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Review: Influenster Spring Fling VoxBox

About a year ago Jenni invited me to join Influester. Influenster is a free online community where you can post reviews and you’re given the opportunity to receive free products to test and review. I finally received my first VoxBox to review, which made me mighty happy. I’m not a product junkie by any means, but I enjoy trying out new things.

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I received:
Tastykake Kandy Bar Reese’s flavor.
NYC Applelicious lip balm in 356 Big Apple Red
Secret Outlast clear gel deodorant
Osis Dust It texture powder
Impress press-on manicure in Over the Moon

I did not eat the TastyKake, but gave it to my mom because she actually likes chocolate. She said it was good.

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I tried the NYC Applelicious lip balm first, which I really liked. It wasn’t really dark or really red, but gave my lips a nice color and sheen.
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Keeper!

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I already use Secret as my deodorant of choice, but tend to stick to the “naturals” line and the semi-solid. Also a keeper.

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Next up is Osis Dust It from Schwarzkopf Professional. This product totally confounds me. It was easy to use (part hair, add powder, fluff with hands) but it gave my hair the weirdest texture. I used it on freshly washed and dried hair, but as soon as I added the powder it felt oddly rough, similar to how my hair feels when I have used dry shampoo two days straight. I used it to create a bump earlier last week and was pleased with the results. So far it’s a keeper, although I think I need to figure out how to really use it. My hair is so long and thick I’m afraid it won’t work as well for me as it would for someone with shorter hair.

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Lastly, the press-on nails from Impress. These were, by far, my least favorite product.
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The directions were straight forward and easy to follow. However, I found my index and ring finger nails were all the same size and although Impress includes 24 sizes, they only include two of each size. My middle finger nails are also only slightly larger than my other nails, so it was really difficult and annoying to try to find sizes to fit all my nails. Per their instructions, when needed I deferred to a smaller size.
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I don’t have long nails (I think they’re fairly short!) and I still found it difficult to fully cover some of my nails. I also found it awkward to try to do normal things, like unbutton my jeans, once all the nails were on. My nails were in pain immediately after application. I’m blaming it on the awkward sizing of the fake nails. If it were possible to get sizes that actually fit my nails, I’m wondering if they’d still hurt.
The nails lasted through a shower, dish washing and overnight. Once I woke up Monday morning, I immediately removed them because I couldn’t stand the pain anymore. I’m currently only wearing one pinkie nail, because I want to see if it actually does last a week. I don’t polish my fingernails often, so I could see using these for a big event instead of using nail polish, if I could ignore the pain.
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Overall, I thought the box was pretty cool. Only one of the products wasn’t a keeper, but I’m glad I got to try the nails. If you’re interested you can sign up for Influenster for free (I do not get ANYTHING for you clicking and signing up, so click all you want!).

•••I received these items free, from Influenster, for review purposes. All thoughts and reviews are my own.•••

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2010 outfit review: February

February was the month of non-stop snow and bone-chilling weather. My outfits become more layered as time went on.
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2.3.2010: Goldilocks / 2.5.2010: Air, wind or water? / 2.5.2010: My vintage valentine / 2.13.2010: Stop, drop and ROCK! / 2.16.2010: Schoolyard chic / 2.17.2010: Minty fresh / 2.19.2010: Chica-cherry cola / 2.23.2010: Loafy’s day out / 2.25.2010: Abstract art

What’s your favorite of the bunch?
I love goldilocks and schoolyard chic. I think the jackets and proportion of shirts and skirts are interesting, plus, I was warm those days!

As we move closer to 2011, I’ll be doing a review of some of my best (and favorite) outfits from the past year.

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2010 outfit review: January

January was the first month I really focused on taking outfit photos. They’re not amazing, but they’re good for a first attempt.
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1.1.2010: New Years Eve / 1.7.2010: Flights of Fancy / 1.12.2010: Tartan pride / 1.15.2010: Little miss jazzy / 1.22.2010: Golden girl / 1.29.2010: Mix it up / 1.26.2010: Gemstone days

Which is your favorite?
I’d have to say I loved Golden girl, mostly because I loved the mix of gold and the aqua scarf.

As we move closer to 2011, I’ll be doing a review of some of my best (and favorite) outfits from the past year.

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Metro Detroit Goodwill (and how I broke my shopping ban…)

Last night and early this morning, I went to the opening of the Goodwill in metro Detroit. I was really excited when Melissa invited me, because, as we all know, I adore thrifting. And, I got to meet Nicole from The Sale Rack!
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Melissa, left and Nicole.

