Super Mom

5 Jul

Deep down inside I think we are all super moms. It’s pretty cool though when companies like @influenster realize that and want our opinion. They want to know what we think about the products we ourselves use and our kiddos use. 

Recently I got a great VoxBox for Free filled with goodies for moms and kiddos. They aptly named is the #supermomvoxbox because we are nothing short of super. It included EVERYHING from the best writing pen I’ve ever used to super fun floss for your mini me. 

I am so glad that companies take the time to care about what we think about there products before just throwing them out there. My box came with #powertothepen Pilot pens in two different colors… How’d they know pink would get an extra point. Lol. To be honest I have accidentally stepped on this pen, lost it at the bottom of my children’s crumb filled bag, loaned it for scribbles and a moment of silence and it still worked perfectly when it was time to sign a contract. Yep that is one pen. Ok I know you want to know the name so I’ll give it to you already… @pilotpenusa makes a version called Acroball and you need it Now!

While we are on the topic of messes and crazy mom life did I tell you about the time I couldn’t figure out who in the heck had the nasty BO at my kids baseball game? Ya it followed me. I was convinced someone’s scent rubbed off on me and I even tried perfume to no avail. Ugh I guess there’s a point in anyone’s life when you have to realize it’s just you. Yep. But again @influenster and @secretdeodorant came to my aid. TIP OF THE YEAR!!!! Always I mean Always keep a travel sized deodorant in your purse (not your car because it will melt)… Thank the man in the sky for small miracles. Whew!

Still going strong ladies? Yep me too. Baseball is over and it’s time to head home where showers are necessary but a struggle none the less. I have 2 boys who are very different from each other so @suavebeauty is my little miracle. Their Purely Fun 2 in 1 makes its so much easier to get sticky ball players clean and back to their video games without a trailing dog scent. Ha! The detangler spray for my little man going for the Van Morrison look is freaking believable. Now he can rock the world and still smell like he has a family that loves him #suavebeliever. 

I have to be honest… Flossing has never been a big issue because it’s an easy multitask item. It’s brushing that takes away from all those important whatever’s on their game. Hahahha. As a mom I appreciate the smaller size for their little mouths and the fact that I can tell if they have stole on of my flossers… Keep your place in line, child! Sheesh! Totally kidding I adore my rug rats but can’t wait for the day to end. Thank you #loveatfirstfloss Plackers.

Now on to the mommy time. You know when I secretly make a delicious plate of nachos I’ve been craving since the ball field. Topped with cheese and beans and a little salsa… But don’t forget the NEW squeezable sour cream so you can put just enough without adding too many layers to those thighs because ladies #dollopofdaisy is about more than sour cream. It’s about pure awesomeness in a freaking dollop!!!! Yummy. You know you do it too. 

The only thing left before you half wittedly dive onto your couch or bed or floor to pass out is to take a very quick scrubbing to the Nacho fiasco which would be impossible without the amazing #palmolivefusion to pick up your slack.

Motherhood is not easy but it’s worth every mess, smell, fight, fling, and secret stuffing of your face because you know one day… One sweet day they will do it too. Thank you for recognizing all the sacrifice and hard work @influenster #supermomvoxbox 

The Other Side of It Works

22 Dec

Hi everyone, I am going to make this one short and sweet. Facebook will no longer allow me to post the website link to my It Works page for some reason… I’m pretty sure it’s true for all of us hard working It Works folks. If you are participating in an online party you are learning so much about what we have to offer and I hope by now you see that we aren’t just about Crazy Wraps. We have so much more to offer for your health and I personally am benefitting from it tremendously. In a later post I will share some of my personal experiences with the products. Oh and don’t get me wrong I love the wraps.

So, if you want to party either in person (if you are in northern CA) or online then you can contact me many ways. Email: marijaslist@gmail.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marijaslist Phone: 530-588-4539 and please don’t hesitate to ask questions.

If you have been directed here from an online party then the link to order your products is http://www.msavitt.myitworks.com so order away!!! Happy Shopping friends… I know you won’t be disappointed.

YSL Mascara is for Rock Stars!

27 Apr

So before I tell you how awesome this mascara is and how surprised I was trying yet another mascara… right. Let me tell you that I received this mascara for FREE to try out by @influenster and @Love_YSL_PRgirl and I am so freaking glad I did. So there is no confusion, I did not buy this item, I got it as a VoxBox promotion through Influenster because apparently they thought I was a Rock Star.

