Benevolent Beauty Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
Benevolent Beauty Box is a brand new, cruelty-free beauty subscription! They send cosmetics, skin care, hair care, and beauty tools each month. When you sign up, you provide some personalization preferences, such as your hair and eye color, and whether you prefer both or neutral colors, etc. Benevolent Beauty offers a VIP monthly box and a Mini monthly box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Monthly VIP, $29.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Benevolent Beauty Box
The Cost: The Monthly VIP Beauty Box costs $29.95/month and the Monthly Mini Beauty Box costs $15.95/month (3- and 6-month prepay options available, which equal out to slight discounts per month) – all with free shipping (shipping is extra for international)
COUPON: Use code MSA2017 for 15% off your first month!
The Products: Benevolent Beauty sends out strictly cruelty-free items in the categories of cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and beauty tools.
Ships to: U.S. & International
Good to know: The cut-off date for ordering is the 25th of each month
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Every box includes a folded info card.
The inside of the card provides details about each item and the retail values. I think it’s cool that they use a mark to indicate every item that is also vegan.
Scrub Supply Co. Turmeric Face Scrub – 60g, Value $15.88
This face scrub’s ingredients are organic turmeric, chickpea flour, cold pressed coconut oil, essential lemon oil, raw demerara cane sugar and vitamin E oil. It smells nice and the grit of the cane sugar is perfect for me. You apply it to clean skin and then let it sit for 15 minutes. You can also use it on your body, as well. This pouch is enough for 4 applications/masks.
The scrub comes with a scoop and a popsicle stick for mixing/application, though I found I just preferred to apply with my fingers. Turmeric can tend to stain your skin, but I didn’t experience any issues with that from this mask/scrub.
Also included was a promo code for 10% off my next order, which I’m thinking of using to try their coffee scrub!
Franklin and Whitman Oak Lane Face Mask – 2 oz, Value $24.95
I have always disliked the extra trouble/mess that comes with powdered masks, but I love the experience and results of this one that I don’t think I mind! This is made with activated charcoal, turmeric, and raw cacao and has a negative charge to actually draw impurities out of your pores! Their website and Benevolent Beauty’s info card detail all the things each ingredient does, which include antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals, reducing inflammation, fighting common skin problems like acne, dark spots, and redness, and detoxing. Also, it smells chocolatey from the cacao. To use, you mix 1 to 2 tsp of mask with enough water to make it a paste, apply, and let it sit for 5-15 minutes (but you’re not supposed to let it dry/harden fully). To finish up, you remove with a wet washcloth or just warm water, working in a circular motion to exfoliate your skin! This left my face smooth, clean, and the next morning it looks great. I’m happy about this discovery! Especially because, like I said, I am really picky about powdered masks.
Deco Nail Lacquer in “Boy Bye” – Value $12.50
This polish is 8-free and THPH-free, and vegan! This polish is a gorgeous, iridescent, pale, silvery lavender. I couldn’t wait to paint my nails with it once I saw this color!
The bottle and packaging is gorgeous, too.
Here are my nails painted with one coat! (I also used a base and top coat, for the record.) I had some minor chipping by the next morning but aside from that, it’s held up pretty well 3 days later. Although it’s looking like I need to go ahead and repaint/change colors probably tomorrow.
Terre Mere Angled Eyeliner Brush – Value $24
This brush is beautiful! And the bristles are soft enough not to irritate or tug but firm enough to give you control. I’ve used it for powder and cream eyeliner so far and I’m definitely swapping out my old liner brush for this one.
Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Color in Sangria – value: $13
This lip color is made with organic shea butter, coconut oil, and pomegranate oil. It’s very hydrating and smells good. It’s a gorgeous purple-y shade in the tube but I really think this should be called a balm and not a “color” because I barely got any color from it. It really feels more like a tinted balm. Which is fine – I love having those to toss in my bag for no-look lip! (swatch below)
Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Corrective Concealer – Value $15
This concealer is peach-toned to color-correct dark circles and also has lots of organic ingredients to nourish and help protect your eyes, too. This type of product is applied well with a brush, or you could use your fingertip and tap it to blend under your eyes.
When I worked at Sephora, color-correcting was starting to become very trendy, but it was also the key to really helping the look of some severe under-eye circles (or even bruises!). The science behind it is to use an opposite color than the base color of the dark spot. The peach tone is particularly effective at neutralizing purple and blue-ish toned discoloration. (Another example, if you have a very red face, a green-toned primer helps neutralize!) Benefit has a concealer called Erase Paste which was my go-to peachy concealer for clients.
This concealer’s formula is full coverage and feels nice, but I personally can’t wear it because it is too medium-toned for my pale skin.
Here’s a swatch of the concealer and the lip color. Important to note, this was with several swatches of the lip color – you can see why I think it should be called a tinted balm instead.
Verdict: All in all, I really enjoyed the January Benevolent Beauty Box! I don’t think this one blew me away as much as some previous ones have, but I’m still happy with it. I’m bummed I can’t use the concealer, but I like every other product and know I’ll use them up! The value this month comes out to $105.33, which I’m definitely happy with for the cost – and that’s what I’ve come to consistently expect from this box as well!
What do you think about Benevolent Beauty?