Monthly Archives: October 2012

Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

I am sure most of you are asking yourself What’s a VoxBox? What’s Influenster? which is exactly the reaction I initially had just under a year ago after hearing the names for the first time. Influenster is a trendsetter community that uses your influence in order to qualify for complimentary PRODUCT SHIPMENTS, REWARDS & DEALS fit for your lifestyle. The more active you are, the more perks you get – easy as pie! A VoxBox is the technical term for the shipment of goodies you’ll receive if you are selected to product test once you’ve (in most cases) completed a simple survey. You can also increase the chance of being selected by connecting to and unlocking as many Influence Badges as possible once you create your profile.

Recently I was selected to participate in the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox:

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact |  NYC New York Color’s all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are! ($4.99) Check out their website here – http://newyorkcolor.com/

  • First Impressions: I already own this exact same compact and was ELATED to see it in my Beauty Bloggers VoxBox! I actually love it so much I used it for my recent engagement photo shoot and a few other parties associated with my wedding! The primer glides on effortlessly and makes applying the shadow as smooth as silk. No creases, no need to reapply! I cannot wait to try out a new set of colors. PLUS you cannot beat the price.

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit |  Made from highest quality human hair. Use with Kiss adhesive for optimal results. Latex free, odor free, waterproof, flexible formula for 24hr hold, easy applicator. ($5.99) Check out their website here – http://www.everezlashes.com/

  • First Impressions: The first thing that caught my eye about this product is the fact that it uses latex-free glue. So many of my friends have an allergy to latex so this is a brilliant move by Kiss. The PRO Lash Applicator makes it extremely easy to apply! I didn’t have an issue lining them up perfectly nor did I wind up with any of the product on my fingers or eyelid!

Bath & Body Works Mini Candles |  Mini but Mighty! Our Mini Candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world’s best master perfumers. Now in an elegant glass container, these are the perfect size for trialing all our fall home fragrances! Mini Candles burn approximately 15 hours. ($3.50) Check out their website here – http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/home/index.jsp?cm_mmc=Influencer-_-MiniCandle-_-SocialMedia-_-MiniCandle

  • First Impressions: The candle included in my VoxBox was the Black Pepper Bergamot. I am not keen on the scent itself but know I will be able to find many other ones in store that will wind up around my home!

EBOOST |  EBOOST is a boost that does more. It’s a mood boost, focus boost, immunity boost, natural boost, a no-crash boost. ($ varies depending on size) Check out their website here – http://www.eboost.com/

  • First Impressions: This isn’t the first time I’ve sampled this product and unfortunately my original review stands – it’s just not for me. I don’t care for the taste (very astringent) and the texture is a bit thick for me even after mixing well!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin |  The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins! Easily achieve chic updo styles; simply twirl your hair up and spin the Spin Pins in for a perfect top knot, undone bun and side bun!($7.29) Check out their website here – http://www.goody.com/

  • First Impressions: First things first I have painfully thin hair so while I was excited to test this product I wasn’t sure it’d be able to hold my hair in place. Color me excited when it actually stayed IN! It takes a little bit of work to get the pins in just the right spots, being careful not to cross over each other, but once I had it secured from my scalp through the mini bun I was set! It’s great for casual looks but in order to wear out for a fancier event/evening I’d have practice quite a bit more. All in all I love it and it looks a lot better than a ponytail holder!

Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream |  KINKY MOVES™ helps encourage natural curls by giving them that extra oomph they so desperately need. It eliminates frizz and fly-aways to show your true locks. Infused with natural grapeseed & jasmine this salon formula will add that extra bounce to your step. ($6.00 for full sized 4-oz bottle) Check out their website here – http://www.nymbrands.com/

  • First Impressions: This product smells so good it makes me WISH I had curly hair so I could use it on a regular basis! But alas I have stick straight, extremely thin locks so I will have to pass this along to a friend who can put it to good use.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin |  Beautiful Skin – the newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac) ($13.99) Check out their website here – http://www.shopbootsusa.com/

  • First Impressions: This product glides on easily and hasn’t clogged my pores so far! I am always interested in trying new night creams as at the age of 32 my skin is letting me know that I’m “no spring chicken” anymore!

Sensational VoxBox, Influenster! Keep them coming and I’ll keep the posts flowing. 🙂

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Influenster is a trendsetter community that uses your influence in order to qualify for complimentary PRODUCT SHIPMENTS, REWARDS & DEALS fit for your lifestyle.

Recently I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster! RESCUE provides gentle, non-habit forming relief from your everyday stresses like:

• Planning a wedding
• Juggling your hectic work-life schedule
• Giving a presentation
• Moving
• Car trouble
• Visiting the dentist
• Taking an exam
• Traveling

This was perfect as I received this product days before my wedding! I was excited to try it and was pleased to find out that the taste is fairly mild and while it may or may not have been attributed to the gum I DID take a moment to relax and destress. 🙂 The only thing I wished is that the taste lasted longer!

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RESCUE Remedy Natural Stress Relief Gum

Influenster is a trendsetter community that uses your influence in order to qualify for complimentary PRODUCT SHIPMENTS, REWARDS & DEALS fit for your lifestyle.

One of the products I received in the Bride VoxBox was a complimentary set of Kiss® everEZlashes. I actually wound up using them during a huge gathering of friends/family just before my recent wedding!

The product was fairly easy to apply which is saying a ton coming from a woman who has never worn fake eyelashes. Everyone complimented me on how natural they looked not only in person but in all of the photos as well! I am very impressed! I highly recommend them!

