Vertue Box Review – December 2016


You may remember earlier this month I ran a Giveaway with a fabulous new Health and Beauty Subscription Box, Vertue Box and as well as offering my readers and followers the chance to win a three month subscription to their new service they were also kind enough to send me their December Box to review too, and being a huge fan of natural, organic and healthy beauty products I jumped at the chance!  With a festive ‘Gorgeously Green’ theme and a line up of skin care, make-up and nutritional treats it certainly looks like it has everything you need to look and feel fantastic this Christmas and I can’t wait to see if this box really is as good as they sounds!

What’s in the Box?

Price Per Box – £30.00 including P&P *

Total Value of Products – £65.00

WIth a Festive ‘Gorgeously Green’ theme and a luxury line up of skin care, make-up and health care included in December’s Vertue Box they’ve certainly pulled out all the stops to impress their subscribers this month so I am excited to see how well these products really perform and if going green is going to make me glow this month!

Your Beauty Treats

Madara Micellar Water – Full Size £12.00

Micellar Water is one of my all-time beauty ‘must-have’ items so finding this natural, All-in-One, no-rinse cleanser in my December Vertue Box was a real bonus for me as not only does it fit straight in to my daily beauty routine but this vegan and nut-free formula from Madara is also perfect for sensitive skin like mine and contains soothing Aloe Vera, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and calming Northern Peony to keep my skin comforted as well as cleansed in this bitter Winter weather!  Ideal for daily use this beauty her gently removes make-up and impurities from the skin while balancing and hydrating in a single step meaning there is no need to use a separate toner as this little multi-tasker does it automatically!  Perfect for travelling as well as having as a bathroom staple this is a great addition to this months Vertue Box and a great introduction to the Madara skin care brand!

Au Naturale Eyeshadow in Tupelo  – Full Size £12.00

Vertue Box Review - December 2016

This light shimmering beige eyeshadow is the perfect nude for all occasions and works well both on its own for a natural, ‘no-make-up’ look or as a base for a seasonal smokey eye too!  Free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, gluten and carmine, all Au Naturale shadows are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free too making them a great all round ‘good for you’ product to have in your beauty arsenal!  Made from pure mineral powder each shadow provides a luminous, guiltless colour that can be used either wet or dry and blends easily with other products to create the perfect Christmas look with out the chemical overload!  I am a big neutral fan when it comes to eyeshadow, maybe a little too much so as I have more than a few all-neutral palettes in my make-up bag, but this light, loose powder shadow is a great addition to my growing collection as it can be used throughout the year as a base product or stand alone shimmer that subtly washes your eye lids in a light, luminous gold and with it being 100% mineral based I won’t be worrying about itchy, runny eyes either!

MadaraExfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub – Full Size £6.00

Another addition from Madara, this Exfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub is a gentle exfoliating lotion that softens and renews the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.  The rich and luxurious oil-based exfoliating formula transforms into a milk to gently cleanse the skin while natural Apricot and Oat Oil Molecules remove dirt and impurities, and natural wax microbeads help unclog pores, buffing off dead cells and stimulating natural cell turnover.  The result?  A softer, smoother, visibly brighter and more glowing complexion with no nasty dryness, tightness or harsh plastic microbeads damaging the environment!  Although I wasn’t overly keen on the formula for this exfoliated, the results spoke for themselves as my skin was definitely brighter and more healthy looking after using it, and it also helped keep my hormonal breakouts to a minimum over the Festive period which is also a big plus!

Nailberry Nail Polish in Silver Lining – Full Size £17.00

I have never heard of Nailberry before, so I was excited to see this dazzling silver nail polish in my ‘Gorgeously Green’ Box the month as I love discovering new beauty brands, one of the main reasons I enjoy my monthly beauty boxes so much, and with this being a ‘Green’ Box, I was interested to see what would make a nail polish better for you and for the environment too!  Basically it is the fact that all Nailberry polishes are made without the usual chemical cocktail that standard polishes contain, so it is free from formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, DPB and ethanol, meaning it is kinder to your nails and less smelly to use, but this polish is also Oxygenated too, so instead of just being less harsh to your natural nails it is actually good for them too!  As I ruined my nails back when I was a nail technician and acrylic nails were the only option for a permanent polished finish, I really like the idea that a nail polish can protect your nails and keep them healthy so although not a colour I would normally choose, this Festive metallic silver is a great find for me and I would love to try more Nailberry polishes in the future!

