How to Use Influenster

If you’re not already signed up for Influenster, by the end of this post, my goal is to have you either signed up on the website or have the app downloaded on your phone. Let’s start with the basics – what is Influenster? Influenster is a program where you can review products, read other people’s reviews and answer questions about different products, read about new product launches and much more. What is the benefit of reviewing products on Influenster? The fact that by doing so, you can qualify to be part of Vox Box Campaigns which means you get free stuff and everyone loves free stuff. The Vox Box campaigns aren’t small sample sizes either – you usually get a range of full size products that are new from different brands for testing purposes. These aren’t products that are still in the developmental stage – these are new product launches that you just get to try for free. Have I mentioned being signed up for Influenster is also free? What is not to love about that?

Basically the best way to go about it is to download the app and start reviewing products. The program has what is called “snaps” or quick questions that lead you to different products. For example, the snap may ask “Which of the following types of make up do you use on a daily basis? Select all that apply”. After that question it will ask what brands of mascara, lipstick, etc. you’ve used and from there it’ll lead you to specific products to review. You can also just type in a particular product in the search bar and review from there. Influenster doesn’t just focus on make up products – it has everything from dog food to fitness supplements to over the counter drugs ( Z-Quill was a Vox Box campaign several months ago). Some of the Vox Boxes I’ve received since being signed up on Influenster ( and I’ve been signed up since May of last year) have been a Covergirl Vox Box which included the Covergirl Super Size Fibers mascara and eyeliner, the Estee Edit Vox Box which featured 4 products from the new Estee Lauder brand, a “Summer Vox Box” that had everything from a Max Factor mascara and Not Your Mother’s hair products to tea and protein supplements, a Briogeo box that had shampoo, conditioner and a leave in curl cream and my most recent one the Lancôme Teint Idole Box which featured a foundation stick, concealer, lip gloss and highlighter. This isn’t even listing all the boxes I’ve gotten and that’s in less than one year’s time. Some of these boxes are valued over $100 and you’re getting everything completely free.

How do you know you’ve qualified for a campaign/Vox Box? If you’re a potential candidate for a Vox Box, Influenster will email you asking you to fill out a survey. This survey will ask questions about what kind of products you use and deem whether or not you’re a good candidate for the box. I suggest filling these surveys out as soon as you receive them. Also, don’t expect to qualify any time you receive a survey. You have to learn to be patient with Influenster. Just because you signed up today does not mean that you’ll qualify for a Vox Box tomorrow. In the 10 months I’ve been signed up, I’ve qualified for 6 boxes and I’m deemed the “highest” influence level. So don’t expect this to be like a monthly freebie box – be patient.

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What to do when you receive a Vox Box? Once you receive the box you have to check it in (by scanning the barcode provided in the package) and look at what “tasks” there are to complete. Technically, you don’t have to do any of the tasks but I do think you are less likely to qualify for future campaigns if you don’t do any of the tasks. Some examples of tasks may include uploading a picture on Twitter or Instagram of your box, writing a review of the products on either the product website, Sephora, etc. Another reason to complete these tasks is that by doing so, you are entered to win more prizes from the brand that is “hosting” the campaign. I didn’t think much about this until I found out I won a prize from Briogeo for completing all my tasks and my prize was a $100 gift card for the Briogeo website. So not only did I get to try their full size shampoo and conditioner and curl cream for free, I also got to order a ton of stuff off their website to try out as well.

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Connect your Social Media. I highly recommend connecting all possible social media to your Influenster account because the more you connect and the more people you can “reach”, the higher your Influence and the more likely you are to qualify for campaigns. You can connect your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, WordPress, Youtube, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Google Plus account. For those wondering how WordPress affects your impact score – it is based on number of visitors per month. Influenster updates your score pretty frequently so if your number of followers is growing at a fast rate, you will still get the benefit of being signed up. You’re not “stuck” at the number of followers you had when you first signed up. Also, make sure you have completely filled out your About Me to let Influenster know your skin color/type, hair color/type and your main concerns such as dryness, frizz, etc.

Other campaigns: While not all campaigns are “Vox Box” campaigns, Influenster still allows you to try out some products by providing coupons. There are virtual Vox Box campaigns that will provide you with a coupon to print (and they will tell you where these coupons will work) to try out new products. If it’s something that you’re interested in trying or a product you’ve been eyeing, this is a good way to try it out. Another type of campaigns can be not associated with a specific product and ask you to make a wish list of your go-to summer/winter/ etc products, take some pictures and review some products and you may qualify to either get auto-entered into an upcoming Vox Box or you may qualify to win some prizes. Some recent campaigns have included going to Sephora to try out new Bumble&Bumble products and take before and after pictures to qualify to win a Sephora gift card.

