The Pip Box – February 2017 edition
Monthly Subscription – start from £13.50
No of Products inside the Box – 5
Content Value – Over £35.00
First things first I’m not going to tell you all that everything I use is cruelty-free because it’s not and as much I love our little furry friends I’m still a very long way off of making that transition but in the long run yes I’d love my entire beauty regime to be kinder. In the meantime and to help me on my journey as well as bringing to my attention beauty brands that are cruelty-free is the newly launched *Pip Box, a completely new concept that I can see being really popular and it’s the perfect destination to discover what’s out there especially if you’re thinking of making the switch plus you’ll be surprised how as to how many brands still do test on animals and if you’re curious this website is a such good resource. You’ll also be pleased to know that 50p from each box sold goes to an animal friendly charity.
The February edition which is their first ever debut features a good variety of brands and a lovely host of treats to match from natural and organic products in addition to a couple of multi-award winning products too. The line up is mainly dominated by make-up which pleases me so much! Here’s what you can expect to see inside the box:
Pip Box certainly know how to win my heart as the first product we have is the Bloomtown Botanicals Nourishing Mini Soap in The Meadow (RRP £1.40), a brand that snuck into my life last year and is a sure stand out in the green beauty world! With a variety of signature scents available I’ve not tried The Meadow but it contains English kaolin clay, famed for its soothing properties and is scented with a relaxing blend of Lavender Rose Geranium & Chamomile. Ideal for the daily cleansing of face, hands and body, the soap is handcrafted in small batches with the perfect balance of premium plant oils and butters to wash away dirt, oil and makeup and promises to leave your leave skin soft and never dry. It’s also free from palm oil, animal products, wheat, sulfates, SLSs, parabens, synthetic colours and detergents.
Up next we have the Akamuti Green Clay Face Mask (£2.00), a completely new brand discovery for me and the entire line is created by a qualified aromatherapist who ensures that every single product is sourced with freshest natural ingredients in small batches meaning they are as fresh as possible without compromising on the shelf life. Suitable for normal, oily and sensitive skin types, the mask comes in a powder form and has remarkable cleansing and soothing powers with an ability to draw out any underlying impurities thanks to the Sundried green clay (means that the clay retains all its natural minerals and has not been chemically processed in any way). I’m really looking forward to trying this out as it targets quite a few of my skin care concerns plus who doesn’t love mixing up their own mask!
In addition to the skin and body care you can also expect to see some make up treats something which makes me ever so happy! Mascara and Eyeliner is always at the top of my list when it comes to every day make up and this award winning Black Mascara by PHB Ethical Beauty (full size RRP £15.95) really exceeded my expectations – I can now see why it’s award winning! I’m extremely picky when it comes to mascara but this is such a good all-rounder. The blackness of this mascara is incredible and I found that it also gave me the best of both worlds in terms of length and volume. The cone shaped wand provides good coverage when coating the lashes and the tip is perfect for grabbing even the tiniest of lashes. This also boasts being free from nasty chemicals and is vegan, cruelty free and halal certified so it’s a good choice for those who wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes.
While I loved the mascara I wasn’t so in love with the PHB Ethical Beauty Nearly Black Eyeliner (Full size RRP £8.95) mainly because I go for the blackest of black when it comes to eye liner. Nonetheless this award-winning natural organic pencil is enriched with a gentle nourishing formula of plant oils and waxes whilst being richly pigmented for rich, long lasting colour and is water resistant yet gentle to eyes.
Last but not least is the Saturated Colour Lip Vinyl Liquid Lipstick in the shade Frisky Fuchsia (RRP £7.00), a hybrid of rich liquid lipstick that promises to give you a slick of high pigmented colour without the stickiness of a lip gloss. I usually shy away from bold pinks but this actually doesn’t look too bad even on my pale skin although I think I’ll probably save this for the summer months. The formula is without a doubt lovely, super pigmented and feels really comfy on the lips without that overly sticky feel. I’ve tried a couple of products from this innovative brand and have really enjoyed what I’ve discovered so far.
Trying products from Pip Box’s first ever debut edition was definitely an interesting experience, in fact it also encouraged me to do a little research of my own and it really is such an eye opener in terms of how many brands still test on animals. Line-up wise, I love the selection they chose for this month’s edit, almost enough for a complete full-face make up look as well as a couple of additions for that all important pampering time plus four out of the five products are full size so it’s also kind to the pocket! There’s certainly quite a few winners inside this month’s box and from what I’ve tried so far my absolute favourites are the mascara and the Lip Vinyl. If you want to be introduced to a number of beautiful and interesting cruelty-free brands, this beauty box does exactly that and is definitely worth a try! If anything it just goes to show that cruelty-free beauty is just as amazing and still carries that high quality without the need to test on animals.
Get 10% off your first box using the code WBBUK1 via http://www.thepipbox.co.uk (boxes will be shipped on the 20th February)