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Influenster TLC VoxBox

Disclaimer: I received this box for free with purpose of reviewing. I always give 100% honest opinion, whether or not the product is free.

I was very happy when I received a notification from Influenster that I was accepted to another VoxBox event and I was to receive a box full of free products. My previous VoxBox was jam packed with great stuff and I enjoyed it immensely.

Unfortunately, the TLC VoxBox wasn’t as exciting.

Let me walk you though the products we received.

1. Shell Fuel Rewards Network Membership Card.

First of all, this card is free to anyone who walks into a Shell gas station and asks for one. Not much of a perk, then. Secondly, in order to save with this card, you first have to spend money at Shell gas stations. I don’t usually shop for gas at Shell because of their prices. I have no reason to go to the Shell convenience marts since I never fill up there in the first place. It seems like this program requires me to spend money in order to save, when I can simply go to WaWa and skip the headache. Unfortunately, this program is only good for people who already purchase their gas at Shell. A loser.

2. Puffs to Go & 3. Ivory Bar Soap

Both of these were equally disappointing, for two reasons - one, relatively miniscule retail value; two, relatively miniscule excitement factor! There is really nothing fist-pumpin’ about receiving two loooong-established staples such as a bar soap and a small packet of tissues! If, at least, the brands of these products were newcomers to the market, or the products themselves were an improvement over their previous iterations… Alas, no. As a result, it was very hard to exhibit any kind of creative enthusiasm while working on fulfilling the tasks of the challenge. Both losers.

4. Breyers Gelato Indulgences

We received a free coupon for Breyers’ new line of gelatos. This is a great example of getting to try a brand new product that you might have either not heard of or never tried otherwise. Receiving a coupon allows you to pick the flavor of your choice, increasing the odds of you actually enjoying the product. I personally loved my gelato and thanks to this VoxBox I will definitely purchase more in the future. A winner.

5. Neosporin Neo to Go

This is another example of a brand new product on the market from a well-established brand. I’m a mom and so far I’ve been using the traditional pain and itch reducing creams and never even though of looking for an alternative since they were working just fine. And so, once again, thanks to Influenster, I was exposed to a brand new way of dealing with a common problem. I love my Neosporin-To-Go and use it very often with both my kids. I love the ease and no-mess factors of it and will continue to repurchase. A winner.

6. Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother

This was the product I was the most excited to receive. I love all things beauty and make-up, and let’s face it, a free expensive beauty product will always be more squee-inducing than a utility such as a bar of soap or tissues!

Influenster tasked me with posting some before and after photos on this site. Unfortunatelly, I never got as far as taking the after photos because I really don’t like this product. The packaging is beautiful, I love how the balm slides out, and the top can absolutely work as a mirror in a pinch. But no matter how carefully I follow directions, I cannot get this product to work for me. It sits on top of my fine lines instead of smoothing them out. I cannot apply make-up on top of it, it just doesn’t work. I tried this product several times and I just cannot get it to work.

I’ve looked around the Internet and discovered to my surprise a lot of bloggers really liking this Smoother, so perhaps there’s something wrong with my technique. I’ll keep working on it, but in the meantime it’s a loser.

So how ‘bout the TLC VoxBox then?

The tally has it, folks, this box, with only two clear winners, was a loser for this Influesnter. I still hope to receive more boxes in the future and will always look forward to them, but I have to hope that next time I’ll receive products I’ll be truly excited about and will WANT to blog about, instead of viewing it as a chore.

Make me excited, Influenster.

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