Last year, I wrote a post about how Australian sample beauty boxes are not my cuppa tea based on my experience with Lust Have It boxes.  Basically, I wasn’t wowed by the products and I felt that the sample sizes were too cute to be used so I was wasting my money.  Well, what do you know?  Like many other Aussie beauty bloggers, I was sent the March edition of both Bellabox and GLOSSYBOX by the respective PR’s, so I won’t bore you all with the exact contents of the box (- it is so last month anyway :P).  Instead I’ll let you know my initial impressions of each beauty box – purely based on that one box alone.

My Initial Impressions Of Bellabox

Australian beauty samples boxes, Bellabox contents

First up, I love the vibrant turquoise blue parcel of the Bellabox.  Pat on the back to whoever chose the colour!  I admired it for ages before I opened it.  Sometimes the best part of a parcel is unwrapping it; rather than what’s inside!  And that’s where I slightly stumbled…  My expectations were raised and sadly, the contents didn’t exactly push my buttons…and I was sad to see that there wasn’t a box but a drawstring bag.  I love collecting boxes!

I’m not entirely sure, but I believe Bellabox has a theme every month and for March, it was the “Bare Faced Beauty” theme.  And with that theme, there were mostly samples of natural skincare products.  The star of the box was the tinted lip balm which was the closest to a make-up item.  And the dud of the box would have to be that muesli cookie – I took one bite and gagged.  But that’s because I am a fussy-eater and I don’t do raisins, sultanas and all that dried fruit nonsense.

My Initial Impressions of GLOSSYBOX

GLOSSYBOX Australia, beauty sample boxes

With GLOSSYBOX, I loved the box within the box concept.  And the box that was within the box can be put to good use to store my bits and pieces.  I also loved that it was beautifully wrapped with the samples placed accordingly.  Another great thing is that I recognised many of the brands in my box.  Sadly, there wasn’t one single make-up item in there.

The problem with providing so many skincare samples is that everyone has different skin types and not every sample provided will be suitable.  I know that I won’t let that Proactiv Cleansing Bar touch my dry/sensitive skin…but on the other hand, I am looking forward to try the Avene Eau Thermale.

Famous Last Words

The sad truth about beauty sample boxes is that you cannot exactly pick and choose what you get.  Some items are winners and some items are losers.  Some people see it as a good thing to test different brands and some see it as a big no-no.  You just can’t win ’em all.

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P.S.  I saw sneak peeks of the April boxes for both brands and the products are more my cuppa tea this month.  Gah!!!!

Let me know your thoughts on beauty sample boxes.  Are you a big fan of them?  Or would you rather spend your money on full-sized goodies?

8 Comments on Australian Sample Beauty Boxes : Bellabox & GLOSSYBOX

  1. Celeste @ Becoming Beautiful
    19/04/2012 at 11:25 am (6 years ago)

    Bellabox used to be box within a box too. Did they keep the satchel for April as well?

  2. Minda
    19/04/2012 at 6:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ll let the Pro Activ bar touch my skin! Been wanting to try that out. I’ll swap you for something in my beauty cache.

    • Ling
      26/04/2012 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

      @Minda, Oh yay!

  3. Lilit
    19/04/2012 at 9:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m not a fan of these boxes… when they first came out I signed to 3 of them but cancelled all within 3 months as the contents never wowed me. I can put my $15pm to better use thank you. Oh and I got a press release today, Glossybox has been bought over by Lust Have It, so let’s see what that means.

    • Ling
      26/04/2012 at 9:35 pm (6 years ago)

      @Lilit, I know what you mean about putting the $15 towards something better! It sounded so promising at first but then the boxes are just too disappointing 🙁

      And yeah, does that mean they will have better boxes???

  4. Jo
    21/09/2012 at 10:22 am (5 years ago)

    I got my first Bellabox this month (September) and loved it. You fill out a questionnaire when you sign up about your likes, skin type, hair type etc, so they do try to cater to what you are interested in. I got one full sized item, about five smaller samples and a gift voucher to a clothing store, so it seems like pretty good value, especially when you take into account the postage and cost of the beautiful packaging. If I could I would sign up to them all (very dangerous!) but it’s like getting a little present in the mail each month and I think I could quite easily become addicted to them!

    • Ling
      23/09/2012 at 6:45 pm (5 years ago)

      @Jo, Yes, it is dangerously addictive isn’t it?