Wednesday, March 25, 2015

INFLUENSTER: Spring 2015 XO VoxBox

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The Influenster XO VoxBox 2015

Today I have my review of the Influenster XO VoxBox. I did a first impressions unboxing on Saturday, which you can watch here! In this XO VoxBox you'll find items form Colgate's Optic White line, John Frieda's Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth line, Tide Pots + Febreze, Skinfix and Adore Me. Check them out after the jump!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen $14.99 (L)
and Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste $3.99-4.99 (R)

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen $14.99
Like I said in my video, this is a convenience item. The toothbrush is a hollow tube and the whitening pen is stored inside for easy access. I like the idea of having it all in once place, I have enough little bottles to store already!

The toothbrush was a little too light and hollow feeling for me, even with the pen in. I did like how it had the rubber scubber thingie on the backside of the brush head though.

The whitening pen is a cool idea. I've tried white strips and other white treatments which you know, you have to brush off or remove. You just twist up the whitening solution, apply it with the pen (it has a rubbery brush on the end) and go. No brushing, no rinsing. It didn't feel gross or anything, wasn't uncomfortable at all. It promises whiter teeth in 2 days. I used it alongside the toothpaste for 4 days and I did see a slighttttt difference. However, I stopped both because they made my teeth super sensitive. Will try it again when my teeth stop hurting!

Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste $3.99-4.99
The Express White toothpaste is said to have 2x the amount of whitening solution compared to other whitening toothpastes. I used this toothpaste, in conjunction with the whitening pen from above, for about 4 days. Using both I did see a slight difference in the color of my teeth, but nothing to write home about. As I said in my video, I have super soft, cavity prone teeth so I use a prescription toothpaste. I'd been wanting to add a whitening toothpaste to my AM routine. Using it with the whitening pen, it made my teeth really sensitive. I'll have to visit them separately. I'll probably use the pen and then the toothpaste to keep up the effects... that is if my teeth can take it LOL

John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Conditioner,
Primer, and Shampoo $9.99

John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Collection $9.99
This line is a hair treatment trio that combats frizz from "the inside out" for smooth hair. I have wavy-curly hair, while frizz can be an issue for me I try to stay away from frizz-fighting products because it weighs down the movement in my hair. I still tried this line.

I used it when I straightened my hair for a job interview. I liked the leave in product's idea because I didn't have to blow dry it through like the last VoxBox's leave in product. I'm not sure if it was a combo of these 3 products being used or just the Primer, but it made my hair super greasy on the top half of my hair. The next morning I had to add dry shampoo to my hair to soak it up. After adding dry shampoo, my hair stayed really nice, straight, smooth, and frizz free for about 3 days (until I got tired of straight hair LOL). I usually have frizz issues in high humidity environments. I used to live in Charleston and Houston, where I had to deal with 90-100% humidity year round... and frizz haha. In San Diego, not so much. So, this time around I can't speak toward the whole humidity-frizz issue-thing.
Tide Pods + Febreze in Botanical Rain $4.99-14.99

Tide Pods + Febreze in Botanical Rain $4.99-14.99
This is a 4-in-1 laundry detergent product made by Tide and scented with Febreze Botanical Rain. It contains a detergent, stain remover, brightener, and "long lasting freshness". The Botanical Rain scent was nice and fresh, not fruity or anything haha.

I don't use pod type detergent, my husband does though. I did sacrifice my interview clothes and used the Pods on them LOL. As I said in my unboxing video, I don't use fabric softener because of the build up it creates over time (I use vinegar). So, I don't see these being a permanent item in my personal laundry routine. My interview clothes did smell fabulousssss the day of the interview though. My husband also said he enjoyed them for his uniform washing, VS a cheaper powder detergent pod he has been using. So, I guess they can stay :P While it is a simple, one-step item, I'd rather just do the steps on my own... that's just how I like to do things.

Skinfix Hand Repair Cream 1oz $10.00

Skinfix Hand Repair Cream 1oz $10.00
(Totally blanked on taking a picture of this item, my bad!) This cream from Skinfix is formulated to treat eczema, dry, and cracked skin. It contains "1% colloidal oatmeal to target eczema, dermatitis and extreme dryness".

It's no secret that I suffer from eczema and I'd say 90% of it is on my hands. I'm constantly using lotion to keep my skin from being dry, red, itching, or cracking. I used the entire tube of this cream up in about 3 days. I used it when my hands felt dry, after doing dishes, and after a shower. It had a nice creamy texture and kept my hands moisturized for a good bit of time. It's also fragrance free, which is also great. 

There's 2 things I didn't like about this product 1) The price point. $10... for ONE ounce?! It's listed on their site for $17.99 for 2 ounces. WHAT?! I can't do that. With the amount of lotions and creams I go through, I'd put myself out on the streets LOL. 2) The colloidal oatmeal. As I stated in my video, I've grown to hate eczema related products with this ingredient. The creams and lotions with colloidal oatmeal seem to be "waxy". I think it's a way to make the cream last without it being greasy. Maybe it's just me and how my skin reacts to it? Not sure, but I'm not a fan of the ingredient and I'll take greasy over the strange waxy flim/feeling any day.

I'd like to say I'd try other eczema related products in their line but the price points are just as ridiculous as this one is. At least the cleansing oil price of $20 makes a little more sense since its 12.5 oz not just ONE or TWO. *sigh* Sorry, Skinfix...

Adore Me Subscription Service $39.95/month

Adore Me Monthly Lingerie Subscription Service $39.95/month
Last but not least was a free lingerie item from Adore Me. Without reading reviews, I didn't hesitate and ordered my free item. They have many different items to choose from each month: Bra/panty sets, bodysuits, corsets, swimwear, sleepwear, etc. Each month is $39.95 (unless you're VIP, then it's $29.95), you can choose an item, skip, or take store credit.

 The item I got was okay. As I described in my video, it was very cheap-feeling... like it reminded me a piece of $5 + free shipping lingerie from China on eBay. It was cute and fit well, but the quality was kind of lacking IMHO. Honest truth, sorry if it hurts Adore Me.

I canceled my VIP subscription (which I had to sign up for in order to get my free item, which is fine) so I wouldn't forget and be surprised by a $30 charge on my credit card. It took me over 2 hour of being ON HOLD to cancel my subscription. They told me it was a "busy day", but I have a feeling it was the norm... After doing a little Googling and talking to people on Twitter... I've heard horror stories about them STILL charging their cards month-to-month after canceling the subscription. *sigh* So I'm watching my statements hoping this doesn't happen to me. While I think it is a nifty idea, I'd rather go to Victoria's Secret or a department store and try on things so I know the quality and know how it fits prior to purchasing. Just my own preference!

BRAND INFORMATIONColgate: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | YouTube
John Frieda: WebsiteFacebook | YouTube
Tide: WebsiteFacebookTwitterYouTube
Skinfix: WebsiteFacebookTwitterYouTube | Instagram
Adore Me: Links removed by request of the company. (edited: 8/23/17)

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These items were sent for review. My opinions of the brand are my own and are not influenced in any way. Please read the disclaimer tab for more information about my reviews.

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