Influenster Dazzle Voxbox Review

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I got this Dazzle Voxbox over a month ago, but I’ve been so busy I’m just getting around to writing a review for it.

Upon receiving this box, I noticed it was quite tiny, which usually would mean that it’s one brand sending a couple of their products. However, it turns out the box is a mini version of the assorted product Voxboxes I’m used to.

Let’s get reviewin’!

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal: This item was in the Tinsel Voxbox I got a few months ago, and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I take it with me on short business trips and getaways. It smells so good, and it’s great for my dry hands that are seriously wishing winter would end already.

Clairol Professional Jazzing Semi-Permanent & Temporary Hair Color: I received this in the shade Cherry Cola #56, which is the color my grandma used to dye her hair! I have never dyed my hair and don’t intend to in the near future so I’ll be giving this away to someone.

iThrive Keratin Rescue Split End Repair: In March 2018, I took a vow to be nicer to my hair, so I am no longer using any sulfate or alcohol based hair products. This will also be given away. Smells great though.

Overall, I’m so glad I got another Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal! It was a fave of mine from the last Voxbox, and I’d honestly buy it when it finishes.

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Tinsel VoxBox Review

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Before I went home for the holidays, I got a lovely Tinsel Voxbox in the mail from Influenster! I wasn’t expecting it to arrive until the new year so it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

The box came with a variety of assorted goodies. Let’s dive in!

Vera Wang Embrace – Green Tea and Pear Blossom: I’ve never owned any Vera Wang fragrances, but this one is a very interesting scent combo. I can definitely smell the pear more than I can smell the green tea, but I don’t see that as a problem, necessarily.

Nautica Blue Sail: I’ve bought the one ounce version of this for my dad as a gift in the past. I like that it’s not an overpowering cologne smell. It’s just enough to smell like you took some time to freshen up.

Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo doesn’t really work well on my coarse hair, so I’m giving this to my roommate. Hopefully she finds it more useful than I will.

Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner: See above.

Luscious Pout Maker Lip Contour Crayon (Queen Bee): I was kind of afraid to try this color because it looks very bright and loud, but it turns out that Queen Bee really compliments my skin tone. I also love the fact that it’s a subtle mix or bright red and hot pink. I can see myself wearing this regularly.

pout maker lip contour crayon queen bee BarkBox Sushi Plush Toy: I don’t have a pet, but my former roommate does, and I totally remember this sushi toy coming in the mail for him! I’m going to put this on my desk as a little decoration 🙂

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal: This is the most soothing cream for the hands and for your nose! It feels and smells amazing. The coconut oil, African shea butter, and cocoa butter mix together to make such a beautifully nourishing cream. I can’t believe they send me a full size tube!

7th Heaven Charcoal Peel-Off Mask: I absolutely love these masks! They’re perfect for a winter night in. I usually put it on right before hopping into the shower so I can take it off while I bathe. So good!

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Overall, I love the Pout Maker Lip Contour Crayon in the shade Queen Bee and the Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal. Both of those items are going to get used a lot this winter.

 

Maybelline Metallics VoxBox Review #MatteMetallics

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I’ve been so busy lately that I just got a chance to try on these metallic lipsticks by Maybelline that got from Influenster! I wasn’t completely sure which colors I would be receiving, so when I opened the box I was a bit shocked and kind of scared.

Two tubes of lipsticks stared back at me, one in the shade Molten Bronze (970) and another one called Smoked Silver (978). I opened each tube wondering how ridiculous I would look wearing these colors.

I’m your basic pink and red lipstick kind of gal. Occasionally, I’ll wear a purple or maybe even a brown lipstick, but other than that, I don’t go too far outside the norm. I own a tube of yellow lipstick that I’ve only worn once around the house to take some fun photos (I’d never leave home with that on!), and that’s about it.

I was really dreading the Smoked Silver. It had a bit of a purple undertone, but I wasn’t too excited about how it would look on me. Regardless, I tried it on first.

Hoping the smoky part of this lipstick wouldn’t be too intense, I got ready for work and applied the lipstick. As soon as I saw myself in the mirror I knew I wasn’t going to go out in public wearing it.

I sent a few snaps of me wearing the lipstick to my mom and she told me I looked like a smoker whose lips had been darkened by cigarettes. Then she told me I should give the lipstick to her instead!

The next day I tried the Molten Bronze lipstick. I wasn’t as worried about this one, since I already know how I look with brown lipstick. This one looks a bit dark if you put three layers on though, so I only applied two.

As you can see from my smile, I was quite pleased.

Overall, the Molten Bronze was my fave, and I’ll be wearing it again. I gave the Smoked Silver lipstick to my mom, and it looks normal on her so she’ll probably wear it every now and then. A lot of other reviewers used the Smoked Silver shade with their Halloween costumes, which worked pretty well.

The lipsticks come off easily while eating and drinking, which I’m not used to since I usually wear lip stains that keep my lips colorful after lunch. Oh well.

Let me know which shade is your favorite!

Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox #MNYBrows

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A few weeks ago, Influenster sent me the Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox. I just got around to testing the awesome eyebrow products in the box, which are the Shaping Chalk Powder and Brow Precise Micro Pencil by Maybelline New York. Both products are in the shade Deep Brown.

