Saturday, January 31, 2015

Smiley360 and FrostyVoxBox reviews

Hey peeps!!


So I left you with many many exciting things in my last Tuesday Times edition but today we are going to focus on some products I've been testing out.  I promise we'll get to the other exciting things soon because there is still so much more to share with you but I've got a deadline of tomorrow looming over me for these product reviews!! We're gonna hit 'em hard and fast today so fasten your seat belts and let's get to know some new products.  (Not to mention I'm superdeeduper hyped up on homemade Caramel Frappucino's)  Oh and there's a LOT of products so maybe you should go grab a beverage of your choice.



First up we're going to cover 3 products that I've been testing out for Smiley 360.  Remember I've received all these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion.   Also if you are interested in joining let me know and I'll see what I can do about hooking you up with an invitation to these programs.  I have a lot of fun and have found some great products!


The first is Accuflora ProBiotic Supplements.   Now I've certainly heard about probiotics and all but I've never really felt like it was something I needed to add to my plethora of vitamins/supplements.  

This is from the material I received along with the samples

Why may probiotics be helpful for you?
Rich meals, dairy products, preservatives, stress, and age can all affect your body’s digestion. As a result you may experience stomach upset, bloating and changes in regularity. accuflora™ can help support your digestive health and help regulate your body’s internal balance.*  (*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)

So for 14 days I tried to remember to take these twice a day to see if I noticed a significant change.  On the days that I did remember to take them as directed I did notice being less bloated and having less reflux which I've had a ton of lately for some strange reason!  (sorry-this post is gonna have some TMI moments for sure) I also noticed when I was picking up some prescriptions that this probiotic seemed to be priced a bit better than the others and considering this one has 5 different beneficial probiotic strains as opposed to others only having one I think it will be my choice.  Come to think of it, I think maybe I'll add these to my grocery list and see if I can tame that reflux a bit more.  And yeah, who couldn't use a little less bloat in their life! 

Next up is  Orajel Single Dose for Cold Sores.  


Now if you are like me and are sometimes plagued by cold sores then you are already familiar with the Orajel line.   This is a new concept on cold sore treatment and while I didn't get a full blown cold sore during my sample period I did get the inkling that one might be coming.  You know, that kind of itchy, kind of tingly feeling you wake up with?  I remembered I received this product to test so I was off to do just that.  First up you clean your lip area, then you break open the vial.  Using the padded top you hold the medicine on the sore for about thirty seconds then you rub it in and discard the tube. After an hour you can use the moisturizer from the included tube.  First of all, it did work.  After I numbed the area the tingly sensation was gone and I had no cold sore break out.  I actually forgot to use the moisturizer later.   Cons to this product:  there are only 2 vials included in the package.  At a price of almost $20 per package, I think there are just as effective products on the market for a LOT less money.  

Ok, time for the last Smiley360 product on the list and this one is gonna stretch us into TMI territory big time! Bear with me though because it is in fact a great product!


Ok, I'll give it to you that this isn't something you really want to discuss on social media but I committed to testing this product and speaking about it so hang with me as we venture deep into the too much information territory.    Now I'm about 1 ¼ years post hysterectomy and not long after my surgery my sweet NurseNancy friend suggested that I try this product after I was cleared from my doctor.  (that was about 8 weeks in case you were wondering)   I had noticed that I didn't feel very "fresh" after my surgery and since NurseNancy's specialty was gyn I asked her.  She suggested I try this and I LOVED it!  It really did the trick and all was good.  Fast forward about a year and this Smiley360 popped up and I thought "hmm, I wonder if they've made a change to an already good product" and so I applied and was selected.   I'm just copying our promo information here for you since I can't really say it any better.

Think you’re alone in suffering from feminine odor and discomfort? Far from it! Feminine odor can occur after intimacy, after douching, after your period and even by using body soaps…it’s no wonder so many women suffer! 
So what’s a girl to do then? Try RepHresh® Vaginal Gel—an over-the-counter vaginal gel that helps maintain healthy vaginal pH when used once every 3 days. Studies show that vaginal issues often occur when vaginal pH is unbalanced, but by maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can help reduce your risk of vaginal issues!
If you’re tired of discomfort and odor then STOP buying products that only deal with the symptoms. Instead, try RepHresh® Vaginal Gel…clinically shown to eliminate the CAUSE—unbalanced feminine pH. 
Caution:
• RepHresh is not intended to prevent or treat vaginal infections
• If you suspect you have an infection, see your doctor immediately
I still use this product occasionally and ahem...especially after intimacy.  Gah, I'm so sorry I told you we were venturing deep in the TMI territory.   I've noticed this to be a problem especially after my surgery so I'm willing to bet some of you have had the same issues and well you weren't just gonna blurt it out on social media or you don't have anyone to question.  So there you go, I did it for you.  Feel free to private message me with any questions, I'm happy to impart my non-medical professional knowledge and experience with you.  Oh and in case you wondered the applicator works much like a tampon which is why you should wait to be cleared from your physician if using after a surgery.


