October 22, 2014

Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Review!

For the disclaimer: I received this product FREE through the Influenster VoxBox program. It's an awesome program, you get free products to test out and I have found new products that I LOVE to use because of this program. You can sign up for Influenster HERE. 

I was skeptical when I was told I was receiving the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive. Razors and I generally do not get a long, especially in the bikini/underarm area. My legs are sensitive but not as much as those areas are. It's hard finding a razor that doesn't leave my skin irritated.

I was using the Gillette Venus Olay Razor and I am totally going to stop using it and use the Embrace Sensitive from now on, and here's why.

1. The Embrace Sensitive provided me with a close shave that left my skin smooth, and not irritated. In my most sensitive areas very slight irritation occurred BUT nothing compared to what it once was. It's a blessing to want to shave without fear of irritation and pain! The Venus & Olay is a great razor, they both have 5 blades, but the moisturizing part wears down before the razor does and then the little plastic things irritate your leg and make shaving a bigger annoyance.


2. My shave was not only closer, but it also lasted longer! Usually by day 3 my legs are starting to annoy me and I need to shave again. I went 5 days without that annoyance. For someone like me, who really hates shaving, it's a blessing!

3. The aloe really makes my legs feel super smooth and moisturized after the shower, and that feeling lasts a really long time.

All in all I would recommend this razor to a friend, and I will keep using it! I wish the blades weren't so expensive, but the shave itself is a great one! #ItsNotMe, for sure!

September 6, 2013

Influenster program: Lifeway Kefir product testing!

Yes, another Influenster blog. I really love that program!

I received a voucher for a FREE, yes FREE, Lifeway Kefir product from Influenster last month. It was awesome to be selected since I've only ever bought the kid's products from Lifeway. Now was my chance to try it out for myself!

If any of you guy are interested in signing up for Influenster, and I totally recommend it, check out their website http://www.influenster.com. You can get access to VoxBoxes and product testing! It's a lot of fun.

Now on to my product review.

I found a variety of products at my local Kroger. It was cool to see the variety they had. I ended up with the frozen Kefir, Tart and Tangy Pomegranate! It tastes so good.

Many people wonder what Kefir actually is. You can find lots of info on the Lifeway webpage, along with different products!  www.lifeway.net

From the Lifeway web page kefir is: "Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years-kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits."

The Pomegranate is AMAZING! 

Look at all the live active cultures!!! 

Even the nutritional info isn't bad. 

I can read and understand all the ingredients! 


Look how pretty it is! :) So delicious and smooth

I will buy more Lifeway products. Even my 4 year old loved this and kept begging me to eat her "frozen yogurt'. Lifeway also has products designed for kids that my 4 and 6 year old really love. 

Thanks Influenster and Lifeway for allowing me to test the product!

April 1, 2013

Influenster Sweetheart Voxbox product review: Olay Fresh Effects!

I received the Influenster Sweetheart Vox box (see my previous blog post!). The Voxboxes are full of different products for you to try and review and it's totally free. It's a really awesome program. (Sign up here: http://www.influenster.com )

I tested out the Olay Fresh Effects and was totally impressed. The wand is my favorite part for sure! I wish the ingredients in the cleanser were more natural, but you can use your own cleanser with the wand and have the same results!
The packaging is super inviting and bright and refreshing!

Contents of the package, I love how bright the wand is!
Super little and cute, easy to hold.
It seemed like an odd shape at first, to me but the shape makes it easy to deep clean hard to reach places and it ensures that I get a super clean feeling all over my face!
This looked like a really small bottle, but you don't need much!

So these are the product images. Pardon my messy sink! :) It's like no matter what my sink never stays clean!

I had fun testing this out, and I really did like it. I needed to put a second dollop of cleanser on the brush but still didn't use *that* much out of the bottle. I felt super refreshed afterwards!

Before using the product!
Didn't use a ton of soap, put a little smaller amount on the second applications to finish my face. The color isn't very appealing!
All fresh faced!

My overall impression is definitely 4 out of 5 stars! I really loved the wand the most out of the entire system and look forward to testing it out with other cleansers as well. The wand's unique shape definitely ensured I got those harder to reach places to clean!

You can find out more information about the product at
www.olayfresheffects.com as well as purchase it from that website or www.amazon.com.

I would like to say again that I received this product complimentary from Influenster!


Influesnter Sweet Heart Vox Box product reviews!

A little while ago I received the Influenster Sweetheart Voxbox. This is a box that contains free products to try. It's an awesome program. I totally slacked on writing out this blog post though as life had gotten so busy :(

You can sign up for the program here if you are interested! http://www.influenster.com

Here's the picture of my box and it's contents:
Inside there is: Not Your Mother's in Beach Babe, SkinnyGirl Daily Bar, Secret Clinical Strength, and Olay Fresh Effects.

