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Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on December 13, 2010

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

I’ve said it a million times before.  Real beauty addicts are just as crazy about skin care and oral hygiene as they are about cosmetics.  I have been so anal about my teeth from such a young age that many people thought I would become a dentist.  Whenever new oral hygiene products come I’m often times just as giddy to test them out as I am to test out new make-up products.  I’ve been reading about Tom’s Of Maine Toothpaste for years in beauty and style magazines.  Strange places to read about it I guess, but beauty editors were always raving about this natural toothpaste and many celebrities claimed that it was always in their beauty must have bags.

When I was selected to the BzzAgent Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste Campaign I was very excited.  Even though I had been hearing raves about Tom’s Of Maine for years, I had never given it a try.  BzzAgent sent me a tube of Wicked Fresh! Cool Peppermint Toothpaste to try out.

Tom’s Of Maine toothpaste promises to provide long-lasting fresh breath, naturally, without alcohol or artificial ingredients.  It contains fluoride to help fight cavities and comes in two flavors:  Cool Peppermint and Spearmint Ice.  As a company as a whole, Tom’s Of Maine does not engage in animal testing or use animal ingredients, nor does it use any artificial colors, flavors, fragrance, or preservatives.  They are also into practicing sustainability in every aspect of their business and strive to maximize recycled content and recyclability of their packaging.  I love this last part…5% (or 12 days) of employee time is dedicated to volunteering and 10% of profits are donated to human and environmental goodness.  Seriously, I’d love to work for a company that had days where we did volunteer work.

So how did Tom’s Of Main Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste stand up to its promises?  Quite well, I think.  Let me first start by saying that when I told my BFF that I was taking part in this campaign she responded, “Isn’t that the hippy toothpaste?”  I think most of us have heard that reference with regards to Tom’s Of Maine.  So I was a little concerned that maybe this toothpaste wouldn’t be like toothpastes that I have used in the past in that it would be earthy and granola-y…that is brown with twigs in it!  So not the case.  Tom’s Of Maine is just like any other tooth paste in that it is pastey and in a tube.  It’s white in color too.

Since I received the Cool Peppermint flavor I was expecting a cool rush of minty flavor.  That really wasn’t the case.  To me, it almost tasted like licorice.  The more I used it, the more I could pick up mint flavors, but it really wasn’t that cool burst of peppermint that I was expecting.

I will say that Tom’s Of Main Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste left my teeth feeling incredibly clean.  For hours after brushing my teeth, they still felt unbelievably smooth when I would run my tongue over my teeth.  As for the fresh breath, I don’t normally had bad breath and this toothpaste didn’t leave me with bad breath.  I asked my Sweetie if my breath was fresh and minty clean and he said that he couldn’t smell anything.  I asked him this a few times each day for a week.  So I don’t know if this really gives you fresh minty breath or if it just helps to make sure you don’t have stinky breath or what.  The good news is that I didn’t have stinky breath as a result of using this toothpaste.

Overall, I really liked Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste.  It may not have left me with cool breath like Mr. Freeze, but it left me with clean teeth and odor-less breath (if there is such a thing).

Tom’s Of Maine Toothpaste can be found at a number of big box stores (i.e. Target and Wal-mart) as well as many grocery stores and pharmacies.  It retails for about $4.  For more information visit the Tom’s Of Maine website at TomsOfMaine.com.  You can also go here to request a free sample of Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste while supplies last.

Disclaimer:  BzzAgent provided me a full size Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste for the purpose of this review as well as 2 travel sized Tom’s Of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste samples so that others coud give it a try.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Tom’s Of Maine, or any other company or person.

Have you ever used Tom’s Of Maine?  Love it?  Hate it?  Let us know!

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Budget Beauty Monday – Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on September 27, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on AnotherBeautyBlog.com should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector campaign.

So let me just tell you, I was beyond excited when I first got the invite to join this campaign weeks ago. Before I received the invite I hadn’t even heard of the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector kit. It was that new. Of course, the Thursday after I received the invite I saw many commercials for the product during that week’s Project Runway. In case you’re somehow immune to all the in-show advertising, Garnier is responsible for the hair of the models and obviously is one of the biggest sponsors of Project Runway. Anyways, when I heard that this was an at-home product that claims to give you smoother, frizz-free hair for up to 7 shampoos I was dying to get my hands on this product.

