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Manicures on the go!

I’m no beauty guru, or have a bank account with disposable income, and with a few months left until school is done, I don’t have the time to make an appointment for a 2 hours manicure session. 

Plus, most of the time, I’m not really down to make small talk with people.

Which is why I resorted to using imPress press on manicure nails for those times that I feel I need to spice up my nails.

I’m not going to lie, I’m never a fan of fake nails but when they said no glue and only takes a few minutes to apply, I was interested.

First off, I love a product with good packaging. Like the imPress nails. The plastic nail polish bottle to hold all the nails are super adorable and easily reusable for the next batch of nails.

Another reason I tend to stay away from fake nails is due to the fact that I have small nails and most of these pre-made nails are usually on the larger side. A part of be was set to accept the fact that most of these might be too big, but to my surprised, when I lined up the cuticles, I had an extremely easy time finding nails that fits mine!

As a small girl, can you say, jackpot?! 

The application process is literally less than 10 minutes, and 5 at the most. Once you sorted out all the appropriate sizes, tear off the plastic cover and line it up on your nails. Once satisfied, apply pressure!

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 

Instructions on package.

As a broke college student with limited time on my hand, I would definitely recommend these fast and easy press on manicures. Another big bonus is once you’re tired of them, you can quickly take them off.

Not to mention that these nails are durable. After hours of putting them on, I took a shower and much to my surprise, the nails stayed on. They didn’t slip, they didn’t feel loose, they just stayed put.

*Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Influenster and imPress nails. However, my opinions on the product(s) remains 100% honest and unbiased.

Product Review: Dorco Shai 3+3 Razor (LSXA1000: Soft Touchβ„’ 6 Blade System for Women)

With warmer weather coming around, it’s getting pretty obvious it’s time to whip out that best friend you call a razor!

Recently, I’ve had the privilege to be contacted by Dorco to review one of the best selling razors: The Dorco Shai 3+3.

Upon first review, the packaging is quite simple. Like any razor, it proves to be a bit difficult to open up. The back of the box explains the razor’s top features such as 6 blades, lubricating band, and ergonomic handle for every turn.

Gorgeous colours! I love pink feminine products. It comes with a nice home that you can stick on your shower, however, for me, I keep my razors out the shower until I use them.

The grip of the razor is amazing! I think it’s one the best razors I’ve ever held. I don’t know about you but I love having that sense of control and grip when I shave. In my previous encounters with some razors without the grip, I’ve manage to make a few cuts here and there.

How well does it perform?

  • 6 blades made my shaving process super smooth and slightly faster than the other razors. The rubber grip around the razor combs the little hair up to get a closer shave. This is the first razor that shaved so close to my skin that I didn’t need to go over the area with a tweezer. It also didn’t miss any hairs whatsoever!
  • The ergonomic handle was pretty cool too. I think it’s the first razor that I’ve seen that actually bends on its head to match your body’s curves. Unlike previous razors, I had to nip a few hairs around my knees but this ones glides over it without any cuts and shaves off the little hair around the area.
  • However, the lubricant is lacking. I have had the Venus razor and that was insanely lubricant that I didn’t need any shaving gel. This one however, despite the mention of a lubricant brand, doesn’t give out any lubricant when wet. I was disappointed with the lack of lubricant because as a lazy person, I like my products to have a 2-in-1 sort of deal, especially when it comes to shaving as we all know shaving can be a hassle.

Overall, for the price of the razor, it’s quite comparable to the top names, if not, slightly better. The rubber guard proves to be a great additional feature for combing up hair for a closer shave, but I wouldn’t use this razor to shave my bikini area, solely for the reason of the rubber. The rest of the body such as legs and underarms is a definite win!

Close up of the blades and rubber guards.

Final verdict?

  • Ideal for legs, underarms, not for bikini area
  • Cheaper than leading brand names. If you don’t care about name brands, you can save a ton of money without sacrificing quality.
  • Have a can of shaving gel in handy in case your razor doesn’t provide much lubricant. 
Product: Dorco Shai 3+3 Razor / LSXA 1000: Soft Touch 6 Blade System for Women
Brand: Dorco USA
Price: $5.95
Rating: 4.5/5
And now, Dorco has given you guys a 20% off coupon on their already low prices!
Enter the coupon code: N1WO575O37W2 for a discount amount of 20% off. Limited 1 per customer, valid until 5/31/14.

DorcoUSA offers three shipping options for their Canadian customers. The first would be “Canada Econo-Shipping” which is a flat rate of $9.99.

The second option would be “Standard to Canada” which is based on the weight of the package, as well as the destination. The price for this option is calculated at checkout based on the items in the cart and the shipping address.

Lastly, all US orders over $25 and all Canadian orders over $40 qualify for free shipping.

*This product review was provided by Dorco USA but all opinions are 100% mines and honest.

