Spilling the Tea

I’ve been called a tea and coffee fanatic for quite some time by many of my friends, and it’s a status I’m pretty proud of. So, I figured I might as well write about and show you all what drinks I’ve been obsessing over in the past little while! A fanatic’s got to have some memorabilia.

Lately, I have been enjoying some Carrot Cake tea from the brand Four O’Clock. Yes, you heard me right: carrot cake tea. It’s a black tea that contains caffeine and has a subtle, but present flavour (although, for a heavy coffee drinker like me, the caffeine doesn’t do much for me).  Furthermore, this tea is gluten and dairy free! Personally, I love drinking this tea out of my “Catfinated” cup (I love puns) that I bought from the store Black Ink (which still remains one of my favourite stores) when I visited Boston, Massachusetts last March. I drink everything out of this cup.

As I mentioned before, this is a black tea with subtle flavour. I actually prefer drinking this tea without adding any sugar or milk as I find that the carrot cake flavour shines best on its own. I love this flavour as it satisfies my cake cravings without taking on the extra calories of actually eating it! I have, however, tried drinking this tea while eating actual carrot cake, and I must say that the combination isn’t half bad. But hold on, can we just take a closer look at this adorable packaging? I love it when companies go the extra step to make their products look aesthetically pleasing.


I always find that the teas I love most are the ones with the simplest and most natural ingredients. It makes me happy that I’m not ingesting unknown substances into my body. And this list of ingredients is certainly short enough to make my body satisfied; there’s not one ingredient that I can’t clearly identify!

All in all, I love trying out new drinks and keeping different products in constant rotation. It’s never good to stick with one drink, get tired of it, and never drink it again! I’ll try and write a review on the drinks I’m drinking at the moment as much as I can on this blog; maybe that way I’ll be able to control my drinking addiction! 😉

And no, this is not one of those sponsored tea ads. Although, hey, who wouldn’t love some free tea? (Even if it were, I have standards, and I wouldn’t lie about a product just to receive a small paycheck.)

Hope you are all having a peaceful and relaxing morning!

Sipping away, Adela.

My Diary · Reviews

An Influencing Rant

This is a little rant from me about the platform known as Influenster.

It’s a trusted platform where thousands of shoppers go on to place reviews on products; from beauty, to arts and entertainment, to technology and electronics. It is a well trusted review site and is quite popular for sending out free boxes of products known as VoxBoxes to reviewers on the platform to try out and review. I myself have continuously referred back to the reviews on the platform to see how different products perform for different people before making any shopping decisions.

My main gripe with Influenster is the lack of control they have over the reviews that are sent in. Many a time I have seen my review being copied word for word and posted by another “reviewer” on the platform, claiming my review as their own! It irks me that some people will just steal the work of another person just to rack up points and badges towards getting free VoxBoxes or try to look like a consistent reviewer.

The funny thing about VoxBoxes is that they are quite limited and are only sent out to reviewers with a large viewing audience (ex: a Youtuber, a popular blogger, or an Instagrammer) for consideration. The number of reviews don’t make a huge difference to your ability to gain a VoxBox! If anything, it’s the quality of your reviews that matters most, and of course, your social platforms. So why would people steal reviews from others? Blows my mind.

There are also many errors in the system, and lately, I have not been able to submit reviews on my laptop! However, on my mobile phone, it works just fine. I have attached a picture of the error message shown on my laptop screen every time I try to submit a review below!

As you can see, my review satisfies the minimum length of an Influenster review and is quite in depth regarding the performance of the concealer. I think it’s pretty valid and well thought out! However, this error pops up continuously, no matter how much more or how much less I write (I don’t believe it’s a problem with my account, as I can post on my phone, rather, it must relate to the system itself)! It’s frustrating. And this is not the first time it has happened. ‘sigh’ All I want to do is share my opinion. Is that so hard?

I will continue to use Influenster for now, as I love reading reviews and comparing product performance. But until I am able to review products myself on the website, I suppose I won’t be able to fully engage in the Influenster community, and that makes me sad. Here’s to hoping the system errors are fixed soon, and for good!

I realize that as a first post, this rant may seem a bit forward and surprising regarding such a huge platform. But hey, maybe this will give you some insight into how I feel day to day!

Goodnight from my tired eyes and I, Adela.