My Influenster VoxBox Experience (UK)

My Influenster VoxBox Experience (UK)

When I first found out about Influenster I got right on it. I had not heard much about it before but for the chance to try out complimentary beauty products it was ideal (I buy way too many, I’m weak!).

I was regularly reviewing products and completing all my ‘snaps’, and just enjoying the overall experience. I wasn’t solely there for the free products as it gave me a chance to talk about products I do and don’t like without going on too much on Instagram, but let’s be real – we all love free stuff.

I actually realised that a a few months ago I was selected as a potential candidate for a campaign, and I was fuming that I’d missed it. I’m one of those people who never deletes unwanted emails so my inbox is full of junk and things get missed…

Back to just doing my thing and seeing other people’s ‘received complimentary sample from Influenster’ reviews I was happy just posting about what I was enjoying at the time. I’m an optimist so I thought at some point I might be selected for a Voxbox, but there’s no rush. Some people never seem to get chosen and some people get chosen regularly, so I knew it’s a bit of a gamble.

So when I got another email for a potential campaign I was excited to see what it was! Then I saw: kitchen appliances. Considering my interests and reviews etc were all beauty product-related I wasn’t sure how they concluded that I would make a good candidate for kitchen appliances. I opted out of that one as there would be someone else who probably would benefit from it more than I would, and would have a genuine need/interest.

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Then I got the email.

“Are you the perfect fit for our next campaign?”

The way these work is: you’re shortlisted for a Voxbox campaign, and you have to select whether you want to opt in or out. In the initial email there’s no indication as to what the campaign in question is about, but if you click the opt in option you’re directed to a questionnaire to complete. There’s a series of questions to establish whether or not you would be suitable, and at this point you’ll get a good idea of what the campaign is about.

For this one, it was self-tan related and focused on Bondi Sands tanning products. I have used self-tanning products in the past on and off but I don’t do it religiously – usually just for an event or night out for example. But I was definitely interested in trying some out because I’ve never found the right products for me.

Less than a week later I got the notification that I was in for the Bondi Sands VoxBox. I was so excited! I thought It would take ages for it to arrive but I got a surprise when there was a knock on my door the next day. The postman made my day better when I realised it was already here.

I already knew what was included but I couldn’t wait to open it and see. I was greeted by 3 full-sized products from the Bondi Sands Pure range:

  • Self Tan Foaming Water
  • Self Tanning Face Mist
  • Self Tanning Sleep Mask

I won’t go into the details too much on what I thought of each product as this is more about my experience of getting a VoxBox, but I’ll give a brief overview.

First up, we have the Self Tan Foaming Water

I used this on my body and I really liked the results. I was a bit dubious at first as it’s marked as ‘dark’ and I’m pretty fair, but it gave a really gorgeous glow without being too much. It was a pretty even finish and lasted a few days before fading. The application was pretty easy (using a mitt) but a bit of liquid came out when I was expecting just foam at one point which ran down my leg and resulted in an intense patch on my foot. This wasn’t too big a deal and only happened the once so I wouldn’t lower its ranking just for that. I had no adverse effects after using it – my skin texture was the same afterwards just with more colour.

Next up we have the Self Tanning Sleep Mask

I wasn’t really too sure what to expect from this, and I was a bit apprehensive in case I would wake up with an over-the-top patchy tan on my face. Despite my apprehension, I was really impressed with it. The tan was even and gave a really beautiful colour that wasn’t too orange and lasted really well for a few days. I just applied it with my hands which worked perfectly.

Lastly, we have the Self Tanning Face Mist

I used this mist a few days after I used the sleep mask so it had a few days to wear off, and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I liked the sleep mask. That was the mistake. I LOVE this – I think it is my favourite product from the lot. I wasn’t convinced I’d enjoy spraying a tanning product on my face but it wasn’t unpleasant and it developed into the most gorgeous tan over the next few hours (note: I did spread it across my face with my hands, I didn’t just spray and leave it at that. If I’m going to buy any of these in the future, it’ll be this one, although I’ve been swayed to marking this as my go-to tanning product for the Summer.

