Anyone else a little over the monthly beauty box trend? Just me? I’m currently much more in to specially curated boxes, ones like the Collection boxes Latest in Beauty offer (ya know, like the Beauty & the Beast box). Personally I want a box with a theme, one that I can see what’s in it and know I am getting my monies worth; I don’t want to spend £15 a month on a box that might contain a load of samples that I’ll never use. The LiB collections offer different boxes for different needs and budgets, like currently they have boxes costing between £20 and £69, and you get to see what’s in them. In saying this though, even LiB’s monthly box is pretty amazing, as you get to select how many products you receive and pick from a selection of products too, so no nasty perfume sample surprises, unless you want them.
I have the Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Box (£45.00)* which features lots of high end samples and full size items (worth £156.00). This box has been curated by the beauty editors at HB and contains their favourite products across different beauty areas. When I picked this up from my mums house I was all ‘ohhh this feels heavy for a beauty box’ then I opened it and understood why… 9 high end and decent sized items packed in a beautiful monochrome box… Could a girl ask for more?
My set up here just scream French chic to me, or maybe that’s because I have just returned from France, who knows… Anyways, first up in the collection is a mini Lancome Hypnose Mascara (2ml), which I cannot wait to try but alas, I am keeping it until I go on a holiday to travel with as a space saver. I have heard so many good things about this mascara and it’s many a bloggers Holy Grail.
The Nailberry L’oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer (£14.50)* is another newbie product for me, and also another I cannot wait to try. The bright red shade is something a little daring for me as I usually stick to blacks or nudes, so I can’t wait to add a little colour to my nail wardrobe in time for summer. I love the bottle styling on this, as it looks extremely high end and chic, so it’s one of theose ‘perfect for display’ items.
Skincare is always a tricky one to work into a beauty box as many people have different skin concerns. However I think LiB and HB have the perfect blend of skincare here, there’s items that almost everyone will want/need and they’re not skin type specific. There’s a 15ml sample of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (yeah I know it’s not really skincare but YOLO). This retails at £30 for 30ml so the sample is worth £15.00. I actually have the full size of this and love it, so much so I pack it any time I go away on holiday. This will be going in my samples for holiday drawer so I no longer have to pack my full sized one. I find this primer has quite a moisturising feel too it, but also with a slight sticky to touch texture which works perfectly at keeping my makeup in place.
The box also contains a full size Origins Drink Up Intensive Face Mask (£24.00) which is pretty much perfect for all skin types as everyones skin needs a little moisture boost every now and then. I love this stuff as it really perks my skin up when I need it, and if my skin is feeling extra dry I leave it on all night and reapply the next day if I am just pottering around the house, as it’s so gentle. I was most excited to see the Omorovicza Mist (30ml sample) in the box as I have been dying to try this brand for so long. I have heard so many people rave about the mist and I can confirm it’s just as good as everyone says. I have to also admit that it’s blows my Jurlique mist out of the water and I can see myself becoming very addicted to this. A brand I have wanted to get my mitts on for forever is Zelens, but woe is me I am poor, and the 3t complex Anti-Aging Cream will set you back a good £95 for a full size, so seeing the 15ml sample in the box was really nice. However, I am a little scared to use it in case I fall in love and can only ever use this cream forever more.
Finally in this part is another not really skincare item; the Tan-Luxe Face Illuminating Drops (£35.00, full size), which is meant to offer tailor made tanning for your face. I cannot offer any opinion on this as I don’t use tanning products, but my mum will be more than happy to take it off my hands.
I have more hair care than I would ever need in my life, especially considering I recently chopped off like 11 inches of my hair. Despite this I nearly did a little dance of excitement about the Orbie Dry Texturizing Spray (37ml sample) as it was on my wishlist forever, then I kinda forgot about it. Now I wish I had snapped this up years ago as it’s amazing, especially as my hair needs a lot more work now it’s shorter. It adds texture, definition and keeps my messy curls in place for a lot longer than usual – plus it smells divine.
A little bit of a meh product for me was the MoroccanOil Treatment as I have had a few bottles of this over the years and never managed to get it to work for me. However my mum loves the stuff, so this will be another item passed along to make her a happy bunny.
Have you ever purchased one of the Limited Edition collection boxes? I would love to know your thoughts on the evolving Beauty Box