Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Review

Hello friends!

This post is a little different from anything I’ve shared before. First a little background on where the review below is coming from.

Influenster is an online community that finds everyday people with social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc. to receive complementary products to give their honest opinions on. People all over have reviewed hundreds of products, and others can then search the Influenster site to decide if they would like them, or not! So far, I’ve shared my opinion on products from Pond’s, Nivea, and now, Pantene!

Pantene sent me these huge complementary bottles of their Sheer Volume shampoo and conditioner to test out and review! I was so excited when I received my VoxBox (the boxes that Influenster sends the testers everything they need to create their reviews), and couldn’t believe how heavy it was. I had assumed that I would just be receving sample-sized tubes, or maybe a regular full-size bottles. Nope! Definitely not the case…

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These bottles are going to last me forever, and that’s saying a lot with the amount of hair I have. Hairs for days. Plus, I’m loving this shampoo and conditioner set so far! The formula is super thick, and I love how the shampoo really lathers up in your hair. I let the shampoo sit in my hair for a minute or two before rinsing out, and give the conditioner 4-5 so that it has time to sink in.

The first few times I tried these out, I wanted to make sure I was getting a 100% clear picture of how they affect my hair. I normally use a repairing hair mask and/or a leave-in conditioner to help with tangles, but I was curious if this conditioner would take care of that step on its own. For the most part, my hair was relatively easy to comb through, but I did have to use a little detangling spray to help out. My hair has been pretty finicky lately, so I’m sure on more well-behaved hair, it would have been a little easier to comb out. This might be the one problem area I ran into, but again, my hair hasn’t been easy to deal with in the past few months.

As far as the volume boost that the shampoo-conditioner combo claims to give your hair, I’m pretty impressed! I notice that my hair has a thicker feel to it and a little extra va-va-voom once it is blown dry. The extra volume lasts all day, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Overall, I think this is a great product! I’m so happy I was able to try out these complementary bottles Pantene sent me, and this review was definitely my honest opinion. If you’re in the market for a shampoo and conditioner duo that will add some extra volume to your ‘do, I highly recommend giving Pantene’s Sheer Volume set a try 🙂

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

Pizza Rolls – Super Easy!

Hello friends!

I’m always trying to find new recipes to try out when making weekday dinners for my husband. We love pizza, but since ordering can get expensive, and is not the healthiest choice, finding alternatives that we can make at home is a lot of fun. These pizza rolls turned out awesome, and were SO easy!

Everyone needs that go-to no-brainer that is sure to please any picky eaters in your family. Well…as long as they like pizza 🙂

These would also be fantastic as an appetizer or snack at your next party. Super Bowl 50? Yes, please!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • mozzarella string cheese snack sticks (about 5-6), unwrapped & cut into fourths
  • turkey pepperoni slices
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch of parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  1. Preheat oven according to pizza dough directions (about 400-425º). Lightly grease a square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out pizza dough, and using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into about 16-20 squares. Don’t worry about having them all the same size or shape!
  3. Place 1-2 pepperoni slices (depending on how much you’d like) in the center of each dough square.
  4. Top the pepperoni slices with a piece of the quartered mozzarella sticks.
  5. Gather the four corners of each square of dough, and pinch them together around the pepperoni and cheese to form a ball. Place, seam side down, in a lightly greased square baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush a small amount of the mixture onto the top of each pizza roll. Don’t worry about using it all up! A little dab with do, but all depends on your taste.
  7. Bake in oven 12-15 minutes, but keep an eye on them – time will vary slightly depending on the dough you use.
  8. Serve with your favorite pizza sauce for dipping! 🙂

(Recipe adapted from Inspired Dreamer)

It would be fun to change up the filling, or to add a few of your favorite pizza toppers. Italian sausage, onions, green peppers? Yum!

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

My Winter 2016 Skincare Routine

Hello friends!

As I shared in my past post about my goal for 2016 (here), I really want to nail down a skincare routine that makes me feel more confident about my bare face. I know that this will involve a bit of trial and error, but I thought it might be helpful to keep track of what I’m trying out, and the products I’m enjoying.

A few of the products in my current routine are close to running out, or are sample-sized, so they aren’t permanent, but samples are a great way to try out a variety of products before committing to the full-size.

