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

It’s Only Been 1 1/2 Weeks?!

By golly, my stats are suffering! I haven’t written in what seems like a millennium, but I’m pretty sure its been a week and a half. I’ve been busy wrapping up the quarter with my essays getting more difficult, more chapters of reading assigned weekly, and math making less and less sense to me. 2 more weeks! Holy crap!

Registration for Winter Quarter classes opened this morning. I thought I would have the pick of the crop, but I was surprised that damn near every English 201 online class was FULL! I settled for an online English 201 Research Paper class by a professor who was rated a B- on RateMyProfessors.com. In all fairness, he scored higher than my current English 101 teacher who has a C+. So far I have a 95% in my current English 101 class, so I’m not completely distraught.

I also registered for Biology 108 – Human Biology. Another online class that fulfills my lab requirement. Biology 108 is worth 6 credits. I was going to take Biology 100, but the only online teacher available received such terrible scores on RateMyProfessors.com that I couldn’t bring myself to register for it.

I will also be taking Math098 on campus Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:40pm. Looks like I will be keeping the same schedule for Winter Quarter! So psyched to keep my same routine, it’s actually not so bad.

I’ve been keeping busy hitting my fitness and health goals. I feel like some weeks this quarter I completely let myself go and only reached 3 weekly workouts. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of school and training. I’ve been making it a goal to physically GO to the gym at least twice a week, and the other 2-3 days I can choose the gym or do HIIT Zuzka videos at home.

Last week I made it to the gym twice, did a killer leg session on Tuesday and an upper body, ab, and cardio workout on Thursday. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did Zuzka videos at home. Holy crap her new content is KILLER! You’ll never believe it, I actually spoke with her via email directly last week!

Her original website was taken over by her previous employers and re-named Sweat Factor with new trainers added. I tried it out for a few weeks but when I noticed she wasn’t posting new videos I was upset and worried. I reached out to Sweat Factor asking where she went, and they abruptly told me my membership was cancelled and Zuzka was no longer a part of Sweat Factor. I managed to find her NEW site and tried using my old login which was invalid. I emailed her new site and was honored to speak to Z herself! I asked her what happened and she explained the whole story about her working for Sweat Factor under a work visa, how they owned all her old content, videos, etc. Now she has her own company and I love her new website layout and workouts. I might actually get a feature on her blog too!

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On top of that great news, I resigned my athlete contract with Femme Nutrition and received new Peach skin tightening cream for my tush, and their new supplement line of pre-workout, carnitine, and BCAA’s! This month I didn’t receive the carnitine supplement but I received 2 flavors of their pre-workout. The Passion Fruit flavor is to die for! It gives me good clean energy without the anxiety and jitters afterwards. I used to get really bad anxiety from pre-workout like Red Line, Speed Stack, and Endo Rush. The Pineapple BCAA’s are also super tasty, I’m very pleased with the taste and quality Femme Nutrition has produced. As a sponsored athlete I receive monthly packages from them and features on their blog.

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MORE GREAT NEWS!

I was nominated as the lucky grand prize winner on Influenster for the Victoria’s Secret VoxBox! My YouTube Review of the Incredible Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra and workout crops landed me a $500 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card! I was absolutely thrilled when I opened the email last week! I literally had to rub my eyes to make sure I was reading the amount correctly. Apparently there were fifty $50 gift card winners and one $500 gift card winner. I feel so blessed that I was chosen!

VS2All and all its been a pretty great week and a half since I last wrote. This week is a 3 day work week, we have a 4 day weekend with plenty of food, sleep, family time, and time spent with the hubby! 2 more weeks until Christmas break, so excited! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend spent being grateful with family 🙂

~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

#VSSportBra from Victorias Secret and Influenster

Itbra4(2) finally arrived! My Victoria’s Secret VoxBox arrived yesterday, what a wonderful and well deserved surprise after a 12 hour work shift and a 5 mile run home after it all. I’ve been running a lot more frequently as of late, and I love the mental benefits I get from it. Sure, it might be the last thing I want to do after an exhausting day at work, but I never regret it afterwards…. especially when there’s a VoxBox waiting at home for me to open.