I live in an area surrounded by five different thrift stores and I have to say the new Goodwill location is phenomenal. Melissa, Nicole and I were noticing that it doesn’t have the typical musty thrift store scent. It looks like an upscale department store, which is a huge plus!
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With the exception of a small display in the center of the store, everything sold is donated. The items in the center area are new and inexpensive pieces like gloves, earmuffs, some jewelry and even some U of M gear. (I believe there were also some new undergarments in the same area).
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While looking around, we found great brand names like Guess, Coach, Christian Dior, Ann Taylor and American Eagle. I, obviously, went straight for the shoes and the dresses and found some amazing deals.

Melissa showed me this wedding dress, in amazing condition with a birdcage veil, for $29.99. No, that’s NOT a typo- only $29.99.
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This jacket would look amazing with a black pencil skirt and black heels.

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I was tempted to buy this camera to put on my shelf, because it would be an interesting conversation piece! But, then I decided I shouldn’t, since my cats would destroy it.

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I almost bought these pink Barbie heels for Jenni, but she said she’s not allowing herself to buy any new shoes for a while, so I left them for someone else with tiny feet! (I couldn’t even fit my toes in!).

Before I show you what I bought, I have to admit my most favorite thing in the store was also the most expensive. No, I didn’t buy it, but another lady went home with it today, and I am jealous!
It’s a 1977 Mata Hari Bally pinball machine. It’s GORGEOUS!!
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So now, onto what I bought myself. Honestly, I don’t even feel bad about it because I only spent $20 AND the money goes right back into Goodwill, which helps someone in Metro Detroit find a job. So, it’s a win-win for me!
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Oh yes. These are granny-style red and white wingtip heels. NEVER BEEN WORN. I got them for $4.99. And they fit my giant feet. Love!!

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Melissa’s holding up my new dress. it’s flowy, 70s style and RED! We all know how I feel about wearing red (I love it!!). My mom and I are trying to decide if we should hem it at my knees or leave it long. What do you think?

So, there you have it. I’m not done with the 30 for 30 yet, but I’ve already spent money… oops!! I forgive myself, and I hope you’ll forgive me too!

Suze

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Shopping the [rest] of the H&M Garden Collection

Now that it’s officially been released, I went back to H&M to try on the other pieces I wasn’t able to try on last week.

Well, I’m a little bummed. I really like this red dress, but I was told it’s only being released and sold in big cities like Chicago and New York. Oh, Cher! Please buy it for me. Thanks!
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Anyway, I went to two different H&M’s to try everything on.

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The red dress isn’t from the Garden Collection, but I liked it anyway.

The detail of the ruffled tube dress were amazing.
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It didn’t look so good on though…
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This dress was cute, and cheap, but they didn’t have too many, so I tried a size bigger and smaller than I usually wear.

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That seam on the boobs doesn’t so ANYTHING. I think it would ok if you had no boobs. Or were preggers.

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This dress had a GREAT embroidered bodice
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It was a little iffy on as well.
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And, the tunic. It was cute, but the sleeves were elastic so they kinda hurt on my elbows.
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Next, I traveled to another H&M to see if they had different stuff (they did). But, I wasn’t able to be so stealthy with the camera (it makes a “click” sound) so I was forced to use my cell phone (stores really don’t want you to use your camera in the fitting rooms!).

Kinda awkward tunic
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This top was kinda cute
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The sleeves were SO BIG on this top (which is a size small) I could fit my arm inside!
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Alright, let’s just get it out of the way. I don’t wear matching socks. Ever. It’s one of my odd habits. I just don’t care. They never match. That is all.

This outfit was HILARIOUS. I looked like Madonna from the 80s. I can’t even show you how terrible it was because I was laughing too hard to take a full-length photo.
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This top was actually pretty cute. The shorts were REALLY high, but they were really well made and super soft.
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Random skirt with another flow-y top
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This top was weird… it was see-through, but was gathered at the bottom. I dunno. I didn’t really get it.
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I still want that red dress. Hmmm… I hope Cher can find it!! 🙂

Next up- my adventure at Forever 21 trying to try on clothes and take photos!

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Alice on Syfy presents Hatter, my new crush! (synopsis part1)

I spent last night (and Sunday night) watching Alice on Syfy. I don’t know how I didn’t know who Andrew Lee Potts was before, but now I’ve got a HUGE crush on him! And, I told my husband about it. Man- this two-part movie thing was awesome! I never got to see Tin Man in 2007, which I’m now regretting, but thanks to Netflix, it’s on its way to my house.

