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Ah, Influenster. Sending me sample sized products to try out, that aren’t really sample sized. When I was chosen to receive the oral hygiene product, I was pretty excited. I’m always trying to find new products that work to make my smile a little brighter. I’m one of those weird people that actually enjoy going to the dentist. I mean…I carry around floss in my purse all the time. It’s a little weird, but totally okay. 

So when I received my Influenster box (by the way, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), I was surprised to see Crest’s slogan on the box. Even more surprised to open the box and see a full package of Crest 3D Vivid White Strips (Level 4). I was beyond excited. I have been wanting to try this newer version of White Strips for awhile after having a bad experience a few years ago. So I’ve been trying them for about a day (yes, I’m that impressed that I am writing a review about them). I’m hoping to get my teeth a few shades whiter. I’m not looking for pure white, but a few shades would be great, especially just in time for the holidays. 

 

Pros:

  • Easy to use. You don’t need to do anything special when putting them on. I do suggest just doing a quick brush of your teeth in case you have some plaque build-up, but I don’t think it’s 100% necessary. 
  • They stick. I had this problem the last time I used whitening strips. They just didn’t stick, felt kind of messy, and left a lot of goop on my teeth. These didn’t. After wearing them for 30 minutes, they came off easily and didn’t leave too much goop behind (maybe a tiny dot, but that’s it). 
  • They actually work the first time. I’ve noticed a difference already and I’ve only tried them once. We’ll see how it looks in a couple days. 

Cons

  • It’s thirty minutes. Granted, you can probably put them on before your shower then take them off once you’re dressed, but it’s still 30 minutes. I wouldn’t go outside in them, but that’s just me. I plan on using them solely at night as well, so it probably won’t be a huge problem.
  • They’re expensive. At $50 a pop, they’re very expensive even for whitening strips. If they work really well, I plan on shopping around for a month before buying another set. They’ll probably live up to the cost, but I also just can’t spending $50 per month on whitening strips. 

So we’ll see how this goes. I’ll be taking pictures right after I take them off every night to track my progress. Let’s see how this goes! 

20. The number of applications and cover letters I’ve written & drafted, then sent out, in the past 12 days. It’s not even that much, when you think about it. I should be sending them out to every person on the planet. But I don’t have the energy for that. A few I would really like, a few I sent out to see if I could even qualify. I guess it’s the effort that counts, right? So long as that effort eventually leads to a job.

But, I digress. This post is purely for me. You see, there’s a website, called Influenster (all beauties go “YYEsssssss”), which is completely free to use. What happens is, you sign up, earn badges & points and then you get FREE stuff.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, sort of. You can’t just sign up and expect them to send you oodles of goodies. That wouldn’t be fair to the people who are active on social media and actively trying to get their name out there. I heard about this site through various Youtube Beauty Gurus and decided to check it out. Recently, it went through a re-launch and, as part of their re-launch, they’re giving out a TON of stuff. Which is why this blog post comes up.

Now, before any of you freak out: I was going to do a post about Influenster anyway. Not today, per say, but within ac couple weeks. Since their re-launch, there have been a lot of new changes, of which I’d like to highlight here, be it good or bad.

The Bottom Line: Influenster free-for-all in supplies. You sign up, you earn badges (such as Dog Owner/College Student/Mom/Bride to Be/Environment lover, etc), and you gain points. You can gain points by reviewing services and products (PetSmart, NYC Beauty Care, Dawn dish soap, you name it, you can probably review it). By reviewing products, blogging, youtubing, or basically just staying active on your linked up social media sites, you earn points. These points make more a more influenced member (get it now?) or less influenced member, depending on the time and effort you would like to put in. Mine currently stand at 79, which I think is pretty fair considering I’m not a Beauty or Review guru. You can then take surveys which qualify you for VoxBoxes, which is literally a box full of regular and sample sized goodies…all for FREE. Currently, I’m actually awaiting a sample sized version of dish washing liquid. Am I excited? Of course. I do most of the hand-dish washing in my house so I’m excited to use a new product. And it’s free. C’mon people…FREE.

The Good:

The site is MUCH more user friendly than before. You’re allowed more chances to get products and there are actually a lot more products and services you can review. Before, I didn’t go on the site that often. There weren’t too many badges and I would only go on to see if I ‘qualified’ for a VoxBox. I didn’t, because besides being a Youtuber, it didn’t seem like there was much room to grow.

I’m happy to say that these good folks have remedied this. You can link up all your social media sites and there are a lot more gifts to be given. You gain a lot more opportunities through this site, you can interact with other reviewers more, and it just LOOKS more user friendly.

The Bad:

I wish you could earn more Lifestyle badges. I have a few, but am blocked from getting more as of right now. I’m a complicated girl, Influenster! I love beauty gadgets just as much as I love hiking gadgets! Let me have my badges!!

Overall, however, it is a great program. I’ve known some gurus who’ve signed up for the programs you PAY for then are disappointed with the lack of samples for the price. Samples SHOULD be free you know. So Influenster is getting it right.

