Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'll keep you locked in my head until we meet again

As I'm sure you guys already know, Loose Button has recently launched a new seasonal subscription box and I was lucky enough to receive their first Fall Luxe Box!  This will be a first impressions review, so expect lots of photos!

Right off the bat, you could see a huge difference in their new Luxe Box design. The new box is long, white, and extremely sturdy. I actually hit myself in the face trying to pry the lid off! This would make a great storage box, and I plan on reusing it to hold some of my jewelry.

The dreaded black cushioning is gone! Instead, the items are beautifully packaged within a white silky piece of fabric. It definitely amps up the excitement factor and really makes you feel like you're part of a luxurious experience (hence the 'Luxe Box' name!). I kind of miss seeing my name when I open the box, but their new sticker definitely adds to the whole extravagant experience.

One other detail that I found pretty cool is that their description card now comes with a legend! Next to each product name and description is a little symbol letting you know what type of sample you're receiving (rare sample, product launch, exclusive sample, or full-size product).

1. China Glaze nail lacquer in 'Exotic Encounters' - Step into the Fall season with China Glaze's newest 'On Safari' collection.

I don't know if I would really consider this shade of green a fall colour, but I do like the formula of CG polishes, and it is a full-sized product, so I guess I can't really complain!

2. Kerastase Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa - Helps damaged hair feel replenished and nourished.

This has a really strong, earthy kind of scent. Perfect for taming winter frizzies and split ends! You do have to be careful not to use too much though, as it can make your hair look really oily.

3. Benefit Stay Don't Stray - A dual-action primer that works 360 degrees around your eyes to help your concaeler and eyeshadow stay all day.

I've never really had any problems with eye primers, so I'm pretty neutral on this product. It dries to a semi-matte finish, and actually leaves a light tint to your eye lids. The colour is lighter than my current skin tone, so it is quite noticeable if I were to only wear this with eye liner.

4. Lancome Visionnaire - Fundamentally recreating more beautiful skin, this is more than just a wrinkle-corrector.

I absolutely love serums, so I'm quite delighted that I received this sample. It has that signature Lancome scent (think floral with slight hints of medicinal) and the application is silky smooth. It doesn't absorb too quickly, but I personally like the feeling of touching my skin and feeling just how moisturized it is.

5. Blinc mini-mascara in 'Black - Blinc mascara will add volume and length to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day.

Not a huge fan of this mascara based on my initial trial. I prefer thickening and volumizing mascaras, and this one only tinted my lashes darker and added just a bit of length. I may achieve different results if I applied more than a single coat. I actually enjoyed removing the mascara (all you need is warm water) and seeing the little tiny tubes slide off my lashes.

6. Eyeko Skinny liquid eyeliner - A precise, accentuating liquid eyeliner that will help you create the look you want without any smudges.

I am really loving the applicator of this! It's a pen tip, but it is actually really sturdy and stiff. It actually looks like a really thin marker. This eyeliner would be perfect for those who are starting off with liquid eyeliner. It literally feels like you're drawing on your liner with a marker. It's not flaky (huge plus!) and can stand light to medium pressure without smudging.

7. Loose Button exfoliating pad - Reveal the radiance of your skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells with this effective, yet gentle exfoliating pad.

I don't really have much to say about since I really have no need for it. It's a thoughtful addition though, since cooler weather means more dry and flaky skin for most people!

Overall opinion on the box? I'm on the fence. I really enjoyed 3 products (the serum, eyeliner and hair elixir) and am neutral about 3 products (the mascara, primer, and nail polish). I could really care less about the exfoliating pad to be honest, but I'm sure there are tons of people out there who enjoy it.

There was a lot of pressure on the Loose Button team to present a fantastic first box, and I think they did a decent job. The new packaging is absolutely beautiful and I love all the gold in it. There was a decent variety of products, but I would love to see more colour cosmetics (blush, eye shadow, etc.). This new seasonal box was supposed to be geared towards Fall, but I would only consider half of the products to be 'Fall-ish.' With an equal number of hits and misses, there is some definite room for improvement. I hope they continue to refine their subscription box service and present a more season-appropriate box for the coming Winter!

The Loose Button Luxe Box was sent to me for review purposes. I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post, and all opinions are strictly my own.

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Buggiebean said...

I love P!nk!!! =)

Btw, don't be mad but I totally LoLed at the thought of u trying to open the box.

Denysia said...

Love the polish!

Joanna said...

I laughed too... after my eyes stopped watering, LOL.

Michelle Ho said...

Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it! (:

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