Product Review: Garnier Fruictis Damage Eraser

I’m back with another product review on the new Garnier Fruictis Damage Eraser all thanks to Influenster!

 

This was my first Voxbox so I was extremely happy. I was chosen because of the condition of my hair: damaged, dull, no volume and no shine.

The Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser claims 90% of hairs strength reconstructed from root to tip.

Before Garnier chose to send me the samples, I’ve always enjoyed their products. I loved how they have a wide collection of scents to choose from, and they always left my hair feeling soft.

The Damage Eraser line includes:

  • Fortifying Shampoo: Reconstructs and preserves strength for strong hair that looks rejuvenated.
  • Fortifying Conditioner: Reconstructs and preserves strength for strong hair that looks rejuvenated.
  • Split Ends Bandage Serum: Each drop helps to prevent split ends and reconstructs and preserves hair’s strength.
  • Strength Reconstructing Butter: Rich, indulgent butter is designed to intensely reconstruct hair’s strength for strong, rejuvenated and shiny-looking hair. Use weekly for optimal results.

From the Influenter Voxbos, it didn’t include the reconstructing butter. My experience? I loved it. Simple as that.

The scent of the shampoo wasn’t fruity, but it didn’t smell bad either. The conditioner made my hair the softest I’ve ever felt. Once the conditioner was washed off, oh my, my hair was super smooth and soft, I literally couldn’t stop touching it. I’ve never used a split ends oil before so this was my first. My hair is damaged due to the colouring and after the first couple of uses of the splits end serum, I’ve noticed my ends were extremely healthy. Personally, I don’t like using oils because it leaves this scent and oily feeling on your hair and hands but surprisingly, the oil doesn’t stick to your hands after rubbing it into your hair. Nor does it leave a scent! That’s a big bonus for me – oil without the fuss.

The next morning, after air drying my hair, I’ve noticed the smoothness of my hair. Volume has increased, especially in my bangs! I couldn’t keep them flat whatsoever. My hair bounced much more when I’m walking. As for shine? I felt like I could see it in specific angles of lighting, but in general, I didn’t notice any shine.

Garnier Fruictis Damage Eraser

In conclusion, if you have damaged and no volume hair, I’ll recommend this line. Out of all the shampoos I’ve ever used, I think I saw significant improvement on my hair from the Damage Eraser line. If you’re not interested in the shampoo and conditioner for whatever reason, I highly recommend the splits end serum. I’ve never had such ease with oils before and this affordable little product did repair my splits ends. Ever since using it, I haven’t gotten any – and this is coming from someone that regularly dyes her hair!

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review from Influenster and Garnier, however, my opinions on these products are entirely mines and 100% honest.

Product Review: Burt’s Bee Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm

Guess who finally finished her first Burt’s Bee lip balm?! I ended up going to Target to get a new lip balm but unfortunately they ran out of the peppermint one that I used last time (yellow stick above) so I ended up grabbing the ‘Ultra Conditioning’ because I can’t stand the grapefruit scent.

The ultra conditioning is said to give you at least 4 hours of moisturizing. Whenever a product claims to do a certain thing for a certain amount of time, I tend to look past it. However, the lip balm did do about 4 hours moisturizing (and more sometimes) BUT to be honest, I think Burt’s Bee products are all moisturizing.

There is no scent to this lip balm. I mean, it’s a undescribable small scent but it’s not overwhelming. When you apply it, it’s glides super smooth and it leaves a glossy look on your lips.

Sometimes, within two or three hours, once the lip balm is settled and dried on your lips but still moisturizing, it feels funny and eventually I start picking on my lips. I never had that problem with the peppermint lip balm, so perhaps it’s the additional moisturising ingredients.

Overall, as soon as this stick is complete, I think I’m going to switch back to the peppermint lip balm. I miss the cooling effect, smell and the matte finishing from the peppermint. The Ultra Conditioning is perhaps tooooo much moisturizing for my lips. This product might be suited for someone with extremely dry skin and/or wants/needs the additional moisturizing.

Without lip balm. Notice the small patches of dry area.

Instantly moisturizes my lips!

Product Review: Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in #170 Alarm and #010 Dizzy

I’m a big fan of Rimmel London. To be honest, I was a bit biased when I first started using their product line because back in 8th grade, I was IN LOVE with London so you can guess that I went straight to Rimmel London when I first purchased my make-up.

However, despite my biased love for London, I enjoy their products because they fit my budget and their quality is super nice (according to my standards).

Today, I’m reviewing Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipsticks in both shades of #170 Alarm and #010 Dizzy. I originally got these two lipsticks because of the price and I was in need of a lipstick.