All of the products contain Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C which is a really nice touch as it feels like you’re doing your skin a bit of good by using them. They’re also all colourless and odourless which makes for a very pleasant experience in comparison for previous self-tanning products I’ve tried. The packaging is also unique: ethically sourced, 100% recycled plastic. The drive for eco-conscious packaging and products is more important than ever, so this is a really great attribute. This is a range I can really get behind.

The only point of contention (although, not really a point of contention) is that it would have been ideal if it came with a mitt from the brand. Fortunately for me I already have one at home, but not everybody who was selected for this VoxBox may have had one.

After I had used all of the products and given them a chance to work their magic, I went into my Influenster app to post my reviews. The process was super easy – on my profile there was an option under ‘my campaigns’ to review each product from the VoxBox and rate them out of 5 stars. I already knew what I wanted to say and comment on, but there is a section with some guidance on points to discuss for those who weren’t sure what to mention. It’s also super easy to add pictures, so once I did all of the above for each product I was notified that I had completed the campaign.

Overall this was an amazing VoxBox to get an I’m really grateful for Influenster for giving me the opportunity to try these. I hadn’t tried the Bondi Sands range before and to be honestly I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for this. The end-to-end experience was great from Influenster and I hope to be lucky enough to be chosen for future VoxBoxes.

Pointers for being chosen for a Voxbox:

  • Link all of your socials – the more reach you have, the more likely you are to be chosen for a campaign
  • Review regularly – build up your Influenster presence and contributions. Leaving 1 review and not doing anything else is unlikely to earn you a spot
  • Engage, engage, engage! Post polls, discussions, questions etc and engage with others on the app. The more you engage the more of a presence you’ll get which is always a good start

I hope you enjoyed learning about my experience of the Bondi Sands Pure VoxBox from Influenster. All of the opinions and comments are my own and from my own experience, and all product pictures are mine.

Pharrell’s Humanrace skincare: 3 minute facial

Pharrell’s Humanrace skincare: 3 minute facial

First of all, happy new year to my wonderful followers and any newcomers! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period as much as you could under these circumstances (cough, Covid!). I haven’t been very active on here because, well, life. But I’m back and I’ll be posting more regularly on products and more.

So, I don’t think I was alone on being way too excited for Pharrell’s skincare line ‘Humanrace’ to drop back in November. I also had to endure the long wait for international shipping, so when it got here I was more than ready to abandon any other routine I was currently doing after I’d seen all of the posts from other customers who had already got theirs.

Before getting into the detail of the products, I think it’s only right to discuss the unique elements of the brand itself. Humanrace’s mantra is ‘skincare for everyone’ – and I genuinely feel this is very much the case. The packaging is made from reclaimed waste materials, and the dispensers containing the products inside are replaceable. In an age where the majority of us endeavour to do our best by the environment, it’s refreshing to feel less guilty when finishing a product and being able to replace a smaller element rather than throw away the whole thing. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that braille was featured on the routine kit’s box as well as each individual product. This really speaks volumes about the thought that had gone into achieving the goal: ‘skincare for everyone’. Pharrell’s ambition was to create skincare that everyone can use regardless of gender, race or any other obstacle that might dissuade someone from looking after their skin.

The line includes a cleanser, an exfoliator and a moisturiser.

So let’s begin…

The aesthetic

I’ll be completely honest and say this isn’t pretty skincare. Some products and brands jump out at you solely for how they look, and this isn’t one of them (at least not in the usual way). The intense green packing disrupted by a white text goes with the brand’s overall aim as it isn’t the usual type of product marketed towards just women – it’s pretty basic and unisex/uni-anyone (that a word?). However, it’s definitely not unpleasant by any means. It’s just different!

The Rice Powder Cleanser
This is the first powder cleanser I used and I’m not going to lie, I kind of love it.

To use it, you wet your hands, pop a bit of the powder onto them and rub them together. This instantly turns it into a gorgeous, light lather that is a real treat to use. One thing to keep in mind though, your hands need to be wet enough to ensure the powder turns into enough of a lather, otherwise the cleanser doubles as an exfoliant with the grainy texture. This isn’t really an issue though as it’s super easy to make sure it’s used properly.

