influenster, make up, mascara, voxbox, YSL

mascara, mascara, make my eyes big

Hi, I’m Tiffany. I’m 31 and I just learned to love mascara. Crazy right? But mascara has never been my thing, especially because I wear contacts. I’ve tried a bunch throughout the years, from Maybelline to Christian Dior and have just never been impressed. So when I got the very coveted Influenster voxbox for Yves St Laurent and their new mascara, YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils I was excited but nervous. I figured I would try it and just give it my friend Alex who loves wearing mascara.

Apparently I can sometimes be wrong. Who knew?

So I first had Alex put the mascara on me. 
Even though she is phenomenal at makeup I was still scared.
Then I saw the results. 
The real test of course was, could I do this by myself and still enjoy the results?
And the answer is….
Yes! My right eye has none and my left eye has the YSL and it looks so much better!!
So I wear pretty minimal makeup but I have to say, I am actually adding this mascara into my routine. I don’t mean adding any mascara but I actually plan on purchasing more of this when I run out. 
So why do I like it?
1. It does a really great job not smudging when I rub my eyes. Allergies + contacts means I will rub my eyes during the day. It may smudge a little after a while but is so easy to get off that I don’t care. 
2.I love how easy it is to put on. The wand is long and the brush too so I don’t get it all over my eyelid or have to spend forever putting it on.
3. I can’t believe how much my it makes my eyes pop. I love how much more brown and big my eyes looks.
4. It’s a great brand and I feel good using it and trust it. 
Remember I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own though and if a product they send sucks, I will absolutely tell you. 
What do you think of my new mascara? 

Monday Must Have’s- The Influenster Edition

So, it’s not secret I LOVE being an Influenster.  I love blogging about the amazing new things they send me and I get great things to review. Winter in Chicago is a bit dreary and while this year has been milder than most, it still has really snowy and cold days. So when I found out I was receiving the FrostyVoxBox I couldn’t wait for it to come. 

As you can see here, I was pretty excited to open it. 

McCormicks Gourmet All Natural Thyme

I have been cooking more so seeing the McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme was really exciting. McCormick is a great brand for spices and really recognizable. I know and love their products but had never ventured into cooking with Thyme.  I tried this recipe for Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon from McCormicks and was really happen with the outcome. I love salmon and have been looking for a new recipe to ad a little variety. This was EASY to make, flavorful, and looked impressive to serve. I don’t think I will use thyme all the time (oh that was awful lol) BUT I think it will be good to have on hand for interesting recipes like this.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Serum

So, I wasn’t sure what this really was and I don’t think it’s necessarily the product for me. It felt great on my fave and my skin definitely feels really moisturized but I don’t need have any fine lines. I liked the way this felt but I can’t really test the product because I am lucky to have great skin. Being half Italian and half Spanish, I have great skin and not even the start of lines. I think this would be a great product for anyone who is worried about lines, aging, or has sensitive skin. 
Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner and Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

Maybe it’s silly but I love the Rimmel commercials with Kate Moss. I don’t know a lot about this brand but it’s british and so seems exoctic. I’ve used their stuff before and loved it so this was a great. Plus I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I do love eyeliner, the darker the better. What I don’t love is forgetting to take it off before bed so I wake up with racoon eyes. Getting the makeup remover was a huge bonus. The real question is though, how are the products? As you can see picture 1 is my eyes sans eyeliner and 2 is with it. Black, easy to put on, and does the job. To get it off I tried their eye remover and am happy to report it got the job done. These are two good products I would definitely use as everyday make up products. I would probably upgrade 
Red Vines Fruit Vines

I always like licorice and having smaller bites that can be portioned out is a nice benefit. I like what I tried but after I put them down for a second, I didn’t get to have more because someone ate them all. So that’s a pretty thrilling endorsement right there. JoeyWaffles liked them but they’re not something I would generally buy. I am not a fan of much processed food but if I was on my cheat day or wanted a movie snack, I might pick these up. The first ingredient is corn syrup, followed by sugar and then wheat flour, so they are definitely NOT paleo. If you like licorice, then you’ll definitely love these.
EcoTools Smooth Style Brush

