1.30.2015

Tasty Low Cal Snack - Cauliflower Tots

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Hi y'all!

As you know I've been on a quest to lose 10 lbs...I've lost 8!!! Almost there! Anyway, I've found all kinds of great alternative recipes to yummy high calorie things I love. This one is SUPER easy; they really do taste like tater tots! I found this recipe on my friend's Facebook page and she found it on Brunch Time Baker .

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Ingredients:

2 cups cauliflower florets
1 large egg
½ cup onion, minced
¼ cup bell pepper, minced (optional)
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup breadcrumbs
¼ minced cilantro or parsley (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray or oil

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What to do:

1) Preheat your oven to 375°F & cover a cookie sheet in parchment paper or foil. Then, spray it with cooking spray & set aside.

2) Ok...you have two options...Steam cauliflower in hot water for 3-5 minutes or until soft, drain and chop with a knife or blend in the food processor. OR Chop or blend raw cauliflower in a food processor, place in microwave & cover with a damp paper towel, heat for 3 minutes until soft.

3) Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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4) Spoon about 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small oval shaped tots...I kind of squished them into ovals...However it works for you.

5) Place on the cookie sheet ½ inch apart and bake for about 20 minutes. I turned the cookie sheet in the oven half way through, but you could also try and turn the actual tots over half way through...I'm not that adventurous.

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Enjoy!!!! They are YUMMY!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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1.28.2015

Favorite Flannel

Favorite Flannel
boots - Target / leggings - Target / dress - Gypsy Warrior for Pacific Sunwear / flannel - HellRazor

Prior to Christmas, Gypsy Warrior announced a collaboration with Pacific Sunwear. Normally, I don't shop at Pacific Sunwear (sizes too small, clothing not my style...), but I follow Gypsy Warrior on Instagram and I love their design aesthetic. So I casually browsed over to the collection when it was being previewed. What did I see? A freaking Wednesday Addams dress!

You're probably familiar with my sad experience where I had to remove the awesome collar on my Domino Dollhouse version of the Wednesday Addams dress. So when I saw this version - on sale for $40 (it's now sold out, I seriously apologize!) - I snapped it up right away, regardless of the fact that it only went up to size L.

Then I had buyer's remorse.

I was sure that it would NOT fit and I'd have to return it.

When it arrived, I opened it... looked at it skeptically... and went to try it on. Obviously, you already know that it fit! I was very surprised, but excited!

Favorite Flannel

It actually only fits "sort-of." The sleeves have a slim white banded trim, and they're buttoned at the opening. I have to wear it with the buttons open, ain't no way I can get the sleeves over my arms otherwise. (Seriously though, who's my size everywhere else but has tiny stick arms? Is that even a thing?)

Favorite Flannel

So, because of the arm thing, I wear something over this dress. Not a big deal - I typically layer over dresses no matter what, so that's cool with me. Today I wore one of my screenprinted crescent moon flannel shirts.

Favorite Flannel
This particular shirt is part of my own personal collection. There's a slight misprinted mark to the right side of the moon. Whoops!

I actually made a whole bunch of these printed flannel shirts, but there's only one currently listed in my Etsy shop right now. More are coming! (EDIT: They're all listed! Go here to see the full selection!)

Does anyone else feel like listing on Etsy is a real drag? I've gotta photograph and edit pictures for each individual item in my shop, since everything is OOAK. I sort of dread the process, since it's so long, so I often just save up my stock and sell in-person at events.

If you're interested in one of these crescent moon screenprinted flannel shirts, send me an email (hellrazorart AT gmail DOT com) and I can easily send pics of what I've got in stock! They're $25 each plus shipping. I cut each crescent moon stencil separately by hand, and screenprint them using fabric ink. Washing on delicate and hanging to dry is recommended. Over time, the screenprint will fade slightly to a "vintage" finish.

Favorite Flannel

I can't get enough of this collar! Or of layering flannel over dresses. Have you tried this look?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.26.2015

My Pyrex Collection

My Pyrex Collection

I've been saving up for this post for a while now! All of us at Betties N Brimstone LOVE Pyrex dishes! We have many pieces in common in our collection, and we like to keep an eye out while thrifting and shopping to help complete eachother's sets. Today I'm showing you what I have in my collection. Hopefully BnB readers will join in on your blogs, and maybe even Lisa and Steph will share their collections soon!

