Winter 2012 Seasonal Luxe Box from LooseButton Review

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I was so excited to see my Winter Luxe Box arrive yesterday. I had been so curious to see what the quite pricey, ($26 for 7-8 deluxe samples), new seasonal box would offer. Loose Button changed from being a monthly subscription to a once every 3 months, seasonal box. I was honestly not expecting a lot. I signed up, and prepaid, for two seasonal Luxe Boxes a few months ago. I did not sign up in time, however, to receive the Fall box. After signing up I saw a review of the Fall box shortly after and found it very disappointing. I knew I would not have been happy receiving that box so I contacted Loose Button to cancel my subscription. They replied saying " I can definitely deactivate your membership for you but our deactivation policy does not include refunds for transactions that have already been processed." In other words, I was stuck with the two seasonal boxes I had paid for.

One thing I can say is that the packaging is truly lovely. This is what started getting me excited about the box. I loved that there was a handy pull tab for opening the exterior cardboard packaging. Flip up the lid and there's the heavy duty, beautiful white Luxe Box inside.


Inside the box the products are inside a mock satin pouch. A nice touch.


The items in my box were:

Blue Lagoon Algae Mask 10 ml sample packet. I guess I expected more from my 10 ml reserved Blue Lagoon mask. Maybe a little jar maybe? The packet just seems like such a letdown.

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis Dust It Powder Full size.I have zero use or interest in this product. It is supposed to assist the natural movement of your hair and help add texture for a matte finish. Why the heck would I want my already dry, damaged hair to look matte?! Apparently it is good for teasing hair. It's just not appropriate for my curly hair. Nice that it is full size though.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Hopeful. A soft baby pink. This is actually a nice shade. I was disappointed that it wasn't a more fun, eye-catching shade but I could actually use something like this in my polish collection.

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide Luminous Perfecting Essence. This is a treatment for dry ends and shine serum. This looks interesting to try. I'm not really sure how "deluxe" I find a 3ml sample to be though.

Dermalogica Precleanse 15 ml sample. I love cleansing oils so this will be nice to try but I can't see straying from my favourite shu uemura Ultime8.

Donna Karen Woman Eau de Parfum 7ml deluxe sample. I nice scent and a nice deluxe sized mini bottle.

Loose Button False Lashes. These have a thick black band at the bottom and are very artificial looking. The hairs aren't made to look remotely natural. I can't see ever using these.

Loose Button Kabuki Brush. A nice quality kabuki brush.

Some of the enclosed samples were OK. There were 8 samples/full sized products enclosed which meets the 7-8 samples Loose Button promises. While receiving full sized items is nice I did not sign up for this box to receive Luxe Boxes own products. I signed up to receive deluxe sized samples from well known brands. Not Loose Buttons own stuff they are shilling. It was also really disappointing not receiving a single cosmetic sample in a beauty box. I feel at least one colour cosmetic is essential for a beauty box. Don't you? I think I am just going to cancel all my monthly subscription boxes. I also received TopBox and Glymm the same day and they were equally disappointing. I give up.