This month, I was lucky enough to be sent the January package from the new subscription service, Kinder Beauty Box, free for review. Kinder Beauty Box is a new company founded by vegan and cruelty-free influencers Daniella Monet and Evanna Lynch, and all of the products inside are – you guessed it! – vegan and cruelty-free. As a cruelty-free product promoter and wannabe vegan (I’m trying, guys) this subscription service really spoke to me and I was keen to write up a full review of the box. This one is going to be a long read, so grab yourself a vegan snack and get comfortable.
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Even though this box was coming to me from the US – and I’m in the UK – it showed up within less than a week of the brand contacting me. I have to say that’s a really good service, and I wasn’t faced with any customs fees either. This was a pleasant surprise, as in the past I’ve had to pay to receive US parcels. Just a little side note I wanted to share about the subscription service!
This box retails for $24; though if you choose to pay for multiple months you will receive them at a discounted price. I was pretty impressed by this, as four of the six items in the box cost around $20 each. The entire box’s contents are actually worth $101.89 (excluding the price of the miniature bottle of cleanser as it wasn’t mentioned on the info sheet, which I’ve awkwardly tried to picture below). This seems like excellent value. However, even as a lover of a bargain, I do know that if the products aren’t any good then it isn’t worth it – no matter what the saving is. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the items and whether or not they deserve their $24 price tag.
100% Pure ‘Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream’
The first item in the box is an eye cream, which is honestly a happy coincidence as I had just finished the previous one I was using. This item is not only cruelty-free and vegan, like the rest of the subscription box, but also non-toxic. I know that non-toxic ingredients are worthwhile in any skincare, but I can’t help feeling like it’s even more important to protect the delicate skin around your eyes with non-toxic chemicals. The packaging states:
“Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs while increasing circulation to brighten dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, andtioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area look more awake and more youthful.”100% Pure
I didn’t have high hopes in terms of it brightening my dark circles, because the skin around my eyes has been black since I was a baby and I’ve just accepted it. I believe it’s a thin skin/pigmentation issue, so when the eye cream didn’t lighten them I was hardly surprised. I was impressed, however, by how plump my normally hollow under-eye was the next morning. I’ve used this eye cream twice now, and I have to say it really is hydrating. My eyes were left feeling a lot smoother and less crinkled. (I say crinkled because I don’t want to admit I’m getting wrinkles at the age of nineteen.)
One thing I want to draw attention to, though, is a slight irritation. My eye skin acts up a lot in terms of eczema, hence I have bucketloads of hydrocortisone cream at the ready should I need it. It could be coincidental, but when I introduced this eye cream into my routine my skin started to act up a little bit. I researched this, and whilst I couldn’t find any information about caffeine causing break-outs when applied directly to the skin, there were a few articles about how drinking large amounts of coffee can cause eczema to flare up. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I can’t comment on this, but it might be something to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin!
The packaging of this product is really cute, the bottle comes in a pink and white cardboard tube. The application of it is practical as well – the fact it squeezes out onto your eye is much more hygienic than if it was in a pot or tub. This item is also the most expensive in the box at $26.
Andalou Naturals ‘Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum’
I’ve been using the ‘C Firma Day Serum’ from Drunk Elephant since Christmas, so when I saw this I was initially alarmed. Vitamin C, when fresh, is very quick to decompose – hence Drunk Elephant talk about making small batches and encourage buyers to use their product up within three months to get the most benefits out of it for their skin. I was worried that by the time I could incorporate another Vitamin C product into my routine, it would have already gone off. However, this product has a 12 month shelf life, so it should be fine. That being said, I have only really had one opportunity to apply this serum – one of the nights I wasn’t using my Drunk Elephant ‘T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum’ – and therefore unfortunately cannot make much comment about it’s effects on my skin.
What I will say, though, is that the product felt very gentle when applied to my skin and didn’t cause any irritation around my eyes the way the Drunk Elephant one can at times. It smells really lovely, too, which is rare for Vitamin C as it seems to tend to have a bit of a pork-like scent, as odd as that sounds. This one is like a combination of orange and vanilla, and you definitely get a hint of turmeric. It reminds me of the Hurraw! ‘Sun Lip Balm’, which has an orange and camomile scent. I also really love the packaging; a sleek orange glass bottle with minimal lettering on it.