Where do we get our Pyrex? Everywhere! Mostly thrift stores and antique malls (if the price is right, or we just need that ONE piece to complete our stack!)... but you can also find good prices online - Etsy, Ebay, and even Instagram are all great places to find Pyrex! Search #pyrex #pyrexia and #pyrexforsale on Instagram to find some great sellers - heck, even Lisa has a sale every so often! Find her at @lisamarie1119.

My Pyrex Collection

I didn't realize until I was taking photos for this post how much Pyrex I actually have. This cabinet pictured above isn't all of it. This is just the stuff on display. I have a bunch (pictured in the series below) that actively gets used and is kept in my kitchen cupboards. I have plans to one day create more display space via open shelves, but for now a whole lot of it is stored under wraps!

My Pyrex Collection

I originally showed you this cabinet way back in my dining room post as part of my home tour. In that post (and even in this later update!), I only had glassware and very little in the way of vintage dishes on display. I love how it looks now though, with my favorite pieces stacked and on display!

I thought I'd go through my complete stacks first, and then show you some of the mis-matched items and incomplete collections. Here we go!

My Pyrex Collection

(Above) I found this whole gooseberry yellow cinderella mixing bowl set at a resale shop by my house. All in one! What luck!

My Pyrex Collection

This is a stack of mixing bowls from the verde collection (1960's). Two of the bowls are from Todd's grandmother's house, so I was really excited when my friend Jessy found the two missing sizes for me to complete the stack!

My Pyrex Collection

My daisy orange-yellow mixing bowl set was completed on accident! I had purchased the two yellow bowls at a Vintage Garage event. I then found the two daisy bowls at my local thrift store, not even realizing that they were from the same set until I was looking around online! I think this was the first stack that I ever completed.

My Pyrex Collection

Behold! My most recent accomplishment! I've been wanting a primary mixing bowl set for a long time, and I finally found all of the pieces! The large yellow bowl was Todd's grandmother's bowl, so I was pretty set on NOT buying a whole set - just finding the missing three. It took a while, but I did it! Jessy (again) found me a blue bowl, and the red and green were purchased for a pretty reasonable price at my local antique mall. Another great antique mall find was this super cute tiny red refrigerator dish.

That's it for "finished" stacks of Pyrex, but I do have quite a few other fun pieces, as well as stacks-in-progress:

My Pyrex Collection

I have three divided dishes: a blue snowflake dish (thanks Lisa!), a pink daisy dish (awesome thrift store find from long long ago), and a black barbed wire pattern from my local antique mall.

My Pyrex Collection

Butterprint is one of my all-time favorite Pyrex patterns. As you can see, I have yet to complete a stack, but I'm close on the mixing bowls! I just need the 404 (largest) size. The cinderella bowls (the ones with the pour spout/handles seem to be more elusive to me. I did locate one of the large refrigerator dishes (sans lid) that you can see a few photos down from here.

My Pyrex Collection

I have two of the snowflake blue bowls (a find via Lisa), and a "Saxony" casserole dish, which was a random Goodwill find (I almost never find anything at Goodwill!). I don't have the real lid for the Saxony, but I'll get around to it someday...

My Pyrex Collection

Pink Pyrex is one of my other favorites after turquoise butterprint! Unfortunately, it seems to be way more popular, and therefore harder to find, AND at a reasonable price. The pieces that I have are not in awesome condition, but I'll take it! I have two flamingo pink 2-quart casserole dishes (no lids) - one from Lisa, and one I snagged myself years ago. I have a lid-less refrigerator box via Jessy, and two mixing bowls from Vintage Garage.

My Pyrex Collection

I talked about my butterprint refrigerator dish above, and here's a blue refrigerator dish from the antique mall, which goes with the smaller red refrigerator dish pictured way up above (with the primary set).

My Pyrex Collection

I have two bowls with the "New Dots" pattern - yellow and orange. I'll be looking out for the two larger bowls, in blue and green dots, to complete this stack, but this is a much more sought-after design and will probably be pretty hard to do.

I have just one cinderella bowl with the spring blossom green pattern, and one cinderella bowl from the horizon blue set.

How do I know all of this stuff? Internets. If you haven't noticed, much of my research comes from the site Pyrex Love. My other source for all things Pyrex is Lisa! Hopefully, she'll share her collection with us soon.

Do you have a Pyrex collection to share? Please leave a link to your Pyrex blog post in the comments below so we can check it out! I'd love to creep up on your collection! :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.24.2015

Sweetheart Shop by Modcloth!

