#ExtraordinaryHair System

I lo#ExtraordinaryHair VoxBoxve receiving new products to try out. Especially when I have been feeling so stressed at work lately and the weather has been less than spring-like (thankfully it is turning around now). Free hair products are always nice but ones that work are even better! Influenster has really upped their VoxBox game and I am loving it.

Post-Workout Frizz

My Frizzy Hair after a workout before using the product!

I was really excited to be included in the L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Voxbox fromInfluester this month because I was looking for a change up in my hair routine.

The box included

  • The Advanced Haircare – Extraordinary Oil ShampooExtraordinary Shampoo
  • The Advanced Haircare – Extraordinary Oil ConditionerExtraordinary Condition
  • The Advanced Haircare – Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil SerumExtraordinary Oil Serum

The Pros of this Vox:

  • Extraordinary Oil StraightenedI got to try the entire Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil System!
    • Sometimes when you try products from other companies you only get one of the system’s products.
  • Full-size products!Again, other companies tend to send you trial sizes and then ask for your opinion. The problem with those for me is when they send me conditioner, I have long thick hair! I use more than the average user who has shorter hair than I do. So I can’t ever get a really good feel of if the product works without going and buying it myself.

The Shampoo:

  • Smells great!
  • Not a lot of bubbles when you suds up your hair.

The Conditioner:

  • I could feel a difference when I combed out my hair that it really worked to detangle.
  • The smell again matched the shampoo smell. It isn’t too overpowering but it is just enough to make it noticeable.

The Oil:

  • I am convinced this is a miracle product!
  • I really enjoyed how it made my hair smell after I put it on. It was like a coconut meets banana to me. I thought this part smell was stronger than that of the shampoo and conditioner but I didn’t mind it. However, if you have a sensitive nose you may want to smell it before you buy it.
  • I definitely noticed a difference in the smoothness of my hair after using it as well.
  • I used the oil in a few different ways:
    • When my hair was wet and I was just going to let it air dry out.
    • When my hair was drying and I was about to use my hair straightener.
    • Both ways I noticed a reduction in my overall frizz!

      Extraordinary Oil Naturally Dry

      My hair noticably less frizzy after I let it air dry!

Overall, this product as a system works great. I think it is one of those that really works well together and is not just a gimmick that you should buy the complete system. Often times I find that I can mix and match products and it works well, but I love the results of using this system and am sold that when I buy it again, I will buy all three products. I would definitely recommend this product for those people who have wavy, long hair that is often frizzy if you don’t do anything with.

 

So glad I got to try these out thanks to Influenster and L’Oreal Paris!

 

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

#ItsYourThing Product Testing

New Year…New You, it always seems to be someone’s motto around me after the ball drops.  But then by the end of January to mid-February, everyone seems to be back to their old habits.

On the go snackOver the Christmas holiday, I received the #ItsYourThing VoxBox from Influenster and SlimFast.  I love the days I receive a new #voxbox because I love product testing! To be honest, I was looking for a way to refresh, just like everyone else but I have never been a show off what you are doing type of person.  I am all for a new way of doing things and blogging about it but taking pictures showing people what I am eating really isn’t for me; however, throwing the new SlimFast products into my daily routine when I was on the go was extremely handy.

busy at work snackBrian and I had been trying to get back into our Paleo routine which we had paused over the Christmas Holiday but that has been a different type of struggle and SlimFast is not a Paleo substitute.  What I liked about this box was the fact that everything could be eaten on the go. I am really into Protein Shakes right now, so the Slim Fast Advance Nutrition Chocolate Shake was really nice to have at work in the midst of all the project stuff I have going on.#slimfast

I grabbed the SlimFast Advance Nutrition 100 calorie sour cream and onion baked crisps in between work and practice.  Sadly I was disappointed by the staleness of them.  I have had better and I think I would lean towards the Special K Sour Cream & Onion Crisp if I was going to have this snack again.

Right before my game later that week after I was running late from a meeting on a day I had missed lunch, I was lucky I had stuck the Meal Replacement Bar in my bag.  It kept me satisfied until the end of the game when I could have a real dinner.  I don’t know if I would say it was a true meal replacement  but it definitely helped keep me focused on my team and not my stomach.

#ItsyourthingThe 100 calorie cinnamon bun swirl crisps were a nice sweet treat.  There is nothing super special about them; however, I liked them more than the other 100 calorie pack I received.

