Bellabox March 2015 review

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I’ve said before that Bellabox has a lot of variability in what you get each month. This is not one of the stronger months.

Highlights

  • The blue box my kids love is BACK

Lowlights

  • a 10ml sample of Kerastase shampoo. I love Kerastase shampoos, but 10ml is tiny. That’s a free magazine sample size.
  • a 1ml sample of Revlon airbrush effect in natural beige. Not my colour and a tiny sample.
  • a highlighter. Not an illuminator, a literal highlighter by Stabilo.
  • Palmers moisturising day cream and makeup remover. These are Ok, but a bit meh
  • Nivea sun light feel daily face veil. It’s for use under makeup but I tend to wear BB creams and CC creams.
  • Colour theory eye pencil in emerald. It’s nice enough for a cheap eye pencil but very dark green and kind of reads as black in most lights.

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Anyone get anything better?

Priceline 40% off sale March 2015

Priceline has another one of their beautiful 40% off cosmetics sale. I’m broke-rrific at the moment so took it easy and bought;

  • a sally hansen triple shine in a shimmery blue green called sparkling water.
  • a rimmel apolcalips in meteoric matte. the matte apolocalips aren’t on asos yet which is where I usually head for rimmel.
  • backup of buda-pash by Australis, one of the berry Velourlips.
  • and a clear lipliner by Models prefer. These are seriously good with OCC liptars.

My budget was $25 at I came in at $26.90 which isn’t too bad 🙂 What did you pick up this time?

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Matte Marsala Manicures

As everyone knows the “official” Pantone colour of the year is marsala – a rich red brown. Think red wine, stews, and snuggling up under warm blankets on a cold night – it’s a very comforting colour. While it’s not winter here, and not cold, we are smack bang in the middle of the wet season where we have hard and scary rains and winds. I’m rather in need of comfort.

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This manicure is Scarab by Illamasqua. With a shiny top coat it’s dark and sophisticated vampy dark red, but with a matte coat it’s warm and velvety like your grandfathers smoking jacket.

Which is the best Australia beauty box subscription for you?

Having tried a few of the subscription boxes I felt like it was about time to do a bit of a round up and comparison for anyone who is humming and haw-ing on the best options for them.

Bellabox Australia – $15/month. This is probably the most variable service, you get great months and dire months. They often arrived quite late which is a grumble point amongst many bloggers and usually have smaller samples, with one full sized product each month. I have a subscription and don’t mind the surprise angle but it does bug some people.

Most of the products are drugstore level and there are always a few skin creams/hair shampoos with one or two makeup items.

Violetbox – $21.95/month. This service send more full sized products and they tend to be from brands that don’t have that much of a presence in Australia. Many bloggers love them but I did find the colours they sent a bit annoying (a full sized mineral powder in Amber which is a waste for the many people who aren’t that shade). The estimates of the prices tend to be a bit *generous* considering they are often hard to find in australia and/or end of line items – one of the products that was marked as having a RRP of $60 was available on amazon for $6 as it was discontinued. .

the parcel – $25/once per quarter. This service has only been in action for a few boxes now and is a quarterly edit by the Marie Claire editorial team. It’s really nice box, mainly mid-high end products in deluxe samples and full sizes. You can get a real feel for the products and there is a nice range and consistency to what’s on offer.

lust have it – $19.95 per month. Lust have it have a range of boxes and also seem to have some thought into the edit so each box works together. The products can be a bit same-same month to month and they also have some issues with running into the next month but overall this is one of the more consistant

lookfantastic – $30ish/month (15 GBP so depends on the exchange rate). This box is seriously good value – it has 5-6 generous high end samples and a nice mix of makeup/hair/skin samples. I’m still using my eve lom cleanser and will be buying some afterwards because I can actually see how it works on my skin unlike some of the tiny samples you get.

So in conclusion – the best box depends on your circumstances. Bellabox is a fun splurge for myself, and I think a years subscription to the parcel would be great gift for a girlfriend at $90.

What are you favourite boxes? Any aussie ones I’ve missed but should give a try.