The Natural Beauty Box

23 Feb 2017

Beauty boxes are a great way to discover new brands and try samples before buying full-sized products, and they're particularly helpful if you're making the switch to green beauty. There are a few natural and organic beauty boxes on the market, but the newest one to hit the scene is The Natural Beauty Box.

Created at the start of 2017 by Emma Woodburn, The Natural Beauty Box are a UK based subscription box offering natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare and beauty products. There are five to six full or travel-size products in each box ranging from established brands, to upcoming brands and smaller artisans. Each monthly box is based around a theme, with February being "Kissed by the Ocean".
The Natural Beauty Box - February 2017 Kissed by the Ocean - Amber's Beauty Talk
This box has a lovely selection of brands and the products included are;

Tose Apothecary French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Scrub
This scrub is made using Dead Sea salt crystals, detoxifying french clay and extracts of lemongrass & lime to give it an lovely uplifting scent. It's perfect for sloughing away dead winter skin & prepping your body for Spring!

Little Ondine Nail Polish (Aqua)
I'm personally not a huge fan of this brand, but that's only because nail varnish doesn't like to stay on my nails. I've read rave reviews of these polishes - it's so easy to remove, you simply just peel it off! The colour is a gorgeous sea blue shade and perfect for brightening up your nails ready for Spring.
The Natural Beauty Box - February 2017 Kissed by the Ocean - Amber's Beauty Talk
PHB Beauty Seaweed & Mint Skin Refresh Gel
This multi-tasking gel is a must have product for your make-up bag/first aid kit at home. It's a blend of botanical ingredients that have a cooling effect to refresh & soothe skin. It's perfect for after sun exposure, insect bites and the organic aloe "works wonders on eczema, acne, burns & wounds".
The Natural Beauty Box - February 2017 Kissed by the Ocean - Amber's Beauty Talk
PHB Beauty Lip Gloss (Grace)
You can't have a "Kissed by the Ocean" theme without a lip product! This lip gloss is 100% natural, made with nourishing ingredients to keep lips moisturised and is a lovely pink shade that will suit most skin tones.
The Natural Beauty Box - February 2017 Kissed by the Ocean - Amber's Beauty Talk
The Salt Parlour Jasmine & Matcha Green Tea Salt & Sulphur Repair Scrub
Another scrub, however this one is full of matcha tea which will help to stimulate blood flow targeting cellulite, troubled skin conditions and stretch marks. It's scented with jasmine and has coconut oil to help nourish skin.
The Natural Beauty Box - February 2017 Kissed by the Ocean - Amber's Beauty Talk
The total value of the February box is over £65.00 however the boxes are priced at just £24.95 per month with free delivery so you make a huge saving. You can also subscribe on a 3 or 6 month plan where you'll get a further discount and if you sign up to their newsletter, you can get 10% off your first subscription box.

Subscribe via the Natural Beauty Box website before the end of February to receive this months box, or if you're a little too late, March's box will have an English Garden theme. All of the boxes from February onwards are vegan-friendly and 50p from each box sold is donated to charity.

You can follow the Natural Beauty Box on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and keep an eye out in the future as founder Emma has plans to add an online store in the Summer where you can buy individual products and one-off boxes.

Amber

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Natural Beauty Box. This in no way affects my thoughts on the brand, I only work with brands I love and I am always 100% honest.

What's new...

21 Feb 2017

Every now and then I like to do posts mixing together thing I've recently bought and also products that have been sent to me by brands to try out. This gives you an idea on the type of product features that might be popping up soon on my blog!
As you may have seen, in January I visited the AS. Apothecary store in Lewes with Tamara to have a look around, learn more about the brand and meet owner, Amanda Saurin. I had a lovely day which you can read more about here if you missed that post. Amanda very kindly let me choose a product out of her range and I loved the scent of the Orange Blossom Floral Water so I had to have one of those! We also made soap on the day and I went back last week to have a facial and picked up a couple of bars of the soap we made which was very exciting!
Whilst I was in Brighton for my birthday, I popped into Eden Perfumes as they have larger bottles in their store than they do online. The prices are also much better at £12 for the 30ml jar rather than £18 online (you do get free delivery online). Paul treated me to their 100ml size jar in the 460 Flowerbomb scent, which is my absolute favourite and was only £25.

