As a BzzAgent, I’m able to test out new products released by brands that I already love! In this case, I was sent a free bottle of the new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil. I’m already a long-time fan of their hair dye line and have also recently started using their straightening heat protectant spray, so being picked for this campaign was a pleasant surprise. :) Marketed as an everyday multi-purpose product for hair, body, and face, this weightless formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue. It combines three different oils: olive, avocado, and shea.
Olive oil moisturizes, protects, and replenishes your dry hair, improving its strength and elasticity. You face and body benefit from antioxidants that help protect against skin damage. Avocado oil is loaded with Vitamin E, and protects against dryness while locking in color and moisture to keep your hair looking radiant and silky soft. The oil’s natural hydrating abilities promote soft and supple skin, too. Shea oil is known for heaving unique healing properties. It rejuvenates damaged hair and leaves it with a healthy shine. It’s also a great moisturizer that helps improve elasticity in skin. –Garnier Fructis
Since I’ve been embracing my natural hair lately, and choose to air-dry instead of blow-dry, I could always use some extra moisture. After using this product every morning for a week.. I noticed that it was shinier, my waves were more defined, my dry ends didn’t feel as brittle, and my locks were overall softer.
1) Do not apply directly into your hair. Especially your bangs. The product is very heavy and soaks in really quickly, so it won’t get distributed evenly and you’ll just end up looking greasy. If you have medium/long hair like me, two spritzes into your palm will be enough. Rub your hands together, and run them through your damp hair at least three inches from your scalp in a downward massaging motion. Once your hair has dried and you still think it could use some extra moisture or softness, do not use more than one spritz to touch up. A little goes a long way!
2) If you have oily and/or acne-prone skin, do not apply onto your face. Not for extended periods of time, at least. I didn’t even risk it, since I know that I break out really easily. If you have dry skin on other parts of your body, though, I highly recommend this. It’s a lot more lightweight than other similar oil-based products, and gives a healthy glow. Since I love showing off my legs in the warmer seasons, I can imagine myself using a little bit of this to accentuate them in shorts/skirts/dresses. :P
Posted in Advertising, Hair, Look of the Day, Reviews
Tagged avocado, bzzagent, campaign, damage, dry, fructis, garnier, hair, miracle, moisture, oil, olive, product, protection, shea
“To the casual observer, drinking Stella Artois from a pint glass seems…acceptable. But to the refined eye? It’s nothing short of criminal. We know you won’t do the same injustice to your beer. In Belgium, the birthplace of Stella Artois, tradition dictates every beer be served in a unique glass that highlights its distinctive flavor. Stella Artois is no exception — this classic Belgian lager is best enjoyed from a Chalice, not a glass.”
As a BzzAgent, I love being introduced to brands that I have never tried before. This time, we partnered up with Belgian beer brand Stella Artois – a lager I had always heard positive things about. And since Stella was initially launched in 1926 as a seasonal beer for the holiday market, I find it appropriate that I received their special chalice and learned their 9 Step Pouring Ritual a few weeks before Christmas. :)
I was never a huge fan of beer in college, probably because it’s an environment where quantity matters more than quality. Dorm parties were always thrown with racks of Coors Light or Keystone Light – yuck. But I’m glad that I’m starting to develop an appreciation for good beer now, my favorite being Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat. :) Stella Artois is a little too bitter for me, but definitely a good choice for those of you who look for that in a lager.
I’m no connoisseur, but there’s definitely a difference in taste when drinking from their chalice compared to from the bottle – it’s much more crisp and tasty. If there’s anything I’ve learned from this campaign, it’s that beer should be enjoyed in the proper glassware. :P Until next time! ^.^
Posted in Advertising, Food & Cooking, Look of the Day, Reviews
Tagged 9 step, beer, bzzagent, chalice, free, glass, pouring, ritual, stella artois
As a BzzAgent, I often get the opportunity to try out some awesome new products for free! So imagine my excitement when I received a package last week containing six tubes of Maybelline’s Lots of Lashes mascara AND five tubes of Maybelline’s Baby Lips lip balm. :)
Of course, I’m not that much of a cosmetics whore to horde all of this for myself. :P I kept one tube of mascara for myself, and shared the rest with several of my girlfriends! As for the lip balms, I tried them all out and kept my three favorites. I gave the other two to my co-worker. ;)
Baby Lips goes further than your everyday lip balm. Not only does it contain shea butter, vitamin complex, and centella to soften and smooth your lips – but they also come in six different varieties! Cherry Me is my personal favorite, and gives my lips a lovely, dewy, flushed tint. It looks more natural than lipgloss or lipstick, and really brightens up the rest of my face. Quenched, on the other hand, is completely colorless and flavorless. It still keeps my lips super moisturized, though! Pink Punch is my least favorite, mostly because the shade is too cool for my skin tone. It’s a shame, too, because it tastes and smells wonderful. Peach Kiss is the only lip balm in this line with glitter! And although it sparkles prettily when applied, the shade is too light for the natural pigmentation of my lips. Peppermint is also colorless like Quenched, but has a pleasant and cooling taste. The only lip balm I didn’t receive, though, was Grape Vine. Which I was actually disappointed with not getting, since the tint looks deep and mysterious on the website.
