Tuesday 28 January 2014

Souk Souk limited edition box

Sometimes I hate all the promotional emails I receive. You make up your mind not to spend anymore money and then you are bombarded with offers that feel to good to miss. The words "limited edition" seem to have an especially potent effect on me. Honestly it is like kryptonite that erodes all the remnants of my willpower.  That being said, I do think that Red carpets and Romance box is pretty special and is amazing value for money.

What is different about this box to their subscription and bespoke boxes as that you actually know exactly what is inside the box prior to getting it. However apart from the faith in nature shower gel/bubble bath, I haven't actually tried any of these products before (and some of the brands are also completely new to me). I decided to give a test drive to as many as I could straight away ( I mean it won't be there for a very long time, and I don't want you guys to miss out).

Xenca Organic Lipstick in Cherry.

This was one of the things that really made the box stand to me, I love a red lip and it didn't look like I had this shade of red (yes it seems like I am on a mission to acquire them all). Also the brand was unfamiliar to me so my interest was doubly piqued.
The lipstick tube is made out of reinforced cardboard, which gets extra eco points from me. I have to say I was not expecting the quality to be so good.

 It is so pigmented! Easily one of the best lipsticks out there. Very long wearing and even passed my "tea cup test", even though there was lipstick left behind on my cup, the colour on my lips remained very vibrant and did not need to be reapplied.  Now when I swatched the colour on my arm it looked like a cherry pink, however on my lips it definitely looks red, cherry red (it was very appropriately named).

 SOAK Yourself Handmade Soap Bar.

As my affair with handmade soaps continues I am very happy to add this one to my ever growing collection. The scent I have is Heather and Elderflower and it is very pleasant, herby and ever so slightly spicy. I haven't tried it yet but I really like the look.

Avril Certified Organic Mascara in Black.

A quick google search let me know that this is a very affordable mascara, so my mind was totally blown at how good it is. First of all it has a big-ish  fluffy brush that I for one appreciate (I really used to love dior show mascara mainly for the brush). It is so easy to apply, the formula isn't overly wet or dry, doesn't flake and gives amazing volume. It retails for 7 euro from their website. It is officially my number one natural mascara performance wise and I don't think anyone can beat it on price either. I can not explain how happy I am with this product, I have checking my reflection through out the day to make sure that it looks as good as I think, and it totally does!

 Avril Eyelash Curler.

I haven't tried this yet, but I am definitely interested to see how well it will compare to my shiseido one. Also just realised that I forgot to include these in the main photo...

 Avril Certified Organic Blush.

Try as I might I haven't been able to figure out what the name of this colour is supposed to be. It is a very natural looking blush, perfect for light to medium skin tones, but not for the darker ones.

I am surprised at how much I like it as I always go for blushes with more impact. I really like how non makeup it looks, it's perfect to wear with any pink or even red lip.

 Faith in Nature Shower Gel & Foam Bath. I generally prefer soap in the shower, however I am very much partial to a bubble bath. The scent of this one is raspberry and cranberry. It is fruity and sweet.

 Inner Me Beautify Me supplements.

 Super interested to try these out and will try to report on the results.

Avril 7-Free Nail Lacquer in Bollywood. This is officially my first 7-free nail varnish. I do like bright pink nails for spring and summer especially with a matching lippy. I already had my nails painted so didn't try this one out, but I will do a separate post on it soonish.

 Gwdihw Vanilla Natural Lip Balm.

 I really like how generous this lip balm tin is, makes it very easy to get the product out. It smells like vanilla used for cooking. Formula feels light, will see how well it stands up to winter weather.

 The Konjac Sponge Company Original Sponge. At this rate it looks like I won't need to buy a konjac sponge for at least another year as keep getting them in the subscription boxes ( I am not complaining, love those things). I am working on in depth post about the sponge, so will keep it short. It has made a huge difference to my skin this winter, would not want to be without one.

 Inner Soul Romance Me Body Oil.

I was really looking forward to trying this oil. I am a bit of a fan of Inner Soul, and it didn't disappoint. There is something so sensuous about the combination of rose and jasmine, and the fragrance lasts for a couple of hours on me. Totally saving this for a romantic rendezvous.

Peppy Galore Nurse Peppy Healing Balm.

 How I adore a multi purpose balm, and this one smells sweet and delicious, and comes in a cute heart shaped tin. It feels moisturising yet not at all greasy or heavy, I can see myself really liking it.

 A copy of the Little Green Magazine. I always appreciate the short but informative articles that come with souk souk boxes, but I really love the cover of this issue. Would really like to know what makeup was used on the model!

And here is a picture of me with all the makeup on from the box: lipstick, blush and mascara.

I can see how much thought went to into putting this box together, if you are getting ready for a romantic evening or a special event it has pretty much everything you need.


  1. This is such a great bargain! I love the mascara and that lipstick looks gorgeous on you!

    1. Oh thank you :) It is really good value for money especially since the products turned out to be so great. xx

  2. Agreed- the cherry is perfect on you - Glad you like the box - Best wishes Suzie www.TheXencaWay.co.uk x