I’ve got something a little different on the blog today! I was contacted not long ago by Vegan Cuts, a vegan business that has an online marketplace and two different kinds of monthly subscription boxes, and asked if I’d like to review one of the monthly beauty boxes. (The other subscription box is a vegan snack box! cool!)
Here’s how they describe the beauty box: “The easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you’ll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.”
I received the December box to review, and here it is!
I had a little helper when I was trying to take items out of the box and photograph them. Fred Hampton!
Fred says that his personal favourite items from the box are the little crinkly packing paper strips, and the tube of lip balm! ;)
Anyway, let’s see everything that was in the box, shall we? :D
Nail polish! A set of four minis from the Color Club Harlem Lights collection. I’ll be giving these babies their own swatch post in the near future!
Next, a sample of Soapbox black soap – I haven’t tried this yet, but I love black soap! – a Ferro eyeshadow sample, and two LA Fresh oil-free face cleansing cloths. I tried one of the cleansing cloths – it was really nice, does a great job removing makeup, and leaves your face feeling refreshed, no rinsing needed.
Here we have a cute little pleather coin purse by Lavishy, a tube of Spearmint Jersey Shore Sun lip balm, and two Everyday Minerals makeup samples. I’ve been using the lip balm and I love it! Nice and minty and very moisturizing and conditioning. My lips have been pretty chapped with the extreme cold weather lately – the spearmint oil in this lip balm feels all tingly (in a good way!) and it does a great job getting rid of peeling, flaking skin.
Here’s a better look at the Lavishy coin purse. Really nice textured-look pleather!
Here are the Everyday Minerals samples – All Smiles blush and Finishing Dust finishing powder. The little sample packets are recloseable at the top.
I actually already own a larger size of this blush, so I thought I’d show a photo of what it looks like! I used to have a container of Finishing Dust too, but I must have used it up because I couldn’t find it!
Here is the Ferro eyeshadow sample, and below is the label on the back.
Swatches, left to right: All Smiles Blush, Finishing Dust, and Hollywood Blvd. eyeshadow. In sunlight:
The Vegan Cuts website states that when they send makeup in the beauty box, it won’t be anything that is specific to only a narrow range of skin tones, and I think they’ve succeeded with that here! All Smiles is a coral-pink shade of blush that should look good on just about anyone. If I recall correctly, I think it’s Everyday Minerals’ most popular shade of blush. Finishing Dust, which as I’ve mentioned, I’ve used before, is a very translucent powder for setting your makeup and absorbing moisture, and doesn’t add any colour itself when applied as a finishing powder. Hollywood Blvd. eyeshadow looks like a great neutral brown tone that has some pink and green sparkle to it.
In the box, there was also a card with more information on each of the items and about Vegan Cuts.
So there you have it! A subscription box service without any animal use, such a great initiative! The variety of items in the December box was great, and the items I’ve tried so far are awesome. According to the website, the January boxes ship out on January 20th, so there’s still time to sign up for them. Subscribing costs 19.95$USD per month, with varying rates for shipping depending on where you are (free shipping to the US, 8$ to Canada, and 15$ to other countries). For more info you can refer to their website here: http://vegancuts.com/beautybox
Disclosure: the products in this post (except the one noted) were provided by Vegan Cuts for my honest review.