Beauty Brands ‘Summer Wonders’ Box Review – July 2019


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Beauty Brands Summer Wonders July 2019 beauty box review

The Beauty Brands Summer Wonders is a beauty box collection of Beauty Brands’ tried and true color-treated haircare favorites.

back of the yellow box with all the product info and loads of text

FYI – This box is still available for purchase!

opening the yellow box

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

a shot of all the included items

About the Box

The Box: Beauty Brands Summer Wonders

The Cost: $15.00 + $5.95 shipping

The Products: A collection of 9 hair products that are perfect for protecting and pampering your hair in the summer sun.

Ships to: The US, plus APO and FPO addresses.

Beauty Brands ‘Summer Wonders’ Box July 2019 Review

coupon for a free brow wax info sheet with all the products

An information sheet was included, along with a code for a free brow wax if you happen to live close by to a Beauty Brands store. 

  • metallic blue bottle of finishing spray with clear cap

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  • back of finishing spray bottle with text and info

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    Aquage Finishing Spray, 2 oz — Travel Size! Retail Value $9.00

    I liked this spray! It is a finishing type of deal, so the hold isn’t strong, but it does a good job of adding some shine and minimizing flyaways. It has a clean scent that was subtle after drying, and gave my second-day hair a much-needed refresh.

    • white bottle of shampoo with pink cap

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    • back of shampoo bottle

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      Biolage ColorLast Shampoo, 1.7 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.67 (Buy a full-size 13.5 oz for $17.99)

      I found this shampoo to be super gentle, and had a clean, floral scent. It is extra gentle on colored hair, and is free of parabens. I like a little deeper cleaning action from a shampoo, but if you like a gentle clean, this is a great shampoo to try!

      • white bottle of conditioner with pink flowers

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      • back of conditioner bottle

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        Biolage ColorLast Conditioner, 1.7 fl oz – Estimated Value $2.61 (Buy a full-size 13.5 oz for $18.99)

        This conditioner had the same delightful scent as its shampoo counterpart and is also paraben free. I only condition the ends of my hair and I like that this formula deep conditioned without adding weight to my strands.

        • small black bottle of chi tea tree serum

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        • side of bottle

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        • clear serum on glass

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          Chi Tea Tree Oil Serum, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $5.00 (Buy a full-size 2 oz for $19.99)

          I have always liked the sharp, medicinal scent of tea tree oil, so this was an automatic win for me. I used this on my dry hair, though it is recommended on damp hair. I just find serums work better for me on my dry strands. Along with that distinct tea tree scent (yum!) it gave my hair a nice glossy finish and defined my waves without weighing them down. I also noticed significantly less frizz, which is impressive in this humidity!

          • green lotion in clear bottle with black cap

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          • back of lotion bottle

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          • detail of light green cream on glass

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            Hempz Exotic Green Tea and Asian Pear Herbal Body Moisturizer, 2.25 fl oz – Travel Size! Retail Value $6.49

            I was worried this lotion might have too much of a fruity pear scent, but I love green tea so much I decided to sample it all over my legs. The gamble paid off because the tea notes here outshine the pear! The lotion was quick absorbing and lightweight, though my legs certainly felt hydrated and very smooth. This is a great summer lotion because the hemp seed oil is super nourishing without being sticky, which is especially important when your legs meet the hot leather seats of your car.

            • silver bottle of oil spray with clear cap

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            • silver bottle back with info

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              Kenra Dry Oil Control #14 Spray, 1.2 oz -Travel Size! Retail Value $6.99

              I don’t think this product was my favorite. The scent was off for me and way too strong (it just smelled like a generic hair salon to my nose) and the finish in my hair felt really, really dry. I didn’t personally notice any added shine either.

              • green tube with clear gel mask

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              • back of gel mask tube with more text and info

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              • gel mask texture on glass

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                Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Face Mask, 0.47 fl oz – Estimated Value $4.89 (Buy a full-size 5 oz for $52.00)

                Summer, summertime! This cucumber mask is perfect for relaxing after a day full of sun. It was so cooling, especially since I stashed it in the fridge for about an hour before I applied it. It is filled with cucumber and aloe, and I didn’t notice any alcohol in the ingredient list when I scanned it, making this perfect for skin that has seen maybe a little too much sun! If you really like this mask, you can also use it as a sleep mask and leave it on throughout the night instead of washing away.

                • silver tube of dry shampoo with white cap

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                • back of dry shampoo bottle with text and info

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                  Rusk Restart04 Dry Shampoo, 1.5 oz – Estimated Value $5.28 (Buy a full-size 5.4 oz for $19.00)

                  This dry shampoo worked just fine, but something in the scent was just… off for me. It didn’t last long though, so that is a forgivable offense. I didn’t notice any white residue when I used a ton of it at once, though I do have light hair. This is a nice solid dry shampoo and I use loads of them, so I plan on stashing this in my purse.

                  • OPI sample card

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                  • OPI sample card

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                  • OPI sample card

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                  • OPI sample card

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                    Assorted OPI Pro Spa Samples in foils

                    Also included were 4 different OPI samples from their Spa line. I don’t usually include foils as samples in my value calculation, but I did enjoy trying these out and loved their natural scents!

                    Verdict: This box has an overall estimated value of $42.71. Granted, I do not usually calculate foil samples into the total value. While this is quite a bit short of the $70 value on the front of the box, it is still a great value for a $15 box. I almost wish they hadn’t included a value total on the front, because this box is good enough without it, especially if you have any trips coming up and need travel-size items!

                    To Wrap Up:

                    Can you still get this box today? Yep! It is still in stock!

                    Value Breakdown: This box cost $15.00 and I calculated a value of $42.71. That means you are paying approximately the following for each item:

                    • Aquage Spray $3.16
                    • Biolage Shampoo $0.94
                    • Biolage Conditioner $0.84
                    • Chi Tea Tree Oil $1.76
                    • Hempz Lotion $2.28
                    • Kenra Dry Oil Spray $2.45
                    • Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Mask $1.72
                    • Rusk Pro Dry Shampoo $1.85

                    Alternatively, each of the 8 items (minus the OPI samples) has an average cost of $1.88.

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                    Written by Megan Kirkland

                    Megan Kirkland

                    I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

                    Posted in Beauty Brands Reviews, Beauty Subscription Boxes, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Boxes for Women| 1 comment

                    1 Comment

                    1. This box is now free with any skincare or makeup purchase (including sale items; checkout the Travel section for some inexpensive items too); use code EC16398. Free shipping at $50, otherwise $5.95.

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