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Love Me Beauty August 2014

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You get a choice of 3 Love Me Beauty boxes every month.  They contain very similar items, but a couple of products will be slightly different,  so you get to pick which box suits you best.  You can also skip a month if you don’t like what they are offering and you can also pick a mystery box where what you get will be a surprise.  I have never done this, as I have always chosen which box I want.  This beauty box costs £10 + £2.95 p&p.  The size of the products in Love Me Beauty are decent sizes and quite often there are full sizes in the box.

This month I went for Edition 3 as I wanted the beauty wonder oil.  The first thing I noticed was that there are only 4 products!  I think I got spoilt last month with the 7 products I received, but there just seems to be something missing from this month’s box.  There is no lifestyle product this month, which would have filled it out a bit and not made my box look so empty when I opened it.  Even my partner made a comment asking if that was all I got this month!  But even though there doesn’t seem to be much in the box, every product I received is actually full size!  That is impressive.

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Oriflame – Swedish Spa Beauty Wonder Oil – £8.45

This is 150ml in size.  This is a versatile oil which softens and nourishes.  It contains Hydracare+, antioxidants, tonic ginger oil, nourishing coconut oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil and smells absolutely amazing!!  Using this straight out of the shower will leave you smelling fantastic.  When you apply the oil to the skin it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, it absorbs straight in and leaves your skin feeling silky and soft.  I am such a massive fan of body oil and I use it all the time and this is what made me chose Edition 3.  You can use this oil for massage, moisturising, bathing or as a pre-shampoo treatment for your hair.  This oil is so versatile, you can use it for so many things and it smell great, I just love this oil it is now a new favourite of mine.

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Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – Lucky Penny – £14.49

This eyeshadow is a 100% natural mineral based loose powder and is also strictly cruelty free, which is what I like to hear.  The colour I received is ‘Lucky Penny’, which is a nice browny bronze colour and it can be blended easily and also looks gorgeous on.  The powder has a creamy texture once applied and is also highly pigmented.  This colour will go really well with the one I received in my You Beauty Discovery box.  You can also use these eyeshadows wet or dry, depending on the desired look you are after.

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Mirabella – Lip Luster Liner – Shy – £10.50

This lip liner is lovely, it is long wearing and has a shiny finish.  It contains Aloe Vera that helps to keep lips soft and application comfortable.  Because of this it doesn’t feel as dry as a lot of liners can do, and you can even coat the entire lip with the liner before applying a gloss or a balm for full coverage.  I love the colour, it is a subtle nude colour that works really well with my skin tone.  I’m very impressed with this lip liner.

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A La Carte – Smudge-Proof Eyebrow Definer – Blonde – £23

Now this product is definitely one that has caught my eye.  This is a skinny tip pen which you use to paint in individual hairs.  It is water-based and smudge-proof which can be used for eyebrow, eyeliner or semi-permanent body art.  The colour that was in everyone’s box is Blonde, which is actually more like a light brown.  I had to apply quite a lot when I first tried it out (as you can see in the picture).  Even though it is more brown than blonde, it is still the wrong shade of brown for me, but maybe mixed with a powder or pencil I maybe able to get the right shade.  I like the fact you can use this for your brown and as an eye liner, I don’t think I will get much use of it as a body art pen.  The down side of this product is the fact that it is £23!  I would never pay that amount of money for this, I think it is just extremely over priced, but it has been nice to be able to try it out.

So the value of this box comes to £56.44, not bad considering there was only 4 products in the box.  I do feel like something else should have been included in this box, there really should have been a lifestyle extra to bulk it out a bit.  It also reminds me a lot of last month’s box, I got two brow products last month and another one this month, I got an eyeshadow last month and again this month.  It would be nice if the mixed it up a bit, but I am still happy with the products I received, and I will use most of them, I just can’t help feeling like something is missing.

Let me know what you thought of your box? Or would you be interested in trying Love Me Beauty?

If you want to try Love Me Beauty you can do so HERE.

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Birchbox August 2014

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This month’s Birchbox theme is Away We Go, celebrating everything that makes summer getaways magical, whether you’re counting down to a fun-packed fortnight away from home or day-tripping your weekends away.  Whatever your holiday plans may be Birchbox have your travel essentials sorted in this very handy travel toiletry bag.  The toiletry bag is cute, I love how they have replaced the drawstring bag for this month with this handy bag.  It has three cute blue, yellow and green ice lollies on one side, it is just ideal for putting in your hand luggage or popping into your beachbag.  The only problem I find with it is that it keeps opening, the seal isn’t very strong when you close it.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect

This is a 30ml sample worth £3, full size is 200ml for £20.  This is a leave-in conditioning spray which detangles and protects against heat and sun damage.  It is always handy to take a leave-in conditioner away with you on holiday, especially if you are in the sun all day.  I always need something to protect my hair from drying out in the sun to stop it drying out.  This comes in a handy travel sized bottle with a spray nozzle which makes it easy to use.  You spray this onto damp hair before drying and styling.  I also find these handy to use when I come out of the sea, as I find the sea water dries my hair out and if you can’t wash it straight away while you are on the beach, then this can be handy to help prevent it from drying out.

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Nude – Progenius Omega Treatment Oil

This is a 5ml sample worth £9.66, full size is 30ml for £58.  This is a nourishing oil which is rich in omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 and helps hydrate, nourish and smooth skin.  Simply warm 2-3 drops in your hand and apply to your face after cleansing and before moisturising, or before applying foundation for a smoother application.  Use this product daily to increase your skin’s natural radiance.  This makes my skin feel nice and soft and absorbs in nicely, but I should hope so for a product with this price tag!  Don’t think I will be spending that much on the full sized product.

