Friday, January 8, 2016

New Beauty TestTube January/ February 2016 Review and Unboxing Plus 30% off Coupon!

 First off, apologies if you noticed the little flub on my intro photo- this is actually the January/February New Beauty TestTube. I got it a little earlier than usual and it showed up at the end of December rather than in January so my brain got a little flipped around. Regardless, I was pretty pleased with how quickly this showed up!
I'm always very curious to open my Test Tube. The reasons are a little mixed, though. Part of me is thinking, "I wonder if this is going to be a good tube this month or not" and the other part of me is thinking, 'I wonder what brands are going to be in here!" Because while the tubes have been quite nice lately, my brain still goes back to a time when they were filling tubes with old product and things subscribers received many times before. But I also know that New Beauty partners with a huge variety of brands, so when the tubes are on point they usually have lots of interesting products and companies featured.
 New Beauty TestTube is considered the "first beauty subscription service" in the beauty box world. It all began when readers of New Beauty magazine began asking where they could try/buy products that were featured in the magazine- and the test tube was born through the idea that readers could try the editors favorite products for themselves rather than just reading about them. It was a great idea of course, considering a massive, seemingly endless market of beauty subscriptions has risen out of it!
A great thing about New Beauty TestTube is that they provide a large booklet filled with tons of details about each product included that month. Not only do you get information about the brand, but you can get detailed info on the product as well as tips and tricks to using it properly! It's a really helpful little handbook that I wish more subscriptions took the time to do!
New Beauty TestTube costs $29.95 plus $8.95 S+H for a total of $38.95 per tube. The reason why this review is labeled "March/April" is because New Beauty TestTube comes out once every other month, so you would be receiving 6 tubes per year rather than 12 in a monthly subscription. Each box includes the Test Tube, which is filled with beauty samples and full-size products as well as a detailed informational booklet on the products. You also automatically receive a subscription to New Beauty magazine when you subscribe to the Test Tube. The magazine is delivered separately from the Test Tubes, 4 times a year.

*Save 30% off Every Tube As Long As You're Subscribed!*
This is a totally new thing here- Apparently when you use my referral link, from what I understand in the fine print, you will not only save 30% off your first tube, but EVERY tube that you receive during your subscription! This is an awesome deal!
Sign up with this link to save 30% off for every tube you receive!
Of course for some people that is a good chunk of cash for a box of beauty samples. The good news is it only comes every other month, so it's a price equivalent of having a $15 per month subscription (after the 30% off discount). On top of that, they usually include higher-end items and full size products that other subscriptions do not.

I think the test tube is perfect for beauty junkies, but especially for women who don't have time to shop for beauty product or read pages and pages of reviews on a product. Getting the tube sent right to their door removes the hassle when shopping/discovering new beauty products!
I will say that while New Beauty does provide makeup in their tubes (many times it's full size!) they are usually a skincare-heavy subscription. If you're looking for solely cosmetics, this might not be a good choice for you. 
Now let's get on with this month's tube!
 Dermalogica: Daily Microexfoliant ($9)
This is a rice-based powder formula that isn't a manual exfoliant, but actually includes chemical exfoliants to clear and refresh the skin. It contains green tea and collodial oatmeal which help calm the skin while salicylic acid and rice enzymes buff away dead skin. I am not a user of manual exfoliants on my face, so I'm pretty happy to have this product to try! I regularly use chemical exfoliants, however a powder one is brand new to me! I've seen this brand around for a long time but this will be my first time testing their products, so I'm very interesting in the results.

 Neocell: Beauty Bursts Collagen Soft Chews ($5.32)
If there was ever an MVP of products for 2015, it would be Neocell Beauty Bursts. I was contacted by this company to do a review of their Biotin and Beauty Bursts a few months back. I was hesitant to agree at first because I normally don't like to supplement reviews considering how varied the results can be for people. Even so, I figured they were supplements for the skin/hair/nails which are all beauty-related, so why not try them out?
Since the initial review I did on these Beauty Bursts, I have repurchased them at least 6 times. Yes, they work that well. It's to the point that I cannot be without them. First of all, I am terrible at remembering to take supplements, so the fact that these are sweet, fruity, chewy and delicious makes me not only remember to take them, but look forward to it. After just a couple of weeks taking these, I immediately noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. It looks more plumped up and moisturized, I've seen fine lines lessen over the course of me taking these. There was a time a month or so ago that I forgot to order more of these and had to wait a week or so before my new box came in. I saw my skin slowly start to lose it's glow and moisture and I ended up looking kind of dull and lifeless. I don't know which ingredient is doing most of the work, or if all of them are in their own way, but I could not recommend these more highly!
 Cailyn: Dizzolv'It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm ($6)
It seems like all the western companies are starting to catch wind of products and innovations that have existed in Korea for awhile now. Cleansing balms have been all the rage for a couple of years now in the kbeauty world, so like sleeping packs, sheet masks, BB Creams, Cleansing waters, cushion pacts, oil cleansers etc- western brands are always looking to Korea's trends to see what the next big thing is. I've seen a few western brands making cleansing balms, but I haven't tried this one from Cailyn, yet. This balm dissolved makeup, including waterproof products and sunscreens but doesn't strip the skin's natural moisture. It has aloe vera and calendula extract to help keep your skin soothed and moisturized. 
I'm not wild and crazy about cleansing balms. I do have a few that I have barely gotten through, so I'll probably pass this on to a friend. Even so, they're really great products for anyone that does need a really good makeup remover. Just remember it's important to follow up a cleansing balm with a regular cleanser!

