WHAT IS AN INFLUENSTER VOXBOX?!
Influenster is actually a company that provides awesome networking for bloggers and brands! Until a few months ago, I had heard the name and that was about it. Influenster were launched by Aydin Acar and Elizabeth Scherle in 2010 with their iOS app launching in 2014. The company takes a unique approach to bloggers, vloggers, and social media mavens by providing digital and material rewards from retail brands in exchange for just doing what they already love doing! The digital forms can come in for example a e-card/reward card or promotional code for free products; the physical rewards arrive in forms like the coveted VoxBox that I received in the mail today!
When I first joined, I admit I was slightly skeptical...but after filling out my profile and connecting my social media accounts I started to warm up to Influenster's ideas a little bit more. I was also able to connect my blog to my Influenster profile and answer easy and quick questions called "SNAPS" that helped in collecting data needed to place me in a campaign. For Influenster, a campaign is simply one of their digital or physical reward campaigns in which you receive products or services in exchange for posts on your social media, blogging, and other activities. It's usually a specific period a time in which you have to get all of your required actions completed for the campaign, but they give you plenty of time to do this!
A LOT of the tasks are also SUPER easy too and there are additional tasks you may do to earn a chance to win a special reward from the brand. When you complete tasks, Influenster allows you to earn what they call "Badges" and this can proudly be displayed in your influenster profile, help put in you line for the next campaign, and open up further chances for more products! They do actually send you things that will fit you and I really liked and noticed that when I got my box :)
OK.....SO NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT A VOXBOX IS....WHAT DID I GET IN MINE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN?!
- Digital $25 EBAY Gift card >earned by using provided widget tool through the Influester site and then completing two short guides that were under 500 words!
- Adore Me VIP Membership> did have to go their site and sign up w/my credit card, BUT there was a code sent via email from Influenster that allowed the first month to be FREE and the item I was able to choose was normally a VIP-Priced item :) You CAN also skip each month as long as it's before the 5th of the month too.
- Land's End promotion> I am NOT sure how much/what exactly this one entails yet> there was only a card in the box with details advising that I would be sent promotion in very near future...offer is still valid through 3/15 so I will update my post once I receive it!!!
Tide Pods+ Febreze: 4-in-1 Botanical Rain> this was a sample pack of 10 pacs!
These were fantastic little guys with great washing power that I was surprised they had! The new technology with the 4-in-1 pacs combines detergent, stain remover, brightener, and a 24 hr. scent! The unique design separates the ingredients until they hit your wash and the scent is wonderful with a blend of jasmine, rose, and freesia. I really noticed a good difference in the smell of our clothes after using this for the whole family. I know that the package suggests that I was only use ONE for a regular-sized load, but I used TWO pods per. regular laundry load. I have used some different pod-type detergent before and noticed that I really had to use 2 for a regular load as ONE just didn't seem sufficient. That being said, I saw NO difference in it's cleaning power in getting stains out- it may have even been slightly more effective. I would say my overall impressions are that I'd definitely be willing to buy these and give them a few months to see how cost effective they would be too. If I go through just about the same amount that I would with liquid, I am willing to make the switch. These were less mess and our clothes were noticeably smelling fantastic!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Primer > .7 oz. sample size. $8.97
I have honestly never used a hair primer before, but I had heard that there were fairly effective! John Frieda does an excellent job with this product and it does exactly what it claims to! The smell is ok as I didn't really notice that much of one and it the product really does provide a great canvas for the rest of your products and styling! As an added bonus, it's moderately priced as well!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Conditioner w/pure Coconut Oil > 1.5 oz. sample size. $8.49
I absolutely LOVED this conditioner! It worked VERY WELL at leaving my hair feeling incredibly smooth and soft and it was much easier to style my hair with the flat iron as it was just SO smooth! The name really does tell the truth! :) I also noticed that I didn't have to use near as much conditioner than I normally do as the formula is thick and rests well in your hair after application. I let mine sit a couple of minutes as I do with all of my conditioners and I really noticed the difference in overall appearance AND softness! It was a LOT easier to dry my treated, coarse and thick hair too as a result. :)
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Shampoo w/pure Coconut Oil> same size as Cond. $8.97
I wasn't as impressed with the shampoo from John Frieda that I received in my VoxBox. It wasn't as moisturizing as the other 2 products and almost felt like it was drying out my hair. That being said, I am VERY picky when it comes to shampoos AND most hair products and I usually try and stick with salon-only products, however I really did want to give this one a fair chance- especially since I've used and LOVED John Frieda products before. This shampoo, unlike the conditioner, just wasn't as much of a FAV for me.
John Frieda Frizz Ease $3 off Beyond Smooth Products, excluding travel-sizes!
I will DEF be using this coupon to purchase the primer in a full-sized product as I really liked the product and can see that I will use it regularly! There is a participation part of the campaign too that includes taking a picture of the full-sized version in-store, so I figured it was a good excuse to go ahead and buy the product as well :)
Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen. $12.99
I was surprised the product was around $13 for a toothbrush that does not even "buzz" or create action! Usually at this price-point that is something that I expect most of the time. Yet, this brush has a different focus which is mostly to whiten, so that may be the reason for the higher price-point. Also, the whitening pen does seem that it will last a couple of weeks and since you are supposed to use until its gone in entirety and use every 3 months, that makes some sense. Another feature I DID like about the toothbrush was that the whitening pen snaps right into place inside the toothbrush itself so you can take it on-the-go and it makes the whitening pen easier to deal with in general. The brush bristles themselves are Medium soft so beware if you don't care for that type of level in toothbrush bristles as I myself did not see any options in-store or online except for the Medium bristle type. As for the whitening product, it did appear to begin to work some, but I would say about a 25%-30% improvement overall. I am an avid coffee drinker, so I am sure there are long-standing stains that would be difficult to remove but the fact that I saw any improvement at all was nice! I've tried other brand and products before that claim to whiten, but I saw the most results with this system here. I DID use the toothbrush AND whitening gel in combination with the toothpaste in the same Colgate line below :)
Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste> 3 oz. full-sized product! $3.96
Great toothpaste-especially for a whitening toothpaste! The price is good as well and I did notice an improvement of overall whiter appearance :) The mint flavor is a little strong, but very good and the toothpaste works very well in tandem with the above mentioned toothbrush and whitening gel from Colgate.
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream w/ 1% Colloidal Oatmeal > 1 oz. sample size. $17.09
Fantastic hand cream that works well! It absorbs well into the skin and the formula is nice and thick, yet spreads nicely. It does NOT take much of this product to see an immediate difference in appearance, softness, and feel! The smell is almost nothing, which is excellent for those with sensitive skin or those that need to stay away from chemicals, scented perfumes, and dyes. The sample size that I have is going to last me forever, so even though the full-sized version is just over $17, it would well be worth the price! One thing that really stood out with me about this hand cream from Skinfix is that is contains Colloidal Oatmeal and this is super effective in treating a variety of skin issues including eczema! It lasts ALL day too- I only had to apply once a day and that was it! :) This is probably my FAV product in the entire VoxBox AND I would highly recommend it!!!