June IPSY Glambag

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I have a love-hate relationship with Ipsy. Like I wanted to keep subscribed but at the same time, I just really wanted the free bag I received from a friend. The latter choice won but unfortunately, I forgot to cancel it on time, so here it is my June Ipsy Glam bag! 
I love trying new things, especially beauty products and I am currently drawn to subscription boxes, but I am trying hard to resist as I don't see a need for an additional expense that would hurt our current little budget. πŸ˜€

So, although I felt sorry that I wasn't able to cancel my subscription on time, I can honestly say that I felt excited receiving and opening it.

I have kind of interesting products in my bag that I actually haven't tried at all. So here are the products included in my June Glam Bag:

πŸ’–The cute bag with a big red lips design in the middle
πŸ’–The NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle in Cocoa Bean shade. It's a Nude Brown color that can also be used for contouring. Although I found this product interesting and has never tried it before, I chose to gift it to one of my friends.
πŸ’–The Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in 24 Karat shade. I fell in love with its vibrant gold shimmer shade that looks good on my eyes. It has a Gel Formula that is super pigmented and vibrant in color. I used it multiple times already, and it's a long-lasting wear liner which I love. 
πŸ’–2 BioRepublic Skincare in Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask & Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask. I haven't tried any of them since I have other sheet masks to seek to review, but I am always excited about new masks to try so this would definitely be in my lineup before the end of this month, hopefully. 
πŸ’–theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush in a Rosy blush shade. It's super tiny, but I found the packaging nice. The color was pretty, but since I live in Florida, it didn't last long and faded quickly unlike its claims to be a long-wearing blush.
πŸ’–The City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in Cheers to Life shade. I did love the bronze color, but I am no fan of glitters and super shiny colors regarding beauty products, so this one was also gifted to a friend.

Although there is still a part of me that wanted to retain this subscription, I managed to cancel it this time. So, this might be my last Ipsy Glam bag....for now!

Have you received the same products that I got in your Ipsy Glam Bag this month? Share your thoughts in the comments below! You can also watch my unbagging video below:

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Maybelline #SuperStayMatteInk Influenster VoxBox

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I love receiving free products, especially when it's a lip product! Influenster sent me 2 beautiful shades of the new Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink, and I fell in love with it!
I love the brand Maybelline, and I was surprised and thrilled to have been chosen as one of the Influensters to test and review their new product - the Super Stay Matte Ink. As its name applies, this saturated and highly pigmented lipstick can stay up to 16 hours on your lips. Yes, you read it right, 16 long hours of vibrant colors.

This Matte Ink is available in 10 super saturated shades, and I got 2 beautiful shades in Pioneer (#20) and Lover (#15). You can check all available colors here: https://www.maybelline.com/lip-makeup/lipstick/superstay-matte-ink-liquid-lipstick 

I was wearing the Pioneer shade on my upper lip & the Lover shade on my lower lip.
The Pioneer shade is much more like a classy red color while the Lover shade is a Mauve or a pale purple color. They both look nice on my lips, and I like them both.πŸ’—

To Summarize:

πŸ’•Very nice packaging and easy applicator design
πŸ’•Beautiful variety of shades available
πŸ’•Very saturated and pigmented
πŸ’•Long lasting and doesn't smudge (I tried it, and it survived my 14hr busy day with all the talking, eating, drinking and even brushing my teeth afterward)

πŸ’˜For me, it felt sticky at first application, and then my lips felt dry at the 10th or so hour 
πŸ’˜It was tough to remove and quite messy too, but it gets easier when you use an oil-based makeup remover.

Slayin' with my Super Stay Matte Ink in Pioneer Shade

Rockin' it with the Super Stay Matte Ink in Lover Shade

My 14hr use of Maybelline's Super Stay Matte Ink😍

Overall, I love this product! I've long been searching for a lipstick that won't stain my straw or glass when I drink, and this was perfect! Now the search is finally over.

