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ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos — Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More

ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Skincare, from left to right: Facial Cleansing Gel, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex (top), Skin Eraser (bottom), Botanical Acne Mask (top), Acne Gel (bottom), and Oil-Free Day Lotion

Okay, so I received these ZENMED products months ago to review and between work and school I haven’t really had the time to blog as much as I would like to. Now that I switched my schedule up, I finally have the time to blog near full-time (I’m still in school, too). The other reason I waited so long was because my skin has been crazy over the last few months and it’s been severely dry, very breakout-y, and, when I first tried these products, they weren’t working the way that I think they should have.

So, anyway, I received six products to review and, even though I still haven’t really used the products as much as I would have liked to before writing up the review, I just wanted to (finally) get this post up. Many of these products are the type that you need to use for at least a few days to see real results, but I think I got at least a general feel for them and I’m happy that my skin is normal again so I can finally use whatever products I want.

My skin was near-perfect — I never really had any problems, no matter what products I used — so it was a little difficult for me to adjust this winter to a completely different skin type. I’m happy I’m now pretty much back to normal and I’m going to be using these ZENMED products especially over the next few weeks because, at the very least, they are extremely promising.

ZENMED products are described as “doctor formulated”, holistic skincare that merges “functioning naturals” with “proven medicinal actives.” All of their products contain potent formulations for “immediate and dramatic results.” They have so many different products, (including moisturizers, scrubs, serums, cleansers, and more) for a number of different skin types and concerns, ranging from acne and rosacea, to scars, anti-aging, and sun protection. It would pretty much be impossible to not find a product that’s right for your skin on the ZENMED website.

ZENMED products are Vegan and 100% cruelty-free, and they are also free of dyes, fragrances, sulfates, and petrochemicals. Their packaging is 100% recyclable and organically sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. I thought it was necessary to give a little overview of the company since their natural, medicinal formulations, and cruelty-free products are such a huge part of their brand.

ZENMED Oil-Free Day Lotion review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Oil-Free Day Lotion

The first product is this oil-free daily moisturizer. I used this lotion a few times when I first got it, and I liked it, but I knew my friend Natalia would get more use out of it so I passed it along to her and it worked well for her. This lotion is more for combination-oily skin types, and, even when I was breaking out more over the winter, my skin still wasn’t oily … it was very DRY. Way drier than ever. For those who breakout and have OILY skin (or really for anyone who doesn’t have dry skin), this lotion should work very well. It even has “special mattifying agents” to “keep greasy skin under control for 24 hours,” and it won’t interact with other acne treatments.

ZENMED Oil-Free Day Lotion ($24.95 for 2.5 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as a “water-based, lightweight moisture lotion” created for oily to combination skin types. It contains “micro-mattifying agents” to help control oil levels “while providing healing moisture,” and it will not clog pores or cause shine. This moisturizer contains “high concentrations” of Vitamins B5 and E, which “leave the skin feeling and looking supple and nourished,” and it is ideal for use on sensitive skin, or even after an exfoliation treatment. It is described as a “soothing, neutral pH moisturizer” that can be used as often as needed.

Like I said — extremely promising product with great ingredients. I liked the way this moisturizer felt on my skin, but it really wasn’t the best choice for me because I need more of a hydrating moisturizer than one that’s supposed to control oil levels and mattify skin. I still felt hydrated after using it, but there are moisturizers out there that are much better for my normal-to-dry skin type. My friend, who has more oily skin, found that this worked very well, so I would definitely recommend it to people with sensitive, oily-combination skin.

ZENMED Derma Cleanse Acne Gel review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Derma Cleanse Acne Gel

Okay, so THIS stuff is good for anybody at all who ever gets breakouts (which is pretty much everyone). A little bit of this gel goes a long way, and I love using it as a spot treatment. I’ll apply a tiny bit of this gel on a breakout at night and it will be almost completely gone by the next morning (or at least it seems to drastically shrink the zit). I’ve used a bunch of similar blemish serums, and this one was one of the best I have tried, plus it comes in a huge bottle (2 ounces), so it will definitely last for awhile.

