Influenster Vacay VoxBox Review

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With summer comes another VoxBox from Influenster for me to review!

This Vacay VoxBox arrived a few weeks ago while I was having internet problems, but now that the nightmare of Wi-Fi past is over, I can finally show you guys the goodies inside.

There are several items in this box that I was very excited to receive. This tiny VoxBox was packed with Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer and Clean It Up Shampoo, KISS Blowout Lashes, Invisibobble, and a Target coupon for the new Sour Patch Kids Fire or Freeze candy.

Let’s dig in:

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1-Primer: I love that this product has argan oil in it (I’ve recently become OBSESSED with natural ingredients). I’ve been wanting to see if argan oil would make my hair look any different than olive oil does. Apparently this also protects against UV damage. Maybe it’ll even protect my hair from summer frizziness? We shall see.

Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo: I’m perfectly happy with the shampoo I’m currently using, so I’m going to hand this over to someone else. Like the Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, this product contains argan oil, which is pretty cool.

KISS Blowout Lashes in Pageboy: I’ve only ever tried fiber lashes, so I’m pretty stoked to find a special event to wear these to! I wear glasses, though, so I hope they’re not too long, or else they’ll brush against my specs. I’ve heard from those with naturally long eyelashes complain about the glasses problem A LOT. It’s a problem I wouldn’t mind having if it meant some extra wink length.

Invisibobble Original: As you might have seen in my haul video back in January on YouTube, I’ve been using (and loving) coil hair ties to stop breaking my locks. The ones I currently own are black, so I’m very much appreciating a second color option to match my lighter toned outfits. This is supposed to prevent marks from forming in your hair when you tie it up in a ponytail or bun, but my hair is so coarse I can’t really escape it. Regardless, I don’t see any strands getting stuck in these coils when I take them out of my hair, so I’ll give these an A-.

 

Sour Patch Kids Candy Freeze: It appears that the item you have to do the most work for ends up being the best. These were so yummy! I had to try two different Target stores in Manhattan to find the flavor I wanted (I got to choose between Fire and Freeze, so I was not about to burn my mouth with the Fire flavored ones if I didn’t have to), but it was so worth it. You don’t notice the cooling sensation until a bit after you swallow the first one. It’s quite nice on the tongue and the throat. Side note: I also got a cool Sour Patch wallet sticker for the back of my phone!

Overall, my favorites in this Vacay VoxBox are the Invisibobble and the Sour Patch Freeze candies. And who knows, I might like the way I look in the KISS Blowout Lashes when I finally get invited to something I can wear them to.

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June Favorites: Furious Factious Pot Washers & “TV In the Morning” by DNCE

June was a mix of mourning and adventure.

We lost two great figures, one from the fashion world (Kate Spade) and another from the food industry (Anthony Bourdain). This really made everyone wake up and realize that mental health is a serious issue plaguing our society.

There were, though, a few amazing things that happened in June. Let’s rewind my favorites in pop culture and entertainment last month:

Favorite News Articles

1. WE ARE ALL FURIOUS FACTIOUS POT WASHERS. Thank you, The Cut, for calling me out on my inherent nature to get pissed off about and mull over nonsense.

2. John Legend is not having it with this child separation situation. So don’t dare ask him about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ dinners. You won’t like the answer.

3. Saudi women are now licensed to drive! Or, rather, can now obtain a license to drive. Either way, it’s about damned time!

4. An overdue congratulations is in order for Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. I think they’ll be fine if they get comfortable in their engagement for a year and a half or so.

Favorite Music

1. “TV in the Morning” by DNCE. Ugh, yes please. So smooth, so right.

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Gallery Mondays: ‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ by Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare Wind Sculpture (SG) I

I had some more internet troubles after my last post, so I wasn’t able to blog for a little while, but now I’m back with a long awaited Gallery Mondays!

I saw this piece a few months back while running for the M5 bus near Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The vibrant colors caught my eye, and ever though I couldn’t tell exactly what the sculpture was, I knew it would be worth stopping (and almost missing my bus) for.

Called Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture was made by Nigerian- British artist Yinka Shonibare. It features an intricate shape, meant to resemble African fabric blowing in the wind. The fiberglass sculpture stands quite tall at Grand Army Plaza, and its vibrant colors make it very hard to miss.

When I first saw the sculpture, I thought it was a giraffe dancing on one leg. Maybe it was the height, or perhaps the orange color?

Either way, if you’re around the Central Park East area, definitely check this sculpture out. It’s on view until October 14, 2018!

Learn more about Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

May Favorites: Royal Wedding & “Sirens” by SHOR

Hi, I’m Dana from The Whisper Box, and I’m back after some intermittent internet issues.

Listen to May Favorites in podcast form on SoundCloud:

Favorite News Articles

1. Royal Wedding & Meghan Markle’s CVS receipt veil.

2. America Ferrera is a mom!

3. Roseanne got canceled.

4. Blue Ivy reprimands grandma Tina Knowles for taking video during the Paris Ballet.

5. Chris Hemsworth, et. al, dance to “Wrecking Ball.” 

6. #pullasylvia

7: #ifslaverywasachoice

Favorite Music

1. “Sirens” by SHOR

2. “LA Girls” by Charlie Puth

3. “Conexão” by Amber Mark

4. “Genius” by LSD (Labritnth, Sia, Diplo)

5.“Soon You’ll Forget” by James River

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Royal Wedding portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

2. Hannah Witton’s stoma photoshoot.

3. Rebel Wilson as Le Fou

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Bob’s Burgers, “Mo Mommy Mo Problems”

2. Lucifer, “Boo Normal”

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Some premium “New Light” content by John Mayer

2. Felix (pewdiepie) and Marzia (cutiepie) are engaged!

3. Dua Lipa in Calvin Harris’ “One Kiss” music video

4. Elohim’s “Half Love” music video

5. Celine Dion + Deadpool = “Ashes”.

6. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” music video

 Summer’s comin’.

