Here is something I do for the first time in my life – a beauty products review!*
*absolutely not sponsored; I did it for fun and purchased the box myself in the first place. All opinions given are genuinely mine.
Background story: you may have heard of the so-called beauty boxes – a service that sends you a monthly box of beauty and personal care products, either full-sized or testers, for you to try. It firstly appeared in the USA, and obviously there was enough interest to make it successful branch of the beauty industry. Examples are IPSY, Birch Box, Beauty Bar, Glossy Box.
I have been very curious to try out the idea, and recently I discovered there is actually a Danish version of the service – and after doing some research on what they have included in previous boxes, I decided to give it a try. It’s not insanely expensive at all, and if you do not like the box you receive, you can unsubscribe right away. Plus, being a person who likes surprises and trying out new things, the concept really appealed to me. The box I got by the time I signed up was the October GoodieBox created with the Danish department store Magasin.
Beautiful pale pink package, nicely wrapped as a present inside and comes with two pamphlets introducing the products, as well as their ingredients, effects and how to use them.
A look inside
Here’s what the box included (left to right, top ones first): Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Karmameju’s Konjac Sponge Green Tea, Magasin Beauty Series Eye Gel, Magasin Beauty Series All-in-one Cleansing wipes 25stk. (those are all full-sized items) , Balance Me Restore and Replenish Face Cream, The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensively Revitalising Facial Oil and L’Occitane Verveine Shower Gel (those were samples).
I won’t go in detail for every single product, but will point out my favourites and not-so-favourites. If you are interested in one or more of those, feel free to click on its name in the list above, so a non-affiliate link can take you to its official page.
What I loved overall
The amount of products, the size of them and the usability. My expectations’ perfect case scenario was to get a decent sized-products that I can actually use and (if it was make-up) is not in weird colours or from questionable brands. I also appreciated how the selection itself makes up for a beauty routine – the products complement each other and it feels like a full package. The box was way worth its price: I paid DKK159 for it, and only the make-up brush that I planned to buy anyway is DKK170. I got the box almost two weeks ago and since then I’ve used every single item in it – well done for the people who selected the items! It included something I would not buy normally (like the sponge), something I wanted to try (the brush) and something that just came out in store (the face oil). Maybe I am super lucky to receive such a great box, and the ones to come won’t be that great, but it has definitely won me over to stay tuned for the next one.
My personal favourites
As I mentioned, it’s been a couple of weeks since I got my box and that gave me time to try out everything before I wrote this review. The sponge was probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever tried (beauty-wise). The first time you open it, you have to put it under water for some minutes for it to take its normal shape – soft and bubbly. It is honestly the most pleasing, weirdly satisfying and relaxing thing to use on your skin – I literally didn’t want to stop. It is so good. It leaves my skin feeling polished and soft, the redness is gone and it feels like I’ve been given a facial massage. Personal favourite.
Secondly, as I already use natural oils for my skin, hair and eyelashes (yes, truly, and it makes them grow like crazy), I was excited to try the Body Shop’s one. As with previous similar products, I put this before going to sleep, followed only by eye-gel – and nothing else. It does the job beautifully and there is visible difference in the morning – considering dry patches, redness and overall tired skin. I may get this full-size later on, if it doesn’t break me out after time. Fingers crossed.
Last but not least, the brush I’ve been longing after for so long happened to be in the box – a total win situation. I wanted to get it mainly because of the shape – to get a break from the classic flat foundation brushes, and because Real Techniques’ brushes are so soft and nice. It did not disappoint – I am in love with it.
What I was not so fond of: the make-up wipes were nothing special; and the vervaine shower gel is a just really nice smelling shower gel.
I can not wait for my new box to arrive, after this one left me a marvelous impression. Experiment – successful!
What do you think about my first beauty review? Would you like to see more of those? Let me know – I might do the next one on YouTube.