I was having a really stressful day last week, sulking around the house, when the postman turned up and bought me lots of goodies which cheered me up massively! One of the lovely gifts he handed to me was my love me beauty may 2014 box. I am always excited when I receive a subscription box as I normally never know what will be inside (I try not to look at spoilers online). If you aren’t familiar with love me beauty it’s like a normal beauty subscription box but with a slight twist, you get to chose from 3 “menus”, to what will be inside your box.
This month I chose the third menu, and I received;
> Nail Girls (Full Sized) Nail Polish in ‘Nude Pink’ RRP £13.50
> Raw Skincare (Full Sized) Natural Lip Balm in ‘Rescue Me’ RRP £2.98
> GO Stationary (Full Sized) Pocket Notebook Set in ‘Meadow Bird’ RRP £5
> SUTI (3x 4ml Trial Size) Trial Pack in Cleanse Balm, Purity Balm & Fabulous Foot Balm RRP £6.50
> Tea Pigs (3 Tea Envelopes) Tea in ‘Super Fruit’ RRP 65p per tea bag
Altogether my items RRP was over £23 (ish) which is good value considering the lovemebeauty subscription is £12.95 including delivery.
Nail Girls (Full Sized) Nail Polish in ‘Nude Pink’ RRP £13.50
Yet another nail varnish for emily! Or for emily’s little sister… If you have read any of my previous blog posts you will know that I am not the biggest fan of nail varnishes, purely because I rarely get any use out of them as I have an awful habit of biting my nails when I’m nervous, anxious or bored! I do absolutely love the colour of this nail varnish, pink is my favourite colour and this is such a beautiful shade (the same colour as my bedroom!), I wouldn’t say this was a ‘Nude Pink’ though, much more of a ‘Hot Pink’, but maybe it dries a lighter colour…
Raw Skincare (Full Sized) Natural Lip Balm in ‘Rescue Me’ RRP £2.98
You can never have enough lip balm, so I am always excited to see a new one in any of my subscription boxes. I like to keep at least one in my car, my handbag, my room, my makeup bag and on my desk, so they never go to waste with me. I haven’t heard of this brand before, and I always love to try new brands too, so this was a win for me. Its a normal sized lip balm stick that smells really fresh smell but with a kind of vanilla. It smoothly glided on my lips, and didn’t leave that ‘tacky’ feeling like some lip products do. Its quite a thick feeling lipbalm and its super nourishing. There are a couple of different ‘versions’ of this lip balm, the rescue me one is for targeting specially dry and chapped lips and its 100% natural which makes it even better! Most lip balms just keep your lips moisturised, but this specific one forms a protective barrier “to allow you skins natural healing process to restore and revalitise your lips to full kissable-ness”.
GO Stationary (Full Sized) Pocket Notebook Set in ‘Meadow Bird’ RRP £5
I have to admit I did find it a bit odd receiving notebooks in a beauty box and I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about this. Don’t get me wrong they are beautiful little notebooks, but it just wasn’t something I would expect from a beauty subscription box. I used to love stationary when I was in school, and I would have probably loved them a lot more if I had received them then. But now I am struggling to think of a use for them. I work in a fully IT environment and I rarely every write anything down on paper, everything would either be written on the computer or added to a note in my phone. I am also really anti plain notebooks that aren’t lined (which these are), I just feel that if a notebook doesn’t have lines its more of a drawing pad than a notebook. Personal preference though! I will probably just leave one of these on my desk at work to doodle in, and delegate the other two to one of my sisters. Beautiful little notebooks but needed in a beauty box? Hmmm..
SUTI (3x 4ml Trial Size) Trial Pack in Cleanse Balm, Purity Balm & Fabulous Foot Balm RRP £6.50
When I first opened my lovemebeauty box, this is what originally caught my eye. There was a cute little draw string bag filled with a little information book and 3 trial size pots.
