Last year in December, I got my first SC Beauty Box during an event at the YouTube Lounge at Greenbelt. It was Say Tioco’s meet and greet. Prior to that, I had already subscribed to a 1-year plan. But in January, the SC PH team announced that they had to stop operations (for reasons I will not disclose). I was sad, of course, because it was the only affordable subscription box I found to be worth spending on. Some products in the box were not available in the Philippines.
Then this year in June, I saw that their FB page is still active, as well as their website. They had a promo, at that time, where they’d give a free BYS Nude palette when you subscribe to a plan. So I went over to their page and subscribed to their Savers Box, which was the cheapest one, priced at only about $10. I placed my order and checked out via PayPal; I used my GCash Mastercard to activate recurring payments.
According to them, I would receive the free eyeshadow palette on my third box AND that my June box would arrive in July. Come July, but not my box. Another payment was deducted, so that was when I started getting worried. But still, I graciously waited.
After 5 days, I received an e-mail from them informing me that the BYS Nude Palette had been out of stock, so they would be replacing it with City Color Nudes Palette.
I sent them e-mail and Facebook messages and inquired about my June box. I did not receive any reply from them for a while! I got so upset because I felt scammed.
Then after about a week, I got an e-mail from them telling me that due to problems with PH Customs (and I am fully aware of this problem), they had to permanently stop operating in our country. So all payments would be refunded. I had my July payment refunded, and they told me that a week after that, they’d be shipping out my June box.
Come August, and not a word from them. I checked their Facebook page and they had recent posts. I checked their website, but it was gone!
I got really worried so I sent them another message on Facebook, telling them I still had not got my June box when I only received a refund for July. They finally responded and asked me to send photos of the payments. So, I did. While I was waiting for them to read my message, a courier arrived and it was my effin’ box! FINALLY!
So I sent them a message again informing them about my receipt of the box and apologized for being cranky because I was starting to get really upset. They apologized, too, and told me I had all the right to be upset. All was well.
So now…… Haha! Time for the unboxing!
- NYX Glitter Cream Palette – Ocean Breeze
I was really happy to get this, because I had been planning to get myself a glitter palette. Perfect timing! Since the palette is called ‘Ocean Breeze’, it consists of 5 glittery shades of blue and green. It’s smooth and easily applies on the eyelids. It can get chunky, though, so I should try to apply evenly. But since it has a gel consistency, it does not dry out and it’s not smudge-proof.
- Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast
It is a dual-ended eyeshadow stick that can be used to create an easy smoky look. Step 1 is a lighter blue shade with a round end – perfect for adding color on the lids; while Step 2 is a darker blue shade with a narrow end – perfect for lining the crease. You can use a brush or your fingers to blend it out.
- Hard Candy Fox in a Box in Hot Flash
The packaging reminded me of my W7 Africa Bronzing Powder, but the lid of the Fox in a Box is not removeable. It has a flip cover with an elastic band under it, where you can slip the small brush through. The brush is soft, despite looking badly-beaten. :p The product has 4 different beautiful, pigmented colors which can be used individually or mixed together. It’s cruelty-free! Yay!
- Wet n Wild Natural Wear Pressed Powder in Ivory
I really love the fact that it’s made of 100% natural ingredients and that it’s paraben-free. I also love the packaging – made with recycled paper. It also looks beautiful with its leaf embossing on the product. I swatched it and it feels silky smooth.
- Color Whisper in Mad for Magenta
The packaging reminds me of the Maybelline Powder Matte Lipsticks, only this one is smaller. It does not have the usual lipstick shape. It feels super smooth on the lips and is very moisturizing. The color is a beautiful shade of pink, not an overwhelming one, which I love.
- City Color Nudes Palette
It’s actually a freebie for subscribing! It’s got 12 beautiful neutral shades, which is a combination of matte and shimmer. The shimmery ones are pigmented, while the matte ones need building up. They feel smooth and has minimal kick backs. However, if you hate parabens, this palette is a no-go for you.
Over all, I am happy with the products that I got in my SC Beauty Box. For such a low price point, I got a total of 6 products for the eyes, cheek, lips, and face. My only issue was the powder – being lighter than my skin tone. Still, it’s a great box. Too bad there won’t be any SC Beauty Box in the Philippines anymore. #iCry
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