Mission Possible – Get Organized with Clever Container

I was provided with a product sample to facilitate this review. The opinions here are my own, I have not been paid to say nice things and (as always) am honest. The photos here have been taken by me and include the product sample. 


My time is a precious commodity. If you’re anything like me, your life just feels better when items in it are organized AND easily accessible. When Jess Wickers approached me to do a product review/giveaway I hand selected a few I loved but ultimately opted to give the Expandable Drawer Organizer from Clever Container a whirl. This organizational piece has ENDLESS possibilities. It can be used to freshen up a bathroom drawer, make sense of arts/crafts items, organize jewelry or even clean up that odds and ends drawer in your kitchen that “you’ve been meaning to address” for years!

One of the features that I love the most about this product is the fact that it expands or contracts to fit perfectly in just about any space in your home as shown in the photos below.



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This product is sold by Clever Container – a company that provides organizing tips, techniques and products to help simplify your life in a fun, relaxed setting. Jess Wickers, a near and dear friend of mine, is a consultant for them and you can find her personal page by clicking this link. Jess is a busy wife and mother of 2 in addition to being a labor and delivery nurse! Her passion for organization has turned itself into more than just a hobby as she loves helping others find that essential balance too.

Here are just a few of the ways I was able to put this drawer organizer to good use in my own home:

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JEWELRY BOX AFTER:

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KITCHEN DRAWER BEFORE:

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BATHROOM DOOR BEFORE:

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BATHROOM DRAWER AFTER:

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Along with providing this fantastic item for review, Jess has generously offered to give one lucky reader $15 in “Clever Cash” to be used for anything they want on her site!

Please enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below and as always, entries will be verified and the winner will be contacted and asked to respond within 48 hours via e-mail or a new winner will be selected.

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Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

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There are quite a few Suave products that I really like but the one that stands out the MOST to me is the Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo. It works GREAT to keep my hair feelings and looking refresh between washes. It is pleasantly scented and the best part is that it does not leave my hair looking like I aged a few years by leaving behind white spots! It absorbs quickly and makes my hair so much more manageable. Bonus – the price is right on target to accommodate any budget!

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Lancôme DreamTone

Recently I was selected by SheSpeaks to test a complimentary bottle of Lancôme DreamTone! For those that are unaware, DreamTone is the next generation in dark spot correction. This customized skin tone correcting serum is so powerful, 72% of women dare to bare their skin.* The new DreamTone is 3 barely-tinted serums formulated to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and give you a more even-looking skin tone. It comes in 3 serums customized for your skin tone: 1- Fair, 2 – Medium, 3 – Dark.

After years of being out in the sun sans sunscreen I have started to face the music in the form of brown spots, tiny wrinkles and just overall uneven skintone. I’ve tried several products in the past but none of them have followed through on their claims…until now. I have been using DreamTone twice a day since I received it November 1. It’s incredibly lightweight, has a subtle, pleasant rose fragrance and did NOT make my skin feel or look oily. I was able to easily follow my normal makeup routine after applying it in the morning.

After just 2 weeks I started noticing a remarkable difference in my skin as you can see from my #bareselfie below. The first photo is day 1 and the second photo is day 15. Dark spots are fading (especially on my forehead), skin tone is evening out and smaller, red blotches are taking a hike as well!

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If you’d like to give it a try, Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle and is available for purchase at Lancôme.com and department stores nationwide.

Thanks @LancomeUSA and @SheSpeaksUp!!!

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

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Recently I was selected by Influenster to test a few complimentary products that are a part of their Rose Vox Box. Inside the box I was PLEASED to discover that Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara was included. Due to the fact that I am naturally blond and seem to have been ripped off in the eyelash department I am always looking for new products to try or just new looks period.

My favorite part of the mascara is the brush. The way that it is curved helps to accentuate each and every lash while minimizing clumps. I only had to apply 2 delicate coats to achieve a professional yet noticeable look! It even comes in 2 shades – black and extreme black so you can customize for yourself.

Look for this product when it hits shelves this month!

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Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions

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Recently I was selected by Influenster to test out a few complimentary products via their Rose Vox Box program. Inside the box was a package of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions and I could just HEAR my feet rejoice! It may not get as cold and snowy as in other parts of the country BUT Houston still has its fair share of bitterly cold and RAINY days during the “winter” months. These cushions will help keep me dry and comfy for an affordable price! When it’s time to put away my sandals you can bet I’ll be reaching for the boots with the Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions in them!

Are you interested in giving them a test walk of your own? Head to this link to snatch a $2 off any purchase from the Dr. Scholl’s® For Her line! Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts as well.

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Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-Up

Recently I was chosen by Vocalpoint to test out a free Root Touch-Up kit by Nice ‘n Easy. This product couldn’t have come at a better time seeing as I recently started coloring my hair a few shades lighter than normal! I hated that I’d wind up with extremely obvious roots which pressured me to recolor the entire thing which is overkill and a bit of a waste in my opinion.

With this product it was fairly easy to touch up ONLY the areas I needed when the time came. See below for my before and after pictures!

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For a fraction of the cost (around $5.99 per box) I can do the touch-ups as needed from the comfort of my own home! Thanks Vocalpoint!

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Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste

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Recently Influenster selected me to receive a complimentary #IDoVoxBox. One of the items inside was a tube of Luster NOW! Instant Whitening ToothpasteI’ve tried a few whitening pastes and even had ZOOM! done on my teeth just over 2 years ago but I was still curious to try this product. Something that claims to be instant definitely has my attention (and even a bit of scepticism if I’m being completely honest).

