Thursday, December 19, 2013

My first New Beauty Test Tube! (November/December 2013)

I just got my first New Beauty Test Tube and I'm pretty excited about it!
In case you haven't heard about Test Tube, it's a beauty subscription service (just like Birchbox and Ipsy) it's $30 and comes every other month. I'd heard good things about Test Tube, and if you use someone's referral code you get $5 off your first box (if anyone wants a referral, just leave your email here and I'll send you one, that way we both get $5 off our box).
Anyway, here's what I got:

At first glance, I wasn't enormously impressed. There was nothing that I was super excited about trying and there were lots of things that I have no interest in. Once I read the booklet, there were a few things I became excited about.
Here's an item by item breakdown of what I got.

Glo-therapeutics Refresh Facial Polish - $24
I always love skin products, especially exfoliants. I love the Dr. Brandt that I'm currently using, but I'm always up to try something else. This is a good sized product, so I'm really excited to try this!
Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner - <$1
At first, I really wasn't excited at all to see this in my Test Tube. I like beauty subscriptions because they let me try things that I wouldn't try otherwise (and I usually use Dove), but then I remembered how much I liked the Pantene Pro-V Keratin Repair and now I'm excited to try this. Plus, it's probably in my price range, which is nice.
Votivo Candle Icy Blue Pine - $12.50
Honestly this isn't something I'm likely to use. The smell is really pleasant though and the tin is cute, so it'll make a great gift for someone!
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion 3.3oz - $14
This will probably also be a gift. I don't really like scented body lotions. The smell isn't all that strong and it's not particularly exciting to me but it's not bad. It's a nice size, so it'll make a good gift.
Vaseline lip therapy rosy lips .25oz - $3.00
This container is TINY but I have a feeling that a little goes a long way, so it's something I might buy. There isn't much color to it, but I really like the smell and I've always loved Vaseline.
StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum 1oz - $53
I've never head of this, but after reading the booklet, I'm excited to try it! This product is a good size (over half of full-size) and I'm impressed that I got this in a $30 box.
Midnight Monarch 1.35oz - $2.81
I haven't smelled this yet, but my hands are ridiculously dry this time of year (they tend to crack and bleed) so I definitely need a good hand lotion.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Cream 1.25oz - $1.50
I don't straighten my hair often, but I've always liked John Frieda products and I'm excited to try this! I'm surprised at how cheap this is too. The full size is only $6.
Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC in Light - $14.99
I'm not sure that light is going to work for me (I usually go with light-medium or medium) but I'm interested to try this. I'm looking for the perfect BB/CC Cream, so maybe this will be the one.
Kneipp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salt 2.5oz - $2.11
I never really take baths, but I'm going to be house sitting for my parents soon and they've got a giant and amazing tub so maybe I'll give this a try while I'm there.
Rodial Stemcell super-food facial oil - ?
This sample is so tiny that I have no way to estimate price. If I can figure out the volume later, I'll update it.

Total value = $127.91
I paid $33.90 for this box ($29.99 + $8.95 shipping - the $5.00 discount that I got for using a friend's referral code) and got almost $100 more than that worth of stuff (without even including the Dove or Rodial). I'm not sure about the products yet, but that's a pretty amazing value! There were three items that I'm excited about trying, a couple of items that will make great gifts, and maybe some of the items I don't really care about will surprise me. Who knows. Either way, I'm pretty happy with this box!

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