The disappointment started almost immediately after I opened the box of Blow Dry Perfector.  There were like a million rules and warnings for using the product.  First of all, if you color treat your hair you have to wait 2 weeks before and after you color your hair to use Blow Dry Perfector.  You also have to wear gloves while applying the product.  I’m sorry, but I’m always leery of products that you put on your body that require protective coverings on another part of your body.  Also, you apply the serum after you shampoo your hair, but you can’t use conditioner.  The last big concern I had with Blow Dry Perfector is that the directions state that you may have to use a flat iron after blowing out your hair to get the best results.  What?  I thought this product was supposed to leave you with awesome hair after a quick blow dry!

Blow Dry Perfector requires 2 steps…well 3 if you count the need to blow dry your hair.  Step 1: Comb the 20-minute Smooth-It Serum through shampooed, towel-dried hair. Wait 20 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water.  Step 2: Apply Heat-Activated Perfect-It Cream. Blow dry or flat iron as you normally would to reveal sleek, shiny, more manageable hair for up to 7 shampoos.

Let me just tell you, if you have a problem with offensive scents, don’t even try to use Blow Dry Perfector.  The active ingredients in the serum smell like death.  Seriously, I have smelled a lot of bad things over the course of my life, but this has to be one of the worst.  And what’s worse is that the smell lingers even after you wash it off.  My Sweetie even said, “Oh my God you stink!”

I have to say, after reading all of the warnings and smelling that God awful scent, I was really not looking forward to trying this product out.  And let me just tell you, my instincts were right.  Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector was horrible.  Immediately after using Blow Dry Perfector my hair felt incredibly heavy and weighed down.  This is definitely not the norm for me.  My hair also felt incredibly dry.  Blow Dry Perfector claims that your blow drying time will be reduced.  So not the case for me.  My blow dry time was exactly the same.  And my hair was not any less frizzy/wavy/curly.

One of the questions I had about Blow Dry Perfector was what was meant by 7 shampoos.  As any girl with long, full, wavy/curly hair knows, it is a pain to go thru the washing and styling process.  As such, most girls with said hair type (myself included) don’t wash their hair everyday.  I tend to wash my hair every 3 days, but I know many people who can get away with washing every 4-5 days.  If 7 shampoos truly means 7 shampoos, Blow Dry Perfector could essentially last for a month.  I don’t think this is true.  I was so disgusted by how my hair felt and looked that I immediately began washing Blow Dry Perfector out of my hair.  It was completely gone in 3 shampoos (all done in the same day).  I tried to get an answer as to what was officially meant by 7 shampoos, but my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

Another question I had about Blow Dry Perfector was the effect of chlorine with the product.  When I first received this product to test out, it was August and still hot and humid in Chicago.  We are lucky enough to have a pool.  After reading all of the warnings associated with Blow Dry Perfector and things you shouldn’t do (i.e. wait to color your hair) I was concerned about going into a chlorinated pool with Blow Dry Perfector in my hair.  Again, my emails and calls to Garnier were not returned.

I am so disappointed with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector.  The results were so horrible and I needed to get the product out of my hair so fast that I don’t even have pictures to share.  It was a total let down.  I was curious as to what other BzzAgents and people who bought the product themselves to try out had so say about it so I Googled for info.  I am not alone in my disappointment with Blow Dry Perfector.  Based on that information, I can’t see this product being on the shelves for too long.  Even if an onslaught of consumers pick up Blow Dry Perfector to give it a try, I don’t think they are going to have a lot of repeat customers.

If you would like more information on Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector, you can visit Garnier’s Official Site.  If my review hasn’t scared you off and you want to try Blow Dry Perfector for yourself, you can print off a $2 coupon on that site.  Most stores in the Chicagoland area have Blow Dry Perfector priced at about $11.99.

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Rollback On Got 2 B Products

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 18, 2010

Remember my Got 2 B Lustre Lotion post a few weeks ago? Well if you were interested in trying Got 2 B for yourself and were waiting for a sale you’re in luck. The great people at BzzAgent (I am a BzzAgent) were nice enough to email me to let me know that all Got 2 B products are on Rollback at Walmart for just $3.47 each (normally $4.92 each).  Also, be on the look out for special bonus packs that give you a free travel sized product.  Check out my post from a few weeks ago to see the review I did on the Got 2 B Lustre Lotion after I got to try the product through BzzAgent.

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Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 18, 2010

***Pictures are coming!  I’m waiting for my Sweetie to come home and take some snapshots.  The auto-focus on my camera is focusing on my bangs instead of my eyes when I try to do a self portrait!  Come back to check out the photos.***

I am a BzzAgent.  For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me.  If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara campaign.

