Hello and Welcome!
Yes I know, it’s halfway through October, this is a very late review. I’m sorry if anyone had to double check what month it is.
I’ve been away from home a lot which has meant that I’ve had deliveries piling up (okay piling is a little bit of an exaggeration). I’m back home now so these reviews should be on time in the future, instead of more than a month after the box arrived!
As always, I’m going to give a little description of who The Cruelty Free Beauty Box are, what their different plans are, and what I chose when I first filled out my profile. If you’ve read at least one of these reviews on my blog before then you’ll already know this information so feel free to skip to the part where I explain what I received in this month’s box.
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
From left to right, top to bottom, I received in my September 2018 box:
- Optiat ‘Be Good Pamper Kit’ containing ‘Potent Peppermint’ and ‘Mouthwatering Mandarin’ – Approx £2.00
- Weleda ‘Lavender Relaxing Body Oil’ – £3.25
- MIA Cosmetics Paris Nail Polish in ‘Rustic Wine’ – £5.99
- Bain & Savon ‘Seaweed and Nettle Shampoo Bar’ – £2.95
- Manna Kadar ‘Precision Point Eyeliner’ – £15.95
- Delune ‘Lip Venom’ – £11.99
These prices were taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website. Based on these prices, this month’s box was worth £42.13. This isn’t the biggest value we’ve had but as I always say, bear in mind that this box only costs £14.95.
If you follow me on Instagram (I’d highly recommend). Then you’ll recognise a few of these products. Some of these items are actually already in a giveaway on my Instagram. I am still including them in this review (and the October review) to show you what you get inside the box, but I haven’t used these products.
If you would like to enter that giveaway then you can see the rules, and enter, here.
Optiat ‘Be Good Pamper Kit’ containing ‘Potent Peppermint’ and ‘Mouthwatering Mandarin’ – Approx £2.00
I have to say that I was excited to see Optiat featured in September’s box. I’ve been following Optiat for quite a while now and have been watching their journey. I was first introduced to them in a Hashtag Girl Crush box in July 2017 (if you’d like to read that old, and probably cringe, review then you can do so here) and have reviewed a couple of their products since. I actually have a dedicated review for the ‘Mouthwatering Mandarin’ coffee scrub that you can read here, and a review of their hemp face masks.
The description for this product on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is as follows:
‘A range of four naturally-scented sustainable coffee scrubs, made from repurposed used coffee grounds collected from cafes and restaurants across London.
Influenced by the thoughtful care and attention put into our scrubs, For the Love of Scrub is a range inspired by real-life events and experiences. Whether that’s before a date, after a big night out, after a workout at the gym or just for a quiet night in, we have you covered!’
Although I love these scrubs, I’m not going to be using these little sachets (as you may know if you follow me on Instagram). As much as I adore Optiat, and these scrubs, I want to give someone else the chance to discover them and hopefully love them as much as I do.
I could rave about Optiat all day and night, but I’m sure you want to hear about the other products so feel free to read my reviews for their products if you’re interested in knowing more. Additionally if you’d like the chance to try these coffee scrubs then make sure you enter my Instagram giveaway!
Alternatively, if you’d like to purchase one of these ‘try me’ sachets, then you can do so for £1.00 each here.
Weleda ‘Lavender Relaxing Body Oil’ – £3.25
This is unfortunately one of those products where I know I won’t like it just by looking at it. I really don’t like the smell of lavender, and I don’t tend to ever use these types of relaxing oils. Therefore, this too is in my giveaway.
On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, this product’s description is:
‘If you’re looking for a lavender gift for people who love nature, then Lavender Relaxing Body Oil surely has everything. With a scent which immediately dispels stress and creates a sense of peace and well-being, it’s infused here into a gossamer-light blend of sweet almond and organic sesame oils, to absorb quickly. Perfect after a stressful day, to help induce truly restful sleep, or to recuperate after testing times. Massage in, breathe deeply and relax.’
