The Natures Beauty Bag is a great subscription box alternative for those that like to use natural, organic, ethical products. Everything is packaged in an eco-friendly re-usable makeup bag which you can never have too many of in my opinion since they’re perfect for travel and storing bits and pieces at home. What I was most impressed about with Natures Beauty was the sheer amount of products inside.
Ultra C Radiance Serum (5ml Sample) RRP$69 – This product contains vitamin C, Goji Berry Co Enzyme and Chia Seed, suitable for all skin types and formulated to help smooth fine lines, promote elasticity, regenerate and strengthen tired, stressed and sun damaged skin.
Rubifresh Cleansing Oil (Sample) RRP $23 – This is a very generously sized sample, contains a blend of olive, citrus and apricot oils plus certified lemon scented tea-tree which is designed to protect and nourish skin without stripping away the skins own protective oils. This looks like it would make a great makeup remover so I’ll be putting this in my travel bag for overnights.
Australian Bush Essence Intensive Eye Serum (Sample Sachet) RRP $26.95 – This contains Australian bush flower essences and rose stem cells designed to care for delicate skin tissue around the eyes. This came in a sample sachet but I might transfer it into a small pot as I think the contents of this can last some time.
Maeve Minerals Vitality Face Serum (5ml Sample) RRP$24 – Contains skin supporting fatty acids to regenerate and hydrate. This oil is extremely lightweight and contains jojoba oil, rosehip oil, hazelnut, vitamin E, lavadin, Atlas Cedarwood, orange oil and ylang ylang. Unfortunately I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with face oils such as rosehip so I won’t be using this on my face.
Cherry Brown Natural Mineral Lipstick RR$21 – I received the shade Hot Pink which looked quite bright in the tube but applies fairly lightly then can be built up.
Absolutely Gorgeous Organic Lip Balm (15g) RRP $10.95 – This also came with a $10 voucher to spend at Absolutely Gorgeous. I received the Coconut and Lime flavoured lip balm.
Absolutely Gorgeous Hand and Body Lotion Sample (30ml) RRP $5.95 – I received the Lavender and Mandarin scented lotion.
Furlesse Elevens RRP$34.95 – I was really confused by this product at first and had no idea what it was but it’s a patch that you apply between your eyes at night while you are sleeping and claims relax frown lines in a gentle, natural way. I’ll definitely be testing this out!
Marinas Ambrosia Voucher for $10 off any purchase from Marina’s Ambrosia.
Morlife Greens Rush Bar – Alkalise to Energise RRP$3.95 – This is a healthy energy bar in the flavour pineapple zest but is also available in Banana Tropicana and Cacao Mint. I tried and thought it tasted disgusting
While a lot of the products in the bag did not appeal to me I think this would make a great gift if you have a friend or someone in your family who is interested in natural and organic products.
*Provided for review consideration.
I’ve been on the market for an epilator for a while although I’ve been a bit hesitant due to the fact that there are so many on the market varying in price that I didn’t know where to start. I also wanted an epilator that would be easy to travel with so it has to be small lightweight and portable.
I was given the opportunity to trial an epilator from the Remington range and went for the Silky Easy Epilator, it retails for $49.95 so very economical, it’s compact and lightweight with two speed settings as well as the ability to remove hair as short as 0.5mm.
Before using it is recommended to have a warm bath or shower and exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Once skin is clean, dry and free from creams or oils then you can start to epilate. It has two speed settings with low speed recommended for fine hair and high speed recommended for coarser and thicker hair. Hair is removed by gliding the epilator in a slow continuous movement against the hair growth and while it can be a little painful in some more sensitive areas such as the underarms or backs of legs it is so quick and effective that it’s very easy to get used to. The product runs only when plugged into the wall which I actually prefer over cordless and recharging because this way you never get any loss of power whilst using the product.
I found it worked really well for me on my legs although I did experience a little bit of redness after use it fades away the next morning. It wasn’t as effective on my underarm area but I think that is due to the hair being thicker and stronger at the root. It was a little bit of trial and error to get used to the epilator as I found if you hold it down too close to your skin it won’t pick up the hairs but overall I’m really pleased with it and am happy to say I’ll be using this product instead of shaving over the summer time for sure.
This product can be used on legs, underarms and the bikini line and comes with the detachable cord and a cleaning brush.
*Product provided for review consideration.
Beauty subscription boxes are loads of fun and while the element of surprise can be quite thrilling sometimes it can lead to disappointment so I was very excited to learn about Wantable. Not only can you choose from beauty product filled boxes, there are accessories, intimates and limited edition holiday boxes. I was invited to take the Wantable service for a test run and it was a lot of fun. When ordering a box you fill out a profile ordering your product and colour preferences my loves were brows, eyeliner, blush, lip colour and eyeshadow and the products I received were based upon those preferences. You’re most likely to receive products you love and you will never receive products you dislike.
All the products are presented neatly cushioned within some foam padding in a plain white cardboard box.
Swatches L-R: Facestockholm Lipstick in Pleasant, Cailyn Cosmetics Red Tint, Susan Posnick Colour Eye Define Amethyst, Opal, Darla Makup Peepers Eyeshadow in Baby Dot.
Face Stockholm Lipstick in Pleasant ($22) – My favourite product in the box, a pretty rusted rose shade with bronze shimmer running through. Not terribly pigmented but can be worn sheer for a bit of bronze shine or built up as I have in the photograph. Felt very comfortable and moisturising on the lips and while not the most long lasting formula I can see myself throwing this shade on when I’m out and about and looking for a subtle but unique colour.
