Its nearing the end of September and I have yet to give this month's beauty boxes a mention!
I am sure by now they would have surfaced just about everywhere and everyone has gotten their boxes, which defeats the purpose of my entry, but I would still like to give them a round up post.
I received Vanity Trove in the early part of September and Bellabox sometime mid-September so I would kick start this entry with what I got first!
September's Vanity Trove welcomes the transition into Fall and although we don't have seasons here in Singapore, it is still nice to acknowledge these beauty trends and somewhat 'go with the times' or rather, go with the direction of the rest of the world!
The Trove is segmented into various 'categories' and I like that within the provided brochure, they list down the product variations within each category.
If you squint and read the brochure, you will get what I mean!
As we all know, not everyone's trove is the same as they like to switch up the contents but this layout or method of explaining it makes it feel a lot more 'controlled'. It also gives you the impression that you aren't quite missing out on anything since it is shuffling within the same 'category'.
Here's a quick look at what was in September's Trove!
Princess Pinki (Lip, Cheeks and Nipple Cream)
Making a return to the Trove, Princess Pinki is a tint that you can use on your lips, cheeks (and also nipples, heh!) to give it a pinkish hint. Though hint is probably too mild a word to use. It dispenses clear and turns a rather vivid pinkish tone when left on the skin for awhile. That tint actually seems to stain the skin because I had a pink mark on my hand (where I swatched it) for pretty much the whole day, even after showering.
Oilum Body Cleanser & Oilum Revitalizing Lotion (Sample)
To aid with wrinkle-free and hydrated skin in Singapore's non-existent Fall, we have here Oilum's Body Cleanser and Revitalizing Lotion. I haven't given these a shot yet because bath and lotion stuff this size is always stashed for travel.
Vanity Trove had the Oilum Scrub Bar and Oilum Cleanser Bar up for rotation amongst their boxes.
Essie Nall Polish in Mink Muffs
You could say I was pretty darn excited when I saw the bottle and the shade. Essie's Mink Muffs is one of the colors that have always been on my mind – I would like to haul it yet I am always distracted with everything else. I will definitely be swatching this lovely milk chocolate shade soon!
Goodskin Labs Serum
Part of the skin enhancing aspect of the Trove, this was thrown in under the category that also contained variants like JK Acne Cleanser Bar, Shu Uemura White Recovery EX+ and Shu Uemura Skin Purifier.
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Eyeshadow
Not forgetting some love for the peepers, this Trove sheds some light on Rimmel products and if you did not get the quad, you would have received either a Rimmel Mascara or Rimmel Lipstick.
I am pleased with what I randomly received in mine and the colors are just perfect to play around with on a work day. As I had never played around with Rimmel prior, the pigmentation and smoothness of these shadows surprised me!
Bvlgari Omnia Coral Fragrance (Sample)
Aside from introducing skincare and makeup items, this trove also covers some new scents, either Bvlgari Omnia (as you see here) or DKNY's Be Delicious. I'm not exactly a DKNY Be Delicious fan (oh blasphemy!) so I am glad I received the Omnia variant and I do like the pleasant feminine appeal this scent gives.
All that aside, there were a couple more Vanitytreats thrown in, courtesy of and in partnership with Watsons!
Leaders Insolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch
Montagne Jennesse Masque in Fruit Smoothie (Sample size)
Well, that ran longer than I had intended but this wraps up what you get in Vanity Trove in September!
While I may be late with my mention, Vanity Trove gives you the option of purchasing the current month's trove (backorders) incase you wish to inspect the contents before you decide.
Purchasing backordered Troves will cost you S$5 more than their monthly subscription price.
Visit Vanity Trove to subscribe monthly for S$25 and await the November Trove or purchase the September Trove at S$30!
p.s. Vanity Trove pictures were all taken with the trustee Samsung S3 camera!
Moving on with the beauty boxes, here's Bellabox's take on September.
For September, Bellabox is taking on a very holistic theme of going Out with the Old and In with the New.
Well, before I go into the box I guess I do want to throw out a quick mention. It seems the competition between beauty boxes really goes back and forth and certain months you are left floored with some and other times a little 'meh' with everything.
After all, the idea of beauty boxes is about receiving a surprise every month and sometimes our own level of expectation does cause these surprises to fall a little flat.
With that said, I will continue on and say that this month around (instead of this time around), Bellabox had left me a little meh with their September offerings. I can't say its their fault because I am sure the team does try their best to pick the contents and it would never be easy to pick and suit everyone but their previous boxes (starting from the bumper one) really just stepped up their own game for them.
Okay, enough rambly insight and rationale, here is how September looks in a Bellabox!
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Perfume (Sample)
I have received a press sample of this scent and actually done a write-up for it here. It's a lovely scent, not quite my favorite but I am guessing some may be pleased to be in posession of this scent sample to try.
Celmonze Premium Facial Ampoules
I was recently introduced to the luxurious world of Facial Ampoules. Prior to that I had no idea these little serum packed vials were this costly and that luxe. I haven't tried this out because of the term 'Marine Concentrate' scrawled on the fragile bottle (me and my Marine Collagen fear) but there are 3 variants up for circulation – Whitening, Lifting and Vitamin A.
Rimmel Flash Eyeliner in Black Noir
A common brand in both the beauty boxes this month, Rimmel! Bellabox had up for rotation the Flash Eyeliner (as pictured above), Lip Liner, Stay Glossy Lip Gloss, Automatic Eye Line, Max Volume Mascara or Sexy Curves Full Figure Mascara
The Flash Eyeliner I have is a felt tip liquid liner, one of my favorite types of eyeliners. Howver, unlike other felt tip liquid liners I have tried, the black pigmentation in this one felt a little disappointing though I will have to try it out to better judge it.
VICHY Bi-White Med Deep Corrective Whitening Lotion (Sample)
For fairer and whiter skin, the Vichy Bi-White Lotion aims to target melanin at its source and fights dark spots, dullness and yellowish skin tones.
Lifecella Essence Sheet Mask - Face Mask
Last but not least, we have Lifecella, a brand that is formulated specially for the concerns of Asian skin. The very first thing I noticed with this is that adorable bear-like shape that the mask takes on but I'm sure that isn't the point of it. These masks cover issues from anti-aging to dryness and even have targetted eye masks as well. Lifecella is available at Watsons and Guardian.
And that is Bellabox's September edition for you!
Visit Bellabox if you are interested in a month subscription which would cost S$19.90.
With that, I wrap up this extremely lengthy post about September's Beauty Box offerings! It seems it is honestly anyone's game in the beauty box industry and it is getting incredibly hard to subscribe to a box in advanced these days so i think Vanity Trove did a very wise move of putting backordered boxes up for grabs.
As a consumer that still gives me the joy of the box and also the mental preparation of knowing what to expect!
But do share, do you still like the joy of the surprise or prefer to know what is in it beforehand?
Thanks for reading!
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.