April 2017 Favorites

April 2017 Favorites
GVP Compare to Clairol Shimmer Lights
, $10 / Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream, $5 /
Tarte Shape Tape, $25 / L’Oreal Sublime Glow, $9 / Febreze One, $6

I made a typo when I was writing out the title of this post – I accidentally wrote, “April 2015 Favorites.” Yeah, right.

I’ve moved on from Blond Brilliance. Priced similarly for way more product, Sally Beauty’s GVP line has what is apparently an excellent dupe of Clairol Shimmer Lights. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t tried Shimmer Lights, but what I do know is that this stuff is glorious for preservation of blonde.

It’s back! My cuticles are a mess since the manicure that blew my no buy. They did a fairly shoddy job, and now my fingers are worse off than before. This is the universe’s way of getting me back, ha. To help protect them, I’ve been slathering the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage cream into them a couple times a day. I’m almost all fixed up.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Shape Tape is a really great concealer. It isn’t some godly ambrosia perfect for every situation as the masses on YouTube would have you believe, but it is pretty solid.

I’m using Cabana Tan on my legs, but my arms (which take color at a comically rapid rate and do not suffer aggressive exfoliation from shaving) are getting a gradual sunless tanner for now. I’ve used Jergens with success but wanted to try L’Oreal Sublime Glow for fun and bought it over the winter – I like how it smells a bit more than the Jergens, and it seems as effective. Bonus? This has a small bit of fun, non-distracting, non-tacky shimmer – just enough to highlight the skin ever-so-faintly and give it a bit more life. I use medium. Note: This isn’t Sublime BRONZE, which is their more aggressive sunless tanner. This is the gradual one!

I’ll be the first to admit I have a Febreze problem. I have since as long as I can remember. Back in the day, it was Meadows and Rain. Then, Thai Dragonfruit, Allergen Reducer (smells surprisingly nice and I still use it). Next (and also currently), the Tide scented one since that’s my husband’s laundry detergent preference. I’ve tried and liked many more. Then, Febreze came out with their refillable Febreze One product and I immediately purchased it. It’s a fabric refresher and air freshener in one. It’s non-aerosol, and you can buy refill cartridges rather than whole new bottles. The Bamboo scent reminds me of something between Tide and Meadows and Rain – it’s clean, but not nauseatingly so. There’s a distinct, crisp Ozone note that I can’t.get.enough.of (its what I love about Yankee’s Margaritaville Mother Ocean candles!) Anyway, then BzzAgent sent me the other two scents which are quite lovely as well. I love that they’re lower-waste and that it’s a multi-use product. Couch? Curtains? Bathroom? Office? Handled.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

First things first – I received Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs lotion for free, courtesy of Influenster, for testing purposes; product was provided, but I am not paid or sponsored. More info in this post.


I’ve made no secrets that despite my love of makeup, I just can’t be bothered every day. Sure, I might slap on mascara on a daily basis, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to do a full face on a daily basis. Likewise, applying leg makeup is not exactly on the top of my list of beauty things to do on the regular (or…well, ever).

airbrushlegs

The Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs line isn’t new; I definitely recall seeing it on shelves at least ten years ago. Never giving enough bothers to want to fuss with body makeup, I had never tried it. Realistically, I never would have sought this out in the store. This is the product you buy when you either have varicose veins/are bruise prone OR go, “OH SHIT, I have a thing this evening and my legs are the color #ffffff!” and frankly, my veins haven’t yet become bothersome enough for me to care. Influenster (a social marketing platform similar to BzzAgent) sent me a kit with the product to try, so what the hell – I’ll try it for science.

Rather than the aerosol variety that I was familiar with, Influenster sent me a small tube of the Medium to Dark lotion. Although I knew what to expect from the spray, I wasn’t sure how the lotion would go.

Application

Just like tanning products, you should shave and exfoliate prior to application. The Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs lotion dispenses from the tube as a medium consistency, terra cotta orange color. That’s…encouraging.

I was pleased to discover that it did not dry too quickly on my skin so as not to allow me to get even coloring, but as I suspected from the color of the lotion, it was very orange on me; not dark, but orange. I used my hands, but this might do well with a bodyblender.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Before & After

Surprisingly enough, the camera is far kinder to the coloring than both true natural light and daylight bulbs are – in fact, the photo looks nice. (I did take pictures with my mobile device because I really didn’t want to handle my DSLR with orange hands). In real life, it doesn’t look like a natural tan. It reminds me very much so of Mystic Tan, color-wise.

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Influenster Violet Voxbox Review

 

Stand in awe at the outstanding quality of this photograph of the contents of the 2013 Violet Voxbox. I know. Listen, I was in a rush and foolishly got rid of the box before it occurred to me that I should take nice photos. I’ll be better next time! I received this products for free, courtesy of Influenster.

Influenster Violet Voxbox
Influenster Violet Voxbox

From Left: Soyjoy Banana / Goody Quikstyle / Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Reef Raf /
Goody Athletique Adjustable Yoga Wicking Headband

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Influenster Violet VoxBox Overview

I mentioned that I am involved with Influenster in a previous post. About a month or so ago,  after a longer-than-anticipated wait, I received their Violet VoxBox. This box was supposed to be part of their fall campaign but due to various delays out of their control, it came a little late. Amusingly, some Influensters were getting a little sassy on their Facebook page — as if they were paying customers and had been slighted because they weren’t getting their free products fast enough. Wow, much impatient. So entitlement. Wow. Anyway, here’s an overview of the Influenster Violet Voxbox.

influenster violet voxbox
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As with many Voxboxes, it has a handful of items that ship to most recipients as well as a few that go out to a smaller selection. The following brands were represented by this box:

  • Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spa – I am unfamiliar with this brand, but they seem to offer single-pack masks (like Freeman does). You can find some of their products here.
  • Goody Quickstyle – These quirky-looking hairbrushes have tufts of microfiber in between the bristles of the brush. The idea is that your hair dries faster during brushing since it behaves like a towel.
  • Goody Athletique – Somewhat stretchy, elastic fabric headbands that secure with velcro.
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine – Another one of Sally Hansen’s polish offerings.
  • Soyjoy – From what I can tell, these are gluten-free soy snack bars. Amazon carries them.
  • Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry shampoo from the Not Your Mothers’s line, available in drugstores, mass merchants, possibly salons, and online.

 

Of the above, I received the following for free, compliments of Influenster:

  • A Goody Quickstyle Paddle brush
  • A Goody Athletique headband
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Reef Raf
  • A Soyjoy Banana bar

I actually already had a small, travel size can of Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo (henceforth abbreviated NYMCF Dry Shampoo because long name is long) that I picked up at Five Below when I was on a quest to find, “my,” dry shampoo. Admittedly, although this was by no stretch of the imagination a, “bad,” box (I am definitely not complaining!), I did not get much mileage out of it personally. But that’s okay, that’s part of the point – they want our opinions. Stay tuned, I will deliver!

 

Disclosure: With the exception of the dry shampoo, I received all of these products compliments of Influenster. I am not paid or otherwise compensated to share–my thoughts are my own. That said, some of the links in this post are affiliate links – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I will only tell you something is awesome if I can vouch for it myself.