Jingle Vox Box review

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A few weeks ago, I received the Jingle Vox Box from Influenster. I wanted to wait until I properly tried everything to write a review, so here it is in its entirety!

(I received these products free for testing purposes but all opinions are my own.)

First, let’s go through what goodies were offered this time around:

IMG_47601. Biscoff Cookies

2. A free coupon for Ore Ida Tater-tots

3. Hallmark Itty Bitty Rapunzel

4. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

5. NYC City Proof 24hr waterproof eyeliner

6. Pure Ice Nail Polish

7. KISS True Volume Lashes & adhesive



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  1. Obviously free food is always a plus. The Biscoff cookies are delicious and make a perfect pairing with coffee. They are soft, but somehow stay crunchy even when dipped in a drink. 5 stars

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2. The Ore Ida tater tots are also a personal favorite. I added them to an egg wrap and it was truly to die for. (Wrap ingredients: egg, spinach, bacon, cheese, tater tots – inside and outside – and Sriracha) 5 stars

3. The Itty Bitty doll was admittedly a bit random, but it is definitely FullSizeRender-3cute and incredibly soft. I actually contemplated keeping it because of how soft it is, but because, at 21, I really don’t need to be adding to my stuffed toy collection, I passed it along to a young cousin.3 stars

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4. I have dry skin all year long so when it gets cold, my skin only gets worse. I have searched for the perfect lotion for a long time but nothing has been able to really do the job exactly how I want it to. This cream however, comes close. I already knew that Cetaphil was a great brand because I recently starting using their soap and have been very happy with the results, so the cream was a good pair. It’s thicker than normal lotion but goes on soft and immediately melts right into your skin. This will definitely be a product I will purchase after the sample runs out. 5 stars

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5. This eyeliner is probably my favorite thing in the box. Though I do love eye makeup, I usually only end up wearing mascara because I struggle with runny eyeliner. No matter what, after a few minutes my eyeliner is always half way down my face. (Not cute!) But this NYC liner in dark brown didn’t do that! Only after a few hours did I have to fix the corner a little bit. It also comes off super easy at the end of the day which is often hard with waterproof makeup. The only negative is that it is way too soft. Obviously you don’t want your eyeliner to hurt while putting it on but it wore down so much after the first use. I don’t like to have to be constantly sharpening a pencil. I give it 5 stars nonetheless though. 5 stars

File Dec 28, 3 35 37 PM.jpeg6. I am obsessed with nail polish and nail art so I was pumped to have gotten free polish in this Vox Box. The Pure Ice polish is in “Deja Vu.” It’s a super fun color, especially for New Year’s! Because I left all my nail art supplies at school, I look forward to actually experimenting with designs when break is over!5 stars

7. I have never used false lashes before so I was very excited to get them in the box, but unfortunately, I was disappointed overall. The actual lashes are soft and flexible and did blend in with my natural lashes pretty well, but I was thrown off by how heavy they felt (though I think I’d get used to that over time). The biggest problems were with the Kiss adhesive. While not a deal breaker, the opening of the bottle is big so the glue comes out in globs, which made for a messy application. But the real issue is that the glue is black. I don’t know if that is typical of lash adhesive but I assumed it would be clear. I put only a small strip on the first set so it wouldn’t show but it wasn’t enough to hold them in place, so I used more on the second set and it just looked like I had thick, flakey eyeliner on which did not look good. I tried to remove the excess glue from my eyelid but it didn’t work and I ended up just taking them off and not even wearing them out. I would be willing to try false eyelashes again if I could use a clear glue. 1 starFullSizeRender-6

Overall, it was another great Vox Box from Influenster that I was happy to test. I found products I will definitely be purchasing in the future.

 

What really happened to Kurt Cobain?

I started copy editing for TheYoungFolks.com last month, and I wrote my first article for them the other day. I saw the documentary ‘Soaked In Bleach’ and it completely baffled me. (It’s on Netflix, I highly recommend you watch it.) How is there so much evidence pointing towards murder and the famous singer’s death was ruled a suicide? If you’re a fan of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, give it a read and share your thoughts!

‘Soaked In Bleach’ documentary questions death of Kurt Cobain.

Dating in a social media world

The article, This Is How We Date Now by Jamie Varon published on Thought Catalog was written in 2014, but today someone shared it on my timeline and after reading it, I had to share it as well. It is a truly eye-opening glimpse into what dating is like for the social media driven generation. How unfortunate is it that we are constantly comparing ourselves to the false reality people make for themselves online to the point where we feel like our relationships aren’t good enough?

