Tracking email received: I didn’t actually get one
Package received: Wednesday, June 17
This is actually my last Bellabox too as I received a one-year subscription for my birthday last year. There are many reasons why I have chosen not to renew my subscription, in no particular order:
I’m also having trouble keeping up with all of the samples I have. I really am doing my best to use all of the products but along with what I was already using there are just too many options! I have at least two boxes of samples I haven’t really started using yet!
I was excited to receive this as I like trying new lip colours. The applicator reminds me of a highlighter tip or text but works quite well & gives you the ability to be quite precise. I haven’t had to touch it up once as it lasts almost all day. It also has a cute quote on the end of the tube.
The best way to describe how this smells when you use it is a burst of sour watermelon. I also didn’t think it was moisturising as it claims to be but have noticed that my legs don’t appear to be dry & flaky like thy normally are during winter. I first came across Original Source in England 2011 when I had about 4 varieties to choose from when staying with relatives.
I’ve seen people rave about this brand but I have never actually used it before as I am pretty loyal to another brand. It smells like peppermint & sometimes makes my lips tingle, like they are being plumped.
Ivadore – Tanning Treatment
I will probably just put this on my legs to used it up so I can throw it out. I don’t do fake tan mostly because I cannot be bothered.
Model Co – Exfoliating & Cleansing All-Natural Facial Wipe
I have had a sample of this before & like the idea of one side being textured (to exfoliate) & the other being smooth. I will probably use this next time I have a full face of make-up to remove.
Palmolive Naturals – Active Nourishment Shampoo & Conditioner
As a kid I used to get an itchy scalp after using Palmolive. I am not brave enough to try it now either!
The May Bellabox collaborated with PopSugar & the theme was Sugar Fix. The front of the info card is a highlight & contour cheat sheet because everyone was guaranteed to get a highlight or contour pencil.
Tracking email received: Monday May 18
Package received: Wednesday May 20 (again it was sent to another post office for collection)
This pencil, either in highlight or contour, was guaranteed in each box. I was unsure originally which I would prefer as I don’t have a highlight/contour routine. The pencil goes onto the skin quite easily but I find it quite hard to blend out & it feels like a waxy crayon. I’m not sure if I will use this for highlighting but I think it would be useful as an eyeshadow base.
I have recently tried a few other Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula products recently (day cream & make up removing cleanser) & was happy to sample it this month. It’s a rich night cream that has a subtle cocoa butter smell that is associated with Palmer’s brand. The only thing I find that I don’t like about night creams is that they tend to sit on my skin for a bit before soaking in & I end up sticking my pillow because of it. I know I should put the cream on a bit earlier. But I only ever remember to do it when I brush my teeth right before I jump into bed.
This should be marketed as unscented because it seriously doesn’t have a smell. It’s a clear gel that soaked into the skin quite quickly & left my face feeling smooth & moisturised all day.
This is a beautiful glittery eye pencil with a smudge sponge on the other end. It’s a nice bright blue colour that I have used a few times as eyeliner. I’ve attempted to use the smudge sponge but find that it just absorbs so much of the product that there is barely any left of my eyelid.
This is a great little sample that I’ve been keeping in my handbag. Lately, I’ve been forgetting to put perfume on every morning & carrying this makes it easy to spritz myself in the car on the way to work. It doesn’t really have a strong smell to it or any particular notes that stand out. According to the info card provided in the box it ‘features notes of wild violets & warm, earthy tones’.
I will be honest, I will probably never use this. I might use it just to try it but I’m sure there isn’t enough product to do more than 1 lower leg & that would look pretty silly, not to mention that it is only a tan extender, not an actual tanner. Based on the packaging it looks like it would smell nice, possibly tropical, like pineapple.
The April Bellabox theme was Mindful Beauty. This month’s products are all about natural (and often organic) skin make up. I feel like they are just jumping on the bandwagon here & the blog post with the theme details uses words like natural, green, organic, vegan, philosophy & passion.
Tracking email received: Monday, April 23
Package received: Monday, April 27 (I tried to pick it up on Saturday but as it was ANZAC day they were closed)
I was quite a sceptic about this. I find a lot of brands don’t actual moisturise my lips, they just dry them out & I have had that experience with Nivea before. This won’t be the balm I keep in my purse, but it will go in my bedside table drawer for use in the evenings. It has a vanilla almond smell but doesn’t have a taste. The tin is quite a good size, which is fine but it’s a bit thin. I have a little bit of trouble getting the lid off & I’m sure people with larger hands/fingers would feel the same.
I also don’t like that it is in a tin rather than a stick. I’m fine with using my finger to apply it. But what am I meant to do with the excess on my finger? Wipe it on my clothes?
You can’t miss that this is a face cream but you certainly can’t tell what brand it is & I don’t recognise the logo. The packaging is simple. Stating it’s for your face along with the ingredients listed on the side. But I suppose that’s all you need with a sample. The cream is a thick, rich cream with a hint of lavender that feels quite luxurious. Although it did have a waxy feel to it, after looking at the ingredients I was right.
The pump on this sample is more like a pump on a moisturiser bottle rather than spray bottle like I was expecting. And because of that, I won’t be using it on my face. I’m also a little cautious about putting oils on my face. It also smells like cooking oil; I don’t mind smelling like cooking oil elsewhere but not on my face.
I haven’t tried any Al’chemy products before so I am interested to see how it goes & if it is unscented (although that might just mean no scents were added). I feel bad because I haven’t had a chance to use this yet, but I will add my opinions later.
