Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Influenster: Refresh VoxBox 2015

Hello hello! Happy first day of April! (or...April Fool's Day!) Feels like just yesterday it was January. The year's going by fast! Today I wanted to share with you a look inside Influenster's Refresh VoxBox.

The items I received in this box were complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster. Check out their site here: You can also check out my profile to see what I have been up to! I haven't been as active on the site but you can see my recent reviews and such! No referral links are included. You don't need an invite to join Influenster, you can just sign up yourself and start connecting your social media and reviewing products. Just because you are a member doesn't guarantee you a VoxBox; every campaign is based on specific criteria. Don't be discouraged, just stay active on the site and you'll receive an invite to a future program!

This box is the Refresh VoxBox. It's filled with products that are geared to starting off the new year in a healthy and..."refreshed" way. It has a mix of snack items as well as beauty products!

Inside the box!
Orgain Certified Organic Nutritional Shake: Orgain makes delicious Certified Organic nutritional shakes, high protein shakes, and protein powder to help people lead healthy, vibrant lives. Orgain was created by Dr. Andrew Abraham, whose own experience of being unable to find high-quality organic nutrition during his cancer treatment years ago inspired him to develop these products for active people in need of great-tasting wholesome nourishment on-the-go. ($3-4 each).

There was a little pamphlet and voucher for a free shake included in the box, but I could not find a store carrying this brand. I have tried looking at Target and Whole Foods but no luck! This brand offers vegan and organic nutritional shakes as well as shakes for children. There is also plant based protein powder. They have all kinds of flavors including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mocha. Hopefully, I will be able to find this in stores soon. 

Beanitos Chips: The Beanitos Team took an often overlooked but incredibly nutritious superfood-beans- and figured out how to unlock their natural goodness and deliver greate taste and crunchy flavor. Beanitos snacks are real food, naturally full of fiver and protein, free of preservatives, and completely non-GMO and gluten-free. ($3.49)

The two I received in this box was the Nacho Cheese and Restaurant Style (with sea salt). These products are corn free, all natural, no trans fats, no preservatives, gluten-free, no MSG, certified kosher, vegetarian, certified low glycemic, high fiber, lightly salted and cholesterol free. Sounds pretty promising for chips right? They surprisingly taste pretty good. The Nacho Cheese is packed with flavor, and while the Restaurant style was pretty decent as a plain tortilla-like style, it definitely would taste better with some sort of dip (maybe some hummus!). I definitely still like my normal, salty chips with all the bad ingredients, but Beanitos is a great "healthier" snack alternative. There is still quite a bit of sodium in the flavored chips. In the 1.5 oz bag of the Nacho Cheese, there is 210 mg of sodium, so snacks are still snacks regardless.

Skinny Girl Tasty Nutrition Bars: We know you deserve it all -  health, happiness and daily indulgences. That's why SKinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars offer all the health benefits you want without compromising the decadent flavors you love. Go ahead-treat yourself healthy. ($5.99-5 count)

I received the flavor Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. I have a huge fan of dark chocolate, not so much banana, but this was so nommy! The bar is not overly chewy and it's tasty! It's made so that when you take a bite into it, it doesn't fall apart. Very convenient for on-the-go snacking! This bar is gluten free, kosher and has no artificial sweetener or flavors!
Listerine Pocketpaks: Refresh your mouth after your morning coffee, before a meeting, or to prep for a big date! These breath strips dissolve instantly, freshening your breath by killing 99% of bad-breath germs. Use Listerine Pocketpaks, so you know you're putting your best breath forward. ($1.40)

I'm usually a bit wary of these disintegrating film type strips for your breath. I don't like the feeling of burning off my tongue, but these aren't too strong and still quite minty! It dissolves pretty quickly and doesn't have a weird aftertaste. It's so small, you can put it even in the smallest area of  your bag, just don't lose it!

