This month (December 2014), I received a Frosty VoxBox full of goodies to review. These products were provided free from Influenster, and I agree to review them online. In this box, I got a bunch of stuff to review.
- No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum from Boots Beauty USA. Claims to “be even more effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines for younger looking skin in just two weeks.” This is a foil packet that contains 3 mL of product. I’m not sure how I’m going to make that last for 2 weeks without drying out or if there is enough of the product in the little foil pouch, but I will start using it. Feb 2015 UPDATE: I used this until it dried out. I couldn’t see much difference. It did make my skin feel like I’d kind of rubbed glue on it–that sort of tight, filmy feeling.
- Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: “Gently removes all eye makeup, including long-lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue.” Unlike some eye makeup removers, this one isn’t biphasic or oil-based. My first impression was that it required more scrubbing than I like to get the mascara off and it left my skin feeling very dry and tight. I didn’t like that feeling. However, that mascara has been notoriously difficult to remove, so I will try with another mascara too. Removing eyeliner and shadow, however, was a breeze. Feb 2015 UPDATE: I have been using this more. I read a tip that you should hold the remover-soaked cotton pad (or cotton ball, whatever you used) on your eyelid for 15 seconds to let it penetrate the makeup and saturate the area. Works much better that way.
- Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: “Gives instant colour impact with its high intensity pigments. The ultra-smooth and creamy formula glides on easily.” You got that right! This eyeliner was unusual in that it required almost NO pressure to apply, so it didn’t drag. It also didn’t smudge and it wore very well. It’s quickly become the eyeliner I tend to grab first when I grab a black. Very light application can actually get you a dark grey color that is soft rather than a harsh black line. I’d buy more of these without a doubt! Feb 2015 UPDATE: still gets occasional use when I remember to use eyeliner. Definitely one of my more reliable ones.
- NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: “Get intense, amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours! Our moisturizing formula glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear.” I like the color of this lipstick a LOT. It does apply well and is highly pigmented, so I get great coverage with a single swipe. What I did not get was six hours wear or moisturizing. In regard to those claims, this lipstick was about average for me, but I have NEVER found a lipstick that actually lasts six hours. I think I lick my lips a lot. Feb 2015 UPDATE: Wear this a lot even though it’s not super moisturizing. The lid has a very annoying tendency to come off. Love the color.
- Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea: Why decaf? Why oh why would you send me decaf?! I am the caffeine queen! I’m not a tea drinker usually, but I do like green tea. This one promises to be a nice holidayish treat. Feb 2015 UPDATE: Tried this when my stomach was really upset. Tasted WONDERFUL; not really like candy cane in my opinion but absolutely pepperminty. Great cold weather warm up tea!
- EcoTools Hair Brush: “EcoTools has the brush to tame any hair style with a variety of five brush head shapes and bristle designs specially crafted to suit every need.” The brush I received was a giant round brush that was hollow. It looks like exactly the kind of tool that you use for a blowout. I tried that. My hair turned scary. Feb 2015 UPDATE: Nope. Hair still turns scary.
- McCormick Gourmet Thyme: I DO love to cook! It’s one of my favorite hobbies. It’s probably my only creative outlet. This thyme smells delightful. I really just want the whole McCormick display case from the store for my home. I swear I own half of it already… Feb 2015 UPDATE: I used this in a Mustard Chicken Stew Recipe from Epicurious. It was very tasty, but it didn’t look like the picture and I was too embarrassed to take a picture: mine was, um, brown.
- Fruit Vines Bites: I got the cherry flavor of these candies. I have a problem with candy: it disappears really fast. I have no self-control. At least this was low-fat and preservative-free, and 150 calories per 10-piece serving. They’re softer than other “vine-style” candies that are also red (you know the ones I mean) and chewy. I found myself pulling the little trio of vines apart. They’re artificially flavored, but the flavor is a pretty good intense cherry flavor. However, they do have a somewhat plastic flavor that I find off-putting. I don’t honestly think I’d buy these, but it didn’t stop me from gobbling up the bag… Feb 2015 UPDATE: haven’t found these locally anywhere. That’s probably a good thing.