It's a super neat little box. I don't use deodorant with aluminum in it so I'll be giving that to someone who doesn't care about stuff like that. I have tested each of the other products and will have blog reviews for those up in a little bit!

My first impression was excitement, as I love testing new products and I had just seen the Olay Fresh Effects kit at the store a few days before getting the box and said I wanted to try it! 

March 13, 2013

Beachbody Ultimate Reset: the results are in!

I stepped on the scale this morning and took all my measurements. I will tell you I am FLOORED by what the results were. Even with my few slip ups this program has done AMAZING things for me both physically and emotionally.

The Ultimate Reset is a really neat program. It's a 21 day detox. I didn't view it so much as a diet, because it's not something I did with the main purpose of losing weight. I viewed it as a cleanse, because that's what it is. It does come with a strict menu, but thankfully you can swap meals with in the same phase so I ate a lot of the things I liked more than once!

Before I get to my physical results, I want to talk about the emotional changes it made for me. Especially concerning my outlook on food! I never really ate poorly before the reset, which is why I don't think I saw such HUGE numbers during the first week like a lot of people did. My crutch was soda, and I know cutting that out completely helped me tons. Otherwise I made home cooked meals, had fresh ingredients, etc. I wasn't eating the right way though. I would skip breakfast, make a small lunch, and eat too much at dinner sometimes (or not eat enough) and it was obvious that my metabolism hated me for it. I have a newfound appreciation for breakfast. I even ate breakfast with Taegen this morning even though I was no longer required to. I LOVE how eating in the morning makes me feel, (minus today's because I ate a smidgen too much haha). I also appreciate fruit as a snack more, don't get me wrong I loved fruit before, but now it actually helps with any sweet cravings I might have! It's amazing. If I'm craving sweets some watermelon or strawberries help with that, instantly.

I'm also more in tune with what my body craves now. It's an awesome feeling to know how to make better choices for cravings instead of giving into what's quick and easy and not necessarily good for you.

Food is fuel. Junk food is going to make you crash and crash hard.

Emotionally the Reset opened me up to really get in touch with my feelings. I didn't just detox toxins from my body, it was an emotional release to. It wasn't pretty as my eyes were opened to a lot of my own personal flaws, but it was definitely eye opening and awakening. Not everyone will have that experience though, and it's ok. Everyone detox's differently!

As for the physical changes, well those are just as awesome!

Down 11 lbs.
-4.5 inches from waist
-2 inches from hips
-0.5 inches from chest (admitting I don't want to lose much there, hahaha)
-0.5 inches from left and right arm
-2 inches from left and right thighs
for a total of 9.5 inches lost. Which is AMAZING!!!

The Ultimate Reset isn't easy. There were good and bad days. Detoxing made me feel like crap and catching a cold on top of it made it SO much worse but it was worth it. I do feel so much better on the inside and know that I made the right choice. My body feels healthier. I feel healthier. This is just the beginning to a healthier me. This was an amazing experience and I succeeded! That feels amazing.

If anyone wants more information on the Reset here's a website all about it http://myultimatereset.com/Shanna7313 and please feel free to comment here. I'll answer any questions.

March 10, 2013

Ultimate Reset day 19.. the finish line is ahead!

Wow, 19 days. I'm so happy I made it this far. There were definitely bumps in the road but it has all been worth it.

I stepped on the scale this morning and am down 10 lbs!!!! EEEEP. I couldn't believe it! I feel great, for the most part. Sometimes I get a little dizzy/hungry so I get a little bite of extra protein and feel better again :) I find if I don't eat around the same time daily I feel bad. So I know my body is on a schedule!!

I haven't gotten tired of fruits, but I have gotten tired of salads. Particularly because they're sort of boring. Oh and Miso Soup. Not a big fan anymore!

I've learned a lot about what my body craves though, and I know I'm going to keep eating well after this! It's been a crazy journey but TOTALLY worth it :)

March 7, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 16.

I normally wouldn't post again but today is amazing! I feel fantastic. I've been avoiding the scale since I was so bummed by my apparent lack of weight loss the first phase so I didn't want to bum myself out even more, BUT I weighed myself last night and I'm down SIX lbs. It's not a whole lot, but it's SIX lbs that I couldn't lose before.

Not to mention I feel so awesome today. :) I have energy and I just overall feel great. I'm also happy that I've actually lost weight, even though that's not the biggest achievement over all!

I just, man, feel so amazing right now!!! It's been a rough 16 days, some easier than others, but I'm so happy that I am getting the results I wanted!