Bless Box April 2017

Hello beauties!  Today I will be chatting all about my newest subscription box find; Bless Box.  I learned of this last month and was interested in what I saw…so alas; I have for you, the April edition!  This box is packed full of beauty and *lifestyle items hand selected by beauty, fashion & lifestyle blogger, Sazan Hendrix and I’m curious to see what next month’s version has in store.

All About Bless Box:

In Sazan’s words, via the site…

Bless Box isn’t just a subscription service. It’s like having your digital bestie as your own personal stylist. Each month, I will hand-pick every item that goes inside. From fashion and health, to home and beauty – I curate it all, everything you need, delivered right to your doorstep. I wouldn’t put anything in the box I wouldn’t use myself- and that’s a promise. Bless Box is the perfect way to look and feel beautiful, both inside and out. So what are you waiting for?

Bless Box Card

How does it work, and what does it cost:

Bless Box is a monthly subscription box shipped to you for *29.99 per month.  There are other plan options for 3, 6 and 12 months as well, you can check this out and subscribe here.

Want more info?  Have questions?  check out the Faq portion here.

This Month’s Theme: Let Your Beauty Blossom

In April’s box, you’ll discover over 12 amazing products, perfect for complementing your blooming Spring beauty, including… 

  • A super delicious superfood snack
  • Bold, beautiful and Spring inspired beauty goods
  • Refreshing skincare essentials to brighten your skin & bring radiance back to your natural beauty
  • A special bonus item guaranteed to bring you a little more me-time
  • An amazing BLESS item that will help you add color ALL year round!

Featured Brands this April:

Aveda, dpHue, Soap & Glory, Body Shop and many more!

Estimated Value: $165+ 

Bless Box Stickers

Ready to check out my first box?  Me too…

The Box:

Blessbox April

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The Goods:

Something Rosy

Kopari Coconut Rose toner

Kopari Coconut Rose toner: $12.00

I love toners and facial mists; toning is an important step performed directly after cleansing.  Facial toners help to restore the skin’s natural balance and are said to improve the absorption of any products you follow up with, making those pricey anti-aging products more effective.  They also provide additional cleansing benefits, wiping away any last trace of makeup and grime, and can provide a number of more targeted benefits when you choose a version designed for specific skin concerns.  This can be especially helpful for those struggling with oily and/or acne prone skin.  Facial mists, mosts often are designed to revitalize, balance and refresh.  They are an excellent pick me up for dehydrated skin.  Most are designed for use on both bare and made up skin and often help to set your makeup as well as refresh it.  I love toners in spritz bottles that work great for everything.  I really like mists of this type; rose, coconut rose and use them a lot.  It’s usually very dry where I live and keeping these mists handy really helps keep my skin looking less dehydrated, and perks up my makeup mid day.  Plus; they just feel great, especially during hot dry summers.  I often mist my face between skin care steps as well, because quite frankly, I’ll do anything that I think might help lock in more moisture without the use of heavier creams that often clog my pores.   Anyway;  I love trying different versions of product types that I love and I like this one pretty well.  With so many similar type items out you tend to pick the tiny things that make up which products you prefer.  The spritz on this one is less fine than some, but does not drench you like a few I’ve tried.  The scent, while not a bad one, is a bit odd.  It smells of something familiar to me but I can’t put my finger on it… It could just be the natural coconut water scent mingling with the rose.  Either way, I like the product, which is less pricey than many, and it will be used up quickly.

Something Summer

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter

The Body Shop Body Butter in Passion Fruit:  6.7 oz size $21.00

I’ve enjoyed Body Shop projects for as long as I can remember.  I used them in my teens and still use many of their products today.  I love their body butters.  The texture is so fabulous;  I love scooping in to a brand new tub, which looks (aside from the shade, of course) and feels like actual butter.  The passion fruit scent I received is one I’ve not tried, but is a scent that’s great for summer.

