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Cohorted May 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on May 17, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Time seems to be flying at the moment – surely it hasn’t been a month since Cohorted’s last box landed on my doorstep?? Well it has! May’s box has just landed, so let’s take a look inside…

  • theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette, worth £37.50.
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in shade Canvas, worth £23.00.
  • HJ Manicure Nail Polish in shade Lavender, worth £9.50.
  • Jimmy Choo EDP 4.5ml, worth £10.00.

Total value of box: £80.00

Ok so on first glance, this box isn’t quite as exciting as last month’s in my opinion, just because there’s only three products in here a luxury sample, whereas last month there were five full sized products, with one also being a kit. So this box does seem a bit sparse in comparison.

theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette has to be the stand out product though, doesn’t it? This palette is basically an all-in-one travel palette, including pretty much everything you could need when on the go. The palette includes nine eyeshdows in neutral, easy to wear shades, ranging from light to dark so you’d be able to get quite a few looks out of these. There’s also a highlighter, a bronzer, two blush shades and two multi-purpose lip and cheek shades. This is a lovely little set and would definitely come in handy if you like to travel light.

Next is the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in Canvas. Now this has to be the least glossy lip gloss I’ve ever used! Not that I’m complaining – but this is way closer to a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This product gives no shine, and sets to a matte finish on the lips. I really like it! But it’s not a gloss by any means. The shade Canvas is really nice too – it’s a mid tone pink which will suit most complexions.

The HJ Manicure Nail Polish in Lavender feels like a bit of a filler product to me, if you know what I mean – it’s nice enough but I’m not really excited by it. It is a good sized bottle of polish though, with 14.8ml of product – which will probably last you forever. The shade I have is Lavender which is a mid toned purple, with a cream finish.

And lastly the Jimmy Choo EDP, this is a lovely everyday fragrance, in a deluxe size 4.5ml sample bottle. This is handy to keep in your bag so you don’t need to carry around a large bottle of perfume with you – my only niggle here though is I do feel this has been over-valued at £10. You can currently pick up a 60ml bottle of this fragrance for under £27.00.

Though I do feel slightly underwhelmed with this box, it’s by no means terrible at all. I’m looking forward to trying out theBalm palette especially!

Do you have this box? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted April 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on April 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s latest box has just arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! I was excited to see a few new brands included this month –

  • MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Look Lively, worth £17.50
  • Gold Elements Nail Care Kit, worth £29.49
  • Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, worth £3.99
  • The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, worth £24.00
  • MDM Flow Lipstick in Panther, worth £18.00

Total value of box: £92.98.

Ok so on first glance, we have MAC in here, we have The Body Shop and a MDM Flow Lipstick – ooh! I can’t tell you how good it is to see some new brands this month!  So let’s start with MDM Flow… I remember first hearing about this brand a while ago from British Beauty Blogger (I think) and the brand was also mentioned in last months Cohorted leaflet.

MDM Flow is the brainchild of Florence Adepoju, a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science, fusing her love of beauty with hip hop and street style. The high shine gold casing is striking and unusual, and MDM flow’s lipsticks come in an interesting range of bold and unusual shades. Panther is included in this box, it’s a vivid Barbie pink and I think I love it! Be warned this shade is super intense though, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

On the subject of lips, the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil is a lovely addition too – I must admit I doubt I’d pick this up if I were shopping at MAC myself, just because £17.50 is quite expensive for a glossy balm in my opinion. I’m very glad to find it in the box though. Shade Look Lively gives a sheer, baby pink balmy tint to the lips.

There’s also a Gold Elements Nail Care Kit – another brand I hadn’t heard of. A quick Google tells me that Gold Elements is a premium skincare brand, offering face and body ranges, as well as products for nails and gift sets. The Gold Elements Nail Care Kit includes a large 120ml tube of hand cream, cuticle oil, a block style nail buffer and a nail file. Again probably not products I’d choose myself, but all are very handy and will definitely get used.

Next is The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, this is actually my first ever fragrance from the Body Shop – it’s a light and sweet musk, with notes of rose, honey and almond. This is a really nice, every day scent that is perfect for fans of musk fragrances.

And lastly the super sweet Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, complete in a pretty presentation box. This really looks good enough to eat! I’m looking forward to popping this into my next bath!