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Sweetheart Shop by Modcloth

Want to express your love for standout style this Valentine's Day? ModCloth's Sweetheart Shop is your perfect match! From heart-printed pieces to charming trinkets and treats, the Sweetheart Shop is filled to the brim with gifts you'll adore. Don't let these hard-to-find pieces be the ones that got away!

Sweetheart Shop by Modcloth
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I've selected three items from the Sweetheart shop that I think would make the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit or date night look! I chose to stick with my typical goth theme, yet still stay festive for the holiday with some heart patterns. I'd probably pair the Heart Candy Dress with my Domino Dollhouse cloak cardigan in onyx. The Love Ballad Tunic would look pretty sweet paired with my sword leggings from Sovrin and some tall black boots. I'd wear the Heart to Come By Dress with tights, chunky black mary janes, and a black cardigan with a Hell Razor flower pinned to it. 

How do you do Valentine's Day? Pink and pastel? Or more monochromatic, like this version?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.23.2015

10 Vintage-Inspired Dresses Under $60.00 for Normal Sized Women

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Howdy, Y'all!
I know how frustrating it can be to find vintage pieces in a larger size at a good price. At times it feel nearly impossible to find something. Well I've got good news for you! If you're ok with wearing reproduction pieces, these 10 vintage-inspired dresses are the perfect fit for you!

Lindy Bop 'Juliet' Kitsch Vintage 1950's Floral Tea Dress
$53.99
XS - 4X
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Lindy Bop Women's 'Amelia' Vintage WW2 1940's Landgirl Tea Dress
$53.99
XS - 3X
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Hell Bunny 40s 50s Mae West Tea Dress Turquoise
$48.99
L - 3X
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Lindy Bop Women's Tiffany' 1950's Collared Pencil Wiggle Dress
$53.99
XS - 4X
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Lindy Bop Women's 'Myrtle' Classy Vintage 1950's Halter Neck Flared Swing Party Dress
$53.99
XS - 4X

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Miusol® Women's Scoop Neck Contrast Vintage Bridesmaid Cocktail Dress
$31.99
S - 2X
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Hell Bunny Birdy Dress
$58.00
XS - 4X

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Hell Bunny Ingrid Dress
$49.00
2X Plus - 4X Plus

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Lindy Bop Women's 'Audrey' Classy Floral Print Hepburn Style Vintage 1950's Dress
$49.99
S - 4X

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Lindy Bop Women's 'Daria' Vintage 1950's Audrey Hepburn Style Swing Dress
$53.99
XS - 4X

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Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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1.21.2015

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants
necklace - The Rogue + The Wolf / moon scarf - jessikafancy via Etsy / t-shirt - Target / sweater skirt - DIY / leggings - Sovrin via Etsy / boots - Target / Fitbit (bracelet) - Kohls

I think that I affectionately need to call this outfit the "handmade" outfit since most of the items are handmade (not by me, necessarily, but someone!). I see things online (other blogs, Pinterest, Instagram...) and decide that I have to buy them right away. This is not a good habit, admittedly. But I do end up with some really cool finds. Like this stuff.

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants

My scarf was something I spotted via In the Thick of Itthe blog of Amanda Lee Stilwell, of LastCraft fame. She was featuring the jessikafancy shop and having a giveaway and I just thought that it was really cool, so I bought one for myself.

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants

Above: I am mysterious.

Do you like these leggings, too? I found the Sovrin shop via Pinterest, of all places (how did it not get recommended earlier for me via Etsy?) and I saved my pennies to buy these. $35 for a pair of leggings is steep in my world, but these are so worth it! I love how when I wear these with my moto boots, the sword tucks right into the boots.

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants

The only thing that I have to get "used" to is wearing a shorter skirt or tunic with these, or they get covered up! There's no point in owning these if you don't show them off!

My skirt is something that I DIY-ed from a thrifted sweater and a pair of old yoga pants for the waistband. It's loosely based off of this pin via Pinterest. I originally had the bottom band of the sweater as the bottom of my skirt, but it sort of "bubbled out" weirdly, so I cut it off and used the serger on the sweater to give a straight, kind of ruffly end to the bottom. I like it much better.

Moon Scarf + Sword Pants

I use the serger at work so much that I think I need to buy my own for at home. Got any recommendations?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.19.2015

Red?

Red?
shoes - BCBG via DSWarehouse / tights - TopShop (Halloween clearance) / dress - H&M (old) / cardigan - H&M+ / safety pin - eBay / necklace - The Rogue + The Wolf / FitBit bracelet - Kohls (xmas gift)

Yeah, I know... red! I'm wearing a red dress today. It's dark red, but still...

