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Beautiful Textures Review

Hey y’all!

If you are a naturalista, shop a Sally Beauty or just a plain ‘ol product junkie then I’m sure you have seen (or at least heard of) Beautiful Textures. Since I fall into all three categories, I’ve been stalking researching their products for quite some time now. A few months back after liking the Beautiful Textures Facebook page, I stumbled upon a contest and yep, you guessed it…I won! Honestly, I don’t remember the details of the contest. All I can remember is…being super excited when I opened the prize and saw two of every product from the Beautiful Textures line. Now that the excitement of winning has died down and I’ve had a few months to try out the products, I wanted to share my thoughts with you about the Beautiful Textures product line. Check out my review….

“The Prize”

Ignore the face…it was hot! O_O

For more information about the Beautiful Textures line check out their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Have you tried the Beautiful Textures line yet?

*Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Influenster Mom Vox Box 2012

Hey y’all!

Influenster Mom Vox Box 2012

I recently received the Influenster Mom Vox Box! **WOOT! WOOT!** And of course I had to come on here and share what was inside. Check it out…

Check out the close up pictures of the Mom Vox Box goodies…

Stash Tea Superfruits Tea Sampler

Nektar Sweetener

Ivory Bar Soap

DenTek Comfort Clean & Fun Flossers

Quaker Soft Baked Cookie

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails

Coupons!!!

I can’t wait to try out these goodies…be on the look out for reviews. Don’t forget to check out and sign up for Influenster, if you haven’t already! AND subscribe to my YouTube channel, if you haven’t done that either!  Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review

Hey Savvy Readers,

Nail art is everything right now and I am loving it! But sometimes I don’t have the time or patience to create my own free hand nail designs. So when I saw the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips included in my Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box I was stoked (lol)! I’ve tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects before and I loved them. They are so easy to put on and last for days without chipping. And the best part is they have tons of designs to choose from. Check out them out below…

Product Claims/Details:

  • No dry time
  • Lasts up to 10 days
  • Removes easily with nail polish remover
  • 40 must-have styles

There are eight nail polish strips (various sizes) in each.

Nail polish strip up close.

Pricing/Availability: The Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are sold at all major drugstores, grocery stores and mass retailers for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Ready to apply.

Pros: The Sally Hansen Salon Effects are so easy to use, come in a variety of styles/designs and last for days. I love that there is no drying time since I normally polish my nails right before bed or while riding in the car. And since they are made of “real nail polish” they remove easily with nail polish remover.

Cons: You either use them or loose them, according to the package “the open, unused strips should be discarded.”

This is what’s left…I hate throwing away the leftover nail polish strips.

Final Verdict: Will I purchase and use these again? The answer is yes I would definitely buy the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips! I already have the designs 320 Kitty, Kitty and 450 Brattlesnake that I’m just dying to bust open…lol. And I have my eyes on the designs Love Letter, Spring Fever, Girl Flower and Tri-bal it On.

The finished product!

Quick tip: Make sure your nails are buffed/smoothed and all oils removed using nail polish remover. It helps the nail polish strips adhere better and last longer.

Have y’all tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips? If so please post a picture on The Savvy Housewife Facebook page. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball of Foot Cushions Review

Hey Savvy Readers,

How many of y’all wear heels? *waving* I do! And I love them but my feet don’t (lol)! Well Dr. Scholl’s for Her has a solution  to my problem…and that makes both me and my feet happy! Thanks to Influenster,  I was able to try out the Dr. Scholl’s for Her Ball of Foot Cushions for free. So I decided to put them inside a pair of my favorite summer heels…I wear them everywhere from church to date night with the hubby. Check out my review below…

The Dr. Scholl’s for Her Foot Cushions

Product Claims/Details: According to Dr. Scholl’s website the Ball of Foot Cushions:

  • Helps prevent ball of foot pain
  • Immediate Massaging Gel  comfort for the ball of your foot
  • Only ball of foot product made with unique FabuSTEP gel
  • Prevents toe scrunch
  • Stays firmly in place
  • Removable without damage to your shoes
  • Discreetly fits all women’s shoes
  • Designed to fit all women’s shoes

The Foot Cushions up close.