Overall, am I not sold on SlimFast as 100% lifestyle change, I like the protein shakes the best which makes sense because that was their first real product.  But I do believe that #ItsYourThing is a great campaign for woman and for anyone who is trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Because at the end of the day it isn’t about it being a new year or being a new you, it’s about being the best you can be all the time.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Refreshing with Resource for a Marathon

training for a marathonMarathon training officially kicked off this week. It is crazy to me that a girl who hates running would commit to something like a 26.2 mile race but I am financially committed to the DC Rock N’ Roll Marathon on March 14th, 2015  and I will take it as my greatest challenge to date!  The phrase YOLO is something that is often thrown around with college parties, doing crazy and often stupid things – but to me running a marathon can be summed up with the phrase – YOLO.

I look at it this way – yes 26.2 miles is a staggeringly long distance.  The farthest distance I have run to date straight is 6 miles and that was Friday but I know I can do it.  Talking with a lot of people that have run marathons they say if you can run five you can physically run the marathon.  I have to look at this as a personal challenge because the marathon is not a physical battle but a mental one.  I know that the energy of the crowd will propel me through the first half and then it will be me vs. my mind the second half.  Right now I feel like I am in the best endurance shape of my life – I have always been training for something and why not train for the biggest race of my life and the biggest mental battle.  My body is not getting any younger.Run for the resource

Going into training, I know there are going to be challenges I have to overcome, the first being, it’s Buffalo from November – March.  What was I thinking – it snows, it gets below freezing so I know that I have to be prepared for a lot of treadmill work in the coming months.  At least there is a plus side, it will be college basketball season and there will be awesome games to watch as I run! I find I run best on the treadmill when I cover up the time on the machine, have a towel with me, have Netflix going on my iPad and then read the subtitles on the TV in front of the machine.  Since I do not have changing scenery to distract me I have to distract my brain with multi-tasking.

Another thing that I am going to have to combat is the holiday season.  With my family traveling to NYC for Thanksgiving this year, making sure I get those runs in will be key! And then for Christmas, I will not have access to my gym and my mother lives out in the woods which means home treadmill work it is!

Another thing will be working around my coaching season with practices and games.  I am coaching two teams: a JV team and a 5th and 6th grade team for the private school right near my house so making sure I find the time to get the runs in without over stretching myself with my day job at M&T and budding coaching career is going to be a challenge.  I will have to decide whether waking up at 440 to hit the gym right when it opens at 5 is better than sleeping until 6 to get into work by 7 and running after practice at 6.  resource on the shelfIt will really depend on my mood; however, thankfully none of the long runs will be affected by my crazy schedule as they all take place on the weekends – my team is lucky, we will always have late Saturday practices if we have them so I don’t have to worry about getting the run in after practice.

Finally, I am going to have to make sure that I am drinking water regularly throughout the day.  Whether I am running in the morning or at the end of the day it is going to be so important to focus on staying hydrated and thanks to my Resource Water from Influenster, I am set to take on the day at work, during practice, during my runs and throughout my daily life.  Running takes a lot out of you but water can help you get it back.  My plan for the race is to start experimenting with gels and water now as I start to get into those Refresh when you are not traininglonger runs.  I am not much of a Gatorade girl so water is going to vital to my training and progress!

In 18 weeks when I cross that finish line in DC with my cousins and one of my best friends I will know I have beaten myself and my mind.  I don’t care what time I get – though it would be great to hit under 4, more realistic will be under 430 – I just want to finish without stopping.  This is one time my mind will not get the best of me!

I received the Resource water complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes as part of the #ModaVoxBox!"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

#ModaVoxBox from Influenster

#modavoxboxYou know it is a great day when you hear you are going to be getting a new batch of products to try from Influenster.  It becomes an even better day when you come home to that brightly colored box on your porch steps! I came home to find the #ModaVoxBox on my porch a few days ago and I am so excited.  It was so filled to the brim that I had to open the box very carefully as to not have all the goodies spill out.

There is such a variety in this box that it intrigued me as to what the thoughts were in selecting the products that went together. #ModaVoxBox

The first product was Resource water. I love trying this type of a product because normally I am that girl with the athletic Gatorade bottle in her back-up (back in the day when I could carry one) and I always have my bottle with me at the gym.  As someone training for a marathon finding the right kind of pure water is something I am working on and this was a great way to be introduced to a new brand.  I also really liked the design of the bottle – gone are the days when companies could get away with the same bottle all around, now people want to have that Evian or Fuji brand like bottles.  Want to know more about my experience with Resource Water, check out the latest post!

