August Subscription Boxes

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August 2020 Subscription Boxes


Hello my lovely people out there!!!!

This month I am coming with four beauty boxes, Birchbox, Roccabox, Glossybox and Lookfantastic BeautyBox. There will be some changes from next month, can you guess? You can leave in the comment what do you think.

Do you want a discount in your first month boxes? You can get 30% off when you subscribe Birchbox, 10% on your Roccabox  and get a 20% discount in your first Glossybox.

This month I got first Roccabox, themed Under the Sea to bring out your inner-mermaid. It comes as the usual cardboard recyclable box with the products protected with shredded pink paper. This month again the box contains 6 full-size products, which is very good, and with a leaflet explaining what each product is, the retail price and where you can buy.

 

Roccabox Subscription Box august 2020

INC.redible – You Glow Girl – Pigment Pot, It is a pot of pigments full of glow dust to add some shimmer to your days. You can use this product on your eyes, lips or cheekbones. I don’t like too much shimmer and most probably, I will keep unopened for a giveaway. Full Size Product. Retail price of this set is £8.00

Dr Botanicals – Seaweed Bio-repair Treatment Mask. This seaweed treat is enriched with Japanese Wakame Seaweed and Shea Butter. That helps to hydrate your skin leaving it smooth and supple after use. You can apply and rinse or leave overnight. I was looking for an overnight mask and I will give a try to this one, maybe starting with once a week. Full Size product. Retail Price £44.

SportFX – Game Changing Mascara. A waterproof mascara lasts through sweat, swim and sun. It is black and claims to leave the lashes volumised and separated. It is a double sided product, one side has the mascara and the other side has the Miracle Remover. To remove the mascara you should apply couple of layers of the Miracle Remover, leave for at least 20 seconds and wipe off with a cloth or cotton pad.

The idea sounds exciting and I quickly tried it.  The mascara is not bad, it leaves my lashes long and separate as promised. The problem comes when I want to remove it. First day I forgot I was using this one and I applied directly my cleansing oil. Nothing came from my lashes, I don’t know if the mascara went during the day or if the oil didn’t remove it. Next time I applied the Miracle Remover and follow instructions. After 30 seconds, I wiped with a cloth and again only my eyeliner came off. I want to try on my hand to see what happen.

The product came full size. Retail Price £9.99

May Beauty – Pore Strips. It is simply a pore strip to remove black heads from your nose. I normally have very few black heads that I can remove with other methods so I don’t think that is useful for me. I will try anyway as I have it, but I am not going to buy. Full Size Product. Retail Price £7

Monuskin – Soothing Hawaii Facial Oil. It is an oil that provides relax and comfort to the skin. It is a combination of hydrating sandalwood, soothing lavender essential oils and grapeseed oil to balance and regenerate the complexion. Add a small amount to the clean skin and massage in upward movement. That can help you sleep mainly because the only smell I get is the lavender. Full Size product. Retail Price £23.95.

BumbleZest Ginger/CBD/Turmeric Sparkling Water Can. Refreshing and at the same time relaxing sparkling water. It is strange to get sparkling water in a beauty box but I like the idea. I didn’t take yet, it is in my fridge. Full Size product. Retail Price £1.89

I paid £10 plus P&P for my June Roccabox, which has an overall retail price of £94.83.

 

Roccabox Subscription Box august 2020


The same day but bit later I got my Birchbox. This month design is dedicated to the International Female Orgasm Day, I don’t see how the products inside relate with the theme. This month it comes in a normal box, not the typical drawer box I love. There is a leaflet inside explaining what each product is and how to use it and it is coming with five products.

Birchbox Subscription Box august 2020


Real Her – Goddess Highlighter. It is a powder highlighter with a silky formulation in a golden shade. Apply with a brush on the high points of your face, as with any highlighter. This highlighter is part of a face palette of blush, bronzer and highlighter but the box contained only the highlighter. Retail Price for the palette is £23.50. Sample in the box value £7.80.