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Vasanti – BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This is a 20g sample worth £4.33, full size is 120ml for £26.  This is a multi-action exfoliator which ensures a renewed and refreshed complexion.  Brightens with powerful papaya enzymes to give radiance, exfoliates with dermatologist grade micro-crystals and gently cleanses with aloe vera, coconut and panthenol.  The papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone.  This is definitely a product I will be using before and while I am on holiday to keep my skin looking fresh and radiant.  To use this exfoliator use 3-5 times a week, wet skin and apply a pea sized amount of the product over your face and massage in, the rinse off with warm water.

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Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

If you got this in your Birchbox then you got two mini 3ml samples.  So the total 6ml is worth £4, full size is 47ml for £32.  This seems a bit expensive for a CC cream to me, especially when in America this seems to be $32, so I don’t know if Birchbox has just got their prices wrong, but I can not check as I can’t find anywhere in the UK that sells it.  I got the colour light to medium and I think this will work for me quite well, it blends easily and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.  I just wish that this was a larger sample as I don’t think two 3ml tubes is going to last me very long, or be enough for me to trial sufficiently to make a decision on whether I would buy the full size product.  It is a natural shade adjusting CC cream with SPF, it helps to smooth fine lines and even out skin tone, so this makes it ideal for a variety of skin tones.

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Wild About Beauty – Creme Eyeshadow – Matilda

This is Full Size and is worth £13.  This is a long lasting, satin finish shadow from Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob’s paraben free range.  You can apply this with your finger tips or a brush and blend, I tend to prefer using my finger tips to apply creme eyeshadow and then blending with a brush.  You can also use this over powder shadow for a more intense finish.  When I first opened this I thought it would be too dark for me, but when you apply it and blend it it looks like a nice dark bronzey brown and it also has a subtle shimmer to it.  I love the colour and it would look really nice used for a smokey eye.  It feels very nice and light when applied to the eyelid, and you can build the colour up nicely.  You can tell this is a high quality creme shadow and I love the mirror which is in the lid.  The packaging feels like a high end product, I am so glad I get to add this to my make-up collection.

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Lifestyle Extra – The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

This is a bit of a different lifestyle extra for a beauty box, it is one chapter of the book ‘The Proposal’ by Tasmina Perry, the full book is available at the Birchbox store for £7.99.  This is a spellbinding and romantic novel, which spans 1950s London and present day NYC.  This isn’t really the type of book I would normal read, I prefer crime, thriller and horror books, but I will probably give it a try as it is only one chapter.  I can see how it is a good idea, and gives you a taster to see if it is something you would be interested in reading.  I can not value this though, as it is a bit hard to value a book that has one chapter.

Overall I am actually quite happy with this month’s box.  I love the handy toiletry bag included in this box, it will be great for when I go on holiday next month.  This month’s box was worth £33.99 (excluding the book sample), this is more than my box was worth last month.  I will use everything in my box so nothing will go to waste, which is always good.

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox and give them a try, you can do so by clicking HERE.

You can also get your first Birchbox for £10 (free shipping) by entering the code NEW14, so why not give it a try.

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You Beauty Discovery August 2014

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Each month with You Beauty Discovery they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.

This month’s theme is Summer Essentials.  So there is different products to help you through the summer and we have been having some good weather recently as well so it is definitely feeling like summer.  There are products containing SPF, products to add colour, products to hydrate and products to nourish.  I wasn’t amazed by the products on offer this month, but I made sure I chose my options as soon as the selection opened.  It still took me about an hour to actually process my selection as the website doesn’t cope very well with the amount of traffic going through it.  If you don’t pick straight away though many things sell out very quickly.

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Gazelli – Triple Youth with White Oil Duo

There was only a limited amount of these available so they will have sold out quickly.  They are both 5ml size samples and together they are worth £19.50.  The White Oil Ultimate Firming Serum is £75 for the full size 30ml, the Intensive Age-Repair Cream is £70 for the full size 50ml.  I had to go for this as it is something I would not get the chance to try otherwise as I would not pay those prices!  The serum is designed to hydrate, plump, tone, firm and lift the skin.  You apply a few pearl sized drops at night and/or morning and smooth over face and neck.  Follow up with the repair cream.  This is suitable for all skin types.  The repair cream improves skin’s natural collagen production, plumps lines and wrinkles and protects and deeply nourishes the skin.  These look very luxurious products and I look forward to trying them.

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Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – Rich List

This is a full size product worth £14.49 size 1.2g.  These mineral eyeshadows are 100% natural and are a mineral based loose powder.  The powder seems easily blendable and quite pigmented.  I think if you were to use an eyeshadow base then this would be highly pigmented and would stand out really well.  Rich List is a very nice shimmery gold, which is definitely ideal for the summer.  I should be able to try out some really nice looks with this shadow, you can also use it wet or dry and it would look best blended with one or two other colours.

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Face D 3-Luronics – Instant Effect Cream Serum

This is one of the extra samples everyone gets in the box.  This is a 2ml sample worth £1.66.  Full size in 30ml for £24.99 but it is currently on offer until 31st August 2014 for £16.66.  This is a cream serum which can be used under your moisturiser, or can be used as a moisturiser alone depending on how dry your skin is.  It claims wrinkles are less visible immediately after application, which is a big claim, I don’t have many wrinkles just yet though so I won’t be able to tell how true this is.  It also claims skin is brighter, pores are tighter,  moisturisation increase of 9 % after 14 days and an elasticity increase of 9% after 14 days.  I am going to be trying this tonight just to see how good it is, if it turns out to be amazing I may just have to buy it whilst it is on offer.  You can buy it from here www.lloydspharmacy.com.

