Introducing Vanity Trove Malaysia: Let’s Discover February 2013 Box Together!

Some of you might already be familiar with Vanity Trove. They recently ventured into Malaysia, and I received their February box for review. Beauty boxes are pretty established overseas, and now, we are seeing more boxes readily available locally. Before we start the unboxing, let me just tell you that I’m a beauty box skeptic. I personally prefer to go buy my own product. While surprises can be lovely, I am also very picky, hence random surprises are usually misses for me. Let’s see how Vanity Trove February box surprised me.

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The packaging itself is quite pretty. It is a sturdy card box which pulls out revealing some goodies wrapped in tissues. When I pull open the box, I get a whiff of roses. I was wondering if the tissues were scented. I also like that there are leaflets and brochures that come with the samples. There is one personalized note from Vanity Trove, and I think these little handwritten notes are always a nice touch. A pretty good first impression :-)

 

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Once I got all the papers out of the way, I figured the tissues that wrapped the package aren’t scented. It’s a travel size hand cream in the box that smelled delicious. I found that the scent was overpowering on my hands though. Anyway, back to the box. This month, all the products in the box are sample sizes and deluxe sample / travel sizes. We have…

 

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  • Benefit Porefessional
  • B.Liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel
  • Oriks BB Cream
  • Oriks Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence
  • Di Palomo Hand & Nail Cream
  • System Professional by Wella shampoo and hair mask
  • 2 pieces of chocolates

And that’s what they look like, all out of their boxes.

 

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Was I excited? Did I think they were beautiful surprises? I find the price point a bit on the high side. I have to pay RM60 a month for a box of products or samples that I may or may not like. Personally, February 2013 box did not wow me. If I subscribed and this was the first box I got, I won’t be disappointed, but probably indifferent. There wasn’t any full sized item in the box, and mostly deluxe samples and even single serving samples (Oriks BB Cream). Granted, I’m rather curious of some brands I haven’t tried yet, so these samples will give me a feel of what they could be. On the website, I see logos from brands like Burberry, La Mer, Shiseido and Laura Mercier flashed around. I assume they are brand partners, so I naturally had some expectations; perhaps to have at least one product from a high end brand in the box too.

From the RM60, a chunk of it would have gone to the packaging and also shipping. I’ve been wanting to try Benefit Porefessional so I think it’s great. However, I can’t make use of the hair products because I have different hair type. The hand cream is handy, so it’s in my bag now. B.Liv and Oriks are completely new to me, so it’s a discovery. February Box makes me curious if March would be a better one – or not (?). The theme for the March box is Temptress and from the visual, I anticipate red lips. Go on to the website to check it out.

What do you think of beauty boxes? I think it’s a good platform for some who are beginning to venture in the world of beauty. If you’re like me, and already know what you want, then some surprises might not be as exciting. In my humble opinion, I think it is a good concept that are attractive to some, but not to all. After this, I am STILL a skeptic.

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • BooBooNinja

    I agree with your statement that beauty boxes are good for those starting to get interested in beauty. I think they’re also good for people who like trying a range of products, with few sensitivities/allergies, and/or see value in the surprise element. I’m relatively new to makeup and subscribed to sample services for a short time, but I think I’m too discriminating (picky!) for them. I don’t like the focus on skin care, as my regular skin care routine works well for me. In fact, the plethora of samples from beauty boxes and stores is what caused my skin to go haywire. It’s slowly getting better, but I wish I never messed up my routine in the first place!

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      I know what you mean. I can totally empathize. That’s also another reason you don’t read too many skincare reviews here. I don’t intend to be too enthusiastic in trying new products. However, I’d love to try the Julep Maven box (not available here). The variety of nail polishes they have is quite attractive. I MIGHT also be interested in beauty boxes that feature only makeup :-P

  • http://Mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I have been very disappointed by beauty boxes in the past. The only one I think is really worth is is the No More Dirty Looks with Quarterly Co, while I also have discovered some great products from Glossybox I decided I would rather save my money and buy what I really want.. I wouldn’t be too thrilled with this either.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      I’m with you Taylor. I’d rather use the money to buy what I really want :-)

  • Victoria

    Beauty boxes are very new to me. But like an earlier reader mentioned, once you are comfortable with your skin care regime, no point messing it up unless you are searching for something in particular. I have to say though that the B.liv off with those heads sebum gel from Cellnique is very effective for removing my blackheads. I have to thanked the beauty blogging world for this discovery as I was at my wits end trying to figure out ways to remove my stubborn blackheads and prevent new ones from appearing on my nose :-)

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Yeah, I thought the B.Liv was something interesting :-) Isn’t it great when beauty blogs do help? Hahaha!

  • Ting

    Wow RM60 for a box is really quite expensive (but you do get a lot more products). Here it’s THB 390 per box from Pambox. You get 5 products each time.

    I have only got 1 from them so far. Beautiful card board box and velvet draw string bag. I think the packaging itself is already half the cost… oh well. At least I can use the box for storing cosmetics. haha

    I have just begun experimenting skin care products (before this I have been dead loyal to Origins) so this works for me to certain extent. :)

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Hi Ting, definitely great if you’re still looking for something :-) RM60 is on the high side of the price point though >.<

  • Jennifer

    Yeah, I have almost similar preference as you, picky to some extent but a surprise in a parcel is a delight too :) Personally I think the beauty box we have here are moderate. Compared to Singapore, the beauty box venture there seemed more promising with partnering with department stores and drugstore chain like Watson’s. At least you get a feel of the potential products in the beauty box edition partnered with these stores. So yeah, I am still skeptic and would rather spend more on full size product or wait for sampling for products that I truly want to try and see how it fares from there.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      All along, I’ve read mixed reviews about beauty boxes… and I’ve stood firm with my skepticism. I’ve read some pretty awesome ones, which have been consistently delivering, but those are in the USA. I guess we still have lots of gap to catch up on…

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I don’t believe in paying for samples (unless they’re hefty travel sizes or minis) so the whole box concept fails for me in so many ways. I think it’s a nice treat for someone who’s just starting to experiment or want to try luxury items without shelling out the big bucks, but I don’t think box subscriptions work for a lot of beauty veterans.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Ding ding! Well said :-)