September 2013 SAHSHE box review, unboxing, photos: International Beauty Box

By now, you know I love hunting out and trying beauty boxes that ship internationally. Blame the local-beauty-box-that-sent-out-2004-palettes for this. I discovered the SAHSHE box purely accidentally, by stumbling on their website which was linked elsewhere, without even knowing it was a beauty box!
The SAHSHE box was set up by Carron White and Ruth Fombrun, who met at Princeton University and thought beauty boxes offered too few options for "coloured women". Before you jump to conclusions, the personalisation quiz is so detailed, it lets you choose from photos of a variety of skin tones. So unless you're NC25/20 or paler, this box should work well for everybody. One of my pet peeves is the fuss made about skin colour, so I'll get off that hobby horse now. You can also choose your hair type from pictures. There is a computer programme that matches products according to your profile. The quiz is very detailed; do try it out on their website anyway.
I adore the neither-box-not-clutch envelope-shaped box. I hope they retain this design forever.
An exhaustive product brochure; no personalisation or kisses, yay! The September SAHSHE is themed "Fresh off the runway".
Jam-packed inside:
You get five items - from hair care, skin care, makeup and lifestyle items, according to their website. I received five items including an Essie nail polish.

My September 2013 SAHSHE box contained:

  1. Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs
  2. Gaisie Body Essentials Vanilla Body Scrub
  3. Gaisie's Honeysuckle Hand Lotion in Lovely Lavender
  4. Oyin Boing style cream
  5. Foundation sponge a.k.a. blender dupe
Essie Mink Muffs is a lovely taupe. A tad deeper than Over The Taupe, at first swatch. Brilliant for fall.
Gaisie Body Essentials Hand Lotion in Lovely Lavender. No parabens. Which reminds me - you can personalise your box so you never receive a paraben, sulphate or mineral oil from them.
Gaisie Body Essentials Vanilla Scrub.
Will definitely try everything except for the foundation sponge because I already own the Original Beauty Blender (reviewed here) and if you think any dupe - including the so-called miracle sponge or even any brush - comes anywhere close in performance and finish/results to the Original Beauty Blender, you clearly haven't used the latter. Believe me, it will change the way you apply foundation.
Everything came beautifully sealed. No leaks or funny smells. Or fungi.
Very detailed product card/brochure. Click to enlarge.
The box costs $12. I'm a bit confused about international shipping, as the rates on the website look different now ($27 in all), from what I was charged last month ($12 in all). I know I said it was $12 all-inclusive in Facebook, but saw the website again yesterday. I will update this post once I know the exact cost including shipping worldwide.
Repurchase? I'll see what they do with postage and decide. If it's more than $20 including postage, I may not stick with it, considering that I already intend to stick with two boxes.
  1. This is a wonderful discovery. And with a detailed questionnaire whose responses they actually do consider! Hope they continue charging as much shipping as they did last month ;)

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    1. Fingers crossed! If reasonable, this could be the making of our beauty fix each month!

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  2. This looks amazing! I think I need to subscribe to international beauty boxes as well now!!! :P :D

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    1. The advantage of international boxes is that they won't send you products released in 2004, dodgy powders in jars and plastic hair brushes and make it look like they gave you the moon.

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  3. Wow for $12 I would say that's box is awesome value. It's so nice to receive products made for more coloured women; I'm so sick of receiving fake tan in beauty boxes...

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  4. i liked all this stuff :) niceee :)

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  5. This seems like a nice box, this one didn't seem to matter about skin tone, I would be interested to see what you receive next month and what the postage is,

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  6. i shall definitely order this once the shipping this is out.... detailed questionnaire sounds to be a gr8 plus....

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  7. i shall definitely order this once the shipping this is out.... detailed questionnaire sounds to be a gr8 plus....

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