January Beauty Subscription Box Reviews
Today I’m doing my January Beauty Subscription Box Reviews. I subscribed recently so these are all of my first boxes and it took me some time to try and use the products enough to give an accurate and fair review. I will be going through each item and giving my opinion on it, as well as rating the box as a whole.
The boxes I’m covering are The Walmart Beauty Box, Medusa’s Makeup Monthly Vegan Beauty Box, both December and January as my first box was in December), Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes, The Allure Beauty Box, and Glossybox.
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Walmart Winter Beauty Box
The Walmart Beauty Box is one of the best subscription services for beauty lovers. It’s a quarterly box that comes every season. My first was the Winter box (pictured). You get about six or so products, it may vary month to month which I’ll update on after I receive the next one. It’s only $5.00 per box, no tax, and no shipping. If you get each box for the year, it will only cost you $20.00 for all of them, and you get a mix of full, deluxe, and sample size cosmetics. I feel like this service isn’t talked about enough. It’s absolutely more than worth it.
- CoverGirl Lash Blast volume mascara ( full size)
- Ponds Rejuveness Anti-wrinkle cream (1.75 OZ)
- Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer (2 FL OZ) with a $4.00 off an 8 or 12 FL OZ coupon
- Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body wash (1.8 FL OZ)
- Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant in cucumber and green tea scent (0.5 OZ)
- Garnier Whole Blends Green Apple and Green Tea Shampoo and conditioner (packets, each 0.34 FL OZ)
- 3 coupons for $1.00 off People, StyleWatch, and InStyle magazines.
Some boxes may vary a little.
- Absolutely love the CoverGirl mascara. I wasn’t sure because the wand was a little bigger than what I normally like to use (very thin) but it separates and fans out my lashes beautifully. Cost: $6.94 USD
- My skin is pretty sensitive and while I think Ponds is a fantastic brand, I have tried one or two things before that made my skin look great, but unfortunately broke me out. So what I can say about this products is that the consistency is smooth and creamy but light. I use it on my whole face occasionally, but since it’s anti-aging/anti-wrinkle, I mostly use it as an under eye cream. All that said, I do recommend this for anyone looking for a good, reasonably priced anti-aging product. Contains AHAs, Collagen, and Vitamin E. Cost: $8.12 USD for the 7 OZ size. I couldn’t find Walmart’s price for the 1.75 OZ size, but if I do I’ll edit this post.
- I never thought I would like a wet skin moisturizer but I adore this one! It smells nice, has a gel-like consistency and dries quickly. It’s important to moisturize your skin immediately after you get out of the shower to get the most out of it. There are many wet skin moisturizers on the market, and while I don’t have a full comparison, I really love the Curel brand. Cost: $7.96 for the 8 FL OZ and $10.94 USD for 12 FL OZ. Again, I had trouble finding the Walmart price on the 2 FL OZ, but check the trial/travel size section in your store.
- I like Dove. I like their soaps, shampoos, and I really like this particular body wash too. It smells nice and leaves my skin moisturized and feeling very soft. I think it’s an excellent product with high-quality and gives you that quality for a super affordable price. Cost: $1.47 USD for the 3 FL OZ, which is the trial/travel size in the store, and bigger than the sample in the box. However, that sample is a decent size and more than enough to try it out to see if you like it. And it’s $3.97 USD for the 12 Fl OZ, which is an amazing price, especially for that amount of product.
- There’s not too much to say on Dove’s cucumber and green tea scent antiperspirant, which in this case is a good thing. It smells super nice and does the job it’s supposed to do. That’s what you want in an antiperspirant and that’s exactly what you get. Cost: $.97 USD for the 0.5 OZ and $4.38 USD for the full size, 2.6 OZ
- The shampoo and conditioner came in two small packets, enough for about one use. It was a nice shampoo but not amazing. I hate to say it because Garnier is one of my favorite brands and their skin care products are INCREDIBLE. I even like a lot of their hair products, but with this shampoo, I think it’s ultimately about personal preference with my hair type. It didn’t specify whether it was color safe or not so I can only presume that it’s not, which is something that turns me off in any shampoo. Even if it’s not meant specifically for color treated hair, it will usually say it can be used on it without stripping it. I think if you have hair that’s never been color treated, hasn’t been colored in a while, and/or if it color fading doesn’t bother you, then give this a try. I do think it will boost shine and overall be a nice shampoo.
- I’m counting the coupons separately because there are three $1.00 off coupons for three different magazines, all of which are highly popular. It’s a nice little extra to add in. (The Curel came with a coupon as well but it came with the moisturizer tube in a separate bag in the box with just those two things)
I really liked the Winter box. There were some great skin care products to help the skin combat the cold weather, a new mascara to try out, coupons for magazines and for one of the products included. A well-rounded, excellently curated box.