I also popped into a H&M and they had their Conscious skincare range available. Whilst I didn't really fancy anything from the skincare range, the Dry Shampoo caught my eye. The range is certified by EcoCert and this product is made with potato starch. At only £6.99 I thought it would be worth a try. I haven't used it yet but will do an update when I have!

A few weeks ago I saw that MU London had undergone a re-design of their products and packaging and they're now Soil Association certified. They kindly sent me a couple of products from the range including their deliciously scented White Chocolate Truffle moisturiser and also the Lavender moisturiser.
And last but not least is a Greenfrog Botanicals Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash. I picked this up from Love Lula as one of my monthly selections. I love anything mint scented so had to have this!  

Amber

Colorisi Natural Make-up

16 Feb 2017

I was recently introduced to Colorisi via Content Beauty & Wellbeing and I've tried a couple of their products now which I'm impressed with so I thought I'd share some swatches and my thoughts on them both.

Colorisi is a French make-up range which has a unique selection of formulations and colours and most of their products are suitable for vegans (apart from the eye pencil which has beeswax). Their products are formulated from natural ingredients with coffee as an ingredient at the heart of their formulas which is really intriguing and quite clever actually as coffee is an antioxidant for the skin.
Colorisi Natural Organic Makeup
Their packaging is so unique as the cases are made of cherry tree which is a gorgeous deep wooden shade, with an aluminium sliding lid which adds a hint of elegance to the product.

The range consists of a concealer, bronzing powder, blush, eyeshadows, lipstick, compact powders, eyeliners, and mascara. I have the Eye Shadow in Macchiato and the Blush in Romeo.

The Macchiato eyeshadow is a deep grey-brown shade and looks lovely lightly dusted on the outer half of my eyelids with a bit of liner. It's perfect to wear in the day but can also be worn in the evenings as a full-on smoky eye. I've been loving this eyeshadow!
The blush is a deep, reddish shade which isn't what I'd normally go for. You have to be very light-handed when applying the blush as it's quite dark & pigmented. It is a lovely shade however I don't think it's the perfect shade for me. The colour does settle down a little while after applying but I'd probably prefer their other shade, Juliet, but it is a nice blusher and I will continue to use it. 

Have you tried anything from Colorisi? I have my eye on their Terra Cotta Bronzing Powder next...

Amber

Disclaimer: Products in this post have been sent to me for consideration for review. There may also be affiliate links. For my full disclaimer click here. This in no way affects my opinions or thoughts on the products/brands, I am always 100% honest.

Love Lula February Beauty Box

14 Feb 2017

Another month, another beauty box from Love Lula and potentially one of my favourites to date.
Love Lula February Beauty Box 2017
Included in this month' box are five full-size and sample products;

Madara Micellar Water
This is a product I've had my eyes on for a while so I was very happy to spot it in the box. I do like using toners and water in the mornings to give my skin a quick clean if I'm in a rush.

Greenfrog Botanical Body Wash
This body wash is scented with neroli & lime essential oils and smells so, so nice!

Maggie Anne Nail Polish in Jasper
This polish is such a pretty shade - a nice nude with a hint of pink. I like the consistency of Maggie Anne polishes but I do find the brush is a bit on the big side for my nails. 

Weleda Skin Food
A cult product in the green beauty industry and one that you'll always find a use for!

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Marula Oil
Marula oil is one of the new "trend" oils for 2017 and I do quite like it but I prefer using blends of oils for my skincare. My sisters love these oils though so it won't go to waste!

Subscribe to Love Lula's monthly beauty box for just £12.50 per month.

Amber
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