November PrettyFit Pack

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It’s here! My November PrettyFit pack arrived in the mail last Wednesday, much to my excitement. This month’s pack arrived a week and a half late due to miscommunication with the vendor, but PrettyFit made up for it by throwing in a bonus gift. I was completely thrilled with everything in this month’s pack:

1) NLA for Her Protein Powder Chocolate Éclair 2lb – I haven’t tried this protein powder YET, but I’m really excited to have my first chocolate flavor protein powder. I really hope this doesn’t disappoint! I foresee plenty of protein muffins, mug cakes, and protein oat pancakes in the future with this 2lb puppy.

2) Kay’s Naturals Protein Cereal Apple Cinnamon – This cereal is jam packed with 20 grams of protein per serving, however it’s lacking in the flavor department. I was expecting Apple Jacks to be honest, silly me. However, this cereal keeps you full for a loooong time, which is saying a lot for a cereal.

3) FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix Apple Cinnamon – I completely and utterly FAILED at making these this morning. I lack patience, so I set the stove burner on high, burning the pancakes and smoking out my house. I still ate them though and they weren’t bad! I learned my lesson, low heat, patience, and they will cook all the way through and NOT burn.

4) Quest Protein Bar Apple Pie (not pictured, OOoops, I ate it!) – I’m a huge Questie at heart, but my pocket book prevents me from buying too many Quest Bars. When I get an order of Quest Bars in, I literally have to ration and write out a schedule for when I can eat them. They’re so damn good! Something about this month’s Apple Pie Quest Bar had me weak at the knees. It was so soft without microwaving! The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars I have in my pantry are hard as a rock.

5) Chike Protein Espresso Drink (2 packets) – This drink mix is absolutely delicious and kept me caffeinated for a long time. The taste is great, I don’t taste any protein, or whey after taste. Just add crushed ice in a magic bullet, almond milk, and voila! You have yourself a tasty mocha Frappuccino.

6) Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies Pumpkin Spice (2 cookies) – These… are… to … DIEFOR! Soooooo good I was not expecting that. I thought these cookies would be chalky and dry and taste like protein, but they were moist and tasted just like Pumpkin Spice. I will definitely be stocking up on a case of this flavor before the holiday season has ended.

7) BONUS GIFT: Chike Powdered Peanut Butter – PrettyFit blessed us with a bonus gift for sending November packs just a tad bit late. I appreciate this kind of service, going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. Very impressed with this move and I will be a happy customer for many more months to come!

If you haven’t yet, you need to sign up soon! Get $10 off your first pack! Monthly packs typically cost $45, so that’s saving a ton of money. Not to mention, each pack is curated to hold an approximate value of $100. If you do a YouTube review, you could earn another $10 off a future pack and possible win a free one. I did a YouTube review in one take when I received my November pack, so that’s $10 off the next one.

Check out December’s PrettyFit pack below. Sign up before it’s too late! Best part is, you can skip a month if you decide you don’t like what’s in that pack. I will be skipping December so I can buy more Christmas presents for people. They are very flexible.

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~Jess

Influenster Gifts!

I received my Influenster prizes this week!

The first to come in the mail on Monday was my $500 gift card to Victoria’s Secret.

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I’ve already made a large order taking advantage of the online Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals. I bought 2 Runway Sports Bras, a pair of workout leggings, 3 pairs of lace cheeky underwear, and 5 seamless thongs for working out. I can’t workout with a panty line, it drives me CRAZY! I’m going to wait until the Victorias Secret Semi Annual Sale for my next purchase.

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Today I found another Influenster package on my doorstep with my new PUR pitcher, I can’t wait to try it! I’m excited to fill up my half gallon jug with fresh water that doesn’t taste like chlorine. Derek is really excited about this one too 🙂

PUR2I’m thankful Influenster continues to choose me for their VoxBox challenges! Keep ’em coming guys! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend, I sure did with time spent with family and a break from work and school. Right back at it tomorrow, one week of school left and I’m a free woman until next year!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes

#ModaVox Box from Influenster

My ModaVoxBox from Influenster arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon! I was getting worried it was lost in the mailing system, but alas, it was not!

I was really excited for this box since it was curated with beauty fanatics in mind. “Moda” means “fashion” or “fashionable.” Lately I’ve been OBSESSED with beauty products and experimenting with make up. I had no idea what would be in this box until I opened it.

