Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Holiday Voxbox Review: Kiss Nail Dress.

I'm in love! I received these Kiss nail stickers as part of my Holiday Voxbox from Influenster. I'm a novice when it comes to using nail stickers. Since I am a chronic nail biter, I decided to use the Kiss Nail Dress stickers on my toes. I do not bite my toes!

I was worried that my complete lack of experience would make it difficult for me to use this kit, but it was so easy to do.

Here is what my kit looked like:

3 sticker sheets and one file plus instructions.

Close-up of one of the stickers

The instructions were pretty clear cut. Pick out what size fits, press them on, file off the rest. Since I did them on my toes, I had to put them on with the square side down, and clip off the access with scissors.

Here is the finished product:

Overall, the look pretty good. I had a harder time with my right foot being that I'm left handed. Close up you can still see some of my nail on my big toe. I'm still very please with Kiss Nail Dress. It was so much easier than painting my nails and they look fabulous! Kiss Nail Dress retail for $6.99 and come in 18 different styles.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Influenster Holiday Voxbox (unboxing).

I received my very first Influenster Voxbox on Christmas Eve.

Check it out:

Here is picture of a list of all the products. I will be reviewing each of them individually during this upcoming week. I did not receive the face mask.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today's Tap.

It's been a while since I've done one of these. I have a lot of new stuff going on at Crowdtap, Expo, Influenster, etc.

What's new on Crowdtap:

    • I finally hit 80 STARPOWER today. 
    • I got picked for a new Durex sample share

What's new on Bzzagent:

  • The Stella Artois campaign in still going on. I have yet to use my chalice. I plan on going most of the work for this campaign over Christmas and New Year's. 
  • I got invited to Bzz For a Cause. Bzzagent will be donating $5,000 to whichever charity the most people vote for. I voted for St. Judes Children's Hospital. 
What's new on Swaggable:

  • Not a heck of a lot. I have yet to receive the veggie wash or mango chips that were supposedly shipped out one month ago. 
  • They gave the site a makeover. It looks a lot nicer now. It is also much easier to use. 
What's new on Influenster:

  • I got accepted for my first voxbox! It is going to be the holiday box. From what I've heard, it is a box of hazelnut chocolates. Yum! 
What's new on Expo:

  • I got accepted into my first tryology! It is for Glade. I have no clue what type of products I am getting. Based on the pre-qualifying survey, I'm guessing it will be scented candles of some kind. 
  • I just filled out a pre-qualifying survey for Herbal Essences last night. I hope being in the Glade tryology does not hurt my chance. I love trying new hair products. 
  • I have a bunch of new videos uploaded. I finally figured out how to use Windows Movies of whatever to reduced the size of my video files. Here is one of my favorite reviews for IAMS cat food:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pawalla Cat Box Review.

When I first started this blog, I had no clue things like subscription boxes existed. I sort of just stumbled upon this website and I've been intrigued ever since. A couple of boxes caught my eye from the beginning. The Pawalla box was the first one that caught my attention.

"You will receive a monthly selection of all-natural wet foods, treats, supplements, toys, and more for your pet to enjoy. "  

I decided to wait until Cyber Monday to see if there would be any coupon codes available instead of joining right away. I'm always for saving money! I'm VERY glad I did because they had a 50% off code for my first box. I have four cats varying in age from 1 to 17. I decided to order the box for my 8 year old cat, Lilly. I figured the 4 of them could share all the goodies inside.

My box arrived yesterday. My very first subscription box. How exciting! I adore my cats so much that I'd rather order a box for them first. I really wanted to show them all how much I love them and Pawalla helped me do that. The box was a huge success!

As usual Roxie* is the first one out to inspect something new. I love the box they used to ship all my goodies in. It's pretty clear that this is a gift for my cats and what a great way to advertise. The package was addressed to Lilly which I thought was cute. I have a p.o. box though and the postal workers were not to happy about it.

The box is open! Roxie is sniffing out all the goodies.

The box included a lovely Happy Holidays message. I though that was a very nice touch. The cat and dog dressed up in Santa hats are so cute. Underneath that there was another sheet with a detailed list of all the products inside and a nice letter from the folks at Pawalla.

Roxie discovered the toy! Spot's Eco Natural Mouse is "catnip filled and made with unbleached, undyed cotton fibers and cotton fill. It is made in the USA by Ethical Pets.

I love that this toy is green and made it the USA. I'm all for supporting American businesses! The toy was a big hit with Roxie. As soon as I put it down she ran off with it in her mouth and I haven't seen it since. I'm guessing she "buried" it under my bed.

a lump of coal or a loofah? 
Next, I noticed the Fur_Zoff Pet Hair Remover. At first site I thought it was a loofah. I would hate to attempt using a loofah on any of my cats.  The Fur_Zoff Pet Hair Remover is "made from 90% post-consumer recycled materials, and it never wears out." I haven't used it yet but I'm anxious to try it out. I love that they have something in this box for me to use. I'm not about to eat cat treats even if they do look delicious.

