Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Influenster Cosmo VoxBox Review

So, I got lucky and was sent the Cosmo VoxBox courtesy of Influenster. Influenster is a cool community where you can review products, earn badges via surveys and linking your reviews, and you can even receive products to review! I was excited when I learned I'd be receiving a box.

I took about a month to post this for a few reasons: one, I've actually been thoroughly using the products. Second, I'm so busy with wedding planning it's not even funny. #kellyneproblems.

I opened my box to find several items that I was excited to try:

First up, Forever Red perfume from Bath & Body Works. I'd been hearing a lot of hype about this on the B&BW Facebook page, but I usually avoid their perfumes since they have an alcohol-y note to them. I was pretty impressed by this one, as things go. It's sexy and floral all at once. Unfortunately, it doesn't last very long and it does have that faint alcohol undertone but not as bad as say, the body sprays. Also, this is a very cute little bottle and totally could work as a stocking stuffer. Influenster describes the scent as "a passionate blend of pomegranate & red osmanthus with a sexy surprise of vanilla rum." Ummm...I describe it as "mmm" so I'll just steal their description ;)

Next up, CHOCOLATE! Next time just send me a box full of this, hahaha. It was just as delicious as you'd expect Ghirardelli to be, and if you love sea salt chocolate...mmm.

They included some very cool pens in the package, as well. They're FriXion by Pilot. I'm a sucker for a good pen so I brought these to work to try out. Their hook is that they're erasable. I did try this feature out and, while they erase quite well, it's hard to write back over the area you erased. However, they write very smoothly and as erasable pens go (does anyone else remember having to use those horrid black erasable pens in high school English?) are quite nice.

Lastly, they included a Venus Embrace razor, a coupon for $2 off of refills and an Olay refill cartridge. I used to use the Venus Embrace for a long time, but about a year ago switched to using Gillette Mach 3 Fusion men's razors instead for several reasons: one, so that we could buy one razor refill pack for the whole household, and two, they just work better. I get a closer shave, the shave lasts longer, etc. While the Venus Embrace is very moisturizing, I just don't feel that I get as close of a shave as with the Mach 3 Fusion.
That said, if you don't want to use a "guy's" razor, I found the Schick Quattro Titanium for Women to be quite sturdy. It just has that heavy, well-made feel. Nothing against the Venus Embrace! I've been using it since I got the box and am quite happy to use one again.
Gillette Venus Embrace retailer list at gillettevenus.com

Also, I thought I'd throw in that even though this post is totally NNR, the lovely polish I'm wearing in several of the pics is Allons-Y from Nail Pattern Boldness' Time Traveler collection :) I bought the whole thing (duh, it's Doctor Who) and wore this shade for my birthday since it's Tenth inspired and I just love Ten *flutters*
You can pick it and the rest of the collection up at NPB's Etsy store for $9/15ml bottle!

As always, thank you for reading! Happy new year!
K x

Note: The Influenster box was generously provided to me in exchange for my unbiased (as always!) opinion. The Nail Pattern Boldness shade was purchased by me :)

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