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I was selected for Influenster’s Spring Beauty VoxBox and received a selection of free products to try out. One of them was the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer, which I had never heard of before. The company touts the many benefits this concealer offers, including the ability to custom blend your own perfect shade as well as concealing blemishes, redness, dark circles, and age spots while moisturizing.

The official product information is as follows:

Sheer Cover® Concealer is perfect for all skin types and tones.  Our concealer is a customer favorite offering a custom blend for the various shades on your face and covers up imperfections.  It not only covers up the look of dark circles, blemishes, redness and age spots, it also moisturizes with Jojoba and Allantoin.
 
It instantly conceals blemishes, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone – we’ve got life’s little imperfections covered!
 
KEY BENEFITS:
Instantly covers skin imperfections for a flawless, natural look
Variable coverage – sheer and creamy perfect for under eye circles or more opaque for blemishes, dark spots and hyperpigmentation
Easy application  – glides on, won’t pull or tug at fragile skin
Enriched with natural, moisturizing Jojoba to help nourish and restore the skins’ natural moisture balance
Allantoin helps calm and soothe sensitive, irritated skin
Provides antioxidant protection from free-radical scavengers
Dermatologist-tested

While I am partial to the concealer I currently use, I definitely wanted to try out the customization this concealer claims to offer. I like how you can blend the two shades that come in the compact until you find the perfect match for your skin tone. Luckily, the shade I was sent worked fine for me so I didn’t have to worry about it being too light or too dark.

It did an adequate job covering my redness and dark circles without looking cakey or ashy. I recommend using a concealer brush for more precise application, and using your fingers beforehand to emulsify the product and blend the shades for your own customized color.

I didn’t like the fact that the case is so small – for the price this retails for, I’d like to see more product offered. The texture can also be off putting at first – it feels greasy in the compact, but once blended it feels creamier and has a better texture.

Overall, I’d say this is an average concealer. It’s not stellar, but it’s not terrible either. I’ll be sticking to my preferred concealer, but if you’re in the market for a new concealer and have a hard time finding one to match your skin tone, this may be a good option because of your ability to blend two shades together to make your own hue.

Price: $29.95

Availability: Visit SheerCover.com to purchase

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from Influenster for testing and review purposes. The opinions expressed within are completely my own and are not swayed by any form of compensation, monetary or otherwise.

DISCLAIMER: I received Kiss Nail Dress for free via the Influenster program for testing and review purposes. My opinions are 100% my own, and are not affected by compensationmonetarily or otherwise.

Given my somewhat shabby results with previous no-dry polish strips, I was a little leery of Kiss Nail Dress. However, the pattern I received – leopard – was totally rocking, and I wanted to give them a shot.

First, here’s the official product information:

Introducing Kiss Nail Dress, ultimate nail fashion for tips and toes! Just peel, apply, and shape for a manicure that lasts up to 10 days. On in minutes, off in seconds without remover. Nail Dress is available in 18 different styles, many of them featuring 3-dimensional jeweled designs. Check out Peplum, a deep black with multi-colored gems for a pop of color, or Babydoll, for a golden and glamorous jeweled look. Skip the topcoat, Nail Dress has it built in.

 With 28 strips in each package, you can cut up your extras to create designs that can be used on top of polished or artificial nails. Nail Dress doesn’t dry out the way other polish strips can, so you can save them to use on your next DIY mani. A nail design booklet is included in each package, just in case you need a little inspiration.

 And don’t forget about your feet! Nail Dress looks awesome on toes, too – just use the square side of the sticker for a perfect fit.

First Impressions

When I took Kiss Nail Dress out of the package, I was getting ready for a battle – but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. They were a cinch to apply, and even a nail art novice like me could easily get 10 perfect nails in minutes. While the company recommends you use a nail file to file off any excess edges, I found using a pair of manicure scissors to cut off the excess, THEN filing for a smooth line, was the easiest way to do it.

Whatever you do, DO NOT tear off the edges unless you think you can be reallllly careful – it’s easy to accidentally tear too much and have to start over with a fresh applique.

Overall

Overall, I have to say I am very pleased with Kiss Nail Dress. I received so many compliments while wearing them, and everyone wanted to know where to buy their own. Removal was a breeze, too – use your regular nail polish remover and they slide right off. However, I use a pure 100% acetone based polish remover, so I am unsure how well non-acetone removers will work.

Considering that there’s NO dry time whatsoever, these are perfect when you want a gorgeous manicure in minutes. You can use them for special occasions or every day wear, which I really like. I haven’t tried them on my toes yet, but plan to – especially since I’m wearing flip flops almost exclusively now. I will definitely be purchasing these again!

Kiss Nail Dress retails for $6.99 and is available at drugstores and mass chains like Walmart. For more information, please visit KissNailDress.com.

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts?

 

One of the items I received in my Influenster 2012 Love VoxBox was the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor. I needed a new razor, so it came at the perfect time!

Before we get to my review, I wanted to share with you the official product information:

For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, are coming together to deliver a gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Venus’ best shaving technology works with Olay Moisture Bars, offering women best-of-both-worlds shaving and skin expertise. Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness, and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close.

Product Details

  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment

My Thoughts

Even though you don’t need to use shave gel with this razor, I was a little paranoid at first, so I decided to use my regular shave gel for the first use. I found out that this actually made everything a lot messier than it needed to be, so I vowed to skip the shave gel next time and simply use the razor as it was intended.

Lo and behold – all of the product information is spot on. Not only do the Olay Moisture Bars work like a dream, it takes just a little bit of water to get them to release a light lather – and it smells absolutely fantastic. I am not kidding; it’s really tropical and fruity and just all around delicious.

Plus, my legs felt smoother than they ever have before with my regular razor. I think the addition of the Olay Moisture Bars, plus the five blades, really helped me get a smooth, close shave. I’ll definitely be using this razor all spring and summer long and would wholeheartedly recommend this razor to any woman looking for a smooth, close shave – with no shave gel required. Bonus!

These razors and the refill cartridges are available at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the U.S. Razors retail for $8.99-10.99, while the 3-pack of replacement cartridges retail for $14.99-19.49.

To learn more about the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor, please visit www.gillettevenus.com.

DISCLOSURE: This product was provided to me free of charge from the Influenster program. My reviews are 100% honest and are not influenced by compensation, monetary or otherwise.

 

Oh boy! I was so excited when I received my Influenster 2012 Love VoxBox in the mail yesterday; I couldn’t wait to come here and give my initial impressions of the products I received.

In my box:

  • Gillette Venus & Olay Razor (I needed a new razor, so I am super excited to test this out)
  • Kiss Nail Dress (I got the leopard print – and I loooooove animal prints, so whoo hoo!)
  • Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Creamy Devotion Bar (For when I need a little chocolate fix)
  • Truvia Natural Sweetener (I have been wanting to try this; my aunt is a big fan)
  • Stash Tea Herbal Tea Sampler (I hate coffee, but am a big tea drinker – excited to try these)

I received a lot of great items on my VoxBox, and cannot wait to try them out. Stay tuned for individual product reviews in the coming weeks!

Ladies, are you a member of Influenster? If so, let me know what you think so far! This is my first box, and I am so happy I was able to qualify.


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