At the end of each month, I do a quick wrap-up post and go over all the boxes I've gotten, which boxes were my favorites, and which products were my favorites. Sometimes my opinion on a product changes after I've written the initial review of it; in those cases, I'll make a note of it here. I've linked to the full reviews of each box, so, if you want more info about a box or product or if you want links to the websites of the boxes and/or products, just click through to the review. Note that I'm including only July beauty boxes here, so June boxes that I got after the end of June or limited edition, non-monthly boxes are not included in this post.
The July Petit Vour was heavy on the skincare, but that's the way I prefer most of my boxes to be. The Lilfox Kalahari Eye Serum was teeny and is quite expensive at $68 for 10 ml, but I liked how it made my eyes look less tired and brighter. I've had a chance to use it more since my last review and I'm quite impressed with the product. Poetic Blend's The Hero Oil is also small and pricey, but it, too, is effective and made my face look all glow-y without making it break out. The third skincare product in the Petit Vour box this month was the Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. This smelled pretty strongly of their signature green apple scent, so this wasn't for me. My mom loves their products, though, so she was happy to take it off my hands. Finally, there was the FiOR Minerals Ignite Illuminator in Sweets. This was an extremely subtle, pearly pink highlighter that is perfect for daytime use when you want a little bit of highlighter, but don't want it be glaringly obvious. I was very happy with my July Petit Vour. The sample sizes were a little on the small side, but the products were high quality and all new to me.
The very first Terra Bella's The Makeup Edit was a lot of fun! This is a brand new box from Terra Bella. Previously, Terra Bella Boxes contained a mix of skincare, makeup, bath products, and hair care, but the owner was finding that some people were asking for more makeup, while others were happier with the bath, skin, hair, and body. Subscribers can now choose between the regular Terra Bella Box, which, beginning in August, will be bath, hair, body, and skincare products only, or The Makeup Edit, a box made up only of cruelty-free makeup from small businesses. Subscribers can switch back and forth between the two boxes whenever they want. Click on the link to the full review for all the details of this change. Anyway, as for the box itself, there were three full size makeup products, plus a small bonus item thrown in. FitGlow Beauty's Good Lash mascara gave me more length than volume, which is always my preference with mascaras, and, best of all, it didn't clump. This is a great natural choice and it even contains antioxidants for your lashes. I was excited when I saw how bold the Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Colour in Sangria looked in the tube, but it was a lot sheerer than I expected. This makes it a much more wearable color for a lot of people, of course, but I'm always hoping to get bright or deep lip colors. The lipstick is matte, but it is very hydrating. My two favorite products in the box were Delizioso Skincare's Natural Eyeliner/Brow Pencil in Cocoa Bean and the little extra, Delizioso's Lip and Cheek Shine in Gorgeous. I needed a deep brown eyeliner, so I was so happy to see this in my box! I just don't understand why more beauty box companies don't send out charcoal, plum, forest, navy, and brown eyeliners -- black eyeliners have their place, but other colors are often much more wearable for everyday use. The Delizioso eyeliner went on smoothly and held up all day. The Delizioso Lip and Cheek Shine was just a teeny extra thrown in, but the color, Gorgeous, was, well, gorgeous. It was a pinky-peach color that reminded me of a sunset. It was a very flattering color on me. I'm definitely very happy with my first The Makeup Edit and I'm looking forward to future boxes!
The July Terra Bella Box was the last Terra Bella Box that will have makeup in it. From now on, as I mentioned above, this box will be strictly hair, body, bath, and skincare products. The July box had a great mix. I absolutely loved the Skin Fix Cosmetics Margarita Sour Sugar Scrub! It smells yummy and both exfoliated and moisturized my body. Parlo Cosmetics Lip Polish in Bahama Mama was a bold color, so I liked that a lot. It had a little bit of sheerness to it, but it definitely gives you a bright pop of color. Best of all, this wasn't sticky. Last night, I was finally able to try the Sarah's Sweet Scrubs Pineapple and Lillikoi Aloe After Sun Organic Lotion Bar on a sunburn as Emily had gotten a bit of a burn on her back. She found it very soothing and said it made it easier for her to sleep. The final product in the box was Ellison's Organics 5-Free Nail Lacquer in Island Sunset. This color was made especially for Terra Bella Box. It's a gorgeous color, a medium deep pink with a touch of peach. I was surprised that it was matte, but I ended up really liking it. The July Terra Bella Box was amazing.
