I recently received my May Cohorted Beauty Box and I’m so excited about some of the products included this month that I just had to share with you guys. If you’ve never heard of it before, the Cohorted Beauty Box is a monthly subscription package filled with luxury products ranging from makeup, to skin care, to hair care. It costs £35 a month, which may sound a little pricey compared to other beauty subscription boxes, but considering you get 5 or 6 usually full sized items with a total box value ranging from £90 – £130, I personally think it’s great value for money. The products are packaged in a classy, elegant black box and tied with a thick black bow – you appreciate the little things when you’re parting with £35 for a box! I love subscription boxes, knowing that each month you’re going to receive a little box of beauty surprises, it’s so exciting. It’s also great if you’re bored of using the same old products or if you like to try new things and discover new brands. You never know, your new fave product could be waiting for you in the next box! Most of the items in May’s box I am absolutely loving, but as usual there’s one or two that I’m slightly less excited about, so I thought it would be interesting to rate them from my favourite product to my least favourite. So, onto the contents…
1. NCLA So Rich cuticle oil in Peach Vanilla (RRP: £10)
Coming in at number one is this amazingly hydrating cuticle oil from NCLA. Not only is the peach vanilla scent DEVINE, but it makes your cuticles super soft, feeling nourished and pampered. I haven’t yet been using it long enough to see any results in the growth of my nails, but it’s apparently meant to help them grow stronger. I will definitely continue to use this and fingers crossed will hopefully see similar results (my nails really need it!). The rubber top on the pipette is perfect for collecting enough oil to use for one whole hand – just a small drop on each nail. A little really goes a long way with this product. I wouldn’t apply this if I was in the middle of doing anything manual though, as it takes a couple of minutes to soak into the skin completely. I’ve been applying in the evenings or as an extra stage before applying nail strengthener and it works a treat.
2. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic (RRP: £17)
To be completely honest with you, if I was writing this review when I first received the box, this Huda lip gloss probably would have been right at the bottom as one of my least favourites. It’s obviously grown on me a lot to be at number two on the list! When it comes to lips, I’m normally always wearing matte or satin lipsticks, probably 99% of the time. So when I opened up this metallic gloss with tiny shimmer particles in I really wasn’t convinced, and was actually a little disappointed. It took me a few days to actually use this product as I thought I’d already made my mind up about it – but I’m so happy I finally got round to using it! It’s a lot more wearable than I first thought, the metallic effect gives more of a subtle shimmery look which is great for summer time, as I think a more matte effect can sometimes ruin a soft summer makeup look. I’d say Angelic is a mix of a light nude and a very light pink with a golden shimmer, so it’s been perfect for using during the day time to give my every day makeup a touch of glam. It’s surprisingly non-sticky for a lip gloss and isn’t heavy on the lips at all.
3. Lancome Blush Subtil Crème in Corail Alize (RRP: £17.99)
This beautiful cream blush is a deep coral colour with a very subtle shimmer. It turns from a cream to more of a powder consistency when applied to the skin, which makes it really easy to blend and gives a really natural pink glow to the cheeks. I apply this with a brush rather than my fingers as personally I find it a lot easier to pick up just a little product at first, then build it up if needed. (There’s nothing worse than going overboard on the blush and ruining the whole look!) I’ve been using this quite a lot recently and it’s long lasting and doesn’t wear off or fade very much throughout the day. It’s quite a compact sized blush which is perfect for fitting in my makeup bag to take away anywhere.
4. ARK Skincare Hydration Injection Masque (RRP: £35)
ARK Skincare is this month’s ‘brand discovery’. They are a British, cruelty free, natural skin care brand who have won multiple awards for their products. I’m obsessed with skin care and get so excited trying new products to see the results on my skin, so I couldn’t wait to try this one out. I apply this to cleansed skin, as a final step before moisturising. It’s a thick, clear, non sticky mask that glides easily over the skin and the time you leave it on for depends on your age – teens and twenties around 5 minutes, thirties and forties around 10 minutes, fifties and onwards around 20 minutes. You can also leave it on overnight if you feel that your skin needs a real moisture boost. After washing off with a warm cloth, my skin feels revived, plumped up with moisture and really is left glowing. This is more of a treat for the skin rather than something you would use daily, so I tend to use it around once a week. If you have dryer skin you could use it a bit more, but as mine is rather oily I don’t feel that my skin needs it very often.
5. ARK Skincare Intensive Hand & Nail Cream (RRP: £20)
This is the second ARK Skincare product in this month’s box. Like the Hydration Injection Masque it’s extremely moisturising and makes your skin feel pampered. It’s quite a greasy consistency and isn’t very fast drying, so I keep this by my bedside and put it on each night so it can work it’s magic overnight. The only down side to this product is that I’m not too keen on the scent. This may be personal preference, but it just hasn’t got the best smell! I know this is because ARK Skincare do not use any artificial colours or scents, but I think with hand creams having a fragrant product makes them so much more appealing. Apart from that, it’s an effective product and definitely restores the moisture in my hands.
6. Cargo Wanderlust Eye Shadow Palette (RRP: £35)
The final product in May’s Cohorted box is the Wanderlust palette. It includes a range of glitter and matte shadows, from bronze tones to deep greens and purples. They’re very pigmented and last well on the eyes. I’m yet to use the brighter/darker tones but I really like the more bronze and light colours – they do not move on the skin and form that noticeable line of colour in my crease like a lot of shadows tend to do after a while. The shadows themselves are great, but the reason why this product is my least fave this month is just because I already have sooo many eye shadows! In similar tones too. That’s the only small disadvantage with subscription beauty boxes, sometimes you’ll get an item that you’ve either already got or just really don’t need anymore of!
I hope you enjoyed reading my first beauty related post, and hope that it tempts you into treating yourself to a monthly beauty box – they’re so exciting!
*This is not a sponsored post, these are my own thoughts and personal reviews*