 

Want to sign up? Head over to http://www.influenster.com to learn more & get started.

 

(No, Influenster did not pay me to do this. As I said, I wanted to do this, was given an option by Influenster to do this for a re-launch voxbox and decided it was time.)

I love reviews. I love reading and writing reviews. I rarely buy something that I’ll use consistently without first looking at reviews. I even look at reviews for things I don’t want to buy; I just like to know everyone’s opinions on certain items. 

Which brings me to today’s post: 4 reviews on 4 beauty products that have become a staple in my life. 

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So, today I’ll be reviewing the following four products: 

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray
 Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo
L’Oreal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Gel Cleanser
Avon Eye Makeup Remover Lotion

First up; John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray

This particular product promises a quick drying time for the ultimate hold that battles frizz, rain, & shine. It comes along with a UV filter and from a company that I trust with my hair. During the summer, my hair is constantly battling frizz, not to mention that misty rain that always threatens to turn my hair into a fuzz-ball. 

About six months ago, I bought a double pack of this on sale at Target for $6. I knew it was a great deal, Frieda usually runs a little more expensive than it’s drugstore counterparts. The next day I opted to straighten my hair and test it out during a little humidity spell. Usually, I’d have to have an arsenal of trial-size products to keep my hair tame during the summer months, but with this I was pleasantly surprised. Even at it’s price tag (I bought this particular one on sale for $4.50), I’d still get it all the time. In fact, it’s become a staple in my routine. I straightened my hair a few days ago and have used this product once a day in my hair. It’s managed to keep my hair tame and frizz-free, even in the unusually high wind gusts outside. Plus side? It does contain ingredients that will protect your hair against the sun. 

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

The one reason I bought this (again) is to give it another go. When Suave first came out with this product, I bought it one sale and was sorely disappointed. It seemed to contain little to no dry shampoo. Luckily, Suave refunded my money and I received an e-mail two days later saying I got a ‘dud’ from their plant: it didn’t contain the usual amount of the spray. So I gave in and bought it again when it was on sale. For something on the inexpensive side (not on sale, it rings in at $2.99), I’m pretty happy with the product. Where I could go with Tresemme’s dry shampoo, I use Suave quite a bit for my shampoo & conditioner and trusted the brand name enough to go for it. 

It works great when I straighten my hair. I spray directly onto the roots (only the ones along my hairline) and it gives my hair back it’s shine & bounce. I have yet to really test it post-wash on my curly hair, but I don’t see a particular problem with it. It’s a great item to have on you if you’re someone who has done anything to their hair and needs an extra boost. You shouldn’t regularly shampoo your hair every day as is, so this is a great alternative for between-washes. Apparently, they do have a spray on conditioner, but I haven’t seen it yet. I don’t know how it would add up to the leave-ins though. 

L’Oreal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Gel Cleanser

I picked up this bad boy at a 50% off sale, or else I would never look at it (price tag usually reads $6.99 at most drugstores, whereas my usual cleanser reads $2 less). Seeing that I was out of my usual (Dove) and that I desperately needed something for my upcoming vacation, I picked it up. I’m a little obsessed with my pores (okay…a lot), so it seemed like something I would like and (plus side!) I trusted the brand name. 

Lets just say I’m pretty happy with the results. Because it’s a gel cleanser, this does come out a little bit thicker than the others. However, it’s also gently enough to remove most eye makeup, which is a plus side. It’s gentle on my combination skin, particularly around the T-Zone area. And it really does work. I’ve noticed a considerable improvement in my skin since I started using this, prompting me to head back to the store & pick up the last bottle they had sitting on the shelf. I’m onto the second bottle right now and use it day and night. You can use it in the shower as well, it doesn’t matter where you use it because it doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Unfortunately, L’Oreal apparently stopped selling this particular gel on the store shelves, though you might be able to find at retail price or below on Drugstore.com or Amazon. 

Avon Eye Makeup Remover Lotion 

Though the above removes most eye-makeup lotion, I’m a fanatic when it comes to taking the makeup off my eyes. On sale for $0.99 (yes, you’re reading that right, under a buck), Avon’s eye makeup remover is just hands down amazing. And it’s simple. You take a dot of the lotion, rub it around your eye, then wipe it off with a damp cloth or tissue. It softens the skin & easily removes the makeup, even Avon’s own stubborn mascara. Some claim it doesn’t work, but if you follow the oh-so-simple directions, it does. A friend of mine was a non-believer; she bought the product & said it didn’t work. So one night, I had her try it again and noticed she put the lotion on the tissue before using it remove the makeup. Which is something you can do with a liquid or gel-like remover, not the lotion. So she tried the right way on the other eye and it worked like a charm. 

 

I keep going back to these four products for a reason: they all work great. They’re not only staples in my drawer, but should be staples in every girls drawer (whether it be these particular products or not, every girl should have these kinds of things in their routine).