Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons Box

2017, September

So great news – Cult Beauty delivery doesn’t take that long – about a week which for Australia is definitely on the fast-ish side. I won’t go into too much detail as to why but I really didn’t have that much sleep in the last few weeks leading up to the Christmas. However, thanks to the amazing selection of skincare in the Caroline Hirons’ box (£220) my skin still looked amazing. The box included:


Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (£49.00/150ml) – Great size, so should last me for ages. It’s more cream than mud, not drying at all. It’s definitely gentle enough to take over your eyes but might not be the best for a deep cleanse so more of a morning or no-makeup day cleanser. It has a slight spa-like scent but nothing too intrusive.

Leahlani Champagne Serum (£34.00/30ml) – One of the lightest oil based serums I have ever used. It’s fine to use under make-up especially if you’re on the dry side.

Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (£43.00/15ml) – It’s quite liquidy so application can be a bit tricky but it does absorb very quickly once applied. Perfect for daytime since it dries completely and doesn’t mess with products you might be putting on top.


DCL Multi-Action Penta Peel (£58.00/50 pads) – Even the top pads are nicely soaked so you don’t have to worry about product distribution over time. There is a slight sting which is not unusual when it comes to acids. It’s a bit annoying that you have to rinse afterwards, but other than that pre-soaked pads like these are the easiest way to apply acids.

Oskia Renaissance Mask (£51.00/50ml) – I have a bit of disclaimer with this one – I never really got on with the Renaissance Cleanser in the first place and the mask too doesn’t seem to be that impressive. It might be that this line is just not for me but I really didn’t see any noticeable difference after I had used the mask. Definitely the weakest product of the box.

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm (£174.00/50ml) – The biggest mystery and definitely the most anticipated product of the lot. I really tried to find a better description than the official beauty balm. But I’m afraid I can’t be of much help – it really is very difficult to explain. I use it instead of a moisturiser in the evenings but it’s so much more than that. The texture is that of a solid oil but it melts instantly in your hands and it’s not as greasy as traditional oils, it turn’s into more of a serum if anything. I was very worried about the scent due to my experience with May Lindstrom skincare in the past (if you have ever smelt the Pendulum Potion you’ll know what I mean), but this is more of a very refined spa scent, it’s quite gentle actually. For me this is an absolute standout – eyewateringly expensive but so worth it! It’s a pleasure to apply and it really sorted my skin overnight. I could not believe how fresh and bright my face was the next morning. It also works wonders on sunburns.

Check out Caroline’s video on the complete routine. At the time this post goes live the box is still available for sale HERE – grab one if you haven’t already!

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Dzintars Future Formula Black Caviar Face Serum


It’s time for the second review of my local brands mini-series.

So this is a very interesting product not least because it’s something completely different and new for the brand but also because the Future Formula is the last lifeline for the Dzintars brand facing a very real bankruptcy threat.

Future Formula skincare products are split in three different lines based on the main ingredients – apple stem cells, snail extract and black caviar. Apple Stem Cell line is designed to combat more advanced signs of ageing, Black Caviar line is for less visible wrinkles and dryer skin types, whereas the Snail Extract line will take care of the very first signs of ageing. All lines include a complete skincare routine and consist of a day cream, a night cream, a serum and an eye concentrate with prices ranging from €40.00 – €75.00.

I went for the serum from the Black Caviar line (€50.00/30ml) because even though I wouldn’t say that ageing is a particular skin concern of mine my skin does tend to get a bit dry. I’m also still on the hunt for that perfect facial serum so it was a good product for me to try. The texture of this is very different as far as serums go – it’s more like a moisturiser rather than the watery and wet serums I am used to. Not saying it’s a bad thing though. It absorbs well and it’s definitely not heavy on the skin so you will still need to apply a moisturiser. It smells fresh and a tad floral, very pleasant actually. Packaging is beautiful, definitely a massive upgrade from what we’re used to seeing from Dzintars in the past. As far as the claims go I can never really tell with serums, it seems to be the same catch as with the eye creams – you only notice a difference once you stop using the product. So far, though, I’m happy with the serum and I’ll definitely keep using it.

Availability of Future Formula products seems to be much better than I was expecting – apparently Dzintars delivers to quite a few countries, but I have never used their online services so I can’t comment on delivery times/charges/restrictions etc.

Are the products good enough to save the brand? They might as well be but for products that retail for up to €75.00 a pop the marketing is a massive let-down. These products are claiming to be equal with some very established global players who have very solid superstar endorsed campaigns. Dzintars’ marketing team has a lot of work to do to catch up with it’s competitors.

Have you tried any of the new Future Formula products?

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