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Huggies Little Movers

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Huggies Little Movers - package

Thanks to Influenster, I received a package of Huggies Little Movers, size 3, last month to test out.

This wouldn’t be the first time I tried Huggies before. When my little guy was just born, I had a package of size 1 Huggies Snugglers. I figured they would fit the same as Pampers and eagerly awaited for when he outgrew newborn size. Boy was I wrong. Huggies Snugglers was a terrible fit for my baby. The leg loops were much too loose which ended up in constant leaks down the leg. I figured I’d be safe around the waist as I could pull the tabs tighter to be a better fit. It loosened up too quickly and I ended up with constant blow outs. After 3 huge clean ups, I decided Huggies Snugglers were not for us and went back to trusty Pampers.

Fast forward to now with this package of Huggies Little Movers. We’re now on solid foods so the danger of blow outs isn’t as great as before. Maybe Little Movers will fit differently from Snugglers. So I figured I might as well try it out.

 

Packaging

My little pack of Little Movers came in the standard soft plastic wrap with perforation marks on one side for easy openings. They also come in larger cardboard boxes as well.

 

The Product

Huggies Little Movers - front of diapers
Front of diapers

The front of the diapers features Mickey and Minnie Mouse. My baby doesn’t recognize them yet, but the colourful designs are cute. Notice at the top of the diaper, there’s “HUGGIES” printed across the top. It’s not as bright and is a bit difficult to see at first.

 

Huggies Little Movers - back of diapers
Back of diapers

The back of the diapers has a colourful pattern. Note that the top of the diaper has the stretchy pleats.

Not pictured are these purple patches on the front of the diaper. These purple patches allow for the tabs to adhere very strongly to them, to keep the tabs from slipping off. The extra grip is pretty strong, so once those tabs are on, they’re not coming off without a bit of a pull!

 

The Verdict

This pack of 14 lasted me for 3 days, which was just enough time for me to decide if I liked them or not. I had a few issues with Huggies Little Movers, and I’ll explain them all here.

First of all, I found it difficult to align the tabs on the front of the diaper when I was putting them on my little guy. Yes, I can see that “Huggies” is printed along the top but it’s not very bright and I have to look really hard to make out the letters so that I can align it properly. This makes overnight diaper changes a challenge for me as I like to change the diapers in a dim light. If my sight is decreased and I can’t see those “Huggies” letters, I’m left squinting really hard to find them, and I definitely didn’t have that problem with Pampers.

Second of all, I find that the diaper sags. I am usually changing a diaper every 4 hours, and with Huggies, the diaper is sagging after there’s been a big pee. A little bit of sagging I don’t mind (and I obviously will go change the diaper). However, it is the sagging that enlarges the leg loops that I don’t like. The leg loops loosen up and there’s a gap between diaper and skin, which left me with leaks again. I didn’t have any issues with blow outs, however that is likely due to the fact that my little guy has solid poops instead of liquid ones now.

I have some friends who have great successes with Huggies, however, it just doesn’t work for my baby. We will not be purchasing this brand.

 

Where to Buy

  • big box stores (Wal-Mart)
  • pharmacies (Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall)
  • grocery stores

Written by Jessica

January 16th, 2016 at 10:17 am

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

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** This post was updated on Oct 1, 2015 since Laneige is now available in Canada. I bought the asian version but for the Canadian version, I received it complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.**

 

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - packaging
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – asian version

I’ve been a fan of Laneige products ever since I was introduced to it a couple years ago. A Korean brand under the Amore umbrella, this line is now available at Target and Sephora stores in the US. For us Canadians, it’s now available at Sephora! Woo hoo!

The Water Bank line is ideal for hydration, something my dry, parched skin craved during our cold, Canadian winter. The gel cream is good for those with normal and combination skin, which is great for my oily t-zone and dry cheeks. It’s also light which is perfect for the summer months.

Laneige is known for using Himalayan snow water as one of its ingredients. It also contains 6 minerals: magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium, and sodium. When I was first introduced to Laneige, I was told it is targeted for those in their 20s and early 30s.

 

The Packaging

As you can see in the top picture, there is an illustration on the box. This is to indicate the collection is part of the 2013 Waterful Sharing Campaign. Laneige had partnered up with Save the Children where part of the proceeds from the sales of the Water Bank line are donated to them. This is true for sales that occur in Korea, but I’m not sure if that is the case for sales outside of that country. There is no difference to the product itself, except for a cute little water pump illustration on the cap or pot.

There is also a small white paddle that is included so that you can scrape every last bit out of the pot. Sanitary point!

 

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - box and jar
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – North American version

The North American version has a slightly different jar design, but it also comes with a little paddle (this one is clear).

 

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - inner lid
Inner seal – asian version

Another bonus sanitary point is for the inner seal. After unscrewing the cap, you see an inner lid with a tab, but that tab is sealed tight to the pot. This ensures that the product has not been tampered with after production.

 

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - inner seal
Inner seal –  North American version

The North American version is exactly the same as its asian counterpart.

