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Influenster Resolution Voxbox review

 

The Unboxing

 

 

@Popchips Cheddar & Sour cream ridges

I was skeptical about. While I do Like some of their products, I wasn’t sure about cheddar and sour cream together. The verdict??? They’re good. They combined just the right amounts of each to be able to taste them both. Another thing unlike most sour cream (and onion) chips they usually taste very salty. If this has any, I’d be surprised.I let my mother try one when I opened them, she liked them but got an after taste she did not care for. As for myself I did not, but after eating a few myself a but quickly, I’m not digging the aftertaste. Maybe need to have a drink or snack on something between each chip.

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Fabreze One Fabric and air mist starter kit

I was almost out of my air effects bottle which is 9.7 .oz and you’d save to buy a whole new bottle.

This is the Fabreze One Fabric and air mist starter kit;  normally $5.99 with the refill as $3.99. I think that’s a better deal than having to buy the fabric and air must separate…even though my fabric re-fresher  is 27 oz.The one bottle saves space and money. You can find it at Target but I greatly hope I can find it in Walmart.

I received the Orchid scented spray. I sniffed the bottle before spraying as my family and I tend to not always like the same scents. Some aggravate my allergies, others my mother’s. For once we both agree on a scent, so I hope I can find this Scent when we go to Walmart, or something else that’s light and flowery…maybe lavender.

You can spray a short spritz or a long (non aerosol) spray to gently clean odors away without heavy perfumes (mom or I do not like) and no dyes.

I think this formula works better than the previous ones in the air as well as on fabric. I’ll put it this way…I have an old blanket from the 90’s I just can’t let go of so I made this the subject of the test and would you believe it actually worked. Honestly the previous solution worked, but not as well to clean the

smell(s) away from this blanket. ONE removed the deep down layers and lasted for a longer time as well.

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Crispy Green Crispy fruit

The card Influenster sends when you get one of their sampling boxes notes they send one out of 6 flavors; I received the Apple, but sadly the card does not note what all the flavors are.

These 100% All Natural Freeze Dried Apples are nice thick pieces, with a little crunch.. so no more excuses you want some crispy chips and reach for a potato chip. These have got crunch, they are light only 40 calories 0 from Fat, they don’t taste overly sweet like someone added sugar, and looking at the nutrition info again, it’s only 7 grams of sugar which I think is less than a ripe juicy apple. I will tell you something.. I will be looking for these at Walmart when I go  I just can’t decide if I want to get a 6 pk..(wonder if they come as assorted flavor packages..if not then THAT is how I let them know to improve on the product, as well as need bigger slices, not just thick but full slices, (they are more like a half of a slice)

A .36 oz. Bag is supposed to be $1.49 and a 6-pk of bags for $7.99 and I have found a list of the flavors. Wow I can have a ‘chippy’ fruit salad (yeah sorry that joke fell flat even with me)

  • Apple
  • Asian Pear
  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Tangerine

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Orgain Protein Bars

 

 

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Now I have a bit of a beef with Protein bars…

  1. I have yet to see one that is actually appetizing looking.
  2. Many taste like someone put a dumpster in a blender.
  3.  Many don’t even look like it’s made of what it says
  4. They rarely taste like what they say they are supposed to.

 

As you may be able to see from the image, I got the Cookie Dough flavored version. No it tasted NOTHING like Cookie dough.

As for the taste, it was either passable or I was so hungry when I ate it that I just didn’t notice.

(I usually keep something in my purse in case I’m not hungry in the morning or not able to eat breakfast before I run out the house)

I would say it’s passable cause there have been times I was super hungry, ate a protein bar and it still had a nasty taste, but Orgain needs to improve on the flavor of this.

Burt’s Bees Protein powder

Had to wait a bit as our blender died and had yet to find a new one; thankfully a week before my deadline Walgreen’s had one on sale.

I tried this first with just a taste of the powder, and it might be OK enough to just use in some water.

So the new blender gets blessed by Burt’s Bees (plant based) protein with 1 cup banana, 10oz Orange juice and 3/4 of frozen blueberries smoothie with a scoop (I used a heaping teaspoon.) Of the protein powder. It tasted good except the banana wasn’t ripe enough for me, I could still taste the orange juice a bit (I’d rather use pom juice to make my smoothies or even skim milk.)

