in my pre-teen/teen years i used to spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting make-up techniques and trying out new looks. i’d wake up hours before school started to ensure that my silver eyeshadow/white eyeliner combination was just right with my blue mascara. nowadays i have a pretty good routine- black eyeliner, mascara, bronzer- and i’m set!
yes, i do vary up my look when i go out- adding a little dramatic eyeshadow or a winged eyeliner, but sometimes i worry that my make-up is getting a bit boring. i am all for a fresh-faced looked, but i think it’s fun to experiment and try out different things at the same time. unfortunately, unlike shoes and clothes, i’m not overly knowledgable when it comes to make-up. yes i know how to do it- but i’m not great at knowing which brands are the best, and what the latest in beauty innovation is. luckily- a few years ago i stumbled upon something called luxe box by loose button– and lets just say it’s changed my make-up life!
the mission of loose button is “to help consumers better discover, try and purchase quality beauty and lifestyle products through a unique experience”. essentially, you become a member, sign up for a plan, and receive a box of makeup/beauty products every three months. your luxe box is filled with 7-8 seasonal trial-sized beauty and lifestyle items that are picked by their beauty editors. members also get exclusive access to private events, product launches, as well as beauty tips and tutorials.
just to be clear, trial-sized is not the same as sample size. this is what i received in my last luxe box:
> blending sponge ($10 value): i seriously had no idea what the heck it was when i opened the box. but after reading the very informative booklet that comes with your box, explaining the products, i was very happy to find the sponge. i don’t actually wear a lot of foundation or powder- but when i do use it-well the sponge has made a huge difference! it’s smooth and applies very evenly! it looks like a little acorn- i think it’s cute!
> marni perfume (7mL bottle- $14.54 value): this new fragrance from marni is perfect for the spring. it is very fresh and has very subtle hints of warm spices. i’ve been using the perfume every day since i received my recent box (about two months ago) and i’ve still got quite a bit left. i would definitely consider purchasing this in a full size for every day wear.
> lancome genifique youth activating concentrate (0.27oz, $25.67 value): i do pay a lot of attention to my skin and what kind of creams i use (i’ve been using anti-wrinkle serums since i was in my pre-teen years). i really like this concentrate from lancome. it is light and refreshing, leaving my skin feeling renewed and youthful.
> l’occitane shea butter hand cream (10ml, $2 value): i am really enjoying this hand cream. not only is it nourishing but it’s doesn’t leave oily traces that i find a lot of other hand creams/body lotions often do.
> pandora’s eye’s mascara (full size, $19 value): for those of you who know me, know that i take my eyeliner and my mascara very seriously. i don’t often veer from my normal brands but i LOVE this mascara, it is truly amazing! the brush is slightly curved, and just applies so nicely. i’ve been applying two-three coats and it makes my lashes full, thick, and long, without causing any clumping!
> b.kamins lip balm (4ml, $20 value): for an avid lip chap wearer i have to say this balm is very good! it’s extremely moisturizing (lasting for hours) and does not feel at all greasy on your lips. i put it on in the morning and sometimes my lips are good until the afternoon!
> kérastase’s bain chroma captive shampoo (250ml, $20 value): i haven’t actually tired out this shampoo yet (i’ve been sticking with my aveda damage repair products lately), but based on the reviews i have read- it seems pretty great. the shampoo is for colour-treated hair (which is great for me!) and is supposed to improve shine and colour for up to forty days, as well as reducing fade by 30-50%. i will have to give it a try once i finish my current bottle.
i also received about four sample packs of redken’s colour extend shampoo and conditioner- something which i have tried in the past and really did like.
as you can probably tell i was very happy with this luxe box delivery and am still using all of the products- there are definitely some i am going to invest in in the future.
as far as costs go, luxe box has a few membership plans.
>annual: $24 per season (so $24 per box) (making a commitment for the four boxes a year)
>semi-annual: $25 per season (making a commitment for two boxes a year)
>quarterly: $26 per season (purchasing one box at a time)
considering the value of my latest luxe box was $111 not including my shampoo/conditioner samples i think it was a pretty good deal.
luxe box is a great way to try out and learn about new products. as i mentioned before, each box also comes with a little booket all about the products included. it also comes in adorable little box that is very much reusable. for me, it’s a great way to learn about make-up and beauty. and plus, i really love getting things in the mail!