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BellaBox September Edition: Spring Party Essentials!

1 Oct

Hello my lovely readers!

With a giant leap into the new season of spring, Bellabox has delivered a GIANT box this month – and definitely impressed me!
Just LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION!

Bellabox September Issue

Bellabox September Issue

Giant. I know.

This month’s theme of Spring Party Essentials is written all over the selection of products they’ve included.
I can’t wait to try a couple of these products out.

Cleo Magazine: September Issue

First of all, they included the September issue of the Cleo magazine!
That’s already half of the cost of the box right there. And with Emma Watson’s gorgeous face on the cover, I’m already loving this month’s subscription.

Which leads me to a little bit of a tangent – don’t you think Emma Watson’s eye make up is amazing???
I’m thinking… tutorial. Thoughts?

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

I may just butcher the look with that make up on my face. I’m definitely far from looking like Emma Watson.
But it’ll be fun nonetheless!
Let me know in the comments below if you want me to go ahead with it, or if you have any other suggestions. And keep your eyes peeled for this YouTube video!

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

It’s like as if they read my mind. I’m suffering from a giant outbreak of blemishes at the moment, and I’m willing to try ANYTHING to get these nasties healed.

Last time I tried one of these Montagne masks though, I walked away after application and came back to the bathroom mirror to find myself looking like I stepped out of a wax museum…
That was a little creepy. But it felt pretty nice. So I guess it redeemed itself.

Let’s see how this one goes!

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

I’m normally not a fan of nail stickers. In fact I haven’t tried any before. The idea of using nail stickers rather than the traditional method of ‘paint & dry’ is a little daunting.

“What? There’s a new way of doing things?”

“What? I have to learn how to apply it?”

“How about if I cut myself – I assume there will be some sort of cutting tool involved in application…”

“It’s too much effort.”

Of course, based on the above thought processes you can obviously tell I haven’t even bothered to look into how to apply them.
So really. I don’t know how hard or easy it is in comparison to just painting my nails the normal way.

But this may be the first!
The pattern of these nail stickers are so fun, I’m actually quite tempted to find some time to sit down and figure out how to get that off the plastic backing and onto my nails.

Hmm… now to actually get around to DOING it.
I’ll let you know how I go 😛

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Ohhhh these look nice!

They’re definitely a little out of my comfort zone. I normally going for natural looking lashes.
These still look quite natural but criss-crossed in a fun design. I’m looking forward to trying this one out!

I hope they don’t come across as very plastic-wax-looking though. I’m not normally a fan of “barbie doll” make up.

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Another great little product that fits straight into the “Spring Fling Party” theme.

These will definitely come in handy for killer heels – literally. And the best thing about it is these things aren’t cheap. So this + the magazine already redeems my $15 that I spent on the box this month.

Good job, Bellabox!

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

This is one that I’m not sure about.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the ASAP line and I personally am currently using a night moisturiser which I think is alright, though a little on the thick side.

After giving this mineral pencil a bit of a swatch, the supposed “brown” colour actually comes off as a light black shade. And the consistency being nicely dry but not very pigmented.

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

I’ll need to try this out a couple of times before I make a decision, but the biggest let down so far is the colouring of the swatch not quite matching the “brown” suggestion that it’s supposed to be.

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

Another great – and pricey product that was included in the box was this razor.

YAY! Who doesn’t need razors. No one.

Everyone. Should. Have. A. Razor.

Razors are something that I don’t normally splurge with, thinking that a 2 blade disposable version is equally sufficient…
But it’s great to have this in the box because I’ve been meaning to try out these fancier razors to see whether it’s worth the extra dollars that shops are attempting to charge them for.

Hmmm… and will it make my skin silky like those examples they show in commercials??
I’ll just have to wait and see!

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

And last but not least, we have a nice full-size can of self tanner.

I personally do not self tan. There are so many things that can go wrong in the process – horror stories of fake tan staining white clothes even though it’s been days after application, and orange hands and excessive “colour” to the point of “orang-outang”. Plus, I’m happy with my current colouring.

But this is a great product that they’ve tossed into the box because it fits the theme to a T and is a full size product, which makes it worth the $15 if it hasn’t proved itself already.