YSL Mascara is AMAZING! I could probably leave at that but I won’t. I have dozens of mascaras. I have been a big supporter of Benefit’s various types for years and it has taken time to turn me for sure. I have Younique’s 3D fiber mascara and yes it is pretty cool if you want to deal with fibers and all that good stuff. If you are like me… then for your daily routine you want something quick. Like your kids are yelling because they are running late to school quick. So that leaves the standard mascara that does not require multiple applications… in walks YSL (Y’ves Saint Laurent).

Here’s how it went down… it was a busy day as usual and there sat my Vox Box and my new mascara. I thought… “I’m going to try this and I really hope it goes well because I don’t have time to start over.” So I grabbed the awesome gold tube… yes it is really a cool gold tube. I put on my mascara and literally stopped in my tracks… kids yelling and all. I will not repeat the curse words used to express my amazement in that moment but we can just say I was pretty shocked that it actually worked. My freaking lashes looked amazing. They looked long and full and like Cover Girl ads except it really worked. I am sure it resulted in several extra selfies that my kids later erased from my phone.

Here’s the deal. If you want mascara and you want it to work and be quick and not smudge and to last all day and not require a manual and 10 steps then you want this mascara. I have to be honest I always thought of this brand as something stuffy that would never work for me and I have never been more wrong. I want more. In fact I need more. So head over to Sephora… or wherever you like to buy your mascara and get some… now. You need this. Really you deserve this. There are few things that need to be on point and your mascara is one. It doesn’t get better. I am a #YSLmascara believer and until I’m convinced otherwise that is where you will find my lashes. Your welcome and happy shopping.

They’re Real

14 Sep

Typically when I post about a product it is because I have received it for free and have been asked to try the product and give feedback. In addition, I may write a blog post if I like something and want to share my opinion. Today, I am writing about a purchase I made. I am not receiving anything for this except the joy of having finally mastered something that took me almost 20 years.

I have this slight problem… I love to purchase make-up, skin-care, and hair-care products. Okay, it’s probably a big problem. I am actually VIB at Sephora and might be VIR soon. If you don’t know what that is check out Sephora’s membership where you can earn points and free products with your purchases. It’s pretty awesome. That’s not why I am writing though. Recently I purchased my favorite mascara… Benefit’s It’s Real Mascara. I love the stuff. The wand is amazing and you have zero clumps and it makes my lashes look AMAZING! But that is not why I am writing either. With my purchase I got a deluxe trial size of Benefit’s It’s Real Push-up Liner. This is liquid eye liner people… my worst nightmare. I am so clumsy with liquid liner. I always end up with something resembling a wave more than a line and by the time I’m done trying to fix it my whole lid is filled with liner and I look a bit scary. I used to actually try to find a way to do this but eventually gave up. Until, two nights ago.

A couple nights ago I sat staring at this box of push-up liquid liner and thought that if I was going to try it I should probably do it at night so I can always wash it off easily and there is no running out the door looking like a clown possibility. I read the directions and looked at the pictures and took a deep breath as I settled my elbow on the counter to try and get the best line possible. I slightly pulled the side of my eye to help with a flatter surface… you know I tried all the tricks, but I didn’t need them. I DID IT! I actually got liquid liner on and it looked amazing. No waves or crazy lines, just smooth perfectly proportioned lines. So, if you are a liner loser as I am just fake it with the Benefits It’s Real Push-up Liner and everyone will think you are a rock star!

Thanking the doctor, Dr. Scholl’s

10 Nov

I am okay with the fact that every year I get a little older. I am actually proud of the wisdom and experience each year blesses me with. What is difficult however is new found aches and pains as well as a lack of endurance due to them. I like to keep moving and with two boys I can’t help but be constantly involved in sports. We are a busy family and lately my feet have not been keeping up. By my feet, I mostly mean my arches. Any length of time spent on my feet quickly turns to arch pain which stops me in my tracks. I find myself second guessing life experiences based on the shoes I have available and the time on my feet and this is not the way I want to live.

