August’s box popped through my door (sort of) and it’s a bright one.
Decorated in a fabulous floral design, reminiscent of the wonderful fabrics worn by the women I see going to the African church on a Sunday. Which certainly seems to be the inspiration.
West African inspired designs decorate everything inside the box as well as out. The designs are known as Wax and the patterns mean something.
There’s a clever little pattern flipper which explains these designs. It’s a bit addictive to fiddle with.
The art print features the title of one of The Beach Boys most famous songs.
The lifestyle items are all jewellery related. A Nana Benz necklace and a gem catcher (jewellery rack).
There are three beauty products inside the printed bag;
Batiste Hold Me Hairspray (travel size)
Bare Minerals Skinsorials skin longevity (sample size)
My Little Beauty Blush Me Tender cream brush
These are a bit disappointing as the bareminerals is so teeny and I feel like there’s a Batiste product in every other box.
The blusher is a really pale pink and I’m not a huge fan of cream blushers.
I like the necklace, although it’s not something I would probably wear but it certainly will look nice displayed with my other necklaces. Same with the necklace hanger.
This was a bit of a mixed box, and since MLB is still hanging on by a thread with me, that’s not great news. I have decided to give them one more month (as it’s my birthday in September) and then it’s crunch time.
When the Queen of beauty boxes, Jaina from Which Beauty Box UK, releases a beauty box of her own, it’s a must buy.
This summer edit is gorgeous. The box itself is good quality, with a magnetic strip and a ribbon, gold embossing. Just lovely.
Inside is a beautifully scented tissue paper wrapped bundle of gorgeous items from indie brands, most of which are vegan and cruelty free.
Alphabet Bags Stay Wonderful Ombre Make Up Bag – RRP £22. This make up bag is really pretty and a great size for all your holiday bits and bobs.
Danglefoot Nail Polish in Atlantis (exclusive to the box) – RRP £6.50. I love the polishes I already have from Danglefoot, so this gorgeous, sparkly teal polish is perfect.
Saturated Colour Make Me Matte Lipstick Mattifier – RRP £8. I am super intrigued by this nifty little tube. Applied over any lipstick it instantly mattifies it for a completely different look.
Bloomtown Botanicals The Hedgerow Organic Hand & Body Wash – RRP £12. I love Bloomtown’s products and this smells heavenly as will I after using it. Blackberry and honeysuckle – almost good enough to eat.
Make Feet Revive Lime and Lavender Foot Cream – RRP £12. My feet ache after walking all day so this is actually making me super happy. With lots of essential oils and refreshing ingredients, I now have happy feet.
AA Skincare Green Tea and Aloe Vera Cleansing Wipes – RRP £3.30. I’ve used these wipes before, they’re super gentle on skin and lift grease, make up, grime with ease.
PHB Ethical Beauty Refresh Gel with Seaweed & Mint – RRP £13.75. This is really nice, perfect for use on sunburn and bug bites, or just irritated skin. Cools and soothes and smells really good too.
PHB Ethical Beauty Brightening Body Lotion – RRP £3.50. My sensitive skin prefers natural ingredients and this is packed full of them.
Gifts by Little Miss Popsicle Bath Fizzy – RRP £3.25. I was disappointed this wasn’t edible, it looks so delicious. I don’t have a bathtub but will be taking this away with me hopefully to somewhere with one!
Raspberry Sangria Candle Jar by Flamingo Candles – RRP £3.50. This is so yummy, I need to go make a jug of sangria and add raspberries to imitate this.
So it’s pretty safe to say I love this box. Jaina has done a fab job, she really knows her stuff. I think the price (£37) is pretty fair for all the stuff packed into this box. I really hope there’s another. You can buy yours here and get 15% off with the code WBB15.
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The beauty industry moves at its own entirely mysterious pace – some brands are totally with the times in terms of innovation and design and others lag a bit behind. There is some brilliant technology in place, like colour matching and mixing an exact foundation for your skin. However I think this could be taken further.
