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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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!
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 35% 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).
First, there's a coupon code for 10% off your order at Primal Kitchen.
Next is an add for Sugarbearhair, which I am only familiar with because the Kardashians are always pushing it.
You'll then find an info booklet with Sazan on the cover.
The first two pages are just a definition of the word "Bless", and the Table of Contents.
Next, there's a letter from Sazan.
And then on to the first half of this month's contents.
...and the rest.
Finally, there are snapshots of all the past year's boxes from social media.
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.
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 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!
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.
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 - 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.
I really really like this color on, as it has a rich brown/red tone. (swatched below)
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 - 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.
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)
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 - 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.
This color is just wonderful and has a really bright red hue that tilts towards the orange side of things.
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.
Top to bottom: the easy illuminating stick, superstay matte lipstick, and color riche lipstick.
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. 🙁
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 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?
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 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.
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 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.
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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