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Influenster #ModaVoxBox Review

Hey y’all!  Happy December!  Today I’m back again with another Influenster Voxbox review.  I definitely feel really lucky.  This was the third box I’ve recieved since signing up with Influenster in June and it’s probably been my favorite yet!  For those of you not very familiar with Influenster or what it is you can read more about that on my last VoxBox post here.

So lets get on to the good stuff!

This particular Voxbox was called the Moda Voxbox and described as being for the fashionista.

Moda Voxbox

And here’s what was inside…

Moda Voxbox

The only thing you can’t see in the picture is the Rimmel lipstick and that’s because I accidentally hid it behind the mascara (oops!) but it’s there, trust me.

Like I’ve said in the past I like to make sure I really use the products before I say anything about them and this case was no different, so here are my thoughts.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask ($14.99, Target):  This is apparently a brand new product line so I was super excited to give it a try.  The description says it moisturizes and softens and helps provide “rich moisture protection from everyday styling for smooth, manageable hair while adding smoothness, softness and radiant shine.”  I liked this product.  I thought it smelled awesome and worked well.  That being said I don’t think it was necessarily better than other products I’ve used, however I’ve been spoiled by using salon quality products since my sister is a hairstylist.  But if I’m making that comparison, honestly, I think this product offers salon quality performance for a cheaper price tag.  I definitely recommend it. #HairFood

Moda Voxbox

 Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa ($2.29):  This is a new line from Swiss Miss that offers classic hot chocolate by only using 5 simple ingredients- Sugar, Cocoa, Nonfat Milk, Salt and Natural Flavor… whatever that means, and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Hot chocolate has always been my hot beverage of choice (I hate coffee), and I loved this.  It was the same great hot chocolate taste but I felt better drinking it without all of the additives.  I definitely recommend it. #SwissMissSimplyCocoa #Contest

Moda Voxbox

Jergens Ulta Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer: ($5.99/$6.99):  The claim of this moisturizer  is that you’ll have “visibly luminous, healthier looking skin in just one week.”  I don’t use lotion a whole lot because my skin isn’t very dry.  I did for testing purposes try out this moisturizer and can say that it did leave my skin feeling softer and healthier, but since I don’t really have issues in this area to begin with I can’t say I’m a huge authority on it.  From what I experienced myself I would recommend it, and a bonus is that it smells good! #1WeekToGorgeous

Moda Voxbox

Resource Spring Water ($1.49):  The description says Resource is 100% natural spring water and features naturally occurring electrolytes.  The bottle is also made from 50% recycled material.  To be honest I find water hard to review because it’s well, water.  I have had bottled waters in the past that had an absolutely terrible taste, but Resource isn’t one of them.  It tastes clean and fresh, a definite plus.  I also like the design of the bottle, it’s eye catching and a good size. #RefreshWithResource

Moda Voxbox

Puffs Softpack (1 pack for $1.99-$2.49, 3 pack for $4.99-5.99):  I’m sure you know that not all tissues are created equal, especially if you find yourself stuck with a cheap pack of tissue and an awful head cold.  I for one don’t like when the skin under my nose is rubbed raw, thankfully Puffs is one of the good brands out there.  Recently they released new Soft Packs.  They’re essentially the same size as a traditional box of  tissues but with a soft flexible casing more like a travel pack.  While traditional cardboard boxes are great if they’re sitting in your bathroom, if you need something more mobile the soft pack is awesome.  You can shove them in pockets in your car, carry them around with you etc. and the plastic exterior holds up so well.  A bonus is the packaging is super cute!  I definitely recommend. #PassThePuffs

Moda Voxbox

Then the last 3 products were all by Rimmel London, Scandalizes Rockin’ Curves Mascara ($5.49-$5.99), Moisture Renew Lipstick ( $6.99-$7.49) and Moisture Renew Lip Liner ($5.99-$6.49):  I’ve used Rimmel products in the past and like them in general.  When it came to the mascara I liked some things and didn’t like others.  First I always buy waterproof mascara and the one I received in this case wasn’t, not the end of the world, but a strike against it.  I liked that it had an interesting “broken heart-shaped” brush that helped me get more places on my lashes, but I felt like overall the look was clumpier than I like.  I’m not sure if I’d get it again.  Then when it came to the lip items, the lip liner was great.  It’s clear so you don’t have to worry about matching it to your lipstick and it worked well.  The lipstick itself was also very good, smooth, rich, and long lasting, the only con for me was the specific color I was given.  It ended up being  a bright raspberry shade called “As You Want Victoria,”  not bad on it’s own, just a color I would never choose for myself unless it was a costume. #RockinIt #Rimmel #MoistureRenew

Moda Voxbox

 

So there you have it, the Moda VoxBox.  Like I said this was probably my favorite box yet.  Did you see anything you liked?

