Friday, 28 August 2015

How to use your Cult Beauty Box!


Hi Everyone! Wow - Cult Beauty move quickly - some of you have already received your boxes! 
I thought it might be helpful if I did a quick post on how to use all of the contents together in a routine?

Just a quick note for those of you that are leaving comments on my various channels saying you're disappointed that you aren't going to get one because 'you don't get paid until Monday' - please don't worry - we made more than double the amount of boxes on this run than the first one. 
You should still be able to buy one on Monday. *fingers crossed*


First up is RMS Coconut Cream. This is where you want to start either your evening routine or a quick cleanse in the morning. This removes all makeup, including mascara, really easily and gently and is great for all skin types. Make sure you remove with a proper flannel/face cloth. There is no splashing this off! Original review here: www.carolinehirons.com/rms-beauty-raw-coconut-cream


Skyn Iceland's Pure Cloud Cleanser is perfect for all types of cleansing, although I tend to use it for either second cleanse in the evening, or a quick cleanse in the morning. It's softening, non-foaming and leaves no residue, although obviously, we'd be using a flannel here too. :) 


Follow those up with gold old GT. Not G&T. Glow Tonic. 
5% glycolic acid in a non-alcohol base, witch hazel, aloe vera and ginseng all ensure you exfoliate while not disturbing or drying out the skin. You can use Glow Tonic twice a day or add it to your acid collection and dip in and out, which is what I do. Original review here: www.carolinehirons.com/pixi-glow-tonic-p50-dupe


Eyes are next. Skin Owl's Eye+ is one of the most cooling, soothing and softening eye creams that I've ever used. It's almost instantaneously firming and offers immediate relief. The gel texture allows you to use the smallest amount, and that is all you need.


Serum-wise you have choices! REN's Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil is perfect for adding immediate glow and radiance to your skin. Adding a couple of drops to your morning routine under your moisturiser will help hold moisture in your skin all day without feeling heavy or cloying. Original review here: www.carolinehirons.com/ren-omega-3-optimum-skin-serum-oil


Odacite's Hydration Serum Concentrate would be my choice for the evening routine. Cold-pressed and refined, this Pomegranate and Geranium combination is heavy in fatty acids and helps to heal and nourish the skin. You should see a change in your skin after one use. Original review here: www.carolinehirons.com/quick-fixes-odacite-serum-concentrate.html


Given how nourishing the serum choices were, I wanted to choose a fresher moisturiser for this box. Essential Hydration Cream is light, hydration-heavy and the effects last 24 hours. A teeny amount on top of either serum will last all day and makes a brilliant makeup base.


Pommade Divine is the multi-tasking must-have that you can use anywhere, everywhere and on everyone. Regular readers will know that I burned my arm this summer - to add to the 'July sucked' list - this worked beautifully in helping it heal quickly and took down the 'heat' of the burn. You can use it on hair, skin and nails - I've used it on the kids multiple times since my own burn.

I hope that helps give an overview of the box contents. Do leave me a comment if you have any question on how to use any of the products, and obviously any feedback you have!


The value of the box for those of you asking can be seen below.

RMS COCONUT CREAM - £12.50
SKYN ICELAND PURE CLOUD CLEANSER - £22.50
PIXI GLOW TONIC - £18.00
SKIN OWL EYE+ - £36.00
REN OPTIMUM SKIN SERUM OIL - 10ML £8.33
ODACITE HYDRATION SERUM CONCENTRATE - £33.00
ALPHA-H ESSENTIAL HYDRATION CREAM - £21.00
POMMADE DIVINE - £19.80


The total value of the box is over £170.00 and it costs £100.00 and ships free Internationally.  If you haven't purchased yet, you can do so here: www.cultbeauty.co.uk/caroline-hirons-the-cult-beauty-box

99 comments:

  1. Sooooo... Are you and Cult Beauty going to do a Christmas box?? Just askin'

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    1. Yaieeeeee @ Christmas box and eagerly awaiting my Cult box now :)))))))))))

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  2. Some people already have their boxes?!? (Goes and sits by the front door)

    So, what Kate asked. Are you doing a Christmas box? Just need to know if I need to save up more pennies for a 'present from Santa' for me too.

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  3. Mine came on Friday. It's fantastic. Wearing the Alpha H over the Ren after an Eve Lom double cleanse

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    1. Ooh I don't like Eve Lom but whatever makes you happy Lady! :) x

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  4. I was too weak to resist. No VAT for foreign addresses helped. Hope that no one notices when arrives in country! Idem on the Christmas box question.

