I am obsessed with beauty boxes (maybe a bit too much), and love nothing more than discovering new brands and trying out exciting products. I recently discovered Roccabox and was impressed with the look of their Luxury Skincare Lover Box. Priced at £15, it was an absolute bargain considering the quality of the brands involved, so I just had to have it!
The box itself is a delightful white box with the Roccabox logo, that can be reused or repurposed as storage, and is a far more useful size than those provided by Birchbox. The majority of the products are tester or travel-sized (biggest product is 29.5ml). However, considering the cost of the box and the quality of the brands within, this certainly isn’t a problem, and the variety of products within the box makes it very worthwhile.
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm
Despite its nippley name, this is an award-winning lip balm with multiple uses. While the most popular use for this product is as a lip balm, it can be used for a multitude of things, from soothing itchy skin to taming stray eyebrow hairs. It is also used by breastfeeding mothers to soothe their sore nipples, hence the name.
So far, I have only used this as a lip product to tackle dry and cracked lips after spending too much time wearing matte lipstick and being in the sun. It comes in a squeezy tube and is a thickish, waxy balm, that provides a glossy coating on the lips. It holds in moisture and certainly helped to repair my lips overnight, healing the cracks and making them softer. However, it should be noted that Dr Lipp balm is made from Lanolin, a wax that comes from the oil glands of sheep, meaning that the product isn’t vegan.
Beauty Pro Rejuvenating Collagen Mask
While I am super sceptical that face masks really do enough to make them worth it, I simply cannot get enough of them – I am truly sold on this scam! Perfect for a moment of self-care, this mask contains green tea extract and collagen to help hydrate, rebalance oily skin, and diminish wrinkles with its anti-ageing properties. The mask was well-moisturised when I first put it on, and after 15 minutes was starting to dry out a little, and the product had sunk into my skin well, which I preferred to the likes of Garnier’s moisture bomb masks, which I find often leave behind excessive amounts of moisture. After using the Beauty Pro mask, my skin was definitely clearer, smoother and plumped (thanks collagen!). But like with all face masks like these, my skin was left with a distinctly tacky feel.
Monu Skin Collagen Eye Cream
A lovely light eye cream from Monu Skin that works to reduce the signs of ageing. This is largely done through the use of collagen, which helps to improve the elasticity of skin by forming a tightening film on the skin’s surface, improving the smoothness and firmness, and reducing lines. This is another highlight product from this box, for me, as it seems to really be helping to reduce under-eye bags and puffiness. As well as this, it is the only full-size product, despite only being 15ml of cream. This product retails at £32 for 15ml, so it certainly makes the box worth it for this alone!
Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist
The first thing I noticed about this product is that it has a fairly nice smell. In fact, if I could have the fragrance of this product in a bottle, I would genuinely wear it as perfume. As for its use as a skincare product, it is fairly good at refreshing the skin and giving it a smooth and healthy appearance. However, for me, its downfall came when makeup became involved. The product says that it can be used as a primer or setting spray for makeup, so after spritzing my face and waiting for it to dry, I applied my foundation.
It was immediately not 100%, giving me a slightly scaly appearance, rather than the usual smoothness of my foundation. I was in a rush, so it had to do, and I went out with it on. Within an hour or so, my makeup had separated very badly across my cheeks and nose, where I had sprayed the product, None of the MultiMist spray had actually gone on my forehead, and this area was fine, so it was definitely this product that had caused the separation. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear, and have never had a problem with this foundation separating or running, even when not using any primer at all.
Because of this, I haven’t tried this product as a setting spray, and I’m unlikely to as it seems to not work well with my foundation. I will use this product up, but will only spray it when I’m not planning on applying makeup.
PCA Skin Revitalising Mask
As a skin mask in a tube, I was rather expecting a thicker mask – something clay-based or creamy, but this mask is more of an oil. It applies thinly across the face, and you can’t really see it once it is on, other than the fact it makes your face a little shinier than usual. After five minutes you wash it off with water, and it turns to a slightly more creamy consistency, leaving behind wonderfully smooth skin. This is definitely one of my favourite products from this set, as it works really well for my skin.
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
If you had told me a year ago that putting oil on my face would be a good idea, me and my greasy T-zone would probably have called you mad. But now, cleansing oils are part of my everyday skincare routine, used after my makeup remover to break down any remaining makeup to ensure a fully cleansed face, while gaining some extra moisture from the oils. I always expect pretty good things from Burt’s Bees products, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. It has quite a nice smell, considering it is made from oils, and has a light consistency that doesn’t leave the skin too greasy afterwards, which can be a risk with some oil-based cleansers.
Crabtree & Evelyn Venetian Violet Ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy
If you love the smell of parma violets, then this is the hand cream for you. It is quite a pleasant, violet smell, and the cream does a lovely job of making hands soft and well moisturised. The cream sinks in pretty fast, drying quickly, making it a convenient on the go moisturiser. As a travel/tester size version, this is exactly the sort of thing I like to have popped in my handbag for when my hands get a bit dry.
Anatomicals Sud the Lot of You Get Lost Grime Body Cleanser
A lovely, gel-like cleanser for the shower, this Anatomicals Body Cleanser lathers up into a nice frothy foam for a good scrub clean. The mango and papaya scent of this particular tester-sized sachet is incredible, and is the sort of tropical scent I could happily use every day!
Polaar Ice Source Moisturising Gel
I love the brand Polaar already, and use their night cream regularly. If I could afford to buy all of their full-size skincare products I absolutely would. Unfortunately, they’re all in the £30 ballpark, which is a little much for me at present. In the Roccabox is the Polaar Ice Source Moisturising Gel, which applies as more of a light skin cream than gel. It is great for moisturising and hydrating the skin. The glacier water in the gel provides a refreshing feel to the face. However, I will be honest and say that of the two I own, I do prefer the night cream, simply because I think it makes my skin softer.
Have you tried any of these products before? If so, what do you think? Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts!