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Benevolent Beauty Box July 2017

In my seemingly never-ending quest to catch up on the blog, here is the July edition of the Benevolent Beauty Box!  As usual, it’s pretty amazing, so let’s dig in to the contents.

  • Jersey Shore Cosmetics Anti-Aging Mineral Sunscreen – .56 oz / $22 – (Full size product)  I LOVE having these sticks to toss in my everyday bag so that I never have an excuse to not wear sunscreen.  This product uses physical blockers (Zinc Oxide) in a base of natural oils.  It smells lightly nutty, and goes on smoothly and surprisingly sheer – sometimes sunscreens with zinc oxide can go on kind of opaquely white, but this one is really rather sheer.  It doesn’t feel greasy either!
  • Moody Sisters Lightweight Moisturizer – 4 oz / $16 – (Full size product)  It’s a really different formulation than I’m used to!  The product is a little more watery than your average moisturizer, but I find that it helps the product distribute better and sink in faster.  The scent is mostly lemongrass with just a wee hint of peppermint and overall it smells lightly herbal and not strong at all.  I’m a little worried about the coconut oil since even fractionated coconut oil can clog pores, so I’ll have to do some testing to see how my skin fares.  It’s a HUGE bottle though and will last forever.
  • Saint Cosmetics Eyeshadow – 3.5 g / $23 – (Full size product)  The color I received is, “All Hell Broke Loose,” described as a matte warm brown.  It’s a really lovely neutral shade that feels like velvet and goes on super smooth and blendable.  Plus, that little compact is incredibly well-made and even comes with a mirror!
  • LARITZY Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick – .1 oz / $24 – (Full size product)  This limited edition color, “Nudes,” is a pinkish neutral, and is surprisingly a nice color as we’re headed towards Fall.  The formula goes on creamy and dries pretty quickly to a smooth matte that doesn’t feel too drying.  It’s ever so lightly vanilla scented too.
  • Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator – 20 mL / $29 – (Full size product)  Here’s where I admit that I’m just not into most highlighters and illuminators because they tend to be too glittery for my liking.  I really don’t want to glitter and shimmer like a Twilight vampire, and I find that the glittery stuff settles into wrinkles and highlights them moreso than normal.  This one in particular is crazy glittery, and it’s just not for me.  The formula seems nice and all and dries perfectly matte, but, I’m just not feeling the all-over sparkle like this.  I’ll probably repurpose it to use as an eyeshadow primer base.

Overall, the value of this box is $114 which is definitely incredible for the cost of $29.95 on a month-to-month basis!   Everything but the illuminator are winners in my book, and I’ll definitely be using the eyeshadow, lip color, and sunscreen right away.  And of course, as usual, all the products are cruelty free which is the best part of this box!

Benevolent Beauty Box June 2017

This month’s Benevolent Beauty Box arrived over a week ago, but I’m still catching up!  I have to admit that the first thing I saw was that pink nail polish and I was a little disappointed since I haaaate pink, so that meant one item that I’d be trading or giving away right off the bat.  The rest of the box is pretty great though (as usual), I’m just bummed about the nail polish color.  My nails are barely ever naked, so nail polish is always welcome, but ..  pink?  No.  Any other color though!

  • Law Beauty Essentials Nail Polish – .37 oz – $9 – (Product is full size)  The color is “A Lot of Spice” which is this coralish pink, and personally, I think it’s probably the worst nail polish color ever.  I can at least respect a bolder fuchsia pink for being wild (even if I’d still never wear it, because pink), but a weak, light coral pink like this?  Ugh.  I just don’t like pink, so this is going to go to someone who does, and I’m going to sit here wishing it was a bright red or ocean blue instead.
  • Palmetto Derma Essential Moisturizing Cream – 2 oz / $48 – (Product is full size)  WHOA!  A super high value product, and one that I’m sure will last me a good long while!  The tiniest bit goes a long way, and the ingredient list is pretty amazing.  It dispenses out of the pump bottle as a thick cream and dries to a soft, matte finish.  I gave it a quick try, and I like how the formula works into my skin.  This is going to be great for both summer and winter since it feels so nice and light, but also feels like it’s crazy moisturizing too.
  • Ardency Inn Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder – .052 oz / $32 – (Product is full size)  This is pretty spendy for a mineral eyeshadow, but the color, “Purple Hearts,” is so right up my alley.  It’s a dark, rich purple with a lovely shimmery glitter in it, and I can’t wait to use this on a night out!
  • LARITZY Lip Pencil – 1 pencil / $18 – (Product is full size)  I don’t really use lip pencils much, but this is a solid, nice neutral color that would go well under a tinted gloss.  I just wish it was a softer lip crayon instead of a pencil since it is a little too hard of a formula to put all over your lips , but works out as a liner rather well.  The color just about perfectly matches my natural lip color too, so it would work well as an ‘invisible’ lip liner to keep feathery lipstick in place.
  • IDUNN Minerals Lip Gloss – 6 mL / $15 – (Product is full size)  The color I received is “Astrid” which is a shimmery pinky color.  The color doesn’t show up as much as the shimmer does, but it looks great over the LARITZY lip pencil and isn’t too sticky of a gloss either.  It would probably go really well over some bolder lip colors to give them a bit of shimmer too.

