7 Jan 2013

BellaBox VS Lust Have It December 2012 + GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Today I have another late beauty box comparison for you guys. Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to receive my Lust Have It box before the Christmas/New Year period which delayed the delivery. I only just received my box two days ago on the 3rd which is a shame. That's one thing I hate about LHI's delivery schedule - they deduct payment for the beauty box between the 10th-15th of each month but don't send it until the end of the month. Oh well, at least I still managed to receive it in the end. 

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Both beauty boxes this month decided to give their subscribers a few goodies to help look and feel good for the past Christmas/festive season. Because it was the last box of the year BellaBox gifted the Savoir Faire Make-Up Palette worth $110! LHI on the other hand recently teamed together with Benefit Cosmetics and have included one of their most famous products, They're Real! Mascara, into this month's box. 

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(BellaBox Contents)
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(LHI Contents)
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Both boxes were quite impressive this month, however I think that if BB hadn't included the Savoir Faire make-up palette as a Christmas gift the box would have been pretty 'meh'. In my opinion all the other products in this month's box weren't exactly my cup of tea and were a little bit pointless to be honest. The Zipette clips were certainly the most pointless item in the box. Although I can see the appeal to these as many of us eat our weight during the festive period, but to include them in a beauty subscription box is a little odd. 

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Lust Have It on the other hand surprised me this month. It's not secret that I'm a huge lover of Benefit Cosmetics, so the mascara did make this box a winner. But even if you disregard the mascara, the other products included in the box were quite intriguing. I'm really excited to try out the Pelactiv Facial Refiner Deep Cleansing Scrub - it sounds like a treat. Oh and the exfoliating glove as well - I guess you can say I love exfoliating my body haha!

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The other products included in the December BellaBox included:

- Allegra Rhodes Hand and Nail Cream 5mL (175mL RRP $32.95)
- John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finish Cream 30mL (100mL RRP $16.99)
- Anumi Miracle Recovery Treatment 5mL (30mL $65)
- Reb'l Fleur by Rhianna 2x4mL samples (100mL $79)
- Zipette Clips RRP $5.95
- Savoir Faire Limited Edition Kit in 'C'est Le Ton Qui Fait La Musique' (winter palette) RRP $110

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So here's what the Savoir Faire Palette looks like - it includes 6 eyeshadows, lip gloss, blusher, mascara and eye liner. I was over the moon when I heard that BB had included this as a gift, considering it does RRP for $110! But after further examination of this palette I think it is a little overpriced. Although, the eyeshadows and blush are stunning pigmented and the lip gloss (despite the unfavourable shade choice) feels quite lovely and smooth on the lips. I certainly would not fork out $110 on this palette. 

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That's pretty much putting a luxury price tag on a drug store product. But enough bashing of the price, let's move onto the look cards included in the palette. Savoir Faire kindly included 6 look cards to help users creative a variety of looks. I'm also glad they included these in there as the bold shades can be a little daunting to experiment with. 

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Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to test out the mascara as of yet but hopefully it will turn out to be a winner. 

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Overall, this is a really lovely palette but the cost is certainly over-priced.

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Now onto the other products in the Lust Have It box:

- Benefit They're Real! Mascara 3g (8.5g RRP $38)
- Pelactiv Facial Refiner Deep Cleansing Scrub 50mL (150mL RRP $49)
- Catwalk by Tigi Sessions Series Finishing Spray 80mL (250mL RRP $29.95)
- Naked Tan Goddess Shimmer 30mL (150mL RRP $29.95)
- Glasshouse Fragrances Hand Creme 2x5mL samples (140mL RRP $24.95)
- LHI Exfoliating Glove RRP $9.50
- Daisy by Marc Jacobs 1.2mL sample

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The only thing I didn't like about this month's LHI was that there's no actual box/bag this month. Last month, LHI said they wouldn't be putting their products into their signature bags anymore, I thought at least they would put it into another box. Unfortunately, once you open the actual package there sits the products. Which I think may be a little fragile because if the box gets damaged or wet, the products may be soiled. However, the box does feel quite sturdy, but you never know what may happen..

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So who wins this month's beauty box battle? For me Lust Have It! have won in a landslide. All the products included in the box appealed to me and I cannot wait to try them out, whereas in BellaBox the products were so-so. 

Who do you think won this month?


Now onto the winners for my 1000 follower/Christmas giveaway. First off, I just want to say thank you for all those that entered my giveaway. I was so shocked to see the amazing response that all of you had towards the giveaway. Also, I just wanted to acknowledge and bring to your attention the amount of times I had to keep redrawing the winners because the chosen '"winners" had not followed the rules correctly or had given false information. It really saddens me that there are people out there thinking it's okay to lie their way through life or take advantage of other's kindness. Anyways, not to be a downer on this joyous announcement.. without further ado the winners are:

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Congratulations to Rica, Candice and Lieying for winning this giveaway. I have already emailed you with the details and now awaiting your reply. Unfortunately, if the winners are unable to get into contact with me within 24 hours another winner will be chosen. 

Again, thank you so much for participating in this giveaway! Don't feel discouraged that you didn't win, I will be doing plenty more in the future (hint hint, my birthday is coming up on the 17th and I think I will be doing a birthday giveaway!) so stay tuned!

xo


24 comments :

  1. I cancelled my subscription will bellabox this month. I think I am done with beauty boxes to be honest. Lust have it looks promising though!
    x

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    1. The beauty boxes over the past few months have been going down hill but I'm actually quite excited to see what the Violet Box is going to come up with and if Bellabox and LHI are going to respond by picking up their game.

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    2. You just reminded me that I need to cancel my bellabox. I'm all sampled-up! Can't even get through the ones I have now...

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    3. What's Violet box haha? Okay I'm off to google it...

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  2. good collection n congrats to winners

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  3. Lol I wouldn't pay $110 for that SF kit either.
    Great post and congrats!

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  4. Hoow! I WON! my heart is really pumping too loud today! this is such a great news that brighten up my day♥ THANK YOU.. you really deserves all the love for being so humble and generous sweetie♥ God bless you♥ COngrats to your blog and to other winners:)) i think i'm floating on air, I will be blogging this great news! awesome! ♥ a million thanks dawn. ♥

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  5. I'd really love to try a beauty box someday... it'd be so fun to test out all the products! Benefit's They're Real is one of my favorite mascaras!

    xx Ellie
    www.ellalogy.com 

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  6. Decent filling boxes! * _ *

    came to me review my new review on ETUDE HOUSE Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit
    http://prettykattyhouse.blogspot.com/2013/01/3-etude-house-precious-mineral-bb-cream.html

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  7. Thankyou♥ :) http://akirahbabe.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/i-won-the-first-prize-of-see-it-love-it-swatch-it-by-dawn%E2%99%A5/

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  8. wow the zippets were totally pointless lol maybe it was just a filler item in the box haha
    the savoir faire set does look really over priced... the colors arent all that wearable either...new follower :D <3

    www.twoplicates.blogspot.com

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  9. holly molly... that Savoir Faire kit cost alot! that's insane!! lol. the colours are gorgeous and all, but i'd never spend that mucn on just one kit. unless the size is big and there are alot of things in it. great items from the December issue of BellaBox though, have fun trying them out hun! :) and congrats to the giveaway winners <3

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  10. I've never tried a Beaty box as I'm a little bit apprehensive incase I get loaded with stuff I can't use like eye or lip makeup. Would you recommend a certain brand and do you think they are worth it? Thanks!

    www.SamuelJamesMorris.com

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  11. The Savoir Faire Palette looks cool! I hope you'd do a review soon! :)

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  12. oh dear.. great subscription boxes your country had here and that palette its gorgeous!

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  13. wow you got many nice things!!

    Join my first giveaway and win Thboxes accessories of your choice
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  14. The palette is gorgeous but I would never pay that much either...

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  15. always tempted by palette >.<

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  16. frizz-ease!! definitely my must have...my sacred item for a pretty hair...it's what a frizzy-haired girl like me treasures the most LOL :)

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  17. Wow the stuffs are so good especially the palette ;)

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