So, y’all know, by now, that I have a bit of a beauty box addiction, hmm? So, when I saw Amazon had one full of higher-end brands, I grabbed it. It was worth it in more ways than one, and I’ll share more about that later. This luxury beauty box is packed with all sorts of goodies, and there was something in it for everyone. In my selfishness, I was a little annoyed, but I got over it quickly! This will be a long one, so let’s see all that comes in the box, shall we?
I’ll start with the things I knew immediately had no use for. There were three hair care samples in the box, which, of course, I don’t need, what with my alopecia.
Phyto Specific Deep Repairing Cream Bath
Agave Healing Oil Oil Treatment
Obliphica Professional Seaberry Hair Serum
So, I was irked, at first, by the haircare stuff because I can’t use it, and knew I’d have to pass along to my mini the products she could use. But…these were all products suitable for her hair type! I was expecting that these would end up being tossed, but they can actually be used on her 4B/4C texture! The cream bath states it’s for curly, coiled, and relaxed hair. The serum contains sea buckthorn oil, which is one of the oils I use when I create conditioning blends for her. As for the oil treatment, well, whose hair doesn’t love oil? They kinda nailed it!
Also included in the box were several perfume and cologne samples, all in the typical 1-1.2 mL size. Here, I found a couple samples for men, which I gave to my husband. The fragrances were:
Calvin Klein Eternity for men
John Varvatos for men
Calvin Klein Euphoria
Lacoste L.12.12 Sparkling
So, once again, I heaved a sigh when I saw it wasn’t all about me, me, me, and that there were men’s fragrances included. The Eternity was okay, it just took me back to school days, as it’s nice, but it’s one of those scents, like Drakkar Noir, that takes me back decades. Not bad, just…dated, maybe? It still smells good, but I wouldn’t buy it.
The John Varvatos, though? Oh. Em. Gee. This cologne smells utterly delicious, and there is a bottle in hubby’s future. It’s a fresh scent, but has an underlying musk that just…yum. So, as it turns out, this sample is kind of for me, anyway!
Clean Cashmere is a perfect fragrance for summer, as it’s a very light floral scent.
Lacoste L.12.12 is also a light, summery fragrance, but is more fruity than floral. I have several Lacoste fragrances, and I like this one just as much.
Calvin Klein Euphoria is one of my all-time favorites, as I love this sort of dark, sensual fragrance. Over the years, it’s one of the few I’ve purchased over and over, and it’s always nice to have a purse-friendly size. This is one I wear regardless of the season, and its hint of musk makes for a “grown and sexy” scent any time.
Proraso Shaving Cream
This was another sample for my honey, and it’s an Italian brand. He says he likes it, and I can see why, as it made a super-thick lather. It was so thick, in fact, that he shaved twice with just this sample.
Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste
This stuff is like classic old-school toothpaste, having a slightly grainy feel that I like, sort of like a baking soda-type texture. And the mint is strong with this one. Just…yes. It’s not like an Altoid-strength mint, and it’s also not like those toothpastes that are so minty they hurt, like Dr. Tichenor’s or Listerine. It’s more akin to the big Italian pillow-type after dinner mints you get after a meal in some restaurants. The tingle and minty-fresh feeling last for hours.
Now, what I was most interested in were the skincare products, and they’re plentiful.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel
Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream
NūFace Prep-n-Glow Dual-Sided Cloth
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-Ageing (sic) Concentrate
Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford Skin Renewing Peel
MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Skin & Co. Truffle Therapy Restructuring Truffle Eye Contour Concentrate
I’m most intrigued by the Cindy Crawford skin peel, but must admit… it makes me nervous. I want to try something a little more intensive, but because my skin is so sensitive, words like “scrub” or “peel” make me cringe a bit. I’m definitely going to try it, though.
I like the way the truffle cream feels, but I don’t like the smell. It’s kind of musky, or earthy…I know, like truffles. But still, I don’t like it. The softness is worth it, though.
The hand cream is excellent. It’s not as rich as I’d expected, but it’s ultra-moisturizing. I’m sitting in the car writing this post while I wait for my little to get out of school, after filling up my gas tank, all in below freezing temperatures and with no gloves. My hands are still soft from the cream I applied over an hour ago. There are no dry patches on my hands whatsoever. All my girls with ashy tendencies feel me, right? Usually, at this point, I’d be looking like I’d been playing in flour. This hand cream is the truth.