The next product in the box was the new Puffs Soft Pack.  What a cool way for Puffs to stand-out among the competition.  This is something that I can see a lot of parents using in the car because it fits in smaller spaces like the glove box without having to be bent.  It looks just like a single “pocket-pack” of tissues only in full size!  I say this is a win for Puffs!

#swissmisssimplycocoaLiving in Western New York, the weather is turning colder – it has already semi-snowed which is a super scary concept! But what it does mean is that it is Hot Cocoa season.  I am a Swiss Miss girl from the start and I love adding marshmallows to my hot chocolate on a cold winter night, snuggled up with a blanket and good book – the latest book I am reading is Ninja Innovation given to me by one of my awesome co-workers.  Swiss Miss hit the nail on the head with their dark chocolate variety which I had to go out and try when I saw that was the other option of this box! I received the milk chocolate variety!  The picture to the left shows my cookies and cream hot chocolate found via Pinterest!  I have submitted my image for the Facebook Contest and you can too, even if you did not get the #ModaVoxBox.

Jergens Ultra HealingAnother thing that comes with the Western New York weather is dry skin and boy when it hits it hurts, itches, gets rough and all around does not look good.  Thankfully I am not going to have to deal with this because another product in this box was Jergens Moisturizing Lotion.  Even though I do not want the cold to come, I know at least I do not have to worry about fighting off the dry skin throughout the day – just all the transplant to New York drivers in WNY.  Those people are probably better off practicing in a parking lot like us New Yorkers did when we were 16 and newly licensed/permitted before hitting the roads.

The next product in the Vox was #HairFood Moisture Mask.  Now you might be saying “Hair Food?  Wouldn’t that just be a clever name for shampoo or conditioner?”  I would say you are right.  It is genius marketing for a product that is designed for your hair! I have already added it to my shower next to my other hair products and used it Halloween night and boy was my hair soft!  This product is available from Target and it really makes your hair feel silky soft!

Rimmel ScandaleyesFinally this box contained 3 #Rimmel London products to try out.  First was the Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  The second was #MoistureRenew Lip Liner to go along with the Moisture Renew Lipstick.  I wore this look out for Halloween with the addition of Rimmel Cheek Tint and Blue Eye Shadow to go with my Blue Moon costume and it was a very simple hit! I love changing up my look every once in a while.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."I am definitely excited about this box as mentioned before because of the wide variety of products in it. There really is something for any occasion!

I received these products from Influenster, complimentary for testing purposes as part of the #ModaVoxBox!  Want to learn more about Influenster, leave me a comment and I will let you know!

The Future is #Flawless: Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum

#flawlessfutureWho doesn’t want flawless skin? We see commercials every day for products claiming they are giving people flawless skin but you never really know.  I consider myself very fortunate because my skin has always been pretty clear.

fresh faceGrowing up I had friends and family members with acne or other skin problems, I found myself lucky.  I have always taken pretty good care of my skin though.  I wash my face approximately 2 times a day, try and take off all of my makeup every night (though I do not really use concealer, blush or foundations), use a face wash at least once a day and I try and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

 The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum has been a great addition to my skin care routine.  So I decided to share my morning routine and how easy this product is to use.  I also wanted to be able to show my readers that it does make a difference.The morning grind

My Morning Routine:

  1. Gym Session
  2. Shower
    • Wash my face with Clean & Clear
  3. Use Clean and Clear Anti-Blemish Lotion
    • I typically only use this in the dryer winter months; in the summer my skin is naturally oily so I avoid adding additional lotion to my face.
  4. Do My Hair for the Work Day
    • This really depends on the amount of time I have.  If I go to the gym then I typically braid back my hair or curl it.
  5. Put on my Make-Up
    • This typically consists of:
      • Mascara
      • Eyeliner
      • Dark Circle Remover
  6. morning routineMorning Coffee/Tea with Breakfast
  7. Get Dressed
  8. Use Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum
    • I use approximately 2-3 pumps of the stuff and it adds that finishing touch everyone is looking for.

I have been experimenting with using lotion vs. the serum vs. using both.  In the above day I just choose to use both.

