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Cohorted July 2018 Beauty Box: Skin Chemists / Laura Geller / Nails Inc & More!

Posted on July 25, 2018

I’m so glad to be reviewing Cohorted’s boxes again, and July’s box really does look fantastic!

This months’ box contains quite a variety of products –

  • Anne Semonin Botanical Milk 40ml (worth £8.00)
  • Anne Semonin Botanical Toner 40ml (worth £8.00)
  • Nails Inc Mermaid Duo Nail Polish Set ( worth £15.00)
  • Skin Chemists Advanced Lip Plump (worth £96.90)
  • Laura Geller Beach Matte Baked Bronzer (worth £26.00)
  • Laura Geller Retractable Powder Brush (worth £12.00)
  • Vintage Cosmetics Powder Puff (worth £5.00)

Total value = £170.90

Ok so the main product here is the Skin Chemists Advanced Lip Plump – this is actually worth £96.90 which is crazy! It’s essentially a clear gloss designed to actively plump the lips, improving shape, texture and volume. It contains Volulip to improve the shape, texture and volume of the lips, whilst leaving them hydrated, and Corum 9230 which provides both warming and cooling sensations. Also, Peppermint Oil which gives a refreshing taste and plumping sensation upon application. This was nice as a gloss, it gave my lips a nice shine and a tingly sensation, and a slight plumping effect.

There are also a couple of mini products from Anne Semonin – The Botanical Milk is described as a light and absorbent cleanser, formulated with seaweed and hazelnut oil to help gently remove makeup, impurities and traces of pollution whilst maintaining the skin’s natural balance. And the Botanical Toner, which is a gentle antioxidant-rich toner, infused with naturally astringent witch hazel to help complete cleansing, reduce the appearance of pores, and balance and soothe the skin. These are really nice, no frills products that do just what they say.

Cohorted have also included Nails Inc Mermaid Duo Nail Polish Set. When I looked this up, the shades in this set appear very different to the ones I have. I have Strobe of Genuis and Queen Contour, which look to be two out of the three shades that make up the Living the Dream set – so I’m not sure what happened there! The colours are lovely though so I’m happy!

And there’s also a couple of gorgeous products from Laura Geller – the Beach Matte Baked Bronzer & Retractable Powder Brush. The Beach Matte Baked Hydrating Bronzer gives skin a sunkissed glow without any shimmer. It’s enriched with skin-conditioning ingredients, and applies and blends seamlessly. The Retractable Powder Brush is also a really handy product, it’s perfect for using with the Baked Bronzer for touch ups on on the go.

And lastly, there’s a Vintage Cosmetics Company Powder Puff – I’m not sure this is something I’d really reach for myself, as I pretty much only use brushes for applying powder. However it could come in handy for applying loose bronzers or shimmers to the body.

Cohorted boxes are £35.00 per month, and you can sign up here.

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Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box

Posted on July 8, 2018

Lastest in Beauty are well known for their special limited edition boxes, and their latest collaboration with Grazia looks like it’s definitely one worth considering…

From the latest beauty game-changers to the bona fide cult classics, Grazia’s Beauty Director has hand-picked the summer products you need in your life (and on your face). Expect a seriously special edit of savvy skincare, healthy hair heroes, mega make-up and more worth over £300!

Here’s a list of everything included in the box –

(And because this is an expensive box, I wanted to make sure you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, so I’ve also roughly worked out the value of each product too)

  • Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum (full size 30ml worth £80.00)
  • Clarins Lipstick shade 742 Joli Rouge (mini worth £22.00)
  • Givenchy La Rouge Perfecto No.2 in Intense Pink (full size worth £28.00)
  • This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF30 (full size 100ml worth £40.00)
  • Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml worth about £17.00)
  • Elemis Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (10ml worth £18.80)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g worth £13.50)
  • Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale (5ml worth about £8.00)
  • Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peels (1 set of 3 peels, worth about £9.90)
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original (25ml worth about £13.45)
  • Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (95ml worth £14.00)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Strawberry Margarita (full size worth £9.95)
  • Lumene Valo Nordic C Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist (50ml worth about £8.95)
  • St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (50ml worth about £7.75)
  • Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (9ml worth about £7.85)
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (full size worth £8.99)
  • Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring 3 Pack (full size pack of 3 worth £4.00)
  • Wetbrush Bombshell Blue Detangler (full size worth £11.99)

Total Value = £324.13

Wow, I have to say I’m really impressed! Latest in Beauty have including a fab selection of products and brands (hello full size Givenchy lip balm!) I must admit I did think it would be a bit of a reach for these products to add up to £300, but I’ve done the maths and everything totals well over £300 – so this is actually a fantastic deal!

The Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box is available now at Latest in Beauty.

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Cohorted Beauty Box June 18 / Doucce Beauty

Posted on June 25, 2018

It’s been a really long time since I’ve reviewed Cohorted’s monthly beauty boxes – but today Cohorted are back on the blog with their latest box for June 2018!

This particular box is brand specific, containing a selection of colour cosmetics from New York beauty brand, Doucce Cosmetics. Personally I hadn’t heard of Doucce before, so if like me you’re new to the brand, here’s a bit of background info –

Doucce was born in New York, and its name was inspired by the French word “douce”, meaning soft and elegant. Each one of Doucce’s innovative products embodies the underlying ethos of the brand’s name and ideals, by combining high fashion hues and contemporary packaging, to create the perfect combination of trendy and très chic.

The Cohorted X Doucce beauty box contains a selection of six Doucce products, valued at a total of £146.00. On first look, the products appear high quality, weighty and have an overall luxurious feel. Let’s take a closer look…

The Freematic Pro Palette (£50.00) is definitely the stand out product here. This palette has been designed specifically for Cohorted and contains a selection of face and eye colours. The Freematic palette itself is essentially an empty magnetic palette that’s specifically made to fit Doucce’s corresponding eyeshadows, blushers, bronzers and highlighters.

Cohorted’s Freematic Pro Palette includes one large highlighter pan in shade Ember, a light champagne shimmer, two medium blusher pans in 52 Delightful Peach, a light peach with a hint of shimmer, and 55 After Party, a muted matt pink. There are also four eyeshadows – shade 89 Gracie, a matte taupe grey, 58 Nadia, an intense bronze-gold shimmer, 77 Julia, a pink-bronze shimmer, and 86 Sophia, a muted matte Burgundy. All shades are soft and well pigmented, and I’d say the shimmers are more impressive than the mattes, but all are very nice to use and easy to blend.

The Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen is described as a deeply pigmented waterproof graphic pen that is both easy to use and creates precise, sharp lines. And I have to say I absolutely love this pen! The formula is inky black, dries down quickly and doesn’t move throughout the day. I’d say it’s on par with my Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner which I use all the time.

And to finish your eye look, the Maxlash Mascara promises to intensify your lashes with outrageous volume and length. Unfortunately this didn’t really do much for me. The XL brush was too large for my short and fine lashes, and the mascara itself did give a bit of volume, but no curl or length. If you’re lucky enough to have longer lashes though this could work well for you.

On to lips now, Cohorted have also included a Doucce Matte Temptation Lipstick in 103 First Date – I must admit I thought the lipstick bullett looked incredibly matte, and I really though it was going to be drying, but actually it was nicely creamy, giving a matte finish that gave full coverage colour as well as feeling smooth and comfortable on the lips. The shade didn’t really suit me, bit I’d definitely be interested in trying some of their other colours – this is a great alternative to a matte liquid lipstick.

The Lip Definer Pencil in shade 470 Lyra has been chosen to match the above lipstick. It gave a smooth, pigmented line that definitely helped keep my lipstick in place – no complaints here!

And lastly the Brow Filler Pencil in Ash Brown. This was another winner for me – the shade was perfect for my light brown brows, and the firm formula gave nice sharp lines which were great for drawing individual lines as well as filling in the brows.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Cohorted’s monthly beauty boxes, you can do so here. Make sure you use code #COHORTEDGIFTME which gives first time subscribers a free Huda Beauty lip Strobe in shade Angelic (worth £17.00) with their first box.

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Beauty: The Universal Makeup Beauty Box #POWEREDBYFEELUNIQUE

Posted on October 5, 2017

Hi Guys!

I must admit a while ago I thought beauty boxes had had their day. There seemed to be lots of products being regurgitated time and time again, and I think BB fans were getting a bit bored. Well how wrong was I! (Though I still think that was true in terms of repeated products) – but beauty boxes are now more popular than ever, and I can’t keep up with how many new ones have popped up, even over the last 6 months.

One of the newer offerings is from FeelUnique, who have just launched a trio of carefully curated Beauty Boxes and On-the-Go Kits. These special edits have been hand selected in-house by their beauty experts, and given their Powered by Feelunique stamp of approval…

Feelunique Best of Beauty boxes are designed to take the hard work out of finding game-changing beauty at amazing vale. Each edit contains expert selected beauty products all packaged up into one beauty box. Kicking off with Universal Makeup, Powered by Feelunique will launch more exciting boxes over the coming months.

