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Sparkle or Dull: December’s Winter Box

Isn’t it crazy how fast this year has gone???? I can’t believe 2017 is almost over!!!!!! I’m ending the year with a bang….and when i say bang, I mean PNEUMONIA. Yeah, I’m pretty pleased about that…not! On a positive note, being stuck in my house doing quiet activities will allow me to get all caught up on administrative things, and I am pretty excited about that.

Last week, back when I was feeling normal, I was excited to open the door to see my winter Fit Fab Fun  box had arrived! The problem with having a mom, aunt, and cousin who all get one means that you get to see the fabulosity in their shipment if theirs arrive before yours does….and that was the case this time. Everyone had received theirs, and I was jealous!

Let me share with you what was in my winter box!

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Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Socks : Now I’m not a huge sock person….for some reason I really like to be barefoot, but when I wear them I love the super fluffy cozy kind, and these ones are top notch! The aloe infusion is supposed to soothe your feet post workout or when you are just relaxing….and since I’m sick I figured it was the perfect time to try them out. Oh…..my…..goodness. These socks are the absolute best. I don’t know if it’s their fuzziness or the aloe, but I felt really comfortable in them. Definitely encourage you to purchase them to see for yourself!

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Love these socks!

BB Dakota Poncho: I’m a huge poncho fan because they make me feel very Olivia Pope-ish, and this one is super soft and a great quality. I got the charcoal color (good job, Fit Fab Fun) and layered it with a long sleeve black vneck and leggings for a casual look last week while I was grocery shopping. If you follow me on Instagram (@sparklefitnessbabe), you saw it on my IG stories! This item is $70 by itself, so if you are looking for value in the box, this item alone is worth it.

Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette: You guys know me and makeup….I’m always up for trying new brands and products, and the Doucce brand was one I had never heard of. The palette is made up of 8 eyeshadows and a highlighter (I received the smokey palette), and I have to say….they are a great quality! I used them for a simple casual look and was impressed at the quality pigmentation as well as how silky smooth they went on. Let’s talk price though…..I know I like high quality makeup, but I don’t think this is a product I would spend the money on by choice. Many of my favorite eyeshadow palettes are (in my mind) better quality than this palette and exponentially cheaper.

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Homemade by Ayesha Curry Mug: Ok, I’m not a fan of Ayesha Curry whatsoever…..but I did enjoy this mug…..and I was pleased with the one I received. There were a choice of three…one that said “I love you a latte’, one that said “I’d rather be in bed”, and then the one I received that says “Coming in Hot.” Naturally I gravitate toward black and white, so I was happy to open the mug box and see the “Coming in Hot” mug staring at me. It is a very sturdy mug and one I have already used multiple times.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment : I was SUPER pumped to try out something from Kate’s line. I have been curious about it for quite some time, but as some of you may know, I have a pretty solid relationship with the entire Glam Glow skin care line. Many of the Kate Somerville products have a higher price tag involved, so I wasn’t too excited about spending that much on a product that I didn’t even know if it was worth it…especially since my Glam Glow isn’t the cheapest out there. That’s why I like these boxes…I’ve gotten to try some of these brands to see if they are worth it or not. This one? Worth it! This exfoliating treatment smelled great, and I loved how it made my face and skin feel.  The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the tingling sensation I had while it was on my face….it felt a little strange, but I did get used to it after a little while. My Glam Glow is still my number #1, but if I ever parted way with that line, I definitely would be looking into Kate Somerville’s line.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: ONE OF MY FAVORITE THING IN THIS BOX! I am all about creating a wonderful sleeping environment and for some reason, I never tried a pillow spray. This spray, which was the wellness choice item in the box, is made up of chamomile, lavender, and vetivert, a blend that helps you sleep better and reduce anxiety. I started using it immediately and loved how I felt when falling asleep/waking up. I know it sounds silly, but I can tell a difference. Pair this with some oils in the diffuser and you are good to go. GET THIS! I’m serious!