Here is my current skincare routine as of January 2016: image3This is obviously not a skincare product, but I almost always have an audiobook playing while I’m washing my face before bed. Keeps the routine from getting too boring. Right now I’m listening to Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, the same author of the first book I read for my reading project!
skin1These Neutrogrena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are my favorite makeup wipes! They are incredibly gentle on the skin, and do a great job of removing both face makeup quickly and easily.skin2I follow the wipes up with the liquid Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton ball. Again, takes off my makeup quickly and easily without irritating my eyes at all.skin3This is my favorite part of my routine! I put a good amount of my AcneFree Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser on my new Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Cleansing Brush, and get any leftover makeup and dirt out of my pores. This brush leaves my skin feeling so ridiculously soft and clean! I’ll talk about it more in my January favorites for sure 🙂skin4I follow up my cleanser with a toner. I just ran out of the AcneFree toner that I’ve been using most of the winter, but decided to try out the Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent. I love the size of the product, and that you get a lot of product. I believe the product does what it’s supposed to, but I’m worried that this formula is a little too harsh for my skin. It also has an extremely strong smell. I know they have a sensitive skin version, so I might see if I can track that one down and give it a try. *Update: I bought the sensitive skin version, and it is so much better for me!*skin5After using toner, I put about a nickel-size amount of the AcneFree Repair Lotion all over my face. This doesn’t do much as far as moisturizing, but I feel like it gives my skin a little TLC after the sting you can get from toner. This product’s formula also has a continuous-release of micro-benzoyl which keeps it working all night.skin6Moisturizer is another product that I also just ran out of, so I’m digging into the samples of moisturizer I have piling up. Not pictured is one that I absolutely loved, but only had an extremely small sample of – Avene Soothing Moisture Mask. I’m almost done with my sample of eco-beauty good night. night cream. and like this one, but I have to use quite a bit to get the amount of moisture my skin is needing right now. Next up will be Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum. I’ve tried this one once before, and I think it will be the perfect amount of moisture for the dry, winter air! I will be interested to see how it does under makeup.skin7Next up, is a super thick eye cream. I’ve been noticing that my under eyes have been a little dry, but so far, I’m really liking the Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly. I was a little unsure about the sound of the royal jelly ingredient, but I really like this one, and a little product goes a long way. This little jar should last me quite a while.skin8Last, but not least, is a product that was recommended to me by my younger sister. She’s had a lot of luck with the AcneFree Drying Lotion, and I wanted to give it a try. This product is interesting…There is a pink sediment that settles to the bottom of the jar. You dip a cotton swab straight down through the yellow-ish liquid into the sediment, and pull straight back up. The pink lotion is what then goes onto any blemishes, and it dries them out over night. I don’t know if I’d recommend this for people who already have very dry skin, but if you’re only using it on a couple small patches, it shouldn’t be too bad. This isn’t the most attractive product to wear, but it dries clear and basically disappears over night. So far, I’m really glad I added this to my skincare routine.

That’s that! I’ll post an update in a couple months when I hopefully have made some changes and found products that I like more than these!

Do you have an holy grail skincare items? Any toner or moisturizer recommendations?

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

My Winter Essentials

Hello friends!

Winter has fully set in here in southeastern Missouri. Our temperatures have been fluctuating quite a bit, but we’ve had some chilly days and even a couple blankets of snow! I love winter weather as long as I don’t have to go anywhere, but I’ve caught myself dreaming of a sunny, 70°  day plenty of times! In the meantime, it’s nice to curl up on the couch with a good book and the heat on full blast 🙂

I was inspired to create a list of my winter essentials by one of my current YouTube favorites – RachhLoves! She recently posted a video all about her favorite things to have around during the winter, and it got me thinking about my winter must-haves as well!

I’d love to know what you consider your winter essentials, let me know below!

  • Food: Soups! Nothing makes me feel cozy and full like a big bowl of a hearty soup, or some chili. I love how they warm you from the inside out, and there are so many different recipes you can try depending on your taste. Plus you can make them as easy as dumping a few ingredients into a big pot, and letting it simmer. I shared my favorite chili recipe a few weeks ago, and you can change it up however you’d like. Check it out here.
  • Candle: During the winter, I love warm scents that smell like you have something delicious baking in the oven. I’ve burned a couple B&BW Vanilla Bean Noel candles that I absolutely love, but have really fallen in love with their Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla candle. So yummy smelling! Once warmer temps roll around, I’ll get back to the lighter, fruitier, “clean” smells.
  • Clothing/Accessory: Big chunky knit sweaters, leggings, scarves, vests, and boots! I know that’s an entire wardrobe right there, but it’s pretty much all you’ll catch me wearing on the coldest days. Depending on accessories and shoes, you can dress a sweater up, or keep it more casual! Cozy and keeps you toasty 🙂

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  • Nail Polish: Now that the holidays have passed, I lean more towards darker reds/purples (CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Wine To Five), nudes (Essie Topless & Barefoot), and gray tones (Essie Cocktail Bling). If I want to do a fun accent nail, I’ll add in some silver glitter, or a metallic polish. A little more monochromatic, but I save the brighter colors for the spring and summer!

