Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Latest In Beauty; Refresh & Recover

I actually got this box a few weeks ago, but what with uni and stuff, haven't got round to doing a blog about it.
So This is the Latest In Beauty Refresh & Recover Box, Its available here. The nice thing about LIB is you don't pay a monthly subscription fee like most beauty boxes, they bring out themed boxes every now and again (though there has been TWO this month!) and you just buy them as and when, I think their themed boxes are normally price around £5.95 with £2.95 postage, so they are also cheaper than other beauty boxes. LIB also do a monthly box (which you don't have to subscribe to) Which cost 1 whole English pound! (yes £1 for a beauty box!) these are nice as you get to choose what you get in them, you are allowed to choose 3 samples, and you simply text a number, and  they send you your checkout code, so the £1 comes out of your credit/ added to your monthly phone bill. which i think is great idea, especially for people that maybe are new to beauty boxes, or want to get onto the beauty box scene but don't want to risk paying £10+ and receiving a box full of stuff they might not want/like/use.

So anyway.... Back to Refresh and Recover....
This is how the box comes from the lovely (or not so lovely?) postman;

And Now the Contents...

With this box you got to pick 2 extra items of your choice from a list of products, there was a nice variety on the list, I'd say something to suite everyone. i picked; Balance Me, Hydrating rose Otto & Shea butter salve, I've already used this a couple of times and i LOVE it, i love anything that smells like rose, and the smells (and tastes) delicious! It reminds me of rose Turkish delight :D
My second choice was L'Oreal Paris Quad Pro, this is a nice little compact of eye shadows, it says suitable for Hazel eyes, mine are green but I'm sure it'll be fine they are nice neutral colours prefect for creating a daytime smokey eye. The little bit on the left (the colour like on its own) I'm assuming is a highlighter, the eye shadows are pressed powder, where as this one is more of a cream-to-powder formulation and its amazingly glittery! 

L-R Shade 1, Shade 2, Shade 3, Highlighter

The rest of the contents in the box was the same as everyone Else's box, the first items...

Tea Pigs Tummy Tonic

I'm yet to try any of these, but I'll give you as much information on them as i can...
Starting with Tea Pigs, i had heard of this brand before but never used any of their products, in the Refresh & Recover box, you get a sample f the Tummy Tonic, which is Peppermint Tea leaves on the packet it says this;
"What's special about this tea?
 Our peppermint tea is fresher and finer than any teabag mint you have tasted before because, as with regular teas, we insist on whole leaves. Sip this when your stomach is grumbling, its great after a heavy night out down the Red Lion"
This sounds like the perfect tea.... As a student, we often have 'heavy nights' (studying of course!) After reading that I'm looking forward to trying it, and funnily enough just the other day i received a Twinnings Peppermint tea bag sample in the post, so i shall compare the two and maybe do a quick Blog post to let you know what i thought! Teapigs are available here.

Secondly was the Cosmetofruit Beauty Drinkable Elixir (Sounds Intriguing) This is a face anti-ageing Defence Drink, it contains; PhytoNutr-A-Berries Complex, Grapes & Blueberries, Grape Seed Extract, Kalpariane Algae & Green Tea Extract (Sounds Delicious) again I'm yet to be brave and try this, though it doesn't smell to bad, kind of like Blackcurrant Liquorice. I have to get information about this off of the Cosmetofruit website available here. But on there is says 4ml a day can help recover skin tone & lift, smoothing fine lines and recovering skins luminosity, its intensive hydration from deep layers of the skin. Powerful concentrates that detoxify and revitalise skin. So basically 4ml of this Miracle drink a day will get you looking glowing and youthful in no time!

Thirdly is Actimint...'more than a mint!' "ActiMint is the prebiotic alternative that helps to keep an optimum probiotic level in the gastric region, it improves digestion and is excellent for preserving fresh breath." In this sample we've been given 3 mints the directions say to dissolve one or two mints in the mouth after each meal. I don't really know what to write about these, they are basically probiotic mints, that help your digestion and keep your breath smelling minty fresh, they contain 'friendly bacteria' which helps good digestive health, xylitol, which is beneficially tooth friendly and cool mint which refreshes your breath. ActiMints are available here.

The rest of the contents of the box was more beauty products you get;

Lavera Hand Cream
Monu Recovery Balm
Figs and Rouge Balm
Sun Shots

Lavera Hand Cream; Containing organic Almond and organic Shea Butter, could you get a better combination than almond and Shea butter?! This hand cream smells SO good, I'm not a massive hand cream user, but it might make its way onto my ever growing list of new years resolutions. I actually really like this cream, its not greasy at all and smells so good, so it's probably a good product to ease myself into the hand cream usage. Another thing i like about this is is not only does it use organic ingredients but the cream itself is actually vegan as well (not that i am vegan, i just think its good)

Monu recovery balm; I was first introduced to the brand Monu in the November Glossy Box, i received a full size Skin Perfector, i completely fell in love with it. It smells divine, like a product you'd get at a spa, every time i use it i feel like I've had a facial. So in the Refresh & Recover box i got a 5ml Sample of the Recovery balm, this say its for all skin types particularly sensitive and stressed, I'm definitely stressed and the moment, but i don't know about my skin, its usually very dry, and can get sore so i guess its a little stressed, but anyway i used this cream the other day and Oh My Goshhhh, my skin felt actually the softest its ever felt in my life! The skin perfector usually leaves it feeling quite nice, but the Recovery Balm gahh, i just cant even explain how it made my skin feel. Once I've used my sample up i may have to invest in a full size because i may actually be in love with this cream! Monu Products are available here.

Figs & Rouge Balm; i got this in Sweet Geranium (i think everyone got the same flavour) so far I've been very impressed with this box, and this wasn't going to let me down either, i love the little vintage looking in it comes in! It does have a very strong floral smell to it (sweet geranium!) But i quite like it, I've only used it on my lips so far, and it does exactly what it say on the tin, it leave them feeling velvety smooth and kissable, i also found unlike some balms you that you need to reapply every 30 seconds because your lips have already dried out again, this one didn't it lasted for aaages, which i think is a massive bonus as the longer it lasts on your lips the longer it'll last in the tin! Win Win. And, another great thing about this balm, is you can use it on dry skin anywhere, not just your lips :) You can buy Figs & Rouge Balms in Boots!

The last item in this box really confused me, a sachet of Sun Shots factor 25 water resistant and anti-ageing sun protection. Do LIB know its January? I know they say you should wear sun cream everyday and there maybe those of you lucky enough to grab some winters sun, but really? Sun Cream, in a Refresh & Recover box in January? I wouldn't mind quite so much if they'd out a holiday in there as well, so we at least get to test it out. I'm not sure if we'll ever see the sun again in England, but if we do, and it ever becomes hot enough that i may require sun cream, I may use it, if by that time i remember i actually have it. But, that last little gift did leave me dreaming of the summer months, and imagining lazing around a pool, with some nice cocktails, so it wasn't all bad. Hopefully summer will arrive sooner than we think?! (wishful thinking)

So, i hope you like my review of the Latest in Beauty Refresh & Recover box, as far as i know they are still available from the link at the top of the post.

Did you buy a Refresh & Recover box, Did it leave you pining for summer like me? Let me know what you though?

Lots of Love


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