13 November 2018

A Winter Survival Kit for your skin



Face, Lips, Hands and Body ... not quite a new rendition of heads, shoulders, knees and toes but areas that dry out in the Winter! If you are in full on Winter mode then you shall know that the days are shorter and darker, the air has gotten colder and all you want to do is get cosy. If you are in summer mode, then all of the above products still apply, you lucky thing. 

Once again that shift in season means a shift in your skincare to help combat the effects of climate change on the skin. Winter brings all sorts of issues where suddenly you feel your skin looks dull, dehydrated and irritated having been exposed to the harsher elements, so we need to shield it as best we can and give it as much love as we can. 

Last month Mintd Box helped us to get our beauty sleep, so this month they have stepped it up a notch by choosing products all designed to nourish and care for our skin further with this months, Winter Survival Kit. I say it time and time again but Mintd really are the best at addressing skin needs month after month and if you still haven't tried them, your really missing out. Regardless of it being Winter or not, all of these products shall help your skin all year round and may just become a routine staple for you. 

Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
In case you are new to Mintd Box, then as always here is a quick recap about what the Mintd Team do and create behind the scenes ... 

"When you subscribe to Mintd Box, either every month or every other month, you will only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized high end, a-list, beauty products that are themed for that month which shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just the latest must haves in beauty. You can in fact click Mintd Boxes in the Categories section in the header bar (top of page!) where you can see all the previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end and full size'. It isn't cheap but the products are premium and the savings are huge".

The November
 'Winter Survival Kit' themed box contains 5 FULL/SUPER DELUXE SIZED products all exclusive to Mintd Box Subscribers and all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter. 

Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
The 'WINTER SURVIVAL KIT' Luxury Contents:-
1. Farmacy Honey Potion Mask (Full Size £34)
2. Argentum Apothecary La Potion Day/Night Cream (Super Deluxe Size £34)
3. Earth Tu Face Hydrate & Repair Face Balm (Full Size £60)
4. Sykn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels (Super Deluxe Size £15)
5. Neom Organics Real Luxury Body Scrub (Super Deluxe Size £12)

BONUS! 
Receive a FREE Omorovicza Lifting Rose Serum when you sign up to 3, 6 or 12 month plans - (review here!).

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £150/€169 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £80/€90 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Exactly why Mintd Box is the top when it comes to discovering high end beauty brands in the most cost effective way. 
    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
    Mintd Box did the same box theme this time last year and that was one of my favourite boxes to date as it introduced me to some amazing products like the Rodial Dragons Blood Moisturiser which in turn led me to buying more from the range because I just fell in love with it. Each brand and product in that box was incredible which is why I was very excited to see this years version.

    The Winter Survival Kit has been designed to combat dehydrated skin, chapped lips, dull complexions and make your whole body feel soft and smooth. I have to use Mintd Box' exact words here because their description of the box says it all .....

    "A combination of warm honey to stimulate and revitalise dry skin; Gels with wild berry extracts to rehydrate and plumps lips; Lavender, Jasmine and Rosewood Scrub to de-stress and buff away dead skin; A decedent yet lightweight cream to leave you feeling satin soft and a luxurious face balm to bring your delicate face to life".

    Seductive right? Need I say more! 

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
    Let's start with the product I was excited to try the most because you know I LOVE a face mask .. 

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, Farmacy Honey Potion Mask
    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, Farmacy Honey Potion Mask
    1. Farmacy Honey Potion Mask 50g (Full Size £34) (buy here!)
    A warming face mask that transforms from a honey syrup into a cream when massaged onto the skin. It helps to stimulate blood flow and revitalise dry, stressed out complexions with a blend of healing honey, as we all know the benefits of honey and how it really can heal the body. Suitable for all skin types.

    How it works; using the spatula (that cleverly magnetises to the lid!) scoop the honey mask out and spread a thick layer onto your face, avoiding the eye and lip area. It will feel warm as you do this! Massage for 1-2 minutes as it warms then turns into a white cream. Leave on for 10-15 mins then rinse! It is that easy. 

