Influenster Jingle VoxBox Review

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This website Disclosure Policy is here

 

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Before we begin I should say that I was supposed to receive this VoxBox before Christmas, when Influenster notified my that I was getting this box, I was super excited, because I think it’s been like 9 months since I had gotten my last VoxBox and as far as I was concerned it was time. So right around this time that the box was supposed to arrive I get a phone call from my mom saying, “Tyra, someone stole some boxes that were delivered to the house” She had mentioned how they were expecting a box with my brothers Christmas gift in it and they suspected that it had been stolen (it’s was the Holiday season, it’s Chicago… it happens). I figured my beloved VoxBox was one of the casualties….. oh well, maybe next time….

In the mean time I kept  getting these emails from Influenster telling about all the great things in the box, and I was pissy…someone asshole stole my box and these emails were teasing me. A few days before Christmas the “stolen” box appeared at the front door, apparently it had been delivered to a neighbor in the same building (who has a similar name)…. great my brothers gift was saved…. where the hell is my jingle VoxBox (I’m still pissy).

Christmas has passed, we have ushered in a new year, and on my mother’s birthday January 2nd) she says to me, “Tyra, you still have a box under the Christmas tree, as she brings it to me I see the red color and realize it’s my beloved Jingle VoxBox.. some random thieving asshole didn’t steal it, but my lovely, slightly scattered brained mother put it under the tree…. I don’t know why should would put a box that was delivered under the tree, I stop trying to understand her when she started going through menopause… So I have the both in my possession a few weeks late, but I have it. But it’s probably a good things I got it a little bit later than expected, because I was in no mood to do any of the requirements till now. So as one of my first posts since my long hiatus….. you guys get this.


Although I get a lot of boxes , samples, and freebies, I am always excited to hear that I have been picked to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes!

If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. They invite members to sample their “VoxBox” programs, totally free of charge in exchange for sharing honest opinions in via reviews and on special media. You don’t need to have a blog to be eligible or anything like that.  Anyone Can Signup!

Based on the quiz that you fill out when they”pre-select” you for this box, you can generally get a pretty good idea of what’s in the box.  Of course, you don’t know for sure until it comes, but I had an idea of what to expect.

Just like with most subscription boxes, VoxBox sends an information card with product details, etc.  You are required to take a survey on your box and can, if you wish, blog about it, Instagram it, tweet about it, etc. to help you earn more points, but again, only the quiz is necessary!  Here is what the Influenster’s Jingle VoxBox contained:

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Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream – Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream is a rich, quickly absorbing, non-greasy cream that provides long-lasting relief for even severely dry skin. This unique formula attracts water to skin and helps prevent moisture loss. cetaphil

I love this cream! It works great to keep your skin hydrated and helps rejuvenate any dry or cracked skin. I am the very definition of super dry winter skin, especially on my hands, it’s gotten to the point where I have cut my nails because my skin and nails have gotten so dry; and I also tend to wash my hands a lot so this doesn’t help.

Around November non my my usual lotions were working anymore I went out and brought like 4 or 5 lotions hoping they would work…. finally I came across this one which I wanted to avoid because it was a bit on the pricey side..but it’s well worth it to have nice, soft, supple, moisturized hands. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with the dreaded winter skin. #Cheerphil

This product retails between $8.99 – $15.99 depending on size

HINT: If you go to the Facebook page, there is currently a coupon for $4 off!


Biscoff® Cookies – Since 1932 Lotus Biscoff® Speculoos have been Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee. Delectably crunchy with a unique taste and flavor, Biscoff® is perfect for taking the timeout that you deserve

biscoffThe Biscoff cookies are amazing. Ever since trying them, I am hooked.  As you can see by the picture I tried to be fancy and have this with my coffee as a mid afternoon snack.. so good! They are a great snack to carry with you and are very affordable for the average person. And like always they have a spread (excuse my while I pass out!). #MyBiscoffBreak

This product retails  $2.99 for the 250g size, Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

Ore-Ida® Tator Tots® –  Ore-Ida®, the inventor of the Tater Tot (I did not know that), is looking for you to be part of the net big Tator craze. The Tatcho!  

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I love potatoes, and lord knows I love a tator tot, so when I saw that lovely coupon that said “free” I was quick to run to Walmart… I ended up getting the mini tots because being on Weight Watchers I want to get a bang for my buck, plus I really think I’m eating a lot if there are 19 mini tots sitting happily on my plate…. so this idea of Tatchos got me all  excited….. and instantly I came up with a Weight Watchers friendly (it’s still a lot of smart points…) easy to make and filling….

