Thursday, 4 September 2014

The September Box of 'Things I Actually Want'

I am through with beauty subscription boxes, and I have been for quite some time now and for a long time I've been meaning to start a monthly series where I hand pick products to go into an imaginary subscription box. The thing with monthly sub boxes is that although they hold a surprise when they drop through your letterbox, that surprise isn't always a good one. I for one was sick of receiving products that I didn't like or couldn't use so I thought why the heck am I wasting £13.25 (Glossybox inc. postage) on a box full of uselessness... why not save that £13.25 and buy things that I actually want?!

So the notion behind this monthly series is to show you what I'd buy with my £13.25, obviously with normal sub boxes you only get 1 full sized product for your money and it usually comes with at least 1 teeny tiny perfume sample and a skincare product that probably isn't suited to your skin so to keep things realistic and doable I am going to aim for between 1 and 3 products in every box. These products will obviously always be full sized so therefore more expensive but I reckon I can still squeeze 3 products into my £13.25 budget.

I know lots of sub boxes claim to be 'luxury' but let's be fair, they're not always luxury products (which is one of the things that irked me the most about them!!) so although most of what I will feature will be high street, don't forget that the point of this 'box of things I actually want' is that I am not wasting the money on a box full of products I don't want regardless of whether they're luxury or high street.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the September box of 'Things I Actually Want'...

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Nude-ist' £8.99
Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in 'Spice' £2.99 £1.50
Rimmel Brow this Way in 'Dark Brown' £3.99

Total: £14.48
 (£1.23 over budget)

I wanted to try and recreate a Kylie Jenner style lip and Adrienne from The Sunday Girl recommended both the Rimmel Lip Liner and Bourjois Rouge Velvet as a high street alternative to the MAC liner. I know I like the Rouge Velvet formula as I have one in 'Hot Pepper' so I'm looking forward to trying these out. I chose the brow gel simply because I want to compare it to Maybelline Brow Drama; it's a pound cheaper and the wand appeals to be more than the Maybelline one so we shall see which is the best. 

Are you still doing Subscription boxes or will you be trying my version?

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  1. Loved this post - you will love the Nude-ist colour, it's really flattering :)

    Laura | Laurzrah

  2. I love this idea, shirking the beauty boxes to create your own from things you actually want :)


  3. I love, love, love the Bourjois Lipstick. I have the colour in pretty much ever formula but matte, so when I saw this I was super excited. It's the only thing I'll wear :) x

  4. Such a good idea, I think beauty boxes are a bit of a waste of money too!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  5. Yep such a good idea I used to be a total sucker for beauty boxes but they have got a little crappy of late! Feel like I'm literally throwing money down the drain haha :)


  6. Love this post! Been toying with the idea of a subscription box but was never sure if it was worth it! Thanks, I definitely won't be getting one now.

  7. Love the idea of this! UK beauty boxes need to up their games!
    Unless I already know the contents I wont waste my money on them anymore, although I've developed quite a thing for beauty boxes from other countries! At the moment I'm loving Memebox, although I cant wait for My little box to arrive in the UK too :)
    Summer x

  8. That's one thing that annoys me about beauty boxes, they all claim to have luxury samples, but then you receive something from say essence. There's nothing wrong with essence, the one thing from them I've tried is very good, but they're not luxury. What I do is each month I look out for posts showing what people got in their Birchbox/Glossybox etc and if I like the look of the box I order one, then cancel it again before the next month's money is collected x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty


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