This month's box is all about the glitz and glamour of award season. As with the last two boxes it comes packaged in a beautiful matt black box but with the Powder Pocket name embossed in Gold instead of the usual signature electric pink.
The Glossy magazine has a hair tutorial by Great Lenghts to show you how to achieve the perfect Hollywood locks and some beauty tips by Ireland's very own Miss World Rosanna Davison.
So what's actually in the box?
Shiseido - Benefiance Pure Retinol Eye Mask - Full Size RRP €63 for 12 masks (2patches €10.50)
This is a 15 minute express eye wrinkle mask which promises to instantly reduce the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles around the eye area using Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion technology. It is also highly moisturising and the Mukurossi Extract switches off the wrinkle promoting enzymes that cause wrinkles to appear. Sounds amazing...cannot wait to try them!
The Body Shop - Shea Shower Cream - Full Size €8.95 for 250ml
(Sample Size 60ml €2.20)
This is actually one of my all time favourite products mainly because of the DIVINE scent.
Its a moisturising soap free full body cleanser which lathers up to become a beautiful creamy skin softening wash with a classic scent. It is recommended for dry skin but I think it can be used by all skin types.
Herra - Herra Protect Hair Perfume - Full Size 50ml €29.50.
(Sample Size FOC)
Hair Perfume is huge at the moment with nearly every female celebrities in Tinsel Town using it during award season and the various fashion weeks. And this product from Herra is the ultimate finishing product for protecting and refreshing your hair. It contains sunflower, olive and glycerin extract and is designed to protect hair against UV, pollution and air conditioning whilst locking in moisture without leaving hair feeling weighed down. The bonus is the delicious hair perfume which was exclusively designed by Chanel's former house fragrance expert. The keynotes for this perfume are Italian Bergamot, Loquat Fruit, Midnight Orchid, Rose, White Jasmine Mimosa, Heliotrope, Lily, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and Musk.
Don't know if I will be buying a bottle but I will say it does smell heavenly and if someone wants to give me one as a gift that would be delightful :) (Hint Hint to any of my friends or family reading this!!)
Jessica - Brilliance Top Coat - Full Size RRP €13.95 (Full Size received in box),
Jessica nail varnishes are worn by Hollywood celebrities including Rihanna and Julia Roberts. Brilliance is an advanced new formula that speeds up drying time and adds a high gloss finish to your polish. I wear Shellac on my nails all the time (It stops me from biting them) however one of my friends swears that you can use bog standard cheap nail varnish and if you use a good base and top coat it will last just as long as any expensive polish. So I will be passing this along to her to test for me.
Manicare - 4 Step File & Shine
This great nail buffer gives the ultimate high gloss shine to your nails. It has 4 sides - a Medium Grit to shape the nails, a Fine side to smooth and file the nail, the Green side to remove ridges and the White side to buff the nail to a fantastic high shine. A must have for your handbag
So thats it for another month. The total cost of the box if you were to buy all the products would be just under €30 so double the cost of the subscription which makes it great value.
My Standout Products!
I am excited to try the Shiseido Eye Mask and the Herra Protect Hair Perfume smells gorgeous but I don't think I will be investing in a bottle just because I know I won't use it.
Overall I think its a good box so I will stay subscribed for another month :)
Have any of you gotten this month's box? What did you think?
Until next time....As always.... Be Happy!
Ireland's newest subscription service promises five surprise luxury beauty products deliverd straight to your door, each month!
I received my box just after Christmas so it was like a bonus present!
First impressions - I love the packaging and the box is perfect to re-use (I store makeup in them). It comes with Blush! magazine which reveals all about the products in the box including where you can buy the products, plus exclusive discount codes, tips on tanning, makeup brushes and how to get a fabulous festive makeup look. It also introduces us to two Irish Brands - Cloon Keen Atelier and Kinvara Skincare.
(I loved that bit).
So what's in the Box?
1. Blank Canvas Cosmetics
F22 Dome Face Brush
This is a great all rounder brush from Irish Company Blank Canvas Cosmetics - it can be used to apply foundation, cream blusher or contour. I usually use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and this is very similar. The bristles are super soft which makes it great for achieving a flawless effect. So thumbs up to that.
2. Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam - Sample 30ml €8.50 (Full Size 125ml RRP €36)
This cleanser promised to was away impurities without depriving the skin of moisture. It can be used on all skin types morning and evening.
3. Academie Bronz' Express - Sample 50ml €7.50
(Full Size 100ml RRP €14.95)
Bronz' Express has been on the market for over 50 years and I still think its one of the best there is expecially for pale Irish skin. It gives an immediate glow which developes into a deeper bronze after 8 hours.
4. Vichy Idealia Life Serum - 8 sachets (€8 approx)
(Full Size 50ml RRP €34.50)
They say this serum can transform your skin in as little as eight days. It is formulated to fight against life's excesses and will leave your skin fresher and more rested.
5. Hugo Boss Boss Jour Pour Femme - 2ml sample (€2.50 approx) (50ml RRP €66.00)
This is the newest fragrance to the Boss family. Its an elegant floral/fruity fragrance "created to envoke the feelings of the first light of day". Ya not sure about that - to me it just smells lovely and fresh and I would definitely use it as a spring/summer perfume.
So what do I think?
I think the saving grace of this box is the Blank Canvas Brush which I love and am very excited to use. Also the Bronz' Express is a great size for travelling and Im excited to try the Shiseido Cleansing Foam.
You can walk into any pharmacy and get the Boss perfume sample and the Vichy Idealia Serum samples.
But in saying that I probably wouldn't plus its a great way to try out new products that you may not have known about or may have thought they were very expensive.
The net worth of the box is about €40 so it was worth the €15 price tag.
I used to subscribe to Glossy Box UK and at the start they boxes were brilliant with at least one or two full size deluxe products however after a few months they were just full of samples you can get from any beauty counters or pharmacy.
Also I was being charged for the box at the start of the month and not receiving it until the end of the month.
I hope Powder Pocket don't end up like this. If they keep the boxes full of good brands and exciting products I will happily stay subscribed.
Have any of you signed up yet? Or have you tried Glossy Box or a similar subscription beauty box?
Let me know in the comments below
How to Order
You can order your box from the PowderPocket website.
(Click the purple writing)
Monthly - you will get a box every month for €12 plus €3 p&p
6 months for €75 (postage inc) and you get one box free
subscribe for 12 months for €150 (postage inc) and get two boxes free
Lover of all things beauty, Makeup Artist, Blogger & Wife . I am always on the look out for the perfect makeup or the best beauty product so keep reading to follow my never ending quest!