Badges: Badges are what you receive once you’ve completed a campaign or answered all the questions in a certain category of the badges. You can go to your badges and look at what’s available (for example “foodie”, wellness guru, fashionista, etc.). These will help Influenster get to know you better and match you up for future campaigns.

Dashboard: Make sure you’re checking your dashboard often as campaigns may pop up without you receiving an email. The more you check your dashboard, the less likely you are to miss an opportunity to participate in a campaign. The campaigns that aren’t Vox Box based will pop up without notification and a lot of them are very simple and don’t ask for a lot of work on your part so they’re a great way to earn badges and win more prizes.

Other ways to qualify: Influenster will do Facebook and Twitter sessions as well that they will send out times for and if you log in and participate (by asking questions and just being interactive in general) you may be able to auto-qualify for the next Vox Box campaign. They have been using Instagram live recently as well to announce the winners and to announce the sessions so it’s definitely beneficial to follow the Influenster accounts on different social media.

Influenster YouTube Channel: Influenster has a YouTube channel which they use to announce Vox Box campaigns and give sneak peeks of what is coming in the boxes. They also post videos of how to use the products in those boxes and other how-to make-up and hair videos for products launching and out on the market. It can be a very useful channel for a make-up beginning who wants to learn how to use new products and for the make-up gurus who want to learn new techniques.

So those are all my tips and tricks for using Influenster. Let me know if you guys have any questions if you’re just starting out with Influenster and if you’re already a pro, let me know what other tips and tricks you personally have. You can use my referral link to sign up or just download the app or sign up on the website. As always, thanks for reading!

 

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Best Nail Polish Colors for Spring (Swatches Included)

With tomorrow being the first day of spring, I thought it would only be appropriate to share my favorite spring nail polish colors with you today so you’d be ready to greet spring with some pretty nails. As much as I like to follow the policy of ” I wear whatever nail color I feel like wearing”, I do notice myself gravitating towards certain colors during different seasons. For the spring, I do like to wear more pastel inspired colors (as do most people) and most nail polish companies’ spring collections reflect this as well. KL Polish is coming out with their spring colors in the next few weeks as well and I’m excited to see what Kathleen Lights came up with for that collection. If you’re not familiar with KL Polish, you can read a review I wrote about that brand here.

For my favorites, I chose 4 different colors that I tend to wear the most during the spring. I will provide the names and links to where to get them, although most of these are available at your local Ulta, Walgreens or other drug stores that sell these brands.

Essie – Mint Candy Apple

I feel like this one can almost be labeled as a cult favorite for the spring as it is probably the most popular mint nail polish shade out there. There is a good reason this is a favorite as the color is absolutely beautiful and flattering to any skin color.

Sally Hansen – Rosy Outlook

I feel like the Sally Hansen nail polishes don’t get the credit that they deserve because their formulas are so long lasting and the finish always looks so great. This is a great pink for spring as it’s right in the middle of pastel and bright and looks so nice on both the hands and the feet. There is also a Trust Fund Beauty shade that looks just like this one called I’m Kind of a Big Deal that you can find here.

OPI – Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

This one is the newest in my nail polish collection and I have to give out a shout out to my friend Sonia who has been telling me to buy this color for ages now. I finally listened and can already tell this will be my new go-to nude shade. There is a slight hint of pink that is so flattering and looks so great on your nails. It elongates your hands with the nude effect and is definitely one to pick up.

Trust Fund Beauty – Elegantly Wasted

This one is probably my favorite of the four just because I love the color lavender and this nail polish formula is super long lasting and is so easy to apply. This one is harder to get your hands on as most drug stores and Ulta don’t sell this brand but I still highly recommend picking this one up.

So that wraps it up for my favorite spring nail polishes. Let me know if you like these kinds of posts and I will make sure to do my summer nail polish favorites as well later on. As always, thank you for reading!

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OOTD: Mesh Top Sweater

I have been quite fond of mesh insert leggings lately and have recently stumbled upon an item that has really become my go-to comfy piece. This sweater from RomWe is totally affordable (on sale for under $15 right now!) and a great piece to own. It pairs well with any colored bottoms ( this is why black and white clothing is the best) and can be used to create a going out look as well as a more comfortable athleisure inspired look when paired with some leggings or joggers. I personally chose to pair this sweater up with olive skinnies (and yes, the colors scream fall but sometimes fall and spring fashion can merge as the temperatures are similar, although trend up and down in opposite directions). I have also worn these with leggings now and loved that look as well for a comfy day of running errands. I have gotten so many compliments wearing this sweater and so many people have asked where it was purchased from.

