Saturday, 13 May 2017

First Impressions | The Cruelty Free Beauty Box May 2017

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box have just launched two monthly subscription boxes that are both cruelty free and suitable for vegans. Their first box has just arrived so I thought I'd give you my first impressions!

The company offer two different boxes: The first, 'The Makeup Box' is the one I ordered and contains, you've guessed it, makeup products only. The second, 'The Beauty Box' contains bath, body and skincare ranges as well as the occasional fragrance and makeup product. I opted for the makeup box because as a new vegan it can be really difficult to decipher the world of cruelty free beauty and discover new products.

The 'About' section of the company's website details why they decided to launch a cruelty free box (the TL;DR version is they're against animal cruelty and wanted to make it simple for customers to enjoy a box without wondering if the products really are CF. Very admirable!)

So, without further ado, let me show you the first 'Makeup Box' from Cruelty Free Beauty.

The box itself is recyclable cardboard (woo!) and just the right size to fit the items. There are so many subscription boxes that send shoebox sized boxes for no reason. Measuring just over 7" across, the company have ensured there is no unnecessary waste. The box has a glitter logo and the brand information card is right there on top when you open the box. The packaging inside is shredded paper which can also be recycled (woo again!)

There are six items in the box, one of which is a 'bonus' item for those who were first to subscribe. The value of the six items is £39.37! Let's take a closer look at what's inside:

Bellapierre shimmer powder R.R.P. £12.99 -  This shimmery loose eye-shadow powder in the shade 'lava' is a deep bronze colour and looks highly pigmented. I've heard great things about this brand amongst the vegan community so I'm looking forward to testing it out. I just hope I don't end up with glitter all over my face!

Benecos sponge applicator R.R.P. £4.95 - Not really anything I can say about this other than it's a sponge applicator. I don't use sponge eyeshadow applicators, but this might work well with the shimmer powder. Again, I'll let you know!

Love Maja Eyelash / Eyebrow Thickening Serum R.R.P. £8.50 - This is the only item in the box that isn't full size but it's still a really good sized sample. Containing coconut oil, vitamin E oil and castor oil this serum is designed to be used as an overnight treatment. I can't wait to use this.

Fairypants Vegan Lip Paint R.R.P. £4.99 - In the colour 'Rita' this looks, in the pot, to be raspberry coloured, with a hint of glitter running through it. The information states it can be applied once for a 'laid back look' or layered for an 'intense hit of colour' but I'm not entirely convinced. When swatching I couldn't get my finger in the pot very well which is a shame. I'll do a full review and report back.

Benecos Natural Black Kajal Eyeliner R.R.P. £3.95 - I don't use black eyeliner at all, only brown and sometimes plum, because I'm very pale. I will however endeavour to give this a go, particularly as it's a nice pencil and I prefer pencil eyeliner as it's easy to blend and create a smoky, natural effect.

Fairypants Lip Balm Cocktail Range R.R.P. £3.99 - I received the flavour/scent 'Mojito' and it certainly does smell of my favourite cocktail! I imagine this will be perfect as an overnight treatment so I'll keep it by the bed. It smells divine and my mouth watered a little bit when I opened it.

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box 'Makeup Box' was £14.95 (inclusive of postage) at the time of ordering. The company have now put the price up to £19.95 for new subscribers due to underestimating the cost of raw materials to begin with. The 'Beauty Box' is still £14.95 and both are available on rolling subscription.

I am looking forward to trying all of the products in the box and I can't wait to discover new brands with future boxes. Did you sign up for The Cruelty Free Beauty Box? What are your first thoughts?

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