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  5. Get home from watching Ed Sheeran to find my cult beauty box has arrived. A great day all round..... Thanks!

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  6. Hi Caroline! I'm waiting for my box to arrive, can't wait! Quick question: can I use the moisturizer in the evening or is it more suitable in the morning? Thank you!

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  7. Hi Caroline. Thank you for this great day/night routine. My box has been dispatched! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  8. Received my box just now! This is the fastest Cult Beauty delivery ever! Cannot wait to try this! Thank you

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  9. Mine has safely arrived in Devon, thought I'd have to wait until Tuesday!

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  10. My goodies arrived yesterday. Very quick service. So, thank you Caroline Hirons and thank you "Cult Beauty". Best wishes always, Neil x

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  11. Ordered mine, awaiting the box with baited breath :) :)

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  12. Mine arrived early this morning, I went straight upstairs and used everything! 😁 thank you Caroline for such a fab box...when's the next one!

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  13. Sky did my hair as a birthday present this morning and then I got home to the box waiting at my front door. Happy belated birthday to me. Now I have to make the hard decisions about what goes into the kit and what I can keep for myself!!! I already know how much models and clients are going to love the Skin Owl.

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  14. Arrived today, what a big box! Love love love :-) x

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  15. Mine came yesterday ^^

    Anyone had any trouble with the eye cream? If I put a bit on my cheek I can feel the cooling sensation but under my eyes and I get a really bad burning sensation. Never had that with any eye cream before (and I've used a lot, my undereyes being my main skincare concern). Just finding it very strange as my skin has never reacted like that to anything. No visible reaction but I tried it again this morning and the same thing =(

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    1. I've had the exact same reaction. Tried it at different times and it burns so badly. Unlike anything I've ever used. So sad about this. What to do??

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    2. Yes. Me too. Burned my skin v badly and made my eyes water, so had to wipe it off straight away. V sad :(

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    3. Yes, absolutely burning sensation. No visible reaction but VERY uncomfortable. In fact that is why I came to look here, to see if anyone else had that experience.

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    4. I'm looking into this Ladies. I had no problem whatsoever. Leave it with me x

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    5. Me too. My main problem is puffy eyes so thought I would put up with the stinging. Only slightly burns. A little like vapour rub. Xxx

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    6. Me too! Although not as severe as the rest of you. I just thought that it was doing its thing lol! By the way, thankyou so much Caroline, your skin care advise is transforming my skin! Xxx

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    7. I had the exact same issue - extreme stinging sensation but no visible reaction on my skin.

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    8. I had the same issue, an intense burning so bad I couldn't leave it on 😭

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    9. Me too, a burning/stinging pain. Only used it twice, won't be using it again. So disapointed

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    10. I received my beauty box yesterday and came on to see if anyone else had a burning sensation with the Owl eye cream - really surprised, it bloody well hurt!

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    11. Me too. It wears off after a few minutes, but not sure it can be doing much good if it hurts??

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    12. Thanks Caroline. Hope your day went really well. Looked like a lot of fun! X

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    13. I gave the skin owl eye+ another go tonight cos I thought that the stinging pain may have been caused by applying it over the glow tonic. So I was very careful not to to use the gt above my cheekbone and avoided the eye area. I even swapped hands to apply skin owl so there was no transfer and it still hurt my skin 😩 I'm not going rouse it again.
      Thanks for checking this out Caroline. Hope to hear back soon

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    14. I had the same issue. A fairly intense burning/stinging sensation but no symptoms that make me think i'm full-on allergic to it (no redness, swelling, itchiness etc). I find that it's more on the very highest part of my cheekbone rather than directly under my eye or on my eyelid.

      I've used it 4 times and will persevere in case I need to build up a tolerance to it. The discomfort lasts for less than a minute so I can cope with that!

      I had the same reaction to Hylamide SubQ eyes, so ladies who've reacted badly to the skin owl may want to steer clear of that, or at least try lay your hands on a sample before forking out for a whole bottle.

      Really interested to see what you can find out about this Caroline- hopefully will help me make better choices in future!

      On a brighter note I love love love the rest of the box. Already looking forward to the next!

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    16. Hi All! I've had an official response from Skin Owl that I will put up for you as soon as I get to a proper computer. But in essence, don't worry about the effects.

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    17. Tried it again this morning thinking I could get through the pain but it was excruciatingly awful. I wiped it off and there were red marks around my eyes. Ouch!

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    18. Hi All!

      I've had the following response from Skin Owl - it would appear that we now have a limited edition on our hands!