Varon talks about how apps like Tinder allow us to order people like we order food delivery and how this has started a seemingly endless cycle of boredom -> instant gratification -> boredom -> on to the next one, and so on and so forth.

The quote below was particularly shocking because it is not something you ever would admit you do, but when you read it like this, you realize that we want this “buffet” of choices so badly that we actually put down the good thing that is right in front of us.

“We want the beautiful cut of filet mignon, but we’re too busy eyeing the mediocre buffet, because choice. Because choice. Our choices are killing us. We think choice means something. We think opportunity is good. We think the more chances we have, the better. But, it makes everything watered-down. Never mind actually feeling satisfied, we don’t even understand what satisfaction looks like, sounds like, feels like. We’re one foot out the door, because outside that door is more, more, more.”

I urge you all to read the article in its entirety, especially if you are dating right now. I think we sometimes – myself included –try so hard to make our relationship seem so perfect to other people in the form of relationship statuses and pictures so that these others will think we are leading a perfect life. But why? Instead of trying to make it seem like we are leading the perfect life, why do we not actually try to make that a reality?

Varon puts it perfectly. “Living our lives in 140 characters, 5 second snaps, frozen filtered images, four minute movies, attention here, attention there. More as an illusion. We worry about settling, all the while making ourselves suffer thinking that anything less than the shiny, happy filtered life we’ve been accustomed to is settling. What is settling? We don’t know, but we fucking don’t want it. If it’s not perfect, it’s settling. If it’s not glittery filtered love, settling. If it’s not Pinterest-worthy, settling.”

As a entire society, how do we squash the feeling that we are settling because we don’t look as perfect as that one couple does on Instagram? Are we completely doomed as a generation?

Easy marble nails

It is no secret that I’m a lover of nail art and I’ve recently been obsessed with marble patterns. So I read some tutorials and I decided to give it a try. And it’s surprisingly easy!

Things you’ll need: two nail polish colors, a plastic cup, water, spray hand sanitizer or other alcohol-based spray and a tooth pick or q-tip.

  1. Start off with your base coat and let your nails dry completely. I’ve tried it with both white and black nails, but I’m sure it would look awesome with some pops of color.
  2. After your nails are dry, fill up a plastic cup with water. Colder than room temperature but not freezing is the temperature that I’ve found to work best. When it’s too warm, the nail polish won’t spread as easily as you want.
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  3. Try and get a good amount of nail polish on the brush so that it will drip off easily. Don’t hold it up too high or else the drip will sink right to the bottom of the water. You want it to hit the water and spread easily like the picture above.

  4. You don’t want to let it sit too long so try to spray it immediately. I used spray hand sanitizer because my roommate had some in our dorm room but I’ve read that any alcohol-based spray will do the trick. (I haven’t tried it, but I think plain old water spray would work too because you really just want the polish to break apart.) It should look something like what’s pictured.
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  5. Place your nail in the pattern that you like the best. Hold it for a second or two and use the tooth pick or q-tip (I used q-tip) to move the excess polish away from your finger.
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  6. When you lift your finger, there will probably be polish all over but worry about that later!
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  7. Repeat with the rest of your fingers, clean up the excess polish and you’re done! The only downside with this method is that it can be hard to get every nail a similar pattern if that’s what you’re looking for. But, overall I think it looks pretty cool for such an easy process.

The phone interview – how to prepare

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Ah, it’s interview season again. Whether you are graduating in December and applying for jobs or it’s an internship you are looking for, you will probably be faced with the nerve-racking interview process. The good news is a lot of companies like to do phone interviews, at least for the first round. It doesn’t take all of the anxiety away, but it at least releases some.

There are a few simple things you can do to have the best phone interview possible:

  1. Notes! Probably the best part of not being face to face with someone is that you can have notes for reference. Use this to your advantage. You may want to write down answers to the basic interview questions you might be asked, or just keep note of all the skills and qualities you want the interviewer to know. It is easy to forget things when you’re nervous or focused on something else they may be saying, so having it in front of you will keep you on track. As you know, asking questions to the interviewee at the end is always a good way to show you are interested. Do research before hand and write down these questions. If you think of new ones while the interview is happening, write them as they come so you don’t forget by the end.
  2. Find a quiet space. Living in a dorm can sometimes mean you don’t have a lot of time to yourself but if this is the case, you should politley ask your roommates to give you some space for an hour or so. Having someone in the same room with you – or even in the next room if you live in suite-style dorms – can make the process so much more nerve racking than it has to be. If you are thinking about what they are thinking, you aren’t going to be focused like you should be.
  3. Smile! Yes, you can tell when someone is smiling through the phone. You want to make sure you come across as personable even if it is through a phone call.
  4. Dress the part. This is up to individual preference but I have read a lot of articles advising to dress as you would if you were going to an interview in person, as it can help put you into that state of mind. Personally, I like to be comfortable so I don’t follow this but it’s an interesting method!