I give the winter box an A+
Subscribe to the Walmart Beauty Box $5.00 USD per box, ships four times a year (seasonal)
Medusa’s Makeup Monthly Vegan Beauty Box
I had heard of Medusa’s Make-Up here and there in the last couple of years, and I had always wanted to try something from them but just didn’t for whatever reason. When I was researching different beauty subscription services, I saw they had one and thought it was the perfect way to try products from the brand and get a surprise as to which ones will be sent each month. I have to say I’m extremely happy with the boxes I’ve received for far and will continue to subscribe.
While this is a January review, my first box was in December so I’m including it along with January’s in this post.
Medusa’s Make-Up is vegan and cruelty-free.
All full-size products
- Witch Lash mascara $12.00 USD
- Dangerous Liaison blush $12.00 USD
- Sugar Daddy lipstick $12.00 USD
- Gold Digger eye glitter $7.00 USD
- I LOVE the Witch Lash Mascara. The wand is straight but flexible to help wiggle it through the lashes, which is one of the best and most effective techniques for applying mascara. There’s no clumping, no flaking, and no smudging.
- This is the first blush I’ve ever tried by Medusa’s Make-Up and I am very impressed. It’s beautiful, very pigmented, blendable, and looks so pretty on the skin. This could work for a variety of skin tones. I’m fair and I love it on mine, but because of the quality of the pigmentation and the shade being an extra bright fuschia pink, it would also look gorgeous on deeper skin tones. These types of colors really pop yet are still completely wearable on those skin tones, and can also be built up into a more dramatic look, a la editorial makeup.
- Sugar Daddy is a peachy nude lipstick, and when I first opened it, I was concerned that the shade would not look right on me as warmer tones usually don’t on my cooler skin tone. But I was pleasantly surprised that it was flattering and a great nude lip color that’s going to be a staple for me.
- Gold Digger fabulously pops on the lid. I recommend using it with some type of glitter glue, as should be done with all loose glitters. I wore it over a gold eyeshadow to make it look more opaque, as well as to let the glitter add it’s beautiful effect on top.
I love everything in the December box. A blush, mascara, lipstick, and glitter? If that’s not an amazing selection, I don’t know what is! The pigmentation and the quality were all very impressive.
I give it an A+
This is the review for January.
All full-size products
- Mineral Glitter in ‘Star Struck’ $7.00 USD
- Mineral Eye Dust in ‘Purple Rain $7.00 USD
- 100% Maracuja Oil $9.00 for .34 FL OZ
- Lip Gloss in ‘Temptation’ $9.00 USD
- The mineral glitter can be used anywhere, there are no specifications. This shade is a light, sparkly, GORGEOUS glitter that looks great on the browbone. It can be used on the lid but would be very sheer, it would also look beautiful on the cheeks, lips, etc. and/or for a costume or the everyday adventurer.
- The mineral eye dust is a loose pigment. This shade is a beautiful purple that lasts all day, no creasing, no budging with primer, which should be used always with any eyeshadows/pigments/etc.
- I’ve been wanting to try Maracuja Oil for a while now, maybe a year or so. The only one I knew of for the longest time was Tarte’s. I knew that it could be good for oily and/or acne-prone skin, which is what I have, but I heard some mixed reviews and I’m always wary of oils, so I just never picked it up. But when I got this in my January box, I thought it was the perfect time to try it. I will say it doesn’t exacerbate my breakouts, and it sometimes helps to shrink them or reduce redness, but overall it wasn’t the miracle product I was hoping for. That being said, don’t let that deter you from trying Medusa’s Make-Up Maracuja Oil. My issues are with the oil itself and not with any brand that makes it.
- I’m not a huge lip gloss fan in general. It’s usually too sheer, too sticky, etc. So no matter what brand I use one from, I’m typically not that thrilled. There are a few exceptions for me, like those in MAC’s Mariah Carey and Selena Collections, and some CoverGirl, but aside from those, I’m just not drawn to gloss. The shade that I received is a sheer red. I will say it had more color payoff than I thought it would. I wore it by itself, no lipstick or liner, and it held it’s own. However, I think I will primarily use it as a topper for a similar lipstick shade. But if you like lip glosses, definitely give this brand a try. The quality and consistency are amazing and the colors are really pretty. Again, this is more my preference than the product itself.
Bottom Line: I adore the glitter and pigment! Both are so incredibly beautiful, I’m obsessed! The maracuja oil is worth purchasing if you want to try it. The full cost is only $9.00 and you don’t need to use a ton so it lasts a pretty long time. Again, with the lip gloss, if you like to wear them, definitely check it out! It’s amazing! Unfortunately, I’m just not a lip gloss person.
