NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City!

I love lip gloss, it requires less maintenance than lipstick and I’ve always liked the glossy look of a good lip gloss. I received NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City as a part of my Influenster Holiday VoxBox and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on their Liquid Lipshine::

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NYC is one of my favorite drugstore cosmetic brands for a number of reasons. First of all, they have amazing prices and I can usually find them on sale at my local Rite Aid, Walgreens, or Duane Reade. Secondly, they generally have comparable cosmetics – and you can find quite a few dupes for high end makeup from them, which is great for any girl buying on a budget. And lastly, NYC pays homage in their product design and advertisements to my most favorite city and home – New York City!

Now about that lipshine, Nude York City is a versatile nude color. It has an almost peachy look to it, and has a generous amount of glitter and shine. On application it’s pretty sticky at first, but absorbs nicely into your lips and looks quite attractive. I have to tell you guys, I really love the wand for this gloss! It’s actually flexible, which is good for application and feels really good when you put it on!

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Another thing I found when using this gloss is that it goes great over bright colored lipstick, and even colors that otherwise might not suit you. For instance, I have this limited edition red lipstick that I love the color of but never wear because it just doesn’t look well with my skin tone. When I applied Nude York City over the lipstick it smoothed down the color, and brought out the warm tones in the lipstick making it look better on me than without the lipshine.

NYC has loads of great colors in their Liquid Lipshine line (and they’re only about $2.25 each!), feel free to check them all out here – and check out their whole site and everything NYC New York Color has to offer by clicking here! Have you tried any of NYC’s products? Which ones were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to know which one to try next!

* I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. I am under no obligation to review said product. All opinions presented are my own and are not influenced in any way, for more info see my PR tab above!

Goody QuikStyle Review

I have pretty long wavy/straight hair – and usually it takes quite a while for my hair to air dry. And recently I’ve been trying to lay off of the heat products just for the sake of keeping my hair from getting irrevocably damaged, plus curling/ironing my hair takes a lot more time than I have these days.

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So when Influenster sent me the Goody Quikstyle paddle brush I was really interested in trying a product that claimed it would not only dry my hair faster, but would also help me style it- without heat. Now I normally will roll and pin my hair in a bath towel after my shower in the hopes that it’ll absorb some of that moisture. The starring feature for the Goody Quikstyle brush is that it has absorbent microfiber bristles that work to absorb about 30% of water in your hair – which makes for even faster styling!

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Not only to the microfiber bristles absorb some of that excess water, but they’re made with an antibacterial microfiber that keeps the brush clean – although you’ll also want to cleanse it regularly, and when you do make sure to tap the back of the brush to rejuvenate the bristles.

I really enjoyed the design of the brush and found that despite it’s bulky appearance it was not only effective in soaking up water from my hair, and even significantly reducing frizz, but it also felt good in my hand. Turns out, this brush was designed to be lightweight, but effective (with rear-screen ventilation) – while avoiding hand fatigue. The bristles seemed flat after a couple uses, so to remove the hair I ran a fine tooth comb between the rows, which removed stray strands and then I rinsed the brush itself, turning it over and tapping the back until the bristles stood at attention again – it was like new!

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The Goody Quikstyle Brush comes in a paddle version – the one I tried, and a convex half-round shape. You can find out more about the brushes here, and if my review hasn’t convinced you that this brush is amazing then please feel free to check out what other Influensters had to say about the Quikstyle brush here! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions at all about the brush and my experience with it then just drop me a comment below!

*I received the product(s) mentioned in the post in from the Influenster Vox Box in order to facilitate a review. I am not obligated in any way to review the product. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way.

EBOOST, for natural, long-lasting energy!

There are a zillion and one energy products out there on the market. But EBOOST is one of the few that boasts natural ingredients that provide a LASTING energy boost. I was always wary of energy drinks and supplements – I never knew exactly what was in them and I completely dreaded the crash that inevitably followed.

I actually have tried EBOOST before and the taste was alright – it was the orange one, and while I appreciated the boost of energy I just couldn’t imagine drinking it every time I needed some energy. Luckily in the Holiday VoxBox from Influenster I had a chance to try the Pink Lemondade version. The pink lemonade has a far better flavor – and if you’ve had energy drinks before then you know how hard it is to find an energy drink that tastes drinkable let alone good. I should warn you, it does have a bitter aftertaste, it doesn’t last long at all, but really just tastes like orange rind.

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The packet advises that you mix it in with 12oz of water. Initially I mixed it with 12 oz, using the mason jars I bought (thanks Pinterest!) but ended up moving it to a larger pitcher because it was a little too sweet for my tastes and I wanted to add some more water. So personally, I’d mix it with like 20oz of ice cold water. It fizzes up like soda in the beginning, but then dies down a bit and tastes only subtly carbonated.

