Sample beauty boxes recently arrived in Australia. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, it’s basically a concept where for a monthly fee, you get sent a number of sample-sized products from deluxe beauty brands. The idea is to introduce you to new brands and allow you to test out their products. However, you don’t get to find out what is included in the box until you open it. For US, they have Birchbox. For UK, they have GLOSSYBOX. Currently, Australia have Lust Have It and Beauty Box and there are others to follow, e.g. Red Meow and Haute Box.
Anyway, for “beauty blogging purposes”, I signed up for Lust Have It a few months ago and after receiving my second box, I unsubscribed. Australian sample beauty boxes are simply not my cuppa tea – allow me to explain…
I had high expectations after seeing the US and UK versions of these beauty boxes because they appear to have prettier packaging and sometimes, there are full-sized products in the boxes (e.g. NARS Orgasm Illuminator in May’s GLOSSYBOX). First impressions count!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t WOW’ed with the contents of the first 2 boxes of Lust Have It :-
- Ist box : Bioeffect EGF serum (love!), Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (okay), Mirenesse Lip Plumper (meh!), Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream (bleh!), Armani Sport Code (Last time, I checked, I’m female!), Naked Tan – Goddess Bronzer (I’m Asian and I don’t like tan!)
- 2nd box : Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (love!), Kerastase Elixir Ultime (like!), Nicole by OPI x 2 (adorbs!), Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel (bleh!), Urban Rituelle Flourish Organics Hand Cream (meh!)
The samples are tiny…which means they are cute! And I don’t like to use cute things. As you can see, I love to collect cute wee dinky samples – which are usually free! So why the heck am I paying for cute wee samples when I can just head to beauty counters and ask for samples there?! “Hello Kiehl’s!” Or even better, go shopping in Seoul, Korea and receive samples galore! Of course, the plane ticket there isn’t free!!
Sample-sized products are great for travelling purposes but on a daily basis, I use my regular-sized products. There’s usually not enough product in sample sizes to last two weeks; let alone, allow me to make an informed decision of whether I genuinely like a product or not.
$14.95 per month isn’t expensive if you’re a full-time worker, but we live on our credit card so I had to say “bye bye” to Lust Have It. They were nice about it when I emailed them to unsubscribe. Apparently I’m the first person to unsubscribe so they let me off with the 30 days notice which is usually required. I’d rather save $15 per month to tick off items on my neverending wishlist.
However, do not let my experience put you off Australian sample beauty boxes. It’s great receiving monthly surprise packages and I bet I’ll be kicking myself one day if one of my highly lusted items turns up in one of the boxes.
Have you signed up for any sample beauty boxes? What do you think about it?