Cailyn Cosmetics Red Tint ($13) – First of all I love the test tube like packaging however I was not a fan of the colour, rather than a red tint it looked more grape on me and just gave my lips the illusion of having turned purple from the cold! It also looked patchy on my lips and seemed to fade away rather quickly for a stain.
Susan Posnick Colour Eye Define Amethyst/Opal ($26) – This is two products in one with the purple shade Amethyst in a wind up eye pencil on one end and loose light purple shadow in Opal on the other end. It’s very similar to the Stila Convertible eye colours in that you can use the liner as a base eyeshadow then smoke it out with the loose powder.
Darla Makeup Peepers Eyeshadow Baby Dot ($18) – I love the 60′s style mod packaging of this eyeshadow and this shimmery golden bronze shade is extremely wearable and perfect for a neutral daytime look. I can see this eyeshadow working perfectly for work.
Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme Sample – These are long lasting anti-aging creamy eyeshadows. I received the shades Sunrise Peach and Vert Enchante which look really pretty. I can’t wait to try these out as Lise Watier is a brand I’ve been keen to try out.
Now these boxes are a little more expensive than a lot of the local beauty boxes I’ve seen with a single box costing $40 or you can subscribe for $36 per box. While that may seem pricey when you factor in that you’ll receive mainly full-size products rather than a heap of samples it does seem like a very enticing offer. The contents of the box I received have a retail value of $79 and I’m pretty impressed with everything I was sent. I am considering signing up for a Wantable subscription but mainly because I love testing out new brands in order to review them for my website, so I think this kind of subscription would be most suitable to die hard makeup junkies like myself.
*Products provided for review consideration.
This months Violet Box was all about quality over quantity this month with some wonderful full-size products. I’m always more interested in receiving makeup over skincare so I’m pleased to see that this month the focus was on makeup.
Bodyography Oxyplex Loose Powder (27g – RRP$60) : Yes that is correct a product worth $60 was included in my box, I received the shade Wheat which looks like a fairly universal colour, I’ve used it a couple of times and it’s very finely milled and gives skin a beautiful texture. Keeps shine at bay while still looking natural and none of that dreaded cakiness, I’ve already put this in my day to day makeup bag for long term use.
Apivita Face Masks (2 sachets – RRP$7.90): I received two of the Express Beauty with Orange masks, I love masks and I’ve used Apivita ones before so I’m more than happy to receive these as I’ll definitely use them.
Savoir Faire Lipgloss (RRP$25): I receive the shade Fierce Cinnamon which was a shimmery rose colour with a soft cinnamon scent. I think this is such a flattering colour and extremely wearable, it’s not very sticky and had a really pleasant taste that kept on making me want to lick my lips!
John Plunkett Cosmeceuticals Super Wrinkle Cream (20mls – RRP$28.95 for 50g): This product is probably the only one I won’t use, mainly for the fact that it’s not suited to my skin type and I’ve become so loyal to my Mario Badescu routine I don’t want to disrupt it.
Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow (RRP$18): The packaging of this eyeshadow is very similar to MAC but I love how the brands logo has been printed into the clear window at the top. I received the shade Bright Eyes which is a pale gold colour, I’m again very pleased to see a wearable colour that can suit anybody.
This months Violet Box was amazingly good value for money, I loved everything in it apart from the wrinkle cream but you can’t win them all and I’m sure I can gift it to someone.
You can subscribe to Violet Box by following the link.
*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and was reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
I’m a little late with my review as usual but work seems to keep getting in the way of blogging so you’ve probably read about this box hundreds of times by now. The theme this month was a Spring Race Carnival Edition.
Le Tan Wash off Bronze (40g can) – I’m not really one for fake tanning so I doubt I’ll get any use out of this, it claims to dry in 60 seconds then last all day until you wash it off. I’ve always wondered how these sort of things will react with sweat and rain and if that causes them to run off onto clothing.
Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask – I love these types of sheet masks and I always keep a stack with me when I’m off on work trips as there’s nothing better at the end of a long day than to relax in my hotel room with a face mask. This has a RRP of $25 so it’s one of the more pricey items in this months box.
Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Papers – These are very in keeping with the races theme as they’d be perfect to throw into a clutch to blot away oil when out at the races.
Evo Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner (50ml) – Haven’t tried this brand before but will certainly give these a whirl. My favourite thing about these subscription boxes is that I get so many travel sized samples that are perfect to throw into my overnight bag.
Smitten Whipped Tinted Mousse Moisturiser (30ml) RRP $25 – Another one of the stand out products in this months box, a mousse textured tinted moisturiser with skin care ingredients and SPF15+. I received the shade Cappuccino which is just about perfect for my skin tone and although I was a little hesitant to try this since I’ve never heard of the brand I was very impressed with the finish and coverage this gave my skin.
Inika Mineral Eyeshadow (12ml) RRP $25 – I received the shade Lychee a pale matte purple tone which looks pretty however barely shows up on me. This might work as a very subtle wash of colour on the lid.
There were loads of vouchers included in this months box:
$20 Voucher for the Iconic, Voucher for $3 off the Le Tan range at Woolworths, $50 voucher for wines from Naked Wines Australia.
Lust Have It! costs $19.95 a month, and you can sign up here. Don’t forget you can also get $5 off your first box by using codeword: SKY
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