Goodbeing Review, July 2016

Goodbeing, $21 per month (free shipping to US; ships to Canada, Ireland, UK, Australia, and New Zealand for $9 shipping)

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I loved this little cutie's reaction when I sat him next to the Goodbeing box!  He seemed a little shocked!

Goodbeing, formerly known as Goodebox, is a natural beauty box that sends subscribers four to five deluxe sample size or full size products in each box.  You fill out a lengthy profile upon subscribing and they tailor your boxes to your preferences.  This might be the most customized box out there!  While many of their products are vegan and you can request vegan items in your profile, they will still send you products containing beeswax.  Because the boxes are customized for each subscriber, you don't get one big product information card for your box, but instead get mini cards for each product in your box.  I find the mini card system a little annoying because it can be hard to keep track of all of them, but if that's what it takes to get such a personalized box, I can live with it.  Each month, there is a product or two that all subscribers will get, but the rest of the products vary.  

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Here's what came in my July Goodbeing box:

My July Goodbeing Box was worth $71.34.  It's not quite as high as the value of the June box, but it's still over three times the price I paid for it, so no complaints here.  There was a good product mix this month -- two skincare items, three makeup products, and two body products.  The Mai Couture Blush Papier and the Red Flower Ocean Purifying Body Wash were thrown in as little extras for subscribers on top of the five regular samples.  Getting bonus items is always fun!

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Swatch of Mai Couture Blush Papier in Prettyful.  It was really hard to swatch this!  It looked a lot better on my cheeks!

Swatch of Mai Couture Blush Papier in Prettyful.  It was really hard to swatch this!  It looked a lot better on my cheeks!

First up are the Mai Couture Salicylic Acid Blotting Papier and the Mai Couture Blush Papier in Prettyful.  I've gotten a number of Mai Couture products in beauty boxes and I've always thought they were okay.  I believe all subscribers got Mai Couture Blotting Paper, although subscribers received different types of blotting paper -- besides the salicylic acid type, Mai Couture also offers Vitamin C and E blotting paper and lavender blotting paper.  Salicylic acid is great for breakouts, so I was happy that was the kind I got!  Even though my T-zone gets so greasy in the summer, I've never been one to use blotting paper.  I always worry it will mess up my makeup.  I've started using it before I put my makeup on and find it makes it easier to apply the makeup, plus the salicylic acid helps prevent breakouts.  When I use this on my face, the opaque paper becomes completely translucent by the time I'm done with it.  It's kind of gross how much oil it takes off my face!  I didn't think I would ever be a blotting paper kind of person, but this product has changed everything.  If you have oily or combination skin and are prone to breaking out, I highly recommend these blotting papers.

Goodbeing threw in a teeny bonus sample of two Mai Couture Blush Papier.  I have gotten Mai Couture Blush Papier many times in beauty boxes.  It's good for when you are traveling and need blush on the go, but I prefer regular blush for every day use.  Prettyful is a soft pink that was quite flattering on me.  The swatch above makes it look like I have a rash, but it looks a lot better when it's on my face!  

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Swatch of Zao Organics Organic Eyes, Lips, and Eyebrows Pencil in Plum 606

Swatch of Zao Organics Organic Eyes, Lips, and Eyebrows Pencil in Plum 606

All subscribers received a Zao Organics pencil this month, although the colors subscribers received varied.  The Goodbeing card listed this as being a lip pencil, but, when I went on Zao's website, I saw what appeared to be the same product listed as an eye, lip, and eyebrow pencil.  I need a good plum eyeliner right now as I seem to have lost my favorite one, so I e-mailed Zao to confirm that the pencil I received could be used on the eyes also.  They wrote back to tell me that the product was safe for eye use.  Your eyes are a lot more sensitive than your lips and not all lip pencils are safe for eye use, so it's always good to check.  I tried this out as both an eye and lip pencil and was happy with its performance.  It held up throughout the day and didn't smudge.  I love the color, too!  

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I was hoping that I would get the Zoe Organics Insect Repellent in my box!  While I don't usually get many bug bites, poor Emily really attracts the mosquitoes, so I was hoping to find a natural bug spray for her.  The new place we moved into recently doesn't have nearly as bad a mosquito problem as our old place, so we haven't had a chance to try this yet.  The spray uses a blend of soybean oil, castor seed oil, rosemary, geranium, peppermint, clove, lemongrass, thyme, and cedar to naturally repel bugs.  The essential oil blend in this makes it smell really good.  It's very minty!  Emily is skeptical that this will provide her with the protection she needs.  Has anyone tried this?  If so, did you have much success with it?

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Swatches of Zao Organics Organic Eyes, Lips, and Eyebrows Pencil in Plum 606 (top) and SunTegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF 30 in Plum Eclipse

Swatches of Zao Organics Organic Eyes, Lips, and Eyebrows Pencil in Plum 606 (top) and SunTegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF 30 in Plum Eclipse

I received samples of SunTegrity's Lip C.P.R. recently in another box, but I had gotten different colors.  I got Plum Eclipse in my Goodbeing box.  It somewhat goes with the plum pencil I got in this box, so I swatched them together.  Your lips need sun protection, too, so this is a great idea.  Unfortunately, the colors in this line are a little too muted and boring for me.  I also found that I had to reapply this often because it wore off quickly.  This just isn't for me.

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Good Medicine's Ashes is a powder face cleanser that you mix with water.  It's supposed to help fight signs of aging, improve elasticity, even out skin tone, prevent hyperpigmentation, and treat acne.  You can also mix this with your shampoo for a scalp treatment.  I wanted to like this, but it was just so sticky because of the powdered potato in it.  It says to add more water if it's sticky, so I did, but by the time you're done with it, it just gets sticky again.  I don't hate it or anything and I'll use it occasionally, but the stickiness really bothered me.  It did make my skin feel extra clean without drying it out, so, as long as the stickiness doesn't bother you, I would recommend checking this powder face wash out.  It does a little bit of everything!

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Finally, Goodbeing threw in a bonus product, Red Flower's Ocean Purifying Body Wash.  This has an herbal scent that is very refreshing for a morning shower.  It's your basic body wash and it works well.  

While I liked my July Goodbeing box, I didn't like it quite as much as my June box.  I replaced my LaRitzy Box with Goodbeing and I definitely made the right choice.  My favorite product this month was the Mai Couture Blotting Papier with Salicylic Acid, although the Zao Organics pencil was a close second.  I haven't had a chance to see how the Zoe Organics Insect Repellent works, but I'm looking forward to trying it out.  The Red Flower body wash, Mai Couture Blush Papier, and Good Medicine Ashes were okay, but I didn't find them to be any better than similar products I've tried.  Unfortunately, the SunTegrity lipstick is not the right product for me.  Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with this box and am looking forward to my August box already!  

What do you think of Goodbeing?  Do you subscribe to it?  If so, have they done a good job  customizing your boxes for you?  I'd love to hear about what you got this month and your thoughts on all the products!