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Jimmy Choo – Eau de Parfum & Man

Another extra in the box was a sample of Jimmy Choo eau de parfum and Jimmy Choo Man eau de toilette.  Both 2ml in size, eau de parfum worth £1.95, and the mans one is worth £1.68.  I do really like Jimmy Choo perfume and I don’t own any yet, so this is a nice sample for me to now own. It is a fruity scent with a rich woody depth.  The mans sample is the very first male fragrance by Jimmy Choo.  This is now another month where You Beauty Discovery has supplied a male product, thankfully for me I can give this to my partner, but if I didn’t have anyone to give it to I would probably be a bit disappointed and this would be wasted on my dad as he never uses the stuff! ha.  I must say the man’s scent is very nice, this may have to be on my partner’s Christmas list now!

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Cheeky 4-way Nail Buffer

The last extra is a 4-way nail buffer, I haven’t used one of these for a while but I am due a new one as mine is looking a bit battered now.  I don’t know how much this is worth as I can’t find this exact one, but on average they are about £1.99.  I will definitely be using the product so it is handy for me to have a new one in stock.  If you don’t know how to use these they are very easy and as you can see they tell you what each side is for.  Step 1, file your nail like normal.  Step 2, Smooth, use it on the entire nail plate to smooth out any ridges.  Step 3, Buff the entire nail plate, which gives it a clean smooth finish.  Step 4, Polish, this give it that amazing shine.

Overall I am happy with this month’s box, although I would have preferred a better selection to pick from as there didn’t seem to be as many and not that many things stood out to me this month.  The total value of my box (including all extras) is £41.27, again this is amazing consider you only pay £6.95 for the entire box!  The value of this box also compares to the more expensive subscription boxes, and this month even beats the total value of other more expensive subscription boxes.  I would definitely recommend You Beauty Discovery to someone wanting to try a beauty box, you just can’t beat the value of these boxes.

 

Memebox Special #7 Milk

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I have been lucky enough for Memebox (pronounced Me Me Box) to send me another box to review!  This box is just amazing as well.  I have since ordered some of their lovely boxes, I just can’t wait to receive them.  Their boxes are very good value for money and shipping is reasonable considering it is coming straight from Korea.  The box they sent me this time was Memebox Special #7 Milk the price of this box is $23 plus $6.99 p+p.  I just love Korean cosmetics and I love how accessible they now are thanks to Memebox.  They have a very large variety of boxes you can choose from and they also ship to 45 countries!

In this box I received 7, yes 7 Full Sized products!  I definitely noticed the difference in weight compared to the first Memebox I received, this has to be my favourite one so far.

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You get a detailed card in every box that lists the products you have received, it gives you a little bit of information about the item and also tell you how to use it.  This is very important as without this there would be many products you would just not be able to figure out what they are or how to use them.  The information on the products themselves are all in Korean, so unless you know Korean you will not know much about the product without this card.

I am loving the ‘Milk’ theme to this box.  We all know the benefits of milk, but it is not something I ever tend to associate with skin care.  Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, is a famous beauty icon who is known to have used milk as a secret ingredient for maintaining smooth, supple and radiant skin.  Milk also has properties that repair sun damaged skin, prevent premature aging, and provide nutrients for a youthful look.  With all this in mind I am excited to try these products.

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Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk – 24g – $4 (£2.40)

This is a single use sachet (so I believe) you pour into your bath tub, then fill the bath with hot/warm water and enjoy your very own bubbly milk bath.  It has a mild vanilla fragrance, which you can even smell through the packaging!  It contains almond oil, chamomile and rosemary leaf extracts, these help soften and nourish the skin.  I am not sure how bubbly this product will be, I have never used a powder bubble bath before.  I do really look forward to having a milk bath.  This is not something I have ever had before and I think I may feel like Cleopatra for the day.  I may have to get someone to feed me some grapes whilst I relax in the bath, oh and fan me with some big leaves!

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Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk – 300ml-$25 (£14.85)

This is a very good sized product and comes in a very handy pump action bottle, which will make using it so much easier.  None of my other body lotions are in a pump action bottle, so this is very useful for me.  This is an all-natural body lotion and is made from organic goat milk, which is extremely gentle, moisturising, and fast absorbing.  This lotion is also rich in aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spearmint extracts.  This lotion locks in the moisture and helps to keep your skin smooth and supple.  This lotion is smooth and light and does absorb in the skin quickly, it has quite a nice smell to it which is not too strong.  The smell kind of reminds me of talcum powder.  My skin feels super soft though after using this product.

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Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub – 25g – $11 (£6.55)

In this box you would have either received Peach Milk or Chamomile Milk, I received Chamomile Milk.  I probably would have preferred the Peach Milk one as I love peach, but this one is still nice.  This lip scrub is designed to remove any dead skin you may have on your lips, it also deeply nourishes and adds extra luster to your dry, chapped lips.  It contains lots of natural ingredients such as sugar, peach extracts, milk protein extracts, chamomile extracts and bees wax.  You get a bit of product on your finger (you don’t need too much though) and gently roll the lip scrub on your lips, after you have rubbed it around and feel you have exfoliated your lips enough, wipe of the product with a warm towel or tissue.  After using this lip scrub it is suggested to apply a nourishing lip treatment, so apply your favourite lip balm to soothe and moisturise your lips.