Overall //
The colours of these two lipsticks are bold. I can’t find another way to describe the colours but bold. They glide easily on your lips and as Rimmel describes it, it is long lasting. If I don’t eat anything, it can last for hours. That being said, Lasting Finish lipsticks transfers to utensils/napkins easily (and your significant other, haha). However, if your lips have a tendency to be dry, I would stray away from the lighter colours, such as this shade of pink (#10 Dizzy) because you can easily see the little dry bits of your lips. The darker colours, even this shade of red (#170 Alarm) “hides” the bits of your dry lips. 

Once applied, they dry up instantly (well, it’s not like it’s wet when you first apply it), and for some reason, I find myself pressing my lips together when I’m alone. They’re dry but they’re STILL SMOOTH! I also loooove the fact that it doesn’t transfer onto my teeth whenever I’m talking. I’ve seen bad pictures of victims with lipstick-stained teeth and to this day, these lipsticks still hasn’t transferred to my teeth. Even when I accidentally bite on my lips.

Packaging is nothing special. The cap pops up easily for fast application but not easy enough to ruin your bag(s).

When wiped off, the darker colours fade a bit lighter and the lighter colours is practically off your lips.

Who would I recommend these lipsticks too?

Someone that’s looking for a good quality lipstick on a budget. It’s long lasting, so you wouldn’t need to spend a few extra funds to get the lipstick that’s advertised as a long lasting wear. If you’re easily embarrassed about the stains being left on your Starbucks cup, I wouldn’t recommend it and invest in a non-stain lipstick/lip stain. 

Also, when purchasing keep in mind about the shade. I’ve noticed they’re bolder/brighter when applied on.


Wearing Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in #170 Alarm. The shade of red is quite bold and I love it.

 
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #10 Dizzy. It’s a brighter shade when applied. With lighter colours, the chance of having your bits of dry skin on your lips is much more visible than the darker colours.

Rating: 4/5
Quality: 4.5/5
Price: 5/5
*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions
written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I
am no way affiliated with the company in any way.

Product Review: Nivea Sheer Comfort Deodorant

Two of Nivea’s deodorants: (L) 24hrs Sheer comfort and (R) 24hrs Invisible For B&W

How often do you see product reviews on deodorants? I feel like many people are shy about deodorants, and I mean, it’s usually linked to body odor so I can understand but… it’s like a daily necessity to put on (even in the winter!).

Anyways, today I’m reviewing Nivea’s deodorants. When it comes to a few products like shampoo, deodorants, body wash, etc. I don’t have a favourite brand so I tend to try something new whenever I get the chance to. The reason I picked up Nivea’s deodorants was because 1) I’m familiar with Nivea skincare products and 2) being cheap, my drugstore had a buy one, get one free promo for Nivea deodorants so I thought… why not try it? I save $4-5 in the long run!

Well… much to my dismay, the sheer comfort was a big disappointment. I hated it within the first few days of using it.

Aside from it being the “wet deodorant” (as in, it’s wet when you apply it and you have to wait for it to dry), it was FAR from 24 hours coverage AND it did not smell pleasant whatsoever.

Coverage//
It’s my mistake for not reading the bottom to see if the deodorant was wet or dry. However, the 24 hours coverage that Nivea promised is a lie. For example, when I put it on before leaving the house for school, by the time I got home, I can smell my body odor, and this is a total of… six hours (including commute time). And it’s not like I’m exercising for a marathon so to be able to smell my odor within 6 hours already, is just shitty quality. There are days when I will apply deodorant and not do anything but stay at home and within a few hours, there’s already a smell.

I tried many different coverage levels like 1-2 layers to 4-5 layers to see if it’ll make a difference for the smell, but it’s still the same result. And trust me, it’s not my body; I’ve used Dove and Lady Speed Stick which last me a full 24 hours, with no BO scent. Nivea, however, didn’t last me 24 hours AND it had an awful smell of the deodorant’s scent (spring fresh) mixed with body odor. It soaked through my clothes which also left a horrible smell. Compared to Dove, Dove left a smell but it left a nice flower-y scent.

Scent//
Like I said, the scent of the deodorant is pleasant (the generic spring/flower scents) but it mixes up with body odor REALLY easily which is really disgusting.

Quality//
The quality of the deodorant is so-so. Although it’s a wet deodorant (I’m not a fan of it), I felt like Nivea’s deodorants are much “wetter” than the usual ones. It left white marks around my armpit area that I need to wipe off before throwing my clothes on. Quality of coverage and scent is horrible as explained above.

Overall//
I wouldn’t recommend purchasing Nivea Sheer Comfort Deodorant. I was so put off by the poor quality of it, I haven’t tried the B&W one. It’s a disappointment considering I enjoy the Nivea products. We all know what a deodorant is supposed do, but this particular product does the OPPOSITE.

Save your money and go with another brand.

The one I’m currently using. THE BEST I’ve used ever!

I personally prefer Dove and Lady Speek Stick (both dry sticks). What about you?

*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions
written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I
am no way affiliated with the company in any way.