Luckily I was offered a free pair of Dr. Scholl’s Active Series insoles through Influenster. It came at a perfect time since I was becoming desperate for a change. When the insoles arrived I quickly opened them and was excited to see that they were easily customized to my shoes. I pulled out the inserts that came with my shoes and simply lined them up to the insert and cut off the excess. After that I placed the Dr. Scholl’s insole into my shoes and was ready to give it a try.

Over the last few weeks I have taken my insoles with me to every active event. Even my boys have commented how much more I am wearing my tennis shoes. I have not had any arch pain since using the insoles and I am happy to wear my shoes. I am not worried about where I am going or how long I will be on my feet, I am just living life. In addition to the desired benefits I have also noticed that I have stopped my habit of kicking my shoes off as soon as I get home and am wearing them around the house for quite a bit of time after coming home. This can only mean one thing, they are comfortable.

My advice to you is, if you are having any time of foot pain or arch support trouble, get some insoles. I cannot speak for other brands so I would highly recommend Dr. Scholl’s. They have been around forever and I can speak to the quality of their product. Stop living in pain and get out there moving. Have a happy active life with Dr. Scholl’s Active Series insoles!

A True SPA at Home

10 Oct

I was generously provided a set of SPA facial care to try and review by the fabulous Amy Katherine Boyett, SPA girl and amazing consultant. When Amy offered to send me some samples I had expected a small packet or two which is typically the case, however, if you know Amy you know she goes BIG and provides the very BEST! So of course I was blessed with enough product to last a month. I have fairly sensitive skin and due to the fact I have Celiac’s disease many products effect me in ways that they do not effect others. I am forever in a fight to find skin care products that fight against my mild adult acne, won’t create a rash, and will fight against the signs of aging (so that I am forever 29). My very first fear was that I would break out or get a rash from the product. My second fear was that I would have scaring from a rash or break out. My third fear was that the product would just not work for my skin. I admit I am a tough customer… so what I have to say about this line of SPA products is no joke and beyond impressive.

When I try a new product my first impression investigates scent, texture, and amount needed. My secondary impression is the effect of the product on my skin both short and long term. Amy sent me seven different products to try and I have to admit I was super excited to try them all. I was like a kid in the candy store running to wash my face and play with the products. I had to stop myself because I wanted to be able to give an honest review and not over do it and thus causing my skin to react negatively. Below I will review each item individually but I would like to share a little about the first couple days and later the long term effects after nearly a month of product use. Being the excited little girl I immediately wanted to try out the cleansing lotion, microderm apeel, and moisture cream, so I did. My skin immediately felt great but within a few hours I saw two small spots of acne. At first I started to feel a little disappointment but then I reminded myself that I just did a lot of stuff to clean out my skin and it must of really needed it. Those two spots of acne that were gone by the next morning were the only spots of acne I had the entire month of use. I actually now looking back see it as a good sign that the product was working and was actually cleaning out my pores. What awesome results (I really never thought I would say that with acne involved). So, let’s move on to each product.

