Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Influenster J'Adore Vox Box First Impressions

Hello my lovelies, I am so glad you stopped by my little corner of the internet today!  I recently receive a VoxBox from Influenster, and I can't wait to share my first impressions with you!  

Not familiar with Influenster?  Influenster is a product review site, where members can ask questions or review pretty much any product or service out there!  Influenster also works with brands and sends out products in VoxBoxes, for testing purposes to members, based on the member's survey answers and ranking, and a little random luck.  If you are interested in joining Influenster, you can go HERE and sign up. Membership is free, and so are the VoxBoxes of testing products, should you be lucky enough to score one!

Ok, on to the goodies now :) 

The VoxBox

I love seeing these boxes in my mailbox- mine typically arrive before the shipping email, so it's a complete surprise!  

First Peek
The box I qualified is the J'Adore Vox Box- a box full of favorite brands, for my family to test and put through the ringer!  J'Adore the J'Adore VoxBox!

The Insert Card
I love this cute insert card- it's all sparkly and girly.

The Brands

On the back of the card, Influenster lists the products included in this box, and their approximate retail costs and values.

Boots Botanics The Power of Plants Ionic Clay Mask Shine Away, full size (100g/3.5 oz0, retails for $9.39,available HERE.
I seriously love face masks, and am very excited to give the Boots brand a try!  My first thought about this mask is that is is quite wet, but was happy on how it dried on my skin.  The mask washed off very easily with a wet washcloth, and left my skin feeling very clean. 

Very green mask, on my face.  Aren't I beautiful?!
I have sensitive skin, and this did not cause me to experience any redness.  A little of this mask goes a long way, so I will get several uses out of this tube, making this a very nice value.  Plus who doesn't want to look like an alien/Monster High doll for a few minutes each week?
GRADE: 5/5

Hershey’s Kisses Bag (18.5 oz/524 g), retails for $5.29, available at grocery and drug everywhere.
Hershey's Kisses.  What is there to say about these classic gems that hasn't already been said?  Hershey's Kisses are an amazing treat, fun to craft with, and make pretty much everyone smile.  We've been enjoying these treats a little at a time- my favorite use is to melt one in my morning coffee.  Hey, don't knock it 'till you try it!  What an awesome treat to put in the J'Adore VoxBox- they sent a family sized bag, so we have plenty to share!  That doesn't seem to stop the kids from fighting over them, but I guess you can't blame Influenster for that. :)  I lived outside of Hershey for a while, while I was growing up, so I definitely have a soft spot for the brand, but Hershey's Kisses are an awesome treat in their own right- creamy and smooth chocolate, perfectly sized to melt in your mouth.
 GRADE: 5/5

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion, full size (6.5 oz/184 g), retails for $5.99, available HERE.

Not all recipients of the VoxBox received this product in their boxes, but both the Hubster and I are glad that we were chosen!   Vaseline Men Spray Lotion has a very masculine, musky scent, sprays on easily, and is not greasy.  My husband tried this lotion out, and was very impressed at how it brightened up his tattoos!  The scent of the lotion is a bit too masculine for me to use, so this one is all for him.  I love the way it smells, and so does the Hubster.
GRADE: 4/5

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Flat Iron Spray, travel size (1 fl oz/29 ml), retails for $2.99; full size is 3.5 fl oz/103 ml and retails for $9.99, available HERE.

If you have read my blog or watched our daily vlogs, you know that I have crazy, kinky, frizzy hair.  I am very excited to give this flat iron spray a try- I rarely straighten my hair because of the hassle, and perhaps this spray will change that!  I gave this a try, and my hair remained straight for 4 days, with light touch ups each morning.  
"Before" picture
The most impressive thing I found with this spray is, that after washing out my straight hair, and returning to my natural curly state, my hair is silky soft and non-frizzy.  I seriously love this spray, and am SO thankful to have found this treatment!  I color my hair, and typically it is dry as straw, but not now!  I'm seriously in love!

 "After" Picture.  Each day looked basically like this, and just needed a 5 minute touch up with my flat iron.

To use this product, first wash your hair, and then towel dry.  While your hair is still damp, spritz the Flat Iron Spray onto your hair, and then blow dry.  After blow drying, straighten your hair using a flat iron.  I tried this procedure and had excellent results.  I had to use a bit more spray than the packaging suggested, but my hair absolutely was straight and mostly frizz-free after use.  I received so many compliments on my hair, I'm planning to do it again very soon!
GRADE: 4/5

Kiss Looks So Natural False Lashes in Shy, retails for $3.99, available in WalMart stores, HERE
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE false lashes.  Mother Nature did not choose to bless me with the long luscious lashes of my dreams, so I need a little a lot of help.  I was very excited to try these lashes out because they look very natural and light. 

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy, on my baby blues
I tried these out, and was very happy.  One thing that sets these lashes apart, is that the ends of the lashes are tapered.  This creates a more natural look.  The adhesive that came with the lashes didn't perform well for me, so I used the tube I had picked up at the Dollar Tree (which works amazing, by the way, and I'm pretty sure it's latex free).  These lashes lasted a full 14 hours on my eyes, with no lifting or discomfort.  I honestly forgot that I was wearing the lashes- that's how comfortable they are.  I've since scoped out my local Rite Aid, and they carry this specific style, and I plan on stocking up very, very soon.
GRADE: 5/5

Red Rose Simply Indulgent tea bags, sample size (4 tea bags), retail value $0.90; full size (20 bags) retails for $4.49, available in grocery stores everywhere.
I'm a tea drinker, when I want to be.  I much prefer hot coffee and cold sweet tea, but upon occasion, I find myself craving a nice hot cup of tea.  I'm excited to try Red Rose Simply Indulgent tea out- I was sent 3 Creme Caramel teabags and 1 lemon chiffon.  

Tea used to be in this cup.  Really.  I promise.

My friend Jen (read her blog- it's awesome) and I tested out both flavors, and we both liked both teas.  The Lemon Chiffon flavor was decaffinated, Creme Caramel was regular; Jen preferred the Lemon Chiffon and I preferred the Creme Caramel (seriously, is anyone surprised at that?).  I think the Caramel tasted like regular tea, but drunk while wearing caramel flavored lip gloss. Overall I think the tea tastes like regular tea, but with a hint of additional flavor.  It was nice, but I'm not sure I would plan a purchase for them, without a coupon.  All of you die hard tea drinkers out there, please don't send me hate mail.  
GRADE: 3/5

J'Adore VoxBox
The total retail value of my box is $28.55, and I've definitely found some new favorites.

So, tell my my friends- what product would you like to try the most?  Are any of these items that you adore?  Leave a comment, and let me know!

Until next time, my lovelies- stay Average!

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Disclaimer: I received these items compliments of Influenster, for review purposes.  All links in this post are NOT referral links (except the clearly marked one at the end of the post).  I strive for honesty.

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