Usually I’m not one for expensive subscription boxes, but when Dollibox offered to send me their affordable beauty subscription service, i thought it was worth putting a £10 subscription box through it’s paces – especially when they boast full size products and some seriously big name brands.
When the box arrived i was really surprised just how much was inside the little box and that all of the products were a full size; i know usually a lot of boxes can be padded up with sample sizes and sachets, so I’m glad to see you actually get some value with this one. The variation in the box is what also caught my eye, it wasn’t just beauty products included – this months box also housed a makeup sponge and a hair band.
One of the standout products for me was this saturated colour lipstick (RRP £7), i had heard of the brand before so i was really excited to get it out of the packaging and get swatching and i was not disappointed. As the name suggests this lipstick is packed with pigment and lasting power, it actually stained my arm after swatching, but i don’t mind because think of how that translates into lasting power! When you look at the RRP of £7 thats nearly the total price of the box, which is especially appealing as someone who has spent £25 on a lipsticks in the past..
Also included was a Schwarzkopf fibre force conditioner, i’m a sucker for an essential so when i see something i know I’m going to use and have a genuine need for I’m all the more enthusiastic. This would’ve definitely been something that i would’ve picked up, so it makes the box even more worth it, with an RRP of £9.70. This to me feels like a step up from my usual conditioner, i’m very happy to be adding it to my routine.
We all know I’m a big fan of bath bombs so to get a bath bomb in here as well was a huge bonus, especially when that bath bomb is named pink lemonade no less. Even though i love bath bombs I’m always a little bit worried about their ingredients, so it was good to read that these Skinjam cosmetics bathbombs are all natural and handmade in Yorkshire. RRP £2.50 or 4 for £10, meaning they work out cheaper than most!
i’ve been really into nails recently so this summery shade really stood out to me, and because i’m newly growing them out anything that helps to strengthen them is seriously appealing. I feel like i’ve become a bit of a nail polish connoisseur recently so i can actually judge how good a nail polish is .. and this is really good. If you were in a rush you could’ve gotten away with just one coat but two means complete opaque coverage and great lasting power, usually i wear £7.99 nail polish but this is only £4.50 and the quality is the exact same – if not a little more pigmented.
When i opened the box and found a Babi bear makeup sponge inside i have to admit initially i didn’t know what it was! (i thought it was a nail buffer to be honest) It turns out this makeup sponge can either be used for foundation or powder, at the minute i’ve been using this for powder because i love really patting powder in, but i might get more adventurous and use it for foundation at some point. It was really nice to get something i had never heard of, i feel like the market is pretty cornered by real techniques and beauty blender so it was interesting to be introduced to a new sponge and a really cute one at that.
Like i said at the beginning I’m not one for expensive subscription boxes but i think at £10 a month this is great if you want a monthly treat for yourself, it won’t break the bank but it’ll give you an array of new treats to try out without just receiving a load of sample sizes. I also didn’t realise you aren’t tied down to a contract so you can decide whether or not you want to get a box month by month. Overall this box works out really great value or money (and we all know I’m about that), the total value of the box is £30.65 so considering you can pay as little as £8.50 a month you’re getting a lot for your pounds.
If you’re looking for a subscription service that won’t cost as much as your phone bill then look no further.
What do you think about subscription boxes? – Maria x
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