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I know, I know, I haven’t posted for over a week now and I haven’t been posting twice a week. I’m having another one of those times where everything seems to be going wrong and I’m not handling it very well. I was originally really busy, which was why I wasn’t posting twice a week (but still made sure I was posting once) but last Tuesday someone drove into my car whilst I was driving and since then it’s all been kind of down hill. I can’t believe that it’s been almost a week, I’m honestly not sure where the week has gone. I’m fine, but my car is written off. I have a hire car from the individual who hit me’s insurance company, which is great but it isn’t my car and I know I’ll have to give it back and go through the stress of sorting out the settlement money and getting a new car. So, I’ve been pretty down in the dumps and honestly have done basically nothing for the last week, apart from sit and watch Netflix. I’m just feeling super defeated. Anyway, I’m sure you’re here for the actual review so we’ll get into it. I just wanted to share a bit about what’s happened/how I’ve been feeling because it makes me feel better. I know I’m suuuuper late with this review – in fact, the March box will be being shipped soon, but better late than never, right? As always with these reviews, I’ll give a quick summary of what The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is, if you haven’t heard of them, and what the different options are, as well as what I filled out for my profile. If you’ve read these reviews before then feel free to skip past this short section.
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 photo above is what I received in February’s The Cruelty Free Beauty Box. From left to right, top to bottom, I got:
- Phase Zero Make Up ‘Coconut Eyeshadow’ in ‘Lucky Penny’ – £6.50
- Urban Veda ‘Purifying’ Body Lotion – £3.00
- Friendly Soap ‘Orange & Grapefruit Soap’ – £2.11
- Pure Purpose ‘Green Tea Balm’ – £20.00
- Medusa’s Make Up ‘XOXO Perfume Oil’ – £12.00
So, based on these prices, the February 2019 box was worth £43.61. As it always is, this is amazing value for money! With the prices in mind, let’s jump into my thoughts on each product.
Phase Zero Make Up ‘Coconut Eyeshadow’ in ‘Lucky Penny’ – £6.50
A little while back I saw Phaze Zero makeup everywhere. They were doing a lot of gifting collaborations with seemingly every person I followed. So I was excited to see this product in the box so I could give the brand a try.
On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, this product has the following description:
‘These coconut water liquid formulas dry quickly and deliver a seriously metallic finish. With impressive coverage and highly pigmented colour, these create high drama looks in seconds and will last as long as you want them to!
Make sure that you shake this bottle thoroughly before applying and blend whilst the formula is wet, as once the coconut water is dry, it’s not budging!’
I have to say, I’ve never had an eyeshadow product that contains coconut water, so I was pretty intrigued. This being said, I was equally as concerned as interested. The product is extremely thin and watery so I was worried that it wouldn’t dry down.
I’ve only swatched this on my hand but I’m pleased to say that it did dry down, and pretty quickly too. Once dry, it didn’t smudge or bleed which I was super impressed by.
The colour of this one is a deep copper gold shade which I love!
Although I haven’t used this on my eyes yet, I definitely will. Keep an eye on my Instagram for when I do a look with this shadow (I only haven’t used it yet as I was doing a look with each colour of the rainbow for the whole of last week).
I think £6.50 is a pretty fair price for the type of product that it is. I typically find that these liquid shadows last quite a long time so I think you’d get decent use out of it for your money. There are four different shades of this coconut water liquid eyeshadow (as well as this copper toned gold there is a more true gold, a pink, and a baby pink). You can check out all of them here.
Urban Veda ‘Purifying’ Body Lotion – £3.00
We’ve had a few Urban Veda products in The Cruelty Free Beauty box before so I was excited to try another product from them.
This product’s description on the box’s website is:
‘Lock in moisture with our zingy, lightweight Purifying Body Lotion. Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, this fast-absorbing moisturiser is infused with cold-pressed neem oil and hydrating, antioxidant-rich extracts to nourish and revitalise oily and acne-prone skin.
This body lotion also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract, clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
This non-comedogenic formula is specially formulated to moisturise skin whilst delivering an influx of vitamin and omega-rich botanical ingredients to the skin. Refresh your senses and nourish your skin with this indulgent healing and decongesting formula, protecting skin’s natural moisture barrier function and enveloping your skin in softness.’
I personally don’t have oily or acne-prone skin (although I do get spots on my chin) but I still wanted to give this product a try nonetheless. I used this to moisturise after showering and exfoliating in order to prepare for fake tan and I’d say it worked really well. It was definitely really moisturising and absorbed quickly without leaving my skin feeling tacky.
The only down side I’d say is that it’s difficult to get out of the bottle! This product just doesn’t want to be used. I haven’t really found a good method for getting it out, I ended up just banging the bottle against my hand until some fell out (not the best method).
It also smells really good!
The 50ml sample size I’d say would last you a little while depending on what you’re using it for. I moisturised my entire body and used maybe a third, if not less, of the bottle. If you only want this for your face, or to use on smaller areas, then I think £3.00 is a really good price. The larger bottle is £14.99 for 250ml, so I’d say unless you really know you’re going to use all of that up then there’s no point in buying the larger one since it’s not actually a deal and it’s only 1p cheaper than purchasing 5 of the smaller ones.
Friendly Soap ‘Orange & Grapefruit’ – £2.11
I’m always interested to see Friendly Soap’s products in the box – we’ve had a few and they’re always really good.
