The box that the samples came packaged in is small, solid and very sturdy – this is not a box I’ll be throwing out. Rather, I’ll repurpose it into helping me store my makeup collection – I find I can never have too many boxes of this size.
As far as the products that came in this box, there were 4 samples I was kind-of ho-hum about, 1 sample I quite liked, and one sample I was pretty stoked to receive. I’ll start with the ho-hum products:
John Freida Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream
I’ve used this product before and didn’t love it, so for me this was a bit of a let-down. I also prefer when beauty sample subscription boxes focus on high-end, luxury brands or lesser known, indie brands. This product is available in most supermarkets, so I don’t really get a kick out of having the opportunity to try this. I’ll probably pass this onto a friend or family member.
Compeed blister dressings are also available in virtually every supermarket and pharmacy in the country. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a great product, but hardly a beauty product. I’ll pop this into my purse, and may end up using it on New Years Eve.
emerginC Multi-Fruit Cleanser and Protocell Bio-Active Stem Cell Combat Cream
The emerginC range is definitely a higher end range, however I’m personally not a fan of sachet samples, and I tend not to experiment with my skincare. If you’re into trying new skincare ranges, I imagine this would be an exciting addition to the box.
Now for the product that I liked receiving:
Allegra Rhodes Sweet Apple & Grapefruit Hand & Nail Cream
Now this is a sample I can get behind. I have never heard of Allegra Rhodes before, and this hand cream smells beyond divine. The smell is fresh and lightly floral, and stays on my hands for quite a while, and the formula is hydrating without being greasy. I really enjoyed receiving this sample.
Now (drumroll please) the star product from the December 2012 bellabox….
Savoir Faire Limited Edition Kit in “Pour Etre Desiree” or “To Be Desired”
What an exciting treat to receive a full travel palette from an Australian brand that I have never tried before. This palette was truly an amazing gift, and I am so incredibly excited to try Savoir Faire cosmetics.
The palette is presented in a sturdy black cardboard flip-top box with a very generous sized mirror.
The palette contains a coppery peach shimmery blush, a matching lipgloss, 6 shimmery eyeshadows in a range of wearable and more daring shades, a creamy black eyeliner pencil and a black mascara. The purchase price of this palette is $110.00, so it’s inclusion in a $15.00 box blows me out of the water. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, so I can’t comment on the quality, but if you’re interested in a full review, let me know in the comments.
Anything else worth mentioning?:
Although the inclusion of the makeup palette is a one off, and you certainly couldn’t expect that level of inclusion every month, I was impressed by this bellabox. I took the liberty of looking at the previous 3 months worth of boxes and there seems to be a good mix of products and brands included each month, with a decent mix of skincare, haircare, bodycare and (my favourite) makeup.
What they say:
bellabox is the beauty sampling concept to revolutionize the way Australian’s discover, trial and purchase beauty and lifestyle products.
Each month, you’ll receive a premium selection of beauty and lifestyle samples that the bellabox team has sourced, tried and approved. We only obtain beauty products from well known, cult, boutique and emerging brands to deliver you the very best selection to try at your leisure, in the comfort of your own home.
The women’s bellabox includes everything from skincare to makeup, nail polish, to the latest beauty trends, as well as perfume samples, hair treatments and leading organic products plus fun non-beauty extras. A range beauty choices are considered during compilation, such as skincare concerns, age appropriateness and product preferences.
I think beauty sample subscription boxes are a wonderful concept. It’s an affordable way to indulge yourself once a month, and particularly wonderful if you:
- are a beauty junkie on a limited budget
- are looking for a HG product, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on your search
- are a broke-ass student
- love to receive parcels in the mail.
I’ve tried quite a few beauty sample subscription boxes — from subscribing for a few months to the first one to launch in Australia, to being an ambassador for an international brand (that is no longer in Australia), and from what I have seen, bellabox is one of the good ones.