Regular readers of this blog might know that for the last two months I’ve subscribed to Glossybox, which is probably the most popular beauty box in the UK and is bought by gazillions (yes, that is a real statistics) of bloggers and non-bloggers alike each month, who fancy a little surprise box of products landing through their door each month. You can read what I thought of my July Glossybox and August Glossybox in more detail if you like, but generally I felt a little underwhelmed each time.
So when I saw the Beauteco Box reviewed over on the lovely Hannah’s blog Cosmetic Crave I was extremely impressed and decided that maybe this lesser-known box was the one for me. I cancelled my Glossybox subscription and joined Beauteco instead (this meant that I was still eligible for the August box, so two beauty boxes for me this month, OOPS).
Beauteco works in a slightly different way to Glossybox. Each month you get a selection of three ‘menus’ to choose from, so you know exactly what will be arriving in your box. This aspect definitely appealed to me, as each month with my Glossybox there were products I saw in other people’s boxes that I would have loved to have in mine (yes, I am still talking about the Sleek Pout Paints – I’ll never get over it). With this month’s Beauteco box, I think the only item that was different across the menus was the Melvita product – and your other options were still just other Melvita items – so maybe it’s not quite as big of a deal as it could be but still, it’s a nice touch.
Now, with less rambling, here is what I got in my Beauteco box…
I was really impressed by these two products in the box. The lipstick alone retails at £12 and the lip pencil (which can supposedly be used either as a pencil or a lipstick in its own right) costs £7.50. The shades, which you can see below, aren’t the colours I would usually be drawn towards myself – but I think that’s kind of the point of these boxes, to make you try something new.
I’m also really happy with this selection of products. The face wash is the only full size product, but considering this 100ml bottle usually retails at £12.95 you can see what a good addition to the box it is .The serum is only a 10ml sample, but this is actually still really good value as a 30ml ‘full size’ bottle of this stuff will set you back over £40! I think it’s also the sort of product that you only use sparingly (you won’t believe how excited I am to use a pipette) so it will probably actually last quite well. I chose the body milk for my Melvita product as you can never have enough moisturisers, can you? This smells amazing and feels really nourishing – I think it’ll be great for a pre-tanning night.
Now THIS is exciting. Because I was a new customer and used the code FRIEND07 which Hannah put on her blog, I received an extra two products. The nail varnish is a metallic purple which isn’t a fave of mine, but this costs £9 to buy. The body balm is absolutely beautiful, and this travel-sized version of the full product costs £6.
I think it’s quite obvious that I am REALLY impressed with Beauteco. The menu feature is brilliant; the products are truly from luxury ranges (who spends £40 on a serum?!) and the value of the box is incredible. My two ‘freebie’ products this month were worth more than the whole box – which, seeing as I haven’t mentioned it, is £10 plus p&p, just like Glossybox.
I fully recommend these beauty boxes and will definitely be keeping my subscription next month. Even if you only get the first month’s box and take advantage of the introductory discount (code FRIEND07, don’t forget) then I think that is money well spent.
Have any of you tried Beauteco?