My fav summer heels.

Recommended usage: 

  • Place on top of your current insoles
  • No trimming required
  • Replace every 6 months or at first signs of wear

My shoes with the Dr. Scholl’s for Her Foot Cushions

Pros:

  • The inserts were easy to use and place inside shoes.
  • Gave me a few extra hours of wearing time.
  • Foot Cushions stayed in place.
  • Easy to remove and left no residue in my shoe.

Cons:

  • Caused my feet to sweat a little more than usual…ick!

Final Verdict: If you love heels like I do but hate wearing them sometimes because they make your feet ache, I recommend that you check out the Dr. Scholl’s for Her Ball of Foot Cushions. I was able to walk, stand and last longer with the Foot Cushions in my shoes.

Enjoying my Foot Cushions

The Dr. Scholl’s for Her Foot Cushions are sold online and at most drugstores, grocery stores and mass retailers. Make sure you check out www.drscholls.com to score a coupon for $2 off. I was definitely missing out but now I know, these Foot Cushions are a must have for me and my feet. Have you tried them out yet? Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Sheer Cover Review

Hey Savvy Readers,

I’m reviewing another product from the Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box…the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Tan/Dark. This was my first time ever hearing about Sheer Cover. And when I saw the concealer inside the Vox Box the makeup junkie in me jumped for joy. I normally use concealer mainly to define my brows but I did recently experience a few breakouts which has caused me to use it in more areas. And I have been experimenting with using concealer to highlight my under eye area. Check out my pictures and review below…

Product Claims/Details: “Sheer Cover® Concealer is perfect for all skin types and tones.  Our concealer is a customer favorite offering a custom blend for the various shades on your face and covers up imperfections.  It not only covers up the look of dark circles, blemishes, redness and age spots, it also moisturizes with Jojoba and Allantoin. It instantly conceals blemishes, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone – we’ve got life’s little imperfections covered!”

I used these brushes and my finger to apply the concealer.

Recommended Usage: “Using fingertips, concealer brush or a cosmetic sponge dab a small amount of concealer on area to be covered. Blend well. Start sheer, adding layers to increase coverage. Wear alone, under or over makeup. Let dry before applying makeup.”

Pricing/Availability: The Sheer Cover Concealer retails for $29.95 (non-member price) and $29.95 for the introductory system, which also includes the Duo Concealer. And you can purchase the concealer and/or introductory system online at www.SheerCover.com or over the phone (1-877-489-2035).

Pros: This concealer is creamy, goes on smooth and blends easily. And I like that it is a duo concealer…I was able to use both shades, one to highlight and the other to cover blemishes/scars.

Cons: The dark shade of the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer didn’t quite match my complexion but I have gotten darker over the past month or so. I think it will be a better fit for me during the winter months.

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Tan/Dark
Left: Tan & Right: Dark

Final Verdict: I was really impressed with the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer. I would definitely recommend this concealer and would even consider purchasing it for myself.

Below is a picture of me with no makeup. My face is freshly washed and I only have on moisturizer.

BEFORE

This next picture is me after I used the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Tan/Dark to define my brows, highlight my under eye area and the conceal a few blemishes. I also filled in my brows, applied mascara and a little blush…which is my normal everyday makeup look.

AFTER

So if you are in the market for a good concealer I recommend that you check out Sheer Cover Duo Concealer. Like I said before this was my first time ever hearing about or trying Sheer Cover. And I must say that I am impressed. Have y’all ever heard of Sheer Cover Duo Concealer or ever tried any of their products? If you have I would love to know you thoughts about Sheer Cover. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist Review

Hey Savvy Readers,

In my previous post about the Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box I mentioned that I received the Bath & Body Works Fine Frangrance Mist in the scent Sweet Pea. I know that most, if not all of y’all, know about Bath & Body Works…they have some of the most amazing bath and body products on the market. I was excited to see the Fine Fragrance Mist included in the Spring Beauty Vox Box, if you didn’t know I loves me some “smell good” (lol). And Sweet Pea has been one of my all time favorite scents from Bath & Body Works for as long as I can remember. Check out my review below…

Product Claims/Details: The Fine Frangrance Mist is a fine fragrance in a mist as light as air. Discover a better, more delicate fragrance experience in over 20 Signature fragrances. It’s love at first mist!

