I ‘influenster’ – do you?!

I’ve been signed up with INFLUENSTER since 2012.


What’s Influenster?

Influenster is a community of tastemakers, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. In Influenster Nation, influence is currency.

Basically you sign up on their site (send me your e-mail address if you would like me to personally send you an invitation) and they pick their most active and social media savvy members to qualify for campaigns. These campaigns vary from interactive Twitter chats, fun contests and special discounts to my personal favorite…. the all mighty VOXBOX! Voxbox’s contain complimentary full size products that you test and then review to share your opinions on the products.

Here’s a look at some past VoxBox’s I qualified for:

Viva VoxBox


Something Blue VoxBox


Moda VoxBox


Vow VoxBox


 Within the campaigns for the VoxBox badge, there are also Brand Badges which lets you complete certain task to win prizes from that particular brand. Check out this awesome nail polish set I received for completing the Pure Ice badge tasks:


Yes – I got that whole set for FREE! These polishes have now become my favorite and I would not have had the chance to test the brand out if it wasn’t for Influenster.

Influenster isn’t all about just getting free products, I also use this website to check our reviews of products I’m interested in or iffy about purchasing. The community leaves REAL & HONEST reviews to help you discover products in the marketplace. There’s also The Hub which is basically the Influenster blog filled with articles on topics like Beauty, Food, Lifestyle etc. I love checking this section daily! They also have launched an app which gives you all of the Influenster knowledge in the palm of your hand …literally.

Are you signed up with Influenster? If not – what are you waiting for??

Old Factory Candles

With the Holidays around the corner we are all trying to figure out the perfect gift for our loved ones. One of my go to gifts is candle sets. Who doesn’t love their homes smelling fresh and clean? I recently discovered the company Old Factory and I was instantly blown away by their candles. Old Factory candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life. Old Factory Candle Gift Sets are sold exclusively on Amazon.

Old Factory

I decided to go with the “Happy Holidays” set since Christmas is quickly approaching.

The set contained 3, 2 oz, jars. Each candle should burn for 20 hours.




While Ginger Bread is my favorite scent, Christmas Tree & Candy Cane both smelled good enough to eat also. Even though these jars are small, they pack a big punch! Once you open the lid the scent is very strong and the little 2 oz jar had my kitchen and dining room smelling like it was ready for all the Holiday fun!!

I think my next set will be ‘Spa Day‘.

Check out Old Factory candles on Amazon!

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Leonisa Shapewear + Giveaway!

As women, we always strive to look our best on a daily basis. We could just be running out for coffee in the morning but if we aren’t happy with the way, let’s just say, our stomach looks in the t-shirt we have on – we can easily throw on a zip up and problem solved. But what about the times where we can’t throw on a comfy over sized sweater or a jacket to hide our problem areas? What about when we have a wedding to attend or a fancy corporate event and the dress you have been dreaming of wearing ends up accentuating those problem areas instead of smoothing them out?

That’s where Leonisa comes in.


Leonisa is an intimate apparel company that specializes in lingerie, swimwear & shapewear. With the help of shapewear you can put that little black dress you’ve been excited to wear on and be comfortable all night. Shapewear smoothes your curves and reduces your size while boosting your confidence. Here are some of the great shapewear options they offer:


Postpartum Panty  – $25

It reduces your waist and tummy in the most practical way. It has a front tummy panel in PowerSlimª and smooth elastic DuraFitª fabric with velcro sides to adapt to the reduction of your tummy for purposes of post-partum or post-surgical recovery. Elastic waistband and leg bands are covered for no panty lines. This innovative design defines your waist and flattens your tummy in the most effective way possible.


Slimless Braless Body Shaper  – $60

Staying true to your curves, it adjusts perfectly to your body and smoothes the waist, back, tummy, and hips. Magical seams serve to enhance your curves, especially in the rear – making it look rounder not flatter. Ultra-flat zipper makes it easy to put on and invisible under clothing. Outer layer in PowerSlim™ and a smooth DuraFit™ fabric on the inside for a soft and fresh feeling on the skin. Versatility to the max – comfy, multiway straps allow you to wear different tops or even hook them to your bra. Wear it after surgery or post-partum to protect and tighten your skin quicker.


High-Waisted Girdle – $35

Ring in the smooth curves with this exclusive panty shaper in high waist design that offers complete coverage and control of the tummy! Shed inches off the waist so you look slimmer, and defined. Special cuts and seams promote more curves and help lift the rear for a natural shape. Flexible front-boning and side-boning help define your waistline, and maintain good posture while providing a great fit.

Click HERE to check out all of the great items they offer! Some of my current favorites from them are these leggings & this bralette.

I have teamed up with Leonisa for a super sweet Giveaway of one of their most popular items –  the High Waist Slimming Clincher.


A quick-fix solution for a fabulous waistline! Most women’s biggest concern is their tummy. This waist cincher slims your waist, tummy and back in a matter of seconds. Wear with your favorite bra. Made of 2 layers: PowerSlim™ that offers reduction and a smooth elastic fabric that provides freshness and softness to the skin. It has front hooks with 3 positions to adjust to the level of compression you desire. Soft internal boning keeps it firmly in its place with no roll up.

Here are some results using this clincher:


To enter this Giveaway you must do the following:

1. Follow Pearls & Paris – this can be through WordPress, Twitter or Instagram.

2. Comment below & let me know what social media you follow on. You will get 1 entry for every network you follow and for extra entries, make sure to follow Leonisa on Instagram & Twitter.

To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be a resident of the Continental US.

This contest will end in 1 week! [ November 26, 2014 ]

Good Luck!!

Gabriela Isler + Glam Belleza Latina

Venezuelan beauty Gabriela Isler provides a behind-the-scenes look at her busy schedule as Miss Universe in Glam Belleza Latina’s 2014 fall issue, out now.


PC: Sebastian Kim

Check out quotes from Isler’s interview below and visit GlamLatina.com or pick up the fall issue to read the full story:

Isler on her big win:

I got goose bumps—I couldn’t believe it.”


Isler on her ideal day:

“To see my mom and niece. The people who love and support you [recharge] you for the next day.”


Isler on her great wish:

“I work with the Latino Commission on AIDS and other organizations to help decrease the stigma of HIV.”


Isler on her fresh makeup:

“MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation in C2 isn’t heavy, so you can still see my freckles.”


Isler on her travel M.O.:

“I’ve been to Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, and all over the U.S. I learn something new from every culture.”