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Periwinkle Earring Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying a really awesome product for little girls!  Periwinkle is an earring subscription service that provides not only adorable earrings, but encouraging quotes for little minds as well…all shipped right to your door each month!  Can we say, “GGGiiiirrrrlll Powwweerrrr”??!!

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Each set comes in a cute box with an uplifting quote that you can put on display or keep in your bag if you need to arm yourself with some daily inspiration.  I posted my quote on my fridge low enough for my almost 4-year-old daughter to see everyday!  Although she can’t read quite yet, I still like her to know that she is surrounded by encouragement and positive vibes.

With Periwinkle you can choose between the Heirloom collection, which are sterling silver post earrings or Editor’s picks, which are super cute themed earrings. There is also a Now or Never option, which are a small selection of specially chosen earrings.

I received a set of Heirloom and a set of Editor’s Pick earrings for review.  I asked my daughter which ones she wanted to try first and she wanted to try the Heirloom collection.

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She loves animals so I’m not surprised she wanted to try out these cute little sharks.  She put them on and immediately started playing in the yard.  I also liked that the backs of the earrings are comfortable and soft which is great for tiny ears.

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She really seemed to enjoy these earrings and told everyone she met that day that she “had sharks in her ears”. 🙂

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Next, we tried the Editor’s Pick earrings!

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Yep!  Tiny oranges!  How adorable are these?!  These particular earrings were made of a different material than the shark earrings.  They were softer and more flexible, almost like the texture of an eraser.  My daughter also seemed to do better with these.  She wore them for a few days straight, even sleeping and bathing in them.  I was really surprised at how well they held up and that the backs stayed on the entire time!

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So what’s the pricing like?  Here’s the breakdown:

Editor’s Picks – $40.00 for 3 months, $72.00 for 6 months, and $95.00 for 12 months

Heirloom Collection – $69.00 for 3 months, $119.00 for 6 months, and $195.00 for 12 months

I think the pricing is reasonable considering you are getting a different pair of earrings delivered to your door each month.

Overall, I was pleased with this product!  I found that the Heirloom Collection is probably best for younger girls since they are bit more cutesy, whereas the Editor’s Picks seemed to have a more mature feel to them since they are sterling silver.  I think these would be a great addition to any little girl’s jewelry collection or the perfect gift for that sweet young lady in your life!

Sign up for Periwinkle here! You can also follow Periwinkle on social media for updates and specials!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/perwinkle.me

Twitter: www.twitter.com/periwinklestyle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/periwinkle.me/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/periwinkle9145/

As an added bonus,  This week I will be giving away a free pair of the orange slice earrings on Instagram!  So make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out!

**Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t wait for the next review!

~SM

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Walmart Beauty Box (Spring 2016)

I received my Walmart Beauty Box last month and was pleasantly surprised with the contents.  Walmart must have heard my complaints about the flimsy one time use samples because I only received one of those this time around!  As a reminder, this box ships every season and costs $5 to cover shipping.  They also ask for your age to customize your items.  Under 35 gets the Trendsetter version; Over 35 gets the Classic version.  Let’s take a look inside the Trendsetter box!

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – This lotion has improved over the years.  When it first came out I thought it kind of had an orange tint and a horrible smell.  The scent is lighter now and it has more of a natural color now.  I already have a pretty decent tan so I didn’t see a huge difference; however, maybe if I used this for a few weeks in a darker shade I would see more of a dramatic change.  I think it’s a great alternative to lying in the sun for hours or hitting up the tanning bed.  Protect your skin, people!!

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Subtle Lightning Shampoo – I only used this once because  I got my hair colored the day after receiving this box and I was worried about it interfering with my already processed hair.  I think it’s a great idea for anyone wanting a subtle color change without paying big bucks.  It kind of reminds me of a new age Sun-In (do they still make that stuff?)

Burt’s Bees BB Cream – This was the only one time use packet in the box, but I didn’t mind since it was foundation.  I really liked this product – it covered well and I like Burt’s Bees products in general.  I would most likely purchase this in the future.  It also included a $3 off coupon so even more reason to switch to this brand!

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash – This had a very clean and smooth feel to it with not much of a scent.  I don’t really have super dry skin, but I would imagine this would be very beneficial to someone suffering from a dry skin issue.

CeraVe Healing Ointment – I only used this once, but I like that it didn’t feel greasy or go on heavy at all.  I think this would also be a great product who has issues with chafed or cracked skin.

Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste – I was pretty stoked to receive a whole tube of toothpaste in this box!  I did notice a slight difference in my teeth after about a week of use.  I also have pretty sensitive teeth and this toothpaste didn’t seem to make them anymore sensitive.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick – Pink Grapefruit – I love, love, love this lipstick!  I love the color and that how it leaves my lips feeling moisturized and smooth.  It also has a wonderful grapefruit scent that isn’t too overwhelming.  The color also lasted longer than many of my other lip glosses.  I did combine it with one of my lip glosses on occasion to add an extra bit of shine.  I have pretty much used this product every day and will continue to use it in the future!

Overall, I was really pleased with this beauty box.  The Neutrogena Color Stick retails for around $6-$7 and the toothpaste retails for around $4, so just with those products alone I would say the $5 for this particular box was worth it.  I also discovered some pretty awesome products that I would not have otherwise tried.

Let me know what you received in your Walmart Beauty Box!

~SM

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart Beauty Box (Autumn 2015)

Even though I am trying to switch to all natural beauty products, I decided to try out the Walmart beauty box because, well….I’m also on a budget. So basically with this deal, you pay a flat $5 and get a box of about five full size samples every new season. Just like any subscription service, there is an automatic payment deducted from your account each time…so keep that in mind. I’ve heard with this service, you may receive different items based on what info you provided in your profile (I.e. age, skin tone, beauty habits, etc.) So here’s my swag!

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Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Care – this sounds like a pretty intense name for “lotion”. Like I don’t know who the target audience is for this product, but it sounds serious. Basically it was moisturizing lotion that kind of smelled like Play Doh.

Aussie MegaHold Hairspray – I liked how this smelled and it did a decent job of keeping my wavy hair from becoming unruly throughout the day. One downfall is that it comes in an aerosol can, which isn’t good for the whole atmosphere/ozone layer situation.

Act Advanced Care Plaque Guard – I liked how this tasted and how there wasn’t any type of burning sensation during use. My mouth felt clean and refreshed after using it. I think that’s the goal of all mouthwashes though…anywho, it will be a handy travel item.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus – I loved how this lipstick went on and actually stayed put all day without having a sticky feeling; however, I was not a big fan of the color. Although I’m sure many people could pull it off, it was a bit too bold for me.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer – I usually like all Aveeno products and this was no exception. It didn’t feel greasy and felt like a trustworthy moisturizer.

That’s it for the big samples, now on to the smaller ones. I never really understand “one-time use” samples as I feel that you need to use products for about a week to really get results from anything, but eh, I gave it a shot anyway. I’ve also heard that if you take a safety pin and poke a small hole in the sample packets that it will help you get longer use out of them, but I didn’t have a safety pin…or that much patience.

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L’oreal Revita Lift Miracle Blur Cream – I actually was surprised with this one. I could immediately tell a difference as soon as I put it on. It definitely smoothed and evened out my skin, but it did feel a bit thick and heavy.

L’oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil – I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, it was a bit too oily for me. But i suspect that if I used it for a week or so I may have seen better results.

Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion – I liked this lotion better than the Vaseline one. I felt that it smelled better and went on easier. Although I guess it wasn’t meant to be as intense as the other one. This apparently is more of an everyday lotion, whereas the other one is for skin dryness emergencies.

Jennifer Aniston Fragrance – This was not my cup of tea and I really wanted to like it since I like Jennifer Aniston…but it was just a bit too heavy and borderline old ladyish for me. I think maybe she should stick to movies and Aveeno commercials for now.

Crest 3D White Brilliance 2 Step Toothpaste – This came with two different toothpastes that you use for a minute each all in one setting. It felt a little weird as it was a bit “pasty” and heavy, but there really was no discomfort during or after…which is surprising because I do have sensitive teeth. I don’t really know if my teeth looked any whiter after the first use, but again I probably would have to use it for about a week to see any real results.

Then there were a couple of coupons for some of the sample items which is nice, because I LOVE coupons. Overall, it was an okay box and I always enjoy trying new products. I probably wouldn’t pay more than $5 for these samples, but I may buy one or two of these full size products sometime in the future…so I guess Walmart did its job. I will say, that I have also tried the Target beauty box in the past and I was a bit more impressed with that one. So I will have to wait for the Walmart Winter Beauty Box to do some more comparisons.
But I always love some good beauty swag. 😉

~SM

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