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Essence Beauty Box Subscription Box Review – December 2015

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Essence Beauty Box is a beauty subscription service geared for Women of Color (WOC).  Each month, the Essence Magazine beauty team puts together a box to give you the opportunity to discover brand new products and Essence’s staple favorites.

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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Subscription Box: Essence Beauty Box

Cost: $15 a month (Discounts available with 6-month and 12-month subscription)

The Products:  A variety of hair care, beauty, and lifestyle products

Ships to: US only

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The insert card has a list of all the products included this month with tips!  The note from the Beauty and Style Director says the theme for December’s box is “It’s a Celebration!”. She says our box includes products to keep us glowing all night long.

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OGX – Biotin & Collagen Conditioner – 3oz – Value: $2.00

This conditioner claims to add volume and gives hair the appearance of thicker hair.  We don’t have any issues with thin hair around here.  I’m going to pass this along.  I’m not the biggest fan of OGX, most of their products are full of sulfates and silicones that I try to avoid in hair care.

Carol’s Daughter – Sacred Tiare Combing Creme – 2oz – Value: $2.50

I’m excited to give this detangler a try.  I love the detangler from The Honest Company for William and Abigail’s hair types, but not so much for mine.  There are so many conditioners that I can use for them to detangle hair, I’m saving this one for me because I has so much hair and normally use more than 2oz of product to get through one wash day.

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Boots – Extracts Body Wash – 2.5oz – Value: $2.50

This is the yummiest smelling body wash I’ve owned in a long time.  I love mangos and I was pleasantly surprised by how much of the mango extract I could smell.  Just delicious!  I didn’t care for the was it left my skin feeling after washing off, so I’m mixing it in with my normal body wash.


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Egyptian Magic – All Purpose Skin Cream – .25oz – Value: $2.50

Egyptian Magic is popping up all over the place.  This is the biggest sample I’ve received so far.  It’s not my favorite body cream, lip balm, face cream, etc, but it’s not bad at all.  I can’t say that I’d repurchase this on my own because it’s uber expensive!  I always stock up on body creams.  I go through them like a crazy lady in the winter, so this is a great addition to the box for me!

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Vera Moore – Pearlized EyeShadow in 24 karat – Value: $14.50

I’ve never seen this brand before until this box.  The color in the pan is so deceiving.  It looks so plain but it’s not! Very pretty swatches coming up!  This will make a great accent to any holiday look added to the inner V or center lid. Gorgeous!!

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CoverGirl – Outlast LongWear Lipstick in Red Revenge – Value: $9.80

The pigmentation in this lipstick is fierce!  I personally haven’t purchased anything from CG in ages only because I know they are not cruelty free like the majority of makeup brands.  It smells very nice and applies nicely.  I don’t have many reds like this.  I normally steered away from the color because I felt it flaunted my full figure lips negatively.  But, I’m over myself.  #freedom I’m happy to add to my humble collection.

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Swatches of 24 karat eyeshadow and Red Revenge lipstick

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About a week prior to receiving the Essence box, I received this package.

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I was a bit confused by the note, it says that they are sorry for the delay with November’s box.  With Essence Beauty Box being so brand new, I really didn’t notice how late the box came last month or this month with all the holidays.

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Essence Beauty Bag – Value: $5.00?

Super cute!! I love it.  It’s much bigger than the typical Ipsy bags and no harsh chemical smell. Win!  I love getting new makeup bags.  They’re great to put with makeup gifts to friends and family.

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Verdict:  Excluding the makeup bag, Essence Beauty Box has an estimated retail value of around $34.00.  This is double the asking price and is a great deal.  I really enjoying most of the products Essence has sent so far and I’m also impressed with the variety of brands they are collaborating with to put the boxes together.

What did you think of Essence Beauty Box this month? Did you receive a different lipstick or body wash?  Tell us what you got below!

Written by Celicia Gantz

Celicia Gantz

Celicia was introduced to both The Honest Company and CurlKit in March 2013 and has been addicted to subscription boxes ever since. Always on the hunt for the undiscovered family staple, she loves trying new skincare, natural hair care, makeup, and finding delicious snacks with hidden veggies for her kids (and Hubby too). Favorite finds: Body Oil, Stuffed Animals, Books, non-GMO Tortilla Chips and Perfume Samples.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

10 Comments

  1. I’ve been signed up since the inception, and I have been pretty satisfied with all of the boxes thus far. There have been a lot of great products that I probably wouldn’t have gone for, but that I’ve at least seen in the store or out and about and have not wondered where the heck it came from like another subscription box I’m signed up to ;). And I received a bag as well, but back last year. I’m actually going to try and find it, as it’s perfect for a mini portable makeup bag for when you’re on the go.

  2. I had an issue getting my box but then I realized my lack of reading delayed the process lol. Still, they were nice enough to send me a replacement box for free.

    To answer your question about different items, they don’t do variations so everyone got the same items. It’s probably because there’s no personalization process (i.e. surveys). Maybe in the future they’ll have one but I honestly don’t care if they never do since this box (compared the most common subs) is specifically curated with someone like me in mind.

  3. I recently found out about this box and I’m on the fence about signing up. Mainly because I don’t like getting hair care products in boxes since I go to the salon.

  4. i only wish they were available in canada and other countries

  5. Celicia,
    Great review, the color of lipstick was not me and gifted to sister, I loved the body wash. Essence Beauty Box is growing on me and the January box looks awesome!

  6. Wow ❣❣Looks like they are starting the New Year off right with this sub box I just might cave and sub❣❣

  7. FYI they currently have the box for $10!!

  8. Celicia have you ever tried Curlbox?

    • I asked/mentioned that before. Curlbox is JUST hair this is a mix. But both have products that contain non curyl-girls chemicals in them (sulfates, silicones, parabens, etc). I got curlbox for a long while and did get introduced to smaller brands that don’t have all of that, but after some time, all of a sudden curlbox would have all one product line and it would be a major line that had a LOT of not great ingredients so I cancelled. I think there is a box called curlkit, but I don’t know how that one is.

      I’m not interested in this because it is popular lines with not great ingredients and it isn’t introducing me to lines I don’t know of. It’s more an ‘ethnic’ target box…

  9. Great review of this box. I signed up as soon as this box started and have been pretty happy with every box since. The bag was a nice (& completely unexpected) surprise.

    They’re new, but it seems like they’re really trying to make a mark in the bb world. I’m not a fan of every item sent, but for the most part, well curated boxes each month. Excited to stick with them to see how they progress in the next year.

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