Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: October Luxe Box

Last night I received my first Luxe Box, and guys, I'm keeping signed up to this until the day I die. Well, except that I'll probably die from a cupboard avalanche of tiny bottles of wonderful things.

What is a Luxe Box, you ask? Well, it's a box that comes once a month, filled with 4–5 deluxe samples of beauty products. The company who produces them, Loose Button, is partnered with some great companies, like Moroccanoil, Stila, Essie, and Benefit, and previous boxes have including full-sized versions of some products (small ones, like nail polishes, eyeliners, etc.). It costs $12 per month, and you fill out a questionnaire about you and the types of things you'd like to receive, and just like clockwork, your box appears around mid-month. All day yesterday, I knew my box would probably be waiting for me at home, and YES, it DOES feel like Christmas when you get to crack 'er open.

Onto the goodies!

I was really impressed with the level of personalization my package had. It opens with a card (addressed to me) that runs down everything that's in the Box, including what each item does, and the size and cost of the full-sized versions. The sticker holding the tissue paper together was also labelled with my name – classy.

I received a little $25 rebate to Dealuxe, an online retailer I've never seen before but that, at a cursory glance, has a wide selection of designer clothes and accessories. Maybe I'll indulge in a ballin' new ring from House of Harlow or something.

The goods! This month, I received:
– a Mineral Glow powder from Pur Minerals. This is intended to be a bronzer, but I used it as an eyeshadow this morning and really like it. It's a tawny, dark camel colour with a very pretty gold shimmer, and the particles are small so it looks very smooth. The size is really good too, bigger than a MAC eyeshadow.

– a vial of Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex. I've been thinking of trying something to reduce the dark circles under my eyes, so this came at the right time. Probably not the kind of thing I'll invest in (the full-size is $60), but it'll be nice to see if this sort of product makes a difference.

– a large sample of Moroccanoil. I've never tried this before either, but have heard so many rave reviews. They sent me a sample of the Light version, which is formulated for fine and lighter coloured hair. The sample I received was 25 ml, which is a quarter of the full-sized version which retails for $40. That means this sample alone is probably worth about $10. Score!

– a Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance Vial. This is a new product that is apparently just launching – like, is not even available in stores yet. It claims to instantly revitalize your face and make you look more radiant and less tired. I'm not expecting miracles, but I'll give it a try one day when I've stayed up too late keeping up with the Kardashians.

– a pretty little sample of Chloe. I was very pleasantly surprised by this addition. I'd never smelled Chloe before and had been curious to try it. Plus, look at how adorable the bottle is! I'm wearing it today, and it's a really nice scent – probably a little more floral than I like to wear at this time of year, but very womanly and rich. It reminds me a lot of Miss Dior Cherie. It's a welcome addition to my growing little fragrance collection.

I know that not every Luxe Box is the same, so I'm curious to hear if any of my pals who subscribe received anything different in theirs. As for me, I feel completely satisfied by what I've got. It was well worth the $12, and I'm looking forward to what I might receive in future packages (now I just have to get over my irrational habit of squirreling away things I only have very little of).

For now, it is a Canadian-only service, so sorry to any American friends that might be interested (you can always sign up for  the US-only BirchBox and console yourself with all-American activities like listening to Pandora and eating Cheez-Its).

If you'd like to sign up, I'd very much appreciate if you'd use my referral code.


  1. my box is "out for delivery", which means i will probably be able to pick it up at the post office tomorrow after work - i'll report back!

  2. I didn't even know this existed! Sold!

  3. I got a bare minerals primer instead of the bronzer, and a Calvin Klein Euphoria perfume sample and body lotion instead of Chloe. Otherwise, the rest is the same.

    I'm surprised you didn't get nail polish!

  4. you and i, steph, got the same box - my mailing label said something about it being option 5?
    anyway, i was also trying out checkthis.com, so you get this: http://ckth.is/e1f9 to go with it.

    as far as a review goes, i like it so far, i'm excited for the moroccan oil, since i use a store brand version anyway, and that will be nice for travel.
    i could smell the euphoria as soon as i opened it, i'm still not sure if i love it. if someone else loves it, feel free to propose a trade!


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