LaRitzy Box Review, June 2016

LaRitzy Box, $24.99 per month for full size box; $14.99 per month for LaMini Box (free shipping to US; add $5 shipping for Canada and $10 for all other countries)

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This two-week-old Holland Lop saw "Hello Beautiful" on the box and knew it was meant for her!

LaRitzy is a monthly vegan and cruelty-free beauty subscription box.  You can subscribe to either the full size LaRitzy Box, which contains four to five items, or the LaMini, which contains two to three items.  If you're new to vegan beauty, this box will give you an introduction to the products available out there.  All subscribers get the same items with perhaps some color variation, so there's no customization.

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Here's what came in my June LaRitzy Box:

The June LaRitzy Box was worth $67.67.  Josie and Hue is a Canadian company, so the value I've listed is based on the current currency conversion rate.  The Manna Kadar Bronzer and Highlighter was not available for sale online, so I used the value given on the product information card.  The value is about 2.5x the purchase price of the box, so I've gotten my money's worth.

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Swatches of Manna Kadar Bronzer and Highlighter Split Pan (lighter color on top, darker color in middle, both colors combined on bottom)

Swatches of Manna Kadar Bronzer and Highlighter Split Pan (lighter color on top, darker color in middle, both colors combined on bottom)

The Manna Kadar Bronzer and Highlighter Split Pan had been a spoiler for the May LaRitzy, but someone made a mistake during the packing process and put the Manna Kadar product that was meant for June, the Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain, in the May box.  We're getting this product a month later than expected, but at least it came.  I can't find this particular highlighter/bronzer pan anywhere online, so it may have been made especially for LaRitzy.  These colors didn't work all that well for my skin tone.  The pigment in this is good and it had staying power, so if these colors work for you, this is a nice mini bronzer/highlighter set.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me, but I think I have a friend who will love it. 

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Swatch of Concrete Mnerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow in Bandit

Swatch of Concrete Mnerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow in Bandit

Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Eyeshadow has amazing pigment and comes in a wide range of colors, so I was hoping we would get one of the beautiful, bright eyeshadows.  I wanted Risqué or Ember most.  Of course, LaRitzy had to play it safe and send all subscribers one of the few boring colors Concrete Minerals makes.  Bandit is a dusty rose and I have a million colors already like it.  I get wanting to have universal appeal, but I can't begin to tell you how many tan, dusty rose, champagne, and medium brown eyeshadows I've gotten from beauty boxes. It would be nice if LaRitzy had user profiles so you could let them know if you wanted bold colors or neutrals and they could customize the colors. I tried the eyeshadow out and was impressed by the pigment and how well it stayed on all day, but the color isn't for me.  I wasn't familiar with Concrete Minerals before, so I am glad LaRitzy introduced me to them because I am in love with the other colors of Pro Matte Shadow they make.

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Swatch of OFRA Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in Black

Swatch of OFRA Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in Black

I don't know if I've ever gone a month without getting at least on black eyeliner in a beauty box, so here's the black eyeliner for June!  I also can't go a month without at least one OFRA product, so this product is killing two birds with one stone!  That's not a good thing.  OFRA isn't my favorite company to begin with -- the products are okay, but they've never wowed me.  They make their eyeliner in a number of pretty colors, so I wish LaRitzy had sent anything but black.  The color was very harsh and didn't blend well.  I tried this out and had some smudging under my eyes late in the day.  I would pass on this eyeliner.

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Josie & Hue's The White Clay Mask was my favorite product by far in this box.  This is a clay powder mask that you can mix with water or a liquid of your choice.  The product page, which I've linked to above, lists the types of liquids the company recommends for different skin types.  I mixed the powder with water and was impressed by the results.  My skin was so soft, smooth, and firm after I used this.  It contains vitamins A and C, plus calcium and iron.  I've never heard of a mask containing calcium and iron, so I don't know what benefits they might have for your skin.  If you're in the market for a new clay mask, The White is worth trying.

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Finally, there was Bedrock and Bloom's Smart Ash.  This is the third month in a row that I've gotten one of these and I believe it's the fifth one I've gotten from a beauty box.  For some reason, this product was not listed on the info card.  Smart Ash uses a charcoal powder to whiten your teeth naturally and safely.  You're supposed to brush with it two minutes twice a day.  This container is really small, but you just need to dip your toothbrush in the container and get the teeniest amount of powder on it, so it will last for a little while.  This works, but it can make a big mess, so I don't use it all that often.  I recommend brushing your teeth naked because your clothes will be ruined if you get the powder on them.  Be very careful when you use this!  

When I first started subscribing to LaRitzy, I was a big fan, but these past few months have just not been good.  I'm going to cancel this subscription.  June's box was pretty boring.  Josie and Hue's The White was the only thing I loved, so, at $25 a month, this just isn't worth it for me.  

What did you think of the June LaRitzy?  Did you like it more than I did?  What was your favorite product?  Any suggestions on a replacement box?  I had been thinking about Look Fantastic, a British box that ships to the US, but I'm still undecided.