All in all, super great box this month with a whole lot of goodies and a nice little change with the magazine thrown in.
I was getting bored of the Swisse protein bars that they kept tossing in as a bonus.

After a bit of a slump throughout the middle of the year, Bellabox has definitely picked it up. So I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us this Christmas.

If you’re looking to try their competitor though – Lust Have It, I have a coupon code below that’ll get you $5 off your first box. So check that out if you’re interested!

For now though, have a great spring (or whatever season you have at the moment) and I’ll chat to you soon!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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April 2013 BELLABOX

21 Apr

Hey guys!

Here’s the April Bellabox 🙂 (Sorry that it’s so close to the March Bellabox… Just wanted to post this whilst it’s relevant!).

See the opening of my Bellabox on Youtube!

This month’s theme is Innovative Beauty!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

This month’s box is filled with things that I’m really excited about – a nice change to the last couple of month’s!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

First off we have a product with the world’s longest name…!
This is essentially a face mask that’s supposed to draw out positively charged bacteria and impurities.

Positively charged… that’s new to me. I didn’t know there were positively or negatively charged particles!
Either way, I’m excited to try this simply because I’m looking for a good face mask. Hopefully this will help with my impurities and black heads!

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

This elixir is apparently jam packed with argan, linseed and cyperus oil, giving your hair silkiness, lightness and shine! And apparently it’s supposed to work on any hair type in any condition.
This will be really good for my hair because I’ve been struggling with dry roots and a dry scalp.

I haven’t previously been too inclined towards using oils since I have oily hair and my skin is oily as well. But argan oil and all these other natural oils are the latest craze! It’s supposed to be really food for all skin and hair types and supposed to provide a nourishment. So… I’m EXCIIIITED!

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

This serum is supposed to be packed with vitamins A, H & F to keep skin healthy, beautiful and strong. That’s the marketing grab anyway.
I on the other hand I am entranced by the little blue, pink and white balls mixed in the serum! Not sure what they’re for, but it looks really pretty against the clear serum and silver packaging!

I’m also pretty excited about trying this since I just finished my Clinique Pore Minimiser and was looking for another serum to try.

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Miracle lotion alert! This Avene Micellar Lotion is supposed to be a 3-1 product: removes make-up, cleanses and tones all at the time whilst not even requiring water to wash the product off!

I’m not sure about the whole “no need to wash after using this product” scheme.
Personally, if I’m trying to take off my make up at the end of the day, I’m thinking that I’d need more than a cotton pad soaked with a lotion. With the residue of the day and left over make-up that’s not mopped up by this lotion, I would normally prefer to give my face a good rinse afterwards.

I’ll give this a go, but I’m not quite the believer at the moment…

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

With the increase of popularity with BB Creams in Asia, the western market is starting to bring out all sorts of versions of the BB Cream. Rimmel’s BB Cream has an SPF 25, containing 9 different skin properties to help smooth out the skin tone and impurities.

It doesn’t quite list what the 9 skin perfecting properties are, but this BB Cream is supposed to smooth, mattify, illuminate, brighten, minimise pores and protect with SPF.

It’ll be good to try this and compare it to the Asian BB Creams that I have tried, but I’m not sure about the colouring. It looks a little dark for my skin tone…

Lash Card

Lash Card

Lash Card

Now THIS is another product that I’m excited to try!
This has been on the market for awhile, but I haven’t gotten around to getting my hands on it.

Essentially it’s just a piece of cardboard that sits behind your upper or lower lashes to prevent the skin from being stained by the application of mascara.
This is great for anyone who has longer lashes or very curled lashes that might bend back and press onto the eye lid during mascara application.

I… do not have that problem. My lashes point STRAIGHT DOWN – it’s a miracle that eyelash curlers and waterproof mascara can hold onto any curl in my lashes.

I’m more excited to use this for my lower lashes though since when applying mascara, the product tends to get onto the skin beneath my eyes. The card has a small curve and large curve on both sides to fit either to top or bottom of your eye area.

The edges of the card can also help separate lashes and remove clumping from excess mascara!

It can also be a great shield of flaking mascara or any pigments dropping down to the cheek area when loose eye shadows are applied.

I’m evidently going to crack straight into these babies the moment I’m done blogging!