Speaking of cat treats...I discovered a ton of great new cat products and treats in this box!

The biggest hit with my cats so far is, the PureBites Freeze Dried Shrimp. The Primal Freeze Dried Turkey treats were a bit of a miss with two of my cats. My oldest cat Blackie and my youngest Roxie really like them, but my other two would not touch them. It says on the package they are for dogs and cats. I could see dogs probably enjoying this treat more just because of their size. They were kind of large and difficult for my cats to chew. I have yet to test out the Greenies treats or Life Essentials Chicken Sprinkles. However, I can see all of my cats enjoying these.

I fed the Nature's Variety Salmon Formula to my cats this morning. I have to admit this food looks quite tasty. I was worried my cats would not eat it because they haven't liked the higher end wet food I've purchased for them in the past. My worrying turned out to be unnecessary  They all ran to the dish when I put it out and, the food was gone in under 5 minutes. It made me feel really good to feed my cats some healthier wet food for a change.

I am officially in love with the Pawalla cat box! I love discovering new products for my cats. I'm on a limited income and cannot always afford to run out and buy new things for them to try. It makes me feel good to spoil my cats a little bit. Before receiving my first box, I was undecided whether I would continue my Pawalla subscription next month at the regular price. Now I've decided that I'm definitely going to keep my subscription going. It made me cats happy and it is really is a great deal price-wise. I haven't totaled the value of everything in this box, but it has got to be over $26.

Two of my cats loved the Pawalla box so much that they take shifts guarding it.

Roxie guarding the Pawalla box

Lilly takes a turn guarding the box

If you're interested in joining Pawalla, sign up here. Your pets will thank you! They will also guard the Pawalla box and shoot you deadly looks if you try to touch it. :)

* I really do have three other cats. Roxie is the youngest and usually shows up first to inspect new stuff. My other cats are also a little camera shy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Swaggable: 100% Pure body lotions.

I finally got my body lotion samples for review from Swaggable last week. After waiting over a month, I was starting to think I would never get them.

I got an envelope from Swaggable filled with 3 ketchup-sized packets of 100% Pure body cream.

Sour apple, honey almond, and coconut. 

I was honestly expecting a large sample size. It's kind of hard to review the moisturizing effects of a lotion when you only have enough for two applications.

The good:

  • All the creams (except the honey almond) are 100% vegan and organic. 
  • a large variety of scents available on their website
  • very moisturizing 
The bad:

  • The body cream is VERY greasy. The honey almond in particular was way too oily. I actually had to wash it off.
  • The scents might not appeal to everyone. I personally love the smell of all the lotions, but I think they were kind of strong for some people. I liked the smell of the coconut cream even though I smelled like a slightly burnt coconut cake. The sour apple cream was especially strong. I didn't like smelling like a Jolly Rancher all day. 
  • The price. $15 for an 8 oz. bottle. Way out of my price range. :( 
Overall, I liked the 100% Pure body creams that I sampled. I didn't like them enough to spend $15 on a 8 oz. bottle. They do have some nice gift sets available on their website. If you're looking for a nice gift for a vegetarian or vegan in your life this might be something they would like. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Crowdtap: Healthy Choice Baked sample and share.

The folks at Crowdtap recently provided me with coupons for the new Healthy Choice Baked Entrees. I was able to print out two copies of this $1 off coupon. I also shared the coupon with my friends on Twitter and Facebook. Stop and Shop was running a really great sale on the entrees. I was able to get two of them for only $3 after the coupons.

They had two vegetarian options available, so it was an easy choice for me:

Fettuccini Alfredo Bake 

Four Cheese Ziti Marinara 

The first entree I tried was, the Fettucini Alfredo Bake.

Sadly, I did not fall in love with this entree. It was quite bland tasting. I know it is a diet meal, but it should still have some flavor. I was impressed with the broccoli to pasta ratio. This entree had a ton of broccoli in it!  The Alfredo sauce was just so BLAH. I do not see myself  buying this entree again. Coupon or not.

Next up, I tried the Four Cheese Ziti Marinara.

I enjoyed this entree a lot more! Even though it looked pretty gross (see second pic). The marinara sauce was flavorful and it had just the right amount of cheese.I would purchase this product again, if I had a coupon, and it was on sale.

Overall, I thought the Health Choice Baked Entrees were just okay. I think there regular dinners are much tastier.  I was grateful that they had two vegetarian options. I am curious how the meat entrees tasted. Have any of you tried them? How did you like them?

Thanks to Crowdtap and Healthy Choice for giving me this review opportunity!