From Covergirl:  “COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion is the perfect fusion of LashBlast’s super-volumizing brush and a new buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that works together to thicken and extend the look of individual lashes.  So no more having to pick between lashes with volume or length.  And no more having to use two mascaras at once (enjoy that extra minute of me-time, ladies).”

Long story short, using Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara you’ll get both longer and thicker lashes.  Sounds great, right?  Who wouldn’t want longer and thicker lashes?

First, a little about the mascara and packaging.  I received LashBlast Fusion mascara in 860 Very Black.  I liked the packaging immediately.  The purple color is vibrant and happy.  Like the other Fusion mascaras, the LashBlast Fusion mascara is applied with a rubber bristled brush.  Covergirl states that the brush is an “oversized volumizing brush.”  The mascara itself is a “fiberstretching lengthening formula.”  So the brush is responsible for the volume and the mascara is responsible for the lengthening.  In order to show off the fancy-dancy brush, LashBlast Fusion comes with the brush outside of the mascara.

Now, a little background on my eyelashes.  While I was not blessed with naturally super-long luscious lashes, I don’t think my lashes are that bad.  They are definitely visible without mascara and I would say they are about medium length.

Now, let’s get on to applying and wearing the LashBlast Fusion mascara!  When I went to apply the mascara I will admit that the big, fat tube felt kind of clunky in my hand most likely due to the fact that my normal mascara (Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes) is not as wide.  After a few uses I was more used to it.  The mascara went on nice and smooth.  I applied multiple coats, but I couldn’t tell you how many.  I do not count coats, I simply just apply in rapid motion until it looks good.

When I finished applying I was happy with some of what I saw in the mirror.  My lashes were 100% clump free.  They were very defined, but they didn’t seem very volumized or lengthened.  What the hell?  Where were these lush and full lashes I was promised?  After trying LashBlast Fusion everyday for a few more days I think I may have determined what went wrong with the first application.  Like I said earlier, LashBlast Fusion comes packaged with the brush outside of the tube of mascara.  I think that the brush needs to suck up enough mascara before it is completely effective.  Of course, this is my assumption, but after the brush was in the tube for 24 hours it definitely left me with fuller, longer lashes.

Even though my lashes were longer and fuller, they weren’t “Oh My God” longer and fuller.  The mascara didn’t flake and lasted most of the day.  Given the fact that LashBlast Fusion didn’t provide super glamorous lashes, I wouldn’t recommend this as a special occasion or night-on-the-town mascara.  I would, however, recommend this as an everyday mascara.  It did make my lashes more noticeable without looking vampy.  It was completely clump free and flake free.  All of these attributes make it the perfect everyday mascara for everything from an office setting to running around doing errands.

A downside of LashBlast Fusion mascara is that it is NOT waterproof.  Let me just tell you, it isn’t even close to waterproof.  One of the days I was testing this mascara I jumped in the pool and when I popped back out of the water my Sweetie lovingly referred to me as Alice Cooper.  So, if you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool, lake, ocean, etc. I would rethink wearing LashBlast Fusion. 

To sum it up, I would definitely recommend Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara as an everyday budget mascara.  It does give you fuller, longer lashes that are clump and flake free, but it lacks the glamour that you would want for special occasions.  It’s not waterproof, so don’t jump in the pool!   Check out Covergirl.com for even more information on LashBlast Fusion mascara as well as the whole line.

Disclaimer:  BzzAgent provided me a full size Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $2 off coupons to pass out to others so that they could also try Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Covergirl, or any other company or person.

Have you tried Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara?  Love it?  Hate it?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on July 26, 2010

I am a BzzAgent.  For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me.  If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion campaign.  Got 2 B has just reformulated their Smooth Operator line to add cashmere…yes, cashmere (who else is thinking of the Seinfeld episode with the red dot on the cashmere sweater?).  BzzAgent sent me a coupon for a full-sized bottle of Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion.

From Got 2 B – “Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion shapes, smoothes, controls fly-aways and gives your hair an amazing weightless lustre that’s touchably soft.  Plus it protects against damage from heat styling and contains a UV protectant, too.”

So what did I think?  I thought the new Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion was a great product.  Truthfully, it’s a product I probably wouldn’t have tried had I not been sent a sample thanks largely to the fact that I think the packaging is a little gaudy.  I know, I know, we’re not supposed to judge beauty products by the packaging, but seriously, the Got 2 B Smooth Operator line looks like Ed Hardy was told to create something using only shades of pink and silver.  And then add the useless charms on top of the bottle and you’ve got something that looks like it would be coveted by grade schoolers. 

