Bella VoxBox – Thanks Influenster!

These are always one of my favorite posts to do – about my boxes from Influenster! New to Influenster? Check out my post here and learn a little more about them and what they do (and how YOU can get free stuff) and check out my previous VoxBoxes here.


This was a big box this time (yay!) so I have a lot to share with you. In this Bella VoxBox I received Dove Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries, Rimmel by Kate mascara and lipstick, Eco Tools Mattifying brush, Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs, Not Your Mother’s Déjà vu Do hair treatment, and Club W wine.

The star of this box – for me, anyway – was the Dove dark chocolate covered blueberries. Wow! I’m not normally a person who likes fruit with chocolate, but these are really, really good. They were still moist and juicy and had a wonderful pop of flavor that meshed really well with the dark chocolate. Dove also carries a cranberry variety which I’m very interested in trying. For you fellow Weight Watchers members – only two points for ¼ of the bag, which is a really decent serving size.

On to the lipstick and mascara. I was hesitant about both of these, but they’ve won me over. The mascara has a really funky looking brush, but it works wonderfully. My lashes were very long and very pronounced. My only complaint was that it wasn’t waterproof  and it did rub off easy. But a little clean up and you’re good to go.

The lipstick was a rich, wine colored red and made me think of a very vintage style. I liked it a lot. It went on smoothly and it stayed on there – I even drank coffee right afterwards and no marks were left on my cup.

I have to tell you, I’m not new to the Eco Tools line. I own most of their brushes for makeup application, so that should tell you something right away. I love that they’re made of bamboo so they don’t ever irritate my skin and they’re very easy to clean. Also, they’re cute! I love the natural wood handle with the pop of color – which also helps me differentiate between brushes, knowing what color belongs to which brush.

I used the Mattifying brush to apply my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and it looks amazing. Great coverage. Here’s a picture of me with the lipstick, mascara, and use of the matte brush.


Not Your Mother’s is a really cool haircare line. I’ve tried a few of their products in the past, but Vu Do was a new one for me. It helps to make your hairstyles last longer. I put it on damp hair after washing and added a little curl to my hair. It really made it smooth and soft (and the apple berry scent is divine) but it was hard to tell how much longer it made the curls stick since mine normally stick around until I wash or brush them out. At any rate, I really liked it, if only for the softness and that scent.

I don’t use self tanners – I’m half Irish and I think I’m just meant to be pale. But, I liked the idea of using a little on my legs to give the illusion of wearing nylons. It worked really nicely. It spread easily and smoothly, and there weren’t any spots or splotches where the lotion didn’t spread out. It dried quickly, too.


Now for one of my favorite things in the world – wine!

Club W is a really cool online retailer for wine. You fill out a short profile and they make suggestions based on your taste.

Each month we’ll make new recommendations for you based on your Palate Profile. Go with our suggestions or make your own selections from our ever-changing assortment.

And the first bottle is free, so you can’t beat that with a stick.

I ordered three wines from Club W; the 2014 Loves Me Not Malvasia Bianca, 2014 Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2014 Thorn Blossom Orange Muscat. I think I’m most excited for the Sauvignon Blanc – it just sounds like a great summer wine to sip outside on the deck.

Try it out, and use the promo code Spring4Wine to get a free bottle! Visit them at

Thanks for checking out my review!


I received the Bella VoxBox complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my review. My opinions are my own and not influenced by any of the companies.

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I am a proud member of Influenster.

I’ve posted about the amazing VoxBoxes and perks that I’ve gotten as a member – like makeup and lotions, coffee and treats, all sorts of things!

But you might be wondering what Influenster actually is, and what I do. It’s an amazing website where you can review products, stores, restaurants, and so much more.

You can search for products and see what others have to say. If you’re curious while you’re out shopping, you can use the Influenster app to scan a barcode on a product and immediately get reviews on it! No more indecision in the aisles.

Doing all of these things gets you VoxBoxes and chances for giveaways and prizes. I’ve gotten 3 physical VoxBoxes this year and 6 virtual VoxBoxes, all for doing simple reviews! Just this past week I got $20.00 in giftcards from eBay!

You also get VoxPerks for being a member and answering questions – freebies and discounts and coupons for great online retailers.