We all lead busy lives and not all of us have time to go to a physical shop and be colour matched – one day I reckon you will be able to take a selfie and have a computer work out your perfect shade in seconds and then place your order for same day delivery – making sure you always look spot on and not orange or ashy.
I think more make-up will be intuitive – and could we please create something that doesn’t melt when it gets warm! Foundations that adapt to different textures on your skin and colour corrects without too much faffing.
I can’t for the life of me get the perfect line on my lids, so a smart eyeliner is top of my wish list – one that adapts to your specific eyelid shape, adjusting the brush angle for the perfect flick every time, an even, defined line. A mascara that does this too would be the perfect partner, adapting to your lashes.
I also think more and more brands will become eco aware in ways they haven’t yet – from biodegradable packaging instead of plastic, cruelty free formulas, SPF in everything to reduce the risk of skin cancer, and a shift away from chemical ingredients that actually do harm like preservatives – there are alternatives out there and if there aren’t, well I have just invented jobs for cosmetic scientists – lets have some better formulations that care for us. A mini fridge for all your make up, free with purchase.
More brands will expand their lines to include the actual spectrum of skin tones in the world instead of assuming everyone fits somewhere in 5 shades, and with the above suggested colour matching app that orders your perfect shade then I don’t see why not.
Or how about an app that measures how often you re-order your products and automatically does it for you, so you don’t even have to remember to stop by the beauty counter.
Brushes and sponges that come with antibacterial microbes infused in them to help stop infections – and that remind you to wash them by changing the colour of their handles or self-destructing!
I think there will be still be a place for physical shops, as people will need to be shown how to use the new technology or want to ask questions that no app can answer. You might also want to keep picking up the basics on your lunchtime stroll.
Then there’s skincare – a section of the beauty market that seems to be always chasing the cutting edge. I can definitely see it becoming more high tech – again with formulas mixed for your exact skin needs – sensitive skin needs different things from oily, teenage skin is very different from older skin and they need specific formulas. But of course skin likes to chuck in the odd curveball, from post-menopausal skin breaking out in acne to sensitive skin that is greasy and dry at the same time!
Being able to scan your face in and have it mapped for you – ah yes, you need SPF 30, lots of vitamin A & E, and something that fades scarring, let me just blend these ingredients together, with a little shea butter and essential oils to combat aging and soften skin.
That would be incredible and it’s slowly starting to happen. But one day it could be a reality, and an affordable one – like using your smart phone on the go, beauty on the move, making you feel good and look your best, whatever your skin type, tone or style.
I had a very brief subscription from Pink Parcel a while ago but I am still on their mailing list so when the Summer Edit popped into my inbox I decided to place an order.
A huge box arrived, carried to my door by the invisible postman (I never see him but parcels arrive and someone rings the doorbell and I once heard a man whistling). Inside was a flamingo print canvas bag full of goodies.
I love flamingos – this bag is very me
Scrub Love Coconut Affair Coffee Scrub – I’m not personally a fan of coffee scrubs probably because I don’t like coffee, but my fiance loves coffee in all forms so this will be his to use.
Barnaby Cross Gemmotherapy Face Mask – not exactly sure what gems have to do with face masks but this seems to be a plant based sheet mask.
Figs & Rouge Combat Cream- this is designed to eradicate blemishes, which is handy as my skin can be a bit reactive.
Malibu SPF 30 Lotion – sun cream is an essential in my skincare arsenal.
Spa To You Konjac Sponge – I am really not that keen on these sponges but some people love them.
Your Tea Face Scrub – this has tea in it which is new, and claims to be gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Colorsport 30 Day Brow Tint – dark brown shade so not for me.
Pink Parcel For Now Tampons
Beauty Papier Green Tea Blotting Paper – shiny t-zones be gone with soothing green tea extract.
Stylondon Henna Tattoos – just no.
