Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Maybelline FitMe Foundation Review

Last month, I got an email from Influenster that said I had been pre-qualified for the Maybelline FitMe Foundation [Matte & Poreless] voxbox! I was so excited to get to try out the very foundation I was planning on buying for freeeee! However, I was curious to see what shade they would send since they didn't ask my skintone color. The box came in record time and I was pleasantly surprised with the shade they selected for me. Creamy Beige  (122). It was much deeper than I would have thought for myself, but it worked!! Though, I did compare it to my chest coloring and found it to be a tad bit too dark, all I needed to do was spend a day in the sun to even it out. ( Just went to the beach today, so I think I'm good to go!) That's what happens when you spend all winter indoors! *LOL*

Even with the first application of the Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless Foundation, I couild tell that it was extremely different than the other foundations I have tried. It's a good consistency, not too fluid or too thick. It seamlessly blends into the skin... I can't even tell it's there when I look up close. I would call it medium coverage. It evened out my redness and toned down my acne scars, but didn't completely cover the darker blemishes. It lasted all day long and didn't seem slide off or have a lot of shine-thru. Paired with the powder foundation in the same line, I felt confident my skin looked perfect all day.

I was overall very impressed with this product, the price and how high end it felt. I will definitely be buying the concealer as well!

A special thanks to Influenster for providing this complimentary product to me for testing and review purposes!


For so long now, I have been struggling to find the right shade of foundation that isn't too drying, too dewy or $45. I have been researching, ahem...watching YouTube videos on the best drugstore foundation for my skin type and recently discovered Maybelline FitMe Foundations. I bought the powder compact in Porcelain and discovered it was much too light for me, but worked perfectly as a setting powder on top my BB cream or tinted moisturizer. I vowed when I was serious about buying a foundation, I would look into the FitMe liquid foundations but I was still worried about the shade and tone.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Inside the Jingle Voxbox!

Hello Lovlies,

Christmas came and went and just before New Years Influenster sent me this beautiful red package, the Jingle Voxbox! Its another one of those mutli-product voxboxes that are such fun to review. 

Let's just jump right in...


The first thing I tried was the Kiss True Volume Lashes and the Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe Black. I was nervous to try falsies again, but armed with YouTube videos a plenty, I think I did a pretty good job applying them.    The black adhesive was slightly daunting for a newbie like me, but I really liked the finished look. the Kiss Lashes are really easy to apply, just as long as you are patient! Do not rush the glue... let it set and get tacky before you apply them to your lids. Then lightly press, wait for them to stick before trying to blend them into your natural lashes. You can apply mascara to these lashes once they are in place, or let them be. Beautiful either way. Removal was quite easy as well. Just let a makeup wipe do the work! 

 Next up, The NYC New York Color CityProof 24hr Eye Liner in dark brown. Smooth, pigmented and definitely a "stay put" formula, this liner will define your look  all day as well as the best of them. I love that NYC consistently puts out good, inexpensive make up products. I normally buy black liners, but I really like how it makes my brown eyes pop without making my eyes look too dark. 

Looking for an inexpensive, yet good quality, US made nail polish that's also free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP?  Pure Ice nail polish has got you covered! For less than a dollar, Pure Ice delivers a fantastic formula that is shiny, durable and quick drying. The color selection is sure to please almost every one and the price point, well like I said, you can buy a handful of them for the price of one other brand.  

Cetaphil has been my favorite face wash brand for almost 10 years now and I feel silly that I haven't tried the moisturizer until now! The non greasy formula absorbs quickly and moisturizes any dry skin, anywhere. I am particularly happy with how it is helping my poor, dry knuckles! Because it is fragrance free, I am not bothered by some synthetic perfume and for that I am grateful. This will definitely become a staple.           

Do you know goes great with coffee? Europeans do... it's Biscoff! I SO enjoyed trying these Biscoff cookies. Light, crunchy and a hint of cinnamon, they make the perfect compliment to any cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. They taste incredible by themselves as well, but on Pinterest it seems there are a ton of recipes using the cookies. I think I might have to investigate this matter... for my taste buds sake. :)

When I was pregnant with both of my boys, I could really only keep down carbs. I craved and lived off of tater tots. Ore-Ida has made amazing potato products since 1952, so I think they know a thing or two! I made my go to tater tot favorite recipe: 
scrambled eggs, seasoned black beans, sharp cheddar, salsa on top Ore-Ida mini tots. Its like a miracle in your mouth. :) If you want to turn your "totchos" into a breakfast burrito, all you need to do is add a tortilla.
Perfectly crispy and seasoned, Ore-Ida tots are excellent on their own as well as in a recipe. The instructions are easy to follow so you are sure to never have a soggy tot. :)

Last, but never least comes this adorable little fella from itty bittys and Hallmark. This cute little Spiderman is a plush stuffy on the top, but stands on his own thanks to his bean bag type bottom. Perfect size for little hands or as decoration to your desk or work area.
So that's everything in the Jingle VoxBox -- full of really useful, afforable products. Check out my unboxing on YouTube as well! :)

I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to try out these wonderful products. Thanks Influenster!

Ciao, Nelle

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."