Lust Have It
I haven’t been able to actually do a comparison between Bella Box and Lust Have It for quite some time now! Part of it was due to traveling, I feel travel, as much as I love doing it can be such a disruption from day to day life. But the biggest reason is because Lust Have It packages have either been delayed or went missing entirely. One month mine never came, and I thought it was just delayed, but when I got the invoice for the next month I knew something was up. Fortunately they did eventually send through the missing package, but as it was near the time I was leaving for my travels so I ended up missing out on a few reviews. I have generally found that the Lust Have It boxes tend to come a little later than Bella Boxes.
Given that, I won’t have many more months left, potentially just another 1 or 2 comparisons before my subscription to both run out. I’m not sure whether I want to sign up for another 6 months each, just because the products aren’t really the sort of products I personally use, or from brands I generally like. And the whole delay in shipping just didn’t make the experience any better, but I’ll carry on till my subscription expires and reevaluate! Do let me know your thoughts, your opinions do matter to me and if this is something you guys want to see, I’d be willing to make an exception just for you 🙂
That said, today I wanted to talk about the May boxes for Bella Box and Lust Have It. First thing you may notice is that both boxes contained the Appelles Apothecary bar of soap. The soap itself is pretty interesting, it’s a light orange with many herbs infused throughout it. Unfortunately the soap did leave my skin dry afterwards, or at least pretty tight. Which may not have anything to do with the brand per say, unless I’m using Dove soaps, I generally have that issue with most bar soaps, which is why I personally prefer to use shower gels.
I found this month’s Lust Have It was particularly heavy on the makeup end, whereas Bella Box leaned more towards the skin care side. I personally prefer makeup samples because I find they last longer and so I get more bang for my buck. Unfortunately most of the brands Lust Have It featured were either not known to me, or brands I personally wouldn’t buy due to the quality, which was sadly the case here. The eyeliner was pigmented when swatched but tugged on my lashes, the lip stick wasn’t a colour I typically wore, the lip balm was nicer, but applied pretty sheer. If I applied more it became a bit too sticky and the blush was probably the most interesting. Not the easiest to manage since every time I opened it a puff of powder would appear, but the colour was something I’d personally use.
As for Bella Box, I did managed to use up the Wen conditioner and am interested to try the full sized version, the face mask was nothing to write home about as I’ve experienced better. The Invisible Zinc satchel was far too dark for my skin tone, Chapstick is chapstick. Nice all round balm, but the stand out product for me and what really sealed the deal was finding an Anastasia Brow Gel sample. A high quality known brand, and a girl always needs brow gel, so definitely something for me to use.
I think my main gripe with sample boxes is I get the feeling that the samples are always thrown away items from lesser known / budget brands that have a surplus of stock. Rarely feels like you’re opening a box filled with quality brands and new discoveries. But if I had to give it to someone this week, it’d probably be Bella Box because I was pleasantly surprised that they had a product from Anastasia!