The Curl of My Dreams with Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream!

For all my life I’ve wanted to have curly hair. Unfortunately, out of all my mom’s daughters, I was the only one born with straight hair. My sisters have curls ranging from corkscrew curls to romantic loose curls – but me, no such luck. Every other week I’ll pull out my curling iron and cook my stubborn hair into curls – which never really turns out well, and I often resemble Courage the Cowardly Lion until the weight of my hair and gravity straightens out my hard won curls on its own. Still, I’ve never given up the dream, and was super excited to try the Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream sample in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox.

I was super surprised at how well this works – I applied the cream to my hair after taking a shower and slept with my hair in a loose bun, and the next morning I woke up with beautiful (natural looking) bouncy curls! They weren’t overdone – and my hair smelled insanely good. Gorgeous curls minus the heat damage, you can’t ask for much else. I used the cream on my sister’s hair, saturating her wet hair from root to tip, flipping it over and blow drying her hair with a diffuser. It came out looking so good and shiny; I just had to share a pic with you!

Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream has grapeseed and jasmine flower extract that eliminated frizz and flyaways and adds extra bounce to your curls. I love this cream, it works so well that I cannot wait to try the rest of the Not Your Mother’s line of products – find out more about Not Your Mother’s and the rest of their line on their website here!

*I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit Review

I’ve probably mentioned Kiss a zillion times on this blog before – but when you find a brand that provides quality for an amazing price, then you stick with it. So, I’ve always been a major fan of Kiss’ lashes and lash glue – but I never before tried their Ever Pro line, until my Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox.

 I really love these lashes, the glue is stable, latex-free, and long lasting. And the lashes are lush, glamorous, made of 100% human hair, and don’t irritate my eyes at all. Plus the pink applicator is really helpful, and makes lash application a breeze!

The Ever Pro lashes are really lush – definitely event worthy lashes. I wouldn’t wear them on a day to day basis – as that would look sort of overdone and garish. However, nights out, gatherings, parties and other events where looking glam is a priority are perfect opportunities to don these lashes.

When opening the package, you don’t want to use the pink applicator/tweezers to take the lashes off – what you want to do is bend back at the cut portion and peel off with your fingers. Then be sure to apply enough lash glue to the lashes – too little glue and your lashes won’t stay on long. Wait 10-15 seconds, or until the glue is tacky. Then, using a mirror and the pink applicator tweezers, apply the lashes as close to your lash line as possible. You want to apply them as close to your lash line as you can so that it doesn’t look obvious that you’re wearing falsies – you want your lashes to look as natural as possible.

 These are super easy to apply, and really give you the appearance of having super long, thick, glamorous Hollywood –style lashes! I’m definitely stocking it in my beauty collection, and am sooo glad that I had the chance to try them! For more details on the lashes and all the great products Kiss offers, check out their website here!

*I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle Rave!

I am completely obsessed with Bath and Body Works’ seasonal candles! I remember when I was a little girl and my mom used to take me to the B&BW at our local mall. I loved testing all the perfumes, lotions, and body soap – and I still do, but right now I’m just completely in love with their candles. As a part of the Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox program I was sent a B&BW mini candle in Nutmeg and Spice, along with a coupon code. Being the shopaholic that I am, I immediately went online and put that coupon to good use! I stocked up on about 7 mini candles and one three-wick candle, along with numerous other B&BW goods (I couldn’t help myself, plus they had a sale going on!). So I thought I’d share my review of not only my Beauty Blogger VoxBox candle, but also the other candles in their seasonal line!

White Barn No.1 Nutmeg and Spice – “A warm and cozy fragrance inspired by an elegant mixture of nutmeg and all of autumn’s very best spices”. I have to admit, Nutmeg and Spice was not my favorite candle. It was too heady and reminded me of my 12th grade science classroom (not a good place, trust me).

Cider Lane – “As sweet as the trip to the local apple orchard each year, a delicious fall blend of mulled cider, warm caramel, and sweet cinnamon”. The caramel notes really come through in this candle, and the cinnamon and apple play nice background dancers.

Frosted Cupcake – “A true food-lover’s delight – fresh vanilla bean, sugar, cake batter, and rich buttercream frosting mix it up and create and irresistible scent”. Easily one of my favorite candles ever, Frosted Cupcake smells as good as the description sounds!

