October 2011 was when we sent out our very first box, and my, how we have grown since then!
As the first person to join the bellabox team, I have been fortunate enough to be along for the whole ride and watch beauty junkies in Australia fall in love with bellabox. How could you not? For the cost of a couple of wines, you get handpicked beauty samples delivered to your door!
This month we were lucky enough to work with two of the most stylish ladies in Aus right now, Tash and Elle from They All Hate Us, to help us celebrate turning '2'. They chose some of their favourite products for inclusion in your boxes (you can check which of their picks your received on the card inside your box). If it'll make us look like them, we are all for it!
One thing they do well, and very important when it comes to the perfect party look, is hair; it's the beauty baseline for any occassion. Thankfully, Alfaparf Milano provided a range of shampoos, conditioners and masks to give you all shiny, flip-worthy hair, every day of the week - not just for special occassions!
Glowing skin is also a must for any celebration and we have included lots of goodies to help you achieve that.
If it's oil and blemishes you want to get rid of, or simply avoid (they are the worst party crashers!) then the Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Gel is your go to; Bioderma is a firm bb fave and we are thrilled for you to receive this product hot off the plane from France. Then, the NIVEA Visage Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream is what we call 'ESSENTIAL' beauty - products that do the trick but don’t cost a bomb - so you have cash to spend on beauty AND your party outfit!
Once it's on to makeup, La Roche Posay are back with their new BB Cream. You loved this brand when we sampled it a few months back so we are thrilled to introduce you to their latest product!
On the lips, we have L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse - a hit as the colours are perfect for the warmer weather. I am even wearing the coral colour - as surprise as I didn’t think it would suit me, but luckily it does! I'm even rocking it today. We also included CULT and ESSENTIAL item, Chapstick this month. Not only is it perfect coming into summer, with included SPF, it also is the perfect base for matte lipsticks or lip stains, which can dry out lips faster than your can say hip hip hooray!
On the nails, try out the Jacqueline Burchell nail polishes from Singapore were also a colour variation in the October box. Did you know that they have the largest number of gel nail polishes in the world? 1000 colours! Yes, you read right. The leading gel polish brand available here in Australia only has 48 colours, so we are thrilled that Jacqueline Burchell are launching here. Ask at your local nail salon for their range. Another top tip pick? Sinful Colors Nail Enamel. They're Toluene, formaldehyde & DBP free to boot!
Once painted and ready to party,L’Occiane Shea Hand Cream will keep your hands feeling soft and moisturised; it sinks straight in without leaving your hands greasy. L’Occitane is one of my favourite brands, I used to work for them many years and I have to say their Shea Butter hand cream lives up to its cult product reputation - one is sold every 3 seconds world wide!
The icing on the beauty birthday cake is always a spritz of perfume. Everyone received Beyonce Heat in their October box, which is perfect timing as Queen Bey is touring Oz as we speak - bb staffer Vanessa was lucky enough to go to her concert last night, and everyone in the office was a little green with envy!
It’s been an amazing two years - thank you to all of our wonderful members for being a part of it. It’s been a great beauty journey for us too! We have discovered new brands, and fallen in love (sometimes, again) with so many products - some that we haven’t tried for years.
In my years in the beauty industry, I have worked for some incredible brands - most with eye popping price tags - and attended hundreds of product training sessions, but my time at bellabox has reminded me that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great products.
I'll part by sharing some of my favourite bb discoveries - the Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser, Almay Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara and the First Aid Beauty brand as a whole! What has been your favourite beauty discovery from bellabox?