Being our birthday month here at bb, we thought we'd take a little trip down memory lane and tell you our favourite products from all of our boxes. Yep - you heard us! We'll spill which products got our hearts beating the fastest, because believe it or not, we like to discover the amazing brands and products right alongside you! Read on to see if your favourites were also ours!
Our All Aussie launch box
October saw our very first ever bellabox sent out to our very new members! Showcasing the up and coming, as well as existing excellent Aussie buys, our inaugural box paid homage to the best beauty Down Under. Whilst this box was full to the brim of amazing buys, there were a few products that revolutionised our beauty bags....
If you want a lipstick that looks as good in your clutch as it does on your pout, then the SF range of creamy coloured bullets is for you. But first, let's talk formula. Containing beeswax for a nourishing quality plus water-resistance, these lippies, lightly scented with vanilla last longer than your average, making them perfect to wear to work, weddings, the races and more. And we know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the metallic, magnetic case, looks divine. Plus, it means the lid is less likely to fall off in your handbag - cleanly and convenient! Because we've all lost an open lippy in our carry-all at least once, right? Not pretty. My fave shade? Risqué's bold red hue.
This amazing exfoliant is different from the norm. Unlike rough versions, which can be harsh on your skin, this one from Alpha-H is non-abrasive, for a micro-exfoliating treatment that won't leave your skin red and sore! Containing crushed fruit enzymes that are naturally sourced from papaya and pineapple, this powder creates smoother and brigther skin when used a couple of times a week. Simply make into a paste and leave on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing off (a mainstay in my beauty cupboard!)
If you enjoy an amazing glass of red wine, but hate the residue it leaves behind, turning your pearly whites, well... not so white, you will love wine wipes. These tiny wipes look just like eye makeup, or nail polish remover pads. Acting as a stain remover, the wipes not only zap any traces of red left behind but also neutralise the palate (which means you don't have to put up with mixing minty freshness with your Pinot Noir - almost as bad as the toothpaste and OJ combo!) Chuck in your handbag to keep on call whenever needed!
International Cult brands
Some international beauty brands are giants in the industry, whilst some are just finding their footing as cult products among the lucky select few to know about them. In November last year, we unearthed plenty of amazing international cult brands for you to learn about and love. Here are three of our must haves from this month's box...
Those in the know may realise that this awesome brand is infact an Aussie one, which is all the more reason to inlcude it in an International Cult box - 'our' incredible brands deserve their spotlight on the international stage as well! Snapping up this spray could very well be one of the best things you've ever done for your skin. Not only is it a natural toner, ideal for spraying on after cleansing and before moisturising, it is also one hell of a pick-me-up when spritzed directly over your face mid-afternoon, especially on stinking hot days! We all have a bottle on our desk, as well as one stored in the fridge for the hottest of hot days in the office. Containing pure rose flower water, this spray also sets your makeup whilst cooling and refreshing. Delightful!
Love a bright lip, but not a fan of lipstick? Get an OCC Lip Tar into your life stat! These small tubes of mega bright colour, last and last and last and last and... well, you get the picture! You only need a really small amount, so they also go the distance in terms of value for money too. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, plus, free of parabens and other harsh preservatives.
Ever since we saw these hair ties on the wrists of celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Cavallari and Kendall Jenner, we wanted in! Luckily for us, they actually do waaaaay more than look pretty on famous wrists! These hair ties are incredibly kind to strands and will banish hair style headaches for good, as well as the dreaded dints left in locks after being tied up all day. When worn on wrists, they also don't cut in, so you can have one on standby for whenever you need your hair out of your face, stat. They also come in plenty of colours and styles, so you can have fun mixing and matching them depending on your mood.
Party in Style
December is all about celebrating and our third box, ticked all the.. err.. boxes, when it came to beauty, party-style! Here are our top three choices to rock during the silly season...
Every girl worth her dancing shoes knows that perfectly polished toes and fingers make your party look complete. We loved this incredible glittery shade from Ozotic. Golden in some lights, burgundy in others, with a hint of charcoal metallic to top it off, this polish is a celebration in a bottle! Not only do we love the colour, the formula of Ozotic polishes are also amazing. Incredibly pigmented, and super long wearing, these enamels are salon quality and what you'd expect from big name brands, but with one difference - they start at just $7.95 a bottle. Score!
Yet to jump on the fake lashes bandwagon? Start with a set of easy to apply falsies that bulk up the look of your natural lashes, without being too OTT. We are HUGE fans of the Eylure range. Cult amongst celebs (plenty have done collabs with the brand, including the Sex and the City gals, as well as Katy Perry) the range covers the spectrum of lash types, but we love the 140 style the best. Ultra lightweight and reusable, these lashes also feel as natural as they look, so your peepers won't be irritated. Bust them out for your next celebration, and batt your lashes all night long!
So good we've sampled it twice (most recently as part of a set perfect for contouring in the September box) the Savoir Faire Concealer is our go to when a blemish strikes, or for those times that dark circles give away just how tired you are feeling! The creamy texture blends into skin smoothly, whilst the light finishing powder helps it to stay in place. With one lighter and one darker shade, you can pick the perfect one to cover what you want, or blend them together to customise the perfect shade for you!
Did you get any of these boxes or products? Which one was your fave? If you missed out, but want to try them, simply click the links to visit our online store and stay tuned next week for our top product picks from the January, Febuary and March boxes! - Lauren