The Ever After May 2016 Box was based on a Harry Potter theme. The polish was Expecto Patronum, described as a a magical shade of sparkling blue. The body product was a Butter Beer Bath Bomb. I’ve never tried an Ever After Bath Bomb before, so was pretty excited to see one in the box. This month also had 2 bonus products, a mini cuticle oil in Polyjuice Potion, and a bag of lightning bolt shaped blue glitter for nail art. And in true Harry Potter fashion, the candy was a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.
Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans are made by Jelly Belly, and include some of the traditional, delicious Jelly Belly flavors, as well as some of the more bizarre flavors mentioned in Harry Potter, including earthworm, earwax, and grass. Maybe I’ll give these to Tim… ANYWAY, on to the box! Accio Box!
Expecto Patronum is absolutely gorgeous, and has quickly become one of my favorite polishes. It’s a perfect shade of Dementor-blasting periwinkle blue packed with holographic microglitter and small silver flakies (or glitter). It’s sparkly, shiny, and all-around enchanting. The color definitely matches the patronus inspiration picture, and while I know it’s a Harry Potter box, it also reminds me of Cinderella. Either way, it’s not a stretch to call this polish magical.
The formula was a bit thicker than some of my other Ever Afters, but still within a reasonable range of formula thickness. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to apply it evenly. It took three coats to remove any visible nail line, but each coat dried pretty quickly. I think it would also look awesome with one coat over a blue or purple base. Immediately after applying the last coat, I used a dotting tool (with the tip wet) to pick up pieces of lightning bolt glitter and put them on the nail while the polish was still wet. You could easily use a pencil tip or toothpick if you don’t have a dotting tool on hand. I’m not sure I did the best with judiciously placing them, but it’s my first time using glitter accents in a mani, so I’m okay with it. Once the polish was dry, I topped with Julep’s Oxygen Performance Top Coat.
The Butterbeer Bath Bomb was so cute, I almost didn’t want to use it. It came in a cute little plastic cup, with a foam on top that looked like it had been dusted with cinnamon. You can tell a lot of effort went into making these, and they look just like a little mug of butterbeer (from the pictures I’ve seen). It smells delightful, like buttercream icing. I’ve never had butterbeer (which they actually do make), but I have to imagine it smells similar to this. You dump the bath bomb into the bathtub while you fill it and it’s like a portkey to the Three Broomsticks! I also saw one commenter mention that she saved the foamy top to use as soap once she was in the bath, which I also tried, and found it worked very well. Merlin’s Beard!!! The bath smelled fantastic, and was very relaxing. A great way to unwind after a hard day at the Quidditch pitch! Sign me up for more bath bombs in the future.
The other extra this month, along with the glitter, was a cuticle oil mini in Polyjuice Potion. It definitely has notes of Banana, and smells delicious. Much like my prior cuticle oil, I was really pleased with the ease of applying it in the little dropper. It absorbed quickly and left my cuticles feeling wonderful. Cuticle Protego!
I know I say this every month, but I’m very happy with the curation of this box. They included a lot of details that are iconic to Harry Potter, right down to the little lightning bolt glitters. The polish is beyond beautiful, and the bath products smell lovely. I really enjoy these boxes; they’re probably one of my favorite things about which to post. It was just announced today that the June Box will be themed It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, and I can’t wait to see what we’re treated to next!
Time to disapparate,
p.s. A special thanks to B for filling my post with Harry Potter references!