I received Simply Summer’s Eve Cleansing Clothes and Foaming Wash (Mandarin Blossom) free from Crowdtap for review purposes.
I was honestly hesitant to apply for this sample as I have never used any feminine hygiene care products before, but after trying these products, I’m really glad I did. They were surprising useful and great to use.
The new Simply range comes in two different scents – Mandarin Blossom and Coconut Water. I have not tried the coconut water, but I have to say the mandarin blossom smells amazing.
The range also comes in two forms – foaming wash and cleansing cloths. The cleansing cloths also comes in a wetwipe-like packet, as well as individually packed. The foaming wash is awesome for leaving in the bathroom for daily use, but my favorite form is definitely the one in individual packs. They are so easy to travel around with, whether you put them in your pouch or wallet, and they are awesome for travel vacations or long days out, like a hiking trip which I use it on.
The products help to balance your HP and contains no harsh chemicals, it’s really gentle on the skin while leaving your refreshed very quickly. I love these products and would recommend you guys to try it!
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I am not big on tampons but I like the packaging of this o.b. Orginal Super Tampons – it comes in a calming blue box and it’s discrete enough. I particularly like that it’s waste-free since it does not come with an applicator, but I find that it’s not too convenient to bring around as they can get dirty easily. It’s pretty okay to use without the applicator, so I feel like it’s still an effective product.
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To be honest, I’ve only learned of Secret last summer when I was visiting from Australia and a friend who used to live in US asked me to buy a couple Secret deordorants for her. That was when I first tried their Oh So Summerberry scent.
Secret has 11 scents in their Fresh collection and they come in both invisible solid and clear gel. Even though the deordorant was a small 0.5oz sample, I like that it’s small and easy to travel with. I could easily bring it to the gym with me. They sell the full size 2.6oz deordorant for $4.97 in stores.
So I’ve tried the deodorant out for a full day yesterday, here are my thoughts:
It is invisible upon application, that’s always good!
It smells wonderful – fresh and floral, but not overwhelming. The smell is way lighter than a perfume.
It kept me smelling good all day! After a day in the sun, the scent was no longer strong, but there was still a very subtle hint of Cool Waterlily (yes, I smelled my underarms).
I can’t say if it’s a antiperspirant – I still sweated, but it did feel like it reduced the wetness.
I compared it to Lady Speed Stick, which I’ve used since I was a teenager. Both brands are very similar, and Lady Speed Stick is available in many countries. After trying two different Secret deordorants, I honestly think I like Secret better now. I can’t remember a time when the scent of a Lady Speed Stick actually stuck with me till the end of the day.
For those wanting to try the Secret new Fresh Collection, please do! I’ve only received a sample size of the Cool Waterlily in invisible solid to review, I do wish they sent both a invisible solid and a clear gel so I could compare them.
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Mr K and I are huge coffee drinkers but we aren’t too big on full coffee creamers. I usually use skim milk or half and half, and Mr K drinks black coffee unless he’s in a rush and adds milk to cool it down. It’s been a while since we had full cream in our coffee, which was why we decided to give Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer a go.
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer comes in six flavors: Original, Extra Extra, Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel and Chocolate, and they come in 32oz bottles with a nice easy-to-open flip top. When we went to the store earlier this week, Dunkin’ Donuts creamers were easily recognizable at the milk section from their signature orange color. First impression: the bottle is HUGE!
We finally decided to try the chocolate flavor as I usually order mocha at cafes and let’s not judge Mr K, but he often throws a cube of chocolate into his coffee in the morning. That is to say, we both like chocolate in our coffee.
What I later noticed was the word New on the bottle of the chocolate creamer but not on the others, so I did a little digging around. Apparently, Dunkin’ Donuts first introduced their coffee creamers in 2014 and later added three more flavors (Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla) in 2015 as you can read from the press release here. What I did not find was a press release on the chocolate flavored creamer, so I’m guessing they later added this to their range of flavors (correct me if I’m wrong).
Anyway, on to the tasting – Mr K and I have been enhancing morning coffees with the Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate creamer the last few mornings. Here are our thoughts:
It’s creamy, it’s yummy and it’s not too sweet. The chocolate flavor did taste a little artificial to me at times, but it was very very tasty. Each serving (1 tbsp/about 15ml) is only 35 calories, which is comparable to store-brand half and half (16 calories/tbsp) but it has quite a bit more calories than skim milk (6 calories/tbsp). Let’s be honest though, one tablespoon of any type of milk or cream is probably not enough for one cup of coffee – so the calories can stack up.
A bottle of Dunkin’ Donut creamer costs $2.96 at the store, which I would say is very reasonable for such a big bottle. On the bottle, it says that it is best used within seven days after opening. That would be my only concern as for a couple like us, it is hard for us to go through such a big bottle in a week.
Overall, I can’t be absolutely sure that we will continue to buy Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate creamer, only because we are not big creamer people to start with and it is hard for us to finish such a big bottle each week. However, adding Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate creamer to your coffee sure makes your coffee extra creamy and extra yummy. It easily beats adding just a cube of chocolate into your coffee, like Mr K does (again, not judging :P). For those who are considering giving Dunkin’ Donuts coffee creamer, I would say yes, go ahead!
Have you tried Dunkin’ Donut coffee creamers? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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You could tell how pleasantly surprised I was when Crowdtap and Hawaiian Tropic sent me a box with a full size sample, like that:
Before I go into my review, I need to say that this product is extremely relevant to me. I go through bottles and bottles of sunscreen because I use them every single day. I preach about the importance of sunscreen use to friends and family too. To me, the three main reasons why I use sunscreens are:
It prevents premature ageing of skin, i.e. wrinkles.
It helps prevent the development of skin cancer.
It prevents freckles and early age spots.
I have used many brands of sunscreens. Currently, I only have these with me. I have also tried a few brands which I didn’t like and had to give them away.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF 30, 1.7 Ounce comes in a pump bottle and it is small enough to travel with. My first impressions were that I love the packaging and the keywords (“weightless”, “feels as if it’s barely on”, “won’t clog pores”) are exactly things I look for in a sunscreen for daily use. SPF 30 is also just right for daily use too, I wouldn’t use a sunscreen under SPF 30.
I have tried Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen for my usual all-day use under my foundation and on its own when I went for a run. Here is what I think –
After three days of use, I absolutely love it! It smells amazing – like shea butter or coconut milk, and it gives me the summery feels. The lotion is cream-colored and the texture felt really silky. It did feel a little oily at first, but it absorbed really well into my skin and left a matte finishing after a while. I even felt like it evened my skintone out.
As advertised, it felt weightless – I hardly knew it was there (other than the lovely scent). My skin is sometimes prone to breakouts, but I would say this sunscreen doesn’t irritate my skin. My face is still clear after three days of use.
On the product, it says that the sunscreen is a “luxurious, oil free and hypoallergenic formula” that “has an ultra-lightweight texture that feels lighter and smooth on skin leaving a weightless matte finish so your skin can breath”.
I would totally agree with that statement. I can absolutely see myself purchasing this product in the future and would definitely recommend it to others! 🙂