*PR Samples – I was sent these products for PR purposes in exchange for a review. This post was not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. Thank you to The Pip Box for collaborating with me!
A while ago I mused (I love that word) on Twitter about needing some more inspiration for blog content. A friend then tweeted back saying that I should try a beauty box subscription. I’d never tried one before but was intrigued by the prospected of purchasing beauty items that were pre-chosen for me and delivered to my house.
There are a lot of great boxes our there and I had some recommendations but since I’m going cruelty- free with my make up, I wanted to see if there were any beauty boxes out there who catered towards that. So, (longer ago than I would care to admit) I reached out to The Pip Box, a cruelty-free beauty subscription box. I asked them if they would be interested in collaborating with me and to my surprise, they said yes and sent me one of their spare May boxes.
I’m going to show you the products that came in this box, but in this post I also want to talk about whether or not I feel if a beauty box is worth it.
ABOUT THE PIP BOX
The Pip Box is a fairly new beauty box subscription service I believe, starting in 2017. They saw a gap in the market for providing cruelty-free and vegan beauty, and even donate an amount from each box to animal-friendly charities. Each month, you get the chance to try new products from specially selected brands which all want to provide an alternative to animal testing. The name of the box was even inspired by the founder’s dog, Pippa, and was the reason why she went cruelty-free in the first place. It’s easy to see that animal welfare is a top priority here.
Here’s what was in Box No. 04, May 2017:
FRUU | Fresh Strawberry Lip Balm
I’m a real sucker for lip products but I didn’t think I would love this lip balm as much as I do. It’s a matte lip balm, which is probably half the reason I love it. At first, I didn’t really like the smell because I was expecting an artificial strawberry, but I have come to appreciate that this product is very natural. It’s a homemade product containing strawberry seed oil, coconut oil, mango and aloe vera.
I’ve since been on the FRUU website and I really want to try some of their other lip balm flavours! The lime one sounds lush.
Konjac Sponge Company | Mini Face Puff
This one I was really intrigued with and when I saw that it was good for deep cleaning and unclogging pores, I knew that Joel would love to try this product. He suffers from oily skin, so
Weleda | Mini Body Oil
This Evening Primrose oil is designed for maturer skin so I gave to my mum to try (hehe). Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics who believe in a holistic approach in medical therapy. The Evening Primrose oil aims to revitalise the skin and is suitable for vegans too!
Saturated Colour | Make Me Shimmer
I was excited to try this highlighter pencil because I had heard a YouTuber singing the praises of this brand. While I feel that this pencil is a little too glittery for a brow highlight or cupids bow, I would like to experiment with this more in eyeshadow. I feel like it would be a pretty inner corner highlight or even placed in the centre of the eyelid.
White Rabbit Skincare | Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water
Although I was in a love/hate relationship with the smell of this cleansing water – it kinda smells like paint – I really liked this as a cleanser. It feels good to be putting something natural on my face to take my make up off. I have really sensitive skin, but I had no issues with this.
- The Pip Box is completely cruelty-free and does come in a vegan option.
- The box is a great way to try new products that you may not have thought to try yourself.
- You get five new beauty products delivered to your door each month.
- It’s only £14.99 a month and the retail price is usually considerably higher.
- You are not tied in by a contract so can come and go as you please to the box, although there is a discount if you pre pay for 3 months.
- 50p from every box is donated to animal-friendly charities.
- Sometimes discounts are offered if you repurchase a beauty item from the original retailer.
- If you don’t like any of the products that you receive in your box, you could give them away as gifts to friends or family as I did.
- The products you receive in your box might not be suited to your skin type or to your preference.
- So it can be costly if you’re not using all the products you’re receiving.
- If you’re not likely to use your beauty items frequently and you dislike clutter, a box may not be for you.
So is The Pip Box worth it? Yes, I would say so! It’s wonderful to say that there is a beauty box out there that goes against the grain and 100% of the products they are are cruelty-free. The whole campaign is a huge inspiration in my opinion because animal welfare has really been put first. You’ve got to give it a go!
Will you try The Pip Box? What beauty boxes do you recommend?
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