For the month of February, Loose Button teamed up with Flare, a Canadian magazine, to create a special edition Luxe Box which I was fortunate enough to receive. In case you're not aware of what a Luxe Box is (although by now, everyone should!), it is a monthly subscription where the customer receives a beauty box of 4-5 deluxe samples for only $12/month!
For this special edition box, Loose Button gravitated away from the simple black box. I actually really love the bright red! The pop of colour is very eye-catching and does make it seem a little more special than your typical Luxe Box.
One very obvious difference between this box and the regular boxes is that there was not as much stuffing to protect the contents! There weren't any 'delicate' items (except maybe the Moroccan Oil), so I suppose it doesn't really make a difference.. and it's a huge plus that I don't have to clean it up!
Benefit: Sunbeam - Golden bronze highlighter gives you a natural, sunkissed radiance.
I recently purchased a full sized bottle of Moonbeam by Benefit which I absolutely love, so I was a little excited to see this sample in my box. It's a beautiful bronze colour, but I'm a little confused about where to put it exactly. The instructions say to dot the product on my cheekbones, but I find that the colour is a little too dark to work as a highlighter for me right now. I'll revisit this when I get a little more tanned.
Moroccan Oil: Moroccan Oil Treatment - Versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling, and finishing tool. Completely transforms and reparis as its formula transports lost proteins for strengthl fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection.
I mentioned in a previous review that I find this product to be a bit heavy. However, when compared to my last sample of Keratase Elixir Ultime, my hair looks equally as shiny, but feels more soft using the Moroccan oil. I definitely would use the Keratase for every day, but the Moroccan oil for styling and as a heat protectant. This small bottle is also great for travel!
Mereadesso: Beautiful Body Balm - A high performance, non-greasy, all over body balm, hand moisturizer, and foot cream for men and women of all ages and skin types.
I'm actually not a big lotion person. I rarely apply hand/body lotion, and only do so when I notice my finger nails getting a bit dry from constant nail polish removal. This lotion is not too watery and absorbs pretty quickly. The smell, while not unpleasant, is slightly medicinal. It isn't greasy but it does take a while to absorb. There isn't really anything exceptional about this lotion, but I suppose it does the job.
Dermalogica: Microfoliant - This rice-based enzyme powder helps to exfoliate your skin by removing debris, leaving your skin smoother and brighter.
I pretty much crowed with glee when I saw that they included this sample! I've been using this microfoliant for a while, and actually just finished off the bottle that I previously had. It's great for all skin types, and because it is a microfoliant, it's a great exfoliator to use for every day. Before Dermalogica, I was using the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. While it is a heavier-duty exfoliator, it actually left a film on my skin that I didn't like, because it felt like I wasn't entirely clean. Dermalogica, while creamier than St. Ives, definitely gives me that fresh-faced feeling.
Mereadesso: Face + Neck Toning Gel - With over 40 botanical extracts, minerals and antioxidants packed into one effective gel, you're sure to see a difference in just 3-5 days.
A bonus sample! There wasn't much info in the pamphlet on this, but it's supposed to be a on-step skin care solution that is perfect for any skin type. I find the packaging to be very unappealing. After opening it, it's very hard to keep the product sanitary and you always have to be careful that you put it back standing upright, otherwise the product will just spill out. I'm assuming that it works like a serum. It's milky and a bit on the thicker side. I apply it before my moisturizer in the morning, and after 4 days, I haven't seen much of a difference.
Overall, I do like the majority of the products in this box. I'm happy to have another bottle of the Microfoliant, and am still intrigued by Sunbeam. As usual, there was a little bit of everything in this box: beauty product, two skin products, and a hair product. I do wish that they had replaced one of the skin products with a perfume sample or a nail polish. I personally could've done without the lotion, but I'm sure others would have a use for it.
Being the generous people that they are, Loose Button has offered one lucky Canadian reader a chance to win a March Luxe Box! The rules for this giveaway are simple:
1. Follow me publicly on Google Friend Connect. (mandatory)
2. 'Like' the Loose Button fan page on Facebook. (+1 bonus entry)
3. Follow Loose Button on Twitter. (+1 bonus entry)
4. Follow me on Twitter. (+1 bonus entry)
Fill out the form below for a maximum of 4 entries! This contest will run until 11:59 pm EST on February 27th, 2012. Good luck to all those who enter, and a huge thank you to Loose Button for the box, as well as the chance to host this giveaway!
Although the Luxe Box was sent to me for review purposes, I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post. This review was strictly based on my own personal opinion.