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July 2015 BDJ Box Unboxing: Prepped and Polished!

Welcome to the July 2015 BDJ Box entitled Prepped and Polished.

July 2015 BDJ Box: Prepped and Polished
July 2015 BDJ Box: Prepped and Polished
...or simply put, The Box of Repeats.

July 2015 BDJ Box: Prepped and Polished welcome note
I really shouldn't be so succinct. I read so bitchy when I am.

Here's What's Inside, Sorted by Favorites:

V10 Plus Vitamin C and Licorice serum, Php 4750 / 30ml, ~5ml sachets provided
The only reason I'd place these V10 Plus sachets on the top spot is if it's the newest or most exciting thing. These sachets aren't that big and they're a bit thin so you can get a feel of my mood about this box.

Plus, I blogged about it days after I got it.

I only really like V10 because it's new.

FS Luscious Lipstick, Php 299 / 4g
The FS Luscious Lipstick is not a repeat either but it feels very cheap. It's too lightweight and the color seems to be that pink-fuschia I veer away from.

I'm pretty much over FS Cosmetics now. They're true drugstore in that quality is 50-50 and I'm not particularly invested in mining gold out of this pile.

Cetaphil Cleansing Bar, Php 441 / 127g, sample bars provided*
Cetaphil bars are new to the BDJ service, but more to the point, will BDJ ever stop sampling ubiquitous, classic, drugstore items?

Canmake Colorful Nails, Php 330 / 3.8g
Canmake Colorful Nails is actually a pretty cute lime green color. It's good for summer though I'd wear it any time. It's ranked a bit low because I'm not into nail polish right now, but I do feel good about this sample!

Dove Oxygen and Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner, Php 115 / 180ml each
Furthering the grocery agenda, July subbers receive a Dove Oxygen and Nourishment jumbo shampoo and conditioner duo. As far as I know this is a relatively new variant and the deal-finder-fans of BDJ will find this a saving grace.

You all know how I feel about these things. They're appreciated as supplies but I didn't come here for supplies.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara, Php 1300 / 8.5g, 3g sample provided.
These have been sampled twice before: once in June 2014 and another in December, I think. I haven't posted the latter because I was on hiatus and my curation cards were thrown away, trashing my will to write along with them.

I LOVE Benefit They're Real! but I know how they work and I've gotten them twice already.

Celeteque Cleansing Oil, Php 199 / 50ml
Not feeling too miffed about the Celeteque Cleansing Oil because while it was overdistributed early on, the reformulated version has never been released so I'm giving this a pass.

I wish they kicked up a bigger fuss about this being different, though. I heard Kaycee let go of hers not even realizing it's not the old oil- which I was unhappy with as well.

Carmex Tube (Php 110 / 10g) and Click Stick (Php 110 / 4.25g)
Good product, but so tired. Also, a great lesson in math and pricing.


Box Value: Php 1278, or 2.2x the Php 580 subscription fee *considering only full-size items

Having written the post, I'm confronted with how there isn't that many repeats in the box. There are technically only two/three repeats, Benefit They're Real and Carmex, out of eight samples.

It's not that bad, but the brand partners are feeling kind of stale... I would love if it were a brand like Happy Skin, an out-of-this-ballpark brand that regularly pushes out product. But these are drugstore brands with 50-50 line offerings and are supremely easily accessible. I'm only okay with Benefit having repeats, and even then, not too frequently.

Could this possibly be a strategic lowering of expectations in time for the bombastic Elite-only August box?

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