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So like I said I came up with the recipe, I have yet to make them…but keep an eye on my Instagram….I will post a picture of it ….. wait you’re not following me on Instagram….. SHAME!!!

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This product retails  $3..99. Check out their Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Hallmark itty bittys® – Hallmark itty bittys® gave them a little something to love. New characters in time for the holiday season include Star Wars, Barbie, DC Comics, Inside Out, Rainbow Brite, and many more. Collect them all! These make great stocking stuffers! Available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Hallmark.com

itty bittyThese are sooo cute. Perfect for the little kid, or someone who is a collector…prime reason why I need to stay far, far, far away from Hallmark…. but look how cute Olaf is in the snow (his natural habitat!) I feel like these are gonna be this generations Beanie Babies. #ittybitty

This products starts at $6.95. Check out their Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages

 

 

 

Kiss® True Volume Lashes – Made with 100% natural hair, the lashes blend beautifully with your own lashes. The tapered End Technology creates natural looking ends that resemble real lashes but give eyes that perfect “vavoom” without looking too made-up

I am not a lash girl by any stretch of the imagination, and whenever I get lashes in an Influenster box (I AL20160109_111852WAYS seems to get them) I am filled with dread that I can’t explain Now I’ve watched so many tutorials, I clipped them and put them on as small pieces, I’ve put them on as a whole, I’ve used clear glue, I’ve used the black glue, I’m used glue that had a brush and I’ve used the kind that you had to squeeze out, the results are the same. they are never places right and they feel heavy and awkward on my eye.. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, maybe if I get someone who is more knowledgeable in the art of lash placement I would think differently.

Kiss® Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe – Enjoy wearing false lashes without the irritation!

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Both products retail for $3.99. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

NYC City proof Waterproof Eyeliner- City Proof 24HR Eyeliner is a waterproof pencil that is perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. Just glide on for lasting 24HR color.

20160109_111904I was shocked at how smooth this went on, as as I said before my hands were really shaky putting it on, still went on nice and neatly. They were not kidding when they said waterproof. I washed my face with my gentle cleaner… it was still on, used some astringent…. still one…. asked some friends on Facebook, they suggested baby oil (which I had none and used some coconut oil instead) came off in a snap. So if you’re the kind of girl that sweats, smudges (or like me) cries at the drop of a hat…. this is the eyeliner for you..cause it’s not leaving your eyes unless you got some good remover or the apocalypse is coming

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This product retails for $3.99. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

 

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Pure Ice Nail Polish – Pure Ice is for the girl whose got passion for the hottest nail colors and trends offering an array of nail polish colors and effects, from high-pigment creams to shimmering iridescent pearls and multidimensional single coat glitters. Pure Ice is made in the USA, without formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.

CollageI really like Pure Ice’s nail polish. There are a wide variety of colors to choose from at an amazing price! The consistency of the formula is very nice and doesn’t clump easily. Great “bang for your buck”! And for a girl who loves her polish I never leave Walmart with just one.

The color that was in my VoxBox was Laquered Lillacs which apparently is a Hard To Find polish (GO ME!!) which means I really got lucky.

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This products starts at $1.97 only at Walmart. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

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Over all it was a great box, once again Influenster has reminded me that I have to work on my lash game… challenge accepted. Did anyone else get this VoxBox? If so what were your thoughts? Which products did you get?

Until Next Time ,

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Celestial Seasonings Taste Test

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I received the Celestial Seasonings’ Candy Cane Lane Tea  complimentary in my Frosty VoxBox for testing purposes from Influenster . This websites disclosure policy is here:

 

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Here is a bit of a disclaimer before we begin. I generally don’t drink green tea since large amounts will interact with medication that I’m taking, and I’m not a fan of peppermints or candy canes, so this should be a really interesting taste test, but I’m going to be as honest as possible. The sample had two bags in there, but for this test I only used one. I decided to put the tea in a holiday themed mug to heighten the experience.

SMELL

When I opened the package I was instantly  “assaulted” with a strong peppermint scent; but after the tea is steeped the scent becomes a lot more mellow and as time went by I began to smell more vanilla than anything else.

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Not sure if it was me, but this green tea is a little bit darker than what I’m used to seeing, but I’m sure it has to do with the other flavorings that are added in the tea, more specifically  the roasted carob and chicory, cinnamon and black berry leaves.

