#CampusVoxBox from Influenster and Semester Wrapup!

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to my favorite month of the year! My birthday is in just a couple of weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! And on top of that, I will be a senior in college in the fall! So many exciting things are happening this year, and I can’t wait! I am finishing up submitting all of my assignments over the next couple of days, and I have just one final to take next week, and my grades are looking pretty good right now. And since I am on the subject of school, I wanted to share my last VoxBox I recieved from Influenster. As with the other box, everything was sent to me for testing purposes, and boy did I test it all.

Campus Voxbox

So in the picture above, you can see the contents of the box itself. This is actually a screengrab from the unboxing I did on Youtube! If you’re not subscribed already, you should head over there.The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.

I will simply run down a bulleted list, because I myself hate long, drawn-out reviews.

  • Jergens Sunless Tanning Mousse: LOL. I honestly tried a little bit, and didn’t see much of a difference. I’m already getting darker from the summer-y sun. And there’s also the teensy fact that I’m African American. I have all the tan I need! This will definitely be going to a lucky friend in need ;)
  • St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub: This scrub. Goodness. I wanted to try this for so long, and thank goodness I didn’t have to pay for it. My skin started breaking out more AFTER I started using it. My skin has been relatively clear, and I had been thinking about getting a facial brush to keep that going, but I have to get my skin back smooth first!!
  • L’Oreal Advanced Straight System: This stuff was wonderful on my hair. I loved it. I need t post a picture of my hair so y’all can see how smooth and soft it turned out!
  • Softlips Cube: Y’all. I’m going full Texan on you now. This cube is HEAVEN. The mint smells delicious, and my lips feel so soft and smooth after using it pretty much since the box came!
  • Sour Punch Straws and Punchies: I haven’t had Sour Punch straws since high school marching band, and it was obvious it had been awhile. The candy was (and still is) delicious, but sour candy hurts the roof of my mouth now. This makes me sad.

So there you have it! Thanks for stopping by, and hopefully I’ll have more to share soon after this crazy semester is over!


Coupon Deals!!


So for everything in the above picture, I paid just $0.98 for!!

The Breakdown:

Transaction 1:
1 – Venus Razor – $11.99
Used: $3/1 Venus Razor, $4/$10 Shaving Needs, $5 Beauty Club ECB, employee discount
Paid $0.00, and also redeemed a raincheck and got a $4 ECB!

Transaction 2:
1 – Tide Pods Free and Gentle – $3.94 (redeemed raincheck again)
1 – Purex Natural Elements – $1.99
1 – Total Home Disinfecting Wipes – $2.49 (clearance, 25% off)
1 – Lysol Bathroom Cleaner – $1.49 (clearance, 75% off)
Used: $2/1 Tide Pods, $2/1 Tide Pods CVS Coupon, $1/ any Total Home Cleaning product, $4 ECB from Transaction 1.
Paid $0.98


Summer Plans…

I registered for classes for the fall semester of my semester last night. Well, early this morning, I should say. I can’t believe I only have one year left of college. The first of my actual teacher prep exams will be taken THIS SUMMER. Which reminds me, I also registered for my last two summer classes last night. I have not had a summer off since the summer between high school and college. All of my hard work will pay off. People around me keep sounding so negative about things, and I am trying not to let it discourage me. I know I can pass these exams and get hired at a good school. Teaching is what I was meant to do.

Alright, alright. Enough with the heavy. I really started writing this post because I am going to start a “little” project this summer, and by little, I mean NOT little!!! I will FINALLY be decluttering my room! Since I plan to move out of my parents house in early 2017, I am only making that impending move easier on myself. Plus, I could use it. I have too much stuff. Too many papers, notebooks, clothes, you name it. My teaching stuff I am hoard—, I mean collecting, doesn’t count. All of that will be gone once I get a teaching job and pile it in my car and take it to my classroom. I am going to close out this post, as it seems to be getting pretty long, with my list I have started of things I want to accomplish with this room declutter project:

  • Bed: new sheets/pillowcases, quilt, new pillow(s), throw pillows
  • Work in zones: Desk area, sleeping area, closet, tv and bookcase, windowseat
  • Purge/Toss/Donate/Store
  • Storage trunk at end of bed –
  • Clean drawers/surfaces/shelves COMPLETELY
  • Backwards hangers trick (Pinterest)
  • Drawer dividers – Container Store or DIY?
  • Get rid of donations in closet (there will probably be more added)
  • Reclaim and reorganize my dressers – possibly line the drawers (check Marshall’s for liners)

Thanks so much for reading!


Getting Personal…

Hello, wonderful readers! I was selected to receive a VoxBox from Influenster recently, and the first one I received was a pack of my favorite Carefree liners! I had actually just bought a pack of the exact same ones a couple of days before my Voxbox arrived, so I haven’t opened them yet, but I’m all set so I won’t have to make a last minute run to the store again . They sent me a coupon as well, so that went straight into my coupon file! I love that I got one of my favorite products that I can brag about! I did a box opening on Youtube, which you can see below.

