Blogger Beauty Box – October 2015
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The Blogger Beauty Box was set up in June 2015 when blogger Vix Meldrew decided to bring together a way of connecting beauty bloggers with brands by way of a monthly product box. Available to bloggers throughout the UK the box offers a range of skincare and make-up products and showcases brands both popular and little known. I like the fact that there is no subscription needed to take part, unlike most other beauty box schemes, and neither is there a ‘theme’ each month which I think can hold some box schemes back sometimes.
October 2015 was my second Blogger Beauty Box (you can read all about the September 2015 Blogger Beauty Box here) and here’s a sneak peek to see what was inside:
My first impression was that this box was rather skincare heavy with only one make-up item and I would have liked to see another make-up product in there.
The first skincare product, and my absolute favourite, is a small sample bottle of Organic Facial Cleansing Oil from natural skincare brand Pink & Green. I love a facial oil and you only need around 6 drops of this warmed in the palms of the hands to remove all of your make-up and fully cleanse the skin. The ingredients are 100% organic and include essential oils of lavender, peach and orange. P&G Organic Facial Cleansing Oil starts at £11.75 for a 10ml bottle, available from Pink & Green.
Another of my favourite products in October’s box was this 15ml sample of John Gosnell’s The Original Vitamin E Cream. It’s a gentle daytime moisturiser that includes lots of lovely natural ingredients including Wheatgerm Oil, Shea Butter and Olive Oil. It’s a pale pink shade and has a lovely rich scent which I think comes from the Shea Butter. I started using this moisturiser as soon as I received it and I really like it, my skin feels soft and nourished after applying. I love the traditional style lettering on the pot too. I’m struggling to find anywhere online that sells it though. If you want to find out more about the brand check out the John Gosnell website, but currently you can’t purchase products online.
Puriskin is a brand that I’d not heard of before, and the product included in the box was Resurfacing Formula, a treatment specially formulated to improve the appearance of damaged skin – problems such as scars, blemishes, stretchmarks and bruises. The ingredients include Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile Oil and Jojoba Oil which are all well-known natural skincare treats. I’ve not tried using this product yet, although I do have a few stretchmarks as I gave birth to a baby girl a couple of months ago so I will try it out on those. Puriskin Resurfacing Formula is priced at £13.99 for 120ml, available from Birchbox.
Another brand that I’d not heard of before was Elizabeth Grant. Supreme Essence of Torricelumn is a serum designed to transform skin so it looks younger and more radiant. With anti-ageing properties this serum specifically targets lines and wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin tone, dullness, and saggy skin. I’ve not had chance to try this product yet, its claims sound a bit too good to be true… but it’s a large 100ml bottle, the largest of all the products in the October Beauty Blogger Box. Elizabeth Grant Supreme Essence of Torricelumn is priced at £39.99, from Ideal World.
The final product in October’s Beauty Blogger Box is the make-up item, and it’s a Perfection Eyeshadow from Xenca. I have to say that when I saw this in it’s purple packaging I wasn’t very impressed, it looked a bit dull. But as soon as I opened it I was quite excited, it’s a dual coloured pressed eyeshadow called Mink. The paler shade is a shimmery beige shadow and the darker one is a taupe also with a shimmer. Plus the best thing about Xenca Perfection Eyeshadow is that it’s organic!
I think this Mink eyeshadow is going to be really useful this Winter! Xenca is a brand that I’m definitely going to take a second look at.
Perfection Eyeshadows are priced at £11.95 each, available from Xenca.
Overall I did like my second Blogger Beauty Box although I think I preferred September’s box as it contained more make-up items. I do think the Blogger Beauty Boxes are good value for the £10 price tag though, plus there is no additional postage charge which is often added on to the price of beauty boxes.
If you’re a beauty blogger and you’re interested in finding out more about these boxes then visit the Blogger Beauty Box website. I’m thinking about signing up for the December box, I’m hoping the contents will be all sparkly and Christmassy!
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