Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Influenster Vox Box: Sugar and Spice Review

A few weeks ago, I got my first InfluensterVoxBox (Go here to learn more about Influenster or click the badge on the right). I was chosen to try out their Sugar and Spice Vox Box. When it arrived at my door, I was super excited to see so many different products I wanted to try! 

• Nutritious sustained energy all morning? • 18-20 grams of whole grains per 50 gram serving • A good source of both energy-releasing B-vitamins + fiber • No high fructose corn syrup • No artificial flavors or sweeteners

I wish I would have known about BelVita sooner! 
I've added them into my morning routine, replacing my usual sugar- filled granola bar. Bonus it's more nutritious. They are really good crushed up in some yogurt; that's how I've been eating them. Once training season rolls around, I can definitely see myself adding this to my breakfast before a long run. It's very mild. I don't see myself having to choke it down like I normally do with my breakfast that early in the morning. My favorite is the Cinnamon Brown Sugar but it comes in Blueberry, Golden Oat, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate, I'm sure you can find a flavor you'd like.
Gentle spun lace cloth helps extract trapped dirt & oils, tones and protects skin-Original witch hazel is perfect for sensitive skin-Non-drying like many other oil removing products-Simple efficacious ingredients-The small size is convenient to travel with and bring anywhere – the home, office, beach, sporting events and gym-Cleans and conditions on the go.

My favorite time to use these is at the end of the day. They're super convenient, so keeping them with you and using them whenever is also an option. I like that it refreshes my face. During the Influenster twitter chat, someone mentioned they used them after their triathlon. How genius! I would definitely swap out the random wet naps (yes, I collect them from restaurants. Don't judge) I use after races/ long runs for these any day! 

If you're interested, I have a couple of extra coupons for $2.00 off any of Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Products. Email me at abby.arta at gmail.com with your address and I'll mail one to you (Continental US only, please. While supplies last).

New NECTRESSE™ Sweetener tastes like sugar and is naturally zero calories per serving. How? We started with the deliciously sweet extract of monk fruit and combined it with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners. It's 100% natural with nothing artificial. You're going to love the way it tastes.
The only time I add sugar/ substitute to anything is tea and coffee. When I used Nectresse, it sweetened without the aftertaste of a sugar substitute. To be honest, I didn't notice a big difference besides that and I guess that's the point. I think because they say it comes from the Monk "fruit", I was expecting a distinct flavor difference. Instead, it just enhanced the other flavors and made everything taste better. Isn't that what sugar is supposed to do in the first place? 

The collection of Colgate® Optic White® products whitens more than 3 shades* and results start in one week. With Colgate® Optic White®, the only accessory you need to look fabulous is your smile.
Every time I try the whitening strips, they usually make my super sensitive teeth even worse. I always buy them with the intention of using, but I never do. This was my first time trying the toothpaste/ brush/ mouthwash combo and I have to say I was impressed. I was expecting it to taste disgusting (like the strips) but it was surprisingly nice! The toothpaste and mouthwash are definitely products I could use more often, although I really like my electronic toothbrush, I might be able to make an exception for The Optic White one. There are so many different sized bristles
 that it's hard not to feel like your mouth is clean. I didn't use it when I was sick, but since then, I have noticed a gradual whitening of my teeth.

Vaseline Spray & Go
• A convenient 360° continuous spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds (less than 10) • Skin feels instantly soft – not sticky or greasy • Contains multi-layer moisture complex and infuses moisture across all layers of skin* – at the top, the core and deep down • Fast to apply, quick to absorb, so women can put their clothes right on after moisturizing • Targeted spray (width of woman’s wrist) dispenses lotion quickly and evenly • To apply simply spray up one side of your body, switch hands, spray down the other side, and then rub in with a few quick rubs (“Up, Switch, Down, Rub”) • All over body coverage • Also comes in Total Moisture®, which contains pure oat extract and leaves skin feeling healthy and soft, Aloe Fresh which contains pure aloe and leaves skin feeling healthy and fresh and Cocoa Radiant™ which contains pure cocoa butter and leaves skin feeling healthy and glowing**Stratum corneum (multi-layer surface skin)

I love how the product makes my skin feel and it does dry super fast. I'm not a fan of the
aerosol can, though. I run into the same problem with the sunscreen that comes this way. When I spray it onto my legs, etc. the product gets everywhere- specifically the hardwood floor and it makes a slippery mess. So I usually just spray it into my hand. I don't know if this defeats the purpose, but I don't have a terrible mess to clean up after. A tip I heard is to spray it while you're on the bathmat or in the bath tub to avoid this. 

Which product sounds most appealing to you?

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Everything in italics is from the products' websites. Everything else is 100% my opinion.


  1. Seriously, I think these boxes are a genius idea - I mean samples of all sorts of different things? It's like at a restaurant when you wish you could try a bite of each dessert! I haven't actually "bit the bullet" yet and tried one of the boxes but I am very intrigued by the whole idea. I think the BelVita and the Vaseline Spray & Go are the most appealing to me.

    1. They really are. I like that they're full-sized, too. You can't really get a sense with the sample ones. You should!

      BelVita is delish and the Spray&Go is what I've been using as my go to lotion.

  2. So is this something different from the box that someone gifted you a couple weeks ago that is part of a monthly subscription? I think I read about it here on your blog. I'm not sure I know the difference.

    1. Influenster is different than the other boxes that are popping up. Those you pay for ($10-20/per month) a subscription to and get samples of products that you might not have ever tried.

      For this, it's a program/ website that sends you products to review for them, at no cost to you, but you have to review the products. There are also other fun challenges on the website to get more "klout" in promoting the brands that you like.

      Does that make sense?

    2. Totally makes sense. Both are cool programs!