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Reviewed: Monthly Beauty Boxes from She Said Beauty

BY Boon Koh
Published 5 July 2012

When She Said Beauty got in touch with me to see if I would like to know more about their monthly box of beauty samples, I was intrigued and snapped their hands off. I’ve heard about this new type of online business – where they send you a box of new and different things to periodically.

For those who have signed up for subscription boxes like Graze.com before, you’ll immediately understand the model. Sign up on She Said Beauty, and once a month, the site will send you a Beauty Discovery Box of five handpicked samples for you to try. And these are not just any samples – they’re top quality samples, although less of luxury brand samples and more of samples from upcoming and new beauty brands in the market.

In the June monthly box that I received, there were the following items:

 

 

The samples were all less than 100ml each – the Elemis Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir came in a 50ml travel-sized bottle. The St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Moisturiser was a 75ml bottle, and the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream was a tiny 30ml bottle. The bonus item, a Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream was actually one of those sachet samples (3 grams) that you typically get in a magazine. So the question is – is the Beauty Discovery Box worth £9 + £2.96 postage that is being charged by She Said Beauty?

It depends – the description leaflet that comes with the box does give RRP prices, but for the full size bottles and not the sample size bottles. And looking at the lot – I would probably expect each small travel size bottle to cost £2-£3 maximum if they were sold in shops, which means the box is not really a bargain in terms of value for money.

The other downside is that unlike other subscription services, like Graze, there’s no option to state your preferences to influence what goes in the box. So if you don’t like tanning lotions, like the St Tropez one in June’s box, then really you’re stuck with paying for a product that you won’t use.

For beauty junkies, however, She Said Beauty’s monthly beauty boxes do serve one crucial need – they help you discover and try new products, without having to go and buy a full sized bottle of it or trying the icky tester bottle in-store. I don’t know about you – but my worst fears always runs through my mind when I see those tester bottles or tubes… who knows how long they’ve been sitting there or what’s even inside! But this beauty box would be so much more valuable if you could customise what goes into it, and also if it was better value for money… maybe more types of samples than the 6 currently.