Lit from Within: Lots of Love from Influenster! #XOVoxBox

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lots of Love from Influenster! #XOVoxBox

Products provided for review.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Every now and then, I fill out a survey from Influenster, and sometimes, they send me a little box with things to try and tell you about.  This time, I was lucky enough to receive the XOVoxBox, filled with all kinds of things to try!

The first thing I got to try, I actually got before the box arrived! Adore Me sent a coupon code to order some lingerie from their site.  They have so much to choose from, and if you become a subscriber, you can save.
Right off the bat, they get points for cute packaging! I love the illustrated box.  The attention to detail was nice, and made getting the special lingerie even more special.
Adore Me does have a plus-sized section, though it is more limited than the smaller sizes.  The only things they had in my size were corset sets.  I loved this one, with its peek-a-boo cleavage.  The bodice is well-made for the price, and, though it has a zipper on the side for easy use, the back has laces for adjusting.  Unfortunately, no amount of lacing would allow me to make this corset big enough to fit me.  Even though I ordered a size larger than what I wear in clothing, Adore Me sizes don't really correspond to 'real world' sizes.  The largest size they had still wouldn't fit me.

I had seen a couple of blog reviews on the Colgate Optic White system, so I was pretty excited to try this out.  I've been using an electric toothbrush and a sensitive toothpaste for years, so this would be something completely different than what I was used to!
The toothbrush has these polishing bristles and a whitening pen inside the handle.  I found the toothbrush to be stiffer than what I was used to, and ended up making my gums bleed a few times before I got used to the new brush.  The whitening pen was great at first, and I really thought I saw some improvement between the pen and the Optic White toothpaste in the first week of use.
It's a little weird taking pictures of your teeth, I gotta tell you.  Just so's you know.

To use the whitening paste, you turn the handle to push up some of the paste, and you use the applicator to rub it over your teeth.  You're not supposed to use water on the applicator to clean it, so after I used it, I put it back in the handle.  Pretty convenient, right? Until you've been using it a few weeks.  Then, it starts to get a little stinky.  I've been using it about a month, and I can't stand the smell of the pen anymore.  I just squeeze some of the whitening paste on my finger, and use that to apply the paste.

The Optic White toothpaste tastes pretty good, lathers appropriately, and I think it's whitening my teeth.  I'd buy it again.
I use a lot of hand lotion, so I was glad to try Skinfix, a brand I'd never used before.  The cream is very thick, very emollient, and great for very dry skin.  I would definitely reccommend this for people who have to wash their hands a lot, or get cracked, dry skin.

I love trying new hair care systems, so I was stoked that this Beyond Smooth sample came with not only a shampoo and conditioner, but also their primer, and a coupon.  I really liked this system.  My hair felt clean and soft, and the primer really tamed my frizz when paired with my curl cream or hair oil.  Best of all, even with all the hair I have, this deluxe sample was enough for me to wash my hair twice, and really see if I liked it. I've always liked the Frizz Ease hair serums, and now they have a system I like to back it up.

The last thing I got to try in this XOVoxBox was some Tide Pods with Febreeze.  I've been making my own laundry soap for a few months now, but these pods are so convenient, and the Febreeze makes it smell amazing.  I washed my sheets with these, and enjoyed sleeping on the freshly scented bedding.  I have 4 dogs, and twice as many dog beds, and I'm going to love washing those stinky things with this detergent next!

I'm so happy that I was able to test these products and review them for you.  I found some new drugstore favorites for my laundry and my body, and even though Adore Me doesn't carry my size now, they are a fun service with great customer service that I hope will expand their offerings.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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