Clear Care Contact Solution a Brief Overview

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I’ve been a contact user since I was in middle school, at the age of thirteen. I’m now already in my late twenties. (I feel old. T.T)  So, I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it came to using different contact solution(s). When I first started using contacts, my eyes were much more moist than as they are now, really dry and sensitive. Who knows what happened over the years, but wearing contacts for long periods of time really became uncomfortable. Dirty contacts, equals painful and itchy eyes. They’d be so painful, I’d have to take off my contacts and switch over to my trusty glasses. Hence, my contact solution became very important step in my use of my contacts.

I’ve used Renu, Opti-Free and Bausch & Lomb Biotrue in the past. They didn’t quite get the job done, but they at least made my contacts somewhat wearable. If you are a contact user, than you know the somewhat tedious process it is to clean your contacts. Most contact solutions claim to be rub free. But, I feel like you need to clean your contacts by rubbing them down. It’s a very tedious and time-consuming step, but, extremely necessary unless you like random particles agitating you eyes throughout the day.

Biotrue was probably the best contact solution I’ve used until I discovered Clear Care. It cleans your contacts fairly well, but there were times my contacts still had random dust particles attached to them. That single particle of dust makes all the difference!!! I wouldn’t be able to wear by contacts all day!

I thought I’d had to just deal with the subpar results for the rest of my living days. Then, one day, I was watching one of Jen’s (clothesencounters) monthly favorite videos on Youtube where she was talking about a unique product called Clear Care. Clear Care cleans your contacts with a low percentage of hydrogen peroxide by using a special contact container, which then neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide leaving your contacts blissfully clean. The container is cylindrical tube with a screw off lid. Attached are two mini baskets, this holds your contacts in place along with a black gear looking piece, which is responsible for neutralizing the hydrogen peroxide. That piece is very important since it neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide, making it possible for you to wear your contacts safely. (Sorry, I’m not the best at explaining! Good thing for visual aids!) Again, this contact solution uses a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide–it’s what cleans your contacts of dust, dirt, and any proteins that can get stuck on your lens. However, hydrogen peroxide without being neutralized can burn the heck out of eyes. There’s plenty of warnings plastered all over the packaging! Please make sure you read the directions throughly. It takes about six hours to fully neutralize the solution. Which isn’t too bad, if you let them soak overnight while you’re sleeping.

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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Look at that chemical reaction!

So, besides the container what is so special about this contact solution?  First of all, this stuff cleans your contacts immaculately! It feels as if you are putting fresh contacts each and every time. Also, since it cleans it so well, you can wear your contacts ALL DAY long! I don’t have to bring a pair of glasses with me or a contact case and solution just because my contacts have become way too uncomfortable to wear. Trust me, I am on the computer 24/7 and I can wear my contacts without any strain on my eyeballs. It’s just amazing! I don’t know how I lived my life without this contact solution! Definitely, a holy grain product!

I urge you to make the switch today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! No more rubbing your contacts down and no more fussing with the typical contact cases! I’m so glad I’ve discovered a way to wear my contacts all day long without the discomfort. I’m never looking back!

Recommend to a Friend: Definitely. You need to try this product!

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Battle Of The Natural Deodorants – New Series

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When Debbie and I first started this blog, one of the first ideas was to pin products against each other in a battle to see which product is the best. Hence, the Battle Of series is born! The first post of this series is all about natural deodorants. Ever since I heard aluminum, which is commonly found in most deodorants can possibly cause breast cancer (FYI, I’m high risk for breast cancer!), I decided to find a natural way to stay sweat and odor free! The contenders today are: Tom’s of Maine, Kiss My Face and The Honest Company!
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Tom’s of Maine Natural 24 Odor Protection Long Lasting Deodorant in Soothing Calendula 2/10

Price: $3-$4.50

Smell & Effectiveness: The first natural deodorant I’ve ever tried and is probably the worst deodorant I’ve ever used in my entire life. Stay away from this product, unless you want to smell so bad that no one wants to be near you. Believe me, I’m trying to save you from the embarrassment!! It just doesn’t work, you’ll smell good for maybe a few hours and then you’ll start smelling awful. It does not help with body odor or help decrease sweating. I’ve only gave it 2 points because the smell. When you initially apply the deodorant, it is actually smells quite nice. It has an herbal flowery smell, I can’t exactly figure it out, but if I could explain in my own words, it reminds me of rosemary/thyme mixed with lavender. Even though the label clearly says Soothing Calendula–I’m not sure what a calendula flower would smell like. Such a disappointment! I would say the best thing about this product other than maybe the smell, is it’s price point.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, save your money and try something else.


