Glux Reviews: ZzzQuil

IMG_20160706_193508Recently I received a free product sample (provided by the great folks at Influenster for review purposes) of ZzzQuil, which is a nighttime sleep-aid made by Vicks. I’ve never used a sleeping pill before, I’m weary of them despite their “non-habit forming” label. I don’t have horrible sleep issues, but sometimes I have trouble falling back asleep if my cat wakes me up in the early AM. I was curious to give this sample a try, so I picked a night to go to sleep extra early (10PM) and took the 2 LiquiCaps.

It might have taken more than 20 minutes to fall asleep, but it was fairly quick. I slept soundly, but my cat still managed to wake me up at 6AM as usual. I fell back asleep, but when I finally got up I felt very groggy and crouchy. I don’t know if that’s just my personal reaction to a sleeping pill, since I’m not used to taking them… but honestly, I probably wouldn’t use this again unless I was really suffering from insomnia. I didn’t like the grogginess in the morning at all. I’d rather wake up feeling tired!

However, if you find that sleeping pills are effective for you (which is fine – everyone is different!!) then this might be a good option. It certainly did knock me out when I took the pills, so if falling asleep is your problem then ZzzQuil is worth consideration.

Try ZzzQuil if you are a cosplayer suffering from post-con sickness! If you haven’t slept in 3 days, then it might be helpful to take a sleep aid to catch up on some Zzz’s lol!

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Beauty Blog: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes

This might be relevant to some of you cosplayers out there: today I tried false eyelashes for the first time!  I’d never taken the initiative to try false eyelashes before, even though I’d always wanted to because my eyelashes are very thin and well… sparse.  I always assumed it was a complicated and messy ordeal so I never tried them out.  However, when I received a free set of Kiss brand “Looks So Natural Lashes” in my Influenster #JadoreVoxBox, I finally had a chance to see what it was all about!

Since I’m not very experienced with false eyelashes, I went to the Kiss YouTube page (not to be confused with the classic rock band lol!) and watched some very informative videos about application and tips.  I felt like a pro after!  Here’s the steps I took:

One eye with the Kiss Looks So Natural false eyelash applied, the other without. Big difference!!

  1. Before applying, I “sized” the Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes by holding them along the lash line and determining how much extra lash needed to be cut off.  Then I carefully snipped the edge of the false lashes with a scissor.
  2. As part of my normal routine, I put on my BB cream and under eye concealer, as well as eyeliner before attempting to use the false eyelashes.
  3. Once I was ready, I used the small bottle of eyelash adhesive that came with the lashes to brush a small amount of glue to the bottom.  I counted to 30 (they say to wait 30 seconds before applying, to allow time for the adhesive to become the perfect consistency) and got ready to apply.
  4. Gently, I pushed the edge of the false eyelash to the start of my lash line on the inside of my eye.  Then I patted it down on the outside corner of my eyelid, and carefully tapped along the entire lashline to make sure the false eyelashes were sticking in the right place.  Of course then it was repeat from step 3 for my other eye.
  5. After the eyelashes were sufficiently stuck onto my lash line, I proceeded to finish my makeup routine by applying my favorite mascara on both my natural and false eyelashes to help them blend together.
  6. I added a bit more eyeliner on top of the false eyelash line to add more depth and create a more dramatic look.
  7. Wanting the focus to be on my eyes, I opted for a shiny lip gloss to finish my makeup.

Now that I’ve successfully applied these false eyelashes, I feel really glamorous!  I’m definitely addicted now.  Most likely I will start wearing these when my band has a live performance, and for fancy events like my sister’s wedding this July.

I just want to add that the Kiss Looks So Natural lash set was MUCH easier to use than I had anticipated.  It was simple, no mess, no fuss.  My makeup didn’t smudge once.  It was really a fun experience.  Thanks so much for the opportunity to try these out, Influenster!

Feeling so glam with my new Kiss false eyelashes!

PS – I receive free products to try out courtesy of Influenster.  If you’re interested in joining Influenster Nation, please comment or message me and I can send you an invitation!

