Blogger Beauty Box – September 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.
September 2015 was my first Blogger Beauty Box, and here’s a sneak peek to see what was inside:
My first impression was that there was a good ratio of skincare to make-up products, and whilst the box itself is a rather simple plain white cardboard affair with a sticky label on top I wasn’t made to feel like I’d just shelled out hard earned cash on a pretty cardboard box. I was also really pleased to see one of my favourite brands making an appearance – Beautiful Movements.
There were two facial skincare products inside the box, the first was a sachet of Fix Me! Repairing Serum from Yours Truly Organics. This is a brand I’d not heard of before, so I did a bit of research and found out that they are a natural and organic skincare brand from here in the UK. The serum aims to help control and reduce sebum production in oily skin and repair skin that has been damaged by acne, which sounds like it’ll be perfect for my skin. It’s quite a large sachet too so should last quite a while. A full-size 30ml bottle of Fix Me! Repairing Serum costs £28, available from Yours Truly Organics.
The second skincare product is a travel pack of Cleansing Facial Wipes from Yes To, another ethical natural brand that I’ve been wanting to try for ages. Now whilst I don’t recommend using cleansing wipes on their own as an everyday cleanser I do like to use them as a pre-cleanse to remove make-up and grime before doing a full clean and I find this method very effective. I’ve already tried these wipes, the fabric is nice and thick and whilst they’re not great at removing eye make-up they do take off foundation really well. The ingredients are 96% natural too which is good and contain no parabens or SLS (sodium laureth sulphate). A full-size pack of 25 Yes To Blueberries Facial Wipes costs £3.99, available from Boots.
The two make-up products included within the September 2015 Blogger Beauty Box are both lip products. The first is a lipstick from budget make-up brand Makeup Revolution in the shade Reckless which is a dark red.
To be honest it’s a bit dark for me, but I appreciate that beauty boxes are all about trying out new products and brands and not about supplying that perfect colour product for every recipient. These Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipsticks cost a bargainous £1 from Superdrug and there are lots of different colours to choose from.
The second lip product is a Lipgloss from one of my favourite brands, Beautiful Movements. I’ve reviewed several of their products over the last couple of years, including their Concealer Powder which is one of my favourites. Beautiful Movements is a mineral make-up range founded by ex-Pussycat Doll and dancer Kimberley Wyatt, and all of their products are cruelty-free. The Lipgloss shade is called Gypsy Spirit, it’s a pretty coral pink and would be perfect for Spring and Summer (I’ll have to save it for next year!). I love their Lipglosses, they don’t feel sticky on the lips, plus you can mix them with Beautiful Movements powders to create new colours.
UPDATE 28th September 2017 – since writing this post Beautiful Movements has changed its name to Beautiful Me, and the lipgloss shade Gypsy Spirit is no longer available. However there are 5 other shades of Beautiful Me Lipgloss available (my favourite is Nude), they’re priced at £12 from Holland & Barrett stores.
My favourite of the two lip products is definitely the Lipgloss, it’s the sort of colour that I will definitely wear – both on its own and over the top of similar coloured lipsticks.
The last product inside the Blogger Beauty Box was a mini-tin of Japanese Plum Hand Cream from Sniffy Wiffy, a beauty brand with a mission! Sniffy Wiffy was built on the philosophy of giving every woman the knowledge of how to perform a self-breast examination in the fight to beat breast cancer. Each of their full-size products has a DIY self-check examination diagram on the label, plus every time you buy Sniffy Wiffy donate money to Cancer Research UK.
The pale pink hand cream itself is beautiful, it reminds me a bit of a fruit mousse and smells good enough to eat, I applied some last night before I got into bed and I could smell it for ages until I fell asleep!
This is a great brand with the potential to make a real difference, their other products include body lotions, massage oils and body scrubs in a huge variety of mouthwatering flavours. A full-size 120ml tub of Hand Cream is priced at £5, available from Sniffy Wiffy…. plus it could just help save your life.
Overall I was really pleased with my first Blogger Beauty Box, I think it was good value for the £10 price tag I paid (plus there was no additional postage charge which is often added on to the price of beauty boxes) and there was a good mix of products. It was nice to see so many natural brands in there too.
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’ll definitely be partaking in future boxes and I wish Vix Meldrew all the best in her venture.
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