Get some Goody hair accessories for the good girls on your list!

Goody Holiday Collection
My girls have been very, very good this year, so it only makes sense to put some Goody in their stockings!  They sent us a few items from the new Holiday Collection and these hair accessories are super cute.  The Holiday Collection features jewel tones that are fun and festive, and you can find all the items at Meijer.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Hair elastics are a basic item that every girl needs, and the Goody Holiday Collection features great sets with bonuses!  The Ouchless Black Elastics ($4.99) come with 30 black elastics that won’t snag or break hair, plus four jewel tone glitter elastics for some bling.  My girls like to use a black elastic to secure their hair, then layer with different multicolor elastics for style.  If your girl uses more multiglitter than black, just get the reverse set – Ouchless Multiglitter Elastics ($4.99) with a bonus four black elastics.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

My youngest daughter is a fencer, so she needs headbands that keep her bangs out of her eyes, especially when wearing her fencing mask.  The Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps ($3.99) do the job and don’t get all tangled up in her hair.  These are also a great choice for some color with updos and braids.  Another favorite are the Ouchless Ribbon Elastics.  Every night, I put my daughter’s wet hair in a braid and wrap the end with a Ouchless Ribbon Elastic.  The ribbon is strong enough to keep the braid in place as she sleeps, but soft enough not to crease her hair.  In the morning we take out the braid and she has beautiful waves that last all day.  Plus, she keeps a couple on her wrist like a bracelet, and uses them whenever she wants to put her hair back.

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

I just love the FashioNow Flower Salon Clips ($4.99)!  They are darling, and the colors are so cheerful.  Each clip comes with 5 bonus elastics so you can put in a ponytail then add the clip for style.  For a really neat gift, add in a matching jewel-toned Purse Brush ($4.99).  This little brush is the perfect size, and it comes with a bonus ribbon elastic.

Reward the good girls in your life with some Goody good stuff, for goodness sake!  These cute and cool accessories are just waiting for you at your local Meijers.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

I’m an Influenster!

Influenster Holiday Vox Box

Influenster Holiday Vox Box

I was very excited when Influenster told me that I would receive their Holiday Vox Box 2012. These are available to bloggers who meet requirements so that we can share impressions with our readers. Companies send items to Influenster and they share to get the word out. Influenster is free to join and great for bloggers and people who love to share their opinions especially on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

I had no idea what to expect in a Holiday Vox Box and to be honest it’s not really very holidayish.  I understand that these products have been in other Influenster boxes but that’s just fine since it contains some items that I think are interesting and are fun to use.

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

It appears that everyone who got a ‘free’ box received the following: Quaker Oats Real Medleys Oatmeal, a single EBOOST packet, Kiss Nail Dress, NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine, Goody QuikStyle Brush, a $25 coupon for Sole Society. Some people, depending on demographics, received a bonus of a Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask.  I’m guessing that the NYC Lipshine and the Kiss Nail Dress are different colors/designs. The Goody QuikStyle Brush could have been either a paddle brush or a half round styler.

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Now let’s get to the good part!

Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal is very handy to have at work or home. It’s in a cup that’s ready for you to pour hot water in and eat out of. The delicious one I received is Apple Walnut medley. My husband ate this and really liked it so this is now on our grocery list. He thought the fruit tasted fresh and the walnuts were real. ($1.79 for a single serve cup)

Quaker Real Medleys carton

Quaker Real Medleys carton

EBOOST is a packet that you put into water. I’ve tried these before since they are good to boost mood, focus and immunity. I usually pour it into a bottle of water and shake. It’s doesn’t have caffeine like those energy drinks so you won’t crash. It comes in 4 flavors (orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate and super berry). What’s good about these packets is that you can carry them with you and if you need that 4 p.m. wakeup this is a sugar-free way to get it. They are gluten free and soy free. ($28 for a box of 20, $39 for 30)

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine – yea for cosmetics! NYC has created this liquid lipstick in 10 shades. I received it in Nude York City. It’s like they read my mind since I prefer light shades. These have Vitamin E in them and aren’t too sticky. ($2.49)

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

Kiss Dress Nails are nail stickers. To be honest I need lots of practice with nails stickers but I think practice will make perfect. I couldn’t find a name on the package other than KDS15. I’ve seen these in the store and admired them. They are black with gold designs on them. A beautiful touch for a special night out. You can even use them on your toes. These are especially pretty. ($6.99 for a package with 28 nail strips)

Good QuikStyle brush is the item that I’m most excited about. I’ve seen these and thought they were fascinating but I didn’t know anyone who’d used one so I just wasn’t sure whether it was something I needed to try. I received the Half-Round brush which is great for my shoulder length hair. I could not wait to wash my hair the morning after this box arrived. There are absorbent micrfiber bristles in between plastic bristles. After hair is washed and combed through, I used this brush instead of my regular round brush. I loved how it absorbed the water and helped dry my hair faster. So great. Saving time is the best!
If you leave it out in an open ventilated area it dries quickly or you can also turn your hairdryer on to speed that up. Washing it is like any other brush – comb through to get the hair out, wash with warm water and shampoo, rinse and then turn it upside down and tap the back with the palm of your hand to get the microfiber bristles back in shape. I’m loving this brush. ($11.99)

Goody Quikstyle brush

Goody Quikstyle brush

influenster goody brush info

Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Cleansing Mask was my bonus. Montagne Jeunesse makes a wide variety of face masks so I’m guessing that other Influensters received different ones. My particular one is Raspberry & Mango Cleansing Mask. They say these are a one time use but I’ve bought them in the past and actually gotten two uses out of a packet. These are nice masks to have at home or to travel with.

I wish that the subscription boxes that I buy had this many nice items in them. Not only are some of these terrific but it was free to me without even an obligation to blog about it. I’d like to share a few other Influenster boxes with you so you can see the variety they have. If you think you are someone who influences others, you may just be eligible too.

Pammy Blogs Beauty – Cosmo Vox Box 2012

Jenn Staz – Summer Beauty Vox Box 2012

What I found interesting when I was looking for reviews to share is that this isn’t just for beauty bloggers. Influenster has pet boxes, natural boxes, latin beauty boxes and mom boxes. I hope you enjoyed learning about Influenster’s Vox Boxes. Have you ever received one? I’d love to know. — Marcia

*received as a promo from Influenster