Getting Free Stuff From Influenster

As someone who loves beauty but is also trying to keep a budget I absolutely love Influenster. 

If you haven’t heard of Influenster I highly recommend that you look into it. Essentially you write reviews for products that you write and after a little while you get the chance for them to send you free full size products to review. 

I have been using Influenster for a while and I just got my first box and I am so excited! 

The thing that I really love about Influenster is that it really encourages me to try new products so that I can write about it. I also know that it gives me the chance to get new free things. You can also use Influenster to find products and see how they are rated. This has saved me so many times when I am looking at new products to buy. Sometimes I’ll look something up and see the reviews and it’ll make m either put it back on the shelf or it’ll convince me to spend the money on it. 

What I got

I just received the Study Break VoxBox and it has some pretty cool stuff. 

It has the Hello Activated Charcoal with Fresh Mint and Coconut Oil toothpaste. I have always really wanted to try a more natural charcoal toothpaste so I am really happy about this one. Funny story: last week I finally got the courage to buy some and I bought this exact one. Now I have two! 

The next thing that I got was the Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Infused with Honey and Apricot Fragrance. Hair Food is a brand that I have seen around but I have never really reached for it before. I have been looking more at the reviews for it and I am seeing some really positive stuff so I am excited to try it. 

It is also getting colder and windy here in Idaho so I am looking for something that is going to keep my hair soft and moisturized. 

The next product that I got is the 7th Heaven Dead Sea + Clay Peel Off Mask. I am actually really hesitant with this one. The last mask that I tried made my face burn so badly so I haven’t done another face mask since. I am still going to try it but I am concerned that it is going to make my face burn. 

The last product that I have is the Trident Vibes Gum. I already took this one out of the package but I want to wait until my review post to tell you guys about it! I also received a stick on phone case and a coupon for a free package of gum so that is pretty awesome. 

What’s Next

Keep an eye out for my next post later this week talking about what I thought about all the products and more about Influenster! I’ll be posting pics and reviews about each product as well as links to places to get them and how to get free stuff from Influenster.

To see my official social media posts with reviews follow me!

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Twitter: @5678_kate

Meet Me

I figured with a new website and a new last name I should re-introduce myself. 

My name is Kate Simmons and I love beauty. 

How I started

I was definitely that girl in the 6th grade that wore pink glitter eye shadow and clear mascara. I think that I have come a long way since then. I started to get more into makeup when I started reading Seventeen and when I saw my older sister dong her makeup. I would beg her to do my makeup and make me look like her constantly. 

The first high end makeup product I bought myself was a Too Faced setting powder. It smelled like chocolate and made me feel like a grown up. 

More than anything I wanted to look like the popular girls at school who wore makeup and were cheerleaders and had boyfriends. I kept experimenting with makeup and beauty and skincare and I still do to this day. 

In college I started to have skin problems. My skin was really bad for about a year before I finally went to a doctor and did something about it. I am very blessed to be on my parents insurance plan which covered the medications that I was put on because I would have not been able to afford them otherwise. In total it would have been about 600$ for three medications. Within about a month I saw huge progress. I struggled with dry, peeling, and burning skin for three weeks and then I finally started to see the acne go away. Now, I still have visible scars and discoloration but, a year ago I would have never thought that my skin could look like this. 

Where I’m at now

Now I have a wonderful husband, a cute little apartment in a cute little town, and a blog where I can write about my passion. 

As far as makeup I definitely spend way more than I probably should but I absolutely love what I do. Every-time I go out with a full face of makeup and someone tells me how good it looks it encourages me to keep getting better. I have found great brands that I love and I have found the look that really suits me. 

Outside of the beauty aspect of my life I’m relatively average. I work a part time retail job that I actually kind of love. I really like the people that I work with and where I live the people don’t seem to be too crazy. Standing on my feet for 8 hours a day isn’t my favorite but it definitely could be worse. 

I am also getting ready to graduate with my associates in general studies and move onto getting my bachelors in Communication. I started out working on my bachelors at BYUI and about half way through I met Chris. For us to be married and live in the same city that meant that I had to move to a different city. Now, I am finishing my associates online before moving onto the bachelors program at the state college here. 

I absolutely love the field of communication and the more that I work in it and learn about it, the more I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing. It involves a lot of writing (which I obviously love or I would not voluntarily write a blog) and getting to know people. 

I also struggle with anxiety. Over the past year my anxiety has skyrocketed from what it was previously. I am still learning to handle it and working out medications and whatnot but I feel like maybe I’m getting a grip on it. I have written a little more in depth about my anxiety before so I don’t want to delve in too deep here. You can read all about it here

Another fun thing about me is that I am Mormon. This is a huge part of my life and I love sharing it with people. However, I don’t want my religion to overtake what the point of this site is. You guys are always welcome to message me on my social media channels if you want to ask me more personal questions. 

