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  • Writer's pictureJuliana C Stryker Black is the new Black!

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Haha! That’s right!

After white, red and even abstract prints, we have come full circle to realise that black is still the reigning champ with Black Box’s latest December edition!

This holiday season, is all set to prove why ‘going black’ is still the way to charm your loved ones’ hearts with their covet-worthy beauty masks, handy body care wipes and deluxe foundation samples in the latest instalment of the Black Box.

It has a helluva lot of goodies this month!

Now click for some well wicked surprises from the Black Box!

Black Box is the first free unisex lifestyle sampling box in Singapore and each edition brings to you pleasant surprises coupled with loads of fun, rewards and a healthy dose of curiosity satisfied – without costing a fraction of a penny.

All you have to do is subscribe on and it’s absolutely FREE!

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I’m not sure if it was just me caught up in all the Christmas bliss, but this month’s box appeared especially festive and merry. 😛

But, Becky Double Lifting Mask

Formulated for Asian skin, let But, Becky care for your delicate needs and pamper you like a princess with its unique double lifting mask. Covering every inch of your skin, the special diamond pattern accelerates the penetration of essence, making sure your skin drink up the goodness for beauty!

Where to get it?, BHG

How much? $14.90 for a box of 8 sheets

How to use? Cleanse face thoroughly. Place unfolded mask on face for 15-20mins. Remove mask and pat remaining essence to be fully absorb.

To enjoy a special promo price of $5.96 instead of $14.90, 60% off for all But, Becky masks on, key in the promo code during check out: blackboxbeauty

Promotion period: 1 Dec ’13 – 31 Jan ‘14

My verdict: There are many home mask kits available, pre-soaked in all kinds of stuff and for the most part, they are all quite similar. The latest Vitality & Soothing Lavender Mask from ‘but, Becky’ hopes to be different as their mask features a double woven material which is stretchable and exerts a gentle lifting effect on your face as the nutrients seep into your skin.

The lingering Lavender scent also added an aromatic touch to my facial experience, making it better than ever. 🙂

Zappy Sampler Pack

Zappy Sun System Sunscreen Wipes Zappy Sun System Sunscreen Wipe is formulated with concentrated emulsion with excellent feel on the skin, emolliency and skin nourishing characteristics. These water resistant wipes provide protection against ultraviolet rays and other damaging effects of the sun. They contain Vitamin E which helps to maintain the skin’s natural oil balance, thus delaying premature aging.

Zappy After-Sports Wipes ZappyTM After Sports Wipes are refreshing and cool wipes which contain natural mint as well as antibacterial and moisturising properties. The wipes are designed to be tough enough to remove dirt and sweat, but gentle enough to use on your entire body. The wipes can be used to clean yourself after any sports activities, workouts, practice, or any time you want to feel refreshed. ZappyTM After Sports Wipes come as individually wrapped wipes and provide a simple way to feel fresh, clean and confident all day, everyday.

Zappy boy Antiseptic Wipes Zappy BoyTM Antiseptic Wipes contain a special blend of antiseptic agents which work synergistically to give a faster and more effective antibacterial action. Zappy BoyTM is alcohol-free and has a no rinse application formula for quick cleaning. It is safe and gentle enough for every day use.

Zappy Insect Repellent Wipes The Freshening Insect Repellent Wipe is a DEET (diethyl-meta-toluamide) free formula wipe that offers effective and long-lasting protection against mosquitoes. It uses IR3535 (Ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate) which is highly effective against a broad range of stinging and biting insects including mosquitoes.

Zappy boy Alcohol Wipes Rapidly kill all fungi and bacteria as well as most viruses. There rapid killing action and lack of chemical residue makes these ideal for disinfection of even medical items.

Where to get it? NTUC, Giant, Cold Storage, Unity and Guardian.

How much? S$2 – S$5.50 per pack Zappy Sun System Sunscreen Wipes – 6pcs/box Zappy After-Sports Wipes – 8pcs/box Zappy Insect Repellent Wipes – 8 pcs/pkt Zappy boy Alcohol Wipes – 10pcs/pkt Zappy boy Antiseptic Wipes – 10pcs/pkt

My verdict: These wipes are nothing but C-O-N-V-E-N-I-E-N-T, especially for our sunny island where it’s baking under the scorching sun, infested with mosquitos and brewing with bacteria all the time. My most favorite of the lot is the Zappy Sun System Sunscreen Wipe because it provides both moisture and sunscreen protection with just one swipe!

Nivea For Men Multi Effect 8 Oil Control Volcanic Mud Foam

A multi-effective formulation with Volcanic Mud Technology, Salicylic Acid and natural Menthol that thoroughly cleanses the face, even deep into the pores, and effectively targets the 8 main problems of oily skin, with a long-lasting cool and refreshing feeling. Experience icy coolness plus the effective Multi-Effect 8 formula with NIVEA FOR MEN’s newest innovation, Cooling Volcanic Mud Foam.

Where to get it? Available at all major personal care stores and super/hypermarkets.

How much? $8.90 for 100g

My verdict: My fiance took time out from his usual skin regime to try out Nivea’s Multi-Effect 8, Oil Control, Cooling Volcanic Mud Foam. He liked the fine grey mud like paste reminiscent of something you’d find at an Icelandic hot spring spa as well as the refreshing fragrance. Although perhaps not quite as effective in terms of oil control as his current micro-bead daily facial scrub, he did feel it was less abrasive on the skin and a good alternative for the modern skin savvy man. Darlie All Shiny White (Enamel Care)

Where to get it? Available at all NTUC FairPrice, Giant, Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, Prime and other leading supermarkets, Watsons, Guardian, Unity and other cosmetic stores.

