If you are like me then when you’ve scrolled through Instagram you have probably come across the Pinch Me posts. I am not entirely certain when they started appearing on my feed, but they have been a presence for a while. Like Influenster, you can sign up for free and then once you fill out a profile, they will suggest samples for you to try out and review. I figured why not give it a try.
Now here’s the thing. I signed up for any sample they suggested (except pet food as at the moment, I don’t have a pet) I did not go for the items that required I sign up for another service. I just went for the suggested samples they were willing to send me without me purchasing a magazine subscription. (That seems to be what they want to sell me, magazines. You might get a different suggestion, but they feel that is for me.)
In my profile I said I was interested in health and beauty items. I also said that I didn’t want food items and I especially didn’t want candy. If you’ve ever seen the ads, they have quite a lot of nice health and beauty items available. So it was encouraging.
I received four items in my box.
The first was a pack of Gummy Bears. I like Gummy Bears. I especially like that the clear looking ones always turn out to be unexpectedly tropical in flavor. I know it, but I never really expect it. Or I didn’t this time. It has however been a long time since I had Gummy Bears. They were nice. And the sample pack was just the right size for a snack.
The second item was a pack of Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds. I like almonds and I like the brand Blue Diamond. The size is the perfect size for snacking on the go.
The Smokehouse flavor was however disappointing. It tasted like someone put salt and liquid smoke on the almonds. It made them slightly spongy in texture and not all that flavorful. While I will buy Blue Diamond in the future, I will stay away from the smoke house.
And yes I know that by just accepting the samples I’ve probably let their algorithm know that I lied when I said I didn’t want candy. But this was a test. I may play around with it, especially as the next two items were more relevant.
The third item was in fact very much appreciated. It is the Bausch and Lomb Bio True Multi Purpose solution. I wear contacts (and reading glasses actually) My eyesight has never been the best. I started out with coke bottle lenses, then moved to the thinnest lenses the glass makers could do. I had the hard contact lenses and then I gratefully moved into soft lenses when they became available.
Oddly my reading glasses has been the same trajectory. I picked up a cheap pair just to see if they’d help and when they did I got progressively better and thinner ones. (Highly recommend the Thin Optics if you are looking for a pair of lightweight readers). However this is about contacts, or at least contact solution.
Bausch and Lomb are generally my go to brand anyway but I hadn’t tried out this Bio True formula. I just finished my regular bottle and was ready to open a new on when this appeared so it was fabulous timing. I was very impressed with it. I spend a lot of time at the computer and my contacts do dry out. This actually kept them from feeling dry at all. (I’ve used it about a week at this point.). I am very impressed. Next time I purchase solution, I may switch to this formula. I really have been enjoying it.
The last item in my box I had never heard of before. I have no idea if it is a new product or one that I just somehow missed seeing before. It is the Kub Wipes Premium Dry cotton Wipes.They are made from 100% plant based fibers (which I would assume cotton wipes were made from, but it basically refers to additives) there are no chemicals, fragrances or preservatives and they are recyclable. They are soft with a slight texture and dispense like tissues from the box (which is a cardboard that can be recycled as well. They are billed as “Thicker than a tissue, cleaner than a towel, softer than paper”
I have to say they score on all those points. Because of poth the softness and texture, they were great at cleaning up eyeshadow fall out. And to be honest I did use my handy dandy water spritzer to wert the edge and use it damp as well as dry. It did a really good job when I used it during makeup application. I do like makeup wipes but I have gotten into the habit of not using them because of the waste. The fact that these can be recycled makes me feel a little bit better about them. I think I would still use them sparingly, but I could see myself purchasing these kub wipes on my own. I do find their little cotton man mascot thing a little on the creepy side. I don’t know why, anyone I’ve asked says he’s cute. But I find him slightly creepy. Not as creepy as the robot lady on the Vodka bottles but still kind of creepy. It is a good cotton wipe to have around though.
So there you have it, the four items I was sent. Two weren’t in my profile and two actually were. I can’t say I really mind the Gummy Bears or Almonds (even though the almonds were disappointing). I do find it amusing to compare the reality of the boxes with the images from Instagram. So I did. I think I will continue to circle through and see if I can work my way into more products that actually fit my profile by selectively choosing instead of accepting for the next round, but this was my Pinch Me Box.