POPXO: New Year, New You Subscription Box (January’18 Edition)

*Disclaimer: I own all the pictures. This post is not sponsored. Everything written over here is just my opinion.

Hey, folks!

Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted on this blog, almost a week now. Well, with exams coming up and some new complications coming up as well, it has slowed down my posts but that’s all fine because today I’m back with a brand new review! I’m actually quite glad that I was able to do this review and this box actually got delivered on the 13th of March and I think I placed an order on the 10th of March. There will be some more boxes coming in soon, so, stay tuned!

P.S

My next post is most likely going to be delayed again but I will try my best to regularly keep you guys updated with new content to the best of my abilities!

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What’s a Subscription Box?

A Subscription Box is a monthly, bimonthly, trimonthly or quarterly planned and distributed box that usually holds a theme based on the genre or category it is from. You can receive Subscription Boxes from different countries depending on the the list of countries they ship to. Some of the more common Subscription Boxes you will see on this blog will range from genres like Beauty, Books, Skincare, Kawaii(Cute/Japanese themes), Food, etc.

A little introduction for the POPXO box

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Where is it from? What is it about?

POPXO was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi(India). It’s a monthly Subscription box which contains 4-5 products that range from beauty, makeup tools and skincare. They also provide vouchers from brands such as Blossom Kochhar and Marks & Spencer. POPXO has their own website along with their Android and iOS app that is specifically meant for women and they tackle topics like beauty regimes, skincare, lifestyle and even sex life topics. The CEO & Founder is Priyanka Gill.

Word On The Street?

There were some mixed reactions towards this Subscription Box, mostly because of the price because it is a bit on the higher side and there are plenty of other Indian Subscription Boxes that sell their boxes for a lesser price. The POPXO box is Rs 799 but I used a Women’s Day Coupon and received a 30% discount, So, I purchased the box for Rs 559. There were some complaints regarding the products as well, people didn’t seem to like the items provided in the box but I will divulge further regarding this in the product review.

Personally?

The fact that they haven’t moved on from the January theme is a bit of a concern for me because we’re already starting March and here I’m reviewing a January box. Weird and a tad bit annoying because the whole look of the POPXO Subscription Service just seemed so OTT and presentable, that automatically sets an expectation from its customer base. Besides all that, I noticed that the pre-sale and sale price are the same. They haven’t changed and nothing seems to have been improved. Maybe not a lot of people bought the box? I don’t really know. As for my own experience with them? I did email them once and it was on a Saturday and of course, it’s the weekend, So, I naturally assumed that I would receive a reply on Monday, at least but too much of my dismay, I didn’t get a reply and I still haven’t gotten a reply(It’s Thursday now). So, customer service is either slow or non-existent. Their website is pretty flashy and alright and the same goes to the apps as well but I don’t think I’m gonna use any of that especially since it’s nothing extraordinary and different from Tumblr or a Cosmo article.

So far, here are my ratings

Arrival: 9/10

Social Media Activity: 8/10

Customer Service: 2/10

Authenticity: 9/10

Theme: 9/10

And without further ado, let’s start the product review!

blender

The Beauty Stick Blender by MyGlamm

MyGlamm is a very female and ever ready oriented makeup brand that creates a variety of makeup products in palettes such as concealers, highlighters, blush etc. This beauty blender is soft and supple with a very bendy feel about it. As mentioned on their site, this is best suited for use with the Total Makeover FF Cream(Their in-house product). For long-lasting results, do not rinse the beauty blender underwater, simply wipe it with a moist cloth. If you’re interested in this product, click here.

This blender like I mentioned earlier is very bendy and I am worried that it’s going to tear but oh well. I did use the blender and when damp, it does get bigger and it doesn’t soak in all the product but the stick does get in the way. The stick makes it a little difficult to use the sponge blender and for most of it, I ended up having to hold on the sponge directly and use it.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Defects: The stick was a little dirty and the sponge is way too shaky.

Value: 7/10

Packaging: 7/10

Relevance(To Theme): 8/10

Blossom

The White Tea & Chamomile Face Wash by Blossom Kochhar

Aroma Magic had a humble beginning in 1992. The foundation was laid by Dr. Blossom Kochhar, who spent her childhood amidst coffee plantations in the Nilgiris. She was surrounded by nature, coffee blossoms, spices and all things beautiful. In fact, her passion for all things natural inspired in her a love for an alternative way of living and healing. Her passion led her to build a company around it, using natural fragrances, colours, plant extracts, organic ingredients and ancient herbal remedies which are so familiar and interwoven in everyday living in India. The packaging of the product is quite blurry with the shiny Blossom Kochhar written in stark contrast compared to the rest of the product. If you’re interested in the product, click here.

