Smiley360 is an online community. It consists of influential consumers who try products and experiences for free. Brands give their products to Smiley360 who matches them to qualified community members for testing. Based on past missions and your profile, new mission opportunities go on your dashboard. Members take part in the mission if their short qualification surveys line up to what the study is looking for.
The more missions you complete, the more points you earn. Members with more points usually get first dibs at new missions. You choose your level of activity. Pardon my pop culture reference, but “your mission should you choose to accept it” is to take part in the studies that interest you. To complete missions, you must give honest reviews on social media. If you’re unfamiliar with Smiley360, you can read more about my first Mission.
I got sick four times last winter, which is probably a record. Each sickness lasted a long time, too, so I felt like I spent most of the winter as miserable as I could be. When I got invited to the Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain mission, I reluctantly accepted. These missions have deadlines. What if I did not get sick before it ended? This was certainly a mission where I accepted hoping I could not complete it. No one hopes they will get sick.
My other issue with accepting is I rarely take medication when I am sick. If I have a headache or another type of pain, I typically take some over the counter med. It is usually Excedrin for headaches or Advil for most other types of pain. I even add Tylenol when Advil does not reduce the pain alone. In other words, I am no stranger to over the counter pain meds. I am a stranger to over the counter cold meds though. Would I even bother taking these when I got sick.
This box of goodies arrived over a month ago. I put it away for safe keeping, because I was feeling great. As we inched closer to the 12/10/15 deadline, I did not think I was going to make it. This is a product I’d never tried, and I could not give an honest review if I did not have the proper symptoms the medication treated. Then, it hit me. I started feeling funny of Thursday night. By Friday morning, I had a full-on sore throat. It was the kind that feels like you’re swallowing sharp ice. My tonsils battled the sore throat until Saturday night when they officially lost the battle.
I developed a cold. Even with my deadline fast approaching, I held off on the medication for as long as I could. On Saturday evening, I pampered myself with an extra hot shower and as many sheet masks as I could find. Though Sunday saw no improvement, I opted out of medication Sunday as well. It was my son’s 9th birthday, and I did not want to try a new medication that would leave me loopy or tired.
Come Monday, the sickness took over. My headache (which is an everyday occurrence to me) was extremely bad, my body ached, and my nose had gone from feeling like I had a cold to the feeling of complete nasal blockage. That’s right. I became a mouth breather. Mouth breathing is the worst for someone with an already sore throat. It was finally time for my mission.
I probably should have taken a picture right when the box arrived and not putting it away, because I took a pill from a packet and lost the packet before I could get a picture. There were really five sample packs as listed in the contents above. Each pack has a little light brown pill. That is one serving. My older son also wants the stress nose and hates that I made him wait until after the mission. After claiming he wanted the talk bubble, my youngest son must have actually snuck it. It was there when the box arrived but it missing now. Once I find where he hid it, I will add a picture of me holding the talk bubble with the caption, “I can breathe.”
I will also squeeze the nose while taking said picture assuming it does not disappear before I find the bubble.
The pill did everything it said it would. Not only did it put a serious dent in my headache, but my nose was dripping within an hour of taking it. It was stuffy and plugged before taking it. My body aches did not go away with the first dose, but I did notice a lot of improvement with the second dose I took this evening. It also helps that I stopped moving around as was finally able to relax. I am happy this includes those $3 off coupons, because I will definitely purchase these. My aversion to cold meds is gone.
Being able to breathe trumps everything. I am about to go to sleep, and I can breathe thanks to the second dose. The individual packs are samples for friends. If I can refrain from using the last three, I will hand them out. Hopefully, whoever tries these loves them as much as I do. I headed over to the mission page and saw the deadline for this extended to 12/24/15. As it turns out, I had more time to “get sick” after all. After using this product twice today, I do not need any more time to know it works, I love it, and I will be shouting from the rooftops that I can breathe again.
This was another great product I probably never would have purchased without receiving a free sample. If you want to try Advil Cold and Sinus or already love it and want more, Smiley360 has a link for a $1 off coupon and a $3 off coupon. Choose your discount wisely. You can also join Smiley360 if you love sampling free stuff and do not mind sharing your thoughts. I love sharing deals and writing about freebies, so this program is perfect for me. See all Smiley360 articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.