This post is a little late, but I've finally got around to revealing to you lovelies the wonderful contents of Carmine's November box...
Themed as their 'fame and good fortune' box, all the products link to a celebrity (a lovely, albeit a little bit of a cheesy, idea).
As above (L-R):
Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream (£9.50 for 15ml)
Neom Organic Body Lotion (£23.50)
Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil (£10.50)
New CID i-pout Lipstick (£15)
Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink (£22)
New CID Lipstick
First of all I had to quickly praise Carmine's inclusion of New CID's lipstick. Having tried it out, I can tell you I absolutely love it. The quality is fantastic, with lovely pigmentation and a formula that kept my lips hydrated and moisturised...and somehow stayed put for quite a while. The best part though? Well obviously the genius idea of the lighting! Ok I haven't practically tested this out at night yet, but I just love this inventive idea that makes applying lipstick just a little bit more fun (yes I fall easily for gimmicks in packaging).
Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream
I really think Carmine should introduce some type of form in their subscription asking a few simple questions, ie. What age are you? Ok I know I can use this cream and it might be lovely, but ordinarily I won't go out and buy an anti-ageing cream, being 21.
"This extremely powerful anti-ageing time machine does all the work...". I'm not sure if that's Lulu's words or Carmines (read from the description card), either way I'll be passing this onto my mum and will be sure to report back if she's whisked back to her youthful wrinkle-free days any time soon.
Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink
Having wanted to try out this semi-permanent brow ink for a while (and retailing for £22) I was very impressed this was included! I got the shade taupe, which is a little on the light side for my brows but was still usuable. This can be doubled as an eyeliner but I personally found that it wasn't pigmented enough for this. I have to say that I'm actually pretty disappointed with this product having been so excited to try it out. Maybe mine is a little faulty, but hardly any of the ink actually comes out, leaving the lightest impression of a brown stain. After persistently trying I've given up, but I'd really like to know if anyone else who's tried this product has had the same problem or if mine is in fact faulty.
Neom Organic Body Lotion
Neom is a brand I've only recently heard about, but having read great reviews and knowing of it's organic ingredients I was really excited to try this out. Carmine have given a luxury sized sample in the box, which I thought was still very generous and has lasted me a while....So yes I have been using it and this is because I'm a little bit in love. I'm not normally that impressed with body lotions and often find myself going back to Burt's Bees range, but this product delivers on all counts. It's rich yet absorbs and sinks in easily to my dry winter skin... and smells incredible with lavender and jasmine packed in. Suffice to say I will be buying a full sized one once this is lovingly used up!
Dainty Doll Eyeliner
Lastly, I was once again pleasantly surprised to find a product from a range that I'd been wanting to try out for a while. Dainty Doll was created by former Girl's Aloud member, Nicole Roberts. I wasn't their biggest fan but I love the idea of her makeup range, designed specifically for pale skinned gals (a need-to-fill gap in the market). This retails for £10.50 and was a full size eyeliner..so once again I think Carmine have really outdone themselves in terms of value for money! The eyeliner I received came in the shade 'Night Train', quite a unique dark bluish-grey colour, which I've now worn a few times. I like the staying power, although the pigmentation isn't great, having to apply it about 2-3 times before the colour will build up properly...So I probably wouldn't buy this again because, if I'm being brutally honest, I don't think it's any better than a eyeliner that I could get at half the price, still a lovely treat to have included though!
Overall, although I was a little disappointed with a couple of products, I am still impressed with this month's box. Carmine have yet again delivered high end and high quality brands and products (mostly full size) that all retail for a considerable amount more than the £10 payed for the box.
However, I have now cancelled my subscription to Carmine. Wait what?...Ok, I'm just guessing that's what some of you were thinking :p Basically, although I have really enjoyed Carmine's first two boxes, I still want to try out other companies offerings. After I've tried out pretty much all the boxes I want I'll then come back and make a decision over which I'll keep an ongoing subsciption to. So what box is next? Feel Unique! I've been wanting to try out this box for ages and since I can't really afford to keep Carmine going as well on my lowly student budget I've had to say goodbye (for now).
So what did you think of this month's Carmine box? I'd love to know as well if you've tried out any others this month.