The final month of the year is upon us and I was going to start this post by saying 'tis the season to spoil yourself' but scrap that because I believe every season and every day should be reason to spoil yourself. You only get one life so make every day as special as you can by whatever way possible. Christmas is just an added 'excuse' to do it even more! With that in mind we are talking about indulgent Winter Skincare; a way to take the pressure off what can be a busy time of year for everyone with some major TLC and gift giving. Even if that gift is "to you, from you"

Mintd Box are here with their stunning Christmas Edition Box with an agenda that Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling! Isn't that so true? Without the right feel, emotion and atmosphere, Christmas is just another annual event on the Calendar. "Enchanted" means to fill someone with great delight and Mintd Box will enchant us all to unlock the magic behind this years Christmas Edition Box ... to say I was excited for this one was an understatement. 

Mintd Box Enchanted, December
Like with all of my monthly Mintd Box reviews, as always I will reiterate in case you are not yet a regular reader to my blog, what Mintd Box is. In brief, when you subscribe to Mintd Box, every month or every other month, you only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized luxury beauty products that are themed for the month and shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just a beauty must have. You can in fact head on over to a previous post which explains it all here or click Mintd Boxes in Categories in the header bar where you can see all previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end'. 

The Christmas Enchanted Box contains 4 FULL SIZED + 1 SUPER DELUXE SIZED products of which are all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter. 

The products featured have all been chosen for their soothing, calming, nourishing and energising benefits. All shall compliment the skin and mind to make this month a very special one. 

Mintd Box Enchanted, December
Mintd Box Enchanted, December
Mintd Box Enchanted, December
'Enchanted' Luxury Contents:-
1. Votary Jasmine & Calendula Facial Oil (Full Size £65)
2. Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment (Full Size £27)
3. African Botanics Marula Cleansing Mask (Super Deluxe Size £25)
4. Skin Laundry Renewing Eye Cream (Full Size £26)
5. De Mamiel Altitude Oil (Full Size £28)

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £171/€194 for which you only pay £65/€74 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £106/€120 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. A very pleasing festive saving! 

Mintd Box Enchanted, December
A change in climate really does has a massive effect on the skin and these box curations really do cater for us all. It has turned very cold here, like artic cold, so my normal slightly combination skin has become a lot drier and irritated so the products inside here once again could not have come at a better time. Last month's box contents are all in my bathroom being used as we speak along with many other months to be fair! This is because Mintd know what our skin needs at what time they is what sets them apart from anyone else.

Mintd Box Enchanted, December, Votary Facial Oil
Mintd Box Enchanted, December, Votary Facial Oil
1. Votary Jasmine & Calendula Facial Oil (Full Size £65[buy here!]
Votary London is a brand that was developed by British make-up artist and former beauty editor Arabella Preston, creating luxury skincare with lots of plant power and active ingredients. This oil in particular is a super light blend of natural oils including Jasmine and Calendula making it ideal for sensitive, oil prone skin that sits perfectly under makeup. Votary products are all made without mineral oils, petro-chemicals and preservatives and are suitable for all skins. Unlike other brands who use off the shelf bases, all Votary formulations are blended and tested by Arabella personally. Having read up a little more about the brand I like the fact these oils are designed to help all skins and I do mean all. 

Not only am I sold by the brand testimony itself, having used my first ever Votary product, I am sold wholeheartedly. Votary is a brand that has stalked my IG feed for many months now so my curiosity had peaked for sure. I was so happy to receive the Jasmine and Calendula Oil for calming because as I mentioned my skin has become so dry and irritated and even a few uses, it has helped massively. I watched the demo video of Arabella using the oil (here) to make sure that I was using it correctly and I love that she gives the tip of 'letting the oil fall' into your hand, none of this shaking business because this is how you get the right dosage and a tip I always go by myself with any oil. It smells incredible and inhaling the oil in your palms before applying to the face really adds to your skincare ritual. I did find that I personally only needed 2-3 drops as opposed to 4-5 as that was too much for my face and I am not wasting this one! The oil sinks in beautifully and leaves a gorgeous radiance on the surface of your skin. I prefer to use it at night as I find that it can be a little too rich for the day on my skin but it did create a really lovely base for make-up so I would even be tempted to mix in a few drops with my foundation. What can I say, for me this product is the star of the show because since I opened it up, there has not been one day where I haven't used it. This is truly amazing and if you love facial oils, you will adore this line. I already want to try more from Votary as I know this oil shall be a re-purchase. I absolutely love this product.

