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As a huge lover of the Beauty Box phenomenon, is there anything better than receiving a parcel full of make-up, skincare and hair treats to trial every month?!

Say hello to Cohorted* - the newly-launched brand which focuses on including 6 hand-picked luxury beauty must haves, delivered to your door for only £35 (with January's box value being £122 - how amazing?!) With previous boxes including cosmetic picks from the likes of NARS, Marc Jacobs, Bare Minerals, Pixi and Laura Mercier (swoon!) it's safe to say that I was pretty excited to unravel that black ribbon bow on the front and peek inside this months box!

Who knows, you may even find a new holy grail item or two like me! So lets lift the lid and delve into the sleek black January edition of Cohorted..

RRP: £40

"Refines Pores and Brightens, while keeping your skin Hydrated and Smooth."

I'm really into purifying masks recently, so being able to try this pick from Mudmasky was perfect! After applying a thin layer and leaving this on for 7-10 minutes, it had a slight tingling sensation which is to be expected with the product - it just means it's working! After removing with a cold muslin cloth, my skin looked visibly brighter and felt so much softer! This is a product I plan to use 1-2 times per week to combat those unsightly pores and keep skin balanced. The 20ml tubes are super travel friendly too!

It's been a while since I've used a fibre lash mascara, and I'd forgotten just how much of an incredible difference they make compared to standard mascaras! This beauty from DOUCCE extends, thickens and adds dimension to your natural lashes with its carbon black pigment. Think blacker than black lashes. The XL brush ensures that each individual lash is evenly coated without clumps. I'm pretty obsessed with this mascara and it's definitely my go-to product from now on!

Sometimes being blonde has it's disadvantages (boo!). My hair can get pretty dry especially after being freshly dyed or highlighted, so ensuring that it's kept in the best condition without incurring further damage is something I try and keep on top of! The Living Proof Restore Hair Mask is an intensive weekly treatment that aims to nourish and condition the hair, whilst adding strength, softness, shine and body to those locks. Having tried this last night I can safely say that it provides all of those and so much more! I applied the product generously from root to tip and left to absorb for 5-7 minutes for the ultimate results. After thoroughly rinsing out and leaving my hair to air dry naturally, my blonde locks felt immediately softer with a smooth texture. Love!

'This lipstick provides your lips with the transparent colour and shine of a lip gloss with the creamy texture of a lipstick. A unique extreme shine Maxi Lip Complex helps plump and hydrate for full, soft and supple lips."

I do have to admit, when I first opened the box I was a little hesitant about the plum shade of this lipstick. However when applied sheerly, it's actually a super pretty berry hue (perfect for these winter months!) It has a high-shine finish which I love, as someone who tends to opt for hydrating lipsticks as opposed to matte - so this also made it incredibly easy to apply. It has all the benefits of a lip balm with the added colour bonus, so it's a winner in my eyes!

"This perfectly gliding pencil redefines the lip contour with an ultra-precise line and improves lipstick wear. Enriched with Jojoba oil, its formula provides the lips with suppleness and comfort."

When it comes to lip liners, I'll usually stick to rosy pink hues, or red if sporting a statement lip - as I usually find that nude liners can wash out my complexion a little. So I was pleasantly surprised to try this Clarins Lip Definer in '03 Nude Rose' and end up loving the colour! That's the beauty of subscription boxes, the element of surprise and sometimes finding products which you wouldn't usually reach for! The creamy formula makes this such a dream to apply, it doesn't pull on your skin in any way, and I found it was super easy to enhance my natural lip shape without looking OTT. I'd team this with a clear gloss as it's such a pretty shade on its own!

"A multi-tasking medium hold hairspray to get any look on damp or dry hair. Powdered by our Flexible Web Technology to hold hair in place at any step during the styling process."

The versatility of this multitasking product intrigued me a little at first. With claims of being able to use on both dry AND damp hair? So I was very keen to try it out! It provides heat protection for up to 450 degrees which for a hairspray product alone I find pretty impressive! Along with boasting other benefits such as providing superior shine and humidity protection, and no flaking or product build-up. Having tested this I found that the product provided medium hold whilst still having movement, and the spray didn't have any stickiness to it which some hairsprays can have! The 99ml version is perfect to pop in your handbag

Albeit a little higher in price than the average Beauty Boxes on the market, I think Cohorted is definitely worth the investment as a pick-me-up each month! Especially when payday rolls round and you're receiving some full-sized products to experiment with, from brands you maybe haven't had the chance to try out previously. I'm very impressed with the variation of products in January's Beauty Box and would 100% recommend to beauty lovers alike!

Is a luxury Beauty Box something you'd try? Let me know!

* PR Sample

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