Alright, it's been a good two months since my last post, and no, this isn't a product review. My heart has been so heavy lately in light of all the recent events that have been happening in the world. This blog however, has nothing to do with any of that. Sorry for the misleading start, but I've never been a good writer and it's been forever since I've written anything other than an email saying "Please see attached. Thank you!"
Haven't posted a review in a long time since most of the product I've tried out recently were gummy vitamins. Lol. Anyway, here's a semi-awkward product review. I'm here to review o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons. I have no problem with talking about feminine products, but I know a lot of people who are ashamed/easily disturbed.
Anyway, I received a box of the o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons (pictured to the right). As you can see, the tampons are very discreet and tiny, which is why 40 of them are able to fit in this small box! Personally, I've always been a fan of tampons with applicators, but I have heard a lot of good things about o.b. as well. Smiley360 gave me the opportunity to test it out and see what the hype is all about.
Here are some things about o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons:
- For moderate flow days (between 9 and 12g).
- The soft, classic feel of o.b.® Original™ Super tampons—sometimes it’s good to stay with what you love.
- o.b.® tampons are designed to help stop leaks by expanding all around to custom-fit the shape of each woman, all in a less wasteful no-applicator design.
I can't say I liked these tampons. I was super excited about having less waste and being able to fit more in my purse, but when it came to the actual product I was disappointed. Maybe it's just me not using the product correctly, but after testing it out for a week, I just missed my Platex Sport tampons :( The one concern I had was not having an applicator, which seemed unsanitary to me. While I didn't get any blood on my hand while using the product (thank goodness), it is likely it could happen by accident. Another problem is that cotton (or whatever material is being used to make the tampon itself) does not "glide" like an applicator. What that means is if your flow isn't pretty heavy chances are this is going to hurt a bit going in/won't go in all the way. I had the issue of not being able to comfortably position the tampon no matter what I did. It's probably just user error and I will definitely try again next time around, but overall, I'd have to give this product a 3/5. Thank you to Smiley360 for letting me try this product out for free!
I'm back with another Crowdtap review! I've been testing out the Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan foundation for about two weeks now and I'm ready to write my review.
I received two different shades: light and light medium. I tested out both shades, but found light medium works better with my skin tone. I was intrigued by this product because it's something different - a foundation that's supposed to gradually give you a tan!
Here are the benefits/claims taken from the Almay website:
- Makeup benefits:
- ‒ Medium coverage foundation perfects skin
- ‒ Skin looks flawless and luminous
- ‒ All day wear
- ‒ Broad Spectrum SPF 20
- ‒ Dermatologist tested
- ‒ Hypoallergenic
- ‒ Available in 3 shades: Light, Light/Medium, and Medium
- Gradual self tan benefits:
- ‒ Natural, healthy glow remains after makeup removal*
- ‒ Overall appearance of bare skin is improved
- ‒ Long-lasting, beautiful results remain up to 3 days after discontinued product use
- ‒ Natural looking color
- ‒ Low to no odor
Now for my review. Pardon the before photos with no makeup on. Haha, I know I'm wearing the same tank top. Anyway, Personally, I don't see much of a difference. Maybe it's the lighting, but even in person, I don't see any changes. The consistency of this foundation is my least favourite thing. It's so heavy and TACKY. I honestly cannot stand when foundations are sticky when I apply them to my face. I have combination skin, leaning more towards being oily. I always apply a primer before my foundation and found that no matter which primer I used, this foundation would still sink into my pores and fine lines. I'm already self conscious about my pores, so this is definitely a negative. The last negative thing I have to say about this foundation is that there is a distinct smell that I guess is the self tanning product? I've never used any self tanners, so I'm not too sure...the smell is definitely more prominent in the light/medium than in the light shade. I don't want this review to only focus on the negatives, of course. I do like the glow that this foundation leaves when applied and I also like that there's SPF in it. Overall, I really wanted to like this product, but it just didn't work for me. It's a really neat concept, and I'm sure with a little work, it will be an effective product in the future! Thanks Crowdtap for letting me try this product for free (:
the first two photos are from about seven days of using the foundation and the last two are from this morning, which is almost two weeks of using the foundation.
I'd give this product three stars out five.
Recently I've been into trying out new products and have been able to do so thanks to sites like Crowdtap and Bzzagent. I figure I can post my reviews here since I rarely update anymore...I need to get my creativity back and create new content. In the meantime though, why not do some product reviews! Haha.
