Thursday 19 December 2013

BellaBox - December 2013

The December BellaBox arrived late last week. Unlike previous months, it arrived in a plain cardboard box with a 'bb' sticker slapped on the front. I don't really care what the box looks like though. At least I won't feel bad about throwing this box into the recycle. No idea if this is the new packaging. 

I was expecting a Christmas themed box but it appears to be a themed around celebrating Summer. Not sure how well the items fit the theme but then I never seem to. 

The December Bella Box contains:

Limited Edition BellaBox Tote Bag - $19.95
This is listed on the card as a gift. It is just a calico bag with a chevron print on one side. It is cute (and will probably be useful) but I would not pay 20 bucks for it.

Romy Hand & Nail Cream - 100ml $33.50
I seem to be accumulating a lot of hand creams, pretty much all from sample boxes. This one is scented with cinnamon and cocoa which actually smells really nice. It seems fast absorbing too (from my quick test). I can't say I would pay over $30 for a hand cream though - it is not essential enough for me to justify the higher price.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rescue Balm - 50ml $24.95
I have been using this on and off for the last couple of days as a lip balm and I am really impressed. It contains rose hip oil which my skin loves so I suppose it is no surprise my lips love it too. This is a little 5g pot but I think it will last some time.

Eslor Sample Pack - from $36.95 to $84.50
This has four 5ml samples of different products from a mask to cleanser. You could probably get a couple of uses from these sachets. BTW I hate sachets. 

Avene Cleanance K Cream-Gel - 40ml $24.95
This moisturiser is designed for oily blemish-prone skin. Not my skin. A decent 5ml sample size but who else is sick of Avene samples?

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Makeup Remover - 125ml $9.99
I have never tried this before (I have used other Simple products). This is a good sized (50ml) sample. Will definetly give it a try, hopefully it is as gentle as it promises.

Mary Kay Fluid Eye Colour - $20.00
I received this in the shade Pearl which is a very pretty champagne colour. I have never used Mary Kay products before (the pushy saleswoman put me off) but I look forward to giving this a shot. 

BONUS Palmer's Cocoa Butter Daily Cleansing Gel & Daily Calming Lotion - $9.99-$12.99
A sachet of each as a bonus product. Meh. 

Overall for me this box is pretty average. There is a couple of items I look forward to using but the rest will be thrown into a drawer to be used at a later unknown date. I was expecting a bit more of a 'wow' box for Christmas, especially after lasts years effort (see here). 

What do you think of this months Bella Box? 
Expecting more for Christmas month edition?


  1. I don't subscribe to BB but I do like reading the posts. This box is pretty average, is it just me or do the same brands seem to be reappearing in all the beauty boxes??

    1. A lot of brands seem to be on repeat in the subscription boxes. I have received the same products from different companies more than once. It is quite disappointing.

  2. I was so disappointed in both Bellabox and Lust Have It (the only reviews I've seen so far) for Christmas this year! Both boxes were pretty darn boring, and I'm sorry to say but sachets and repeat products - I'm looking at you, Avene - are not a great way to celebrate the end of the year! I'll be unsubbing from Bellabox this coming new year, but I still have an ongoing (already paid for) subscription with LHI so that cancellation may have to wait!

    1. I have unsubscribed too. The novelty has worn off. :)

  3. I only signed up to BB in October, so the only box i've had so far is November. Haven't even got my December one yet :( In comparison to the box you got last December, this one is very BLAH! I think i'll reconsider my subscription next year if my box is boring!

    1. Boring boxes are the worst. They are supposed to be a surprise in the mail not a disappointment.

  4. I unsubscribed from BB, their past few boxes were quite disappointing. I did like my LHI box though, mainly because I've had the two full size products on my wishlist for a few months, so I was really excited to see it in the box!

    1. Glad to hear LHI have been putting out some decent boxes. They were shocking for a few months.


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