I received my Influenster Sugar 'n Spice VoxBox recently. If you've never heard of Influenster, you need to get on that STAT. You don't have to be a blogger to receive one, but it does help to receive future VoxBoxes.
This VoxBox did not disappoint. Why was it called Sugar 'n Spice? Well, look at these goodies I got:
The first item I tried was the belVita breakfast biscuits. I received the Cinnamon Brown Sugar ones. Oh. My. Word. These are DELICIOUS! And, they're also very filling and low in calories for how filling they were. And when I say they were filling...I mean I almost couldn't finish the single serving. They actually held me over to lunch. I can't say that about granola bars or even oatmeal. With 19g of WHOLE GRAINS per serving, these are DEFINITELY something you want to give your kids for breakfast. Nutrition without the gobs of sugar. YUM! A must-have in this household now. ($3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits.)
I also received a new product by the makers of Splenda. Nectresse is a NATURAL no-calorie sweetener. It is made from monk fruit. I'm not exactly sure what makes this no-calorie, however it is not the same as Splenda. The box indicated that the ingredients are: Erythritol (a sugar alcohol), Sugar (less than 1g), Monk Fruit Extract, and Molasses. It also states it is suitable for people with diabetes, and that it is a "free" food = up to 2 packets.
One packet is one serving, and it equals the sweetness of 2 tsp of sugar. I needed about 3 packets of Nectresse to equal the 4 packets of Splenda with my normal coffee. I have always used Splenda since I learned of my family's history with diabetes, but I wasn't happy with the any of the artificial sweeteners on the market. Seeing as this product doesn't use artificial sweeteners, I am definitely making the switch to Nectresse. ($6.99 for a 5.9 oz. container, or $3.99 for a box of 40 packets.)
Dickinson's original witch hazel towelettes were by far my favorite item in this VoxBox. I am fast-approaching 30 and my skin is still oily. Really. I used this box of towelettes like there was no tomorrow. It was perfect for the travelling we did right after they came in. My husband didn't really like the smell, but it didn't bother me.
I can attest that this product WORKS. My skin isn't as oily now. With continued use, I can actually skip a day as my skin stays shine-free for two days. TWO DAYS! It has also helped to minimize my pores and it has reduced my breakouts. Witch hazel is a natural antiseptic, just like tea tree oil, but not as drying. I use it after I wash my face, and Dickinson's witch hazel continues to remove gunk from my skin. I'm amazed. So amazed, in fact, that when I ran out I went and bought a bottle of the Dickinson's oil-controlling astringent and will buy another box of the towelettes for travel. ($5.99 for a 20-count box).
Regretfully, I was not pleased by Colgate's additions to this VoxBox. I've used Colgate since childhood and was disappointed by this line. I actually purchased these products before receiving them from Influenster. The toothbrush was the best ($2.99), followed by the mouthwash ($2.99 for 8 oz. bottle), and the toothpaste ($2.99 for 4 oz. tube) left a lot to be desired. It didn't whiten my teeth as it claimed. The mouthwash was a little on the sweet side; completely unexpected. I've used it to help keep my mouth clean, but again, no noticeable whitening.
I had my teeth cleaned at the dentist shortly after receiving these items and my teeth appeared whiter from the professional cleaning. I have continued using these products but no noticeable whitening has happened. I've seen better results with Crest 3D White. Colgate, this isn't your best, but I will continue to buy the Sensitive toothpaste formula.
Vaseline Spray & Go has changed my life. Not trying to be dramatic here, but I HATE moisturizing. Mainly because I have oily acne-prone skin. And I hate that added step in the mornings. Squirt, slather, wait for the lotion to dry, blah, blah, blah. Not with this product. You, simply Spray & Go.
To clarify, there is some rubbing the product into your skin involved, but nothing like with lotion. You literally spray, spread it, and by the time your palm has spread it to another area, your skin has absorbed it. It's phenomenal. I will now moisturize every day because it's not a hassle. Vaseline, you hit a home run! ($7.99 for 6.5 oz. can.)
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