Bic Soleil Razor
Elegant Touch Nails (Colours vary)
Sass Intimate Purifying Cleanser – there’s a whole rant I could do about this.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream
Jelly Pong Pong Eye Shadow Duo
Sportfx Sport Stamina Mascara
Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish
Bonnie XO Lipstick
Pink Parcel make up bag
Dr Paw Paw Original Balm (not pictured as it rolled under the bag!)
Candy Kittens sweets – 2 sweets! 2 sweets!
Estella Bartlett bracelet – this is pretty.
Joe & Seph’s Coconut & Chia Popcorn (which was supposed to be Not.Corn made with sorghum) – leave out the chia seeds and this is s nice coconut popcorn.
Yuyo Mint Tea
Yuyo Zing Tea
We Are Tea Soothe for tummy relief
Make up close ups
Bit of a mixed bag (quite literally). Some of these things I will definitely use but others will be going to new homes.
As you may be mildly sick of me mentioning, I went to the Allergy & Free From Show recently.
One of the brands I discovered there is Arbonne – a Swiss beauty company that makes cruelty free, vegan friendly make up and skincare.
After a little test session with friendly make up artist and rep Sarah my lovely mum bought me a foundation and a blush. Sarah kindly threw in a primer for me too.
I love make up but the combination of sensitive skin, eczema and rosacea means I have to be super careful with what I use on my face to avoid breakouts and flare ups.
Sarah explained the ingredients and ethos used by Arbonne – from their website;
Transparency and honesty. For over 35 years, this has been the hallmark of our product integrity. From the beginning, Arbonne has developed products by combining the best of nature with leading science. Our mission is to always improve and evaluate our ingredient policy as an ever-evolving standard of excellence. This means we continuously challenge ourselves to do better and better.
We formulate without
animal products or by-products | artificial flavors | artificial sweeteners | benzene | bisphenol-a | carbon black | formaldehyde-donating preservatives | hydroquinone | mineral oil | parabens | petrolatum | phthalates | sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) | sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) | synthetic dyes | talc | triclosan | triethanolamine (TEA) And so much more …
A lot of the things I avoid are absent from these products which is great for me.
The foundation I chose is in the lightest shade of the range, quelle surprise, Alabaster, a gentle medium coverage liquid foundation that sinks in without looking chalky or leaving a residue.
The blusher is in a light shade called Ballet – it seems a little pale in the pot but once on its peach undertones appear, making my skin look warm.
The primer is quite gel like but blends down smoothly leaving my skin even and ready to apply my make up.
I am definitely going to keep using these products and potentially re-purchase, although I also have my eye on some of the skincare Arbonne produces.
If anything catches your eye – do contact Sarah and check out her Instagram too for some amazing make up looks.
Bloomtown Botanicals is a small firm making beauty products from natural ingredients, 100% palm oil and cruelty free.
I picked up the sampler set as a little treat, but totally forgot to pick my fragrances at the checkout so the team at Bloomtown did it for me!
The sampler set has four products from across the Bloomtown range to give you a good feel for the things they produce.
The box smells amazing.
The Woods Sweet Almond & Shea Sugar Scrub
This scrub smells delicious – but do not eat it! A mix of soothing, skin loving ingredients that didn’t only leave my legs smooth but also feeling soft.
The Hedgerow Pink Himalayan Salt Soak
I don’t have a bath tub unfortunately but I do enjoy a good foot soak of an evening in my DIY foot spa (it’s a bowl) and this made my feet soft and smell delicious, like blackberries and honey (it contains huneysuckle). You only need a little.
The Grove Shea & Coconut Soap Bar
I don’t normally get on with soap as lanolin makes my hands dry and scratchy. But this little beauty contains Shea butter and not lanolin. So it left my hands clean and happy.
The Meadow Infused Oil
With lavender, rose geranium and chamomile this roll on is relaxing and light. I’m using it on pulse points before bed to help calm me and help me sleep.
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