I loved that the July Beauteque BB Bag had a huge container of Esfolio Pure Snail Moisture Soothing Gel! I've gotten tons of snail mucus products, but they've all been small. This thing is enormous! I now have enough snail mucus to last me a very long time. For anyone not familiar with snail mucus, it helps your skin heal faster (and no snails are harmed in the collection process), so this is fabulous for when your skin breaks out. I also liked the Purpletale 5-Steps-to-Lovely-Skin, which is a one-time use full skincare system, perfect for travel, which fits in with the Destination Beauty theme Beauteque had going this month. The Secret Kiss jelly lip tint worked better than I was expecting. To use this, you put the product on your lips in a thick layer, allow it to set for about ten minutes, then you remove it. It tints your lips so you have long lasting color, perfect for a beach day. It looks bright orange in the tube, but the tint it leaves behind is a more subdued orange. I wish I had gotten the red or pink instead, but I liked the product. The Innerskin Soothing Cleanser Water removes makeup, cleanses your skin, and tones it, so this is perfect for travel, too. While I found the whitening deodorant to be strange (because who really needs lighter armpits?), it smelled good and worked well as a deodorant. The final product was a sleeping mask, which is great for planes, but it wasn't anything special. Overall, though, I was extremely happy with the July Beauteque BB Bag.
I'm so happy with my July Goodbeing box! Goodbeing, formerly known as Goodebox, is new to me. I began subscribing in June, but I subscribed past the cutoff point to get the June box. I really wanted the June box, though, so I e-mailed Goodbeing and asked if there was any way I could get the June box, too. They were happy to make an exception for me and send me the June box. I was so impressed with their customer service as I've gotten some really bad customer service from boxes recently. I reviewed the June box in mid-July (I got the June and July boxes on the same day), but I'm not including it in this wrap-up because it's not this month's box. Anyway, I don't know why it took me so long to subscribe to Goodbeing! I'm loving this box. We've finally had a chance to try the Zoe Organics Insect Repellent out and found it to be more effective than we expected it to be. Best of all, it smells really good, so you don't smell like gross bug spray, and it's made of essential oils instead of DEET. The Mai Couture Salicylic Acid Blotting Papier is fantastic. I've never been one to use blotting paper all that much, even though my T-zone is an oil factory in the summer, but I've been using this every day! Not only does it sop up all the excess oil on my face without messing up my makeup, it also contains salicylic acid to fight acne. This was one of the spoilers for the July Goodbeing, so all subscribers got them, but the type subscribers received varied based on user profiles. Goodbeing also threw in a teeny sample of Mai Couture Blush Papier, which I've tried a number of times and like but don't love. All subscribers also received a Zao Organics Eyes, Lips, and Eyebrows Pencil, although the color varied. I got Plum, which made me happy as my favorite plum eyeliner had just gone missing. The color is gorgeous and holds up all day. SunTegrity's Lip C.P.R. is a lipstick that contains SPF. While I like that it contains sunscreen because lips need protection, too, the color was a little too muted for me and it didn't last as long as I would have liked. I wanted to love Good Medicine's Ashes, a powder facial cleanser, but it got so sticky when I mixed it with water. It made my skin feel extra clean, but the stickiness annoyed me. I received a bonus product in my box because I used a code that gave you a free extra item in your first box. I had totally forgotten that I had used the code and didn't know why Red Flower Ocean Purifying Body Wash said Bonus Product on it. This was a good, basic body wash. I'm so happy with my Goodbeing box and can't wait to see what they've chosen for me in August. I love how they have you fill out an extensive profile and then actually pay attention to what is in your profile and customize your box to fit it!
