Friday, 19 January 2018

Powder Beauty Drawer- January 2017 Detox Edition Review

About the box
Powder, part of Time Inc who bring you magazines such as Marie Claire and InStyle, has been around for a couple of years now. At first, it only did seasonal boxes, but nowadays you can get monthly boxes that come in a lovely pink (powder pink, actually!) drawer box. Expect a mix of makeup, skincare and nail products.

£15.00 a month plus £3.50 P&P

What I got
This month Powder is sending all current subscribers their special Detox Edition jam packed with loads more items than usual, which you can buy on their website as a one off for £50.00, so this is an amazing bargain if you're already subscribed, as you'll be saving thirty pounds!

First is this really pretty tube of Crabtree & Evelyn Old World Jasmine Ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy (sample, 10g, approx. £1.80, find it here). It is incredibly softening and nourishing on your skin, but I found the scent very overpowering in a floral kind of way. Great if you're into that, but I think I will be passing this on. That said, isn't the packaging beautiful?

This brand seems familiar- wasn't it in the last box? However, I think this is a different product so I will let them off! This is the HASK Charcoal Purifying Deep Conditioner (full size, £2.99, find it here). Usually I'd say don't use anything that says 'clarifying' on coloured hair, but the packaging claims that coloured hair is ok with this, so it's your call! It contains charcoal and citrus oil, and moisturises whilst purifying at the same time. You get a good amount in one sachet so you could probably stretch to two washes unless you have very long hair.

This cute little bottle is Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum (sample, 5ml, approx. £7.00, find it here). This is a really tiny sample but that's probably because 30ml comes in at a whopping £42.00, so it's a really pricey product. It has won several beauty awards, and claims to help with skin repair, deliver essential vitamins to the skin, calm irritation and reduce redness. It has a very green smell to it, like herbs, and it comes with a little pipette/dropper so you can easily decant it.

I have actually received this in a previous box, although I don't think it was a Powder Drawer- The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm (full size, £13.00, find it here). It is organic, cruelty free and contains shea butter and rosehip.

This is a repeat from the October Powder Beauty Drawer, so I was a bit disappointed to see it again- the Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum (sample size, 20ml, approx. £7.99, find it here). I don't really need much extra plumping or hydrating on my face, so I will pass this on (again), but I know this brand and product line is really popular so I imagine lots of people will be pleased to see it. It contains hyaluronic acid, velvet flower and dragon's blood (a flower???) to hydrate and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

This was kind of the odd one out item in the box for me. It's a bit kids makeup looking compared to the rest of the things in the box, it's the Lottie London Glossip Girl Lipgloss in Hashtag (sample size???, find it here). It's a bright pink full coverage gloss, and since I can't ever see myself using this I left it sealed up so I can pop it in a giveaway pile for someone who will truly love it.

Next is this dinky pot of Darphin Essential Oil Elixir Vetiver Oil Mask (sample size, 5ml, approx. £4.50, find it here). This is a stress relief detox oil face mask, containing an essential oil blend of vetiver, french lavender, geranium, and marjoram. It helps stressed out and tired skin look more rested, supple, soothed and glowing. It smells heavenly, and I wonder if you could even put a bit on dry hands as well?

Next are these BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Masks (sample, one set, approx. £4.40, find it here). They contain activated charcoal and hyaluronic acid, and aim to reduce puffiness, detoxify skin and hydrate. Just pop them on your under eye area and lie back and let them work.

This is Skin Chemists Oui Essential Hydrating Day Moisturiser (full size, £24.00, find it here). Containing coconut oil and aloe vera, the ingredients aim to hydrate, balance, soothe and repair. I am pleased that Powder sent such a big full size product of something that so many people use every day.

This brand seems to pop up every few months in a subscription box, this time it's the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (sample size, 40ml, approx. £5.12, find it here). Balance Me claims to be 99% natural, and says this sulphate free face wash will purify, refresh and balance.

Next is the Cougar Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Facial Oil (full size, £6.50, find it here). This is another item I received in a different beauty box not long ago, so this will go in the giveaway pile. It's packed with hyaluronic acid so will deliver a huge moisturising hit to your skin, whilst also being cruelty free.

The final skincare item is the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum (sample, 5ml, approx. £10.83, find it here). This is powered by Murad's 'Tri-Active technology' to visibly reduce lines, wrinkles and crow's feet, as well as firming and brightening skin and reducing dark circles.

Nearly there, this is the last 'proper' item in the box, the Sleek i-Divine Palette in All Night Long (sample sized palette, approx. £1.65, find it here). This is like a shrunk down version of a Sleek palette, including a tiny mirror! Full of lovely nude, brown and shimmer shades, this would be perfect for a smokey eye. Some of the shades might be better used with a wet brush to up the intensity- my swatches were done with a dry brush and so came off a little light.

Finally, there was a selection of Pukka teabags, including their cleanse and detox blends. They all smell lovely and will make a perfect January brew.

Final thoughts
Wow! After December's whopper of a box I didn't think they could top it, but they have done something amazing yet again. I'm kind of wondering how they could possibly top these past few months again. I estimated the value of the items in this box to total approx. £92.28!

If you would like to sign up to Powder's subscription or have a look at their one off boxes, their link is here.

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