I give it a B+
Subscribe to Medusa’s Makeup Vegan Beauty Box $15.95 per month
Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes
Ricky’s is a beauty shop based in New York with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and two in Miami, Florida, the only locations out of state. I discovered the brand at the International Beauty Show in New York City where they had a booth. I was instantly in love. They have everything you can think of, and their own brand is superb as well. They get a range of customers from the everyday shopper to professional stylists, to celebrities. When I found out they had a subscription service, I knew I had to sign up. The box had some amazing products, which I’ll go into more detail on below, but if you’re in New York (or Miami), I encourage you to visit the shop and experience it in person.
All full-size products
- Ricky’s travel eyelash curler $9.99 USD
- Inglot eyeliner gel $14.00 USD
- Beauty Blender Liner Designer $16.00 USD
- My Fair Lashes Mascara $23.00 USD
- Morphe M216 Brush $1.99 USD
- I’m obsessed. I can’t say enough good things about this eyelash curler. It’s a travel size but I use it regularly. I wanted to wait to talk about all of the products in this post until after it was published, but I love this so much that I put it (along with a couple of others) in my January Favorites. I can’t get over how well this curls my lashes and holds it all day. I recommend it 1000%!
- I’m not very good with gel liner so I’m still in the practicing phase, even though it’s been years. I really did like this liner, and I’ve wanted to try Inglot forever so I was excited that it was in the January box. It’s very pigmented, smooth, easy to apply, and a great quality product.
- Beauty Blender makes some of my all-time favorite products and I was so thrilled when I saw that I got the Liner Designer. I’m not disappointed, but I did think it would be a little easier to use since the point of it is to act as a guide for eyeliner application. I had a difficult time with it and am just currently practicing to see if I can get the hang of it.
- The mascara is the one product that I didn’t like. It has the type of wand that is standard then has the little ball on the end, which is supposed to catch the little lashes on the inner corner. I personally don’t care for that type because I find it ends up getting mascara where I don’t want it then I have to try to get it off without disturbing the rest of my makeup which is a hassle. This particular tube didn’t smell too good, but since I’ve never used the brand before, I can’t say for sure if it’s all of them or if I just had a bad tube.
- I have a few Morphe brushes and overall I think they’re pretty good. I didn’t get them because of all the YouTubers talking about the brand, I got them because I wanted to give them a fair, unbiased chance. I like the ones I have and I like this one as well. I use it for brows and it does the job well. And for the price, you really can’t beat it.
Bottom Line: This box was fabulous. I really loved everything in it with the exception of the mascara which, to be fair, the wand is something I don’t like in general on any brand’s mascara, and like I said, the smell may have just been my tube. I want to always be honest in my reviews but I also want to be fair. The rest of the products were a slam dunk and I use them frequently. I 100% recommend this box if you want a mix of some higher end brands, inexpensive quality brands, and some unique products as well. I can’t rave about it enough!
I give it an A+
Subscribe to Ricky’s NYC Cult Crushes $11.00 per month
Allure Beauty Box
I subscribed to the Allure Beauty Box on a whim a little while after the others and I made a good decision in doing so because I was pretty happy with their January Box. It came with full size, deluxe samples, and average sized samples, and each was a different type of product, makeup, skin care, hair, and was a well-rounded group.
- Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow (full size) $35.00 USD
- Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray (1.4 FL OZ)
- Sigma E25 Blending Brush
- Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion (travel size)
- Burt’s Bees Lipstick in ‘Blush Basin’ (full size)
- Biobelle Facial Mask in ‘#iwokeuplikethis’ (standard single sheet mask)
- These shadows are pigmented, beautiful shades, and can create a fabulous smoky eye. One thing I especially liked about this is that each individual shadow can be removed and mixed and matched or put into a Z Palette. This quad was exclusive to the Allure Beauty Box, but they have some other shades that are also really gorgeous.
- I never tried Oscar Blandi before but have always wanted to. I liked that this was a dry shampoo because I use it all the time. This one smells nice, like a fresh scent, and it is invisible like it says. I did like it, however, I found that my hair still looked almost as it does if I were to put no dry shampoo in it at all. It wasn’t quite to that point, but it’s not something I see myself purchasing. I will use it again if I were to receive it in a subscription box because it wasn’t a bad product, it just wasn’t up to my dry shampoo standards (that’s a joke. But also kind of serious).
- I love Sigma brushes. The ones that I’ve tried have all been fantastic and I knew whichever one of the two available that I would receive I would like. I got the blending brush and I’m beyond happy with it! I use it to blend (obviously!) eye shadow as well as to apply it all over the lid when I just want a wash of color. It works perfectly for both!
