LaRitzy Box Review, January 2016

LaRitzy Box, $24.99 per month for regular box, $14.99 per month for LaMini box; ships to US for free, Canada for $5, and UK, Australia, NZ, India, Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany, and France for $10

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My sweet little 7-week-old Holland Lop, Emmet, was happy to show off that LaRitzy, a vegan box, does not contain products that test on his bunny brethren. LaRitzy sends subscribers four to five full size or deluxe sample size products per month in the regular size box and two to three per month in the LaMini box.  

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Here's what was in my January LaRitzy box:

The box was worth $72 if you count only one of the Mai Couture highlighter booklets.  I believe there was only supposed to be one per box, but there was a second in mine, which was probably an accident.  I tweeted LaRitzy to ask if there were supposed to be two in highlighters in the box and have not heard back from them yet.  Once I have heard from them, I'll update this.  If it was supposed to be there, it brings the value up to $100.

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The Zoe Organics Cream contains no water at all, so it is a hardcore moisturizer meant for extremely dry skin and even eczema.  It has a shea base, but also contains many other beneficial plant oils and extracts.  It doesn't really have any scent to it, so if you're sensitive to strong smells, this is a good choice.  While shea is amazing for the driest skin, it has never been my favorite.  It makes me feel so greasy after I use it and it takes the greasiness a while to go away.  This is great if you have dry skin and don;t mind waiting for a few minutes after applying this for it to be fully absorbed.  Shea isn't for everyone, but if you love shea, I would recommend this product.

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I loved the GlamNatural mascara I got last month, so I was looking forward to trying another product from them.  This is a shea butter-based lip gloss with a beautiful shimmery rose color.  Lip gloss isn't my thing, but I will always give a gloss a try.  This one's color ended up being MLBB (My Lips But Better), so very similar to my natural lip color, but giving it a little extra something.  I liked the color a lot and the shimmeriness was gorgeous.  It didn't have that gross sticky feeling that so many lip glosses have, so that was a big plus.  My only complaint was that this formula didn't have all that much staying power, but I don't know that I've ever found a gloss that lasts for a long time.

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Otavea is making a new scrub scent, lemon, and LaRitzy subscribers get to be the first people to try it out!  The lemon scent isn't on their website yet, so the link above goes to their general body scrub section.  I love citrus-y scents!  This smells amazing!  Be sure to watch the Otavea site for when they start selling this stuff so you can snap it up.  I was a little disappointed in the size of the sample, but it has enough for a few uses if you don't go too heavy on it.  The sugar body scrub is exfoliating but not harsh or abrasive.  My skin felt silky after I got out of the shower.  Sugar scrubs are some of my favorite things, so I can't wait for Otavea to start selling the lemon scent.

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I got a Mai Couture blush papier sample in my Petit Vour box last month and liked that, but I had never tried their highlighter papier.  Mai Couture's papier booklets are fabulous for travel or for keeping in your purse for touch ups.  You rip a paper out of the book, tear it in half, then use on half for one side of your face, the other half for the other side.  The color of this highlighter was St. Barts, but they also make a lighter higlighter called Crystal Cove.  The picture above of the inside of the booklet wasn't in the best lighting, but it gives you a good idea of the medium peachy color.  I wish I had gotten the lighter color because St. Barts was too dark for me to use as a highlighter.  It worked well as a blush for my pale skin, though, so it won't go to waste.  I was impressed that the color stayed on all day.  

I loved the January LaRitzy box.  The Otavea scrub was my favorite, but I liked everything else, too.  The Mai Couture Highlighter Papier is going to be blush instead of highlighter for me, but I'm okay with that.  While I don't like shea butter's greasiness, my hands have been beyond dry this winter, so that Zoe Organics Cream is going to get a lot of use.  The GlamNatural gloss gave me the MLBB color, which is great when you aren't going for such a dramatic look.  Everything in this box will get used by me.  I'm very happy I decided to subscribe to LaRitzy and I'm looking forward to their February box.