Wednesday, 25 January 2017

StyleTone Unboxing | First Impressions + Review

I recently came across StyleTone through a Facebook ad. Admittedly, I tend to scroll past those, but I have been looking for European beauty subscription boxes for the longest time. I know in the United States (US), Birchbox, Glossybox etc are quite popular, but since I don't live in the US, it was difficult to get ahold of a subscription box without it costing me a limb. Luckily, I stumbled across StyleTone and let me tell you, I was super pleased with the contents of this gorgeous beauty box. 

I am, however, jumping the gun here. Let's take it back a notch. Firstly, if you don't know what a beauty subscription box is, it's where you sign up online to receive a box of goodies delivered to your home. Of course you pay a fee and how much you pay varies. I was unfamiliar with StyleTone so I only paid 12,50 euros for the month of January - pretty inexpensive considering that this box contains five full-sized beauty products! 

StyleTone's subscription box has a new theme every month, so you'll always have something different to look forward to. 

This month's theme was Goal Digger, encouraging subscribers to make the most of the new year. The products that are in January's box has a total value of €121 and as mentioned before, all products are full sized and cruelty-free! Here's what I received:

Seraphine Botanicals - Guava Butter
(Valued at €21)
This Guava Butter Lip & Cheek stain is gorgeous for the upcoming Spring! It's small and compact which makes it perfect for on the go and traveling. I also love that it smells amazing and the pigmentation is enough for a little flush of colour, though the pigmentation is buildable too. It is long-lasting and creamy when applied and it blends easily!  

Figs & Rouge Flawless Effects Activ Lumioux AM - PM Serum
(Valued at €38)

I think this face cream may be my favourite product of the lot. I love it when makeup subscription boxes include skincare items! This product smells absolutely delicious and oh-so-natural! On the back of the product it states that the face cream is "enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to optimise skins vital moisture and tone. Enhanced with clinically proven anti-inflammatory & soothing phytessence Blue Daisy extract." It's a night cream which has settled itself quite nicely into my skincare routine after I wipe off my makeup, wash my face, cleanse, use blemish cream and then apply a night cream or a face oil!

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss in 'Lise'
(Valued at €20)
I was skeptical about this lipgloss because when I saw it, I thought it'd be way too pink for my skin-tone, but I love it now! It's buttery, a little bit glittery and has a high-shine effect. What I love about this lipgloss is that it is enriched with coconut oil, so it hydrates your lips whilst keeping them looking plump and fabulous!

Emite Makeup Long Lash Mascara
(Valued at €22 )

I had never heard this mascara brand before this product. I don't hate it, but I don't like it either. It reminds me of the Alverde Natural Mascara; it lengthens and adds a bit of volume but it's not necessarily an item I'd pack when traveling nor would it be a go-to. What I do love is that it is very pigmented, one of the blackest blacks I've come across, and the mascara doesn't create clumpy lashes.

BellaPierre Fan Brush NO 27 
(Valued at €20)
I was way too excited when I saw that a fan brush was included in this month's subscription box. I am trying to build up my brush collection but as we all know, good quality brushes usually cost a lot - but they don't have to! This BellaPierre fan brush is super soft, doesn't shed any bristles and is made with synthetic fibres. It's my favourite highlighter brush at the moment!

Overall, I was impressed with the contents of the box. Personally I would have loved a product from a brand I was familiar with, something one should consider is that cruelty-free brands aren't that popular, so this is a great way to discover more cruelty-free and vegan brands. Have you ever tried a subscription box? What did you think of the StyleTone review + first impressions? Let me know if you know of any European subscription boxes!

Love, Miah
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