Luxe Box: February

Hey Guys! I received my Luxe box yesterday and too be honest I wasn't too impressed. I was actually disappointed. I will show you the box and products and then explain why! Unless you are curious, skip down to the bottom.

This month was a limited edition box for Flare magazine. I find it funny when companies say limited edition for these boxes because you shouldn't get the same stuff the next month either. 
I have seen Birchbox limited edition boxes, now those are limited edition. This was not.

The box was red instead of black:

The product card had a picture of Flare magazine on the cover. It was also made to be bigger and had pictures of the products.

There was a option to subscribe to the magazine. Too be honest, if they are going to do a theme with the magazine and offer me a subscription card, I would like to see the magazine first and one should have been included. 

Messages from Flare and Loose Button:

A coupon code: (I won't be using because I don't want to spend $75 dollars to use it)

Now for the products:
DKNY: PureDKNY Fragrance: This fragrance is made up of a "delicate plant" called Verbena Basil (has citrus and lemon-like qualities). This fragrance also has a light floral scent to it. I did like this fragrance but I would prefer a spray top to it. I give the ones that don't have these to my mom. So this is one product I won't be using.
Full Price: $80 for 50mL and $105 for 100mL

Dermalogica: Microfoliant: This is a rice-based enzyme powder that exfoliates and removes debris from the skin. It is good for all skin types. This product is a repeat product for me. I did not like it when I used it before. I didn't like putting powder on my hands and then on my face in the shower.
Full Price: $72 for 75g

Cargo: Lash Activator: This is a mascara with certain ingredients that target the lashes to encourage growth. It has marine algae and citrus extracts. It also contains Biotin which is supposed to not make your lashes fall out. I will try out this product but I am very skeptical on products like that. I find that they don't work and it is just used to sell the product. 
Full Price: 11mL for $35

Redken: Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner: This shampoo fights the four causes of color change: environmental agressors, poor cuticle condition, colour-alternating minerals and water attack.It refreshes colour and moisturizes hair protecting the colour from fading. I will try out this product but I HATE the packaging.
Full Price: $15 for 300mL (Shampoo) and $17 for 250mL (Conditioner)

My little helper... and a messy floor... :)

Total of the Box:
Perfume: I averaged the price because it gave 2 prices: $1.33 x 7 = $9.31
Exfoliant: $12.48
Mascara: Unknown... there is no amount on the sample
Shampoo: $1.50 (3 packs)
Conditioner: $2.04 (3 packs)

Total Value: $25.33 + UNKNOWN


     Personally, I did not like this box because I saw others peoples boxes and they were amazing compared to this one. I was expecting a Calvin Klein roller ball perfume because thats what all the blog posts had. Those are sold at places like Sephora for over $20. Also I am giving my perfume to my mom because I hate the fragrances you can't spray. I go over to my perfume, pick one, spray and go. I never put it on my wrists or behind my ears or anything. So that is one product I am not using.
     I didn't like the exfoliant because I have received it before and did not like it. I don't like the concept of putting powder on my face. And because I have received it before, I feel as though they needed filler for the boxes and used products they had left over. What's wrong with that? I got that product in my box over a year ago. It might be worth a lot as a sample, but I won't be using that product either.
     I will try the mascara but it is not a big sample of make up. If I like it, the way I use mascara, I will get like 5 uses out of it. Even if it does work (doubt it does), those types of products take over 2 weeks to actually show results. So I feel as if it is a waste of a sample.
     Lastly, the shampoo and conditioner. I like the fact that they gave 3 packs of each. You could get max. 3 uses out of one pack. Depending on the length of your hair. But I HATE when companies send packs of shampoo. I would have preferred a bottle of the shampoo or conditioner (instead of packs of both). Packages are very inconvenient. Once you open them, they have to go in the garbage or you have to sit them up away from the water and have something hold it up so it doesn't fall. You can't take them with you anywhere once they are opened either. 

So overall, I did not like this box. The repeat product makes me think they are using left overs to fill the boxes (like I said before) and that is unfair. I know some people got CHI silk infusion and Moroccan Oil or even Benefit products in their box or the roller balls. I get left over products because they didn't have good ones to fill my box? Not okay. 
That is poor planning and poor effort to fulfill customers expectations. I know that some other people received left overs as well and were also disappointed. If you are a subscriber every single month with Luxe Box there is a guarantee you will get a product twice.
That is the part of the reason I unsubscribed before. Something better change next month and they better be REALLY good products (that includes no perfume or lotion unless they are decent sizes) or I will be unsubscribing.


-Caitlin xoxo 


OPI Addict February 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I seem like the only one who didn't get the shampoo packets! I was also disappointed with my months box, I feel like I always get the last shipping day and one of the poorer boxes.

Rebecca February 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

This was my first Luxe box, and I was not impressed. I too received the Dermalogica: Microfoliant, but otherwise I had different products in my box. I had a China Glaze nail polish, a L'Air Nina Ricci perfume sample and Chi Silk Infusion. I rarely wear perfume as I tend to use fragrant body moisturizers and don't want the scents to clash. I will try the nail polish, but it is fire engine red and therefore not something I would typically wear on my fingers, although maybe my toes... As for the Chi Silk Infusion... not impressed. Finally the exfoliant - I will give it a go, but I received a Vasanti sample in a Glymm box which I loved and will likely purchase once I finish my current product.

Seeing what other people received added to my disappointment. I know there were some Moroccan Oil samples, which I would have loved, and some Benefit products, which would have been wonderful too. I would have even preferred you Cargo mascara as I am a mascara junkie.

I really wish there was a way to select your samples ahead of time, or at least indicate items you don't want to receive (such as perfume, in my case).

I won't be cancelling my subscription yet. I'm going to give it another 2-3 months to see, but if they fail to impress, that will be the end for Loose Button.

As an aside, I got the Glossybox this month too. Overall assessment: Eh. I hope Top box (which I am supposed to receive in June) is more impressive.

Thanks for your review Everhip03!

EverHip03 February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

OPIAddict - What did you receive in your box this month? :)

Rebecca - I received a China Glaze nail polish last month but that is a product I wouldn't mind getting repeated (as long as it is not the same colour). I also received the Nina Ricci perfume last month. But I think if you email them and request to not get perfume they shouldn't send you any more. But sometimes they still send you some (from what I have read on Facebook) But you could still give it a try. I already own the CHI Silk Infusion. I don't think it is anything special but it is a good sample since it is expensive to buy. I used to use it on wet or damp hair and only on the ends. Maybe try that and see if that makes it better? But I totally agree that it is a disappointment to see other peoples boxes. I will unsubscribe if something doesn't change in the upcoming months :(

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