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Nelson J Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask: This was the beauty choice item (each box gets one wellness and one beauty item chosen for them). I tend to get a lot of hair oriented products, so I wasn’t surprised by the fact that my item was this hair mask. I am all about hair products with argan oil AND that smell like coconut (I typically use Hask products), so I was excited to see this product had both. I did enjoy using this product and felt like my hair had a nice silky feel to it after it was style.

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream : This is a MUST if you live in Ohio! I don’t know about you, but my hands in the winter here are a complete mess. I’m talking knuckles that feel like elephant knees. I have a difficult time finding lotions I like that don’t leave my hands greasy or oily that actually get the job done. This hand cream is made up of Dead Sea minerals, witch hazel, and allantonin and really moisturizes your hand quickly. It’s been in my purse ever since I tried it!

As always I enjoyed the items in this box, but after some discussion, my mom and I decided we are going to take a little break from them for awhile. There are a lot of other boxes out there that we are interested in trying, so we decided we would do that. Be on the lookout to see what we try!

 

 

 

 

 

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My favorite finds of 2016

At the start of a new year I love to share some things that I fell in love with during the year prior. With my Sparkle of Dull monthly segment and just overall love for shopping I always come across way more than I could ever review on the blog, so a yearly wrap up is the winning solution. Plus, I find things that aren’t necessarily beauty related but are worthy of a shout out, too! Here are some of my favorites from 2016!

(And because someone will ask….no, I’m not paid to promote these items. I just really freaking love them, ok?)

1. Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer.

I am very focused on taking great care of my skin, and this product line has a lot to do with it. I use the moisturizer every single day, and have some of the masks as well. This product has an amazing smell to it and is lightly tinted, so if you are someone who doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup, this can help you with a little coverage while still moisturizing your skin. Some people may be scared away by the price, but you don’t need a lot every day, therefore, it lasts quite some time.

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I purchase mine at Sephora!

2. Matcha Green Tea Powder

Before we bought our house I began a very healthy/unhealthy addiction with a green tea smoothie from a local smoothie shop called Pulp (if you are local check them out). After going there countless times I determined I wanted to be able to make my own version of this treat, and I found the secret to the recipe to be a quality green tea powder. You can do a lot with this product….it’s also fabulous when mixed with hot water and a little creamer!!!! To duplicate the smoothie you just blend the matcha powder with soy milk and greek yogurt. All the Yesssssssss!

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Miss my Pulp smoothies these days!

3. Altar’d State clothing

Honestly, the entire store makes it on this list! I discovered this company earlier in the year and spent quite a bit of time trolling on its website. Then, out of nowhere, the shopping gods provided a Christmas miracle and put a brick and mortar store in local mall. I almost peed my pants! This store is full of Boho-chic clothing options, cute home decor, and whimsical gifts, and the company itself has a strong philosophy on charity and giving back. I really like that in a company and support their mission 100%. If you haven’t heard of this company yet, check them out!

4. Kuhn Rikon Stay Clean Scrubber

Let’s be honest here…if you are someone doing the dishes, you have probably encountered a little situation called the Smelly Sponge. It’s gross, right? This product (which you can also find on Amazon, Walmart, Sears, etc) is made of silicone and dries faster, eliminating bacteria that can thrive on a sponge. They also come in cute colors! Mine is green to match my green kitchen decor!

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5. Best Friends by Sheri Cuddle Cup Dog Beds

I’m guessing 99% of you know that I am crazy about dogs, but for those of you who don’t know….I’m crazy aboutdogs, especially my little guys. One is a Pug and the other is a Boston Terrier, both breeds known for loving to cuddle. In October I found the Cuddle Cup while wandering the aisles of our local Homegoods and decided to buy one for the dogs. The next day we went back and bought two more for our house and two for my mother in law. They are extremely  soft, come in several styles and sizes, and allow dogs who like to curl up to do so and feel protected. I have two in my office so the boys can hang with me while I work….Bubba (on the left) is in the Deep Dish Cuddler and Murphy (right) is in the Round Cuddler Bed, also known as the Mini Throne Cuddle Cup. The outer part is a gray suede to match my office decor and they feature a sherpa lining. If they were big enough I’d cuddle in them………