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The box was really heavy when I brought it into the house, so I opened it immediately! I wanted to see what goodies I got before I left the house for Halloween. I was doing my make up as a vampire for this Halloween so I was hoping there might be something in there I could use for my costume.

I opened the box and I received the following:

1) Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves MascaraRV $5.99

2) Rimmel London Moisture Renew LipstickRV $7.49

3) Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip LinerRV $6.49

4) Puffs SoftPackRV $2.49

5) Hair Food Moisture Hair MaskRV $14.99

6) Swiss Miss Simply CocoaRV $2.29

7) Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin MoisturizerRV $6.99

8) Resource Sprintg WaterRV $1.49

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I thought it was an interesting hodgepodge mix. I guess I was expecting something more like a beauty subscription box. The Resource Spring Water, Puffs, and Simply Swiss Miss threw me off a little bit. Turns out the Resource was VERY handy the next day (Saturday) in aiding the cure of my massive hangover! This water was packed with electrolytes which ultimately saved me! My husband Derek didn’t have any so he was much worse off than I. Definitely useful! I ended up very happy to have it!

Derek has a cold and/or allergies right now so I’m sure the Puffs will be gone by the end of the week. He said they feel just like Kleenex, but he wouldn’t spend extra money on them. We’re both pretty stickler when it comes to spending extra money on paper products we don’t necessarily need. We don’t even own paper towels or napkins! He’ll usually through a roll of toilet paper just on his nose in a week. It’s really nice to have Kleenex for him though, he’ll use the entire pack!

I haven’t tried the Swiss Miss yet, but I’ve been dying to all weekend. I will probably drink it tonight after dinner, it sounds really delicious! Perhaps I’ll pick up mini marshmallows and whip cream at Costco today, make it a decadent treat tonight!

I really liked the Rimmel London products I received! I would never think to buy them in the store. I typically don’t wear lipstick, but if I do it’s usually a neutral color. I received a bright pink color! It’s really fun but not practical for me. The mascara was really nice to receive too, although I didn’t really enjoy how ‘curvy’ the wand was. I wasn’t sure how to use it, and I didn’t really see a difference it might have made. The lip liner was cool! I don’t typically use lip liner, so I really enjoyed that this was a translucent/clear lip liner. I really hate the look of bold lip liners, so this was a great pick!

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I’m the most excited to try out the Hair Food Mask I received! Retail Value of $14.99! It’s sitting in my shower waiting for me to use it today. It smells phenomenal and is made of honey and apricot oil. This product will be great for rehydrating your hair during the Winter, I don’t think this could have been chosen as a VoxBox item at a better time! This is also a NEW brand altogether, I feel privileged to be one of the first to try it complimentary. You can find this item on the shelves at Target.

Lastly, the mini travel and purse size Jergens for dry skin. I have never really been a fan of Jergens, I prefer the Organix brand for lotion. However, this is a great item for Winter and for keeping in your purse. I will be bringing this to my work place to keep at the desk. We’ll see what my co-workers have to say and see how miraculously moisturized my hands stay this Winter!

Altogether my ModaVoxBox had approximately $50 worth of products, so I’m a very happy and thankful girl! Thank you so much Influenster for another great VoxBox! I appreciate the continuous review opportunities and hope you continue choosing me for future VoxBoxes!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes

PrettyFit!

My first PrettyFit pack arrived in the mail yesterday! So excited! I received a lot of awesome goodies that I’m excited to try out. ImPrettyFit is a monthly subscription pack that includes supplements, health snacks, and other fitness gear based on your healthy life style. This month I chose the Bikini Pack and this is what I received:

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Everything in this month’s pack totaled to be worth over $100! My favorite items so far are:

  • Shred Her by NLA – All natural fat burners, 60 capsules included! This bottle alone is worth $39.99. Clean energy, no jitters, and full of great ingredients that don’t damage your metabolism. So far I like it, but it’s only been one day!
  • MateFit 7 Day Mini TeaTox – So far this product is awesome, I not only love the taste, but I love how it instantly ‘de-bloats’ you. Conveniently Aunt Flo is visiting this week but this tea is keeping me tight, lean, and ‘deflated’.