Here are a few claims directly from their website: Instantly whitens teeth after one brushing, removes surface stains with daily use and gentle on teeth and safe for dental restorations. I have 5 crowns in my mouth – 4 of which are front and center in my mouth so I am happy to hear that it is safe for even my situation. However, my crowns are as white as they’ll ever be so making sure that rest of my mouth stays on the same color wavelength so to speak is important.

I put it to the test just the other night and have to say while I was not blown away by the results (as I regularly whiten with trays from my dentist), I did see a bit of brightening up. My mouth felt healthy and seemed a bit more refreshed. I’ll have to continue using the product to see what the results are in the long-term but for now my experience has been a bit more satisfactory than with other whitening pastes. Especially since the results came after 1-2 days.

A 4.0 oz  tube retails for around $7.99.

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Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot

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Recently I was chosen by Influenster to receive their complimentary #IDoVoxBox. One of the exciting items I found inside was a package of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Ball of Foot insoles! I just recently started familiarizing myself with the Dr. Scholl’s line but this is one product I had not had a chance to try yet so I was ready to put them to the test.

If you know me even slightly, you know that I have quite the collection of stilettos in my wardrobe. Some I wear for work and some I just cannot wear for more than a few hours because of how they use and abuse my soles! I placed these insoles into one of my most pesky pairs of heels and (drum roll) wore.them.to.work! Little did I know that the day I chose to try these out would be the one day I was (literally) running around the office.

My honest opinion? This is quite a magnificent product. The slim width of the insoles insured that my shoes wouldn’t feel too tight or “wear” differently on my feet which can lead to rubbing in others areas of the shoe. The cushion was just enough – each step I took felt like I had a small, gel like pillow hugging every curve of the front of my foot. By the end of the day my feet were still a bit tired and slightly achy but no one said stilettos were meant for Olympic office events so I give the insole a lot of credit. Without them in those shoes on a day like that and I might have gone home and tossed them straight in the trash!

Bonus? They do not leave a sticky residue in your shoes and can fairly easily be pulled up and adjusted if you don’t get the positioning right on the first try. I have even test drove them in other heels of mine since and been immensely satisfied.

I hate having to compromise comfort in the name of style but I’ve done in on a few occasions. Now I have a nice, affordable buffer I can use to improve the longevity of my shoes AND feet!

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Q-tips® Precision Tips

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I was recently selected by Influenster to receive their complimentary #IDoVoxBox. Inside the box were 2 packages of Q-tips® Precision Tips™.Seeing as I just recently started becoming more interested in creative makeup looks I was confident this product would be PERFECT for me! The travel size packaging makes it ideal not only for travelling but also for storing in my bathroom.

The top two ways I have integrated the Q-tips® Precision Tips™ into my routine are for my eye makeup and home mani/pedis. While putting on my eye makeup the pointed tips made it extremely easy to blend into the crease of my lid and create well defined color contrasts depending on my look. Another use I found was for a package of gel eye liner I have but have never had a chance to use because it came without an applicator! I was able to use one of the Q-tips® Precision Tips™ to apply the look with ease. The compliments I have received have been inspiring!

As for home mani/pedis I had already used regular Q-tips® but found that the rounded edge just didn’t clean up around my nail beds very well without smudging or removing the polish I wanted to stay put! The precision tip aspect allows me to sneak around the edge of my nail beds and even get underneath a nail when I’ve gotten a bit careless.

I am looking forward to taking these along with me on my trip out to Portland this summer for a friend’s wedding. Portable and reliable – it’s just the Q-tips® way!

L’Oreal RevitaLift® Miracle Blur

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BB creams, CC creams and Miracle Blur oh my! We live at a time when the current “hot items” are products geared toward reversing or at least masking all of the damage most of us did to our skin growing up. This being through a lack of sunscreen (guilty!), a poor skincare routine or just a lack of knowledge for how to treat our skin as a whole.

Recently House Party selected me as to host a Redbook/L’oreal party and one of the products they sent was L’Oreal RevitaLift® Miracle Blur (retail $24.99). If you’re like me you’re probably sitting there wondering what IS it? Miracle Blur is not a moisturizer or foundation. It’s more than a primer in that it’s intendedto be a an Instant Skin Smoother. A little confusing I must admit as that is what I thought BB creams are so I was anxious to see if there was any noticeable difference.

The instructions say that it should be applied after moisturizing as the final step in your skincare routine. It can be worn alone for a matte finish or under makeup for a more flawless appearance. The ladies and I decided to try it the former way first to see if we noticed any changes without the aid of other products. Overall most of did feel as though our skin showed minor improvements but it wasn’t as dramatic as I had hoped for based on the product description. Once my foundation/powder was applied the two seemed to work fairly well as a team! My cheeks had a bit of a glow/sheen to them that was really flattering especially in photos.

The only con I noticed came when it was time for my nightly skincare routine. I proceeded to wash my face like normal with a sudsy wash but found that as soon as I made contact with my face the suds went away! I was unable to actually wash the product off – even with face wash designed to remove makeup. I wound up having to use a wet towellette makeup remover and that removed it fairly well. This might be great for someone who is looking for a “waterproof” type makeup but my skin is fairly sensitive and prone to clogged pores so I don’t think having what seems like an oil based makeup product is the best for me.

It sure was a pleasure trying it, though!

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