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TASTE : (Tried it  with and without sweetener )

I took a gulp and swirled it in my mouth  letting in a tiny bit of air like you see those professional wine tasters do… not sure if it worked or not, but the tea didn’t taste too bad actually it didn’t really have a very distinct flavor, but give it a few seconds and that peppermint mint hits you with it’s minty after thought

Adding sweetener to the tea didn’t really affect the flavor of it at all… (I used a packet of Splenda)

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Overall, considering everything that I said at the beginning of this review I think that I would actually purchase this tea. This would be a nice addition to my collection; I think I would pull it out when I have colds or have an upset stomach (apparently peppermint/candy cane is good when your tummy is upset). I actually think that I might get a box of this along with the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride on my next shopping trip.

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Other holiday teas include: Caramel Apple Dream, Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland, Gingerbread Spice, Nutcracker SweetSugar Plum Spice, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Sweet Pumpkin Harvest. These teas retail for about $3.39 .

Influenster’s Frosty VoxBox Review

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes From Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This website Disclosure Policy is here

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Although I get a lot of boxes , samples, and freebies, I am always excited to hear that I have been picked to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes!

If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. They invite members to sample their “VoxBox” programs, totally free of charge in exchange for sharing honest opinions in via reviews and on special media. You don’t need to have a blog to be eligible or anything like that.  Anyone can sign-up!

Based on the quiz that you fill out when they”pre-select” you for this box, you can generally get a pretty good idea of what’s in the box.  Of course, you don’t know for sure until it comes, but I had an idea of what to expect.

Just like with most subscription boxes, VoxBox sends an information card with product details, etc.  You are required to take a survey on your box and can, if you wish, blog about it, Instagram it, tweet about it, etc. to help you earn more points, but again, only the quiz is necessary!  Here is what the Influenster’ Frosty  VoxBox contained:

McCormick Gourmet Thyme                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $4.79

20141223_170816   This is perfect for me at the moment since I’m currently try to expand my culinary skills and seasoning are just what I need, now to be honest I’m not sure if I’ve even used thyme in a recipe , but after looking around I got big plans… roasted chicken with lemon and thyme….sounds like perfection!

 

 

 

 

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Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Khol Kajai Eyeliner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $4.49

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I tend to always wear eyeliner, but  the one thing that is always bugs me is that it smudges and runs, and let’s face it I’m a crier so I tend purchase the waterproof variety, but I’ve never tried this brand (although I’ve heard of the brand). I applied the liner lightly on my eyes and I was shocked at how pigmented the color was… which means I can have fun, be creative without going over my eyes twently times to get the look that I want. I wore the liner all day and it stayed no problem… this one is a winner!

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One of the things that I noticed when I reading about the Rimmel Eyeliner was that a lot of people were complaining that it was really difficult to remove, so I’m assuming that they didn’t use this make up remover. Now as a rule of thumb I don’t use an eye make up remove, and I guess that’s always why I wake up looking like a panda… but after using this product it’s pretty safe to say that I have been converted.

I love that this product had no smell and it was very gentle on my skin (hence the name) and a few swipes and all my eye make up including my water proof eyeliner! Which is always notoriously difficult to remove. I would purchase this again.

 

 

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EcoTools Hair Brush                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $10.99

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How much do I love this brush? a whole lot, when I first saw this brush I though that it looked pretty heavy, but when I picked it up I was so surprised by how light and easy to handle it was very light and easy to handle I redid my hair this weekend and before I even used the brush I was concerned about how the brush would react with Ethnic hair, I didn’t want it to snag and damage my hair… but I had to reason to worry at all… it worked like a dream. The brush made such a good impression on my I have to check out the other products from this company. I think this is my favorite item out of the VoxBox

 

 

 

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Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea

 

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When I first say this tea /I actually said that I was gonna skip it but after doing the Taste Test, I realized that it’s not so bad and this is something that I can have occasionally. What got me the most was the smell… it was really strong. I was also given a coupon, so I’ll be rushing to the store to get this and the Sugar Cookie one… yumm!

And I gotta say that I really love this companies slogan… “You are what you steep” such a cute play on words.

 

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No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full Size $22.99

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When I turned 30 the freakout about wrinkles began, luckily it’s not something that I deal with, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not activly trying to prevent them for as long as I can, unfortunatly I’m in the middle of an allergic reaction (I think it might have been the perfume that I  received as a gift… and even though I didn’t put it on my face) have broken out, so at the time of the unboxing I was unable to try this product *sad face*

 

 

 

 

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NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $1.99

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When ever I get new cosmetics I get really excited… and new lipsticks make me squee with delight, when I although I have used NYC products before I was a bit iffy about the color of this lipstick it seems a bit light for my complexion, but after wearing it sort of looks like a nude on me; and I generally wear darker shades, I think that I’ll have to wear it a couple of more times before I get used to it. But the one thing that really caught my attention was the smell, I don’t know what it is, but I really liked the light scent and the price point is phenomenal.

