It’s been a couple of weeks since I received my Varsity VoxBox from Influenster so I figured it’s time to do a review 🙂 Rather than review each product separately, I’m going to review each product in a single post. The Varsity VoxBox was aimed towards college students and included NYC Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss, Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash, Airheads Xtreme Bites, Kiss Nail Dress, and Tide Pods.
This first product I want to talk about (and probably my favorite of the 5) is the NYC Big Bold Plumping Shine Lip Gloss. I love NYC’s products. It’s one of the cheaper brands of makeup that I actually like and purchase regularly. I rarely purchase lip gloss — mainly because my husband has a fit when I wear it because it’s too “sticky and gross”. I liked almost everything about this gloss. It applied smoothly and wasn’t very sticky. The color was great. I love the tingly sensation you get once you apply the gloss. Once applied, I noticed the lipgloss did last a lot longer than many other gloss’s I’ve tried. As far as the “plumping” goes… I didn’t notice any. Beware, if any of the gloss transfers to your teeth, the taste is awful (as is the smell). All in all, I would definitely buy this product again, even if my husband hates when I wear lipgloss. You can pick one of these up at your local drug store for $3.99.
The second product I tried was the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash. I always have a difficult time trying new face washes and I’m constantly left disappointed. I have combination skin (my t-zone is awful) and almost every face wash I’ve tried leaves my skin extremely dry or extra oily. The first thing I noticed when I started testing the Clearasil is the scent. It’s absolutely amazing! I started out using this face wash every night before bed, but had to start using it every other night because it was drying out the areas of my face that don’t get oily. To combat the dryness, I started using a moisturizer which helped tremendously. Overall, I think I would purchase this product to try again. I always break out on my chin and the Clearasil helped to clear up the acne I had. If you’re interested in trying it out yourself, you can pick one up for around $6.49 at your local drug store.
The third product I tried was the Airheads Xtreme Bites. I’m a huge fan of Airheads Xtremes, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the bites. The sad thing is the bites came in the same flavor as the original Airheads Xtreme (Rainbow Berry), but the bites tasted awful! With that said, if I ever get a sweet tooth, I’ll stick to the original Airheads Xtreme. In case anyone is interested in trying them for yourself, you can pick them up at your local drug store for $1.69.
The fourth product I tested was the Kiss Nail Dress. This product was downright horrible. I’ve tried Sally’s nail strips before and they worked very well and lasted an entire month! When I applied the Kiss Nail Dress, none of the strips fit my nails properly. I ended up having to cut all of them in order to apply them. Once applied, they didn’t apply smoothly either. There were bubbles and the edges would not stay down. I applied a clear coat of nail polish on top to see if it would help the edges stay put, but it did no good. After one day I wanted to rip them off because they were snagging on everything (it was horrible trying to wash my hair with these on). They peeled off easily like the packaging said, BUT they also destroyed my nails. I would’ve rather used regular press on nails. The packaging said “Your manicure will last a week, chip free.” I found NO truth in this. I do not recommend this product to anyone. I’m really thankful I didn’t have to pay for these because it would have been $6.99 well wasted.
The fifth and final product I tested were the Tide PODS. Tide is definitely my favorite laundry detergent. It smells great and I really feel that it gets my laundry CLEAN. I used to only purchase Tide before I stopped working to stay home with my daughter, but now my husband and I are on a budget and stick to cheaper detergents. I think the Tide PODS are a great idea. No measuring. No mess. The only thing that would deter me from purchasing them is the price and the fact that you have to use multiple pods for larger loads of laundry. We seldom wash small loads of laundry, so we’d end up flying through the container of PODS very quickly. I would love to start purchasing these on a regular basis but they just don’t fit into our current budget. I definitely recommend these to others though — especially if you’re like me and have a very busy life. The prices for these vary by size and store. The cheapest I’ve found a tub of these is at Sam’s Club. If I remember correctly it was around $19.99 for 90ish PODS. The next time I make a trip to Sam’s I will try to clarify this.
Thank you to Influenster for the complimentary products in the Varsity VoxBox. I had a great time testing and reviewing them!