ZENMED Derma Cleanse Acne Gel ($24.99 for 2 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as a “highly-absorptive, dual-acid Acne treatment gel” that was created to “heal pimples faster, prevent skin damage, and clear your overall complexion.” When applying this gel to breakout areas, you can expect “a far quicker healing time than by leaving the skin untreated,” and by increasing this healing time, ZENMED says that you will prevent the inflammation process from causing unneeded damage to the skin, which could lead to scarring. This gel also “prevents new Acne from forming by preventing excessive build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.”

This gel definitely worked for me and I saw near-instant results. Any product that produces results so quickly always gets an A in my beauty book.

ZENMED Dermacleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Dermacleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment

 

I passed this next product along to the same friend that I gave the day cream to because I found that, like the day cream, it wasn’t the best formulation for my normal-dry skin, especially over the last few months when my skin was extra super dry. I was actually a little disappointed that I couldn’t use it because it’s a multitasking, dual-purpose product (my favorite kind of product), that can be used as a mask AND a spot treatment for breakouts.

My skin was so whacky this winter and I have never really dealt with the issues that I had ever in my life before, so I wasn’t really sure what products would work well, and a lot of the stuff I tried out was very trial-and-error. ZENMED has plenty of other multitasking products that would work well for people like me with a more dry skin type, but this product just irritated my (super dry) skin a little too much so I couldn’t really use it.

ZENMED Dermacleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment ($24.95 for 4 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as a “Montmorillonite-clay based Acne treatment that helps heal pimples fast and prevent excessive oil buildup on the skin.” You can apply this product as a mask to affected areas to clarify pores and help draw impurities out, or you can use it as a spot treatment to reduce the severity of redness and inflammation and speed up healing. Like I said, I’m a little disappointed this product didn’t work for me because it sounds so promising, but I bet it works perfectly for those with more oily skin types.

ZENMED Renewing MicroDermabrasion Complex review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Renewing MicroDermabrasion Complex

Now that my skin is finally back to normal, I am able to use this scrub and I am loving it. I’m not going to lie, this stuff can be a bit harsh, and that’s why I really wasn’t able to use it when my skin was a lot more sensitive and breakout-y over the winter months (it really irritated my skin and made me a lot more red/inflamed), but now that my skin is normal again, I am so happy I am able to use it. ZENMED suggests that you only start off by using this once or twice a week; once you get a feel for how it works with your skin type you can up the usage gradually and then end up using it for five days on, and then five days off.

ZENMED Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex ($39.99 for 4 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as a “granular formulation” based in a “mineral-heavy clay” that is “designed specifically to provide intensive dermabrasion on the surface of the skin,” without leaving any greasy residue. This is one of ZENMED’s top-selling products (no surprise here), as it smooths out dull, flaky skin, making it feel immediately “rejuvenated and smooth.” It doesn’t contain any soaps, so it won’t leave skin feeling dry and dehydrated, and it will make skin glow and more plump.

This product is one of those products where the more you use it, the more results you will see, and it is ideal to use it before using serums or moisturizers, especially ZENMED’s Skin Eraser (below), because it “allows for better penetration of actives.” Now that my skin is cleared up, I’m excited to use this more, especially with the Skin Eraser, and see how well it works for smoothing my skin and evening out its tone.

ZENMED Skin Eraser review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Skin Eraser

Another awesome product is the Skin Eraser, which is perfect for people like me who have a slightly uneven skin tone and some imperfections due to all the breakouts and ickiness I had over the winter. It is suggested to use this product after using the MIcrodermabrasion Complex (above), and, like the Microdermabrasion Complex, I have only used this a couple of times since my skin cleared up. This stuff is super promising (I keep saying this about ZENMED products, but it’s true), and, especially with prolonged use, it should erase away imperfections and just make your skin all-around better looking. I’m excited to start using this more over the next few weeks.

ZENMED Skin Eraser ($29.99 for 2 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as an “Ascorbic-Glycolic-Lactic acid fortified treatment” that “effectively exfoliates the upper layers of the skin” to help minimize imperfections, dullness, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, bumpiness, and fine lines and wrinkles. This product visibly helps perfect skin damage and unveils “brighter, healthier skin,” so your complexion will appear smoother and more even. If used with the Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex (above), the two products will give you an “instant home facial.”