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My little loves

6. Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Coconut Primer

For real for real….any time something says “coconut” I have to try it…..coconut is my #1 scent of choice! I had read many reviews on this product earlier in the year and finally gave in to try it….it did not disappoint. The coconut smell is not super potent if you aren’t in the coconut fan club like I am, but the coverage is great and it has awesome hold. It also makes my skin feel super soft after application, and I like that a lot! If you are someone with dry skin, this won’t dry you out or make your skin flake out…it actually doubles as a moisturizer!

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Coconut, how I love thee. Let me count thy ways.

7. Everfitte Workout Tanks

I’ve always favored the small shops on Easy…heck, the majority of my wedding was made possible by the vendors on the site! I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across this shop earlier in the year and immediately fell in love with their sassy workout tanks. They constantly have deals on tanks if you are shoppertunistic, and the quality of the shirts is great…super soft and breathable for workouts or just relaxing! They have a saying that can work for anyone….whether you love workouts, wine, or The Bachelor……

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Because I love carbs….and I’ll never quit them. 

8. Layer Cake Soap by Lush

I am forever raving about my love for all things Lush, but I was pleasantly surprised this year when I traded in my Shooting Stars soap for the Layer Cake soap! I’ll be honest…I was drawn to the product because of its beautiful rainbow colors, but once I smelled it I knew it was a winner. Each piece will look different, some more rainbow-like than others, but all smell fabulous, as it is made up of juices like orange, pineapple, and raspberry to name a few!

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Even Murphy agrees…it is fabulous!

9. Beat by Dre Headphone Stand

This item is a must have if you have headphones! I recently was gifted a pair of Wireless Beats from my coach Laura after hitting the huge business milestone of Success Club Legend, and I knew that 1) I would be using them constantly so I needed them handy and 2) I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t be damaged. This stand is sleek, stylish, and a great to ensure my headphones are nearby when I’m doing work (I use them for personal development every morning) and out of the reach of little dogs who may mistake it for a cool toy/bone.

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Ahh…the romantic glow of my Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp in the background…..

10. New Balance Studio Skin

This product is for my fellow sock haters….and those of you who need a little something to help you get your workouts done if you are barefoot. The studio skins have just the right amount of traction and cushioning without feeling like a shoe, and I think they are super cute, too! I heard about them from some of my yoga buddies who had been wearing them for class….definitely worth the investment!

11. On Demand Fitness Membership

Guys….I’ve been talking about this a lot of Facebook because I am just so freaking in love with Beachbody On Demand. This is what I use every day for my workouts and is similar to Netflix….I log in from my iPad, computer, tv, wherever…pick what workout I want to do, and bam! There it is! Last week it was announced that through the month of January there would be a special bundle giving you access to every single workout every created by BB, plus portion containers plus a month supply of my beloved Shakeology for the super low price of $199…..I was floored! All that for an entire year of resources to help you reach your goals? Yes, please! I’m excited to help everyone find their soul mate workout with this system….and did I mention that everyone in your house can use it, too? Talk about a great deal!

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Best $16 a month I’ve ever spent!

12. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette

Tarte is one of those staple brands for me when it comes to makeup, and this palette is at the top of the list. It seems like I get more compliments on the colors in this little number than any other eye shadow palette I own. It’s a great combo of browns and purple-brown colors, and they have a rich shimmer to them. This palette is great for those of you who like more natural colors on your lids or don’t like to do a bunch of fancy schmancy smokey eye techniques.

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As always, I could include about a million products on this list, but I have to draw the line somewhere…otherwise your wallets and bank accounts would hate me! The items included in this list can be purchased from multiple sites (for the most part), so do some research and find the best deal for you!

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017 full of lots of wonderful Sparkle Babe approved items!

sparkleon

 

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