Friday, February 28, 2014

boxfullove freebies :: Influenster J'Adore VoxBox

The floodgates have opened!

After sending me my first-ever VoxBox a couple of weeks ago, Influenster shipped me yet another (totally free of charge), this time packed with a variety of goodies to try out!

Looks like the package might've had a run-in with the mail carrier, judging by that huge tear in the middle.  Yikes.  What exactly are my mail peeps getting into in their short trip from post office to apartment complex?  But anyway, miraculously all the contents survived the trip unscathed, and the unboxing was still pretty fabulous:

Look at all that pink!  Perfect February box, right?  It was aptly named J'Adore.

If you've never heard of Influenster, it basically hosts a community of bloggers on its site who share their opinions and reviews on a variety of products, and occasionally sends its members packages --or VoxBoxes-- filled with items to check out and discuss across social media.  

Now that you've been introduced, let's look over the haul.

$5.29 for an 18.5 oz bag.

You really can't go wrong with Hershey's Kisses: they are always, always well-received.  These Kisses' wrappers are silver, red, and pink, and perfect for Valentine's Day.  I was super-psyched to see this enormous (family sized, baby!) bag in my VoxBox.

$9.39 for 3.3 fl oz.

From what I could dig up online, Botanics is a skincare brand based in the United Kingdom and distributed in the States by Boots Retail USA.  I love getting my hands on undiscovered (at least to me) international products, and I can't wait to try out this mask. Its description on the Boots page is incredibly sexy: "This mineral-rich oceanic clay mask contains a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet, helping to draw deep-rooted impurities out of the skin without drying." Sign me up!  As of this writing, the mask is sold out on the Boots site, but it's also conveniently available at Target for the same price. 

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes.
$3.99 a pair.

It is false eyelash season?  I received a set of falsies in my February ipsy Glam Bag (yet to be reviewed), and I've seen them making the rounds throughout other boxes, too, lately.  I confess I've never worn falsies before, partially because I'm happy enough with my real eyelashes after a coat of mascara and partially because applying glue so close to my eye skeeves me out, but at this point I have no excuse not to try at least one of my two sets.

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Flat Iron Spray.
$8.99 for 3.5 fl oz. My sample was 1 fl oz, about $2.57.

John Frieda turns out consistently great haircare products at drugstore prices, so I was happy to see this in my VoxBox.  It's not the most novel or surprising item, but I'm sure it'll be a reliable performer.  (Do you guys watch The Taste?  John Frieda is the Brad of Team Bourdain, Season Two, in other words.)  The next time I need to iron out my already-straight hair glassy-smooth, I'll reach for this guy. 

$4.99 for box of 20.

Four bags of tea were included in the box, but by the time we got around to shooting these photos, I'd already brewed two (seems to be a recurring theme here...).  This line of teas is all named and flavored after pies and desserts, and I received the Créme Caramel and the Lemon Chiffon.  I'd never heard of Red Rose before receiving these through Influenster, and they turned out, especially the lemon flavor, to be really tasty.      

And that's it!  I was a little disappointed I didn't receive the men's Vaseline Spray Lotion that was shipped to Influensters with male significant others.  Anything to simplify my typically moisturizing-averse man's grooming routine!  Other than that, I was really pleasantly surprised by the contents of this VoxBox, all of which will be put to good use -- starting with those Hershey's Kisses, naturally!

What do you think about the J'Adore Influenster VoxBox?  Did you get one too?  Were you one of the lucky recipients of the Vaseline Spray Lotion?

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