And since I’m already quite loyal to the Maybelline brand, I went out to my local Rite Aid and bought their Expertwear Eyeshadow Single in Golden Halo. Mostly because gold colors really flatter my complexion and eye shape. :D I’m wearing this shade in the before/after mascara photo at the bottom of this post. :P
Anyway, the photo below illustrates how Lots of Lashes look on me after one coat, in comparison to my naked eyelashes. As you can see, this mascara really gives me the definition I’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, the brush design makes it difficult to reach the inner corners of my lashes. I don’t mind too much, though, since I got used to it after a few days. I’m also surprised by how well this product keeps my lashes curled, too! It doesn’t clump on me, either. But I don’t like to go more than two coats with this mascara anyway.
I’m so glad that I received this opportunity to spread the word about these new Maybelline cosmetics. After this experience, I would definitely recommend both Lots of Lashes and Baby Lips to all my readers. They’re relatively inexpensive at your local drugstore, compared to other brands and lines. I don’t think there’s anything to lose by giving them a try. Until next time! ^.^
Posted in Advertising, Look of the Day, Makeup & Beauty, Reviews
Tagged baby lips, balm, black, bzzagent, cherry me, expertwear, eyeshadow, golden halo, grape vine, great lash, hold, lip, lots of lashes, mascara, maybelline, peach kiss, peppermint, pink punch, quenched, review, single
As a BzzAgent, I get the opportunity to try out some nifty stuff! This time, I received a package of OXO Candela Glow rechargeable lights. Which is actually really cool, since I can’t have real candles in my dorm room. (Fire hazard, duh.) The set comes with two medium-sized LED lamps and a charging station.
The photos on the official website are actually an accurate representation of what these lights look like. :P The glow is soft, and gives a really romantic vibe to any dimly lit room or corner.
Personally, I keep them in a little shelf above my closet space. The glow really diffuses within the cubby hole, and gives my dorm room a really relaxed atmosphere. Which is awesome, since the overhead lights in my room aren’t the best quality and my built-in desk lamp is blindingly bright. Disregard the terrible picture quality below – my camera doesn’t work so well in the dark.
As far as the power goes, I accidentally left them on overnight and it took about 10 hours for them to go out. Not sure if they were fully charged when I turned them on, though, so they may actually be able to last even longer. :D My only issue with the product is that they cost $39.99 for a set of two. When I saw the price tag, I was really glad that I got these for free. If they were a cheaper, I’d totally tell you guys to go decorate your homes with them. Until next time! ^.^
Posted in Advertising, Reviews
Tagged bzzagent, campaign, candela, candle, convenient, decor, electric, free, glow, home, lamp, light, mood, oxo, rechargeable, romantic, soft, warm
As a BzzAgent, I am often given the opportunity to become involved in new ways to spread ideas and inspiration. In partnership with The Domino Project, as Amazon e-book is sent to my Kindle Reader on my iPod Touch every month – three weeks before they are officially released! But since I was really busy during the school year, I never got around to reading and sharing them with you guys until now. : )
Poke the Box, by Seth Godin
“The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.”
Poke the Box is a very straight-forward book on self-improvement. It emphasizes particularly on the importance of initiative, risk-taking, and commitment. Godin wants to convince us that success is directly determined by our levels of awareness, education, connections, consistency, building assets, and productivity – all of which I agree with. He states that those things are not enough, though. The “final imperative” is passion or love for what you’re doing, which seems like common sense to me.
What Godin suggests we do to start becoming successful is “poking the box” – experimenting, trial & error, then modifying. It was at this point in the book that I decided to stop reading. Mostly because I felt that to continue would not give me anything more than I already know.
Moreover, the entire book has a very arrogant and know-it-all tone. Which, as you can imagine, was incredibly off-putting for me. Godin makes some very good points, but I just couldn’t find it enjoyable because it was too market and business-oriented. I felt like I was reading a really lame textbook, where every single word had to be defined for me. The use of weak and cliche analogies annoyed me, as well. The entire book was also sectioned awkwardly into groups of 2-3 paragraphs per “chapter”. Overall, it was a complete waste of my time.
