I have to admit, I was a little bit addicted to beauty boxes when the idea first came out. I had finally conquered my beauty addiction a year ago, and started focusing on using the products I already have instead of just what's next and new. I found that I was able to get a lot of good use out of the things I owned, and enjoyment, too. I started piling up empties like never before. By the 18 way mark, I had my collection fairly edited and organized.
Then the beauty box idea came out. I think I love the surprise of it, and the little box in the mail fulfilled my inner shopaholic that looks forward all day to checking my mailbox. But I knew that I didn't need a whole lot in the way of beauty products, so I subscribed for one month each to a few. You end up with things you don't need, of course, but I figure as long as one of the items is worth $10-$15 to me, the rest of it is almost an extra.
So when Vegan Cuts came out, I was ready to commit. I bought myself a 12 month subscription, a lot of commitment for a service I never tried.
I've gotten two months so far. The stand out pick of the May box was Ocidate. You e-mailed them your address after getting the box, and they send you personalized products. At first I was a little leery of the "fresh for you, all natural" approach. I think a lot of people who have adopted that mindset unnecessarily shun anything they think of as 'unnatural' or 'chemical' even when that ingredient is effective, safe, and eco-friendly. They warned me off of hydroquinone as if I were drinking uranium. Yes, I know the ingredient may be hazardous. The tests have been anything but conclusive, and different countries have different laws on the matter. If your philosophy is 'avoid it to be safe' I can see that, but to act like the science is clear is a bit misleading.
Anyway, that's a rant for another time. The fact is, these products are awesome. The cleanser and exfoliator work just great, although I am usually easily pleased in this category since I like my products simple. The day moisturizer doesn't have spf so I have no idea what makes it different from night moisturizer. But it is incredible. I am just now really dabbling in the world of moisturizers. I have very oily skin, so I just used whatever was in my tinted lotions and free products I got on earth day or pride or whatever. But now I see the difference. I wake up and my skin is dewy. The parts normally dried out by Retin-A are soft and no longer flaking. It often feels like I still have the stuff on my skin. Maybe I do. But it can do all this and not make me break out, so wonderful. It even has a moisture mask I can use when I've been bad and let myself flake.
The toner is fine, too, though I have yet to really know what I want in a toner, ingredient-wise.
So far, so good. :)
I've already signed up for Ipsy and Beauty Box 5, but those are in the past. Now there's an all-vegan service that is launching soon. They just got the 100 e-mail subscribers needed to launch the service, so they're now arranging the first few months products with their brand partners.
For those of you unfamiliar with these services, you spend $10-$25 per month to get a box with a handful of deluxe samples. Usually (hopefully) this isn't the little foil packets you get when shopping online or at the mall, but rather a smaller sized version of the full product. If you're anything like me, it's enough. I almost never actually use a whole product. If I do, it means I've discovered something great. I also love when the makeup is sample sized, so I can include it in my on the go and travel kits. Yes, I do my makeup on the subway (hides head in shame).
A lot of them also have one full sized product each month - I have definitely gotten full sized body scrubs, eye pencils, lip pencils, hairbrush/mirror compacts and vegan makeup brush from EcoTools from these companies. I'm in a stage of trying to buy much, much less (hence the shift in focus from shoes on this blog, and relative quiet) but this is a great way to still get that little excitement of a package in the mail and new things without spending a fortune on full-sized products. I have certainly gotten my money's worth in the past. I think consumers benefit from the cross-promotional pricing.
Well, now you can participate without the worry that a non-vegan product will sneak in! I'll be blogging here as I get my packages. Find them at www.petitvour.com and www.facebook.com/PetitVour.