Have you been just a little curious about what's inside those cosmetic subscription boxes from companies such as Violet Box?
No need to think on it any further as I will reveal all. (It's pretty flashy too.)
I may be a Mum knee-deep in looking after others but my love for luscious things for myself is still going strong. (Perhaps stronger even with the Mum factor in place.)
Personally, I like to look good, feel good and be informed about the latest cosmetic and skin care happenings in the world despite my Mum status. I read magazines, browse department store cosmetic aisles with major enthusiasm and surf online regularly for my daily cosmetics fix. Okay, there's some serious shopping happening in there too because nothing beats the experience of the real thing. Right?
The thought of receiving a monthly box of the latest lovelies just for me was just too good to pass up and so Violet Box has happily landed in my post box and packed full of me treats to try out myself and share with you here.
Violet Box, (just in case you're wondering what on Earth I'm banging on about), is a monthly mixed box of cosmetics containing around 5-6 products in both deluxe sample and full sizes, which is sent to your home. You can subscribe to the service for a one month trial, three months, six or twelve months and later buy full sized versions from the Violet Box online store if you fall madly in love with anything in particular. It's a great way to try out the very latest offerings in a huge market, which have been hand selected for you, without committing to a huge financial outlay while you do so.
How many of us have a bathroom overstocked with full-sized products we've tried just once but didn't like and yet paid so much for that we can't bring ourselves to toss any of it? (Ha! Could be talking about myself here...gulp...) A Violet Box subscription can help you make some great beauty selections without the waste and price-wise, they're a pretty economical way to look...pretty.
The box itself in which your goods arrive is such nice quality that it's worth a mention on its own; it's keepable. Now keepable is not a proper word as such but I do think these boxes would make a fab jewellery box and if you're crafty, make something like a chest of drawers from them. Just a thought. (Possibly, a random one too.) Still, I felt it was just bursting to be mentioned.
First up in my box for review is the full-sized Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub. Rich in coconut and jojoba oils, sugar, sea salt and polenta, this product is for buffing your lips to make them smooth and moisturised. Directions instruct you to apply and scrub your lips, then lick off the excess before applying your lip balm. This smells and tastes fantastic and leaves a very fine film of natural feeling oils on your lips. I might have to get a spoon into this one for snacking purposes. RRP $9.95.
The next deluxe size sample is Goldwell's StyleSign Sleek Perfection RRP $24.95. This spray is for spritzing dry hair before ironing it straight, keeping it tamed for up to 24 hours. Great for popping in your handbag and for controlling frizzies on the go. The scent of this product is really appealing and I look forward to putting this through its paces this Summer when the humidity rises along with my crazy, GHD baked strands.
Chella's Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil RRP $22: This was a really exciting discovery in my box for me as I have been seriously searching for one of these fab highlighters for some time now. This is a buttery-soft pale pencil liner that melts highlighting colour onto the eyes. Apply it wherever you need a light enhancing lift: Dark rings, imperfections and spots. Line the lower inner eye rim to conceal redness and fatigue for an instant freshen up. This is great for the corners of your eyes and really brightens your complexion. I love that this is a safe item to carry in your precious handbag too - no risk of leaks with a faithful pencil concealer / highlighter. So in love with this find and it's large enough to last me a decade too.
Eve's Ready To Wear Lipstick by Teeez: I've never been much of a lipstick wearer as personally, I prefer the look and feel of lip balms, (especially swoon-worthy Lanolips tinted products) but this moisturising treatment lipstick may change all that. This full size lipstick retails for $32 and promises to hydrate and repair cracked, dry lips. Apart from being a sensational looking stand-alone product, the colour I received was a glorious shade of natural pink called Paradise Pink and I might just be a little bit in love with this one. Such a pretty shade which looks and feels remarkably like the lip balms I adore but in a sexier lipstick presentation. Like! Like! Like!
The remaining inclusions in my box, were a collection of sachet samples: A Timeless Truth's Green Tea Phenol Soothing Mask, Nuxe Crème Merveillance, (a visible expression line cream) and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. This last product is a dry oil from France for the face, body and hair and for a dry skin sufferer, it's a beautiful treatment.
A monthly subscription to Violet Box costs $16.50 plus $6.45 postage - a total of $22.95 per month. Do I think it's good value? Yes. Considering the RRP of the items within the boxes, I think they are very good value and a great way to try out new products, especially if you really enjoy cosmetics and skincare. You can try a single month subscription to the service too, just in case you are uncertain and would like to experience it for yourself before you commit to a larger subscription. Current subscription prices can be viewed here.
Violet Box offers free shipping on all orders over $50 as well as gift subscriptions for the ultimate gift for a friend. These subscriptions come highly recommended by me. The thought of this monthly gift arriving in the mail is a great pick-me-up and can really help you to feel and look your best in a time-poor, stressed out world.
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*Six Little Hearts received a trial subscription to Violet Box in exchange for this review.
Contents shown are not from the current month's Violet Box. (They've been sitting on my desk a few months now!)
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