    I fell in love with Farmacy after using the Honey Drop Moisturiser from August's Mintd Box (review here!) which I am still using as we speak. This mask has been high on my wish list so it was obviously the first thing I picked out from the box. The syrup-like texture is unlike any other mask I have used before being very unique and looking and feeling exactly like honey, in fact my husband thought it was! On my initial application, the mask got warm from the moment I applied it which freaked me out a little I won't lie but then as I massaged it into my skin, the texture became very creamy and easy to work with and the warm feeling became comforting and gentle. It looked like I had a really thick face cream on and the warm feeling seemed to lessen with not so much as a tingle, but just a lovely hydrating feel. It rinsed off very easily and simply left my skin looking brighter, healthier and super hydrated and I loved the whole experience of using it. The honey part helps to accelerate skin healing so this is great for times when you need some TLC and dry/dehydrated skins especially, would really appreciate this one. It is most definitely a mask welcomed in the winter months because of the warming aspect, acting like a winter hug for your skin, that does in fact pair nicely with a cosy blanket and a hot chocolate or glass of wine perhaps! A total hit and a mask I shall very much be enjoying this Winter.

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, Argentum La Potion Infinie
    2. Argentum Apothecary La Potion Day/Night Cream (Deluxe Size £34(buy here!)
    Argentum La potion infinie is a highly luxurious moisturiser that moisturises in a unique way by delivering hydration at a cellular level carrying 10,000 times it's weight in water. It targets wrinkles, lines, blemishes and stress. It uses Silver Hydrosol and DNA HP - which in turn help to promote cell regeneration which enables maximum hydration to result in a healthier complexion that is visible improved. This is highly scientific brand .... and oozes luxury. All skins, all ages, unisex and can be used on the face. neck and eyes!

    Upon reading more about Argentum, I instantly thought of La Prairie (who I trained with and worked for as a Facialist for 6 years) as they also work on a cellular level which means that this type of skincare does make visible changes to your skin as they feed it with skin identical ingredients and penetrate to a deeper level compared to other brands. 

    This moisturiser may only be a small size (yet still worth £34!) but my god, it is utterly incredible. The texture is velvety and creamy and quite deceiving as it feels very fluid and light yet when you massage in, becomes richer so a little goes a long way. It absorbs beautifully into the skin and leaves you with a healthy glow and a nice soft feel instantly. One thing you will notice if you try this is the scent. My word, it smells out of this world. This scent was created in Grasse, the home of scents, using natural ingredients to give you a sense of well being; using light citrus, rosewood, geranium, sandalwood and patchouli, you will be in LOVE, like me. Never have I had my facial moisturiser smell like a treatment. Even the black glass jar is specially designed to block out light with the exception of violet light which extends the life span of the cream itself, plus all jars have their very own unique serial number. I mean could this get any more luxurious? I obviously haven't used the moisturiser long enough to know how it has improved my skin long term but I can say that first impressions have me sold, in fact I am cursing Mintd box for making me fall in love with this cream ... because full sized, it's not cheap. This is again why Mintd are amazing at introducing you to brands that take some 'trying before buying' because of the expense. A truly wonderful product and a brand I would l love to see appear again.

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, Earth Tu Face Balm
    3. Earth Tu Face Hydrate & Repair Face Balm (Full Size £60(buy here!)
    This face balm consists of a blend of Immortelle flowers, Rose Petals and Australian Sandalwood all in an organic creamy base. This luxurious balm offers intense hydration and intensive tissue repair. Rose petals give relief from redness and irritation as the beeswax seals in moisture and protects the skin. Sandalwood acts as a scar prevention and helps to tone the skin whilst Coconut and Raw Cocoa Butters hydrate. The brand was set up by two herbalists who basically 'grew' their own skincare line from the ground up choosing plants that heal, restore and rejuvenate skin cells, hence the name Earth Tu FaceThey believe that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn't put in your mouth hence the products are all food grade meaning you could actually eat them!

