I can’t lie, over the past year Macy’s beauty boxes has become one of my favorite subscription boxes. It costs $15 per month ($16,78 with tax) and it generally contains at least five products. Often it contains more and usually the products are from luxury brands.
While they don’t always have a bag with the subscription (sometimes replacing the bag with something like a mini flat iron for example) this moth there was a beauty bag included. It is a plastic bag with tropical looking leaves on it that seems to go well with the theme of Fun in the Sun. The bag is a good size and looks well made. Because it is plastic inside and out it is the sort of bag I tend to put bath products in when I travel (shampoo, body wash) as those items seem to leak more often than many other products I travel with and the plastic is easy to rinse out.
But as with every subscription, the bag may be nice, but it is what is inside that counts. The first item out of the bag this month is the Coola Sunscreen in SPF 30. It is actually the Coola Sun silk drops. In addition to the sunscreen, the serum is infused with hyaluronic acid (one of the skincare darlings of the moment). I’ve generally had pretty good luck with Coola products. They protect the skin well and don’t cause me to break out. And you know I love hyaluronic acid, so this is definitely a product i want to try.
The second Item in the bag this month is the Clinique Moisture Surge Auto Replenishing hydrator. It has been a really long time since I have tried a Clinique moisturizer. I remember trying one a number of years ago and found it was far too moisturizing for me. At the moment I am sort of in my oily phase. It give this moisturizer it’s best chance of working, I might hold on to it until the weather changes and my skin starts craving moisture. It has been a really long time since I gave Clinique a try and I am happy to have a sample to try now. I suspect I will like it’s moisture providing formula once winter arrives.
I will have a harder time setting the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion to the side. I have used several Shiseido products before and they have always performed fantastically for me. It is a brand that I have never been disappointed to try. with the Coola in this month’s Macy’s Beauty Box and the Supergoop in Birchbox, I now have several different sunscreens to try out so I may just start rotating them into the line up to see how they perform. It will give my Volition Prismatic Sunscreen a bit of a rest (and me a break before I have to reorder it again). I actually can’t wait to try this sunscreen out.
There is something for the hair this month as well. It is the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti Frizz Blow out butter. Alterna is a brand I have used before and tend to like how they perform. Their Caviar line has proven nice for my hair as well, especially in the shampoo and conditioner. Actually if I remember correctly the shampoo was nice but the conditioner was fantastic. It has been a while though so I’d have to try them again to be certain. I do remember I liked one a lot more than the other thought. I am happy to get to try something else out of the Caviar anti-aging line though. Like the Clinique though, it may have to wait for the end of the summer.
In the summertime I tend not to use my hair dryer all that much. What I tend to do is to let it mostly dry and then spray the Color Wow Dream Coat on it and use my hot brush to activate the pretectorant serum. The Dream Coat works fantastically well in protecting against the humidity frizz. I just generally find it too hot to use my hair dryer in the summer. By the time my hair is dry I am sweating. So this blow out bitter will be set aside until the fall when I once again start using my hair dryer. I am happy to have a chance to try it though.
I am super excited to report that there are two lip products in this month’s bag. The first is from Grande Cosmetics. I really like their liquid formula actually and have several glosses from the, This one is a light pink Hydrating Lip Plumper. While I have used their lip glosses I haven’t used their lip plumpers and am looking forward to giving it a try.
The second lip product is from Yves Saint Laurent. It is a tiny little stick lipstick. It is a long wearing lipstick infused with hyaluronic acid. It is in a beautiful red shade and if the shade is actually on the bottom I will have to get a magnifying glass out to read it. But I adore red lipstick and have been on a more or less permanent quest to find the right shade of red. I feel like Goldilocks sometimes actually. This is a little too pink,. this one is a little too orange. It is a process that involves a lot of trial. I have found a liquid lipstick in the red I want (it is an Elf Liquid lip actually in Red Vixen) but I am still holding out for the perfect red in a traditional bullet style lipstick. Because some days you don’t want a liquid lip. I have my fingers crossed for this one.
Finally there is a perfume sample. Each month macy’s Beauty box includes at least one perfume Sample. This month it is Versace Dylan Turquoise. I will add it to my collection to try out. For the past few weeks I haven’t been wearing any perfume as I have just been sweating so much it seemed pointless. As I am switching more to gym workouts than walks in the sun, I will be going back to my once a week perfume sample trials. This one will definately be placed in the line up. I actually hope I like it because the full sized bottle just looks absolutely beautiful. I won’t add it to my collection unless I like the perfume, but I really do like the bottle.
For now, that was my July 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box. I have to say I am very excited about several of the products. For me this was a good month. I love the fact that there was both skin and hair care with a little bit of makeup. It was a nice mix. Admittedly anytime a red lipstick appears i am excited so it was pretty easy for me to like this month. But there are several products I am very much looking forward to trying out. A couple I will have to put to the side as for my skin and hair, this isn’t the right season for their use. But it gives me something to look forward to when the heat turns. Other than the heat actually turning of course. Over all I am once again impressed by my Macy’s Beauty Box.