Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fun Life of an Influenster!

So a YouTuber I follow got me hooked on Influenster. What is Influenster?

Well it's an amazing online community of you can join where your opinion on products can be heard. Once you join the website (which is free!), you'll take some surveys and unlock "badges." All of this helps the good people of Influenster match you with VoxBoxes filled with products for you to review. The companies want to know how you feel about these products, sometimes before they hit the stores!

The VoxBoxes are filled with either full size or generously sized sample sizes. Again all of this is for free! You will have some steps to follow in order to good standing with Influenster and continue to be chosen for future shipments.

Easy peesy right?

So if your interested why not check them out and let your voice be heard. Just go to and sign up! Plus they've just redesigned their website so now it's better than ever.

I love going through the pages of products and seeing other Influenster member's reviews of products. You really get a feel for how well a product works or doesn't work and all reviews are honest. This isn't about just saying somethings great so you can be picked, it's really about consumers making their voices heard.

Another great part of the website is the Happenings pages. This page keeps you in the loop about the current VoxBox programs and what each one is about. Maybe you didn't get picked for that VoxBox, but you can still stay in the loop about the product/promotion.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Really Want Some New Pinup Pictures!

My first goal for I don't do New Year's Resolution but I do Goals for the New to have new pinup pictures done.

I had some done as an anniversary gift for my hubby two years ago....has it been two years already? Wow time if flying by.


Yup, new pinup pictures shall be goal #1 for 2013!

How about you? Too soon to think about 2013 or are you a "plan everything way in advance" person like me?

Where in the where has this year gone?!

Okay so we're hurling towards the end of  November and all I can say is....

Where in the where has this year gone?!

I cannot believe this year is almost over. So much has happened and so many accomplishments for our little family.  I've officially been back to working part time for a year, my son started kindergarten (and is doing amaze-balls!), my daughter is potty trained (woo hoo we are a diaper free house!), went to Kauai, celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary, and there still a big vacation for just the hubby & I at the end of December. Plus a bunch of other stuff along the way.

All of this leaves me very thankful for what we have and our amazing families. Sure there have been plenty of hiccups along the way this year, but I those events are water under the bridge and long forgotten. I hope you all are having a lovely end to your year.

I'm truly excited to see what 2013 will bring for our family!

P.S. - If you haven't checked out my YouTube channel, please do. I'll have some more videos soon & I plan on doing a giveaway (hopefully I'll have that video up by the end of this week)! Just look for my channel VintageinSC.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Palmolive Fresh Infusions

So a while back I joined this fun little community called Influenster.  You go through a ton of questionnaires and can get picked to be sent full size or trial size products that companies are getting ready to or have rolled out. Part of the program is doing reviews on blogs or videos and also completing reviews on their website.

I was recently sent three FULL SIZE (how awesome is that?!) bottles of the new Palmolive Fresh Infusions liquid dish soap. The scents they created in order of my preference are:

  • Lime Base ~ To me the perfect blend of citrus and herb.
  • Lemon Thyme ~ I smell more Thyme then lemon. Now lemon is my favorite cleaning product scent so I was hoping for a little more balanced scent.
  • Ginger White Tea ~ Maybe I just don't really know what these smell like individually but it kinda smelled nondescript to me.
I was so excited & surprised to have three full size bottles to choose from. The instructions are for me to choose my favorite....Lime Basil all the way, let a girlfriend choose one....hopefully I'll see my bestie by Monday, and the third keep as backup.

These will or are available at Target & Walmart. I was also sent five coupons to give out to friends! Pretty sweet deal right?!

So how does it work? I think exceptionally well. I actually like it better than what I had before & definitely better than Dawn (hate that stuff). This is definitely a product I plan on repurchasing and recommend making the trip down to your Walmart or Target to check it out.

Check out the Palmolive website for more info on this new product at

If you happen to find it let me know what your favorite scent is!

*Disclaimer ~ I did receive this product complimentary through Influenster.*

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

e.l.f. Cruella Evil Everday Eyes

So at long last I finally found it!! Well I've had it for a couple of weeks now :)

But it took a lot of patients and a lot of searching and I almost made an expensive eBay purchase just to get e.l.f.'s Cruella Evil Everyday Eyes palette.

I have to say it's by far my favorite of the three palette's.  Overall the blend-ability and range of looks that can be done with this palette is what makes it so amazing to me. I had almost zero issues getting the shadows on smoothly and blending was a dream.

I found the more I used the Maleficent palette the more I realized just how difficult the eye-shadows were to blend. Not so with this palette. I'm not sure if it's because this palette is full of more neutral cream/brown/moss green tones and for some reason makes them easier to use or what but they are far superior to the other two palettes.

Obviously because the colors in this palette are more neutral it will appeal to a wider audience especially when doing more retro or pinup makeup looks than the smokey purples, blacks, silver, lavender, and bright purple of the other two palettes.

Out of the three if you're trying to choose just one to hunt down or possibly spend the extra money on to buy one from eBay, this one would get my vote. Right now you can still find them all on eBay and the going price is around $20 up from the $9.99 they were retailing for in Walgreen's.  At this point I highly doubt you'll find a Walgreen's that still has any in stock. It looked like they only got about three of each palette in a store & I haven't seen any lately.

The only downside to the palette I purchased is that instead of giving me one day cheek/lip duo and one night cheek/lip duo, I received two night cheek/lip duo's. It looked like the day color was a pale peachy/nude color. I instead received two red' I don't have enough red lipsticks!

Haha...there are never too many red lipsticks for this girl :) Which on a side note, I've almost completed my collection of truly retro lipstick colors!! Stay tuned, hopefully in another week or two I should have them all. Three will definitely be a blog post & video on my YouTube channel with more details on brand & the colors themselves!!

So without further ado, if you're interested in a closer look on what I feels is the best of the three e.l.f. Disney Villains palettes here's Cruella's Everyday Evil Eyes.....