      "It has come to our attention that a few customers have experienced increased sensitivity to our Eye+ Concentrate. Upon further investigation, we have found that a small batch of our eye concentrate was affected while in transit due to Los Angeles' record-breaking hot weather conditions; thus leaving specific active ingredients more enzymatic. For some users this will give a stronger lifting action to the eye area, while others might experience sensitivity or in extreme cases a temporary burning sensation.” Skin Owl Founder, Annie Tevelin

      If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned concerns, please contact the Cult Beauty's Customer Service Team – Charlie, Natalie or Sandra on customerservice@cultbeauty.co.uk, so that they can prioritise your query and send you a replacement product.

      I hope that alleviates your worries but do please take up Cult Beauty on the exchange offer if you find that you can't use it at all and please accept my personal apologies for the inconvenience. It was unforeseeable but the Christmas box should be ok - it'll be colder! :)
      Cxx



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    19. Thank you for sorting out the Skin Owl Eye+ issue, Caroline, that has reassured me. I have been putting off trying the cream since I heard about others having the stinging issue, as I have sensitive skin. I'll give it a try and if I can't use it after all, I'll contact Cult Beauty. I'm happy with the Alpha H cream 😊 x

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    20. Thanks for checking this out Caroline. Hope you enjoyed Paris!

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    21. Many thanks Caroline! Pesky enzymes!! ;) xx

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    22. I have only just found this page and had the same issue with my skin owl cream. Do we think I can still get a swap?
      Mine is sat unused in a box.
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    23. I got a replacement last week after deciding to look up why the few times I had tried using mine it felt like smearing a hive of bees from the depths of hell on to my eyes. Thank goodness I checked and got it changed because what a difference! So much better! Out of interest since cult haven't asked for the original to be returned and the info seems to suggest that it isn't actually off or 'bad' is there any other uses for it (obviously other than as an eye cream). Thanks!

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  16. I have bought one and its on its way to New Zealand. Thanks Caroline.

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  17. Thanks for you link to purchase the 2nd box! I had signed up for an email notification when you first posted it, but haven't received it yet (nothing in my junk mail at all either). So thankful it's still in stock!

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  18. Can't wait to try the eye cream when my other one is done. This thing about eye creams in jars is bugging me though, on Paula's Choice my current one gets a great review of the cream itself but they then go on to pan it and say being in a jar cancels out how good it is, is this true or is it just that they sell their stuff in pump bottles and tubes?

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    1. If your preservative system is good don't worry. If it's a super ti-tech 'anti-ageing' serum, I'd prefer pumps in an ideal world. :)

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  19. I'm just wondering if all of these products are safe to use in pregnancy?

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  20. Hi Caroline, thank you very much for posting this! It helps me very much as I am a first time buyer of your cult beauty box and great to see you looking after customers! One question about products in jars. I hesitate to dunk my finger in the jar but you picked some products in a jar, especially the eye cream. Do you use spatula to take tiny bit out as people usually recommend?

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    1. No I go straight in. It's only my hands, no-one else's. :)

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  21. Used this 'routine' twice already and wowza, I can already see the difference.

    One little q though, where does hydraluron fit into this? Before or after the oil / serum??

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    1. I would use it under the alpha-h moisturiser, either with or without the serum/oils.

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  22. Just received my box in NY. Did an evening routine with cleanser, tonic and odacite serum. Love the way my skin feels right away. Thank you Caroline.

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  23. Might want to check the expiry date on Alpha-H cream - I didn't, and nearly slathered on some pongy, gloopy very off cream which was formerly the Hydration cream. The expiry on the tube was 2013! Have contacted Cult beauty about this.

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    1. WHAT?!??? I'm on the case RIGHT NOW. Please email me at info at caroline Hirons dot com and I promise I'll sort. I'm so sorry.

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    2. I stand corrected re expiry date: Cult have replied that the number on the tube is the batch number, not expiry. However, I still don't know if the consistency is meant to be that way - lumpy/gloopy etc. (I should also have clarified that I have never used the product before, maybe it's just me?!). Pictures sent. x

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    3. Please see the official comment from Alpha-H in the main comment thread :) x

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    4. Thanks a mill Caroline you are the best. I'm loving this box, the cleansers are absolutely delightful (the Skyn one was new to me). Skin Owl eye worked just great on me (no stinging), serums already a fan of the Ren from an earlier review of yours. Looking forward to delving into all the other goodies!

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  24. The texture of the Alpha-H cream that I got is gloopy with bits certainly not creamy. Is that right or wrong? Smells fine. Where is the expiry date written?