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  • Lipstick: Now, I don’t usually stray far from my usual go-to mauvey nude shades no matter the season, but I especially love these in the late winter months. I’m past the festive, Christmas red lip, and this shade adds a nice flush of color without going outside of my comfort zone. My current favorites are theBalm Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Committed, NYX Matte Lipstick Tearose, and Maybelline Matte Lip Color Touch of Spice.
  • Skincare: I’m still nailing down a skincare routine that really works 100% for me, but as far as giving my dry skin some extra TLC, I’ve been relying heavily on a good exfoliator (Clarisonic Mia 2), a soothing eye cream (Burt’s Bees Royal Jelly Eye Cream), and a thirst-quenching moisturizer (eco-beauty’s Good Night. Night Cream).
  • Comfy At Home Must-Have: I almost always have on a pair of slipper socks, and my new favorite fleece. I’ve also been loving to snuggle up under this super soft and warm throw from Target along with a good book. I’m currently reading The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad.
  • Drink: I still can’t get enough of the caramel apple spice from Starbucks, which became a new favorite during the fall, but you also can’t go wrong with a mug of decaf coffee with some vanilla creamer! Anything that warms you up from the inside, and keeps your hands toasty at the same time!
  • Activity: As much as I really don’t mind the winter months, I prefer to enjoy them from indoors. My husband and I have been guilty of spending quite a few nights curled up on the couch with a Netflix marathon underway. We just finished watching all seven seasons of Parks and Recreation (so funny!), and are a few episodes into Making a Murderer (something we just had to watch after all the hype surrounding it!) We laughed about having a mission to watch every episode of every season of every show Netflix has to offer…#lifegoals

Are you a winter lover, or are you dreaming of springtime? Stay warm!

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

ipsy – January 2016

Hello friends!

Sorry for the major delay on this month’s ipsy bag! On the 16th, I checked the tracking information for the package since it was already running a little late, and my package was all the way in Des Moines! Now if I still lived there, that would make sense, but that’s not the case. My ipsy bag took a tour of the Midwest, traveling from North Carolina, to Chicago, to St Louis, past our house and on to Springfield, then a small town  on the opposite side of the state named Sarcoxie, then up to Iowa before making its way to Kansas City and finally, southeastern Missouri. Phew! Luckily, everything inside was still intact…

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This month’s bag isn’t high on my cuteness scale, but the theme for the month is ‘All Eyes on You’, so I get the reason for the design. Also, as you probably guessed, most products I received are for the eyes.

Here’s what ipsy sent me this month:

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  1. Hey Honey Skincare Open Your Eyes Eye Contour Lifting Fluid – I had to do a little research on the ipsy website to know exactly what this product was, but it sounds like it’s basically just a firming undereye serum. I’m working on another eye cream at the moment, but will give this one a try and put it in my ‘samples to use up’ bin.
  2. Lasting Smiles Lip Balm Peppermint Cream – I’m not overly excited about receiving a lip balm, but this particular brand supports a great cause, so that’s a major plus. It gives your lips that minty tingle, so I will make sure to not use this before stepping outside during these chilly days! The formula feels very moisturizing on the lips, and the scent isn’t overpowering.
  3. City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio Falling Leaves – This is a really pretty trio of eyeshadows that are right up my alley. The pigmentation on the colors isn’t fantastic, but they’ll still be nice to try out on days when I want a more subtle look. The darkest shade is very soft, and a unique color. The pale shimmer could work nicely as a highlight. Just an ‘eh’ kind of product, if I’m 100% honest.
  4. PEEK Beauty Natural Stain Brow Powder – I’ll have to do some playing around with this brow powder to be sure that it’s the right color for me. I have been leaning towards using a powder versus the pencil I use right now because I feel that I’d be able to better manage the intensity of the color. I’ve never heard of the brand PEEK, and the little tin packaging is really cute!
  5. theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write(Now) Eyeliner Pencil Jack B Bronze – I’ve been loving theBalm products lately (there will be a few in my January favorites, spoiler alert) so I’m happy to add another to my collection. This eyeliner is a gorgeous dark bronze color, and will be great to line the bottom lash line with! Probably the product I’m most excited about from this month’s bag.

I’m going to give this month’s ipsy bag a B+ (tied with Birchbox). The eyeliner, brow powder, and eye serum are the better products in the bag, and while the lip balm is nice, it’s nothing I couldn’t have picked up at the drugstore. The eyeshadow trio is nothing to get excited about. I’m still debating between canceling one of my beauty subscriptions, but neither was truly awful this month. I’ll probably give them through February or March, and then make my decision. I just know that the second I cancel, the next month will be awesome! Hmmm…decisions, decisions!

How would you rate my ipsy bag this month?

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

Surprise Workout Grab-Bag

Hello friends!

