Hello! This post is going to be all about my September 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box (or Bag...it comes in a bag in a box so it could be either)! ...Yeah, I know it's October (and even the 8th already!) and that I actually just got my October 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box/Bag today but I just haven't been feeling eloquent enough to blog lately. I think it's the change in seasons; it's finally starting to feel like fall (and I even got my first cold...yay...).
I want to start by apologizing about the quality of some of my photos for this mystery box. With the changes in daylight it's been a little tricky finding appropriate times where I can take pictures/film videos using the (sparse) natural light from our patio windows without having to resort to waiting for the weekends (when I'm home during the day when the sunlight is brighter and directly coming in). Hopefully things will improve a little when Daylight Savings happens, but with winter on its way, I have to accept the fact that, if I want to keep doing videos and making blog posts, I'll need to invest in some other form of lighting. I'm also not the best photographer (as you probably have noticed...) and sometimes my camera likes to put up a good fight.
As always, the Blush Mystery Beauty Box can be found at http://www.blush.com/ and is either $34.95 for a one-time box or $24.95 if you sign up for the monthly subscription. I personally think it's worth it to sign up for the subscription, even if you're a little unsure about getting the box because you can cancel at anytime (at least as far as I know...I know some boxes that, even if hey say "cancel at any time!" they make it as difficult a process as possible) and you're guaranteed at least $100 so it's worth it in monetary value. Shipping is free/included, though I did notice that they started charging me tax, which is kind of annoying. Because getting a mystery box counts as an order from blush.com (or dermstore.com or hairenvy.com, they're all basically the same site) you also get free samples with your mystery box, which is pretty neat! With this months box I got two samples:
So in this months Mystery Beauty Box, we got seven different products. Like most subscription boxes (at least the good ones...) Blush includes an info card with all the products on it. Each month they have a featured product that they reveal early on and they talk all about it on the front of the info card.
On the back of the card, they show all the other products, along with pictures of their full sizes.
Which means I'll start with the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo!
Next is a full sized bottle of nail polish from the brand LVX. There were five different colors you could get and it looks like all five were part of the Fall/Winter 2012 collection. I got the color Midori, a bright lime green.
Weirdly enough, this next product may be my favorite in this mystery box...
And then we have my second favorite product from this box!
Now for the biggest item in this month's box (both in size and in value!), the Racinne Deluxe Skin Care Travel Set.
"At it’s roots, Racinne, a Canadian Beauty Company, believes that the source of all beauty is life. Racinne also views
growth as being a vital aspect to beauty, and has strategically put
itself at the forefront of biotechnology in the skin care industry by
partnering with world leading Korean skin care laboratories in
revolutionary discovery of rare medicinal herbs derived only from the
“roots” of mature, wild plants was discovered, and so it began.
care is the result of a unique collaboration of cutting edge
biotechnology and botanical stem cell cultivation spanning 7 years in
the making. The line introduces a superior system of “Anti-aging’,
“Hydrating” and “ Brightening” skin care systems for all ages."
I like that they partner with Korean skin care labs since Korea seems to be at the forefront of skin care tech (just look at BB creams!). Here's another blurb about their Ultimate Youth Power line:
"Our unique, powerful anti-aging, super antioxidant formula that uses precious "Korean Ginseng Callus Cultivation Extracts", active ingredients, together with the powerful anti-aging agent Adenosine, enhances cellular repair.
The Ultimate Youth Power formula also contains anti-aging agent Neuropeptide, SH-DP-9 TM.
The formula effectively activates collagen and elastin production
minimizing fine lines and enlarged pores. It also promotes cell density
by facilitating nutrient absorption and stimulates blood circulation,
increasing oxygen and accelerating cellular repair.
studies have proven to repair damaged skin cells, reduce fine lines and
wrinkles, bring luminosity, and increase the skin’s regenerative
Sounds interesting! This kit includes a 0.34oz Ultimate Youth Power Serum (full size is $61 for 1.02oz making this sample worth $20), a 0.34oz Ultimate Youth Power Cream (full size is $56 for 1.7oz, this size is worth $11), a 0.34oz (see a pattern yet?) Ultimate Youth Power Neck Emulsion (full size is 1oz for $44, this size is worth $15, and a 1.07oz Ultimate Youth Power Mask (full size is 2.4oz for $46, this size is worth $19). Overall, this kit is worth, based solely on product amounts versus their full-sized counterparts, $65. I couldn't find a kit like this for sale on either blush.com for the Racinne website, so I'm not sure what it would retail for, but I assume it'd be something like $40-$50 based on my past experiences with kits like these. I haven't been able to try any products in this kit yet since I have just...all of the skincare samples and full sized products to work my way through and if I switch things up too often my skin gets grumpy and breaks out. I'm definitely interested in giving it a shot, though, and I'll try and follow-up with you guys and let you know what I think.
Last but not least is this deluxe-sized sample of Brad Biophotonic Skin Care's Ultra Peel.
This peel contains kojic acid, licorice, and bearberry extract to help diminish hyper-pigmentation and age spots and glycolic acid to removed dead skin cells and soften fine lines and wrinkles. Since this is another skin care product, I haven't been able to try it out yet (...also it scares me), but when I do, I'll try and let you guys know what I thought. A full size of this product is 1.7oz for $175 (...) making this 0.25oz sample worth $23.75... I'm not sure how I feel when samples this small are worth so much money. On the one hand, I get to try out a very expensive product that I would not have been able to afford, on the other, this little tube eats up $23 worth of the value of my box. Hmm.
Overall, Blush's September 2013 Mystery Beauty Box contained two full sized products, five sample/deluxe/travel sized products (the Racinne kit counted as one sample, which was cool), and was worth a grand total of about $126! For only $24.95 a month, that's a great deal! I was very pleased with this box; it included products from brands I know and love as well as products from brands I had never heard of before, which is what I really love about these subscription boxes! I'm looking forward to my October box (...which I've already gotten and still need to film/blog about...) and I hope that Blush keeps putting together boxes like this one!
Thanks for reading! <3