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Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013

Ma Boîte À Beauté – May 2013 Beauty Box For Summer Travel

June 13, 2013

Ma Boite A Beauté - May Box

If that photo above looks a little busy to you, it’s because Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013 Beauty Box came with a total of 8 beauty products.

6 of which were full-sized products! 

The contents in the box are geared for “Summer Travel”:

1) BOURGOGNE BEAUTÉ Face and Body Milk
2) AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner
3) BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo
4) POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream
5) ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt
6) PURA BALI Purifying & Moisturizing Massage Oil
7) KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water
8) ELITE Kohl Smoky Effect Eyeliner

Ma Boîte A Beauté (MBAB) is a French beauty box. At this time, they don’t ship internationally. Which is too bad, because the beauty products they send out are always of top quality (check out the contents of my first Ma Boîte A Beauté beauty box).

Recently, MBAB came out with a new formula called the MAYA box.

You pay 29 euros + 3 euros for shipping. And you are guaranteed at least 120 euros worth of beauty products and a minimum of 7 different beauty products.

They offer the MAYA box only once every two months. But you can still subscribe to the regular 16 euro beauty box which comes out every month.

Here are my first impressions of each product in the
MBAB MAY MAYA Box! (now say that with me 5 times) … 

BOURGOGNE Beauté Face and Body Milk

BOURGOGNE BEAUTÉ Face and Body Milk

With Vine Extract – 250 ml (Full Size) 

This lotion comes with a lot of lotion! Even though it’s formulated for the face and body, I would only dare use this on my body.

The smell is quite peculiar. I’d say it’s a mixture of soap and candy.  The lotion feels cool and is sufficiently hydrating.

Retail Value: 18 €

AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner 

AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner

With Shea Butter and Orange Blossom – 200 ml (Full Size)

What a coincidence! It so happens that I’d been looking for a great conditioner! Afrikissime is a natural cosmetic brand which features shea butter as the star ingredient in their products.

You can use this regularly after shampoo. And once a week as a mask.  The scent is quite natural, with a hint of spice. I’ve already had great results from this conditioner!

Retail Value: 20,50 €

BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo

BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo

With Wheat Protein – 50 ml (Not Full Size)

Another great hair care product! Britanie is a natural and organic brand that uses locally sourced ingredients from the coastal regions of France. The scent of this shampoo is light, fresh and zesty.

I’ve used this with and without conditioner. And each time, I’ve gotten remarkably soft and shiny hair. I would definitely buy the full size version of this.

Retail Value (of the full size): 21,00 €

POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream with glacial water and arctic micro-algae

POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream

With Glacial Water and Arctic Micro-Algae – 20 ml (Full Size)

Polaar is a brand that capitalizes on glacial water from beyond the polar circle. Because “experts unanimously agree that polar plants contain the most potent and purest natural antioxidants” …really?

In any case, this moisturizer is suited for normal to combination skin. It is a gel that feels really cool on the skin. Unfortunately, my skin reacts kind of badly to this moisturizer. And the smell is too masculine for me.

Retail Value: 34,90 €

ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt with avocado oil

ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt

With Avocado Oil – 100 gr (Full Size)

Attirance is a natural cosmetic brand from Latvia. I love the melon smell of this body yoghurt! And the creamy texture just makes me want to eat this!

But don’t eat it. Because that’s not what this lotion is for.

Actually, I’m not gonna lie. I did taste this. And you know? It wasn’t bad!

Retail Value: 9,90 €

PURA BALI Purifying & Moisturizing Massage Oil with sesame seed oil

PURA BALI Massage Oil

With Sesame Seed Oil – 75 ml (Not Full Size)

This is a purifying and moisturize massage oil. It’s actually more like a dry oil. It absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the skin. So actually, it’s not ideal for massaging (you want an oil that stays on the surface of the skin to help reduce friction).

But in any case, this oil is still really nice to use on the skin. The smell makes me think of incense. It’s a scent that you would associate with spas.

Retail Value (of the full size): 13,50 €

KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water without auto-bronzing

KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water

100 ml (Full Size)

Karité emphasizes that this product contains no auto-bronzing. This was the only product that has no use for me. I’m already perfectly happy with my brown tanned skin. I tried this out anyway, just to see what it’s all about.

At first, when you spray it on, you get these droplets on your skin that has the look and consistency of runny poo. But once you rub it in, the resulting look is actually natural and not as orange as I’d feared.

Retail Value: 20 €

ELITE Kohl Smoky Effect Eyeliner

ELITE Kohl Smokey Effect Eyeliner

(Full Size)

The only makeup product that came in the box. I really like the thickness of this eyeliner because it’s easy to apply. It doesn’t smudge too much.

It’s really great for getting that smokey eye effect. But I’m just not sure how I’m going to sharpen the tip once it gets blunt.

Retail Value: 11,15 €

Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013

If you add up the retail value of all the full-size products, this box came out to being around 115€ in value at least.

Not too bad, since I only paid 32€ for everything. Plus, I got to discover two great haircare products that has done wonders on my hair!

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with the contents of this box.

I’ll probably end up giving away the Karité Bronzing Water to someone who could use it more than me…

Any takers?

