Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color

5 out of 5 Stars

I LOVE most Sally Hansen products including this one! I am shocked at how easy the magnetic nail polish was to put on and use! I honestly thought it would be so difficult that I didn't get around to using it for nearly 2 weeks... but it took me under 20 minutes to completely finish my nails! I'm still amazed considering it normally takes me over an hour to paint my nails. That factor alone makes this my new favorite nail polish!

  •  3-D Nail Art in Seconds
  • Available in 8 striking colors!
  • Easy to use magnet
  • Sold at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally for $9.99

 Applying Tips
I had no problems putting on this nail polish for the most part. The only thing I had a little trouble with was the magnet. (A few times I accidentally let it touch my freshly painted nail, I was lucky however because it didn't cause much damage) The best way I found to avoid this was to view my nail from the side so I could see how close the magnet was getting to my nail. Also be sure to place the rounded elevated edge of the magnet as close as you can underneath your cuticle because if you place it to far back the design doesn't show up as well on the nail. 

 To Apply:
  1.  Roll Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color between palms to activate
  2.  Remove over cap with the magnet
  3. Apply base coat (if desired) 
  4. Apply first coat of color to all 10 nails
  5. Wait few minutes for first coat to dry (I waited 5 minutes or so)
  6. Apply thicker layer of Magnetic Nail Color to one nail and immediately hold magnet over nail, resting the rounded guide just below the cuticle for 10 seconds
  7. Repeat step 6 to all other nails
  8. Apply top coat (if desired)
  9. Be amazed by how beautiful your nails look!

 Durability & Quality 
 This nail polish was so easy to apply and dries super quick! I'm not the best at painting my nails but the formula of this nail polish makes it easy for even someone like me to use it! I got beautiful end results with minimal effort! The Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail polish holds up extremely well even under the harshest circumstances and manages to look amazing the entire time. It lasted an entire week before I noticed slight chipping. I enjoyed how smooth this polish went on with no streaking or bubbling. The color I used (906 Ionic Indigo) was a very bold blue color which I loved. The designs made by the magnet came out very nicely in a pretty lighter blue color. Just everything about this nail polish is perfect in my opinion especially the speedy drying!

For more information check out: Sally Hansen

 Disclaimer: I received the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in the color "906 Ionic Indigo" complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster’s VoxBox program. I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 13, 2012


4 out of 5 Stars

For many years, I have been trying to find the right shampoo and conditioner for my color damaged hair. (In my teen years I bleached and dyed my hair frequently) I have tried just about every brand on the market, from the high end brands to the cheaper store brands all leaving me with the same end results... dandruff, itchy scalp, dead ends, and dryness. It got the point that I just about gave up on any fancy hairstyles because fly-away/frizzy hairs spouted up everywhere, destroying the entire look....Needless to say, I was excited when I received the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy shampoo and conditioner in my complimentary Voxbox from Influenster to review. I saw it in just about every store that I shopped in and was a bit afraid to try it. I figured it would be just like every other brand I tried, but I am happy to say that is was far better!

My opinion
The first thing I noticed about the Clear Scalp & Hair Shampoo/Conditioner was the incredible scent it left on my hair for hours after taking my shower. The second change I noticed was how manageable my hair was becoming. My hair not only looked more healthy but began to develop a beautiful shine. I could not believe, my hair was less brittle within a week of using this wonderful product! Even my dandruff decreased! The only reason I gave Clear a 4 out of 5 stars is because if a bit too much conditioner is used it leaves your hair feeling greasy. (I recommend using a smaller amount it to avoid this mishap) However, after I used up my sample bottles I went out and purchased the full sized bottles. I am now using it everyday and loving the results I'm seeing. I'm saying goodbye to my damaged, ugly hair and hello to my new gorgeous, healthy hair! 

 Product Information 
  • Helps improve 99% of hair's natural strength
  • Nourishes the scalp 
  • Infused with Nutrum 10TM technology, a rich blend of vitamins and nutrients
  • Helps achieve more beautiful hair in just 7 days
  • Available in a range of six shampoos and five conditioners to meet different scalp and hair needs
  • For sale at mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide for $4.99- $5.99 

 For more information visit: Clear Hair Care

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

 5 Out Of 5 Stars

This summer has been scorching hot, making sunscreen a must this season!  Within minutes of walking out the door my pale skin becomes lobster red. (not very attractive but boy is it painful!) In the past, most sunscreens I used worked for a short amount of time, and even with constant reapplying I still end up with a mild sunburn. I hate how my skin feels after applying those sunscreens as well, all greasy and sticky... I wanted something better. A sunscreen that I could enjoy and would wear more frequently without hesitation. Finally, I am excited to say that I FOUND one! 

The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen is everything I was looking for, plus so much more! Not only is it a sunscreen (available in SPF 12, 30, and 50) but also a moisturizing lotion with ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons that nourishes skin for up to 12 hours!  The best part my skin feels and looks great after applying, no greasy/sticky residue left behind at all! It is an added plus that is also smells absolutely amazing like fresh coconuts. Did I forget to mention that it kept my skin completely protected and sunburn free? This product out-lasted every other sunscreen I have ever used, and has officially made its way to the top of my favorites list!  

Go on give it a try, it is sold at most major retailers for around $8.99 for a 6oz bottle. I have also seen sample bottles of it being sold with other sun protection products from Hawaiian Tropic, two for the price of one? Sweet deal huh? 