First of all, I was stoked outta’ my MIND when I bra3(2)received the email that I was a lucky chosen one to receive the #VSSportBra VoxBox. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with fitness, and I can never have too much fitness gear. I was already a fan of the Victoria’s Secret sports bra, but none the less elated that I would be getting the latest and greatest. I was skeptical about their crops at first, mostly because I’ve never tried them before and I’m pretty faithful to Lululemon. I was pleasantly surprised though….

I’ve been tracking my VoxBox every day since I received my tracking number, so I KNEW the package had arrived. More motivation to kill my run! I’ve been following the #VSSportBra hash tag, so I’ve been seeing everyone else’s photos and reviews which made me even more excited for my own! Plus I want that $50 gift card to VS, and hell why not, the $500 as well 😉 The sooner I get my package, the sooner I can complete tasks!

bra5(2)When I opened the original box to reveal the signature Victoria’s Secret gift box I nearly squealed with joy! It felt like Christmas came early, except I peaked this year and I knew exactly what I was getting. I opened the box to reveal my new best friends. Inside the box came my #VSSportBra and a pair of black crops, as well as 25% off coupons and an informational pamphlet about all of Victoria’s Secret sports bras. I eagerly flipped through the pages and picked out some favorites I will need to try on this weekend.

After I showered from my run, I immediately tore off the tags to try zuzka(2)everything because let’s be real, I ain’t selling these for anything! I was extremely satisfied with the color I received, I like neutrals that aren’t too flashy but still fun. Everything fit perfect; 32C sport bra and small crops. Victoria’s Secret is obviously known for their bras, so I wasn’t too shocked with the extreme comfort and support of the bra. Comparing this bra to my previous Victoria’s Secret sport bras, I noticed that the band was much wider and the cups much thicker for support. Definitely held my puppies in gently! I’m a HUGE fan of Zuzka Light as most of my readers know, and she always wears the cutest Victoria’s Secret sport bras and she has some BIG knockers!

bra2(2)I was most surprised with the crops! I’ve been a faithful Lululemon shopper, but the thickness and comfort of the Victoria’s Secret crops amazed me! They were comfortable and very flattering. I can’t wait to try them out in the squat rack, that will be the true test! So many workout pants can be too thin, believe me, I’ve seen some thongs and other unmentionables! I am thoroughly impressed with my #VSSportBra VoxBox and can’t wait to visit the nearest Victoria’s Secret store to stock up!

If anyone needs or wants a 25% coupon to try these suckers out yourself, let me know and bra(2)I’m more than happy to snail mail you a coupon! I received easily over $100 of gear complimentary, so I will definitely be stocking up as well! The coupons expire September 21st! So message me A.S.A.P! I have plenty! Stay tuned for my YouTube video coming later this week along with my review on my store visit. Have a great evening everybody, happy hump day!

~Jess

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

 

Summer Farewell

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This weekend at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

Summer is nearing it’s end and Fall will be upon us in a few short weeks. Is it just me or did time fly by insanely quick? I hope everybody had a great Summer and did everything on their Bucket List. To farewell Summer, Derek and I went on a motorcycle ride to Mukilteo Beach to enjoy some brews at the Diamond Knot Brewery. Lucky for us, they were having the Lighthouse Festival as well! We got some early Christmas shopping done at the local vendor booths and sat on the docks enjoying the view. It was a very relaxing weekend, much needed for both of us.

In the next 2 weeks I’ll be going to school for the first time in 5 years! It’s pretty nerve wrecking, but I’m anxious to start making changes in my life and to aim my focus in new areas.

I don’t know if I ever blogged about it, but about 3-4 weeks ago I came across a bump in my Financial Aid. In 2008 I had a withdraw from Winter quarter at Bellevue College that was voiding my Financial Aid for this upcoming Fall. After much coordination with Derek’s friend in Financial Aid, Ernesto (bless his soul!); I was instructed to send in an Appeal with my explanation of what happened during that time. That was the year I ran away from home and experienced a lot of issues with my adoptive family, so I attested to that and had 5 witness letters written by friends and family. I’m truly blessed to have such good friends and family! Within 24 hours of me asking them each for the favor to write a witness letter, I had received them all and sent them in!

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Financial Aid was approved! Hell yeah!

MY AID WAS APPROVED! So much stress has been lifted off my chest, none of it would have been possible without the help of Derek’s friend Ernesto.

