Friday, July 22, 2016

Your Bijoux Box July 2016

Hello, dear readers!

This month's box of jewels contained some really nice pieces. The blue stones are so pretty! Take a peek!

Hold on, we can't miss the card with names and descriptions.

First, let's check out the Margaux Opal Earrings. My 7-year old daughter immediately snatched up these earrings. I had to do some serious negotiating to get them back so I could just take pictures. You can see why. They are cute! The opal stones are faceted so you get a bit of sparkle. They're not too big and heavy, either.

 The second piece is the Giselle Blue Collar Necklace. The blue of the stones is really gorgeous and bright. This happens to look fantastic with the Margaux Earrings.

 Third, we have the Lili Starburst Bracelet. At first, I didn't notice the center stone was deep blue. I'm really liking the starburst shape.  Plus, this bracelet is actually big enough for an adult. I don't have to worry about my daughter stealing this one!

Finally, they included a bonus JCat Lip Glaze. What a treat! I also had to pry this away from the 7-year old. This color is so vibrant and fun!

There you have it, another box of amazing products.  I can't wait for next month. Thanks for stopping by. See you next time!

PS. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Influenster Sprout Vox Box

Hello friends! Who else loves freebies? I love free samples! I received a box of goodies from Influenster.  This is the Sprout Vox Box.

(Please note, I received these items for free for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own.)

So, let see what they put in here.

I really like the Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Chips by Eat Smart Snacks (which is a Snyder's of Hanover  product).  They taste like regular tortilla chips with a little spice. I would never know that there are any beans in these chips. They are really good plain, but tortilla chips are meant for dipping. Try hummus, salsa, or guacamole with these. I will definitely look for these at the store.

Curate provided an energy bar. I received the mission fig and orange with balsamic vinegar, hazelnut, and sunflower seed flavor. It's gluten-free, soy free and non-GMO. It's not marked Vegan, but I don't see anything in the ingredient list that is obviously an animal product.  This bar was an interesting combination of crunchy and chewy texture, plus the flavor was almost savory.  The balsamic vinegar and orange reminded me a bit of rye bread. It was not what I expected, but it was good in an unusual way. (Plus, the do make chocolate almond hazelnut bar which I will be looking for now!)

There was a sample of Ecos laundry detergent in Magnolia and Lily fragrance. I've said this before on other detergent reviews, we usually don't buy scented detergent. I have sensitive skin, as do the kids. I've only found a few scented laundry products that don't drive us crazy from getting itchy. I like that this Ecos detergent is designed for sensitive skin, plus is smells good! It's good to find something new that works well, doesn't give us a rash, and smells nice.

I received the Clairol Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Moisture Conditioner, both are infused with honey and apricot fragrance.  I've happily used Clairol products in the past and I was excited to try this out. Smells great! Feels good massaging it in and rinsing it out. So far, so good! However, the real test is how my hair looks the next day. We're off to a good start though.

The last product to test was Orgain Organic Protein powder.  The hubby started using protein powder a few years when he was working out a lot.  He doesn't go to the gym like that anymore, but we still keep protein powder at home to supplement our diets, especially in the summer when we work outside a lot. I've had plenty of protein powder in the last 8 years, so I'm a pretty good judge of what is good and bad at this point.

I received the Vanilla powder. I had to check the ingredients, and was happy to say this doesn't contain any of our allergens. I mixed the protein powder with about 6 ounces of water. It did mix up easily. Some brands are lumpy even after a lot of stirring and shaking, I didn't have that problem with Orgain.  It smelled good, like vanilla.  The taste is pretty much what you should expect with protein powder. It has a tiny bit of an herbal aftertaste, really subtle though. I expect that it's from the chia and hemp content. If I mixed this into a smoothie, it would be great. Also, the texture drinking it was smooth. This is a good discovery!

Some lucky testers received Vichy skin care products to sample. I was not one of them. Maybe I'll get selected for the special test item next time. After reading some reviews about Vichy, I was really hoping to get to sample it.

Well, that is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Your Bijoux Box June 2016

Hello, dear readers. It's June. The weather has been unpredictable here. but I got my next box of goodies just as expected!

Look at all this pearly cuteness!

First, the YBB site revealed the Deepa Gurnani pearl headband and the Evie Freshwater Pearl Chain.  I love the headband. I'm a big fan of hair accessories, so this was a wonderful addition. 

The Evie Freshwater Pearl Chain is also cute, fresh, summery, and striking.

Next, the Danielle Vintage Collar necklace and coordinating Bracelet were a hit with me.  I like that they are silver-tone instead of golden.  I was in need of some silvery jewels.

I also picked up the Anna Deco Necklace, which coordinates with the Anna Crystal Bracelet from January.  

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

PS. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.