Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Beauty TestTube March/April Review and Unboxing (Plus 30% off Deal!)

So I'll be straight up with you...this review almost didn't happen. Why? Because I took all the photos, tested and oohed/ahhed over the products and then somehow misplaced my camera. By then I had put everything away into their respective places, passed a few products onto my mom. I was just about to give up hope when my boyfriend opened the glove compartment in my car and somehow...there was my camera. Let me tell you I rarely every use the glove compartment, nor do I take my camera out of my house, so while I have absolutely no idea why it was in there, I was able to scramble to edit the photos and get this review up! I don't have the info booklet on hand anymore however, so forgive me if my descriptions of the products are a little on the general side! 

 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!

Klorane Makeup Remover Wipes with Cornflower ($13)
I am a cleansing wipe fanatic. I will fully admit this because when used in combination with a cleansing water, I feel like I can get a good cleanse going on without even leaving my bed. Granted it's not the best way to cleanse I'm sure, but I haven't had any issues yet! These wipes from Klorane are actually a "bonus item" in this tube, which means they were featured in a past tube. I personally think that New Beauty labels these products as "bonuses" when really they fluff the tube up and give it more value while also getting rid of excess stock. The good new is, the bonus items are almost always awesome. Since I love cleansing wipes, I was more than happy to receive these. I've already started using them and while they're not as saturated as I would like ideally, they are very gentle and do a good job cleaning my heavy duty bb cream off my face. 

 CHI 44 Iron Guard Style and Spray ($16)
Chi products are pretty popular, although I'm not much into hair products outside of leave in conditioners, which I cannot get enough of. This is kind of an odd product although I could be misinterpreting it entirely since I don't have the info card on hand. It seems like it's some sort of heat protecting spray and hairspray at the same time? I'm not sure how that works...but since I do heat style daily I might give this a shot to see how it works. 

Oral Essentials Mouthwash Whitening Formula ($2)
I'm not sure how everyone feels about getting oral care products in a beauty subscription, but I am allll for it! Last Test Tube contained a gigantic (no really, it was huge) tube of toothpaste which I was quite happy about, and here we have a natural mouthwash. I'm less excited about this one obviously, but I'm not a fan of mouth washes that are heavy on the alcohol and chemicals, so maybe this one will do the trick for me!

 Board and Batten: Calming Lift ($14)
When I first pulled this out of the tube I was excited because I thought it was a detangler/leave-in conditioner. I quickly notice though, that it's a face mist that contains hyaluronic acid, which is great at hydrating the skin. While this is a great little purse sized mist to rehydrate your skin throughout the day, I'm one of those people that just...never uses face mists. The one exception is that I occasionally mist them on when I wake up in the morning after cleansing, but most of the time they sit in my skincare stash collecting dust. I just feel that I enough products on my skin where it's more than moisturized most of the day, and I rarely need to use a mist to rehydrate. Also that might have to do with the fact that I have oily/combo skin. Regardless, this was passed on to my mom who I think will enjoy it much more than I will!

Grande Naturals Grande Brow Fill in Light ($20)
This Grande brand has shown up multiple times in Test Tubes, and I'm honestly not the biggest fan. First of all, I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging, and theirs looks straight out of an 80's dollar store. Yea, I said it. I've given them the benefit of the doubt though and have tested both the mascara and the lip plumper to mediocre results. They're both acceptable. Neither one were terrible or outstanding, and since the price of these products is anything but dollar store level, I just don't see myself becoming a fan any time soon. I have naturally blonde eyebrows that I pencil in lightly, however they aren't sparse in terms of growth, and I have no actual need for a product like this. I'll be passing this on as well, however this might be a great product for anyone that needs a little filler in their brows.

Cailyn Cosmetics 7-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner ($19)
I've tried Cailyn Cosmetics a handful of times through various subscription boxes, and while I think that the majority of their products work quite well, I find them to be very overpriced. $19 for a liquid liner from a prestige brand would make sense. Cailyn does not have the level of popularity or quality to charge that kind of price, in my personal opinion. Their products are compared in my mind to a high quality drugstore brand. Maybe $10 for this liner. Maybe. Regardless of my opinion of the brand as a whole, I'll probably hang onto this as it's a liquid gel liner and that is something I do not already have in my stash!

Gavee Gold Liquid Gold Peptides Moisturizer
As I mentioned above, I don't have the info book for this box anymore, so I apologize that I can't give more information on this moisturizer. It is a very small sample jar, however if that's not the cutest little container you've ever seen I don't know what is! This line of skincare contains purified 24k liquid gold in it's products, and while I haven't researched a whole lot about the benefits of gold in skincare, it's not the first time I've seen it as an added ingredient. Korean companies tend to tout the "gold" in their skincare as well, so maybe it's something I need to look into more to decide whether or not it's a marketing gimmick. Since I have so many moisturizers and creams already, I passed this one on to my mom but I'm definitely interested to see what she thinks!

 It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush ($48)
This was another "bonus" product in the tube this month, and probably one of the most popular products from past tubes, ever. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about the It Cosmetics brushes, and subscribers were raving about this brush when it first popped up in a Test Tube. I have an entire set of brushes so I rarely keep the single ones I get from various subscriptions, but this one has been talked about so much that I might just have to hold onto it and try it for myself! Another fantastic "extra" product!
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 March/April TestTube about $134. I am including the value of the "bonus" products which are the Klorane Cleansing wipes and the It Cosmetics powder brush. I also gave a $2 value to the small moisturizer sample although I'm not entirely sure what the exact value of it is. If you don't include the bonus items, the value goes down to around approximately $73. Since the Tube retails at $29.99 plus shipping, That is still a nice value, however the bonus items are really what made the tube for me this time around. Without those included, I would have been seriously disappointed. Since New Beauty includes bonus items every month, I do think that the tubes have a great value overall, and it's nice if you're a relatively new subscriber because you're able to potentially get products from past tubes that you had been envious of. If you've been subscribing to Test Tube for awhile, these bonus items might seem repetitive. Either way, I do think that this tube was a great value and a nice curation this month!

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