I prefer fresh fruits and berries to frozen, tastes so much better. However I don’t think I put enough of powder in. It didn’t make me feel satisfied or full.(so I would not snack late night)

I will say one thing, when I closed what I left in the pouch it came in…some of the powder overflowed out and it felt like silk or satin. I will have to experiment with this and making smoothies. The ‘cups’ that came with my blender are more like a tall slim 25 .oz pitcher, so a scoop may not be enough for that size, although what I made was 1/2 or 3/4 of 25 oz.  (I think it’s as long as my forearm! So basically that’s breakfast and lunch in one cup er let’s call that pitcher cause calling it a cup just does not work for me.

So I’m still not sure about this one, other than you’d probably be able to just put it in my water and just drink it that way.

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Orabrush  A DenTek brand tongue cleaner

So far I already have tried a tongue scraper and have 2 round tongue brushes, one with hard bristles and the other soft.

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The bristles on this subject are plastic and sort of look like a cat’s tongue.

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Using the Dentek brush, I don’t know if the  bristles really do anything, but that darker pink, at the top of it, works as a scraper. Now even if it’s not meant to work as a scraper, it’s a better one than one (at the top) in the left image, which is also from the Dentek subdivision which I’ve trashed recently wasn’t a good design compared to this new brush/scraper design.  There are times my tongue gets that feeling like it’s been soaked in cotton, and that’s when it’s a great time to use this brush/scraper.

I would say definitely a step up from past designs  but I still think it a shame these companies haven’t been able to successfully combine a toothbrush and a tongue scraper/brush design. The one’s I’ve had on the back of the toothbrush are not wide enough, and the scrape design just doesn’t work. I wonder if they could make a toothbrush in this fashion so that instead of having to buy a separate item and like me forgetting to use it after… To just combine the two.

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Sabra Guacamole

Mom likes this stuff so I told her when she has it I’ll have a taste. For me I have finally found something that grosses me out enough to literally gag repeatedly!

I think my quote was…”It tastes like slimer”

Now mom on the other hand says it tastes good. So if you already like the stuff, you will like it.

(Should have used the denttek brush to help get the flavor off my tongue

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*I received these Items free from Influenster.com to test and review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Incoming: Hot New Beauty (product) Launches to Check Out This January

As part of being an Influenster I  get the heads up on some ‘new’ or up-coming products. Here is a slide show from Influenster on the the January products to be launched. (granted there are a few I think I’ve seen and have been out for a bit already)

 

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New beauty trends for 2017

 

These brushes are pretty! I like the one with the red and the purple brushes best sadly there’s no information on where they will be available or how much (which I’m afraid to even know)

 

ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep aid

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The latest product I had to test for Influenster was the Zzzquil nighttime sleep aid.

I suffer from Anxiety so sometimes I do need to take something to get me to sleep.  The only bad thing is some sleep aids, leave you groggy even when you get the full 8 hours of sleep or even more than that.

I’ve tried simply sleep and that is one of the ones that leaves you groggy and I feel unfocused (because my eyes feel droopy) most if not the whole day the times I’ve taken it.

* Small Cool Purple liqui gel tabs

*Use only for the occasional sleepless night

*I fell asleep in 15-20 minutes

*I slept Soundly and though I did feel a bit groggy when I first woke, it only took a bit (maybe 15 minutes) for it to pass

*It’s not for pain (wish though) and it’s not a cough medicine.

*Non-habit forming

*ensure time to get sufficient sleep 7-8 hours.

another problem when I take sleeping pills (or even when I have a cold.. when I take cold medicine…) I feel it though it may Zi Approved PRODUCThelp get me to sleep, that it ‘wakes’ me up. I don’t sleep through the night when I take these sort of things. So that was a big piece of the criteria I was going to judge this on. It passed!!! I didn’t wake up during the night when I took it

I usually go to bed at 2 in the morning (I just can’t sleep before that) and usually I don’t sleep a full 8 hours with or without a sleep aid. I usually use Tylenol PM and just take one, It helps, but I think I’ll be switching brands

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary (free) sample of the product noted from Influenster to test & review.

