8 June 2012

Lifting the Lid... She Said Beauty Box April 2012

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 Is it just me of does it feel like She Said Beauty have been around for a long time already even though they are only up to their third box! However this is their second box that I receive in April and I actually made it my mission to try every product in the box including all the sachet samples!

The Price 
 The She Said Beauty box contains 5 luxury beauty samples for £9.00 a month plus £2.95 delivery or you can pay 3, 6 or 12 months in advance with a saving. To receive 15% off a 3 month subscription enter code: SSB3AWMVC

 You can view all prices & subscription details here.


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The Packaging
The She Said Beauty box is a lovely feminine duck egg blue with a magnetic flap close that looks really elegant if re-used for storage. The products are also packaged with natural shredding that is great for being re-used with gifts or even in soap dishes I have found.

The Products 

Easter Treat - Lindt Egg 
As this was a sort of Easter box She Said Beauty kindly included little Lindt eggs in all of their boxes which was a really nice touch... very yummy indeed! 
 
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Bellapierre Shimmer Powder - Champagne
(Full size - £12.99 here)
This is a lovely highly shimmery powder/dust (with a sifter, I should add.. always important!) that you can just tell is off really good quality. I say this because it seems a different texture from all glitters dusts I have used in the past - softer and not at all as much fall out! Also this is a real multi-purpose product. It can be used on the eyes of course, either all over the lid of just to highlight the centre or the inner corners of the eye, you can also you it to highlight the cheekbones and the brow bones and you can also use it on the lips... which I think if quite a nice idea. I have mainly used this on the eyes as it is so minimal for fallout but also on the cheekbones lightly as it just highlights them softly. A really good quality product that I was definitely pleased to see in the box!
 
Mischa Barton Luscious Lips - Pink Pop 
(Full size - £8.00 here)
Now I think I speak as a collective when I say I didn't have a clue Mischa Barton had her own makeup line, but apparently she does and this is a product from the range. The lip balm is quite nice, the scent similar to that of a MAC lipstick (just a bit more synthetic) but sadly the lip shade doesn't translate on to the lips. But for me I just can't see how the lip balm retails for £8.00, the packaging is pretty cheap looking and feeling and the product isn't what I see as great quality. With all that said though I have been using and enjoying the product with it stashed in my handbag. So all in all not too bad of a product. 
 
Filthy Gorgeous Nail Polish - Tu-Tu Much! 
(Full size 10ml - £9.00 here
Besides from the Bellapierre Shimmer Powder, this is definitely the star of the box! I had never tried a Filthy Gorgeous nail polish up until now and I have to say I am impressed, firstly with the quality (it applies smoothly with a nice brush) and also the shade choice... no odd shimmery green or pearly pink! I have been wearing this on my toes with the warmer weather but I will 100% be doing a nail of the day post quite soon with this.
 

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Comfort Zone Sample Set
(mix of 6 samples) 
I really don't mind sample sets like this as long as the samples are varied and also of an average price.. though these samples would be maybe too expensive for me to warrant purchasing after trying a small sachet. I didn't hate any of the sachets though the D-age body cream was a bit on the bland side both hydration wise and also the scent.
  
Favourites: Tranquillity cream had to be my favourite as it feels really nice on the skin and smells like battenberg cake (after I used and enjoy this I checked the price - £58.25/200ml wowee!). Also the Vital Leg cream gel was really cooling and refreshing which I could imagine being great in summer after shopping. I also quite liked the Body Strategist + remodeller which is a cellulite cream that has that heating friction effect and smells of aniseed.

Erno Laszlo Sample Set 
(mix of 5 samples) 
I had mixed feeling about this sample set. Yes, it was presented nicely and I did enjoy the idea of the products being named after different iconic figure such as Greta Gardbo and Ava Gardner but the full price of the product are just sooo expensive - I'm talking £85-£175! Though I did try out all the samples whilst getting ready and did enjoy most of them. In particular I really liked the Ava Gardner Instant Eye Repair as it was so cooling and did actually tighten the skin. I also did like the Marilyn Monroe Morning Beauty Rescue which was a gel formula with shimmery particles to it so not too heavy on the skin and really gave the skin some radiance. But for the prices I wouldn't ever consider purchasing.
 
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Bharti Vyas Face & Neck Polisher
(small sample pot - Full size 125ml R.R.P £25.50 here
 I think sadly I am quite critical on little sample pots like this that look a little cheap - I'm just not interested, especially when the full sized product is quite pricey. However I did try this out on my neck and face and it was quite nice. However it did really reminded me of Benefit's Honey Snap Out of it Scrub £13.50/150ml - Cheap Smells here which it being almond scented and it being a scrub. So I would prefer to purchase the Benefit scrub over this as I know the brand and of course it is a lot cheaper! 

Positives
I really enjoyed the makeup products in this box, a really nice selection and I feel most would enjoy these especially the Bellapierre shimmer powder and the Filthy Gorgeous nail polish. Also I did like the sample sets though I feel it would of been better to have just the one set and another small product.

Negatives 
My main negative would be the Bharti Vyas sample pot of the face polisher as it just didn't look that appealing at all and was such a small about and should of come in a tube due to the texture and type of product it was. This did feel more like a free sample. Also the Erno Laszlo sample set was just too luxe for the box... nice to try out but who really purchases a £150+ cream from just a sachet sample?
 
Overall I really enjoyed the makeup side of this box though the skincare side did fail me slightly. However I am pleased to see that isn't the case with the May or June boxes which I loved and of course will be getting around to reviewing. 

Fee xo. 


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