ONYXBox Review, April 2016

ONYXBox, $25 per month (US only)

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Here's a one-month-old Holland Lop checking out the April ONYXBox.  The little buns are growing up way too fast!

ONYXBox is a monthly subscription curated especially for black women.  Too often, beauty boxes that are supposedly for everyone send out hair products that are not appropriate for textured hair and skincare and makeup products that just won't work for darker complexions.  While I would love to see all boxes make a serious effort to include products that anyone can use and customize product types and colors when necessary, that doesn't seem like it will happen any time soon.  ONYXBox fills that void.  

As a white woman, I can't give a thorough review of ONYXBox on my own.  I am fortunate to have a couple of friends, Johnny and Angela, who were happy to try the products for me and report back so I could write this.  ONYXBox sent me the box free of charge to review and I gave the contents of the box to Johnny and Angela so they could tell me what they thought.

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Here's what came in the April Onyx Box:

My April ONYXBox was worth approximately $64.99.  I didn't see a size listed on the TréLuxe Curl Supreme sample or full size, so I had to guess on the value.  For a $25 box, that's a great value.  I've definitely seen the value of ONYXBoxes go up since the first time I included one in a review.  

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First up, there are these gorgeous ncLA nail wraps in Check Me Down and Tropicala.  My friend Johnny was excited about these!  Johnny, for the record, is a gay black man who always has a flawless manicure and occasionally wears some makeup.  While beauty boxes are generally geared toward women, beauty can be for anyone and I'm always giving Johnny mascara and nail polish.  Johnny found these worked well and were easy to use.  He's tried these nail wraps before and was already a fan.  I thought that Tropicala, the flower print on the right, was gorgeous, but Check Me Down was more Johnny's style.  He especially loved that Beyoncé was wearing the same checkered nail wraps in her music video for Formation.  

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My friend, Angela, was happy to try the hair products from the April ONYXBox for me.  She's always looking for the perfect products for her hair.  I like OGX's shampoo and conditioner, so I was interested in what Angela would think of the hair oil.  Angela said it gave her hair some shine and made it feel less dry.  She also said it comes out of the bottle quickly because it is a thin liquid, but to be careful with it because a little goes a long way.  This contains vitamin E, which is great for your hair.  Best of all, at $7.99 for a full size bottle of this, it is relatively inexpensive.

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Angela was in need of a good leave-in conditioner, so she couldn't wait to try this one from Curl Keeper.  You use this when your hair is still wet and it's supposed to soften hair, prevent frizziness and flyaways, and protect your hair from heat styling.  Angela liked that this left her hair softer and more manageable, but didn't make her hair feel greasy at all.  She was impressed by this product and would buy it in the future.

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The TréLuxe Curl Supreme Styling Creme was the third and final hair product.  This styling creme not only gives your curls definition, it also strengthens and moisturizes your hair.  Angela loved how well this defined her beautiful curls without weighing them down.  She thought ONYXBox chose some amazing hair products for this month.

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Finally, there were the two Hikari eyeshadows.  Johnny was nice enough to allow me to use him as a swatch model below.  They had great pigment and some gorgeous shimmer.  They're very versatile and blendable shades.  The cream shadows have a powdery finish after they are applied, so you get to avoid fall out and don't have to worry about the creasing you often get from cream eyeshadows.  They might not be colors you would wear every day, but they would be great for a night on the town.  They had good staying power.  I haven't been a fan of Hikari products in the past, but these eyeshadows are of very high quality.

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Glam (left) and Cosmic (right)

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Glam (left) and Cosmic (right)

Overall, the April ONYXBox was amazing.  Johnny and Angela loved every product and were impressed by the curation.  ONYXBox is always heavy on the hair products, which is understandable, but they also had nail wraps and makeups, so the box had a good balance to it.  Watching ONYXBox over the months, it seems to be getting better and better with time.  If you feel like the bigger beauty boxes out there aren't addressing your needs, this is definitely a box you will want to check out.