As someone with thick eyebrows, I tend to spend a lot of time during my normal makeup routine trying to make sure that my brows look normal. And by normal, I mean sans noticeable eyebrow hair gaps (ho do those even end up happening?!) and not sticking out every which way.

I’ve only ever used eyebrow gels and pencils that can be sharpened, so this chalk powder and retractable pencil experience was very new to me.

Here’s what my eyebrows look like without any product (they are combed though, so as not to scare you away):

Before using either Maybelline eyebrow product. Notice the awkward unevenness on my right eyebrow -__-

I used the Shaping Chalk Powder first, and I was very impressed at how well it worked. At first I started to panic because I felt like the powder would make a mess. Then once I swept it over my brows, the color looked waaaayyyy too light.

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However, it started to blend in a couple of seconds and I actually kind of liked how natural it looked!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder

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Next up was the Brow Precise Micro Pencil. It comes with an eyebrow comb on one end and the pencil on the other. I wasn’t too impressed with the eyebrow comb because I felt that it didn’t really help tame my brows enough. The pencil does live up to its name though!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil

The pencil’s thinness made it very easy to fill in any gaps in my eyebrows. I felt way more comfortable using this product as opposed to the shaping chalk.

Overall, I’d recommend the Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil to anyone who deals with sparseness or gaps in their eyebrows on a regular basis. If you’re going for a more natural look, the Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder is the way to go.

Ivy VoxBox Review

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Back again with a new VoxBox!

I was super excited when I opened the Ivy VoxBox I got from Influenster a few weeks ago. I’ve been getting a lot of customized boxes from them the last few times, so this was a pleasant little mix of random products. There was even some candy thrown in!

This VoxBox contained Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, two ChapStick DUOs (one in berry sorbet shimmer and another in refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi), a Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap, a Gillette Venus Swirl, and 7th Heaven Foot Soak & Lotion. Very exciting.

Let’s get to the review, shall we?

1. Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers. I ate them all in one shot last week and then I felt guilty. They were just so good. The perfect amount of sour, in my opinion.

2. ChapStick DUO, berry sorbet shimmer & refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi. Okay, these are the coolest thing ever. I love the refreshing watermelon! You can attach these to other flavors to make the DUO, which I love because you can carry two flavors along in your makeup bag at once. They smell freaking amazeballs and provide a ton of moisture.

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I stuck refreshing watermelon and strawberry kiwi together, then opted to put the former on my lips. Tastes DELISH.

3. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap. I’ve heard really great things about this brand, so I’m excited to try this face soap when I’m done with my current tube of Olay Facial Foaming Cleanser. Continue reading

e.l.f. VoxBox Review

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A few weeks ago I got an e.l.f. VoxBox in the mail, and I just got around to playing with the products inside. I was sent 6 products: a Hydrating Bubble Mask, Lip Exfoliator, Mineral Infused Face Primer, Baked Highlighter and Bronzer in the shade Bronze Glow, and Matte Lip Color in the shade Wine.

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As a longtime e.l.f. Cosmetics fan, I was super excited to try all of these along with the makeup I use regularly. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

Hydrating Bubble Mask: I started out with this one to give my face a little bit of oompf, as I haven’t used a mask in a while, moreover, I’d never used a bubble mask. They’re all the rage right now, and rightfully so. My skin feels so nice! It was a bit weird with the bubbles dissolving so quickly as I was reading the instructions on the package but I do like the mask. I’ll definitely try to use this once a week.

Lip Exfoliator: Followed the Hydrating Bubble Mask up with this product. I’ve only ever done homemade lip scrubs made with sugar and honey, so this was very odd to me. I felt like I was putting on lip balm. As with the bubble mask, the result was great but the process was weird. Looks like I won’t be needing to make my own lip scrub for a while!

Mineral Infused Face Primer: Moving on to the stuff that actually stays on my face. I only use primer for my eyeshadow, but I have been meaning to find a nice face primer to use daily. I love that this is a clear primer! It definitely does its job well, in my opinion.

Baked Highlighter and Bronzer, Bronze Glow: I don’t use highlighter or bronzer, so I was debating if I should use it to complete my look for this post. I think the one I was sent is too shiny for my liking. I probably won’t use it ever again.

Matte Lip Color, Wine: LOVE THIS! It’s the perfect shade for a subtle red lip stain. I’m definitely buying another once this one finishes. Also, how cool is the sharpener on this?!

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Aaaannnndddd here’s my finished face:

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Overall, I think I’ve fallen hard for the Primer and the Matte Lip Color. Can’t wait to put them on again for work tomorrow!

 

Influenster Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Review

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A few weeks ago while I was moving to NYC and still trying to set up my loft bed, my parents brought over my customized Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Influenster box.

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I got the shade 80, known as Rich Tan, because my current L’Oréal True Match foundation powder is Classic Tan (N7). They sounded and looked similar so I took the chance.

Here’s my face with my L’Oréal True Match Classic Tan:

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And here it is with the Maybelline Better Skin Powder shade Rich Tan:

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The Maybelline Better Skin Powder Shade Rich Tan is definitely a bit of a lighter color than my L’Oréal True Match in Classic Tan. It doesn’t bother me though! My skin tone looks even with both. That’s really all I can ask for.

What do you guys think? L’Oréal or Maybelline?