Friday, 10 January 2014

December Bellabox

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I'm definitely late in posting about the December Bellabox, and even considered skipping it altogether, but as December was supposed to be my last month for most of the subscription boxes I have, I figured I'd share my thoughts on the (what I thought would be) last Bellabox I received.

As you can see the box design has already changed from the November box (which you can see here) which was a bit of a disaster, and they've chosen a fairly simple design. I'm not sure if this will be permanent or not, but I sure do miss those reusable Bellabox boxes! 

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The card was pretty cute, I'll give them that.

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The products I received in December.





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Romy Shampoo & Conditioner

I'm always happy to receive a shampoo/conditioner combo, so I wasn't disappointed in this one. At least they aren't in sachets, so I'll get a few uses out of each bottle.

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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Daily Calming Facial Lotion and Daily Cleansing Gel sachets

I've actually gotten these sachets free from Priceline on a few occasions, so I'm not too impressed seeing them here. These were supposed to be a bonus product, which I can say I'm happy about as I wouldn't be too happy knowing this is a product I'm meant to be paying for. I do like Palmer's Cocoa Butter though, but I've tried these products before so it will be nothing new.

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Aurora Spa Rituals Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser

A full size product is always appreciated, so it will definitely get used. I haven't heard of the brand before, but this is apparently worth $25 so it's definitely luxe.

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Eau Thermale Avene Antirougeurs

Sigh, another Avene product. I have no idea what this is, and frankly I don't care all that much. These will get thrown into my bag of Avene samples I haven't tried, and maybe one day I'll test them out altogether. On a positive note though, at least this is one of their products I haven't received before?

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Eslor sample sachets

These sachets are slightly bigger than usual, so at least there will be a bit more product involved. I haven't heard of this brand before but they do look promising. But in all honesty I'm not too happy in receiving two different brand's samples in sachet form.

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Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Icy Peach

I'm pretty happy to see another full sized product, and a lipstick at that. Icy Peach is a lovely colour, and I do actually like Mary Kay products so I'm pretty happy to get this.

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Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

I know I've received this before already, so again this is nothing new. I'm happy to see that it is at least a decent sized sample, so I'll get a lot of use out of it.

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Bellabox Tote

This isn't a full sized tote, it's actually a mini sized tote which would probably fit a pair of shoes (maybe flats) so it's not huge! I think this is a cute addition, but being that it's on the smaller size, I probably won't get a lot of use out of it. Usually when I get these bags from Cotton On or something I end up using them for grocery shopping, but this is a tad too small for that. I'm sure I'll find something though!

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Overall I have to say I wasn't all that impressed with the December Bellabox. After last year's Christmas Bellabox (which had a cute Christmas design and all, check it out here) which included a full sized, rather expensive palette, this was a pretty poor effort. I understand they can't be giving away expensive palettes every year, and it was lovely of them to do so last year, but this December they did not even mention Christmas? No candy cane even? C'mon! I mean I've been a subscriber of them for well over a year, it would have been nice to get at least one extra product on them, to say Merry Christmas (something that wasn't a sachet, perhaps?) so I was disappointed.

Unfortunately I missed the correct cut off times to cancel my subscription so I am getting another one this month, so I'll be interested to see how it compares to last month's. But the January box will definitely be my last. Although I requested my subscription to be cancelled at the end of December, I still haven't had confirmation of that so I'm hoping things go smoothly.

If you want to see the other (and in my personal opinion, better) variation of this box, check out Sarah's post over at More Than Adored; here.

Did you receive your December Bellabox? If so, what did you think? 
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  1. Wow, so glad I've unsubscribed from BB, I just do not think this box is worth the cost of it at all.
    When will brands stop putting things in sachets omg!! so frustrating.

    The tote is pretty cute. And I really hate that eye make up remover. It burns and stings my eyes like crazy :(

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way! And yes, stop with the damned sachets! They're driving me crazy - it's okay to give me a sachet for free, but not when I'm paying! And oh no about that makeup remover, hopefully it doesn't do that to me too :(

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  2. Thanks for the mention :)
    I can understand why you were disappointed! That's another thing I've been noticing about Bellabox is there is such a HUGE variation of products in people's boxes. Yours is completely different to mine with different brands altogether - I think that's so unfair. I can understand if there is a Mary Kay lipstick in some boxes and a Mary Kay eyeliner in another but there is such a huge difference it's crap!

    I also forgot to mention in my review about the Christmas box. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have anything Christmas related like theme wise (throw in a candy cane?) or even if they'd had a set of cute earrings for Christmas it would've been a bit more special and nice to receive. I think for a December box they didn't really come through at all.

