A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Rakuten (Linkshare) to review their very first Bonus Box. If you haven’t heard of Rakuten, it’s an affiliate marketing network where you can earn money from your blog through links and banners from various brands from Birchbox to River Island.
The box features selected fashion and beauty advertisers on Rakuten’s Affiliate network that are looking to enhance partnerships with bloggers. Here’s what was sent to me below:
1. C/O The Body Shop Spa of the World African Ximenia Scrub (350ml), £18
Made with ximenia oil from the ‘Tree of Life’ in Namibia, Africa, this luxurious scrub leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer. The scrub is part of the Spa of the World range and it’s beauty heaven! It’s a generous amount and has a sleek, earthy brown packaging finished off with a huge lid! The butter comes in a light vanilla colour and has a subtle smell. When applied to the skin, it doesn’t have that gritty feel that most scrubs have, it just melts like butter! I used the butter with a plastic brush from Superdrug and it worked wonders. My skin felt smoother and would use it 1-2 times a week.
2. C/O Clinique Take the Day off Makeup Remover, (sample size 30ml) full size 125ml, £17
I’ve never used Clinique before so was keen to try the makeup remover. At first glance, I like the clear, purple bottle and has a transparent substance. The lid is like those medication bottles where you have to push down. The remover claims to remove makeup from lips, lashes and suitable for all skin types. I’ve used it a couple of times to remove eye makeup after a long day of work and does what it says on the bottle.
3. Toms AW15 magazine (not pictured)
The Bonus Box came with Tom’s AW15 catalouge showcasing their latest collection for the colder months. I received a lovely 25% discount. One thing I love about Toms is they are so charitable and genuinely make a difference to the less fortunate. A winner in my books.
4. C/O Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (sample size 24ml) full size 100ml, £23
Origins is a brand that I’ve been meaning to try out. I have read countless reviews and was excited to try out their product myself. I am a fan of face masks as it’s a great way to wake up dull skin. I simply opened my pores with a warm, wet face towel and applied on my face. Once applied, I waited for the mask to tighten the skin for 5-10 mins and then rinsed off. The mask takes some time to remove so would suggest using a face towel. My skin felt refreshed and smooth. Was very pleased with the results and would recommend using the mask as a weekly beauty treatment to refresh your skin.
5. C/O Darphin Paris Ideal Resource Smoothing Serum, 2ml (sample size) Full size 30ml £60
Last but not least is the Darphin serum. The product claims to restore skin to it’s ideal beauty immediately and over time and to diminish the look for imperfections. I received a 2ml sample and has a white, milky consistency and requires a few drops per use. I used it a couple of times but unfortunately, I’ve not seen too much of a difference to my skin. Perhaps I need to use it a couple more times to see results.
Are you part of Rakuten affiliate network? Would you consider joining? Which products would you buy to try out?