So I received this brush and immediately fell in love. No joke, it is now a staple in my purse and I need to buy one for my gym bag and one for home. I am not even kidding, the price is right for such an amazing product. So why do I love it so much? First, it is an amazing de-tangler. My hair has a natural wave and if I wear it natural for a few days, it means no brushing. After a shower, I started using this and there was an immediate difference. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it exceeded all expectations. Drying my hair actually is faster which is something I thought was just a claim. Turns out it’s totally true. So now if I work out before work, I can do a quick blow dry and look like I spent an hour. See below of you don’t believe me. But the VERY best part has to be the amazing head massage I get every time I comb. I told my bf and then showed him by combing his hair and now he thinks it’s a treat. Guess I should only share this secret with people who don’t live with me lol

Celestian Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea
As you can see, I got to drink and enjoy some delicious tea. I love the packaging from Celestial, it makes them stand out and gives me sucha  cozy and warm feeling. There’s always such a story and it just gives drinking tea a certain je nes se quois. I love the taste and I LOVE the fact they tell you how long to steep. I definitely have no idea what I’m doing with tea, so this was awesome. 
So really, thank you Influenster for giving me such awesome things to share!!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

body, cardio, contest, health, healthy, influenster, la fitness, product review, voxbox, working out, yoga

North Shore Sports Bra?

So two days ago I went to the gym after work to get my sweat on. Sexy, right? But hey, the more you sweat the more you…are sweaty. It’s not attractive or enjoyable but it does mean you’re doing something right. So nothing was new about the workout, same gym, same shoes, same-oh, wait…I had NEW AMAZING WORKOUT CLOTHES!

Thanks to Influenster, I received my second #VoxBox and I’ve been so excited ever since they sent me the email saying I qualified for the #VSSportsBra voxbox. In fact here’s me opening up the best mail I’ve received all year (bills are no fun and while i love birthday cards, they’re not from Victoria’s Secret usually lol)

So, long time Victoris’s secret buyer and customer, first time Incredible sports bra wearer. Trying on the new sports bra, let me give you one very helpful hint: unclasp it. Otherwise you will feel silly trying to get it on over your boobs. Once undone, it went on like a dream and held the ladies in. It fit tight and there was no breast jiggles, no movin or shakin. I might not have as big of breasts as I used to but they’re nothing to sneeze about and my 36dd’s were feeling right at home (even though we were at the gym). I put on the knockout long pants, a first for me since I usually work out in shorts or capris but with Chiberia 2.0 lurking around the corner, I am very grateful to have some long workout pants. I also work out in the VS Boyfriend Sports bra which is mint and adorable and great for yoga.

I can’t make any scientific claims as to the how or why of these knockout pants but let me tell you, as evidenced by the pictures above, my butt looks amazing. You have to factor in I have a large and already nice butt but still, these pants held me in and made me look great and feel amazing. There’s nothing like feeling hot when you’re at the gym trying to get hotter and then sweating your butt off. I also have the capri version which are just as great for my booty.

Time to get real for a second and talk about something that might be gross but happens to every active lady. Boob sweat. It’s real and it happens to us everyday. After 45 minutes of intense cardio, I was expecting the usual puddle underneath and in the middle of my bra/bust/whatever you want to call it and to my surprise, there was none. Picture me with my Home Alone face, hands on cheeks, mouth open. No boob sweat? No booty sweat? Even with an incline of 10? I was SOOOO happy and so was my car since when I leave the gym, I don’t change clothes.

My friends were extremely happy to get the 25% off coupons I received and my co-workers too. The prices are reasonable but who doesn’t love a deal? I plan to get another pair of pants and another bra because honestly, I look great, feel good, don’t have boob sweat and I love feeling sexy when I need to get my butt in the gym when I really want to go home and watch my DVR’ed Teen Mom 2…don’t judge me…

So good bye to any ancient nautical sports bras or bras that weren’t on point, good bye boob sweat and hello dry breasts. #sportsbrabreakup

(this is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest)