22 July 2013

Violet Box - July 2013

I received my Violet Box today, along with my Lust Have It box (read here). I feel the need to compare the two, so tough titties if you don't like that. I still find it funny that I received Wantable, which came from USA, before these two Australian boxes.

The box closely resembled that of Lust Have It. The only difference is it is black with the violet box logo on the bottom right corner and a ribbon on the side of the box, which not only makes it more visually appealing but also ensures the box stays shut.

Contents of Violet Box July
 Loving that the majority of products received are makeup!

1. Adorn Cosmetics Eye Shadow Samples (RRP: $15 for 1g)
"Natural, non-toxic, organic, Australian. For women on the go conscious of a cleaner and greener lifestyle. Every day glamour is no longer bland! Create a mood with our range of toxic free natural and versatile colours. Adorn... Look good and feel better... Naturally!"

I received two shades - Coral Pearl and Golden Quartz. Both colours are part of Adorn Cosmetics' Eye Create Intensive Shadow range. I'm not sure if I'm meant to receive one intensive shadow sample and one matte, as it says "Adorn Cosmetics Eye Create Intensive Shadow, Shade and Eye Create Matte Shadow" on the information card. Regardless, I do like both of these shades. I'm an eyeshadow n00b, and I like using neutral shades when I can be bothered to incorporate eyeshadow in my makeup routine. The only two things that I'm not a big fan of are that they are a tat too glittery and they're loose powders. I'm a bit of a klutz, so loose powder and I don't mix very well.

L-R: Coral Pearl; Golden Quartz
 2. Catalina Geo Long and Deep Mascara (plus refill) - RRP: $31.50
"Eyes and brow - long and deep mascara is lengthening to the lashes and water resistant, but comes off with ease when cleansed. Particularly suitable for sensitive eyes, containing allatoin, vitamins B5 and E, which relieves irritation, repair damage and hydrate. Comes with a bonus refill."

I'm impressed that this comes with a refill. However, the whole idea of throwing away a mascara after a few months is the bacterial growth in your mascara tube right? Well, what's the point of a refill, if you have to re-use the wand, which has been soaking in the old tube of bacteria-infested mascara? Regardless, it's nice to have essentially received two tubes of mascara that is suited for sensitive eyes and waterproof.

3. ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease - full size (RRP: $18)
"A reflective, shimmering lip gloss that creates a glamorous, lacquered effect for the lips. Non-sticky formula glides on evenly, leaving your lips with a luscious, long lasting shine and lustre. Super sleek and super slender. SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss' tall thin bottle fits into the slimmest of evening bags and comes handy with a smart inbuilt mirror."

I swear I've received one of these lip glosses in a previous monthly subscription box, but I can't find the post. Anyway, I'm not a big fan of lip glosses and currently have a few that I really love, so I'm not in the market for a new lip gloss, even though it is a really nice colour. Therefore, I'll most likely throw this in my giveaway box.

4. St Tropez Bronzing Mousse - 50ml (RRP: $39.95 for 120ml; $59.95 for 240ml)
"This award winning self tan bronzing mousse is a super lightweight, easy to apply, velvety mousse that delivers an ultra-even tan. Infused with Aloe Vera and long lasting colour, it will leave you with a natural looking, healthy bronze glow. Dries in 60 seconds. Paraben free. Oil free."

I'm a really lazy person, if you don't know that already. Self-tan bronzing products are not something I'd ever purchase because of all the preparations that need to be done prior to application. However, after watching so many Youtube videos raving about St Tropez, I'm curious enough to THINK about giving this a go. I'm hoping I'll hate it because $39.95 for 120ml is quite a lot of money that I cannot afford at the moment.

5. Aphelia Peony 9+5 Advanced Beautifying Eye Creme (RRP: $69 for 15ml)
"Contains the most powerful micronised herbal extracts. A daily, anti-ageing treatment creme designed for the delicate eye area that contains natural multi-vitamins and powerful antioxidants to help fight tight lines, reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes."

Again, another product that I wouldn't have cared about. But for some strange reason, I feel compelled to use it. It has a really, really light fragrance, which is neither offensive nor amazing. After sitting here for 5 minutes, I still don't know why I feel the need to give it a go, as I am blessed to have neither dark circles, tight lines nor puffy eyes. Violet Box, what have you laced my box with?!

Overall, I'm impressed with this month's Violet Box. Despite having far less products than Lust Have It (read review here), Violet Box is the clear winner out of the two for me this month.

What did you get in your Violet Box this month? What are your thoughts?

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  1. For some reason I wasn't too impressed with this box. Not sure why, it just didn't mix well with me!

    1. Ah ok... oh well, can't please everybody, as it seems like everyone received the same items except different eye shadow shades.

  2. The mascara wand can be washed and sanitized! Soap it up with baby shampoo/soap/brush cleaner and wash until all the product has been removed, spray generously with sanitizing alcohol and wash again, let it sit on a cloth until completely dry then open your refill and pop it in! (you can even just let it sit and dry after spraying with the alcohol, once it evaporates and is completely dry it's safe to use)

    1. That sounds like a good idea! But so much work haha :P It looks like such a marketing gimmick as I think most people would either lose the refill or not bother washing the old one.

    2. I agree with Jen, it sounds like a crap load of work! But thank you for the tip :)

  3. This looks like a great beauty box, wish we had them in the UK :) xxx frecklesandflawsbeautyblog

    1. You guys have heaps of amazing beauty boxes that I wish were available in Aus!

  4. A nice box I think, I've tried using dispoable mascara wands for the refills if I feel the initial wand is too grotty.. but again, too much effort for each application.

    1. Using disposable wands is an idea. But they can end up being too costly for the refill!

  5. Just clean the mascara brush thoroughly with eye makeup remover and dry before you start on the refill :o)

    1. Thanks for the tip! Not sure if I can be bothered though! I'm just so lazy... :P