Overall the box value comes to $122 which is incredible for a box that costs $29.95 on a month-to-month basis!  The only miss this month was the nail polish, but I’m definitely keeping and using the other four items, and I do love how well the lip pencil and gloss play together.  The value on this box is always amazing, and I feel like it’s probably the best fit out of all the boxes I get in terms of the products I want to see in boxes (mostly makeup, a little skincare, everything cruelty free).  Looking forward to the next one!

Benevolent Beauty Box May 2017

May’s Benevolent Beauty Box arrived on Monday (today is Thursday, lazy blogger is lazy this week).  Do you see how well-rounded that box is?  A lip gloss, eyeshadow, eyeliner, sheet mask, bath product, and an aromatherapy spray.  I swear they go out of their way to really make these boxes amazing every month and it absolutely shows.  And Hello Kitty eyeshadow?  I’m so here for this.

  • Armour Beauty Lip Gloss – 6.5 mL / $24 – (Full size product)  I received the color, “Nina,” which is described as a bright opaque coral.  Corals don’t work with my skin tone at all, so the color is a big miss for me.  There were other color possibilities, and I think “Barracuda” would’ve been a better fit, but this was just luck of the draw (or not, as the case may be).  The formula is thick and sticky, but highly pigmented and smells like a cupcake.  Unfortunately, it looks like the company Armour has closed.  There’s still stock available from other retailers, but probably not for long.
  • Franklin & Whitman Mineral Soak – 4 oz / $24.95 – (2 oz, I think, size isn’t marked, value of $12.48)  I already love this company thanks to this box, but I’m not too big on baths and we have this tiny, useless bathtub, so I’ll stack this away for a future vacation that comes with a fancy spa tub.  I know these soaks are good for sore muscles which is great after a day of snowshoeing or hiking.
  • ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – 2.1 g / $6 – (Full size product)  The color I received is, “Small Gift,” a shimmery pink.  I grew up with Hello Kitty, so this was neat to see in the box!  Somehow I missed when this line launched from ColourPop in November of 2016, but I’m glad I got this in the box now since they’re no longer available through ColourPop.  The shadow is super velvety and highly pigmented and goes on so smoothly.
  • Gypsy Soul Organics Aromatherapy Spray – 2 oz / $19.99 – (Full size product)  The scent is, “Son Rain,” and this is right up my alley.  It’s a musky and grassy spray that can be used on linens, pillows, as a room spray, or even as a body spray.  I absolutely LOVE this scent and will probably use it as a body spray.  Bonus that it has citronella as part of the scent, so it may help keep mosquitoes away too!
  • Seoul Mamas Revitalizing Mask – 1 mask / $8 – (Full size product)  Sheet masks are a nice treat for a pamper-yourself day, so I’m always happy to see these show up in subscription boxes.  The fabric in this one is 100% bamboo, and the ingredient list has a bunch of wonderful extracts.  I haven’t tried it yet since I’m saving it for a day when I need a little time-out to relax, so I’ll have to update once I do!
  • Ardency Inn Modster Easy Ride Supercharged Liquid Liner – 1.7 mL / $20 – (Full size product)  In the color, “Deep Black,” this liquid eyeliner has a really neat applicator tip that’s a lot like a flexible felt-tip pen.  The line comes out nice and even (even with my complete lack of finesse with drawing fine lines), but you can also add a little pressure to bend the tip down and draw nice, wide lines easily.  The color applies crazy dark black and dries pretty quickly.  I haven’t tried it out on my eyes yet, but the ingredients are all ones I’ve used before with no problem.