Autumn – “On the brink of sweater weather – this inviting fragrance blends dark pomegranate with red apple and notes of fir balsam”. I love this scent so much, I bought both a mini version and the larger three-wick size – the B&BW description is completely accurate.

Cinnamon Sugared Donut – “Share the delight with a homemade vanilla cake donut covered in sugar crystals and crushed cinnamon”. There used to be this bakery near 14th street and 1st avenue that made these massive donut holes – they were so good and warm, always fresh, and only $0.20 each. For me, this candle reminds me of that place, it really smells like a warm cinnamon donut.

 Autumn Day – “A crisp, autumn medley celebrating the changing seasons and the beauty of the harvest with notes of fresh cut cedar, juicy fig and sandalwood”. I love, love, love this candle – it smells so much like my dad’s cologne in a warm comforting way. Plus, I love sandalwood –and it plays in so well with the other scents of this candle.

Leaves – “Celebrate the brilliant colors of autumn with this rich blend of golden nectar, red apple and berries”. This smells so much like warm apple cider with cinnamon and cloves, it just makes me wish for Thanksgiving. Definitely another favorite.

‘Tis the Season – “Deep green pine, rich red apples and a touch of cinnamon blend to create a timeless and heartwarming holiday scent”.  I love this scent so much that I burned through my whole mini candle in two days – it just plain smells like Christmas.

Check out B&BW’s online store, Fall line of scented candles, as well as their recently released Christmas/Winter season scents here!

Please remember whenever you burn flame candles like these to place them in a safe stable place away from flammable objects, or things that might tip the candle (and hot wax) over. Also, do not pour out the oil into the sink – you shouldn’t pour out any oil until the wick is fully burned (hot wax can be messy and dangerous if not handled responsibly).

*I received the Nutmeg and Spice mini candle complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin Review!

My little sister is a ballerina so buns are a pretty popular hair-style ‘round these parts. Personally, I don’t ever really sport a bun – my hair has always been too slippery to stay in place properly. I’m one of those people who hates to feel like my hair isn’t secure – which is why when my hair isn’t down, I often opt for a good ‘ol fashioned ponytail. However, I was pretty excited to try the Goody Spin Pin that I received in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox- the pins looked so cool (and spinny – is that even a word?) that the allure of trying it out and attempting to put my hair in a bun was irresistible.

 

What you do is, you brush your hair up into a ponytail, then you curl/twist your hair around itself (or your finger) until you have a bun, then you tuck the tail end of your hair into your bun, holding the bun in place twist one spin pin downward from the top of your bun (you’ll want to actually twist this in, much like twisting a bottle cap close), then take the other pin and twist it upward from the bottom of your bun – that’s it! Viola- a perfect bun! Quick tip here – use a little hairspray before brushing your hair up, it helps tame frizz, fly-aways, and maintains the look longer. However, if my explanation doesn’t cut it, check out this vid here:

 I have to say these spin pins are pretty darn cool – and what’s even better is that even slippery straight hair like mine will stay in! It creates a perfect, sturdy, chic bun – that even ballerina’s like my sister can appreciate! I already went to CVS and bought some for her – they make amazing stocking stuffers too! I’m happy to say that with the help of Goody’s Spin Pin I can actually appreciate the understated simplicity of a bun – its super cute, and totally keeps my hair out of my face! Love it!

The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin retails at around $7.29 and comes in a light/dark hair variation. For more information check out Goody’s site here!

*I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact Review!

I was lucky enough to get to try the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact in Dark Shadows (0156-08) as a part of the Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box program. I’ve been an NYC cosmetics fan since their inception (way back when I was in middle school), and love their IndividualEyes Custom Compacts line.

Each compact includes an applicator, four shades of eyeshadow powder, a primer base, and an illuminator base. The Dark Shadows compact comes with shadows ranging from white to back, with a nice silver, and a rich grey in between- all of which I’ve swatched for you below! I really loved the shadows, they weren’t terribly pigmented – however, they were consistent and buildable which is great when you’re working with heavier colors like these.

I have pretty oily lids, so the primer base – which is creamy/oily, did nothing but crease on me. However, my sister has dryer lids and it worked nicely for her. I love the illuminator – it works as a great highlighter. It’s buildable, but you have to rub it in well. The compact also includes a convenient application guide – a great little detail that I just love!

