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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Wantable Beauty Box Review: December

I'll spare you the reasons & apologies and just get straight to it. I've been away but now I'm back and I'm resolved to get back to good blogging habits by posting more regularly. To kick things off I have a beauty box review for you from a new company called Wantable. As this is the first beauty box I've ever received I can't compare & contrast it to others but I can give you my unbiased, honest opinion of my first experience with a beauty box. Shall we?


I'm assuming most of you know the general gist of how beauty boxes work but if you don't here's the short and sweet of it: You subscribe to the company for a monthly fee and in return every month they ship you a box of makeup products to try out. Couldn't be simpler! With Wantable in particular here's how it works: There are two types of boxes to choose from 1) Make Up or 2) Jewelry. Once you've selected your box of choice, fill out a short quiz/questionnaire telling Wantable a little bit about what kinds of things you do and don't want to recieve from them (I opted out of nail polishes, for example. More on that later). Then you get a little bit more specific on your preferences. Hate sparkles, no problem. Love sheer shimmery products, you got it! Once you're finished filling out the info just sit back and wait for your beauty box to arrive.

Moving on to the goodies! In total I received eight products: Powder Blush, Cream Blush, Highlighting Powder/Eyeshadow, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish (more on that later), and three fragrance samples. Take a look:


And now for the close ups:

MyFace Cosmetics Lip Gloss in 'Hot Stuff'; Retail; $18.00
"A warm, muted rosy pink that is a perfect pairing for modern nude lips. Never sticky, but luxurious with chic shine. Apply over your favorite lip product or alone for a touch of iridescent shine." - Wantable
Swagger Cosmetics Blush/Eyeshadow in 'Golden Rose'; Retail: $14.50
"This is a beautiful, vegan, super sparkly rose gold that is perfect for highlighting over blush. Dust this powder on tops of cheekbones and decollete whenever you need a hint of sparkle. Product also doubles as an eyeshadow!" - Wantable
Mia Bellezza Blush in 'Flirt'; Retail: $16.50

"Create a beautiful healthy glow with this amazing blush. Satin pressed long wearing formula will float over your skin with ease, no need for harsh blending. Apply with a blush brush in a circular motion from apples of cheeks out toward temples for a healthy glow." - Wantable
V-Glow Cream Blush in 'Indian Summer'; Retail: $18.00
"Lightweight radiant golden brown, sheer powder blush to contour and colour the cheeks. Advanced optical technology brings a youthful glow. This blush effortlessly creates a natural radiance." - Wantable
My Face Cosmetics Lil' Bling Nail Polish that I wasn't supposed to get 
Annnnnd then this happened. For those of you who skipped the intro to look at the pretty pictures (tisk, tisk) you probably missed the part where I said I opted OUT of getting any nail polish. At first when I saw this I thought to myself "Those bastards! Why ask someone what they don't want if you're going to send it anyways!?" Good thing they include an inventory list! I cross checked all the items on the inventory and there was no nail polish listed, but there was an eyeshadow listed that I was meant to get instead. So, still an oops on their part but not as insulting of an oops, an oops I can live with and overlook. Shit happens.

I'm not including any pics or info on the fragrances because, well, how does that saying go? If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all? So I won't say anything about those. Here's what my boyfriend had to say about them instead! His reactions to the three scents were: "Talc-y", "Old Lady" and "Not as bad as the other two I guess". So let's just leave it at that.

From L-R: Mia Bellezza Blush in Flirt, Swagger Cosmetics in Golden Rose & V-Glow Blush in Indian Summer

I really like how all of these products work so perfectly together. The colors are all totally harmonious which made it easy to combine them. I will definitely be using these for my full face makeups. I especially like the highlighter by Swagger Cosmetics though it's more of a blush/highlighter combo because of the strong rose pigment. I liken it to a more sparkly version of the NARS's Orgasm Blush that everyone (including myself) is obsessed with. So for these three, 10/10 will use again. Here's how they look on the face:

Happy, healthy, glowy cheeks! You can also see here the slight translucent shine of the MyFace lip gloss. Very subtle & sheer. A good color to keep in the purse when you just need to freshen up your lips on the go.

Okay, so in general - how did I find my first beauty box experience with Wantable? 

They get points for: Top notch customer service experience (seriously SO helpful, went above and beyond), asking for and respecting your personal makeup preferences, full size products, products I would actually use, products complement each other nicely, including product use tips & suggestions, inventory list, free shipping, simple send-it-back policy, speedy delivery

They lose points for: Fragrance fail & the nail polish mix-up (sending me a product I wasn't supposed to get in place of something I was supposed to get).

Anyways, you should definitely check them out at! Hope you found this review helpful & stay tuned for more posts!


  1. Replies
    1. What color did you use? it's beautiful.

  2. This was such a great review very honest and thorough! It's a shame that you missed on you're eyeshadow too,maybe next month lol also you're hair is looking gorgeous at the moment I love that colour on you!

    1. Thanks for your awesome comment, Tiarni (p.s. AWESOME name!) It is a shame about the eyeshadow but honestly I have over 1,500 eyeshadows at this point. What's one more, really? Haha. Thank you for the compliment on my hair too, it's out of the L'Oreal Feria collection. I've always been curious about going red and I'm happy it turned out nicely :)

  3. Beautiful makeup!


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  5. This whole review had me LOL-ing -- you really have a way with words my dear :)) The box looks awesome, other than the few drawbacks... sorry for the old lady perfumes :/

  6. Oh, so beautiful! Love to have a try!

  7. I love that your review was honest, but not extreme. You gave grace for their error when other bloggers would condemn them much more strongly. It gives me more respect for what you said.

    I must agree with the other posters that you are beautiful, the hair color is extremely flattering on you. In addition to that I just wanted to compliment you on your blending skills. Your eye shadow is absolutely flawless.