Tuesday, August 27, 2013

July and August 2013 Violet Box Review!

Hi lovelies,

I've been a very bad beauty blogger and not had time to review my July Violet Box (which was very kindly provided for review). I thought I had plenty of time in which to do it, until I got a surprise email late last week saying that an August box was on its way to me! It arrived yesterday, but I was off to the P!nk concert (she was totally amazing and I have the biggest girl crush on her now. by the way) and got home late, so I've decided to do a quick joint review of both boxes today!

First up, the July 2013 Violet Box...I received:

ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss (full sized)

Aphelia Peony 9+5 Advanced Beautifying Eye Cream (deluxe sample)

Catalina Geo Long and Deep Mascara plus refill (full sized)

Adorn Cosmetics Eye Create Intensive Shadow Shade in Jasper and Matte Shadow in Quartz (deluxe sample)

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse (deluxe sample)

That's two full sized samples and four deluxe samples (including the two shadow samples). I like the lip gloss, I already own one so I'll be putting this aside to give away. I don't usually go for loose shadows but the Adorn samples look really pretty, I'll add the new mascara to my steadily growing stash to try and the eye cream looks pretty good - I've tried several Aphelia products before and they are interesting! The only sample I wouldn't use is the bronzing mousse but I know someone who would love it so I'll be sharing the love around! Overall, I think it was a good box and one that I was pretty satisfied with!

July 2013 Violet Box.

Keep reading after the jump!

...And then my August box arrived and COMPLETELY.BLEW.MY.SOCKS.OFF. This has to be my favourite box yet!!! I received:

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner and Shadow in Bronze (full sized)

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush in Cranberry (full sized)

GHD Style Heat Protect Spray (full sized)

Dr Bragi Age Management Moisturiser (deluxe sample)

Goldwell Rich Repair cream shampoo and conditioner (sachets)

The gorgeous purple and black Violet Box with ribbon tie closure.

August 2013 Violet Box.

Goldwell shampoo and conditioner sachets and GHD Style Heat Protect.

DrBragi age management moisturiser, and Jelly Pong Pong lip blush and eyeshadow pencils.

Jelly Pong Pong lip blush in Cranberry and eyeshadow pencil in Bronze.

I confess to letting out a little squeal of excitement when I opened this box. I'd noticed that Violet Box had shared a post on their Facebook wall indicating that this month's shipment had been delayed as they were waiting on products from the UK, with a sneak peek of a lip crayon featured; I was so excited when the box arrived to see that the lip crayon was from the brand Jelly Pong Pong! Jelly Pong Pong is a brand I've been dying to try, I've seen it featured on many overseas blogs I read but I've never come across it being sold anywhere online (that ships to Australia, anyway; if you have, do share!). I have a bit of an obsession with eye and lip crayons so this was right up my alley! I did a couple of swatches and they are fantastic, creamy and pigmented (happy to do a full review on these if anyone wants, once I've had a chance to trial them out properly).

Jelly Pong Pong lip blush in Cranberry and eyeshadow pencil in Bronze.

The GHD Heat Protect spray is another product I was super excited to try, it's something that has been on my radar for a while and I was thrilled to see it in the box! I love heat protectants and go through them quite frequently, so I'd love to see if the GHD one lives up to the others I've tried.

I'm not particularly excited by the anti-aging moisturiser or shampoo/conditioner sachets, but I've never heard of Dr Bragi so I'll probably give it a try (at some point, but for the moment it's going to be added to all the other skincare samples I'm steadily stockpiling). Many of the Goldwell products I've tried have been quite decent, and I'm quite intrigued by the promise of a cream shampoo, so I'm definitely going to try this out.

Overall, I'm completely thrilled by this box, and very excited to see overseas brands making their way into Australian beauty boxes! It brings to mind the subscription box called 'I Love This Box'..I loved them dearly and was devastated when they suddenly shut down, it was a huge drawing point that they introduced overseas brands to us Aussies! 

Verdict? Super impressed by this box! Three full sized products I've been dying to try are a big plus in my book!

You can sign up to Violet Box here, or stalk their Facebook page here. The box costs $22.95 on a monthly subscription, or you can purchase a three month subscription for $66, a six month for $130 or an annual for $250.

What did you think of this box, lovelies? Are you keen to sign up, if you haven't already? Do you agree that this is the best box of the three so far?

Much love,

Note: These products were kindly provided for my consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.


  1. I also really loved this month's box! I was pretty happy with last month's box as well though! They're doing super good for a new box! xx

    1. I agree, they are off to a fantastic start, I can't wait to see what else they bring out!

  2. I've gotten the 3 boxes they've released and thought this box was by far the best too. I'm torn about continuing though. I really can't afford another beauty box, but this one has been great. What to do?!?!?! :/

    1. I know what you mean, it's really hard to be subscribed to all. Not only is it expensive but it's tough to use up all the samples before the next ones come along!

      How many are you subbed to now? Maybe just pick your favourite (or two)?

  3. Lovely getting products you REALLY like, even the box looks lovely!!! So good getting detailed, honest (as always) reviews and please don't beat yourself up when you've been busy and/or ill. We love reading but want you to take care of yourself too.
    Take care, with love.

    1. I agree, Trish darling!

      And thank you for the love!


  4. I love the goodies in the August box. I haven't signed up for this one {yet} hehe! The cranberry swatch looks gorgeous! I'd love to see what it looks like on your lips..
    btw - I also have mega girl crush on P!NK.. super sad that she'll be leaving soon :(

    1. Hi Loz, I shared a photo to my Instagram, actually! Here you go - http://www.intagme.com/themadeupmaiden/533155042758034552_5354928/.

      I know, but hopefully she comes back soon! :D

  5. I love Jelly Pong Pong too!
    HAHAHAH soooooo cuteeeee.

  6. I didn't like the July box so I unsubscribed, but the August box looks so good. Especially the ghd spray which is always so handy:) Enjoy your goodies x

    1. Hey Ingy,

      Oh, such a shame! It's hard with these subscriptions, isn't it? Sometimes one box disappoints but the next is amazing!



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