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Walmart Beauty Box (Winter 2015)

I was super excited to receive my newest Walmart beauty box this season!  If you recall, Walmart beauty boxes are a flat $5 and are shipped every season.  Again, I’ve heard that different people receive different samples in their boxes…so here is a review of what I got in mine!

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Walmart got a little coconut happy with this box…maybe they were trying to bring a tropical feeling to the winter blues…I dunno, but so. much. coconut.

Goody slideproof hairbands – I actually love these!  I have long, thick and wavy hair, so I am pretty picky when it comes to hairbands.  I took these on a three mile run and I was surprised that they didn’t budge!  Also no snags or pulling, so I will definitely be purchasing these in the future.

NSpa exotically creamy coconut rich body butter – This has an unnecessarily long name, but I really loved the texture and scent of this cream!  It goes on smooth and has a nice creamy feel.  The coconut smell was pleasant and not too overwhelming.

Aveeno skin relief body wash (nourishing coconut) – I really liked the feeling of this body wash, but wasn’t a huge fan of the scent.  It seemed fake and made me want to get off the island.

Aveeno skin relief lotion (nourishing coconut) – I felt like the lotion was okay, nothing fantastic and again, I wasn’t a fan of this particular coconut scent.  I do normally like Aveeno products because some of the products contain natural ingredients.  Sidenote: I say “natural” loosely as Aveeno is a division of Johnson & Johnson so a lot of their products aren’t as “natural” as they claim to be. You can research that and draw your own conclusions, that’s just my personal opinion.

Pantene Pro-V extra strong hold hairspray – I think this hairspray did a pretty good job keeping my hair tame throughout the day.  It does claim to be humidity resistant for 24 hours, but there isn’t a whole lot of humidity in Southern California so it was hard to really test that.  But I did like the smell, it reminded me of cotton candy! Yum!

That’s it for the regular size samples, now on to the one-time use packets…

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (refreshing coconut oil) – I found this lotion to be a bit thin and my skin felt a little irritated after using this right out of the shower.  I also wasn’t a fan of the coconut oil scent.

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (nourishing monoi oil – Same feelings as above, except the scent was much nicer.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring shampoo – I’m not exactly sure it restored my hair in one use, but my hair felt clean and smelled nice.

L’Oreal total repair 5 damage-erasing balm – This was obviously a thicker texture and meant to be left on for 3-5 minutes.  Again, not sure if it erased damage in one use…but I would probably give it another shot.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring conditioner – Okay, real talk.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use this along with the damage-erasing balm, or use it in a different session.  The instructions on both the balm and the conditioner said to use it after using the shampoo, but didn’t specify whether or not they weren’t meant to be used together.  Anywho, I used this right after rinsing out the balm because I always need conditioner.  My hair felt smooth and clean after and I would probably use this product in the future.

Olay tone perfecting cream – The cream felt nice, but using it once isn’t enough to determine if it was effective in perfecting tones.  It had a nice, lingering smell…it kind of reminded me of a grandma, but like a cool and fun grandma.

Olay regenerist wrinkle reducing cream – It claims that visible wrinkle results start after one use, but I couldn’t tell a difference.  Although to be fair, I don’t have many wrinkles to begin with.  Maybe I will try it again in a few years.

Jennifer Aniston fragrance – See previous blog post for thoughts on this.

L’Oreal skin shade swatch – This little guy was actually pretty handy.  How many times do you stand in the aisle staring at all of the foundations and guessing which one will best match your skintone?  It’s usually hit or miss, so this little guide takes the guesswork out of all that.  There are three levels: warm, neutral and cool.  And each level ranges from 1-10.  You basically just peel one of the nine swatches off and stick it on your face.  Whichever one looks closest to your skintone is the winner!  That’s it!  Easy as pie!  And in case you were wondering, I’m a Cool-1.

Add a few coupons into the mix and that’s a wrap!  Another awesome beauty box from WalMart!  Get yours here.

