Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Always Radiant Liners

I received this product to review from Chick Advisor.

These liners are designed to fit any type of underwear from boy shorts to thongs. This is a huge plus for some people, but for myself on the other hand this isn't a selling factor as I tend to always wear the same style of underwear and I don't need to adjust the liner size for the type of underwear that I tend to wear. This definitely makes them more versatile than other liners on the market currently.

These liners are super thin and definitely feel like you aren't wearing anything at all. This is important for me because I tend to always wear a liner daily unless I am wearing pads during that time of the month. At first I was concerned because they were so thin, especially around the outer edges where you can wrap them around as wings. I was surprised with how well they absorbed even though they are extremely thin. They stay in place really well and don't shift or crinkle up like some liners. When it's time to remove them they come off without leaving glue residue on your underwear like I find some liners do (I'm looking at you individually wrapped Always liners).

The package is a bright and colourful box that is very easy to open and close without having a ripped open bag of liners sitting around. The package contains 64 liners that are not individually packaged. A bit harder to carry them in your purse if you need them, but I think it's worth the compromise. They cost a little more than the liners I use regularly, but I would definitely buy them and stock up if they go on sale. I have read that they are cheaper if you purchase them at Walmart so I will have to check into that next time I go and see how they are priced compared to what I currently use and maybe stock up before I move to an area without a Walmart!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour

I received a coupon for a free box of this hair colour from their Facebook promotions they were having a few months back. I can't remember how long ago it was exactly since it seems like it took forever to arrive in the mail. When checking out the various shades online it seemed like they had a great selection with 24 different colours to choose from. The reality though is that all the stores I went to maybe had 12 different shades on display. Only two of those being reds. I was a bit disappointed in this as I only had the option of doing Light Red Brown (too orange looking on the box), or Deep Cherry Brown (looked kind of purple on the box).  I hunted everywhere looking for Dark Red Brown but no stores around me carried it, so the other night I went and picked up the Deep Cherry Brown and hoped for the best. I knew if I went with the lighter colour it would end up turning orange on my hair since I have a lot of natural reddish orange tones in my hair to begin, and colour doesn't stay too well in my hair so I went with the darker shade in hopes that when it fades out it will be the perfect colour and I won't need to deal with bright orange hair until I decide to do it again.

The box comes with a pair of gloves (that are very hard to get on), a squeeze bottle, a bottle of the colour to mix in with the squeeze bottle, and a very generous sized conditioner that will definitely last awhile since you are only supposed to do it once a week to seal in colour and keep it from fading. I may do the conditioner a couple of times a week since my hair doesn't really absorb colour as well and usually washes out in about a week. I will see if this makes a difference in how long the colour actually lasts.

Now the application was a bit weird and tricky. I'm not sure how much I like the foam. I mean sure it doesn't drip or anything, but the foam makes it hard to see if you actually have all of your hair coated. It's also very hard to try and do yourself since you have to squeeze the bottle for foam every time. It would be much easier if it actually pumped out like soap. I ended up with hair dye all over the bottle and table because you had to actually pick the bottle up and squeeze it, then set it down to coat your hair with the foam and repeat until the bottle was empty. I wasn't quite sure how to manage doing a strand test with this dye so I just applied and hoped for the best! I have shoulder length hair and there was way more than enough product to cover my hair. I actually probably could have done it twice with the one box but it was already mixed up so there was no way I could unfortunately. If you have long hair I definitely think one box will be more than enough to do your hair. The foam definitely doesn't foam as much as it shows in the instructions. It's about half as foamy which had me worried at first that it wasn't white and really foamy when I finished but it still worked all the same I think.

On my hair I don't find the colour very true to the box. The box makes the colour look purplish while on my hair it's a nice cherry red. I normally have a very hard time getting hair colour to keep in my hair so I will have to see how this colour washes and wears after awhile. For the price I would hope it lasts longer than a week or two. I purchased mine at Shopper's Drug Mart and it was $14.99, though it is cheaper at around $12.99 at Walmart.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Claritin Rapid Dissolve Tabs Review

I received the Claritin Rapid Dissolve Tabs to test out as part of Bzz Agent.

I wanted to wait until I had finished the entire box of 10 tablets that was provided to test before writing the review. These tabs were designed to be an "on the go" type of tablet. They dissolve on your tongue much like those Listerine strips that came out years ago that were popular but seem to have disappeared pretty much (at least from my area). No water is needed which is supposed to make them great to take anytime. The only drawback on this claim is that on the package it tells you to take them on an empty stomach which pretty much takes away the "on the go" portability of them since you are pretty much forced to take them in the morning when you first wake up, or late at night before you go to bed if you aren't a late night snacker.

The claims are that it provides fast, effective relieve from:
  • Itchy, Watery Eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy Nose and Throat

Now for myself  after taking the full 10 days worth, I honestly couldn't tell any difference in my allergies when I took the medication versus days I forgot to take it or just didn't take it. I feel like the medication in this form is less effective compared to other allergy medications. Now I'm not a normal Claritin user, I take the generic version of Reactine which is a different type of allergy medication. So it might just be that this medication isn't effective for my body. I didn't notice any relief from any of my severe allergy symptoms. My worst allergy symptoms have always been itchy, runny eyes (I'm also a contact wearer so this really irritates me in the spring when things are blooming), and I sneeze like crazy during the entire allergy season. My lesser symptoms are the runny nose and scratchy throat. Those I can live with, but without effective allergy medications I cannot live with the eye problems and the sneezing that comes with having severe allergies. During the trial I didn't have any relief from my major symptoms so I definitely feel like this won't be a product for me. I'm not sure if it's the formula, or the type of medication, but I get much more relief from my normal medication and can't wait to start taking it tonight.

I'm not sure what the price of these go for as I have been unable to locate them on store shelves in my area so far, but I am guessing they will be priced around the same as other Claritin products. If they are way more they would not be worth it in my opinion because there is no added convenience to this product and I'm not sure if it's even as effective as the "old fashioned" take with water tablets.