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Are Beauty Boxes Getting Old? Or Am I getting Fussier …

Hello everyone,

I have been an avid fan of the Beauty Box World for many years, from my very first box by Feel Unique, which I loved. To me it was still the best ever, as it brought me so much fantastic skincare that I wanted to try and it wowed me. But looking back and on their Facebook page, they got such grief about it. If they put skincare in, young girls were yelling at them as they didn’t want or need it and if they put too much makeup in older people were asking for more skincare!

So the surprise beauty box came to an abrupt end! I think Glossybox, which to me is geared at teenagers I always found poor .  Love Lula do a good organic box , but cost comes into play with organic and it tends to be bulked up with lip balms and hand creams which a years  later I am still finding about the place! Both still do a surprise box but for most companies the grief they got every month was just too much!

I wouldn’t fancy working in the Glossybox complaints department .. just sayin!

So now what we mostly have is a choice. Every month boxes like Latest In Beauty, You Beauty,  offer a subscription after a recent re-vamp. It had gotten very stagnant with not many new samples being available or that is how it felt to me. I hope they can keep the flow and not keep putting items from the monthly selection items into their Limited Edition Boxes ggrrr!!

For me I don’t buy a beauty box to get the same products over and over again, I buy it because there is something in there I really want to try. There is an ocean of products out there, please let us have them.

Love Me Beauty won funding on the Dragons Den recently and they have also struck a deal with Debenhams so hopefully some fresh samples coming there. Look Fantastic does a Box now too but it has never appealed to me…yet.

QVC Tili box – first 2 boxes were utterly fabulous, 3rd box was a big let down. Really hope they pick it up again as it is their way of reeling in the youth to their company and what they can do. 

When beauty boxes get big, they tend to lose out on samples from smaller niche brands and I wish this wasn’t so, as these are the things I love to try. Organic products too lose out as they can just be too expensive to put into a beauty box. Balance is needed but everywhere I look I am not being thrilled by what I see.

 Am I being more fussy now or does the whole beauty box world need a serious  overhaul?

Somewhere in our demand to now choose the samples ourselves, I think there is now a bottleneck with items we have all had before, clogging up the selection. I can see how that is bad for both customer and company alike, but how do they solve the problem?

I just want some new things to be wooed by! So in all my thinking about this and a conversation with Sandra @ Beauty Balm Blog about beauty boxes ..I think we need a 40+ box with targeted skincare and makeup products to try. The samples are out there, so surely companies would be jumping at the market?

I must mention the one box that is really working for me right now and that is the Perfume Society Box. There is such a wealth of information that comes with this box: It is a journey into fragrance that I would not or could never have taken, if not for these boxes. It comes beautifully packaged and is always full of new exciting fragrances from top fragrance houses, with some smaller niche perfume brands in the mix to try as well. They have the mix just right.

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40+ customers have the most money to spend on beauty and if they like the products and see results they won’t be scared to really invest in that full size product if it works for them!

Let us see other smaller niche brands as well as the big ones that are working so much harder to please us! I appreciate smaller brands could not do large numbers but give them a chance to show what they do and how good it can be …

I am bored, bored, bored with what I am seeing, surely there is some exciting upcoming brands out there that need introduced to people? Or international brands wanting to break into the UK?

I don’t want to look at a monthly selection and see same, same, same … yawn! Some of the earlier beauty boxes were amazing, I would love to see a real return to this too.

Anyway would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on the Beauty Box subscription world …

Yours .. beauty boxed out .. 

Nicola x

Disclaimer: I am not paid for any of my blog posts and all my thoughts are entirely my own! 99.9% of the products I review are my own and I have bought myself.

 

This months Birchbox and a fabulous freebie!

Hello everyone,

tis that time of the month again when i peek into my Birchbox and see what i have received :-), the box costs £12.95 every month and to be honest it really is worth your while logging onto Birchbox about the 10th of the month and unsubbing because of the fabulous special offers they do around the end of the month  to get you to sign up!

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They pretty much showboat and they must know everyone now does this for the offers because they are too good to miss .. So lets get started ..

Cattier Pink Clay Mask x 2 i do love a good clay mask to pull out impurities and this one left my skin feeling really soft and glowy it has Argile Rose (i wonder if its knitted lol) and Aloe Vera both very soothing and hydrating to leave a lovely finish on my skin.

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KMS California Tame Frizz £15.50 i feel i can never have enough anti Frizz products as i have quite fine curly hair and lots of it,  but need to find ones that don’t actually hold the hair down and make it look flat or greasy. This is a lovely light cream formulation and with the heating on and the wind blowing it will hopefully hydrate and keep it conditioned too!

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Shaveworks ‘The Cool Fix’  £11 is a cooling gel lotion (like a toner) that treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and redness after Hair removal. Saw a few saying it stings a bit so i have so far chickened out of using  it on anything freshly shaved.. but i love the smell and the cooling sensation i get from it on my skin and will muster up the courage to get it on tonight after my shower ..

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Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm £8 in Sheer Raspberry is a hydrating lip balm, with shea butter and vitamin E, it has a wonderful coconut type of fragrance, feels very smooth on the lips and has a sheer wash of colour to it which you can build up if needed.

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Meaningful Beauty Anti-Ageing Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules £39.95, i have wanted to try some products from this range for quite some time after having the pleasure of trying some Dr Sebagh products last year.

Dr Sebagh is the man in the know behind Cindy’s products, his own creams sell for over 100 a pop and the ones i tried disappeared quickly into the skin, were extremely hydrating and left my skin feeling like a peach.

