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Cohorted August 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s August beauty box has just arrived, so let’s take a look inside…

  • NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette, worth £45.00
  • Smith & Cult Nail Polish in xx, worth £19.00
  • Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets, worth £14.00
  • Cohorted Ovali Brush, worth £18.99
  • Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream, 2x 3ml tubes, worth £24.00

Total value of box = £120.99.

Ok so overall this looks like a great box – let’s start with the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette. Now I’m going to be completely honest and admit I feel a bit on the fence about this one. On the face of it this is an excellent product, it’s a limited edition Andy Warhol palette, and though unboxed, it’s a really nice eyeshadow palette of high value. My only niggle is that this product was launched in 2012 – making it four years old. Now some people might not have a problem with this (and personally I don’t in this case, but of course this depends on the product as well as personal preference) but I think this is definitely a point worth mentioning. You can see what the inside of the palette looks like here.

Next the Smith & Cult Nail Polish – now this really is a gorgeous product! I have a few Smith & Cult polishes (check them out here) and they really are fab polishes, as well as being presented in stunning packaging. This shade is Regret The Moon, it’s a lovely warm white, with the slightest tint of pink to it. In contrast to the above NARS product, this is actually a brand new shade which is great news! 🙂

Next we have Nunzio Saviano – a brand that I haven’t heard of, but their Anti-Frizz Sheets do sound rather appealing, especially with the hot weather we’ve been having lately. The box contains 15 individually wrapped sheets which promise to instantly smooth hair and eliminate frizz, while controlling static ad taming flyways. I think I’ll be taking a few of these to New York with me next week!

Next the Cohorted Ovali Brush. I’ve already done a comparison post on an original Artis brand oval style brush, compared to an Ebay dupe – and in my opinion you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune on ‘oval’ brushes. Cohorted’s own branded oval brushes come with a really nice rose gold and matte black finish, with the Cohorted logo printed on the handle. These are available to order now from Cohorted as either single brushes or sets.

And lastly, the Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream – I couldn’t actually believe it when I worked out that the two tiny 3ml samples included in the box are actually worth £12.00 each! If you look the product up online you’ll see a 20ml tub is £80.00, so this is a great opportunity to try a product that many of us wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to due to the high price. This product promises to firm, nourish and reduce wrinkles. I’ll be interested to see if it makes any difference to my rather large eye bags!

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Overall I think this is a great box, and definitely well worth the £35.00 price tag. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Most Beautiful Polishes in the Land: Smith & Cult

Posted on October 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I always find there’s something really relaxing and pampering about painting my nails. This probably stems from the fact that with having children, you do not ‘just’ paint your nails. You have to make sure there’s space (tidy up the toys) make sure the little one(s) are either playing well out of the way, or preferably tucked up in bed, and make sure you have a good amout of time to apply and perfect your mani.

What adds to this lovely bit of me time, is when I have a brand new, not to mention gorgeous looking product to play with – and that’s my cue to introduce Smith & Cult – probably some of the most beautiful nail polishes I’ve ever seen.

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Smith & Cult are brand new to the world of nails, and they were founded by Dineh Mohajer. You may not recognise the name but when I tell you this is the same lady that started cult 00’s nail brand Hard Candy, this may ring a few bells. Well where Hard Candy appealed to the teen masses of the time, Smith & Cult is definitely aimed at the older, more sophisticated customer.

I love that the shades included in this collection were all directly inspired by Dineh’s own memories and experiences –

‘To this day my memories are guided by color. First kiss – Pink dress. Breakups – too many colors, a rainbow of tears. Makeups – always shades of green (kind of weird that all my moments of making up involved the color of envy). The shade of my 2nd grade teacher’s lipstick – glossy red (rumors were that she was Miss Michigan at some point in her life). My Dad’s required, yet favorite, gear – muted, almost-periwinkle blue surgical scrubs. My Mom’s bathrobe – simply white. All of the moments that stay with me begin with colour.’

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Let’s look at the bottles, which are just beautiful. I love the high shine gold lids, and the fact that they’re all a bit wonky, though they’ve been pressed in and dented while setting. On paper I know this sounds a little strange, but in real life they have a super elegant and luxe feel, that wouldn’t be out of place on display next to your Chanel on your dressing table.

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The three shades above are –

  • Doe My Dear – a light taupe grey
  • Pillow Pie – a pure pretty baby pink
  • Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow (yes this is the actual name!) – a fine pink glitter suspended in a sheer pink base.

Smith and Cult’s Nail Lacquer has an exclusive 5-Free formula, without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, and the range consists of 33 essential hues and styles, including the edited glitter collection.

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And lastly, the swatches. I used three coats of each shade here and they applied amazingly well. Drying time was fairly average, and I can’t comment on longevity as yet, as I’ve only just applied the polish to my own nails. I’ve gone with Doe My Dear, so I’ll update this post when I can.

These polishes are definitely a must have for any nail polish lover – get them on your Christmas list now! 🙂

Smith & Cult nail polishes are £19.00 each and available now from Net-a-Porter.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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