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    1. Yeah I agree, the differences is what kills the box. When everyone gets practically the same thing then everyone is either happy or upset, haha! Yeah the lack of Christmas was a bit crappy :(
      xx

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  3. Great post and an honest opinion about Dec Bella box . December Bella box was my first box and I was expecting some thing exciting because of Christmas but i was disappointed like you. I have just canceled my subscription last month after receiving first box.
    http://australianbeautyonbudget.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Bellabox

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    1. That's a shame, but I can see why people were disappointed. I'll check our your post xx

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  4. The ONLY christmas related thing I found in this box was that they stated on the card with the I think it was simple remover was "Remove your makeup this festive season" or some shiz like that. But I totally agree. I'm honestly not too excited to get the next box, I hope they - oh god total blonde moment - live up to the expectations? Is that the word I'm looking for? I don't know I need sleep XD

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    1. Oh lord, how silly! I know what you mean though haha, they need to compensate us! xx

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  5. Also - The prize of the tote on the website. $20. -dead- Bellabox are you actually freaking kidding me? Who the heck would buy a bag for that much. Not me. I'd rather stick to the 99c ones at Coles.

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    1. Oh gosh yes, that was crazy! It's such a small bag!

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  6. I have been unsubscribed maybe a year? I only re-joined for the December box for the Benefit primer.
    Like you I have missed out on unsubscribing for January's box. I will email them anyway. In case you haven't seen the spoilers there's going to be a Model Co mascara... i know your pet hate is Model Co products (me too!)

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    1. Oh was there supposed to be a Benefit Primer? That's a shame, since I certainly didn't get it! I hope you at least did! And what a shame you missed out on unsubbing too.. and ohhhhhhhhh dear! Yay, more Model Co haha :|
      xx

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  7. I agree with you about being a step down from last year. They may have set their bar too high last year but this box doesn't really wow me. And I can't believe anyone would buy a calico tote for $20, especially an undersized one! Kind of happy I unsubbed :\

    Kate Xx
    themintedbeauty.com

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    1. I agree, it might have been a bit too special last year, but there was nothing stopping them from making this one a little bit special - sure they don't have to include a palette for everyone worth over $100 but at least make a bit of an effort! :(
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Friday, 10 January 2014

December Bellabox

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I'm definitely late in posting about the December Bellabox, and even considered skipping it altogether, but as December was supposed to be my last month for most of the subscription boxes I have, I figured I'd share my thoughts on the (what I thought would be) last Bellabox I received.

As you can see the box design has already changed from the November box (which you can see here) which was a bit of a disaster, and they've chosen a fairly simple design. I'm not sure if this will be permanent or not, but I sure do miss those reusable Bellabox boxes! 

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The card was pretty cute, I'll give them that.

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The products I received in December.





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Romy Shampoo & Conditioner

I'm always happy to receive a shampoo/conditioner combo, so I wasn't disappointed in this one. At least they aren't in sachets, so I'll get a few uses out of each bottle.

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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Daily Calming Facial Lotion and Daily Cleansing Gel sachets

I've actually gotten these sachets free from Priceline on a few occasions, so I'm not too impressed seeing them here. These were supposed to be a bonus product, which I can say I'm happy about as I wouldn't be too happy knowing this is a product I'm meant to be paying for. I do like Palmer's Cocoa Butter though, but I've tried these products before so it will be nothing new.

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Aurora Spa Rituals Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser

A full size product is always appreciated, so it will definitely get used. I haven't heard of the brand before, but this is apparently worth $25 so it's definitely luxe.

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Eau Thermale Avene Antirougeurs

Sigh, another Avene product. I have no idea what this is, and frankly I don't care all that much. These will get thrown into my bag of Avene samples I haven't tried, and maybe one day I'll test them out altogether. On a positive note though, at least this is one of their products I haven't received before?

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Eslor sample sachets

These sachets are slightly bigger than usual, so at least there will be a bit more product involved. I haven't heard of this brand before but they do look promising. But in all honesty I'm not too happy in receiving two different brand's samples in sachet form.

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Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Icy Peach

I'm pretty happy to see another full sized product, and a lipstick at that. Icy Peach is a lovely colour, and I do actually like Mary Kay products so I'm pretty happy to get this.

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Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

I know I've received this before already, so again this is nothing new. I'm happy to see that it is at least a decent sized sample, so I'll get a lot of use out of it.