Pricing/Availability: The suggested retail price for the Fine Frangrance Mist is $14.00. And it can be purchased online or at your local Bath & Body Works.

TIP: Bath & Body Works always has great sales and coupons so look for those before you make your purchase.

Final Verdict: The Fine Fragrance Mist is a keeper! What I like most is that it sprays ever so lightly, unlike most of the regular body sprays that I’ve tried. Like I said before Sweet Pea is one of my fav scents and is perfect for Spring. I would definitely consider purchasing the Bath & Body Works Fine Frangrance Mist for myself or as a gift.

I love Bath & Body Works or any kind of “smell good” for that matter, so this was one of favs in the Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box. I’m dying to try the Fine Fragrance Mist in Coconut Lime Breeze, coconut just does something to me and that name is exotic. What’s your fav Bath & Body Works scent? And have you had a chance to try the Fine Frangrance Mist? Do tell! For more info, product details and scents be sure to check out www.bathandbodyworks.com. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Eco Styler Play’ n Stay Review

Hey Savvy Readers,

I have had a chance to try the new Play N’ Stay Edge and Style Control line from Ecoco, Inc. If you wondering, Ecoco, Inc. makes the infamous Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel that most natural hair websites, blogs or vloggers have mentioned. And you can find the Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel listed as one of my fav go-to products here.  With that being said, this company has a reputation for offering some great products. So when I saw that Ecoco, Inc. had a new product line that was alcohol free and designed to whip those edges into shape I just had to give it a try. And the folks over at Ecoco, Inc. were super sweet to send over the entire line of samples for me to test out. Check out my review below…

Play N’ Stay Super Protein

  • Product Claims/Details: “Protein Charged! Style Enhancer! Max edge control styling conditioning gel boosted with natural wheat protein to provide a lustrous, healthy, full body look. Always Alcohol, Flake and Build-Up Free! Style Passionately!”

Play N’ Stay Seaweed

  • Product Claims/Details: “Radiant Definition for Maximum Beauty! Seaweed enriched max edge control styling conditioning gel. Exclusive formula designed to repair broken shafts and split-ends caused by heat exposure. Flawless holds and diamond like shines to illuminate your passion for perfection and beauty. Always Alcohol, Flake and Build-Up Free!”

Play N’ Stay Pure

  • Product Claims/Details: “Pure Style! Pure Passion! Max edge control styling and conditioning gel uniquely formulated with natural cold-pressed Castor Oil to moisturize and clean the scalp, making your hair soft and dazzling all day and night. Always Alcohol, Flake and Build-Up Free!”

Play N’ Stay Olive Oil

  • Product Claims/Details: “Luminous Shine! Sensational Style! Total edge control styling conditioning gel enhanced with pure olive oil to moisturize, protect and nourish the hair. This exclusive formula is beneficial to repair and prevent dry, damaged, or split hair. Always Alcohol, Flake and Build-Up Free!”

Play N’ Stay Super Argan Oil

  • Product Claims/Details: “Brilliant Style! Fortifying styling conditioning gel with total edge control exclusively blended with pure Argan Oil for optimal hair luxury. Strengthen and nourish your hair while creating stunning in vogue styles! Always Alcohol, Flake and Build-Up Free!”