1. Facial Spa regenerating tonic with PHA’s– this tonic is like none other. Most tonics are strong and drying which is the opposite of what I got from this product. This product has a fresh mild scent. It is a very smooth moisturizing texture. You only need a small amount on a cotton pad or ball to swipe across your face. This product is a crucial step between cleansing and moisturizing that balances your skin.
2. Facial Spa defend & restore moisture cream SPF 20-this moisturizer is a true cross between your typical facial moisturizer and sun screen. The scent again is mild and fresh. The texture seems thick at first but as you apply it you realize it is much smoother than you had imagined. You only need a small bead size amount to cover your entire face. This product is awesome because it truly moisturizes without leaving a heaviness or greasiness which is so hard when sun screen is involved.
3. Facial Spa defend & restore night cream-have I said I love night cream? There is just something about night creams that makes me feel like I am being proactive about aging. This product has a soft pleasant scent and a very smooth texture. You again need a very small amount to cover your entire face. I truly feel like the long term effect of this product has been a more even face in terms of moisture.
4. Facial Spa restructuring eye cream-ahhh eye cream. If there is nothing out there to tell you that you are getting old, eye cream will do it for you. I have always had a darker color under my eyes since I was a young girl but age is starting to play some tricks on my. This eye cream did not seem to have much of a scent which is fine by me since it is going near my eye. The texture is fairly thin and smooth. For both eyes you need a very small amount to apply. I have invested in quite a few eye creams in my day. The ones that are supposed to magically get rid of the puffiness that wakes with you in the morning and then the others meant to take away that color that has always been there. I am not sure that this cream did either of those entirely but I do truly feel like the skin around my eyes look a bit smoother and stand out far less in discoloration since I have started using it. I am hoping this process continues.
5. Facial Spa purifying cleansing lotion-this stuff is magical. So, my grandma was quite the beauty and had many secrets to her eternal youth. I swear at 80 she looked 50 and I could not figure out the secret. I have always wished it was nothing more than good genes. There was however many “old lady” products that she would use that I cannot pronounce. These balms and creams that came from some secret store. I am telling you this because when I opened the cleansing lotion I immediately found a familiar scent. This is the scent that was always in my grandmas bathroom and I have always associated with her eternal youth secret. This is a stronger, but not too strong, menthol like scent. Whatever it is, it should not scare you because it is in grandma’s secret and immediately bought me hook, line, and sinker. Aside from the scent this product has a thinner texture but very smooth and lathers up quite well to wash your face. When you are done you truly feel like you have thoroughly washed and cleansed your face.
6. Facial Spa exfoliating polish-who doesn’t like exfoliation? The trick is not doing it too much. I was quick to read the directions to make sure I did not over do it because like flossing my teeth I can become obsessive. This product has a nice calm scent and a slightly sandy like texture. It does not hurt when you apply it to your face and it does not scratch or burn your face. Unfortunately, I have had some bad experiences. This product turned out to be mild but provides the fresh, young, clean feeling you are looking for from an exfoliant.
7. Resurface Spa microderm apeel-I am in love. I do believe that this product in use with the others is responsible for the changes I have seen in my face and complextion. It may have been the original culprit in my first wash acne but again I think it is because it was really cleaning out my pores. The scent is mild like the other products. The texture is more rough than the exfoliant but still not too rough. None of this really matters though, because the long term effects are what really has me in love. My skin has went from bland, multicolored, variant moisture type of skin to even, bright, and soft skin. I really think I can pass for 29 (wink, wink).

Overall, all of these products have contributed to a steady change in my skin for the better. My skin is breaking out far less. I do not have rashes. I have an even tone with less dark circles under my eyes. The touch of my skin is soft and smooth. I am feeling quite confident and young. I’m not sure the last time I had a skin product that made me feel so good about myself. Really your facial skin and your hair are your most important accessories. They go with you everywhere so treat them good. Treat them to a little SPA from my favorite SPA girl Amy Katherine Boyett. For products or more information you can contact her at her website Amy’s Beautipage Website She will provide you with the best care and her products are amazing so go now and treat yourself to some goodies… I will meet you there.

A True SPA at Home

10 Oct

I was generously provided a set of SPA facial care to try and review by the fabulous Amy Katherine Boyett, SPA girl and amazing consultant. When Amy offered to send me some samples I had expected a small packet or two which is typically the case, however, if you know Amy you know she goes BIG and provides the very BEST! So of course I was blessed with enough product to last a month. I have fairly sensitive skin and due to the fact I have Celiac’s disease many products effect me in ways that they do not effect others. I am forever in a fight to find skin care products that fight against my mild adult acne, won’t create a rash, and will fight against the signs of aging (so that I am forever 29). My very first fear was that I would break out or get a rash from the product. My second fear was that I would have scaring from a rash or break out. My third fear was that the product would just not work for my skin. I admit I am a tough customer… so what I have to say about this line of SPA products is no joke and beyond impressive.

When I try a new product my first impression investigates scent, texture, and amount needed. My secondary impression is the effect of the product on my skin both short and long term. Amy sent me seven different products to try and I have to admit I was super excited to try them all. I was like a kid in the candy store running to wash my face and play with the products. I had to stop myself because I wanted to be able to give an honest review and not over do it and thus causing my skin to react negatively. Below I will review each item individually but I would like to share a little about the first couple days and later the long term effects after nearly a month of product use. Being the excited little girl I immediately wanted to try out the cleansing lotion, microderm apeel, and moisture cream, so I did. My skin immediately felt great but within a few hours I saw two small spots of acne. At first I started to feel a little disappointment but then I reminded myself that I just did a lot of stuff to clean out my skin and it must of really needed it. Those two spots of acne that were gone by the next morning were the only spots of acne I had the entire month of use. I actually now looking back see it as a good sign that the product was working and was actually cleaning out my pores. What awesome results (I really never thought I would say that with acne involved). So, let’s move on to each product.

