Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Violet Box Review - Beauty Subscription Boxes Home Delivered

 
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.
 
Have you tried a subscription beauty box before?
 
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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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19 comments:

  1. Sounds like good value. I've just subscribed to Marie Claire's The Parcel box.

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    1. Oooh sounds lovely - are they new? I will have to do some research.

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  2. I've never tried a subscription box but I like the idea.
    I think I just like the idea of getting girly things in the mail :)

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    1. I'm with you on that Jess. Nothing like girly mail and stuff for 'yourself.'

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  3. I am a SUCKER for little sachets of products because the thought of spending big bucks on things I might not like doesn't sit well with me! Em, also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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    1. I have spent so much over the years on expensive things only to discover they're not for me after the first use. I end up gifting them to others which is great for them but not so economical for me.

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  4. These boxes sound great. I seriously need that lip scrub and the spritzer for frizzy hair :)

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    1. I am really looking forward to the hair spray this Summer for that frizz that I dread. Hope it's great!

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  5. These boxes are just not for me. I just see it as a whole load of stuff that I don't need. It's a load of stuff noone really needs... but that's beside the point. I just wouldn't like the wastage when I didn't want a particular item. x

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    1. That's the bonus of the small sizes though. If you dislike something, you can pass it on to a friend or another family member. Cheaper than the alternative.

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  6. I would love to try a subscription box. I think they're a great idea for those who are curious about beauty products but not quite sure what to get. I think though, sample sized products would be better - just in case something doesn't tickle your fancy.

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    1. I reckon you could save up any unwanted items and make little Christmas hampers from them at the end of the year for school teachers, work colleagues, friends and family. I don't think there would be anything that I wouldn't want myself though...

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  7. What a fab idea! I am totally into the whole beauty scene at the moment thanks to you tell me about BB cream!!!

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    1. Aww Shelley, so glad to have you hooked! Which brand of BB did you buy in the end? I forgot to ask you!

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  8. Wow, you had a good collection of products there! I know these kind of boxes can be a bit hit and miss so I've never subscribed but I'd consider it in the future if they're anything like the one you received. I love to sample products! x

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  9. i'm a big fan of beauty boxes, it's the first time I have heard of this one though. I think they have good products. Might subscribe to this one soon! :)


    With lots of love from the North Pole,
    Elfie, Leader of the Elves at Christmas World

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  10. I had never heard of violet box or any of these type parcels til I read you review. Well I've finally subscribed and gotten my first box and I'm more than impressed! I'm using everything in the box and love them all - a highlighting concealor full size, a full size pencil eyeliner that is by far the best I've ever used, sample hair Argan oil
    that I will definitely buy full size, a scrub/cleanser sample that I'm addicted to and have already ordered in full size, and a marvellous nail Polish that although I wouldn't use have happily given to my daughter. And that's the other thing - anything I may not use I can put aside as little gifts to friends and family for any reason!! For $22 a month this is incredible value and I will definitely be looking forward to each monthly box! And I will be subscribing as a birthday gift for 12 months to my sister and I can't think of a gift at that great price to top it!!
    Thank you so much for your review which was so persuasive that I still had it on my mind 6 months after reading!! From a beyond pleased reader, keep up the enjoyable and informative reviews!!

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