COHORTED: January Beauty Box Review

Subscription boxes are super popular these days, so it isn't massively surprising that there are plenty of beauty boxes for us bloggers to choose from! The only thing that has put me off is so many of these boxes, to me, seem to mostly be products that I won't really use and are usually sample sizes. After doing a whole load of googling though, I came across the Cohorted beauty box, a luxury beauty box with high end (usually full sized) products in and knew I had to give it a try!
Starting up the subscription in itself was a little stressful for me, because I find it so hard to spend money on myself (difficult to believe of a beauty blogger, I know), and £35 a month felt like a lot. Thankfully, I had Jason encouraging me and I went for it. The way the subscription service works is that you pay £35 upfront which is your first box payment in advance, then on the 1st of each month you pay for the next box. So starting my subscription up in December meant I was subscribing to receive the January box. Another payment was taken on the 1st for my February box, which I will admit I got a bit of a surprise with because I didn't read the terms and conditions properly (my bad!). Once I made sense of it, I felt much more relaxed, so definitely make sure to read the terms and conditions!

Now, if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I was tweeting Cohorted a lot trying to get a response because my box ended up being late. I received a dispatch notification so expected it within 48 hours as promised. It took a whole lot of messaging before I was told my box hadn't been dispatched yet. They were adamant I hadn't received a dispatch email... and didn't acknowledge the screenshot of the email I sent them after they kept denying it. By this point I was super stressed, I was £70 and felt like I was banging my head against the wall trying to find out what was going on with Cohorted. Eventually I received another dispatch email, and a tracking code this time to confirm my box really was on the way. I don't like being negative at all, but I have to be honest. If you are going to be buying from Cohorted, you need to be prepared for awful customer service and long response times... some people on Twitter weren't getting a response full stop. The phone numbers listed online also don't work, so if you need to contact them the best way to do this is going to be through Twitter. 
Customer service issues aside, lets talk about the box! By the time this had arrived, I had already cancelled my subscription. I didn't want to risk them taking more money that I would have to fight to get back if they weren't delivering. It works out well this way though, because I will still be getting sent the February box, so in a way I get to decide whether I think the subscription is worth restarted before continuing to pay it! I will hold me hands up and admit that I was beyond pleased with the box contents itself and the packaging was absolutely adorable. It came with a little booklet telling me about each of the products which I thought was a really nice touch.
The two things that caught my eyes first (unsurprisingly), were the Clarins lipstick and lipliner. The lipstick is the 738 in Royal Plum and the liner is 04 Chocolate. Plum lipstick shades are not my usual go to. I'm a nude kinda gal through and through so I was actually really pleased to get this colour. It gives me a chance to come out of my comfort zone and try something new. The lipstick isn't totally opaque either so I think this is going to be really nice. The chocolate lipliner is a good little addition to my collection of nude lipsticks as well. It would have been nice if it had matched the lipstick, but it isn't the end of the world... it just means I get to buy a new lipliner to go with the lipstick. Yay!
Cohorted put 'brand discovery' products in the box which is a nice little way of getting introduced to brands you usually wouldn't come across in stores. I was pretty excited too see a mascara in there to try. It is by a brand called Doucee and the booklet tells you a little about the brand and their products. The mascara doesn't have a plastic wand which immediately ticks boxes for me, and it has a lovely big wand for catching all the little hard to reach lashes. It looks like my usual kind of mascara, so I'm definitely looking forward to giving this a go!

The living proof shaping spray and hair mask treatment were also part of the brand discovery. I'm pretty interested in the hairspray because I am pretty awful at getting any volume into my hair so this will be worth a go as well. The hair mask is a pretty welcome addition to my collection as well. I use quite a lot of hair masks because a run in I had with bleach a while ago did some serious damage to my hair so I try my best to keep it healthy and conditioned... which means I go through the masks pretty fast. It will be nice to compare this to the others than I use in a review post. So make sure to keep an eye out for it!

The final products in the box were the Mudmasky recovery face masks. This was another brand discovery item and had a RRP of £40 for the two 20ml tubes which shocked me a touch. The masks are pore refining, hydrating, anti0aging, brightening and soothing. So for tiny little tubes, have pretty big ambitions. A full size tube of this stuff is 60ml and retails at £59... and the reviews on it are amazing so I am really looking forward to trying this out, especially because I've been getting so stressed about my pores lately. My only concern is that it will live up to the hype and end up being a product I want to buy... which will set my back £60. If it does what it claims to though, its worth it!
Clarins lipstick = £20
Clarins lipliner = £20
Doucee mascara = £18
Living Proof Shaping Hairspray = £15
Living Proof Hair Mask = £12
Mudmasky Recovery Mask = £40
Box cost: £35
Total box worth = £125

So overall, I am pretty happy with the box contents and would definitely say it is good value for money. The products I received are all products that I will actually use, and suit my makeup tastes well. It is such a real shame that the box itself was over a week late and that the customer service I got while trying to deal with it wasn't great. Either way, I am definitely looking forward to getting the February box, and will be super tempted to restart my subscription if this one comes without any issues. I'll make sure to do a review post on the products once I've managed to use them for a little while, and will get a makeup look up using the makeup products!

Do you subscribe to a beauty box? Which is your favourite? Let me know in a comment below!
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