UPDATE 11/08/2017: I was trying to buy the August 2017 Hashtag Girl Crush box in July, however the box was showing as ‘Sold Out’ on their website. After emailing Hashtag Girl Crush, I was informed by someone in their team that the monthly beauty subscription box has been discontinued. As of today I cannot access their website with an error message stating ‘www.hashtagirlcrush.com’s server DNS address could not be found.’ I have removed links to their website from this review, but will keep my eye out to see if the website comes back up. I hope you still enjoy my review xx.
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For this post I’ll be focusing on a subscription box called Hashtag Girl Crush. I stumbled upon this box after they liked one of my Instagram photos a few months ago. I’d just unsubscribed to Birchbox and this box appealed to me.
Hashtag Girl Crush is a monthly box that is comprised of women-owned brands, additionally, they donate 10% of their profits to women’s charities. The box costs £20 and but their website states you will ‘receive at least 5 fashion, beauty and lifestyle products worth up to £150’. After reading their Instagram bio and the information on their website, I placed my order. The purchase of the box works one month in advance, so if you paid for your first box in June, it would be posted on the 15th July. I, unfortunately, paid on the 1st May, so I missed out on receiving the May box by one day.
As I knew that I missed out, I followed May’s box closely and was amazed by the products that were in some individual’s boxes. On Instagram I saw multiple posts of people receiving playsuits, dry shampoo, phone cases, pressed eyeshadows, and beautiful jewellery.
In my June box I received the following products (prices stipulated are taken from each company’s individual website):
- Booband – £20
- Apoterra Skincare ‘Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Complexion Soap – $12/£9.39
- MooGoo ‘Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream’ – £23.90
- Stargaze Jewelry ‘Bronze Mia Choker Silver’ – Roughly $19.99/£15.64
- Feline Lashes – ‘The Kitten Collection’ lashes in the style ‘Bengal’ – $21.59/£16.89
- Ciro-Cell Skincare – ‘ABO +|- Serum, Face Rejuvenation’ – Sample Size
Rough total product price – £85.82
This isn’t an accurate total as I had to use google conversion to work out the dollar to pound price conversion.
If my last subscription box post it anything to go by then you’re going to need a beverage and some food. Buckle up, because without further ado we’re going to get cracking with this review!
Booband – £20
As stated on the packaging:
‘Booband is a new wearable band for women who want additional support, comfort and confidence for all sports and activities, particularly high-impact.’
I don’t particularly like the packaging and ironically it reminds me of food. In case you couldn’t tell through my comment about an exercise item reminding me of food, I don’t really exercise. By ‘I don’t really’, I mean never. I never willingly exercise. I have to climb three flights of stairs at work multiple times a day and that’s enough for me. The extent of me exercising is walking only if there’s a promise of cake or snacks at the end (don’t judge me).
That being said, the idea behind the product sounds good to me. The pack of the package details that ‘the compression provided by the Booband can help prevent ligament damage, improve posture, enhance performance and increase comfort before and after exercise’. Additionally it claims that it ‘helps prevent excessive movement by adding more compression to the top of the breasts therefore reducing vertical and lateral movement’. It can also apparently ‘be used in addition to a well-fitted sports bra to add support as not all sports bras will completely prevent bounce’.
The description certainly sounds useful… If I exercised.
If you want to learn more about the Booband, or get one yourself then check out their website.
Apoterra Skincare ‘Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Complexion Soap’ – $12
The back of the packaging explains:
‘This complexion soap provides a deep cleanse to promote clear, healthy and radiant skin. Activated charcoal gently removes impurities, tea tree and neem oil cleanse, while Dead Sea salt provides beneficial nutrients.’
I have dry skin, but I have blackheads and I occasionally get spots. That being said, I dislike stating that I have dry skin because I don’t want a moisturiser in every box – I have more than I can use. Therefore, it was a refreshing change to see this in the box, and I will definitely give it a go. I’ve used charcoal based facial products before and I find that they do a really good job cleansing and purifying the skin.
That being said, I’m slightly annoyed that it’s a solid soap bar as I tend to stick to liquid-based products, additionally I’m super clumsy and messy. I haven’t opened this bar but I’m assuming it’s going to be black, or at least a dark colour, so me being clumsy with something slippery that will stain? It’s probably not going to end well.
Additionally, I feel like if I said to someone ‘I paid $12 for a bar of soap’ they’d think I was ridiculous. Personally I would say that you can get cheaper products that have the same ingredients and claim to do the same things. However, it is handmade with natural ingredients and the plants/minerals that are used in it have some great skin benefits, also it says on the back that it’s ‘free of phtalates, parabens, SLS mineral oil, and artificial fragrances’ so maybe $12 is a fair price.
If you want more details about Apoterra Skincare’s and see their other products then you can do so via this link to their website.
MooGoo ‘Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream’ – £23.90 :
Anti-aging, and SPF? Sign me up!
The packaging states:
‘We added ECGC (a concentrated green team extract), caffeine and niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help protect skin from sun damage’ and ‘the only animals we use for testing are our own bodies’.
I was intrigued by this product, I think the packaging is super cute and I’m always on the look out for anti-ageing products. The fact that it’s a natural product, and isn’t tested on animals also attracted me.
