Summer Fun Products from BzzAgent and Influenster

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As a member of BzzAgent and Influenster, I receive free products in exchange for my honest opinion. Lately, I’ve received a few items that are going to help our summer be more fun!

From Influenster, I received the “Go VoxBox.” Here’s what it had in it (ignore the fact that I put everything on the stove to take a picture!).

Contents:
PRFOOT Pedi-Rock
Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds
PRFOOT Triad Orthotic Shoe Inserts
Vitamin Shoppe Fit N’ Full Shakes in French Vanilla, Swiss Chocolate, and Fresh Berries
Vitamin Shoppe Shaker Bottle
Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme in Lavender and Chamomile 
Playtex Sport Tampons
Coupon for Mueller yogurt
I haven’t used everything yet, but I’ve enjoyed everything I have used! The shakes tasted a lot better than I thought they would. I did notice that the chocolate blended better than the vanilla. I haven’t tried the berry flavor yet, so I’m not sure how well it will blend. The shaker bottle works well with no leaks or sweating. The lid is a little tough to snap down, but once it’s sealed, it keeps anything from spilling. The almonds were good, but they were a little sweeter than I expected. They may taste better mixed in with plain almonds or another unflavored food. I used another one of the products, but I’ll spare you the details of that! ūüėČ I’m planning to use the inserts the next time I run, so hopefully they’ll help me go lightning fast (ha!).¬†
Currently, I have four open BzzAgent campaigns: Silk Protein-Fiber Almond Milk, Bic Soleil Glow Razors, Coppertone Clearlysheer Sunscreen, and Summer Favorites at Kroger (which included Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces and Rolled Guacamole Tortilla Chips). 
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of any of the products when I unpacked the boxes. Sorry!
The first product I tried was the Protein + Fiber Almond Milk in Original flavor. I have been drinking almond milk instead of dairy milk since February, so I was really excited about this campaign! I usually add my almond milk to coffee, tea, or protein shakes, so I don’t know how this tastes by itself. However, it tasted great mixed in with all of my usual drinks. Plus, the added fiber helped keep me full just a little bit longer. And, not to be TMI here, but it didn’t do anything funky to my stomach (hey, that’s important info to know!). The only downside was that I couldn’t find this in Publix, so I had to go to Kroger for it, which can sometimes be a not-so-fun experience. I’ll definitely buy this again!
The second product I tried was the Soleil razor. Like most women, I find shaving a pain in the leg (instead of a pain in the neck…get it…heh). Now that it’s warm out, I have to shave even more often, so I’m glad I had the chance to try the Soleil razor because it lasts longer than the double blade store brand razors I usually use! The Soleil has three blades, which I didn’t think would make a big difference, but it does. It seems to give a closer shave that lasts just a hair (ha) longer than my other razors. It also has a lubricating strip with Vitamin E and aloe, so your legs get a little extra moisturizing when you use it. That’s never a bad thing!
The third product I tried was the sunscreen. I received two different types- Clearlysheer for Sunny Days and Clearlysheer for Beach and Pool. Since I haven’t had the chance to go to the beach or pool yet this year (BOOOOOO), I used the Sunny Days formula. It went on light and had a good odor; I was glad to have a sunscreen that didn’t smell like coconuts or that had a telltale “sunscreen smell.” I tend to break out a lot in the summer also, but this sunscreen didn’t make me feel like my pores were clogged. I’m not always the best about remembering to put on sunscreen, but I’m going to make more of an effort since I have a good one to use now!
The fourth and fifth products I devoured tried were the pretzel pieces and tortilla chips. Okay, here’s my confession. I’ve been doing a couple of challenges at the gym since the end of January, and I’m supposed to be eating cleaner. All of the clean eating went out the window during the three days it took me to destroy these snacks. Oops! There’s nothing healthy about these snacks, but they would make a great side for cookout food or a good afternoon snack. I also received coupons for Big K soda and Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream, but I haven’t redeemed those yet.¬†
I know this was a pretty long post, but if you’re still with me, take a moment to enter the giveaway and then take more than a moment to purchase one or more of these products!