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Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack – 22ml – $1 (60p)

This is a sheet mask, which I am still yet to try.  It says this will replenish your complexion into a baby-face with this milk pack rich in milk protein nutrients, which aid in hydrating and smoothing out uneven skin texture.  After you have cleansed your face you apply the sheet mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.  Before removing the sheet, gently pat in the remaining essence into your skin.  By looking at the product it also looks like it contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.  The little diagrams on the back amuse me, when I look at them they make me giggle.  I think I am going to use this product with my Milk Bath, they will go very well together.  I will relax in my bath with this milk face mask on, I should have super soft skin all over after that!

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 Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream – 100g – $34 (£20.20)

The packaging of this product is so cute I love it.  It is a very substantial tub with a nice embossed donkey face on the top and the name of the cream.  Inside is a nice and light cream, which is absorbed quickly into the skin leaving it feel hydrated and smooth.  This product has no chemical preservatives, no artificial fragrance and no artificial colouring.  This steam cream is made from 100% organic argan oil and natural donkey milk (from italy!).  Donkey milk is apparently known to be more nutritious than milk or goat milk and it is also most similar to mothers’ breast milk.  The cream delivers intense hydration and nutrition deep down into your skin and it is the whipped cream like texture that allows it to absorb softly and quickly.  This cream doesn’t really smell of much, so it is suitable to use anywhere that is needed.  This can be used on face, hands, body and hair.  Check out the Skin Ceramic website HereApparently it is donkey milk which Cleopatra used to bathe in every day, so lets hope it is as good as she thought.

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Enesti Rice & Milk Foam Cleanser – 120ml – $15 (£8.91)

Another product with cute packaging, it looks so pretty.  This is a foam cleanser which is made from mineral rich hot spring water and is packed with rice and milk extracts.  This product is designed to thoroughly cleanse deep into your pores and deliver rich moisture to leave you skin glowing.  You should remove your make up first before using this cleanser.  Lather up the foaming cleanser in your hands and then use the foam to massage over your face before rinsing off.  I do like cleansing products like this as they leave your skin feeling really clean and soft, it is something I should definitely use a lot more of.  This is a nice product to add to my bathroom cupboard.

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Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk – $1 – 60p

Here is a more unusual product.  I must say I have never seen anything like this before.  This is pretty much like a face mask but for your lips!  It contains milk protein extracts for strengthening the moisture level and reviving the glow of your lips.  You just apply the patch to your lips to achieve silky smooth lips.  This patch is to be left on for 15-30 minutes, I guess my partner will be happy with that as it will keep me quiet for that time! So only use this when you don’t want to talk, if you are like me then this will probably be a struggle! Think I had best use this when I am home alone.  On the back of the packaging there are funny diagrams again, don’t know why I find them so amusing!  But it also looks like you can use these patches somewhere else other than your lips!  Not too sure why you would want to, but that maybe what some people want to do.  It will definitely be interesting using this for the first time as I have never tried anything like it, but there is a first time for everything.

Verdict

I absolutely love this Memebox, I think it is great.  There is such a good selection of full sized products and I get to try products which you can’t get in this country, I love being able to try new things.  The milk theme is great, and not something I would have thought about when it comes to beauty products.  The box was just jam packed with lots of goodies, and how cute are they! This is now definitely my new obsession, there are so many boxes to choose from as well, I can see why people order so many of them!

The boxes are very cute and bright pink, they come very well packaged and there were no customs charges which is great.  You don’t sign up to a monthly box, you just chose from the vast choice they have on their website, and you can order as many or as little as you want! But you still get the surprise of the monthly boxes where you don’t know exactly what products you will receive.

Memebox have different types of boxes to choose from:

Memebox:

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

Memebox Special Edition:

Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full-size products and delux samples under its own theme. Memebox special edition is designed to meet the various concerns, beauty trends, and also seasonal needs.

Superbox:

Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own theme, designed to target particular concerns, or collaboration with our favorite brands!

Luckybox:
We created Luckybox to give everyone a different and unique box full of our favorite products for you to feel like the luckiest person in the world! Every Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4 – 8 full sized products and deluxe samples carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products!

Discount Codes

$5 off on orders above $100  –  AFFILIATE-0071-DO4P0-WBSV

$10 off on orders above $150  – AFFILIATE-2532-22BIH-NCOD

Visit their website for more information:

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Birchbox July 2014

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This months Birchbox is all to do with the Summer.  Its theme is Sun Sea & Sand.  So it is packed with samples which are ideal for the warmer weather and for taking away on holiday.  They are decent travel sizes, which is great if you have a holiday booked.  There is a variety of skincare, make-up, body and hair care products, and a lifestyle product as well.  So there is a good variety of products in this months box.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Weleda – Millet  Nourishing Shampoo

This is a none lathering shampoo, so this maybe a little weird the first time I try this one out, as I do like my shampoo to produce a good lather!  I received an 18ml sample worth 85p.  The full sized product is 190ml for £8.95.  The full sized product is not too expensive.  What I like about this product is the fact that is it a natural organic shampoo, so this is also suitable for anyone who is vegan.  This is designed for normal hair, and it helps prevent hair from drying out whilst keeping it supple.

This shampoo is sweet and vibrant, with extract of grapefruit and peppermint, layered with mild, woody amyris. With macadamia nut oil to add a caring, lightly conditioning element, this shampoo is ideal for all the family.

