Friday, February 19, 2016

February Essence Beauty Box Subscription - An Honest Review

Hey girlfriends! I'm a huge fan of Essence Magazine and when I heard that they had a subscription box, I knew I would eventually want to try it out. I decided to purchase the African American monthly subscription box and if I didn't like it, I could always cancel.





I ordered the box in January but because of the cut off date, I would have to wait until February to receive it. I got my beauty box in the middle of the month.



The February theme is Shine Like A Star which features products that are suppose to help you be camera ready.



February Essence Beauty Box Contents




Here's what I received:

Coverfx Mattifying Primer with Anti-Aging Treatment - a lightweight gel primer. I don't wear a lot of foundation or makeup so I probably won't get a lot of use out of this sample.

Miss Jessie's Coily Custard - for natural curls. We've been using Miss Jessie's products in my house for a while now because my boys have natural curly hair. I'm going to save this sample for when I decide to do a wash and go to see what it does to my short, tapered hair.

Soft Sheen Carson Soak It Up Oil Cocktail - for hydration without the greasy build up.  This oil smells so good! I'm not natural so I'm really not sure how to use this on my relaxed hair. I did however add use it as a moisturizer and my hair soaked it up like a sponge. I'll have to do some investigating on this one.

Iman Luxury Lip Shimmer - high shine gloss. I was really hoping to receive a nude gloss so that I could try a nude lip look and guess what I got? Yep. It's very pigmented too.

Kiss Lashes & Eyes Lash Glue - Natural looking falsies. I can't get the hang of false eyelashes and this is my third  free pair of these. I may have my daughter who is an eye lash pro come and help her mama out.

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste - A whitening toothpaste that is suppose to work in just one week. I love this stuff so I'll use all of this.


Real Talk

This was a decent beauty box but nothing jumped out to me. I do really like the oil because it smells great, and of course I'll use the toothpaste. I have yet to find a nude lipstick or lip gloss that is flattering on me so I won't use it much.

Subscription boxes are a lot of fun and I love the fact that this one is geared toward African american women, but I don't think I will keep my subscription because I don't want to waist my $15 a month on hit or miss beauty products. I'd much rather take that money and invest it in new beauty products or products I know I would enjoy trying.


What do you think about subscription beauty boxes? Have you tried the Essence Beauty box? Do tell!

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28 comments

  1. Looks like a great box! Almost everything in there I like! But great idea on saving your money instead of hit n miss. #productreviewparty on!

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  2. Seems like it is with great products.Receiving a beauty box each month is so much fun!
    #ProductReviewParty

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    1. I love getting them, just hate paying for them. ;)

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  3. I haven't tried this box before. Some beauty boxes can be hit or misses. This one you have seems okay to me. #ProductReviewParty

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  4. I've seen this advertised in the magazine and it is a nice box but I would only be interested in the toothpaste.

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    1. See, that wouldn't have been worth it for you.

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  5. I saw this advertised on Twitter and was wondering what it would be like. I don't think it was too great. I am looking into trying out a subscription box and I have yet to find something that interests me.

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    1. I agree Shelly. I think it's too hard to please everyone.

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  6. I have yet to jump on the beauty subscription box train, but I am observing and learning. Thanks for sharing! This just may be the first one I try out.

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    1. I've got a few free ones, but this was my first one I paid for.

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  7. That is my biggest fear with subscription boxes. I don't want to spend money on something that I'm not sure I'm going to like. But the fun factor is always the surprise! #ProductReviewParty

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    1. It is a surprise until you visit the website for a spoiler alert!

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I've been seeing this box around for a while. Thanks again for your honest opinions.

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  9. I know what you mean. I go nuts with all the subscription services and every time I turned around I was being billed for one (sometimes before I even receive the current month's box!). This box looks pretty good though I haven't but the bullet to subscribe yet maybe if I cancel one that I have already I may take a shot at it

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  10. I haven't tried this box because the pictures and reviews I've seen haven't been great and I'm like you, I'd rather spend that money on products I know I will use and love.

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  11. I won a Cocotique box a while back so that's the only beauty box I've tried. I think they're all kinda hit or miss.

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  12. My mom has this box and she got a lot of cute stuff from the beginning, and really useful items. I guess some of the products are pretty specific though, considering not everyone is going natural for example. I think it's a great idea though and could even be a cute little gift box to give to someone!

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  13. I still need to review mine. I've been enjoying them thus far!

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  14. I saw the Essence Beauty Box on IG and thought what a cool idea. After seeing what you received it doesn't seem like a good fit for me. I have staple hair products that I use and I feel like a lot of the stuff would probably go to waste.


    Siobhan
    www.befreeproject.com

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  15. I was subbed to the Essence Beauty Box. Had extremely high hopes but it didn't deliver how I imagined so I canceled my membership. I prefer Cocotique.

    Jay | RelaxedThairay.com

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  16. I haven't tried a subscription box for this very reason. I'm too picky haha thanks for the honest review.

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  17. I love me some Miss Jessie's. I like Colgate, I wonder if it works in a week like they promote.

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  18. I was thinking of trying this subscription, looks like some good picks for the month.

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  19. I've been saying I'm going to try a subscription box for the longest and I STILL haven't! This look books like it has some goodies in it for sure.

    Best Wishes,
    Allison | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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  20. I just recently was sent an Essence box to try. I cant wait to open it and see what it contains. While it's good to have a box that caters to Black women, if it's not worth it to take a chance on products you may not like.

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  21. I keep saying that I need to try one of these boxes. I love to try products.

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