Friday, 18 November 2011

November Carmine Beauty Box - First Impressions

I've not been doing much online shopping or swapping recently so me and my postman haven't seen each other in a while. Until today; my Carmine box arrived!

The boxes cost £12.75 including postage and packaging charges.

So, what's inside?

Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream - 15 ml

New CID i-Pout Lipstick in Belle - Full Size

Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil in 004 Shake Your Tail Feather - Full Size

Neom Organics Real Luxury Body Lotion - 50 ml

Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink in Taupe - Full Size

And what do I think of the box?

I have mixed feelings about this one at the moment. There seems to be three full sized make up items in this box which is great but I've swatched the Dainty Doll Eyeliner and it's really not very pigmented. I don't mind that it's a colour other than black or brown - I think one of the reasons these boxes are great is that they allow you to try things you typically wouldn't - but it's disappointing quality-wise. 

New CID Belle, Dainty Doll 004, Cosmetics A La Carte Taupe

(I swatched the eyeliner as heavily as I could here...)

I think the New CID lipstick and the Cosmetics A La Carte Brow Ink will be the stand out products for me. The lipstick is creamy and a nice shade; I'm getting better at wearing lipstick every day so this will be a nice one to try. I've been interested in trying a brow pen for some time so it was really great to see one in the box.

I don't think the Lulu's Time Bomb sample will be of much use to me as I'm only 22 and the Noem Organics body lotion smells weird. I realise that last month I was put off by the scent of the Balance Me hand cream but ended up really liking it so I won't write off the body lotion  just yet. I can't see myself purchasing the full sizes of either of these products.

All in all, it's a nice box. I'm not blown away but I will definitely be able to use three out of the five products and I was not expecting to see three full sized items in there. I like that it contains a few brands I've heard of before but never tried. Is it worth £12.75? I'm not entirely sure. Well, it is, because the value of the products exceeds the price but if the lipstick and brow ink don't work out for me, I will be disappointed.

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Did you subscribe to Carmine? What did you think of this month's box? 

Stace xx


  1. if i like 2 things out of the boxes then im not too bothered because luckily if been able to swap what i havnt liked.x

  2. The lipstick looks so good! I was excited to see a teal eyeliner in your photo but I agree, it doesn't look all that pigmented.

  3. I'm really disappointed with the liner. I was in Boots today and swatched other Dainty Doll liners and they were all super hard and not pigmented. However, I've seen some other blog posts and one girl got a brown one which looks pretty well pigmented and she said it glides on easily. xx

  4. I was so excited to find my box waiting for me when i got home but I too feel a bit dissapointed.

    The Dainty Doll is not great , the eyebrow thing is not really my colour and I don't think I will wear the Lulu or the body lotion.

  5. Hey Aisha!

    I've basically only used the eye brow pen so far. Have you tried it? It's very subtle on me but I have dark brows.


  6. I have tried the eye brow pen and actually its not to bad, when I swatched it it seemed very light. I don't generally use eyebrow products but I recently overplucked and have a small gap. I used this slightly to fill in and buffed it a bit and it was ok.

  7. I'm glad it worked for you a bit. I've been testing out the products and right now, I'm even less impressed than I was intially! Will do a post in a few weeks of my thoughts!xx