Cosmo Box Subscription Review – December 2018
CosmoBox is curated by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. This unique monthly subscription box brings you full-size quality goodies that compliment and empower your multidimensional lifestyle.
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About this box
The Subscription Box: CosmoBox by Cosmopolitan
The Cost: $29.99 a box + $6 shipping
The Products: “Curated by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine, this unique monthly subscription box brings you full-size quality goodies that compliment and empower your multidimensional lifestyle.”
Ships to: US
Our December 2019 Cosmobox Review
We get a handy card detailing all of the items in the box this month.
Also included is a card, which is just oh-so Cosmo to me! I remember being obsessed with the magazine quizzes.
Also included is a card with a discount you can use on the CosmoStyle jewelry line.
Finally, a card with some handy holiday survival tips.
Let’s dive in!
Cosmopolitan Harmony Disc Essential Oil Bracelet – Retail Value $24.99, Listed Value $39.99
I was really surprised with how high quality this stretch bracelet is. The Labradorite beads are stunning, with firey blue flecks and interesting freckles and lines. The rose gold plated hardware is also well done, and the CZs shine like crazy. It also features two lava beads that you can drop your favorite essential oil on for aromatherapy at your beck and call all day! This bracelet was a little snug on my pretty average wrist, but it loosened throughout the day and was very comfortable. It also stacks beautifully with your other faves. I am not sure why our info card lists the retail value of this bracelet so much higher than the actual site, but for me, the value meets the $24.99 price range.
Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette – Retail Value $32.00, Listed Value $38.00
I love palettes like this because they are great for both day or night looks! I love the warm golden shade range found in these shadows. It is a nice mix of shimmery and matte, meaning you get a ton of dimension from this palette. You can also use the metallic shadows wet for a killer liquid line that is perfect for more special events. Like most Tarte shadows, the pigments are super rich and smooth!
Top to bottom: imagine (ivory), abracadabra (copper), charm (pink shimmer), twinkle twinkle (gold), enchantment (pale pink), believe it (greige), impress (slate), fantasy (rose gold), miracles (plum)
Lulu Dharma Reversible Clutch Bag – Retail Value $69.00
This clutch has a soft gold side and a silver side, meaning you get multiple looks from it. It is made of vegan leather and has a hot pink satin interior. I wish they had chosen a more neutral color for the lining, but I am sure there are others who totally love the pink. It is a great size for a clutch and I like the fold over style. You could also use it as a super stylish tablet cover if you wanted! This is a super cute piece, but I feel like the retail price is a little nuts.
The metallic faux leathers are both in very soft shades, so it looks more subtle and luxe than some other harsh metallics.
Blowfish Hangover Tablets, 12 pack – Buy a 20 pack for $15.00
First off, don’t put these in soda. Just don’t. I, admittedly, had a huge lapse of judgment. Learn from my mistakes. These tablets have caffeine and aspirin in them, and when you put them into your choice of NON-CARBONATED beverage, they fizz and bubble! Drinking these ingredients helps them absorb faster than a pill would, meaning faster relief from that lousy hangover. I am at that time in my life where I don’t really have hangovers because I fall asleep before I can get drunk enough, but boy these would have been nice in college. I did use one when I had a general headache and they really did help! I also suffer migraines occasionally so I plan on having these close by next time I get a spell.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Dancer, 5 ml – Retail Value $7.99, Listed Value $9.50
This lipstick boats 16 hours of wear, and I am inclined to believe it! I tried this out on my lips and couldn’t get it off, even with scrubbing. I ended up wearing it all day because I really had no other choice, and found it held up really well, even at the 10-hour mark. I did find it drying, but I tend to avoid most matte formulas for this reason. I used a lip balm on top and it looked great and still stayed in place. I did have to really work to get it off that evening, and my lips were still tinted the next morning. If you love super long lasting mattes, this is an excellent choice!
As you can see, Dancer is a classic true red shade!
Soo’ae Curated Beuty Mask Collection – Estimated Value $35.00, Listed Value $50.00
We received a literal plethora of sheet and sleep masks from the Koren brand Soo’ae.
