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I’m going to start this post how I feel everyone seems to start, and apologise for my absence. I’m hoping that I can really get back into blogging now, but I have a lot going on and it’s proving challenging to write (or do anything really).
Usually I would just say ‘I have a lot going on in my personal life’ and leave it at that. However, I want to explain a little more about where I’ve been and what’s been going on. My boyfriend has been in hospital for the last 3 weeks and I have been staying in relatives accommodation nearby and visiting every day for the entire visiting hours. Due to this, my blogging kind of stopped. I couldn’t test any products because we were almost 100 miles from home, and dealing with the stress as well as the environment made it really tough to do anything.
On top of this, my nan passed away late Wednesday night. I was trying to travel back from Birmingham to say goodbye but she unfortunately passed before I could make it home.
I’ve only been home briefly for a couple of days during the last 3 weeks and that was still an extremely busy time.
Okay so now we know where I’ve been. Let’s get into the actual review. As you can see, I’m a bit behind with reviewing this box, since we’re now in July (the July review will be coming shortly).
As always, I’ll quickly explain a bit about The Cruelty Free Beauty Box so if you’ve already read this in one of my previous posts, or know about the brand already, then feel free to skip past to what I received this month.
What is ‘The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’?
You can choose between either ‘The Beauty Box’, or ‘The Makeup Box’, each contains 5 full-sized, travel, and sample-sized products. The Beauty Box is £14.95 per month, and the makeup one is £19.95 per month. Items from each box can cross over, so you can receive makeup items in the beauty box. They send out each box around the 10th of each month.
I chose the Beauty Box as I wanted a more diverse box that didn’t just contain makeup (and it was cheaper).
When you choose your plan, you create a profile of sorts. It will ask: your skin tone, makeup style, nail preference, skin type, hair length, hair type, hair colour, if you sunbathe, and if you fake tan. You also have the opportunity to provide your birthday.
If anyone is interested, I chose: Fair, dark and sultry, dark, dry, short, straight, brown, I don’t sunbathe, I fake tan.
What I Received
The above photo shows what I received in June’s box. From left to right top to bottom I got:
- Johnny Concert Eyeshadow in ‘Studs and Spikes’ – £11.95
- Evolve Organic Beauty ‘Hyaluronic Eye Complex’ – £8.00
- Friendly Soap ‘Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar’ – £2.18
- Pure Purpose ‘Natural Deodorant Cream’ in ‘Lemon Breeze’ – £9.50
- Delune ‘Dry Body Oil Mist’ – £16.00 (NOT PICTURED)
Sorry that I somehow managed to miss taking a picture of the Delune product, I forgot that I packed it for when I went to Isle of Wight festival so it wasn’t with the rest of the products.
Overall, this month’s box value comes out at £47.63. Which, as always, is fantastic value. All the prices have been taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.
Johnny Concert Eyeshadow in ‘Studs and Spikes’ – £11.95
When I first saw the packaging for this in the box, I was quite excited. Since I have the ‘Beauty’ subscription, I don’t tend to get many makeup products therefore I’m always interested in the ones that I do get.
The description for this product on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:
‘Gunmetal silver loaded with metallic silver sparkles
Wet/dry formula. Apply with a clean damp brush for added intensity!
Vegan & Cruelty Free
Johnny Concert products are formulated without the following and made in the Rockin’ USA (Los Angeles, CA)!
- NO TALC
- NO FD&C DYES
- NO SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE
- NO PARABENS
- NO BHA & BHT
- NO BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
- NO MINERAL OIL
- NO DIMETHICONE
- NO GLUTEN
- NO ANIMAL BY PRODUCT
- NO ANIMAL TESTING’
I’m in two minds about this product. On the one hand, I did choose ‘dark and sultry’ for my makeup choice, so this grey would work good for a smokey eye. On the other hand however, I don’t tend to use grey eyeshadows ever (I’d rather have a black than a grey), and certainly not shimmer grey shades.
The eyeshadow itself is pretty pigmented, that swatch is just one swipe. I have used it in an eye look once and it did show up and perform really well. The formula is really nice however I just don’t think this is a shade that I will be reaching for very often. Furthermore, whilst I appreciate that this may be due to the product being free from many ingredients, I do think that £11.95 for one shadow is quite expensive and isn’t a price that I would be comfortable with paying.
