Febraury CosmoBox – A Bumper Edition

It’s really funny how ALL my beauty box subscriptions come in the same week when, if I remember correctly, they should be spread out across 2 weeks.
Well, today I have my last box to review – the February Cosmobox. Honestly, it is looking quite good! There’s a BeautyFoot foot mask, Wella hair treatments, Avene cleanser and toner, a Stage eyeliner and a whole bunch of Murad products!
On to the items in detail:
BeautyFoot | BeautyFoot easy Pack (RM55.90)
Beautyfoot is the perfect remedy to help treat hard, dry, rough or callused soles. This pair of foot mask is an innovative and natural home remedy aimed at treating unsightly foot problems in just one painless seating, extracting foot odor and remove unsightly dry skin, leaving you with beautiful renewed skin in just a few days.
I have seen similar products as this BeautyFoot mask around and was always curious about it. I think the first time I ever saw it was on YouTube where this beauty guru took photos of her feet before, DURING and after this treatment. The ‘during’ shots were…ewwww… but the ‘after’ shots showed her feet so smooth and shiny. I really do want to try this on but I regularly wear opened toed shoes, which means that if I do this everyone would be able to see my icky peeling feet D: Where is a long holiday when you need one! Haha.
Eau Thermale Avène | Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser (200ml/RM79.90)
Ths exceptionally smooth gel cleanse contains Avène Thermal Spring Water, micro-granules of Vitamin E and safflower oil to sooth and moisturize normal to combination sensitive skin without upsetting the skin’s natural pH balance.
Eau Thermale Avène | Avène Gentle Toner (200ml/RM79.90)
This very gentle and protective alcohol-free toner contains Avène Thermal Spring Water and silicates to moisturize, soften and protect sensitive skin form external aggression.
My rather picky friend swears by the Avène Thermal Spring Water facial mist that she buys the large bottle to spray all over herself on a hot day. And my cousin swears by spring water being good for your skin whether you drink it or use it in your beauty routine.
Seeing that both these products contain spring water I guess it can’t go all that wrong right?
Murad | White Brilliance Wrinkle and Pore Refining Treatment (30ml/RM418)
Serun that brightens your skin while tightening pores and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Reduces the appearance of pores by 62%!
Murad | White Brilliance Illiminating Day Moisture SPF 20 PA++ (50ml/RM298)
Light lotion illuminates and hydrates skin while protecting it from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It prevents formation sof dark spots and pigmentations. Pearl powder instantly gives the skin a luminous appearance.
Murad | White Brilliance Illiminating Night Moisture (50ml/RM308)
Antioxidant rich night cream that conditions and softens skin while infusing it with powerful brightening agents.
More Murad items for me and I haven’t even used anything I received earlier on. And guess what came with all these Murad goodies – a RM30 voucher again! I wonder if I can use all my vouchers at one time. 3 vouchers would mean I can get RM90 off.. How I wish!
Murad | Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30 (50ml/RM170)
Prevents sign of premature aging caused by environmental exposure. It delivers high SPF protection and providing intense hydration with an oil free matte finish.
This is interesting. It would definitely be good for when I go snorkeling at the islands. Oil free means it won’t be as harmful to the corals right? I forgot to at least take a whiff of the product to see if it had the standard Sunblock smell. I will update the post when I have tried it!
Wella Professional Care | Brilliance Treatment, Enrich Treatment and Enrich Self Warning Treatment (150ml/RM52)
The creamy mask of Brilliance helps to restore a healthy look to hair, leaving it with an instantly noticeable soft, irresistible touch, whilst Enrich Moisturizing enhances vibrancy of coloured hair, leaving it with an instantly noticeable soft, irresistible touch. Then cosy up with Self Warming to a unique rinse-out self-warming formula, which can replenish all hair textures, leaving hair instantly full of shine and soft to touch.
I am as usual going to pass on the treatment for colored hair to my mom and try out the other two. Moisturizing Treatments is definitely what I need. Self-warming tratment? I definitely have to try this soon. But it also means I will need to find a block of time to do this. I did not read the instructions yet (whats new huh) but I do believe that I would need at least 30minutes. Right? #fail
Hmm.. I wonder if all these treatments are OK to use by a person who has problems with hair fall