How much? $3.30 for a tube of 160g

My verdict: Darlie is back with their All Shiny Enamel Care White toothpaste. A fluoride toothpaste with a nice refreshing taste and a pledge to produce whiter teeth in just 14 days. Like most whitening toothpastes, there is a slight chalky texture, but the refreshing taste more than makes up for it. Worth a look for those wishing to try a new whitening toothpaste.

Mandom, Gatsby *1. Ice Type Body Paper 3’s

Cleanse and feel refreshed with Gatsby’s Body Paper. Use it after your run or during boring lectures to perk yourself up instantly

Where to get it? Watsons, Guardian, NTUC, and other leading supermarkets

How much? $3.50 for 10 sheets

My verdict: Always keen to innovate, their latest product once again shows why Gatsby is great! Their new Ice-Type Deodorant Body Paper is pretty neat stuff. Although unlikely to replace a traditional deodorant spray or roll-on deodorant at home, it is perfect for people always on the move who don’t want to lug lots of large heavy products around all day. Just what you need for that quick lunchtime Yoga class or gym session after work.

VDL Lumilayer Primer and Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 25, PA++ (3 Shades)

Lumilayer Primer: A Violet pigmented primer that combines red and blue color to create 3-dimensional clear, radiant and bright skin. Perfect for a clean healthy glow, this primer is suitable for all skin types and for an even natural look with subtle radiance, this primer can be mixed with a foundation at a 1:1 ratio.

Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 25, PA++: A long-lasting foundation that creates a makeup base with natural and perfect coverage. Perfect for those having a long day ahead! This foundation contains amino acid and lipid complexes that enhances adherence to the skin, making it last longer than usual.

Where to get it? Suntec City #02-338/339 | Jurong Point #01-02 | Bedok Mall #01-35 (Coming Soon) | Bugis Junction #02-21 (Coming Soon)

How much? Lumilayer Primer, $36.00 for 30 ml Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 25, PA++, $40.00 for 30 ml

How to use? Lumilayer Primer: After application of daily skincare routine, apply an appropriate amount of primer lightly onto the skin before proceeding to start foundation/base makeup. For highlighting purposes, apply a light amount of this primer on the high points of the nose bridge and cheek bones. Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 25, PA++:

After the application of Lumilayer Primer, apply 1-2 pumps of foundation evenly onto the entire face, blend well with a foundation brush.

My verdict: VDL is the cosmetic brand of choice for internationally renowned makeup artist Wendy Rowe. If you’re familiar with this makeup legend, then you will have seen her work with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller and other big names. Now I can also achieve the celebrity look with this VDL foundation sample!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Hand and Nail Cream

This repairing, non-greasy nourishing hand cream repairs and relieves dry or damaged hands while protecting them from the visible signs of skin aging. Nuxe tested this cream under extreme cold weather conditions, so you can be sure it lives up to its claims. Acacia honey repairs cracks and nourishes skin, while argan oil and shea butter are time-tested moisturizers. Doses of sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, and barley extract soothe, and vitamin E protects skin from environmental damage.

Where to get it? All Robinsons, John Little, Beauty by nature and selected stores at Watsons, Guardian, BHG, Sasa, Metro and Unity.

How much? 75ml @ $28.00

How to use? Massage your hands with this nourishing hand cream from the fingers to the wrists for an experience of absolute well-being. You can also use this cream as a pre-manicure treatment to soften your cuticles. Apply this Hand and Nail Cream as often as required.

My verdict: I’m a stickler when it comes to hand hygiene these days and probably have my medical fiancé to blame for that. Hand hygiene is the single most effective method of preventing the spread of germs. Unfortunately washing my hands so frequently also means dry, damaged, irritable skin. Thankfully Reve de Miel hand moisturizer from Nuxe Paris came along just when I needed it. For some reason the fragrance really does remind me of Paris, combine this with the light and non-greasy but highly effective formula inside and this is an easy product to recommend. A nice new companion for your handbag.


Besides delightful goodies and useful products, Blackbox also includes lifestyle treats in the form of Black Box Vouchers that offer shopping/spa/dining deals and discounts!

Psst! Here’s an exciting e-voucher from Black Box just for your eyes only!

ChicKissLove is offering 5% off on with discount code: BBXCKLDEC13. Valid till 31 Jan ‘14

They also have a new pop up store where you can get 15% off if you flash the voucher below.

Do you want to receive full sized products too?

I hope your answer is a resounding yes because Black Box also gives their subscribers a chance to win full sized items!

To receive full-sized products of what was featured in your very own Black Box for FREE, simply check your email for an online survey from BLACK BOX on 4 December, complete it and submit it before 27 December. Winners will be notified via email by 29 December.

Try exclusive products at lower prices!

Time to time, Black Box will also collaborate with top brands to offer exclusive and promotional items in special Black Boxes known as Brand Exclusive Black Boxes.

Click here to view their latest Brand Exclusive Black Boxes –

Who is entitled to receive the Black Box?

Every Black Box subscriber will have one chance at balloting for the Black Box.

You can register and keep your fingers crossed here: guarantee yourself a Black Box by paying a fee of SGD6 here:

Finally subscribe to the Black Box too!

Subscribe at and and key in “HoneyzBB” in the referrer code column to stand a chance to receive your very own Black Box too!

Also, like Black Box on Facebook at for exciting Friday Giveaways and info on their latest promotions!

So do you agree that Black Box is the new Black?


Your friend, Juliana

Disclaimer: Please be rest assured that even though the products and services were sponsored, they do not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are objective and genuine. Also note that all sources, information, content, links are valid to change at any time.


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