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Firstly I’m so sorry about how late this post is going up, I didn’t anticipate that it would take me so long to write! Today’s post is going to be discussing a box that I hadn’t heard of until recently; the ‘Tili Beauty Box’ from QVC. The box is now in its fifth edition, which is the one that I will be reviewing today. It isn’t a subscription box, you just buy the edition that you want. The website shows the products that you will be receiving, so there’s no surprises, and if you don’t like the products then you can simply choose not to buy that box.
The ‘Tili Beauty Box’ was first launched in October 2016, with ‘Tili’ being an acronym for ‘Try it, Love it’. The box retails for £20 on the QVC website, and contains a variety of beauty products including makeup, skincare, and nail care. I found this box through my friend Tom, who had noticed a deal to buy the box for £15 instead of £20 (there was a deal at the time for first-time customers of QVC to get £5 off of their first purchase), and sent me a link to the QVC website.
The fifth edition of the ‘Tili Beauty Box’ contained the following products (from left to right, top to bottom of the photo):
- L’Occitane ‘Almond Supple Skin Oil’ (15ml) – £6.50 (L’Occitane website).
- Bareminerals ‘Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour’ (4ml) in the colour ‘Juju’ – £17.00 (Bareminerals website).
- Rituals ‘The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel’ (50ml) – £4.50 (Ritals website).
- Elemis ‘Papaya Enzyme Peel’ (15ml) – £11.40 (Elemis website).
- Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick’ (1g) in the colour ‘Colada’ – Price Unknown.
- Caudalie ‘Vinoperfect Radiance Serum’ (10ml) – Price Unknown.
- Perfect Formula ‘Pink Gel Coat’ (18ml) – £23.50 (QVC website).
- Shay & Blue ‘Blood Orange eau de parfum’ (10ml) – £25.00 (Shay & Blue website).
- Gatineau Floracil Plus ‘Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover’ (118ml) – £18.00 (QVC website and lookfantastic website).
As you can see, some are travel sized (the L’Occitane product, the Rituals product, the Elemis product, etc.), and some are full-sized (the Bareminerals product, and Perfect Formula product).
I couldn’t find the Caudalie, or the Tarte product online in the size that came in the box, anywhere apart from eBay so I chose to exclude those prices, as individual sellers can create their own prices and therefore it is not the true price of the product. In total, excluding the Caudalie product and the Tarte product, the value of this box is a whopping £105.90. That is £85.90 more than the £20.00 retail price of the box, or £90.90 more than the £15.00 paid with the discount. I honestly think that is an amazing deal, especially as you get to view the products inside the box before purchasing so, unlike other beauty boxes, you know if you would use the products.
One thing I do want to say before getting into the review is that this box is now completely sold out, and it won’t be restocked. If you’re the type of person who hates reading about things that are sold out, then feel free to stop reading. However, if you’re interested in what the ‘Tili Beauty Box’ is, and what kind of products come in it, then continue reading (their sixth edition will come out in November according to their Facebook page).
As with all my beauty box reviews, this is going to be very long and in-depth as I will be going through every single product, so grab some water and a snack if you like, and let’s jump into this review!
L’Occitane ‘Almond Supple Skin Oil’ (15ml) – £6.50
As you may know, if you’ve been reading my blog (specifically my beauty box reviews) for a while, I’m not the biggest fan of oils and just don’t tend to find myself using them. Therefore, this wasn’t one of the products that attracted me into buying the beauty box.
On the L’Occitane website, the product is described as follows:
‘Formulated with more than 50% almond oil, the light, fine Almond Supple Skin Oil effectively helps skin feel firmer and smoother. Skin feels nourished and more supple thanks to the ideal combination of almond oil and camelina oil, rich in omegas 3 and 6. This balance provides suppleness and comfort to the skin. A silicium derivative leaves skin looking firmer and tighter. Applied with a spray, this oil melts into the skin, enveloping it with a subtle and mouth-watering scent of fresh almonds while leaving a delicious satiny-smooth finish.’
I think that the product description does sound fantastic, and I’m sure that it would be a fantastic product for someone looking for an oil to smooth and firm skin. However, oils just aren’t for me, I’m much more of a traditional moisturiser person, and maybe a serum, I just personally don’t like using oil based products. Therefore, this product will be going into my giveaway box.