So, have you tried this new Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink? What can you say about it? What colors have you tried? Share your thoughts in the comments below!  Also, you can watch my video here:

Not yet a member of Influenster? Sign up here: www.influenster.com/r/2759647

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes. But all opinions are my own.

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My First Sample Source Box

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I always love the idea "try before you buy" and this was exactly the purpose of SampleSource -  another platform that sends their members' free samples of makeup, beauty care, household cleaning, even food, and snacks so they can try it and make smart shopping decisions. I recently join and got my first box of samples last month. What's inside? Read on.

After registering to SampleSource and completing your profile, you will be eligible to choose samples you would like to try that match your profile, and these samples are usually available during Spring, Summer, and Fall. They will email you once samples are available and you need to act fast since samples are only available while supplies last!

I was fortunate enough to pick 6 samples to try, and these are the following:
  • Method Laundry Detergent
  • RepHresh Vaginal Gel
  • Trojan Lubricant
  • Beyond Cereal Protein Bar
  • Clairol Root Touch-Up Hair Color - Coupon
  • Breathe Right Nasal Strip

I loved everything inside the box and was excited to try them all when I received them. I already used the products from this samplesource box except for the Trojan Lubricants. So here are my honest opinions about each of these items.

1. Method Laundry Detergent in Ginger Mango Scent

I never heard of this brand before, and this was the first time I saw a detergent in a recyclable 240 ml bottle that looks like more of a feminine wash or a hand soap. But I was impressed by how this detergent works from its smell to its cleaning power! This brand offers a variety of scent, and I was able to try the Ginger Mango one. The combined smell of ginger and ripe mango created a clean, mild and sweet scent that smells great! With its naturally derived ingredients and without the harsh chemicals from other detergents, you'll be amazed at how it works tough on the dirt of your clothes.  I would highly recommend this product to those who are planning to go all natural not only with foods but also with detergents.

2. RepHresh Vaginal Gel

Everyone has their first on everything, right? Yep, it was my first to try this RepHresh Vaginal Gel. I felt uncomfortable when I first saw this and thought it might be complicated to use. But this product came with an instruction sheet, and I found out that it was not really that hard to use. It's also safe to use as it has been clinically tested and does not contain any fragrances, colors, deodorizers, or drugs fo any kind. It was also not messy to use and can be used anytime though it is not recommended during your period. This gel claims to maintain healthy vaginal pH that in turn can help reduce the risk of vaginal issues. It also claims to eliminate vaginal odor and relieves feminine discomfort. As far as I can tell, it was a good first-time experience for me and might consider using one of this again.

3. Trojan Lubricant - Chain Reaction

Unfortunately, I can't say more about this product as I haven't used it yet. So, I will just quote what it says on the packaging: "Sensations keeps changing for non-stop thrills." For more information about this product and other reviews, you can visit Trojan Lubricants website.

4. Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bar - Cinnamon Roll Flavor

I won't deny it, this cinnamon roll protein bar was the first thing I grabbed from my samplesource box, and it was gone in an instant! I always love the cinnamon smell and the sweetness of its taste and Quest perfectly incorporated all the goodness of a cinnamon roll in this cereal protein bar. Although it tastes like a treat and a dessert, it has all the protein you need, and it has a decent nutritional profile for health-conscious people's preference. This is also the first Quest product that uses Allulose, a revolutionary sweetener found in nature that offers all the taste and texture of traditional sugar, but with only 1/10th of the calories! With this protein bar, you can eat a sweet without guilt. :)

5.  Clairol Root Touch-Up Hair Color (Coupon)

This was one of the products I was excited about. I love hair color and regularly use them since I often grow gray hairs. This coupon just came right in time as my gray hairs are coming out from the roots. I immediately claimed and used it.

I chose the Clairol Root Touch-Up in Burgundy color since it's the last hair color I applied to my hair. The box comes with an applicator brush, permanent color creme, color activating lotion, a small mixing bowl, and an instruction sheet. 

Preparation wise, it's the same as other hair colorants. It has a strong chemical smell which I dislike. The color matches my current hair color which was excellent, and the results are significantly delivered. The color lasted for about a month.

