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First Influenster VoxBox! YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

We posted about Influenster.com earlier this year, back when they were running their amazing “Beat The Heat” summer sweepstakes and again later in the summer in our post about being a brand ambassador (with tips, tricks & resources).  Influenster is a great site where you can rate and review products, answer questions for other users, unlock badges to show your expertise and qualify to be selected for special review opportunities such as VoxBoxes, which provide full-sized products from a brand (or brands) or within a theme, 100% free! Once you receive your VoxBox, there are a set of activities you can complete to unlock a badge specific to your VoxBox.

We have been active participants in the reviews, “snaps” (quick surveys), twitter parties, etc. but hadn’t even been lucky enough to be selected for a VoxBox…UNTIL NOW!  And the VoxBox they picked us for is pretty much the best first box we could have imagined!

It’s the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick VoxBox! It came with TWO full-sized lipticks – shade 9 (Rose Stiletto) and shade 19 (Fuchsia), both of which are absolutely gorgeous and go on like a dream with their smooth texture, amazing scent and great staying power! Shade 9 (Rose Stiletto) is the perfect neutral – it’s a “My Lips But Better” (MLBB) shade that can be worn for day or night!  Shade 19 (Fuchsia) is a bright, cheerful shade that will give a perfect pop of color for a night out or a summer day!

Here are some pics of this amazing box!

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You can pick up #YSLRougePurCouture lipstick at Sephora or anywhere the YSL Beauty line is available.  These lipsticks are amazing, we give them five stars for sure!

If you have not yet joined Influenster, please feel free to use our referral link to sign up: http://www.influenster.com/r/1275696  Once you sign up, be sure to check out the #DreamVoxBox campaign and create your own Dream Vox Box for the chance to have it become a reality! You can find our Dream Vox Box here: StealsNDealsWithTSK’s Smokey Eyes #DreamVoxBox.  We’d appreciate it if you would “like” our #dreamvoxbox. Leave us the link to yours in the comments and we’d be happy to follow you back!
Disclosure: The products above were provided at no cost in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.  This post contains referral links to Influenster.com for social impact points only, not for compensation.DreamVoxBox link provided for contest voting purposes.All photos and opinions are solely mine.

Being a Brand Ambassador – Tips, Tools & Resources

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There are so many ways to help your favorite brands grow and flourish.  Word-of-mouth buzz, either positive or negative, is one of the oldest and most powerful ways to share experiences with products, services, companies, etc. With the power of social media, in all its forms, companies have recognized that taking an active role in empowering their customers to spread the word is a win-win-win.  It gives enthusiastic consumers an opportunity to try their products and services, either in advance of a wide-spread launch, or at a discounted rate. It gives the companies the honest feedback as well as the buzz to others about those products or services.  And it also gives the potential customers an opportunity to hear true, honest experiences (for better or worse) about something they may  not otherwise have known about, or may have been considering and were looking for more information and feedback before making a final decision.

There are two major arenas in which we actively participate to help spread the word about great companies, products & services.  There are other ways, of course, but primarily we participate as Brand Ambassadors and Product Reviewers (for us, this is mainly Amazon reviews but there are many other retailers that solicit product reviewers as well).  This series of blog posts will focus on Brand Ambassadorship, and we promise to have a series about Product Reviewing very soon.

Being a Brand Ambassador – which is also sometimes called being an Influencer, a WOM (Word-of-Mouth) Marketer, or a participant in UGC (User-Generated Content) – is about helping others find out about products, services, and companies.  For us, it is important that our friends, family and fans hear our honest opinions and we focus our energies on companies that offer products and services that align with our actual day-to-day lives and would be also appeal to the largest group of our friends, family & fans so you can, if you choose, use our experiences as one of the many factors in the decision-making process to commit to a new product, service, vacation, etc.!

To be a successful Brand Ambassador, both for yourself and for the companies with which you engage, there are really only a few criteria that are non-negotiable.  You must be honest, you must be responsive, and you must be willing to speak up.  Honesty is #1, as both your readers and the companies are counting on you to tell the truth about the product/service, without any bias.  You must be responsive, as many times companies and firms will require responses to surveys, questionnaires, or request that you blog, tweet, or post a video within a certain timeframe of receiving and trying the product/service and to have any face-to-face interactions within a certain timeframe as well, then report back to them on how it went.  And you have to be willing to “speak up” in order to successfully spread the word!  Whether that is through blog posts, Twitter parties or individual tweets, running a contest/giveaway, sharing photos or videos on Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat or Vine, or just talking to your friends, co-workers or family about the product or service!  If you can be honest, responsive and speak up on a regular basis, you can absolutely be a successful brand ambassador.  If you have a large reach, strong writing skills or are great in front of the camera, you will be up to your ears in opportunities!

If you are just getting started in the Brand Ambassador world, there are quite a few companies out there that offer great introductions and have strong user communities to give tips and guidance.  You can also search for their hashtags on social media to help you find and connect with others who participate with those companies.

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