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The Cruelty Free Beauty Box November 2018 Review

Hello and Welcome!

Hope you’re excited for this month’s beauty box review! Thankfully this review is slightly more on time than my others have been – they take me many hours to write (plus testing time) which is why sometimes they’re a little late.

As always, I will give a quick summary of what the box is, what the available plan contains (as well as the price), and what options I picked when I filled out my profile. This information has actually changed so make sure you read it even if you’ve read my reviews on this box before.

What is ‘The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’?

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is pretty much as it sounds – a beauty box that contains only cruelty free products. The Beauty Box subscription is £14.95 per month, and contains 5 beauty products. They send out each box around the 10th of each month.

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.

They also have an option to create your own box, which allows you to pick your 5 products from a list. You pick 4 products with a value between £0 and £10 and then a final product that is valued at £10+. This box costs £19.95 and is not run on a subscription. 

What I Received

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Novermber 2018

The photo above shows what I received in the November Cruelty Free Beauty Box. From left to right, top to bottom, I got:

  • Flawless ‘The Blending Brush’ – £4.99
  • Tisserand Aromatherapy Hand Cream in ‘Rose & Geranium Leaf’ – £7.95
  • LUE by Jean Seo – £11.50
  • Spoiled Lips Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Medusa’ – £8.95
  • Urban Veda ‘Soothing Body Scrub’ – approx £3.25

I’ve lost the little card that comes with the box so I’m not completely sure on the price of the last item. However, the body scrub that was sent is 50ml and the price of a 200ml product is £12.99 so I worked it out based on that. Using these prices, the box would be worth £36.64 – more than double the price paid for the box.

I have to say that I was extremely excited when I opened this month’s box because it looked like a selection of products that I’d use. 

Flawless ‘The Blending Brush’ – £4.99

Flawless 'The Blending Brush'

Now I must say that I was the most excited about this product. After last month’s box I actually thought to myself that I haven’t had any makeup brushes yet, so it was amazing to see a brush in this box! I’m pretty low on brushes (why are they so deceptively expensive), as you’ll find out in my next post, so I’m very glad that this was a blending brush. 

The description for this product taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:

‘The Flawless Blending Brush has been carefully designed to work with both concealers and eyeshadows. The long densely packed bristles are designed to diffuse powder, cream, gels and liquids for an airbrushed finish.’

I wasn’t actually aware that this could be used for concealers and eyeshadows as I just assumed it was an eyeshadow brush but it’s cool that it has a dual purpose (although I use any brush for any kind of makeup to be honest).

The bristles are super soft and I like the wooden handle on it. I also think that £4.99 is a pretty good price so all-in-all, I’m extremely happy with this first item. 

If you’d like to check this product out then you can do so here.

Tisserand Aromatherapy hand cream in ‘Rose & Geranium Leaf’ – £7.95

Tisserand Aromatherapy hand cream

I was interested to see this product in the box as I do enjoy hand creams, but I have to say that it was probably the item I was least interested in out of the box contents.

On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, this product is described with the following passage:

‘Tisserand Aromatherapy Rose & Geranium Leaf The Hand Cream is bursting with the heavenly fragrance of enriching Rose and balancing Geranium pure essential oils. Expertly blended with botanical extracts of Aloe Vera and Calendula Flower with added, moisture-rich Jojoba oil, this 100% naturally fragranced hand cream helps to protect and soothe delicate skin and strengthen nails.’

As much as I love hand cream, I’ve literally only ever gone all the way through one hand cream. Said hand cream I’ve already asked to receive for Christmas. Therefore, although I would ordinarily use this product, I’ve got  more than enough hand cream and not enough hands at this point in time.

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the packaging. It just feels a little dated to me and for £7.95 I would expect more. I also don’t like the scent of rose in products, so I already know this particular hand cream wouldn’t be to my taste. They do have a couple of other scents though: ‘Neroli & Sandalwood’, and ‘Lavender & White Mint’. I think I would personally enjoy the first one these the most since I also don’t like the smell of lavender.

However, products with Jojoba in I find to be very effective at moisturising, and I like that it also contains Aloe Vera so, based on my experience with other creams, it sounds like it would be an effective hand cream.

Since I won’t be using this product and I can’t think of anyone I know off of the top of my head who would like it, it’ll be going into a future giveaway.

If you think this product sounds like something that you’d enjoy then you can find it here, additionally you can view the other scents that this product comes in here.

LUE by Jean Seo – £11.50

LUE by Jean Seo

I was interested by this product as I’ve had a lot of blemishes recently. I’m not sure why I’m suddenly getting them, probably a combination of stress, not drinking enough water, and not sleeping well. It’s been really irritating and I feel like as soon as I get rid of one, three more come up. 

This product’s description, as taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:

‘LUE is a 3 step skincare routine (One of the steps is not Vegan-Step 1) Step 3 can be used with the other 2 steps or with any other skincare routine!

Step 3 of LUE’s Skin Solution Set, CLEAR, a powerful compound which leaves skin smooth, radiant, and clear. Using a special blend of 12 herbs and organic biodynamic alcohol, this tincture is the ultimate blemish & spot control for leaving your skin flawless. ‘

The directions for this product say to use the applicator, or a cotton bud, to apply the product to your blemish, holding it for 30 seconds. 

