Hello! Guess who's super behind on her blog posts again? If you guessed me, you'd be right! I just got back from Seattle, WA and have a lot of things to catch up on (seriously, I have like...four videos to make and five blog posts and just...ugh). Since I'm only working two days this week, I'm hoping I can get everything I want to recorded, typed, photographed, and uploaded by the end of the weekend. Hoping. My husband and I are still surprisingly tired from our trip. We're not sure if it's jet lag or if we just over-exerted ourselves or what, but I'm just super happy I decided to take an extra day off from work to recover.
But that's not why you're here (though I will be making a post/video about our trip to Seattle/PAX); you're here to check out what I got in my August 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box! This is my very first Blush Mystery Beauty Box and, so far, I am very happy I subscribed. I'm actually a little sad I missed July's box because it had a full sized Deborah Lippmann nail polish in it, which would have been awesome to get. This subscription service is going to replace my Glossybox subscription. I got my final box, the August 2013, and once again it was underwhelming. I just don't feel like I'm getting back what I pay for with Glossybox. My first box was amazing, but pretty much everything after that has been disappointing. I'm going to make a post/video about my final Glossybox this weekend as well.
If you don't know what the Blush Mystery Beauty Box is, it's a mystery box that you can either subscribe to for $24.95 a month OR you can buy just one box for $34.95, shipping included for both. Since it's guaranteed to have at least $100 worth of products in it, either way you get your money's worth. I opted to subscribe since I watched a few unboxings on Youtube and really liked what I saw. If you're interested in checking it out and learning more, you can go to blush.com, which is part of the beauty trio that includes dermstore.com and hairenvy.com. I'm not sure why they have three different sites since you can go to any of them and search for products from any of the other sites (if that makes sense) AND they all share the same checkout, but they do. I was initially interested in signed up for the subscription service dermstore.com used to offer called Beautyfix, but they discontinued the service.
Since you're technically ordering something from the online store, you get free samples with your order!
Onto the actual box! I got eight items in my box, three full size products and five deluxe size samples. I'll start with the featured product, the Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist and go from there. I looks like every month there's a special "featured" product that they reveal and talk about in a Youtube video. A lot of people were put off this month by the featured product since I think people are a little over-saturated with beachy hair sprays right now. I got...three already, I think, from various subscriptions and sets this summer and I really didn't need another, but I went ahead and got the box anyways because, hey, it's only a $22 value and I still had $80 worth of stuff heading my way.
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products." Neat.), and irish moss. It is free of parabens, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes. The scent is gardenia, juniper berry, and angelica with a base of ylangylang, vanilla, and sandalwood. It's a strong floral scent with a lot of the gardenia coming through (which, being called "Snow Gardenia", I would hope so). It's almost overpowering, but not quite, and I actually like it. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill hand cream, but the bottle is very striking and the fragrance is pretty unique.
This is a special set of three different fragrances that Elle and Blair have come up with that are "inspired by specialized fragrance notes" and "evoke whimsical romance and modern femininity". What they want you to do is to try all three, pick which one you like the most, and then vote for it. Whichever gets the most votes gets made into a full sized perfume.
Fragrance-wise, I find these to suffer from "fancy perfume" syndrome; they smell like every other fancy perfume ever. There's nothing special about them and they smell generic. Not bad, just generic. I think it's because Elle and Blair tried to squeeze too many different scents in at once. I think they would have been much more interesting if they had focused on only one or two notes each. According to the little info booklet included in the box the scent notes are:
I: Sicilian lemon, black currant, Macintosh apple, jasmine, white flower accord, violet, cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, and musk accord
II: bergamot, lemon, cassis, honeysuckle, jasmine, lotus, musk, cashmere woods, and iris
III: marine accord, anise, jasmine, lily, freesia, sandalwood, amber musk, vanilla, tonka
It just feels like too much and it all muddles together into "fancy perfume" scent. I feel like, in fragrance, simplicity is always key. But then again, that may be just me. Like I said, these smell very nice, just generic.
As for their value, that I'm not too sure of. On blush.com, you can order this sampler pack for $59.99, but you also get a full-sized bottle of the winning fragrance and a chance to win a $250 blush.com gift set. I can't call this a $59.99 value since I don't get the full-size bottle. I'd assume it'd be around $10-$20 since they're pretty good sized rollerball samples and a regular rollerball usually sells for $15-$20.
And that's my August 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box! My box's total value MINUS the perfume was $95.70, so with the $10-$20 supposed value of the fragrance trio, my box was worth over $100 as promised. Overall, I am very pleased with this new subscription service. For just a few dollars more than I was paying for Glossybox, I get a gaurenteed value of at least $100 and I get the backing of dermstore.com, blush.com, and hairenvy.com. All the products in the box can be easily purchased from their sites (well, except for the hand lotion, but I feel like that one's kind of a fluke), which is really nice if you end up falling in love with a product. I also really liked that I got free samples with my order, as well as free shipping. It really bothers me when box companies say that their box is a certain price but then make you add on the shipping, too. Why not just include shipping in the price? If this box was $19.99, but then said I had to add $5 shipping, that would bother me. Saying it's $24.99 with free shipping makes me feel like I'm getting a deal ( I know, I'm fully aware of the ruse and still fall for it. Humans are bad at this kind of thing). I really feel like I am getting my money's worth with these products, and even if there's something I don't like/won't use, it doesn't feel like a total waste. I like the variety of products and companies offered, and I especially like that it included both companies that I know and am familiar with as well as companies that are new to me. If you're looking for a new subscription service, or aren't really feeling your current ones, I highly recommend looking into getting this box! You can purchase just one month and see if you like, or you can jump in headfirst like me and save $10 by subscribing.
Also, I got emu oil, so that's cool, too.
Thanks for reading! <3