6. Breathe Right Nasal Strip - 2 strips

These nasal strips were perfect for my husband since he has nasal congestion and nasal snoring at night. I can say that it's effective since it reduces his snoring and it relieves his nighttime nasal congestion. And it's good to know that it's drug-free. We can now both sleep better.πŸ˜€πŸ˜

Overall, I love all the samples I received from this box. But the things I will for sure buy upon trying are the Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bar, Method Laundry Detergent and the Breathe Right Nasal Strips for my husband.

That's about my first SampleSource box, and I am now looking forward to receiving the next sample box coming this Summer!

Have you received this box too? What is your favorite product? Share it in the comment below! 

Not a member yet? You can register here: https://www.samplesource.com/

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Review: JASTEK Multi USB Cable

Can't get enough with charging multiple devices at home or on the go? Jastek Multi USB Cable will save your day! Check out this fantastic product!

This Multi USB cable might have all you need for charging different devices and gadgets you have at home. It is a  4-in-1 Multifunction Charger cable with the following:

  •  1 USB C cable for latest Macbook, Pixel C, Nexus 5X/6P, Nokia N1 Tablet, Lumia 950/950 XL, ZTE Max Pro, and other devices with Type C connector.
  • Micro USB for most Android phones & Tablets, Bluetooth headset, External batteries, power banks and more.

  • 2 Lightning for Apple iPhones 5/6/7 series, iPad 4 Retina, iPad Air/Mini

  • USB Connector that you can plug into your computer or an available charger head.

The cable has more than enough length of 3.3 ft (1m or 39.4 in) that is made of Nylon braided protective layer and Aluminum alloy connector which made it super sturdy, durable and long lasting.

It's convenient to use and is always ready on the go! You don't have to carry multiple cables in the car or in your office.  And as a plus, it looks stylish with its metallic color and braided design.

But of course, every product can't be perfect right? Two minor downsides of this USB Cable are the lack of the ability to sync your data or transfer it and slower charging when you have multiple devices at the same time.

But overall, I can still say that this USB cable is a great buy, plus, did I already told you that it comes as a 2-pack for a great value price?! Yes, at an affordable price, you will have 2 sets of this great USB cable so you can share it with your family members too. A great by indeed! πŸ˜‰

Want one? You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/JASTEK-Alluminum-Connector-Universal-Alluminum/dp/B06XSFC7MQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1492512836&sr=8-9&keywords=multi+usb+cable

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REVIEW: Alisten Smart Fitness Activity Band

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I got my first set of Fitness Tracker! Let me give you an idea of how this one works, read on!
In today's world where almost everyone is starting to be conscious about their health, smart fitness tracker became popular. It has been making a buzz for a while now, bust since most of them are expensive, I just can't afford to get myself one before. Fortunately, as one of the perks of being an honest product reviewer, I got the chance of reviewing this fitness tracker for almost free (I got it for a heavily discounted price in exchange for my honest reviews and opinions).

Anyway, let's discuss the basics. This Alisten Smart Fitness Activity Band came in a cute little navy blue box. It came with the removable black tracker, 2 smart bands (camouflage & black in color), USB charger and a user manual.

Assembling the Smart Band

Putting the tracker and band together was a no-brainer. Just take it outside the box, insert the tracker into the hole in the waistband and slightly press the edges to secure it, and then you can wear it. The user manual is a helpful guide, it's also written in different languages which are convenient if you speak a language other than English.

Charging the Tracker

I found the USB charger cool and easy to use. You just have to insert the tracker into the USB charger dongle and make sure the two metal prongs inside are connected to the device, then plug the USB charger into a USB port on your computer or in a power bank if you have one.

Downloading the Smart Movement App

For you to be able to use it, you have to download their free application called "Smart Movement" either from App store if you have an iPhone or from Google Play store if you have an Android device.

