I’ve been trying to get organised as I seem to have fallen way behind with my blog lately. Although it may seem like every girls dream to have the latest and newest products drop through the letterbox, i’m quickly running out of time to get them photographed and up on the blog. Taking stock of the situation, I spent all day working through my pile of things to do and finally, I have started to feel under control. One of the items that I couldn’t wait to show you is the Cohorted August 2016 Box. Now, although this will no longer be available as Septembers box will be being dispatched soon, I thought rather than do a first impressions and spoiler post, I wanted to go more in depth and actually review the products inside. After the Cohorted July 2016 Box, I didn’t know if Cohorted could top it, yet I was really quite pleased with the contents.
Opening the box, the first thing I saw was the brand new Cohorted Oval Base Foundation brush. The trend for these oval brushes has been quite big lately, and every Instagram beauty channel seems to feature mini makeovers using the oval brushes. There are some on the market that are ridiculously expensive, yet Cohorted have tapped into the more affordable side of it, and have released a full set. In a sleek matte black and rose gold design, the Ovali Base Foundation brush goes to show that you don’t need to spend mega bucks for a damn good brush. Using it for the first time, I was really surprised at just how easy it was to blend in foundation and leave the skin with such a beautiful porcelain finish. The amount of foundation I had to use was less than when I use my Expert Face Brush or my BeautyBlender, which also in turn makes things more cost effective. I was actually blown away with how perfect it left the skin, and just how soft the brussh was. I couldn’t stop sweeping it across my face as the feeling of the soft bristles was really comforting.
The second product that I was really pleased to see was a beautiful Smith and Cult Nail Varnish in Regret The Moon. I tried Smith and Cult for the first time only a few months ago, and aside from the beautiful shade range, I have found the polishes to be really hard wearing even on my thin and weak nails. Regret The Moon is a pale, milky white with a slight touch of pink iridescence to it. I averaged around 3 days of wear before chipping, which although may not be a lot for some, it’s a great deal for me. The shade is part of the current range and it’s still available to buy.
Seeing sample sized products in beauty boxes makes me a bit sad as many of these can be picked up from beauty counters, but when I actually looked into the price per sample, I was shocked to see each of the Lancome Precious Cells Eye Creams are worth a whopping £12 each. The full size jar of the eye cream retails at £80 per jar which is a lot of money, so the samples are a great way to try the cream out. I’ve not really seen any difference in my eyes, but the cream promises to firm and tighten the eye area. It may be a product that needs some perseverance but I did like how silky smooth it felt on my skin.
When I go to work, I have to wear my hair loose as it’s too short to tie up. The problem is, the aircraft makes my hair so flyaway and static, that it drives me mad. I can’t tell you just how excited I was to see the Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz sheets. I had previously googled to see what would help my static hair, and search engines mentioned using Bounce tumble drier sheets, so I’m pretty pleased that I don’t have to use those now. All I have to say is…wow. They work so well and my static hair is no longer. I will definitely be buying some more of these.
The last item in the box is one that I’ve ummed and ahhed over for some time. On the first note, it’s a great brand and one that most girls would love to see in a luxury beauty box. The second, is that it comes without a box and was released in 2012. The product in question is the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 3 palette and I remember when this first launched. It was a sell out product and this is what gives me my doubts. Where did Cohorted get them from to fill X amount of beauty boxes. Why don’t they come in the original box as previous products have done, and although I’m not disputing its authenticity, it just erks me slightly. That being said, the palette is really pretty with the four shades being split into a floral design rather than in separate pans, and the Andy Warhol quote embossed onto the mirror.
For £35, I couldn’t be more impressed with the offerings from Cohorted with their monthly beauty boxes. It’s a little slice of luxury with high end brands being delivered, and it’s certainly made me consider my other beauty box subscriptions. I’m really excited to see the September box and I can’t wait to show you the contents.
*Contains PR Samples