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NYC Expert Last Lip Color

As a member of Influenster, I was recently given the opportunity to review NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuschia. It’s an amazingly bright, punchy shade of pink that would really complement any skin tone!


Things I LOVE about this lipstick:

  1. The bright, summery colors.
  2. It’s very smooth and moisturizing
  3. True to its name, it definitely lasts! That pink heart on my hand was there first thing in the morning and as of 10pm tonight – after grocery shopping, cleaning, and many hand washings, it is STILL THERE!

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  1. It’s $1.99 per tube. How can you go wrong with that?


Want to try out NYC Expert Last Lip Color? Check Walmart, Target, or any of your favorite drugstores! Or, if you can’t wait, check out their website! NYC Cosmetics


Review: Playtex Sport Fresh Balance


It’s getting to be nice outside finally! The snow is starting to melt, and that shy creature known as the sun has finally started to creep around Michigan.

When it gets nice like this, I absolutely want to be outside and moving around as much as possible, no matter what time of the month it is. Playtex Sport Balance are a great product for women on the move. I love that they offer the ability to be flexible and physical, while still feeling clean and protected. 

In the next few weeks, I hope to be running around in my backyard, working on the outside of our house, and talking long walks downtown for ice cream. 

What will you be doing? 




The Federal Trade Commission requires testing program participants to disclose that they have received products for complimentary testing purposes in all review materials. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Influenster VoxBox UniBox Review


I am a member of Influenster. Every month, Influenster offers a new ‘VoxBox‘. This month, I was sent the Uni VoxBox, full of these wonderful treasures!

  • NYC New York Color Expert Last Lipstick in forever fuschia. This was a lovely, punchy shade of pink perfect for a sun dress and a nice afternoon out. It was moist and the color did last! I think this will become a summer staple for my beauty arsenal.
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in light ivory. The texture of this was AWESOME. It was fluffy, smooth, and truly mousse like. It blended very well, and it shrunk my pores! I was pleasantly surprised. The matte does last for a significant part of the day.
  • Broadway Nails imPress Manicure Press on Nails in kiss and tell. I am in love with these. In love. I have smaller hands, and the short size made these look absolutely natural! They were so easy to stick on, and they are ON there! I cannot wait to buy a special pair of these for my law school graduation. I looked at their website and they have so many fun colors and designs!
  • Pilot Acrobat Pure White pen. I go through so many pens in school, and I am always happy to have another. I loved the grip on this pen and the fun yellow color, and I got a nice, smooth writing out of it.
  • Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancers in Black Tea. My fiance loves tea, so I was excited to try this. It has a sweet taste, with a slight aftertaste of orange. A small squirt was really all you needed, and I think it would be a good base for an afternoon iced tea, maybe adding a few slices of fresh fruit.
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons.


The top of the class from this VoxBox? Undoubtedly the Broadway imPress nails! I’m in love! These fit my short hand PERFECTLY, and the pink, playful color suits me to a T! They were easy to apply and they stay in place! Just look at this!


Those are fake nails! Can you believe it?

What product would you most be excited about in this box?


The Federal Trade Commission requires testing program participants to disclose that they have received products for complimentary testing purposes in all review materials. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

VoxBox Review: Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush


As as member of Influenster, I occasionally get items to try out and review. This past month, I received Colgate’s new SlimSoft toothbrush.

Melissa’s Thoughts:

Normally, I am not too fussy about specifics when it comes to dental products. I like the free ones from dentists and whatever I can get for free by couponing. 

I’m a big fan of the SlimSoft brush. The bristles are exceptionally soft and and flexible. I was skeptical if they would provide the same cleaning power as a stiffer brush.

But they do! I’ve been using mine for a month and I’m very pleased with the results. My teeth are as clean as they were with any other brush, but with none of the painful side effects of stiff bristles – no pinching or bleeding of the gums. It’s perfect for those with sensitivity.

I also really like the rubber grips on the brush. It’s smaller and easy to hold. I wouldn’t mind if the bristles were a little wider, though, but that is just my personal preference.

Colgate is a great brand for couponing as well. There are almost always coupons to download or in the weekly circular. They offer fantastic deals.

Overall, I would rate the SlimSoft  brush 4/5. 

What’s your toothbrush of choice?