The Grand Opening of my October Feel Unique Box

My Feel Unique box arrived on 7th October. Here is my belated appraisal of what I got:

First a note about the box itself.  It’s different from it’s competitors AmaryaBoudoir Prive, Carmine and Glossy Box.  Although it is black in common with Carmine’s box, the style of the box is totally (Feel) Unique. This could possibly my favourite ‘box’ out of all the beauty boxes. It’s a drawer! It’s a sturdy black drawer which opens easily by pulling the pleasing fushia pink ribbon tag.

I read somewhere, somebody had the excellent idea of using the boxes to make a dinky chest of drawers (if this was you let me know and I will credit you and link to your blog/page/website). The box is lined in fushia pink and uses the same, by now very familiar, packaging material as Boudoir Prive and Glossy Box.

Now for my impressions of those all important contents:

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

Very generous 60ml bottle. Has a pleasant and delicate scent. I’ve heard good things about Bliss and I am looking forward to testing it out. Yes I know I am a lazy face wipe kinda girl but the Murad cleanser from the August Glossy Box may have slightly converted me to a bit of face washing using *shock horror* water. I’ve realised it’s not so much of an effort if done while bathing.

Orly Nail Lacquer (5ml)

I got this in the terracotta. Bright orange more like. Not my usual choice of colour but I’m kind of liking it. My initial thoughts before testing this were beauty box swap it for another shade or pass onto my friend who wears bright polishes.  But now I’m looking at my ‘pinky’ nail, which is covered with two coats, I’m slightly smitten with it. It’s perfect for Halloween! I also think it will also look lovely with a tan on holidays. It was easy to apply and looks good. Against all my expectations this has the makings of a keeper.

Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Straight Collection Blow Out Balm (90ml)

Almost everything about this excites me: the brand, the packaging, the size of the product, the fragrance, the serumy look and feel of the product. The only concern I have is that I am generally, 9 times out of 10 (or more), am just too lazy to blow dry. However if I am successful at my Benefit store approval tomorrow I will have to take more care with my grooming and if the results are good this could be a keeper too.

Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid SPF10 (10ml)

As you may already be aware I am not really all that interested in lotions and creams for face and body as I love the products I already use. However I think I will be keeping this too.  This is because it boasts an SPF so is very useful for lazy Lucy Brown. I’ve just tested it on my hands and the scent is subtle and zesty. It soaks easily into the skin and appears to leave a matt finish with a beautifully subtle and satisfying sparkle.

Crabtree and Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy (25g)

My regular readers will know I am not a big fan of hand creams. I have lightly tested, just now, this for the purposes of the review. It’s pleasant enough and only leaves a light residue and subtle fragrance. But unfortunately due to my lotiony hands aversion this is one to beauty box swap.

*Another plus point for the Feel Unique box is they offer a straightforward uniform discount of 10% of all the brands featured in the box, but you have to make your mind up quick because the code expires at the end of the month!*

Burberry Eau De Parfum (2ml)

Like it enough to use but not enough to buy. The sample bottle is a spray which is more satisfying than the teeny sample bottles you sometimes find in beauty boxes.

So what’s my overall verdict on my first Feel Unique box? I am really pleased 5 out of 6 of the products. This presents me with a conundrum as I really need to give up a beauty box or two. But they are all so good this month. I really rate both the packaging and the contents of the Feel Unique box so it’s a keeper. Well done Feel Unique, I highly recommend you as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by new beauty box on the block  Carmine.

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October 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, Lucy Brown & Benefit, make-up. 1 comment.

The Grand Opening of my October Carmine Box

My Carmine box arrived earlier this month. This is what I got:

First a note about the box itself.  It’s very different from it’s competitors AmaryaBoudoir Prive, Feel Unique and Glossy Box.  Although it is black in common with Feel Unique’s box, the style of the box is unique to Carmine. The box is very sturdy indeed. It has a lift off lid, the full depth of the box. I find this lid really difficult to prise off, I’m not sure if other subscribers have also found this?

The  textured black box is fully lined in a vibrant green with a carmine logo repeat. The pink Carmine logo is also featured on the top of the box marvellously metallic and textured and this logo is reinforced and underlined by embossed white text ‘Carmine’. It’s an impressive box Carmine but please make them easier to get in for us impatient Beauty Box openers ‘we just want too see what’s inside!!!’.

Somehow I have managed not to open the tissue or the ribbon yet so this review is a genuine first impressions review of the actual opening of my first Carmine box. Do you want to know what’s inside? *realises the question would be more intriguing if many of you didn’t already know given my belated review*

Balance Me – Super Moisturising Hand Cream

Generous 30ml tube. Has a pleasant and familiar smell. I’m not a fan of hand cream personally but I am confident I can Beauty Box Swap this for something I will use.