Beauty Blog: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak

“Not Your Mother’s” is one of the best company names I’ve ever heard!  It’s so funny.  Anyway, Influenster.com provided to me (for free, yay!) a sample of Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo in the #VioletVoxBox and I’ve really enjoyed trying it out!  I’ve never used dry shampoo before, so I was pretty clueless the first couple of times I used it.  In fact the very first time, I just sprayed a tiny bit and started brushing it into my hair immediately – which is a big no-no!  Luckily, I stumbled upon this helpful image on Pinterest.  (Note: I didn’t make this instructional image about dry shampoo!)

I realized when I saw this image that I was doing it all wrong!  Oops.  The next time I decided to use NYM Clean Freak, I devised a styling plan.

I like to wear my hair in pigtail braids sometimes when I wash my hair and don’t have time to style.  Not only does it look cute, but it’s quick and easy.  The best part about putting my hair in braids is how my hair looks the next day!  When I take my braids out, my hair always looks like I spent hours crimping and adding waves… meanwhile, all I really did was let it dry while my hair was in braids the day before!  So while it’s easy to achieve that style, I usually do feel guilty going out with my hair down because it’s unwashed.  Not anymore, thanks to Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo!

One of my favorite features about this dry shampoo is the scent.  When you spray it on your roots, there is a very nice baby powder scent that definitely helps to freshen up your hair.  Basically, NYM Clean Freak Dry Shampoo does double duty – it helps to get rid of oils from your scalp, AND it makes your hair smell fresh.  It’s the next best thing to actually washing your hair!

Don’t get me wrong, I love washing my hair.  However, I have a lot of gray hair and therefore end up dying my hair quite often.  My stylist told me that I actually should NOT wash my hair every day, because it will make my color fade a lot faster.  Further research showed me that it’s really not good for anyone to wash their hair daily, because it strips your hair of natural oils that make your hair look shiny.  So, for the sake of your hair, try Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, and save yourself some time getting ready to go out!

Here’s my NYM Selfie, just for fun:

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. If you would like to join Influenster Nation and gain opportunities to receive free products like this, please post your email address in a comment here on this blog, or PM me on Twitter (@gluxbox) for details!

Gamer Girl Review: Ivory® 2-IN-1 Hair & Body Wash

Hey everyone!  In a rare non-videogame-related post, I’d like to take a minute to talk about hygiene.  Gamers tend to have a stinky stigma, so today I’d like to take a minute to tell you about Ivory brand’s new 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash!

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I received this free “Vox Box” from Influenster, which is a company that invites everyday people to try out new products and write reviews.  I know many people don’t always like to use a 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner.  But this is different!  Ivory’s Hair & Body 2-in-1 is a wash that you can use on both your hair and your whole body!

After using it for about a week, I am definitely happy with the product.  I love it as a body wash – I even shaved my legs using the lather!  As for the hair care, it’s not my top choice but it definitely gets the job done.  Personally, my hair is just so fine that I need to have some extra conditioner in the shower, otherwise my hair is a static mess.  So I just use a little conditioner after shampoo’ing with the 2-in-1!  Overall I highly recommend the product, especially for those who are sick of the clutter of bottles in the shower, or if you want to cut down the amount of time spent washing up.  I definitely plan to bring this Hair & Body Wash during my trip to California next month!

As a special PSA to gamers who attend Conventions – USE THIS PRODUCT!  It takes literally 5 minutes to wash yourself from head to toe.  If I see (or smell!) anyone stinking up the Javits Center at New York Comic Con this year, I swear I’m going to give them a coupon for Ivory 2-in-1 Hair & Body and explain the benefits of taking a shower.  I’m so sick of gamers having a bad rap about personal hygiene!

PROS:

  • Ivory Brand – I know them and trust them!
  • Leaves skin soft and moisturized
  • Reduces clutter in the shower
  • Reduces the amount of time it takes to wash up
  • Cleans hair sufficiently

CONS:

  • Not Sulfate-Free
  • My hair requires extra conditioner
Here's a little meme I made showing the instant benefits to my shower lol!

Here’s a little meme I made showing the instant benefits to my shower lol!

If you’re still not convinced, check out this funny little video short that Ivory produced to help advertise this new product:  “Tipping Point”

DISCLAIMER:  I received this product complimentary from Influenster.  If you’d like to join the Influenster team, please comment your email address on this blog article!  Thanks!