Goodie Box Birthday Box

This month I ordered my first GoodieBox, which is a beauty subscription box based here in NZ, along the likes of Birchbox which is in the US. It was their second birthday this month and there was going to be a super special box in store, so I decided to sign up. It arrived the other day, and I have to say, on first glance I was disappointed, but further evaluation has made me like it more.  I think I’d built it up to be OMGAMAZING in my head, because of all the buzz about it. Here’s what I got:

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The products were as follows, and prices are NZ recommended retail price, according to information from Goodie Box.

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (sample).
The much-hyped Benefit liner sample was absolutely tiny, as you can see in the picture.

Benefit Theyre Real Gel eyeliner mini I wasn’t expecting it to be full sized, but I thought the sample would be larger, and so did a lot of other people I know. But anyway, time to review the liner itself! It was kind of hard to apply due to how small it was I felt clumsy holding it, but I think I did a pretty decent job at using it. My first attempt was pretty good, the next time I tried it wasn’t quite so great but I think my skills will improve with time – at least I hope so! I have a liquid eyeliner that I really like at the moment, but when it runs out I’ll consider buying this, and it was cool to get to try a product that every beauty blog and youtube channel seems to be talking about at the moment. The full size is 1.5g and sells for $45 in NZ  – $24 in the US, of course, but the price in NZ is comparable to other brands like MAC. Lots of online reviews said it’s impossible to remove but it came off easily with baby oil which I typically use to remove makeup. Also, while I’m talking about this, I want to discuss the name. They’re Real makes sense for the mascara, because the lashes are real, not falsies. But the black lines on your eyes are real? whaaaat?? I don’t get it.

Benefit They're real gel eyeliner attempt
Not bad for a first try!

I’ve tried the Carmex lip balm (7.5g, $6.99) before and absolutely hated it. It made my lips feel more dry, and I think that’s due to the camphor and menthol which are in it. These are both drying and irritating ingredients, and they should not be included in something which is intended to soothe the lips. Strangely, some people love this lip balm so I guess I’ll give it to a friend who likes it, or throw it away.

Linden Leaves Eye Rescue Serum is the most expensive product in this box, $49.99 for a 15ml tube, so I was expecting a lot. I have to say, I was let down. The primary ingredients are water and glycerin, which are in just about every moisturiser on the market, so nothing remarkable there. It does include white tea extract which is an antioxidant but based on it’s performance over the 5 nights I’ve tried it, I wouldn’t buy it – certainly not at $3 per ml! I’m going to keep using it because there’s nothing I like more than having an excessively complicated skincare routine, and I hate throwing things away. I do enjoy using the little roller ball, which is something going for it at least.

Dr Hauschka Foot Cream
The only this remarkable about this is the price – $43 for 75ml! It moisturised my feet, and that’s really all that I have to say. I wouldn’t buy this, I’ll continue using a normal body lotion on my feet. It has St John’s Wort in it which is apparently good for depression, so if your feet are sad, this expensive lotion can help them out.

Manhattan Endless Stay Duo Eyeshadow, 18g, $22
This is a brand I’ve never heard of, or seen in store. I like the gold colour, and I’ll attempt to use the blue as a gel eyeliner – despite my defence of blue eyeshadow earlier this is a bit bold for an allover colour. It’s a pretty decent price too, and you get a reasonable amount of product.

Manhattan Endless Stay Eyeshadow Duo 4 Strange Nights

Schwarzkopf Profesional Bonacure Repair Rescue Instant Repair Shot, 10ml, $8
This is supposed to be for two uses, but given the length and thickness of my hair, it was only one. My hair feels marginally softer, but not considerably so – although maybe the difference would be more noticeable if it was damaged.

Goodie Box is $29 per month + a flat rate of 4.50 courier fee, which isn’t pocket change, but I’ve decided to keep my subscription for the next month at least. If you’re interested in subscribing, you can go to and my referral code is 2ME616118XGY8.

My friend Laura has written about GoodieBox this month too, so go and have a read at Laura Loves Beauty Blog.

Lena x