Happy Kitty Sewing: It's time for da da daahh!!! Influenster Sugar 'n Spice VOXBOX 2013   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's time for da da daahh!!! Influenster Sugar 'n Spice VOXBOX 2013



Imagine Kool-aid Man popping through your computer screen, saying "OH YEAH!!"  (because that's where my mind went right now.)




SO I got my second super awesome Influenster VoxBox in the mail on Tuesday. This one, as the title suggests, is called Sugar 'n Spice.  I'm going to introduce you to the sweet and spicy items in my box today, and in the next few weeks, post my opinions to let you know what I think!  Before I begin, I think I'm really going to like them!

If you aren't familiar with Influenster, I'll tell you a little about it before I begin my intro.  Influenster is free to join, and if you qualify after being asked about your social network numbers, then they will send you new products to test, and you give your honest opinion by blogging, tweeting, and on Facebook in exchange for free products and discounts on products that you test.  Still curious?  Click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.  If you are interested in joining, let me know by sending your email, and I will try to set you up!  The minimum of what they ask you is easy to do.  In a few weeks, each Brand will have their own challenges, such as making a YouTube showing how I use a product or tweeting with a pic, and I have a chance to win bigger prizes associated with that Brand.



SO on to the good. You may have already seen this box already, but you haven't seen it by me!


1. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture: sells for $7.99 for 6.5 oz. can

This new Spray & Go Moisturizer is a continuous spray lotion that moisturizes and absorbs in seconds, and leaves your skin feeling instantly soft-not sticky or greasy.  For best results, hold 4" from skin and spray over arms, legs, and body in a continuous motion, then quickly rub into skin.  My bottle (can) is full sized, and comes in a light yellow spray can and indicates that it's infused with pure oat extract.  I can imagine that the 3 means that it moisturizes all 3 skin layers, but maybe it's a chemical thing.  I love the bottle, and it's something that would attract my eye.  I HATE most lotions.  I don't use lotion unless my flesh is visibly falling off, because I hate the greasiness on my hands.  Which is horrible, because I'm a nurse and I usually wash my hands a few hundred times a day, and they can become bad in the winter.  The price lifts an eyebrow, but if it does what it promises, and lasts for at least a month, then this will not be a problem.  I'm looking forward to using it tomorrow! Go to their website to find a store near you that sells their products! And go to their facebook page to try and win one for yourself until April 14/13!



2.  NECTRESSE: sells for $6.99 for 5.9 oz. container, or $3.99 for box of 40 packets.

I received a box of 40 packets, and by looking at the orange box, I know that these are from the maker of Splenda, and it's a 100% natural no calorie sweetener made from monk fruit.  This sweetener is supposed to taste like sugar, has zero calories and is made primarily from monk fruit combined with other natural sweeteners.  For the past year, I have been using Equal in my tea instead of regular sugar, in hopes to cut out sugar and lose some calories.  Actually I use Meijer brand generic substitute for the brand name, because I like it better.  I like my tea sweet and will usually use 5 packs in my tumbler glass.  I think that sweeteners can have a chemical taste, and at times if you use too much, you can definitely taste it, which is gross.  When I was getting up really early, I would use Splenda in my coffee, because I find it least offensive. I will not touch the Pink Stuff.  I really like Splenda, but my Ex started me on the blue stuff in my tea, and it's just by habit now.  I REALLY look forward to testing NECTRESSE out in my tea later.  I have no idea what monk fruit is, but I'm sure I can find a pretty pic for you when I review the product later!  Their website has a lot of information on the products, plus offers a free sample.  On their facebook page, you can get a coupon for $1.50 off their 140-serving canister. So go look at some recipes, info, and request a sample for yourself, then go get a coupon on facebook!

*I also received a nectresse recipe booklet in my box*



3.  Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes: $5.99 for a 20-count box.