Stage | Kohl Intense Pencil (RM33)
Stage Kohl Intense Pencil is a soft pencil that lines defines and shades the eyes with rich, intense color in a silky-smooth matte finish. Perfect for that smudged, smokey, sexy look.
I did try this one out and I love it! I only used it as a regular eyeliner though. It was really a very intensed black and glided on my lids perfectly. As for staying power and smudging – it stayed on well but smudged a little. But I guess it makes sense since it is supposed to be used to create that smudged, smokey, sexy look.
Honestly, Cosmobox has improved tremendously since their December box which is a very good thing. From all sample sized products to multiple full sized products in a box, I can’t complain much. And from the looks of the price, the other products in the box are quite high end too!
Considering that I have finally gone through all my boxes, I have decide don which one to keep. Of the four subscriptions that I have, I am definitely going to keep my ModBox subscription and probably/maybe my Vanity Trove subscription, or should I keep this Cosmobox subscription?
I actually have a month more for VT and maybe 2 months for Cosmobox. I shall wait for each to expire and decide on the last box. Fair? No? How now brown cow?


Vanity Trove March 2013 – The Temptress

My Vanity Trove March box is here! I think this is one of the boxes which had a hiccup in shipping because of all the public holidays we had last month.
At first glance, this box looked kinda empty, but after I dug through the box and picked some of the items out from inside the paper packing I was really pleased with it!
On to the products!
Kanebo Lunasol | Skin Fusing Powder Foundation (10.5g/RM140)
The Skin Fusing Powder Foundation provides a natural coverage and ensures a shine-free appearance with it’s SPF 20 PA++ powder formula.Instead of staying as a thick layer of makeup, the foundation blends and melts into your skin when applied. This smoothens any uneven surfaces and gives you a dewy and radiant complexion.
Kanebo Lunasol | Smoothing Makeup Base
Developed exclusively for our Skin Fusing Powder Foundation. This gel-cream type makeup base spreads well and smoothes your skin while evening out pores and bumps on your skin. The light-diffusion effect gives your skin radiance and keeps it smooth for hours. This makeup base helps foundation adhere evenly to your skin and maintains the beauty of your foundation for hours. Contains treatment ingredients to care for dryness-prone skin.
I have always wanted to try Kanebo products but as usual do not want to splurge on them. Yay for beauty boxes indeed! I wonder what they mean by skin fusing. Hmm..
The Smoothing Makeup Base wasn’t in the product list. I guess it is a special extra. Afterall it is supposed to complement the Skin Fusing Powder Foundation.
OMG! The sample is so small it’s so cute! LOL
Asian Potions | Blooming Ginger Body Lotion (250ml/RM89)
The Blooming Ginger Body Lotion is made from natural flower, fruits and plant essences, will moisturize your skin and improve firmness over time. Delicately scented with ginger flowers and a light mix of Asian floral scents, this is the perfect skin quencher that provides you with a deep inner calmness after a long day. Paraben, SLS and petrochemical free.
This little thing was the item that was hiding in the paper packing. At first I only saw the 10% discount voucher it came with and that was why i went digging for it. Haha. Anyways, I liked the lotion a lot! It was really moisturising and the scent was really refreshing. It is not your average perfume scent but rather a nice traditional herb-y woodsy scent.
I was intrigued with what other scents they had so I popped by their store in Publika. Their store was just a small place but it was packed with goodies from floor to ceiling! I did spot a few things that I wanted but I one of it was out of stock. I definitely will go back there next month to pick them up:)
Être Belle Sensiplus | Hydrasilk Gel Tonic (140ml/RM138)
Here’s something for the ladies with sensitive skin! The Sensiplus Hydrasilk Gel Tonic works to sooth and moisturise one’s delicate and irritated skin. Apply to your skin in the morning and evening after cleasing and gently massgae in, followed by the Hydrasilk Day and Night Cream.
Être Belle Sensiplus | Hydrasilk Day and Night Cream (50ml/RM188)
The Sensiplus Hydrasilk Day and Night Cream protects allergy-prone skin against environmental stressors and helps to relieve itching and irritation of the skin. Armed with silk proteins, white tea and pure vegetable ingredients, this power packed moisturizing cream can be used round the clock for 24 hours.

Hmm.. SPF 10 for a night cream? I wonder why..

