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Cohorted Beauty Box Review – March 2017

 Cohorted Beauty Box – March 2017
Price of the box – £35.00 plus free postage
No. of Products in the Box – 5 items
 (worth around £70.00)

My March Cohorted Beauty Box has landed and if I’m completely honest I’m a little underwhelmed by the line up this month which happens from time to time in the subscription game as we all have different likes and needs but having said that there are a couple of highlights on board that I’m delighted to have received and can’t wait to try. Covering a good ground on the beauty front from hair care, make-up, nails and some pretty rose gold eyelash curlers the majority inside is full size and totals up to around £70.00.

If you’re new to Cohorted they offer a premium beauty box subscription which often includes big name brands we love and know and recently they’ve also started to include some up and coming brands too so it’s the perfect mix. Featuring both full sizes and the occasional travel sample here and there you can expect to see all areas of beauty covered from skin care, make-up, hair, nails and some make-up tools. 

Their March edition showcases the brands Pur Minerals, Vintage Cosmetics, Living Proof, Urban Decay and Lancome all of which are beautifully presented inside their signature black box secured with a ribbon giving it a very luxurious look and feel. 

Up first and quite possibly the only product that’s really sparked my interest is the Pur Minerals Secret Crush Eyeshadow Palette (RRP £25.00), a brand I only come across this month who specialise in best in skin-perfecting mineral-based makeup and skincare solutions that also boast from being paraben and cruelty-free. When it comes to eyeshadows I definitely lean more towards neutral hues so I was stoked to see this palette and it’s filled with some glorious neutrals perfect for creating a multitude of looks. The sturdy packaging, the makeup brush, the beautiful shimmers and the pigmentation definitely makes this a worthy buy for any neutral palette lover.

We only saw products from Living Proof in January so I’m a little disappointed to see them featured again however I’ve had a positive experience with their products so far so it’s not all bad! The Living Proof 4-in-1 Styling Treatment (Travel Size 60ml RRP £15.00) is a multi-purpose product that styles and treats the hair in one step, for effortless beautiful hair. Powered by their patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) and their Thickening Molecule (PBAE), the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment delivers the five benefits for beautiful healthy looking hair in one easy step – smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish and is ideal for all hair types. It is also silicone-free, safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.

Up next is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm (Full size 35ml RRP £23.50), a five-in-one, luminous bronzing beauty balm that promises to instantly enrich skin tone, minimise flaws, supports firmer skin in just eight weeks and also benefits from SPF 20 sun protection with a formula that’s light weight and oil-free. I don’t usually mind tinted skin care inside my boxes to add a little warmth to my pale complexion however this isn’t not a universal product and was a little risky to include. Anyway despite looking forward to trying this it turned out to be a huge disappointment and is way too orange! 

I love The Vintage Cosmetic Company but unfortunately their Eyelash Curlers (RRP £7.00) are something I already own but I guess there’s no harm in having a back-up. Dressed in rose gold these are so so dainty and pretty looking and will not fail to stand out amongst your beauty tools. 

Lastly is the Lancome Absolue Yeux Repairing Eye Care (Sample size 3ml) which appears to be a space filler in my opinion although some subscribers did receive a full sized nail varnish so it’s not exactly like for like when take into account the size of the product! Containing a powerful combination of ingredients including Pro–Xylane™, the formula has been shown to hydrate skin, skin feels denser and the eye area appears repaired, puffiness reduced and looks visibly rejuvenated.

My Verdict 

This month’s edit unfortunately just wasn’t a personal favourite of mine and I’ve definitely seen them do a hell of a lot better in the past, I guess it just didn’t have that wow factor this month plus it included a couple of repeated brands from previous editions not to mention the fact that some people received a 3ml Lancome sample as opposed to a full size nail varnish or a lip liner which hardly seems fair in my eyes. This month’s line-up was definitely hit and miss for me but there’s a couple of highlights that I’m happy to have been introduced to such as the Pur Minerals Eyeshadow Palette and the Living Proof styling cream. Value-wise the contents total up to around £70 which isn’t bad providing that you’ll use the majority of the products. Here’s to hoping they pull out all the stops for April. 

