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Beauty Blogger VoxBox by Influenster – Reviews & First Impressions

Beauty Blogger VoxBox contents

A while back, I signed up for Influenster, a program that describes itself as “a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.”  Every once in a while, Influenster will send a VoxBox of products to selected members – it’s basically a way for brands to get the word out about their products.

Last week, I received the Beauty Blogger VoxBox, and today I have first impressions / reviews of each product for you.  I may do more in-depth reviews of some of the products.

Beauty Blogger VoxBox – just opened

List of contents

When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the NYC eyeshadow compact was slightly broken – one of the shadows had partially broken, and there was a fine layer of grey dust both on all the eyeshadows in the palette, and all the products in the box. It’s surprising to me that they didn’t package the eyeshadow better – it was just in the box, loose.

NYC Dark Shadows LE Eyeshadow 

I’ve swatched all the eyeshadows, and I have to say I’m not impressed – the pigmentation of three of them was very poor (even over primer), and the darker grey shade’s pigmentation was just okay.  I’m planning to do a separate review of this product with swatches.

The next thing I did after opening the box was smell the candle, which is from Slatkin & Co. and scented “Pumpkin Cupcake.”  It smells spicy & sweet – I don’t smell any pumpkin or cupcakes, but I do smell the spices associated with pumpkin. I really like the scent, and I will use it.

Next, I tried the EBoost orange – flavored drink.  I liked the effervescence of it, but the flavor was very artificial – I didn’t even finish it, and definitely would not buy or recommend it.

I was excited to try out the Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream – I have curly hair, and I’m always on the lookout for new products.  It performed quite well, giving me defined curls without weighing them down.  Unfortunately, I dislike the artificial grape scent.  I will probably continue to use this, but I definitely will not repurchase.

I’ve also tried out the Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin duo. I have normal to dry skin, and this is marketed for dry / very dry skin, so I wasn’t sure how it would work for me.  The Cleansing Balm is quite nice – it leaves my skin soft and doesn’t dry it out at all.  It doesn’t seem to remove makeup very well, so I’ll use it in the morning.  I expect that I’ll use up the whole sample, and I’ll decide about repurchasing later.

The Night Cream is fine – it is a fairly standard cream.  It is very moisturizing and comfortable – not sticky, tacky, or greasy.  There’s nothing really special about it, but it definitely does its job!

Spin Pins were the one included product that were not new to me – and I absolutely recommend them. They work all on hair types, and just 1-2 spin pins will hold your hair up all day.  I think they are an essential for anyone with thick hair – especially thick, fine, slippery hair – as they work much better than bobby pins to hold up hair.  My hair is fairly fine and stays up well with bobby pins, but I still love and use spin pins. They are a fantastic invention.

The final product in my box was a Kiss false lashes starter kit.   I wear false lashes sometimes, so I’ll certainly use this.  The lashes are a bit thicker and less natural looking than I prefer – but I’m quite interested in trying out the lash applicator! If I find the lash applicator helpful, I will definitely do a post on it.

Overall, this was a fun box to receive, and had some hits (the spin pins and Boots cleanser especially), and some misses (the drink mix and NYC eyeshadow palette).

All products in this post were sent for consideration by Influenster.  For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


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