Thursday, July 25, 2013

Influenster SunKissed VoxBox Review

I love getting boxes from Influenster! (They're free, they just ask that you provide feedback about the products!) I hadn't been chosen for one since the Fall VoxBox, which made me start to worry that Influenster didn't love me anymore, so I was pretty psyched when I qualified for the summer box, aka the SunKissed VoxBox!

Here's what was in the box:


An interesting assortment of products to make your summer a little better! I have to admit, though- as much as I love getting free stuff, this wasn't my favorite box. Why? I'd already tried some of the products, and others just weren't my thing. Read on for more details!
Up first, the Sinful Colors nail polish!

The good: 
These are sold at Walgreens for $2.99, which is pretty reasonable for nail polish. They come in 32 colors, and my shade of pink (called VIP) was just as vibrant and summery on my nails as it was in the bottle.

The not so good: 
I have to admit, I feel like I'm missing out on something here. There are SO many positive reviews of this nail polish, but I didn't have much luck with it. When I first applied it, I was surprised by how thickly it went on. By the next morning, my nails looked like this:

I touched up the chipped spots, but I continued to need touch-ups pretty much every day. However, after seeing glowing reviews on Influenster, I decided that maybe I should give it another try, so I redid my nails and made sure to apply two super thin coats this time, rather than the sort of gloopy application I got by default the first time. This worked out better, but I still wasn't wowed.

So, I'm confused. The reviews for this polish are pretty glowing. Here's the breakdown from Influenster's review page:

I'd give this a pretty solid C, but it seems I'm definitely in the minority there.

I'm wondering if my problem is just due to the fact that I got the gel formula? Maybe those that are having awesome results have been using one of the regular formula bottles of polish. When I went to Walgreens to investigate some of the other colors by the same brand, my eye was definitely caught by their glittery polishes. Definitely might have to give one of those a try in the future! I mean... who ever has trouble getting glitter polish to stay ON?

Sorry for the blurryness... feel free to buy me a new phone.

SO MANY COLORS! I have my eye on a few of these, and will probably pick up at least one or two once I'm all settled into my new place and am no longer on a total budget lockdown!

My box also contained these Goody ouchless hair tie thingys! (That being the technical term.) I've seen these all over the ol' interwebs lately, and was curious about why they are so popular. Honestly, I still don't know. Do they hold my hair up? Sure. Are they soooo much better than a regular hair elastic? Not so much. Since I have fine, thin hair when I'm not wearing extensions, they feel a little bulky. You may notice that I retied the knot on the one I've been using (the brownish one on the left of the photo) to make the sticky-out ends a little less awkward. I guess the fact that they're different is a nice change of pace, but I'd still rather buy a big bag of regular hair ties than spend around $4 for just 5 of these.

This package of Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles was the next item in my box. I got a set of these about a year ago via BzzAgent so I was already pretty familiar with them, but it's great to have a spare pair! They're sticky enough on the bottom to stay in place once you stick them in a shoe, but they are also able to be peeled out and used in a different shoe without leaving behind any stickiness. It's like magic! They certainly provide a little extra comfort and arch support, but if you're wearing shoes that are already pretty fitted to your feet, slipping these insoles in my make the shoe too small to fit your foot. On the other hand, if you have heels that are a tiny bit too roomy, adding these will help you avoid any Cinderella-style shoe loss moments!

My VoxBox also contained an Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream, but if you recall my Olay Fresh Effects review from a few months ago, you can probably guess that I wasn't able to use it, since the fragrance makes me sneeze like crazy. There was a question about BB Cream colors in the pre-screener questions, but it didn't say which brand we'd be getting. If I'd known, I would have let them know I can't use it. Oh well, one of my friends will be getting a snazzy present!

Overall, not my favorite box ever from Influenster, but that's mostly because I had already been sent half of the products by other agencies in the past, so they weren't that exciting. Still, free stuff is always rad, so if you want an Influenster invite, just let me know and I'll email one!

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