Acai Berry Revitalizing Sleeping Mask – Retail Value $3.00
This sleep mask should be the last step of your skincare routine before bed. Slather it on your face and get some sleep! This formula is full of antioxidants and smells like berries and flowers, though the scent is subtle. My skin was super hydrated and glowing in the morning. I actually skipped my primer because it was feeling so good!
Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel – Retail value $3.00
This peeling mask was weird but enjoyable! You basically cleanse your face then apply this formula in circular motions. Soon little pills of formula will start to collect on your face collecting dirt and grime your cleanser may have left behind. You do have to wash your face again after using this mask. It is gross in the way that a nose pore strip is gross, but I am always equally fascinated and disgusted by things like this, so I was into it. I would classify it as an extremely mild exfoliant.
Revive Gold Sleeping Mask – Retail Value $4.00
This sleeping mask was a little heavier than the earlier one but should be applied in the same way. The scent was fresh yet creamy, and my skin felt great in the morning.
Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask – Retail Value $3.00
Donkey milk is nicknamed “white gold” because of its nourishing ability. It has been used for centuries in skin care regimens and Cleopatra was even a fan! It adds some healthy fats to your skincare routine and is a heavy sleeping mask. It smells soft, like fresh air!
Purifying Black Charcoal Mask – Retail Value $3.00
I always love a charcoal mask because they make my pores seems so much clearer and smaller. This mask is made of a dark black fiber, so don’t order takeout unless you want to terrify the delivery guy when you answer your door.
Hydrating Cucumber Slice Mask – Retail Value $5.00
I dislike these trendy slice masks because I never really know where to put the slices and I end up looking like a have some sort of aggressive pox. This sheet mask only came with 4 slices. I wish it were a full sheet mask because the serum itself was lovely! Clear and smelling of fresh cucumbers, it left my skin feeling very refreshed!
Unicorn Glow Hologram Mask – $5.00
This was the first mask I grabbed because I was excited about it being a holographic mask. I was a little bummed because the foil side makes the rest of the mask much less flexible, and because of this, it sat on my eyes way too close together. The formula itself was pretty standard, and did its job well, leaving me with soft skin. I just wish the eye holes had been farther apart.
Skin Recovery Biocellulose Mask – Retail Value $4.00
I liked this mask! It came sandwiched between two mesh covers and was a little difficult to get on, but entirely worth it. It reminded me of a super thin hydrogel. Not much smell here, but it felt so good on! My skin was literally glowing after I removed it.
Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask – Retail Value $3.00
More white gold! This formula also has green tea and salmon egg extract, which is quite the assortment! It also has a really lovely scent that reminds me of air and ocean. This one did tend to slide down my face a little as the minutes ticked by, by it was worth the effort to keep it in place for my happy skin.
Vitamin Mask – Retail Value $2.00
I would have thought that this mask would have had some sort of citrus scent be the packaging, but it really had very little scent. It is a tencel mask, which is generally a little thicker than some but feels very plush and soft. This one wasn’t super remarkable, but it felt nice on.
BONUS: Wine Condoms – Buy 6 for $13.97
These might be the silliest and most useful gift you could ever give to a wine lover. These little condoms can be used instead of a cork to seal your wine. They are leak proof and reusable!
Verdict: This box has a retail value of approximately $182.64. That is a crazy value for a $35.99 box! I have no idea why the curators felt the need to inflate the values on the item sheet when there was no need what-so-ever. I thought the curation of this box was incredible as well. I loved how there were beauty, lifestyle, and accessory items. The bracelet hasn’t left my wrist since I opened this box and the Tarte palette is beautiful! Even though I would never pay the retail price of the clutch, it is a solid addition to any wardrobe. The hangover tablets will absolutely be used, though more likely for headaches than hangovers, and I can never have enough sheet masks! I needed a true red lip color and this long-wear formula will fill that niche until I find something less matte. The wine condoms made an adorable gift for a wine-loving friend.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? I believe so, but I recommend contacting their customer care to be sure.
Value Breakdown: At $35.99 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Bracelet $4.92
- Eye Shadow Palette $6.31
- Clutch $13.60
- Hangover Tablets $1.77
- Lip Ink $1.57
- Beauty Mask Collection $6.90
- Wine Condoms $0.92
Alternatively, you are paying $5.14 per item (when considering the mask pack as a single item)
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