Friday, February 28, 2014

Influenster MysteryBrand VoxBox

I'm actually writing about this one in a decent time period!

This is a fun concept. Influenster sent out three samples of hair products, but they're not telling the brand until like a week after you get the first one. I got this a few days ago and I should get the next one in a couple days. Everything is a L'Oreal Canada owned brand, but they don't tell which one.

Does that make sense?

Here's what it looks like.

(Weird picture and I'm sorry - the box was empty by the time I remembered to take a picture of it because everything was in my shower or my hair basket. Plus I don't wanna show my address.)

Here's the card:

You can click to enlarge, but I'll type what this says.

The front says: "You're invited... to try our latest product innovation."

And the back:
Our Latest Haircare Routine

For Distressed, Damaged Hair 
Congratulations! You've been hand-picked to try the latest haircare innovation from L'Oreal Canada - manifacturer of over 25 global beauty brands. But, SHHHH! Our new formula is so special, we're keeping the brand it's from top secret until the launch! In this special mystery VoxBox program - you will receive not ONE but TWO boxes! The first you just received contains an unbranded version of our mystery product line for you to use for one week. In one week's time you'll receive a second box revealing the mystery brand of the full product line. 
What to expect:We all want beautiful, healthy, shiny hair - yet flat irons and blow-dryers traumatize hair, causing some serious damage! But never fear, our new mystery product is here. Specially formulated to reconstruct hair's strength by 90% from root to tip, it repairs hair & prevents further damage. How does it work? The mystery product contains damage-fighting Phyto-Keratin Complex and Cupuacu Butter. 
Mystery box - what you'll recieve1. Shampoo 2. Conditioner 3. Split-Ends Serum
Use each product during your normal shower routine. Split-Ends Serum should be applied after shower to towel-dried hair.

And the rest is about Influester stuff that's not important and my wrists are gonna start getting angry at me so let's leave it at that.

Here's a picture of what else was inside.

These are actually nice sized samples. I personally will probably get three shampoos out of the bottle, and maybe 4 or 5 conditions. For some reason, I use a lot more shampoo than conditioner. My longest layers are a little past my armpit right now, but my hair is really thick. The serum will probably last me a couple weeks, though, because I only use a little.

My first impression was that the shampoo looked like banana penicillin. Anyone else get that when they were a kid? Anyone else remembering how good that stuff tasted? So I'm probably a little biased that I think it smells a little tropical. It's hard to place, though, but it's nice.

I really like the shampoo so far. I get greasy roots because I don't shower everyday and occasionally push it a little, but this seems to take care of it pretty well. I'm getting some pretty good volume using it and I notice my hair feels a lot lighter using it. If this turns out to be a brand I can't afford, I might have to invest in a clarifying shampoo because it's a difference from my usual Pantene. It lathers, so it's not sulfate-free, but I don't really care about that.

I'm kind of on the fence about the conditioner. It's very thick. It actually almost crumbles in your hands until you work a little water into it or work it in your hands. But I'm not sure how well my hair is getting moisturized from it. So I'll keep trying it, but my hair specifically might not work with it so well. I also need to moisturize my scalp so I do condition my roots and my scalp even though a lot of people don't. Otherwise my head itches really badly because it dries out so much. (Aren't you glad to know that?)

The serum stuff isn't like anything I've tried before. I like the way it makes my ends feel. They do get very silky. I don't use hardly any of it so I think it would last a fair amount of time. I don't know if it really makes my hair look different, but I've only used it twice and I used too much gel today and then went out into terrible weather so my hair isn't great and is actually kind of dry, so I'll have to keep trying that.

Okay, now the fun part. I cheated just a little and peeked at the brands that L'Oreal makes, partly because I was curious. One of them is Redken and I thought this might be a Redken product for a bit, but I think I changed my mind. All the Redken stuff I've used has had a pretty similar smell and this just doesn't remind me of anything I've used from them.

What I really think this is? Garnier. It's kinda tropical smelling, which goes with the whole Garnier Fructis thing, and they have a lot of different lines. I've never used anything Garnier besides one straightening thing so I can't really compare.

Watch me be surprised and have it be something wild like Shu Uemura or something, though :P

What do you guys think it is? I'll let you know next Friday!

Peace and cookies,

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