Friday, August 28, 2015

New Beauty Test Tube September 2015 Review and Coupon

New Beauty Test Tube is an interesting beauty subscription. The goal is the send new and trend-setting products and to expand your brand awareness. I find they send spa quality brands along with new products from old favorites. It really is a nice way to get some of the fresh-on-the-market skincare. Very little make up is sent.
This month there are six official products and three Bonus items. The bonus items are definitely part of the goodness of this box this month.

The Cost: $29.95/bi-monthly plus $8.95 shipping

What You Get: An editor curated selection of beauty must-haves six times a year.  You will receive a TestTube filled with 7 or more deluxe and full-size products from popular beauty brands. Also included is a subscription to New Beauty Magazine.

Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless Cleansing Conditioner- This is a bonus product. I don't use this kind of thing in my hair but its a nice addition to the box. It's great for coarse hair and it cleanses, conditions, provides style control and reduces blow dry time.
Value: $10

It's a 10 Miracle leave-in Lite- This is an "Editor's Extra" as well. It used to be that there was a little mini pouch with extras in it but that was done away with when I first started subscribing. Spray this in your hair after washing it. Enhances natural body, weightlessly detangles, adds silkiness and shine.
Humidity resistant, protects color and prevents split ends. What more could you need?!
Value: $8
Altchek MD Eye Gel Pads- De-puff and hydrate your eyes! Undereye patches are all the rage these days. After washing your face, slap these babies on and wait for the magic to happen. The nice thing about these particular ones? Retinyl Palmitate. Yep. Give me all the retinol for my undereye, please. Too bad there's only two pairs. Darn.
Value: $4

donell lip saver- A beeswax lipbalm with an SPF 15! Just what I need today while I'm shoveling bark! It also smells good, doesn't taste gross and is the perfect softness.
Value: $7

GrandeLips Collagen Boosting Plumper- Well, my thin lips need all the plumping they can get. I put this on and didn't really notice anything except the fact that I loved the applicator. Kind of a weird bendy, rubber, fuzz-covered doefoot. I liked it. Then I noticed my lips tingling. Quite tingly. It faded after awhile but that's going to be uncomfortable for some. Other than that it's nice and shiny. I didn't notice any plumping.
Value: $10
L'Occitane En Provence Divine Creme- This is a lightweight moisturizer with essential oils and plant-derived antioxidants. It uses oil from a flower called Immortelle that never fades even after it's picked. As awesome as that is, I doubt that is going to translate to human skin. Still, this is a nice moisturizer and with all the oils, you're going to be plump and hydrated. Still at $108 a pop, I'd like to see some ceramides, peptides and a little more retinol in something that claims to be anti-aging as hard as this does. You can get plump and hydrated skin for $20 easy peasy.
Value: $15

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator- Dr. Brandt shows up a LOT in NBTT but it's always something different. I've never used this product before but I'm always down for some good exfoliation. Don't believe the hype about it shrinking your pores. That's literally impossible no matter how true people want it to be. If you've got large pores, you probably already know that. The weird thing is that it says after four weeks people saw a decidedly matte look to their skin. I don't know if that's a good thing? Please protect your moisture barrier! I wonder what the pH is... How weird... It uses aluminum oxide as the exfoliant... Huh.
Value: $5
Bio-Oil- This oil is supposed to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, uneven skin tone and treat signs of aging. I've been dipping my toe in the oil waters and I was excited to use this until I saw that Lavender Oil is one of the key ingredients. This is mineral oil (which is an excellent hydrator), a bunch of plant oils and it does have some retinyl palmitate in it, too. So the anti-aging claims might have merit. It gets good reviews so I'm bummed I can't try it.
Value: $3

DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum- Considering I literally shook out the last drops of my only B5 serum last night, I'm pretty happy to see this. After looking at the ingredients, I'm absolutely using it. First three ingredients? Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol (vit B5). Everything else is plant extracts for antioxidant goodness. The last ingredient? Lavender. Boo. But I'm still using it. Can't wait! This is a hydrating powerhouse. :D I hope my skin likes it.
Value: $71

VERDICT: New Beauty Test Tubes always have the weirdest curation. There never really appears to be a rhyme or reason to what gets included. This month there's a ton of moisturizers which I'm totally okay with. It's definitely a box geared toward an older set for the most part. And that's probably why I like it. The value for this months' tube is skewed and is mostly found in one product (the DermaQuest). I'm very thankful that it's a product I can and want to use, otherwise everything else is a little boring. I'm really glad there were two extras this month, as well.

If you would like to sign up for New Beauty Test Tube, you can do that right here. Use this link to get your first box for $20.95 (plus shipping). With that deal, I think it's fun and on the edge of worth it. At full price... Harder to say. It depends on what they include, of course. I think they shouldn't charge for shipping.

Did you get the same extras I did in your box? I'm always curious to see if they send everyone the same things. Last month it looked like there were two versions.

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1 comment:

  1. I loooove the It's a 10 Lite spray- it's my second favorite to my Beauty Protector spray. It has such a nice scent and doesn't weigh my hair down at all. I was super happy to see that in the NBTT this month, even if it was an extra. I did get the Macadamia conditioner stuff in a past tube sometime last year and I was not a fan at all- it made my hair super greasy and heavy- however my best friend has really coarse hair and he has been enjoying it, so it might just depend on hair type, I guess?

    This wasn't my favorite tube, but it's definitely better than some of the ones I've received in the past. I'm still iffy on them in general because sometimes I LOVE thetubes and other times I'm just not that impressed. I'm hoping they pick it up and start getting new brands and more interesting products included!

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