Two months ago the beautiful and talented Sazan Hendrix launched Bless Box, a monthly subscription service. Bless Box is a lifestyle box that offers handpicked home, health, style, beauty and skincare products for $29.99 a month. Today I will be sharing my thoughts on January's Bless Box, a mini review on the products, a price breakdown, and my overall thoughts on the subscription service.
Now I know that it's whats inside that counts, but beautiful packaging never hurt! From the bright colored box, to the aesthetically pleasing font chosen for Bless Box, this box gets 10s all around for presentation.
Now it may just be because I was super psyched to receive the sold out January Bless Box (big congrats to Sazan btw) but I felt like this box took forever to arrive at my door. Flat rate domestic shipping is $6.50 per box, bumping up the total cost of Bless Box to $36.49 a month. I hate paying for shipping, so having to pay for it and having it arrive 11 days after the ship date was probably my least favorite part of the experience. Of course as an avid online shopper I do realize that it was actually only 7 business days, which is pretty standard, and hey, at least my January box did arrive in January (Jan. 30th to be exact!) Also, everything arrived in perfect condition!
There were 10 items in January's Bless Box including 6 beauty items, 3 health and wellness items, and 1 style item.
- ColourPop Parker Lippie Stix: This lippie stix in the shade "Parker" is my favorite beauty product in the box. This may actually be my favorite lip product of all time, let me repeat that, of ALL TIME! I am a lip product junkie and I have never come across a color more perfect than this. I think this shade will be super flattering on anyone and at $5 you should definitely check it out.
- ColourPop Swerve Creme Gel Pencil: Funny enough, this is the one product in the box that I hated. I swiped this eyeliner across my waterline (as usual) and it had absolutely no pigment. Now I haven't tried it on the lid since I like to use liquid eyeliner, so hopefully it'll work better for that. I'll let you know when I try it! UPDATE: After using this eyeliner for a couple of weeks, the pigment still isn't great but its an okay eyeliner.
- dpHUE Apple Cider Hair Rinse: So I was having a pretty awesome hair day when I was trying out these products so I didn't use this one, but have no fear, my older sister ever so graciously accepted the task of trying out this expensive product (what a trooper!) So my sister LOVED this product. She said that the second she put it on she felt her, and I quote, "rough hair turn super soft." She also mentioned that the scent wasn't too strong! UPDATE: After trying this product one time I fell in love! It makes me hair super soft!
- dpHUE Apple Cider Leave-In Hair Therapy: My sister followed up the dpHUE hair rinse with this leave in hair therapy and she said that overall her hair felt a lot softer but that she would need to try both products separately to really know what each product did.
- Kerastase Laque Couture Hairspray: I want to start this off by saying that this hairspray smells incredible! It is medium strength and left my hair feeling soft and manageable. Sadly, it's a little tough for my hair to hold curls so I need a stronger hairspray. However, I will not stop using this, and will be very sad the day that it runs out because it is very expensive and I love, love, love the scent.
- Kerastase L'incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion: This product is supposed to be amazing for at home blowouts, but since I don't give myself blowouts I used this as a heat protectant before I curled by hair and it did the trick. I can imagine though that it would be great for blowouts because 1. Sazan recommends it and 2. Her hair is gorgeous.
- BLESS Cotton Sheeting Tote: I am actually very glad that this tote came in the box because I am going to get a ton of use out of it at the supermarket. It is cute, durable, and great for the environment. P.S. This tote was designed by Sazan.
- Primal Kitchen Chocolate Almond Bar: I could not wait to eat this bar because from the name it sounded delicious! Of course I had to wait to eat it so I could take pictures for the blog #firstworldbloggerproblems so by the time I was done shooting I ripped it open and wasn't overly amused. Don't get me wrong, this bar was great, my mom loved it, but it was just another bar to me.
- Cordially Bless Notepad: I was actually looking to buy a notepad so this came at the right time. There aren't many pages in the notepad but I will get sufficient use out of it and its cute!
- VYE Eyewear "Pretty Pilot": These shades are the best! I usually don't pay more than $15-$20 for sunglasses so these sunglasses (retail $44.95) were a very pleasant surprise. At first I thought they wouldn't look too great on me but I actually love them! You can feel the quality of these, and they come in a beautiful protective case.
A Bless Box subscription is $29.99 a month plus $6.50 flat rate domestic shipping for a total of $36.49. International subbies can also get their hands on this box, but for a shipping cost of $20 (may vary) per box. Bless Box has been offering different coupon codes to use at checkout so you better believe I used one for my January Bless Box which came out to $33.50 after the coupon code. You can use code BLESSED for 5% off March's box. Below is a price breakdown of January's box. Note, each Bless Box comes with a card that lists the prices/approximate prices of the items in the box. I found that one item was listed for $0.95 less than the actual price and two items were valued at $3 more than the actual cost, so the pricing I found is listed below, as well as links to the items in the box.
- ColourPop Parker Lippie Stix: $5
- ColourPop Swerve Creme Gel Pencil: $5
- dpHUE Apple Cider Hair Rinse: $5
- dpHUE Apple Cider Leave-In Hair Therapy: $5
- Kerastase Laque Couture Hairspray: $18
- Kerastase L'incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion: $20.50
- BLESS Cotton Sheeting Tote: $10 (Custom)
- Primal Kitchen Chocolate Almond: $2.50
- Cordially Bless Notepad: $7 (Custom)
- VYE Eyewear "Pretty Pilot": $44.95
- Total: $122.95
The value of this box was more than 3x the cost! That is an INSANE value. This box is valued at $86.46 more than the cost.
Overall I really like Bless Box! The presentation gets a 10/10, shipping 8/10, products 9/10, and value 10/10. Bless Box introduced me to the perfect lip product by Colourpop (you must try it,) made me fall in love with the VYE shades, and don't get me started on the amazing scent of the Kerastase hairspray! Now, with all this being said, I will not continue with a monthly subscription of Bless Box because of two reasons. The first being that as a recent college graduate, $36.49 a month (including shipping) is a little steep for me. The second reason which is actually interconnected with the first is that while I love the element of surprise that comes with a subscription service, I also feel like at $36.49 I would rather purchase products from the long list of things I already want. However, if you have some extra cash laying around and you love surprises as much as I do then this box is perfect for you!
If you would like to sign up for March's box (Feb. is sold out) click here.
*****UPDATE: I was charged for two months after I cancelled my subscription. It was inconvenient that I had to keep reaching out to their customer service through email until the issue was fixed.
Thank you all so much for reading this post! I have been away from the blog for a while because I was on a crazy adventure in Europe, which you may have seen on my Instagram account, but I am back with so many fresh ideas! Look for some upcoming Valentines day posts and traveling posts. Thanks again for supporting this blog!
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