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Influenster Sweetheart Vox Box

7 Apr

I didn’t even know that I had been selected for this box until I found it in my mailbox! It was an awesome surprise to find after a microbiology exam.  Here’s what came in the Sweetheart VoxBox:

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Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Cleanser System: This was the stand-out product in the box for me.  The cleanser is a fantastic gentle creamy cleanser that really cuts through oiliness.  I like creamy cleansers but have combination skin so this is a perfect happy medium.  It gets rid of oil without being drying. I’ve been using this in the morning & find that it keeps oil at bay & I don’t have to touch up or blot until late in the afternoon. For my skin, that’s amazing.  I only use the powered cleansing brush a couple of days a week to clean my pores & feel that it is just…meh.  The brush just has a powerful vibration & I don’t feel like the rubber bristles on their own really do a deep cleaning.  I either like to use this with a scrub or to use this and then a Biore Pore Strip to really get out the impurities. I am super glad I got this product because I really like the cleanser & have since repurchased it in the full size.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray: I don’t think I’m the target market for this product.  I have thin straight hair & instead of giving me beachy waves, it just gave me heavy hair with what felt like a week’s worth of product buildup near the roots.  I’ve been trying this out on days I’m not planning to leave the house & after trying in combinations with a few different products I still haven’t gotten it to work for me.  Given my hair type, I wasn’t expecting it to.  It could be great for someone else though so I can’t say anything disparaging about it.  I wish I had gotten the hairspray to try, it sounds great for my hair type.

Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response  in Serene Citrus:  I have been using Secret Clinical strength for 3-4 years now & actually purchased this new product a couple of days before the surprise VoxBox.  I find that these clinical strength antiperspirants really work best when directions are followed to apply both morning and night.  This product truly does stop perspiration for an entire day & has a light fresh scent that quickly fades.  Occasionally I can smell it during the day, but I feel if that ever happens then I know that it really is working.

Skinnygirl Daily On The Go Bars: This was the disappointing product of the box.  I got the Greek Yogurt Blueberry Crisp Flavor & both the blueberry & yogurt bits tasted chalky and fake.  The “yogurt” wasn’t creamy & was basically just super sweet frosting.  I don’t appreciate the heavy-handed Skinnygirl brand gimmick & a box of 5 bars is 12.99. Ugh. No. For a similar amount of calories (180) I can get a box of bars with more fiber & protein that taste better for half the price.

I know this review is super late but after actually using all of these products for over a month, I can say that Influenster has introduced me to two new staple products.  If you haven’t heard of Influenster and want to learn more about their community and the free Vox Box program, visit Influenster to request an invitation.

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Influenster College Vox Box

30 Nov

This is what came in the Influenster College Vox Box.  It was my first box from them & I was very surprised to receive it because they recently re-vamped their website & I hadn’t felt that I was very active on their new site. The products are supposed to be things that college students need & use to get through the day.

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1. Sheets Energy Strips in Mint Boost: These remind me of when the Listerine strips were popular.  They had a reaaallly strong minty flavor.  I’ve put a couple in each of my bags in case of breath emergencies (ha!) & it’s really great that each strip is individually wrapped.  I didn’t notice an increase in energy though.

2. Broadway Nails imPress Nails (lace pattern): I really liked the lace pattern that I received.  Other than that, these were a disappointment.  I have long nail beds and keep my hands well manicured.  These nails were too short to use under normal circumstances.  I did use them, but only due to the fact that I had a major nail break on one nail and filed all my nails down (shorter than I normally wear).  They also were too wide for my nail beds and I had to do a lot of filing to get the nails that were long enough to cover my nail beds to fit.  They did look fantastic and wear very well, especially since they just use a sticky adhesive and not a glue. I kept a couple of the extra nails to use as an accent nail.   They just feel like too much work for wearing on my whole hand.  If they ever change the shape of the nails they make, I’d definitely try them again.

3. Pentel Energel-X (in black): It’s a pen. A good pen, but just a pen.  Writes smoothly, doesn’t smear or bleed. It’s a keeper. If they’re not too expensive, I’d get the blue the next time I have a shop for writing utensils.

4. NYC Color Showtime Glitter Eyeliner (in Black):  I was surprised at how much I liked this.  My go-to pencil liners are the Lancome Crayon Khols which are much more expensive but are so smooth and creamy.  The NYC liner glided on very smoothly after I warmed it up a little on the back of my hand.  It didn’t budge throughout the whole day, even though I didn’t set it with shadow.  The glitter isn’t that noticeable when first applied but appears more and more throughout the day.  I only apply this on the top lashline because I don’t want the glitter to get in my eyes, so it does necessitate still needing another black liner for the waterline, tightline and lower lashline.  This is the only product I’ve ever tried from NYC, but I might give them a look the next time I’m at the drugstore.

5. Necco Tropical Wafers: This was my favorite item in the box. Seriously. I haven’t had Necco wafers in a couple of years & only a couple convenience stores in my town even carry the originals.  I loved the mango, coconut, and banana flavors.  Why there isn’t more banana flavored candy in the world is beyond me.

I’m not sure exactly how this is a College VoxBox but I’ll get lots of good use out of the eyeliner and pen.    It was so nice to get a mystery package of new things to try & I’m looking forward to hopefully getting selected for more Influenster boxes.

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