Mintd Box Enchanted, December, Oribe Lip Treatment
2. Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment (Full Size £27[buy here!]
Oribe is famously known for it's exquisite and very luxurious haircare but they have most recently moved into skincare and make-up which I am yet to try and is why I was most intrigued by the Lip Treatment featured in this months box. Balmessence is a silky balm designed to smooth and soften lips containing Camelina Oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to deliver hydration and protection from harsh elements and Jojoba and Orange Oil to help them look plumper. 

I love lip treatments as they are literally scattered in every room around my apartment yet I am very fussy to which ones I like. I have to say, this is definitely the fanciest lip treatment that I now own, I mean look at that lid detail, it looks Royal! If the Queen was to have a lip product sitting in her bathroom, I feel this would look very much the part. It's super fancy and you know me, I love fancy. The balm itself has a lovely Lemon Rose flavour and is indeed very silky and lightweight. It is pricy yes, but this is a treatment not just a balm so it is more of a remedy and a cure and a bit extra special. Not an essential product to own as there are many great lip treatments out on the market, but this one is a real treat for the lips in all aspects of the word - making this another good reason why you should get your hands on this month's Mintd Box.

Mintd Box Enchanted, December, African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask
Mintd Box Enchanted, December, African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask
3. African Botanics Marula Cleansing Mask (Super Deluxe Size £25[buy here!]
A detoxifying treatment mask that has been designed to tone, nourish and refresh tired skin to help fight redness, inflammation, acne, congestion. It uses targeted anti-aging actives that deliver oxygen, nutrients and minerals rich in iron, zinc, copper and magnesium to skin cells whilst boosting circulation and cell renewal. Ideal sensitive, normal, dry, mature, combination, oily and blemished skins.

I love African Botanics as a brand because their products are all so aromatic and therapeutic and this is my first skincare item from them but the Marula hand cream is one of my favourite products from them featured in last months box (here). The mask smells incredible; you instantly get the trademark scent of essential oils including Rose, Rose Geranium and Clementine that instantly help to rebalance your mind as well as your skin. The mask itself is really creamy which keeps it feeling soft when it dries and is very gentle for a clay mask. It definitely helped to brighten my skin after only one use. I need to use it more to see how it works to tackle other concerns but first impressions are very good. At £66 for a full size, it isn't cheap, so this deluxe size is the perfect way to try be introduced to the African Botanics skincare line plus this will serve many applications. 

Mintd Box Enchanted, December,  Skin Laundry Eye Cream
4. Skin Laundry Renewing Eye Cream (Full Size £26[buy here!]
A potent eye cream that helps to reduce the appearance of crows feet, brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness. Rich in multi Peptides, Antioxidants and natural moisturisers. The Californian brand Skin Laundry has a new spin on skin; low maintenance and high performance hence they have created formulas that slot into each of our skin routines.

Being new to Skin Laundry as a brand, I already like their philosophy because when I get asked for skincare advice the line I hear the most is the need for low maintenance, high performance products. As I always tell people, the skin around the eye is so delicate and much finer than that on the face, so your eye cream needs to be used with a light hand (remember grain of rice when it comes to how much!) and your eye product needs to be potent so that it can really get to work. First impressions are good as the Renewing Eye Cream feels lovely and lightweight on the eyes and more of a lotion feel than cream which I like as it feels cooling and soothing yet hydrating at the same time. I haven't used it long enough to tell you anymore but shall keep you updated should you want to know. I love trying new eye products but I don't often get sent many so I was very happy to have this new one to add into my collection.

Mintd Box Enchanted, December, de Mamiel Altitude Oil
Mintd Box Enchanted, December, de Mamiel Altitude Oil
5. De Mamiel Altitude Oil (Full Size £28[buy here!]
This is Annee de Mamiel's ultimate hand blended, multi-tasking elixir that was designed as an inhalation essence to help keep a clear head and energise the mind when constantly on the go. Designed to be inhaled whenever you need a lift during your day; for instance when sat in an office in stale air-con, when travelling on planes, buses, trains etc when your run down and so on. This oil is a tonic to stimulate, soothe, revive and thrive when you really need it. This product is so popular that it is in fact part of Vogue's Centenary celebration Beauty Hall of Fame, being one of their favourite products in the last 100 years. For a small independent brand, this a very special achievement indeed. 

