I got my latest Beauty Con BFF box and though my first two were absolutely win, this one fell pretty flat for me.
Just like every other beauty surprise box after a couple the inevitable thing happens.
Most of the box is useless to me.
The one thing I was pretty excited to try out the (affiliate link ahoy) Smashbox Brow Tech Powder. I actually squeed when I saw it because it’s a product I would probably never buy for myself because I don’t do that much with my eyebrows but there it was. And they sent it in the second to lightest color taupe.
A couple of items in I noticed that this box is what I call the not for Black ass me type box. There is some salt spray shit for hair, a facial self tanner, the taupe brow stuff. This Nyx Ombre lip thingy yeah. The lip liner bit is a very orangey red which isn’t really my jam and the other end is a coralish color that just does not look good on me. I might have liked it in another color but wah wah.
The one thing I’m actually pretty into is this Garnier Skin brightening daytime moisturizer. I had just been looking at skin brightening stuff and voila. I had this product on my list and I am about out of my Cerave daytime stuff so I’ll review that in a month.
Really the thing is, just like every other service not explicitly marketed to POC, I wind up with a this is not for you type box.
I’ve had the same problem repeatedly with Sephora and their occasional mystery bags and even with the VIB sample things. For instance. In my last Sephora order one of the things you could redeem points for was a delux sample size of the Clinique Concealer I’ve been wanting to test out.
I picked up a sample of the Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer and they sent it in Alabaster. ]
This is an issue I took to Sephora before. Last year I purchased a sample set and even though I selected the darkest options, everything was for people pale tan and paler.I called and emailed and they apologized but my main point was why did I fill out a whole profile thing and still get what is presumed to be the default?
Now Things Not for my Black ass boxes are why I stopped getting them for a while.
My suggestion for these companies could be pretty easily integrated. Let customers like myself opt out of certain products. Don’t send me hair stuff. I have natural hair and yeah no please no.
If I say my skin is dark, don’t send me a self tanner.
It makes me very tired at almost 40 years old to know that these wildly popular things, aren’t grown up acknowledge the diversity in their customer base and behave accordingly. Yes, kumbaya we all love beauty and OMG LIPSTICK YASSSSSS GIRL!
But we are not all porcelain skinned folks.
And it’s okay!
It is in fact pretty freakin wonderful.
All this said, my first two BeautyCon BFF boxes were amazeballs. The one curated by uh,GRAV3YARDGIRL from youtube, stellar. I don’t remember who curated my first one, also really great.
The secret to the exceptional box is that it’s not full of products that only work for a short range of skin tones.
It doesn’t make a big deal about it.
Instead of hair products, do gift cards.
Being that the BFF box is quarterly I may or may not get another one. Truth is I don’t have a lot of money to spend on sparkly Femme stuff so when I do, I like it to count and with this box I just feel like it was a waste of my money.
All this said let’s talk about a few other of the products inside.
The first thing I tried was this LA Fresh Nail Polish Remover pad. The description from the website says:
Say bye-bye to the nail polish removers that are harsh on the nails as wells as on the nose. Say hello to a fresh scent and healthy nails with our Tuscan Orange acetone free nail polish remover pads, that conditions and remove polish on all ten nails with just one pad. Travel friendly and spill-proof.
I was skeptical because it was one pad that felt kind of dry, but, one pad did indeed remove ALL of my burgundy nail polish and left my nails feeling nice and moisturized.
At 11$ for 20 I actually would probably buy these.
The next product I found was the Neutrogena Ultra Light cleansing oil. First of all, it was not taped and it leaked so everything was greasy. This was a timely thing as I’ve been doing research and started using an oil cleanser to remove my make up. The description from Ulta says:
Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil completely cleans skin and removes makeup, even waterproof mascara, with no greasy residue. This lightweight formula contains a blend of fine oils that act like a magnet to effortlessly and effectively extract oil and impurities. Leaves skin feeling soft and healthy every day.
If we look at what is in it:
Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 80, PEG-8 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Sorbitan Trioleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Water, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, PPG-10 Cetyl Ether, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.
Bolding mine. There are few ingredients that I absolutely do not ever use and mineral oil is one of them. Mainly because it forms a barrier on your skin and is hard to get rid of and keeps your skin from getting nourished otherwise. I don’t use it on anything I put on my body, especially my face or scalp. Do some googling and make up your own mind, but really no.
I’ll do a whole other post on my new cleansing routine in another couple of weeks.
So yeah. Meh.
A couple of notes here at the end.
To help me save up for a tablet I’ve started my amazon affiliate store over. Hand picked beauty, books and coming soon gadgets and foods. Feel free to cruise through amazon using that link cause baby loves pennies. Find that here.
That’s it for now my darlings. I’ve got a wig review coming, some thoughts on buying make up and some skin care stuff.