Saturday, June 2, 2012

Luxe Box May 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Luxe Box May 2012 has arrived! Cutting it pretty close again considering it arrived on the 2nd last day of May. I guess this is the delivery time that is to be expected from them from now on. What is surprising is that the Luxe Box delivery box is quite large for this May compared to the norm. Though, it's not shocking since it has happened once before for the January 2012 Luxe Box where the reason for it being a taller box is that it had contained TWO boxes within. Hopefully, that is what's happening with this larger box or maybe even something better!

Inside packaging:
Yay! It does look like there's 2 boxes included for this May 2012 Luxe Box. For the first box on top, it's the standard black slide out box used by Luxe Box with their name and logo printed in white. The contents are wrapped in black tissue paper and a black personalized sticker is used to seal the tissued surprise.

Items inside the box:
  1. Luxe Box May Edition card: includes a brief message from Luxe Box/Loose Button to subscriber and lists and gives description of all products included
  2. P&G "Thank you, Mom" postcard: part of the Thank you, Mom campaign and showing how P&G is thanking Moms across Canada 
  3. Panty by Post coupon card: advertises the service and provides $20 off any "Signature Line" subscription by entering the exclusive coupon code loosebutton20, with offer expiring June 30, 2012
  4. Essie - Nail Polish (full size 15ml retail: $8.00) - *FULL SIZE* (Please Note: Technically the bottle lists the size as being 13.5ml / 0.46 fl. oz.) 
  5. Orlane - Oligo Vitalizing Scrub (full size 75ml retail: $42.00) - 3.5ml / .11 oz. SAMPLE
  6. Paco Rabanne - Black XS L'Exces Pour Elle (full size 50ml retail: $74.00) - 1.2ml / 0.04 fl. oz. SAMPLE
  7. Paco Rabanne - Black XS for Him (full size 50ml retail: $56.00) - 1.2ml / 0.04 fl. oz. SAMPLE *Bonus*
  8. Moroccanoil - Intense Hydrating Mask (full size 250ml retail: $38.00) - 75ml / 2.53 fl. oz. SAMPLE

Luxe Box May Edition card

P&G "Thank you, Mom" postcard

Panty by Post coupon card

Essie Nail Polish (colour name = 785 Navigate Her) 

Orlane Oligo Vitalizing Scrub

Paco Rabanne Black XS L'Exces Pour Elle
Paco Rabanne Black XS for Him

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask 

Ending box packaging:
We have come to the end of the 1st box! As per the norm with the regular Luxe Box, we see that the contents were packaged using black tissue paper and black crinkled paper strips. The difference with this box and the previous boxes used by Luxe Box is that the bottom of this one is black. Normally, the bottom of the box is actually white. This black bottom box trend just started in last month's April 2012 Luxe Box, leading me to assume that this is now here to stay. Not a huge change, still goes with their black and white theme but still a change nonetheless.

2nd Box packaging:
This is the complimentary "Bath and Body Box" that has been included for the May 2012 Luxe Box. This box is the reverse of the regular Luxe Box where instead of being all black with white logo this one is white with black Luxe Box/Loose Button logo. The box itself is different where instead of being a slide out box, this one is more of a normal box where it has a box flap to open and close. The more decorative packaging is missing from this box since the items were just put inside with no tissue paper or crinkled paper to cushion and protect it.

Items inside the box:
  1. Olay Regenerist - Wrinkle Revolution Complex (full size 15ml retail: $60.00) - 7ml / 0.23 fl. oz. SAMPLE
  2. Gillette - Venus & Olay Razor (retail: $14.99) *FULL SIZE*

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor 

Overall Thoughts:
This May 2012 Luxe Box had come as a bit of a nice surprise. I did not expect to receive a bonus complimentary Bath and Body Box with this month's box (of course, no complaints here). Though, maybe I should've realized something was going on since nothing was emailed out in regards to the "First in Line" program that has been happening for the last couple of months. Maybe it's due to the issues that they had with it last month (Luxe Box April 2012 First in Line Issues) that they had put it on hold or it really could've been that May was Mother's Day month and Luxe Box wanted to do something different for it. Either way, any bonus is always appreciated =)

The Panty by Post coupon code was a nice addition. The fact that I actually got to experience the Panty by Post panty in the April 2012 Luxe Box due to being able to choose it from the First in Line program was great! I was originally really excited about the savings since the regular price of the Panty by Post service is a bit on the pricey side for panties, where a subscription could range from $18-$30 a panty per month, depending on which package you subscribe to. I figured that with the $20 off, it wouldn't be so bad to subscribe to a 3 month package ($60) because there was still value to be had. While debating which package to subscribe to, I was wondering about the differences between the "3 Month Subscription" and the "3 Month Hanky Panky Subscription". I decided to contact Panty by Post about it and while they were super quick with their response time, the response itself wasn't what I was hoping for.

Turns out with the "3 Month Subscription", it's not different brands of panties that you would be receiving each month but all from the same brand which is Blush. This is not to say that it's a bad thing because truthfully I do love Blush myself and own quite a few. As well, after trying out Panty by Post in the April 2012 Luxe Box, I had also jumped in on a $10 promotion that they had going on (Panty by Post SAMPLEPANTY Promotion), where I had ended up receiving a Blush panty as well. The issue I have is that with a subscription like this and the price I would pay if I were to do it month to month, I would want a bit of change and experience the different brands out there. The "3 Month Hanky Panky Subscription" is basically what it's called. You get Hanky Panky thongs in different colours. It's not even different styles. You have your choice from when you subscribe, whether it'll be Original or Low Rise and that's it. Didn't sound too exciting to me. Even with all this going on and the subscriptions not being too exciting, I probably would've still given them a try. The real killer was when I found out that the price ($60) didn't include any taxes or shipping on it yet. Unfortunately, with the taxes (in my case 13%) and shipping to Canada (being approx. $15), this totally killed the $20 savings for me =(

Most of the items included in the May 2012 Luxe Box is pretty good, the only complaint I had is that this is probably the third or fourth time that I've received the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex from Luxe Box. This item was actually included in the last Bath and Body box they had in the  January 2012 Luxe Box as well. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if it was actually relevant to me but since I don't care much for anti-aging products, this isn't the greatest item to keep receiving. I do like the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask that was included for this month. Although Luxe Box had included Moroccanoil products in previous boxes, I'm glad that the product provided is different from the one in the February 2012 Luxe Box. Don't get me wrong, I love the Moroccanoil Treatment from last time but I also do like trying new and different products. The item that I was really excited for from this month's Luxe Box would probably have to be the Essie nail polish. First off, I just LOVE nail polish in general. Second, I've actually really been wanting a green shade like this for the spring/summer season. Coincidently enough, this Essie nail polish was the one I really wanted since I had seen the exact polish in a magazine add and it just looked so lovely. I love it when things work out!

Rating: A

*I am not affiliated with these companies in any way. I am just a major beauty enthusiast. All photos are provided courtesy of Connor.

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