- I was so happy to get this because I’ve been wanting to try it for the longest time. When I worked at Ulta I always wanted to buy it but never did because the price tag is very steep. A small size was included in the box but it was more than enough for me to test it out. I really liked it and would use it whenever I have it, like in this situation, but I probably wouldn’t buy it. Partly because of the price, it’s $79.00 USD for 2 OZ. It didn’t wow me enough to justify putting out that amount of money. The other reason, which stems a little from the first, is that I don’t know if anything can measure up to the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. That’s HG status for me. And even though the price tag is a bit high (but still over $20 less than Dr. Brandt) it’s completely worth it. I think the Microdermabrasion is a fantastic product and I do love it, but when it comes down to spending a lot on one skin care product, it has to be the best. And the best varies from person to person. So I do recommend trying it out.
- I love the Burt’s Bees lipstick. It’s a gorgeous neutral pinky-nude shade that’s very flattering and works with a multitude of different looks. It’s a great price and Burt’s Bees is a great brand. I will repurchase this when I run out.
- Each box had one of three masks by Biobelle. I received the #iwokeuplikethis mask. It’s made with wild rose and vitamin C and is supposed to enhance skin’s natural glow. Right off the bat, I was apprehensive to try it. I’d love to glow but with my oily skin, it would be more like a disco ball. I tried it anyway so I could review it and I was SO pleasantly surprised! My skin looked amazing! My pores were practically nonexistent and I really did have a natural glow. I’m definitely going to be stocking up on these!
Bottom Line: overall I was really happy with this box. The eyeshadows are gorgeous, I’m in love with the mask, and adore the lipstick, I know I’m going to wear all the time! I liked getting the chance to use the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion because it’s been something that I’ve wanted to for some time. I am excited to delve in and try the products for February.
I give it an A
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Glossybox has been on my list for a while. I’ve always wanted to subscribe and finally did it, receiving my first box in January. It’s a mix of travel, deluxe sample, and full sized products. I’ve also been loving the February box but that review is for another post. I adore Glossybox and I recommend it completely.
- Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush Soothing Cream Blusher & Lip Stain Duo (full size)
- oOlution Eye Love Cream (full size)
- The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox + Age Defying Restoring Marine Serum (came with 2) (travel size)
- La Théorie des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion, Face Scrub (full size)
- Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber (standard size)
- This is another product where I don’t have too much to say and that is a very good thing. It’s a beautiful color and looks gorgeous on the cheeks and lips. It’s pretty universally flattering and works well with most eyeshadow/lip combos.
- I LOVE this eye cream! It absorbs quickly and I notice a pretty big difference with my undereye bags.
- These are really nice but marine based products don’t always work for me and this is one of them. I’m always a little apprehensive because we used these types of products when I was in beauty school and my skin freaked out. I know a huge part of that was the frequency that we received and gave facials, but I am not typically one for marine-based products, even though they’re pretty good for your skin (unless you have an allergy to seaweed, algae, or any other marine products, then stay away from them.) I ended up giving these away after a couple of uses. I will say that they went on really nicely, felt good on the skin, and absorbed quickly.
- The first thing I want to say is how AMAZING this smells! It’s a volcanic paste that can be used as a scrub or a mask. I’ve tried it as both and while I like it as a mask, I prefer it as a scrub. It’s gentle but effective and changes color from pink to gray as you massage it into the skin, and it feels like it’s really removing impurities. The face feels so clean and soft afterward.
- A pretty standard scrubber but it works really well. I like that it has a print on the tag that’s an indicator for when it’s time to replace it. I would likely purchase it when I finish the one from the box.
Bottom Line: I’m very happy with the January box. I learned about some brands that I have never heard of and/or tried before. And I fell in love with quite a few. I think Glossybox has something for everyone and has a range of plans that allow the flexibility to get as many boxes as you want. If you want a whole year, you can do that, if you want to purchase it monthly, you can do that too. There’s a plan that will work everyone.
I give it an A
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Other plans include a 3-month plan for $19.50 per month, a 6-month plan for $18.50 per month, and a 12-month plan for $17.50 per month. Just be aware that these are billed and paid the total amount of the plan you choose in a one-time payment. So for 3 months, it would cost $58.50 (3 months at $19.50 per month), for 6 months it would cost $111.00 (6 months at $18.50 per month) and for 12 months it would be $210.00 (12 months at $17.50 per month)
So those were my January Beauty Subscription Box Reviews! I’m already working on testing out February’s products! These reviews will be out at the end of each month because it takes me quite a while to get to all of the different products and form a full opinion on them.
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