Hey there everyone! Long time no post 🙂 I know it’s been a while, but I am finally back with some new content. I apologize as always for not posting for such a long time, it’s just that senior year was really (understandably) hectic. Now that I’ve graduated college though, I should have bit more time on my hands since I’m in job search mode to devote to the blog/YouTube. With that in mind, I’m just going to get right into this VoxBox unboxing. If you do not care to read the post, you can watch the video linked above!
You may or may not have seen this VoxBox floating around, but in case you haven’t, this is the Glow VoxBox. I would imagine that with Memorial Day around the corner here in the states (the starting line of summer), the products featured in here are meant to play along with the “fun in the sun” thing. All of the products featured are meant to help you “glow” in some way, shape, or form (i.e. healthy shiny hair, sparkly nails, shiny flash tattoos, glowing skin).
I have only received three VoxBoxes to date, but this seems to be the best of the ones I’ve gotten (mainly because I can actually use/would actually use most of the products). Moving along though, I am going to get right into the descriptions/first impressions of each product. Again, if you are not in the mood to read the post, feel free to watch the video in the beginning 🙂
SinfulColors Desert Divas Collection Nail Polish in “2225 Super Cooper” – MSRP $1.99
Heading out to Sedona where natural color sparkle with a vibrant earthiness, The Glistening Sand formula is infused with Mica flakes, which are found in beach and desert sands around the world. From sub-baked brown and warm stone to turquoise and cactus green, this collection has the perfect shade for a soul searching, grounding experience.
This nail polish is really cute! I don’t usually opt for green, but if my memory serves, I have a L’oreal color that is similar to this sans the sparkles. I would definitely wear this, though I am not sure for the deep summer. This is a bit darker than the shades I would usually opt for in summer months, but it might still be nice for this little interim period.
As far as quality, I have about 3 other Sinful Colors nail polishes, and generally they don’t perform any better or worse than other nail polishes I own (regardless of expense). I think these are pretty good nail polishes for the price, and if you use a good base and top coat they last a decent amount of time.
Unfortunately, I do not think that these polishes are available anymore, as another card that came in the VoxBox says that these are “available at select mass and drug retailers through 04/2017.” You may be able to catch these polishes in stores on clearance or something!
Not Your Mother’s Natural Royals Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair + Protect Leave-In Conditioner – MSPR $8.99
Not Your Mother’s Naturals Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair + Protect Leave-In Conditioner helps detangle and reconstruct damaged hair, amplifying softness and smoothness. This environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free plant-derived product was made in the United States with worry-free ingredients free of paraben, sulfate, silicon, and synthetic.
I don’t really use leave-in conditioners much, and whenever I’ve been gifted anything from this brand, it’s never been something I can use on my black hair. Not saying they don’t have other products, because they obviously do, but so far I haven’t found anything that’s worked for me. With that in mind…
This product has Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon. The former is supposed to help damage to hair’s surface and enhance luster. The latter has regenerating properties and increases moisture within the hair. I was a little bit nervous that the second ingredient in here was cetearyl alcohol, but after reading some more, I learned that it is a long chain alcohol that is actually good for your hair and has moisturizing properties. That aside though, there are still other ingredients in there I don’t know the functions of, but I will read into those some more.
This smells like a mix of perfume and a honeydew melon Starburst, and has a serum-cream like consistency, but sprays out as a liquid. It didn’t dry out my hair, nor did it leave any residue or make it feel strange. If I don’t go through with making my own moisturizing mist, I would possibly consider buying this. I would have to test this out for a bit longer though, but from the first impression I like it.
Flash Tattoos – MSPR $20 (for Dakota [shown here], Chloe, Lena, Nikki, and Zahra styles), $25 for Child of the Wild
Shine in Flash Tattoos – the original jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos to add some sparkle to your body, nails, hair, and more. Perfect for the beach, parties, festivals…anywhere you and your skin might be seen having fun!
Flash tattoos have always been cute to me, just not something I saw myself wearing. Maybe wearing small ones on nails would be up my alley, but I don’t think I would wear the larger designs. I don’t dislike these, they’re just not for me.
With that in mind, this particular pack would average to about $5 a sheet (since it comes with 4 sheets). There are different types that can be applied on the chest (as a necklace perhaps), your feet (like an anklet), wrists, and even nails. Overall, they’re really nice. I think I will probably gift these to my younger sister.
SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask – MSRP $14.99 for 6 oz. and SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub – MSRP $9.99 for 4 oz.
I know. We’re not really supposed to be messing with Shea Moisture right now , but hear me out: other brands (particularly those not owned by PoC or black people) do much worse and we continue to support them on the daily. While I am not excusing Shea Moisture, I don’t want to immediately turn my back on them. If the trajectory of the company continues to move in a direction that forgets about it’s biggest supporters *cough cough* black women *cough cough*, then they can forget me. If not, I’ll give a second chance.
Moving along though: these products sound nice on paper, and I don’t doubt that they work well. Unfortunately, I already use raw African black soap and tea tree oil for my skin and it has been doing wonders. Don’t fix what’s not broken, right? As for the mask, this sounds nice, but maybe not for $14.99. Call me cheap, but I can get a whole heap of bentonite clay for cheaper, and get much more use out of it. These might work excellently, but I already have items in my skincare routine that work well for me.
Well, that’s everything! I think out of this box, I see myself most likely using the nail polish and the leave in conditioner the most. I will use the skin care items, but will probably not repurchase them.
Did any of you receive this box? If so, what did you think? For those that didn’t, do you see anything in here that you like?