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Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream

This is a sample size 7ml worth £9.33, full size is 15ml for £20.  So this is quite a decent sample size.  This eye cream is a triple action cream, which helps to soothe, brighten and lift.  It is meant to help reduce the dark circles around the eyes and help keep wrinkles at bay.  Couldn’t really ask for me, something I should definitely start using more of.  It is a light weight formula, and it feels very fresh when you apply it.  You only need a very small amount as a little definitely goes a long way.  I do own eye creams, but I always tend to forget to use them.  But with the years passing by it is probably something I should start using regularly.

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Whish – Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter

This is a 22ml sample which is worth £2.16.  Full size is 150ml for £14.50.  This is quite a light weight body butter and it absorbs very easily.  It doesn’t have a very strong lavender scent, it is more sweet and is relaxing at the same time.  It is an antioxidant-rich lotion, which moisturises, firms and purifies all in one.  It contains organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter, organic aloe, organic seaweed extract and organic rice bran oil.  It is also paraben and sulfate free, and it is also not tested on animals.  So there are definitely some good points to this body lotion.  I do tend to use body oils rather than lotions, but this is a nice lotion to use and it is a handy size to take away on holiday.  Think I’ll need more holidays to use all the samples I own! 🙂

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Gilchrist & Soames – English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath

This is a 40ml sample size worth £1.90. Full size in 236ml for £11.25.  This gel contains marine nutrient sea kelp to invigorate the skin.  The good thing about this product is that it maybe used to create a foamy bath, but you can also just use is as a shower gel.  So even if you don’t have a bath, or you prefer showers, then this item can still be used.  It is paraben and phthalate free.  It has a nice fresh and not overpowering scent, and will be nice to use when I want to treat myself to a relaxing bath.

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Laqa & Co – Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees

This is a 2g sample worth £7.57.  Full size is 3.7g for £14.  You either received this colour or you got a purple colour.  I was hoping to get this one, but once I actually tried it I wished it was just a little bit darker, as it is just a little bit too light for my skin tone.  It is a very nourishing lip pencil, and it is glossier than I expected it to be.  It is very easy to you, and very handy to just pop in to your bag so you can grab it when needed.  When you apply the pencil it has a kind of minty scent, so it is slightly cooling to your lips.  This is great for the summer weather.  This colour Bees Knees is a nice coral colour, and is an ideal colour for the summer, just unfortunately not quite the right colour for me.

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Ultra Dex – Oral Spray

This is a Full Sized product 9ml worth £3.65. It is an oral mouth spray in mint flavour, and there is 130 sprays worth of product, so it should last a while.  It eliminates odour and is anti-bacterial to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and plaque.  It says you only need one spray and you really do, I sprayed it twice the first time and it was quite strong!  It says it delivers 12 hours of freshness, but I guess that would all depend on if you eat etc.  I was a bit unsure on whether I was happy about getting this in a beauty box, but it is a handy thing to pop into your handbag.  I don’t currently own a fresh breath oral spray so I guess getting one isn’t really going to hurt.  Who knows, it may come in handy one day.

So overall my box this month was worth £25.46, again not bad considering I pay £10 + £2.95 p+p.  I am quite happy with this months box, there is nothing I dislike.  The only thing I would really change if I could would be the colour of the lip pencil, but they can’t always send things that will suit everyone.  I will just have to get used to the colour.  I would definitely recommend Birchbox, I have been very happy with the products I have been receiving recently.

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You Beauty Discovery May 2014

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This month YBD joined forces with CEW(UK) and had a great selection of products to choose from, I actually didn’t know which products to pick!

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Dr Organic – Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum

This was the first product I chose, and it is Full Size 100ml, which is worth £14.99.  You can buy this from Holland and Barrett.  It says it detangles hair, eliminates frizz, nourishes & protects and provides instant shine.  I picked this as I thought it would be one of the products I would use the most, as I like hair oils due to having frizzy hair!  Most hair oils I have come in small bottles, so it was nice to find such a large product! This will definitely last me a long time! I have yet to try this as I have only just got my box, but it smells nice and it isn’t too thick in consistency.  This product is also free from parabens and is against animal testing.

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GlamGlow – Supermud Clearing Treatment

I picked this product as the full size is expensive, and it has a lot of great reviews so I really wanted to try it without having to fork out for it.  Full size is £44.99 for 34g.  This sample size is 10g and worth £13.23.  It is a detoxifying mud mask which helps fight all skin concerns.

it helps with the brightening and evening of the complexion; creates a more youthful and smooth skin tone; improves elastin and collagen; de-clogs and minimises pore size and fights unwanted breakouts, by reducing redness and super-speeding the healing process.

It can be used as a full mask, or for spot treatments.  You apply to the skin and leave for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the length of treatment you want.  Then remove with warm water and a cloth.  This product is loved many celebrities and was initially created for Hollywood behind the scenes.  I can’t wait to try this product and do a full review on it.  Lets hope it is magic in a tube!

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Lizi’s Granola – Treacle & pecan

This is one of the extras you receive in the box.  It is a 40g packet of granola in treacle & pecan flavour, and I believe is worth around 50p.  This is a nice little extra, and i’m interested in trying this flavour.  I’m happy it’s a nice healthy product included, and I look forward to having this for my breakfast.  I have never really eaten that much granola, but I do quite like it with yogurt, so I will give this a try.

