Sunday, July 19, 2015

Influenster Blossom VoxBox

I've got something different for you today, my first Influenster VoxBox! I'm used to reviewing nail polish but I do use other things, lol. I took this pretty seriously, as I frequently munch while blogging, so all these food items went in my maw while editing pictures. There were some things I really liked here!
*sent by Influenster for review*

First up is Australian Gold SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen. I use sunscreen almost all the time, and especially when I am outdoors. I am quite pale and there is plenty of skin cancer in my family. This lotion smelled nice, a mix of orange and coconut, and absorbed well with no stickiness. The active ingredients are Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.75%, Oxybenzone 2%. Most often I wear physical sunblocks on my face and higher concentrations on the rest of my body but I will certainly use the rest of this bottle. 

Next up is Beanitos. These are like tortilla chips, except made from beans instead of corn. They sent two flavors, Chipotle BBQ and Original Black Bean. The Chipotle was spicy but I think I preferred the Original version. They are a bit drier in texture than corn chips but very good. I ate about 150-200 calories from each bag and they definitely sated my hunger while editing pictures.

Bear Naked is a granola type snack product. There was sugar in these, unlike the Beanitos so they might be a bit less suitable for me since I am hypoglycemic. However it was not enough to cause problems on the day I ate them. They sent two flavors Coconut Almond Curry and Sea Salt Caramel Apple. The curry flavor was interesting but I prefered the caramel apple which reminded me of apple cinnamon oatmeal!

Clairol Hair Food is a clarifying shampoo. It has an interesting and lovely herbal fruity scent. I wash my hair every other day and this was great for removing build up without stripping. My hair was soft and clean for two days. I will continue to use this once a week.

I am a huge fan of NYC products and was delighted to try their 24 Hr Cityproof Eyeshadow. (Their Grand Central Station clear polish is my go-to quick-dry top coat.) The shade they sent was 605 Brooklyn Mocha. It is a universally flattering neutral brown. There are a few larger shimmers but not enough to cause problems for aging lid. I wore it as both eyeshadow and liner over no primer and while it faded a tiny bit it was hardly noticeable. I tested the 24 hour claim on my arm. In the pic below you can see a fresh swatch above and the same type of swatch after being on my arm for a full 24 hours. Not bad! Also, it held up through a shower but came off easily once I applied soap directly.

Pasta Zero was fun for me! At first I was skeptical as I need my calories to keep going, but this really did keep me full. Then I noticed that it is made from the same root vegetable, Devil's tongue, that I loved eating as a child! I spent time living in Japan when I was young and even when we came back to the US I used to cut up blocks of the stuff to pack in my school lunches. The flavor is earthy and warm, a bit like a mild mix of shrimp and mushrooms, so I would say this would complement a stir fry very well, or steamed vegetables with soy sauce.

Sally Hansen is another brand I adore. I am about an NC15 foundation color in MAC, and Nars Gobi, so this might be a tiny bit dark for me. I am not a tanning sort of person. But I did try it out on my arm and can say it blended well and had a nice sunscreen-like scent. I noticed that the ingredients were not really any different than a lot of face products so I also tried it as a bronzer on my cheeks and can say it worked fantastically in that way, so this bottle will go in my makeup cabinet.

That wraps up the Infuenster Blossom VoxBox. If you have not already heard of it, Influenster is a product review and market research firm that provides sampling and review opportunities for people active on social media, and in turn we provide feedback to the companies who participate. If you want to join or learn more you can find the website here:

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