Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Carmine Take Two

Hey beauties I am back with my second Carmine box review. I was so excited when I received my box (although a bit annoyed that the person who delivered it left it lying upside down outside my front door - I mean, anyone could have taken it!!!). I was about to head out and opened the door to find the lovely surprise. I headed straight back in to my house to open this baby!

I was not disappointed! Another fabulous box from the people at Carmine. Five products in this box, three of which are FULL SIZED!

The Organic Body Lotion from Neom is a lovely Lavendar/Rosemary scented cream. It's great if you like those aromatherapy type smells but some may find it a little strong and overpowering on the skin. Personally it doesn't bother me too much and I love using this cream after coming out of the shower. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth and very moisturised!

Carmine sent around an email to its subscribers asking what colour our brows are so that they could make this box a little more personalised for each customer. My brows are jet black and the Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink I received was in the shade "Sable" a very dark brown colour. I swatched the product on my hand and to tell you truth I was disappointed. I already knew I wouldn't have much use for the product as the hairs in my brows are extremely thick and I never really fill them in with anything. However, I still wanted to see how the Brow Ink turned out. The product claims to be a "semi permanent ink which allows you to draw-in individual hairs". I have to say I fail to see how this would be possible as the ink started bleeding in to my skin the moment it made contact. It also wipes off with a little water. Not entirely impressed with this product unfortunately.

I love the creamy formula of the New CID i-Pout lipstick which I got in shade 1309 "Fuschia". It isn't a colour I'd normally wear but on application I found it to be quite sheer and I liked the look of it. It's also buildable on the lips for better coverage and a stronger colour pop. It glides on to the lips and leaves them feeling quite moisturised. The lipstick has a mirror on the lid and a little button which turns on two small lights on the inside of the lipstick allowing you to apply your lippie with ease in even the darkest of places!

Dainty Doll is the cosmetics range by Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts. This eyeliner pencil is easy to use, the product is a little hard on the skin at first but the colour is gorgeous and is highly pigmented! I received shade 004 " Shake Your Tail Feather" which is an emerald green colour with subtle shimmer in the formula. This would look great on it's own or can be used to add a glam pop of colour to a dark smokey eye.

And now for the swatches of the above three products:

From left to right: New CID i-Pout lipstick "Fuschia", Dainty Doll eyeliner "Shake Your Tail Feather", Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink "Sable"

The last piece of this month's Carmine puzzle: Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream is an anti-ageing formula which you apply to your skin at night and allow it to work it's magic while you sleep! This is the only product I haven't tried from my box and I will probably pass this on to my mum as I don't feel I have much use for it yet (fingers crossed!)

Overall I am pleased with my box and apart from the slight let down from the Brow Ink I definitely feel I have again got my money's worth. Looking forward to next month's box - watch this space!

Have any of you had a more successful story with the Brow Ink? Would you recommend Carmine to any of your friends? What are your thoughts on beauty boxes in general?

Numera x

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