Influenster #FlawlessVoxBox Unboxing

My reasons for making this video were twofold. Firstly, I wanted to share with you all the products that I’d received from Inlfuenster to test and review this time around. The last time I was selected for a VoxBox was in February so it’s been awhile. Needless to say, I’m excited! Secondly, and most importantly, it was an excuse to test out the camera on my new smartphone. The image quality is all right — I shot it in HD — but it’s awfully shaky (sorry about that) and doesn’t compare to a dslr. My hands are pretty shaky by nature so I was hoping for a steady cam feature on the phone but, alas, I don’t believe there is one…unless it’s buried somewhere in the settings.

The items included in the Flawless VoxBox are:

  • Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
  • Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes (New Formula)
  • Simple Micellar Water Cleanser
  • Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Pure Satin Mattes Professional Nail Color Collection – Miss Klaws
  • Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted
  • Yogi Tea (Honey Lavender Stress Relief & Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin DeTox
  • CoverGirl So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara (Extreme Black)

As usual, I’m the most excited about trying the snack in this particular voxbox. I’ve heard of Harvest Snaps before but I’ve never gotten around to trying them. Funnily enough, my nephew who’s a toddler was just visiting and he was actually eating a baby snack that looked a lot like these Harvest Snaps.

I’ve tried Simple’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (not sure if they still make this) and their Moisturizing Facial Wash before, both of which I liked, but never the Cleansing Facial Wipes or Micellar Water Cleanser so I have high hopes.

I’m a bit leery about the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt. As you know, my skin is ultra dry so whenever I see salt in a product’s name or list of ingredients it makes me cringe. I’m worried about the Epsom Salt drying my skin out but I’m always game to try something new.

I’ve owned Sinful Colors nail polishes in the past. They’re okay for a cheap thrill but they were never among my favorite drugstore nail polish formulas. However, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve used Sinful Colors so maybe the formula’s gotten better.

The Yogi Teas sound interesting. I’m hoping the floral flavors are on the subtler side and don’t end up tasting like perfume or potpourri in my mouth.

And I’m glad that there’s a makeup item to try. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a new drugstore mascara. I’ve been pretty faithful to Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof mascara over the years. The only thing I’m worried about is the CoverGirl So Lashy! mascara that I received is non-waterproof. My eyes get pretty watery so it may end up being a total mess on me.

Keurig My K-Cup VoxBox #MyKCup

Keurig My K-Cup VoxBox

A little over a year ago — October 2014 to be specific — I was invited by Influenster to test and review a complimentary Keurig 2.0 K550 coffee machine. It was, and still is, the highest value VoxBox I’ve ever received. A K550 retails for approximately $150-$200, so of course I was thrilled to get one for free; however, I had several issues with the machine which I pointed out in my review.

One of the main issues I had with the Keurig 2.0 machines is the use of DRM technology which prevented you from using non-Keurig cups or pods, especially reusable coffee filters like Solofill and Ekobrew. The 2.0 machines have built-in scanners, so pods without the proprietary Keurig logo on the lids produced an error response and simply wouldn’t work. There was a way to get around that but, for me, the problem shouldn’t have existed in the first place because it just made the machine less user friendly than it needed to be.

Fast forward 1+ year and Keurig has finally come out with their own 2.0-compatible reusable coffee filter, the My K-Cup ($14.99). I had the pleasure of receiving a complimentary My K-Cup to test and review along with a 12 oz package of Green Mountain Coffee in the Nantucket Blend flavor.

Keurig My K-Cup VoxBox

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Ham, Cheese, Onion and Spinach Strata

Ham, Cheese, Onion and Spinach Strata

I was watching Martha Bakes on PBS yesterday when this strata recipe grabbed my attention.

I’ve made stratas before but Martha Stewart’s presentation for her strata was really eye-catching. Instead of laying the bread pieces flat and building layers vertically like most strata recipes instruct, she kept her slices of bread upright and sandwiched the dry ingredients in between them. I thought the end result was really pretty and different.

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner & Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner – Black

If you go back through my old posts, nearly two years ago I purchased the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in the Nude shade for the purpose of brightening up my waterline. I was impressed with the creamy texture and pigmentation but I have very watery eyes so it didn’t come as a surprise when it didn’t last on my waterline. I still haven’t found an eyeliner from any brand that does.

Recently though I was sent a complimentary Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in the color Black to test and review from Influenster, so I was excited to give the pencil another go especially since I’d never tried the formula on my top lash line.

The retail price for these pencils at my local CVS is $4.69.

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