Thursday, 23 August 2012

August She Said Beauty Box

So it's that time of the month again, another She Said beauty box review! And after July's box, August had a lot to live up to. At first glance I have to admit i was slightly disappointed, and now after trialing the products, i have a mixed review...

After posting a picture on instagram of my box, it was brought to my attention that the Balance me rose lip slave was in fact a freebie in this month's issue of Glamour. It's said to be worth £12 and this is a full sized product.. i could have bought Glamour for £2 and got this free. Anyway, setting that aside, i went on to trial the product and personally, i really don't like it. I hate the rose scent and it's really strong! The smell really clings onto your lips, i had a few comments when i wore it saying that i smelt like medicine? Too overpowering in my opinion, but i am more of a fruity girl than floral. The texture and consistency of the product is quite nice, but i did have really dry lips these past few weeks and wearing this has not had any effect on that, so im really starting to question how useful this really is. I wouldn't pay £12 for this.

The Papier Poudre powdered paper (what a mouthful!) was a strange product to receive, i have heard of blotting paper before but have never tried using it myself. Also i don't feel like this product is suited to my skin type because i never get particularly oily skin. With this product you're supposed to detach a leaf and press the smooth powdered side over your face to remove excess oils. It can also leave a matt finish to make up if you use liquid foundation which is actually quite useful to me, so i may try using it that way and see how it goes. This product retails for £7.95 for a 20 leaf pack, but i don't think i would pay that much for it to be honest! However, with these first two products combined, you already have over the value of your entire beauty box which is a bonus.

Next up are the Absolutely Flawless nail foils which come in a variety of different patterns and colours. I received the black and white crackle type pattern, which isn't what i would have chosen if i had the option, but i did get a lot of compliments when i wore these. I've tried the nail rock foils and i was really disappointed because they didn't last more than 2 hours, but these lasted 3-4 days which i think is pretty good! Especially because one pack of 32 foils retail at only £1.90. I would actually consider getting these again in a different pattern.
The Redken colour extend radiant-10 was probably my favourite product in the whole box. I've almost used the entire sample already and am considering re-purchasing full size. The only description i have of this is that it's a nourishing lotion in the form of a spray for easy application. The reason i like this so much is because it's had such a good effect on my hair. My hair has been coloured so much and it's pretty damaged, but from using this, it is finally on its way to recovery. Not only that but this product has really enhanced my natural curls, so if i let my hair dry naturally and spritz a bit of this on it, there's no reason for me to use heat. It almost acts like it's adding texture to my hair if that makes any sense? It says on the bottle that it's a multi-benefit treatment spray, if anyone knows what that means please let me know, but to summarise, i liked this product a lot!

I'm not sure how i felt about receiving a toothpaste sample in my box this month, i wouldn't really class it as a beauty item but hey ho! Because this is travel sized, i took it away on my tipi adventure last week (post coming up shortly about it!) And there's not a lot i can really tell you about this.. it's toothpaste, it's nice, refreshing and minty! It's supposed to be extra whitening, i didn't really see the effects of that but maybe it's because i didn't use it for long enough? A full sized tube retails for £4.07.

The bonus item in this months box was this little cologne sample by 4711 - another brand i haven't heard of before. I feel like I've been complaining this entire review, but again, this product really didn't wow me. I don't like the smell, it reminds me of quite a herbal scent maybe a little bit like TCP? and the packaging is really strange! It looks like some kind of foreign remedy! But it is the bonus item which means i can't really complain! A full sized bottle of this stuff retails for £17.00 but i have absolutely no idea where you can buy it if you'd be interested!

So overall, this was really a mixed bag. A few products i really didn't like, but the others were okay.. I hope next month's is a little better. I hate to give negative reviews, but there's no point in pretending that i liked something, i'd rather give my readers my honest opinion. If you'd like to view my She Said beauty profile, you can find me here.

Do you have a beauty box subscription? What are your thoughts on this months box?


  1. Personally looking at the contents of this months box, it's a bit of a disappointment. Although from reading other blogs, some bloggers are unsuscribing from Beauty Boxes such Glossybox as they used to be pretty good. Now they are introucing a premium box. What would the normal boxes have? Samples of Collection 2000?


  2. such a good review of the box :) admittedly i was a little disappointed with this box too, with it being only my second box too! i actually really like the rose lipbalm, shame that you don't :( but i agree about the scent being very overpowering! and toothpaste is a beauty box isn't exactly a beauty product to me either! although it did come in handy i guess :)

  3. I always feel the same about my glossybox. A little disappointed with the product selection. I think the Redken would have been my fave out of this box too

  4. This looks like a bit of a disappointing box this month - not that I subscribe to any! The product that interests me the most is the lip salve but like you said you could get that free with Glamour! Good review though x

  5. I was really disappointed with this box as it was my first one! I never received the nail foils either, which I am quite surprised at! Seeing as I am new, there isnt a lot on there but visit my shesaidbeauty page at lola_

  6. I just did a review on the October box and was so disappointed! If you fancy taking a look it's here xxx Sophie

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