Betrousse Beauty Box

A few weeks ago I ordered a beauty box from the French company Betrousse for the purposes of reviewing on my blog. I have now tried all of the products and feel ready to write a good account of my thoughts on them.

J.A.S.O.N. Normalizing Shampoo

When I first saw this product I thought it looked like something cheap; as if I’d popped down the £1 shop and came away with a bargain. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As it has none of the chemicals that normally cause shampoo to yield to bubbles, I thought it would be very difficult to create a lather. It is for this reason that I put off using the product for a couple of weeks. I shouldnt have though, because it did create a good soapy exterior. I had to add a bit more water to my head than I normally would but lathering was definitely not an issue. When I washed it off the hair felt squeaky clean. I added my normal conditioner and left it to soak for a few minutes. After towel-drying I could feel the cleanness even better and it wasnt as knotty as it usually is when I combed it through. After drying it was also softer and more managable than it usually is. I will be sat when this bottle runs out!

This Mango and Safflower Body Moisteriser is probably my favourite product in the box. A Fair Trade product that smells lovely and has a rich, thick texture. I really suffer from dry skin and need a product that absorbs really well into the skin and lasts until my next bath. I am pleased to report it definitely does that. It’s actually a really nice experience rubbing it into the skin; it relieves the dryness and makes my skin feel young and supple again – and at my age that is no mean feat!

This is a face scrub. Anyone who reads my blog will know I love my face scrubs. They leave me feeling so fresh and clear. I have to say this is my least favourite product in the box. Not because it isnt any good, it is. But its very soft and gentle. If that is what you love in a face scrub you’ll love this product, but for me the rougher the better. I really need it to strip the pores and I feel like if you cant feel it then its not getting in deep – but there is no evidence to support this idea. I think this product would suit teenage skins the best, probably boys.

I’m not normally a huge fan of lip glosses. They feel sticky and dont stay on for very long. But I am not really one for lipstick either. For the most part my lips stay nude. I am always trying to improve my appearance though so I am keen to find a lip product I can stick with. This product is very glittery and glistening on the lips. It is quite sticky though and needs to be reapplied now and again. Its quite a big tube though so that isnt really a real problem if you like to keep your lips covered.

This picture shows the option of having an oil or a toner. Which you get is entirely random and the product that arrived on my doorstep was the relaxing massage oil. I was very lucky to have my lovely boyfriend rub this into my back so I can offer a review of its effects. I am not someone who relaxes easily. Meditation does nothing for me and I have had insomnia for as long as I remember. Moreover, I have ME/CFS which was bought on by anxiety and stress – so I wasnt exactly hopeful for a bit of oil to do its job of relaxing me. However, I should have felt more positively because this product is utterly amazing! My boyfriend would claim its his magic hands of course but I am pretty sure there is some cocted ingredients that left me so relaxed I could barely move and had me closer to a natural sleep than I have been in years. If you suffer from stress I cannot recommend this product enough!!!

PS. Don’t forget about the competition I am running to win signed copies of a children’s series!!!

Eyeliner

I love the current trend of wearing black eyeliner. It looks sexy, glamorous and opens the eyes big and wide. I have always found applying it to me a big kerfuffle though. No matter which one I try, it never stays put and I end up looking like a panda bear. Recently I have been trying out a number of them with varying results so I thought I would offer a review.

Soap & Glory


I am a huge fan of S&G products. The Supercat was the first eyeliner I ever tried, a good few years ago. I havent used it recently so I do not know if they have improved upon the ingredients but these are my thoughts:

I love the physical shape of this type of eyeliner – a pen. It holds well and glides on with ease. It offers a great shape on the eye, very 1950’s, and really widens my somewhat small eyes. I used this pen for a long time but in the end became annoyed that it did not stay on. Not only that but it seemed to rub off onto the upper lid just below the eyebrow.

At £6 (a lot cheaper than other S&G products) you get what you pay for.

3/5

L’oreal



Next I tried the L’oreal eyeliner Lineur Intense. This was my first experience with a brush applicator and I did not like it. For anyone who does not have completely steady hands this can be a nightmare. I watched some Youtube video’s and saw that you did not need to apply in one sweeping move but instead doing it bit by bit works out better.

I liked this one more because it dried quickly and did not smudge. It did need to be reapplied a few times over the day but that didnt matter to me as long as there was no double line on my upper lid.

I don’t know if they changed the ingredients but the last couple of times I bought it, it was not staying put for longer than an hour so I decided to move on to something different.

At £7 per applictor this is a good price for what it offers but its not enough for me.

3/5

No7 (Boots)


I have never purchased a No7 product that I have been disappointed with and their Amazing Eyes Liner is no different. It comes in a small tube, which is see-through so you can see how much you have left. The applicator brush is small, a little bit too long for my liking, but it works well and goes on with ease.

The liquid dries quickly, looks bold, does not smudge or wear off. The problem I have with this product (which may be me more than the ingredients) is that it makes my eyes water, and when they water the liner goes everywhere. I turned up at work for a meeting, looking like I’d been crying and did not realise until the lunch break!

If I were not allergic to the product I would have stuck with this one. Also around the £7 mark, its very good value for money.

4/5

Barry M


I have been a number of times but have always steered clear. I assumed because its at the cheaper end of the market their products would be no good. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I picked up a waterproof (I was taking no chances) gel eyeliner in champagne colour (sparkly grey) because I couldn’t see the black on the shelf. As soon as I got home I tried it out, just putting it over my black No7 eyeliner. I was instantly amazed with how much further it opened my eyes than the other products, I really liked the look. It went on very easily and stayed put. I’m very bad at taking my make up off and it was still there in the morning – that is the sign of a good product!

The next day I went back and found the black version. I liked that too. It doesnt offer as dramatic a look as the liquid liners but it does the job well regardless. It also gives me a different, softer look. There is no smudging, no wearing off and yet the face can be wiped clean very easily with eye make up remover.

At £5.50 this was slightly cheaper than the other products but twice as good. I know who will be getting my money in future – Barry M!

5/5

Do you wear eyeliner? What one do you use? Have you had any problems? What would you recommend?