In Which Jenn Wrangles A Bunch Of Discounts

Nothing so impressive as my wildly cheap running shoes, but I’ve collected some deals and steals for ya!

First up, a couple from former giveaway sponsors: if you have Target’s Cartwheel app (if you don’t, you SHOULD; it’s awesome), Soapbox Soaps shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash are 35% off. Yowza. Find the deal under the Beauty category, add it to your barcode, have the cashier scan it at check out, and there you are!

Bonus: while at Target yesterday I spotted a hot pink running belt in the $1-$5 section (usually near the entrance; the upstairs entrance at my location) for $5. No idea about the quality, but it’s hot pink and $5 so if you’re in the market it might be worth a shot. They’re also offering yurbuds sport headphones on sale to varying degrees depending on the model.

Alternatively, we have another former giveaway sponsor: SLS3 has a new Amazon Prime store and is celebrating with some special discounts! First, they’re offering their new HipZIPP running belt for $14.99 on Amazon with code 83MTRL2I. I haven’t used this precise model myself but it’s a good deal and it looks pretty nifty. There’s a catch, though – you have to leave a review on Amazon within 20 days. Still, that’s a reasonable trade for such a great price, don’t you think?

Also from SLS3: their FXC Compression Sleeves are only $19.90 with code 5CDNT8O2. Same deal: gotta leave a review, but that’s quite the markdown in exchange.

Or if you prefer themed sock, PRO Compression is offering their St. Paddy’s Day compression socks for 40% with code SROCK. Festive!

Last but not least for the locals, Groupon has entries to the 5KColorFest fun run in Alexandria, VA for $29, down from $70. Color runs aren’t really my thing, but lots of people LOVE them, so if you’ve never tried one this is a great chance to give it a go.

Anyone else have any awesome deals out there?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Giveaway Of All: Soapbox Soaps Shower Products

Whew! It’s been quite a weekend here at FRoA headquarters. My interns* and I have been snowed in since Friday. Today I am finally free of my cold wet confines, which is a cause for celebration, yes? I give you: giveaway week, so named because I have TWO giveaways for you.

* Cats. They’re my cats.

We’ll start with the one I teased way back when: Soapbox Soaps. I received their coconut conditioner in an Influenster Vox Box last month I fell completely in love with the product. I have tricky hair – it’s VERY long, but it’s fine, but it’s also frizzy, but it’s REALLY wavy. The shea butter-infused shampoo and conditioner soften even my really-need-a-trim ends, smoothes, and shines. All for, like, $6, and you can get it at Target or the drugstore or whatever. Awesome.

Awesome indeed, if that were all. Here’s what earned my customer loyalty: not only does Soapbox run clean drinking water programs around the world, and not only does Soapbox give out bars of soap to those in need, these products are 100% CRUELTY FREE.

This is so important to me. I’ve been trying to phase out all my animal-tested products. It’s tougher to do than I would’ve imagined, but I’m dedicated to finding a swap for all my beauty and hygiene products even if it takes awhile. If you want to argue the necessity of animals in medical testing, okay; there’s a shade of gray there, always provided of course that experiments are conducted as humanely as possible.

For beauty products, though? We don’t NEED those. We don’t NEED to slap shadow on our eyes and lipstick on our lips. We don’t NEED specially formulated shampoos with ingredients that could apparently mess us up hence the testing. There is NO REASON to test beauty products on animals, ever, and that is why Soapbox is now my new go-to for shower products.

Want to make your own animal-friendly switch? You’re in luck – Soapbox Soaps has generously agreed to give one lucky reader a bottle each of their shampoo, conditioner, AND body wash in Pomegranate and Acai. To enter, simply comment on this blog post. (Bonus points if you list your favorite cruelty-free company!) You’ve got one week to enter, so get cracking! (To be clear: deadline is midnight Tuesday.)

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

In Which Jenn Receives An Influenster Vox Box

Wanna hear something weird? Influenster believes you are interested in my opinions! I can tell because, against all odds, they sent me their Spice Vox Box, full of stuff I did not pay for. I am nothing if not chock full of integrity, however, so you can be sure that the following thoughts are devoid of bias. You can tell because sometimes the things I say aren’t complimentary; which is another way of saying this may be my last Vox Box. Time will tell!

So what was in this, my first and potentially final box? Well…

Good Health Veggie Stix – Made with broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, and the like, these are definitely a healthier alternative to potato chips. They’re not a substitute texturally, and are strangely a little greasy, but if you’re craving something salty it’s not a bad pick. I wouldn’t buy these on the regular but it would make a great road trip or airplane snack.

Not Your Mother’s Whip It Up Mousse (FB) – This stuff comes out like whipped cream and smells like vanilla frosting. All major pros in my book but don’t give it to your toddler unless you fancy a call to poison control. I’ve used it in my hair a couple times, applying it wet and then blowing dry, and it worked nicely enough, but I did not notice enough difference to label this a must-have or miracle product. I’d buy it on sale but not go out of my way for it.

Boots Botanics 81% Organic Hydrating Day Cream – I was skeptical of this product from the start, especially since my facial skin can be temperamental. The texture of this cream is thick in the jar but comes out on your fingers much thinner, which threw me off, and once soaked into my face I thought I detected a waxy residue. But having used it several days in a row, I found it really did leave my face looking pretty good, soft and even. And this next bit will be a love-or-hate thing for potential buyers: you can REALLY smell the rosehip oil. I loved the smell, which lingers on your face for a bit, but if you’re sensitive to scents or prefer something more neutral, skip. Otherwise, give it a shot. Major bonus: cruelty-free!

Sinful Colors Nail Polish & Topcoat – I lasted painted my toenails… I want to say… two and a half years ago? And the last time I can actively remember painting my fingernails was in 8th grade. You could say I’m not the target market for this product, but I’ll give them this: the deep, rich red they sent me ALMOST tempted me into trying it. Who knows; I might slap this on my toes someday. Further updates as events warrant, but until then I give this a hearty ???

Yogi Tea – I received two flavors, vanilla spice and tangerine. Neither are really in my wheelhouse (I’m a mint and/or green tea girl), but both did the job. I was not blown away by either flavor but the vanilla spice was excellent from a thematic perspective when I was wrapping Christmas presents. I recommend you add a little sugar to really bring out the vanilla notes.

Foot Petals Kill Kushionz – There were two models of shoe augmenters sent in these boxes, and of course I got the one I don’t have much call to use: the one for heels. I don’t wear heels much because a) I like to walk really fast and b) my boyfriend is max two inches taller than me and while neither of us care from a symbolic perspective if I’m taller it’s not really conducive to good times if you’re constantly addressing your words over your date’s head, y’know? Next time I do bust out some heels, I’ll let you know if these are worth the money. In the meantime, Foot Petals, if you want me to send those boot inserts, they would get a VERY THOROUGH REVIEW.

And now, saving the best for last…

Soapbox Soaps Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner – LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’m not going to go into too much detail just yet because I’m trying to arrange a discount code or giveaway from the company earlyish next year, but suffice it to say you should buy some right now. It does nice things for my hair AND it’s animal-safe, which is very important to me. Never looking back!

There you have it: a bunch o’ opinions from me.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!