#flawlessfutureWhat I really like about the #flawlessfuture serum is that it is very light weight.  When you first put it on initially it has a At the end of the day my skin can sometimes feel extremely oily based on what products I used in the morning but what I like about the Elizabeth Arden version is that it doesn’t give off that feeling.  When I first received the product from Influenster and researched the product I thought – a product for wrinkled and tired skin? Why would a 22 year old need that?  But it is a lot more than a serum for old-age because it allows for your skin to look refreshed which is what a lot of twenty year olds need because they tend to work long-hours, being going to school and studying late at night or for any other reason – every 20 something could use a little refresh.

Think you may be interested in this product, check it out #flawlessfuture for more information.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."**I received this product from Influenster for testing purposes.  I have expressed my own opinion regarding the product.**

#VitaVoxBox

#vitavoxboxWhat does the word VITALITY actually mean? When I received the news that I would be receiving the Influenster #VitaVoxBox I had to stop and think about what it could actually contain, what products would I be testing and reviewing. Would it be all health and wellness items? Would it be make-up that makes you look younger? Would it be fitness related? What did Vitality mean to Influenster?

Well I loved the box that Influenster came up with for this campaign; however, I am extremely jealous of those who received the Keurig box which included the new Keurig 2.0! I really want to try that new brewer because I make 2-3 cups a day with my single cup Keurig but it can get expensive using multiple K-cups to satisfy that caffeine addiction. But I digress! Included in the #VitaVoxBox was a nice range of products that complimented each other very well. You had things like Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons (you can never have enough of those if you are a girl), Elizabeth Arden Serum for younger lively looking skin, First Degree Burn Cream, a SoftLips cube, Bikini Ready energy gummies, and Pure Leaf Tea.

tamponsI am a big proponent for girls getting free tampons and when they are the ones I use….even better! As an active girl, you really cannot go wrong with Playtex Sport and the Fresh Balance adds a nice soft odor to a sometimes…uncomfortable situation.

#loveofleavesAs a caffeine drinker I like to switch it up between tea and coffee depending on my mood and the day. I have tea K-Cups as well as coffee ones because you never know in the morning if it will feel like a tea kind of day or a big cup of coffee kind of morning (The work world is complicated!). So receiving the Pure Leaf bottle of tea was welcomed because it gave me a nice option to bring iced tea to work and have it during the afternoon slump post-lunch.

Energy GummiesThe Bikini Ready gummies were not something that I would necessarily ever buy myself; I would however, look into trying out the protein powder that they also have in their product line. I love coming home and making a protein shake or smoothie after a nice hard work-out so that would definitely be something I would use. I am hoping that I can earn a top spot in that badge so that I can try out the other products in the line and make a better judgment on the brand as a whole.

The First Degree Burn cream is #burnshappenawesome though I haven’t had to use it yet which I am not complaining about! I have my own aloe plant that Brian and I use if we burn ourselves typically but having an actual cream that you can apply is a nice safety net. We now keep the burn cream in the bathroom for my hair straightener accidents which is super convenient. I cannot count the times I have unfortunately burned my finger with my straightener because I have to keep it on the hottest setting because of my thick hair!

#flawlessfutureI never would have thought that I liked the Elizabeth Arden products but I really like the appearance it gives to my skin. It is not super oily which I tend to have a problem with when using certain products like this because I have naturally oily skin but this works very nicely. It takes approximately two pumps of the serum to cover my whole face. Not that I am trying to make my skin look younger but giving it a fresh look is something every girl wants to have.

Finally the last product in the box – the SoftLips cube! I have carried this with me practically everywhere. I have taken it with me to concerts, to work, to training and to the gym – it is great! My only complaint is that it is an awkward shape to take out in a little clutch or wristlet but if you have a big purse you are golden! It keeps my lips super hydrated and does not make me feel like I have to keep applying more and more like certain other brands who shall remain nameless.

#getcubedI am such a fan of Influenster and the work they are doing serving as a market research distributor to their network of bloggers and social media users. It is such a nice tool for companies to be able to utilize and I am so pleased that I am a part of the process. This is my fourth box so far and I hope to receive many more in the future! I love that I really feel that the box is geared towards me and my interests because as a marketing person, I feel like that is exactly what companies want when they give out free trial products, they want their target user to try the products and get hooked!

*I received these products complimentary of Influenster for marketing research purposes!*

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

#LoveofLeaves

#loveofleavesNow a days the drink market is one of the fastest growing markets for companies in the food industry. Pepsi and Coke are constantly trying to outbid each other to diversify their product lines by acquiring smaller popular drinks. For example Gatorade is owned by Pepsi. Coke has made recent headlines by bidding for a stake in both Keurig Green Mountain Coffee and Monster Energy Drinks. What does this mean? Well the fact is the carbonated beverage market has been in decline for years while the beverage industry’s product lines are constantly expanding.