After last month’s slightly disappointing box, I think Cohorted have done a really good job here. Though all the products included aren’t completely up my street, this is just my personal preference, and I think most will be happy with this box. It’s great to see a mix of different brands this month too – The Body Shop is a safe bet as you can’t really go too wrong with their products, and I love that Cohorted have teamed up with MDM Flow, bringing a brand new and emerging brand to its customer base.

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

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Cohorted March 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on March 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend?

The latest box from Cohorted has just landed this week, and as usual I can’t wait to see what’s inside! Let’s take a look –

  • theBalm Nude Tude Palette, worth £30.00
  • PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, worth £14.50
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square, worth £5.95
  • Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush, worth £14.50
  • theBalm Put A Lid on It Primer, 3.7ml sample worth £3.00

Total value of box – £67.95

Ok so this is a pretty decent looking box! The main product here has to be the theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette – this is a gorgeous palette, and I should mention that it was actually also included in September’s box too, as well as the Put A Lid on It primer sample – so if you’re a regular monthly subscriber who received that box you may be disappointed to receive the same products again this month. If you didn’t receive September’s box though, I think this is a fantastic palette packed with every day neutral shades, and it will be very well received.

Next we have the Bare Minerals Heveanly Face Brush, which is another product I thought I’d seen before. I double checked this and found it was in fact included in April’s box last year. Again it’s a fab little face brush and I have no complaints at all about the product itself, but those that picked up April’s box may be a bit disappointed to see the same product again.

We also have a Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square in here, which is quite an interesting shade. It’s kind of a warm light caramel, and it’s also a cream shade so there’s no sparkle or shimmer here. I think this is a bit of a marmite colour where some will love it and some won’t be quite so keen on it.

And lastly the PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, now I’m sure this should have been in last month’s box, but it was replaced for me with a Dove product. I don’t have the booklet from last months box any more though so I can’t check. I’ve also just had a quick look through Twitter and it would seem that everyone received the Dove product rather than the PIXI pencil last month. Maybe Cohorted had stock issues and it was supposed to be in last months’ box? I don’t know. Either way I’m really glad I have it now – I love PIXI products and this is a fantastic multi purpose duo pencil which can be used as an eyeliner or smudged out over the lid as an eyeshadow.

So overall, I think this box is a bit hit and miss. If you haven’t purchased any of the other boxes I’ve mentioned above, then I think most customers will really be pretty pleased with March’s offerings. Personally though I do feel it’s a bit disappointing seeing products repeated. I’d love to know if you have this box and what you think of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Lookfantastic February 2016 #LFLoves Beauty Box

Posted on February 22, 2016

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Hi Guys, happy Monday!

I’ve got the latest beauty box from Lookfantastic to share with you today. This is the #LFLoves Februaury edition, and it’s packed full of beauty treats –

  • Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil 35ml – worth £7.00
  • Bliss Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Body Butter 30ml – worth £3.30
  • Hi Impact Brows Perfector Palette full size – worth £18.99
  • Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intimacy mini size – worth £5.00
  • KMS California Colour Vitality Conditioner 75ml – worth £4.50
  • Denman Mini Keyring Brush – worth £2.79
  • Elle Magazine (not shown) – March Edition – worth £4.10

Total value of box – £45.68

I haven’t had a Lookfantastic beauty box for quite a while, so it was great to receive February’s box to see if they’re still of the same quality they were when they first started out. This box includes a rather generous six items, and there’s a couple of brands in there I hadn’t heard of before too.

Starting with the new-to-me brands, the KMS Colour Vitality Conditioner is not so relevant to me as my hair isn’t coloured right now, it’ll definitely still get used though! The Hi Impact Brows Palette looks pretty interesting, this is a kind of one-size-fits-all mini palette that contains four powder shades for brows, to suit wether your hair is blonde, brunette, red or black, there will be a shade for you.

The Denman Mini Keyring Brush is super cute, as well as handy – I don’t think I’ll fix this on my keys as I already have way too many keys and bits and bobs on there, but this will be going straight in my bag. I know I’ll definitely use the Lord & Berry Lip Pencil too, Intimacy is a beautiful nude rose colour that will suit most complexions.

