As usual, it took me ages to actually try all of the products. Even though this is late, some of the products are worth checking out so I thought I’d show you anyway.
I don’t have a huge amount of faith in beauty boxes, but they do bring me new products. I just find sometimes the products are something I won’t use and it seems wasteful – but that’s the point I guess, to figure out what I like and what I don’t. I think ideally, I’d only get one every few months.
Firstly, the Christmas box was lovely and that may or may not have made me want this particular one 😉
It’s a gorgeous rose gold, with a lovely snow decoration and the words ‘Let it Snow’ & ‘Let’s Celebrate’ on the side (nice touch). It makes this box seem luxurious and a bit special – certainly Christmassy. I like to keep nice boxes for storage and this one will definitely be staying.
It’s in collaboration with Really Ree, a global beauty blogger, which I thought would be interesting.
I always love how these boxes are wrapped inside – easily pleased!
It came with 5 products that all matched the theme so lots of gold and glamour. I’ve just realised I’m missing a 6th! Hmm…it’s a nail polish! I have plenty anyway and it may be my fault as I’ve had the box sitting around a while.
From left to right:
Essence Liquid Lipstick in ‘Show Off’ (full size) – £2.50
Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On – £30.66 for full size
So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil (full size) – £15
Hylamide Pore Delete – £18 for full size
Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask – £8.50
Collection Nail polish (missing) (full size) – £2.99
The Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask is a sheet mask which is great! I usually use liquid or peel off ones, but they can be so messy. This will be much easier.
I was given the calming mask, but there are lots to choose from depending on what you want out of it.
The So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil is a full size product, which is always great. I tried this i the usual highlighting areas. It advises you on the product itself how to use it which is really helpful. The packaging is cute and I really like the idea of a highlighting pencil (crayon). However, while this did light up my face a bit, it is a bit shimmery for my liking. I think it would be okay for a night out, but I’d like an every day one.
I pretty much became a Twilight vampire when using it.
I’ve used liquid lipsticks before and really liked them, but do find they can be sticky which is a bit off-putting. I tried this and it glides on perfectly. The colour really pops, but is not too bright, and gave really full coverage with one slick of the stick. And it’s not sticky! It stayed on for hours, even though I was eating and drinking. I was really impressed by it!
Looking at the packaging after trying it, I couldn’t believe that this is only £2.50!
I will definitely be taking a look at the Essence website and seeing what else they have. I can see this being a regular in my make up bag.
The Hylamide Pore Delete claims to instantly refine pores and mattify skin. I tried it on bare skin, but haven’t tried it over makeup yet.
It did work, but only as much as any primer usually would from my first impression. I’d have to try it a few more times, but as it stands, I find it a little expensive for what you get. It definitely did refine my skin though and is an impressive product.
The packaging is a bit clinical, but does make it seem like a serious product rather than a cutesy naff one.
The last item was the Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On. Even though it is not the full size version, it’s a good size and not much smaller than I’d expect the full one to be. At first, this roll on seemed just like any other eye roll on: refreshing and hydrating. I didn’t really get the golden aspect, but this name might just be for the glamour factor. However, the roll on is creamier than others, which are usually have a watery consistency.
I’ll use this as I like to use something cooling on tired eyes and would probably buy again if it wasn’t so expensive. I don’t think it’s different enough from lower priced eye roll ons to justify the price.
Overall, I was very happy with the box. I’m surprised that my favourite item is the lowest priced one and it does mean I’m a bit disappointed in the other products. However, I do like aspects of them all and wouldn’t have bought them to try so it was a good opportunity to check them out.
What did others think of the box? Or are you thinking of trying this beauty box?
I’d love recommendations for others available in the UK. I’ve only tried GlossyBox and BirchBox.