The latest Influenster VoxBox – Sunshine! #SunshineVoxBox

If you are a social being and spend your time online with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or any of the social media sites then you want to know more about INFLUENSTER. This is a free box that’s always different. I’ve gotten the Influenster Vox Box a few times to share with you while others have gotten surprise packages with a yet to be introduced product, luxury products like YSL and specific brand boxes like Maybelline or Neutrogena. You don’t have to have a blog to be an Influenster but I’m sure it helps since they are looking to spread the word about new products and experiences.

Influenster Vox Box

Influenster Vox Box

Before I got the box I had no clue what I’d find inside. Luckily I love surprises (the right kind of surprises) so I knew that I’d be in for some fun.

SinfulColors. Blue Diamond Almonds, Infusium 23, Dickinson Cleansing Cloths, Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

SinfulColors. Blue Diamond Almonds, Infusium 23, Dickinson Cleansing Cloths, Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER ($6.49) was the item that was the most obvious and one I’ve been very curious about so this was a thrill. I’ve read a lot of reviews about this non-greasy spray that helps to moisturize your body and was happy to give this a whirl. What’s so great about this is that I can get my back. I never have a chance to moisturize my back and really never gave it much thought before. But I do now. This is fast and easy to use, I just spray in a circular motion and it reaches all over. It absorbs quickly and dries fast too. If you can reach to rub it on that’s the best way to get it to absorb. This contains aloe and micro droplets of Vaseline.

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER ($6.99) is a leave in treatment. It’s extremely moisturizing with ingredients like Avocado Oil and Olive Oil. You don’t need much at all. As a matter of fact my advice with anything you apply to your hair is to start small as you can always add more if you want. This was created to help with frizz and lack of shine. The fragrance is a little perfumey at first but it does dissipate along the way.

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER

DICKINSON’S ORIGINAL WITCH HAZEL REFRESHINGLY CLEAN CLEANSING CLOTHS ($6.99) – what a mouthful. But these cleansing cloths are surprisingly nice. They are both soap and fragrance free to my delight. They are great for removing the oils from the day as well as makeup but they are not recommended for eyes. There are 25 cleansing cloths in the package which is a good size. The top peels back and then seals pretty well to keep the other cloths damp. The wipes contain aloe and botanicals so even though they are fragrance free there is a slight natural smell to them. I go through a lot of cleansing cloths when I’m swatching for the blog so it’s nice to have gentle ones that don’t dry me out.

DICKINSON'S WITCH HAZEL CLEANSING CLOTHS

DICKINSON’S WITCH HAZEL CLEANSING CLOTHS

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL ($1.99) is one of my favorites in this box. I’m a huge fan of SinfulColors polishes because they last and last on me. I’ve been wearing different shades of theirs for the last few weeks actually. Real Teal is one of their Silk polishes. It’s a metallic teal that’s beautiful. A perfect summer shade.

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL

Now to the good stuff – just ask my husband. Inside the box was a package of BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR ($1.59). Since I don’t do hot stuff I knew someone who did and he was very happy to be the one to finally get something from one of my many packages. This is the perfect size too for a snack (better have water nearby!). Almonds are good protein and I’d be happy to have these without the Siracha.

BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR

BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR

INFLUENSTER SUNSHINE VOXBOX even sent coupons and I can’t wait to take one of these to the store. It’s for a free 4.7 oz bag of BARK THINS ($4.99). If you’ve never had barkTHINS you don’t know what you are missing. It’s a twist on a traditional chocolate bark. They have different ingredients added to them like pretzels, pumpkin seeds, whole blueberries or toasted quinoa. We’ve bought these several times in the big Costco size bag so now I want to get a flavor we haven’t tried yet. In addition to the barkTHINS I received several coupons for $3.00 any Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Product.

