Firstly I’d like to say a massive thank you to guys over at ccbeauty.co.uk for sending me the amazing December edition of the box. CC Beauty is a make up and skincare subscription box that mainly features high-end products. The overall RRP of CC Beauty is always outstanding compared to what you pay for it. It is a luxury beauty box full of decadent high end beauty and makeup products each month. The December 2017 edition is truly a special one including an amazing designer brand, I really felt Christmas had come a week early when I unbowed this box. It a total treat and I felt truly spoilt and pampered. You can see my live unboxing here…
GUCCI EYE, Impact longwear eye pencil with sharpener. RRP £28.
The first thing I noticed when I picked out this eye pencil was the luxurious packaging, the long black cardboard box was embossed with the Gucci logo all over it which in itself looked expensive and high-end, it also featured the GUCCI name in gold foil embossing, and the contents of the box also in gold foil. This is the kind of packaging you feel guilty throwing away, so much effort has gone into a piece of packaging you are going to be putting in the bin. I received the eye pencil in the shade cocoa, as you can probably guess from the name it is a rich warm chocolate brown shade. This shade is perfect for me to line my lower lash line just under my eyelids. I prefer a brown liner to a black as I wear a strong black wing on my upper eyelid and feel black on the lower lash line as well is too strong, therefore a brown smudged out subtle smokey line is the perfect balance and frames and defines my eye shape perfectly. The liner itself was soft and glided on beautifully, it was a pleasure to use and smudged out wonderfully. The eyeliner featured a blending sponge on one end that worked really well to give a subtle smokey line and to blend out the harsh initial line the liner gives. The eyeliner was supposed to be long wearing and although I can’t say what it would be like on its own as I did use a setting spray, it did last all day and until I washed it off that evening with only a little bit of wear and tear in the inner corner of my eye where it had faded a little and smudge slightly. Other than this it was still perfect. The eye liner also came with a black pencil sharpener featuring the Gucci logo, very handy as you know what us ladies are like, we tend to own ten pencil sharpeners and can never find the right one if we find one at all. This is definitely an item I will be keeping and not gifting to anyone and I believe will become my go to eyeliner. An absolute winner in my eyes.GUCCI LIP, luxurious pigment rich lipstick. RRP £23.
The packaging containing this lipstick again was stunning, the same black embossed box, with the gold leaf detailing, pure luxury, packaging like this sets high-end miles apart from drugstore brands before you even open the box. The lipstick was in the shade 250 dark romance and was a rich burgundy red colour, the pigment was strong it looked almost black before applying. The name of the shade “dark romance” was fitting too as it looked like expensive red wine, Red velvety roses, dark raspberry chocolate truffles. All things romantic, decadent and luxurious. The lipstick was creamy and applied easily like butter. I loved the colour on me as dark reds are my ultimate favourite colour. It was satin finish with a beautiful subtle and sexy shine. It lasted well and only needed reapplying twice throughout the day. It was not transfer proof but more a classic and traditional formula. Another winner for me, especially around this time of the year when I prefer to wear my deeper red coloured lipsticks.
GUCCI Première, Eau de Toilette, 5ml. RRP £5 (based on £31 per 30ml).
I really enjoy miniature perfumes, not sample vials but the actual mini versions of the full size bottles, these look really cute and pretty on your vanity and they are a great value way of trying new fragrances without buying the full size version and not liking it. These handy sizes are perfect for holidays and weekends away or just popping in your handbag. The miniature bottle itself was very sweet and cute looking, a tinted glass bottle with a gold lid with the GUCCI name on the lid in the typical première cursive font. The smell was strong and powerful, definitely a statement perfume, the kind of fragrance strangers are going to comment on. Also used regularly it is one of those perfumes that people will smell on others and instantly think of you. The fragrance is elegant and feminine with powerful and vigorous top notes of wood and musk and the feminine undernotes of floral Bergamot and orange blossom. This perfume was released to celebrate “old Hollywood” and debuted at the 2010 Cannes film festival. I think this is the perfect fragrance tribute to the old iconic Hollywood actresses and to celebrate an era of style and sophistication in the film industry years past.Cargo Cosmetics, land down under palette. RRP £30.
This full size palette as you can probably guess by the name has a colour scheme influenced by all things Australian. Think shades related to sun, Sea, Sand, rocks and lush greenery and bush and you can predict the colours featured in this 12 shade palette. The eye shadows are pigmented and good quality, I experienced more fall out when I used them than I would have liked. They applied easily and blended well. The colours were all quite natural and neutral with the addition of a few blues and greens. It’s definitely a palette you could use alone and not need any additional single eye shadows. Opera is a shade that would work well as an all over base colour, joey is a perfect transition shade and the shades rocks and ferry are great crease colours. You then have a good collection of shimmer colours for the lid. Beach is a beautiful champagne shimmer shade perfect to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the Eyes. Lastly you have two daring blues for a more adventurous look and a forest green, a lovely colour for a subtle pop of colour in your crease and lower lash line for an alternative different smokey eye look. I would really recommend this palette for beginners experimenting with eyeshadow and makeup too as it has a few picture demos of different looks on the box and also the shades are easy to work with and all go well together. The palette also contains a black eyeliner pencil which is good quality and easy to wear and a good quality double ended fluffy eyeshadow brush.
MAKE UP FOREVER, artist plexiglass gloss lip lacquer. RRP £16.
This is the only item in the box I’m not overly fussed on, this is totally personal preference though as I have a disliking to lip gloss. I did try this gloss though and my verdict on it is good even if I would not wear it myself. I received the shade 209 which is an almost neon pink, unfortunately bright pinks are the only colour I cannot for the life in me make look good on me, it is the one colour I really don’t suit. The gloss though was very pigment and ultra glossy, almost looked like coloured, polished glass on my lips. It was long wearing but like all glosses it was sticky and transferred onto anything and everything, the reason I personally do not like lip glosses. The applicator distributed it perfectly and evenly and it only took one swipe on each lip to cover well, I would 100% recommend this product to anyone that does like lip gloss as the coverage, colour and shine were all really great. Overall I loved the December edition of CC Beauty and I am looking forward to seeing if they live up to this boxes standards in the future. Each item was good quality, good wearable shades for the majority of people and popular shades this time of the year. The value of the box was overwhelmingly fantastic and amazing compared to the price of the subscription. I loved this box and even though I could never wear the gloss, this is a personal preference and the quality and shade of the gloss would be popular and well suited to the majority of women, as much as I love pink I just cannot make it work for me.
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The price of CC Beauty is £29.99 per month, the value of the box is usually triple that. You can sign up for a 3 month subscription and pay monthly or prepay for a 3 month subscription and only pay £75, that’s the equivalent to £25 per month.
Use the code ‘DECEMBEREDITION’ to get £5 off this month’s box!
- Price of Box – £29.99
- RRP value of box – £102
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