If you saw my Instagram stories earlier, you may have seen that I was testing this L’Oreal product (courtesy Influenster*) all week in varying degrees.
1. I started testing on my previously rose-gold clenditioner-ed grow out. (If you don’t know what Clenditioner is, search for my previous post!)
2. I did notice instant results (for testing purposes I washed twice and left conditioner sitting on my hair 5 minutes before washing thoroughly). The brassiness from the leftover color deposit seemed to have lifted – or erased – or blended – or whatever the tech term is. You don’t need to be a hairdresser to time down your brassy blondes – even silver and auburn highlighted hair can benefit from this sulfate-free formula, which won’t over-dry locks.
3. After two more days of use I’ll have a good baseline for how this works in “real” life, between color touch ups. Then, it’s off for a trim and professional highlight!
4. My hairdresser toned me in the chair during my appointment and I am excited to try see how this shampoo helps me maintain my white-blonde hue.
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The photos below were taken on an iPhone XS Max w/o retouching:
My wife and I like to consider ourselves fashionable and modern — though it can be tough to keep up with two kids under the age of three!
When it comes to finding a cloth diapering and potty training backpack that suits both our different styles and matches our adventurous parent-vlogger lifestyles, the Explorer bag by KeaBabies is a perfect fit.
From having room to fit extra clothing items and all of those bulky winter accessories, to snacks compartments and pockets to spare, it was easy for us to vote this bag as the Best Unisex Diaper Bag of 2019.
At under $40 it’s a must have to add to your arsenal of parenting gear!
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On the off chance Mama gets to strap on some heels or wear a fancy white jacket, this bag pairs nicely with it all! From airplane travel to strapping on the stroller (psst…stroller straps and waterproof changing mat are included), this bag is adventure-ready!
Whether you choose Trendy Black, Classic Gray or Navy Blue, this backpack is a great unisex diaper bag going into 2020.
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Over the summer I decided to sign up for a free account through Influenster, “a product discovery and reviews platform for consumers.”
Surprisingly, after entering in all of my social media accounts, the app rated me as having a HIGH impact score. This means my accounts have a high enough visibility to reach enough of an audience to promote certain products for certain companies.
So far, I have been able to partner with L’loreal’s Color & Co as well as Bobbi Brown. The products were things I could actually envision myself buying and using, so Influenster did a great job matching me with the offers.
I was invited to check out The Clean Academy, a free online information sharing site that uncomplicates labels and ‘debunks myths’ regarding skin care and product safety; information that is increasingly glossed over or concealed from consumers. I was astounded at the information I learned!
Biossance offers education as well as products. They want you to know and trust in their merchandise, but also to become a more educated consumer in general.
In order to apply for a free VoxBox, which is how Influenster refers to it’s product tester boxes, I was required to check out the Biossance website and then share a few details to my Facebook or Instagram on what I learned from the videos, which I did on my private Facebook account. The information I shared was in regards to laws and regulations of the beauty industry; I wrote a quick few sentences and posted a the required biossance link, and waited.
The whole process of completing tasks functions like completing an application checklist. You do all the things, and then they could simply be grateful that you helped advertise for them for essentially free – OR – you could be ‘selected’ to receive a box. Now, some reviewers swear there is a secret formula to how to receive boxes, or how to get them expedited. As far as this blog goes, we won’t go into that. I don’t know anything about it, TBH.
A couple of weeks went by and then I received an email saying “You’re In!” I had been selected to receive a free sample box. My app says it’s being prepared for shipment, and it doesn’t give any tracking numbers or other information. It will just update the app when it goes out for mailing, and I’ll eagerly await!
Sometimes it can take 1-2 weeks between getting the email notice and receiving the VoxBox.
PRODUCTS RECEIVED IN THE BIOSSANCE VOXBOX
The items I received were beautifully packaged in a charcoal bag with metallic rose gold hardware, with “SPREAD LOVE NOT TOXINS” plus the brand name embossed in gold foil across the front.
I also received a reusable metal straw kit with storage bag and cleaning tool , and a bamboo toothbrush:
Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask
Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel
Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm
The funny thing about this package is that with my last beauty box by Ipsy, I was given a quiz to define what my favorite and least favorites when it comes to fragrances and flavors, etc. The only thing I ever put down that I wasn’t a huge fan of is rose, but of course Influenster did not get copied on that one! Everything in this package is rose! It made me laugh. If you’re interested in the IPSY unboxing, here it is:
I did learn a lesson about being open minded: though rose isn’t typically a scent I can stomach, the Biossance products were extremely gently scented, and so I wasn’t overwhelmed and – surprise to me – enjoyed the products despite the rose scent. I did have to laugh, though, when I first opened this box!
