Whole Foods Hello Beauty Bag Review – March 2016
The Whole Foods Hello Beauty Bag is a curated collection of beauty products selected from offerings available in Whole Foods Market stores. This was a limited-edition one-time purchase available starting March 18 and I have heard it may be their only beauty bag for the year (last year there were three).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this bag. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Box: Whole Foods Hello Beauty Bag
The Cost: $15
The Products: Deluxe samples of natural makeup and skincare items.
Ships to: In-store only purchase at US Whole Foods Market locations starting at 10 AM on March 18, 2016. While supplies last. (FYI – can’t find this announcement on the Whole Foods blog, so I recommend checking the facebook page of your local Whole Foods for specific details).
The bag came with an information card listing the items from the bag.
RIJIGreen Organic Cotton Makeup Bag – Value $11.99
You can get these custom-printed to say whatever you’d like. They all have different and very pretty interiors; I’ve tried to show you the lining of mine in this photo. RIJIGreen is committed to economic empowerment and the end of human trafficking.
Weleda Skin Food (10 mL) – Value $2.53
This is a thick cream that did not leave my skin greasy. Apparently it can be used anywhere on the body. It has lots of soothing ingredients like chamomile and calendula extracts.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick in “Sunset Cruise” (0.12 oz, full size!) – Value $9
I am not sure if different colors were sent out but I like the one I got. In the swatch below, I have swiped it across my arm twice. It is moisturizing and not too bold for those days you’d like to tone it down a bit.
Here’s a swatch. Sorry if it’s weird but I photographed three beauty boxes this day and my arms had like 7 swatches on them so I was having to go pretty far up my arm…
Mineral Fusion Lash Curling Mascara in “Gravity” (0.57 fl oz, full size!) – Value $18.99
I love the formula; it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Maybe not as dramatic as some non-natural mascaras, but I have sensitive eyes so the lack of irritation is a big deal. I can’t say much about the curling, unfortunately – I can only wear mascara with contacts in because I get it on my glasses otherwise. But I can only examine things up that close without glasses OR contacts. Anyway, always happy to get a mascara that doesn’t cause eye issues!
MyChelle Perfect C Serum (0.17 fl oz) – Value $14.96
It’s hard to tell if this is working yet after only two uses. But, you don’t need much of this to cover your whole face, and I am pretty sparing with skincare in general, so we will see. I like that the container is opaque and the product comes in a pump because that should help the vitamin C to last longer. MyChelle has free shipping right now if you are interested.
Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask (0.5 oz) – Value $5.74
You put this on your face and let it dry, then rinse off. I think it did an awesome job at clearing the pores on my nose. I would totally buy this in full size. In fact, I have a coupon from Derma E in my email inbox right now. Hmmm… (Sorry, it’s a single-use coupon particular to my account for answering a survey. But Derma E is having free shipping on any order in March.)
Evanhealy Rose Geranium Facial Tonic Hydrosoul (1 fl oz) – Value $8.50
This has a light floral fragrance and is just a pure plant hydrosol (obtained from steam distilling rose geranium). I find that I need something a little stronger as a toner this time of year or my skin gets super oily, but I think this would be a good facial mist/setting spray or possibly a winter toner or toner for someone with dry skin.
Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub (1 fl oz) – Value $3.25
For me, this is a very gentle scrub. I think I might’ve been overdoing it with the Derma E microdermabrasion scrub lately so I will probably alternate this Acure one with that.
Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + (10 mL) – Value $9.78
I have finally convinced myself that I can use facial oils. What I like about this one is that even though it is expensive, you don’t need a lot to get good coverage. They say 2-3 drops and that is true! This has lots of essential fatty acids and rosehip oil is also rich in vitamin C.
Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk (10 mL) – Value $2.69
This is a very gentle cleanser that does not strip the oils from your face. It may be better if your skin is on the dry side (sorry, my summer skin oiliness is on my mind right now due to the weather we’ve been having!) I like this in combination with the Tatcha rice enzyme powder in the morning. Also, it was very hard for me to get the cap off the sample tube…
Verdict: The 2016 Whole Foods Hello Beauty Bag had an overall value of about $87, including the value of the bag. That is phenomenal for a $15 beauty bag. I liked that there were products for nearly every step of a cleansing routine (from cleanser, mask, and scrub, to toner, facial oil, and serum) and a few (full size) makeup items to boot. While not every product was perfect for me, there should be something for everyone here and I’m happy with the mix of brands.
What did you think of the Whole Foods Hello Beauty Bag? Were you able to get one?