This is a very old (as in probably four years or more) babydoll-style dress that I purchased from H&M after seeing it on The Clothes Horse blog. I love her sense of style, but she is tiiiiny compared to me, so most of her fashion selections are beyond my realm of reality. She had this dress in a cream color, I think? - and it is an oversized style, so imagine my joy when I found it at my local store and there was a size that fit me! I've kept it over the years, stored away in my "pre-pregnancy box" of clothing, and now it is mine again! Yippee!

So although it is red, I will keep it in rotation with my black clothing anyways. I love it too much.

Red?

Also of note: I used to wear this dress so much that I had horrible white stains on the armpits from deodorant. Thanks to the miracle that is Pinterest, I completely got them out with a dryer sheet! Can you believe it? I was amazed, but it worked! (Seriously. When the clothing is dry, use a brand-new dryer sheet on the mark to rub it out as much as possible. Then I tossed the dress back into the wash - delicate, hang-to-dry - and the marks were gone!)

Red?

And another small victory: I finally got to stop into TopShop on Michigan Ave downtown (I'd been dying to go for a while now), and there were Halloween tights on sale for $10! With BATS on the leg! They were labeled "one size" which totally freaks me out, but happily they seem to fit a-ok! What luck!

Red?

I've worn my sneaker wedges from DSW a few times on the blog, but I don't think I've shown you my dressier wedges I bought from there? These are BCBG, which make me feel all fancy. I could only find the taupe version online, but this style of wedge bootie is fairly common this season, so finding a similar item shouldn't be too hard.

Red?

My sweater is from H&M's plus size line - I ordered it online before Christmas when I was shopping for a new bag for work (I have this habit of adding things on to my orders, and this was one of those purchases...). I really like the fit, and it's lightweight/slightly sheer, which makes it really nice for layering.

The cardigan does not have any buttons/closures on it. I added this oversized safety pin to keep it closed, but I'm just as likely to wear it open, too. I just liked how it looked on this day. I bought a bunch of these safety pins on ebay for use with sweaters and scarves for only a few bucks. I think they're a really nice inexpensive accessory option to keep in your jewelry box with your other pins and brooches!

My black crescent moon necklace is from The Rogue + The Wolf - they make their jewelry by 3-D printing it! How cool! I waited for a sale (just before Christmas) to make a purchase since they're overseas and therefore shipping is not cheap. Waiting for a sale makes the overall cost not so bad then. I also purchased a black midi ring from them, which you can see in this post.

Red?

Final thoughts for the day: taking photos at the end of the day when there is no good light anymore totally sucks. That being said, I think I did pretty well with these considering what I had to work against. Good job, me.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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1.17.2015

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

I have to admit, qualifying and getting an Influenster Vox Box sent to you is kind of exciting stuff. I'm always interested in seeing what gets packaged up together in a box and sent out for review. As always, I have mixed feelings about the selection: some good, some not-so-good, and some very indifferent thoughts. Here's the breakdown of what was shipped to me, and my reviews on each (click on the title of each product for more info):

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner:
I was pretty psyched when I saw this in the box, because I LOVE eyeliner. Black eyeliner. Yesss. It's an eyeliner pencil, and I'm a liquid liner user for my everyday looks... so although it is a very nice pencil liner, it's not going to replace my current fave by a long shot. I would compare this pencil to an Urban Decay quality, which (in my opinion) is really good for pencils. The "lead" is soft and dark, with really good solid color payoff.

Recommendation?
YAY! If you're in the market for a pencil liner, BUY IT! I'll definitely use it for my bottom lid and smudgey/smokey looks. Thumbs up! See an example of the nice dark line created below:

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review
I tested my Rimmel eye makeup remover with the Rimmel eyeliner sent to me.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover:
Makeup remover is a tricky area for me, because I already have a tried and true favorite, so it's going to be hard to get me to switch. But hey, full size bottle of eye makeup remover? Awesome, I'll give it a shot! I wasn't thrilled with the fact that it's a bottle that needs to be used with cotton balls. My favorite kind comes in pre-soaked pads for convenience. #firstworldproblems :) This remover is oil-free, which is nice, and it just felt like water when I rubbed it on my skin via the cotton ball. The bottle even touts the product as being good for removing waterproof makeup.