I hope this helps you guys to get to know me better and why I do what I do! 

Getting things for free from Ulta

By now I think I have pretty well established that I like Ulta Beauty A LOT.  I love that their focus is all things beauty. This includes makeup, skincare, hair tools and haircare. All of which are things I love. When I learned that I could get free makeup from Ulta, then I was super sold on them. 

How I started

Initially I was really skeptical of using any Ulta Beauty brand products. I had never heard much about them and I was worried that I wouldn’t get the same results as with more expensive makeup. Once when I was in, there was a sale going on where if you spent a certain amount you got a bag of samples of their makeup and I figured why not. I grabbed a few simple products like a sharpener, a gloss, and setting spray and collected my free bag. 

I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by almost everything in the bag. The only things I remember not being in love with was the mascara. (Too Faced Better Than Sex will always hold my heart.) 

The Deal

That free bag was about 80$ worth of makeup and as a bonus I genuinely loved the makeup. Now, every time I see that deal I always stock up on my favorites and happily collect my bag of free makeup. I get so genuinely excited about what is in these bags. Even if I don’t love it, I still love learning what I do and don’t like. Usually you spend about 20$ on Ulta Beauty brand makeup and, in my experience, you get about 100$ worth of free makeup. In my opinion, that is a pretty fantastic deal. 

The most recent time I got a super cute rose gold glitter bag with makeup remover wipes, liner, mascara, a shadow pallet, a contour pallet, lipstick, gloss, eyebrow tint, and a few other goodies. (I’ll list them all below.) 

I can honestly say that for a lot of these products I am definitely a return customer for them. This is how I fell in love with some of their lip colors and liners. 

If there is one recommendation I can make to you guys is to keep your eye out for this deal at Ulta and take advantage of it. 

The Wedding Day

(Disclaimer: There are a few affiliate links in this post. That means that if you click on them and make a purchase I will receive compensation.)

We are finally married! It was a long day full of families, stress, and more happiness than I could have ever imagined.

I really want to tell you guys all about the day itself and of course about my makeup and hair and skincare leading up to the big day itself.

My Makeup

So for the biggest day of my life (so far) I really wanted my makeup to look perfect. I had been practicing my makeup for months and these are the products that I had finally narrowed it down to:

Foundation

I really fell in love with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. It feels so good on my skin and the coverage is amazing. The formula makes it feel so much better than any other liquid foundation I have ever used.

Mascara

I knew that I wouldn’t make it through the whole day without crying. (Although I would like to point out I made it through the temple ceremony, the luncheon, and the first part of the ring ceremony without crying.) This meant that I had to have a really good waterproof mascara. For me that means the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara.

The only complaint that I have about this mascara is that it doesn’t give my lashes the same length as the regular Better Than Sex Mascara. Otherwise, it is one of the only truly waterproof mascaras I have tried.

Shadow

To me there is nothing more classic than the Urban Decay Naked Palette. This was gifted to me by my great sister-in-law a couple days before the wedding and I was instantly in love. I originally planned to use the Ulta Beauty Gilded Gold pallet but I really fell in love with this one instead.

Liner

My go to eyeliner has been the Ulta Beauty liquid liner for the past few years and I figured if it’s not broken then don’t fix it. I know that it goes on really well over my shadow and gives me the really precise line that I love.

Lips

This was probably the part of my makeup I was the most excited about. Since one of my colors was red I really wanted to find a lip color that matched it. Luckily one of my friends happens to sell LipSense and they carry a color that was perfect.

Normally Chris doesn’t like when I wear lipstick because when I kiss him it gets on him. However, Lipsense really gets it when it comes to lip stains. This stuff doesn’t budge all day so it was perfect for my wedding day.

The Day Itself

So for me the day before the wedding was far more stressful than the actual wedding day. This was the day that we had people flying in, flowers were arriving, it was my moms birthday, I had to get jewelry, and we took our bridal pictures. (Shoutout to the Sleepy lotion by Lush for helping me get some sleep that night.)

The day of the wedding I woke up around 5 to get ready and be to the temple by 8. We did the ceremony and took pictures with family afterward for a couple hours. Straight from there we went to the family luncheon with everyone. After we finished there I was lucky enough to have family that was taking care of everything while I took a little cat nap.

After that we did a ring ceremony and reception that seemed to fly by. I am so glad that I have a family of people that can plan and execute or else it would not have gone off as smoothly as it did.

Let me know what you guys think!

(P.S If you want to see more wedding/honeymoon pics head over to my Instagram @kateboswelll )