Ralph Lauren ‘Tender Romance’ [Review]

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“Created for the woman who believes in the promising hope of new love, Tender Romance celebrates the sweet and gentle moments of falling in love for the first time. Tender Romance is the first white, luminous oriental scent – a delicate caress of pure white magnolia and silky soft cashmere. This enchanting scent captures the story of an intimate, unforgettable moment.” Description is courtesy of Sephora.com

Tender Romance evokes both the sweetness and innocence of falling in love for the first time.”—Ralph Lauren

Notes: Ginger, Pear Accord, Bergamot, White Magnolia Accord, Jasmine, Ginger Lily Accord, Cashmere Woods Accord, Benzoin, Musk.
Style: Promising. Enchanting. Intimate.

My Thoughts: This is a very pleasant fragrance (EDT). It is perfect for a cool but gloomy rainy day. This is cozy sweater scent. The enchanting warmth comes from the cashmere and musk. The musk is just right in Tender Romance. As far as I can tell this fragrance is only available at Sephora. It retails for $54 (1 oz), $76 (1.7 oz) and $96 (3.4 oz).

 

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from Ralph Lauren and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum – Review

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The Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is a thick velvety serum that has a clean not overly perfumed scent and absorbs really well. My skin did feel soft after use which I attributed to its thickness. I would have to purchase a full size and use for a while (at least the 2 weeks) to see the true benefits.

Benefits:
1. Helps improve the appearance of deep lines & wrinkles by up to 50% in just 4 weeks.

2. Clinically proven
3. Hypo-allergenic
4. Dermatologically tested

Directions: 
Smooth into your face and neck after cleansing and toning morning and night. Followed by a moisturizer. 

Noted Ingredients: 
Serum includes a few beneficial ingredients such as  Ginseng Root Extract, Mulberry Leaf Extract, Natural Vitamin E but also contains at least two parabens. 

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NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum – Review

VoxLipsThe New NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum  is described as a moisturizing,  long wearing and comfortable lipstick that can lasts up to 6 hours. It retails between $1.99 – $6 and can be found at most retailers such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon etc.

It is a rosy plum shade that gives a high shine frost. It tends to settle in the fine lines of the lips especially if one does not ‘pre-treat’ with a balm. This is a universal shade that can be worn year round although the finish may not be for everyone.

voxbox-blogimageDisclaimer: The product has been received from NYC Cosmetics and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product. 

Influenster Frosty VoxBox

Here is a sneak peak at the latest Influenster VoxBox I received. This box contained a variety of products ranging from food to hair care. I really enjoyed this box except for the brush.

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From L to R: ExoTools Full Volume Styler, Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, a sample of No.7 Protect & Perfect iNtense Advanced Serum, Celestial Seasonings Candy Lane decaf Green Tea, McCormick All Natural Thyme herb seasoning, RedVines Cherry Fruit Vines Bites, Rimmel LOndon Eyeliner in Black and NYC Expert Last lipstick.

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Keurig 2.0 Brewing System – Influenster Lifestyle Review

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“The new Keurig® 2.0 system features Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™ which reads each lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time. This ensures that the Keurig® 2.0 system delivers on the promise of excellent quality beverages, produced simply and consistently, using the best Keurig® brewer technology and new features like strength control”. (Description  courtesy of influenster.com)

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Above is the review I left on the Keurig website. Overall, there is no difference in the coffee brewed, it taste the same. Unfortunately, there are many issues with the new K.2 so much so that I prefer to use the original one that basically had no issues. I think Keurig tried to recapture the ‘K cup’ market and designed K 2.0 to only use their brand cups. Now here is the biggest issue I had and I think other people are having too is that K 2.0 doesn’t even recognize many  of their own approved brands and one is unable to use the ‘My K Cup’. I gave it 3 stars because it still brews a good cup of coffee and is convenient when in a rush.

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from  Keurig and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product. 

