March 20, 2012

bellabox - March Review

I was lucky enough to be approached by Lauren from bellabox Australia about whether or not I would be interested in receiving and reviewing the March bellabox on Domestic Divinity.

As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance! I’ve heard a lot about these beauty sample subscriptions, but have never signed up for one.
I actually thought that they were literally little sachets of samples, and boy was I wrong.

Lauren emailed me Friday afternoon and the package arrived first thing Tuesday morning and I also received three emails from Australia Post tracking its whereabouts. 




I had done a little bit of research and was expecting to find a box within a box, but I found this calico bag instead which makes me happy as I can shove it in my hand bag on the way home, and it will also make The Husband happy as I tend to keep all boxes that come into the house on the off chance that ‘we may need it one day’ or ‘it is perfect for storing xyz’. 




Lovingly bubble wrapped and a little bellabox sticker. Tick for cute appearance. 



The March theme for bellabox is ‘get naked with bellabox’ and this card has a run down on the products that are enclosed, as well as the price of the full sized product and their rating of either ‘Cult, Classic, Eco-Extraordinary, Cult to Come and Innovative’. 




U Little Beauty Natural Shine Hair Serum ( Eco-Extraordinary)
Tame your hair daily with Macadamia & Argan oil while being rich in Vitamin C, use a little or a lot based on your hair type.
Full size & Price: 100mls $19.95

The fact that this is the full sized product, and is worth more than the $15 a month subscription fee makes it already worth while. Anything with Argan oil involved usually gets a big fat tick from me, so I am looking forward to trying this out tonight. Luckily it is ‘my hair is an oil slick, must wash before someone fries an egg on it’ night.

I could not resist pumping a little on my hand, and oddly enough the scent reminds me of Sorbalene. 


Edit: Well, now I have noticed that this is the Natural Repair Hair Masque, not the Natural Shine Hair Serum as the card said. Shows how observant I am. 


I've just washed my hair and used this product and my hair feels fantastic. I did use conditioner after it though as I am wary of just washing oil based products out with only water. So far so good. 



Yes To Carrots Lip Tint (Cult)
This all natural brand that uses organic fruits & veggies is finally at hand – or at lip! With real carroty goodness, this luscious little number will have you smacking your lips together….
$9.95, 2.6gms  

I was a little bit wary of this as the only way I like my carrots are slathered with Hummus but this does not taste like carrot, fear not.
The tint is dark enough that you need to look in the mirror during/after application, kind of like a lipstick. I made the mistake of not looking, thinking that it was going to be colorless, woops.

Another full sized & full priced product. Excellent! 




Bellamer Eye Balm (Innovative)
Need a soothing experience for the soul – and tired eyes?  This botanical balm is the yoga of products; relaxing the delicate skin around your peepers and giving it a well-earned rest.
$40 15gms

I’m not about to slather this on at work, so will have to get back to you – watch this space.  



Eyelift (Cult to Come)
Pack up your troubles in your Eyelift Kit bag with this amazingly potent product.  Use just a quarter of a pod on your delicate eye area to achieve a smooth and seriously alluring surface.  A particular success at bellabox HQ!
 $29 for 15 pots 

Pods, potency and a mini spatula – looks like fun!
Lord knows that I can carry my excessive shopping hauls home in the bags under my eyes so this is looking useful already and I haven’t even tried it!!  




Pure Fiji Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion  (Classic)
Continuing the yummy theme (from the Carrots Lip Tint) is this refreshing and revitalizing product of purity – the smell will win you over instantly.
$29.95 – 354mls.

I don’t even need to bother trying this one. I already have both the 90ml and 354ml in my drawer here at work. This has been my signature scent since our honeymoon to Fiji in November.  I wear nothing else but this moisturizer and reapply constantly during the day, leading to people walking past me and proclaiming that something smells like a Bounty. Yes people, this is me. I smell delicious at all times!! 



Carmans Rounds – Classic Fruit & Nuts Muesli Biscuit
Low GI & No preservatives

Anyone that sends me free food is a winner in my book. 



So, for $15 a month (or $165 for 12 months) you receive 5 products and you can cancel any time. Sounds better than my gym membership which costs $106 a month and has a cancellation fee. Lord knows I am going to use these cosmetics more than my gym membership, ha.

I spend more than $15 a WEEK on Samosas (I hope The Husband is not reading this, he wants me to kick the habit) and they go straight to my thighs. I am definitely willing to spend $15 and receive a package of beauty goodies!

I’ve had a look online at the bellabox website and they are affiliated with some pretty awesome brands that I use regularly (Bloom, Mor, Milk, Lancome, Napoleon etc) and plenty more that I have never heard of. Sounds like a great way to trial products that I may not have ever heard about otherwise.

For me, this is a win win situation. I feel like I need something bad to say in this review, but I have nothing!!

Do you subscribe to bellabox or any of its competitors? What have your thoughts been so far? 

Thanks again to Lauren and bellabox for giving me the chance to review this awesome product!! You have a new customer signing up, that is for sure.