Oops, I did it again…I placed another order with GroopDealz for another mystery package. I couldn’t help myself! They had a day where they had a ton of listings for different grab-bags including childrens’ clothes, bubblegum necklaces, jewelry, winter clothes, and the one that caught my eye: workout clothes and accessories!

I really had no idea what to expect with this one, but I figured I would probably receive some sort of top, maybe a pair of leggings or shorts, and an accessory like a headband or hair ties. I wasn’t too terribly far off, but also not overly impressed. I will definitely still use everything I received, but I’ll let you be the judge if it was worth the risk and the $11 (plus shipping).I was very impressed at how quickly my order processed, shipped, and arrived! I placed my order on January 9th, and had it in hand on January 13! Some of the fastest turnaround I’ve experienced with the boutiques that use GroopDealz as a platform.

The seller for this grab bag is Daydream Believer Boutique in Brookings, South Dakota. Their website has some really fun, reasonably priced clothing and accessories!

Here’s what was in my ‘Surpise Workout Grab-Bag’:

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The first things I pulled out were the two larger headbands in the top right-hand corner of the picture. I love the bright, fun patterns on these handmade accessories, and I know they will get lots of use. I always grab a headband to keep my baby hair out of my face while I’m working out! These are also great for the summer, and laying by the pool 🙂

Next I pulled out a huge ball of what turned out to be more headbands. I have a love-hate relationship with these elastic headbands. They are great to toss in my hair when I’m washing my face, just sitting around the house, or occasionally for the gym. My issue with them is that most headbands in this style just don’t stay in my hair. Some do though! I will just have to see if these are tight enough to stay in during a workout, without giving me a headache.

The last thing I pulled out was this loose-fitting tank top. I was a little unsure about this at first since I’m not a huge fan of the sheer material, even though the chevron pattern is right up my alley, but as soon as the weather warms up again, this will be nice to throw on as a bikini cover-up, or over another tank top for the gym. I just don’t feel like everyone needs to be able to see that much of my midsection while working out…once I get my killer 6-pack though, I might be living in this top!

Overall, while when I was first pulling these goodies out of the packaging I was a little disappointed, now that I’ve really looked at them, I’m definitely excited about the 2 fabric headbands, and know I will still get some solid use out of the other items!

Okay, okay, no more mystery grab-bags for a while!!

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

Birchbox – January 2016

Hello friends!

I am back with my January 2016 Birchbox! This is my third box since I signed up, and I’m getting iffy on whether I want to stick with the two beauty boxes I currently get (Birchbox & ipsy), or if I want to give a totally different box a try (BoxyCharm, GlossyBox, etc.). I’d love any opinions you guys have if you receive subscription beauty boxes 🙂 Maybe the contents of this month’s box will convince me to stick around a little longer…

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This month’s theme is ‘2016: The Year Of ____’, and they provide you with super cute stickers so you can personalize the top of the box and match it to what you hope to accomplish this year! I do always love the gorgeous boxes that Birchbox sends out each month.

Here’s what I received in this month’s box:

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  1. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – If you’ve read my ‘2016 Sample Project’ post from earlier this week, you might remember that I already have a sample tube of this product waiting to be used. Vasanti must have sent out samples for multiple subscription services to include in their boxes. I haven’t used the one I already have yet, so if I love it, it will be great to have a second! If not..I’ll pass this one on.
  2. Key West Aloe Gentle Facial Cleanser – I’m always willing to try out a new facial cleanser, especially since I’m on the search for the one that works best for my skin. This product is made with 30% aloe, so I’m interested to see how that makes my skin feel and look!
  3. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner Black – This is what I’m most excited for in this month’s box! I love that it is a classic black liner, so I know that I will get use out of it. The little swatch I made on the back of my hand set very quickly, and it seems like it will last all day. The black and gold polka dot packaging is also very cute!
  4. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – From the description included with this product, it sounds like it does a little of everything. My hair always needs a little extra TLC during the winter, so this leave-in conditioner spray will be great to try out. I really hope that it is non-greasy like the packaging says, as some leave-in conditioners get crunchy if you just let your hair air dry with it applied (which I do…a lot!).
  5. Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 40 CC Cream Fair/Light I’ve never used a CC, or BB, or any other double letter of the alphabet, cream before so I’m excited to give this one a try! I’m so happy Birchbox paid attention to my skin tone so I didn’t end up with something that will end up making me look orange. I think this will be a great light coverage product to throw on when I don’t feel like doing a full face of makeup!

I’m going to give this box a B+. I’m most excited about the eyeliner and CC cream, but other than that, nothing really jumps out at me. I definitely have some thinking to do after this month’s ipsy comes to decide if I want to continue my subscriptions for both services!

Click here on my personal link to sign up for your own subscription: Birchbox

Do you receive any beauty, food, or lifestyle subscription boxes that you absolutely love? Let me know!

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