It was not hard setting it up. Once you downloaded the app, open your phone's blue tooth and open the App then choose the device from the choices that will show up in the first screen, After that, go to the profile tab with the image of a person and has "Me" as its name. Then click the lock band that can be found in the upper right corner of the app. This will automatically scan devices and once your tracker's name appears, just click it and the tracker and phone will automatically be synchronized, populating the correct time and date in your tracker device. Your tracker is now ready to use. Touch the band and it will show you the screen. 

Key features

So, what can this tracker do? A couple of basic things such as the following:
  • Display time and date

  • Count your steps, calories, and distance.

  • Monitor your sleeping progress
  • It has push notifications for messages, calls, and even alarm clock
  • It can be used as a camera remote
  • IPX67 Water resistant

The only thing it's missing that could have been a great addition to it is the heart rate monitoring ability. But, overall, I love all the function of this smart fitness tracker. The battery life was great, and it can stay charged up to 15 days in stand-by. The tracker helps me keep updated with all incoming calls and messages when I am away to my phone. Although I am not planning to use the other wristband, I found this tracker stylish and can match everything I wear. I also like the fact that it's water resistant. I can wear it even while I'm washing the dishes.

I will continue to monitor its performance especially when I go back to walking and running every day.

If you want this fitness tracker for yourself, you can get it here at an affordable price: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072BMSTM9

What can you say about this tracker? Would you consider buying it for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comment below!

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My First Daily Goodie Box! (FB Won)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Yay, I finally received my first amazing box of samples from Daily Goodie Box! Want to know what's inside the May Box I received and how I find each one of them after trying? Check it out!

So for you who doesn't know what Daily Goodie Box yet, it's a platform that sends a box of free goodies in exchange for reviews on each of the products in the box. Everything is free, even the shipping! And there's no need for credit card details, ever! Not a member of Daily Goodie Box yet? Sign up here: https://dailygoodiebox.com/

If you ask: "Does all member get a Goodie Box?" Well, they are trying to give out as much as possible to all members. However, it is not guaranteed you will receive one. According to their website, many factors come into play. Like for example, if you previously received a Goodie Box and you have completed all your product reviews, you may have a higher chance of being selected to get another box. But of course, they will also consider if your demographics match the brands and the products. They can't offer you a box with pet or baby related products if you don't have either of the two, right? Also, you can increase your chances of getting selected by showing interest in every month's products by viewing them from the 'Products' page and regularly visiting your 'Message' area. From there, they will know that you are really interested in the products and in the program itself. Moreover, keep your shipping information up to date! It'd be a bummer if you did not even provide a shipping address in the first place.

One more tip from them, follow them on their social media accounts like, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and actively engage with them! They are actively giving out Bonus Goodie Boxes to those who interact with them especially on their Facebook page! That's how I won mine.πŸ’—πŸ˜€πŸ˜

Yes! Just by commenting on one of their Facebook Posts, I got my very first Goodie Box! They are very active in posting on Facebook and giving bonus Goodie Boxes, so if you don't want to miss any of their posts, set them as "See First" from their page.

So, what's with my first ever Goodie Box? Well, some amazing samples! Below are the 10 products I have in my box:

1. ONA Treats - Cookies and Bars
2. Prince of Peace - 100% Natural Ginger Candy
3. Andalou Naturals Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream
4. Goviter - Viter Energy Mints 
5. Natralia - Eczema Body Wash & Shampoo
6. Kicking Horse Coffee - Kick A** Ground Coffee
7. Georgia Grinders - Creamy Peanut Butter
8. Swago - Cologne Wipes For Men
9. Volo Vitamins - Energy Stickpacks
10. Tiger Balm - Pain Relieving Patch

So, after trying each of every one of these samples, which some are full-size products by the way, here are my honest reviews and opinions:

ONA Treats - Cookies and Bars - 3/5

I like the packaging of the ONA Treats Cookies as it's cute and colorful. I also love the fact that it's Paleo Friendly, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and contain No Refined Sugars which would be a healthy snack. The taste was a little bit bitter like dark chocolate, but you can get used to it especially when you are trying to eat more healthy snacks. It looks delicious too!

