Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spark Sessions 2016 Conference

Last week Spark Sessions, "Canada's leading voice in influenster marketing," announced the location for its 2016 conference. Aimed at fashion and beauty bloggers, this annual event aims to educate its attendees on how to grow their online presence while also connecting them brands.

This year's event, which runs November 5-6, will be held out at the Ontario Science Centre, which is kind of a cool spot though also not the easier spot to reach. I have to admit that this location made me feel better about skipping this year's conference. I missed last year's because I was nine months pregnant; a perfectly valid excuse I think. But this year I have a few different reasons for not attending.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My September 2016 Topbox

It finally arrived! My September 2016 Topbox should have been shipped out last Friday, the 15th day of the month. Often I receive my box on the 15th but not this month; instead it showed up yesterday afternoon. But I'm not upset because for one thing, all subscribers received late boxes (and really, two-three days behind schedule is nothing). The other reason is that this month, I, like all Topbox members, didn't just receive my usual Topbox,  I also got a Unilever box that was packed with stuff.

Here's what was in my Topbox:
  • Boo Bamboo Hair Strengthening Shampoo (15 ml)
  • Boo Bamboo Hair Strengthen And Shine Conditioner (15 ml)
  • BVspa by Bon Vital’ Body Lotion (50 ml)
  • Delectable Everything Balm (7 ml)
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (5 ml)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Couple Free Baby-Friendly Events

Today's post was supposed to be about my September 2016 Topbox but it hasn't yet arrived. All of this month's boxes are delayed, I suspect because they are being accompanied by a box full of Unilever products. While I would have liked my Topbox to have arrived on time, I can't really complain if it was delayed because of more samples. I have received my shipping notification email and it looks like my items should arrive tomorrow. Assuming that happens, I'll blog about both boxes on Thursday, or maybe Friday.

I'm currently testing out Make Up For Ever's Artist Rouge Creme lipstick but I'm not quite ready to review it yet so instead I'm going to write up a post for all of the Toronto parents who read this.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Review

Let's start with a disclosure: I received Biore's Baking Soda Pore Cleanser for free, as part of Topbox's Glam Sense program. Often these programs send you a full-sized product but not this time. Instead, I received a deluxe-sized tube of this mostly liquid cleanser.

At first I was worried that this size wouldn't give me enough product to test it out but it turns out that one small tube can pack a lot of cleanser. I ended up using this item one-twice a day for over three weeks; more than enough time to see how well this product really cleans.

According to Bioré, this item "...deep cleans and exfoliates dry, flaky, skin, letting your skin feel clean, soft and smooth!" It's designed for combination skin, which I have, and uses "natural baking soda" to leave "...pores 91% cleaner."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips For The Face Review

I first used Biore pore strips over a decade ago and while I found they did pull out some gunk, they also pulled off the top layer of my skin. And no, this didn't only happen one time. So I stopped using this product and basically forgot about it for multiple years.

Then in July I was given the chance to test out Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips For The Face through Topbox's Glam Sense product testing program (so yes, I received this item for free). While I was somewhat worried that I might have another bad experience with the strips, I decided to give them another shot.

According to Bioré, each strip "works like a magnet by instantly locking onto and removing deep-down dirt." You simply smooth one over a wet, blackhead-laden section of your face and 10 minutes later, peel it off. "You can remove weeks worth of dirt buildup," says Bioré.