Hello! You may notice that I have a new header on my blog! I really want to make my blog more aesthetically pleasing but sadly haven't had the time to work on some new graphics. The new header is actually from my etsy shop (which explains the more crafty spin on it) so it's not a 100% match, but it will do for now (plus it looks way better than just having a title up there). If I get some time off for the holidays (I get Christmas Day off for sure, but we have an incentive right now where we can earn the 24th and 23rd off, too, which would be awesome) I'll make one just for this blog!
And now onto the meat and potatoes of this post, my November 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I was really excited for this month's box; Blush hyped it up, saying it would have $250 worth of products, the most they've ever had. Overall, I've been pleased with my monthly mystery boxes from Blush, so at $250 sounded like it could be amazing. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat and it seems like a lot of people are pretty upset about it (if you go by the reviews of the box on blush.com). November's box was a mixed bag for me.
I never know if I should go over the basics or not, but I'll do a quick refresher. The Blush Mystery Beauty Box is a monthly subscription offered by blush.com (which is part of a trio that includes dermstore.com and hairenvy.com). It's $24.95 a month, shipping included, and you're guaranteed to get at least $100 worth of products. You can also purchase a single box (no subscription required) for $34.95, but I personally think it's worth it to be subscribed.
Since your subscription box shipment technically counts as an order from blush.com/dermstore.com/harienvy.com you get two free samples.
Every month Blush.com features a product in their mystery box, and this month it was the Cargo High Pigment Pencil in Brown.
Which means I'll start with the Pur-Lisse Pur-Protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer.
Next is this very small Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Hydrafull Gloss in the color Sorbet.
The forth product in this months box is a travel size of Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lifting Spray.
The most controversial item in November's box is the next product on our list; the SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer.
As a product, this is not bad at all. It's another "harsh side-effect free" lash enhancer (Latisse, the prescription lash enhancer, can turn your skin and eyes brown!), but this one works a lot faster. It says you can see results in as little as 7 days with twice daily application. You can also use it on your brows. On Blush.com, this product has 3730 reviews and they're all pretty much 4's and 5's. With a twice daily application, this fill size tube will last 30 days. What's bad is that this apparently used to sell for something like $30-$50, not the $125 that Blush.com upped it to when it was included in this box. Not cool. I really don't like it when subscription boxes inflate product values to make it sound like you're getting a better deal than you really are (Glossybox sometimes listed incorrect prices on their info cards) or misrepresent the value you're getting (Julep's done this to me a few times, sending me a box worth less than what I was promised). I feel like Blush.com did both by increasing this price of this product to $125 just because it was in the November box.
This next product is from a brand that I've been very interested in trying, Paula's Choice. This is the Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum from the Resist line.
And now for the final, and possibly most disappointing, item in the November box. This is an Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume Mascara in Black.
Now, a lot of prestige brand cosmetics aren't technically sealed, at least not in the way that drugstore brand products are. Which makes sense; a lot of the time, prestige cosmetics are behind counters and you have the sales associates get them for you, so there's not really any way for people to mess with them. In the drugstore, they're all just hanging/sitting on the shelf and anyone could easily try a product out and put it back (I hear this actually does happen a lot with nail polishes, which are sold unsealed in drugstores). Even though the prestige products aren't sealed with plastic, they DO generally come in boxes and other forms of packaging. This mascara came with neither (in the store, it does come in a box). I was a little worried about it, like maybe mine was a mix-up, so I e-mailed Blush.com customer service. They e-mailed me back and said that yes, if I were to buy it, it would come in a box, but since this isn't a "full size", the product in the November boxes didn't. This is actually a full size, but it has a special "gift, not for sale" sticker on it,
And that's my November 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box! I got 7 products in this month's box; 4 full size, 1 travel size, and 2 deluxe sizes, not to mention the two little samples I got just for ordering. To be honest, this is probably the most disappointing box I've gotten to date (I think this is my forth one, now). Last month's box was pretty disappointing, too, so I hope that December's box really steps things up. I know a lot of people were unhappy with the November box, and they let Blush.com know, so hopefully they listen to us and make December's box special! After adding up the product values (and counting the SmartLash as $125), this box only came in around $237.31, which is not the $250 value we were promised. Obviously, even with the SmartLash being valued at $30, I still got my money's worth since I only paid $24.95 for this box, but I really, really hate it when box values are misrepresented. If Blush.com told me my box would be worth over $200, I'd be pleased as punch, but because they promised $250, I feel cheated. Once again, it's one of those mental things.
Thanks for reading! <3