Sunshine VoxBox coupons for barkTHINS and Dickinson's

Sunshine VoxBox coupons for barkTHINS and Dickinson’s

Have you applied to Influenster yet? If not, now’s the time. I’m sure that you would enjoy getting a package of products in the mail just because you are a social being. — Marcia

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*while I received this from Influenster, it was not required that I write about it but sharing is what an Influenster does

#FrostyVoxBox Influenster box review

influensterI was luckily chosen by Influenster to receive one of their free sample boxes. I’ve been a member of Influenster for a long time but this is only my second opportunity to receive a box from them. I was excited to be chosen for their winter #FrostyVoxBox and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

Influenster is a free service for people who are very active on social media. From what I understand it can be anyone, not just bloggers. The important thing is that you share your box and your opinions on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. It’s an opportunity to try new products. If you are interested in applying here are two good articles that will tell you more than I possibly can: The Fashionable Affair and I Love My Kids.

#FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

#FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

As a beauty blogger I’m always most excited when I find beauty items in any kind of surprise package so receiving Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover was terrific. This is a gentle bi-level product that removes all eye makeup, even waterproof. Yet there’s no oily residue. It’s great to find a product I can pick up at the drugstore since I use an eye makeup remover every day. #Rimmel

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Now what do I need to remove with this Eye Makeup Remover? How about Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner? The Scandaleyes eyeliners are always terrific and this Kohl Kajal one is new to me. The pigmentation is amazing as is the application of it. It is waterproof so it goes hand in hand with the Rimmel remover. If you are interested in an eyeliner that is not only waterproof but also smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof and humidity-proof then you’ve found that liner with Rimmel. It comes in 10 shades so there’s a color for everyone.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

NYC and Rimmel

NYC and Rimmel

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR comes in twenty shades. For only $1.97 you can be guilt free even if you are on a budget. It’s a moisturizing formula which we need in this color weather. They say it lasts 6 hours though I tend to bite my lips so it’s rare for a lipstick to last that long on me. #SugarPlum is a great every day shade – not too warm, not too cool.

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR in Sugar Plum

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR in Sugar Plum

There was also a sample size of BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM. I wish there was more of it! But a sample allows me to know if I can tolerate the fragrance and a $2 off coupon was included. #getADVANCED

BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM

BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM

Last but far from least in the beauty category is the ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH.

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

I’ve really enjoyed using this brush since it’s gentle on my hair and it does help with achieving some volume. ECOTOOLS is a brand I trust since it’s an ecologically sound brand that believes in recycling. The brush is meant for thin to medium hair which describes mine well. And it’s meant for a smoothing effect, just like I like. #LoveMyEcoHairBrush.

Cosmetic brands from #FrostyVoxBox

Cosmetic brands from #FrostyVoxBox

There’s more to this box than I’ve shown so far. The first item that has now disappeared (in my mouth) is Fruit Vines Bites. These are a soft, chewy fruit candy made by Red Vines and come in two flavors – strawberry and cherry. I can’t wait to get to a store like Target, Kroger or Walgreens to pick up the strawberry. I finished my bag the first day so that tells you how much I like them. There are 3 sizes available: 2 oz single serve, 5 oz hanging bag and a 10 oz resealable bag. I better stick with single serve the next time! #SweetSide

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry

Not as exciting but certainly useful is the bottle of McCORMICK GOURMET ALL NATURAL THYME. Perfect timing since one of the goals of our household is to replace all our herbs this year so that we are starting with fresh ones. Thyme gets used in any soup I make and it’s great with fish or chicken on the grill. #McCormickGourmet

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

The very last product which is also gone was a sample of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea which happily was decaffeinated. I’ve cut caffeine from my life and this holiday flavor was a nice treat. #CelestialTea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

I really enjoyed being able to sample all of these items big or small. Influenster sends out different boxes monthly and I’m hoping to be able to receive one again now that I’ve experienced some great items that were new to me. Have you ever received an Influenster box? — Marcia

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox items

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox items

 

Disclosure: I received all products complimentary from Influenster and was NOT compensated nor required to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Best things are free from @Influenster! #Rimmel #GetADVANCED #SugarPlum #CelestialTea #LoveMyEcoHairBrush #McCormickGourmet #SweetSide

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Influenster Holiday Vox Box

Influenster Holiday Vox Box

I was very excited when Influenster told me that I would receive their Holiday Vox Box 2012. These are available to bloggers who meet requirements so that we can share impressions with our readers. Companies send items to Influenster and they share to get the word out. Influenster is free to join and great for bloggers and people who love to share their opinions especially on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

I had no idea what to expect in a Holiday Vox Box and to be honest it’s not really very holidayish.  I understand that these products have been in other Influenster boxes but that’s just fine since it contains some items that I think are interesting and are fun to use.