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Fruit Vine Bites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $1.28-$1.79

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So you’re probably wondering why there isn’t a picture of MY Fruit Vine Bites, well that’s pretty easy to answer, I ate them, they were the first thing I grabbed out of my VoxBox and the first thing that I ate, I knew I was gonna have to blog about it (and take a picture) but my greediness knows no bounds and for that you get a stock picture. Strangely enough I had never seen this product before … apparently they’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling promotion (and I missed it). I love Fruit Vines but these seems to have an extra kick. I had the cherry flavored ones, they weren’t to sweet with just the right amount of tartness… I went to go look for another bag at the grocery store (so I could photograph it) but the Walmart was bare… don’t worry I’m still on the lookout for more bags….

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This box was a real winner, I loved everything in the box!  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to used and give a favorable review of everything that was in my VoBox! Good job Influenster!!

Until Next Time,

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Influenster’s GoVoBox Review

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes From influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This website Disclosure policy is here

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Although I get a lot of boxes , samples, and freebies, I am always excited to hear that I have been picked to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes! This one was the GoVoxBox and specifically for the more sports/fitness inclined!

If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. They invite members to sample their “VoxBox” programs, totally free of charge in exchange for sharing honest opinions in via reviews and on special media. You don’t need to have a blog to be eligible or anything like that.  Anyone can sign-up! (if anyone needs an invite I have them)

Based on the quiz that you fill out when they”pre-select” you for this box, you can generally get a pretty good idea of what’s in the box.  Of course, you don’t know for sure until it comes, but I had an idea of what to expect.

Just like with most subscription boxes, VoxBox sends an information card with product details, etc.  You are required to take a survey on your box and can, if you wish, blog about it, instagram it, tweet about it, etc. to help you earn more points, but again, only the quiz is necessary!  Here is what the Influenster Go VoxBox contained:

DSC02778 Aqua Spa Relax Bath Soak ($9.99): The one that I received was a Lavender + Chamomile scent which smells so good, I was so excited that I totally forgot that I didn’t have a bath tub… but never fear I’m a girl with a plan..I used it in my foot bath… and holy cow!! FABULOUS.. my feet felt soft and luxurious

 

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Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake ( $18.74) I tired the Mixed Berries one this morning, and I gotta say as far as meal replacement shake go this one was not bad, I will say that I really like this one because it doesn’t require milk or juice so it’s super easy to take with you when you’re out for the day. I drank the shake before I went to the gym and I felt full for a very long time, I was so impressed with this product I’m going to the vitamin store and purchasing the Berry one (and using my coupon!!). Also I really like the shaker, I think the agitator really makes a difference.

 

yogurtMuller Yogurt ($0.99 –1.29) For obvious reason a coupon was included in my VoxBox, so I went to the grocery store and got my freebie (one of the “assignments” was to take a photoCapture1 of the Mueller display. Now this product is not new to me, I’ve seen it a lot in grocery stores and I’’ think I might have seen a commercial or two about it, but for some reason the top of the yogurt really didn’t look all that appetizing to me. But I tried it … and apparently it’s froth. Now I’m a fruit on the bottom kind of girl.. so this whole froth thing threw me for a look. I

DSC02780Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($3.99-4.99) – Yeah, I don’t think anyone wants a review of this … we know what it’s for and we know how it works…. let’s move along.

 

 

DSC02781Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds ( $3.19 for a 4oz bag) I am a big fan of almonds they are my go-to snack, and I’m a big fan of their nuts, their milk and I’ve even started to drink their iced coffee, now I have seen these in the store and I never brought them because I thought “who the hell wants to eat nuts that taste like fruit” apparently I was wrong, because these were amazing!! As soon as you open it you instantly smell blueberries…it’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet. After I cam home from the gym I went to my local Wal-mart to get a bag, and they were all out… of all three flavors, so apparently this is a very popular product.

DSC02782Profoot Pedi-Rock ($8.99) I haven’t had a chance to use it yet… but this weekend my feet will getting pampered this weekend, the very first thing that I noticed about is it’s flexible which means it can move around the curves of my feet easily.

 

 

 

DSC02775Profoot Triad Orthotic ($10.49) I put these in my running shoes before I headed to the gym, I did notice that feet didn’t slip like they normally do when I’m running, so I didn’t get any blisters, the true test will be how my feet and knee feel at the end of the week. But for anyone who is running or walking I think orthotics are a good idea

 

 

 

I will say that all of these products came at the right time… all of these things are very much needed and will all me used! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to used and give a favorable review of everything that was in my VoBox! Good job Influenster!!

Until Next Time,

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