Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mary Kay VoxBox

     So I have some cool stuff to share today, a blog post that probably should have been written like a month ago but my cat ran away and it just wasn't on my list of priorities. But anyway...I joined this awesome site called Influenster and you create a profile where you can earn badges based off of your interests and review products. You connect all your social media sites to it and increase your "influenster" score. Then you can eventually qualify for something great called a VoxBox. It's a box sent to your house full of free goodies, which you in turn post about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog, etc. They give you different tasks to complete to share what you received. The more tasks you do, the better chance you have of getting another VoxBox. I joined in January and got my first box in the beginning of May, which just so happened to be from Mary Kay! I have never been a fan of Mary Kay, I have only tried their products once before and I was about 15 sitting at a Mary Kay party. I thought it was an old lady brand and never really thought about it again. So when I got my box I was looking forward to giving it a try. I figured I would be sent a few items to review and that would be it. Boy was I shocked! Inside this cute little box was nine full sized products worth over $120! I was thrilled and couldn't wait to try everything, especially with what was printed on a card inside the box: "Influenster and Mary Kay have teamed up to bring you the products you need to brighten you spring look and get ready for the summer! Inspire your audience with this season's on-trend shades including warm and sun-kissed tones, soft peachy pinks and bold corals."
So on to the good stuff!
Don't you just love when things come in cute boxes?
Mineral Cheek Color Shy Blush- $12.00
Translucent Loose Powder- $16.00
and Bronzing Powder- $18.00
I really liked all of these, I've never been a huge fan of translucent powder because most that I have tried just make me look chalky but this one is nice. It's light and has the slightest shimmer to it so it doesn't dull the look of your skin. As for the blush and bronzer, both are great. They are a little more powdery than I prefer but the colors are lovely! The blush is peach with gold shimmer (my favorite kind to wear) and the bronzer also has some gold shimmer in it. Overall I think they both work very well together.
Big fluffy powder brush- $16.00
Cream Color/Concealer Brush- $10.00
How cool is it that they included two brushes to use with their products?! I like both of these brushes, I have had multiple powder brushes and this one is my favorite. In fact I tossed the others because these bristles actually stay in place and don't fall out all over. The cream brush is perfect for the cream color eye shadow they included, and I use it for all my other cream eyeshadows now as well. It makes them so much easier to apply, since using your finger is not always the most precise method.
Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist- $14.00
Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black- $18.00
I am in love with both of these products! I am obsessed with this apricot color, it's so perfect and light for Summer! My only complaint is that I wish it were more pigmented. It's deceiving when swatched on the hand because it looks fine, but when applied to the eyes I have to use quite a few layers. Still pretty, but it's definitely more of a subtle look as opposed to a really dramatic color. It's very similar to Maybelline's Color Tattoos but it's easier to blend, and since it's twice the price for a product that isn't nearly as pigmented, I probably would not purchase this. Next up is the gel eyeliner that came with a tiny little expandable brush-super handy! This is a wonderful eyeliner, super creamy and easy to apply with long lasting color. It is easy to use too much product because it's so soft but that also means you're able to get a really dark application. I go back and forth between this and my favorite Maybelline Lasting Drama gel liner in Blackest Black. I think they're very similar in terms of how long they last and ease of use.
Lash Love Mascara in I <3 Black- $15.00
NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango- $14.00
It would be quite hard to choose a favorite product from this box but this pair here comes close. This is a great mascara, the description for the item states, "Mascara that defines, defends and delivers four times the volume" and I truly believe just that. As for the lip gloss, well I am a coral and peach freak right now so this was just up my alley. For those of you that don't like thick, gooey glosses this is not for you. I personally prefer them because I think they last longer and the stick factor has never been a problem for me. I prefer to use this gloss in combination with a lipstick because by itself it can be hard to get a completely even coat all over the lips and it tends to amplify any cracks or scabbed areas you have (which is me all the time because my lips are perpetually dry). But overall the color is beautiful and pigmented and lasts a pretty long time with very little bleeding into lip lines. Below is a picture with only the gloss on, and as you can see the lines in my lips are definitely more noticeable.
From top to bottom: Bronzer, Blush, Apricot Twist cream eye color, Mango Tango lip gloss and gel eyeliner.
I can't thank Mary Kay and Influenster enough, this was such an amazing surprise with perfect timing. I really needed a pick me up after my cat ran away and this came at just the right time to offer some distraction. This was a great first VoxBox and I really enjoyed the fact that they gave us enough products to create a complete look. I love using all of these products together for the perfect easy warm weather look. Don't forget to sign up to get your own boxes, everything from makeup and beauty products to snacks and health foods! Thanks for reading, I love comments! Please follow my blog and check out my other social media sites available under my contact tab.
*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster

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