Please share any advice below and good luck!

DIY Where the Wild Things Are Halloween costume

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Halloween has been my favorite holiday since I was very young. I love the weather, the scary movies and of course, the costumes. This year, my boyfriend and I went as Max and a wild thing from “Where the Wild Things Are.” I put a lot of time and effort into this costume so I thought I would make a ‘how to’ in case anyone is wondering for future refrence.

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Max

Max was definitely the easiest as he wears just a onesie and a crown.

  • I bought the onesie from BooHoo. It is $35 but they always have sales so you probably will never have to pay full price for it. It was so comfortable and warm. I was at an outside party and everyone else was freezing but I was nice and toasty!
  • Photo Nov 01, 2 11 47 PMI made the crown from two and a half foam sheets from Walmart. I used fabric glue to attach the pieces to each other and then stick on velcro to secure the back. The fur trim is from Michaels and is also glued on with fabric glue. (It was from a much wider piece of fur, I just cut it thin.)
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    The tail is made from the same fur as the crown’s trim. Michael’s sells sheets of fur for a few dollars. I used two. I sewed each sheet together in a cylinder shape and then sewed the second sheet to the first. There isn’t much of a distinguishing line where one sheet ends and the other begins. For the end of the tail I just closed the tip of the cylinder so it came to a point. (I am not that talented of a sewer so any level should be able to do this.) I then sewed it to the onesie.Photo Oct 11, 7 27 47 PM

  • For the claw feet I bought these adorable monster slippers from Etsy.

The only part of the costume I didn’t do was his scepter but I’m sure you can buy them cheap from a party store.

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The Wild Thing

This costume was more time consuming and more expensive to make than Max’s but I am really happy how it came out.

  • The headpiece I bought off eBay but it is a Leg Avenue brand viking hood. It had spiky balls (blanking on what they’re actually called) at the end of the strings and cuffs around the horns that I cut off because they didn’t go. It fits really big but it didn’t bother my boyfriend too much and you can tie it under the chin if you prefer.
  • File Nov 01, 2 44 17 PMThe sweater I really just got lucky on. I searched thrift stores trying to find something similar to what the actual monster looks like and had absolutely no luck. I was going to try to find thin fur to glue onto a shirt when I came across this sweater at TJ Maxx. It definitely saved me a lot of time and it looked perfect. (And can also be worn again!)
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    The pants were not difficult to make but it was a very tedious process. The base was an old pair of khakis. I bought two packs of 36″ X 36″ felt from Michael’s (at about $4.30 each). I folded each one as many time as was managable to cut through and cut out triangles. I started off by drawing an outline first and then cutting but it was actually easier to just cut Photo Nov 01, 2 12 02 PMfreehand. They obviously do not have to be the same size and shape. I laid out a few rows at a time on the pants and marked off where the tops were. Then I put fabric glue in a straight line across the marking and attached. This was the really time consuming part. I ended up using three bottles of fabric glue! The first one I bought was Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive which worked the best but the metal container ripped as it started running low and so I didn’t want to deal with the mess again. I bought another version from the same company and then ended with Elmer’s Glue-All because I got cheap. After wearing the pants for a little bit, the scales were starting to fall off where I used the second two glues but it wasn’t enough to be actually noticeable.

  • His tail was sewn the same way as Max’s but the fur was from a thrift store. I think it was a piece to a coat collar.
  • And then the feet are the same as Max’s as well. My boyfriend wears a size 12 shoe and the Mens XL size worked perfectly. By the end of the night our slippers were pretty dirty but I think I can just throw them in the wash without worry. They are another piece of the costume that I will definitely wear again!

All in all the work and the money was worth the outcome. We got so many compliments on our costumes! If you have any questions please comment and if you decide to recreate this costume next Halloween (or just for fun!) send a picture!

"Oh please don't go, we'll eat you up we love you so!"

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