I’ll be sure to post the video link here, after the full review.
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This week I started off the vlog with a little introduction of the four handbags I am most often using these days.
One of the bags was given to us by an Amazon retailer and this particular bag gave me a glimpse into what life might be like when I don’t have to lug around diaper bags (soon)! But until then, here are two diaper bags and two…adult bags.
The leather purse shown in the beginning clips are by Kattee – Retailing at just $52, I was quite impressed!
Purchase link is in the vlog’s description box (expand the YouTube video below):
My current bag is a beautiful Levy (now available in ash blue) by Happ. I love the quilted look and the gold embellishments, as well as the sturdy feet on the bottom. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been stopped by many people to ask where I’d gotten it (at the retailer’s website, incase you are wondering!) – And the response is almost always of surprise, when I tell them it’s a diaper bag!
Amy’s favorite bag is a backpack style, with sturdy comfortable straps and lots of pockets for organization, as well as two easy-to-access side pockets for bottles and sippies, and insulated interior pockets to keep prepared bottles cold.
I can’t find the link anymore, but it’s worth sleuthing out if you’re on the hunt for a new bag! It’s by LekeBaby, and the cool grey color is great for hiding debris or spills when they happen!
I found a link to the newest model and included it in my Amazon Storefront incase you want to try it out for yourself. At $36 it’s not a bad investment (Amazon Prime members are able to return items at no cost if they don’t meet expectations).
The last bag on my list is a small crossbody purse for child-free date nights – the whopping five we’ve had since becoming parents!
Nothing beats leaving all the stuff behind and taking the bare essentials. Keys? Check. Phone? Check. Wallet? Done.
It’s in my coat closet and I can’t be bothered to look at the brand. I got it from Target many moons ago, and like most things I want to recommend to you, I’ll likely never find it online (because I’m the worst blogger).
The point is: get yourself a small purse!
I feel like a whole new woman (or my old self?) when slightly less weighed down with everyone else’s junk. I mean, necessities.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate deeply the fact I am able to provide my kids with all of the things. I just never thought I’d really need so. much. stuff.
Watch the extended review and application process:
My Color and Co. box arrived yesterday, and I tried so hard to do my due diligence as a product reviewer and follow every single step. Although I did pretty good I will admit that I was so excited for this hair color that I only did 24 hours out of the 48 hour allergy test.
I figured if I wasn’t experiencing any irritation at that point, I was probably good to go. Still, the company recommends a 48 hour spot test on a patch of skin to test for irritations.
Interestingly, if one has a tattoo, the likelihood is increased. So take your test! Don’t be like me!
I had run out of shampoo and conditioner this week, my last two showers consisting of baby products. It was past time to go shopping, and I happen to be professionally licensed in massage therapy so I am able to shop at CosmoProf, which sells products to the pros. Though I was tempted by SO many things in there (because I only go about twice per year, it’s always a magical event), I survived basically unscathed, with only my two basic needs…plus pumice stone.
A lovely employee pointed me to a new line of clenditioners (that is, a cleansing conditioner…whaaaat?!) that actually came in a rose gold tone. This brand markets itself as “…a conditioning cleanser that replaces your shampoo”.
I had explained my project (buffering that harsh demarcation between my roots and my platinum ends, using a rose gold, etc.) making sure to note that I had never been a ‘warm’ kind of blonde (give me purple shampoo all day!). I didn’t want to invest in a shampoo that was meant specifically for this rose gold, which may not even turn out to suit me.
She pointed me to a product that is perfect for all shades of blonde, one that happened to be on sale (I think she likes me. Ha!). Those product reviews are coming, soon.
For my actual Color and Co. review, I simply rinsed the color out after 20 minutes as directed, using the conditioner sample included in the kit sent to me. I didn’t want to alter the results so I skipped my tinted clenditioner for now.
Interestingly enough, I was able to squeak by using only one of the two application doses that came in the kit (complimentary for those with long hair). I don’t recommend living on the edge like that, but I figured the worst case scenario involved me frantically mixing the second batch with a partially-coated head of hair. I didn’t end up needing it; now I have enough for a second dye job!
THANK YOU INFLUENSTER FOR PROVIDING ME WITH THIS FREE