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Charles Worthington – Moisture Seak Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner

This is my second extra I got, it is a 10ml sample worth 30p.  It also comes with a £2 off voucher.  This product also contains argan oil, and is meant to repair and recondition your hair.  It also says it is lightweight and deeply nourishing.  I tend to use spray leave-in conditioners, so it will be interesting using a gel-creme.  It may feel like I’m applying normal conditioner and just not rinsing, which I’m sure will feel strange at first.  I’m guessing I will only get one use out of this sample, as I do have quite thick long hair.  If I like this product I will probably put the £2 off voucher to good use and buy the full sized product as it is only £5.99 to start with.

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Caudalie – Divine Legs

This is the final extra I received in my box.  It is a 5ml sample worth £1.30.  Full size is £26 for 100ml.  This is a tinted body lotion to give you a sunkissed glow without self-tanning agents.  This is a great product to be able to try out before the summer, not pasty legs on display! You apply the lotion and allow it to dry before dressing, and it just washes off, so sounds great for the days you get your legs out! A nice healthy way to add some glow without causing any damage to your skin.  I have an olive tint to my skin anyway so I don’t know how much use this will be to me, but I will give it a try.  Even when I have bought self tanning products you could never tell I had actually used them, but if you have quite pale skin then this maybe great for you.

So yet another great box from You Beauty Discovery.  This box is worth £30.32!! Not bad considering I only paid £6.95.  You definitely get your moneys worth with this box! Out of all the beauty boxes I get this is the cheapest and the products are actually worth more! This is definitely my favourite box!

What do you think?

Love Me Beauty April 2014

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This is my first Love Me Beauty box review, and I am quite happy with these boxes.  You get a choice of 3 boxes every months, they have pretty much the same things, but a couple will be slightly different.  So you get to pick which box suits you best.  You can also skip a month if you don’t like what the are offering, and you can also pick a mystery box, where what you get will be a surprise.  I have never done this, as I have always chosen which box I want.  This beauty box costs £10 + £2.95 p&p.  The size of the products in Love Me Beauty are decent sizes, and quite often there are full sizes in the box.  The sizes of the products are a lot better than what you get in Birchbox, but they are usually of lower value products, so the actual value of the boxes are pretty similar to each other.  But if you prefer quantity then this is a great box.

I picked Edition 3.

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My first product, is Full Size 250ml and this is why I chose this box as I would use it more often than smoothing cremes etc.  This is a fantastic size, and full size so worth £11.50.  It smells quite nice, and is not overpowering.  It has a kind of sophisticated smell, I really don’t know what this shampoo smells like.  I have yet to try this shampoo yet, as I got a shampoo in my Birchbox as well, so I have been trying that one.  I have not tried and Neal & Wolf products yet, but I have heard of them, so it will be great to see what they are like.

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Models Own – Nail Polish ‘Fuzzy Peach’ (RRP £5)

This is another Full Size product so worth £5.  As I have said before I don’t usually use nail polish, as I prefer Gel Polish.  This dried fairly quickly, but was rather thin and watery when applying, but it went on nicely.  It’s by Models Own and is in ‘Fuzzy Peach’.  I do really like the colour, it has kind of a neon tint to it, but isn’t too bright. It is ideal for the summer. The only thing is it has already chipped on about 3/4 fingers, and it hasn’t even been on for 24hrs. So even though I love the colour I’m not too impressed with its longevity.  I have had to fill in the chips, but it just chipped again within another 24hrs.  So it’s great to wear for the day, but don’t expect much longer out of it without it looking tatty.

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Betty Hula – Secret Wonder Oil Roller Ball (RRP £6.25)

This is yet another Full Size product! That makes 3 full sized products in one box! Its is worth £6.25 and is 10ml.  This is a moisturising oil and is suitable for all skin types.  It boosts your skins natural moisture barrier which promotes radiance, whilst the roller ball works to encourage circulation.  It contains Grapeseed oil, Apricot kernel, Avacado oil, Hemp oil, Vitamin E, Rose Absolute and Jojoba oil.  It smells amazing, it has a very luxurious scent and reminds me of when you visit a spa and have a massage.  It make your skin so soft! It’s amazing how soft my skin feels after I apply this oil.  And you can apply this anywhere on your body, so you see a patch of dry skin.. apply this and voila it will be moisturised and super soft!  It is good for relieving signs of stretch marks, scaring, dry/sensitive and aging skin, combination skin, oily skin and for soothing sunburn.  It has so many uses, and you have to try this to believe how soft it make your skin.  This is something that should be on everyone’s shopping list!

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This product is a sample size 30ml and is worth £1.20, the full size is £9.99 250ml.  This is a special conditioner for colour treated hair, and it is meant to resurface the cuticle for a smooth, vibrant finish. It also detangles and provides protection from fading, whilst restoring colour vibrancy.  I do colour my hair, so I will get use out of this product.  But it was not something I got excited about.  It just reminds me of the colour conditioner you get in every box of home hair dye kit! But this maybe different, I guess I will have to try it to find out.  But I am not going to expect anything different from this product.  If you have already tried this product let me know what you thought about it.

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There were a few extras in the box, and that consisted of a voucher for HelloFresh worth £25.  I probably wont use this as it is somehting you have to sign up to, where you receive a box each week with recipes and ingredients in.  There were also 2 x 2ml sachets of Weleda – Stretch Mark Massage Oil worth 64p.  Full size is £15.95 for 100ml.  It is meant to prevent the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks by visibly improving the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.  So this is probably great if you are pregnant, which I am not! But I am sure it will be a nice massage oil anyway, and it will be something nice to try.  It also maybe a product I might want to use in the future! You never know!

This month was a fantastic box, so may full sized products!! This month’s box (excluding the gift voucher!) is worth £24.59! Not bad for £10 + £2.95 p&p.  Again you get more than your moneys worth, so can’t complain there!

