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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Lou's Reviews || JolieBox || June

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

If you have not dipped your pedicured toe very deeply into the world of beauty blogs, you may not have heard of Jolie Box. It is, in a nutshell, a beauty subscription service, where for £10 plus £2.95 p&p, you will be sent a little parcel of product samples. The samples promise to be miniatures or full sized (not piddly little sachets) and spanning across a range of items. So you could have hair, skin, cosmetic or fragrance items. You never know what you will receive and it is a gamble. If you like surprises, this will be right up your street.

I am very fortunate and was sent this box complimentary for review purposes but as always, my opinions are not swayed by a freebie and are honest.



I won't give you a run down of every item in the box as I think I am perhaps a little late and you will have seen a dozen of these already, but I will tell you a few things about my overall feelings towards the June box. Good plan? I hope so.

I liked the orange packaging. I'm not gaga wild for orange (unlike some...Zoe, we're all looking at you here), but this pleased me. It's summer after all and if you can't embrace a sturdy orange box now, when can you? I will shortly be doing a blog post on what I do with my empty subscription service boxes. Does that thrill you? Haha.

I was actually very impressed with some of the contents. The Yon-ka Pamplemousse (say 'pamplemousse' over and over and you can't help but smile) cream was perfectly matched to my skin type which Joliebox had previously enquired about. I think that beauty boxes would do well to customise the boxes a little as a big problem with them is receiving something unsuitable to your needs. I appreciate that this must be an administrative nightmare, not to mention an extra cost to the company, so was impressed that JolieBox gave it a whirl. I am thoroughly enjoying the L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream too. The little green pot is darling and the smell light and fresh. 

Unfortunately the lipstick and the nail file didn't float my boat. I thought the lipstick packaging was cheap feeling and unsightly and the colour wasn't to my taste. Saying that, colour preferences are never going to be the same for every customer so it might be something you love. The nail file was just a nail file. Handy. Haha, how much can you say about a nail file?

I have tried out the Institut Esthederm UV inCellium Spray (a pre-tanning treatment to prolong your tan) but can't be sure it did anything (that I noticed anyway) so I don't feel I can really give an opinion on it.

I love that JolieBox provide a little magazine pamphlet and that inside the box they products are secured in a little baggie so there is no mess. This month there were also some money off vouchers and discount codes included so that was an added bonus.

All in all, a pleasant box. I think if I had paid the £12.95 I would have enjoyed the concept of having those items send in beautiful box to my door and discovering them at home, but if I saw the exact same products in a little bag in a shop, I don't think I would part with my £12.95. What I am trying to say is that with this king of thing you are half paying for the experience rather than the beauty products. A lot of the time a full sized item in these boxes is valued at more than £12.95 so you are getting your money's worth, but the question is, 'Did you really want that product anyway?'.

I suppose it all boils down to whether you enjoy suprises, packages and discovering new things in a risky way. Oooohhh that's starting to sound very 50 Shades of Grey! Haha.

What are your thoughts on this particular box? Do you have any overall thoughts on beauty subscription services?

Toodlepip!


xx

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27 comments:

  1. I wasn't that keen on my Jolie box for this month, I got a lipgloss instead of lipstick it was a very unflattering dark brown colour. I was one of the first to sign up for Jolie box so my subscription is still free P&P every month so I am reluctant to cancel because if I want to sign up again it will cost me an extra £2.95 per month.
    https://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow that all looks lovely! Love the lipstick, I hate it when I pay ten pounds a month and I get a stupid satchet, annoys me so much! I might sign up for this though,or maybe glossybox....hmmm what should I pick? :o

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  3. Wow it looks good!:) lovely post.. really gave me a good insight to Jolie Box. What editing tool/app do you use to do that photo.. i love it:) x

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  4. If I had the extra money, I would definitely partake in these beauty boxes every month! They sound so fun! :)

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  5. Everyone has been commenting on how they aren't very impressed with jolie box at the moment :/ Kind of puts me off purchasing it >_< x

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  6. I subscribe to Glossybox and on the whole I've been happy with it. Looking at the facebook page you'd think they sent out tat every month but then I think you can't please everyone. I agree with what you said about it being the experience - of course it is, and they know that, and that's partly why they package it up so nicely.

