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#LockItRevolution Review


I was again selected for an amazing Voxbox from @Influenster and @KatVonDBeauty. Four Lock-It products were in this particular voxbox: Lock-It Concealer creme in Natural and Warm, the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush, Lock-It Setting Powder, and the Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. I’ll be giving a short review for each product.

The Concealer cremes were my favorite items in the box. They are very pigmented and provide a full coverage that most concealers fail to do. They covered up my tired Mombie bags for crying out loud!

The sculpted concealer brush is the perfect shape to get into the hard to reach places under your eyes and around your nose. Its shape gives you much better control than other brands.

The setting powder is light and perfect for giving you a finished look. A little goes a long way though. If you use too much, it gets a bit messy!

The setting powder brush is soooooooo soft and fluffy. It’s one of the best powder brushes I’ve ever used.

 
*I received these products for testing purposes only in exchange for an honest review!

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Surviving Deployment One Day At A Time

  
I have days when I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. I have nights when I cry myself to sleep. This emotional roller coaster has been one hell of a ride so far. I have been simply going through the motions for weeks now. As hard as it is to motivate myself to get anything done, I don’t have a choice. I have four children who depend on me to keep things running smoothly at home. I have to wake up with a smile and make breakfast, and pretend everything is just “peachy”. I’m not going to lie. It’s hard. It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I mean, half my heart is over 6,000 miles away, and I’m hurting, dying inside. I’ve explained to each child  where Daddy is, what he’s doing, and why he’s there. They miss him too, but the occasional Skype dates have helped. They get excited about decorating care packages. It was become our weekly ritual. We draw pictures, write letters, and then take everything to the post office as a family. The Postman knows us by name! 

My pain is irrelevant because my main concern is the children. I have to keep home life as close to normal as possible. Lucky for us, we’re only a few hours from my side of the family. They have truly been a blessing during all this. I try to make bi-weekly trips just to give the kids something to look forward to. It has proven to be a well-needed distraction for the littles and myself alike. It gives them a chance to be spoiled by everyone and gives me adult interaction. The down side is none of them fully understand how hard this is for us. If I have to hear, “He’ll be back before you know it” one more time…I know they mean well, but it doesn’t help. Nothing does. 

If you’re reading this and you have been feeling the same way, please know that you’re not alone. There are many of us suffering in silence with our heads held high. There’s nothing wrong with anything you may be feeling, and if all else fails, grab a bottle of wine, pull out the cork, and drink right out of the bottle. I won’t tell!

If True Love’s First Kiss Could Be Bottled…

  
I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive Tender Romance in the Ralph Lauren Fragrance Campaign from Influenster. I was skeptic at first because I do have horrible allergies. I opened the box (excitedly of course), and instantly caught the light, airy fragrance wafting from the pretty pink box. After opening the box and taking the top off the perfume, I inhaled the sweet, floral scent. I know why it was named Tender Romance. It smells like the fairytale ending to every Disney Princess cartoon! It has such a light feminine scent. It really is lovely and aptly named!

*Although I received this product free for testing purposes only, these opinions are all my own!*

KISS Your Regular Lashes Goodbye!

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I received these lashes in my #Jinglevoxbox from Influenster. Having never used fake eyelashes before, I was a little worried about the outcome. They were surprisingly easy to use. Even with three simple instructions, my hands were shaking the whole time. All you have to do is hold the lashes along your natural lash line, trim if needed, apply KISS lash glue, wait thirty seconds, apply along your lash line, and then hold for another thirty seconds! See? Easy as pie! Check out my results:

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Ore-ida Scrambled Breakfast Totchos

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After skimming through several #totchos recipes at http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/appetizers/ORE-IDA-Totchos.aspx, I was inspired to create my own version.
I call them, “Scrambled Totchos”.  They’re the perfect hangover food!

Ingredients:

1 bag of Ore-ida tots
6 slices of bacon
1 cup of shredded cheese separated
5 eggs
2 tsp milk
salt and pepper to taste
chives (optional)
sour cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 425°. Cook tots according to package. While they’re cooking, fry bacon and whish eggs with milk, 1/2 cup of cheese, and salt/pepper. Scramble eggs. After tots are finished baking, pour into a baking dish and top with bacon, cheese, and chives. Add scrambled eggs on top of that and sprinkle with a bit more cheese. Top with a dollop of sour cream if you’d like!

Voila! Leslie’s Scrambled Totchos! Bon Appétit!

*I received the Ore-ida coupon from Influenster for testing purposes only!*

Give Me My Tots!

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I received a coupon for a free bag of Ore-ida tots in my #Jinglevoxbox from Influenster for testing purposes only. It wasn’t my first time trying them. Actually, I buy these on a regular basis for my kiddos. The whole family loves them. You can bake or fry them, but we usually go the healthier route and toss them in the oven. They’re crispy and taste great especially when you turn them into #totchos with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives!

The Miracle of Cetaphil

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I recently received a small container of this in my #Jinglevoxbox from Influenster (for testing purposes only of course). I was really surprised at how well it worked. It’s non-greasy, and doesn’t have a strong odor. Plus, you can use it on your face! I suffer from winter eczema and very sensitive dry skin. I’ve always had trouble finding a great product that isn’t too harsh on my skin. Check out how well Cetaphil helped my hands which are super dry from constant handwashing:

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Amazing, right??

Loving My #Jinglevoxbox

I was fortunate enough to receive the #jinglevoxbox from Influenster. It was filled with amazing products for me to test. Check it out:

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In the box were three packages of Biscoff cookies, NYC Color 24 hour eyeliner in black, Pure Ice Home Run nail polish, Cetaphil moisturizing cream, a Rapunzel itty-bittys by Hallmark, Kiss lashes and eyelash glue, and a coupon for a free bag of Ore-ida tots! See what I mean about so many great ptoducts! This was one of my favorite #Voxboxes! My daughter loved the Itty-bittys:

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Cute, right?

I can’t wait to use the lashes and liner for New Year’s Eve festivities!

Thanks for the opportunity to try these products for testing purposes, Influenster!

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara Review

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It’s hard to tell from the photo, but my lashes look incredible thanks to Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir volume mascara. It has a beautiful, bold color and goes on perfectly with just one coat. If you’re in the market for a new mascara, hop on over to Sephora and try Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara!

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I received this product from Influenster for testing purposes only!
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