Sprout Voxbox from Influenster

The InfluensterFinally I have been able  to get another bunch of  products from Influenster to try.Sprout Voxbox

I do love they do this I just wish it was a ‘subscription’ without having to pay for it (or maybe $5 donation)  or that I would get them more often, but they give you a pre-qualify survey to fill out to see if it would be right for you. I must say bloggers, this is a great Idea to add to your blog especially if it’s a beauty, health etc.  The first box I ever received I could have put it under a Christmas tree! There was make-up an Eco hair brush (and the best thing was I was in the market for a new brush!) peppermint tea to taste and more, another I received Degree deodorant, another was coupons to get free boxes of Weight Watchers ice cream.

I will post ALL the reviews for the products on this page…

The Unboxing

 

This time I received the following a  healthy snack bar, a  shampoo/conditioner sampler, Laundry detergent sampler, and

EatSmart snacks- Three bean Spicy Black Bean Tortilla chips

So open bag and give them a sniff, they smell tasty, not spicy.  Bite, can taste tortilla, oh wait… I wouldn’t say ‘spicy’ it’s more a ‘BITE’ which may sit in the back of your throat. I don’t like spicy and hot food so this isn’t bad and unlike regular chips  or plain tortilla I won’t be mindlessly munching. I ate a few, but between each, have to stop before I eat the next to let the heat in my mouth die down,  so at least for me there’s no over snacking; I didn’t even eat the serving size. Made with Pinto, Navy and black beans, I’m surprised I actually kind of like them, but not crazy about the ‘bite’ from the Jalapeno pepper but not bad. My dad likes them though. i would like them as just garlic (really potent) or garlic and onion  as well.  as far as my overall decision I’d say maybe a C+ being as the ‘spicy’ bite sneaks up on you, you can taste the chip then the spice which I liked even though I was about to say well where’s the spice, in the middle of the thought the jalapeno hit.

 

ECOS laundry Detergent

Not really sure what to write other than one thing….

For an Earth Friendly item, it makes my Laundry nice and soft (maybe more so) than my usual detergent  and smells wonderful.

 

Orgain Organics Protein Powder in Vanilla

DSCN6264 I think my aunt and Uncle use this but I could be wrong it could be another brand.  I’ve never tried Protein powder plain I’ve only used a bit of what they had in fruit smoothies I made.

To start I added a teaspoon of the powder and blended it with a powered hand mixer but couldn’t taste the flavor. I dumped a bit more in (maybe another 1-2 teaspoons) and could taste it a bit. I was able to drink it without anything in it, and it did make me full and keep me so for the night.

So as far as taste goes, it’s pretty good with a few teaspoons (depending on the size of your glass) sadly though, some clodded at the bottom of the cup even though I used a battery powered mixer( or as I call it my hand blender) and that was running as I poured the powder in. Let me tell ya the glob it left at the bottom didn’t look appetizing, I think I will stick with mixing protein powders with smoothies (Or just throw some of my favorite chocolate milk mix in with it).

As for keeping me feeling satisfied, it definitely does its job. I drank maybe a 1/4 cup then stopped watched some of my show, drank another and started to feel satisfied. I almost didn’t want to finish it off as my stomach was content but I wasn’t wasting what I had made.

 

Hair Food Shampoo  & Conditioner

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Opening the package I smell something that smell tropical to me, I thought coconut. Then I look at the package and it’s Honey & Apricot, with the scent alone I would purchase a bottle. I have really long hair, past my butt and always end up sitting on it! So when washing and hearing it literally get squeaky clean (yes I heard a squeak sound) I was surprised, I don’t think any other shampoo I’ve used since my hair has been this long has done that! So that’s another check.

Using the conditioner I put it through my hair only from where my hair starts to down to  and saturate my ends so I won’t get split ends.  I’ll have to wait till my hair dries as I don’t brush it or finger through the knots til then as your hair breaks easier and so on. So so far I would recommend buying

Curate Snack bar

Balsamic Fig and Hazelbut ‘Dark & Tempting”

Looking at it, it certainly is not tempting let alone appetizing. It’s Non-GMO and Gluten & Soy free.

This one is made wth Mission figs, Orange, Hazelnuts, Sunflower kernels, Quinoa, Almond butter, Whole oats, and brown sugar. And if that mix doesn’t sound gross to you, the taste will. I took a tiny bite, and nearly spit it out. Tried again and I jsut can’t chew it enough to even swallow a piece.

