Monday, August 1, 2011

July Luxe Box!

This post contains graphic and self indulgent whining.  
Truly indicative of first world problems.  
Reader discretion is advised.  

Well another month and another opportunity for Canada Post to redeem itself.  This month's Luxe box arrived on time, and in this condition....

Perfectly intact, yay!  Ribbon was removed for slightly lame artistic attempt.  I happily opened it all up to reveal what was inside for this month.  

And my honest first reaction was this...wah, wah, waaahhh (to the tune of the wrong answer when you're on a game show).   This is my third box and so far the only one that let me down.  When I first looked at it, all I noticed were the truly tiny sample sized items.  Previously the sample sizes I got were larger than standard, but these were...tiny and like the ones you can get anywhere.  Also there was a Joico K-pak hair serum product last month, so to get another hair oil right away was a bit of a let down.  Anyway here's all that was inside.

I know I am going to sound like a bit of a whiner, but I received this on the same day I watched Jayme and Mendi review their July Birchbox and there's was just sooo much can see that here.  I think that just added to my disappointment.  

Okay so for my first impressions: 

Proclaim hair oil treatment - Again this is a small sample size, not to harp on that...too late right?  It's an Argan oil product meant to be used on damp or dry hair to smooth your hair and tame flyaways.  Well the good news is that it works, the bad...I can't stand the smell.  Anyone try Ojon products?  I couldn't get past their smell and this reminds me of that.  So if you like Ojon then likely this won't bother you...if you don't you will have to wash your hair to get the smell out, like I did.  I will be giving this away to a friend or family member to try.  Maybe the scent won't bother them. 

Trucco Pro Lip liner - This is obviously a full size product so bonus points for that.  Do they even make a sample size liner?  Actually that would be a good idea wouldn't it?  It's a pretty pink, has good staying power but I don't really use lip liners (pretty lazy) so I won't get a lot of use out of this.  I did wear this all over my lip with a lip balm over it, and it was pretty but not a look I'd do everyday. 

Essie Nail Polish - Again this is a full size (so what was all the whining about earlier right?).  This is a beautiful deep red color that I will definitely use as a pedicure color.  I got the shade 'poor little rich girl', how ironic given the tone of this post.  This is my 3rd box and my second polish.  This seems a bit soon for another polish, but I think if I was happier with this box overall I wouldn't have even mentioned it.  

Stella in Two Peony Fragrance - So I looked at this little vial and thought grumpily, these are those lame lil vial size samples you get at any cosmetics counter.  But when I picked it up to smell it I noticed that it's actually a bit bigger than those, and has the cutest little sprayer on the end.  Never seen anything like it.

This little perfume is what completely redeemed this month's box.  I freaking LOVE it.  You only need the smallest amount of this gorgeous smelling scent.  It smells like I'm a wealthy, extremely stylish woman who's on a really fabulous and extravagant holiday and I've just showered, spritzed on my signature perfume and gotten ready to go out for dinner after an indulgent day of lounging oceanside in my private cabana.  You know that smell?  I will definitely be getting this in a larger size.  

So all in all, a little let down but I would still recommend Luxe box.   Looking forward and remaining hopeful about August's box!


  1. Oh, I agree with you. It's nice that there's a full size nail polish but I would never pay $10 to receive such puny little samples. I'm glad I didn't sign up.

  2. Wow, you got a great bunch of goodies there! Good thing everything came to you in tact :)

  3. Wow, that is really disappointing!

  4. Wow I just discovered your blog and I really like it. It has a nice personal touch. Following you immediately. Hope you will like mine too

  5. Great goodies! I love the nail polish!

  6. God you're hilarous, I was cracking up from the disclaimer all the way to the scent description! Snarky attitude and beauty reviews, win-win. Sorry you were bummed with your box this month but I've got to say that I'm anxiously awaiting the day when they'll ship to the US, I like the look of the Luxe box so much better than the Birch boxes.

  7. Okay sucks it that they gave you the same hair oil, but I like the other stuff. Now they need to amp it up to slightly larger sizes so you don't have to kick someone's head off. Oh yeah I'm in a great mood. woops!

    Thank you so much for your kind words on Grayce. It's a devastating time over here. Some people have kids, we have our cats and Grayce was our top girl. Going to cry a little more :(


  8. Liz - Haha..and suddenly I feel the need to defend it, crazy right?

    Huda, Vintage & D. Sadie - Thanks ladies, intact is truly better than the alternative :)

    Tamara - Thanks for the follow and I'll be sure to check out your blog.

    Charlotte - Haha...thanks so much, I thought I might have come off as a bit self indulgent and trite so I appreciate that you saw the humor in it :)

    Carrie - Hey thanks for the comment, I'm glad I don't have to kick someone's head off too..mostly b/c I probably couldn't. I'm thinking of you and your loss...hang in there :)

  9. Great whiny post! I love it!! You are hilarious!
    I was a little let down by mine as well. I got a chubbier lip pencil though-one that's more of a lipstick as well. Weird how they vary the products. I hope next the one is better as well!

  10. Hi! Thanks for linking to us!! There's so much build up for these monthly boxes! I'm anxiously awaiting next months Birchbox. Can't wait to smell the Stella perfume.
    Here's to the next one...

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. Hmmm I'm still not sure how I feel toward these "boxes", I feel there's always a little something disappointing...

  12. Your post made me laugh ; ) Here's to hoping August's box is a bit more fulfilling. As in FULL!

  13. Just wondering about the perfume...if I use it, will I BE a wealthy, stylish and fabulous woman that always smells like a fresh flower, cause man, that would be so much easier than what I have to do in the morning just to look 'not scary'. I guess I went on a bit of a whiny tirade too...(talk about a run-on sentence)maybe we are related!

  14. Hey there - We "tagged" you on our blog. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  15. We just got our September Birchbox and we are bummed. We were so excited about it being their 1 year anniversary box and it was a bit of a let down. We are going to post a video on it next week.

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings


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