If you enjoy these types of scent-based relaxation products then this is probably going to be a product that you enjoy. Unfortunately for me, when I’ve tried using lavender oils before bed I end up getting a migraine. Therefore, I knew this product wasn’t something that I’d even want to try. If I know I definitely won’t enjoy something then I don’t tend to try it any more that way I can save it for a giveaway where I know someone else might get use out of it, instead of it going to waste once I’ve already used it.
However, despite knowing it won’t work for me, I know some people really enjoy these types of products. Therefore, again you can either enter my Instagram giveaway, or purchase it from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website if you think this is the type of product for you.
MIA Cosmetics Paris Nail Polish in ‘Rustic Wine’ – £5.99
I was pretty interested to see this colour in my box to be honest. I believe we’ve had a nail polish once before but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the colour so I didn’t end up using it much. This colour I was much more fond of and was definitely up my alley. Unfortunately, I’d just taken of some false nails and ended up breaking some of my nails, meaning that my nails were super tiny when this arrived. Additionally, I haven’t been painting my nails very much recently (I say whilst having painted my nails last night) and tend to go for lighter colours when my nails are shorter as I find darker ones make them look weird. Then when my nails are longer and stronger I put fake nails on again – it’s a vicious cycle.
Long story short, this is also in my giveaway as I don’t think I’d get much use out of it but it’s the perfect fall colour and I know someone else would love it. I didn’t intend it to be that all the products at the beginning were ones that I put in my giveaway, I actually took the flat lay before fully deciding what I would and wouldn’t use.
As with the previous products, if you’d like this then you can either enter my giveaway for a shot of winning it, or purchase it from the box’s website here.
Bain & Savon ‘Seaweed and Nettle Shampoo Bar’ – £2.95
Before we even get into my thoughts on this one: spoiler, it’s also in the giveaway. I honestly didn’t think I’d put that many products from this month’s box in there but clearly I did!
The description of this product on the beauty box’s website is:
‘Seaweed Powder is a rich source of vitamins including vitamins B12 (not found in land plants), vitamin E, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, and other nutrients. It makes for an effective cleansing and exfoliating agent.
Peppermint acts as an astringent, normalizing both dry and oily hair. When applied to oily skin or scalp it helps reduce any excess oil. An oily scalp can lead to greasy hair, and the peppermint helps to regulate your scalp’s oil production and eliminate the grease. Peppermint oil can soothe skin irritations and relieve pain and itching. This makes it ideal for those who have dry or irritated scalps, as it can help fight dandruff and eliminate the itching associated with this condition.
Nettle increases blood flow to your scalp. It also oxygenates your hair follicles and strengthens hair fibres, promoting healthier, shinier, fuller hair. It is also used to treat dandruff.’
I mean the description sounds fantastic, does it not?! I also really love the packaging for this product. However, I just don’t think that I would get use out of it. I tend to use liquid shampoo/conditioner products and just don’t see myself using this frequently enough to keep it. However, I do love the idea of it (not only the description but the fact it would reduce your plastic usage) and the fact you can purchase this smaller size so you can try it without having to commit to purchasing the full size.
This is the last time I’m going to say this for this review but if you would like to try this product then either you can enter my giveaway for the opportunity to try it for free, or purchase it online here.
Manna Kadar ‘Precision Point Eyeliner’ – £15.95
Finally, this next product I was very excited about and actually did use. We all know how much I like eyeliner, specifically a cat eye. It’s pretty rare for me to put up a picture without it. I’m always open, and interested in, trying out new eyeliners and I knew I had to put this one to the test!
The following description was taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website:
‘This amazing long-lasting Precision Point Eyeliner is not only easy to apply but helps you create that perfect smooth line with the felt tip end.