If you think that this might be a product that you would enjoy then you can buy this travel-sized (15ml) one from the L’Occitane website for £6.50 here, or the full-sized product (100ml) for £36.00 here.
Bareminerals ‘Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour’ (4ml) in the colour ‘Juju’ – £17.00
When looking at the products that came in the ‘Tili Beauty Box’, this was the product that stood out to me the most. I’ve never tried a single Bareminerals product, but I’ve heard great things, and considering I was paying £15.00 for a whole box of product, with this one alone being £17.00, I couldn’t pass it up. The colour ‘Juju’, described as a ‘deep rosy mauve’ on the QVC website, seemed like my perfect shade (I’m all about those rosy shades).
On the Bareminerals website, the ‘Gen Nude’ colours have the following description:
‘Gen Nude™ Matte Liquid Lip Colour is long-wearing, cream-to-matte colour with a lightweight, no-tack texture. Full coverage pigments are suspended in a silky formula that glides over lips effortlessly, then dries to a long-wearing, natural matte finish. Formulated with moisturising ingredients to counteract dryness, this matte liquid glides on silky smooth with a subtle vanilla scent. The flexible paddle applicator delivers full coverage in one sweep. Perfect for making a bold nude lip statement while balancing a sultry eye look.’
As I first thought, this is 100% my kind of colour. I have worn it on multiple occasions, once for a few hours at home, and once all day for university. I really love the formula, I do think that it is cream-to-matte as described, it feels really moisturising, and I don’t find it to be drying at all, even when it’s been worn for hours. It also smells fantastic (but not overpowering). I would say that the lipstick does require topping up after eating and drinking, after drinking water through two hours of lectures, I did need to top up the centre a little (to be honest it didn’t desperately need it, I just wanted it to be more perfect).
Overall, I think this is a really fantastic liquid lipstick and I will definitely be using it again. I think my purchasing of the box for this was worth it.
If you would like to buy this shade, or any other, of the Bareminerals ‘Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour’ then you can do so for £17.00 on the Bareminerals website here.
Rituals ‘The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel’ (50ml) – £4.50
I believe that I’ve had a Rituals product before, I can’t remember what, but I certainly haven’t tried this product. I was initially worried that it was a hair product, as I don’t tend to use those very much, so was pleasantly surprised when I saw that this was a shower gel.
On the Rituals website, this product is described as a:
‘Unique gel-to-foam technology based on Organic Rice Milk and Cherry blossom. Ultra nuturing, silky-soft cleansing foam with a delicate, sweet fragrance. Enriched with Organic Rice Milk, a natural ingredient that nourishes the skin and leaves it silky soft, and Cherry Blossom, the Japanese symbol of purity.’
I haven’t tried this product yet, because I asked for shower gel for Christmas from everyone and now have about 30 bottles, but I definitely like the sound of a gel-to-foam formula, and the scent sounds lovely. I have been using the Soap and Glory ‘Righteous Butter’, as I love that it contains moisturising properties, so I think that I definitely will like this product.
Elemis ‘Papaya Enzyme Peel’ (15ml) – £11.40
This was another product that I was excited about, I haven’t tried a huge amount of Elemis products but again (like Bareminerals) I have heard some good things. I really
like love face masks, and whilst I’ve never tried a papaya enzyme peel before, I was really interested by the product and couldn’t wait to try it. I’m unsure whether this could be considered as a ‘mask’, but it directs you to apply the product and wait 10 minutes before washing it off with luke-warm water. For the purposes of this review, I will call it a mask, as I’m unsure how else to describe it.
On the Elemis website, the product description is as follows:
‘Natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating Papaya and calming Pineapple smooth and clarify the complexion. This rinse-off exfoliating cream contains nourishing Milk Protein, anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E and Marine Algae to moisturise, repair, and protect skin. Perfect for complexions which are sensitive or mature.’
When I first saw the name of the product, I assumed it would be a scrub-like mask. However, I was surprised to see that it came out as a cream, with no abrasive properties. After looking on the back of the packaging, this product is described as ‘non-abrasive’, and that the fruit enzymes are what causes the exfoliation, and not any bead-like pieces in the product. I personally think that is fantastic, especially as masks that are more traditionally abrasive can sometimes feel quite harsh on my skin, and I know that people who have sensitive skin may not like those types of exfoliating masks.