All I can say is…I will definitely be keeping at least one of these gels in rotation. I’m here in the South and *insert sad face here* have not yet seen the Play’ n Stay line in stores. But I have seen these products sold online at various retailers. Also the folks over at Ecoco Inc. are pretty quick in responding to post and questions on their Facebook page, so if you are curious to see if the Eco Styler Play’n Stay gels are sold in your area I would suggest hitting them up. You can also follow them on Twitter and for more product info check out their website. Have you seen or tried any of the Eco Styler Play’ N Stay gels? Let me know! Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box

Hey Savvy Readers,

If you read my blog then you have read about Influenster several times. I mentioned them first here, a few months ago when I shared the contents of my LoveVoxBox. Now if you are still wondering, “what is Influenster?” let me tell you…Influenster is a “Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love.” And every few months or so Influenster selects individuals (based on their profile) to receive a VoxBox of personalized goodies in exchange for their review. Trust me it is as easy as it sounds. To become an Influenster all you have to do is sign up here, unlock the badges that apply to you/your lifestyle and viola!

Well recently I qualified for the Influenster Spring Beauty VoxBox and I am dying to share what was inside! Check out the video below…

Close up pictures of all the products included in the Influenster Spring Beauty Vox Box…

Bath & Body Works Fine Frangrance Mist in Sweet Pea

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in 440 Animal Instinct

Soy Joy Blueberry Bar

ChapStick Lip Shield 365

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in Tan/Dark

Dr Scholl’s for Her Ball of Foot Pads

I can’t wait to give all these products a try and share my reviews/experiences with y’all. If you haven’t already, please go check out Influenster…it is totally worth it. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

The May Pillow Box

Hey Savvy Readers,

I was super excited the other day when I checked the mail and saw that my May Pillow Box had arrived. If you are not familiar with the Pillow Box check out my post here. My Shade of Brown, the company behind the Pillow Box, is offering up some unique sample products for women of color. And I love sampling new products. It’s a great way to try things without spending a whole lot of money just to discover that you don’t like it. And that is basically the concept behind My Shade of Brown and the Pillow Box. Check out what was included this month:

Nourishea Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Nourishea Mango Body Wash

Yana Cosmetics Foundation in the Shade 10

Close up the foundation.

Foundation swatched.

Big Girl Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Shade 75

Close up of the lipgloss.

Lipgloss swatched.

This time around I actually purchased the Pillow Box from My Shade of Brown, unlike the one mentioned here. I must say that I really like the idea of having the deluxe sized samples delivered right to my door each month. The Pillow Box service retails for $10/month and can be purchased either monthly or annually. And there is always the option to cancel if you are not satisfied with the service. So if you are beauty product junkie, like myself, then I would suggest that you check out My Shade of Brown. And don’t forget to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, you don’t want to miss out on any deals or beauty tips. Have any of you tried the Pillow Box service yet? Let me know what you think. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

“The Pillow Box”

Hey Savvy Readers!

A few weeks back I entered a contest on Facebook hosted by Blaq Vixen Beauty and My Shade of Brown. And *insert drumroll please*…I WON! The awesome prize was the April “Pillow Box” from My Shade of Brown.  I’m sure you are like, Pillow Box? My Shade of Brown? What? Well, let me tell you…My Shade of Brown is a company that focuses on the beauty needs of women of color. And they do that by offering 4 to 5 “premium sized beauty samples” enclosed in their signature Pillow Box delivered right to your door each month. Amazing, right? If you are like me, a beauty product junkie, then having beauty products, “anything from foundation to nail polish,” delivered right to your door gives you butterflies! Check out what was inside my April Pillow Box

Polish & Co Nail Polish in "Location Location Location"

Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Shampoo

Amazing Botanicals Honey Condish

Pooka Pure and Simple Shea and Olive Hair Butter

Even though I won, the April Pillow Box, I think the contents of the box are totally worth every penny. The Polish & Co nail polish alone retails for $12 a bottle. So when I say that the My Shade of Brown Pillow Box service is totally affordable, believe me. For just $10 a month (with the option to cancel anytime) you can sign up for this awesome service. In addition, if you fall in love with any of the items in your Pillow Box then you can purchase the full-sized product from My Shade of Brown. Everything is right there, there is no need to surf the web or hassle of going from store to store.  You can find more information about My Shade of Brown and the services they offer by checking them out on Facebook and following them on Twitter. And if you hurry you might just catch the awesome deal that is offered for the May Pillow Box…trust me you wanna check it out, seriously! Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!