Back at the end of last year, I started looking at beauty boxes. There are so many. In the end, I bought myself an advent calendar and put the idea of beauty boxes to one side.
Then I got talking to Amy from Blogmoo about them, and I decided to take the plunge.
The first one that I signed up for was Love Me Beauty. This is what I thought.
Unlike many of the beauty subscription boxes on the market, with Love Me Beauty, you decide what you want in your box. So on one hand there’s no element of surprise, but on the other hand, you know that you are getting products that you genuinely want to try, and you won’t feel like you wasted money on products that you know you’ll never use.
This is a big plus point for me. In terms of skin care, I’m quite flexible and happy to try new things. However I’m quite fussy about make-up, I don’t use nail varnish and my visual impairment means that I intentionally buy specific types of make-up products because I know they are easier for me to use. This meant that I was really happy to have found a build-your-own box.
Basically you get a set number of credits each month, and you can choose how you spend them – each product has a price in credits.
So, I had 60 credits for my first month, and I decided to get 3 products. I chose:
The products came presented in a make-up bag, which is useful for storing products in afterwards.
I thought my favourite was going to be the lipstick, but no, it was actually the primer. It gives really good coverage, has a silky texture when you’re applying it and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy. I will be purchasing this again!
I think I’ll use the lip gloss more in the spring/summer, so I’ll be using that up in the next few months.
I tend to go for creamier lipsticks, but I’m told the colour looks good and as long as I moisturise my lips before using it, I’ll be ok!
These were my first products from both Make-up Forever and Laura Mercier. I will use all of them and repurchase at least one, so I think that was a good result. I like the way that this box gives me the opportunity to try new brands before buying the full-size products.
Unfortunately, this is the potential deal breaker for me. As someone who cannot see, I do a lot of shopping online because it is easier than negotiating stores, but in order for this to work, the website needs to be accessible. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with Love Me Beauty.
I only have a basic level of web design knowledge and I’m not sure exactly what is happening on this site, but when I click the log-in link, I’m unable to navigate to the email address and password fields without the use of a mouse. I don’t use a mouse and can usually navigate websites using the keyboard, but unfortunately this doesn’t work on the Love Me Beauty site. A few people have tried this with other assistive technology software used by blind people, and they couldn’t access the site either.
Once logged into the site, I can read the product descriptions and add things to my bag, but it’s also difficult for me to click through to the next page of results without a mouse, which means that I don’t have access to all the items on offer each time.
Normally this would make me not want to use a site. In this case, I am interested in the products, so I’ll give it a bit longer and hope that the company will take this feedback into account and look into making the site more accessible.
However, at the moment, I can’t honestly recommend it to any blind readers using screenreading software, as you are likely to be unable to access your account and make purchases without assistance.
I love the idea, I’m really happy with the products, but I find some of the issues on the website very disappointing as they prevent me from having a good user experience on the site. I hope that this can be fixed so that I and other blind users will be able to use the site fully.
What do you think?
Have you used this service before? What did you think of
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