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First Purchase Date: 23 Jan 2013
Subsequent Purchase: 0
For those who’ve keenly following beauty bloggers, you’ll probably know about this latest beauty box called The Lilac Box. Well, I won’t be able to give much insight on the products inside the box since I’m neither a beauty expert nor am I much of a beauty junkie. Never the less, you’ll be reading about The Lilac box through the eyes of a housewife.
Actually, The Lilac Box isn’t exactly my first beauty box as I’ve got a complementary box from Fabulous Finds (ceased operation) courtesy of Jessying.com (Thank you Jess so much for the giveaway). So with ONE experience on a blind date, I thought why not go again? Well, the first experience was FREE, so I won’t say much however; since I paid for The Lilac Box, I maybe a little ruthless with my words. So please keep an open mind will you?
|Box size comparison between The Lilac Box (above) and Fabulous Finds (bottom)|
|Overview contents of The Lilac Box (debut box)|
So how was my blind beauty date experience?Truth be told, it wasn’t presented to me in the most delicate manner. It’s not the delivery guys’ fault actually; hubby intercepted the parcel as I was running some Chinese New Year errands. So imagine my hubby walking towards me with a mysterious box in hand whist shaking it RIGOROUSLY. Yes, as much as hubby may deny; he too was curious of its contents. He has his way of finding out its stuffing since it’s NOT his name on the parcel. What is his verdict after shaking? “Feels empty, they should have filled it to the brim” he chirped.
|Max Factor Nailfinity in Boji|
Anyway, I snatched the box from hubby and tore the wrapping like that Tasmanian Devil cartoon character. With the wrapper out of the way, ribbon pulled out and box lid removed, I stared at its contents for a full whole minute. Well comparing the Lilac Box and Fabulous Finds; The Lilac Box is obviously smaller (box dimensions L:21cm W:15cm H:5.5cm), product count 5 items (I consider the shampoo and conditioner as one item) as opposed to 7 and there is no product information card included. Personally I am not very particular about the product card as I find it more fun Googling or maybe just reading straight from The Lilac Box website.
|Testing out Roberto Cavalli Perfumed Lotion|
Two weeks later…
Burberry Beauty – Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Decléor Fresh purifying gel and Fresh matifying lotion
Kerastase Resistance Shampoo and Rinse-Out by L’oréal
Max Factor Limited Edition Nailfinity in Boji (1256)
|Max Factor Limited Edition Nailfinity in Boji|
Roberto Cavalli Perfumed Body Lotion
Facial and Hair Vouchers
Ultimate question #1: What do I think of this box and which is my most/least favourite? Tough one this question is. Overall I do like this box and its contents. Personally I prefer a box with a few items but big enough volume for me to really try it all out. It’s pretty pointless if you stash in a dozen items and all of them are in sachets that could only allow you for one application. As you read from above the least favourite and unlikely candidate to site on my dresser is the nail polish. Please note that I’m not against the brand but just that I don’t use nail polish often. My most favourite and likely item to sit on my dresser would be the Kerastase shampoo and conditioner. I do miss the fun of walking out of a hair saloon in a new hair style. Plus I managed to source this product from a local hair saloon, so I don't have to go ALL the way down to KL just to get it.
Ultimate question #2: Is this box value for money? From a stingy housewife prospective, I would honestly answer not really. The only product that couldn’t last the week is the Burberry Beauty sachet. If all 5 products can last at least a week of usage (or more would be better) then I’ll gladly answer yes.
Ultimate question #3: Would I be subscribing the second box? Erm, truth be told I do feel a little left out that those free sample giveaways hosted on their official Facebook page are only available in the Klang Valley. More so at the moment that my current beauty regime seems to work well on me so I'll have to sadly pass this one.
For those of you keen to find out more about The Lilac Box visit http://www.thelilacbox.com or their official Facebook Page click here. Their debut box was sold out in 3 days, second box sold out in a week. For the second box product review, please visit my friend Jamie's blog.