bellabox has been on my radar for quite some time now, and last month I was lucky enough to partner with them to trial the February box! In case you haven’t heard of them, bellabox is a monthly beauty subscription box that offers five beauty samples for the total price of $17.95 (includes postage). In other words, it’s perfect for people who want to try before they buy or enjoy having smaller sized beauty products for their purse or for travel. Each month’s box revolves around a theme and includes a range of well-known and up-and-coming brands. The theme for February was ‘Get Ready With Me’ and I’m excited to share my review with you!
Physiogel daily moisture therapy body wash (RRP $11.99; not pictured)
This reminded me a lot of Cetaphil, my usual daily face and body cleanser. It’s dermatologically tested and fragrance and preservative free which is a must for my sensitive skin, but has a slightly thicker consistency than Cetaphil which made it feel a bit more heavy duty than my usual body wash (in a good way!). After using it in the shower as instructed my skin felt quite soft (either as soft as or possibly even softer than usual), and I will definitely keep using this as a body wash while continuing to use Cetaphil as a face cleanser.
Model Rock false eyelashes (RRP $6.99)
Unfortunately I didn’t get use out of this product as I’m not really into false eyelashes. I’ve only ever worn false eyelashes once (for my wedding!) and I’d only wear them again on a very special occasion as I’m not typically a heavy make-up wearer. However, these are 100% vegan and cruelty free so that may appeal to some of you.
Neutrogena make-up remover cleansing towelettes (RRP $7.99)
I’d been meaning to try some new make-up remover towelettes for a while now as I haven’t had much success with my current make-up removing regime, so I was quite excited that these were included. Having first tried Neutrogena wipes a few years ago with little success, I was pleasantly surprised with these wipes! They removed my make-up really easily (having used them for foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara), left my skin feeling quite moisturised, and I didn’t feel like I was pulling or dragging my skin as I used them which was a big plus. My only criticism is that although the instructions stated you don’t have to wash your face after use, they left my skin feeling quite greasy so I had to cleanse thoroughly afterwards. Overall though, that was a small price to pay and I will consider using these in the future once I’ve finished my current brand.
Designer Brands kohl pencil (RRP $7.99)
The first thing that impressed me about this eyeliner was that it has an in-built sharpener in the lid, so no more rummaging around in your make-up bag trying to find one! The second was that the colour was a really nice, rich black, and the third was that it has real lasting ability. But unfortunately other than that, this eyeliner was not for me; the consistency of the eyeliner was slightly dry and rough which meant it was hard to draw a delicate line and I sometimes felt like I was dragging my eyelid along with the pencil. However, I have quite sensitive skin around my eyes due to allergies, so the consistency of the pencil might be a good option for those who don’t have this issue and like to rock a smudged, sooty, or smoky eye.
Avon Luxe couture crème lipsticks (Polished rose and Silky apricot) (RRP $22.00 for full size)
I really loved these two colours; the Polished rose was pink enough without being too bright, and the Silky apricot was lovely and rich. I wore both to work and out socially, and felt they went with most of my outfits (it helps that I wear a lot of neutral colours, so that wasn’t too hard really!). However, while the consistency of the lipsticks was creamy and felt nice to wear, there was little staying power and the colours faded relatively quickly even before I ate or drink anything which was quite disappointing. So while these are a good option if you want a pop of colour for a quick outing or errand, if you’re looking for a lipstick that doesn’t have to be reapplied too often then this probably isn’t for you.
There was also another product included in the February bellabox which I unfortunately missed out on; the Kerastase thermique hair cream (RRP$48.00). This would have been a great addition to the box given the reputation of the Kerastase brand and would have been great to try.
Overall, the bellabox was good value and although I didn’t love all of the products, I’ve discovered some new products that I will likely use again and that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise! bellabox is a great idea for those who love trying new beauty brands and products, and if you like surprises and are willing to take a risk (as you might not like everything you receive), then it may be for you!
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This product was kindly provided for review purposes, however all opinions are my own and 100% honest.