Hi guys! Happy December! The fact that I have to even say that means it’s been wayyy too long since I’ve last posted. It’s been a busy month! I defended my thesis and passed with flying colors, and I can’t wait to see where the degree takes me 😊
In the meantime, I wanted to pop in and give you a quick review of a monthly influencer box that I received from a company called Statusphere.
*Disclaimer: I received these products for free in exchange for an honest review. I am not receiving monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
First, this box contained a Zen Bath Doughnut Bath Bomb in Cotton Candy. This bath bomb smelled ahhhh-mazing, and it left my skin super soft. Plus, it turned my bath water a gorgeous deep purple (which is super on trend for 2018!), and made me feel like I was bathing in a magical lake (minus the Sword of Gryffindor and plus about 50 degrees, probably).
The box also contained skincare and BB cream from a company called Shaklee. Full disclosure: I had never heard of this company, but it appears to be a network marketing company. I have no idea how their distribution is set up, so this review applies to the products only. The box included something called Youth Radiance C+E, a Youth Activating Serum, and four shades of Youth Activating BB Cream. All of the products are supposed to be anti-aging in nature.
The Youth Radiance C+E comes in pretty little gold capsules that need broken open. It’s a cream that, when applied, is supposed to “plump, brighten, and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles,” according to the site. It’s vegan, plant-based, preservative-free, and 100% biodegradable, which I love. The cream feels a bit odd when it’s applied to the skin; it’s super-smooth and it almost feels a bit like a makeup primer. The instructions say to apply C+E “after cleansing,” so I applied it in the evening before bed. It generally felt okay, but it gave my skin a major tightening sensation. I suppose that’s good, right?
I followed the C+E, as per the instructions, with the Youth Activating Serum. This serum supports collagen production and contains “Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, Encapsulated Vitamin A,” according to the site. This serum is supposed to be applied twice a day. To be quite honest, this product burns my face, especially when applied after the C+E. So, I mean…I’m sure there’s something happening to my face when I apply this serum, but if this is what anti-aging skincare is all about, I think I’ll take the wrinkles. Since I’m a glutton for punishment and inherently curious by nature (a wonderful combination), I’m going to continue to use these products until I see awesome results or my face burns off, whichever happens first.
So, the last bit ‘o fun in this box included the Youth Activating BB Cream. This SPF-30 cream is supposed to “even, correct, hydrate, nourish, and protect,” according to the website. It comes in four colors (swatched on my skin below), and is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. 🙌🏼 This product a) didn’t burn my face (yay!), and b) felt pretty darn luxurious on my skin. It’s a bit sheer, so I’d definitely layer it. I used shade 2, which is a “Light Medium.” In the summer, I’d definitely use shade 3, which is a “Medium.” I’d like to try to use shade 1 (“Light”) to highlight and shade 4 (“Dark”) to contour. I’m definitely a fan of this product, but I don’t know that I’d pay the $41.20 suggested retail price, or even the $35 member price.
ABOVE: Left to right – Shade 4 (Dark), Shade 3 (Medium), Shade 2 (Light Medium), & Shade 1 (Light)
After trying the products in this box, I have all kinds of questions. Have you guys ever heard of Shaklee? Are anti-aging products supposed to melt your face? Why do my cats have a knack for crashing my product shots?
If you have answers, enlighten us all in the comments. 🙏🏼
Have a wonderful day!