Prince of Peace - 100% Natural Ginger Candy - 5/5

This candy arrived just in time when I was suffering from a cough. I find the taste soothing, not too sweet with the kick of a real ginger. It also calms me when I am feeling nauseous. I totally loved its ginger sweetness. I tried putting it once to my tea, and it added a great flavor to it! And oh, I love how they are individually wrapped, making it easier to carry where you're on the go!

Andalou Naturals Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream - 4/5

First off, I didn't actually like the smell of this product. However, in the brighter side, it did brighten my skin in just the first use. It actually has that firming and tightening power. It's creamy but non-greasy at all. It made my face smooth and younger looking! Too bad, the sample was only for one use (but I did manage to used it up to 3 times😁😁😁)

Goviter - Viter Energy Mints - 4/5

These tasty little mints are packed with flavor and caffeine. It gave me an extra boost to do the things I have to do and give me extra when I fell short of energy. The taste was great! It goes from sweet to the bitter taste that's exactly what I need for fresh breath and an additional kick of energy. The sample I received had 3 pieces medicine tablet-like candies. My husband and I already ate 2, so I only have one left for the picture below.😁😁😁

This Body Wash and Shampoo soothes my scalp and skin's itchiness. Although I don't have Eczema, I sometimes suffer extreme itchiness in my scalp and some part of my skin. It's gentle on the skin and does not dry it out.  It has a faint smell, which is okay. It leaves my skin smooth.

First of all, the smell of this coffee is terrible that you just don't want to try it out. But I did try it once, it's definitely tasty but not that strong as it claims for a dark coffee. But you can simply add more grounds of it to make it as strong as you want it to be. I won't probably buy this coffee again. Just the smell of it makes me want to puke, sorry!

I love that they offer pouches for this peanut butter. It's easy to use and can be carried around on a road trip or picknick. It was indeed a creamy peanut butter! I love that it has natural ingredients with the right amount of salt that made it even tastier. It's not made sweet like other peanut butter I tasted which is good. This might become my new peanut butter choice! 

I had my husband tried it, and he was impressed like I was. It smelled really good and was perfect for him as he was always on the go in the morning. This is perfect for busy guys who still want to smell good. Easy to use with the fragrance that can get you to the day!

Volo Vitamins - Energy Stick packs - 3/5

This vitamin will come in handy when you need extra energy for the day. It's packed with real vitamins, fruits, and natural energy boosters. Although I didn't like its taste, which smelled and tasted like medicine by the way when I mixed it with my favorite juice, the taste tamed down a little, so it's bearable for me to drink. The good thing about it was, it actually did gave me energy for my whole day of stuff ahead. I got the berry and citrus flavor which can both go with my favorite juices.

 Tiger Balm - Pain Relieving Patch - 5/5

Most of the time I will experience extreme muscle & back pain, plus sore legs and feet. So this patch is an excellent addition to relieving the pain. I used this sample pain relieving patch on my back, and it did work well in relieving my back pain. No heat or burning sensation like other patches do, but it worked well and was indeed effective. It felt cold when put on my back but only for a couple of minutes. I love how it acted fast and made my back pain disappear! I might say it won't stay as long as you wanted it. In some parts, it can easily come off. But one more positive about this product is that it doesn't yank the skin when you pull them off as other patches do.

So, that was my awesome box of goodies and my reviews of each! Overall, I can say that this box was by far the most amazing sample box I received! It contains a variety of sample products including some full-sized items that not only I can enjoy but my whole family as well! My favorite was the Prince of Peace Ginger Candy that soothes my throat and gives my tea a distinctive flavor. The next thing I love from this box was the Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter that was perfect not only for my morning bread but also in between snacking throughout the day. Most of the products from this box I would definitely buy more and recommend to others. I definitely would love to receive more Goodie box to explore new, different products and share my valuable experience and opinion to other consumers like me. Thank you for letting me try one box!

If you want to check out my unboxing of this Goodie Box, you can click below:

What's your favorite product/s in this box? Comment below! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Disclaimer: These Goodie Box and all the products I received were sent to me complimentary by Daily Goodie Box for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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