BzzAgent Bzz Campaign – Herbal Essences Naked

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Hooray! My first “BzzKit” has arrived! And is it ever a good one!

I was selected for the Herbal Essences Naked BzzCampaign, and I was so excited when the box got to me. It was packed full of goodies! A full-size shampoo, conditioner, and mousse for me, and 3 samples each of shampoo and conditioner to share with friends! Though, I admit, I kept them all!

Here’s some more info straight from BzzAgent about the Herbal Essences Naked Line:

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I am really enjoying this line. I’ve been using the products every day, as you will see from the fill lines in the following pictures. The smell is awesome (grapefruit and mint), and it makes my hair shoft, shiny, and full of volume. Especially when I use the mousse along with the shampoo and conditioner.

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The great thing about the Naked line from Herbal Essences is that it is Paraben free, and contains no heavy residues or dyes. Which makes it perfect for giving your hair a break from some of the harsh stuff that’s found in other hair care products. Plus an extra bonus is that it smells *awesome*!

Have you tried the Herbal Essences Naked line yet? What are your thoughts on it?

If you haven’t heard of BzzAgent, it’s an online program, similar to Influenster, where you fill out your surveys and hope that you get picked for a campaign. They have plenty of campaigns going on almost all of the time, so you won’t always get picked, but when you do it’s pretty exciting! Learn more about BzzAgent here. If you’d like to sign up to be a BzzAgent, it’s completely free and as simple as completing your surveys so they can figure out which campaigns are best suited to you! Sign up here (this is not a referral link).

Disclaimer: All of the products in this blog post were sent to me by BzzAgent and Herbal Essences for review.

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Influenster Mystery Brand Vox Box Reveal – Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser

A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail from Influenster. You can imagine my surprise when I received this package, seeing as a few days before I had filled out the qualifying survey and was told I did not qualify! But low and behold, they were waiting for me at my door. I received three sample bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and split-end serum in bottles that were simply labelled with what they were and “L’Oreal Canada” (which owns 25 beauty brands), but no brand name. My task was to try out the products and try to figure out what this Mystery Brand could possibly be.

Technically, I should be making two blog posts – one for when I received the mystery products, and one for when I received the full-sized products in the reveal. However, I was a bit late in testing the mystery products because I was trying to figure out if they contained any sort of strawberry or strawberry extracts in the ingredients as I have a severe allergy. My friend and I both contacted Influenster via multiple forms of social media explaining the allergy and asking for a simple yes or no, but they never got back to me. You’d think they would be more concerned, seeing as it would be their butts on the line if anything happened to me because the ingredients were not included on the products. But I let it slide.

Eventually, I got sick of waiting. I decided to take a shower and test out the products and took precautions to make sure that if, by chance, the products did contain anything that could set off my allergies, I would have help right away.

Here we go:

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Pictured below were the samples in the Mystery Brand box I received. Simply labelled with what product they were (Shampoo, Conditioner, or Split-End Serum), and that they came from one of the 25 brands within the L’Oreal Canada brand.

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My first impressions were good ones. My hair felt clean and shiny, and most importantly it felt healthy. It did not feel weighed down at all. I usually can’t use conditioner because it makes my hair greasy within a couple of hours of showering, but I didn’t have that problem with this conditioner. It made my hair feel soft and not once did I feel like my hair was greasy.

The task at hand was to figure out what the brand could possibly be. I wasn’t sure, but a good friend of mine (you can check out her blog here), gave a good guess and I decided that I liked her guess and that she was probably right.

Here is what we decided it might be:

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We made this decision because we knew that the mystery brand contained curuapu butter and Phyto-Keratin complex, both of which were being advertised by Garnier Canada for their new product line. So, after doing some research, common sense told us that this likely was the Mystery Brand! I was super excited, because I love Garnier products.

A week or so later, I received a HUGE (and pretty heavy) box at my doorstep that came from Garnier Canada! Yay! I was expecting maybe one or two full-sized products, but not THIS!