Thanks for stopping by! And remember, #FreshIsFierce!!signature2015

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Coupon Deals at CVS!

Overall, I am VERY happy with how my transacations went at work yesterday. I paid pretty much nothing for ALOT of stuff. Final cost out of pocket was $3.48 and the products are worth $52.05!


Transaction 1: Urgent Rx powders – 2/$2, earn $2 ECB
Used BOGO Free coupon, paid $1 (final cost: $0)

Transaction 2: 2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoos and 2 Conditioners @ $4.99 each ~ spend $15 get $5 ECB (Edit: $4.50 each when you buy two)
Used 2x$4/2 L’Oreal Advanced, $3.50 ECB, $3 ECB, $2 ECB (from 1st trans.), $2/$10 hair care, paid $0!!! ($5.00 Moneymaker)

Transaction 3: 2 – Covergirl Lashblast Mascara @ $8.79 each ~ Spend $10, get $3 ECB
Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg – $0.99
Used 2x$1.50 Covergirl Eye, $5 ECB, $5/$15 cosmetics, $2/$10 mascara, employee discount
Paid $0!!! ($3.00 Moneymaker) {will also get Savingstar deposit for Friday Freebie!)

The lotion was a last minute purchase, on clearance for $1.74 (reg. 6.99). I also got some Gold Emblem cereal for $0.74 (reg. 2.99). It’s supposed to be their brand of Honey Nut Cheerios – they’re good, but they don’t taste like Cheerios at all!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!


Couponing for this Week (March 29th)


I decided to take advantage of some of the really good deals this week, and boy did it pay off! I got $92.68 worth of products, and I only spent $10.16! With the Extrabucks earned, my final cost was $0! Pictures and breakdowns are below:





Thank you, as always, for reading!signature2015

I am no longer #TeamNatural.

I made it as part of #TeamNatural for a good, long four months. At least it seemed pretty long to me. I started having regrets and thoughts of relaxing around the beginning of Month 3. It wasn’t until I was nearing the fourth month that I started actively researching how to work with short relaxed hair. I watched countless Youtube videos and read articles to tame my hunger. But on March 28th, 2015, this part Saturday, I did it. I bought a relaxer, and my mom put it in my hair. I was so worried my hair would break off and fall out and I would have to trim into a pixie cut or WORSE, start all over growing it out.

But the results made me fall in love with my hair all over again. Here it is Monday, and my hair is still happily hydrated. It’s not super shiny, but I have never messed with my hair much right after relaxing anyway. It takes me about a week or so, haha. The most I do now is fix it with my wide tooth comb and add a little bit of Shine oil to tame the flyaways. But my hair looks amazing. The length I managed to achieve is incredible. I thought I didn’t have much shrinkage, but. Wow. My hair is so bouncy and silky and I just love it.

I don’t want to think of this as the end of my Natural Hair Journey, but simply another chapter in my Healthy Hair Journey as a whole. Thank you for reading, and for your thoughtful comments on my last hair posts. They are greatly appreciated. I will share pictures hopefully this week if the weather permits.


Something New…

I am going to show a picture I did not want anybody to see when I first big chopped my hair. It’s the first few pictures I took the night I big chopped. The first picture I shared on this blog was taken 3 weeks later, after I was able to tame it and it grew a little. I will also share a recent length check right below it.

First, though, my wash day. My wash day actually happened last Thursday, and my hair is pretty happy at the moment, so I definitely can leave it for a couple more days. I am learning to “listen” to my hair! It tells me when it needs to be washed — usually when my scalp is itching from gelling my hair. The shampoo I use is surprisingly well-loved by my hair. Most naturals say that cowashing is life, but my hair loves my Pantene purifying shampoo. I prepooed overnight with a mix of conditioners under my bathroom sink mixed with grapeseed oil and some cayenne pepper (again, it supposedly helps with growth, so why not?).

I hopped in the shower Thursday morning and applied a little Nuance by Salma Hayek shampoo (just because, I don’t know, I’m weird), and worked that in some. I then applied the Pantene Purifying shampoo and lathered it up and left it on a couple of minutes. I rinsed this out last with cool water and towel dried it a little. I then applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner (my new fave!!), and my hair is….oh my goodness. I love this stuff. What I DON’T love, however, is that my ears have broken out since I started using this leave-in. Me, being stubborn, I’m just trying to keep my hair off of my ears because I found a lovely new product that my hair is not rejecting. *crosses fingers, resists scratching ear*

Without further delay, the pictures from the night I big chopped. Can you tell how unsure I am about what I had just done? I did this at 2 am on a Tuesday, so….



And my latest length check photo (the shrinkage is VERY real!):


As always, thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the other ladies involved in the #WashDayExperience linkup!

The Wash Day Experience