HandPicked Beauty Box Review

When I was contacted by Alexia from Los Angeles Mamma blog about trying her new subscription box, I was a little hesitant. I was hesitant because I can only imagine how difficult it is to break into the subscription box industry and curate great boxes that are worth it for consumers.  However, since she is starting out, I decided to try out one box and see what it was all about. Luckily, I had seen a few posts from Elizabeth at everything and nothin’, so I knew that past boxes were great. Read on to see what I got in the December box!

 

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins, Avarice (RV $24).

This lip product is described as a nude-peach which is my go-to color. It is something between a gloss and a liquid lipstick, which I am happy about as I don’t love glosses. Beautiful color that I am happy to have.

 

Pur Cosmetics Chateau Cheek Stain, Peach Bellini (RV $26, on sale at Ulta for $10.4).

It wasn’t until I was writing up this post and looking for pricing of this that I saw there is a brush at the other end of the cheek stain! In general I like products like this that are easy to build and blend, since it tends to look more natural that way. It looks like a very sheer bronzer when applied to my skin which makes it perfect for warming up my skin when I don’t have a ton of time.

 

Biossance The Purifier: Soothing Cleansing Oil (RV $30).

I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but their tagline is “Beauty is in our Biology” and they say they “pioneer sustainable beauty through biotechnology”. So of course, I already love this brand 🙂 That bias aside, I have been wanting to try a cleansing oil, so I am looking forward to trying this one out. Its great to have this in the winter as my skin does get dry so this should help to keep it from drying out too much.

Biossance The Konjac Sponge: Gentle Facial Sponge (RV $15).

I used a konjac sponge for a few weeks and really liked it. It looks like it will be rough on your s kin, but once they get wet, they are actually quite soft and do an amazing job at exfoliating.

 

Urban Decay Native Naked Flushed (RV $32, this color is no longer available).

I think this must be an older color combination as I couldn’t find it anywhere. I am beyond thrilled to receive this palette. I have the knock-off one from Sleek cosmetics and I adore it- it’s perfect for travel as it contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter all in a compact package. The Native palette has been described to work well with light complexions, but I think I could just layer it if I find I need more color.

 

The boxes cost $39.99 plus shipping with a promised value of up to $150. Assuming full retail prices, this box was valued at $127. If, however, you look at the sale prices, the value goes a little bit down, but it is still a great value.

 

What do you think of this new subscription box? Do you plan on checking it out?

 

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