Maslow & Co, Japanese Edit, April 2017 - unboxing and first impressions


Hello all and welcome to my April Maslow & Co unboxing! 

This box showed up on Friday and I was super excited to see it sitting there on my doorstep (unannounced as always because Fastway never knocks): I'd been looking forward to this Japanese edit and I'd also received a hoh-hum box from The Parcel the day before, so I needed a lift and this was it.

Let's have a look!

As you can see, it's a pretty full box with plenty of things to play with.

I couldn't however immediately tell what a few of the items were (the writing's all in Japanese), so I was happy to see the email with the product descriptions show up in my inbox later in the day, telling me exactly what I'd been sent.

The good news about this box (for me at least) is that two of the makeup items - the brow pencil and the mascara - are things I actually need. I don't have a brow product at the moment because I've been using my shadows from Pan that Palette for that, so I'm super glad that I'll be able to try a dedicated brow product for the first time in a while. The mascara will also come in handy because I don't have many of those in back-up and I could use an extra one.

While I won't use the eyeliner (that was the Maven Gift this month) because I don't use liquid eyeliner, everything else in the box will definitely get used so that's always a plus.

Let's have a quick look at each item in turn. Later on I'll review the contents separately so stay tuned for that if you're interested.

Doucce Liquid Wear Eyeliner (RRP $31 AUD for 2.5ml; received full size)

This is apparently highly pigmented and waterproof, and it has a matte finish. The fine tip should allow you to create bold, precise lines with one stroke.

I'm sure that others will be happy to see this because many people wear eyeliner, but mine is heading straight to the declutter pile because I just don't use it. I do have a friend who wears it, however, so I'm sure she'll gladly receive it. I've wound up with a couple of Doucce products from sub boxes in the past and they weren't bad, so hopefully this is ok too.

D.J.V Miray Fiberwig Mascara (RRP $29.95 AUD for 7.5g; received full size)

According to the booklet, this is formulated with innovative technology and it paints on false lash filaments, covering lashes in a liquid-to-film coating in the process. It's also clump-free and resists smudging and streaking.

Now this sounds interesting. I only ever have one mascara open at a time so I'll probably open this next month when the mascara I'm using is ready to be turfed. I've seen on the picture in the booklet that the wand isn't too fat, which makes my hooded eyes extra happy because hopefully it will be easy for me to use without making countless errors. Fingers crossed!

Chulala Cleansing Lotion ($35 AUD for 150ml; received full size)

This apparently contains a gentle yet powerful blend of natural enzymes and sea botanicals: coral water rich in calcium aids with healthy skin cell turnover; papain enzyme metabolises dirt and impurities; while ginger leaf extract and deep ocean water add moisture to plump and protect the skin.

Now this sounds like something I'll like. You apply it to a cotton pad and use it that way, so looks like this will be my first cleanse in the morning and it may also make a good makeup remover, although I tend to remove makeup with budget items and use things like this as skin cleansers, so we'll see. Looking forward!

RAFRA Complete In Gel Cream (RRP $74 AUD for 50g full size; received 10ml sample valued at $15)

This cream promises to offer the benefits of a multi-step regime in just one product, removing the need for a lotion, emulsion, serum, face cream, oil, eye cream and mask. It also claims to treat multiple skin concerns including pigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines, dullness and dryness.

I like the idea of a 'do all' product although I'm not sure I'd give up my skincare ritual because, believe it or not, I like the process of applying different things to my face every morning and evening. Still, no doubt a product like this would appeal to many and I'm looking forward to trying it - I'll be interested to see if it works.

Shu Uemura Colour Lustre Dry Cleaner (RRP $18 AUD for 37g deluxe travel size)

This was the sneak peek item for the month. It claims to be a two-in-one cleanser and conditioner that absorbs scalp oil and impurities, leaving you with fresh locks. It shouldn't leave a white cast.

I'm looking forward to trying this, especially because I only have one dry shampoo and I'm about to finish it off - so this is a timely inclusion. Plus Shu Uemura is a good brand so hopefully this works well.

Dazzshop Lasting Eyebrow Pencil (RRP $29.95 AUD; received full size)

This eyebrow pencil is apparently creamy, easy to blend and long-lasting. It comes complete with a spooly to help keep your brows groomed.

I'm really pleased with this inclusion and it may be my favourite item in the box - purely because it's been ages since I used a dedicated eyebrow product and I'm looking forward to trying this instead of using brown eyeshadow for the job. Hopefully it's good : )

Rune Platinum Face Masks (RRP $6 AUD for a pack of two)

These sheet masks should hydrate and nourish the skin: they come in three different packet designs but the contents are apparently the same. 

I do like the packaging (it was designed by Rune Naito) and while you guys likely know by now that I'm one of the few people on the planet who doesn't like sheet masks, I'll still use these and I'll let you know how I go.

Hadabisei Kracie Moisturising Facial Mask (Extra Rich) (RRP $4 AUD for a single mask)

Ach, another sheet mask. I could have done without that - but, again, I'll use it and let you know how I go. 

This one's formulated with hyaluronic acid and lemon extract, and it should be super nourishing. We'll see about that. I've only ever used one sheet mask that's done anything for my skin so I don't have high hopes.

Baby Foot (RRP $29.95 for one pair)

These little booties are like a chemical peel for your feet. They contain seventeen natural extracts designed to break down and gently remove the layer of dead skin on the surface of your tootsies.

I've used one of these feet 'peelers' before and it didn't actually work, although at thirty bucks a pop, I suspect this one will. It's not the kind of product that I need or would buy, but I will use it. The problem will be finding the time to leave these on for one hour - not an easy job when your toddler doesn't sit still and your son won't leave your breastal region alone ; )

In sum

I'm happy with my box and I can't wait to get stuck into it. It's probably not my favourite of Maslow & Co's boxes because the sheet masks and foot peel don't tickle my fancy, but everything else in here (minus the Maven gift, that being the eyeliner) is something I'm looking forward to trying.

The RRP value of the box is around $170 AUD, or $200 AUD if you received the eyeliner, so the value is there and I'll definitely be renewing my subscription to Maslow & Co because it's my favourite of the three boxes I'm subscribed to. Yes it's more expensive, but I'll drop the other two to make room for it.

Do let me know if you received this box and what you think of it if so.

Speak soon x

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