The TestTube test run...

TestTube is yet another of the popular US beauty sampling programs available these days - they were generous enough to send me a box to review, so without further ado let's rifle through it... Boxes are sent 4x year, at $29.95 each plus shipping (an extra $8.95.) They contain a cute plastic tube of assorted product samples and full-sized items, giftcard, and an issue of New Beauty Magazine.

Full sizes of:

MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray - 3.4 oz, this retails for about $26.00, and is the star of the package - too heavy for my fine hair, but beloved by beauty editors and hair stylists, and a good value in this kit.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector - good product, but basically a drugstore brand, that's easy to find and sample.

BeFine Firming Ginger Toner - This has salicylic acid, so unfortunately no good for my dry skin.

Deluxe sample sizes of:

Kerstin Florian Krauter Fussbalm - I ADORED this. It reeks of medicinal herbs like Pine, Menthol and Rosemary, so don't wear it on a hot date, but it makes feet feel tingly and cool - this arrived the same day that I had my toe completely smashed by an overly exhuberant horse, and it made me feel like I might not lose my foot to gangrene after all. Heaven, and I'm going to order another tube for long days on my feet.

Kneipp Lavender Bath - I love these aromatic bubble baths that turn the water dark blue, and the sample bottle will last for about four uses.

Hydroxatone 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer - not something that appeals to me or my skintype, unfortunately.

Lashfood Natural Eyelash Serum - I want to be sceptical of natural lash growth serums, but this has most definitely made mine softer and lusher feeling without irritating my hysterically sensitive eyes - quite fun to play around with and wonder if it's all in your head or not...

Dr Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Lotion - very popular product, but no good for my dry, sensitive skin. My pores are fine thank you.

Small sample of Ahava Extreme Day Cream - nice, but teeny tiny. Gift Card - $50 off an order of $200 or more, great if they carry your beauty staples, otherwise you're unlikely to spend enough to find it useful.

Issue of New Beauty Magazine - I love magazines, and will read practically anything in front of me, but this isn't my cup of tea - too much emphasis on fillers, injections and plastic surgery, not much of interest to a younger/more natural minded reader.

Tito resented the hot-pink theme, but otherwise enjoyed the box. As for me, I think
TestTube would be a good fit for someone with more normal or young skin, or as a fun gift subscription - there's a nice selection of good value products, and I really enjoyed some of them, but it's not a personalized enough fit for me. With my sensitive skin and fussy tastes, the BeautyFix box is my choice - only $11 more, the products were bigger, higher quality, and most importantly for me, I could choose from a large array. If you don't want to pore over choices, and just like a fun package of new stuff to play with every few months, try this one out - or give a subscription as a gift for your favorite budding beauty junkie.

Product was sent as a PR Sample

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