When I opened it and saw that it was a pump, rather than the usual squeezy tube that moisturiser comes in, or the dreaded pot moisturiser that you have to use your hands for (or get a spatula), I was excited. Pumps are more hygienic, they’re easier to use, basically I like pump products. I quickly pumped a small amount onto the back of my hand to test it out and that’s where things started to go wrong for me.
The product smells like a combination of suncream, plasticine, and plastic and it’s a pretty strong smell. The texture is also similar to suncream. I suffer from migraines and strong smells can trigger them so this product was setting off alarm bells for me. Thankfully the smell faded but I’m still apprehensive to try it on my face, especially at the smell would literally be right under my nose.
The price point also puts me off, £23.90 for a product that makes me smell like a plasticine girl? Not something I personally would like to pay that kind of money for. However, I will still give it a try and see how it preforms.
If you would like to try out GooMoo’s products, or find out more about them then click through to their website.
Stargaze Jewelry ‘Bronze Mia Choker Silver’ – Roughly $19.99
I am a wearer of mostly plain black chokers, and honestly this has not changed my mind. I couldn’t find the exact price of it, as it wasn’t on the Stargaze Jewelry website and after making myself dizzy staring at chokers I decided it wasn’t there. The chokers on their website range between $9.99 and $29.99 but the price I saw the most was $19.99, plus that’s the middle ground between the top and bottom price points so I estimated it would be somewhere around there.
I honestly just don’t think this choker is very flattering on me. It’s definitely minimalist, and although I go for that sometimes I don’t think this choker does much for me and I think it would need to be layered with other necklaces to look good on me. I personally don’t like the stone detailing, the stones are very small and they look odd from a distance. That’s not to say anything bad about Stargaze Jewelry, the product is made well, it seems sturdy despite being thin, and is handmade, plus the styles they have on their website vary widely.
If you want to look at Stargaze Jewelry’s other products (as I couldn’t find this one) then you can check out their website here.
Feline Lashes – ‘The Kitten Collection’ lashes in the style ‘Bengal’ – $21.59
Firstly I love this brand name, let’s be real who doesn’t want to be a cat? I know I do!
The packaging however, I don’t like. The plastic feels cheap and once you take the black cardboard slip off it does not look appealing, it’s certainly not what I would expect for $21.59. On the other hand, I know that the lashes will be protected as I can put them back in the packaging and they’ll be fully encased in plastic.
I’m not going to lie, when I saw these I was worried, I don’t wear false lashes very often and when I do I stay within my comfort zone of lashes slightly longer and more voluminous than my natural lashes. These in comparison are massive, they hide almost my entire eyelid and when I put the first one on I was unsure if I would like them.
I’ve worn them for a while now and honestly I love them, they’re so comfortable they don’t feel like you have anything on your lids. Usually I feel like I’m being poked in the eye a little (probably because I apply false lashes wrong) and sometimes the lashes can feel heavy on my eyelid but these are so light and beautiful. They make my eyes bigger and generally I just love them. They are very dramatic so I’m unsure about where I’ll wear them, although it says on the box that they’re ‘ideal for both everyday wear or special occasions’ I’m not sure if I could use them for everyday wear comfortably. However, I’ll probably wear them for the hell of it from time to time.
If you want to see the other products Feline Lashes have to offer then you can head over to their website.
Ciro-Cell Skincare – ‘ABO +|- Serum, Face Rejuvenation’ – Sample Size
I think it’s safe to say that this is possibly the worst sample I’ve ever been given. Although there was a plastic wrapping on it, the product looks as if it’s gone bad (unless it’s meant to be a yellowish colour), additionally there is the smallest amount in this pot. Although it says it should be 4ml I am very dubious. I touched my pinkie into the product and got enough to do one tiny swipe on my face and I can see the bottom of the pot.
Additionally, the area that I put this on is now so unbearably dry, and it’s not an area on my face that usually becomes dry, so I’m glad I didn’t put this on my whole face (if there were even enough product). If that’s not bad enough, this serum has a price point of $168 for 30ml. I don’t know whether I just got a bad batch but either way I personally would not pay $168 unless it worked miracles.
If you want to check out Ciro-Cell Skincare’s products then follow this link to their website.
Okay that’s it folks, we have reached the end of this review! If you’re still with me then thank you so much, I’m sorry that it’s so long! My overall thoughts on Hashtag Girl Crush are that the brand has an amazing story, the choice to use women-owned brands and donate to women’s charities is commendable and there’s definitely a gap in the market for this kind of brand. Unfortunately, quite a few of the products didn’t hit the mark for me in their June box. I will definitely be using the Feline Lashes again, and I’ll give the Apoterra soap, and the MooGoo face cream a full test, but the other products just aren’t for me.
Obviously there’s no chance that a brand will send products that make every customer 100% happy every time and I will be buying their July box to hopefully have better luck then. By purchasing subscription boxes you put your trust in someone else to send you products to discover. Sometimes that works amazingly and sometimes it doesn’t. Unfortunately for me this was a time where I didn’t get products that entirely suited me, but that doesn’t mean it will be the same next time.
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