A promo code for £5 off orders of £30 or more is included.

Daniel Sandler – Eye Delight

I got this in the peach. It’s a full-size 3g pot. Looks interesting. I’ve tested it and I think I like it, although it’s not a colour I would usually go for. It is actually a good high-lighter for the Frat Boy in my opinion.

A 10% promo code is included.

Trind – Nail Repair Natural

Very excited about this not only because my nails need TLC at the moment (a big thumbs up to Carmine for telepathically knowing this)  but also because I love the bottle. It’s full-size 9ml too 🙂 This is definitely a keeper! Not been able to test this yet as I can’t find my nail varnish remover.

A mystery special offer code is included

The Balm – FratBoy All-in-one shadow/blush

I am so impressed by this. So very, very impressed! This 2 in 1 fills a 8.5g (full-size) gap in my make-up bag for a matt day-timey blusher. I love the packaging too! It’s retro looking and reminds me of Benefit packaging. I’ve tried this it’s 100% a keeper. Carmine you are spoiling us.

Cauderlie – Quenching Sorbet-Creme

10ml tube. My regular readers will know I am a pest where lotions and creams are concerned as they hold no interest for me as I am very satisfied with the products I already use. One to beauty box swap.

Carminees can also get their mitts on a FREE travel set worth £12.50 for purchases of £40 or more.

So what’s my overall verdict on Carmine’s very first box? I am wowed, thrilled and excited :-). The box does include a couple of products I won’t use and one I’m iffy about but having said that it represents amazingly good value and I am sold on the strength of the Frat Boy and Nail Repair. I highly recommend Carmine as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by  Carmine themselves.

October 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, make-up. 3 comments.

The Grand Opening of my October Amarya Box

My Amarya box arrived on Thursday 6th October. This is what I got:

First a note about the box itself. The Amarya box is not about the box. This is a useful box but it is not pretty or glam in the way of it’s competitors Boudoir Prive, Carmine, Feel Unique and Glossy Box. I can best describe it as similar to a white shoebox.  However the minimal packaging seems in keeping with the brand and you do also get a branded cotton bag. Personally I prefer the prettier boxes and I have not yet run out of uses for them, but I applaud Amarya for their focus on contents rather than fancy pants packaging. So what were those all important contents?

Terre d’Oc Powder Eye Shadow

My favourite product in the box. I got the 502 beige nacré Natara. This is a full-sized product, 0.028oz. It’s very pretty, sparkly, 99% natural and versatile too. Can also be used on face and body including lips and decollete.  I love the fact that the sparkles are provided by mother of pearl. I also rate the unusual packaging which was apparently inspired by traditional Indian Bindis.

Madara Eco Face Travel Set

Impressive dinky kit which made me go ‘ooooooooohhh’ but then sigh ‘arrrrrrrhhhh’ because I know I won’t use it. The kit includes a tube of cleansing milk (25ml), 2 sachets of toner (5mlx2), a tube of deep moisture fluid (5ml), a tube of regenerating night cream (5ml) and a sachet of eye repair cream (3ml). It would make a lovely travel set or gift but I know I’m just too low maintenance to be faffed with all the little tubes and sachets when I am already happy with my lazy girl’s routine of wipe with Age Defiance Wipes followed by BIOeffect serum = simples and effective 🙂

NEOM – Organic Body Lotion, Real Luxury

A generous 50ml bottle. Sorry Amarya I don’t do body lotion though. This is because I’m too lazy and have an aversion to getting my hands ‘lotioney’. I personally find a few drops of Bio Oil in my daily bath to be a much easier way of keeping my skin nourished and smooth. Obviously it’s not Amarya’s fault body lotion doesn’t excite me. I am confident I will find somebody to Beauty Box Swap this with on my facebook page.

Lavera – Eye Gel

1ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye gel I am not sure a 1ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

Dr. Hauschka – Daily Revitalising Eye Cream

1.5ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye cream I am not sure a 1.5ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

So what’s my overall verdict on Amarya’s October box? It provides good overall good value for money, but personally just doesn’t thrill me. However if you are enthusiastic about organic beauty and are excited by trying lotions and potions for face and body you will love this box. As finances are extremely limited in the Brown household I cancelled my subscription before opening the box. I recommend Amarya but realise my ‘Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile (as defined by new Beauty Box on the Block Carmine). Is better suited to the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes.

October 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . beauty, make-up. 3 comments.