Although I knew what was going to be inside, it was still very exciting. Especially as the products inside were beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and packed in more shredded tissue paper.
Here's a closer look at some of the items in it. The first item I picked out was this gorgeous nail varnish by Lola in the colour Bluebell. Great for the spring. Love this.
I also loved this Burts Bees Lip Shimmer Balm in Rhubarb. A tinted balm from a company whose products are marketed to be 100% natural.
Elnett Satin Volume Excess Hairspray - handbag sized, extra strength, volumising hairspray. This will definitely get used and come in handy for days out/weekends away. A bit different to my usual bargain brands which will make a nice change.
I am very interested to try these Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. There is just one pair of eye gels here, which you put on the area under your eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. Through the packaging they feel a bit like the gel cushions you put on shoes. (You can tell I'm not a regular beauty blogger ;). I'm hoping I look like a different woman after using these!! Only joking, but I am looking forward to giving them a go as they're supposed to help firm and de-puff and I can definitely do with some of that.
The next products that I'm really looking forward to using are these Philip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner. They are quite small sample sizes, but it will be good to try out a more expensive brand without having to buy a large bottle. We've been using Tresemme and Pantene for years now, and although I like them, I'm interested to try other more expensive brands and see how they make my hair feel.
Similarly the Vichy Skin Idealizer Serum (Don't they think up great names for these products!) is likewise very small, but I will give it a try. The Vichy 3in1 cleansing milk, toner and eye make up remover is quite a bit bigger however at 30ml, and might be useful for taking off makeup and cleansing after a night out. (Not that we go out a great deal - should last ages then!)
There were a few more make-up products, namely a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Black Amethyst. I know for a fact that Little Bird will want to get her hands on this one, but I would like to try it too.
A Collection Lengthening Mascara in black, which I'm looking forward to using.
And a lovely Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow in Fern. I don't use eyeshadow as a rule but this isn't too dark or dramatic, is paraben, petrochemical and cruelty free and comes in a sweet little compact with a bee imprint in the powder. It is also purported to be long lasting, highly pigmented and contain Aloe Vera and Vitamins E & C. Sounds good. I might just have to wear it then.
Finally, (well almost) there was a pack of two pop-band hair ties, which are supposed to be 'kind on your hair and cute on your wrist' and they are indeed pretty cute.
There was one other item in the box,which was a Xen-Tan Premium sunless tan product in a medium shade. It's a shimmery gel self tan. I'm afraid I'm not really a self-tanner and I don't particularly like to look glittery, so I doubt I'll use this, but will probably pass it on to Little Bird to experiment with.
There were also several vouchers in the box for using on some of the websites of the above brands, which if you do like a product is good, as you can get some money off if you want to buy the full size. You are also offered a 62% discount (normally £15.99) on an iphone or ipad subscription to Glamour magazine, which I have bought on occasion for Little Bird.
All in all, I'm really happy with the box. Some things were smaller than I had imagined, which is okay, as some of the other things in the box made it very good value for money. I don't rule out ordering another if the price and contents are right for me, but I suspect it might not be for a while until I've used some of these products.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post, however, as I have paid for this box and my opinions on the contents are very much my own and not influenced by anyone else.