Secret Outlast Clear Gel Review


Hey guys!

I have another influenster-sponsored post today. In the spring VoxBox I received a full-size antiperspirant/deodorant, and let me just say, I LOVE THIS. Like seriously, in love.

I don’t tend to go for gel formulas – I find them to be too sticky, and take forever to dry before I want to get dressed. Not this one. The scent, “completely clean”, is perfect for me, as it smells fresh. No more pit stains! And I’m even back in hot, humid Boston, so this has really been put to the test.

It is a little chilly upon application, but that hasn’t been a problem for me with this hot weather. It’s actually pretty refreshing, and not to mention awakening!

This is also good for keeping the underarm area clear – and I will expand – but just giving a TMI warning :). Before I received this VoxBox, I had been using a different antiperspirant/deodorant, one that was made to be clinical and prevent sweating, and will remain unnamed. It was white, which was fine with me as I usually put my deodorant on a few minutes before I get dressed. Well, a few days after using it, I had this painful LUMP under my armpit, which at first I thought was just an ingrown hair. After days of hot salt compresses, it finally popped, and OMG – the junk that came out of it was the deodorant. A massive amount of it from one pea-size lump. Yeah, no thanks. All set.

Thankfully, that doesn’t happen with the Secret Outlast formula. It is clean, fresh smelling, and doesn’t even cause white marks. Can’t beat that! I will TOTALLY buy more of this when I run out, and now I am a believer in the gel formula. At least for hot summer 🙂


NYC Applelicious Big Apple Red – Review


Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster in a VoxBox for review purposes.



I was really excited when I saw this lip product in my VoxBox. I tend to like NYC products because they are cheap, and more accessible to me than brands such as ELF. They are good for a nice little “pick me up” or as a way to experiment with colors you might not normally try without a big financial risk. I’m glad to see that they have upgraded their products somewhat.

First Impressions: This product looked to me like all of those lipsticks that were in a few years ago with the “hydrating inner core”. It is labeled as a “glossy lip balm”.

Be forewarned: this thing smells. Maybe I got a bad product, but it smells like melted plastic with a hint of artificial fruit- not very pleasant.

It is also more pigmented than I was expecting. It is definitely a sheer red. I wouldn’t say it is a lipstick but it is definitely more than a balm – more a tinted balm or a stain. This was a little bit shocking for me because I wasn’t expecting it to turn out so bright – but it is definitely red. I am not really a fan of bright colors on my own lips, so it was a little startling, although the color itself is nice.

Overall: Retailing for just $2.79 a pop, I think they’re a worthwhile treat for yourself or a way to get comfortable wearing light color, granted that you don’t have an overly sensitive nose (or hopefully that I just got a particularly smelly product). I wish I had been sent a different color that is a little bit more to my taste, something more neutral, but perhaps I will have to go pick one up the next time I am at the drugstore!

The Cosmo Voxbox

I got the honor of being sent the 2012 Cosmo Voxbox last week 😀

If you’ve never heard of Influenster , I suggest you go look at their website! It’s really cool, and you might get the chance to try new stuff like I did.


This is a peek inside of what I got, and some mini-reviews.

A Venus Razor with a Venus + Olay cartridge (not pictured – but was in the yellow bag). It’s kind of hard for me to be unbiased on this one, because shaving can become a pretty dire situation. I’ve been loyal to Gilette’s Venus since I first ever started shaving, but with the price of razors only going up (and me being a broke college kid), I’ve been pretty stuck to the basic razor. I love the Venus + Olay cartridge, I definitely will purchase more of those. I find it makes shaving easier and I haven’t had my usual horrible razor burn on my underarms.

Sample Size of Bath and Body Work’s Forever Red.  Described on B&BW’s website as “our most luxurious fragrance ever”, it just was not my kind of scent. It was a little too… fruity or something. I’m not really good at determining what a perfume smells like, so forgive me, but I prefer the “clean” scents and this does not fall under that category. Don’t get me wrong, it smells good, but it just isn’t the type of perfume that I like to wear. I also try not to get too attached to Bath and Body Works’ perfume, since I fell in love with Breathe Romance back in sixth grade and then they discontinued it 😦

Ghiradelli Gourmet Sea Salt Escape Chocolate Bar. Um, YUM! This milk chocolate bar is loaded with almonds and a kiss of sea salt, so it hits on that salty-crunchy-sweet taste/texture explosion that I love SO much. This bar is really, really good.

Pilot Frixion Pens in Black and Red. These are nice. I like how smoothly they write, and the fact that they are ERASABLE! Whaaaaaaat?! It’s perfect for a student like me, because I’m a weirdo but I can’t stand taking notes in pencil, yet I make a mess of my notes with all my scribbling-out mistakes. This is perfect. I seriously love them.


Disclaimer: All of these products were complimentary, but reviews are my true opinion. I am not being compensated for writing these reviews.