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Kat Von D Beauty’s Most Requested Product Returns: Review of #SaintAndSinner VoxBox

Following an 8-year hiatus from beauty store shelves, Kat Von D Beauty‘s most requested product of all time has returned and fans are getting a resurrection thanks to Influenster. (more…)

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Revlon Mega Multiplier: Review of the #RevlonXLashes VoxBox

With volume and drama, a strong set of eyelashes have the power to instantly update your look with just a few steps. This past summer, I was granted the opportunity to test out the Revlon Mega Multiplier care of Influenster Canada.

If you don’t know what Influenster is, it is an incredible community for social media enthusiasts like myself who share thoughts and reviews on various products they like or dislike. Through submitting reviews of products — new and old — you can qualify for free products to test out and review. I was lucky to receive this complimentary product to try out in my makeup regime. (more…)

J’adore BITE Beauty: Review of #TheLipPencil VoxBox

From matte liquid lipsticks to sheer washes of color, lip products are perennial favorites for so many fashionistas because they can instantly change your look with minimal effort. While some brands focus on a full range of cosmetics, BITE Beauty is one that really stands on its own for doing one thing really well: lipstick.

Earlier this month, Influenster sent me the #TheLipPencil VoxBox from BITE Beauty and obviously, I was very excited. It’s lipstick for crying out loud! While I never experimented with their collection of lipsticks and pencils prior to receiving this package, it really piqued my interest. I love adding new lipsticks to my collection for a look that is bold, complementary to my mood and definitely one of a kind. (more…)

5 Podcasts To Kick Off Your Summer

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The summer is one of the best times of the year to take in a podcast while lounging under that beach umbrella. Okay, so that’s not a real piece of data as it’s more or less a sentimental season to me. But you see, I heard my first ever podcast in 2009 and can remember it like yesterday. It made me laugh every week, put a smile on my face and was the epitome of comedy done well.

It was called “Sex Talk with Jimmy Stewart,” and its lead charismatic host impersonated the It’s A Wonderful Life actor most impeccably, while providing sex advice to listeners. That was the kicker—knowing that a beloved American icon like Stewart would deliver sex advice to the masses. It was a bright and hysterically crafted podcast boasting a little more than 14,000 followers and fans on its Twitter, including notable fan, Brian Baumgartner of The Office. (It was an unbelievable summer.) Of course, from that day onward, I was hooked on podcasts! The next one I heard was very different in nature and delved more into the paranormal realm. It was aptly called “My Paranormal Podcast” and was hosted by a dynamic pair of former Indiana ghost hunters by the name of Bruno and Anthony in 2010. Sadly, both podcasts today are now defunct and became ghosts much like their moniker.

While some podcasts can’t quite keep up with their success or devote time to the production, others have and most effortlessly. It’s no secret that podcasts have really taken off over the years, but evidently more so after 2008 and 2009. A Pew study reports podcast listeners have actually doubled since 2008, from nine percent to 17 percent as of January 2015. And while most of its increasing success might be owed to “Serial” exploding onto the scene in 2014, smashing iTunes download records worldwide, weekly podcasts are making a huge splash with listeners and are a beloved staple on our devices. As that itch for the next best podcast gets, well, itchier for so many of us, it’s astonishing to see the realm expand.

With summer arriving in just a few short days, it’s time to lay back and take it easy with podcasts that are not as intense but just as exciting to hear. While a captivating story that will inevitably turn into a movie later this year can be a great beach read, try to expand your narrative appetite beyond books and tune into some of the freshest podcasts the season has to offer. From comedy to cooking, empowerment to relationships, there’s a podcast for everyone. Moreover, if you didn’t know already, podcasts are an awesome source of stories from real people about real things.

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Influenster Unboxing Video for #BioreBakingSoda VoxBox

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What a month it’s been! Between all the traveling back and forth before, during and after spring break, I finally got a chance to edit and upload the video I filmed at home for the Influenster Biore Baking Soda VoxBox. Seriously, what a month March has been. Thankfully, just a few more days and it’s over. This girl’s been super busy filming news stories all-month long for my journalism classes, so filming this little unboxing-review-thing (in addition to hanging out with friends, family and David Cook over the spring break) was a welcomed distraction. Today I got around to uploading it to YouTube, so check it out if you want to see me unbox some awesome items. I wish it could have been more exciting with confetti and wine, but alas, when you’re home with the folks, you get the drift.

Be sure to check out the review here (and of course, the grand unboxing video here). Again, it’s such a great product and I highly recommend it. Biore does not disappoint.

Have you tried any of the Bioré products? What were your thoughts? Share with me in the comments below.

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Clean Slate for #BioreBakingSoda: Review of Bioré Baking Soda VoxBox

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Last month, Influenster sent me the Bioré® Baking Soda VoxBox much to my surprise because I am a huge Biore fan! It was as if Influenster knew I wanted to try this product out for months so receiving the package in my mailbox felt like Christmas all over again. I have been a fan of the Japanese company since I was a teenager and love their products to pieces. As a consumer advocate who really values the Influenster community’s foundations based on forthright reviews, I love being able to share my thoughts and opinions on products that really matter to so many. (more…)

#LovingLANEIGE: Review of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

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Earlier this fall, Influenster sent me the #LovingLANEIGE VoxBox and I got to say, I was really excited! I had never heard of the company prior to receiving the complementary product to test, but upon further reading on this innovative Korean skincare brand, I knew I was in for a real treat. Inspired by the energy of water, LANEIGE aims to bring out the natural radiance of your skin and after two months of use, I can proudly say this is a product that delivers. (more…)

Album Review: David Cook Pumps Life Into “Digital Vein”

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After parting ways with RCA and relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, singer and songwriter, David Cook returns to the music scene from a four-year hiatus with his third studio album, Digital Vein.

David Cook never fails to wear his lyrics on his sleeve and his latest record, Digital Vein proves that sentiment. Today, the former American Idol winner released his follow-up to 2011’s This Loud Morning with a common theme throughout the record focusing on how love flows through life—or life flows through love, however way you hear it. With a clever play on words, Cook’s latest record runs through every emotion and feeling similar to that of a blood vessel passing through every inch of the human body and back to the core of its very existence—the heart.

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