BzzAgent “Super Sizer” Campaign Review

Today it’s time for something a little different. Instead of sharing an unboxing video and then talking about the box, I’ll be talking about a single item that I received from BzzAgent for reviewing purposes. I actually received three separate BzzAgent campaigns all at once, so I have a single unboxing video to share with you for those, and then I’m going to talk about a single one of those items, as per the campaign “activities”.

So first off, please check out the unboxing video, in which I show off campaigns from Covergirl Super Sizer, Secret Clinical, and Herbal Essences Naked Collection:

Not a bad little haul, am I right? Of course I am! And I’ve been having quite an excellent time testing these products so far. Lucky for me, BzzAgent has started making “Blog Post” an option on the activity list for some campaigns, so today I get to earn points on the site by talking to you about one of the items I just showed you, the “Super Sizer”, by Covergirl.

Now, this mascara makes some bold claims. With the special “Lash Styler” wand, Covergirl insists that you can gain up to 400% more volume in your lashes. I can’t even begin to say where that figure comes from, but I can tell you what my experience has been so far.

First off, I do have to say that using the “Lash Styler” has proven to be a lot easier than I was expecting. I’ve never been skilled when it comes to makeup application, so I figured the fact that there’s a special way of using this was going to turn into a disaster right from the get-go. Luckily I was very pleasantly surprised. Basically, you start with the core of the wand right at the base of your lashes, and twirl as you move upward to the end of your lashes, then repeat until you’ve achieved your desired effect. The process was so easy even a clumsy fool like me was able to figure it out in seconds, so that’s definitely a huge plus!

Second – and this sorta goes along with the ease of use – is that I’m a big fan of the wand itself. It’s nice and thin and delicate, which is exactly what I look for in a mascara wand because I find that the thicker wands deposit too much mascara at once and I wind up with tons of clumps and uneven application. I didn’t have that problem at all with this wand, so I was quite happy with the overall application process.

Third, and most importantly: the results. Now let me say this right off the bat: you are not going to get super-thick, “400% more volume” lashes with a single application. This is definitely the type of mascara that requires multiple layers if you’re trying to accomplish a very dark, voluminous look, but the point is that you can accomplish it. Me personally, I look mostly for length and boldness of color, and this I was easily able to accomplish with one application and a little bit of touch-up around the edges. To prove just what a difference can be made with that single application, I posted this photo to Instagram, showing only one eye done:

Not the greatest picture, perhaps, but you get the idea!

So clearly you can see that with a little bit extra effort you could create some lovely, thick lashes by applying a few times over. For me, personally, I love the look it gives me with just the one application, but those are my preferences.

In conclusion, I’m really rather enjoying using the “Super Sizer” as my new go-to mascara. It’s easy, it works, and it gives me the kind of look I want with minimal effort. I’m really glad that BzzAgent chose me for this campaign so that I could test it out, and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to enhance their eyes. Two thumbs up. 🙂

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 49


Is it Wednesday already? Yay! That means that I only have five more days of work, six days until I’m home, and fifteen days until Christmas! Woo hoo!

Goal #1: Lose ten pounds and become healthier overall.

Let’s go ahead right now and skip the weight loss part since we all know that ain’t happening and that I can’t report anything right now anyway.

On the health side, however, things are looking up. My stomach has been surprisingly calm, and taking meds for anxiety has made me realize how many things were actually making me anxious. It’s not a strong medication, like the kinds that make you super-docile and zombie-like, but I find myself realizing throughout the day that stupid times that usually get me worked up are just totally bypassing my radar. I see this as a good thing.

Goal #2. Be more active on social media and work hard on my author platform.

It definitely hasn’t been my busiest week ever, but it has been a decent one for sure. I’ve been blogging, tweeting, sharing fun stuff on Facebook, and lately I’ve gotten into Instagram. I will never in a million years be the kind of person who Instagrams their food, but I needed the account in order to complete some of my Influenster and BzzAgent campaign tasks, so I figured I may as well have some fun with it while I’m at it. Check it out if you’re interested.

Goal #3: COMPLETE my zombie apocalypse novel, Nowhere to Hide.