Dentek Comfort Clean Floss Picks: DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks' silky floss tape is gentle on teeth and gums while comfortably removing food and plaque. ($1.39)

Dentek Fun Flossers: DenTek Fun Flossers make flosisng fun for children while teaching healthy oral care habits for life. ($2.19-3.39- 75 count)

While I can't review the fun flossers, they come in bright colors and fun little animal shapes. You can use the animal shape to scrub your tongue as well! It curves to fit the contours of a child's hand and the floss is skinnier in size compared to the Comfort Clean Floss. These floss picks make flossing a lot easier. It has a texturized pick on the other side to to get in between the teeth as well! This floss pick can be used to clean your tongue too! I've been enjoying this product! Comes in a resealable bag!

Covergirl UltraSmooth Foundation: Smooth-looking skin starts with even tone and texture, and although nobody likes to admit to imperfections (such as redness,blemishes and even fine facial hair), everyone loves the appearance of flawless skin. With innovative Olay serum and a breakthrough smoothing applicator, new Covergirl Ultrasmooth offers cosmetics-meets-skincare to deliver amazingly flawless skin-no matter how close you get. The UltraSmooth foundation applicator may look different to you at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will love the smooth look it helps to create. ($12.99-16.99)

The shade I got was in medium beige. It looked a bit darker in the tube than I thought, but it actually matched my skin tone pretty well. I find that the applicator is a bit gimmicky. It tugs on my skin a bit too much. The formation of the foundation is light, though it takes a while to set. It is light to medium coverage and does help with the redness. Doesn't cover blemishes too well. 

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream: L'Occitane's new Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream's silky and non-greasy texture is formulated with %% shea butter- the perfect amount for those with normal to combination skin. Just a little will keep your face feeling soft, supple, and comfortable all day long. Did you know? Since the early 1980's, L'Occitane has been comitted to a fair-trade partnership with the women of Burkina Faso, West Africa, who make shea butter. Known as "women's gold", shea butter contributes to the empowerment of over 15,000 women in one of the world's poorest countries. ($5- 8ml/ $28- 50 ml)

This product definitely has the "cream" consistency. It's not as light as a lotion, but it's not thick either. It has a strong scent of shea butter that lingers, which I don't like on my face. It doesn't absorb quickly in the skin either, I prefer to use this product at night rather than during the day time. I also prefer using it on my hands, elbows, etc, rather than my face. I am very picky about what products I put on my face and it doesn't really suit my sensitive skin. All in all, it is a nice cream and it hydrates the skin well.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque: Be one of the first to try out new Black Seaweed Peel Off masque, a fabulous detox to deep cleanse your skin, OR naturally cleanse your pores with our best selling Manuka Honey Peel Off masque. Available in mass, grocery and drugstores. ($1.49)

I have never tried any of their masques or products before and I received the Manuka Honey Peel Off one. I absolutely love it! There is nothing more satisfying than a mask you can just peel off. So much fun! I am not a huge fan of honey scents, and the smell of this masque lingers onto the next day. (I did this in the early evening.) Like a typical mask, you'll have it on for 15-30 mins, until it completely drys and then you just peel it off. You can see all the blackheads and such, which is always fun to look at.  Skin feels smoother and brighter after using the mask! 

~And that's everything in this VoxBox. I really enjoy trying out these products that I probably would have just overlooked if I saw them in the store. I wish I was able to find the Orgain shakes, hopefully I can still find it at some point. The face masque was my most favorite item in the box. I really enjoyed using it and it is very beneficial to the skin. I will definitely look for some more to try out next time I hit the stores. It was a fun box for me to start off the year.

If you do have the time, or are interested in Influenster, do check out their site. They have quite a bit of upcoming VoxBoxes coming out!

I did post an unboxing video a while back for this box, if you want to check it out!

Take care always! 

Disclaimer: This box was provided to me by Influenster for reviewing and testing purposes. No affiliate links are included in this post. As always, opinions are my own.