#FrostyVoxBox from #Influenster – A Review Extravaganza!

Let me start this post by saying I got all these products super free for review and trial from Influenster. I’m not paid or anything, I just like to write about free stuff. And to get free stuff. Yayyy free stuff

I’ll start by thanking #Influenster for their site and the fun things it lets me try (and a couple less fun things, but not everything is a winner.)

So, like Brad Pitt in Seven, I be you’re wondering:

WHAT’S IN THE BOX!!!
* Ecotools Styler and Smoother Hairbrush
* Red Vines Fruit Vines Bites (Cherry Flavor)
* No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum.
* Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.
* Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (This one made me sad)
* Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea (How did they know I was off caffeine? Spies!)
* NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum (Another lipstick to try. Pucker up!)
* McCormick Gourmet Thyme

20150106_214329First let’s talk about the brush I got from #Ecotools – #LoveMyEcoHairBrush – They ask we use that tag, and I like to meet expectations, but I would not if it was something I didn’t love, and I totally love this brush. VERY lightweight, about 1/5th of the weight of my Conair paddle brush. My hair is down to my belt, so I’m a very demanding hairbrush user. The handle is comfy, the brush is light, the brush gets air through it with ease, and the bristles don’t dig into my scalp. (My scalp would not dig that.) My only complaint on this item is the bed for the bristles is very soft, so it gives in easily under pressure. While that prevents me from shearing my hair from my head at an alarming rate, it also limits the resistance I can get when I really need to get a bad knot out.

20150106_140300Next comes the Red Vines Fruit Vines Bites. Not much in this world I like as much as free candy, but I’m also very picky. These tiny bites smell amazing and taste equally good. I was a little nervous about the free-ness of it cause so othen you get nasty old candy, but this was soft and super fresh. It didn’t stick to my teeth either. I took these into work to attempt to share, but got greedy and stowed them back in my purse. That is MY free candy, and I don’t wanna share! #SweetLife

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The NO7 Serum I have mixed feelings on, and will be writing into a separate post tomorrow. Here’s the thing. It’s supposed to make things less wrinkly in two weeks, but they sent a super mega tiny sample, and surely not enough for two weeks to see if it works. Gonna use it tonight, and I’ll report back tomorrow on my findings.

20150106_214446This isn’t my first rodeo, reviewing some free Rimmel Products. I really enjoyed the lipstick last time, so when I heard more makeup was headed my way, I got giddy. UNFORTUNATELY, the eyeliner pencil was open in my box and got mushed on the tip pretty severely. Now, when I worked at Eckerd at the tender age of 20, I took a class (being the only girl manager, I had to take the makeup specialist role on. But it was really fun) about makeup recommendations and precautions. Obviously, never put eye makeup that was opened by anyone but you on your eye. Eyes are delicate and precious, so let’s be safe.

Now, good news is it’s still a pencil, and I like to draw, SO I drew with the eyeliner on my hand, and I removed it with the eye makeup remover.

So I drew this little eye on my hand (fitting, right?). I waited about 1 minute, and tried the remover. Here’s what happened!
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The eyeliner went on easily enough, but wasn’t as dark a black as I was hoping for, but I reckon it’s because it’s a kohl liner? I dunno. I like dramatic eyes, so I probably would skip over the less-intense black. If I wanna go muted, I usually go with a brown pencil. It got a little clumpy, but seeing how it opened in shipping, these things do happen. It did feather nicely and I could do a cute cat-eye line with it easily.

Next comes the Rimmel Makeup Remover. It said it was gentle, but I had no idea how truly gentle it was!
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It was even gentle on eye makeup. After scrubbing at my hand for a minute I realized it was even gentle on eye makeup and I would have this eye on my hand forever, or until i get my normal eye makeup remover out. Least I drew something cute.Maybe it would work better with a better vessel, BUT it did pretty much nothing.

20150106_214416The Celestial Seasonings Green Tea in Candy Cane Lane will also be fully reviewed in the tomorrow post. But something tells me it will be good. 😛

20150106_214528Next up: NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum. I’ve always been skeptical of NYC brand cosmetics. Have had my share of not good with them. The lipstick smells like cherry chapstick. The pigment wasn’t very strong, and the transfer capability was something to marvel at. Comes off on absolutely everything. The Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover could actually remove it!! It can’t take of eye makeup of its own brand, but it can sure take off lipstick! Might let my little niece play with this one when she wants to get into my makeup next. Skip it.

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The McCormick Gourmet Thyme was actually pretty dang awesome. It smelled fresher than the organic stuff my mum-in-law had. Turns out most of what I cook comes out of a box, and the box arrived too late for holiday cooking, so I recruited Mary for this experiment with her yummy beef stew recipe.

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Mixed a little bit into everything, I was so delicious. I forgot to take the money shot of the soup finished. OOps!! More tomorrow guys!

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Lipstick Tease – Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick + Christy Jefferson jam!

So, I signed up for Influenster, and I got my first voxbox today, which housed a Moisture Renew Lipstick in “As You Want Victoria” from Rimmel London US.
I looked at the tone, much more…intense than I would normally wear, but hey, why not give it a shot?

I thought of a song I had grown to love from when I lived with a talented musician and singer, the lovely Christy Jefferson, at Kutztown University,a  song called “Lipstick Tease. Lipstick Tease – Christy Jefferson Myspace <~ Listen there!! It’s a sassy cabaret-inspired song that sings the praises of the power of lipstick on the surface…and a little more suggestive, not so subtle undertones (*wink*). Here’s a little lyric sample: “I love my lipstick in shades of pink – sweet, innocent, makes him weak. Nothing says ‘I’m bold’ like a strong stroke of red. Runnin’ the show all the way to bed.” Well, “As You Want Victoria” is definitely bold. The color is beautiful though. The Rimmel site doesn’t do it justice. It’s a bit warmer than they’re “try on” would imply.

