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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

NYC Red Lips and a Bare Escentuals Fun Kit!

RED HOLIDAY LIPS….FOR LESS!

 

To lots of us, nothing says ‘holiday season’ like a classic red lip. There are, however, many women who shy away from red lips like the plague. If you are someone who’s never worn red lipstick but are still curious about it, here’s a great red to try that won’t break the bank- NYC Ultra Moist LipWear in Sheer Red.


 

The most important point about Sheer Red- it isn’t sheer. I own plenty of sheer red lipsticks, and, frankly, my dear, this ain’t one of them. Sheer Red is a blue based creamy red that looks good on just about everybody (I know this because I have given it to several people of varying hues). It wears well, and is widely available in venues such as CVS, Target, Rite Aid and ULTA. The best part is the price- only 99 cents!

 

YES, ANOTHER BARE MINERALS HOLIDAY KIT REVIEW!

reviewing another special holiday set from Bare Escentuals

It’s called Beyond Gorgeous and the title is quite fitting. The kit contains 2 full size BE shadows (Stain Ruffle, a nude shimmer; and Frills, a charcoal grey); a full size blush in Pink Ribbon (mauvey pink); 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Icing (sheer blue-based medium pink); Original Mineral Veil (loose finishing powder); Big & Bright eyeliner in Charbronze (exactly what you’d expect it to be, a grey-brown), full size Flawless Volumizing Mascara in Black (this is my FAVORITE BE mascara); and two brushes- an Eye Shaping brush that’s great for sweeping color from lash to brow, and a Flawless Application brush that’s perfect for applying the Mineral Veil. It comes in a heavy cardboard box that ties with a ribbon and is sturdy enough to be reused. The eye colors can be applied dry for a softer look or foiled (with a damp applicator) for more intense color. The eye combo is pretty neutral but the lips and blush are cool pinks. I like cools and I like pinks so I love this kit. The jar and gloss tops have little pink ribbon loops on them, and the pink handles of the brushes match the ribbons- how girly can you get? It’s an excellent value for $54 and can be found at BE Boutiques, slect Nordstrom locations, or at bareescentuals.com. This would make a great gift for any woman  (unless she doesn’t like pink).

 

Disclaimer: the NYC lipstick was purchased by the guest reviewer, she was provided the BE kit for PR purposes by the manufacturer