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Bless Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2017

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Bless Box is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women, curated by Sazan Hendrix. Each box will include items in the beauty, health, food categories.

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contents of Bless Box December 2017

About Bless Box

The Subscription Box: Bless Box

The Cost: $29.99 a month + $7.50 shipping

New Deal: New subscribers, use coupon code BEBLESSED for 50% off your first box!

COUPON: Use code BLESSED to save 5% off your first box!

The Products: Each box will include items in the beauty, health, food categories curated by Sazan Hendrix.

Ships to: US and Worldwide!

Bless Box December 2017 Review

Since our last review, Bless Box has gotten a makeover with their box, and an info booklet that comes along with it. There are also a couple of cards and what looks to be a free gift (since it isn’t included on the contents page).

Front of Bless Box coupon for Primal Kitchen Bless Box coupon for Primal Kitchen

First, there’s a coupon code for 10% off your order at Primal Kitchen.

Sugarbearhair coupon Sugarbearhair coupon code

Next is an add for Sugarbearhair, which I am only familiar with because the Kardashians are always pushing it.

Info booklet for Bless Box December 2017

You’ll then find an info booklet with Sazan on the cover.

Page 1 and 2 of Bless Box December 2017

The first two pages are just a definition of the word “Bless”, and the Table of Contents.

Page 3 and 4 of Bless Box December 2017

Next, there’s a letter from Sazan.

Page 5 and 6 of Bless Box December 2017

And then on to the first half of this month’s contents.

Page 7 and 8 of Bless Box December 2017

…and the rest.

Page 9 and 10 of Bless Box December 2017

Finally, there are snapshots of all the past year’s boxes from social media.

Patchology Flashpatch Eye Revive

Patchology Flashpatch Eye Revive, 1 pair – Estimated Value $1.67 (Buy a box of 30 pair for $50)

The first item isn’t listed in the contents, so I’m going to assume it’s a free gift. Packed with caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen, this eye patch treatment is supposed to help dryness, fatigue, and puffiness in five minutes.

back of Patchology Flashpatch Eye Revive

I popped these gels under my eyes the morning (actually, afternoon) after some late-night drinking, in hopes they would make me look less like a zombie. Like most eye treatments, I feel like it’s impossible to see quick results on dark circles, and the jury is still out on if these actually “perked” me up.

Skinn Cosmetics Metallic Vibe Eyeshadow Palette, open with box

Skinn Cosmetics Metallic Vibe Eyeshadow Palette

Skinn Cosmetics Patina Eyeshadow Palette in Metallic Vibe – Retail Value $22.50

The first item is a six-eyeshadow palette from Skinn Cosmetics in Metallic Vibe. I like how that sounds!

opened overhead view of Skinn Cosmetics Metallic Vibe Eyeshadow Palette

There’s a pretty nice range of cooler and warmer neutrals here, plus a dual-ended foam applicator. I ended up using a separate brush when applying though. I went for the last two colors (far right) on my lids and brow bone, respectively and was pleased with the results.

Skinn Cosmetics Metallic Vibe Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Here’s how they all look swatched on my arm. As you see, the first two and last one are super subtle, while the middle three have a more pigmented tone. All have a super subtle sparkle to them as well to make your eyes pop.

Maybelline Unnudes SuperStay Matte Lipstick in Fighter

Maybelline Unnudes SuperStay Matte Lipstick in Fighter – Retail Value $7.99

This liquid matte lipstick from Maybelline is called SuperStay for a good reason. I wore this the entire workday (through eating waffles, mind you) and it stuck to my lips the whole time, without any weird flaking or transferring.

bottom of Maybelline Unnudes SuperStay Matte Lipstick in Fighter

I really really like this color on, as it has a rich brown/red tone. (swatched below)

Maybelline Unnudes SuperStay Matte Lipstick in Fighter with applcator

The wand it comes with was a little tricky to deal with, but I got the hang of it. The only downside to this liquid lipstick is that it felt pretty sticky when on. Even though I love the color, I’ll probably stay with other brands that don’t make my lips tacky.

Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick in gilded honey

Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick – Retail Value $26.00

I’ve been slowly getting into highlighting my face, so I’m eager to try all of my options. I’m really digging this easy stick-form instead of a liquid that makes me nervous about applying too much by accident.

bottom of Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick in gilded honey

The “gilded honey” color is perfect for my skin and allows just a touch of warm sparkle to the bridge of my nose and other areas I want to highlight. (swatched below)

Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick in gilded honey with cap off

I added this after my foundation, but before my powder, in case it needed a little dulling. As I mentioned, it was super easy to glide around my face and left no mess. Plus, it’s easy to build upon if you need more.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in love

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly In Love – Retail Value $8.99 (found here for $5.79)

I’m really surprised at how much I like this lipstick. I’ve been wearing liquid mattes for so long that I rarely ever buy them in stick form these days.

bottom of L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in love

This color is just wonderful and has a really bright red hue that tilts towards the orange side of things.

(swatched below)

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in love with cap off

This went on super smooth and made my lips feel really soft and moisturizing which is rare for a matte. I did notice a bit of bleeding though, so this is better used with a lipliner for sure.

swatches for Bless Box December 2017

Top to bottom: the easy illuminating stick, superstay matte lipstick, and color riche lipstick.

Wen Winter Cranberry Cleansing Conditioner with pump

Wen Winter Cranberry Cleansing Conditioner, 16 oz. – Retail Value $20.00

Next, we have a haircare product from Wen by Chaz Dean. Now, I’ve heard whispers about this brand making users hair fall out and even though they awarded people money in a class-action lawsuit, they have never admitted any guilt. That being said, it’s a little surprising that this company would be chosen to feature in a box, but to each their own. This full size 16 bottle comes with its own pump for easy use in the shower. I noticed that they mistakenly doubled the value for this in the info booklet. 🙁

back of Wen Winter Cranberry Cleansing Conditioner

My first qualm here is the fact that it’s nearly impossible to read the text on the back of the bottle. I’m all for following directions, but since I couldn’t read the tiny black type against a dark background photo I just winged it. The first time I used this, I did it all wrong. I saw the word “conditioner” and used it as such after shampooing, wondering why Bless Box chose to send this without shampoo. It was later that I did notice the slightly larger text on the bottom that says “friends don’t let friends use shampoo” which lead me to actually look it up online. I realized that Wen’s whole thing is NOT using shampoo, but only using this “cleansing conditioner”. I then read on to see that I was supposed to use TEN to SIXTEEN pumps for short hair each time. They suggest doing half first, rinsing, then doing the second half to leave in for the duration of your shower. I was a little horrified to be using a full handful of product to wash my hair when I normally use, like, a nickel-size. After it was all said and done, my hair did look pretty good, but I can’t imagine having long thick hair and using the directed 24-32 pumps!

Wen Six Thirteen Ultra Nourishing Intense Body Treatment

Wen SixThirteen Ultra Nourishing Intense Body Treatment, 3 oz. – Retail Value $40.00

Forty dollars?! Holy cow, ok. Let me shake that shock off and continue on by saying that the info booklet actually shows a picture of a similar yet different product called 3 19 and mistakenly put a retail value of $80.00 on this. I guess this is why we do a little research when reviewing, eh?

back of Wen Six Thirteen Ultra Nourishing Intense Body Treatment

So, getting back to business, this has a lemon/rosemary/vanilla bean scent that sounds alluring to me, but unfortunately goes a little overboard. It’s really quite strong and overpowering which is the opposite what I personally look for in a lotion/moisturizer. I just can’t do it, it smells like a heavy perfume to me. Bummer.

Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Collagen Protein Bar, 1.7 oz. – Listed Retail $3.00 (Buy a 6 pack for $19.95)

This is made with grass-fed collagen, though I’m not even sure what that means.

opened Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

This bar is really tough and kinda heavy. I thought I was gonna lose a tooth when biting into it. I have to say- I don’t expect much from protein bars, but this tastes really awful to me. Not even the delicious prospect of chocolate and hazelnut could fool me on this one. It also has a really strange aftertaste to it. Just, no.

