Vasanti Product Reviews.

Hi, everyone! Earlier this week I introduced you to the new products I received from Swaggable. The products I would like to talk about today are the products I received from Vasanti. Prior to receiving these products in the mail, I had never heard of Vasanti. After a little bit of research I found out that Vasanti was founded by a sisterhood of women (three sisters and one childhood friend). This sisterhood of women created their beauty products around one simple question: “Why doesn’t make-up look good on me?” You can read more about the sisterhood behind these lovely products here. While conducting my research, I came across one huge plus – Vasanti products are not tested on animals. You can purchase these products via vasanticosmetics.com, birchbox.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and at selected high end Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada.

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What is Swaggable?

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

My little family and I spend Thanksgiving in Maui this year and while we were gone, I received a ton of free products to test and review. Today I would like to share a few items I received from Swaggable.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about Swaggable, I highly recommend you click the link above and see what they’re all about. When you create an account with Swaggable you are given the opportunity to scan through tons of different products and select whether you “Want In” or not. If you want in you are added to a list of users who would like to try that particular product. When and if that product becomes available, Swaggable will send you a complimentary sample – all you have to do in return for the complimentary sample is write a product review on their website. Easy, right?

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Herbal Essences VoxBox from Influenster.

This past week I received the Herbal Essences VoxBox from Influenster and I wanted to share a sneak peek at what was inside.

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I was in awe when I saw what was inside. THREE full-size Herbal Essences products to try which included the Herbal Essences Body Envy Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mousse.

I have already been testing these products and I cannot wait to write up a full review for you guys!

Herbal Essences Body Envy Shampoo & Conditioner Set (10.1 Fl Oz Ea)

Have you tried the Herbal Essences Body Envy products? If so, what do you think of them?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

// Karissa <3

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid VoxBox from Influenster — Review.

Hi, everyone!

Today I am excited to share with you the new Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid. I love testing and reviewing a wide variety of products, but my favorite types of products to test are makeup — especially lipstick!

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There are currently 10 Vivid Matte shades to choose from. The 2 shades I received in my VoxBox are “Nude Flush” and “Rebel Red.”

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#SpiceVoxBox — Review!

Here I am, trying to be consistent. Only 3 more days left until the #SpiceVoxBox comes to a close. I have now had the opportunity to test each product and am ready to review them. I had originally wanted to write a post for each product, but I have since decided not to. Each “mini review” will contain the description from the #SpiceVoxBox infromation card I received.

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“At Good Health, we believe the secret to a great “Lifeitude,” aka loving life to the fullest, is feeling good. That’s why we pack our Veggie Straws with Extra Goodness! Like nutrients (vitamins) from tomatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli and carrots to deliver a truly delicious snack so you can… Enjoy Being Good!”

The first product I would like to talk about is Good Health Veggies Straws. This product is great in so many ways. The first being it is a non-GMO product. I know many people who believe the whole “GMO” thing is a spoof (my husband included), but I am not one of them. Not only does this product fit my lifestyle, my almost three year old loves them as well. I’ve tried many different brands of veggie straws over the years, but this is the first brand of veggie straws that I actually thought tasted like real veggies. I only wish I could find these in store! I have looked at Walmart, Target, and our local grocery store and have had no luck. I haven’t been to Sprouts or Whole Foods lately, so I may have to try there. It’s nice finding a snack product that is healthy and accepted by my very picky toddler. According to the information card I received from Influenster, these 6.75 oz packs retail for $3.99. If anyone can find these, can you please share with me where you found them? #EnjoyBeingGood

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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation.

Three weeks ago I finally received another VoxBox from Influenster. I swear it was meant to be because I was getting ready to go out and find myself a new foundation. Over the years I have tried many different brands from expensive department store foundations, to drugstore foundations. I have to admit, while I was excited about this VoxBox, I was also extremely terrified. I’ve had such bad luck in the past, I was really worried this was going to be just another foundation I was going to trash.

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Here’s a peak at what was inside the Maybelline VoxBox when I received it. Prior to receiving the VoxBox, I was not able to pick the shade of the foundation — which is probably a good thing because the shade I received is a perfect! That never happens to me — especially with drugstore products.

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The shade I received is Classic Ivory. I’ve never purchased a foundation this light, so this was one of the reasons I was so worried. It turned out, this shade was perfect for my skin tone. I can play it up with a little bronzer, or wear it as is with my favorite blush. Either way, it was a win win.