I would definitely recommend EBOOST to athletes, people who exercise- like when you need a boost before starting your cardio routine at home, and definitely students. I know I have a super full semester this Spring and I’ll definitely be needing an extra boost. I used my EBOOST when I had to pull an all-nighter and it keep me feeling awake enough that I powered through the night. But what I love most about EBOOST is that it gives you natural energy that lasts and contains vitamins and super nutrients like Vitamin C,  Vitamin D, and B-12! That to me is definitely a winning formula!

To check out more EBOOST reviews, check out Influenster’s EBOOST page or check out the EBOOST website here for more info!

*I received the product(s) mentioned in the post in from the Influenster Vox Box in order to facilitate a review. I am not obligated in any way to review the product. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way.

A Better Breakfast with Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+

During the week I don’t always manage to eat breakfast. I know, it’s terrible. But I’m determined now more than ever to get the most out of my mornings. Which means adding in a healthy breakfast into my routine. The only problem is that I’m probably the exact opposite of a morning person, I can sleep through pretty much anything, and after I wake up I won’t be coherent for another hour or two. So popping up to make a delicious but healthy breakfast is as realistic as me suddenly sprouting wings and flying (like those Red Bull commercials).

Quaker Real Medleys Apple Walnut Oatmeal

Thankfully, Quaker – a brand I grew up with, came out with their Real Medleys “instant” oatmeal. My mom was actually really excited about the Real Medleys line when it first hit stores, but for some reason or other we never actually got around to trying them, until I was sent one of the Real Medley’s in Apple Walnut in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox. So over the holiday week, I was super busy and therefore even less of a morning person than ever, I just popped it in the microwave and I was actually pretty darn surprised with how tasty it was!

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I know the directions say to just add water and microwave, but I’m a lactose lover so I did a half milk half water mixture. To me milk makes everything creamier and better. SO if you’re like me and regularly add milk to your oatmeal, I’d suggest you edit the directions and add some milk.

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Real Medleys comes in Cherry Pistachio, Peach Almond, Summer Berry, and Apple Walnut – which is the flavor that I tried. It’s really really yummy – and I promise I’m not just saying that. It literally tastes like a hug from the inside – it’s warm, not too sweet, the apple and cranberries add the perfect pop of flavor, and the walnuts give a great layer of texture to the oatmeal. So if you’re in the store, and you’re looking for a delicious, fast, and easy breakfast option totally pick up some of these because they’re so good and only about $1-2 each. To find out more about Quaker Real Medleys click here, to read more reviews on Real Medleys by other influensters click here!

*I received the product(s) mentioned in the post in from the Influenster Vox Box in order to facilitate a review. I am not obligated in any way to review the product. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way.

Boots No7 for Beautiful Skin!

I’ve heard about Boot’s for years now, but didn’t see any of their products in US store until recently in Target – where they have become more widely available. And while the US has been slow to distribute the beauty brand, Boots has been a staple for over 160 years in the UK – and the No7 brand is the number 1 cosmetics and skincare brand in the UK! So you can bet that I was pretty darn excited to receive a sample of Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion and Beautiful Skin Night Cream (both for Normal/Dry Skin) in my Beauty Bloggers VoxBox!

The Night Cream claims to energize and help promote optimum hydration for healthy radiant skin. Now I have super sensitive acne prone skin, so I’m always wary of products promising to hydrate my skin- because I usually end up doing an emergency pore cleansing mask afterwards to deal with breakouts caused by overly-thick creams. However, no joke, the No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream was as light as silk and left my skin feeling like a baby’s! It has a subtle scent that I found to be quite nice and not overbearing at all. Also, the cream absorbs really well into the skin – so you won’t have any oily residue left behind or anything.

I actually never understood cleansing lotions before my experience with Boot’s No7 Beautiful Skin one. I usually scrub the makeup off my face using makeup wipes, wash up with my foaming cleanser and call it a night. However, makeup wipes tend to be really abrasive and leave my eyelids dry and red – and never fully rid me of my makeup on its own. But this No7 Cleansing Lotion is where it’s at! It was super light, and literally took all my makeup off in one shot. It doesn’t really have any scent, and you just apply the tiniest bit to your eye/face rub it around and then wipe off. No dry, red eyes and no makeup! I used it to rid my hand of eyeshadow when I was taking photos for my NYC Individual Eyes swatch and review – it worked like a charm!

