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?

 

 

Product Review: Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10

I’ll say it straight up: I get a lot of compliments on my hair. It’s smooth, stick-straight, and shiny. My hair dresser has even commented on how some women would kill to have natural dark brown hair like mine. (It even has hints of red. Yay Irish roots?)

Anyway, it’s not naturally perfect. I do have to manage my hair on a daily basis to keep it looking so swell. Every morning I shampoo and condition my hair, because if I don’t it looks oily AND my scalp flakes. Gross, gross, gross. And unless I toss it up into a pony tail, I have to blow dry and flat iron it to keep it looking normal. I know a lot of women go a day or two without washing their hair, but that’s just not possible for me. Gotta wash it to protect it from heat damage!

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Enter the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 line. With just three bottles of product my hair gets clean, is repaired and strengthened from heat damage, and smoothed (even more, like I thought that was possible). I figured that since there’s SO much going on between the shampoo, conditioner, and BB crème that my hair would feel heavy, but it doesn’t! It’s still light and silky smooth. A bonus is that the BB crème rinses off my hands easily when I’m done running it through my hair.

The only thing that I would change is the smell. I like product where I could just clutch the bottle all day and smell it, and the Ultimate 10 just doesn’t do that for me. It’s weird though – when I opened my BzzAgent box the smell was great, but when I opened the bottles up in the shower it wasn’t. Odd. (Although Kyle says it smells like cotton candy and he wants to eat my head … so I suppose it’s not that bad?)

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Overall, I’m fairly happy with the results I’m seeing. It’s hard to notice a change in shine since my hair is naturally pretty shiny, but I have noticed less split ends and fried strands of hair from running it through the flat iron. And this past weekend I went a day without showering and my hair wasn’t overly oily looking on the surface.

Do I think I’ll switch from my regular brand of shampoo and conditioner? I’m not sure. The price tag is comparable to other popular brands out there, so I might switch for a little bit and see how it goes. For now, I’ll just keep lather, rinse, and repeating ;)

Want to try Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 yourself? Click here for a printable $2 off coupon! You can purchase the Ultimate 10 line at Target or any other major retailer.

What products do you usually use in your hair? Is there anything in specific that you battle against when it comes to hair care?

Disclaimer: I received Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 shampoo, conditioner and BB Crème for free from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest opinion and to help create buzz about the product.