Ma Boîte à Beauté Funny Bee

The December Box by Ma Boîte À Beauté

January 25, 2013

The beauty box is a brilliant concept! I wish I had come up with it… but oh well, sometimes it’s not the people who come up with a new idea/invention, but rather, the people who perfect it who ends up going to the bank laughing. This could potentially be the case with beauty boxes. As old ones evolve and new ones pop up, it’s interesting to see their own different takes and twists on the beauty box.

So what exactly is the concept behind the beauty box? Basically, it’s a way to discover and test out different beauty products. You subscribe to a beauty box in order to receive a monthly package in the mail filled with about 5 different beauty products. Usually the contents of the box are a surprise and are a combination of  full sized and trial sized products. If it’s a good box, you will end up paying very little compared to the total retail value of all the products in the box.

For me, the real appeal of beauty boxes is the element of surprise within each box and the surge of excitement that you get from receiving a little parcel in the mail.

So now that I’ve introduced the concept of the beauty box, let’s check out the contents of an actual beauty box.

Ma Boîte À Beauté  is a French beauty box which has been raved about by The Girls On Fire (she is my go-to Parisian beauty blogger writing in her mad brand of Franglish).

I decided to test this box (which henceforth will be referred to as MBAB) because they’re known to send out topnotch skincare products. But also, I appreciate the fact that you’re allowed to subscribe to MBAB on a monthly basis whereas other beauty boxes require longer engagements, anywhere from three months to a year.

So these are the contents from the MBAB December Box:

December Box Ma Boîte à Beauté

1.) BAIJA Velvety Butter For The Body (Rose Litchi Scented)
2.) FUNNY BEE Crazy Me Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out
3.) NOREVA Rich Moisturizing Cream For Dry Skin
4.) SECRETS DE PROVENCE Sweet Almond Oil Soap Bar
5.) SOLYVIA Roll-On Headache Stick
6.) OLIV LA CLAREE Exfoliating Radiance Mask

Ma Boîte à Beauté Beurre Velouté

1.) BAIJA Velvety Butter For The Body.

This body butter combines the scent of rose and litchi and smells divinely feminine! The texture is aptly described as smooth and velvety. Although the product isn’t full size, at 50ml it’s not bad at all especially since this is a very luxurious cream and not something I would wear on an everyday basis.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Funny Bee

2.) FUNNY BEE Crazy Me Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out

This product came full-sized at 30ml and is what made the box really worth it for me. Funny Bee is a French natural and organic skincare brand that a lot of people are buzzing about (haha pun intended). This Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out is a skin “rescue cocktail” formulated with ginkgo biloba plus omega 3 oils from camelina oil and sesame oil plus hyaluronic acid plus floral water from chamomile. The idea is to use this after a crazy late night out and wake up fresh faced and free of dark undereye circles. I’ve actually used it this way and have had very fresh morning after results.
I love this one sooo much!! ❤❤❤

Ma Boîte à Beauté Crème Hydratante

3.) NOREVA Rich Moisturizing Cream For Dry Skin

This is also another product that came full size at 40ml. Noreva is a pharmaceutical brand made by dermatologists. This cream is a 24 hour moisturizing cream designated for dry skin, but I tested it out anyway and found out that it’s really not for me. I even broke out a little. So I tend to just use this sometimes on my neck and décolleté. It does smell quite pleasant though.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Savon Secrets de Provence

4.) SECRETS DE PROVENCE Sweet Almond Oil Soap Bar

You can never have too many bars of soap! They’re always a handy and welcome addition.  I haven’t tried this soap yet so there’s not much more I can say about it. The ingredients  are made from organic vegetable oils but maybe it could have come in a more tasteful wrapping other than plastic?

Ma Boîte à Beauté Solyvia

5.) SOLYVIA Roll-On Headache Stick

This is a roll-on remedy for headaches that you apply on your temples, across your forehead and behind the ears. I rarely get headaches, but as it happens, I developed a little one this afternoon and so I actually had a reason to try this! It smells softly of peppermint and some kind of herb, which makes sense as the ingredients are made from organic essential oils like lavender, basil, and peppermint. My headache did subside a bit after using this! Although I’m not going to claim that it was the Solyvia, I really do believe that essential oils can be effective as remedies.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Oliv La Clarée

6.) OLIV LA CLAREE Exfoliating Radiance Mask

As you can guess from the name, the main ingredient of this mask is olives which contains polyphenols and anti-age properties. The mask also contains aloe, sesame and macadamia oils, shea butter and other natural ingredients, though not all are from organic sources. This mask is suited for all skin types. It’s not a full size product, but I’m looking forward to trying this.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

MBAB’s December Box had some real superstars, namely Funny Bee’s Crazy Me Miracle Fluid and Baija’s Crème Velouté. The rest felt like fillers. But that’s usually what happens with beauty boxes. You’ll get some meh products, but if you get that one superstar product then it’s a good box. And keep in mind, some months are meh, other months are winners and then there are those months that are real jackpots. That’s the fun of the game.

What would be great to see is a beauty box that takes into account your individual profile along with your skin type. That way, you are always guaranteed to get one item that will work for you.

A few final things to note… MBAB is also a retail platform where you can purchase some of the items that they send in their boxes. However, they don’t cater to international subscribers and customers. Sorry, this is at least to the best of my knowledge.

The Price to subscribe to MBAB’s Monthly Box: 13€ + 3€ for shipping.

The Funny Bee product alone sells at 38€, so I really did get more than my money’s worth. I would subscribe again to another MBAB Beauty Box but probably not every month.

How about you, have you had any experiences with beauty boxes?