Anyway, Alice isn’t the same Disney story we remember as kids. It was written and directed by Nick Willing (who also directed Tin Man), and it takes you off into this wonderful world of fantasy. The characters are all there- the same ones I remember as a child, but they’re all different.

**WARNING** Spoiler alert below! (lots of pics and lots of info about the show!!)
This is part one
of my synopsis- I might skip over some parts that weren’t such a big deal to me. (Scroll down for the link to part 2)

The story begins with Alice Hamilton, a karate instructor with huge commitment issues, since her dad disappeared when she was ten. She and her boyfriend, Jack Chase, are having ‘the talk’ and he tries to give her this ring that’s been in his family for generations. She freaks out, and kicks him out the door. Unknowingly, he slipped the ring back into her pocket (she’s wearing a blue dress, red tights and brown/black boots- love!).
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She finds it and runs out to catch him to return it. Instead, she watches as he’s throw into the back of a van. She’s approached by Agent White (AKA- the white rabbit) who asks her for the ring back. She tries to fight him, drops to ring case and he runs off. She chases him into an abandoned building, and falls through the looking-glass.
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She wakes up, only to find herself transported into an odd, parallel universe of some kind. She continues to chase the white rabbit, until she ends up trapped in a weird padded cell/box. During the chase, her arm was burned with a weird tattoo/marker that shows she’s an “oyster.”

She frees herself from the box, falls into the water, and swims to shore in the oddly built, ledge-filled city (everything goes UP really high). A homeless looking man ends up helping her because he thinks she’s “Alice of legend.” He takes her to Hatter, who he believes can help her. (Have we discussed how hot Hatter is? I mean- DAMN!)
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Hatter decides to help her, but only gives the reason that he “doesn’t need a reason to help a pretty girl.” He gives her a dark purple velvet coat to wear, to cover the mark of the Oyster. (I love that- cuz I have a coat just like it!!) He takes her to the hidden library within the city, where we meet Dodo.
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Well, it turns out the ring Alice’s boyfriend, Jack, gave her is actually the Stone of Wonderland. It controls the portal between Wonderland and Alice’s world. Dodo threatens to kill Alice, even shoving a gun in her direction. He ends up shooting Hatter instead. Alice throws Dodo down like a sack of flour (those karate lessons are coming in handy!) and runs back to the elevator. Hatter’s not dead yet though! He jumps up, threatens Dodo if anything happens to Alice and they both run after Alice like crazy. Dodo gets a few good punches in on Hatter, before Alice comes back and again, throws Dodo down. She and Hatter make it to the elevator, as she begins to freak out to see if he’s OK.
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He’s wearing armor, as if he knew he was going to get shot. The bullet didn’t do a thing, and although he tried to play it up, Alice stop taking his bait.
Hatter and Alice now need to find someone else to help them, because Dodo’s out to kill them both to get his hands on the ring.

They head back to his tea shop, but instead find Mad March, the queen’s favorite pet assassin, Number 10 and the other suits are already hot on their trail. (BTW- I love that they’re called the suits- they all wear the color/number and suit of the card they represent, but it’s done in such a cool way!)
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Hatter and Alice run off- jumping into a boat and escaping- for now. They end up on some other shore, where Hatter warns Alice to find a tree she can climb, and go do it because “these woods have things that defy imagination.” Well, as you probably guessed, Alice didn’t listen to Hatter, and now this weird beast thing is after them. Hatter tells Alice to run, and of course, they run in two different directions. The creature decides it likes Alice and takes off after her. Hatter now has to run to save her.
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Hatter and Alice take off together this time.
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But they fall into a pit. The beast chases them, ends up spiking itself and leaving them alone.
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Alice and Hatter now meet up with the White Knight, who they believed was dead.
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The knight decides he was MEANT to help Alice and her… whatever… (he doesn’t seem to like Hatter very much)
Alice asks for his help and he takes them to the old kingdom of the knights. It’s pretty much in ruin now, but it is still safer there.
They spend the night, but Alice leaves under the cover of darkness, but not before hiding the ring. Hatter and Charlie (the white knight) wake up, and she’s gone. Next thing you know, Mad March and the suits have her and have taken her back to the casino (the castle).
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Now, we get to meet the queen (again) and we find out that Jack Chase is actually Jack Heart (Jack of Hearts… lol) and is the queen’s son.
Alice is upset, especially when Jack says she means nothing to him. The queen has Dr. Dee and Dr. Dum take Alice to the truth room, where they nearly kill her trying to get the location of the ring.
Part one of Alice ends with Alice dangling off a board, over a large pit in a room in her old home.

Synopsis part 2, coming up!

Photos via Syfy