Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Beauty Vox Box review (Influenster)

     I recently received my first ever Influenster Vox Box with free products to try and review. 
     What is an Influenster Vox Box you ask? Well, Influenster is a website that connects a community of people who love to try out products and give reviews and recommendations to others with new and exciting products. You become an Influenster by filling out a profile and "unlocking" badges by completing surveys to describe your lifestyle and social media use. For instance, I've completed badges that qualify me for beauty boxes, boxes for moms, and boxes for cooks. There are a wealth of other badges including ones for travelers, dog lovers, and more. If your lifestyle and answers to survey questions fit certain criteria, Influenster may send you an e-mail to ask if you'd like to be sent a Vox Box for free with the understanding that you will post reviews of the products on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger. The Vox Boxes are themed and come with four to five products for you to test. They range from food products to beauty products to lifestyle products. 
    About a month and a half after signing up, I was notified that I could receive the Summer Beauty Vox Box. It came with five products.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF 30
  • Tampax and Always Radiance Collection
  • Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread
  • Sally Hansen  Magnetic Nail Color
  • Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme
Here's the insert telling me all the things in my box. Alas, I was not one of the "chosen ones" to receive the shampoo and conditioner. 
Here are all my goodies!
     I love the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 sunscreen. This costs $8.99 for a full-size 6 ounce bottle and is available in SPF 12, 30, and 50. With its ultra-luxurious hydrating ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion sunscreen nourishes and pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun. The sunscreen has moisturizing ribbons so it both protects and hydrates your skin, which is great when your out in the sun constantly during the summer. And it has a really silky smooth feel when you rub it into your skin as opposed to the normal greasy sunscreen feel that leaves white residue. And the smell is fantastic. I love the summery coconut-y scent. I have this set aside to take with us to Florida in a couple months.

     The Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme is also a really wonderful product. It is priced at $5.99 for a full-sized bottle. Made with shea butter, the Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Cremem softens hands, smoothes cuticles, and conditions nail. Active Moisture Complex formula with Ceramides helps lock in nutrients so hands maintain their ideal moisture level. Offers 24 hour moisture and lasts through hand washings! I love the citrus scent and the feel of this lotion. It isn't greasy or to thick, but has an almost watery silky feel when I rub it into my skin. I'm definitely a fan. 

    The Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Bread flavor was the first thing that I used in the box. Owen and I enjoyed it together. A box of bars is priced at $3.29. Made with real bananas and almonds, Quaker Soft Bars in Banana Nut Bread flavor have tasty ingredients to help provide fuel to start your day. They have five grams of protein, 20 percent daily value of five B vitamins and six grams of protein. This bar was so very tasty. I heated mine in the microwave for about ten seconds and the warm, soft bar was like eating a bowl of oatmeal without the hassle of having to cook it or dirty a bowl and spoon. These would make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack. The flavor was super yummy and the texture was almost like a soft-baked cookie. Owen loved it too! 

Momma and baby-approved!

    This product was one of the ones I was most excited about getting in my box. It is Sally Hansen's Magnetic Nail Color in Graphite Gravity. It costs $9.99 in stores. Magnetic nail polish is one of summer's hottest nail trends that allows you to create a gorgeous 3-D nail art effect in just seconds. This unique formula was developed with metal particles - just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail. This was a really fun nail product and so easy to use. (If I can do it, anyone can). You apply one coat after a base coat and let it dry. Then you apply a second thicker coat one nail at a time and then hold the magnet over the wet polish for 10 seconds for the wavy pattern to appear. I found that if I held my nail sideways and parallel to the floor, I could see the top of my nail better when I held the magnet over it and wouldn't accidentally touch the wet nail polish with the magnet. I would definitely recommend a top coat because mine chipped really quickly without one. The graphite color is pretty neat, but the polish comes in seven other colors. I was really impressed with this product because it is an easy way for someone who likes the look of nail art to get a really cool look without having to have the patience or talent. It definitely doesn't look like something I did at home. Below is a photo of my finished look. It chipped a bit because of my not applying a top coat. 

    This is a sample pack of Tampax and Always Radiant Collection. The two companies have come together with the stylish Radiant Collection, a complete offering of premium tampons, pads, liners, and wipes that meet all of a woman's feminine care needs. With designer packaging and wrappers, these products are must-have accessories for that time of the month. Prices vary by box. I haven't tried these products, but I think the carrying case is cute and a way to discreetly carry the products in your purse. 

* I received these complimentary products by Influenster and the individual companies in return for my honest reviews of the products.


  1. How do I request an invite to influenster because I can't seem to find it on their web page thanks so much

    1. If you give me your e-mail address, I can e-mail you an invite.