The April Subscriptions have started to arrive and first to arrive is the Macy’s Beauty Box. It is a $15 beauty box ($16.46 with taxes). Inside you are supposed to get five plus items plus a beauty bag. Some months they substitute the beauty bag with something else. In the past the substitutions have been quite nice. There was a travel flat iron one month and a mini curling wand another. There was a bag of reusable TSA approved bottles.
Macy’s has been a great subscription in the past. I’ll be honest though, lately it has been slipping a bit. The last couple have been a bit on the disappointing side. with Macy’s though you have to cancel by the 10th of the month. If you cancel after the tenth of the month then you will still be charged for the following month. Because this is the seventh I did open my box and decide to cancel. This should be my last Macy’s box for a while. I realized that I was no longer looking forward to it. I used to really look forward to this box. I have actually occasionally been more excited for this box than I have been for the more expensive boxes I am subscribed to.
So I decided that rather than to give it a few more months and hope that it gets better, I would let it go and monitor the items in the months I don’t get and if I feel like I am getting more excited for it, then I will resubscribe. And I’ll be quite honest, one of the main reasons that I went ahead and cancelled was because of the Beauty Bag. Last month it was replaced with a really cheap notepad that I could not only pick up at the Dollar Store but would be surprised if the dollar store actually charged me a full dollar. This month they sent a shower cap.
I know April Showers and all that, I get it.
But it is a shower cap. It isn’t the cheapest shower cap I’ve seen, but it isn’t the best either. It is kind of a mid grade shower cap. It has a nice design on it but it isn’t exactly something I am going to get excited about. It’s a $2 shower cap.
But lets look at the rest of the bag. Usually there are five or more items included and then they add two perfume samples. This month they have five items and the one perfume sample included is considered a sixth item and is listed in the pamphlet (they aren’t always.)
Lets start with the perfume sample. It is from the brand Clean and is the Scent Rain. Which I’m guessing goes along with the April showers theme and the shower cap. Clean is one of those perfume brands that I have tried in the past and wish I liked more. I love the look of their bottles but often find their scents overpowering. i would love to find that this is one I like, so I will keep my fingers crossed. I will add it to the line up of samples I am working my way through and hopefully it will come up trumps.
The next item is a travel size of the Nail Polish Remover from Mineral Fusion. It is a non-drying and Acetone Free nail polish remover. I have tried it before as it is sold in the Publix where I get my groceries and I did like it. It has been a while since I used it and I am happy to give it another try.
The next three items are all body items. I’m guessing since you use them in the shower then it fits with the April showers theme. I’m not sure how the nail polish remover fits, but I can see the logic in these three. The first of these is the Mario Badescu Coconut Body Scrub. I love body scrubs. In fact i use them at least once a week. I try not to go overboard with them but there is just something that just feels so deeply cleansing about using a body scrub.
Well the right body scrub that is. Sometimes they leave a film on the skin which isn’t pleasant. But a nice body scrub is always fantastic. I’ll admit I am not the biggest fan of coconut, but this sample is only large enough to get me through one maybe two showers (although I think two might be pushing it) so it is not lily the scent will bother me for long. I do loon forward to trying it.
I am very happy to see the Rituals Ritual of Sakura foaming shower gel. I have used this before and I love the cherry scent. I also love foaming shower gel. This is a win for me and I am happy to have it. I also look forward to using it. Look Fantastic Actually has this offered for $12.50 and I almost bought it when I was on their site yesterday actually. It is a wonderful spring time scent. It has that cherry blossom scent without being too overpoweringly floral and overly sweet. Sometimes when cherry scents get too sweet they remind me of cough syrup. Or maybe those Luten’s cough drops. Either way not a scent that I want to bath in. This Rituals scent is light enough and fresh enough that it doesn’t lean in that direction. Plus I really do like foaming body wash. I’m sure it is a childish part of me that want’s to make Santa Clause beards in the bath with the bubble bath, but I still like it. But Speaking of Look Fantastic, they have a sale going on for their Grow Gorgeous Hair Care Products. Their Intense Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner are among my favorite hair care products of all time. I always stock up when they have a sale. It was actually why I was on the site. The sale last’s through the 12th I believe. The Link will take you there.
The Clarins Body Fit Anti Cellulite Contouring Expert cream was quite a surprise. I love the Clarin’s eye cream and they make a really great primer but I somehow missed the fact that they made body products. I have to say the directions are kind of amusing. The directions say “In large sweeping motions apply from Ankles to waist.” I laugh because of the size of the sample. I can tell you right now it is not covering my body from ankles to waist. I will use it on my cellulite dimpled midsection and if there is any left over I will try it out on my thighs but I don’t think this sample will cover more than that. I am looking forward to giving it a try though. I am a fan of Clarins and in general their products perform well for me. I just think I’m not going to cover a lot of ground with this sample. While this cream retails for $71 at the moment Allbeauty has it on sale for $44.10. (It is apparently 38% off. I’m not sure what the significance of the 38% off is, but I do like a good sale. And if I like this sample I may pick it up for a full size trial. I am always happy to get rid of cellulite dimples.
And this brings is to the final item in the beauty box which is the Tony Moly I’m Red Wine sheet mask. I like sheet masks, and I like Tony Moly. I have tried quite a few of their masks before and I have usually liked them. I haven’t tried this one and look forward to giving it a test spin.
many of the products in this box were nice. I am mostly excited about the Body Fit cream from Clarins and I am thrilled I get to test it out. I like the Rituals because I have used it before and know that I like it. And I really have nothing against any of the products in the box, except maybe the shower cap. I even get the shower themed, however this subscription is no longer one that I am excited to see each month so even though i really do like several of these items, I am letting this subscription go for a while. I may return, I may not, only time will tell. But for now this is my last Macy’s Beauty Box.