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We Are Onyx Beauty Box Subscription Box Review – May 2016

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We Are Onyx Beauty Box is a women’s beauty subscription box.  Products included will vary from hair, beauty, skin, and nail care suited for the needs of Women of Color (WOC).  The company’s founders desire to educate WOC by expanding their beauty knowledge and encouraging them to try new products.


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The Subscription Box: We Are Onyx Beauty Box

The Cost: $25 a month + free shipping

The Products:  5-7 beauty products geared toward Women of Color

Ships to: US

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Each box comes with an insert card, but the contents of the box are not included.  The theme for the month of May is, “Come Clean”.  Products picked for us are to rejuvenate our style.  The cover is a photo of the beautiful Model and Dancer, Khadija Shari.



My Skin Trx – Essentials Cleansing Balm in Oily/Combo Skin – Full Size – $18.00

I really enjoy this cleanser.  I don’t use it alone, but I love taking my makeup off with it.  The directions say to warm up your face with a wet and warm towel, apply and let it sit, then remove with a warm towel.  If you’re a huge fan of Ultrabland from Lush Cosmetics, you’ll enjoy this too.




Mirabella – Lipstick in Volatile – (1oz) – $22.00 (on sale for $17.60)

I’m not the biggest fan of the Mirabella brand, but I have a few lip products now, thanks to subscription boxes.  This one is a bright purple, and perfect to the summer months.





Manna Kadar Beauty – 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadow in Fantasy – Full Size – $19.00

Like its name, you can use this product at least three ways.  I found it very pigmented and gorgeous on my eyes.  I’m really happy that it came packaged with bubble wrap and in one piece.




Bask Bloom Essentials – Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar – Sample Size – $2.00

Unfortunately John and I were not a fan of this cleanser.  It claims to cleanse hair without stripping it.  I tried it first on my skin and it was drying.  John tried it in his hair and he didn’t care for it either.  I love trying new brands and they number of products for sale.  I hope we receive other products in the future.


Curl Keeper – Total Control for Frizzy Hair in Original – (1oz) – $3.00

This is a hair gel meant to tame and define curls.  I’m not a fan of this brand, and unfortunately for me, it pops up a lot in hair subscription boxes.  I really don’t like the packaging either.  If you’ve ever tried to open one, you know exactly what I mean.  



The Doux – Shine Therapy Elixir – (.5oz) – $6.50

This hair enhancer can be used in curly and straight hair types.  It also says you can use it as a heat protectant before straightening and blow drying.  I don’t blow dry my hair, but I’m not opposed to trying it out.  Every blue moon, I’ll apply some heat to the kiddos hair, so I may end up putting this in their bathroom for a future.


Swatches Left to Right: Manna Kadar 3-n-1/ Mirabella Lipstick


Verdict: This May, the We Are Onyx Beauty Box had an estimated retail value over $66.00.  I discovered three new brands to stalk on social media. I’m really split in half over the contents this month.  I’m not pleased with receiving another Curl Keeper product, apparently a lot of people love them.  On the other spectrum, I’m loving the full sized cleanser and makeup products.  I can’t say this is my favorite box from WAO, but I’m very satisfied with the curation and improved packaging.

What did you think of We Are Onyx Beauty Box?  Has anyone sampled any other products from the “new to me” brands?  Tell us about it in the comments 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.

1 Comment

  1. Great review, Celicia! I am not a WOC but I do have curly hair, and am tempted to subscribe – except for that darn curl keeper! That stuff smells like White Rain to me and makes my hair crunchy and stiff. The color of the lipstick is divine.

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