Overall, it’s a great beauty find, and at such a great price it definitely deserves a spot in any beauty-lovers make-up collection! Each IndividualEyes Custom Compact retails at $4.99 in drugstores nationwide – which is a pretty great deal considering that you get four shadows plus a primer and highlighter. Check out NYC’s (New York Color) other offerings on their website here!

*I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in ANY way (for more info, please see my PR page).

Country Life Maxi Hair Supplement Review

Back in the beginning of summer I had a bit of a crisis. I could have sworn that I was losing my hair. There seemed to an influx in hair left on my brush, and down my shower drain. As somebody who has lived her whole life with lush locks I was pretty nervous about my sudden hair loss. I was concerned enough about it to do some serious “hair-loss” googling! Then BlogHer happened and I was too caught up in that to pay much attention to anything else. However, then fall started and I headed back to school – and I noticed it again. My hair seemed thinner, and less life-like then before. Maybe it was stress? Or maybe I wasn’t getting enough vitamins?

Lucky for me, I had the chance to try Country Life’s Maxi Hair Supplement! I know, I know – this might sound like a cheesey ad- but- I would have never considered taking a supplement unless I had received it in my Naturals Vox Box. In fact, even when I had received it I was a little skeptical. I have pretty strong and healthy nails, and my skin isn’t terrible or anything- so I was reluctant to add yet another thing to my morning routine. But like a good product tester, I obediently tested.

In the three weeks that I’ve been using Country Life’s Maxi Hair I’ve noted a welcome change. It looks like my hair loss has been reduced to a normal level. I’m definitely seeing less of it in the shower, and on my hairbrush. In fact, it’s also gotten some serious shine going on – it’s looking really healthy! Even the tips of my nails are looking whiter, and healthier!

Overall, I’m really happy about Country Life’s Maxi Hair supplement – the pill’s a little big, and has a strong smell, but these are minor issues. I would definitely buy them again! But don’t just take my word for it- read what other influensters have to say about the supplement here – and check out the other products that Country Life has to offer here!

*I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. Opinions expressed belong to The NYC Talon and are not influenced in any way. Please feel free to view my full disclosure, and PR policy.

Naturals VoxBox 2012!

Hey guys! I’m super excited- there are so many great things going on over here on The NYC Talon, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share them with you! First off, I’m having an amazing pinterest-themed giveaway for a $225 Hype crossbody bag right now – so if you haven’t entered then please do. Secondly, next month is my birthday month and so I’ll be spreading the joy will my amazing readers with a super special giveaway worth over $150! So stay tuned! And my last bit of exciting news is that I was one of the lucky influensters chosen to receive the Naturals VoxBox! Woo hoo!

I joined influenster less than a year ago, and I absolutely love the brand-consumer relationship that influenster promotes. My first VoxBox had been the Love VoxBox – which I did indeed love (and you can read all about my box, and what Influenster is here). So when I found out I had been selected to receive the Natruals VoxBox I was pretty darn excited! Anyways, without further delay here are the products that were in my Naturals VoxBox 2012:

The Original Dish Drying Mat ($4.99; Bed, Bath & Beyond)

I really loved this mat. I know a lot of people will be using it for their dishes- and I totally will too – but I can’t get over how great this works for drying makeup brushes! This mat is a perfect flat, clean, breathable, fast-absorbing surface (it holds more than 4x its weight in water) – that folds and stores super easily.

Lypsyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer ($2.99)

I’ve always been a massive fan of Lypsyl. Their LypMoisturizer is my go-to winter chapstick, so I was happy to see an old favorite in the box.

EBOOST

EBOOST is daily health booster, that’s supposed to boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients. It sounds really great (and tastes good too) as I do tend to get sick sometime during the fall and winter months. I can’t really give a completely thorough review as I only received one packet, but based on that – it’s a great health booster!

CleanWell Individual Hand Sanitizer Wipe

Sticking with the natural theme of this box, the CleanWell wipes are made up of all natural ingredients that are easy on the earth. These are really great because if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, and alcohol heavy wipes are a no-go, then these CleanWell wipes are right up your alley. They’re really mild (you can even use it on your face) – but work well enough to give a thorough clean.

