Hello gorgeous ladies!
Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted that I was going to be doing a review on some products sent to me by Influenster?! Well, the time has come to let you all know what I think of each product and my experience as an influenster member, thus far! It's important for me to make sure that you know that these are my honest thoughts about each product. My goal is not to please a company, but to assist you all in determining if these products are ones that you would benefit from. I will include my thoughts for each product underneath the product photo! Let's get started!
This was the original box and photo that I posted when I first received it in the mail, which contained all the products.
Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Powered Contour Cleansing System
I was honestly very excited about trying this product out because I have an extremely oily t-zone, so when I read the box and it said, "shine, shine go away!" I said, that's what I've been saying every day, as I looked at my oily T-zone after a few hours of applying makeup! As you can see from the photo above, the box contained the cleanser and an electric cleansing brush. The size and shape of the brush impressed me because I'm sure many of you beauty obsessed ladies have heard about or have a Clarisonic cleansing brush and this one is obviously different, in many ways. First, it's a lot smaller in comparison to the Clarisonic or most cleansing brushes that I've come across, unless of course they are travel size. For me, that was a plus because it fit comfortably in my hand. The shape of the brush was designed to fit within the t-zone, to provide the best cleansing possible. When I was cleansing, I was able to get under the eye area and on the sides of my nose easily, as well as in the center of my forehead, which is where I notice the most shine. So, of course this benefited me greatly, in that regard! Another difference, which I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo, the bristles are made of rubber, which is great in preventing buildup, which could otherwise develop and adhere to the bristles of a cloth bristle! Now let's discuss the actual cleanser.
The cleanser did exactly what it claimed to do, which is control shine! However, I have acne prone skin and although it controlled much, if not all, of the shine in my t-zone, it didn't help prevent the development of breakouts. After about a week and half of using the product, I had to switch back to my original cleanser, which also happens to be by Olay (Olay Total Effects blemish control) because I started to breakout. When the breakouts started, I read the ingredients on the back and noticed that it did not contain salicylic acid, which is an active ingredient in my original cleanser and a key ingredient in most acne fighting cleansers. So, would I recommend this cleanser system?! YES, if you don't have acne prone skin and have an oily or shiny t-zone, I would definitely recommend this product because it is effective in controlling shine.
SECRET'S CLINICAL STRENGTH STRESS RESPONSE DEODORANT
I'm someone who is extremely active, not only because I have a type A personality, lol, but because I hit the gym practically every day. That being said, I have gone through so many different deodorants because I am not afraid to admit that I can get a little funky, ok, VERY funky! Most of the deodorants I've tried smelt great for a few short hours after applying it and then when put to the test at the gym or doing other vigorous activities, it would fail me. When I saw that Secret's Clinical Strength deodorant was in the box, I was a little disappointed because I was already using it, so I thought! When I held the one that I received in the box next to the one that I had, I noticed that the one that I was given was not only a citrus scent, but also a "stress response" version. I didn't know that the deodorant had a stress response version. So, I started using it and I completely ditched my previous one. This deodorant is STRONG and when I say strong, I mean that it is long lasting. The scent you smell when you first put it on, is what you'll smell when you're ready to hop in the shower. I will definitely be re-purchasing this one!
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Let me first start off by saying that this product smells amazing!!! The first day that I used it, my husband gave me a hug and asked me what I put in my hair because it smelt so good! That's always a plus, right?! What I liked about this product was that you could apply it to either damp or dry hair. I noticed a notable difference when I applied it when my hair was damp. I have curly hair and very few products actually enhance my curls, this one did an ok job. I am honestly not too crazy about it. I'll most likely use it in the summer when at the beach to help avoid frizz, but other than that, I don't think I'll be using it on a regular basis. It made my hair very knotty and was a bit sticky. I HATE products that are sticky and create buildup and that's what this product did. Would I recommend this product? No.
Skinny Girl On-the-Go Bar in the the flavor Greek Yogurt Blueberry Crisp
If you're unfamiliar with the brand Skinny Girl, it's a brand of health and lifestyle products created by The Housewives of New York City's member Bethany Frankel. The product claims to be only 180 calories, kosher, and high in fiber (5g). It was actually pretty good and I was impressed that it had 0mg of cholesterol and 210mg of sodium because a lot of these "healthy" products out there are high in these contents. It also only contains 24g of carbs 7g total fat, 2.5 of which are saturated, and it also contained 8g of protein. I would definitely purchase this product again in the future because the nutritional facts did impress me, as well as the taste! If you're more protein driven in looking for on-the-go bars, I wouldn't necessarily suggest this one, since it only offers 8g, which isn't that much.
Now, to all of my fabulous readers. If you are into blogging, youtube, or social media, I would definitely suggest becoming a member of Influenster at http://www.influenster.com . It's a website that's free to join and provides you with the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions about a variety of products, from cars to beauty, there's something for you to share your two cents on. I've been enjoying being a part of the Influenster community because there are so many opportunities given to share my thoughts not only on fashion, which is of course my love, but also on other things that are a part of my life, which wouldn't necessarily tie in here on the blog. As you become more active within the Influenster community by posting your thoughts and interacting with other members, your chances of being chosen to receive a Sweetheart Vox Box, which is what I received, are much greater. I hope you guys sign up and definitely let me know if you do, so I can keep an eye out for your reviews and posts in the future!
Much love and lots of kisses