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Influenster is like a beauty box ninja, lurking in the darkness. You never know when they're going to show up on your doorstep, but when they do, their attacks are powerful. The latest of Influenster's product mercenaries to infiltrate my home was the #IDoVoxBox—and much like the #FrostyVoxBox that came before it, it was packed to the gills with random (but fun) stuff. Want to see what was in it?
First off, if you're not familiar with Influenster,
here's the deal:
It's an online community where bloggers and social media-savvy folks can share reviews
occasionally get free boxes of products or samples to try, AKA VoxBoxes. Right now they do campaigns with brands in the United States and Canada. You can't sign up for specific VoxBoxes—Influenster will occasionally send users qualification surveys to determine whether or not folks would be a good fit for a particular campaign. (I assume these surveys are sent based on the demographic info in your profile, but who knows.) In any case, they partner with major brands and often send out interesting stuff, so it's worth signing up!
The theme of the "I Do" VoxBox is weddings, as you may have guess. No, I'm not getting married—I think one of the questions on the qualification survey was something like "Will you be attending any weddings this summer?" so I guess guests and folks in the bridal party are also eligible to take some boxy vows.
Anyway, here's a look at the info card:
I've had a chance to try most of the products in the box, so I shall share some first impressions with you now!
COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Natural Glow Foundation (Full size/30ml, value $11.30):
A new foundation from CoverGirl that promises a glowy finish. I was pleased to discover that the shade they sent me (810/Classic Ivory) was very pale and not horrendously orange:
Seriously, what's with all the Ivory drugstore foundations that are dark and peach-colored? Moving on. This seems to be a medium-coverage foundation, which strangely enough doesn't really have a glowy finish at all. That said I do think it feels a bit "moister" than some other foundations I've tried, so might suit dry skin. Beyond that... I don't know. Further testing required. Be warned though that Classic Ivory is very, very pale. Almost too light for me. (It comes in other shades though, of course.)
UrgentRx Ache & Pain Relief - Lemon-Lime (1x sachet, value $1.39):
A combo aspirin-caffeine powder for pain relief. It's interesting that pain relief powders are a "thing" now... it's actually a pretty old-school concept. That said, they do work. I'd be more likely to reach for something that also contained acetaminophen/paracetamol for relief of body aches, but this is an excellent combo for dealing with headaches in a hurry.
Sahale Snacks Grab & Go Classic Fruit + Nut Blend (1x pouch, approximate value $1.52):
A delicious mixture of dried fruit and nuts. I ate it already, but I think it contained dried cranberries, ginger, pistachios, cashews, and almonds. Look, nut cam:
Yum. This blend had a perfect balance of salty and tart and sweet—would definitely purchase if I spotted it in a store.
SkinnyGirl Tasty Nutrition Bar Dark Chocolate Almond w/ Coconut (1x bar, approximate value $0.83):
A (relatively) low-calorie protein and fiber bar. I gave this to Stan to try and he described it as "really good—chocolatey and fudgy with a good amount of coconut." He then went on to tell me that he would gladly eat more of them if I bought them, but would never purchase something that said "Skinny Girl" on the label himself. Can't say I blame him.
Neutrogena Hand Cream (Full size/2oz, value $4.79):
A classic! Neutrogena's hand cream is a basic-as-hell, fragrance-free salve for chapped hands. I've tried this stuff many times and I don't think it really suits my needs as an everyday hand cream (a bit too greasy), but it works really well for those times when your skin is extra chapped or cracked. An overnight mask for your hands, as it were. I think I'll squirrel this tube away for the winter!
Indeed Laboratories Nanoblur HD Ready Skin in Seconds (Full size/1oz, value $19.99):
My first reaction when I saw this in the box was "WTF is this?" After further inspection, I think it's a "finishing cream" (AKA a type of primer you can wear alone or under makeup). It's loaded up with silicones, which makes it good for blurring the appearance of pores, fine lines etc. Assuming you're not sensitive to silicones, of course. I haven't tried this enough yet to comment on its efficacy, but speaking as someone who already likes and uses silicone primers, I can see the appeal.
COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear + Moisture Lipstick in 950 - Plum Fury (Full size/$8.99):
A lipstick that promises to be long-lasting and moisturizing. I can't say that I found it to be particularly remarkable in the longevity department (maybe 3 hours?) but it is non-drying, which is nice. It also smells really good to me—kind of like tutti-frutti bubble gum? I'm a bit bummed out about this color though—I like plummy shades, but Plum Fury has a metallic sheen to it that just isn't my thing:
Oh well. The formula's not bad though—I'll probably scope out the other shades next time I'm at a drugstore.
Total box value: Approximately $48.81
It would be a bit absurd to complain about this box since it was provided to me (and all other people who received it) free of charge, so I guess I'll focus on what I liked best. My immediate favorites from this box were the Sahale nuts and Neutrogena hand cream. Basic, but very good. The CoverGirl foundation and Nanoblur cream also show promise, and it's nice to get full-sized tubes to experiment with.
As for the wedding theme, I can kind of see how everything fits... snacks for your purse, makeup to wear on the big day, pain relief for those uncomfy heels. Not sure about the hand cream though... do you obsessively apply hand cream during a wedding? I don't know.
As I said before you can't buy or sign up for a particular Influenster box, but if you're not already a member, you can register an account here. I recommend connecting your social networks right away, because I think that is one of the factors they take into account when sending out qualification surveys.
What do you think of the #IDoVoxBox? Which of these samples would you have been most excited to try?
Disclosure: Influenster sent me the products featured in this post free for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. Some or all of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on them. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.