I received a 20 pack box that comes in a small light colored box that has light green banners to advertise that these towelettes cleans & conditions on the go, and are oil controlling towelettes.  The soothing blend of Witch Hazel and aloe on these facial wipes rejuvenates your skin by gently lifting dirt, oil and impurities from your pores while nourishing even the most sensitive skin.  It promises the result is a clean, refreshed and blemish-free complexion even when you're out and about.  On the front of the box it advertises that it gently removes dirt, oil, and impurities while eliminating shine with botanical extracts/gentle formula, touched with aloe.  You can buy these products at Walgreens.  This is one product in a collection, so go check out their website.  You can also learn about Witch Hazel, which works on all skin types, and join their tone up challenge under the Healthy Living tab!

Directions: At work, at play, on the go-use these refreshing wipes anytime you want to remove dirt, excess oil and impurities from your skin.  Simply wipe cloth across face and neck for instant cleansing, refreshment and moisturization.

Ingredients: All Natural Witch Hazel (containing Natural Grain Alcohol 14% and Witch Hazel Extract), Aloe, Barbadensis, Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate.

Dickinson's Witch Hazel formula has been an American tradition since 1866.  It advertises the benefits of witch hazel:

  • refines pores
  • removes & controls oil
  • soothes irritation
  • locks in moisture
The packets are individually wrapped, and look like the yellow box.  The towelettes are a 5" X 7" cloth  I really like how these are packaged, and if they do what they say, I think these are reasonably priced.  I usually don't buy special products for my skin, because it's very dry in the winter, and all I use is Olay moisturizer on it.  At least now I know why Witch Hazel can sting!  It's made out of alcohol!

*I also received 5 coupons for $2 off!!!



4.  belVita Breakfast Biscuits: $3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits.

I got a package of Cinnamon Brown Sugar biscuits, which have 4 biscuits in the package.  The Nabisco product is in a yellow foil package, and when I hold the package, it seems like it would be a good size for a snack.  These biscuits are advertised to be made with delicious ingredients and carefully baked to release steady energy that lasts all morning.  They are a good source of Fiber and B vitamins and contain no high fructose corn syrup, have 18-20 grams of whole grain per 50 gram serving and taste great.  Perfect for on the go!

So I look for the nutrition values that are important for me and find that this pack is a serving size that has 230 calories, fat cal 80, and total fat of 8g,  Sat Fat 0.5g.  This product contains wheat and soy-for my special allergy people.  I think these look pretty good, but I'm worried that they might taste more like cinnamon cardboard box than a delicious breakfast biscuit.  But I'm excited to try them, and if they are good, I wouldn't mind paying that price for them.  Especially if they keep me energized all morning.  I'm going to test these out at school tomorrow while I'm subbing for the Ultimate Test!

***There's also a contest to win free biscuits &/ $100 on their facebook page. 101 winners daily***


5-7.  My last three products are from Colgate and are the Colgate Optic White Regimen.
  • Toothpaste: $2.99 for 4 oz tube
  • Mouthwash: $2.99 for 8 oz bottle
  • Toothbrush: $2.99 per brush
The directions are to use the Optic White toothbrush, mouthwash, and toothpaste together for whiter teeth in 5 days (vs. brushing with an ordinary toothpaste alone).

I received full sized samples that are packaged in shiny red.  The new 360' Optic White toothbrush has whitening cusps, cheek & tongue cleaner and polishing bristles.  The Optic White toothpaste has a sparkling mint flavor and promises whiter teeth in one week.  The directions are to brush thoroughly after each meal or twice a day.  The new Optic White sparkling fresh min mouthwash is alcohol free (important for someone like me!).  It promises to effective whiten teeth and freshens breath, helps to protects against future stains, reaches hard-to-brush areas, kills bad-breath germs and is enamel safe.  The directions are to rinse for 60 seconds with 15 mls (3 teaspoonfuls) of the dynamic foaming mouthwash in the morning and night, after brushing.  I'm ready to start this 5 day challenge and let you see the difference in 5 days!

Overall, I'm really excited to try out the products that Influenster sent me!  Who doesn't like cutting calories and having whiter teeth!  The lotion looks promising and I think I'll really like the facial wipes.  I'll let you know soon!  Thanks for reading my looong post, if you stuck it out this far!  You can check out the product's website to find out where you can you find their product near you, find deals and tips, and follow their facebook pages and other social media.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.