Orgullosa: Pruebalo & te Entcantara Party (Try & You Will Love It) Procter & Gamble event

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I was fortunate to be able to share with friends another wonderful party kit, which was supplied by Orgullosa, a Procter & Gamble program. We are a P&G household and supporter because I truly am very happy with how their products perform, plus the company really stands behind their family of brands. This party kit consisted of several items from companies that are part of the P&G family like Gain to CoverGirl. We received everything from laundry related goods to even beauty items so let’s get the sharing started…….

Gain Forget Me Not Dryer Bar (http://www.ilovegain.com/)

I have tried the bars before in the dryer and they save time, plus the hunt of finding a used dryer sheet in your laundry. So many times I have slipped on pajamas to find the missing sheet in a pant leg! I also forget and even though I use fabric softener, I like that extra boost a dryer sheet or dryer bar gives my towels and linens. That being said don’t think the dryer bars are just limited to the dryer. I have one in my linen closet that keeps my towels and comforters from getting that “cabinet smell”, because, let’s be honest, you all know what I am talking about. Clean towels and sheets that remain in their place tend to lose their fresh smell with time even though they are clean. This is where the dryer bar saves me from washing what is really clean items. Another use I have found for these bars is the “funky trashcan” problem in the kitchen. Again, stick a dryer bar in the cabinet, as I find sticking one on the lid inconvenient. Your trash will still smell but no one will be the wiser as the dryer bar masks the odor. The third place that gets a dryer bar would be the bathroom……I don’t need to explain that one. Let’s say the room smells fresher with it 🙂

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Cascade Platinum with Dawn Pacs in Fresh Scent (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/)

I had just purchased another “manufacturer recommended” brand that I found on sale but always welcome more of anything that cleans. I use the Cascade rinse agent as I found it lower in cost and better performing than my former brand, so I was curious to see if the Cascade Platinum pacs would outperform my tabs. I had one of those moments where I am glad I stocked up when it was on sale but just found a better product……oops! I love Dawn soap and so many times wish I could use it in my dishwasher without the fear of over-suds or worse, they say to not do it. I think Dawn does what it says and cuts grease so it cleans better and these did. My glasses were cleaner and this is even after “we” (aka Husband) overstuffed the dishwasher! My wonderful Husband must think we have hamsters in there that wear goggles and shower caps, all the while holding little dish-brushes to scrub our plates, because he stacks things in there with little thought on how they will get hit by water and actually be cleaned. It somehow all will work itself out and be clean in the end and only with Cascade Platinum pacs has his logic work. It’s nice not to need to inspect before turning on the dishwasher!

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CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara (http://www.covergirl.com/)

CoverGirl is the brand that last time convinced me that I was wasting money on $20 and $30 plus mascaras. I must admit that when you pay a high price on mascaras, that 3 month period of use you are suppose to have tends to bend a little. You convince yourself that you did not use it that much the first month and really just try to get your money’s worth. The part that then gets to me that no matter the formulation, the mascara just starts drying with air exposure and time. I even try not pumping the wand so as to not add more of that dreaded oxygen to it. I stopped being nervous and over cautious about mascara when I stopped paying outrageous price points. We all want the same in the end, pretty lashes and not lashes that look like clumpy spider legs. We want them long but not so fake because we would be wearing fake ones if we wanted that over the top ultra length. I can say that the Clump Crusher is everything I want in a mascara from brush to formula and guess what, I now dispose of my mascara every 3 months or sooner because it does not cause me to go, “ouch” when I do.

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Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster (http://www.ilovegain.com/)

I began to dislike the trend of making my washing chores longer or more complicated until I realized these “magic beads” are helping me in the end. From the gym clothing that made the hamper want to move out, to the yardwork clothing that we best not even speak about, these scent boosters work. You still have to wash the dirty clothes in the same amount of time but it no longer carries that odor that makes you want to separate the wash with BBQ tongs. Sheets to pillow cases just smell fresh and nice. I also feel they are great because whatever you washed with the scent booster, it also aids in making a room smell fresh. My newest non-washer use is adding some to my canister vacuum. I vacuum the entire home and I’m doing a dual job because it makes the house smell magnificent! Thursday a day where I cooked several dishes to have for the rest of the week and also the weekend so the house had that “foodie smell”. I vacuumed and…problem solved. Better and cheaper than a plug-in for each room of the house!

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Secret Clinical Strength “Stress Response” Deodorant in Serene Citrus Scent (http://www.secret.com/)

Girls sweat and we can call it glowing but a glow should not smell…….well, un-girly! Perfumes are great but there are those days where we move more, do more, and let’s face it, worry more. It’s nice to not have to worry about one more thing and that is sweaty armpits……sorry, I mean glowing underarms. There are just places I don’t want telling on me and I can count on Secret on keeping things on the hush-hush level. The citrus scent is pleasant but not overpowering (no lemon girls here) and it helps control perspiration when you are trying to control everything else like that thing called L-I-F-E 😉

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Puffs Facial Tissue in Basic: http://www.puffs.com/puffs-basic

 I always love having these facial tissue boxes in the bathroom but when being economical, you sometimes start skimping on things and this was one of them.  I would strategically place a tissue coming out of the box and warn everyone in the home to not dare touch it because it took me 5 minutes to make it look like I replaced the box.  With Puffs Basic you can have your tissue that people can actually touch and use.  You get a fair price and when on sale with a coupon, well I feel a little crazy for admitting I did the above. Best of all, it works. “Basic”, in this case, doesn’t mean “cheap-o”, even if the price point is. Cool.
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Orgullosa Shirts

All my guests also received something that made them, “Oooooooh”, and that was these t-shirts. It says in Spanish, “Tengo la falda bien puesta, y tu?” It means I have my skirt well put on, do you? It’s a play in words meaning you are prepared and ready for anything, from taking on the everyday tasks to those surprises but with a feminine touch of course. We all have our interpretation of what the saying means to us but in the end it’s about being strong! That is what I adore about this program because we can still be girls but when we unite and especially for these events, we share, help, and even laugh about the things that we experience…..the good, the bad, and the not so gorgeous! I know I will be Orgullosa (proud) to be wearing my shirt.

