Friday, March 23, 2012

Review - Love VoxBox

 About two weeks ago, I received my first VoxBox from Influenster, a company which offers special rewards and free products for active members who like to share their opinions. This company is awesome! All you have to do to get in on the fun is to sign up and start unlocking "badges" which complement your lifestyle. To unlock badges, you might answer questions on particular surveys (revolving around topics such as beauty, pets, Eco-conscious living, etc), or share the breadth of your social media influence. Influenster loves to reward members with special giveaways and discounts for simply speaking your mind and reviewing assorted products. You don't even have to own a blog to participate! If you like to create videos, or suggest items to your friends via Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, etc, this is the website for you. Influenster has built up a strong base of reviews on new and trendy products using the opinions of their member. The items that they offer are better than any free sample website I have ever found. I was so happy when I received an email saying that I qualified for the Love VoxBox -- the newest assortment of items.

This is what I received: a Ghirardelli chocolate bar, Truvia sweetener, Stash Herbal Tea, a Gillete Venus razor, and Kiss nail fashions.

 The Ghirardelli chocolate bar was one of their newest flavors: Creamy Devotion 32% Cacao Milk Chocolate. Here is a description of the flavor from the back of the bar: This smooth-melting, delightfully creamy milk chocolate bar has milky dairy notes and a rich chocolate aroma. With 32% cacao, the exquisite chocolate flavor is highlighted by the elegantly smooth texture and luscious mouthfeel. This full-flavored chocolate has a clean finish with a lingering extra creamy chocolate sensation. For tempting pairing suggestions, visit One great aspect of this particular Ghirardelli flavor is that it is all natural!

I am actually not a big milk chocolate fan (I prefer dark), but I wasn't going to pass up the chance to try the bar before I handed it off to another family member. I was surprised! I love Ghirardelli's dark chocolate (especially the raspberry filled bars), and this flavor wasn't too far off for being milk chocolate. Although it lacks the somewhat bitter taste of dark chocolate, the new, creamy texture overrides what could be an overly sweet one. The chocolate definitely lives up to its name -- it is smooth, yummy, and melts away in your mouth. If you like the taste of rich and silky chocolate, you will love this.

The Stash Herbal tea sampler was a great product to review. I love the variety of flavors offered in just one box: Acai Berry, Blueberry Superfruit, Chamomile, Cinnamon Apple Chamomile, Lemon Ginger, Licorice Spice, Mango Passionfruit, Peppermint, and Wild Raspberry Hibiscus. This would be a great gift for any tea lover -- you don't have to guess at their favorite flavor, as there are many to choose from. If I can pull myself away from coffee for a day, I prefer fruity flavors over spices or herbal blends. However, the chamomile Stash tea was incredibly relaxing. I haven't gotten to try all of the flavors, but my family has also gotten into the box. They especially love the Blueberry Superfruit, which is "flavorful and energizing". Stash tea is caffeine free, though I personally think it works well as a stimulant or relaxer (depending on the flavor) definitely don't miss the caffeine. I love that Stash tea is 100% natural. Here are some of the ingredients listed on the box that add to the healthy and flavorful tea: hibiscus, rosehips, orange peel, lemongrass, ginger root, safflower, chamomile flower, acai powder, chicory root, licorice powder, peppermint leaves, various flavors, soy, etc.

The Gillette Venus and Olay razor is one of their newest products. It has five blades and features Olay moisture bars. I typically try to satisfy myself with disposable razors to try and cut down on cost (since I spend so much on other beauty products), so this was a special gift. Here is the description of the razor as featured on the back: You love the feeling of soft, smooth skin, but shaving can sometimes make your skin dull and dry. Only the new Venus and Olay razor combines Venus' best shaving technology and Olay's skin expertise all in one. 

  • Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness and with every smoothing stroke, Venus' 5 blades shave you close
  • No need for separate shave cream. Your skin will emerge ultra smooth and beautiful
  • Soft grip handle for confident control
   I love to use shaving cream, but I was excited to try saving time by relying on the Olay moisture bars to soften my legs. My skin is very sensitive -- if I try to shave by just wetting my legs, I get red bumps everywhere and itchy skin. I really have to saturate with shaving cream after I have held my legs under running water for quite awhile in order to get silky smooth skin. I don't know how long the moisture in the razor will last, but the Gillette Venus and Olay razor was sufficient without shaving cream! My legs felt great afterward. Actually, I have dry skin that I constantly have to hydrate with lotion, and this solved that issue too. I think that this razor will help save money in the long run. If you don't like it, they offer 2 times your money have nothing to lose!

Truvia is an all-natural sweetener that has zero calories and isn't lacking in taste. Rebiana, a key ingredient in Truvia, comes from the leaves of the stevia plant, which is native to South America. Another ingredient, erythritol, is a sweetener that can be found in pears and grapes. Here is some more about Stevia, as seen on their website:

Things to Know

  • Truvia® natural sweetener is refreshingly uncomplicated. Sprinkle it on your grapefruit. Spoon it in your coffee. It won't end up on your conscience or your thighs.
  • One packet of Truvia® natural sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.
  • Truvia® natural sweetener is a great alternative for people with diabetes. It is also kosher certified.

I love that this sweetener provides the same taste as others without the calories, and more importantly, without the potentially harmful side effects of other zero-cal sweeteners. I have recently been researching the negative impact that sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose have, and it makes me want to cut this foods out of my diet completely. Unfortunately, I am pretty much addicted to Diet Pepsi, which I originally assumed was BETTER for me, given the lack of calories. Be careful when you buy diet, low-cal foods.. if they contain one of these fake sugar additives, they could actually be slowing your metabolism and increasing your risk of certain diseases, like cancer. I wish that Truvia could be integrated into Pepsi or other popular diet foods..then I could eat them without feeling wary afterward. For now, I will be putting Truvia on anything that I can control, such as fruits or baked goods.

Kiss Nail Dress designs are one of the latest trends in nail polish fashion. What do these unique personally-applied manicures offer? A wide array of designs that are high quality and nearly impossible to replicate freehand, even with thin-brushed polish. Kiss offers designs that include gems, animal print, lace, flowers, etc. You can't make these designs yourself, so they are pretty awesome! All you have to do is peel off each sticker and apply it to your nail, smoothing from the center outward. Then, you push down the ends and sand them off with the nail file that Kiss provides along with the stickers. The stickers themselves are made out of polish, so they are easily removed with polish remover. The stickers come in different sizes, and can be applied to toes (square side down) or nails (round side down). The package includes 28 strips, so you can afford to make a mistake on your first try while applying, or you can do your nails and toes at the same time. 

The best aspect of these Kiss Nail Dress strips are the designs, and the fact that the "polish" lasts for about 10 days. It doesn't chip, because it doesn't feel like your typical polish. You don't have to let it dry, so it can't smudge. Obviously, it doesn't need two coats, and you can't have the problem of lack of opacity. I have some pictures below. My nails are short and stubby, so the designs don't look as cool -- I let my mom model for the review. The downfall? These take a long time to put on. This is fine for a special event, but you won't have time to apply them before work or class, especially if you're doing it for the first time. They don't always sand off neatly, and if you aren't careful you can get wrinkles or air bubbles underneath.. but I guess that's why it is good that you have extras.

Disclaimer! I received these products to review through Influenster's VoxBox program. My reviews are honest and all my own. I was not provided with any other form of monetary compensation.


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