#Rimmel London Eyeliner & Makeup Remover

I never used to wear eyeliner. I thought it was a hassle and unnecessary for me. But earlier this year I got a makeover and they showed me the best eyeliner technique using a flat head brush and a dark eyeshadow. That’s usually what I use and it’s been a really long time since I’ve actually used a pencil so I was interested in trying the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eyeliner that came in my #FrostyVoxBox.

I was pretty happy with it overall, but it reminded me why I prefer a brush to a pencil. This one was fairly easy to use, however, and I really like the color and once I got it just right I thought it was great. As far as pencil eyeliners go, this is a good one.

Then I tried the Rimmel London Eye Makeup Remover to remove their waterproof eyeliner. That was a bit of a challenge. It took some time to get it all off and after I quit there was still a little leftover, but my mascara was completely removed which I was really happy with.

The biggest problem I had with this makeup remover was how dry the skin around my eyes felt afterwards and I’ve never had that happen with an oil free makeup remover before. But it didn’t sting or burn my eyes at all which was a huge plus for me. Overall, it’s a good makeup remover for the price.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.


How I’m Recovering From The Death of My Son

I lost my son, Gus, to SIDS 7 and a half years ago. It is by far the hardest trial I’ve ever faced in my life. And recovering from his loss has been a real challenge and one I feel will be ongoing throughout my life. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about what it was that helped me crawl out of the deepest hole of grief that has ever consumed me and how I became, once again, a functioning human being. This is what I’ve come up with:

 1. Time- This is the hardest yet most effective tool for overcoming grief. It amazing and frustrating at the same time. I remember the first week after my family left I was lying on the ground underneath our kitchen table, crying and wondering how long I would have to feel that way. In my case, it took about 3 years before the pain in my chest really started to ease.

2. Medication- I have to keep my Major Depressive Disorder under control. I have to regularly see a psychiatrist and stay balanced. Whenever I think I don’t need the medication anymore, I have to remember that I’m only thinking that because the medication is working. The right anti-depressants saved my life.

3. Writing- I’ve done a lot of writing about Gus and to Gus. It is a very effective tool but it’s also extremely emotional. It’s hard, when I spend most of my days trying not to think too much about how I miss him, to go to a place where I’m spending a concentrated amount of time remembering him and the pain and sadness.

4. Therapy- The psychiatrist is not always enough. I have to have yearly therapy check ins with a counselor that I have a running relationship with. It makes such a difference to have a good counselor that I trust.

5. Distraction- Being sad would have consumed me had I not taken the time to distract myself from the pain every once in a while by reading a book, watching tv or going out with friends. It’s still something I use when absolutely necessary.

6. Allowance- There are times when it’s appropriate and accepted to think and be sad and I have to embrace those times. I let every bit of emotion pour from my body until there’s nothing left. And it is so helpful.

7. Limitation- I learned early on what would trigger me into a vortex of sadness so I knew I needed to steer clear of those things if I wanted to maintain my sanity. Boundaries were set in place for my own protection and most of them I still abide by.

8. Decision – After a certain amount of time (3 years, in my case), I was tired of being sad and ready to be proactive about overcoming the constant pain of losing a child. Things really started to look up from there.

(To be clear, I don’t think there is every a point where someone is “recovered” from the death of a loved one. I think it’s a constant struggle that is dealt with during someone’s life, there are just different ways of managing it.)

Have you ever lost someone close to you? What are some strategies you use to maintain your sanity?

#FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

I belong to a community called Influenster where I review products online, connect my social network profiles and they send me free products to review from time to time. It’s a great program. In the past year I’ve been a member I’ve received 3 different VoxBoxes, just to give you an idea of how often you could receive products. I’ve also won a prize for a Virtual VoxBox where you take a picture of yourself with an item in a store and submit it.

This VoxBox is called the #FrostyVoxBox and it’s filled with tons of practical goodies! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see full reviews of each product. Just click the links or the little stamps on the top left of this page.

They include a card with everything in the box and the different hashtags you should use when writing your reviews. Here is what was included in this VoxBox:

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea – I cannot wait to try this. As a Mormon, I can only drink decaffeinated tea so this is the perfect tea for me!

