#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."

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!***