There’s not really any scent to it, so irritation from perfume isn’t really a concern. On that note, any form of irritation seems to be pretty unlikely (on my skin, at least). It’s really gentle and does a great job. My skin feel clean and fresh without feeling dry and stripped.

The ingredients on the front include fruit AHAs, Snow Mushroom and geranium. Delving a little bit deeper into the list, the first ingredient is Kaolin, which is a clay. This is perfect for oily and combination skin as the ingredient gently extracts oilsimpurities without upsetting the skin. Think about it, clay masks are MASSIVE when it comes to brightening and clearing the skin, so including this gentle but effective clay in the cleanser is a stroke of genius. The next ingredient is, unsurprisingly, rice powder. It’s a very, very mild exfoliant (hence my earlier comment around the texture and lather!), and the rice also absorbs sebum making this cleanser DOUBLY great for oily skin. The list goes on with wonderful ingredients, so I won’t go through them all and make this go on as well…

I’ve been enjoying using the cleanser everyday as advised by the brand.

The Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator

This has to be one of the most gentle exfoliators I’ve used, it really is gorgeous.

Firstly, I love the dispensing method! Pushing down on the top of the dispenser provides the perfect amount to use on your face, so you’re not using too much or too little. It’s kind of therapeutic pushing down on it…

Anyway, the texture is almost cream-like so using it is a very pleasant experience. Again, I haven’t experienced any irritation while using it so it’s ticking all the boxes so far.

On the face of the product, it lists 8% Glycolic Acid and 2% fruit AHAs. This ingredient list also contains rice powder, and as far as I’m aware there is no issue with using this ingredient in both the cleanser and exfoliator as it’s so gentle and the exfoliator isn’t meant to be for daily use. The combination of chemical and physical exfoliation in this really makes it special. It also contains lotus leaf, which Humanrace describes as a “natural antioxidant that protects skin from free radication damage and environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays.” It really packs a punch.

My skin appears brighter and really smooth, without feeling like it’s gone through something to get there as it can do with some skincare. I use the product 2-3 times a week, aiming for 3.

The Humidifying Cream

Last but by no means least… the moisturiser.

I can’t get enough of this. From just the first use my skin was noticeably softer – I’m talking REALLY soft. The consistency is enough to have me swooning at it is; it’s super light and absorbs really well. There’s no heavy residue that makes you feel like you need to wash your hands after touching your face (although, we all know we shouldn’t be doing that right now as it is…)

Like the cleanser, the cream contains snow mushroom which is amazing when it comes to moisturising. The ingredient list also boasts hyaluronic acid and squalane to really draw in that hydration and keep it there. Perfect for this time of year, and my skin is really reflecting that. Another interesting addition which I had not heard of before is ‘adaptogens’. Humanrace state that the formula is adaptogenic: adapting to your skin type. Of course I can’t validate this but so far I believe the brand is very transparent and has good intentions, so I trust it. Plus, I will reiterate: my skin is loving this so I wouldn’t discount any of the benefits posed by Humanrace.

Overall this is a brand I can honestly say I stand behind, and would recommend to anybody. It’s a bit pricey, as are most products these days (especially celebrity-brand products) but it’s worth it. I bought the 3-step routine for $100 (plus shipping and duties), but the cleanser, exfoliator and humidifying cream are priced individually at $32, $46 and $48 respectively. The refills are $30, $42 and $44, which collectively cost more than the 3-step routine which is something I would hope Humanrace will change and perhaps do a refill set at a similar discounted price.

A couple of things to add: some of the positives the brand highlights is that the products are vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist tested and microtear safe. I think it’s safe to say this really is a universal brand that anybody can enjoy.

I’ve been using the brand for a month and these are my thoughts, feelings and experiences so far I’ll leave it there for now and update if anything changes. As usual, please don’t take anything from l my review as advice as I am not an expert – just an
enthusiast!