Thursday, October 31, 2013

- - Luxe Box | Fall 2013 Review - -

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since my last post, but I am definitely back and I am excited to review the contents of my second subscription beauty box...

First, a little bit of background info...

What is Luxe Box?
Luxe Box is a seasonal subscription service (once every 3 months) that provides you with 7-8 trial size beauty and lifestyle products.
  • Frequency: every season/3 month
  • Membership:
    • Quarterly -- $26, every 3 months
    • Semiannual -- $50, every 6 months
    • Annual -- $96, every 12 months
  • Contents: 7-8 deluxe sized samples
  • Shipping:
    • Cost -- FREE (shipping & handling are included in the prices. Taxes may depend on your location. I am in Toronto, and I did not have to pay anything extra.)
    • To -- Canada ONLY via Canada Post
    • International Shipping 
      • US subscriptions seem to have been available for a limited time some time ago; it may be brought back.
      • There IS a mailing list that you can join that will notify you when international shipping becomes available for your country.
A kind thank you to anyone who would like to use my referral link when signing up for Luxe Box.

My Luxe Box Reviews:

Coming in right after Julep, Luxe Box is the second subscription box that I have received. I ended up signing up for the quarterly plan - just to try out the box. At this moment, this is the most expensive box that I have signed up for; however, I can definitely say that it is well worth it.

Before going on to review the contents I have to initially say that I wasn't sure if I was going to get this box at all. I signed up early in October and the shipping date was marked out as October 23. However, when the 23rd rolled around I didn't get any shipment notifications. At the time, I had forgotten about the promised shipping date so I wasn't too worried about it. To my surprise, two days later (25th) the Luxe Box showed up at my door -- same day that I got an email of the shipment notification!

It has never happened to me that I get the shipping notification AND my order on the same day. Nonetheless, I was pleased to see that I had gotten the box after all.


I was really impressed with the thickness and the sturdiness of the box. At this point I'm pretty excited to receive my winter box in December because then I can store all of the products in one box and use the second box for something else -- say, nail polishes.

The contents of the box were wrapped up in a large, silky bag.

 Whoops! I got two cards instead of one:


The first peek:



While there are no individual cards to introduce your products, Luxe Box does provide brief product guidance on your online dashboard. Clicking on each product will lead you to a page that includes brief instructions and a link to where you can purchase full-sized products (you can't purchase them on the Luxe Box site -- at least, not yet.)

---------- Products ----------

1) OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder (Schwarzkopf)
(Sample: roughly $15 for 10g/mL  ///  Full-size: $24 for 50g/mL) 

This is a bit of a tricky product to use. From what I understand, it's a hair product that can be used for volume, texture, and control. The reason why I say it's tricky is because I've read reviews of this product, where people aren't happy with how it makes the hair sticky and knotty. I haven't mastered this product yet, but I will keep trying! It's definitely an interesting concept and I've never worked with powdered hair products before. 

What's also interesting -- this container alone basically covers most of the cost of the box.

2) Foundation Brush (Loose Button)

I don't use brushes too much, so I can't really comment on it's effectiveness. But the bristles are quite soft and the overall brush is very professional-looking.

3) Supply Skin Oil (L'Occitane)
(Sample: 15mL  ///  Full Size: $52 for 50mL)

From what I'm read online, people are really loving this product. Tonight is the first night that I'm trying it out and so far I can only say that it smells really great. On the product page this is what the product description states: "Supple Skin Oil works to protect the skin's support tissue and fight against loss of elasticity. Deeply nourishing formula can be used to prevent the formation of stretch marks." 

I've read reviews where people have testified that they've seen a lessening of stretch marks. I don't really have any stretch marks, so I don't think I'll be using this product for that purpose. The full price is a bit steep, but it seems like a good investment. In any case, I'll try out the product and see how it goes.

4) Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Grapevine (CoverGirl)
(Sample = Full Size: $5.99 / 11 mL)

This is a nice colour, but I don't really see myself wearing it on a regular basis.

5) High Impact Mascara in Black (Clinique)
 (Sample: roughly $6 for .14oz -- 3.5mL /// Full Size: $19 for .28oz -- 8.3mL)

From the looks of it, this mascara seem to be a recurring feature in boxes. This is the first mascara I've received and I certainly don't mind it. My only issue (because of my own pickiness) is that the mascara doesn't have a plastic wrap around it. Nonetheless, I'm sure that all of these mascara samples are like that and I'm definitely not going to not use it because of that.

Please excuse my experimental nail design.
6) Vanilla Rose Hand Cream (Simple Pleasures)
(Sample: 1.7oz or 50mL /// Full Size: totally confused about the price)

I can't really find the proper price for this cream. The product page says a full sized cream is $10 for 50mL, but I have a 50mL container and it's definitely not full-size...In any case, I really like this cream. I usually don't use very many hand creams because I dislike having oily palms when I need to do something. Typically I'll rub the backs of my hands together to avoid this problem. However, with this cream I don't have to worry about oily palms because the cream absorbs very quickly and does leave you with some moisturizing effect.

I didn't realise this until now, but this is my only picture of the hand cream by itself. Compared to the mascara, I was definitely glad that this tube was sealed -- would've been disturbing if it wasn't!

7) Euphoria (Calvin Klein)
(Sample: $15 - could be less; could be more - for 15mL /// Full Size: $69 for 50 mL)

I've left this product till the end because I've got the most to say about it. I see this perfume bottle as one of the best items in my box. Last year I used to be quite into perfume -- I've still got a collection of perfumes that I alternate every day. I used to sample new perfumes every so often and purchase the ones whose scent I had fallen in love with. 

In my opinion, perfume is a great item for investment. I have had my collection for a while now and even though I use my perfumes quite often I still have a lot of perfume left. Having said that, I'm quite familiar with (Forbidden) Euphoria by Calvin Klein. In fact, I actually already own a full sized bottle. When I first saw that I had gotten the 15mL perfume in my box, I thought to myself: "This is splendid!" However, thinking it about it some more, I kind of wish I had gotten the same sized sample of another perfume. I'm still quite a long way away from finishing the Euphoria bottle that I had purchased last year. In addition to that, I have a roller-version of Euphoria that I received as a gift with my purchase of the full sized bottle. This roller is ALSO a long way away from being used up. Therefore, I basically have two options - either keep this sample for myself or find a friend who likes the scent and gift it to them. In any case, this is still a really good sample to receive. The samples for the perfume and the hair powder basically make up more than what I had spent on the Luxe Box itself. 

I apologize for the blurry photo.
In conclusion, this was a really great box and the total worth of it was well over $30. I can't wait to see what box comes in for me next!

If you would like to sign up for Luxe Box and wouldn't mind using my referral link, you can do so here.

As always, thank you for reading!

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