This post is going to be all about my January 2014 Blush.com Mystery Beauty Box! The Blush.com Mystery Beauty Box is a box that you can either buy one time (for $34.95) or subscribe to (for $24.95 a month). I prefer subscribing since it saves $10, but if you're cautious and just want to get one box, you'd still be getting a great deal since you're guaranteed over $100 worth of product (also you can wait to see what's in the box so you'll know if you'll even like it or not). Shipping is included, though you may have to pay tax on it (I do, now. I didn't before, but then Target apparently bought blush.com, hairenvy.com, and dermstore.com in October so now I do). You also get two free sample with your order (like you would with any other order from blush.com).
This months box was...interesting. It was a little dull and I was initially kind of "meh" about it, but it's grown on me and, after using some of the products, I'm pretty content with it. I didn't get a "box shot", so I don't have one for my opening picture, so I'll use the info card instead!
Every month, Blush.com will reveal one of the items included in that months box as its Featured Item. They post it on the front page of the website (they have a little mosaic thing over it, so if you don't want to see what it is you don't have to, though it's kind of hard to miss) and they make a video talking about it with the person who selected it.The Le Edge was selected as this months Featured Item by a cosmetic surgeon named Dr. Michelle Spring.
The Le Edge is an...interesting kind of body exfoliator. You use it kind of like a razor, except it won't cut your skin or hair. It has a stainless steel blade that you drag across your skin to remove debris and dead skin cells. The product description talks about using it as an exfoliant before shaving or tanning, and I would agree that's the best way to use it. I tried it as an all-over body exfoliant and I didn't think it did a good job compared with my scrub mitt from Sephora, but I do think it really helped exfoliate my legs to prepare them for shaving (kind of gross and maybe a little TMI, but most of us do it).
I'm going a little out of order since it made sense to jump in with the Le Edge, but, as I said before, you also get two samples with every blush.com order, including with your Mystery Beauty Box (it's actually in a black fabric bag. The fabric changes every so often so I think they buy remnant fabric from manufactures at deeply discounted prices and make them from that). This months samples kind of set the initial mood of disappointment for me.
Going back to the normal order of things, here's the back on the info card, which shows the other items included in January's box.
Going in order on the card, I'll start with the Just Kissed Lip Plumper by Jane Iredale. Everyone got the color Tokyo, which is a "strawberry red shade".
Next is probably one of the oddest things I've gotten in a subscription box. This is Osmosis Skincare Harmonized Water for Digestive Health.
To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this product. When I first pulled it out of the box I was confused and not very pleased. Also, the bottle I received was broken; there's a glass dropper inside you use for dosing out the product and mine had arrived snapped. I e-mailed blush.com and they immediately got back to me, letting me know they were sending out a replacement right away. A few days later I got my replacement in the mail; it even came with two samples!
I haven't tried this product yet, though I have been having some issues with my stomach, so I might give it a go. I don't think it will hurt me (though you aren't supposed to drink distilled water since it has no minerals in it and will thus eventually kill you. But you have to actually drink it instead of normal water so I don't think 2ml is really going to do any damage), but I don't have a lot of hope that it will help. This is a full sized product at 100ml (so 50 doses, or 25 days if you use it the recommended twice daily) and retails for $30. Which is kind of ridiculous.
Moving on, this next product is one I've been really liking. This is the Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call facial cream.
This is a cream for dry/aging skin that you use at night (on face, neck, and French fancy word for "chest") as a super-hydrating treatment. It has Co-Enzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, and avocado oil. I've been using this every night instead of my normal serum and moisturizer and I've been waking up with soft, moisturized-feel skin! I really do think this is helping the texture and feel of my skin. I haven't been using this long so I can't speak for any long term benefits, but I am going to be very sad when this runs out. The full size is 1.7oz and retails for $80 (so...out of my price range), making this .16oz sample worth $7.53.
Next is the product you got one or the other of. Both are from the brand Klorane, both are hair products, and both use desert dates. One is a leave-in conditioning cream and one is a hair mask. I got the leave-in cream, and I am very happy I did (I don't like hair masks; I think they leave my hair feeling worse than before using them)!
Finally, I got a tube of Gytone Hydrating Eye Cream.
In total, I got six products in my January 2014 box. Four were full sized, two were deluxe/sample sized. After adding everything together, my total box value is $122.53, so well over the promised $100 value. Overall, I'm pretty content with this box. I got some new, crazy things to try, some products that I will likely use daily, and then the itty bittiest little lipstick sample. For $24.95, I could definitely do worse!
Thanks for reading! <3