Fan Art Fridays: Ode to Prince Harry (& Meghan Markle)

prince harry meghan markle fan art

I’ve thought long and hard about making this a full on #TWBT post yesterday, but I decided to make this one short and sweet on this lovely Fan Art Fridays blog instead:

Prince Harry of Wales, take care of your Princess.

As a fellow multicultural woman, I’m very pleased with your pick, Meghan Markle. She’s educated, poised, and absolutely stunning. I, and I’m sure many others, were concerned you’d choose to marry the craziest British woman you could find across the pond, but boy am I happy you went for Meghan.

Although Meghan pretty much has to hide her outspoken qualities as the future Duchess (CANNOT WAIT TO WATCH THE WEDDING FROM NYC ON TV TOMORROW, BTW), I hope you always remember to ask for her opinion when you two are behind closed doors. Don’t let a brilliant female mind like Meghan’s go to waste. Let her have influence on your decisions.

And yeah, I know divorce isn’t a thing in the royal world, so please be a good husband. We don’t need a scandal, Harry. I’m serious. TREAT HER RIGHT.

And Meghan, I’ll be watching you strut your fancy self down the aisle in your wedding dress tomorrow morning, representing all the Americans that are obsessed with England and the royals in general.

P.S. Please consider buying property in California. Finish what Princess Diana was trying to start up in Malibu!

Best wishes to Harry and Meghan ❤

Enjoy this amazing fan art of the two by Amro Ashry (artistamroashry) on DeviantArt. I’m considering having it framed.

Also, I highly recommend watching the two documentaries The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan (E!) and Meghan Markle: An American Princess (FOX) and if you haven’t already. They’re both phenomenal.

Fave Royal Wedding Related Articles:

Meghan & Harry’s First Date

Meghan’s Engagement Ring Look-a-Like

Meghan Markle Passed All the Tests, So Hush

Prince Charles Will Give Meghan Markle Away at the Royal Wedding!

The Bridal Party

Celebs That Were Invited

Commoners Invited to Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton Will Be Chilling During the Wedding

Who’s Designing Meghan’s Dress?

What Kind of Music Did They Book for the Wedding?

Meghan & Prince Harry Have Left the Castle in Preparation for the Wedding!

Prince Harry Spent Some Time Mingling with Commoners

Here’s What Royals Usually Do on Their Wedding Night …

April Favorites: Melania Trump’s White Hat Memes & Yodeling Kid

Oh. Em. Gee. It’s. May. Like, two weeks into May already and I’m just getting a chance to sit down to write this April Favorites post.

I have been so busy and so exhausted. Every time I told myself I would get this post done I’d end up falling asleep.

Anyway, April had some interesting comedic value and great music (I only hold back on the music section this month because I’m hella busy)!

Here we go:

Favorite News Articles

1. Melania Trump’s white hat. Because we couldn’t resist making memes out of this ensemble. #MelaniasHatForPrez

2. Yodeling Kid. Mason Ramsey made it to Coachella, y’all. And he put out a single. WHAT?! Crank. Da. Club. Remixes.

3. Royal baby number three is finally here and has a name. Welcome, Louis Arthur Charles.

4. University of Utah’s cry closet. Where was this when I was at Bard slowly dying from finals week?

Favorite Music

1. “Limbo” by Robotaki feat. SHOR. That synth melody takes me to another universe. Love the vocals from SHOR combined with Robotaki’s synth genius!

2. “South” by Galimatias. I swear if this boy doesn’t bring his falsetto to NYC soon I might die.

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Spring 2018 Wonderland Playlist

spring 2018 wonderland playlist

Spring 2018 finally decided to make its way to New York. Yeah, I know, I know, it’s technically already mid-spring. Mother Nature is such a diva.

And then she had the nerve to make it so hot during the first week of May that I couldn’t even walk three minutes to the train station without sweating under my moto jacket. Ugh.

Anyway, spring is shaping up to be quite beautiful this year, so I’ve created a fantasy wonderland-esque playlist for this season. I’ve thrown in some pop, indie darlings, and a dash of light EDM. Enjoy it on a long walk or a smooth drive:

1. Aiir, Henry Green. Starting this out with a breath of freshness. “Let the crisp air fill [your] lungs.”

2. Breeze Off the Pond, Justin Timberlake. Take a note from this Man of the Woods. “Let it blow through you.”

3. I’m Like a Bird, Nelly Furtado. Don’t you just want to fly away with the birds and company?

4. Daylight, Maroon 5. Soak up every beautiful ray of daylight this spring.

5. Sky’s Still Blue, Andrew Belle. For when there isn’t a cloud in sight.

6. Sky Full of Song, Florence + the Machine. “You’ve been staying out so late” and “kissing strangers” this spring, Florence? What now?

7. Blossom Roses, Her. Do you “recall the perfume of roses”?

8. Tame Birds, Canon Blue. This number will add a little groove to your spring. Catch it before it goes “vanishing in the air.”

9. Second Nature, Stalking Gia. “Loving you is second nature to me now, I can’t stop.”

10. Roses, Angus and Julia Stone. Will she bring you roses, Angus? I sure hope so.

11. Only the Horses, Scissor Sisters. “Only the horses can bring us back home.”

12. Rainbow, Kesha. After all this rain we better be seeing rainbows 😉

13. Natural Light, Porter Robinson. An illuminating symphony.

14. Neverland (Chilled Version), Tyler Touche. Let’s slow this to a halt with a little romantic chill from Neverland before the summer heat.

Be gentle, Mother Nature.

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