I'll be honest, my January Her Fashion Box arrived almost a week ago, but it took me a while to blog about it because it left me feeling...well, a bit underwhelmed. I truly loved the first few boxes I got, but the December box left me feeling a bit uninspired and this box did not help matters any. Before I continue, let's take a look at the contents of the January HFB. I received:
A little leatherette black coin purse
Urban Rituelle Lip Balm in Guava
Babe No 3 Pink Salt Scrub
Ulta 3 Lipstick in Cherry Wine
Lightweight fashion scarf
JBronze by Jennifer Hawkins shimmer illuminiser (x2) and face tan (x1) sachets
Leopard print manicure set
Green Smoothie Co 'Green Is Good' smoothie samples (x2)
Cantik Palms Notebook
Muesli for Me sample
Discount vouchers for Adore Tanning and Muesli for Me
On to photos...
|January 2014 Her Fashion Box|
|January 2014 Her Fashion Box|
|Muesli sample, notebook, pink salt scrub sample and green smoothie samples.|
|Fashion necklace, manicure set, Ulta 3 lipstick, guava lipbalm and black coin purse.|
|Fashion scarf and JBronze samples.|
Well, one of the reasons I found it a bit disappointing is the number of 'health' samples in this box. I know Her Fashion Box has recently launched Her Fitness Box (a health and fitness offshoot subscription box), and it makes sense that they'd like to promote it, but we received a different kind of 'green smoothie' in last month's box, and two in a row is just overkill for me. I might give the muesli a go, but it's a flavour I don't much like, so I might just end up giving it away. The notebook is also another odd addition; while I think it's cute and may come in handy, it doesn't quite fit in with my concept of a fashion and beauty box. I definitely won't be using the J Bronze face tan sample, but would be willing to give the illuminiser a try.
The necklace wasn't to my personal taste (but hey, that's what I subscribe to boxes like this for); what I found displeasing is that it looks to be of rather poor quality and appears a little, well, tacky and cheap. I don't mind trying it out with some different outfits but I will say it doesn't appear as good in quality as the necklaces in the Trendy and Feminine boxes. Also, given that last month's necklace arrived broken, it's not giving me much confidence in any of the Her Fashion Box necklaces.
I was also a bit disappointed in the quality of the manicure set we received. The case doesn't close properly, there were blue smudges on the inner lining (as you can see on the photo below, leading me to believe the inferior quality paint had rubbed off from the tools) and the tweezers do not 'grip' or close properly.
All is not lost, though. The coin purse is cute, so I can see myself using it to store spare coins in my car. I also loved the scarf (as well as the one in the feminine box) so it was one of the two items that redeemed the box for me. I do love Ulta 3 lipsticks, but it wasn't as exciting to see this in the box as we'd received one as part of a previous box. I do know that it was put in as a gift for completing the previous survey, so I suppose we can forgive HFB for that. I adore Urban Rituelle lip balms, so I was happy to see this in the box, particularly as Guava is a flavour I haven't tried before. The salt scrub sounds interesting so it's another product I don't mind trying.
In short, I was happy to receive the lovely, soft scarf, the Urban Rituelle lip balm and the Ulta 3 lipstick, but those were the only items in this box that I was truly excited to see. I'm a little concerned about the quality of the accessories we've been receiving in the boxes of late, and I'm also a bit disappointed with the addition of multiple products which cannot be classified as fashion or beauty (without going off on a whole other tangent about inner beauty). I also haven't heard back conclusively from HFB about my faulty necklace from the December box, but I will definitely report back when I do.
What do you think of this box, lovelies? Am I being too harsh?