The Bliss Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Body Butter smells amazingly fresh and juicy, and it’s perfect for use on any extra dry areas such as elbows and knees, to moisturise and intensely hydrate. And lastly the Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil, now this sounds right up my street! You just need to find a willing friend, get them to warm the product in their hands and then give you a nice massage – I think I’ll get my other half to try this out on me 🙂 It also doubles up as a bath or shower oil too, so I don’t think this little bottle will last me very long!

Overall this is a great box and I’ll get use out of most of the products. I’d love to hear if you picked up this box and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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There’s a New Beauty Box on the Scene: Look Incredible

Posted on February 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The last couple of years has seen a massive increase in the variety as well as sheer amount of beauty boxes hitting the market – I can think of about eight off the top of my head. And now yet another brand new box has just landed. New beauty site have recently launched their own monthly subscription box, including a mixture of high end and high street brands, for £18.99 per month.

So what’s so special about this box? Why would you be interested in this above any others? Well the Look Incredible box promises five full sized products every month – you’ll find no sample or travel sizes here! For £18.99 a month ( £2.50 shipping) this sounds very reasonable.

I believe this is the second beauty box that Look Increible have released (with their first being in January) and here’s what’s included –

  • Fusion Beauty IllumiCover Concealer – worth £16.50
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick – worth £21.99
  • Essie Millionails Nail Treatment – worth £9.99
  • Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint – worth £20.00
  • NARS Single Matte Eyeshadow in Grenadines – worth £18.00

Total value of box  = £86.48. Now that is pretty impressive for an £18.99 box!

On first glance, I’m really impressed with the product selection, and I love that there’s a good mix of brands too, with an emphasis toward higher end. So let’s take a look at the products –

Starting with the one brand out of the five that I hadn’t heard of – the Fusion Beauty IllumiCover Concealer. This is a Touche Eclat style pen, combining the effects of a concealer with a light reflecting product. This didn’t give quite as much coverage as I’d like, but then I do have particularly dark circles. It’s a nice product though that gave a natural finish, and most importantly didn’t settle into my fine lines.

The NARS Eyeshadow in Grenadines is probably my favourite item out of this box. It’s a beautiful deep warm reddish terracotta shade. This colour may not be to everyone’s taste but I absolutely love it! I think red toned eyeshadows can look great on blue eyes so I’m looking forward to wearing this out!

The Essie Millionails Nail treatment is also a product I’ll definitely get use out of. My nails haven’t been in the best condition of late so I’m pleased to find this strengthening treatment in the box.

And lastly the products I’m probably least excited about – the Tarte Cheek Tint and Estee Lauder Lipstick. There’s not actually anything wrong with these products at all, I just prefer a powder blush personally, and the lipstick shade isn’t really for me.

Overall I think this box is fantastic value for money. It seems to have slipped nicely into a gap in the beauty box market now Cohorted’s boxes are £35 each, and the cheaper boxes such as Glossybox include mosty trial size products. Though I think this is a great box, there are still a couple of improvements I can think of – I would love to see a bit more effort put into the product information leaflet, this was a single sheet leaflet that wasn’t the best print quality. I’d also advise Look Incredible to be wary of including base products such as foundation and concealer as there will always be customers that are disappointed with the shade they receive. Overall though, this is a very promising box indeed, and I’m looking forward to seeing which products will be included next month!

I’d love to hear what you think of this box – would you buy it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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I Have An Announcement…

Posted on November 25, 2015

Hi Guys!

If you saw my tweets last night, you’ll know I’ve been itching to announce something today.  Well I’ve been busy working away on a top secret project for the last couple of months, and I can finally tell you all about it today!

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I’ve only gone and collaborated with one of my favourite companies, Cohorted – and I’ve curated their December beauty box for them!

I’ve chosen some fantastic products from some of my favourite brands for you, but I can only reveal one of them… the Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer! This little beauty is a two-in-one bronzer and mini blush, in a generously sized heart shaped glossy palette. It’s just gorgeous and worth £28.00!

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The Cohorted x TSNC box will be dispatched from December 5th, and it’s available now to pre-order here.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this collaboration! It’s been so hard keeping it to myself all this time!

I’d love to hear what you think? I hope you’re as excited about December’s box as I am! xxx