- Achieve any desired eyeliner look in minutes
- Can create a natural thin line or a smokey cat eye with ease
- No creasing throughout the day
- Stays ultra-black all day long’
I’ve had Manna Kadar products before and never seemed to get along with them, but I hoped that this would be a different story.
I quite like the packaging for this product and the tip of the eyeliner looked thin enough for me to create a sharp wing with. All was well for a few swipes but I found the product started feeling pretty dry pretty quickly and it ended up dragging on my eye, especially in areas where I was trying to go over product that I’d already put down. This made getting a precise line very difficult.
It was a pretty infuriating process and it’s unlikely that I will ever reach for this eyeliner again – especially when my current one costs £2 and is so easy for me to use.
Personally I wouldn’t really recommend this eyeliner. I think it’s quite expensive and doesn’t work as well as I would like. I want my eyeliner application process to be as stress-free as possible and, even on a good day, this product made me angry.
However, we are all different and you may prefer this eyeliner. If you’d like to check it out, or buy one for yourself then you can do so here.
Delune ‘Lip Venom’ – £11.99
This was another product that I was very interested by when I first opened the box, mostly because ‘lip venom’ sounds pretty frightening. However, I can reassure you that it’s nothing scary and it isn’t a plumping gloss (like I thought it was based on the name).
This product’s description on the beauty box’s website is:
‘Delune Lip Venom™ is an incredible hydrator. Their customers and reviewers have even said it’s the world’s best hydrating lip product. Now – that’s quite the title to given, but they’re happy to take it – they totally know their Lip Venom is awesome – they made it to be.
Their year long development process behind their Lip Venom means they can stand by two qualities that as a company they are proud to stand behind and back up. The first is instant hydration. Their Lip Venom contains natural peptides and oils that won’t just sit on top of your lips and look pretty, but they’ll actually sink in and make your lips pretty.
Secondly, lots of users see a reduction and blurring of visible vertical lines. You know those lines on your lips…. Well, they’ll look photoshopped out. And all of this without a single sting or peppery buzz. It’s just amazing what nature can do without the need for chemicals. Oh and the best part, it tastes of watermelon!’
Definitely one of the longest product descriptions I’ve seen but nevertheless it sounds pretty wonderful. I have dry skin (as you probably know) and my lips aren’t any exception to this. No, I don’t drink enough water, but we’re all flawed humans and I still want moisturised lips.
I’ve used this a lot, both throughout the day and overnight and I think it works incredibly well. It does hydrate nicely and my lips do feel softer when I use it. I also would say that it blurs the lines in your lips but I believe this is probably just because it’s go the consistency of a (non-sticky) lip gloss. I tend to find lip glosses make your lips look blurred and more plump anyway, and this one is no different. It does smell and taste amazing, and I really enjoy it.
I’d definitely, definitely recommend this product. I do think £11.99 is on the pricier side, but if you have that kind of budget and are looking for a hydrating lip product then I’d consider this product.
If you do think this sounds like something you would use then you can check out more about the ingredients, and purchase it, on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.
Although the majority of this month’s box has gone into a giveaway, I’m not disappointed by the box. It can’t always be 100% to my taste and I think the amount of use that I’m getting out of the lip product, and the fact that it gives me an opportunity to give some items back to you, made this month’s box worth it. I always look forward to receiving my box, even if the month before’s hasn’t contained many products I would use. I like discovering new brands and new products, and this box gives me the opportunity to do that without spending a fortune!
If you think this sounds like it’s something that you’d like to receive each month and you’re considering subscribing to this box, or just are interested in find out some more information, then you can check out their website here for their different plans.
Also, 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.
This brings us to the end of the review of September’s The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, I really hope that you enjoyed reading it (even if the majority of the products were just put in my giveaway)! If you did enjoy it then please give this post a like. The review of October’s box should be up before the end of this month so keep your eye out for that (as a warning, some of those products are also in my giveaway). Finally, please follow my blog if you aren’t already, I’m so close to hitting my goal for this year and would love to make it!
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