Full Disclosure: This article on TestTube 2.0 from NewBeauty was originally slated to be an officially sponsored post; however, when I received my first TestTube delivery and experienced the quality (and value) of the contents, I quickly wrote to the Marketing Team and requested that rather than getting paid a check, I would prefer instead to receive more rounds of TestTube. Why is TestTube 2.0 more fun than a check? Because every delivery is like a birthday, and all the items are expert-curated! After liking it so much, I also decided to become an Affiliate; click the link at the bottom to save money on a subscription and help rain down a few pennies on my family at no cost to you.
As someone who is fond of sampling (and also buying) lots of quality skin and beauty products at rapid pace, I am well aware of the financial repercussions of my expensive habits. I love to try the latest, newest, most innovative releases, but if I don’t check myself, I will easily overspend. So I started pondering how I can enjoy the excitement of up-and-coming products without breaking the bank. Then it dawned on me: beauty boxes!
In theory, beauty boxes are a perfect solution, and so I started looking into them. The one that kept calling my name over everything else was TestTube 2.0 from NewBeauty. Why? Well, a beauty box is only as good as its contents, and TestTube 2.0 is curated by the editors of NewBeauty. NewBeauty has long been my favorite and most-trusted source for discovering new products (to see just one of their tempting lists of the best new launches, click here, and see their great taste for yourself). Need I say more?
Plus, TestTube 2.0 is designed to be “the ultimate beauty solution program sampler,” which means that the editors hand-select their favorite products that have a proven ability to turnaround various beauty challenges. More than half of the goodies in TestTube 2.0 are full-sized, and even the ones that aren’t are deluxe samples with enough product for several uses. What I love is that the contents are not just buzzy, but also really fantastic in action.
Here is a breakdown of my delight-filled TestTube 2.0 :
MarulaOil Light Rare Oil Dry Mist
Curbs breakage, adds shine and boosts hydration without taking away hair’s body or bounce
Experience: When it comes to my hair, I’m all about low-maintenance, and this is an easy step with real benefits. I spray it on after toweling dry, and my hair looks glossy when it dries; MarulaOil Light Rare Oil Dry Mist leaves your hair as you know it, but a little prettier, and as promised, it manages this without weighing hair down. This is a product I didn’t know I needed, but I love using.
CHUDA Healing Hydrating Cream
Comforting cream formulated with cross-linked sodium hyaluronate (five times more hydration than hyaluronic acid), palmitoyl tripeptide, and healing power of centuries-old, proprietary Remedea Compound
Experience: I was thrilled to get to try this cream, as I’d read about it and been tempted to purchase it, but could never justify the cost without knowing how it would impact my skin. Having tried it, I am impressed at the way it quickly reduces redness and irritation and deeply hydrates areas of flakiness. This was a solution I knew I needed!
Pura Attitude Insta-Results Face Lift Gel
Lightweight serum that instantly lifts and firms while providing light hydration and perfect primer
Experience: I love the dramatic and truly instant improvements I see with Insta-Results Face Lift Gel. Though the lift is temporary, it lasts all day, and the product does contain a number of skin-beneficial ingredients like algae to hydrate and fight inflammation, hyaluronic acid, seaweed extract. A little miracle in a bottle, it really does give visible results.
COTZ Face Natural Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 40
A skin-perfecting sunscreen that beautifies and protects
Experience: TestTube 2.0 include a mineral sunscreen that is lightly hydrating and with an evening tint, and I can vouch for the fact that the medium tint blends seamlessly (no white residue whatsoever) even on my fair skin, leaving my skin looking more even with a subtle glow.
Novex Bamboo Sprout Leave in Conditioner
A weightless hydrating treatment that nourishes and fortifies hair
Experience: I love that this can be used on wet or dry hair, smells undeniably good and leaves my hair well-hydrated without any heaviness.
Pinrose Tambourine Dreamer
A white floral scent with a tropical infusion
Experience: My first sniff was accompanied by, “Mmm,” because this is a delicious scent. There are a lot of notes to this fragrance—lily of the valley, orange blossom, and Violet blended with cedarwood, jasmine, and musk—but it’s not heavy or dark, and in fact, it’s got a playfulness about it. Even my husband (not generally one for perfumes) complimented me on it.
Skin & Co. Roma Umbrian Truffle Hand Cream
A powerfully hydrating cream that leaves hands soft yet not greasy
Experience: This cream almost instantly took my hand from dehydrated to smooth and soft, and the scent from the Black Winter Truffle is subtle and wonderful.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
A cult favorite anti-aging cream that is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and firm sagging skin in just 15 days
Experience: This is another product I was thrilled to get to try, as its reputation for potent anti-aging effects is well-known. It’s a great Hydrator and one of few anti-aging creams that actually features a solid firming ingredient: Padina Pavonica, which stimulates the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans.
Biosilk Therapy Lite
A serum that delivers shine and softness
Experience: Great scent, gives hair a lovely sheen, and it doesn’t weigh my hair down or leave it greasy. As a bonus, it contains 17 of the 19 amino acids found in hair itself.
Pop Dental Portable GoSonic Toothbrush
High-tech yet portable toothbrush
Experience: I love this portable sonic toothbrush; it’s one of my favorite items in this month’s box. In addition to an adorable design, it works really well to get a great clean, boasting up to 30,000 brush strokes per minute! Plus, if that’s not enough, it has a two minute timer with quadpacer to ensure optimal brushing. This is hands down my favorite toothbrush I’ve ever had.
SuperSmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste
Professional-grade whitening toothpaste
Experience: SuperSmile Toothpaste plus the Pop Dental Portable GoSonic Toothbrush are a match made in heaven! It contains the cavity-preventing fluoride you want plus Calprox, a proprietary ingredient that lifts stains gently without harsh abrasives. My smile looked brighter the first time I used it! Very effective and it hasn’t caused any sensitivity.
I love this box. Truly. I was frankly shocked that there were no throwaway products in the entire bunch. As I mentioned, I genuinely liked my experience with TestTube 2.0 so much that I turned down a check in exchange for more deliveries. For me, it was an obvious decision. TestTube is delivered bimonthly, includes a subscription to NewBeauty Magazine, and each Tube is guaranteed to have a value of $150 or more—all for the cost of $29.99.