Bless card

Bless Gift Card – 50% off first box coupon code

It lists the value in the booklet as “priceless” so I’m just going to leave this with no value since it’s a coupon code.

Coupon code for 50% off first month

We removed the coupon code in the image, but I’ve went ahead and put it at the top and bottom of the review so you all can use it. Be aware that it’s for new subscribers only though.

Verdict: This month’s Bless Box has a retail value of over $125.00 and costs $37.49 after shipping, so there is definitely a good value here if you like what they are serving up. The Maybelline lipstick and Laura Gellar illuminating stick came out on top for me, while the Wen products seem iffy and I despised the protein bar. Nothing really blew me away here, but I was introduced to products I wouldn’t have normally tried, so it’s at least broadening my horizons.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but subscribe today to get February’s box.

Bless Box ships once per month, usually between the 19th and 22nd. If you subscribed on or before the 17th, you will receive a box that month. If you subscribed after the 17th, your first box will ship the following month unless otherwise stated.

Coupon – Use coupon code BEBLESSED for 50% off your first box. (New customers only)

Value Breakdown: At $37.49 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 128.48

  • Eyeshadow Palette: $6.57
  • Matte Liquid Lipstick: $2.33
  • Illuminating Stick: $7.59
  • Color Riche Matte Lipstick: $2.62
  • Cleansing Conditioner: $5.84
  • Body Treatment: $11.67
  • Protein Bar: $0.88

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

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.

21 Comments

  1. I bought two of the Blessed mystery boxes. Between the 4 (or was it 5?) Wen products I received, and the blatant misrepresentation of the prices (double what is listed on the Wen website), I was definitely not impressed.

  2. I tried Wen several years ago for my long thick curly hair and it was awful for me. I used it, along with the whole system, for about three weeks and my hair was so coarse and rough feeling. I didn’t lose any more hair than normal, but my hair just felt terrible. On their website they actual suggested that you could also use the product as shaving cream, so that was how I used mine up.

  3. Had to chime in about Wen.

    I’ve been using it for 8 years. I haven’t experienced any hair loss. I have frizzy, curly hair and it helps control the frizz and helps with detangling. I’ve tried other no sulfate shampoos and nothing comes close to Wen for me. I just love the stuff.

    Like a lot of similar products the idea is not to wash your hair everyday but I am guessing that depending on individual hair types that isn’t something everybody can get behind. But if you don’t wash your hair ever day you end up not using a ton of product.

    Personally, after using it for years, I don’t use as much as they recommend and I usually don’t do the second washing. But again this is based off of my own personal experience I can’t speak for other’s experiences.

  4. I had a 6 month deal off of Gilt. This is primarily a drugstore beauty box with awful snacks. They even include coupons when calculating the value of the box .. super shady and the value is just not there at $37.50. Other boxes offer a much better variety, quality and overall “fun” experience. Never going back

  5. I purchased wen for about a year. My hair started falling out and I had scabs on my scalp. It was clogging my pores. My experience only. Now my hair has grown back and is finally healthy again. But I will never, ever use Wen again.

    • If you don’t mind me asking, what did you end up using that helped make your hair and scalp healthy again? My hair is falling out/scalp scabs also and I’m trying different things to stop it, but nothing seems to be making a significant difference.

  6. I have subbed to this for nearly 1 year and gave gotten some really good items in that time. I kept planning to not renew and will probably do so when I am up in Feb. Any bars/ snacks that they have sent have almost always been AWFUL.

  7. That being said after all your great honest comments I will never subscribe to this. It just doesn’t seem like it’s for me . At first I thought it looked amazing but after comments and reviews and the odd product lineup it just doesn’t seem like it’s for me . I personally don’t think the price is worth it as well. Stick to one of luxury or one of drugstore brands, don’t mix them and then add a brand that seems like that’s under investigation! That’s crazy and I appreciate everything u ladies said it changed me.