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Kiss® everEZlashes

Bride VoxBox from Influenster

I am sure most of you are asking yourself What’s a VoxBox? What’s Influenster? which is exactly the reaction I initially had just under a year ago after hearing the names for the first time. Influenster is a trendsetter community that uses your influence in order to qualify for complimentary PRODUCT SHIPMENTS, REWARDS & DEALS fit for your lifestyle. The more active you are, the more perks you get – easy as pie! A VoxBox is the technical term for the shipment of goodies you’ll receive if you are selected to product test once you’ve (in most cases) completed a simple survey. You can also increase the chance of being selected by connecting to and unlocking as many Influence Badges as possible once you create your profile.

Recently I was selected to participate in the very first Bride VoxBox:

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Kiss everEZlashes |  You’ll never waste another set of eyelashes again. Kiss everEZlashes with patent pending Application Strings allow for perfect lash application every time. Kiss lashes come in a variety of styles that are perfect for everyday wear, to formal evening events. An absolute must-have for bridesmaids and off course – the bride! ($3.99) Check out their website here – http://www.everezlashes.com/

  • First Impressions: I have always heard about fake eyelashes but was afraid to try them. My wedding is coming up on Saturday and I plan on giving these a whirl for the big day!

Dream Water |  It is a natural, 0 calorie, 2.5 oz sleep and relaxation shot featuring key ingredients that work together to help you relax, fall asleep naturally an wake up refreshed. ($2.99) Check out their website here – http://www.drinkdreamwater.com/

  • First Impressions: I rarely have trouble sleeping so this product is not necessarily the best for me but I still gave it a shot (ha ha). The taste wasn’t bad and while I did feel relaxed I did not notice any significant difference in my sleep or waking routine.

IvyDate | Premier online introduction network for people who value creativity, intellectual curiousity and drive. It will send up to 5 matches per week for your single friends! Check out their website here – http://www.ivydate.com/

  • First Impressions: This website does not apply to me but I’ll be happy to send my single friends their direction! The website looks very inviting and professional.

Rescue Gum | This gum helps people stress less, stay calm and in control. ($5.95) Check out their website here – http://bachrescuegum.com/ 

  • First Impressions: The brand Rescue Remedy is familiar to me from my massage school days as homeopathy was widely taught. The gum itself has neat packaging but that’s about the only thing that impressed me. The taste was a bit bitter/medicinal at first, then turned sweet and then faded so quickly I wasn’t sure if it was just a bad piece of gum. I didn’t notice a difference in my demeanor after chewing it.

Schwarzkopf Professionals BC Repair Resuce (Shampoo, Conditioner, Sealed Ends) | It gives 25% more strength, thanks to the Cura+ Protein Complex that repairs damaged hair, recharging it with new durability and elasticity. ($18/$21/$21) Check out their website here – http://www.schwarzkopf-professional.com/?9006

  • First Impressions: I absolutely loved the fresh, clean scent of these products! I have extremely thin and fragile hair so I was elated when I received full size bottles of these products. After just one shower session I am already seeing the life come back to my hair. Dramatic, yes? But it’s the truth! I cannot wait to see how my hair feels long-term.
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EBOOST

EBOOST |  It will boost your mood, focus and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you’ll feel great whichever flavor you select. ($28 for 20 powders or $39 for 12 shots)

  • First Impressions: I received an orange packet of this product and it smelled DELICIOUS but was deeply disappointed once I went to mix it in my water. It bubbled up a bit – almost having a creamy consistency – which faded after a few minutes and upon first taste I was not very impressed. It has the distant familiarity of Tang (from the 80s) but had a very bitter/astringent taste that I could not get past.

I received this product free of charge from Influenster as part of their #naturalsvoxbox!

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizr |  With pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E, LypSyl will give your lips long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection to moisturize, doften and protect your lips naturally for a healthy pucker!. ($2.87-$2.99) CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE – http://www.lypsylhome.com/

  • First Impressions: This product definitely delivers on it moisture promise but it left me wanting. I actually prefer sweet smelling/tasting lip balms with a delicate hint of tint.

I was sent this product free of charge by Influenster for their #naturalsvoxbox!

CleanWell Natural Hand Sanitizer Wipes

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Wipes |  They clean up messes and kill germs with all natural ingredients that are easy on the earth. Their mild ingredients are great for hands and faces, and the one-use packet is ideal for all your on-th-go activities. ($29.99 for 50 pouches) CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE – http://www.cleanwelltoday.com/

  • First Impressions: I genuinely loved this product. It definitely was gentle on my hands (had no need to use on my face) and portable. BUT at almost $.60 a wipe I’ll have to say no thank you to a purchase on my own.

I was sent a free sample of this product by Influenster for their #naturalsvoxbox!

The Original Dish Drying Mat

It is a unique, laminated design that combines a thin layer of foam between two layers of high quality, super absorbant microfiber for a new dish washing experience that converves energy and paper towels by air drying and saves water by hand-washing. ($4.99) Check out their website here – http://www.the-original-co.com/default.html

  • First Impressions: I was elated to see this item in my Naturals VoxBox. I have been using a regular dish towel as a holding pad for any dishes I wash by hand which isn’t all that effective. This new mat also provides a cushion for the more delicate items (i.e. wine glasses, etc) to rest while they dry. A small perk but for the price you can’t beat it. I love that it is machine washable too.

I was sent this product free of charge by Influenster for their #naturalsvoxbox.

Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion

Bring out your hair’s natural beauty and texture as you nourish it with this product. Cactus, Agave, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Extract work together!  ($9.99 for 64 fl. oz bottle)

  • First Impressions: Divine. Simply divine. It smells amazing and gives my hair incredible shine. I have to stay away from my roots, though, as I have extremely thin hair and I could see where this product might make it appear greasy/weighed down so in all honest a little goes a LONG way! What a refreshing product – no chemicals!

I sent this product free of charge as part of Influenter’s #naturalsvoxbox program! 🙂

Check out the Desert Essense website – https://www.desertessence.com/