VoxBox Review: Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream

Describing my hair texture is tricky.  Some parts are curly.  Some are sort of wavy.  Others are awkwardly straight.  All of it is fluffy.

When I decided to dress up as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, I knew I wanted to do something fun with my hair.  I was going to go for pigtails, but I really wanted to amp up the texture.  Pressed for time and with nary a hot roller in sight, I gave Not Your Mother’s a try.

Straight from the tube, it looks like a thin hair gel and smells lovely.  The instructions are to towel dry hair, then apply throughout hair while scrunching.  I’ve test driven products like this before that resulted in my hair being crunchy and waveless.  Not so with Not Your Mother’s!  My hair was shiny, silky and lovely, full of beachy waves.  The waves stayed put all night, and then some (more on that later.)  I did a bit of lifting with my hair and it seemed to help hold that without any of the textural weirdness that gel can give.

The only surviving picture of me that night.

Given that my hair texture is a bit wavy naturally, the product mostly enhanced and tamed.  The straight clumps went a bit wavier, the wavy clumps were beachy and the curly bits went wavy without twisting too much.  It was a really lovely effect!  For people with stick-straight hair, I’m not sure this product is going to offer much other than a really lovely smell (grapey!) and a nice smoothing.  For those with naturally very curly hair, this would offer a nice shine and perhaps help keep your curls more together.

Given that it’s about $6 for 1.5 fl oz, I think it’s a pretty decent value considering that I didn’t need to use very much product at all to get great results.  I think it’s a definite buy for anyone who has weird, indecisive hair (like mine.)

Now it’s time for the part of my review that will probably squick most of you guys out.  I went to the party on Saturday.  I didn’t wash my hair until the following Friday.  Before you turn off your screen and never return to the internet again, I assure you–I didn’t need to wash my hair until then.  I typically can get two days out of my hair before it must be washed.  I don’t know what magic prevented the oil buildup, but it hasn’t ever happened before and never since.  And my hair kept trying to curl and hold waves.  It was actually a little weird.  I’m not going to advise any of you to do this.  But seriously.  I wore my hair the exact same way on Sunday, then wore it in side braids or spin pin buns all week.  And it was stilllll curly.

HALP MAH HURR ISH CURLEH

Makeup Stuff: VoxBox

I received my first Influenster Beauty VoxBox yesterday.  This will be my first of a couple posts about this box.  This first one, I’ll just explain what it is and why I’m THRILLED.

What it Is:

Influenster is a site that sends out sample kits to its users for free.  In return, they ask you to write reviews of the products on their site and do a blog/vlog on the kit.  That’s really it.  You get samples of all sizes–full-size, “deluxe” multi-use samples and one-use samples.  They don’t ask for lengthy, intricate reviews; you just fill out a basic survey about the products.

How it Works:

You start by signing up for free on the Influenster site.  You basically need to prove to them that you have a little influence in your chosen field–they do men’s, crunchy, pets, beauty, baby boomer… tons of niche categories.   I first pursued beauty, but I’ve also been working on geeky, foodie and others!  To “prove” your influence, you submit a little data about your blog, your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets.  Basically, how many followers and how often you post.  I have this blog, a few followers on Twitter and about a hundred-odd Facebook friends, so you don’t need to be a Guru to get on the list!

What you do have to do is be patient.  I signed up several months ago.  And the site was a lot more basic then, so it was actually pretty confusing how to proceed.  Now, they’re redesigned the site to help you along a lot more.  You can write reviews of products you have used and try to earn badges by filling out surveys about your buying habits.  It doesn’t really ask invasive questions and it’s not skeevy, like most survey sites are!

When you’re finally selected for the VoxBox, you get an email letting you know.  You have a day or two to get to their site and let them know that you’re in to do it.

A couple days later, you get the box in the mail.  They ask you to go to their site and click a button to let them know that you’ve got it.  They give you a couple weeks to enjoy the products, then they email you with a (mandatory) survey about the goods.  I haven’t gotten my survey yet, but I DO have my box!

What Was In It?

This box was FREE to me.  I’m going to estimate that the total retail value (including the coupon) was close to $50.  That’s pretty cool!  I knew about the VoxBox from random beauty bloggers, but I didn’t know what to expect.  I was pretty impressed!

I feel like I’m going to forget something here, so expect a complete list of goods in my next post about the VoxBox.  BUT I remember off-hand a full-size Vitabath Body Mist, a mini Bath and Body works candle PLUS a coupon for $10 a large one, a pair of Goody spin pins, NYC Color eyeshadow compact, Kiss Ever Pro falsie lashes, Not Your Mother’s curl-defining cream and a packet of Eboost.  And some of the brands offer exclusive discounts for Influensters.

The Verdict:

For free, I’m not sure you can get much better out there.  Don’t sign up for this expecting a monthly gift in the mail, and definitely don’t sign up expecting anything right away!  But it’s a fun thing to do if you don’t mind being farmed for reviews and opinions (I don’t.)