Thursday, January 10, 2013

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012

I am not ashamed to admit that I squealed when I got an email stating that I'd been picked to recieve a VoxBox from Influenster. Seriously, who wouldn't want free products to try and review?!?
I received in my VoxBox a $25 discount for Sole Society (shoes, very cute ones I might add), NYC New York Color Lipshine in Nude York City, Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Mud Mask, EBOOST Dietary Suppliment in Aci flavor, Kiss Nail Dress in Chemise, and Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal + in Peach Almond/
Ok, so on to the review!


 
First up is the Quaker Real Medley in Peach Almond. Now I love oatmeal, and I've been really happy with some of the flavors that Quaker has come out with, but I hadn't paid much attention to these individual cups before now. I used this cup for an afternoon snack, so it was about 3pm. There were 2 sets of instructions, 1) add boiling water to the line inside the cup, replace the lid and wait for about 3 minutes 2) add water to the line in the cup and with the lid off, microwave for 45 seconds and let stand for 1 minute. I did the firs set of instructions and used my handy dandy Keruig to add hot water to the cup and let it set the appropriate amount of time. When I removed the lid, it smelled amazing and the consistency was perfect for me, not to soupy but not either. This oatmeal wasn't too sweet, but it had just the right amount of peach tidbits and almond slices to make it more than just regular old oatmeal. My one drawback is that I don't like water in my oatmeal, and I knew this going in, but I decided to follow the instructions. For the consumers that do prefer water, I don't think you will be disappointed with this product.
As a side note, I did purchase a different flavor, the Summer Berry and used milk in place of the water and used the microwave directions - it was perfection! The consistency stayed the same but had the added flavor of the milk which I love. These would be perfect for work or on the go, especially on the go with the lids, as the container is small enough to fit well in your hand, but large enough with the right portion of oatmeal that it doesn't make the cup to full and cumbersome.
For this product, I would give it an A+ and I will be purchasing it again.


 
I will tell you that I had high hopes for this product when I first found it in my VoxBox. I followed the directions on their website found here and I was pleased with how easy they were to apply, however, even though I followed the directions carefully, I was disappointed that after only 2 hours of being on my nails they started to lift from my cuticle and free edge, when for those 2 hours I was blogging about another review. Perhaps they aren't meant for long term wear, but I would have hoped that they would have at least lasted a day longer than 2 hours. These are beautiful wraps, and the others on the website also, but I wouldn't recommend this product nor will I be purchasing them when they only last a few hours. This product gets a C from me. 




This product is probably my newest favorite thing. It is Goody's Quickstyle brush with microfiber in between the regular bristles. I tested this on clean damp hair and used this with my blow dryer with much skepticism, but  let me tell you my friends, I LOVE this brush. I have pretty thick hair with a length between my shoulder blades and waist. Without a doubt it helped cut my blowout time, normally it takes me about 20 minutes to dry my hair with my regular brush and blow dryer but with this brush, it took me about 13 minutes. The brush advertises that it also adds body/volume to your hair and because my hair is pretty thick, I was a little concerned that it would be too much and I'd end up with a white girl's 'Fro going on, but I was very surprised to find that it added just the right amount of volume to my hair, especially around the crown. The brush is very light and easy to use with a ergonomic handle that fits well in my hand.  I can see this as being a permanent tool in my haircare routine. To the right is a rather fuzzy picture of what my hair looks like right after I blow dried it with the Quickstyle. This product gets an A+ 
Picture on the left is right after I blow dried my hair. Picture on the Right is after I flat ironed it. As you can see there's not that much difference. My hair wasn't as frizzy as it usually is right after I blow dry it.
 

 This interesting little card is for the Sole Society, an online store for shoes - very cute shoes I might add! I've only just perused it right now but I think I will be purchasing a pair of shoes from them soon. I'll update when I decide and try them. 
Do I really need to explain a chocolate mask?!?! I mean, it's chocolate, nuff said, right?
Well, let me tell you, Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Mud Masque was amazing not just to smell the chocolate, but to feel on my face. It went on smoothly and wasn't goopy, it also dried well and was easy to remove (for a mud mask) nor did it dry my face out or make it feel itchy at all. I was careful to use about half of this package, so I have the rest of it for another time, and I'm already looking forward to it! I will give this an A+


Up until this VoxBox, I hadn't heard about EBoost and did a little reading on their website about the product here. I used this while I was a work, and followed the directions which was to add it to water. I usually keep a 24 ounce reusable cup with me for water, which is what I used for the EBoost. I thinking that it's one of those things that you might need to use continuously to notice a big difference. While I'm happy to report that it didn't make me jumpy or give me nervous energy (like I'd just taken an energy drink) I didn't necessarily notice a big difference in my energy or attention. However, as it didn't give me the jitters, I would probably be interested in seeing how it works long term. I'm giving this a B for having a positive experience with one packet.


And last but not least, is my new favorite lip shine, NYC New York Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City. NYC's website is here and I recommend checking out all their cool colors of lipshine. I fell instantly in love with this product, the formula is perfect, it's not to thick or thin and the sponge applicator is perfect, and it smells like vanilla caramel candy. This little guy stays in my purse 24/7 now, and has become my go-to lipshine.


So there is my review of most of the products in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012. All of these products are reviewed with my honest opinion, and while the products were donated to me, I've received no compensation for the review.
Let me know what you think if you've tried any of these products or if you have any questions. :-)