November 29, 2011

Spoiler Alert: November Carmine Box

Beauty subscription boxes seem to have taken over the blogosphere in recent times. On a monthly basis, UK companies like GlossyBox, Boudoir Privé, Carmine and Feel Unique deliver beautifully packaged boxes containing generous sample and full-sized products to thousands of beauty fiends. GlossyBox had, up until recently, been the only such company to extend its service to Ireland but, as of November 23rd, Carmine has officially entered the Irish market!

Subscription from Ireland costs, depending on exchange rates, around €15 (£10 for the box plus £2.75 p+p) which, isn't really a lot for 5 products monthly, many of which are full size. Beauty boxes like Carmine are a brilliant way to try new products or, if you are someone who impulse buys cosmetics, knowing this is coming every 30 days may save you a lot of wasted product and money!

We have a November Carmine box to share with you all and to show you what you can expect from the brand. If you have signed up and don't want your surprise ruined, you can stop reading here and I will just summarise by saying that this Carmine box is extremely impressive. Some other brands of boxes have come under fire for setting expectations too high with their first box and subsequent boxes being somewhat of a disappointment in comparison but, in Carmine's case, this is their second ever box and it is still of a very high standard.

The theme of November's box is Fame and Good Fortune with every product included being linked to a celebrity, whether it be from their own cosmetic lines or if they've just expressed their love for it in the past! The box was gorgeously packaged but, I will say that the black/pink/lime combo isn't the most feminine and would probably be more instantly attractive if the colour scheme was rejigged a bit. Also, the box was extremely hard to open. I had heard people complaining about this before but, I never imagined how hard it would be (Read: I had to call my sister in to pull the top while I pulled the bottom!)! However, these are purely cosmetic qualms and did nothing to detract from the excitement of what was waiting inside!

First up are two skincare products; Neom Organics Real Luxury Body Lotion and Lulu's Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream. I had heard of Neom before in my travels through the blogosphere so, I was excited to try something from the brand. Lulu's Time Bomb is actually Scottish songstress Lulu's anti-aging line. The Flashback Night Cream aims to turn back the visible effects of aging on the skin. Since I am only 21, this was promptly reappropriated to my mam who, I can't say for sure, was all that grateful! Woops!

The Cosmetics Á La Carte Brow Ink really got me excited. I wrote at length recently about how important my brows have become to me and this semi-permanent felt-tip pen in the shade Taupe will fit in nicely with my current favourite brow products! It is a light brown shade that is buildable and was clearly selected to fit as many colourings as possible. I would imagine that it will be too light for dark brown/black haired people but, it works well for me!

As a lipstick junkie, I was delighted to see the inclusion of a New CID i-Pout Lipstick. I have heard of this brand before but, never had the opportunity to try it. I love the built-in mirror and light and I also adore the shade I received; Belle, which is an orangey pinky red! It is slightly frosty though so I will probably layer this with a gloss or balm to avoid looking like Bet-Lynch-meets-Pat-Butcher-on-Bingo-Night! Also, a bit random, but, it smells delicious like some kind of exotic fruit mixture!

Rounding out an impressive box is an eyeliner pencil from Dainty Doll, the brand founded by Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts. I received this in the shade Shake Your Tail Feather, a lovely bright teal colour. Granted, I wouldn't really get much use out of this colour but, I can see myself harking back to my teens quite comfortably and wearing this shade as a dash of colour on the lower lashline. The pencil is quite hard though so, much scribbling on the back of your hand is needed before going near your sensitive eye area!

Swatches (L-R): Cosmetics Á La Carte  Brow Ink, New CID i-Pout Lipstick in Belle and Dainty Doll Eyeliner in Shake Your Tail Feather

Genuinely, I am incredibly impressed with Carmine this month. The box is well thought-out, has a theme and a purpose and gives a good range of products with three of the five being full-sized. You can sign up for the November box here and the brand have also kept back some of October's boxes in case you Irish beauties want to get in on last month's action too!

What are your thoughts on November's box and subscription boxes in general?


  1. This seems like a good box, I think both months were good. I am not subscribed with them, but I think I might order either this one or last months (you can order the past boxes for Christmas!)

  2. The contents of the November Carmine box were better than those found in the November Glossy Box in my opinion! Didn't realise that Carmine was now also available in Ireland! Exciting xx

  3. @MissBubu Yep, both boxes were well worth €15 in my opinion!

    @Katie November GlossyBox was a bit unfortunate. I think they set the standard to high with October and so it was a bit of a shock when they didn't continue with products on the same level as Stila and Dermologica. However, November was in line with previous months to be fair to the brand! Yep Carmine just launched here last week!

  4. This is the box subscription I want now! :D Finally decided.



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