2017 marks 25 years since Evelyn H. Lauder and Alexander Penney created The Pink Ribbon which is now an easily identifiable logo of Breast Cancer Awareness. These little pink bows were originally given out back in 1992 at department store beauty counters to remind woman to check their breasts regularly. Something that some of us, both males and females, still neglect to do to this day.
This October, which is a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Esteee Lauder launched a limited edition beauty box featuring eight products all from well known beauty brands worth £91 for the bargain price of £25. Yes you read that correctly, £25. Better still, £15 from each sale goes straight towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
With the recent birth of beauty box culture within the younger generations, I think this is a fantastic way to promote Breast Cancer awareness to all ages as well as a wonderful way to raise cash for this worthwhile charity. I also hope that this post will inspire you to check yourself regularly and to make a doctors appointment if you feel as if something is wrong. As embarrassing as it may be having to discuss and show your boobs to somebody for all of 5 minutes, it is something that may just save your life. Also get your smear done regularly, this is something else that is close to my heart.
Anyway, enough of me pretending to be your mother, lets have a look at the contents of this beauty box.
The front of this beauty box has the iconic pink ribbon, looking a little aged with the statement ’25 years ago, there was no pink ribbon. Time to end breast cancer’ written in bold text. Underneath it asks you to help ‘support our mission to create a breast cancer-free world’ and inside the box your find a small information leaflet with a handful of facts about breast cancer such as how ‘1 in 8 women, in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.’* and that ‘31% of cancers diagnosed in woman are breast cancer.’** The leaflet also goes on to tell you about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Lets take a look at the products look inside.
First Up is the 7ml Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser / Purifying Mask. This promises to gently remove makeup and other impurities as well as unclogging pores, it also states that it is ideal for normal / combination skin, and that you can use this as a daily cleanser or twice a week as a 3 minute purifying mask. I think I’m more likely to use this as a mask, and will probably featuring it at some point in my Face Mask Friday series. It’s pale ivory in colour and quite thick and tacky in texture, it also smells relatively pleasant.
This box also contains a full sized 15ml Clinique all about the eyes lightweight eye cream. This promises to diminish the appearance of puffy eyes, darkness and fine lines. So hopefully it will work wonders on me when I come to use it considering I currently resemble a raccoon. It is quite thin in texture, and doesn’t have an obvious fragrance to it. The product also left the back of my hand feeling like velvet so fingers crossed it will bear similar results with my eyes.
Another Clinique product in this box is a full sized Chubby Stick. I’ve used these lip products before mainly during the colder months as it provides instant hydration to your lips and leaves a subtle tint of colour behind. This lip pencil is in the colour number 07 Super Strawberry.
Origins have included a 15ml re-texturing mask with rose clay which claims to be a 2-in-1 masking game changer. The ‘Rose clay deeply cleans while jojoba beads exfoliate to refine the appearance of skin’. This mask is pale pink in colour, and very thick however once spread across my hand I could see and feel the exfoliation beads. This mask also doesn’t smell like rose like you would expect. This will be another product I feature on Face Mask Friday in the upcoming weeks.
There is also a 7ml pot of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base included in this box. I am a little excited for this product I must admit, as at a consultation at the Bobbi Brown make up counters this was applied to my face and felt very nourishing and I was told it was an oil free primer-moisturiser hybrid which was also one of their best selling products. I’ve wanted to pick this product up for a little while so I am over the moon to be able to see how my skin reacts before I splurge on a full size version of this product.
This box also includes a 14g pot of Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder. The front of the bottle states that this is ‘equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume all in pinch.’ Not much to say about this, it smells pleasant and slightly floral and I look forward to using it in place of my current Lush no drought dry shampoo to see what the results are.
No beauty box is complete without including a mascara, and this one contains the SmashBox Full Exposure Mascara which states that it helps to both volumise and lengthen lashes with no clumps and no flakes. Bold claim. I look forward to putting it to the test.
Last but in no means least, there is a 15g GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment. Apparently this ‘scientifically advanced clearing treatment’ will ‘help fight common skin concerns and give super clear, super poreless looking skin.’ Once again bold claims that I will test out and feature in my face mask Friday series soon. First impressions, this was very liquidy and very thin in texture. It smelt slightly of tea tree oil or peppermint oil, I’m unsure which as the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left behind a liquorice like scent.
This has turned into quite a long post, so I wont write too much more. I will say I think this box was fantastic value for money as I will be able to test out products I wouldn’t usually purchase to see if I think they are worth the price tag the full size versions carry. I also feel less guilty spending £25 knowing that £15 will be going towards a good cause.
Once again I urge you to take care of your health and to check yourself regularly and visit all appointments and checkups you may be due. I would rather have this post influence you to do that then to go out and buy certain product. However, if you want to do both then I picked up my box from Clinique but it is also available from Estee Lauder , Bumble & Bumble , Smashbox and GlamGlow.
*Source breast cancer UK
** source breast cancer UK