There was a bonus freebie included this time (not pictured), Viter Energy Mints.  I tried one, but unfortunately, they’re artificially sweetened with sucralose, so they’re a pass for me.  I find the flavor of artificial sweeteners really gross – I couldn’t even make it longer than 5 seconds with the mint in my mouth.  Fun to try, but please, just use regular sugar!  I’d gladly have a few calories than that nasty chemical taste.

Overall, the total value this month is $90.47 which I think is on the lower end for the box, but it’s still three times the cost which is $29.95 on a month-to-month basis.  It’s hard to pick a favorite this month, but I’d say it’s probably a three-way tie between the eye shadow, liner, and aromatheraphy spray.  I do really love the scent of that spray – it’s just the right blend of scents.  As always, looking forward to next month’s box!

Benevolent Beauty Box April 2017

The Benevolent Beauty Box for April 2017 arrived today!  They’ve moved up their shipping schedule so that it ships mid-month which explains the earlier arrival this month.  That’s absolutely fine with me since this box is always a treat!  This also marks the one year anniversary of the box – I jumped on for their second box in May of 2016, so this is my 12th monthly box from them.  In honor of their anniversary, they sent out a special loyalty bonus which was the Bellapierre lip creme.  Even without the bonus, this box is pretty amazing!  It’s also the first that’s completely vegan.

  • Scrub Supply Co. Coffee Scrub – 100 g / $16.98 – (Product is full size)  HOLY COFFEE BATMAN.  This smells amazing.  I LOVE my morning cup of coffee, so naturally anything coffee scented is right up my alley, and this is a great, coarse sugar scrub that only has four ingredients.  Did I mention how amazing it smells?  We received a Turmeric scrub from the same company a few months ago and I’m loving that one too, so it’s great to see another product from this company.
  • Orglamix Cream Luminizer – 1.5 g / $18 – (Product is full size)  The color received is, “Illume.”  I’m just not into highlighters, and I received a similar version of this in another box last year.  The product is pretty greasy and the solid turns into an oil with the heat of your fingers in the pot.  Mine also released from the pot when I went to try it out.  I probably wouldn’t use this under or over any kind of powder since the oils would probably just eat up any powder, but I think I might actually like this better than the one from last year, so I’m not sure if maybe they tweaked the formula a little?  I could see this working out okay on summer days when you want a bit of a boost without wearing a full face of makeup.  It’s not quite as glittery or sparkly as the other one I have – it’s more of a subtle, rosy, pearlescent glow than a glittery sparkle.  And, of course, my dry skin would love the base of natural oils.  I may have to use this a few days to see how I feel about it.
  • Clarria Pure Primer – 1 oz / $50 – (Product is full size)  A primer with no silicones!  It’s unscented and dispenses with a thick, sticky cream/gel consistency.  A teeny little bit goes a crazy long way, so this is going to last me forever.  The ingredient list is a bunch of oils (jojoba, rosehip, avocado), so my dry skin is going to love this as a dual purpose moisturizer and primer.  It dries to a soft, matte, silky finish, and I REALLY REALLY like this.  I like it enough that I’d probably use it even if I’m not putting makeup on top of it since it feels so incredibly moisturizing too.  I’ve always been kinda meh on primers since I don’t usually do the whole foundation thing, but this is ridiculously amazing.
  • Modish Polish – 15 mL / $12 – (Product is full size)  The color received is, “Where’s my mojito?”  It’s a super pretty, minty, spring green and it’s just perfect!  The other variant was a pink color, so I’m super pleased to see this color in my box.  I already know and love this brand, and it’s nice to get such a fun color.  This is definitely going to be my next manicure!
  • OFRA Liquid Lipstick – 6 g / $19.90 – (Product is full size)  The color received is, “Mocha.”  I had actually gotten this same color in another box last year, but it’s become a fast favorite, so I’m happy to see it again!  The product has this light vanilla scent and goes on smooth, drying to a creamy, matte finish.  It’s a pretty, reddish nude and from past use, it really does last a good long while without drying out completely like some long-lasting lipsticks do.
  • Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme – 3.8 g / $20 – (Product is full size)  This was my loyalty bonus product.  The color received is, “Hibiscus.”  This is my favorite of all the lip colors ever, a really pretty red raspberry color.  The formula smells a little fruity and goes on as a light liquid cream.  It sets pretty quickly and it feels like it’ll last for hours and hours.  But the color!  I mean, it’s like they know me over there at Benevolent Beauty.  If I had to pick a single color out of the Bellapierre lineup, this would 100% be it.