Evolve Organic Beauty ‘Hyaluronic Eye Complex’ – £8.00
I’ve had a few different products from Evolve Organic Beauty in previous months’ of this beauty box and they’ve always been fantastic, so I was excited (if not a little confused) when I saw this product.
I was confused mostly due to the size of this product, and because there’s no information on the pot apart from the sticker you can see. However, as you can see from the title, this is their ‘Hyaluronic Eye Complex’.
The description for this product on the beauty box’s website is:
‘Exotic Tuberose flower plant stem cells help to reduce the appearance of eye bags, fines lines and puffiness while firming and brightening the delicate eye area. Hyaluronic acid, known for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making the skin look younger with an improved skin tone, whilst cucumber extract cools and soothe.
Tuberose Plant Cells Targeted new plant cell complex clinically proven to work on the specific eye area problems: dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. This innovative active offers anti-wrinkles, anti-circles and anti-puffiness benefits whilst enhancing uniformity of skin colour therefore having a brightening action. It increases micro-circulation in the skin, improves firmness whilst also being soothing and moisturising. An all round winner for the eye area.
Organic Cucumber Extract Traditionally known to cool, reduce under eye bags and help to reduce the appearance of dark circles around the eyes.
To make best use of your Hyaluronic Eye Complex, make sure you “shake to wake”! Shaking the roller before applying will ensure that the precious formula is evenly distributed around the metal ball. Hold your rollerball like a pen (tip downwards) with the lid on and give it a good shake. Your roller is now ready for you to roll it gently around the eye area. The amount of product coming out of the roller should be just enough to leave the skin damp, covered with a thin film – no more! Lovingly warm the roller between your palms if it has been stored in a particularly cold place. Can be used morning and evening or throughout the day as a cooling “pick-me-up” for tired eyes.’
It does have a warning on the product to say to open it carefully and on a flat surface because the product is extremely liquidy. As you can see from the description, the full-sized 10ml product usually comes in a rollerball pen, not in a jar like this 5ml sample size is.
I have used this product a few times and haven’t noticed a massive difference, but I haven’t used it consistently enough to comment on the effectiveness of the product. It being in a small container does make it challenging to use, as you have to dip your finger in and then apply it to the eye area. I do think the rollerball would make it easier, and I would probably be more likely to use the product if it were in this form.
I do really like Hyaluronic acid, as you may know if you’ve been reading for a while, so the prospect of it being in an eye product is interesting. I think I will definitely use this product up, but as I already use the EyeWake Eye Gel, I’m not in a hurry to switch to this one yet.
If this product sounds like it’s something that you would enjoy using then you can pick up this small 5ml jar for £8.00, or the full-sized 10ml rollerball for £16.00 on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.
Friendly Soap ‘Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar’ – £2.18
Nothing against Friendly Soap, but I must say that the first thing I thought when I saw this was ‘not another soap’. I had commented on the abundance of soap a couple of months ago. My first two boxes both had a bar of soap in, and I was worried that I would forever be receiving soap. Luckily last month’s didn’t have a bar, but here we are again with yet another soap.
The description for this product on their website is:
‘Its velvety smooth, fragrance-free formula is excellent for those with delicate or sensitive skin.
I do like the idea of this soap, since I am into skincare. However, as I’ve already mentioned, I have far too many soaps since subscribing to this beauty box. I’m unsure if one human can go through a bar of soap in one month, but if so, I am not one of those people.
The charcoal soap from Friendly Soap that I received a few months ago I really love, but I am still battling through it. Additionally, The Soap Story soap I got in May’s box I’m also still trying to use up.
I’m sure that this product is wonderful, like the charcoal one from this brand is, but for the moment I’m not going to open it and start using it, otherwise my whole bathroom will be filled with half used soaps. I do like that this product contains a lot of shea butter, since I have dry skin I think this will be wonderful for keeping my skin hydrated.
If you’re not struggling under the weight of all the soap you own, and think that this product would be good for you then you can pick it up for £2.62 (bargain), from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here. Also you can check out all of Friendly Soap’s other products here.
Pure Purpose ‘Natural Deodorant Cream’ in ‘Lemon Breeze’ – £9.50
This is another product that I wasn’t massively excited to see. As I said in a previous review, I don’t tend to use deodorants that come in this form. I’m definitely more of a spray deodorant kind of girl, maybe with a bit of roll-on if I’m feeling cheeky.