Something sparkling

Go Smile Teeth Whitening Gel

Go Smile Teeth Whitening Gel: $15.00

This is a twice a day, for one week gel teeth whitening treatment.  You simply add equal parts gel and your favorite toothpaste to your dry toothbrush, then brush as usual.   I’ve used mine up just as directed and I’d say it likely whitened mine a shade at least; the thing about me is that I already use a super whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and Whitestrips when I feel I’m in need.  I think my teeth are just about as white as I’m able to get them without moving to a professional treatment, at this point in my life.  I definitely think this product works though, I used GoSmile products, the whitening and touch up ampules a lot in my 20’s and loved how white they made my teeth, quickly.

Something Kissable, Something Gold

Colourpop Ultramatte Lip & Super Shock shadow

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Love Bug $6.00 & Super Shock Shadow in Jinxie $5.00

I seriously love every single thing about Colourpop.  The brand came on like a storm over Instagram some time ago with their affordable price point and quality products and I, trying to avoid another addiction waited some time before checking them out.  Enter the start of the holiday sales this past year and I found myself on their site, clicking complete purchase on my very first haul.  The sets, the prices, the shade options of the fabulously formulated eye and cheek/highlight products, the multiple finishes of their lip products; it’s just a fun brand with good quality products, that won’t break your bank.  I’m not going to go too far in to all that right now, but I’ll have a couple upcoming posts on some of my more recent colourpop hauls…so stay tuned for that!

Colourpop Swatches Jinxie eyeshadow Love bug ultra matte lip

Left Swatch:  Love Bug,  A Rich Mahogany shade that dries completely to a totally matte finish.

Right Swatch:  Jinxie, a soft satin gold that can be built up as desired.  It’s a pretty shade on its’s own or for a bit of a halo effect, or a final touch in the center of the lid.  It would make a great highlight on certain skin tones as well.   Mine came shattered, but you can mush them right back together, making you realize how creamy and unique these eye shadows are.

Something Fresh

Differen Gel OTC

Differen Gel 0.1% :  $14.99

Differin is a topical acne treatment that until very recently, was only available with a prescription.  This version is in gel form.  There is a larger size tube available as well (45 Grams) and it is around $23.99.  I have actually had a prescription for this product (the cream version) and it came to me in the 45 gram size as well, in the same 0.1% strength; for a $5.00 Co-pay.  But honestly, $24.00 isn’t bad at all when you consider what the cost attached to it likely was before its otc availability.  I tried this product (after my skin was unable to tolerate Retin-A) when very suddenly struggling with tricky hormonal breakouts, after having clear skin my entire life.  I tried both products for the length of time I was told to and beyond and never had any luck with either.  They made my skin much worse, which is not abnormal, and you are supposed to stick this period out as your skin purges; but it never got better for me and the severe dryness and peeling never subsided for me either.  The spots would peel and flake, my skin would heal, but the spots would remain.  I tried it for fine lines as well, just as I did with Retin-A, but my skin remained so dry, flaky and peely, even months in to my use, it basically made me look older and drew attention to fine lines I never noticed before.  Essentially, it doesn’t work for everyone and I felt that if it wasn’t helping yet, it was never going to, or at least I wasn’t willing to waste any more time on it, looking the way I did.  I’ve found alternative products that work much better for me in all arenas, and I rarely get any kind of significant breakout anymore.  Just be aware, without a Derm’s guidance, you are using a serious product.  It will likely make your skin worse before better, and do expect some dryness/flakiness and even possible peeling. Most people find their skin tolerates it after using a while, but yours may not.  Many people do benefit from this and similar products; I just wanted to share what I have learned, and my experience.

OTC Differen gel

…Inside the box

Something Natural

Portland Bee Balm

Portland Bee Balm: $2.99

This is a small batch balm made with organic ingredients and local beeswax.  The product is really nice, cooling and moisturizing and the non-pulped wood label is really cool.  I received mine in Oregon mint, but there is an unscented version as well. (Plus, it supports bees and their keepers.)

