Friday, May 30, 2014

New products - Bellabox & Maybelline

I ordered my first Bellabox this month. After hearing about it and seeing it advertised to me constantly on Facebook, I decided to give it a go as the first one only cost $10 and $15 per month thereafter. I like the no pressure, cancel any time subscription, as I feel that this is something I will decide to keep or not keep depending on what I receive. 

Firstly, I have to say that I am very impressed with their service. Having recently received less than ideal delivery service from a particular fashion website, I was very happy to receive email updates from Bellabox about when my package had left the depot and when it would arrive. 

The packaging is lovely, and I'm sure I can reuse all boxes I'll be getting as gift boxes, etc. 

For this month I received: 
  1. Yes To Grapefruit facial scrub and serum
  2. Wen sweet almond cleansing conditioner
  3. Appelles Apothecary lemon myrtle vegetable soap
  4. Invisible Zinc tinted daywear cream
  5. Anastasia clear eyebrow gel
  6. Swisspers facial wipes
I was very happy to receive the facial wipes, as I had been meaning to buy some. 

The Yes to Grapefruit duo is excellent. The scrub smells amazing and is not too abrasive. I like the serum also, I feel that it may be helping to even out my skin, or I could just be having a good skin week. Either way, I would still strongly consider buying a full size product. 

The soap is also excellent, smells amazing. 

The Wen cleansing conditioner makes your hair smell so good (I feel like almond mint should be the next frappe flavour at Gloria Jeans) and feel lovely. I'm not sure that it's any better than what I am currently using (Tresemme and Organic Care) but I have only used it once, so will see how I go next time. I do like the size of the sample - very generous! 

I feel the Invisible Zinc is ill-timed. I know we're having a fantastically warm autumn, but I would only wear a product like that in summer, when I'm spending a lot of time outdoors. 

I plan on gifting the eyebrow gel to someone who actually has eyebrows and doesn't need to draw them on like I do. If it were tinted, I would get more use out of it. 

Overall I'm pretty happy with this month's haul. As it the point of Bellabox, I've discovered products that I like and will consider buying in store. As long as I get good value for money, I will be happy to continue my subscription. 

On another note, I have recently bought and begun using this Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner. It feels like using a finely pointed texta but has a nice semi-gloss finish like a regular liquid eyeliner. 

It dries a lot quicker than brush-and-bottle eyeliner, so I have to be a little more careful, but I also feel that I make less mistakes because I can control the brush much more easily. It holds really well (I put eye drops in and the liner didn't budge!) and doesn't flake off after being on all day. 

I paid around $13 at Priceline, and I can definitely recommend it as a good, budget option. 

What are your thoughts on Bellabox? Can you recommend some rad beauty products?