Sunday, 26 February 2012

Carmine: the February box

Carmine February box
Carmine February box
Carmine February box
Carmine February box

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It doesn't seem five minutes ago I was writing my feature on Carmine's January box and feeling a bit miffed about its offerings after their climatic Christmas box. Well I do believe Carmine have truly redeemed themselves with this month's delivery and I was really pleased with the products I unveiled today. I think this just proves how changeable, and subjective, beauty boxes can be. Some months can bit real hits, and other months can be complete misses. Signing up can be a gamble, but that is the nature of beauty boxes, and invariably if there are at least two or three standout products that you are keen to try out - I say it is worth the money. And who doesn't love a surprise parcel popping through your letterbox each month...

Carmine February box
Carmine February box
Carmine February box

1. Andrea Fulerton Nail Varnish (full size) - You will probably recognise celebrity nail technician Andrea Fulerton's nail products from those swirly stands in Superdrug, even if you haven't actually tried them yourself. In this month's box I found a full sized bottle of Andrea Fulerton's nail varnish in the shade Kim, which is a gorgeous dense, browny-red. The professional formula is rich and creamy and finishes opaque with just two coats.

2. White Glo Professional Choice whitening toothpaste - A pleasantly surprising discovery in a beauty box, I was really pleased to find a generous sample of White Glo toothpaste in this month's box. I guess this is a 'nice' safe product that everyone will use and no one can really grumble about. Considering I am always on the campaign for pearly whites, I am looking forward to testing this product out.

3. Diego Dalla Palma lipstick - I am always happy when a lipstick wriggles its way into a beauty box, even if it is on the teeny tiny size. Diego Dalla Palma is one of Italy's top makeup brands which has recently crossed oceans and is making waves here on English soil. Their lipsticks come in a whole host of sophisticated shades, promising rich pigmentation and lasting colour. I received no.47, a pretty coral colour, perfect for a Springtime pout.

4. Steam Cream steam-infused skincare (full size) - The second of three full sized product in this month's Carmine box, Steam Cream is a lightweight, all-in-one moisturiser featuring nourishing oils. I adore the kooky Japanese-designed tins and the fact that this moisturiser can be used head to toe. Steam Cream has been very much hyped in the blogging world over the last year or so, so I am keen to see if it lives up to the rave reviews.

5. Balance Me Rose Otto Moisturising Body Wash (full size) - Full sized sample number three coming right up. The Balance Me Moisturising Body Wash smells amazing - so delicately fragranced with all the blooms of Spring and it will leave your skin velvety soft and smooth. I personally love finding bath products in beauty boxes (just no bath salts please!) and I will enjoy adding this Balance Me Body Wash to my already brimming army of body washes.

6. Yardley London Peony fragrance - Yes, there is a perfume sample in this month's box, but hold onto those toys before slinging them out the pram, as this is a bonus product in addition to the other five fabulous items to be found in this month's box. I am not a fan of perfume samples but I cannot really complain considering this was an extra item...and it does actually smell quite nice.

All in all, a very good box in my opinion. It offers a great range of products, ticking all the right boxes in regards to skincare, makeup and nail products, and delivers us a nice mix of well known brands along with some new names to discover.

What are your thoughts on Carmine's box this month?

28 comments:

Phoebe said...

This looks like a good box :) The steam cream, lipstick and toothpaste look good! x

Sarirah said...

For once, I'm reading about a beauty box and thinking "darn, wish I had subscribed to that". :)

MissLauren said...

that nail varnish looks like it will look stunning on your nails xx

Laura Morrall said...

I'll be extremely happy if I get the same products as you in my box when it arrives! It will be my first Carmine box so i didn't really know what to expect but this looks great! :)

www.laurasallmadeup.blogspot.com

x

Sandra said...

I regret cancelling my subscription now, but there is so many beauty boxes that I am finding it hard to decide what subscription I should continue.

Christina said...

I've been torn between Carmine and Glossybox, and this has made my decision 10x harder! What an amazing box. Thanks for posting the photos.

delaScul said...