I’ve checked the FeelUnique site and at the moment there are three different beauty box options available –

The Universal Makeup Beauty Box, which is what I have, includes a specially selected range of makeup products from some of FeelUnique’s favourite brands. The Skin Glow Edit Box, which includes everything you need for radiant, glowing skin. Each box contains deluxe or full size products, plus leaflet with tips & advice on how best to use them, as well as a Discount Code to get 10% off these products on your next purchase. And the Nichola Joss Beauty Box – Nichola Joss is a celebrity facialist as well as Feelunique’s very own Skincare Ambassador. Her box contains a curated selection of skincare essentials, including everything you need for a healthy and glowing complexion.

The Universal Makeup Beauty Box contains a fantastic selection of makeup, from both well known brands as well as a couple of lesser-known ones too (which I think is great as I love discovering new brands in beauty boxes) Included are four full size products and two travel sizes –

I was particularly happy to find the Nude By Nature Translucent Finishing Powder in the box, this is a really underrated brand that should definitely get more love! The Laura Geller Spackle Primer is a classic product that every beauty love should own, and Pro Hygiene Collection is a brand that I hadn’t heard of, so I’m looking forward to trying out their Makeup Spray.

I make out the box to roughly be worth £72.91, so with it costing only £28.00 and including four full sized products, I think this a really good deal.

The FeelUnique Universal Makeup Beauty Box is £28.00 and available at FeelUnique now.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book. Let’s see what’s inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth £19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth £2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about £4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth £11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth £9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth £5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = £53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over £80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products – and there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth £20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Introducing Beauty Pie, the New Take on Beauty Subscriptions

Posted on January 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

Now I love a beauty box sub, and I love the surprise of not knowing whats going to arrive each month, but I also feel that this concept has become a bit stale of late, with many beauty box brands becoming quite repetitive with both the brands and products they use – the whole concept of beauty sub boxes is starting to feel a bit dated and could do with a shake up in my opinion. Anyway, this mini rant brings me nicely on to Beauty Pie – because initially I thought I’d received a new beauty box in the post – which in fact it wasn’t – but it is a subscription service for beauty fans…

Ok so in a nutshell, you subscribe to Beauty Pie for £10 a month, which allows you to be able to purchase their products, at very low ‘factory’ prices, rather than RRP prices.

It’s important to point out that rather than a beauty box, which includes many brands, Beauty Pie only offer their own branded products. Promising ‘luxury cosmetics at factory prices’, they aim to bring the consumer high quality makeup products, cutting out the middle man, expensive promotions and packaging, to bring maximum discounts to the consumer – all resulting in you being able to purchase products at cost prices. So for example, a Beauty Pie lipstick which has a RRP of £20.00, will cost a member less than £3.00 – which really does sound like a great bargain (providing the products are as good as they’re made out to be)

I’ve received a PR a box of five products from Beauty Pie, including a mascara, lip gloss, lipstick, powder and foundation. Here are my initial thoughts –

The Everyday Great Skin Foundation (RRP £30.00, member price £4.75) was unfortunately very much the wrong colour for me – I received Medium Honey was way too dark and way too orange, but by tying it on the back of my hand my initial impression is that it’s a nice, lightweight feeling matte finish foundation, with medium coverage. I’ll see if I can get a shade more matched to my skin tone so I can try it on my face and give you a better idea of what it’s really like. I also want to mention the packaging, which looks pretty. The foundation comes in a frosted glass pump bottle, with a glossy plastic pump at the top – but no lid, which I thought was slightly odd. The look and feel of the product packaging in general is sleek, yet surprisingly lightweight when you hold them. Beauty Pie have explained that they don’t add weights to their packaging like many manufacturers do, which of course is a tactic to make the product heavier, and therefore appear more expensive – I didn’t even realise this was a thing!

Next we have the One Powder Wonder Perfecting Powder (RRP £26.00, member price £3.68) I initially thought was a highlighter as the surface of the powder had quite a sheen with a very slight sparkle. It is in fact a translucent setting powder though – it’s super finely milled and really rather nice. I’ve used this a couple of times now and it sets my foundation well.

The Matte Lipstick in Cowboy Nude (RRP £20.00, member price £2.23) is a lovely mid nude / brown shade which is right up my street – it’s slightly more beige toned than the image looks above. The formula is surprisingly creamy, and easy to apply, and felt neither hydrating nor drying on my lips. And the Superglazy Lipgloss in Sugar Bun (RRP £19.00, member price £2.14) is a nice non-sticky gloss – and the shade Sugar Bun matches the lipstick really well. There’s nothing particularly special about this gloss, but for just over £2.00 I think it’s a bargain.