It looks interesting and I hve heard that silk is good for your skin. But this sample is so small. I wonder how many days I can use it for. I should’ve had this on me when I went for lunch just now! My friend tried on my hand cream and almost immediately had an allergic reaction! She said it was itchy at first but elevated to stinging pain in under 20 minutes. I feel so bad about it D:

Bio Essence | Bio-Energy Firm & Brighten Eye Cream SPF 15 (3ml)
The Bio-Energy ingredient increases metabolism and improves blood and oxygen circulation helping to reduce melanin precipitate and eliminates dark circles.
This little item seems to be a little extra addition into the Temptress box. There was no indication or description on the products card.
Anyways, I saw ‘eliminates dark circles‘ I am sold! My dark circles are getting worse than before. I am quite sure it is not because I have not been getting enough sleep as I have been sleeping before midnight these few days. It may be my dry eyes condition. Hmm..
Timeless Truth | TT Orchid Extract Whitening Mask (1 sheet/RM10)
Be excessively pampered with Orchid, Purple Peril and Chamomile extracts, the TT Orchid Extract Whitening Mask whitens, brightens and moisturises. Each sheet is stretchable and form-fitting, giving you perfect comfort and full coverage for every application. There is even enough essence left in every packet to nourish your neck and body!
I so fail when it comes to using masks. I still haven’t tried all the other masks I received from the other beauty boxes. Gah. Although I am home almost all nights I don’t know why I do not use them. I need to be more hardworking on this aspect.
I kinda liked this box actually. The samples in there may all be slightly on the small side (I think it is because I received my ModBox first!) but they are all relatively high end products. As usual they have all been moved to my samples drawer which is filling up rather quickly. LOL
Three down one to go! And the last box I have is the first ever subscription I have. Come back soon to see if I am happy with it:)

February ModBox

I think I have to make this week beauty box week. The wonderful boxes all decided to come in within 7 days and I can’t wait to share them with you! I am really impressed with quite a few of them actually and it is making it hard for me to decide which to keep! Gah!
Anyways, here is my February ModBox. Guess how many products are full sized!
Can’t tell?
Well, all but one of the 5 items are full sized! And the lone sample is a deluxe sample which is 75% the volume of the full sized item! How awesome is that!
Without further ado, on to the products!
Shaire London | Silk Classic Collection Hair Perfume (Dry Shampoo) (60ml/RM35.90)
This is THE ultimate all-in-one hair product!Great for in between washes, it cleanses, conditions and revitalizes your hair, and repairs and strengthens hair roots – all in one nifty little bottle. Spray on both hair and scalp, and trust us, you’ll love how soft and silky your hair feels after.
Just before receiving this box I was staring at an online shop thinking if I should add the dry shampoo in my cart. I did not, and I am glad that I did not as this little bottle of awesomeness just happened to be in my box! Unlike most dry shampoos, Shaire’s dry shampoo is actually in liquid form. At first I was skeptical but after I used it I kinda liked it! It lives up to it’s description as a Hair Perfume and makes your hair smelling really great. As for making you feeling fresh it definitely does that! I used it twice, both times just before it was hair wash day and it did me good. I immediately could feel the greasiness say bye-bye and this fresh feeling lasted a good whole day 😀
Perkins | Nail Wrap (20 strips/RM39.90)
Can’t find the time for a mani-pedi?Don’t let that deter you from having fabulous and stylish nails! Perkins Nail Wrap is a super easy way to sport glamorous nails in an instant – just peel, apply and file!
I finally own a set of nail wraps! But, as much as I love glitter… Blue isn’t really my color! I read the instructions and it seems this set is good for both a mani AND a pedi! and given that they provided you with 20 strips, you can actually do both! And judging by the length of these, anyone with short nails like me may be able to squeeze in 2 mani-pedis. *win for almost nubbins*
Juice Beauty | Cleansing Gel (RM115/200ml)
Brighten! Lighten! Tighten! Isn’t that what we all want? Now, we can have all that for our skin with this brightening cleanser which result is a more refined complexion with it’s antioxidant rich organic lemon, apple and purifying botanicals properties.
Organic Ingredients? Check! Fragrance Free? Check!
Nope I have not used this product yet but from reviews I read online it seems that this is quite a keeper! It may come off a little herb-y to some but that shows you that it is definitely organic. Makes sense? LOL. I told myself that I need to finish up whatever products I have before moving on to new ones. This item is definitely on my must-try-soon list as soon as my current cleanser runs dry!
Ohyea, by the way, this is the sample product. I actually did not realise it until I started to type out this post. For a sample, it is so well packaged! Just like the full sized item I assume.
Essence | Smokey Eyes Set in 04 Show Off (3g/RM11.90)
Smokey eyes just got easier! This handy set comes with a cream eyeliner that can be used as a base, a powder eyeshadow plus a dual ended applicator. Definitely on our must-have list for a night out!
Essence | XXXL Nudes Lipgloss in 05 Forever Rose (5ml/RM9.90)
The ultimate shine for your lips. Keep your lips shimmery and moisturized with Vitamin E and Panthenol without leaving behind a sticky feeling.
I have been searching high and low for Essence products (nail polishes especially!) but have not been so lucky. So far I know of only 2 places 1 drugstore that carries it but half the time only 10% of the nail polishes from the older range are there. When I saw these items I was super happy! One of my resolutions is to wear more make up and this definitely fits in there perfectly! The lipgloss is just nice to help me transition from almost no makeup to a bolder look! Just a hint of shimmer does the job well. The eye duo on the other hand may take me a little more time to use. I did a quick swatch of it and it (to a person who wears no eye makeup at all) seemed a little to dark for work. But I will definitely use it for parties or maybe formal events!
Do I like this box? Of course I do! I do not have to do the maths but the value of all the items in this box definitely exceeds it’s price!
Will I keep this subscription? I am really tempted to! I have one more box to go then I will make my decision. The odds are looking good though. Haha!
This is a personal review, I am in no way associated with the company or any of the brands featured here.

