Introducing Fabulous Finds – Malaysia’s first Beauty Box subscription service

Filed Under (beauty, bodycare, cleanser, cosmetics, events, lotions, moisturiser, online shopping, powders, services, skincare) by rinnah on 27-06-2012

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If you’ve ever enviously looked on while our beauty blogging sisters in UK, US, Australia and Singapore talked about the beauty box subscriptions available to them, fret no more! Starting from now, Malaysia has its first beauty box in Fabulous Finds.

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For just RM35 a month, you’ll get 4 – 5 deluxe beauty samples from high-end and niche brands in a pretty box and delivered to your doorstep via courier.

I was invited to the launch of Fabulous Finds last Saturday and had a preview of the July box. What’s in the box?

As a nail polish hoarder, my first thought on seeing the pretty melon-pink box was, ‘Yes! I can keep more polishes in that box!’ :P because that’s how I’m storing my ever-expanding collection of polishes.

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Inside the box we find:

  • Beaubelle Clarity Brightening Cleansing Exfoliator
  • Beaubelle Gorgeous Multi Defence Protection Cream
  • Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Scrub
  • Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
  • Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation
  • Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

I was quite pleased with the brands represented in the first ever Fabulous Finds box – well known brands do a lot in reassuring me and I like that they were not your average drugstore brand but yet not so high-end so as to make them inaccessbile.

The deluxe beauty samples in the box were pretty decent too, and there was one full sized product in the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy tube which if you buy retail is about RM25. Also, the Beaubelle products, Benefit’s POREfessional and Lunasol powder were travel-sized.

The subscription point of RM35 is reasonable in my opinion, and not likely to break the bank for a boxful of pretty surprises. I personally like to think of my beauty box subscriptions as little monthly presents to myself for being a good girl. *cough* :P

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But you know what really made me like Fabulous Finds? I like that the founder, Hui Ling (that’s her in the picture above), really believes in giving back to the community. Did you know that each box is packed with care by women from disadvantaged backgrounds? This gives them the opportunity to gain employment and supplement their income even though it may not be able to provide them with a full-time income.

I’m really looking forward to see how Fabulous Finds progresses with their subsequent boxes and am more than happy to support a homegrown, local business.

You can subscribe to Fabulous Finds’ July box for just RM35 before 14 July 2012 as the boxes will be mailed out by courier starting 15 July 2012. There are only 180 boxes for July so you’ll need to be quick to reserve your box! Subscribe at the Fabulous Finds website here. Only available to residents of Malaysia.

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Powder

Filed Under (cosmetics, online shopping, powders) by rinnah on 29-10-2008

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Benefit Dandelion powder

Tagline : the perk-me-up pink powder

Description : Start your day the “perk-me-up” way, and keep them guessing how you look so pretty this early in the morning. Dust on our soft, pink, perk-me-up powder for instant radiance and a youthful appearance. It’s the perfect shade of pink that brightens everyone’s complexion without looking powdery or chalky.

Tips and tricks: Sweep the brush across the powder a few times, then tap off any excess. Brush lightly on to the apples of your cheeks in an outward motion. For the final touch, lightly brush all over your complexion.

Packaging : 10.0 g net wt / 0.35 oz

Recommended retail price : USD 28 (online) / MYR 129 (local)

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My review :

Having heard so much about this product of Benefit’s from a number of beauty bloggers, I decided to give this a try-out when fellow blogger Paris Beaverbanks invited me to join in on a group online order (purchases above USD 100 from Benefit online get free shipping). I’m not sure how fuss-free the whole order process was since I was not the one shopping, but the delivery turnaround time was pretty quick.

I was very happy to note that my Dandelion arrived in perfect condition – the packaging was intact (just like brand new!), with no traces of having gone through international shipping, which was a major concern of mine because the powder is not packed in a plastic case like other brands but instead in a sturdy cardboard box. Other reviews which I’ve read (see below for links) assure me that the box will stand up to repeated daily use and not suddenly cave in on me one day when I’m using it. That’s a great relief to know but I’m not too sure that I want to carry my Dandelion around with me in my bag, knowing how prone I am to rummaging around for my keys and what-not inside.

Once you open up the box, there is a brush provided by Benefit on top of the pink colored powder. Having used it, I prefer to use a brush with softer bristles simply because it feels better on my skin and less poky/scratchy. So unless I’m rushed for time, I grab my blush brush and use that instead.

Dandelion is also lightly scented, so you get a nice pleasant fragrance when you open up the box, but you don’t smell anything after you have it on – an important plus point for my sensitive sinuses!

Now the thing that confuses me about Dandelion is whether to classify it as a highlighting/brightening powder or a blush. You see, it works both ways for me but the way I use it may not work for everyone.

I generally dust on Dandelion all over my face, after my foundation/finishing powder but before my blusher. I find that a single sweep of Dandelion gives a lovely tinge to my skin, a hint of did-she-or-did-she-not have make up on kinda look. If I want to use it as a blush, I just keep on layering Dandelion on until I get a pale pinky glow on the apples of my cheeks. It looks very natural and not at all like a blush so if you’re looking for an extra pop of color, Dandelion is not the product you need.

Dandelion is a staple in my make-up arsenal whenever I need that extra glow and I’ve gotten compliments on how well I’m looking when I use it as a highlighter all over my face. In fact, I’ve even used it for wedding dinners with minimalist eye makeup and still looked more put-together than my make-up efforts for past dinners.

Since I’ve had a good time with Dandelion, I just might pick up Georgia and see whether that suits me too.

Yes factors : Lovely highlighting effect, minimal effort required – just dust and go!
No factors : Brush feels poky/scratchy, prefer more conventional packaging, local price a bit on the high side

Read other blogger reviews on Dandelion here :
Paris Beaverbanks
Tine

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