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Right guys, I thought I would do a follow up to my post on the Cohorted Beauty Box, which you can read here, because I wanted to make sure that last months box wasn’t a one off, value for money deal. Although I think subscription boxes are a great idea and the epitome of convienience, I’ve recently had a bad experience with one. It wasn’t a beauty box, it was a grocery subscription which cost more per week than the Cohorted Beauty Box costs per month. I thought it was pricey but was happy to pay extra for the convienience but after the boxes arrived damaged and their contents ruined, I had no response from their customer service team and no compensation. I cancelled that subscription straight away and have had a slight gripe with the concept ever since.

Before I tarnish every subscription service with the same brush I wanted to check that I wasn’t being ripped off by some other loophole that I hadn’t noticed before. I started to think about other subscription services that I’ve used and it made me realise that the value for money aspect isn’t always there because of wastage or damage etc. With this in mind, I’m going to review this months Cohorted Beauty Box to see if it can truely live up to it’s price.

Vita Liberata Luxury Trystal Minerals Bronzer – £35

Mineral makeup for the summer is somewhat of a trend but totally one worth following. Vita Liberata has to be my favourite tanning brand, their products are so versatile that they suit all shades. I know I will use this product as a bronzer or contour shade rather than as a tanning product. The value of this product is the same price as the monthly cost of the subscription box so already I feel much better about this subscription service!

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Lip Liner – £10 (unavailable to purchase individually online)

I’d be happy with any Urban Decay product in a beauty box and if you saw my reaction to opening this box on Snapchat then you’d know I was really excited about this lip liner. It just so happens I’d been eyeing this shade for a little while so I was really pleased. Just like the Vita Liberata powder, this lip liner suits the majority of skin tones so I’m pretty confident it won’t go to waste.

Bettyhula Champagne & Spice Body Moisturiser – £12.99

Once again Cohorted have introduced me to brands I’d never heard of before. I was immediately drawn to this product because I’ve never seen a champagne body butter before which is rather exciting. This is what I especially love about this box is that it allows you to discover brands you might never come across normally.

Loewe Aura Moisturising Body Lotion – £15 (unavailable to purchase online)

I think this has to be my favourite product from this months box. I cannot tell you how good it smells! It is really feminine and light to wear which is perfect for this mini heatwave we’re going through at the moment. It’s also small enough to be travel size so this will stay in my washbag until it’s finished.

Lin & Lo Matte ‘Real Red’ Lipstick – £19

Another brand discovery this month was Lin & Lo who are also a mineral makeup brand. I always think a good lipstick is a great find in a beauty box because I know that at some point or another I will use it. And being a Cohorted box means that the brands are good quality. I really like the peace of mind that comes with quality products, I don’t have to worry about allergic reactions or the product leaking or drying up easily.

So overall this box contains £91.99 worth of product for the price of £35. Last months box was worth £106 so I think it’s safe to assume that each box will amount to £100 on average. A couple of the products included in this months edition are not available to purchase online which in a way makes them slightly more valuable as their not so easy to get hold off. Once again, I can’t find fault with the Cohorted Beauty Box and it’s definitely put my mind at rest about subscription services. I think the moral of the story is do your research before committing to a repeat purchase product or service.

 

These items were kindly sent to me. 

This month I was lucky enough to be sent the Cohorted Beauty Box for April. I’ve heard a lot about this particular beauty box, it is renowned for containing some of the most prestigious beauty brands on the market. We all know the pitfalls of any subscription service, we might like one or two of the items in the package but the rest goes to waste. This box is £35 per month including delivery, which is at the higher end of the price scale but I guess it reflects the brands Cohorted work with. To me £35 is pretty pricey to be shelling out every month just on new beauty products. I’d like to think I don’t spend that normally in a month on cosmetics (although I probably do, oops!). So is it really worth the money?

What I really like about this box is that it comes with a Beauty Box Edit booklet which gives more information about the brands and products in the box. To me, this shows a lot of thought and effort has been put in to helping the receiver use the products correctly. It’s also a great tool to gather inspiration.

Laura Geller Creme Glaze Baked Eyeshadow Trio – £25.66

I’ve never tried any Laura Geller products before, I hadn’t even heard of the brand. But as soon as I saw this Trio palette in Sandy Lagoon I had an immediate urge to try it out! The blue shade might go unused but the other two eyeshadows are fast becoming my favourite to add shimmer for a more dramatic eye look. They also contain Vitamin E which keeps your eyelids soft.

Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray – £22

Ok so a lot of beauty subscriptions use mini’s or sample sizes to pack out their boxes, but not Cohorted. This Percy & Reed Shine spray comes in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml. And yep, I got the 100ml full size in my box. I really love Percy & Reed products, having used quite a few from their range before (see previous post). In all honesty, I’d never really think to purchase this product myself, and after using it I’m still not sure I’d buy it. It’s a great product, it gives a shine and smells lovely but I just wouldn’t remember to use it. But hey, at least I got to try it.

Laura Geller Spackle Neutraliser Colour-Correcting Under Make-Up Primer – £28.34

In my experience colour correctors are hit and miss, especially if you’ve never tested them before. I wasn’t too sure on this product when I first saw it but after reading about it’s benefits in the Beauty Box Edit booklet I started to come around to it. It contains minerals, amino acids, aloe, white tea extract and lots more good stuff. In terms of performance, the verdict is still out on this one but again, I’d never have thought to try it without this beauty box.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour – £22

The packaging! You guys know I love pretty looking products and this one ticks the box. I’m really glad I got this in Antique Pink, there were two other colours available with the April edition. I really have no complaints about this product, it has a beautiful finish and it very wearable. I’m not really a lipstick person so perhaps would never have bought this ordinarily, but it is most definitely something I would repurchase.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks – £8

I’d like to think I’ve been using anti-aging prematurely but you can never be too careful. Thankfully, after using the eye masks I didn’t see too much difference to the appearance of my skin apart from looking brighter and feeling more supple. The box contained one set of the eye mask which works out to about £8. You can buy a pack of 6 for around £47.50 on the Elemis website.

So for £35 subscription for this box you would get £106 worth of product! That definitely sounds like value for money to me and I would highly recommend this subscription to anyone who wants to try some new high end brands.

 

These items were kindly sent to me.