It's time for the February wrap-up! I'll give a quick overview of all thirteen boxes I got this month in case you missed any of the reviews. I'll also link to the full reviews so you can read the whole thing if any box piques your interest. If my opinions changed on any of the products after I wrote the review for a box, I'll make a note of that here. February was a great month for beauty boxes!
First, we have LaRitzy Box. The February box was a lot of fun. I loved the Doe Hair Pact in Bora Bora. It made my hair shiny and soft. The LOVEFRESH deodorant in Moroccan Rose Absolute is the first natural deodorant that I've liked! It smells great and it's a stick, not a jar. It's definitely on the very pricey side for a deodorant at $24, but if natural deodorant is important to you, I recommend checking this out. The Lather Cucumber Facial Cleanser was gentle, but deeply cleansing. It would be the perfect cleanser for someone with sensitive skin. It smells like cucumber in the bottle, but once you rub it on your face, it develops a bit of a spicy scent. The scent was a little different, but I liked it. Finally, there was the Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask. This is a fabulous mask! The one drawback is that, at $64, it is on the expensive side. You might remember that I got this in my January Kloverbox. I have heard from a number of people that if you have sensitive skin, this mask can be irritating and cause redness. I have not had that problem, fortunately, but you might want to do a patch test if you are worried about how your skin might react to this. Overall, February was an amazing box for LaRitzy. It was worth $1111, which is a great value for a $25 box!
Next up was the always lovely Kloverbox. The Balanced Guru Hug Me Long and Sweet Body Butter was a spoiler for the December box. They didn't get the labels for the jars in time, so the Balanced Guru body oil was substituted instead in December. Kloverbox promised to include the body butter in a later box, and here it is! This is a hard butter that quickly softens to a light oil with a little body heat. I personally preferred the Balanced Guru body oil, but this was nice, too. The cocoa scent was a little too strong for me. Emily absolutely loved the body butter, though, and thought the scent was beautiful. I adored q.c. naturals' Timmy's Toner that I got in a beauty box a few months ago, so I was happy to try the Karan's Cleanser that was in the February Kloverbox. This was a very gentle, but surprisingly good, cleanser that I highly recommend. It's always fun when Kloverbox throws in a snack, and they chose the Theo Cinnamon Crunch 70% Dark Chocolate bar, perfect for Valentine's Day. I love dark chocolate and cinnamon, so I was looking forward to trying this. I liked it, but I really wish it was heavier on the cinnamon. There was also the beautiful Small Keys Be My Valentine Handmade Soap (no longer available because it was made for the holiday, but I linked to Small Keys' main site). It smells great and is almost too cute to use. Definitely take a look around the Small Keys Etsy shop. I want one of everything! Kloverbox had another amazing month. It was curated perfectly. Also, I should note that Kloverbox has a new company helping it with shipping, so boxes are going out much earlier now. I was never bothered by the boxes coming late, but I know some people were.
Petit Vour also had a fabulous month! I was a little worried when I saw the perfume in the box because I often don't like the natural perfumes. The Christy Organics Trance perfume had top notes that reminded me of a hippie store, but the mid notes that soon followed were very nice and not at all like a hippie-ish. I've actually worn this perfume several times. The Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum was the first Juice Beauty product I've liked. At $75, this is an expensive serum, but it might be worth it if you need an organic anti-aging serum. I had never heard of HAN Skin Care Cosmetics before, but I loved their eyeshadow in Taupey Plum. It was a gorgeous color and looked as good at 9 p.m. as it did at 9 a.m. It had a very satiny feel to it. I highly recommend this eyeshadow. There was also the Graydon Hair Smoothie. This made my hair feel silky. Emily loved the scent, but the herbal scent wasn't my favorite. Graydon told me, though, that each herb in it is selected because it is good for your hair, so I am willing to overlook the scent. This was one of my favorite Petit Vour boxes.
