Saturday, 3 March 2012

Review: My First Carmine Box

Hi lovelies,

So the rage continues with the beauty boxes, and I've only tried 1 so far - Glossybox.
I completely fell out with them because I felt I just wasn't getting my moneys worth and the products I was receiving I wouldn't use on a day-to-day basis, or even buy.

On I went, still reading about and looking at the reviews on the boxes, and I decided I wanted to try again. This time with Carmine.
I've heard nothing but great reviews about the company, and so I thought I;d make my mind up!

This morning, I had a knock on the door and Mr.Postman was there with my box in hand - very exciting!
I ran upstairs, grabbed my camera and of course, ripped open the packaging (very carefully!)
First off, I lovelovelove the packaging!
It's very out there with the lime green, but it took my ages to actually get the lid off!

The products inside:

Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Colour - Matthew (Full Size)
I don't wear nail varnish. I'm a nail biter therefore nail varnish just doesn't get used on me. I have to say though, I adore this colour! It's a pearly white-pink and would gorgeous for every day wear.
Apparently it has a Resin system which gives easy application, and it allows nails to flex with chipping.
These are currently sold in Superdrug (after me researching) and retails at £4.99.

Daniel Sandler Eye Delight - Ice (Full Size)
I am made up with this! Daniel Sandler is a name I've heard about through the beauty world for a while now, and here is an eyeshadow in my carmine box - yay!
The colour is a beautiful white, with bits of pink in to give it an amazing shine. 
I'm looking forward to trying this out with my makeup to see what it can achieve.

This retails for £10.25

The Balm - FratBoy Shadow/Blush (Full Size)
This is another product I am delighted with! I've heard amazing things about The Balm products, especially FratBoy and a few weeks again I decided to do a search to see where I could buy it from. I don't actually think they sell over in the UK so I am SO happy that I now have it.
This is a gorgeous matte pink colour that can be used as a blush or as an eyeshadow which I think is fab!
I'm really excited to use this as I've been looking for a new blush!

Diego Dalla Palma Lipstick - 42 (Sample)
This is a brand that I've never heard of before but I'm always up for trying something new.
This lipstick is a colour that I don't think I'd ever reach for in a shop, but I'm looking forward to trying it out on my skintone.
 It's a warm browny-pink/red colour, and it applied nicely when I swatched it.
White Glow Toothpaste (Sample)
I was shocked to find a toothpaste in my box, as it's not something I'd ever expect to see.
It says that it is formulated and aimed at coffee and tea drinkers. I drink neither often so this probably won't work for me but I'm passing it onto a friend to see what she thinks about it.
It has a really fresh minty smell, and it's certainly something different to be found in a beauty box.

Last but not least, Yardley London Peony - Eau De Toilette (Sample)
I really don't like the smell of this perfume - it reminds me of air freshener. It's certainly not my kind of smell, very floral and heavy. I personally don't usually go for scents like that but I guess this would appeal to people who like that kind of smell.

Overall, I am so happy with my Carmine box! Especially as it's my first one too, and it's set me in good stead for the next coming boxes.
I've found that I don't like receiving perfume samples, basically because I only like certain smells on me and I'm really picky.
I'm certainly going to be continuing my subscription with Carmine onto the next box certainly, and I'm pretty sure you'll see the Daniel Sandler eyeshadow and the FratBoy blush knocking around in future tutorials.

Hope you enjoyed my review of the Carmine box, and let me know what you thought of yours!
Much love,


  1. I was so disappointed with this months Joliebox, so i'm thinking of signing up to a different box, i've heard nothing but great reviews on this, and this box looks devine. Good review, it has heavily persuaded me. Just need to find some extra cash now.. lol :)

  2. I am not signed up to any monthly boxes but this one looks great. Toothpaste is a surprise, but a whitening one is great. x

    1. Yeah a whitening toothpaste is great, I haven't gotten around to using it yet but I'm always up for trying new things :) x

  3. Wow you got some really fantastic bits in this box!! Not bad for your first one aye!

    Marie x

    1. I know, I was really shock and pleased. x

  4. This beauty box looks really great, much more up my street than glossybox which is what i'm getting at the moment. I'm really tempted to switch after the march box because i prefer getting the make up samples rather than skincare etc Thanks for doing this review, it was really helpful sweet! xxxx

    1. I'm certainly happier receiving makeup samples than skincare in my box, and I am so happy to have gotten such a great box.
      Thank you for your comment :) x