Product reviews: Neutrogena Hair Care and Rimmel Lipstick

I don’t normally post on Mondays, but I wanted to blog about these two products before the Make Yourself Amazing in April series starts tomorrow.

I received two products to test: the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care System from BzzAgent and Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in As You Want Victoria from Influenster. I received both of these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

(Side note: After April, I plan to write more about the product testing and money making sites that I am a member of).

My first product was the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care System.

The system includes shampoo, conditioner, and fortifying leave-in treatment. I’m not loyal to any kind of hair brand, so I was excited to try something new, especially a hair care system that is supposed to strengthen my hair and protect it from damage from styling tools. The¬†Neutrogena website¬†says that it’s supposed to make hair three times stronger and instantly repair the three leading signs of damaged hair in just one use.

The first thing I noticed was that the shampoo and conditioner didn’t have any scent. I know that some people are sensitive to smells in health and beauty products, but I would like the option of a scented product to make my hair smell fresher. I also noticed that it took two times with the shampoo before my hair felt clean. That could have just been because it was post-gym hair though.

After I used all three products, I let my hair air dry for a little bit before drying it. This is how my hair looked from just using the dryer:


Next, I flat ironed it. I used heat protection spray also, but after reading the product description online, it looks like I could have skipped it since the leave-in treatment is supposed to protect from damage up to 400 degrees. This is how my hair looked after flat ironing it:

Overall, I’m pleased with these products. My hair felt softer and smoother, and it seemed to be easier to style (relatively speaking since I’m kind of styling challenged!). It also still looked decent the next day without too much work, so that appealed to the lazy girl in me. I haven’t looked for these products in stores, but the website says they retail for $6.99 per product. I would recommend them if you regularly use heat to style your hair or if you just feel like your hair is looking a little frazzled.

The next product I tested was the lipstick. If you know me in real life, you know that I’m not much a makeup wearer, so getting a lipstick that looked like this:


was a little out of my comfort zone!

Here’s how it looked when I first put it on:

Please note the expression of horror. My lips were BRIGHT!
The Rimmel website says that the lipstick is supposed to make your lips feel up to 70% more hydrated and up to 60% smoother. My question is more hydrated and smoother than what? I felt my lips were dry and kind of cakey, but that could also be because I usually just wear lip gloss. 

However, once I got past the initial self-consciousness and fielded questions from people at work who asked if it was a special occasion (because I had on lipstick and fixed my hair…man, do I set some low standards…), I kind of liked it. The color held on pretty well too. This is how it looked in the afternoon, after I had been eating and drinking throughout the day:

Is it sad that I think the florescent lights at work are more flattering than the lights at home? Maybe I need better bulbs or to open the shades or something.
This is what the color looked like before I left work at 4:30 on Friday:

It had definitely faded, but you could still tell I had on lipstick.
I’m mixed on this. It might be fun to wear somewhere other than work, and I might try another color just to see if it makes me feel less “mouthy”. I haven’t looked for this in stores either, but the CVS website has it retailing for $6.99.
What do you guys think? Does the lipstick deserve its own spot in the Caboodles, or does it need to quietly go away? 

Product Review: Green Mountain Coffee Wellness Collection K-Cups

I received a couple of sample packs of Green Mountain Coffee Wellness Collection K-Cups from a BzzAgent campaign I’m involved in. I’m a coffee addict, so I was pretty excited about this one, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! I work the opening shift at work, so sometimes I’m not at my best in the mornings. Coffee helps me face the world and be semi-human, but I noticed that when I drank the focus blend, I had an extra edge. I was able to concentrate a little more, speak a little more clearly, and just feel more awake overall. Plus, it had a good, smooth taste, so I didn’t feel like I was drinking some kind of weird herbal coffee! I’ve only tried one antioxidant blend K-Cup so far, but it had a similarly smooth taste, and I can see it being very beneficial as winter (AKA flu season) sets in.

I give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

Note: I received this product free of charge as a BzzAgent, but the opinions are completely my own!