Monday, June 27, 2016

New Beauty Test Tube July/August 2016 Review and Unboxing (Plus 30% off Deal!)

July is going to be the month that I get my hair back in shape again, and this Test Tube is going to help me do it! I've gone through a heat styling phase after going years and years letting my hair air-dry and then leaving it natural. I just can't get enough of my curling iron lately! Having said that, my hair is a frizzy dead mess unless I curl it, which is just a vicious cycle. Spoiler alert: there's a couple of neat hair products included in this month's tube that I'm excited to try out and see if I can save my poor hair!

 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!
 
Details
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!
Goldwell: Kerasilk Color Shampoo ($3) and Color Intensive Luster Mask ($6)
 So as you can see we've got some awesome hair products right out of the gate. This little sample duo from Goldwell is from their Kerasilk line which is not only meant to protect color treated hair, but also provides deep conditioning and shine. Definitely going right in the shower tomorrow and hoping the small amounts will still do some noticeable repair for me!

Novex: Keratin Hair Cream ($1.70)
I've seen this brand around and I've always despised the packaging. To me it looks like something you'd find at the dollar store, and since I'm all about packaging, I have never tried any of their products. I'm hoping I'll be proven wrong and end up loving this though, because a huge 35 ounce tub is only $17. This is a hair mask that has a high amount of vitamin E and keratin protein which helps hair become softer and stronger. To use this, you simply apply it and massage into hair after shampooing and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing. I'm not sure if I'll ever have the tim to wait 15 minutes for a hair mask, but I'll give it a solid 5 minutes and hope it does the job!
fave4: Up For Air Air Dry Cream ($2.90)
This is kind of an interesting product. I'm not really well versed in hair care, so while this may be something that has been around for awhile, the idea is totally new to me. You apparently apply this product to towel-dried hair and comb it through with your fingers and it somehow (and I quote the company) "transforms your hair into an effortlessly lived-in look everyone will be coveting." More specifically, you apparently apply this product to your hair when you don't have time to blow dry and it gives you a polished, moisturized and frizz-free look. Definitely something that is worth a shot for my frizzy-ass hair!

Denman: D12 Three-Row Comb ($6)
I'm always buying my combs in a pack of 4 at the dollar store, so this is a mega fancy comb for me! It has 3 rows of hard bristles which are used to detangle and help add volume when used to backcomb. I have very, very thin and fine hair, and backcombing has always alluded me in that I end up looking like I have a ton of knotted mats in my hair, so maybe using this will make it easier? I suppose I'll have to test it out!
Probelle: Nail Hardener ($14) and Nail Maintenance ($14)
 While I'm not one of those people who is super into nail polish, I do have brittle nails and absolutely love nail care products that help keep my nails long without them breaking in all kinds of painful ways.
Step 1 is the hardener formula which restores nails to their healthy state and reverses weak nails to naturally strong ones. Step 2 uses garlic and lime which somehow work to maintain the hardness and strength of your nails while protecting against fungus. So I guess this is also a good one to use on toenails!
Leaders: Balancing Recovery Mask ($7) and Coconut Gel with Blueberry Mask ($6)
Leaders is a relatively inexpensive but quality Korean skincare brand, which I am all too familiar with due to my kbeauty obsession. I find it hard to believe that these retail at the prices that are listed since I've gotten Leaders masks for much cheaper in the past. Having said that, it's very rare for Test Tube to inflate prices, so maybe those are the retail values? I'd have to say that Leaders isn't a brand I would ever spend $7 a mask for, but I do enjoy their products and think they work well for the price I'm used to paying, which is usually $1-$4, tops.
The balancing recovery mask helps control oil and shrink pores while soothing irritated skin and hydrate and balance the complexion. The Coconut Gel mask helps promote cell renewal and repairs the skin's moisture barrier. It includes lots of anti-aging ingredients that provide a lit-from-within glow after using it.
I'm more interested in the balancing mask because my skin is porous, acneic and oily, but I'll definitely give these both a shot!
GrandePrimer: Lash Primer and Plumper ($24.95)
 I swear there has been a product from this company in every single TestTube that I have received for as long as I can remember. At least the past 4 or 5. Not only do I find the packaging to look cheap and dated, but I have yet to find any of their products to be worth the cost. I've tried the regular mascara as well as the lip plumper and greatly disliked both. They were small samples though, and this one is a full size so I'm a bit less grumpy about receiving it. This claims to be a primer that also is infused with peptides that help prevent lash breakage and strengthens your lashes over time. I personally don't need or usually enjoy using eyelash primers, however my mother was eyeing this stuff pretty hard when I first opened my tube so I passed it on to her. I'm not sure if she'll get any amazing results due to my experience with this brand in the past, but hey- maybe they have a few decent products!

