Yes, it’s true. Christmas is well and truly over for another year.
However, thanks to Boxing Day sales I still have plenty of presents coming my way!
As a lover of all things beauty related as well as a lover of a bargain, subscription boxes are right up my alley and I have been carefully exploring options and testing a few boxes out here and there over the past few months.
When I discovered Cohorted, a luxury subscription box for £35 a month, it was a no-brainer that I would sign up to see if it suited my wants (I have no beauty related needs, only wants).
Luckily for me, and any other other beauty bargain hunter, Cohorted also sells subsription-free limited edition gift boxes which are available in limited quantities every month or so.
The Cohorted My Little Treat box was released on Boxing Day and on a bit of a shopping high from my Boxing Day sale frenzy (so many shoes!) I decided to dive into this box head first to indulge in the treats it offered.
This box costs £50 it contains £165 worth of products (bargain!), and I was in equal parts delighted and disappointed.
But mostly delighted!
Cohorted My Little Treat Box
Benefit: They’re Real Double The Lip Criminally Coral
I’ve read a lot of good things about this lipstick, and Benefit in general, however I wasn’t too impressed; it’s a two in one product, both lipstick and lip liner.
The problem with these combination lipsticks is that although they work on the upper lip, the bottom lip suffers. Also, I don’t think these colours are incredibly complementary to each other, but that’s just my of opinion. Although it is a beautiful colour(s) I feel as though I would have prefered each colour separately, rather than as a lipstick/liner combination
Regarding the formula, I found it to be quite dry and although it is meant to make lips look fuller, I actually found it to have the opposite effect, which if you’ve seen my lips seems almost impossible (until now, obvs).
Figs & Rouge Primer & Illuminator Hydra-Prime 30ml
Before you start thinking me a negative nancy, this is the only other product I wasn’t too fond of (ok, there is one more product I wasn’t fond of…). Better to get the bad out of the way before the beauty though, right? Right!
I honestly can’t see myself using this product, as although I love me some glow and illumination, I found this primer to be a bit too sparkly for me. I also didn’t rate it much as a primer as due to the light reflecting particles, it actually made me look like I had pores where there were none.
It may work on your skin and give you that perfect glow you want for a night out and about, but for me, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner Line & Enhance Black
When I was younger I was known for my ever present black liquid liner and cateye flicks. I have always adored a good liquid liner, and although they are much easier to find these days, in multiple formats and formulas, a really good one is still hard to find.
Although it does take a bit longer to dry than most liquid liners, I found the depth of colour and ease of use to more than make up for that. It has a rich and velvety black formula that glides smoothly onto the eyelid to create a long lasting line that would cause most other liquid liners to tremble in the tubes.
Does it belong in my beauty bible? I’m not too sure right now having only used it once, but it is a very close contender.
Benefit: Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara
Oh Benefit, I really don’t know what to say… I’ve never actually purchased any Benefit before, despite many of my friends being big fans, because I’ve never been convinced. Y’know? And this mascara hasn’t really influenced me to go out and make any new purchases.
It’s a mascara. Black Mascara. It’s separates and lengthens, but it’s nothing special. In fact, looking at my eyelashes now they’ve actually gone a bit limp…
I think I’ll stick with my Rimmel and Maybelline mascaras, sorry.
Vintage Cosmetics Blending Sponge
A makeup lover can never have enough beauty blenders, and this has promptly replaced my sponge which was, to be frank, past due for replacement. It does the job and it does it well.
Lancome Crème Subtil Blush Coral
I LOVE THIS.
Oh, you want more information that that?
A soft mousse formula, that feels like nothing on the skin. Pigmented, yet gentle. Blendable and buildable. The colour is more a deep pink rouge colour that will compliment any and every skin tone, even someone as pale as myself, and is easy to apply. I applied mine using my fingertips, tapping the colour into place before blending out.
I cannot stress enough how much I love this product and will likely be going on an adventure in the near future to investigate other colours.
Tarte Glossy Lip Paint Obvi
I have been wearing this lip paint all day and it has me forgetting (almost) about the disastrous Benefit lipstick above. I really hope Benefit never reads this post and blacklists me… Or maybe they do read it and try to make it up to me?
Tarte. I have always had a soft spot for this brand and swear by their Mascara’s which I consider to be some of the best on the market, and their Light Camera Lashes mascara is a beauty bible product.
This lip paint is smooth and soft, with a beautifully gentle colour distribution (i.e. no streaks), and although not transfer proof the soft gloss makes touch-ups a pleasure. I keep on mentioning “soft” and that’s the best way to describe this product, and what more do we want for our lips than soft, beautiful, gentle colour?
Gucci Bamboo For Women EDP Mini
This is only a very small sample, over-the-counter size, but I’m glad it was included as I’d not have tried this perfume otherwise.
Described as a Floral, on my skin it’s more of a Woody Oriental which makes sense when it’s called “Bamboo”. Although the fragrance has a Bergamot top note, the base notes of vanilla (a favourite), sandalwood (wait, another favourite!), and amber (hang on, was this perfume made for me?) are much more present.
One of the midnotes is ylang ylang which is on my “do not buy, ever” list, but I can’t sense this at all. Thankfully.
I actually keep sniffing myself I am such a fan of this EDP. In fact, I’m adding it to my payday wishlist! Expect to start seeing this in my blog photos everywhere!
Pixi Brow Tamer
This product made taming my brows an absolute breeze. It doesn’t dry into a hard formula like some gels, and isn’t thick or unwieldy to use.
As someone with naturally thick, long, and curly eyebrow hairs (thanks Middle Eastern heritage!) this brow tamer did manage to tame my brows for the day! Great if you’re wanting a neat and natural look without having to pencil, powder or pomade.
Doucce Freematic Pro Eyeshadow Palette OR HUDA Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette (randomly picked)
Don’t purchase this box if you are preferring one palette over the other as you may be disappointed. The palette is a blind selection meaning you won’t know what you’ve received until you open the box.
Personally, I was hoping for the HUDA palette because I have been wanting to experiment with the colours for a while now. However, I received the Doucce palette, and although disappointed at first I’ve since been converted.
The Doucce palette isn’t a palette for someone who wants highly pigmented colour, or bold eyes. It contains both matte and shimmer pigments, designed to be a perfect complement to each other, and creates a neutral, natural smokey eye and is perfect for those of us with hazel or brown eyes, with each colour working and blending together seamlessly.
It’s perfect for steamy, subtle, subdued look, with just the right amount of shimmer.
For £50 I found enough products inside the Cohorted My Little Treat box to love and make it more than worth the expense. Although there are some negative reactions above, we can’t all be fans of every brand (sorry not sorry, Benefit) and again, these are just my opinions.
If you know a Benefit product you think I’d love though, let me know in the comments!