Starting with my least favourite item, another perfume sample, Bex London Londoner Urban Fragrance in N6. I don't hate receiving perfume samples but this one is not my cup of tea at all. To me it smells quite masculine, which isn't a bad thing, but I tend to favour more feminine scents like Stella and Daisy Eau So Fresh. I do really like the idea behind these scents, each one seems to be designed around an area of London, this particular one, N6 is said to 'capture the elegant character of Highgate Village and the splendid wilderness of adjoining Hampstead Heath'. A full size 100ml bottle is £81.
The Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray is the product that intrigues me the most this month. I've never had the best luck with sea sprays, I find they usually just make my hair look crispy rather than give me beautiful beachy waves and body, so I'm looking forward to trying this out. The scent is gorgeous, I don't think I have ever come across a hair product with a beautiful ginger scent to it before, so this is pretty unique to me. The scent isn't too overpowering either which I was a little apprehensive of at first. The full size 150ml bottle is £18.95, so it has a fairly high price tag & will be interesting to see if this is any better than the affordable options I have tried previously. This 50ml version retails for £6.50.
Monu is a brand I've been hearing a lot about recently but I haven't had the opportunity to try anything from them until now. The Monu Calming Cream has a green tint to it to counteract redness and I must admit the tint isn't overly appealing to me. I have tried many green tinted creams in the past after suffering with acne rosacea and I never really found they helped all that much. But I'm willing to give this a try and I'm excited to see if the formula is soothing to the skin at all. It seems to have a lot of lovely ingredients so I'm quite hopeful. The full size 15ml tube costs £14.95 which seems a lot but this is something designed to only be applied on the affected areas of skin. This tube also seems to be a 20ml sample which is a bit confusing if the full size is only 15ml.
A little extra item included in all boxes this month are three sachets from the Elizabeth Arden Gentle Hydrating line, a cleanser, a serum and a moisturiser with spf 15 & I got the products suitable for dry skin, which I have. I'm really looking forward to trying these out and I've discovered that if you squeeze out the sachet contents into little tubs with lids (the kind you decant products into to take on holiday) then you get way more uses out of them than just using directly from the sachets.
I do love receiving make up products in beauty boxes (I still think someone should put together an entirely make up dedicated beauty box!) and I was pretty excited to see a Jelly Pong Pong product this month. Jelly Pong Pong is a brand that intrigues me because it just seems so cutesy and adorable, but their prices have always been a little on the expensive side so I was never willing to purchase without seeing the products in person before. This is the Lip Frosting in Irish Cream Pavlova which you can use on your lips or cheeks for a tint of colour. For me this is a little too sticky to use on my cheeks but the colour is lovely; it blends out into a really lovely rosy, almost slightly corally glow. The scent of this reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is. It gives me a happy feeling inside though, so it's definitely a lovely scent. The packaging for me is a little impractical. You only need a tiny amount but it's so difficult not to squeeze too much product out of the tube so I feel like I've wasted quite a lot. This seems to be a full sized product and 15ml retails for £10, so definitely not cheap, but I'm loving that Jelly Pong Pong are a cruelty free brand.
Lastly, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil is the product I'm most excited about from this box. I remember lots of people talking about this a little while ago, I believe it has been in a beauty box before and everyone seemed to really like it. This is a multipurpose oil that can be used on the face, body & hair. On first impressions it seems really luxurious, it has a nice delicate scent and I'm looking forward to trying this out on my face and hair especially. A full size 50ml bottle is £17.50 which I think is actually surprisingly affordable.
Overall, after having a good look at each product and a little search online I'm really happy with the selection of products I received this month. There seems to be a good mix of things to try and apart from the perfume sample, I think everything will get used up!
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