Friday, December 16, 2011

Carmine Beauty Box - November/2011

Hello everyone, I'm a bit late doing this review of the November Carmine Beauty box, but here it is! I shall start with a quick recap of some of the products I used in the October box before I crack on with November's box.

Last month's box contained Daniel Sandler Eye Delight which I have not really used much to be honest (but will more so in summer I think), TheBalm's FratBoy blusher which has been getting lots of use, I love it! Also getting tonnes of use was the Balance Me hand cream which has now become my absolute favourite handcream I've ever used, not remotely greasy - LOVE it. 

The Caudelie Sorbet-creme was not too bad having had the chance to try, it eased the dehydration but by the end of the day left me a bit oily, which is a shame as I tried varying amounts to see what the optimal amount might be. Not for me I'm afraid but glad I had the chance to try. Finally there was Trind Nail repair, which although I said I wouldn't use, I caved in to try as my nails were pretty flaky, and it worked brilliantly when used as directed, my nails look good.

Below is this months box:

Contents from left to right are: New CID cosmetics - iPout lipstick in Damson (full size), Cosmetics A La Carte - Brow Ink in Taupe (full size), Neom Organics - Luxury Body Lotion (50ml), Dainty Doll - eyeliner in Night Train (full size) and Lulu's Time Bomb - Flashback Night Cream (15ml).

Normal retail price for these are: iPout - £15, Brow Ink - £22, Neom - £23.50 for 240ml, Dainty Doll eyeliner - £10.50 and Lulu's Flashback cream - £9.50.

Again as with the last box, the value of the products is way above what you pay for the box subscription and is amazing value. The products in this box are all supposed to have links with famous people, apart from Lulu and Nicola Roberts wih her Dainty Doll, I'm afraid I have no idea who the other products are linked to, in the enclosed leaflet it said Adele and Bono, but if someone could futher enlighten me that'd be great!

First up is the lipstick iPout which was a really creamy pinky-nude shade and is not too disimilar to Blushing Nude by Clinique. I had conveniently run out of that by the time this arrived, so was a welcome addition in the box. However for the price, the actual plastic packaging  on the lipstick feels a bit light and cheap and I get the impression you are paying for the gimmick -  explained after this photo: 

The main gimmick for this lipstick is the built in light and the mirror on the lid which allows quick touch ups in dark places with limited light, perhaps a taxi or club. The button to switch on the light is at the base as you can see and the other photo shows with the light on, it's not as blue as the photo suggests. When you use, the stem of the lipstick creates a bit of shadow, but there is certainly enough light to see for quick application.

I'm not sure I'd buy again, but if I were to see a different colour in a shop I may be tempted. I think it's a great idea of you are a big lipstick wearer and are in dark places often enough!

Next in the box was Neom Organic body lotion, you only need a tiny bit of this as it goes a long way and was great at keeping my skin soft and moisturised for the whole day. I would buy this again even though quite expensive,the fragrance is lavender, jasmine and brazilian rosewood. Lavender and jasmine are two of my favourite smells for body products, however this fragrance is more fresh than overpowering. The lotion has no parabens or petrochemicals etc in and this makes it a total WIN for me!

I will do the next two items together; you can see on my eyes below, and so you don't need to have four photos:

I found the eyeliner an absolutely beautiful colour and although Nicola Roberts designed her range for very fair ladies (which a lots of companies don't cater for, sometimes it can be just as frustrating for very fair ladies as it is for very dark ladies), this colour was pefect for my brown eyes and olive skin. I'm a big fan of dark blues on my eyes anyway!

Product wise the eyeliner was a bit hard and I tried sharpening to see if this would make a difference, and warming up in the airing cupboard but it was still pretty hard, however once I got it on, it did not disappoint, weartime was not too bad for the day and was easy to remove.

Along with the eyeliner there was another eye area product - the brow ink. I've been intrigued by these since I saw makeup artist Lisa Eldridge using a Suqqu brown pen in one of her videos, which is way more expensive than this one and harder to get hold of. I believe the reason for the late sending out of November's box was that Carmine wanted to tailor each brow pen to the individual which was a lovely touch. I have mid to dark brows that still need a bit of filling in to balance my long face!

You can see the difference on the brow from the photo above to below (sorry about the colour difference), however I think it may not be the perfect match for my brows, an area I always have difficulty in finding products for.

I would buy the liner again if it were softer in texture (my 35 year old eyes need all the gentle care they can get), as the colour is perfect. 

I'm not overly sure that I'd buy the eyebrow pen again because the nib seemed to soften after the first few uses, you know how felt tips go, and I think this would create thicker 'false hairs' than needed. Also I think it may dry out after a while and so I'm quite happy to continue with a bit of eyeshadow to do my brows.

Tha last item in the box was Lulu's Time Bomb night cream which I have to say I was very impressed with. I used at night as directed and  my skin didn't feel clogged up or dirty at all the next morning. It is surpsisingly light in texture for a night cream which is great for me and my oily skin. My skin felt soft and lovely to touch and visibly improved after a few days. I only needed a tiny tiny amount too. This I would buy again and I thought quite reasonably priced for how much you need but I tend to be a paraben free lady and this is not. If you are ok with these ingredients, you really should get it.

So that was my review for the Carmine November box, I know it's December but I like to give products a few goes before giving my feedback and this was released quite late.

Also this is what I used last months (October) box for, it fits nail polishes in perfectly, I'm afraid I might see a pattern developing....what have we in here? Models Own Beetlejuice, Nubar, Kleancolor, a-england, Sinful Colors, Catrice and ELF.  SInce this photo was taken they've all been moved about and different ones on there now!

December's boxes have started to be sent out so I thought I'd better get a shift on with this review, hope you've liked it and I have to say for the price even though some of the bits I wouldn't necessarily buy again, you can't go wrong for the chance to try products out.

Do any of you subscribe to this box or any of the others out there? I would love to hear what you think! xxx


  1. That's a nice box, better than my Birchbox

  2. Lovely box! We now have this type of box in our country too, only I didn't get it last month because it had no make up or nail polish. It was mostly hair stuff and some skincare. We'll see if they put good stuff in it, I might order it.x

  3. That's a good box. I'm loving the sound of LuLu's cream x

  4. Ohhh love the colour of the dainty doll eyeliner on you! Also love how you have used your box!! xx

  5. Thankyou Ladies!

    Beaux's Mom - I had a quick look at Birchbox, it's not available here, does it have nice stuff in?

    Mihaela - Sometimes it's worth waiting to see if they do out any makeup in, I quite lke this as it's good mix, wonder what this month's will contain.

    LaaLaa - it's a really good cream, was pleasantly surprised!

    Amy - thankyou, I really liked it, and the box os fab for keeping the light and air of the polishes!