Now, I’m not a lipstick girl, traditionally. I wear makeup like warpaint. It adds a bit of polish. The issue I always had with lipstick was it was icky feeling. If it wasn’t icky, it was sticky. If it wasn’t icky or sticky, it made my lips look like the Sahara Desert, parched. I have really long hair, and girls out there with long hair, you get me, I’m sure…

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Rihanna photo source: PerezHilton.com

Now imagine that hair flip with sticky lipstick…not so sexy, am I right girls? You know I am. Nobody wants to kiss hairy lips, for darn sure.

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Thankfully, Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick defied it’s lipstick predecessors – It wasn’t sticky or icky. My lips looked smooth and the color was so vibrant it almost made my lips look like they were gonna jump off my face (in the good way). It was so creamy when I applied it, feeling more like lip balm than lipstick. It took very little to get the color to pop, so I feel like this one tube would last me quite a while. The tube is great too, cause the inside portion + the base are chrome-y, so you can check you look without your compact. And the outside of the tube is purple. I think purple is underused. It’s so pretty. Go, Rimmel, Go!

Here’s a little before and after for you. It’s amazing the effect lipstick can have on how you see yourself:

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The posing, the eyes, all more dynamic is a pop of red, dontcha think? I even felt a little more confident once I put it on (hence makeup being warpaint. I can take on the world!) which is a pleasant surprise.

This next photo is the back of my hand, to be clear. I don’t want my readers wondering what skin they’re seeing! Hehehe!

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There is one complaint I have: TRANSFER! Touch your lips, take a drink, sneak the hubbs a kiss on the cheek and everyone will know. On one hand, it’s kind of cute to ‘leave your mark’, but at the same time, I don’t think Charles would be ok if I gave him a kiss and sent him back to work with “As You Want Victoria” on his lips (I’m confident he could pull it off though hehehe.) On the upside, even after transference happens, the color is still just as intense.

Either way, I will definitely be wearing this when I next go out to date night with the hubbs, and I’ll be sure to go buy a nice pink or nude tone for daytime when I want a more understated look. Don’t miss out on this though, ladies (and gents, if ya like wearing lipstick. Judgement free zone here.)!

Thanks again to Rimmel and Influenster for letting me take this shade for a whirl. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Opinions are all mine though. I gots my own mind!! PLEASE go listen to “Lipstick Tease” by Christy Jefferson, or ANY of her work. She’s a sweet lady and an amazing artist. ❤

Coming up next: Moonie March Spotlight/Contests/Personal Update (as I know my life thrills you all :P)
~J.S.

Visit My Facebook – Enter the Giveaway with a Like/Share

You want to win a sketchbook? How about a sketchbook with custom art on the front and the first page drawn by me? ❤

Visit Facebook and Follow the instructions to be entered.

Visit Facebook and Follow the instructions to be entered.

This prize includes a sketchbook (hard, cloth cover-pencil-lots of art space), custom medallion art on the front jacket, and first page illustration, all art by me of a character of your choosing.

Please come like my facebook page and share the post with the above image before the drawing on March 10, 2014.

PRESS THIS: Bobsim’s Sims 3 3D Accessory Belt

Bobsim’s Sims 3 3D Accessory Belt.

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I’m a total sims NUT and Bobsim’s stuff is really unique. It actually isn’t painted on a flat model and has dimension. Fellow Simmies, go check out his blog for more awesome thing. Recently posted a cool tank for doods (a little more…bodybuildy for me, but definitely worth a look if ya play Sims 3.) ENJOY! (and thanks Bobsim for makin’ awesome stuff!)

Another thing worth mentioning – this custom content is FREE, unlike many sites out there. I stand neutral on the pay v free sites, but I really enjoy free. 😛

Day 20 – Photoshop Brushes + Miniature Painting

Good morning, everyone! ❤ Happy Monday, one and all!

Today’s post is gonna be a little different. Gonna share some freebies with you guys (for my photoshop peeps), as well as begin a little project I have wanted to get started.

First, I wanna share with you guys some photos of the first Bombshell Miniatures Babe up for grabs.
PussyPatrol-Mini1Awesome Space Chick with Pigtails! I’m looking for a buyer for her before I start the painting so they can choose all the colors and stuff. I’ll also be taking lots of pics as I work on it so you guys can watch her go from grey to great. I’m asking $30 for this figure (handpainted by me, per buyer’s color selections) or $35 if ya want her painted and put in a nice acrylic box before she gets rocketed to your door, future buyer! 🙂 Shipping cost will vary based on selected option, but it will be an additional charge.

I will be doing more of these as I finish each, so if this one’s not your cup of tea, there will be more. I hope to have one more on a fantasy tangent and less sci-fi coming up next. Good for the Warhammer crowd, for sure, as a specialty unit.

Here’s some samples of some painted ones I did. These are kinda old, so take these, and add more…better-ness to them!

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And now, for the freebies! Photoshop brushes I made from some of my artwork. I originally made these for creating the graphics on my Twitter profile, and I thought, “Why let these rot away in my files forever? I MUST SHARE THESE!” So I did. I posted them up for easy download in my Deviantart gallery. Click the image of the brush you want to visit their download page on Deviantart! Just look for the button that says “DOWNLOAD” ❤ ABR Files.
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Alrighty, got some artwork to do for the lovely Annmarie of Pizza Xtreme (Best Pizza in Orlando, and I don’t just say that cause my art is all over their walls!). I will update this post soon as we have a buyer. ❤