Influenster recently gave me the opportunity to receive and review items in the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox for Fall 2012. This is my first box, and I am really impressed with both the program and the items I received. Below you’ll find my thoughts on the items, and I’ll have an upcoming post on Influenster itself.
Bath & Body Works Mini Candle in Cider Lane – The B&BW description of this scent as “mulled cider and warm caramel with a hint of sweet cinnamon” is pretty accurate. It smells like a caramel apple covered in mulling spices, which doesn’t sound appetizing but makes for a lovely scent. The throw is decent for such a small candle, but it’s still more effective in a small room. Burn time is around 10 hours, which is average for a candle of its size. I appreciate the fact that they now come in glass containers, which feel more safe and sturdy.
Price: $3.50, though you can get them for less during one of B&BWs frequent sales.
Oh! Want to grab a large 3-wick candle for half-off? Use code F126566 to snag them for $10 each, with a limit of five. The online-only code is good through 10/28/2012, so get ’em while you can!
NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact in Dark Shadows – This palette includes four shadows, a primer, and an illuminator… all intended to give you the perfect smoky eye. The shadows are all shimmery and the darkest crease/contour shade even has a hint of silver glitter. They didn’t apply well with the included brush (which is the case with many of the little sponge brushes sold with drugstore shadows), but they did apply smoothly with my regular shadow brush. There was very little fallout and the pigmentation was decent. I didn’t feel the primer did much to help with application and wear, but I did like the illuminator/highlighter.
Overall, this would be a great set for someone who wants an easy smoky eye look, but doesn’t have the basics. It’s all right there in one inexpensive palette, with a quick tutorial included on the back.
Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin – There’s not much to say, except that I LOVE these pins. LOVE! They are so easy to use and stay in place, even in my thin hair. The color I received doesn’t match my hair color… but it’s not a big deal and I’m sure I’ll buy the dark ones soon anyway.
Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit – Two words to describe these lashes? Full and dramatic! I don’t typically use false lashes, as I’m happy with the length and volume of my natural ones, but I was happy to give these a shot. They applied easily; the Pro Lash applicator gave me more precise control over placement, but they were still easy to apply by hand alone. The latex-free glue was strong and lasted quite a while. I didn’t wear them for a full 24 hours, so I can’t test that claim.
EBOOST – As with the false lashes, I don’t often use energy drinks or mixes so I may not be the best judge of performance in comparison to other similar products. What I can say is that the mix didn’t taste terrible and I never felt jittery or experienced a crash. I wonder how the other flavors taste… the Acai Pomegranate and Super Berry flavors sound good!
Price: $28 for a box of 20 powders; $39 for a box of 12 shots
Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream – This was yet another decent product. The Smooth Moves hair cream is meant to give frizz control and help reduce styling time. I found working a small amount into my ends did decrease the frizz, but I didn’t notice a reduction of styling time… likely since my styling only involves air drying and a quick run through with my flat iron. The scent is light and reminds me of lotion, due to the coconut extracts.
Price: $6.00 for a 4oz bottle
* DISCLAIMER: These items were provided to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own. *