Sunday, April 22, 2012

April Bellabox Review!

Hi lovelies,

I received my April Bellabox a few days ago, and so, here's my review of what was in it. This box is themed 'being fashion forward' and is in conjunction with the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW).

I received a total of three full sized products and three samples, as listed below:

Comvita Brightening range sachet trio - facial exfoliant, serum and moisturiser (samples)

Ulta 3 nail polish - Burnt Orange (full sized)

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation (sample)

pureDKNY Verbena perfume (sample)

OP Therapy body hydrator with emu oil (full sized)

Hollywood Feet (heel velvet heel cushions)

And the photos:

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L-R: Pure DKNY Verbena sample, Ulta polish,
Body hydrator and Comvita sample trio.

Hollywood Feet velvet cushions and Benefit
Hello Flawless foundation sample.

Quite frankly, I'm a bit uncertain about what I think of this box. I wouldn't say the items were especially fashion forward, and so I'm really perplexed as to how these items fit in with the theme. I'd also have thought there should be at least one make up item in keeping with the theme!

Discussing each item individually...I wouldn't mind trying the Comvita samples as they sound quite interesting. I have always wondered, though, why the Comvita packaging is so almost looks medicinal! Being a nail polish addict, I'm always happy to have a new nail polish to add to my collection, and this colour looks like something I'd wear. I've also never used Ulta, ever, so I'm keen to see how this applies! The only problem, however, is I wouldn't classify this as a metallic nail polish as is listed on the card in the box. I'd say this is more of a creme finish than a metallic finish. Still, happy to try this so stay tuned for an NOTD with this polish.

Benefit's Hello Flawless oxygen wow foundation just hit the market a little while ago, so it's interesting to see how this performs. Truthfully, I'm not a fan of Benefit's foundations as it seems their colour range is quite limited, I have had difficulty in the past when trying to get colour matched. I received a sample in 'nutmeg', which is way too dark for me. Still, I know that Bellabox were only provided with 3 shades, so they did the best they could in colour matching to profiles. I do wish that companies would just provide subscribers with a little card allowing us to go into a store to get colour matched, it seems more appropriate and less wasteful that way! I might try using this as a contouring shade, or perhaps blend it with moisturiser, and apply it like a tinted moisturiser.

I liked the perfume sample, it's quite fresh, like most of the Pure DKNY range, and this has gone into my handbag. I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy this but it's nice to try new scents. I haven't tried the body hydrator yet but I plan to after my shower today. This comes in handy as I was just wishing for an unscented moisturiser a week ago! While I love scented body butters/moisturisers, it does sometimes clash with your perfume, so it's handy to have an unscented one.

Last but not least...the Hollywood feet product. These always come in handy as I often slip them into my heels, but I do think it's a slightly odd addition to a beauty box themed around fashion week! Still, it's listed as a bonus product, and it is very practical, so it's a great addition nevertheless.

VERDICT? I liked this box, but I wouldn't say there was anything in it that really knocked my socks off or blew me off my feet. As usual, great value for money, but nothing that's got me eagerly excited to try.

What did you think of this box? If you subscribed it, did you get the same items I did?

Much love,


  1. I like the look of the foundation and the polish but the box doesn't wow me X

    1. I liked it too but wouldn't say it 'wowed' me either! :)

  2. i feel like adding the ulta3 nail polish in there is pushing it, like a product thats worth $2... really??
    although the benefit foundation looks exciting :D

    1. Yes, a lot of people felt the same..I love nail polish and have never tried this brand (although I wanted to) so I'm not too fussed! It applies really well (my toes are wearing it) so I'm quite happy! :)

  3. Good review :) I'd be interested to know how you liked the comvita range....i found the experience quite awful.

    +1 follower :)

    You can check out why I found comvita so bad on my review :)


    1. Thanks a lot! Your experience sounds horrible! It makes me almost afraid to try it on my face!

      Thanks a lot and I'm following you back! :)

  4. I really like the moisturiser but I was really disappointed with the Comvita stuff. Way to small to gett a proper trial!

    xoxo lusted

    1. Yes, they did look a bit measly, didn't they?! I think it's standard samples for the brand, though!


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