Okay, where on earth is this year going? We’re over half way through May and in my head, it should still be March. Calm down, 2017. Having said that, another month means two more gorgeous beauty boxes come into my life. Let the battle commence!
This month’s box is all about the beauty in the detail, which is evident in the absolutely stunning marble-effect box that’s just so utterly gorgeous, I’m going to keep it for more makeup storage. It’s just oh so pretty! The contents were rather fine, too. This month marks the change in Birchbox’s loyalty programme; you used to fill in your monthly surveys to gain points and every 100 points equated to £10 to spend in the Birchbox shop. The points built up pretty quickly, so it was a bloody good deal and quite the edge over Glossybox, who don’t have their own shop to splurge in, but they’ve scrapped that in favour of Birchbox Benefits. I’m not sure how I feel about this just yet, as I loved building up my points. We shall see how it pans out and whether it’s as beneficial as Birchbox are implying… Anyway, on to the products!
- Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting (full size)
This is an all-natural, cruelty-free shimmery mineral shadow. There was a choice of two colours, but I opted for this pretty, fresh and light shade as it’s perfect for summertime. It’s an all-natural formula so it’s suitable for sensitive eyes and it’s a gorgeous, but subtle, colour that adds a striking sparkle. 8/10
- Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara
This is a tiny sample of a mascara that promises to add volume and depth to each individual lash and whilst it does add some definition and intensity, it pales in comparison to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara and my favourite cheaper alternative by Nip + Fab. The wand is pretty large, so with the sample being miniscule, it is a little harder to use. I also can’t find anything solid on their cruelty-free status, which doesn’t look good. 4/10
- dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
This is an intense exfoliator that contains lactic acid and “pharmaceutical-grade crystals” (fancy) to polish the skin and reduce fine lines and scarring. A full size tube is £67 which is insane and I’ve not seen any major skin-changing results thus far. Their site claims that they’re cruelty-free, but they bang on about some countries that require animal testing by law (I’m looking at you, China), which means that they will allow their products to be tested on animals to maximise their profits in the Chinese market. Sell outs. 3/10
- Kueshi Hair Mask Shine & Volume
This is a lovely, sweet smelling mask that added some volume to the limp ends of my hair. I didn’t use it near my roots as most masks leave my hair a little greasy, but this one was pretty top notch at adding texture to the lower half of my hair. It says on their packaging that the product was not tested on animals, but I couldn’t find any concrete backup online, which could mean some of their supplier’s ingredients have been tested on animals or that they’ve not been properly regulated. This is a shame and I will not be purchasing or recommending this product until their stance on animal testing can be verified. 4/10
- Whish Firming Body Cream
This Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free body cream is gorgeous! It smells lovely and it easily absorbed into the skin, so you don’t have that irritating sticky phase to wait through whilst it soaks in. The cream aims to firm and smooth the skin, whilst also helping to soothe blemishes and unwanted marks, but this sample is a measly 22ml so I can’t say I’ve been able to fully benefit from these promises! Still, their stance on animal testing and the overall appeal of the cream is fab, so I will likely purchase this. 8/10
BIRCHBOX TOTAL: 27/50 More cruelty-free products, please!
This month’s box was aimed at supplying us with beautiful basics; those essential products that fast become staples. They certainly delivered on a few…
- Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm (full size)
I have completely fallen in love with this 100% vegan and cruelty-free multipurpose balm. It’s like magic; you can put it on cracked lips, dry elbows, critical cuticles and even on your cheeks for a natural finishing glow. I absolutely ADORE this stuff and have noticed such positive effects in such a short space of time. It’s going to live in my bag and come with me everywhere. 10/10
- Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub (full size)
Once you get over the smell (which is awful, I won’t lie), this scrub is bloody brilliant. I get really bad ingrown hairs on my legs, as mentioned in my previous post, but this scrub seems to be diminishing the little demons! It leaves my skin feeling so fresh and smooth, plus, it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free! I got the Cucumber and Bamboo “fragrance”, so when I’ve used it up; I’ll order a different scent and hope it’s a little more pleasant. The benefits are just too incredible not to purchase it again. 9/10
- -417 Foot Nourishing Cream
This is a really effective moisturising cream that aims to get rid of cracked heels sharpish. My feet are feeling pretty darn smooth right now and the fragrance is gorgeous. The downside? I can’t find any credible information on their cruelty-free status, so that’s a major letdown. 4/10
- Ruby Cosmetics Blush in Coral (full size)
Ruby Cosmetics are part of the Beauty Without Bunnies Programme aimed at compassionate shoppers, which is a huuuuge bonus and really admirable. This blusher is a really soft and velvety texture, but the coral colour is just a little bit too intense for my pasty skin! I’m going to take it on holiday with me this summer and pray to the stars that I actually get a tan and I’m sure it’ll go on lovely. This would be brilliant for those with olive and darker skin tones. 7/10
- Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat (full size)
This would be a great, useful product for adding a shatter-proof shine to your nails, but unfortunately, their animal testing policy is shady AF. I’ve found multiple conflicting articles online, so until they’re regulated by the Leaping Bunny Programme, PETA or Beauty Without Bunnies, I won’t be using any of their products. 3/10
GLOSSYBOX TOTAL: 33/50 This box was much better value than the Birchbox, with a whopping FOUR full sized products and some really useful, beautiful products inside.
Thank you for reading chums, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
All opinions are my own, honest views on the products listed. All photos are my own and I only add in links to cruelty-free companies.