Life Lately + Sweetheart Vox Box Review

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hi ladies! It's been a while so I thought I'd check in & fill you in on my life happenings as of lately...
 
My dining room-to-office transformation is well underway... & I'm making progress.

You might remember this cabinet, my craigslist find, looking like this before...
Quite the transformation, huh? I repainted this beauty with gray paint we had around the house. It's like my little office cabinet, housing my computer, printer & office supplies.
Grand total - 50 smackeroos.
I'm still working on all the other details, but I'll be sure to post a full reveal soon with before & afters.
 
While on the DIY subject, Jason & I made ourselves a new little coffee table. I like to call it #imitationpotterybarn. Agree?
 
The base we found at our local Habitat ReStore... it was stained oak with a really ugly top.
We painted the base a satin black, removed the old top & replaced it with ancient true 2x12 pine boards. The boards actually used to be flooring at the Louisville Slugger factory back in the 60's/70's. It's old. Jason is lucky enough to be friends with one of the guys in the slugger fam.
Major score. So we stained the boards & attached for a new top.
Total cost - $50 bucks.
 
What else. What else, what else?
 
I learned this braid. Thanks to Ashley over at The Shine Project.
 
It's super easy to do & is great for cleaning or working out.
 
Speaking of working out....
I've been looking like this a lot lately. If you're looking for a new workout I highly suggest www.dailyhiit.com. Check it out, it won't disappoint. & it's FREE!
 
My love left me this little surprise on V-day morning. Plus a facial gift certificate. Thanks babe :)
 
 
Snagged these amazing chevron & burlap pillow covers at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off. They rang in around $3.50 each. Total score!
 
 
Finished Gone Girl. Awesome book, but the ending totally pissed me off. 
Gillian Flynn is a great writer & I can't wait to read more from her.
 
Also... I was lucky enough to receive a Sweetheart Vox Box from Influenster.
The goods:
 
Olay Fresh Effects - Powered Contour Cleansing System
What is it? A vibrating brush that is said to clean 400% better than basic cleansing.
Thoughts? I liked it. It felt good on my skin. I will likely use it a few times a week.
However, I highly doubt it cleans 400% better than basic cleansing.  
 
Olay Fresh Effects - Shine Minimizing Cleanser
What is it? A facial cleanser with the power of a mask. Said to deep clean 
& reduce appearance of pores. 
Thoughts? I used it with the vibrating brush. The combination of both left my skin feeling smooth, we'll see if it helps reduce the appearance of pores with continued use.
 
Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response
What is it? A deoderant formulated to fight the 3 causes of sweat - heat, movement & stress.
Thoughts? Not gonna lie, hated this one. Don't get me wrong, it smelled great. However, it's the kind of deoderant that you 'roll up' & it's in a liquid/cream form. It makes my underarms feel wet.
If you like that type of deoderant, knock yourself out because it really does smell good, but I will stick with my solid deoderants.
 
Skinny Girl On-the-Go Bar ( in Coco-Nut)
 
 
 What is it? An On-the-Go bar high in protein & fiber, low in calories, sugar & carbs.
Thoughts? First off, I love Bethenny & her Skinny Girl brand. However, I'm a tough please with bars, just because a lot of them taste like cardboard! I'm happy to say this one was amazing though! I got the Coco-nut flavor & it really did taste like coconut & peanut butter. Plus, I was super happy with the nutrition content. 180 Cals, 8g protein, 5g fiber & less sugar & carbs than other comparable bars.
I will be adding these to my grocery list :)
 
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
 

 
What is it? A texturizing spray infused with sea salt, said to give you that 'beach babe' look.
Thoughts? I used the spray on hair that I had washed & flat ironed curled the previous day- then slept on. It brought life back to my flat iron curls & gave it a nice texture. Bonus? These waves stayed in place all day long, people! All. Day. Long. With naturally stick straight hair, this never happens!
Safe to say this full size product will totally be mine asap.
 
What have y'all been up to lately? Ever tried any of these products? 
 
I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.
Connect with these brands on Instagram or Twitter :)
 
@influenster
@FreshEffects #OlayGetFresh
@SecretDeoderant #StressSweat
@NYMBrands #NotYourMothers
@SkinnygirlDaily #SkinnygirlDailyBars
 
 
xo
Sam
 


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7 Responses to “Life Lately + Sweetheart Vox Box Review”

claire said...

I love love that coffee table! Nice work! Hobby Lobby is amazing! I was just there yesterday and bought so much stuff for the house and it was so cheap!

Rachael said...

Nice score at Hobby Lobby! Those pillows are so cute. I love the sweet message left for you in corks. :) I finished Gone Girl last week and was also mad about the ending! I think I flipped the last page back and forth a couple times, in denial that it had actually ended. I read an interview with the author where she said she was surprised that so many people were upset about the ending, and that she thought of all possible endings and this one made the most sense to her. She also said she's a fan of "open endings". So, there you go. :)

Laura Rafferty said...

I need that salt spray in my life. My hair just kind of goes really flat and lame whatever I put on it!

Kristin said...

that cabinet look soooo good!! props to you!!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

I love what you did with that cabinet and we got the same VoxBox but I am jealous that your bar was Coconut, mine was yogurt and tasted pretty bad. I am so excited Kelly pointed out your blog to me and that we will be doing the Messy Project together this month!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

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Sarah said...

LOVE those button pillows! I might start Gone Girl soon... heard it was 'different' so I'm exited to dive in! :)