27 May 2017

Holiday Beauty Prep • Made Easy



We are fast approaching the summer holidays where the only stress of our day should be deciding what cocktail to order. Hot sunshine, white sands, crystal clear sea waters and scenery to admire for days is what we all need to let our hair down but as we know, prepping for the occasion can be a mission and a half, unless your very low maintenance, but I for one am not. Living in a place where modern beauty treatments are not widely available, I end up doing them all myself (plus I am trained so I just get on with it!) but it is nice to have products by my side that make it all easy and stress free. Time consuming routines are not what we want are they? Simple yet effective approaches are indeed the kind of thing I know I want. 

So the wonderful Mintd Box who cleverly month after month keep with the trends, this month introduce us all to hassle free beauty prep, with products that shall deliver glowing, healthy skin with hands and feet ready to tread those white sands and hold our cocktails with impeccable style. Take me there now! 

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep
I am sure you are familar with my favourite Beauty Subscription Box by now as I review them here for you every  month, but just in case you are new to my blog then do check out a past unboxing here or it you want to see what last month had to offer then check here or search Mintd Box to view them all! 

This months Holiday Prep Box comes complete with 4 FULL and 1 DELUXE sized products all available in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nichols and Net a Porter.

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep
Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep
The Luxury Contents:-
1. Miller Harris Lumiere Doree Body Wash (Full Size £24) link  
2. Kahina Body Serum Essaouira (Super Deluxe Size £32) link
3. Lauren B Botanical Nail Treatment (Full Size £78) link
4. Soveral Mandarin Lip Balm (Full Size at £17) link
5. Patchology Posh Peel Pedi (Full Size £32) link

PLUS - A BONUS GIFT PRODUCT!!!
For any new subscribers who purchase a 3 or 6 month plan, you shall receive the amazing newly launched Argentum Illuminating Bar worth a whopping £104 (from Net a Porter)!


The contents of this box have a combined value of over £183/€212 for which you only pay £65/€77 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £118/€137 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. I think we need to look at that saving again ... because that is a GREAT deal! 

So as always, I like to go through and review each product individually as there may just be one item that stands out to you as opposed to the whole box but the great thing about Mintd Box is that every month you discover new brands you would have never have tried before. I know for me this is indeed very true and now some of those bands have become regular beauty staples to my daily routine. Hence this is why I love to review Mintd Box each month as they house some real beauty stars that need sharing right here on the blog .... 

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Miller Harris Body Wash
1. Miller Harris Lumiere Doree Body Wash (Full Size £24) here!
A soap free body wash with a fresh and uplifting scent, Lumiere Doree. The plastic bottle makes this very portable to take away should you not want to use anything else as trust me, it is addictive! 

I have been a life long fan of the luxury fragrance brand that is Miller Harris having loved the Tuberose fragrance for years but now I really want this Lumiere Doree scent in a fragrance as it's divine. Neroli, Bergamot, Jasmine, Orange Flower, Amber and Musk make this my ideal. It smells so clean and fresh and makes your whole bathroom smell like fresh laundry - I am fully addicted and shall be repurchasing. If you haven't tried anything from the brand, then I recommend trying this body wash as you shall soon be wanting to try more. It's the perfect first step for getting your mind and body in the summer spirit!

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Kahina Body Serum
2. Kahina Body Serum Essaouira (Super Deluxe Size £32) here!
A highly moisturising body oil rich in Vitamin E that helps combat dryness on the body. Containing Rose, Orange Blossoms, Citrus, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Ylang-Ylang all make this a very special body oil indeed. With a high concentration of Argan oil, this helps skin elasticity and texture whilst soothing any redness. Watermelon, Sunflower, Olive and Coconut Oils deeply moisturise yet absorb easily into the skin. 

I mean, the description alone has you wanting to jump into a vat of it! I have actually tried this oil before as I was introduced to it back in August 2016 through Mintd Box and it's an old friend that I welcome back whole-heartedly. Oils are so nourishing for the skin and they give you that body glow that glistens in the sun that creams just dont give you. If ever there was a body oil to get you holiday ready then it really is this one. I am so fussy with oils as I had a phobia of them for years (true story) but having found the 'right' ones, has changed me and my body for life. This is not heavy, sticky or greasy but just the perfect velvety smooth texture, but be sure to know that a little goes a long way. Anything involving aromatherapy has me sold and this one has me sold completely. It also has stress relieving properties to calm your nerves, relax your being and stimulate your circulation hence it is on the pricey side but anything involving 'good' essential oils usually is as the quality is something you can't compromise on. This sure is one way to prep your body in the most luxurious of ways but all so very worth it. 

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Lauren B Nail Treatment
3. Lauren B Botanical Nail Treatment (Full Size £78) here!
Lauren B believes that nails are the best accessory so the more we can do to make them perfect, the better. So she brings us a beautiful duo pack containing a Nail & Cuticle Balm and Nail Growth Serum to help remedy all nail issues. The Balm is very hydrating to restore parched cuticles as well as amino acids and biotin to promote healing. Almond Oil, Mango, Shea Butter and Vitamin E help to moisturise and beeswax creates a waterproof barrier. The Serum is a sheer blend of amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamins E & C, Peptides and biotin that all sink in to boost the natural nail strength and growth. 

