Kingdom of Beauty contacted me via email, to see if BoXession would like to review their brand new Beauty Subscription Box. I did a little research on them, checked out their Instagram and Facebook Page, and they looked great. Although I do lean towards natural Skincare and Beauty, I thought that my Sister is crazy into her Makeup, so this box may be something that I could share the contents with her.
The box I have been sent is their ‘Queen Box’. This is from their Women’s Subscription Box range. They also do a Men’s Subscription Box.
The box arrived via Royal Mail, it was well packaged, was double boxed and shrink wrapped. Extra care to ensure items arrive safely is always a plus for me. First impressions of the box design were great, it is sturdy, and beautifully made. When opening the lid, the detailing of the matching black tissue and gold sticker is perfect. I was genuinely impressed.
If you missed my live unboxing, you can either watch it back on our Facebook Group or via clicking play below on our YouTube Channel…
How much is this?
The options are:
- Princess Box – £10 plus £2.95 p&p (RRP contents £20 minimum)
- Queen Box – £30 plus £2.95 p&p (RRP contents £50 minimum)
- Tiara Box – £50 plus £2.95 p&p (RRP contents £80 minimum)
You do have the option to subscribe for 6 or 12 months in advance to bring down the cost further.
What is inside the box?
- Lipsy Caged Gift Set – RRP £15
- NYX Land of Lollies Eyeshadow Palette – RRP £17
- Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara – RRP £6.99
- Eyelash Curlers – RRP approx £5
- L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Spray Multiposition – RRP £12.25
- Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra Light Moisturiser – RRP £6.99
- Dior Poison Girl 1ml Perfume Sample
- Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Sample 5ml
Total Box RRP = £63.23!
Now on first sight of that RRP, I thought fab! But after my live unboxing I was contacted by several BoXession Members and also some fellow Influencers. They told me that in actual fact, some of the products were very old stock. I have spent some time today researching this thoroughly, enlisting the help of an associate who works for trading standards.
I have discovered the following…
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tanning Mist
Age of the product: 10 Years, 4 Months and 16 Days.
I obtained the batch code and used http://www.checkfresh.com/ to obtain the information.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control
Age of the product: 4 Years, 8 Months and 24 Days.
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Age of the product: 8 Years, 10 Months and 16 Days.
NYX Land of Lollies Eyeshadow Palette
I am certain that this product is not an old product, as it is still available for sale direct from NYX. This is not personally suited to my taste as it is I would say more of a Teenage makeup set. I can however gift this.
Dior Poison Girl Sample
Again I am almost certain this product is ok to use as it is a fairly new release. I did test it today and have had no adverse reaction.
Lancome Absolue Sample
Age of the product: 2 Years, 11 Months and 16 Days.
This product is just within the 3 year guideline on safe to use skincare, so is safe to use.
Lipsy Caged Bodycare Set
I tried to search for this online, but could not find it for sale anywhere in the last 5 years. I could not give you a production date for this.
I did think long and hard before writing this review, because my initial reaction was to remove my unboxing video and offer to return the box. After researching the legalities of selling products which were made a long time ago, I can confirm that it is not against the law, nor would it be a matter for Trading Standards.
Ethically? Well this is a separate matter. Would I put an almost 9 year old Mascara on my eyelashes? No, I would not risk it. I am aware of the fact that products only oxidise once they are open, but they are still able to perish, or dry up whilst sealed too, this is dependent on how they have been stored and in what conditions. I have a senior role (my day job) and can state that food laws and cosmetics are two completely different things. Cosmetics have guidelines whereas for Food, it is illegal and can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment.
So, my overall opinion you may ask? Well it initially had the promise of being a great box. Branding, packaging etc is all beautiful. Pricing very reasonable too. Would I pay money to be sent products that are this old? No, absolutely not. Are they safe to use? Open to interpretation too.
I have to also mention that it was stated that the brands of the above products were said to have told those who received the products to bin them immediately. Well, I would say that is interesting considering they were the ones who sold off the ageing stock in the first place, and we all know of certain High Street Stores who ONLY sell old product (without mentioning names of course, although I am sure you can fill in the blanks).
As always, I promise you honest and unbiased reviews. Should you wish to purchase or look into this company further, their links are below…