Which edition did you go for, and what do you think of Aprils box??

 

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Birchbox April 2014

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I must say I do love this time of the month, where I receive all my beauty boxes.  BIRCHBOX arrived very quickly this month, and was surprisingly a lot heavier when it arrived, so that got me very excited.  Also they have changed the other packaging, instead of the inner box being in a bigger box, there is just a cardboard wrap around the actually box its self now.  So that makes it a lot easier for recycling. I explained how Birchbox works in my previous Birchbox post, you can check that out HERE.  It costs £10 + £2.95 p&p a month and you receive approximately 5 samples and also a lifestyle sample.  I also received an email off them as I have been subscribed for 6 months now, so I got 20% off purchases from the online store.  Which was great, and meant I could purchase the English Laundry Perfume.

It was fantastic to see a lot larger samples in this months box, I have been a bit disappointed with a few of my boxes and I also found the sample sizes to be ridiculously small, especially compared to other monthly beauty boxes.  So hopefully they have taken this on board and this is a start of whats to come.  This months theme is ‘Good enough to eat’.

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Tommyguns – Pomegranate & Orange Flower Shampoo

I was made up to see this full sized product in the box.  I received a conditioner from the same brand a couple of months ago, Fig, Plum and Marshmallow Conditioner, which smells amazing and I love the conditioner.  So it was nice to receive a shampoo to accompany the conditioner I already own, even though it is a different scent.  This is full size 250ml and is worth £5.50.  It is a daily shampoo and it is suitable for all hair types.  Its is a gentle shampoo which is why it is suitable for daily use, it gently cleanses your hair.  It smells fantastic, just as i expected it to.  I have used it a couple of times, it is very light and not thick at all. My hair feels very clean after using it and not covered with product, like some shampoos make it feel. It is a great shampoo and I will definitely get more when I run out.

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Color Club – Gala’s Gems Nail Polish in ‘Breakfast At..’

This nail polish comes in a set of four for £15, we got one which has a value of £3.75.  We got to pick what colour nail poilsh we wanted to receive a few weeks before we received our box.  I chose the colour ‘Breakfast At..’ which is described as an emerald pearl colour, and it also has a striking resemblance to a certain iconic jewellery box.  I must say I wasn’t very excited about the idea of receiving nail polish, as it is just something I don’t really use that often.  I prefer Gel polishes.  I did  like being able to choose the colour though, as that meant there was more of a chance I would actually use it.  So when it arrived I thought I would try it out to see what the colour was like.  The first thing I noticed was that it was very quick drying, which meant that I didn’t have to wait for ages to carry on doing my day to day things.  So this was a massive bonus! Also I absolutely loved the colour, I don’t actually own a nail polish like this at all.  One reason I am not a fan of nail polish is that I find it tends to chip within 24hrs!  Well this does not chip! I am amazed! I have finally found a nail polish I like!  It has finally started to look a little bit shabby on my nails, but it has been several days, so for me this product is definitely a winner for me.  I’m not sure how much I will use it, but seeing how fab it is I know I will definitely use it again!

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One Love Organics – Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

Now this little tub I received is just magic! This is 15ml in size and is worth £11.54, full size in 39ml and is £30.  It is a waterless beauty balm, and it has so many uses! It can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and can also as a custom treatment foundation.  It has a very nice orange scent, and I love it.  It is organic, and not tested on animals, and is made of plant based ingredients.  To use this balm as a cleanser, you need to warm some balm in the palms of your hands, and then gently apply to your face and massage in using circular movements.  Then with a cloth and warm water wipe off.  If you want to use is as a moisturiser, use a small amount and apply to the area you want moisturised.  You only need a small amount for this.  The other use this balm has is it can be mixed with your favourite mineral powder to create a custom foundation, which helps moisturise your skin at the same time! Which I think is fantastic!  You can even use this balm to tame any flyaway hair as well! This balm has so many uses, and i’m sure people will come up with many more uses as well.  I am very glad I received this sample as I get the chance to try such a versatile product, which has that many uses that everyone will be able to use it for something.  My skin feels so soft after using this product and smells amazing.

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The Balm – How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek and Lip Cream

This is a very cute little sample from The Balm Cosmetics, it is a sample of one of the colours from their cheek and lip cream palette.  It is worth £4.33 (if i’m correct) as it is one sample out of the six, full size is worth £26.  Firstly I love the packaging, it comes in the style of a little book, and it is very cheeky packaging with topless men next to each picture of the colours available.  I received a sample of the colour Pie, so apple pie.  Every name of the colours has something to do with apples.  The colour is great, it’s like a pinky red.  This is not a product I tend to use a lot of though, but it does work well.  It is easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t dry your skin out.  It isn’t something I would buy the full sized product of, but it is something nice to have and try none the less.

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This is a 0.6g sample worth £1.50.  The full size is 4g worth £10.  This is not the first time I have received an eyeliner from Birchbox, but thankfully for me I use eyeliner everyday!  I tend to prefer liquid and felt tip eyeliners though, but this is still handy to use, and ideal to pop into your bag and take with you when you go out.  This eyeliner is like many other eyeliners, it is a nice colour and is easy to apply.  But I tend to find liquid eyeliners and longer lasting for me.  I will definitely get use out of this product, but it is not my favourite eyeliner I have received from Birchbox.

