Woot! It’s time for another VoxBox adventure. This time, it’s a Co-Op box just in time for fall!!! Enter the Spice VoxBox. (/dun dun daaaaahhhh!) So first off, let’s dive right in and I’ll tell you what’s all in the box, then I’ll give you my thoughts.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- Boots Botanics Botanical Moisturizer Hydrating Day Cream
- Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine 2-Step Manicure Polish
- Yogi Tea Sampler
- SoapBox Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner
- Not Your Mother’s Whip it Up Styling Mousse
- Good Health Veggie Sticks
- Foot Petals Heal Inserts and there was supposed to be another one in there as well for blisters, but it wasn’t in the box when it arrived.
So, as far as boxes go, overall I think it had a very nice variety – even though I don’t use a whole lot of hair products since I have a mostly bald head of hair. No joke, I keep everything nice and tidy with a 1/8th-inch guard, and they call me Furiousa… MUWAH HA HA HA. Sorry, I’m getting sidetracked… anyways, let’s chat about the products.
First up is the Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine 2-step Manicure: The formulation is supposed to mimic the results/feeling that of a gel manicure without having to deal with the crazy light and all that jazz. It comes with a base coat, which is the color, and a thick, clear gel topcoat. I was sent the color “Mirror Mirror” which is a deep, blood-red burgundy… or at least that’s what it looks like to me.
Overall, I really liked the base color but the top coat was just too thick and odd for my preference. It didn’t seem to “cure” and ended up denting really easily, even after a few days of wear. As far as the “chipping” factor, it didn’t really chip when I had it on BUT I didn’t have it for longer than a week because the feeling was driving me crazy. I am not one for having any sort of texture on my nails… which is why I stick to the awesome Nailed It Nail Wraps from Espionage Cosmetics (*cough cough* shameless plug *cough cough*)
Would I buy it again? I’d probably check out another base coat but I wouldn’t use the top coat again.
Good health Veggie Sticks with Sea Salt:
These are surprisingly really tasty, and semi-addictive. Normally, I tend to stay away from anything that’s got the word “salt” in the flavor just because… well… I’m weird and I don’t like a whole crap ton of salt. These little veggie straws are light in flavor and nice and crunchy. They are one of those kinds of snacks where you don’t feel like you’ve eaten a ton and then you end up eating the whole bag, so devour but devour wisely. Also, it may seem strange but these taste like french fries to me and I LURVE french fries. Seriously, I love french fries as much as Deadpool loves Chimichangas.
Boot’s Botanics: Botanical Moisturizer Hydrating Day Cream
I’ve taken a dive into treating my skin better, at least more consistently, over the last few months to try and combat my finicky face. When I saw that this was in the box I was both interested in trying it and worried that it might not play well with me. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Boots brand (UK based) and it has been on my list of stuff to try, at least brand wise.
Right out of the box, the moisturizer comes in a tub rather than a tube or more hygenic dispenser. I wish it was in a more hygenic container for two reasons. First, the whole “trying to prevent bacteria from getting into the container and contaminating everything” factor is … interesting. You will have to throughly wash your hands or use a scoop to get the product out of the continer. Second, when a product is organic and does not contain any sort of preservative, when you expose the product to air it tends to lose its potentcy over time.
When it comes to wearing it, it does seem a little thick and greasy. Also, if you aren’t a fan of floral scents you may not like the hefty rose hips scent. Did it work? My face did feel moisturized but it felt really greasy on my skin. I have combination skin and the areas where my skin is usually more on the oilier side – it ended up breaking me out in a few spots. I ended up giving it to one of my friends who has normal skin and she loved it so. Like all things, it comes down to preference.
Soapbox Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner:
Let me preface this before I dive into the review – I don’t have a whole lot of hair on my nerdy little noggin – so when it comes to me reviewing a shampoo and conditioner, it’s almost comical. Hah. As far as the brand itself, I really do love companies who donate a product for every one bought. That’s awesome in my book. You just register your bottle’s code and they will do the rest.
I did use the Coconut Shampoo for what little hair I have. I love the scent. It doesn’t smell like the stereotypical “fake coconut” smell; it actually smells like fresh coconut, and it’s delicious. Does the shampoo work? For the most part, yes, and *bonus round* it didn’t even dry out my scalp. I didn’t get a chance to use the conditioner just because I don’t use conditioner.
Foot Petals: Pumps Inserts:
This was supposed to be one of two Foot Petals products included in the box, but for some reason or another the other was left out. The pump inserts really didn’t work for me because I don’t wear a whole lot of high heels or pumps and when I do, I’ve got size 11.5 feet and the inserts are too small so they actually are more uncomfortable and caused me a blister or two when I attempted to wear them. If you have normal lady-sized feet, these may work for you but if you are of the larger pedi-variety then it’s best to look somewhere else.
Not Your Mother’s Whip it Up Styling Mousse:
This is my second NYM product that I’ve received from Influenster. Coming back to the not-a-whole-lot-o-hair thing, I do wear a lot of wigs and have used this mousse to style my synthetic wigs. It works really well to style them without having to load the wigs up with hairspray and gel. It has a sweet, almost frosting-like scent and is pretty awesome. I don’t really know what else to say about hair products… whoops.
Out of the entire box, I guess my favorite product out of the bunch was the Yogi tea sampler and coupon. Earlier this summer, my mom came to visit and she brought some of the Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy Tea and got me hooked. The sampler included two tea bags: one of the Perfect Energy and the other was the Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy. Out of the two I preferred the Spice tea just because I’m more of a spicy lady. *wink wink* I tend to drink a whole lot of juice and don’t like to mix my teas with juices unless they’re served over ice. I don’t know why that is, but it just is.
I used the coupon inclosed to stock up on my quickly depleting stash of the Positive Energy Tea, and it was a good decision.
And that’s everything that came in the Spice VoxBox from Influenster. It’s my second co-op box and it was loads better than the Bella VoxBox I received earlier this year. If you’re super curious about that one you can read about it here. Hopefully, you guys don’t mind it when I do these types of reviews. 🙂 If you would like to try any of these products for yourself, you can find them at your local big box store (Target, Wally World, etc) and if you are already a fan, let me know which one of these things you enjoyed in the comments below!