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Not required but it’s something I do as Orgullosa always includes these conversation starter cards, is I posted them to my guest’s party gifts. This time I gave out sour gummy bear containers and a mason jar filled with salt water taffy in several flavors.  P&G also provided us with coupon booklets, pens, notepads, in addition to the products and I encourage you to visit the brand sites as many have money saving coupons on-line. Sign-up to their newsletter also helps in getting coupon alerts to news on the latest items, and even saw loyalty programs.

We had the party on Labor Day weekend and it was hot, I kept things simple and had a sandwich bar. Guests were able to pick and make their own sandwiches as they desire with how much they like. Some had salads on the side while others had chips but everyone was happy with this event and thank you again Orgullosa and Procter & Gamble for helping me hold this party!

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I received the above products free of charge from Orgullosa.  I am not obligated in providing a favorable/positive review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the brand(s), which may differ from yours.

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VocalPoint RSVP Orgullosa Event

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I hosted another wonderful event for VocalPoint’s RSVP division and like always, they were very generous with samples for my guests. I invited 12 people and 11 attended my event. They send products for about 8 to 9 guests but because I invite mostly couples, this always works out great for us. Unfortunately, one friend showed up without her partner because he was ill.

The party was focused around Traditions and the Holidays. I made wonderful desserts because it’s a great way to keep my guests fed and happy. The sugar helps keep them motivated too!

At this event, we received 9 re-usable shopping bags with the Orgullosa logo, black in color, and I used these to give guests their samples. Now, here comes the goodies list that guests received:

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (Original)
  • Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong tissue packs
  • Tide Pods
  • Downy Unstoppables in-wash scent booster in Shimmer (pink)
  • Gain in Original scent
  • Money Saving coupons

Items I was able to share and feature also included:

  • Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Sweeping & Mopping Starter Kit
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original with Sponge (has a blue sponge-like backing)
  • Olay’s Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo (Medium to Coarse Hair)

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I made a wonderful Cranberry-Apple Crisp that is a family tradition in our home but also made a basic pecan pie. I figured the best part of traditions are about making new ones, so I also got adventurous and made a bittersweet chocolate and pecan pie that ended up being the favorite. I included recipes for everyone so they can share with their families. My event was held on the 17th of November, so I brought a little touch of Thanksgiving and made mini cookies for guests to munch on. Having themed cookie cutters are always a nice way to add that holiday touch but an easy way to make a pie look more festive!

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The hit of the party was the product all the girls had seen in store but had not tried, the Olay Facial Hair remover. The duo comes from having a “pre-treatment” that is applied and this safeguards your skin from irritation. The box treats up to 12 applications, so a little goes a long way. You apply the pre-treatment that comes almost in a lip balm shape (you even twist it up and apply). You rub in the balm for about 20 seconds and to make sure your skin is protected. Don’t over apply to hair you want removed because it will counter the removal. You then simply apply the treatment that smells less toxic than any other Hair removal cream I have used. You do not rub the second product in, you just gently apply and we found it was best to pat on. You leave it on for 6 to 8 minutes, with 10 minutes being the maximum. The results were mixed since I did have 4 guests use it and we even got one guy to try it on very fine back hair (just small patches). The skin guarding balm works excellent and this is something we all 100% agreed with but maybe it works too well. If you maybe get a little more balm by the root of the hair you want removed, it tends to stop the removal process right there and leaves you a stubble like hair at the end. I think practice will make the process better but even though most used it on fine hair, the medium to coarse hair formula did not remove that well. I would state after surveying the guests that tried it, 75% were happy with the results and the one male that we influenced to try was 100% happy because it worked perfectly on his back. This lead me to believe that because the face (upper lip) is curved, the balm needs to be applied well, meaning make sure to rub it in so you do not get build-up. At least I got a male fan now, though!

The second Proctor and Gamble product to get great reviews, the Downy Unstoppables. I kindly asked that my guests text me, e-mail, or call me just let me know quickly if you like it or not. Everyone loved them! These little add-ins leave your towels and sheets smelling fresher longer. I had two guests purchase the product but in the Lavender colored scent called Lush, and three others in the Teal colored scent called Fresh. I was so happy with the Unstoppables that I purchased one scent for the towels and a second scent for the sheets. What I like best, you control how much or little of a scent boost you want and the product works like described. A little goes a long way so that is always a major plus for me when it comes to Household products.

The Third winner was the Magic Erasers (both original and the duo one with the sponge). We all love them from cleaning the bathroom, to even the build up (scale) I get by the water dispenser in the fridge. There is really nothing these little guys do not brighten and even made a white colored Christmas decoration look like new after I used an eraser on it. It even removed the yellowing from years of displaying. I shared my tip on how I use a razor to cut the eraser to customize the size I need. This avoids any waste and helps me get to places where a full sized eraser would be awkward. Great to use on the door rails for the shower because you can cut to fit! Makes my erasers last longer too!

I love having these parties and VocalPoint even provides you with conversation cards. These parties are never dull and my guests love getting new items to try out. The coupons are generous as well, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Thank you again VocalPoint for another great event!

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