February a.k.a Chinese New Year WonderBox

Two down one to go!
This is my second of my 3 month WonderBox subscription. I am still sitting on the fence on which box to keep but I have a rough idea. I shall announce my choice by the time I have reviewed all the other boxes which are heading my way.
Here we are, my March WonderBox!
There isn’t much in this months box if you ask me. Comparitively, this box reminds me very much of the December CosmoBox. BUT! Do you see the 3 small bottles in there? Yes! Nail polishes! 😀 This definitely makes this box lots better!
On to the products:
Murad | VITALIC® T-Zone Pore Refining Gel (50ml/RM228)
Clears pores while balancing oily and dry zones, visibly reduces pore size for a flawless complexion.
Tips: Apply gel after toning and follow-up with moisturizer after application to prevent dryness. Apply evenly over area of skin with large pores.
Murad | Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer (50ml/RM180)
Lightweight, oil free moisturizer infuses skin with hydration and protects against UVA/UVB rays.
More Murad items! And did I mention it came with another RM30 coupon? I have only tried the primer from the January box and I loved it so I have a good feeling for Murad products. I have to catch up on reviewing products I receive in the beauty boxes I subscribe to :S
H20+ | Marine Toner (200ml/RM99)
Revitalizing, alcohol-free toner that sweeps away impurities while improving moisture absorption. With Allantoin, Provitamin B and Hydrating Marine Blend.
H20+ | Oasis™ Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser (120ml/RM99)
Deeply Cleanse and revitalize skin with this gently refining, oil-free formula. Made with natural fruit enzymes, jojoba beads, and moisturizing marine botanicals.
Hmm.. I see that the main ingredients in H20+ products are marine botanicals. Interesting. Will it matter if I am allergic to seafood? LOL.
Well, I have never used H20+ products before but I do know a few die hard fans! I will definitely give it a go in due time. Or when I am on holiday. I am already planning in my head which products to bring on my holiday in July! *sunblock, lots of moisturizer, nail polishes maybe? Hmmmm*

And last but definitely not least – Jacqueline Burchell Nail Polishes Lacquer.

Jacqueline Burchell Nail Lacquer (5ml/RM22)
With over 250 nail lacquer colors to choose from, Jacqueline Burchell nai llacquer will bring out the color in your life. Certified to be free of Toulene, Formaldehyde and Dibuthyl phalate.
Yay for nail polishes! The first thing that came to mind when I saw these colors was – galaxy nails! The colors are not really my cuppa tea but they do look really ‘out of this world’. I am in the midst of swatching and editing them really. I will have a post on these babies up really soon!
I kinda liked this box even though there were no full sized samples in it. Or maybe the nailpolishes count as fell size? I don’t know. But either way, I definitely have to send at least 2 subscriptions to the chopping board. It may not seem like it when you have a subscription or two but when you actually stupidly signed on to 6 boxes, you do find it a little too overwhelming! Back to the thinking board for me!
This is a personal review, I am in no way associated with Cosmobox or any of the brands featured here.