Still done!

In related news, guys, I totally want to put on a Kindle Countdown Deal on “Nowhere to Hide” for Christmas, but I’m blocked from setting it up because I accidentally reset some settings and now I have to wait 30 days before I can put on any deals. Arg! But hey, if you’ve got a reader on your gift-giving list you can always buy them a hard-copy of the book! It’d be like giving me a Christmas present too!

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

I’m gonna be honest with you guys: I’m pretty depressed about this goal. Last year I aimed for a million words and didn’t quite reach half of that. This year I aimed for half a million and I don’t think I’m even going to hit 300,000. I’m regressing! On the upside, I did publish a book this year, but I am disappointed in myself for writing so little. Next year must be better.

That said, I don’t have an exact number, but I wrote somewhere in the ballpark of 4000 words this week.

Accountability Wednesdays: Week 43


My friends, my friends, it has been a busy week. I don’t know how I always do this to myself, but it seems like I spend every two weeks at home doing even more work than I do during my two weeks at work. >.>

So, in honor of the fact that I’ve still got a ton of stuff to do, let’s make this a quick one, okay?

Goal #1: Lose ten pounds and become healthier overall.

Okay, so about the weight-loss thing. Technically, I’ve lost about 6 pounds. But more technically, I gained 10 pounds before I lost those 6. So, in a very real sense, I’m 4 pounds in the hole. On the plus-side of things, I don’t really understand how it works, but I’ve been significantly more confident in my appearance lately. Despite actually weighing more than when I started this goal, I’ve been finding that I look thinner. Hey…whatever works right?

On the health side of things, I’ve been a little frustrated. I mentioned last week that I was going to see my doctor again because my guts have been on a rampage. Well, as it turns out my general practitioner completely agrees with the assessment the gastroenterologist made, which is basically that this is just the way my guts are and I’m going to have to learn to deal with it. He sent me out of his office with an order to start using psyllium fiber daily (basically, Metamucil), to avoid coffee at all costs, and he was “kind” enough to give me a prescription for something that is basically meant to stop stomach spasms, but has to be taken an hour before you expect the spasms to start, and causes drowsiness, so it can’t be taken all the time. Yay. I feel so much better now.

Goal #2: Be more active on social media and work hard on my author platform.

I have to admit that I’ve been slacking on this one lately, but there are a few things to report. For one thing, I’ve joined up with the Self-Publisher’s Showcase, an awesome service to help self-published authors promote themselves. They help to promote self-published books, the authors themselves, and also do fun things like interviews and book reviews and the like. So far we have my author page, but there will be more upcoming in the future, so keep your eyes out!

In addition to that, I’ve been focusing some of my energy on my current BzzAgent campaign, for which there will be a YouTube video posted in the near future. I want to do well on this campaign because BzzAgent is an awesome site that sends you free stuff in return for talking about the product on social media, and who doesn’t love free stuff?

Goal #3: COMPLETE my zombie apocalypse novel, Nowhere to Hide.

I never get sick of letting you guys know that this goal is complete! I’m so happy with myself, you have no idea. lol

Also, for those of you who are kind enough to be reading this post, this is an advanced notice: on Halloween Day, all day, the e-book version of Nowhere to Hide will be FREE. Yeah, you heard it right…FREE! So check it out on Amazon or Kindle…even if you already have the physical book it can’t hurt to grab a FREE e-copy as well! And a reminder too: if you download the book (or if you already have it), please return to Amazon and write a review! It really helps a ton! ❤

Goal #4: Write 500,000 words.

This goal slowed down again this week as I’ve been sewing my daughter’s Halloween costume, preparing for her birthday party, taking her skating/to school/to playgroup/etc, doing random chores and the like, trying to get my house clean, and so on and so on. But I did still manage to work in 1655 words, so that’s something at least. The good news is that come this weekend it will be officially NaNoWriMo time, so I expect to have something much more significant to report next week.

Now, if you don’t mind, I have one more of Raven’s boots to sew up before my daughter can wear her costume to playgroup tomorrow. Ciao!