Sunday Riley Subscription Box Review – Wellness Edition 2018
There’s a new quarterly subscription from Sunday Riley! This first box is all about wellness, featuring “real tools to achieve physical, mental, and energetic health.”
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Sunday Riley Subscription Box
The Cost: $95
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- SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes 15 ml (Value $52.50)
- SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip 30 ml (Value $10.80)
- THINX Hiphugger (Value $34)
- bkr Bottle 500 ml (Value $38)
- IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler 1.7 oz (Value $9.86)
- SMITH & CULT Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle (Value $18)
- WelleCo SUPER ELIXIR 7-day Supply (Value $30)
- HEADSPACE APP Free Month
- KITSCH Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel (Value $23)
- CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND KIT Palo Santo + 2 Crystal Tower Points (Obsidian and Rainbow Fluorite)
- SUNDAY RILEY Travel Cosmetic Bag.
This box comes with a large card detailing the items included.
Now, on to the items!
SMITH & CULT Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle – Retail Value $18
I LOVE Smith & Cult nail polishes! The bottle designs are so gorgeous (it’s supposed to have that dent), and the formulas are great, too. (Tip – you can remove the large cap to make the brush easier to hold.)
Here is the nail polish on:
Here it is on:
Two coats for full coverage with a high shine creme finish. (And I’ve been wearing this for days with no chipping!)
(Subscribers will receive one of four color options.)
I have a few of these BKR bottles, and I love them! The bottle itself is glass, and the silicone cover makes it easy to grip and tough to break! They are dishwasher safe, and the silicone is BPA and phthalate free, too.
Here it is in hand to give you a better sense of scale:
This microfiber towel wraps your hair up into a perfect twist, holds it in place, and helps it dry faster and with less breakage.
And how cute is this palm print?
Once you wrap your hair in it, just secure the end of the towel to the button in the front and it will stay put:
I’m thinking of using this even with dry hair while sleeping to keep my hair from getting tangled. (I’m trying to embrace the only-wash-your-hair-a-few-times-a-week movement, and I’ve heard suggestions of wearing your hair in loose braids at night, but this might be better for me.) If you’ve mastered this dry-shampoo lifestyle, let me know your tips!
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler – 1.7 oz Value $9.86
I’ve sampled this before thanks to Allure Beauty Box! This is a coconut-oil infused styling product designed to be applied on damp hair followed by air drying. It smells amazing (sadly, the scent didn’t linger in my hair), and I found it added a little texture to my hair, too. I have the type of hair that never air dries into beautiful beachy curls, and this didn’t change that for me, but I still like it as a styling cream.
WelleCo SUPER ELIXIR 7-day Supply – Retail Value $30
I was SO excited to see this in the box! It’s an expensive supplement, but I’ve been eyeing it ever since I first saw it on Net-A-Porter’s beauty section, and I finally got to try it!
The powder is made with 45 premium whole food ingredients – nothing artificial, and no soy, gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. It’s designed to “support 11 systems in your body for increased energy, stronger immunity, and glowing skin.”
To use it, you mix the packet (the equivalent of two teaspoons) with a glass of water, or in a green juice or smoothie. I’ve been stirring it with a standard glass of water as the first thing I drink every day. (I found that using the whole packet with a tall glass of water was a bit too much for me to get through before the drink started to separate, so I’ve been using half a packet with a small glass of water.)
I’ve only been using it for a few days, so I can’t weigh in on some of the long-term benefits it promises, but I can tell you about the taste.
First, I should preface this by sharing that over the past 2 years I’ve completely stopped drinking any drinks with sugar (either real or artificial). These days I’m pretty much only drinking water, sparkling water (Waterloo is the best!), or coffee or tea with creamer. So, I didn’t think the drink needed any sweetener, but if you are used to sugar in drinks, you may disagree.
The taste isn’t unpleasant, but it isn’t something I would crave, either. If you are used to green supplements/juices, I think you’ll be fine with the taste, too.
Personally, I really have been enjoying making this part of my “morning ritual.” I’ve found that in general I’m more productive/make healthier choices when the first thing I do that day is healthy, so this has been a great (and easy) healthy way for me to start the day!
Next up, we have two Sunday Riley items that came in their own reusable pouch:
SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes – 15 ml Value $52.50
This is a lactic acid treatment designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation. I’ve sampled this before in other subscription boxes and I *think* I could notice a difference in the evenness of my skin tone, so I’m thrilled to get this product in a larger size! (FYI – I don’t love the smell, but it doesn’t linger.)
SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip – 30 ml Value $10.80
This is a gentle, creamy gel cleanser. There is no noticeable scent, and it did an excellent job of cleaning my face and removing makeup without drying out my skin!
UPDATE: Tip from MSA reader Anna – check out this Flash Facial technique for both of the products!
THINX Hiphugger – Retail Value $34
This underwear is moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, absorbent, and leak-resistant. You can forgo panty liners/pads/tampons on light/medium flow days and just use these instead!
These are a size medium and they fit perfectly. (For reference, I’m also a medium in Aerie undies.)
These are comfortable and the lace band is a nice touch:
I tried these on a light day instead of a panty liner, and they were so much more comfortable than wearing a liner! I have seen these in Facebook ads for a while now and almost bought them a few times, so it was nice to finally get to try them!
FYI – here are the care instructions:
We recommend that you rinse them by hand first, and then throw them in the cold wash with the rest of your delicates! DON’T use fabric softener as it prevents the antimicrobial and moisture-wicking treatments from working. Finally, hang dry. (Pro-tip: You should treat the rest of your lingerie like this, too!)
CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND KIT Palo Santo + 2 Crystal Tower Points (Obsidian and Rainbow Fluorite)
This Kit includes Obsidian:
A shield against negativity that is thought to help reign in scattered energies. Hold it in your hand when you need to feel anchored and in charge.
Improves mental clarity and helps minimize chaos. Keep it in your office space, study area, or meditation spot.
I’m not an expert on crystals, but it seems like they provide help in focus and meditation. (And this rainbow one is gorgeous!)
This kit also included a Palo Santo stick – it smells so good! Sunday Riley recommends lighting it and allowing it to burn for 30 seconds, blow it out, then spread the scent throughout your home.
HEADSPACE APP Free Month
(Just FYI I was prompted to enter credit card info when redeeming this, but I was still able to use the app without entering credit card info.) Meditation is one of those things I know I need but I can never seem to do on my own. (My mind always wanders.) So this app should be very good for me. I did the first session, and I kept thinking, “When is this going to wrap up?!” So clearly, I need it!
Verdict: Looking at the products with retail values I could easily identify, this box has a value of at least $216. (It’s more than that when you factor in the crystals and meditation app.) I think it’s a good value for the cost considering the quality of all the items, and how thoughtfully curated everything seems to be. This is what a high-end luxe wellness box should look like.
My only critique? I think a $95 Sunday Riley subscription box should always include at least one FULL-SIZE Sunday Riley item. Since we’ve seen full-size Sunday Riley items in subscription boxes that cost less, it seems like we should get more, not less Sunday Riley value in the namesake box!
What do you think of this new subscription box?