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Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea 5/10

Price: $4-$7

Smell & Effectiveness: I really wanted to love this deodorant because it’s smells wonderful. It reminds me of Cucumber Melon from Bath & Body Works, back in the old days. You can really smell both the green tea and cucumber! A super fresh and clean scent, not heavy at all. However, it doesn’t work that much better than the Tom’s of Maine deodorant. While, it does to a better job with body odor it only lasts for maybe a quarter of the day, about six hours before you start smelling a little gross. Maybe, if you are willing to reapply throughout the day, you’d be fine using this deodorant. But I think for most people, including myself, would rather apply their deodorant once in the morning (and or once at night) and be done with it, not having to worry about smelling funky for the rest of the day. It’s not an awful product but it isn’t the best either, pretty mediocre. Though, considering the price, depending on where you purchase it, this product might not be worth your time.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, at least not by itself. Or only if you are willing to reapply every six hours.


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The Honesty Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage 8/10

Price: $8-$9

Smell & Effectiveness: One of the better natural deodorants I’ve tried. I was starting to become dishearten because the natural deodorants I’ve tried thus far just didn’t work for me. This deodorant is much different because it’s in a spray bottle versus the typical stick deodorant. Can’t say I love the idea of using a liquid deodorant, I feel like it wouldn’t last as long as a stick deodorant. Also, I have problems with the spray nozzle, sometimes I would spray it elsewhere than my armpits. That’s more of a personal thing I’m sure, since I’m rather clumsy. That said, I really love the smell! However, if you don’t like herbal scents, this deodorant also comes in Vanilla Lavender and Vetiver (a grass, which has an earthy & woody aroma). But, if you’re like me, who loves earl grey tea (btw, bergamot is in earl grey! But, you knew that! ^. ~)) and the smell of fresh herbs, this deodorant is a great fit for you! I have to say this deodorant lasts the longest, I usually stay odor free for half of the day, about 12 hours. Though keep in mind, if you sniff your pits by end of the day, you’ll smell just a little, faintly funky, but I don’t think anyone will notice unless they are straight up trying to smell your pits. It does work, but it still isn’t anything like your typical deodorant with aluminum in it. But, I’m still quite happy with it’s performance compared to the other two natural deodorants I’ve tried.

Bottom Line: Yes, I recommend this deodorant! It’s a worth a shot!


Overall: Seems like the more expensive the deodorant is, the better it performs. I guess, you get what you pay for, as they say! While it’s not always the case, there is some truth to it. Since, I still have plenty of the Kiss My Face Green Tea Cucumber deodorant left, I use it in conjunction with The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage. I don’t know if it really does anything to boost the effectiveness, but it seems to work, so I can’t complain. While I haven’t found a deodorant that can beat one that contains aluminum, I think The Honest Company did a great job! I know that there was controversy over their sunscreen products lately, but I seeing how this was the first product I’ve ever used by them and it works, I feel I can’t judge them too harshly. I feel like with every product there is a chance it doesn’t work for you while it may work for someone else. But, I do feel for those who put their trust into this company and were rewarded with adverse reactions. I guess, that’s all the reason to do lots of research before purchasing, but that’s not always possible. It’s unfortunate that it’s a trial and error kind of process but hey, that’s kind of just life, isn’t it?

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The Winner: The Honest Company in Bergamot Sage!

My Experience With Invisalign So Far – Part Three: Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to read the first two parts of this series!

My Experience with Invisalign So Far & My Experience with Invisalign so Far, Part Two: Refinements

I first started my initial Invisalign treatment back in 2011 and I just finished refinements in June of 2014. I can’t believe it’s been that long! It’s been tough but I’m glad it’s finally over. The constant brushing and flossing was becoming very tedious and annoying. Imagine doing that everyday for three years! Not fun! As I mentioned before, if you think you won’t be diligent with all the brushing and flossing, I would reconsider choosing Invisalign or be prepared to deal with all the responsibilities. To be honest, my Invisalign experience has been full of ups and downs. I was careless and didn’t wear my retainers for the maximum 22 hours a day. Sometimes I would not wear them the whole day! I don’t recommend doing that by the way. My orthodontist probably frowned upon that! Anyway, I’d like to share my final thoughts with you! Away we go!