This product was received gratis. Only my personal opinions are conveyed in this blog post. 



39 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, M!

    I've been curious about the beauty sample boxes everyone's talking about these days.

    Looks like great value.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Any time!

      Definitely great value. I'm happy to sign up to anything that involves getting a pretty package every month haha.

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  2. Wow, the value of the products far exceeds the subscription fee. I didn't realise it would be by so much... definitely going to look at signing up for this! Thanks for the review :)

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    1. Me neither! I half expected it to be tiny sachets of samples. I'm impressed!!

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  3. I'm in two minds, yours looks great but others I've seen have been pretty shit. I think they'd make yours good as they know you're reviewing it? They're not going to send you shitty products or sample sizes? I dunno... I'd be interested to see a random one too to see the quality control! Score for you though! Ps samosas nom nom

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    1. Mine is the same as all the others I have seen on twitter & instagram today!

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    2. Onika, I wondered the same thing....

      How many other bloggers have they gone to this month to do a free review for them and they've stuffed it full of goodies for everyone to see.

      Let's see if next months is just as good :P

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    3. All you have to do is google March bellabox and search instagram and twitter to see I got the same thing as everyone else.. You weird pessimists!!

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  4. I subscribe to bellabox- this month has been the best thus far. I am limiting myself to one subscription box though. The samples are good for when I travel for work though!

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    1. Oh yeah, I would only want one subscription too. I already have a box of random cosmetics etc that I have not used yet.

      What sort of stuff has come in the past?

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  5. Great value, especially with that hair oil!
    I subscribe to Lust Have It, and have been really happy with everything I have had so far. Even the things I think I will never use have come in handy for travel, or just a Sunday arvo when i'm a bit bored!

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    1. Who doesn't love a Sunday filled with an at home spa day haha. I know I do. Wait, that is every night. Poor Husband.

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  6. The eye pods look so cool!

    I've been getting Bellabox delivered for 3 or 4 months, and each one I've been more than happy with. This month and last month have been super great especially!

    I don't subscribe to any other beauty boxes, but I'm certainly happy with this one!!

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    1. Good to know that you have been happy with it all so far! I'm excited for next months. Do they ever do make up?

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  7. I subscribe to Lust Have It & I am loving it so far :)

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    1. What cool stuff have you gotten from Lust Have It?

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  8. I may have to look into this beauty box bizzo, I've never even heard of them before!

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  9. I have been receiving the Lust Have It box and have loved it!! So worth $15! Also a great way to discover brands ive never heard of before

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  10. Ohh thanks! Could not help myself signed up. How am I going to hide another delivery from hubby.

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    1. Easy. Get it delivered to work and then smuggle into beauty cabinet :P

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    2. Hahaha that would be good if we did not wor together. I must suck up to my mum, maybe even offer to share some. I call that a win win!

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    3. Haha oh well in that case I have no suggestions!!!! Get mumsy on board for sure!!

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  11. I have been getting Bellabox since they started, and have been more than happy each month! Glad you're jumping on the bandwagon! xx

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  12. I subscribe to both Bellabox and Lust Have It, I've not had one month with either that I've even thought once about canceling. I'm pretty much willing to give any of the products a go. Fun stuff and who doesn't love to receive something special in the mail? Suzanne

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    1. Agree, anything that comes in the mail full of surprise goodies is a WIN WIN!

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  13. Ah this has convinced me to sign up. Checked out both bellabox and lust have it. And going with lust have it as they do more of the brands that i know and like. Thanks for the reviews :)

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  14. Thats such a cool idea! Any extras you have feel free to post to your poor big sister over here...

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    1. Just think, when you move back home I will share my wares with you!

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  15. I got the same box as you this month and am loving it! Was surprised at the calico bag too but really liked the sustainable packaging. I think Bellabox has a more enviromentally conscious twist to their product choices than LustHaveit. Really glad you got to review this box!

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    1. Environmentally conscious does get a tick from me!!

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  16. Oh no... I'm supposed to be saving money... must resist signing up! Anyway I was a bit shocked at how much your gym membership is, what does it include? Do you get PT sessions with that? I've just signed up to a gym for $15 a week which includes use of all the facilities and group classes, but no ongoing PT (you just get one consultation to set you up with a program).

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    1. I know, it is ridiculous. It is because it is a CBD gym. It doesn't include PT at all. It does have a pool.... not that I have ever used it. I need to cancel.

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  17. Thanks for sucking me in... ha ha. Looks really good. Have signed up! I'm stuck at home with a baby most of the time now AND I'm an hour plus from the city, so it's nice to know I'll receive some cute bits and pieces in the mail once a month!

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  18. Hey Doll I tagged you in a fun blog entry. You should definitely check it ouhttp://feythebombshellnextdoor.blogspot.com/2012/03/ive-been-tagged-lets-talk-about-me.html

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  19. I cannot believe how much you pay for your gym!!!

    If you come to chapel st to do boxing you should come to my gym!

    Its cheap, no contracts ect.... or I could take you in... part of my membership is I can take someone in with me anytime I go!

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