And lastly the Uber Volume Boost Mascara (RRP £20.00, member price £1.93) – I’m quite fussy with mascaras and I was actually rather surprised with this one as I really rather liked it! My short straight lashes can be a real pain, but this mascara gave a nice curl with a decent level of volume without being to heavy – this is great for every day wear for me.

Overall my initial impression is this is pretty decent makeup (but not particularly outstanding)  and the member prices really are fantastic for the quality you’re getting – BUT – when you consider you’re spending £10 a month on a subscription, and might not buy products every month, the amount you’re spending will soon tot up. Even if you don’t purchase anything for only one month, your £2.14 lip gloss has suddenly cost you £22.14 (£10 for last month’s subscription, £10 for the current month’s, plus the lip gloss cost price) – so though I do like the concept, I think you really need to weigh it up before being bowled over by the Beauty Pie’s crazy cheap prices.

I’d love to hear what you think of this concept? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Lifestyle: Moi-Meme October Hygge Box Review

Posted on November 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

If you haven’t heard of Moi-Meme, this is a brand new quarterly lifestyle box which launched earlier this year, and I think this is only their second box. I love that each box has a theme – and I have to admit I did google ‘hygge’ to find the exact meaning as well as how to pronounce it. I knew it was Danish, and it was some sort of new lifestyle trend, but wasn’t sure of the exact meaning…

So for those as in the dark as I was, Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) roughly translates to ‘cosiness’ but it actually means much more than that. Hygge is a whole lifestyle concept, where you take simple every day tasks and make them more meaningful –

Hygge; noun – a fundamental quality of Danish culture, Hygge cannot be translated using a single word. Rather, it includes many of the pleasures associated with everyday living – relaxing with friends, enjoying good food, and creating a cosy evening by lighting a candle or two.

The Mio-Meme Hygge box contains a fab selection of products aiming to help you feel warm and cozy this winter, as well as a couple of skincare and jewellery treats too –

  • Cosy Sleep Socks (£18.00)
  • Lavender Bag (£5.00)
  • Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser 100ml (worth £25.00)
  • Nuori Vital Eye Cream 5ml (worth £16.66)
  • Edblad Monaco Bracelet (worth £26.00)
  • The Bath Candle Company Somerset Apple & Cinnamon Candle (worth £25.00)

Total value of box = £115.66. Considering the box is £49.95 per quarter, you’re definitely getting good value for money.

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My favourite product in this box has to be The Bath Candle Company Candle – apart from looking super chic it also smells amazing! The scent is Somerset Apple & Cinnamon and it really smells to die for. I’ve just taken a look at their site and their other scents sound wonderful too. I think I’ll be popping their Orange & Chilli candle on my Christmas list!

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Next are the Cosy Sleep Socks from Love Yawn. These socks are wonderfully soft and include a small amount of cashmere in the material, to give an element of luxury and comfort. Now the weather has gotten colder I’ve been wearing them in bed, and my toes have been super toasty and warm.

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I was really surprised to find a gorgeous bracelet in the box – this gorgeous Monaco Bracelet from Edblad of Stockholm is just so delicate and pretty – and even if it’s not your style, it would make a fabulous Christmas gift.

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There’s also a couple of skincare products in the box from Nuori. I haven’t heard of this brand before so looked them up and found out that they are in fact Danish, which of course goes nicely with the Hygge theme. What makes them different to every other skincare brand is they make small batches of products every 12 weeks – therefore each product is fresh and includes less additives and preservatives thank your average skincare. You can read more about them here.

Their Vital Foaming Cleanser is a luxuriously creamy cleanser that removed makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils, and the Vital Eye Cream sample is a lightweight eye cream that promises to hydrate the eye area whilst reducing the signs of ageing.

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And lastly the Rainy Days Lavender Bag from Love Yawn. This super cute fabric bag is filled with fragrant lavender, which is known for its calming and relaxing effects. You can with put this under your pillow to help you get a good night’s sleep, or throw in a drawer to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

I’m really impressed with the Moi-Meme Hygge Box – though it is on the expensive side, the products included are of fantastic quality, and it’s also worth remembering that this box is quarterly – which (when you consider shipping costs) makes it a similar cost to most monthly beauty boxes when you add up the price over a quarter.

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The Hygge box was so popular that unsurprisingly it has now sold out. So if you think this looks good and fancy signing up for Moi-Meme’s next box – if you subscribe before December 31st you will receive your first box in January. I should mention however, that most of the items from the Hygge box are still available to buy individually in the Moi-Meme shop, so definitely check that out if you like the look of these products.

You can also use code TSNC5 to get £5 off your first box – this has no expiry date 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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