Sunday, June 22, 2014

Influenster TLC VoxBox! Reviewed

I am very excited! I finally got a VOXBOX! I have been a part of for a few months now and after doing several of the required activities and surveys, I kind of gave up thinking I would never be selected for a box. For those of you that have not heard of Influenster, it is a social media site where you review, rate, and spread social buzz about products. It is a site for completing surveys, writing reviews, creating videos, and engaging in other social media (posting to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). It often takes up a lot of excess time doing certain tasks and after I did so many tasks, I forgot about the site for a few weeks as I got a bit frustrated honestly as I felt my efforts were getting me nothing.

VoxBoxes are boxes filled with complimentary products sent all in one box for a person to try out and then review. The items have a certain theme to them. The theme may or may not be extremely obvious--the theme may be very loosely tied together. I got a "TLC Mom VoxBox that had things a mom might use for some Tender Loving Care. I got an Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother compact, Neosporin to go for purse or diaper bag, Puffs Plus Lotion tissue sample, Ivory soap bar (not exactly sure about the cohesion of this entire theme) Breyers Gelato Coupon (makes sense as it is pampering and something a lady could enjoy) Shell Gas rewards card (not really sure this is an item I would feel pampered or loved by having). I understand the Avon as it calms or camouflages the stress lines a gal may have or get, and the ice cream is definitely something I would indulge in for a little TLC for myself. The Neosporin to go I guess is TLC since it eases pain and heals? The Puffs Plus can blot up tears, and the lotion aspect in it is soothing. For me, If I was asked what 6 items should go into a TLC pampering VoxBox I would say:

Breyers Gelato Coupon, a Redbox Movie Rental discount code for 1 free movie, Some Godiva Chocolates, a mud facial mask, a bottle of nail polish (pedicures/manicures), and perhaps a makeup item to look nice for a special mom and dad date night. I am not complaining about my VoxBox, I like the itmes, and they are useful. I just did not understand the THEME that was named for this box. The items did not really go together.

What I did not like or what I was not impressed with or was "underwhelmed" with:

The Ivory soap is something I won't really use as I like more herbal or essential oil soaps. The Shell rewards gas card is something I could have easily gotten free somewhere (it would have been more helpful if it was a prepaid card of $5 or $10 for shell).

Useful items/Items I liked:

The Puff Lotion tissues sample is a nice size to put in my diaper bag as with 2 littles, there is always a nose to wipe. The Breyers Gelato (I selected Tiramisu and it was definitely---ah-mazing!) was eaten in 2 days. The Neosporin to go is convenient for putting into a purse or diaper bag and I actually always have wanted one but never purchased. The best thing I got was the Avon Anew.

The BREYERS Gelato was really good. If you like the dessert or like flavored coffee, you will love this! Tiramisu is delicate mascarpone gelato, decadent espresso sauce, ladyfinger cookie pieces and gourmet cocoa. I do think it needed large pieces of lady finger cookies, the pieces were tiny and only on the very bottom layer (the cookies were only about the size of a thumb nail each). Gelato Indulgences come in 4 flavors: Vanilla Caramel, Raspberry Cheescake, Tiramisu, and Triple Chocolate. I cannot wait to try the other 3 selections.

The Avon Anew I really REALLY like. The reason I like it is due to the fact that I am using it as a primer and applying before I put on my foundation. It really smooths my face and creates a great canvas. I have loved my Benefit Porefessional, but sadly have been out of it and it is about $30 which I do not have to spare on things like that right now. This Avon Anew (also $30)is really intended for patting onto wrinkles and fine lines, but since I do not have those, I tried smoothing this over my nose and cheeks, and guess what?? It made my face a nice matte, and concealed my large pores. It colorless or translucent. Now the way I am using it, will make it become used up rather quickly, but I am enjoying it. The only thing I am not fond of is the compact. The mirrored top gets fingerprints within minutes and no matter how often I wipe it clean, it gets dirty. I also do not like the sliding top, I would prefer it to be a standard mirrored compact, that would be more useful to me personally. When this is used up, I may repurchase if the price goes down, $30 is a bit much for how I am using it. The Benefit Porefessional would last me longer as it is a tube form. Avon Anew is "Infused with Tri-Elastinex and blurs the look of wrinkles on forehead and around eyes instantly". It has a Cream-to-powder silky finish. Both have Dimethicone, which seems to be the silicone based ingredient that blurs the pores.

To qualify or increase your CHANCES to be SELECTED for a VoxBox: it is based on the "Expert Badges" that you have "unlocked", your measured Impact ("Influence") across all connected networks (friends/followers, etc.) and also is based on demographics.
Sometimes it is luck of the draw.

I think this was a decent box. I think the items selected could have been better chosen for the particular theme of "TLC."
I was very happy to be selected, and hope to review more items very soon. I received these for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

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