Truth to tell, I never got into the whole beauty box subscription hype. Sure, I told you once what I might put in one if I were curating a beauty box, but for the most part, it doesn’t attract me. So, I can tell you that it takes a lot to impress, or to even make me take a second look at yet another beauty box subscription service.
And this is where Bag of Love comes in. A beauty box without the “box”? Count me intrigued! Bag of Love, the brainchild of former magazine beauty writer and self-confessed beauty buff Mi Mi Teh, delivers to your doorstep a little pouch (or bag, as you’d have it) of beauty goodies. The rest of the concept is the same as the beauty box subscription service i.e the element of surprise and samples for a fixed monthly fee. The difference lies in the contents and the delivery.
I was handed the March debut bag, to see what I thought of it, but I also subscribed for the April bag to see what it might contain, and to see just how unique it would be. You see, each month sees a different bag design arriving on your doorstep! That alone will pique most people’s interest I’m sure!
I must say that I was quite impressed by both bags that I have. This was the debut box sent out in March 2013.
Bag of Love March 2013
The Definite Cosmetics Face Blending brush, being a full size item valued at RM98, almost pays for itself and makes the RM39.90 price tag seem quite affordable. The brand is Definite Cosmetics which I thought was already defunct. Evidently it isn’t :P It isn’t the most luxurious brush around and can be scratchy but it works in a pinch, and is an impressive touch. If you have it, wash it out a few times before using, and it’ll feel a bit softer.
The Murad face wash sample was a generous size and so was the Revlon hair treatment. Included also were samples of the Guerlain Le Petite Robe Noire fragrance, a sample Lunasol powder foundation and interestingly, a movie ticket. Apparently the Lunasol foundation sample and Murad samples have been making their rounds in the beauty boxes from all the different brands, but as I wasn’t subscribed to any, they were new to me.
Of the debut bag, I would only have experimented with the face brush and the Guerlain fragrance, and the Murad face wash will come in handy for tossing into an overnight bag. The Lunasol foundation is too dark for me, and the Revlon hair treatment wasn’t something I’d use. Still, I felt it was a valiant effort. The sizes of samples were impressively lux and placed in a bag, it was quite exciting and different from receiving a box. The bag was a lovely striped satin number that I reckon no one would mind seeing make a return.
Bag of Love April 2013
That was why I purchased the April bag. I wanted to see what else might be on offer. The April bag had an Eco theme so the unbleached cotton bag that arrived was quite in theme.
In the bag was another Definite Cosmetics brush. This time, a Contour Brush. Personally I was less impressed with this one than the Face Blending brush. This felt cheap and scratchy. I am however picky about brushes, so I’m not the best person to ask :D
I liked the Pillow Spray by The Body Shop. It didn’t put me into a Deep Sleep as it claimed, but it was relaxing and made me aware of the existence of this product. The Nuxe Brightening BB Cream was a surprise because I wasn’t familiar with the brand nor the fact that they too had a BB cream. It was a good sized sample so it does afford you the ability to properly try it out. The Decleor face cream was another good sized sample and the voucher for a facial at a promotional price was quite attractive. I’d been meaning to try their facials so maybe I’ll use it.
Another impressive sized sample was the Phyto shampoo. I was impressed at the size of most of the items in this bag that when I came to the titchy Burt’s Bees sample, I was almost disappointed. That said, I have not been impressed by most of the Burt’s Bees stuff I’ve tried so I wasn’t too fussed about it.
Did I get my RM39.90 worth? I think it was reasonable. The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and overall generous sized samples (no sachets so far!) made it look impressive and although I didn’t like the brush, it would come in useful for someone who wanted one.
What I could suggest in terms of improvement of packaging would be to bubble wrap the contents inside the bag or at least have a layer of bubble wrap. I don’t mind the bag arriving as is inside the courier package, but I do think the products within should be bubble wrapped. It does seem a little strange at first, opening up the plastic courtier bag and then just seeing the bag sitting in there, quite unceremoniously. The first bag had a box but it didn’t perform well in practice so the exterior boxes have been done away with. I do still somehow feel there should be some packaging of some sort around the bag if only to make it look more like a finished purchase than just treating the bag/pouch as the packaging. Just my 2 sen however.
I like the inclusion of the makeup brushes because this allows people to experiment with different brushes that they may otherwise not own or think of owning. However, I do feel it would work better if there was a makeup item included together with the brush to complement it. For the first bag, the face brush could be used with the powder sample. In the second bag, I’d be lost as to what to do with the brush, if I were a novice, as the rest of the items are skincare.
Also, I would wonder at the practicality of having 12 of these makeup pouches if you subscribe for a year. Granted the same question could be posed in terms of the boxes which is a valid question. As it is, I don’t use most GWP pouches so what I do is recycle them as gift holders. They work very well this way and nothing goes to waste :)
I didn’t subscribe for any future boxes, or bags as it were. Its just not something I’d personally pay for. I do however think the beauty box concept is an interesting one, and this one takes the surprise factor up one notch. You don’t only have samples to look forward to, you also have a nice bag/pouch to anticipate. So, if you are thinking of subscribing for one of these, Bag of Love is definitely one to consider.
Have you subscribed to any of these beauty box sample services? Did you sign up for Bag of Love?
I don’t play well with surprises so I’d rather just get something I really want instead of a random sampling of products each month. But that’s true of all beauty box subscription services, not just this one :) You?
Bag of Love retails at RM39.90 a month for a bag of beauty samples delivered to your doorstep, with the design of the bag changing from month to month. Find out more and how to subscribe at their website.