No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet – I’m also looking forward to trying this. A full-size bottle of this retails for $22.99.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum – This color is close to one of my favorites. I’m excited to see what it will look like on. Retails at $1.99.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner – I’m more of a wet/dry eyeliner type of gal but I’ll be interested to see how this works on my eyes. Retails at $4.49.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – I am almost through a sample size of some eye makeup remover that I’m not very happy with so I’m really looking forward to trying this. Retails at $7.49.

EcoTools Hair Brush – Gracie has the gnarliest curly hair and we are always looking for new brushes to help make hair brushing time a little less stressful. Hopefully this will be helpful. Retails at $10.99.

Fruit Vines Bites – My family has an addiction to Red Vines that I do not subscribe to. These look like they should be delicious though. Retails from $1.28 – $1.79.

McCormick Gourmet Thyme – I can always use extra spices in the kitchen. I’m excited to use this Thyme for some holiday cooking! Retails at $4.79.

Total retail value is around $32. This is a great VoxBox! I’m always impressed with what they send me and this box is no exception. Stay tuned for more reviews!

Do you want to become an Influenster too? Click right here for a personal invitation from me!
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

FabFitFun Winter 2014 Box Review

My FabFitFun Winter Box came last week!

It was like Christmas morning! The box was packed with goodies!

Daniel Stone COCO Candle in Red Currant – Value $42

Passport To Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-Aging Eye Serum with Retinol – Value 88

Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake – Value $2.99

yourMinerals Assorted Eye Shadow Duo – Value $44

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace – Value $34

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – Value $39

Lather AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose – Value $30

Special K Snack Bar – Value $2.62

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter – Value .63

$30 Fashion Project Gift Card with Free Shipping – Value $30

Salted – 3 Months of Free Membership – $29.97

Zumba 60-min DVD “Max” and $25 Gift Card – $55

Total Value – $383.59

I love the value of this box! It always amazes me. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this box. I should be able to use most everything in it but I’m especially looking forward to trying the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel and the Tibetan Eye Serum. They look like great products.

Have you ever subscribed to the FabFitFun box? Do you think you’ll try it next season?

Sample Society Subscription Box Review & Coupon Code

The Allure Sample Society is a subscription box I’ve wanted to try for a long time. So when they had their Black Friday deal, I had to go for it. I’m so glad I did!

I love the packaging!

I comes with a booklet outlining everything in the box, what it is, why they like it and how much it costs.

Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance – 5mL, Value $8

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy in Verbena and Lavender – 25g, Value $8

Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm in Strawberry Field – Full Size, Value $20

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye – 5mL, Value $19

RGB Nail Polish in Oxblood – Full Size, Value $18

Total Value – $73!

I was so happy with this box, the value alone was amazing! I’m excited to try everything, especially the night repair eye gel. I’ve been happy with my nighttime eye gel but I’ll always try a new one.

This box is $15 a month. To get $5 off your first month, enter the code 5FORYOU at checkout.

Have you tried the Sample Society before? What did you think?

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Target Beauty Box Review

Target is my most favorite store on the planet and when I heard they had a beauty box I knew I had to get one. I got one a few months back for $7 but the box I’m reviewing is the $10 box they were offering.

First, it comes with a list of all the products inside, including a 20% off coupon for women’s apparel, $3 off a beauty department purchase of $15 or more, and an extra $10 off coupon to Dermstore.com.

Hair Food Thickening Solution – 3.2 oz, Value $11.99

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit – Value $4.49

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – .6 oz, Value $5.75

ChapStick Total Hydration Lip Care, Peach – Value $2.99

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum – .1 oz, Value $2.99

L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara – Value $7.99

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen – Value $12.19

Revlon HD Lacquer – Value $7.99

Total Value – $56.38

What an amazing value for just $10! I love trying new things and can’t wait to try out all the fun things in this box. I love that they included every day items that I know I’ll be able to use. That’s one of the best things about the Target beauty box. I’m super excited about the hair thickening solution. My hair is abysmally thin, especially after having Wallace. Overall, this was a great purchase and I’m extremely happy with it.

Did you get one of the Target beauty boxes this time around? What did you think?