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  25. Same here. My Alpha-H cream is gloopy with bits in! Can't find the usual expiry date on the product but it does have 20134286 on the top of the tube. Could this be the expiry date?

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    1. Yep, mine too. Same batch code as yours. Its cream coloured, lumpy and slightly separated. I haven't used it before so assumed that it was just a strange texture, but now not sure if it's a dodgy batch. Luckily I haven't tried it on my face yet!
      I called Cult Beauty and they said they'd send a replacement if I emailed them with my order number number. Done that but haven't heard back from them just yet.
      Hopefully will have a new one soon- really like the sound of it!

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    2. I have tried the Alpha-H cream before and the texture is nothing like this. I will be contacting Cult Beauty tomorrow. I will let you know if I hear anything back. Hope you get your replacement soon. x

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    3. Joanne, could you update here what Cult Beauty say - I also have the same batch number as you and would like to see what they say as my cream texture also seems a bit 'off'. Not much luck for me with this beauty box!

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    4. Hi Everyone! I have an official statement from both Alpha and Skin Owl re the concerns and will post as soon as I can get to a computer. I'm on my phone in Paris all day today. Essentially, both products are fine - there's some background and usage guidelines for you is all. Please don't worry. Alpha-H would NEVER send out of date stock - or keep hold of any for that matter. Please hold fire - I'll be back this evening x

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    5. I had already emailed Cult Beauty and had included pics of the texture of the Alpha-H cream before seeing Caroline's reply. However I still want to be 100% certain the product should be like that before putting it anywhere near my sensitive skin.
      I would like to point out that I have had good results from the other products in the box and secretly look forward to my morning/evening skincare routine now! :-) x

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    6. Hi All,

      I had the following reassuring response from Alpha-H via the Cult Beauty Customer Services team:

      Please don't worry. Alpha H don’t put expiry dates on their products. The codes on their products are manufacturing batch numbers. These tubes were ordered and manufactured in their own factory in Australia specifically for Caroline’s box, so there is no chance of them being out of date.

      Essential Hydration Cream is a botanical moisturiser with a high percentage of natural ingredients and as with any botanical product, it is possible for some separation to occur during transit. Alpha-H uses minimal preservatives and binders so that their products eschew the use of unnecessary chemicals. In the event that any separation has occurred during transit then this has absolutely no detrimental effect on the efficacy of the product. To offset any separation we would recommend simply shaking the tube before dispensing the product. This should alleviate any problems. Please let me know how this goes, I want you to love everything you’ve received in the box so I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can help with,

      Best wishes, CS TEAM


      I hope that alleviates your concerns, Alpha-H would never send expired stock. Its just unfortunate the batch number could be interpreted as a year in this instance. Cxx

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    7. Thanks for setting our minds at rest. After hearing back from Cult Beauty and seeing this I can confirm that I have now tried and tested the Alpha-H cream and so far haven't had any reaction! My skin feels lovely - plump and soft. Can't ask for much more really. Thank you! x

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  26. My Alpha H cream seems fine, it's thick and smells rather herbal, with a cooling sensation. I don't see an expiry date, only a number on the top of the tube starting 2013----, which I assume is the batch number.

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  27. My Alpha has the same number as Joanne Ellis post. It smells fine but does have bits in, having said that the bits dissolve when applied to the skin.

    I'm finding to be honest I'm not having much luck with this box. I cant use the eye crème as it is too painful and the other products, which all seem very nice, do not sink in to my skin AT ALL and I'm finding myself walking round with a very shiny complexion all day.

    I have terrible skin and not a lot of money so it was a big deal for me to buy this and now it looks like the moisturiser may be out of date to boot. Very disappointed!

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    1. Terri-Anne I'm away today and tomorrow but I'll respond to you properly over the weekend with how to use advice etc. Hope that's ok. Xx

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    2. Hi Caroline, thanks for your reply and also the updates on the eye cream and Alpha. I love the moisturiser and it smells divine! I am still struggling to get the products to absorb though! I've used Ren in the day and the other before bed and both leave me with a slick. If I use the moisturiser on its own it's not as bad. To be fair I always have this problem but I had hoped more high end products might work?! Is it possible to have impermeable skin ??!!

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  28. I really should have added that these products from the box I love...Glow tonic, skyn cleanser, ren serum, ocadite serum - fab, fab!

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  29. My Alpha-H cream is also gloopy with bits. The date on top is also 20134286. Im going to take contact with Cult Beauty about this.

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  30. Mine has 20134275 Is that the expiry date?