The Lustre Lotion can be used on either wet or dry hair, so of course I tested it on both.  For me, it wasn’t as effective on wet hair.  My hair can be so frizzy that while it did tame some of the frizziness when applied to wet hair, it didn’t do enough that I would wear it out in public.  I applied the Lustre Lotion to towel-dried hair and then let it air dry.  I didn’t do any styling to it because I wanted to see what it would look like without any added help.  When my hair dried it was incredibly soft and looked and felt very airy.  My frizz was noticeably down, but it wasn’t completely gone.  My curls were not very defined.  I was left with more subtle looking waves.  Again, nothing I would wear out in public, but a good start.

Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion on dry hair, on the other hand, was spectacular.  I always get nervous about applying “lotions” or “creams” to dry hair.  There is always a chance that you are going to get a heavy, greasy, weighed down look.  This couldn’t be further from the truth with the Lustre Lotion.  When I applied it to dry hair, my curls were noticeably defined and my frizziness was completely tamed.  Just like when I applied the Lustre Lotion to my wet hair, my dry hair was incredibly soft and airy.

When I straighten my hair I am often plagued by fly aways, especially around my forehead.  Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion was a Godsend for these horrific fly aways. 

The scent of Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion is rather pleasant.  It’s a fruity scent that is subtle when you’re applying the product but is virtually non-existant throughout the day. You don’t have to worry about the Lustre Lotion competing with your fragrance.

As for the claims that it protects against heat styling, I can’t really comment.  I’ve only been using the product for a month.  My hair has never shown signs of damage from heat styling so it’s not as if I can say the appearance of my hair is getting better.

Overall, Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion is a great product.  While it didn’t completely get rid of my frizz, it did a decent enough job that I will definitely be adding the Lustre Lotion to my arsenal of hair care products.  That being said, if you’re lucky enough to have only a little bit of frizz I think that the Lustre Lotion would do a tremendous job of getting rid of your frizzies.  It’s a nice alternative to , and it won’t leave your hair looking weighed down or greasy.  Don’t let the gaudy packaging fool you, this is a serious product!  So that’s my review.  Have you tried Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion?  Do you love it?  Do you hate it?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Disclaimer: BzzAgent provided me a full size Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $1 off coupons and 10 sample packets to pass out to others so that they could also try Got 2 B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Got 2 B, or any other company or person.

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Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 30, 2010

I am a BzzAgent. For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me. If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Reinvented Dove Hair Care campaign. You may have seen some Dove TV commercials lately that talk about how they are re-inventing some of their products to make them better than they previously were. I was sent a bottle of re-invented Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner to review.

The information included with the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner emphasizes that this is a daily conditioner that has the benefits of a deep nourishment treatment. Using Dove’s most advanced technology ever, it is designed to “penetrate deep inside to help repair hair internally and leave it more beautiful on the outside.” Dove promises that after just one use of the Daily Treatment Conditioner you will see instant smoothness and tackle the appearance of damage that results from things like styling, coloring, and blow-drying.

There are three levels of re-invented Dove Damage Therapy products. Damage Level One is for those who have noticed “slightly dry, dull or limp locks.” Damage Level Two is for those who have hair that feels “dry, frizzy, or rough at the ends.” Damage Level Three is for those who are “looking for intense repair to correct very dry, brittle and breaking strands.” Each of these levels has a number of different shampoos and conditioners designed to tackle different problems (e.g. Frizz Control, Volume Boost, Daily Moisture, Color Repair, etc.). The Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner I was sent to test out is from the Damage Level Three collection.

I have to admit that I’m a little confused as to how I am supposed to use this product. Yes, I know wash hair, put conditioner on, rinse off, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It is not paired up with a shampoo from the Dove line. Neither of the Daily Treatment Conditioners (there are two varieties) have a shampoo counterpart. I’m guessing that means that this conditioner was formulated to work with any shampoo, but I’m not totally sure. I know that most hair care companies state that their products are formulated to complement each other and thus they have a process for which products should be used together. Since I am not generally a user of Dove hair care products, I did not use the Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner with Dove shampoo. I used John Frieda Root Awakenings shampoo.