I actually really like this product. It rejuvenates the skin and while it doesn’t quite give me a glowy look, it does make me feel refreshed and smooth. The scent of the face wash is quite strong and really effective, I like that one aspect of this item. The scent is really soothing and goes well with the natural theme of this product. It’s very safe for your skin and it rightly caters to all skin types because I asked my mom to use this as well and she has very dry skin and she seems to really take to this product! Blossom Kochhar is definitely a brand I recommend for you folks to try out because I myself use a lot of their products and they’re really nice.

Product Ratings

Quality: 9/10

Quantity: 8/10

Defects: None

Value: 8/10

Packaging: 7/10

Relevance: 9/10

hand cream

The Fruit Drop Hand Cream by ColorBar

ColorBar is quite a popular brand in the Indian Market. This hand cream is a sample and I can’t even bring myself to write about it.

First off, It’s terrible. I hate it, my mom hates it, my dad hates it and so does my cat. It stinks like a dirty toddler’s salivating mouth and God, it’s simply ghastly. I did read on YouTube that a lot of people were displeased with this product and I’m not at all surprised. It does not hydrate the skin and dries up quickly. Also, I know it’s just a sample but it barely had a spoonful of product in it and I’m talking about a small spoon, like a teaspoon. I absolutely hate this product and I don’t recommend purchasing it.

Product Ratings

Quality: 2/10

Quantity: 1/10

Defects: The very existence of this product is a defect.

Value: 3/10

Packaging: 5/10

Relevance: 5/10

balm

The Pomegranate Lip Balm by Organic Harvest

Organic skincare is an incredible concept that reflects a healthy lifestyle since the products are derived from plants that have been grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, making them skin friendly. The brand was launched in June 2013 after a thorough R&D of over two years. Global organizations like EcoCert, OneCert & Nature have certified the ingredients and raw materials that we use in our products which are free from any harsh chemicals, Parabens, Phthalates, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin or animal ingredients. This product almost looks like the EOS lip balm except for the Organic Harvest Crest underneath the product.

This lip balm really moisturises your lips without making it feel greasy and sticky. Though it doesn’t have any flavour, it does smell great. I usually prefer lip balms that have a subtle flavour but this one actually has no flavour. It’s like the smell makes you start expecting a tasty fruity flavour and then you’re disappointed with the whole bland nothingness of the flavour. Still, love it though! Also, I actually really like the Organic Harvest products and they’re very effective.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Quantity: 9/10

Defects: None

Value: 8/10

Packaging: 7/10

Relevance: 7/10

foils

The FlawLess Skin Facial Oils by Souhait Essentials

While there isn’t much online about this brand, I can’t say the same for its product. They don’t have a big customer base and people don’t exactly seem to like their range either. This particular product is encased in glass with a simple labelling on it with manufacturing details and ingredients on it. Not a lot of details have been mentioned and this usually is a red flag for me and it hints to a low-quality product.

The facial oils are not bad, they don’t irritate my skin but I don’t know if it’s meant for all skin types but I did notice that I had a break out on my upper lip the very next day and it was a little painful and it’s likely that it’s because of the oils but I can’t be sure. I will continue to use this facial oil and if anything else happens, I will let you know and there will probably be an update in the future.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Quantity: 9/10

Defects: None

Value: 7/10

Packaging: 6/10

Relevance: 8/10

fbox

Here’s how the box arrived and as I mentioned earlier, the delivery was quick and pretty decent too but the customer service was shoddy and non-existent.

Finally,

My Verdict?

This wasn’t a terribly bad box and neither was it really good. In fact, the only product that I really liked was only the face wash by Blossom Kochhar. I wouldn’t suggest this box for folks who are skincare and makeup fends but it’s definitely not bad for beginners and just people who are want to try the box out. I hope they come out with some new themes and maybe eventually reply to my email but nevertheless, be wary with this box and try to purchase it while the Women’s Day offer still lasts because I wouldn’t pay Rs 799 for this box.

If you’re interested in the box then, click here(Update:Link has expired, the box is sold out.).

As always, if you have any queries or feedback, make sure to reach out to me via email at Iamnotchannel@gmail.com or Instagram @CrypticCriticChan!

I hope this review helped you out!

Until the next post,

laters, folks! :3

UPDATE

This is pretty much the very next day after posting the blog post and I have a little update regarding the beauty blender from MyGlamm.

As you can see, the sponge is almost off the stick and that’s after one wash. I wasn’t even cleaning it hard and one little tug caused the tear. This beauty blender is sold for ₹950 and I wouldn’t pay so much for something that can’t even last one wash. I had already mentioned earlier in the blog that the beauty blender was pretty bendy and breakage did seem inevitable and alas, bad luck struck sooner then I thought it would.

Oh well, I hope this little update for use for you folks and of course, if anything else comes up then I will surely make another update to this post!

Love,

CCC :3

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. These products look awesome. Would try them soon

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  2. The way your pics are clicked is fab

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  3. Great post girl!! Thanks for sharing
    XO, MK
    https://mackenziekateri.com/

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