Vanity Trove February Box

And finally! My Vanity Trove beauty box. I have heard many good reviews of their previous boxes so I was really excited to get it! I took really long to type out this post because I was busy celebrating the Lunar New Year and work. Mostly the latter actually.
Here we have today is the February Edition debut box for Vanity Trove Malaysia . Before this box Vanity Trove was shipping directly from Singapore and the coupons given were for use in Singapore only. Now with Vanity Trove Malaysia we don’t have any problems with that!
The construction of the Vanity Trove box is slightly different form other boxes. Instead of a regular top opened box this box slides out like a drawer! I have half a mind to stick a few of these together to create my own little drawer tower 😀
Here are the contents of my box:

Clockwise from left: b.liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel, small box filled with chocolates, benefit POREfessional, SP Repair shampoo and mask, Di Palomo Tuscan Rose Hand & Body Lotion, Oriks Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence and BB Cream
With the box was the product description card and a handwritten note too! The chocolates were Merci Chocolates and were gone by the time I finished snapping photos. 😛

On to the products!

b.liv | Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel (45ml/RM179.90)

Remove white heads and blckheads gently and effectively with Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel! This wonder Gel also keeps oil secretions under control and banishes all kinds of skin irritations.

I have not had the chance to use this product yet as I am still testing out my facial care package from Human Nature but this does sound interesting. All I need to do is to apply it for 14days and I will be black/white head free!

Tuscan Rose | Hand and Nail Cream (75ml/RM59)
An enriching and luxurious Hand and Nail Cream blended with Olive & Grapeseed Oils to leave your hands soft, smooth and nourished.

Yay for hand cream! I took a quick whiff of it and at first I was taken aback. The scent was really strong! But as I wore it I started to fall in love with it. This is not your regular rose scent. It is much more sensual and matured. This hand cream is also very moisturising and has awesome staying power. I could still pick up a faint scent after a handwash or two!
System Professional | Repair Shampoo (250ml/RM65) and Repair Mask (200ml/RM100)
The Repair Shampoo detangles and evens out hair structure After cleansing, try the Repair Mask, which improves texture by up to 200% after a single applicaiton.

More System Professional Hair Care products! I first got the SP Smoothen Shampoo and Mask form my Cosmobox and I loved the maskback then. I am sure it will be the same this time round too!
ORIKS | Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence (35ml/RM218)
Soft anf velvety, the Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence reduces visible pores while hydrating and nourishing your skin.

ORIKS | BB Cream (35ml/RM108)
The BB Cream is formulated with plant stem cells to repair and keep your skin healthy while covering imperfections. It’s unique 3 tier cream design includes the milk lotion with wild ginseng, the concealer and the serum with repair complex CLR.

Ginseng has always been a favorite in the Chinese culture for good health and all so I do believe that when used in beauty products it will definitely help. BB Cream samples? Why thank you! How did you know I am trying out different kinds of BB Creams! I will definitely review this one day!

benefit | POREfessional (22ml/RM115)

Minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines with this smooth operator. Silky and lightweight, wear POREfessional balm on its own or under or on top of makeup, Its translucent, oil-free formula complements different skin tones and helps makeup stay put. It contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect the skin from free radicals.

This is my favorite product in the box! I tried it on and immediately could see results! My skin was smooth and my pores were visibly smaller. This little sample is 10ml, which when you do the math is almost half of the full size! I will definitely purchase this once this (and all my other samples) run out!  Must.Stick.To.Low.Buy!
All in all I am loving this beauty box by Vanity Trove! There is quite a few products from well known brands and all decent sized samples too! They also have a variety among their boxes as I can see the prices for other products from the same brands on the product description card.
RM60  may seem a little on the expensive side compared to other subscription boxes. Compared to the other boxes, all the products in the box are deluxe sized samples, no full sized items here. BUT if you actually bother to do the math, you definitely got your moneys worth in this box.

If you are interested to purchase this box head on to the Vanity Trove website to sign up. Remember to pick the correct country when you are checking out to avoid missing out on them! Of course, don’t forget to follow Vanity Trove Malaysia on Facebook for sneak peeks!

This is a personal review, I am in no way associated with Cosmobox or any of the brands featured here.