So what did I think of the reinvented Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner? I have to admit, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. The first thing I noticed when I used the conditioner was the scent. There is a very strong scent that emits from the bottle and the conditioner. I can’t really describe the scent. It’s not a bad scent. It doesn’t smell like flowers or fruit. It smells like conditioner. Although the scent of the conditioner is strong straight from the bottle, the scent loses its power after it is used and then washed off your hair.

When you hear “treatment” with regards to a hair product, you usually think of a thick product that you will slather all over your hair. Although this Daily Treatment Conditioner is thicker than your average everyday conditioner, it is not as thick as most treatments. This is actually somewhat of a good thing because it doesn’t require you to have to over exert yourself trying to squeeze a thick, heavy conditioner out of a squeeze bottle. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve used products like that in the past and the no patience side of me tends to get the better of me which then results in me ripping the cap off of the bottle and wasting a lot of product. I’m happy to say that will not happen with Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner.

When I put the Daily Treatment Conditioner on my hair, it had a nice feel to it. It felt like it was really grabbing onto my hair. I did use more than the recommended quarter-sized portion since I have very thick hair. I waited 1 minute per the directions on the bottle and then washed it off. I try to not use a blow dryer on my hair since I usually use a flat iron or big barrel curling iron to straighten my hair. As such, I tend to wash my hair at night so that I wake up with dry hair in the morning. So I went to bed with visions of what my hair would look like in the morning after using this new Dove product dancing in my head.

When I woke up, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw and felt. My hair incredibly soft, light, and…um…airy, for lack of a better word. My hair was noticeably smoother in that it wasn’t as frizzy as it can be, but it was NOT completely frizz-free. After straightening it, my hair looked shiny and felt soft so I was happy. But I also have to note that this was the first time I was using this product so I’m sure that the light feeling and less frizzy look was also a result of shaking my hair up with a new product…you know what I mean? When I used the Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner again my hair wasn’t horrible, but it was almost as if my hair had built up a tolerance to it. Which again is a reason that I’m a big believer in changing up your hair care routine.

I don’t think this Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner could ever replace a deep conditioning treatment.  While it is a good everyday conditioner, it is just not the same as a monthly deep conditioning treatment.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner. I’m not about to make it my everyday conditioner because I’m happy with what I’m already using, but I wouldn’t be against using it. It did a great job of making my hair feel soft and smooth and I think that’s what you’re usually looking for in a conditioner. If you are a user of drugstore brand shampoos/conditioners and have been looking for something that is more of a treatment product, I would recommend giving Daily Treatment Conditioner a try.

Interested in trying Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner for yourself?  Click here for a FREE SAMPLE!

For more information about Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner check out their Facebook page and see what other people are saying about it. You can also check out the Dove homepage.

Disclaimer: BzzAgent provided me a full size Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatmet Conditioner for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $1 off coupons and 10 sample packets to pass out to others so that they could also try Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Dove, or any other company or person.

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Covergirl ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 6, 2010

I am a BzzAgent.  For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me.  If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Covergirl Blast campaign.  As I’m sure all of you beauty junkies know, Covergirl has recently come out with a new line of cosmetic products known as the Blast line.  Commercials and print ads featuring Drew Barrymore using the Blast line has been popping up everywhere.  BzzAgent sent me a full-sized sample of Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast in 825 Tempest Blue as well as Covergirl ShineBlast lipgloss in 840 Sparkler.  So what did I think of these two new products?

Let’s start with the Smoky ShadowBlast.  Let me begin by saying I was not too thrilled with the Tempest Blue shades.  The all-over base shadow is a bright sky blue, while the crease color was a darker, yet still bright and bold, blue.  Its 2010…who in their right mind would wear a smoky eye made up of shades that hit their peak in the 1980s?  Don’t get me wrong, I love blue shadow sometimes, but I’m not going to go overboard and use such a bright blue to make a smoky eye.  But this problem is easily fixed because ShadowBlast comes in 6 shade duos…most of them much more practical than the 1980s shock that I received. 

So what did I like about Smoky ShadowBlast?  First, I absolutely love the concept.  Covergirl has really tried to develop a product that makes a smoky eye easily achievable at home even for novice beauty aficionados.   Having an eye shadow stick that has two complementary shades on either end takes some of the guessing out of trying to pick shades that go together.  Second, this is the only eye shadow product I have seen that has two different types of “tips” on either end.    The “tip” for the all-over color side is broad and rounded off, while the “tip” for the crease color side is tapered up to a thinner, wider point.  Lastly, the product is very easy to use.  Simply swipe the all-over color all over your eye lids and then color the crease and the lash line with the crease color.  Easy-peasy.  I’ve included a video at the end of this post that the kind people at Covergirl put together showing you just how easy it is to use the Smoky ShadowBlast.

