Yeah. I know. That was Sunday and you're probably reading this either late Monday or early on Tuesday. But the year is only a few days old so...Happy New Year!
I've seen this box reviewed a gagillion times on YouTube and finally decided to take the plunge. The cost is $49.99, which when compared to the usual monthly boxes is not as expensive as it sounds. They do include full size products and/or sometimes expensive items, but I suppose the total worth would be based on if you would use the items or not.
The YouTuber I was watching had a discount code for $10 off my first box so I took advantage, hoping I would get the box she was reviewing. Well, I didn't get that box but I did get the Editors Box, which I guess is what new subscribers get as their first box - and how many times can I type 'box' in a single paragraph.
This box is huge and sturdy enough to use for storage if you have the need.
You get a little booklet introducing the box and what you can expect in future boxes.
And this box is packed with all full-size products.
You also get a card detailing what's in the box and how much each item is worth. Take special note of the overall value here considering I paid $39.99.
There are only a couple of things that I'm not sure I'll get much use out of. One of them is this necklace from Jook and Nona.
This is 18 karat gold plate and would sell for $65. My neck is just too big to wear this, although now I think about it, I do have some necklace extenders somewhere around the house. I might give that a try to see if I can make it work as a necklace. Or I might be able to shorten the chain and wear it as a bracelet. The plate says 'Love' on it, which is also my word for 2017. Funny how that worked out.
There was also a Zoya polish in the box. This is the color Rue.
Sorry. No swatches. Nails are....I don't wanna talk about it. As we all probably know, Zoya sells for $10 and is totally worth it.
This is the other thing I'm not sure about for me. From a brand called Marrakesh, a hair styling elixir featuring argan and hemp oils.
I think this is meant for girls with longer hair. As mine is short right now, I'm not sure how well it will work for me. It's also heavily scented, which is another reason I hesitate to try it out. With very sensitive people in the house, including myself, might not be such a good idea. It comes in three scents - Dreamsicle, High Tide and Original, which is the one I received. Original smells very exotic and spicy. And have I mentioned that it's really strong? The bottle holds 2 ounces and sells for $22.99.
On to something of which I like the scent much better - I've had something similar before from this company and absolutely loved it. From the Anderson Lilley Coastal Collection, beach butter body cream in the scent Winter in Manhattan Beach.
This stuff is amazing. It's rich and creamy and the scent is just heavenly. Includes bergamot, citrus, Brazilian soft woods, white jasmine, heliotrope, and musk. Now, I usually don't like anything with musk in it but this doesn't seem to have too much. I notice just a hint if any at all. I just love the smell of it - fresh and clean, and even though I've never been to the ocean, I kind of think this might be what it smells like.
The other ingredients are right on point - shea butter, glycerin, aloe, chamomile, safflower and sesame oils, as well as vitamin E. There is also a dimethicone ingredient so be warned if you're allergic. This is a full 5 ounces and sells for $24.
A skin care item was also included. From a brand call O.R.G. Skin Care, a mineral face peel product.
I think we all know by now how much I love Paula's Choice products but I'm not opposed to giving this a try. Probably on a Friday night when I don't have anywhere to go on Saturday. You just never know when trying something new what kind of reaction your skin is going to have. Hopefully, it will be a good reaction.
There are 2 fluid ounces in this bottle and it retails for $44. Um, yeah. A one time deal for me, definitely.
And something for my coffee - or tea - an insulated tumbler from The Created Co.
I love that it's black - no visible stains - and the gold writing just makes it look even better. The Created Co. makes all kinds of drinkware with sayings on and they can customize bulk orders for events, special occasions or businesses. This particular tumbler sells for $19.00.
Probably my most favorite item in this box is a blanket scarf from Modcloth.
It's the size of a throw and is very light but quite warm. I've been wearing this as a shawl around the house and it's just enough to keep me warm. Must be hand washed, though, which is kind of a bummer since I don't do hand washing but that's ok. I'll still enjoy it. This particular item sells for $34.99. Modcloth sells all kinds of things on their website, some of which may end up at my house at some point in time. They have the cutest little battery operated lights.
My other favorite item from the box is this lovely lip gloss from Manna Kadar.
This is the Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in the color Lucky. And it is so my color.
Love me a pinky nude lip color. This isn't a liquid lipstick by any means but it is highly pigmented and feels awesome on the lips. It sells for $24.
And finally, something I've seen around but never thought I'd ever use - a coloring book and colored pencils.
Yes. I know. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now but I've looked at them before and they just seem a little too fiddly for me. I'm not patient enough to sit and fill in all those tiny, little spaces. Or so I thought. I did sort of play around with this and I have to admit, it is kind of relaxing. Still not thrilled with the teeny, tiny spaces but I'll get over it.
The book itself is a collaborative effort of several artists - their names and websites appear on the back of each picture - and there is quite the variety inside.
The pencils are also nice.
The colors are bright and I like that they kept the wood natural. They even support a cause called Pencils of Promise. This is what appears on the back of the pencil box.
The entire set sells for $14.
We could do the math but the card already shows the total value of the box - $257.98. Even at the normal cost of $49.99 that's pretty good - provided you can use everything in the box. I would recommend digging around on YouTube to get that $10 code from someone. Not sure if the Editor's Box is always the same or not but you never know.
I will probably get the Spring box when the time comes. Judging from what I've seen of the regular boxes, they can be pretty good.
So, what's next on the blog? Not a clue but it is a new month and I'm sure at least one of my monthly boxes will get me excited enough to share. Probably Boxycharm - I already know one thing that'll be in there and I'm excited already!
Hope 2017 is treating you well so far. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.