LaRitzy Beauty Box Review – May 2016

LaRitzy Beauty Box Review - May 2016

 

It seems that Summer has finally decided to show herself and the sun is shining in the sky, which means it must be time for LaRitzy to share their Summer favourites with us!  And on time, my postman arrives with my monthly box of cruelty free and vegan beauty treats all the way from America, and with their Summa Summa theme they’ve really decided to spoil their subscribers this month!  From salon-quality nails to flawless skin and luscious lips, LaRitzy have got it all covered and with four full size beauty products to discover I am not sure where to start this month!

What’s in the Box?

Price Per Box – £17.13 (US$24.99) plus £6.85 P&P (US$10.00)

Total Value of Products – £41.01 (US$60.00)

With Summer firmly on their minds this month – LaRitzy have chosen a line up of products that are perfect for the up coming sunshine and I can’t wait to delve deeper and discover exactly what has made their Summer ‘Must-Have’ Product List!

Your Beauty Treats

Manna Kadar Lip Stain in Lucky – Full Size £14.36 (US$21.00)

LaRitzy Beauty Box Review - May 2016

On busy mornings (aka almost every morning) most woman prefer their beauty routine to be as quick and streamlined as humanly possible.  Enter this handy multi-tasking lip product from Manna Kadar which is a primer, lip stain, and gloss in one!  Not only does it save you time in the morning and eliminates the need for a hefty, product filled make-up bag, but it also ensures that your lips are healthy and hydrated and your lip colour stays lusciously vibrant all day long, and well into the night too!  The paraben free formula delivers a rich, long-lasting hue that dries to a matte finish, while Vitamins A and E keep lips soft, smooth and hydrated. I received the shade ‘Lucky’ which is a soft muted pink that is perfect for my pale winter worn skin, and although I have already received this exact same product in another beauty box recently, I am still really impressed with how easy this three-in-one lip stain is to use and how long the colour lasted on my lips.  I have always found getting a lip colour that lasts on my lips really difficult, so when I found this hydrating stain in the other beauty box I was really happy that it performed so well and, rather than being disappointed that I received a duplicate product I am actually happy as I now have a back up for one the original Lip Stain finally runs out!

Jacq’s Organics Revitalising Sweet Orange & Carrot Seed Face Toner – Full Size £10.25 (US$15.00)

LaRitzy Beauty Box Review - May 2016

This delightfully fragranced and mildly formulated is effective but gentle on the skin, soothing and hydrating your face after cleansing.  This botanically infused neroli based spritz is revitalizing and refreshing which makes it a great mid-day make up refresher, as well as an amazing post-cleanse toning lotion.  Formulated with organic hemp seed oil and vanilla extract to help remove the last stubborn bits of dirt, makeup & grime while leaving your skin looking radiant and feeling clean and refreshed.  It also doubles as a refreshing and fragrant body spritz to keep you feeling fabulous all day long!  As soon as the post man delivered this months LaRitzy Box I could smell this gorgeous toner – unfortunately it was because it had leaked during transit, but the fantastic team at Jacq’s Organics were quick off the mark and kindly popped a fresh bottle in the post to me!  Luckily I had enough left in the bottle included in my box to review and I have to say it is an amazing toner!  It left my skin fresh and clean and it smells fantastic!  We’ve had some amazing weather over the past few days, so I have been testing it as a body spritz too and it leaves my skin cool and refreshed and smelling divine!  A great little multi-taking product that is ideal for the summer months!

GlamHer Booth Foundation and Powder Brush – Full Size £6.15 (US$9.00)

LaRitzy Beauty Box Review - May 2016

This month LaRitzy have included one of a selection of GlamHer Booth Make-Up Brushes in their subscription boxes and I received the #103 Foundation and Powder Brush from their Gilded Rose Collection.  This is a beautiful all-purpose brush that makes applying make-up quick and simple, with results that look flawless every time!  The dense, rounded and extremely soft synthetic bristles easily achieve a natural, dewy finish with better coverage than a traditional foundation brush, and the smaller rounded shape helps to get into those hard to reach areas around the nose, eyes, and lips meaning your powder or foundation is applied evenly, giving a beautifully natural coverage.  Each brush is lovingly handcrafted using high quality synthetic fibres making it 100% vegan and cruelty free, giving you a compassionate and ethical product that offers amazing make-up application as well!  I am gradually replacing a lot of my older make-up brushes and have been finding many more of the synthetic fibre brushes available on the market now are better quality than the animal hair and natural fibre brushes I have had in my collection in the past, and this on-trend rose gold face brush is no different!  It is ideal for applying both liquid and powder foundations and gives a gorgeous, natural looking finish with minimal product and minimal effort making my morning make-up routine much quicker and my skin looking more flawless than when I use a traditional foundation brush or blending bud!  A definite must-have make-up brush in my eyes, and it’s gorgeous pink and rose gold colouring makes it not just gorgeous to use, but also gorgeous to look at too!

