It’d be hard for you to have missed the excitement of the Cohorted Beauty box, I expect you’ve already seen lots of posts and know what was in the box. Have you seen any posts about people who got the special boxes though? I knew, when I ordered, that 5 out of the 100 boxes, would contain a very special extra product. Of course I never thought it’d be me…
It’s been a bit of a trial getting here, though, I have to admit. I’m going to explain what happened, if you’re not interested then scroll down to the next pic and see what I got in the box.
The team over at Cohorted made a bit of a boo-boo when it came to the release of the box… They released the box, a new website and the weeks product all on the same day. Yes, kaboom. The box was launched at 6pm, I was refreshing from 5:55pm and was very confused when the box never appeared to go on sale, it still said out of stock – I considered that all 100 boxes had sold out during a refresh but that seemed mad considering the site was still live.
After some tweeting and some stressing, and taking the laptop in to the kitchen to I could keep on refreshing whilst preparing food (yes, that’s how much I wanted this box) it Finally showed up as in stock and instantly the site slowed… A number of my friends were unlucky and they reached the payment page but the boxes were out of stock by the time they got there. I was Very lucky, though, and got my box! Of course then there was some delays with the courier but Cohorted were fab, really communicative on twitter and they gave me some extra points on the site to say sorry for the delay.
Anyway… I think you’ve probably had enough of an opener… On to the box.
But I’ll let you know my thoughts and you can make up your own ideas based on that. I have already pre-ordered the March box and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in it.
The box is £22.49 (£2.49 of that is postage) so it’s a lot more than normal beauty boxes, but then Cohorted are known for their high end bargains so I think we all had high hopes. The box doesn’t have a rolling subscription, like other sites, so you buy each box one at a time which is good if you don’t want to be tied in to a subscription.
In regards to price I’m wondering how available this normally is? I can mostly find it on eBay, Amazon and other sites that are selling in a third party sense rather than directly from any of the bigger stores. It seems to go for anything from £10-£20 but the card that comes with the Cohorted box says that it’s worth £20. Either way, I’m rather intrigued and am going to start using this from this evening.
At this point, this is what the standard box contains – Two skin care items and three cosmetics, which I quite like the balance of (I’d always prefer more cosmetics) and all with impressive brands. Cohorted have said that this box is worth over £65 though, with the unsureness of a couple of prices, I make the box as around £50. Obviously I could be wrong in my research and it could, well, be over £65 but even if it’s £50 then I’d be happy, it’s worth over double the cost and the sorts of brands as much more impressive than you expect from cheaper boxes, not to mention the fact that there’s three full sized items, plus two good sized samples.
Oh… yes, you wanted to know what that hidden, extra item was?
Oh alright then!
When I realised there was something brown, with a sheen, hidden at the bottom of my box I missed a breath, I dared to hope but was sure that I was wrong… And then I dug it out and made some rather unusual noises. I held it up to my husband, with my hand shaking. ‘This is a brand that I’ve never expected to be able to own’ I told him whilst just staring at how beautiful, even the box, was.
Sadly I couldn’t get a pic of the box, my camera just said no. I think it’s the, almost ethereal, shade and sheen of the cardboard – It is a rich, dark brown with a bronze/copper sheen and it’s one of the most beautiful outer pieces of packaging that I’ve ever seen.
The same goes for the palette itself, to the naked eye it’s that same dark brown shade but my camera picked up on the bronze/copper sheen instead. But you can still see how beautiful it is, yes? The shape, what it’s made from, everything.
I’m definitely looking forward to the March box (which I was going to link but, in the past few days, that seems to have sold out too!) – Knowing what the standard box contains I’m interested to see what choices they make for next month. I consider these boxes a Very good investment of some of my blog earnings – I’ve been trying to save what I’ve earned recently but I really wanted to try this box and I think the next box will be well worth discovering too.
I can see why some people weren’t so sure about the box – If the skincare wasn’t to their tastes, if the shade of the gloss wasn’t something that they’d enjoy… But for me, it was all perfect. And, yes, that’s way before I even discovered the palette, I promise.
Thank you, thank you Cohorted!
Time for some chatter about a book, and a rather good book at that – I had an inkling when I was offered the chance to review it, and I’m glad I was right.
It’s rather hard to explain, considering how much I enjoyed this book, why it’s taken me longer than I’d have liked to write this post – Books are among my favourite things to review but there’s something about putting the post together, I struggle to get all of those thoughts that live in my head, about these fantastic books, and bring them outside of my head. Yeah, I’m sounding a bit loopy, sorry for that.
I guess, what I mean is, I love reading a book when I know I’m going to review it because it means I pay even more attention and I think about how much other people may like it, as well as how much I do. But externalising those thoughts is harder. That said, this is one of the reasons why I want to review More books, because books are a massive part of my life (how else would I have read more than 25 in less than two months) and I want to share that on here even more, because of that.
