Monday, October 15, 2012

Influenster - new and improved!!

Hi everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all about this great program that several of my blog posts refer to. It is and it is exciting. What they are is a company that gets products from many other companies and gives those products to people to try out and review. There are many different themes that they group together...some recent themes were Mom, Naturals, Bride to be, Latina to name a few. How do you qualify for these boxes? You have to join influenster and unlock badges. There are badges for all different things, like mom, college student, techie, etc. Unlocking these badges lets them know what demographics you fit into so they can match you to a product box that fits your personality/lifestyle. You earn points as well, by reviewing products that fall into the categories of your badges. The more you review, the higher your score. They want you to use media outlets like twitter and facebook to spread the word about your product reviews. The more you review, and the more active you are on social networks, the more likely you are to get selected for one of the Vox Boxes.

The above picture shows the Naturals Vox Box I was selected to review. Once you are selected to receive a box, you have to use and  review each product, either through blog posts, video blogs or the Influenster website. Even if you don't like the product, review it. The companies use our feedback in their market research and they need to know the good and the bad reviews of their products. Influenster also puts of brand challenges for each item, and completing those challenges can earn you bonus gift packs from the company. Below is a picture of a bonus I earned from Broadway Nails.

This is a really easy program really, you just incorporate the products you get to try into your daily life. Then take a little bit of time to do the reviews. So if you are someone who likes to try new products and pass on the word to friends, family and everyone else then Influenster might be for you. It is free to sign up and easy to get started. If this sounds like something you would like to try, go to and see what it is all about! :-)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Review of Lypsyl lip balm

Another great product I was given by Influenster to try out is the Lypsyl lip balm. This lip balm is made with "pure Swedish beeswax" and also has coconut oil, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E to moisturize, soften, heal and protect your lips. It also has a fresh mint smell and flavor.

This lip balm goes on smoothly and feels good on your lips. It doesn't make your lips feel sticky and it doesn't cake or peel off your lips like some balms tend to do over time. The mint is refreshing but not over powering. It provides long lasting moisturization. And it is all natural which I love!
One thing that I am not crazy about is the size. The lypsyl lip balm is a larger size tube than typical lip balms and is more of an oval shape. It still will fit in your pocket easily, but is just larger than I'd prefer. It is even larger than a typical lipstick, I took a picture for comparison.
Size aside, I really do like this product and will purchase it again when I use up the current tube I have. Lypsyl lip balm retails for around $2.99 which is comparable to other all natural, beeswax based lip balms on the market. And according the Lypsyl website they have other formulas of lip balms as well as a cold sore medicine as well. I'd like to thank Influenster and Lypsyl for the opportunity to try out and review this great product!

Review of the Original Dish drying mat

Today I am going to review The Original Dish Drying Mat, which was sent to me by Influenster to try out and review. I am usually a use the dish washer kind of girl, I hate washing dishes by hand. Actually, I hate washing dishes at all. I'd prefer to have a dish washing fairy to take care of that for me. Anyways, as I have a new baby at home, I find myself hand washing baby bottles on a daily basis. So I was excited to try out this drying mat for my bottles at the very least.

The Original Dish Drying Mat is made up of a foam center covered by layers of microfiber which is super absorbent and quick drying. According to the packaging it will hold up to 4 times it's weight in water. The mat has a loop so you can hang it to dry and it is machine washable for quick and easy cleaning. Because of the thick foam center this mat is perfect for drying delicate glasses such as wine glasses. You can also place the mat under your drying rack.

I mainly used it for drying my baby bottles and it worked much better than placing paper towels or a dish towel on the counter. My counter stayed completely dry under the mat so it didn't create more work for me. And since the mat dries quickly, it was ready for the next time I washed dishes.

I would like to thank Inflenster and The Original for allowing me to try out this great product. I still do the majority of my dishes in the dish washer but I love this mat for the times when I hand wash.