For more information:  Hawaiian Tropic

Disclaimer: I received the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster’s VoxBox program. I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar

 5 out of 5 Stars

Eat them hot or eat them cold just remember to take
 them on the go! 

  •  140 calories
  • 6g of protein
  • 11g of sugar
  • 20% of daily value of 5 B Vitamins   
  • 5g of fiber* 
*Contains 3.5g of total fat per serving

Since I first tried the Quaker Soft Baked Bars in the Banana Nut Bread flavor I have went through four boxes. (In less than a month, can somebody say addicted much?)  I find myself reaching for one of them first thing every morning and they taste great with my coffee. I am impressed with how filling they are, my hunger stays satisfied for a couple hours. They are also easy to take on the go and perfect for snacking. 

I have ate them right out of the package and warmed up... either way they are delicious!  They are covered with almonds and oats that give them a crunchy and chewy texture. The banana flavor however is subtle but noticeable. They are my new favorite treat! Trust me, go buy yourself a box and give them a try! Quick and Healthy .... what more can you ask for?!

*To warm one up: open an edge of the package, place in the microwave for 10 seconds, wait for the beep, and welcome the fresh baked taste!

A box of 5 of the Quaker Soft Baked Bars will cost you around $3.29, I have found them for as low as $2.75 in my area. I have to admit for that price they are totally worth it! They can be found in most major retailers. (Target, Walmart, etc)

For more information and for a coupon for $0.75 off  a box visit: Quaker

*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster's VoxBox Program but all opinions stated are my own and I am not being paid to review this product

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Salon Effects- 210 Frock Star

(Sally Hansen) 

 4 out of 5 Stars

The Sally Hansen Salon Effects can be found at pretty much any store that sells beauty products and retail for around $9.99. They come in a wide variety of 40 must-have designs that will go perfectly with every occasion. Each box contains 16 nail polish strips that once applied (no dry time needed) can last up to 10 days and be easily removed with normal nail polish remover. 
visit: Sally Hansen for more information

I constantly saw the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in every store I shopped at. I would always take a few seconds to look over all the cute designs they came in but I was a bit skeptical of the entire idea of nail polish strips. (considering they look like normal stickers at first glance!) I seriously thought that once applied they would appear childish and possibly even ridiculous, but boy was I wrong... I have to say they truly impressed me! I will be buying many more of them in the future!

 Applying Info & Tips
The only reason I gave them 4 out of 5 stars is because I had a bit of trouble applying them (over 30 minutes) and because they have quite a long list of prep/applying instructions. I had a very difficult time stretching them to fit my nail correctly both width and length wise. However, I'm pretty confident that after a few times of practicing with them they would be easier and quicker to apply. I would recommend selecting a strip slightly larger then your nail bed to prevent a void in color/design. It is also very important to follow ALL the steps to ensure a longer lasting manicure.
Durability & Quality 
The design I wore (210 Frock Star) was a mix of rainbow colored glitter specks that dazzled in the sunlight. I was blown-away with how beautiful were and how long they held on. I have a cashier job that requires a lot of hand-on type of work such as stocking products and heavy duty cleaning. Needless to say, anytime I paint my nails with normal nail polish, they tend to chip within minutes of arriving to work. The Sally Hansen Salon Effect nail polish strips remained intact for an entire 2 weeks with few noticeable chips! To be honest, it was a challenge to remove them with nail polish remover, they hold on that well!

Disclaimer: I received the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in the design "Frock Star" complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster’s VoxBox program. I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own.

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist

Twilight Woods Fine Fragrance Mist
 (Bath & Body Works)
*A charming light mist with a delightful scent. One of 20 Signature fragrances available at Bath & Works*  

I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. I've always been a fan of the delightful scents Bath & Body Works provides. So needless to say, I was excited to receive this particular product. For the low price of $14.00 you get an 8 fl oz/236 ml bottle. I thought the design of the bottle was cute, fun, and inventive. I was instantly attracted to sleek design of it and I actually prefer this design over the previous one. 

I gave it five stars because from the instant I sprayed it I was enthralled with the slightly coy scent, it isn't too heavy or overly strong. I wear it constantly and often receive compliments on how great it smells. The scent reminds me of the tangy smell of a forest after a rainstorm with the slight hint of wildflowers. I highly recommend this to anyone who adores an exotic scent.

For more information on this scent and the rest of the exclusive collection go to: Bath & Body Works

Friday, April 27, 2012

upcoming product review information :)

I will be putting up quite a few product reviews in the next 2 weeks, so before I do I wanted to explain how I will be doing each review: 

1. Not all products may be purchased by me (I will be receiving a free VoxBox from Influenster check out their site for more information)

2. All opinions are my own

3. I am NOT being paid by any companies to review their products 
nor am I being paid to alter my honest opinion

4.  I will only be doing reviews on actual products I have actually tried

5. Products will be from a mix of categories such as make-up, hair care, skin care, beauty care, fashion, etc etc 

 6. I will use a 5 star rating system as follows:
1 star- horrible product, did NOT work as it was supposed to
2 stars- not the best product, but somewhat worked as it was supposed to
3 stars- the product was okay, it worked well but could be better
4 stars- I really liked the product
5 stars- I'm obsessed with the product & I recommend it 

Okay everyone, I think I covered everything. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I am looking forward to working on different product reviews and I hope that you enjoy them as well as find them helpful! Until we meet again- Helena