What did you get in yours?  I would love to know!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Generation Good

I am so excited about recently joining Generation Good from Seventh Generation!  If you’re not familiar with Generation Good, it’s basically an online community where you can share tips, take surveys, get coupons, receive free (yes, free!) samples through the mail.  I love using and discovering new products that are healthy for both my family and the environment and I can’t wait to get more involved with Seventh Generation!

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Note: I was sent free samples from Seventh Generation in exchange for a review of their product.  I did not receive any other compensation.

For this particular campaign, I was sent samples of Laundry Detergent.  Two to try for myself and one to give to a friend.  Also, all new Generation Good-ers receive a $2.00 coupon.

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Before I tell you my thoughts on the Seventh Generation detergent, here’s a little history of my laundry detergent usage:        Grab some popcorn.

I normally use ALL – Free & Clear because for a while I was having unexplained headaches until I finally read that they could be caused by the fragrances used in regular laundry detergents.  So I did a little a switcheroo and abracadabra, the headaches stopped.  This could have been a coincidence, but the superstitious part of me never went back to those fragrant-filled detergents.  Fast-forward a few years and now it’s actually a thing that all of those extra fragrances in your detergent might not be that good for you.  Also, my son has sensitive skin so I kept on truckin’ with the ALL as well as Dreft on occasion (those Dreft people really make a killing).   Cool story, huh?

So that brings us to present day.  With my samples, I did two loads: one load of grown-up clothes and one load of the kids’ clothes.  I will say, that compared to the ALL detergent, the clothes came out smelling a bit fresher – in a natural way.  And they also came out softer.  It also took care of the stains from my kids dirt-filled clothes and my son’s skin stayed smooth with no reactions.  So overall, I would give this detergent 4 out of 5 stars.  Why not 5 stars?  Well…Plot-Twist!  The detergent is actually about double the price of the ALL-Free & Clear.  The ALL runs about $10.50-$11.50 per 108 loads (Target pricing as of January 2016).  7th Gen runs about $19.99 per 98 loads Target pricing as of January 2016).  So with my groovy new coupon I will probably grab a bottle when it’s on sale.  I do prefer the 7th Gen over the ALL, so maybe if I win the next Powerball I will make the official switch.  Until then, I will continue to use my other Seventh Generation products and try out new ones through the awesome Generation Good campaign!  Stay tuned for the sequel!

~SM

 

 

Thrive Market

So I finally decided to cash in on my free Thrive Market membership that I received through Blue Star Families (thanks again by the way).  It’s basically like a Whole Foods, but even more awesome because instead of having to drive allll the way to the store and wait in line with a bunch of other crunchy folks, you can just have everything delivered right to your door!  Who doesn’t like receiving packages?  It’s like Christmas everyday! And to make things even awesomer…the items are closer to wholeSALE prices rather than Whole Foods prices. Double boom.  Now, I will say that it is normally $59.95 per year for a membership, but it’s totally worth it because there are not only food items and baby items to choose from, but lots of health and beauty stuff too.  And did I mention that it’s all delivered to you?  Like you don’t actually have to leave your house…which is super amazing when you have tiny people that don’t always have patience when you are trying to compare prices or compare brands.  I will also note that you can cancel your membership at any point; however, a low-income family is sponsored with every membership.  See! There is good happening, too!  So here is what I received in my first package…

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Sweet, right?!  Lemme break down what exactly came in the order and what I paid for everything.  Now again,  I did get a discount through Blue Star Families.  Check ’em out if you haven’t.   And this particular day, Thrive Market was running a free shipping promotion so I took advantage of that.  They were also giving free jars of coconut oil with first time orders so that wasn’t included in the final price.  They sometimes will include a different promotional gift with a first time order so be on the lookout for that so that you can maximize your savings.  And they also include a catalog with each order so you can take a looksee at some of the upcoming new items that are offered each season.  Okay here’s the breakdown…

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So the grand total was $23.31!  Yes, that’s it!  Awesome stuff for a low price and it was delivered within a week.  Score.  And everything in the order has either been consumed or is currently being used so I would say that it is all baby/toddler approved.  Go checkout Thrive Market today and as they say, “thrive on!” 😉

~SM

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