So what didn’t I like about Smoky ShadowBlast?  One of the biggest problems I see with this product is something that won’t affect its users until farther down the line.  Any beauty addict knows that the more you use an eye shadow stick, a blush stick, a lipstick, or anything in stick form the more the tip of the product is going to become rundown.  Think about how great lipstick looks when you first open it.  Eventually it gets worn down to a nub.  Smoky ShadowBlast is going to run into the same problem, and when it does, the crease color side is not going to be as functional.  The other problem I have with Smoky ShadowBlast is its staying power.  Unfortunately, this product did not last all day (by all day I mean 8am – 5pm).  A quick glance in the mirror at midday revealed much less eye shadow on my eyes than had been there when I first applied it.  Ultimately, I find that this tends to be the common problem with most drugstore brand cosmetics, so in that sense, Smoky ShadowBlast is not worse off than its general competition.  But if you’re a strict user of higher-end cosmetics it is something to note.

On to the ShineBlast!  Unfortunately, there is only one thing that I really liked about this lipgloss:  the ShineSculpt applicator.  ShineBlast comes with a sponge tip applicator (not a brush applicator), but it’s not the traditional sponge tip applicator.  The new (and trademarked) ShineSculpt applicator is a sponge tip that is tapered and made from a soft, flexible material allowing the tip to contour to your lips.  The ShineSculpt applicator is amazing.  You can truly feel that this is a special applicator when you’re running it across your lips.  Its ability to cover your lips in one swipe is amazing.  I know I sound like I’m getting overly excited about an applicator tip, but believe me, once you try it you’re going to be going “Oh my God this is what she was talking about!”  If only I could be as excited about the product the ShineSculpt applies.

When I first opened the box from BzzAgent and saw the ShineBlast in 840 Sparkler my eyes lit up.  The sight of this fun pink lipgloss, packed with shimmer and sparkle was right up my alley.  But once I put it on, my heart sank.  Unfortunately, this is one of the grittiest feeling lipglosses I have ever tried.  I will say it doesn’t feel that bad if you’re not rubbing your lips together, but whenever my lips did come together it felt very gritty.  Secondly, I did not see any shine on my lips from using this product.  Looking in the mirror, I could clearly see that I did have some kind of lip color on my lips, but the shine factor was not as high as I thought it would be…especially after looking at pictures of Drew Barrymore wearing ShineBlast with almost reflective looking lips.  Covergirl states that ShineBlast will give you “beautifully defined lips with 4X more noticeable shine.”  (The “4X more noticeable shine” is compared to bare lips.)  I totally agree with the “beautifully defined” claim.  My lips did look very nice and “defined;” I just don’t think they were that shiny.

The staying power of ShineBlast was average when compared to other drugstore cosmetic brands.  It took about 2 hours before I felt I would need to re-apply.  And those 2 hours consisted of me talking, chewing gum (and blowing bubbles of course), and drinking Diet Coke directly from a can.  Also, I give ShineBlast props for the fact that the gloss didn’t feel very tacky.  Truthfully, I am not one of those girls who hate tacky lipglosses (I like the tackiness feeling so that I know that I still have product on and I don’t have to run and look in a mirror to find out), but I know many beauty addicts do.

Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast retails for $7.99 and ShineBlast retails for $7.49.  Of course, you can almost always find a drugstore, grocery store, or super-center store that has a great sale on Covergirl products.  Couple a sale with a coupon (they are frequently popping up in the Sunday paper) and it’s a steal.

To sum it up, Smoky ShadowBlast is a fun and easy to use product that would allow even a make-up novice to create a much sought after smoky eye.  ShineBlast didn’t offer the shine I was really expecting, but it did make my lips look very nice.  I would definitely be willing to pick up the Smoky ShadowBlast; of course it wouldn’t be in Tempest Blue.  The Onyx Smoke seems to be calling my name!  And truthfully, I would even be willing to give the ShineBlast another try, also in another color.  The Fire shade looks great on Drew Barrymore…maybe it wouldn’t look half bad on me!

If you would like more information on Covergirl’s Blast line, check out their official website

Disclaimer:  BzzAgent provided me a full size Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $2 off coupons to pass out to others so that they could also try Covergirl.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Covergirl, or any other company or person.

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