    This is a product I have used before so it was a lovely surprise to have it again although it wasn't really suited to my skin, but dry skins will just LOVE itA pea sized amount is all you need and then you just massage into cleansed/toned skin. It smells amazing and is most definitely very hydrating. The texture is in fact really creamy and not as hard as it looks nor is it greasy and does absorb nicely into your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. It was just a tad too rich for me but if you are dry or sensitive, then this is for you as you will benefit massively from using this wonderful balm. I did in fact donate my last one to family, so I knew it would help in the way in which it was designed. 

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, Skyn Lip Plumping Gels
    4. Sykn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels x 2 (Super Deluxe Size £15) (buy here!)
    This is a set of 2 lip masks that aim to tackle loss of fullness, lines/wrinkles and lack of moisture in about 10 minutes! The gel itself contains a mix of highly advanced plant and marine based actives with a state of the art delivery system. The patch is designed to stay put on the lips allowing the ingredients to penetrate to give immediate results. The lip gels look like giant lip shaped jelly sweets and you just simply stick it on over your lips; once you get it to stick then it stays in place really well. It feels very cooling and soothing on the lips so wearing this for ten minutes or so is nice ... just watch tv or something in the meantime! 

    I have actually used these before and although I personally didn't see any difference in my lips looking any plumper, they did in fact feel a lot more hydrated which is why I recommend them for anyone suffering with chapped lips and wanting to really hydrate their lips. They are ideal to use as a pre-treatment to wearing matte lipsticks or if you hate to wear heavy lip balms, these are a great alternative. When your lips are hydrated they do naturally look a lot healthier and plumper which is always a bonus. These lip gels are however great to keep in your stocks as a pamper treatment for when the weather dries you out. 

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, NEOM Body Scrub
    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, NEOM Body Scrub
    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit, NEOM Body Scrub
    5. Neom Organics Real Luxury Body Scrub (Super Deluxe Size £12(buy here!)
    An Organic Sugar scrub with Safflower and Jojoba oils to soften whilst Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood (plus 21 other essential oils!) help you to de-stress. The deluxe size is perfect for travelling as I always struggle to get good body scrubs in mini! 

    If you haven't ever tried anything from Neom then how I wish, I wish, I wish that you could smell this body polish because it is simply heaven! Neom have been my favourite aromatherapy candle brand for many years as I had the Neom Happiness Candle burning on my wedding day at our table, hence it is a very special brand to me. However, I have never tried the body polish so I was over the moon to see this mini in this months box. I do actually prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs as they are a little more gentle and the sugar is just the right texture and size to help rid your body of any dryness. Combined with the super hydrating oil base, your skin will feel baby soft after using this polish. The essential oils will de-stress you in an instant so just take the lid of and have a sniff whenever you feel the need ... and you shall soon become a big Neom fan let me warn you!

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
    I think Mintd Box have this whole winter skin thing covered don't you think? Lips and hands are nourished, face and body is hydrated and you feel a whole lot better! For me the Stars of this box have to be the Farmacy Honey Potion as this was a new hit, Neom Body Polish (mainly because of the scent!) and the Argentum Moisturiser of which we can only pray for a full size! 😉

    Mintd Box November, Winter Survival Kit
    Just to recap, the contents of the Winter Survival Kit have a combined value of over £150/€169 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £80/€90 saving as opposed to buying all products individually PLUS receive a FREE Omorovicza Lifting Rose Serum when you sign up to 3, 6 or 12 month plans!

    🌎Sign up to Mintd Box here and get free delivery in the UK! Free delivery worldwide is available at the Gift Store - MB Ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia. Free Delivery For The UK for 3, 6 or 12 month plans.


    Time to get your skin Winter-proofed! 
    Any favourites spotted here or anything enticed you? ❄️







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