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No Make No Life Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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No Make No Life (nmnl) is a new beauty subscription box. “The name itself stands for: *no make no life*, since beauty and makeup products are some of essential aspects in our daily life.”

nmnl is a subscription-based service that delivers you a box full of unique japanese beauty products from tokyo to straight to your doorsteps. our aim is to introduce japanese culture via beauty products that not only look good but make you feel good. each box, curated personally by our in-house beauty consultant, includes 5- 7 items in several categories including skin, body, make, hair, bath and tools.

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The Subscription Box: nmnl

The Cost: $29.99 a month + free shipping

COUPON: Use coupon code ESSENTIALS to save $5 off your first box

The Products: A mix of 5-7 full-sized beauty items from 6 different categories – skin, body, make, hair, bath, and tools

Ships to: Worldwide

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The information booklet has a really simple design. March 2017 is volume 2 of this subscription.

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The theme for March is Sakura!

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Each page features a different product and explanation. I really like the minimal, sleek look of the information booklet.

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Sakura Hand Towel & Cleaning Cloth – Value $16?

I love this little set of towels. The box they came in is really pretty and totally reusable for storage or gifting. The design on the box and the two towels are perfect for the Sakura theme. I was only able to find one of the towels online so the estimated value is double the single towel.

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Both towels have the print on one side and are white on the back. The booklet suggests using the cleaning cloth to remove dirt from glass or plastic surfaces. It is the texture of microfiber glasses cleaning cloths I feel like I’m constantly cleaning my glasses and I’m excited to have this pretty towel to use now! I love the watercolor feel of the print.

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The hand towel has a slightly more youthful looking print. It’s the same size as the cleaning cloth so it’s a little smaller than a typical washcloth. It is the perfect size to toss in a makeup bag if you’re traveling. I’ve been using it to dry my face during my nightly routine because it’s so soft and absorbent.

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Ichikami Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Travel Set – Value $3.19

This travel set is from Ichikami which is a popular hair care line in Japan. They come in a cute bag that is actually resealable – a nice touch if you are traveling and are worried about products spilling in your bag. I loved the scent of the shampoo and conditioner. The cherry blossom is mixed with apricot so it smells very sweet and fresh. This was moisturizing and my hair felt soft after using it.This hair care line does get great reviews and they have a pretty extensive line that includes hair masks and oil treatments. This piqued my curiosity to check out some of their other scents. While I can’t tell what all the ingredients are, the booklet says it’s silicone and sulfate free!

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GensenLabo Hydrating Sea Kelp Toner – Value $13

This toner is alcohol and scent-free. The booklet says that it is slightly thicker than regular toner and that’s definitely true. This feels like a slightly watery gel. It’s cooling on my skin and left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I only had to use a tiny amount to cover my face and this is a large bottle so I think this will last me a while.

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Sakura Harenohi Hand Care Gift Pack – Value $6?

I love the packaging on this set! I wasn’t able to find this set online so I’ve linked to a similar set. This would make a really cute gift for someone who loves sakura.This set comes with cherry blossom scented hand cream and soap. These are the perfect travel sizes to keep in your purse. The hand cream felt a little watery or greasy at first but it absorbed into my skin well. The soap is a normal gel soap and the smell of cherry blossom is really nice.

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Wayumeguri Sakura Bath Salt – Value $3?

I wasn’t able to find this exact brand online so I’ve linked to a similar product. These bath salts are also sakura scented. The pale pink salt is in a mineral oil so it’s a little gooey when you pour it out of the packet but they act the same as drier bath salts. This turned the water a milky color and the scent was pretty strong. Sakura is a relaxing scent and this left me feeling moisturized.

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Choosy Peach Lip Pack – Value $1.50

I’ve tried lip packs in other boxes before and I’ve actually had the peach scent. The peach scent is very sweet and a little strong for me. Lip packs feel a little odd because the texture is reminiscent of gelatin and the suggested time ranges from 5-30 minutes. I only made it about 10 minutes with this one. My lips did feel smooth and moisturized. I’m still not totally sold on using this over an intense lip balm but they are fun to test out.

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Choosy Gold Pearl Lip Pack – Value $1.80

The second lip pack of the box comes in Gold Pearl. This lip pack had more of a generic, light perfume scent. I actually preferred this to the peach scent. As I said, I’m not the biggest fan of these but I think a large part of it is the smell. I’ve only had extremely sweet smelling lip packs before. This scent was less overwhelming and I was able to leave it on a bit longer. I’m not sure if the length of time makes too much of a difference because the result from this pack felt similar to the peach pack. My lips got a little boost of moisture from this.

Verdict: This was my first No Make No Life box and I was pleasantly surprised! I like that they stayed true to the Sakura theme for most of the products. The sakura products were so pretty and nicely packaged which made this box feel like such a nice gift. If you aren’t a fan of sakura this might have been a rough box for you but the items were so cute and re-giftable that it still wouldn’t be a loss. I liked the toner and loved that it was full-sized. My least favorite items were the lip packs but that’s mostly because I’ve received a few from other subscription boxes before. But they included a new scent lip pack that I actually kind of enjoyed! My estimates of the items bring me to about $44. That feels pretty good for a $30 box where I really enjoyed trying out all the items. Their next box focuses on skin care essentials. I think they did a great job with the Sakura theme so I’m excited to see what they do with skin care.

What do you think of the March No Make No Life box?

Written by Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

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.

9 Comments

  1. Man… I was hopeful for nmnl’s future, but I just got my April box this afternoon and was still disappointed.

    I don’t know what other skin care/ Asian beauty box I should sub to lol…

    • I like PinkSeoul and Mishibox for higher quality items. If you’re just starting out, W.I.N. is like the kbeauty Ipsy and sends out 5 small items for about half the cost the others, so if you just want some random samples to try out and not sure what you’re looking for that could be a good one.

    • Hi BR, Vanessa here from nomakenolife! 🙂

      We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your April box. Are there any specific items/brands you’d like to try out? There’s always room for improvements, and we’re happy to hear feedback!

  2. These are all items I can get at my local Daiso for $1.50 each 🙁 value needs to raise or price needs to drop on this

    • not everyone has a local daiso, alas. I love this sub!

      • i read this as a local disco. a disco ball falling, tom jones and bee gees playing, roller skating permitting, local disco. i have to admit that i had to google ‘daiso’.

    • Hi Marissa, I’m Vanessa from nomakenolife. Thank you for your honest feedback, we really appreciate it.

      We follow the latest trend in Tokyo and curate only the most coveted 5-7 items into our box. Regarding the value of our items, as you can see above, both the Gensenlabo and Sakura towel set alone already adds up to $30. 🙂 If you try to purchase the items separately (that’s if you can find them :)), we think you’ll find our box reasonably priced also considering that there are absolutely no shipping costs whatsoever.

      We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the selection of items to give you the best experience every time, so if you have any suggestions of items/brands you’d like to see, please send them our way!

  3. So glad I cancelled this sub after the first box. The items are so cheap and definitely not worth $30+.

    • Hello, I’m Vanessa from nomakenolife.

      We’re sorry to have disappointed you, Juliya. We work our hardest to include the latest, most popular beauty items each month and give our subscribers the best value possible.
      That said, the Sakura Towel Set and Gansenlabo from March’s box both already easily adds up to $30. Not to mention there are also several other items in the box and shipping is free worldwide 🙂

      If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our box and the items we include, please let us know! We always love hearing feedback!

      Thank you for giving us a try, and we would love to make it up to you if you ever decide to join us again in the future.

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