This is so much better than the past two GlossyBoxes... THREE full size samples...?! They all look really good! especially the steam cream and body wash! I'm definately considering switching now! Would love to try the Yardley perfume too as my Nan loves Yardley English lavender so this reminds me of her ...x

Glitter Detector said...

What an amazing box! Hope you do a review of the Steam Cream xx

Temporary:Secretary said...

This looks like an amazing box, and 3 full size samples are such a bonus! look like people are getting their money's worth this month. Really interested to hear more about the toothpaste, as i'd like whiter teeth! x

Lesley said...

This looks like a great haul this month!!

Ashley said...

The lipstick looks promising!

http://beauty-twist.blogspot.com/

Natalie said...

It looks like a pretty fun box. That little bullet of lipstick is so cute. haha!

kia said...

best box i've seen in a long time! Really want to try out the toothpaste & the full size nail varnish and steam cream is right up my street! Shame i can't afford the box :/ x

Mummy2one said...

I can't wait to get this months Carmine box looks amazing especially after the disappointment that was Glossybox this month!

Sophie said...

I am dying to try out Carmine, just unsubscribed from Glossybox as the last two boxes wasn't really my thing. Need a new one to try out and this always looks so good!
Sophie
x

Laura.Blogs.Beauty said...

I cannot wai to get mine., this is literally my perfect box, Ive alweays wanted steram cream, i only use organic showergels, i have just whitened my teeth and im a huge lipstick and nail polish junkie. this box is awesome i love Carmine!

Dragon Mommy said...

Looks like a great box this month. I am signed up to Glossybox but wishing I was signed up to Carmine instead after seeing what you got!

Holli x
Dragonmommy123.blogspot.com

Nee said...

I got mine today and got the same as you except I got a leopard print tin and green nail vanish. Love love love this box.

Lauraxamy said...

Wow I cannot wait to get mine, Carmine are surprising me lately with how good their boxes are!

ashleighjoan said...

The color of the nail varnish is totally my style. I love bath products as well!

Yu said...

Carmine seem to do so well every month, I would've adored this box! :D I saw the Steam Cream when I was in Japan and I was so confused haha!

Izzie said...

really want to try steam cream :)
xx

Charlotte Amber said...

Totally miffed that i unsubscribed from this, would love to have got this box

http://peachfizzz.blogspot.com/

keishaxoxo said...

yeyyyy excited to receive mine now :)
this looks like it beats last months hands down xxx

http://girl-with-a-golden-touch.blogspot.com/

BeautyDetective said...

I think I am totally on my own this month. I received my Carmine box last night and I wasn't overly impressed with it! Maybe a lot of it is down to personal preference.

Firstly the item I do like is the Balance Me body wash - its lovely, I received it in another beauty box and I'm happy to use it again.

Not that impressed to receive a nail varnish that I can buy in Superdrug, it just doesn't fall into the bracket or luxury item for me. Plus you got a nicer colour than me, I got a lighter pearl colour that I'd never use.

There is something about Steam Cream that just doesn't appeal to me, I'm not sure what it is but I'm putting this on Ebay - I don't even want to try it (closed minded....moi?!)

Hmm the toothpaste might be lovely but I worry about whitening toothpastes being abrasive and as I don't smoke, drink coffee or drink red wine I don't think it would be much use to me. Will give it away I think.

As for the Yardley fragrance, I tried it last night and its waaaay too flowery for me. Again its another thing I'll try and palm off on someone!!

When I saw the lipstick I was excited but the colour isn't right for me (I know they can't please everyone with the colour) so that was just one of those things.

Ok rant over!!!!!

Milly said...

Hello
Thank you for your comments. It seems a lot of you like the look of this box too.
@beautydetective - ah, i see you point of view on what you say and guess it just highlights how subjective each box can be, and what some people love, other's aren't that keen on. thanks for sharing you views x

lessie pfeiffer said...

nice

a9acacb2-df64-11e1-bf44-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I feel so bad that I missed this awesome giveaway. This is a great mix of products I'd love to try. The toothpaste is something I'm planning to get. I even talked about it in the Las Vegas cosmetic dentistry clinic.

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