Earlier this month I received my very first Influenster box! Definitely wasn't expecting it, but here we are! Naturally, I jumped right in the second I opened the box, so let's jump in right now with this review, too!
Beanitos: The two flavors in the box were Chipotle BBQ and Original Black Bean. The chipotle ones were a little spicy, but over all good. I preferred the black bean ones because they weren't spicy at all and actually tasted just like normal tortilla chips. I'd never seen these before getting this box, but just a couple weeks later I saw them for sale at my local health food store. I bought ones that were made from white beans, and they were just as fantastic as the black bean ones, if not better. There's a ton more flavors and I'm really looking forward to trying more of them! I also love the fact that they are so nutritious and natural. I also think its great that they're vegan and gluten free as well, so that just about anybody could enjoy them.
Bear Naked Granola: I got two different flavors, Coconut Almond Curry and Caramel Apple. The caramel apple pack was so good! It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and the little chunks of caramel really made it extra delicious. The coconut almond curry package was a little disappointing, to be honest. I thought I would like it, but the curry flavor was just odd with the sweetness and nuttiness. It really didn't even taste like curry, but more like cumin, which I'm not crazy about. If you like cumin though, you'd probably enjoy these more than I did. What I really enjoyed about both products was the fact that the ingredients were really natural and straightforward. I'm becoming more and more conscious of what I eat, so that was a great plus for me.
Nasoya Pasta Zero: This was just...not for me. I thought they might be good because they seemed to be like spaghetti without all the carbs and calories, but they aren't like spaghetti at all. First of all, they have a really odd smell to them. I knew they were supposed to have an earthy scent, but I wasn't really sure what that meant. I'm not sure how to describe the scent, but it wasn't good, at least not to me. The taste wasn't really anything special because I didn't find that they tasted like much of anything. The most off putting thing to me was the texture. When I bit into them, they kind of popped. Nothing came out, but it was just a very odd sensation that I honestly don't want to experience again. I'm sure some people love them, but I just can't stomach them at all.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: I didn't try this product myself because I don't tan/use self tanners, so I passed it onto a cousin who is very into being bronze in the summertime. I told her to report back to me on what she thought after she'd used it a couple times, which she kindly did. She told me that she liked it a lot, that it added to the tan she'd already been working on this summer. It went on evenly and didn't stain her clothes or sheets, and it didn't come off in the shower as long as she didn't scrub at it and remembered to pat her legs dry afterwards. For as much as she liked it, I would have to say that it is definitely a nice product for its price.
Australian Gold SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen: I'm a fan! I always like sunscreens because I'm the color of sheet (and I like it that way!). This one had that lovely, signature Australian Gold scent to it which I've always remembered liking over the scent that some of the other brands have. It reminds me of summertime and going to the pool as a kid, which is nice. It says that it's water resistant, but I haven't been in a situation to test that claim out. I've only worn it on a daily basis, mostly on my arms and I'm happy to say that I'm still sunburn free! I would definitely consider purchasing this once I finish this little bottle.
Clairol Root Cleansing Hair Food: I haven't tried this product yet and I'm not sure that I'm going to. I don't want to get into a long story, but my hair is having some issues right now and experimenting with shampoos just doesn't appeal to me right now as I've finally found something that works. Even without having used this product though, I can say that I'm not too crazy about the scent. Its supposed to be strawberry-ginger, but it doesn't really smell like either of those things. I really couldn't tell you exactly what it smells like, but it seems to be a cross somewhere between medicated and herbal, maybe with some kind of menthol/mint thrown in. I liked the fact that it was silicone, paraben, and mineral oil free, but unfortunately, it still contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which means it wouldn't be the best choice for colored hair. It also contains several other ingredients that kind of, for me at least, negate the natural ingredients as well as the things that its free of.
NYC City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof Eyeshadow: I was excited to try this product because I have really watery eyes and somehow, my tears seem to make their way up to my eyelids, where they ruin my eyeshadow. I like the color and staying power, for sure. Because its in stick form, I think its best use would probably be as an eyeshadow base. If you're not into that extra step though, it's also quite pretty and wearable on its own. It would probably crease eventually, though I don't know that for sure. Its only downfall, for me, is that NYC tests on animals. Within the past several months, I've made it a priority to only buy cruelty free products when possible. That being said, because I didn't pay for this nor did I ask for it, I don't see any conflicts with using it rather than being wasteful and throwing it away. However, I wouldn't purchase it myself for that reason.
Overall, this box was really cool! I'm really happy that Influenster chose to send it to me and I had a great time trying the products and discovering new things I really enjoy! There were a couple of misses in there too, so overall, I would give the box's contents a B.
* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. *