Your Lifestyle Treats

Wild Nutrition Food-Grown® Vitamin D Capsules – Full Size £10.00

The reason I liked the idea of Vertue’s new Subscription Box was not just the fact they were specialising in Green Beauty, but also that they were including health and nutrition products in their boxes too, and this month they have picked a handy Vitamin D Supplement from natural supplement brand Wild Nutrition to help boost our immune systems, keep our bones strong and generally help our bodies make the most of the small amounts of Winter sunshine available!  Their Food–Grown® Vitamin D provides a high strength of 1000iu which is highly absorbable, biologically active (not storage) form of vitamin D and naturally includes all forms of vitamin D, including vitamin D3, D2 and D1 making it ideal for use over the Winter months to maintain a healthy body and immune system.  This supplement is 100% vegetarian too and as it made using natural Food-Grown™ Nutrients it is also free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives an is wheat and gluten free as well!  Perfect to help ensure we all feel as good as we look this Winter, I love the addition of a healthy nutritional supplement into this months box and the fact Vertue are looking to keep us healthy inside as well as outside is a unique way of putting together a monthly subscription box and one I really like!

Bonus Treats

Madara Time Capsule Skin Care Trial Set

This handy trial set of Madara’s Time Miracle Range is a great way to get to know their super-charged skin care line as it includes five of their most popular products including their Total Renew Night Cream, Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream, Age Defines Day Cream, Cellular Repair Serum and Ultimate Facelift Day Cream.  They fit perfectly with the Madara Micellar Water and Oil-to-Milk Exfoliator in this months Vertue Box and this superb selection of samples contains everything you need to renew and recharge your skin in time for the festivities, or save you from looking fatigued after one too many glasses of vino at the dinner table on Christmas Day!  I really like this addition to this months box and will definitely be hoping to see some more Madara skin care in their 2017 line ups!

My Verdict

You all know how much I love my Subscription Boxes, so I was really excited when I saw that there was a Beauty Box that offered not just healthy skin care and make-up in their product line ups but also the added bonus of nutritional treats as well!  I’m a firm believer in you are what you eat, if not literally then in terms of the quality of what you eat reflects in how good your skin and hair are, and how well you are on a daily basis and as I suffer with chronic health issues I always opt for healthy options where I can, and that goes for everything from what I eat to the supplements I take and what I put on my skin, so the new Vertue Box really has read my Beauty Box wish list and ticked off every box in that sense which is great!  It’s got a good line up of products including products that are really usable and easily fit into your regular beauty routine and it has introduced great natural beauty brands that most normal beauty boxes overlook so as well as getting great value for money, you’re also exploring brands you may not have experienced before too!  This combination is what makes a good beauty box for me so it’s  a big thumbs up all round especially as they’ve covered skin care, make-up and nail polish to ensure you look perfect from head to toe this Christmas and the added boost of some natural source Vitamin D will ensure you feel as good as you look and help keep your immune system strong to fight off the flu and other Festive bugs Andrew give you that ‘happy hit’ we all lack during the cold dark months of Winter when sunshine is a distant Summer day-dream!  Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the shade of nail polish I received, all the other items in my December Box were really great and I’ve loved being able to explore the Madara brand more as I’ve only tried one of their BB Creams in the past, plus the bonus skin care sample set is perfect for taking away when I visit home later this month as it has everything I need to keep my skin sparkling without needing to pack all my skin Essentials!  Over all I really like this box as from product selection to presentation it’s got everything you need to shine this December and well into the New Year too!  I’m excited to see what their January Box has to offer after this Bumper Beauty Haul!

My Beauty Favourite

This isn’t an easy choice as I really liked everything but loved two products in particular – the Wild Nutrition Vitamin D Capsules and the Madara Micellar Water, but I’m going to choose the Skin Care ‘Must-Have’ as my December Beauty Favourite as I use Micellar Water every day and love how this one leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean without being dry or tight too!  Perfect for when the weather is playing havoc with your skin and it needs a little TLC in the morning!

Exclusive Reader Offer: The lovely team over at Vertue Box have been kind enough to offer all my readers and followers an exclusive discount code that allows you to receive a fantastic 10% off your First Vertue Box – So to enjoy this generous discount just use my Exclusive Discount Code DIARY10 when you Subscribe!

For more information about the new Vertue Box visit my ‘Which Subscription Box’ Review and to subscribe to the New Vertue Green Health and Beauty Box – Please visit their website and Remember to use my Exclusive Discount Code DIARY10 to receive 10% off your First Vertue Box!

*  Please note this is a PR Sample


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