Archive | June 2014

Influenster Vox Vox Box Reviews

So as part of influenster im asked to write reviews on some of the products i got completely free from them. So i figured id do them all together!

Olay Regenerist Lumious: Tone perfecting moisturizing cream. I have completely fallen in love with this product! I have always had dark spots on my face and i get really embarrased when people ask why my skin looks the way it does… I know i cant help it but people are curious so they ask. I have been using this for going on two weeks now and i can already see a slight change in the way my skin looks. It smells amazing and it doesnt weigh your skin down! I would give it ★★★★☆

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: Barracuda! I usually paint my nails on average three to four times a week. I know its not healthy for them but i like something new and bright. And while im talking about colors i might as well tell everyone i think im going through my blue phase because this blue is absolutely gorgeous! I guess the best way to describe it would be close to a tiffany and co blue! And on pinterest i have seen some amazing nails done with this color. It takes a couple coats but it does state on the bottle to use a couple coats. I have heard that people have had it chip on them and i have yet to have that problem. I would give it ★★★★★

Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge. Now for all you women and men who think all women wash our face every day or every night… I hate  to break it to you but not every woman does that… In fact my Boyfriend use to wash his face more than i did. But when i got this in my box i was like… okay i guess i can try it. At first i thought it was like a loufa, you know, hard, abrasive and it would completely scrub your skin raw. But i got it wet to use it and it started absorbing the water like crazy! its soft but gets your skin feeling so smooth and clean i love it and now i am one of those women who washes her face every day! i would it a ★★★★★

Tide To Go Pen: Always on the go! If you have never used this product you really should try it. They are cheap and very useful for all you busy women out there, and for all you men who want to help out your significant other with less tedious laundry! I would give it ★★★★★



The Beginnings Of Testing and Sampling

     So in my introduction post I told you about who I am and what I like to do. As a stay at home significant other i get bored 99% of the time. So a friend of mine asked why I didn’t sample and coupon to save money? And I thought well I don’t coupon because i don’t have a printer but I guess I could sample. And it has now become an everyday thing!

    One thing i have learned so far with sampling and testing is IT ALL TAKES TIME!!!! I can not express that enough. With some of the sites that I go on you are required to participate in all or most activites. But that doesnt mean your doing millions of surveys and getting no where. Another thing is, YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT! But it’s okay because you still get a ton of really great stuff! It is a hobby that takes a lot of time and even more patience. Below are some tips for starting and sites I am a regular visitor of.


  • Create an email specifically dedicated to your sampling and testing!         When i started sampling I didnt think about the long term effects of what would be my new addiction and soon my primary email inbox was full of confirmation emails and notifications for the samples and testing sites I signed up with. If you set up a new email you always know that the emails are coming in for a reason.
  • Do your research!       If you were to go to youtube and search free stuff like i did you get thousands of hits. You will see so many videos of what samplers call weekly or even monthly “hauls”. A haul is what you get in a general time frame. When you start out your beginning hauls may or may not be exactly what everyone elses are but it all depends on the time and effort put into it.
  • Get excited!        Just like everything else in life, if you dont love what you do, it seems more like a chore than anything… So you start getting to the point of not wanting to do it anymore… Right? So get excited about the amazing things you get in the mail for free! 
  • Write it down!       I have a notebook dedicated to to my sampling and testing. Every time I sit down at the computer to sample I write down the date and what the product is and its estimated delivery date. ( 99.9% of the time when ordering samples they will give you a time frame of when it will be delivered.)
  • Keep an eye on your neighbors!      Now I know this sounds weird but if you live in the type of neighborhood I do you would understand why I say this. I have neighbors who are not the nicest of people and are always stealing our mail! I recently spoke with someone at the post office and they suggested the following: If you put a note in your mailbox for your postal worker to put anything that does not fit in your mail box or mail slot they can either hold it for you at the post office or put it somewhere on your property you think will be safe. 