Rounding out the natural boxes category was the Terra Bella Box. There was another q.c. naturals product, Lottie's Body Oil, which was the perfect lightweight but moisturizing oil for a romantic Valentine's Day massage. Continuing the Valentine's Day theme was the Miss Violet Lace Wild Strawberries Breath Atomizer. This had a real strawberry flavor to it, not that disgusting fake strawberry candy flavor. It was surprisingly effective as a breath freshener. There was the completely adorable Country Market Crafts Chocolate Bubble Bath Bomb Cupcake, which I still haven't had a chance to use. It would be perfect for a romantic bubble bath. Unfortunately, Country Market Crafts is out of this particular cupcake bath bomb, but they have a million other equally cute things that you should check out. The Zum Rub in lavender was a tin of shea and goat's milk moisturizer that is much less greasy feeling than many shea-based moisturizers are. Lavender usually isn't my favorite scent, but it's not too strong in this product, so I ended up liking this moisturizer a lot. Every Zum product I've tried has been amazing. The last product in the box was the Whiskey, Ink, and Lace Cinnamon Lip Plumper. This tasted and smelled great and gave your lips a little extra volume.
Those were the four natural, organic, and/or vegan boxes I tried this month. All four of them really knocked it out of the park. To say I was impressed is an understatement. They are all usually good, but usually one or two have a better month than the others. The curation was amazing and all the products were new to me.
If you read my 3B Box review, you'll remember I was not impressed by this month's box at all. While 3B seems like a great deal at $12 for a Korean beauty subscription, it's not worth it when the value of the box is $13.10. When it comes to the less mainstream boxes (e.g., K-Beauty, natural/organic/vegan, small business focused beauty boxes, etc.), I'm willing to place a good amount of value on the curation and let the dollar value of the box slide a little more. I do this because they introduce you to products you probably wouldn't encounter otherwise and they often don't have the buying power the mainstream boxes have to get big discounts on the products. If the products in this month's 3B had been amazing, I'd be willing to overlook the very low value, but they weren't. I got a cheap eyelash curler and a cheap eyeshadow-- eyelash curlers and cheap eyeshadow are things I can find in the US very easily. When I get a K-beauty subscription, I want stuff that is unique to Korea, not stuff I can find at the CVS down the road. The teeny sample of a snail mucus and bee venom serum is something that I would probably love, but who knows with such a teeny sample? I really liked the sheet mask, but I got a sheet mask from the same company in my Beauteque Mask Maven this month. There was just nothing special about this box for me. After I got the December 3B Box, I was close to canceling. I loved the January box, though, so I was happy that I hadn't canceled. This month, though, was horrible, so I canceled. I'm willing to give a beauty box a second chance after a bad month, but when two out of three months of a beauty box haven't impressed me, it's time to say goodbye. 3B needs to realize that people are subscribing because they want unique Korean beauty products, not stuff you can easily find anywhere.
Next up is the always lovely Beauteque Mask Maven. I love masks, so this is a fun subscription! A lot of Korean sheet masks either aren't for sale online or you have to buy them in ten packs. This is a great way to try out a variety of masks so you can figure out what works for your skin. Besides sheet masks, they also usually have a liquid mask, a powder mask, or a mask meant for a different body part (e.g., lips, chin, hands, eyes, feet) each month. There are lots of masks and I wasn't able to try each one, so I'll just give you a general idea of what was in this month's Mask Maven. You can read the full review if you want more info. There were two honey sheet masks, a green tea sheet mask, an avocado sheet mask, an acne sheet mask, a blueberry liquid mask, a firming sheet mask with a cute bear print on it, a cactus hydration sheet mask, and a snail and pearl brightening and elasticity sheet mask. Of the ones we've had a chance to try, Emily's favorite was the Esfolio Honey Essence Sheet Mask and mine was the Leaders AC Dressing Mask.
Rounding out the Korean subscription category is the Beauteque BB Bag. I loved the Anskin Premium Revital Vitamin Modeling Mask in Purifying and Revitalizing, which came with the Anskin Ultimate Solution Modeling Activator. The modeling activator is a liquid that you mix in with your powdered masks in place of water. The activator contains collagen and vitamins to make the mask even better for your face than it would be with plain water. The lip balm was okay. I loved its rose scent. The Scinic Honey Banana Cleansing Foam worked well and had a nice banana scent to it. I loved how silky the Lador Keratin Power Fill Up Sleep Ampoule made my hair. The exfoliating brush was also nice. It is beyond soft and feels so good on my face. Overall, this was another great month for the Beauteque BB Bag. It was worth $70.99, so even though this subscription costs $24 plus $3.95 shipping, it is worth it. I know some people go for 3B over Beauteque BB Bag because it is cheaper, but the value of the BB Bag is much better.
