Apparently, over the last year or so, my Influenster score has been steadily increasing thanks to my social media accounts and blog posts, and I had NO idea that I was picked to receive a bunch of VoxBoxes as the e-mails were going to an account that I never use. So, a couple of months ago when I started blogging again, I decided to check on my Influenster account and saw that my score was way up, realized the e-mail account was the one that I never use, then logged into said e-mail to see all of those missed VoxBox opportunities.
SO … with that being said … this is my very first VoxBox and I was super excited to receive it! I love, love, love free stuff and, of course, I love trying out different products (and a great variety of products at that — not just beauty products). The Uni VoxBox is for college-goers and, even though I graduated with my BA a few years ago, I am back in college (sort of), getting my certificate in Paralegal Studies, so I guess this is fitting.
My first VoxBox was pretty cool — a nice mix of products and they were all products that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself, so it’s always great to get those things for free (except the tampons, of course … those are a monthly necessity).
The Uni VoxBox came with a card detailing each item in the box and a couple of coupons for some of the products (I didn’t take pictures of those).
The Influenster Uni Voxbox contained:
- Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patterns; drugstore.com)
- NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores)
- Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of five; pilotpen.us)
- Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.; ulta.com)
- Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32; drugstore.com)
- Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.; redrosetea.com)
The first product was a full-sized foundation from Rimmel London. I hardly use drugstore makeup (I’m not a snob, I just find that these products don’t work as well for me), but I do have to say Rimmel London is one of my more well-liked drugstore brands (and it’s one of the cheaper ones, too). This matte foundation isn’t for me since I have been having dry skin issues this winter, but I’m sure someone I know will get good use out of it.
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99 for 1 oz.; ulta.com) is described as having a “lightweight liquid mousse texture” that “leaves skin shineless, yet feels weightless and cakeless.” I love the mousse-y texture of this foundation but I instantly found that it doesn’t work very well on my dry skin. This product is definitely for girls who need a foundation that will combat shine for a more matte finish. This Rimmel London foundation comes in eight different shades.
The next product was a press-on, fast-fix manicure from Broadway Nails. Even though I never, ever get tips or fake nails or anything like that, I actually have used these press-on nails before. They are interesting … they’re fun, I found that they stayed on for a good amount of time (and I am the biggest klutz ever so I can never get nails/nail polish to stay on), and I think they’re cute.
I’m always happy to try out a new color/pattern and I haven’t used this product in well over a year now (at least) so it wasn’t necessarily something I would have bought for myself. However, they obviously look fake so if that’s not the look you’re going for I would definitely stay away.
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patterns; drugstore.com) is described as a press-on manicure that “delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.” They come in a bunch of different designs — solids and patterns — with a shiny top coat that doesn’t chip. Your biggest problem with these nails wouldn’t be if they fell off, but Broadway Nails includes a bunch of extra nails that you can use as replacements if one does fall off.
Even with my clumsy self I found that these stayed on (replacing a few here and there) for about 5 days. You can remove them by gently peeling them off or applying nail polish remover around the edges and then peeling (I never had a problem taking them off). If you’re into this kind of thing, I think these are a great cheap alternative for when you need a fast fix of pretty nails.
Now here’s a product I wouldn’t buy for myself, but I am definitely going to try this one out. The funny thing is that I swatched it on my hand last night and it STILL hasn’t come off — after washing my hands repeatedly and taking a shower already. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but, since my lips are dry from the winter weather, I have a feeling I’m going to need to layer this with a balm or gloss. The color is a fun, bright, bright pink. The photo of the swatch didn’t come out as bright as I wanted it to, so I decided not to post it.
NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99 for 0.11 oz.; available at most major drugstores) is NYC’s newest lip formula that delivers “intense amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours.” it is described as a moisturizing formula that “glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish” and it comes in 20(!) different colors. For just $1.99 you really can’t go wrong trying this lipstick out … I’m definitely going to try this out soon on a soft makeup day with a pop of (hot pink!) color on my lips.
I lovessss me a good pen — I am constantly writing things down all day long and I go through pens like bottles of water (especially on days I have class for four hours). I love new pens and notebooks (I’m a little nerd) so this item made me happy. 🙂
Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen ($4.59 for pack of two, $6.24 for pack of four, $7.49 for pack of five; pilotpen.us) features “Spring Pantone-inspired color block grips on a glossy white barrel,” with the vibrant color of gel and the quick-drying benefits of ballpoint ink. These pens look sleek and write amazingly well with a thin point. They are also really comfortable to hold, so I’ll probably be switching over to this pen for those intense note-writing 3-4 hour classes I have throughout the week (my TD Bank pen has proved to be a bit painful during these long periods of time — sorry, TD Bank!).
The next product was one of those new-fangled water enhancer thingys where you change the taste of your water with one little bottle. I like the fact that this enhancer contains real brewed tea and, even though it doesn’t taste the greatest (it has that fake sweetener taste — even though it does include real cane sugar), I’m hoping that some of the amazing benefits of tea have been preserved in this little bottle.
Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer in Blackcurrant Raspberry ($4.99 for 1.62 oz.; redrosetea.com) contains no dyes or coloring and it’s made from real brewed tea. This little bottle contains 24 servings (one squeeze for each 8-oz. glass of water), only five calories, it is “lightly sweetened,” gluten-free and it contains caffeine (which some people may not want — I’m happy about this though!).
And the very last product in the Influenster Uni VoxBox was something every college girl (or otherwise) most certainly needs — a box of Playtex’s new Sport Fresh Balance tampons! Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($11.49 for pack of 32; drugstore.com) are designed to “neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field.” They are made with a 360-degree design for “Sport Level Protection” and come in a bunch of different sizes for different needs. Ahhh, tampons. Always a necessity. Thanks, Influenster.
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Influenster is an online community of “tastemakers, social media hotshots and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.”
To sign up for Influenster click here and start earning your badges. If you connect your social media accounts and start reviewing your favorite (or not-so-favorite) products, you will see your badge score rise pretty quickly and, soon enough, you will probably be eligible to receive a VoxBox for testing as well.
I remember asking my good friend Kate (her vlog is here!) about Influenster over a year ago because I just DIDN’T GET IT and I remember she kept telling me there isn’t really much to get, just do the badge exercises, connect your social media channels, and eventually your score will get higher — and this is all true!
Influenster is a lot of fun and there are so many different events going on throughout the year so if you love reviewing products, or if you have blog/vlog/social media channels where you love to talk about products you love, then this community is totally for you. Plus, everything is free, free, FREE. Visit Influenster.com for more information!