The Box by Fashionsta Review – May 2020
The Box By Fashionsta is a monthly beauty box brought to you by online beauty store, Fashionsta, for $24.99/month with free shipping. Each box will include 5-7 full-size makeup, skincare, and other self-care products. They seem to focus on smaller indie brands that may be new to you, so it’s a great way to discover companies that haven’t blown up in popularity yet. They also have The Box For Men ($29.99/month) as well as a mystery box that costs $40 as an add-on with a subscription or $50 as a one-time purchase.
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About this Indie Brand-Focused Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: The Box By Fashionsta
The Cost: $24.99/month w/ free U.S. shipping (Internationally for $65.00 USD/month w/ free shipping)
The Products: 5-7 full-size makeup and skincare products.
Ships to: The U.S. and worldwide for free
Good to Know: With each purchase, Fashionsta donates makeup, beauty, and self-care items to 1736 Family Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving vulnerable community members in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Box By Fashionsta May 2020 Review
The Box By Fashionsta comes with a simple info card that gives a short description of each included product with their retail value. The other side of the card gives a quick thank you for the continued support, and goes into detail about the June box being paused to allow for a wonderful box curation coming to you in July. I really appreciate the detailed information and their work to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Jet 2 in 1 Soothing Mask Kit by Double Dare – Retail Value $9
I have naturally very dry skin so anything that soothes and hydrates is going to be a winner in my book! This mask is filled with ingredients like cactus fruit and rosehip to provide a rich antioxidant to your skin. This is a two-part mask, which I love, so be sure to follow the directions before using each side. You simply start by using the cleansing towelette on your entire face. Then, apply the mask to your face and leave on for about 30 minutes. The mask is covered in a rich moisturizing serum with a lot left over to rub into your neck and hands. I used this mask before bed; once I took it off I just rubbed the excess serum in and went to sleep. I wouldn’t say that I was completely blown away with this mask, but it did provide me with nice hydration that left me with an early morning glow when I woke up.
OMG Hand Sanitizer Gel by Double Dare, 1.7 oz. – Retail Value $5.50
Hand sanitizer is a MUST for me at all times but especially right now. I have two little kids so I always have sanitizer on me, but when I wasn’t able to easily buy some at the store I was pretty worried that I wouldn’t have any for months. Luckily, stores are restocking them again, but I was so excited to see this gel that can fit perfectly into my diaper bag. It has a really nice pump that allows you to get just the right amount into your hand. This gel kills 99.9% of germs, meeting the CDC requirements of 60% ethanol and alcohol. Yes to boxes providing the goods that we all truly need right now and keeping hands clean!
Shivani Marvel Elixir by Shivani Beauty, 1 fl oz. – Retail Value $54
This elixir is straight magic! No really, it is a hybrid formula that is both a primer and oil. The oil is super lightweight while still providing deep hydration. It also leaves your skin looking firm and plump, but what I love the most is that it gives me this amazing glow without looking greasy. This elixir is made with passion fruit (Maracujá) oil, pumpkin oil, rosehip oil, safflower oil, and jojoba oil. You can use a few drops morning and night to your face and neck (an important step that I think a lot of people forget), but most importantly you can use it under your makeup, mixed with makeup, or just as a part to your beauty routine. I have been using two drops of this at night with my moisturizer and then doing the same in the morning before applying my makeup and I swear it has left me with glowing skin! I love how quickly it absorbs into my skin, and again, it doesn’t leave me greasy at all! This is a product that I will be purchasing again and again because it seriously is pure magic in a bottle for me!
Herbal Dynamics Cucumber + Blue Lotus Micellar Water by Herbal Dynamics Beauty, 4 oz. – Retail Value $16
This is another product that can be used in a few different ways. You can use this as a toner or as a one-step cleanser. It doesn’t have a strong smell to it as most toners do, it’s just really light and fresh. For me, I have very sensitive skin so I love that this removes oil and makeup without being too harsh on my skin. It leaves me with a super clean feeling without any redness or burning, which I love! I can’t say that I am noticing any big changes in my skin after using this a few times, but hopefully, I will continue to see smoother and clearer skin as I continue to use it.
Emily Alexandra Cosmetics Lipstick – Retail Value $18
I don’t think I have ever seen a lipstick be so pointy, hahaha! It was pretty hard to get on at first around the curve of my lips, but I eventually got it to sort of even out. Not a huge deal though! I was really excited about this color when I first opened the box, but then after I applied I was pretty shocked at how orange it is. I don’t typically like orange tones on me, but my husband said he liked it so that made me feel a little better! I didn’t feel super confident in it, but I am going to keep it for now and try a few new looks with it to see if it grows on me. The lipstick itself is incredible and provides intense hydration! It is water-resistant and has sunscreen, huge plus!
Alondra Dessy Eyeshadow Palette by Glamlite Cosmetics – Retail Value $38 (currently on sale for $28)
Oh, this palette makes me so very happy! Not only is this palette big, but I am in love with pretty much all of the colors! There is a great mix of light, dark, and glitter shadows that you can really use with each other to build different looks and blend colors. The shadows are all pigmented mattes and they blend beautifully which is why mixing has been so fun for me. There is no fallout when I apply and the shadow really has lasting power throughout my busy day. The photo here shows one look that I did, but I have been using this for a few days now and have really been able to play around with so many different looks. This was a huge item to receive this month and I am truly blown away by the quality!
Verdict: This was my first time receiving The Box By Fashionsta and I absolutely loved it! The elixir for me was the biggest standout; it works so well with my skin and is something I would never buy for myself. I love that just one box has introduced me to a brand and product that I know I will be purchasing for myself again because of how amazing it is! The eyeshadow palette was just what I needed right now to really make myself feel good, and it has allowed me to be a bit more playful when I am doing my makeup in the morning (normally a pretty rushed routine). The hand sanitizer and cleanser were both products that I loved adding to my collection of products and will both get used. Honestly, I can’t say enough about this box, the curation, and the overall quality of each item, I am so beyond happy with it! This box has a retail value of $140.50 which is incredible for a $24.99 box. This would make an amazing gift to yourself or a friend that truly loves receiving new beauty products and learning about new brands that you might not seek out on your own.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your box will ship within 1-3 weeks from the payment processing date, but the June box is paused so your first box will most likely be July. It’s best to reach out to customer service and ask!
Value Breakdown: At $24.99 for the box, here’s what you are paying per item:
- Mask: $1.60
- Hand Sanitizer: $0.97
- Elixir: $9.60
- Cleanser: $2.84
- Lipstick: $3.20
- Palette: $6.75
Alternately, you’re paying $4.17 per item, on average.
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