Now let's move on to the "big two," Birchbox and ipsy. ipsy came with a really cute makeup bag that was perfect for Valentine's Day. This wasn't my favorite month from ipsy. I wasn't a big fan of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil. It didn't hold up like other primers did for me. The Chella Passionate Pink Moisturizing Lipstick Pencil was not something I would use again. The pigment wasn't there and it didn't stay on my lips for very long. The Promise Ultra-Moisturizing Argan Creme Face Lotion with Olive Oil has a light citrus scent to it and is moisturizing, but I have some serious issues with how it is marketed. If you look at the ingredients, argan and olive oils are way down on the list. The main ingredients are aloe, shea, and jojoba. Promise Organics is trying to capitalize on the popularity of argan and olive oils, but they don't want to spend the money on them because they are expensive. I thought it was very misleading. I liked the Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer Eyeliner and the Luxie Rose Gold Flat Definer Brush 221, so the February ipsy wasn't a total loss.
Birchbox had an amazing month! My Birchbox contained two Holy Grail items. One was the Hey Honey Take It Off Mask that has been on my Holy Grail list for a while. This is one of the best masks ever. I've gotten this mask in my ipsy before and even bought a full size tube of this mask, but I'm always happy to get more! The second Holy Grail product was new to me. The Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-in Conditioner made my hair look absolutely amazing. After using this, I had the best hair days ever. It gave me just a teeny bit more body and it made all the difference. I love this stuff. I think I liked the Juara Candlenut Body Creme, but it is hard to say for sure because the sample was teeny. Its scent was very pleasant. The Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil removed my makeup well, cleansed my face, and gave me a little added moisture. I probably wouldn't use this in the summer when my skin gets oily, but it's great for the winter. The last product was the Model Co Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner. This worked well and kept my OCC lip tar from bleeding, but I prefer clear lip liner. I liked everything in my Birchbox, which is rare for me. This might have been the best Birchbox I've ever gotten!
This was my first FabFitFun and I loved it! They were offering their welcome box to new subscribers for $25, which is half off the normal price. They were out of the winter box and had yet to release the spring box, so the welcome box was a mix of subscriber favorites from past boxes. The jump rope (the "fit" part of the box) wasn't for me because I have a bad foot that prevents me from jumping, but I loved everything else. The FRENDS earbuds had wonderful sound quality and were the first earbuds I've found that were actually comfortable to use. The Wren gold-plated horseshoe necklace with a black sapphire accent was really cute. Emily and I thought the Organic Valley Milk Protein Shake was yummy. I have yet to choose the products I will buy with the $25 Shoptiques gift card, but I can't wait to use it. It's nice that it is an actual gift card and not a coupon. I didn't love the color of the Zoya nail polish, but the quality was great and it's a good everyday neutral. I tried the *gorge spray on my hair a couple of months ago and thought it worked really well. Finally, there was the $88 Passport 2 Beauty eye serum. It contains retinol and antioxidants, so it should be great for fighting wrinkles. The box was worth a grand total of $350.27. You can't beat that for a box I spent $25 on!
This month's Glossybox just wasn't my favorite. I got the Benefit POREfessional Primer for the fourth time in a beauty box. I didn't like the primer very much the first time I got it and I still don't like it much. The Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby was of good quality, had a gorgeous color, and held up for a few hours. You'll need to reapply this occasionally, but it'll last longer than a lot of lipsticks out there. My friend tried out the BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze Soothing Sheet Mask. It helped with puffiness and gave her face some extra moisture. It's a very high quality mask and I would be interested in trying other masks from BioRepublic. I really wanted to like the être belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Gel. It is supposed to firm, soothe, and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes, but I have used it many times now and have never seen any effects from it. I love GlamGlow, so I was excited to try the ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser. My face felt very clean after I used it, but I didn't notice any hydrating effect. This Glossybox wasn't horrible, but it didn't meet my expectations.
