Laurel & Reed Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2018
Laurel & Reed is “a luxury-curated, cruelty-free and non-toxic beauty, wellness and lifestyle box. Every month we will delight your doorstep with a mix of 4-6 full-size products with a minimum total value of $100+. Enjoy a mix of makeup, hair care, body & skincare and wellness and lifestyle items.”
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About Laurel & Reed
The Subscription Box: Laurel & Reed
The Cost: $49.95/month + $6.95 US shipping. Discounts available for longer commitments.
COUPON: Use code MSA15 to save 15% off your subscription!
The Products: A mix of 4-6 full-size makeup, hair care, body & skincare, wellness, and lifestyle products with a minimum total value of $100+
Ships to: US for $6.95, Canada for $18.00, International for $34.00
Laurel & Reed November 2018 Review
The box always opens to a handwritten welcome note from Natalie.
The front of the info card features a lovely print on one side, and the items clearly listed out with retail prices and short descriptions on the other.
Midflower Bio Cellulose 001 Peek Mask – Retail Value $15.00
This mask is so fancy with its matte packaging and it’s double-backing. The mask itself comes wet with just one ingredient: Rosa Damascena water. As the info sheet describes, it’s a gel-like material and apparently has fibers 500 times thinner than skin tissue so that it clings to your face seamlessly. I found this one a little loose between my nose and mouth, but I also decided to put this on while hanging curtains in my bedroom since it calls for a FULL 60 MINUTES of face time. That is by far the longest I’ve had to have a sheet mask on. The timing is relative though since you’re supposed to wear it until it’s fully dry. I set a timer for 60 minutes and even by the end, the only part that was completely dry was the nose. I was a little impatient and decided to call it quits then. I noticed that it came off without a fight except for the dry nose area in which it peeled off much like one of those Biore pore strips. My assumption is that the whole thing is supposed to do that, but I took it off prematurely. If you have the patience to lay down with little movement for over an hour, this is probably a good mask for you. If not, well, it may be a little lost on us.
Moonlit Skincare Power Down Powder, 3 oz. – Retail Value $34.00
I cannot get enough powder masks! There is something about mixing them myself (with the option to add things like rosewater or honey) that makes masks like these feel extra special and luxe. This one is a 2-in-1 powder that in addition to a mask, you can use as an overnight spot treatment for breakouts. I don’t get many of those, but when I do, they are super frustrating! The mask includes kaolinite clay, morning leaf, cucumber peel powder, and aloe vera powder. What an amazing combination! I’ve used moringa products in the past and have enjoyed the results. The container is a matte black glass with a bamboo lid and comes with it’s own application brush which is a great bonus. It starts as a light green powder that reminds me of matcha, gets a little darker when mixed with water, then will eventually dry to a really pale almost white on your face. Once dry, you simply wipe with a warm damp cloth or just rinse with water. I found this powder a little more difficult than others to mix. Usually, it blends easily, but this one I really had to work at, but did eventually mix into a paste. I love how it made my skin feel afterward- super duper clean and refreshed, but I, of course, added a serum and moisturizer soon after.
Revival Bloom Brow & Lash Serum, 0.33 oz – Retail Value $14.95
Well, this is a serum I haven’t gotten before! How exciting! This little roller ball bottle contains a serum to roll across your eyebrows, and delicately administer to your lashes. The latter is a little tricky, and I decided to roll some serum onto my thumb and forefinger to lightly press onto my lashes while carefully not getting any in my eye. I haven’t been good at remembering to put this on each night before bed, but am eager to see results. I’m pretty happy with my lashes as they are but a little boost wouldn’t hurt with a simple product like this and I’m always longing for how thick my brows used to be before I felt social pressure to get them waxed. Hopefully, this blend of castor oil, vitamin E, coconut oil, and lavender and lemon essential oils will help!
Bambu Earth Repairing Facial Serum, 1 oz. – Retail Value $68.00
This serum is a bit unusual due to its color. Using the dropper, I took some of the brown liquid and applied it to my fingertips, then followed the directions to massage it into my face for 1-2 minutes. That is also a unique direction for a serum in my experience. Normally there is tapping or gently smoothing, but usually not prolonged “massaging”. It’s quite oily but does combat my seasonally dry skin in the process. I think I may need to use less since my hair keeps getting greasy from touching my face after applying this one. We’ll see how my skin reacts after using this for a longer period of time. I need all the moisture I can get in these cold months.
Verdict: This month’s Laurel & Reed box was pretty great, but I would have liked to get just one mask instead of a peel one and a powder one. The powder mask is probably my favorite since I just can’t get enough of them, but I was also really interested in the brow and lash serum since I’ve never tried one before. Although the included facial serum was different than others I’ve seen, I’m a little serum’d out at the moment. Overall- I do really think this box has wonderful curation and only contains items that are really nice quality.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Boxes ship immediately for first-time purchases (if current box is available, which this one is) with subscriptions shipping between the 15-20th of the month moving forward. You can also purchase any past boxes still available on their site for a one-time purchase of $49.95 (+ shipping).
Value Breakdown: For $56.90 ($49.95 + $6.95 shipping) I received four luxury products that have a value of $131.95. Here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Peel Mask: $6.47
- Powder Mask: $14.66
- Brow + Lash Serum: $6.45
- Bambu Earth: $29.32
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