GEODEO Natural Deodorant Plus Detox Complex 24hr Protection, in Island ($5.99)

I love a good deodorant. As somebody who takes public NYC transportation, I can fully appreciate the benefits of good deodorant (and the horrors of having to smell somebody’s lack thereof). GEODEO’s deodorant has a detox complex made out of volcanic minerals, and Icelandic algae that work to fight impurities. Vitamin E fights free radicals, bamboo and aloe nourish skin, and enzymes neutralize odors. Also, it smells really really good!

NECTRESSE

Made from monk fruit, Nectresse is a zero calorie sweetener that actually does taste like sugar! I used my sample packet on a bowl of strawberries- yum!

Country Life Maxi-Hair Maximized dietary supplements ($17.99 for 60 Tablets)

I haven’t run a complete scientific study on the benefits of these pills, but what I can tell you is that they are choc-full of vitamins, biotin, and MSM – which are all great to take if you’re looking to bring a little life back into your hair, nails, and skin. I can’t wait to see my long term results! What girl doesn’t want to give her skin, nails, and hair some nourishment?!

Altogether I was very happy with the Naturals VoxBox. There’s not a product in here that I wouldn’t get behind. I’m particularly excited about the Country Life pills, and the GEODEO! The drying mat and the Lypsyl are already being put to good use, and my samples of EBOOST, CleanWell, and NECTRESSE have all been used.

Are there any products that you’re interested in? What natural products do you buy or are in the market for? Leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap!

*Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions presented on this blog belong to The NYC Talon and are not influenced in any way. For more info please feel free to view my PR page at the top of this blog.

Product Rave: Kiss Nail Dress!

I received the Shrug style Nail Dress

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or aren’t hanging around the beauty/tweetasphere) then you’ve probably noticed the increased attention that nails are getting. Simple french manicures and one color nails are no longer making the cut for girls everywhere (not that we don’t love the lbd of nail looks). Girls are styling their nails all sorts of ways, pandas, polka dots, flowers, you name it and somebody has done it. And while I’m not outrageously creative with my nails, I do love having them done. And if I could I would have my nails done with something a little more edgy then a french tip. However, I never can seem to get my nails done right and looking uniform (maybe it’s because I’m not a lefty and a righty). Still when stick on nail stickers came out I was hesitant to try them, I had no faith in their durability. But don’t be fooled dear readers, if you’re looking at Kiss’ Kiss Nail Dress then you’re looking at the product that will change your finger nails lives forever!

Dramatic shout-out aside, I really do love Kiss’ Nail Dress polish strips. They work amazingly well and look like you had your nails done by a professional- I’m not just saying that. My sisters, mom, and I literally gasped and squealed when we put on the strips that I had received in my influenster love voxbox. They’re really simple to apply, you just peel, stick, and shape your nails with the tiny nail file included. They last for up to ten days and come off without any nail polish remover (you just peel them off). They’re actually really sturdy, and stayed on through showers, dish washing, cooking, everything. Each package comes with 28 strips (including some for your toes) and only cost about $6.99 each.

Click here for product information, the Kiss Nail Dress website, reviews, and to follow Kiss Nails on Facebook and twitter! This is a really great product and I’m so pleased that I was selected to try it through influesters love voxbox, Kiss Nails has got themselves a customer in me (and all the girls over at my place)!

* I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes

Product Rave: Gillette Venus & Olay Razor!

So you may have seen my review of this razor on my previous post about my first VoxBox, but I really loved the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor that I received SO much that I thought that I would post an additional review with some handy links in case you’re debating whether or not to pick up the razor when it hits shelves tomorrow!

Here’s my review:

I always thought that the razors like the Gillette Venus were simply just a really expensive razor (I mean in comparison to disposable ones). And then I tried the Gillette & Olay one. Now I cannot say enough about this razor, first of all, it smells amazing. Second of all, the bars of moisturizer located around the razor blades leave your skin smelling, feeling, and looking amazing after shaving. The great thing about this razor is that you don’t need to apply any shaving cream, and the pivoting head of the razor makes it surprisingly easy to get to all those hard to reach areas. So if you’re looking for a really good razor, or hair removal product definitely pick up one of these at your local drugstore (RiteAid, CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart)- it’ll really cut your work in half and leave amazing results behind!

