Keurig 2.0 Review

photo(8)I was extremely excited to get this from Influenster to try out! Really this seemed like the dream campaign to be apart of. I anxiously awaited it to hit my doorstep for days. When it finally arrived I packed up my old Keurig and happily replaced it with the 2.0 I received.

I set it up and really – the machine is beautiful. Really sleek and nice shiny greys. It really looks nice sitting on the counter – matches great with stainless steel appliances. Really high tech and nice looking.

It was very easy to set up and use (outside of the water filer – I needed the boyfriend’s strength to separate the two pieces in the filter) Filling up the water was a messy process since the container does not remove like my previous machine. I was forced to fill up cup after cup and load the water that way….and it was a bit splashy/messy.
I was pleased to also receive a sample pack of KCups to use. I brewed one right away and tried out the new touch screen. Very simple and easy to use touch screen. I was a tad disappointed by the sizes available – only 8 and 10 ounces? I do 12 and 16 ounces mostly with my old machine.

Overall – great coffee quality – nothing different there. My main gripe? That now you can ONLY use KCups that have been specially formatted for Keurig. I have a stock pile of KCups – and I wasn’t about to just let those goes to waste and spend a ton of money on brand new KCups. I don’t want to pigeon hole myself into only buying one brand of KCups. So overall I finished all of the sample pack and then started using my old Keurig system again.

Overall I really loved the machine – everything about it was great – but I just can’t foresee myself using it again until I use up my stock pile of already bought KCups. Maybe when that is depleted I will make a point of buying the new KCups. Otherwise it is really only good if you need a pot of coffee since that is a new feature my old Keurig cannot do.

*I received this product for free from Influenster for testing purposes.

Go VoxBox Review

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I was lucky enough to receive the Go Vox Box from Influenster! This was definitely my favorite Vox Box yet! This is the biggest amount of product I’ve received from them and I also really enjoyed all of these products as well.

PRO FOOT Triad Orthotic

I am horrible to my feet. I wear the most improper shoes imaginable. No support, heels, sandals like pieces of paper. Just awful all the time to my feet. I have bunions which cause me pain. I have calluses which are ugly. And I run countless miles every week.

I tried this orthotic with my typical $15 Payless flats that I wear to work every day…and I literally felt like I was walking on clouds. I left the house feeling like a million bucks. I couldn’t imagine the difference this product has made on my life.

And you can even get this product for as low as $5 at Walmart!!! That makes it affordable enough to buy one for (almost!) every paid of shoes I own!! Can’t wait to get a pair for my sneakers and favorite heels! So affordable – especially compared to other products out on the market that I have tried.

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ProFoot Pedi-Rock

The boyfriend tried this product before I did! I was out one day and he texted me telling me that he tried this. Very funny!  He did like it but his feet aren’t that callausey so he doesn’t need to use it often.

This product is very soft like it says and does remove a decent amount of dead skin. However my feet are pretty awful and it only scratched the surface of my calluses. It did leave those areas decently smooth though!

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Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Meal Replacement Shakes

I am always looking to try new meal replacement drinks since I am always on the go and looking for things that I can eat quickly and are also semi healthy. I received samples of this powder in Fresh Berries, Swiss Chocolate and Vanilla. All 3 of them tasted pretty decent – nothing overly amazing to rave about flavor wise. The powder didn’t dissolve very well but I’m really not great at that in general. I felt like I mixed and shook the bottle for a long while and still was getting clumps.

The packet specifically says this is a meal replacement that helps “reduce hunger and cravings” – I was seriously starving after I had the vanilla shake. Hunger wasn’t so bad after the other two flavors though, but I definitely didn’t make it through until a next meal without having a snack .

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Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Shaker Bottle

This bottle was seriously cute. It looks small but it really holds a lot. Love the colors. I did not like the spout though! The opening where you are supposed to drink out of is way too big and awkward to drink out of.

Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme

Surprisingly this was my favorite item in the box! I’ve tried countless lotions and this one is seriously great. Smells amazing. Use a dime sized amount and it is good for your whole leg! A little goes a long way. Not greasy but definitely a good lotiony feel that lasts all day. I was so surprised! Would definitely buy this lotion again.

Blue Diamonds Blueberry Flavored Almonds

The boyfriend’s favorite product. He almost couldn’t wait for me to take a picture before he devoured the entire package. He let me try 1 or 2 of them and they were pretty good. Pretty pricey but there are coupons for Blue Diamonds products from time to time. I would buy again if I could get a good price.

*I received these products free for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Influenster J’Adore Vox Box Review

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I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive the J’Adore Vox Box from Influenster. Above is a first look at everything I got in the box!

 

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Red Rose Tea.