What to expect: I’ll say once, I’ll say it again! You will be brushing and flossing constantly! After every meal you should brush and floss before putting back your retainers in. You should wear your retainers for the majority of the day, about 22 hours. Do not eat or drink anything besides cool water when you are wearing your retainers. I usually take them off right before a meal, just so I’m wearing them as long as I possibly can. The huge plus is that you get to eat whatever you want, unlike with braces. Also, expect to be visiting your orthodontist often. Every few weeks you’ll need to visit your orthodontist to see if your teeth are moving properly.

What may happen: Attachments! You may need to get attachments aka buttons on your teeth. These attachments/bumps help anchor the retainers to your teeth; so the retainers can move your teeth around more effectively. No worries, they make the attachments match the shade of your teeth. Also, you might have to backtrack a bit. Which makes it important to keep your past retainers, just in case you’ll need them. Finally, you may need to have refinements. Refinements are made when you decide that your smile isn’t as great as you would like after your initial treatment. It’s like fine-tuning! In my case, I had also gotten epoxy placed on two on my front teeth, so it would line up with the rest of my teeth. That definitely cost me extra! But, it was much cheaper than veneers, which would cost me $1,200 per tooth!!!

What happens when you’re done: Yay! Congrats, you’ve made it through! If you had attachments your orthodontist will buff them off. Then your orthodontist will make sure your bite is lining up properly; shaving down the teeth so everything fits well. After all that, you’ll get impressions done for your Vivera retainers. These retainers are worn for the first three months just like your Invisalign retainers. Once the three months are up, you’ll only need to wear them at night. These Vivera retainers get kind of gross after a while. Thankfully, when they give you the Vivera retainers, you’ll also receive packets of cleaning crystals.

Enough with words! Here are pictures of my progression!

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  I honestly can’t believe my teeth looked like this before! 

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 After my initial Invisalign treatment! About a year and half later.

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This is after my refinements! About 6 months later. As you can see from the last photo, I had my orthodontist apply an epoxy to two of my front teeth, so its leveled with the rest of my teeth.

Well, that’s my experience in a nutshell! If you want more information on go ahead and check out the first two posts of my Invisalign journey!

My Experience with Invisalign So Far & My Experience with Invisalign so Far, Part Two: Refinements

If you live in SoCal, then I’d like to suggest my orthodontist! He’s awesome and very patient!

Martin C. Courtney, DDS
18907 Nordhoff Street, Suite 38
Northridge, CA 91324

Phone: 818.886.6696

Hours

Monday-Wednesday 8:30-5:30
Thursday 9:00-6:30

The Woes of Living With Eczema

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So, eczema! Oh, dear lord. Where can I start!? I was official diagnosed with eczema about two and a half years ago. Before then, I only had been having issues with my contact dermatitis on my hands. Which, long story short, is an allergic reaction to certain irritants. To be honest, I didn’t really take care of my skin. I took scalding hot showers, I never used lotion on my legs, arms or torso, and my diet could of been better. You can even say, I was asking for it but that would leave a little left to be desired. Just like a lot of my posts, I’d thought I’d share what it’s like living with eczema and how I deal with it. I still have a lot to learn and I’m constantly researching about it, but nevertheless I’d like you tell you how it all started! It was a sunny afternoon, as it typically is here in Southern California. I decided to go on a run and afterwards I went ahead and took a shower, washed up, nothing out of the norm; I didn’t have much shaving gel left so I did what I could and shaved my legs very hastily. After that I went about my day as per usual. What I didn’t know then, was I probably gave myself razor burn. My skin was not happy and it was telling me so after the days passed. Yet, I didn’t pay much attention to my skin as I really should of. That was my biggest mistake. I broke out in heavy patches of bumps and lesions, burning, bright red and itching like no other rash I’ve ever gotten in the past. My skin was angry, as if it had a mind of it’s own! I didn’t know what to do. I tried aloe vera, calamine lotion, every lotion I had at my disposal. Nothing worked. I scratched at my skin only getting temporary relief from my nails diggings into my dermis. It only got worse and taking showers became extremely painful. Thick, dark, black scabs started to form where the lesions were, my body somehow trying to heal itself. I was scared. I thought that was something direly wrong with me. My parents who are nurses were convinced it was chicken pox, even though I already had it once as a kid. Adult onset chicken pox they told me. I went to the ER twice. The first time they gave me antibiotics to kill whatever it was they thought it was. But, they were wrong. I went back a second time and they prompt me to see a dermatologist at once. Saw the dermatologist and he didn’t even what was wrong with me at first. They thought I could possible have PLEVA, which I researched beforehand. Never try to self-diagnose yourself, it’s soooo stressful and not worth worrying over something you probably don’t have. They did a biopsy on one of my many lesions to sent out to the lab, to see if what I feared is really true. Fortunately, for me it was not PLEVA! BTW, don’t look that up if you have a squeamish stomach!! My final diagnosis, was diploid eczema! Diploid, meaning the way the lesions form on the skin. Technically, it means coin-shaped. Honestly, I couldn’t of been more relieved.

