Influenster “Laneige” Campaign Unboxing and Review

Moving away from the geeky unboxings for a moment, today I want to share my experience thus far with a little brand called “Laneige”.

Recently I received a campaign “vox box” from Influenster and Laneige, and I was pretty interested to see what it was all about. Right off the bat, Laneige is a brand of skin care products that is sold through Sephora, which struck my interest right away because I have never purchased anything from Sephora. I’ve heard lots of great things about their brands and multitude of beauty products, but I don’t have one nearby and I hate spending a lot of money on beauty products without knowing if they’re going to be any good for me, so I was definitely on board when Influenster invited me into the Laneige campaign.

So, first of all, I have to share this line: “I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes”. Second, I’m going to go ahead and share my unboxing video so that you can actually hear me talking about the products. Check it out:

Okay, so now that we’ve all be introduced to the products, the real question is how has my experience been with the “Water Sleeping Mask” that I received?

Well guys, I have to say that so far I am genuinely loving it. I was a little bit iffy at first because the idea of wearing a mask all night in bed sounded horrifying. I figured I’d look like a monster with some kind of paste all over my face, and that by the time morning came 90% of it will have rubbed off all over my pillow. But I am happy to report that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Right off the bat, although the mask has a bluish tint to it, it goes on very clear, so by the time I’ve covered my face in it you can’t even tell that it’s there, except for a little bit of a shiny sheen. Even better, after about five minutes or so the mask has completely dried into my skin. I can still feel that it’s there, but it doesn’t rub off at all. There has been, thus far, zero residue left on my pillowcases. So as far as application goes, the product gets two thumbs up right out of the gate.

The next thing I have to talk about is the scent, because that’s a huge part of the appeal of this product. The mask is infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, which are scents that help to lull you to sleep. I can’t honestly say whether they’ve really helped me sleep or not, because I have sleep problems anyway, but what I can tell you is that I personally find the scent to be heavenly. I would honestly wear this mask at night just for the scent. In fact, even though you’re only supposed to use it 2-3 times a week, I used it a few days in a row at first because I was so enamored with the scent. Obviously this is going to be a reaction that’s individual to the person (my husband thought it smelled like stinky perfume), but all I can really tell you is that I love it.

So application is a breeze, it doesn’t make a mess in bed, and the scent is divine. In the morning you rinse it off and go about your day. Where does that leave us? Well, I don’t know that I’ve used it enough times to really judge yet, but I do feel like it is doing a great job with my skin so far. I have noticed that my face seems to be a little smoother and brighter; I even skipped foundation for a few of my YouTube videos because I didn’t feel that I needed it, and that sounds like a good sign to me! I plan to use the mask the recommended 2-3 times per week until the bottle is empty so that I’ll have given it a real, fair trial, but my initial reaction is that this is a really nice product that seems to be accomplishing what it sets out to do. In fact, using it has made me really wish that I had the other three products in the line so that I could test them all out at once!

So, in conclusion, what do I think? I think it’s great. I’m really enjoying using it, and I would definitely recommend checking out the line if you’ve got a Sephora near you. I can’t speak for the other three products, but the Sleeping Water Mask seems like a lovely product that lives up to its claims, and for how slowly the bottle is going down for me the price definitely sounds reasonable. A huge thanks to Influenster and Laneige for allowing me to test it out! I can definitely see myself repurchasing if I get the chance!

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.

#GameNight Taking Fun Back to the Basics

I recently told you about how I received a copy of Monopoly Junior for free from Influenster for testing purposes. Well, let’s just say that Game Night was a complete success. My daughter and I played 6 rounds in 2 days, and she’s been begging me all day to play again, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that she’s enjoying her free toy.

Nope. No fun happening here at all. :P
Nope. No fun happening here at all. 😛

Yes, it turns out that Monopoly Junior is just easy enough, just quick enough, and plenty fun enough to hold my 4-year-old’s attention for at least three straight days. Kudos, Hasbro. Kudos.

But that’s not the only thing this post is about. You see, as part of the tasks set to me by Influenster in return for the free game, I was asked to share my “favorite Hasbro Gaming experience”. Said experience doesn’t have to have anything to do with Monopoly Junior, just so long as it’s a Hasbro game that we’re talking about.

Well, after looking through the list of possible games that were provided as a jumping point on the Influenster website, I’ve got to say that I can’t really pick one particular moment, because there are so many that come to mind and make me chuckle!

The first game I saw on the list that made me grin ear-to-ear was “Barrel of Monkeys”, because I can remember playing this game with my cousin Tommy when we were only about as old as my daughter is now. We’d play the game normally, but also make a huge show out of stringing as many monkeys together as we could and hanging them over the side of the stairs to see if we could touch the floor below.

Then I saw “Perfection” and “Operation” on the list and I almost laughed out loud, because these two games were my first experience with stress as a child. The anticipation of Perfection’s board popping up into my face, or the Operation buzzer screaming at me, made my heart leap into my throat every time. And yet I kept coming back for more.

Then there was “Twister”, which I was always terrible at because I’m so clumsy, “Jenga”, which was both hysterical and frustrating at the same time because I’m so clumsy, and “Connect 4”, which saw many an outburst from me when my chips went the wrong way because, you guessed it, I’m clumsy.

It all culminates into “Scrabble”, which almost caused a few friendly fistfights between my husband and I, “Taboo”, which no one in the world is worse at than my father-in-law, and “Trivial Pursuit”, which has so many versions that I can’t count, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a single round of any of them.

All in all, I have to say that I never realized how many of these types of games I’ve played over the course of my life, and I find it highly amusing that I’m now passing the torch, so to speak, to my daughter. From her reaction to Monopoly Junior so far, I get the feeling that she’s going to have a list of her own like this 20 years from now. Keep up the good work, Hasbro!

Vox Box is Here! Hasbro #GameNight

So I never really spoke about this on the blog yet, but a few months ago I decided to try out a couple of websites that came highly recommended by some YouTubers I follow, and one of these was Influenster. Basically, what Influenster does is send out free items for people to test and review. The way you get chosen to receive a free item is by joining the website and writing short reviews (a little over a hundred words is acceptable) on products you’ve already used; by doing this and completing tiny mini-surveys, you earn “badges”, which show Influenster what kinds of products you may be suitable to test and review. When they send you a “Vox Box”, which is a shipment of one or more free products, you become a part of the “campaign” to talk about said product; you complete tasks as given to you by Influenster, and if you do a good job they send you more stuff to test and review. Basically, for taking a bit of time out of your day to use and talk about products, you continue to get said products for free. It’s actually quite a sweet set-up, if I do say so myself.

Recently I received my first Vox Box, which was from Hasbro Gaming as part of a #GameNight campaign. Check out the unboxing video:

So basically, for spending a bit of time writing quick reviews, I was sent a $20 board game to share with my daughter. The tasks that are assigned to this particular campaign have thus far taken me about 10 minutes tops, and I expect the rest of the tasks to add about 15 more minutes to the total. So the long and the short is that if you have a little bit of time to waste (I usually work on this kind of stuff when I can’t be doing anything else, like when I’m on the bus to and from work), you can get totally free stuff to try out and keep. Personally, I feel that the time I have put into Influenster thus far has been worth what I received in return, and I hope that they’ll continue to send me awesome stuff to review.

As for how my daughter and I enjoyed this lovely free gift from Hasbro, well…I’ll be writing a review a little later, but for now, I leave you with this pic:

Luv <3
#GameNight Luv ❤