I’m enrolled in English 101, Nutrition 100, and DON’T LAUGH…. Math 097. Yesterday morning I bought my books, holy hell those are a whole other expense! Thankfully I’ve been working 52 hour work weeks to earn overtime pay to make up for the wedding expenditures this Summer and help pay for books. I can’t wait to be on a normal schedule though! The money is nice and my mental health is actually doing pretty well, but I want to have more time in my day to where I’m not just working 6:00am to 6:30pm and vegging out on the couch until bedtime.

I have been staying on top of my workouts! I’ve been running 5-7 miles home on my 12 hour shifts days, and doing plenty of Zuzka videos on my normal 8 hour shift days or weekends. I honestly haven’t been to the gym in 3 weeks. I’m excited to go back though to work on my booty, I’m gonna diiiiie in the squat rack!

My diet hasn’t been on point but whatever. Those freakin’ mini muffins Catering leaves in the break room are too damn delicious! I do feel better when I eat better, so I’ve been making small changes. I’ve been introduced to the Pink Lady apple, so that’s my new favorite snack. Now to make apple pie with it…. yummmm!

Lately I’ve also been on an eBay kick as you might haven noticed from my latest post. I’ve been selling a lot of my old Lululemon gear, along with a couple other items. Kind of addicting! I’ve also been scoring some pretty sweet deals. I bought a Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay for $15! YES, it’s 100% authentic. I used a $25 gift card from Influenster and only paid $15 out of pocket. I’m sure you all care about my eBay finds (sarcasm) but I had to tell someone about my lucky find! eBay has been earning me a little bit of extra cash, I like it! I’ve been Goodwill shopping and flipping my purchases.

I’ve also been writing plenty reviews. Influenster has been gracious enough to choose me for a lot of their VoxBox programs and campaigns. I should be getting my VSX Sports Bra in the mail any day along with a pair of VS workout pants! I should also be getting my Allure Sample Society box for September by the end of the week. Apparently, Ipsy has decided to reinstate my cancelled membership without my permission and have me join again, so I should be getting a Glam Bag at the end of the week as well. I’ll give them another shot…. even though they shouldn’t be reinstating my membership without my permission. If I don’t get my Glam Bag at the end of next week, I’ll give them hell.

Anyways, sorry for being a shitty blogger lately! I’ve been extremely busy and about to get busier. Hope everyone has a great week! Stay tuned, I might do something unusual and post a workout…. **GASP!**

~Jess

 

#VSSportBra VoxBox

Woohoooo! Influenster is blessing me yet again with another complimentary VoxBox. Guess what I qualify for?! Well I guess I gave it away…. I qualify for a complimentary Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra and sport bottoms!

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How I feel when I open an Influenster VoxBox qualification email….

Hell yeah, practically an entire new gym outfit! I’m pretty pumped about it, this site has me so excited. Whenever I open an email like this, it’s like freakin’ Christmas came early.

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~Jess 

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

Product Review: Sally HansenÂŽ Miracle Gel™

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $9.99

Pros: I’ll be real with you, I’m not really a nail polish kind of gal. I only really get my nails done on VERY special occasions. The past 7 years I’ve had my nails done professionally TWICE, yes twice. Once for my wedding, and once for my bikini competition in April. I was kind of skeptical when I saw I would be receiving the Sally Hansen Voxbox from Influenster, I didn’t know what to expect since I usually do a horrendous job at painting my own nails. I was actually BEYOND satisfied with the polish I received; compliments of Sally Hansen and Influenster. First of all, I loved the flat brush, it definitely helped me keep a steady hand and apply even strokes of polish to my nails without getting any on my hand or creating bubbles underneath the surface. The quality is amazing, definitely salon quality and shine like the bottle and packing advertises. I can’t stop looking at my nails! The shade they sent me is vibrant and fun, I will definitely be purchasing this polish in the future, I can’t wait to try their different colors. It was so easy, I’m actually quite impressed with myself as well as the polish.

Cons: Literally my ONLY feedback would be the drying time. I feel like the polish remained a little tacky and sticky an hour or more after finishing my coats. I did the recommended 2 color coats and 1 top coat but it still took a while to dry. Other than that, I’m in love with it!

Enjoy!

~Jess

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