Saturday, January 17, 2015

Influenster Dry Spray VoxBox and Water Marble Nails

Degree TryDry Dry Spray Antiperspirant for Influenster Water Marble Nails and Review

Today I have a review for Influenster. If you're not familiar with Influenster it's an organization that uses word of mouth and social media to get honest reviews and advertising for a variety of products. After you sign up you fill out some quizzes and post reviews for products you've used and if you're lucky you'll get selected to receive a VoxBox. I've gotten to try a few things for Influenster now. The first time was actually nail polish, but it's gotten increasingly weirder from there. There was that one time with the cheese and that other time with the other cheese. This time I've gotten some antiperspirant to review for the Dry Spray VoxBox. Now, you may be asking how I plan to relate this to nails. Don't worry, I've found a way... sort of. You may have guessed from the picture above it has to do with water marbling. My idea was to spray the antiperspirant into the marbled polish like you would with hand sanitizer or hair spray for the water spotted technique.

It was a good idea in theory. 

What actually happened was after carefully dropping the polish into the water and creating a lovely marble I grabbed my can of Degree Dry Spray and went to lightly mist the surface of the polish with the spray. The antiperspirant shot out of the can at hurricane speed sloshing out a good amount of water and pushing all the polish against the side of the cup. So... no, not a great idea.

Degree TryDry Dry Spray Antiperspirant for Influenster Water Marble Nails and Review

I went with a traditional water marble after my spotting fail which matches the swirls on the can nicely.

Degree TryDry Dry Spray Antiperspirant for Influenster Water Marble Nails and Review

For the nails I used three coats of Sinful Colors, Cinderella as my base. This pale blue creme has a soft pink shimmer and goes on very sheer so I had to use three coats to get full coverage. It's a perfect match for the Degree can though. The silver is Spoiled, Daddy's Credit Card, yellow is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Expres-so Yellow and the orange is a nameless and apparently brandless creme I picked up somewhere. In case you wondering the pinkie is my favorite marble. I'm not good enough at this yet that I can recreate the same pattern on each nail. Maybe someday..

Degree TryDry Dry Spray Antiperspirant for Influenster Water Marble Nails and Review

Ok, now on to the antiperspirant! Unilever has come out with a whole new line of these sprays available at Walmart. I've even seen some commercials for them on TV recently. There are Dove and Axe varieties in addition to Degree for both men and women. The one I got seems to be unisex. According to the card I received in the box I'm supposed to be wearing a white tank top and smiling as I spray. I figured standing in my bathroom in my bra looking slightly perturbed was close enough. I'm always a little hesitant to spray something for the first time. My aim isn't that good and I might accidentally spray myself in the eyes. In the end everything came out ok. I applied it to the appropriate under arm areas and I was on my way. It really did feel dry pretty quickly and seemed to work well all day.

Lets talk about the marketing for this product. The big draw seems to be that it dries instantly. I'd say that claim holds up pretty well, but drying time hasn't been a big concern for me since my current antiperspirant dries quickly enough. I was mostly interested in the can because it seems more portable. Every time I travel with my gel stick it gets turned upside down in my bag and the gel starts to come out all over the inside of the lid. If this spray could solve that problem for me that's something I'd be interested in. Unfortunately it will never have the privilege of accompanying me on a trip.

 I hate the aesthetics of this can and find it to be visually hideous! They've used yellow, orange and blue which are all my least favorite colors. Not a big deal really. I'm not going to spend all day staring at the can and you can bet I'm taking these nails off as soon as I'm done with my review, but it wouldn't make me avoid the product if I thought it was fantastic. 

The biggest problem (and really the only one to be fair) is the scent. When I shop for antiperspirant there are only two criteria a product has to meet. It has to work well (aka keep me dry) and it has to smell ok. Which in my case usually means as much like nothing as possible. I'm incredibly sensitive to smells and "Fresh Energy" in a deal breaker. The scent is a typical deodorant smell and I don't like it at all. They say scents can be very strongly related to memories and this one definitely is for me. It takes me right back to college and I guy I dated for a while. I stopped seeing him at least 50% because he smelled like this antiperspirant and I couldn't stand it. It wouldn't have worked out for many other reasons, but this one certainly hastened the end. 

All day long I could smell myself and it was a serious turn off. I had a fairly strenuous day at work and I think it did keep me from sweating but every time I'd get warm the smell would waft up and I couldn't wait to get home and scrub it off.

Degree TryDry Dry Spray Antiperspirant for Influenster Water Marble Nails and Review
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With all that being said I think the product works well enough and other people probably wouldn't have my strong aversion to the scent. I'd be curious to see how the Dove version works and smells. If the scent was good I think I could get on board. What do you think? Is this something you'd try?

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