May 29, 2014

Product Review: Softlips Cube, Nivea, KISS French Nails and More!

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Do you ever walk through the aisles of a store seeing so many products you just don't know which to choose?

You hope a friend or family member or a trusted blog had used or reviewed a product before you so they could let you in on whether or not you might want to try it?  I am thrilled that I was chosen to receive the Spring Fling VoxBox with a number of products to try and let you know if I liked them.... or not.

This package of an air freshener, mascara, press on nails, lip  care, tampons and lotion was a hit.

First;  the air freshener is an apple pie to go along with the new movie "Labor Day".   Because I'm honest in my reviews I will say that I'm not a fan of food air fresheners in my car, but my 18 year old daughter is, so she is enjoying that one.  As for the movie, I'm going to be up front and say this isn't my style movie.  But when it comes to movies it has to be apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, horror, have dwarves and elves, zombies, bioterrorism or medical themes, natural disasters or ghosts for me to like it. Romance really doesn't have a chance with me. 

My 18 year old daughter and I both enjoyed the Softlips Cube - she squealed when she saw it as she uses another big brand 'round' style lip balm but had wanted to try this one.  It's Pomegranate Blueberry flavored, but honestly smells and tastes more like raspberry.  We love how it moisturizes our lips though.  The first time I used it I had an awesome 'tingle' although subsequent uses never reproduced that.  My lips are incredibly smooth though and I love the tiny cube packaging.

The Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is currently under lock and key!  Ok, not really but I am keeping my eye on it!  My daughter may just walk away with it.  It goes on smooth but it's very, very thick so it takes just 1 swoop to achieve what 5 or 6 swipes would some of the other brands and styles we use.  Thumbs up.

The Nivea lotion?  ON MY BUY LIST!  This small bottle is perfect to store in my purse for 'on the go' but I'm so in love with the product it's on my list to purchase a full size bottle.  I don't know about the long term firming, but for hydrating? It's excellent.  I've always loved the Nivea brand but haven't bought it in a few years since they stopped making the product I loved.  I'm back in the game... my skin is softer and looks smoother when it's properly hydrated.

The tampons were typical of the Kotex style and fit - I didn't notice a difference with this particular version of their product, but I love the packaging.  I'm on the fence about the scent though. I don't feel the need for a scented tampon, nor the extra chemicals in it, but I do realize some people may like that feature.  For me, it's not a sell.

Lastly... the nails.  I am not a girly-girl.  My nails show the results of house maintenance, DIY projects, repairs, crafts, painting and projects. But I also like to look pretty when I have to.  These nails are the exact style I love (French) and actually, our family has used this brand in the past.  Both my daughter's have used them - as a matter of fact, this package arrived 1 day too late for me to use, but my teenager wore hers to her high school graduation!  NO ONE KNEW THEY WEREN'T HERE OWN NAILS.  They look great and stay on, yet don't cause damage to remove and get back to real life when you need to.

Thank You Influenster (link to their company on the right side bar) and to the companies for allowing me to review these products and spread the word!


Product Details:

Softlips® Cube. Revolutionary 5 in 1 lip care combines an advanced formula with an innovative new cube-shaped package. Lips look radiant and feel softer, smoother and more hydrated. It is available in three delightful new flavors: Softlips® Pomegranate Blueberry, Softlips® Fresh Mint and Softlips® Vanilla Bean.

NIVEA Skin Firming Hydrating Body Lotion is proven to firm skin and tighten skin's surface in as little as two weeks. Hydra IQ® technology support skin's own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours. Coenzyme Q10 and Hydra IQ technology provide softer, smoother, more toned skin. This product is free of animal derived ingredients and is dermatologically tested and approved.

The timeless look that’s always in style, KISS everlasting French is the ultimate French manicure that never chips, guaranteed. Rich, white smile line is flawless and looks like you just left the salon—select from different tip thicknesses and lengths—file to any shape with no tip wear. Available in Flat and Regular nail arches with Flex-Fit Technology to ensure ultra-comfort and a perfect fit!

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara - The 60s are back in full swing with a thicker, fuller, wide-eyed look!
  • A wide-eyed false lash look
  • Fanned out volume
  • No clumps
  • Lashes up, out and over the top
Play without Limits. Introducing NEW Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™ with Odor Shield™ technology. It’s designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field. Combined with a 360o® design for Sport Level Protection®, you can go the distance. Play On®.

From Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), Labor Day is “a romance to root for”* starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin as two strangers drawn together under incredible circumstances. What starts as an unforeseen encounter over a long holiday weekend soon becomes a second chance love story in the unforgettable film that critics are calling “satisfying and deeply touching”**

*Karen Durbin, Elle

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