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Propercorn – Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato

With this months theme being ‘good enough to eat’ I guess it only made sense that you actually received something that you actually could eat! A full size bag of this is worth 90p, but as I have already munched my way through this pack and thrown the wrapper away, I can’t remember what sample size I received, so it was probably worth around 40p.  I was very intrigued by what these would taste like, and I found out a lot spicier than I was expecting! I don’t think I could have eaten a bigger bag of this though, but it was tasty.

So the overall box worth this month was £27.02, Birchbox price is £10 + £2.95 p+p.  Again it is very much value for money.  I am a lot happier with this month’s box and I can’t wait to see what we get next month, and whether they have large samples again.

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You Beauty Discovery April 2014

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This is my second You Beauty Discovery box, and I love it!  It is great for only £6.95 a month, and no P&P! It would be rude not to give this fabulous box a try.  I explained how this box works in my last post, which you can find HEREBasically you get to choose two products yourself, and they you get an extra two little items as well.  The 1st of each month £6.95 will come out of your bank, you then have the option to select what products you want to receive.  I strongly suggest making your selection as soon as you can, as a lot of products sell out very fast! The products I chose have already sold out, so I’m glad I made my selection on the 1st April.

The theme for this months box is ‘Organic and Natural’.  So all products have natural ingredients, which is fantastic.  The products I picked are also animal friendly, so I am very happy with that. This theme was inspired by the arrival of a new season, and hopefully some sunshine, so there are a lot of products which help brighten your skin and get it ready in time for the summer.

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The first product I chose was STEAMCREAM Moisturiser.  The product is FULL SIZE at 75ml and is worth £12.95.  So this product on its own makes this box more than worth it!  I have already made my money back and more.  It is a Handmade moisturiser, using natural ingredients that have been fused together with steam, hence the name.  This makes the cream very light weight, and easily absorbed into the skin.  You can use this cream all over the body, and you can even use it on your face.  Also if you visit their website you can find out exactly what ingredients have been used in their product, which is fantastic, and great for people who like to know exactly what they are applying to their skin.  It has lovely floral ingredients, you can smell the lavender in it, which makes it great to use just before bed and is very relaxing.  It also contains Orange Flower Water, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter and Chamomile.  I have never heard of this product before, but I already love it.  The funky tin designs are great, and you can pick a different one each time you purchase one.  I love this bright shell design! Also the cream smells amazing, and is nice and light so can make a nice face cream.  If I change to use this as my face cream I will save a lot of money, the one I use at the moment is about £37 for 50ml! And I would love getting different tin designs! I am made up with this product, and so glad I chose it.

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The second product I chose was Clayspray Glow Red Clay With CacaoThis is 30ml, on the Clayspray website the full size is 125ml for £44.50.  You can also purchase this product from Feelunique,com where you can get a 30ml for £15, so again this is amazing considering the cost of the box! And you get decent sized products, they really don’t scrimp on sizes.  There were two different Clayspray masks to choose from, and if you wanted you could choose both.  I went for the Glow one rather than the Brightening one, which was available.  It has red clay with cacao, which makes the mask smell of chocolate! Yum.  It exfoliates, rejuvenates and nourishes.  It comes in a very handy spray can, so the product stays fresh and doesn’t dry out.  All you need to do it wet your face (they say use mineral water, but I just used normal), squirt a small amount into your hand, being careful as a lot comes out.  Then apply to your face and leave until it dries.  Once dried, add some water to soften it again and wipe off.  Be careful what cloth you use, as this does stain instantly as I found out!  My skin felt great after using this, and it doesn’t dry your skin out either, which i find a lot of masks usually do.  I love the fact it comes in a spray, masks usually come in a one use packet and I always seem to get it everywhere! There is no mess what so ever with this product, and you can use as much or as little as you want each time.  It glides onto the skin very easily and dries fairly quickly, so you don’t have to keep it on for too long.  Also the smell is divine, it smells good enough to eat! But I would strongly recommend not eating it!!  Here’s a little bit of blurb from the side of the box some of you may like to read:

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One of the extra treats I received was a sample for The Organic Pharmacy – Antioxidant Face Cream.  The sample size 3ml and is worth £2.40.  The full size is 50ml for £39.95.  This again is a new product to me, I have never heard of them before.  It says it is packed with wrinkle fighting herbs and vitamins including vitamins C and E.  I have not yet tried this product, but I definitely will be.  They also state they have no animal testing, which is definitely a bonus for me.  It is a nice little extra and I look forward to trying it.  You would either receive a sample of the face cream, face gel or face serum.  I would have been happy receiving any of them.

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The second extra treat was a 9bar Fruity.  If you were to buy a single bar I believe its about 99p.  The first thing I noticed if that they are gluten and wheat free, which is fantastic for me.  It is vegan friendly and consists of a blend of seeds and dried fruit, topped with carob.  It didn’t take me long to try this product, and I must say it was rather tasty.  It was packed with delicious seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame.  You can tell instantly that it’s all natural and looks homemade.  I also found out that it is made pretty local to me in North Wales, which makes a nice change.  I would definitely buy this product again, it’s a great little healthy snack!

So overall I am very impressed with this box again.  The contents of this box is worth a whopping £31.34!! Now for the £6.95 I paid for this that is just amazing, it also comes to more value than some of my more expensive boxes such as Birchbox and Love Me Beauty.  I am gobsmacked at how much my box is worth! I cannot wait for next months box, and I get excited about picking my products.  Next month’s box theme is ‘May the force be with you’ and is to do with the CEW(UK) Beauty Awards.  I can’t wait to see what we get to choose from.  Let me know what you think of the box, if you already subscribe or if you are interested in it.  I would highly recommend this box to anyone.