ESSENCE® BeautyBox! Subscription Review

CNL _2015_-010 editBeauty boxes are my favorite!

I feel like I’m getting surprise gifts in the mail every month. Box subscriptions provide the opportunity to tryout some of the latest beauty products. The best part is discovering more about brands and new products.

What is the ESSENCE® BeautyBox?

The ESSENCE® BeautyBox is a service to help women of color discover beauty products. To honor and support the talents and entrepreneurial spirit within our community, each ESSENCE® BeautyBox will feature a product from an independent, Black-owned business.

*Photo Credit: @NaturallyACT And now to the good stuff….

The October 2015 ~ Inaugural Box 


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(I call this the Birthday Box because I’m an October baby).  

101504Creme Brûlée | by Curls

As a kinky curly/natural girl, it’s alway great to get products I can use; however, this box had two items that may not for subscribers who are not natural. That being said I am VERY happy with all the items in the October box. The customization options will be great once implemented.

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101501Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner | by Eden Bodyworks 

I received Eden Bodyworks in a different beauty box and fell in love with how my hair come out with the product. The best part about this items is that is travel size.

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101503Shea Butter Hand Cream |  by L’occitane  

In my opinion, you can never have enough hand creams, it’s great in harsh midwest weather. The one negative regarding this product is that it’s quite expensive; $28.00 for  5.2.oz,  and $12.00 1 oz.

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101502Eternity Now |  by Calvin Klein 

Such a great citrus scent! The fragrance was not overpowering and it last a long time.

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101505The Brow Architect 3-in-1 |  by tarte 

I have very thick and very full eyebrows so this product was not a great fit for me; however, I think it’s a perfect fit for people who need add a little something to their eyebrows

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Overall, I really like this box. I will be using all but one of the products, yet it still gets 5-Stars.  

The November 2015 ~ Surprise & Delight Box


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prod_devacurlNo-Poo® and One Condition Decadence™ | by DevaCurl

I like that they provided the cleanser and conditioner, and not just one of the items. Overall, I’m a fan of DevaCural. I don’t use it often; however, I do like the way my hair feels after using. For now, I’ll save these items for when I travel.

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prod_blackopalColor Splurge™ Luxe Matte Lipstick | by Black Opal 

 Nothing like a good red lip! This color looks great on me; however, I was just a little a disappointed with the size of this lipstick. Overall, I was pleased with the way it looks and feels.

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prod_smashboxFull Exposure Mascara | by SmashBox 

I only wear mascara once maybe twice a week so it took me a while to try, yet this mascara did not disappoint. Although it clumps a little I like the fact that my eyelashes have an extra pop of awesomeness!

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prod_suaveProfessionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion | by Suave 

 I’m not really a fan of Suave products. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it or just give it away. For now it’s in my giveaway stach.

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Hair Fragrance Mist | by Fekkai 

 At first i was like, what!!?! Fragrance for my hair? Then I realized it can be put to good use after a hot yoga class. Still haven’t tried it; however, I do think it has a nice scent.

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Once again, I am happy with this box, I’m still on the fence about one of the products; however, I’ll still give ESSENCE® 5-Stars.

The December 2015 ~ It’s a Celebration box


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Outlast Longwear Lipstick | by Covergirl |

Love! Love! Love, this color on me. I didn’t think it was going to work, but its does. It not your typical red lipstick because, it as an orange undertone with a great matte finish.

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prod_veramooreshadowPearlized Eyeshadow | by Vera Moore
I have really been into golden/brown eyeshadows lately, and this color did not disappoint; it’s bold yet soft.

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Mango Body Wash | by Boots Extracts

Love the smell and it feels good on my skin. It’s perfect for traveling.  

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Sacred Tiare Combing Crème | by Carol’s Daughter 

I have to admit, I am skeptical about trying this product. The last time I tried a Carol’s Daughter hair product, my hair felt extra-dry and brittle afterwards. I’ll most likely use it ask a giveaway at an event.

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Biotin and Collagen Conditioner | by OGX 

I’m on the fence about using this. I feel like it’s a better fit for heat styled naturals, or non-naturals.

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Bones Item: Egyptian Magic Cream | by Egyptian Magic 

 Best bones item ever. This product is, ‘everything’, it’s not greasy and feels great on my skin.

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I was going to give this box 3 stars; however, the Egyptian Magic Cream makes this ESSENCE® box 5-Stars.  

Subscription box include:

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    Sample or trial sizes of 5 hair and beauty products.

  • Contents of each month’s box are revealed near the beginning of the month, at approximately the same time that the boxes are being prepared for shipment.
  • Customizeable box are not available currently; however, customization may become available in the future.
  • Approximate box dimensions are 7″x5″x2″.
  • ESSENCE® magazine subscription are completely separate from the ESSENCE® BeautyBox. Thus no need to have a magazine subscriptions.

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Until Next Time 😀

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Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

 I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on. | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.

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