October 26, 2017

Fall PR Packages Review.

     It's that time again! Every couple months on the blog, I like to share and review the fun PR packages that I get through blogging. Most of them are beauty related, but sometimes I do get some that fall into other categories. You can check out my previous PR Packages post here! As always- my little disclaimer that this post isn't sponsored in any way by the brands featured, PR Packages are "gifts" that brands send out to bloggers to test and review at their leisure, I'm not currently in a paid relationship with any of these brands! So all opinions in today's post are absolutely 100% honest! Let's jump in:


Beauty Blogger - Unboxing Fall PR Packages


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     First up are a few new packages from one of my favorites, IT Cosmetics! I know that many of y'all have become hooked on this brand just like I have, and that makes me so happy, because so many of their products are game changers. The first package that I recently received from IT had two new skincare products. First up was the Miracle Water, which is a liquid cleansing product. I tested this for a couple weeks and while I did like it, but it probably isn't something that I would purchase on my own, since you should probably have a certain type of cotton pad to apply it with for it to really work well. They also sent their Secret Sauce anti-aging moisturizing cream, which I enjoyed testing! However- I didn't see any difference between this on my skin and their Confidence in a Cream, which I was previously using. (So I've gone back to finishing my Confidence in a Cream, and then I'll probably come back to Secret Sauce to finish that- lol!) I think both work very well as moisturizers, I just don't see a difference between the two and the results. 





      
     Next up from IT Cosmetics- they recently re-did their fan favorite CC Cream! The new version is called Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+. Wouldn't this be just ideal for summer with the high SPF?! I actually wasn't a huge fan of the original IT CC Cream,  but so far I'm liking this one better! I wear shade Light, and it looks gorgeous on! 





      Unfortunately... I really didn't like the products that are up next. I promise to always give honest reviews in these PR Package review posts, and the truth is that sometimes I just don't like certain products very much!
      John Freida sent me several haircare items from their Frizz Ease line. A background on my hair: I had pin-straight hair growing up, but I permed it during my freshman year of college. Since I got a perm with "virgin" hair, the perm took very well and remnants of it lasted well for the rest of my college years! My hair has predominantly gone back to straight now, but my natural hair still has a little bit of wave and frizz to it, and probably always will, thanks to that perm. Anyways, I was excited to try these products on my natural hair, but was unfortunately super disappointed in the results! The shampoo and conditioner left a lot of residue on my hair, and the curl/wave enhancing products just made my hair look dirty and unkept, instead of naturally wavy and pretty. I think as far as the curl enhancers, that might be because I don't have a lot of natural curl anymore as its been years since I had that perm. I'm giving those products to a friend who has naturally curly hair to see if she has different results! But anyways, I wouldn't recommend the John Freida Frizz Ease products for someone with hair like mine.





       The next product is from another favorite line of mine, Aveda! Their newest haircare product is called Texture Tonic, and it's a perfect blend of a salt and sugar spray, that's designed to add texture and natural waves to your hair. I tested this a few times when I had damp hair after a shower, and sprayed some Texture Tonic onto my hair, scrunched it, and then slept on it as it air dried. The end results were definitely better than the similar product that John Freida Frizz Ease had sent over! Texture Tonic probably isn't something that I'll be using too much in the winter months to come, but I feel like this will be a product that I'll come back to the the summer, for an easy and relaxed hair look for lake and beach days!! This is essentially beach hair in a bottle!





      The next few products are from a new-to-me brand! About a month ago, Elemis sent me their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which was being packaged in a limited edition special pink box for October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Y'all- this cream is incredible. It feels like you're putting a big, cozy blanket of moisture and goodness on your face! That might be a weird analogy, but really, I've never used any face cream that feels as luxurious as this one! And I loved the pink packaging for October. Elemis also just sent me another package of skincare goodies that arrived right as I was shooting the photos for this post. I wasn't able to test the products yet, but they look amazing, and it was so kind of the brand to already send more goodies! 





      Pun intended... Goody Hair recently sent me a bunch of goodies! I've loved Goody's hair accessories for many years! Their hair elastics, clips, and bobby pins are affordable and also work so well! They sent all the essentials, and a gorgeous-looking new hair brush! Fun fact: I actually haven't owned a hair brush in about a year and a half. (I just use a wide tooth comb.) I'm excited to give brushing a go again! 




     And lastly- a non-beauty package! I did an Instagram collaboration this summer with YumEarth, which is a great organic candy and snack company. I've become social media friends with one of their sweet employees, Jacqueline, who does their marketing and PR. She sent me the sweetest little Halloween package, filled with mini sizes of YumEarth candy favorites! 






      And that's it for my Fall PR Packages!! Holiday PR gifts should be arriving soon... so stay tuned for that post in a month or two!







      God Bless,



     xoxo Annaliese

31 comments:

  1. I've heard about that Miracle Water - interesting/sucks that you need a specific cotton pad for it...

    Prerana | Broadcloth

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  2. Ooo these packages are soo fun! Loving everything you received! :)

    xo, Chloe // https://funinthecloset.com/skye-footwear-sneakers/

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  3. ahh I'm dying to try Elemis' products!! I've been really into beauty products with collagen! Happy you loved it!

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  4. So many goodies here! I love that last shot of the halloween bucket in the leaves!

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  5. The good ol' perm days. That is crazy that it affected your hair that permently. I have always been told by my hair dresser to be leary when the product has the word "friz" in the title. lol I never really new why, but I guess it holds true on your experience with John Freida.

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  6. Okay, this is my favorite thing a blogger has ever done! I love to see all the PR you got and read about all of it in one place instead of having to search all over your blog to read about the packages I see in your instastories!

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    1. AND with shoppable links! Thank you!!!

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  7. Omg so many good products here! I want everything!!

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  8. Love IT Cosmetics! Looks like you've gotten a lot of great products to try out-- happy testing!

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  9. It's so annoying when companies require a specific tool to apply their product. I've never tried the IT CC cream but I know it's a cult classic. Need to try it one of these days!

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  10. Oh my goodness so many cool items! I love getting to try PR packages!!

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  11. So many awesome products in one place! I need to check some of these out!

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  12. That CC cream is my all time favorite!

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  13. It cosmetics is my favorite! I only wear their cc cream!

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  14. I need to try IT cosmetics! Heard so many great things about the brand!

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  15. These packages are fabulous! I am headed to check out several of these products!

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  16. Aveda is one of my fave too. They smell so good!

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  17. I love IT Cosmetics as well, especially that CC cream! You've got some great items!!

    xoxo brandi
    www.BrandiSoileau.com

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  18. I was introduced to Elemis while at a cruise spa, actually haha. I've loved a face mask I've been using, so I definitely want to try that face cream!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  19. I've been loving the new It Cosmetics releases!

    Birdie Shoots

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  20. I have that Goody hairbrush- it's the only thing that will detangle my crazy hair!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  21. I loved reading your reviews. This is such a great idea I need to do this with my PR packages

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  22. Love the honesty in your reviews! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  23. Those sound amazing! Love it all!

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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  24. Oh I need to try that Elmis Cleansing balm!!!

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  25. I think it's about time I try some anti-aging products! I need to get on the IT cosmetics train ASAP!

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  26. The IT CC cream sounds like something I would be interested in, it's too bad the hair care products were sort of let downs!

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  27. These look like awesome PR packages! I've always loved Goody hair products!
    Tori || Victori Media

    https://www.victorimedia.com

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  28. I've been wanting to try the Elemis products! I received the Goody box too and it was just what I needed to replace so many things I always forget at CVS.

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