I have to be honest and say that, in general, I am not a fan of beauty boxes. The main reason for this dislike being the lack of full sized products they contain – too many half sizes, or worse, too many samples and sachets. Add in the fact that there will probably be at least one product that you don’t like or doesn’t suit, and I often feel the value isn’t there. But. I will certainly eat my words and scratch that when it comes to the first beauty box of 2016 from All Boxed Up – all full sizes, all great products, and costing just £19.99 for products that are valued at £113, I think this is incredible value.
The All Boxed Up beauty box contains five full sized products from top names, all of which you will be familiar with. There is no fancy packaging with this beauty box, but if you wanted to give this as a gift, you could easily transfer it to a gift box or bag. The names in the box are Percy and Reed, The Sanctuary Spa, Lulu’s Timebomb, Pecksniffs and Cowshed – pretty good eh!
Sanctuary Spa Luxury Bath Float (RRP £10) is from a brand that I use, although I am not familiar with this product. However, as someone who struggles to sleep I have been using this as a soak before bedtime. I love the delicious scent, with Ylang Ylang coming through strong, and the creamy consistency of the bubbles. You can use this quite sparingly, just run a little under a hot tap for a bathtime treat that will leave you feel silky soft, and ready for bed.
Definitely a product I would use again…and again.
Pecksniff’s Dry Body Oil (RRP £25) A premium British brand, and again, one which I love for its retro scents, the Pecksniff’s Dry Body Oil is scented in Sandlewood and Vanilla and is described as intensive moisturiser enriched with Argan Oil. I am not usually a fan of dry body oils, I always find them sticky, and that they take a long time to soak into the skin. This one, however, is lovely. The oil is a light mist that is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves a lovely scent that is more Sandlewood than vanilla (a good thing for me – I hate the scent of Vanilla in general.) The skin does feel soft, and you can put your clothes straight on without getting the oil on your clothes. This could actually be used straight after a bath, or just as a quick spritz in the morning. A lovely product.
Percy and Reed Lovingly Foaming Treatment Mask (RRP £20) Percy and Reed are a great haircare company – I love their dry shampoo above all others, so I was excited to try this, especially as I have the sort of flat, fine hair it is said to be great for. The problem for me is that my hair is also greasy and I felt this made it slightly greasier, especially in the next day after washing. The scent is lovely, and it is easy to apply – running through with a comb from root to tips of the hair. But I still feel that this could have different results on dry hair that it is made for.
Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion (RRP £20) This is amazing! Containing Lemongrass, ginger and rosemary, this is a product that smells fresh and clean, and it is strong enough that you can smell it in the air when you applied it, it is such a premium product. It is a luxury product, really thick and creamy, and with Lemongrass coming through strong, I was reminded of a Spa scent. It is certainly invigorating,with a pop! that would definitely wake you up in the morning.
Timebomb Derm Warfare night serum(RRP £33) This is the most expensive product in the box, part of Lulu’s Timebomb range that was launched on QVC quite a few years ago and is dedicated to the fight against anti-ageing. I love Serum’s as I think they make a real difference as part of a good skincare regime, and am enjoying using this so far, although I will wait a little longer to pass judgement on the effects. What I will say is that the gel like substance is quickly absorbed by my skin (it must be so thirsty), the scent is gentle, and although it tingles slightly, it doesn’t irritate, and my skin does feel soft in the morning.
All in all, this box is a total bargain, the best money saving Beauty buy of 2016 so far. You can check out this Month’s Beauty Box by clicking here.