I’m digressing, again, aren’t I? Ok… Ok… Deep breath, it’s review time.
‘The Book of You’ by Claire Kendal is a dark thriller. It alternates between telling the story of the main character, Clarissa, and sharing entries from her journal, one that she’s keeping in order to document the harassment that she’s living with from a man called Rafe – A man that she works with, who she shared one night with, after her marriage broke down, a night she hardly remembers due to drink, and a night which she regrets.
The book is disturbing, I’m not going to mince my words with this, it’s unsettling and it makes your skin crawl. It’s not pleasant, but it’s utterly compelling. It’s not beautiful in plot but it’s beautifully written. You can loose yourself in this book without even realising it; I really did.
The story? Well it follows Clarissa as she begins jury duty; something which may feel like a burden to some feels like a miracle to her as she’s assigned to a case that promises to be long which means that she can avoid work and, she hopes, avoid Rafe and his unwanted advances. Sadly her hopes are dashed rather quickly and it, soon, becomes clear that he doesn’t plan on leaving her alone at all.
As the story develops you really do feel her unease, you read his behaviours and shudder and you want to stop reading but you can’t and you don’t Really want to stop.
I’ve experienced harassment, stalking and even death threats. I’ve experienced these behaviours from more than one gentleman (I’m being kind by using that word) and in a variety of manners, None of my experiences come close to the chilling story that’s told in this book but it would have been impossible to read it without thinking about those experiences I’ve had – As such, if you’ve had harrowing experiences, and are still coming to terms with them, then maybe put this book back on the shelf until you’re in a better place.
Kendal is, clearly, a very talented author, as well as a talented writer. I use these terms separately as, more and more, I feel like these two things aren’t mutually exclusive. A lot of people have a good story, a lot of people learn how to write… not everyone has both and not everyone can use them in conjunction with each other – Kendal does. The format of the story is really well executed and her style of writing is fantastic for this genre (and I’m sure it would suit others too). The plot is, as I’ve said above, as chilling as it is compelling.
I know I’ve talked about how dark this book is, but if you’re a thriller fan then that’s what you’d be looking for. I highly recommend this book and I will, eagerly, be anticipating future works from Kendal – She shall sit among my, other, favourite thriller writers (One of which is Elizabeth Haynes whose quote is featured on the cover). Very impressed.
I was sent this book for my consideration for review purposes – All opinions are honest and are my own
It’s Glossybox time! Only this morning I was thinking, I hadn’t seen anything come up on Facebook about dispatch day so was wondering when the boxes were due and, lo and behold, my postie arrived a little while later with that all familiar box sporting the Glossbox logo!
Again this isn’t listed, on the GB card, as a full sized item but it clearly is and it retails at £9.99. I have a lot of brow products but little palettes like this can be really handy – I may keep this or I may pass it on to my sister who’s begun wearing glasses and discovered the need to do more with her brows, now.
I was rather pleased that my Birchbox came through my door quite early, this month, as all of the beauty boxes have seemed to be getting later and later recently. I’d managed to avoid all spoilers, yay, and couldn’t wait to see what the February box had to offer.
I like my box, I’m not crazy about it, but it’s got some great items in it, and some great brands. If you love the box (or other combinations you’ve seen) then you can sign up with my referral link and you’ll get £5 worth of points to spend in the Birhcbox shop, and I’ll get the same, the link is: http://birchbox.co.uk/?raf=19096
That said, the ‘Staniac’ lip and cheek tint in ‘Beauty Queen’ is a good example of this type of product and is much more usable than its liquid counterparts – Rather than a thin formula, this is more of a jelly/gel and, so, it applies much more easily. I do like this, product, I just don’t need it and… highlighting power!! But, regardless, it’s nice that you get two vials rather than just the one – Each one of these is 1.2ml and the full size costs £10.
Coconut oil is all the rage at the moment – Many use it for beauty and many use it for food/nutrition/health reasons. In fact if you pop over to google you’ll be able to find countless uses for this stuff and I’m looking forward to trying some of them. For now I’ll just enjoy smelling it… mmmmm. There’s not an amount on the jar but it’s a really good size and, depending what you use it for, could last a while.
I think you can see why I like the box but am not crazy for it – For the most part it’s full of amazing brands, but it’s just that the products from the brands aren’t ones I’d have gone for. There’s a lot of variety in this month’s boxes, though, and I think there’s some even better boxes out there than mine. I Am happy with the box, though, the brands are great, the sample sizes are great and, due to the coconut oil being such a good lifestyle sample, it feels like there’s actually 6 items in the box rather than the standard 4-5.