When I first started blogging nearly four and a half years ago, there were only a few beauty boxes to choose from but now there are so many to choose from so we’re now spoilt for choice. One of the newest beauty box brands is Roccabox which describe themselves as being a beauty members club offering you the chance to trial and test must have makeup, skincare and haircare products delivered to your door every month via their beauty box. Although their concept isn’t particularly unique, their selection process for the products is because every single month Roccabox collaborate with a well known beauty expert that will handpick the products within the boxes which is unlike any other beauty box I’ve tried. For the Roccabox April Beauty Box, they’ve collaborated with Gabriella of Pretty Ugly which isn’t a blog I’ve heard of before but I was excited to see which products were included within the box which is £10 plus £3.95 postage.
The first item in the box is the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the shade Mayfair Lane worth £15. Boxes will include one of five colours and Mayfair Lane is a pale pastel pink which I love as I much prefer pastel and more muted shades than I do brights so it would be the shade I’d have chosen from the grey, berry, red and plum shades on offer. Nails Inc polishes are beautiful although they never last on me no matter what basecoat or topcoat I use, but that doesn’t stop me using them as I find application to always be so easy and fuss-free.
The next product is another nail based item; the Kure Bazaar The Natural Pedicure Ritual worth £4.50. I’ve never heard of Kure Bazaar before, but from a quick look online it would appear that their nail polishes have a “good nail philosophy” with eco-trendy varnish. This particular product is a plastic sachet which contains a file and a wooden cuticle pusher alongside a pair of plastic socks which are said to nourish the feet. I wouldn’t pay £4.50 for this kit personally as you could just use any hand or foot cream and wear ordinary socks and achieve the same effect but it could be handy when going on holiday and you don’t wan to faff about with nailcare products within your luggage.
Then we have a 25ml size of the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy worth £8, which is an hand cream containing a restorative marine blend of anti-oxidant-rich green seaweed extract and protecting red sea algae. It also contains the hydrating power of hyaluronic acid and ceramides which contribute to improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It’s a good handbag friendly size tube for your handbag and it smells lovely too, although I do think three nailcare based products out of a total of five products in one box is a little excessive but it’s all down to preference.
Next up is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effect Serum worth £6.99. I used to swear by the John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum when I was at school but I’ve not tried it since so this was the perfect oppurtunity to give it another try. It claims to eliminate frizz, protect against humidity, offer heat protection, smooth, hydrate and tame the hair which are pretty bold claims. I used to like using it to try and tame the frizz but if it delivers on the other five claims, I’ll be happy. I really like how nice the packaging is now too, it’s so sleek for only £7.
The final item in the box is my personal favourite.. the Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer worth £23. Smith & Cult are such a buzz brand right now and I’ve only ever tried one of their Lip Lacquers in the shade The Queen is Dead so I’m pleased to have ‘The Lovers’ shade to add to my collection. The Lovers is a really pretty peach which is my favourite kind of shade for lip products so I find them to be so flattering and this particular formula supposedly contains porulaca pilosa which offers volume plumping action.
Overall I really do think this is a great box for the price considering the contents are worth £55. Like I said above, I do think it’s a little too nailcare heavy for my liking and I really hope that their future boxes will contain more makeup.