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Bellabox Tote

This isn't a full sized tote, it's actually a mini sized tote which would probably fit a pair of shoes (maybe flats) so it's not huge! I think this is a cute addition, but being that it's on the smaller size, I probably won't get a lot of use out of it. Usually when I get these bags from Cotton On or something I end up using them for grocery shopping, but this is a tad too small for that. I'm sure I'll find something though!

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Overall I have to say I wasn't all that impressed with the December Bellabox. After last year's Christmas Bellabox (which had a cute Christmas design and all, check it out here) which included a full sized, rather expensive palette, this was a pretty poor effort. I understand they can't be giving away expensive palettes every year, and it was lovely of them to do so last year, but this December they did not even mention Christmas? No candy cane even? C'mon! I mean I've been a subscriber of them for well over a year, it would have been nice to get at least one extra product on them, to say Merry Christmas (something that wasn't a sachet, perhaps?) so I was disappointed.

Unfortunately I missed the correct cut off times to cancel my subscription so I am getting another one this month, so I'll be interested to see how it compares to last month's. But the January box will definitely be my last. Although I requested my subscription to be cancelled at the end of December, I still haven't had confirmation of that so I'm hoping things go smoothly.

If you want to see the other (and in my personal opinion, better) variation of this box, check out Sarah's post over at More Than Adored; here.

Did you receive your December Bellabox? If so, what did you think? 

14 comments:

  1. Wow, so glad I've unsubscribed from BB, I just do not think this box is worth the cost of it at all.
    When will brands stop putting things in sachets omg!! so frustrating.

    The tote is pretty cute. And I really hate that eye make up remover. It burns and stings my eyes like crazy :(

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way! And yes, stop with the damned sachets! They're driving me crazy - it's okay to give me a sachet for free, but not when I'm paying! And oh no about that makeup remover, hopefully it doesn't do that to me too :(

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  2. Thanks for the mention :)
    I can understand why you were disappointed! That's another thing I've been noticing about Bellabox is there is such a HUGE variation of products in people's boxes. Yours is completely different to mine with different brands altogether - I think that's so unfair. I can understand if there is a Mary Kay lipstick in some boxes and a Mary Kay eyeliner in another but there is such a huge difference it's crap!

    I also forgot to mention in my review about the Christmas box. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have anything Christmas related like theme wise (throw in a candy cane?) or even if they'd had a set of cute earrings for Christmas it would've been a bit more special and nice to receive. I think for a December box they didn't really come through at all.

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    1. Yeah I agree, the differences is what kills the box. When everyone gets practically the same thing then everyone is either happy or upset, haha! Yeah the lack of Christmas was a bit crappy :(
      xx

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  3. Great post and an honest opinion about Dec Bella box . December Bella box was my first box and I was expecting some thing exciting because of Christmas but i was disappointed like you. I have just canceled my subscription last month after receiving first box.
    http://australianbeautyonbudget.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Bellabox

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    1. That's a shame, but I can see why people were disappointed. I'll check our your post xx

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  4. The ONLY christmas related thing I found in this box was that they stated on the card with the I think it was simple remover was "Remove your makeup this festive season" or some shiz like that. But I totally agree. I'm honestly not too excited to get the next box, I hope they - oh god total blonde moment - live up to the expectations? Is that the word I'm looking for? I don't know I need sleep XD

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    1. Oh lord, how silly! I know what you mean though haha, they need to compensate us! xx

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  5. Also - The prize of the tote on the website. $20. -dead- Bellabox are you actually freaking kidding me? Who the heck would buy a bag for that much. Not me. I'd rather stick to the 99c ones at Coles.

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    1. Oh gosh yes, that was crazy! It's such a small bag!

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  6. I have been unsubscribed maybe a year? I only re-joined for the December box for the Benefit primer.
    Like you I have missed out on unsubscribing for January's box. I will email them anyway. In case you haven't seen the spoilers there's going to be a Model Co mascara... i know your pet hate is Model Co products (me too!)

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    1. Oh was there supposed to be a Benefit Primer? That's a shame, since I certainly didn't get it! I hope you at least did! And what a shame you missed out on unsubbing too.. and ohhhhhhhhh dear! Yay, more Model Co haha :|
      xx

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  7. I agree with you about being a step down from last year. They may have set their bar too high last year but this box doesn't really wow me. And I can't believe anyone would buy a calico tote for $20, especially an undersized one! Kind of happy I unsubbed :\

    Kate Xx
    themintedbeauty.com

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    1. I agree, it might have been a bit too special last year, but there was nothing stopping them from making this one a little bit special - sure they don't have to include a palette for everyone worth over $100 but at least make a bit of an effort! :(
      xx

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