 

The Product

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - product
Gel cream – asian version

My pot contained 50ml of product. The cream itself has a gel-like consistency, with an opaque whiteness to it. It’s cool and refreshing, and absorbs easily. It’s difficult to discern the fragrance, but it is light and very pleasant with some floral notes.

 

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (CND ver) - product
Gel cream – North American version

Yup, still the same.

 

The Verdict

I absolutely love this gel cream and would definitely purchase it again. I have used two jars of the asian version, and now have a jar of the North American version (courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes). My skin is well hydrated and I haven’t seen any dry skin ever since I started using the line. I highly recommend it!

 

Where to Buy – $42 CAD

Written by Jessica

October 1st, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

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Running late and didn’t have time to do your nails? Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure has you covered. From my Influenster #MapleVoxBox, I received the pattern in Holla!

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure - package
imPRESS Press-On Manicure – $8.99-$10.99

The packaging itself is a very pliable plastic box. Easy to open.

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure - container
Container

On the display tray are five different designs in five different sizes. There are two of each design in the same size so you can match your left and right hand if you wished. The remaining nail covers are loose behind the display tray.

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure - designs
Beautiful designs

There are 24 nail covers in total, with 12 different sizes. Each nail cover is made of hard plastic and is rounded, so as to fit the natural curve of your nail.

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure - designs 2
Another look at a different angle

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure - on nails
On my nails 

I found the application of these nails to be incredibly easy. After measuring out which nail cover fits which nail, I laid them all out on a table and started applying them in order. Most of the time was spent figuring out which nail cover fit which nail. Putting them on took me less than a couple of minutes. I do feel the nail covers on my nail, and the feeling may or may not go away, depending on how sensitive you are. For me personally, I could still feel the nail cover. Although it’s not an uncomfortable or painful feeling – it’s more of an annoying kind of feeling – you know it’s there and it’s not going to go away.

My overall impression is that these nail covers are a fast and easy way to have a beautiful look in a very short amount of time. For parties or even just a night out, I think these work great. For long term use, it doesn’t work for me. I would likely use them for a few hours out, then take them off when I got home.

Have you ever tried printed nail covers before? Let me know your experience below!

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.

Written by Jessica

January 13th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss and Big Bold Curl Mascara

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Some more goodies I received from my Influenster #MapleVoxBox were these two from NYC New York Color. I’d never tried anything from this line before so I was pretty excited to try it out. Let’s start with the Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss.

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss - tube
Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss – $4.99

The Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss that received was in the colour 468 – Big City Blush. It’s a beautiful peachy pink with tiny rainbow shimmer in it. The first thing that caught my eye was how big the tube was. It’s fairly thick and has a good weight in your hand. In total, it holds 11ml of product inside.

 

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss - applicator
Rounded slant applicator

It has a rounded slant applicator which allows for quick and easy application. I did find that I needed to scrape some against the edge of the tube when I pulled the applicator out. Otherwise, a big dollop of lip gloss would come out – too much for one application.

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss - swatch
Swatch

The swatch is really pretty and is quite nice on the lips too. It does have that sticky lip gloss feel to it so be wary of your hair blowing onto your lips on windy days. I do like the colour and how it looks on my lips and after applying it, there’s a slight tingle to my lips. The adverts boasts a 50% fuller looking lips with a high gloss shine. I can’t comment on it’s lip plumping properties as my lips are quite full already. Something else to note: the smell. It has a very strong plastic, fake berry kind of smell to it. I can’t help but also smell a little bit of vaseline in there? It might not bother some people but for me, the smell is very off-putting, and I don’t think I can bring myself to use it. It’s too bad, since I do like the colour a lot.

 

NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara - package
Big Bold Curl Mascara – $4.99 

Next is the Big Bold Curl Mascara.

NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara - tube
Tube

The tube is also a fairly large size, but a really small base. You can stand it upright but it will tip over pretty easily.

 

NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara - wand bristles
Wand applicator

You can see in the above picture how the wand applicator is like. It’s huge and it’s curved, almost like a smile (or a frown, depending on how you hold it). This is supposed to allow for a more even coat of your lashes in a single stroke. The adverts boast of one stroke giving 12x more volume and 99% more lift. On my lashes, one stroke certainly did no such thing. It did take many strokes to get the desired look. It definitely gave my lashes a more boosted and lifted look compared to without mascara. There was a tiny bit of clumping but overall, my lashes had a really nice fluttery, feathery look to them. I was hoping there would be a waterproof version but alas, they do not. So those with runny eyes, this may not work for you.

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.

Written by Jessica

January 13th, 2014 at 12:46 am

Ice Breakers DUO

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Ice Breakers Duo - package
Need a breath refresher?

I was pretty excited to try these from the #MapleVoxBox from Influenster. You can always use a breath mint whether you’ve just had a meal or whenever really. I like having them in my bag at all times because you never know when you might need them. Let’s take a look at them.

