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Influenster Frostybox Unboxing

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I know this post is hella late, and I’m so sorry! The Frostybox was the first Influenster box I’ve received, and I got a ton of awesome products of various types and brands that I’m so excited to try out (and it was all free! Who can argue with that?) This box was diverse and interesting, so let’s get right into it.

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The first thing I noticed in my box was this Ecotools Hair brush. I’ve heard great things about the Ecotools line of makeup brushes, but I didn’t know that they made hair brushes! I love that Ecotools utilizes materials like bamboo to create environmentally friendly, sustainable products. The bristles on this brush are quite fanned out, so I initially thought this was a round brush, but to my relief, it’s a regular brush (I’m afraid I’m not so adept at hairstyling and don’t know the best use for a round brush!) The vents on the tool are designed to dry the hair 20% faster, which is a concept I can get behind! I don’t like to blow dry but hate the feeling of wet hair, so this sounds like a perfect solution. This brush retails for $10.99.

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The next thing I noticed was this bottle of Rimmel makeup remover. I haven’t tried many RImmel products, but what I love what I’ve experienced from them so far, so I was very excited by this product. It claims to be gentle, remove all kinds of makeup (even waterproof and long-wearing), and is suitable for use for those with sensitive eyes and contact wearers. I always appreciate gentle products, since my skin is very sensitive. I like that it’s much bigger than my other eye makeup removers, too. This retails for $7.49

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Next was McCormick Thyme. I was pleasantly surprised by this spice, since I was expecting this box to be exclusively cosmetic items. I love that they included lifestyle things as well! A good, aromatic spice like thyme is handy in the kitchen since it’s versatile and can be used to add flavor to things from breakfast foods to baked goods. I was particularly happy to gift this to my mother during the holidays (and she was thrilled to receive it!). A bottle of McCormick thyme costs $4.79

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The next thing to grab my attention was a bag of Redvines Strawberry Fruit Vines Bites. I was curious about this, since I hadn’t heard of the brand or seen something like it before. I haven’t  tried them yet, but they seem like little licorice candies. I’m always a fan of snack foods in boxes, and everyone likes something sweet! These candies are available in stores for $1.29-$1.79.

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Continuing on was Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea. I had never tried tea before, but I’ve heard great things about Celestial Seasonings, and the candy cane flavor was cute for the holidays. I brewed this tea and gave it a chance, and enjoyed it very much! The peppermint taste was quite strong, so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who know for sure they don’t like that flavor. But I enjoyed it, and thought it was a great take on plain green tea. The info card that came with the box didn’t list a sales price for this item.

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Moving on to Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black. I was excited for this product! As I said, I love Rimmel, and the look of this product is similar to my beloved Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. I’m going to love trying this out and seeing how well the two compare! This retails for $4.49.

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Next is NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum. Some of my first forays into makeup were with NYC (I cringe at the thought of a matching lip gloss and nail polish I picked up in sixth grade). It’s great to see the brand still thriving, and I look forward to trying this product now that I know a bit more of what I’m doing when it comes to cosmetics! I think the color is interesting, and very holiday. This product retails for $1.99.

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And finally, the Boots No. 7 Advanced Sachet. This serum is designed to reduce fine lines and make the skin look younger. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m always interested in sampling new skincare (assuming it’ll be gentle to my skin). Anything that promises to be anti-aging is appealing, but often the formulas for these products are too harsh for my extremely sensitive skin, so I’m interested in seeing how this product works for me. A full-sized version of this product is $22.99.

I also received cupons for the Boots serum and Celestial Seasonings teas, which was a nice bonus! I know I’m so behind on posting this box, but I really enjoyed everything I saw in the box. I can’t wait to really give everything a good try. I have  a long backlog of products, but stay tuned for more in-depth reviews of the products mentioned here!

Did you get a Frostybox beauties? How did you like it? Or better yet, tweet me or leave a comment with a link to your own unboxing/first impressions post or Youtube vid!

(*I received this box and all the products included for free for testing purposes.)

Gilette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor Review

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A couple of weeks ago, I received the Gilette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor from Influenster. I mentioned in my unboxing that I had high hopes for it and turns out, I wasn’t disappointed. This razor is designed to work well for sensitive skin because it has five blades placed close together, surrounded by a moisturizing aloe ribbon. The goal is to remove more hair with less pressure. I found that to be true: I didn’t have to use as much (any) force to get the blade to remove the hair quickly and effectively. It glided over the skin and didn’t leave me with razor burn. I had the closest shave I’ve ever gotten using this razor, and my legs felt nice and smooth. This razor pleasantly surprised me by doing exactly what it said it would. I’m glad to continue using this razor, and thankful I have the kind that uses replaceable blades! This razor didn’t drag over the skin–the moisturizing ribbon really assisted in keeping things smooth and light. I noticed a dramatic difference between using the Embrace Sensitive, and generic disposable razors (which have less blades, no moisture, and need much more pressure, leading to razor burn and irritation).

While I don’t usually review tools like this on PV, I’m a believer. If any other ladies struggle with sensitive skin and don’t want to deal with body hair or razor burn, the Embrace Sensitive is a fantastic option. It’s cute, it’s effective, it’s easy to use and works well, and with the replaceable blade cartridges, this razor promises to have longevity. Given the close shave and gentleness of the blades, I’m going to continue using this product, and I highly recommend it to others.

*This product was sent to me for review and testing purposes for free from Influenster. All opinions are my own.*

Gillette Venus Unboxing

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I’ve been a member of Influenster for a little while now, and was thrilled to hear that I qualified for the Gillette Venus Influenster Box. I received mine in the mail today. Inside the box was one new Embrace Sensitive razor (which isn’t even on shelves yet!), 2 replacement cartridges, a little book of coupons, and a promo card. The card explains the idea behind the razor–that maybe women with sensitive skin (like me) are getting lower-quality shaves, not because of our problematic skin, but because razors don’t accommodate us well enough. That’s where the new Embrace sensitive comes in. It has 5 blades spaced close together, so you remove more hair with less pressure. There’s also a moisturizing ribbon with aloe on either side of the blade, so I expect this razor to be extra gentle.

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 I like the razor’s cute seafoam green color. It has a rubberized handle that won’t slip out of your hand, and has the all-around feel of a superior razor. As an added perk, the package comes with a holder with a suction cup on the back that you can stick into your shower! That should be useful. I’ve always loved the quality of Gillette’s Venus razors, so I’m so excited to try out a quality brand that aims to cater to my fussy skin. I’ll have a proper review to follow as soon as I have enough experience with it.

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*This product was sent to me by Influenster for testing and review purposes.*