It feels a bit weird to be reviewing a beauty box, to be honest. I unsubscribed from all of them, and was pretty unimpressed with their product selection, repeated brands and customer service. In the past few months they've definitely been a persona non grata on this blog, and I even took to Twitter to bemoan the boring monthly deluge on the blogs, where there's the predictable beauty box review each month. That's not a comment on the bloggers doing them, by the way. The beauty box brands need to mix it up a bit.
I was kind of surprised to be asked to review a beauty box on this blog, since my many and various rantings and disavowal of all things monthly and box-shaped (oh, apart from periods, since I can't avoid those buggers) have often meant that beauty boxes don't er... seem to like me (what can I say, I speak my mind). I accepted, however, on the basis of curiosity, for one. And to see how this customisation thing panned out.
Actually, I found JolieBox's packaging to be ridiculously cute, and it was designed by Mzelle Fraise. It was a pleasant surprise - and it sounds shallow to praise the packaging, but I thought it was sweet and lovely.
The products, then:
Yon-Ka Crème Protectrice Vitalisante in Pamplemousse.This was the customised product, and weighs in at 50ml. I have oily skin so I opted for this one, and I actually really like this (colour me surprised on this one, I'm snooty about moisturiser). It's hydrating and sinks in fairly quickly, making a nice base for makeup, however it does deliver a huge whack on the scent - which depends on whether you like grapefruit or not. Pleasantly surprised.
L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream.Um... two moisturisers? I feel like the balance in this box is off. It's a decent-sized sample of 15ml, and is hydrating without being greasy - but I prefer the other cream and feel like another skin care product could have been included (toner/serum/whatever) which wouldn't have given the box that hint of déjà-vu.
Institut Esthederm UV inCellium Spray.I'm nonplussed by this. It's fine if you want a tan, I guess. It's a product which is supposed to increase/enhance the skin's protection against the sun (although you still need a good sun cream). I'm not a person who actually goes in the sun, though - and the size leaves me feeling like I wouldn't see the benefit of it because I wouldn't get many uses.
Elysambre lipstick.This is a natural brand and not one I'd heard of. I LOVE this lipstick, however, I'm wary. I know some people got a heinous gilded beige colour reminiscent of that dark part of the 90's and shoulder-pads, so it's all to do with the luck of the draw. Mine is pigmented and a lovely dark berry colour and I actually cooed and put it on straight away.
JolieBox nail file.What...I kind of stared at this and shrugged a bit. It's like a cheap throw-in for me. I mean, I can use it, but there's nothing exciting about it, at all. I can take or leave it given I really enjoyed (most of) the products, however.
Overall?For my first beauty box in MONTHS, I'm subtly impressed. I think though, on balance, I like the box/packaging more than the actual contents. I do applaud JolieBox's attempts to customise (yaaay!), although the balance of the box was off, especially with 2 moisturisers and 3 skin care products in total. I feel like the makeup included was a bit 'luck of the draw' too, so you could end up with something heinous. Overall, though - for the first box in a very long time, I quite liked it.
Would I resubscribe? Hmm. Still musing on that.
If you want to try out the birthday box, JolieBox have left their subscriptions open here until the end of this week.