Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels - The first thing that surprised me was how uncomfortable these were to have under my eyes. I think the branding had led me to believe that it would be a relaxing 10 minutes, but how they felt would put me off using them again. The skin under my eyes did feel smoother and look a bit brighter, but I don't think it was really worth the discomfort!
Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 and Idealia Life Serum - I had high expectations of these products as I have heard a lot of good things about the brand, but have never tried any before. I was impressed with the 3 in 1 cleanser as it removed my make up really well, left my face feeling clean and was very easy to use. I was disappointed with the serum and didn't really see any difference to my skin, although the fact that the sample size is so tiny (3ml) meant I couldn't really try it over time so maybe it would have done if I'd been able to use it for longer.
This is the section I was most excited about in this box. I tried all the products in one make-up look thinking that they wouldn't really work all together, but they definitely did! I was super pleased with this look and will be wearing it throughout the new year.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Black Amethyst - I usually use liquid eye liner because I can never get a neat line with pencil, but this one had a nice sharp point that glided on so easily. I don't like to go too heavy with eye liner and this was perfect for drawing a thin line. The only criticism I would have is that it did go blunt quite quickly.
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Watermelon - this is officially my new favourite product! I've always used Burt's Bees products but never ventured into any of the colour ranges before - this is just like their lip balms but with a hint of colour. I may have to get one in every shade...
Collection Lengthening Mascara - I found my perfect mascara at age 16 and have never looked back so trying a new one was quite interesting - and I loved it! The brush is nice and thin and it builds up so easily - I'm only wearing one layer in the picture so it could definitely be built up more that this for super huge lashes.
Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow in Rowan - This is a nice subtle colour and great for a bit of everyday shimmer!
Lola Nail Polish in Bluebell - I really love this colour, I think I'll be wearing it a lot come spring. The only downfall of this product was that it is very thin on application so it took three coats to get a solid looking colour - but it's worth it if you have the time! The chipping time was average - I started to see slight chips after two days and removed it after four.
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner - I've never really been fussed about shampoo - I never see a huge amount of difference to my hair whichever one I use, but these products were great. My hair felt beautifully soft and it was actually shiny, which is some achievement seeing as I have a pretty dull hair colour.
L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray - I usually go as cheap as you can with hairspray as I don't use it that often. The only advantage I found with this one was that it smelt a lot better than any others I've ever used, but I'm not sure that alone would convince me to use it over a cheaper one!
Popband London - I was very cynical of this product, thinking that it couldn't possibly work - but it really does! I even put my hair up when it was wet and let it dry in this band and when I took it out I had lovely waves - and no kink! My hair didn't feel quite as secure as when it's up with a normal hair tie, but I'm a total convert and they look super cute too!
Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel - I imagine this product is probably meant for more experienced self tanners than myself. I'm quite pale and I got the medium shade in my box which is probably a bit dark for me. A plus is that it smells amazing when you apply it, although after a while the familiar 'tan smell' sets in and even though it dries quite fast it remains a little sticky. With it being an almost clear gel it is difficult to see where you are applying it so mine ended up with a few missed patches - but I imagine it is a great product if you are a more frequent tanner than me!
All in all this box was such a treat and at such a great price, I will definitely be getting one again! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought!