Luxe Box | Fall 2013 Edition | Cosmetic Proof | Vancouver beauty, nail art and lifestyle blog

Luxe Box | Fall 2013 Edition

Once again, the Loose Button Luxe Box has creeped up on me! I always forget about it because of its quarterly delivery, but the products inside are always so luxe that I get so excited when I know it’s coming! I didn’t think I’d enjoy the quarterly subscription, but I think the Luxe Box works MUCH better this way and the product selection is much more consistent than when I first signed up 2 years ago. For the Fall Luxe Box, I opted for the Shu Uemura upgrade for an extra $7 as I was just too curious about the Cleansing Oil Shampoo! The rest of the box was pretty good too so read on to find out more about it!

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Shu Uemura | Cleansing Oil ShampooDSC_0033

Delicate formula that transforms quickly into a rich foam that effectively draws out the impurities and build-up on the scalp without stripping the natural oils. Leaves hair naturally radiant, soft and in balanced state – volumized and moisturized. Paraben and silicone free.

Thoughts: I haven’t tried this  product yet, but I find that whenever there is an opportunity to try a Shu Uemura product I snap it right up because I find the brand elusive and mysterious…they have fewer points of sale than other brands, are rarely featured in beauty boxes and rarely have GWPs.

Full size: 400mL/$56.00

I received: 75mL/$10.50 although if you really were to purchase this size on the US site, the price is listed as $25 for this size so it really is a MUCH better deal to go with 400mL!

Simple Pleasures | Hand Cream in Wild BerryDSC_0034

Pamper your hard-working hands with this enriching formula, by Simple Pleasures.

Thoughts: This product looks attractive enough, smells nice, but in terms of ingredients isn’t that impressive…the actual company that makes this is called Tricoastal Designs and is behind a number of different products. This hand cream has nothing particularly special in it like shea butter or specific natural oils. There is just mineral oil…not saying it’s bad, but I’d much rather use something else.

Full size: 50mL/$10.00

I received: *FULL SIZE*

the Balm | Instain Powder Blush in Swiss DotDSC_0035

TheBalm’s long-wearing, staining powder blush is a fashion must have! Perfect for all seasons and skin tones, it will give your cheeks color that won’t quit.

Thoughts: This is my first time trying the newest blush from theBalm and what a gorgeous colour it is! The sample packaging is darling as all theBalm packaging always is and I’ll see how this blush stands up to a long work day!

Full size: 25.5g/$22.00

I received: 0.5g/$0.43

L’Occitane | Amande Supple Skin OilDSC_0036

Enriched with powerful almond proteins and essential oils of peppermint, palmarosa and Immortelle. Supple Skin Oil works to protect the skin's support tissue and fight against loss of elasticity. Deeply nourishing formula can be used to prevent the formation of stretch marks.

Thoughts: Talk about a luxurious skin treatment that leaves your skin feeling and smelling so incredibly nice! If you love the Amande line from L’Occitane, you will enjoy this skin oil for sure!

Full size: 52mL/$50.00

I received: 15mL/14.42

China Glaze | Nail Lacquer in “Charmed I’m Sure”DSC_0037

Dive into the Autumn Nights Collection with China Glaze. This formula not only includes nail hardeners, but is super opaque allowing for minimal coats. *All China Glaze colours are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

Thoughts: LOL, I can’t believe I don’t have this colour! That’s all I’m happy about! This is a gorgeous colour for the season!

Full size: 14mL/$7.99

I received: *FULL SIZE*

Michael Kors | Sporty Citrus, Sexy Amber and GLAM JasmineDSC_0038

Sporty Citrus: A dazzling burst of citrus with luscious orange flower and a hint of warm woods. Casually chic and fresh.

Sexy Amber: A spotlight on warm amber wrapped in sandalwood, layered with white flowers. Sumptuous and deeply seductive.

GLAM Jasmine: A bouquet of lush jasmine with accents of creamy woods. Overtly feminine and head-turning.

Thoughts: In terms of sample perfumes, this is the prettiest packaging I’ve seen and I love that we get a chance to sample all three of the latest fragrances in the collection.

Full size: 50mL/$75.00

I received: 1.5mL/$2.25 x 3 = $6.75

Pixi | Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest BlackDSC_0039

This unique mascara truly boosts your lashes, giving them a "push-up" effect that lasts all day. The dense, rich formula ensures that lashes are coated with maximum pigment, for long-lasting full colour. The cone-shaped brush coats each lash evenly for the ultimate smudge-free, waterproof lash & eye definition.

Thoughts: To be honest, I still have yet to try this mascara even though this is my fourth one! I haven’t heard anything amazing about it which might be why I’m not exactly keen on trying it out.

Full size: 7g/$20

I received: 3g/$8.57

Loose Button | Eye Shadow BrushDSC_0040

The supremely soft and short bristles are the perfect shape and feel for blending your eye shadow.

Thoughts: I don’t normally like the Loose Button products that are included, but this eye shadow brush is actually quite soft and pleasant to use! Eye shadow blends beautifully with it!

Total Value of Fall 2013 Luxe Box: $58.66

My favourite products in this Luxe Box would have to be the Shu Uemura shampoo, the nail polish and the perfume set actually! My one year subscription with Luxe Box is up next month, but I think I’ll keep it since I’ve really enjoyed every box this year. The products are all high end and usually things I haven’t tried yet.

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