The popular brand Lipton is owned by UniLever which also owns products like Dove, Axe, Ben and Jerry’s and Vaseline. A few years back Lipton expanded their tea line to include Pure Leaf Tea. I have been a fan of this team for quite some time but have not been keeping up with UniLever’s marketing campaigns since starting work but I have to say their website looks awesome, especially the page showing off their brand’s most recent spotlights. What is interesting about Pure Leaf’s most recent campaign is that for every tweet, share and post with #LoveofLeaves, the company is donating one dollar to Wholesome Wave. You can check out this campaign, local Farmers Market and so much more on the Love of Leaves website. But hurry there is only a short time left for this marketing campaign and they are approaching the $150,000 goal!

I am really grateful that Influenster introduced me to this campaign (I had heard about the product before but had not heard about this great campaign). The idea of buying local and helping your community is a concept close to my heart and my company’s.

IMG_3399I love that my office, twice a week, is in a location where I can walk across the street to a local Farmer’s Market. It is nice to be able to hand the farmers money rather than paying for the fruits and veggies in the stores. Today was great because I was able to get 5 zucchini, 3 egg plants, 3 bell peppers, a quart of yellow and green beans and a quart of peaches for just sixteen dollars – that is simply unheard of!

I love not having to brew tea in the mornings during the summer just to be able to have it in the afternoon at work. I also like that Pure Leave Tea truly does taste like it was brewed that day and not been sitting in a bottle for months. When I bring it for lunch for that nice caffeine burst to beat the afternoon slump, I like to be able to keep it in the fridge so it really is like a nice iced tea! I recommend trying the Raspberry flavor of the tea. Just as a note I wish like Snapple that Lipton would produce more this tea’s flavors in the diet version because one bottle has 160 calories which is a lot for a drink.

***I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes. The opinions expressed in this blog are simply my own and created based on my love of blogging!***

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

The Secret to a #BikiniReadyLifestyle

#bikinireadylifestyleEvery girl thinks about that time of the year when they have to go to a pool party or head to the beach – even if you claim you don’t, you are probably lying.  Come on ladies….we all know I am talking about the summer season!

Summer is one of those times that is awesome but we know it is coming long before it arrives thats to magazine covers, stories on the news or any entertainment show.  It may come at the same time every year; however, it always seems to sneak up on us.  How is that possible?

Going from being a college athlete to becoming a NARP (non-athletic regular person) I was worried that I would loose my athletic build.  I have always had something to train for so how do I keep it up now?

Well, I love going to the gym.  One of the first things I did when I relocated to Buffalo was find a gym.  I do not need anything fancy, I just needed a gym with weights, a treadmill and an elliptical.  Thankfully I found one right down the road from the house.  I also love waking up and doing something in the morning, whether it is some Zumba, a workout DVD (yes I still use those), abs and push-ups, going to the gym bright and early (it opens at 5am but I am not typically that ambitious) or just something to get the blood flowing.  I feel so much more productive in the morning.  I also love playing tennis or going for runs around the neighborhood because I love the area that I am living in.

bikini readySo when Influenster sent me the Bikini Ready “gummies” as part of the #vitavoxbox I was a little skeptical.  Just because I do not do diet products, just the old fashion working out and trying to keep pretty healthy.  They are all right, do I believe they work as far as energy (what they claim to do)?  I mean they are pure sugar so what do you expect? They are probably not effecting my metabolism as much as working out and eating right helps but for someone who’s goal it was to loose weight and boost their metabolism maybe they give you that extra advantage.  

I am a firm believer in the idea that your mind is your biggest enemy.  If you believe something is working, you are going to imagine the effects happening.  You also are more likely to buy into healthier habits – at least for a period of time.   But I also received one of the packets with only 2 gummies in it, it may be one of those things I need to give another shot as far as a source of energy.

So how did my sumer of #BikiniReadyLifestyle go? This year I went on vacation to the Bahamas, spent time at the lake with my family, hung out by pool and made sure I got outside as much as I could once I started working because….look out Buffalo, winter is coming and they are calling for a doozy!