Bellapierre Cosmetics Diamond Top and Base Coat – Full Size £10.25 (US$15.00)

LaRitzy Beauty Box Review - May 2016

Bellapierre’s latest product line is a fashion forward range of on-trend nail colours and their Diamond Top & Base Coat is fast becoming one of their most popular ‘hero’ products.  It provides your nails with a flawless base and an effortless, glossy top coat that offers amazing durability and shine to any nail polish!  I have several Bellapierre products in my make-up bag now, but this is the first time I have tried one of their nail polishes!  I often use gel on my nails, so receiving a crystal clear top coat is always handy as it helps prolong the wear of my nail colour regardless of whether I am wearing polish or gel but I used this over regular nail polish!  This toluene DBP, and formaldehyde free top and base coat is a great 2-in-1 product and although I found it a little thick compared to my regular choice of base coat, it left my nails looking super shiny and did help my colour last longer and resist the pesky chips that are a fresh manicure’s worst nightmare!  A handy little polish to add to my collection!

My Verdict

It’s no lie that I L.O.V.E my deliveries from LaRitzy and I love the selection of full-sized beauty products they source from ethical and cruelty free companies I quite often have never heard of before – it keeps me up to date with new and exciting products that maybe aren’t available in the UK and gives me the chance to share them with the world in my reviews but after last months amazing line up I did feel a little let down when May’s box arrived!  This a first for me with LaRitzy but it wasn’t the products that disappointed me – it was the fact that one of the products, namely the Jacq’s Organics Revitalising Sweet Orange Face Toner hadn’t been packaged correctly and had leaked all over everything else in the box and soaked the actual box and packaging too, so please accept my apologies for any slightly strange staining on packaging in my pictures!  I have never had this happen with LaRitzy so I was more than a little surprised that they didn’t respond to my email, but luckily the kind folks over at Jacq’s Organics responded and have got a replacement product on its way to me as I type my review!  It shows great customer service on their part that they take responsibility for this unforeseen leakage and I am so impressed!  On a lighter note though – I had four full-sized beauty products to try this month and with their Summa Summa theme in full swing – LaRitzy have managed to put together a really well thought out and usable box which is something they do extremely well!  Every product in this box is a real Summer saviour – from a flawless foundation brush to keep your skin looking perfect while the temperature sores, so a cooling and refreshing facial toner that revitalises and uplifts while keeping your skin clean, healthy and hydrated and also doubles as a handy cooling body mist too to keep you smelling great and feeling cool all day long!  I love their choice of lip product – although I have already received this lip stain in a previous beauty box and was expecting a highlighting duo not a lip stain, it’s still a great product to have and as I loved the original Manna Kadar Lip Stain I received (funnily enough in the same shade too) this will be my back up for when the original finally runs out!  The GlamHer Booth Foundation and Powder Brush is perfect for me as I use a lot of mineral  powder foundations and it really gives a great even coverage all over your face, including around the eyes and nose which are often tricky to cover with a traditional foundation brush and I a learning more and more than synthetic fibre make-up brushes are often far superior to other natural and animal based brush fibres in both their performance and longevity!  The Bellapierre Top and Base Coat is another handy product for Summer and I will get a lot of use out of it as I start to bare my feet to the world again!  A tough little top coat that has real staying power, this toluene DBP and formaldehyde free formula shows that you don’t need harsh chemicals to get great results!  Apart from the obvious instant disappointment I have to say this Summa Summa Edition of the LaRitzy Box has another great product line up and although maybe not quite as good as last month I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of all the products included in Mays Box!

My Beauty Favourite

This month my Beauty Favourite is the Jacq’s Organics Revitalising Sweet Orange Face Toner!  Not only is it an amazing toner for the warmer weather, with Neroli to balance my combination/oily summer skin, but it is also a fabulously fragranced body spritz that refreshes and revives you during even the hottest of days. It’s long-lasting fragrance and refreshing, cooling action makes it my new summer best friend and the service over at Jacq’s Organics is superb!  I would never have imagined they would be so helpful when the toner in my box arrived half empty!  I cannot fault their products or their service!  It’s been a great pleasure to use their products and also to deal with their customer service team!

For more information about the LaRitzy or the LaMini Beauty Boxes visit my ‘Which Subscription Box’ Review and to subscribe to the LaRitzy or LaMini Beauty Box visit their website!

 

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