I had pretty much given up on boxes after my last Ipsy bag. I was no longer interested in receiving brands I didn’t care about, or small samples or paying $16-17 for a bag of sample goodies, when I could buy a full sized product I really wanted.
However, I stumbled across this Flare Beauty Box from a blogger through Twitter and was intrigued. You pay $9 for quite a few samples and full sized drugstore products. No shipping, and with tax, it was little over $10. I quite like that they tell you exactly when you’re getting and that there are multiple boxes to choose from. This month, there were two $9 boxes: the Classic and the Fearless with a slight variation of products as well as other pricier boxes with many more samples including those from The Balm, Estée Laudier and Bobbi Brown. Since I was new to this and am trying to save a bit, I stayed in the $9 range and picked the Fearless box.
You get two full sized Covergirl products, a few Olay and Herbal Essences products and a hair product coupon worth $16.99. This box is great for those about to travel or, like me, give a product I haven’t heard of but might be very interested in a try (such as the Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier). Let’s talk about that first!
Firstly, there are two sample foil packets of the Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier. Though it is a small sample, you do get to test it twice before deciding whether to pursue it further. I have tried it once and honestly, saw no difference in my skin. My hope was that it would be a cheaper alternative to the Murad Mattifier that I love so much, but it doesn’t look that way!
An item that I really would never use is the Vidal Sassoon Hair Colour Product coupon. I am 100% anti-hair dye for myself. Too much maintenance, too much damage and I like my hair colour quite a bit. However, my fiance is not opposed to dying her hair and so this wont go to waste! It is a coupon for 1 free VS product with a max value of $16.99. That’s a pretty good deal!
Now for the slightly larger samples, we have a 50 mL body wash and 100 mL shampoo and conditioner combo. Perfect little travel companions for anyone going away this summer. The body wash is another Olay product: the Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Body Wash. I believe I have tried this before and don’t mind it. The shampoo and conditioner combo are Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating duo with Turkish Fig Essences which I have not tried before. These two samples will give me a really good idea about whether I like the products or not and are a welcome addition to my collection (since I don’t particularly like my current shampoo and don’t often use conditioner).
Saving the best for last, we have two full sized CoverGirl products. My relationship with CoverGirl has been pretty love hate, more so leaning on the side of hate. I almost never try their products anymore because of one too many disappointments but thought it was time to give them another chance. In this box came a CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara in Black. I am not a fan of the bristles on this brush but again, I will give it a try. The CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry came in the box as well. This red lippie is the perfect classic red. I haven’t tried the formula before, so I am very pumped to give it a go!
That is the box in its entirety. I am new to this Flare Beauty Box but hope that next month, there will be another jam packed drugstore box to try out!
Til next time, ttfn x