During the Christmas frenzy last month I received the groovy Violet VoxBox from Influenster. A what? A VoxBox is filled with complimentary products for trendsetters and social media influencers to try and share their honest impressions with their community. Each box is themed and this one contained Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine Nail Color, a Goody Athletique headwrap, a Cranberry Soy Joy bar, a clay spa masque from Montagne Jeunesse and a can of Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo.
I’ve received VoxBoxes in the past but have to say, this one has been my fave! Why? Because it’s almost as if this box was made for me. Everything was practical and for the most part, it was a hit with a minor miss.
Here’s a summary with my impressions of each item:
The challenge I have with headbands is my hair is short to medium in length and headbands are typically too thin and don’t stay in place. The Goody Athletique Ouchless Headwrap stayed in place on my head and kept hair away from my face while doing Shaun T’s Hip-Hop Abs program. It’s also great for keeping hair back when washing my face.
Verdict: I’m a fan!
I was provided with a bottle of Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine Nail Color in the shade of “Play Koi” which is a fancy name for orange. Or, since I’m from Buffalo, it could’ve easily been called “Buffalo Wing Sauce” because that’s the color my nails look like after indulging in wings.
I have issues staying within the lines, including on the canvas of my fingernails, when applying the color. I’m not sure if it was because the polish was cold (my house was 65 today) but it didn’t glide on easily and was a little lumpy on a couple of nails. For the most part, I was able to carefully smooth it over with another brush stroke (the brush is flat, by the way, making it easier to paint). The color is vibrant with a glossy shine and dried relatively quickly.
Verdict: Don’t love it but am in deep like.
It’s an all-natural, whole soy and fruit bar. I used to munch on SoyJoy bars a couple of years ago and these days I haven’t really noticed them in the stores I shop so I haven’t tasted the change. I packed the bar on my trip to Buffalo over Christmas and it was the perfect, healthy airplane snack. First thing I noticed is it was moister than I remember the bars being. It was also more flavorful than I recall. It isn’t loaded with sugar and at 140 calories, it’s the perfect snack for my lifestyle.
Verdict: Yum! Where can I find more?
I was really excited to receive Montagne Jeunesse’s Red Earth Clay Spa Masque because I’ve used these one-time packets before and had been thinking, I was long overdue for an at home facial. When I opened the packet expecting to squeeze out some clay to smooth onto my face I was surprised to find a fabric mask with holes for the eyes, mouth and nostrils.
I applied it to my cleansed face for about 15 minutes and enjoyed the fruity, cinnamon scent. After taking off the mask I massaged the red clay mixture into my skin, rinsed, then felt and looked clean and refreshed. This technique is less messy than what I’ve used in the past – it didn’t get stuck in my hair and was easier to rinse off.
Verdict: I’ll be stocking up!
A word of caution, I did scare myself when looking in the mirror and my cats growled at me. The mask is flesh-toned and I looked artificial wearing it. See the photo for yourself.
As I stated in my review of Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo, it’s pretty groovy. It’s left my hair clean and adds a little substance for volume.
Verdict: I have a freaky, new addiction to this dry shampoo!
See? The Violet VoxBox was a home run! Have you tried any of these products? What’s your take?