Monday, November 12, 2012

Influenster - Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

This post may be a little image heavy! I have lots of great products to share with you from this Beauty Bloggers VoxBox. Influenster has provided me with several fun items pertaining to beauty.

The contents of my box:

  • NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
  • Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
  • Bath & Body Works Mini Candle
  • EBoost
  • Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
  • Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

First I have the NYC New York Colors compact. The pallette I got is called Dark Shadows, and consists of shades of grays, along with a primer base (tan) and illuminator (shimmery white). The primer and illuminator are cremes, while the eyeshadows are pressed powder. 

The swatched them on my hand first, applying the eyeshadow over the primer in the top row, and without primer in the bottom row. You can see how the primer makes the colors much more bold. 

I then applied some to my eyes. I didn't go too crazy since I was going to work afterward! I followed the helpful little instructions on the back of the pallette and applied the middle gray all over my lid, using the darkest as the contour in the outer corner, and the lightest on the inside corner and the browbone. I'm terrible at makeup application, but I think it's pretty easy with this compact!

Next I tried out some false lashes. I wasn't using them in the photos of the NYC eyeshadow, I just wore some mascara. These lashes are surprisingly easy to use. I only ever tried false lashes one from a MyGlam bag, so I figured I'd give it another go. 

You can cut the lashes to fit your upper lid properly. They come with latex free adhesive, as well as little tweezers to place them carefully. I applied some of the adhesive to the lashes first, let it get a little tacky, and then put them on with the tweezers. It definitely feels odd if you're not used to it, but you can get used to it easily, just like makeup. 

The glue holds for a long time, and isn't too difficult to remove afterward. It says it has a 24-hour hold, which is enough for you to wear them all day and all night. 

I can't really "try out" this product like the others, but I did certainly put it to good use. I absolutely love Bath & Body Works candles, so I have a lot. However, I was excited to try this new scent out! 

I received Mahogany Teakwood in my box. It smells like perfume with a little musk to it, so it isn't one of the more "real" or outdoorsy smelling candles. It still smells nice, although I personally tend to prefer scents like cinnamon pumpkin for fall. 

I didn't burn the entire thing yet, but adding up the hours I've had this little one burning, it's been over 12, and it's about halfway down! I usually buy the larger, 3-wick candles. Unfortunately, the $10 coupon for a 3-wick candle expired quickly after receiving this, but if you're familiar with Bath & Body Works, you'll know that they often have 2 for $20 sales on their candles. So I recommend signing up for their emails to know when they're on sale! 

 This next product is one that I've actually never heard of. It is called EBoost, and it is an energy and immunity drink mix. It is packed with vitamins such a Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12, and it only has 5 calories! 

I mixed mine into a water bottle while I was at work so I could put the energy part to good use. I received all-natural orange flavor in my box, and it did actually taste like orange. Not exactly like orange juice, but it tasted good for how healthy it is. 

I don't like comparing products too much, but if you're ever tried Emergen-C, it's pretty much like that. It fizzes when you mix it with water, and it tastes a little similar to their Super Orange flavor. In all honesty, I think this EBoost one tastes better though! I will have to buy more for flu season. 

Another fun product that I hadn't heard of yet: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin. I don't do all too much with my hair, so I really only flat iron it and use plain elastic hair ties. My hair is very thick and heavy, so when I make buns, they sag and fall very easily. That being said, I was intrigued by how simple these looked, but also how they promised to give me a quick and neat bun. 

I received dark colored Spin Pins since I have dark brown hair, but they do come in other colors. It says in the instructions on the back that no elastic is necessary, but I put my hair into a low ponytail with one anyway. I then spun my ponytail into a bun and tried to tuck some of the ends in. However, my hair is layered, so not all of the ends are even. I then put the pins in the top and bottom, and it actually stayed! It felt pretty secure, so I'm impressed that I can finally do something like this with my super thick hair. 

The last product I received in my box is Not Your Mother's frizz cream.  My hair is very frizzy, wavy, and unruly without flat ironing it. I used some of this product while my hair was damp and let it air dry after that. I found that my hair was indeed significantly less frizzy than it normally is when it air dries. 

My hair did feel a little heavier and greasier than it normally does though, but I guess that's expected when you add just about any product to it. Still, it smells great - just like coconut! It also didn't take all too much to get all of my hair. I flat ironed my hair afterward, and the frizz control proved itself after a full day of work. I like it! 

All in all, I'm pretty impressed with these products. A lot of them I have never tried, but they were all very easy to get used to, and proved to be useful in my daily routine. The NYC eyeshadow has become a staple in my daily makeup, and I can now finally try to wear my hair in a bun thanks to the Goody Spin Pins!

<3 Corrinne

These products were sent to me for review by Influenster. I did not purchase these products, but as always, I only offer my honest opinion.


  1. OMG!!! I knew I recognized your picture!!! Then I scroll down and see you signed it as "Corrinne"!! It's Libby from highschool... found your nail blog via reddit... I know this is random, but it's crazy to randomly see someone from your high school online... LOVE your blog though!

    1. Aww thank you! That means a lot to me :) I'm so excited to see who finds my blog and who enjoys it. I do go on reddit a lot and post a bit too, so it's also good to see fellow redditors!


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