Eylure Naturalites Falsies

Eylure Naturalites

Eylure Naturalites

And last but not least, the April Bellabox had Eylure Naturalites falsies!
YAY! Yet another product that I’m super excited about!

These false lashes are great since they’ve got a nice natural look and volume – unlike some that are marketed as “natural” but looks more drag than anything else…

This set also comes with glue so it’ll be great for anyone that is just starting out on trying false lashes and haven’t got any materials to work with.

Just a note to those who are starting out with falsies: If you have dead set straight lashes like myself, you’ll want to give your lashes a good curl first before you apply any falsies. This will help your lashes curl similarly to the false ones and blend in a whole lot better 🙂

That’s it for the April Bellabox!
Let me know what you guys got and whether you’re happy with your Bellaboxes!

For now though…

Lovelove,

Rean.

March BELLABOX!

13 Apr

Hi guys!

Apologies for the lack of posts recently.
I had a little weekend away at Melbourne and also managed to get sick, so I haven’t been in the right mind frame to write. But here’s a peak at what I got in my March Bellabox!

After ripping it open at the first opportunity, the theme this month reveals itself as “Delicious Beauty“.

March Bellabox: Delicious Beauty

March Bellabox: Delicious Beauty

Opening up to find the contents sitting inside, I was a little disappointed at the amount of products present.
I’ve had previous boxes that were filled with goodies, and even though this box had 5 items with an extra bonus item, it still looked a little bare.

Let’s start off and see what I received in this month’s subscription.

March Bellabox: Items

March Bellabox: Items

So okay. At first glace, seeing all that extra space being taken up by a low carb power bar, was a little disappointing.
Considering this was supposed to be the “bonus product” it didn’t seem that great to have it as the centre of attention.

But after reviewing all the products, I realised – “Hey… Maybe it’s not that bad after all!”.

Swisse Active Energy Bar

Swisse Active Energy Bar in Choc/Coconut

Swisse Active Energy Bar in Choc/Coconut

First things first. What is this energy bar?? Bit odd to have it in a Bellabox isn’t it?
Anyhow, it’s supposed to be low in carbs and high in protein. So when I’m thinking about hitting the gym, this will be a great snack to have before hand to keep me going!
Only problem: I better not munch on this before my next weigh in, because this chocolate bar might just make me break the scales…

Ocean Essence Coconut Body Milk

Ocean Essence Coconut Body Milk

Ocean Essence Coconut Body Milk

This was a little odd one. I haven’t heard of the brand before, nor did it look particularly interesting…
Can’t say much about this one besides that it’s currently sitting in my bathroom draw, in my large pile of samples that are less likely to ever see daylight.

I’m obviously not very impressed with the presentation of this product (even if it’s only supposed to be a sample), so I’ll let you know if I ever come around to using it.

Ocean Essence Pink Diamond Face Mask

Ocean Essence Pink Diamond Face Mask

Ocean Essence Pink Diamond Face Mask

Okay here’s another product that was put together with no thoughts to first impressions, causing me disappointment in this Bellabox.
My first thought when I saw this was “WHAT IS IT???”.

After reading through the included information card and hopping onto the Bellabox website, I came to the conclusion that it’s supposed to be Ocean Essence’s Pink Diamond Face Mask.

Well this is odd. It’s not pink. Nor does it remind me of diamonds.

To be honest though, I’m actually a little intrigued (unlike with the Ocean Essence Body Milk). I’ve been thinking of trying some face masks lately and this could just be my ticket into exploration.
I will be a little cautious to try this on my face though, considering the lack of appeal a blob of gooey purple gel provides.
But the “Pink Diamond” might just have me testing this product soon.

Glamourflage Lip Balm in Cherry

Glamourflage Lip Balm in Cherry

Glamourflage Lip Balm in Cherry

Why, hello! This is what I’m talking about!

This lip balm is supposed to be a cult favourite – and now I know why!
Not only did I instantly crack this balm open when I saw it, the scent from this product is amazing!
The cherry scent makes me want to eat my own lips whilst the balm provides a great layer of moisture.

I’m testing out this product a little more to see how well this balm works – whether or not it can cure my never-ending dry lips.
Will definitely keep you posted.

