The VivaVoxBox! (Tales of Free Things)

April 22, 2014

I don’t do a whole lot of sponsored posting or ads for products here on the blog, but occasionally, the opportunity presents itself and I go ahead and share. I’m never against talking about a product so long as I feel like I can give an honest opinion.

It’s even better when I can give an honest, positive opinion.

As a new-ish member of the Influenster network, those opportunities to share arise, and the latest VoxBox (a fun box of free goodies) was worth posting about.

The VivaVoxBox, while sadly lacking chocolate, was full of practical items for pampering, which given my super pregnant state, was very welcome.

The VivaVoxBox!

The VivaVoxBox!

The box included:

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant
A Shell Fuel Rewards Card*
Two Bottles of Pure Ice Nail Polish
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey & Jasmine Peel Off Masque
NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Lip Color

The fun thing about receiving these boxes is they tend to have products in them I can use but wouldn’t have thought to try.

First up, the Vaseline Spray & Go. I’m the worst when it comes to putting on lotion after a shower because I hate that greasy feeling, and feel like I have to wander the house pantsless until the lotion dries.

Spray & Go solves that problem. Spray your legs, give them a quick rub, and you’re ready to get dressed and go.  While my legs were nice and smooth after doing exactly that, I didn’t love the cocoa butter smell. For people who love that fragrance, it’s a great time saver. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.

Maybe not the colors I would pick…

Next, I treated myself to an at home pedicure with the Pure Ice Nail Polish. I’m a terribly unsteady nail painter, which accounts for my usually naked toes, and I find that a lot of cheap polishes go on so “watery” that it’s not worth my unskilled time.

Much to my surprise, this nail polish, which retails for $1.69 a bottle, went on nicely in one coat, didn’t take forever to dry, and is holding up fairly well to my flip flop lifestyle.

When it comes to my face, I’m pretty picky about what I use on it. I’ve always had sensitive skin, so even the priciest face cleansers, scrubs, and moisturizers don’t always work well for me. I’ve even had bad reactions to some.

This VoxBox had two facial products, and I’m happy to report they both worked out great. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths are awesome for rushed evenings when I realize that I’ve been too busy chasing a 4 year old, or too tired from being prego, to wash the makeup off my face. They are gentle, but managed to get a nice amount of makeup and dirt off my face, enough that I could go to bed guilt-free.

The Montagne Jeunesse face mask was another surprise. Out of the packet, it looked like I was about to put straight honey on my face, which isn’t a problem considering I’ve made a homemade cinnamon-honey scrub for my face before. The good thing about this one is that it wasn’t a drippy mess like my homemade efforts. After 15 minutes, it dried and was fairly easy to peel, leaving my face super soft, without a trace of irritation.

Product selfie! I smell delicious.

My most unexpected favorite from the box? The NYC Twistable Lip Color. This was a huge surprise, given I wear lipstick about once a year. I hate the sticky feeling lipstick leaves behind. I hate that I seem to revert to the coloring skills of a 2 year old, unable to stay within the lines. I hate having to remember to keep it in my purse to reapply later. And given the Florida heat, I hate the melted mess a lipstick in the purse can become if you leave it in the car.

Given all that hate, I gave the free lip color a bit of an eyeroll when I saw it in the box, but tried it anyways.

It felt a little weird going on – not a bad weird, just not what I expected. It felt like I really was a kid coloring with a soft crayon. It went on very easy, and very bright. Once on, it wasn’t overly shiny or sticky, and it lasted the whole evening without any reapplying. Judging by the number of compliments I received on it, it must have looked pretty good, too! Bonus? It’s another inexpensive product, retailing for $2.99!

Me with bright lips. Me gusta.

It’s definitely my favorite product in the box, mostly because it’s something I would have never picked up at the store on my own, but now that I’ve had the chance to try it, I’ll be checking out some other colors, since it comes in 12.

All in all, I’ve found at least a few products I’d pick up on my own. Any of these products catch your eye?



I received all products in this post complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.


* No thoughts on the Fuel Rewards card as of yet, since I don’t frequent Shell stations…but I’m going to map them out and give it a try…

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  • Reply renée a. schuls-jacobson April 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love the pic of your pregnant self! You are beautiful – with or without beauty products! Truth!

    • Reply Amber West April 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Renee! I actually feel really self-conscious when I wear lipstick, so it was kind of nice to feel good in it for once. (But I’ll gladly accept the no-beauty-product love, since that’s my usual state :)).


  • Reply The Regular Guy NYC April 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I’m also a member of Influenster. It’s a cool site.

    • Reply Amber West April 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      They’ve sent me some nifty stuff so far – can’t complain!

  • Reply Ana Olivares April 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I’m aslo a member of influenster

  • Reply Rhonda Hopkins April 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Very cool! And Renee is right. You’re beautiful, with or without makeup.

  • Reply karenmcfarland April 23, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I agree. You don’t need any make-up Amber. That looks like a nicely chosen variety of products to try out. The one thing that I look for before I buy anything is to see if the product contains some form of petroleum. That’s a challenge today because it’s so over-used. And it is a volatile organic compound. Which isn’t as good as it sounds. So glad you had no reaction. Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂

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