This box actually arrived about two weeks ago now. I usually try to post beauty box reviews as quickly as possible, so that people can decide from my posts whether or not they want to sign up for a box that month. Unfortunately though, life got in the way this time as I have been making arrangements for my upcoming house move. But better late than never, hey?
In case you haven’t read my previous box review, I will tell you a little about this service. Rather than being monthly, like most beauty box subscriptions, this box is quarterly. You receive a box every 3 months, in February, May, August and November. This is quite nice as it stops too many products building up and not being used. I think they also chose to do it because they are still relatively new to doing beauty boxes and are still building up the brands etc. The box is £15 plus P&P every 3 months (ie you only pay on the months you will be receiving a box). They also offer a vegan lifestyle box which is monthly, containing things like food and cleaning products, but I have never tried it.
As you can tell from the name, this beauty box provides only vegan, cruelty-free products. I’m vegetarian and love to discover new cruelty-free beauty brands as animal welfare is important to me. 20p from each box is also donated to Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity. They fund and promote the development of techniques to replace animal testing.
Here’s what came in the August 2015 box:
Dr Organic – Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask
This is a big tube of oil-regulating, detoxifying and anti-ageing face mask. It claims that on the surface, it is an organic pore cleansing face mask, but deep down it is also a bioactive, replenishing face lift. Big claims for a face mask! It contains Dead Sea mud, aloe vera leaf juice, bladderwrack extract (eek, that sounds… interesting!), bitter orange leaf oil, wild mind herb oil and a few more natural sounding ingredients. It is free from parabens, SLS, DEA, phthalates, petrolatum, BHT, mineral oil and silicones.
This mask sounds great for my as it is meant to remove excess oil from the face – I have combination skin, so it can get oily in the T-zone. It is also a really good size – 100ml will go a long way. The directions are to apply a thin layer up to twice a week, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off. It smells fairly neutral and is a very browny-grey colour (due to the Dead Sea mud). I use face masks fairly frequently, so it’s definitely something I will get use from. Although I’m familiar with the Dr Organic brand, I think this may be the first product I have tried by them. This tube is worth £7.99.
Find it here.
B is for Beautiful – All Lengthening, Defining, Volumising Mascara (Black)
Sorry about the stock photo – I had a brain fog moment and forgot to take a photo of this one for some reason! B is a brand I have used quite frequently before. All the makeup from them (which I have purchased at Superdrug) has been good. I am drawn to this brand as their whole range is cruelty-free, and easy to find in Superdrug stores.
This mascara boldly claims to lengthen, define AND volumise! Most mascaras stick to one claim, so it’s quite unusual to see a mascara which claims to do all three. This is a full-sized 8ml tube, which retails at £4.99 according to the box insert, although on the Superdrug website it currently says £9.99. It is black, which should suit most people receiving the box. I’m pleased to have received it, as mascara is something I use all the time.
I really, really like this mascara! It definitely gives good length and also really separates your lashes, for that fanned out look. I wouldn’t say it volumises hugely, but enough to look good. It also gives a little curl to my lashes. I used three coats, as I like dramatic lashes, and there was no clumping at all. You could definitely just use one or two coats for a less dramatic look.
I will definitely repurchase this (especially if it is £4.99 not £9.99!), as it is cruelty-free and just a really good mascara!
Find it here.
Faith in Nature – 3 in 1 Facial Wipes
This was another product I was happy to receive. I don’t use face wipes often, as I have quite a decent skincare routine. However I always have a pack of them around, in case I am too tired or unwell to do my full routine. Sometimes it’s better to use a face wipe than not cleanse at all.
I currently use Faith in Nature’s Chocolate Shampoo and Conditioner, which I absolutely love. It has actually helped my hair get into better condition. I also have their bar soap, but have never tried their skincare. Apparently they have been going as a company for over 40 years, offering vegan products!
These wipes have a pH balanced blend of natural essential oils which help to cleanse and remove makeup, whilst also moisturising, refreshing and toning. They have a pleasant citrus smell and you get 25 wipes per pack. Having tested these, I really like them for no-makeup days but personally wouldn’t use them to remove a full face of makeup. I would remove eye makeup first and then wipe over with these (and then probably hot-cloth cleanse after, but that might just be me!) I enjoy using these though, and would definitely consider repurchasing them in the future.
Buy them here.
PHB Ethical Beauty – Natural and Organic Black Eyeliner
I have never heard of the brand PHB before, but a quick Google search shows me they are based in the UK and are a family run business. They donate 15% of net profits to charities that help improve the lives of people and animals across the world – definitely a quality in a brand that really appeals to me! I love businesses that genuinely care about charity work.
This black pencil eyeliner is enriched with a gentle nourishing formula of plant oils and waxes whilst being richly pigmented. It has a long-lasting formula that is water-resistant and gentle on the eyes. It is really easy to use, and definitely does glide on smoothly. It can give a fairly sharp line, or blends out quite well for a smokier look. I really like this eyeliner. I would probably not repurchase it due to the price (£10.95), as I think that’s quite expensive for a kohl liner; otherwise though it’s really nice.
Find it here.
Teabox – Detox Complexion Tea (Bonus Gift)
As a bonus gift, we received three teabags in this box. This flowery, aromatic tea blend consists of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to support healthy skin, remove toxins and cleanse the body. It it specifically designed to help with acne, eczema, hormonal skin, calming irritated skin, hydrating and repairing skin cells, and delaying signs of ageing.
The tea has a fairly mild taste, and can be left in the cup the whole time you are drinking. I don’t imagine it would give much flavour if removed after a minute or so, like a regular tea bag. Obviously I can’t say whether it has helped my complexion at all, after only 3 bags. I like the idea though, and always like to try new teas out. I don’t think I would purchase this, as a full box is £15!
Find it here.
This has been another successful box as far as I’m concerned. I like the mixture of skincare, cosmetics and a food (well, drink!) item. I will use all of the products I received, and have enjoyed discovering some new brands.
What do you think of this box? Are you familiar with any of the products or brands? Let me know in the comments box!