Applying the product was easy and mess-free, and the cream texture helped to avoid mess. The mask itself smells amazing, I’m not sure how to describe the smell, especially as I’m unsure what papaya smells like, but it’s really nice! After a few minutes the mask does start to feel slightly tight on my face. The removal of the mask (it directs to use luke-warm water), was pleasant in terms of it not being abrasive, but the creaminess of the mask did mean that it took more time than usual to ensure the product was fully removed. After it was fully removed, my face feels soft and smooth, and just generally feels really clean. One thing to bear in mind is that the smell of the product does linger after it’s removed, so if you don’t like the smell then you might want to wash your face with a different product after to remove the scent. I personally quite like it, it’s a pleasant, perfume-like, smell.
Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick’ (1g) in the colour ‘Colada’
Another product I was very excited about was this one (is it a coincidence that I was excited about two lip products? Absolutely not). Much like some of the other products, this was also a first for me. Despite having followed Tarte on Instagram for what feels like forever, I’ve never used a product by the brand. This was probably because I was unsure where to get it in the UK but I’ve just Googled and realised that QVC sell Tarte so perhaps I may try some more products from Tarte. This shade is described as a ‘peachy brown nude’, which again sounded right up my street.
The product description on the Tarte website is as follows:
‘Discover longwearing lip color powered by H2O with this full coverage hydrating lipstick. The ultra-creamy vegan formula combines intense pigments & buttery-smooth conditioners for comfort-swipe color that locks in place with no feathering or bleeding. Make water work for you through each sea-inspired shade infused with regenerative lip-quenchers & the antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help smooth the look of lip lines.’
I haven’t worn this product for a long amount of time in one go, but the time that I did have it on was really nice. I would definitely describe the formula as creamy, I found that the product glided on easily and was really pigmented. Additionally, I didn’t find it drying at all, and with how creamy it was upon application, I don’t see it being drying over time at all. Overall, I really love this lipstick, and would definitely consider buying the full-sized version after this one runs out. I would recommend this lipstick if you’re looking for a creamy, super pigmented, nude lipstick.
If you think that this might be something for you then you can buy this shade, or any other Rainforest of the Sea lipsticks for £18.00 in the UK on the QVC website here, or for $21.00 on the Tarte website here.
Caudalie ‘Vinoperfect Radiance Serum’ (10ml)
I feel like this brand is one that I think that I’ve heard of, but can’t put my finger on where, or what product I know from the brand. As some of you may know, I have a dark spot on my cheek, so I like to use products which help reduce that.
On the Caudalie website, it states that the product:
- Corrects dark spots and prevents them from appearing
- Evens out skin tone
- Enhances the complexion’s radiance
- Oil-free formula and non photo-sensitizing
I have only been using this product for a few days and personally I can’t say that I have seen a difference in the spot of hyperpigmentation that I have. However, I’m hoping that with time, I will see more of a result (hopefully I don’t run out before I see a difference). I do quite like this product, the serum is very thin which means that you don’t need to use a lot of product in order to cover your face. However, I personally am put off from buying the full-sized product as it is £45.00 for 30ml, which is out of my price range. I would prefer to buy products from The Ordinary which do a similar job for less money.
That being said, we are all different, so if you would like to buy this product then you can buy the full-sized 30ml product for £45.00 on the Caudalie website here (I could not find the 10ml product).
Perfect Formula ‘Pink Gel Coat’ (18ml) – £23.50
I was very interested in this product, mostly because I wasn’t sure what it was, and it was bright pink. I had a quick read online, as it didn’t come with any information about how to use the product, and concluded that it is a strengthening base coat, designed to be used under polish to strengthen your nails. I did have to search online to see if this could be used under polish or whether it was designed to be warn alone (it can be warn under polish, which is what I have been doing).
The description on the Perfect Formula website, is as follows:
‘Pink Gel Coat is a protein-rich nail coating that instantly strengthens, seals, and protects your nails. Its keratin-rich formula includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance, making the nail bed look rosy pink and the tips of nails white. Your nails will look like they’ve had a French manicure…and it dries in a minute or less.’
After I’d applied it, I didn’t really notice any ‘French manicure’ colouring on my nails. I chose to wear this with Rimmel London ‘Super Gel’ Polish (read my review on those here) over the top. I do find that my nails tend to chip quite easily, and I haven’t had any chipping at all whilst wearing this product as a base coat. However, I was quite worried that my nails would be too hard and inflexible and that would cause more breakage, but I haven’t found that my nails are completely inflexible – they do move a bit (as they are supposed to) which means that I’ve had no breakages so far.
