Beauty Box (Australia) October 2011 review

Beauty Box arrived earlier this month, but since my surgery, I have not been able to go through the contents as thoroughly as I’d like. Until now!

Review of the Beauty Box Service Experience

On 21 October 2011, I received an email from Beauty Box:

We have some very exciting news to announce. We have just joined forces with the global market leader, GLOSSYBOX are now operating under the GLOSSYBOX name.

Beauty Box subscribers are asked to re-register at the GlossyBox website and will be rewarded with 200 GLOSSYDots as a thank-you for the inconvenience.

This is where it gets confusing. My payment for the Beauty Box November 2011 box has already been charged to my credit card. After registering to GlossyBox, it was clear my Beauty Box subscription details were not automatically put through. So I thought I might need to re-subscribe. Except they are only accepting subscriptions for November onwards and there is no option of notifying them that I’m an existing Beauty Box subscriber.

They did mention subscribers will receive 1000 GLOSSYDots in November to their loyalty program, which is equivalent to one complimentary box that can be redeemed at any time. But the hassle to work this out and email them for clarification makes me wonder if it’s worth it. What GLOSSYDots are and what their benefit is can be found here.

The product feedback forms also still needs work. Comments still say ‘optional’, but pop up with an error when you leave it empty and try to submit the form. When I gave feedback for the Garnier Body Intensive 7 days, question 1 and 2 are exactly the same, but the drop-down menu selections are different.

The information cards are missing from this month’s box, but everything else is pretty much the same as Beauty Box’s September 2011 delivery – pink exterior box, black inner box with black tissue paper and the extra item wrapped in pink tissue.

Review of the Beauty Samples

Biotherm Aquasource Moisturiser. Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact Foundation.

Biotherm Aquasource Moisturiser
RRP: $59 (50ml)

The sample of AQUASOURCE sent is for normal and combination skin. There is one for dry skin in the range, which is pink. It claims to provide immediate hydration with glycerin, and contains pure thermal plankton which has soothing and calming properties that help improve skin quality. The texture is a light-weight fresh gel and provides longer-lasting 24-hour hydration.

The gel is definitely light and my skin absorbs it in seconds. Given my oily T-zone, AQUASOURCE thankfully doesn’t slap on more oil, but I don’t know how effective a moisturiser it would be for drier skin. The scent isn’t overpowering – a massively plus when it comes to facial products.

Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact Foundation
RRP: $66 (refill) + $22 (case)

The sample is a 1gm compact with tiny sponge in natural fair ivory. The foundation is an SPF15 and can be applied wet or dry to provide a natural finish.

At first, I thought the shade would be too light for me, so I’m really surprised by how well it matches my skin tone. The finish is lovely and matte, but with such a tiny sample, it was difficult (and tedious) to apply it to my whole face. I expect this would be easier with the full-sized product.

The sponge provided also had an awful funky chemical smell. I hope the full-sized product has a better sponge.

Also included are 2 redemption cards to complimentary make-overs with their beauty consultants (no booking fee, no deadline).

John Frieda Full Repair Body Shampoo and Conditioner
RRP: $15.99 (250ml)

The John Frieda Full Repair haircare range has the

I usually wash my hair every 2 days and by the 2nd day, my scalp gets quite greasy. The shampoo doesn’t lather well on the first wash and I find myself having to give it a second go to get my scalp feeling clean. I also find the fragrance strong and the condition of my hair does not feel any different afterwards to my regular shampoo.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 days
RRP: $6.95 (400ml)

This included 4 x 6ml sample satchets of their ultra-softening lotion with shea butter. One satchet is enough for one body application and I’ve used them all!

I love the smell – it’s fresh and not heavy. The lotion is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy, but it definitely hydrated my very dry scaly elbows all day without needing a re-application. This is definitely a product I’d consider purchasing.

CK One Shock for Her & Him
RRP: $49 (50ml), $59 (100ml), $79 (200ml)

There were 2 x 1.5ml vaporisateur of CK One Shock for Him and 2 x 1.5ml vaporisateur of CK One Shock for Her.

CK One Shock for Her is really sweet on the top notes – thick syrupy vanilla, and on the dry down, it goes into a much drier softer (but still sweet) bouquet of white florals. The 3 spritzes (one on each wrist and one on the décolleté) almost disappears on me after 10 mins, which is a shame as it’s nice when it isn’t so overpowering.

CK One Shock for Him on the other hand is musky and smoky from its tobacco notes, so unlike CK One Shock for Her, this one lingers.

Unfortunately neither are my style.