This was the last LaRitzy Box before LaRitzy changes their subscription box model. LaRitzy had been a vegan beauty box company that sent out products from a variety of companies, but, beginning in August, LaRitzy will begin making their own makeup and send out only products from their own line. I'm so glad I canceled. LaRitzy seriously messed up their July box and then refused to fix it for anyone. I liked the Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Light Blue Ceramic. The finish of the polish did look a lot like ceramic and it was a beautiful color. The Orglamix Menthe Pure Mineral Corrector is a powder with a pale green tint to it that color corrects redness. While it evened out my skin tone, it made my face break out horribly. If you are prone to break outs, be careful with this! The Jersey Shore Sun Anti-Aging Lip and Hand Polish is okay, but it's definitely expensive for what it is, and it's annoying that you have to warm it up before using it. The customer service issues came with the Mahogany Naturals Monoi Healing Oil Serum. The card listed Mahogany Naturals Hydrating Repair Oil, which is a $65 face oil, but I (along with many other subscribers) received the Monoi serum, a hair oil worth $25. LaRitzy substituted the product without letting customers know in advance. Some subscribers who got the hair oil read the description on the product info card, used it on their face, and then broke out. LaRitzy said that there was a lot of of damaged product in the shipment they received from Mahogany Naturals, so they had to throw the boxes together with what they had, but, strangely enough, people who purchased Mystery Boxes from LaRitzy posted pictures online of their boxes with the face oil in them. The fact that LaRitzy didn't tell subscribers in advance, substituted a product that was $40 cheaper, sent people getting Mystery Boxes the product subscribers were supposed to get that was supposedly too damaged to send us, and didn't respond when people complained about those issues or about the oil leaking in their box (another common complaint) really upset a lot of subscribers. After they got tons of angry e-mails, LaRitzy finally sent out a mass e-mail telling everyone that all subscribers would get a $10 credit to their shop. I, of course, will not be using this credit, so I was not happy with that "solution." I'd recommend steering clear of this company. Boxes make mistakes here and there and I am generally forgiving. If, however, they make a mistake and then won't fix it or ignore complaints from subscribers, then I am not so forgiving. Bad customer service is what pisses me off the most.
The Beauteque Mask Maven subscription is always fun! Like the BB Bag, the theme for July was Destination Beauty. The masks were mostly focused on soothing and hydrating, perfect for when you've been traveling. Instead of describing all nine masks again, I'll just ask you to click on the full review link at the beginning of this paragraph.
The July Allure Beauty Box was a collaboration with Nordstrom. The box was okay, but it had a lot of products I've already tried before and the sample sizes were a little on the small size. I'm so tired of getting Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've gotten that damn primer in my boxes and I don't even like that stuff. It always feels so thick on my skin and makes me feel like my makeup is floating on top of it. A lot of people love it, though, so you may have better luck with it. Clinique's Chubby Stick is pretty much a fancy Chapstick. It's a tinted lip balm that doesn't have all that much tint to it. The La Mer sample was teeny, but it was worth $18 because an ounce of the stuff costs $170. It's supposed to be great for combating signs of aging, but I am a little skeptical that it is worth the price. There are lots of good anti-aging moisturizers out there that cost $40-$50, so I'm not really sure you need to spend $170. I've tried the Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II and liked the serum, so I was happy to get another one. Serums are always some of my favorite products to get in boxes. The last product in the box was the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment. This is one of my favorite masks as it gives your pores a deep cleansing and sucks everything out of them. You can see the little dots where oil and dirt have been sucked out of your pores when this mask dries. It's kind of gross, but really cool -- kind of like Biore pore strips for your entire face! It's an expensive treatment and I wouldn't pay full price for it, but I love it and have bought it when they've had sales. The July Allure box was okay, but I wish they had been a little more creative. The only product in the box that I hadn't gotten before was the La Mer. I hope the August box is better. If it's not, I'll probably cancel.