I’m really excited to start using this product more now that my skin is back to normal. Like the Microdermabrasion Complex, this product can be a little harsh-feeling on skin (but not as much as the Microdermabrasion scrub), so use sparingly and work your way up to more consistent uses. ZENMED says that you may feel some tingling after using the Skin Eraser, so if this is bothersome, then the first few applications should be rinsed off until the skin becomes more accustomed to it.

It is highly suggested to use both this product and the MIcrodermabrasion Complex in the nighttime because it will make your skin a little more susceptible to sun irritation. Either way, if you’re using this product, it’s probably best to use an SPF the next day.

ZENMED Facial Cleansing Gel review and photos. ZENMED Holistic Skincare Products Review + Photos -- Serums, Lotions, Cleansers, Scrubs & More. Press Sample: These products were sent to me for free to review. My reviews are my own opinion, and press samples will never, ever sway my true opinion of the products I review. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

ZENMED Facial Cleansing Gel

This last product is one of the most gentle, smoothest feeling cleansers I have ever used. It just feels so amazing on my skin, and it effectively breaks up makeup, dirt, and whatever else that needs to be cleaned off at the end of a long day. This feels like an oil, but it’s not (it’s oil-free), and it doesn’t make your skin feel dried-out or dehydrated at all (even when my skin was extra dry this summer). It is ideal to use this stuff twice a day, especially for sensitive skin.

ZENMED Facial Cleansing Gel ($15 for 5 oz.; zenmed.com) is described as a “gentle, ph-balanced gel cleanser” that is “designed to be gentle to troubled skin.” This cleanser contains a naturally-based formulation of Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Tea Tree that is “designed to remove oil, makeup, and unwanted residue from the surface of the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural protective barrier.” This product is great when used before any of ZENMED’s Acne treatment products, or even used alone. It feels SO smooth and gentle and wonderful on my skin, I love it. It is oil-free, alcohol-free, and “doctor-formulated to be gentle to sensitive skin or skin undergoing aesthetic treatments like peels and Acne medications.”

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Overall, I really enjoyed these ZENMED products, I just feel like I still haven’t been able to try them out enough to really come to a definitive opinion on how well they work. Now that my skin has finally cleared up I will be using them a lot more, and I love the idea of doctor-formulated, medicinal products that contain natural ingredients.

So, like I said again and again in this post, these products are extremely promising. There is really something for everyone in ZENMED’s product catalog and I would urge people to check out their website to see everything that the brand has to offer. Check out ZENMED.com for all products listed in this post, or for more information on the company itself.

 

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure Review + Photos

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Press-On Manicure in “Lovestruck” (Discontinued?)

So, I received these press-on nails a couple of weeks ago in the Influenster Uni VoxBox (review here) and I didn’t totally hate them the way I do with most fake nails, so I decided to do a full review on them. I think most fake/press-on nails and tips look tacky and they’re really just not my thing — I would much rather get a nice gel manicure than spend the money on fake nails that are just going to break or fall off.

With that being said, these press-ons from Broadway Nails actually stay on (almost 5 days for me) and they’re a quick and easy manicure for when you’re in a hurry and you need your nails to look perfect. I know the designs can be kind of childish, and they’re still fake and plastic so there is that slightly “tacky” look to them, but I think they’re fun and the fact that they actually stay on for a good amount of time has me sold. Plus, they’re cheap.

I actually started using these a couple years ago when they first came out and then I kinda forgot about them until a bottle appeared in my Influenster VoxBox. They come in a large range of patterns and solid colors so it’s pretty easy to find a press-on manicure set that you like and I’ll most likely be picking these up again (in a different color) because, like I said before, they are great for when you’re in a rush.

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“Lovestruck” (discontinued?)

The press-on kit that I received with my Influenster Uni VoxBox was this bright pink and purple (with some orange, red and yellow mixed-in) floral design called “Lovestruck.” It seems that this pattern is no longer available, I’m guessing it was discontinued, and there is actually another pattern that has the same name (a tie-dye pattern) that is also no longer available, or at least it’s just not listed on the Broadway Nails Impress Manicure website. There are so many other designs and solid colors to choose from, and this one probably wouldn’t have been my first choice if I bought it myself.