On The Cruelty Free Beauty box’s website this product is described as:
‘Orange Grapefruit Soap is packed full of vitamin C and a wealth of antioxidants to boost the immune system, Grapefruit and Orange essential oils make for a refreshing, enlivening and wonderfully aromatic soap. Also shown to promote the production of collagen, and increase blood flow to the skin.
Each orange grapefruit soap bar is handmade with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Orange & Grapefruit essential oils, water. And that’s it.’
Firstly, something that I’ve never noticed before is that these soaps aren’t technically soaps, since they haven’t gone through saponification (a chemical reaction that produces soap). However, I love moisturising butters, and oils, so I don’t mind. I also adore the smell of orange.
I do usually give these soaps to my mum. My mum has a lot of allergies so I tend to give her all the friendly soaps that come in these boxes because they don’t have any added ingredients. However, her dermatologist has now told her she can’t use anything natural/anything that comes from plants (e.g. essential oils). So that’s a bit of a shame, but this soap still sounds fantastic!
One thing I absolutely love about friendly soap is the price, all of their bars are super affordable and I think that’s important.
If you like the sound of this product then you can get it through The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website.
Pure Purpose ‘Green Tea Balm’ – £20.00
I can’t say this is something that automatically caught my eye when I opened the box but I loved the sound of it regardless.
This balm is described on the box’s website with the following passage:
‘This potent mix of skin-healing oils, butters and botanical extracts, this balm contains no water and can be used to heal, soothe, moisturise, or cleanse the skin and create a protective barrier.
The balm melts upon contact with skin; with the subtle nutty scent. Formulated with mango, green tea & kokum butters, along with black cumin and hazelnut oils, it leaves your skin ultra-hydrated, soft, plump, and radiant.
It’s made for the face, but you can use it on cuticles, lips – anywhere needing serious indulgence. A treatment for every kind of skin, from dry and sensitive to seriously acne-prone, this can be used as cleansing balm, makeup remover, moisturiser, cuticle and lip balm, breakout treatment, and healing ointment.’
As I’ve said before, I have the driest feet to ever grace the face of this planet. So I’m always looking for products in these boxes that will help with that. When I saw this product and read what it does I knew I needed to try it out immediately.
I put this on my feet, put socks on, went to sleep, and when I woke up my feet weren’t dry anymore! I’m so incredibly impressed with this product. It glides on really nicely, smells great, and moisturises amazingly.
I personally wouldn’t use this on my face as it does have quite a thick consistency and my face doesn’t tend to like thick products. However, on other places that need extra moisturising, I definitely will be reaching for this.
My only issue with this product is the price. I don’t pay much attention to the little card that comes with the box, I’ll look at the product descriptions and skim over the price but I don’t tend to remember them. So I did go a bit heavy handed with this cream which, now that I know the price, I’m regretting!
£20.00, in my opinion, is a lot for 60ml worth of product. Whilst it would probably last a fair amount of time if you’re using it on your face/lips, if you want to use it on other parts of your body then you may find that a lot gets used in a short amount of time.
Even though I really love this product, personally £20.00 is out of the range of what I can afford in terms of moisturiser so I probably wouldn’t repurchase this once I’ve used it up unless my circumstances change. However, if you like the sound of this product, and would like to try it, then you can view it on the box’s website here.
Medusa’s Make Up ‘XOXO Perfume Oil’ – £12.00
I have to say I was in two minds when I saw this product in the box. Firstly, I was excited because we’ve never had perfume in the box before, but equally I was unhappy at the fact it is an oil and a roller ball.
This product’s description, taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, is:
‘This Perfume Oil features golden amber and Egyptian musk intermingled with sparkling citrus, lily of the valley, pink jasmine and warm woods.
With a roller ball application so you can use as much or as little as you wish!
Comes in a handy velvet pouch so you can easily grab it on the go!’
I think putting a perfume in the box is both genius and risky. Most people (myself included) are very fussy with perfumes.
When I first applied this to my wrists I didn’t like that it was an oil (this was to be expected), and I also couldn’t really smell anything. However, once it had dried I really got the scent and I love it! Usually I wouldn’t go for anything that has musk in it, as typically it isn’t to my taste. This has just the right mix of the other scents to allow the musk not to becoming too overpowering.
Honestly I’m surprised that I like this – not only because I’m fussy with scents but because I really don’t like applying oil directly to my skin, and I don’t like products with a roller ball.
I’m so pleasantly surprised by this product, I will definitely get use out of it and finish it, and I’m glad that it was included in this month’s box!
I do think that £12 is on the more expensive side for how little you get (it’s 10ml). However, since it is in an oil, I find that I don’t use as much of the product and therefore it would last longer than if it were in a spray bottle. If you think you’d like this product then you can check it out on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website.
Overall, I think February’s box was fantastic! I will get use out of every single product (which pretty much never happens) which means I got more than double what I paid for. I love how diverse the products were and how we received some items (and brands) that we’ve never had before. I was a little concerned when I first subscribed that after a few months I’d start getting products I’d already had, but I’ve been getting this box for just over a year and haven’t had double of anything. I can’t emphasise enough how fantastic this box is. I know that a few of my readers have subscribed, and if you’re thinking about it then I’d say do it!
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.
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