    If I had more pennies I think I'd subscribe to She Said Beauty. Ahhh maybe one day :)

    imcountingufoz.com

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  7. I love beauty boxes! I love the concept & the monthly surprise :) I currently sub to both Glossy Box & She Said Beauty so unfortunately I can't justify another one, as much as I may like to haha xx

    jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  8. I love these boxes! Im subscribed to Birchbox and it's like having a mini birthday every month <3 Love getting things in the post.

    Glad you liked the L'Occitane creme! It's one of my favourites, I could never change. The smell is so light and fresh and it's so hydrating and non oily.
    Great post!

    http://crepechiffon.blogspot.com/

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  9. Lovely review, Louise! I live in the states and am thinking of trying Birchbox over here. Seems like a fun way to get your beauty fix each month without blowing through your budget :)

    Also, I have been watching your videos and reading your blog for a while now, and felt inspired to start my own blog. I hope you'll check it out if you have a moment: todayimaddictedto.blogspot.com.

    have a fabulous weekend!

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  10. You make a really good point that these beauty box subscriptions are partially for the surprise experience, and not so much for the actual products. Thanks for the different approach to reviewing, as most people just do a rundown of the enclosed products :)

    weare-practically-frugal.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi Louise,
    I cant tell exactly the colour of the lipstick but it looks quite like one Lisa Eldridge used in a tutorial called "one lipstick many ways to wear it" and she made a very dark plum very wearable so it might be worth checking out :)
    Love your reviews! xxx

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  12. I did have a subscription to Jolie box but cancelled it a few months ao as I figured I may as well spend my £12.95 a month on something I actually wanted and needed. x

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  13. Just a heads up, the reason for the lipstick casing being flimsy is because it is only the refill packaging, as the brand likes it's packaging to be re-usable. So once you have the real casing you just keep buying refills when needed.

    http://www.ecorium.co.uk/Elysambre-Natural-Lipstick_p_5645.html

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  14. I'm still not sure about Beauty Boxes :S. I just think for the money you pay every month you could buy something you really want rather than receive things you don't really like and things that are usually super expensive to repurchase in full size anyway! I do like the idea of getting a surprise box in the post every month though :) xx

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  15. i havent heard of a jolie box before. i agree with ella rose, but i think th epoint of boxes is to try things you normally wouldnt try yourself.

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  16. Really need to try a beauty box!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  17. I would love to try out a beauty box! :) xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  18. Are these all the items from your box? Because I got the same box as you but had one more item.

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  19. Ooooh I've always wanted to try one of these makeup surprise-box-type things, but have never been able to convince myself to fully commit to the monthly payment as of yet! I think I will eventually... I'm a bit of a beauty nerd and I LOVE surprises :D And it seems like a great way of discovering new things, and trying out products I normally wouldn't go for! Thanks for the lovely review Louise!! :) xx

    alixloves.blogspot.com

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  20. I get the GlossyBox, I never know which one is better :P

    Laura xxx ( http://demandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ )

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  21. I havent tried any beauty boxes yet but I like the idea as I love trying out new products! I am torn between glossybox and joliebox not sure which would be better! I absolutely loved your failure video Louise - it did make me laugh with ur giant bottle of lilt. Loving your blog.
    <3 Judith - judithallthingsbeauty.blogspot.com

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  22. really love the look of that lipstick!

    http://studsanddreams.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. i love your new picture style, the effect i think it really shows your personality i think xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I agree beauty boxes are about the experience- which I love! I've tried Glossy box, She said Beauty, Joliebox and Lux box and the hassle with the delivery of Joliebox put me off. I think my favourite for products I'd actually use rather than stuffing in a draw never to be seen again- would be She said Beauty.
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. I have been subscribed to GlossyBox for a few months and overall have been impressed with the variety and quality. I have just subscribed to JolieBox and SheSaid this month and waiting on my first box being delivered! Very excited! I don't think I will stay subscribed to all three going forward though, I think I'll pick my favourite two and stick with them!

    www.fionalovesdaisy.com

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  26. i loved all my products in my box except the lipstick but i am sure i can pass it on to someone else but all in all a great box great review x

    http://powderanpuff.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. I liked all of my products too, apart from the elysambre lip pencil which was browny orange! Didn't suit my skin tone at all :(

    my review is here if you want to check it out

    http://fashboxstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/joliebox-june-2012-anniversary-box.html

    Kate x

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