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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March Loose Button Luxe Box review

It's time for Loose Button's March Luxe Box! I actually got the package before I got the tracking number, so that was a surprise.

The shipping container
Black box this time
The Luxe Box
Opening it...
I do love the personalization
Inside my box
The product card (I'll copy when I go through each item)
The anniversary 'seed' card
For the life of me, I couldn't get the seed card to photograph clearly (I think it is because of the bumps and ridges that it's printed on) so I will copy the text here.

"It's our one year anniversary! It was only a year ago when we shipped out a Luxe Box to our first member in Toronto! Time sure does fly by, and now Luxe Boxes arrive in the hands of beauty enthusiasts across the country every month. We have grown incredibly fast and we couldn't have done it without you. As a token of our appreciation, we would like to present you with a special gift. Providing an exceptional service starts with building a relationship that is nurtured over time. Just like how you've helped us to grow, Loose Button would like to invite you to nurture this plant to beautify your home. The card you are holding contains seeds of a plant which you can grow in your own home. Vist our blog at http://blog.loosebutton.com to learn more about this special seeded card and share your progress with us on Facebook and Twitter! We hope you enjoy our gift! Thank you once again for being a member. The Loose Button Team".

This card is pretty neat - I haven't seen anything like it before. However, I hope I can actually get it to work. I am the complete opposite of a green thumb and think I have killed most plants I've aquired. Not intentionally, of course, I just suck at it. I will try it out, but no promises that it will grow!

Let's get to the products...

The first things I noticed were the fragances -

For him and her
The cards explain the My Scent Program and why I got a men's fragrance in my box.

My Scent: "We created MyScent to celebrate your uniqueness as an individual, giving you the ability to try out a larger selection of fragrances at once to see which one matches your style the best. In this month's one-of-a-kind kit, our beauty editors have curated their favorite scents from the list of nominees for the Cosmetics Magazine's Consumers Choice Fragrance of the Year, giving you the opportunity to pick your favorite scent. Not only that, but you can also have your voice heard by voting for your top fragrance of the year!" (bit.ly/CCFYVote is the link to cast votes).

I received CK One Shock for Her, Vera Wang Lovestruck and Marc Jacob Oh, Lola. I am actually quite happy with all of these; I was super excited to receive a sample of CK Shock as everyone who got it in last month's box as a rollerball was raving about it. Each sample is 1.2 ml; full size of CK (50ml) is $45; full size of Vera (50ml) is $79; full size of Marc (50ml) is $79.

However, I also saw this mammoth bottle of CK Shock for Him.

Geez that's a big sample
Loose Button sent along a 15 ml spray bottle sample along with a card that reads:

"We wanted to give you an exclusive opportunity this month to share the Luxe Box love with someone special. Spread the joy of discovering new products and brands by sharing your bonus ck one shock for him deluxe sample with an important guy in your life. Whether it's someone in your family, one of your colleagues or your significant other, this is grear chance to share the Luxe Box experience with someone new!"

Well, my husband will be happy as now he has a little gift. But I was really hoping that the Shock for Her would be this size instead! It's my box, after all :)

Moving on, we come to Kerastase Masque Age Recharge...

The masque

From the card: "Fine, brittle hair is repaired, transformed and protected. Each strand is smoother, shinier and more substantial. Towel-dry hair after wash and apply a quarter-sized amount onto hair in sections. Wrap in hot towel. Leave on for 5 minutes. Emulsify with warm water; then rinse with cold water."

The sample in the box is 30 ml and a full size 200 ml is $60. I like using hair masks on occasion, and I don't currently have any, so I will give it a try. The only thing I don't like about hair masks in general is how gucky the towel gets after you take your hair out :( Cling film might solve this but getting that to stay is messy as well.

Next we have DDF Advanced Firming Cream.

The cream
The card reads: "Advanced formula contains the breakthrough Tumeric Complex, with glycerin, zinc and copper, that hydrates to firm and tighten, provides antioxidant protection for the moisture barrier, and promotes rapid surface cell turnover to help reverse the appearance of again for younger looking skin".

In the box I received a 14 g sample; full size is 48 g for $140. Like I've said in previous posts, I love trying out new face and body lotions, and I don't really care if it is anti-aging or not, just that it moisurizes well and isn't too smelly or greasy. I will give this a go and see. The full size is pricey though.

Last is the item I reserved from "First in Line" - the Cargo Glitter Top Coat.

The liner
The card states: "Let your eyes steal the spotlight! The ultimate transformer, CARGO's glitter top coat takes your daytime eye makeup straight into the evening with one sweep of the brush. Infused with coloured iridescent glitter in a transparent base, it can be worn alone or on top of any waterproof eyeliner or eye shadow. The super long-wear formula is both waterproof and smudge-proof, and the magic tip applicator allows for perfect results!"

It is 2.8 ml; which I believe is full size ($18 value). I was intrigued by this concept and excited to receive this item. Sometimes I do makeup for the daytime but can't change it when I am going out that evening. If I put this in my purse, it would add a little something for my nighttime makeup look.

The applicator
In the picture above you can see how the applicator is a liner tip; I actually have the product on my hand running down in a thin line (you can see a bit of the sparkles) but the following pictures show it much better.

In all three pictures, on the left is Cargo's black eyeliner, untouched. On the right is the glitter top coat. In the middle is the glitter top coat over the black liner. As you can see, depending on angle and light there is either a bit of glitter, or a flash. I think it looks quite fun, actually!

Overall, I like my box this month, but I think I liked last month's better. I really like the glitter top coat and the fragrances, but am sort of bummed that my husband will be getting the biggest sample this month, and he doesn't even subscribe! Also, some other bloggers got some neat stuff I would have LOVED to try - this blogger received an OPI top coat and this blogger got a Katy Perry Purr perfume sample and a face cream that is for dry skin, organic and great for travel. *Sigh* I can't have everything, I know.

What did you receive in your Luxe Box? What do you think of this month overall?

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  1. I'm cheating right now, because my box has apparently just been shipped last night.
    I First in Line'd the glitter top coat also...looks interesting!!

    I find it rather silly they sent such a large sample of a product not for you...but perhaps I'm a bit selfish, if it were me, my thinking is that the box is supposed to be all about ME, not people I know. hehee.

    Definitely looks like the other bloggers got some cool stuff. Do you like that Luxe Boxes are so varied amongst members, or do you think it'd be better if everyone got mainly the same items (kinda like what Glymm's been doing)?

  2. I know - I gave the CK Shock to my husband last night and he goes, "thanks - I'll probably use it a few times". I was like, "you'd better use it all the time; that sample was supposed to be for me!"

    I think I do like what Luxe Box is doing and mixing things up - because then it is really fun to see what others got and your box is still a surprise. It only sucks if you absolutely hate your box, but usually I think people like at least a couple of the items they got.

    Hope you get your box really soon!

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