I’ve used this quite a few times before bed and it does work really well. I definitely see a reduction in the redness and size of blemishes when I wake up. However, it does really sting when you apply it – most likely due to the first ingredient being alcohol. This might be something to bear in mind if you have sensitive skin (or just don’t really like applying things that sting). Personally, I have quite a high pain threshold and the stinging does subside pretty quickly so it isn’t something that causes me much of a bother.

Although I think £11.50 is quite a lot for such a small product, you only use the smallest amount (practically just a drop) if you’re using the applicator that it comes with, so I’d imagine that it would last a long time.

If you like the sound of this product then you can pick it up via The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.

Spoiled Lips Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Medusa’ – £8.95

I saw this product as a sneak peek on the box’s Instagram story and I was excited! I actually replied to the story showing my interest in the product. We’ve had a few lip products in the box before but not a liquid lipstick (my lipstick type of choice). 

The description for this product, as detailed on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, is as follows:

Medusa | Deep dark red colour (purple undertone)
Matte liquid lipstick that will last all day!
Paraben free
Waterproof

Personally, i love liquid lipsticks because I prefer to wear products that I can just apply and not have to worry about it moving around my lips or coming off and looking terrible. However, I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of how drying they can be – especially as someone who has dry skin (lips included).

I’m always interested to try out new liquid lipsticks from brands that I am not familiar with but I never usually know where to start and some brands can be expensive which, without knowing what the formula is like, can be a risk.

I asked the brand is there was any way that I could have a red lipstick in my box as I knew some of the colours wouldn’t suit me and I thought that red would be the safest bet for me. I received the shade ‘Medusa’, which at first I didn’t think was red but on further inspection, is just a very dark red. 

I decided to throw myself in to testing this one and wore it when I went to the Bath Christmas market yesterday. I really like the colour but I did find it pretty difficult to apply. it was a little patchy in places on first application so it needed quite a lot of work to get it one even colour. Additionally, I always have problems getting a smooth application with darker colours as I tend to mess up the edges. So I’d probably recommend using a lip liner with this one so the finished look is precise without you having to spend ages working on it.

This colour lasted pretty amazingly and I didn’t find it too drying.I was concerned when I first applied it that it would be really dry abut I hardly noticed it throughout the day. I had a huge helping of mac and cheese at the market (check out Alp Mac if you’re heading to the Bath Christmas market), and it only wore away in the very middle on one side. After a cupcake, and some pasta, later in the day it was pretty destroyed but honestly any other lipstick would be too and I think it held up amazingly (I go hard when I test lipsticks). 

I’m extremely pleased with this lipstick and I think the price is great for the quality of the product. 

If you’d like to get this colour then you can do so here, or if you’d like to see what other colours they have available then you can find the other shade options here..

Urban Veda ‘Soothing Body Scrub’ – approx £3.25

Urban Veda 'Soothing Body Scrub'

This is yet another product I was interested to see. I really like body scrubs for the shower (and most shower products to be honest) so I knew that I’d get use out of this. 

Finally, this product has the following description on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website:

‘Gently exfoliate and buff away dead skin cells with our Soothing Body Scrub. Harnessing the power of naturally abrasive exfoliants of pumice stone and crushed walnut shell powder, this microbead-free formula is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin.

Massage in to stimulate circulation, Soothing Body Scrub adds a touch of luxury to your bathing or shower routine. Packed with antioxidants to protect against environmental pollutants and support healthy skin cell renewal, this body exfoliator leaves sensitive skin de-stressed, balanced and calm.

Calming sandalwood, anti-inflammatory rosemary and harmonising ylang ylang work in synergy to refresh and nourish the skin.’

I am yet to try this product because I left it at home and have been at my boyfriend’s house, but I know I’ll definitely use it up and enjoy it. I think scrubs are a really good thing to use in the shower, especially as it’s winter and my skin is even drier than usual. 

The only downside I can see to this product is how it might smell as I haven’t smelt it yet, but I’m sure it will be fine and even if it isn’t my favourite scent, I’ll still use it.

You can only get 200ml versions of this product for £12.99. I do think that is quite expensive, especially as I’m currently using the Lush ‘Magic Crystals’ shower scrub which is £10.95 for 300g and comes in a tub that you can return to Lush to recycle.

If you like the sound of this product then you can find out more here, they also have a few different types of this product, which you can view here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this month’s box – it might actually be my favourite box I’ve had since subscribing. As it always is, it was great value for money and I will get use out of all of the products (I probably would have also used the hand cream if I didn’t have an abundance of hand creams at the moment). I can’t wait to see what next month’s box brings, especially as it’s almost Christmas (I can’t be the only one super excited for Christmas). If you think you’d like this box then you can check out their different plans here.

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.

So this brings us to the end of this month’s beauty box review, I hope that you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed this month’s products! If you did enjoy it then please give this post a quick like. Also, make sure you follow my blog if you aren’t already, you can do so via email or with a WordPress account. I’ve very nearly reached my goal for this year and I’d really like to get there! 

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