A few people have asked me how I approached ordering from RomWe size wise and just for reference – this sweater is a size small (I am 5’5”) and fits me perfectly. It is not supposed to be tight or form fitting however, so you want to pay close attention to the sizing details when ordering more form fitting pieces from the site. The quality of the sweater is great and it feels great on the skin – a very soft material that is used for both the mesh top and teh bottom.

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*Sweater was sent to me complimentary by RomWe 

Skincare Routine and Products Review

I remember watching different skincare routine videos years ago and being fascinated and surprised at how much effort and how many products people use for what seemed to be such a simple, every day process. Now it’s my turn to watch people get surprised about how complicated my own skincare routine has become. With the amount of masks, peels, serums, etc. available now, it’s no wonder skincare routines have become so popular to discuss.

My own routine took a turn from simple to complicated about a year ago. I started getting more into masks and cleansers. Honestly, a lot of it probably had to do with the fact that I was gifted the Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush and was then inspired to start taking better care of my skin. Ever since I’ve changed my skincare routine I have noticed a great improvement in my skin. It is looking bright, my break outs have gone down in frequency and the overall appearance of my skin improved.

I follow a schedule when it comes to the routine – I do face masks two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays), I use my sonic brush cleanser twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays), sleeping masks two days a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and on the last day (Sunday) I use a brightening face scrub. Every day throughout the week I use my Pixi Glow Tonic and all days other than my sonic brush days I cleanse my face in the morning with the Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Face Wash. I don’t have any trouble remembering the order since I only have to remember 3 things before they repeat themselves.

When it comes to taking off my make up at night (or in the middle of the day as I typically don’t like to have make up on for more than 8-9 hours) I use two different products each time. I take my eye make up off with micellar water and then either use make up remover wipes for the rest of the face or a cleanser such as the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier or the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I don’t currently have a go-to micellar water as I’m currently testing out several kinds.  “Battle of the Micellar Waters” and “Battle of the Make Up Remover Wipes” posts are coming soon. I will never, ever, go to bed with make up on. That is one of my rules that I will always follow as any time that I’ve fallen asleep with make up on, my skin was visibly angry with me the following day and there’s easy ways to avoid this from happening. Taking the make up off is probably the most important part of my skincare routine.

One of the masks I’ve been using that I am a big fan of is the GlamGlow ThirsyMud Hydrating Treatment Mask. This mask is amazing for dry skin and for restoring hydration to your skin during winter months and cold weather. It is the mask that definitely creates the biggest difference for my skin. The full size is very pricey ($69) but it also comes available in a smaller size ($22) if you want to try that before committing to the full size jar. Another mask that I have been loving is the Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask. This one is quick and easy (only need to keep it on for about 2 minutes) but it definitely makes your skin brighter and smoother.

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The sleeping masks that I’ve been using are the boscia Tsubaki™ Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask, the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask and the Laneige  Water Sleeping Mask. All three of those are pretty great and I would recommend any of them. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the Pacifica mask would be a good one to start with.

My Sunday scrub that I use is the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. I cannot say enough good things about this product. My skin always looks instantly better and brighter after using it and it is so affordable.

That sums it up for my pretty complicated skincare routine. If you guys have any questions about any of the products mentioned or if you have any recommendations, please leave them below! I love reading your comments!

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Street Style Focus: Bomber Jackets & Sheer Panel Leggings

Ever since sheer panel and mesh panel leggings made an appearance, I’ve been completely obsessed with the trend. I’ve been seeing these out more and more at different stores and today I’ll be sharing my favorite way to wear these as well as where I’ve been buying mine.

My favorite way to wear these sheer panel leggings is paired up with a bomber jacket. Bomber jackets also hit the market last year ( well, as much as a trend that started over 20 years ago can “hit the market”) and have been everywhere since. I am absolutely obsessed with the bomber jacket I’m wearing in these pictures. You can find the jacket here from SheIn and as most items on their website, it is totally affordable. This jacket is multi-fabric and the color is absolutely stunning. I’ve gotten so many compliments wearing it and definitely think it’s something worth picking up (or you know, ordering online). SheIn also has a ton of different types of leggings available on the website (including ones with sheer panels as well).

Express has been my go-to place for these kinds of leggings and is actually where I found the ones I’m wearing in the pictures. You can get mine directly from the Express website here or buy them in stores.

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*The jacket was received complimentary from SheIn.