In the beauty world, I have only ever heard amazing reviews about this oil and have been recommended it myself time after time but some how never got around to trying it hence my excitement was off the chart when I saw they had collaborated with Mintd this month. First off, the packaging is so beautiful and I love the powder blue ribbon touch and the quotation making it an ideal gift for anyone. 

For me, I travel on planes a lot and I always get sick as I have a really poor immune system so am always rundown. So did Annee, hence she created this Altitude oil to help during and after flights when you feel a little run down. It smells incredible containing a blend of all natural oils including jojoba, lavender, eucalyptus, fragonia, peppermint, pine, lemon myrtle and patchouli. You can either inhale the oil from the bottle or add a few drops to a tissue or under your nose, then you breathe deep and let it get to work. It's absolutely amazing and it does work! I am a huge fan of aromatherapy oils and a big believer in the benefits of inhalation and I can't believe I didn't get this oil sooner. It shall now accompany me on every flight I take. As I sit here with the oil beside me on my desk, I without a doubt believe we could all do with one because who doesn't need to clear their head and be re-enegised? It is actually very affordable for what it does and how well it works but once again, Mintd Box gives you the great value here! I really hope that we see more from De Mamiel in next year's Mintd boxes as it sure is a brand that has my full attention and the rest of the range sounds divine!

Mintd Box Enchanted, December
Well, Mintd Box have ended the year just as they started it ... in the most astounding of ways! This year Mintd Box have been responsible for about 80% of what is currently is in use in my skincare regime, many products becoming new staples of mine and for that introduction I thank the Mintd team greatly. The Enchanted stars of this box are definitely for me the Votary Facial Oil and De Mamiel Altitude Oil, two of which have been on my hotlist for some time and have not disappointed in the slightest and would definitely purchase again. 

For bloggers like me that bring you these reviews every month, I have to say with Mintd Box, every product inside is genuinely a joy to review as I have had far more hits than misses and I would not stake my reputation on a brand that I didn't fully believe in. As you read now, I am very passionate about Minted Box as I know they are the best when it comes to beauty subscriptions. I don't even like putting them in the same category if truth be told of 'subscriptions' because they are so much more than that ... they are a beauty lifestyle. They know what you need and when, just like having your very own personal beauty shopper. Even if the box isn't for you then I like to think that Mintd Box and my reviews help you to discover brands and products that you wouldnt have done so before, as has been the case for me.

Mintd Box Enchanted, December
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The Gift Store .. 
Mintd Box have a Christmas Gift Store full of amazing beauty gifts like the de Mamiel discovery set which I have my eye on .... and Mintd are kindly offering all my followers FREE Delivery with code KLXMB as a little festive extra here!

✨ What has enchanted you the most? ✨

'I'mmmmm coming home so you better get this Party Started!' 🎶 ..... is all that I can think of when I see this name, don't say you didnt?! So, those Beauty Lovelies from Latest in Beauty have once again put together the perfect selection of cosmetics to make sure you have everything you need to be party ready, and my god, they have literally thought of everything. As soon as I saw this on their Instagram, I knew I had to feature it here so thanks to the Latest in Beauty team for kindly sending it over so I could indeed share all!

In case you don't know, Latest in Beauty are a company with a great concept, it's pretty simple yet very unique and brilliant. Each month they provide a selection of beauty treats from skincare, make-up, body and haircare in a choice of Collection Boxes or you choose exactly what you want inside a box yourself and Build-your-own-Box. This way you get to choose what products and how many you receive each month from a choice of over 200  choosing 3, 6 or 9 all with free delivery! This cuts out any disappointment because you are in full control plus the brands they have on board are all current and first class. 

The Collection Boxes are so useful as you buy them as you see them and I think this Party Starter Edit proves why they are so great and a perfect gift for any beauty lover ..... 

The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
Now for the GOOD News! For just £25 you get £121 worth of products that shall prep you from head to toe for a big party night - all hand picked by Cosmo's Beauty Director, Ingeborg Van Lotringen. Now is that not a pretty damn good deal? Just £25!!! Plus the brands included are ones that I love and use myself .....hence it gets my seal of arrival. 

The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
Inside you get a full rundown of each and every product inside. Now not all of what is here is full size but there is something about a mini that makes us love a product even more, dont you agree? Plus, they are travel friendly; Win win. 