Currently, I have two more books from The Domino Project to read: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield and Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I’ll post about them whenever I can. :P In the meantime, here are three photos from the purikura booth in Flushing that I took with my friend Kristiana yesterday. :D
Excuse my derpy face here. >.<;
Isn’t she so pretty?! <3
And I felt so short here. XD Until next time! ^.^
Posted in Advertising, Books, Movies, TV, & Games, Look of the Day, Reviews, Technology
Tagged amazon, book, booth, bzzagent, domino, e-book, flushing, imperative, initiative, iPod, kindle, photo, poke the box, project, purikura, reader, self-improvement, seth godin, success, the domino project, touch
Because I’m a BzzAgent, I’m often given the opportunity to try out new products for free and share my opinion of them with people like you guys! : ) In partnership with TRESemmé, I was sent two free bottles of their new Color Revitalize Shampoo & Conditioner. Now, believe me, I’m no stranger to TRESemmé products. I’m a long-time fan of their Moisture Rich Conditioner. So imagine my excitement when I was signed up for this campaign! :D
Did you know that the number one reason for hair color fade isn’t exposure to UV rays, salt, chlorine, or pollution? It’s wash out from daily cleansing, which strips the hair shaft of dye molecules and natural oils. Chemicals in water also alter the tone of your color!
This product claims that it will bring the shine back to your color-treated hair and protect it from further fading. Because my hair has become really brassy and dull since my last bleaching, I was hoping this would help me out. The color in this next photo might be a little exaggerated because it was taken with my iPod, but this is basically what my hair looked like:
After two washes, I had already noticed a slight difference in my hair color. Because the Color Revitalize Shampoo & Conditioner does not deposit color, but instead cleanses your current shade, the blonde in my hair has become lighter and less “yellow”. It’s also shinier! Unfortunately, using the shampoo and conditioner alone dries out my already damaged hair and leaves it more tangled after a shower than my Aussie Moist Shampoo & Conditioner. I would definitely suggest following up with a deep conditioner and/or leave-in conditioner afterwards if you have overprocessed hair like mine.
I also received a ton of coupons with my package! Although TRESemmé products are already quite affordable (about $5 for a huge 32-oz bottle), an extra dollar off just makes it better. :P If you know me in person, feel free to ask for one! : )
Posted in Advertising, Hair, Look of the Day, Reviews
Tagged bottle, brassy, bzzagent, chlorine, color, conditioner, damaged, dry, dye, fade, faded, free, hair, moisture rich, overprocessed, pollution, protectant, protection, review, shampoo, tresemme, uv rays
As a BzzAgent, I am often introduced to up-and-coming companies and websites. In partnership with the publishers of InStyle, my attention was directed towards their fashion website called StyleFind.
After I registered for a free membership, I liked that they sent me a really warm and welcoming e-mail. Customer service and care is definitely a huge factor for me when it comes to shopping online. Style Find doesn’t spam my inbox, either. They just send a quick update on new deals and popular items once a week. : )
So what can this website do for us? Well, instead of going back and forth between several different online sites to compare prices for a particular piece or trend, Style Find lets you browse through thousands of different items in one place! It then redirects you to the original website of the retailer, where you can purchase what you’ve found. My thoughts?
The website is very easy to navigate, and filters for the item you’re looking for very thoroughly – by style, brand, color, size, etc. They also let you filter by free shipping! What I liked the most, though, were their regularly updated “Editor’s Pick” items. Unfortunately, this is all that I liked about the site.
This website definitely targets older women who have an affinity for upscale brands and the hefty price tags that come with them. They only let you search for items made by their retail partners, which in my opinion is incredibly limiting. Whereas I’m used to paying no more than $30 for a dress or a pair of shoes, the majority of the clothes and accessories being advertised on this site run from $100 to $800. On top of this, the few deals and sales promoted on Style Find won’t save you the kind of money on higher-end brands that stores like TJ Maxx or Century 21 would.
Ultimately, the point of this website still escapes me. Although I do enjoy online shopping, Style Find does not give me any more benefits than other sites I’ve purchased from. In fact, it’s much more inconvenient because you end up making an order from a different website anyway, which could result in multiple shipping fees if you’re buying from more than one retailer. The brands they carry honestly don’t appeal to me or my budget, either, and I would much rather prefer browsing several different sites than this one.
Posted in Advertising, Fashion & Style, Reviews, Shopping, Technology
Tagged accessories, beauty, brands, bzzagent, clothes, fashion, instyle, online, pointless, review, shoes, shopping, style, style find, stylefind, upscale, website