Overall, the box value comes to $116.88!  Including the loyalty bonus, the box contains a total value of $136.88 in products which is INCREDIBLE for a box that costs $29.95 per month for a month-to-month subscription.  The big winner for me this month is the Clarria primer because it’s something I wouldn’t have searched for on my own, but it’s definitely a product I can see myself purchasing again because it’s just that amazing.  Both lipsticks are perfect, the nail polish is an OH YES, the coffee scrub is amazing, and I’m going to have to give the Orglamix Luminizer an honest try since it seems different than the one I tried before.  There was also a coupon code in the box for 33% off your first month at SerenaFit, and a note on the product card about this being Prevention to Animal Cruelty Month.  I really love the commitment this box has to being cruelty free that extends beyond the products!

Benevolent Beauty Box March 2017

March’s Benevolent Beauty Box has arrived with some pretty spring colors!  I have to admit that this month didn’t really wow me as a whole like prior boxes, but I’m in love with the two Au Naturale products, so it still works out okay in my book.

  • Manna Kadar Lash Extending Primer – .28 oz / $24 – (Product is full size)  The second ingredient on this is Mineral Oil, a petroleum-based ingredient.  I’m REALLY careful about what I put on my eyelashes and around my eyes since I tend to have some pretty bad reactions, so anything with mineral oil (liquid paraffin) is a no go.  I don’t really have a need for a lash primer – most mascaras do the job just fine on their own anyway – so this is going to the trade/give-away pile since I don’t want to take the risk of having my eyes itchy and red for days.
  • Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream – 2.4 oz / $14 – (Product is full size)  I received the Lavender scent.  I’ve tried this brand in the regular version, but this one is baking soda free.  I’m.. I’m just not into natural deodorants and this is the second one I’ve gotten this month, plus it’s in a pot, so you have to get your hands messy to apply it on your pits (gross – stick deodorant only please!).  Natural deodorants don’t work to stop you from sweating (they’re not antiperspirants), rarely deodorize for longer than four hours, and they just never work for me.  It’s the one big thing that I turn in my natural-hippie-organic-nut card for and man, if I never saw another deodorant in a subscription box, I would be a happy, happy gal.  Don’t get me wrong, for people who love natural deodorants, I’ve heard this is a good one, and the ingredients are awesome and natural, but like most personal care items, they’re just not going to work for everyone.
  • Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow – 3 g / $20 – (Product is full size)  The color I received is, “Bora Bora,” described as a bright, aquamarine blue.  This was one of the products shown as a spoiler with two color variations, the other being, “Bliss,” which was a warm neutral-ish pink.  I have to admit that I was secretly wishing for this color to show up in my box, so I’m SUPER pleased with this!  The color goes on as a stunning metallic blue that’s easy to build from a pale shade to a brilliant blue, so it’s pretty versatile.  The formula is fairly solid in the pot, but warms up enough with the heat of your fingers to apply smoothly and blend easily.  I cannot wait to wear this!
  • Au Naturale Eyeliner Pencil – .5 g / $18 – (Product is full size)  The color I received is, “Deep Sea,” described as a subtle ocean blue.  I have hazel eyes, so I’ve come to love blue eyeliner and mascara to bring out the green in my eyes, so this is another winner in my book!  It’s ever so slightly metallic, and the ingredients are all natural waxes and oils (no petroleum-based ingredients), and this is honestly just perfect for me.
  • Jersey Shore Cosmetics My Lash Secret Eyelash Curler – 1 curler / $30 – (Product is full size)  Also included is one replacement pad.  I have to admit that I never really curl my lashes since I don’t have a lot of lash to begin with and mascara tends to give them a good enough curl anyway.  I think this is my third eyelash curler that I’ve received in subscription boxes, so I didn’t necessarily need another, but now that I have another one (and it’s not buried in the bottom of the bathroom cabinet), I’ll have to remember to start using it.  The company is committed to natural and organic beauty which I’m totally down with.

The total value this month comes to $106 which is great for a box that costs $29.95 for a month-to-month subscription!  Even if I’m really only interested in the eye shadow and eye liner, the cost of the box is still covered by the value of just those two products.  I’ll probably still use the eyelash curler, but it’s not really something I’ll use on a daily basis since I find it really difficult to curl my short eyelashes in the first place.  So, mixed feelings on this one.  I LOVE the two products from Au Naturale, but the rest of the box just wasn’t a good fit this month.  But hey, the overall value is incredible, my cost is covered by the two products I really like, and all the products are cruelty free so that works out for me!