Bonjour bambinos! How totally spiffing to speak to you again.
I come bearing news – I just received my very first Latest in Beauty Box!
It was very exciting when it arrived in the post. The box was a little smaller than I expected, but the free lindor egg I found inside made up for it, and it also meant that the items were packed tightly into the box, so there was no empty space and you felt like you got your money’s worth (£14.95 plus P&P).
I spent a long time deliberating on the website over which box to buy, as you can see the products in the box before you buy. I am unsure if I like this, although I did like making sure I wasn’t wasting any money on products I didn’t want or need. However it did lead to me being disappointed when some of the products in the box were absolutely mini, as they looked bigger on the website. It does tell you the size, but I didn’t realize that 8ml was THAT small.
I also missed out on the surprise that I know a lot of people enjoy from a beauty box, but i’m quite stingy at the moment so am generally not taking those kinds of risks.
So I received:
Mary Greenwell – Plum
I don’t have very much to say about this. How is one supposed to describe a perfume? All right, I’ll give it a go.
The lusty, musty, wistful, woozy, intoxicating, dreamy, mindless, silky scent is all very well except that it reminds me of my grandma.
Bronze Buffer – Fake Tan Remover
I haven’t used fake tan in a while so I haven’t used this yet, but I’ll get back to you on this one.
Yu-Be – Moisturizing Skin Cream
On face : Fast absorbing, not greasy, so be liberal as is hard to spread. Very matte effect, I always have a problem with shine on my face and this is very impressive in effectively reducing shine (life saver for greasy T-zone girls!).
On lips : Most of the lip balms and butters I use kind of sit on your lips and don’t really feel like they penetrate, but they feel good when you rub your lips together. This is the opposite. It absorbs into your lips super-speedily so your lips feel like they are REALLY moisturised, but then you have nothing left on your lips as it has all absorbed. I suggest using this as a base BEFORE you lip balm, so your lips can be moisturised but then have something that feels good on top.
Elsewhere : V. fast absorb as is dry not greasy. Skin feels smooth and moisturised, but never greasy. Legs feel more smooth and moisturised compared to my normal moisturiser.
To add to the wonderfullness, it is the best selling beauty product in Japan, and a cult favourite among celebrities.
I would definitely recommend this. I haven’t checked the price but I don’t care.
Rimmel – BB Cream Matte
This is a foundation. It hasn’t particularly impressed me, but I wouldn’t say it was bad, either. You do have to use quite a lot to get any coverage, though. I did feel that my spots couldn’t breath at the end.
Weleda – Skin Food
Haven’t tried this yet (CLICK HERE to see a full review), but apparently Victoria Beckham uses it. That’s all.
Kevin.Murphy – Color.Bug
I attempted to use this before going out one fine evening, and it is very easy to apply and made my hair a gorgeous purple colour. However, whenever my hair touched my face or my clothes, I got purple powder on everything, so if you’re going to try this out just be very careful (and don’t wear anything expensive).
Balmain – Silk Perfume
This is the first hair perfume that I’ve tried, and it was what I was looking forward to most in this box. I always find it hard to find a shampoo/conditioner that works well AND smells good, so this is an excellent alternative for me. The scent isn’t what I expected; with hair you usually want a fresh, clean, smell. This, however, is a woozy, fazed smell, much more sexy than one would expect. I like it – I am sitting here right now just smelling the bottle – and the mixture includes the cult favourite Argan oil, along with silk extract. It acts as a kind of leave-in conditioner, it makes hair shiny and leaves it in good condition, but does nothing to detangle (for me anyway). It should be used as a finishing spray for a final touch to your style. To use, aim a hairdryer at your mid lengths to ends and spray into the path of the hairdryer. This way, you end up with much more light and even coverage, if you spray it straight on to the hair a whole load of it will go into one place and look very uneven.
I do recommend this spray, but with an RRP of 20.95, you would be much better off buying it with this box and getting loads of other free goodies too.
Astalift – Rejuvenating Concentrate
As I haven’t really had a problem with premature aging, I gave this tiny sample to my mum.
DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil
I tried this out for a week without using a moisturiser, so I could see how it fared (is that even a word?) on its own. I have been very impressed with it, at the end of the week my skin was looking much clearer, and my number of spots decreased (woop woop). Then, after I went back to my previous face care regime, I developed two zits, a spot cluster on my forehead, and many a spot on and around my nose. This concludes that the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is much better than my previous skin care regime.
When I saw the bottle I was disappointed as it was the same height as my pinkie, including the lid. I was also worried that it would make my nose more oily, as it is, in fact, an oil. I needn’t have worried about either of these things – you only need to use a tiny amount and after a week of use I barely see the difference in the bottle. And it didn’t make my nose greasy at all.
I am very impressed with this. My 30ml bottle is £4.50 which is a fantastic price as I predict it to last me about six weeks.
Overall, I love this box and most of the products inside it. I will definitely keep an eye on the Latest in Beauty website!
What’s your favourite beauty box?