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Cohorted Beauty Box Review – January 2017

 Cohorted Beauty Box – January 2017
Price of the box – £35.00 plus free postage
No. of Products in the Box – 8 items
 (worth £122.00)

Admittedly, I did fall in and out of love with my Cohorted beauty boxes last year but I think they’ve definitely kick started the year on a good note with a well-rounded edition that covers mainly hair and skin care in addition to some make up treats. Featuring generous sized samples in addition to some full sized products it’s worth an incredible £122.00 and excitingly, there’s also a couple of brands I’ve been wanting to try more from so that was a lovely bonus!

The January edition showcases the brands ClarinsMud Masky, Living Proof and Doucce all of which are beautifully presented inside their signature black box secured with a ribbon giving it a very luxurious look and feel. 

Up first we have two products from haircare brand Living Proof in the form of their Flex Shaping Hairspray (Travel size 99ml RRP £15.00) and Restore Mask (60ml RRP £12.00) both of which come in handy travel sizes. Their product line is developed by world-class biotech scientists and beauty experts, and they have over 45 industry awards to date. Excitedly, the company is also co-owned by Jennifer Anniston! I first came across this brand via another beaury box and absolutely loved their Restore Instant Repair Cream so I’m really looking forward to trying out these two new discoveries.

Another brand I’ve always wanted to try more of is from Clarins, I’ve only tried a very small handful of their collection but the one product I fell in love with the most was their liquid eyeliner pen but typically and much to my disappointment they discontinued it! Inside this month’s box you can expect to see the Jolie Rouge Lip liner in the shade Chocolate (Full size RRP £20.00) accompanied by the Jolie Rouge Longer Shine lipstick (Full size RRP £20.00) from the same collection in the shade Royal Plum however I don’t think they pair very well together especially when the lipstick is plum and the liner is brown however I’ll definitely be able to incorporate these with other products I own.

Lastly on the make-up front is the Doucce Maxlash Voluminzer Mascara (Full size RRP £18.00) , an american brand that’s completely new on my radar but they combine high fashion hues and contemporary packaging, to create the perfect combination of trendy and très chic. When it comes to mascaras I’m extremely picky and they don’t all perform despite their bold claims but I’m pleased to report this one is such a good all-rounder and delivers on all fronts. The formula blackens the lashes, lengthens, provides volume and doesn’t clump even after three coats which is pretty impressive! The only downside is it’s not waterproof but I can live with that! 

Described as a natural way to detoxify & renew your skin within a few minutes, the mask refines pores and brightens, while keeping your skin hydrated and smooth. It also helps to balance your skin’s pH for a perfect complexion and promises to leave your skin looking visibly healthier, energized and plumper. I’m not entirely sure why we have three identical samples (oops! think I got sent three instead of two) from Mud Masky (x2 20ml samples worth £40.00) but having said that it’s a very generous amount especially when you take into account the fact that the full size retails for £59.00! I’ve received this very same mask via other boxes and have been meaning to try it out but sometimes life just gets in the way! After watching a blogger video they posted on their instagram page I wasted no time in smothering this on my face and the results were actually quite impressive and I certainly noticed a visible difference in terms of how brighter and healthier my skin looked, a couple of my spots also didn’t look as angry anymore! The formula actually reminds me of Glamglow as it contains the tiny leaf pieces and even tingles a little when on and was so much more easier to apply!  I really wasn’t expecting this like this as much as I do but the only aspect that let this down for me was it lacked on the hydrating front – think I’ll try leaving this on for less time!

My Verdict 

There’s some things I really loved about this month’s box and some things that I didn’t love so much such as the multiple products from the same brands and the mismatched lip liner and lipstick but other than that they covered a good ground on the beauty front plus I got quite a few products from brands I’ve been wanting to try more from so these were welcome additions. I don’t actually think there’s anything I won’t be able to make use out which is quite amazing, considering that I can be very picky but from what I’ve tried so far the main standouts are the mask and the mascara both of which really surprised me in terms of their performance. Value-wise the box totals up to a very respectable £122.00 and there’s a very generous eight products on board this month which doesn’t happen often as they usually only include five or six! 

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