The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty

The PartyStarter Edit, Latest in Beauty

Brands Included -
  • Sleek Make-up
  • GlitterLution
  • Glamglow (LOVE!)
  • St Tropez
  • IT Cosmetics 
  • Gillette
  • Eylure
  • Nails Inc
  • Bed Head Tigi
  • Look Good Feel Better
  • Erborian
  • Soaper Duper (LOVE!)
  • Beverly Hills Formula
  • Yes to
  • Beauty Pie (BIG FAN!)
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
As if that alone was not good enough, but also included is a free BEAUTY PIE 24hr acess pass which allows you to shop the site for 24hrs gaining all the subscriber benefits without actually subscribing meaning you save 85% on all items - all in all costing you only a few pounds! If you are a regular reader then you shall know I am a big fan of BEAUTY PIE and have a post all about them (here!) as well as regular Instagram posts (here!) on newbies that come my way here. (Pass expires 26/01/2018).

The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
A few personal favourites of mine here include Glamglow as I love all of their face masks, the Sleek Matte Me Red lip as that is a party essential and this matte red is stunning as you can see below and very long lasting that is for sure! The Nails Inc Nail polish is a stunning Rose Gold shade i.e. the best shade in the world, the Eylure lashes are an essential because no party look is complete without some falsies and the Soaper Duper body wash is a brand I rave about on my pages all of the time and this dinky size is the cutest thing ever and now a perfect travel companion.  

I am also very excited by the IT Cosmetics Brow Power pencil as I have never tried anything from them plus we all know I am obsessed with anything brow based. 

Sleek Matte Me Red
The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
You have to agree that this really has been put together well as it covers everything from showering, brushing your teeth, shaving you legs, tanning, applying skincare and doing your make up and nails making this an utter beauty bargain. The products are all such good sizes with not one 'sample size' in sight. 

This would make a great gift to yourself or to anyone at anytime of the year to be fair. You could even split it all up to make smaller stocking fillers for Christmas! It would also be ideal for younger ages who are just starting out yet you want them to have some good brands that won't be too harsh. 

Let's face it, if great for anyone! I know I shall be restocking my travel bag as well as rocking a bit of nail glitter and a red lip. Party Perfection I say.

The Party Starter Edit, Latest in Beauty
You can buy the PARTY STARTER EDIT for just £25 from the Latest in Beauty website here and do take a look at all the amazing beauty offerings that they have right now. 

I am not sure how long this shall be on sale for so don't hang around because once it's gone, it's gone! 

Spy any favourites?

Nothing makes me happier and completes me more than lashes do. Sadly mother nature was far from generous when she was giving me my 'au naturals' and KELLiLASH without lashes is just well, Kelly (how boring). Kellilash was indeed the name of my eyelash/beauty business that I had some time ago if you didn't know and has stuck ever since as I have always been a lash lover and today, thank god we are lucky enough  to have plenty of options to 'fake it'. But nothing come close to having the real thing, does it? Which is why the sales of lash growth serums have gone through the roof as this is exactly what they promise us. BUT, not all of them work, yet some work wonders.

I am always on the look out for new lash serums as I have tried and recommended a few over the years and even though I have had some good results from them, they were nothing mind blowing ..... until now.

I was offered the chance to try REALASH by the brand Orphica, a lash growth boosting serum to see how it faired for review. To be frank, I wasn't expecting too much seeing as I had not heard of it before but was keen to try one that I hadn't. It's always very hit and miss with the amount of products that I get sent to try but this one surprised me the most. Let me tell you .... Realash is a product you need to know about as it abso-freakin-lutely, WORKS! 

I recently posted a few pictures to my Instagram Stories and the amount of messages I received asking about my lashes was incredible as I had hinted that I was using something magical so this is the BIG REVEAL!! My pathetic, very short, very fine, natural eyelashes are ready to go to the ball yet won't disappear at midnight, they are in fact all mine! Have a peek below .... 

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
"I woke up like this" ... well with longer lashes that were not glued on that is! So, let me tell you a bit more about this magic serum. 

ORPHICA REALASH Eyelash Enhancer 3ml - £65 / €70 / $80 (link here!)
The active ingredients in this serum help to accelerate lash growth and strengthen your own lashes from the roots and helps to prevent them from falling out. The serum is enriched with active nano peptides and amino acid molecules as well as plant extracts that help to safe guard against inflammation and maintain hydration. If you have naturally weak, short or damaged lashes from extensions and falsies and really want them longer, fuller and stronger, then this is a product for you. Realash state that you should see results after 30 days however you should see a difference at 14 days and after 21 days you shall notice them even more.