So, had do I deal with my eczema daily? Boy, it’s not easy! I’m still trying to find way to deal. Especially at first, I had to change my habits quick, for my skin is no longer very forgiving. Moisturize! Moisturize!!! MOISTURIZE!!! I’m not kidding you, I have to, no matter what or I have to deal with angry red, dry, flaking bumps that can turn into those nasty lesions. After I shower most importantly, I need to re-moisturize my skin. I still love my scalding hot showers, but I shorten the amount of time my skin is under hot water. BTW, don’t use hot water! Use warm water. I just can’t give up my hot water! After about 15 minutes, I start making the water cooler and cooler, so my internal temperature drops back to normal. Heat really leeches the moisture from your skin, leaving it preamble to dry skin. How many times did I say moisturize in this paragraph? Lol, “moist” is such unpleasant sounding word to me. Anyone, else? Anyway, I digress. Very important to keep your skin hydrated (why, did’t I just use this word from the beginning?). My favorite HG moisturizer is the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, which happens to be made for people with eczema! I was recommended to use this product by my dermatologist!  If you have any concerns, ask your dermatologist! Sounds like common sense, but I know it can be a pain to go to the doctors! Just go! ^^

*UPDATE – 01/22/2016

Changing up the products I use on my skin as been a life saver! I’ve  to products that use natural fragrances such as peppermint oil or almond oil. Which is why I love, Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, it uses ingredients such as organic coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, hemp oil and jojoba oil. It comes in peppermint, almond, lavender, hemp, citrus, eucalyptus, rose and other natural scents. I use it as a body cleanser, but you could use it for face, as a shampoo or even as a household cleaner.

Believe it or not, but your fashion choices can affect your eczema. I’m very much a leggings-type-of-wearing-girl. But, eczema plus tight fitting clothes, spells disaster for someone like, myself. Granted, I still wear leggings a lot of the days of the week. It tends to make my skin a tad itchy when I wear tight restraining clothes, basically it causes irritation. Especially if you are wearing itchy fabrics, such as, rayon, wool, etc. Speaking about restraining clothes, I love wearing yoga pants to the gym even though I’m not attending a yoga class. Don’t judge me! LOL. They are so comfortable! However, my eczema doesn’t cease to complain, so I kind of just live with it now. Kind of horrible, but it’s an on growing process. One tip: Make sure the detergent you use is safe for sensitive skin users! All those added fragrances could spell disaster for your sensitive skin! Everyone will react with a different severity, however. I use, Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent as well as Woolite. (UPDATE: Arm & Hammer has made a detergent that is safer for those with sensitive skin. However, the regular one, the one I listed in this post is actually very tough on clothes and on skin. My mother uses it to wash her nurse scrubs with it!!! I guess, I didn’t do enough research because I read it was good for those with sensitive skin. Maybe, I got confused because they do have a detergent specially made for those with sensitive skin. I apologize profusely!) Liquid detergents tend to rinse out much easier! I have no idea if those certain detergents are actually good for eczema users, but it doesn’t seem to bother my skin! You might not react the same as me though, so I’d do some research or maybe test it out somehow–spot test? O.o There are a lot of natural soap detergents in the market, you just have to do a little more searching to find them! Health food stores do carry some brands. I’d start there!

