Product Review: LashBlast

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I’m a simpleton when it comes to make-up. My daily routine consists of concealer and mascara, that’s it, that’s all, no more! Unless I’m going out to a special event, I don’t use eyeshadow or anything like that. With a baby grabbing at your face, make-up just gets everywhere you don’t want it to be. I will admit though, I struggle the most with my eyelashes. They’re short and stick straight out – a curler is needed so they don’t stick together after I put mascara on.

20150924_091635 Enter the CoverGirl LashBlast mascara collection!

I’ve been a fan of CG products for a while now, so I was excited to try out their volumizing mascara courtesy of BzzAgent to see if it would help give my lashes a little boost.

All the mascaras in the LastBlast collection have the best wand, in my opinion. The silicone brushes make applying mascara super easy and I didn’t have any issues with clumps. (Which is great because clumps + Contact lenses = Painful chunks in your eyes.)

Other than the brush and lack of clumps, I didn’t really find any difference in volume. My lashes didn’t seem fuller, just more defined due to the black mascara and them being curled.

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Would I buy this product again? Probably not, but I would definitely try a different variety from the CG LashBlast line. My biggest issue is length, so I may try the LastBlast Fusion next, which claims to provide volume AND length. I’d also like to try the water resistant variety since my eyes get watery from time to time and no one likes looking like a raccoon ;)

What’s your daily face routine? Are you a simpleton like me, or do you do a bit more?

It’s (in) the Pits

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Fun (and slightly gross) fact: I sweat like a pig. Every since puberty hit, I became a victim of sweat, whether it was from overheating, stress, or whatever. As a result, I have become somewhat of a underarm deodorant aficionado.

I remember my first-ever stick what a gross, powerdy one that smelled like baby powder and showed up on shirts worse than you wouldn’t believe, and I was made fun of in a major way. (Enter my self-conscienceness here.) Since then, I’ve tried almost every type of anti-stink stick out there. While my current “go-to” stick is an invisible solid, the raging hormones of postpartum awesomeness have put it to the test, and it’s failing slightly.

Of course, it was the perfect time to receive a sample of Secret Clear Gel to try out and review from BzzAgent.

I’ve never used a gel before so I was skeptical of how well it would perform; I’ve been using it for almost a week straight and I must say, I’m rather impressed.

My first concern was how fast it would dry after I put it on. Nothing is more uncomfortable than putting on deodorant right before you get dressed and then having your shirt get smeared with deodorant, or having deodorant stains in your armpits. Well guess what? Clear gel is exactly that – CLEAR! I had no wet marks in my pits, so that was a huge win in my books. I also didn’t have chunks of while powder hanging out in my armpit after I applied it – a huge plus for tank top season.

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No residue here!

However, my BIGGEST concern was how well it protected against sweat. Like I said before, I sweat a LOT so sweat marks and of course, stank is always the #1 thing I want to avoid. (Really, who doesn’t consider that their top priority when choosing a pit stick?)

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Dry pits are happy pits

We’ve been having funny weather lately where it’s been cool in the mornings but hot in the afternoons, so I’ve been choosing short-sleeved shirts over tanks to combat my body’s desire to either be too cold or too warm. Yesterday I decided to take the girls for a walk as it was starting to warm up, and I thought for sure that once I started to get moving and started to feel the heat, I’d have nice little wet marks in my pits to show for my efforts. Alas, upon lifting up my arms, they were dry as they could be thanks to Secret. Even better – they didn’t stink! Victory!

Other things I liked? The smell was not too shabby, although it may not have been my first choice if I were to go ahead and buy it for myself at the drug store. It also isn’t too pricy either; as I mentioned, I’ve bought almost every type of deodorant under the sun and the price point for this stick is spot-on for what it does.

My only gripe about Secret Clear Gel is that the gel feels kind of sticky once applied. It being the first gel deodorant I’ve ever tried, I don’t know if this is typical of this type of stick in general, but I’m not 100% sold on how it made my pits feel. Until I got used to it, I found myself constantly looking down at my armpits checking for wet marks.

How sweaty do you get? Does your underarm deodorant do the job?

 

 

Make an impact on Influenster

If your shopping habits are similar to my own, you like to do research before buying stuff. Sure, that deodorant may claim to stop your pits from leaking like Niagara Falls, but does it actually do the job?

Enter Influenster. This wonderful site gives you the opportunity to both read and write honest product reviews on stuff you’re either interested in trying or have tried. And the cool thing? The more stuff you review, the sweeter your odds are for getting invited to a cool VoxBox campaign (See: Free stuff!) All you have to do is review enough stuff to unlock a badge (5 points per review or Q&A) and you’re in to be selected for campaigns! Easy peasy!

(A cool feature? The Influenster App is available for download on the iPhone and iPad, so you can check out reviews on the fly, while standing there in the store debating on what product to buy! I don’t have either, so I’m hoping a Google Play version comes out soon.)

Of course, my favourite thing about Influenster is that they’re Canadian-friendly. There’s just as many fun and exciting campaigns for Canadians as there are for our American neighbours. One fun one I was able to be a part of was for imPress Manicure press-on nails. It was a product that I wouldn’t necessarily purchase on my own free will, but thanks to Influenster I was introduced to something new. And an extra added bonus? Because I did well during my campaign, I was chosen to receive two more free samples of their product!

Another great thing is that the samples aren’t your run-of-the-mill travel-sized bottles or annoying, hard to rip open foil packets of product – it’s the full-sized, real deal. This is great since it’s so hard to form an opinion on a product when it’s all gone after 2 or 3 uses!

If you’re interested in becoming an Influenster, you should definitely check out their website! It’s super easy, and I love how I’m not bombarded with emails. I only get them when it’s necessary (like for a campaign offer), and so it’s up to me to keep my scores up. If I slack off, that’s my own fault!

Are YOU an Influenster? What’s the coolest campaign you’ve been a part of?

Disclaimer: This post is a part of the Influenster BlogSTAR VirtualVox campaign, where I have the chance to win a Amex g/c in exchange for my reviews. As always, thoughts are my own!