Bella Box August, September, October 2012 and a Peek at Bellababy Box

October 20, 2012
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Here’s a look at the contents of the Bella Boxes from August, September and October 2012.

August 2012: I Love Singapore

With a custom-made eco-bag printed with ‘I ♥ SG’, this month’s Bella Box commemorated Singapore’s 47th year of independence.

In it were:

  • Anna Sui Eye Color in 002
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pool Party
  • Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference (skincare sachets)
  • Enavose Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage (15 ml)
  • Facial Fresh Green Tea Cloth Facial Treatment Mask (1 sheet)
  • L’Oréal Youth Code Pre-Essence (5 ml)

With 2 full-sized products (the eyeshadow and the nail polish), this box was a good save after the Bella Box July 2012 fiasco. That said, I found it odd that the Anna Sui colour was a discontinued product – the point of such subscription boxes is to try before buying but putting in an old/no-longer-sold item defeats this purpose, no? Nevertheless, I was pretty happy that the shadow in my box was a shimmery silver that I’d use.

September 2012: Out with the Old, In with the New

This box marked the advent of a new year in the fashion and beauty calendar.

In it were:

  • Caudalie Cleansing Water (30 ml)
  • Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (10 ml)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (1 ml x 2 pyramid sachets – so cute!)
  • Célmonze Marine DNA Concentrate (2 ml)
  • Vichy Bi-White Med Deep Corrective Whitening Lotion (30 ml)
  • Rimmel Waterproof Eye Definer in Exaggerate

This box was one for skincare aficionados, given that the dominant brand, Caudalie, is a popular high-end one.

I’m not sure how the products relate to the theme of newness, though. Bella Box claimed they were ‘the latest and most innovative new finds’ from the brands involved but I’ve heard complaints from some people that the date of manufacture of the Rimmel products in their boxes harked from three years ago. My pencil was made in 2010, if I recall correctly.

October 2012: Birthday Box

 In it are:

  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum (1 ml)
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (10 ml)
  • Nuxe Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel (15 ml)
  • Nuxe 24h Moisturizing Body Lotion (15 ml)
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution (20 ml)
  • Bellabox 2-sided mirror compact

I will enjoy the cute Bioderma mini – it is a cleanser I reach for almost every day (thanks, Joey!) and look forward to taking this on my travels.

The Nuxe trio is a lovely skin/body care treat and appears impressive, value-wise. However, it will seem scant to savvy shoppers who have bought the Elle Singapore August 2012 issue which came with these same three products packed as a set named the Nuxe Beauty Kit. If you already own the trio after purchasing the magazine, you’ll probably feel the subscription fee could be better spent.

In addition, I’d expected a box filled with more substantial products – there isn’t even a full-sized item in it – considering it marks the company’s first birthday. The August offering seems more appropriate as a celebratory anniversary box, doesn’t it?

All 3 boxes also contained a bunch of shopping vouchers from the brands in the individual boxes – I don’t use these and usually trash them or pass them to friends who would utilise them. I’m not sure how useful they really are to the Bella Box subscribers.

These boxes were gratis press pieces but in general, I still feel that S$19.95 is too steep for sample items. This is especially because I’ve tried many brands and have purchased their products. However, people who would like to test-drive a variety of skincare brands without committing to full-sized units will benefit from the deluxe-sized products in these boxes. Moreover, the amount of product in the larger samples, as well as the full-sized pieces that sometimes pop up, can make the boxes worthwhile. I know people who love their Bella Boxes even when they only contain sample items, simply because the value of these products exceed the subscription fee.

This month, the company will also introduce a limited edition Bellababy box (S$39.95). It contains 8 items – a mix of skincare products for mummies and babies, as well as an educational baby toy. It’s a clever idea to branch out into the mother and baby realm; I know mums who will enjoy exploring baby-related products…I’m one of them! ;)

Image source: Bella Box Singapore


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6 Responses to Bella Box August, September, October 2012 and a Peek at Bellababy Box

  1. Emily
    October 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hi Mag,

    Really enjoyed your truthful and unbiased review on these boxes even though they are press samples for your review(have read other sponsored beauty bloggers). I have subscribed to them since July(missed out June box which looks great) and wasn’t really wow by them. Most of the times, they are just samples. And when there are full size items, I highly suspect they are old pull off the shelf items(Anna Sui, Rimmel). I saw these Anna Sui singles selling at Taka basement at 50% off now. As for October box, like as you mentioned I have both LM tinted moisturizer and the nuxe trio too prior buying magazines, hence this box doesn’t seen justifiable to me. $20 doesn’t seem cheap and another $5 more, vanity box seem to be more worthwhile. Sorry for the long comment! Can’t help to speak about disappointed :(

    • makeupmag
      November 2, 2012 at 3:24 am

      Hi Emily,

      My apologies for the late reply – October was a crazy month!

      Thank you for your comment; I really appreciate it. I think it is to the benefit of both my readers and the company itself that I be honest. I don’t see the value in raving x 10 just so companies would keep sending me things; that’s selfish and a disservice to the lovely people who visit my website for credible beauty news/reviews.

      To be fair, ignorance is bliss – people who aren’t aware of the origins of the products or the magazine tie-ups will be pretty pleased with their boxes. Savvier customers – especially netizens! – are likely to have the same reaction as you…and me. I have heard of people who were very thrilled by this latest slew of Bellaboxes. YMMV, I guess!

  2. October 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    i’ve unsubscribed since they announced the price hike, and haven’t regret a bit! I wouldn’t even pay $15 for the new boxes =x

    • makeupmag
      November 2, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Hi Ashlyne,

      Money saved for other purchases! :)

  3. October 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I think the Bella baby box sounds super novel too! Now lets hope the box contents match the subscription price that they are asking for!

    • makeupmag
      November 2, 2012 at 3:17 am

      Hey Sara,

      Am looking forward to opening my box. Haven’t had the time to do it! Am curious about the included toy…

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