For years I have been debating whether I should join the (very long) list of bloggers who receive a monthly delivery at their doorstep with some little goodies presented in a cute box. Should I? Yes? No?
The little hoarder in me couldn't stop thinking about how cool it must feel to receive a parcel full of beauty products that you haven't picked. It's like Christmas all year round. You wonder what will be in it, what products you'll like, what new brands you'll discover and so on.
After the Cosmo Blog Awards I got home to inspect the gift bags I received and found a nice surprise from LookFantastic who kindly gave us all a beauty box to try. The perfect occasion for me to test out this theory of "needing" a subscription like this in my life. It's been a few days now and I felt like I was ready for my verdict.
Before anyone jumps at my throat, I know that each box out there is different. Usually the ones you'll mainly hear of are the GlossyBox which is influenced by mid range brands like Becca, Burberry and Eyeko or Birchbox which comes with brands like Benefit, Stila, Nuxe and so on. Of course all the infos will be on their sites.
The whole point of the box is that you pay a fraction of the price and try all these amazing new brands. Heaven for beauty bloggers, really. What sort of disappointed me is how small the samples are. Call me greedy, but I was just underwhelmed when I opened up my box. It felt like the product sizes were as big as the samples you get in magazines - if not smaller. When it comes to skincare especially, I need at least 2 weeks worth of product to actually see if something is worth purchasing. I think I would have less of an issue with makeup because who uses all their lipgloss up? I have about 10 Mac lipsticks and I am barely halfway through with all of them.
My box came with a Balance Me radiance mask which I already own, a Monu Firming moisturiser (which would probably disappear in three days), an Elemis Hydra Balance face cream, a Murad exfoliating cleanser, Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil and a Nuxe reve de miel. The main thing I buzzed about was the eye brush because I do like my tools a lot. According to LookFantastic's site, each box is worth over £50. Really..?
I think I would have liked it more if there was a mixture of full sizes and smaller samples, that way I would have felt as if I was getting more bang for my buck.
Don't get me wrong, the actual brands are great, some excellent picks in there, but as a blogger and someone who tests skincare on a regular basis, I wouldn't accept, for example, a brand sending me such tiny samples for review purposes. Also, it can be such a hit or miss - some months I read many negative reviews of people saying they probably wouldn't use half of the things they received. I guess you can pass them onto friends and family but it sucks that you wait a whole month to be a little disappointed.
By the end of it I decided I am not the right gal for this. I'd rather do some research and spend money on fewer products that I personally pick, rather than receive tiny little samples that I will most likely throw in my draw and MAYBE use on a holiday, if I remember to take them out.
So that's it, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this. I know many out there LOVE beauty boxes, which is great, but I hope there's someone else out there sharing my opinion.