Saturday, December 22, 2012

Influenster: Holiday VoxBox 2012!!

I received all of these items for free from Everything within is my honest opinions. If you would like to know more about Influenster or join, comment below or send me your email and I will send you an invite :)

This is not my review, just an overview right now! I will update in a few weeks with my review!!

What I got:

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ 1.79$ per cup:

What the card says-
Simply the best oatmeal ever - and you can enjoy it on the go! Whole grain oats, rye, barley and wheat are mixed with large chunks of real fruit & nuts in a convenient single-serve cup. Just add hot water or microwave and you can have a delicious breakfast anytime, anywhere.

My thoughts UPDATED 1/11- I got mine in Apple Walnut, it was delicious too! I really liked that there were so many chunks of apple and cranberries, also a lot of walnuts! I didn't wait for it to set the whole amount of time though because it looked amazing when I opened it. I think it's a decent portion too but I couldn't make it a "whole" meal, I would for sure need a side or to just eat it as a snack. That's the only downfall I had is that it's just kind of too small for me personally, then again I'm use to eating HUGE breakfast meals because I try to eat light the rest of the day. I really want to try the pomegranate one, I think these are really handy to take to school with me because all I need is some hot water and a spoon, or you can be impatient like me and drink it from the cup, haha.

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine 2.49$

What the card says-
Keep your lips soft as ever with the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine. It's pure pigment ingredients create a 3-D gloss effect while Vitamin E provides shine and moisture. The non-sticky formula creates the ultimate creamy and soft textured feel. Available in 10 on-trend shades from neutral nudes to berries & fuchsias.

My thoughts- UPDATED 12/26: I've worn this a couple of times and it is a really nice formula. It goes on as a normal gloss for me because it matches my lip color so there is no visible difference in shade when applied. I will post pictures when I do individual blogs. There is a pleasant smell to this product and it really is not sticky at all! It doesn't feel oily or gross and has been keeping my lips super hydrated and pretty! :) I like the shimmery effect of the gloss and I really like everything about the product EXCEPT the applicator itself. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad and for 2.49$, you can't beat how well this goes on and lasts which for me has been about 4-5 hours before I have to reapply. The applicator is just a weird shape, it's like a stick, not a bent stick so you may apply easily but just a straight stick with a bit of texture to it. I find that it's difficult to get the peaks of my lip using this wand because I either get a built up line of it around my lips or I accidentally smear it past my lip line. I personally just use my finger to apply it and it works fine that way, I'm not really sure why they made the applicator like that, it is flexible but it's still very odd to use without it being bent at an angle.
So my verdict is that, for the price, this is a really amazing product! It smells like some high end brands and it doesn't get sticky or tacky as you wear it, my lips stay very hydrated, and the color is beautiful and subtle.

Kiss Nail Dress 6.99$

What the card says- Ultimate nail fashion for tips and toes! Just peel, apply, and shape for a manicure that lasts up to a week. On in minutes, off in seconds without remover. Nail Dress is available in 21 different styles, many of them featuring 3-dimensional jeweled designs. Skip the topcoat, Nail dress has it built in.

My thoughts- I surprisingly liked how these looked on my nails (I will just be putting pictures on my individual blogs for the badge challenges later!) I did not find it the easiest thing the world to do though. I think I have problems with these because of my nail shape, I have large nails that get wide very quickly from the cuticle, the strips just did not exactly match up for me. I did find that if I applied a black base underneath, they looked amazing! I had enough strips to do my nails twice! I love the cute gem details and they looked phenomenal even after doing the dishes and a few other household chores. I did find out the hard way that you cannot apply a top coat! I know the package says you don't need one but it should say that you CANNOT apply one. The strip I put the top coat on began to crinkle up right away and it just had a weird chemical reaction, I was only trying to put a seal over it to prevent the edges from peeling up because I do use my hands a lot so I wash them often and they get chemicals from cleaning on them so I was worried but they really held up great!
Even with extensive use of my hands, they kept intact for 4 days on me which is better than a lot of the polish I have used before! I did not have an issue with any gems falling off or chipping and when I wanted to remove them, they very easily peeled off! I did peel mine from the cuticle and up, I couldn't get it to work from the other end! I would for sure use these again if I have something special to go to. I do suggest that for people with wide nails like me, use a base coat of the same color so you get the small edges that the strips won't get! You could not even tell that it wasn't part of the strip when applied!

EBOOST 1.40$

What the card says- EBOOST will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or an easy-to-mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose Orange, Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate  or Super Berry. And with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you'll certainly need a boost!