You simply apply this serum to your lash line at night before you go to sleep to get the best results possible. The 3ml size is enough for 3 months and there is no benefit to using this more than once a day as it is designed to only be used once, so best not to waste it. 

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
Please Note! Orphica state that Realash is completely safe and suitable for people with sensitive eyes, permanent makeup, contact lenses wearers and false lash users. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, actively undergoing chemotherapy, or under the age of 18, they do not recommend using the enhancer. It does not cause irritations, allergies or change eye colour. These might be common side effects when using many other lash enhancers available on the market but REALASH meets all safety requirements set by dermatologists.

Safety. This is what I get asked the most, are lash serums really safe? I had no bad side effects with REALASH, so I trust it 100%. Just be mindful when buying products like this that you are buying from a trusted seller and that all is in date. The internet makes it easier for us all to be suckered in to 'cheaper' options which generally means there are reasons why they are cheaper. My advice is always buy wisely and gage opinion before you do.

The ingredients: 
Aqua, Propanediol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide.

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum

My REALASH parcel arrived so beautifully in super fancy packaging with a little bag of scented beads that was a really nice touch.

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
My Results!
As I said before, I tried it not really expecting anything dramatic and for the first few weeks of use I didn't really notice much change. It was only after the 3-4 week mark that I noticed whilst applying my mascara that my lashes seemed longer, in fact a LOT longer. At first I thought it was the mascara but even without makeup after having tinted my lashes, my god they looked good! It was like someone flipped a switch overnight to ...  'Pow' you have lashes! It literally happened just like that. Now after 3 months of use, it has got to the point where the results speak for themselves and you can see how good my own lashes look and they did not look like this before which sadly I did not capture as I hated them that much, there was not much to see. I also wear glasses and contacts so my eyes are very sensitive and this did not irritate them in any way. No redness, no soreness nothing. 

I am usually someone that never goes out without a 'little enhancement' so for me this is big news. I feel complete when my lashes are looking good and now I can't stop looking at them knowing that they aren't false. It really does do wonders for your self confidence let me tell you! The result makes you look like you have natural lash extensions on but you don't (woohoo!) and they do appear wispy looking which I personally really like. This would be great for those who have worn lash extensions for some time as it shall help to re-build your confidence enough to not have them and let your eyes rest and for anyone having a LVL lash lift, then use this before hand to make a real impact on your final result.

Hands down this is a WINNING LASH SERUM that has done exactly what it said it would do and I am impressed to the max and 100%  hooked. Rest assured, I stake my name on it that this one really does work.

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum

Maintaining my Results - I am at that stage where I don't want to lose my newly found lashes and even as I sit here writing this, my lashes look got even better! Realash recommend that you carry on using the serum until you have the result you love then just use it 2/3 times a week in order to maintain that result, so guess I need to buy the next one! You may need two bottles if you don't feel your lashes are quite there yet after one.

There are indeed many other lash serums on the market, some good, some bad and the most talked about one is Lilash. I personally haven't tried Lilash but I have friends that do and get the same amazing results from that one as I have with this. The added benefit to Realash is that it is more affordable being £65 for 3ml as opposed to £61 for 2ml, so this will last you longer for less money.

A few more images from my IG stories that got people questioning this product below show the lead up of my final results (shown as above) where you can see they have grown longer then thickened as time has gone on, in case you need more reassurance that this is magical stuff. 
Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum

Orphica Realash Eyelash Enhancer, Lash Growth serum
In Short, you don't have to wonder anymore as by my experience, REALASH WORKS and is 100% worth the buy.

Because REALASH is so potent, the brand has to control where they sell it but the good news is that it's available online with FREE delivery and they ship internationally as well as offer a 90 day money return policy. They also offer a whole bunch of other products like makeup and skincare PLUS as Brow Version should you want thicker brows here

★ - 15% Discount Code ★
Use code 'Kellilash' at checkout for 15% off all products from Orphica here (offer ends 27.12.2017). Not sponsored, simply a good will gesture from the brand seeing as I got on so well with it myself, plus I need to order too!

Impressive hey? 
Have you or do you use a lash serum?

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