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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Influenster Love VoxBox- Photos and Reviews

First, what IS an "Influenster?" Here's how Influenster answers that question:

Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds! 

You can go to and sign up yourself if you want. You answer some basic questions and fill out "surveys" to "unlock badges" and possibly get matched up with a VoxBox of your own!

Now onto MY first VoxBox!

Not bad. There's only one product I won't be reviewing, but more on that later.

First up CHOCOLATE!!!

Ghirardelli Chocolate

I already like Ghirardelli chocolate, so this was EASY. It's Smooth, creamy, rich and YUMMY. Well, it WAS. Yes, it's gone already. No, I didn't share.  But I haven't used my $1.00 off coupon yet. Maybe I'll share those when I get them. Maybe.

Retails for $2.99.

Ghirardelli gets a 10 out of 10. (I mean's CHOCOLATE!)

Next... herbal tea.

Stash Herbal Tea

Stash Herbal Tea

Stash Herbal Tea

I actually do drink tea. Most always HOT tea. And I like fruity flavors, so this hit the mark for me. I read the descriptions of the assorted flavors and was a bit skeptical because I'm (unfortunately) NOT usually one for anything that even sounds remotely "healthy."  But I set that aside and gave it a try. I picked the Blueberry to try first. It was great AND nothing about the taste said "healthy" to me, so I'm good! I will be saving the Chamomile for a guest, though. I don't love chamomile anything.

Retails for $3.50

I'd definitely give Stash Herbal Tea a 10 out of 10.

Next up KISS Nail Dress Decals...

KISS Nail Dress Decals

KISS Nail Dress Decals 

When I received the box, I still had pretty long nails. I will say that these don't work on EVERY shape nail, especially when they're long. I mean you probably could make them work if you had a little more patience than I do. But I can see them working well on most any short nails. So...I chopped off the nails! (It was time anyway.) They're easy to apply and worked about a kajillion times better than the Sally Hansen ones I tried once. I am sure even that experience was at least partial "user error" but I didn't have a problem applying the KISS ones after I cut my nails. And if I took a little more time, they'd look even better. This was my first time using them. They lasted for 5 days and that's only because I finally just took them off. I don't know if they would go 10 or not, but based on wear for those 5 days, they probably would.

Price: $6.99

I'd give KISS Nail Dress Decals an 8 out of 10 because 1)  the shape of your nails and how they curve as they grow and how long they are directly affects whether these will work for you.  2) You get one Mani/Pedi for $6.99. Now if you're comparing to going to a salon, it's DIRT cheap, but if you do your own nails as I do, that's the cost of a drug store brand nail polish and I can get a LOT more manis/pedis out of that.

BUT...I have TINY hands and the usual issue, not having ANY that are small enough without major scissor surgery, wasn't an issue. AND a fun design that you don't have to freehand or Konad for a special event or night out? Definitely. I would probably buy these. (And after the Sally Hansen nail sticker debacle, I never thought I'd say THAT!)

Next...Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

I'll be honest. At first, I thought, "Meh, a razor."

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 

I know this is trivial but I HAVE to mention the packaging. I can't TELL you how much I HATE this kind of plastic impossible-to-get-into packaging. But it's NOT! Finally someone figured out a way to have protective packaging and still allow the customer to open it without profanity! I don't know if you can see in my photo, but it was EASY to open. No cussing, no scissors or box cutters. THANKS Gillette!

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 

Look at the little suction cup and holder! You can just hang it on your shower and not have to chase it all over the tub or shower floor! (Yes, it's the little things that make me happy - LOL!)

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 

Again though, packaging and suction cup aside, it is still just a razor. Or is it? I tried it out last night and it's pretty darned amazing. Of course I'm used to the Daisy disposables that come in a 10 pack. So I might be easily impressed at this point. The Olay moisture bars really made quite a difference to this plain ole soap shaver!  And Gillette's five blades left my legs feeling like they'd been waxed! Another thing I liked is that with the moisture bars, I didn't feel like I was going to nick myself, which can happen all too easily with a brand new razor.

Retails for $8.99 - $10.99.  Available in stores starting March 15th (today!)

I give Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 9 out of 10. There was a bit of a slimy feel from the Olay bars as I was shaving. I'm sure I will get used to that feeling though. As I said, a daisy and a bar of soap was my norm before. The price is quite a bit more than "a daisy and a bar of soap" but I think keeping it under $12.00 will probably save it. I will buy refills and keep using this. Very pleasantly surprised.

Lastly we have Truvia Natural Sweetener.

Truvia Natural Sweetener

This is the product I haven't reviewed. I have a friend who is diabetic and uses "sugar substitutes" and I will give it to her for evaluation. After everything with aspartame (yes I KNOW this probably is not comparable but those of you who know me well will understand) I use sugar and sugar only. I haven't researched the "Stevia plant" or "natural" claims and so I will hold off trying it until I do. I will get back to you with her thoughts on it.

Overall, I think this was a good VoxBox. I've found a few products I will continue buying that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these products?

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  1. Oh, I wish there is Influester box in UK... Such nice goodies for free..

  2. Oh Sheila, I LOLed through this whole post. One of the best reviews I have ever read.


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