Shay & Blue ‘Blood Orange eau de parfum’ (10ml) – £25.00
As probably everyone knows by now, I LOVE citrus scents, specifically orange, so I was very excited to see this product (although I was concerned about a perfume that is heavily orange-based).
On the Shay & Blue website, this product is described with the following:
‘Award-winning Blood Oranges has been described by a top perfume critic as a modern “cult classic”. It is a richly refreshing fragrance with juicy bursts of blood orange underpinned with an opulent, sensual blend of musk, woods and passionate leather. Different and stylish.’
- Top Note – Immediate fresh bursts of blood orange segments and juice.
- Heart Note – At the core of this fragrance lies a well balanced note of hot napa leather that is sensual and intense.
- Base Note – A few hours into the dry-down discover sultry and passionate musk with charred woods and amber.
Usually when I see top, heart, and base notes, I don’t really notice each of the different notes within the perfume, however this is an exception. When first sprayed it smells like a freshly peeled orange, however, this smell changes over time and the scent after a few hours is completely different to the initial spray. I find that very interesting as I don’t tend to experience such a change when using perfume. I’m sat here smelling my wrist (it’s been on for a few hours so we’ve definitely hit the base note), and I’m really unsure about if I like it or not. Typically I am not a fan of musky smells, and I tend to try and avoid them as I’ve never found out that I like.
I’m very unsure if I like this product, whilst I do love the citrus burst at the beginning, I’m not sure if I would want to smell like a peeled orange. For that reason I appreciate that it dries to a different scent. However, I don’t know if I’m a fan of that scent. Part of me feels like this will be the type of scent that grows on me, but at this moment I’m very on the fence.
Looking on their website, I see that they have a blood orange body and hand wash which, I think, would be much more to my taste.
If you think this product sounds like it might be for you, then you can buy the 10ml product from the Shay & Blue website for £25.00 here.
Gatineau ‘Floracil Plus’ ‘Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover’ (118ml) – £18.00
Okay, I’m sure you’re very relieved to hear that this is our final product! I tend to use makeup remover wipes from poundland (our local poundland is 90p as there’s a poundworld nearby) which are always on a two for one deal. I personally find that the wipes are great, they have a bunch of different options, and I never struggle to remove all my makeup with them, so I don’t tend to look elsewhere for products. However, I’m always up to try something new, so was excited to see this in the box.
On the QVC website, this product is described as:
‘A new and improved formula of the iconic Floracil Make-Up Remover from Gatineau, this fragrance-free eye make-up remover helps instantly remove the most stubborn of make-up to leave your eye area and lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. Sweep away even waterproof mascara and heavy-duty eyeshadow and eyeliner with this fragrance-free formula from Gatineau.’
So, as I said, I’ve been using poundland makeup wipes forever, but after trying this product, I’m feeling converted. This product is i.m.p.r.e.s.s.i.v.e! Usually if I do an eyeshadow look using the ‘Original’ Urban Decay ‘Primer Potion’, and try to remove it with my makeup wipes, it does take a little while. However, a couple of days ago I removed my eyeshadow makeup with this product and it was a complete game changer for me. All I had to do was place the cotton pad on my eye for a couple of seconds, and after pulling away all of my eyeshadow was removed. Whilst I did have to go in a few more times to get rid of any stubborn mascara, it is SO much quicker than using my typical makeup wipes. Once you’ve finished removing makeup, it directs to wash the remaining product with warm water. I find that after I’ve done this, the areas on my face where I’ve used the product are very, very soft.
Overall, I think this box is 100% worth the money and if you enjoy the products that will be coming in the box then I would definitely recommend getting the ‘Tili Beauty Box’ from QVC. The range of products, and the value of the products in the box, is extremely impressive and really worth it. Apart from the oil, I will be using every single product that came in this box, making it absolutely worth my money.
If you’re interested in this box, then your best bet is to follow Tili beauty on Facebook to get updates of when the next box is out.
This brings us to the end of this review! I am so sorry about how long this is, I just like to talk about each product individually as well as the box as a whole. I enjoy being thorough and giving my opinions on each product, that way whether you’re interested in the beauty box as a whole, or just one product, you get a feel for what it is like and whether it would be good for you.
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