Unboxing the December 2021 Macy’s Beauty Box

Ah yes my darlings, the December subscriptions continue. I think today is the last day though. I believe everything has now arrived. which is nice, because before New Year’s I want to do a sort of mini-purge and put things in a more organized or at least slightly more thought out location so I can more easily use up products that are almost empty and try out new things. And it is nice to have all of December’s new things in before I start to putting away and sorting process.

But that is an entirely different topic. This is a post about the Macy’s Beauty Box. It is $15 per month and I have to admit, this month they had me a bit worried. Usually the charge for the box posts to my bank around the 27th of the month prior. So I expected to be charged for December’s box on November 27th. when I wasn’t i thought maybe Thanksgiving had shifted dates around. I wasn’t charged until December 15th for this month’s box though. Which is odd because usually it arrives around the tenth of the month. I actually thought they might have decided I didn’t need December’s box.

I checked the website but by then they were already advertising for January’s box. while this has consistently been one of my favorite subscriptions for a while, getting information from Macy’s about it is awful. Even finding information about how to contact them about the box is a pain. With the Beauty box it is almost like they take a ‘you get what you get, so don’t bother us’ approach. The box is usually fantastic though so I just ignore customer service.

Usually the Macy’s Beauty box comes with a makeup bag. I have really liked the bags I’ve gotten from them in the past and they tend to be ones I reuse. I kind of like having a solid reusable item in my bags as well as the products I just use up and let go. Sometimes they replace the bag with another item. This month, they chose to replace the bag with a Sutra Beauty Travel Curling Iron. well it says it’s a curling iron but it is a curling wand.

Maybe it is just me but I always think of curling irons as clamping the hair between the metal where as the wands don’t have that clamp. I don’t mind it though, I like both, its just how I think of terms. The wand is from Sutra Beauty. I actually need to replace my curling iron at the moment. The travel one won’t work for every day use, but it is nice to have for the occasional curling of the ends. I will be playing around with it to see how it performs. which I am kind of looking forward to as I am trying to decide if I want to buy a curling wand or a more traditional clamping curling iron. So this actually helps me out in my decision making process.

The box this month also has a set of scrunchies. One is black and the other gold. The material is slick and shiny which isn’t my favorite, but they have a nice sheen to them and the elastic feels quite substantial. Also I killed just as many scrunchies this summer as I did t-shirts so I am actually running low on usable ones that look halfway decent. The scrunchie pile is another one I have to go through this week so that I am good for the new year. The two scrunchies aren’t mentioned in the pamphlet that came with the box, and there was no information on the bag they were in, so I don’t know what brand they are. I also think they might have just been a little extra something that Macy’s just tossed in. Either way, they are at least useful.

There is a small container of the Belief moisturizer in this month’s box. This version is the The True Cream Aqua Bomb. Belief moisturizers are a beauty box staple. I have to admit that I kind of like the little top had sort of lid. Usually I just pass them on because they work better with drier skin than mine. However I am at the driest skin time of the year so i may give this one a go. Also there was a moisturizer malfunction this week and I am not opposed to rolling in a pinch hitter. This contains just enough product that it may get me through the rest of the week. Or at least a few days while I figure out what moisturizer to try next. I’ll get into more details with the skincare line up, but the end result is that while a belief moisturizer doesn’t usually thrill me, at the moment it is a quite timely arrival so I am more enthusiastic about it than usual.

The next item in this month’s box is the Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer. It is not a new to me product but it is one I haven’t seen in a while. I used to love this primer actually. Then I moved on and haven’t used it in several years. I remember really liking it when I used it, but it will be interesting to see how it fares against the primers I am loving right now. I know the theme of this month’s box is Party prep, but it sort of has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, at least for me. First with this primer and then with the next item.

With this next item the throw back vibe continues with the NYX Butter Gloss. Incidentally NYX has a 20% sale going on on-line if you are looking to stock up. Again, for a long time this was a go to product for me. I had multiple shades. I wore them constantly and I loved the formula. I used many tubes until there was absolutely nothing left. But again, over time they were purged from my collection (through use and expiration date not because of issues) and now I can’t remember the last time I used a NYX Butter Gloss. I am actually looking forward to trying it out again.

While I do recall seeing the Tart Lash paint before, I have never tried it. It is one of the few Tarte Mascaras I have never tried and as I generally like Tarte mascaras, I am excited to give it a go. have the eyeliner from this line and it works really well so I have high hopes all around.

And it wouldn’t be a Macy’s beauty box if it didn’t include perfume samples. This month the two samples are from Dior. One is Miss Dior, which I have to admit is on my list of perfumes to try. I have heard some very good things about it. Plus you know I am always up for trying new perfumes out. the second scent is the Dior Sauvage. It kind of amuses me because I have seen this ad a ton recently. No matter where I am watching a show, if it has commercials chances are I will see an ad for Sauvage. Its like they are stalking me.

It is the commercial with Johnny Depp and the wolves. I always end the commercial thinking Johnny Depp looks puffy. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Johnny Depp. I think part of it is that I just re-watched willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory and so that version is fresher in my mind. I also think wow he looks tan, but that is also because he is so very pale in Willy Wonka.

Johnny Depp aside, it is interesting to get a chance to try a scent that advertisers seem so intent on selling me. Plus I tend to like a lot of the scents that are designated for men. But I am looking forward to trying out both scents.

And that was my Macy’s beauty box for the month of December. Was it the most exciting box? No. Usually I am much more excited about trying out the items sent to me. But we are also coming off of Novembers Box. November was a brand take over with YSL which was absolutely amazing, so it is hard to compete with that. I do have an interesting nostalgia vibe from it because many the products are former favorites. Exciting or not I will use every item in the box which, in my opinion, makes it a pretty good box. And the Sutra Curling wand will absolutely help me decide about a future purchase I will have to make fairly soon. At the moment I haven’t been doing much with my hair because my curling iron is unreliable. So the travel wand is both fun and useful for me right now. So I am very happy that Macy’s did not forget me and that I did receive my December Beauty Box. And I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with in January.

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