If you received a version of this and it was only half done it’s because the crazy woman behind the keyboard (me) pushed publish instead of save. Weird things happen like that when you have a cat in your lap, a dog at your feet and three kids yelling that they can’t find anything to eat. Anyhow, I digress…
I’m so excited that I was selected by Influenster to review the products in the most recent Mama Vox Box. Influenster is an invited community of what they call “trend-setters” who give their opinions on products and services. Upon completing a survey, I was selected to try out the samples in this box and write a review on them. So here goes:
First off, Ponds BB+ Cream:
I have to be honest, before receiving this box of goodies, I’d never even heard of BB cream. I don’t know what rock I’ve been lying under, but seriously, I didn’t know what it was. I’ve since learned that BB creams stands for Beauty Balm. In doing a little research on the Internet (I love to look things up…)BB creams were developed to simplify the skin care regiment. Instead of needing three or four different products, you have an all-in-one. In the case of Pond’s BB+ Cream, you’re getting a foundation/concealer, sunscreen, and dark spot reducer all in one formula.
I was impressed with the matte non-greasy texture of the cream and the ease with which it could be applied. I have rosacea (broken capillaries on my cheeks) and I found that the BB+ cream alone didn’t give me quite enough coverage for a dress-up day or a night out. That said, I loved Pond’s BB cream to throw in my gym bag for after a work-out. It’s much better than running around all day with no make-up on like I usually would do. I also love that it has an SPF as I know I’m “supposed” to wear sunscreen every day, but I never get around to it.
Second up, Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni and Cheese:
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve contemplated buying this mac and cheese at the grocery store. I’m always on the look out for a healthier alternative to the standard Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but in looking at this it always seemed like it looked “too healthy” i.e. my kids would never eat it. So let’s just say, I had pretty low expectations for this. The fact that it was single serve microwavable also kind of turned me off. I really figured if it was that easy to prepare it wouldn’t taste that good. Well, let me tell you, I was wrong on all counts!
First off, this was so easy to make. Just add some water, microwave for two minutes, dump in the cheese packet and walla, creamy, stringy (we’re talking real cheese here!) macaroni and cheese!
But would it pass the kid test? Here’s my pickiest eater reluctantly trying out the new mac and cheese.
I should’ve taken a picture of her giving a thumbs up, because that’s what she did – thumbs up all the way. I had to take a bite myself – DELICIOUS! I just bought a bunch to have on hand. This is something that’s fast and easy that you can feel good feeding your children because it’s made with 100% real cheese (being from Wisconsin and a former Lafayette County Dairy Queen – you didn’t know that, did you? – I can appreciate that!), it has no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives, and is made with all non-GMO ingredients. If I’ve got you tempted to try some, click here for a coupon and a chance to win a free cup.
Third up, Belvita Soft Baked Biscuits:
So, I’d like to post a picture of the chocolate biscuit, but I grabbed it and ate it as I was running out the door to the airport one morning – my bad! I have to say it was quite tasty. Our family loves the Belvita Crunchy Biscuits, so when I got this as part of the Vox Box, I was excited. Like the crunchy biscuit, the soft baked is made with whole grains, protein and fiber. The taste was great, but I found the soft baked texture to be a little dry and crumbly. I myself prefer the texture of the crunchy biscuits. Either way, I love the convenience of these biscuits as a grab and go snack or as part of breakfast paired with yogurt and/or some fruit.
And last but not least, Dr. Scholl’s Comfort Insoles:
If you keep up with the blog, you know I’ve had plantar fasciitis for close to six months now. I’ve totally been needing to baby my feet – no more walking barefoot around the house or wearing flat shoes with no support. So when I got these insoles as part of my Vox Box, I knew I’d put them to good use. When I’m at home, I wear my gym shoes or Dansko’s around to support my feet. But when I had a trip planned to Las Vegas, I knew I’d be dressing up and wearing heels. I brought my Dr. Scholl’s inserts along and stuck then in a pair of my shoes that I love, but that have zero cushioning:
What I loved about these insoles is that they are clear, so they are barely detectable in your shoes, even ones with holes like these. The other thing is they don’t come with an adhesive. Instead, the bottoms have built in “grippies”. That way you can easily take them in and out of your shoes. The insoles added just enough cushion and support to make these heels comfortable. These things are just good to have around especially if you’re a fashionista like me who buys cute shoes even if they aren’t all that comfortable.
So that’s it, my first Influenster Vox Box review! Until next time…
I received the products reviewed above complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.