Love Me Beauty Box May 2015 – Unboxing and Review!

Love Me Beauty is a monthly beauty subscription box.You are automatically given 6 credits per month for your basic subscription price of £10 plus P&P.  Items are generally either 1 or 2 credits, depending on their value.  The best aspect of this box is the flexibility – you can actually select as many products as you want and you will simply be charged more for the box.  I don’t know how much, as I stuck to my available credits, but thought this was useful if there were too many products to choose from!  Once you have chosen your items, they are delivered to you within 3 – 5 days.  If you want to know more about how it works, check out this post.

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The box itself is the same each month, but I really like it – it looks minimal and classy, so is nice to use for storage.  It is a silvery-grey colour with rose gold font on the front.  The items came, as always, in a linen-type drawstring bag – this is handy as the bag can be reused for travelling or storing makeup etc.

This is what came this month:

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in No. 6 Paris (Mini)

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This matte liquid lipstick was the first product I chose this month.  I’m a sucker for lip products, especially anything pink or purple!  I hadn’t heard of the brand Mirenesse before, but have seen them around on YouTube etc since then, so I think they must be trying to raise their public profile.

This liquid lippie is described as having a “hydrating formula with a ‘Lip Hug’ applicator to fill in fine lip lines beautifully.  This product has a tattoo-like staying power and a plush velvet finish”.  It is a beautiful colour on the lips – my photo above doesn’t do it justice (and please ignore the terrible application!!).  It is the swatch on the left below – a beautiful plummy purple with a hint of pink.

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It lasts a really long time on the lips and is not too drying (which matte liquid lipsticks can be quite often).  The only thing I don’t like about this product is the applicator, which is strange as that is something they specifically advertise!  They call it a ‘Lip Hug’ applicator and it is quite small but with a curve in the middle. I found that I couldn’t use it as intended or the product would go all over my face!  I have to just apply it with the tip of the applicator (or a brush).  This isn’t really a problem though and I’m still really pleased with it.

You can find it here.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Palm Beach

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Another liquid lipstick… well I did tell you I’m a sucker for lip products!  This one is in a striking bright fuchsia pink colour.  I haven’t heard of Ofra before, but a bit of research shows that they claim to be “an internationally recognised name in the beauty industry, started in 1994”.

This liquid lippie has a lovely consistency, is super easy to apply and is really bright and opaque – I really like it!  It is long lasting and not especially drying on the lips.  I would definitely consider buying other colours from this line.  It is the swatch on the right below.

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You can find it here.

S5 Skincare Renew Serum

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I chose this product because I use serums twice daily, so get through a lot of them and like to try different ones.  I have not heard of the company S5 before, but they are based in the UK.  The 5 in the name apparently stands for the 5 most common skin concerns people have – blemishes, sensitivity, dryness, hyper-pigmentation and premature ageing.

This is a fairly small sample (5ml) but as you don’t need to use much, it should still last long enough to see if I like it.  The serum contains arctic bioactives to plump and smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.  It is a thick, creamy consistency and the bottle has a dropper pipette in the lid to dispense a small amount each time.

I will probably keep this until I next go away, as it is the perfect size for travelling or taking on holiday.  As I always say, you can’t really tell if a skincare product is effective for at least a month or so, so although I cannot tell you whether this product works wonders, my initial impressions are positive.

Find it here.

Mini Kabuki Brush

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I was a bit disappointed with the size of this brush when the box arrived.  For scale, it is smaller than my thumb.  Kabuki brushes are usually quite large.  It wasn’t really clear from the photo on the Love Me site that it would be so small.  Never mind, I will use it as a travel brush or keep it in my mini makeup bag I keep in my handbag!

The brush is lovely and soft, so I’m sure I will still get use from it.

Weleda Replenishing Shampoo and Balancing Shampoo

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These are cute little 18ml travel sized shampoos, perfect for travelling with.  The replenishing shampoo contains oats, to help replenish dry and damaged hair.  It smells unusual for shampoo, although not in a bad way – it smells a bit like body lotion!  The balancing shampoo contains wheat, to help problem scalps.  It smells quite strong (although still pleasant), which I think may be down to the sage it contains.  I am using up my current shampoo and conditioner, so haven’t tried these yet.  I will probably save them for travelling.

Find them here – Replenishing, and Balancing.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Uptown

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I already own one of the Gel Effect polishes from Nails Inc (Bond Street), which is a lovely blue-toned purple.  This one, Uptown, is a very muted nude-pink.  It definitely comes out more nude-toned on the nails than it looks in the bottle.

I’ve been a little disappointed with these Gel Effect polishes.  They have really bad staying power on the nails, and chip almost instantly!  I have been using a similar product from Barry M (Sunset Nails) which last much longer without chipping, and are less than half the price.  Although this is a nice polish that I will still use, I do think the staying power should be better, considering if you bought it in the shop, it would be £14!

Find it here.

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Overall, I enjoyed this box and received a lot of products I will definitely use and enjoy.  My two stand-outs are the liquid lipsticks from Ofra and Mirenesse – they are vibrant, pretty and have good formulas!

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Have you used any of these products?  What did you think of the box?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!

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