The Prep-n-Glow cloth is amazing, as well. It gently exfoliates as it cleans. It’s said to hydrate, too, but I don’t find it particularly hydrating. The exfoliation is worth it, though. It got rid of most of my winter flakiness, but I’m left without any redness or irritation at all. I’ll be buying more of these cloths, and may even be persuaded to share. Maybe.
The mineral water gel is good, but its hydrating effects didn’t last long on me, despite using both oil and a moisturizer. I let my daughter use the rest of the little packet, and it seemed to work much better on her oily skin than on my combination skin and dry patches.
The daily moisturizer works, but doesn’t play well with my foundation. I didn’t expect it would, though; I always have a problem with sunscreen or SPF. Anything over an SPF of 15 or 20 makes my foundation streaky and hard to blend. This one was no exception, so it’s only really wearable for me on a barefaced day.
The Redermic R is my favorite of the bunch, as it provided the most obvious result. This, I found, is more of a serum than a moisturizer. I tried it after my evening cleansing, and it completely nixed a flaky patch I had blooming on my cheek. Like, immediately. As in, when I went to bed that night, there was absolutely no sign of a dry patch. I recently tried my first La Roche-Posay product in last month’s Glossybox, and, while the cleanser didn’t exactly wow me, this concentrate is my new jam.
As you know, I couldn’t be happy without at least one makeup item, and this box delivered.
Julep Nail Color in Linda – It Girl
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream in Natural Glow
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
My nail polish obsession started in earnest with Julep, but I cancelled my subscription a couple years ago, when my indie polish habit began. I immediately ran to check my stash, but thankfully, I didn’t get a dupe. Linda is a pretty dove gray crème that I can definitely see wearing alone or with nail art. I like Julep for its 5-free formula, but I cancelled my subscription after a couple years because I’d started getting dupes. Also, the bottle shape irks me. I know, that sounds silly, but, while these bottles are comfortable to hold as I polish, their slim shape means they topple over in my Helmer. It will be used, though.
The primer is good, and does, indeed, provide a smooth finish. I’m finding, though, that my skin doesn’t particularly like silicone-based primers. After a few hours, I had my usual oil slick going, and the pimples followed. It’s not a reflection on the primer, just my crazy sensitivities doing their thing. I’ll still finish it, since I like it, as far as silicone goes, and I like it better than my drugstore brands.
The CC cream was a bit of a disappointment. The formula seems to be good, and it blends nicely. The problem is the color they sent, which was Natural Glow. This is the lightest color in the line. I can’t tell you how annoying I found this. All the hair products were brown skin-friendly…but, of all the cream colors, I get Natural Glow. My daughter’s 4-5 shades lighter in complexion than I am, but this is too light, even for her. Sigh. Can’t win ’em all, I guess.
Overall, though? This box is awesome. There’s a good mix of products, and useful ones, at that. For the most part, it’s very well curated. The price of the box is $19.99. Though the listing states that products may vary, I got everything shown in the photo; the only difference I see is in the colors, like the nail polish.
Best of all, when you purchase this box, about a week later, you receive a credit for $19.99 that can be used toward anything in the luxury beauty department, essentially making this box free! Don’t let the term “luxury beauty” fool you, either…there are products at all price points, including other samples. There are literally thousands of products to choose from. Instead of opting to get a bunch of little things, though, I used my credit toward this Vincent Longo gel eyeliner I’d been wanting to try. The regular price is $25, and, as I’m a beauty on a budget, that was never gonna happen. I basically ended up getting this high-end liner for 5 bucks.
So, I’m super happy with this box, and I feel it’s an excellent deal, all around. The sample sizes are mostly “deluxe”, so they contain enough product for more than a single application. That’s helpful, especially with skin care products, because with my sensitivities it usually takes more than one use to know how my skin will react. If they ever change things up, I’ll buy the next box, too, with no hesitation.
Have you tried any of these products? What was your experience?
If you’d like to check out this beauty box, you can find it here.
Thanks for reading!