 

The Packaging

The packaging itself is a sturdy plastic disc that’s about the size of the palm of my hand. For the raspberry flavour Duo, the bottom part of the disc is an opaque purple colour and the top of the disc is white. On the purple part of the disc, on the side, a manufacturer’s best before date is printed on. The top of the disc is a lid with two snap lids of different sizes. These sizes allow for you to deposit either “one” or “many” duos. The sticker on top will indicate which side is which. Unfortunately, mine had a flaw in that the sticker was placed 180 degrees off so the “one” side of the sticker was actually on the “many” lid, and the “many” side of the sicker was actually on the “one” lid. You’ll understand momentarily.

 

Ice Breakers Duo - MANY side open
The “One” side

The “One” side of my sticker was on this lid, which is clearly the “Many” lid.

 

Ice Breakers Duo - ONE side open
The “Many” side

The “Many” side of the sticker is most definitely on the “One” lid.

It’s a neat concept that allows you to control just how much you want. Do you only want one for yourself? Or do you want to take several out to share with friends? Or are you looking to take several out just for yourself?

The lids are actually a little difficult to open, which I partially attribute to the stickiness of the sticker. I hesitated at first to pulling them open with full strength because I didn’t want to break the lid off. However, the way the sticker is placed on actually overlaps the entire lid with the exception of the tab that sticks out. Therefore, it does require a bit of force to get the lid open. Afterwards, the lid snaps closed with a “click” and the sticker (if it is still sticky) will provide and extra bit of security from the lid opening on its own.

 

The Product

Ice Breakers Duo - raspberry and mint sides
The double sided mint

You’ve got one side that’s pink and the other side that’s white. The pink corresponds to the fruit aspect. It’s a raspberry flavour with a little bit of tartness to it. The white corresponds to the cool aspect. It’s a minty cool. Depending on which side is against your tongue, that is what you’ll be tasting. What’s interesting it when you’re flipping it around in your mouth. One second you’re hit with the fruity tartness, and just when you think the tart is too tart, you’ve flipped over to the minty cool side, which helps negate the tartness. It’s a pretty neat taste battle going on in there.

 

The Verdict

I quite like this and will definitely be making a purchase for it. Mr. Pixelbunny has also taken quite a liking to it as he keeps eating them, then offering me one as if he’s showing me that he’s sharing and not just eating them himself. Hah! There are currently two flavours out there: strawberry and raspberry. I’d love to try the strawberry one next, and maybe pick up a raspberry to give to the Mr for his own.

 

Where to Buy

  • $1.99 at mass food and convenience retailers

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.***

 

Written by Jessica

December 17th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Skinny Cow Dream Clusters and Heavenly Crisp

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I opened my door today to find a nice surprise at my doorstep: it was Influenster‘s first Canadian Vox Box, aptly named #MapleVoxBox! I had signed up for a chance to be picked for Influenster’s first foray into Canadian territory, but didn’t hear anything back so I figured I wasn’t chosen. Imagine my surprise when I found it this morning!

 

Skinny Cow - Dreamy Clusters and Heavenly Crisp
Skinny Cow’s Dreamy Clusters and Heavenly Crisp

Let’s start with Skinny Cow. According to their website, they were originally founded in 1991 in Jersey under the name Silhouette. They were acquired by Nestlé in 2004 and relaunched as Skinny Cow. They are known to have decadent and indulgent snacks but with much less calories. The two I received are Dreamy Clusters and Heavenly Crisp.

 

Skinny Cow - Dreamy Clusters - pieces
Dreamy Clusters – $1.29 each | $4.29 for a 4-pack

Each bag of Dreamy Clusters contain 5 pieces (at least in my bag) and as a whole, are 120 calories. These remind me greatly of Nestlé Crunch, the milk chocolate bar with crisped rice mixed in. Even the sweetness taste the same to me.

Skinny Cow - Dreamy Clusters - bite
After one bite

The only difference is that Dreamy Clusters also has some caramel in it, so each bite has a little bit of chew factor to it. It’s too bad that there’s so little in each pack but I supposed this is how you get portion control. I don’t think I’d have the self control to have a big bag and only take 5 out. To be honest, who really has THAT much self control anyways?

 

Skinny Cow - Heavenly Crisp - bar
Heavenly Crisp – $1.29 each | $4.29 for a 4-pack

Next up is Heavenly Crisp. It touts itself as only 100 calories per bar.

Skinny Cow - Heavenly Crisp - half
Halfsies!

As you can see above, the bar consists of 3 wafers with a thin layer of chocolate crème flavour and covered with milk chocolate. I think the only thing I’m concerned about is the “chocolate crème flavour”. If it’s a flavour and not actually chocolate crème, then what is it??

It’s actually very light and definitely less sweet than Dream Clusters. It reminds me a lot of the wafer snacks that you can buy at the asian grocery stores, except with a little more chocolate flavour to them. They’re pretty good, but not that filling. The Dream Clusters would be more filling than this.

 

Have you ever tried Skinny Cow products before? What have you tried and how do you like it?

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2 **I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.***

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Written by Jessica

November 27th, 2013 at 9:30 pm