Carmine’s January Beauty Box review

Carmine’s January Beauty Box

 Carmine's January Beauty Box
My Carmine Beauty Box arrived the other day, so I thought I’d give you a quick overview of the products I received this month! For me, this month isn’t up there with the others, but I expect it will tick the (beauty) boxes for a lot of product lovers out there!
1. Balance Me Radiance Face OilBalance Me Radiance Face Oil
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This is marketed as another anti-ageing product (typical; there’s always one creeping its way in!) but, being an avid lover of facial oils, I’m actually relatively happy with this one. While the sample received raves about tackling the ‘visible signs of ageing’, looking at the Balance Me website (click the image!) and Carmine’s site, there is more of a focus on tackling skin congestion, soothing and caring for all skin types.

I’ll definitely use this, but as argan oil is already my go-to oil, I probably wouldn’t consider buying it full-size. (Though you never know!)

2. Westlab Himalayan Bath SaltsWestlab Himalayan Bath Salts

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Slight problem here… we don’t have a functioning bath in our Uni house! In typical student style, we’ll probably make the floor collapse if we use it. Lovely! Seeing as trying these salts would currently be a life-threatening endeavour, I think I’ll wait until I’m back home. However, I actually really like receiving these pampering products, as it’s something I would never normally buy for myself.

The full size is also really affordable, starting at £2.85 for 500g. On top of this, you receive a 30% off code with the Carmine box, so this product is something I could consider repurchasing if it works. (It’s also pink, girly girls.)

3. Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour MoisturiserKorres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser

 I was really excited to receive this sample of Korres moisturiser. Every month, Carmine will ask you to review your boxes, and gives you the chance to suggest brands. Every month, I begged for some Korres skincare as I’ve been dying to try it, and here it is!

I’ve used it for a few days now, and I’d say that this is quite a thick cream, but once it has sunk in my skin looked instantly brighter and refreshed, and felt very soothed. However, as it is oil-based, I think my skin started to become a little over-nourished and I saw a few bumps forming! This is a great moisturiser if your skin needs a little extra TLC, though. The box also gives you a £5 voucher for this line, so you can save a bit of dollar if you decide to buy!

4. Eyeko Fat Eye StickEyeko Fat Eye Stick

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Eyeko Fat Eye Stick swatch

Now, I was downright unimpressed with this one, and this is because of the colour. I love receiving colour cosmetics, don’t get me wrong. However, if Carmine is going to ask their customers to fill out a beauty profile, they should not proceed to send a green-eyed girl a teal blue eyeliner! This was quite frustrating as it has a great texture, but is of no use to me whatsoever.

If you girls are interested in buying, Eyeko do a decent range of shades, and although it costs £10 it will definitely deliver. For now, though, we shall move on.

5. Eldora False EyelashesEldora False Eyelashes

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Again, I was quite disappointed with this product as falsies are not my thing. However, I realise this probably puts me in the minority among beauty addicts, so on a more general level this is a nice idea for a beauty box (I suppose!). Eldora also does a very extensive range and have only recently come to the UK, so this is a good way of introducing a decent false eyelash brand to potential customers. I am probably going to hang onto them for potential fancy dress occasions – the only time that I deem false lashes to be acceptable! Cue the onslaught of horrified falsie fans…

Verdict: 3/5
All in all, I wasn’t hugely excited by this box, but the Korres moisturiser made it all worthwhile as I really was dying to try the Wild Rose range. I’m also looking forward to the bath salts and facial oil, so a solid 3 out of 5! The downfall was shockingly over the colour cosmetics – holding out for better choices next month!
In other news, I have a little update for the Diorshow New Look mascara. It. Runs. This is my absolute pet hate for mascaras. Here’s the scenario: you’ve been happily strolling along enjoying your fabulous, fluttery new lashes (without the need for falsies). Several hours on, you stumble across a mirror. There are now some impressive black smudges contributing to your hangover dark circles. This is not what I signed up for, ladies!
Has anyone else experienced this problem with the Diorshow samples??

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