So unless you are a bird or starving to death (but even if I were I still don’t think it would make the flavor appetizing) skip at least this flavor! It most definitely needs improvement.  Sadly I’m going to put this out for bird/squirrel feed.  I see other flavors I might like but sadly this is certainly not one of them. Maybe there’s just too many different flavors mixed together and to my tastes do not work cohesively.

The BLue, Brown, Pink wrappers I am all to likely like as I normally like those, The green one would be a toss up, as for that orange wrapper, I have no idea what Marcona is? (Is that where the Almonds come from, or a type of them?

Curate flavors

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Here’s the other flavors

 

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster to test and review.

Try Dry Degree dry spray antiperspirant

DSCN5940Degree Motion sense Dry Spray -Fresh Energy   “The Game Changer”

I remember in my pre & early teen years using a spray deodorant did not work for me, well at least in the way that it felt like it burned when I sprayed it on.
When I received a complimentary sample I was a bit hesitant, but I figured by now the sprays should be greatly improved and as far as the degree spray is concerned, they have.

I remember as well back in the day that when I’d spray, it would have a chalky smell and make me wheeze and cough, not to mention when breathing in it was like inhaling chalk. The smell of this one is pretty, but light I hardly noticed the smell until I saw the listing to submit the review. Mom even says it smells like perfume!

The first day I received it, after taking my shower I used the spray. Surprisingly it didn’t even burn having shaved. Now how does it do to actually keep you dry…
I sleep under a really heavy blanket the kind that if its not at least 40 degrees and below you will likely sweat so I thought I’d put it to the test that way.

I woke up feeling like I did right after the shower. I was dry, and well test DSCN5942wise, give myself a sniff and didn’t have any smell of sweat etc.

Must have workout products

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Weight Watchers ice-cream review

I recently qualified from for 2 complimentary coupons to get 2 weight watchers brand box of ice creams completely free  to test and review from Influenster.  So what did I get? One that I wasn’t sure I would like which is the Dark Chocolate  and Rasberry.

Now I love Dark Chocolate, but I’m not keen on their being berries or fruit flavors along with it. The other I saw was Super chocolate cookies & cream bars  which wasn’t even shown on the card that was included with the coupons! There were other flavors like Strawberry Smoothie, Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream candy bar (which I would have got but I’m not a caramel person) also Vanilla Fudge swirl (which looks like the one you get from Good humor0 and Devine Triple Chocolate which I had in my hand before I caught the choco cookies &   cream bars.

 

So I have the 2 to try,

I opened the dark chocolate Rasberry ‘sticks’ first (being as I’m sure the others one I will love)

The Dark chocolate shell tastes smooth & creamy. It’s not a strong taste which I think is the reason most people don’t like Dark Chocolate. Another good thing is like other brands sometimes do, it tastes like chocolate not sugar and it’s not a bitter taste either. Initially I think I tasted the rasberry through the chocolate unless i got some rasberry on it when I was jsut rying a tast of the chocolate first.

The Rasberry Ice Cream is good but I think it can be improved on as by the time I finished the bar, I really didn’t taste the rasberry in it. I think the first 1-3 bites I could taste it and that was it which I think may have left me unsatisfied in my snack. Also the bar was  a few licks short of satisfying (I think 3-5 more bites would have satisfied my cravings) and with the flavor not really being their enough (I think the chocolate overwhelms the Rasberry flavor a little bit)  Weight Watchers has at least 2 things to improve upon. Because if you are craving something, and after you eat it and it’s not satisfied, you are going to keep snacking. Don’t get my wrong it is good but I wanted to eat another and I try not to have more than one snack a night

and from the Walmart site’s info

Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bars:

  • 90 calories
  • 8g sugar
  • 0g trans fat
  • 2 PointsPlus value per sandwich
  • Kosher

Verdict….   Mildly average but good effort

 


Chocolate Cookies and Cream 
The Ice cream is ok, but I think tastes more like the ice cream you get from the all you can eat places like it’s fake. It could use more flavor also more cookie crumbs as well, I can’t taste either of them and not even at first bite like the Raspberry Dark Chocolate ones.  Needs improvement
here are the official pages for Weight Watchers

Product Page: Weight Watchers® Ice Cream Products

Facebook: Weight Watchers Supermarket Foods

Twitter: @WeightWatchers

Instagram: @WeightWatchers

 

Disclaimer

I received these products complimentary from #weightwatchersicecream  via @Influenster  for testing purposes. I have honestly reviewed the products in my own opinion and tastes.