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The downside to these is that food and stuff will get stuck underneath them, in-between the press-on nail and your real nail, but you can take them off whenever you want and I just think they’re fun to wear for a few days – especially the patterned ones. And, unlike most store-bought press-on nails and nail stickers, these actually cover my nails perfectly so you can’t see my real nails peeking out on the sides. They initially come in a square nail shape, but I file mine down so they’re a little shorter and rounded.

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5 – $8 depending on the color/design for pack of 24 nails; cvs.com) is described as a press-on manicure that “delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.” It has an “indestructible top coat that rivals the best salon gel polish,” they are easily removable and they can last up to a week “when applied properly.”

Like I said before, I never wear fake nails ever, so, if I feel like having them on a whim, these are always available at the local drugstore, they’re fun and they definitely come off easily. I was also pretty impressed by how long they stay on since I can never get ANY type of nail polish to stay on my nails (except the gel manicure, which has proved to be pretty indestructible until my nails start growing out and then they look funny growing out over the gel polish).

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Lovestruck Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The kit comes with 10 nails, plus 14 extra (24 total)

I’m so clumsy and my nail polish always chips and the main reason I don’t wear fake nails (besides the fact that I don’t really like them) is because they usually fall off immediately. These press-ons actually stay put and, if any of them come off before you’re ready to take off the whole manicure, there are 14 extras that you can replace them with. I’ve been carrying them in the little nail polish-shaped bottle that the whole manicure kit came in and the kit comes with 24 nails total.

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ranges in price from around $4 to $8. They are available in most major drugstores or you can buy them online at CVS.com, Walgreens.com, Drugstore.com and any other retailer that sells Broadway Nails products.

 

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Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos (2014)

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Apparently, over the last year or so, my Influenster score has been steadily increasing thanks to my social media accounts and blog posts, and I had NO idea that I was picked to receive a bunch of VoxBoxes as the e-mails were going to an account that I never use. So, a couple of months ago when I started blogging again, I decided to check on my Influenster account and saw that my score was way up, realized the e-mail account was the one that I never use, then logged into said e-mail to see all of those missed VoxBox opportunities.

SO … with that being said … this is my very first VoxBox and I was super excited to receive it! I love, love, love free stuff and, of course, I love trying out different products (and a great variety of products at that — not just beauty products). The Uni VoxBox is for college-goers and, even though I graduated with my BA a few years ago, I am back in college (sort of), getting my certificate in Paralegal Studies, so I guess this is fitting.

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My first VoxBox was pretty cool — a nice mix of products and they were all products that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself, so it’s always great to get those things for free (except the tampons, of course … those are a monthly necessity).

Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The Uni VoxBox came with a card detailing each item in the box and a couple of coupons for some of the products (I didn’t take pictures of those).

The Influenster Uni Voxbox contained:

  • Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patterns; drugstore.com)
  • NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores)
  • Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of five; pilotpen.us)
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.; ulta.com)
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32; drugstore.com)
  • Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.; redrosetea.com)

Broadway Manicure imPRESS Press-On Nail Polish and Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The first product was a full-sized foundation from Rimmel London. I hardly use drugstore makeup (I’m not a snob, I just find that these products don’t work as well for me), but I do have to say Rimmel London is one of my more well-liked drugstore brands (and it’s one of the cheaper ones, too). This matte foundation isn’t for me since I have been having dry skin issues this winter, but I’m sure someone I know will get good use out of it.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.ulta.com) is described as having a “lightweight liquid mousse texture” that “leaves skin shineless, yet feels weightless and cakeless.” I love the mousse-y texture of this foundation but I instantly found that it doesn’t work very well on my dry skin. This product is definitely for girls who need a foundation that will combat shine for a more matte finish. This Rimmel London foundation comes in eight different shades.

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The next product was a press-on, fast-fix manicure from Broadway Nails. Even though I never, ever get tips or fake nails or anything like that, I actually have used these press-on nails before. They are interesting … they’re fun, I found that they stayed on for a good amount of time (and I am the biggest klutz ever so I can never get nails/nail polish to stay on), and I think they’re cute.

I’m always happy to try out a new color/pattern and I haven’t used this product in well over a year now (at least) so it wasn’t necessarily something I would have bought for myself. However, they obviously look fake so if that’s not the look you’re going for I would definitely stay away.