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Each pack comes with a ‘mini mag’ that breaks down the ingredients of each product, explains what each product does, and gives the retail value and WHY they chose each product. They even included a Glute and Ab workout that I want to try this week! I’ll share it with you in another post later this week, so stay tuned!

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This specially designed kit contains 2 different types of 100% natural teas to help you look and feel great by both boosting your metabolism and helping you detox.

I haven’t tried everything in my pack yet since I just got it yesterday, but I’m excited to try the Optimum Nutrition Green Apple Amino Acids. I’m a huge fan of the Optimum Nutrition Amino Acids, I currently have the Watermelon flavor in my cabinet that I like to take before my workouts. I love the surge of energy I feel with these aminos, the best part is being able to use as much or as little as you want based on how strenuous your workout will be. I bet Green Apple will be bomb 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates! I’m extremely happy with my switch from Sample Society and Ipsy to a more fitness focused monthly subscription. Sure it might be more expensive, but I will benefit the most from this type of subscription. Plus I can let you guys know how I like what I get and can recommend more ‘fitness and health’ supplements and products in the future, sorry for throwing you a curveball with beauty reviews! Although I won’t completely nix those!

Each purchase you make with PrettyFit will donate to Vitamin Angels; a non-profit organization that provides essential vitamins and minerals to expectant mothers and children in need.

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I hope you all have a great night, check back in later this week for updates on the rest of my treats from PrettyFit! I can’t wait to see what they have in store next month….

~Jess

#Stackerz for Keyda from Pedigree and Influenster!

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Keyda got her new Stackerz treats from Pedigree and Influenster in the mail today! Needless to say she went CRAY-ZEEEE! She is a fiend for treats! Although she may appear calm in the photo above, she was really focused on the treat I was holding above my head as I was trying to capture this moment. She went through plenty of obstacles of tricks to get her treats!

She followed me around the house constantly for the next few hours until she finally curled up next to me in a Stackerz coma. I better hide them so she doesn’t get any ideas! I’ll have to post a video of her balancing a treat on her nose once she gets better at it and calms down when I open the bag!

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I highly recommend these treats and so does Keyda! The flavors we received are filet mignon and bacon! I would compare them to Trident Layers…. but jerky… for dogs 🙂 Once again, thank you so much Influenster for the complimentary product, and for continuing to choose me for VoxBoxes and challenges. Keyda and I both appreciate your kindness! XOXO

~Jess

 

Buys of September

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday Derek and I celebrated the end of his LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) that he has been studying for all Summer. He MIGHT have to retake it, but it’s not uncommon for people to have to retake it a second or third time. He said it was extremely difficult and very nerve wrecking, even I was feeling butterflies for him all day yesterday! I had to keep myself busy. I cleaned the house, I worked out, I took the dog for a walk, and I stood in my kitchen with my phone in my hand at 1:48pm waiting for his call. He called about 1:50pm and I immediately picked up before a second ring! He’s not sure how he did, but he did the best he could. I know he couldn’t have done anything more to prepare, he truly did his best. If he does have to retake it, at least he knows what to expect and where to improve. I’m extremely proud of him!

Anyways, I wanted to try something new with my blog. I wanted to share a few of my favorite buys of the month! I’ve become pretty sauvy with eBay, selling unwanted items, flipping items, and scoring deals! Here are a few of my favorite purchases:

naked2collageNaked 2 Palette – I’m absolutely in love with this eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. This is definitely my favorite Naked palette out of the 3 they have to choose from. I also own the Naked 3, which is a lot more ‘pink’ based in their eyeshadows. I love the deeper taupe colors in the Naked 2, I feel like they compliment my skin tone much better. I honestly love both of them, but this would have to be my favorite. I scored this beauty on eBay for $30! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

naked3collageNaked 3 Palette – The Naked 3 eyeshadow palette is much ‘pinker’ in color like I mentioned above. Take a look, you can definitely notice! When I first received this palette I got a little too excited with experimenting right before work, and I ended up looking like a beat up street hooker! AHHHH! Definitely played with the pinks and purples a little too much. I would definitely recommend playing with the colors to make sure they match your skin tone. My skin tone is a medium-tan, so the Naked 2 palette compliments me much better. I love them both though, practice makes perfect when you’re learning what works for you. I only paid $15 for this on eBay! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

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 Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – I love the colors of this eyeshadow palette and how they separate the eyeshadows by look and style. It also comes with a pamphlet to teach you how to apply them. I have probably used this palette the most. It’s so easy to apply and I really love the pigment. I received a Crown Eyedshadow Brush from my September Ipsy glam bag, so I’m using it for this palette. I purchased this item on eBay for $20. This eyeshadow palette would originally cost $36 at Sephora.