This product’s description on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is as follows:
‘This Lemon Breeze deodorant is a natural remedy designed to combat the underarm odours; formulated with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Bicarbonate of Soda, Vitamin E and Lemon Essential Oil to keep you feeling fresh and clean.
The creamy consistency allows for easy fingertip application. The bicarbonate of soda inhibits bacterial growth and results in a long lasting freshness, shea butter and coconut oil moisturise the skin, with vitamin E to prevent skin irritation. Added lemon essential oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that will keep the bacteria away.
- Massage gently a pea-sized amount onto the clean underarm area until its absorbed.
- We do not use any hardeners, therefore it is normal for our deodorant to liquify in hot temperature – just mix it thoroughly and put in the fridge for a few hours.
- We recommend that you wait some time after you shave before applying the deodorant.
- The deodorant will keep you odour free – just reapply every 12 hours (morning and evening).
- The 60 ml jar should last for approximately 2 months.
The deodorant is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Free from aluminium salts, SLS, artificial fragrance, parabens and petrochemicals.’
I may give this deodorant a go in the future but, like with the soap situation, I have a few different deodorants being used up at the moment, so I don’t really want to start another one. I think the main thing that turns me off of these types of deodorant products is that you have to put your fingers in the jar and then apply with your fingers. In general I don’t tend to like jar products that you have to put your hands into as they’re less hygenic and just generally messier.
However, we are all different and you may love these types of deodorants. Therefore, if you wanted to check this product out then you can do so on the beauty box’s website here.
Delune ‘Dry Body Oil Mist’ – £16.00 (NOT PICTURED)
I know, I know, I have failed as a beauty blogger by not taking a picture of this product. I’m so sorry, as I said at the beginning of this post I packed this to take with me to Isle of Wight Festival (yes I’ve had these products for that long), and then forgot to take a picture of it.
The description for this final product on the beauty box’s website is:
‘Give your skin an instant moisture boost and radiant look with this hydrating dry body oil. Formulated with nourishing Almond and Golden Jojoba oil and the anti-oxidant Vitamin E to help smooth and hydrate, leaving your skin feeling irresistibly soft. This unique formula absorbs fast, allowing you to get dressed immediately. This works even better when you’re fresh out the shower, spray onto your still wet skin and watch the oil turn into a milky lotion that soaks right in.
Directions: Use generously every day after showering or bathing, spray over slightly damp skin from shoulders to shins. Massage gently, paying particular attention to any dry areas.
Please do not spray on face! For body use only.’
I received a Delune facial spray in last month’s box and found that it didn’t really do much. However, I was still interested to try this one out. I’ve never used a dry body oil, and I thought that this would be good for taking to Isle of Wight to quickly spray on my legs instead of trying to rub in moisturiser.
I’m not sure why you can’t spray it on your face (and I haven’t tried), but overall the description for the product sounded good. I didn’t actually tend to spray it after showering or bathing. I just kept spraying it on my legs because it was so, so, hot and dry at Isle of Wight festival.
I did find that it worked pretty well and did hydrate my legs nicely. However, like with the previous Delune facial spray, I’m not the biggest fan of the mister on it. It’s very fine, and I do find it slightly difficult to press and control. However, I can look past the way that it mists because it is a pretty good product and did keep my legs from being too dry.
If you would like to purchase this item for yourself then you can do so on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here.
If you’d like to check out my previous reviews on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, and boxes that I was receiving before going cruelty free, then you can do so here.
Overall, this month hasn’t been my favourite box. There are quite a few products that I either haven’t tried yet, or don’t think that I’ll use either for a while, or ever. Once again I’m really sorry that this review is so late, I’ve actually already received July’s box, so that review will be coming next week. Whilst this may not be my favourite box, I still really love receiving The Cruelty Free Beauty Box as it gives me an opportunity to discover new brands, additionally I think animal testing is unnecessary. If you would like to subscribe to this box, or just find out some more information then you can check out their website here for their different plans
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I know I haven’t been very active but I will be trying to post three times a week for a little while to make up for it, and to get back into blogging. I have quite a few posts planned so keep an eye out. As always, if there’s any cruelty free product you want reviewed, or if you would like me to talk about a certain aspect of beauty, then drop me a comment or an email and I’ll get on it!
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