Monday, December 9, 2013

free stuff from influenster: violet vox box review

The other day, I was watching an episode of Golden Girls where Rose started working at a local Miami news station and they sent her home with a huge box of waxes and depilatory creams to consumer test. Hilarity ensued, naturally, but I was filled with free product envy! As you may have gleaned, I am a unabashed lover of colorful language, but my favorite 4 letter word is FREE! Not that I am an Extreme Cheapskate or anything, but its hard for me to turn down something that costs zero dollars.

Well rewind back to a few months ago, I was reading this review and explanation of Influenster from Jen at Librarian Tells All and thought, "what the hell, that seems fun and easy!" so I logged onto the website, did some product reviews and to be quite honest...kinda forgot about it for months at a time. This was until I got an email telling me they were sending something to me called: The Violet Vox Box. How strangely intriguing. Well, here is what I got!

Contents: Montagne Jeunnesse Glacial Clay Spa Mask; Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo; Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Pixie Slix; Soy Joy bar in Banana; Goody Athletique Ouchless Headband

OK, so these are not high end be honest-  they are mostly things that I can buy at a Walgreens...but what's wrong with that?  Who doesn't love going buck wild on impulse purchases at a Walgreens? Also, with the exception of the banana flavored Soy Joy, these were all things I probably would have bought at some point on my own. [Tangent: You know my love of painting my nails and not washing my hair.] I absolutely loved some of the contents of this Vox Box and have found myself using them multiple times, while other so much. Here are the winners and losers:


Montagne Jeunnesse Glacial Clay Mask
This was the first thing I used because I had 20 minutes to kill and thought it looked fun. Instead of being a clay that you spread over your face, it came in a fabric face shaped sheet (complete with eye/mouth holes) that was saturated with the green goop. Once you got over the fact that you would look like a tragic accident victim while it worked it's glacial clay magic, it was quite enjoyable. I loved the fresh scent and liked even better than it still lingered on my newly baby bottom smooth face the next day! I would use this again for sure.

Goody Athletique headband
Because my hair grows forward and into my face, I love a good headband. I'm not dumb, I know I'm not doing yoga or running marathons, so the moisture wicking capabilities are somewhat wasted on a gal like me, but I liked it none the less. It has an adjustable velcro closure which was great because sometimes the fully elasticized ones can cause headaches. Also I had a love/hate relationship with the width of this bad boy [Tangent: It's about 2 inches wide, which is great because it holds hair in place better, but in a way made the width made me look a little like Clarissa Darling or Donna Martin.]  Perhaps it wasn't the most flattering accessory, but it's good to wear when I am cleaning or just sitting around the house...or perhaps applying a creepy clay mask to my face.

Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
This was the thing I was most excited about! My life is a never-ending quest to find ways to avoid washing my hair. I must say this stuff is kinda the jam, especially at the low price point- it's under $6! I have already decided when I use up my bottle of Psssst! that I will make this my new go-to because it is very light and smells clean and didn't somehow leave my hair greasier than before. [Tangent: Yeah...that has happened with some labels.]


Sally Hansen Triple Shine Polish in Pixie Slix
Okay, maybe I am being a polish snob, but I didn't care for this product. Usually I love Sally fact, their Diamond Hard line is my absolute favorite, but this one had an odd consistency- both goopy and thin at the same time. It didn't dry quickly enough for my impatient self and the color they sent me was something I would never wear again. [Tangent: I wore it out over the weekend and told Jamie I was startled every time I caught a glimpse of my highlighter colored fingertips. It was as if they didn't belong to me. Maybe electric Pepto pink is flattering on some skin tones, but not mine. It looked ridiculous.]

Soy Joy Bar in Banana
This was something I honestly didn't even try. I passed it along to my mother because 99% of things that are banana flavored make me dry heave. Sorry Soy Joy. I'm sure you're not a loser, just to my precious taste buds.

Overall, I was pleased with my first Vox Box.  It's pretty low risk and there appear to be no strings attached, and they have not yet barraged me with junk mail. If you are interested in learning more, click on my badge on the right hand margin, or send me your email address and I will get an invite to you. If you could care less and feel like I just wasted your time, here is a picture of me looking like a burn victim.

* I was not compensated monetarily for any of these opinions, which are 100% my own. I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.


  1. I am terrible about washing my hair to - it is one of my most loathed tasks. Looks like you got a good haul there - a freebie is even better when you get things that are actually great - like the dry shampoo (which I could not live without)
    Love Vicky

    1. I seriously do not know what I did before dry shampoo...I probably just looked completely greasy most of the time.

  2. I have the worst time with dry shampoos. (I too hate washing my hair.) They always seem to make my hair look gray instead of the dark brown that it is. Did it lighten your hair where you used it? I really need a dry shampoo for brunettes...

    1. Look on, because I know for a fact john frieda or bumble and bumble or someone makes a dry shampoo for brunettes, but I just haven't used it because I am BROKE! I will say, I have had the same experience as you A LOT. If not gray, some of them leave my hear super dull or dusty looking or something...definitely not shiny. I will say that the Not Your Mother's spray above had more the consistency of a hairspray and less of a powder, which was kinda nice. I usually just have to blend really well. See below, also, because Van left some really great advice.

  3. Thanks to your invitation I actually just signed up for Influenster and will be receiving a Vox Box of my own to review. I'm interested to see if there will be any overlap between your selection of products and mine.


    1. Can't wait to see! Yes, I have used up all my invites, but I'm glad you got all signed up! Let me know what all you get. I know there are all different types or vox boxes, but I was pretty impressed how spot on mine way. All the things in it were things that, for the most part, were things I would normally try.

  4. A tip for the fellow brunette dry shampoo users: mix cocao powder with an equal amount of baking soda, works like a charm :D

    I would love to start a subscription service like this, your review is giving me some ideas. Hmmm :)

    1. That is an excellent tip! From a fellow brunette, I will try that...I imagine it will also make my hair smell all chocolatey and delicious. BONUS! I am now completely with what you are working on!

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