Since learning more about the vegan lifestyle I been trying to move towards more vegan, cruelty free beauty products. To help me on my journey the lovely folks at The Pip Box sent me over this month’s subscription box to try out and I am obsessed. For those of you who haven’t heard of The Pip Box, they are a monthly subscription box that deliver at least 5 cruelty-free, vegan beauty products to your door every month. From £13.50 a month, you get products with an average total value of £45 with 50p from every sale being donated to ‘Animal Free Research’.
I have never had a subscription box before. I always worry I am going to get a box full of samples and every month they are going to send over the same stuff that I don’t need in colours that no one else wants. I decided to do a little bit of research about The Pip Box. I knew I loved their cruelty-free ethos, but is it good value for money or did I just get lucky? For starters, The Pip Box ensures every single edit is created bespoke each and every month so no worries about getting the same stuff over and over again. They also promise that every box will contain at least 1 full sized item and will never feature any one-time use sachets. I had a look through some of their previous boxes and, not only are they right on trend for the season, the products in them look fantastic and cover a huge range. For example, here is what was included in the February Pip Box:
Johnny Concert Glamour Amplified Eye shadow (RRP £11.99)
Johnny Concert Glamour Eye shadow brush (RRP £6.50)
Dr. Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturisers (RRP £14.90)
Akamuti Chocolate Marshmallow Face Mask (RRP £2.99)
Medusua Makeup Matte Lip Paint (RRP £9.99)
Naissance Argan Virgin Certified Organic Hair Oil (RRP £1.50)
JOMS Fizzy Caramel Snack Pack (RRP £1.25)
Pretty good, huh? Unfortunately, I cannot review these products (JOMS Fizzy Caramel Snack Pack, I’m coming for you…) but I can review the products that were in the March Pip Box. This months box came to a huge £65 worth of goodies, which for £13.50 is madness!
My favorite product in the box is the Saturated Colour Naked Pink Lipstick (RRP £7). I am a huge lipstick fan and usually go for MAC but, unfortunately, this is not cruelty-free brand. For starters the colour is gorgeous and perfect for spring. It is a soft pink colour and feels really nourishing on your lips. It doesn’t quite have the staying power of MAC but it has such a soft finish. It does not feel thick or like you need a full face of make up to pull it off (today I wore it with some powder and mascara and I was good to go) so it is great for everyday wear. I am a huge fan of this lipstick and the range of colours are fantastic so I will definitely be trying some more of these out.
Next up was the 2016 Beauty Awards shortlisted, Make Me Matte Lipstick Mattifier from Saturated Colour (RRP £8). This product transforms satin or semi gloss lipstick into a sleek, matte finish! I was worried it would feel really dry on my lips but I could hardly feel it and it made my glossy lipstick perfectly matte. My lips did not feel dry at all, which I was really impressed with. I probably wouldn’t buy this product again but not because it isn’t really lovely, but I tend to prefer glossy lipsticks. If you like matte lipsticks then I would seriously recommend this product.
Next up is the most expensive product in the box, retailing at £44! The Dr. Botanicals Tropical Invigorating Cream is lovely and smells like elderflower, which is delicious (although maybe you shouldn’t eat it…) not to mention the packaging is beautiful! I did a little patch test of this over night and it was really soothing. The next night I used it all over and really like it. It did not leave my skin feeling greasy at all, just soft and nourished. Again, this is not a product I would buy again but not because I don’t love it! I think it is fantastic and I am really glad this was part of my box as usually I would never be able to afford a product like this. I guess this is a great reason to subscribe to The Pip Box – you get to try products you normally might not be able to afford or wouldn’t risk spending that much money on in case you didn’t like it.
The next product, however, I would definitely buy again! The RawGanic Aloe Vera, Green Tea facial wipes have 2% natural moisturizer in them and so felt fab on my skin (RRP £2.99). With no added fragrance or Parabens, they cleanse, tone, moisturize and are super refreshing. They also smell like marzipan somehow (again, maybe don’t eat them but they do smell delicious!). You get 25 wipes so they are super affordable if you wanted to buy them separately from the Pip Box as well. They are also perfect for to throw into your gym bag for after a sweaty HIIT session.
Last up is the Okko Natural Foot Balm, which kind of smells like mint and eucalyptus. It is the trial balm (kind of like a mini lip balm) and sells for £3. Being honest, this is probably my least favorite in the Pip Box just because I had no idea how to use it! A footbalm? What’s a footbalm? I did a bit of a Google and gave it a go. My feet felt soft afterwards to be fair and I do think it would be great for sandal season. What I really like about the box is that they tailor the products based on the season!
Overall, I am really satisfied with the quality of this box and I love the ethos of the company – plus, it is super cute to have a little box delivered to your door all perfectly wrapped. It is like a gift from past you to present you! You can also get it for someone as a gift, do this would be a great non-chocolate Easter present. I will definitely be subscribing to this box in the future as I think this is a really great and affordable way to try out new cruelty-free, vegan products.
Thank you ‘The Pip Box’.