Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmastime Joy, Thanks to the Frosty Vox Box

Well, it's been a while since I've written anything here, huh? Let's just say, life has been hectic. But I'm back! And I've come bearing gifts!

Last week, I received an AMAZING package in the mail. I had thought that Influenster might have forgotten me, since I hadn't received a box in a couple months, but then I checked my PO Box and found this Vox Box, bursting with winter goodies!

Generally, every Vox Box has a theme, and this one was geared toward winter. More specifically, the holidays! I know I can never seem to have everything together for the rush of holidays at the end of the year, so I was incredibly thankful to see such awesome contents inside!

1.) First up, are the Fruit Vines. I received the strawberry flavor to try, and let me just say YUMM. They are sweet, but not too sweet, and come in little clusters of three that you car tear apart. I thought they were a great snack, especially for the multiple road trips I took over the Christmas holiday. It was nice to not have to stop all the time for snackage. Just a few of these little guys was enough to tide me over between meals, and they would make a fantastic treat for kids too!

2.) Now, I received the EcoTools Styler + Smoother Hair Brush, and let me tell hairbrush game was weak before I got this thing. I'm not tender headed, so I would just rip through my hair like it was nothing. As you can guess, I had breakage to the extreme. My brush looked like a scary rabid rat after a shower. However, once I started using the EcoTools Styler, I was shocked how much less hair was ending up in the brush after each swipe. After an entire week of using it exclusively, the hair I saw in this brush was a third of what was in my normal one after a day. A DAY. If that doesn't speak volumes about the power of a good brush, i don't know what will. I no longer wonder if I'm balding...

3.) Normally in the Vox Boxes, you get full sized products, but I only received a small sample of Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum. That said, I can see is pricey stuff. It promised visible results after two weeks, but I only managed to stretch it out to three days. It did leave my skin super soft though, and didn't go on greasy like most serum type products.

4.) Can I say that I squealed when I saw this next product, and still sound like as a grown woman? because I totally did. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color has been in previous boxes, and everytime I try it, I love it even more! Sugarplum was the shade of choice this time, and just like with all the other shades I've tried, it goes on smooth, velvety, and beautifully pigmented. Sugarplum was a touch dark for my taste just looking at the tube, but once I actually put it on, I was impressed with how subtle it really was. plus it has moisturizers in it, to keep your smile it's prettiest!

5.) Now, I wear liquid eyeliner exclusively, so I wasn't sure about the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner I received, right out of the box. But like everything else in life, I put on my big girl panties, decided to try something new...and was pleasantly surprised! Not only does it go on smooth, but it stayed all day without smudging or flaking. I have rather large eyes, that water a LOT, so generally normal Kohl liner is gone in less than an hour. The only liner I had found that stayed like I wanted it to was waterproof liquid, and we all know how hard that can be to get off at the end of the day. This liner though, came of with only two swipes of my make-up remover.

6.) To be perfectly honest, I don't cook. If it doesn't come in a box, or is microwavable, I would starve to death. So the McCormick Gourmet Thyme wasn't really something I could use. but, I did gift it to a friend of mine who cooks like a freaking gourmet chef, and she raved about it!

7.) This next item, I loved with an unholy passion. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane® Decaf Green Tea was flipping delish! It was fresh, it was warming, and it was a perfect ending to a cold winter evening at home with the family.

8.) Ok, so normally, I'm the cheapest of the cheapskates. I buy makeup, bath and body products, and a lot of other items at places like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar...are you sensing a theme? I don't like to pay more than a dollar for a lot of things. Generally, it's fine. The dollar make-up is E.L.F and NYC, which is cruelty free and still makes you look amazing on a budget. but it can be terribly difficult to find a good make-up remover for cheap. In fact, it's pretty much impossible. The couple of products I have tried never took off all the make-up, and would rub my face raw trying to get that eyeliner off. Then, I tried the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover that came in my box, and knew I could never go cheap on my remover again. It took almost no product, and the make-up wiped off with such ease I was actually shocked! No rubbing, no sitting it on and waiting, just a quick swipe and my face was squeaky clean! It was super gentle, and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I can not recommend this enough!

I hope you guys enjoy these products as much as I did!

Love and Lightning Bugs,

I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Taking Its Toll.

So, I know it's been a long time since I've updated last, but there's a been a very good reason for that.

I graduated from Kansas State University in May, with my Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and Industry, and started my job search the very next day. At first, I was dedicated, filling out a few applications every day, and always calling back on them. The days stretched to weeks, and my job search was still getting nowhere. It's been almost three months now, to the day I started my search, and still there's no job in sight.

It's not for lack of trying either.

Every day, I fill out at least 15+ applications for every job I can think of, excluding fast food and retail (my joints can't handle those jobs anymore). My resume is posted on every job site I can think of, my LinkedIn is pristine, I have applied with several temp agencies and yet, no one calls back. I have no idea why, and to be honest, the constant rejection is wearing me down.

I've gotten to the point where I start to dread checking my email, because I know there will be more rejection. I've lost the will do actually do anything in fact. Video games aren't fun. Reading isn't fun. I don't want to leave the house, and I don't really want to hang out with anyone. Even Facebook is a chore. I just want to sleep all day, and stay in bed. I have to force myself to even answer the phone, and even then, I want the conversation to be over as soon as it starts. My "give a fuck" is broken completely, and even the most mundane of tasks is a struggle.

I've been trying for a week and a half to just pick up my living room, and every time I think about it, all the energy drains from my body. I wish I could just wake up one day, back to normal, but I'm struggling. I force myself to go outside. The trek to the post office this morning, just down the road, was akin to an arctic expedition. The only time I feel slightly better is when my boyfriend is around, but with him working, it's just me at home the majority of the time. Festering in my stew of rejection.

I know if I got a job, this would get better. I know I could be excited about what the day had to offer, instead of cringing at the thought of even rolling out of bed. It's becoming more and more difficult to even get on the computer anymore. My life has just become one job application after the next, followed by rejection after rejection...and it's taking its toll.

Love and Lightning Bugs,

Friday, June 20, 2014

Don't Feed the Trolls

Don't you just love the internet? You have all the knowledge of the human race at your fingertips, allowing you to do literally anything in terms of connecting with people from all walks of life, and yet, there are those who would rather spend their time disparaging people.

Fucking Trolls.

I had an encounter with one today, seemingly out of the blue, on a pin well over two years old.

I thought I handled it well enough, seeing as the trolls really hate when you come to them calmly. It freaks them out. After dropping that little screengrab on my Facebook page, a few friends decided to pop on over and leave comments of their own. Which promptly made her delete her previous comments and change her profile picture.

Ah, the wonders of the internet.

Love and Lightning Bugs,