Something Soft

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Cream: $4.00

This is a pretty good hand cream to toss in your purse and I do enjoy the original Soap & Glory scent.

Something Hydrating

dp HUE Argan Oil therapy

dpHUE Argan Oil: (travel size) $10.00

Argan oil is a can’t live without product for my hair.  When a popular brand was first launched and my hair stylist tried it on my hair;  I’m not sure who was the most impressed.  This product combines Argan Oil with liquid Shea Butter and Vitamins A & E for use on damp or dry hair.  It’s designed to add shine and moisture, reduce frizz, and protect from UV color fade without weighing your hair down, and it also speeds drying time.  I’ve been adding this version to my dry hair to smooth the ends.

Something Fierce & Something Dramatic

Maybelline Brow Precise and lasting Drama eyeliner

Maybeline Brow Precise Micro Pencil: $6.99 & Lasting Drama Waterproof Pencil: $6.99

I tried both of these products when they first launched; when drug store brow pencils & eyeliner pencils finally caught up with the pricier brand versions.  The brow pencil works just about the same as the pricier similar versions as long as you fit the minimal shade range offered.  The eyeliners are the popular waterproof gel formula, I once could only find from a high end brand, gliding smooth without the tugging and staying put.

Something Sweet

Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bar

Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bar: $3.00

These are made with grass fed collagen, Paleo approved, gluten free, soy free, really low in sugar and carbs and not very good.. and just to be clear I eat a lot of these super health food bars with little to no sugar, carbs etc. so I’m accustomed to their specific tastes; but I could barely finish this bar.  I only did b/c it was making me really full and I figured I could call it a healthy lunch.  I was shocked when I read the health content on the back.  I suppose if you follow paleo and are working out as well this might sound ok…but I was kind of surprised.  I listed the nutrition below.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7 oz) (48 g)
Servings per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 230
   Fat Calories 140
Total Fat 15 g 23%
   Saturated Fat 4 g 20%
   Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 70 mg 3%
Potassium 170 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5%
   Dietary Fiber 6 g 25%
   Sugars 3 g
Protein 15 g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 8%

nutritional info found at vitacost.com

Something Blessed

Bless Box Hello Spring Postcards

Spring Themed Postcards

Blessbox Free Aveda Facial

20 minute facial from Aveda

Bless Box Stickers

Stickers and additional discounts

…and that’s everything.  What do you think?  I’m on the fence with this one.  It had a lot of drugstore product and some travel sized items.  On one hand it was valued at around 107.97 without counting the notecards, as I didn’t ‘buy’ the $15.00 value on those and I didn’t count the free Aveda facial which has a $35.00 value.  *for a lifestlye box, this version was basically all beauty products, aside from the postcards and paleo bar.  *though it states just 29.99, it adds $7.50 for shipping to the US, higher for international.  I believe all of my other subs ship for free.  I also want to note, for the mere fact that I pay so much extra for shipping, this box didn’t make it until the last day of it’s box month, and it arrived looking really banged up, with one broken item.  I found this frustrating.  I’m going to see what next month’s box has to offer, but if it doesn’t totally wow me, I’ll cancel after May.

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7 thoughts on “Bless Box April 2017

  1. Holy shit!!! Sorry, language, but this box blew me away 😅
    So many great items and I can’t believe that its value at $165! Wow! So cool to see lots of different products. And guess what? That lip balm is made where I live 😉

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    1. Hahaha! It definitely was packed full of stuff. I think I was just a bit salty that I realized after the fact that the shipping wasn’t included. I should have looked more in to it but when it states; just 29.99, and I’m used to my monthly subs having free shipping, I just expected it, (being US based)… I think 7.50 is a bit much; but it definitely gave me a lot of products to try and the free 35.00 facial from Aveda was nice, I added it in to my mother’s day gift for my mom, because there is an Aveda salon right near her, and I get all of my skin type services in one alternate location. I love that bee balm! I’m really anxious to see May’s box! xx

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