*I received the above products for free for testing purposes from Influenster.  The opinions are 100% my own.


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Influenster #VitaVoxbox Review

I’m taking a break from my recent steady stream of Alaska blogs to go down a bit of a different path.

A little over a month ago I wrote a blog about a box of goodies I received (aka voxbox) from a website called Influenster.  I must say, Influenster is a pretty cool site. Part of me wants to keep it to myself in order to keep the pool smaller and increase my chances of receiving products in the future, and the other part of me wants to tell everyone I know to sign up because it’s that cool.

From what I can tell Influensters main purpose is product testing/reviews.  Once you sign up you put yourself in the running to receive what they call a Voxbox.  This is a box of free items that you get the chance to test out and review.  Sometimes there are items from multiple brands in the box, sometimes it only focuses on one, it really depends.  The probability of someone being chosen for a voxbox also depends on a couple of factors, demographics being a huge one, but also your social media presence as well as how active you are on their website doing reviews etc.

I signed up for Influenster at the beginning of June and already received my second Voxbox, the Vitality Voxbox, last month!

Influenster Vitality Voxbox

Before they choose you to receive a box Influenster sends out an email survey to make sure you qualify.  In this case I wasn’t feeling to confident because the first half of questions were all about coffee, and if you know me you know I think coffee is gross.  The big bummer about that though?  Ya, last month Influenster launched a voxbox with the new Keurig 2.0!  People received the Keurig to try out for FREE.  I was so bummed, if only I liked coffee!  But, despite me obviously not qualifying to receive the Keurig I did qualify for this other voxbox and I still think it’s pretty great.

So you wanna know what was in it?  Here’s a little picture overview…

Influenster Vitality Voxbox

This time around I really wanted to try everything out (well, to the extent that I could) before writing this blog so that I could write thoughtful reviews.  So here’s what I thought about everything

First Up,

First Degree Advanced Burn Cream ($5.97-$8.99)-  Between cooking and flat ironing/curling my hair I get little burns all the time, but you know what?  I’ve had this burn cream for a month, ready to go and not a single burn!  I mean, in all honesty that’s a good thing.  I would never wish for a burn nor burn myself on purpose just to try out a product.  So yes, I haven’t used this yet, but I have heard great reviews from others if that makes a difference.  According to the box it “helps reduce the appearance of scars, protects against infection” and “soothes the pain and cools the burn,” all of which are a plus.

Influenster Vitality Voxbox

Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum ($60 for 1.0 fl oz)-  That’s a bit of a mouthful no? So, I didn’t receive a full size of this in my box but I did receive a big enough sample to give it a good try.  I do really like the packaging, or I guess moreover the appearance of the serum.  As it sits in the bottle there appears to be little pearls suspended in a clear gel but then once you pump it out everything gets mixed together into a pearlescent serum.  The purpose of the serum according to the packaging is to “reinforce skin’s essential moisture barrier, even skin tone, retexturize, and reduce the appearance of early signs of wrinkles.”  I’ve been using the serum everyday after I wash my face and I can say I’ve noticed a difference.  While wrinkles aren’t really a problem for me just yet I have seen my pores shrink as well as my skin just tighten and brighten overall.  The serum is also very lightweight and dries quickly, which is nice.  The only thing not so nice?  The price.  It will probably be a little while before I can get some for myself but for any of you willing to spend a little extra on your skincare routine I definitely recommend it.

Influenster Vitality VoxboxJust ignore the ugly chipped fingernails pro favor, they’re really bad but the serum is really good.

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($3.99)- Playtex/PLaytex Sport Tampons aren’t new to me.  I like them a lot and have used them for years.  The only thing I don’t like about these specific tampons are that they’re “lightly scented.”  From my experiences in the past scent is just not a good thing in this area so I probably wouldn’t buy these specific tampons in the future.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea (Sweetened)- I don’t like iced tea, I just don’t. Hot, Chai tea?  Yes, but ice tea, no.  That being said, I really debated whether I would try this or not in order to review it.  In the end though, I knew what I would think about it.  It could be the best sweet tea in the world and I still wouldn’t like it.  The positive is that I have a roommate who likes tea a lot so I decided to give it to her and have her tell me what she thinks.  The verdict? She liked it!  At first she thought it was to sweet but she let me know that it grew on her and she liked it in the end.  She has also tried the unsweetened version before and really liked that as well. #contest @PureLeaf