Bliss: That's Incredi-'Peel'! Recurfacing Pad ($1.63)
I pad, though? This is not a bonus product, but an actual item included this month. I feel like 3 or 4 pads would have made more sense than just one. It's kind of hard to get a solid opinion on a product when you can only try it once! These pads contain glycolic acid, vitamin E and licorice extract, and are used by simply wiping the pad over clean, dry skin. It's essentially an at-home glycolic peel that is gentle enough to use on any skin type and exfoliated without harsh irritation. The idea of a chemical exfoliator pad is pretty awesome to me, although 30 pads cost $50...yikes! I don't think I'll be purchasing these unless this one pad is so good that it completely changes my skin to perfection. One can hope, right?
Fromm Beauty: Diane Pink Hope Brush ($5)
This is a cute little travel brush that mixes regular plastic bristles with boar bristles to help get rid of tangles with ease. You can use this brush on either wet or dry hair. Apparently, half of all the sales of this brush go to benefit Bright Pink, an organization that brings breast and ovarian cancer awareness to young women in hopes of early prevention. It was nice that they included this product, although I hope New Beauty actually purchased these and didn't get them sent to them as it would sort of defeat the purpose, don't you think? Either way, it's a perfect purse-sized brush so it's going right into my makeup/beauty pouch!
Hask Beauty: 5 in 1 Hair Rescue Leave-In Conditioner Spray ($5.99) 
 I have a weird obsession with leave-in conditioners. I'm not even sure if they do a whole lot for my hair outside of helping me not rip it out of my head. I am one of those people that has to brush their hair when they get out of the shower. I know it's bad to brush wet hair, but I honestly cannot wait for it to dry before I brush it or it becomes one massive knot from Hell. Leave-in conditioners help detangle and smooth the hair, so I'm quite happy to try this one from Hask. I always think this brand is sort of the low-end version of Rusk products because of their packaging and product selection. Regardless, I'm happy to try this as it claims its lightweight, moisturizes hair, prevents breakage, detangles, smooths hair, controls frizz and adds shine, all while providing thermal protection from heat styling tools. I use a straightener and curling iron almost every day, so bring on the heat protection!
Supersmile: Professional Whitening Toothpaste ($40)
 Are you seeing this toothpaste? I'm not entirely sure how big a regular tube of toothpaste is, but this is an 8oz tube and I'm telling you that I thought it was a huge tube of body lotion at first. I really have never seen a toothpaste tube this big before! This product is safe to use on sensitive teeth, caps, veneers and dentures and helps restore them to their original whiteness. $40 is a lot of dough to be shelling out for a tube of toothpaste, no matter how huge the tube is, but I will still use this up and hope that it works for me!
Mally Beauty: Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner ($18)
 Mally is pretty much a staple in New Beauty TestTube now. The good thing is, I think Mally's makeup line is top notch and I love getting new products from her to try. This eyeliner contains jojoba seed oil and glides on the eyes with little to no effort. I received an almost metallic navy blue and it's absolutely gorgeous! I'm not usually one for blue liners, but this is so creamy and stays in place so well that I might make an exception!
*Bonus Items* 
Tan Towel Self Tanning Towels for Face and Body
Can you hear my groaning? Ok, ok...these are just bonus products added into the tube and aren't necessarily included in the overall value or curation, but I swear if I see another damn Tan Towel in a Test Tube I might just lose it. These could possibly be the best tanning product in the world and I would never know it because I'm so sick of seeing them that I just toss them into the "give away" pile before I can even think about it. I've been getting Test Tubes on and off for many years and I think I've gotten Tan Towels at least 4 times, this might be the 5th. Please New Beauty. I'm begging you: No more of these damn Tan Towels!
Overall Thoughts
  New Beauty TestTube costs $29.99 per month and has a shipping charge of $8.95, making it about $39 per tube. (Much less if you use my 30% off coupon!) The total value of the January/February TestTube about $88. The only confusing thing here, is that subscribers could have received either the Supersmile Toothpaste (valued at $40) OR the Whitening Gum (valued at $5) meaning that those who receive the gum would only have a tube valued at $53. I think that's a huge difference in terms of value for an either/or product so I'm kind of confused on how they evened out the value, if they did at all. Did anyone get this month's tube and got the gum? Trying to figure out how they worked that out. I personally think they should have included both the toothpaste and gum in all the tubes.

Aside from the Supersmile confusion, this was a really nice tube! I'm happy with the brand variety and I like that they included a nice variety of skincare, haircare, makeup, body care etc. I'm very interested in trying the majority of the products here, which is what I want out of my subscription boxes. I personally use sub boxes as discovery services, so once I keep getting the same brands or types of products over and over, I cancel. I'm happy to say that this month was a winner for Test Tube!
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  1. I have to tell you--the Cailyn balm has replaced my HG, Banila, if you can believe it. I was shocked myself. And the Dermalogica is so so so great for winter sensitive skin. When you need to exfoliate but your skin is just crabby and sensitive in dry, cold weather, this is my go-to. It's gentle and paste-y, but my skin glows after I use it. So, that's my two cents for ya. :)

    1. I have heard that from a couple other people as well, actually! I was unsure at first because I'm iffy about Cailyn products-sometimes I love them, sometimes I don't- but I'm definitely going to try it now! And I am LOVING the Dermalogica!! It's so amazing and you're right- it does make my skin super glowy!

  2. I was wondering the same thing about the toothpaste vs gum. I haven't seen anyone with gum but that's a good thing. I had no idea about the coupon, either! That's waaaay better than $39 every month. Which is prohibitive, in my opinion, because the contents are so... unique? half the time.