Mystic Tan: Mocha-Kissed Bronzer Lotion ($5.80)
 Yet another product I passed on to my mom- sunless tanner. I'm just not a fan of tanning of any kind- bottle baking included. Having said that, I know a lot of people do love them, and this is the perfect time of year to put them into a beauty subscription. This one is a bronzer lotion that gives instant color, but also builds up over time with regular use.

VersaSpa: Face Moisturizer Gradual Tanning ($4.38)
 Another sunless tanner that went directly to my mom, although this one is made specifically for the face. This one is also provides a gradual tan over time with regular use, but it doubles as a moisturizer and helps blur lines and wrinkles while giving immediate results. Sounds pretty cool if you're into tanners!

June Jacobs: Neroli Hydrating Mist ($5.70)
I'm telling you, June Jacobs does not get enough love. Not nearly enough. I have tried all kinds of skincare products. So many that I couldn't possibly count them all, from brands all over the world. Still to this day, my favorite facial mask of all time is the June Jacobs Papaya Enzyme mask. I got a small sample of it in one of my very first Birchboxes many years ago, and I fell completely in love. Not only do you need the smallest amount to completely cover your skin, but this stuff smells like the most heavenly fruity drink you'll ever have in your life. I cannot explain it but it's tropical and mouth-watering. The results are immediate and my skin was brighter, softer and more visibily plush and moisturized after just one use. HIGHLY recommend that mask!
Aside from that, this product included here is the Neroli mist. I love the Neroli scent of this. It's kind of herbal and hippie-like, but still mild and refreshing to mist on the skin. I'm not usually a massive fan of facial mists, but I'm already really digging this one. This is alcohol free and has an antioxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts as well as goji berry, pomegranate and grapeseed extract which all work together to keep the skin moisturized and prevent visible signs of premature aging. I have only used this once but it's great to mist on first thing in the morning after you've cleansed. It feels really refreshing and soothing to the skin.
Osmosis Skincare: Polish Enzyme Firming Mask ($10)
Grr. I really dislike masks that are ridiculously expensive because I have so many Korean branded masks that are cheap and absolutely fanastic (hello, Baviphats Strawberry Toxifying Mask ftw!) This is $50 per ounce, so I'm assuming it's got to be a miracle? According to the info booklet, it's supposed to help with hyperpigmentation and aging by filling in fine lines. It has claims that it's like a "facial in a tube." I'm not entirely sold on it yet, but I'd be interested to see how well this works. 

Pencil Me In Cosmetics: Natural Eyeliner Pencil ($6.99)
Woo boy, let me hold back my excitement. A black eyeliner pencil. How unique and interesting. Yawn. Apparently others may have received another shade, but I unfortunately got a black one. I rarely use black liners anymore so it's kind of a waste on me. The good thing about this liner is that it's paraben, petroleum and gluten free while also being non-irritating and eco-friendly. It's got lots of great ingredients in it too, like green tea, shea butter, vitamins A, B, C, D and E...so if you're looking for cosmetics that are good for you and safe to use on your sensitive skin, I would look a little more into this brand!
 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 July/August TestTube about $118.
While I wasn't totally bowled over with excitement when I saw the contents this month, I think that there is a very large variety of products here.  15 products and 7 of them are full size if you count the sheet masks. I think that the value is definitely there, and if you're looking for a beauty subscription that focuses more on hair and skincare, this is a great option. There was a point when I only wanted cosmetics in my beauty subs, but after getting overloaded, I sought out skincare subs and this one was always a good one for that. I'm pleased with the value this month and I'm looking forward to see what the Fall tube brings!
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