I apologize for the photo quality of the first picture! I took it at night time with dim lights and my iPhone camera, which isn’t so awesome. Here is the gigantic box full of the products that I received:

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So exciting! Here are some close up pictures:

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So now it’s time for me to give my final impressions on the products.

I’ve been using these products exclusively now since I received the mystery box, and my hair is loving them. I will share a dirty little secret with you: I had a few days where I was very ill, and I spent most of those days sleeping and showers were not part of the routine for that time. As gross as that is, after 3 days without washing my hair after having used these products in my previous wash, my hair still felt clean. I was surprised, because usually my hair feels nasty after only a day, and after only a few hours when I have used a conditioning product. But surprisingly, three days later, my hair was still soft, clean, silky, and did not feel weighed down. That is a big deal for me! I have serious problems with it comes to my hair so this felt awesome.

Well, I think that’s about it! Did you receive these voxboxes from Influenster and Garnier Canada? What were YOUR opinions on the products?

(Never heard of Influenster? Check out what it’s all about here:
http://www.influenster.com/about)

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Taylor

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes as part of the Canadian VoxBox program. My reviews are always 100% honest.

Some of the gifts from my Birthday Group!

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So earlier I posted about all the birthday gifts I received from 5 of the 11 girls in my birthday group, and I wanted to share with you all of my gifts! Here are the photos:

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Look at all that stuff! How sweet are these girls?! Here I was expecting one or two polishes per girls, tops, and I receive all this? Let me tell you, I was having an awful day when I received all this, and I can’t even tell you how much better this stuff made my day…

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I received six polishes from my ISO list:

  • A-England Saint. George
  • Essie Sexy Divide
  • Crows Toes Absolum – Your Potions Master
  • China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
  • Gosh Blue Monday
  • MDJ ColorBlends Holographic “Cascading Holo Top Coat” #211

The A-England, Crows Toes, MDJ ColorBlends, and Gosh brands are all brand new to me, I have never tried them, so I am super excited. The China Glaze and the Essie are both colours that I have been swooning over, so I am super pumped to finally have them. I swatched the A-England on a couple of nails and fell in love with the formula instantly, but haven’t done a full mani yet. When I do full manis with all of these polishes, I will be sure to post them for you!

Of course, as you can see from the pictures, this is not the only stuff I received! There was so much more..

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  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Lust” (the purple)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Binge” (the blue)

I have used an Urban Decay shadow before, but have never exclusively used their makeup products. I have heard great things though, and so my ISO list was full of UD products. I swatched these two liners on my wrist, and they were there, without fading, the entire day. I am going to wear one of them to my first day of class tomorrow and I will post pictures later on. 🙂

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  • ELF professional concealer brush (to use to clean up my manis :))
  • A glass nail file (woo! I’ve only ever used the crappy dollar store ones, so pumped to have a good quality file, now!)
  • Purple striping tape
  • A PUEEN stamping plate “Pueen25”

I am brand new to stamping, this plate will be my very first, and I am excited to try it out for the first time. I am going to test this out soon – I will have to search tutorials.

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Two beautiful pieces of jewelry that I am pumped to wear! The ring broke, but it’s easy enough for me to glue back on 🙂 HOW CUTE IS THAT FOX NECKLACE? Ahh ❤

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And finally a lip balm, cuticle balm, and some samples of stuff that these girls got head on for my tastes.

  • Sweet Tips Lips lip balm in “Pina Colada”
  • Sweet Tips Lips cuticle balm in “Tahitian Vanilla”
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy face primer
  • Hard Candy eye shadow primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer
  • Bumble and Bumble super rich shampoo and conditioner
  • Agave healing oil treatment

So as you can see, I received a LOT of awesome polish and beauty (and other stuff!) items from five of these wonderful ladies. I can’t believe that I have another SIX ladies who I still get to receive packages from throughout the month! I am super pumped!

I will post swatches and reviews of all these items as I use them 🙂

Thanks for reading!