Crowdtap gave me the opportunity to try out Silk's new Protein Nutmilk. I already purchase Silk soy milk and almond milk, so I was excited to try out this new product. I received my coupon for a free carton and went to Safeway to redeem it since I was out of almond milk anyway. I finally tried out the Protein Nutmilk last night when I got home from the gym. I had a killer shoulder/tricep workout and needed my protein shake. I've been using Optimum Nutrition Gold Mocha Cappuccino mixed with either soy or almond milk in a Blender Bottle. Mixing the whey protein with Silk Protein Nutmilk is now my favourite way to drink my post workout shake! The texture is so light and fluffy and the flavour is so creamy and delicious! I'm obsessed with this products and definitely will be repurchasing over and over again :D
Just read this quote a little while ago and it really resonated with me...I've been so focused lately on trying to get my life together. I think about the time I wasted over the past three years...pretty much destroying myself. I graduated, came home, and continued living like an irresponsible preteen. I put off the job search after being rejected and pretty much gave up, settling for the restaurant industry...a job I hated that made me miserable all the time. I put the job search on the back burner, not even applying for ones that appealed to me because I didn't want to be rejected. I convinced myself I wasn't good enough, yet I looked at everyone else getting hired at jobs similar to ones I've always wanted and wondered why I couldn't be as lucky. I fell into the trap of making fast money and not not being conscious of how much I was spending. I'm kicking myself for not saving the entire time I was making good money. However, I'm grateful for the experience I had because it gave me the opportunity to work on my weaknesses and helped me come to the realization that money isn't everything. I know, I just talked about saving and what not, but I'm so much happier doing the things I enjoy that the lack of money almost makes up for it. I've had to do a 180 with my lifestyle and am still in the process of changing, but that's how life goes. You need to constantly change and grow to adapt with whatever situations are thrown your way. Anyway, now I'm focused on improving myself. I want to be better for me. I want to prove to myself that I'm capable of doing all the things I've always wanted to do. However, I've been so busy playing catch up with my finances and getting my responsibilities in check that I've thrown myself back into depression. I'm happy with where I am in life, yet I'm too busy worrying about other things to just enjoy it. I'm destroying myself again. Now that I recognize what I'm doing, I can work on fixing it.
Anyway, that was a long boring blog post. Here are some photos I took a couple weeks back at Wa'ahila Ridge, all shot with the Rokinon 14mm lens. Unfortunately we started the hike later in the day and the sun was setting when we reached the top, making it difficult for me to get the right exposures. Pretty bummed golden hour happened while I was surrounded with trees and I was more concerned about getting back to the car before the park closed. Haha. Oh well, it was fun and beautiful, and I definitely want to go back again!
I wanted to upload these photos earlier, but I forgot...as usual. I went out to Kailua on Christmas Eve and hiked Lanikai Pillboxes. Unfortunately I had to turn around after the first pillbox since I was short on time. Either way, it was still beautiful, as usual. I tested out my new 14mm lens for a bit and I'm not really satisfied with the photos that I took. I'm hoping it's because I'm terrible at manual focus and just need to practice. Here are some panoramas I took. Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! (: Can't believe it's almost New Years already...
And I haven't updated like I said I would. Haha, typical Kelsey shenanigans. I don't have much content to upload here and I really don't have anything worth while to write about either. I did however get my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens in the mail today! I'm pretty stoked to start playing around with it. I'm so used to only shooting with my 50mm, so this is a huge change. I needed an affordable wide angle lens and this seemed to be the best option. I need to get used to manual focus though, which is hard cause I always think I'm in focus, when In reality, I'm not. Hoping to try it out tomorrow or next week (: I'm super bummed my Amazon package isn't arriving in time for Christmas. I placed the order a week ago and it didn't ship till two days ago. I have Prime, but it doesn't matter since Hawai'i doesn't get the same advantage of 2 day shipping :( UPS got my hopes up and I got an updated arrival date, which was supposed to be today, but then somehow my package went from Washington to freaking KENTUCKY! That's the opposite direction! Now it's not scheduled to get here till Tuesday :( I guess I lucked out with my camera lens since it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday. Shout out to Adorama for quick shipping! (: Anyway, this is just a jumbled random post, so I'm going to end it with some photos from Canada. Lots of noise in the photos since they were mostly shot at night with no tripod and my shaky hands. Enjoy!
Well damn, the last time I posted on my blog was two years ago! Two whole years has come and gone already...Can't believe the last post was during Hawai'i Fashion Week. Can't say I've done anything as creative as I did back in 2014, but I'm hoping that'll change. Just to add some content, I decided to do some edits of when I went to New York/Canada/San Francisco back in June for my sister's graduation. Here are some random photos I took of her during the trip. I'll be sure to update more often! Not that anyone reads this...hahaha.
This past week has been chaotic, full of sleepless nights, but overall an amazing time! I have never experienced fashion week before, so this was definitely new to me. I have never given up so many shifts for work as I have over the past month or so, but it was well worth it. Now that it's all over I'm able to finally get some rest and get back to working and making money, cause Lord knows I need it. Anyway, I'm really blessed to be a part of Conscious Designers Hawai'i and thankful for everyone who helped to make our progressive launch party a successful one! Can't wait to see how CDHi progresses in the future (:
Here's a photo set from our fashion show this past Saturday. Thank you to all the designers, models, hair stylists, make up artists, and volunteers! (:
I finally left my house for the first time since Saturday! I was starting to go stir crazy and decided to make a Target run just to get out of the house. I had the hardest time sleeping last night and was up till about 5AM with shooting pains in my mouth...for whatever reason it only hurts when I lay down, which makes it extremely difficult to sleep. Woke up this morning and did some laundry before leaving for Target. Ended up wandering around for about an hour since I didn't really need anything and am too poor for unnecessary purchases. Grabbed an iced soy latte on my way out cause it has been forever since I've had Starbucks and I just really wanted coffee. Haha. Got my Kate Spade Wellesley planner in the mail today and I'm super excited (: I'm tempted to buy blank inserts/2014 inserts just so I can start using it already. I'll be patient though cause my Lily Pulitzer planner is still perfectly good and I don't need to spend more money.
Decided to play around with multi exposures again and here are just a few images I came up with. I need to start getting my creativity going again, cause I'm lacking it :( I also started using Code Academy yesterday. I only completed the first skill, which is creating a website. It was super basic HTML/CSS, but it's always good to have a refresher. I'm actually really impressed with this site. I've read things about it, but never checked it out till now. Maybe I'll actually learn something about coding since my coding career was very short lived. Haha.