The July DermStore BeautyFix was good, but it wasn't my favorite BeautyFix box. I liked the Avéne Micellar Lotion the most. It has a beautiful scent and both cleansed my face and moisturized it. The Skyn ICELAND Blemish Dots were okay, but I prefer Peter Thomas Roth's dots. I love that DermStore almost always includes a beauty tool in every box and this month's was Danielle Creations Therapeutic Gel Beads Eye Mask. It was very soothing and felt great on a hot day after I froze it. The Dr. Hauschka serum wasn't for me. It seemed more like a toner than a serum because of the witch hazel in it. While I appreciate that DermStore included something I've never seen in a box before, a body acne treatment, I don't have an issue with my body breaking out, just my face, so the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray (Back and Chest) wasn't for me. I've heard other people have had success with it, but do be aware that it is very drying. The Neova Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair seemed like a $22 Blistex, but it is also supposed to be anti-aging. Anti-aging lip products aren't all that common, so that was a plus. I don't know how well it works for anti-aging purposes, but it was hydrating. It seems a little expensive for what it is, but if it does work to combat signs of aging, it might be worth it. The last product was DS Laboratories Oligo.DX Cellulite Reducing Gel. You have to use this regularly for several months to see any effects, so I wasn't surprised that I didn't notice a difference after the couple of times I used it. I'm a little skeptical that any cellulite creams work, but, if you've had luck with this product, I'd love to hear about it. I didn't hate the July BeautyFix, but I didn't love it as much as I usually do. The products that were worth the most in the box weren't for me, but the products I did like and will use still make the box worth my money. From the spoilers I've seen, August will be better.
For the first time, Play! by Sephora had product variations! Sephora put out a box for oily/combination skin and a box for dry skin. I was glad I got the oily box. All subscribers received Nest Citrine Eau de Parfum, a citrus-y fragrance that was okay, but not my favorite. Everyone also got beautyblender blotterazzi with a teeny sample of liquid blendercleanser. Blotterazzi will suck up excess oil from your face without ruining your makeup and, best of all, it's reusable. You just have to wash it between uses. I am very bad and almost never wash my makeup brushes, so I don't feel like blotterazzi is going to be the most hygienic choice for me, so I'll stick to my Mai Couture Blotting Papier. The final product that all subscribers received was Ouai Wave Spray. This gave Emily's hair some texture and light hold, so she was a fan of it. The other three products varied depending on skin type. I received the Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate (those with dry skin received a liquid bronzer). I thought it was strange that they've put bronzer in Play! boxes two months in a row as bronzer is not for everyone. I wish they had had color variations on the bronzer as they sent everyone the medium color, so this was a little too dark for someone with my coloring. I used a light touch, though, so I was able to make it work for me. It smells just like cocoa, so I'm kind of in love with this bronzer. I also loved the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. It made my skin feel extra clean but didn't dry it out too much. The final product was the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer (those with dry skin got the regular Smashbox primer). While I hate the regular Smashbox primer, I love the Pore Minimizing Primer, so I'm always happy to get another one of these in a box. The texture of the product is more of a cream than a gel and it gives me the perfect base for my foundation. The three products that everyone got weren't really for me, but the three products for oily skinned people were amazing. I hope Sephora begins regularly customizing boxes!
The July Glossybox was a huge disappointment. Glossybox had sent out e-mails and posted ads online saying that boxes would be worth over $95 and that all boxes would have the Nuxe Shimmering Huile Prodigieuse. Very few subscribers seemed to have gotten the Nuxe oil and my box was worth only $55.28. Glossybox wouldn't fix this problem for anyone and kept trying to say that no ads ever said that everyone would get the Nuxe or that the value would be over $95, but, if you click through to the full review, you can see the screenshot of the ad that clearly shows otherwise. After I complained enough to Glossybox, they finally allowed me to choose a product from a list of items from past boxes, but the Nuxe oil wasn't on that list and that was what I really wanted. The Eyeko Fat Eye Stick was the best item in the box. It had great pigment and staying power and, even though it was boring old taupe, it was shimmery and pretty. The Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist is a spray that makes your nail polish dry faster. It was okay, but I prefer Seche Vite. The Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil was hydrating, but it didn't work any better than a regular shaving cream. I'll use this, but I would never purchase it. I liked the Fango Essenziali sheet mask as it did help me get rid of a breakout without drying my skin out, but, at $7 for one sheet mask, it's a little expensive for what it is. I didn't have the best luck with Glov, a finger cot that you use to remove your makeup. You use this with only water and then clean it after. This wasn't very effective on taking any heavy makeup off, but it would probably be okay for light stuff. The final product was a $3 Kylie Jenner Sinful Colors nail polish. It was Step 1 in a 2-step process, so I'm not really sure how well this works as I don't have step 2. It's a pretty pink, but nothing special. I was quite disappointed in my Glossybox this month. I had been so excited after seeing the spoilers and thought that this would be the best Glossybox we've had in a long time. Glossybox really messed this up and wouldn't make it right for their customers. If I didn't have a year subscription, I would be canceling after this month.
