Saturday, October 10, 2015

REVIEW || The Cold Survival Kit from DavidsTea

These new (I think) kits showed up a couple weeks ago in my local store, and I was intrigued, but not sick, so I filed that info to the back of my mind and went on with my life.

Fast forward to a week or so ago, and I got pretty sick, third day in, I was done and went to go get this kit!

For $25 (at least here in Canada), this kit comes with 25g each of 5 different teas meant to soothe or fix various aspects of having a cold, like energy, sore throats, etc. Many of the teas are caffeine-free, and the two with are very low levels.

It also conveniently comes with 10 of these adorable drawstring filter bags:

As well as a box of 10 honey sticks, which are great for taking honey on the go, or just slurping down for some quick throat relief!

Also, did anyone else get these as a kid at the fair? The PNE still sells flavoured honey sticks, but the plain ones were so much better...! So as a bonus, these were like a little box of nostalgia for me!

That said, I'm sure the most interesting part for the most people is the teas, so here are my thoughts:

Cold 911

I really liked this tea! It contains peppermint, apple, juniper berries, and natural eucalyptus & orange flowers. I tried this one first because I was intrigued by the eucalyptus! If you don't know, that's basically the main scent in Vicks, so this seemed great... so long as it didn't taste terrible!

And it doesn't! It's great, was very soothing, and not too overpowering or essential oil-y... it that makes an sense... would certainly repurchase this tea!

Super Ginger

I expected to hate this tea because I usually dislike ginger teas. It wasn't bad, however. It is very simple, containing ginger root, green rooibos, black pepper, white pepper, pink peppercorn, and stevia.

It was very mild and soothing at first, and if you stick to the 4-7 minute steeping guideline on the bag, this tea wouldn't be so intense... But I had about half my tea, and then left the bag in for 30 minutes while I ate dinner... Bad idea. You may or may not be able to imagine how bloody spicy this tea got steeping all that time!

It did do my stuffy nose some good, though!


Contains licorice root, chamomile, orange peel, rosehips, peppermint, and goji berries. This tea is nice, slightly fruity and slightly naturally sweet (I think it's the licorice).

I liked it, but I don't love it. Pretty good bedtime tea, though, especially with the chamomile. Just don't oversteep it, or the licorice gets intense. Unless you're into that...

North African Mint

I had had this tea before in other sets, and as a sample in store, so I knew I liked it already. It contains green tea, ginger, peppermint, cardamom, licorice root, fennel, clove, and black pepper.

The result is a unique and slightly spicy mint tea, which is excellent for colds, sore throats, and upset stomachs!

Cold Zing

This tea contains: green tea, lemongrass, peppermint, orange pieces, eleuthero root, and echinacea. Eleuthero root (I had to Google this for you), is a type of ginseng, which is historically used in Chinese medicine. You probably already know this, but echinacea is also good for helping shorten colds, so this is clearly good for anyone with a cold!

The flavour of this one reminds me a lot of the morning detox tea from Skinny Teatox I mentioned a while back. Nothing too intense, just quietly citrusy and quite calming.


All the teas are organic and kosher, in case those things are important to you, as well!.

All in all, I think this is a great kit to have on hand this fall and winter for any time you're sick or feel a cold coming on. All the teas are pretty tasty even if you aren't ill, and the filters and honey sticks just make for great bonuses!

If only one of these sounded like... your cup of tea... (Did you notice what I did there?) they are all available individually for $7.90 for 50g each, except the Cold Zing, which is $8.90 for 50g. Also, you can get the honey sticks in a box of 10 for $3.50, and a box of 20 filters for $5!

And before you try to do the math yourself, I got you. The price of this box is $25, and if you bought each thing individually, it would cost you $28.75

This is mostly because you can't buy less than the box of 20 filter bags, and that is only $3.75 more... but hey! A discount is a discount, and this is a super convenient way to get a bunch of tasty, and beneficial teas! I would totally recommend it to anyone interested.

Also, if you don't have a DavidsTea near you, you can order online at

Thanks for reading!

**This post was not sponsored, I purchased this set with my own money, and DavidsTea has no idea who I am! I just love this kit and wanted to share it with you guys!**

Purple Smokey Tutorial || Urban Decay Naked Smoky + Too Faced Sugar Pop w/ Berry Red Lips

Hey guys! Sorry, I'm not sure how I missed it, but I completely forgot to make a post about Thursday's video! It did indeed go up on time, so if you haven't seen it yet (go subscribe to the channel!!), then here it is now! Enjoy! =)

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

REVIEW || Cover Girl Lashblast Volume Mascara

Hello again! I recently got a chance to pick one of Cover Girl's Lashblast mascaras from BzzAgent to review. As you can probably guess from the title, I picked the Volume formula, because big volume is what I like most in my mascaras! There was also the internet-favourite: Clump Crusher (Which I was never a fan of... does everyone still love that one?), Fusion (volume + length), and Full Lash Bloom (the one that supposed to stay soft).

I'm honestly somewhat surprised with how much I have been liking this mascara, partly because Covergirl mascaras have never really gotten along with me, and partly because this is—of course—not a waterproof formula. However, I've been impressed all the same. It goes on beautifully in one coat, but also builds beauteously when you go to add a second coat. It does volumize my lashes, as well as lengthen them (probably because my blonde, thin lashes are longer than they appear without makeup on, see pictures below >_<).

Also, the brush is great. It's a lot like the brush on the Maybelline Rocket Volume Express mascara, which you may remember is a favourite of mine, so that's a big selling feature as well.The brush is one of the rubber ones, with stubby, spiky, soft rubber bristles, which help to make sure the lashes stay defined without clumping.

Below are pictures of my lashes with one coat of the Lashblast, two coats of Lashblast, and also, to compare, two coats of Maybelline Rocket Volume Express:

Above: Cover Girl Lashblast Volume, 1 coat.
Below: Lashblast Volume, 2 coats.

Below: Maybelline Rocket Volume Express Waterproof, 2 coats.

I will point out that the Lashblast bottle is fresh and new, whereas the Maybelline is on its last legs, which is part of why it looks so much thicker, but I do think that these pictures are fairly representative. It is possible, however, that the Lashblast will get thicker, like the Maybelline, with time as it dries out a little. Still, I think they're fairly comparable, just going by how they look. The Maybelline can clump a little easier, I think, though I don't mind too much. I like when my lashes look a little heavy.

I wish I could compare them both for their staying power and wearability, but for now, I'll say they're both good mascaras, and unless one or the other disagrees with you, I'd suggest picking up whichever is on sale when you're looking for a new mascara!

Thanks for reading!

This product was sent to me to review. As always, this does not affect my review. All opinions on this blog are honest and my own.

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