Hands down my most anticipated box this season is the Rachel Zoe Box of Style. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a box filled with fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items curated by Rachel Zoe! It’s a quarterly subscription, so it ships in March (Spring), July (Summer), September (Fall), and December (Winter). Every box promises $300+ value for only $100, or you can sign up for a whole year for $350.
This Summer box is the 2nd one they’ve ever done, since it’s still a relatively new subscription box. I didn’t get the Spring box and I was kicking myself when I saw what was inside! I ended up buying most of that box off of Ebay and immediately signed up for a whole year so I won’t have to miss another shipment. If you want to see the contents of the Spring 2015 box, Liz over at My Subscription Addiction has a fantastic review!
First look! I gotta say, I was super impressed with the packaging. If any of you have ever received any of the Popsugar Special Edition boxes, the box quality is similar. It’s very sturdy and can (and will, in my case) be reused as storage boxes or something. If you purchased this as a gift, your giftee will definitely be impressed!
The little booklet that comes with the box is really comprehensive. It definitely feels like Rachel Zoe was heavily involved in the curation since she comments on why she picked each item and adds little tips and tricks.
It’s much more substantial than the usual, which is just a card listing the contents. There’s actually really interesting tidbits about how to use the products and even a Q & A with Mara Hoffman! It’s something I actually read through and enjoyed.
Each item came individually wrapped, which I always love. It’s just so much fun to unwrap each item, feels like an impromptu Christmas!
The Cambridge Satchel Company Large Push Lock Cross Body Bag | $150.00
For each box, they release the “hero item” of the box ahead of time so you can know what the highest value item is. I think that’s a great system and makes it easier for people to spend $100, since it’s not a complete gamble. It also doesn’t detract too much from the whole surprise element of a subscription box because there’s always still another 5 or 6 items in each shipment that aren’t released.
As soon as I saw the spoiler for this bag, I knew I made the right choice in getting the annual subscription. I’ve been wanting a white purse but didn’t want to spend too much on it, so this was so very perfect for me. I adore The Cambridge Satchel Company and know they make quality items, so I had no concerns about the leather quality or craftsmanship.
Beautiful leather, and very spacious. It holds my wallet, phone, keys, and makeup perfectly. The straps are detachable so you can also use it as a clutch. I’m a tiny bit worried about how well the white color will hold up over time, but it’s such a classic and chic piece that will go with any outfit. I’ll just try to be very very careful with it.
Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer | $30.00
I’m always happy to get Too Faced products (adore their packaging!) so I was thrilled to see this. It’s so perfect for Summer and it’s a very natural looking bronzer. Not too shimmery, and can be applied lightly for a barely there look or more heavy handed for a more tan look. It works very well for me because I have pink undertones in my complexion. I also own Snow Bunny and I can tell you first hand that these last forever. I’ve been waiting to hit the pan for like, at least a year now and it still isn’t happening.
Too Faced Lip Creme in Spice Spice Baby | $22.00
I’ve never tried these lip cremes before but have heard good things about them. I was pleasantly surprised by how hydrating it was and the sheerness. It’s great for just a light wash of pink, though you can definitely build up to a more vibrant color as well. Every box contained the color Spice Spice Baby, which is a neutral dusty rose shade that works for a great range of skin tones. Very pleased with this discovery!
Bristols Six Nippies Skin Nipple Covers | $26.00
I wasn’t too sure about these before I tried them on, but I wore them for a day and now I love them! It’s perfect for strapless tops or backless dresses, both of which I wear a lot of in the Summer. I’m very fortunate that the Light shade works beautifully with my skin, but I do wonder if darker skinned subscribers will be able to use them. I’m also lucky that being a B cup girl means going bra-less is feasible. For larger breasted women I imagine going bra-less might actually hurt due to the lack of support. On the bright side, Rachel Zoe did add in the booklet that these also work as heel pads or insoles.
O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel | $44.00
This is a completely new-to-me brand, but their ultra luxe packaging won me over the instant I saw it. I’m always interested in facial peels, especially ones that are gentle enough to use on a more regular schedule. This one is recommended for 3 to 4 times a week.
If you’ve ever used gel exfoliators from Japan before, this peel works in a similar fashion. You apply it to your face and wait for a few seconds, then rub it into your skin in circular motions. You’ll start to see little balls of dead skin forming on your face, which you then rinse off. It’s a really satisfying way to exfoliate because you can literally see the dead skin coming off and your face feels smoother than before.
Mara Hoffman Sarong | $98.00
So thrilled to get a Mara Hoffman print! This was designed exclusively for Box of Style, and is a really bright geometric print inspired by the jungle. While it’s designed to be a sarong, the styling tips include ideas like wearing it as a scarf, shawl, impromptu halter dress, or even as a beach blanket. It’s certainly large enough to be used for all of those purposes and more, and the material is very soft and lightweight.
Overall verdict? Could not be happier. I love everything I got and think it’s so on point for a Summer box. For $100, I received a $370.00 value! Color me impressed. I think this box really does deliver on what it promises: it’s literally a box of style. It includes fashion accessories that are very high quality and timeless, a styling tool (the Nippies), and some simple but good beauty items that will appeal to a wide audience. The value is definitely there and the experience is luxurious and well thought out. I can’t wait to see what Fall will bring! It’s my favorite season and I have sky high hopes 🙂