Recommendation?
NAY! Unfortunately, no way would I buy this. It didn't remove makeup - the one thing that it's supposed to do. In the picture below, the (only slightly) fading at the top of the line is the result of really vigorous rubbing. Like rubbing my skin raw! And I only achieved this tiny bit of removal? Ugh. I then tried this test with my favorite makeup remover pad, and it disappeared immediately and completely with little to no effort. I was so disappointed in this product.

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review
Really, Rimmel? Boo.
Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Sugarplum:
This lipstick feels nice... but ugh on the color. It's so very... neutral... I'm sure they picked it for the VoxBox because it is very generic and would please the most people, but it is definitely not for me. I'm keeping it until this review is over; then tossing it. Wah wah.

Recommendation?
NAY! Well, maybe... I might buy one in another color, but I'm not exactly motivated to try it out. I really think that Influenster needs to do a better job of screening their recipients (for example, "Do you prefer neutral makeup shades, or bold color?") and then tailoring their boxes accordingly - even just between two options. I think more favorable reviews would follow if the products were a better fit for the reviewers. Another option? A coupon to go pick out a tube for myself in whatever color I like!

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review
So. Much. Neutral. It's like orangey brown. Only a hint of blushy red.
Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum:
This was a tiny sample pack. I really have no idea how I'm supposed to review this. I can tell you that the serum made my skin feel smooth? And it had very little to no scent. As far as results go, there wasn't enough product or enough time for me to give a fair review. You tear open the package, and then you're done. One application. Couldn't they have at least packaged it in a mini bottle or jar?

Recommendation?
NAY? How would I even know? This kind of sample really frustrates me. I cannot give an honest opinion for a product I only tried once, and that requires multiple uses over a period of time to see results. Proof here in the directions on the back:

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review
Two weeks?!
Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme:
I tried out this green beans recipe from the McCormick website using the bottle of thyme that was sent to me. It was interesting, and tasty - definitely a flavor I hadn't experienced before with green beans - normally I go garlicky and olive oil, sometimes with almonds - but never with balsamic vinegar, which gave the dish a sour-ish note, but in a good way.

Recommendation?
YAY! ...but only if the price was right. I buy McCormick spices when they're on sale, or when there isn't a generic/store brand version available. The quality is good. I just don't have a name-brand budget when it comes to grocery shopping!

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

EcoTools Styler and Smoother Hairbrush:
I was very excited to receive a hairbrush in my VoxBox! I couldn't wait to try it out - I go through a hairbrush probably every 6 months or so, and I typically buy an inexpensive drugstore version. I've never had an issue my "cheap" brushes, but I was still excited to try something new. Unfortunately, this EcoTools brush was pretty disappointing. The bristles are very soft plastic, and they bend really easily. I have a lot of thick straight hair, and the brush just didn't seem to go through my hair well enough to detangle and smooth out my mane. Meh.

Recommendation?
NAY. Sadly, no. I went into this experience expecting to give this brush a glowing review, but I just can't recommend it. I'll stick to my cheap Walgreens brushes instead. :(

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

Red Vines Fruit Vines Bites - Cherry:
I'm not supposed to eat a lot of sugar. But I tested these out in the name of "research." Ha! I had Todd try these out too. It's not the kind of candy I would typically choose to snack on (hey, it's a long way from peanut butter and chocolate!), but I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy these were!

Recommendation?
YAY! Adult fruit snacks - YES! These were delicious, so if red licorice is your jam, go ahead and pick a bag of these up!

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Review

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea:
This was a 2-pack of tea bags in the "Candy Cane Lane" flavor. It tastes pretty much like most other mint teas. I don't like the tea bags though, because I have to use a utensil to fish it out. If I'm using tea bags, I like the kind with strings. But honestly, I usually make loose teas because I have a nifty pot with a strainer for it. I guess I could use that with these tea bags, too, though. I made a cup of Candy Cane Lane and sweetened it with a few drops of stevia. Mint is not my favorite flavor, but this was decent.

Recommendation?
YAY! Sure, why not? It was good. The real question is, would you even be able to find this in a store anymore? Seems like something that should have been tested BEFORE the holidays...

In conclusion, I was really excited to be a part of this VoxBox review group, but I'm honestly disappointed in the way products are selected for reviewers, and it seems like Influenster doesn't try to tailor products to get favorable reviews. Had I been sent a different lipstick shade, a different brush (there was a volumizer one sent out I've seen?), or a larger amount of product (and time) in order to properly test the serum, I may have felt very different about my products, and had more positive things to say. 

4/8! Out of eight products, I'd buy four again. So fifty percent? Is that a good result? Depends if your glass is half-full, or half-empty...!

*** Please note: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. ***

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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