About three weeks ago I received my Influenster Voxbox in the mail and now it's review time. Let me first state I did receive this for free from Influenster for review purposes, that all the following opinions are my own, and that I wasn't compensated for anything (aside from the free product in the box). Let's get into it:
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
When I received the preliminary e-mail saying that I was selected to be one of the Influensters to receive this box, they also asked to match my skin tone to one of the colors that Rimmel had available. The first two swatches I could tell were too light for me, but the following three or four swatches looked exactly the same, even though they were supposed to be different. I immediately tweeted Influenster and letting them know that I couldn't see a difference in the swatch colors to be able to choose the closest one, and then I waited. I waited two days. No reply. So I just chose one in a shade that seemed appropriate. True Beige. Turns out, it's still a little too light for my skintone. It does feel a little cakey to me, but then again, I have to admit that I rarely use liquid foundation. The sad part is, I was really looking forward to trying to out because my favorite mascara ever is Rimmel's Endless Lash Accelerator.
NYC Expert Last Lip Color
Color: Forever Fuchsia
Oh. My. God. I LOVE this product, or rather, I should say that I love their formula. When I first opened the box I was caught off guard. A bright pink lipstick. Totally not my style AT ALL. It reminds me of Candy Yum Yum. I was hesitant to try it. Even though I'm a total budget girl, I still have reservations about things that are on the lower end of a price point and it never crossed my mind to pick up any of their lipsticks, even though I use the NYC bronzer in Hampton's Radiance. The color's highly pigmented, glides on easily with a velvety feel and stayed put for hours without drying out my lips. I loved it so much I went to my local Rite Aid to try and see what other shades came in the line and unfortunately I could't find it. I haven't tried any of the other local drugstores to see if they have them. Maybe I should get on that.
Playtex Sports Fresh Balance
MSRP: $3.99- $4.99
I'm going to admit something that I've never told anybody. Tampons with applicators have freaked me out ever since I started my period. When I finally switched to tampons, I started using non-applicator OB tampons, and what's the saying, "If it ain't broke..." I've never used anything else so this was a little new to me. There is a distinguishable "fresh" scent that I actually would have enjoyed if it weren't for the fact that it was on a tampon and I can't quite figure it out so I can't tell you what it smells like. As far as protection goes, I did get some leakage/spilling, whatever you want to call it, but it's because I have a fairly heavy flow and these were regulars. That being said, it wasn't anything out of the normal because I wear pantyliners as well. It was just a couple of more changes a day. Nothing too big but if I do decide to purchase these on my own, I will be getting the supers.
Red Rose REAL TEA Water Enhancers
Let me just get this out of the way. I think this new water "enhancer" trend is so stupid. How can you go and turn water, the most healthiest beverage on earth, into a sugar-y chemical mess? By adding water enhancers. If I want to enhance my water, I'd actually drink real tea, or add fresh cucumbers, strawberries, ginger, lemon or any other real fruit to my water. Not this stuff, but for the sake of Influenster, I tried it. Let me also tell you that I don't drink black tea. I'm sensitive to caffeine and black tea has more caffeine than coffee. It would have been nice if they asked in the initial E-mail to choose between the options that they have instead of automatically giving us black tea. I definitely would have chosen green instead. I used half a squirt per 8oz of water (The instructions say one full squeeze, but I wasn't trying to stay up all night) and it just turned my water, this murky brown color.
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure
MSRP: $5.99 for colors/ $7.99 for patterns
I've never worn press on's before mainly because I keep my nails short on purpose. Typing with nails is annoying to me but just like the tea, I tried these things on for a bit. I don't know what it was with the color fuchsia and this voxbox but these nails came in the same color. Fuchsia is a color I equate my godmom wearing in 1999 or 2000. It's an outdated color to me, and I don't like it. The tabs to pull off the plastic backing were too small to grip, the actual press on nail itself was too narrow for my wide nail beds and you could tell where they were removed from the plastic template used to make them because the ends had this little ridge that you might have had to sand down if you were using them. That's all I have to say.
That's pretty much it. Usually I like the items that come in for review but this time, it pretty much missed the mark on a majority of the items. The only thing that I can say I loved from the box is the NYC lip color, now if only I could find it in a store near me.