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VoxBox Review: Kiss Nail Dress

Aaaaand we’re back! I could make up some lame excuses about why I haven’t posted in forever, but who wants to read that? Basically, I wasn’t inspired…and no one wants to read a lame post about nothing? Not me (which is why I refused to write one)

Anyways, I developed a borderline obsession with nail polish (thanks, Pinterest!) over the past few months, and while browsing polish ideas, I stumbled across Influenster. Basically, you sign up with Influenster, and earn badges (yes, kinda like the ones you earned in Girl Scouts) based on your lifestyle. The brainiacs over at Influenster segment participants into groups, and if you qualify, they send you a box of free swag!

And if there’s one thing I love, it’s free stuff! Here’s what I scored in the LoveVoxBox, sent out in February:

First up on my to-try list were the Kiss Nail Dress. About a week and a half ago, my 10 week old German Shepard broke his leg. Since he required so much attention, I had ZERO time to paint my nails. There are very few things that I am super “girly” about, and my nails are probably on the top of that list. If I don’t have polish on them, they break like crazy. Why? Who knows…but polish seems to strengthen the nails and prevent breakage, so I try to keep some sort of polish on all the time.

The problem? My nails take forever to dry. I’ve started painting my nails at 7pm, gone to bed around midnight, and still woken up with little hair tracks in my nails. My mom’s the same way, so apparently I’ve got some sort of freaky mutant nails. My polish also pops off  my nails. Sometimes in one whole piece; I almost never use polish remover. So, I was wicked excited to see these nail stickers in my VoxBox.

Kiss Nail Dress (Fashion That Sticks!) retail at around $6.99 and are available at major drugstores (CVS, Walgreens) and other retailers like Walmart and Target. Unlike normal polish, you don’t have to apply several coats and you don’t have to wait for them to dry. You just peel off the right size sticker, apply it to your nail, fold over, and file off. I was a little skeptical at first, but the stickers looked great  on my nails…most people thought they were real polish with nail art done at a salon:

Pros:

  • Literally zero drying time. I put them on about 5 minutes before jumping in bed.
  • They are gorgeous and fun. I love nail art, but I am an abysmal artist. If it involves more than polka dots, you can bet I am not drawing it on a nail.
  • It’s polish and top coat in one. The stickers are already super shiny, so there’s no need to wear a top coat to get the “yeah, I paid a bunch of money at a salon” look
  • At $6.99, they are cheaper than a bottle of most “classy” polish brands (OPI, Orly, Essie) and about the same price as most Sally Hansen polishes.
  • Easy, easy, easy to apply (once you get over the learning curve)
  • Removing them was just as easy, just pull the sticker off. If there’s any glue residue, you can rub it off or pull out the polish remover…I had no problems just rubbing off the glue
Cons:
  • When you first take them out of the box, you get hit with a strong whiff of polish. It was overwhelming at first, but luckily dissipated  quickly.
  • The stickers can be hard to line up on the nail,  but luckily they don’t adhere until you press down and smooth them out.
  • I had a lot of trouble finding stickers to fit my nails; I have small fingernails and there were only 2 of each size. I had to cut a few larger sticker to fit correctly.
  • The folding and filing can be a pain, and it takes some getting used to. I “ripped’ the edge of my first few nails while filing the excess off. My nails are pretty short (they barely extend above the finger pad) so this could be easier with long nails.
  • About two days after application, one of my stickers started peeling up. I ended up pulling them all off about 5 days later (the stickers can last up to 10 days). Again, polish doesn’t stick to my nails well, so keep that in mind.
  • The tips of the nails started to wear off about 3 days in. This happens with my normal polish, and I was hoping that the Kiss Nail Dress stickers might be a solution to that. Sadly, they were not:

While cheetah print nails really aren’t my style, I got a ton of compliments about my nails. Even the woman at my salon complimented me on them! I put these babies on the night before my friend’s birthday dinner, figuring it was a special enough occasion to test them out on, and we spent about five minutes talking about my nails. Not even joking!

Bonus: these work on toes as well, and I have some of the larger sticker sizes left over. With the unseasonably warm weather, I need some polish on my toenails, and now have an easy way to make my feet look fab.

At $6.99, I definitely want to pick up some of the other style available (they have 18 different varieties) but haven’t seen them at my local CVS. I have a few weddings coming up this summer and fall that these would be absolutely perfect for, so I really hope a store in my area starts to carry the brand. (Plus, I am kinda, sorta, completely with the MINI style—a pretty lace overlay patterned sticker).

