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Social Commerce: My Experiences with BzzAgent, Influenster and More

Social Commerce is a somewhat new idea, and there are a number of things that fall under this category. (This article from Mashable lays it out well)

Number 4 on Mashable’s list — Peer Recommendation — is something I’ve been participating in for a while now — namely, the sites that¬†reward individuals for sharing products and purchases with friends through social networks.

The sites I participate in:

BzzAgent

Swaggable

Influenster

In addition, I’ve also been rewarded with items and special offers through Klout Perks.

My BzzAgent score
My BzzAgent score

I’ve been with BzzAgent the longest — since 2009. In that time, I’ve participated in 16 campaigns, most focused around cosmetics. Just this year alone, I received free COVERGIRL foundation, a great sampling of new Neutrogena cosmetics, and new Got2B volumizing hair powder.

Also this year, from Klout: A free full-size Carol’s Daughter Monoi Serum for hair, and a free Norton security app for my iPhone.

Swaggable and Influenster are new additions for me this year. I have a sample of wasabi dressing headed my way from Swaggable, and as for Influenster, I’ve recieved Aveeno night cream, and I have my first “VoxBox” headed my way!

Of the 4, BzzAgent and Influenster are the two who employ gamification, or rewards, badges, etc. to motivate users to complete tasks, like filling out surveys and completing social media activities. And I’ll admit — it’s addicting! I love seeing my scores rise!

My Influenster Badge Score
My Influenster Badge Score

Currently, I have campaigns ongoing for Got2B and COVERGIRL on BzzAgent, and Aveeno on Influenster. And though I haven’t loved every single product I’ve received as a part of campaigns over the years, I have to say I love all three! Here’s some more thoughts on each:

1) Schwarzkopf Got2B POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder (BzzAgent): This stuff is awesome, and so convnient. It’s just a tiny, light little shaker container. Pour a little bit out, rub in your hands, and apply to the roots. BAM! It’s really that simple, and you can re-apply as needed for even more volume. I think this product pairs really well with a dry shampoo for second-day styling, or can help get that teased look if you have clean hair. I can picture it working really well this summer in Florida, too. (Can you picture the humidity! Yuck!) It’s available at Walgreens for just $3.99 a pop!

2) COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation (BzzAgent): This is another product that I’ve road-tested to beat the Florida heat. With this campaign, I received a coupon for a free full-size foundation, and was able to go pick out my shade — 110, Classic Ivory, their second-lightest shade. I was a little hesitant on this foundation at first. I’ve been using mainly Bareminerals and drugstore versions of Bareminerals powder foundation for the past few years, especially since I have a combination-to-oily complexion that’s somewhat acne-prone. ¬†So it had really been quite some time since I had tried a liquid foundation that I liked. But Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 really took the cake. Exactly 1 pump is what I need for my daily application. It glides on smoothly, helps to conceal blemishes and scars, and blends very well. It also has staying power, and I can tell the primer in the foundation formula works, but it works especially well when combined with another product I’ve fallen in love with this spring: Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation is really affordable too — around the $9 mark at Target.

Sidenote: I have to say that COVERGIRL has done an excellent job of improving their product formulations, packaging and overall branding over the last couple of years. I love their LashBlast mascaras and COVERGIRL+ Olay eye concealer!

3) Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream (Influenster): OK, so I’m at this weird time in my life when I’m still fighting oil, blemishes, and my skin in many ways is still acting like a teenager. I’ve been able to get it under control for the most part with a prescription regimen from my dermatologist. But, I’m also facing a new battle: aging. I’ve been using eye cream twice daily for the past 4 years or so. But I’m starting to see that my skin need a little more, especially overnight, so I’m glad that this landed on my doorstep when it did. I’ve always liked Aveeno, and how gentle their products are. I’ve used this oil-free night cream a few times and noticed that my skin seemed plumper and firmer upon waking. I’m still trying to figure out if a product like this is the best fit for my acne-prone skin, but I haven’t noticed any major breakouts as a result of using. Overall, I like the product and would recommend to anyone with combination, normal, or dry skin! It’s $16.99 at CVS.

I hope you’ve found my overview of these social commerce programs helpful — do you participate in any? What has your experience been like?

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>My new hair and our upcoming Disney trip

>I am shamed. It has been more than a month since my last blog post.

I left off where I got my hair chopped. I LOVE the result. Here’s a photo I took the day it was done:So cute and easy to style! Of course it’s about an inch longer now, but I am going back to my new favorite hairstylist at the end of this month for a cut and highlight before we leave for Disney World!

Husband and I have been busy planning for our upcoming WDW trip. We have changed out minds a million times, but it appears that our dinner reservations are now set in stone: Via Napoli in Epcot, Teppan Edo in Epcot, Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Cat Cora’s Kouzzina at Boardwalk, and Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge. Via Napoli, Kouzzina and Artist Point will be new experiences for us.

We also have booked 5 low-cost wine and culinary demonstrations at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Sufficed to say, we will be spending a lot of time in Epcot. And, we have 6 table-service meals and 6 snack credits apiece throughout the week too. I definitely want to try Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian for sure. The rest will be determined upon lunchtime hunger. (:

Aside from planning for our trip, we also traveled to my cousin’s wedding in Kentucky the last weekend of August. And my sorority at Alabama took about a zillion new members during Recruitment — so proud of them!

I must confess that I’ve also been very busy with my full-time job, as well as my new part-time job, which is writing for a family of Disney travel-related websites. I struck an alliance with a super awesome, semi-famous Disney blogger through social media, and it turns out they were looking for someone to write a bit. So, I partook, and it’s keeping me busy outside of my full-time job hours. So I just don’t have a lot of time to blog for myself. But for that I truly cannot complain!

I also just applied to be a member of the WDW Mom’s Panel, even though I’m not a mom. But I do feel that I have a good slant as a young newlywed who honeymooned and 1st anniversary-ed there. So we shall see!

I can’t believe that summer is drawling to a close already.

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>My new love!

>The Clarisonic Mia! Wow wow wow, what a great beauty tool! I got this about 2 weeks ago and already I am starting to see an improvement in my skin. I have an oily t-zone and have been plagued with blackheads on my chin and nose since about age 12. They’re starting to clear up, and I’ve noticed a reduction in acne breakouts as well.

I just finished using the cleanser that came with the Mia and now I’m on the hunt for a new cleanser to go with the Mia. The only requirement is that it cannot be a foaming cleanser.

DaisyJD suggested Bliss Steep Clean Cleansing Milk. If I want to go the cheap route, I guess I could just get some Cetaphil and be done with it, but I’d like to get something a little thicker.

Any suggestions?