So, this is the 2nd physical voxbox I've done... this one was supposed to have a 'Wedding' theme to it. I didn't see how these products were related to a wedding, but... *shrugs*
Unboxing video -- Please see here for my filming gear
Let's look more in-depth at the products...
OIL OF OLAY REGENERIST LUMINOUS FACE CREAM
I'll fully admit... I did NOT try this, and I honestly have NO intention of doing so. I'm not overly worried about facial discoloration or dark spots. I'm still actually dealing with acne breakouts, so any 'discoloration' I have is from raw and inflamed pimples and pimple scarring, not age. This is probably going to sit in my 'Review Product' box and collect dust, unless I give it to someone.
PURE SILK SHAVING CREAM
I actually like this. It smells SO much better than the Skintimate SkinTherapy shaving cream I got (for free with coupon) with the Schick Hydro Sensitive Skin Care BzzAgent campaign. This has a light scent of raspberries and it DOES moisturize the skin quite well. I didn't take a picture (because I was topless and that was TOO intimate for the web), but my underarms felt smooth for days. The nozzle is easy for disabled people to depress, although I had to set the can onto the counter to press it.
SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE
Nice, even coverage, but less than thrilled with the color I received. I received shade #360 - Barracuda (shown above).
Now, I don't know about anyone else, but when I think of 'Wedding Nails,' I do not think of green. Even if green is one of your colors, I think of pale or neutral shades for the bride's hands, like sheer pinks or French manicures. Bridesmaids can go brighter, but I still don't think I'd use green.
But the coverage of the polish was great and it had nice staying power. I think I had a full week of wear before I was sick of it and chipped it off. Disabled people won't have any 'special' difficulties applying this. If you're steady enough to apply nail polish, you're set to go.
ECOTOOLS PURE COMPLEXION FACIAL SPONGE
^^front and back of packaging^^
I think this was the WORST of the entire VoxBox.
Back of the packaging
Look beautiful and live beautifully every day
Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is handmade with 100% natural ingredients including Konjac vegetable fiber.
Treat your skin to a gentle, yet better clean – just add your favorite mild facial cleanser and water! Wash away dirt, oil and makeup and leave skin glowing without over-drying or causing redness. Sponge is fragrance-free, colorant-free, dermatologist tested and gentle enough to be used morning and night!
For best results, use sponge daily. After each use, simply rinse sponge with water and lay flat to air dry. Taking care of your sponge will help it last longer. Replace every 1 to 3 months.
What is a Konjac?
A highly renewable perennial root plant mostly comprised of starch (similar to a potato). It grows in warm climates, including Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.
I used this maybe 3 times before I just tossed it. It was a total pain to use. It didn't make my skin feel any cleaner or softer, and they should specify that you should NOT use with a 'scrub' type cleanser. I personally SWEAR by apricot scrubs. I used St. Ives Apricot Scrub religiously as a teenager and now, I use the generic equivalent of St. Ives. It seems to be the only thing that keeps my acne breakouts at bay and gives me SOMEWHAT clear, blemish-free skin. This sponge did NOT work well with the apricot scrub. The corn meal 'kernels' (what does the actual scrubbing and exfoliating) were stuck on the sponge after use.
It also felt like it retained soap, no matter HOW long or well you rinsed it. I thought it was going to fall apart after the first use to be quite honest. It shriveled and looked very ragged after the third use, which is what prompted me to throw it away.
Disabled people may have trouble opening the package and removing the cellophane from the sponge, but if you can move your arms/hands in a circular motion, you can use this sponge.
TIDE TO GO STAIN REMOVAL PEN
^^front of packaging^^
This came in a close second as being the worst product in the box. It's meant for food and drink stains only, which means don't expect to use it on your undies if you have a spillage 'that time of the month' or you fall on the lawn.
I took a bit of the moisture from my friend's chewing tobacco and spread it onto a shirt I had. After removing the excess, I ran the pen over the 'stain.' All it did was made the shirt wet; it BARELY removed the stain. Washing the shirt in my normal wash cycle removed the stain MORE than the Tide to Go pen did.
It has a clean scent, like Tide detergent, but that's just about the ONLY thing going for it.
Disabled folks are going to have a mixed bag when using this. It can be hard to remove the top. You will need to apply pressure to the pen tip to get to the 'cleaning liquid.' The only easy part of using this pen is the motion to use it. If you can color/scribble with a crayon, you can use this.
RILEY & GREY WEBSITES
There was also a card for RILEY & GREY custom wedding websites. They have a code for 50% off the price of a website, which includes
- Custom domain name
- Limited-Edition Design
- The ability to change designs at any time
- Optimization for mobile, tablet and desktop viewing
- The ability to organize guests' addresses
- The ability to collect RSVPs
- Amazing customer service
I didn't really look too hard into them, since my fiancé would like to keep his identity private on the Internet as much as possible. I also know HTML coding and I feel more comfortable writing it myself. Riley and Grey seems to be a drag-and-drop or a visual website builder, and they confuse me more than anything. Seriously, I'd rather write HTML coding for tables and interactive image maps ALL DAY than deal with a WYSIWYG or a drag-and-drop builder.
As far as organizing addresses or collecting RSVPs, you can do the SAME thing on theknot.com for free. If you REALLY want your own domain/URL, you can get your own URL for $20 or less from GoDaddy and have it direct to a blogspot or webs.com site.
I wasn't very impressed with this VoxBox. There were only two things that were of use to me, and I didn't find the theme of the box to fit what the company was going for.
WOULD RECOMMEND: The Influenster company, Yes... but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend any of these products to a bride-to-be.
**I AM A MEMBER OF INFLUENSTER AND HAVE RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.