The capsules release a lovely light serum that is not oily, greasy or heavily scented, its very light and disappears with no trace just leaving hydrated happy skin. Sadly i am not sure that 7 capsules is enough to change my skin or make up my mind as to if they are amazing or not, but i do love how quickly they sink in and how my skin feels after.

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The last item is a Birchbox Pen and i really am not too sure what to say about this other than someone at Birchbox has a wicked sense of humour! I will let you draw your own conclusions… lets just say i won’t be whipping it out of my handbag to sign anything important lol ..

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The box olso has a pink canvas toiletry bag and and promotes ‘cop a feel’ it encourages us all to set a date on out calendar to check out breasts and having lost friends and relatives to this horrible disease i know how important it really is ..

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Finally there is the ‘freebie’ that was on special offer with the box and that was ‘The Balm’ Nude ‘Tude Palette and this really is a beautiful palette, i love the shades and textures. Highly pigmented with rich nude shades to smoke out for day and night, a sparkly, matte and satin textures  this really is a beauty of a palette  … ❤

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Well thats it for this month’s Birchbox, once more extraordinary value for money along with the palette and special offers that come along with the box,  i look forward to see what Birchbox do next!

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Bye for now

Nicola x

My Stunning Stila In the Light Palette ….. (oh yes another one)!!

Hello fellow Beauty Addicts :-),

Before you go ‘Oh no not another palette!’ let me just say in my defence, it’s a stunning palette that i have wanted for a long time! Birchbox UK is now selling Stila in their shop and you can use your saved points to get some discount off the price … yay!

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Stila was away from the UK for a few years but now its back and as good as ever,  it has a lovely modern feel to it, with well pigmented products, soft textures and really wearable shades. Stila believe that every womans makeup should be as individual as her signature, i agree as we are all so different… It has a really modern look and feel to the brand

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I have long admired  this In the Light Palette for quite some time, it has a mix of  Shimmer, Matte and Pearl textures in such fantastic wearable shades , they are from left to right, Bare, Kitten, Bliss Sunset, Sandstone, bottom row, Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Butter, Night Sky and Ebony. It also comes with a little booklet telling you the best way to apply the products and a waterproof smudge stick (eye liner) in Damsel, a really natural, wearable brown shade.

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This palette is beautifully packaged in recycled cardboard making it a bit eco friendly. I think the pictures of the quality speak for themselves really .. stunning! It holds up really well to other palettes too like, Wild about Beauty, Urban Decay, Mac ect ..

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Have you tried Stila yet? I would love to hear what you bought x

So much beautiful make up around and so little time and money lol 🙂

You can find lots more stila at Birchbox , i think its fantastic they have a reward system that gives you monthly points that you can save up and use towards a treat for yourself, they have a really well stocked shop full of goodies to choose from too  https://birchbox.co.uk/shop

Until next time folks

Nicola xx

Septembers Birchbox .. what incredible value!

Hi everyone,

here is a rundown on what i got in this months Birchbox!

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Birchbox do some pretty incredible offers to tempt subscribers in, i have to say! It really is worth your while keeping an eye out to see what’s on offer ..

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First up is the Models Own mascara, having tried one of their mascara’s before i really know the quality is there and it stays all day with no flake off so this mascara promises to be similar but giving even more definition, picking up the tiniest lashes and giving you an intensely dramatic lashes! I like these smaller mascara tubes because they have smaller wands and i feel i can really get right into my lashes without making a mess and really get the look i want! Fab for lower lashes too.

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Next up is The Original Beautyblender complete with solid cleanser, this product retails for £26 and i am amazed i got it in a beauty box, but i am a bare minerals girl at heart and sadly it is wasted on me but i have seen a lot of hype about these sponges on the facebook beauty groups and they are meant to be totally amazing for a beautiful,  flawless finish to your foundation application.and worth every penny.

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Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip, i have been wondering what this was lol, i haven’t put a photo on mine but have used it to keep all my receipts in one place .. dead handy that  🙂

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I have been quite impressed with the Skin and Co Sicilian Light Serum, this lovely serum sank straight into my skin leaving it feeling really soft and with no excess residue, a lovely light product for summer or oily skin as it won’t overload, who doesn’t love fine Italian products ..??

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Next up is Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream, i always think its very hard to form a solid opinion on small samples of products, do this hydrate the skin, yes it does, as for long term brightening and fading of dark circles, i don’t know from a sample of this size but it is a lovely thick, creamy eye cream, that is hydrating on my under eye area with cocoa and apple extracts.

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Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango, i know the mango strips are maybe not to everyones taste but i really love stuff like this, some of it was slightly caramelised and chewy and it tasted delicious and i will be treating myself to some more soon.. yum and its healthy too :-), full of vitamins and antioxidants!

Errr i forgot to take a pic cos i eated them  :-O

So that was what i got in this months Birchbox, It was an ‘OK’ box for me but in saying that for signing up i got a Wild About Beauty makeup palette which i am just blown away by, to the point i still can’t believe i got it lol. It is a beautiful well put together palette and i think the quality speaks for its self! SO between that and the beautyblender the value from Birchbox is pretty outrageous and i am chuffed to bits 🙂

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There was of course lots of information on all the products and news of special offers that comes with the box too, which is really good if you are going to make a purchase …

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You can find out lots more about Birchbox and their amazing offers by signing up for their e-mails here: https://birchbox.co.uk/

Well thats it for this months box, i hope you enjoy!

Bye for now

Nicola x