I’d like to say a big thank you to Ruby at Box Me Beautiful for sending me this amazing box to review. When I heard that this box is a cosmetics, bath, body and beauty box service designed specifically for people with olive, Asian and darker skin tones I was over the moon to be reviewing it! I’ve found with other beauty boxes I am sent shades and colours of products that either don’t match, or aren’t suited to my skin tone so to have a box that has items handpicked and that are designed to compliment my skin tone is an exciting thought!
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What’s inside the box?
Packaged in a neat little black box with the Box Me Beautiful logo and sealed with a pretty black ribbon are:
- Eyeko Black Magic Drama & Curl Mascara 4ml RRP £10
- Sacha Cosmetics Intense Lipstick RRP £10
- Sleek Kajal Eyeliner RRP £4.99
- Sleek Sweet Cheeks Blush Stick RRP £5.49
- L’Oreal Infallible Lip Liner RRP £4.22
- Ancient Wisdom Sweet Almond Oil RRP £4.67
- Lakshmi’s Cupboard Amla Shampoo/Conditioner 100ml RRP $5.50 (approx.£3.89)
Extras: 2 x Taylors Assam tea sachets, 2 x Lindt chocolate and Bindis
Cost of box: £25 for a one off limited-edition box
Delivery: + £3.00 for standard delivery (3-4 days) or £4.00 for next day delivery via Royal mail. Delivery also available world-wide for additional postage.
Value of box: Roughly £45
Total Savings of approximately £20!
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Eyeko Black Magic Drama & Curl Mascara
Eyeko is a brand I have used many times before, and is a must for mascara lovers. This Mascara includes the unique Eyeko Shield for enhanced application; this unique beauty tool is designed to maximise length and minimise smudges. Simply pop behind the lashes and sweep the mascara brush upwards to coat from root to tip. Will not flake or transfer under eyes and the squeezy tube minimises waste – definitely an essential in my makeup bag! The mascara is 4ml so perfect to carry around in your handbag for touch ups or to use when travelling.
Sacha Cosmetics Intense Lipstick
Not a brand I’d heard of before but I’m always excited to find and try new brands and products. I received the shade ‘Ex in the city’ which is a deep dark red – a colour that I absolutely fallen in love with! The colour is bold and the application is extremely smooth. The formula is buildable and the colour becomes more intense with every stroke. Definitely a colour suited to beautiful dark-skinned women and one that I will be using again.
Sleek Kajal Eyeliner
Being Asian, I am all too familiar with Kajal eyeliners as they were one of the first products my mum purchased for me when I first became interested in makeup. I really liked the packaging, it arrived in a thick black plastic casing with a ribbon attached to one end that you pull to release the liner. I received the shade ‘Odyssey’ which is a very pigmented purple with a slight silvery shimmer to it. Not a colour I would usually reach for but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. It glides on effortlessly, emphasising the eyes. Very easy to use and versatile; can be smudged to give a smokey dramatic look or even applied as eyeshadow. I actually quite liked this. I wouldn’t normally wear a colour like this so was surprised to find that it did suit me so I give it a big thumbs up!
Sleek Sweet Cheeks Blush Stick
A gel blush in the shade ‘Hullabaloo’ from the whimsical wonderland limited edition collection. Glides on with ease, looks very bright when first applied but once it’s blended in, it leaves a sheer soft pink dewy effect on the skin. I tried blending with a brush but found it blended better using my fingers. One thing I didn’t expect from this which was a nice surprise is the smell of the blush stick. It is called sweet cheeks and does smell likes sweets or like cherryade.
L’Oreal Infallible Lip Liner
I think this lip liner would work well with all lipsticks. It is transparent and in the shade ‘Sheer Fidelity’ and it is a soft textured crayon that you twist. This product is quite stylish looking and doesn’t need to be sharpened which I find quite handy. The lip liner did well in defining my lips and preventing my lipstick from feathering and bleeding. I didn’t have it on all day so I’m unable to say if it has long lasting effects or not, but overall a good product and I would be inclined to use it again.
Ancient Wisdom Sweet Almond Oil
I use coconut oil quite regularly on the dry skin on my legs, so to receive an alternative product is always a good thing in my eyes. On the back of the bottle the instructions say that it can be diluted with essential oils to use on the skin. Essential oils need a quality base oil and the sweet almond oil is an ideal choice for this. The sweet almond oil is a natural, cold pressed oil with a neutral aroma so mixing with essential oils you can create your own blend of aromatherapy oils to suit your mood. The softening and nourishing effects of sweet almond oil mean it can be used alone as a face or body oil. Very pleased with this product, I would definitely look into buying more.
Lakshmi’s Cupboard Amla Shampoo/Conditioner
I have heard lots of good things about shampoo bars but have not had the chance to try one until now! The bar can be used as either a shampoo or conditioner. I decided to use as a conditioner as I thought this would have better results. It is a low lather bar so didn’t bubble up as much as you would expect it to. It also started to melt quite quickly so I would recommend maybe breaking pieces off to use bit by bit. The bar contains shea butter and l felt it made a difference to my hair as a result it was left feeling very soft and shiny. I will definitely be trying out other shampoo bars to see if I get the same results. The only down side to this bar is the size, although handy to travel with I don’t think it will last very long as it is quite small.
I love a box with little extras in and this box does not disappoint with that. The extras included 2 Assam teas, 2 Lindor chocolates and some very colourful bindis. I am an avid tea drinker so was very happy in receiving the tea bags. Assam tea is a black tea named after the region of its production, Assam, in India. It is a strong malty black tea.
Lindt is one of my favourite chocolate brands so these did not last long as they were gobbled up within minutes of opening the box.
A bindi is usually a bright dot of red colour applied in the centre of the forehead close to the eyebrows worn in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, the seat of “concealed wisdom”. The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration and also represents the third eye. I only ever wear bindis for special occasions and as I don’t currently own any at the moment I will certainly be making use of these.
A variety of different products with brands I am both familiar and unfamiliar with. This box is all about diversity and different cultures coming together. It is full of items from different countries – USA, Trinidad & Tobago and India which I think is a really nice touch. I especially loved the little extras put in as it shows the care put into making this box. I think it is excellent value for money as there is so much in this box – there are 7 beauty products plus the little extras, which is a lot more than I was expecting. I love how it is tailored to suit darker skin tones as there are hardly any boxes available that do that. This box certainly impressed me.