INIKA Organic ‘Loose Mineral Eye Shadow’
This product brought back a lot of memories for me, as the shade I received was Peach Fetish and it’s pinky-coral sheen reminds me a lot of a loose eyeshadow I had as a kid. Shadows like these are so much fun, they can be sheered out or built up, and layering them over different colours creates totally different looks. Whilst they can tend to be messy, I didn’t find the packaging on this one too bad – I’ve thrown it about a bit since removing the plastic seal and a very minimal amount has fallen into the lid. There’s – hopefully – no risk of opening the pot and spilling glitter everywhere.
“INIKA eyeshadows are multi-purpose and can be used wet or dry as a shadow or eyeliner”– INIKA Organic
I feel that the other two shades sent out this month – Copper Crush and Coco Motion – are the ones that could be used as an eyeliner, as my light peach shade definitely wouldn’t work. However, I am tempted to use it as a blush at some point. It would provide a beautiful pearlescent highlight with subtle colour, if dusted lightly.
This is another vegan and cruelty-free product with pure, non-toxic ingredients, meaning it can be used for sensitive eyes. I definitely didn’t find this product irritating to my eyes or skin.
Honeybee Gardens ‘Effortless Eyeliner’
This little eyeliner is definitely my favourite product from this month’s subscription of Kinder Beauty Box. It’s in the shade Belgian Chocolate, which is perfect for me as I have blue eyes and find brown eyeliners to be a lot less harsh in appearance. I definitely found this product to be soft and smooth to apply – despite the pencil being wooden, which tends to lead to a harder lead – and it was really long lasting, with my initial swatch taking a good scrub to remove. I love the richness of the colour and how easy it is to blend out. I applied it to my waterline and felt no irritation at all, which is impressive considering I pretty much pushed a pencil into my eyeball. It’s just a really nice little product to have, and one I will definitely reach for to smoke out and intensify an eyeshadow look in future.
Juara ‘Rice Facial Cleanser’
Foaming cleansers are not my cup of tea – they tend to strip my skin of natural oils and leave it feeling a bit dehydrated. This one, however, is sulfate free; it removes every inch of makeup and debris from the day but doesn’t affect the moisture level of the skin.
This item is the only deluxe size in the box, but at 25ml there’s still enough for a few uses. I’ve tried it twice so far, and whilst it leaves my skin feeling a little bit tighter than my usual cleanser – Glossier ‘Milky Jelly Cleanser’ – it doesn’t make me feel like my skin will crack if I move my face too much. I did use this product around my eyes to remove any traces of waterproof mascara, and I didn’t feel burning or stinging afterwards the way I have with every other foaming cleanser I’ve tried. This is probably because, like most of the cruelty-free and vegan items Kinder Beauty Box sends out, it is free of harsh ingredients.
Pure Vegan ‘Vitamin B-12 Oral Spray’
This item is a bonus one that came free with this month’s Kinder Beauty Box. I originally assumed it to be a facial spray of some sort, but it’s actually an oral supplement! I didn’t know a huge amount about Vitamin B-12, but when I looked into it online I found that it’s difficult for vegans and vegetarians to incorporate into their diet due to being most commonly found in fish and meat. I think this is a really thoughtful bonus item to get in the box; it reminds us that beauty starts from within and that we should look after our diets before reaching for makeup and skincare. I am a vegetarian, so it’s nice to have this to ensure I’m getting Vitamin B-12; especially now that I’m a bit more clued up as to what it is!
There’s 175 servings in this little bottle (a serving is one spray, supposed to be taken daily) and it retails for the price of $19.95. It promotes healthy skin, hair and nails, and Pure Vegan states that this spray is the ‘most absorbable form of B-12’. I think it tastes very mildly of sweet cough medicine.
That’s everything in the January Kinder Beauty Box, and I’m honestly amazed at the quantity of products for a $24 subscription service! I really liked this box, and I think that I will easily use up these products, as they’re all useful and high quality. Don’t forget to check out the Kinder Beauty Box website. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Association, giving you even more of a reason to subscribe to their service! If you’ve already tried this box, do let me know what you thought in the comments below.
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