I’m really loving these two products and can’t wait to try the rest of Boot’s No7 skincare line, as well as their makeup offerings – you can find out more about Boot’s and what they offer here!

Have you had any experience with Boot’s and their cosmetics and skincare products??? Let me know in the comments below!

Beauty Sage Editors’ Picks Sample Box Review

Hi guys! I recently purchased one of Beauty Sage’s curated Editors’ Picks Sample Boxes, and wanted to share with you guys what you can expect should you order a similar box from Beauty Sage. Now for those of you who don’t know, Beauty Sage is an online store by YouBeauty.com – it’s more of an online boutique dedicated to offering the best in health and beauty products that have been tested and proven to work. Now, every one of Beauty Sage’s sample boxes are $5 each (or free with a $75 order) – their featured brands change, but you can choose between four specialized boxes or an Editors’ Picks box.

I purchased the Editors’ Picks Sample Box and here’s what I received:

Beecology Lavender & Honey – I received two sample size bars of Beecology’s relaxing lavender with honey soap. They sent it in the cutest little drawstring bag and had a soothing lavender scent – I loved the packaging and size of this sample.

21 Drops De-Stress Drops – I received a small vial of 21 Drops De-Stress aromatherapy oil drops. Their De-Stress formula includes Frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang and German chamomile that help steady the nerves, relieve tension and reduce irritation. It was a nice sized sample, and the packaging was very well done however this scent wasn’t for me.

A Perfume Organic in Urban Organic – The sample was also a small vial. Urban Organic is constructed of a sweet lemon sorbet bourbon, tangy lime peel, basil, ginger, and smoky vetiver. The scent was akin to a lush vegetable garden – it reminded me of a garden after the rain.

Kneipp Herbal Bath in Valerian and Hops – I have yet to try the sample, but it looks quite nice! The packet was 0.3oz and is supposed to be a relaxing treatment with calming and essential oils that help prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

Snowberry Nourishing Lite Day Cream – This is the sample that I the most EXCITED to share with you guys. First of all, a full sized version of this cream is a 1.7oz bottle which runs for $95 – this means that my 0.10oz packet alone costs more then I paid for the box (it has about $5.59 worth of cream). Secondly, this cream is amazing! The sample I had was made for combination skin (which I have), and combines a wide range herbal of emollients and natural gums to deeply hydrate skin; as well as powerful amounts of antioxidants and collagen-boosting peptides, such as Co Enzyme Q10, to combat the signs of aging. It has a mild clean scent, not overpowering whatsoever, and it absorbed super fast into my skin. Plus, it wasn’t greasy at all – it’s a light cream that provides what I felt to be deep moisture and hydration for my skin. If I had the money, I would totally gift myself with a bottle of this for Christmas!

The products within The Editors’ Picks Sample Box from Beauty Change are subject to change, but based on this experience alone I’m already planning on buying a couple more boxes. I have a few family members that this would make an excellent gift for!

Comments are always welcome! Feel free to ask me any questions about this box, my experience with them, and anything else you might have some questions about!

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).

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).

Love with Food Box: October 2012

I was so thrilled with this month’s Love with Food box that I went straight to Target and bought some of the GoGo Squeeze apple sauce on the go packets (I think I bought a box of every flavor). It’s definitely one of my favorite products now- it’s so yummy, if you haven’t tried it then you totally should! Anyways here are the other products that were featured in the box: Mrs. May’s Natural Superfruit Acai Strawberry Sesame Strips, a Health Nut Gluten-Free Cookie,  Numi Organic PU-ERH mini sampler, Seed and Fruit Trail Mix from Enjoy Life,  Honey Straws by Nature’s Kick, and Baked Cheddar Cheese Fries from Snikiddy Snacks.

I really loved the tea and the honey straw; they had a great taste and would be perfect in a gift basket! After receiving the box and trying my tea and honey, I went to the Love with Food online store and bought a pack of the orange blossom ones – and if that’s not a glowing recommendation then I don’t know what is!

The Strawberry Sesame Strips had a great blend of sesame and strawberry flavors, and a good sweet crunch. Love it. The Health Nut Gluten-Free cookie was surprisingly good; you couldn’t even tell that it was gluten free or anything! I also bought three boxes of these- one in every flavor.

I loved the Seed and Fruit Trail Mix, and couldn’t get enough of the Baked Cheddar Cheese Fries – I know they sell them locally so I can’t wait to get my hand on them!

Overall, this box was stellar, and I’m so glad that I stuck with my subscription. In fact I loved the box so much that I just purchased a 6 month subscription! Love with Food is a great subscription service, and I feel that you definitely get more than your money’s worth. Click here to sign up!

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Comments are always welcome!

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.