Influenster Vitality Voxbox

Softlips Cube ($3.49)-  I have to admit, this was the item in the box that I was the most excited about.  I’m such an 8 year old at heart haha.  If you know the softlips brand you’re probably used to seeing their packaging as long, skinny tubes.  In recent years other brands with more squat, cute packaging have been gaining popularity.  I’ll admit, I bought some of the competitors because I liked that I could just sit them on my desk at work and they wouldn’t roll away.  Softlips must have been paying attention to this because now they’ve released the new Cube version in three different flavors.  I received the fresh mint flavor in my box.  I was a little apprehensive at first because I don’t usually gravitate toward mint, but this mint must have some sort of menthol in it because my lips felt cool and icy as soon as I put it on.  I definitely liked it and I totally recommend it!  If you’re thinking of trying out this new chapstick here’s a link to a coupon for $1.00 off two.

and last but not least,

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies ($14.99/Jar)-  Some select voxboxes contained full size jars of these gummies but I unfortunately only got a sample, therefore I don’t think my review will hold as much weight was someone who was really able to try it out, but I will tell you my thoughts.  My little pack contained 2 gummies, which is essentially a single serving.  According to the packaging they “taste great,” and it “boosts metabolism” and “increases energy.”  But also if you read the small print on the back it says “two Bikini Ready Energy Gummies provides approx. 20mg of caffeine equivalent to 1/4 cup of brewed coffee.”  I don’t know about you but based on that statement I would need to eat a whole lot more than 2 gummies to get the energy boost I need.  The gummies themselves remind me of small sugar covered gumdrops.  The taste isn’t bad, not great like the package claims, but not bad.  The aftertaste however?  Horrible!  And it lingered.  I had to go drink a cup of juice just to get rid of it.  I also didn’t notice an increase in energy or metabolism however I’m sure it would take much more than one days worth to notice a difference there.  And that’s all I have to say about that.

Influenster Vitality Voxbox

So there you go, the #vitavoxbox.  If you like getting free things I definitely recommend going to their website and signing up, it’s really easy (and no, I was not asked to advertise them, I just think everyone should get a chance to take advantage of the opportunity if they would like).

You can follow my link here to get yourself all signed up!

So have you tried any of the above products before?  Anything you’re going to try?

* I received the above products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  The opinions are my own.

 


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My First VoxBox

Hey y’all!  So is it just me or is time flying around here?  Good gracious, I can’t believe it’s August already!

As you know, this last month I’ve been pretty preoccupied with my upcoming move to Alaska.  It’s been REALLY hard to focus on anything else let alone sit down and write blogs, but this one is kind of light and fun and I’ve been wanting to share it with you all.

So, about two months ago I came across a website called Influenster (I have a link on the right hand side of my page if you want to check it out!).  Essentially you create an account, select your interests and write reviews on products you really love or really don’t.

The best part though, is that they give you products to test out.  Periodically Influenster releases a new Voxbox.  Each box has a different theme and comes with different products in it.  A few weeks before the voxbox is sent out they send out email surveys to Influsester members who they think would be good to receive said box.  No influenster member receives every box that’s sent out, and it’s not monthly like regular box services such as Birchbox.

I was lucky enough to receive my first Voxbox survey about a week after signing up and found out a week after that that I’d been approved to receive the Vow Voxbox.

It came in the mail while I was down in Mexico, so when I saw it on my table when I walked into my house I squealed with joy I was so excited!

Now here’s what was inside, and no they were not sample sized:Vow Voxbox

 

Olay Regenerist Luminous ($30.99)-  I’m actually really excited about this.  I have a lot of dark spots on my face so anything to make them go away.  My routine is all messed up with all the prep for the move to Alaska so I haven’t started using it yet, but I can’t wait to!

Pure Silk Shave Cream in Raspberry Mist ($1.49)- Ok, so I hardly ever use shave cream because I’m cheap and soap usually works fine, but this stuff rocks.  It makes my skin soft, the shave feels closer and it smells like Raspberry which is my fav.  An added bonus!

Tide to Go Pen-  I love love love this and have actually carried one in my purse for years now.  I have a bad habit of dropping things on my clothes, especially food so this thing is a life saver!

Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge ($5.99)-  This was another product I was waiting to get to Alaska to use.  It’s hard as a rock, but from what I hear it gets a lot softer once you get it wet.  If it can get my face really clean then I’m totally sold.  I’ll get back to you on that one.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda ($7.99)- I’ll admit, I’m more of a pink/coral girl when it comes to nail polish, but I actually really like this shade of blue.  In fact I’m wearing it right now!  It took three coats to get it really solid but I do really like the final look.  Although I do suggest a good top coat, it took only about 12 hours for the color to start chipping.

And finally a 50% off coupon for a wedding website with Riley & Grey.  Obviously I’m nor get married anytime soon so this isn’t something I’ve used, but their sites look gorgeous, definitely not your typical wedding websites.

So there you have it, the Vow Voxbox.  It was pretty sweet if I do say so myself.

Have any of you every tried any of these products?  Let me know what you thought!

 

*I received the above products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster