even better was when the box showed up on my doorstep on the day of my birthday.  That was a nice surprise!

With great anticipation I opened my box to see what Influenster had gotten me for my birthday and was pleased to see a nice assortment of things.

Inside the box, waiting for me to try were Dr.Scholl's Cozy Cushion insoles(those should be nice this winter),  Kiss Gradation polishes(for purdy nails), belVita blueberry breakfast bar(yummy, I've been wanting to try these!), Rimmel retro glam mascara(I am almost out, so perfect timing), Vitabath hydrating lotion(it says it's dreamy pink frosting and smells good), and finally a sample of Lindt  Lindor milk chocolate truffle(happy birthday to me!).

So as you can see I've got quite a few things to try......the nails scare me the most as I've never done fake nails unless I've gone to a salon, so that should be interesting!

Keep an eye out for my reviews, as I will be doing those this long as life allows me!

Thanks again to Influenster and all the companies that sent me these products complimentary for testing purposes.  I don't mind being a guinea pig with these ones!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I really need something to review!!

I really need something to review so that I can escape if only for a moment.  I need an Influenster VoxBox, a Swaggable product....something....anything!!!!!  I haven't even been sending off for the freebies like I used to.  I need something to get out of this funk.  Some days I think I'm okay and going to make and others it feels like I am just hanging on.

I don't know how she does it.  She, being my friend with the Alzheimer's parent.  I've only been doing it for a few months, she's been doing it for years......YEARS!!!!  She may not realize how strong she is, but I am in AWE of how she handles it and with only her daughters, really, as her support system.

So thank you my friend, you make me smile and help me to be a better caregiver.  My only hope is that I can be a help to you as you have been to me.  I hope that someday we can meet so I can tell you in person!