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black

And now the best for last. This product is definitely one that I’ll be looking forward to trying!

As you all know, I’m a Clinique fan. So having this appear in the box is a great big excitement for me!
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this mascara, so hopefully it’ll provide as good of results as everyone’s been talking about.

Overall, this box has been a bit of a disappointment.
The lack of products plus what seems like less quality of products was not too appealing. But the Glamourflage Lip Balm and Clinique High Impact Mascaras saved the day.

I also hopped onto the Bellabox website to see what other products they gave our during March and found a better array of items than the ones I received.
I may have just gotten the dud box.

I will update you guys when I really get to try some of these, and again – apologies for the delay in this post!

For now though…

Lovelove,

Rean.

Bellabox Review: So Far So Good?

20 Jan

It’s now BOX 4.

I’ve subscribed to Bellabox since October last year, preferring the descriptions and reviews of this one over Lust Have It.

If you saw my previous post on discussions between the two, you would know that I found the Bellabox a lot more attractive due to brands and general feedback.

And I was RIGHT!

Bellabox: October Edition - "Pretty In Pink"

Bellabox: October Edition – “Pretty In Pink”

Bellabox: October Contents

Bellabox: October Contents

When opening it, the first thing I noticed and loved was the theme of the box. With October being breast cancer awareness month, everything was pink themed!

Another great surprise: though on the website they say that 5 products are sent out every month, there were plenty more than 5 jammed into that tiny little brown cardboard box! Just look at the second image above and click on the link to see all products that were sent out to BB subscribers.

The one thing I was disappointed about though was the lack of the Bobbi Brown eye cream sample.
Prior to joining, I noticed that subscribers could’ve received this eye cream. And it was one I really wanted to try! It’s been sitting on my “need to try” list for quite awhile now, but I haven’t managed to find it on any online beauty websites for a decent price!

Without it coming in with my first Bellabox, I was definitely a little let down. But overall this edition was an amazing start to what looked to be a continual monthly package!

3 months later, I’ve received for my January Bellabox. And having experienced 3 already, I was very unimpressed by what I found.

The parcel campaign in the mail and when I ripped it open I was very disappointed…

Bellabox: January Edition - We Love Australia

Bellabox: January Edition – We Love Australia

Bellabox: January Contents

Bellabox: January Contents

I apologise first for being very unAustralian. But when I opened my Bellabox today to find that the theme was “We Love Australia” (since Australia Day is coming up), my heart sank.

I’ve never been much of a fan of Australian skincare or beauty products. Everything I’ve tried so far has been a far cry from any American or English brands. And maybe – just MAYBE I should give them another chance. Show some support and love for my country. But things did not get better when I found out what the contents were on the inside.

Bellabox: Face Of Australia Cleansing Wipes

Bellabox: Face Of Australia Cleansing Wipes

  1. Face Of Australia Cleansing Wipes
  2. You, me & everybody Aloe Vera Gel
  3. Swisse Body Wash
  4. Mode Cosmetics Nail Polish
  5. Natio Pure Minerals BB Cream
  6. forwalls Wall Sticker

Do you see where I’m coming from? None of these items float my boat.

Cleansing wipes? Okay sure. That’s acceptable. But Face Of Australia is one of those stands I glide past when walking down the aisle of Priceline. It’s not a brand I’ve ever really liked or considered when thinking of purchasing a new product. If I have the wipes, I’ll use it. But I definitely won’t be going ahead to take it as a recommendation for future visits to Priceline.

Now… Aloe Vera Gel. Really? A cooling gel in case I get sunburnt? No thanks. Maybe I should team it with the Swisse body wash – the third Swisse item I’ve received after FOUR months by the way.

Worst of all: a wall sticker. Who… what… possessed Bellabox into thinking that the first thing I wanted for 2013 was a sticker of an echidna on my wall??

No matter how Australian you are, I’m sure people wouldn’t be inclined to having a re-stickable echidna floating around the walls of their house.

Overall: I must say that I’ve been impressed with what I’ve received since subscribing to Bellabox (bar my January subscription of course). It could be worse. And it could’ve been 5 tiny little products rather than a whole box filled with goodies! But sometimes there are hits and misses. And granted – they need to please everyone here, so that’s definitely not going to work out for some people once in awhile. But seriously. An echidna sticker??