  8. Around Black Friday they had an offer for the Sept box, for $20 + free shipping. I bought it and am happy with it. This month is really odd! I thought it was a “lifestyle” type of box? This is one that I would sub to, if they dropped the price. (and not just a discount for the first month) Either a % off for the life of your sub or free shipping. The price and the fact that they really do have some off months, stops me from subbing for the current cost+shipping.

  9. Shady shady shady, and I won’t subscribe to anything that pushes a Kardashian product.

  10. Grass fed collagen is protein from connective tissue or skin in cows. (So not vegan or vegetarian.) I pass those bars on to my husband when I receive them in fitness boxes and his reaction is similar to yours.

    I share your shock about the amount of Wen to use (you have seen my hair if you look at some of my clothing reviews). I can’t stand that stuff. I got it once from BeautyDNA. In addition to being physically more product than I could actually apply to my hair in any way, it didn’t clean my hair. I was a greasy mess the next day. I think they just tell you to use a ton so you have to buy it more often.

    I find this box to be odd. I do have some drugstore makeup favorites, but this box has a mix of drugstore and higher-tier brands that is throwing me off, and it is supposed to cover all these categories, but is really only beauty except for the food item?

  11. I agree on everything in this review. The hazelnut chocolate bar was horrible! And for me to not want something chocolate is an act of God! I can still remember the horror my taste-buds experienced. I was wondering if I hadn’t heard some really bad review on WEN, so was also surprised to see so much of it in the boxes. I must admit, it does smell awesome! But I haven’t used it yet, a little nervous about it. The Maybelline lipstick I tossed, the color looked bad, the other lippie was nice, I got a more pink color, but do like it and it does last. The eye shadow was given to a friend. I am seriously considering canceling, if the Feb box doesn’t do anymore for me. It’s not a bad box, you do get your moneys worth, even after sharing and tossing some items. The Laura Geller, L’Oreal, and the 6-13, all made up for the other items, in terms of cost. And if I ever risk trying out the WEN, who knows, it might be awesome!

  12. The premise of this box confuses me. I can see how people would enjoy it, but I am clearly not their target demographic.

  13. I loved the mystery box but I can’t get on board with the price of this sub. I would probably jump if it was $20. I just got the Wen mask in some box and I too was afraid to use it but my sister has used Wen products for as long as they have been around so I took a chance and loved it. That said I won’t be purchasing it. Too expensive and there are other less expensive alternatives.

  14. I got this box and the January box. I really wasn’t that impressed. Together they have five WEN products and, some of WEN’s products are under investigation with the Food and Drug Administration for causing damage to your hair. Even if it’s not these particular products I’m not in any hurry to put these in my hair. Even if the products were not by WEN, I think this box is over priced.

  15. I shy away from anything Wen. Just cannot risk it.

  16. This box is…odd. I’m not quite sure what to think about it.

    The drugstore makeup mixed with “luxe” but questionable beauty items is very strange to me.

    • That’s what I feel like too. This box is odd, just plain odd

  17. Good review. The mystery box had the protein bar in it and one bite was one too many!

  18. I really wanna try this box but I haven’t seen enough reviews by you guys to know if it’s really worth it. Thanks for the coupon code too because of that I would only pay $22.50! But I’m still on the fence unless there’s others who could share their experiences??

    • Angie I received a few of these boxes last year I think 3 or 4. I stopped subscribing because it was really the same things every month. I thought it was a lifestyle box but it ended up being basically a makeup/beauty box. I did receive some products that I did really like, like a full size amika dry shampoo, a body butter from the body shop and a full size kerastase blow out lotion. But aside from those I’ve mostly received makeup (mainly maybelline products) and I would ALWAYS get eye shadow and I don’t wear eye shadow. I have more liquid lipsticks than I can wear in a lifetime. And those primal bars are in pretty much every box so that already diminishes the value of the box for me personally because they are god awful. For $22 I think it’s worth it for a one-off but if you subscribe you’ll get a lot of repeat or similar items every month.

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