For the past year I’ve basically only had one subscription box in my life – Look Incredible, and over the past six months I’ve felt like the box started to transition to something which I didn’t originally sign up for. Whilst I haven’t unsubscribed yet one more bad box from them will leave me tinkering on the edge of cancelling – so I decided to start seeking out replacements. When I spotted this one on Which Beauty Box’s instagram as a new option – it was the point of difference I was looking for.
This is an independently run company by three beauty addicts. Each month the box has a different cocktail based theme – each box comes with a cocktail recipe card, beauty items which match the scents and colours in the cocktail – as well as a free gift of a handmade bath bomb. The boxes aren’t cheap at £27.50 a month, but for an independent company with brands which feel different to the norm for other beauty boxes it’s something I’ve been willing to try for at least a month or two.
This month’s theme was cosmopolitan, the colour of which is made up predominately by cranberry juice, so I was expected lots of red pink item and maybe some splashes of green for lime. Whilst I love myself a cocktail, I don’t think I’ve ever had a cosmopolitan. An error that obviously needs to be amended in the not to distant future.
Homemade Bath Bomb
I’m finding it hard to pinpoint what exactly this smells of – it doesn’t smell distinctly cranberry to me, but it does have a fresh fruity scent. Whilst I knew it was going to be a handmade bath-bomb, I was kind of expecting a label with ingredients listed on it, I feel a bit unsure of using it without knowing what exactly is in it, due to sensitive skin and allergies. This does seem robust and well made.
NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose
I think I might be the last person on earth not to have tried these blushes, this is a pretty deep dusky rose shade that verges towards red whilst still being very wearable. I’m not sure whether I will keep this or not – I have so many blushes and I find I’m going blushless at the moment, it’s not my general preferred peachy tone so I wonder whether it’s something I’ll try a couple of times then will never be used again… but on the other hand I have always been intrigued by these studded style pans. Amy pointed out that these blushes have been discontinued for a good couple of years.
Nicole by OPI in Love My Pups (Carrie Underwood Collection)
This is totally not my normal preferred colour, for how often I wear shades like this (maybe once a year!) I have enough for my needs! But how can I contemplate getting rid of this when I do ‘Love My Pups’ (although does Pups mean dogs or boobs, it could be either). The Carrie Underwood is one I have a couple from in the past but it’s a long discontinued line as far as I’m aware.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Toast
So this was the product that was teased and made me order the box. This is a well loved formula that I’ve long wanted to try and at a price of £20.00 each it makes up a good chunk of the value of the box. This is such an odd shade and nothing about it makes me think cosmopolitan. It’s a terracotta toned nude that dries down much darker than it appears in the tube. I’ve already worn this once – review to come – but there’s no real complaints about this other than I’m not quite sure how it fits into the theme. I believe this was a LE colour that was available as part of a set as I can’t find it listed anywhere other than sets, if you know otherwise let me know!
New C-ID iShine in Cosmopolitan
Another lip product. This is a really pretty pink with really fine subtle glitter which runs through it, this is another thing that I want to swatch and touch but ultimately I know it will be lost on me as I’m just not a gloss girl, I wish this was in a different form rather than a pot as it’s something I would never use on the go for that reason – whilst it does come with a mirror. I’m just imagining the mess – even with a lip brush, where do you put the dirty brush?!
Sephora Collection Peony Body Wash & Coconut Bath Fizzing Cube
All of their boxes that I’ve seen so far have included some Sephora Collection products – in principle I like the idea of these being included, there’s a little Peony body wash pod which is great for a night away (although I definitely will probably use it before I get to that point) – I’m guessing this product matches up with the cosmopolitan theme pretty well. The bath fizzer kind of confuses me, there’s already one bath bomb type product in the box, arguably the main selling point, so why include another and the scent doesn’t scream cosmopolitan either in coconut either.
I think this box has been made with passion from a group of beauty fanatics. It’s clear from the range that there’s a good mix coming. In the scheme of beauty boxes, I don’t think this is the best value or is likely to have the most wow selection of products (I say this because predominately because of the inclusion of Sephora Collection), but it’s likely these girls are shopping from contents as normal shoppers.
For now this is a one off for me, but I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t come back in future, I think they have some growing room to make this feel more finished. They teased their ABH liquid lipstick in December which was the tempting aspect to make me try and another tease like that in future could convince me to get another month, depending on product value. I do feel like I spent £20 on a liquid lipstick and another £7.50 on everything else – and when I look at everything else I don’t feel as if I would have spent £7.50 on those items if that makes sense.
If you do happen to be wondering where my Look Incredible review is this month, they’ve changed their standard box to bi-monthly subscription so it will not be arriving until February. They did this without any prewarning which was rather annoying, I can only help that this means the quality of contents starts to go up again.
What do you think of this box?