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

It appears that everyone who got a ‘free’ box received the following: Quaker Oats Real Medleys Oatmeal, a single EBOOST packet, Kiss Nail Dress, NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine, Goody QuikStyle Brush, a $25 coupon for Sole Society. Some people, depending on demographics, received a bonus of a Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask.  I’m guessing that the NYC Lipshine and the Kiss Nail Dress are different colors/designs. The Goody QuikStyle Brush could have been either a paddle brush or a half round styler.

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Now let’s get to the good part!

Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal is very handy to have at work or home. It’s in a cup that’s ready for you to pour hot water in and eat out of. The delicious one I received is Apple Walnut medley. My husband ate this and really liked it so this is now on our grocery list. He thought the fruit tasted fresh and the walnuts were real. ($1.79 for a single serve cup)

Quaker Real Medleys carton

Quaker Real Medleys carton

EBOOST is a packet that you put into water. I’ve tried these before since they are good to boost mood, focus and immunity. I usually pour it into a bottle of water and shake. It’s doesn’t have caffeine like those energy drinks so you won’t crash. It comes in 4 flavors (orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate and super berry). What’s good about these packets is that you can carry them with you and if you need that 4 p.m. wakeup this is a sugar-free way to get it. They are gluten free and soy free. ($28 for a box of 20, $39 for 30)

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine – yea for cosmetics! NYC has created this liquid lipstick in 10 shades. I received it in Nude York City. It’s like they read my mind since I prefer light shades. These have Vitamin E in them and aren’t too sticky. ($2.49)

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

Kiss Dress Nails are nail stickers. To be honest I need lots of practice with nails stickers but I think practice will make perfect. I couldn’t find a name on the package other than KDS15. I’ve seen these in the store and admired them. They are black with gold designs on them. A beautiful touch for a special night out. You can even use them on your toes. These are especially pretty. ($6.99 for a package with 28 nail strips)

Good QuikStyle brush is the item that I’m most excited about. I’ve seen these and thought they were fascinating but I didn’t know anyone who’d used one so I just wasn’t sure whether it was something I needed to try. I received the Half-Round brush which is great for my shoulder length hair. I could not wait to wash my hair the morning after this box arrived. There are absorbent micrfiber bristles in between plastic bristles. After hair is washed and combed through, I used this brush instead of my regular round brush. I loved how it absorbed the water and helped dry my hair faster. So great. Saving time is the best!
If you leave it out in an open ventilated area it dries quickly or you can also turn your hairdryer on to speed that up. Washing it is like any other brush – comb through to get the hair out, wash with warm water and shampoo, rinse and then turn it upside down and tap the back with the palm of your hand to get the microfiber bristles back in shape. I’m loving this brush. ($11.99)

Goody Quikstyle brush

Goody Quikstyle brush

influenster goody brush info

Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Cleansing Mask was my bonus. Montagne Jeunesse makes a wide variety of face masks so I’m guessing that other Influensters received different ones. My particular one is Raspberry & Mango Cleansing Mask. They say these are a one time use but I’ve bought them in the past and actually gotten two uses out of a packet. These are nice masks to have at home or to travel with.

I wish that the subscription boxes that I buy had this many nice items in them. Not only are some of these terrific but it was free to me without even an obligation to blog about it. I’d like to share a few other Influenster boxes with you so you can see the variety they have. If you think you are someone who influences others, you may just be eligible too.

Pammy Blogs Beauty – Cosmo Vox Box 2012

Jenn Staz – Summer Beauty Vox Box 2012

What I found interesting when I was looking for reviews to share is that this isn’t just for beauty bloggers. Influenster has pet boxes, natural boxes, latin beauty boxes and mom boxes. I hope you enjoyed learning about Influenster’s Vox Boxes. Have you ever received one? I’d love to know. — Marcia

*received as a promo from Influenster