The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar is a new beauty subscription box from the folks at Bombay & Cedar, featuring 5-6 clean, vegan, and cruelty-free products each month. They promise makeup, skincare, beauty tools, and more from a mix of indie and well-known brands with a value of over $100.
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About this Beauty Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar
The Cost: $31.95 per month + free US shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 5 to 6 deluxe and full-size beauty products that are clean, vegan, and cruelty-free with a retail value of $100+.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $5.95, and internationally for $10.95
The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar July 2020 Review
All July Beauty boxes arrived without an insert this month. You can view the product descriptions here.
FACE THE DAY SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer by Willing Beauty, 0.5 fl oz. - Retail Value $18.00
My Mom was just telling me how she has been using a tinted moisturizer this whole summer and she is obsessed with it! She said I should try one and bam, this little guy arrived. This blend can go on cleansed skin before sun exposure (really you should be using some sort of SPF every day no matter the season), and you can reapply throughout the day as needed. The top active ingredients are Zinc Oxide (20%), Inactive Ingredients: Isododecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, plus many more. I found this to be incredibly lightweight and it gave my skin a smooth matte finish. My overall skin tone looked more even, which I love since I tend to have a lot of red undertones in my skin. The only thing that I didn't love was that I didn't feel deep hydration when I applied; my skin felt pretty dry shortly after applying so I ended up adding my usual moisturizer on top of this. While I'm not totally sold on this as a moisturizer, I do love how it made my skin tone more even so I am going to be using this on days that I go to the pool and am not putting too much makeup or oils on my face.
Extreme Teeth Whitening Charcoal Gel by Skin Chemists, 1.69 fl oz. - Retail Value $44.00
I have tried a few different charcoal teeth whiteners but I always have the same reaction to them; I just cannot get past the texture and look when I use them. This product is made with 100% pure Activated Charcoal to remove plaque and provide your teeth with advanced whitening. As you can see, the product is black from the active charcoal and it does have a grainy texture to it. I used this once, but I will tell you, there is something about the black on my teeth and lips that just sort of makes me feel sick to my stomach. My husband, however, was super interested in this and loves any product with charcoal in it. He said that he hasn't noticed a huge difference in the whiteness of his teeth, but he said he does have a fresh clean sensation like he just went to the dentist or flossed. While this wasn't for me, I know he will get a lot of use out of it, plus the bottle is pretty big so it is going to last him a while! Does anyone else have a hard time with charcoal teeth products?
Correcting Facial Serum by Organic & Botanic, 1.01 fl oz. - Listed Value $18.00
I love trying new facial serums and am always on the lookout for that perfect product that makes my skin glow. So you know I was excited to give this bottle a try! This serum is made with Seabuckthorn fruit and Rose Otto oils which have vitamins A, C, and E along with essential fatty acids that help to rejuvenate your skin. The serum is meant to even skin tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles while counteracting environmental skin damage. I honestly can't say enough about this serum! It is pretty thick so I only used 2 to 3 drops at night along with my usual skincare routine. I wake up in the morning to skin that feels honestly like silk. I have a natural glow, hydration, and smoothness that I haven't experienced in a while. My only issue is that the citrus in this blend has been irritating my eyes quite a bit; I have some pretty intense burning for about 5 minutes after I apply. I have tried not going anywhere near my upper eye area, but no matter what I still get the burning. I am going to hold off on using this for a little to see if maybe it is just my allergies, but I really don't want to have to stop using this because it is liquid gold for my skin!
Melting Lip Powder by CLE Cosmetics - Retail Value $20.00
I was really excited for this lip powder when I saw it in the July spoilers. The brand is super interesting as well: founded in Korea by a Parsons graduate, CLE Cosmetics focuses on making beauty products that are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. This powder is a transforming pigmented powder that you can use on your lips, cheeks, or eyes. It looks like powder in the bottle, but comes out like a lip gloss and goes on with a matte finish. I really really wanted to love this, but I just did not like the way it went on and the staying power was not good for me. I would apply and apply to try to get full coverage, but kept getting streaks, and once I even patted my lips together they would smudge. It was an ongoing fight to get this lip powder to cover my lips which only made the streaks worse. It went on wet, dried very quickly to an almost matte finish, but it still felt rather sticky which I think is why I couldn't get it to cover nicely (you can see in the photo that my lips were just not taking to this color). The color that I received is one that I would totally wear every day come fall and winter, but I just could not get it cover nicely for me each time I tried it. I even did a lip scrub before using and it still would not go on evenly. I am really bummed about this lip powder. Let me know in the comments if this powder worked for you!
Highlighting Sheets + Protective Case by Mai Couture - Retail Value $25.00
I thought this little case was a wallet or something until I opened it and realized it was filled with 30 highlighter infused sheets! So you can basically put this case in your bag to add a little highlight and shine remover on the go. They would also be great for traveling since the sheets won't shatter, unlike an actual highlighter or blush. The brand is super cool too because each sheet is not tested on animals, they are recyclable, biodegradable, paraben-free, and talc-free. Each sheet is sort of sticky, making it great to add some color while removing excess oils. You can use one for both cheeks and another to add a highlight to your collarbone as I did in the above photos! I can't say that I am really applying makeup on the go these days, but I do always like to bring some makeup with me if I go out for a date night with my husband. While we haven't had one of those in a looooong time, I really loved how these highlighter sheets applied and the color they gave me so I am going to hold onto these for when I can use them on a night out!
Heated Eyelash Curler by Revele - Listed Value $15.00
I have been curling my eyelashes since I was a teenager, and boy do I wish I had this tool all of those years! I mean, we use heat to get curl in our hair, so why would we not get that perfect bend in our lashes?! It sounds so simple, but for me, curling my lashes really gives me a wide-awake look that always changes the way my eye makeup looks. To use, all you have to do is turn the curler on, let it heat for 30 seconds, carefully place your lashes between the two silicone pads, and press to hold for a few seconds for instant curl. I honestly was nervous to put heat to my lashes, but as long as you go slowly, are careful, and hold for a few seconds, this tool is super easy to use! The result is a perfect curl that makes me feel awake without even applying mascara. This is going to be my new go-to for perfect lashes!
Verdict: The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar was filled with a lot of interesting products that took me out of the box from my usual beauty products! The facial serum is honestly a miracle product for me, leaving my skin feeling absolutely flawless and as soft as silk (really my skin is like butter when I use this product). The only downside is that it is irritating my already sensitive eyes, but I am determined to figure out how to continue using this, so hopefully, I can continue use again soon. The tinted moisturizer is perfect for pool days when I am not loading up on my other products or makeup since it leaves my skin protected while evening out my redness. The heated lash curler is my new secret weapon to getting the perfect lash curl—seriously, who knew that a heated lash curler even existed?! The lip powder was a miss for me since it just did not apply well at all, and the teeth whitener is a product that I just don't enjoy using so those both were the big misses for me this month. I calculated an estimated value of around $140, and at $31.95 a month for this box, I would say that is an incredible deal. Even though I had a few misses this month, I really enjoyed trying all of the new products, and they each introduced me to new brands that were so fun to learn more about. I totally see the value in treating yourself to products that you might not know existed and to discover brands that are really working to create products that are good for you!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? July boxes have already shipped, so if you order today, you will receive the August box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $31.95 with free shipping and I calculated a total value of $140, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Tinted Moisturizer: $4.11
- Teeth Whitening: $10.04
- Facial Serum: $4.11
- Lip Powder: $4.56
- Highlighting Sheets + Case: $5.70
- Eyelash Curler: $3.42
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