I don’t think I own any lipstick let alone lip liner! I’m not even sure if I will ever use it, perhaps it is an excuse to buy a lipstick? The colour is a red brown which I think will suit me fine. I will test it with a few of my lip glosses, but I will need to keep checking the mirror to make sure the gloss hasn’t worn off, I might end up looking like I’ve just drawn around my lips.
I love their packaging; it’s so eye catching & interesting to know what goes into each bottle. While I haven’t used this sample yet, I have already tried the mint tea tree, which has a nice balance between the smelly ingredients.
The March Bellabox theme was ‘#Selfie’. What that means for the content of this months box, I don’t know. BellaBox is running a competition with Stabilo (one of the brands included in the box) so to enter you need to post a selfie with a certain hashtag using the Stabilo product.
Tracking email received: Monday, March 23
Package received: Tuesday, March 24
I’m not going to open this because I have enough black eyeliners that I barely use. I will see if my mum wants it. I’m sure its great and I’m sorry I can’t give an actual review of it.
Like pretty much all Palmer’s products, this smells like cocoa butter. It’s quite a thick cream that spreads easily and is absorbed quickly. I think I will keep this to use when I have some dry patches on my face or if I feel it needs a good dose of moisture.
Similarly, smells like the signature cocoa butter & is a white cream. As far as removing makeup, it works. It got my day old mascara off nicely and didn’t sting my eyes. I like that it’s a cream cleanser as I find foaming cleansers tend to dry my face. Although I was left with some dry patches on my cheeks next to my nose (not uncommon for me) and a bit of a dry forehead which was odd.
If I had to give a name to what this smells like it would be botanical, it smells like the stems and leaves of plants. This is a medium density white face cream. While I’m not sure if it has refined my pores, my face certainly seems smoother. I think I will need to use this for a few more days in a row to decide if I would like to purchase it or not.
This smells like the Wen Sweet Almond and Mint Conditioner I got in the January Bellabox. I used both whole pouches in one go. Normally there is enough for at least two washes in samples. I found the packaging a bit awkward while in the shower, it seems to be made of plastic lined paper and I’m sure you know what happens when the paper gets wet. The shampoo did make my hair feel squeaky clean, so we shall see how long that feeling lasts.
I use Revlon foundation regularly and am hoping the colour of this will match me. I currently use ‘buff’ or ‘shell’ in the photo ready formula.
This is stationary, not a tube of lip product. I like the packaging; it looks like it should be a tube of lip gloss, although I don’t think I would wear neon yellow on my lips! I haven’t decided if I will add this to the other stationery in my handbag or keep it at the office.
The February Bellabox theme was ‘Beauty School’ with three different women’s magazines curating a box each that included a copy of the magazine. I was lucky enough to receive an email about selecting which box I wanted. Unlucky for me I forgot which box I elected. As each box contained a different magazine, along with different products, they also all have different on sale dates. I made my selection based on the magazine & the bonus Essie Nail Colour in each box.
Tracking email received: Friday, February 20
Package received: Thursday, February 26
I had some drama with the post office too. After receiving the tracking email, I keep checking back to see if there has been any progress. I checked it on Monday night around 9pm & it had been marked as delivered at 5:12pm. Obviously I didn’t have it nor did I have a collection card. I went up to the distribution centre Tuesday morning to find out what was going on. After about 10 minutes of investigation it turns out a new delivery driver had marked the whole van worth of packages as delivered! I was told it was due for delivery later that day. I still didn’t have anything when I got home from work on Tuesday and decided to give them another day to figure it out. Wednesday didn’t provide any results so I went back to the distribution centre Thursday morning where it was waiting for me.
Essie Nail Colour – Hide & Go Chic
I would call this a medium blue, but it also reminds me of denim. They seem to have change both the formula & brush in this nail polish. The brush is now flat, which makes it so much easier to use, although I didn’t notice it at first. The first coat wasn’t very opaque, it looked like I’d used water based paint! The second coat solidified the colour & gave a much better finish than other Essie Nail Colours I have used before.
Indio – Multi V Serum
This is a clear watery gel that doesn’t seem to have a smell. A little bit goes a quite long way & I can see that the small tube will last quite a long time.
Gatineau – Collagene Expert Ultimate Soothing Cream
This smells like rose water & looks like a rose coloured gel. I first tested this at night & was worried my face would stick to my pillow so I only used it on my forehead. It was a bit sticky but it soaked in after a few minutes. I;m excited to see what the results after after a few more uses as it contains collagen & elastin which are great anti-wrinkle ingredients.
Nutrogena – Make-up Remover Cleansing Towlettes
These smell like old ladies to me but at the same time they smell like they would be gentle on your face. I tested one out after a day at the office with a face full of pressed powder, a lick of mascara & a generous coat of bright lip colour. I only needed one towelette to get all of that off & it left me feeling fresh, like I had just washed my face first thing in the morning.
Aveno – Daily Moisturizing Lotion
I’m honestly a little annoyed to see this brand again. I’m sure I’ve had a sample before & now I just feel like its being pushed on to me. It does the job as good as any other body moisturiser.
Kerastase Paris – Nutritive Nectar Thermique
From what I can tell, this is a heat protection agent, although it is hard to tell from the name & packaging. It could also be a conditioning type product. I rarely use heat on my hair, I prefer to let it air dry.