1. Facial Spa regenerating tonic with PHA’s– this tonic is like none other. Most tonics are strong and drying which is the opposite of what I got from this product. This product has a fresh mild scent. It is a very smooth moisturizing texture. You only need a small amount on a cotton pad or ball to swipe across your face. This product is a crucial step between cleansing and moisturizing that balances your skin.
2. Facial Spa defend & restore moisture cream SPF 20-this moisturizer is a true cross between your typical facial moisturizer and sun screen. The scent again is mild and fresh. The texture seems thick at first but as you apply it you realize it is much smoother than you had imagined. You only need a small bead size amount to cover your entire face. This product is awesome because it truly moisturizes without leaving a heaviness or greasiness which is so hard when sun screen is involved.
3. Facial Spa defend & restore night cream-have I said I love night cream? There is just something about night creams that makes me feel like I am being proactive about aging. This product has a soft pleasant scent and a very smooth texture. You again need a very small amount to cover your entire face. I truly feel like the long term effect of this product has been a more even face in terms of moisture.
4. Facial Spa restructuring eye cream-ahhh eye cream. If there is nothing out there to tell you that you are getting old, eye cream will do it for you. I have always had a darker color under my eyes since I was a young girl but age is starting to play some tricks on my. This eye cream did not seem to have much of a scent which is fine by me since it is going near my eye. The texture is fairly thin and smooth. For both eyes you need a very small amount to apply. I have invested in quite a few eye creams in my day. The ones that are supposed to magically get rid of the puffiness that wakes with you in the morning and then the others meant to take away that color that has always been there. I am not sure that this cream did either of those entirely but I do truly feel like the skin around my eyes look a bit smoother and stand out far less in discoloration since I have started using it. I am hoping this process continues.
5. Facial Spa purifying cleansing lotion-this stuff is magical. So, my grandma was quite the beauty and had many secrets to her eternal youth. I swear at 80 she looked 50 and I could not figure out the secret. I have always wished it was nothing more than good genes. There was however many “old lady” products that she would use that I cannot pronounce. These balms and creams that came from some secret store. I am telling you this because when I opened the cleansing lotion I immediately found a familiar scent. This is the scent that was always in my grandmas bathroom and I have always associated with her eternal youth secret. This is a stronger, but not too strong, menthol like scent. Whatever it is, it should not scare you because it is in grandma’s secret and immediately bought me hook, line, and sinker. Aside from the scent this product has a thinner texture but very smooth and lathers up quite well to wash your face. When you are done you truly feel like you have thoroughly washed and cleansed your face.
6. Facial Spa exfoliating polish-who doesn’t like exfoliation? The trick is not doing it too much. I was quick to read the directions to make sure I did not over do it because like flossing my teeth I can become obsessive. This product has a nice calm scent and a slightly sandy like texture. It does not hurt when you apply it to your face and it does not scratch or burn your face. Unfortunately, I have had some bad experiences. This product turned out to be mild but provides the fresh, young, clean feeling you are looking for from an exfoliant.
7. Resurface Spa microderm apeel-I am in love. I do believe that this product in use with the others is responsible for the changes I have seen in my face and complextion. It may have been the original culprit in my first wash acne but again I think it is because it was really cleaning out my pores. The scent is mild like the other products. The texture is more rough than the exfoliant but still not too rough. None of this really matters though, because the long term effects are what really has me in love. My skin has went from bland, multicolored, variant moisture type of skin to even, bright, and soft skin. I really think I can pass for 29 (wink, wink).

Overall, all of these products have contributed to a steady change in my skin for the better. My skin is breaking out far less. I do not have rashes. I have an even tone with less dark circles under my eyes. The touch of my skin is soft and smooth. I am feeling quite confident and young. I’m not sure the last time I had a skin product that made me feel so good about myself. Really your facial skin and your hair are your most important accessories. They go with you everywhere so treat them good. Treat them to a little SPA from my favorite SPA girl Amy Katherine Boyett. For products or more information you can contact her at her website Amy’s Beautipage Website She will provide you with the best care and her products are amazing so go now and treat yourself to some goodies… I will meet you there.

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