The first little pot I opened was the ‘Cleanse Balm’, I do like to try a new cleanser and this little pot is perfect for travelling instead of taking a full size cleanser with you. It is made with 84% organic ingredients, including avocado, Shea butter and apricot kernel. In the little book provided it states “upon application, this sumptuous cleanser bursts into a silky, uplifting oil that melts instantly into the skin, penetrating the demis and drawing out impurities, cleansing the skin of the dirt, polluntants and make-up to release what is no longer needed” . To me, this sounds like an exiting claim, so I had to give it a go as I have never used a balm-type cleanser before.It is so concentrated that there is definitely enough in there for a couple of days at minimum, and not just to try it once. The book was definitely correct, the balm does “melt” onto your skin as soon as you apply it, but it does have a grainy texture, due to the apricot kernels, but I wasn’t too keen on this. I am very lazy when it comes to cleansing and moisturising my skin, if I could have one product that I rubbed in and left, I would be a very happy girl. Unfortunately, this cleanser is not something that I can do this with. After applying to my face when damp, massaging in, and then removing with a hot muslin cloth, I could still feel it sitting on top of my skin. It took a couple of further washes to remove the waxy feeling from my face. I have to admit, afterwards my skin did feel very soft and supple afterwards, but I did feel that by washing my face that many times this wasn’t something that I would be using regularly.
The next little pot I had a look at was the “Purity Balm”. The accompanying book states “a soothing, restorative balm that cocoons the skin with pure and potent botanicals… purity balm melts straight into the skin, delivering intensive, vitamin-rich goodness just where it’s needed. perfect for any part of the body including lips, elbows and knees”. Again, another exciting claim, I do love a little multi-purpose product that I can keep in my bag so I was looking forward to trying this one the most out of the three balms. Like the “Cleanse Balm”, a little bit goes a long way, so this tiny pot will do me for a couple of applications. Recently I have started to get itchy elbows, which I have never encountered before, so I thought this would be a great time to try this little balm. It worked like a treat, the balm did melt straight into my skin and definitely added some much needed moisture to my dry elbows! I will definitely try and use this balm for its other uses, as I have read that it is good for sun burn and breakouts, although I’m not wishing either of those things to happen any time soon! I am going to keep this little pot to hand and hopefully it will work when I need it to!
The final little pot for me to try was the ‘Fabulous Foot Balm’. The description given for this balm is “a luxuriously rich and nourishing foot balm especially blended to rehydrate and revive chapped, tired and aching feet. Fabulous foot balm melts straight into rough skin and brittle nails to deliver soothing, intensive nourishment”. I’ve never really had a huge problem with my feet (except for how big they are!!), so foot creams and balms are never something I have really taken a proper look into. This one, does look promising, I am going to a wedding next month, where I am wearing some open wedges, so I am going to keep this balm until then and smoother it the week before the wedding. I will let you know how it goes!
Tea Pigs (3 Tea Envelopes) Tea in “Super Fruit” RRP 65p per tea bag
Teabags in a beauty subscription box? Another product I’m not sure of in this months lovemebeautybox… I have been delivered tea pig teabags before in a subscription box, I think it was a birchbox so I was already familiar with the brand. I do love a good cup of tea, 2 sugars, 2 teabags and a splash of milk, but only a ‘regular’ cup of tea, nothing fancy. I have to admit I have never tried a flavoured tea bag before, but they just don’t appeal to me in the slightest, all I can think of is that they will taste like hot squash that I used to have at Brownie camp when I was younger and sick. I have donated these to our tea and coffee cupboard at home, so I’m sure someone in my house will drink them, but unfortunately they are just not for me.
Overall, I am impressed with this months lovemebeauty box, but not as much as I was last months, you can read the full review for the April 2014 box here. The notebooks and teabags seemed to be something they could just fill the box with, rather than an actual product that fitted with the beauty box theme. I will continue to subscribe to lovemebeauty, as this is only my second month, and hopefully next month will be much better.