Very Important! Do Not Scratch! I’m so bad with it comes to this. Having an itch you can not scratch is the worst feeling ever, at least for me. But, if you don’t want to make the condition of your skin way worse, I advise you not scratch at those pesky bumps or they will turn into nasty lesions or worse, get infected! I even find myself scratching in the middle of the night subconsciously! To stop this, I’ve been cutting my nails very short, so I can’t do too much damage to my skin. But, I hate doing this because I love painting my nails! I prefer my nails shorter but not that short. It’s definitely a double-edge sword kind of fiasco, I’m battling with myself. Is that weird? LOL. Who am I kidding, I know the answer to that. People think I’m weird, it is what it is. Though, I prefer to be called quirky!! ^^

I’ve been told eczema is related to your diet, but I personally haven’t felt any different when I eat more of a certain food(s). Some of foods that you should probably avoid is: dairy, like cheese and milk, foods with high amounts of gluten, etc. But, honestly I rather inform you about foods that can help with your eczema such as:

1. Cold water fish like salmon, cod, and halibut are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce symptoms of eczema flare-ups.

2. Nuts and seeds, especially flax seeds, are also high in Omega 3s.

3. Buckwheat is rich in quercetin and is a great gluten-free alternative — gluten is believed to be a possible trigger for eczema.

4. Apples are rich in quercetin, which is also a key ingredient for fighting eczema. It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine agent. Also rich in quercetin are berries, citrus, and broccoli.

5. Eggs and oatmeal have something important in common: Zinc. The mineral helps fight off eczema.

6. Bananas are rich in histamine-lowering Magnesium and Vitamin C.

7. Chicken stock can help rebuild your skin.

Soure: The Stir, Cafe Mom

How do I deal with hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation? This is probably the worse symptom of eczema, IMO. It’s really hard to look at your skin when it has all these imperfections! I mean, I know everyone has at least some, but it just makes me sad to look at my multicolored legs. I have patches of skin that are much darker than my actual skin tone and I have little patches of skin that are much lighter than my skin tone. So, honestly I don’t know to exactly get rid of them, at least not immediately. I’ve heard Shea and Cocoa Butter are essential in fading dark spots and evening the tone of your skin. This personally seems to be working on me. Also, at the time, around when I was finally diagnosed, I had my good friend’s wedding to attend, as a bridesmaid. ^^ I wanted my hyper-pigmentation gone right away because we would of course be taking pictures. So I bought Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, because I’ve heard it works wonders and is extremely affordable. It works! At least it does on me. After going through like several bottles, I decided to try Carol’s Daughter’s Scar Butter and while the reviews on the internets have been positive, it doesn’t work for me. My pigmentation faded only slightly compared to Palmer’s. Plus, I found it extremely annoying that you had to apply it three times daily!! Like, c’mon! Who has time for that!? So, I went back to Palmer’s and I’m currently using the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E: Fragrance Free, Hypoallergenic for Sensitive Skin. So much better!!! My pigmentation is fading much more quickly and hopefully will be almost gone, as I ironically, have another wedding to attend as, yup, a bridesmaid.

Another quick tip! As I mentioned above, supplements are extremely beneficial for those with eczema! I take these three supplements daily! I take Oil of Evening Primrose (1000mg), which has been used to treat eczema way back when! I also take a Vitamin D-3  (2000 IU) because I’m apparently deficient. It’s very common to have a deficiency in Vitamin D-3 nowadays. You can actually get your needed Vitamin D in foods like mushrooms and even going out into direct sunlight for about 15 minutes, be careful not to stay out too long. You should always wear sunscreen if you are going to be in sunlight for more than 15 minutes! Lastly, I take an Daily Omega-3-5-6-7-8-9-11 (1200 mg Fish Oil, 660 mg Total Omegas). I personally love the burp-free tablets! No yucky fish burps! Or you can use a trick my dear friend told me about: Freeze your fish oil tablets! This will prevent you from having that yucky fish burp! Also, try to find supplements that don’t have too much fillers! You don’t need that unnecessary stuff in your body.

I definitely do not have all the answers to “curing” my eczema, it’s still very much an everyday battle. If any if the readers and or random visitors have any tips for us, that would be like to share, that would be extremely helpful.

Until next time,

Marissa

 

J’adore Influenster Vbox – First Impressions

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Disclaimer: All products received are for complimentary testing purposes from Influenster.

Back with another Impressions post! I hope you enjoy it!

I first heard of Influenster on (Danielle) LePooke’s youtube channel, she’s a beauty guru that also does a lot of un-boxing videos on several kinds of different subscriptions services. She’s really informative, go and give here a visit! Tell her, Mar from HereForThePretty send you! Even though I saw LePooke do several un-boxings on Influenster, I didn’t really take notice of it until much recently. I don’t why! It’s quite fun!! I’m glad I was introduced to it, I’m having a blast!