Next up is the PopSugar Must Have box. I don't subscribe to this box, but I had seen spoilers for the February box and desperately wanted it. Emily was very sweet and bought me this box for Valentine's Day. I loved this box!!!! I wanted the pale grey Tilo scarf with white hearts on it the most. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, but the design is subtle enough to be worn anytime. This scarf was a PopSugar exclusive. I also really liked the JewelryStorm Endless Arrow ring. It fit perfectly on my pinky and was pretty and sparkly. I've gotten many compliments on it. The Beautycounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm was very hydrating and thoroughly cleansed my skin, but, at $80, this is not something I would ever buy. There are equally good facial cleansers out there for much cheaper. I'm happy to use the sample, though. The Fringe Hello Beautiful tray was cute, but not really my style. Emily loved it, so she'll get some use out of it. I still haven't made the Foodstirs Cookies, but I hope to bake them soon. They look really yummy, but you can make your own sugar cookies for much cheaper. I've never been a fan of Victoria's Secret body lotion, so the Coconut Milk lotion wasn't for me. I loved the scent, but the formula is just too thin and not hydrating enough for me. I'll be giving it away. There were two sponsored extras, the Victoria's Secret Running Socks and a $20 gift card to Victoria's Secret. I have yet to use the gift card, but I will make sure to use it in the coming week. The socks were very comfortable and I would like to get more of them. I loved this box and was so happy Emily got the February PopSugar box for me. I've gotten PopSugar before and have found them to be a little hit or miss, but they knocked it out of the park in February.
Last but not least, I got the DermStore BeautyFix box. Usually, BeautyFix is one of my favorite boxes. It's $25 per month, but the value is always over $100. February wasn't my favorite month from them. The glominerals Suede Matte Stick was a gorgeous color and went on smoothly, but DermStore sent out the same lipstick in a different color back in December. I keep forgetting to use the LashFood to see if it will make my eyelashes grow more, so I'm not sure how effective LashFood is. Does anyone else have any experience with this product? I had gotten the Pur~lisse eye serum in my January ipsy Glam Bag and loved it, so getting this product in full size was a treat. I liked that BeautyFix included the SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex cream to go along with the eye serum, but the sample was minuscule and it was impossible to tell what effects, if any, this would have on signs of aging. The Danielle Creations Eyelash Curler was of very high quality. I already had an eyelash curler, but this will be replacing it. This blows the cheap eyelash curler from 3B out of the water. I don't use hairspray and I definitely don't need added volume, so the Nick Chavez hairspray wasn't for me. I gave it a quick test and saw a little added volume. It seems like a wonderful product if you have the type of hair that needs this spray. Finally, there was the DS Laboratories Revita.Cor Hair Stimulating Conditioner. This goes with the shampoo from the same company that was in the January BeautyFix. This is supposed to stimulate hair growth, which is the last thing I want. My hair is already too thick. I didn't try this out; this went in my gift pile. I have heard good things about this line of shampoo and conditioner, though, so if you need some extra hair growth, give these a try. The February BeautyFix wasn't horrible, but after they completely wowed me for a few months in a row, this box is a bit of a letdown. It was definitely worth it for the eyelash curler and eye serum, but I could have done without the other stuff.
Most of the February boxes were simply fabulous, so it is impossible to choose a winner. I thought about listing the ones that would tie for my favorite, but that's almost all of them. The 3B box was the worst by far, so that subscription is done. Glossybox, ipsy, and DermStore were all okay, but they didn't quite meet my expectations. I absolutely loved all the other boxes. I've made a lot of great new product discoveries this month and even found a new Holy Grail product. I don't know if the March boxes will be anywhere near as good as the February boxes, but I'm hoping they will at least come close.
What did you think of the February boxes? Did you have any favorites? Are there any great boxes out there that I missed? I'd love to hear all about your February boxes in the comments!