If you’re not yet convinced with my review, you can check out more here on the influenster website. Also you can follow Gillette Venus on Facebook by clicking here, or twitter here. Check out their website for more information. I’ve included a full product description below, so tell me what you think? Are you going to buy the razor? Are you already a fan of Gillette Venus?

Product Info:

For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, are coming together to deliver a gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Venus’ best shaving technology works with Olay Moisture Bars, offering women best-of-both-worlds shaving and skin expertise. Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness, and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close.

Product Details

  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment

Where to Buy

A refillable Venus & Olay with one replacement cartridge sells for approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are available for about $14.99 – $19.49.

Venus & Olay will be available starting March 15, 2012 at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States.

* I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes

Lovin’ My Influenster Love VoxBox!

I mentioned in a previous post about the abundance of sample subscription services out there. And one of the “boxes” I mentioned was the VoxBox- a program run by Influenster that connects qualifying members to the latest products and brands to hit the market, giving them a chance to try the products and post their own opinions about each individual product they receive in their VoxBox. I loved Influenster the second I heard about them, I feel like it’s a great way to give power back to the actual consumer. So I signed up, earned some badges, and now look at me! I’m doing my first post on my first ever VoxBox! So without further ado, I give you the Love VoxBox!

All my goodies!

In this box I received one Gillette Venus & Olay Razor ($8.99-$10.99), one Kiss Nail Dress- Fashion That Sticks ($6.99), one Stash Tea Herbal Tea Sampler ($3.50), one Ghirardelli Gourmet Creamy Devotion Bar ($2.99), and one Truvia Natural Sweetener 40 ct. box ($3.99). Naturally Ghirardelli’s Creamy Devotion bar was amazing- it was so wonderfully creamy that I made up my mind to buy another the next time I’m in Rite Aid (or any other drugstore). I really love that I received the Stash Tea Herbal Sampler, and that it was caffeine free. I can’t really have too much caffeine so I was really happy that I can actually enjoy teas flavors like Acai Berry, Blueberry Superfruit, Chamomile, Lemon Ginger, Licorice Spice, Mango Passionfruit, Peppermint, and Wild Raspberry Hibiscus minus any caffination. As for the Truvia, it’s an amazing alternative to sugar and I highly recommend it for pretty much anyone, it doesn’t have any awful after-taste, and it great with coffee or fruit.

There were two products in my box that I was extremely skeptical about, which was the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor and the Kiss Nail Dress- Fashion That Sticks nail polish adhesives. I always thought that the razors like the Gillette Venus were simply just a really expensive razor. And then I tried the Gillette & Olay one. Now I cannot say enough about this razor, first of all, it smells amazing. Second of all, the bars of moisturizer located around the razor blades leave your skin smelling, feeling, and looking amazing after shaving. The great thing about this razor is that you don’t need to apply any shaving cream, and the pivoting head of the razor makes it surprisingly easy to get to all those hard to reach areas. So if you’re looking for a really good razor, or hair removal product definitely pick up one of these at your local drugstore (RiteAid, CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart)- it’ll really cut your work in half and leave amazing results behind!

Actually works and looks amazing!

Now I’ve seen these nail “stickers” around for a while in my local Rite Aid, but as of yet I had not purchased any because it seemed pretty ridiculous for anybody to stick a “nail polish” nail on their finger and actually expect it to stay and not look like a first grader playing pretend (I totally stuck stickers on my nails and pretended that I had “real” nails- like fourteen years ago!). So I was super reluctant to try the Kiss Nail Dress- Fashion That Sticks Nail Polish adhesives, especially since I received them in a metallic silver and black crackle style (called camisole) and I have never been too keen on the crackle look. You can imagine my surprise when I actually tried them on and found how easy and gorgeous my nails looked- even with the crackled finish! These are super duper easy to apply, and they leave your nails looking like they were done by a professional- you cannot even tell that they were stick-ons!

All in all, I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to receive this box- I was able to discover new products like the Stash Tea, Venus Razors, and Kiss Nail Dress. Now I not only have new favorites, but I was able to try things that otherwise I would have definitely avoided (the razors, and the nail dress) and now I love them! Thanks influenster for this great opportunity! So if you’re looking for a really great quality razor, bar of chocolate, tea, sugar alternative, or nail product- the products featured in this post (that were in my box) are the way to go!