Broadway Manicure imPRESS Press-On Nail Polish and Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure in Lovestruck. There seems to be two different patterns called “Lovestruck” (I’m not sure if one was discontinued or something), so check drugstores for this particular pattern.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patternsdrugstore.com) is described as a press-on manicure that “delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.” They come in a bunch of different designs — solids and patterns — with a shiny top coat that doesn’t chip. Your biggest problem with these nails wouldn’t be if they fell off, but Broadway Nails includes a bunch of extra nails that you can use as replacements if one does fall off.

Even with my clumsy self I found that these stayed on (replacing a few here and there) for about 5 days. You can remove them by gently peeling them off or applying nail polish remover around the edges and then peeling (I never had a problem taking them off). If you’re into this kind of thing, I think these are a great cheap alternative for when you need a fast fix of pretty nails.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Now here’s a product I wouldn’t buy for myself, but I am definitely going to try this one out. The funny thing is that I swatched it on my hand last night and it STILL hasn’t come off — after washing my hands repeatedly and taking a shower already. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but, since my lips are dry from the winter weather, I have a feeling I’m going to need to layer this with a balm or gloss. The color is a fun, bright, bright pink. The photo of the swatch didn’t come out as bright as I wanted it to, so I decided not to post it.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores) is NYC’s newest lip formula that delivers “intense amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours.” it is described as a moisturizing formula that “glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish” and it comes in 20(!) different colors. For just $1.99 you really can’t go wrong trying this lipstick out … I’m definitely going to try this out soon on a soft makeup day with a pop of (hot pink!) color on my lips.

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen and Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer review and photos. Influenster Uni VoxBox Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I lovessss me a good pen — I am constantly writing things down all day long and I go through pens like bottles of water (especially on days I have class for four hours). I love new pens and notebooks (I’m a little nerd) so this item made me happy. 🙂

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of fivepilotpen.us) features “Spring Pantone-inspired color block grips on a glossy white barrel,” with the vibrant color of gel and the quick-drying benefits of ballpoint ink. These pens look sleek and write amazingly well with a thin point. They are also really comfortable to hold, so I’ll probably be switching over to this pen for those intense note-writing 3-4 hour classes I have throughout the week (my TD Bank pen has proved to be a bit painful during these long periods of time — sorry, TD Bank!).

The next product was one of those new-fangled water enhancer thingys where you change the taste of your water with one little bottle. I like the fact that this enhancer contains real brewed tea and, even though it doesn’t taste the greatest (it has that fake sweetener taste — even though it does include real cane sugar), I’m hoping that some of the amazing benefits of tea have been preserved in this little bottle.

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.redrosetea.com) contains no dyes or coloring and it’s made from real brewed tea. This little bottle contains 24 servings (one squeeze for each 8-oz. glass of water), only five calories, it is “lightly sweetened,” gluten-free and it contains caffeine (which some people may not want — I’m happy about this though!).

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And the very last product in the Influenster Uni VoxBox was something every college girl (or otherwise) most certainly needs — a box of Playtex’s new Sport Fresh Balance tampons! Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32drugstore.com) are designed to “neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field.” They are made with a 360-degree design for “Sport Level Protection” and come in a bunch of different sizes for different needs. Ahhh, tampons. Always a necessity. Thanks, Influenster.

 

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Influenster is an online community of “tastemakers, social media hotshots and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.”

To sign up for Influenster click here and start earning your badges. If you connect your social media accounts and start reviewing your favorite (or not-so-favorite) products, you will see your badge score rise pretty quickly and, soon enough, you will probably be eligible to receive a VoxBox for testing as well.

I remember asking my good friend Kate (her vlog is here!) about Influenster over a year ago because I just DIDN’T GET IT and I remember she kept telling me there isn’t really much to get, just do the badge exercises, connect your social media channels, and eventually your score will get higher — and this is all true!

Influenster is a lot of fun and there are so many different events going on throughout the year so if you love reviewing products, or if you have blog/vlog/social media channels where you love to talk about products you love, then this community is totally for you. Plus, everything is free, free, FREE. Visit Influenster.com for more information!

 

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