Will be sticking around to see what I might find in the mail next month though.

Hopefully they don’t think that Mr. Echidna needs a friend…

But for now –

Lovelove!

Rean

Battle of the Subscription Beauty Boxes!

15 Oct BellaBox vs Lust Have It

Raise your hand if you live in Australia and you really do feel like you live on a secluded island.

Recently I have been a little obsessed with the Beauty Box Subscription phase, and really want to jump onto the band wagon.
It sounds like a magnificent idea! Inspiration, exposure and a monthly surprise package with beauty samples to try. You can either be sent skin care, cosmetics, or hair care products to give you testers on the next new holy grail. But after lusting over Michelle Phan’s “My Glam Bag” and the Birch Box, I was disappointed that they weren’t shipped internationally.

That is until I discovered the Australian equivalents.

Have no fear! Bring the Beauty Boxes here!

So from what I have gathered, there are 4 main subscriptions out there that tug at the corners of each woman’s wallet, waiting to get in and drain your purse of every dollar you own.

These little buggers are:

Lust Have It
BellaBox
Beauty Basket
I Love This Box

So just for a little research regurgitation, Lust Have It and BellaBox stocks higher end products and tend to have most women hooked. Beauty Basket and I Love This Box though, sends through more products that can just be found in your local Priceline.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Priceline.
A sense of joy and excitement washes over me every time I step into that store, knowing I’ll come out poorer. But I find the whole point of subscribing to these Beauty Boxes are to experience products that are harder to find or more expensive, hence having the chance to try out a sample before committing to the full-size version.

Hence BeautyBasket and I Love This Box was kicked straight off my which-to-subscribe-to list.

Now onto Lust Have It and Bellabox.

Believe me, this was an extremely hard decision.

I watched countless YouTube unboxing videos and compared the associated brands before making a decision.

From what I’ve gathered, the Lust Have It box is more cosmetics based than skincare. They usually are sent through with a toiletries bag – which is an amazing added bonus. And lavish out on brands like Chloe, Bloom and Shisedo.

The other great thing about Lust Have It is their consideration for more eco-friendly individuals. Not only do they have the monthly “Women’s Box” jam packed with beautifying goodies, they have an “Eco Box” filled to the brim with premium natural beauty and skin care! Burt’s Bees and Avado are just two of the many brands associated with this version.

The box itself is $14.95 including postage and allows for cancellation at any time – added bonus!

Here’s a peak and what September boxes entailed:

Lust Have It September Box Selection

That was the selection of products for the September Lust Have It box, where 4-5 products were selected from this range dependent on the subscriber’s skin type and colouring.

Fantastic no?!

Hmmm… how about BellaBox you say?

Well the BellaBox has apparently more skin care products rather than cosmetics. They provide a range of brands including [A’kin], Benefit and Clinique, which really is just a start to the many other amazing labels associated.

With Clinique attached to Bellabox, I was already positively swayed towards this subscription. My love for Clinique is unbeatable. I would be comparable to a Justin Bieber fan girl, expect remove the teeny bopper attitude and replace it with classss.

The BellaBox comes in an actual sturdy cardboard box most months but does surprise their subscribers with a special toiletry bag or two.

Again with a no-penalty cancellation policy, BellaBox rocks a $15 monthly subscription. Not only do they reward you with amazing selections of beautifiers, there is also rewards program that allows for eventual credit at their store.
If you are over the moon with a product that you received in a BellaBox, this can later be ordered full size straight from their site.

Here’s a quick sneak peak of the October BellaBox. Wait what? Do I see Clinique AND Bobbi Brown eye cream?!

BellaBox October subscription!

I think it’s quite obvious which I was sold to. Not only did BellaBox beat it’s opponents with Clinique on their side, they present a more extensive range of brands that are much more appealing than those associated with Lust Have It.

Overall it’s best to choose which subscription stocks your preferred brands, and presents past monthly boxes with products that you would be interested in.

My subscription to BellaBox is done and dusted. Now just to play the waiting game.

Hopefully this will live up to my expectations and WOW me with BEAUT-amazement!

Check back for an update soon!

Lovelove. Rean.

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