Review: Olay Regenrist Luminous Tone Perfecting Moisturizer [Influenster VowVoxBox]

20140614_003536-1“Fade the look of dark spots in 8 weeks with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. Its Brightening Complex delivers tone ingredients 10 layers deep into the skin’s surface to help reveal pearlescent skin that glows” (www.olay.com)

This cream (retails for $25.99 – $33.99) claims to recapture healthy, youthful, intensely hydrated glowing skin in 2 weeks and an even skin tone in 8. In addition to this is also claims to reduce the appearance of dark spots, it brightens, exfoliate, smooths and regenerated the skin’s appearance. It should be used as a part of one’s morning and evening skin acre routine.

It comes in a nice double walled jar and is cream in color. The consistency is on par with other face creams and for what it claims the pricing is reasonable. Although it is a bit pricey for a ‘drugstore’ brand. A lot of mid to higher end face creams fall within this price range too but one good thing is that there is usually a coupon either online or in the paper which can be used with weekly drugstore sales.

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My thoughts: I unfortunately could not use this as it had a strong smell of the chemicals used in sunscreen i.e.  Benzophenone, Titanium/Zinc oxide or amin0benzoic acid etc. I could not find it but I smelt it and my skin itched when I used it. I ended up giving this to my mom whose complexion is lighter than mine. She had noticeably dark spots on her cheeks and after a month of using this actually saw a difference. I also found that on my darker skin it left a white film which did not go away no matter of hard I massaged the product in (see the film in the last pic).

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from  Olay and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product. 

Review: Pure Silk Raspberry Mist Rich & Silky Shave Cream [Influenster Vow VoxBox]

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“A sweet, fruity fragrance that will remind you of summertime and all the reasons you need super-silky legs: swimsuits, shorts, sun dresses. Pure Silk’s special combination of ingredients creates a luxuriously rich lather that protects against nicks and cuts, leaving your skin as smooth as silk and ready for maximum exposure”. (PureSilk.com)

 My thoughts: Raspberry is one of my favorite scents/flavors so I was quite pleased with this shave cream. I’ve used this brand before so was not disappointed. It creates a very thick moisturizing foam and smells great.

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from Pure Silk  and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product

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20140614_002655-1 Another great polish from Sally Hansen. Included in this Vow VoxBox was the SH Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda (#360). This is the perfect bridal color and reminds me of the iconic Tiffany Blue. It is gorgeous and I receive numerous compliments, even by random people in the elevator.

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from  Sally Hansen and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product. 

Review: EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge [influenster vow voxbox]

20140614_002818-120140614_002844-1“The Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is handmade with 100 percent natural ingredients, including Konjac* vegetable fiber, for a better clean that reveals smooth, refreshed skin. It is dermatologist tested for use both morning and night to wash away dirt, oil and makeup, leaving skin glowing without over-drying or causing redness.” (ecotools.com)

20140617_232238-1I love a good face sponge/brush but was not a fan of this. Once wet this type of fiber has a slimy texture that makes the sponge unpleasant to use. I felt it just moved the cleanser around and did not actually remove any dirt or residual makeup. I gave it a fair rating because once dry it works perfectly as a dry skin exfoliator. I don’t think the issue is in the design or concept but in the composition. The main ‘ingredient is a Japanese plant root fiber called Konjac. Traditionally used in Asia as a detoxifying dietary staple and natural exfoliating sponge for delicate skin.

This maybe the case but it is so slimy when wet it literally felt gross on the skin. It was difficult to rinse the cleanser out and even the drying time was longer than I would like for this type of product.

I would not recommend this particular sponge which retails for around $5.99.

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from EcoTools and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product. 

Influenster VowVoxBox – Summer 2014

Another great VoxBox from Influenster arrived this summer. I am always happy when I have the opportunity to sample great products. This VoxBox was bridal themed and included items that would surely pamper any lucky gal. I too have been thinking about my nuptials. I would love to have my wedding somewhere in South Asia with elephants. I know there are hotels that have them on the premises and can incorporate them in wedding ceremonies.
This voxbox includes a variety of ‘bridal treats’ that includes primarily skincare products with a Tide-to-go pen thrown in for good measure. Stay tuned for the reviews.

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Products included: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda ($7.99), Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream ($30.99), Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream ($2.99), EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge (5.99) and a Tide to Go Pen (2.99).

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from  various companies and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product.