By : Juhi Bansal
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So, this MEB Edition is special…very very special! Why you ask? Well, October 2014 being their first anniversary month, this edition has been personally and painstakingly curated by none other than Vogue India! Yes, THE VOGUE INDIA!!
So, when I received my shiny box (yes the anniversary issue came in pretty gold), I could hardly contain my excitement. And, boy, does it deliver on the extra built up expectation!
The box has 5 products and 3 gifts…yes 3 bonus gifts!
Gift 1. A Gift Certificate worth Rs.1000 by Spa L’Occitane
Valid at any of their outlets across cities on facials and spa treatments. Since, Ahmedabad doesn’t have the Spa, I am keeping the voucher safe for my next visit to Jaipur or Udaipur.
Gift 2. A Scratch Card from Estee Lauder
This card gets you one free product and a free session to their beauty secrets. Oh how I hate Ahmedabad sometimes (read all the time!). Since, there is no Estee Lauder counter here, I am looking forward to my next trip to Delhi/Mumbai.
Gift 3. Tatouage Ephemere Complimentary Tattoo
The box also contains a beautiful gold line temporary tattoo created by Parisian artist Annelise Toraille. It’s perfect for people like me who do not like to wear jewelry all the time. The tattoo comes off as easily as it comes on and it looks as good as real. Mix and match them with real gold bangles for a quirky effect.
Now to the samples
1. Innisfree It’s Real Cucumber Mask
INNISFREE is a South Korean Cosmetics brand that believes in naturalism. Their claim to fame is their green and eco-friendly products. They launched their first store in India last year. MEB had sent out their Tea Tree Serum in the May Edition and a full sized Nail Polish in the June edition. Both the products were rated high by Closet Buddies.
This month’s sample is no different. It is actually a full sized product. It’s a mask sheet with natural cucumber extract. Applying the mask to cleansed face for 10-15 minutes does leave it feeling energized and fresh. Since, it’s comfortably priced at Rs. 100 (with a 20% discount with the code “ENVY21”), I know what I am ordering in bulk this time!
2. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estee Lauder needs no introduction. If there is one luxury cosmetics/skin care brand- it is this! I received two samples of the advanced night repair of 1.5 ml each which is good for 2-3 applications. Just the fact that the full size product (30 ml) costs more than Rs. 5000/- makes this sample all the more important to me. If I want to spend this much money on a skin care product, I would like to try it first. And try I did! Needless to say, I was super happy!
3. Sebastian Professional Potion 9
Sebastian Professional is an LA based Salon products brand and has to it’s credit various innovations in the hair styling department-be it the crimping iron, or wet styling gel or ammonia free hair color or Potion 9 from the sample! Potion 9 is a versatile styling cream that also rejuvenates the hair and makes it look healthier. Plus you can style it the way you want with it’s flexible and smooth hold.
The sample is 10 ml, good enough for 3 uses. Use it to curl, straighten or before you blow dry your hair.
4. H2O+ Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter
H2O plus is a not a new brand for India and Indians. In fact, this was one of the first US cosmetic brands to be launched in India back in early 2000. They are well known for their marine derived blends and cruelty-free products.
This month’s sample is also deluxe sized at 30 ml and smells heavenly. Let me come clean by saying that I am a sucker for perfumed body lotions and butters and that’s why I am a little partial to this sample. Also, with one application it’s left my skin visibly soft and smooth. It goes in my everyday bag NOW!
5. SKINYOGA Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask
I like two things about Skinyoga. One, it’s a home grown brand that uses 100% natural products. Two, their samples are all deluxe sized!
In April, I had received the Skinyoga Coffee Scrub which I’ve used every fortnight and I still have some left to last me a couple more. The June edition had SKINYOGA-Coconut Sea Salt Foot Scrub which again had great results and was so decently sized that I am good for another few weeks.
This month’s sample contains only about 6 gms of the face mask but with real sandalwood and saffron extracts I am not complaining! And did I mention the beautiful bottle it came in!
So, this was a round up of the very amazing MEB box from Vogue India. I am sure I’ve said it enough but just to reiterate-I LOVE IT!
A Very Very Happy Anniversary to My Envy Box again!!
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PS: The review was done on the basis of personal experience and usage. Please check your skin type against each product before using it. Closet Buddies receives a PR Copy of the box every month for reviews.
Stay Gorgeous xx