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    1. No. It's a batch number. See main comment thread for their response. :)

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  31. Got my box today and loving it! Saw the comments about the Alpha-H and the eye cream. I shook the moisturizer before squeezing any out and although it sound really thin and runny when I shook it, it came out quite lovely. I used the tiniest amount of the eye cream and had only the slightest sting that lasted maybe 10 seconds or so. It really takes very little to do the job. So excited to add these products to my stash! Great collection, Mrs. H!

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    1. Thanks Holly. Thrilled you're loving it. x

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  32. I just got my box today. Tried the skyn cleanser, glow tonic and eye cream. The eye cream definitely burned and raised some skin on my cheekbones BUT afterwards it the area feels very smooth but I am interested to see the response and if this is suppose to be happening? Also, my alpha-h cream needed a good shake but it came out lovely and I tested it out on my chin and my CHIN FEELS AS SOFT AS A BABY's bum. I can't wait to try out the daytime serum tomorrow and to use the makeup removal/first cleanser tomorrow night. Please do a Christmas box. Or one for my birthday, with Tata Harper stuff in it ;) thanks so much for putting this collection together and for teaching us the way to great skin. Just with your wash routine I feel like a new woman ready to enter my 30s!!!! Xoxoxoxox

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  33. Caroline... I got my parcel on Tuesday & just wanted to update you. Finding the products are working great, noticing a difference in my acne prone skin, no tingling from the eye cream. I think it's the pixi tonic & serums that are making the difference. So glad I got the Caroline box.. The cleansers are lovely too. Thanks for putting this box of skincare together. x

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  34. Hi Caroline, in all honesty, I didn't really need this box but am happy I bought it. I really like the eye cream -- no burning, just cooling. Also, thanks for the heads up on the coconut balm because mine arrived in liquid form and I knew to pop it into the fridge. Worked great. btw--loved the last box and my favorite thing about both boxes is being pleasantly surprised by what turns out to be my favorite product. Last box: Aurelia oil and this box: eye cream and cleanser. Looking forward to the next one--maybe include either Good Genes or something like it? Just a thought.

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  35. Caroline, almost a week in and still the products wont sink into my skin. I read somewhere on your blog that products wont sink in unless you are properly exfoliated? Well I've been using Pixi glow tonic twice daily for months so that shouldn't be the issue. My skin is still just as spotty and my blackheads won't go away. My waterproof mascara is leaving black rings under my eyes as my skin is so oily. I've tried so many of your recommendations and although the products look smell and feel wonderful sadly they do nothing to help. Despite everything I've read I may as well go back to soap and water as spending £100 hasn't helped!

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  36. My box arrived today in Sydney and I am so excited about using all my goodies tonight!
    Thanks Caroline and Cult Beauty!

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  37. Hi there Caroline - loving the box. I used the ocadite last night in place of my ususal lotus oil. Skin feels amazing texturally this morning but I have come out very red and certain patches hot to touch (but not sore). Any ideas?

    My night time was:
    TTDO balm
    Pixi Glow
    Ocadite
    Moisture Surge Night mask

    This morning:
    Liz Earle Hot cloth
    Pixi Glow
    Clarins Double Serum (used it for ages and dont get a mineral oil reaction)
    Moisture Surge

    Have used all other products with no adverse reaction for at least 6 months. Hope Ocadite OK to keep using and I will adjust over time. But would love your view. I'm dehydraded combination. Bleurgh.

    (Pomade Divine AMAZING btw)

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  38. Hi Caroline, I have a question regarding the Skyn Iceland's Pure Cloud Cleanser. After using the muslin cloth, do I have to rinse my face with water or another cleanser (as in double cleansing) or is my face done after the muslin cloth? I'm afraid there'll be some residue left from the cleanser.

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  39. Hi Caroline, I decided to do some research about the products in the box after a not so great experience with some. I see from earlier posts that I need to contact Cult Beauty re the stinging caused by the night owl cream. I also had an adverse reaction when using the Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream. I used the cream for the first time a couple of nights ago. I had a burning sensation immediately after applying the cream. But the next day was worse. My skin was really dry and felt like sandpaper. I had what I can only describe as little bumps on my skin, especially around my cheeks. I have been lashing on oils and serums ever since but there has only been a slight improvement. I have no intention of risking using the cream again. Please advise about what I can do.

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  40. Dear Caroline, quick question - is the Skyn Iceland cleanser ok to use on combination skin? The packaging says its for dry skin and it has shea butter in it. Thanks very much!

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  41. I want to try out the pixi glow just once a day to see how my skin react. Would you suggest morning or night after cleansing?

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