Being completely new to this brand, I turned over the box and read the first line "Salvation for fragile, brittle nails that refuse to grow" .... yes, that is me!! I have terrible nails. They are short, brittle and don't grow. I take every supplement under the sun but due to health issues that I have they just don't seem to improve so this may be my salvation indeed! I can't really comment yet as to whether these do indeed work but I am a good case to really put them to the test so I shall keep you posted via my Instagram page & blog! I can say that first impressions are very good. The Serum smells so gooooood and is so easy to paint onto your nails and the Cuticle Balm is amazing being in a pen as you can literally apply in seconds and all mess free. Retailing at £78, makes this month's box really great value for money! Let's face it, we all get our nails done before a holiday so making sure they are in tip top condition is necessary. No one wants a bad mani/pedi on the beach!

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Soveral Lip Balm
4. Soveral Mandarin Lip Balm (Full Size at £17) here!
This is a 100% organic, hand blended lip balm from the brand, Soveral. Enriched with Mango and Cocoa Butter the velvet formula is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins to help retain moisture and protect your lips. 

This smells divine. It has a lovely Citrus scent which comes from Mandarin Peel and helps to heal your lips. I did find this to be a very hard in the pot so you do need to warm it with your finger as to get enough product on to your lips. It really does feel luxurious I have to say and just leaves a nice velvet finish. I have so many lip balms because I cant get enough of them as moisturising your lips should be daily beauty prep step not just a holiday prep as this is very important to do. A great product for all especially those who want only organic skincare.

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Patchology Posh Peel Pedi
Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Patchology Posh Peel Pedi
5. Patchology Posh Peel Pedi (Full Size £32) here!
The Posh Peel is a two step treatment containing an activating essence and socks. The essence contains a potent blend of AHA's & BHA's; Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic acids. Poured into the socks they are then worn for 60-90 minutes, all working together to deeply exfoliate and soften the skin by encouraging the skin to peel off. 

I love Patchology as a brand and I love anything to do with feet so this got me very excited and being named 'Posh Peel', made me love it even more. As well as prepping our nails to look nice, we need to make sure our feet themselves are presentable as they are going to showcased in pretty sandals so we need those cracked heels, calluses and dry patches gone. Feet are such a weird looking part of our bodies so making them as pretty as possible is our aim in any beauty prep. I am a reflexology addict and a foot massage is so the way to my heart, it is my favourite thing ever. Now I was chomping at the bit to get these acid filled socks onto my feet having seen rave reviews about them but then read your feet peel for a good 3-7 days after and seeing as I have a busy week where my feet shall indeed be on show means I can't have them peeling, so with a little touch up to make them as presentable as they can be in the interim, these are a project for next week so I shall indeed let you know how I get on! I am very excited to see the results as I have a feeling they are going to be amazing (fingers crossed!).


Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Argentum Le Savon Lune
Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep, Argentum Le Savon Lune
BONUS GIFT! Argentum Apothecary Illuminating Bar, £104 here!
Argentum believe that the key to a luminous complexion is hydration. That I agree with. Le Savon Lune is infused with a patented formula of antioxidants and anti-bacterial Silver Hydrosol that promotes cell renewal as well as a natural moisturising agent DNA HP. Bentonite helps to heal and restore the skin's natural balance targeting blemishes and soothing sensitivity.  

I was very intrigued by this product and brand as I have never used a cleansing bar on my face because I have just never been drawn to them. Noticing the £104 price tag, I was desperate to know more. At first I thought this was going to be a soap with some golden highlighter in it give you a 'glow' which would have been very odd but having read up on the premise and ingredients, it makes perfects sense. When our skin is hydrated, we glow, simple as. It may look like a bar of soap but it is far from it. It is a really nice cleanser that does indeed make your skin feel very clean and hydrated. The more you use it, the more you get used to it and feel the skin benefits. I did not use it to remove my make-up but just as a cleanser as I feel this is more deigned to clean than remove makeup etc. It has a very old fashioned feel about it and a very unisex scent so this would actually be great for guys to use that like 'simple'. It looks impressive in it's elegant packaging but it is not exactly Instagram worthy once you have used it a few times and keeping it dry and contained is very important seeing as this is not cheap! I don't think I would personally pay this much for a bar cleanser which is why Mintd Box is the best deal. It is nice to be taken out your comfort zone and try products you would not usually gravitate to as that's how we discover beauty gems. I really think this would be a great cleanser for those who are low maintenance but want effective skincare and have money to spend. Or sign up to this box and get it free!  

Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep
Mintd Box, The Holiday Beauty Prep
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes .... yep, think we have them all covered and is what I call some serious beauty prep! For me Miller Harris Body Wash, Kahina Body Oil and Lauren B Nail treatments are all 100% worth the buy and I am very keen to report back on the Posh Peel. 

If you want to see for yourself then don't miss out on this months great value box worth £183/€212 for which you only pay £65/€77 per month or bi-monthly (£118/€137 saving!!) 

Sign up to Mintd Box here with free delivery in the UK and free delivery on your first box using code WELCOME17. Available Worldwide and ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia! 


What's your 'must do holiday prep treatment'?
Anything here that has caught your eye?







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