Lord&Berry – Glam Pencil in Bronze. Make on kajal and kolh, it glides easily when applied. Rich in pigments and ultra-blendable. It is never bad to have an extra pencil. Full Size Product. Retail Price £10.

Vitamasques – Pineapple Serum. It is a lightweight hydrating serum made with pineapple extracts. Contains antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, pro-vitamin B5 and golden light reflectors to leave your skin hydrated and dewy. I was willing to test this product since it appeared in the market and I was very excited when I saw it in the box. Unfortunately, it comes in a 15 mL tube. Retail Price for 30 mL pack £18. Sample in the box value £9.

Palmer’s – Coconut Protein Pack Hair Mask. An intensive moisturising treatment that helps strengthen and nourish weak or damaged hair. Contains coconut oil, monoi oil and keratin protein to hydrate, smooth and give shine to your hair. The pack in the box contains 60 g. I maybe can use it couple of times. Retail Price is £2.49 for 60 g.

Brave New Care – Twinkle Twinkle Body Glitter. It is a pot of shimmering oil for body or hair. It not only gives a glittering glow but also moisturise, smooth and soften your skin. I don’t know why people relate summer with glitter. This is other product, which will be for a giveaway. The pot in the box contains 50 mL. Retail Price is £11.50 for 250 mL. Sample in the box value £2.30

 

Birchbox Subscription Box august 2020

August’s Birch box cost £10 and has an overall value of £31.59.

Few days later, I got my Glossybox. It is lovely this month. The theme is Glossybox Birthday. It is Glossybox 9th Birthday and they are celebrating with fabulous products. The box this month is not the typical Glossybox pink but a very deep pink that I love wrapped with a beautiful black ribbon. I need to start upcycling them soon. What did I find wrapped in the pink paper? Lovely products, you will see.

 

Glossybox Subscription Box august 2020

Glossybox Skincare – Eye Boost Cream. As they launched the Glossybox Skincare range, they included one of the new products in the box. Its formula is a blend of elderflower, eyebright and red seaweed extracts to reduce appearance of fine lines and dark circle, and refresh tired looking. Full size Product. Retail Price £20

Huda Beauty – Demi Matte Cream Lipstick. Highly pigmented formula, which glides perfectly onto your lips, adding an intense shot of colour. It dries to a satin finish. I love Huda Beauty and I love this lipstick. I got it in the shade ……. Full size product. Retail Price £18.

Brushworks – Complexion Sponge. It is a 3 in 1 makeup sponge. It is perfect to apply foundation, concealer, contour and highlighter. You can use the rounded side to cover large areas, the flat side to cover imperfections and the tip to reach small areas with precision. I need to make the damping test to see how much the size increases but a sponge is always welcome. Full Size product. Retail Price £5.49

Molton Brown – Rhubarb and Rose Shower Gel. This brand gel are always a good option. That one has a blend of rhubarb leaf, rose and zesty grapefruit that smell divine. It leaves the skin and the bathroom with a deep fragrance. There are two sizes, Deluxe Mini (100 mL) and Full Size (300). The box contains the Deluxe Mini size. Retail Price £7.33 for the Deluxe Mini (£22 for the Full Size).

Steve Laurant – Vogue Lip Liner. It is a waterproof lip pencil, which doesn’t transfer or bleed through the day. It stays on your lips for 7 hours. I was really looking for a waterproof pencil or lipstick and I can’t wait to try this one. One extra advantage is that the shade matches perfectly the Huda Beauty lipstick. Full size product. Retail Price £12.09.

 

Glossybox Subscription Box august 2020

Glossybox costs £10 and this month has a value of £62.91.

 

Later on the month, after watching Eltoria’s Unboxing video, I decided to subscribe Lookfantastic Beautybox. I didn’t think in something she mentioned, Advent Calendar boxes will be released soon and I don’t want to miss them. The best way of secure your box is get a subscription. Normally brands release Advent Boxes for subscriber in advance.

