The Good Life VoxBox Review!

Not too long ago I was one of the lucky Influensters to receive a (complimentary for review purposes) Influenster The Good Life VoxBox. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Influenster and the VoxBox, click here for more deets (and let me know if you’d like an invite in the comments below), otherwise, here’s what I received in the Good Life themed VoxBox:

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New-Skin® Liquid Bandage (ARV $7.29) – I was super excited to received this – it’s like a liquid bandaid that dries and forms a protective cover that is flexible and waterproof! Unfortunately I haven’t been injured recently (not even a paper cut) so I haven’t been able to give it a proper try – but I’ll let you know when I do, I know I’m pass due for some sort of injury ;)

Nonni’s® THINaddictives ™ (ARV $3.99) – I like them, they’re decent cookies and they go great with coffee. Plus, they’re only 100 calories for 3 of them – which makes it a healthy snack. I’ll probably buy these myself when I get a chance.

the Vitamin Shoppe Garcinia Cambogia (ARV $16.99, 90 Capsules) – Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, India, and West Africa, and may support appetite control. I’m still in the testing process with these – you’re supposed to take 2 capsules 30 minutes before a meal.

ZonePerfect Greek Yogurt Bars (ARV $1.25 ea.) – My bar was their Greek Yogurt Vanilla Berry one and it was amazing! I love this bar! I’ve seen it a zillion times on store shelves and I was always curious about it, but never went ahead and bought it. But now that I know how good this one was, I’m definitely going to try the other varieties that they have. Have you tried ZonePerfect Bars? If you have, let me know which one you like best!

UrgentRx® Fast Powders™ (ARV $1.39) – You all already know how much I love my Urgent Rx, I buy mine all the time from Duane Reade. They’re amazing, and super convenient.

The Verdict: I love receiving VoxBox’s of any kind, but this box couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve recently been journeying into a more healthier lifestyle – and I feel like the ZonePerfect Bar and Nonni’s cookies and really everything that was included in the box have been great helpers for me. They’re products that make the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle that much more easier.

My Kiss Nail Dress Obsession

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Probably one of my most favorite brands is Kiss and their sister brand Broadway nails. The other day I had an event to go to, however I had no time to do my nails – and believe me, they were not looking pretty! So on my way out I grabbed one of the nail dresses that I had on hand and applied it on my way downtown where the event was held. At the event my nails were complimented not once, but twice – and it’s always nice to receive compliments on your nails, especially when you didn’t have to put in lots of time or effort to make them look as good as they do, lol!

I’ve written about Kiss Nail Dress before – which you can check out here, but I just wanted to update you on the Nail Dress options and the one’s that I like to keep on hand. I’m a stereotypical New Yorker in that I tend to wear a lot of dark colors (who am I kidding, if I could I’d dress like Johnny Cash all the time – all in black), so playing with accessories and my nails gives me that much needed pop of color.

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The nail dresses from left to right are Peignoir, Push-Up, Princess, and Shrug. I first tried Shrug back when I received my Love VoxBox almost a year ago. I loved it so much that I always make sure to have a set of them on hand. I remember at first being iffy about the style, and then I put them on and was surprised by how much I actually like them.  I picked up Princess and Peignoir at the drugstore, I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m always surprised with how good Kiss Nail Dress looks that I’m sure these will look super pretty.

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I received Push-Up, the set I’m most excited about in my latest VoxBox- the Holiday VoxBox. It’s super pretty, and I love the green and hot pink feather design. It looks perfect for Spring and/or Summer! At the time I’m writing this I’m still rocking my Impress Nails, so I can’t show you what Push-Up looks like on – but you can see lots of reviews and pictures on the Kiss Nail Dress review page on Influenster here. Want to see more? Check out Kisses other Nail Dress designs here!

Have you had the chance to try out Kiss Nail Dress? What designs would you like most to try?

* 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!

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!

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).