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Brooks PureConnect 3 – I was in DESPERATE need of a new pair of running shoes! I spent all weekend a few weeks ago searching for the Brooks PureFlow 3’s. I went to Downtown Bellevue and asked every store and NO ONE had them! I even called a few places and no one carried them. I wanted to try them on before buying them. I went home and did more research online, it a lot of avid runners said they disliked the 3’s and preferred the 2’s, so I thought I would try ordering the PureFlow 2’s online from a place that accepts returns so I could return them if I didn’t like the fit. NO WHERE ONLINE CARRIED THE PUREFLOW 2’s IN MY SIZE! So after another hour of research, I started leaning towards the PureConnect 3’s. I bought them straight off the Brooks site for $100 (sorry no deal, but I’m willing to pay extra for my feet!) and they accept returns no questions asked up to 30 days after purchase. I tried breaking them in on Thursday and running in them on the treadmill was fine! Walking uphill on the treadmill was excruciating though. They have a much higher arch than my previous shoes, Kinvara 3. I also had to tie them at the top lace hole to keep my heels from slipping out. I will definitely need to give them another shot on the pavement outdoors.

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Bench Detention Jacket – I sold my Ravish Sands competition bikini online for $100 and scored 2 Bench jackets in return! This is one of them I purchased for the cold Winter months ahead! It’s so freakin’ warm inside, I love it! I scored this puppy on eBay for $59, this jacket would originally be $120 or more. I also bought this jacket brand new with tags still attached. Pretty stoked about my purchase, I’m getting the hang of eBay!

Well that’s a wrap! I would highly recommend eBay for early Christmas shopping, the steals are endless! Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Ipsy – September Glam Bag

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $10 a month

Products:

1. September Ipsy Bag – I absolutely love this bag! It’s super cute, and a great size, bigger than previous months. I will definitely be using this for travel to and from work, school, or out of town. Fits everything I need! Can’t wait to see what October’s bag will look like!

2. Cailyn Tinted Lip Gloss / Love Affair – Full Size!– I love this color! Definitely perfect timing for the cold winter months ahead and the holidays. My only complaint is how much it dries out my lips. If you use vaseline as a base, it won’t dry out!

3. Crown Brush / Infinity Shadow & Crease – When I saw that I would be getting this eyeshadow brush in my September Bag, I got really excited! I just recently bought the Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes Palette by Too Faced so this tool is perfect! I’ve been using  it for a week now and so far I love the softness of the bristles and how much pigment it will hold.

4. LeeAnni Ego 3 in 1 – Sample – I haven’t tried this sample yet, but I really love the idea of having a toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one. This product is vegan and all natural! Can’t wait to try it out. Has anyone else tried it?

5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Conditioning Mask – Sample – I have really fine oily hair, so I probably won’t use this. I read up on this product though and it sounds amazing for anyone looking for a natural hair mask without parabens, silicones, and phthalates. The 4 main natural ingredients are avocado, almond oil, rosehip oil, and aloe. Sounds like it would be a treat for dry, damaged, parched hair! Not to mention, super hydrating for you scalp with the Winter months ahead.

6. Pacifica Red Red Wine Nail Polish – Full Size! – Another all natural vegan cruelty free product! This color is amazing for Fall and Winter, I love the deep burgundy red. The cool thing about this polish is that it will change shades in the light! The polish can reflect a more transparent blood orange-like color or a deep burgundy wine. I love it! I’m still a loyal fan of Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel but this polish is a nice change.

Pros: I loved this months bag. The only bag I had to compare it to was my June Glam Bag I received in July with all the left over stock products thrown together. I felt like these products were more personalized and higher end, and that I would be using them more frequently.

Cons: During my Ipsy test I said I had fine oily hair, so I don’t know why they sent me a conditioning mask for dry damaged hair. Although I’m sure it’s an awesome product, I probably won’t be using it. Who knows! I might though if Winter magically strips my hair of all it’s natural oils! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review. What did everyone else get in their September Glam Bag?!

Enjoy!

~Jess