My very first Lookfantastic box is a red colour box called “Radiance” Edition with the products wrapped in a pink tissue paper. There were six products inside, all of them mini size but high quality brands. There was a mini magazine called “Edit” also explaining what is inside the box and other articles as one interview, top 10 summer foundations and others.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box August 2020


Let’s talk about the products included.

Avant – Hyaluronic Acid Vivifiying Face and Eye Night Cream… Anti-aging moisturiser, which penetrates deep in your skin. Hyaluronic acid improves appearance of fine lines, seas water restores moisture and balance oil production and Vitamin D3 reduces large pores and dark pigments. 10 mL size, worth £20.

Caudalie – Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Cult favourite serum packed of Viniferine (patented by Caudalie) that is 62 times more effective than vitamin C to lighten dark spots in just 4 week. This is an interesting product for me now as I am trying to reduce my hyperpigmentation. 10 mL size, worth £15.33

Ren – Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. Blend of antioxidants and nourishing seed oils to protect your skin from dehydration and pollution. 15 mL size, worth £10.20

Ahava – Dead sea water Mineral Hand cream. Deeply hydrating and fast absorbing cream to soften and smooth your skin. Free from parabens and harsh synthetic ingredients. 40 mL size, worth £8

Mio – Sun-Drenched Body Wash. Formulated with Indian Fig Extracts and Monk’s Pepper Berry, this body wash deeply hydrates your skin leaving a citrusy scent. 30 mL size, worth £3.15

Percy & Reed – Turn Up the Volume Volumising Mousse. Get long lasting volume with this mousse, which will give your hair body, and volume without feeling stiff or greasy. 50 mL size, worth £8

Lookfantastic Beautybox costs £15 and this month has a value of £65

 

Lookfantastic Beauty Box August 2020


What can I say after comparing the boxes?

 * Glossybox and Roccabox contain only full size products. Birchbox contains only one full size item and Lookfantastic didn’t contain any full size.

* Birchbox contains a full size product every month but normally it is a pencil as this month or a facemask or something similar. Hardly you can find a full size which is not in a sachet.

* Glossybox included one high-end brand product from Huda Beauty plus the own brand eye cream

* Though Lookfantastic didn’t include full size products, the value of the box is good and products are high quality. They are very usable products in my opinion fitting my needs now.

* I am quite upset with Birchbox. They promise in the website that when you review the products you get a gift. I have reviewed on their site all the products and the boxes for all the previous months (and I am going to do this month again), and still I didn’t get any gift. In an opposite way, Glossybox gives you credit to spend in lookfantastic.co.uk for each product you review and they really do that. I have already a good amount in vouchers.

* I paid similar for each box. Birchbox products value is around £30, Glossybox and Lookfantastic boxes this month have product for more than £60 each and Roccabox products value this month is over £90.

 

If we look at the value of the boxes, Roccabox should be first followed by Glossybox, Lookfantastic and Birchbox. But this month I am going to consider the type of product in the boxes.

The third position is for Lookfantastic box. It is the most expensive of all and has no full size products. However, box includes brands I like and products I can get benefit at this moment. It is the first time I buy it and I should give an opportunity.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box August 2020


The second position this month is for Roccabox. Although the value of the box is the highest, the product inside are not my favourites: I will not use the glitter powder or the pore strips, the oil is not something I fancy and I doubt about the mascara. I don’t know about the sleeping mask.

RocaBox August 2020


The first position goes for Glossybox. Value of the box is not bad and most probably I will use all five products.

GlossyBox August 2020


 Unfortunately, Birchbox is out of the podium this month. What will happen in September?

 

See you next month with more subscription boxes!!!!!!!

I love beauty and skincare, try new products, and share my opinion with you. All my knowledge comes from years of experience and reading articles. I have dry skin, Fitzpatrick type IV, warm undertone, and my main concern is hyperpigmentation. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. We are all different and products can have different results on your skin. Want to talk? Email me at contact@irenebeautyandmore.com

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