MOOOOOVING right along!
(I warned you this was a long post!)

So let's get started on the Influenster products I received in my #FrostyVoxBox
(no worries, no TMI in this section!)



So there is nothing like getting one of these awesome boxes in the mail...just saying'.
Once again, if you'd be interested in being an Influenster let know and I'll get you an invite!



See what I mean?  All this stuff!!



Another look at all the goodies in the box!  Most all the products that come from Influenster are full size products so that's a big bonus!



First up: Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
This was some of the product information available:

  • No oily residue
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically tested

I did find that this did not bother my contacts nor irritate my overly sensitive skin so that's a big plus.  However it didn't really seem to work on my favorite Benefit mascara.  I don't wear that mascara everyday so in the end I would say this is a good product and if you have uber sensitive skin it's worth a try. It was in fact very gentle and not oily just not super duty.




#LoveMyEcoHairBrush

I received the Sleek + Shine Finisher.  First of all let me say that I don't usually "brush" my hair.  I use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet then I use a paddle brush to dry my hair. This brush isn't really used for either of those purposes so I tested it by brushing my hair at night, which sadly is not something I normally do.   I did notice it didn't cause my hair to have static or frizz and it did feel really nice on my scalp.  I participated in the #FrostyVoxBox twitter party and apparently some folks received a different version that was especially useful for drying your hair and I wished I had received that brush.  So if you need this type of brush then it gets a big thumbs up and I may pickup the one for blow drying on my next Tar-jay excursion.



#FruitVines

Ok so I saved these for a little road trip I took and I love me some Cherry Fruit Vines so these bites were a huge hit for me!! Like really yummy and chewy and fun to occupy me on a road trip.
I'll definitely be buying these again! These new bites have a lot more flavor than the regular vines and that's a good thing! 



#McCormickGourmet

Ok, first of all I thought it was a little peculiar that I got a jar of spices in my VoxBox. But hey, have you priced spices lately?? Seriously who cares how you get them if you get them free??!!   Thyme is a spice that I use quite often and McCormick is a long time trusted brand. Not much more to say except it's a great product that's been around for a long time for good reasons.





#CelestialTea

Here is another great "old" product.  I've been drinking Celestial Seasonings tea for years and I drink a LOT of tea.  It's always good tea.  This particular flavor isn't my favorite because it's a tad "sweet" for me but it is a nice holiday favorite.  We should all drink more tea and since this one was decaf you could sip at night while watching those corny Christmas movies.  Oh wait, maybe that's just me!




#Rimmel
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Ok so this was a bummer for me.  First strike, it was WAY too dark for my complexion and I'm not all into that smokey eye thing.  Second, I did not find that this was waterproof at all. I mean seriously it didn't take long before it was all under my eyes making me look all Rocky Raccoon'ish.


see what I mean, too dark for my eyes/complexion.
(also note I DETEST selfies...I mean like really really detest them-but sometimes to get free products you gotta bite the bullet and take them)
Also my hair was wet and this is about as much makeup as you'll find on me on a daily basis.
Little bit of tinted moisturizer, little eye liner, mascara and a smidgen of blush.  Actually I don't even usually wear the blush but I must have been a tad washed out looking.   I gave this one to Merebear and I haven't received a report back on her feelings on this one yet.






#SugarPlum

Here's another thing, I'm not a lipstick kinda girl much to my mama's dismay as she has really spent the better part of my life telling me I needed a little lipstick and I'm not arguing I probably do but I just don't want to.  Anyway, I obligingly tried this one and it's pretty good.  I mean it's more of a colored light gloss but not too glossy gloss.   It was soft and it was a nice shade but it didn't last all day but hey, if you like some color on your face or you'd just like your mama to leave you alone about the lipstick then this is a good one. AND it's pretty inexpensive so you don't break the bank!


and finally the last product!


#GetAdvanced

Ok this was the Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
I received the small sample size packet you see in the top of the photo.  It was really only enough for 2 light applications which I don't deem enough to truly test a product.  For me that's not even enough of a sample to see how my finicky skin is going to react.  All I can say is that it did seem to make my skin feel super soft and I did like that.  I would be interested in trying this product in the future as a lot of the folks on the #FrostyVoxBox twitter party really seemed to like it and swore that it did reduce their wrinkles and fine lines.  




WOW so there you have it. The plethora of products I've been testing and trying out.  I told you it was gonna be a long post!    Like I said, all products were sent to me free of charge and all I'm ever asked to do is give my honest opinion and share on social media in various formats.  It's a pretty sweet deal and I'm always happy to share with you guys how to be a part of the fun.  I'm currently doing an Inkjoy pen trial and about to start a SleepNumber IQ bed trial (no I'm not getting a free mattress but that'd be sweet!!) so there's still more to come on the product testing front. 

I also have so much to tell you about birthday, bread and the stock show so stay tuned peeps!!!

Peace, Love & Freebies!

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