I almost forgot that it was that time of the month again but when my January PowderPocket box arrived to my desk at world today, I am sure I squealed a little squeal of delight. So impressed was I with the maiden offering (click here to read my post on the first box delivered if you haven't already read it), I eagerly anticipated the arrival of the sequel box.
The packaging and whatnot was exactly the same as the first box but what I LOVED about the January box is that it came with a little personalised sticker where the PowderPocketPeeps assured me that they were here to save my skin. This gave a pretty good indication that this box was to be skincare themed. The little magazine that was included with the first box has been replaced by a A3 poster that folds out and furnishes you with all the deets about the products in the box and details of where to purchase, RRPs and even a few discount codes occasionally!
So I know you are probably all dying to know what’s in the box- (and if you are waiting on your Powderpocket box to arrive, maybe look away now because I don't want to ruin the surprise!)
Overall, there are quite a few brands I have never heard of before and there are two products included in this box that I have already purchased before also. I was happy to see a little travel La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water in the box- I have quite dehydrated skin and a spritz of this stuff does it no harm at all- also last summer, I kept a bottle of this in the fridge for a quick fix when I thought my face would fall off in our long-forgotten heatwave and it was just dandy for that. I also have picked up the Pixy Natural Skincare Citrus Spring Soap before too- I know I'm playing the role of city shark at the moment living and working in Dublin but I was born and reared in Pixyland so there are not too many products that I haven't tried out at this stage.
Like I said, the reason I love and subscribe to these monthly subscription boxes is because I love trying out samples of things that I ordinarily would not have heard of or purchased. The next few samples fit that bill perfectly. I have never heard of Lavera before but I love me a handcream and this Lavera Basis Sensitiv Hand Cream smells divine! We got a 20ml sample in our boxes but the full size 125ml will only set you back €5.24.
I have also never heard of Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel which appears to be some sort of miracle working face mask/ treatment that you apply to dry skin before washing off a few minutes later. We were given a 10ml sample to try but we weren't told how big the full size product is but the RRP of the full size is €27 and you can get your mitts on it in Harvey Nicks by all accounts. I'm really loving treatments and all at the moment so I am looking forward to giving that a whirl.
Lastly (and not quite in tune with the skincare theme of the box) is a black eyeliner pencil from a brand called Benecos, another unknown to me. I always use black eyeliner pencils so this should be a welcome addition!
So that’s the contents of the January PowderPocketBox and whilst I am happy with the products included, I feel ever so slightly less impressed that I was with the first box. Whilst I appreciate that this was a skincare themed box, I preferred the selection of products in the first box. The only full size product in this box was the Benecos eyeliner- the rest were sample sizes, and I already owned two of the products included. I know that's the luck of the draw with these mystery boxes but I am always hopeful! All that aside, I am UBER impressed with the personalised sticker in the box which must have taken some organising, and I'm looking forward to the February offering already!
What do you think of these products? Do you think these monthly box subscriptions are worth the bobs or would you rather spend the €15 on a single product of your own choosing and forego the element of surprise?