Here’s a little product description straight from Influenster: “Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation for an all-day flawless coverage now and better-looking skin in 3 weeks. The foundation reduces the the appearance of spots, dullness, and unevenness and gives you a brighter, more even, and stress-free skin. With the antioxidant power of Actyl-C, a more durable form of vitamin C. Available in 12 shades.

So, the purpose of this VoxBox was to wear the foundation every day for 3 weeks as a part of the #betterskinchallenge. It’s been just over 3 weeks and I feel like I can safely write a review on this product.

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Here is a before and after from week 1 (top) and week 3 (bottom). As you can see, there isn’t a significant difference in spots, dullness, and unevenness. I really don’t feel that this product lived up to its claims in this aspect, BUT . . . there are some other positive notes that actually made this product a new favorite foundation of mine.

I have never tried a foundation that made my skin look damn near flawless. Never. I know you can still see my dark circles in these photos, but this foundation is a significant improvement over the foundations I’ve used in the past. My typical routine for applying face makeup is foundation, concealer, translucent powder, and blush or bronzer. I didn’t feel it was necessary to use concealer with this foundation because it is fairly buildable. The foundation applies thin and smooth so when you build it up, your makeup isn’t cakey and thick. (I did this with a beauty blender and a stippling brush. Each technique worked as well as the other.)

I have combination skin (oily t-zone) and always worry about how a foundation is going to pair with my skin type. Guess what? Once I applied the foundation, my skin looked matte for most of the day 🙂 This foundation doesn’t have 24/7 stay power, but it does last quite a long time without having to touch it up. I’ve received many compliments on my makeup since I started wearing this.

One thing that really annoyed me about this foundation is the foundation pump. It’s awful! If you angle the foundation while you’re pressing the pump, the foundation will cease to flow and you will have to place the foundation on a flat surface and press the pump repeatedly to get the foundation to flow once again.

All in all, I think this is a great foundation. If you can get past the crummy pump, I think you’ll love it as much as I do. The foundation applied thin and smooth while making my skin as flawless as it has ever looked. It’s very easy to build up so you’re able to omit using concealer altogether (if you use concealer). It hasn’t lessened the appearance of spots, but it does provide amazing coverage. Plus, it’s inexpensive. You really can’t go wrong!

Have you tried the new Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation? I’d love to hear your opinions!

 

Karissa <3

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. This opinion is mine and mine alone. I was not paid for my review.

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NEW Venus Swirl — Review.

Before I get to the review, I want to give a quick shout-out to all of my subscribers, old and new. Thank you! I’ve had a good amount of people subscribe to me recently and it really means a lot! I hope you guys enjoy what I have to offer here at Makeup n’ Munchies.

I wish I could dedicate more time to my blog, but with a toddler, school, internship, husband, business, etc. it’s quite difficult to keep up — but I do have a lot of products I’ve been testing as well as recipes I need to share with you all, and I’m hoping I can start being more proactive here.

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While I was on a quick trip to Walmart for a razor, I stumbled upon the new Venus Swirl Razor. I had my go-to razor in hand when a display suddenly came to life. It was lit up pretty bright and had a demo of how the razor moves with the curves of your body. Next thing I knew, I found myself reaching for the new razor — and I’m so happy I did!

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Anarchy” — Review.

It’s a great morning 🙂 My daughter only woke up ONCE last night. I got almost 8 hours of sleep. Now I’m sitting here enjoying the little pitter patters of rain on the roof with a nice cup of coffee. Did I mention everyone is still asleep? Peace and quiet. Well . . . except for my pitbull sitting here eating dog food like a savage, lol.

Anyway. Last year on one of my many trips to Ulta, I was given some free samples of Urban Decay lipstick because I bought their Naked Skin foundation along with the powder. I tried each sample (I believe there was 5) and completely fell in-love with “anarchy.” Because of the price, I never went back to buy a full tube. My sample managed to last me a full year though 🙂 Amazingly. And for those of you that don’t personally know me, I’m not a big lipstick fan. I think I look absurd in most shades.

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My birthday was last Sunday and one of the gifts I received was a gift card to Ulta. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to buy. (You can pick one up at Ulta for $22.)

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Salon Perfect nail polish in “Haute Pink” — Review.

I love nail polish. I try to make a trip down the nail polish aisle any time I go to the store. I’ve seen Salon Perfect on many occasions, but I never could get myself to make a purchase. Last week I gave in and picked up one bottle of Salon Perfect nail polish in “Haute Pink.”

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I don’t know about you, but it looks more like a bright orange rather than a pink. Either way, I fell in-love with the color and HAD to buy it. It wasn’t badly priced either… only $3.98/each at Walmart.

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