Today, (technically, not today, considering it takes me time to do most of my posts! Lol.) I just received my very first Influenster Box and I am very pleasantly pleased! All these yummy goodies to use! I feel like a kid on Christmas day. I totally squealed in glee when I saw everything nicely packaged in this gorgeous pink box. They really do have great attention to detail, you got to love that. ^^

These are the items you can receive in the J’adore Influenster Vbox (I received 5 products in total):

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask: $9.39

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates: $5.29

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray: 9.99

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes: 3.99

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas: 4.49 for carton of 20 tea bags

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion 7.99 for 6.5oz can (I didn’t receive this one, considering I don’t have a boyfriend. ^^;;;)

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I don’t really know where to begin, I guess I can explain Influenster a little bit. Influenster is a free subscription service, where you can try several different samples. How is it free you ask? You must provide information to Influenster. You can do this is many ways. Provide reviews to different products or services or connect your social media sites to Influenster, etc. I know this sounds fishy, giving out information like this. but they won’t provide any of your private information to third-parties without your permission, so don’t worry! It’s a great way to try out products that you’ve always wanted to try or heard of but never had the chance to (try).

I haven’t tried everything just yet! It was almost overwhelming seeing all these products once I opened it, because I didn’t even touch my box until a few days ago.

I recently tried the Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea, in flavor, Creme Caramel and it was okay. I was prompt to try it out after watching Shiley Wu’s video on her J’adore Influenster Vbox on YouTube. She seemed to really enjoy it so I’d thought I’d give it a go. I added vanilla almond milk to make more of a latte. I really did enjoy the flavor it’s just I wanted it to be stronger. I like my tea strong!! This tea was described as being decadent and indulgent without the calories and I think they accomplished that. It was very light though so I kind of wish it was deeper in those flavors of creme and caramel. I’ll try and steep it even longer next time around even though it said to steep for 3-5 minutes. The other flavor I was given to try was, Lemon Chiffon. That’s really exciting because I love the flavor of citruses and chiffon cake is so nice, light, fluffy and not too sweet. It’s a such a delicate flavor that I really think I would find it interesting. At least I hope so! I’m going into this with such a big expectation!

Okay, so who hasn’t tried Hershey’s chocolate?! Of course it’s good lol. I prefer the Hershey’s Kisses because they are the perfect size for a mini pick up during those unfortunate times of fatigue or as a snack or for a little treat or because you want chocolate or because they come in pretty colors of silver, pink and red. You get where I’m going here? LOL. Funny though, I remember Bubz from Bubzbeauty saying (in a vlog) she was eating Hershey’s chocolate and that the aftertaste reminded her of vomit. Now I can’t eat or think about Hershey’s chocolate without thinking about that. I just don’t taste it!!! BTW, who knows if she’d ever see this, but congrats on the tiny peanut that’s coming into this world, in the near future! ❤

I’d use the Frizz Ease Straight Flat Iron Spray if my hair wasn’t already naturally straight. But, if I ever feel like having pin straight hair I’ll definitely give this a go. I’ve tried Frizz Ease products in the past and I did enjoy them.

The Kiss Looks Natural Lashes are sooo pretty yet look natural!! I’m very tempted to use this during my friend’s wedding in June. I hardly ever wear false lashes because I think it’s too much work to do daily. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!” So, I usually only use them for special occasions.

The Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask! ^_^ I was super excited about this product because I love the Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay. While they are different, they are within the same realm. BTW, this uses Natural Oceanic Clay instead. Whatever that means…this is why we have Google! lol. I still remember the days of going to the library, if you needed information on something. I miss those days, to be honest! Anyway, this clay mask claims to pull impurities from your skin, leaving your skin feeling clearer, smoother, softer and shine-free. I used this mask before bed and when I woke up the next day, I was quite surprised of how good my skin looked and felt. It wasn’t anything drastic but my skin looked and felt a tad better. I don’t know about my skin being any clearer but I’ve only this mask once so we’ll see how it treats me after a few weeks. But, I think my skin is definitely smoother, softer and pretty much shine-free. I’ll definitely continue to use this product! Oh, good to note: For some reason, my sample was slightly runny, it wasn’t a thick paste, more like a gooey liquid-solid. Kind of like cornstarch with a little water added to it. It’s a solid if you clump it up but then turns into a liquid if you let it go. An amorphous solid, I think it’s called. It’s a bit messy but I didn’t mind it much.

So, what do you think? Will you give Influenster a try? ^. ~

Until next time,

Marissa