This Month’s Macys Beauty box was a little bit interesting postal wise. I checked the tracking number and saw the expected date of arrival. Then on the travel log for the package I got to watch two separate post offices play a game of hot potato with it. It went to and from the same post office about four times before they finally got tired of bouncing it between them and sending it on.
I’ll admit, when it arrived, I expected the worst.
The package was surprisingly only slightly dented and when I opened it up the dropper on the serum bottle was bent but still worked and the spray cap for the dry shampoo was knocked off. It popped right back into place and the product worked just fine. I am a little worried about the air seal on the serum so I may be using it this week just to make certain it doesn’t go bad.
But before we get into the products, this subscription is a $15 ($16.27 with tax for me) per month subscription and each month you receive five sample sized products. They tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum and because of this subscription I have tried a lot of luxury brands that interested me. I really like that as I enjoy trying things out before I invest in the full size. I find it helps me to not waste either month or product.
In addition some of the products that have been sent in these boxes were complete unknowns to me. Some of them were from familiar brands and new product releases, others were things that I knew and loved already. It has thus far been a really good box. And the products generally go really well with the theme.
Speaking of, this month’s theme is Expert’s Choice. Each item included is something that critics have raved about.
Since I already opened the serum, we’ll start with it. The serum sample is the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. I have heard a lot of rave reviews about this and I did try out the eye cream in this line as well. I really liked the eye cream actually and put it on my must try in a full size list. Because the dropper is a little damaged and I opened it to see if it still worked, I will probably be using this serum this week just so that it doesn’t go bad. I don’t think there is more than a week’s worth of serum in it so I think I can take a break from the serum I am currently using to try it out. Quite frankly I can’t wait to see if it is as good as the eye cream and it’s hype.
The second item was the Dry Bar Detox Shampoo. This is not the first time I have tried this dry shampoo and it is a good one. I actually just finished a bottle of my favorite Klorane Dry Shampoo (nettle for dark hair) and haven’t was thinking of working through some of my travel sized dry shampoos as I have a lot in stock. Since I had to open it to repair the nozzle and see if it worked, I might just keep this one out. It smells nice and as it’s been a while since I’ve tried a Dry bar product it will be interesting to shake things up for a bit.
The third item in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month is the Clarins Total Eye Lift Concentrate. As I am in the middle of an eye skin care trial I will have to wait to try this out, but I am actually looking forward to using it. I’ve tried several products from Clarins before and have always liked them.
Currently, I am using the Instant Perfecting Primer and absolutely love it. Most of what I’ve tried from Clarins has been Moisturizers and face washes so an eye cream will be a different category to try. I can’t wait to see if it performs as well as the other products I’ve used.
There was a fourth skin care item in my Macy’s Beauty Bag this month and that was the Retinol Ceramide Capsules From Elizabeth Arden. To be honest I don’t think I have ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden. I’ve seen them around, but I have never picked up any products. I’ve actually seen this exact product and thought it looked interesting, but still never picked it up. I think that was because I wasn’t too certain about the individual capsules. Now that it is here of course, I’ll give it a go. Perhaps the premeasured doses will be exactly right.
There were two makeup themed items in the bag this month. The first is a tiny sample of the Giorgio Armani Liquid lip. I have gotten one of these tiny samples before in a different shade and I have to say while I still find the tiny size laughable, I really do like the formula of the lipstick so even in a tiny size, I am happy to have the product. And it is a nice color that I think might suit me. So that’s always a plus.
The second makeup item is the MAC Fix + setting spray. I’ll be honest I have setting sprays but I tend to forget to reach for them unless I know I am going out. If I am getting ready for the day and know I will be sitting at my desk for the bulk of the day, I don’t generally bother with setting spray.
I always use it when I know I am going to be running around where there are other people though. And I always pack it when I travel. I tend to really get on well with MAC products so I look forward to giving this a trial. I might try using it this week and then adding what remains to my travel bag if I know it works well. And then if it does work well eventually getting a full sized bottle. My current setting spray is the Benefit Porefessional Super setter but it is always nice to have options.
Most months there are two perfume Samples included in the bag. This month both come from Ralph Lauren. One is Polo Deep Blue and the other is Ralph Lauren Romance. At the moment I am leaving them sealed and adding them to the cache of perfume samples that I have yet to try out. They will be added to the drawer and then like all perfume samples they will be worn and evaluated to see if they make the cut to be added to my collection.
Usually there is a makeup bag included in the Macy’s beauty bag. Sometimes they supplement other items in for the bag and this month they added the Beauty Supplements Box.
I have to say, I’m not mad at it. The box is hard plastic with tightly sealed latches and a rubberized seal so that if it is in a makeup bag and something leaks it won’t get into your supplements box. Inside the box are two additional little boxes divided into compartments.
While I have my vitamins, I also always travel with some Ibuprofen and because my babydoll has rather bad allergies I have started adding a few back up Benadryl for him just in case he forgot his allergy medicines. This is a well thought out and well-designed box that will be getting quite a lot of use in my personal travel kit. I am quite happy with this month’s substitution for the makeup bag.
So that was my June Macy’s Beauty Box. Was it worth the $15? Yes, it most certainly was. Everything in the box is something that I will use. Many of the items are products I have wanted to try out and quite frankly I am very pleased with the selection of items this month. This is definitely a subscription box I will be keeping.