I never have been a tea drinker but this stuff has me converted! It was so delicious the Creme Caramel flavor was great. And they sent me like 4 samples of this which was nice to have more than once! I am addicted and devastated that I haven’t been able to find this product in stores! Gotta expand the search!

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Hershey Kisses

I love baking with these things but the BF isn’t such a fan of them. So instead I have been having 2 for an after lunch dessert at work! It is the perfect little treat after my healthy salad.

Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask

I have tried a lot of masks…and overall I don’t think any of them really do anything for me, this one included. I break out the same time each month in the exact same place. Didn’t see any differences using this product or others.

John Freida Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight

#1 I don’t blow dry my hair often. But when I did last week I gave this a try…but honestly my hair is straight 85% of the time anyway so I’m not sure if it actually works or not.

Kiss False Eyelashes

I haven’t had a chance to use this product yet! I didn’t want to just put them on to put them on – I actually want an occasion to wear them. Maybe for when I’m on tv in March I’ll give them a try!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Lifeway Program – Smoothie Review

Influenster came to me recently with a new product to test called Lifeway. I am always up for trying free things so of course I jumped at the opportunity. I have never heard of it before and didn’t remember seeing it in my grocery store. I looked it up and found out it is all about probiotics and health and organic which is great cuz I am trying to not to eat like crap. Another added bonus is that all of the milk in these products comes from animals who are given no antibiotics or growth hormones and are produced without the use of conventional pesticides.

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When I received my voucher I went searching and this is what I found. Shop Rite and Pathmark both only had the smoothies. Pathmark had plain and strawberry while Shop Rite had plain, strawberry and vanilla. Lifeway has other products like frozen yogurt and freeze pops but I haven’t been able to find them yet. I chose the strawberry smoothie and decided to eat it for lunch at work! Lunch is such a pain because I hate packing ahead of time and I hate buying lunch every day. So I thought this smoothie would be great to just grab and go.

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And it was absolutely delicious!! It was pretty thick and creamy and had a really nice texture. I thought I would eat the entire thing for lunch until I saw the whole thing had almost 900 calories in it!! I guess it is 32 oz, which is huge, but I did think it was a ton of calories. Lucky for me it was very filling and I only had half for lunch.

Overall I would probably buy them again. Shop Rite had the better price at $2.99. At Pathmark they were $3.99. And you do get a lot for your money, 32oz is HUGE. I really think I’ll try this again when the pumpkin flavor comes out for fall. I can’t resist pumpkin.

To find Lifeway products in a store near you use this store locator.

*”I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Powder’ful vs. Dust It

Recently I was given two similar hair products to review. BuzzAgent sent me Got2B’s Powder’ful and I got Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Dust It from Influenster in my Spring Vox Box. Both products are supposed to virtually do the same thing: give lift and volume. The Dust It product is also supposed to give texture.

First, you should know that my hair is EXTREMELY thin.  I do have a cowlick in the front of my head which gives me the only natural volume I have.  Otherwise my hair sticks right to my head and doesn’t do anything.  No curl, nothing exciting. So I really wanted so badly for these products to work for me!!

Surprisingly I got similar results with both products which means #1 my hair sucks and #2 I suck at doing all things hair related.

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For the got2b I applied the powder directly to my head/roots.  This gave me some very subtle lift, but it wasn’t anything anyone could really notice.  It also made my hair/roots really stiff and weird.

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Overall I felt like my hair looked good directly after using the product.  I had a teeny bit of lift and volume, but it fell quite quickly. I definitely would not re-buy this product, despite the low price & coupon availability. dustitThen I more recently tried the Dust It product from Schwarzkopf. With this product I also applied it directly to the roots and saw immediate improval in my hair’s volume and texture.

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One minute later…..two hours later.

Look at that awesome wild hair in the first picture! My hair looked really awesome directly after using this product – I felt like Mama Laughlin, jackin it to Jesus! I am glad I have picture evidence of this because a few hours later….I looked like the picture on the right, which is pretty typical of my limp hair. Granted, yes, I was outside at the Phillies game, but this was not a hot or humid night. I still want to try this product more for events where I will be inside. Overall my short term results were killer and I would consider repurchasing depending on how further testing goes.

Two negatives, however.  #1 my boyfriend said he could see blue residue in my hair which probably means I didn’t fully rub the stuff in good enough! And I am short so who knows how many people saw my weird blue hair LOL.

#2. My hair was SOOOO STIFF. I could even feel some lingering stiffness the next day after I shampooed my hair. Much stiffer than the Powder’ful.

Verdict/Winner: Schwarzkopf Osis+ Dust It. Based upon immediate usage results.

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Disclaimer: I received this product (Got2B Powder’ful) from BzzAgent for testing purposes.  All comments and opinions are my own.  #gotitfree