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16 December, 2014

Unboxing | Influenster Frosty Vox Box

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Where are my fellow Influensters at? It's been a while since I last received an Influenster Vox Box, so I was really excited when I got an e-mail saying that I'd be getting the #FrostyVoxBox. Yay! Want to see what was in it?

Unboxing review Influenster Frosty Vox Box #FrostyVoxBox

First things first, if you're not familiar with Influenster, here's the deal: Influenster is a community where internet-savvy folks can share reviews and occasionally get free boxes of products or samples to try, AKA Vox Boxes. If you're a blogger or heavy social media user located in the US or Canada, I highly recommend signing up! I still don't know how exactly Influenster determines which boxes to send to which influencers—select users get pre-qualification surveys e-mailed to them periodically which may or may not result in a box being mailed to you. This is the fourth Vox Box I've received since signing up about 16 months ago, so based on my experience so far, it's worth taking a moment to fill out the surveys.

The box du jour is the Frosty VoxBox, which is Influenster's general box for Winter 2014. Some of Influenster's boxes are brand or product-specific, but the general boxes contain a variety of beauty, health and lifestyle samples.

Info card (right click --> open in new tab to enlarge):

Unboxing review Influenster Frosty Vox Box #FrostyVoxBox info card

Lots of goodies, yay! First up, I got a few foodie samples:

Fruit Vines Bites - Cherry Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea - Decaf McCormick Gourmet Thyme

Fruit Vines Bites - Cherry (5oz bag, value $1.79):
Mmm, un-licorice. By "un-licorice" I mean candies that have the texture of licorice, but taste like fruit instead. These are kind of like Twizzlers, but a bit softer and tangier. I like them a lot! Would buy in the future.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea - Decaf (2 bags, approximate value $0.34):
Decaf?! Why Influenster, WHY?!!!! OK, maybe I'm the only one with a ridiculous caffeine addiction... not. In all seriousness though, this is a nice tea to have around the holidays—it has a vague natural sweetness (vanilla?) and a bit of mintiness. Yum!

McCormick Gourmet Thyme (0.62oz, value $4.79):
Dried thyme? I use it my cooking all the THYME! Haaaaaa ha ha I kill myself. Dead now. Zzzzzz. But for real, thyme is pretty much a staple around here, and it comes in extra-handy for savory holiday cooking... think roast potatoes, chickens (or chicken-shaped tofus in our case). A very appropriate inclusion!


The rest of the box contents were all beauty products.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum sample

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum (3ml sample, approximate value $2.30):
Influensters received a sample of this or another Boots serum at random. I got this (or a sample of something very similar to this) in the latest Target Beauty Box, and I still haven't mustered up enough interest to try it. Sorry Boots, it's me, not you. Sample foils of anti-aging serum just don't turn me on anymore.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum (Full size tube, value $1.99):
"Sugar Plum" is sort of pink-ish color with slightly purple-ish/brown undertones and an almost pearly finish. I don't really love this color on me, but the formula is pretty creamy and pigmented. Considering how inexpensive these are, I'd be totally willing to gamble on other shades.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black (Full size, value $4.49):
This pencil is rather creamy and goes on very smoothly, which makes it ideal for using on the waterline or other sensitive parts of the eye. It's also sufficiently dark for my tastes—not the most intense black ever, but pretty good. I wouldn't say it's most impressive in terms of lasting power out of all the waterproof eye pencils I've ever tried, but it gets a solid "not bad" from me overall.

EcoTools Sleek & Shine Finisher Hairbrush Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

EcoTools Sleek & Shine Finisher Hairbrush (Value $10.99):
I *think* that Influenster sent out a couple of different brush styles at random. This one is made with synthetic, boar-esque bristles and is meant to give hair a healthy, sleek look. My initial impressions of this brush are positive—it feels sturdy and doesn't get tangled in my hair. Good!

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (4.2oz, value $3.97):

A liquid eye makeup remover that supposedly gets off even waterproof makeup without leaving an oily residue behind. I haven't tried it yet because I currently have two open bottles of eye makeup remover in rotation (gasp!) but I'll certainly give it a try at some point. I appreciate that they sent out a full-sized bottle!


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Total box value: Approximately $30.66

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Overall impressions:
It's hard to really complain about Influenster boxes because they're free. I thought this was an especially good box though—lots of full-sized products, and mostly things I'd actually use or be interested in trying. Yay! My favorites from this box are the EcoTools hairbrush, Red Vines Bites, and McCormick thyme. Yes, dried thyme is a favorite. Not gonna lie, I like to eat.

If you want a chance at receiving a box like this in the future, be sure to sign up for Influenster and connect your social networks! I can't tell you if/when you'll get your first box, but it's nice to have the chance.


What do you think of the Frosty Vox Box? If you got this box, which product(s) are you the most excited about?


Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me free of charge for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy
 

11 comments:

  1. I haven't gotten a Voxbox in a while, but the past few I did get were just "meh." This one looks like one of the best ones they've had in a while, though! And I looooove Candy Cane Lane, it's my favorite tea of all time!

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  2. I just got this yesterday! Def a good box for free! I need to start my post soon. Those Fruit Vines are so good! lol

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  3. I should be getting mine soon! It's my first one!! I'm super excited!!!

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  4. What a great VoxBox! I always love when I get that "you qualified" email! But this one has food and beauty- man, now that's my kind of VoxBox. This reminds me that I have that tea and have yet to try it. Might just brew a cup tonight!

    Wendy | Fashionable Heart

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  5. I haven't received mine yet, but this one will honestly not be that great for me since I don't wear makeup...I really don't understand how they decide who to send them to since the last couple ones I have received have been so NOT me. The best thing about it is the thyme because it's so good for you. I'm glad you enjoyed it though!

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  6. Maybe the thyme would mix nicely into that facial serum? :P I have to be honest, my whole blog is kind of a hodgepodge of random stuff so I really like a box that delivers dried spices and lipstick in one go! All bases covered!

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  7. I got another general box like this around this time last year and definitely didn't like it as much - mainly because the "big ticket" item was a whole box of candy bars I couldn't eat. You win some, you lose some I guess!

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  8. Yess! I haven't had Fruit Vines in forever but they're better than I remembered!

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  9. I actually don't remember getting the "you qualified" email this time, but I probably just overlooked it. They did send a shipping e-mail - dead giveaway. :P

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  10. I really don't know how they select people for boxes either. They do a lot of brand-focused beauty boxes too, and I've never been offered one despite having a somewhat beauty-centric blog, so... shrug. Maybe someone you know will like the makeup? I was pretty stoked about the thyme too though, haha. It's a whole jar!

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