Flawless VoxBox: What I Got

IMG_0608.JPGHey hey my Sun Shining Friends!

I got a new influenster box in the mail and I’m excited to share my opinions of everything. (Spoil Alert: it is mostly good) Last time I got some amazing Make Up Forever Lipsticks, this time it was a variety of products. See below:

Simple Make-up Remover Liquid &Wipes-I have been using Simple Face Wipes already, but this was my first time using the liquid. It’s great! It doesn’t dry your face out and it feels light, not oily and v refreshing. FullSizeRender.jpg

Covergirl So Lashy Mascara– The brush is so fun! It has bristles all around but on two sides it is like 3D (see picture). Also, the brush has a little ball on the end that helps you get to those little hairs in the crease of your eye. I’ve been committed to a mascara from Clinique that also has a very unique brush, but I think I could get used to this new one.

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt-I have also used this product before and it is quite effective. In my younger athletic days I frequently came home to soak in the tub full of epsom salt. It is great for easing the pain of achy muscles. Fun fact: as a middle schooler I gave away lavender and peppermint scented bath salt to all my friends and teachers simply by adding essential oils to small containers of epsom salt.

Harvest Pea Snap Crisps-This is a healthy snack. So if you know me…you know I wasn’t a big fan. They aren’t bad, just a little plain. Maybe more salt could help? I do like the fluffy air filled texture though.

Kylie Jenner Sinful Colors Nail Polish-Alright y’all, so when I started putting it on I was like hold on why does it look like this?! When I actually went back to look at the bottle I realized it was matte….ew. I’m not a fan of matte at all. I added a top coat and that fixed the problem. It did dry incredibly fast so thats a plus. Now I gotta wait and see how long it lasts.

Yogi Tea- I was given Honey Lavender Stress Relief and Rose Hibiscus Skin Detox. I’m already a huge fan of Yogi Tea but this was my first time trying these flavors (I don’t buy new things if I don’t know I already like it, haha). The Rose Hibiscus was really nice and light. Not too fruity or flowery. I think it would be great to make in bulk for a refreshing sweet iced tea! It reminded me of my favorite Teavana Tea, Rose Champagne. 

Have you ever tried any of these products? What did you think about them? Let me know below!




Taco Soup & Painful Accidents

My boyfriend, a fine resident of South Carolina had to evacuate this past weekend due to hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, this allowed us a chance to see each other which is #huge for the whole long distance thing.

For one night, I knew I wanted to make dinner for us, so after some google searching and a phone call to mom, I decided to make Taco Soup. I definitely wanted to make cornbread too, so the soup was a perfect fit, not to mention the weather was dreary and cold.

I have experience making cornbread and because I know it takes 30min to bake I was trying to make it the same time as I made the soup. I had the oven pre-heating and I was digging around our kitchen to find the glassware I typically bake the cornbread in. Under the oven is the broiler thing aka a drawer we keep cupcake pans, baking sheets, etc in. Welp, it didn’t occur to me that these pans were also going to be hot because the oven was pre-heating, and BOOM I burned all 5 fingers on my right hand.

Because I am Alysse and I #persevere I held some ice cubes in my right hand and completely finished the meal one handed, while also in a lot of pain. After we finished eating, I expressed to him just how badly I was hurting so we did what any millennial would do, and googled it.

Turns out, you’re not supposed to use ice because the change in temperature is too drastic. So I ran my hand under cool water but it didn’t really do much. After another call to Mom we were off to CVS to find hydrocortisone and gauze. Apparently, the burns exposure to oxygen is what causes the pain. Wrapping my fingers in the gauze did the trick and the pain decreased significantly.

I would like to give a special thank you to The Boy, for one, dealing with my dramatic self, and two doctoring me up all weekend! He also said he enjoyed dinner so #success.

Now for the taco soup recipe! There are a lot of ingredients but you basically just dump everything into a big pot, it’s v simple. If you have a crock pot you could do it in there as well.

Ingredients: img_0545

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1 Hidden Valley ranch dressing dry packet
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can rotel
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 


Brown the pound of beef in a pan. Dice onion and cook with beef. Add taco seasoning then drain and add corn, beans, rotel, tomatoes, and ranch packet. Make sure ranch packet is mixed in evenly. Let everything cook/warm in the pot for ~20min on medium heat. 

See! Easy as pie! I hope you try it out some time because its so yummy and is definitely good for this fall weather that is upon us.



P.S This morning my mom shared with me an Washington Post article titled: “Choosing the Wrong Home Remedy Can Make a Burn Worse” #shade