***I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes.  The opinions expressed in this blog are my own!***

#MullerQuaker

Over the last year since having my own apartment I have been on a quest to try all the different brands of Greek Yogurt out there! Before I began this “journey” I was only buying Chobani.  I love the company and what they try to stand for.  I like helping out a “local” company from NY, even though now they have become a household name around the country.  I love that Greek Yogurt lasts longer than regular yogurt, has more protein and is so much creamier.  But who really does have the best flavor, texture, variety, etc of Greek Yogurt.  Everyone’s tastes are going to be different.  My boyfriend used to say he didn’t like Greek Yogurt; however, I have gotten him to like the Creamy Wegman’s Greek Yogurt.

Here is my top 2 brands of Greek Yogurt to date (in no particular order):

  • Oikos
    • But not the Fruit on the Bottom Variety but that is because I don’t really like fruit on the bottom yogurt in general.
    • I love the Cafe Latte Flavor and the Lemon Meringue!
  • Chobani
    • I use to not want to but the 2% but in the scheme of things that really doesn’t make a huge difference!
    • I love the blood orange and the chocolate chip flavors (only available in the chobani champions or the larger tub)!

As a special treat to myself because they are a little more expensive than I would like to spend on yogurt, I will buy:

  • Yopa
  • Powerful Yogurt
    • The option has extra protein on top of the extra protein Greek Yogurt already has in it!

I am not a huge fan of the following popular brands of yogurt:

  • Fage
  • Yoplait Greek 100 Calories
    • I just find it not as creamy as other brands and tastes almost watered down.

So when I received a coupon for Muller Quaker yogurt as part of my #GoVoxBox, naturally I was driven to try the Greek variety.  I have tried a few of the flavors of Muller Quaker before.  When Chobani released their version of the corner I had to compare.  But this time I went for the apricot variety in the greek corner.  The flavor is really called Honeyed Apricot Greek Corner.  I really liked it! I will be adding Muller to top three brands of Greek Yogurt and will be buying more in the future.

I want to add the only product that I did receive for testing was Muller Quaker, the other brands are not a part of this Vox Box that I received through Influenster. 

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

#GoProFoot

By playing college sports or sports in general it would be nearly impossible to say that you have perfect feet.  I did not see the point of getting regular pedicures during season because frankly on a student budget, even though I worked through school, I was not willing to ruin a perfectly good pedicure by shoving it into my basketball shoes for two hours+ of practice and workouts six times a week.  That did not make practical sense to me.  So I would get one pedicure to celebrate the beginning of season and then another to celebrate the end of the season.

#goprofootMy super high arches had also created an awkward wear in all of my shoes and led to me getting custom orthodics during my freshman year when my blisters had gotten so bad I couldn’t make it through simple drills and even walking normally to class.  My amazing trainer was there for me and my feet during all four years and I was also always looking out for new products that would work to reduce callouses, blisters, dry skin, etc.

So why am I telling this terrible tale about how bad my feet are? Well in my latest vox box from Influenster I received two new products to try out for my feet! As a newly appointed NARP (none athletic regular person) I am constantly discovering new ways to workout that do not relate to basketball.  I have dedicated basically my whole life to training for basketball and now I am able to workout and train on my terms but that also means without Missy’s help to watch my feet.  So, receiving new feet related products to try out is a big bonus to me….even bigger when they work!

IMG_3067The first product that I received was the Triad Orthodic.  Now as someone who only wears orthodics in my basketball shoes and only has custom orthodics for her high intensity workouts with a lot of agility movements (aka basketball workouts) I was a little hesitate to even try them out.  I have to say that they are really nice for walking around; however, I would never do a long workout in them because they are a 6-10 size (I wear a 10.5 in most of my athletic shoes) and they do not hit the balls of my feet correctly but they are nice as a backup for my shorter workout shoes just to add the extra support.  The orthodics also feel very nice on the heel but my high arches create an problem for off-the-shelf products.

The second product on the other hand is great! The pedi-rock may be like my new best friend.  It forms to your feet and works to scrap off that hard dead skin and make your feet nice and smooth.  The pedi-rock is a softer foam like material that forms to your feet so you can get the perfect feet.  I would highly recommend this type of product for anyone with callouses.  Just as a side not, remember do not try and scrap off blisters until they have drained and dried out – you could cause infection and worse problems for yourself. pampering myself

I love being pampered and getting pedicures every once in awhile but the pedi-rock may be a close second but I will definitely not stop getting regular pedis because I still like to have someone else work their magic on my athletic feet.  What girl doesn’t love to be pampered?  "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."