Have you tried nail stickers? What do you think?

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Football & Free Chicken!?

Honestly, the one major sport I don’t care about is football. If there’s a lockout next season, it doesn’t really make a difference to me either way.

One thing I do love? Chicken. Especially if it’s free chicken! Buffalo Wild Wings is currently running a promotion called “Save Our Season Petition“.The deal is, each person who “likes” the petition on Facebook “signs” the petition, which is supposedly sent to the NFL in support of ending the lockout. If the labor dispute is resolved by July 20 (the day players are supposed to report to training camp), you get a coupon for 6 free wings!

The deal makes sense because BWW does  a lot of business around major sporting events. With huge televisions broadcasting several games at once, guy friendly food, and drink specials on game nights, losing football=losing a lot of money. Like most restaurants and businesses around the US who depend on income from football fans, I’m sure they are watching this one closely.

So get clicking on the link above and get some free wings!!!

Money Makers: CrowdTap

Generic125x125After I graduated from college, it took just over 9 months for me to find an actual, steady, decent-paying job with benefits. To make some extra cash (slowly, albeit) I signed up for a bunch of online survey sites and panels.

(If you are going to sign up with any online survey site, panel, etc make sure you check their rating with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org before you give out any personal information!)

CrowdTap is one of the more entertaining ways to earn money for sharing your opinion. Unlike most other sites, you have to sign in with either facebook or twitter. While having access to your facebook or twitter is kind of annoying, it does allow for a really, really quick and easy sign up. I don’t think it took me more than five minutes to set up my profile. You also can earn bonus points and money by posting CrowdTap sponsored events on your FB status or to twitter.

The facebook/twitter connection makes CrowdTap feel more like a discussion among friends then some of the other survey sites I’ve participated in. And, unlike most survey sites you don’t have to spend 10 minutes answering demographic information each time you participate; CrowdTap stores all of that information and uses it to identify different actions that you qualify for.

CrowdTap rewards you for your participate in both points (which help you reach new levels and unlocks new opportunities for you to partake in) and money via an Amazon gift card when you decide to cash out. When you do cash out, CrowdTap matched the equivalent of 10% of your cash out amount and donates it to a charity you select when you sign up. That’s a nice bonus, in my eyes. On top of points you earn badges (earned when you complete a certain number of actions for one specific topic or brand) and “gold stars” when the CrowdTap monitors deem your answer as insightful or stimulating. Stars also get you an additional 400 points. Kinda makes you feel like you’re back in kindergarten, right?

There are different ways to earn money and point based on how much time you want to commit. The simplest way is by answering “Quick Hits”, multiple choice and short answer questions that get your opinions on brands and topics and then are used to target bigger actions to you. You receive points for each quick hit and you have the opportunity to win a cash prize for your answer.

Next up are discussions. Discussions are pretty straight forward; you sign up for a discussion on a specific topic and start a dialogue with other members on the site. You automatically get a certain number of points (usually 200) for providing any sort of answer to the question, but you can earn an additional 400 points for an exceptionally outstanding answer.  You also earn bonus points for engaging others to participate in the discussion. Discussions can last anywhere from 1 week to a month or long. So far I’ve been involved in topics including BBQ and summer food, pets, Old Navy workout pants, and Pinkberry frozen yogurt. On top of points, you can also earn cash if you are one of the top contributors to the discussion.

As you earn a better reputation on CrowdTap, you are offered bigger actions, such as sample shares and hosted parties. For both actions, you receive samples or coupons for a free product to hand out to friends and family. CrowdTap just asks that you report back on their reactions and comments about the product. I recently hosted a Hawaiian Tropics party where all my guests got beach totes, samples of 2 products, and a bunch of coupons to use towards the full-sized products. All I had to do was report back and take some pictures and I earned $5. Plus, as an added bonus, the party host got full size bottles of the product:

So basically, you get awarded for speaking your mind and sharing your opinion, what could be easier than that? I’ve devoted maybe 30 minutes of time a day to CrowdTap and I’ve earned $20, plus got hooked up with free full-sized products from three different brands. I’m currently waiting to hear if I qualified for an Old Navy sample offer and a Pinkberry hosted party. Join me on CrowdTap and start getting your free stuff today: Join CrowdTap

(PS: They are really trying to get guys to join up right now, so have your male friends sign up too!)

In full disclosure, I do get some “credit” if you join up…for each person who joins, I get 100 CrowdTap points, and if I convince 5 people to join I get $5 and a nifty badge (I love badges!):

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