Sunday, 4 March 2012

SheSaidBeauty Box - March Edition

Following on from last weekend's Beauty box review I have another one to tempt you with. Yes, I know, another beauty box I hear you say, but I urge you to give this one a chance as it is not only cheaper than Glossybox and Carmine, it has offered a few alternative samples this month which have really impressed me.

I am of course talking about the SheSaidBeauty box which launched this month, and at £9 + P&P I think it so far shows very good value for money. It works in much the same way as Glossybox and Carmine in that you can subscribe on a 1/3/6/12 month basis (with up to 15% off on some subscription packages) and once a month you will receive a beauty box filled with 5 luxury beauty samples. SheSaidBeauty also offer a free beauty magazine through their website and when you sign up, you create a profile to become part of their online social community - so you can review and chat beauty with other beauty lovers.

My first box, or rather the first box, from SheSaidBeauty was their March box, which arrived on Thursday - I love the fact they ship it to you for the beginning of the month - and eagerly, I got stuck in straight away...

The packaging is much the same as other beauty boxes, but the box itself is a flip top lid instead of the usual box and lid or drawer design, and is perfect for recycling as make-up storage :) I'm also loving the turquoise and fuchsia pink colour combination - very Spring!

Inside I received 5 luxury samples, plus two bonus samples and much like my other beauty subscriptions, there are at least 3 out of 5 products which make the box worthwhile.

Orly Manicure Miniature Nail Varnish in Ancient Jade and bonus Orly 180 grit Nail file - 5.3ml full size £5.00 and £1.10
A gorgeous jade green colour that deeply disappointed in application. I don't own any colours like this so was eager to try this out straight away. But I found the formula very gloopy and difficult to apply thinly or without brush stroke marks. I have found this happen before with other mini nail polishes so it hasn't put me off Orly all together, I will certainly want to try some of their other polishes, it just means that I will have to work extra hard to get a good finish on this next time I want to wear it. The nail file was a nice added bonus that we be duly added to my nail varnish collection, or my handbag.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Trio: Shampoo, Conditioner and Style-Prep Smoother - 250ml full size £15.50, 200ml full size £17.50 and 100ml full size £18.50
I LOVE these samples, but they really weren't big enough! The Shampoo and Conditioner were gone in one use but the Style-Prep has lasted around 5 uses. The little trio really did smooth out my hair, but without leaving residue that might make it feel greasy- I didn't need to touch my straighteners my hair was that smooth! Having never tried Aveda before, I am definitely impressed but would like to sample some of their colour saving formula too.

Premae Harmony Face Balm - 50ml full size £18.00
This was my least favourite product of the box, I don't really do balms - except for the lips - so this is probably all I will use it for. It is an Indian Mango Butter for Combination Skin and has a lovely Lemongrass scent (not Mango odd enough). I was gutted to find that other subscribers received false lashes instead of this balm in their boxes :( if I had got the lashes too, this would have been one of the best beauty boxes I've ever received!

Comfort Zone Good Night Kit - 50ml full size £52.95
I have never heard of, let alone tried, anything from the Comfort Zone range. In the box I received a 6ml overnight recover cream and complex treatment - much like a skin oil. A little goes a long way with the cream so I fully anticipate the 6ml lasting a good fortnight for me. The complex I'm less into, as it is very oily and I have oily skin, but I'm giving it a go anyway to see if there's any improvement in my skin tone or texture. I use no night products on my face at the moment so this will be an interesting little test.

Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream in Fairy Cake - full size 5ml £4.99
I loved this product from the box and it came in such a good colour too! I haven't used Collection 2000 for years and had been intrigued by many of the brand's latest releases. So this little lovely was very welcome indeed. This lip cream applies like a gloss but it's texture is so velvety and it feels so silky that it isn't really noticeable once on - kind of lightweight like a balm. Fairy cake is a lovely coral which goes more pink once applied to my lips, and has a semi-matte finish.

Jing Flowering Dragon Eye Tea - 50g full size £9.00
The second bonus from SheSaidBeauty was a tea sample from Jing. Yes, I know, tea? It sounds a bit strange but this turned out to be one of my favourite items of the box! Essentially, this is a green tea 'bulb' made up of green tea, wrapped around a marigold flower, jasmine blossom and a red amaranth flower. You place the bulb in a glass tea pot or jug (I didn't have one so used a large glass instead) and add boiling water. And watch to see the flower unfurl - it takes about 30secs to reach it's full glory! I will definitely be purchasing some more teas from this company, they'd make a great talking point when the girls come over for a chat. 

Favourite product(s) in the March box - Collection 2000 Lip Cream, Jing Flowering Tea and Aveda Hair Trio.

Overall I am really impressed with the first ever box from SheSaidBeauty and I look forward to their offerings in the coming months. But if I'm honest, I still fly the flag for Carmine being the beauty queen of beauty boxes so far, so we'll see how SheSaidBeauty stand up to this in the long run.

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