My thoughts- I just used this for my New Years Eve prepping! I had a bunch to get done along with a dinner to get ready and I knew I needed some help in the energy department because I have been on vacation for awhile so I felt like the world's laziest sloth! Anyway, I liked the pink lemonade flavor WAY more than the orange! I could easily compare this to the pink lemonade packet mixers from other brands (ie: crystal light.) The only difference is, EBOOST, is all natural and clearly has that on the label, while other companies do not list this and have filler ingredients for flavor and such!
I really liked that this one did not get as fizzy and it gave me a good amount of energy for the day, I have been super productive today hence the updating my blog post! I have not even got my usual lack of caffeine headache yet! I really like the product even if it does run a bit on the pricey side which is only because you have to buy these in packs but if you break down the price for a box, it's actually much cheaper than normal energy drinks which can range from 2-5$!! It is for sure better than carrying around a can or bottle also!
I also like that it's not bad for me! I know that is a huge plus, especially around the holidays when a lot of people tend to not eat the best things ever for them! I really dislike the taste of diet sodas and such so this is great that it's not something loaded with sugar or other horrible ingredients and it tastes pretty good as well. Nothing says "waste of time" as much as working out or eating healthy then chugging an energy drink loaded with sugar, so thank you EBOOST for making a healthy, all natural alternative!

Goody QuikStyle Brush Half Round Styler 11.99$
Goody QuikStyle Brush

What the card says- Once again, Goody brings innovation to your hair routine! Go from wet to beautifully styled hair faster than ever! Super absorbent microfiber bristles removes up to 30% of water as you style. It's like a towel and a brush in one.

My thoughts- UPDATED 12/26: I was hesitant to use my detangler in my hair when I used this because I didn't want to gunk up the microfiber, I found that I HAD to though because there is a bit of a tug as your hair works through the brush but then again I have really THICK hair that's super fine so I have a lot of issues with it getting tangled and just horrible to brush out when wet. I did notice that my hair was significantly drier after using this and it was very easy to clean the brush afterwards and get the fibers to pop back out. This is very useful for the winter time because I HATE going outside with wet hair! This cut about 35minutes of my drying time out and I'm sure that if I kept brushing my hair it would have been even more but I'm a brush once and done type of person. I'm relatively sure that the minor tugging issue was due to my hair being snarly and not using my detangler like normal because I used it the next day and had no issues brushing through it.
This is for sure a great idea and great product because I refuse to use heat on my hair so I'm not left with many alternatives. I really love the design of my half round brush because I have a very long naturally wavy hair and it works perfect to get the underside of my hair without tangling in it. The grip is very good and sturdy and the brush itself is just very well made. I'm actually quite happy with this to be honest!

Sole Society 25$ Off First Pair

What the card says-
Sole Society allows you to discover the latest trends, share your personal style, recommend shoes to friends, and follow the curated collections of top fashion insiders. Inside this box, you'll find 25$ off your first purchase! Code: INFLUENSTER25
My thoughts- UPDATED 12/26: I checked out the site today and browsed every single pair of shoes. I found that they had a BOGO deal going on and was kind of excited but our code will not work with that promotion, unfortunately. I really could not find a single pair of shoes that I genuinely liked! They have some cute shoes and all but not really my style, I'm not a trendy shoe girl I'm more of a I have an incredibly specific taste in shoes girl. It's nothing against them and their site is really easy to navigate and use, I just was not interested in their current styles, maybe I'll check in a few weeks? I did do a fake check out to see how everything works and it is really straightforward and simple, which is very nice! No small print or any catches to them! They even offer free shipping both ways in case you need a different size! They also have a referral program where you can earn free shoes and have many collections to choose from along with a lot of color variations!
All in all it's a pretty decent site, most of their shoes are priced around 60$ and I have seen some of these shoes at TJ Maxx for less, such as the Fergi imitations with the spiked heel but they were cheaper at the store. However, you can't beat the free shipping or hassle free return policy!

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks UPDATED 1/11- 2$
What the card says- Montagne Jeunesse face masques have been a part of many girl's lives since way back when. With a huge array to choose from these face masques are jam packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious juicy fragrances.

My thoughts- I got the Clean-Up Mud, it's supposed to be for acne prone skin which I do have, unfortunately. I used this too relax one night, I like that the package totally has enough for more than one application! I didn't notice any harsh smell either, out of anything it surprisingly had a slightly fruity smell but very faint, which is good because I don't want perfume on my face! Anyway, I left it on for 10 minutes because the edges started to flake on me a little and I didn't want to make a mess. My skin is normally very red because of all of my break outs and it typically gets REALLY oily during the day, when I removed the mask my redness was for sure reduced and my face felt like it was breathing. I can't say that I could visually notice a difference because I just have a lot of red bumps and scars but my skin did feel a lot softer and cleaner, it also felt nice and cool like when you use pore strips! For the price, I will totally try a few more of these when I head to Ulta next!

BOX TOTAL!! = 26.66$ + 25$ off coupon! 

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