Friday, May 1, 2015

Carefree VoxBox: April 2015

I messed up the spacing on this title and now it is eating away at my soul. 

Hello, everyone! Sorry it's taken me so long to write - there have been big changes taking shape:

Kenny and I are moving! I recently decided to return to grad school to get a Masters in Student Affairs. But that's not why we're moving - I also got hired as a hall director at a liberal arts college here in the Twin Cities! I'm SO excited about the new job. I'll get to work with students again, have an outlet for my craft obsession (can you say door decs?), and apply the things I learn in class to the work I'm doing every day. Plus, I really identify with the goals of the school and their goals for the student body. I can't wait!

All of this means that my blog will soon be filled with moving tips (and failures) as well as before and after shots of our new apartment. There will be so much to do and share!

Goodbye, beautiful apartment. I wish we could have had more time together.

In the meantime, I wanted to talk about my latest VoxBox from Influenster! If you remember Influenster from my last post, go ahead and skip to the review and the pictures. In case you missed my last post, here's the deal:

Influenster is a site that allows you test out brand new products for free. You fill out surveys and review the products you already use and love. Then they send you new products to try out. For free. I'm a sucker for free stuff, guys, so this was a no brainer. The catch (because of course there's a catch) is that they want you to share and discuss your feedback on social media.

I was a little wary of promising to promote a product in exchange for free samples. I'm not a fan of posting fake or falsely enthusiastic things. Even if I didn't feel gross about it, I'm a terrible liar. But Influenster doesn't want you to blindly praise the stuff you get. See my lack of enthusiasm for the John Frieda products they sent me last month, for example.They want you to share your honest opinion. And I can definitely get on board with that.

Carefree Body Shape Pantiliners Review
This month, Influenster sent me a full pack of Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners to go (affiliate link). And I have to say, I love them.

Ellen, you ask, how can you love them if you haven't even opened the package? It's because I've been using them for years! Once I started using a Diva Cup, I wanted a light pantiliner for back up in case my Diva Cup failed (affiliate link). It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I don't put the cup in correctly, or I don't get a chance to empty it in time. These pads are perfect for those instances.

But Carefree wanted me to try using the pantiliners throughout the month, not just on my period. So I tried it, and here are my thoughts.

--Great for protection against a leaking cup or tampon during your period
--Great for keeping your underwear dry when you're ovulating
--Great for keeping your underwear fresh when you're working out or it's just super hot (I'm sorry - it's gross, but it's true)
--Thin, discreet, easy to carry and use.

--Definitely couldn't be the only thing you use during a period. Unless you are gifted by the Gods and barely bleed at all.
--Each one is wrapped in plastic, which can't possibly be environmentally friendly.

If you'd like to sign up for Influenster yourself, feel free to use my referral link: (I get meaningless internet points, but it makes me feel cool.)

What do you guys think? What are your favorite period products? And more importantly, has anyone else tried out Influenster? 


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