~Testing SITES~

  1.  INFLUENSTER    One of my absolute favorite site is http://www.influenster.comI guess you could classify Influenster as a testing site but it really doesn’t feel like it some times. Here’s how it goes. Sign up with influenster and you have the option to link your other social accounts, keep in mind what ever extra activities you do later on influenster your friends and family will more than likely see. That said, if you do not want friends and family to see that you do these things… don’t like your accounts. However the accounts you do link give you a higher impact score. An impact score how you qualify for programs! After signing up you get to unlock badges! they have four different types of badges,  Expert badges: you get 6 of these. Life stage badges: as far as i know  you can do any and all of these. Vox Box badges : you get these when you get your first voxbox, and brand badges, when you get a voxbox especially one brought in by a certain brand you get brand badges. Influenster sends out many different types of voxboxes each month to thousands of people but depending on the badges you unlock you get an email when you qualify for a vox box… I have been a member of this site since October of last year and have gotten 3 voxboxes and one virtual voxbox which i’m still getting more info on at the moment.
  2. BZZAGENT     My second favorite testing site is . This is another testing site where you do surveys and each of the surveys you do all go with certain categories, (example: Food surveys get you into food campaigns). i have been a member of bzzagent for a few months now and qualified for 3 different campaigns and only received one. i love this site because you don’t have to do much after receiving your product and they are full sized products not sample size but i haven’t had the best luck with receiving my campaigns 2 of the 3 times. so i contacted customer services and after MANY emails i got responses saying “due to how many people are on the site and get into each campaign they don’t have extras to send out”. Super bummer but who knows you might get everyone you apply for! Another good thing about bzzagent is on most surveys or campaign participation you get MYPOINTS to send to your mypoints account however they do expire after a month or so.
  3. PINCHME        Another testing site is . Pinchme has slowly gone down on my list because they issue samples at 12:00 pm  every Tuesday and due to my Fiance’s work schedule we don’t get up till later on. But when i am able to get on at noon there never seems to be any samples left and tells me they are out of stock. Lame. I have gotten many boxes in the past and do recommend them as long as it fits into your schedule.


With the links i am about to give you they are just sample sites or forums that collect free samples for you and provide you links to get these samples and most usually do a great job of letting you know if its expired or not. Most dont require you to sign up but if i newsletter is available jump on it. i say that because you can get a rough estimate of the types of things you can get from that site on that day or in that week.

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If you ever need help with sampling, testing or have any questions leave a comment or email me at the email address provided in the contact me links 🙂 Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!

New to the blogging scene but here i go!!

My name is Sharon Mccumber and I have been plotting on the blogging scene for a while now and am just now getting started. I am 24 years old and I live in Northern Indiana ( Cali born and raised though). Currently I am a stay at home girlfriend to the worlds most amazing man!!! We have been together for over 2 years now and I am happier than I have ever been. I grew up in a very quiet town in northern California called Marysville and its about and hour north of Sacramento. I was adopted by my great aunt who also adopted my little sisters and raised us to always believe you could make something of yourself if you tried hard enough. Unfortunately she passed a little over a year ago and i miss her like crazy! But life happens i guess and even though she is gone she will never ever be forgotten. She was the one who taught me to do so many arts and crafts projects, and how NOT to cut my hair lol. (Side note to the younger readers: If your mother says she is going to give you a farrah fawcett haircut…. RUN). And my Great Grandmother Roxy brought out my love of music. And I always figured i got my love of books from my father. But i think the most important thing in my life right now is my love for myself. Most people wont understand unless they knew more of my story but up until recently i use to hate myself and the way i looked but thanks to some amazing family, a super awesome boyfriend and my best friend Sam Sam, I’m starting to pull myself out of my hermit shell 🙂 So if you read this blog and continue to read this blog for however long you will more than likely see a ton of those things among so many others… and while I’m at this point I want to personally think every single person reading this!

                                                                                                       ~For the love of hobbies~

     As someone who stays at home while my significant other works (bless his heart) i find that i get bored really easy so i though of everything i know how to do and i work on perfecting them!

~Crocheting: to make (a garment or piece of fabric) using crochet. I have been doing crocheting since i was in my early teens. I never got the hang of knitting but when im stressed, crocheting always helps.

~Corseting: to regulate strictly with a corset, can be combined with a regular diet. I actually just started at the beggining of this year and i love it. Some women think corsets are just for show and as a bigger woman i dont feel that way but it makes me feel better wearing one and would incourage anyone who has questions or has thought about it to definitely look into it or try it.

~D.I.Y. : “Do It Yourself”. I absolutly love D.I.Y projects… That is usually what i get on pinterest for.

~Sampling: Receiving products free of charge in the mail to try and keep!!!! Myself and my best friend Sam Sam ( who i talk about a ton) generally do this together and haul in a ton of free samples of all different sizes every month…. *This will be talked about alot.

~ Music:  an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm,     melody, harmony, and color. I love to sing and am playing music almost more than i breath lol.

~ Nails, Makeup, Hair : On most of these i will probably be getting help from Sam Sam and do what i can with tutorials 🙂

~ Books: I am a 100%, to-the-core Book Worm and am currently a member of a group on facebook called Book Worms Unite. This group is full of lively, amazing, beautiful women who love books as much as i do!!! I know any other book lovers would appreciate this awesome group so i will throw in the link for anyone who wants to join!

So in a nutshell these are probably the biggest topics that will be covered and i am always open for ideas for new topics and hobbies so feel free to contact me in the links provided and i will do my best to answer them quickly. And hopefully i will be able to do a couple free giveaways in the near future!

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