The July ipsy had a cute, beachy theme. I loved the iridescent silver bag. My favorite product in my ipsy Glam Bag this month was the Pür Correcting Primer. It reminded me a little bit of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter I got in my Play! box last month, but it wasn't quite as good. The Organic Surge Reviving Eye Gel was a little sticky and smelled a little weird, but the odor and stickiness went away as soon as the product was fully absorbed. I liked the color of theBalm's Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow, but theBalm isn't my favorite company and the sample was just about microscopic. The J. Cat eyebrow pencil was okay, but nothing special. At $4, it's inexpensive and it works, but, if you have a little extra money to spend, I'd go for Benefit Gimme Brow. The final product was the Luxie Beauty 215 Small Angle Brush. I liked this brush for small detail work and for using eyeshadow as eyeliner. I don't really like getting brushes in beauty boxes. While I need brushes, they're boring. It's liking getting socks for Christmas. This wasn't my favorite ipsy Glam Bag ever, but it was an okay one. I've definitely had worse, but it's the worst one I've seen from them in quite some time.
Birchbox had a pretty good month. My favorite products in the box are the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, which is great for getting rid of oil and dirt from your skin, and Smashbox X-Rated Mascara. X-Rated is one of my favorite mascaras. It gives me a lot of length, a good amount of volume, and no clumping. If you're looking for a new mascara, I recommend giving this one a try. The Supergoop! setting mist works pretty well and gives you some protection from the sun, so no complaints there. I liked the Lulu Organics dry shampoo, but it's definitely on the expensive side. My least favorite product was the LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil. I liked the lipstick I tried from LOC a few months back, so I was pretty disappointed when this product didn't live up to my expectations. This had a good amount of gloss, but very little color. Overall, though, I was happy with my July Birchbox.
Choosing favorite boxes is always hard! I can never choose just one, although that is always my goal. My favorites for July were Beauteque BB Bag, Terra Bella Box, Petit Vour, and Goodbeing. While I liked most of the products in the BB Bag, I just absolutely loved the snail gel, so that made it an easy choice. I loved all the products in the July Terra Bella Box, so there was no question that this was one of my favorites this month. While none of the July Petit Vour products were my absolute favorites, I liked three of the four products a lot, so that was enough to push Petit Vour into the top four. Last but not least, Goodbeing was great in general. The Mai Couture Blotting Papier, the Zao Organics pencil, and the Zoe Organics Insect Repellent were all fabulous, so this was an amazing box overall.
As for favorite products, that was also a difficult decision! I wanted to include a lot more than four, but I limited myself. The Mai Couture Salicylic Acid Blotting Papier from Goodbeing was just fabulous. I never had any interest in blotting paper until I tried this product. I can't believe how much oil it gets off my skin, plus it has salicylic acid to help head off break outs. The Skin Fix Cosmetics Margarita Sour Sugar Scrub from Terra Bella Box smelled so yummy and was extremely hydrating, so that was a definite favorite. I'm also a huge fan of the Delizioso Skincare Natural Eyeliner and Brow Pencil in Cocoa Bean (and the little extra Lip and Cheek Shine in Gorgeous) from The Makeup Edit. Finally, the Esfolio Pure Snail Moisture Soothing Gel is great for healing breakouts, cuts, and burns, and the container should last me all year! I discovered lots of incredible products this month, so it was a hard decision, but I think these are my top four products for July.
What did you think of your July boxes? Did you have any favorite boxes or products? Did anyone actually get the Nuxe shimmer oil from Glossybox? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!