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No Make No Life Box Review + Coupon – July 2017

No Make No Life (nmnl) is a 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

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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Volume 6 of No Make No Life didn’t have a theme but the focus was a little more on skincare this month.

The booklet list gives you information on each item, as well as instructions for how to use each product.

Peelingood Peeling Gel Kit – Value $4.40

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this kit. Reading the description, I imagined it might be a pore cleanser along the lines of Bioré strips. After you wash your face, you take one of the big black cotton swabs, dip it in the gel, and rub it all over your face. The part that confused me was that you then just wash it off. I imagined peeling gel was something you left on and then peeled off, revealing a bunch of stuff pulled from your pores. This kind of felt like a regular face wash. The gel was really nice and I loved the lemon scent. My skin felt super clean and fresh when I rinsed it off. But I didn’t experience any exciting wow factor. It was cute packaging and it was fun to use a new method for product application. Overall, it was fun but nothing mind blowing.

Profael Massage Jelly Body Mask – Value 10?

I wasn’t able to find this anywhere online which is a shame because I really liked it! The instructions for this jelly pack are simple: massage it into wet skin, wait 2-3 minutes, then wash it off. This contains wormwood and many other Japanese plants. This smelled very green and slightly citrusy to me. The gel is really thick and cooling. I left this on for a few minutes and my skin felt really smooth after I washed it off. The fresh scent lingers a little bit. I used this all over which was awesome but this would be a really nice spot treatment for especially dry areas.

Hollywood Orchid Enzyme Mask – Value $5

I love getting a different kind of face mask and this definitely delivered. Apparently, this enzyme mask has been around for 50 years! The packet is divided into section and the idea is that mixing the ingredients right before you apply it increases the effectiveness. The directions in the booklet are a bit lengthy but you basically mix the cream into the powder and apply it to your face. I would suggest cutting the packet open instead of tearing because the loose powder can go everywhere. I also mixed this in a little bowl instead of the packet. It suggests wearing the mask for 3-6 minutes if your skin is sensitive/dry or leave it on for 7-10 minutes if your skin is normal to oily. I went with about 8 minutes for my combination skin. This packet mixes up a lot of product so you can definitely split this into two face masks or do face and body. The texture was similar to mousse and really creamy. I can see why this mask has been popular for so long because my skin felt insanely soft after I rinsed this off. It almost felt like suede, I loved it!

Sweets-Sweets Air Moisturizing CC Cream – Value $13

The timing of this product was perfect for me because I’ve been thinking about checking out CC creams. I’ve used BB creams before but I’m interested in the color correcting aspect of CC cream. This came in the color Peach and it’s just slightly off for me. It’s a touch too dark and a little warm for my skin. I do think I’ll try this out when I have a tiny bit more color on my face because it is so close. But the formula was slightly lighter than a sunscreen and dried into a more powdery texture. I really liked how smooth my skin felt after I applied this. This does have SPF 50 which is awesome and I think this would be a nice thing to keep in your bag for a more outdoorsy day where you aren’t going to do makeup but may want a quick brightener for your skin. My only complaint is that it’s pretty impossible to put a tinted face product in a box that will work for everyone.

Browtician Tweezers – Value $10?

There were two variations you had the chance of receiving and I got a fun pattern. According to the information booklet, these are actually an Australian brand but they’re really popular in Japan. These slant tweezers feel sturdy and I like the case they came in. The tweezers fit snugly in the case without sliding around and it’s always a good idea to have a nice mirror on hand when the brow tweezing mood strikes!

Verdict: This month had a couple hits and a couple misses for me. I loved the Hollywood Orchid Enzyme Mask and this is one of the few times I’ll actually purchase a product from a box because I definitely want to have this to use when I need a quick skin refresher. I also really enjoyed the body mask. The I enjoyed the CC cream because it let me try out the texture and I do think it could work for me when I have a little bit of a tan. But the inclusion of a tinted skin product in a box is a general miss for me, unless it’s a box that gives you a beauty profile. The Peelingood mask was super cute and fun to try but didn’t give me the payoff I was hoping for from the description. I also thought the tweezers were cute but not really an essential or a special item in the box. My estimate for this box is around $42.

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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!

Posted in nmnl Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: nmnl | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. The items included are the kind commonly found in Japanese “100 yen” stores, the Dollar store equivalent, which is akin to drugstore brands. It’s amazing they’ve priced this so high considering their competition pricing; suffice to say their profit margin is huge. They need to rethink the price or if shipping overhead is the justification, figure out how to ship from the US like so many K and Japanese subs do. Considering you can pick up better quality items on Amazon for half the cost, it’s just not worth it financially to sub to this one. I’m disappointing noted because they billed themselves to be something much nicer than they’ve yet to deliver.

  2. Really loved this box! I was nervous about the color of the CC cream on my pale face, but used it anyway and was pleasantly surprised! It almost matched my skin today be when on. The shower jelly is amazing as well!

  3. I wish you had swatched the CC cream, just so we could see how the shade looked.

    This box is either HIT or MISS.

    • Sorry about that, I had a swatch photo and totally forgot to include it! That’s been added to the review. Thanks!

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